March 2008 Archives

Tree Brains Rock Sacramento Costco

Rob, from the always great, writes:

Hey Steve!

I totally ran into a member of the Tree Brains in Costco tonight. I think his name was Hank. He was so nice, and patiently waited while we got out the camera and snapped a photo. He was super nice and friendly. Not at all like Rhianna.

He plays the hurdy gurdy, which probably explains why I didn't recognize him from band practice. I should have taken a peek into his cart to see what he was getting.. you know, to get the celebrity scoop! I hope he got a 4-pack of jumbo mustard tubs, they were only $12!

-Rob Cockerham

Thanks, Rob! And if you've never visited Cockeyed before, it's throughly Sneeze-approved. (And by the way, The Tree Brains shirts are not currently available.)

Feel Good Ghosts - A Review By My Son

Cloud Cult has a brand new album. It's orchestral, epic and just the right amount of weird. As is the tradition, (and because I hate typical record reviews) I have asked my barely-8-year-old son to discuss the merits of this album.

How's the new album?

So good I can't even explain.

Well, try. What do you like about it?

Mostly the cool music. Each beginning is sorta long, 1 or 2 minutes. Actually I don't really care if the beginning is long or short. I just care that the music is great.

What's your favorite song?

Every song is my favorite song.

Well, if you could only listen to one song right now, which would it be?

The first two.

Classic. Describe Cloud Cult's music in general.

They're great. They sound like a professional rock band, IN WHICH THEY ARE!

Is there anything else you want to tell people about the album?

I'd like to tell people, once you find this in the Radio Shack, buy it. It's the best thing I've ever listened to in my whole life.

Have you ever been to Radio Shack?


What do you think goes on in there?

Kinda like the iTunes store. Just a whole bunch of people buying music. But no elevator music. Mostly rock or something. Hey, why did Craig change the words to the Sneeze theme song?

Because after he wrote it, he ended up really liking the song and he wanted it to be on the album -- but cheerleaders screaming "This is The Sneeze" didn't make a lot of sense on an album called Feel Good Ghosts -- so he asked if it would be okay if he changed the words a little bit.

And you said sure?

Of course. Do you have anything else you'd like to say to everybody?

If you're in a Radio Shack and you see guys dressed up for a tea party with clouds, buy that one. Because that one's "Feel Good Ghosts." It's the best. It makes me want to get up out of my seat and start par-taying. That means partying.

How do you par-tay?

How do I par-tay? I do it by, getting out of my seat and doing a little bit of this and little bit of that. Pinch of this.

A pinch of what? What are you talking about?!

You get out of your seat and dance.

I get it now. You know Craig wrote all these songs. Do you have anything you'd like to say to him?

This album is the best one I've ever heard in my life. It makes my insides stand up and salute the appreciation of rock music made by you.

That might be the best music quote I've ever heard.



"Feel Good Ghosts" is currently available at the band's official website, for immediate download.

Here is a track off "Feel Good Ghosts" called "When Water Comes to Life." The album is very eclectic. This song quietly begins with a symphony and slowly builds into a thunderstorm of epic indie rock. I love it.

Cloud Cult is currently touring across the country. Catch them live at any of these venues. And if you're near Los Angeles on May 14th, come on down to The Knitting Factory and say hi.

03-16 Little Rock, AR - Revolution Music Room
03-17 St. Louis, MO - Bluebird
04-08 Minneapolis, MN - Electric Fetus
04-11 Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon
04-12 Indianapolis, IN - Radio Radio
04-13 Ann Arbor, MI - Blind Pig
04-14 Toronto, Ontario - El Mocambo
04-16 Boston, MA - Middle East
04-18 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
04-19 Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel
04-21 Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
04-22 Atlanta, GA - Smith's Olde Bar
04-24 Columbus, OH - The Basement
04-25 Chicago, IL - Schubas (two shows)
04-26 Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
05-07 Bozeman, MT - Filling Station
05-08 Missoula, MT - The Loft
05-09 Seattle, WA - Neumos
05-10 Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
05-13 San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
05-14 Los Angeles, CA - Knitting Factory
05-16 Aspen, CO - Belly Up
05-17 Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
05-18 Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
05-19 Omaha, NE - Slowdown

(On a side note, I'm personally asking you to please not download the album illegally. In cases like this, you're not sticking it to the major labels -- you're only taking money directly out of the pocket of a very nice guy who is literally making this music in the basement of his Minnesota farm house. Thanks!)

Tiki Sneeze Art Project - Under Construction

Tiki mug art excitement is brewing!

Adam introduced me to Henrik. Henrik makes insane, one-of-a-kind hand-sculpted tiki mugs. Some of them light up, others have removable shot glass lids -- but they're all incredible.

Henrik has agreed to create a special mug for The Sneeze and keep us up to date with pictures as it slowly comes to life.

Here are just a few of his awesome tiki children...

We've kicked around a few ideas and Henrik is currently sketching up a few of them. I can't wait.

Check out all of Henrik's tiki mug creations at!

His latest mug is currently up for auction on eBay.

Voting Results


Thanks to all who participated in naming our new toilet.

I'm open to suggestions on realistic ways to display the name. (The comment board is now closed)


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