Thursday, February 21, 2008

The Chase is better than the Catch

Burn that motherfucking piano to the ground. The snow and pigeon shit is melting and dripping from the steel framework of the gymnasium ceiling where country boys used to play basketball. Jerry Lee Lewis is sitting sedated in his easy chair and me and my friends are rocking and rolling.

soon...Modern Life Is War will be no more. The last tour is March 28th to April 26th. My head is spinning but i feel confident that this is the right thing to do. There are decisive moments in life and sometimes they just hit you. If the long hard road is the one your heart tells you to follow and you listen it will define you one way. If you take the easy way cause it's the easy way that will define you in a different way. I am a long ways from finished and in many ways i feel like i have just begun.


Reading:

What is the What

Lipstick Traces

Nausea


digging:

The life of Joe Lewis

Jean Michel Basquiat

Salvador Dali

watching:

Bonjour Tristesse

Eastern Promises


Jamming:

Rich Kids - "ghosts of princes in towers"

The Clash - Hell W10

US Bombs - Live

English Beat - Live

Una Mae Carlisle - "Oh, I'm Evil"

Ethel Waters - "organ grinder blues"

Valaida Snow - "caravan"

Chuck Berry - "havana moon"

Billy Bragg and Wilco - Mermaid Avenue

T-rex - Electric Warrior LP

This American Life (national public radio)


10 Comments:

Blogger Ellis said...

Jeff,
You cannot fathom how much MLIW has meant to me for the last three years. I know you hear all the time the saying, "your band changed my life," but no one can possibly mean it like I do. I didn't love MLIW just because you guys are a fantastic hardcore/punk band. As an English major, I have loved your band because of the stories you tell. I felt that MLIW was special in the hardcore and punk scene because you guys outplayed everyone in that scene and at the same time had more in common with Bruce Springsteen, Dylan, or Cash than any of your contemporaries. MLIW didn't just make me sweat and scream, it got me reading, thinking, and living. I picked up my first copy of "The Catcher in the Rye" after seeing that it was one of your favorite books. I have been an English major ever since. Thank you for the music and words..and by God, please, KEEP GOING when MLIW is done.

-Ellis

11:19 AM  
Blogger Matt said...

thanks for all the great music and inspiring words. i hope whatever comes next for you guys is awesome.

12:11 PM  
Blogger jimmie said...

jeff , check out Basquiat its a pretty powerful movie

3:32 PM  
Blogger TheWalrus said...

totally agree with ellis. your words and music mean everything to me. thanks for everything, hope to hear from you soon!

8:29 AM  
Blogger Jassss S said...

I just read the news.
I first heard MLIW when I was down and out, if I had a string (I'm still searching for it), it would be almost severed.
anyway, I wish you would have been able to come to europe, anywhere and I would have hitched down to the show.
but, your music has been amazing, and you seem to be a pretty great person too. I always feel ridiculous coming up to band members, and when you played in london, I did too. but your sincerity was really amazing.
so thanks, enjoy your shows and keep on.

7:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is sad... but all great things must come to an end, i suppose. i hope youll still right in your blog, and keep us updated on how your doing.
-selina

9:34 PM  
Blogger A War On Every Corner said...

I'm so glad I got to see MLIW the amount of times that I did. I was there in NC when 60 people in the back were talking when you guys were trying to play and I just remember being completely blown away by MLIW live. I was familiar with you guys before that show but that show just did it for me. And I saw you guys when you came with He Is Legend. Another show where I was one of the few who sang along and had fun. Not trying to boast or anything its just that NC is pathetic like that. Anyways, MLIW has been a huge influence on me with being in a band and even everyday life. Last summer, I got to experience my first tour with my band and it's beyond anything I ever could've imagined. And now in a few months, my band is supposed to tour Europe. Every time I listen to DEADRAMONES, it explains everything that touring is pretty much and how I was so anxious to get out of the town I live in and do what I love doing. Every with all the negative responses I hear when Midnight In America is mentioned, I go back and listen to that record and it blows me away every time. The point I'm trying to get at is MLIW is/was much more than a hardcore punk rock band to me, MLIW just spoke to me in a way that no other band could do it. And being involved in a scene of mediocrity and blandness, that is beyond incredible. So thank you for all the inspiration, all the times where I was able to rock out, and everything else. MLIW will never truly die!

10:31 PM  
Blogger Barrie said...

hey Jeff, this is Barrie from Generic Insight Radio (girl in NYC who interviewed you a couple years back). I also wanted to say that MLIW is one of the few bands that I've truly felt was doing something original in this otherwise stale (for the most part) scene in the last few years. Your lyrics and music have made an impact on so many people that it's definitely gonna be really sad to see you guys go. I'm sure I'll stupidly repeat all this to you at the NYC area show(s?) next week. see you soon for the final bang.

- Barrie/generic insight radio

10:38 PM  
Anonymous James said...

I am flying out to Iowa with Steph and my friend Roy with some frequent flier miles to see the last show. Should be awesome and I am going to miss seeing MLIW. I will have to find out some more info about the bonfire party afterwards. I'll probably see you in Baltimore and Richmond as well.

-James (from DC, previously Blacksburg)

8:56 PM  
Blogger STRANGER said...

i hope to continue to read your writings on here now that modern life is war is done.

8:11 PM  

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