Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Audioblog: Portland, OR
If you're going to the show in Portland on 9/01, this message is for YOU:
Download Me!

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

"Oh No" is "In Stores"
The new album is out today! Pick it up in an actual store, or at places like iTunes and music.msn.com.

For fun, you can hear Damian talk about Oh No on NPR's All Things Considered this afternoon. While you're listening, check out a1000000ways.com if you haven't yet, as the boys are celebrating the release of the album by making it easier for you to get free music and spread the love.

Better yet, read some recent reviews and interviews (and if you find more, post them in the comments section):

E! Online, A-: "Just go buy this album already...OK?"

ign.com, 9.2: "OK Go returns to what made them great, but kicks the dial to 11 and delivers a more guitar-driven helping of pop wonderment"

Houston Chronicle, 3 1/2 stars: "...this is an album for sunny days and caffeine highs."

Dallas Observer: "The songs are sexier, fiercer and more diverse, and the production retains the energy of OK Go's live shows--an elusive feat for most bands."

Denver Westword: "OK Go is back with a sophomore release that puts its brilliant debut to shame."

allmusic.com, 4 stars: "OK Go has written an album that coats its incredibly accessible nuts and bolts with an effervescent rocket sauce, and that's just the way it is."

NY Post, 3 stars: "strong, irresistable pop 'n' roll..."

Kansas City Star interview with Tim: "One small step for bass players, one giant leap for rhythm-section kind."

altsounds.com interview with Damian: "I think the entire world of rock would be invigorated with dance wars going on."

MTV.com article: "crunchy guitar rockers 'Invincible,' 'Do What You Want' and 'It's a Disaster' mix the downtown punch of the Strokes with an ear for pop hooks."

Jim Derogatis: "too clever and way too smarmy for their own good... annoying... gag-worthy..."
Audioblog: Seattle
If you're going to the show in Seattle on 8/31, this message is for YOU:
Download Me!

Monday, August 29, 2005

Audioblog: Salt Lake City
If you're going to the show in Salt Lake City on 8/29, this message is for YOU:
Download Me!
Tomorrow Is Another Day


Photo stolen from its creator, ezorvera.

Sunday, August 28, 2005

Chapter Forty-Eight: Scaredy Pants
After four-straight barbeque-filled days in Texas, we rolled up to Kansas City where the legendary cuisine is... yes, barbeque. Knowing full well we'd be receiving some form of bbq-sauce slathered meat at the Grand Emporium tomorrow night, Damian and I decided we'd be better off giving our brisket-coated stomachs a break by hitting the self-proclaimed "China Bistro," P.F. Chang's. I thought P.F. Chang's was a local California chain, but upon eating their carbon-copy fare in the middle of Missouri, I realized they're just another Applebee's with slightly better food. Ah well, the garlic noodles are pretty good.

On the way home we quickly realized we weren't in Kansas anymore... people just could not deal with Damian's pants. Now, I know I've written a bit about Damian's pants, but the sheer rapid-fire disapproval/confusion/fascination we encountered was way too startling to go unnoted. For reference, here is a photo of the pants in question:



Scene 1: The Diss

You know that feeling when someone's coming up behind you? When you get it on an unfamiliar street in Kansas City you turn to see who it is. Usually, who it's not is a little girl, ten years old at most, with several gold teeth in her mouth. Fortunately for us, though, this time it was, and she had a question: "Do you two go together?" Now, as Damian would point out later, we are indeed two parts of a four-part set; thus we do, essentially, go together. This interpretation was almost certain to be lost on the bling-toothed youngster, and it was pretty clear that the gist of her inquiry was "are you dudes homosexual?" "No." Pointing to Damian: "Then why y'alls pants so tight?!" It was barely an insult, but her tone was so confidently demeaning, and with the lack of a witty comeback, I couldn't help but feel like we had just lost at something. Heads hung, we started walking away at which point she ran up, inexplicably smacked Damian on the ass and sprinted off to join her other friends.

Scene 2: The Question

We got back to the hotel lobby where a dude was hanging out with another dude and two dudettes, presumably in double-date formation. Their conversation halted immediately to inspect the two clear "outta towners." After I was sure we were out of pant-radar one of them screams to Damian, "Hey, you in a band?!" "Yeah." Jumping. Screaming. "I told you!!!! DAMMIT! I TOLD YOU!!!!"

Scene 3: The Family

We pulled up to the elevator, right behind a family on their way up to their room. We graciously (I thought) told them that we'd wait for the next one, as the elevator was pretty packed. "Oh no, we'll make room," said the dad, the biggest of maybe six in the family, all of whom, I shit you not, were dressed head-to-toe in University of Kansas clothing. I mean every single article of clothing was University of Kansas related; sweatshirts, sweatpants, t-shirts, hats, windbreakers, visors, key chains, coffee mugs, etc. Now normally, I avoid the crowded elevator, especially the crowded pep rally elevator, but this time we took our chances.

UofK Mom/Aunt #1: "Now THOSE are some pants."
UofK Mom/Aunt #2: "Marty, you need some pants like these, Marty."
UofK Track Suit Kid, squeezing UofK Dad in 'U of K Proud Dad' shirt: "Lemme get a look at'em"
UofK Mom/Aunt #1: "Are you from LONDON?"
Damian: "No."
UofK Proud Dad: "Are those pajamas?"

Luckily the door opened at that point. I don't know if Damian's confidence in trouser selection has been shaken, but I do know that I'm bringing a video camera next time he goes out in them.

Love,
Rusty

Saturday, August 27, 2005

Audioblogs: Kansas City & Denver
If you're going to either of show in Kansas City on 8/27 or the show in Denver on 8/28, this message is for YOU:
Kansas City!
Denver!

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Audioblog: Dallas - Fixed!
If you're going to tonight's show in Dallas, why then this message is for YOU:
Download Me!

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Dig It Or Dis It, But Mainly Just Dig It A Bunch Of Times
Yahoo Music has set up a Dig It Or Dis It competition that puts OK Go up against four other bands. We were winning until Taking Back Sunday begged their myspace friends to put them over the edge with multiple voting. We don't like to demean ourselves with this sort of anti-democratic tactic, but dirty fightin' is dirty fightin'. So please, go to music.yahoo.com/promotions/digitdisit and vote us back on top. Vote until your trigger finger falls off, because when it comes to Digging and Dissing, there is no second place.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Chapter Forty-Seven: Deep In The Heat of Texas
Greetings, computer-user. It's been a while. I missed you.

Now that OK Go is back on tour, Jorge gave back the keys to blog. Booyakasha. Respect. Recognize.

This little run with the Redwalls promises to be a fun one. We get to: a) play headlining shows again, b) perform on national television for many millions of people, c) sit in 105 fucking degree Houston heat, d) convince Tim to grow a skullet, e) do assorted awesomeness just because it's awesome.

I met the the Redwalls today and they are all very nice men. I was impressed by how miniature some of them are. I've always loved smallish-humans, and I always will. It made me insanely jealous to think that at the age of 18 I was doing something as galatically stupid as going to college, when I could have been doing what I'm doing now: sitting next to Dan Konopka in the back of a van for days on end. (He smells great, BTW, like dog's ass processing plant.)

Jorge's already mentioned this, but just to iterate, Damian and I created this website, a1000000ways.com, to spread the word about "A Million Ways". (Seriously -- no record company lackeys here. Our own blood, sweat and love-tears went into this little slice of web heaven. When you spend 12 hours in the backseat of a Dodge Magnum with two laptops and a lead singer, magic happens.) If you have any comments about the site, please post in the comments section of this entry. We'll be checking. We want to make sure the site's working and spreading the message well. If your friends are having problems listening to the song, or don't understand how it works, or whatever, we want to know, because we want to to help them. Service is our passion.

Love,
Rusty

Saturday, August 20, 2005

A Million Ways, A Million Songs
Damian and Andy are straight up geniuses. On the last tour they sat around in the back of the van, programming up with a new way to get fans to listen to "A Million Ways," which, if you haven't guessed by now, is the new OK Go single.

Here's how it works: Go to a1000000ways.com and sign up. We'll give you a free iTunes download (choose from over 1.5 million songs) when you get ten of your friends to listen to "A Million Ways". Get ten more friends to listen, and we'll give you another. Keep going until your iPod is full and we're broke.

If you do earn some song credits, may I suggest spending them on something soft and pretty and droning, like Dios or Marmoset? For upbeat, try my latest favorite, this incredible album from the one they call the Masta Ace.

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Light Fuse, Run Away
Go to fuse.tv. Wade into their insanely fun-filled website, looking for a 'TV Shows' menu in the top left. Scroll down to Oven Fresh, and then vote for the A Million Ways video. It's in last place right now. Can you believe it? If it's in last place tomorrow, it'll get dropped from Fuse. And if it gets dropped from the list, it'll get really mad and take itself home and never come out to play again, because, quite frankly, it's kind of a baby. So please, for the love of everything that is good and wholesome, go vote right now.

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Secret Shows in Phoenix, Boston. Regular Shows Elsewhere.
OK Go is playing a top secret show in Phoenix tomorrow, Wednesday, August 10th. It's at the Hard Rock Cafe, and, sad to say, you have to be 21+ to get in. Call this telephone number: 877.414.5859 and tell them you want to go to the show.

Boston, Aug 12th: This one isn't as secret, but it is just as hard to get into. You also have to be 21+. Go to wfnx.com/smirnoff and sign up for the OK Go/Shout Out Louds show at the Middle East.

Other Shows:

Tue Aug 23 '05 - Meridian - Houston, TX - All Ages
Wed Aug 24 '05 - Stubb's: Indoors - Austin, TX - 18+
Thu Aug 25 '05 - Gypsy Tea Room - Dallas, TX - 17+
Sat Aug 27 '05 - Grand Emporium - Kansas City, MO - 21+
Sun Aug 28 '05 - Bluebird Theatre - Denver, CO - All Ages
Mon Aug 29 '05 - Urban Lounge - Salt Lake City, UT - All Ages
Wed Aug 31 '05 - Crocodile Cafe - Seattle, WA - 21+
Thu Sep 1 '05 - Dante's - Portland, OR - 21+
Tue Sep 6 '05 - Cafe Du Nord - San Francisco, CA - 18+
Wed Sep 7 '05 - Chain Reaction - Anaheim, CA - All Ages
Thu Sep 8 '05 - The Casbah - San Diego, CA - 21+
Fri Sep 9 '05 - Roxy Theatre - Los Angeles, CA - All Ages
Sat Sep 10 '05 - Big Fish Pub - Tempe, AZ - All Ages
Sep 12 '05 - Beauty Bar - Las Vegas, NV
Oct 31'05 - 9:30 Club - Washington, DC - Opening for Rufus Wainwright
Nov 1'05 - Beacon Theater - New York, NY - Opening for Rufus Wainwright

Friday, August 05, 2005

DOWN WITH OPP*, VOL 5


This is one of three really great photographs that were taken in New York City earlier this year and posted to a Flickr page by the photographer who took them in a fit of awesome incredibleness. See them all here. And then go to IGN.com for some photos of the band at Lollapalooza and a brief little review of the set.



*Other People's Postings, of course. Email me yours with OPP in the subject line.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Secret Show TODAY, in Florida
and I quote...

"On Thursday, August 4th @ 9 PM, you are invited to the Hard Rock Cafe, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood Florida to see Capitol Records artist, OKGO.

Their new album comes out on August 30 but you will get to hear them for free.

All guests MUST be 21 or older.

You must call to RSVP, 877-414-5859"