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NEW HIP HOP EP!
I set up the lights last night, finally, and programmed the footswitch and set everything up and ran through the set a few times in prep for the Break a Branch off the Crazy Tree and Beat Your Dick to Death with It tour.
So excited to see how this goes over…and also nervous as hell.
The truth is that I am wildly outclassed as a rapper on this tour - H.W. has been doing his thing non-stop as long as I can remember, and Jesse Dangerously is…well…Jesse fucking Dangerously. I’m not joking. The guy is a monster.
In a lot of ways, if it wasn’t for H.W., I wouldn’t have ever really thought there was much to the idea of me as a rapper. Some of the verses I’m touring with are 6 years old…really time to write new stuff. The genre has progressed so much since I stepped aside. Really, all my claims of it becoming the next folk music are just bearing themselves out. The level of musicianship rappers have these days are astounding. I’m excited to be sharing a stage with Ceschi, a dude that I’ve had the pleasure of being compared to. He’s a testament to the idea that just getting out there and rapping won’t be enough in a few years.
Regardless of how the tour turns out, H.W. has been an impeccable source of stability and keeping things together. If you get the opportunity to tour with this cat, know that his years of experience putting together tours has paid off. The guy is on top of shit.
But…I’ll be loud…I’ll be blogging, posting pictures and videos, and wildly communicative…because it’s like I’ve said…I love everywhere I’ve ever been. And that includes home. :)
-Shanathan a.k.a. Shanal a.k.a. the F-18
My bedroom looks like a hotel. It hasn’t ALWAYS been this way. Just for a long, long time. The main difference is less art and no Gideon’s Bible in that nightstand.
I have been very much neglecting my blog.
It’s been a crazy few months…and I’ve had a lot going on. I’ve seen some of y’all there, and others not quite as much. I miss you. Hell, I miss ME. But…as I gear up for the next tour I feel like I have to recap the months since the last time I blogged heavy in November.
You’ll see a significant drop off after the death of my mother. To say I’ve been grieving is an understatement. I threw myself back into my work right away, but I’ve been brutally depressed since then. I cry every day now…but before you call whine-one-one for my wahmbulance, know that HOSPICE SAID IT WAS OKAY! As evidenced in the pamphlet they sent me.
Though I will forget SOMETHING, in the past few months I have:
* Set up and executed a live audio/video recording of the latest TickleBomb Orchestra lineup. For now, we have one old favourite and one new song (improvised the lyrics that night, actually) available for your viewing pleasure. Expect the end result to be even MORE dope.
* Revamped http://www.TickleBombOrchestra.com
* Made it so that http://www.shanehallmusic.com exists to support my solo efforts
* Written a few new tunes, one of which can be found on this here blog. :)
* Spent New Year’s Eve singing Type O Negative songs. Hahaha
And it’s only fucking FEBRUARY!? 2011…even though there’s a few people missing in my life that I’d really want there, I really like you already.
What’s NEXT?! Oh, just the Break a Branch Off the Crazy Tree and Beat Your Dick to Death With It Tour….THAT’S ALL! :) If you’re interested in dates, either follow that link to the FB event or check below.
I’ll be back to blogging regularly leading up to, and most certainly including, the tour. I have a hunch that I’ll be keeping it weird, so it may be worth checking in from time to time. ;) And please, if you can make any of these shows, it would mean the world to me.
March 10th - Boston, MA @ The Western Front, 343 western ave, Cambridge, Ma | 9PM | $10 | Also performing: Solo Sexx, Seveer, Initials B.R. | For Tix:http://bit.ly/march10th
March 11th - Brooklyn, NY @ The Surreal Estate, 15 Thames St, Brooklyn, NY | $7 | 9PM | also performing: Wellness Exchange, Ellis Ashbrook, People With Teeth, and a very special guest!
March 12th - Pittsburgh, PA @ The Garfield Artworks, 4931 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15224 | $5 | 8PM | also performing: Stillborn Identity, fortified pheonix, proseed
March 13th - Ewing, NJ @ The All Call Cafe, 214 Webster Ave, Ewing, NJ | $5 | 8PM | also performing: Raymond Strife, Karma Bat
March 14th - Bereah, OH @ The Breakfast Club, 107 Front Street
Berea, OH 44017-1912 | Donations (or free) | 8PM | also performing: Rhyme And Reason, more tba
March 15th - HW & Shane in Bloomington, IN @ Rachel’s Cafe, 300 E Third St Bloomington, IN | $5 | 8PM | also performing: Anti Swag Fiend Party, more TBA
March 15th - Jesse in Austin, TX @ Flamingos, 515 East 6th Street Austin, TX, | SXSW
March 16th - Springfield, MO @ Lindberg’s, 318 W Commercial St
Springfield, MO 65803 | more info TBA
March 19th - HW & Shane in Austin, TX @ The Metropolis (Jesse in audience), 2200 South Pleasant Valley Road
Austin, TX 78741-4688 | Free99! | also performing: Ceschi, B. Dolan, Prolyphic and a shit ton more!
March 21st - Worcester, MA @ Ralph’s Diner (Dirty Gerund Poetry Show) | 148 Grove St., Worcester, MA | 9PM | FREE
This is how I feel about performing after seeing B Dolan’s Church of Love and Ruin shows:
The shows were great, whatever. You know, I’ve been really positive about this sort of thing up until now but I have to say it.
B?! WHAT THE FUCK ARE WE ALL SUPPOSED TO DO NOW?!?!?!?!
In the new music economy the bar had already been raised higher and higher for performers to make their mark and push folks to get to the shows, cop the product, hug us and put their weird kisses on our batshit crazy faces while they wrap their arms around our shattered and complicated egos. And now you’re going to do this to us?
Man…I thought we were friends. ;)
[Flash 10 is required to watch video.]
I’m easy. Like Sunday morning. My view shortly after waking up on my couch. Inane? Maybe.
Open Letter writers,
You think you’re coy, don’t you? What is it about taking on easy targets that are extremely unlikely to respond or even care about what you’re saying that appeals to you?
I can understand that you are upset - and I realize that you are entitled to construct any piece of literature that you desire, but there’s nothing that can do any good. Mubarack is not going to step down. The Oscar is not going to your favourite celebrity. The religious right and the communist left are NOT going to bow to your desires.
You do nothing, and for that, I implore you to STOP. Open Letter Writers, this is a plea for you to discontinue your fruitless endeavours. To destroy your online manifestos. To despise yourself the right way.