Jory’s Gameboy, Caruso

Jory (of Common Rotation) got a Gameboy. I played 007 on it. It’s good to have when you’re driving at night and your booklight is out. I’m reading “Them” by Jon Ronson and it’s a great read.

My voice is better. The beer fast helped.

I watched Steven Segal last night. He focuses well when he fights. I liked Timecop with Van Damme. He’s a little tragic and I like that. I hope he wins.

Jory’s got Rhapsody. I’m listening to Tiny Tim sing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”. I love Tiny Tim. I got to open for him once. What a wonderful performer. He gave his all. He would go on one knee to bring it home and would need help getting back up. Genuine and genius he was. A beautiful man.

You know who else is still awesome? David Lee Roth...

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Playing with the Johns

I’ve been playing with the Giants during their set on Particle Man. I feel like I’ve won a contest. It’s awesome. I stand in between them and they smile on me. If you took all the adjectives that describe amazing that’s what it’s like.

John Linnel and Carl Finch got me into playing accordion and so it’s kickass to trade licks with Linnel on stage.

Flansburg shows me his guitar hands to remind me of the chords.

The Giants are true gold. True gold.

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pittsburgh 2

I just finished my set. I’m worn out. The stage was real hot. I’m gonna run tommorrow morning. I play better when I’ve run. I drove last night from my folks house in Kentucky to Pittsburg and then stayed at a shitty motel with a nice staff. All the motels were full. The motel lounge band was just finishing their set with “Sgt Pepper”. My room didn’t have a working light so the guy put a new bulb in while I had half a beer at the bar.

I asked for a late checkout and he asked for 5 bucks. So, I gave him five bucks cause I was real tired. I usually like to fall asleep to the tv but I was too tired to bother. I think there was a shitload of bedbugs in my bed. I had a hard time getting to sleep because of the little bugs. I couldn’t see them when I turned on the light.

One time,...

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I’m in Pittsburg right now. My stomach feels uneasy. Common Rotation is on stage right now. They do really well with the crowd. I get nervous before every show and I can’t tell if this stomach is just nerves or partly the chinese food I had earlier. I think it’s both.

My sweet grandmother was upset that she forgot my birthday and made me a pie for my birthday. My birthday was last month and she made me a pie then. She’s a sweet, sweet lady.

I hope I rock Pittsburg tonight.

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Madison review

The show opened with a short but well-received set by the amiable trio Common Rotation, which played clever pop-folk music. But the most memorable of the two opening acts was Corn Mo, who boasts a sparkling suit and a glorious mane of hair and plays heavy metal songs on his accordion about his eighth-grade girlfriend and being mistaken for actor Gary Busey.

It was pretty funny, but what made Corn Mo’s set click is that he really sold his music, never for a second winking at the audience or suggesting it was all a put-on. When he closed with Queen’s “We Are the Champions” and a speech exhorting the crowd to “get on your horse and ride,” it was weirdly inspirational.

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response to Madison

Dear Colin,

I seriously teared up reading this. I will take on

your mission. I think you’re right that there is a

lot of good music that is uninvestigated. Most radio

is enjoyed by running in the hamster wheel. I think

clear channel is a beast that cannot be conquered

until satellite radio is the norm. Sunday night radio

shows are an oasis for people like you but you have to

have your sunday’s scheduled for such. Inspiration

needs to happen every day.

I get pissed off when someone casually brushes off the

Polyphonic Spree as another Flaming Lips when the

radio is full of bands that sound like the band before

it that sounds like the band before it. It’s hard for

some people to allow the magic to rock them. It takes

a concerted effort. So, I don’t know. I’ll keep doing

what I’m doin...

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Columbus 2

My friend, Matt, came to the show. I met him when I was out with the Spree. His job allows to pop up at shows all over the map. My rider requires “a townie to drink with” and I dubbed him the guy. I’d planned on sleeping in the car that I’d borrowed from my roommate’s girlfriend, Kim, but Matt needed a place and he knew people. 2 people more than I did. He got hold of this girl, Amber. She said a little more notice would be good. Matt had met her at a show she did with her band in Dayton that ended with a real shoot-out.

We met up at Brothers. I thought it was a place to get pizza. It was a bar. A good bar but I was beered out. I had to drive, too. There are some days when I just don’t want to drink and that was one of them. After shows, sometimes I can’t really drink beer...

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I’ve been out of shape lateley. I’ve been spending time with my folks in KY. Since my mom is sick, the nice folks from church have been bringing food to the house so I’ve done my part be eating it. I didn’t want to bother my dad to use his gym pass so I got Lose Weight Exercise my mowing the lawn (a treat since my Brooklyn home has no lawn).

So, when I got to Columbus after driving 8 hours from Brooklyn, I was excited and tired and nervous about playing a show so rusty.

I think I’ve mentioned this beofre but opening for the Giants couldn’t be a better fit for me. It’s as if someone tailored a crowd to fit what I do.

“Here you go. Now rock them.”

The Promowest Pavillion is a mini-amphitheater in the style of Dallas’ Starplex with the size of Austin’s Stubbs...

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Minneapolis was excellent. We played at 1st Avenue, the club from Purple Rain. Common Rotation ruled their set. The Giants ruled their set.

My accordion was back to “normal” so I had complete confidence and took that to the stage. It felt really good.

I met some nice folks by the table, including Rick, who saw me about 4 years ago in New Orleans when I was in the Circus. He and friends came to our show at the Shim Sham Club for a bachelor party.

There were good pinball games but I couldn’t get the change machine to take my money. I used to play Funland all the time. They didn’t have it, I just remember it.

I’m kinda sick right now.

Jory got some new shoes. They look real good. Co Ro’s friend from a movie set invited us to a party. She’s real nice...

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Too much technical notes on Madison because my axe broke

I broke my accordion in Madison.

I’ve never been to Wisconsin. I love cheese and there’s a place to get some at every major highway stop. Me and Rotation split some cheese curds, which are hard to find.

I got picked up at the airport by my old roommate’s sister, Jess. She showed me the Oscar Mayer factory and as we passed by, it smelled like sweet cooked meat. I shit you not. It didn’t smell like I thought it would.

I met Common Rotation for the first time at this show. It was like a first day of school with them for I would be sharing the car with them for the whole trip and didn’t know what to expect. They’re all nice fellows.

My accordion broke during sound check. I had just had it serviced the day before...

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letter from Madison

Dear Mr. Mo:

I saw you perform before the They Might Be Giants

show in Madison,

Wisconsin. I don’t expect you to remember, but I

shook your hand and said

that I’d never heard an accordion rock so hard

before. I’ve just finished

listening to your album I Hope You Win!, and I would

like to make a request.

Could you please rescue us from the current state of

popular music? I

understand that I’m charging you with a big quest,

but myself and others

like me are looking for heroes. Many have tried –

oh, how they have tried.

They Might Be Giants have been releasing

consistently good music for

years, and they’re still under the radar. Older

acts like Blue Oyster Cult

have tried to rescue us by releasing good new music,

but I don’t think

anybody’s listening...

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Me and the guy from Buffy are 24/7

July, 2004
Corn Mo is on tour with They Might Be Giants and Common Rotation!
Corn Mo is taken off the Steel Pier sound system because he rocks too hard.
David Hanson is back in the news with his robot head in Wired.
Speaking of science, a science page will be up, soon. For science.

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Singing with Bowie!

Bowie asked us to do a song with him!

I walked by the stage to the dressing room in Winnipeg and saw he and Tim in serious conversation. It was fuckin magic.

This is rock n roll. This is where the branches on the rock tree grow.

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Trying to Write

I couldn’t sleep last night. I got up and tried to write new songs. I gotta write one for Una’s motorcycle act. So I got out some midway carnival hits (Kid Rock) and let it try to inspire me.

Jesse was playing X Box. John and Logan were playing guitars.

We stopped earlier somewhere between Winnipeg and Edmonton to watch the Aurora Borealis. They weren’t as amazing as some pictures I’d seen but they were amazing nonetheless.

I got a little bit done on my writing. I ended up writing a story instead.

We got to Edmonton just short of 6 am.

Me and John and Jesse went to the hotel with Roger, the driver, to use the hotel bathroom. I gotta wash clothes real soon. I’ve been wearing the same jeans for 2 weeks.

I’m perpetually tired but it’s awesome. I’m finally in the groove of this.


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I’m starting to get the hang of this. I’ve been having ADD on the bus mostly. I had big plans to write stuff and be productive on this bus especially with travel days. All I’ve been doing is playing X Box, watching movies, trying to read, trying to write, and playing more X Box.

I sent a check to my bank and it hasn’t gotten there yet. 2 weeks. Thanks, USPS. I need that money. Thank you those who allow yourselves to be the pompous idiots that feel the customer works for you. Thanks for being assholes. Thanks for letting me go to Fed Ex from now on. I fuckin’ need that money.

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a general overview of canadians

I like these Canadians. Some remind me of John Candy-overweight and overfriendly. Some are real hot like the girl from 24. And some are real passive-aggressive. I have a lot of travelling to do before I can generalize even more. Some remind me of a friendly joe. No quaking just doing stuff.

I dig these Canadians.

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Quebec City

After the show in Quebec City me and Louis and Rick and Ricky met up with some folks from Montreal. I was feeling under the weather but knew I’d be on the bus to Winnipeg for a long time. It was fucking cold and snowy. We rode into town with a med student named Liz and met up with Roberto, Andre, Julia, and 2 other really nice ladies. Julia was what the Ticket would call a “little miracle”. Roberto was in The Stars and worked with Broken Social Scene. It’s nice to talk to new people over beer. Fuckin’ real nice guy. Andre was real nice, too. They were all real nice. I was hurtin from a cold I still can’t get over but I had a good time. I learned some French Canadian cusswords and learned to not trust every restaurant just because it’s French.

Louis is real good at finding people ...

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Me and Bryan Wakeland got some poutine at Harv’s and it was real good.

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On the Way to Winnipeg

I watched SWAT and Lost in Translation on the bus. We spent 2 days driving to Winnipeg. Some folks watched the Lord of the Rings Trilogy in the front of the bus. The way we got number 3 has been put on the down low.

Someone shit in the toilet and it stopped up the comode and no one fessed up. My name was tossed around but I went 3 weeks as a kid without taking a shit when my folks took me to Holland. I can hold out for a day and I can handle a Canadian truck stop.

SWAT sucked but I still enjoyed it. Lost in Translation was better than I thought it would be. I like Bill Murray. He’s America’s bad ass. I wish Steve Martin would do more cool shit. Same with Gene Wilder.

We stopped along the lake to look see and I pissed in the woods and threw a rock on the frozen lake...

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Bus Assignments



Joe Butcher

Tim DeLaughter

Stella DeLaughter

Oscar DeLaughter

Julius DeLaughter

Julie Doyle

Bubba Doyle

Audrey Easley

Toby Halbrooks

Evan Hisey

Jennie Kelley

Seth Loeser

James Reimer

Louis Schwadron

Michael Turner

Jamey Welch

Dave Willingham


Andy Bracht

Jon Cunningham (Corn Mo)

Ryan Fitzgerald

Daniel Hart

Jessie Hester

Jennifer Jobe

Logan Keese

John LaMonica

Michael Musick

Rick Nelson

Chris Penn

Mark Pirro

Ricky Rasura

Kelly Repka

Jennefa Soldatic

Bryan Wakeland

Curt Wells

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