1.) When we played the Middle East Club in Boston this year I introduced our bass player Brad Cook (from Megafaun and Gayngs) to the crowd and they actually clapped for about five minutes straight without stopping. They realized what they were all doing half way into it and just kept getting louder and louder and louder till the place basically erupted and we had to almost stop the show early
2.) Playing “Leaves Do Fall” every night with just Kelly Crisp on an accordion and me on an acoustic guitar throughout Europe this fall.
3.) Winning the Merge XX Festival 3 on 3 basketball tournament with Roy Bourne, the man who wrote Nightshade, and Grayson Currin from Brome.
4.)Kelly coming up with a percussion part using car keys in the recording of “Second Bird of Paradise” at Flying Tiger Studio in our home town of Raleigh NC. Then The Rosebuds playing that song live with the NC Youth Ballet dancing onstage behind us.
5.) Walking into my hotel room over looking the river after our show in Ghanzhou China and seeing the city lit up like an episode of the 1983 not so hit TV series AUTOMAN.
6.)) Getting to sing on some of my favorite bands recordings:
Singing on the Megafaun record in my basement
Singing on the Bowerbirds record in my basement
Singing on the new Gayngs record in Eau Claire
7.)The day I finally listened to what Kelly said, and realized that the Fever Ray record is brilliant and my favorite record of the year.
8.) Watching and Listening to 800 Germans sing along to “Nice Fox” in Berlin Germany
9.)The Mark Eitzel performance at Merge XX this year was amazing and beautiful. It hit me just right and I was hiding my tears the whole time.
10.) Practicing for one hour before the show and playing the bass with Michael and Matthew in Telekinesis at Merge XX and actually pulling it off.
11.) Writing and recording the Christmas song “I Hear (Click Click Click)” for the Holly Raleigh Kidsmas Benefit Record this year.
12.) Hearing the words, “I want your body on me” come in when Brad was tracking the bass on the Gayngs Record in the studio.
13.) Getting a copy of the the Screen Vinyl Image Lp in the mail from my friend Jake in DC.
14.) Driving back from the Wilmington NC alone and listening to the third Phoenix album in my car and hearing the song “North” come on and remembering how much I love that song.
15.) Performing our show at the small Woodwinds repair shop Marsh Woodwinds in Raleigh NC.
16.) Our Duke Gardens show with Rob Lackey, Wes Phillips and the horn section from Lost in the Tress.
The Rosebuds will play two shows with Megafaun at The Pour House in Raleigh on January 8th and 9th. Tickets on sale now!