Mayda's Never Born tour diary 3: The response has been amazing

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Local singer-songwriter Mayda Miller is in the midst of one of the most life-affirming tours of her life. During a three-week Never Born trek in Korea, she will meet up with her birth parents. Gimme Noise will track her progress in a diary from Mayda here.

Seoul week three: Well, it has been a pretty consistent show tour with extra promotional work and busking in the busy streets of HongDae, Seoul. One of the venues I played was an expatriate bar called Tony's Pub in Itaewon. The owner was a hilarious Irish guy, Tony, who played the electric drums. He even accompanied me on my tune, "Lions." I have to admit he was not a funky one, but he loved hitting that synth cymbal. Cracked me up every time.

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Mayda's Never Born tour diary 1: Arriving in Korea
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Mayda's Never Born tour diary 2: Meeting my birth parents

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Local singer-songwriter Mayda Miller is in the midst of one of the most life-affirming tours of her life. During a three-week Never Born trek in Korea, she will meet up with her birth parents. Gimme Noise will track her progress in a diary from Mayda here.

I must say it has been such a surreal experience for me so far. The shows have been a really great learning experience. Seoul seems to work on a somewhat different schedule than venues in the United States. The turnouts have been big and small, but I seem to sell merch wherever I play, which is always a plus. Surprisingly, the fans have been old and new ones from all over the world. I am super grateful.

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Mayda's Never Born tour diary 1: Arriving in Korea


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Mayda's Never Born tour diary 1: Arriving in Korea

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Local singer-songwriter Mayda Miller is in the midst of one of the most life-affirming tours of her life. During a three-week Never Born trek in Korea, she will meet up with her birth parents. Gimme Noise will track her progress in a diary from Mayda here.

Her first entry begins the day she flew to Toronto:

An hour before I had to go to the airport, I start to put CDs, merchandise, and cords in my suitcase. Shit, I might need clothes... I packed pretty heavy for myself this trip. I have never been so anxious. I freaked out and basically threw everything in my suitcase. Anyway, I made it to the MSP airport pretty smoothly. It was too nice of a day to leave, but I have some thaaangs I would like to do -- like, uh, meet my birth parents and play 13 shows in my birth country.


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We Are the Willows tour diary, Vol. 24

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Howdy! My name is Peter Michael Miller and I play in a band called, We Are The Willows. We recently went on a short tour through out the Midwest and here's the dramatic second installment of our tour diary.

Leaving Madison was like being that guy who cut off his arm with a spoon in the jungle...you know, like the movie with Eddie Murphy? Wait, that's not it... anywho we drove to another one of our favorite places, Sheboygan, WI and to one of our favorite joints, Paradigm Coffee House. Kate and co. make some of the best food that'll put ya in a food coma and are some of the nicest folks.. that'll put ya in a... nice person coma. It was a sleepy weeknight and that fact was evident in us and in the room. Folks were quiet and attentive but it was hard to know if they were diggin' the tunes. But all in all, it was a nice night. Stephen thought so.


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We Are the Willows tour diary, Vol. 23

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Howdy! My name is Peter Michael Miller and I play in a band called, We Are the Willows. I've been touring and playing music under said band name for years now, and the "band" has always been somewhat of a rotating cast of musicians. Within the last year or so the band has done less rotating and we've found that being a band of consistent members and players suits this project quite well. Recently we decided to take all six of ourselves and our new songs on the road for a short Midwest Tour. What follows are stories from our tour.

We christened our voyage with a Kangaroo pose, jumped in the family van, and began the journey to Eau Claire, Wisconsin. The trailer we were borrowing from a friend had some wiring problems. Whenever we put on the left blinker the right blinker turned on. When ever we stopped only the right brake light worked. So, somehow, by only making right hand turns, we made it to Eau Claire. It only took us 13 hours. Just kidding.

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The Honeydogs tour diary 4: Talkin' 'bout practice

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Minneapolis rockers the Honeydogs have been on a tour out to the East Coast. In this tour diary, frontman Adam Levy is providing a running commentary from the road.

Losing $1,500 is kind of a big deal when you're on the road. It basically means you are fucked. No gas money. No food money. No going home. No paying yourself for busting ass driving seven-hour days, moving gear, setting up, waiting around, sound-checking, waiting around... and waiting around some more, playing your ass off, hustling merch, chatting with fans, humping gear, packing the vehicle like a Tetris game, sometimes losing sleep, and suffering the occasional indignities foisted upon you, and probably more waiting around somewhere in there I'm forgetting about. It costs to be on the road: gas, hotels, highway tolls, meals -- like a marauding army, a band consumes as much as it yields sometimes. Losing the cash flow means band bank account reserves must be tapped or individuals must forgo and somebody has to pay the piper in the end.

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The Honeydogs tour diary 3: Meeting a superfan in Chicago

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The Honeydogs obviously felt right at home at this gas station.

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Minneapolis rockers the Honeydogs have just embarked on a tour out to the East Coast. In this tour diary, frontman Adam Levy is providing a running commentary from the road. This entry "Are You Waiting for the Streetcar?"

Jetting down I-80 into Ohio's armpit transporting 4 guys and something a little shy of a ton of gear . Drive day. It's hard to believe we could cram so much in a Dodge minivan. I even brought a hatbox -- 6 ties, 10 shirts and a few pairs of eyeglasses. I certainly won't be looking like a schlub, whatever the space constraints.



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The Honeydogs tour diary 2: Trent Norton reaches out

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Photo by Steve Cohen from The Honeydogs' What Comes After release show at First Avenue.

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The Honeydogs tour diary 1: Adam Levy's dream

Minneapolis rockers the Honeydogs recently embarked on a tour out to the East Coast. In this tour diary, the band provides a running commentary from the road. This entry is by bassist Trent Norton. 

I like to call it an 'I can touch you' tour.

Without moving from my seat, I can easily reach and touch every person in the van. Sound check and dinner will be the same. Same with the the show and the hotel. Every smelly burrito or bag of corn chips will be a shared experience. Cell phone conversations and check-ins back home are heard by all. I start counting pro-life billboards. I realize that in a messy rush out of the hotel this morning I forgot to brush & it has not been lost on my travel companions.


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The Honeydogs tour diary 1: Adam Levy's dream

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Here's the vehicle packed with gear for the tour.

Minneapolis rockers the Honeydogs have just embarked on a tour out to the East Coast, and played in Chicago last night. In this tour diary, frontman Adam Levy is providing a running commentary from the road. This entry is about a pre-tour dream. 

One night a few weeks back, amidst prepping for the first Honeydogs tour in several years, I had a rather interesting dream. I was riding a motorcycle. I had chosen to ride the motorcycle solo, while the rest of the band was way ahead in another vehicle. Aware I would be driving alone along time, I worried about how would I catch up to the van, how I would travel across the country on a somewhat rickety cycle.


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Mayda's Boomerang Tour diary: 6/10/12 - 6/17/12

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Photo by Erik Hess from Lyn-Lake Street Festival 2012

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Twin Cities-based R&B phenom Mayda recently hit the road for most of the month of June on her Boomerang Tour, and jotted down some details and observations along the way. Here's a diary of highlights.

The night before a tour I usually double check everything like routes, merchandise, schedules and finances so I can relax right before the trip. This time was not the case. My friends convinced me to go Northern Spark to dance my ass off with strangers, look at amazing Minneapolis art, and continuously running into people we haven't seen in a long time. Even though this was super fun, I kept thinking about all the things I needed to do as the clock ticked away.More »

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