Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Assume the Position, Here Comes the Boy

A sleeper's (futile) guide to self defense.

It's my fault. For the last week Didi has been sleeping through the night, no longer running into our room at 4 a.m. to join us in our bed. This was a major turning point and a welcome one: No matter the size of our bed (we recently upgraded from queen to king), our wee lad finds a way to thrash, roll, push and muscle himself into every nook and private part (see the photo for correct technique for self-defense). He triggers my insomnia, despite refinements to my sleeping position, right from the moment I hear his door slam shut and those little footsteps pat-patting down the hallway towards our door.

I say it's my fault because the thing that triggered his renewed forays into our bed was an episode of House I let him watch, where a young boy thought he was being abducted by aliens. The story ends happily, and at the conclusion Didi appeared content that everything had worked out. Too bad Didi's only three! The idea of aliens evidently stuck with him, and he was less and less sure of himself as he went to bed that night. Hence the revival of his nocturnal trespasses and my renewed, futile contortions.

That was Saturday, but it seems eons ago now that he's back to his early morning routine. So protect yourself when you hear the patter of feet. When your door opens and slams shut. When the little dickens calls out for "mom" but you know he's going to kick you in the ... well, see the photo for proper defensive technique.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Play Late Joys Bingo at The Carousel

The Late Joys Newsletter Special Edition

Hi, everyone!

Quick reminders of the current slate of gigs in Austin.

Momo's in April
618 West 6th Street, Suite 200, 78701
Tuesdays in April, 5pm - 6:45pm
No Cover
18 and over (though we've noticed that kids are welcome, too)

We have two more gigs at Momo's. We love the staff and the sound. And the deck. If you're downtown for Tuesday happy hour, please drop by. The deck overlooks the neighborhood and the stage and fees great in the sun. So far Tuesdays have been sunny and just fine for sitting outside and sipping your favorite after-work beverage in the mild outdoors, while we rock it up inside.

Play Late Joys Bingo at the Carousel Lounge

1110 E. 52nd, 78752
Wednesday, April 22, 9pm
No Cover

Yes, it's another round of Late Joys bingo at The Carousel. The song randomizer will spill out the tunes as you play for Late Joys prizes and cut loose on the ballroom floor. Everyone's a winner!

Plus: Check out The Late Joys on this cool-n-moody new site!

Turn2live is a website where you can input your mood and the site will tell you what musical acts are performing to suit how you feel. "Mellow" or "Intense?" "Melancholy" or "Quirky?" There's music in Austin for you! The Late Joys are a dapper combination of "Energetic," "Sunny" and (our favorite) "Sensual." Me-ow!

What sort of music fits your mood? Find out now!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Rehearsal Blues Turn to Reds

The days I don't want to go to band practice are the days that my body hurts in places I didn't even know I had; when I didn't get even a hint of a good night's sleep (thanks, thrice-a-night meowing cat; thanks early morning boy space-invader); when the workday drags like some biblical figure carrying some hulking great piece of wood to his death site; when I have ideas for songs but don't get to do any prep on them; when I know I have to bring all that gear back to the music lab because I took it all home after the gig; when I read about some other band's tiny success and wonder "for us: when, when, when?"

Then, of course, those nights of rehearsing are the best. Invariably. A soul-reigniting kick-start from the music as played by guys who really enjoy making it all sound good. This is going to be one of those nights.

UPDATE: It's still "one of those days" as life and scheduling play their cruel tricks: Drummer Andy is stuck at work tonight. No matter, I still think it'll all sound/feel great, even if it's just me sitting on the back patio and warbling at the back yard.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

The Late Joys grow peaches on the cherry tree

The Late Joys Newsletter

April 1, 2009

Hi, everyone!

I remember in some early grade school classroom learning the "April Fools Day" song. Something about gorillas in chicken coops and peaches growing on cherry trees. That sort of thing can really stick with a young mind. Uh...and an older one, apparently. Even if the fauna and fruit are phonies.

Don't let the date of this missive fool you, however: Everything below is absolutely TRUE!

The band's busier than ever this April: TRUE!

We've scored the Tuesday Happy Hour slot at Momo's, as well as the more traditional night-time gigs at The Parlor and The Carousel Lounge. Please come out and hear us!

We're cutting up that DVD from our EXSE acoustic show: TRUE!

Look for cuts from the live taping coming to an online destination near you soon.

We're on Twitter: TRUE.

But everyone is these days, from your kids to your Congressman, so I suppose this is not really news. On the other hand, you can follow most of us if tweeting is your thing! @robipolgar, @lopezepol, @andy_macleod. Shane is a self-proclaimed Luddite and will have nowt to do with tweeting. And that's the truth!


The Late Joys

Andy, Patrick, Shane and Robi

Check out the sound and the truthiness of The Late Joys.



The Parlor, 100B East North Loop, 78752

Monday, April 6, 9pm

No Cover


Acoustic Trio (Patrick, Shane and Robi) perform for pizza & suds

Momo's 618 West 6th Street, Suite 200, 78701

Tuesdays in April, 5pm - 6:45pm

No Cover

18 and over

We're making Happy Hour happier every Tuesday in April

The Carousel Lounge, 1110 E. 52nd, 78752

Wednesday, April 22, 9pm

No Cover

Kick up your heels on the dance floor in front of the pink elephant


More About Momo's

This is our first foray into the swank upstairs live music room and you can tell we're excited...we want to be sure to fill it with happy smiling, imbibing faces. Yours!

If you work in the downtown area, or if you know anyone who works downtown, please drop by/entice them to drop by for one of the upcoming happy hours. We'll be giving stuff away from the bucket-o-merch to lucky winners each week. Thanks!

Catch us for Happy Hours every Tuesday in April (4/7, 4/14, 4/21 and 4/28 if you're keeping score!). Fun starts at 5pm.


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