Mark Mallman Marathon 3 live blog, day 2

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Photo by Erik Hess
While the rest of us slept last night, tucked away warm in our beds, Mark Mallman continued laboring away during the first overnight lap of his Marathon 3, which continues through Sunday.

We're picking up where we left off last night to find out how the Marathon is going so far -- welcome back to the live blog.

(Read the first installment, with photos, here.)


10:01 a.m. Since it's too early to go to the Turf (doors open to the public at noon), I'm streaming video of the marathon on Mallman's site. They've also added a bunch more videos to the site, including excerpts from last night's kick-off. Right now, he is alone at his keyboard, playing a slow, synthy ambient jam. His jacket has long since been removed and he is crouching over the keys calmly in a white t-shirt and glasses, looking very peaceful and studious.

I feel guilty for sleeping, and am curious to know what happened overnight.

10:57 a.m. Giant yawns happening on stage. Mallman is playing a slow harpsichord melody with one hand and the other hand to prop up his head.

11:49 a.m. The first shift of musicians are trickling in to prepare for their noon-hour slot, and begin setting up while Mallman tinkers around on a keyboard making pattering, off-kilter ambient noises. "I think I've got the experimental music out of my system," Mallman tweets from stage.

12:03 p.m. The band is slowly starting up a jam, with Mallman leading the way. LaFreak is back, and dressed in a bathrobe. Mallman's denim "Mr. Serious" jacket is back on, and he's pulled the microphone in front of his face so he can sing for the first time in hours

12:24 p.m. "This band's got it," Mallman says."We've got the flavors. All the flavors." He's backed by LaFreak, John Snell X, Alex Gaterud, and Noah Paster.

First photos of the day from Erik Hess:

Photo by Erik Hess
LaFreak, left, and Alex Gaterud
Photo by Erik Hess
John Snell X with Mallman
Photo by Erik Hess
Noah Paster
Photo by Erik Hess
Still going strong 20 hours into the marathon
Photo by Erik Hess

1:14 p.m. There's a real bluesy/Doors-y vibe going on now. Mallman is alternating between singing lyrics, reciting lines like poetry, and mumbling along with the music. A choice quote from the last hour: "This is our band lunch hour. You can hire us... We'll come play at your house, for your children... in our bathrobes."

1:23 p.m. Lyrics: "They call me marathon man out of jest/There a will buried deep in a marathoner's chest."

1:29 p.m.
The whole song is derailed when Mallman forgets the chords. He shakes his head. "That's it, I quit," he jokes, "I'm done." He pauses for a moment to get the band back on track, then adds, "Life isn't about perfection, it's about finishing... Sex isn't about perfection, it's about finishing."

Photo by Erik Hess
Al Grande, left, performed with Mallman in Marathon 1
Photo by Erik Hess

1:40 p.m.
Mallman: "I'm not gonna lie, this is the hardest marathon I've done. I'm not gonna lie. I'm already feeling like I'm going to fall down. I can do it. I want to do this. I might not remember it, but we're going to get through this, John. We're 20, like 21 and a half hours in or some shit. We can do this. I might have to... You might have to dress up in my clothes for a while. Put this on, and pretend that you're me. So I'm trying to conserve my energy, I think I spent a little too much of it in the night. If only there was some kind of drink, you know? Some kind of energy drink. [laughs]"

Someone goes to retrieve an energy drink, while Mallman adds: "This is my footnote to absurdity!"

1:49 p.m. I think the energy drink is kicking in. "Too much minor chord, I need something in a major key. Something Ramones-y! Let's do something Ramones-y!"

1:58 p.m. Mallman turns to Alex Gaterud, who is sitting in on drums. "What do you think we should name this band, with Al Grande, John Snell X, and yourself?"

"Wicked Sceptre," Gaterud replies.

"The most phallic name of Marathon 3 yet," Mallman laughs. "YET. All right."

2:13 p.m. While I drive to the Turf to witness the spectacle in person, Erik Hess reports: After abandoning the minor key, the band's jamming out to some serious tunes, inspiring a group of dancers by the stage. If this doesn't raise spirits a bit, I don't know what will. Looks like it's working.

2:15 p.m. Mallman, turning to his current bassist, David Odegaard: "Okay, I want you to guess what I'm eating... Listen to the speaker... [crunch]" "Apple!" "Yes, it's an apple!... [snap]" "Carrot!" "YES!"

2:42 p.m. "Why is there no Malwolf in Marathon 3?" Mallman asks rhetorically, referring to his wolf-mask wearing alter-ego. "Because we got a singing skull, baby!" Shortly after, Mallman calls his assistant and requests that she purchase a second skull head so he can wear them as bracelets.

3:01 p.m. The band who played the 2-3 p.m. slot will forever be known as "Fortress of Solid Dudes." Here they are:

Photo by Erik Hess

3:25 p.m. Things are getting funky with Martin Devaney on guitar and a man I don't recognize playing bass. There's a small crowd of people dancing in front of the stage at 3 in the afternoon -- this makes me happy.

A note about continuity: We're still in the "Giant Wave" portion of the Marathon song, the first of three sections that will unfold throughout the performance.

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