Thee Mystakes + The Donnas + X = The Stripminers

A very long time ago I was the worst band manager in the world for my favorite group at the time Thee Mystakes.

I would hustle their tape all over San Francisco and try to get them gigs playing anywhere other than our Haight Street victorian.

They were an awesome trio with Greg Vaine on lead guitar, Jeff “Lion of Judah” Solomon on axe, and Paul Stinson ripping it up on drums. It was rock and rockabilly with a tinge of grunge.

Jeff went on to Tsar, Greg now plays for the Hollow Trees as well as with Vaud and the Villians, but Paul fell off my map.

Until TODAY. Witness via a press release:

(Los Angeles – February 7, 2011) – It was in a moment of creative artistry just two years ago that aproducer friend urged Brett Anderson (lead vocals) of The Donnas and Paul Stinson (lead vocals,guitar) of The Radishes to participate in a joint musical project. An instant connection formed betweenthe two and they began writing and recording songs just for the pure enjoyment of it.

Like a moth to flame, a creative light in an otherwise dull music scene will draw artists to it. So it iswith The Stripminers now that industry heavyweights have joined the band: DJ Bonebrake (X) ondrums & vibes, Scrote (Daniel Johnston, Puscifer) electric/acoustic guitars, bass & keys, Holland Greco(Anais Mitchell, The Peak Show) on keys, banjo and electric guitar, Brett Simons (Brian Wilson, FionaApple) on bass.

On her inspiration to write for this new group, Brett Anderson explains, “I’ve alwayshad songs that I wrote just for the sake of writing, without any specific destination in mind. Ever sincePaul and I started working together it’s been great to find a place for those tunes, and write new onestogether. Working with such versatile musicians has inspired us to take more risks, and develop a newsound together.”After a few ‘unofficial’ live shows the band is ready to unleash their soulful tunes to the eager masses.

Stripminers will be performing at three different SXSW showcases this year in Austin, TX:

Wednesday – March 16thVans Off The Wall Showcase @ Emos

Thursday – March 17thBrett Anderson speaks on SXSW panel “Steady Diet of Nothing: The Road to Health”

Friday – March 18thSwing House Rehearsal and D’Addario Strings showcase @ Rusty Spur

I am such a huge Donnas fan its ridiculous. So to hear Paul playing the John Doe to Brett’s Excene WITH DJ Bonebrake on drums? Get outta town!

Which is ironic cuz I knew at some point I’d kick myself for passing on SXSW this year for the first time in a very long time, but now I am reeeeally kicking myself.

Click here to hear two songs from the Stripminers

fine, i’ll have kids

had a followup with the doc yesterday.

xbi wasnt 100% sure that i was 100% myself after vegas and the cookie diet and a few other things that will be redacted so why even bother.

one day you may want kids, the doc said.

i was all, i live in the present and presently why would i want anything that weighs me down?

he was all, you have a car payment now, that doesnt weigh you down?

i was all i could sell that car right now for what i paid for it. im free. lets keep it that way.

hes a great doc and i pay real money out of my pocket to go to him. and he fixes me and hes trust worthy.

but i know he works for them

and they want me to settle down because if i do i will climb back into the safety of chopper one and be their boy.

my mom yesterday was nagging me about buying girl scout cookies from my niece. i was all ma im watching my figure, she said you should think about your niece. then karisa chimed in saying i should help the girls self esteem and buy cookies. if my uncle wouldnt buy cookies id be crushed, she said.

i argued that the only place in my life where i feel confident is in sales, probably because when i was in cub scouts i went door to door and sold to strangers. not relatives. and i was awesome.

but no one listened. and then my new boss showed me this video of kids totally ruling and i was all fine. bring on the beginning of the end. bring on the part where the future eats you up alive before youre even dead.

as leppard says, bring on the heartbreak.