My name is Kevin Greenspon. I'm from Los Angeles and run a record/tape/CD label called Bridgetown Records. This is my new record:
I was writing about a 82 day U.S. tour I did a couple of months ago on here but never finished writing: "tour blog."
Now I'm writing about a 5 or 6 month U.S. tour I'm currently on: "tour blog 2013." Ask
I have finally had a chance to upload a lot of the label’s back catalog to the Bridgetown Bandcamp. Now you can listen to and download over 50 of the label’s releases from the past five years. Here are a few selections:
Dr. D.R. Barclay’s incredible mixtape of DJing nothing but records with songs that have one note guitar solos:
Vehicle Blues’ cassingle with two of my favorite songs he’s ever written:
The very first Nicole Kidman/Jon Barba release that I recorded and play on most of the songs. Each song is about a different Nicole Kidman movie:
3/26 @ Another Dream
5657 11th Ave., Seattle, WA
w/ Briana Marela, Punishment, Caitlin + Pleasure Beauties
3/27 @ LAKE’s house? info TBA
3/28 @ Reed College chapel
3203 SE Woodstock Blvd., Portland, OR
w/ Lavas Magmas
free show, chapel is in the SW corner of Eliot Hall: http://goo.gl/maps/OZpFl
3/29 @ Villanova House
802 Villanova Dr., Davis, CA
w/ Woolen Men (Portland, OR)
3/30 @ Sylvan House
427 4th Ave., San Francisco, CA
3/31 @ TBA / help? email firstname.lastname@example.org
More info for individual shows soon!
They’re all like 7 or 8 PM, $5ish and all ages.
Email me at email@example.com if you can help with any dates
or for East Coast/South/Midwest dates later this year.
Sometimes the best times are pretty forgettable. Maybe that’s not the word. But it can be hard to remember things sometimes. Routine kicks in, normalcy takes hold. Details stop standing out. And what is tour but a rhythm of waking up, driving, passing time, and playing shows?
I took a mostly unused Moleskine journal that my friend Jovan (of Brahms) gave me before tour. Apparently some member of a moderately well-known indie punk band had it, wrote stream-of-consciousness rants about fixed gear bikers in LA on like 5 pages, passed it to his friend, who passed it to Jovan who passed it to me. It was thrashed and needed some glue on the binding. Weird how a thing like that can change hands and be so unused at the same time. I expected to write in it maybe a little each day, but looking back at it now, there is only half a sentence about driving to Los Angeles for the kickoff show and then some vague notes about songs I started working on after returning. Go figure.
Here is Jovan playing his first show ever at the Depression Chamber in Fontana, CA. It was just over a month ago.
And here is a song from the Bridgetown EP that came out a few years ago:
The new album is amazing. Keep an eye out for it in the next-next batch.
Driving across half the width of Illinois and all of Indiana was very uneventful. The horizon is the flattest I’ve ever seen. It’s kind of cool how different it is. But it does get tiring not having any mountains rising up to lock your eyes on, and study their veins running down. The last 20 miles or so on the east side of Indiana lift up into these verdant hills, a rich and green forest that winds and shoots you right into Cincinnati, OH. It’s a very misleading thing, there’s just so many crazy roads and it’s so unpredictable looking. A very cool struggle between the hills, trees, billboards and power lines. When you work your way down, it’s a little less cool looking and just kind of a bummer being in the heart of a dying city.
I parked on a eerie block with plenty of abandoned mom and pop storefronts and sat for a while. No one drove by, maybe saw three people walking the whole time. Had the pleasure of being stared down by Eminem in a SUV until it got too weird. Drove off to a busier part of town, next to a college park. Later on Rake’s End opened up and the owner was a real character. Nice guy with a lot of heart. The situation tonight was that it was a potluck sort of deal to kick off the show. Unfortunately, Gary War was playing in town the same night and got a lot more promotion so everyone was there instead. It was a short show that raced by quickly. There was no money but at least there was food. Right at the end, a fellow ran in and said hey to me, and picked up a hand-painted 7” and a tape from my table and offered me more money than I could accept for them. I seriously said “what? For a 7” and a tape? No!” and gave them to him for what they should normally cost. It was funny, and it had turned out we had talked in email briefly and that I’d later see him in Florida.
I forgot to mention that I had Luigi from Almost Halloween Time Records mail me some hand-painted covers for my Already Dead 7” with Nicole Kidman to Kyle’s house in Normal, since they wouldn’t make it from Italy to my house before I left LA. Each copy features a unique painting of a different scene from Rocky.
Luigi has a few copies left, and they didn’t last long on tour. So get one from the label, and grab one of his other beautiful hand drawn/painted records! He is documenting every single cover he draws or paints as he goes along, and you can see them all right here: http://www.underwaternow.com/catalogue.htm. It is amazing how much work he puts into them.
Back to Cincinnati, I did get a short video of 8-Fold playing:
And afterwards, went to crash at Miles from Hyper Beam’s house. The living room was a weird setup because it was upstairs, and there were two sets of stairs that lead up to it, but one of them was blocked by a refrigerator that could only be accessed on the stairs side. It was kind of crazy how often his roommate on the bottom level would come racing up the stairs, grab something from the fridge and go back down, but you could never see him, only the light that briefly poured out and illuminated the stairwell. I pushed together two ottomans and slept on that after reading National Geographic.
A record fairly close to my very skin. I can only try to keep things less personal than they should be but I will not promise anything. I had been waiting the release of this 7” for quite some time. Every time I listen to it I remember seeing Kevin Greenspon perform for the first time (but I don’t remember how I got to the San Diego Burger King I woke up in at 10:30 am the next day) and I remember walking into Jon Barba’s backyard one evening for the first time with the intention of getting very drunk, crying, and driving my car erratically off the 57 Freeway.
Some of the most wonderful shows I’ve been to took place at Ports o Call, a tiny DIY venue in West Covina, CA. Curated by Jon Barba (aka, Nicole Kidman) and Kevin Greenspon (Bridgetown Records), the music was honest, passionate, young, fun and, most important of all, challenging and exciting.