Rich is away on business this week. It’s actually Anheuser Busch’s week long pub crawl through the Ozarks on Augie’s big boat but we agree to call it work. Right now, everyone who is anyone around here is away. It’s temporary and actually quite peaceful but I just finished doing this weird thing that I do. Before 911 and the reign of terrorism it seemed really weird; now it may not be so odd. I don’t know. Do you do this?
On my cell phone I save at least one good message from each of my loved ones. Over time, one of them will leave an all new and fresh (or maybe sexy, in the case of Rich) message that I find particularly endearing and then that one will replace the earlier one. (There IS a limit to how many messages you can have on your phone.) About once a month I sort them out and that involves listening to all the messages from start to finish. Lately I do this while I’m driving to or from Wit’s End, a time I formerly used to call The Bud and Jan Show. Recently I’ve been writing Bud long-ish letters and calling him more often so my habits have changed.
Anyway, there are messages from Rich, Abby, Dan, Bud and several close friends. My favorite one from Abby used to be: "MAA-om! Dun-duh dundun! The cable guy is coming to turn on my internet and it’s going to cost 86.00! Dun-duh dundun!" Click. Recently that got replaced by a Mother’s Day call she made when she was barely yet awake and it’s all muffly and loving. I had just been with her the day before and she says she misses me already.
Dan leaves calls from the road. Sometimes, I can tell he is lonely and tired. Did I mention (and don’t, please, mention to him that I mentioned it to you…) that he is on a thirty city tour? The CD/LP is selling like hotcakes and they are burning up the pavement.They just got a great review from Playboy magazine. I guess that’s every mother’s dream…
With Rich, the call du jour that makes the cut is often some short goofy blip offering to pick up dinner or telling me that he’s arrived safely or that McCloud just fell off the chair while bathing. Sometimes, the mundane stuff can really strike a chord with me.
For some reason it feels very important to me that I have these voices of the ones I love saved and at hand. I’m sad that I don’t have one from my mother.
NOMO TOUR DATES:
FRI 04/28: Bowling Green, OH @ Howard’s Club H
TUE 05/09: Lansing, MI @ Mac’s Bar
WED 05/10: Grand Rapids, MI @ Calvin College Fine Arts Center
THU 05/11: Kalamazoo, MI @ Rocket Star Cafe
FRI 05/12: Chicago, IL @ Sonotheque (Africa Hi-Fi)
SAT 05/13: Ann Arbor, MI @ Blind Pig (opening set by Jeremy Ellis)
NOMO/HIS NAME IS ALIVE TOUR DATES:
MON 05/15: Cambridge, MA @ T.T. The Bear’s
TUE 05/16: New York, NY @ The Mercury Lounge
WED 05/17: Hoboken, NJ @ Maxwell’s
THU 05/18: Pittsburgh, PA @ Garfield Artworks
FRI 05/19: Philadelphia, PA @ Tower Records (In-Store Performance – FREE)
FRI 05/19: Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live
SAT 05/20: Baltimore, MD @ Gspot
SUN 05/21: Washington, DC @ Black Cat Backstage
MON 05/22: Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
TUE 05/23: Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn
THU 05/25: New Orleans, LA @ The Republic
FRI 05/26: Houston, TX @ The Proletariat (early show)
SAT 05/27: Dallas, TX @ The Cavern
MON 05/29: Tucson, AZ @ Solar Culture
TUE 05/30: San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
WED 05/31: Los Angeles, CA @ Spaceland
THU 06/01: San Francisco, CA @ Bottom Of The Hill
SAT 06/03: Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern
SUN 06/04: Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
TUE 06/06: Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
WED 06/07: Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive
THU 06/08: Omaha, NE @ O’Leavers
FRI 06/09: Minneapolis, MN @ 400 Bar
SAT 06/10: Madison, WI @ The Annex
SUN 06/11: Chicago, IL @ The Empty Bottle
SAT 06/17: Detroit, MI @ The Magic Stick (late show)
"A fusion of strutting funk, slinky afro-beat rhythms and the leftfield tones of homemade instruments, the sound of Michigan ensemble NOMO is an ecstatic and organic groove, striking a balance between the rapture of Konono No.1’s buzzing mbiras and Tortoise’s brainy instrumental compositions.”
"This Detroit-area Afrobeat band makes huge strides on its second album… The funky music of Fela Kuti remains NOMO’s bedrock, but the octet now carefully integrates soul riffs, jazz-flavored solos, and more instruments"
"If you’re a fan of Antibalas, Daktaris, Tortoise, YNQ and post-Fela funkiness, then this should fit very nicely in your get-up-and-dance collection."
STRAIGHT NO CHASER
"A fresh, War-inspired take on Afrobeat or New Orleans second-line jazz"
"Eight-headed future-jazz geniuses… not only does New Tones get your brain and body moving; it also captures the frenetic energy of NOMO’s live sets."
"Even in May, Detroit can’t possibly be this hot, sweaty and loud… forever funky"
"Exquisite… imagine the blasting horns and orchestral gusto of Antibalas dirtied up, deftly dented and jerry-rigged with some gnarly homemade electronics and percussion."
BOSTON WEEKLY DIG
"New York’s Antibalas has gotten a lot of attention for its Fela Kuti–inspired Afro-jams, but NOMO takes it out into the stratosphere while keeping it solidly rooted in the funk"
"It’s party music of the first order, locking into a groove so deep you can practically feel the sweat."
"NOMO swings a sense of spirituality, soul and grace back into pop music."
DETROIT METRO TIMES
"Next 100" 2005
"Subtly shifting time signatures and grooves, and outfitted with more than capable soloists, NOMO sounds fresh in an otherwise saturated market."