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Notes From Das Boot 68a

Pork belly sandwich at a butcher shop/cafe in Feldkirch, Austria

Notes From Das Boot 68

(truck stop somewhere in Austria)

The Rock Oz Arenes festival in Avenches, Switzerland was an odd show. The festival grounds are in an ancient coliseum built by the romans, that was pretty cool. Status Quo headlined the show and outside of the amazing “Pictures of Matchstick Men” I don’t know any of their songs, what I heard was a long couple of hours of Chuck Berry styled boogie shop type music which the crowd ate up. The crowd had a large mix of families in it and until last night I never realized how how many times Dave says “Motherfucker” in the set. Earlier in the day a few of us got to go the H.R. Giger museum in the town of Gruyere. The town was real touristy and quaint, and fondue-y.  The views of the alps were amazing. There wasn’t as much original artwork in the museum as I had hoped. There were a lot of prints, but it was alright. One of the best things about the museum was a section of Giger’s personal art collection, in it there was a Joe Coleman painting (Portrait of Charles Manson) that I’ve only seen photos of. The Giger bar was cool as well.

Notes From Das Boot 67

Record store, Rex Rotari (not shown; army of spiders lurking around the singles

records I bought

Notes From Das Boot 67
(somewhere on the road in Switzerland)

The Saarbrucken show was alright, The club we played (The Garage) is oddly shaped, it looks like a wooden circus tent, good house crew and a good crowd made it a solid night. Found a record store in town with a bunch of 7” singles, a lot of out of print stuff and the section was covered in cobwebs (with a few strategically placed giant spiders(not toy spiders, real spiders. Probably filled with deadly venom)), so I don’t think there’s been many people buying up this stuff. I bought a few things, I wish I had more money. Well I generally wish I had more money, today it was record specific.

You should be looking at this site

The always great Spine Out blog, has a post about French pulp book covers, well worth checking out.

http://johngall.blogspot.com/

Notes From Das Boot 66

8/10/10 Saarbrucken

First show went pretty well, really good house crew at Melkweg made everything run smoothly. Playing with Karma To Burn for two shows. We did shows with them last December and it’s good to see them. They’ve added a second guitarist, Daniel Davies son of The Kinks Dave Davies. I’m sure he’s sick to death of hearing people asking about his dad.
(Imagined Conversation):
Me- Hey Dave Davies is your dad
Daniel Davies-…yeah…
Me-…wow..
Daniel Davies-… Yeah, I gotta go

Hopefully we won’t be putting the “sour” in Saarbrucken…(pause for laughter)…Tomorrow we’re playing a festival with Status Quo.

Notes From Das Boot 65

8/9/10 Amsterdam

Back out here for a quick 2 week 11 show run. Got in Sunday, first show tonight at the Milkweg. We’re staying at a hipster hotel called Citizen M, all super modern and very inconvenient. The toilet and the shower are in little round glass enclosures that seem like something from a domestic version of Star Trek (“Scotty the plumbing on this planet is awful, beam me down a proper toilet!”) but it’s a hotel and these will be fairly rare for me over the next couple of weeks. Boo fucking hoo. First show is always a little nerve wracking, load in is at 1pm and we’ll see if all the rental gear works or if anything was forgotten, fingers crossed.

Around Red Bank

I wonder how bad the night could have been for someone to comment on it with graffiti. Unless it’s the name of a new band