Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Going back to Cali...

So I am leaving for San Francisco tomorrow afternoon! John and I are going to hangout and visit people, and we are playing two gigs out there as part of the SF Jug Band Festival..We play in Golden Gate Park on Saturday August 15th at 3:00pm..Along with Blind Boy Paxton, Devine's Jug Band, and The Barking Spiders..That show starts at 10:00am and goes until 6pm..

Then we play the next night Sunday the 16th at a club called Amnesia at 853 Valencia St. at around 8:00pm...Other than that we will be just hanging out with people that we only know from the internet..but never actually met..like Robert Armstrong and others..I lived in SF for a while like 15 years ago and i'm curious to see if the tenderloin is still all cracked out or if Starfucks and fro-yo places have crept in over there too..Hopefully I can get online there a lot and can post stuff..

Smell ya later!!!! xoxoxo

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  1. Have fun!!! I've been hearing a lot about San Francisco (and about California in the '60's in general) this week; the end of all that was beautiful about hippiedom supposedly ended 40 years ago this summer. The cable shows have been showing footage of Monterey Pop Festival, Venice Beach, the Haight, etc. Right now I am watching an old Dick Cavett Show that featured a couple of songs by Big Brother and the Holding Company and an interview with Janice. I also want to mention that there was a quick flash showing the great R. Crumb album cover of the band's first record (one of only two album covers that he ever did for great bands). Looks as though Mr. Crumb has always had a knack for spotting talent! I always thought Full Tilt Boogie had better musicians than Big Brother, but Big Brother had more raw energy. And speaking of R. Crumb, someone had stolen his image of Mr. Natural and put it on each hit of a sheet of blotter acid, which was the first acid I took (maybe the Fall of '71). It was very clean, and very potent!...I am generally not all that nostalgic--and only periodically sentimental--and my rambling has only remote connections to your blog, but the inadvertent reminder of that time and place has given me a tinge of restless desire to visit San Francisco again...Take lots of photos of the Festival; oh, and stay away from the brown acid!!!

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  2. Yeah, Big Brother kinda sucked really..I love Janis though..I'm happy that her and I have that in common now-both drawn by Robert C. Who would thunk it? Not me! He's done a lot of covers for the Yazoo reissues I think..old blues guys that are great. We will be getting our new artwork from him in the next month or so..
    I'm pretty much going to SF to look for this elusive brown acid. It was last seen up Jerry Garcia's ass so I may have some difficulties tracking it down..Did someone do that with acid really? The Mr. Natural image? I'll tell Robert-he'll think it's funny(if he already doesn't know about it)..

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  3. Hmm? The LSD anal suppository! I would say that that is just too funny! ...but who knows, could have been?!? I don't know about that, but there was something called WIndowpane (this would have been in '72). It was like a blotter with a liquid gel cap imbedded in each blotter. Each gel was sectioned off into fours on each hit, which made it look like a little window. People would break open the gel sections with a pin and drop the liquid into their eyes!! (Almost as good as sticking it up one's ass, I suppose!) I never did that, but I'd put the thing in my mouth and bite open the gels, which would absorb sublingually very quickly...Yes, indeed I did what was known as "Mr. Natural" which had the character's image on the blotter. (R would hopefully get a kick out of that!) I'll have to ask an old friend I know from that time where it came from; I can't remember. ALthough most of what we got from '71 to about '73 was from the West Coast. After my experience with Mr. Natural I got some called Orange Barrel in late '71 (it was a barrel-shaped microdot). It was considered a second generation to the famous "Orange Sunshine" and came from California. I don't know if that was all true, as the guys who made the Orange Sunshine were busted soon after, but it did come from California. I can attest to that...Listen to me, talkin' like some worn out old hippie...I may be worn out, and I am definitely old, and I guess, in many respects, I am still a hippie...okay, okay [sobbing with head bowed] it's true! It's all true!!!

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  4. Well i admit to going on Dead tour for a year but i saw about 3 shows and never paid to get in! The parking lot was fun enough I guess..

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  5. So you have enough money to fly out to SF and go to Eurpoe, but you're on food stamps?

    You're pathetic, it's people like you that need to be thrown in jail, why not get off your lazy dirty filthy ass and get a real job.

    If being supported by hard working taxpayers like me is what you want maybe it should be in prison.

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  6. HAW!!!! That comment is awesome! Yeah, it's called having talent and being PAYED to fly and go play in Europe and Cali..Something inconceivable to a bland, boring nitwit such as yourself!
    Thanks for working so hard to support John and I though! I hope you get a raise at mickey-dee's soon! Maybe you can can come with us "Anonymous" and we'll let you carry our luggage..Maybe...If we're not in jail! I mean, obviously anyone getting BENEFITS should be in jail..along with anyone who works at Taco Bell or Burger King. I hope I drop the soap in that ole prison..Cause it's fun when that happens-believe you, me! My only regret is that Squeaky is getting out..
    Now get back to work and stop reading blogs all day, Anonymous! I need to buy me some new Prada shoes by next week! Sucker!

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  7. I agree with Anonymous. Every day I wake up and go out to pound the pavement thinking that I'm contributing to the socialization of the banking industry in this country, then today I realize some bitch is eating food off my tax dollars. How do you expect us to pay for Enron and other oil companies to steal other countries natural resources and commit mass genocide when poor people want to eat three times a day? Next you’ll expect free health coverage!!!!! I personally only want my tax dollars to contribute to the richest 1% of the people in the country’s financial well being. I don't want a single penny going to some poor shlub who is freaking hungry. Just think about our previous leader the great George W. Bush. When he decided to spend trillions of your hard earned tax dollars to send our troops to foreign lands to secure oil and give no bid contracts so that his buddies would go from filthy rich to mega super duper rich did he stop to think if he was hungry? No he didn’t!!! And he sure as hell didn’t ask no one for a free cracker. If he wanted food he had his personal slave at the White House make it for him, and if it wasn’t prepared properly he had her executed like any REAL American would.
    You hungry sick people disgust me!!!!

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  8. Fuckin' freeloaders! while we're at it let's end unfair child welfare laws! How are we going to compete with China if we don't put our poor children to work?
    Viva Ron Paul! Viva Anonymous!

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  9. eden is a bitch. stop stealing my money. mine! mine! mine! mine!!

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  10. Anonymous, I was with you at first! Hell, playing and promoting music for money!?! That ain't workin'! But then, jail?!? Prison?!? No way! Where does that limp-wristed liberalism stop?! Prison is just another one of those socialistic free rides! Sounds more like lilly-livered Trotskyism to me! I don't want anyone playing 'who-dropped-the-soap' on my dime! I say, if someone wants sex they should pay for it themselves, like everybody else! I suppose after a little soap on a rope, those lazy-ass prisoners will want one of those gourmet green baloney sandwiches, too, huh?!?! And if a person can't get a full-time job, then is it too harsh to say he just really had better die and decrease the surplus population? HELL NO!! Yet, Anonymous, you bleeding heart, you want to waste precious resources letting people go to prison and steal green baloney out of real Americans' mouths! I guess you want to continue having those slack-jawed commies breathe our air, too!?! That's the trouble with America; molly-coddlers like you want to go all soft and allow people to breathe and eat baloney while on their prison vacations, all on the socialized government-run hotel system! Jeezo flip! I suppose you want health care too!?! For everybody!! It's just like with all those public bathrooms...next thing ya know, the government will want to take over ALL bathrooms and have one big pee party!!! Oh, sure, public bathrooms for everybody! What kinda hippie-freak notion is that?! Especially NOT for prison populations! No way! But then you wanna indulge those spoiled inmates with all of those "free" bathrooms for criminals, don't you!! I say, have them piss in a mason jar; or better yet, they should be made to just hold it! I'm not out there bustin' my hump so the underemployed can drain their bladders whenever they want to in prison!!!! What is this, Canada?!?

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  11. Haw...excellent Brett!!! I can see the headline now!!! "Boston Pee Party!!!"...Hee...Hee!!! Oops!!! I mean,"pee...pee!!!"...Yup....

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  12. Loved your set at the CA Jugfest today. You have a great blues voice.

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  13. Thanks Sam! We had a blast. Looking forward to playing Amnesia tomorrow night.
    And Brett you are hilarious as usual!
    While it's true all musicians should be in prison-they don't deserve green baloney. I refuse to eat green m&m's!

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  14. Wait a minute here..I can pee in prison for free? All that sneaking into Starfucks..pretending to browse at Barnes and Nobles..Peeing in between cars both in Europe and in the States..all for nothing!!??
    When all along I could have waltzed into jail, announced I am a musician on food stamps..and gotten to void urine for FREE?
    Man, I've wasted my life..All that held in pee..bursting bladder..all for nought...sniffle..

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  15. Oh sure, "FREE!" I swear...some people! With their flower wearing, their public bathrooms, and their FREEdom! You go to San Francisco and this is what happens!!!...Anyway, I didn't want to get all socio-political; it being Sunday and all. So, break a leg tonight! Better yet, break somebody else's leg! And pee on it!

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  16. Eden!!! If all else fails,remember,we always have the Pee Phone!!!! Yup.... God bless the Pee Phone!!! Yup....

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  17. Oh yeah Eden,this comment and the last one may have gone through under my friends name...but,this is Crazy Jay!!!! Yup....Pee Phone forever!!! Yup.... Nope...only last comment about Pee Phone went under the other name...sorry....

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  18. Field Guide to American Antique Furniture!!! Hee!!! Hee!!! That's too funny Eden...It's kind of got a ring to it though...that's my post...Yup....

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  19. Hey Eden, I am a nice Anonymous who sometimes writes comments on here (but not that one!) so I hope I don't get confused with that asshat! Looking forward to more pics and posts about San Fran...from Anonymous in Toronto! :)

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  20. Heh..I think that other ANON linked to my blog from evgrieve or one of the bigger blogs that sometimes link me..If they read my blog at all they would realize I would find such an over the top right wing fox news type comment funny, and not be upset about it. I live for that shit!
    Also, you can work and be on food stamps, you just have to make under a certain amount a year. Half of NYC is on welfare nowadays even with jobs. Why would they assume I don't work? Their comment reeks of jealousy because I travel a lot and have fun, while they probably sit in some boring dead end job leaving mean anonymous comments on people's blogs all day..evgrieve gets a ton of 'em! That prison comment made me laugh out loud! What a psycho!
    Scary people out there..
    Anyway, thanks for reading my lil blog Toronto! I have tons of pics to post when I get back thursday morning..

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