On the road, off to Japan

さてさて、今朝6時に自宅を出発して、現在ワシントンのダレス空港で乗り継ぎを待っているところです。台風の影響で飛行機が2時間遅れているようですが、キャンセルにならなくて良かった!明日が誕生日なので、カスタマーサービスのお姉さんにアップグレードしてもらえないかねだってみたけれど、無理でした。航空会社さんも大変だからそういう余裕もないんでしょうね。

ツアーの詳細が決まっておりますので、下記をご参考ください。

また、ニコ動やラジオの出演が決まっております!

7日夜は、8日の音楽実験室・新世界でのライブで対バンさせて頂くエビデュオさんのニコ動チャンネルに出演します。7時半からのストリームになります。 こちらのリンクからどうぞ!http://live.nicovideo.jp/watch/lv195629590

9日は、朝9時半から仙台のFMいずみ78.7に出演しますよ。そして、14日には福岡のLOVE FMさまでインタビューが!楽しみですね。

Courtney Swain Japan Tour 2014 ・SCHEDULE

10月8日 (水) 東京 音楽実験室・新世界

東京都港区西麻布1-8-4 三保谷硝子B1

◎TEL 03-5772-6767 ◎EMAIL info@shinsekai9.jp

◎開場 19:00 ◎開演 20:00 

◎予約2500円 当日3000円 学割1800円

◎共演 エビデュオ(小田朋美x田中教順)

 

10月10日 (金) 仙台 アクテ・デュース

宮城県仙台市青葉区大町1-1-15 大町川村ビル4F

◎TEL 022-265-5350 ◎WEB www.acteduce.com

◎プライベート・パーティ 

 

10月11日 (土) 京都 BAR GEAR

京都市下京区烏丸通仏光寺西入釘隠町242

◎TEL 075-201-3622 ◎EMAIL info@bar-gear.biz

◎開場 19:00 ◎開演 20:00 ◎2000円(要1ドリンク)

 

10月12日 (日) 京都 Ansonia Café

京都市伏見区深草一ノ坪町41 パールハイツイナリ1F

◎TEL 075−643−6644 ◎MAIL the_ansonia_cafe@watch.ocn.ne.jp

◎昼の部 ◎開演 15:00 ◎投げ銭制

 

10月13日 (月・祝) 神戸 CREOLE

神戸市中央区山本通2-3-12

◎TEL 078-251-4332 ◎EMAIL creole@basil.ocn.ne.jp

◎開場 14:00 ◎開演 15:00 ◎500円

 

10月17日 (金) 福岡 朝倉市平塚川添遺跡公園

福岡県朝倉市平塚444-4 平塚川添遺跡公園野外ステージ

◎TEL 0946-22-0001 ◎EMAIL bunka@city.asakura.lg.jp

◎開場 18:30 ◎開演 19:00 ◎入場無料要整理券

 

10月18日 (土) 福岡 KONYA Gallery

福岡市中央区大名1-14-28 第一松村ビル 紺屋2023 2F

◎TEL 080-5202-1837 ◎EMAIL codex7000@gmail.com

◎開場 19:00 ◎開演 19:30 ◎1500円

 

10月20日 (月) 福岡 hair design gram

福岡市博多区古門戸街7-22

◎TEL 092-262-6626 ◎EMAIL codex7000@gmail.com

◎開場 18:30 ◎開演 19:00 ◎投げ銭制

Stop, look, and go!

My brother just shared a great TED talk with me. It's another one of those talks about 'happiness' or 'being happy' which seem like hot topics nowadays. The many books and talks about happiness are probably all talking about the same thing, but guiding our minds to a different portal to gaze at the core of the matter. There's something about portal that this speaker presents that really hit me in a positive way. 

At one point, he is discussing the nature of a 'given moment' and the opportunities that lie within each one of them. What if we fail? "There's always another opportunity!" As he says that, the smile that wrinkles his face was so convincing. It brought me a lot of inner piece. I sometimes think about the 'unspeakable'. What if I don't 'succeed'? What if I stop making music, or the band breaks up, or worst of all; for some reason I just give up? I know that there will be life beyond such occurrence, but I worry about how solid my judgement is and the consequences it will have on the rest of my life. Not that watching the video validated or solved anything, but it provided some relief to some of the anxiety in my head. 


You can visit http://www.ted.com/talks/david_steindl_rast_want_to_be_happy_be_grateful to watch the video on the TED home page, where there are subtitles available in many languages.


At another part, he discusses the epiphany he had from experiencing water out of a faucet when returning from Africa. The thought of this experience seems so alive. The epiphany clicked with me, like I could actually feel the experience happening. 

What is it about a hot or cold shower, and the feeling of water running over your naked body that is so amazing? Or to jump in a pool, or to swim in the ocean? I have an image of the water molecules inside our bodies rejoicing as they reconnect with their kin, just for a split second, again and again.

When I was small, I remember reading a short blurb that my mom wrote to describe a dance piece that she had choreographed. It said something about how the piece was a study or a piece of proof that we humans aren't just sacks of blood. That moment is seared in my mind because the vividness of the imagery of a sack of blood, and also because it was the first time I saw my mom as an artist, not as a provider of motherly things around the house. 

I've been stressed out lately, between booking, moving, and trying to crate while at it. It was so nice to see this video now and to have an opportunity to stop, look, and go!

-Courtney

Greetings!

Hello hello,

Since I set up the website a few days ago, I've been thinking about what direction I want to take my blog. But instead of sitting and twiddling my thumbs, I figured maybe I should just start writing and come up with my vision as I go. I created this website so that I can point people to one place to go to in order to see everything I've been up to. I've introduced all my projects and all the music I've been part of in my own words. For this blog, I want to talk about shows I've been to, photos I took, food I ate, people I met, and other odds and ends. 

To kick it off, I have some great photos from the Bent Knee tour in June that I want to post. 

June 6 @ Littlefield - Brooklyn, NY

Kayo Dot (http://www.kayodot.net/)

These guys are absolute masters at what they do. Last time I saw them in Boston at TT the Bear's Place, the room made them sound too muddy and their set list was more sludge metal. This time the music lived and breathed in a big room, and Toby's singing really opened up the music to me. The performance was pristine. 


June 10 @ Mahall's - Cleveland, OH

FAKESPECIES (https://soundcloud.com/fakespecies)

Fakespecies was fantastic at their EP release show. The raw rhythm and the M.I.A. inspired vocals are really hip, and the whole show was extremely dance-able. They have a crazy glitchy sound coming out of analog pedals and whatnot, and I can't wait for them to play out more and polish the sound further. They had the brilliant idea of tying helium balloons to the flash drives with their debut EP + mixtape on it. The room littered with colorful balloons created an awesome vibe, and it felt like such a treat to receive a copy of the album and a balloon.  


June 11 @ The Smiling Moose - Pittsburgh, PA

SUN CLUB (http://sunclub.bandcamp.com/)

These guys are living and breathing indie. The guitar riffs, the reverb, the extra guy slamming the toms, the ironing-board keyboard stand, the glasses, the hair, the 'oh, oh ohhhh....'s. It all seemed so familiar, but they do it so well. One of the best bands we've seen on the road for sure. I was really blown away by how tight they were, how hard they hit, and how nice they were! 


June 24 @ The High Dive - Seattle, WA

Gladiators Eat Fire (http://gladiatorseatfire.bandcamp.com/)

Since I last saw them in 2013, GEF really found their own sound. It's heavy, dissonant, powerful, and it's so groovy. They're hell of a band to see live. Mark is a great frontman, and the strange way he twists and contorts as he sings and grooves really added a presence to the set. 


June 28 @ The WOW Hall - Eugene, OR

Explode-A-Tron (https://www.facebook.com/explode.a.tron)

These guys take entertainment to a new level. The hodge-podge of angry metal and funky banter is marvelous. In addition to the WOW Hall show, we spent another four days and three shows with Explode-A-Tron on our way south. We couldn't have asked for a better duo to tour with. Their humor and their support came at a great time, deep in week three of the four week tour. If it weren't for them keeping us rolling on the floor with laughter, I think most of us would have suffered from bouts of homesickness. They even played a cover of 'Way Too Long' at the WOW Hall show!! 


On a separate note:

During the last two weeks, I had my first two shows performing solo. I was really nervous for a few reasons; mainly I wasn't sure if I could create an intimate musical environment like Bent Knee does through performing on my own. Now that both the shows are over and done with, I'm walking away feeling excited about having had such a great time performing my own music. The reception was great, and I'm truly in debt to my wonderful friends who supported me, and who came out to see my 'experiment'. Never having been in the audience for a Bent Knee show or for my own solo show, I don't know what the experiences are like and how they compare to each other. But, I feel that there's something awesome about my solo set that's different from Bent Knee, but musically rewarding for me and worth sharing with others. I'm excited to continue pursuing this awesomeness, and I hope to meet many people and visit many new places in the process.

That's all for now. I think I'm going to go see Snowpiercer tonight!

-Courtney