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When you last read this website, we were saying goodbye to our drummer, Colin, with nary a mention of who would fill his shoes. Well, the shoes were filled, the torch was passed, and not long after Colin’s last hurrah, we started rehearsals with the final addition to the new lineup, Josh Lava. You may recognize Josh and his surname from such bands as The Lava Brothers. Josh has divulged all of his secrets on his bio page –– go familiarize yourself with his likes and dislikes so there’s no awkward small talk at the next show.

Speaking of next shows, we’ll be at the new Bottom Lounge on Monday, October 6th, playing with The Autumn Defense (helmed by Wilco members John Stirratt and Patrick Sansone). Despite its name, the Bottom Lounge has one of the best rooftop patios in the city, has great sound, and is more the size of a North Shore mansion than a lounge. It will be just enough space for you and all of your friends and all of your friends’ friends.

We’ll also be playing at Matt’s and Elizabeth’s alma mater, Kalamazoo College, on Tuesday, September 23rd –– if you’re a student, faculty, or alumni, check out the details here. But our day trip to Michigan is only a small sample of the major highway miles we’ll be racking up in October. Canasta will be part of an all–Chicago showcase at the CMJ Music Marathon in New York, and since we’ll have all of the gear packed up anyways, we’ll be making some stops along the way. Check back here soon for more details about the tour.

In non–show–related news, we were thrilled to be asked by the Obama campaign to provide a few instrumental mixes from We Were Set Up for their YouTube operation. You can see two of the resultant videos, making use of an instrumental mix of “Firenze,” here and here. We were holding out for Obama to make a cameo appearance in an “Impostors” video, but we’re hoping he’ll be too busy for music videos come next January.

Canasta with Se. Obama