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NEW BASEBALL PAINTINGS BY WILL JOHNSON
“Chalked Lines/Stolen Signs”
Opening Reception
Saturday, April 25
7 – 9 pm

Yard Dog Art Gallery
1510 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704
PH: 512-912-1613

New video for “Scorpion” filmed for Under the Arcade live music series Chicago.

TEXAS – MARCH, 2015

March 30, 2015

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HEM LINES/PYLONS/NEW FLORA:
It’s not yet April 1 and there’s already a sweet surplus of farmer tans roaming the neighborhood. It’s a noticeably early crop this year. There’s a kid with a thousand-yard stare that I see every once in a while out on the sidewalks. He’s never without a cigarette and a 44oz cup of something. Some have talked like he might be trouble, but then again, he might not be. Safe to say we both got to the farmer tan trough fast, and I feel really good about mine. Long winter by most everyone’s standards, so the energy is understandably steady. The new noises and smells and insects are a welcome ruckus. Even you, wasp.

I’ve been in some comforting bunker of a recording thing with my friends John Congleton and Ricky Ray Jackson (Phosphorescent, The Happen-Ins) recently, and the next LP sits about half way complete. I’ll head out on the road in a few days for some shows, breaking the new songs in and ironing the old ones out over the course of thirteen shows. This will be the only tour until Fall, once the record comes out, so stop down if you’re around these areas:

April 02 : Saint Louis MO
April 03 : Chicago IL
April 04 : Cincinnati OH
April 05 : Columbus OH
April 06 : Pittsburgh PA
April 07 : Buffalo NY
April 08 : Montpelier VT
April 09 : Gloucester MA (near Boston)
April 10 : Weehawken NJ (near NYC)
April 11 : Media PA (near Philadelphia)
April 13 : Falls Church VA (Near DC)
April 14 : Baltimore MD

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CHALKED LINES/STOLEN SIGNS
I have a lot of of new baseball paintings stacked and ready for an opening at Yard Dog Gallery in Austin on Saturday evening, April 25. I suspect there will be more info as the time nears, but save the date if you look to be in or around Central Texas then.
Onward, and good springtime to all. -Will J.

Living Room Tour: April 2015

February 27, 2015

Will is headed out to play Living Room Shows in April. No stage, no sound system. Each show limited to 35-45 tickets. All tickets must be purchased in advance. You’ll get a link to download a PDF with the secret location of the show and your name will be on the guest list at the door. Tickets go on sale Friday, February 27 @ 2pm (central time)

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April 02 : Saint Louis MO
April 03 : Chicago IL
April 04 : Cincinnati OH
April 05 : Columbus OH
April 06 : Pittsburgh PA
April 07 : Buffalo NY
April 08 : Montpelier VT
April 09 : Gloucester MA (near Boston)
April 10 : Weehawken NJ (near NYC)
April 11 : Media PA (near Philadelphia)
April 13 : Falls Church VA (Near DC)
April 14 : Baltimore MD

After the show last night I discovered that some of the Little Raider EP sleeves (with no CD enclosed) infiltrated my show stock. I often hand-assemble these things before or while I’m on tour. I also use the honor system for merch sales at the shows, so I don’t always know or see which item folks are buying. While the back stock and show stock usually ride separate from one another, I guess they recently decided they wanted to party together. I try to keep the ship organized, but can’t always know what happens back there as a tour gets late. Regional meats can mix with laundry, which can mix with antiques, care packages, bones, running gear, cheese kringles, stereo equipment, found art, or phasers.

I feel like this affected few people, if any. I caught it early in the post-show sales last night here in St. Petersburg, and I’m pretty sure the mixup happened pre-show while replenishing the show stock. I remember working fast, and feel like that’s probably when I messed up. So if you recently bought one of these Little Raider sleeves and found no CD included, drop a line to Bob at Undertow. He’ll let me know, and we’ll set you straight on it.

Thanks for coming out to these shows. Was a really fun southern swing.
–Will J.

Hello Friends! We’re looking for people to host Will Johnson Living Room Shows in April in the areas listed below. If you are located in or near any of these cities and interested in hosting please read everything below and get in touch! Contact info at the end.

April 2 : Saint Louis MO
April 3 : Chicago IL
April 4 : Indiana or Ohio
April 5 : Ohio
April 6 : Buffalo NY
April 7 : Pennsylvania, Massachusetts or Vermont
April 8 : Pennsylvania, Massachusetts or Vermont
April 9 : Boston MA
April 10 : Upstate NY or NYC
April 11 : NYC or Brooklyn
April 12 : Philadelphia PA
April 13 : Baltimore MD
April 14 : Wash DC or North Carolina
April 15 : North Carolina
April 19 : Huntsville AL

Deadline for submission is February 13
Tickets will go on sale February 27 @ 2pm (central time).

We’ll make this as easy as possible for the hosts. All you have to do is let us borrow your living room for about 3 hours, check names off the list at the door… in return you’ll get 5 additional free tickets for friends and our eternal gratitude.

Here’s how it works.

1. You have a house, loft, small gallery, studio or other private space that can comfortably and safely host 40-50 people. A place with a big living room, finished basement or other interior space would be ideal. There needs to be street parking, parking garage or public transportation nearby and your neighbors should be cool. It would be a huge bummer if someone called the cops because of all the extra cars and people coming to your house. You probably shouldn’t do this if you live in a small apartment with a bunch of uptight neighbors or a cranky landlord. Be realistic on how many people your place can hold. We need to know how many tickets we can sell in advance. Sorry, we can’t do these shows outside.

2. Ticket price will be $15. Everyone must buy tickets in advance. No tickets will be sold at the door. There will be no reselling or third-party tickets sales. All tickets sales are direct to fans from Undertow. Limit 4 tickets per person. We want everyone to have the same chance of getting tickets.

3. We’ll provide the host with a list of everyone coming to the show. The host won’t have to deal with any money and will only need to check people off the list as they arrive. We ask guests to arrive between 7:00-7:45pm. The shows start at 8pm and we ask everyone to be out of your space by 10pm.

4. The host gets 5 additional free tickets for the show. If you have other friends beyond your 5 guests who want to come to the show you should direct them buy tickets on-line.

5. Your home address will not be published on the web and will only be given to people who purchase tickets.

6. The shows will promoted on our websites, Facebook and Twitter and word-of-mouth.

7. We’ll need your help to spread the word on your Facebook and Twitter too. We’ll create a Facebook event for each show and make you a host of the event so you can easily invite your friends (Thank you!). Remember, please don’t post your address. The address only goes to people after they buy tickets. We need to keep the location private so random people don’t try to show up and pay at the door.

8. You don’t need any sort of sound system. All we is an armless chair for Will to sit on and glass or bottle of water near where he’ll be playing. It’s nice if you have some kind of ambient lighting like a lamp on coffee table, floor lamp, or overhead lights with a dimmer to help create a cozy mood.

9. You don’t need seating for everyone. If you have a bunch of chairs, great! But most shows are floor seating and we let guests know they should bring a cushion or pillow to sit on during the show.

10. There will be no opening acts on the living room shows.

11. We love dogs and cats… we really do! But an excitable pet running around during the show can be distracting for the guests and performers. If you have curious and friendly 4-legged family members, would you be ok with putting them in another part of the house or sending them to a friend’s house during the show?

After reading all of this, if interested please follow these steps:

IMPORTANT!
You read everything above and it’s all cool?

1. send an email to will@living-room-shows.com with this info:
- a. Your address.
- b. A few photos of the space where the show will happen.
- c. Please put “Will Johnson Living Room Show” and the name of your city in the subject line.

2. Sit tight and we’ll get back to as soon as possible if we can book the show at your house.

Thanks for your help!

After we have the dates sorted out we will announce the shows and tickets will go on sale at undertowtickets.com.

Come out and say hello! No stage, no sound system. It’s just Will and a guitar, playing songs and telling stories. Each show is limited to 35-45 tickets.

Tickets on sale now!

Feb. 11 : San Antonio TX – Living Room Show – TICKETS
Feb. 12 : Houston TX – Living Room Show – TICKETS
Feb. 13 : Mobile AL – IMC @ Satori Coffee House
Feb. 14 : Waverly AL – Living Room Show @ Standard Deluxe – TICKETS
Feb. 15 : Birmingham AL – Living Room Show – TICKETS
Feb. 16 : Atlanta GA – Living Room Show – TICKETS
Feb. 18 : St. Petersburg FL – Craftsman House Gallery

* Tickets for shows in Mobile and St Petersburg available directly from the venues.

Will is headed out to play Living Room Shows in November. No stage, no sound system. It’s just Will and a guitar, playing songs and telling stories. Each show is limited to 35-45 tickets.

Tickets on sale now: BUY HERE

Wed Nov 12 : Tulsa OK
Thu Nov 13 : Springfield MO
Sat Nov 15 : Sioux Falls SD
Sun Nov 16 : Minneapolis MN
Mon Nov 17 : Charles City IA
Tue Nov 18 : Madison WI
Wed Nov 19 : MiIwaukee WI
Thu Nov 20 : Champaign IL
Fri Nov 21 : Bloomington IN
Sat Nov 22 : Lexington KY
Sun Nov 23 : Memphis TN

Please help us spread the word about these shows. Click here to join the Facebook Event for the show you’re attending and invite your friends.

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WHEN WE LOOK BACK NOW…

Not a lot of bands have kept their original lineup intact over the course of eleven records and nearly two decades. When Centro-matic started, I didn’t have many expectations other than putting out Redo The Stacks, and maybe getting the band together to play some shows when schedules allowed. There was never a formal asking of anyone to be in the band or make it their full time dance partner. We just did what was natural and enjoyable for us. We kept finding reasons to play shows, make records, then play more shows, then make more records. As time’s gone, I’ve hoped that Centro-matic’s history together has had something to do with a specific feeling when we play. I’ve hoped our collective connection over the years could somehow be heard through the the songs and the sounds. Whether that’s the case or not, I’ve always felt proud of our particular kind of racket.

Some pretty crucial forces have kept the four of us together for all this time. We’ve largely been fueled by a consistent drive to convene, share and create something new and inspiring to our ears each time out. Most of the time we’ve just had a good time hanging out. We’ve looked forward to it on just about every occasion I can remember and we’ve come to look after each other as family along the way. We’ve remained loyal to one another and I think that’s made us a better band, show by show, and tour by tour. In a lot of ways, we’ve become grown ups together.

We’ve encountered some successes I wouldn’t have imagined when we started, and like just about any band, we’ve run across some unforgettable setbacks. One thing we’ve fortunately avoided over the years is the presence of any notable drama. A couple of folks have even joked that the absence of drama in Centro-matic might contribute to the fact that our profile isn’t bigger; that a good deal of today’s consumer culture might feed off a little pot-stirring. Never been for us to say.

I can write with no hint of drama that our December tour will be the last Centro-matic tour for the indefinite and foreseeable future. For a handful of reasons, the time finally feels right to celebrate the existence of this thing, then let it rest. I do think that the four of us will embark on some musical endeavor together again, but can’t say that it will be within the realm or tone of what Centro-matic has done.

What I do feel certain about is that this tour should be a gathering of friends, old and new, in some venues that have been kind and loyal to us over the years. There’ll be some guests here and there to help us ring things out properly. I don’t think we ever wanted Centro-matic to leave the room silently, or sadly, or hobbled. This time feels as good a note as ever to go out on and I feel safe in saying that Mark, Matt, Scott and I would like for this tour and for these shows to be a celebration of our work and time together.

One thing that has resonated with us increasingly since the start is the devotion, love and generosity within our community of fans. We were never the most popular band on the block, but the kind of long-running support we’ve received has been something consistent and immeasurable. The climate of music has morphed into a pretty different thing since we started. Even as the times have changed around us, the connection with our fans has easily and always provided our biggest source of inspiration over this incredible journey.

It’s been the most important thing.

As always, maybe see you at the rock show.

Love, Will J.

December 2014 Tour Dates:

Dec 04 : Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge
Dec 05 : Athens, GA – Georgia Theater #
Dec 06 : Raleigh, NC – Kings Barcade *
Dec 07 : Washington, DC – DC9 *
Dec 09 : Philadelphia, PA – Boot & Saddle *
Dec 11 : Brooklyn, NY – Rough Trade *
Dec 12 : New York, NY – Mercury Lounge ^
Dec 13 : Allston, MA – Great Scott ^
Dec 14 : Buffalo, NY – Sportmen’s Tavern &
Dec 15 : Chicago, IL – Schubas Tavern ~
Dec 16 : St Louis, MO – Off Broadway ~
Dec 18 : Austin, TX – The Parish +
Dec 19 : Denton, TX – Dans Silverleaf ~
Dec 20 : Denton, TX – Dans Silverleaf @

# with Dead Confederate
* with Elephant Micah
^ with Anders Parker and Cloud Badge
& with Roger Bryan and the Orphans
~ with Telegraph Canyon
+ with Monahans
@ with Slobberbone