Long drive to Stockholm from Copenhagen, listening to the Moth, This American Life and finally as we arrive the amazing “Private Press” band The Dandelines. “We’re the children of Sunshine, we come from god the father, we come on down from heaven, to seek our looooove”
Sung by a group of what sound like three 10 year old girls.
(“Private Press” is the newest “inside-tour-joke.”)
During the drive I spot a moose in a field. “Moose! Moose!” I yell. Waking up Jeff in the back who gets to see it as does Dave, who pops his moose-seeing-cherry (he’d never seen one before)
Stockholm is beautiful, but of course we have no time to see any of it. There’s a marathon happening. We’re playing another Debasser club, like we did in Malmo but this one is very stinky. But the food they serve is a lot better. Back in Debasser in Malmo we were served a classic Swedish dish, “The Sandwitch cake” Look it up online. Smörgåstårta. “Like a very big multi-layer sandwich. Comes with many different fillings and toppings” it was not for us. Read more »
Woke up this morning in a hostel and looked out the window to see a goat sticking its head out of it’s little house. Taking its time, not wanting to come outside.
It looks like a little farm just over the fence next to the hostel. Once one goat left his shack anothers head appeared in the doorway, eventually there were multiple goats walking around. Read more »
German author Martin Büsser died on September 23rd, after a short illness, at the age of 42. Büsser was a founding member of the Ventil Verlag publishing house and an editor of the critical pop culture magazine testcard for 15 years. He continuously championed strange, weird and uncomfortable musics and artists, and was one of the very few voices in the German music media who introduced identity politics into the political left and music scenes. His 2005 book on Antifolk was the first work that historicized and theorized the NYC community's output. He was a big fan of Huggabroomstik and Dufus, regularly attending their shows at Darmstadt's Oetinger Villa, and featured many Olive Juice Music artists on his Trikont compilation "Side Walk Songs. New Urban Folk". His intelligence, sympathy, and enthusiasm will be missed.
I took 2 Tylenol PM before boarding our flight to Oslo., which allowed me to sleep for most of the 7 hour flight. We landed in Oslo.
At the passport control we were a little nervous about saying we were playing shows even though we felt it is usually not a problem in Scandinavia. We went through separately. My customs officer asked if I was playing shows. I nervously said yes, in Sweden and then in Russia. “Oh” she said “that’s a big trip” “yeah I said and France and Italy” “That’s a lot of travel” she said
“Yes it is I said”
She smiled and stamped my passport.
The same happened with Jeff.
We rented a car. I felt pretty rested. We got a stick shift and tried practicing in the parking lot. I was having some trouble finding the sweet spot and the engine started smoking. Jeff drove it a round a little bit and it seemed okay, but then we had to go up a hill to exit and he kept stalling out. Quite stressful as we inched up the hill one stall out at a time. Read more »
1. How did we meet?
Major Matt and I met at Sidewalk, for sure. Circa 2001. Even before we met I had seen him play the open mic there with Nan. I'd also see him at Alice's (RIP) occasionally, while I would be having breakfast with Crystal. I wanted to say hello but I was too shy. I vaguely remember him having a soul patch. At some point we exchanged CDs, saw each other play a few times, and he extended the invitation to me to participate in the Olive Juice collective. I was psyched because not only was I a huge fan of Matt's, but I had/have a big ol' boner for the music of Prewar Yardsale, and wanted to be down with this crew in the worst way, which in my opinion were on par with that of Jesus Christ and His Apostles.
2. 3 things that make you happy?
Oh man, three things that make me happy are giving and receiving genuine love and affection, feeling ecstasy both naturally and artificially (preferably the former), and singing with every ounce of strength that I can summon.
Major Matt Mason USA does a little story, poem or combo of the two, every time he does a set of his solo music. He writes it the afternoon before the show in order to have something totally fresh to perform at every show he plays. I've managed to upload on YouTube a good little grouping of the ones that I've collected since early summer.
This one is one of my favorites, entitled "The Pros and Cons of Being a Cat." It was originally performed at Sidewalk Cafe on June 27th.
Stay tuned, as the collection is sure to grow! (click here for a few more!)----> Read more »
Submitted by Chris Andersen on Mon, 09/20/2010 - 1:19pm
What ever happened to Rock 'n' Roll? Specifically Rock 'n' Roll songs about Rock 'n' Roll? Looking back on the music of the fifties, when, as I understand it, Rock 'n' Roll began to dominate the mainstream, there were tons of Rock 'n' Roll songs about Rock 'n' Roll. You got Rock Around The Clock. You got Rock And Roll Music. You got Shake, Rattle And Roll. These were great songs. Songs you could dance to. Songs about partying. Songs about Rock 'n' Roll.
Nowadays you got songs about crying and who knows what all else. Who is this for?
The last big song I can think of that's about Rock 'n' Roll is Old Time Rock And Roll by Bob Seger, and maybe that's telling. Maybe writing a song about how much you love Rock 'n' Roll is considered old fashioned. But in this post-modern, deconstructionist, new sincerity era, wouldn't songs about how much we all love Rock 'n' Roll be more approriate than ever?
Here are some ideas for songs, that you can have for free:
I knew Fran was cool before I really knew Fran. She's funny without being loud. She's smart without being pompous. She's hilarious... but only if you're paying attention.
So when we started talking during a Betsy's birthday party at Daddy's Bar in January I thought I should tell her. Most people would've said "Um... Okay. Thanks" and then gone over to Neil and said "Dude. Your sister is weird." But not Fran. Fran said something along the lines of "You're awesome!" And then we made a New Year's Resolution: Better Friends in 2010.
We saw each other a short while later for a Crafternoon at Humbolt Street. Wheels was helping me cut out a vinyl sticker to put on my new bass. Fran was creating fancy hair clips with vintage fabric for a DIY segment on Betsy's Place. We both agreed that the there was an alarming lack of candy available. We needed to fix this.
"Want to walk to the grocery store around the block?"
"Sure. Is it cold? Do we need our coats?"
"No. We're pretty tough." Read more »
Submitted by danfishback on Fri, 09/10/2010 - 10:40am
Jews have the right idea about September. It's the new year. Time to put on some clothes and get to work. I always feel wistful and determined in the fall, and both of those moods require a soundtrack. Here's a fun fall activity: Use the OJ Distro to find all of these songs and recreate this OJ Fall Mix CD:
1. Sonic Daughter - Schwervon!
2. New Year - Casey Holford
3. Disaster - Phoebe Kreutz
4. Moving - Jeffrey Lewis
5. Union Square - Yoko Kikuchi
6. Sweetish Fish & Tings - The Baby Skins
7. That Girl Suicide - Prewar Yardsale
8. Crash Through the Half-Light - Diane Cluck
9. I'm Afraid - The Best
10. Good Day, Sam James - Masheen Gun Kelly
11. Hello Antenna - Susie Asado
12. Lynda - Art Sorority for Girls
13. I Would Say - Dibs
14. C-Car - Double Fantasy
15. I Get Lifted - Toby Goodshank
16. Game - The Leader
17. (You Have So Much Fun.) In My Head - Cheese On Bread
18. Woopdie-Doo - Steve Espinola
19. Hair Today Gone Tomorrow - Liv Carrow
20. Times Table - Huggabroomstik