Tony Mendoza

humorist & musician

Month: February, 2012

My Debut with Unicycle Loves You

The other day I had the fortune of playing drums for Unicycle Loves You at a record store.  It ended up being a public event and, by law, became videotaped by Google.

Unicycle Loves You • Live at saki Records • Chicago • February 25, 2012

“Sun Comes Out” & “Dropout Boogie” (Captain Beefheart)☝

“Garbage Dump” & “Brand New Pillow”

“Bitch Eye”, “Master Medical Driveway” & “Oh Rebecca”

“Failure” & “Piranha”

The Paper Machete • February 11

Thea Lux and I met in 2004.

I was a bike messenger and she worked for a company that constantly videotaped every TV show on every channel.

After 20 beers one day, she joined my one-man-joke-band and we became involved.

Then I cast her in my one-man-show-with-people about bike messengering.

These things lasted a while, but not forever.

Today we remain friends, though she may not employ this term as freely as I do.

She wrote a She & Him type song for The Paper Machete this week.

I will play Him to Thea’s She, for which I’ve grown earnest but inadequate facial hair.

The Paper Machete • A Live Magazine

Saturday, February 11 • 3pm

The Horseshoe • 4115 N Lincoln, Chicago • Free

The Nurse Novels • “Sea Day”

For four months, I lived on a cruise ship working with a comedy ensemble.  We went all over Europe, with brushes of Asia and Africa.  It was a pivotal moment in my life, and a time I look back on with the utmost fondness.  

But life aboard the ship was another story.

Sea days were days spent entirely at sea, with no escape from the garish, forced luxury of cruise living.

Here’s a cartoon I made for my band The Nurse Novels.  The song was written in my cabin on a sea day.

Watch on YouTube

Drumbing For Unicycle Loves You

It gives me gobs and goobs of pleasure to announce that I will be drumming for Unicycle Loves You on their upcoming world tour of the United States.  And you can bet your bippy I’ll be blooging all about it.  Check out the heavy itinerary!

For the occasion I sold out to Aim Toothpaste


Mar 7 – Madison, WI • Project Lodge

Mar 8 – Milwaukee, WI • Club Garibaldi

Mar 9 – Des Moines, IA • Vaudeville Mews

Mar 10 – Chicago, IL • The Hideout

Mar 16 –  Austin, TX • Ghost House – SXSW Showcase

Mar 18 – Austin, TX • Lomography Gallery – SXSW Showcase

Mar 21 – Los Angeles, CA • Silverlake Lounge

Mar 22 – San Francisco, CA • Hotel Utah Saloon

Mar 23 – Davis, CA • Sophia’s

Mar 24 – Santa Cruz, CA • Crepe Place

Mar 27 – Seattle, WA • Sunset Tavern

Mar 28 – Portland, OR • Backspace

Mar 30 – Missoula, MT • The Badlander

Apr 2 – Columbia, MO • Mojo’s

Apr 3 – Iowa City, IA • The Mill

Apr 4 – Lincoln, NE • Knickerbockers

Apr 5 – Lawrence, KS • Replay Lounge

Apr 6 – Kansas City, MO • Gusto Lounge

Apr 7 – St. Louis, MO • Heavy Anchor

Apr 10 – Detroit, MI • Garden Bowl

Apr 11 – Cincinatti, OH • MOTR

Apr 12 – Cleveland, OH • Wilberts

Apr 13 – Barnesville, OH • Albert S. George Youth Center

Apr 14 – New York, NY • Pianos

Apr 15 – Brooklyn, NY • Big Snow Buffalo Lodge

Apr 17 – Kingston, NY • BSP Lounge

Apr 18 – Boston, MA • The Middle East

Apr 19 – Rochester, NY • Bug Jar

Apr 20 – Philadelphia, PA • M Room

Apr 21 – Pittsburgh, PA • Garfield Artworks

In the meantime, how about this 90’s-delic video for “Piranha”, off the new album Failure, available February 14 where fine records and tapes are sold.