March 2007

March 29, 2007

shoe shopping with peter buck


I was in NYC the other day shoe shopping and there was Peter Buck. I have always loved his guitar playing in R.E.M. and I met him once in Seattle. He told me he was a fan of my cd Answering Machine. How strange is that? So we looked at shoes together for a short spell and talked about shoe soles and boots and leather and homadey shoes versus factory shoes. I like homadey shoes I told him. Then he had the security in the store come and kick me out. But not before I had this pic taken.
Ok seriously, I really was more than a little star struck. I love his jangly guitar sound when he rocks the Rickenbacker 12 string. He was so nice and really does like Answering machine so in honor of this moment I am including the song Shoe Shopping for your listening pleasure. Pleasure? Is that the right word?
I invited him to my show at The Tractor Tavern in Seattle so maybe he'll show up. Then again maybe not unless he brings the police with him. That would be cool. The Police. Sting and Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland. Spread the word now! The Police and Peter are playing with me at The Tractor Tavern in Seattle. I think that Neil Young is showing up too with some homadey tortillas and Lyle Lovett in tow. I rule! It's time I wake up and smell the cat food in my bank account.
P.S. here is the song. Listen Here!

to sing along use an English accent and say:
Do you wanna go shoe shopping with me?
I own a new Sears charge card can't you see?
We'll buy some black leather boots
don't ya wanna go shoe shopping
with me? ahhhh
Do ya wanna go shoe?
wanna go shoe?
with me me me me me!

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March 27, 2007

Random thoughts

photo by Steve Parr Taylor Guitars

South By Southwest was a bust. Hurt my back bending over with a guitar in hand mid show to pull a stage forward. (idiot!) I thought I was going to vomit during my set. I have not felt that sort of pain since my lungs collapsed. Took a bunch of Advil and drove to Oklahoma City for a show. I love playing the Blue Door. Greg is such a wonderful proprietor and all around music lover. He could give a seminar on how not to make money owning a club but always be doing what you love and booking music that you believe in.

Caught a flight to Denver and drove the 4 hours to Aspen just in time for soundcheck at The Belly Up. (yes there is another one in Aspen) My old friend Ralph who used to do sound at The Belly Up in Solana Beach California now works and lives in Aspen year round. It was great catching up with him but I think I fell asleep in mid conversation after the show. The owner of the club invited me to stay at his house the next night and what a house it was. Michael Goldberg knows how to live! He took me out to dinner at his sushi restaurant and had his awesome girlfriend Kathy work on my back with her superpowers.
Then I had a show in Evergreen and the coolest thing about that gig was all the old pics up on the wall of 80's and 90's band that had played there. It was like a museum and my favorite part was seeing an old pic on the wall of The Beat Farmers with an autograph of Country Dick Montana saying. "I've got a boner for this place!"

I played Aurora the next night and got to see my friend Howard who is always a gentleman and a great host. He owns Hubbas Pub and although the turnout was small I must have played 3 hours straight. The pain in my back returned even worse but I took more Ibuprofin and tried to sleep.

Caught a flight to NYC where i am now, filming this internet talk show for AT&T blue room called The Hugh Thompson Show. It is sort of a David Letterman style talk show and I get to be the band leader guy. It's really fun making up songs for all of the guests and other songs for weird bits like a segment called Geeks Anonymous. The show is all about technology and is geared toward tech heads. I learn new words everyday like Gnu and Gnash and other things I know nothing about. You'll be able to watch these shows in May or June right on your own little computers. I'll let you know when they're up.

I'll be flying back to the west coast in a few days to to San Diego in time to play a show at Cheers of Ramona on March 31st. They have great burgers and Shawn is always there to greet you with a smile and a beverage.
Then I get the cherry on top of the sundae. I fly to San Francisco for opening day of the baseball season. The Padres are playing the Giants in SF and I am playing a private party after the game somewhere in the city for this saint named Jeremy who is getting me tickets and organizing the show. I will get to sing a few tunes with my old pal Tim Flannery. Maybe he'll bring Barry Bonds to the show. Either way it should be a hoot.
Then I fly back home and go to sleep for a few days and hopefully all this back pain will be history and I'll walt back in to yoga ready to never do a stupid thing like bend over while holding a guitar and pull out a very heavy stage mid show or anytime.
See ya somewhere,

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March 12, 2007

Happy Birthday Joe Poltz


So ya say you were born on March 12th eh? Well here's a cool pic of you in The Canadian Royal Air Force on survival practice. I found it and scanned it so all the people in the world could see you in your glory days. This is going to be your lucky year. Double sevens is a winning combo. Happy Birthday and I'm glad you quit smoking years ago. This planet needs you. You're way hotter than Justin Timberpond.

What a blast was the city of Toronto last weekend. I saw cousins that I didn't even know I had. 2 great shows and I shall be acquiring a Canadian booking agent right quick and spending a bit more time in the land of my birth. Have you ever had a moment that you wish you could bottle? And then take it out on a down day and drink it up? I had one of those moments in a cab ride back to my hotel on Saturday night. I was with Hardy Mcbee from my mgmt. and we hopped in this 60 year old Chinese guy's cab. He didn't speak english that well and I was singing a Bob Dylan song as I sat down in the back seat. "you're gonna have to serve somebody. It might be the devil, might be the Lord but you're gonna have to seeeerve somebodyyyy." In my best Dylan drawl. All of a sudden the cabbie turns around and starts singing the next verse word for word. He sings to us "You may be a construction worker working on a home,
You may be living in a mansion or you might live in a dome,
You might own guns and you might even own tanks,
You might be somebody's landlord, you might even own banks
But you're gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed!"

Then he he puts in a cd and it's Dylan singing Tambourine Man. So we all start singing together at a red light and then, get this; he pulls out a tambourine from under his seat and is banging on it while he drives! Finally when he gets to our hotel we don't get out. We just stay inside with our arms around each other singing "hey mister tambourine play a song for me I'm not sleepy and there ain't no place I'm a goin' to..."
I swear I had goosebumps and never wanted the moment to end. Chinese Dylan. Freaking cool I tell you. Freaking cool.
Happy Birthday Pa.
Thanks cousins.
Austin Texas and SXSW here I come.
Poltz not Smoltz

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March 8, 2007

Toronto here I come!


I went to home to Palm Springs yesterday to visit my ma n pa and started digging through old photos. I found a whole bunch of them and I thought it would be good to start my trip to Toronto on a nostalgic note. I can almost remember standing there demanding more of my mom's attention while she took a phone call. (isn't that what all boys do?) I love my mom's hair do in this picture. It is perfect. I always asked my ma if I could get my haircut like the guy in The Man From U.N.C.L.E. The character I always liked was llya Kuryakin. He was a Russian agent and I thought he was so cool. My mom was a good mom and would always tell me that I looked like him. That made me so happy and would say, "Really, do you think so?"

It is 12 degrees in the big T O today so I shall dress accordingly. I am really looking forward to playing a couple shows in Canada this weekend. I shall see a bunch of cousins and sing songs and laugh. Oh Canada!
See ya this weekend I hope,

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March 1, 2007

It's balmy in Bozeman


Today I was at the top of the mountain near Big Sky and and I asked the ski lift operator how warm it was. He said, "it's zero degrees."
I said, "excuse me, did you say zero?"
He replied,"yes sir I did." (alarming fact-people are starting to call me sir)
I said, "How can that be? Doesn't there have to be some degrees?"
Then he said,"you're right! I just checked the temp and it's minus 10."
I said, "thanks. I feel much better now." Then I realized I was sweating like a whore in church.
I hope to see some Montana folks at the show here. It should be a hoot.
My Pa loved all the feedback he got on his latest poem. He says to tell you thanks. So thanks from Joe.
Coach Renfro replied to my wresstling blog below and it made my day. I had lost touch with him.
The yoga and songwriting retreat is filling up. See info in earlier blog entry below. There are still a few spaces left.
Baseball season is starting spring training. I hope to get out there for a game or two. Bruce Bochy is now managing The Giants and Tim Flannery is his 3rd base coach. It's going to be strange when The Padres play The Giants. Very strange.
My south by southwest showcase is Friday March 16th in Austin at The Molotov Lounge at 10 pm. Anyone going to SXSW?
My Canadian music week showcase is next week in Toronto at The Rivoli. It should be balmy there too.
I rented 2 great documentary films last week.
The Fog Of War and Why We Fight. Has anyone else seen them? The footage of Robert Mcnamara in The Fog of War is amazing. Great interviews and old tapes of phone conversations with JFK LBJ and Mr. Mcnamara discussing The Cuban Missile Crisis and Vietnam.
Why We Fight starts with Dwight Eisenhower giving one final speech on his last day in office as U.S. President. He warns for Americans to be wary of the U.S. military industrial complex. I had frogotten about this speech and it is riveting and prescient. Especially coming from such a well respected man.
I hope to see you soon.
Steven JJ P

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