rachel blumberg: common items on most riders for tours I’ve been a part of include synergy kombucha, emergen-c, hummus, tofurkey, veggie tray. very healthy. matt had one dill pickle on his rider. maybe to make sure people are paying attention to detail, sort of like the brown m&ms.
corin tucker: coconut water. the young people like it.
hannah grass widow: lily is gluten free. so lots of rice cakes, hummus, veggies. also cider instead of beer.
stephen the real tuesday weld: absinthe, water, grapes, the times.
bridget st john: water backstage and onstage. a good red wine for after I play. only vegetarian food – light and lots of green! 2 direct boxes. a piano if possible. 2 guitar stands (if I am away from home and cannot pack them to fly).
stephin the magnetic fields: hummus…which I can no longer tolerate the sight of.
gordon the fan modine: chartreuse but nobody takes us seriously. or is frightened of what would happen.
james dump/yo la tengo: office supplies, local yellow pages, shoelaces, old newspapers, champagne.
matt lorelei: ho ho ho. good one, gail. um, “please pay us”?
darren hanlon: lundberg santa fe BBQ rice chips and a map to the nearest pinball machine (both requests have only been fulfilled once).
jennifer o’connor: amstel light and seltzer.
daniel handler: water, coke, uniball pens.
fran cannane: anything we can get.
joe pines / foxgloves: microbrewery-quality lager and a copy of the london review of books signed by robert forster. if every other band soundchecking has 6 members or more, then better add a copy of the cantos of ezra pound.
photo of rachel by gail o’hara.