Wednesday, May 20th, 2009
A general info dump, since I haven’t had a chance to trickle this out, and likely will not until everything is upon me:
Tuesday May 26th, I will be outbound to Johannesburg, South Africa. Staying over a night there, and then on to Llongwe, Malawi. I will be traveling over there for the entire month of June, landing stateside (according to plan) July 1st. I will attempt to keep this site saturated with photos and stories for the duration.
I also have two shows coming up before I jet off next Tuesday. First up, at Space on Sunday the 24th: Hatreds (our new untested black metal duo), with A Primitive and Savage Land (thinking man’s power violence), and Book of the Dead (polite man’s death metal).
Then Monday the 25th at Bubba’s Sulky Lounge: Ye! With Rattlesnakes, and Shellshag (wonderful rock n’ roll garbage) from Brooklyn. Should be a fantastic show. If you are intercepting this transmission anywhere near Portland, ME, you should come check out the twitching carnage.
Until the future.
Wednesday, May 6th, 2009
Some thrilling photos turned up from our good friend Bryan Bruchman of Hillytown Click the picture for the set.
Saturday, May 2nd, 2009
Last night’s Drum Truck was an absolute and total blast. Aside from the long and unmoving line at U-haul there were little to no hitches …omitting the constantly blaring horn at Tommy’s Park when it became stuck. It was a while before we found that perfect combination of punches and curses that would stop its wail. There were cops everywhere we went, but never for us. At Longfellow square a squad car pulled up right behind us. I ran to him waving my permit saying “I bet you wanna talk to me. We DO have a permit.” He looked puzzled and said, “What? No, someone got laid out across the street. I’m not here for you.” I said “…oh, well… we have a permit.” He said “Great, have fun.”
click the picture for the first wave of photographs:
the Drummers were:
Jenn Batchelor drove.
Andrew Lyman was excited.
Thanks to Nick Schroeder and Katie Hatch for water.
Extra thanks to Katie Hatch for homemade oatmeal cinnamon chocolate chip cookies!
Thanks to Diane for letting me make buttons.
Thanks to everyone for being around when this happened!!!
Originally posted on MENSK
Friday, May 1st, 2009
First first Friday Art Truck show and with me at the helm. 7 drummers. 17ft truck. 7 stops. Rock and Rove!
Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009
You have been watching Earth Day. My first outing as Mensk’s new executive director. The Portland Phoenix had this to say about the event (and myself):
Under the new leadership of young buck Andrew Lyman, MENSK busts out its 10th EARTH DAY CELEBRATION today in Portland’s Congress Square, with vendors, musicians, artists, and more on hand. Entry to the event is a piece of litter, and the more you bring, the more goodies you’ll get. Check out the non-profit’s handsome new Web site at menskmaine.org.
In total honesty, it was an underwhelming event. A hard event to start with. It was the original MENSK event, in its tenth year. We are going through some serious restructuring, and no one’s heart felt in it. I didn’t know what was required or expected of me, and it turns out very little. The day has its own momentum. People arrive, set themselves up, generally know the routine, and sit and schmooze for a few hours. I felt entirely superfluous, and a little like a ball had been dropped somewhere. Do you come into an organization and breathe new life into what they already have established, or do you find your own passion in it, and make it something new. Ideally a little bit of both, but I feel that I failed to breathe that new life into today’s event. Being a such a young buck, it’s hard to come to terms with the full reality of my situation. There is only possibilities with this group. I feel stifled by the history and good intentions of the people who have already been working for years on this project. I need to realize that perhaps the reason I was asked to step up and do this in the first place was that they thought I could bring some new energy to this organization. The future is the only thing on the horizon. I’m ready to meet it head on. …for historical accuracy I should point out that everyone who participated was very happy with this failure I’ve just described.