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Day 99 – 4/8/2008 – Chris and Me at the Weakerthans concert

Liz and I headed out to the 40 Watt Club in Athens tonight to see the Weakerthans, A.A. Bondy, and Christine Fellows. Chris and Kate joined us, it was fun to catch up and hoist a few beers. Everyone had a great time and the show was fantastic.

Day 98 – 4/7/2008 – “I SAID NO TICKLING!”

 

Sam celebrated her 13th birthday birthday today with cake and burgers. We had a great time.

Day 92- 4/01/2008 – Life is Too Short

Day 92- 4/01/2008 - Life is too short

Yesterday wasn’t like any other day in a long time for me. It was one of the best days I’ve had in ages. Work was engaging, my heart was singing, and the weather here in Atlanta was amazing after the early morning rains that we so desperately need.

After work I headed home and walked Molly around the neighborhood. It was so beautiful out. The neighborhood dogwoods, flowers, and “purple-flowery tress” were going crazy with pretty. I picked some yellow wild flowers and dandelions and stuck them in Molly’s collar. People laughed and smiled. I said “Oh, isn’t she beautiful!”

After a fun walk I headed off to band practice with the Good Graces.

It was at practice that I received the call that a friend of mine here in Atlanta had “collapsed” and that the ambulance was on the way. I quickly packed up and loaded the car. I got an update a few minutes later that the EMTs were there and that they were taking him to the hospital. I sped out to meet everyone there.

As I pulled up I got the call. He didn’t make it. He died.

From this point forward my memory is fuzzy, the details are heartbreaking, and the events were of coure, life changing.

So, I just wanted to say this. Love the people in your life with all your heart. Life is short and everything can change in a heartbreaking second. Please say some prayers for his family and friends today. They lost a loved one way too young. He’ll be missed by a ton of people that were really lucky to have him in their life.

Love,

John

Dank Weekend!

Dank at the Emerald Bar

03/18/2008 – Time sure does fly by fast at times. No sooner than I get back from Texas, I realize I never had time to fire off a quick entry about my trip dow to Florida 10 days ago. There’s not too much to report other than it was the best time I’ve had in ages.

Dank and Nessie rocked the Emerald Bar and everyone was there. I lost track of the number of parties that weekend. I had a great time. Check out all the PHOTOS!

Dank at the Emerald Bar

Dank at the Emerald Bar

Dank at the Emerald Bar

Dank at the Emerald Bar

Thanks Luna

02/29/2008 – Three years ago last night, one of my favorite bands of all time played their final show. I wasn’t there.

I first discovered the band Luna while I was working at Spec’s Music in Gateway Mall in St. Petersburg, Florida. Musically it was the middle of the grunge rock revolution and every song that played through the store’s speakers blasted out with abandon and wildness except one.There was this one CD in the 6-disc changer that was so low in volume that I always had to check to see if it was still working. It was. It was Luna’s first CD, simply entitled Lunapark. It was the copy where the name of the band had a numeral “2” after the “Luna.” I figured there must have been another band named Luna at the time and this was the way the fine folks at Elektra records dealt with it while the other “Luna” was offered money to change their name.

OK, that’s not really true at all, I just thought it was weird. After a few weeks of everyone in the store enduring that one quiet CD, the manager of the store plucked it out of the player and said “you want it?” I took the CD home, and from that time forward that CD has been on or near the top of the stack. I fell in love with every song. My old band Lie covered “I Can’t Wait.” If a girl liked Luna I took that as a sign we should get married.

The first time I saw them was at a place in north Tampa called The Stone Lounge. It was a great punk rock club run by a friend, and it served as a local band hang out for a few years. I’ve been told the name Stone is a reference to Stone Gossard from Pearl Jam. I have no reason to doubt for a second.

Low opened the show. They were fantastic. Luna played next and lifted the room a foot off the ground despite Sean’s busted amp and some drunk frat boys from USF screaming the entire time.I picked up every CD they put out from that point forward. Every little EP I could find. Every shitty mp3 I could track down on the web. They were one of those bands.

And so, as I played last night at Flicker Bar and Theater with The Good Graces, the Jazzmaster seemed to play itself. I snuck in a few Luna licks. Nobody seemed to mind. We had a great time. We ate free popcorn.

(Photos from the show)

Three nights previous, Liz and I saw an amazing set by Luna’s singer and bass player Dean and Britta at Eddie’s Attic. And despite the drunk couple standing up directly in front of the stage groping each other and making out, they lifted the room a foot off the ground again, like they always do. They played a dozen tunes from Galaxy 500, Luna, and their own Dean and Britta catalog. At the end of their set the band sat out in the main room, smoked cigarettes, talked with fans and relaxed. I was going to say hello, but I didn’t.

I guess I should have. I just wanted to say thanks.

IPO @ the Local 506 – Chapel Hill

Day 54 - 2/23/2008 - Local 506

02/27/2008 – I’ll be honest, it’s been hard keeping up with the journal/blog/thingy lately. I’ve been so busy and the words are not spilling out. Maybe it’s the huge amount of facial hair on my face that’s weighing me down.

Last weekend the fine folks in The Yum Yum Tree did an insane amount of driving to play in Chapel Hill for International Pop Overthrow 2008 at the Local 506. We played first. We rocked all ~20 folks that saw us and then we drove home the next morning. I had a good time. My friend Marcus meet me out at the club, took some snazzy pictures of us rocking and then we headed out to see what Chapel Hill had to offer. We had some pizza, we had some beers, we had a good time catching up.

The next morning we caught up some more, and then reluctantly, with the help of a 20oz coffee, I headed home. I made a few brief stops on the way home, but I was anxious to get back. I was anxious to sleep. (Photos from the trip)

I’m very excited about tomorrow night. I’ll be playing guitar with The Good Graces in one of my favorite spots in Athens, GA. It’s called the Flicker Bar and Theater. The show starts at 9:00 PM and we go on second. If you’re in Athens and you’re so inclined, we’d love to see your smiling Face. They have Free popcorn for crying out loud!

Local 506 - Chapel Hill, NC

The Yum Yum Tree - Local 506 - Chapel Hill, NC

Mondo Topless @ Local 506

Alex and Marcus

Michelle

Me

The Holiday Recap!

01/08/2008 – Hey everyone, long time no see. I was going to do this great big recap of my Christmas and New Year’s break, but I’m so excited about 2008 that I can’t find the energy to look back for a moment. OK, maybe just a quick recap!

John McNicholas @ The Bunker

The holidays were a ton of fun and very hectic. Liz and I drove down to Florida on 12/22, through a ton of traffic, just in time to make my solo show at Tre Amici @ The Bunker in Ybor City. I had a fantastic time playing, and it was great too see Bob Anthony, Kenny Howes, and so many great friends out at the show.

Friends @ The Bunker

After the show, we walked around Ybor City for a while, caught up with some more more friends and had a great time. The rest of the long weekend was spent at the beach, at the Dali Museum, having drinks with friends, and eating at some of my favorite restaurants in town.

Sandy Claus - Pass-a-Grill Beach, FL

Liz - Pass-a-Grill Beach, FL

Back in Atlanta for Christmas proper, presents were opened and time was spent with more family and friends.

Molly says,

New Year’s was a low-key affair, dinner in the EAV with friends, and all sort of fireworks (gun shots?) when New Year’s hit! I swear East Atlanta sounded like a war zone when the peach dropped at midnight.

OK, that’s it for a look back. (photos)

I’m looking forward now, and there’s a ton of things happening! There’s going to be lots of music, shows and recording this year, and I hope to get a fair amount of traveling in as well.

2008 = Create!