Tuesday, April 28, 2009

spring NW tour!!

updates updates updates.

rad shows the last couple of weeks. a big Benefit for the Boise Bicycle Project at the Visual Arts Collective on April 17th with the freight train of fun Jared Mees & The Grown Children and our fellow Boise rippers Le Fleur and Juntura. raise a bunch of money for the BBP and had a whale of a time. the next day, The Grown Children and us headed to La Grande for another amazing chapter in the epic annuals of The Crawlspace... offically Crawlspace VI. with Test Audiences and City of Animals who were better than ever. a surprise set from pretty radical travelling troubadors Come Gather Round Us sealed the deal for what was possibly one of the best Crawlspace shows ever...

thanks to our buddy Shaun Daniel, here's a glimpse into the crawlspace vortex... and of one of our new songs... :
"Wake" by Finn Riggins (Live at Crawlspace VI)

then last friday we helped host a sweaty sweaty dance party at Fresshies in Hailey... a classic indeed. Fresshies never fails. they know how to bring it and our love affair is a magnificent one. on Saturday we played a private birthday party in Fairfield at the ancient Breezie's Outlaws Saloon. it was off the hook. amazing people. amazing stuff on the walls. amazing party.

in between all this we've been finishing up writing for the new record and preparing for our little NW tour... starts tomorrow. as soon as we get back, we head in to the studio for 4 days. followed by the shows with Built To Spill. busy times. but the big ball is rolling and we're excited for it all.

below are the next month of shows, as always, help getting the word to people in these areas is appreciated to the power of forever.

4/29 MISSOULA, MT @ The Badlander w/ The Chalfonts + The Magic Square
*4/30 LEWISTON, ID @ Lewis & Clark State College SUB Ampitheatre 11am-1pm
4/30 MOSCOW, ID @ John's Alley w/ The Holiday Friends
5/1 SANDPOINT, ID @ Three Glasses
5/2 CLARKSTON, WA @ Hogan's Pub w/ Bart Budwig
*5/3 MOSCOW, ID @ Moscow Renaissance Fair in East City Park
*5/5 SPOKANE, WA @ The Empyrean w/ local guests
5/6 SEATTLE, WA @ The Comet Tavern w/ The Globes + The Glasses + The Magic Mirrors
*5/7 PORTLAND, OR @ Tender Loving Empire for 1st Thursday w/ Church
5/8 BELLINGHAM, WA @ The Rogue Hero w/ The Russians + The Mumbles
5/15 GARDEN CITY (boise), ID @ VaC opening for BUILT TO SPILL. w/ Juntura
*5/16 EAGLE, ID @ Eagle Island Experience Festival w/ Built to Spill + others
5/20 BOISE, ID @ Neurolux opening for MIKE WATT
*5/22 HAILEY, ID @ Sun Valley Brewery w/ Tartufi + Low Red Land
*5/23 the sticks, ID @ Ranch Fest w/ Tartufi + Low Red Land + Test Audiences + Le Fleur + Hillfolk Noir + Milo Duke + Piers Lamb + stars + bbq + camping + beer + fun

*denotes ALL AGES show
full details at www.myspace.com/finnriggins

check out Lisa playing drums:

and hot Cam:

to see more photos of hot Cam and his hairdos and more by Rachael Dara Fisher go here

also, here are a couple of photos from the Cherry City Music Festival we played in Salem, OR a few weeks ago... courtesy of Sam Guerrero:

for more photos from CCMF and from the Tender Loving Empire vaults go to http://www.flickr.com/photos/tenderlovingempire/

that's it for now. more soon.

Monday, April 13, 2009

thank god it's springtime

took a nice long break from this particular blogosphere.... wanted to throw some updates your way...

Boise has been treating us very very very well. we've been loving it here and the music scene we walked in to has been very welcoming and is particularly vibrant right now... which has been exciting.

back in February we took part in a really cool event that featured 26 Boise bands over two nights at the Visual Arts Collective for ROTATING TONGUES 2 -- a local festival and live compilation recording. each band played one warm up song and then two brand new songs they'd never recorded or performed live before. it was an amazing event to witness and be a part of. the fruit from that endeavor is being harvest this coming weekend as the double disc compilation is being officially released on Saturday April 18th -- National Independent Record Store Day. our new song The Collider kicks off disc 2. you can get a sneakpeak of that tune on our myspace site as well as some brief back story on the song on our myspace blog... for more info on the record as a whole go to www.rotatingtongues.com. very excited to hear the whole thing because all the bands really rose to the occasion.

that event really got the ball rolling for what's been a spring very focused on new material as we prepare to record a new album in May... we've been starting to air out some of the new songs at recent shows including this past weekend in Oregon... great shows in Pendleton and Ashland and capped off with the Tender Loving Empire / Boy Gorilla Showcase at the IKE Box in Salem for the Cherry City Music Festival. what a fantastic weekend. we had a blast and want to thank everyone that came out and rocked out. and thanks for all the feedback on the new material! there will probably be some photos posted from CCMF on the TLE blog soon...

been playing a bunch of fun local and regional shows this spring... including 3 days with LOW RED LAND just over a week ago, a sweet St. Patrick's Day show in Boise with IN THE SHADOW OF THE MOUNTAIN and MICROBABIES, a wild set at Tubapalooza up in McCall in a snowstorm -- i had snowdrifts on my keyboards!! -- it was amazing. also a fun benefit back in March for a really cool and crafty crew doing some rad things for the Boise community called THE MEND PROJECT. also a couple of great trips back up to our old stomping grounds of Hailey for shows at Fresshies and the Sun Valley Brewery and an epic bithday party for our friend Tibby in her sister's living room... and lots of great stuff at the coolest venue in the NW -- Visual Arts Collective -- located in Garden City, which just happens to be in the middle of Boise... weird, i know, but true. and awesome

and that was all during our "break"... in two weeks we leave for a 2 week NW tour and as soon as we get back from that we go in to the studio to track the new record (slated to be released in September on Tender Loving Empire!!) followed immediately with two shows with Built To Spill then a show with Mike Watt & The Missingmen then our big Ranch Fest party out near Fairfield on the Bouiss ranch for Cam's birthday featuring a bunch of our band friends (Tartufi + Low Red Land + Test Audiences + Le Fleur + Hillfolk Noir + Milo Duke + Piers Lamb)... all in the 2 weeks right after tour... so yeah, May is going to be pretty crazy. all very very very exciting stuff though... we won't be doing any major US touring again until the fall when the record comes out, but we'll be playing locally and regionally a decent amount this spring and summer as well as enjoying Idaho while we're here... definitely need to get outside in the mountains!! our most up-to-date show schedule is at www.myspace.com/finnriggins. lots and lots of stuff on the horizon... more info on the new album to come to light soon soon soon....

oh yeah, another new track will be released in about a month on the new Tender Loving Empire compilation that will be released on May 16th. our tune MAHONEY is on disc 2. this year's TLE comp is bigger and badder than ever. one full disc of only Portland acts and one disc for non-Portlanders. some names you might recognize on this year's comp: Starfucker, Jared Mees & The Grown Children, Tune-Yards, Boy Eats Drum Machine, Kickball, World's Greatest Ghosts, Super XX Man, Dirty Mittens, Typhoon, Low Red Land, Halloween Swim Team, The Dont's, Geographer, Small Sur and on and on and on. sooooo exciting. for more info go to www.tenderlovingempire.com

anyways, that's a quick run through of what's been happening and what's going to happen. will try and keep this a little more up-to-date as we move forward...

thanks for listening.
on behalf of all of us here at camp finn riggins...

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