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Thursday, August 26th, 2004
12:45 am - Other people's lives seem more interesting cuz they ain't mine
SO yeah, I got back a couple of days ago from California and plopped myself back into the daily grind. My family van is all fixed now after I crunched the front of it last month. They just sent me the ticket today though which is weird....fuckers.

I've been working overtime for the band, especially working on getting our new bassist Alex up to speed for next month's shows (for all of you who didn't know, my band now has a full time bassist, backup-vocalist, musical prodigy). I think I've got about six demos that are just waiting to be fleshed out, but that will mostly have to wait until the current songs are put down with the bass. Other random band stuff keeps me more than busy these days....I haven't seen any of my small circle of friends since I got back, so you should all come to my show in Everett on Friday. It's at this place called Club Broadway (Josh you should come and take 371 pictures of my band with your nifty camera).

Anywho, vacation away from work and band in California was good times. I saw some family, did the Disney thing, slept in. One of my aunts informed me that I would be handsome again if I cut my hair. I guess I'll just have to wallow in my ugliness....so, yeah...next weekend is bumbershoot goodness so anyone who is going should let me know so we can all go together and hang out.

current mood: accomplished

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Saturday, July 31st, 2004
1:31 am
So I guess that everyone is going to see Suffering and a whole bunch of other bands tomorrow.....If you DONT happen to be doing that then you should come see Boss Tweeter. I know that none of you would want to miss out on the Boss T rockage so here's the info:

July 31st - Graceland: $7, 21+
Doors at: 9:00

Also featuring: Dragstrip Riot, Hex County, BurnThe8Track and Drown Mary

August 1st - Sunset Tavern: $5, 21+
Show starts at 4:00

Also Featuring: Toothpaste 2000, Black Cat Music and Dateless

You really should come.....it will be a swell time.

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Thursday, May 6th, 2004
12:39 am - "The Big Show"
I think this news has already been adequately leaked, but just in case you haven't heard, here's where you should be Thursday night:


May 6th - Neumos: $5, 21+
925 East Pike Street
Seattle, Wa 98122

Doors at 8:00, Show starts at 8:30

Also featuring: Hollis Brown (GO,GO Paul), Anybody Human, Smoosh & Hex County

Actually according to Neumos my band is called Boss Tweater...funny stuff. "Hi we're Neumos, we want to introduce you to these new bands and we can't spell their names!" *Sidenote* Nadamucho rocks though...they can spell. *End Sidenote*

So come to the show! I hope to see you there...I also still have one free ticket if someone wants to get in touch with me and snatch it up.

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Monday, March 29th, 2004
12:59 pm - A brand new car a low mileage wife...
Alright everyone, here's a last minute update if you want to treat your ears to some Boss T indie rock:

March 29th - The Rendezvous: $5, 21+
2320 Second Ave.

Doors at ?, show starts at 9:45PM

Also featurng: Lazy Comet

In other news, this week has been quite good. Good people, good movies, good music. I would write more, but I have much to do before tonight's show.

current mood: energetic

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Tuesday, March 16th, 2004
12:37 am - We fired the motherfucker! HA!
Boss Tweeter is once again minus a bassist. Alas he was a flake....we can't deal with flakes. This is balls to the wall rock baby, and we aren't taking anyone along that doesn't pull their own weight. SO there. Other than that, today's band practice consisted of high energy rock, some new acoustic recordings, and new song possibilities.

All the crazyness of re-carpeting my house finally ceased today as well. Now I have the monumental task of reorganizing thirteen years worth of Star Wars collectables. This should keep me busy until at least the end of the week. I also unearthed a record player, big fucking speakers, and a bunch of other cool audio toys...all just sitting in a closet in my house waiting to be discovered.

current mood: accomplished

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Monday, March 15th, 2004
12:25 am
Today was fairly enlightening...I spent the whole day cleaning my house...for some reason cleaning makes you think and thinking makes things better if you keep at it long enough. I came to some conclusions which made me really disappointed in the guy I used to be, but fairly confident in the person I am now....these might not be 100% accurate conclusions, but for today at least they make a good deal of sense.

*I had more honest musings here but they might just be too honest to post so you'll have to use your imaginations*

I'm unusually stable today, as you might have gathered...we'll see if that can last a whole two days.

current mood: calm

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Sunday, March 14th, 2004
2:34 am - So shudder with me my dear
More of the same...

I got to see Aprille and Cliff, that was good. Quiet times with friends that listen well. I have a select few friends, but most of them seem to listen very well and give thoughtful heartfelt advice....I'm lucky to have such friends. Now I've just got to keep making the rounds and get up to Bellingham and out to see Paul.

I want to go to church in a few hours, but I think that I'm going to be needed at home to rearrange the downstairs of my house (we just got new carpet). It's crazy how God works in your life to make things bearable....definitely letting my faith sink in these days and let the Big Man take the reigns a bit more...It's not that anything is better or less depressing, it's just comforting to know that someone has a plan and is watching out for me.

Practice and a bit of recording tomorrow....finishing up a couple acoustic tunes from awhile ago....getting the bassist ready for the show in a couple of weeks as well. I apologized and explained to my bandmates a bit more about my recent state of complacency and lack of enthusiasm....such understanding fellows.

Well, it looks to be time for a couple Z's. Farewell and goodnight/early morning.

current mood: blank

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Thursday, March 11th, 2004
12:02 am
Everyone at my work has two things that I do not: A nicotine addiction and a girlfriend....I'd gladly take the former to have the latter. It's a lonely, lonely world. I could really go into this but I will decline to do so.

Anyway, the band rolls along, bassist and all. The last few practices have been pretty uninspired but that's mostly my fault. I'm pushing my way through it all trying to make the rock happen as seamlessly as it always has. I'm really starting to find out what things fuel my music and dedication....mostly because many of them are lacking.

I've been way to withdrawn recently...I've really got to see some folks. I have too many good people in my life that I never see as often as I'd like. *Sidenote* I'm sorry I ditched you both times on the jamming Paul...that was just fuckin rude of me (sorry bro). *End Sidenote*

Well, I think that's really about all for now....call me or email me if you're reading this because whoever you are we don't hang out enough.

current mood: thoughtful

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Friday, February 20th, 2004
5:02 pm - the tension builds....
I've got a show to play in a few hours...I'm not sure who's coming. There are a couple of people I'd really like to see there...anyway, I think I've finally started to be a bit more consistent with this whole journal thing...it only took me three years. Yesterday's post may have seemed a little dramatic...it wasn't meant to be so...just observations really...Acknowledgments of the obvious (or not so obvious). Well, I guess it's off to the show. I hope to see you there.

current mood: contemplative

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Thursday, February 19th, 2004
2:48 am
Work, Sleep, Work, Sleep, Band, Sleep, Friends, Sleep....everything's quite on autopilot right now. I'm not sure if I'm necessarily doing all the right things but at least I'm doing something and forcing life to continue. I somehow missed hanging out with Paul tonight (we will find some time soon to hang out man and work on those cover songs for the show!) Other events on the busy social calender include hanging out with Cliff and finally getting to watch Lost in Translation. That will be good times. In other news, here is your weekly update on where to catch the Boss Tweeter rock:

February 20th - Kirkland Teen Center (348 Kirkland Ave.)
Valor's Minion 10:05-10:50
Vertigo 9:10-9:50
Boss Tweeter 8:20-8:55
Imaginary Penpals 7:30-8:05

$5, All Ages, Doors at 7PM

This is a fairly random entry and it will end now due to its lack of purpose.

current mood: blah

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Tuesday, February 17th, 2004
12:06 am - Where is the danger???
Boss Tweeter headlined the Graceland last night...it feels so good to say that. I think that around 40-45 people came so I have decided that that was a victory in itself for a 21+ Sunday night. A big THANK YOU to all of you who were able to make it. I broke a string in the middle of the set, so I just ended up playing Tyler's backup geetar for the rest of the show. I guess we've got a pretty sweet audio bootleg of the show...no word on the quality of the video boot yet. The true test of the quality of the show for me will be when I sit down with the audio and video though. Graham, Cliff, Paul, and Josh did their part and got up right in front of the stage, which definitely made it easier for me to rock ( the closer and more packed the crowd the better of course). I didn't get a chance to catch the other two bands since I am a mere 18 yrs old, but I hear that they were entertaining and rockworthy. So yeah, I hope that the show was worthy of the hype that I shamelessly gave. With some luck maybe we'll be able to play there again sometime opening for a bigger act.

OK, so that was the fun part of this weekend. After all the excitement of last night I got a grand total of 120 minutes of sleep and then headed to work at 7AM for "the Big Sale"....and it was one of the slowest sale days in Guitar Center history. No adrenaline pumping deals to keep me alert....just more employees than customers in my department by about a 3 to 1 ratio. I did end up selling a bunch of gear at the end of the day, but I was sure glad to be stumbling out of there and on to my couch for some well needed sleep.

current mood: relieved

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Sunday, February 15th, 2004
12:28 am - Rattled by the Rush
Let's see...my parents purchased a V-day present for me. They got me "Elloitt Smith-Figure 8." My parents made an exxcellent decision. At some point they must have actually started taking note of what music I listened to...

I think I'm not going to bitch about all the other implications of today (yesterday now...) being Valentines Day...

On another note, I picked up the Pavement-Slow Century DVD. How do I describe it...it's very Pavement and that's exactly how it should be.

I should have gone to sleep already. I've got to work before I hit the Graceland with eardrum splitting feedback and indie vibes. I hope they don't make me wait on the street while the other bands play since I'm not 21. It doesn't really matter though, I won't complain. Like Graham said...come to the show or they'll steal one of my amps.

February 15th - Graceland
Address: 109 Eastlake Ave E, Seattle, WA 98109
Phone: (206) 381-3094

Also featuring: Black Phantom Railroad and Fire Crotch
Doors at 8, Show starts at 9:30PM
$5, 21+

Farewell and goodnight.

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Friday, February 13th, 2004
2:55 am - on the other side of the moon....
Looong day today, but in a good way. Work at corporate music headquarters is no longer overwhelming. I'm making sales, doing my thing, talking up music to everyone and not giving a fuck if they are going to help my commission....and of course talking up my show this weekend. I'm really looking forward to that. I'm nervous but in a good way...just trying to funnel all of my dedication into this band. Boss Tweeter's got another show tomorrow too in Woo-ville. This show is at a church though so no evil cuss words will be uttered.
I also got to hang out with Paul tonight. Got alot of things straightened out in my head. I swear, I never have anything figured out as much as I think I do...I am a cocky bastard. Well the hour is late (or really early) so that's all my failing vision can take for now.

current mood: determined

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Thursday, February 5th, 2004
10:47 pm
Life rolls along slowly...adding insult to injury. Fully content to not improve. I mean I've got enough shit to deal with without the added pressures of a job I have no motivation for and relationships that are out of my control. Damn, and this job could be pretty sweet but it's just so fucking stressful. Tomorrow morning I've got to take a test on everything I've leaned this week...and pass with a perfect score. All of the corporate values of Guitar Center being drilled into my head. Then there's this band that I lead that I honestly don't want to deal with right now. Ughh, rant rant rant. I wish I could expound enthusiastically on my great and blessed life, but the truth is nothing has really changed much at all in the past weeks except other peoples perception of my stability.

current mood: drained and disjointed

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Wednesday, November 19th, 2003
2:31 am - Updated Rocking
Ok, here's the full meal deal for the Friday show.

Mystery Band that we don't know the name of: 8PM
Boss Tweeter: 9PM

Woodinville Community Center (WCC)
17401 133rd Ave NE
Woodinville, WA 98072

phone: 425.398.9327

All Ages, $3

Please come and support the rock if you can.

current mood: determined

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Tuesday, November 18th, 2003
2:50 pm - on short notice....
Boss Tweeter wil be rocking a secret location in Woodinville this Friday at 9PM. Address coming soon. Tons of electric goodness with drums. All ages too, this time our fans won't have to stand outside the venue.

current mood: accomplished

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Wednesday, October 8th, 2003
8:15 pm
For any and all that are interested:

Boss Tweeter-acoustic set
Oct. 10 at: Riley's Cafe
485 Front Street N.
Issaquah, 98027
Time:7-9...and Krispy Kremes afterward
All Ages

We'll be playing a bunch of new material and we'll have a nice PA system to work with, so if you haven't checked us out in a while(or at all) this would be a good gig to come to.

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Tuesday, September 23rd, 2003
11:44 pm - Rock music
For anyone who didn't already know, I thought I'd post the info for my band's first electric showing with our drummer:

Saturday, Sept. 27th
Blue Moon Tavern
712 NE 45th Street
Playing with "Black Phantom Railroad" and "Fire Crotch"
Doors at 9:00

It's a free show, but it's also technically a 21+ show. We shouldn't have much of a problem getting underage people in though if you want to risk the drive. All of us in Boss Tweeter appreciate the support.

current mood: accomplished

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Monday, August 11th, 2003
1:10 am - We jumped in the stream with shoes and canteens, the water was bitter cold
Well, due to Graham's asking for my take on the proceedings and my odd urge to post again, you shall receive my take on last nights IOI initiation proceedings. First off, we were taken one by one down a "hazardous" blackberry filled trail to a beach. It was that perfect time of night where it is just light enough to make out big blurry shapes. It had a great vibe to it. We all ate cookies and got introduced to the writers group of old. It was great to just chill and hear about the roots of the whole IOI deal. I expected more of an initiation ritual, but I was not disappointed at all by not having to do any of the unpleasant things that can be associated with initiations. We also got chapbooks with a sort of "Best of" of the old writers group. After that we went back to Katherine's house and I got a chance to hear all of the old members read. It's amazing how much great writing can come from people that you know. A couple of the writers that I hadn't met before really struck me dumbfounded. Absolutely great stuff. The delivery of alot of the poetry, especially from Arlo, really gave me new ideas about putting a poetry cd out on my record label as well. One of the coolest things about the get-together was seeing some very similar dynamics in the old group between the quiet poets, the outspoken poets, the ambitious poets, the typical hermit-like poets. The workings of the old group really mirrored the way the new group works in a lot of ways.
I think most everyone who wanted to got a chance to read and I got to play a couple of my newest songs on my acoustic guitar. I think the response was pretty favorable. I think it got to be about 3 AM and that's when people started to leave (although no one seemed to be exhausted). I ended up staying up until about 5 something talking to Aaron and Kari and then crashing at Katherine's for the night. I hope the old IOI group members came away with the impression that their group was in good hands.
In other news, I should be getting my license next week. I practiced my parallel parking today and I've been reading through my "rules o' the road" book for my written test. Hopefully that piece of my life will be falling into place soon. I also finally confronted my parents with the question, "what would it take to convince you that I have any shot having a career playing my music." It's been made pretty clear from the beginning that that my parents don't really put much weight in my music, so it was good to attempt to put everything into perspective for my parents on where I stand with my goals in life. They don't want me putting off my four year college degree, but my mind couldn't be further from college applications right now. I am taking a year off, but the pressure is on to find a job. Then if this band is still going next year, I can hopefully gain some measure of independence from my folks since they will not be supporting me if I'm not in school. It's a fucked up situation on both sides because it makes me doubt my musical abilities and then whenever I start to be ambitious about my music my parents create this perception of my life going nowhere. It's not a thing of not going to college, because I definitely have a desire to do so. It's a question of timing. If I go to college next year and get a comfortable job four years down the line will I risk it all to pursue my music again? Probably not. Right now I've got very little to lose. I mean, shit, I have no problem with being poor as long as I can have a substantial effect on music. That alone is more important to me than a house in suburbia and a steady paycheck. Well, I think I've gone on long enough here tonight. I think I'll actually leave this post unedited since this time I was actually able to express myself the way I meant to in the first place. Keep rocking on out there in cyberspace folks (and support your local musicians :)

current mood: determined

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Tuesday, August 5th, 2003
2:06 am - I saw you talkin' to Chrstopher Walken on my TV screen
Well, well...it has been a long time huh? I guess "I'm back" but I'm quite infrequent here as it is. The funny thing is that I'm constantly updating the online world with the events of my life but just not here on livejournal. Since I mostly talk about music here anyway, if you want to get the constant updates on that side of Michael just go to my band website: http://BossTweeter.tripod.com (no "www." mind you). Click on the info tab and "Update Action!" That's where all the action(no pun intended) is happening these days.
Whahahaha! I used my amazing editing power to erase the rest of this odd entry. So there.

current mood: contemplative

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