Tony Mendoza

humorist & musician

Month: March, 2012

Unicycle Loves You Failure Tour Diary • Leg 2: SXSW SuxFest

How to make the most of a huge waste of time.

March 12, 2012 – Unicycle Loves You Are Gonna Be (500 Miles)

March 13, 2012 – Hamwow!

March 14, 2012 – SUXSW

March 15, 2012 – Keep Austin…

March 16, 2012 – SXSW Showcase @ The Studio by HGTV

March 17, 2012 – Green Hell

March 18, 2012 – Unofficial SXSW Showcase @ Lomography


Next stop: The west coast

Unicycle Loves You Failure Tour Diary • Leg 1: Midwest Sudsfest

Witness the misadventures of a traveling indie rock trio through the lens of its smart ass drumber, me.

March 6, 2012 – Unicycle Loves You v. Jury Duty

March 7, 2012 – Project Lodge, Madison WI

March 8, 2012 – Club Garibaldi, Milwaukee WI

March 9, 2012 – Vaudeville Mews, Des Moines IA

March 10, 2012 – The Hideout SXSW Send Off Party, Chicago IL


Next stop: Austin, Texas and the South By Southwest Music Festival.


Frozen Muzak Review

The handsome winners at Pocket Jury gave a gracious overview of The Nurse Novels debut long-player, along with a history lesson about yours troolie.

Pocket Jury review of Frozen Muzak

The Nurse Novels release Frozen Muzak

And quietly in the night, without fanfare, my ghost band The Nurse Novels released their debut album.  Give it a spin or a purchase.

This is a digital release only*

The Nurse Novels were:

Thea Lux • guitar, keyboards, vocals

Tony Mendoza • drums, keyboards, vocals

Tom Vale • guitar, keyboards, vocals

Nicole Vitale • bass, vocals


America needed one more band. So two men and two women got together in Chicago to form it.

They settled on the name The Nurse Novels. It would have to do.

For one year, the two men and two women focused on making an album.  Songs were constructed from the following topics:



Cruise Ships

Manifest Destiny

Mad Mike Metrovich

Old Friends Overseas

Beauty Shop Meltdowns

Childhood Fears of Death

Escorts at Black Tie Events

Auditioning For Commercials

Sock Hops In Abandoned Buildings

Manson Family Values vs. Gentrification

They decided to name it Frozen Muzak.

The Nurse Novels enjoyed making the album so much, they recorded 11 more songs as a follow up and then mysteriously vanished.

But why?

And when?

Where did they go?

Whatever became of The Nurse Novels?


*In the event that you enjoy physical product, a limited edition Frozen Muzak CD-R with hand-drawn cover art will be available on the Unicycle Loves You Failure Tour this spring. 

See me at the merch table.