Hey, all. Happy Autumn to you.
First off: huge, HUGE thanks. "The Great American Midrange" has been out for almost two weeks now, and we were excited to get the word from MGMT a few days ago that we had the best opening week sales of our career. Even made the Billboard Heatseekers Chart. And... this happened WITHOUT the help of a major label, such as EMI, or even... Universal... you know. So again - thank you.
Release Week was a bit nuts. The 14th of September, we had a special Early CD Release showcase with our good friends from 92.3 WTTS FM at Creation Cafe in downtown Indianapolis. Cool place located along The Canal. Played the first of what would be 4 stripped-down little combo sets that week.
The next one was the following morning on the Bob & Tom Show. Tom, Bob, Chick, and Christy Lee were incredibly gracious, and we were glad to be on the show for a second time. Good, funny-as-hell people.
Two CD Release Parties at Best Buy - one on street date at their location in Castleton (NE Indy), and the other in Bloomington the following night. Kinda shocked at how many people already knew the songs and were singing along. If you came out to one of them, thanks for making them extra special.
We got a new booking agency as of a few weeks ago - Monterey International based in Chicago. Already, they're filling up our calendar at breakneck speed, and we couldn't be more thrilled. Looking forward to working hard on the road this year, hopefully seeing you all at some point. Very much anticipating our upcoming Texas run. If we roll into your town, come hang! Click HERE to see the SHOWS page on TheElms.net.
A few days off here. Everybody is still winding down from all of the record release madness. Until yesterday morning, I still felt a bit fried from finishing up TGAMACOUSTIC, but got a chance to sleep-in, and then listened to the acoustic record from start to finish for the first time since signing off on it three weeks ago. And now I feel like I can finally move on from it. I'll get better at this sort of thing (recording) as time goes on, but for the time being, I'm happy with how it turned out. Also happy that it's done, and glad that people seem to like it. In the near future, I feel like a TGAMACOUSTIC blog is due, because there are several people that I need to give a nod for helping me out along the way.
COLTS season is underway again here! We're 2-0 so far.
All of the street signs in downtown Seymour got a Teutonic transformation for Oktoberfest.
Overcast grey sky days are back. The coffee everywhere has been good lately. It's time to get out the Iron & Wine, Elliot Smith, and Bob Dylan records. What are your favorite Falltime albums?
By the way... the new Pearl Jam record is fantastic. Glad to have at least one band in 2009 that I can still believe in.
I feel like I've already overused the word "thanks" in this blog (anybody keeping an official count?), but seriously... we can't thank you enough for making our Release Week nothing short of heart-stirring.
Much love. Talk to you soon.