posted on August 27, 2006 at 3:53 am

1.53 eternal sunday afternoon
the beginning of spring here
w/ slight aftertouch of winter
electronic space music on
pull up my blogge in the onternet
hmmm
what shall i give em today….
woke early after refreshing nights slumber
out on the balc doing chi gong at 7
took fam to ye olde caf for ye olde brekky
me n e n a had avocado n tomato bruschetta
nk has mushrooms
bb has milk
i have soy chai
and pineapple watermelon ginger juice
nk has coffees
doodles have milkshakes
we stroll in the early springsun
do some shopping
look at the people
listen to rob dickinsons fresh wine for the horses
interested to read how some thought his lyrics were “cheesey”
but im really enjoying it
also have bought n ripped all cathy wheel cds
but havent listened to much yet
except
eat my dust you insensitive f***
whatta romantic guy
lotsa songs about love love love
but so sumptuous so lush
beautifully put together
carefully conceived
yes indeed
lovely romantic stuff
if you like romantic stuff….
its a tradition
the eternally yearning male
under the window sill
promising how happy hes gonna make ya
if ya just let down yer hair rapunzel
anyway
despite all that
i am really enjoying this cd
and you aint a loyal time being fiend if ya dont
maxx out yer debit cards purchasing copies
of mr dickos cd
youll be be swimming in romance
i am re reading winterlong by elizabeth hand for 3rd time
i am being visited by my brother russell
n my neice mimi belle n nephew bubsy wubsy
mimi who has been performing has traces of stage make up around her eyes
she looks like an eleven year old debbie harry at her most beautiful
we gonna take kids for walkie to yon beach
oophoi drones n drifts
nice afternoon
so so blog
too bad
im only rating 24 now
(petulant sigh)
what does it all matter now
the beach beckons
the natives are restless
the earth revolves
dont hate yer lives
jaime r yer on the money honey
pull ripcord
disconnect

54 Responses to “the usual bullshit”

  1. avatar
    Anonymous | 27 August 2006 at 4:41 am #

    some fight to be number one…

  2. avatar
    Anonymous | 27 August 2006 at 4:43 am #

    and soon this place is gonna burst with thousands of useless words from your humble servants, Goliarth. i prefer here when it’s dark and cool.

  3. avatar
    Anonymous | 27 August 2006 at 4:44 am #

    Like a good disciple, I have ordered my copy of Fresh Wine for the Horses and am keen to get mah hands on it. I’ll let you know what I think!

  4. avatar
    veleska1970 | 27 August 2006 at 4:49 am #

    hey~~i have always liked the catherine wheel and was absolutely ecstatic when i learned that rob was going along for the ride with you guys. i really enjoyed his set when y’all were in dallas.

    romantic music is not so bad….heh heh heh, my hair isn’t long enough, but it’s getting there.

    keep enjoying the mild, cooler weather down there. i’m jealous~~it’s hotternhell here in north texas!! (but i could be back home in new orleans, wondering if this next storm that’s bearing down right now is going to be another katrina….so i guess i shouldn’t complain, right?)

    lotza love….

  5. avatar
    heatherspace(d) | 27 August 2006 at 4:56 am #

    also have bought n ripped all cathy wheel cds
    but havent listened to much yet

    Please let us know what you think as you listen through. (And I hope you had a chance to rip the rarities/b-sides before passing them on to Marty.)

    I have a lot to write about San Francisco. Just waiting for the brain to catch up to the rest of me. Doubt not, Killabee. Worth every sleepless penny.

    And my, that Elizabeth Hand crush is running hard. Don’t forget to pick up her Catwoman novelization – it’s riveting! Just like her Star Trek novels. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. avatar
    Melquiades | 27 August 2006 at 5:39 am #

    HELLO russel….

  7. avatar
    Melquiades | 27 August 2006 at 5:41 am #

    see sow the russels kilbey…..

  8. avatar
    Melquiades | 27 August 2006 at 5:43 am #

    in an flat attempt ( not like you really really want it) my fragmented post are a bolster to get you out of the aged old 20’s, man

    enjoy the surf. what a view. such a toollllllll……

  9. avatar
    Melquiades | 27 August 2006 at 5:44 am #

    I’m about to cop……..ugh……

  10. avatar
    Melquiades | 27 August 2006 at 5:45 am #

    im a genius

  11. avatar
    Melquiades | 27 August 2006 at 5:45 am #

    it keeps the spice of life interesting

  12. avatar
    Melquiades | 27 August 2006 at 5:46 am #

    theres no more here than where you came from, boy!

  13. avatar
    Melquiades | 27 August 2006 at 5:47 am #

    I can’t believe with the roads and the ay they rhyme you haven’t figured this one out, my carefully creascent friend……

    ?

  14. avatar
    Melquiades | 27 August 2006 at 5:48 am #

    ,………………….

  15. avatar
    Cameras 4 Eyes | 27 August 2006 at 5:52 am #

    Sunday in the Park with SK brings to mind A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte

    from “Sister Wendy’s American Masterpieces”:

    “Seurat’s Grande Jatte is one of those rare works of art that stand alone; its transcendence is instinctively recognized by everyone. What makes this transcendence so mysterious is that the theme of the work is not some profound emotion or momentous event, but the most banal of workaday scenes: Parisians enjoying an afternoon in a local park. Yet we never seem to fathom its elusive power. Stranger still, when he painted it, Seurat was a mere 25 (with only seven more years to live), a young man with a scientific theory to prove; this is hardly the recipe for success. His theory was optical: the conviction that painting in dots, known as pointillism or divisionism, would produce a brighter color than painting in strokes.

    “Seurat spent two years painting this picture, concentrating painstakingly on the landscape of the park before focusing on the people; always their shapes, never their personalities. Individuals did not interest him, only their formal elegance. There is no untidiness in Seurat; all is beautifully balanced. The park was quite a noisy place: a man blows his bugle, children run around, there are dogs. Yet the impression we receive is of silence, of control, of nothing disordered. I think it is this that makes La Grande Jatte so moving to us who live in such a disordered world: Seurat’s control. There is an intellectual clarity here that sets him free to paint this small park with an astonishing poetry. Even if the people in the park are pairs or groups, they still seem alone in their concision of form – alone but not lonely. No figure encroaches on another’s space: all coexist in peace.

    “This is a world both real and unreal – a sacred world. We are often harried by life’s pressures and its speed, and many of us think at times: Stop the world, I want to get off! In this painting, Seurat has “stopped the world,” and it reveals itself as beautiful, sunlit, and silent – it is Seurat’s world, from which we would never want to get off.”

  16. avatar
    Queen Hatshepsut | 27 August 2006 at 5:53 am #

    SK,
    How we live in such synchronicity! ; )
    All day today I’ve been listening to Rob’s CD. I LOOOOOOOOOVE it with a passion. I told Eek I literally put the song “Oceans” in the CD player in the car and let it repeat for 40 minutes. Am I insane or what???? I felt badly; my friend and I (mostly my friend) were so busy trying to work Rob’s stuff at the merch table in Hollywood…and I was busy running around, and forgot to tell Rob how amazing I think his music is (although I did say “Rob I don’t have time to be a fan, please sign my CD I need to get back to SK’s art table” haha). I also can’t stop listening to “My Name is Love.” And heatherspace kindly turned me on to a TON of Catherine Wheel…WOW. Mind-blowing stuff, huh?

    What a strange comment. I’m writing to you on your blog, going on about Rob. Hmmmm. Well anyway, sounds like you’re having a nice family Sunday. It’s not Sunday for us yet…but tomorrow the family and I are taking a trip to Solvang, a little Danish town about 3 hours from L.A. Have you been? Ok – another ‘mom’ compliment for ya – my brother’s here from Atlanta visiting. Somehow he ‘forgot’ to buy Tin Mine at the Atlanta show, so I bought him one. Today we put it in my mom’s car and made her listen to Buffalo, because by now, she keeps asking, “What does the Church sound like?”

    Verdict: She liked it, but she REALLY liked your voice. Your vocal chords should be insured by Lloyds of London my dear man.
    love,
    the usual denise
    xxoo

  17. avatar
    Queen Hatshepsut | 27 August 2006 at 5:55 am #

    Cameras –
    Just saw that painting by Seurat at the Art Institute in Chicago whilst there to see The Church. It’s amazing. It almost hurt to look at all those dashes and dots.

    Steve, have you been to many art museums???? I wonder this now, looking at all your paintings.

    d.

  18. avatar
    Anonymous | 27 August 2006 at 6:05 am #

    ..don’t get him started on art galleries….!

    B.Afraid

    B. Very afraid

    B.Bon

  19. avatar
    On the Edge of Time | 27 August 2006 at 7:00 am #

    And what of my beloved trees?

    Japanese Maple and Sequoia so good,
    Buckeye, Eucalyptus and Flowering Dogwood.
    all are not in ruin,
    nor have they left the forest floor,
    Never harvest 1
    without planting 7 more.

    Life in this galaxy is an exam,
    an extraordinary quiz.
    and stewardship is monitored by
    the master of the universe, wherever hymn is.

    Do what you will with this celestial body and the human germ, will be no more.
    The architect, the mastermind of this sphere; Hymns keeping score.

    Take cautiously from these gifts of
    tree and fish,
    soil and stone,
    water and air,

    It is the responsibility of all the passengers and crew
    of this magnificent starship.

    Our next exam in
    Earth Science 101โ€ฆ
    Ernesto – uninvited like the clouds.

    How deep is the deepest ocean?
    How high is the sky?
    You have love and sweet devotion
    I wonder why can’t I?

    I wish I had a muse like you K.

  20. avatar
    Anonymous | 27 August 2006 at 8:04 am #

    Sounds like you had a perfect Sunday arvo with the family, what a difference from just a week ago, being on the other side of the world and rockin’ out in America. What a life you have sk.

    Swimming in romance sounds sweet to me, I’ll buy that cd tomorrow. It’ll probably make my heart ache, but I’ll have a listen, thanks for that.

    Have a nice night and sweet dreams to ya.

    Love
    Amanda

  21. avatar
    syrinx | 27 August 2006 at 8:40 am #

    I want that breakfast. It makes food in the a.m. sound… almost doable!!

  22. avatar
    Anonymous | 27 August 2006 at 8:46 am #

    I’ll just throw in this….
    “Ferment” by ye olde catherine wheel was a staple of my early nayn-tees ritual
    listenin’ along with the P=A.

    sept. 13th / ya never should have used majick

    to summon me back here

    theglynnisjohns

  23. avatar
    eek | 27 August 2006 at 8:52 am #

    Eat My Dust You Insensitive Fuck is my fave song title ever. I have been listening to the Fresh Wine cd a lot, and thanks to HS I’ve also been listening to lots of CW (and have ordered damned near all of their stuff — you should get a cut Heather ๐Ÿ˜‰ ). I really enjoyed Rob D’s performances on the tour too. Worked well with The Church.

    hey anyone who can sing “Cause if that is what you need, a sycophantic boy like me…” is tops in my book. yes, please, send one of those my way. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  24. avatar
    MandN | 27 August 2006 at 1:45 pm #

    Orpheus speaks of comrades in arms,

    “…hours and hours
    staring at oceans…”

    painfully, hauntingly, joyously beautiful
    I have heard him at my window and am a willing fool for love

    winter is almost upon us here.
    snowy moutaintops and ice tipped evergreens.
    the morning dew frozen into millions of tiny
    diamonds on the blades of grass.
    that rush of cold air in your lungs,
    you know youre alive then
    your breath condensing like a halo
    around your head.
    The Ice Queen has come.

    Pennsylvania is beautiful in the winter
    you should see it

    xo
    Mary

  25. avatar
    shawn_el | 27 August 2006 at 2:17 pm #

    SK – I’m so glad to hear you got all the Catherine Wheel albums! Chrome is one of my top 5 albums ever, and Adam and Eve is a real classic rock gem; I have the LP on my office wall in a frame right next to my vinyl copy of Starfish (honestly it *would* be AENT but that didn’t come out on vinyl).
    Yeah I can see why someone would rail on Rob D’s lyrics but you can feel the emotion in them definitely – his song The Night really hits me hard.

  26. avatar
    Anonymous | 27 August 2006 at 2:21 pm #

    catherine wheel. what an amazing band. saw them with slowdive in atlanta once upon a time. and then with strobelight cockfight on another occasion. great name that one. no future however. cw b-sides are worth there weight in aztec gold.

    richard

  27. avatar
    restaurant mark | 27 August 2006 at 2:33 pm #

    het steve…i like romantic lyrics…songs about love…gone bad, gone good (although not quite as often) as long as you can feel the words, see a snapshot of what’s going on…if it feels like it was written about your present condition, maybe better than you could’ve said it. sometimes i get too tangled up to get it out. but yeah, anyway…i like it. take care.
    mark

  28. avatar
    Anonymous | 27 August 2006 at 3:25 pm #

    Glad to hear you are back to normal life after the crush of US shows. Enjoy the family, weather and feeling of being home. All the best.
    -Brad

  29. avatar
    Renee | 27 August 2006 at 3:41 pm #

    I love the album cover for fresh wine
    something about the ocean and seahorses!

    one of my faves from cw

    Mouthful of Air

    deeper and deeper I go
    your hearts drowning I know
    all my intentions are clear
    I need to rescue my dear

    so I dive don’t despair
    coming down with a mouthful of air
    to share

    to swim with the shellfish I wish
    and suck with the sea queen I wish
    mussels and coral are here
    I need to rescue my dear

    so I dive don’t despair
    in the gloom just assume that I care
    coming down with a mouthful of air
    to share

    I’ll feed you much better

    I wish I could have gotten to the ocean this year,
    too much going on, switchin jobs and all

    Sounds like you had a lovely day!!

  30. avatar
    JJ | 27 August 2006 at 3:42 pm #

    Will have to check out Winterlong….the title alone conjures up Neil Young, a tune I enjoy playing as a sofa-bound guitarist to an audience of one. “It won’t be easy on that day”…..makes me think on to Nov 22.

    Rob kept up some funny narratives at Amerikan Muso Hall in SF; I liked the bit about Caty Wheel playing there once with nude dancers on the balcony above the stage as they played, then noticing that everyone was staring at them – not the band. And the Storm Thorgersen reminisces; ol’ Storm favoring nude photo shoots (Rob raises his eyebrow with a wry smiley) for a CW cover – and Rob’s disappointment at Storm not allowing band members to be present. Funny stuff.

    Me, off to the river to ride rapids, the River of Foam, deep in Appalatian Woods. It’s where I go. Appalatian herb among friends to follow.

    Enjoy your Sunday. Turning, spinning, Catherine-Wheeling, forever changing, there’s no beginning…

    JJ

  31. avatar
    John Garratt | 27 August 2006 at 4:21 pm #

    “pull ripcord
    disconnect”

    How?

    John

  32. avatar
    Anonymous | 27 August 2006 at 4:25 pm #

    hi sk
    sounds like
    a beautiful
    sunday
    enjoyed hearing
    about your
    family brekky
    pineapple watermelon ginger juice? wow
    avo tom brusch!

    so it’s sunday
    morning here now
    i’m just back from
    a “powerwalk”
    and reading about
    your brekky has made
    me hungry for mine
    so i’m off to
    create a delicious
    breakfast for
    my family

    cheers!
    love
    diane
    xo

  33. avatar
    Anonymous | 27 August 2006 at 4:29 pm #

    Reckon I’m not a loyal fiend then…There are flashes that recall some of R.D.’s finer moments on F.W.F.T.H., but it’s hard not to compare with his past body of work.

    Ferment and Chrome are both excellent Catherine Wheel records. “The Nude”, “Strange Fruit”, “Texture”, “Black Metallic”, “Fripp” et al are all great, inspired moments in time. My impression of his new CD is that it’s just too measured and labored over. The guy’s capable of great things. He oughta take it easy on the next one.

  34. avatar
    Krissythegroupie | 27 August 2006 at 4:33 pm #

    Meh, I think Rob D’s opening just made me impatient for the Church to come on..but he’s pretty darn good lookin. Just my rather shallow observation.

  35. avatar
    Tokin' Jester | 27 August 2006 at 6:39 pm #

    Hi! I hope this is treatin’ ya well. It took only two live gigs for me ta love Mr. Rob-We’d like ta have him over for dinner, so we can smile & hang out with an intelligent person. I even hava son he can sing that to. Do ya know if he has a dog? Thanks for lettin’ me play the voyeur.

  36. avatar
    stealthblue | 27 August 2006 at 9:25 pm #

    Glad you are diggin Rob and CW, cool stuff isn’t it? That is why I thought this tour was particularly amazing because it included my two “faves.” I have all CW stuff as well. In fact we are using “Oceans” as our wedding song…NEXT MONTH!! GULP! ๐Ÿ™‚ One song of CW’s that is really cool in my book is “Ma Solituda”, reminds me of my first few nights in Chicago all alone, looking out at the city…thinking “all those people, and I don’t know a freaking soul.” I totally love “Eat My Dust You Insensitive Fuck”…great with headphones too! The stuff before “Happy Days” is really cool, like “Ferment” and “Chrome.” Yeah, I am not so sure about the “cheesy” lyrics bit either, I happen to think he writes some pretty brilliant music/lyrics. Birds of a feather…I guess. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Well, sounds like you had a lovely Sunday, ours was nice too…just kinda “chilled and boring”…we might even pop in a couple DVDs later. Take care, SK, and all the rest of the loyal “Time Being”ers.
    Peace,
    BV

  37. avatar
    mike a | 27 August 2006 at 11:37 pm #

    I’ll have to check out winterlong – I can’t believe you’re reading it for the third time!!

  38. avatar
    tai | 28 August 2006 at 12:47 am #

    Hello stevie this is marl marl nice to see you yesterday I had fun with the doodles
    the title of this blog is funny
    bye marlon x

  39. avatar
    tristan | 28 August 2006 at 1:02 am #

    so gently the space rocker lands. welcome back to the blue earth.

  40. avatar
    Anonymous | 28 August 2006 at 1:06 am #

    nice take on things jaimito r.
    tear the veil!
    transcend maya
    merge with source
    radiate

    -Craig

  41. avatar
    lizardlizard81 | 28 August 2006 at 2:23 am #

    My husband played Catherine Wheel around the house, but I didn’t pay much attention.

    It was seeing Rob with you guys in Dallas & Austin that made me fan — it’s the power & raw emotion he puts across live that did it for me, I guess.

    I got ‘Fresh Wine’ and then CW’s ‘Happy Days’ myself and then took the ones husband had and put them all on my Pod.

    ‘Judy Staring at the Sun’ from ‘Happy Days’ is probably my favorite favorite right now. Having him on the tour this go-round was masterful. We couldn’t think of anyone else who has complimented you quite so well thus far.

    I’m very glad to hear that you are digging on him now, too.

    <3,
    Liz

  42. avatar
    Azza | 28 August 2006 at 2:38 am #

    Sounds like a beautiful Sunday SK. Nice blog. Calm relaxed. Am looking forward to seeing you and the boys down here next month, just go the dates the other day.

    ps looks like your back to no.1

  43. avatar
    MarkM | 28 August 2006 at 4:22 am #

    I’ll have to go and order winterlong from the local bookstore. I just finished reading “Life of Pi” by Yann Martel. I think you may enjoy it Steve, if you haven’t already read it. It’s book that raises more questions then it answers. Life, faith, religion, belief in God. survival and imaginative storytelling…it’s all there….
    MarkM

  44. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 28 August 2006 at 5:30 am #

    if you are rated 24, what is my rating???
    mjnjr

  45. avatar
    bionaut | 28 August 2006 at 5:36 am #

    Just started Winterlong myself, having just finished Tanglewreck – a trippy little read. Kid’s book? Nothing like the books I read as a kid. And plenty of loose ends to tie up in Tanglewreck 2: Electric Boogaloo.

    Steve, what bit rate do you import your tunes at? The basic 128 kbps? Or do you demand a higher quality from your iPod?

    I love Rob’s CD, too, and got him to autograph mine in Indianapolis right after he signed some girl’s chest. (I almost just wrote “bimbo’s tits” there but thought better of it. I don’t want to be offensive or nothin’.)

  46. avatar
    Ronan Jimson | 28 August 2006 at 5:47 am #

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  47. avatar
    leelinau | 28 August 2006 at 6:00 am #

    …life goes on…

  48. avatar
    leelinau | 28 August 2006 at 6:03 am #

    “sweet euphoria”

  49. avatar
    davem | 28 August 2006 at 7:56 am #

    Sounds blissful SK & the perfect antidote for some of those post-tour blues.
    Better than London, that’s for sure. I went to a mini-festival yesterday at Clapham Common. The tubes were packed. Enjoyed a fairly chilled-out time, but the crush as you try to get home spoils the memory.
    love you more SK,

    Dave M
    xx

  50. avatar
    The Other One | 28 August 2006 at 8:20 am #

    Catherine Wheel… of fortune. Something I’ve grown up with. 120 Minutes’ logic not so long ago but all these changes in speedy mania make us feel like it was eeras, ages agog. Don’t believe the hype. Catherine Wheel, Swervedriver, Ride, Drop Nineteens, Primal Scream, My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive (oh, Souvlaki Space Station, I’ll always emerge in those black waters), Chapterhouse, Spiritualized, Pale Saints, Lush, Bailter Space, American Analog Set, Telescopes, Curve… that was MTV at its finest, that was my cup of tea in the early nineties instead of grunge. I couldn’t embrace the crudity, the rawness and ugliness in those arid bands lacking pomp and old-fashioned romanticism. To listen to grunge was to stare at black holes sucking my energy. It was insipid weariness with no turning back, it was about celebrating immature self-destruction. The 90’s weren’t smooth, the heavy vibes were everywhere and somewhere else but with shoegaze acts there was that kind of redeeming light I always searched for amongst the debris of black metallic skin.
    The videos for “Show Me Mary”, “Black Metallic” and “Crank” were soon cradled in my eyes but “Crank” stands out as their best. Its metaphor for spiritual seeking and death using an elevator (with sickening colorful characters) would forever throw any remembrance of that atrocious Aerosmith’s “Love In An Elevator” to the never-visited-floor. The light and the direction are superb but Rob’s charisma makes it even more meaningful.
    Anyway, for me, CW lasts until Happy Days (redun-dance?) which is an irregular record but features a couple of unforgettable tunes: “Eat My Dust” (it’s vicious the way it transforms silence into insistent fury and hurt and how it breaks into a liturgical chorus making the word “fuck” seem so incredibly odd) and “Heal” (epic redemption). Ferment is outstanding.
    It is some of the best the 90’s could offer you.
    I wonder if anyone here was/is into The Auters…

  51. avatar
    Anonymous | 28 August 2006 at 9:55 am #

    La panthรจre galeuse, oรน sont vous?

    B.Bon?

  52. avatar
    megdog61 | 29 August 2006 at 4:30 am #

    Rob is the shit…that CD was stuck in my player for months after I bought it last year…saw him in Cleveland twice(your gig was better, but he played a longer set at the Grog Shop). Can’t say enough good things about that disc.
    Love the outro of the last song Towering and Flowering…”My mood has an attitude”. I was singing that in the shower for days…

    peace,
    megdog

  53. avatar
    mimi | 29 August 2006 at 8:17 am #

    thanks
    i like debbie harry
    xxmimi

  54. avatar
    Anonymous | 29 August 2006 at 12:27 pm #

    is it november already…?

    i must have dozed off.


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