Anyone here listen to dada and/or Butterfly Jones? (dada is most well known for the song "Dizz-Knee-Land" in the 90s.) Joie Calio of dada is a phenomenal bass player. Mike Gurley is one of my favorite guitar players and Phil Leavitt is an awesome drummer. I saw dada in Omaha about 8 years ago where they played to a nearly empty house on a weeknight. Afterwards I had the opportunity to hang out and have a beer with Mike Gurley on their tour bus. I was with my girlfriend (now wife) and her friend, with whom ol' Mike was trying to score (he didn't.) Besides the other members of dada, there was nobody else on the bus. At the time I was not very familiar with any of their music so I felt a bit weird and awkward. Now, of course, I realize I was in the presence of greatness, and missed the opportunity to talk to the guys (who were probably bored to tears after playing Omaha on a weeknight.) Chatted with Gurley a bit and had a beer while he was mackin' my wife's friend, but we all declined the invitation to go back to their hotel because we had to work in the morning. Funny things I remember: Mike Gurley wincing in pain when he shook my wife's hand - we found out later he has very bad carpal tunnel and tendonitis which is why dada breaks during their set, so he an ice his hands. Also: my wife worked for the county at the time and had access to the coroner's reports. She pointed out that the hotel where the band was staying was the site of a suicide that had happened the week prior....which I think creeped them out a bit.
Ah good times... wish I'd known their music better at the time though. Since then saw them in Denver maybe 5 years ago on a weekend to a much more packed house.
Here's some Butterfly Jones - Mike Gurley and Phil Leavitt's side project. Some of the best music of the last 10 years in my opinion. Butterfly Jones - Anywhere But Now - YouTube