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Liberation Tourology with ALO #5

Everyone in New York is a cutting edge artist rock star intellectual genius financial overlord of the world. The greatness of New York can only be summed up by a 30 hour PBS documentary that no one has the patience to watch – so there. The only other city in the U.S. as poetic is New Orleans. One is the Big Easy. The other the Big Apple.


5/20/10
New York
WFUV, Sirius Radio, Brooklyn Bowl

New York

ALO Tour Diary #5Every time I try to put into words what New York means to me I just end up with some sort of cliché like, “It’s the best city in the world,” or some other nonsense. It’s not accurate. It’s not the best city in the world. It’s the best city in the world in which to be! When you’re in New York you BE in New York, and therefore you BE everywhere and you BE where so many other humans have wanted to BE before.

New York is now.

Everyone in New York is a cutting edge artist rock star intellectual genius financial overlord of the world. The greatness of New York can only be summed up by a 30 hour PBS documentary that no one has the patience to watch – so there. The only other city in the U.S. as poetic is New Orleans. One is the Big Easy. The other the Big Apple.

You can come to New York and play in the field of the lords, but this city, the center of trade around the world, of course demands a price. For ALO, that price is a grueling day of two full radio performances, one in the Bronx, one in Manhattan, with interviews and an evening show at the city’s newest cool venue, the Brooklyn Bowl (no, it’s not an amphitheater; it’s a bowling alley!)

I have had a lot of jobs throughout my life and done plenty of backbreaking and stressful work. I’ve worked construction, a graveyard shift in a dairy processing plant, telemarketing, been an agricultural inspector and worked for start-up tech companies and major corporations. But a day like today reminds me that I have never, ever, had a tougher job than being a drummer in a rock band on the road that’s trying to promote an album and rock people’s brains out at any cost. People should have to play the Rock Band video game on no food and three hours of sleep after lifting hundreds of pounds of weights and running 20 times around the block. It’s not about paying your dues — it’s just the job description.

Somehow we get through it all. The payoff at the end of the day is dinner at 11:30 pm. Fried chicken and greens courtesy of the Brooklyn Bowl, and they’re the best greens I’ve ever had anywhere in the U.S. — North, South East or West.

Dave Brogan

Keep up with all things Brogan, ALO or otherwise, at his official website.

Throughout 2010, ALO drummer Dave Brogan will regale us with tales from the road as Animal Liberation Orchestra travel around behind their sweet new album Man of the World, both as headliners and as primary support for Jack Johnson’s summer/fall tour.

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