August 29, 2005

"The most anticipated release of the year"-Spin Magazine
Actually, I just made that up. But hopefully some of you are excited for the new record and will buy it. Word of mouth promotion is all I have to go on. Tell a friend. :)

10:16 AM
After a glutonous weekend my body feels like crap. Burritos and tacos and bbq and cake and more burritos. Oh boy.. I'm done kids. DONE!!! Oh by the way, the story that I wrote on Friday is 100% true. Lots of people wrote me to say sorry for the experience. Yeah, it's kind of weird to write about that, but ummmm... yeah... But reading over what I wrote, I have to clarify one thing. The third sentence said "NO, I'M PROUD OF IT". But it was supposed to say "NO, I'M NOT PROUD OF IT". I fixed it, but just wanted to make sure people who read it originally aren't wondering why I'm proud of doing what I did. OK.....

So Friday I headed up to Sacramento to play at a little cafe called LUNAS. I left at 1 PM to beat traffic, but I didn't. It took nearly four hours to get there and had me saying the F word many times and pounding the steering wheel. Like I've said in the past...TRAFFIC is my KRYPTONITE. At around 5 pm, Monica and I rolled into MORDAM(My distributor) to pick up some CD'S. After small chit/chat, we took off for JIM BOYS TACOS. I've been hearing about this place from MONICA who swears by it and I was not dissapointed. GREASY and delicious. I had a chicken burrito which was all meat and cheese. No rice, no beans.. Never had it like that before, but it was really delicious. They fry the tortilla in butter and it's just WOW!!

With some time to kill, we walked about the downtown area. Though most people wouldn't agree with me, I like it in Sac Town. It would be fun to play there more often. We got over to the cafe at around 8 PM. Kevin Seconds was setting stuff up and at around 9 PM I started up. A quick half hour set, but I thoroughly enjoyed myself. Perspiration jetted off me which is always fun. It makes you feel like it's a real rock show even though it's just an acoustic guitar and voice. I sold 12 cd's, which made me happy. Anytime I sell more than 10 cd's, it's a success!! Kevin played an endearing set, which made me smile big. He's so great. And then the long drive back to Santa Cruz. We stopped at in and out burger for some food and rolled back into town at 2:30 AM.

The sun was shining bright on Saturday. Santa Cruz was beautiful. We tried a new taqueria on Mission. It was in a grocery store. The woman only spoke Spanish. I did my best to communicate. I got the right food, so I think it was a success. And then it was off to San Francisco to see PINOISE POP. The two bands I wanted to see were SANAWON and the SKYFLAKES. Near 9th and Brannon?? was a big warehouse that was home to this years PINOISE POP. The place had horrible acoustics, as the ceiling went up and up and up. Unfortunately it was hard to hear the music. But the bands all rocked. I got to see Jenny Choi and Phillip play and a lot more great bands. The Skyflakes were great as usual. They were missing their drummer, but still rocked it like nothing was missing. The only downfall to all this were the mass amount of bands. 11 bands, no matter how great can grind you down. So by the end I was exhausted. Jenny and Phillip came to Santa Cruz to stay over. After burritos again, we made it home at 3:30 AM. Phillip was asleep within 30 seconds of his head hitting the pillow. AHHHHH...

6 hours later, we were up and at em'. Riding bikes we headed to the beach for a BBQ. Steak, Chicken, BRATS, CORN, BROCOLLI, MUSHROOMS.. They were all grilled to perfection. With full bellies we rode along the coast towards SOQUEL. It turned into a 3 hour bike ride and put sun burned impressions on our arms and faces.

We capped the day off with a 40 YEAR OLD VIRGIN. Amazing.. So amazing... And the OSCAR goes to................40 YEAR OLD VIRGIN!!!
9 more days til' I leave for the bike trip. Wish me luck.
Peace always,
Mike Park

PS-on a business note:Can you go to your local record store and see if they are carrying my record. If they aren't can you email me and let me know the name of the record store. Thanks very much.

Vien To-$12
Misa and Kaoru-$15
Brian Quirk-$15
Kris Racer-$23.45
Christina Giordano-$3
Dustin Dumas-$40
Scott Butterworth-$14
Jessica Burnham-$15
Ken Lee-$33
Kevin Koegel-$30
Brian Abolins-$25
Mark Veon-$15
Michael Cavaleri-$10
Rey Hernandez-$20
Dan Richter-$50
Dan Shannon-$5
Gary Yee-$10
John Anderson-$20
Seth Odell-$10
Sung Kim-$40
Britt Osbourn-$10
Black Sunday-$10
Andrew Paciocco-$10
Kyle Trittipo and Anuja Vichare $25
Matthew Chantler-30 BRITISH POUNDS
Dan Droller-$100
Diana Mendoza-$200
Evan O'Neil-$7
Steve Hahnlein-$17
Adam Bubash-$30
David Loyd-$25
Julien Lestoclet-$15
Brett Bussard-$50
Mitsuhiro Sabu-$100
Eugene Ahn-$100
Drew Bienemann-$100
Andrew Wong-$25
Matt Skiba-$100
Karim Jetha-$5
Kanallakan Priscilla-$5
Murphy Fennel-$4
David Pereira-$132
Rob Meckstroth-$15
Mitsunori Sabu-$20
Michael Sosin-$10
Michael Daphin-$7
Kristi Reese-$20
Saddle Creek Records-$250
Thick Records-$250
Kung Fu Records-$150
Soundtek Studios-$250
Thomas Skiba-$500
Chulie Park-$150
Fly PR-$25
Marc Howlett-$200
Bob Walsh-$120
Julie and George Kent-$50
Sue Farwell-$100