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Hammer No More the Fingers: Tour Diary

Monday, April 6, 2009

Live: Manchild 4

Posted By on Mon, Apr 6, 2009 at 12:32 PM

Manchild 4 Release (Double Negative, Des Ark, The Loners, Goner) Tir Na Nog, Raleigh Saturday, April 4 To celebrate the release of Brian Walsby's fourth comic book, Manchild 4, Bifocal Media one-upped their Manchild 3 party—a doubleheader of Double Negative and The Loners at Tir Na Nog—by adding Goner and Des Ark to a stacked line-up, again at the downtown Irish pub. Though the event was competing directly with the second night of Viking Storm and a UNC/Villanova Final Four showdown, well over 200 local music backers, Raleigh barflies, and yes, Tar Heel faithful, passed through the green double doors...

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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

HNMTF Tour Diary #12: Detroit, MI

Posted By on Wed, Apr 1, 2009 at 12:11 PM

Tuesday, March 24 Detroit, Mich. We're driving to Chicago right now. We've just finished listening to Stephen Colbert's audiobook I Am America & So Can You for the second time. It's 5 a.m. in our world, but we just crossed into the Central time zone, so technically it's 4 a.m.. We decided to leave Detroit after the show tonight so we could make it to Chicago for an 11:00 a.m. interview with Heave Media. We thought about staying in Detroit, but we were afraid we might hit rush-hour traffic in the morning and miss the interview....

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HNMTF Tour Diary #11: Pittsburgh, PA

Posted By on Wed, Apr 1, 2009 at 11:57 AM

Monday, March 23 Pittsburgh, Penn. We woke up around noon on Monday morning, still in Johnstown. We had only an hour and a half drive to Pittsburgh, our shortest drive yet. We left our equipment set up the night before at 709 Railroad, so we had a little band practice before packing everything into our Honda CR-V. It was fun playing new songs that we haven't yet had the balls to play live on tour. We then drove to Pittsburgh, passing a huge (nuclear?) power plant....

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HNMTF Tour Diary #10: Johnstown, PA

Posted By on Wed, Apr 1, 2009 at 11:45 AM

Sunday, March 22 Johnstown, Penn. Tonight is our ninth show of the tour. So begins what we consider the "second leg" of our 15-date quest. We're leaving the east coast and heading to part of the country where none of us has spent much time, let alone played music....

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HNMTF Tour Diary #9: Manhattan, N.Y.

Posted By on Wed, Apr 1, 2009 at 11:39 AM

Saturday, March 21 Manhattan, N.Y. I (Joe Hall, guitarist) woke up at my cousin's apartment at a less than respectable 1 p.m. He lives right in the heart of the Lower East Side on Houston at Avenue A. I only had to walk out of his building to get right where I wanted to be for the day. My band mates were still in Brooklyn, so I had the afternoon to myself, a rare thing when you're on tour....

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HNMTF Tour Diary #8: Brooklyn, N.Y.

Posted By on Wed, Apr 1, 2009 at 11:35 AM

Friday March 20 Brooklyn, N.Y. As we approached New York City, we decided to drive through Staten Island instead of fighting Friday evening Manhattan traffic. We crossed the Verazzano-Narrows Bridge, which offers the most radical view of the entire city of New York as you head into Brooklyn. You forget how dense and crazy this place is. We drove on to the Brookyln-Queens Expressway, which whizzed us straight to Brooklyn's hipster haven, Williamsburg....

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Friday, March 27, 2009

HNMTF Tour Diary #7: Wilmington, Del.

Posted By on Fri, Mar 27, 2009 at 11:43 AM

Thursday, March 19 Wilmington, DE The next morning we finally said goodbye to our Caverns brethren, then drove to our friend Brad's apartment in Philadelphia. Thursday night we played in Wilmington, Del., just outside of Philly. Brad's apartment is two blocks from the Pat's/Geno's cheesesteak corner in South Philly. We immediately crushed a few steaks from Pat's, watched a little NCAA basketball, and later drove out to Delaware. Wilmington is a fairly large banking town on the outskirts of Philadelphia—not the most happening place in the world. However, we heard it was the hometown of WKNC's own DJ Stevo,...

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HNMTF Tour Diary #6: Baltimore, Md.

Posted By on Fri, Mar 27, 2009 at 11:39 AM

Wednesday, March 18 Baltimore, MD Next we made the short drive from D.C. to Baltimore. It was the first time we have been back to Baltimore since we recorded our album here almost a year ago with our longtime hero, J. Robbins. That was the best week of our lives: We spent our days in the studio, living on pizza and coffee. The pizza was delivered from the world famous "Pizza Deal" restaurant. We made many pizza deals that week. J Robbins is the sweetest guy. It was such a pleasure to work with him. Baltimore was also the setting...

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HNMTF Tour Diary #5: Washington, D.C. [day off]

Posted By on Fri, Mar 27, 2009 at 11:37 AM

Tuesday, March 17 Washington, D.C. The trip from the Black Cat to the House of Caverns is one for which we no longer need directions. At the house we kicked back, drank some more Coors (the "silver bullet" this time), watched more Eastbound and Down and generally chilled out. Two of Patrick's friends stopped by and were running around like headless chickens. With good reason, as it turned out: From here they're hitting the road and driving to L.A., hoping to live their dreams as filmmakers....

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

HNMTF Tour Diary #4: Washington, DC

Posted By on Tue, Mar 24, 2009 at 7:16 PM

Over the next two weeks, Durham’s Hammer No More the Fingers will offer daily glimpses into its touring life as the band tours the East Coast in anticipation of its Triangle CD release parties April 3-4. Monday, March 16 Washington, DC Oh no. Do I remember correctly? Five guys, no shirts, duct tape, terrible accents and a video camera? I'm pretty sure that happened. I searched Facebook to see which ones possibly made the cut. Seven videos popped up as soon as I logged in. Fortunately, I laughed a lot harder than I thought I would. On the downside, the...

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HNMTF Tour Diary #3: College Park, MD

Posted By on Tue, Mar 24, 2009 at 7:09 PM

Over the next two weeks, Durham’s Hammer No More the Fingers will offer daily glimpses into its touring life as the band tours the East Coast in anticipation of its Triangle CD release parties April 3-4. Sunday, March 15 College Park, MD & Washington, DC Oh, Washington DC—our home away from home. A network of bands and people are truly devoted to the success of the independent music scene here....

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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

HNMTF Tour Diary #2: Lynchburg, Va.

Posted By on Tue, Mar 17, 2009 at 12:22 AM

Over the next two weeks, Durham’s Hammer No More the Fingers will offer daily glimpses into its touring life as the band tours the East Coast in anticipation of its Triangle CD release parties April 3-4. Sunday, March 15 Lynchburg, Va. There's just something about waking up on the floor and asking yourself what's more filthy—the floor or the pillow—that assures you it will be a good day." Let's go back ... Saturday we drove three hours in the rain to Lynchburg, Va., to play a party at the "Kingdom of Eli." Eli is our long-time friend, spiritual mentor and...

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HNMTF Tour Diary #1: Blacksburg, Va.

Posted By on Tue, Mar 17, 2009 at 12:11 AM

Over the next two weeks, Durham’s Hammer No More the Fingers will offer daily glimpses into its touring life as the band tours the East Coast in anticipation of its Triangle CD release parties April 3-4. Friday, March 13 Durham—>Blacksburg It was raining like hell as we were packing up to go on tour. We started to think that it might have been a good idea to get a camper when we realized we couldn't quite fit everything we needed in our Honda CR-V. A box of T-shirts, Jeff's rack tom and Joe's backup guitar that we just couldn't find...

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