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CrAzY eLiZaBeTh'S Annual Art Sale! 

40% to 50% off everything!  Sale ends at midnight on Monday Dec. 2!

 

Step right up! Step right up! See the world's CrAzIeSt woman: Elizabeth from Pocket Vinyl! *points cane towards Elizabeth*

What makes her so CrAzY?! Well, sonny boy, I'm glad you asked! *winks* It goes a little something....like this:

*ba dum, ba dum bum BUM*

Elizabeth was a normal girl
Who made art all around the world
How good was her art, you say?
Why, better than anything you could make!

I kid! But honestly she was
The thing that made the town a-buzz!
Her paintings captured nature's eye
And even made the monarchs cry!

But one day while painting a bear
Some oil paint got in her hair
And then it dripped into her mouth
And oops! Looks like she's poisoned now!

The paint sure got into her brain
And frankly, made her go insane!
It took away her ability
For financial responsibility!

And now for one week every year
Her art prices are crystal clear

TOWNSPERSON: "40 to 50 percent off?!
There must be some mistake here?" *cough*

BACK TO ERIC:
There's no mistake, my coughing friend!
That's the right price, I'm quite certain
Marked down so low, you'll squeal with glee
That's CrAzY eLiZaBeTh'S guarantee!

*Song finishes, Eric is breathing hard, and the entire crowd, including you, rushes into Elizabeth's art store squealing with glee. Please follow this stage direction and go there now*

"The Touring Test" book OUT NOW! 

Today is a fantastic day, because not only are we leaving for a 5+ week tour, Elizabeth's "The Touring Test" book is officially out now!

If you'd like to pick up a copy yourself, they're easily found right here.

Or some to a show of ours, as we will have them at our merch table.

Elizabeth said this is her favorite thing she's ever done.  I am so incredibly proud of her, and this is likely the first of many more books to come out in the years to come.  

Fall tour announced! 

See you on the road.  Details regarding each show will be posted soon, but here is the schedule:

 

Sept. 19 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Desperate Annie's

Sept. 20 – North Bennington, VT – House show

Sept. 21 – Rochester, NY – House show

Sept. 22 – Harrisburg, PA – JB Lovedraft's

Sept. 24 – Jamestown, NY – The Beer Snob

Sept. 25 – Buffalo, NY – Revolution Gallery

Sept. 26 – Lancaster, OH – The Fire House

Sept. 27 – Wheeling, WV – Nail City Record

Sept. 28 – Frostburg, MD – Dante's Bar

Sept. 30 – Richmond, VA – Space Litter Records

Oct. 1 – Appomattox, VA – Baine's Books and Coffee

Oct. 2 – Chapel Hill, NC – The Cave

Oct. 3 – Winston-Salem, NC – Monstercade

Oct. 4 – Raleigh, NC – Ash Hous

Oct. 5 – Boone, NC – House show

Oct. 6 – Greenville, SC – TBA

Oct. 8 – St. Augustine, FL – Shanghai Nobby's

Oct. 9 – Tallahassee, FL – The Bark

Oct. 10 – Houma, LA – Intracoastal Club

Oct. 11 – Beaumont, TX – LogOn Cafe

Oct. 12 – Cleveland, MS – Hey Joe's

Oct. 13 – Starkville, MS – Dave's Dark Horse Tavern

Oct. 14 – Memphis, TN – Hi-Tone Cafe

Oct. 15 – Birmingham, AL – The Nick

Oct. 16 – Tuscaloosa, AL – Alcove International Tavern

Oct. 17 – Murfreesboro, TN – The CrossRoads

Oct. 18 – Roanoke, VA – The Spot on Kirk

Oct. 19 – Harrisonburg, VA – The Friendly Fermenter

Oct. 20 – Washington, DC – DIVE

Oct. 23 – Baltimore, MD – Hotel RL

Oct. 24 – Philadelphia, PA – The Grape Room

Oct. 25 – Keyport, NJ – Espresso Joe's

Oct. 26 – Florence, MA - 13th Floor Music Lounge

Nov. 8 – Worcester, MA – Remedy Music

Nov. 13 – Lock Haven, PA – Avenue 209

Nov. 14 – Uniontown, PA – Bar None

Nov. 15 – Shippensburg, PA – The Thought Lot

Nov. 16 – Lancaster, PA – TBA

Nov. 19 – Cincinnati, OH – Arts On The Avenue

Nov. 20 – Kalamazoo, MI – TBA

Nov. 21 – Lansing, MI – Mac's Bar

Nov. 22 – Detroit, MI – TBA

Nov. 23 – South Bend, IN – The Well

Nov. 25 – Muncie, IN – Be Here Now

"The Touring Test" physical book! 

Elizabeth grew up reading comic collections like Calvin and Hobbes, Zits, Far Side, Get Fuzzy, and a lot of those great newspaper comics.  They all influenced her to become an artist in a huge way.  She always wanted to start a comic, and then she did 2 years ago.  It's called the Touring Test, and most of you reading this know about it.  

Now, she's collected all those online comics, plus some new exclusive long form ones, into a physical book.  Or, she's trying to!  

We just launched a Kickstarter campaign for it, and with your help, we can make it a reality.

 

The first 100 backers will get personalized drawings in their books, so act fast if that's something you'd like.

Thank you all for the support and encouragement.  You make it possible for us to do so many artistic things.  You are our bosses, and we're glad you still like us.

 

Tour Stats 

STATS AND FACTS ABOUT THE TOUR

Number of shows played: 50

Number of USA states played in: 50

Number of paintings made on stage: 50

Amount of time it took, from first note to last note: 44 days, 11 hours, 50 minutes, 24 seconds

Top 3 States where we made the most money: Vermont, Michigan, Washington

Top 3 States where we made the least money: Alabama, Georgia, Hawaii

State the painting auction went the highest: Ohio

State the painting auction went the lowest: Alabama

Least number of people at a show: 2

Most number of people at a show: 2 many to count

Number of miles traveled: 16,123 miles

Number of oil changes: 5

Longest drive between shows: 11 hours 19 minutes

Shortest drive between shows: 23 minutes

Shortest show: 25 minutes

Longest show: 90 minutes

Number of public bathrooms used: 135 (approximately)

Number of times people told us “Playing 50 states in 45 days is a bad idea and you're crazy for doing it”: countless

Number of venues that we were their first show ever: 3

Number of venues that we were their last show ever: 1

Number of food baskets given to us by fans: 10

Number of hotel rooms gifted to us by fans: 4

Number of penises drawn in the “Historical Record”: 0 (we're so proud of you all for that number)

Number of times people told us our show made them cry: 6

Number of times Eric cried from the kindness of people at shows: 11 (approximately)

Most played song on the tour: (tie) “Effigy” and “Death Anxiety”

Elizabeth's most used painting color: Prussian Blue

Elizabeth's least used painting color: Cadmium Red

Number of food sponsors: 6 (one soba noodles company, 2 noodle cup companies, one granola bar company, one coffee company, one nut butter company)

Number of microphone sponsors: 1 (RODE Microphones)

Number of shirts sold (tour and online sales): 181

Number of nights slept in a bed (which includes futons and mattress on floors): 32

Number of nights slept on couches: 6

Number of nights slept on air mattresses: 6

Number of nights slept in airplane seats: 1

Number of times Eric was sick: 2

Number of times Elizabeth was sick: 2

Eric's top 3 favorite paintings: Texas, Arizona, Colorado

Elizabeth's top 3 favorite paintings: Texas, Washington, Ohio

Top 3 favorite shows: Too many good ones to narrow down

Top 3 least favorite shows: That's mean

Podcast listened to the most while driving: Reply All

Album listened to the most while driving: “Winter Wheat” by John K Samson

Elizabeth's favorite song to perform on this tour: “Effigy (or, Building a Wall of Beliefs so High that you Completely Forget what is on the Other Side)”

Eric's favorite song to perform on this tour: “When You Sleep”

Number of world records broken (currently unofficial): 2 (one for playing the fastest in each state, and one for making a painting in each state)

Dr. Periwinkle (our car) is very sick 

UPDATE: We're home now.  So many of you bought prints, dresses, and albums that we were able to pay for a majority of the engine.  Thank you so so so much.  There isn't a word that means stronger than "thank you" but I want to use it here.  I cannot express how much it means to us.  Every band always says they have the best fans, and I always kind of found that annoying, but you guys.....you're the exact kind of people we want to like our band.  You're the best.  

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So the last few days have been incredibly exhausting and frustrating for us.  We've had several repairs on our car, and it needs a new engine that costs us about $3300.  We finished the big 50 states tour, and were literally starting the long drive across country back home to CT, and overheating, smoking, and all sorts of issues started to happen.

I wrote a long article about the story (thus far) over on our Patreon page, if you'd like the full story.

We know we have asked a lot of you guys on the last tour, but given the situation, we humbly now ask for support once again.  Not donations, but support.  Elizabeth made an amazing print piece of every painting she did in each state AS each state (pictured below).  If you'd like a big 16"x16" copy of it, they're up on Elizabeth's Etsy store.  Plus all other items there are 30% off.

We'd very much appreciate the help if you can.  If not, please just put on our music on Spotify while you sleep tonight and send us some sweet sweet penny fractions.  Every penny fraction helps.

Thank you all for being the best fans we could hope for.

WE DID IT 

We did it!

50 concerts in 50 states in 45 days.  Total tour time (from first note to last note): 44 days, 11 hours, 50 minutes, 24 seconds.

Here is the last painting Elizabeth did at The Dragon Upstairs in Honolulu, HI: 

Thank you all so much for helping us do this on this crazy tour.  We couldn't have done it without a supportive and encouraging fan base, of which you are a part.  We got so many kind comments and emails cheering us on, as well as all the high fives and hugs before and after each show.  

In our minds, this is not something we did alone.  It was something we all did together.  There seems to have been a community formed around this band and what we do, and we're incredibly proud of that, and incredibly proud for you to be a part of it.  We are currently VERY tired and exhausted (writing from Hawaii, where we're still trying to do some R&R) but have lots of more great things planned for the future.  We hope you'll stick around and be a part of them too.

Thank you for everything.  We did it.

"50 States in 45 Days" shirts now available online 

We usually don't like to sell our shirts online.  We like to keep them as a commodity for concerts only in an effort to help get more people out.  However, the t-shirts for this tour have sold like hotcakes.  We thought we made too many at one point, but clearly we didn't make enough.  We've pretty much run out.  BUT we've heard that some folks who couldn't make it to a show, or wanted a specific size we ran out of, really still wanted one.  

So we decided once we get home from this tour in late April, we are going to screen print a bunch more and mail them out to anyone interested.  They should arrive in early May.

They're on our bandcamp page if you'd like to pre-order one.

Here's what they look like, front and back:

 

We'll close off the pre-orders once the tour is finished after April 6.  So order one now if you want one!

Join us on Patreon 

So we've been hearing from more and more people that they have no idea we have a Patreon.  Lots of great stuff is happening over there.  Our Patrons are responsible for giving us the umph for doing this current world record tour.  They're also allowing us to make a graphic novel (which we've released 36 pages so far).  They've helped us decide what kind of album to make next.  They've all gotten weekly updates on how we're doing.  And they've all received rewards of everything from exclusive songs to etsy store discounts to monthly prints delivered right to their door.  

Please join us over there.