Sunday, May 1, 2011

It’s a lovely day in the valley today, finally, after so many weeks of rain every day. And it has been a busy time, first with Snider’s birthday jams (huge, a veritable festival—Red Fang at Luckey’s!) and then with mixing the Golden Motors record on weekends, and having an amazing gig with Mike Watt and The Missingmen. (Little bit of nail-biting before that, to be sure.) That was an amazing show (their 49th show out of 51 in a row?). They played the new record straight through without pause, and it was really one of the most astonishing things I've seen. Like a book of knots condensed into a punk opera. A punk opera inspired by a Bosch painting! And the record is great too. I got mine on vinyl w/ a download. The best format.

Anyhoo, this is a day to do pretty much nothing and watch the breeze move through the trees. Lazy—that’s what I’m talking about. Catch the last half of the Royals/Twins and see if they can sweep after a winless road trip to Texas and Cleveland.

Yesterday I took a long hill walk with Mike Grossman and his dogs Lucy and Bobo, that was a good ramble. I’ve been staying on top of the running routine but that is most often solitary. I had one 5.4 mile run (slower than some folks power walk) but am clocking in lately around 3.5, two or three times a week. This has been great. Glad to have that track near our house, donated largely by Nike, made of recycled running shoes! Cushy. Something going on there pretty much every day. It's a neighborhood asset. "Rocking + walking = less mind-squawking."

The mixes Tom Nunes is doing of the record are really sounding great, and I can’t wait for people to hear them. I played a solo gig at Christo's up there in Salem a couple weeks ago, here's a song from that show. They have, as far as I can tell, the best pizza in the valley.

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