So, it’s January 20. Nothing at all important happening today, is there? Nothing that the world may remember forever with massive regret? Sigh.
For a happy distraction, I figured we’d gone just about deep enough into 2017 without a post here on This Is Nowhere. Three weeks is probably our longest dry spell ever. But fear not… the ticker says it’s only 62 days till the return of The Airborne Toxic Event! Brighter days ahead. And in fact, we got a slice of good news this week.
TATE Returns to the Festival Circuit
The Airborne Toxic Event have been regulars on the summer festival circuit since their inception, typically making several festival appearances every year before their recent hiatus. But it’s been awhile – almost a year and a half, in fact, since they left the stage at Riot Fest Toronto 2015.
After their announced resurrection this March, hopes were high that the band might return to Coachella in 2017, but alas, the group was nowhere to be found when the lineup was released shortly before Christmas. Several other festival announcements followed, all of them Airborne free.
But wait, what’s this? Second-year festival The Bonanza Campout, which takes place June 23-25 just outside Salt Lake City, recently unveiled their slate, and it was music to a TATE fan’s ears: the first indication of what’s to come from the band after their four-night home stand in L.A. this spring (HT Elva). The Airborne Toxic Event since confirmed that their Bonanza set will take place June 24. Hopefully there will be many more stops to follow.
Adrian Bear’s Black Paw
Apart from Anna Bulbrook, Mikel Jollett’s bandmates have largely stayed off the radar during the band’s long break. One of them resurfaced last month, however, as bassist Adrian Rodriguez made his live debut under the name of Black Paw, performing with his Airborne predecessor, Noah Harmon.
Adrian has adopted the name @iamblackpaw on both Twitter and Instagram. He can also be found on Facebook, where we learned that his first single “Chasing Blue” is due out before the end of this month. Keep an eye out!
All I Ever Wanted is for You to Join the Party!
Just a reminder that there are still a few tickets left to join us for a cinema screening of All I Ever Wanted in the band’s hometown on March 24, the night after their return show at the El Rey. This is a one-time-only opportunity to experience the film the way it was meant to be seen, in an auditorium full of Airborne fans.
We’ll be giving away lots of TATE swag, too, including Toxic History merch, Airborne cookies from The Airborne Toxic Baker, a hand-knitted Mikel Jollett doll and much more. Tickets are just $23 – pick yours up today!
From the long list of gems surfaced by YouTuber Murray Jay Siskind comes this beauty. Scenesters is a dark comedy/murder mystery set in Los Angeles, circa 2009. Not only do “Sometime Around Midnight” and “Does This Mean You’re Moving On?” appear in the film, but The Airborne Toxic Event’s debut CD provides a pivotal clue in cracking the case.
Glen is the founder and editor of This Is Nowhere and author of Toxic History: The Story of The Airborne Toxic Event. He’s grateful for an understanding wife and kids who indulge his silly compulsion to chase a band all over the Pacific Northwest (and occasionally beyond) every time the opportunity arises.