Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Comedy and music in DC tomorrow night

Happy Holidays! This should be a very cool night. There will be two shows that will start on time (sort of like a live movie) and it costs 6 dollars. The show times are 9:30 and 11:00PM. We've been a fan of Matt Hemerlein for a while now and he is always amazing to see live. Please check out his MySpace page. Also, there will be two very funny comedians performing as well.

Check out the FACEBOOK EVENT for more info.

2471 18th Street Washington,
DC NW 20009

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Giving a Quality Cat Massage and Jammin'

culture jamming

Found this pic on the internet somewhere...

I don't know if those of you reading this birdlips blog are into cats, but I sure am.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Lying Low + Food Inc.

So we got back from our first national tour about two months ago. We put somewhere between nine and ten thousand miles on the tour mobile in about six weeks and had an incredible time. Now we're living with parents in the DC area since we broke the bank on our, teaching some music lessons, working on new material and plotting a move to the west coast, probably San Francisco. We're going to try to do another tour through the south and the southwest to make our way out there and then just stay.

We're going to start playing shows again this month. Charlottesville, DC, possibly New York, North Carolina... Check out our MySpace page to see what's happening.


On another note, we've been reading a lot and watching a bunch of documentaries about pretty maddening things. The process of educating ourselves about our role in the world has made us really mad, and frustrated but it's also made us realize that we have to accept personal responsibility for our own actions. Everything we do matters and has an impact, even if it's a small one. This documentary, Food Inc. just came out on DVD this week and it is amazing. Everybody needs to go see it right now, for real.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

San Francisco aka "Heaven"

We came into San Fran from the north. Bursting out of Waldo tunnel I was knocked breathless by my first sight of the Golden Gate Bridge. Fog was rolling over the hillside like a kettle boiling over. On such a massive scale, it was like nothing I'd ever seen before. Driving over the bridge was surreal. I turned and said to Lindsay, "We gotta move here."

So, I must confess that Lindsay and I had somewhat of an ulterior motive for doing this cross country tour. We've been thinking about moving to a new city for a while now and this was a good excuse for us to scope out a bunch of new places.

If any one place we visited on this tour really grabbed us, it was San Francisco. The cool, beautiful weather, the progressive, artistic culture, the laid-back, unpretentious vibe, the sweet vintage clothing stores... what's not to love? Oh yeah, the ridiculously high cost of living, the junkies, the fact that California is going bankrupt and it may be impossible to find a job... Oh well, every city has it's pros and cons I guess.

Golden Gate Park

We spent most of our time hanging out in the Haight, the Mission, and Golden Gate Park. We stayed with our friend Jason in the Mission and played a fantastic house show with John Heart Jackie (the same lovely duo we played with in Portland). We had such a great parking spot near our friend's place in the Mission that we decided to carry our gear on foot to the house show. It was about a 25 minute walk and on the way back a wheel popped off Lindsay's keyboard case. Needless to say our hands and arms were quite sore the next day.

Here's some photos Lindsay snagged one day heading out of the city at sunset:

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Wine Tasting in Sonoma

Finished the Golden Compass book on tape on the drive from Grants Pass to San Francisco. It was sooooo good. Even better than I remember from reading it in 7th grade. Why didn't we burn the Subtle Knife too? We stayed with some relatives (slept in their awesome pool house) in Novato, California. Checked out the wicked artwork hanging all over their pad and got to spend a very relaxing day kicking it in Sonoma.

There were supposed to be elk in the fields where Cliff was standing. Alas, we saw many signs advertising elk jerky, so perhaps they have all been turned into jerky.

Trees! In the Redwoods with Bigfoot

Lindsay blinded by the sun
and Cliff preparing to hug a giant tree

When a redwood falls in the forest, does it make a sound?

So tall!!

These trees can be thousands of years old. Humbling.

Cliff searches for boogers!!

Gimme some Bigfoot lovin'!

Grants Pass, OR

We totally stayed here.


Birdlips at the Skylark in West Seattle
by Jake

Cliff and Jake at Alki Beach

The Experience Music Project
free on the 1st Thursday of the month!

The apartments from that movie Singles

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Filling in the Gaps

Flashback to:

August 5

Mercury Cafe in Denver was a very cool place. Great food, great atmosphere, awesomely decorated, kind of like Tea Bazaar in Cville but 6 times the size. They had a really nice big stage upstairs and a smaller stage downstairs that we played on. When we showed up the place was packed with people having dinner but by the time we went on at 10pm everybody had left. So we played to 3 people plus the staff, who were very nice. Apparently there was something going on that night, some activist speaking somewhere or something that all the people who normally hang out and come to shows there were at. That's what someone told us, at least. We would definitely like to play there again though, I think the staff liked us and would try to get their friends out next time. We've been selling CDs and t-shirts most places also, so that's helping.

We spent a day hanging out in Boulder, CO. Seemed like a really cool town. Reminded me of Asheville or a bigger cville. Very hippy-dippy. There's a little coffee shop there called the Laughing Goat that has music. Mostly singer/songwriter stuff but it could be something for us to hit up next time we pass through.

We played a mini-show in our friend's living room in Salt Lake City. She invited some friends over, it was fun.

Mississippi Pizza in Portland went pretty well. The sound was good, and John Heart Jackie (Peter and Jenny) sounded beautiful and were super nice. Christian from Le Loup was there. He missed our set but was really nice and bought a t-shirt anyway. We had some friends that came out to see us and some other people that were there seemed to really dig it. The one weird thing about it was that there were a fair amount of people there just out of thier kickball or softball league games and they were there to drink and talk and seemed a little put-off by the live music that was preventing them from hearing each other. They weren't rude, they just didn't want to hear music. Anyway, it was a good place for a first show in Portland, but I don't think I would want to play there again if we came back through town.


July 29

The Slowdown in Omaha was great! The two other bands we played with were excellent and the venue is really, really nice. Like, fancy nice. Great sound system and all the people who worked there were really friendly. The soundguy, Aaron, was fantastic. Turnout was ok for a Tuesday night - I think there were like 25 people there. Looked a little empty for a room that can probably hold 300, but they left tables and chairs set up so it was spread out. They let us play in the middle in between the two local acts even though we were billed as the headliner, so that worked out good for us.

It seems like turnout here can be hit-or miss. They said Dirty Projectors played there a little while ago to a room of 15 people!

The venue is on this little block that apparently is entirely owned by Saddle Creek records and consists of a coffee/sandwhich shop, an Urban Outfitters, an American Apparel and in independent film theater. There's not much else in the immediate area but Omaha's downtown pedestrian mall, "The Old Market" is only a 5 minute drive away and had some good eats, art galleries and a pretty cool record shop called Homers. We passed out some handbills around there but were not able to busk because it started raining. :(

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

The Slowdown in Omaha, NE

What a great night for our first time in Omaha! The Slowdown was really fantastic and the bands we played with were breathtaking.

Birdlips with Brad Hoshaw

Brad Hoshaw has a gorgeous voice and impeccable song-writing. The kind of honest music that cuts you to the core.

We got to catch a unique lineup for Midwest Dilemma - flute, clarinet, upright bass and two guitars. Male and female vocals that were dead on and some really beautiful heart of americana songs. Wish we had a recording of that performance!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Project Lodge in Madison, WI

Birdlips as captured by Brad Lauretti

Great show at a wonderful little art space in Madison, Wisconsin last night, run by the kind and lovely Kendra and Christopher. We even had a write-up in the Onion here. Played with the bands This Frontier Needs Heroes and Attack Ponies. And look at all the beautiful people that came!

Project Lodge in Madison, WI

Jessica and Brad of This Frontier Needs Heroes
These guys were great! Check out their music. Seriously.