Well, who would have known that someday ESPN.com would mention The Taxpayers (and more so ol' Rob) in a blog post?
Our good friend Jak Kerley (who also made the "Trying It At Home" documentary) made an awesome new film called "Baseball Punx" (which Rob makes an appearance in). It's all about baseball and punk. I like both. And hot dogs. I associate both baseball and punk with hot dogs. Anyways...
Read all about it! We're pretty excited for Jak and Shibby Pictures: http://www.espn.com/…/…/first-look-baseball-punx-documentary
I could watch it over and over. Remarkable. And at 29:56, with the crowd going wild. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbSwFU6tY1c
Ursula K. Le Guin and me (Rob) at Kinko's in 2007. Quarter included for size comparison. I just spent the last 45 minutes digging through my cardboard box of treasures that I take with me whenever I move, looking for this tiny picture. I'm so glad I still have it! Here is the story: I moved to Portland, Oregon in 2007 from Cleveland, Ohio after packing up my car and flipping that quarter to see where I should move to. The quarter landed on Portland, which I knew nothing... about, other than the fact that my friend's mother (who had recently passed away) said that she had always wanted to visit. I drove out there with my copy of Le Guin's Left Hand of Darkness. I didn't know anybody there, so I got a job at a now-defunct Kinko's on NW 23rd and Lovejoy. One day, a co-worker saw me reading the book and said, "You know we just got an order from her, right?" Apparently Ursula K. Le Guin lived just down the road and came into Kinko's all the time! I begged to get put in charge of her order; I wish I could remember what it was. When she came to pick it up, I told her that I was a huge fan and asked for a picture. She was kind of bewildered, but very gracious. The only camera anyone had (this was right before everyone had a camera in their pocket) was the Passport Photo camera that we used to take people's passport photos with. Hence the tiny size of the picture. I've always wanted to apply for a passport using this photo. Rest in peace, you wonderful, original dreamer!
Bingo Bongo! (Do you like my new catchphrase?) We made it to song #30 over at the Song of the Week Club. Maybe you want to stop by and join us? It's the place I put the weird late night demos that my brain barfs up. This one is called Billy's Dad's Chop Shop on Industry Street. It is a real place!
Sort of. https://www.patreon.com/posts/song-30-billys-16559903
Hot dog! Those Rhythm in the Cages vinyl things sold out quickly. Unexpected. I usually only get an order per week or so.
Show of hands: who wants a copy? How many should I tell Nathan to send?
Secret Pennies says they have about 100 left before they are gonezo....
To give you an idea of why we only ever have like 20 at a time, it costs between 2 to 4,000 bucks to press 500 copies of a record including the sleeves and depending on how many colors are in the artwork, inserts, weight of the vinyl, etc. Since DIY punk records sell sloooowly (if at all), and since it costs me about 150 bucks to get a box of 20 sent to me, it doesn't make sense to order a bunch at once, especially since the Louisiana humidity tends to destroy things like records pretty quickly.
Hello, here's a new thing I did today! It's the 30 Minute Song Challenge! Come hang out with us over at the Song of the Week Club if you are cold and want some warm tunes. - rob https://www.patreon.com/posts/song-28-warm-30-16371176
Hello! If you are looking for a holiday gift for your dog, might I suggest these combination frisbee/records? Cold Hearted Town and To Risk are sold out forever, but I just got a box of 20 brand spankin' new God Forgive These Nincompoops book/vinyl thingies in the mail and still have a handful of Big Delusion ones. I'll be heading to the post office to send stuff off this Friday if you are interested. EXPIRED LUNCH MEAT FOR PRESIDENT 2020! https://taxpayers.bandcamp.com/merch
Our pal Clarke Howell did a documentary a few years back about us and the Wild called "The Taxpayers Go To Florida".
Clarke just posted it to youtube! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-GNrn3K0ab4&feature=youtu.be It is weird to see how much we have all changed in the few years since the doc was made.
If you want to support Clarke (who is a great filmmaker and musician!) check out http://www.clarkeandthehimselfs.com/
Got a pretty good one a few nights ago, I think.
Also, I found two more copies of the Henry Turner combo in the storage closet (a little nicked up, if you don't mind) and added them to the formerly sold-out bandcamp merch.
Happy Halloween! Here's the last little spooky tune of the month. Don't eat too much candy, you'll get a tummy ache.