Dec 25, 2014
HAPPY HOLIDAYS, Y'ALL!
We played some very memorable IWTDI shows this year - including sharing the stage with our heroes, The Posies - among many other great acts. We're looking forward to 2015 - you might even hear some new music from us... ;)
As usual, I've geeked out and made a Top Ten Albums Of The Year list. And for all you hip kids with your Internets, I've made a Spotify playlist of favorite tracks from these 10 albums and other highlights from 2014. Check it out here, and be sure to let me know about your top ten in the comments!
JOHN'S TOP TEN ALBUMS OF 2014
#1 LYDIA AINSWORTH - RIGHT FROM REAL
#2 U2 - SONGS OF INNOCENCE
#3 RYAN ADAMS - RYAN ADAMS
#4 RUN THE JEWELS - RUN THE JEWELS 2
#5 A SUNNY DAY IN GLASGOW - SEA WHEN ABSENT
#6 BLACK MAP - ...AND WE EXPLODE
#7 TOBACCO - ULTIMA II MASSAGE
#8 TYCHO - AWAKE
#9 PORTER ROBINSON - WORLDS
#10 D'ANGELO - BLACK MESSIAH
Nov 20, 2014
We're all staying busy with life and other musical projects at the moment, so the IWTDI shows have been getting fewer and farther between. Our last show was in August at Oak City 7 with The Posies, definitely a milestone for us!
Since it will have been a full four months, we're really looking forward to our last show of the year (and our last show for another long while).....check it:
Oct 7, 2014
I Was Totally Destroying It recognizes that we have fans on all sides of the political fence and we appreciate each and every one of you. We also recognize that North Carolina’s state government needs a serious makeover. We believe in equal rights and equal pay for all genders and races. We believe same-sex marriages are entitled to the same benefits and protection as heterosexual marriages. We believe in the funding and availability of comprehensive women’s healthcare. We believe what a woman does with her body is her business. We believe in funding programs for those who are down on their luck, and we believe we cannot judge those who use them. We believe that students, the elderly, and minorities all deserve ample time and opportunities to vote. We believe teachers should be treated with respect and adequately compensated. We believe the state’s per-pupil funding needs to be increased. Finally, we love motorcycles and vaginas but believe they don’t belong on the same bill.
It’s cool if you don’t agree with us. It’s cool if you do. But all the complaining on social media and in real life means nothing if you don’t put your money where your mouth is and vote.
Here is a link to a new IWTDI song attempting to express some of the beliefs listed above, featuring great contribution from Aslan Freeman (vocals, guitar, production, engineering, mixing) and Mike Kane (drums), both from the band Unifier. The song is called "Parentheses" and is paired with a remix of "Parentheses" by Paul Leary, as well as a new song from our friend Lutie Cain. Thanks to the NC Music Love Army for having us and for giving proceeds from the purchase of this single (available now on Bandcamp where you can "name your price") to the causes that need it most. Thanks for listening and thanks for doing what is right on November 4th.
Aug 12, 2014
Our only show for the foreseeable future is next Thursday August 21 at Oak City 7 with one of our favorite bands of all time - The Posies!
Lowderstill, Rebekah Todd & The Odyssey, and Dragmatic will kick off the night, followed by IWTDI at 8:30 and The Posies at 9:30pm. The show is completely free - check out OakCity7.com for all the info!
We plan to debut a brand new song at this show, plus play a lot of the old favorites! Come cap off the summer with us and enjoy some great live music in the process.
Here's a classic from The Posies....
Jun 16, 2014
We're back! Two shows lined up for this summer, both are FREE FREE FREE. Free.
Friday July 4: I Was Totally Destroying It @ Deep South The Bar, Raleigh, NC
(immediately following the fireworks, which are best viewed from Deep South The Bar's patio!)
Thursday August 21: The Posies, I Was Totally Destroying It, more @ Oak City 7, Raleigh, NC
See y'all soon!
Apr 10, 2014
Quick update on some awesome free outdoor shows we have lined up over the next month!
SATURDAY APRIL 12: Live & Local on Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC. IWTDI plays the Horne St Stage at 5pm.
SATURDAY APRIL 26: 140 Plaza, Chapel Hill, NC. IWTDI plays three separate sets between 3pm and 7pm.
SATURDAY MAY 3: OutRaleigh!, City Plaza, Raleigh, NC. IWTDI plays at 3:30pm.
Hope to see you out there!
Feb 24, 2014
Hello! Hope you are all having a great 2014 thus far.
Our first show of the year is shaping up quite nicely...
In other news, we've all been active with new musical ventures as well as keeping IWTDI going when time permits! Curtis has launched his new project Panels, of which John and Rachel are both members as well (along with members of Unifier and Lila, etc). The band is very excited about what is to come - they released their debut single "In The Dark" earlier this month and will be releasing more songs throughout the year - and making their debut live performance in May. "Like" Panels on Facebook to keep up with details on that!
Dec 21, 2013
I've been doing year-end lists for as long as I can remember, and here are my top 10 albums for 2013!
I've also made a Spotify playlist (embedded below - or just click here to launch) of my favorite tracks from these albums and others - except my #1 album is missing as it is not available on Spotify, so head on over to YouTube to listen to my absolute favorite record of the year...
Oh, and if anyone is keeping score, this is my favorite song of the year...off an album I wasn't super into otherwise....
So check out this list, let me know your picks, and enjoy the mix while you're wrapping presents for loved ones! Hope you've all had a great year and we'll see you in 2014!
-John & IWTDI
1. MY BLOODY VALENTINE - MBV
2. HAIM - DAYS ARE GONE
3. KANYE WEST - YEEZUS
4. DAVID BOWIE - THE NEXT DAY
5. DISCLOSURE - SETTLE
6. DAFT PUNK - RANDOM ACCESS MEMORIES
7. VIENNA TENG - AIMS
8. PAUL MCCARTNEY - NEW
9. BOARDS OF CANADA -TOMORROW'S HARVEST
10. BIG SEAN - HALL OF FAME
Nov 19, 2013
We are very excited to be playing our first show in 4 months (and what will be our last for several more) at the Deep South Entertainment 18th Annual Christmas Party at Deep South The Bar on Friday December 6th!
The lineup is insane: come early for openers Unifier, Vinny Vegas, The Roman Spring...and stick around for the super secret surprise headliners that I totally can't tell you about for really real.
Advanced tickets are only $7 and are on sale now. You can buy at the door for $10, but if I were you, I'd buy now. Deep South The Bar only holds 100 people (25 of which will be in the bands playing, haha), and a lineup like this would usually play at a room 5 times the size...
Bottom line: this is one of the best shows we've ever assembled and it's going to be a giant throwdown. JOIN US, Y'ALL.
Sep 25, 2013
Jun 25, 2013
Our very own John Booker turns 32-years-cool this Independence Day, and we’ll be celebrating at Deep South The Bar in Raleigh.
Downtown Raleigh will have a ton going on in City Plaza and Red Hat Amphitheater all day up until 10:30pm- when I Was Totally Destroying It will take the stage to play a show as your official “afterparty” band. Oh, and it’s totally FREE.
Join us early though- we’ll be hanging out on the Deep South patio, drinking and watching the fireworks displays (2 sets this year – 9:15pm above City Plaza and 10:15pm at Red Hat). The patio is arguably the best spot to view the display from, and add in the shimmer wall and the live music spilling over from the amphitheater….awesome.
So come hang! We’ll be there starting at 7pm, and at 10:30pm we’ll play a free set featuring some deep cuts and cover songs you won’t want to miss! This is our only public performance for the foreseeable future, so we'd love to see you.
We’ll have it all- food, drinks, fireworks, rock and roll, and birthday fun for the nation and Mr. Booktown. Let’s party.
Apr 17, 2013
We're very excited to play Cat's Cradle -and technically our home of Orange County- for the first time in almost exactly 2 years! That's nuts. No home-county shows in 2 whole years. Wake and Durham(and the rest of the US a couple of times!), you've been so good to us in the meantime- thanks!
We couldn't have asked for a better way to celebrate- please join us Friday April 26 at the legendary Cat's Cradle with our incredibly talented friends Lila and Unifier. Tickets are only $5 in advance ($7 at the door), the show is all ages, and Unifier kick things off at 9:30 on the dot (IWTDI will take the stage at 10:15)!
Head over to the Facebook Event and let us know you're coming!
PARTY PARTY PARTY
Feb 6, 2013
This Friday, February 8th, we'll be joining a bunch of great Triangle bands on Blount Street in downtown Raleigh to help out a great friend of the local music community, Mr. Robbie Bruce. Robbie's young son, Ian, has had some medical issues and we want to help them cover some of those hospital bills and be able to stay on their feet through these difficult times.
$10 gets you in to shows at both Tir Na Nog and The Pour House. IWTDI headlines at Tir Na Nog at 12:30am. Yes, 12:30am. It's late - we never play that late - but this is for the amazing Bruce family, so we're doing it and you should too. Come stay up late with us! This will be our last show until this summer, come support a great cause, and a great family.
Click here for more info!
Dec 23, 2012
Happy holidays from me - John! Here are my top 20 favorite albums of 2012.
You can also check out my Spotify playlist featuring some of the highlights from the list below and more!
01. G.O.O.D. Music - Cruel Summer
02. The Sea And Cake - Runner
03. Stars - The North
04. Emperors - Stay Frosty
05. Nada Surf - The Stars Are Indifferent To Astronomy
06. Garbage - Not Your Kind Of People
07. Weird Dreams - Choreography
08. Smashing Pumpkins - Oceania
09. Cloud Nothings - Attack On Memory
10. Les Discrets - Ariettes Oubliees...
11. Baroness - Yellow & Green
12. Now, Now - Threads
13. Motion City Soundtrack - Go
14. Cat Power - Sun
15. Forgetters - Forgetters
16. White Lung - Sorry
17. Van Halen - A Different Kind Of Truth
18. Frank Ocean - Channel Orange
19. The Human Eyes - Guiding Eyes For The Blind
20. Zammuto - Zammuto
Dec 8, 2012
HAPPY HOLIDAYS, FRIENDS OF IWTDI!
This has been a very eventful year for us- we spent the last few months on tour, playing some amazing shows- some of our biggest ever- with the likes of Passion Pit and Motion City Soundtrack! It's been great fun, but it's about time to wrap up 2012...
Speaking of WRAP UP….We have some very cool gift ideas for the special people in your life, and everything in our online store is 20% off until 12/31/12. Our newest album, Vexations, makes a great stocking stuffer- as do our t-shirts and tote bags (plus free stuff with every shipment)! Order now and we should have no problem getting your shipment to you by December 24th. Don't procrastinate- visit the store now, and be sure to enter the checkout code THANKYOU20 to get your discount!
We're slowing down on the shows for a while- expect some big events in NC later in 2013, though- and we'll probably have some other surprises to tell you about between now and then, too. The only thing on our calendar at the moment is a special "VERY ACOUSTIC CHRISTMAS" show at DEEP SOUTH THE BAR in Raleigh- SATURDAY, DECEMBER 22. We'll be playing a stripped-down set of originals, plus some surprising covers- and of course, an xmas song or two. It's a free show, there will be special guests(including our buddies in Future Ghosts), and of course decorations and festive treats- hope to see you there!!
We released the album we've always wanted to make back in August. If you haven't listened to Vexations yet, please check it out- you can find it on Spotify and just about anywhere else you can think of. If you like it, please consider picking it up on iTunes, Amazon, etc- or better yet- use that discount above and get it direct from us in our online store. Either way, we just want you to give it a spin. Your support keeps us going!
Have you seen the 2 music videos from the album?? We're quite proud of those too…
Thanks again, be in touch, and have a great holiday season!
-I Was Totally Destroying It
Nov 29, 2012
We play Battleship Park in Wilmington, NC tomorrow night (Friday Nov 30) as main support for the lovely Passion Pit!
IWTDI will take the stage at 8pm sharp. There were additional tickets released this week, but the show has once again sold out, so hope you got a ticket and hope to see you there!
Also, tune in at 2pm tomorrow to hear us live in-studio on Modern Rock 98.7
Get all the info you'll need to get to the show, etc here.
Kind words about us & Passion Pit from Star News here.
Nov 12, 2012
Watch the brand new music video for "Vexations"!
Nov 8, 2012
Oct 31, 2012
We hit the road this weekend with Motion City Soundtrack, Jukebox The Ghost, and Now Now! Be sure to come out early to catch our sets- we're on first! We also have a stop in Maryland during the MCS run, and of course our big show with Passion Pit in Wilmington at the end of the month. Tickets are going fast for all these shows, so jump on 'em! Hope to see you soon, and we hope all our friends up north are safe and your homes and possessions were spared by The Superstorm. See you soon.
Oh, and HAPPY HALLOWEEN!