(Part four of a sequential tour narrative. Go to April, 25 2009 to start at the beginning)
I'm sitting in Iowa City, getting ready to go to Minneapolis for our gig at the 400 bar. We played and rehearsed yesterday at the Day Trotter studio in downtown Rock Island, IL. We cut versions of "Porcupine," "The Young Girls," "Broke My Heart" and a new one called "I'm In Love With You." It was a fun experience but after a five hour drive, an intense rehearsal and live-to-two-track recording, we were frazzled and needed to eat dinner. There was a cheesy pizza restaurant below the studio in which we grubbed and decided to drive to Iowa City, drink some beers and construct a set list. And that's what we did. Got a cheap room next to The Mill and wished we were playing a show.
The show in Ft. Wayne the night before was pretty good. The stage setup was a little awkward and the stage was extremely illuminated but it was fine. The Brass Rail reminded me of The Fire in Philly... pretty dingy.