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Sunday, May 21, 2006

From Philly to the Hershey Highway

May 19, 2006

Does anyone remember the hardcore Vampire band called Ink and Dagger? They were from Philadelphia, and their lead singer was named Sean McCabe. The man who is doing the cover art for the ‘Suspicious Character’ single is also named Sean McCabe, and the cover is looking somewhat gory and Vampiric, so naturally I figured that the gentleman were one and the same. However, a brief Google search led me to discover that the Ink and Dagger Sean McCabe died in a hotel room a few years ago in a tragic accident of overindulgence. So not only is Philadelphia the home of hanrdcore Vampire bands, but the ghosts of their dead Vampire singers. It is a spooky city.

The city’s spookiness is multiplied by the fact that it houses the Mütter Museum of medical oddities and abnormalities. The museum proudly displays two-headed human fetuses, hydracephalic pig skeletons, tumored human colons measuring ten feet in length, and Grover Cleveland’s surgically removed upper-jaw, amongst other stomach-turning things that I cannot discuss in a public forum. It was the most disgusting educational experience the Blood Arm has ever had. (Unfortunately—or fortunately, perhaps—photography was not allowed in the museum.)

Philadelphia may be spooky, but its Theater for the Living Arts certainly knows how to throw a party. It was a party. My cousin Corey and his lovely girlfriend Melissa showed up. Zachary, Zebastian, and Dyan enjoyed genuine Philly Chessesteaks. Zebastian ordered his special with Cheese-Whiz.

The following morning, we saw a fancy racecar.

May 20, 2006

Today was a day off, so we visited the Hershey’s Chocolate Factory in Hershey, PA. We all got to take turns making Hershey Kisses, and Nathaniel won a special cupcake.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

How did Nathaniel win his special cup cake? Zebastian looks very unhappy in that back seat...
and what the hell is in your underwear Ben Lee?

12:16 AM  
Blogger Angie-Pangie said...


Came across your blog while concentrating extreamly hard at work...yeah right! Love your blog ability.
Just woundering if i can buy your music down here anywhere???

Sydney, Australia

1:36 AM  
Blogger Moko said...

i remember ink and dagger! i saw them play a show once in SF where they turned off the lights, faced their amps all 90s emo-style, and then proceeded to break all their guitar strings.

total vampires.

p.s. can't wait to see you in the uk!

1:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nathaniel is DREAMY!

1:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Philly show was quite cool.

I had never heard of you guys before - but loved your set - and bought a CD afterwards.

it's a pity the place didn't fill out - but the crowd were into both you & the Charlatans.

A great nigth all round!!!


11:44 AM  
Blogger BLOOD AMBITION 2006 said...

nathaniel won the cupcake 'cause he was the only one paying attention to the people making it... lucky bastard!

ben lee

12:14 AM  

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