Saturday, September 13, 2014

Mineral Reunion Tour Diary - Washington, DC

The Black Cat - September 9th, 2014

Running late to the black cat in dc as the United States is far too big. Damn, left Connecticut bleary eyed early and still showed up an hour late.  We are a slow bunch. The venue is cool but a little like spinal tap where they can't find the stage from the green room. Dc'nites were a politely rowdy bunch singing at the top of their lungs! Makes us feel real good, so thanks for the ego boost. Quote of the day was delivered at the merch table, fella asks "what color is that red shirt?". Good job Brandon withholding the snarky remark.
IIOI continues to impress, and from what I've heard, Evan needs another amp for the practice space.

- Gabe Wiley

Monday, September 8, 2014

Mineral Reunion Tour Diary - NYC Part 2

Bowery Ballroom - September 6th, 2014

The wife and I strolled through the Stone street area which has very nice late 19th century architecture and expensive appetizers. Learning the subway is a challenge but we made it to High Line park which is an enjoyable free way to see a tiny part of the city. (Balla's on a budget) did the patriotic ground zero trip and a few more sites to round out a successful outing. I gotta say it is nice to play multiple shows at the same venue and keep everything set up. Lazy is the new eager says I. IIOI is a very kick ass band, in case you weren't aware. Crowd still makes us feel welcome even though it's our third show in the same city. Gratitude.  Bruises are starting to fill my body, need to figure a way to stop hitting my self with sticks and busting fingers on the damn floor tom. Still super gluing over blood blisters, hope callouses fill in soon. Drinks with some old friends and met some new ones (I think). New York what happened?! You got so friendly!

The Scarlet Pimpernel-
Gabriel Wiley

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Mineral Reunion Tour Diary - Saint Vitus / NYC Night 1

Saint Vitus Bar - September 4th, 2014
First day in the NYC met with converse folks Jeremy and Chris chatted up Jonah Bayer and we grabbed some free chucks! Nice trade. Weather was perfect for wandering Gotham. St Vitus is a kick ass bar and venue. We are not used to having techs and sound guy on tour with us so slight troubles with equipment but all user error, I'm starting to communicate better. The crowd was awesome, they seemed to like us. I think they got together to rehearse some sing alongs with a few of our songs. So we had good backing vocals. Thanks to all yous yutes!

Bowery Ballroom - September 5th, 2014
Friday, we had a very nice tour of Marvel studios and did a podcast with professor X and wolverine. Nice swag thanks for the toys. First night at the Bowery. What a beautiful venue and great people there. Sounded huge and again great crowd. We might be on to a theme here.

- Gabe Wiley (drummer)

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Mineral Reunion - Tour Day 2

Tour Day 2

Drove for 17ish hours due to 3 hour highway 'parking lot' due to an apparently dastardly accident. Stayed in Nashville in a 70's styled tour bus. The generator used to power it made it feel as though you were being driven away in the middle of the night. As I'm in school full time (all online courses) between the long drive and 7 hours of homework my brain is already pudding. Now Wednesday, and more driving 10 hours and 5 more to go! Damnit who decided this was a good idea! Alright, enough exclamation points! Til maƱana.

?Por que bro? Tour 2014!
- Gabe Wiley (drummer)

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

A Love Letter To Mineral From New York City

Episode 32 - Kevin Devine

Kevin Devine is one of the most genuine individuals I’ve ever met. He always gave me the time of day when I was performing in NYC many moons ago.  To this day I’m impressed with his boundless energy and giving his heart and thoughts to anyone.  It’s certainly paid off with a successful career touring the world.  We discuss his involvement with the Emo Diaries compilation, the Staten Island scene and Honda Civic’s fantastic reliability.  Our chat centers on what internal and external factors shape your life and how fucking up along the way isn’t such a bad thing. 


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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Episode 31 - Sergie Loobkoff (Samiam)

Growing up a punk and metal fan in San Francisco doesn't seem like a fit for the podcast. But Sergie cut a different line through music to be a part of Samiam, one of the most revered bands on the west coast.  I caught up with Sergie after the Knapsack reunion tour where we spoke about the 80s thrash scene happening in LA, his time with Solea and touring with Texas is the Reason plus what it meant to tour with Knapsack to such great audiences.  Sergie also reads the worst review ever for Knapsack that I couldn't stop laughing about, what he really wants to do other than music and what two wishes he would ask a genie. Hope you enjoy. 

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Monday, May 5, 2014

Exclusive - Safe - "Lloyd Dobler" Video Premiere

Brooklyn-based emo group Safe releases their first video for Lloyd Dobler off of their debut 12” vinyl release Cinematic Ocean.  The video was shot and directed by John Raftery.  Safe features former members of Long Since Forgotten (featured on Deep Elm’s Emo Diaries Chapter Eight).   This week, the band plays a couple shows in New York.
Thursday, May 8, 7:00 pm at Badlands (1007 E. Fayette Street, Syracuse, NY)
Friday, May 9, 7:00 pm at Friends and Lovers (641 Classon Avenue, Brooklyn, NY)
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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Exclusive: The Get Up Kids - Spring 1999 - Live in Denton, Texas

From the #EmoHistoryMuseum, a full set from The Get Up Kids from Denton, Texas @ Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios - Spring 1999

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Exclusive - Jimmy Eat World - Warped Tour 1999 - Dallas Texas - LIVE

From the #EmoHistoryMuseum, a full set from Jimmy Eat World at Warped Tour 1999 in Dallas, Texas. To note: Sweetness wasn’t the set closer! Great set. 

Thanks to Washed Up Emo fan Kris for the video. 

Monday, March 24, 2014

Episode 30 - Travis Shettel (Piebald)

Hey, we are now part of it.  One of the most requested guests, Travis Shettel from Piebald, sat down with me a few months back to chat about the band's history.  We spoke about the Boston scene, their first name Dork Knob and some of the reasons for Piebald's break up.  We also get an update on Travis' latest music endeavor with the Past Haunts.  A true original in a scene full of copy cats, Piebald stood out for good reason, people are still talking about them to this day. 

“It’s incredible, I still look back and I can’t believe that anybody cares about anything I or we have made.  I realize, that people do care about it, not everybody, but some people. For those some people, it matters a lot and that’s really flattering." - Travis Shettel

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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Emo Roundtable - Who will be our Emo Pearl Jam?

I was up late at night thinking about something. Who will we see in 2035? Who will be doing one more reunion tour from this era? I enlisted a few friends for help.  Here are their predictions. 

Ian Cohen (Pitchfork) - "Looks like someone read that Taking Back Sunday piece. My answer to this question is Jimmy Eat World."

Leor Galil (Chicago Reader) - "I'd say Jimmy Eat World are very much the Pearl Jam of the second wave."

Scott Heisel (Alternative Press Magazine) - "If At The Drive-In was emo's Nirvana, Jimmy Eat World is undoubtedly its Pearl Jam. Taking Back Sunday is its Stone Temple Pilots."

Trevor Kelley (Writer/Author) - "Taking Back Sunday is Soundgarden. They have cred but weren't as big as some of the others, and Soundgarden kind of carried on for years with varying commercial success.  I think Fall Out Boy are the Stone Temple Pilots of emo. Kind of had vague credibility, were late to the game, but hugely successful and alternate between being embarrassing and respected. Jimmy Eat World can't be Pearl Jam. They didn't have a big star fronting the band."

Scott Heisel - "Brand New are Pearl Jam, obviously. That makes Jimmy Eat World like Journey or REO Speedwagon or something. No one gives a fuck about the members' personal lives, they just want to sing along at a rib cookoff."

Trevor Kelley - "I think Jimmy Eat World are essentially the Foo Fighters minus Dave Grohl. Reliable and you can't name any of them if you didn't listen to emo growing up.  Pearl Jam is DEFINITELY Brand New. It's upsetting it took this long to get to this point. They have the anti-establishment mindset and released two incredible albums after releasing a beloved but totally unoriginal debut.   Thus, this gets back to my original point. Taking Back Sunday ARE Soundgarden. And the TBS/Brand New tour where they played "There Is No I In Team" every night in 2002 was basically their version of "Hunger Strike" by Temple Of The Dog.  And... scene. 

David Anthony (AV Club) - "This went to my spam folder, but I'm glad you all figured it out. Though I'm just thinking who Tool is now."

Jonah Bayer (Writer, Going Off Track Podcast) - "Yeah, nice work. I would say that maybe Glassjaw are TOOL? They are an interesting, enigmatic act that kind of got co-opted my imbeciles. Although maybe they don't really fall under the "emo" category as much as "screamo." Thanks David, now I'll be thinking about this all day..."

David Anthony - "Welcome to my morning, Jonah!"