On The Road Again

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So I’m going on tour with the band
She said “stay for the summer” but she don’t understand
That the radio plays what they want you to hear
and I want them to play you your love song this year

Something Corporate

So I’m hitting the road for a week in June. I’m really excited. It’s officially been an entire year since I’ve last been on the road with a band, that being the Sleepaway / Believe In You tour (which also featured Zolof The Rock & Roll Destroyer, The Transit War, and River City High on select dates).

Click on the tour image to check out the full poster. The Over & Out Tour. How exciting!

I had a lot of amazing tour opportunities through the year, many of which I had to turn down due to college and having a real job, some I still think about, because they would have been absolutely amazing. But oh well. Such is life.

I’ll be spending a week on the road with my good friends Upper Class Trash (School Night Records) and two other great groups, Farewell and Forever The Sickest Kids. Farewell just signed to Epitaph, home to bands like Bad Religion and Motion City Soundtrack, and FTSK just inked a deal with Universal / Motown. I first heard of Farewell when the insanely talented Josh Hofer did their press photos way back when. Go check him out at Corrupted Lens.

So I’m psyched, it should be a fun week full of little rock and roll adventures. The tour spans the entire month of June and covers most of the east coast and mid-west, however I’ll just be on some of it. Grad school and work, sorry kids.

6.19.07 – The Troc – Philadelphia, PA
6.20.07 – Washington Ave – Washington, NJ
6.21.07 – American Legion – Manchester, NH
6.22.07 – Toquet Teen Center – Westport, CT
6.23.07 – The Dungeon – Watertown, NY
6.24.07 – Funk N’ Waffles – Syracuse, NY
6.25.07 – Jaggard UMC – Altoona, PA

These three bands will be seriously breaking out this year, and I’m thrilled to be there at the beginning. Friends and family often ask why I hit the road with smaller, often just-signed bands. When you’re someone who really believes in the power of music, who lives with the mentality that rock and roll can save the world, it really is a powerful thing watching your little secrets suddenly become mainstream successes.

Friends from New Jersey, I hope to see you when I’m in our lovely homestate. And new friends in Philly, you’re all invited to the party I’m going to have on the 19th at my apartment, which is literally a few doors down from The Troc.

Listen on Myspace: Upper Class Trash / Forever The Sickest Kids / Farewell

Ash The Famous Bun?

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I go to the blog Cuteoverload.com just about everyday. Meg has made one of the most popular, and simply adorable, blogs on the web. She’s won a plethora of awards for the website and has added several words into my venacular, like “snorgle”

When I picked up Ash, I took several photos of his homecoming, and this one was one of my favorites. His little ears sticking out of the box the petstore gave him to me in, which happened to be an eBay mailing box.

Check out Ash on Cuteoverload.com. Paw printed autographs will be available upon request.

Thanks Meg!

Permanent Rock

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This makes me extremely happy.

If you haven’t listened to Permanent Holiday (or as Best Buy has decided to call them, Permanent Rock), you’re seriously missing out. I absolutely love these guys, musically and as people. They’ve done some serious touring over the past year and my goodness, I am so proud of them.

Their EP, As The City Sleeps, is out now on Rockout Records, which is also the home of my buddies Echo Screen.

I did press photos for these guys late last year, and lo and behold, that is one of them on the cover of that CD, sitting inside stores everywhere nationwide. It’s an awesome feeling. Ive done album photography for a few other bands, but none of them appeared on the cover of the album. Obviously it’s been altered graphically to go along with the concept art, but I’m still psyched.

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Here’s another one of the photos I did for these guys, all touched up via the whoever the super talented graphic designer was. This was used in ads, and always brings a smile to my face when I catch it in a music magazine, or on someone’s myspace. Click on it to check out the full size image. It’s quite nice.

It also reminds me that I have to get off my ass and update my portfolio section, in terms of press photos. Seriously, I have so much to put up there.

Shot a wedding this weekend in a loft in New York City. It was beautiful and full of candles. Photos from that soon.

Pimp Suits: The Choice Outfit For All Grad Students

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I don’t know about you, but I’m always in a panic when I can’t find a quality pimp suit for under $200 on my laundry days. Sometimes Saturday night rolls around and I realize, with the utmost horror, that all my favorite digs are at the cleaners. I can’t go around properly slapping people ‘upside their head’ without one.

Thank goodness for the amazing suit store on Market and 2nd here in Philadelphia.

Seriously, just walk by the store front. It’s amazing.

On another note, I’m done with my first year of graduate school. Unbelievable. I have two summer courses coming up, Important Authors: Jane Austen and The American Short Story. Take a wild guess at what one I’m psyched about. Hint, it’s the class that doesn’t involve me watching… er, I mean reading “Pride & Prejudice” and “Sense & Sensibility” in one month.

I suppose I could rent Pride & Prejudice, the new one that is, with Keira Knightley. I wonder if she shows boob like in Domino? I wonder if Matthew Macfadyen is as badass in Pride & Prejudice as he was in Grindhouse? Ah, so many questions, and chances are the answer is a resounding “no” to both of them. Bah.

That being said, here’s a picture of Aurora and Ash, best friends for life.

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If anyone’s looking for me, I’ll be purchasing a pimp suit, which I will wear while watching Pride & Prejudice, hoping for some Keira Knightley boob, while hanging out with two kittens and a bunny.

My life is awesome.

Sometimes I Forget This Is A Portfolio

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So yeah, I’ve been so caught up in my ramblings about school, moving, and my job, that I forgot that hey, this is a portfolio too. Lack of wireless internet at my new place makes it hard to update / upload photos though, but I’m trying.

Updates: I’ll be shooting two different album covers for two amazing bands, one of whom is creating quite a buzz in the indie rock community, and has several labels looking to ink a deal with ‘em. I’ll also be working with TWO Suicide Girls this month, shooting both of their first photo sets. I’ll be posting a gallery of the first Suicide Girl model I photographed later this week.

And speaking of former shoots, I’ve added a link to my photos of The Junior Varsity in the studio (recording their newest album for Victory Records) to the gallery. I’ll also be adding the album photography I did for Echo Screen, Permanent Holiday, and Southcott, along with the full photo shoot for Southcott’s new group, Thieves and Villains.

I have tour plans in the works for late July / early August. I can’t wait to hit the road for, what will probably be, one of the last times.

I know, I know. Everyone asks me why I keep saying that this is my last year for touring. Truth is, I’m turning 25 in October, and while that isn’t old by any means, when you’re on tour with bands who have fanbases consisting mostly of high school scene kids, you definitely start to feel old and out of place.

Two of my friends have new websites up. Check out my pals Gary Darna and Lindsay Brown. Gary is an insanely talented artist and Lindsay is a great photographer who, at 18, is better then I am.

I’m going to be helping two bands, Moraine and Hear Me Roar, release their EPs this summer. I’ve been close friends with both of these local Jersey groups for a really long time. In fact, Moraine was the first band I ever did press shots for. Moraine recently toured with The Bleeding Alarm (Immortal Records) and my friends Socratic (Drive Thru Records). Their EP was produced by the famous Bob Freeman of Hidden In Plain View fame and sounds unbelievable. I’m thrilled to be involved.

Keep checking back for photo updates of awesome bands and sexy models. Life is good.

Suggested listening: Permanent Holiday / Upper Class Trash

Suggested reading: Beartato!