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Michael Knott Spring Tour 2003

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Orlando, FL [15 Jul 2003|12:39am]
St. Petersburg's show was very cool. We drove through rain and thunder in the swervy van and then we had to deal with our broken snare drum. It all worked out, though. Scott and Bruce from the Refuge did a great job, once again. This show was cool because it was acoustic... the only acoustic band show on the tour. We did an acoustic version of "The Bomb/Not A Cussword" and threw a bit of "Adrian" into "Rocket and a Bomb". It was fun!

The next night... which was last night, was cool as well. The motel we stayed in was awesome. It didn't have a phone! haha. A new experience for us, and it was all good. The show was in a rehearsal/recording studio and it was nice and loud. We managed to get through "Finding Angel" this time (for those of you who witnessed the flop at Cornerstone...) and we also did "Star Baby" for the first time ever. Drew and Michael have definitely refined their slapstick comedy act. It's almost funny now.

Right now we're hanging out in Orlando. Drew and I went to Downtown Disney to see "LXG" and it SUCKED!!! It looked pretty good and all, but it was pretty bad.

Anyway, what else... Michael and I hung out a bit at the CBA conference this afternoon. While Michael was utilizing the facilities, some guy came up to me (I was dorkily wearing my LSU shirt) and said, "I love your LSU shirt. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's shirt." It was interesting and a little bit frightening as well. Just kidding about being scared. But the rest is true.

Drew and I also went to some outlets and bought some clothes.

Ok, I'm obviously running out of things to say. I'm kind of tired. Good night!
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Macon, GA [11 Jul 2003|11:36pm]
We're in a hotel in Macon, Georgia right now. On Wednesday night we played The End in Nashville. We had a great time! Drew and Michael improvised some comedy into the show and it added to the dynamics. Even though that was only the third show that we played together, we follow each other pretty well.

The trip to Nashville was interesting. We drove all night but miscalculated our travel time and ended up in town at 7:00am. It's great to have three of us now, because the driving is split up between Andy and I. It's such a relief not to have to do all the driving myself.

We ended up staying in Nashville for two nights since our show in Mississippi didn't work out. It was a nice day to relax even though we had just left Chicago!

Right now Drew and Michael are going over some songs for our show in St. Petersburg tomorrow. It's an acoustic show so we have to make sure that we have enough songs (since we'd practiced for the electric stuff). It shouldn't be a problem... hopefully we'll have a great show! This tour is so much fun. I'm a musician and it's the first time I've been on a tour where I've actually been able to play.
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C-Stone with Squad Five-O and Arriving in Nashville [09 Jul 2003|11:43am]
Friday night at Cornerstone was the Main Stage 20th Birthday Bash. Michael was asked by Squad Five-O if he would perform "Rock Stars On H" with them. Of course, he readily agreed and was very honored at their request.

Getting down to Main Stage was interesting. We didn't have a Main Stage pass so we had to stop every 10 feet to explain ourselves. The stage security were great, though, and we got backstage in good shape. We almost hit a few fans on the way down, but no casualties. Anyway, backstage was insane! There were so many people there, but the security had it very well organized.

After Squad's first song, their lead singer gave a flattering introduction to Michael and then they burst into "Rock Stars on H". Michael had a great time singing with them, especially in front of such a large and enthusiastic crowd.

We went home the next day. On the Sunday I went to see then band Holland play. They had a show in the Chicago area. Those guys are real cool and are a great band.

Our next show was on Monday night in Harvey, a suburb of Chicago. Ace Troubleshooter was on the bill, but 2 of the other bands backed out at the last minute. Holland were coming by to see the show so we asked the if they wanted to play, too. And they did... it was a night of good music.

Anyway, we'd been stressing out a lot lately about transportation. We borrowed Andy's friend Kevin's SUV for Cornerstone but were still working out details for a van for our tour. He had one that he could buy from his girlfriend's dad, but there were a lot of details to go over before that could happen... thankfully, everything worked out the night before we left! It's amazing how things come together.

All of the legal stuff regarding this HUGE van had to be done on Tuesday. We also had to get the AC fixed (it works now but it makes this really loud noise). We didn't end up leaving Chicago until about 10:30pm and we drove through the night, arriving in the Nashville area at around 7am. Right now it's just around noon. We checked into the hotel a couple of hours ago... Andy is already fast asleep and I will be soon.

We play tonight at The End here in Nashville and are looking forward to a great night.
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Cornerstone Festival @ Gallery Stage [04 Jul 2003|12:45am]
We just got back from playing the Gallery stage. The lineup was the same as it will be on the forthcoming tour: Michael on vocals/guitar/bass, Andrew Neely on bass/guitar/vocals and me on drums.

We had a great time and I think the crowd did, too. We opened with "English Interpreter Of English" and it was cool to hear the crowd respond to a song from "The Grape Prophet." We also did "Rock Stars on H", "Rocket And A Bomb", "Kitty", "The Bomb/Not A Cussword", "Cool/Thru", "Double"... I'd write everything but we sold the song list (which was written on a paint canvas).

It's been hot here but not as hot as last year. It's great to see old friends and make new ones as well. Now that I'm on the Atkins diet I've realized that Cornerstone doesn't offer much for me to eat. I had to buy 3 ribeye steaks today and I'm still hungry!

One thing that is cool is that we got to meet Wes Marlan, the webmaster of www.michaelknott.com. We've been emailing and talking on the phone for over 2 years and this was the first time we met!

Tomorrow night Michael performs 2 of his songs with Squad Five-O on main stage as part of the Cornerstone Birthday Bash. It was really nice of them to invite Michael to perform with them and he's stoked.

Anyway, if any of you are here and checking emails and this journal, make sure to say hello.
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Chicago, IL [27 Jun 2003|09:07pm]
Here I am again, in windy Chicago. It's not very windy right now, but hopefully it will be soon.

I must apologize for my lack of updates near the end of the last tour. It got very busy and ironically, back at home with my own computer and cable internet, I just didn't have time.

I would like to say that all of the Canadian shows were great. We went to London, Ottawa, Kingston, Winnipeg and Edmonton, plus the "unplugged" show in my friends' backyard.

Our first gig on this tour is at Cornerstone. Hopefully we'll see many of you there.
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Toronto, Ontario [29 May 2003|06:15pm]
I'm sorry it's been a while since my last update. We got really busy with a lot of shows in a row, and it was hard to find a Kinko's...

Anyhow, after spending our time in Virginia we made our way through Delaware, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and New York. It was a long string of shows that all went really well.

The drive to New Castle, Delaware was long but that was mainly because we didn't go on any major highways. The promoter Matthew set up a band to play with Michael and they were great! Together they did Rock Stars on H, Star Baby, Cool/Thru, Kitty and Sorry.

The next day we drove to Nashua, NH. It would have been fine except for the crazy traffic through NYC. It's expected of course, but it always seems to be worse than that. It added over 2 hours to our time and was very frustrating. It was all worth it, of course. We had some time to wind down at the hotel before performing at Club Drifter's, run by Christian and his wife Starr. Some people from the opening band (Hawley Sawyer Rifle Co. - a great band!) took me out for a bit afterwards.

Harrisburg, PA was our next destination. It took a while to get there... we bypassed NYC figuring that we'd rather spend 2 hours driving normal speed than sitting in stop-and-go traffic. My friend Aaron came with his friend. I haven't seen him since he got married a year and a half ago. It was great to see him. The promoter not only worked hard for the show, but also bought a painting!

The next day Michael and I went to Aaron's place to see his wife and new baby. Her name is Kristy and their son's name is Noah. Aaron works in a military school... it was kind of odd being saluted by the students who walked by.

The drive to Philadelphia was nice and short. I had called the hotel that was booked for us by Jesse Eubanks (the promoter and a great artist) for directions and it ended up being a huge plaza hotel. It was a beautiful room... but I accidentally opened a $3.50 bottle of water in the room. They didn't make us pay for it, though. That night's show was in a church in downtown Philly.

King of Prussia is only a short drive away from Philadelphia... 20 minutes is definitely the shortest for this tour! A wonderful couple told Michael that he was more than welcome to live with them in their spare bedroom. Even though that probably wouldn't be able to happen, Michael was very touched by their offer.

Before the show I went to the famous King of Prussia mall. It was ... a mall. That night I left Michael at the hotel and went to see X-Men 2. It was good.

The next day was Memorial Day, so we didn't have a show. We took our time driving... well, actually, I tricked Michael and drove most of the way to Rochester while he was sleeping. He was mad, but only a little bit. Anyway, we stopped off in Syracuse for the night. While Michael painted, I went in search of a Kinko's only to find that it was closed. So much for being 24 hours, but I guess that as a Canadian I don't really understand Memorial Day.

Joel Votaw of Seven Head Division put on the show for the next night in Rochester. His band backed up Michael at the past two Cornerstone Festival performances (some songs from last year are on the new Tour CD #1). Joel, Andy and Brian are so good and will hopefully get their break soon. It was great to see them again. They played really well and were great hosts. Michael's audience was younger than usual and they were especially attentive to his anecdotes before, after and during many of his songs.

When we returned the car we were blessed with an unexpected discount. A big one. Sharron, Shannon and Heather came to pick us up... it was very nice of them. Getting over the border was very easy. We had all of our paperwork in order and it was almost fun. My friend Sharon helped out a lot, so thanks!

Now we're in Toronto. It's so nice to be in my room again. I got really wired on coffee last night so I couldn't sleep, but it's all good. I've been burning CDs all day and Michael is working on some paintings (it seems like that's all he does, doesn't it?). It feels like the tour is over seeing that I've come home, but in reality we have 5 shows left and a whole album to finish recordeding then mix.

Dave just got here (remember him? he was the "tour manager's tour manager") and we're about to order some Chinese food. Michael and I are on the Atkins diet so I'm not sure what we can order without eating rice or noodles...

I hope to see lots of you at the Canadian shows.
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Norfolk, VA [20 May 2003|06:20pm]
Joanne and her family here in Eastern Virginia have graciously allowed me to use their computers here to check email and burn some CDs. Michael is playing "Halo" while I'm working. Seth, Joanne's son, is helping burn the CDs with his new Mac and Alisha, her daughter, opened up for Michael last night and will do it again tonight. Joanne's husband Rob helped clean up my dirty dishes after I ate some of Joanne's great cooking.

Anyway, the Charlotte show ended nicely. It was a fun gig and Dave got some good pictures. It was cool venue because you could drink a lot of coffee.

The next day we dropped Dave off at the airport and started our 6 hour drive to Virginia Beach. Joanne's friend was able to get us three nights in a beachfront resort hotel called Station One. It's beautiful and we are very greatful to them!

Sunday night was spent relaxing after a long and rainy drive. The show last night at The New Belmot in Norfolk was interesting. Michael was performing the way he usually does. There were about fifteen to twenty people at the bar or playing pool at the back. About six songs in, a bartender came up to the stage and told Michael that he had to stop soon because he was "bumming people out". Michael said, "Too much Jesus?" and she replied with an affirmative shrug. Michael did a quick version of "Rock Stars on H" and then jumped off.

He was pretty bummed out, obviously. He had noticed a couple of guys at the bar paying attention to him so he walked up to them and gave them each a CD. When we walked by them again later on the way out, the stopped him and asked him to sign it. They had really enjoyed what they saw and were pleasantly surprised because they didn't know that there would be live music that night. Another person at the bar commented on one of Michael's paintings and how she liked it. These things really made up for being asked to stop because it showed him that his music and art do reach people, even when it seems like it doesn't.

Tonight's show is also in Norfolk, in a different club called The Tap House Grill. Hope to see some of you there!
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Charlotte, NC [17 May 2003|10:58pm]
I'm in The Well right now and Michael is in the middle of the story that inspired "John Barrymore, Jr." This is a nice venue and what makes it nicer is the Internet access!

Last night was a show in Andrews, NC. It was a cool venue called The Rock. The promoter, Andrew, was a great guy!

Anyway, I think my typing is annoying people. Michael just told the story of how I became nicknamed "Jacob" and it's kind of embarassing...
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Atlanta, GA [16 May 2003|03:40am]
This is going to be quick, much to the dismay of those who talk to me at shows and email me for "more information!!!". I'm doing what I can, but since we don't have a laptop, I'm bombarded with things to do every time I go online. I usually sit at the computer for over an hour and work straight through. I'll give the readers of this what I can, but please don't think that I'm skimping on information for any BAD reason.

The C-Stone Orlando show was great. There was a nice turnout and Michael performed amazingly. It was kind of funny. He went up to soundcheck the guitar and vocal mic and then just decided to start the show. It was early but I guess he was ready. The lights' power generator decided to catch on fire during his set, so most of it was done with the house lights on. I think it was better that way.

The next day we sat at the table that day but it was so hot that we had to leave. That night Dave and I went to Downtown Disney to see "A Might Wind". It was brilliant. We went to the Virgin store and I bought the Gorillaz DVD and a biography of The Smiths called "Morrissey and Marr: A Severed Alliance". Michael stayed at the hotel and painted.

We also got to go shopping a bit. We found the Dickies outlet and stocked up on our favorite work clothes!

The next day we drove two thirds of the way to Nashville. On Monday when we arrived we got a hotel and were lucky enough to be a 5-minute drive from the venue, The End. Once again there was a great crowd. Michael played another great show. I actually remembered to record it on my MD but I haven't had a chance to listen to it yet.

Those of you who know Michael's show know about the "sing-a-long" he likes to conduct in "Sugar Mama". The End's sound guy decided that they needed some help and added some delay to Michael's vocal every time that part came up. It was pretty funny, and Michael had fun playing around with it.

The next day was a day off. While Michael worked on some paintings, Dave and I went to explore Nasvhille. Our biggest goal was to find the replica of the Parthanon. Being half Greek, I felt that it was my duty to see it. Michael told us, quote: "Go past the freeway from where the venue is and you'll see it! You can't miss it." After driving around for over an hour, we finally found it. It turned out to be a 30-second drive from the venue in the OPPOSITE DIRECTION. Haha! He meant well, and blamed the mistake on his dyslexia.

Wednesday night's show was hosted by Jay Bakker's ministry in Atlanta, Revolution. It was held at a coffeehouse in Little Five Points called "If". The directions I had for the venue from Mapquest were really hard to follow and we were getting frustrated. Finally we found it and it ended up being a house. It was unbelievable! We were so lost and then we ended up in front of a big house with not a coffee in sight. I walked up to the door and a woman answered. I said, "Hi... do you happen to have anything to do with Revolution?". She said, "Oh, you'll want to talk to Ken." Ken ended up being the owner, who explained that the coffeehouse doesn't have a mailing address, so I had unknowlingly looked up directions to his house. Anyway, we ended up only being a couple of minutes away. Phew!

The show was great. It was pretty full of people and the Revolution hosts were great.

Now it is 4:00am. Today was off and Dave and I spent it hanging around with Brent from Revolution. We also managed to see The Matrix Reloaded. I'm tired and this is all you're getting this time! Thanks for letting me know that you're reading it when I meet some of you at shows. I'll give you as much and as many as possible. This ended up not being very quick.
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Orlando, Florida [09 May 2003|02:36pm]
We barely missed the tornadoes and now we are safely in Orlando, Florida. We stayed at my grandmother's house for a night and that was refreshing. Yesterday we picked up my friend Dave, who is going to be traveling with us until May 18. He's a friend of mine from home.

Tonight Michael plays Cornerstone, Florida. Dave and I were there setting stuff up and we're about to head back with Michael for his show. It looks pretty cool. It's very hot but not nearly as bad as the Cornerstone in Illinois!

I'd love to be able to post more about the shows. Sorry if I'm not giving you enough info. Usually my time on a computer is fairly short. I'll post as much as I can in the future. Also, feel free to post set list and stuff like that if you were at the show!

Michael's finishing up a couple of paintings right now in the hotel room. He's got two new in the "Serenity" series and is working on a "Bunge Boy". I'm sitting in the hotel lobby on this weird little Internet thingy. It's kind of expensive and it won't load up my email browser. I got in for a second before it screwed up and wouldn't reload. It's pretty frustrating.

The hotel receptionist just told me about an Internet Cafe down the road. I'll try to go there tomorrow.

Tonight's show should be really good. I'm excited... festivals are always a lot of fun. And we're in the Indoor Stage, which unlike the big Cornerstone is actually indoors... and air conditioned!
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Birmingham, Alabama [04 May 2003|11:24pm]
It's been a crazy few days since my last update in Indiana. The show that night was really fun. Jared and Phil were very nice and their school bought the "Serenity Horns" painting. The next morning we got up and drove all the way to ... somewhere... about an hour west of Memphis, in Arkansas. That's far. The next morning we drove the rest of the way to Dallas, making a total of 16 hours. Phew!

The Dallas show was cool. Bill the bartender was really nice. Doug played that night as well. He was great. A couple of fans were there but it was mostly regular patrons of the establishment; a bit different from usual but a welcomed change!

The next night was in Houston. The drive was pretty good but I was getting really tired. We checked into some hotel and rested for a bit before heading to the show. The promoter's name was Michael... a really nice guy. Michael's performance that night was breathtaking. I've seen a lot of his shows, but this one was... I don't know, it's hard to explain.

Anyway, something that's weird about Dallas and Houston is the way their freeways work. I didn't get it right away, and maybe "weird" isn't the right word for it... but you have to do all of these weird u-turns. You have to drive past where you want to go and then go back. Maybe it's just me... I dunno. I figured it out but I didn't expect it. Ok, I sound dumb.

The next day we were on the road at 8:45am, heading all the way from Houston back to Memphis. I drove for SO LONG. We got into Memphis at about 8:00pm and spent the next hour looking for a hotel. Everyone was booked solid for the "Memphis in May" festival... conveniently the same night as the show. We finally found a place that ended up only being a 15 minute drive from the venue. It was a cool place to have a show and right in the heart of the Memphis hardcore/punk/indie rock scene. The crowd was different than usual but very responsive to Michael's performance. He was amazing again... he did an incredible show. The promoter Jeremy was great and so was the guy who runs the place, Brad.

Anyway, my Kinko's card is almost out. We were supposed to only drive a couple of hours today but we could't find anywhere to stop between Memphis and Birmingham! We're both really burnt out and are really looking forward to relaxing these next few days. We have my friend Shannon's 4-track to play with, too. Should be fun!
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Taylor University - Upland, IN [29 Apr 2003|06:59pm]
The past few days have been busy. After Louisville, KY we were in Kansas City, MO. Kevin, the promoter, is a great guy. He was very understanding and a great host. It was great to see Lee Bozeman play some songs from his new project, "all things bright and beautiful". He's brilliant.

The show after that was in Belleville, IL. There wasn't a huge turnout but those that were there were awesome. Bob, the manager there (I think?) was very cool.

Tonight we're at Taylor University in Upland, IN. Jared and Phil have been my contacts here and are very helpful. I'm sitting here in somebody's office (Jared's?) and it's nice not to have a 20-minute limit on the computer like I did in the library the other day. Anyway, Phil's going to show me the fastest way to get to Dallas from here. We have to be there on Thursday night so we're looking at a couple of days driving ahead of us.

Lance and Andy from Chicago are Michael's band tonight. It's really nice to see those guys again.

Anyway, somebody asked me a while ago what DVDs I bought. Here they are: Donnie Darko; Gosford Park; Jimmy Neutron; The Dangerous Lives of Alter Boys and ... one more, I can't remember.

I just learned that this office I'm in is for the committe of "Intigration of Faith and Culture".

Today I hit my first used bookstore! I got some good books. I got a really cool, old hardcover edition of "Crime And Punishment" with color illustrations in it. I love that book. I also bought some Hemingway and some other stuff that I can't recall off the top of my head.

Tonight's show is with Joy Electric. I met Ronnie Martin for the first time last week at Ichthus and he's a really nice guy.

Michael and I are going to start recording another album in hotel rooms. It's going to be a worship album. He's started writing for it and in our days off next week we're going to try to get as much done as possible.

That's it for now!
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Louisville, KY [25 Apr 2003|11:24pm]
Last night was the Ichthus Festival in Wilmore, KY. It went really well. There were a good number of people to see Michael considering that it's more of a "pop" fest. It was cool. It was nice to meet some of you there.

Tonight was Louisville, KY. I'm at Bellarmine University right now ... Erik Horrell, the promoter, brought me here. It's weird cos it's a small room and it's REALLY QUITE. People are studying here and my typing seems to be very loud. Oh well, rock'n'roll...

The show tonight was great: great fans and a great promoter!

I'll try to post set-lists... I'll try to remember to write them down. Tonight he did a song that we just recorded in Chicago, "The Controls".

Anyway, it's time for me to go. We have an 8 1/2 hour drive tomorrow to Kansas City. Hope to see some of you there.

Here's some more answers to some questions I saw on my last entry's comments:

1. "Comatose Soul", when it is manufactured, will contain at least one bonus track from the same studio sessions.
2. the new CDs will be available on the website after the tour. they were compiled for this tour specifically.
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Another Late Night [23 Apr 2003|05:08am]
It's about 5am the night before (or morning of) the day we leave for tour, for our first gig at Ichthus festival. We worked hard the past couple of days, getting as much done on the recording as possible. The unmixed versions of the songs are really exciting to listen to. This is definitely a landmark Michael Knott album.

We weren't able to get the two new CDs duplicated as planned so I spent quite a few hours at Annie's computer. Thanks to her and Andy for helping out. We burned over 100 CDs tonight... that's a lot. Andy's going to finish the rest for me and give them to me when he and his band plays with Michael at the Taylor University gig.

I'm going to go to sleep now. Hope to see many of you very soon.
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Recording #4 [22 Apr 2003|03:56am]
Today we did another song. It was originally on "Finding Angel" and was titled "Sun Shine". It's a punk song and it sounds great. Mike (not Knott) played drums and Andy did all of the guitars. It's pretty hot.

Andy and I also finished up most of the music for "Dizzy Daisy". This one sounds so good so far that it's scary. It consists almost completey of live loops. I just came upstairs after working on it for about 3 hours. I really can't believe how great this song sounds.

I'm tired. We have one more full day here and then it's off to the Ichthus Festival in Wilmore, Kentucky. Hopefully we'll get everything done. In addition to recording there is a lot to do before hitting the road. Lance is working hard getting the two new CDs duplicated for us and we still have to buy cases. Thanks also to my cousin Geoff for getting the covers printed up!

Good night...
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[21 Apr 2003|01:13am]
Janey the dog loves Michael Knott.
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Other Updates... [19 Apr 2003|10:48pm]
Tonight we went to see Andrew's band "Thrift Store Heroes" play... somewhere around here. They were great... a lot of kids came out to see them! Mike (not Knott) was playing drums, and Rob is the bass player. They sounded awesome and it was their first gig playing together (Andy's band line-up tends to change a lot, apparently).

Michael wants it to be known that Janey, Annie's dog, isn't as consistently afraid of him as before; she only runs away barking some of the time. He's given her an obscene amount of treats to try and woo her (but I don't think it's really working).

I had quite a difficult time changing my Canadian dollars into USD. Finally I found a place (thanks to Mike and Andy) downtown Chicago that ended up charging an $8 service fee. Oh well, what else could I have done?

I picked up the new Pete Yorn disc the other day. Circuit City had it on sale for $5.99. I was stoked. I also bought the album by "Postal Service" (recommended by my friend Aaron Weese) but I haven't had the chance to listen to it yet. I also picked up some DVDs. I'm not really a shopaholic but I can't resist when things are really cheap compared to at home.

I've also found some time to read while I'm here. I just finished "Choke" by Chuck Palahniuk and I'm now reading a short story by Dostoevsky called "The Gambler".

Anyway, I hope that's enough of an update. I'll try to do this more often while I have regular access to a computer.
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Recording #3 [19 Apr 2003|10:35pm]
It's only been a couple of days, but I've already had quite a few people complain that I'm not updating the journal. At least that assures me that people are reading it... I know that Michael's mom is checking it... so I want to tell her that Michael has some more blankets downstairs and has slept very well the past couple of nights!

Since a couple of days ago, we've worked on a few more songs. One is called "The Beggar". It's a real vintage-sounding song... a lot of soul, a lot of groove. We ended up only using the room mic for the drums and it sounds schwaite. I can't believe how well that mic picked everthing up. It's really hip cos the drums are in mono but the guitars are totally spread. Lance played drums and bass. The song is great.

I should probably mention that almost every guitar track is played by Andrew Neely (who is also one of our hosts here, as well as the engineer and co-producer). He's an amazingly talented guitarist and everything else, too. I mean musically. (?)

Another new one's working title is "Doing Fine". It's kind of wacky but really driving and catchy. I'm thinking that I want to use it as the album opener. Mike (not Knott) played drums, Lance played bass.

Yesterday we worked on two others. The first is a catchy, groovy song called "Dizzy Daisy". So far we've only got Michael's scratch guitar and vocal, plus a 2-bar drum loop that I played. The other song is "The Controls". This is a cool one... it's got hints of funk in it, plus some bluesy rock'n'roll guitar and a lot of edge.

This album is going to be great. The songs are versatile and very accessible. It's an interesting showcase of the many facets of Michael's writing styles. The whole vibe is very retro 70's and very current as well. It's turning out to be a very rootsy rock and roll album. "Andy Warhol" is destined to be a hit. If this song does not put Michael Knott "on the map" then there is no hope for the music industry. Period. I know that I have some bias in that statement... but I try to be objective! Hopefully everyone will hear it soon enough.
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Recording #2 [17 Apr 2003|02:58am]
Today we did another song called "Losing Angel". It's kind of Nirvana meets My Bloody Valentine, with a whole bunch of other British stuff thrown in there. It's pretty driving. Andy's friend Mike was here so he ended up laying down the drums. What a solid drummer that guy is... it was fun to watch. At one point the drum stool broke and he fell down, right on his ankle. He walked around a bit and then was ready to go, sitting on the wheeled office chair that Andy sits on when he's engineering.

Later on in the night - probably starting at around 1:30 am - we started working on another song that ended up being called "Jet Girl". Lance was back... Michael asked him to lay down 3 or 4 minutes of drums. Lance lay down a wicked groove and then Michael came down and did some... interesting stuff. You'll have to hear it to know what I mean.

For some reason, Michael has been sleeping on the floor in this computer room. He keeps forgetting to pull out the bed on the couch downstairs. Tonight I did it for him so hopefully he'll have a good sleep.

I just downloaded a new blur song. WOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOW
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Recording #1 [16 Apr 2003|03:06am]
In the past 24 hours we've done most of the work on 3 new songs... one is called "Sunbeam", the other "Andy Warhol" and the third is "Annie Get Your Gun". They're basically done except for vocals... Michael's still writing the second verse of "Andy Warhol". They're sounding great.

Andy is engineering and playing guitar and bass. His friend Lance is doing drums and bass... I did some drums and will be doing some background vocals later on. It's working really well with Andy and I producing. He's a really talented guy; we're lucky to have him (and thankful for the use of his studio!). His friend Lance is also crazy talented... apparently his band is in negotiations with some major labels.

Basically, this is how we're doing it: Michael does a scratch guitar and scratch vocal, and then goes upstairs and tries to get Annie's dog Janey to like him. Andy and I work for hours getting the song to actually resemble a song, and then Michael comes back down and screams and yells about how much he likes it. It's an interesting process, but it works for me!
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