Back from USA tour and preparing for EU

After three months away from home, it’s nice to be back. If you’d like to see some photos from the trip, I’ve included my favorites on Binge Cafe.


Beloved Binge featured in the Independent Weekly

10 year bandiversary photo by Kim Gray

10 year bandiversary photo by Kim Gray

The Independent Weekly kindly welcomed us back with a music feature that I was interviewed for last week here. Thanks Indy!


Travels & next stops

As will happen whenever you force yourself to be in new geographies amongst a foreign people (I’m talking about Iowans, Michegoneans, Texans, etc here), you will meet many new, and many times kind, people.  Though I’m shy by nature, there is something necessary and nourishing about the process.  But I’m also tired as hell and glad to not be on the road – until May!



Big Sur

BB by maria cavern

Playing the Cavern in Toronto (photo by Maria Egnatis)


by Stephen Cramer

BB by Stephen Cramer



Max Johnson, organizer of reading/show in Iowa (and worker at Prairie Lights Bookstore)


Europe tour

We’re working on setting up a tour of Europe now for May-June 2015!  If you have any people in these geographies, please do write me at porch life productions, gmail (all one word).


And Greece!

Across the US and continuing down the West Coast

Friends and family at Seattle show

Dad used to quote this:  East is East, but West, Wow!

I’m not sure who coined the phrase, but it’s been pretty fun being back out West. But most likely, for different reasons than the intended statement.  It’s been great to reconnect with family and friends, and revisit old childhood places that can only occupy the oldest places of your crumbling but inspired mind.

Onward, to Portland, Oakland, and more! See our Facebook for our more frequent updates and Binge Cafe for a synthesis of it all (coming soon). Thanks to everyone who has been so much fun on road!


Our Twin Peaks show

Beloved Binge at Two Boots in Bridgeport Booked by Bob (photo by Jaime Gilbride)

A couple of days ago Beloved Binge returned to Two Boots; from start to finish, the experience belonged in a Twin Peaks episode. Coincidentally, one of my questions is “If you could be placed into a TV show, as yourself, which would it be?” Prob not Twin Peaks.

We met some fabulous kids who told us all about the Vibe fest we just missed, and still liked us even after we were treated to above-average technical difficulties when Rob’s loop pedal deactivated. The show went on, and here, Rob serenades Bridgeport.

More to come from shows in DC, NYC.

Next up, Providence at Psychic Readings! Invite.



10 year bandiversary retrospective and staches

We’ve assembled some old photos and our new 10 year Bandiversary photo shoot (by the excellent Kim Gray Photography) in video format.  Find the mustachioed Rob!



Co-ed Shed Ready for 10-yr Anniversary Tour Preparations

Once a Man-Shed, the Co-Ed Shed Now Welcomes Any Gender or Species


Protected by walls with the acoustical blocking equivalent of a cardboard box, used by both birds and Beloved Binge, the Co-Ed shed stands ready for practicing both new and old material for the belated Pockets 10 year BB anniversary US tour Aug-Nov.

Fittingly, the triple-purpose trip will incorporate shows, family visits, and good olde fashioned outreach on behalf of farm animals (particularly the post-Seattle leg).

Want us in your town?  Contact us here!  On the first leg of the tour we’ll be hitting most of these places (Aug):

DC / Baltimore
Iowa (TBD)
Omaha, Neb
Badlands, SD
Bozeman, MT
Missoula MT
Courd’lane Idaho

On the 2nd leg (October), we’re going through California, Mexico, Arizona, NM, Texas, Louisiana, and more …

Can’t wait to see our peeps!


Eleni and Rob and Syba


PS –


Weston is in the shop, preparing too; Syba, psychologically preparing in driver's seat


Pre-historic version of Pockets discovered today


Rob said it was a sign we should have bought this record player slash 8-track.  But alas, only the photo for now.

In real time, we still have Pockets available for your holiday-shopping thankful-being ways.  Share a bit of indie small band love with your friends and family.

We’re on hiatus for maybe 3/4 of a year.  Announcing this grandly assumes we have hiatii (pronounced: Hay-Tie), that is, people who listen to us and may have a stake in whether or not we continue to perform.

Fear not, loyal haitii!  Not only do you exist, but Santa was is real too.  Though our doubts about the tooth fairy continue to cast a shadow on our credibility, rest assured we have no doubts about you.



Hopscotch was awesome & show Oct 18th

BB by Candace Mix

BB by Candace Mix, Hopscotch


BB by Paul Spanbauer @ Hopscotch


BB by Steve Holmes @ Hopscotch


Eleni on bass by Candace Mix


BB by Rich McLaughlin @ Hopscotch


The very next day, this happened:

Crutches enabled Hopscotch attending thanks to Catherine E


No matter, the Boot is coming off on October 18th.  Just for the show.


We’re pleased to be playing the 10-year anniversary party of Audubon Park — with Erie Choir, some crazy Jazz Troll film, and comedy.  The comedy isn’t my shoes.

INVITE.  Details:

Potluck, Pinhook, and Park (comma Audubon) Present:
AP’s 10yr Anniversary Show + Release of _Crazy Crazy For Feeling_ on Potluck Foundation

-Audubon Park (all the way from NYC, VA, Raleigh, Chapel Hill, and wherever RB’s new house is technically)
-Beloved Binge (all the way from Durham)
-Erie Choir (all the way from NYC plus Durham)

-Live “Comedy” by David Nahm and Aimée Argote
-_Jazz Troll_, an Important Film by Finn Cohen


Hopscotch: You going?

All over the planet, and possibly the universe, people are making the pilgrimage.  Will you join them?  Perhaps starting on the first day?


See the entire schedule and buy tickets here.



We are fresh.

Saturday, let's hang.


The New Town Drunks — fun (phun) and philosophical.  See what I mean in our latest edition of BB’s love letters where I interview Roberto Cofresi, the man behind the book o’fables Bellows.  NTD will be releasing their album, Kiss, including on air fresheners with download codes. You can’t get more local and organic than that.


We are always so happy to see you people out at shows – come give us a high or medium-low 5, and we will kiss your cheeks.  Invite.

It’s not independence, it’s Tandependence

Photo by Jeanne Snodgrass


We had such fun with you at the Goner record release, recently.  Tofu Mama (update: Tofu Papa) made his singing debut with BB when we covered one of Goner’s songs.


Goner:  songwriting, playing, humor, melodies; check.  The singer Scott reminds us of our friend Scott in Seattle, and yeah, beyond name.  Humor, songwriting, singing.  They’re like brothers separated somewhere between Spokane and NC.  Except brothers are never really alike.  So, they’re like clones.  Best friends?


Goner at the Pinhook playing awesome new album "Faking the wisdom"


We played a little bouzouki rock.


Photo by Carson Harkrader


A little Unification of + and – with my custom guitar hand-made by my uncle-cousin Steve Davis:


By Carson Harkrader


BB also played with our 2nd rapper, technically.  The first was on tour in Colorado and wasn’t exactly requested, and then it continued over the course of several songs.


This time, however, we invited the local musician and attender of numerous shows K-man to the stage.  He did a fabulous job on Man on a Wire.


K-Man rapped over Man on a Wire (photo by Leeanne)


And now…the moment you’ve been awaiting…Tandependence Explained


A few days later, our buddy Matt brought us an old-school tandem bike on the 4th of July from the bike coop.  We decided that the day is not about independence, it’s tandependence.


What is tandependence, you ask? In short, a strong mixed drink of dependence and yelling.  It’s when you need each other, but also engage in a lot of back seat driving because you’re scared as hell the front seat driver doesn’t know what he or she is doing, and is going to crash you into a wall or pedestrian at any moment. Conversely, as the front-seat driver you’re not sure why the back seat passenger isn’t pedaling hard enough or why they are shaking the bike so much.  They claim it’s your fault, because you’re steering wobbly.


Tandependence also is a great conversation-starter.  Riding together sparks several “discussions” on the bike about speed, appropriate turning radius, pedaling effort assessments (not enough or too much), whether to run a yellow light or stop, if standing on the bike or “one hand” is appropriate, and more!


If one thing can be claimed, Tandependence will guarantee that you and your partner are communicating.  Tip:  pretend you are the captain on Star Trek (Kirk?) and laugh a lot.


Rob B. and Eleni B. experience Tandependence. Photo by neighbor Alex Melson


Our next local show is celebrating another record (and air freshener! with download codes) release of the New Town Drunks at the Pinhook.  We’re opening the show, followed by Crystal Bright and the Silver Hands.  Invite.


We may show up on the Tandem – but don’t expect us to be talking.