posted on July 27, 2006 at 9:21 pm

what should i tell em?

tell em nevets, tell em about the gig in houston
oh yeah..the gig in houston….
well i keep thinkin’ about this band called
the sacred cowboys
from melbourne
and they hadda song called
nothing grows in texas
and as i landed in houston
i thought how fuckin wrong they were
cos its greene here
and everything is growing all over the place
we hadda nold black lady called patricia drivin’ our cab
whaddya think of the bush family, patricia?
what do yall think? she replies
no no we say
what do you think?
well i don’ wanna say says patricia
cos of that little camera watching us up there…
she points to camera mounted in roof of cab
well i think theyre all pricks i volunteer
she looks at me n smiles
yeah i guess im along the same lines as you honey..

the gig is a huge old warehouse downtown
its a cavernous place
we get a not too bad amount o people
and they dig it
we’re a little raggedy n nervy but we
getta cuppla encores blah blah blah
(you see i cant really review my own shows
can i?)
afterwards a nice mexican woman tells me her 2 year old son
is learning to sing metropolis
fair enuff
we pack up n drive to austin
capital of texass
rob dickenson whose opening for us
drives our car
he wassa in a group called the catherine wheel
now hes solo
hes good too
and the audiences really dig him
last nite he came on in our encore
and slid behind the drum kit
i didnt notice for a while until the song
didnt seem to be going where it usually did
i look up and theres rob bashing the kit
while powlesy standin round shakin a tambo
robs an english guy livin in l.a.
hes pretty funny too
and we instantly like him
and hes one o the family
which means he gets to see all our squabbles n sulks
we get in about 6 am in the morning
our motel here is swarming with coppers
whats happnin officeer
i ask some porky sergeant
oh just some dead guy in a car he says
im shocked by his nonchalance
hes far more interested in who we are and where we’re playing
than “the dead guy”
would an aussie cop be so fucking callous…?
i guess these cops have seen it all
i wake up round one
and do my chi gong n yoga routine
whilst listnin to the instrumental ambient mixes of mimesis
nice work, polinski
i take my hat off to ya
and i wish i was in sandringham melbourne
in the cold winter
than here in this hot swampy heat
i look out my window
peddlars, beggars, flower sellers, tramps, hookers, n dealers
are plying their trades
at this huge intersection
where 16 lanes of traffic meet
some cops come along
and handcuff some n take em away
im always shocked by how america treats her poor
i mean
you gotta nuff money to invade afgannystan n irak
but people here
(where fucknuckle w bush was the gov)
are so poor n desperate
where is the compassion?
how can you enjoy yer fuckin priveleged lives
n just drive past these unfortunates like they didnt exist?
i saw a rich bitch once step over a convulsing tramp
as she got outta her limo in new york upper east side
like he was garbage…
didja know georgey w
that yer bible says
that its harder for a rich man to enter heaven
than a camel to pass thru a needles eye…?!
that means that all yer ill gotten gains
gonna disappear when you shuck off yer mortal coil
but you aint learnt yer lesson
its no good havin money when every body else is
livin in abject indecent needless poverty
but georgey boy
you dont give a damn
do ya?
but no one gets off scott free
and im sure theres a little equalling up the score
gonna happen
cos every action hassa equal n opposite reaction
and i can see the fuckin heavy judgement gonna send them
white rich warmongering IMBECILES
watch out
yer next life s just around the corner
make the most of this one
vishnu sittin in yer hearts
hes watching everything
hes listnin to yer thoughts
he knows if you been good or bad
so be good fer goodness sake
its just like ole nostradamus said
its all gonna begin in the fucking middle east
the end o the world
(as we know it)
(and i feel sick)
you stupid idiots
all of ya
every goose who thinks rockets n tanx
can solve the problems of this world
i dont know
israel, lebanon, palestine
who can unentangle this mess?
but surely…
i wanna scream
when will we ever fucking learn?
we can build n fly huge aeroplanes
that can fly 4 hundred people atta time
we can trace genetic code
we can go into space
we can work out the largest prime numbers
and irrigate deserts
we can build tiny computers that can hold more info
than a library
but we just keep killing each other
i dont have any answers people
but why do we all have to go down the drain
for these belligerent bloody bastards…?
that leaves me in my hotel in austin texarse
the heart of bush cuntry
but also a fantastic music town
fulla bohemians n hippies n artists n musos
n veggy restaurants n trees n students n good things
a place where the uber”straights” n the bohos
rub shoulders
im leaving for soundcheque in 30 mins
im gonna try n ring my family
see if they still remember their big daddy
thats it fiendss
if yer from austin n coming tonite
bring me some jazz ciggies if ya wanna good show
if not


71 Responses to “going down beneath the texas moon”

  1. avatar
    Rama Dee | 27 July 2006 at 10:32 pm #

    yeah, its kinda harsh here…its like the Interzone..i was wonderin what your reaction was gonna be…anyway, hope you are feeling alright….these days, its mostly the peace pipe, man…looking foward to the show…lived here a long time, always loved you, welcome to Austin.

  2. avatar
    Anonymous | 27 July 2006 at 10:32 pm #

    I just got back from Austin after a stay there the other week. It’s hardly ‘Bush Country’ there, Austin is mostly liberal and anti-Bush.

    Enjoy your shows.


  3. avatar
    Rama Dee | 27 July 2006 at 10:46 pm #

    oh yeah, its also good to see you vent, cuz I live here Man, and I feel the same way, and yet if your seeing this all the Way it is, so obvious, not just here but in all places etc, its more than just being ‘negative’ angry or depressed and all that trip(e), its just what our eyes see, in honesty…so to me its no coincidence your sayin this now..the repuslive element is there…you are pretty much right on your description. Anyway…seriously, thanks for comin. Good Luck*

  4. avatar
    sockfacepuppetmunch | 27 July 2006 at 11:01 pm #

    You said It SK… And Thats why we all love you. We are you; in your thoughts, mabee not as goode on da bass or on the mikerofone, BUT WE STAND WITH YOU. Like a Totara tree (NZs tallest) and we sing your song of peace and harmony in this divided souless time.
    Just remember your stories here, and your work as a muso and artist empower us..To think and become real…Thank you

    Bush and co are the real. sockfacepuppetmunchers arn’t they.

  5. avatar
    Anonymous | 27 July 2006 at 11:02 pm #

    …the wars and mother nature throwing fire balls at us…miracle that we can even crack a smile once in awhile.

  6. avatar
    Christopher | 27 July 2006 at 11:10 pm #

    Loving the American tale you are weaving! I’m interested to see what you’ll think of my little hometown of New Orleans post Katrina….looking forward to seeing you and the boys saturday night.

  7. avatar
    manfred | 27 July 2006 at 11:18 pm #

    marjorie fair
    and i wasn’t thair
    i haven’t been to holly wood
    cos i was having some holly daze
    on that beach in travemünde
    that will always be connected to tranquility for me
    no matter what you think about hologram of baal
    you, your music has disconnected from you
    (to quote that neuman without the e)
    just feel invited
    i’ll take you there
    to tranquility
    in travemünde
    just a few sea miles away from s.w.eden
    where we all lie naked in the sun
    we call it fkk here in germany
    frei körper kultur
    free body culture
    how close can you get to paradise
    people running around naked everywhere
    how have they been, marjorie fair?
    and what about rob?
    does he play intelligent people?
    (which made me buy the record straight away)
    judy staring at the sun
    ma solituda
    the nude
    well i met neumann
    the famous actor at the theatre in lübeck
    but i’m pretty sure it’s not the same neumann we search for
    in leather houses
    are you sure he’s in cologne?
    i think last time i saw him was in hamburg
    eating a hamburger
    or was it frankfurt?
    guess neumann is not a vegetarian
    but i’ll do my best to find him
    i promise
    i’ll keep you informed
    i loved the ocelot
    a worthy follow up for the painkiller

  8. avatar
    veleska1970 | 27 July 2006 at 11:39 pm #

    the cops in new orleans are just as blase’….a lot of times THEY are the criminals themselves.

    you’re absolutely right about your rant today. i’ve always wondered this myself: how is it possible for the wealthiest nation the world has ever seen have all these very serious problems? one reason is because the gap between the haves and the have-nots is a bottomless chasm that just keeps getting deeper and wider.


    have a good show in austin tonite. and the countdown begins for dallas tomorrow. i know i won’t be disappointed!!

    lotza love….

  9. avatar
    fergal | 27 July 2006 at 11:45 pm #

    was patricia, the cab driver, the same woman u met in the desert?

  10. avatar
    lee | 28 July 2006 at 12:01 am #

    sk, you are assuming that Bush can read ;).

  11. avatar
    Anonymous | 28 July 2006 at 12:36 am #

    Oh Geez SK, we all feel like this sometimes. But you know what, there have always been poor unfortunate people. There have always been violent wars. ALWAYS. Pick up a Bible, there’s ol’ Jesus talking about the poor, and you know what he said “the poor will always be with us”. We all want more compassion but my God, dude, this is AMERICA, if you can’t make it here… where the hell ARE you going to make it?

  12. avatar
    landru | 28 July 2006 at 12:48 am #

    I was in the warehouse with you in planet houston. Good show. Marty was a bit loopy, but that’s the legend, myth, etc. I thought it was pretty great. You guys are just damned impressive. Flew under the radar here. No one knew you were in town. Sorry ’bout that, but it’s better than being the “80s nostalgia act of the week” that we know you are NOT.

    btw, they totally ripped off the seating and non-seating. Paid extra for seats that didn’t exist. That is Houston for you. “Blood Money” would have been incredibly appropriate here.

    The homeless thing is kind of give and take here. There are the genuinely unfortunate, and, I’m very sorry to say, the ones who do it for the cash. It’s true, though you wouldn’t believe me. I’ve seen them turn down lifts to shelters and then go right into the same liquor store. Gives people here (at least in this chunk of concrete) a bit of a hard view. Though, I’ve never seen them hauled off in Houston. Maybe they have a Union.

    Sure you will hate that, but it’s reality. You have to find the charity amongst the cons here.

    It was a good show, no matter what went on. Very noisy, though. You were right to put them in their place. (I will remember that bit forever.) “We’ll be gone in an hour. We don’t turn up at your work and play, do we?”

    Thanks for coming to Houston. No one who is any good ever does.

  13. avatar
    baby | 28 July 2006 at 1:04 am #

    i agree with you about the war, i was worried about it even when george sr was in office & i thought…oh no good is gonna come of this persian gulf thing

    austin, sorry you nice people are in texas. someone named john once helped me there & said as i thanked him

    god looks after the fools & little babies

    i guess i am both

  14. avatar
    Richard | 28 July 2006 at 1:04 am #


    haven’t heard that word for years

    used to be one of my dad’s favourites

    where did you get it from?

    (maybe it’s time for a resurrection – lazily injected into an instrumental on the next album maybe)

  15. avatar
    syrinx | 28 July 2006 at 1:10 am #

    Re: Rob Dickinson…I was saying to someone that he was like an extra prize at the bottom of the cereal box during the shows. How could he have never made my long list (all the stuff I ever hope to acquire), my short list (dependent on actual cash in my pocket), or the lists of any of my music-lovin’ friends?? He was fantastic, his voice and guitar so very clean and powerful. Songs – goes without saying they were great. Thanks for introducing him to those of us who hadn’t a clue. You gave us a really nice gift in that way. I have the live cd in my car right now.

  16. avatar
    Sharky's Place | 28 July 2006 at 1:16 am #

    The show was great…”well washed” indeed.
    Rob was cool.
    Marty was drinking Shiners!
    Nobody that I know likes Bush.
    Are “jazz ciggies” what I think they are? 😉

  17. avatar
    tristan | 28 July 2006 at 1:27 am #

    SK, I hear what you are saying. likewise my head and heart scream out. and will add…

    when will everyone see? there has to be another way for eveybody to co-exist. capitilsim, is not the final word. but, what comes next?

  18. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 28 July 2006 at 1:31 am #

    sad that it is, with love always comes rockets…
    Ne iko

  19. avatar
    Anonymous | 28 July 2006 at 1:33 am #


    Correct spelling is…

    ‘fuck knuckle’

    and it is indeed a most excellent expression. No revival needed in our house as I use it frequently.

    Cop ya later,


  20. avatar
    Anonymous | 28 July 2006 at 1:34 am #

    Nice to hear mimesis is still there somewhere in your thoughts and not forgotten, I CANT WAIT to hear it, hope it’s not too much longer.
    Wish you were in Melbourne too sk!

    Take care and lots of love,

  21. avatar
    Anonymous | 28 July 2006 at 1:47 am #

    what a tour. saw catherine wheel and slowdive back in 1993. now rob alfresco. good. and the crutch. my tenth and eleventh show coming. mmmmmm.

    thank you though, sk, for all the music in the last eight years. okay ten. mats rocks. you have no taste in your own music.
    you can be no judge of your own peformances and you know it. fair enough.
    i have re-arranged and made double cds of mats, aent, fy and ultc and all the other material. quite interesting. hedonistic pursuit. i love it. i worship it.
    because it is part of the one.

    full of vegans

  22. avatar
    Anonymous | 28 July 2006 at 1:47 am #

    Hey Steve,

    Minneapolis misses you…

    Georgie should be strung by his nads, but what’s the alternative? John fookin Kerry? They’re all crooks! The whole thing is exactly like…history isn’t it?(!)

    Like you once said “The world keeps spinnin, people keep sinnin, all the rest is just bullshit.”


  23. avatar
    Lynnster | 28 July 2006 at 2:01 am #

    I was in Houston for the first time ever in April of this year, for a wedding. While I’m sure it’s always been plagued by crime much like other big cities in the U.S., (including the one I live in), one of the locals told us everything had changed since Katrina, that Houston was so much worse, because so many of New Orleans’ criminal population migrated there after the hurricane and never went back. The friends I was with were looking to score some um green stuff, we were in what appeared to be a pretty decent area but urban enough that it probably wouldn’t have been very hard to find someone on the street with the goods, and the same local warned my friends, “Oh no, you can’t do that here anymore. Used to you could, but it’s just not safe now, it hasn’t been since Katrina.” Then she said she was moving to Austin the following week and couldn’t wait to get out of Houston.

    Unfortunately the situation in my city is as bad or worse, so overrun with gang warfare and even more unfortunate, the homeless and the poor are often the targets of those bands of crooks’ amusement. It’s sad, very sad these days.

  24. avatar
    mike a | 28 July 2006 at 2:07 am #

    Good luck tonight sk!! You’re getting one step closer to Chicago!! Yeah!!

  25. avatar
    nickfiction | 28 July 2006 at 2:12 am #

    steve i can bring the jazz ciggies for ya in cleveland, look for me , ill be the asshole with digital cameras for eyes… hahah hope you get it , Nick

  26. avatar
    beest | 28 July 2006 at 2:47 am #

    “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”
    — Joseph Goebbels, German Minister of Propaganda, 1933-1945

    I’m afraid Bush and his crew of Piefaced Stiffymavens CAN indeed read… the influence of aforementioned Minister is obvious…

  27. avatar
    Anonymous | 28 July 2006 at 2:55 am #

    OOOhhh la la la

    glynnis: oh, here’s a book book fer ya mistah Yeblik !
    about harry houdini.
    i know you like yer houdini.
    didn’t ya right a song about in the crustaceous heroin period?

    kilbey: right mate, thanks a load

    (makes eye contact with mr koppes,
    mr koppes rolls eyes into infinity)
    another one!(chuck it in onto the pile!)

    glynnis: blah blah your band has changed my life blah blah
    the drums on seance are way crap
    blah blah read your bloggy everyday
    blah blah.

    kilbey: yeah, thanks for coming to the show

    glynnis: (post coital chruch show)

    Oy, i drank far too many, much too much. i acted the tit as it were
    ol davida looked me up and down and could only muster pity.
    let it be said she looks at me this way even when sober. Ha!

    twas a great show though.
    good luck with the rest of your journey through the you ess of aye.


  28. avatar
    Anonymous | 28 July 2006 at 3:00 am #

    how is it that the fucker (GW) gets away with all his shite when it appears noone’s truly with him. i don’t know anymore. i mean the west wing’s been holding the mirror up for years now, predicting the House’s next movements and the fools all think this is fiction.

    So please all you Church goers listen to young kilbey sprouting his tunes and his message. He’s got a clue. And go out and preach it to all your friends and family.

    We are all one. Them and us are you and me.

    Steve, hope you’re getting some peace and feeling the universal connection in your stillness.

    The sun is back and the pacific is rolling in a new swell,bringing a warm current and making the morning swim a breeze. Missed your gorgeous self around the traps.

    Heard isolde for the first time.
    Beautiful sanskrit.

    N Bondi

  29. avatar
    rehan | 28 July 2006 at 4:06 am #

    I’m back in the fold again after a long absence. Finally managed to catch up with all the posted blogs after several days of reading (Phew!)but hey what a treasure trove of great stuff! Good luck and may the rest of the US tour be an huge success!

  30. avatar
    Trickster | 28 July 2006 at 4:31 am #


    the only city in TX that DOESN’T vote for rape-ugly kins!

  31. avatar
    bucks burnett | 28 July 2006 at 4:37 am #

    I’m just looking for Britney Spears.

  32. avatar
    Anonymous | 28 July 2006 at 4:42 am #

    Steve, glad to hear you’re surviving the ruthlessness and opulence of America…awaited as you are by your ever-loving fans!

    It sounds like the decision to tour with Rob Thomas was a brilliant one. I didn’t even know he played the drums!
    Seems like a natural fit w/ the Cruchh.

    Here’s to great collaborations!
    C. Escherbach

  33. avatar
    Anonymous | 28 July 2006 at 5:00 am #

    hi sk
    read a great review
    by a fellow fiend
    who was lucky
    enough to be at
    the houston show
    last night
    sounds like
    you transcended
    yet again
    i was jealous
    when i read you’d
    played fly …
    i listened to
    twice last wk
    for the first
    time in
    many moons
    beautiful song
    and cd

    thanks for
    the thrill
    in sharing so many
    juicy tour tidbits in
    your bloggie
    with us…
    i liked the
    bit about your cabbie

    wish i could
    be there
    in person
    to share
    the transcendence
    the music
    the jazz ciggies


  34. avatar
    The Other One | 28 July 2006 at 5:12 am #

    What is it to “make it”? To “make it” is to be tolerant, compassionate, able to distribute and give…but when you’re getting something in this system you’re pushed to get more and believe that your greed is going to make you survive. Survival and dignity are far different from luxury and excess. Blame the need for encores that fulfill our individualities.
    So Steve, you have stepped out of yourself, your miraculous trip into desert fireworks and lizards’ mutations, cactii jangling thirst and first remembrances of the past in a close future to look at the rich bitches who dismiss their equals, temporarily unprivileged. That is a superb line polished by the limo image. This is what we see everyday….people *enjoying* an insulting wealth. And this just leads to discussion and more discussion. Useless social discussion in the top spheres like the ones on internet rights. The medium is a reality for more than one decade now and people still make a mess out of it trying to figure out how to protect peoples’ rights. Such a fast world in which empowered breeds take so long to figure out what to do. I can’t understand. The contradictions being fed to sweep away the oppositions. If they could only realise how a punch in the stomach feels… The bottom line is that most people don’t realise how this is TEMPORARY. And rich people seek for money in an obsessive scale so they can buy this sick illusion of material continuity. Inheritance, theft, broken families. I’ve been there, I’m still in it. They want to believe that they’re going to LAST through apartments and cars. Too bad. Love is going to make you last (whatever you you’re using), nothing else. What takes us to the beautiful circle, the perfect shape. The anger before the rich bitch is a manifestation of love as clear as the visit to your dark woman.
    Yeah, anger and love.
    “Up For Sale” by International Noise Conspiracy on Third World MTV right now as I write. Damn Synchroni-city.
    [I’m sorry if I didn’t make sense, I’m drunk]

  35. avatar
    The Other One | 28 July 2006 at 5:14 am #

    And every time I step into this far complex issue in such a narrow space I feel like an idiot. Blame the w(h)ine.

  36. avatar
    pages_of_mapped_out_days | 28 July 2006 at 5:37 am #

    makes sense to me
    other one
    keep writin’

  37. avatar
    verdelay | 28 July 2006 at 6:10 am #


    I feel somehow obliged to comment because of my recent 2 year stay in Houston, Texas.

    However, I think you know what I’m on about now, don’t you? So I won’t go over it all again.

    Interzone is about right.

    I’m back in Brisbane now, and the ghosts here all know my name.


  38. avatar
    Rehan | 28 July 2006 at 6:11 am #

    We keep on getting teased and tantalized by titbits you keep feeding us about “Mimesis” Just WAITING for the day…

  39. avatar
    Rama Dee | 28 July 2006 at 6:35 am #

    for now just wanna say thanks again for playing austin, i’m one of those serious fans from the old daze… nice bits mixing in Patti Smith and some faith healer(?) in the swirling sound of it all..Providence I’m sure watered everyones eyes…Yeah Kilbey looked like Moses…saw old friends had a cool night. Thanks*

  40. avatar
    Rama Dee | 28 July 2006 at 6:43 am #

    oh yeah, as far as the jazz ciggies.Man, i came prepared, but i didnt see Sk anywhere…too bad, I would have loved to help out..Alas, i hope such was made anyhow….”dont look back” very cool.

  41. avatar
    Queen Hatshepsut | 28 July 2006 at 6:50 am #

    Yes, and if possible, please bring him some jazz ciggies in some kind of container, i.e. box, bag, sumpthin’ fer goodness sake!
    ; )

    love ya steve,

  42. avatar
    Azza | 28 July 2006 at 6:53 am #

    I’m with you SK. I just can’t understand how the people at the top, the ones with the power, don’t help those below them. I really don’t get it. I mean, how much money do you really need? I read somewhere that the recently departed Aaron Spellings estate includes his house of 56000 squares. 56000 square! What the fuck! How many impoverished families could live on the money that cost! It just makes me sick.
    I’m betting it doesn’t take Vishnu long to read George’s thoughts. Not much going on in there I reakon.

  43. avatar
    Anonymous | 28 July 2006 at 6:58 am #

    Oh well damb,
    you played Fly!!!
    you better play it here
    …really or..or,
    heh I dunno,
    please please PLEASE play fly!!

    pretty please? with saccharine on top?

  44. avatar
    Anonymous | 28 July 2006 at 7:50 am #


    you boys are listed as playing the governor hindmarsh adelaide 29th september…did I miss something here? an oz tour after the US…cool!!!

  45. avatar
    the young relict | 28 July 2006 at 8:18 am #

    I should have the Jazz in Dallas… Ill be to your left again with the same people.

  46. avatar
    Anonymous | 28 July 2006 at 8:54 am #

    Could you elaborate on that “anonymous(5:50)”.
    An oz tour? Did I miss something here in Melbourne????
    Please tell us it’s true sk!!!!!
    Love you,

  47. avatar
    Anonymous | 28 July 2006 at 9:23 am #

    cant elaborate much more amanda…I saw them listed at a local venue called the gov hindmarsh , 29th sep 2006!!!!thats where they normally play when they come to adelaide so…its looking hopeful!!!!

  48. avatar
    Anonymous | 28 July 2006 at 9:42 am #


    everytime i hear the word “texas” i immediately think of the sacred cowboys.

  49. avatar
    Anonymous | 28 July 2006 at 9:50 am #

    Nice post!

  50. avatar
    Mark | 28 July 2006 at 11:49 am #

    I believe in alot of what you say, but its good to see that even though you have such strong opinions you don’t claim to have all the ansewers.

  51. avatar
    Mark | 28 July 2006 at 11:49 am #

    I believe in alot of what you say, but its good to see that even though you have such strong opinions you don’t claim to have all the ansewers.

  52. avatar
    John Garratt | 28 July 2006 at 1:28 pm #

    “i dont know
    israel, lebanon, palestine
    who can unentangle this mess?”


  53. avatar
    Renee | 28 July 2006 at 1:48 pm #

    I saw Catherine Wheel in the late 90’s up in Baltimore
    a phenomenal show,
    my ears rang for 3 days after that
    I thought they were permanently damaged
    I guess you know something about that.

    Not commenting on the other stuff
    Far too aware of how this country has gone to ‘hell in handbasket’ whatever the f#%@ that means!

    But thanks for the reminder 😉

  54. avatar
    Rod Starling | 28 July 2006 at 2:14 pm #

    Verdelay is a narcissistic jackass.

  55. avatar
    Rod Starling | 28 July 2006 at 2:15 pm #

    Oh, & he belongs in TX with all of the other top narcissists in the world.

  56. avatar
    Adele Yvonne | 28 July 2006 at 2:17 pm #

    Way to go, Steve! You don’t even live here and you can see the insanity. I’ve been troubled by all of this since December 2000, when the presidency was awarded to the biggest loser. I think this country is going BACKWARDS. But definitely a reckoning is coming. This can’t go on forever. When enough people are in pain, change will come. Looking forward to New Orleans! At least we’ll be able to escape it all for a while!

  57. avatar
    Renee | 28 July 2006 at 2:30 pm #

    Very prophetic adele yvonne!
    I think so too!
    You put it very nicely, my original comment was getting way too ‘apocalyptic’ so I decided to just let it go
    Didn’t want to open up a whole can o’ worms!

  58. avatar
    schmendrick & molly | 28 July 2006 at 2:44 pm #

    i got a bumper sticker on my car says AMERICAN ERRORIST with george w. next to it. see u in new orleans

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    don joe | 28 July 2006 at 2:55 pm #

    The “Reactive Mind” is the guilty party to all the world’s insanities….Oh…and psychiatry they got a lot to answer for…check it out ol soul:

    don joe

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    john in austin, tx | 28 July 2006 at 3:16 pm #

    Holy shit!

    Last night’s show in Austin was probably the best night of music that I can remember seeing in a long time…maybe ever. You guys seemed to be in top form (even with the minor sound difficulties on stage… it sounded great in the audience and not much was lost).

    I’m still reeling from the show the next morning. I didn’t really know what to expect from an ‘acoustic’ set by the band, but it completely blew my mind what you guys are able to do in that format. Marty and Peter sounded amazing, so did Tim, and Steve, you seemed to be at the top of your game.

    Anyways, I could go on and on about so many aspects of the show, but I’ll let it go at that. I’m pretty sure no one on this blog is still deciding whether they are going to the show or not, but if you are… don’t fuck around… go. Don’t miss this tour.

    Thanks for playing Austin. I missed you the last time through, and hopefully won’t have to wait another 7-8 years to see you all again.


    p.s. I had a ciggie with me for band, but couldn’t figure out how to get it to you guys. It sounded like you were taken care of anyways though.

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    Anonymous | 28 July 2006 at 3:20 pm #

    Glad all of the shows have been exceeding expectations…and much jazz and love is had by all.

    As far as the global status goes: things will change for the better as soon as people start loving their children more than they hate their enemies.


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    smoochgirl | 28 July 2006 at 4:29 pm #

    Hey there! Your Houston show was phenomenal! My husband and I were blown away, not knowing what to expect. Way to go, you “washed up” musical geniuses! This was the best show we’ve seen hands down. Your passion and energy is contagious. It’s ashame you guys are highly underrated and under appreciated. Please don’t wait another 16 yrs to return to Houston! Rock on.

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    Demeter | 28 July 2006 at 5:04 pm #

    Homer, Homed and Homeless

    strange bard, sing

    In my opinion, there is no simple solution to the issue of the homeless on the streets of urban America. You have to conclude that the longterm affected have mental illness or drug & drinking addictions. The Federal Govt cuts aid to the meager programs. The cities & States don’t have the financial resources to cover.

    Living in San Francisco, our enlightened Athens of the West, we see cash aid doled out to people on the streets. This is a system that doesn’t work. The mayor tried to get vouchers for housing & food going instead, and people argued that it was not fair for the homeless, who really need to choose what they will buy. (?)

    I worked for years downtown, and I was very saddened by what I saw. I tried to give people food. You know what? They refused it. They all told me they wanted cash. Maybe one person was grateful for the lunch I bought her.

    The cops are hardened by what they see. No, they are not all great. But, they have to deal with being spat on, and shat on and etc. everyday. That has got to wear you down. In SF, I have only been met with mellow cops, and I have a couple of times been a wee bit naughty, and never once gotten off with more that a finger shake and a warning.

    You could say, oh Demeter, it’s cuz you are a GIRL…

    And there is certainly nothing more delightful than taking your out of town friends (with little kids) downtown for a Christmas treat at the Nutcracker ballet and instructing everyone to jump over the piles of urine and feces. (in their holiday best) or maybe living in a cool funky victorian in the Haight and having the delight of leaping over the same homeless guy each a.m. that camps on the porch because you gotta get off to the work at the college and you can not sit around and wait for him to pack up his sleeping bag!

    Not that I am without sympathy, I was homeless for 2 weeks once and had to live in my car and brush my teeth in the park. However, I did have a job and was able to get into a new place quickly enough. Part of it is simply being motivated to make a positive change for yourself.

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    calling down baal and zeus | 28 July 2006 at 5:31 pm #

    no problem on the jazz ciggies in pa ,…just where do i put them when i get there ,..ohh maybe if they got an old fella in the lavarotory ill hand them to him then when you find it convienant you can drop on in like ya jus wanna comb yer hair or grab a lozengeya know and just make like yer all innocence and upright and ill have em slip the goods into yer beard when a no body lookie ,…reminds me of the time me own papa took myself and my older brother to the movies to see “close encounters of the third kind,..”the sisters werent supposed to know cause we was poor and couldnt go all at the same time so we kindy had to pretend we were goin shoppin for school clothes or sumthin any way i blew it cause ted was havin problems decidin what pants to wear and i was like “NOBODYS GONNA SEE YER PANTS IN THE DARK”,.. well the clever sister ,thats jennifer , she figures out where were goinso shes startin wit the tears and then dawn marie , also wit the tears and the sobbin so we hightail it outta there jump in the volks van and im all full o glee in the front seat o the van that would be mine one day for one dollar , father ,theo, and my brother ted all off to the picture show ,together, to see the spaceships . We get to the theatre , everythings cool man ya know how these places seem more vast to children,…were chillin watching the show ,dreyfuuss mashin up his spuds and papa has to go to the john so were like ok see you back here and were watchin the show and some time flies and were gettin into this trip show and then out the corner of my eye ,finally got the mask off , theres a light beam from the torch carryin usher and its gettin closer , closer till its all up in my nine year old face and im all whats goin on jack? then he says to someone behind em “is that them?” someone says yeah and usher boys says stand up and come with me pleaseand im like “fuck no ,…the movie and who the fuck r you andwhen my dad gets back hell take care of you sport,..but he dont relent and so we march up the aisle ,me and ted and usher boy and we get to the lobby and im pissed ,…I start…w
    WHEN MY DAD GETS OUTTA THAT BATHROOM YOUR GONNA HAVE SOME SPLAININTO DO! ANDFURTYHERMORE USHER GEEK…..then he says my dads not in the bathroom says hes outside in the summer hot parking lot ,..says he got caught smokin JAZZY cigarrettes in the toilet says we all gotta leave or hes callin the piggies,,,..we leave ,.. meet up with daddy ,whos outside in the lot next to ths van still smokin jazzy smokes pile in starty up the old girl and head for home … now you might think id be pissed at the old man,and ted was ,…but not me ,, i thought it was kinda cool and funny and exciting and iwas too busy anyway ,.in the front seat of the old red and white volkswagon van, that would be mine one day for one dollar,..starin out the windshield gazin up at the summer hot night sky lookin for spaceships,….

    so up on retrospect and in hindsight, i wont leave the jazzys in the restroom id rather hand one to ya , and puff a few draws wit ya ,..i wont say a word, might ,..then ………..

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    stealthblue | 28 July 2006 at 5:39 pm #

    Amen, Kilbo. Enjoy Austin ( and the rest of the tour)you buoys playin the Alamo down in San Antone right?? :)YEEE HAWWW!

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    calling down baal and zeus | 28 July 2006 at 6:04 pm #

    lived in texas fer five years with a korean family ,
    we made donuts and bbq beef just inside dallas
    i drove a blue pickup truck
    we cut and sold and delivered cords of firewood as if we werent already busy enough
    where are you now yoon hee ,..ive missed you all these years ,..only a matter of time ………the texas moon ,that was her fathers name, god bless him poor guy had three beautiful daughters, asian irony,his name was you moon park,..when iwas to meet him for the firsttime since i quit school ,HIGH< and moved to texas at the tender age of 17 to be with his tender daughter yoon, i expected to meet a tiny man , a small korean man ,... he was huge a monster i really was frightened the first thing he said to me was this
    I said ‘yes sir ‘

    the second thing he said to me was this
    that blew my seventeen year old head
    What a beautiful man ,… what a beautiful texas you moon park

    you see youre right about the love ,.. its trancendant ,..
    it took us , what 15 , 16 words and we got it all sttaiht right then and there ,…
    he was just makin sure bout the love he could quite possibly be some type of ,for lack of a better word , angel or like a love pollster just makin sure its there ,….well just like old mr . park im apollster for love too ,..and i know nevets here is and most everybody else here in bloggeiopolis being…

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    John Garratt | 28 July 2006 at 6:31 pm #

    SK, do you have a fascination with telephones? My brother wants to know.


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    Anonymous | 28 July 2006 at 7:47 pm #

    your austin performance was amazing. the sound was great and the mood was intimate. i got chills a few times. come back soon. austin needs you!

    keep on speaking out at your concerts. people in the US need to here more of it because they’re not getting the truth from the media. bush is a corporate fascist.

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    Anonymous | 28 July 2006 at 10:20 pm #

    Marty does a good impression of the panhandlers on the Haight (the ones wearing the $300 leather jackets)…take it away Marty…


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    nell | 2 August 2006 at 3:47 pm #

    I am sad that I missed the show. Sad that the show was not promoted better. Sad that you saw the crappy side of Austin. Sad that you had to be here in July, the hottest nastiest time to be in Texas. Sad that you never saw the beauty of the area, people and spirit of Austin. Truly not like the rest of Texas. In another life perhaps….

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