Honey Bee

So…this record finally comes out on Friday!

Check out the first single HONEY BEE

Yer pal,

Spooky

Interview With Spooky: Part 1

Possibly the most integral part of On The Cooling Board is the mysterious Spooky T. Chain.

Many people have asked over the years for more information about Spooky, and he has finally agreed to allow me to briefly expound upon his life and travels thus far.

Clark Park

This is a picture of Spooky and I as On The Cooling Board, taken at Clark Park Fest by our good friend Dani from Lover’s League

Spooky Theodore Chainsbottom was born in Saginaw, Michigan in the Spring of 1983. Theo, as he was referred to by his family, was a quiet child born to an upper-middle class home. His father Marley Chainbottom was part of the big brass of the General Motors factories located in Saginaw, who helped oversee the sweeping layoffs in the mid- to late 1980’s. His mother is said to have died in childbirth along with a younger brother when Spookywas only nine years old.

Suffering the loss of his mother defined most of his adolescence. Spooky began to feel as though he could not relate to his peers and became increasingly introspective. Spooky’s father, who dealt with the death of his wife with the abuse of prescription pain killers, began to fear for teenage Spooky’s well being as the two grew more and more distant. In 1999 Spooky Theodore Chainsbottom joined his first band, Dumb Blood.

Dumb Blood were a mix of Sunny Day Real Estate era Emo and DIY Hardcore a-la Minor Threat. Spooky initially joined the band as a roadie and after becoming a more proficient percussionist than the string of high-school junkie drummers previously hired, he played his first show in September of 2000.

Well folks. The man is getting restless so thats about all we have for today, but I look forward to sharing more about the interesting life that has begat my friend Spooky till now.

Yer Pal,
-Ryan

Sketchbook: 12-9-2013

We had the first snow of the year yesterday here in Philly.

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I like changing weather. Too much sun, rain, wind, or snow is a little dull.

We went out in the snow and trounced around awhile, and then warmed up with cider. Nellie put on her best sled dog impression and marked everything as hers. It was all new territory after all.

If you are in Philly come out to this house show on Saturday for a good time with a bunch of neat people. ALso maybe a Christmas song?

Yer Pal,
Ryan

This Land Was Made For You And Me

Sometimes we all have bad days. Through no fault of our own we fall into ruts just by living. I had a week like that this week.

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It is hard to break yourself out of a rut, but sometimes it just takes something that shakes you to your core and reminds you who you are. A great meal, a beautiful conversation, or the work of someone you admire can have you grinning like the cheshire cat in no time. Woody Guthrie is the aural equivalent of soul food.

this land is your land

“This Land Is Your Land” has been a favorite of mine since childhood. We sang a verse immediately before the pledge of allegiance my first grade year. As I grew older I learned the story of Woody writing this song as a response to Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America”, feeling Berlin’s song was unrealistic and complacent.

See the world for what it is. Walk in fields that seem inviting, even if signs say otherwise. Help other people when you can, and allow others to help you if you need it.

‘As I went walking I saw a sign there
And on the sign it said “No Trespassing.”
But on the other side it didn’t say nothing,
That side was made for you and me.’

Yer Pal,
Ryan

(Photos: The Woody Guthrie Archives.)

Looking Back On: North Star Bar July 2013

This past Tuesday On The Cooling Board played Philadelphia’s own North Star Bar at an Indie showcase put together by Broad Street Music Group. This was mine and Spooky’s first Philly adventure and we had a hell of a time. The boys from Broad St. were nice enough to take some pictures and I put this flyer together.

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We made new friends and tried out a few new tricks. Spooky was glad to get to stretch and stole the show as usual. Spooky and I look forward to seeing y’all soon.

Yer pal,
Ryan

Punk Rock Flea Market

I love looking for records. Even before I had a reliable turntable, friends and I would go to the local flea market and go “diving” for great finds in the musty boxes. Sometimes finding gems, sometimes finding nothing but Christmas Carols for Handbells, but always having a great time.

Punk Rock Flea

A few weeks ago I headed down the street with our neighbor and pal Russ to the Punk Rock Flea Market, a regular event here put on by local production company. There were lots of great wares from jewelry to screen-prints, band tees to succulent gardens and everything in between.

I went for the records and was not disappointed. I picked up six great additions to our collection for less that $25.

There is just something special about putting a new record on the turntable.

Yer Pal,

Ryan

Radio Silence

It has been a busy few weeks. We are still settling in here in Philadelphia. I did a bunch of work on my website on the back end…and deleted everything that was here prior.Radio Silence

There are a lot of exciting things coming your way in the next few weeks from the On The Cooling Board. From recipes to music to even some new writings and video clips it is going to be big Summer.

We are gathering our thoughts here on the couch after a long weekend and I can’t help but to be thankful for our family, both extended and immediate. Hope y’all had a good long weekend.

Yer Pal,

-Ryan

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