The BajaProg festival is a roaring
success! We sell tons of cds & T-shirts [oh yeah, I've created some
pretty fab FTV shirts-see elsewhere in the site for pics & ordering
info], and our show seems to go down a storm. Lots of interesting
contacts are made; many nice possibilities await us [more details
announced once they're confirmed].
[it was kind of odd to look out the picture window behind us during the
afternoon soundcheck and see a gorgeous waterfall, ducks, and various
golf carts motoring about]. Good turnout, and also got to play with my
old chum Gary Parra for our version of the TRAP song "Presage".
A decision is made to drop "Zabaglione" from FTV8-Chris has contributed
a new tune, "Tannam" [sort of a gamelon piece], which we all are taken
with and prefer to include instead. Ah well, maybe FTV9...
Mostly a flurry of rehearsing with Jeff
all the old tunes we played on tour last year, although we drop "Real
Executives" in favor of the new stuff. Warren also books a date in San
Diego to go along with the Baja concert.
We also manage to squeeze in work on "...Cream Puffs..." Developing into quite a fun piece!
We record [as it turns out, for the
final time] at MOM'S MUSIC [Howie Gano takes the plunge and will be
moving his studio to a new location]. The recording goes well, with
both tunes being 1st takes [with a bit of digital editing]!
We also begin seriously working on the 3rd FTV8 tune, which we christen
"The Ruff Tuff Cream Puffs Take Charge" [I'm shocked to learn that one
of the sections reminds Jeff of a particular R.
Crumb cartoon I've always had a soft spot for]. We come up with tons of
new ideas and variations, most of which cause us to giggle like
We have decided to include a Warren Dale composition called "Tears of a
Velvet Clown" on FTV8. This is a track intended for the last TRAP cd
but yanked at the last minute. Nice to see it has a home at last, as
Warren had played it for me a couple of years ago.
We also are finally confirmed for the BajaProg festival in March! I
don't expect this one getting screwed up, as it is pretty established
and has a history of being well-organized. The decision is made to have
Jeff provide the drumwork for this show, as we want to present the 2
new tunes in public for the 1st time.
Aaron Isaac Ordover Sary turns 3 years old
Still not much to report. Work
continues on FTV8. Final song arrangements more or less locked into
place. We schedule a session in January to record basic [bass &
Mexico festival appearance falls
through. We're given some people to contact for expenses, who turn out
not to know anything about the festival or its promoters. BAH! At least
we don't get sidetracked from our work on FTV8.
Not much to report. Jeff Gard & I
continue to plug away at the 2 main tunes for FTV8. The Mexico City
festival looks flaky-all correspondence from us seems to be ignored.
September 15-My father, Michael Sary, Sr. passes away not long after turning 90 years old. I don't know what else to write.
Plans for an official live cd from the Louisville concert are
scrapped due to inept planning by Joeey Conroy. If you want something
We go on tour following the schedule
listed below for July [except that the Chattanooga date falls thru]. At
some point we'll provide some fun reminencing elsewhere on the site.
Needless to say, it was quite an adventure that continues to be looked
back upon fondly, and despite whatever problems occured, we are excited
about and commited to doing it again.
Finally, confirmation and method for
covering expenses on the Mexico City festival, to be held November
15-24. We'll be playing on the 20th. YES!
Tour dates gradually trickle in. So far:
8/27th: CHATTANOOGA @ THE ATTIC
413 Tremont St. (423) 267-0384
8/28th: ATLANTA @ THE SOMBER REPTILE
842 Marietta St; (404)-881-9701
8/29th: ATHENS, GA @ THE ENGINE ROOM
235 W. Washington Street (706) 353-3800
8/30th: CHAPEL HILL, NC @ LOCAL 506 [PROGDAY PRESHOW]
506 W. Franklin St--(919) 942-5506
w/Smokin' Granny + Dark Aether Project
9/3rd: PHILADELPHIA @ THE TRITONE (early 8pm show)
1508 South St (215)-545-0475
9/5th: WASHINGTON, DC @ JAXX NITE CLUB
6355 Rolling Rd. West Springfield, VA 703-327-3505
w/Stan Whittaker, Paranoise, & Land of Chocolate
9/6th: PITTSBURGH @ BACKWARDS ON FORWARD
5840 Forward Ave. (412) 421-4117
9/7th: LEXINGTON, KY @ HIGH ON ROSE
301 East High St. 859-338-9999
9/9th: MILWAUKEE @ CLUB GARIBALDI
2501 S. Superior (414) 747-1007
w/Sounds Like Braille
9/10th: CHICAGO @ SCHUBAS1 [also live radio show
3159 N. Southport (773) 525-2508
w/ Argon Evolution
9/12th: LOUISVILLE @ THE KENTUCKY THEATER
[This show will be recorded and released on cd]
After much debate and wringing of hands, the tour is pushed back to
8/27-9/13. Many sighs of relief from various promoters, particularly
one Brian Preston [bassist/leader/squeaky wheel for Smokin' Granny],
who cajols me into accepting the ProgDay pre-show gig.
Jeff rolls up his sleeves, puts on support hose, and gets back to work.
I purchase a fabulous used Trace-Elliot 4x10 bass cabinet-hope our venues for this tour have firm foundations!
Frank Wyatt of Happy the Man e-mails to pat our collective backs for
the "Partly the State" cover on FTV7. Much strutting and preening ensue.
Everyone [Chris Vincent, Warren Dale, and Chris Smith] agree to a 2
week tour this summer beginning July 23. Let the unreturned phone calls
and e-mails commence!
Drummer Jeff Gard has surgery on a herniated disc and takes a few weeks off.
According to East Side Digital, Dirk "Mont" Campbell, when informed we
were planning to record his tune "Zabaglione" replied "They must be
MAD!" He also apologized for not having any sheet music for it
[stolen/misplaced during a tour years ago] and wished us well.
Bass/drum rehersals continue for FTV8. The 2 new tunes are coming
along nicely, but so far the plan is to wait til after summer to
record, as a tour is being planned. The new pieces will be played on
the tour, so it would probably be best to wait til after the tour, as
Warren & Chris might have some new ideas we can incorporate.
After listening to a batch of boots by National Health [thanx Dave!],
it is decided that their tune "Zabaglione" will be covered by FTV on
#8. The version we have is a later, more trickier version than what
appeared on National Health's "Missing Pieces". What were we thinking?
Shawn Persinger comes to Louisville to play at ARTSWATCH. While in
town, he, drummer Chris Vincent, and myself spend an evening at Mom's
Music recording a series of improvs which we plan on releasing together
sometime in the future. Overall the pieces are a bit more heavier and
uh, rockin' than our usual fare.
An appearance at a festival in Mexico City in November is finally approved by the organizers.
Weekly rehersals with drummer Jeff Gard begin. Two lengthy compositions
are vigorously rehearsed, and basement recording gear is gradually
amassed as we attempt to achieve the perfect drum sound. Tape hiss is a
thing of the past, thanks to our wonderful new Phillips CDR recorder.
Negotiations for a short Japanese tour fall through-CURSES! FOILED AGAIN! Could still happen eventually.
Evil Son Nathaniel Elliot Sary turns 20. BEWARE!
Warren Dale came to Louisville for a few days to help with the
arrangements for about 40 minutes of material for FTV 8. I also have
begun working on these new tunes with our new drummer Jeff Gard.
Suggestions for a possible cover tune for FTV8 were discussed during
Warren's visit. So far, we're leaning towards an unreleased National
Health tune [which is as detailed as we care to get at the moment].
French TV 7 is showcased on the "Delicious Agony" net radio show 2/19 & repeated 2/20.
Obviously, the big news is that Frenh TV 7, "THE CASE AGAINST ART" is released 1/25.
The next day, I appear on WRFL Lexington radio show "The Trip with
Clay Gaunce" to preview the cd, as well as play a few favorite and
Chris Vincent resigns from FTV again, being unsatisfied with direction
of new tunes & recording arrangements. The honeymoon is over 10
days after 1st rehearsal since re-joining.
Son Aaron Isaac Ordover Sary turns 2 years old 1/22.
FTV 7 is sent to One Off Media in Salt Lake City for manufacturing.
Mike Sary soon afterwards begins crash course in Adobe PDF file
The TRAP cd "INSURRECTION" is released. This features Warren Dale
[co-producer/keys/woodwinds for FTV7], Chris Smith [guitar & violin
on 3 cuts on FTV7] and renown drummer Gary Parra [CARTOON, PFS]. I play
bass on 4 tracks.
"Under the Big W " reprise mixed and spliced to "Under the Big W"; "Partly the State" re-mixed [sorry Cliff].
Permission to reprint excerpts from Chicago magazine "The Baffler" in liner notes for FTV7 finally secured.
"Partly the State" mixed with Cliff Fortney.
"One Humiliating Incident After Another", "Under the Big W" mixed. "UtBW" guitar tracks by Dean Zigoris repaired.
Greg Acker adds flute to "One Humiliating Incident After Another" track.
"Viable Tissue Matter", "That Thing on the Wall" mixed.
French TV opens for The Flower Kings 9/12 in Cincinnati at The Barrel House. Polite applause occurs.
Chris Vincent resigns from French TV shortly after th gig to concentrate on painting & family.
A French TV line-up consisting of Mike Sary [bass], Chris Vincent
[drums], & John Robinson [keyboards, picnic basket o' tricks] makes
its debut in Louisville at Twice Told Coffehouse for a pair of
enthusiastically-received gigs. MS & JR drink "grasshoppers" at the
Bristol afterwards and plot.
Mike Sary travels to San Diego to help oversee Warren Dale & Chris Smith's monumental contributions to FTV7.