Iller and Devin the Dude.
A-PLUS, KRAY, ME, DEL and SCOTT in the background.
I like this picture a lot. I kinda look like I could be the leader of this crew, but I'm not.
I've been meaning to post these up for a while but I got distracted by my life.
Looking at these pictures, it makes me want to get back in the van and do it all over again. I couldn't have asked to be on a better tour. I forget about all of the annoyances that were magnified by not having any private space for over a month, living out of a van, sharing a bed, sleeping on couches on a diet of fast food. I miss Junk Science. I haven't seen them since I got home.
A-Plus from Heiro was the man. He showed mad love. Devin and his crew were chill as hell and Del is a legend. It was crazy for me to even have brief chats with him in the greenroom before shows. I mean I was probably about twelve when I first heard Del and here I am sixteen years later opening up for him. Shoutouts to Zack Hendricks, and Pee-Wee (Devin's DJ, proving that even Devin has a white Dj with glasses).
This is the beach where Planet of the Apes was filmed.
We traveled this country hitting one city at a time, covering new ground,every day putting another notch in the belt. High altitude to low altitude. Cold weather to hot weather and then warm to cool. It was grueling and disorienting but also one of, if not THE most amazing experiences of my life. Unreal, or at least Surreal.
I would like to give a heartfelt shoutout to everyone who was part of our journey. To the people we met, fans, friends, Miranda in Deluth, gas station attendees, (even that kid I gave a black eye to in Denver), and the people we knew who put us up (GORDON, DINO, RUBEN, FLANNAGAN!!!) Thank You.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Saturday, December 8, 2007
Saturday, November 17, 2007
We were in the middle of the desert.
Somebody had to take a piss.
we saw a small structure off the highway.
As we pulled in we found that it used to be a gas station but wasn't anymore.
We started to wander around this trash-strewn stretch of nowhere.
This is what the world will look like after the bomb drops.
We came up on what looked like a graveyard for old tractors.
Then we realised it was part of some kind school.
An abandoned desert school.
It was creepy how all the tables and chairs were neatly stacked like they had all planned on coming back.
And never did.
The pianos looked as if they hadn't been played in quite some time.
How long had this school been here?
There's really only one thing you can do after you've explored an abandoned desert school.
Anyone who's ever spent any time around abandoned buildings knows......
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Send in a clip of your best skate trick and upload it to youtube. Me and Tone will pick the Illest one
The winner will receive a prize pack including a deck, hat and shoes courtesy of Zoo York, a one year subscription to Vapors Magazine, a Scum LIfe soccer hooligan scarf, and signed CD and poster from Iller Than Theirs.
add "illersk8contest" as a tag the video that you upload.
Contest group for the Illest Sk8 trick. Hosted by Iller Than Theirs, Vapors Magazine, Zoo York, Embedded Music, and Audible Treats.
Sunday, November 4, 2007
I like this picture. It reminds me of the "M.E.T.H.O.D Man" video... or any other grimey early 90's video shot in a condemned building.
So far we had one day off this whole tour and it was early on between the Vermont show and the Michigan show. We used that day to drive 13 hours to Ann Arbor, Michigan. We did stop somewhere outside of Buffalo where it became apparent that mediocrity is a standard kept all over the country when the waitress told us, " Whaddya think it's my first day? Hear that bell? That's the microwave with your food." Great. The next day we decided to check out what the fine city of Ann Arbor had to offer. I asked some college looking kid in an outdoorsy type spot if he knew a good place to eat. He sent us to some brewery with jock looking douchebags in it. On the way to the brewery I was smacking stickers up... this guy your about to see in the video saw me and started to approach me... I had know idea what we were in for.
During our conversation with "Mike" he said fuck the brewery and told us we had to go check out The Fleetwood. The Fleetwood is a greasy spoon kind of like what CBGB's would've been like if they were a restaurant instead of a venue. The walls were covered in stickers. The patrons were a mix of squatter punks, blue collar workers, college kids and transient types. I loved it.
I went there 4 times in the two days we were in Ann Arbor. I talked to one of the waitresses and showed her the clip of "Mike" telling her that her restaurant came highly recommended from him. She said "That's funny he's banned from here for life." Also, she asked us if he tried to sing us a song in exchange for a cigarette. Anyway the spot was dope. I recommend the omellete.
A quick breakfast tour. I know the chili fries look a little gross (really gross), but they tasted good.
Bizarre from D12 was at the show with a pretty scary looking entourage. I was standing on the steps backstage checking out Devin's set, looked up and saw Bizarre. I couple minutes later a had to piss real bad but the crowd was too deep to walk through, so after much hesitance I passed through his entourage, in my head I thanked them for not stomping me out. Pretty cool that the first time in Michigan, Bizarre was there.
Friday, November 2, 2007
First we got pulled over somewhere in Wisconsin. Speeding.
An old-man cop moseys over to us and says we owe the state of Wisconsin $260 dollars, which we are obligated to pay on the spot or we would remain in his custody. Then he was like: "We accept MasterCard, Visa, check, or money order"
Apparently the great state of Wisconsin doesn't accept American Express.
And their state troopers have little credit card machines in their cars. Gangster.
Then we caught a flat.
Read all about our journey to Duluth by clicking below
We didn't have the right size ratchet and had no choice but to wait for help.
We finally got to a garage with a cat, got patched up and back on the road.
We made it to Duluth, Minnesota with just enough time to get some food and get set up.
The show was at a place called Pizza Luce, which is an actual pizza spot. When I walked in they were setting up the stage and ten feet away some dude is flipping dough in the air.
It was dope though; they cleared out all the tables and chairs and turned the restaurant into a club.
The show was fresh. They kids were cool. We rocked it.
Then me and Tone slipped out and went wandering around.
We soon found out Duluth is the Illest place we've been on the whole trip so far.
To me the whole town seemed to be from another era.
It had a level of grime that I need in a city but it's griminess seemed almost quaint.
Down the block from the club on this little strip they had a casino and a old looking live nudie theater.
A Sauna for the whole family.
This, for instance, is one of the places I will explore when me and Tone move to Duluth to record our next album.
Only thing I knew about Duluth was that Bob Dylan spent some time there. I can't wait to go back there.
The people were cool - the city was mad intriguing.
I met a beautiful girl who gave me a kiss an then jumped in her car and drove away. I'll probably never see her again. C'est la vie.
The next day we walked around.
The used Books and Record store (see photo above) was a cache of ill artifacts.
They also have many eateries advertising Coney Islands including one which is the "original" Coney Island. I think it's just what they call Hot Dogs out here.
Also there were alot of signs either allowing or prohibiting carrying of guns which must be somewhat commonplace. Someone actually told me it is perfectly legal to carry a concealed weapon.
It's also right on Lake Superior which deserves it's name. It looks like an ocean. It is huge. And beautiful.
Here's a picture Tone took where these big boats look like toy models