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solongnaota and brown cow are going on tour for spring break!

So Long Naota (ex 2049, syscrusher, casionauts) is a queer pop/emo band from Lansing, Michigan. for fans of tguk, dinosaur jr, thin lizzy.

Brown Cow   is a 3 piece female fronted downerpop band from kalamazoo, michigan.

We are headed out to Boston and back from Michigan and could use some help booking shows in or near your town.

so far were playing:

feb 27th in Kzoo, MI

Feb 28th in Cleveland, Ohio at Mosh Eisley w/ heart attack man, let em run and the ground is lava!

March 1st in Pittsburgh, Pa at 222 ormsby with au revoir

March 2nd in Lancaster at the seed with Human Weathervane

March 3rd in lehigh valley?  *need help

March 4th in Philly at freedom 35 with decades

March 5th in Connecticut *need help

March 6th in Boston *need help

march 7th in Erie/somewhere north central PA

March 8th in Columbus, Ohio

March 9th in Lansing @ church of the three cats

msg me on tumblr, or email danielrbalderas@gmail.com or text me @Five17-214-973three if you can help in any way! thanks a milly

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So Long Naota - Celestial Something or Other

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So Long Naota - Hold Fast

Self aware and self assured are sadly not the same
Getting used to disappointment like it was your middle name
When the sun it sets and leaves you, and only the cold remains
Just like the river in your hometown or the blood inside your veins

And anyone worth anything is everyone to you
In love with love and its losing like its your worst dream come true

Hold fast to the hope that things improve
Know that life is whats right in front of you
Although this world will tear at you with every tragic turn
You better Let your life be lit by every lesson that you learn

Unbalanced and unburdened by unbelievability
Left pining for the presence of lips placed perfectly
Just like that song about the burning car and delicious sounding drink
Or the one where the stars fall from the sky and where they long to be

falling in and out of favor as fast as you fell for all your friends
Underscored and understated as your attempts to make amends

Hold fast to the hope that things improve
Know that life is whats right in front of you
Although this world will tear at you with every tragic turn
You better bet your path is brightened by every bridge you had to burn

New jam referencing the mountain goats and the simpsons and the carpenters and other ridic stuff. Share/critique.

tour is nearly finalized!

thurs feb 27th wafflehouse in grand rapids
fri feb 28th mosh eisley in cleveland
sat mar 1st 222 ormsby in pittsburgh
sun mar 2nd the seed in lancaster pa
mon mar 3rd *not booked* looking for lehigh valley
tues mar 4th freedom35 philly
wed mar 5th mr beerys in long island, ny
thurs mar 6th *in the works* boston
fri mar 7th *not booked* rochester ny
sat mar 8th Wylinder in columbus ohio
sun mar 9th church in lansing michigan

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So Long - in a family way (birds of prey)

hold on to your heavy heart
this time i think we’ll make it through
one word before we start
lets try our best to make it new

go forth and gather youself up
take your love and give it all away
with any luck it will find its way to you again
on a some dark and cold and lonely and fateful day

unsaid as the thought thats
you kept to your self
unread like the books
left gathering dust up on your shelf

tell yourself it will be ok
fragile as a fabrige
bluer than the epponymous jay
while clouds above such an ominous gray
as elegant as a tv tray
or a thesis to a punk rock essay
a pigeon to their bird of prey
the sea gulls screaming at the bay
all the prophets whove been lead astray
or pauses left in a family way
the message of hope we could not convey
just dissapointment without delay
all the fears you could not allay
all the tears you would wipe away
so save em up for a rainy day
like those three little words that you’d never say
your better angels were on display
replete with childish naivete
you were the costs i could not defray
or the hell that we would one day pay
your best attempts not to betray
those secrets held in dossiers
you were the loner to my jfk
now someone call the cia
the lizard people to my greys
mysterious and vast as the milky way
or the consequences we never weigh
those games we tried hard not to play
all the rules that we would disobey
much to our mothers dismay
oblivious as your fathers toupee
and the welcomes that we’d overstay
take me to the sweet soiree
let your love be my attache
we can talk it out or just hit the hay
pray for a tomorrow better than today
as miserable as the 17th of may
or the leftovers we set out for the stray
so send out a communique
queer as in fuck you,  im them and they
anachronistic as bombay
corpses cought in eternal ballet
while the ladders of our DNA
lie twisted up in acidic array
our passions we found oh so passe
slaves to all our social mores
the day we die and turn back to clay
left eponential in our decay
all the gods to whom we’d never pray
or the dragons that we’d never slay

will one day come and make everything alright

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So Long Naota - Celestial Something or Other at Church of The Three Cats in Lansing, Mi. Secret of Mana for SNES playing in the background.

So Long [collective] Springbreak2ktourteen Tour Diary

Prologue

    When I went on tour for the first time in spring break of 2004 with my band the casionauts, a dance punk ensemble, it felt like someone hit one of those railroad switches that moves the tracks and gives the train a new destination. I knew when i got back from that tour that the experience of touring was one i wanted to have for the rest of my life. One thing i didn’t do, among the myriad, was document the journey as i had no way of knowing how monumental it would turn out to be. As i am getting older i am trying to do things better now than i did before and so this is my attempt to do just that. I am writing this while we tour and sharing portions as we go so that anyone with the inclination can follow along and ask questions or whatever. While i do appreciate the opportunity for interaction that this medium affords me, one of its shortcomings is that it doesn’t always provide full context for situations and i am going to unintentionally leave out stuff and hope to add it later. -drb


2/24-2/27 Prep Days

The plan was that jt (identicalbandoliers) would come up from cleveland on monday to practice and make sure we were ready for tour. On tuesday, jt was to go to ann arbor to workshop some writing that he and our friend kelly have been working on. on wednesday, the plan was to practice some more, so that by thursday we’d feel confident and be good to get on the road. well mice, men and deities can fuck right off because we thought it might be a fun idea to make a tour tape and record/mix/master it all in the few days before tour.

   Ashley and I had made a tape together previously, using my ipad to record it, and that came out decent without taking up too much time to make. Our good buddy and sometimes So Long [collective] contributor Nolan Arthur (http://offcloudnine-label.bandcamp.com) made 25 of those tapes, which we called ‘the Cicada Tape’ on account of the super loud buzzing that the bugs were making while we were recording it.

   This time Nolan was going to produce tapes for us as well as screenprint shirts and what not. The merch came out fantastic and after a trip to voa’s half off everything sale we had tons of unique t-shirts, hoodies and crewnecks - we knew our first out of state show was cleveland, and cleveland loves crewnecks!

   In order to make tapes, though, nolan needed the recordings. so, on monday, jt and i put down drum tracks for 5 songs for the tape. Our goal was a 9 song tape, which someone discussing the reality of it coming to be [ehem, ashley] would call ambitious at best. Our recording setup was: my ipad running Sonoma Wire Works FourTrack Multitrack Recorder (www.sonomawireworks.com/fourtrack) and the pillow we propped it up against. I had been able to get good recordings out of the little compressor mic on my Ipad before so i was optimistic to start. After realizing how difficult it would be to be satisfied with each mix before bouncing down and adding more than the first 4 tracks of a song, i figured i’d just do the tracking in fourtrack and use a program like sonar or cool edit on my cheap laptop to do the mixing. I ended up using cubase, which took a little while to figure out but was decently intuitive.

   Jt’s drumset (pictured above) consisted of a suitcase, bass pedal, snare and stand. My guitar rig was the Crestline (les paul knockoff) I bought in Cleveland years ago for $60 with the intention of fixing the wiring but never got around to actually playing, let alone fixing. Jake Simmons (http://jakesimmons.bandcamp.com) helped me fix the guitar a week earlier and had loaned me his tiny little vox pathfinder 10 amp as well for tour. For acoustic guitar we were using Ashley’s ¾ scale Oscar Shmidtt.

   The process of tracking drums and guitars and vocals took until wednesday. The importing of files and mixing occurred basically anytime I was not recording jt, ashley or myself. We did take a break on monday night to go see cavalcade and cheap girls play a last minute garage show (i fucking love my town, btdubs) paired with a trip to Mac’s Monday Night Comedy (https://www.facebook.com/MacsComedy). Jt had gone to college with one of the hosts; Mark Roebuck, who has recently become a dear friend of mine, and they had a lot of catching up to do. Mac’s Comedy night has been blowing up as of late and if you are lucky enough to check it out it’s not hard to see why.

   We finished mastering the tape at 2pm on thursday and we got ready to leave for grand rapids and our first show of tour. Since the recordings came out better than we had anticipated we made 20 or so cdrs for folks who didn’t want something as antiquated as a tape. Nolan set out on what i imagine was a marathon session of duping tapes and screening shirts, hoodies, bags and crewnecks because he showed up on friday morning with massive amounts of both.


More days to come as we have a little downtime before our show in philly.

-drb

Hey y'all I’ve been steadily writing and recording music since i moved to michigan in 2013. I just realized there are five unique releases on the bandcamp, each with different amazing folks contributing to it. So yeah go check one or two out and let me know your thoughts/critiques or whatevs. Also share it with someone if you dig it.

https://solongnaota.bandcamp.com/music