what’s in store

i took darla to her first in store last night to see Dawn Landes at our fave little record shop.  well, let me just give you a shot of the before performance and then i’ll let you all guess how it went:


that’s her second of three cookies – b/c you have to give her all 3 when she marches up to the cookie table and puts her hand on all of them – jones soda not pictured.

all in all, the little lady was a big hit, but the sugar did get ‘er good and i ended up slipping out the back after about the 5th or 6th song. i don’t know which one, i wasn’t able to keep track and that’s why i knew it wasn’t worth hanging around. i wasn’t able to pay attention to Dawn and neither was anyone else.

but at least we tried it.

Ms. Landes made it about 2 steps in the door before darla ran to greet her and talk tamborine.


we got a spot up close at first. darla sat down during the sound check so i thought for a minute that this was gonna be all breezy. but as soon as dawn started strumming darla was on her feet dancing and twirling. it was downright adorable for about 2 1/2 songs. then i decided i needed to migrate her towards the back so that the woman everyone was there to see would be the rightful recipient of all the attention in the room.


well, about 2 minutes of being in the back and darla clung to some guy’s leg and wouldn’t let go for 2 songs. she was a human dryer sheet. can’t say that i blame her because he was pretty easy on the eyes, but that’s when i knew it was time to leave everyone to peacefully ingest the sounds of miss landes music.  AND teach darla the womanly ways of making the guy come to you on our way back out to the car.

it was a pretty big disappointment to have to miss out on the rest of her show. i really liked what i did manage to hear. good thing we have her album.

i’m still pretty glad we went.


dear salty sailor,

i know you are bummed you’ve missed yet another record store day. even though the girl and i were busy on the road and then singing birthday hymns, i think i did you proud.


i stopped in to spoonful on monday and took a gander at brett’s pickin’s. i got us just a few items. admittedly, you would have done a better job but i think i got us some decent additions to this stack of wax.


uncle tupelo record store day release, numero uno rsd release and i also picked up this dawn landes record brett suggested for obvious reasons. he even recognized that the artwork is my style. so far, it’s been pretty nice listening. she’s doing an instore at spoonful on may 5, so if you’re home by then maybe we could take darla to her first instore as a family. whaddya say?

and yes, you may have noticed a little something in there for you. winkety wink wink. go SPEND some time in spoonful. you’ve earned it. i’m sorry we couldn’t be together for your 33 1/3.

looking forward to listening with you.


more snaps

and here are are two shots that illustrate perfectly why we chose to have our photos taken at spoonful. spoonful records is beautiful, funky, well organized and beautiful. did i already say that? i guess what i mean is that it is evident he took time to design a space that would highlight some of the more artistic design elements that go along with music. admittedly, it’s fun to dig through some bins in a dingy record shop but spoonful provides a nice alternative with being able to view the album art gallery style. many thanks to brett for letting us invade his space.

mike loves this last photo. he says if there’s one thing he can teach darla it’s how to flip through the racks at a record shop.

that’s all for now.

photos by claudia retter of aion arts


we finally paid attention to getting our christmas cards ordered. they’ll now become new year’s cards. sorry. but i’m sure none of you expected me to be on time about it anyway.

i’m excited to share some images that claudia took that didn’t make the cut. they’re all so great but, alas, alack, alapeanutbuttersandwiches, there is only so much space on a card.

but there’s la la la la lot lot lots LOTS of space on the internet.

just look at this spicy peanut contemplating how she’s gonna get one of those outta the machine and into her mouth. ooohhhh she’s got her ways.

spoiling the christmas surprise

i had planned on keeping this a surprise but i’m way, WAY too excited about what claudia has posted so far to keep mum any longer. we’ll just consider it another sneak peek.

here’s claudia’s work on our family christmas photo session thus far. she was pretty much the bees knees. i look forward to posting more of her work and more about spoonful records at a later date.