As any touring band can tell you, between the glorious nightly romps there are generally long stretches of asphalt. This video is a montage of some of the car games that got us through the 5000 miles we drove during a two week tour with Gogol Bordello download strange wilderness movie this summer. See how many games you can identify, and then let us know your favorite car games so we can be ready for our month long tour (with Os Mutantes!) later this month.
- Tomorrow night in Brooklyn we’re having a party with Nextbook to celebrate the release of Barney Ross! Come out to Gleason’s Gym and have a drink on us! Soulico is spinning and there’s a live boxing match!
- Jesse Rifkin of The Wailing Wall lost his favorite guitar! Can you help him find it?
- Bizmonides debased the cult of the Chris Brown wedding video.
- DeLeon got back from their epic tour with Gogol Bordello…and they only had stories to tell about food!
- DJ Sabbo of Soulico remixed Amanda Blank!
- Micachu and The Shapes remixed our favorite Fool’s Gold song!
- Sagol 59 reported that in Israel Leonard Cohen sold almost 50,000 tickets in 24 hours!
I’ve been back almost two full days since DeLeon’s two week tour with Gypsy Punk legends Gogol Bordello, and my recovery is nearly complete. What a week it was. Drive, rock, dance, find a cheap motel and repeat. The trip consisted of several epic drives (over 5000 miles in all!), my favorite of which was from Tulsa to Tampa. Because that, my friends is BBQ country.
We did a lot of good eating. Gooey Butter Cake in St. Louis, Lemon Icebox Pie in Memphis, Boiled Peanuts at a gas station (ok, those sucked) Loose Meat in Iowa (also sucked) Peach Cobbler on a peach farm in Peach County Georgia (ruled) There were car games, a video collage of which will be posted soon. There was trouble with the law in Tulsa…shhh. But most of all there was celebration. Every show of this tour felt like a party, and that’s the way it should be. In the words of Grand Funk Railroad, “We come into your town, we help you party it down” we’re a Sephardic Rock Band!
Gogol sets the celebratory tone each night with their raucous live sets, and their fans won’t settle for anything less than full throttle. So we gave the crowd what they came for and we all danced together, night after night. We met beautiful people from Omaha to Orlando and the members of Gogol Bordello showed us what Gypsy life is all about. I was planning on taking a ton of photos but between the sweat and the drink, it’s better that they were left unshot. So you’ll have to take my word for it and enjoy the handful of photos we managed to take, as well as the fan shots that have been uploaded to our MySpace and Facebook pages.
Just a few hours from now we’ll be loading up the van and pointing it in the direction of Omaha. Some 20 odd hours of driving later we are slated to arrive at venue #1. And so will begin our two week tour with Gogol Bordello. I’m hoping we’ll be able to blog, tweet and telepathically relay our adventures this week. And I just wanted to make sure you people out there in cyberlandia are tuned in, so we’re not just shouting into the ether. Here are some essential links to keep everyone involved entertained during the upcoming days:
And some fancy fresh uses of cutting edge social media technology fancy media social tech blog:
- Add ilovedeleon (at) gmail (dot) com to your Google Latitude friends and track our progress around the country.
- Call and leave us a message! Nothing breaks up a 20 hour drive like occasional adoring, hilarious or hottt messages. Dig this widget and make our day:
Big news for DeLeon today: they’ll be joining Gypsy-punkers Gogol Bordello for a series of tour dates running from July 21-31. Dates below, more info to come!
7/21 @ Sokol Auditorium, Omaha NE
7/22 @ People’s Court, Des Moines IA
7/23 @ The Pageant, St. Louis MO
7/27 @ The Ritz Theater, Ybor City FL
7/28 @ Revolution Live, Fort Lauderdale FL
7/29 @ Club Firestone, Orlando FL
7/31 @ The Norva, Norfolk VA
By Marc Gabriel Amigone
Balkan Beat Box is a globally conscious floor shaking explosion of sound and energy. Started by Israeli musicians Ori Kaplan and Tamir Muskat in 2004, BBB takes many shapes and forms incorporating a changing roster of musicians, dancers, and stage effects as they tour the world. Their live show has the energy of George Clinton and P-Funk in their prime, or Fela Kuti and Africa 70 utilizing the rhythms and melodies of their Mediterranean and Middle Eastern roots combined with an eclectic concoction of influences from the rest of the electric and organic world. Their third full-length LP Nu-Med Remix was released April 7, 2009 on JDub Records.
Wailing horns, booming bass, winding guitar lines, thumping drums and screaming vocals all combine to make up Balkan Beat Box’s live presentation. The crowd is dancing, if not jumping, rhythm is reverberating from all angles and directions as percussionists, horn players, vocalists, and dancers all rotate around the stage. Objects, substances and people fly on, off and around the stage as the show romps and raves from set to set. There are very few live musical experiences quite like a Balkan Beat Box concert.