Archive for February, 2002

  • Rob Spectre
  • 28
  • Feb
  • 02

The past few days have been incredibly hard. We had to cancel Saturday’s show. A friend of mine tried to commit suicide. Someone has hacked my debit card. Another friend is leaving town for good. My car’s Check Suspension light came on. I think I have mono. And…

Drew quit the band last night. He’ll be sending an official letter to all our fans after the show Friday, but the news was broken to me last night. I’ll let him explain the reasoning later, rather than put words in his mouth. It took a lot of the starch out of me. And I didn’t have a whole lot to begin with.

What this means for the Shaft, I don’t know. This could be the shortest Geek Rock tour on record and we may end up only selling ten of our CDs to a very small audience. I’m at a complete loss as to what to do. I hate making music alone. And I hate losing Drew even more. I thought we were just starting to click as a band. I clearly thought wrong.

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  • Rob Spectre
  • 25
  • Feb
  • 02

If anything, rob.plan is meant to be a completely open look at what is going through my mind. This will occasionally lead to discussions of a rather personal nature for God and sundry to see. But, we want to set the precedent very early in our careers that we are going to be very open with our fans. Bands have been killed because of ill-informed speculation, and I hope Arturo Got The Shaft never ends up as one of those bands.

I was really rejuvenated after I got back from an Interim trip to Ireland and, though sorely missing Eire, was glad to be alive. I’m currently at a loss to explain what happened between now and then that has cast such a pall on my everyday existence.

The fact that I sincerely hate my job at Wal-Mart and that I’m not taking any history classes this semester really leaves me without much motivation to do anything. It is getting to the point that I’d really rather sleep than get up in the morning. It seems dreaming is the only real time that I am truly content. All the stress of school, money, family, and whatever the hell you are supposed to call my love life consume my every waking moment. I’m in constant fear that everyone is going to think that the CD/band/me suck or that my professors are going to think I’m some idiot jackass or that I’m never going to get anywhere with my life.

I’m scared to death of ending up like my father. And fear only makes you work hard enough to keep the nightmares away.

I used to say that I judged my existence on my desire to shave; how much I actually wanted to look presentable said something about how I felt I was doing in my life… I’ve been forcing myself to shave for quite a while.

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  • Rob Spectre
  • 24
  • Feb
  • 02

This past week has seen a lot of our grassroots promotion for the band with the two of us playing at a couple parties. Many thanks to these folks whom I still don’t believe we actually *know*. Much rock was brought and many a string broken. With all the work we’ve had with the sound system, it is good to know we can still fill a noisy college party with sound all by our little unamplified selves. It’s rough work in front of definitely unforgiving crowds, but somebody’s got to do it.

Everyone who has bought the CD has enjoyed it so far, definitely a good sign. I have to admit I’ve always been scared to death of what people think of our music, but every bit of encouragement we’ve heard has meant the world to us. Drew is thinking that I’m pushing the CD too much, so if you happen to see me running around with a shiny piece of plastic in hand, quickly put a bag over my head and beat me with reeds before I tarnish the noncommercial name of Arturo Got The Shaft yet again.

This weekend will easily be the busiest weekend for the Shaft yet with two big shows on two big days. We’re looking for bringing an unusually mellow amount of rock to the Blue Moon Friday (which probably won’t happen), and then total rock obliteration at the Haymarket Hideaway Saturday. If you have the means to attend both shows, they will be quite different but all with the same geek rock attitude that has been the staple of the World’s Uncoolest Band.

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  • Rob Spectre
  • 21
  • Feb
  • 02

Never release a CD. No matter what your friends say. No matter what your bandmates think. Releasing a CD is guaranteed to make you pop up with stress zits like no other.

Last night, Drew and I rocked out to an ungodly hour and both agreed that we *had* to get up at 8:00am to print the labels and inserts for the CD. We’ve been trying for nearly half a week to get them printed ahead of time, but ran into problem after problem after motherfucking problem. We were getting desperate and absolutely against pushing back the release date. It was 20 February. We were releasing our CD.

Let me go on the record as saying that the printing facilities in the City of Hastings largely suck to such a stupifying degree, that mere astonishment caused us to patronize one of the many horrible options we were presented with. Let me also go on the record as saying that Drew and I are two reasonably intelligent gentlemen… unless we are sleep deprived. I don’t believe collectively we could have established enough cognitive function to use crude stone tools. So, sleepy, stupid, and sincerely pissed off, we proceeded to trapse all across Hell and sundry in an attempt to find a place to print our labels. We succeeded… kind of.

So, in short, the CD is ready for people to purchase and the quality is up to our usual high standards. It caused possibly the worst day in Shaft history, but by God, we sold our first CD to Mr. Ben Clark at 11:13pm, making the release date by a full 45+ minutes. With the evening set in, we are pretty well good to go for our expected indulation of CD requests. Come and get ‘em, they’re nice and fresh.

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  • Rob Spectre
  • 20
  • Feb
  • 02

This is a loud and emphatic message to all the divine forces who seem to be trying to prevent Arturo Got The Shaft from rocking fully:

It is Wednesday, 20 February 2002 and we *ARE* releasing our CD today!

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