F*$% Yeah, Fall!

We are on a small tour to the Midwest, and it is fucking awesome! It dawned on me that I should update this thing-o, cos that’s what this is, right? A long and winded account of pretty much every trip our family has ever been on? AKA: TOUR DIARY. Here we are in Minneapolis with our best buds Phantom Tails before the show:

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The scene at Maximum Ames Music Festival in Ames, Iowa, which was super exciting and super awesome:

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Our sound fellow was none other than one of the best human beings alive, Mr. Patrick Fleming. Here’s a photo of his back for proof:

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This was our second year at MAMF. We will be playing this awesome festival forever. I mean, the door lass made cupcakes for everyone. WTF, Ames.

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And of course — it wouldn’t be Maximum Ames Music Festival without running into Rence!!!

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Rence is the one-man band “Dear Rabbit” from Colorado Springs. He is almost always on tour, so every time we are on tour, we usually run into him at least once.

Our BFS forever James & Lara ARE Ames, and it is always a pleasure. Here’s James with Lio doing what they do best, which is basically being too cute:

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Stop it, you guys!! Just stop. James gave me an awesome tattoo! I had the flu, won’t go into details.

Don’t listen to what anybody tells you about cornfields and this and that, folks. Iowa is fucking beautiful:

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In starting our new studio when we get home, we hung out with one of our best pals Jeremy, who has an incredible studio at his home in Omaha. Here is is schooling the whole fam:

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It was good to wring Jeremy’s mind of any and all pertinent information. He gave us a bunch of shit for the studio! We love Jer Bear. He is such a smart-o pants. We had a lot of questions about soundproofing and equipment. Jeremy made a super generous donation to the Right Heel Music project in the form of recording equipment. We can’t wait to get it all installed and to start using it!

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In Omaha, Karl gifted Hawk his MS-2000B Korg! *Insert cartoon eyes spinning special effect here* Aiaiaiaiaiaiai. Thanks, Karl!

And, no tour could be better when running into your BFFs the Haunted Windchimes on the road!!! They sped by us going approximately one million miles per hour. We pulled over (no, it’s a cardigan, thanks for noticing!) and had lunch together. <3

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We played four shows in five days and will soon make our way back to the crisp Colorado airs.

Some other stuff to check out:

Mamá Liberada: a homespin zine dedicated to celebrating creative families leading daring lives. http://mamaliberada.wordpress.com/

Colorado Collective articles here, here, here and here.

KRCC: East Peak Fire Tests the Mettle of Huerfano County Volunteer Firefighters.