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Better Than Drawers

October 7, 2009
Above: Artist's rendition of the type of table upon which hospitality items are generally placed in backstage areas.

Above: Artist's rendition of the type of table upon which hospitality items are generally placed in backstage areas.

I think it makes more sense if I start with the end of the story.

Billy called me at around 10:30 this past Saturday morning and said,

“Dude, we have GOT to figure out a way to sell a million records.”

What follows is a cloudy recollection.

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Atomic Drawers went Out On The Town last Friday; hitting a Happy Hour at the venerable downtown stinkhole Shelby’s before heading to Atomic Drawers well-wisher Cari‘s birthday party in Five Points. Unfortunately for everyone in attendance, they had free champagne; when my nose gets tickly and numb from the bubbles, I tend to react in high style. (Insert necessary apologies to any of Cari’s guests who were not entertained by our ribald conversational talents.)
Next we caught a cab down to the Bluebird Theater for the Better than Ezra show. Ezra has been around since our college days, getting their start at the legendary Murphy’s Lounge in Baton Rouge, and Billy and I have known Tom (bass) since high school. Tom was gracious enough to hook us up with passes (the show had long been sold out, but in true Atomic Drawers fashion, we had totally spaced the date.)

The show was outstanding; those guys have been playing together for twenty-odd years and were tighter than hell. No gimmicks, no bullshit, just straight ahead power pop rock n roll.

After the show, we wanted to say hello to Tom. We walked over to the backstage entrance and asked the nice gentleman if we could step to the back.  He allowed us based on some neeto stickers that came with our tickets.

They had good beer and attractive people; we introduced ourselves as Atomic Drawers and were met with both confused looks and admiration. (You mean YOU don’t KNOW about ATOMIC DRAWERS?) The only complaint I had was the lack of Miller Lite. Again the beer, the good beer, was entirely too upscale for the likes of us.

We left the Bluebird and headed down to the Rock Bar for a few more drinks; it was loud and crowded and fun. Apparently.

All I know is, our invitation to retire to the Atomic Drawers Creativity Cellar must have been rebuked because the next thing I knew, I was in Billy’s living room with Nirvana-Nevermind turned up to 11.

Major thanks to Tom, Kevin, Michael, and the whole Ezra crew who made it a very entertaining evening.

Now…Billy and I need to figure out how to sell 1 million records.

We’ll get started on that new goal (damn…I need to add that to the list of goals) this evening at Lincoln’s Roadhouse. We’ll be going on around 9 PM; come out and see us.

The weather is going to turn crappy tomorrow. This is your LAST CHANCE FOR PATIO DRINKING UNTIL MARCH. DON’T WASTE IT. COME SEE THE DRAWERS ROCK YOU OUT ON, uhm, NO DAYS OF PRACTICE.

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  1. Pretzel Shire permalink
    October 7, 2009 9:43 pm

    Dearest Drawers,

    The key ingredient in selling a million records is to record a record, then make 999,999 copies, absolutely key!
    But, on the marketing homefront, try streaming your Lincoln’s shows on youtube or the like, but to sell you must record what they call a master

    Peace Love and Pixies in Shrevegas,
    Pretz

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