9.21.2016

Brother Dege Fall 2016 Europe Tour Dates UPDATED

Serbia, Hungary, & Slovenia added to the mix

Germany
28.10. Worpswede – Music Hall 21
31.10. Kolbermoor - Kesselhaus
02.11. Dortmund – Pauluskirche
03.11. Potsdam – Lindenpark
04.11. Pirna – Kleinkunstb├╝hne Q24
05.11. Torgau - Kulturbastion
06.11. Ilmtal/Th├╝r. – Saal Kleinhettstedt (mit Support)
08.11. Kiel – Kulturforum
09.11. Hamburg – Downtown Blues Club
11.11. Soltau – Kantine
12.11. Langenfeld - Schaustall
13.11. NL-Amsterdam - Club Mystique
15.11. Trier – Tufa
17.11. CH-Aarau – KIFF 21
18.11. CH-Biel – St. Gervais
19.11. Kirchheim/Teck - Bastion
21.11. Neunkirchen/Saar – Stummsche Reithalle
22.11. Aschaffenburg – Colos-Saal
23.11. Augsburg – Parktheater
24.11. Puchheim – PUC
25.11. A-Hard – Kammgarn


Slovenia / Serbia:
26/11/16 Ljubljana, Slovenia @ Pinelina
27/11/16 Pecs, Hungary @ Trafik (kino sessions)
28/11/16 day off in Belgrade, Serbia
29/11/16 Kladovo, Serbia @ Fusion Klub
30/11/16 Belgrade, Serbia @ Elektropionir
1/12/16 Novi Sad, Serbia @ ck13



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8.23.2016

How to Kill a Horse now on Pandora


HOW TO KILL A HORSE, my second Brother Dege album (2013)
has finally been added to Pandora.
Peep it out on your listening stations
Or go straight to the Brother Dege Station.

http://www.pandora.com/brother-dege

7.25.2016

ROADLOG: END OF SUMMER 2016 TOUR





ROADLOG: END OF SUMMER 2016 TOUR
We wrapped up the summer tour
Last night in Tulsa, OK
With a weird-wacky sloppy set
Fueled by unsolicited shots
From the crowd.
Not the most triumphant way
To end it
But that's the way it goes.
I also got to meet some old buddies
From the Santeria days.
Good dudes.
We rolled out of Tulsa
This morning
And only got pulled over
TWICE.....by troopers
For being sweaty, long-haired,
dirtbag-looking dudes
Driving a 20 year old van
With a non-functioning
Rooftop brake light.
"I realize we look like dirtbags, officer.
But we're just musicians
Trying to get home," I told them
As I was escorted
To the rear of vehicle,
As both Kentay & Greg
Waited nervously inside van.
All good.
No tickets. No jails.
Just warnings.
"Do you give me permission
To search the vehicle?"
One officer asked.
Have at it.
But there's nothing in there,
"You're free to go."
Thanks, officers.
It was a beautiful, brutal,
And completely wacky tour
That we weren't sure would work out
(Longer drive times, old van,
No guarantees at some venues)
But like all things
It did.
Shit just goes the way it goes.
Thanks to the bands
We gigged with
And everyone
Who came out to the shows,
Fed us,
And/or gave us a place to stay.
You're the best.
And thanks to my dudes:
Greg, Kent, & Glom.
We're getting better, I think.
With each tour,
We're
Growing, pushing,
Learning each others quirks,
And relying less
On the rural noise,
Even though that's still part of the deal.
It takes time to find it.
Not sure how many
Of these tours I have left in me,
But I still enjoy the journey
And learning new things.
But it doesn't get easier, homies!
It's still raw as fuck out there, past the state line
And into the unforgiving arms
Of the rest of the world.
But I encourage everyone to try it.
It'll teach you something.
Help keep live rock & roll music alive
By occasionally turning off the Netflix,
Video games, YouTube,
DVDs, sports channel,
And all the other convenient distractions
Of the modern world,
And just stepping out
Into the world.
It's not always such frightening place.
And try to support your
Area's alienation weirdo edgy creative types.
Better that they're creating something
Than hopping the walls
Of your gated compounds.
It all goes round.
Cheers.
32 domestic days out.
5800+ miles
Good to be back in the Deep Psyouth.
We lovevol you's.


*NEXT GIG: come hang with us at the Blue Moon Swamp Beach Party, Saturday, AUGUST 20.
Blue Moon Saloon.
Brother Dege & the Brethren
W/The Butchers.
Lafayette, LA


Photo: Sandie Ward.

ROADLOG: END OF SUMMER 2016 TOUR





ROADLOG: END OF SUMMER 2016 TOUR
We wrapped up the summer tour
Last night in Tulsa, OK
With a weird-wacky sloppy set
Fueled by unsolicited shots
From the crowd.
Not the most triumphant way
To end it
But that's the way it goes.
I also got to meet some old buddies
From the Santeria days.
Good dudes.
We rolled out of Tulsa
This morning
And only got pulled over
TWICE.....by troopers
For being sweaty, long-haired,
dirtbag-looking dudes
Driving a 20 year old van
With a non-functioning
Rooftop brake light.
"I realize we look like dirtbags, officer.
But we're just musicians
Trying to get home," I told them
As I was escorted
To the rear of vehicle,
As both Kentay & Greg
Waited nervously inside van.
All good.
No tickets. No jails.
Just warnings.
"Do you give me permission
To search the vehicle?"
One officer asked.
Have at it.
But there's nothing in there,
I said.
*(other than one guy frantically
gobbling THC Gummy Bears!)
"You're free to go."
Thanks, officers.
It was a beautiful, brutal,
And completely wacky tour
That we weren't sure would work out
(Longer drive times, old van,
No guarantees at some venues)
But like all things
It did.
Shit just goes the way it goes.
Thanks to the bands
We gigged with
And everyone
Who came out to the shows,
Fed us,
And/or gave us a place to stay.
You're the best.
And thanks to my dudes:
Greg, Kent, & Glom.
We're getting better, I think.
With each tour,
We're
Growing, pushing,
Learning each others quirks,
And relying less
On the rural noise,
Even though that's still part of the deal.
It takes time to find it.
Not sure how many
Of these tours I have left in me,
But I still enjoy the journey
And learning new things.
But it doesn't get easier, homies!
It's still raw as fuck out there, past the state line
And into the unforgiving arms
Of the rest of the world.
But I encourage everyone to try it.
It'll teach you something.
Help keep live rock & roll music alive
By occasionally turning off the Netflix,
Video games, YouTube,
DVDs, sports channel,
And all the other convenient distractions
Of the modern world,
And just stepping out
Into the world.
It's not always such frightening place.
And try to support your
Area's alienation weirdo edgy creative types.
Better that they're creating something
Than hopping the walls
Of your gated compounds.
It all goes round.
Cheers.
32 domestic days out.
5800+ miles
Good to be back in the Deep Psyouth.
We lovevol you's.


*NEXT GIG: come hang with us at the Blue Moon Swamp Beach Party, Saturday, AUGUST 20.
Blue Moon Saloon.
Brother Dege & the Brethren
W/The Butchers.
Lafayette, LA


Photo: Sandie Ward.

7.21.2016

FREE SHOW IN WICHITA, KS TONITE THURS 7/21/16



WICHITA, KANSAS = FREE SHOW TONITE. After a hellacious drive in 102 degree heat Denver > Kansas, we decided to stop, rest, and somehow we got magically hooked up with a place to stay in Wichita. So we're returning the favor and playing a FREE SHOW TONIGHT THURS.JULY.21. I know it's not on the tour list, but it is NOW. Come on out and hang Wichita! You did us RIGHT. And we thank you.

FB EVENT:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1574282639532363/?notif_t=plan_user_invited&notif_id=1469119117334498

6.28.2016

ROADLOG: THE DESERT

ROADLOG: THE DESERT
Crossing the Arizona desert 
With various bandmates on tour. 
Clockwise:
TOP LEFT:  1996 / Santeria & Bubba Daddy.
Our van died 
In the middle of the desert
40 miles from the nearest exit,
We got stoned 
And shot the "band gun"
To kill time 
While waiting for the tow.
TOP RIGHT: 2003 / Santeria 
My last with the Santos brotherhood. 
So weird, crazy, & epic. 
From getting drunk in a Mexican whorehouse 
To detouring to the Roswell UFO museum. 
We made part of the drive 
At night
And somebody cued up 
"Maggot Brain" on the stereo,
Loved it.
Made that trip 
Even more epic
As we stopped 
To stargaze at the giant tarp
Of the night's stars. 
Miss those dudes a lot. 
BOTTOM LEFT: 2013 Brother Dege / Truckstop Darlin
Some of the best dudes ever. 
I had so much fun 
On that tour,
Which was fraught with trouble
(shit gigs, ripped pay 
no AC, & lots of van problems)
But I'd do it all again tomorrow,
Because those guys,
None of whom I'd ever met,
Had such great attitudes 
And were so fucking hilarious
Under those circumstances. 
It was so hot in that shuttle bus,
While crossing the desert,
That everyone stripped down
To their underwear
And plowed through,
Only getting dressed 
To grab a cold drink 
At gas stops,
Then stripping back down
To sweaty drawers
For the sweltering haul. 
Salute, guys. 
BOTTOM RIGHT: 2016 / The Brethren 
In 110 degree heat,
Middle of the AZ desert,
Touring in a 20 year old van
With no AC. 
Sweetest, most grinding dudes 
In the world
And still up for some adventure. 
Salute to the Arizona desert. 
The landscape is so brutal,
Merciless, and rugged.
It teaches you something new
Every time you cross it.

6.27.2016

BROTHER DEGE IN LOS ANGELES

LOS ANGELES: We set it OFF at three gigs this week in L.A. for the first full-band shows there since Santeria in 2003. Come on out, my people. Don't know when we'll be back to do it again. 

6/29 HOLLYWOOD, CA; THE THREE CLUBS
6/30 LOS ANGELES, SILVERLAKE LOUNGE
7/1 LOS ANGELES, CA; ESCONDITE

6.26.2016

ROADLOG: THE ROAD

ROADLOG: THE ROAD
There's something so simple
And magical
And meditative 
About the road. 
That black stripe
That divides 
The distance. 
Soon as one crosses
A state line,
All those petty, trivial things
That were driving you mad
Disappear. 
They slowly fade 
Into the background,
Blowing away like plastic trash. 
Something about the open spaces,
Away from the electromagnetic scramble
Of the cities,
Allows one to think more clearly 
And untangle the HAARP goop
And confusion 
And indecision 
From your mind. 
Away from the Sturm und Drang
Of the cities 
Your ideas have space to bloom
And play 
And make mistakes 
Without an audience
Of humanoids,
Looking to put you 
On a cross 
For making a U-turn
In midday traffic
Because you missed your turn. 
Even your heart
Which is like 
A pin cushion 
Needled from every direction 
By every sort of stimuli 
Within the confines
Of the city,
Has the tranquil asylum 
Of nature and open space
To heal,
Recharge,
Reset,
And grow. 
There's something calming
About being able to see 
10 miles into the distance
As opposed 
To five feet in front 
Of you.
It may be a mountain
You never climb. 
But it's there. 
And you're here. 
And you can look at it. 
And you have 
Something to aspire to 
Outside of the systemic 
Money hustle greed 
Slave-whoring program
They got in place 
For you
Until you die
As you grind 
Through the piecemeal 
Of your days,
Sweating,
Staring out at one another,
Exhausted,
Emotionally scarred,
Broke, 
Suppressing an array of insecurities
And mildly crippling fears,
And just waiting 
For those tiny moments
When the little fracked & cracked window 
Of your heart opens up
So you can feel love 
For other people again...
Just for a few minutes
And forget about 
The narcissistic needs
Of your own bullshit.  
Just for a few minutes. 
A mountain is good for that. 
Even if you never climb it. 

6.23.2016

ROADLOG: VAN RULES



ROADLOG: VAN RULES

1. Pick up your personal trash. Unless your momma’s coming to clean up after you, don't wait for somebody else to pick it up. 

2. If you are riding shotgun, you are also the navigator, so stay alert help the driver out. Excuses about “your data plan” will go unheeded. 
 
3. Help out with the LOAD-IN & LOAD OUT. Don’t stand around. Those two soft flappy things on the ends of your arms...those are called your hands - same things you use to play tic-tac games on your cellphone. Yep. You can use them to lift shit. We use the "Point-Man System" where one person pulls gear out of the van and sets it on the ground for other band members lug into the club. We rotate point at every show. We like it. It works and you don't get dudes all bottle necked up at the back of the van grabbing at the same stick bag, pretending they're doing something. You want to impress everybody? Grab that Ampeg SVT cab and deadlift it up the stairs at Rudyards (Houston). 

4. Keep your personal belongings near you and out of the way of the neutral space in the van (shoes, dirty clothes, fast food trash, laptops, your grandma's ashes). Your stuff WILL get stepped on and broken, because we are animals and we accidentally break a lot of shit.
 
5. No TEXTING WHILE DRIVING. Drivers are responsible for the lives of everyone in the van. No one will be able to relax if you are texting and driving sketchy. 
 
6. GOING ROGUE. If you “go rogue” after a show (meaning break from the wolfpack to party or whatever) and wake in a strange, unknown apt, house, or park bench the next day, simply text us your location and we'll scoop you up. 
 
7. On US tours, lodging is generally NOT provided by the venue or promoter, so please stop asking, “Where are we staying?” We’ll figure it out after the show. Note: It will probably not be the Hilton. 

8. PAY ATTENTION. Try to be proactive in helping the tour go smoothly. Listen to what is being said, and check itineraries. If you see someone tired or busting ass, try to help them out. 

9. FOOD/GROCERIES. Either chip in at the grocery store or buy your own food. The ice chest has limited in space. Try to get food and think of everything you need while at the store. This limits the stops for food and conserves gas. 

10. ATTITUDE. If you give it out in big portions, you must be able to take it in equal measure. We all like to razz each other, but if you get in an argument with a band mate, it is best to squash it within 24 hr so as not to slow boil resentments. If you are having a serious personal problem, talk to one of the guys alone and explain the situation. We’ll figure out. 

11. CRISIS MODE. In the event of a crisis or accident, don't freak out and/or add confusion by being a goon. Remain calm and assist in solving the problem in a communal manner. This does not mean yelling at the other dudes or doing a lot whining, this means being a team player and adding to a positive resolution. 

12. VAN CAMPING. To save money on OFF-DAYS and experience the glorious splendors of nature when no lodging is available, we like to go off grid and “van camp,” hitting swimming holes and state parks to blow off steam. Although it may seem a little ragged and rough, it turns out that Van Camping is actually the funnest part of touring. So enjoy it. Hug a tree, meditate, cook a hotdog, or something. How many more coffee/wifi shops, hipster clothing stores, and urban shithholes do you need to see? Answer: none. Solution: Yes, van camp!

13. PISS BOTTLES. Buy a large Gatorade, down it, and use it as a piss bottle. It lessens the amount of stops we have to make and conserves gas. And write your name on that thing. Although musicians are extremely comfortable pissing and shitting on themselves, they are abnormally scared of other people’s piss. If you feel an emergency shit coming on, alert the other guys by using the failsafe codeword: “I'M GOING TO SHIT MY PANTS,” and we’ll detour to the nearest shithole. 

14. There are no rules. Yeah, we know: it's all anarchy and rock & roll and shit. But living a lifestyle of no rules dramatically increases one's chance of being an certified asshole/douche/intolerable human and having "no friends."

6.22.2016

ROADLOG: SCREW-LOOSE


ROADLOG: SCREW-LOOSE
It's time once again
To hit the road
And jump into the Ponzi scene 
Of summer touring. 
We pack the van 
Like a sardine can
And roll out. 
Westbound I-10. 
We're four deep 
On this tour:
Me, Greg, Kentay, & Glom.
Round Lake Charles,
The rear driver's side tire 
Starts wobbling
And shaking the whole van
Like a washing machine
On spin cycle. 
What the fuck?
I speed up,
Slow down,
Change lanes,
Jiggle the wheel,
And
Do just about 19 other idiotic things 
That probably appear odd
To other drivers 
In order to deduce 
What exactly is the MFing problem. 
Well, the problem is this:
The piece of shit used tire
I bought last week
Is a piece of shit. 
We exit, locate a tire shop,
And purchase a new tire
From a 1980s kickboxing champion 
Who was ranked fifth 
In the world
Or the country 
At one time. 
Interesting guy.  
Good ol'boy. 
"If I had to do it all again,
I wouldn't, he says.
"Too many shots to the head.
I got screws loose."
Don't we all, my man. 
Don't we all. 
And on that note,
Like four monkeys
On a unicycle,
We climb back in the sweaty van
And politely motor off 
Into the horizon 
To get screw-loose
In the tremolo wonder 
Of tomorrow. 

6.21.2016

BROTHER DEGE WEST COAST TOUR: UPDATED

BROTHER DEGE & THE BRETHREN 
WEST COAST TOUR UPDATED

6/22/16 HOUSTON, TX; NOTSUOH (free show), 
6/23/16 AUSTIN, TX; CONTINENTAL CLUB
6/24/16 SAN ANTONIO, TX; PAPER TIGER
6/29/16 HOLLYWOOD, CA; THE THREE CLUBS
6/30/16 LOS ANGELES, CA, SILVERLAKE LOUNGE
7/1/16 LOS ANGELES, CA; ESCONDITE
7/2/16 BAKERSFIELD, CA; EL CONQUISTADOR HOUSE CONCERT
7/6/16 SANTA CRUZ, CA; APTOS STREET BBQ
7/7/16 SAN FRANCISCO, CA; DOC'S LAB,
7/9/16 GRANT'S PASS, OR; G STREET BAR & GRILL
7/10/16 EUGENE, OR; SAM BOND'S GARAGE
7/11/16 HOOD RIVER, OR; TRILLIUM CAFE
7/12/16 PORTLAND, OR; DUFF'S GARAGE
7/14/16 The Treehouse Cafe, Bainbridge Island, WA, 
7/21 Tulsa, OK, Mercury Lounge

6.16.2016

BROTHER DEGE WEST COAST TOUR DATES UPDATED (LOS ANGELES)



Brother Dege & Brethren WEST COAST TOUR DATES: UPDATED. Heads up, our Los Angeles show at The THREE CLUBS was double booked and has been switched to June 29.

USA 2016 SUMMER TOUR6/22/16 HOUSTON, TX; NOTSUOH (free show),
6/23/16 AUSTIN, TX; CONTINENTAL CLUB
6/24/16 SAN ANTONIO, TX; PAPER TIGER
6/29/16 HOLLYWOOD, CA; THE THREE CLUBS
7/1/16 LOS ANGELES, CA; ESCONDITE
7/2/16 BAKERSFIELD, CA; EL CONQUISTADOR HOUSE CONCERT
7/6/16 SANTA CRUZ, CA; APTOS STREET BBQ,
7/7/16 SAN FRANCISCO, CA; DOC'S LAB,
7/9/16 GRANT'S PASS, OR; G STREET BAR & GRILL
7/10/16 EUGENE, OR; SAM BOND'S GARAGE
7/11/16 HOOD RIVER, OR; TRILLIUM CAFE
7/12/16 PORTLAND, OR; DUFF'S GARAGE
7/14/16 The Treehouse Cafe, Bainbridge Island, WA,
7/19/16 DENVER, CO; 3 KINGS
7/21 Tulsa, OK, Mercury Lounge

6.07.2016

BROTHER DEGE & THE BRETHREN / West Coast Tour UPDATED



CONFIRMED WEST COAST 2016
6/22/16 HOUSTON, TX; NOTSUOH (free show), 
6/23/16 AUSTIN, TX; CONTINENTAL CLUB
6/24/16 SAN ANTONIO, TX; PAPER TIGER, 
6/30/16 HOLLYWOOD, CA; THE THREE CLUBS
7/1/16 LOS ANGELES, CA; ESCONDITE
7/2/16 BAKERSFIELD, CA; EL CONQUISTADOR HOUSE CONCERT
7/3/16 CA, TBA / badbloodproduction@gmail.com
7/4/16 CA, TBA / badbloodproduction@gmail.com
7/5/16 CA, TBA / badbloodproduction@gmail.com
7/6/16 SANTA CRUZ, CA; APTOS STREET BBQ, 
7/7/16 SAN FRANCISCO, CA; DOC'S LAB, 
7/9/16 GRANT'S PASS, OR; G STREET BAR & GRILL
7/10/16 EUGENE, OR; SAM BOND'S GARAGE,
7/11/16 HOOD RIVER, OR; TRILLIUM CAFE
7/12/16 PORTLAND, OR; DUFF'S GARAGE
7/14/16 The Treehouse Cafe, Bainbridge Island, WA
7/21 Tulsa, OK, Mercury Lounge

6.04.2016

Tickets for Brother Dege 7/7 San Francisco show NOW AVAILABLE


BROTHER DEGE & THE BRETHREN make their first appearance in San Francisco
On July 7, 2016 at Doc's Lab w/Doctor Jones opening.
This will be a massive throw down.
Having spent part of his youth in Northern California as a Air-Force brat,
This Bay Area show promises to be a homecoming show of sorts.
TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW, HERE: http://www.docslabsf.com/event/1173389