ROADTRIP!

The boys are at it again, this time making a sweet little trip to Oregon to play Grant’s Pass on August 6th and Bend on August 7th. It’s easy, not hard! ROADTRIP!

FM

It’s Too Damn Hot Out

But on the upside, there’s something else about this sweltering July in Reno that’s too damn hot, and it’s not your bedroom at 9:30 pm every night. It is, however, the NEWEST, MOST FRESH FM EVENT happening at The Loving Cup on July 17th featuring 100% rock group Strange Hotel. Sweaty, meaty, and on tour all the way from San Francisco. Just like most all you can eat sushi here in Reno. You and your intestinal tract will just love it!

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The Loving Cup will be serving all your favorite beverages ’til you or your DD just can’t handle it anymore.

ALL RIGHT!

FM

New Joan and the Rivers EP

Lovebumps is our favorite EP of 2015. We like it more than the new Alabama Shakes album and our least favorite pizza topping combined. It’s available for download here (name your own slice).

The EP releases in San Jose on June 11th at The Rockshop, but it also releases !HERE IN RENO! two days later on the 13th during Singer Social Club’s 1 Year Anniversary Party.

Our good bud Cory the Cactus says, “Come by and catch yoself some Lovebumps!”

Good for a poke, huh?

Good for a poke, huh?

FM

Singer Social Club 1 Year Anniversary Celebration Party Event

Anniversaries are special. They mark the yearly passage of time, and allow us to remember and celebrate milestones passed. Some anniversaries can even get us to ask ourselves the tough questions like, “I’m xx years old, and this is what I’ve accomplished with my life?” (birthdays after age 21), or, “Will I really commit to my resolutions this year to make myself a better person, or do I just like making these lists?” (Every other New Year’s Eve).

Well, this time we’re going to be asking ourselves, “How much fun are WE having??!” at Singer Social Club’s 1 year of business anniversary on June 13th. Check It Out!

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Clint

New, Limited Edition Tees!

It’s surprising, but not everybody knows how great tambourines are. There’s a tambourine part recorded in that song you’ve been listening to a lot lately. Got a flat? Don’t sweat it! Tambourines can be used to as a tire iron in a pinch. Bob Dylan even played a tambourine one time, or something like that, remember? This new FM tee will help you assert to the unenlightened serfs of the world how real and understated this fantastic instrument really is.

Check it out over on our bandcamp page.

Shake it on.

Shake it on.

-FM

WIENER RECORDS: The Tijuana Mama Pickled Sausage of Labels

Our new cassette isn’t for sale at that many places. You can buy them from Spencer. From Harry. Or Zac, or Clint. From our bandcamp page. You can buy them from the homeless man who found the merchandise case we lost in San Francisco two weeks ago. OR, you can buy them from the neatest, most tangy yet spicy record (cassette) company out there… WIENER RECORDS.

Wow, it's a record (cassette tape)!

Wow, it’s a record (cassette tape)!

Clint

FMBL (Fantasy Band Draft)

It’s finally over. The 2014-15 football season has come to an end but even though the Lions went another season without a playoff win and the Patriots took the whole thing, there are always pros to balance out the cons.  After all, I managed NOT to draft Toby Gerhart this year… that’s good.  Oh! And no one has to watch Jim Harbaugh mouth-breath his way through another season with the Niners… that’s great!  Overall, I give this year a B-.

Sadly though, we’re now in a bit of a lull. Football is over, baseball hasn’t started, basketball isn’t in the post-season, and hockey is still just hockey. This leaves a lot of us wondering what to do with our long misplaced competitive natures. Luckily, the boys and I developed the answer, I present the Failure Machine Band League (FMBL). FMBL is just like any other fantasy sport except instead of drafting mentally underdeveloped millionaires (See: Gore, Frank), we draft members of bands that we’ve either played with on the road, or folks from around the local scene.  It’s a great way to kill time and it’s an even better way to talk about your friends and colleagues as if they were just objects.

To play along, send us your picks and we’ll send you an arbitrary score based on our personal feelings toward you!!  And check out all of these bands.

The drafters:
Clinton “CP30” Philbin
Spencer Kilpatrick
Harry Mahony
Zac Curtis

ROUND 1
1. CP- Alex Korostinsky (bass, guitar, bg vocals for Mark Sexton Band, Whatitdo., Synthesize Her)
2. SK- Blair Dewane (vocals, guitar for Rusty Maples)
3. HM- Keith Damron and his pug, Malcolm(vocals, guitar for El Camino Sutra)
     -EDITOR’S NOTE: Terrific move. Primo songwriting and an adorable pooch. Cute sells.
4. ZC- Miranda Zipse (vocals, bass for The Pip Squeeks)

ROUND 2
5. ZC- Kevin Mohn (vocals, guitar for Kevin Moan & The Reptiles)
6. HM- Ben Ingle (drums for Moondog Matinee)
     -FUN FACT: His favorite food is Pop Tarts.
7. SK- Rachel McElhiney (sax, bg vocals for Buster Blue)
8. CP- Clark Demerrit (bass for Pelvis Wrestlies)

ROUND 3
9. CP- Mike Hickel (bass, bg vocals for Joan and The Rivers)
10. SK- Ben Einstein (keys, bg vocals for Bear Lincoln)
     -EDITOR’S NOTE: Big Ben Einstein was my sleeper pick all along. In this group he’ll play B3 and a large bowl of assorted fruit.
11. HM- Morgan Smith ( drums for Irie Idea)
12. ZC- Kevin Gautschi (guitar, vocals for Major Powers & The Lo-Fi Symphony)

ROUND 4
13. ZC- Sam “The Luscious Lefty” Turman (guitar, vocals for Naked For Safety)
     -EDITOR’S NOTE: Personally, I’m a little concerned about his health going into this season. There’s a lot of blood on that guitar.
14. HM- Eric Smith (guitar, vocals for Joan and the Rivers)
15. SK- Dan Weiss (drums for Mark Sexton Band, My Flag Is On Fire)
16. CP- Adam Carpenter (bass, bg vocals for Moondog Matinee)

ROUND 5
17. CP- Patrick Dougherty (bass for Fox & The Law)
     -EDITOR’S NOTE: I think Clint really hit his stride with this pick.  With his 5th bassist in 5 picks he has successfully given me an uncomfortable rumbling sensation in my stomach.
18. SK- Jeremy Hunt (bass for Jelly Bread)
19. HM- Adam Landis (keys for Rigorous Proof)
20. ZC- Toby O’Brien
      -FUN FACT: Toby isn’t in a band, he’s just a really cool guy. Not a great pick… or is it?

ROUND 6
21. ZC- 3 cases of Old English
     -EDITOR’S NOTE: High risk, high reward kind of pick for Zac Curtis. On one hand, a case of Olde English can get the creative juices going, but on the other hand it can trigger a bender where you wake up missing your wallet, your shoes, and your sense of self worth.
22. HM- Rob Habel (vocals, guitar for Millburray)
23. SK- Zac Curtis + Harry Mahony (horns for Failure Machine)
24. CP- Tyler Hansen (drums, bg vocals for BandMaster Ruckus)

Here are the bands:

Rumble Chunks (CP)
Alex Korostinsky (bass)
Clark Demerrit  (bass)
Mike Hickel (bass)
Adam Carpenter (bass)
Patrick Dougherty (bass)
Tyler Hansen (drums)

B.D. & The Meat Raisins (SK)
Blair Dewane (vocals, guitar)
Rachel “Rachbot” McElhiney (bari sax, vocals)
Dan Weiss  (drums)
Ben Einstein (keys, vocals)
Jeremy Hunt (bass)
Zac + Harry (trumpet, alto sax)

Harry’s Hamsters (HM)
Keith Damron and Malcolm (vocals, guitar)
Ben Ingle (drums)
Morgan Smith (drums)
Eric Smith (guitar, vocals)
Adam Landis (keys)
Rob Habel (guitar, vocals)

Zac (ZC)
Miranda Zipse (bass)
Kevin Mohn (guitar, vocals)
Kevin Gautsche (guitar, vocals)
Sam Turman (guitar, vocals)
Toby O’Brien (N64)
3 Cases of OE

We want your fantasy bands. Give em to us.

xoxo,
Spencer