You, Me, & Everyone We Know

You, Me, & Everyone We Know

You know, every once and a while I get to work with a really great band that is just on the verge of breaking out. I’ve considered myself really lucky with this. Many groups that have achieved some great things, all posed in front of me and my silly camera. Seriously, I have the best hobby ever.

You, Me, & Everyone We Know

Last week I got to work with current buzz band You, Me, & Everyone We Know. Currently managed by Rich & Stephanie Reines of Drive Thru Records, who helped launch the careers of New Found Glory, Something Corporate, HelloGoodbye, and more, these guys have been generating a buzz in the music scene like you wouldn’t believe.

And they are some seriously amazing guys. It’s rare that you find a group that is both talented and level headed. They sound like the love child of Say Anything and The Movielife, which is definitely a hella good thing.

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They have a live show that rivals a lot of the signed bands I’ve seen performing lately, and these dudes have only been together for a year. A YEAR. One of the members, Mike, used to be in a group called The Alpha Couple that had a fantastic EP out on British Records. The members come from all over the country. Illinois, Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia… and still manage to sound tight.

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Catch them on tour right now with Fred Mascherino (of Taking Back Sunday), Paper Rival, and The Pink Spiders. They have some excellent tours in the works, which I won’t mention here til they are finished with their current one. It’s fun being on the inside. *wink*

You, Me, & Everyone We Know @ Myspace

Halo 4: The Battle for The Office

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I have an awesome day job. I usually spend my lunch break reading, writing, or doing homework.

However, due to recently beating Halo 3, an event which had me near tears, I’ve decided to celebrate by taking some fun pictures involving my Halo 3 Kubricks causing trouble in my cubicle. Cause I mean, why not?

Check out the Flickr set: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ericsmithrocks/sets/72157602241689405/

There will be more in the coming weeks, pending I don’t have too much homework or reading to do. It’s been a light week, thankfully, and it’s nice to actually relax during my lunch break, rather then rack my brain.

I recently worked with an amazing band called You Me & Everyone We Know. They’re named after that movie and make amazingly catchy music. Think I Am The Avalanche combined with the lyrical sensibility of Say Anything, and there you have it. They’re managed by Rich & Steph of Drive Thru Records, and will be heading out on a tour with Fred Maschino of Taking Back Sunday and The Pink Spiders this Fall.

Expect great things, and some equally nice looking press shots.

Tour Photography: Now Easy To View

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Fields in Iowa, the sunset in Kentucky, the sunset in Louisiana…

You know, a lot of my friends have given me flack for never leaving the country (note: I have been to Canada, but apparently that doesn’t count). It’s not that I don’t want to leave the states for a few days and see new and exotic places, like, you know, Botswana, but I always felt you should completely know YOUR country before leaving to explore someone else’s.

What’s this have to do with tour photography?

Well, I finally uploaded all of my tour images to Flickr, thus making them insanely easy to view. You can check out the Strange Distress Calls Tour, Aim For Your Hearts Tour, Intensity In-Ten-Cities Tour, Sleep-In-You Tour, and Over & Out Tour, all on my Flickr page.

Man that was a lot of links.

These galleries feature time on the road with bands like Cute Is What We Aim For, David Melillo, Farewell, Foster, Just Surrender, Sleepaway, Socratic, Tourmaline,  The Transit War, Upper  Class Trash, and more. Artists from labels like Drive Thru, Fueled By Ramen, Atlantic, and Universal. Fun times, good music.

That being said, I’ve successfully seen every single state within the continental USA while on these tours. I feel like people get so accustomed to city life or, such as with my hometown friends, living in New Jersey, they forget that the rest of our country is absolutely breathtaking. So before you plan that wild trip to Italy or Botswana, think about hopping on an Amtrak train, and visiting middle America. No sense in seeing other countries if you don’t even know your own.

*insert obligatory patriotic country music here and/or theme from Team America*

File Under K… For Kitten

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So my awesome artist roommate recently purchased three old school library card catalogs off eBay, one of which is currently sitting in our living room. He’s going to use them as storage in the apartment, and I have to say, it is probably one of the coolest looking dressers I’ve ever seen. Ikea needs to hire him to design rooms.

Seriously, who thinks of stuff like this? The only clever artistic thing I could think of was to put the kitty inside one of the drawers and then take a cute picture.

Oh well.

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I’ve decided I’m officially going to stop hating on cats. I’ve made fun of cats ladies and people with gigantic cats my entire life, and well, now I’m starting to like them. I mean look at that face.

That’s Aurora’s “come on Eric, are you seriously playing the King Kong video game for XBox 360 on a Saturday night? What’s wrong with you.”

My half sleeve tattoo is in the works of being designed. Can’t wait. I kept seeing this guy’s sweet ink every other day here in Philly, and opted for one. It’ll become a full sleeve once my MFA is finished. The entire tattoo is literature themed, and will feature characters from works of classic lit that are important to me.

First class of the semester starts tomorrow. Here’s to four months of working full time while handling full time (three classes) graduate school. Woo!

Oh, and I scored a cheap video camera off Craigslist. Here’s the first video I took, of Aurora attempting to free herself from an Urban Outfitters paper bag. Silly kitten.

Let’s Talk About New Jersey

One of the great things about living in Philadelphia is the absolute wealth of history that surrounds me everyday. I can walk five blocks down the street and find myself at the Liberty Bell. A block further, Independence Hall. Ben Franklin’s grave is six blocks away, where dumb people throw pennies on it. The man said “a penny saved is a penny earned”. SAVE your pennies, stop throwing them on him. Plus Abe Lincoln is on the penny. Want to do him justice? Throw some hundred dollah bills on him. K? Thnx.

This weekend I went to New Jersey to spend time with good friends from my former college. My pal Jon happens to live in Haddonfield, and will be moving to Philadelphia in September. The great thing about Haddonfield, is that a TON of New Jersey history resides there.

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The Indian King Tavern is where, in 1777, New Jersey officially became a state. While the state’s capital, Trenton, was full of battling troops, the Council and General Assembly ratified the state’s constitution. The site happens to be the very first official historic site in New Jersey. Check out the sweet plaque on the front door and the sign hanging outside…

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They were missing the U’s when the sign was made. Good thing they noticed the similiar shapes between V and U. If things got really bad, they also could have replaced S with 5.

However, hidden within the town of Haddonfield, lies another important historical discovery, that unfortunately gets overlooked by most passerbys.

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The very first dinosaur discovered in North America was found here in New Jersey. The monument is pretty weak, just that little sign and a rock with a plaque describing the dinosaur (a Hadrosaurus). You can see this beast on display at Philadelphia’s Academy of Arts & Sciences (I’ll be hitting that up tomorrow). Despite how lame the monument may be, it is certainly endearing, due to the little display put on by the town’s children…

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These toy dinos sit all lined up on a bench near the monument. Aw.

Read up some more on New Jersey history in your local library on Wikipedia. I will mention that Billy Crystal’s character Harry from When Harry Met Sally happens to be from Haddonfield, NJ. Awesome.

Haddonfield, NJ / Indian King Tavern