Just in case you thought we were deep in whiskey hibernation we wanted to update you on whats been going on at Legendary Goodtimes HQ.
We decided that in addition to writing new songs it was time to re-vamp our merchandise collection. In the shirt weeks since our last show of 2013 we've manages to create two new color sticker designs, new guitar picks, and for the first time we will introduce buttons into our collection. Items still being created are two new shirt designs, posters, and soon we will have lighters and possibly more clothing (keeping this one a surprise for now).
We also managed to murder three bottles of fine whiskey and one bottle of exceptional scotch during this time and thus have plans to visit our local liquor outlet.
In addition to merch, we are also focusing our our stage presence. Look for some improvements in that area once we return to the stage next year.
We are still actively searching for a vinyl distributor, or for the means to produce them ourselves. Vinyl was always our big dream for the first album, now that its been months since it released we find ourselves still searching for something affordable and within our band budget. If any of you have any leads in that area please send them our way.
Last but not least, we wanted you all whom have come out to our live shows to know that we are working hard to bring you a brand new show for 2014 that is well worth the wait. From new instrumental ideas to incorporating Dave into more guitar and vocal parts, and we even have plans involving getting Mark into the mix when we switch instruments. 2014 will be an exciting breakout year for us, and if 2013 was any indicator we can only imagine what next year has in store for us. Until next time...we raise a toast to you - the people who allow us to live this dream and to produce this music we love.
-The Legendary Goodtimes
It's been a busy year for the Goodtimes, and boy are we pooped! A few dozen shows, a full length album, radio interviews and airplay, Last Band Standing, Southern Oregon Hemp Expo, hundreds of new fans, and loads of new music in the works! Not bad for our first year; in fact, we are damn proud of what we accomplished.
Now comes our long awaited Winter Break. We have a couple shows left this year, including our final performance at Musichead in Medford with a fantastic Canadian rock band, DIEMONDS! This just happens to be all-ages, so everyone and anyone who wants to see TLGT before we hibernate for a few months, that Musichead show is your shot.
While we are out of the public eye for a few months, we will be working hard to write lots of new material, polish our live show, and lots of new merch. We might even release a B-side or two for our fans out in internet-land, who knows.... When the snow melts, we will begin touring the region and rocking out again with all of our beautiful fans. Expect loads of fresh music and new show dates sometime in March!
Our second full length album will also be appearing sometime next year, but we haven't set a date. We intend to take our time and make our sophomore album as great as it can be. Stay tuned, stay warm this winter, keep our debut album in your CD player or MP3 player, and get ready for a whole new rock experience in Spring 2014! And don't forget to catch our last two show dates for 2013!
With love, Dave, Matt, and Mark
As we wind down our performance schedule for 2013 we wanted to change up our live show a bit. A big part of this band has always been to provide our listeners with something fresh and unique. In this spirit we have begun to embrace a few carefully selected cover songs. We first unleashed a Violent Femmes cover (our first cover song ever) at our 4th of July gig in Takilma, and the crowd went nuts. Last Saturday we revealed our second cover song this time a Beatles tune. The reaction was even more powerful. With these two test runs under our belt we've decided to go ahead and embrace a couple more cover songs which we will be working on in the next few weeks.
Our merchandise has also been a focus of the band since our beginning. Our approach toward merch has always been that of creating collectible short run items. In this spirit we are also currently working on women's tees, new color stickers, and a few more shirt designs we've been sitting on for a while. Stay tuned for more on that.
Our three remaining shows of 2013 will take us to new venues we have yet to perform in, and will allows us to perform with a few artists we haven't yet shared the stage with. All in all its been a huge year for the band. A year that has brought us on stages and events with the likes of Gypsyhawk, Mothership, Redrick Sultan, Zegetti and the Meatballs, Curtis Salgado, The Cultivators, and will end with an amazing last minute show with The Diemonds. Based on this year, we can only imagine what next years schedule will bring.
We received 2 recent reviews and a feature for album of the day from The Ripple Effect, and have started to see momentum growing in our online album sales. No complaints there!
In other news, Matty's solo project Opposed 1 is about release a second album titled 12 Signs. Its pretty far from the sound we have, but its definitely worth checking out for those looking for something new and different. Dave makes a cameo appearance on the album as does Mark.
Lastly we would like to address our experience in Southern Oregon's Last Band Standing. We entered this years competition as a new band with a small but growing following. We entered with the understanding that we might get past a round or two, and that it would result in great exposure. Against all odds, we (the new band on the block) managed to make it all the way through to the semi-finals before being eliminated from the competition. It was surreal and absolutely amazing to see the support from the local music fans of our work. We managed to perform alongside several very well established regional acts, and even gave them a real run for their money. In the end, we faced off against three other bands we are great friends with. It was a very odd thing, but we all managed to grow and benefit from the exposure - not to mention we left with a lot more musician friends then we came with. Kudos to all the great bands involved in that competition. Big ups to 96.9 The Rogue for their hard work to make events like this happen. Until next time...
-The Legendary Goodtimes
Yet another busy month for TLGT! There's nothing we enjoy more than rockin' out in Southern Oregon, and we've been hitting it hard. We played a fun show at Club 66 in Ashland with our friends The Delineators; we always enjoy playing Club 66 for its spacious yet intimate feel and the awesome staff (Wendy and Uzi rock!).. The Goodtimes also played a set at the 2nd Annual Fresh Veggie Jam at the Grange Store in Provolt, which helped to raise lots of local, organic produce for Southern Oregon food banks. Last week, the band returned to The Havana Club in Medford for round two of Last Band Standing. We played a quick, high octane set, and took first place. Our friends Black Ink Breakdown also advanced to the next round, woot woot!
Hot damn! That's a whole mess o' rockin'! What's on the docket for the next month? More rock, of course! Next week we'll be playing at Southern Oregon Hemp Expo with about a bazillion other awesome regional bands; headliners include Floater, Curtis Salgado, and Les Claypool. On September 7, TLGT returns to Silvermoon Brewery in Bend for a night of booty shakin', with local hip hop prankster Zeghetti and The Meatballs opening up the evening! September 13 is our triumphant return to The Grotto in Talent, where we will be playing an acoustic show with our buddy Diego Holbrook, and possibly a surprise guest or two....
As always, we are hard at work practicing twice a week, developing new songs, sipping whiskey, and tweaking our live show, so you always get something new when you rock faces with TLGT! The new album is being written as this is being written! We are very excited about it, we think you will be, too. Look forward to seeing y'all at a show this month, much love!
- The Legendary Goodtimes
What a great couple of months. The weather is heating up fast and so is our show schedule. We are now booked through October 2013, and looking at setting up November shows. What an awesome ride this has been. 2013 has been filled with amazing shows, sharing the stage with some amazing acts, and performing for some of our biggest crowds.
Earlier this month we performed at a very unique event for the 4th of July - at the Out N' About Treehouses in Takilma Oregon. Imagine an ewok village taken over by mountain hippies, an epic list of music performers, ziplines, giant swings, bonfires, tasty food vendors and more - plus OMMP friendly. Now imagine this coupled with the most epic and lengthy fireworks display you may ever witness - and you have a small idea of how awesome this event really is. Our performance went very well, and we played to a huge amount of people on a very positive day. We also love this event because its all ages, and we love the kids rocking out in the crowd. Matty first attended this event back in 2010, and vowed that if he ever formed the right band he would play this show. In essence his dream came true this year.
On July 10th we competed in the first round of Southern Oregon Last Band Standing 2013. This is a large scale event, featuring some of the best bands of Southern Oregon all vying for the title of Last Band Standing. Once again the crowd was huge, energetic, and really seemed to connect to our music. Dave pulled an epic high jump to kneeling landing while performing, and wound up bleeding during the remainder of the set. If memory serves there were also some crotch thrusting guitar moves as well. Most likely someone in the audience left pregnant. A good time was had by all.
We'll be rounding off the end of July with a very special show in Ashland Oregon at Club 66 with our friends The Deliniators, a surf rock outfit from Ashland. Come out and catch the show, its $5 cover 21+
Lastly, work on our next album is going really well. We literally just released our first album in April, so the new song writing is flowing and quickly. We have 3 new songs, with a 4th in progress. If our writing continues at this pace we have discussed the possibility of releasing a double album. More on this possibility later. So once again, thanks for your continued support, keep sharing our pages with your friends, and we will keep bringing you the rock!
Cheers and thanks for reading!
-The Legendary Goodtimes
Well first and most importantly we must acknowledge a death in the family. A couple months ago Dave's "Magic Pants" left this world due to a massive breach in the hull. We are told the pants passed away peacefully and under heavy sedation. Its never easy to say goodbye...
With that said, much like losing a beloved pet - sometimes the grieving process can be helped by replacing the pet with a new one. So, we are officially open to donations of new slacks for Dave. Its about closure...and we hope these pants fully close.
In other news, we made track of the week over at Rokkus Radio. "When She Runs Away" is in full rotation there along with lots of other great lesser known bands. Check em out: www.rokkusradio.com
Matty recently purchased a new guitar from his favorite axe manufacturer Agile. Those of you who have been to live shows will remember Matty's other Agile the AL-2000 model which matches Mark's drum set color. The new model is an AL-3110 and is a seriously svelt tone machine. In fact, Matty is selling his Gibson Les Paul in favor of his new Agile. Just like bands, sometimes the best guitars are lesser known secrets. For any of you guitarists interested in check out Agile guitars, you can only get them at www.rondomusic.com along with a lot of other affordable well made instruments.
We are happy to report that our album sales are going great. We only have 30 something left and are getting ready to re-order soon and hopefully get some vinyl records coming too.
Despite just releasing the album, in true TLG fashion we are already hard at work writing the next one.
Check out our concert calendar here or on our main website www.legendarygoodtimes.com to see the latest dates just added.
Lastly, thanks for being a supporter of our work, and pretending to read this blog all the way to the bottom.
-The Legendary Goodtimes
In case you missed our blitz on social media, here's an update on our recent name change:
After discovering an excellent band from LA called The In Between who licensed a song to a television show, we decided a name change was in order. We would love to license our music, but we need an original name that hasn't already been licensed. So, we spent weeks pouring over lists of possible band names, Googling them en masse, and usually being sourly disappointed to discover that the good ones were taken.
After much consideration, we decided to call ourselves THE LEGENDARY GOODTIMES. It's a pretty brazen band name, but it's also what we are all about. Perhaps more importantly, it hasn't been snatched up by anyone else yet!
So, though we are a little sad to see our former, beloved band name retired, we are also still the same band. If anything, the new moniker forces us to push harder, to reach new heights in our music and live shows. After all, we aren't The Average Goodtimes, or The Standard Goodtimes, or even The Reasonably Good Goodtimes.
We are THE LEGENDARY GOODTIMES. Come get some.
OK so first off to address the title, we were horribly bummed out to learn that some of our musical brothers in Jive Coulis will be relocating to the great north. This means we wont be able to gig with one of our favorite local bands much anymore :( BUT we are excited because we get to play two more shows with them before they head up the road.
Check our event schedule. We have one this month on Saturday the 16th in Ashland at Club 66 (the old stillwater) and then another show next month on Friday the 15th at Taroko Nights in Ashland. We hope you can make it down to one or both and help us send off our brethren the right way - with live music parties!
Our new jam room is now completed, and we will be uploading some photos of the completed space to Facebook, check out the before and after pics to learn just how much we had to do to get this room built and going.
With the conclusion of this new jam space we can no focus on post production and release dates for our singles from the new album as well as the album itself. We have much work to do including signing a distribution partner, submitting for pandora / itunes / amazon / and more - and of course ordering the physical CD's and vinyl. All this on top of deciding the final song order and attempting to both write new tunes and prepare for our upcoming shows.
A friend of the band recently remarked about how our live show has grown and become better over time. We fully agree, and we look forward to improving it even more as we take the stage in Feb and March.
So once again, thank you to those who have been with us since we began, and thank you to those just joining the fan group. Your support is all equally important to us, and we look forward to seeing your faces in person out at the shows.
From all of us to all of you, cheers! - and expect a great 2013 complete with a full performance schedule and a new album at the merch table.
First off, we have an update for you on our album progress. We finished vocal recording and are now in the pre mastering stage. We are fine tuning some volume and eq issues on the vocal tracks of the album to make everything sound as balanced and smooth as possible. Although its going to be an easy job. The preliminary cd sounds fantastic! We will soon meet with our engineer to turn in our final notes and changes, and then its off to mastering. Things are looking good for a possible release in late February.
In other news, Matty recently relocated and thus we lost our sweet practice pad we had grown quite fond of. Due to this move we are now in construction on building our new jam space. A sneak peek of which can be found on our facebook page (https://facebook.com/inbetweenofficial). Lucky for us, our drummer Mark is a licensed contractor, and has been contracting his ass off in order to get this new room built. What started from a basic garden shed has now been insulated, framed in with a secure door, dry-walled, and is almost ready for paint and carpet. This new jam room / studio will allow us to finish some new songs we have had in development for a while, as well as allowing us to customize the space into exactly what we need. Stay tuned for photos of the finished room.
Last and not least, we are very excited about our shows schedule coming up. In February on Saturday the 16th we will return to Club 66 in Ashland to jam with our favorite locals bands Jive Coulis and Ol' Mount' N Due. Jive Coulis is relocating our of our area soon so this will be one of the last shows we get to play together for a while. This promises to be a very special evening with rumors of a combined jam between the bands. In March we will play our final show with Jive Coulis at Taroko Nights in Ashland. This will happen on Friday the 15th. Our last show of March also promises greatness...why? Because we get to open again for Gypsyhawk, our favorite regional band. All in all its shaping up to be a great year for the band. Stay tuned for updates on the album and more, and as always please visit our facebook page and send us a like!
We love your faces,
Friday December 7th we entered the Use Your Gift Foundation's "Flabby Road" studio to record our full length album. The studio is owned and operated by Sandy Ficca of Firefall. We chose Mark T Johnson of Blue Jay Productions to be our engineer. This was based on Matty's past experiences working with Mark on his solo albums as well as Mark's knowledge of reel to reel recording. He is also a good solid genuine dude - which we highly appreciate.
Friday, we booked an entire day in order to play with mic placement, drum mics and guitar tones. We ended up using the entire day developing a mighty sound! We left exhausted but ready to rock the recording sessions scheduled for the following day.
We arrived early on Saturday, so we took a little drive to um..clear our heads..and then returned ready to lay down the grooves. If you are just tuning in, we decided to record this album reel to reel on 1/4 tape. This is the way rock and roll was done in the 70's.
We recorded everything live, as opposed to tracking each instrument separately. This is daring, because you have to play the songs perfect. One little slip up can ruin a great take. With reel to reel you simply cannot hide. Your true playing ability is shown for better or worse.
After imbibing a fair amount of whiskey, we conquered our nerves and set out to track as much as we could in a single day. At 9pm on Saturday we left the studio with 7 tracks finished. This was far beyond what we had hoped for. We had originally booked three solid days to record. We were ahead of the game.
Exhausted but still energized by the music we came back early Sunday and by 4pm had tracked the remaining 5 songs. Our recording engineer tells us we were the fastest band he has worked with as far as how quickly we were able to properly play the songs and get good takes.
We decided to take another celebratory drive (after a four way fist bump between us and Mark) and then passed around the remainder of our bottle of whiskey and sat down for a full listen through the entire album. When we listened we consistently found ourselves getting goosebumps. We can only describe this as if we were hearing better musician than ourselves playing our songs. It was truly surreal to now hear these songs immortalized in this way.
The analog sound is perfect. Our record will truly sound as if it came from the 70's - huge and creamy. The results are far beyond our highest hopes. It's still sinking in but our recording experience was a dream come true. We are so lucky to have the talent we do in Mark as an engineer.
What we left the studio with was an experience that we feel will permanently change our band. For the first time we truly heard what our audience hears. This gives us more confidence in our abilities, and more so in our band as a unit. We were amazed at how cohesively we played these tunes, tracking many of them within 2-3 takes. We each were able to hear abilities in each other that we normally cannot while all three of us are focused on our own instrument.
We feel that this experience will re-energize our shows and our drive to continue living this dream.
While we have not announced an official release date just yet - we will be doing so right here on ReverbNation! Thanks for hanging in with us as we grew and developed into the band we are today. We absolutely cannot wait to share this new album with you once it is finalized.
This record means more to us than any other work we have each been a part of. We firmly believe that this is our best work as musicians, and we are humbled and grateful for the experience and the ability to live this dream.
Thank you to each and everyone of you who support us and help to make this a reality. We love your faces!