It's difficult to write these "post-posts," going backwards in time, trying to remember all that happen. So, why don't you just write them as you go? you ask: well, I abandoned my laptop on this tour in order to have my home/recording computer out with me; at least I have a hand-written diary as reference - good old paper and pen; it will never fail you, never crash, never has to be updated, etc.
Anyway, let's first answer some questions posted some time within the last two weeks:
1. What are you using for a portable recording studio? I use an iMac (3 gigs memory & 500 gigs of storage) with ProTools and the M-Audio NRV10 audio interface.
2. What's your favorite DJ Shadow song? There are so many, but one that sticks out in my mind right now is "What Does Your Soul Look Like (Part 2)" off of Preemptive Strike. I believe it was used for the movie soundtrack Dark Days (a great indy film about homeless life in the abandoned subway tunnels of NYC).
3. If you get some time is it possible to post a video blog and play the bass line of Reset? Yes.
4. Maybe sometime soon you could perhaps (when you get time) put a tips and tricks video up about sampling? Yes, but this will have to wait until after the tour.
5. Is the whole band present when you record? No. Most of the time we work separately and then, share ideas; however, sometimes Paul and I will work on things together, or Paul and DK, or Greg and I, etc. There is no formula.
6. Could get Greg to tab, or record a lesson, for the guitar parts to Typical and Chaos? I'll ask him, but it's highly unlikely to happen any time soon. He doesn't like computers.
02.05.08: Milwaukee, WI: decent show, but nothing memorable to me; at least, I didn't write anything down about it. Oh well, sorry.
02.06.08: Cleveland, OH: day off, somewhat productive day in hotel room.
02.07.08: Cleveland, OH: great show, best of the tour so far. Why? We had a soundcheck, which always helps, and the audience was right there with us, even though the majority of them didn't have a clue who we were.
02.08.08: Fairfax, VA: This show felt like punching in and our on a day's work. I didn't enjoy the venue, disgusting shower.
02.09.08: D.C. to L.A. flying. Fairly easy flight, direct to Los Angeles, just a bit long but I finished reading Animal Farm, which I hadn't read since high school. Most importantly, I was able see my better-half for this weekend, and we had an amazing time.
02.10.08: This was a historic day for us. I've been thoroughly enjoying it with Wendy. It's been kind of like a second, short honeymoon. In the morning, we got all nice and went out to the ceremonies, starting around 12pm. We were the first nomination up, and as they announced everyone's names, it was nice to be mentioned amongst such talented artists. We made the mistake of not heading out to get something to eat after our nomination was over, and sat through the whole thing basically. We should have gone to eat. We ended up not eating for about 12 hours; it was a long day, but memorable.
2.11.08: (from diary) "I will have to first say that this weekend was a historic weekend. It felt a lot like a paid vacation for Wendy and me. Well, we didn't win, and lost to Johnny Cash, but what an honor that was. I saw countless famous people. Where do I begin? Herbie Hancock, Ringo Starr, Dave Stewart, Foo Fighters, B.E.P., Cyndi Lauper, Usher, George Lopez, Kid Rock, Slayer, Seal, Kermit the Frog, etc. Now, when I say I saw them, I was like within feet, sometimes shoulder to shoulder with them. From my seat, I saw a lot of memorable performances: Jerry Lee Lewis, Feist, Beyonce and Tina Turner, Herbie Hancock, etc. I've met more famous people in this year's first month and half than my entire life. Strange."
2.12.08: Syracuse: Spectacular crowd and fun show. Crazy snow coming down!
2.13.08: NYC: After a rough night of travel with snow/freezing rain, etc., we found ourselves in a bus repair shop. Luckily, Dan and I immediately got a cab and made our way into the city. I met my homeboy, Raul Castillo, in Penn Station, and we had a chido day of hanging out in the village and later up at his place in Washington Heights.
2.14.08: Madison Square Garden: Are we here? What are we doing here? Very interesting day, the best part was being reunited with the love of my life, and exploring the city a bit. The disappointing part was that the Garden is actually the ugliest venue we've played on this tour. It's historic and amazing to be there as a part of this long, crazy tradition, but wow, it could use a face-lift back stage. It was also Rob's birthday; so, we hung out at his party after the show; it was fun.
2.15.08: Niagara: day off. cold outside, so we sat in a hotel room all day and ordered in.
2.16.08: Seneca Casino: Little room, but it was a nice change. It felt a little more concentrated energy wise.
2.17.08: off day near Hartford, CT. I did laundry and slept a lot.
2.18.08: Uncasville, CT. One of the coolest casinos on the tour; too bad my better-half left this day. What have I learned on this tour so far? A venue is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're going to get.