posted on June 13, 2009 at 10:49 pm

san francisco
we fumbled
we bumbled
we stumbled
technical difficulties derail us
we lose our momentum
i become derailed demoralised
i become unfocussed
my genii frees himself and pisses off
and sits in the rafters laughin’
ricky maymi says “dont put that”
why not?
weve just been to the apple shop where i
bought a new computer
having obtained a bitta van advance
tim bought a bigger n better one than me
good on ‘im then, eh?
yeah san fran had its moments
it did
some great bits
i put super glue on the blister, sister
but as it inexorably peels off
my fingers were sticking to the strings
and getting stuck
then the blister came back into contact
with the strings
and it was fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck
i was disappointed
if you liked the show
if you did
then i take nothing from your enjoyment
unfortunate conditions
we tried n we failed
next we have long drive to portland ore-gone
takes 2 days
my sat night
sitting or driving van in u.s. wilderness
i love you guys

41 Responses to “down at the end of ,like, merlin street”

  1. avatar
    K.P.BUK | 13 June 2009 at 11:25 pm #

    …sweeet jeezus, zeus, baal, jupiter… com'on cut thy boyz a break…!

  2. avatar
    veleska1970 | 13 June 2009 at 11:31 pm #

    awww, sorry your show wasn't what you wanted it to be. don't fret, oregon will be better, trust me.

    we love you too!!

  3. avatar
    princey | 13 June 2009 at 11:32 pm #

    It won't happen overnight, but it WILL happen, it will it will it will:)))))
    Nice to see your smiling face and golden calves on kcrw, you guys are hot hot hot
    love Amanda

  4. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 14 June 2009 at 12:01 am #

    have you ever had a night when everything went right on stage esskay???

  5. avatar
    Paul Lightfoot | 14 June 2009 at 12:15 am #

    Hey! All the best with the tour as you Gig across America. Conquer it! For those interested, legendary Flying Nun / Kiwi Musician Chris Knox (ex The Enemy / Toy Love) suffered a stroke last Thursday (aged 56) and is recovering (in a comfortable state) in Auckland Hospital. All the very best to him.

    Paul L

  6. avatar
    i am only as good as my impropaganda | 14 June 2009 at 12:25 am #

    i have no content please see above "^"

  7. avatar
    loolaabillions | 14 June 2009 at 12:26 am #


    dont let the negative
    getcha down

    technical difficulties
    the pitts!

    i'm sending sum
    good karmic
    vibrations your way…..
    can you feel it yet?
    hope so……….xx

  8. avatar
    i have no content please see above "^" | 14 June 2009 at 12:33 am #

    i am only as good as my impropaganda

  9. avatar
    Anonymous | 14 June 2009 at 12:39 am #

    hey steve,

    twas nice to say hello before the show last night. you seemed a bit perplexed (dazed and confused were the words you used) but i knew it would be a good show when i saw you soundchecking deadman's hand and it sounded great.

    I have seen the last 5-6 church shows in sf and this was definitely the most rocking show ever! you looked fierce and in control even after the stall (which you charmingly joked about)
    really nice to see the front man showmanship sans bass on operetta dancing around with mike in hand. too many transcendant moments to list. really i mean it.. thanks. thanks. and thanks.

    Travel Safely!

    p.s. i'll consider veganism if you consider jehovah ;^)

  10. avatar
    Thomas Thomsen, Denmark | 14 June 2009 at 12:43 am #

    Just watched the mini gig on KCRW and loved every minute of it. Excellent performances and a great song selction. Reminded me of my one and only The Church concert (so far, hopefully) in Copenhagen, 2007. I really wish you guys would release a live album.

  11. avatar
    Anonymous | 14 June 2009 at 12:47 am #

    It was a weird night. SK dressed in strange "vintage" cutoff shirt w/patches ("cash" and "Nirvana"??), Marty lookin' like Rasputin's bro. I apologize for the drunken idiot behind me who kept opening his trap. I apologize for the idiot who insisted PK shake his hand and proclaimed loudly, "You're my favorite band! I drove all the way from L.A.!" Powles beat holy hell out of drums with gong sticks, Marty shredded beautifully on Rickenbacker bass for "Deadman's Hand." Kickass version of "You Took." SK more fit than most 20-somethings. Yoga bass playing. PK elegant as ever. Technical issues a drag (why does this keep happening???) Honorable mention to Adam Franklin's amazing set. Good luck in Oregon.

  12. avatar
    Freddie | 14 June 2009 at 1:27 am #

    I hate that ya got blisters.
    Apparently methylated spirits are not sold in the US
    so I went looking on the net.
    Ended up on a bass players’ forum and found this suggestion.

    “There's a white medical adhesive tape with a fairly glossy outer surface that makes great 'bass tape'. The string slips off it very well.

    Wind it from the tip back to get the overlaps the right direction and it lasts all evening. It gives a little crispness to your pizz sound too. :)”

    And another comment about it:

    “You want waterproof first aid tape – the stuff Jake is talking about. It's got a slightly grippy surface to it – just like your finger. Cheap. Quick. Works.”

    We love you too Killer 🙂

  13. avatar
    Mary | 14 June 2009 at 2:34 am #

    hey, i know it sux, fingers being this way, i hope it gets better, dont be so upset, we understand, by the way im confused about the date that you are typing on your blog, I understand in Australia the time difference in America, but if you are typing this from Cali why is it showing that you are typing this blog tommorrow, its wierd, it shows that u typed this at 8:49am June 14 and I am reading this at 9:32pm June 13, is it me or is my computer wierd.

  14. avatar
    gregg | 14 June 2009 at 3:05 am #

    Enjoyment? No Doubt about it! we loved the show, it was good to hear your voice, Marty and Peter's magical guitars, and Tim's powerful drums, we hope you make it back up to the bay area, Keep on rockin and take care of those precious fingers! thanks agian for giving us so much enjoyment Gregg

  15. avatar
    Anonymous | 14 June 2009 at 3:13 am #

    "we tried n we failed"
    sk u always put yourself down, get that word failed out of your vocabulary. U would have put your all into the gig as u always do, I'm sure the fans loved it. Would have loved to have been there. "I left my heart in San Francisco.."

    Hope the magical fingers heal soon.
    May the money be rollin in big time!

    Take care our white hippy moses, will be with you all in spirit as I play the Church this arvo.

    Peace & love

  16. avatar
    Anonymous | 14 June 2009 at 4:31 am #

    SK –

    Ah geez man. I been listenin' to #23 more and more and weighin' the value of my small heap o' dough and I'm starting ta think that driving out to G.R. June 25th is in the cards – then you go all honest again and cast a shadow cabinet of doubt!

    Well – that's it man! You fellas gotta get yourselves together, dig? Chances are you're being a Perfctionist and that you be jammin' – BUT I CAN'T TAKE THAT CHANCE, MAN!

    So – – you and the cats remember that you fellas are the only Top Daddy Space Rockers left in this world. You guys gotta show'em what the Space Rock is! C'mon SK – meditate your a$$ off, heal thy tender digits and swoop inta Ore-gone and take'em like True Space Rockin' Banditos!

  17. avatar
    m.p.k | 14 June 2009 at 4:42 am #

    Portland is fabulous. Things will go better from now on out. It's in the stars.

  18. avatar
    Anonymous | 14 June 2009 at 5:10 am #

    There will be better gigs ahead sk. I'd love to be there to see even a not so good one.

    Lady Di

  19. avatar
    SAW | 14 June 2009 at 5:16 am #

    Steven, it was all fun and games [space rock and transcendence] until my girlfriend, of ten years, KN… asked me to relay to you, “tell SK he looks HAWT!”
    So there you go. I guess your calves are only the half of it!
    Thanks for visiting us again here in SF.
    best, SAW
    p.s. btw, I have to agree 🙂 Killer, you look fit as a fiddle! The warrior poses and pool laps shine all about you. Your paw may be sore, yet super-glued on tight, and your eye worse for the (s)wear, but your energy field has never sounded as bright. I digress…

    that said ENCORE!

  20. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 14 June 2009 at 5:28 am #

    …i love you too, kiddo! suffering for your art, ay……dunno about peeing on your blisters as a cure, though….

    tim's apple is bigger than yours, hmmm? well it ain't the size of the equipment, it's what you can do with it that matters…..

    love always….

  21. avatar
    Cee | 14 June 2009 at 5:58 am #

    We must have been at a different show – there's that time travel thing again. First the eyebrows now this!
    Cee of zee magic cake.

  22. avatar
    frostatmidnight | 14 June 2009 at 7:35 am #

    Congrats on your new Apple purchase and good on ya for sticking with Macs! My upgrade from the iBook to the MacBook Pro was a huge step up for me. Love it. Hope you have a safe tour and drive up the coast.


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    fantasticandy | 14 June 2009 at 8:52 am #

    i think it's that slight 'looseness'
    that people love about you guys
    and the fact that you always strive to give more…..
    a 'bad' church gig would do me just fine.

  24. avatar
    davem | 14 June 2009 at 8:53 am #

    The reports from fans who were lucky enough to be at the gig are all glowing, so you didn't let anyone down.
    A 2 day drive? It makes you realise what a small island we are over here. Small, isolated, Churchless……
    Have a safe and happy trip.

  25. avatar
    the dean | 14 June 2009 at 9:13 am #

    I believe myrrh is good for the fingers but a bit hard to come by..or was that fankincense or the other one..

  26. avatar
    Jasperina | 14 June 2009 at 9:58 am #

    Glide, transcend<, cruise on down the road…yearning, seeking it that is the secret isn't it. It finds you when you least expect it.

  27. avatar
    paulhaines | 14 June 2009 at 11:52 am #

    Hey Steve,

    Just read Lurie's bio of you – great read. And a good bareing of the souls, both you and he.

    Dunno if this was where I was supposed to say this shit, but I have.


  28. avatar
    Anonymous | 14 June 2009 at 3:14 pm #

    beautiful wilderness though.
    driving 8 hours to see you guys in pittsburgh and d.c.

    big fan of adam franklin.
    hope you guys get on well.


  29. avatar
    lily was here | 14 June 2009 at 3:15 pm #

    All reports I've heard have been great, so get off that rafter before you fall and hurt more than your nose and fingers
    love Sue xox

  30. avatar
    Anonymous | 14 June 2009 at 3:45 pm #

    Hi Steve!

    The San Francisco show was great no matter what you say about the technical problems and loud mouth fans.

    Wonderful set list and great rock star poses from Steve! The songs have all been imbellished with a different fill there, or extra verse here, maintaining the spirt of the originals but adding so much new, exciting 'explorations' of the songs. On just about any song and you've got four guys soloing but all coming together to make the tightest band in the world when it all falls in place.

    Two observations:

    Steve, you bellyache so much here about how you don't like having to come out of bondi to play those damn songs and rock out for a few weeks. But when I saw you close your eyes last night and lock in with Tim, you LOVE IT. You couldn't hide how into playing that music you are if you wanted! You alwasy like to distance yourself from The Church but it seems you are really at home with those songs and in that band.

    The Church have no fancy stage show, no costumes or special effects. No jumbotron U2 circus needed – the performance IS the show – nothing else required.

    Way to go Steve.

    Second, Peter stole the show. *Yikes*

    Yes, this is your blog and we come to read your thoughts and generally give prase, so you may not be thrilled but your bandmate was in orbit last night. It was like Peter was channeling Jimi Hendrix…from another universe..and backwards…with more effects and even light years more psychadellic. If you watch the KCRW webcast from a few days ago, the solos he played, especially on "You Took" are just a framework for what he did in San Francisco. I mean, he took the playing not to just melodic and technical levels, he was on the verge of inventing and entirely new way to play. whether he recognizes it too or just takes it for granted, his playing was 'transcendent.'

    By the way, who were the dozens of people with passes to get backstage to meet the band??? Was there a contest? We waited around to get an autograph as Marty usually comes out and chats a bit but it seemed it was 1987 again and everyone wanted to meet The Church.



  31. avatar
    Anonymous | 14 June 2009 at 5:04 pm #

    Hey Steve,

    the Slim's show wasn't that bad!

    Loved it, you rocked 'em(us)!

    Liked your improving between the
    technical difficulties!

    Have a great time for the rest of the tour!


  32. avatar
    Wiley Strafer | 14 June 2009 at 5:13 pm #

    please encourage Marty to at least trim his beard. He's too handsome to keep his face so hidden. You could always just tie him down and forcefully cut some of it.

  33. avatar
    heyday2day | 14 June 2009 at 5:17 pm #

    I'm sure it will all come together, blisters too. It's just a privilege for some of us to see you guys play, you know?

    I bought a ticket to the KC show on June 19. It was just gonna be me groovin to my favorite band with no partner distracting me. I was so looking forward to the whole experience, from driving up from Texas to watching my fave band and meeting other Church fans. Alas, life intruded and it isn't meant to be. My oldest daughter (17) was stricken at an early age with a rare hip disease at the age of 6. Unfortunately the damage that it did has prompted a hip replacement surgery. It's scheduled this week in Houston and daddy needs to be there instead of visiting blissville with the Church.

    Posted on the womb about having a ticket to give to any Church fan who emails me and received no responses. If anyone here wants to see the band at the Voodoo Lounge in KC, the offer still stands. Drop me an email and I'll get it in the post ASAP. Enjoy.


  34. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 14 June 2009 at 7:10 pm #

    There's a sterling three star review of # 23 in the Sunday Chicago Sun-Times and a recommendation for people to see the upcoming show. The review has glowing approbation for all four band members. The song "Operetta" is put in the same class as John Lennon's "Imagine". "Space Savior", "On Angel Street", "Deadman's Hand" and "Pangea" are also lauded. The reviewer also mentioned the greatness of "After Everything Now This."

  35. avatar
    m.p.k | 14 June 2009 at 7:14 pm #

    Astrological perspective on technical difficulties was the Mercury square to the Jupiter-Neptune-Chiron conjunction. That's over now and Mercury is in Gemini which should really ease this type of thing going forward (let's hope).

  36. avatar
    Anonymous | 14 June 2009 at 7:20 pm #

    Welcome to most western Bohemia
    Your Geni awaits in Aladdin's lamp

    See you tonight
    Between Planets

  37. avatar
    Anonymous | 14 June 2009 at 7:50 pm #

    Fabulous as always, gents. Come back sooner next time! Loved the beard, Marty.

    Stay lovely

  38. avatar
    eek | 15 June 2009 at 1:12 am #

    I asked a guitar player once "but don't you get blisters?" The response was "yeah, so?" I'm a total wuss, but I'm glad you aren't. Hope the blisters heal and harden soon for you.

  39. avatar
    Brenton Diaz | 15 June 2009 at 1:47 am #

    telly Marty to keep the beard. and peter to keep reinventing the guitar.

    buffalo is howling out to you

    maybe hamilton too if I suck up to my wife…

  40. avatar
    Eric T | 16 June 2009 at 6:34 am #

    You may not have taken anything from my enjoyment of the show in San Francisco, but I experienced something that maybe you won't know: a complete moment of bliss.

    Your posts talk about your ability to transcend during a show. I never recognized it before, but I suppose that's why you don't make eye contact with your audience. I've seen you guys five times now and it's seldom you look at your audience except when you're walking off stage.

    I'm not offended by that. In fact, if that's what you have to do to play the sets you do then more power to you! But I am truly saddened that you would get no enjoyment from the energy and joy I felt during your show (which culminates from 30+ years of making amazing music).

    Regardless, I was tantalized from the first song all the way to the end; despite any technical mishaps. Any time you guys are in town, I will be there. I see that the San Francisco show may not chalk up to much for you on a personal level, but for me (the long-time fan and appreciator of your art) it was a blessing.

    You don't have to have it together all the time. Shit happens (cliche', cliche'). Technical stuff happens. Look at the amount of monitors and amps you guys have on stage. It's amazing any of that stuff works. You played with your hearts. I could feel that. Your audience could feel that. I would rather see a Church concert wrought with gaffs and technical issues than any other show on earth, because you play with your heart.

    I had the pleasure of briefly saying hi to Tim while he was running about getting the sound-settings in order. It was very kind of him to come by and say hello after he was done with his setup work and talk about the last decade of amazing work you guys have created. I hung out after the gig hoping to at least say hello to you, Marty or Peter, but we were immediately ushered out after the show. Now I see how little the San Francisco show meant to you. I'm really sorry for that. For me, you guys play sounds, speak poetry, and play music that is more than worth the dollars I paid to see it. And Untitled #23 had filled my recent days with music and joy.

    I hope the rest of the tour lives up to your expectations. If I'm traveling to another city that's on your schedule, I'll definitely drop in again.



  41. avatar
    DbV | 26 June 2009 at 2:18 am #

    Yr still in our good books.
    DbV in SF

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