Hello from the deserts of southwest Utah, where I’ve been hiking for the last week or so after returning from the Falklands. (If you’re ever out near Capitol Reef National Park, may I suggest outstanding free camping in the Dixie National Forest and hiking in Upper Muley Twist canyon?) The Falklands trip was beautiful and strange, and I’ll be posting some pictures and text about it on National Geographic’s music site in a few weeks. (You can stream an interview and short live performance I did with my friend Stacy Bragger on the Falkland Islands Radio Service).
After months of nonstop touring, it’s been great to get away from the urban world and back to some vast spaces, silences, and wild creatures. I’m still convinced that the real action is mostly out here.
But I’m also really looking forward to the next two months of touring, which start next week with the legendary Dinosaur Jr in Nashville. Please note the two headlining shows in Kansas City (with Cowboy Indian Bear) and Chicago that we’ve shoehorned into days “off”.
After that, we’re heading to Europe, beginning with the Iceland Airwaves festival, returning to places we visited earlier in the year (including the UK), and adding in a few spots we’ve never been (Budapest, for example). It’ll be a great way to finish off major touring for Animal Joy, and the most dates we’ve ever played in a single year.
We’re also already looking ahead to the first months of next year – plenty of recording is planned, including a mini-album of songs by bands we’ve toured with over the years (we’re welcoming suggestions on our Facebook page). It’s hard to believe it’s been almost a year since I watched Ray Janos cut the lacquer masters for Animal Joy.
Last but not least, the episode of “From the Basement” that we taped with Nigel Godrich a few months ago (ask me about that day sometime) is airing in 3D on 3net – but for those of us without the right equipment, it’ll be posted for streaming on Crackle on October 25th.
See you out there, sooner than later.
Friends: there is a mouse in my home. He/she is adorable, but I fear we cannot live together. What should I do? (JM) ... See MoreSee Less
Nora SawyerIf you're me, douse everything in peppermint oil. Tell dog he's fired. Chase mouse through house wearing rubber gloves until it runs outside. Put rat guards on all lines leading to boat (note: it is essential that you are living on a boat for this to work). Ask dog for forgiveness.2 days ago · 8
Gareth Rhys JonesIt's got the makings of a sitcom... you're neat, he/she's messy, you're trying to make music, he/she's trying to chew through your cables...2 days ago · 12
Jon GroutI had the same situation with a rat that was thriving off our composted food scraps. I try to have compassion for all living things whenever possible. So I asked myself, what would Jonathan Meiburg do? Then I waited till it was dark and foggy, strapped a bunch of lasers to my fingers and did a kind of evocative dance, hoping to enthrall the rat, but I fear one of them flashed across his eye, giving him a tracer lasting several weeks!2 days ago · 3
Ashley Schildknecht-HammellI got a pet python. It was more effective than our cat, but feeding it required regularly bringing frozen mice into the house on purpose, so it was kind of a wash.2 days ago · 1
Sherri PriestmanFirst, have a heart to heart, man to mouse, explaining all the many reasons you cannot welcome him into your home. Next, gently inform him he has 24 hours to vacate. Finally, KILL HIM. HE WILL INVITE HIS WHOLE FAMILY, THIRD COUSINS, COUSINS IN LAW, THEIR FRIENDS, AND THEIR FRIENDS' FRIENDS TO LIVE WITH YOU. Ahem. At least, that has been my experience.2 days ago · 2
Sadie PowersGet a humane trap and then take it far away and let it loose. Unfortunately, my experience is where there's one mouse, there are others, and they are getting in through a fissure somewhere in the building. I might alert your landlord to have them look into it, but tell them not to exterminate, or else they might put out rat poison, and that would be terrible for a number of reasons. But if they are able to repair the crack and put out humane traps, you should be able to eradicate them without mouse-ive slaughter.2 days ago · 4
Łukasz Widła-Domaradzki"The Cat" by Ogden Nash You get a wife, you get a house, Eventually you get a mouse. You get some words regarding mice, You get a kitty in a trice. By two a.m. or thereabouts, The mouse is in, the cat is out. It dawns upon you, in your cot, The mouse is silent, the cat is not. Instead of kitty, says your spouse, You should have got another mouse.2 days ago · 4
Jordan UrlacherI once caught and released 17 mice in the place I was renting. It started with elaborate home made Rube Goldberg devices but eventually I just bought a non-lethal trap out of laziness. I let them go in a wooded area a few miles away and although I'm sure they headed straight for other peoples' houses or were eaten by local wildlife at least it wasn't on my conscience. Side note, if you've spotted one mouse there are probably more.2 days ago · 3
Brian DoughertySeriously, the Have-a-heart traps work great, but if you release them anywhere near your house, the game is up and you start over again. I caught the same mouse about 6 times until I got suspicious and marked him with a Sharpie...2 days ago · 3
Christina Elaine LewisCorner it, carefully put a large bowl over it, shimmy a piece of cardboard under the bowl, flip, and deport somewhere it won't get back in. Bonus points: use a clear bowl and get photos. Frame them afterwards as a warning to future intruders.2 days ago · 2
Rachel AndersonHave no good suggestions for getting rid of said mouse, but if you'd like to try to prevent a repeat visit, put steel wool in all possible entrance points (I live in a house that was built in 1900. I've got steel wool in many, many places.)2 days ago · 1
McKinley M. HellenesGreat suggestions from everyone. On an esoteric note, if all else fails, ask the fairies nicely if they will come retrieve their minion. Pay them in windowsill cream and fingernail clippings harvested by the light of a sickle moon. Usually works for me. However, you *do* leave yourself open to possible abduction and mandatory induction into the Wild Hunt. So this is as much warning as it is suggestion. Tally Ho!2 days ago · 1
Jean PSmithThis is what I did to nip my rodent problem in the bud, and I no longer see signs of rodents in my home: Clean up and seal all pet food. Pets leave lots of tasty scraps that attract mice. Clear out any piles of laundry, papers or miscellany that the mouse could make a nest in. Check for small openings outside of your home, where they may have gotten in, seal them up! If you suspect ventilation is being used, buy some stainless steel screen to put inside outer vent grates. Make a tight seal, mice can get through very small holes! If you know they have taken up residence in a specific place inside a wall, drop some moth balls into the wall space. This should make it unpleasant for them to stick around. If those measures don't chase them away, use glue traps. Put a small drop of peanut butter in the middle of the glue plate. Put traps out where you saw the mouse. Put out a few in other hidden areas that they may travel through too. Check the traps every morning, but don't touch them. In a few days you will probably have caught the interloper. Now you have to grow a set and drown the mouse in a bucket of water so it will not suffer a long horrible death. Hold it under until it stops struggling and a little longer to be sure it has expired. If you don't do something ASAP, Sherri Priestman's warning will come true.1 day ago
Axle LotlIn the past we have shared our house with two bat colonies, assorted spiders, mice and occasionally, rats (in the walls). The mice were definitely the most intrusive of occupants. The humane traps depend on you being there to check it often; I never caught a mouse with one of them - Edinburgh mice are canny. I once bought a sticky trap shaped like a big toblerone box but then lay in bed most of the night worrying that mouse would get its whiskers or eyeballs stuck to the glue which seemed worse somehow than the fate delivered by the old snappy traps. Fill the gaps in your skirting boards with wire wool and mouse won't come out into your living space. Or delegate the moral responsibility to a cat...2 days ago
Rowan Clarkif you catch it you will need to release it a few miles away otherwise it will find it's way back, alternatively figure out how it got in first, seal up the hole then release somewhere nearby so it doesn't lose its friends. alternatively set up a motion camera and record it/find out how many there are. if it is just the one and you seal up the exterior enterance you can probably tame it over time without fear of multiplication.2 days ago
Kathy Knausa piece of bacon in the bottom of a high bucket, with something next to it so he can get in... but not back out. Caught a whole slew of them that way once.2 days ago · 1
Emily RodgersNot to minimize your problem, but just be cognizant of the fact that he may have been adopted from an orphanage and have human parents who might be looking for him.23 hours ago
Lisa LorenzGet a live trap and make it a nest on the far side of the yard? Set it up with some food so it stays there a bit and gets comfy.2 days ago
Aldous AngsteinOr, start declaring your love for him/her and inviting them to meet your family. They’ll think you’re moving too fast and run for the hills.2 days ago
I like New York in June [or April]. How 'bout you? (JM) ... See MoreSee Less
Dear universe: We would like to do a tour of natural history museums. Could you send us some angels/gremlins/scientists to help make this dream come true? (JM) ... See MoreSee Less
Joel Melhorn-KaneBands occasionally play at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. They play upstairs in the Hall of Mammals, if I recall. I have a friend who worked there until very recently; she'd probably know who to contact. I have a contact at the Museum of Northern Arizona here in Flagstaff, but I have no idea if they've ever allowed a band to play there.2 weeks ago
Liz AcostaUgh, I love y'all so much. Such a divine idea. I hope you'll play the one in LA. In college we'd get stoned and go there all the time. My fave. I'd come down from SF (where we sadly DO NOT have Nat History Museum) for that show. PS The Natural History Museum in Las Vegas is cheesy but has some of the most beautiful taxidermy I've ever seen.2 weeks ago
Jenny AlbinaIf you happen to include the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, make sure you get the full tour of the basement as well. That's where all the magic happens. Catalogs of the most beautifully (and not so) preserved birds down there.2 weeks ago · 3
Cosey ClaeysCome to Brussels (after Mons) and visit our Belgian Iguanodons :) I'd be happy to guide you guys!2 weeks ago · 2
Paul MorrisI know the natural history museum in London does all nighter sleepover events, so it could happen......2 weeks ago · 1
Emily DossThe Perot museum in Dallas has live bands play night time events every couple of months! I bet they would totally love to have you all play! (How to go about making that a reality is not something I know how to do though haha)2 weeks ago · 1
Aldous AngsteinDear 'shear', I have heard your plea and whereas I may be billions of years old, I would still like to assure you that neither angels nor Gremlins will disrupt your gig. I hope this helps.2 weeks ago
Christine NicolePlease play the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. They have a permanent ornithology exhibit, if that helps convince you. ;)2 weeks ago
Amy Michelle BarryI shall go play the lottery this week. If I win millions I shall play fairy godmother!2 weeks ago
Mary Elisabeth LowthYou must go when in London. All are free entry in UK - fantastic one also in Edinburgh.2 weeks ago