AF THE NAYSAYER's “Landfall Tour” with Slomile Swift and Prism House is nearing its third week, and it’s going well so far! More dates and cities have been added to their itinerary since my last major update. Their remaining shows are listed below:
Almost all of the gaps in this tour’s itinerary have been filled, but if you live in Indiana, Arkansas or Mississippi, and you can help me set up a show for these artists, hit me up ASAP! You won’t regret it.
Second order of business:
Happy Nomad Booking has two new additions to its roster!
1) Holm., an NYC producer who charmingly sing-speaks pensive lyrics atop his own booming yet ethereal beats. I’ll be booking a joint tour with AF THE NAYSAYER for him in early December.
2) Omingnome, a band from Savannah, GA whose audiovisual aesthetic harks back to the 1960s’ wildest psychedelic rock bands (Pink Floyd, Jefferson Airplane), but whose lyrics subtly address current ecological concerns. I’ll be helping them book a massive three-month national tour (powered by biofuel!) this winter.
I’m humbled to have accrued such a diverse and interesting roster in the first few months of HNB’s existence.
Third order of business:
My next solo show as the Cocker Spaniels will take place TONIGHT (Monday, September 15th) at Crown Station in Charlotte, NC. I’ll be opening for Canadian pop singer/songwriter Kieran Strange and local rock band Dirty White Lies. This will also be the first show of mine that my eight-year-old stepson has ever seen. It’ll be pleasantly weird in so many ways. If you’re in the city, please come out!
When I worked at a non-profit that handled suicide prevention, I had access to the donation records. Each month, a specific man donated 15$ to our organization. It was like clockwork.. same day, same man, he had been doing this for over 4 years. It always seemed odd to me but I never questioned it… until I saw a note attached one month. "For Noah- Dad"
his donation was once his child’s allowance.
I can promise you, they would miss you for the rest of their lives.
It’s the first of the month, and I’m happy to begin September with lots of good news!
First of all, Happy Nomad Booking has two new additions to its roster:
1) Moses Nesh, an Atlanta singer/guitarist whose music alternates between originals written in the style of “American Primitivism” and covers of blues, jazz, and pop songs from the early 20th century. I’ll be booking his tour of the mid-South in early November, in support of his upcoming cassette.
2) Hawn, an electronic duo from New Orleans whose music juxtaposes the synth-driven minimalism of Suicide with the slow melodies and soft vocals of Low. Their second album is currently being mastered. I’ll be booking a series of regional “long weekends” for them in October and November.
Second order of business:
HNB’s second mission - AF THE NAYSAYER's “Landfall Tour” with Prism House and Slomile Swift - will begin this coming Tuesday, September 2nd! If you're into any of the music being released by Warp, Brainfeeder and/or R&S, you need to know about this tour.
Due to various logistical quirks beyond my control, not all of the dates are confirmed yet. However, enough of them are set in stone for me to announce them NOW, so that you can start spreading the word!
Expect more confirmed dates within the next week. In the meantime, if you live in the states of Michigan, Indiana, Tennessee, Arkansas or Mississippi and you can help me set up a show for these artists, hit me up ASAP! You won’t regret it.
Third order of business:
Although I’ve only lived in Charlotte for five weeks, I’ve already begun organizing shows in my new home base. The first of these shows will take place this Wednesday, September 3rd, when my musical project the Cocker Spaniels opens for the endearingly crass Brooklyn band Milk Dick at Tommy’s Pub. Local bands Heiros and the Carbonari will also perform. The show is free for 21+ attendees and will begin @ 8 PM sharp, so if you plan to attend, don’t be late!
there is just so much suffering and sadness and horrible things in the world, so much useless and pointless suffering. please spend your time on this earth making people feel loved. please love one another. reach out to someone who is hurting. appreciate others, and love others. there’s too much useless sadness in this world.
Always remember that police brutality is not just a man’s issue. It is a woman’s issue as well and it’s time to treat it as such. This involves all of us yet I have only heard of the men that are dead. It’s a shame that I don’t know even half of…
The case around Mike Brown’s killing by a Ferguson police officer is only getting murkier.
After releasing images from a gas station robbery to the press Friday morning with the suggestion Mike Brown was pictured in them, the Ferguson police department is now backtracking. In a second press conference hours later, Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson admitted that Brown’s shooting was unrelated to the incident.
Jackson told reporters that Brown and a friend were in fact stopped, “because they were walking down the middle of the street blocking traffic.”
He also admitted that Darren Wilson, the officer who killed Brown, didn’t suspect Brown at the time that he stopped him.
When Chief Jackson was asked by reporters why his department chose to release the robbery tape if it was unrelated to the shooting, he replied that he had to because “the media asked for it.”
Behold: Happy Nomad Booking’s second mission is now complete!
As I’ve posted before, “ghetto-tech trance-jazz” duo When the Word Was Sound has commissioned HNB to book a series of regional “long weekends,” to help them branch out beyond their home base of Lake Charles, Louisiana.
As of this post, the first “long weekend” has been booked. The itinerary is as follows:
The NOLA shows will have completely different support acts, and WTWWS isn’t the kind of band that plays the same set twice.
If you live in or near these cities, spread the word, come to the shows, bring friends, and have a good time! I’ll post the corresponding invites in the comments.
Special thanks go out to my friend Tyler, who greatly helped make the Bisbano’s show happen, and my friend Blair, who has volunteered to work the door at the Mudlark show. Give them hugs for me when you see them!
As always, I’ll keep you updated as my other artists’ itineraries are confirmed. In the meantime, please spread the word about HNB and its artists, and don’t hesitate to contact me about anything involving HNB and its mission!
“What I love about music is that, even if it was made 50 years ago, and I have only just heard it, then to me it’s new. That’s the beautiful thing about music — something that can be recorded in two-and-a-half minutes can last an eternity.”—Jake Bugg (via sabihahoque2001)
AF THE NAYSAYER's September tour with Slomile Swift and Prism House is coming along slowly but surely. I’ve set up two East Coast shows for them so far, the details of which I’ll announce soon, and there are many more shows in the works.
Last but not least, HNB has a new addition to its roster: Houston quartet Jody Seabody and the Whirls! After watching this band grow immensely over the last decade, booking their first-ever tour is an honor to me. This band’s music would be on the radio in my ideal world: it’s got punk energy, power-pop melodies, and classic-rock chops. They’ll be touring through the deep South to North Carolina in early October.
As always, I’ll keep you updated as my artists’ itineraries are confirmed. In the meantime, please spread the word about HNB and its artists, and don’t hesitate to contact me about anything involved HNB and its mission.
I’m really excited about women employing DIY and feminist ethics in hip hop right now. Like punk is def still a thing in my heart but it does not hold a monopoly on DIY culture. I gotta give it up for the young women making beats at home, talking about feminism on their online radio shows and taking over stages in cat ears with their friends. Cheers to barftroop and princessnokia and trillwavefeminism for inspiring me this week.
“And how hard is it to land even a minimum-wage job? This year, the Ivy League college admissions acceptance rate was 8.9%. Last year, when Walmart opened its first store in Washington, D.C., there were more than 23,000 applications for 600 jobs, which resulted in an acceptance rate of 2.6%, making the big box store about twice as selective as Harvard and five times as choosy as Cornell. Telling unemployed people to get off their couches (or out of the cars they live in or the shelters where they sleep) and get a job makes as much sense as telling them to go study at Harvard.”—"Why Don’t the Unemployed Get Off Their Couches?" and Eight Other Critical Questions for Americans (via timberlatkes)
I watch a lot of sitcoms. Lately I’ve been feeling like I’ve run out of good shows to watch. I’ve exhausted the options on Canadian Netflix.
Sitcoms are part of my wind-down bedtime routine, and I’m a little lost without them. So I’m hunting for anything that’s even tolerable to watch. But as a trans person with radical politics, tolerable is hard to find.
There’s this moment that I’m always bracing myself for when I watch sitcoms. The moment when the writers first punch me in the stomach with a transphobic joke. It’s usually a trans-misogynistic joke about sex workers.
I recently went back to The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and started watching from the beginning. The show makes it to episode 19 before putting a man in a dress as an object of ridicule. Feeling gross, I stop watching the show. I return to The Mindy Project, which I’d stopped watching at S2E2 because of some horrible jokes about consent. I decide to give it one more chance. I get two episodes farther before a joke centres around de-gendering a sex worker and laughing at her because she’s trans. I quit another show, feeling gross. I’ve quit at least a dozen sitcoms because of their dehumanizing transphobia.
(Pictured: The Fresh Prince, dabbling in trans-misogynist jokes.)
It’s not just transphobia, though - sitcoms are full of regressive writing. They kick down more often than they punch up. Sitcoms are too often a landscape full of misogyny, racism, ableism, classism, and other garbage.
So why keep watching? Why not abandon the genre altogether? Well, for starters, because The Wire doesn’t help me fall asleep.
But beyond that, I think there is something important about sitcoms and other television comedies. They are amazingly well-positioned to both normalize things and make other things absurd. Brooklyn Nine Nine is an excellent example of this - Raymond Holt is a strong, gay, Black commanding officer. He’s competent and no-nonsense. The fact that he’s a gay captain is normalized. What the show points its absurdity spotlight on, however, is how Jake Peralta’s stereotypes about LGBT identities are so narrow and reductive. Similarly, the show normalizes having a racially diverse working environment. What it often shines its absurdity spotlight on, however, is the white privilege carried by some of its characters.
(Pictured: the cast of Brooklyn Nine Nine.)
Comedy brings levity to difficult issues, and in doing so can make them more accessible to explore and deconstruct. But it’s a tool to be used thoughtfully. It can punch up at oppressive structures or kick down at the people who are already hurting the most.
The world needs more progressive sitcoms. The world needs shows willing to normalize human diversity and call out the absurdity of oppressive ideas. The world needs more laughter that is life-affirming rather than life-demeaning.
That’s why I’m excited about working on The Switch. It’s a show written by trans people about the diversity of transgender experiences. It touches upon sex work, employment discrimination, housing crises, dating fears, race, and more. It normalizes transgender protagonists while shining a spotlight on the absurdity that trans people have to navigate in their daily lives.
I think the show is really important. I hope you’ll check it out and support it. It’s on Kickstarter until August 8.