Monthly Archives: July 2006

Check this out: 10 Questions with James Williamson

Just received this from the fine folks at the Stooges page, and thought I’d pass it along for those who are also fans:

10 Questions with James Williamson

It’s a quick read, and does help to paint a basic picture of what things looked like when they arrived in London in ’72. Ahh, the height of the T-Rex days….

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The new New York Dolls record “One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This” is released tomorrow, but for those of you who are impatient (like me), you can listen right now, streaming live on AOL:

http://music.aol.com/songs/new_releases_full_cds

(scroll through the albums at the top and you’ll find it.)

Also, they appear on Henry Rollins’ show on IFC this weekend, and he’s got a video clip of them doing “Lookin’ For a Kiss” on his website here:

http://live.video.rainbow-media-online.com/video.jsp?video_id=6341&subcategory_id=2583&template_id=229&backtochannels=1′,’video’,’width=729,height=500,resizable=no,scrollbars=no,status=yes

Finally, here’s my favorite article from the early press that’s been released:

http://nymag.com/arts/popmusic/profiles/17550/index.html

Enjoy!

God, I love these guys…

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The roadtrip isn’t over (or how denial is a lovely delusion)

So yes, I completely suck. No updates regarding from the end of our roadtrip from the shows in LA and SF, no info on late night drives or a final, pithy wrap up once we returned home. To reiterate — I suck, and I know it. In fact…I embrace my suckitude, because I know that writing the Big Trip Wrap-Up means that the trip is over, and I still deny that it is.

Yes, I’ve been back at work for over a week, and Izzie is resting her weary tires in her usual parking place in the shade behind my building, and I’m not making random stops at places called Casa de Fruta/Casa de Diesel/Casa de Coffee for afternoon fill-ups and snack replenishments, but mentally, part of me is still out there, driving on some meltingly hot highway, and I’m loving it.

Frankly, I don’t know that I’ll never get back from this trip, fully. Anyway, since I’m still mulling everything over, I won’t really say much about those last few days, or the sojourn as a whole. That belongs to those of us who were there. I will, however, share some random photos taken at various points on the road, that rather than capturing specific places, give a flavour of things seen and experienced.

A sampling of roadtrip images

In the meantime, we continue on in our own manners of denial — pretending that we’re only at work as a break and driving is actually our jobs, leaving on pit wristbands to prove that the tour is ongoing, and imagining that we’ve won the lottery and have upgraded to our own fabulously customized tour bus, filled with hundreds of mango sours, and that only stops at Denny’s and Taco Bell, and that features an on board bar stocked by the fine folks at Red Square.

The wildfires, cracked windshields, laaaaate nights driving, cranky waitresses, flipped motorboats, clueless hotel attendants, and tour flu? They’ll continue to fade from memory, their disintegration only serving as fuel for our growing delusions. Please be kind…we’re temporary refugees from the rock ‘n’ roll circus, just waiting for the big top to be pitched again. The barker whispers, “Hang on, August will be here before you know it.” And boy, he’d better be right

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Joshua Tree, Death Valley, and Vegas, baby

We’ve travelled a long way since my last post. Apologies for the delay. We’ve spent some fantastic time in Joshua Tree at the house, where fine meals were made and consumed, beverages were enjoyed, places were explored, Better Off Dead was mandatory viewing, and we drove through Death Valley to Vegas, baby, Vegas. Here in Vegas, we’ve hung with friends who are in town too, relaxed by the pool, and…will be heading over to the MGM tonight to catch the Pearl Jam/Sonic Youth show. I’m including some photos of the past few days just to give you a flavor of what we’ve been up to. You can click on the photos themselves to learn a little more about what the heck we’re doing.

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Five hours left to Joshua Tree…

After some spectacularly bizarre games of 20 Questions, speedboats flipped on the interstate, a mysterious vortex, some very disenchanted waitresses, and some seriously silly conversations, we’ve just arrived in Coalinga, California. Can I give a shout out to the fabulous Best Western chain, who provide free wireless internet at each and every one of their hotels?

We’re tired, but we’re having an honestly terrific time. Making decent progress with little trouble of any sort, and have seen some great sights. The oddest, but surely today’s highlight, would have to be…The House of Mystery, a natural vortex that skews visual and physical perception due to altered fields. Eh, that’s not totally right, but look it up on Google if you want the gory details. Here’s a photo of our trusty tour guide Alex, as he demostrates a broom standing completely in its own in the middle of The House of Mystery:

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Today was our long driving day, so not that much in the way of sightseeing — mostly confined to the car, saving the rest of the world from our obnoxiousness. However, we saw some beautiful views along the way, and even took the time to take some photos. Here’s all of us, in front of Mt. Shasta:

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Off to bed for a few hours, before the final 5 hour push tomorrow. I can hardly believe I’ll be in Joshua Tree tomorrow afternoon….

G’night!

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