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:: 4.26.2002 ::

(listening to: The Beatles: Revolver)

Keep those emails coming about which album you'd like to be stuck in the Maritime Provinces with for life. I've got some awesome responses, but also a lot of people can't make up their minds. If you fall into this boat, take into consideration things like time length and atmosphere. It's really not that difficult, yo. I'll get some responses posted next week.

Tonight we're going to see The Shins. I really don't know what to expect from their live show, but we'll see. This weekend it's supposed to be gloomy and raining, but I'm sure we'll still do something that's fun, if not exciting. The only thing I'll be missing is watching the Sharks whoop the Coyotes' collective hockey asses in San Jose tonight. Damned expensive playoff hockey tickets!

(10:40 AM) :: (link)

:: 4.23.2002 ::

(listening to: Portishead: Portishead)

The sounds of a sweet afternoon: Sometime last week we were driving down San Pablo Avenue and all of a sudden I decided that if I were, say, stuck in Moncton, New Brunswick and I could only listen to one record for the rest of my life, it would probably be The Pixies' Surfer Rosa. I don't really know why I thought of this, but it happened, and now I can't stop wondering what your one record could be. Why don't you email me and let me know so I can post some responses. Hell, link this by clicking on "//link" below and forwarded it to your friends. I'm damned curious, ya'll.

(3:31 PM) :: (link)

:: 4.22.2002 ::

(listening to: Jim O'Rourke: Halfway To A Threeway)

Scenic Route * Modesto * California

"All we do here is drink beer and fish." Modesto was great fun, we arrived Saturday evening after a pleasant and relatively drive out to the valley. A quick trip to the taqueria for some good burritos and we headed over to the venue. By venue, I mean the back lunch counter behind the oldest bar in Modesto. There was grease everywhere, on the counters and on the floors, and very little space for people to watch the band. We set up on the floor though, started our four rounds of free drinks, and played the best we could. The lighting options were either full-on neon lights, or no lights at all, so we ended up playing in the dark with only the moon and the occasionaly passing pair of headlights to illuminate us. Needless to say, I played horribly (it's hard to see the keys in the dark), but had a good time. Some drunk guy kept coming up to us an insisting we play some Santana songs. "Play some Carlitos man! SANTANA rules man!" He also insisted he touch everyone's guitar after we played, but he didn't seem to care about the keyboards.

Scenic Route were great, after they played a couple of us hopped in the van to find a liquor store before the 2:00 AM buying cutoff time. I picked up a couple forties of high life and a bag of gummy bears and we headed back to the show, said our goodbyes and loaded up the van, and drove away singing old Beatles songs in unison.

The rest of the night was spent back at the Scenic Route house arguing about Zeppelin and the Cure and the Beatles. A bunch of people participated in certain 4-20 activities, but I mostly just watched everyone play pass the guitar, doing Jawbreaker covers and funny versions of old hiphop songs on the acoustic guitar. Sometime around 3:30 AM I headed out into the van and fell asleep under a huge blanket. It felt just like tour, which I guess was appropriate. It was nice to get back out on the road and work our asses off to sell a few CDs. The air out in the valley smelled wonderful, clean and faintly of flowers, ot any flower in particular, just the nice floral smell of a smallish town. Thanks to Scenic Route and the funny guy who put on the show, I think his name was Cat.

MP3 of the week: "Do you know the way to Santa Fe?" I love Swervedriver, and when I discovered that they released a UK only album (their U.S. label dropped them after Mezcal Head), I quickly tracked it down. It's possibly their best release, more solid and focused than Mezcal Head. Absolutely wonderful music for driving over the Bay Bridge heading into San Francico, for some reason it just fits.

(10:41 AM) :: (link)