Welcome. And, yes! Hello! Welcome to WAMWoW #19. The Wammiest of the Wows.
I just heard last night that the Oak Street Speakeasy, one of our favorite venues in Eugene, will be closing its doors next month. B&R has played there dozens of times… so many that I lost count a long time ago. We were there right from the first day they were open. While it makes me sad to see a music venue shut its doors, Mac, the owner has hinted that she will re-open at another location. Eugene has a great music scene full of people who will undoubtedly support something new, so I’m not worried. This just makes me think about how quickly time passes. And how it’s easy to assume that some things will remain constant when you know damn well nothing does.
This band is a good example of that. We’ve been in transition constantly from the first day there was a band called Basin & Range. We’ve had more line-ups than a police station. Bud-dum CRASH! I’ll be here all night. But, seriously, folks. We remain true to our transitory nature and forge ahead. We often don’t know where we’re headed, but we know it when we get there. And we thank you for taking that journey with us through the years.
The next stop on our journey is a show at a little place called Luckey’s in Eugene, Oregon this Saturday. We are really excited about this show and we hope you are too. We will be playing with (and goddamn it, I am not fucking around here, people!) two of our FAVORITE bands from Portland: Otis Heat and The Best Dancers! You are smart people, so you have probably already downloaded their music and are planning on getting to Luckey’s early and making a night of it. So I won’t even tell you.
Speaking of The Best Dancers, they let me sit in with them for a couple songs the other night at The Analog in Portland and I had a fantastic time. Thanks to any of you who may have been at that show. What a great crowd! We’ll be sharing the stage with TBD the next two Saturdays, first at Luckey’s, then at Alhambra Theatre in Portland March 8th, so look for guest appearances from myself and Mr. Dan Mahoney during their sets at those shows.
Thanks for the great reaction to the new Basin & Range LIVE Podcast! If you liked the New Year’s Eve show, please subscribe and tell your friends to do the same so you can get the audio from all of our latest shows for free! It’s just like being there except you can stop it and start it whenever you want! That’s right! We put YOU in the driver’s seat! So use your power wisely and subscribe to the podcast via iTunes or RSS feed.
That just about brings us to the end of this edition of WAMWoW. You can find us in the usual places: the Facebooks, the Twitters. We’re looking forward to seeing you Eugenians (and some Portlanders who are making the trip down, we hear) on Saturday. Please bring at least two friends to the show so you’ll always have someone to dance with while the other one gets drinks. But pay for their drink because it’s really nice of them to do that. Golly, your friends are swell!
Welcome and hello, one and all. This is WAMWoW #18. Never fear! This is a safe place. It’s warm over here by the fire, so come on in out of the cold, ya weirdo!
Today I have some exciting news to share with you, so let’s get right to it. We have just started a podcast! The Basin & Range LIVE Podcast will be a place for you to hear our latest concerts, complete and unedited, for free. The very first episode is from our first show of the year, New Year’s Eve 2013 at Oak Street Speakeasy. All you have to do is click the link above and hit ‘Subscribe’ and you’ll get the latest shows sent directly to your favorite “technology device.” Or you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.
If you aren’t already podcast savvy, or if you want to preview the first episode without committing to a subscription (although it’s a free subscription that you can stop at any time), it will also be posted on our SoundCloud page for a limited time (see link below).
In future news, we are working on a B&R app, which will allow you to access all our podcast and blog content from whatever sexy little piece of technology you prefer. We’ll definitely keep you updated and let you know when and where you can download it.
We are looking forward to our March 1st show with Otis Heat and The Best Dancers at Luckey’s in Eugene. We hope to see a lot of familiar faces there! The weekend after that, on March 8th, we’ll be opening for Organik Time Machine at the Alhambra Theatre (formerly the Mt. Tabor Theater) in Portland. Also on the bill will be Portland’s Yak Attack as well as one of our favorite groups to play with, the intrepid Best Dancers. We’re really looking forward to this show! It’s been way too long since we last played in Portland, so we hope you’ll join us if you’re in the area.
For those of you who were wondering, the White Denim show was great. Those guys are really amazing musicians, and it was great to see them in one of my favorite venues, the Doug Fir. I know I said I would try to post some pictures from the show, but none of the ones I took turned out very good. I guess if you weren’t there you just missed out. I’m not trying to rub it in; that’s just the way it goes sometimes. (But seriously, why weren’t you there? Big mistake. BIG. Mistake.)
I was supposed to go down to Eugene for rehearsal this weekend, but that’s definitely not happening with the weather the way that it is. Portland just shuts down when it snows, even a little. It took me 5 1/2 hours to get home from work on the bus yesterday; I didn’t even bother going in today. So wherever you are, I hope you’re warm and safe. Curl up somewhere warm. Maybe get a cat involved if you’re into that sort of thing. Then, why not put on that new podcast you just downloaded from the Basin boys and get your cozy on. After that let us know what you thought of it, if you would be so kind. You can send us an e-mail directly at firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can find us on Twitter and Facebook.
Welcome. Thank you. And hello. This is WAM to the WoW #17! You are in the right place at, as they say, the right time. If it was the wrong place or time you just wouldn’t be here. You would be somewhere more right for you.
But you’re not; you’re here. And for that you should be commended! Thanks for directing your eyeballs to this obscure corner of the fathomless internet.
B&R just got back from our first road trip of 2014, to Tacoma, WA. It was our first show there and we had a lot of fun playing for our friend Kevin Shintaku’s (of Fang Chia) birthday party at The Rat Farm. Thanks to any of you who were there who might happen to be reading this. You were a great crowd and we hope to make it back up there soon to see you again. Thanks for the super warm welcome!
For those of you wondering about the live podcast, it’s taking a little longer than we expected to get it up and running. I am hoping to post the first episode at the same time as the next blog. Thanks for your interest in our live shows; it’s cool to know that you’re out there. That goes for all of you. We love hearing any input or questions from you, whether it’s about our music, the blog, the upcoming podcast, when we’re playing your town, metaphysical meanderings for Carl, or suggestions of what we should be listening to. You can email the band at email@example.com or hit us up on Twitter or Facebook.
Looking to the future, we have a couple of shows booked in March, one in Portland on March 8th at Alhambra Theatre (we’ll have more details on that one later). But our next show will be in Eugene on March 1st at Luckey’s with Otis Heat and The Best Dancers! These are two of our favorite bands from Portland, so we hope all you Eugenians will come out and make it the killer dance party that we know you can make it. The show starts at 9 with Otis Heat, we’ll play around 11 and The Best Dancers will close the night. Admission to this epic night of music is only $5! We hope to see you there.
Well, I’m about to head to the Doug Fir with Jen and Phil to see White Denim, so I’m going to cut this short! Maybe I’ll see some of you there. I’ll try to take some pictures and put them on the next blog.