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The Black Swans Tour Diary: Blog 2

9-11 Let’s Roll: Back when ideas are ideas, someone like me thought it would be a good one to start the tour with no money and no practice (1/3 lives in WV) on 9-11. Flashback: So when you were wondering why the world stopped turning and others were thinking of putting boots up asses, I was at Target buying luggage to visit Vicki in London. Come back here: 5 years later called tonight we show up in Arlington and Vicki fixes us chicken and rice. Yes! The drive was the longest we’ll have, nothing doing at 7 hours, so bonding began. Silence. No one ate except the snacks from Melanie and some left over Swiss Steak Canaan had for breakfast. Show went alright, but proved you don’t have to go north to buy clams. I dropped some lines, lost a verse, Noel was Noel, and Canaan’s bass fought with another bass player humming from another room like a kick in a womb. But it was well liked and 9 people paid $8 to see us, so I was told, and so we made $4. Not much of a crowd, maybe 25, but fun. Hell, it’s Monday with history. Lou is L&C and he is good, so after 15 more shows I bet we’ll be friends. I’ll try to have a photo next time. Sorry.

The Black Swans Tour Diary: Blog 1

Go live the dream with a box full of Sex Brain: Today we begin 16 shows in the same amount of days and as I pack and fret, I feel like Jack Bauer. This time out we hope for more of the same and less of it, too. Up, up, and up into the Northeast we go with another party called Lewis and Clarke, but I’ll call him Louis. Last time out, way back in March, I acquired a bald patch on the side of my head in the shape of an East African country. It grew back, but a few weeks ago the rest of the continent began to appear in two locales (by the way, it is okay for me to joke about this, but not you) so such is the the stress of tour prep, dealing with mixes from the new CD, and, mostly, LIFE. LIFE? So the Black Swans hardly seek to return with fame and fortune as we sink deep into 16 sunsets, so much as I pray for my hair to remain and someday return and that we all live to see another day plural. Stress Brain is a likely sequel(copyrighted!) but, for now, Noel Sayre (violin), Canaan Faulkner (bass) and I will huddle in my beloved ’95 Ford Taurus and sing songs from past and future Black Swans CDs to strangers and friends. Due to a strong appeal for more space in the back seat from Canaan, my gorilla will be left behind this tour, but the spirit remains and so will this blog until Sept. 27. Some call it the North by Northeast Tour, others the Dual Taurus Tour (props to L&C who have a similar make and model), but whatever it is called I’ll be eating some lobster somewhere soon. See you in D.C. –JD


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The Black Swans kick off a tour tonight in Washington DC and we’re really happy to announce that will be hosting a tour diary by the band, written mostly by lead swan Jerry DeCicca.

Websites like Pitchfork say things like: “8 Out of 10 … Sex Brain really satisfies” and Preflix says “”Sex Brain is an altogether entertaining find”. Needless to say, I am a big fan of the band.

Check out some mp3s and be sure to catch the band at the following dates:

MP3: Who Will Walk in the Darkness With You?

9/11 – Red and Black Bar – Washington, DC
9/12 – Relative Theory Record – Norfolk, VA
9/13 – Artspace Gallery – Richmond, VA
9/14 – Millcreek Tavern – Philadelphia, PA
9/15 – Piano’s – New York, NY
9/16 – Rudy’s – New Haven, CT
9/17 – Dew Art Gallery – New London, CT
9/18 – Julian’s – Providence, RI
9/19 – PA’s Lounge – Sommerville, MA
9/20 – Flywheel Arts Collective – East Hampton, MA
9/21 – The Strange – Portland, ME
9/22 – Radio Bean – Burlington, VT
9/23 – Langdon St. Cafe – Montpelier, VT
9/24 – A/V Space – Rochester, NY
9/25 – Mohawk Place – Buffalo, NY

BUY: Sex Brains on