Well, we’ve been feverishly writing this summer/fall and have high hopes of getting a new record out by the Spring. I know we haven’t been playing a ton of shows, but the ones we have played have been great. The Last Good Year will be taking the stage with AutoVaughn, American Bang, and The Gracious Few over the next month and we couldn’t be more excited about it.
We also have had the pleasure of being a part Q95′s (our local classic rock station) and Jack Daniels (our favorite shot before playing) Indy’s “Next Big Thing” competition. We made it to the finals and will be performing at The Vogue in November to compete for the title. You can check out a video clip from the show at the bottom of this blog.
Also, if you head over to our Facebook page, you can download our new single “You More Than Me” for free! Just click on the music tab and you can download the track.
We will keep you posted on the shows we have coming up and, if you live in Indianapolis, make sure to catch us on The Bob and Tom Show this Thursday 10/21/10 at 10am.
As my friend and colleague Mr. Steven Byroad said, “It’s that time of year again.” This is true. Every year in May, Indianapolis’s premier free newspaper ” Nuvo” sponsors the Best of Indy contest, and we were lucky enough to be nominated for the second year in a row. Now this contest does not reward cash or have any prizes to win, unless you count the pride and sense of accomplishment that comes from winning what we consider a pretty respectable contest… And that is enough for us. That being said, we would love it if you would take a few seconds to go and vote, not only for us, but for the hundreds of bars, restaurants, galleries, musicians, etc. that have been nominated this year. Just follow the link below and decide who is the “Best of Indy” .
It has been far too long since I have blogged on this site. That being said, it is my intention to start blogging daily. The purpose being to inform those of you interested to know what is going on in the lives of The Last Good Year. As I get started, I realize that there is plenty to write about. As of right now, we are starting to write a lot of new material that will hopefully culminate with the release of a new record soon. How soon? We have no idea. But I will share a few ideas with you. I tend to take videos of the little ideas that pop into my head so I won’t lose them. This is a little chorus idea I had the other day. Joshua (our lead guitarist) and I are getting together tomorrow and will hopefully hash this out along with a few other items. Stay tuned! You could very will hear this at a future show!
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We need to reach 10,000 friends on our myspace page. This is a goal we have set for ourselves and we need you to help up achieve this goal. We CANNOT do this without you. So tell your friends. Send emails, post bulletins. Twitter about it. Whatever you want to do. Tell anyone and everyone you know to go to http://www.myspace.com/lastgoodyear and add us if they haven’t already!
I try not to blog negatively. It isn’t the intention of this blog to be cynical or pessimistic. However, I have witnessed over the past few weeks something that I can remain silent about no more.
Style glasses. You know what I am talking about. You that wear them know who you are.
On the off chance that someone reading this hasn’t gotten the memo, it has become increasingly “fashionable” to wear glasses as an accessory even if you don’t require a prescription to correct your vision. This trend can be seen running rampant in the hipster community. You know, those kids who try REALLY HARD to make it look like they aren’t trying at all. If you’ve seen the atrocious sweaters, the porno stash, or the unkempt, birds-nest hairdo that takes an hour to do every morning, then chances are you’ve also seen the thick, round, plastic glasses. Well guess what; chances are excellent that those lenses are nothing more than clear plastic.
I am one of the unfortunate souls that has to rely on corrective lenses to see properly. And, since I cannot afford to get Lasik surgery, I am at the mercy of eyeglasses or contact lenses. Now I’m not inviting you to attend my pity party. All I am saying is I don’t enjoy having to put in and take out contact lenses every day. Nor do enjoy worrying about falling asleep in my glasses and waking up to a pair of crushed frames. Real glasses are expensive. So are eye exams, and most employers don’t offer vision insurance. Ask anyone who relies on corrective lenses to see. They will tell you the same thing. It is a huge pain in the ass. I find it a little sadistic that the people are gallivanting about, parading our own shortcomings in front of us. You don’t see me rolling around in a wheel chair because it’s in style. You wouldn’t wear a leg brace to make a fashion statement would you?
I had the displeasure of watching a young woman dressed to the nines in hipster garb take her style glasses off while posing for a picture. What kind of message does that send. Does she not want EVERYONE to know she is wearing them. Is she afraid of being tagged on facebook and being labeled as someone with poor vision… or worse yet a fake? Heaven forbid. It’s this type of mentality that ruins it for the rest of us.
Don’t get me wrong. It’s not all bad. Fortunately for those of us with poor vision, the fashion industry has teamed up with optometry and you CAN look good in glasses. I know of a handsome young musician who is quite dashing behind a pair of snappy frames. Glasses can add a certain flair to your particular image or individual style. Shouldn’t glasses as an accessory be limited to those who need them? If we must be chained to them, we should be the only ones allowed to rock them shouldn’t we? I mean we already have trouble seeing. Give us a break. If you don’t need glasses, don’t wear them. Trust me, all those people that look at you in your style glasses say “those are so cool!” or “you look great in those!” are secretly judging you… and rightfully so.
That is all.
This is most of the limited amount of video we were able to shoot on tour before our flip started acting up/we all kept forgetting to buy batteries.
Things about the video I feel like apologizing for:
1. My moustache being uneven (you’ll see)
2. Our heads being cut off while singing at the gift shop
3. The absence of us playing live.
4. The abrupt cutting off of certain parts (i.e. forgetting to buy batteries)
Video documentation of the first part of the transformation.
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