Monday, October 31, 2005

Tim On Tour: Washington, DC (Lost Post, Found)
Tim entered this post a week ago, but somehow it got all jumblied in the machine, and is only now seeing the light of day. The machine apologizes to Mr. Charming and his angry minions.

Oct. 24, 2005

Greetings, my good and fair public.

Tis I, Timothy Charming, reporting from our nation's capital, Washington DC. If one was to take a look at OK Go's rigorous touring schedule, one might conclude that OK Go is not playing in the District of Columbia for another week. At this juncture, one might also begin to wonder to oneself, "Then why, Mr. Timothy Charming, are you sending us messages from the Capital City?" Well, my little chickadees, I'll tell you: Today is the coveted day off.

In rock and roll, a day off is not unlike the day off of a lawyer, doctor, electrician, or topographer. Major label recording artists like myself use these days to tend to laundry and dry cleaning, catch up on email, return phone calls, see family and bathe (time permitting). If a band member like myself is really lucky, then he might have the pleasure of day-ing off in a city where darling young ladies like my two year-old niece Ellie live.

Tonight I happened to be just that lucky. I dined with my adorable niece, who taught me these important lessons about life and myself:
  • I drink out of a big boy's glass.
  • It is not OK to draw on the table with crayons.
  • Being a cow for Halloween is exciting.
  • Saying 'Uncle Timmy' is not as easy as it seems.
  • Saying 'Uncle Timothy Charming' is going to be even more of a challenge.
  • Baths are fun!
  • Time outs are a bummer.
  • Putting things away is a chore.
  • I am funny looking.
  • My hat is funny looking too.
  • Hugs and kisses from my two year-old niece, whom I seldom see, are about as sweet as it gets.
So there you have it, my darling dears. Tomorrow I am off to Philly, home of Bell, Biv, DeVoe, ABC, and the East Coast Family. Hopefully I wiil see you, Bell, Biv, DeVoe, ABC, and the East Coast Family in the next days to come. Until next time remember this: as long as i am blogging, you will never walk alone.

Live it,

Timothy Charming xo

Sunday, October 30, 2005

AudioKonopka: Washington, DC
We've been asking people to tell Dan their darkest secrets or funniest joke. That is until two nights ago, when a stranger came up to Dan on the street, asked him if he knew the way to St. Tropez, then told him that not only had he been kidnapped by the government and had his brain reprogrammed, but that DARPA was now sending him on secret missions under the cover of night that, it seemed, had less to do with national security than with exposing himself on the bus.

Dan was a bit shaken, and though we've figured out that his accoster wasn't an OK Go fan, the damage was already done. Dan is afraid of your dark secrets and he needs something else to blog about.

From now on, when you see Dan at a show, go up to him and hand him a note with two things on it: a sentence you want him to read, and the celebrity in whose style you'd like him to read it. That'll freak him right out.

Here's his most recent contribution to blog culture:

Real Audio!
Windows Media!

Thursday, October 27, 2005

AudioPlay: Providence
Tim's Audio Play is back in full force. Be sure to listen if you're going to the show at Century Lounge in Providence on 10/28 or if you care to hear the most adventurous drama being made today. It's triumphal.

Season 2, Episode 4: Providence!


Want backstory? Listen to Season One here.
AudioKonopka: New York City
We've given Drummer Dan the keys to our audioblog technology and sent him on a quest for truth. These are our questions: #1) What was the most ridiculous thing that happened to you today? and #2) What was the best secret/joke you heard at the show?

Here are his answers. The man is so good, he answered each one twice:

NYC AudioBlog 1 in Real Audio!
NYC AudioBlog 1 in Windows Media!

NYC AudioBlog 2 in Real Audio!
NYC AudioBlog 2 in Windows Media!

The days may change, but the quest does not. If you're going to one of the upcoming shows, please find the man and tell him your darkest secret, funniest joke, or anything else he can audioblog for us.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Online and On The Line.
A bit of newness:

100 Concerts in 100 Days on Yahoo! Music
Five OK Go performances at rollingstone.com/okgo
Ring tones at Cingularextras.com.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

AudioPlay: New York & Boston
Tim's Audio Play is back in full force. If you're going to the show at Irving Plaza in New York on 10/26 or at the Middle East in Boston on 10/27 you should be sure to listen. Also, be sure to listen if you care even a little bit about the most adventurous drama being made today. It's triumphant.

Season 2, Episode 2: New York!
Season 2, Episode 3: Boston!


Looking for backstory? You can listen to the first six episodes here.
AudioKonopka: Philadelphia
We've done the unthinkable. We've given Drummer Dan the keys to our audioblog technology. I told Dan to record an audioblog every day, if he could, that answered one of these two questions: #1) What was the most ridiculous thing that happened to you today? or #2) What was the best secret/joke you heard at the show?

Hear how he did on his first assignment:
Real Audio!
Windows Media!

If you're going to one of the upcoming shows, please find the man and tell him your darkest secret, funniest joke, or anything else he can audioblog for us.

Monday, October 24, 2005

Audioplay, Season Two, Episode 1: Philadelphia
For those of you who haven't been following along, bassist Tim has been putting together an audioplay that is both ingenious and bizarre. You'll love it, if you listen.

He'll have a new installment for each show, with a special message for fans in that particular city at the end. Listen to all of them, if you can, but at the very least listen to the one that's designated for your city, before you go to the show. Ready? Here goes:

Season 2, Episode 1: Philadelphia


You can listen to the first six episodes here.
UK Edition, Epilogue
Well, we're back in the grand old U.S. and/or A (and fresh off of our Good Morning America performance -- Tim is telling people that Diane Sawyer smelled like fresh apples, but he secretly confessed to me that it wasn't true.) The UK treated us well, and we tried to return the favor. I heard from a bird that we'll be back in the Gregorian new year, and possibly again in the Chinese one. Cheers!

Here are some notes to my new friends, the British (I know we just met, but may I call you friend?), about what they did right and where they desperately need to improve:

Ace:

Talkin' funny
Quality bedding
Free breakfast
Ability to drink
Brighton
Castles and swords and dragons and stuff
General prettiness

Bullocks:

Everything tasting blandy... except the beer
In fact, food in general
Driving on the wrong side of the road
Twin beds instead of doubles
Wolverhampton
Taking three hours to drive 50 miles
Gray rainyness

All in all, a great first try, England. Congratulations. Now, please take some time to consider these suggestions and weigh their feasibility. We'll be back in a couple of months, to discuss your headway. Until then, give us a call with any questions; OK Go is ready to help.

Love,
Rusty

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Audioplay: Season One Is Over
Tim made a wonderful, serialized audioplay for each show of the UK tour. He had so much fun that he's continuing this delightful habit for the current east coast tour. You should listen to, at the very least, the episode for your city. But hopefully you'll want to listen to the whole thing. If so, you might want to check out the first season's episodes, so that you can follow along. Each one's about a minute long. And they're all great. We'll be spitting them all out via podcast quite soon, so you can listen that way, too.

The most recent two episodes, for your pleasure:

Season 1, Episode 1: Edinburgh
Season 1, Episode 2: Newcastle
Season 1, Episode 3: Wolverhampton
Season 1, Episode 4: Nottingham
Season 1, Episode 5: Brighton
Season 1, Finale: Exeter

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Good Morning America Changed To Friday
The boys will be on Good Morning America on Friday instead of Thursday. This means more talking and hanging out, apparently. And that you've got to reset your video recording devices.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

UK Edition, Chapter 5: The Closer
The other day we stopped outside Brighton to buy some petrol (gas) and chips (fries), and to get some food in the grizzly bear (Dan). We parked next to a pair of 15-passenger vans carrying a group of high schoolers on a science field trip. They immediately smelled "band" and when they discovered that we were indeed OK Go, flipped the freak out, clawed at Damian, and did back flips around their massive vehicles. Some bands might take this as an opportunity to mingle with fans and spread the love of the music. OK Go? Hell to the no! We had only one internal directive: sell them merch.

Like so very many of us, I worked at Circuit City during my high school years. That's where I learned that the hardest part of sales is closing the deal, and that the second hardest part is making the approach. It's a tricky thing, walking up to someone who is clearly not interested in buying a thing, and talking to them about things you're clearly interested in having them buy. (Sidebar: One morning at Circuit City I was setting up a cordless phone display when a potential customer came in and started looking at portable CD players. In this situation, a good salesperson will walk up and say "Welcome to Circuit City! I noticed you were looking at portable CD players... what would you be using that for?," or something similarly dripping of hollow, empty interest. But I, being very tired and also sick of stacking cordless phones, simply went up to this woman and said, "Hello?" as if I'd just picked up the telephone but was afraid of who might be calling. When she responded with a slightly bewildered "Um, what did you say?," I realized my mistake, turned around and ran off to the break room where I cracked up for about 10 minutes. The morals of the story: 1) I suck at sales, and 2) Don't make me do anything before 11am.)

So, here we were with fifteen potential customers. The problem with high school students is that they don't have a lot of money but they do have a keen ability to sniff out insincerity. They're like bloodhounds on ecstacy when it comes to that stuff. The approach would have to be delicate yet firm. A wrong turn here would mean no sales and eternal branding as a bunch of opportunistic jerks. There was only one man for the job: Dan Konopka. Dan grabbed a box of UK limited-edition purple vinyl "A Million Ways" singles, strutted over to the kids, and in a masterstroke of sales and communication, belched, "HEY! YOU GUYS WANNA BUY SOME SHIT?!"

Amazingly, this worked. All of the kids went home with a signed record, save for the one that mooned us as they drove out of the parking lot. And that little bastard didn't deserve one anyway.

Love,
Rusty

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Tim On Tour: Exeter, England
And a fine how-do-dee-do to you. Tim Nordwind here, reporting from Exeter, England. Tonight wraps up a fine tour with the hard working, able-bodied men who are, or play with, Brendan Benson. Thank you boys, its been a real treat. We wish you the best of luck in the days to come. To quote the late, great Wesley Willis, "You whooped a donkey's ass."

In Exeter, young teen-aged boys and girls enjoy going 'mental' (that's crazy, to our non-British readers) at rock and roll shows. Tonight, after our show, reeling from their 'mentalness,' teen-agers Will Hitchcock, Ben Pinkelt, and Joe Russell asked to buy the clothing off of my back. These three shaggy-haired, pink and black zebra striped t-shirt-wearing swindlers began the bidding at zero pounds and didn't get much higher than one quid. They wanted everything; my tie, hat, glasses, shoes, jacket, the broach on my jacket, everything. Needless to say, I didn't sell these little men a stitch. But I did promise Sir Will, Ben and Joe Rosy-Cheeks that I would include them in my blog tonight. So there you go, lads. Next time, try coming at me with some serious money. Then we'll talk.

Tomorrow I head back to the U.S. for an American tour. Word has it that my blog postings are changing lives at least once an hour, and not necessarily for the better. I will continue to report back to you from the road until a life is saved every second. Until next time my darling public...

xo
Mr. Timothy Charming

Friday, October 14, 2005

UK Edition, Chapter 4: Having trouble naming your band?
Does anyone love Dr. Nordwind's presence on this blog-piece more than me? Absolutely not. Not only is he a very nice and funny man, but he makes my laziness less apparent. Respek.

(Seinfeld voice) Modern rock band names....what, is the deal, with that!?! (end Seinfeld voice) But seriously, did someone think Omnisoul was a good band name? Avenged Sevenfold? And, not to pick on any one label, but you have to look at the entire roster of Wind-up Records (solo artists and compliations excluded): 12 Stones, Alter Bridge, Atomship, Big Dismal, Breaking Point, Drowning Pool, Evanescence, Finger Eleven, Omnisoul, People in Planes, Seether, Strata, Submersed, The Exit. Save for People in Planes and The Exit, could you possibly cram more melodrama into a list of band names.

To that end we have crafted a list of potential band names for use with your own angst-ridden nu-metal or post-grunge rock outfit. Just plug-and-play!

15 Fist
Spite Revolver
Chrome Truth
Faith Cancer
Adrenaline Breakup
Detritus
Angel Cortex
Thorn Logic
Stifle Mansion
Anabolic
Pain Glutton
Trounce Glamour
Carbon Chapter
Tantro
Star Shaped Anger
Photolux
Eve Dealer

The use of any band name requires a 15% finders fee made payable to OK Go (from here on known as "Bleed Cobalt")

Love,
Rusty

(PS, Dan is our in-house band name generator. He reserves the right to update or append to this list at any time. Thank you.)
What up, Fog?

Here's news: "Invincible," the second song from Oh No, is featured in The Fog, a soon to be Hollywood blockbuster that opens this weekend. For those of you who don't know, The Fog is a big budget, quite scary retelling of Carl Sandburg's famous poem of almost the same name. Click here to read the poem, and go here to see the trailer.

Good Morning America, OK Go Is Having The Best Week Ever
On Thursday, October 20th, OK Go will be on Good Morning America, doing two of the three things they do best, dancing and teaching. The third, rocking the crap out of things, was ruled out because of the early hour. Get up early (or stay up late) and watch the action. In other television news, OK Go was recently featured on VH1's Best Week Ever, one of our favorite shows. Click here to check them out. And click over here to check them out checking us out, if you catch our meaning.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Tim On Tour: Leeds, England
Hi-ho Tim Nordwind here from OK Go. Tonight I am in Leeds, England. In Leeds, around 1am on a crisp autumn Sunday night, locals enjoy stumbling drunk on the streets proclaiming with all their thick-necked, buzz-cutted, football-loving might, "Jesus luvs me, yes he duz." After that definitive moment, locals like to frequent the many kabob shops here in Leeds. If you go, get the chips (that's fries in American) with gravy on top. It's class, as they say in Ireland when they want to say it's good.

Sometimes people come to visit the great city of Leeds with nothing clean to wear and no time to do their laundry. If that is the case for you or someone you know, do not worry. The center of Leeds is bustling most days of the week, Sundays included, with plenty of clothing shops. If underwear is in short supply, anybody, even most of the guys in my band, can run out into the streets of Leeds and find a shop selling inexpensive and CLEAN underwear and, yes, even socks.

Well, that's all I have from Leeds. Now, onto Wolverhampton. I know nothing about Wolverhampton, but I strongly suspect its citizens will be furry, uni-browed people with hairy feet, clothed only in bear pelts. I'll investigate for you, and report back on whether or not that is true…. if I make it out alive.

Until then my dears...

Free your minds,
Timothy Charming
Audioplay: Nottingham
The fourth ever installment of the first ever OK Go Audio Play. If you're going to the show in Nottingham on October 11th (tonight!), there's a special message for you at the end. Listen close.

Download, listen, and be amazed.

New episodes coming soon.

Monday, October 10, 2005

Audioplay: Wolverhampton
The third ever installment of the first ever OK Go Audio Play. If you're going to the show in Wolverhapmton on October 10th (tonight!), there's a special message for you at the end. Listen close.

Download, listen, and be amazed.

New episodes coming soon.

Sunday, October 09, 2005

UK Edition, Chapter 3: Birthday Greetings
Hello from Leeds. Friday night saw the celebration of the birthday of one Damian Kulash, who has just turned 16! This year, he will be learning how to drive an automobile and getting ready for the SATs. Congratulations, Damian!

Merch-man extraordinaire Mike "Milosh" Clark has been sucking up British slang at the approximate rate of one word per day. Today's word: dodgey. Stay tuned for more!

Love,
Rusty
Tim on Tour: Liverpool, England
Tim Nordwind reporting from Liverpool, England. Sometimes when we (OK Go) are in Liverpool, we celebrate Damian Kulash's birthday. This time in Liverpool was no exception. If you haven't had a chance to wish Damian a happy birthday, you by all means should take the time to do so now.

We're all very happy for him. This was a big one for Damian. He turned both 16 and 21. Sounds crazy, yeah, but this year he was granted one wish and he wished to turn his two favorite ages ever. Damian received both his driver's license and the right to drink legally in the United States. Once again, Happy Birthday, D. We love you.

Also in Liverpool people sometimes have weird dreams. I'd be lying if I said I was an exception. I dreamt that Damian and I went to a Paul Smith clothing store in a mall somewhere in the states. It was 6am and they weren't even open, but they let us in anyway because we promised to spend a lot of money in their store. Then... we did. A silly boy can dream, can't he?

OK, my darling public… I'm off to dream my silly dreams again.

Cheeri-xo,

Tim

Saturday, October 08, 2005

UK Edition, Chapter 2: Rubbish!
After our first show with the wonderful Brendan Benson I spent the better part of the evening talking with a local Scot named Jimmy. Well, I think his name was Jimmy:

Jimmy: "My name is Jimmy."
Me: "Ahh, like Jimmy Page."
Jimmy: "No, that's Jemmy."
Me: "Really, it's not pronounced Jimmy?"
Jimmy/Jemmy?: "No, I'm Jemmy."
Me: "I thought you were Jimmy."
J[i|e]mmy: "Naw, that's Jemmy Page."
Me: "...."
J: "Do yeh want anothah Scotch?"
Me: "Yes, please."

We spent the rest of the night talking about soccer, which brought out the expression "Aw, that team/player's rubbish!" every five minutes. It's my newest favoritest thing to say.

Love,
Rusty

Friday, October 07, 2005

Tim on Tour: Edinburgh, Scotland
Hello there, Tim Nordwind reporting to you from Edinburgh, Scotland.

In Edinburgh there are lots of Norwegian girls who study at the local university. Some study publishing, while others study political science or architecture. All are hot. One Norwegian girl named Margit Millstein from Oslo taught me how to say "Talk to the hand because the face won't listen" in Icelandic. It goes a little something like this, "taladtu vid hendera adt vit andletet er ekki adt hlusta." Pretty sweet, right? She also made sure to remind me that one must always say this phrase with attitude. They (the Norwegian girls) invited me over to their house after the show for milk and cookies, but I politely declined so I could get back to my hotel room and write to my public about the aforementioned events re: the Norwegian girls.

After playing our show tonight I also met a lovely Scottish woman who looked to be in her late thirties or early forties. After recognizing me as being the bald guy with glasses on stage playing bass and dancing, she said probably the best thing anyone could every say to me in a Scottish accent, at least regarding our dance to "A Million Ways." She said (please think to yourself in your thickest, phlegmiest brogue,) "You're a wee little dancer, you are." Ah, it was music to my ears. Like little Hobbits, these fine Scots. I love them all.

That's all I have time for tonight. I must get a little shut eye, for our lobby call is at 9am. We make our way to Newcastle tomorrow for our second show with Brendan Benson; a fellow Michigander like myself. He is from Detroit and I am from the magical city of Kalamazoo. Brendan and his band mates are good souls. I doubt I will ever have to use the phrase taladtu vid hendera adt vit andletet er ekki adt hlusta
with them. Sweet dreams my darling public. Remember, dreams really do come true.

Forever True,

Tim Nordwind xoxo.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

UK Edition, Chapter 1: If It's Not Scottish It's Crap!
Holy shit, people really DO talk funny here! Greetings from beautiful Edinburgh, Scotland. After a delirious sleep-deprived travel day, OK Go are ready to take on British Empire: well-rested, recharged and full of extremely mediocre English food. This whole driving-on-the-left-side-of-the-road thing is straight jacking my mentals. When you're used to looking to the left when crossing a street and now the cars come from the right, you're bound for some sort of hilarious maiming! Ayye shite!

This voyage is actually personally noteworthy since I am largely Scottish and British. In fact, I am direct descendant of John Howland, who came to America on the Mayflower. From the website: "During the Atlantic voyage, he was swept overboard and rescued." This seems to be my great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandfather's most noteworthy accomplishment: falling off a fucking boat. Actually, thinking about it, this explains a lot about how I turned out.

Well, enough history for the day. Time to bring the rock.

Love,
Roooosty

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Audioplay: Newcastle
The second ever installment of the first ever OK Go Audio Play. If you're going to the show in Newcastle on 10/05, there's a special message for you at the end.

Download, listen, and be amazed.

New episodes coming soon.

Monday, October 03, 2005

Audioplay: Edinburgh
If you're going to the show in Edinburgh on 10/4, there's a special message for you at the end of this, the first installment of the first ever OK Go Audio Play. It's a Tim Nordwind invention called Theater In The Blog, and it's pretty weird and hilarious. Give it a listen. And keep coming back; we'll have new episodes for every show on the UK tour.

Download Me!

Sunday, October 02, 2005

Tim On Tour: Toronto, Canada
Tim Nordwind here reporting from Toronto, Canada. Everyone in Canada has normalish names spelled in funny ways. Yesterday I met a man named Neil, spelled Neiall. Well, I guess that's not everyone, but N-e-i-a-l-l? Have you ever?

Some people also have funny sounding names in Canada like my friend Olga Zmalojkaoksjakjskajsla;lskjaskldaj;sldk. Well, that's not how you spell her last name, but her first name sounds pretty funny, and her last name does really look that Polish. It sounds that Polish too.

The currency here in Canada often depicts scenes of boys playing hockey. People here seem very excited that the hockey strike (or whatever it was that was happening) is over, except for my friend Olga with the Polish looking last name. She could care less. She's more into shopping and music. According to commercials here in Canada, Mars bars and hockey go together very well.

Well this is all I have time for today. I am about to hop a plane and fly to the United Kingdom. I'll try to report every day on the things I find across the pond.

Ta-ta,
Tim Nordwind
Ok Go
The Times They Are A Raving
Well, maybe not raving, but the New York Times is certainly reporting. Jonah Weiner has an article in today's paper about the dance video. He describes Tim as "OK Go's most talented dancer," "bald and bespectacled," and "surprisingly competent," which are three phrases lifted directly from the Personal section of Tim's resume. Read the whole article here, and make sure to click on "email this" to send it to your friends, and help it climb up the prestigious "Most Emailed Articles" list.