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  • May 17 @ 2:45pm
BEG1N N3RD TR4NSM1SS10N//.....

Back in '98, I went to my first show in downtown Nashville since moving to the middle TN area the prior year. Little did I know that one September night would reroute my personal history for the best. That's the night I saw Man...Or Astro-Man? for the first time.
After finding every one way street that would eventually lead us to The End, my friends and I went inside and were greeted with a stage full of old television sets, monochrome monitors, industrial tubing, and strange electronics. We knew we were in for something special and we were not disappointed! After a blazing set of sci-fi surf instrumentals, I returned home with an excitement for music that I had not felt for quite some time. This is the first time that I realized a drummer could be as charismatic as the front man, and caused me to become less "Charlie Watts" and more "Animal". Their drummer became a huge influence on my style of playing and stage presence. I subconsciously steal his moves and demeanor when I play to this day. To add to that effect, I currently play on a kit that I bought from him a few months back. The kit will be showing up in a future MM pic, btw.
Even my personal life has been affected by this band. I've had friendships, relationships, and living situations that would not exist without their music. One of their current members (they've been through a few changes) is the chap that introduced me to my current band/housemate back in 2003 and is, therefore, the reason I am now an East Nashvillian.
I've seen Man...Or Astro-Man? roughly 20 times (mostly between '98 and '01, before their five year hiatus) in 9 cities across 5 different states. I have recorded at their studio in Atlanta. They are the reason I bought a theremin. I have a section in my closet dedicated to their t-shirts. I have numerous records, posters, and collectibles. See that fancy 7" I'm holding? Only 300 exist. I made an 8-hour round trip drive by myself to buy it from the only record store in the world that was selling it. I am an Astro-Nerd and I am damn proud of it!
I could talk about this band all night, but I'll spare you. I will attempt to throw a couple of clame links in the comments for any non-previous fan that may be intrigued. Thanks for listenin'!
Oh, and did I mention.....THEY'RE FROM SPACE!!!

.....//3ND N3RD TR4NSM1SS10N


On an unrelated music note, for any Nashville area staches or lurkers: I will be going to the Neko Case show at the Cannery tonight. If anyone else will be in attendance, hunt me down and say hey!

Comments

Senator Johnson says:
CLAME for the most complete list of Man...Or Astro-Man? releases in existence!
Posted: May 17th, 2011 - 2:47pm -
Hodges says:
You are just an awesome person. I had to say that.
Posted: May 17th, 2011 - 2:48pm -
andy says:
I think I was at that show at the End! Great band.

What band do you play in? Make sure to have your photo made with Neko Case tonight. She is the cat's pajamas!
Posted: May 17th, 2011 - 2:49pm -
malphrus says:
trying to remember my favorite man...or astro-man? song. it'll come to me but it's been a while.
Posted: May 17th, 2011 - 2:49pm -
Senator Johnson says:
CLAME for an appearane on French TV from the '98-'01 lineup that I first saw live. Yes, their amps are supercomputers!
Posted: May 17th, 2011 - 2:51pm -
Eric says:
Big fan of surf rock and very glad that it is still alive.
Posted: May 17th, 2011 - 2:54pm -
the Velvet Hustle says:
PIMP phonograph!
Posted: May 17th, 2011 - 2:59pm -
Senator Johnson says:
@hodges Thanks, man! That truly means a lot coming from you!

andy My roommate and I were in Clist (and a few others) for a few years, but that's all but died. We were in talks to start a doom/stoner metal band before he moves out west, just for the hell of it. We'll see how that goes. I've also been in talks with a coworker about starting a garage/punk/surf band sometime in the future. Looking for 2 guitarists w/ bg vocals that may interested in such a project. Also...I have a recording of that show at The End if you ever want a copy for nostalgia's sake!
Posted: May 17th, 2011 - 3:01pm -
Senator Johnson says:
@TheVelvetHustle Indeed, it is! It folds up to become the heaviest suitcase known to man!
Posted: May 17th, 2011 - 3:03pm -
andy says:
@senatorjohnson - If you make it to the Edgefield tomorrow, let's talk. Always interested in new projects.
Posted: May 17th, 2011 - 3:04pm -
Capn J says:
Hey - I was at that show with Andy!! Hope to see ya tomorrow.
Posted: May 17th, 2011 - 3:14pm -
justjamey says:
Great table! And I look forward to seeing the kit. I haven't played drums in a few years, but I started in 4th grade. It's always going to be in my blood.
Posted: May 17th, 2011 - 3:15pm -
Senator Johnson says:
@andy and capnj I will most definitely be there! See you guys tomorrow!
Posted: May 17th, 2011 - 3:19pm -
ThatGuy says:
That is the coolest turn-table in the world and I love hearing about how a single band can have that kind of effect. Music is the greatest thing ever.
Posted: May 17th, 2011 - 3:29pm -
miss_tache is in awe. . .
Posted: May 17th, 2011 - 3:29pm -
Lurky Parka says:
East Nash-Vegas WIN
Posted: May 17th, 2011 - 3:45pm -
Mr. Mystery says:
By showing the world this you have won in life!!
Posted: May 17th, 2011 - 5:08pm -
kimmie says:
Wow. Fantastic disritation. I will look into this
Posted: May 17th, 2011 - 6:25pm -
PAT says:
You are awesome... I really wish i were seeing Neko tonight, enjoy.
Posted: May 17th, 2011 - 6:25pm -
Chalkdog says:
Have a great time at the Neko show. And as Thatguy said, that turntable IS pretty much the coolest in the world. Love the shot, too, btw.
Posted: May 17th, 2011 - 6:54pm -
Chuck Damage says:
There's a Servotron record in my picture. You can't really see it though.
Posted: May 17th, 2011 - 9:46pm -
wondermade says:
Anyone connect with you at the show?
Posted: May 17th, 2011 - 10:12pm -
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