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Quick! Before I go to bed. [Feb. 24th, 2013|02:58 am]
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I'm going to give a little more effort to writing things down before they get lost. Not just for you, but because this has really become my diary for the last decade and this is what I'll come back to years from now to figure out what I was doing at any particular time. This is you reading over my shoulder....

I can't remember exactly when I met Ego Likeness but they had like 20 people in the band at the time. Over the years it paired down into an industrial machine built around Steve Archer & Donna Lynch (you can, I'm sure, figure more out from their Wikipedia page if you're interested) and they've always been one of my favorite bands and eventually, as I got better at what I did, I did a number of album covers for them AND a most excellent music video for their song Treacherous Things. We were really excited to hear they were going to be playing Dracula's Ball in Philadelphia this week.

You might not think it, but we don't get out much these days. If it's not something that we're doing for some project or other, we're usually not doing it. I forgot how much fun it is though to have all your clothes out in a pile on the foor trying to figure out what to wear to something that you're just going to for fun.

Getting ready to go.




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Ultimately Trillian's outfit was 1/2 Kambriel and 1/2 thrift store score..




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It wasn't hard to find Ego Likeness when we got to the venue, they were hanging out on the floor talking to fans & taking photos with people and absolutely not acting like rock stars. As I'm writing this I realize that I DO know when I first me them. Years ago I was working with Nicki Jaine's band in some vague, nebulous capacity and we opened for Ego Likeness in ... some place like New York or Connecticut and we rolled in, four hours before the show or whatever & dragged our gear inside and Steve came bouncing over like some joyful pogo stick and said "Hi! I'm Steve from Ego Likeness, let me help you carry your gear and I'll show you how to set it up -- we've played here before and this sound system can be a little hinkey." And I liked them immediately. They could have just sat in the dressing room downing the rock star beer and let us fend for ourselves, but they didn't.

Anyway, years later ... Rodney Anonymous from the Dead Milkmen and Donna. Rodney's a great supporter of music. He's always out at shows and he's always plugging things on his radio show ("Rodney Anonymous Tells You How To Live") and whatnot various social media and he's been playing Ego Likeness a lot lately.




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You (and by "you" I mean "me") have all these glorified ideas of what "back stage" is like and they're never really right -- back stage is usually the crappiest, most miserable place in the venue with lots of boxes and smelly showers and bad lighting and the cool thing about it, unless you're Jennifer Lopez and have some nutty tour rider about how the whole place needs to be pipe & draped, isn't the space, because the space is terrible, it's the people who are there. A lot of times it's the only time people have to actually have conversations.




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And when the rock stars go off to the stage, Trillian gets to goof off in Donna's mirror.




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Ego Likeness on Stage, we were in the second row.




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It was a great show. It was great to see them. Dracula's Ball is always awesome. Patrick really knows how to put on a show. We left without saying goodbye to Steve & Donna so, if you're working in the Ego Likeness marketing department and this pops up in a Google Alert, please tell them we said "goodbye, we love you, xoxo".

After it Trillian tried for about 20 minutes to hail a cab. Eventually we called and Uber which is currently the coolest way to get around in town.




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[User Picture]From: ladycelia
2013-02-24 02:31 pm (UTC)

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Opportunities for stuff like this is when I miss living in a more urban environment. But I get to experience it vicariously through your journal. And folks get to experience Green Acres-style living through my journal.
[User Picture]From: bruhinb
2013-02-24 02:34 pm (UTC)

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Looking for permission to link to this post from Eraserhood.com, possibly including a quote of:

It was a great show. It was great to see them. Dracula's Ball is always awesome. Patrick really knows how to put on a show. We left without saying goodbye to Steve & Donna so, if you're working in the Ego Likeness marketing department and this pops up in a Google Alert, please tell them we said "goodbye, we love you, xoxo".

After it Trillian tried for about 20 minutes to hail a cab. Eventually we called and Uber which is currently the coolest way to get around in town.


and maybe a preview size of

all, of course, linked right back to this posting.

Thanks, either way!
[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2013-02-24 04:04 pm (UTC)

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you certainly can -- but if you wait a while i can write you something better.
[User Picture]From: bruhinb
2013-02-24 05:11 pm (UTC)

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If you are willing to do that, it would be totally awesome!

We aren't funded, yet, so we can't pay contributors. I can offer you links to any persona site or professional project you would like to promote as part of the posting, though.

Thanks for even considering this!
[User Picture]From: ms_violet
2013-02-24 03:44 pm (UTC)

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When you do get out, you do it extremely well.
[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2013-02-24 04:05 pm (UTC)

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we are forced to consolidate the awesome.
[User Picture]From: laserbitch
2013-02-24 04:34 pm (UTC)

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I first saw Ego Likeness, oh, I don't even know how many years ago. It was quite a few (a decade already?) since it was in the Before Kids Time. They were touring with The Cruxshadows and Ayria, and they played at the 7th Street Entry (which is off to the side in the same building as First Ave) in Minneapolis. It was one of the most fun shows I've been to because the energy was insane and all the musicians were so nice.
[User Picture]From: meddevi
2013-02-24 06:57 pm (UTC)

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Ahhh, Dracula's Ball memories, looks like from the green room, it's still at the same venue when I performed there last (and was also the first time I met Donna and Steve)...maybe 2007?
[User Picture]From: katranna
2013-02-25 05:32 am (UTC)

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Looooooove Trillian's dress.
[User Picture]From: crossbonesdj
2013-02-25 01:34 pm (UTC)

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Steve and Donna are some of the greatest people you will ever meet. My husband is a writer, and he and Steve have hung out and just talked about writing - and he offered some great advice.