August 2009


dubrovnikone of the most unusual birthday parties I’ve ever played at or attended.  I’ve always been somewhere between amused and amazed at some of the people Eddie counts as his friends, and the guest list for this party was full of them. Something about gentlemen in military uniforms from what are now defunct forces that makes me laugh, although quietly to myself  since they tend to brandish their weapons after a few drinks to punctuate their point in conversation. Both the Headstock Brothers and myself took the opportunity to take a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine back to our room after the gig, figuring that Eddie would be out for the duration of the evening, which he was.  I did get a pseudo-cryptic note from Eddie shoved under the door while I was sleeping it off, which as best as I can tell contains this week’s musical recording of note “Shoot Out The Lights” by Richard and Linda Thompson. Released in 1982 on Hannibal Records this album is a must have for anyone’s collection and features brilliant vocal and guitar work throughout. The title track alone is worth the price of admission but for me the real clincher is “Wall of Death” which stands as one of the greatest folk-rock tunes of all time. Once again Mr. Ersatz has picked a winner, do check it out if you have not already. Well thats about it from here, next stop is Greece (if it hasn’t burnt to the ground before we get there). I’ll post you when we arrive, meanwhile have a good day! image courtesy of twistedpapers.com

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venicehere in Venice I thought I’d better catch up on blogging and more before we move on. The tour is going well so far and according to Eddie we’re actually making some money, although the band has yet to see much of it.  Hank and Harold (the Headstock Brothers) managed to get out to the country to visit some friends of theirs and returned with wine and cheese of a most excellant nature which they shared with the rest of the band, much to our delight. I guess the next gig will include a private birthday party for an old business associate of Eddie, but so far no more details on location. At any rate, Eddie says the musical recording of the week is “Hommages” by Gavin Bryars  released on Les Disques du Crepuscle in 1981(Belgium). This disc is a collection of four pieces performed by an ensemble  including Gavin Bryars himself.  The tone of three of these pieces is decidedly ambient in nature , the other track “The English Mail Coach” is a more strident but still minimalistic composition. The players on this record do a wonderful job of maintaining a delicate balance on the quieter tracks that results in what I would term “ambient acoustic  jazz” or something on that order. All in all I agree with Eddie, a very nice recording indeed. One more musical note on the week. The band and Eddie would like to express their personal thanks, admiration, and respect to the one and only Les Paul, who played and invented his way into the musical fabric of the world, in a way few have or ever will. He will never be forgotten. Time to get my stuff together for the next leg of this trip, have a good day, more to come soon.

image courtesy of twistedpapers.com

venice2after a fun week in Monaco. No real news to report, just a quick update. I also wanted to give appropriate recognition to Stan and Russell over at TwistedPapers.com who are the source of the wonderful images I’m currently using in the “world tour” part of this blog. Go check out their site I think you’ll enjoy it. Meanwhile it’s time to catch a train, more soon when I get to Venice.