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Christmas Crash Soiree is still on – but no DD69

Saturday, December 26th, 2009

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The Cleveland Independent is hosting its Christmas Crash Soiree tonight at Roc Bar on the east bank of the Flats here in Cleveland.  Unfortunately we had to bow out of the show as a result of my recent ankle injury.  We look forward to future opportunities to perform at events hosted by the paper, assuming me and stairs can get along in the future.

It should still be a fun evening, though.  The remaining performers are still in the lineup:  Joshua Jesty, Robin Stone, Zach, and Return of Simple.  Find out all the gory details here in Ashley’s show preview.

The ambulatory members of DD69 will still be on-hand at the event to enjoy the party, hang out, pass out some CDs, and support the rest of the bands – as well as show support for the Independent.  If you go to the show, leave a comment and let me know how it was.  I’ll be there in spirit, if you know what I mean.

How do you play the gig when you can’t stand up?

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

Playing in DD69 is not a sit-down kind of experience unless you’re playing drums. Even then we could go the Jellyfish route and all stand up, but I know Charley would never… well stand for it, I guess (insert groan here).

I digress. On Sunday, while moving an end table downstairs for a friend, I missed a step and sprained my ankle in spectacular, foot-at-right-angle-to-leg fashion. Apparently I screamed like an animal for a while. Too bad we didn’t get those gems on tape.

Good news: no broken bones. Bad news: I can’t walk without crutches for a while. Hopefully that’s a matter of days versus weeks.

So DD69 has finally booked a show after several years of being studio-bound, and here I am all gimpy. I figure I have a few options:

1. Get lucky. Maybe I’ll be healed up enough in a week and a half that I can stand up and hit pedals without too much trouble.

2. Get medicated. Painkillers may give me an, um, unexpected perspective of my instrument. Not my favorite option.

3. Get a chair. As much as I don’t like the thought of siting while playing a ‘dude gig, I think this might be the best choice. So much for my desire to look more rocking than, say Robert Fripp.

4. Get out. I’m hoping that ten days or so will be enough to let me get at least basically functional again. This Saturday’s Skinny Moo gig will probably need to be cancelled, but I hope another week of mending will keep me from having to cancel a show that we’ve wanted to play for a couple years.

This should be interesting.

The Cleveland Independent Christmas Crash Soiree

Friday, December 4th, 2009

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We’re excited to play live on Saturday December 26th (after a loooong hiatus).  It sounds like the Cleveland Independent’s post-holiday party will be lots of fun.

You can keep track of the event details here (via Facebook).   We’ll also post more information as we get it.  The basic info:

The Cleveland Independent Christmas Crash Soiree
Roc Bar
1220 Old River Road
Cleveland Ohio 44113

There are a number of bands lined up to entertain during the evening, and we understand we’ll be in really good company.  Hopefully we won’t make a big mess of ourselves / the stage / anything at all.

And hey, if you arrived here from the Skinny Moo email, welcome!  You had no idea Scotty and Charley rocked out in a drunkdude stylee, did you?

Please sign up on the dd69 mailing list – since we apparently play once every few years we’re guaranteed to not clog up your inbox!

The gig-chicken or the rehearsal-egg?

Monday, November 30th, 2009

Amazingly the ‘dude has done a couple rehearsals – for real rehearsals with all of us together playing all of our instruments and singing and stuff.  Shocking.

Things are sounding good, and we’re having lots of fun playing, which is the important part.  To me it proves something I’ve believed in for a while: just book the gig.

If you ever have a discussion with someone that says you should rehearse and rehearse until you sound good, and then book a show, tell them that won’t necessarily work.  You could rehearse until the cows come home and never feel confident enough to book a gig.  Conversely, if you book a date, sheer terror will force you to rehearse madly so that you sound good by the time you hit the stage.

Here’s an analogy.  Someone we know (who shall remain nameless) has a tendency to let clutter in their abode get a little out of control.  This person will, however, buckle down and do some hardcore cleaning of their place when they know that company is coming.  See?  They don’t clean the place up and then invite people over.  It’s the impending event that forces them to get things in order!

So don’t wait.  Book yourself a performance and have some fun playing music for people in a real live stylee.

Rehearsal night

Friday, November 13th, 2009

We spent the bulk of last night’s studio night rehearsing together.  We really need to knock the rust off.

Mike’s trying to remember all the parts he used to play.  Kenny is still learning bits and pieces of songs.  I’m trying to remember how to do the guitar foot pedal dance.

We haven’t even had a chance to rehearse with Charley playing drums.  We’re scheduled to do that on Monday.  Meanwhile we have the drum tracks from recordings, so we can at least try to get our parts and sounds and vocals together.

Playing live and recording are such different animals.  Guaranteed there will be some stripping down of the songs for live performance.  It’s kind of cool, though.  Very lo-fi and rock-and-roll.  It would be cool to record a decent rehearsal and compare the vibe of the live version to the recording.