another week: virginia, pennsylvania, dc, north carolina :D

Heyyyy

It’s our first day off in awhile! We splurged on a cheap hotel and I’m spending it living the decadent life, reading books, and typing this blog entry on this ACTUAL BED with REAL HOTEL WIFI. We don’t usually stay in hotels so when we do it feels super fancy.

The last week has been great! Lots of shows with lots of good friends. The weather has been surprisingly nice for this time of year- perfect damp fall days and chilly nights that are great for van-sleeping. The best weather to sleep in a van is somewhere between 40 and 60 degrees in my opinion- it doesn’t get too hot in the mornings and is just cold enough for you to get excellent sleep. Yesterday we played in Durham North Carolina for the first time with Maple Stave, after playing Lynchburg Virginia for the first time the day before. It’s fun being places we haven’t been. Lynchburg kind of reminds me of Willimantic- a small Connecticut town we played a few years ago. The city is built on a hill and has all these extended overgrown concrete staircases connecting parallel streets. We played that show at a record shop called Speakertree Records with our buds L.A. Dies. They are absolutely amazing people and an incredibly good live band.

We also played DC proper for the first time with the bands Tone (kind of like Godspeed you black emperor) and Koshari- a genre defying band that was kind of like The Cardigans meets Nine inch nails and Portishead. We played with them at a newer venue called Dangerous Pies. There was a green room for all of us.... filled with pie…the most delicious pies I have ever had….if you find yourself in DC go there and get the Derby Pie or the cherry pie. Both are food-coma worthy.

I’ve been doing a lot of meditating on tour to help with the anxiety of being a person-and am by no means an expert (I repeat-definitely definitely not a certified zen practitioner- it is just something I enjoy doing) but thought it would be fun to make a list of ways you can meditate in public without anyone noticing. This is not a guide on how to meditate- and if you want something like that check out tricycle’s website, or really any website on a quick google search of “how to meditate” that speaks to you.

How to Meditate in Public Without Anyone Noticing

  1. Sit at a coffee shop/bar/anywhere, and stare into the center of an open book. No need to turn the pages- no one is really watching you most likely- people will see that you are reading and leave you alone.

  2. Find a bench outside, put on sunglasses and close your eyes- or keep them open, depending on how you like to meditate. If you don’t want to be bothered, put headphones on.

  3. If you happen to find a public restroom with lots of clean stalls, meditate in one of them. This only works well if it’s clean, and if there are enough stalls that you won’t be inconveniencing anyone or creating a giant line because who can find any inner peace with all of that.

  4. In your car/ van/ someone else’s car or van.

  5. Do a walking meditation at a grocery store or in a park. People will think you are just very concerned about what oatmeal to pick out, but really you’ll be focusing in on slowing down your thoughts or the small sensations that you get when your feet meet the linoleum.

We are heading to Winston Salem tomorrow to play Monstercade.

all the good vibes-

Kate

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 Lynchburg steps

Lynchburg steps

 the discount bin at Speakertree Records

the discount bin at Speakertree Records

 Voted. Absentee.

Voted. Absentee.

 LA Dies

LA Dies

 Our friend Carrie from Harrisonburg is a taxidermist. She let us crash at her house and meet her deer.

Our friend Carrie from Harrisonburg is a taxidermist. She let us crash at her house and meet her deer.

 Driving from Virginia to North Carolina in rainy fall.

Driving from Virginia to North Carolina in rainy fall.