After a long, at times wonderful, and not entirely expected long time away, it brings me great pleasure and joy (and all other sorts of tingly feelings) to say again…
WE’RE BACK! (this isn’t becoming a habit is it?)
The real answers for why we haven’t been around much lately (besides working on our album) can fall squarely on my shoulders. And don’t worry, animals, it’s reasons of the good, great, and awesome variety: In June, I was married to the most wonderful woman in the world!
Now what’s everyone else been doing these days instead of playing shows???
Nick & Rory have been getting foot burn & school on respectively:
Pete has steadily been working in his laboratory:
And Jeff??? What about our drummer? The Sentinel of Shirtlessness:
AND FOR THE LOVE OF GOD WHEN IS CITY ZOO PLAYING AGAIN!!!
So now that there’s no excuse, it’s Saturday…Come help us freshen up our chops as we push to the finish line for our as yet to be titled album!!! Come hear old songs, come here a new one! Rebel against society! Stay up late!!! Enjoy one hell of a night of awesome music!!!
See you Saturday Night, Animals!!!
ST from CZ
Welcome back, animals!
The winter has us in full grips and we’re chompin’ at the bit to play in some snow…if it ever gets this far south!!!
1st thing’s first: We played a show at Banks St. with The Mumbles a couple of weeks ago and Nick’s girlfriend Rachel got a few shots and a vid. She put the vid up on facebook:
It’s a little dark and it cuts out during the solo, but you get the idea. Andy still hasn’t gotten us that vid he took of Eventually the last time we were there…Mr. Smith??? We’ll show it to you one day. Here’s a panoramic view:
And speaking of Facebook…if you haven’t joined us there, here you go!!!
IN OTHER NEWS…
Hey, Scott! I thought you guys were working on an album!!!
As a matter of fact, avid animals, you’re right! What seems like an eternity ago back in September & October, we laid down rhythm tracks for 10 songs. I posted a blog or two on the subject. Well anyway, with shows, other bands, graduate schools, work, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, comedies, and tragedies, we really have just gotten around to getting all 5 of us in the same room with the purpose for listening to and figuring out logistics for all this shit.
The good news: We’re keeping 6&1/2 of the original rhythm tracks and started work on overdubs this week.
The bad news: We’ve decided to re-record 3 & 1/2 songs. And we’re also planning out recording 3 more.
Now that’s not to say that all these tracks will be on the above album (we still have no clue what to call it.)
But hey, these things take time. We all have jobs or school and a hell of a lot of other things going on as well…As the saying goes, it’ll get there…Eventually. Get it? See what I did there? Using the lyric…ha ha…ummm. Ok then, you get the idea.
But what do we do in the meantime, Scott, while we’re waiting for the release of this monumental extravaganza of ear candy???
Well, animals, there’s all sorts of things…A lot revolving around Rory, actually.
Rory item 1: Besides filling the position of demigod in City Zoo, he also serves the same capacity in a band you may have heard of (…drumroll…) Vox and the Hound. If you haven’t heard, they have their 1st EP out: Hermosa you can pick it up for $5 online or at one of their shows in an awesomely flannel package (I’ve seen it. It is awesome).
Rory item 2: In addition to filling the demigod role in both City Zoo & Vox and the Hound, he also launches into full blown god mode with his own band, The Green Genes. They also have a recording project under way, Dial D for Demo. You’ll be able to bolster your music collection by one song per month gratis (as in straight free, y’all.)!
Now it’s not about Rory all the time…Our very own drummer, “Shirtless” Jeff Pennison, will be playing live with his band Big Fat and Delicious at Banks St. Bar on February 11th!!! As always, Banks St. Shows start at 10pm and are FREE!!!
Now I know you rabid animals are begging the question, “When, o’ when do we get some City Zoo action, Scott???”
Well we have the fix for all your cravings right here:
The shindig goes down at 10pm so get yourselves a sweet parking spot and head down!!!
‘Til next time, animals
ST from CZ
Did I mention this was my 50th blog post here??? Much love to everyone who’s been following this whole time. We all appreciate you so much! Thank you from the cockles of our hearts…
We’re back animals!!!
I know, I know, things have been mighty slow on the post front. Nothing since the mighty month of October. But HOLY CRAP HAVE WE GOT SOMETHING FOR YOU!!!!
Two lovely wonderful amazing chances to catch us in all our rock n’ roll goodness!!! The first….
We’ll be whipping out a few things (and by things, I mean covers…unless you ask Nick) just for the occasion! It’s our first show of 2011, so we’d love to see every single one of you amazing people!
Not only this, but we’ll be spreading a little musical mayhem at The Maison, February 17 with none other than TOASTBEARDS!!!! More on this as we get closer!
So if you’d LOVE to be filled with more info and goodness as to what’s been be going on, head on down and say hi when The Mumbles + City Zoo rips a big fat hole in Banks St. (Click it, & see what awesome things Banks St. has to say about us!!!) And yes, we’re dealing with space-time continuum stuff!!!
See you Saturday!!!
ST from CZ
What’s up animals??? With Halloween rearing it’s latex & Karo syrupy head, I just really want to share a few things with y’all.
Most of us in City Zoo are HUGE sports fans. 2 us went to LSU, 4 of us are in multiple fantasy football leagues and 3 of us are part of a group that splits 4 season tickets to Hornets games. We went completely batshit crazy when the Saints won Super Bowl 44. Rory got so excited, he went out for the team! We screamed and hollered when LSU tasted National Championship goodness in ’07. We also basked in a awesomeness of Chris Paul in the ’08 Playoffs.
So logically, with football season in full swing on both the college and pro levels, and basketball season right around the corner, this makes for the greatest sports watching time period all year!
You may have noticed that there is no mention of baseball. This will be the last mention of baseball.
Let’s do a little breakdown on our outlook in Louisiana Sports:
The Big Teams:
New Orleans Saints: 4-3 (Only ahead of Carolina in NFC South)
LSU: 7-1 (The most vilified #12 team ever)
New Orleans Hornets 1-7 (Preseason)
I’m not saying I’m concerned. What I’m saying is this: This Fall/Winter has the potential to be one of the most awesome times for Louisiana sports. Here’s why:
The Saints have not played their best football. As we all like to think, it’s obvious. The Saints are having a Super Bowl “Hangover.” What does this mean for the rest of the season? It means they have to practice. A lot. Execution is horrible. Penalties, turnovers and protection/lane assignments are what is killing this team. Having this “hangover” and coming out of it 4-3 without Reggie Bush, Pierre Thomas, Darren Sharper, Scott Shanle, Tracy Porter, and for now Jabari Greer is still damn fine. Think about what happens when the Saints decide to play 4 quarters after a full week of solid fundamental practice. Not to mention get guys back and healthy. It’s scary. You get that Tampa Bay game. Maybe even better when people heal. My biggest concern right now is the O-line. COACH ‘EM UP!!!
LSU have not played their best football either. We all know the issues with Les Miles v Media, Jordan Jefferson v. Jared Lee, etc, etc. They lost this weekend to what looks like the Heisman trophy winner. What the hell is Cam Newton going to do for an encore? If he enters the NFL draft, what position will he play? You ever seen a 6’6″ 250 dude barreling at you from a backfield? Think Brandon Jacobs, but awesome. Anyway, if LSU and Miles pauses long enough during this off week and takes their collective head out of their ass, they may realize that they went with the #1 team in the country all but 5 minutes of the game. That’s something to build on. That’s something you can beat Alabama with.
The Hornets end up 1-7. It’s preseason, man. They played less than a half of basketball with their projected starting line-up. With the exception of DWest, the guys are healthy, and if they can move Peja & his salary before the deadline, we become a prime candidate for some free agents in the new CBA-era next season. This team is going to sneak up on people. Seriously.
Speaking of CBA’s…
Both the NBA & the NFL have managed to create the largest potential screw-over in the history of sport. This time next year, we could very well not have either sport, be watching walkons and scrubs playing, or be forced to watch Tim McCarver get more champagne dumped on him.
No pic. Just sayin…
The NBA wants to cut a third of its salary and hasn’t ruled out cutting teams.
The NFL wants to continue stiffing current & former players who gave up their physical well being for the most watched form of entertainment on the planet.
Both sports claim there will be seasons next year. But who knows??? I’m sure there will be a plethora of extra insight once each respective season is over.
But for now, all I can and want to do is be a sports fan in Southern Louisiana. I’ll settle for The Saints at home on my couch, & The Hornets up close (as close as the 300 level can bring me) and personal for 20 games. I’ll be the guy cheering and yelling.
See you at the Hive on Wednesday & don’t forget -
ST from CZ
Just in case y’all may not have heard, we’re playing a show of epic proportions:
(Nov. 6 is also Marooned w/o a Compass Day!)
We’re planning on having one hell of a time for all you animals out there. You can expect all your favorite CZ songs, a few covers, and one of the most awesome forces of nature around, TOAST BEARDS!!! See you there!!!
More tricks & treats to come soon…
ST from CZ
See you all on the 15th @ Banks!!!
We’ve completed rhythm tracks for Bring on the Abuse, Fingernails, & Something You Love to Hate. We’ve also completed various jokes involving Nick’s beard! – See Rory Callais
Day 2: Tuesday – Look for more updates then!!!
See you animals soon!!!
ST from CZ