The John Vanderslice and St. Vincent tour-blogging series continues as John and Annie reach NYC (how was the show at Maxwell's last night?). Tonight's (April 19) Mercury Lounge show is sold out, but tickets are now on sale for a 2nd NYC show at Union Hall in Brooklyn on April 22nd. And now, heeeere's Johnny....
Hotel Life, Best and Worst:
I have no problem understanding why Russell Crowe hurled a phone at a hotel desk clerk. i wonder why these things don't happen more often. When you rely on these unstable businesses to provide comfort and consolation, you are vulnerable to say the least.
We stayed in a brand new Hampton Inn in Athens, OH. I would have been quite happy to have my books and records shipped out and camp there for a year or so. I went to sleep thinking: "What nice tile work in the bathroom!"
The next night we stayed in a creepy hell-hole in Lancaster. Serious central PA rednecks, the kind that look down at your shoes before answering a question (I guess my Tigers didn't pass). A sign in the room listed 14 conditions for using the pool:
#13. Any person showing evidence of any communicable skin disease, sore or inflamed eyes, cold, nasal or ear discharges, or any other disease shall be denied access to the pool. Any person with excessive sunburn(!), open blisters, cuts, or bandages shall be denied admission.Beautiful. So, after we had to move rooms due to several unsatisfactory unmentionables, repeatedly made them restart their wireless router, were forced to eat Raisin Bran with warm skim milk, and endured heaps of bad vibes, I had no choice but to smash my room phone into bits. It was seriously beaten into non-functionality. My only regret was not packing it in my Samsonite and giving it away as a door prize at the club in Philly the next night - Johnny Brenda's, which by the way, has got to be one of the best sounding small clubs in the nation.
#14. No lifeguard on duty. SWIM AT YOUR OWN RISK.
John Vanderslice & St Vincent - 2007 Tour Dates
Apr 19 - Mercury Lounge, New York
Apr 20 - Middle East Boston, Massachusetts
Apr 21 - The Space Hamden, Connecticut
Apr 22 - Union Hall, Brooklyn
Apr 24 - Sonar Baltimore, Maryland
Apr 25 - Rock and Roll Hotel Washington DC, Washington DC
Apr 26 - Local 506 Carrboro, North Carolina
Apr 28 - Map Room Charleston, South Carolina
Apr 29 - Art Garage Columbia, South Carolina
Apr 30 - 40 Watt Athens, Georgia
May 1 - Bottle Tree Birmingham, Alabama
May 2 - Billiken Club St Louis, Missouri
May 3 - Randy Bacon Gallery Springfield, Missouri
May 5 - Dan's Silverleaf Denton, Texas
May 6 - Emo's Austin, Texas
May 8 - Modified Phoenix, Arizona
May 9 - Casbah San Diego, California
May 10 - Largo Los Angeles, California