Phase 1 Complete!

We've had a great first week on the road with Chris Pureka and her awesome band. The northwest had some rain and cold for us, but it was good to us as it always is.

Starting Saturday we do the California portion of the tour. It's a beautiful drive from northern Oregon to LA, but a bit long, so we'll be stopping over in SF for the night. Jesse Bonn from the Maldives will be joining us as we paint the town.

Life is good!

- Kenny Bloggins mobile


News, Video, Etc...

We're just a few weeks away from our November West Coast tour with Chris Pureka. Its our last tour of the year, and we are really excited to hit the road before the long rainy winter sets in. We are currently working on some new songs and planning our strategy for 2011. We are going to be doing a lot of touring next year so we will see you all soon!

We also have a new video from the Hoes Down Festival:


Fall Tourdates Announced!

We've got a bunch of shows lined up for the fall along the West Coast. Every single one of them is going to be awesome!

Sep 16 2010 8:00P The Independent with Langhorne Slim San Francisco, California
Sep 17 2010 8:00P Brookdale Lodge with Langhorne Slim (FolkYeah Presents) Santa Cruz Mountains, CA
Oct 1 2010 8:30P Powerhouse Pub with The Mother Hips Folsom, CA
Oct 2 2010 2:00P Hoes Down Harvest Festival Guinda, CA
Oct 8 2010 8:30P SOhO with The Mother Hips Santa Barbara, CA
Oct 9 2010 1:00P Joshua Tree Roots Music Festival with These United States, Langhorne Slim, and more Joshua Tree, CA
Nov 8 2010 8:00P Wild Buffalo House of Music Bellingham, WA
Nov 9 2010 8:00P The Tractor Tavern Seattle, Washington
Nov 10 2010 8:00P Mississippi Studios Portland, OR
Nov 11 2010 8:00P Axe and Fiddle, Pub and Grill Cottage Grove, OR
Nov 13 2010 8:30P Spaceland with Chris Pureka Los Angeles, CA
Nov 14 2010 8:00P House of Blues-San Diego San Diego, CA
Nov 15 2010 8:00P Muddy Water’s Cafe Santa Barbara, California
Nov 16 2010 8:00P The Catalyst Santa Cruz, CA
Nov 18 2010 8:00P Downtown Brewing Company San Luis Obispo, CA


One from the road

Matt snapped this great photo after our last show with These United States in Santa Fe. We had such a great time playing with them! Thanks to everyone who came out to see us and we will see you all soon!


Latest tour videos online!

The last few dates with These United States were a lot of fun - especially our weekend in Vegas! Check out Jesse's latest videos:


Day Two Video now up

So far so good - we're in Las Vegas at our suite at Caesar's getting ready for the show tonight with These United States. This video is from our San Francisco and Los Angeles shows - check it out!


August run with These United States

We had such an amazing week in Colorado earlier this month - thanks to everyone who came out to see us! Now that we have caught our breath and cooled down a bit (it was hot out there) we are gearing up for our August tour - every show is with our good friends These United States:

Wednesday August 11th, 2010
Crepe Place - Santa Cruz, CA
1134 Soquel Avenue
with These United States
21+ - $10

Thursday August 12th, 2010
Bottom of the Hill - San Francisco, CA
1233 17th Street
with These United States and Boxcar Saints
21+ - $12

Friday August 13th, 2010
Spaceland - Los Angeles, CA
1717 Silverlake Blvd
with These United States
21+ - $10

Saturday August 14th, 2010
Bunkhouse Saloon - Las Vegas, NV
124 South 11th Street
with These United States

Monday August 16th, 2010
Rhythm Room - Phoenix, AZ
1019 East Indian School
with These United States

Tuesday August 17th, 2010
Santa Fe Brewing Co - Santa Fe, NM
with These United States

Wednesday August 18th, 2010
Low Spirits - Albuquerque, NM
2823 2nd Street Northwest
with Bellemah and Pierre
21+ - $5

Thursday August 19th, 2010
Plush - Tucson, AZ
340 East 6th Street
with Courtney Robbins and Leila Lopez
21+ - $5


Colorado, here we come!

We are hitting the road this week - driving out to beautiful summertime Colorado via Utah. Stay tuned to The Whale's Tale for updates from the road. And hey! We'll see you out there!

Wednesday July 14th, 2010
Urban Lounge - Salt Lake City, UT
241 South 500 East
with Fox Van Cleep and The Highbeams

Thursday July 15th, 2010
Hi-Dive - Denver, CO
7 S. Broadway
with Andrea Ball and The Hollyfelds
21+ - $8

Friday July 16th, 2010
Triple Nickel Tavern - Colorado Springs, CO
26 S. Wahsatch Avenue

Saturday July 17th, 2010
Private Show - Aspen, CO

Sunday July 18th, 2010
Carbondale Summer of Music Concert Series - Carbondale, CO
Sopris Park
All Ages - Free


Heading up north! New Video!

Check out this great video Jesse made during our rehearsal a few weeks ago:

Also, we are heading up to the Pacific Northwest this weekend to play some shows and hang out with some good friends. (and definitely to eat at the Oxacan place next to the Sunset Tavern in Ballard)

Here is a list of the shows:

Thursday June 17th, 2010
Axe and Fiddle - Cottage Grove, OR
641 E. Main Street
with Anticipate Pie
21+ - $5

Friday June 18th, 2010
Sunset Tavern - Seattle, WA
5433 Ballard Avenue Northwest
with The Horde and Harem and Jack Wilson & The Wife Stealers
21+ - $8

Saturday June 19th, 2010
Berbati's Pan - Portland, OR
231 SW Ankeny Street
with Beautiful Trainwrecks and The Lower 48
All Ages - $8

See you up there!



We're really excited to announce that we'll be headlining an ALL AGES SHOW at The Rickshaw Stop SF on Friday June 11th. It's been a while since we've played The Rickshaw, and it's gonna be great! Joining us on the bill are San Diego's alt-folk rockers Get Back Loretta, and local surf-rockers A B and the Sea. We'll be trying out some new material, slated for our next album, pulling out songs from the vault, and maybe a couple of surprises...?

Here are the details:

Friday, June 11th
The Rickshaw Stop
155 Fell St (@ Van Ness)
San Francisco, CA

Doors: 8:30/ $10/ ALL AGES!


Socal weekend coming up

We will be coming down to LA and San Diego this weekend:

Friday May 28th, 2010
Spaceland - Los Angeles, CA
1717 Silver Lake Blvd
with Parson Redheads, Olin and the Moon, and Whispering Pines
21+ - $7

Saturday May 29th, 2010
Casbah - San Diego, CA
2501 Kettner Blvd

Come on out and see us debut some brand new material!


OTW Twitter

Its a simple concept: 7 days in a week, 7 members in the band, 7 days of different people twittering on the Or, the Whale Twitter page. Check it out!


Tour Diary #2

Thanks for an awesome tour friends.


Updated SXSW schedule

Here is our complete schedule in Austin this week. All shows are free! We will be hanging out all week, so if you're in town look us up for a beer!

Wednesday March 17th, 2010
ZonePerfect live.create lounge - Austin, TX (SXSW)
503 Neches Street
Free - 5pm

Wednesday March 17th, 2010
Dominican Joe's - Austin, TX (SXSW)
515 S. Congress Avenue
Free - 8:30pm

Thursday March 18th, 2010
Brooklyn Vegan/AnSo Party - Austin, TX (SXSW)
2908 Fruth Street
with Thee Oh Sees, A Sunny Day in Glasgow, Slim Cessna's Auto Club, and more!
Free - 1pm

Thursday March 18th, 2010
Bay Area Takeover - Austin, TX (SXSW)
617 E. 7th Street
with Sleepy Sun, Birds and Batteries, Wallpaper., more!
Free - 4:40pm

Friday March 19th, 2010
Mother Hips Party - Austin, TX (SXSW)
2538 Guadalupe Street
with The Mother Hips, Chuck Prophet, and more!
Free - 2pm

Saturday March 20th, 2010
Force Field/Hometapes Party - Austin, TX (SXSW)
815 E. 6th Street
with Bear in Heaven, Pattern is Movement, Bowerbirds, and more!
Free - 3:40pm

Saturday March 20th, 2010
Cheer Up Charlie's Party - Austin, TX (SXSW)
1104 E. 6th Street
with tons of amazing bands!
Free - 6:30pm


Tour Diary Volume One Now Online!

Hey folks! Our tour with the Maldives has been amazing so far. Our shows in the Northwest and San Francisco were awesome in every way. As usual, we are doing blog posts as we go - but this time its a bit different because we are doing a Video Blog (as promised a few posts ago).

So, without further ado - here is volume one. Enjoy, and we'll see you on the road!


Tour is a beautiful thing

Here is our official tour schedule, including SXSW appearances. (note, we are still adding and sorting out some details - I will post and major changes if necessary)

Mar 9 Doug Fir Lounge with The Maldives Portland, Oregon
Mar 10 Tractor Tavern with The Maldives Seattle, Washington
Mar 11 Axe and Fiddle with The Maldives Cottage Grove, Oregon
Mar 12 The Independent with The Maldives San Francisco, California
Mar 13 Hotel Cafe with The Maldives Los Angeles, California
Mar 14 Bar Pink with The Maldives San Diego, California
Mar 15 Club Congress with Delta Spirit and The Maldives Tucson, Arizona


Mar 17 Zone Perfect Live.Create Lounge 5pm
Mar 17 Dominican Joes 7:30pm
Mar 18 Brooklyn Vegan/AnSo Party at Spider House 1pm
Mar 18 Bay Area Takeover at The Beauty Bar 4:40pm
Mar 19 Mother Hips Party at The Hole in the Wall (set time tbd)
Mar 20 Force Field/Hometapes Party at Friend Island 3pm
Mar 20 Cheer Up Charlies 6:30pm (in between 2 events)

See you on the road!


Hitting the Beach

We've had enough rain and wind and are heading south to Solana Beach saturday night to play a show with The Mother Hips and Billy Midnight. Details and tickets can be found here - we hear that the show will sell out, so buy tickets in advance!

Then its a week off until we hit the road for 2 weeks with the Maldives heading down to Texas for the too much fun thing.

Our version of Toxic has been creating quite the stir on the internet - don't believe me? Try Googling it!

Things are insane for us right now - big things are happening, and new music is being created. 2010 is off to a great start.

See you all on the beach next weekend!


Top Secret Toxic Project

Its finally here! Our very own secret project is ready for prime time, courtesy of the Fantasy Covers Project podcast on the blog Coke Machine Glow. They have given us special permission to release the song to our fans early. You can download it free!

Or, the Whale - Toxic

We encourage you to share this with your friends, enemies, family, roommates... whomever you think would want to hear it. Right click to download, distribute, and indulge, compliments of us here at the Whale's Tale.

In other news, Alex has a feature at The Black Harbor as part of their new Auditory Viewing series. These are very good friends of the band, and they also recently did a video feature on Justin.

Immediately after last week's "List of Lists" posting, we discovered about 10 more lists that we were on. I am not going to post them all here - but needless to say we Thank You all for helping us have an awesome 2009. Things are going to get even better in 2010! Our first show of the year is less than a month away, and our awesome tour with The Maldives down to South By Southwest is less than 6 weeks away!


A list of lists

I know I promised our top secret project for my next Whale's Tale post - hang in there! Its coming soon! Instead, what I have to offer you is a list of lists: The year end top ten lists which we are really proud and psyched to be on.

We have shows coming up! San Diego at the end of Feb with The Mother Hips, and then a 2 week tour in March through the Northwest and into Texas. All March shows are with The Maldives! Top secret project or no, it just doesn't get any better than that! At least for us - we love those guys.

Without further ado - the list of lists:








OTW goes Belly Up

We've added a show to our calendar. Feb 27th at the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach, CA with the Mother Hips. Its going to be an excellent show - a little warmup for our tour starting March 9th in Portland, OR that takes us to SXSW with our good friends The Maldives. We are really looking forward to playing with the Mother Hips again! Those guys kicked a little ass at Great American Music Hall last month and I have a feeling they'll kick a little more next month.

Full show details and tickets can be found here.

We are almost done with our top secret project! I have a feeling the next Whale's Tale post will be about that - so check back soon.

In the meantime - happy new year - this is going to be a good one!