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The Airborne Toxic Event was at the height of their powers on the Whiskey Machine Tour. Photo by Ryan Macchione.

The Airborne Toxic Event was at the height of their powers on the Whiskey Machine Tour. Photo by Ryan Macchione.

By Glen

In case there was any doubt that The Airborne Toxic Event meant it when they said in late October that they were going quiet, we did not have cause to write a single issue of Toxicity during the month of November – the longest break we’ve taken in over two years. Even this post is probably better titled Tox-ish-ity, as much of this “news” is more Airborne-adjacent than truly focused on the band. But, we’ve got a backlog of stuff to clear out before the holidays, so here we go.

In California

Under the heading of ‘Better Late Than Never’ comes Pop Matters’ late breaking review of the final show of Airborne’s Whiskey Machine Tour, way back on Oct. 22 at the Wiltern in Los Angeles. It’s not often that TATE and Guns ‘N’ Roses are cited together, but reviewer Greg Schwartz does just that:

“It’s nice to be home in Los Angeles, where no one understands you and everyone understands you,” Jollett noted as an intro to “California” (a tune that appears on both of the new albums with differing arrangements.) Jollett was tapping into a deeper concept of LA here, with its multi-dimensional nature of being “stuck in the same scene of nightmares and daydreams.” The song’s mixed emotions recalled Axl Rose’s sentiment at the end of Guns ‘N’ Roses summer ‘91 tour at the LA Forum when he said that “LA is a place where all your dreams can come true, but it can also be the loneliest place in the world.”

TATE Fan provides the video evidence:

Tomorrow night, the band’s exile ends very briefly when they return to action at Denver’s Not So Silent Night. It’s likely to be a fairly short set, but ten lucky fans (and their plus-ones’) will be more than satisfied after having dinner with the band, thanks to their latest “One Time Thing” Shazam contest.

Toxish News

In slightly Airborne-related news…

  • If you’re interested in learning more about the environment from whence The Airborne Toxic Event sprung, you’ll want to check out Pass the Music. The feature-length documentary examines the prolific Eastside Los Angeles music scene around the time of Airborne’s birth; in fact, there’s even a TATE-sighting in the first few minutes of the film. I confess, I haven’t actually had time to watch it yet myself, but I’ve heard good things and it’s definitely on my holiday To Do list.
  • Singer-songwriter Dar Williams penned a heartfelt editorial for American Songwriter, explicating the economic realities faced by middle-class touring musicians like Airborne. It’s eye-opening to be sure, even for those who are already familiar with the issues. So much to chew on here. It gives you even more appreciation for the sacrifices these artists make to fill our lives with music.

The Attitude of Gratitude will not fix what’s happened here.  Our industry is not sustainable right now.  Patronage helps (you know who you are). People who still believe in buying music help (you truly do—you make all the difference at this moment).  Crowd-sourcing campaigns have varying levels of success (I had a good run and am grateful). Thank goodness for flush car companies whose ads depict couples doing happy things to the soundtrack of artists under forty.

But to the ethos of endless music consumption with no investment: BOO. To bloggers who tell David Byrne to keep playing his pretty music but leave the income distribution math to the experts: BOO. To the industry people who tell us there is still money, it’s just in different places: BOO.  And to ALL streaming entities right now: BOO BOO BOO.

Yes, you can still jump in your car (gas is even at 1995 prices) and gig around the country, and the road food you find is likely to have less cholesterol and gluten. Yes, the world out there, in my experience, is greener, kinder, and more emotionally sophisticated than when I began.  You can go gig to gig and live hand to mouth and then some.  But when you want to grow that career to bring in a wider palette of sound, pay for a motel room, hire a person to keep things organized so that your creative spirit doesn’t collapse under a load of traveling minutiae, or make music that blows out of the speakers and transforms a listener, that’s when touring is much, much harder.  And I think the world will miss seeing full indie bands on stage (I’m not talking about PepsiCo funded Katy Perry spectacles, beautiful as they are), not to mention the luxuriant, idolatrous, complicated, intelligent production of XTC albums (they stopped touring) or Beatles albums (ditto).  There’s only so much a cool band t-shirt will pay for in a world that doesn’t want to buy that band’s recorded music.

  • Finally, if your love of The Airborne Toxic Event turned you on to author Don DeLillo (White Noise), here’s something to look forward to: his next novel, Zero K, will hit store shelves in May.

Toxic Gold

Most of Anna Bulbrook’s attention of late has been devoted to recording with the Bulls. While we wait for their debut album, the final recording from their fall session at Blind Blind Tiger has been released. Here is “Small Problems.”

GlenGlen 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.

The Airborne Toxic Event takes a final bow as the Whiskey Machine Tour comes to an end. Source: Anna Bulbrook's Facebook.

The Airborne Toxic Event takes a final bow as the Whiskey Machine Tour comes to an end. Source: Anna Bulbrook’s Facebook.

By Glen

This week we close the books on the Whiskey Machine Tour, and brace ourselves for life without The Airborne Toxic Event… for a little while.

What Now?

On a personal note, I’d like to thank you all so much for making my songs part of your life. It sometimes feels like I’m living in a dream and I don’t know where the dream ends and the world begins. But the bridge between us is this music and it makes me feel less alone. It’s a tremendous honor. Going dark for a bit now to hovel and rest and write. Please be well and go make some babies yo. – Mikel Jollett on Instagram

The final notes of the final show of The Airborne Toxic Event’s Whiskey Machine Tour hadn’t yet faded away before the fan hand wringing began.

If I had a dollar for every message I’ve received in the past week asking me if I think this is The End, I could quit my day job and do This Is Nowhere full time. Which, come to think of it, sounds pretty sweet, so maybe you can all toss me a loonie next time you write?

I kid. But it’s no exaggeration to say that questions about the band’s future are front and center in the minds of many fans as the musicians embark upon a break of unspecified duration.

The factors that have some worried are numerous. For whatever reason, Dope Machines and Songs of God and Whiskey – and, for that matter, Such Hot Blood – sadly fell short of the sales and radio impact of the earlier albums. The decrease in touring over the past few years is well documented (“decrease” being relative to the absolutely insane touring schedule the band kept up in the early years). The fact that each of the band members (particularly Anna Bulbrook) have other things on the go is no secret. And some followers have interpreted the social media posts of the past week as having an unsettling air of finality to them – though it’s worth noting that the same could have been said of posts from the end of the Such Hot Blood Tour, so let’s not fret about that too much.

Many fans had the opportunity to speak to band and crew as they’ve toured these last two months, and there’s a lot of “I heard this” and “I heard that” floating around. And yes, I too had some off the record conversations at shows I attended this fall.

The net result is this: I have no idea what the future holds, beyond what they’ve announced publicly. Mikel is going to take some time for some much needed R&R, and to do what he does best: write. Anna, who seemingly has an inhuman immunity to the need for recuperation, is already back in the studio with The Bulls, working on their debut full-length release. We’re less certain about what Daren, Adrian and Steven will be getting themselves up to, but they’ve all got their fingers in other pies too.

What will result from Mikel’s writing, only time will tell. More music, hopefully; his long lost book, possibly. We’ll just have to wait and see. But whatever it is, I know this much: it will be worth waiting for.

As for me, I don’t believe The End is nigh by any means. But I do sense that change (and change and change and change) is in the air, and change is good. So let’s all just hang tight and see where this adventure takes us next, shall we?

On a more personal note, a quiet period for the band inevitably means less content for This Is Nowhere. We’ll continue to report on anything that there is to report on, which I suspect will lead to lots of focus on The Bulls until Mikel emerges from his cave. Toxicity will be published on an as needed basis, and we’ll keep plugging away on the Toxic History series. As always, we’re more than happy to publish submissions from any Airborne fan, so fire away!

And finally, to Mikel: Thank you for pouring your heart out to us night after night after night after night. You will never know how you’ve changed us; how your words help carry us through the most difficult of times. Your music has formed the soundtrack to our morning jogs and our workday commutes, our hopes and our fears, our weddings and our divorces, our births and our losses. Your relentless schedule over the past nine years has left you little time to mourn your own losses, of which there have been way too many, and to process the countless changes in your own life. If ever a break has been well earned, it is this one. Take all the time you need… we’ll be here when you get back.

This ‘n’ That

Not much in the way of TATE coverage over the past couple of weeks, save from LA Music Blog’s sweet collection of photos from The Wiltern. However, in Airborne-adjacent news, our friend Colleen wrote eloquently in praise of nerdom, and TATE nerdom in particular, on her blog:

We all have something we completely “nerd out” about. Being a nerd is just loving something to the umpteenth degree.

The problem is, of course, there are always haters. There are always people who like to rain on someone else’s parade. And no matter how much we tell ourselves “the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate,” sometimes it’s hard to shake it off and go on experiencing our joy.

No one should tell you to tone down your joy. You have every right to be as happy as you can be, whether you are broadcasting your happy relationship on Facebook, sharing a hundred baby pictures on Instagram, going to your twentieth Airborne show, or watching those darn turtles in Finding Nemo.

Toxic Gold

Since it appears there will be no more live TATE for awhile (save for a lone shortened set in Denver in December), here are a few videos to tide you over – all from The Wiltern. “Poor Isaac” and “Innocence” come courtesy of YouTuber nesslurpee; “Cocaine and Abel” and “Change and Change and Change and Change” were filmed by TATE fan.

GlenGlen 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.

Anna Bulbrook: hardest working woman in show business? Photo from Anna's Instagram.

Anna Bulbrook: hardest working woman in show business? Photo from Anna’s Instagram.

By Glen

With The Airborne Toxic Event taking a breather before finishing up their brief Whiskey Machine Tour with three shows starting next weekend, this week’s Toxicity is brought to you by Anna Bulbrook, who is singlehandedly responsible for all of this week’s TATE”ish” news. A couple days ago on Twitter, Anna suggested that it’s good to “do things as opposed to not-doing things,” and she’s certainly been practicing what she preaches.

Is the Rumor True?

This past summer, Anna and her Bulls bandmate Marc Sallis filmed a pair of videos for their songs “Small Problems” and “Rumors.” While we have yet to see the former, the latter was released on Wednesday on Culture Collide. The piece, which Anna has described as a “motion portrait” and “degraded portraiture,” is essentially a 4-minute study of Anna’s near motionless face, as the camera pans around her, passing in and out of shadows, drifting in and out of focus, at times presenting a woman who seems to be at peace, and at others revealing what appears to be deep bruising. It is at once haunting and mesmerizing.

Live Starring Anna

When The Airborne Toxic Event swung through Buffalo last month, Anna took some time out for a brief chat with Live Starring You.

Anna, who confirms that she’ll be spending the bulk of what remains of 2015 working on The Bulls’ upcoming full length release, lays the blame for her fixation on the violin squarely on her brother. “My older brother played violin first, and when I was four I wanted to do everything he did!” To which we say, thank you, Andrew Bulbrook.

She also addresses the issue of fame – which, much like happiness, turns out to be overrated. “I don’t know if I would call [Airborne] famous,” she says. “For us, I’m just one of five people and if someone’s heard a song, it doesn’t mean they know what we all look like. So for me, it doesn’t really feel like fame. Being in a band is much more modest and normal, simple day to day.”

And finally, she shares a fun story from the road: “One time my violin was sitting on top of an amplifier, and the vibrations of the stage shook the violin off and it smashed. I had to get it fixed by the next day, because we had a big festival in England to play. I had to take a cab through a crazy street festival… I dropped it off with a kind of wisened ‘Harry Potter’ esque old man. It worked out, but the glue was still drying while I was playing it!”

Throwing Shade

Next up, because she’s clearly not busy enough, Anna announced that she will be performing as a vocalist in the upcoming live premiere of M83’s ambient record Digital Shades (vol. 1). Described on the Facebook event page as a “Brian Eno-inspired work [which] will have its debut performance, arranged for string ensemble, electronics, and voice. The program will trace ambient music’s roots in the music of John Cage and its influence on current composers Ingram Marshall, Michael Gordon, and Missy Mazzoli.” If you’re in Los Angeles November 14, it sounds well worth checking out.

Scoping Out the Latest in Social Media

If you’re not familiar with Periscope, it’s a mobile app that allows users to stream live video, while followers watch and comment in real time. Anna joined Periscope a couple weeks ago, and has already broadcast a few clips, including a few moments with TATE bandmate Steven Chen as the pair prepared to take in The Martian at a local movie theater. Steven recently opened his own Periscope account, joining Adrian Rodriguez and the official band account. No sign yet of Mikel Jollett or Daren Taylor.

Toxic Gold

We’ll close this Bulbrook-centric edition of Toxicity with another Bulls video that hit the Interwebz this week, a live performance of “Come Unwound” filmed for Blind Blind Tiger.

GlenGlen 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.

Mikel Jollett of The Airborne Toxic Event exhales after a job well done in Philadelphia. Photo by Ryan Macchione.

Mikel Jollett of The Airborne Toxic Event exhales after a job well done in Philadelphia. Photo by Ryan Macchione.

By Glen

As I gear up for my next Airborne Toxic Adventure, which will take me to Nevada and California a mere two weeks from today, I muse on the latest TATE news…

One of America’s Greatest Rock Bands

The Boston Herald‘s over the moon review of The Airborne Toxic Event’s show last weekend in Boston has been making the rounds in the TATE fan community all week. The writer, Bill Brotherton, heaps praise upon praise on the band.

The competition for your entertainment dollars this weekend was fierce. The three-day Boston Calling festival began last night with the Avett Brothers and Of Monsters and Men. Down south, Ed Sheeran was at Gillette Stadium and Brad Paisley was at the Xfinity Center. Josh Groban and Frank Turner sold out the Wang and House of Blues. And tonight, Madonna brings her spectacle to the Garden.

Spectacular acts, all.

But those in the know made the pilgrimage to the Orpheum last night to dance, sing and wallow in the exuberant sadness of The Airborne Toxic Event. Never have songs about failed romances, self-doubt and our inevitable death sounded so buoyant and upbeat. Its frontman Mikel Jollett is one of our best songwriters and TATE is one of America’s greatest rock bands.

And last night they were spectacular.

The Airborne Toxic Event played Boston Calling two years ago. Their set was a standout. But last night fans ventured to the Orpheum specifically to see them, and they were rewarded with one of the year’s best shows on one of Boston’s busiest music nights in years.

Over the last year and a half as I’ve worked on our ongoing Toxic History series, I have read literally hundreds of Airborne show reviews, and you know what? This is far from unusual. Coverage of TATE gigs is almost universally glowing (like this latest, from Stereo Embers, who caught the band in Buffalo). Seriously – I’d bet I could count the negative pieces on one hand.

The superlatives spewed by The Herald have been echoed by so many others for so many years now. It makes you wonder: just how many times does a band have to be labeled criminally underrated, the best band you’ve never heard of, and a group that should be playing much larger venues before the world wakes up and realizes what it’s missing? As special as it is to be one of “those in the know”… Mikel, Anna, Steven, Daren and Adrian – they deserve more than to be music’s Best Kept Secret. I hope someday they get it.

Dope Machines… or Such Hot Blood?

“I was really determined on this record to tell the story the way I wanted to tell it,” says Mikel Jollett. “And I didn’t care if it was weird. I didn’t care if the song structures were weird, or if the ideas were straightforward or obvious. I didn’t know if anyone would get it.”

Pop Quiz: What album is Mikel talking about?

If you said Dope Machines, you can be forgiven, because he said very much the same sorts of things in the run up to its release. But in this case, he’s talking about Such Hot Blood.

The quotes come from a podcast that was shared this week by Boston Rock Talk. With the way they tweeted it, I was under the impression that it was a new interview, and I listened to it for a good ten minutes before I clued into the fact that it’s actually from two years ago. Still well worth the listen. But I was pretty surprised to hear Mikel talk about SHB in these terms. It’s never struck me as a weird album, at all. Am I alone here? To this day, I feel like this wonderful record has not gotten its due. Just another example of TATE being under appreciated, I guess.

The Bird is the Word

And now for something that I think we can all agree is very weird…

I’ll start by confessing: I have a powerful aversion to all things Pee-wee Herman. It dates back to when I was a kid, and my Grandma decided to take my brother and I to a movie. I wanted Back to the Future; he wanted Pee-wee’s Big Adventure. He won. (I mean really… can you believe it?) And even though the film featured a cameo from one of my favorite bands at the time, the legendary Twisted Sister, I knew enough to know: this is not high quality entertainment.

If you’re wondering why I’m rambling about Peewee Herman in an article about The Airborne Toxic Event, well… just watch.

I’m so sorry. (But, well played, Murray Jay Siskind!)

Snapshots from the Road

Despite the extraordinarily busy week for The Airborne Toxic Event as they traipsed their way around the east coast, there haven’t been many professional quality photos making their way to the Interwebz (save for The Heavy Press and their Riot Fest Toronto collection). But fans have been stepping up to fill the void, as evidenced by the Crowd Albums for Buffalo, New York, Boston and Philly.

Toxic Gold

One of the highlights of last weekend’s shows was the return of “The Thing About Dreams” to the set. *Spoiler Alert: it is one of the top two fan favorites from Dope Machines, according to our recent TATE fan survey. Here’s the video from Boston, courtesy of Julie. I put it here in hopes that the band will play it when they hit Reno and Sacramento a couple weeks from now.

GlenGlen 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.

Anna Bulbrook gets high as Mikel Jollett looks on during The Airborne Toxic Event's set at Riot Fest Toronto. Photo by Trish Cassling.

Anna Bulbrook gets high as Mikel Jollett looks on during The Airborne Toxic Event’s set at Riot Fest Toronto. Photo by Trish Cassling.

By Glen

We’re smack dab in the middle of the most action-packed week The Airborne Toxic Event has had in months. After playing four sets in three cities in just over 48 hours last weekend and hitting Buffalo Tuesday night, the band finishes off the first portion of the Whiskey Machine Tour with another four set, three city, 48 hour whirlwind: New York City (last night), Anna Bulbrook’s hometown Boston tonight, and Philadelphia tomorrow. That final stop will include a private set for the winners of the band’s Shazam contest, to be held a couple hours before the main event.

A Close Call

The band’s frenzied performance schedule this week is made all the more remarkable by the fact that Mikel Jollett has been doing it hopped up on painkillers after a recent car crash that could’ve been much worse. He shared the scary details in an interview with CBS Philly:

I hydroplaned on the 10 freeway and spun off and totaled the car. I almost died; like, it was crazy. Went down an embankment, got pinned by a boulder. I just spun off the freeway at a high speed. It was insane. My back’s all messed up… nothing major, just some muscle stuff.

As to playing the shows on meds, he says, “It’s been interesting. We played a show the other night and I forgot the lyrics to a song, then we play another show in Toronto at Riot Fest and I forgot the lyrics to another song, and I put it in the wrong key, because I’m on all these muscle relaxers and pain killers. The show’s been loopy, but fun. I’ve never been that into drugs, more than you’re average wayward rock and roll person in the big city I guess, but man, it’s been a whole nother experience.”

I’m sure I speak for the entire Airborne fan community when I say, thank God it wasn’t worse. Take care of yourself, Mikel, and thanks for keeping the show on the road.

Speaking of God, elsewhere in the interview, Mikel waxes theological as he considers the Pope’s visit to Philly coinciding with the band’s show on Saturday. He also looks back at the reaction to Dope Machines, concluding that he had fretted unnecessarily.

I think I was hand-ringing over nothing. When you make something, you spend so much time on it, you feel like a lot of nervous energy about how it’s going to be received. Early on there were people, like on Facebook that were so mad that we made an electronic record and I wasn’t sure if they were expressing some larger will, and it turns out they weren’t.

A Not So Silent Night

The Airborne Toxic Event has been a regular at holiday shows over the years, and the first announcement in that regard came down recently. The band will return to Denver with Bastille, Cold War Kids and others on Dec. 5, for Channel 93.3’s Not So Silent Night.

Reading Between the Lines

From the department of “I May Be Reading Too Much into This” comes this tweet:

It’s just four little letters that could ultimately mean nothing, but that “hmmm” has me quite optimistic that we will get some kind of official recording of Airborne’s very popular cover of Kid Cudi’s “Pursuit of Happiness” before too long. May it be so!

Road Recaps

Assorted coverage of The Airborne Toxic Event’s most recent road escapades:

Anti Music tagged the band as one of the MVP’s of Riot Fest Chicago.

Music Felon published a photo gallery from TATE’s electrifying gig in Austin.

AXS Entertainment captured the fun at Riot Fest Toronto. So did Riff You. And so did The Reviews Are In.

Buffalo News published a huge collection from Airborne’s visit earlier this week; if you were there, you’ll probably find yourself in their extensive fan shots.

Mulling Over Midnight

As part of their ongoing “What’s THAT Supposed to Mean?” series, Popdose recently covered The Airborne Toxic Event’s best loved song, “Sometime Around Midnight.” The writer, Beau Dure, muses about why he feels so connected to a song that describes experiences he’s never personally had – a sensation that I am very familiar with myself.

The question I’ve wrestled with is this, and the reason I’m writing about this song in this series: What do I get from this song? Why does it resonate with me?

I’ve never been in this situation. I was never a serious drinker — never “lost in the haze of the wine” or stumbling down a street oblivious to everyone’s stares. I haven’t had a breakup I regretted since I started college.

The closest I can come to that feeling would be in college, watching situations in which I didn’t even have a chance to be the ex. I haven’t checked with Duke, but I may still hold the university record for unrequited crushes. I can’t think of a specific situation in which I saw someone I admired from afar walking off with another guy, but if you add up all the times I realized someone was out of my league or just walking in different circles (like frat parties, which I never had the slightest interest in attending), I could probably come up with a pretty good amalgam.

Indie History

Noisy published a compelling retrospective off failed Los Angeles radio station Indie 103.1. With the station’s heyday having coincided with the rise of The Airborne Toxic Event, the band gets an extended spotlight in the story. Mikel recalls what the station’s support meant to his upstart operation:

We had been a band for about a year and I think Mark Sovel had us in to the studio to do a live performance of a song. It was really cool because we were just a local band playing Spaceland and El Cid and places like that.

I had this little clock radio and it was on Indie 103.1 and I heard our song, “Does This Mean You’re Moving On?” and was like, “Woah, this is so cool!” It was like that moment in La Bamba.

It’s one thing when you hear something through your speakers or monitor speaks in the studio or something, but hearing something that you’re a part of on your tiny, little fuckin’ digital talk radio—that’s a trip. I think it also followed the song “Push” by the Cure, which is one of my all-time favorite songs. I kind of welled up a bit.

In January of 2008, we played this [Indie-hosted] residency at Spaceland and in the fourth week of the residency—again, we’re still a local band, no manager, no record deal, nothing—and Indie 103.1 added us to their rotation, started playing our song all the time, which was a huge deal for us…We never figured that the radio would play us and then they did. It was this really weird moment because it was embarrassing how exciting it was.

KROQ [added The Airborne Toxic Event] that same week and it was crazy. The audience totally changed. It was bigger. I think 1200 people showed up to that show for our residency and Spaceland has a capacity of 300. There’s a little documentary online about that night. That was kind of weird. The week before, there was 200.

The other thing that changed was the audience. Before that, it was our friends and people in the scene and music fans from the Eastside or wherever. Then suddenly people drove from the Valley or people drove from the South Bay or the Westside to come see a show at Spaceland. It was just a much bigger crowd and it was a different kind of crowd.

Radio is very competitive and there are all kinds of charts that show you the research of how this song is performing…There is detailed research and it’s all tied to ad revenue, right? But, Indie 103.1 didn’t seem to care. They just liked playing what they liked and they had some cool people working there—Sovel being one of them—that just had good taste and liked good music and just sort of believed that if they did that then the rest of it would fall into place.

Toxic Gold

Yep… I’m a little obsessed with “Pursuit of Happiness” at the moment. Here’s the performance from Riot Fest Toronto, courtesy of danielscissorhands.

GlenGlen 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.

Daren Taylor of The Airborne Toxic Event wowed the Bumbershoot crowd with his patented drum solo. Photo by Creative Copper Images.

Daren Taylor of The Airborne Toxic Event wowed the Bumbershoot crowd with his patented drum solo. Photo by Creative Copper Images.

By Glen

The Airborne Toxic Event is easing into their Whiskey Machine Tour, warming up with a festival show each weekend for several weeks before turning things up a notch later in the month. While you wait for that, here’s the latest in TATE happenings.

A Choice Contest

As you probably already know, the band made a splash earlier this week by upping the stakes on their “One Time Thing” Shazam contest. Rather than winning “just” a meet and greet, fans are now forsaking work, family and other “priorities” in order to out-Shazam one another, in the hopes of scoring tickets to a private show – and for the most dedicated among them, the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to choose the setlist.

Unfortunately, the contest is only open to those in the Philadelphia area (or, more accurately, those who are able to get themselves to Philadelphia for the gig that will presumably take place around Sept. 26th, when they are in town for their scheduled show). And so, alas, my personal Airborne fantasy will remain just that.

The Ultimate Airborne Album: Fans’ Choice

Speaking of fantasies, a couple weeks ago I killed some time by assembling my ultimate Airborne Toxic Event album, by choosing my favorite opening track from their five studio albums, my favorite Track 2, etc. Many of you played along and registered your votes (big thanks to all who did!). Here are the results: the Fans’ Choice Ultimate TATE Album.

  1. All At Once
  2. Numb
  3. Gasoline
  4. Happiness is Overrated
  5. Does This Mean You’re Moving On?
  6. Bride and Groom
  7. Sometime Around Midnight
  8. Half of Something Else
  9. Missy
  10. Innocence
  11. The Graveyard Near the House
  12. This Losing
  13. The Way Home

Hmm… Perhaps this is why the band feels compelled to major on the first two albums in most of their live shows? I’m surprised by the lack of love here for the two latest releases, though it’s hard to compete with the songs that have taken hold in our lives over the past eight years. But, it should be noted that songs from Dope Machines and Songs of God and Whiskey finished in second place in six of the ten tracks for which they were eligible.

The biggest landslide, not surprisingly, was “Sometime Around Midnight,” which garnered a whopping 80% of the vote as the best Track 7. Track 10 was the closest battle between two songs, with “Innocence” edging out “All I Ever Wanted” by just one vote. Track 2 was the most even showdown across the board, with each of the five songs getting between 15-29% of the vote.

All of this is just a warm-up for the 2nd Airborne Toxic Event Fan Survey – coming to you this Tuesday! Here’s a look back at the first edition.

Shooting Bumbershoot

Back to the actual news. The Airborne Toxic’s festival stop last weekend was at Seattle’s Bumbershoot. We reviewed the soggy show here. The set was captured on camera by Jennifer McInnis of Creative Copper Images, whose work is regularly featured here at This Is Nowhere (Jenn also wrote her own brief review of TATE’s performance, and others). City Arts Online also published a photo gallery.

Meanwhile, TATE fan Elva pulled off what I believe is an Airborne first, broadcasting the entire set live from her phone, on Periscope. Her recording is now on YouTube. If others feel so inclined to get in on the Periscope craze during the upcoming tour, please give us a heads up and we’ll spread the word. It’s a great way for fans to be able to connect and participate in the fun when they aren’t fortunate enough to be in attendance themselves.

The Perfect Son; the Perfect Playlist

A couple months ago, Barbara Claypole White published her latest novel, The Perfect Son. TIN reader Deborah brought to our attention that the book includes a recommended listening list – and guess which band appears on said list more than any other? The Airborne Toxic Event scored four songs: “The Fifth Day,” “This is London,” “The Way Home” and “The Graveyard Near the House.” I haven’t read the book, but you can’t go far wrong when you’re inspired by these lyrical gems. Here’s a description of the book in case you’re interested:

From a distance, Felix Fitzwilliam, the son of an old English family, is a good husband and father. But, obsessed with order and routine, he’s a prisoner to perfection. Disengaged from the emotional life of his North Carolina family, Felix has let his wife, Ella, deal with their special-needs son by herself.

A talented jewelry designer turned full-time mother, Ella is the family rock…until her heart attack shatters their carefully structured existence. Now Harry, a gifted teen grappling with the chaos of Tourette’s, confronts a world outside his parents’ control, one that tests his desire for independence.

As Harry searches for his future, and Ella adapts to the limits of her failing health, Felix struggles with his past and present roles. To prevent the family from being ripped apart, they must each bend with the inevitability of change and reinforce the ties that bind.

Toxic Gold

As fans daydream about picking The Airborne Toxic Event’s setlist, one track that’s getting frequently mentioned is “Tokyo Radio.” Here’s a rare live performance, captured by Julie in 2010.

GlenGlen 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.

Steven Chen and his Airborne Toxic Event bandmates electrified the crowd at Riot Fest Denver. Photo by Shannon Shumaker for the Prelude Press.

Steven Chen and his Airborne Toxic Event bandmates electrified the crowd at Riot Fest Denver. Photo by Shannon Shumaker for the Prelude Press.

By Glen

Are you ready to rev up the Whiskey Machine? September is upon us, and that means The Airborne Toxic Event’s fall tour is about to start up in earnest. This Is Nowhere will be here to cover it each step of the way.

What a Riot

To close out August, The Airborne Toxic Event kicked off four consecutive weekend festival appearances by storming Riot Fest Denver. They made themselves right at home at the rap-heavy party, pleasing the crowd with their now standard Kid Cudi cover, “The Pursuit of Happiness.” Prelude Press caught all the action.

Next up: Seattle’s famed Bumbershoot Festival, tomorrow. We’ll have a complete recap of TATE’s set for you on Sunday.

Mikel Jollett: Blogging is not a crime.

Mikel Jollett: Blogging is not a crime.

Taking a Stand

The Airborne Toxic Event has a history of supporting the work of Amnesty International that dates back to their collaboration on the Neda Project in 2010 (which was, incidentally, the subject of our most recent Toxic History chapter). Riot Fest provided an opportunity for the band to stand with their Amnesty friends once again, as they made an appearance at Amnesty’s meet and greet tent, where they made known their feelings on two important issues: the unjust imprisonment of Saudi Arabian blogger Raif Badawi, who was arrested and sentenced to 1,000 lashes for insulting Islam, and the increasingly frequent use of deadly force by American police.

With regards to the latter, this is not the first time the band has protested the use of excessive force by police. They do it every time they play “I Fought the Law,” which was, appropriately, pulled out again in Denver.

The Band Gets Studious

Earlier this week, the group took advantage of the gap between festival dates to hit the studio for a day. No word on what exactly they were doing there or if/when we might see the fruit of their labors, but we get excited whenever The Airborne Toxic Event hooks up recording equipment.

Outlook: Bullish

Anna Bulbrook wrapped up a busy month for her new band The Bulls with the final show of their #GIRLSCHOOL residency at The Satellite in Los Angeles. The gig also functioned as the launch party for the group’s newly release Small Problems EP. This Is Nowhere’s Julie Stoller reviewed the debut recording for Ryan’s Smashing Life, concluding, “Orchestral strings, fuzzy guitars, stark minimalist beauty to epic grandeur, ethereal and dreamy vocals — what’s not to love?” I agree.

The Bulls also opened their online merchandise store, where fans can choose from a number of t-shirts and pick up a limited edition cd copy of Small Problems.

Amidst all of that excitement, the most significant piece of Bulls-related news as far as fans of The Airborne Toxic Event are concerned may have been an off-hand comment from Anna on Facebook, in which she reassured TATE fans: “don’t worry, I’m still in The Airborne Toxic Event.” We can be a skittish bunch at times, so that statement no doubt elicited more than one sigh of relief.

Toxic Gold

With lots of photos of the band at the Amnesty tent floating around Twitter this week, it seems fitting to take a look back at “Neda.” In the first video below, the studio version of the song plays over top of “I am Neda” images submitted by supporters from around the world. In the second, The Airborne Toxic Event plays it live for the first time ever at the Neda benefit show, May 25, 2010 at the Echo in Los Angeles.

Glen-TINGlen 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.

Have you Shazammed The Airborne Toxic Event today?

Have you Shazammed The Airborne Toxic Event today?

By Glen

The waning days of summer can mean only one thing: The Airborne Toxic Event’s fall tour is almost upon us! While you wait for that, we present some ruminations on Airborne’s place in today’s music scene, and all the latest news from The Bulls.

TATE, Shazam, and the State of the Music Industry

Last week, The Airborne Toxic Event announced a contest in which they asked fans in Buffalo and Philadelphia to regularly Shazam new single “One Time Thing,” dangling a chance to hang with them backstage as enticement. That announcement came hot on the heels of the launch of our own Shazam contest, in which we’re giving away a copy of Dope Machines on vinyl. (And yes, there’s still time to enter both contests, so we’ll forgive you if you pause your reading now to quickly Shazam the song.)

Why all the sudden fuss about Shazam, you ask? Well, as we explained briefly in our contest post, Shazam has very quickly become a key – perhaps the key – to success in the popular music scene. My TIN cohort Julie has been doing extensive research on the subject and educating me along the way, and what we’ve learned has been eye opening.

For the user (Joe Music Fan), Shazam is a music discovery tool. The app allows you to instantly identify any song you hear, anywhere… on radio or television, in a store or on a crowded street or in your friend’s living room, in your car or bleeding through the wall of your apartment. No more waiting for the song to end in hopes that the DJ mentions the title or artist; now you need simply hold up your phone and hit ‘Shazam,’ and you get not just the name and artist, but lyrics and links to purchase the track. Beautiful, right?

Music industry insiders use Shazam in an entirely different way. The data collected from millions of Shazammers around the world allows them to predict with pinpoint precision which songs are going to hit, and which are not. This then allows them to focus their efforts around music that has ready made hit potential. Radio stations use this information to form their playlists, and concert promoters use it to choose which acts to bring to town.

So, it’s easy to understand why The Airborne Toxic Event wants fans to Shazam up a storm. They’ve never bought into the classic indie rock line of thinking that sees success as dirty. They’re not going to sacrifice their integrity as artists to achieve it, but neither are they going to shy away from using the tools available to them to get their music heard. And no one should begrudge them this.

What pisses me off is that the system seems rigged against Airborne and other bands of their ilk. A comment from TIN reader Susan on our contest illustrates the problem: “I’m used to using the app to ID songs I don’t know… not ones I play continually!”

I’m with her. Frankly, it never occurred to me to Shazam TATE. There’s no need to identify songs I could sing in my sleep. I would guess that most established fans of this (and any other) band are in the same boat.

And therein lies the problem: if Airborne fans aren’t Shazamming the band, who is? It’s a vicious cycle: the fans don’t Shazam, so radio stations don’t pick up the song, so new listeners who might be given to Shazamming it never hear it, so promoters don’t think anyone cares about the band, so fewer shows get booked.

The problem is compounded by the fact that Airborne audience demographics likely skew a little older than the typical Shazam user, and by the fact that Mikel Jollett does not go out of his way to write radio/Shazam friendly material (a factor which is a major positive in my book). Consider his comments when Darren Rose asked him last year if he cares about radio singles:

No. I mean, yes and no. Here’s my thoughts on that: No, because you can’t write a radio single… I can’t do that. We’ve never been that kind of band. Our songs that made it on the radio were never really intended that way… You just have to write a lot of music, and sometimes you write something that’s really great. And if something’s really great, people will play it because it’s great… I don’t want to be known for something that’s kind of superfluous. There’s bands now, and I won’t mention them, who are on the radio, and I wouldn’t want to play their songs… It’s not my thing, and I wouldn’t want to be a musician if it meant I’d have to sing their songs… I really believe that great music rises to the top.

It’s an admirable stance to be sure, and I don’t think many Airborne fans would have it any other way. But it does put the band behind the eight ball given the current industry landscape. In a time when a song is made or broken in its first ten seconds (after which very few people will Shazam it), it becomes very difficult for artists of depth to get noticed. And that just sucks.

Nevertheless, it’s the way the game is played now. Many have commented on the sparseness of The Airborne Toxic Event’s tour schedule this fall, compared to previous album cycles. The truth is, we’ve been terribly spoiled by the band’s relentless touring in the past, and we can’t expect it to continue forever. So, if you want TATE to come to a venue near you… SHAZAM! Otherwise, they’ll forever find themselves on lists like this one: Gigwise’s 24 Brilliant Artists Who Deserve to Be So Much Bigger.

For Openers

Enough of that nonsense; on to happier subjects, like the fall tour. The opening acts have been set for most of the non-festival dates. In Buffalo, Boston, New York City and Philadelphia, it will be Dreamers. In Los Angeles, it will be Australian folk duo The Falls. They seem pretty excited.

Stampeding Bulls

While the rest of her Airborne bandmates have seemingly enjoyed a quiet summer, Anna Bulbrook has been devoting every spare moment to her band The Bulls. Their debut EP Small Problems drops a week from today, but we’ve already reviewed it. Spoiler: it’s brilliant.

Meanwhile, the band has been generating an impressive amount of press of late. Here’s a roundup:

New song “Rumors” premieres on LA Times.

DOA reviews “Rumors,” saying, “‘Rumors’ is as equally strong as the previous two singles and rides on the wave of a driving bass line that propels the song forward. Sharp, New Wave guitar riffs slice through the dreaminess of Anna’s cool-tone, but sweet vocals. A restless rhythm builds up from the flexible bass line and addition of bright synth note plinks and shaken percussion as Anna questioningly posits ‘Is the rumor true?'”

Glacially Musical gives thumbs up to the EP. “The songs sound absolutely phenomenal. The guitar tones are brittle and gritty. The bass guitar has a strong, dirty grit to it, and the drums fit in the to the tracks like they should. This album is upbeat, peppy, and poppy. Here and there, twinges of sadness rear their heads, but only as if they’re being shouted down by laughter.”

Grimy Goods spared few superlatives in their coverage of The Bulls’ #GIRLSCHOOL residency. “Bulbrook’s vocals are pitch-perfect to the point they almost sound auto-tuned. Bulbrook was a triple threat, alternating from guitar to violin, all while slicing up the crowd with her voice.”

Finally, and most significantly, the LA Times ran a full-length feature and interview with Anna yesterday. The biggest revelation is that she and partner Marc Sallis will be headed back to the studio in September and October to continue work on their first full-length album. This would seem to suggest that the large gap in Airborne’s touring schedule during the early fall will not be filled with shows, or at least not entirely.

The article also reveals a great deal about how Anna got her start in songwriting, the genesis of The Bulls, and the sense of purpose she feels as a female artist: “Once we committed to doing the #GIRLSCHOOL angle, it really started to feel important to me in a deep way,” Bulbrook said. “It wasn’t just a chance for the Bulls to grow. I thought of the mission quickly, and then I realized afterward how much it meant to me.”

Toxic Gold

With The Airborne Toxic Event hitting the stage at Riot Fest Denver in a week’s time, here’s a look book at their last appearance at that festival, back in 2013. This is “Safe.”

Glen-TINGlen 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.

Mikel Jollett of the Airborne Toxic Event, as captured by Sofa King Cool Online at Buffalo's Kerfuffle.

Mikel Jollett of the Airborne Toxic Event, as captured by Sofa King Cool Online at Buffalo’s Kerfuffle.

By Glen

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.

Mikel Jollett of The Airborne Toxic Event gets hauled away in cuffs at the Kerfuffle in Buffalo. It was all in good fun - this time.

Mikel Jollett of The Airborne Toxic Event gets hauled away in cuffs at the Kerfuffle in Buffalo. It was all in good fun – this time.

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.

Concerts Captured

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.

Toxic Radio

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.

Toxic Gold

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, Fan of The Airborne Toxic EventGlen 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.

Anna Bulbrook on the set of the Bulls' video shoot for

Anna Bulbrook on the set of the Bulls’ video shoot for “Rumors.” Photo by Julia Lofstrand.

By Glen

It seems I picked a good month to take a bit of a breather, as The Airborne Toxic Event have done the same in the early days of summer. The break will come to an end next week, however, as the band takes the stage for a trio of gigs before month’s end (two of which we’ll be reviewing for you).

Golden Gig

While we wait for the promised additional fall tour dates, one more Airborne gig quietly popped up on the radar recently. One week from tonight, the band will play an acoustic set at The Golden Nugget in Atlantic City, NJ. It’s going to be an intimate event, and the only way to be part of it is to win your way in – so take your best shot.

Outlook for Anna’s Summer: Bullish

While her TATE bandmates have stayed off the radar this summer, Anna Bulbrook has been gearing up for big things with her new band, the Bulls. Last night, the Bulls supported the Drowning Men at the latter’s 10th Anniversary show. For Anna’s group, it was a mere warmup for their August residency at The Satellite in LA, where they will play every Monday for a month. (TIN reader Daniel will be providing us with a review of one of the shows, so keep an eye out for that.)

Meanwhile, it surfaced this week that the Bulls are represented by New Community Management, where they share a roster with Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, among others. You may recall that Anna has guested with Sharpe on a number of occasions.

Just a couple weeks after the Bulls shot a music video for their newest song “Small Problems,” they found themselves in front of the camera yet again. This time, it was for a surreal looking video for “Rumors,” another track (presumably) from their forthcoming EP. Keep an eye on YouTube!

Studio Rat

Last year, Anna filled Instagram with photos of the home studio she created for her Bulls’ work and side projects. Now, she has provided a different kind of window into that process, sitting down with CM21 to talk about her studio.

Violinist Anna Bulbrook, a member of the Los Angeles rock band Airborne Toxic Event since 2007, saw her side work grow to the point that she had no choice but to create her own workspace, which led to her renting a room at Bedrock L.A. in the city’s Echo Park neighborhood.

Much as her studio space is packed with the tools of a touring musician – mic stands, Fender amps, a small drum kit – it has, more importantly, become her writing and recording workspace. She finds the space has helped her beyond having a convenient place to work on side projects such as the Bulls, a band she leads with Marc Sallis of The Duke Spirit, and her work scoring for visual media.

“Aside from getting a clean signal that isn’t degraded or blown out, [recording] has taught me to think a lot about arranging,” says Bulbrook, who moved into Bedrock in early 2014. “I’m tracking so that I’m able to communicate my ideas to an engineer, so that when I got into a proper studio, I can bang it out.”

She also gave a bit of insight into Airborne’s recording process:

A generation of musicians has grown up with easy-to-use software, beginning in most cases with Apple’s GarageBand and upgrading to ProTools and Logic. “We probably spent too much time using GarageBand,” Bulbrook says of Airborne’s recordings, the last of which, Dope Machines, was largely recorded in band leader Mikel Jollett’s kitchen. “The sound quality is so much higher [in Logic], and there are tools that become available. Those are things you didn’t think about.”

By all accounts, we won’t have to wait too much longer to hear the fruit of all her labors in the studio.

Toxic Inspiration

The Airborne Toxic Event never fails to inspire, and recently the band inspired one of the most riveting pieces of TATE art I have ever seen. Deviant Artist Misfortunee created this masterpiece with the help of a friend, as an anniversary gift for said friend’s boyfriend – TIN reader Matthew.

This original piece of artwork, inspired by The Airborne Toxic Event, was created by Misfortuneee.

This original piece of artwork, inspired by The Airborne Toxic Event, was created by Misfortuneee.

Says the artist:

I did this piece for one of my dear friends anniversary, they have been together for 4 years! Hes really into The Airborne Toxic Event so his girlfriend and I worked together to make this image, it has a bunch of TATE references and he apparently really loves it! I had to wait until the date passed before I posted it on social media so he wouldn’t be spoiled on the gift.

Best of all, it is available for purchase in a variety of sizes and formats at very reasonable prices.

A Very Hoogie Birthday!

A huge (Hooge?) happy birthday earlier this week to our favorite roadie, Hoogie on the Road! You may know Hoogie from such catchphrases as, “Pretty quiet for a rock show,” or from always being there to save Mikel’s neck every time he puts it on the line climbing the rafters or otherwise engaging in foolhardy stunts. Hoogie’s been busy this year on the road with other bands, but we sure hope to see him at an Airborne show in the near future.

Toxic Gold

We closed our last issue with “All for a Woman” from a 2011 Last.FM session. We head back there this week for an acoustic “All I Ever Wanted” (following a brief interview segment). Just a little taste of what’s in store next week at the Golden Nugget!

Glen, Fan of The Airborne Toxic EventGlen 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.