Today’s show was a little odd, in that our set time was 7:45 PM. The venue actually closed the doors after our show and reopened for a second show at 10 PM! Ambitious. Unusual set time notwithstanding, the show was pretty great. The band brought out some really sensitive dynamics and some interesting interlude textures. I ran an extra delay line and threw some ear candy around the room, which seemed to work pretty well. “Temporary” was gorgeous. The audience was way larger than we expected at 7:45 on a Friday evening, and they were wonderfully attentive.

We spent the rest of the night at Dave and Swaan’s house, talking and listening to music. Their home and their company are lovely, and we realized pretty early on that there was nowhere else we wanted to be, so we stayed in. It has been a wonderful day – tomorrow, Vancouver! We are all interested to see what the turnout will be like in a city where we’re not playing at the same time as Death Cab :-)

We spent most of our time in the van today listening to Explosions In The Sky. Great soundtrack music for touring.

Oh, and Kelley Stoltz was great again tonight!

The Rogue Wave tour has officially started! We played our first show, with Kelley Stoltz and Climber. Three good bands, and an enthusiastic and attentive crowd – a really enjoyable evening all around. There were gremlins, but of course there were gremlins – it’s the first night of tour. By Calgary we’ll be a well-oiled machine.

We did an in-store at Jackpot Records, which is the best record store I’ve been to in a while. Great selection, good prices, gentle incandescent lighting a la a nice bookstore, and the friendliest staff ever! They treated us really well – we each were given a $25 gift certificate and a free shirt. Wow! If we encounter this sort of largesse on the rest of the tour, I will feel extraordinarily fortunate. Come to think of it, I already feel extraordinarily fortunate. I have a great job :-)

My friend Aimee uttered the best phrase this weekend – “sparkly girly mania.” Wouldn’t that be the best band name ever? Or maybe “sparkle girl mania.” Either way, I think we’re on to something.

I spent the weekend traveling with Aimee’s cover band, engineering – we did one proper club date and two private parties. It was so much fun – the band are all such nice people, and they’re great at what they do. Mixing disco music all weekend has cleansed my palate for the upcoming indie-rock onslaught. I took my new FOH rack out for the trip, which was sweet – although, I don’t have most of my gear in it yet, so it was essentially a 60-pound tap delay. Like they used to have in the 30s! But, the hell with efficiency. I can’t wait until the other $700 of gear is in it!

On the drive home, Rob and I were listening to Mitch Hedberg. Wow :-)

I just got my weekly email from iTunes, and was thrilled to learn that R. Kelly has just released the second installment in his Trapped In The Closet series of music video mini-dramas! Trapped In The Closet may be the best music video mini-drama ever. It may also be the only music video mini-drama ever, but that doesn’t take away from its sheer brilliance. You haven’t fully experienced music video mini-drama until you’ve heard the word “spatula” crooned over a dark R&B beat, as the nosy neighbor opens the door to find R. Kelly, his cheating wife, and her jailbird brother heavily armed in a blood-spattered hallway. Awesome! Highly recommended.