Tuesday, February 6, 2007


We've had two shows since I've last blogged and therefore, much to discuss.

Our first show was at the Social, a night club that a lot of wonderful people frequent, it seems. The room we played in consisted of mirrors, candles, couches, pillows, and board games. No joke. And it fit maybe 40 people, most of which, I like to think, were good friends. So you could imagine what a good time we all had. This was the set list...

Awful Things
Love Is After Me
Bedside Manner
Like It's Something
Execution Song

That could be wrong though. It was, after all, FIVE days ago.

We played Lazy Daisy as an encore. I definitely remember that.

And then this Monday, we played our first night of our residency at the Echo. The first artist was an older englishman named Richard Strange. He played in a band when he was younger named 'Doctors of Madness.' I don't know if that rings any bells or not, but his music was phenomonal I thought. As if Leonard Cohen had gotten shot or something, and continued to write songs. Maybe my tastes are a bit particular, but I truly did love it. He played just acoustically along with drum loops from his Macintosh laptop, but I offered to put together and hopefully be in his band, if he'd like one, next time he comes down to Los Angeles. So hopefully we will be talking soon about that. Then the Morning Benders played, some of our closest friends in the whole world, and they played great. If you haven't yet looked them up, don't even finish reading this blog, and immediately go to their myspace....which I think is www.myspace.com/themorningbenders. We played about 10:30 or so in front of a very friendly audience and I think we'd all agree that the show went very well. My guitar wouldn't really get in tune at all...but I think it was in a good way.................

Oh man....The blog can't go on without me telling you what just happened while I was writing it.

My phone just rang and I picked up and said hello and on the other end was a man with a thick english accent who said, 'Hi Taylor, it's Paul, Steve's roomate.' I said, 'Oh Hey what's up?' assuming I knew him because he got my name right and that whoever it was would click in a second, at which point he said, 'I was getting ready to leave my place and I know I have some of your books so I thought I could bring them down. Where are you?' I said, 'Well I'm home right now. Where are you?' hoping that would shed some light on the situation. But instead he just said 'Oh, I'm home. And I'm gonna be coming through the U-district. So I thought I could stop by.' That's when I realized that I don't know this person and it was the wrong number, and I don't know if him knowing my name was a crazy coincidence or maybe he looked up the wrong name in the phone book, but I definitely wasn't who he thought I was. So I said, 'uuhhhh....uhhhhh....that'd be fine.' Because I didn't know what else to say. Picking up on my reluctance, he said 'well, if you're busy having a wank or something I can come by another time.' I laughed and said, 'Oh, no. It's fine, I'll be here.' But I have no idea why I said that to him. Finally, he said 'Okay, I'll call later for directions' and we hung up. I assume he won't end up here, but hopefully he didn't take the address from where ever he got the phone number. His area code seemed very foreign, so I'm not too worried.

Anyway, I've completely lost my train of thought......The Echo show was good. That's all I had meant to say.

Last thing....we need a title for a song. Everyone send in their suggestions. Think 'love conquers all,' 'inner demons,' 'struggle for equilibrium'....that sort of thing. good luck.



dani said...

hahahahaha "having a wank".. how uber-brit of him. maybe you were unknowingly getting reacquainted with your old bff, jarvis cocker.

Courtney said...

i love that you went along with the phone call. even if i thought to do that, i'd end up laughing too hard.

mose said...

how about "We forgive mose for missing all of our recent gigs because santa cruz is very far away and we don't even know anyone up there besides him"

no, seriously, i miss you guys. my spring break is march 22 through april 2, i believe. i really hope i get to see you play then. i'd be down to drive to another city, even, 'cause i have access to a car when i'm home.

and i don't even know if i've congratulated you on the LP! you guys did a GREAT fucking job on it!!!!

Jason said...

Jason here from MERCURIUS. I always thought Ink and Essence was a good title for a song or an album (or a tattoo parlor), cuz writing music for me usually involves ink and some spark or inspiration from the Muse. When you say it out loud it sounds like incandescence, which means light. So that's my contribution. Oh, and I like Herbivore for the stripped down version of Carnivore! Pea Sout, Jason


Simon Dawes said...

How I wish I was talking to Jarvis Cocker.

Miniature Tigers said...

call it "Spiderman 3: It's a shoe in!"

Amy said...

I wonder what the other Taylor's like, that that's the first thing Paul thinks of.

Just sitting around all day, wanking and not reading his books.

Nadia said...

How about 'estranged'

I had a similar conversation once (minus the wank) but i carried on tlaking becasue for some reason i just though i was meant to know who i was talking to. Turns out they knew more than one Nadia. Oddball

C'eleste said...

Did he ever call back for directions? I'd met him and see what books he has to offer, find out more about this other Taylor.

as for title, the only thing that comes to mind is Refracted Light

jason said...

"balance is hard"

Hailey k said...

"call it "Spiderman 3: It's a shoe in!" "

I agree charlie... ;)

E.B. said...

"Prometheus Unbound" it's always been a favorite of mine. It was the original title Mary Shelley was going to go with before she bet the farm on "Frankenstein Instead"