posted on August 10, 2006 at 8:00 pm

new york city baybee
the epicentre
oh im so impressed….

last nite in falls church was great
great crowd
great venue
great food
great dane
grate fruit
we were good
they dug it
2 on cores
the fuckin lot
virginia/dc ya always good to us
after gig
we drive 6 hours to nyc
oh so tired fiendss
i knock back 2 double expressos to keep me going
but they never kick in
(until i arrive n try n get some sleeep)
whatta long monotonous drive
hardly can keep my sore n tired olde eyes open
finally arrive
staying in a poxy overpriced dogbox
on the eleventh floor
can hardly fit mah bass in the room
construction buzzing n screaming all around
no peace for the wicked
tonite the big one
irving plaza
almost sold out
theyre gonna love us
we gonna rock
yeee haaa!!
man i need some sleep
im burning with tiredness
ok its 4 in the arvo now
soundcheck 6 o clock
im gonna close my eyes for a cuppla hours
will write ya a long one from sellersville pa
(ps im 13 on charts)
love on ya

50 Responses to “you rappin’ how the big apple is outtasite, but you aint never had a bite”

  1. avatar
    Anonymous | 10 August 2006 at 8:25 pm #

    hi steve,

    by all means, get some rest! Those lucky new yorkers. I seen you in NYC a few times now, and there always seems to be something bit extra special with those shows. I am sure its going to be very special for the audience and band. I always saw you at BoweryB, dont know anything about IrvingP. This is first time i miss your NYC show for a while. All the good memories I have of seeing you at BoweryB. Remember that time few years back when you lost your voice? If only you had the m. honey then, ha 🙂 Guess what…it seems i’m gonna be meeting the singer of my 2nd favorite band on Saturday (mr. yorke). I will be wearing a “church” shirt for sure, and I sure hope he has something to say about it….Can’t believe I will see both The Church ad r.head here in Bp within a few months.
    Have a great show! And why the hell Letterman or Conan not asking you to play!
    ps. you still have some unicum left?

  2. avatar
    John Garratt | 10 August 2006 at 8:36 pm #

    Goode lucke


  3. avatar
    Anonymous | 10 August 2006 at 8:41 pm #

    Kill ’em, man! Show ’em how it’s done. You’re the fucking Church, and that’s the end-all to that. New York turned upside down. All my appreciation, Louis G. — Ps. With Atlanta still ringing in my ears, thank you.

  4. avatar
    subcultureofone | 10 August 2006 at 8:48 pm #


    you will rock
    their socks off
    if you’re going
    get ready to be
    sockless in nyc

    i’m glad you survived fla

  5. avatar
    Renee | 10 August 2006 at 8:55 pm #


    I was at the Falls Church show last night and thought it was absolutely fabulous!
    The sound they created was incredible, so loud and full, you couldn’t tell it was acoustic! I’ve seen them twice before and I was not disappointed, in fact I was amazed at the amount of energy and force with which they played the songs.
    The audience was perfect, in between songs the band joked, there were various comments from the crowd, but that’s what fans do, it wasn’t negative, and the band seemed very relaxed and jovial. Steve did reprimand one guy for ‘speaking out of turn’, the guy kept yellin Reptile!
    Steve set him straight and said they were only playing songs ‘we hate’ (I think I’ve heard that one before) and that was the end of that!
    During the songs the audience was perfect, you could hear a pin drop. Even at the quieter, more ‘delicate’ parts of some of the songs, there was no
    conversation, there was silence, it was awesome! Like everyone was just kinda goin wherever you were leadin Steve, we were really feelin ya! I was so proud of the audience and the band! I think it was just the kind of show they needed, no hassles! I know this area takes it’s music and shows very seriously, and it showed.
    After the first encore some people did leave, but most stayed, I of course stuck around and savored every moment!

    Rob was an absolute f*#@ing beast, as was Steve and the guys, Tim went off on the f*@#in drums during one song (can’t remember which one it was, sorry!), I think I saw his drum sticks breakin apart and flyin in the air!

    My only disappointment…I didn’t meet you Steve, again! I waited in the lobby for a bit after the show, I was hoping you would sign my poster, Marty did come out and was nice enough to sign it for me, but now I have only one lonely signature. (I told Marty I read your blog, but I’m sure he didn’t mention the strangely shy girl that was waiting to see you. I was so afraid to approach him, can you believe? My annonymity on this blog gives me tremendous courage,
    but in person I’m a real mouse!) I’m not sure what I would’ve done if you did come out, probably say a bunch of stupid shit and then hurry off! Anyways, maybe if I mail it to you after the tour you’ll sign it for me?

    I know your exhausted, you really put your all into the performance, (it shows and we’re grateful) and then on top of that the traveling, Marty said you guys were leaving immediately from there to drive to New York, I couldn’t believe it, no rest for the weary huh?

    Wish I could see you again and again, I could never get enough!

    Lots of love

    Sorry everyone for long comment!

  6. avatar
    veleska1970 | 10 August 2006 at 8:56 pm #

    rest up, sweetie. (i figured that was why you were so late today~~it’s oh so unlike you to be this late!!)

    have a good show tonite.

    lotza love

  7. avatar
    calling down baal and zeus | 10 August 2006 at 9:08 pm #

    much love

  8. avatar
    buzby | 10 August 2006 at 9:30 pm #

    finally got some tix with help from your blogge.. thanks scott!!

    can’t wait to hear you peel the apple..

  9. avatar
    CeciliaGin | 10 August 2006 at 9:35 pm #

    When we saw you in NYC many moons ago it was at the Ritz Theater and tickets were $8.50! My friend found a backstage pass on the bottom of her shoe…the gods were smiling down on us that night…hell, that whole tour.

    Finish line, Cee

  10. avatar
    pagey | 10 August 2006 at 9:36 pm #

    Sleep Well you ol hippie pilgrim. Rock the Irving folk like none other!

  11. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 10 August 2006 at 9:41 pm #

    last night was me full moon fever, tonight me new moon fever, rock me NYC me esskay, me used to visit me NYC when me lived in (Riverside)Greenwich, Conn. when me was in 5th grade, me left that part out of me life by me drop…

  12. avatar
    stealthblue | 10 August 2006 at 9:43 pm #

    Sleep well.

  13. avatar
    Anonymous | 10 August 2006 at 10:11 pm #

    I would like a waffle, please.


  14. avatar
    persephone2u | 10 August 2006 at 10:28 pm #

    Think of poor Georgie and remember whilst in NY not to go too crazy with the coke and then in a mad fit of paranoia ring the police, insisting to them that someone’s trying to break in and rob ya (translation: party guest is thieving large quantities of your brazilian marching powder). 😉

  15. avatar
    Zimparumpazoo | 10 August 2006 at 10:30 pm #

    I was at the Falls Church show, and it was truly fantastic. Even my girlfriend liked it, and she doesn’t normally like the Church. She thought Marty was funny, and he reminded her of her dog. She has a cool dog, so that’s a compliment.

    You guys are the best musicians around. Thanks so much for such a great show.

  16. avatar
    restaurant mark | 10 August 2006 at 10:34 pm #

    you guys kick ass 2nite steve!!!

  17. avatar
    Anonymous | 10 August 2006 at 11:01 pm #

    been away from the computer a couple of days and just read neither beast, norfolk! So funny! By the way your music makes me HOTTIE!

  18. avatar
    fergal | 10 August 2006 at 11:30 pm #

    rock that rat-hole!

  19. avatar
    fantasticandy | 11 August 2006 at 12:09 am #

    i’m so happy when i hear you guys are having a good time,coz i know it spurs you all on to do more great work!

  20. avatar
    lizardlizard81 | 11 August 2006 at 12:28 am #

    Distracted all day, I rush home breathless… is there an update? Oh, yes, Sir, you do not disappoint.

    I second the Conan/Letterman comment. Though it’s hard for a band’s true brillance to come off in that kind of format (how many times have we seen really stellar bands come off kinda ho-hum when viddied on a late night show?), I think that format is just ripe for the taking (or the rocking, in this case.) Think how many would ‘convert’ if they saw the band on Conan! (Conan’s my pick as he’s always had the more ecclectic acts.)

    Thank you, sir, for the continue transmissions. Enjoying them immensely.


  21. avatar
    Cameras 4 Eyes | 11 August 2006 at 12:49 am #

    a thirdling for conan/letterman.
    boohooyou’re not getting such exposure.but,sounds like no time,no rest for the weary
    Rock on hippypilgrim

  22. avatar
    Holden | 11 August 2006 at 12:57 am #

    Steve: have been followin this diary since m beach; hate to be missin these great shows; was at the damn myrtle show; were some gems in the setlist, oh man, (tristesse, don’t look back, buffalo), but empty feeling for yours truly leavin and gettin my free CD w/ no encore, even after female roadie promised one up on stage; you were darn outta there; wasn’t convinced on the migraine explan; i know it was rough and man you espec tried hard; must understand i’m a big fan (you’re in the top 3) and busted my tail to get to that show; i know you did too; there were a few of us in SC, but not many; was wondering how the FL and SC shows got booked, espec in 100 degree heat; pretty brutal espec if you’re traveling in vans; had feeling those towns wouldn’t be great; your fans live on in big towns and college towns, where folks know their music and music history; yer a historic band; glad to read about the big shows since myrtle, but sorry to not be able to catch at least one; last time i saw your band was cat’s cradle in chapel hill, nc, around 2000/2001 – remember the show where your instruments and special gadgets didn’t arrive from NYC? think i may be jinxing your damn band; profusely apologize; blame myrtle on me; but your band lives on; maybe can get out to san fran before you’re gone for another 3 years; when you comin back? how bout another once around the states in that van of yours? waht’s the rush?

  23. avatar
    veleska1970 | 11 August 2006 at 1:28 am #

    oh no~~steve’s slipping down the charts!! he’s 16 now.

    so…what’ll we have to do to get him back up there, guys??

  24. avatar
    Anonymous | 11 August 2006 at 2:02 am #

    I’m 13 with a bullit – got ma finga on the trigger & i’m gonna pullit.
    Have a great gig in metropolis.
    I’m off to see Augie March at the Enmore.

    Dutch Pierre

  25. avatar
    Anonymous | 11 August 2006 at 2:03 am #

    to you i give all my surplus youthful energy, so lay back,open your mind and chakras and receive the burning white hot vibrations i’m sending you
    your eyes are gonna feel cleansed
    your heart is gonna be pumpin with joy and you are gonna rock NYC

  26. avatar
    Anonymous | 11 August 2006 at 2:26 am #

    Great News, Choich on Oz TV Studio 22 ABC TV 10.30pm Perth time Saturday.

    I hope you guys kick the crap out of NYC and leave them breathless and free!


  27. avatar
    Anonymous | 11 August 2006 at 3:06 am #

    Rock On!!

  28. avatar
    Anonymous | 11 August 2006 at 3:13 am #

    Citizen Kane to the Rich folk down town
    the Magnificent Ambersons to the Earnest Oscar Wilde

    The Killing is a Crime of Inconsiderable DIscontent
    The malice the forethought the amiguity of Arthur Dent
    May Mr.Allen Please save us some desert for the Bell jars sweet queen deserves Holden Caufields exerts

    Das Vitten Bitter.

  29. avatar
    Anonymous | 11 August 2006 at 3:19 am #

    “staying in a poxy overpriced dogbox
    on the eleventh floor
    can hardly fit mah bass in the room
    construction buzzing n screaming all around”

    oh my desperational friend
    forget smashing the friggin phone
    a hurled TV is what’s needed
    11 floors of anticipation
    12 years of incarceration
    or, you could get some decent earplugs

    Yours quietly
    Foaminda Ears

  30. avatar
    bucks burnett | 11 August 2006 at 4:40 am #

    Exciting news, brave lads of the Church!! I just found out that New York has it’s OWN PAPER. It’s called the New York Times. You should try and find one and get it as a souvenier. That is SO COOL. Nice to see a town on it’s way UP.

  31. avatar
    Anonymous | 11 August 2006 at 6:15 am #


    Have a great show – how I would luuvvvvv to be there……

    Your poor huddled masses lets club em to death get over with and dump em on the dirty boulevard.

    Thank Lou


  32. avatar
    Anonymous | 11 August 2006 at 7:44 am #

    i just checked the rankings for the very first time, and there you are at NUMBER 1!!!

  33. avatar
    Anonymous | 11 August 2006 at 8:50 am #

    How do you check the rankings?


  34. avatar
    Azza | 11 August 2006 at 9:02 am #

    Wooo Hooo.
    Number 1
    Steve, your da man. The choich are gonna rock NYC, I wish I could be there but I haven’t won tats yet

  35. avatar
    veleska1970 | 11 August 2006 at 11:19 am #

    YAY~~check this out:

  36. avatar
    veleska1970 | 11 August 2006 at 11:20 am #

    to anon 6:50: on the right side of the page, somewhere under steve’s picture, under the archives, scroll down and under the search box you’ll see it…

  37. avatar
    Renee | 11 August 2006 at 11:48 am #

    Yeah, but knowing Steve, he won’t be content until he’s #1 on all of the bloggy charts! right now he’s got #16 starin at him on that blogtopsites. Maybe if you post a bulletin on your myspace account Steve, tell people to check out your blog, that your givin away free tickets or something, be inventive, your good at that!

    like Rob quoted casey kasem at the show, “keep reaching for the stars!!”

  38. avatar
    sue cee | 11 August 2006 at 12:53 pm #

    I posted to the wrong day today! Steve, they played milky way on the million dollar riff of Rockwiz last week, just remembered that. useless facts in my head right now, need sleep badly too but the after adrenalin is wasted here.
    …. the bad memories of NY have vanished for good i hope. I have this Petula Clark song in my head now, you know the one???

    ps can Rob D come back to OZ with you???

  39. avatar
    CSTCoach | 11 August 2006 at 2:19 pm #

    Jumpin in the car for the long long drive to sellersville, right now! Back from the caribbean yestaday, wading through all that airport chaos, didnae think we’d make it…

    not much sleep, but coffee will see me through….



  40. avatar
    Anonymous | 11 August 2006 at 2:27 pm #

    Go Ryan!
    Such a trooper!
    ton eht dom

  41. avatar
    megdog61 | 11 August 2006 at 2:57 pm #


    looking forward
    backward lovefest
    cleveland soon shall becoming
    trials and regurgitations
    of a long and twisted road
    have left u homesick and tired

    maybe soon the crows will fly
    with their blackened wings
    and their empty eyes
    and all the rest of us will wallow
    in your brilliance and splendor
    only not to disappoint

    peace at last baby
    will there ever be
    peace at last

    looking outward
    to new horizons
    on this fantasmagorical ride
    sleeps in stages
    loves the feedback
    veggie subway surprise

    peace kids

  42. avatar
    Anonymous | 11 August 2006 at 3:05 pm #

    Shake down the apples
    good graces and all that..
    see yu in Chicago n Milwaukeeasy..
    peace and rest,
    umm, Unified field preettty pleezzy

    jaime r…………….

  43. avatar
    Melquiades | 11 August 2006 at 3:38 pm #

    stellar show boys @ The State!!!!! Who’s Demter, btw? She joined on Providence. I loved it when Rob Dickerson joined. fucking great.

    I had a pretty cool thing happen at the gig. I was standing near one of the cameras and this guy approached me and asked if I would like to assist in the filming. I did what any devotee would do. I grabbed the zoom and ebbed and flowed 🙂

    It was pretty cool watching up close like that.

    I picked up one of SK’s print. not sure which one. It’s a self portrait with vishnu on his shirt. blues and red mottles in the background, SK’s t-shirt is black 🙂 with maybe one can enlighten? I was torn by a couple of prints (would’ve bought em all but $$$$$), especially another self portrait with venetian canals in the background. it reminded of a dream I had where I realized I was dreaming. very strong dream. The only thing the image was a bit bleak color-wise. A bit depressing. Not that I am against the blues, though. I just thought Vishnu and Sk were uplifting. I have to ease into this collection. Also, Blue Eve was another one I liked. Who is she? I like it. I also, bought a copy of Earthed, Nineveh… I have the earthed CD with the book but this is nice. It’s nice going back and reading it.

    I also bought Fresh Wine and got a meet n greet with Rob Dickerson. He’s a real charming fellow. He was amazing on stage.

    All in all a great show.

    Well, I am off to Sellersville. Figure I’ll get up there early and relax. call me if you want to meet up. 410.504.2287


  44. avatar
    eek | 11 August 2006 at 8:56 pm #


    Print you bought is titled Self Portrait with Vishnu.

    The one with the canals is Self Portrait As Shylock It’s from when SK played Shylock in a version of The Merchant of Venice last year (I think it was last year).

    Blue Eve is SK’s daughter Eve.

    Check out SK’s art site at to see more of Steve’s work. 🙂

    (and Rob’s last name is Dickinson. An i not an e.)

  45. avatar
    isle de sol | 11 August 2006 at 10:56 pm #

    apples are cool in some parts of eden but in tropical climes it seems we’re agreed on the mango that falleth sun sweet to the ground from the tree of love is passion unbound
    shall i tell you how i sit on the verandah in the sun and look at the sea towards doorn past avra and felmath
    how the words come floating in from mysterious places white sails black sails nought to do with the vessel through the channel of peace from the harbour to the bay
    how when i walked past the banyan tree in the titanic garden it seemed to welcome me even before i had heard the earth speak
    o what untold mysteries abound since you i have found

  46. avatar
    Anonymous | 12 August 2006 at 4:11 am #

    thanks for a lovely show in falls church, you guys were excellent!

  47. avatar
    syrinx | 12 August 2006 at 11:43 pm #


    You just cracked me up TOTALLY with your:


    +50. no…+150! That was *hilarious*!

  48. avatar
    Anonymous | 14 August 2006 at 10:30 pm #

    Great show in Falls Choich!!! In the distant past I saw you at DC’s old 9:30 club – 11/23/1984. Didn’t realize till recently that was the first US tour for you. You played Unguarded Moment back then…yesss!!! (I have scrap of souvenir paper from show where I jotted down the set list). One Day led off, followed by Electric Lash. Great old memories now nestle with new ones. Rest easy, see you next time.

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