One of my favorite things about 2014 was my friend Emily and I made up and started talking/hanging out again.
Photo by Gabriel King Radley
Here are some photos that Sara took from the Best Friends album release show at the Trunk Space. Emily and I got in a big fight a day or two before this, so we didn't end up performing together. I went ahead and did a Hi My Name Is Ryan performance that had to do with everyone in the room sharing the most embarassing things about them during the most embarassing part of their life (which means sometime between ages 13-16) Other performance artists and story tellers performed by Sara mostly just took photos of Noodle the cat and Starflash the dog.
The performance included Emily and I eating messy chocolate cake with our hands and feeding each other and asking people about food and singing our song about eating disorders. Then we took our jackets off and put them in the washer we were singing by and we wrapped up in a big green blanket and did a cover of weezer's "el scorcho" which now hopefully has a whole new meaning to the crowd that witnessed it. Sadly there is no documentation of this, no photographs or videos, just memories. Hopefully we will perform again sometime soon.
But we did recently record a video of us singing with our friend Elle for her 52 awesome songs project, where she writes and records a new song every week. you can watch the video here:
THE BEST FRIENDS ARE PERFORMING FOR THE FIRST TIME "OFFICIALLY" IN OVER 32 MONTHS! TONIGHT! @THE WASH HOUSE (7TH ST. AND PORTLAND IN PHOENIX, AZ)
The show starts at 7:00pm? or 8:00pm? i think. we aren't going on till after 9pm because that's when emily gets off of work!
here are the other bands playing.
-little bunny feefee music box along (FUN! PUPPETS!)
-skinwalkers (POSTIVE! ROCK! HAVE FUN!)
-josh moke (i dont know who this is)
-food by mario (DELICIOUS!)
-the coitus (CIRCUIT BENT AMAZING-NESS!)
-the hunger artist (hooray?!)
-wingnut (SIMPLE / BEAUTIFUL / NOISE!)
-andrew jemsek (PUNK ROCK ACCORDIAN!)
-johnathan standiford (PIANO!)
and i believe there is more but i dont know who.
BUT THE BEST PART IS ITS ALL FREE!!!!
LIME OR LEMON HOUSE GETS TO STAY OPEN TILL MAY!
so earlier this week we were told that the lime or lemon house (which emily, elle, migel, iggy and i all live in) would be foreclosed and that we would all have to move out within a couple weeks. but we just found out today that everything is taken care of until may! HOORAY! so now we arent forced into the streets (or new homes away from each other) until right before fathers day goes on tour! ISNT THAT AWESOME! we will probably have a big farewell show to the house before we move at the end of april but i am just so thankful we have more time before being kicked out of our house! HOORAY!
WE WROTE 6 NEW SONGS TODAY! AND WE HAVE A TON OF SWEET SHOWS COMING UP! HERE IS WHAT WE HAVE SO FAR!
-JAN 17 @THE TRUNK SPACE (PHOENIX, AZ) W/TREASURE MAMMAL, SKINWALKERS, WHITMAN AND A TON OF OTHER BANDS
-FEB 03 @THE PHIX (PHOENIX, AZ) W/FUCKED UP, HOUR OF THE WOLF, GEORGE MOSHINGTON, ANDREW JACKSON JIHAD AND PIGEON RELIGION
-FEB 06 @RAY'S HOUSE (PHOENIX, AZ) W/JJCNV, RAY REEVES, SKINWALKERS, HAUNTED COLOGNE AND MORE!
-FEB 28 @THE TRUNK SPACE (PHOENIX, AZ) W/THE CHILDREN OF HELL, JJCNV AND MORE
-MAR 28 @??? (JEROME, AZ) W/ULTRAMAROON, SKINWALKERS, JJCNV AND A TON OF OTHER BANDS
-MAR 29 @THE TRUNK SPACE (PHOENIX, AZ) W/PEELANDER-Z, JJCNV, RIPPTYDE AND SKINWALKERS
-APR 01 @??? (PHOENIX, AZ) W/REALICIDE AND HIGHER LOVE
-APR 25 @THE TRUNK SPACE W/A TON OF BANDS (REAL COACHELLA)
-APR 28 @THE TRUNK SPACE W/NEW THRILL PARADE AND SKINWALKERS
-MAY 14 @THE SPELL CASTER LODGE (NEW ORLEANS, LA) W/QUINTRON AND MISS PUSSYCAT AND CHAIN$ THE GANG (FEATURING CALVIN JOHNSON AND IAN SVENEOUS)
so this weekend was all sorts of amazing/intresting emotions. and since i am trying to stay positive i will only list the good things. and hopefully make people feel great jealeous that they may have missed them.
-wayne micheal reich was at the screening on saturday afternoon and people hated him and he got really upset.
-wayne micheal reich claimed that he was the "michealangelo" of the phoenix art scene and that i am a "beginner and a novice" and he doesn't understand how my art can be shown next to a "master"
-when wayne micheal reich said "rule of thumb" the entire phoenix crew busted up laughing during the Q+A
-first best friends performance in almost 3 years. (don't worry though it wasn't much we just sang our charles bronson cover)
-impromptu hi my name is ryan performance in front of a bunch of drunkin idiots.
-go go 13 playing "hello, goodnight"
-talking to parker for a while about how much the song "hello, goodnight" means to us.
-selling pretty much all of my art work and making close to $400 off of it.
-fathers day being the best house show band ever! and thrashing it up in peoples living rooms.
-walking the red carpet in a beard, pajama pant shorts and sunglasses
-talking my shoes off while on the red carpet so i can give people a literal answer to the question "how does it feel on the red carpet"
-hanging out with colt bowden
-getting sweet vinyl at amoeba
-having andrew answer questions for me on the red carpet and telling people he was my manager.
-sneaking into pictures/interviews of jeff goldbloom
08/19/06 - FATHERS DAY @the venue of scottsdale: we snuck our way onto the show opening for the aquabats. we played a 15 minute set. security was a bunch of jerks. sold out of cd's and lycd buttons/dvds/cds. almost sold out of fathers day shirts and 7". made $260 in merchandise.
08/16/06 - HI MY NAME IS RYAN @the trunkspace: didnt play until 4am. 7 friends, 4 members of the nourishment, 3 strangers, steph+jrc and my dad saw stayed to watch me preform. i played peek-a-boo, sang along to a mix cd and cryed a lot.
08/15/06 - NIGHT WOLF @the trunkspace: we played longer than any project of mine has ever played before. 1 hour and 20 minutes of night wolf. 30 minutes of that was the bambi jam. our set also included a ghost hunt, a sayonce [sp?], a cuddle puddle and lots of eskimo kisses.
07/21/06 - THE A.R.T. REVUE @four white walls: played in front of fww in front of friends and some drunk guy. 3 classic a.r.t. revue songs. we were able to make a handful of change.
06/24/06 - THE BEST FRIENDS @the trunkspace: it was a benefit for the trunkspace so they can afford air conditioning. it wasnt a scedualed last show but we decided that night that it was a perfect best friends set and that we should end it perfectly.
05/14/06 - IGGY POP @the trunkspace: two sets. both opening and closing the show on mothers day. we played in front of 12 people, one of our biggest crowds ever! jrc joined us and smashed a mailbox. before the show we ran through the bikini lounge in full gear, a sort of "noise parade" almost.
a week and a half ago these film makers from utah read the new times article about me. and decided to make a documentary about me and my life the past few years pre-mission. they video taped my last few preformances and did a lot of interviews with me and friends and such. if i didnt get a chance to eat with you or hang out with you this past month, this has a lot to do with it.
the film makers are coming back in a month or so to collect video tapes and pictures from shows and such i gave them a list of phone numbers for them to contact, so if you get a call from them thats how they got the number. and if you have pictures, videos, information that should be included in this film about me call them and let them know. 801-259-5151. i want them to have as much information on every aspect of my life as possible.
yesterday i devoted an entire day to my best frien emily. it was wonderful, we ate a huge breakfast at "the place" and i showed her how to update thegoodshows.com and we watched the tom green show and reno 911. and we ate a fancy dinner at houstens with steph+jrc and andrew+tristan. ate some gelato. and got a sick photobooth strip. we put it in the trunkspace "yearbook" so go check it out next time you go there. also look for the "farewell" strip i made that i hid in the book somewhere.
then a wonderful wonderful night was spent with bridget, but i will keep those memories to myself.
today is my last day in phoenix for two years. i am spending it by getting packed and mailing off cds and getting lunch with jennefir lilly. if you want to say goodbye just "one more time" for some reason come by the willow house today around 4:00pm or so. i will be there for a bit.
otherwise. see ya later livejournal friends. i will miss reading your journals and having wierd internet relationships with you. see ya later old friends. i will miss you a lot.
see ya in 2008.
RYANS BEST PERFORMANCES OF 2005!
11-28-05 - Catorce @The Trunkspace in Phoenix, AZ
it was just me and JRC our whole set was about art theory, performance art, art history and art school. i think it was one of the funniest things i have ever done
12-08-05 - Night Wolf @The Willow House Cafe' in Phoenix, AZ
it was a very crowded poetry night and i read the entire bus book introduction to a soft rock sorta beat on the keyboard. i have never been booed so much in my life and this is also a great achievement for me because literally a tomato was thrown at me.
11-25-05 - Fathers Day @The Trunkspace in Phoenix, AZ
fathers day played unannounced with some cutesy "indie" bands. the crowd was made up of middle school and high school kids. i threw this little girls cigarettes across the room and said "what would your mother say if she saw you smoking?" she replied "my mom buys me these cigarettes" i said "if your mother really loved you she would not be buying you cigarettes!!!!!!". also this is the first fathers day show with the realistic mustache
11-04-05 - Iggy Pop @The Terrace Gardens in Phoenix, AZ
this was the first show where we used the bucket of glass. and it was also such an amazing feeling to play surrounded by plants and flowers. it was really really amazing.
08-06-05 - The Best Friends @Four White Walls in Phoenix, AZ
this was a really great best friends performance. we sang a bunch of great songs. [even a rap] and it was also a really great show. HOORAY PINK AND GREEN PARTY!
02-14-05 - Silverchair @The Willow House Cafe' in Phoenix, AZ
this performance will be talked about years from now. and i am very proud of that.i dressed in a homemade pink nazi uniform and did an hour long "silverchair" set about love, sex, relationships, stalking....etc
RYANS FAVORITE CONCERTS IN 2005!
-The Dick Cheney Experience, Fathers Day, Silverchair, Rome is Ours, The Children of Hell, Hey Look...A Shoe! & Black Feet @Four White Walls
-The Ampheta Meanies @Bannermans [in scotland]
-Organic Junk Fude, Nightmare of the Elf, Silverchair, Ego Plum & The Radioactive Chickenheads @CIA [in california]
-Black Feet, The Dietrichs, Andrew Jackson Jihad, The Pharmacy & Kimya Dawson @The Trunkspace
-The Real Coachella! w/Iggy Pop, Nascar Dads, Night Wolf, Hi My Name Is Ryan, The Best Friends, Triple Nipple, Brodie Hubbard, The Dick Cheney Experience, A Tower In The Woods, Jaime J., Haunted Cologne & Fathers Day @Four White Walls
-The Phenomenauts, The Epoxies & The Aquabats @The Marquee Theater
-Mock Death Orange, Morgans Magic Book Bus, The Nascar Dads, Haunted Cologne & Night Wolf @Four White Walls
-Coitus, I Want to Know What Drum is, Tigerface, Iji, The Dietrichs & The Dada Swing @The Trunkspace
-Pink and Green Party! w/DJ Sense, Night Wolf, Jaime j., The Black Jacket, The Best Friends & Aaron Gerwien @Four White Walls
-Fathers Day, Assacre & Treasure Mammal @The Trunkspace
-Crooks and Nannies @The Trunkspace
-Iggy Pop, Piyush Prakash, Sean, The Coitus, Whitman, Morgans Magic Book Bus, Quem Quaeritis, Fathers Day and The Mysteries Manipulator @The Trunkspace
-Veruca Salt @Club Congress
-Iggy Pop, Night Wolf, G.A.G., Haunted Cologne, Archbishop Jason Polland, Eccoeing Bleu & The Radioactive Chickenheads @The Trunkspace
-The Black Jacket, Collin Spring, At The Spine & Portland Bike Ensemble @The Trunkspace
-Tender Forever & Calvin Johnson @Modified Arts
Emily and I were invited to this fashion show we were the hottest people in the building. and all these photographers were like "i want to take pictures of you guys! cause you are so hott! and retro!!!" and now we are in friggin Java!
Turkey sandwich with longhorn cheese
Sprouts and mayo on French bread
Bean and rice and cheese burrito yeah that’s what I said
Give me an everything pizza with some breadsticks on the side
Chase it down with cold iced tea and feel the love inside
Now let me tell ya / about the best / cookie I’ve ever had
Its big and round and weighs two pounds
And makes you feel supah bad
Raspberry, chocolate chips and sugah in every bite
Now lay it down with white chocolate to make you feel dee-lite
Food food foodiddy food
Foo foo foodiddy food
Breakfast foods are my favorite, I eat them everyday
Cereal, fruit and a glass of milk a balanced breakfast is the way.
Toast, eggs and potatoes please, slap some cheese on top
Grits and oatmeal lik.e goldielocks. Make sure its not too hott.
I get my greens from the jolly green giant
I eat Chinese with my boy john ryan
When people see me, they gotsta ta know. What I ate before tha show
Like burritos, taquitos, dorritos and mosquitos
I eat all the time with my homie e-spetrino!
we know this neat kid, you might know him too
he likes really cool stuff and has a sweet hairdoo
you may call him jaime but we know him as friend
thick and thin good and bad the begining to the end
JAIME YOU'RE AWESOME
JAIME YOU'RE BAD
JAIME YOU'RE SERIOUSLY MOTHERFUCKING RAD
JAIME YOU'RE COOL
JAIME YOU'RE SICK
JAIME WE NEVER WANT TO PUNCH YOU IN THE DICK
remeber when we first met? we thought you were so cool
dancin machine, drak blue jeans, no doubt shirt cause you're so cool
music is you're passion
you really like dhc
i bet it gets anoying when people call you jaime
J-A-I-M-E I'M SO GLAD YOU'RE FRIENDS WITH ME
J-A-I-M-E YOU ARE HOW I WANT TO BE
J-A-I-M-E I'M SO GLAD YOU'RE FRIENDS WITH ME
J-A-I-M-E YOU ARE HOW I WANT TO BE
i love this movie called anchorman
and everytime i see it, i cry
and everytime i see it, i kinda wanna be with it
take me to pleasure town one more time
i worship a man nammed ron burgandy
brian, brick and champ they are so great
the channel 4 news team, they are just so good too me
everynight @6 i have a date
ron loves a woman named veronica
and baxter is his little gentlemen
tito is the best, club owner in the west
i want to hear yazz flute once again
my favorite catch phrase is "whammy"
bricks IQ is only 48
this burrito is too filling, the biker took a spilling
thats a quite a rasberry on your face
Photos of Black Feet, YACHT and Locking Your Car Doors at Four White Walls
All photos by Sheila Bochinne
Additional photos by different peoples digital cameras.
Locking Your Car Doors was going to go on a week long tour up the west coast. Emily took time off of work and saved up a bunch of money for it. Then we had to cancel at the last minute. At that point in our friendship I had never seen her so mad, so I wrote her this letter.