Back in Barcelona! Always nice to spend some time here, it’s one of my favorite cities. We’re kicking off a short string of shows here in Europe starting with the Benicassim Festival. We’ll also be back out this way in October. Full tour date listing follows or you can check the tour page on Tychomusic.com for more info.
finally got a telephoto lens so have been testing it out. Took the shot above with the Sony FE 70-200mm f/4.0 G OSS fitted to my Sony a7R. Great combo. Hopefully will have more to share throughout the trip.
JUL 05 | Snowmass Village, CO | Wanderlust Festival
JUL 18 | Benicàssim, Spain | FIB
JUL 20 | Suffolk, United Kingdom | Latitude Festival
JUL 22 | Manchester, United Kingdom | Gorilla (w/ Ulrich Schnauss)
JUL 23 | Dublin, Ireland | Button Factory (w/ Ulrich Schnauss)
JUL 25 | Padua, Italy | Radar Festival (w/ PLaid)
JUL 26 | Vasto, Italy | Vasto Siren Fest
JUL 31 | Portland, OR | Crystal Ballroom #
AUG 01 | Seattle, WA | Neptune Theatre #
AUG 03 | Whistler, Canada | Wanderlust Festival
AUG 09 | San Francisco, CA | Outside Lands Music Festival
AUG 16 | Mexico City, Mexico | Ceremonia
AUG 23 | Los Angeles, CA | FYF Fest
SEP 16 | Reno, NV | Knitting Factory #
SEP 17 | Salt Lake City, UT | The Depot #
SEP 20 | Austin, TX | Emo’s #
SEP 22 | Dallas, TX | Granada Theater #
SEP 24 | Asheville, NC | The Orange Peel #
SEP 25 | Nashville, TN | Cannery Ballroom #
SEP 26 | Cincinnati, OH | MidPoint Music Festival
SEP 27 | Champaign-Urbana, IL | The Pygmalion Festival w/ CHVRCHES
SEP 29 | Boston, MA | Royale #
OCT 01 | New York, NY | Terminal 5 #
OCT 03 | London, United Kingdom | The Forum #
OCT 04 | Glasgow, United Kingdom | The Art School #
OCT 05 | Leeds, United Kingdom | Stylus #
OCT 06 | Bristol, United Kingdom | Trinity Centre #
OCT 08 | Paris, France | La Gaîté Lyrique #
OCT 09 | Brussels, Belgium | VK Club #
OCT 10 | Amsterdam, Netherlands | Melkweg #
OCT 11 | Hamburg, Germany | Uebel und Gefährlich #
OCT 12 | Cologne, Germany | Gebäude 9 #
OCT 14 | Berlin, Germany | C-Club #
OCT 15 | Warsaw, Poland | BASEN #
OCT 16 | Prague, Czech Republic | Roxy #
OCT 17 | Vienna, Austria | WUK #
OCT 18 | Budapest, Hungary | A38 Hajó #
OCT 20 | Bologna, Italy | Estragon #
OCT 24-26 | Las Vegas, NV | Life is Beautiful Festival
Photographer Paul McDonough spent time during his summers in the 70’s and 80’s travelling across America and captured some wonderfully nostalgic images. Sasha Wolf Gallery is having an exhibition of the work entitled Sight Seeing through May 5th, 2013.
While doing a completely unrelated search for “Dinaric Alps” I came across this wonderful collection of vintage photos from an “overland trip” made by Tony Stead from England to NZ in 1962. Stead’s son has posted the images along with excerpts from his father’s written account of the journey.
In 1962, my father travelled from England to NZ. He wrote a diary (B5, hardcover, blue) and shot his first rolls of colour film.
The slides sat alongside the journals in the attic for the last few decades before being digitised.
The details of the trip are fascinating, the Intro portion is a must read. Love the tone and exposure of these. And that Land Rover makes pretty much any picture amazing.
So as many of you long-time readers may have noticed the blog has been a little slow over the past six or so months, especially when commenting on posts. Well thanks to help from the brilliant Karl Peterson of Sidearm Design (who was also involved in the excellent Red Moon project) things are ticking along again. Commenting should be pretty speedy and overall site response time should be much quicker.
You may have also noticed that we had been posting less often over the past few months. Most of the team at one time or the other were on the road for the various Tycho tours and things slipped a bit. Although we will be touring extensively over the summer, we have some new people on board and have added some functionality on the admin side to make posting from the road a little easier, so the content should be flowing steadily again. We also have some new features (finally an HTML5 audio player for streaming playlists and music posts to iDevices etc.) and columns planned for the near future so keep an eye out for those.
As always we really appreciate your support and readership; we hope that in the years to come we can continue to grow our little community here.
Somewhere between Toronto and Montreal. Really pretty, wide open spaces up there.
So I’m on the road for the first leg of the US Tycho tour and it’s been pretty intense; haven’t had a chance to post here in a while. Jakub is along tour managing and things have been going well. We’ve seen a lot of really beautiful landscapes along the way; so far we’ve driven from Chicago, up through Toronto and Montreal, and all the way from Buffalo down to Orlando where I’m currently holed up in a Travelodge taking a much needed night off from playing. We play Orlando tomorrow night, then on to Tampa and Miami, and then back north for a string of dates ending in Brooklyn. Beacon is along doing support, definitely check them out, really beautiful stuff.
Jakub took this one somewhere outside of Pontiac, MI
I can’t explain what a moving experience it has been to get out and meet so many people and share the work with them. I spent the last year locked in my basement working on the album so it’s been really refreshing to be out here performing it for people. I want to sincerely thank all of you who made it out so far and to all of you who have supported this project in other ways; it means the world to me and I feel fortunate every day to be able to work as an artist.
Gratuitous tour shot including the band, Jakub, and Brian Wenner who is our stage manager
I’ve been dreaming of having a proper visuals rig for a while now — we had been renting equipment — but this time out we finally have our own setup consisting of a 5K Lumen Christie LX45 projector, and Da-Lite Fast-Fold 16:9 screen, and a brand new custom rigging system (pictured below). It’s a great feeling to know that wherever we play, the show will be consistently presented. Thanks to everyone who helped out in Montreal getting this thing built, and to Darren from Home Depot in Watertown, NY for helping build the mounting plate.
Speaking of visuals, I’ve been getting a lot of work done on the new stuff. I’ve been working with Charles Bergquist on a new visuals set and things have been going great. Charles has been shooting beautiful HD footage and I have been arranging / effecting it using VDMX. It’s still a work in progress but we have been showing some previews here and there during the live show. I’m hoping to get that all wrapped up during our post Europe tour break.
As for upcoming stuff, we have a lot planned for the year: Europe, a full US tour, along with some festivals and no less than seven SXSW showcases. Hope to see you out there!
So we’re in Colorado doing a couple Tycho (w/ full band + visuals) dates with Emancipator. This is the first time Tycho has played Colorado so we’re really excited to bring the show out here. We’ll have some posters, the deluxe Dive vinyl, and CDs so come back to the merch booth and say hi if you make it out. Details follow:
Friday, Nov. 18th – Aggie Theater, Ft. Collins, CO – Tickets Saturday, Nove. 19th – Summit Music Hall, Denver, CO – Tickets
See you there!
Photo from Music Hall of Williamsburg show by Every.Seven
Most of these were taken on Annenstraße and Keplerstraße as I made my way to and from the Schloßerg, an incredible former medieval fortress perched atop a huge dolomite outcropping right in the center of the city. I took a lot of shots around there too but I’ll spare you the overtly touristic stuff and stick to the more design-y offerings.
I’m not sure how best to describe this city to someone who’s never been here. If I had to compare it to other great cities in Europe I would say it’s a nice mixture of the high points of Amsterdam, Lisbon, and Prague (although I guess that’s so broad it could be applied to a lot of places). While it has that “400-year-old-buildings” vibe of Amsterdam, it doesn’t feel anywhere near as commercialized or overrun by tourism. It’s so much warmer than I expected; I’ve got an entire bag full of jackets and scarves that I haven’t even opened. It’s downright muggy here. I checked the weather before I came out here but I guess this is what I get coming from San Francisco (where I was in full winter clothing the day before I left, this spring has been a joke) and not knowing how to convert Celsius to Fahrenheit off the top of my head. The crazy part is that I was walking around the Schloßerg thinking to myself how I wish I’d brought shorts and then I see a postcard depicting the exact spot I’m standing in covered in snow. It looked even more beautiful in winter.
This city has so much visual beauty, I really wish I had the time to dig in further. Hopefully I can make it back someday soon.
Right now I’m packing for my trip to Japan tomorrow. I will be in Tokyo for 10 days, exploring and adventuring around with a photographer friend. It will be my second time visiting Tokyo (I went by myself for two weeks in 2008). Since I’ve been before, my to-do list this time is quite different from the last; I plowed through about three guidebooks worth of tourist attractions last time. With this trip, I am going to try and stay off the beaten path and explore parts of Tokyo I either missed or hadn’t heard about yet.
I’ll also be focusing a lot more on my photography. I was shooting from the hip with my D40 two years ago (gallery) — this time I’ll take a little more care and consideration with my shots. I’ll be carting the MKII with me everywhere and will be posting periodic pictures and travel updates. My Twitter should also be fairly active with Tokyo related musings.
I’ll definitely be on the lookout for all sorts of design related artifcats and thingamabobs. If anyone has any Tokyo recommendations along these lines, I am all ears.