And so they drove across the country in a dark van.

28 November | 2011

Aw… That happened. Filmed out the window of a black Mercedes tour van, driving from Minneapolis to Seattle. A ladybug came along for the ride, just keeping slow time while the highway whipped past. His own little winged victory.

Just got back from a little tour this past month. Thirteen shows in thirteen cities, with A Winged Victory for the Sullen & ACME. And — I totally ridiculously enjoyed every show. Pulling the right sound, feeling the grain of the bow, chewing on salty F-sharps for a long, long time… Love this music. I’ve been following the kranky records catalogue since 2007, when I found myself at a Dead Texan show in Brussels after reading a blurb in La Libre.  Pretty random actually.  But somehow that music just hit me in the right way at the right time.

Some drawings and photos from the voyage:

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Someone’s bootleg of the last thing we played at our last show, at the Satellite in LA. (A special rendition of Gavin Bryars’ “Jesus Blood”):

A beautiful short docu film featuring Adam Wiltzie and Montgomery Knott:

And the whole tour was blessed by the presence of Ken Camden and Tom Meluch (Benoît Pioulard), who opened every show. Here’s some live audio of Ken’s set from our Lincoln Hall show in Chicago; and Tom’s moment of respite during our day off in Portland:

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