With summer vacation wreaking havoc on our regular publishing schedule, it’s time to catch up on all the latest goings on from The Airborne Toxic Event in a rare Sunday edition of Toxicity.
Our Condolences to the Jollett Family
We start off on a sad note, unfortunately. Amanda Keeler wrote a preview of Airborne’s fall tour for axs.com, in which she alluded to a recent heartbreak in Mikel Jollett’s family:
Sad news came in early May though when frontman Mikel Jollett’s father passed away. His father Jim was a long time supporter of the band, and was often seen at their hometown shows singing along to the music while wearing his Airborne attire.
We had heard this news when it happened shortly before the band’s special Songs of God and Whiskey show in Orange County, but with nothing having been announced publicly, we wanted to respect Mikel and his family’s privacy. Now that it’s on record, though, we want to express our deepest condolences to the whole family on their loss.
On a related note, we understand that the hat Mikel sported at that SOGAW show (and at each performance since) belonged to his dad – a very nice tribute to a man who is sorely missed.
The Kerfuffle at the Kerfuffle
Meanwhile on the lighter side, Mikel caused quite the stir after the band’s recent performance at the Kerfuffle in Buffalo when he posted a photo that implied he had gotten himself into some trouble with the local authorities. After leaving us all hanging for a night, he came clean and admitted that it was just a prank they’d pulled on TATE tour manager Bill Handlin. Given Mikel’s somewhat checkered past when it comes to such incidents (which we’ll be covering in our next Toxic History post a couple days from now), it no doubt had the intended effect of causing poor Bill a heart attack.
The Airborne Toxic Event played a trifecta of shows in late July, and while they didn’t yield a ton of press, they did generate a number of photo galleries that are worth checking out. Radio 104.5 posted the very fun meet and greet photos from the Golden Nugget; the Kerfuffle was amply covered by Buffalo News, Alternative Buffalo and Sofa King Cool Online; while Baltimore’s Power Plant Live posted a selection of pics on their Facebook page.
We don’t know about you, but we don’t think The Airborne Toxic Event gets nearly enough love from radio these days. And with radio success still playing a vital role in any band’s ability to tour extensively, we want to encourage all Airborne fans to regularly hit up their local stations and encourage them to play the best band that far too few have heard about. “One Time Thing” has recently been added to the playlists of several stations, so that’s the song to focus on these days.
To make it easy for fans to figure out who to contact, we are compiling a list of TATE-friendly radio stations from around the world. If there’s a station in your area that has been known to play The Airborne Toxic Event – or who should be playing the band – please send us the name of the station, the station’s Twitter handle, and the city in which it is based. We’ll add it to our list, which will be published shortly.
Late Night Bear Sighting
TATE bassist Adrian Rodriguez (aka Adrian Bear) is known to frequently sit in with other bands; recently, he’s been doing so with friend Twin Shadow. That’s how he landed on the Late Late Show with James Corden, joining Twin Shadow and his crew for a performance of “To The Top.” Adrian had a pretty limited musical role, but the camera loved him as he busted out some seriously enthusiastic moves.
What Steven’s Listening To
We don’t get to hear from Steven Chen as often as we would like, so it was a treat when he popped up on YouTube this week, sharing his current favorite songs with 1iota studios. His eclectic playlist includes “Born Slippy” by Albert Hammond Jr., “Special Affair” by The Internet, “Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins)” by Father John Misty, Action Bronson’s “Easy Rider,” and his top pick, “The Less I Know the Better” by Tame Impala. Watch the video for his insightful commentary on each track and artist.
As The Airborne Toxic Event completed their soundcheck at the Golden Nugget, excited fans listening through the walls began buzzing about what sounded like a new song being practiced. As it turned out, it wasn’t new Airborne material after all, but the next best thing: a rocking cover of Kid Cudi’s “Pursuit of Happiness.” The tune was played at all three TATE shows last month, including this rendition from Kerfuffle, captured by Rick. One can only hope that the band will dip into their old bag of tricks and record it for YouTube soon.
Glen is the founder and editor of This Is Nowhere. He’s grateful for an understanding wife and kids who indulge his silly compulsion to chase a band all over the Pacific Northwest (and occasionally beyond) every time the opportunity arises.