Yea, I skipped the calls this weekend. My father is still in the hospital, and I got badly injured on saturday. I needed it.

THE CALLS

1. Frank DeFranco

The Last Time We Spoke: Frank and I spoke on the phone a few weeks ago about Tiny Giant matters. He and I are admins of the Tiny Giant Artist Collective group, and we often chat to discuss ways to make the group more beneficial for everyone.

When I Called Today: Look, I’m going to just be straight here (i’d be frank, but i think Frank already has that locked down! hare hare). This conversation was way too boring to transcribe. If you must know, we talked “business” for twenty minutes, bookended with a joke about Dave Grohl. I know you guys don’t want to read about what Tiny Giant admins talk about, and what we think could “maximize the usefulness of the future messageboard” so I wont put you thru that. Here is a picture of Rick Santorum on the cover of The Advocate. 

The Verdict: Frank rules, but I must have mercy for my readers. Oh, Frank plays in one of my favorite bands in NJ, Holy City Zoo

2. Walt DiCristina

Left Voicemail

3. Nick DiDomenico

The Last Time We Spoke: Nick is one of my best friends, and has been in my family-like circle of friends for almost 15 years now. I never go more than a week or so without at least corresponding with him somehow.

When I Called Today: My conversation with Nick took place in two parts, unfortunately neither was with his alter ego, The Berg. Part 1 of this chat consisted simply of me telling Nick about how I hurt my leg very badly this weekend giving a triangle choke hold to one of our good friends, Eric Pace. Pace attempted to reverse the hold on me, and fell while doing so, landing on my leg, and bringing my closer than I have ever been to needing crutches. Nick was highly amused by this, of course. To kick off part two of our chat, I asked Nick what he would be up to today and he told me he was going to go home and relax for a bit by playing the original Legend of Zelda. Nick and I talk about either video games, beer, or music. Thats it. I went on a long rant about Zelda, telling Nick that while I adore the games, I loathe the fact that they have attempted to tie all the games into one single storyline, as if that was the plan all along. Nick somewhat agreed, but backed off in disgusted shock when I threw down the blasphemous gauntlet… I said “The makers of Zelda are simply doing what George Lucas did by making three more Star Wars movies, and pretending he was planning it all along. He wasn’t, and neither is Nintendo, fuck them both”. Nick was having none of this, as I spoke so lowly of Nintendo, comparing them to such a bastard like George Lucas. He told me he had to go.

The Verdict: Nick knows I’m right, and as has happened time and time again in our history, he will tell me 6 months from now that he agrees. 

Kicking today’s post off with an awkward situation that I didnt forsee. Go me. Dont have a whole ton to say, so I will let the entries speak for themselves. 

THE CALLS

1. Rob Bass 

The Last Time We Spoke: Rob auditioned for Those Mockingbirds a little over a year ago. He wasn’t right for the spot, and we haven’t spoken since. 

When I Called Today: This was the most awkward phone call yet. I wasn’t totally sure who this was when I called, but he remembered who I was when I told him my bands name while fumbling for basic information about myself that may jog his memory. Turns out, we auditioned him to play bass over a year ago when we regrouped the band, and he seemed to have a slight chip on his shoulder thru our talk. He asked how the band was doing, but I didn’t elaborate beyond saying “pretty good”. I did my best to focus the conversation on what he has been doing in the past year, but no spark ever took and the conversation stayed pretty cold. 

The Verdict: After thinking about this one a bit, I came to the conclusion that maybe what I described as a chip on his shoulder was really the fact that a guy (me), who auditioned him, and declined him, decided to call him for what probably seemed no good reason in his eyes… i’d probably be ticked too. sorry man.

2. Josh Benash

The Last Time We Spoke: We’ve known each other for awhile now, as his old band, Kiss Kiss became good friends with mine. Josh came out to see Those Mockingbirds play in Nyack last month. 

When I Called Today: Josh was driving back from the studio in upstate NY where he is working on the Vuvuzela record. I’m not sure how he segued into this but Josh then mentioned “working with kids gets you sick cos they are germ factories . We then had a short conversation about vinyl costs. In closing, Josh left me with, “if Rick Santorum wins, move.” 

The Verdict: Josh normally says much weirder stuff to me. I’m somewhat let down.

3. Gary Bender

The Last Time We Spoke: At Cupcake Fest, June, 2011. A brief hello.

When I Called Today: Gary and I only spoke briefly today, but being such a friendly fellow, I could feel his good mood thru the phone. He told me that he is recently engaged. On the musical side of things, Gary just finished up a new record and will be doing a showcase March 24th at National Underground in NYC. Sounds good to me. I told Gary whats been up with me, and to look for some new Those Mockingbirds stuff soon.

The Verdict: Gary and I get along well. Good chat!

4. Kaitlin Bentley 

The Last Time We Spoke: Kaitlin has come out to see Those Mockingbirds a bunch of times, and supports us in the kind of way that gives a band confidence to kick more and more ass. The last time we spoke was at our record release show in Hoboken in January.

When I Called Today: My first ringback tone during this experiment! We talked about her seeing Janes Addiction a few years ago when they opened for Nine Inch Nails. Kaitlin mentioned that she saw my friends in the Venetia Fair last nite and had a great time. Then, we got onto the topic of roller derby. Kaitlin joined a team which she is very passionate about and tried to explain to me that roller derby is more than “chicks beating the shit out of each other on roller-skates”… i am not so convinced.

The Verdict: This was a fun and informative conversation with someone I don’t know very well personally. Glad to have had it. 

5. Kaitty Bergin 

The Last Time We Spoke: Kaitty was very supportive to me when my Dad got sick this past summer, and unfortunately that was the last time we spoke in person. We have traded a few texts since, but haven’t seen each other or spoken on the phone. 

When I Called Today: Kaitty revealed to me right away that she has been following this blog, and was very excited to receive my call because she had been planning something very interesting for us to talk about. However, she had to go to work in about 5 minutes, so she asked me if she could reschedule the talk for a later time, to which I asked, “then why’d you answer?!” , ultimately, I told Kaitty that if she called me back with a good enough topic, one that could possibly trump this one, which reveals that she was trying to plan her entry, I may include it. 

The Verdict: Good luck Kaitty, but this one is pretty damn good!

6. Ed Bersano 

Left Voicemail

7. Katie Bianco

Left Voicemail

8. Darrin Bradbury

The Last Time We Spoke: Darrin and I have never met, but traded numbers last year after I messaged him telling him that I really enjoyed his band, Big Wilson River. We’ve made numerous attempts at plans which have always fallen thru! I cannot recall the last time we actually spoke.

When I Called Today: Darrin and I spent most of this conversation talking about the fact that we finally have a show coming up together, and that we would actually meet. We sounded like pen pals or something. 

The Verdict: We made plans for friday. Let’s see which one of us fucks it up this time. haha.