Archive for July, 2011

Sunday Music 7/31/11

Crime-I Stupid Anyway
These guys were from San Francisco around 1976. The only thing I knew about them was Sonic Youth’s version of Hot Wire My Heart. I finally got San Francisco’s STILL Doomed which is a reissue of an earlier collection of demos. Great simple noisy angry shit. (to listen click on blue song title)
08 I Stupid Anyway

I Hate Me, Part 198,229

About four years ago we bought a new couch. We got it at a place called Savings Town Furniture, or Value City, or Badly Built Cheap Furniture-ville, (I’ve forgotten what the actual name was). My taste in furniture runs toward Herman Miller/Danish Modern style. Unfortunately, A) we can’t even afford to buy doll sized versions of that stuff, and B) Something I call “Matchstick Syndrome”. As a large man, most danish modern furniture looks like it will disintegrate (like it was made of matchsticks) if I was to sit on it. And even if it didn’t explode in a cloud of sawdust and embarrassment, I would never be comfortable thinking that it might. So after many months of deciding and having to return one couch because it wouldn’t fit into our house we ended up getting a couch that was as cheaply made as anything in the store but had a certain amount of comfort and dare I say it, style. We also got it on store credit which was for five years. I knew that the couch was cheaply made and I wasn’t sure that it would last five years so I wanted to pay it off faster, not much faster but I didn’t want to be paying for a couch that didn’t exist anymore. Flash forward a couple of years when we got Lucy (aka; shitpaw, Ellen Barkin’, lil’ pack a day, etc.). Since we got her she has single mindedly set about to destroy the couch. She crawls underneath it and starts tearing stuff up, she tore out one of the zippers on a cushion. This is with a vigilant eye from my wife and I, any second she can get away she will be dismantling the couch. I’m glad she has a hobby, I wish it wasn’t the couch. So with this in mind, I started paying off the couch even faster, double sometimes triple payments when I could. I finally paid off the couch a couple of months ago and it’s still sittable, for the time being.

Sunday Music 7/24/11

Holmes-Luxury Sedan
Good to be back home, when I was away and got homesick the band I’d listen to was Holmes. Un-traditional garage rock, loose but not sloppy and filled with great hooks. My band has been lucky enough to play with them a few times. They have two albums out, Get Tight with Holmes which today’s song is on and a second album Free the Preacher, you should get both. Luxury Sedan is one of my favorite songs ever.                    (To listen, click on the title in blue)   Luxury Sedan

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Red Bank, 7/21/11
Here are a couple of photos from the tour that didn’t really fit in with anything I wrote.



The Norwegian anti-Eval Knieval law outlaws motorcycle stunts. The words "Eval Knieval" are Norwegian for "motorcycle stunts"

Hotel in Dusseldorf: "We don't want to get your hopes up, so we're not promising you a cold drink. It'll be colder than room temperature, maybe."


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Photos from Zwarte Cross Festival (Lichtenvoorde, Holland). As I said yesterday this was a motorcross/odd vehicle with music festival. I went around the vehicle section and took some pictures. I then went back at night and took some more. I couldn’t really get much info on the vehicles, anyone who was willing to talk was pretty wasted and what they said consisted mostly of hacking coughs and guttural noises which could have been Dutch.


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Red Bank, NJ 7/18/11
The last few days were a whirlwind of shitty weather and no internet, so that’s why no posts. The Slottsfjell festival in Tonsberg, Norway was really good, it was amazing to see Grinderman two days in a row. We played on top of a small mountain and the rain was good enough to stop for most of our set. The next day was a flight from Norway to Germany and a then a drive to Zwarte Cross festival in Netherlands. It was a cool weird motorcross/odd vehicle festival with music (I’ll post photos in a day or so) but it was undercut by the worst rain we had all tour. Well that’s it.
The Drawer of Disappointment: Among the stuff we get in our dressing room every show is candy and most of the candy gets thrown in a drawer in the lounge on our bus. Any of the good candy is usually gone so it became a “Drawer of Disappointment” filled with things like “Knoppers” and less stellar treats. It was like Charlie Brown and the football, you knew that there was nothing good in in the drawer, but still…

The Drawer of Disappointment

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Tromso, Norway 7/15/11
The constant daylight really fucks with sleeping, it’s a bit disorienting. Just woke up, early airport call then flight to Oslo, where we drive two hours to the Slottsfjell festival play and then back to airport for any early flight to Dusseldorf and get picked up by the bus then drive to to the Zwarte Cross festival in Holland and then fly home Sunday. Bukta festival was great. Hard to believe it was the middle of the summer, it was about 40 degrees and cold rain. Need coffee.

Guitar Wolf


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Tromsa, Norway 7/14/11
It’s pretty cool up here, it’s like if you stuck a New England fishing town into H.P. Lovecraft’s Mountains of Madness. Ominous mountains appearing and vanishing through the thick rainy clouds. Went to a place called Bla Rock Cafe yesterday where I had a Monster Magnet burger, it was a burger with brie cheese and sliced steak on it. The original recipe called for tiny magnets, but they got complaints. Also on the menu are The Radio Birdman (fried radios in bird sauce) and The Beasts of Bourbon (a shot of bourbon served in a fur cup), so we’re in good company. It’s been raining and about fifty degrees for the last week or so and today is no different. Grinderman and Guitar Wolf are playing tonight, which should be cool. We’re missing Mudhoney and The Black Lips who will be playing tomorrow.

I just found that an extension cord I have looks like a horribly racist black face caricature

The Monster Magnet burger

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Dusseldorf, Germany 7/12/2011
I was hoping this is where Tim Conway’s: Dorf On Golf series originated, but A) it isn’t and B) I’m an old nerdy douche for even thinking that much less writing it. The Dorf series started out in good fun but when he tackled weightier subjects like “Dorf on Human Trafficking” and “Dorf on Race Relations” it lost it’s charm. Anywho, we played in Luxembourg yesterday at the “Rockhal” and it was nice to play in a real venue instead of camping. The day was almost ruined when I had  a run in with a towel dispenser. A lot of venue bathrooms have the forced air hand dryer system that comes in a variety of different shapes and sizes. So after i washed my hands I stuck my wet hands under what I thought was a hand dryer and I waited a few seconds and nothing, a few more seconds and “WHATTHEFUCKISWRONGWITHTHISPIECEOFSHIT!” I looked closer and saw that there was a towel sticking out of the bottom of it. I got angry at it for tricking me and I punched it, resulting in me scraping my knuckles and no damage to the towel dispenser at all. That towel dispenser has made a formidable enemy, well maybe not that formidable. We get up at 4:30am tomorrow and fly to Oslo, Norway then fly to Tromso, Norway which is about 200 miles from the North Pole. Hopefully there will be enough time to take a trip to Santa’s Workshop or Superman’s Fortress of Solitude (If Superman is being a dick it’s referred to as the Fortress of Attitude).

my newest inanimate enemy, a towel dispenser

The beloved Dorf

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7/11/11, Luxembourg
Played the Stoned From the Underground Festival a couple of days ago, it’s somewhat newish and I think this was the first one outdoors. It was cool. Just a small recommendation: if you’re going to serve spicy lentil soup in catering, make sure you have more than two port-a-jons backstage for the six bands, their crew and local crew. Paint the picture yourself. Did see one of the most amazing live bands ever there, Church of Misery. On record they’re real good but live, holy shit they were great. Heavy, speedy and Sabbathy. They played with a ferocious unhinged abandon that I haven’t seen in quite awhile. Have seen some great bands this tour; Clutch, Melvins, Graveyard and now Church of Misery

Phil with a pack east-German cigarettes, special "sore throat" blend