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Day 1: We ate the worst Denny’s ever, watching scrambled basic cable, giggling and drinking Heineken at a roach motel in NorthEast Florida.
Day 2: Stopped in Savannah, Georgia and split a Stone Crab Dinner. Waited for this ship to go by to get dollar ship shots.
i95 looks the same from Jacksonville through to North Carolina, and the rest stop attendants don’t seem to like me in the south.
In Virginia now, where the trees are taller. Drinking Belgian White Shock Tops and having Hot Pockets for dinner at a Baymont Inn.
Tomorrow we arrive in New York City!
Night 3: Partied hard in Bushwick and Williamsburg!
This is my new friend Jen. Her favorite horror flick is Susperia.
The bar that served pizza with beer saved my life.
First Bluejay show tonight at Goodbye Blue Monday in Bushwick!
Night 4: First show! So much love in NYC.
We met up with Sam for lunch and watched a baseball game in the park. Everyone in New York has style and some streets feel like walking through a fashion magazine.
Saw lots of familiar faces at the show and met some awesome peeps. Our friend Tanya played a solo set that blew me away, alternating between guitar songs and viola songs that reminded me of Bjork’s live string performances. You can find her tunes here: VulpesVulpes. I got a few of her albums to bring back to Miami.
After the show we jammed on a rooftop that had playground-type stuff so I climbed around like a monkey and we thumbed our way through some covers like TLC’s “Silly Ho”. We ate grocery store sandwiches as the sun rose.
We’ve been playing without setlists but here are the songs I remember playing:
The Promise (When In Rome cover)
Oblivion (Grimes cover)
To The End Of The Map > Boogeyman
Day 5: A grueling 6 hour walk through Manhattan on very little sleep because Oscar wanted to see Times Square, which feels like being stuck inside a television set.
Again, pizza saved my life, although I haven’t eaten any pizza that lives up to the hype of “New York pizza”.
Tonight’s show is a private party in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.
6: Now we’re really in the thick of it.
Got out of NYC.
Stopped and swam in a river in Pennsylvania. Enchanting.
Went to a comic book shop near the house we were to play at. We’ve stopped at 3 comic book shops so far upon my request. JoJo thought the guy there was hot although I didn’t think it was possible for straight girls to get randy for comic book dudes. Invited them to our show but they didn’t come.
Headed to the house show and to my welcome surprise they were horror fans with lots of horror accoutrements about the house. ::horror talk::
Peeps in Stroudsburg are way cool. Laid back and friendly and funny.
We played our creepy songs. Added Ouroboros and Love Me.
( A clip of us playing Grimes’ *Oblivion*: http://youtu.be/sZulOEcDXpc )
Lobo Marino’s set culminated in a hand out of percussion instruments and I had total ego-loss and felt amazing.
Eric Funn took off all his clothes for his set of wild sleazy-horn full-band sexy island small town fuck-me music.
A small slip-n-slide was erected after the show and we got to see what kind of (Eric Funn)derwear everyone was wearing.
7: Woke up at Eric Funn’s place, went to the grocery store and got ingredients to make pizza bread. Beat *Sonic the Hedgehog 3 + Knuckles* as Tails but didn’t acquire the last 2 Super Emeralds. Recorded a live take of *Burnin’ Soul* for Eric’s cassette series. Also recorded *Tallahassee Song* and *To The End Of The Map*. ( *Burnin’ Soul*: http://youtu.be/MLFEyNoagK0 )
Headed to Philly and dropped our gear at the venue, before embarking on a journey to eat a Philly Cheesesteak. We got one but it was just sorta okay almost not really.
Becky at The Random Tea House procured for us a ginger and dark rum drink special - yum!
We played the *Loving Girls and Loving Boys / Batty Boy* diptych live for the first time.
I fell in love with the artist Lauryn Peacock. Her solo keyboard set with chorus pedal and occasional guitar moved me. I had to hold back tears a couple times because her music was so gorgeous and emotional. She played a cover of Joni Mitchell’s “My Old Man”. I told her I was her new biggest fan and traded CDs with her.
Pizza arrived during the groovy chill Outside Eyes set - yum! I fed a little to Princess Izzy the Adorable, a chipper black and white Boston Terrier.
Tomorrow: Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
8: Woke up in Philly, 6 of us snuggled in the one room of a 3 story place that had air conditioning.
Went to Grind Core House and had a vegan sandwich - yum!
Walked the streets, another comic book shop — Where have all the Aliens action figures gone in the world??
Drove through the perfectly manucured green hills of Lancaster listening to the new Mayday album.
Played old school games in KiKi's parent's pool, outside next to a massive corn field.
Went for a few local beers and headed to the venue. At this point we are hard pressed not to harmonize and sing along to Lobo Marino’s entire set. Luckily, they have been culminating in a chant-jam where we pass out instruments and sing the call-backs in the audience.
The other band was a duo called *The Process Of…*, a “D.I.Cry” band that played guitar and drum machine with talkative samples. I’m not sure if they know that they are comedic geniuses. Had us cracking up between songs and sometimes during. I’ll have to highlight them when we put some tour footage together, for it is hard to describe their unique angle of self-deprecating humor.
Partied afterwards with jams about cabbage, cats, and poop; then talked about PJ Harvey, Differentness versus Oneness of the universe, and Jameson’s expulsion from seminary.
Started a game of Pokemon Pearl, named my rival “BigDick”, and fell asleep.
Tonight’s show: Baltimore, Maryland.
Fake(?) secret admirer texts from Brandon Uhas.
Salad and Frozen Pizza.
Phone call from Alex.
Horror movie with
Melissa Joan Hart.
Monsters that can only be invited in Nightmare.
10: Still want to update each day of the tour but i have to abandon the *stream of consciousness / what i did* style because at this point it doesn’t represent the way i’m feeling the tour.
Right now I’m feeling deep gratitude to the people allowing me to have this experience. Everything about traveling to play music is about the human experience — how we communicate, how we sing, how we write in preparation, how we eat, how we groom, everything.
I am feeling *art* as….. an exchange? Or, the *way* we choose to go through our passage of life, particularly in relation to other people.
11: Richmond — so much love!
12: Lobo brought us to a river.
In the beginning I didn’t have the hang of it and got knocked down, holding onto a rock for dear life the way cartoon characters hold onto a pole in a storm. I watched my unopened can of beer fly from my shorts and float down the river.
Then I got a better understanding of footing through a river, went out to a big rock on my own, and had a little solo vocal jam with myself.
13: I am in an Octagon-shaped abode in the woods of North Carolina listening to Pink Floyd’s *Animals* on vinyl…
14,15,16(today): Whoops i fell off the update train for a minute!
We played our last show last night in Boone, North Carolina. There’s a cool breeze up here in the mountains.
Before that, in Greensboro we met up with my friend Jeremy who i’d never never met in real life (after an online music friendship of over 3 years!). He was lovely as expected. He’s also a piano prodigy and Tori Amos fan, soafter our show we had the most epic Tori Amos jam — i can’t even put it into words — my soul was on fire.
After Greensboro we came here to Boone, and trekked up Emerald Mountain to an abandoned Oz theme park. I’m a huge Oz fan and have read all the books (currently reading the Marvel comic book adaptations), so stepping through those Emerald doors and seeing the yellow brick road was breathtaking. And we were all alone, so my imagination went wild. Pics to come.
Our last show had, without a doubt, our smallest audience of the tour, so we got silly and told stories and prodded back and forth with Lobo Marino. My friend Julie came and it was a pleasure to see her.
Now we are Miami-bound! I’ve learned a lot on this tour and all of us could have easily kept touring for a long time. It’s good to know that i truly do love what i’ve been hoping to do for so long, travel and play music. I’ve met so many luminous generous friendly positive people on this tour, and I can’t wait to do it again!
Thanks to everyone who made this possible. Lobo Marino for taking us under their flipper and teaching us the ways of the road (love y’all so much!). All the friends, old and new, for giving us a place to lay our heads after shows, and to all of y’all reading my posts and taking part in my journey.
Batty Boy music video! with cameos from Latrice Royale from RuPaul’s Drag Race and Wrekonize from ¡MAYDAY!
☿ Listen to Burnin’ Soul here: http://bluejay.bandcamp.com/track/burnin-soul ☿
NEW BLUEJAY ALBUM - MERCURY - COMING 10.23.2012
By Brooklyn Grey
Great voices are hard to come by, even harder to keep hearing
for years to come, Jay Thomas is one of those rare voices. Not
just because, of the lyrical content of his work but, the melodic
undertones of his voice and how special it is. It’s gorgeous, soothing,
seductive, loving, raw, empowering to epic proportions.
Being raised around great jazz musicians, singers and chanteuses,
Ican tell you that honestly Jay Thomas is the real deal. Going by the moniker
Bluejay, he has proven that musically and lyrically that he only evolves with
time, inspiration and each project.
If there is one thing for certain, this songbird is here to stay and don’t be suprised
if down the road his music becomes required listening on unsung, strong musical
storytellers in schools or for any music lover. This bird will soar and soar to new
As a fellow artist I have been familiar with you for
sometime, but, for those uninformed on all things
Bluejay, Tell us a little about you.
My name is Jay Thomas and I’m an independent songwriter
working out of Tallahassee, Florida. “Bluejay” is me, but it’s
also a band name. The title is intentionally versatile.
Your sound at first glance is vintage with experimental splashes and
at other times, it sounds almost whimsical & ethereal. What genres
weave together the layers that make up your sound?
After a couple years of living in Tallahassee, I fell into the
Folk scene. I started writing songs with friends, and I think
we just called it folk because we were working with rural
themes, and using acoustic instruments.
I think Goblins displays a lot of folk-ish qualities in songs like
Tallahassee Song, but I’m also into creating darker and more
Some of your songs have unlikely inspirations, What
draws you to the subjects you sing about on those songs?
Hmmm… Lets say every facet of one’s life is a kettle.
When one of the kettles starts to boil, that’s when I
need to write about it and give it a sonic incarnation.
I’m obsessed with music and creation, so I’m not just
compelled to write when there’s a heartbreak.
The song Bruisey Brookie is basically the theme song
of my friend Brooke. I could hear it in the way she
partied, and I told her before I wrote it “You have
a theme song and it goes like…”
Your voice has a timeless quality to it similar to Casey Stratton,
Tori Amos and others but, has an uniquely quirky stylistic quality
to it. What artists inspired your direction vocally?
Well, while I think music can be inspired by other artists,
a voice is something you have to find in yourself. I’ve been
singing all my life, but when I started singing my own song
creations, I found that there were areas where my voice felt
comfortable, and where my voice felt like it was the right
tool to deliver the emotion of the song.
Your album “Goblins” is a beautiful collage of the above-mentioned mix
of everything, Will you be sticking to the sound you’ve done so far or
will you introduce something different on your next effort?
Thank you. My upcoming album, Mercury, is inspired by my warmer
musical tastes, like reggae and alternative rock. I remember when
Regina Spektor was releasing “Begin To Hope”, she said that
she’d have made all her previous albums in that polished
style if she had access to all the professional tools.
I love sparse chamber arrangements in music, and I will
no doubt return to that Goblins-style of production, but
with Mercury, we were at Sweet Tea Studios in Oxford,
Mississippi, and I had the full toy box at my fingertips,
so it’s a full-sounding record. I guess the biggest change
is that we’ve got a full drum kit on Mercury.
One song that you shared with me in its demo form is “Witch”.
Tell me a bit about the backstory behind that particular song.
Witch is a song about persecution. Besides being an occasional
practician of White Magic, the song is about one group of people
persecuting another group of people because of their biased
It’s about the singer telling their lover “look, we gotta get
the fuck outta here.” You gotta choose your battles,
and in this song, I decide to run, and I want to take my lover
Your live album features bits from unlikely sources
including Peter Tosh, Dirty Vegas, Portishead and Radiohead.
What inspired these choices?
That’s sweet of you to call it a Live Album – I’d love to do
a live album in the future – a collection of greatest performances
– but The Tarot Reader is more like an official bootleg. With Peter Tosh, I wanted to take Garden Girl over the edge and sing “Legalize It!” I think it’s ridiculous that America prescribes pills to its citizens that are killing our friends and our celebrities, but if you smoke a joint you’re a criminal.
In the current climate in terms of the LGBT Community.
Do you feel that the music industry is more accepting to
gay recording artists or no? Or do you think acceptance
has always been there in someway?
Hmmm… I guess the big picture is that artists are relying less
and less on an industry, and instead making their own paths.
I think people are becoming more accepting of homosexuality
in mainstream music and America in general. The next step is
the fair treatment of transgender citizens.
It’s interesting for me because I feel like I’m in the middle.
I identify as gay, but I sing about girls sometimes. I wouldn’t
call myself a “Gay Singer-Songwriter”, but I understand that
genre label because you’ve got guys singing about designer
drugs and Ft. Lauderdale clubs.
On the other hand, I have a friend in the pop industry
who’s chosen to hide his sexuality for one reason
As an artist I have a pretty massive music collection myself.
Can you name a few albums that you’ve fallen in love with
and play continuously lately?
Right now I’m listening to Mr.Kitty. He’s got such a great
emotional-electronic vibe and great style. (You can find
him at http://mrkittydm.bandcamp.com/)
I gotta admit I’ve been digging the Lana Del Rey album.
It’s unfortunate that it took the SNL backlash for
me to hear about her, but I think the album is sexy.
Other than that I’ve been listening to the mixes of
Mercury over and over to polish them as much
as possible before release.
What genre outside your norm would you most be
interested in experimenting with?
I’d love to collaborate with an electronic artist and
sing on a high-energy drum and bass project. I love
drum and bass music. Dubstep is a bit slow for me,
and leaves something to be desired.
Final question is a question asked to everybody.
If you were trapped on a desert island, What three
things are a must?