AND WE LOST AND FOUND SOME THINGS ON THE ROAD

 

 

 

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HOW WE THREW IT WHEN WE BLEW IT

we recorded last weekend, was rad/heavy/quick&deep, and we are PROUD.  also, was SELF-ENGINEERED!  WE HUNG OUR OWN DAMN MICS! AND STEERED THE SHIP TO BRIGHTER SEAS!

3 new tunes=  “WHAT WE LOVED WAS NOT ENOUGH”“PSALMS99″,  and “SING YE”.

“What we loved…”= too long for one side of 7-inch, so will have to be split between two. (SLOW-DANCE INTERRUPTED BY SMOOTH-FADES!)

next weekend we mix ourselves, and then master with Dr. Newman in the grey-room, and then telephone the 0′s and 1′s trans-atlantically to the german pressing plant.  HURRAY!

probably gonna press 500 only, just for the coming AMERICAKANADA-TOUR, and then we’ll record a couple more of these o’er the winter, and compile them all thusly a little further down the road, just to counter scarcity with abundance once the weather warms again…

no news but that news, no news but still no winter, no news but the keep on keepin on.

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NO HEAVEN UP THERE

 

 

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SEEN SOME THINGS HAD TINY WINGS

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too much PENI ON THE WALLS OF heartbroken “dressing” rooms= i.e. i mean we’re all just trying to live again but MR>ADAM>FUCKING>GOPNIK is on our KANADIAN PUBLIC RADIO saying glib shit about winter and what we’re all supposed to believe in…

 


long time gone from this outpost= heartfelt ‘pologies!
  life got a little hectic in the for-real NOW way, and damn but writing on this internet of yours is one of those soft commitments that falls by the wayside when real life comes a-callin’ sometimes.

in the meantime, we started playing again.  east coast amerikkkan AUTUMN (when the birds stop singing, all holding their breaths and waiting for the cold to fall.)  just a small handful of, just to make sure we still could (AND WE COULD!) (EVEN W/SWEET TODDLER EZRA TOW!)

and so now we’re full time again= tour dates on the
tourdate page.  AND 3 NEW SONGS.  we’re rekording this weekend, and there’ll be two 7-inches in our royal carriage when we grace thine shores come february.

also AND but= the world sure has turned a bunch since the last time we muttered here.  #OWS hurrah!  people fighting the good fight and winning! and youtubes of underpaid, over-equipped police-stormtroopers that make good liberals gasp and question their fuzzy kingdoms, egads! it’s all super-inspiring to this dumb heart- people are good.  no-god-but-the-one-god-there-is-no-god-but-each-other, et cetera and goddamn and AMEN

dearest friend mr. jem cohen made these forthwith and they are lovely, please watch please=

OWS NEWSREEL 5

more later,

F.T.G.F. xoxoxox

 

 

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***man!***toilet!***rope!—> {a summary de-brief!ng of our U.K. “travails”…}

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first show=BRISTOL- venue was once called fleece AND firkin, now it’s just “fleece”.  jetlag=fierce, but mightily we seasicked with the stage buckling ‘neath us like a watery grave. wicked head-cold, and tore thru 2.5 hour set like worried automatons.  BIRMINGHAM- awful dive, big-hearted people.  carpeted stage, concrete floor= a bright-white squall, and us in it like exploded atoms in an infernal pinball machine.  we did not rise, nor did we succumb. and sweet crowd carried us almost home. post-show= bad vibrations outside, and the sky like a death-threat or a whispered curse.  rats in the bushes and a half-finished skyrise complex 1/2-mile south, jutting out from all of it like a dirty tooth.  night-time highway-ride outta town was like a prettiest reverie, all of mt. zion as silent as ghosts with the dirty yellow road-lights splashing across our faces.   DUBLIN- 7AM ferry.  high seas and we are pummeled.  rock-joint= was once temple bar music centre, now it’s called the button factory.  carpeted stage and dead ceilings/walls.  like playing in a congested lung.  a tough slog but we plant a flag on top of it and rest our heads on the crowd’s shoulders for awhile.  too many kids on terrible drugs.  the modern human condition in full-bloom.  load-out is through 4.5 blocks of cobblestoned temple bar debauchery.  rivers of puke and piss and misery.  thierry’s pain continues unabated.  the rain falls in thin lazy sheets across all our horizons.  GLASGOW- 6AM ferry.  the sun rises across flat water.  we play at the art school.  wood floors, wood ceilings and wood walls finally.  first order harmonic reflections thrumming like salve on our torn, wounded ears.  we love glasgow even when she is inhospitable, so tonight’s earnest mercy is doubly golden.  opener is r.m. hubbert, old-school flatpicker of the new-school of gentle strumming bearmanship.  lovely.  post-show drinking on olde sauchiehall,  the folly of drink wedded to anger on full flagrant display, and we flee.  baby ezra wakes mid-night with high fever, wheezing  and screams.  early-morning visit to hospital= ear-infection and chest congestion. sweet scottish nurse, sweet scottish doctor, sweet scottish pharmacist.  no sleep.  no rest.  and onwards, grasping at the light as we tumble, together.

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MANCHESTER- lucifer’s sweatbox=manchester academy.  god’s pee played this joint eleven years ago, yesterday’s fresh paint has faded and stained.  pop-idol talent show one floor beneath us like a hallucination.  their clean lines and rosy faces vs. our anxious angles and mottled facades. carpeted stage, concrete floor.  no ventilation, our and their breath condenses as droplets on our arms- we respire like morning’s pale fauna!  sound is clatter, sound is holler, sound is tiny knives aimed imprecisely.  thick air+humidity=we drop heavy anvils that barely make it off of the stage.   audience is golden/loud/sustaining.  sweet hospitality from bernie.  night’s sleep finally.  morning’s rising is gentle finally.  light rain, coffee & cigarette in the garden. amen.   LEEDS-  not the brudnell social club, but a larger joint, gussied like a cruise-ship.  everyone’s a sweetheart. the weather continues to deride us.  uneven ceiling-height means that the p.a.’s speaker stacks have to be mis-aimed.  null spot in centre of room where phase runs amok with it its ruthless cancellation schemes.  carpeted stage, tiled floor.  glassed-in smoking room at the front where the regulars smoke morosely.  audience is clever, bemused.  we flail a little, fall over just to get up again, as if our fuel-lines our fouled, we sputter and dive in fits and starts, and distinguish ourselves by the poetry of our clumsy recoveries (we hope).   LONDON-  we roll in early AM, and just like that we’re in the thick of it.  camden town like a theme park of dead subcultures, dreadful costa coffee/nero coffee/pret-a-manger on every corner, the bustle, the hustle, and we’re all like jon voigt at the beginning of midnight cowboy.  gate-watcher at the rock-joint is fifty-something teddy-boy with a boombox hung from the wall and treble-stomps tumbling out joyously.  wood stage, wood floor, wood balconies, and it thrums like a daydream.  baby ezra’s health has much improved.  thierry’s pain is still chronic.  london-town rock-crowd is generous with us, tho our clamor is a little thin this eve.  nighttime we loiter on the corner, sipping and muttering, incognito and knee-deep in glorious mud, we’re the kings and queens of saturday night.

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NOTTINGHAM- a sad joint called “the rescue rooms” and we’ve played here too often.  the filth is evidence of their rip-off tactics.  every surface as sticky and stained as a spent rubber.  pack ‘em in, rob ‘em blind, and kick ‘em out= customer as fattened sheep.  fuck this place.  BUTBUTBUT sweet workers inside who are also oppressed thusly i guess, but kind to us and we are grateful.  and a sweet crowd also.  open-faced, open-armed, curious and bright.  also, the openers totally slay.  and red roses for sophie from a dashing young fan.  us, we stumble and rise again, lift off just to fall. and fall we do.  and thierry’s pain is too severe to encore.  load-out is uphill through two niteclubs worth of mid-week drunken student discoteque grotesquerie.  and a focused rain dumps buckets across all of that engorged flesh.   a wednesday night culture war, and though our rusty muskets and sabres do not suffice, perhaps our resilience will triumph in the end.   SHEFFIELD-  last time we “rocked” “this” joint”, our set was followed by dismal disco-dancing/mixed-drink social, so we approach the venue with apprehension, sniffing at the corners like spooked dogs.  stage is carpeted and sticky with muck.  a reek like childhood fever, cough syrup gone rancid, stains the heart and closes it to joy.  our set is a cacophony of breakage and malfunction.  we buzz and hiss and bark like an impotent tantrum.  captain stubing is in the crowd, and when they turn the disco ball on, a bundle of dust pours from its northern pole like sad confetti.  post-show is drinks ’round the corner, where the d.j. does no wrong until he plays motherfucking con-man bruce “the boss” springsteen.  fuck.   OXFORD- early roll-in.  weird greek coffee like a psychotic episode.  cavernous theater-gig.  sounds magnificent.  second opener is a ten-piece choir singing arvo part.  lovely.  during our gig, there’s a sound like chains being dragged across a long corridor.  dressing room is littered with champagne corks from previous dubious occupant(s).  post-show is another student discoteque and an all-night  keystone kop routine between the security guards and kids trying to sneak in through the back for free. the moon is like a gentle reminder, and the hole in the clouds too, blue and black and blue.

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BRIGHTON-  church again, same as the last time.  display cases full of chalices and vestements.  AA meetings and gymnastic classes in the basement, and a picture of jesus hung dangled above the stage, blood from his wrists pouring out on us.  too much.  brighton is lovely. we are fans of the place and its people.  we could have done better by them i think, but church-gigs are an awkward thing- uncomfortable as those fucking pews.  sweet matthew hosts us in his perfect bar.  the sea is a shining thing as the sun falls.  clocks jump forward and we do not sleep.  england is done, and france is next and then italy beyond.  god bless our mess.  road-worn, we bang through like a homemade locomotive, and we are lucky.  outside nighttime.  and stars through cigarette smoke.  it’s like camping this time around.  and an uncertain slumber.  thank you everybody, you were kind to us and we appreciate it, and goodnight everybody, goodnight everybody, and goodnight everybody.  and amen…

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dis!harmOniA! BRITiANNIA! (mid-lands & beyond…)

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a feeling like the police are always watching you, and then you realise that yes they are always watching you here.

and a heaviness in the sky, and in the hearts of all her lost children.  and a simmering violence too, just under the surface, and the stink of stale beer and deodorant.  and concrete rooms that do not forgive, but amplify treble above all, like playing music inside an enormous snare-drum, wound too tight to not ever explode, snap or cave-in…skyline

thierry is broken almost= herniated disc in his neck.  but soldiering on.  first show was first show was 1st show.  a little too shy to hammer the throttle, but steady as she goes up yonder hill and over the other side.  seven more weeks to go- the blur, as always, will be profound.  like reading underwater, the ink melting from the pages into the churning brine.  say howdy to us if you see us on the road, tell us the ship isn’t sinking ok? tell us it’s just the water rising is all, and that soon it’ll ebb, and soon it’ll be dawn, and the light’ll shine down on all of us worried creatures under the one true sun…

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—>north amerikan urban outreach program, STAGE ONE…

best w*sterns/c0mf0rt 1nns, trembling in anticipation!

soon we load, roll, unload. soon we panic-attack at random toll-plazas. soon we glory in empty carbohydrates, fuel additives and sticky carpeted monitors. soon we bring it to the kids and marvel at the myriad ways that parents break their children.  soon we strum, pluck, smash, scrape and holler.  soon we sleep like the dead in airtight sarcophagi, next to the interstate where the air-brakes growl…

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Music Hall Of Williamsburg

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Bowery Ballroom

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First Unitarian Church

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Lee’s Palace

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Mayfair Theatre

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