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):

Charlottesville
DC / Baltimore
NYC
CT
Providence
(Boston)
Toronto
Cleveland
Chicago
Iowa (TBD)
Omaha, Neb
Badlands, SD
Bozeman, MT
Missoula MT
Courd’lane Idaho
Seattle

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

Can’t wait to see our peeps!

xoxox

Eleni and Rob and Syba

 

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PPS -

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

WITH BANDS!
-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)

AND WITH NOT BANDS!
-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.

Goner Record Release June 29th, Saturday, Pinhook

Run

 

Everyone’s in a hurry to get there, and no wonder.  Have you heard Goner’s new album, Faking the Wisdom?  There’s no faking the repeat plays these tracks are getting here at Binge and Beloved headquarters.

We’re opening the show right at 9:00 PM, playing for your either as a duo or trio depending on the arrival of a certain Ben who is scheduled, in the arrivals department, any time now, to join the house of Tofu Mama Papa.

Following our set, you will be treated to the songs of Wood Ear, you will not be disappointed.

Goner will close the show.  We interviewed them in our latest edition — read the interview here.

I’m feeling like it’ll be a BBQ Delight Soy Saturday.  We might just bring some along to help celebrate.  The product is perfectly paired with a Dark n’ Stormy – the ginger brings out the BBQ tang that you know and love; you will not miss the flesh o’ pig in this tender, lovely food distributed locally here in NC.

Have you signed up yet?  What if we throw in Rob’s pants?