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I have returned home from des Etats Unis, and this is the de-brief:

In New York I did this:

First a show at Pete’s Candy Store, where there is no escape if you die on stage. Some kids had cameras and put clips on the You Tube

A day off. Walk in the Park. Visit Friends.

Day Three: a show at Sycamore, where you can hide behind a curtain, but the venue was good and the show went better, again the clips are on the You Tube

One the following day I then did a little session for Time Out New York (or TONY as he is affectionately known): You Tube

Followed by a session for WNYC, the show Spinning on Air with David Garland. I enjoyed this one most.

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Then a show at Rockwood Music Hall, yes the kids with their cameras were there too…: You Tube

The next day I would puncture the delightful camaraderie of the Doveman ‘Burgundy Stain Sessions’, Here is I and the other delights of the night (Sara from Tegan and Sara, Dawn Landes, Chocolate Genius, Elysian Fields, Martha Wainwright).

The next day I fly to Austin, Texas:

Jonathan and Thor pick me up from the Airport (as you know I can’t afford a Taxi) and take me to my friend Sam’s house where I’ll be based. The first showcase was playing the Austin Convention Center corridor. Outside the ‘Flatstock’ poster exhibition, inside which were exhibiting the UK Poster Association co-spearheaded by my friend Luke Drozd.

The show was attended by Luke, Eva, two of their friends, a Mexican Girl, one boy with a Guitar and his girl-friend and a Buddhist. I gained three incense sticks and nutty bar. Oh and the Mexican Girl did a radio interview so there was something on radio in Central America.

Oh, check out the local paper: Mojo recommends in the Austin Chronicle.

After lunch with Jonathan, later that day I want to see Samamamidon at the French Legation and all that, but had to leave early to give Alex Highton my guitar. Shame. So on the day went and I played the Local showcase, following JTP. It worked. I broke a glass. I spilled some red wine on a lady. I got the crowd to do a chorus. It worked….kind of.

The next day was the SXSW Yorkshire showcase, following on from and all-neck-breaking all-puking Pulled Apart by Horses, was no mean task. It worked, with apologies to the sound man for not explaining what might happen.

Me and Sam ate some savoury crepes which did the job. Then Made our way to the Charm School Vintage clothing store and wig place where Dana Falconberry had arrange that a load of people play. Despite Red Hunter accusing me of taking drugs I play a show with the help of Jordan Geiger and Kevin Schneider. All good, She Keeps Bees bring on the SuperMoon.

I have a day off before going to the city of Los Angels.

Lost Angles:

Big thanks have to go to Hunter and Ariela for letting me stay, Hektor Fontanez for providing the connection. So you should all check out Imaginary Weapons and Universe.

The show was on the second day: THIS is what was said. I sailed home on the clouds in a big metal bird shaped sky boat and am relaxing.

So long The Untidy Staleness of Americans,


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The Local Presents:
Maison d’Etoile Day Show
Saturday, March 19, 2011

2109 Cesar Chavez


1:00 – Ash Reiter
2:00 – Alex Highton
3:00 – Shelley Short
4:00 – Sam Amidon
5:00 – Matt Bauer
6:00 – Redding Hunter

1:30 – This Is The Kit
2:30 – Oh Ruin
3:30 – The Traveling Band
4:30 – Dana Falconberry
5:30 – David Thomas Broughton
6:30 – She Keeps Bees

Can we go now?

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That’s SXSW done now this is what we have learned from the whole debacle….

It is a bit difficult to see any bands what you want to and so you shouldn’t try. I did see however, the hotly-tipped-for-the-next-big-thing, Polly Jean Harvey and John Parish. I then saw some visual spectacular, from Tel Aviv, in the form of the shifting crowd containing Monotonix.

In terms of where I was before that. The Mojo Bootleg Barbecue at the Mean Eyed Cat, This was good for two reasons: Graig and Charlie Reid. Indeed The Proclaimers enjoyed my set at this and they played and it was great. Other highlights were the fun and fantastic Hot Leg. Rolo Tomassi were a great little bundle of energy.

We have walked through South Congress in Austin and then back to watch the bats fly out. This was a bit of a special sight.

Everywhere we have been the soundtrack has been thrust upon us by The Miserable Rich, incessantly busking their way though Austin.

I think it’s time to go home now.

USA Today, Happy Birthday

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More about me.

I’m here in Texas. I listened to the bats chattering under Congress bridge just now before doing a little Black Cab Session here in Austin. I did some noises in with Denis Jones and then a solo ditty which I made myself.

We have also discovered that there is someone who understands in New York. They have written this review of the show I done.

I had a stint at The End of the Road Festival’s little get together here in SXSW – I stank but the Wildbirds and Peacedrums luckily sweetened things up for everyone.

Thoughts for you all to ponder are: Viking Moses and Golden Ghost. A generous and lovely pair of people. The Pictish Trail, a really decent chap. Haven’t bumped into Paul ‘the new beard in town’ Marshall yet but he’s around

Today is the day I grow a year older. Today is the day we do the big showcase for the SXSW people not to turn up and watch. Denis Jones, Tom Brosseau, Sam Amidon, Alela Diane, Liz green, The Miserable Rich, Shearwater

All is well