Anya Marina - Dispatches From Felony Flats - Tour Diary 3
Fri, 18 May 2012 18:46:32
Anya Marina - Dispatches From Felony Flats - Tour Diary 3 - On the road with Eric Hutchinson, April 2012
The lovely and talented Anya Marina is on the road in support of her latest release, Felony Flats. Anya has been sending us lots of pictures of life on the road and we are happy to share them with you below.
Last month I embarked on a tour of the midwest, opening for dear pal Eric Hutchinson with drum genius Paulie Pulvirenti by my side. We rocked the midwest as a super duo and it was a blast. Here is my tour diary in photos.
Before I embark for tour, I usually freak out in some small way. This time it was constructive--I got a haircut at Portland's own Gold+Arrow salon. I felt good about it.
Old Skool + New School @ Gold+Arrow:
We play Record Store Day at Electric Fetus in Saint Cloud, Minnesota. Turns out Andy who works at Electric Fetus remembers working with one of my best pals, ex-boss & program director at KBZT in San Diego, Garett Michaels. Small world!
Paulie and I spend long days driving and decide to be "greener" on this tour, opting for gallons of water over lots of little plastic water bottles. This requires agility, balance, and manual dexterity while moving at high speeds on the freeway. Paulie is a gifted eco-friendly Jedi knight! (vehicle was moving while this photo was taken)
80% of tour is this:
I take a walk in Chicago's Oz Park and find my future dream man!
Another sold out show with Eric Hutchinson! Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL.
"What's New Pussycat?" plays in my head as I walk by the Salt 'n Pepper diner in Chicago. (If you don't get the joke, buy and listen to John Mulaney's comedy album The Top Part. One of the funniest things out there)
Kefir frozen yogurt? The rest of the country needs to get on board with this more G.I.-friendly treat [gastro-intestinal - ed.]. Thank you, Starfruit, Chicago. Delicious!
Forcing management to "blue steel" with me backstage at Lincoln Hall, Chicago.
Can't stop listening to Eric Hutchinson's new album [Moving Up Living Down]. This week track 6 ("People I Know") is my favorite, and I will tell him so in my next text message.
Sometimes I threaten Eric before he goes on stage:
Another great part of touring is listening to podcasts. Paulie and I take particular enjoyment in this latest WTF episode with our Portland neighbor and pal James Mercer from The Shins. Good interview!
A beautiful shot of the haunted Majestic Theatre in Madison. The owner tells us the place is haunted by the ghost of Joe, a man who caught his wife cheating on him. Legend has it, he killed her, her lover, and then himself. I am completely freaked out by this but happy to have heard the story long after I played. Nevertheless: nightmares!
Madison fans are wild and fun. These girls made me laugh a lot.
This shot was taken while an enamored fan yelled out to Elliott, Eric Hutchinson's keyboard player, "I eye-f***ed you from the audience!"
Played with filters for Paulie's new Twitter pic. Follow him at @Pahoolie!
While in Michigan, I visited my dad's old stomping grounds. My late-grandmother, a pianist, and grandfather, a saxophonist, played in bands through the 30s and 40s. My dad plays trumpet in three jazz groups to this day. Must be something in the water!
En route to our final show in Columbus, OH, I play one of my favorite songs, on which Paulie played drums for his friend, the late Elliott Smith. If you don't have XO, GET IT! One of my all-time favorite albums.
A parting shot with Eric. What a fun tour!!!
with Paulie and Hutchinson bassist Andrew Perusi:
On our way out of town, we stop at Cherbourg Bakery for our first civilized, sit-down meal in a week! For all the touring celiacs, if you ever find yourself in Columbus, holy heck, get yourself to Cherbourg. Adorable, delicious and gluten free!
Paulie and I fly home to Portland just in time for my first-ever comedy & rock "variety show" @ Doug Fir, which I'm calling PDXOXO. I play with designs and fonts on the plane. It was a wild success with comedian Emmett Montgomery, a solo set from Michael Lerner of TELEKINESIS, and a full band show of songs from my new album Felony Flats. Coming soon to a city near you! Thanks for a great tour, Eric Hutchinson! We'll miss you.
Be sure to catch Anya Marina when she makes a tour stop near you!
Check out Anya's earlier 'Dispatches From Felony Flats' posts: - Intro - Part 1 - Part 2
—The ARTISTdirect Staff