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May 28, 07 07:09 PM

Albert Lea: We Rock.

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We played this fun hippie festival called Bella Luna, at Harmony Park (close to Albert Lea, MN). I say hippie and mean it in a flattering way--internally, I am myself a hippie. My question is--where do these hippies come from? With their tents and tarps and tie-dyed sheets, ready to set up at any camping festival?

They're a great audience. I love 'em.

These pixxx taken by our homegirl, Lindsey, aka Bastille, aka Stille.

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Posted by Mike at 7:09 PM

Albert Lea: We Clown.

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Above, piano lad John Kirby naps with gusto.

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Posted by Mike at 4:23 PM

A Hippie Girl Sleeps With Her Head on a Drum.

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Posted by Mike at 9:36 AM

May 7, 07 09:42 AM

Selfishly, I Did Not Approach Jennifer Hudson and Inform Her That We Were Meant to Be Together.

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These photos are by Joshua Kohanek, except the last one, by Candida Ince, of her supercool kid Henry.

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We played River Falls, Wisconsin on Saturday night. Lots of people might remember that this gig was announced about a month ago and then mysteriously disappeared from the schedule. This was because two gigs in the same area were indavertently booked--this one and the Bella Luna fest. The Bella Luna people were bummed that we had a free gig in the same month as their paid-ticket fest.

I took the paid-ticket gig off the schedule, figuring that word of mouth might get to people that the Wisconsin gig was still goin' on.

Man, did I ever get a busload of MySpace mails about it. Where did the River Falls gig go?!

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My voice was messed-up on the gig. Notes disappeared--I went high and cracked--bleh. Scrap and transposed a lot of the tunes into lower keys, and that helped. Made for a fun, murky version of "Looking."

I played my new Les Paul, in moderately-crunchy amplified mode, rather than an acoustic guitar. I'm looking for a way to distinguish myself sonically from the contemporary mob of singer/songwriters. So I'm trying rocking it Billy Bragg style for a minute. Jury's still out. The wind was blowing the sound around in Wisconsin, so I couldn't hear it all that well.

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Jennifer Hudson was on the plane with us flying back to LaGuardia. I was kind of startled to see Jennifer Hudson flying commercial business class. She wore a trucker's cap (Brooklyn style 2003 makes its way slow but steady to hi-gloss Hollywood 2007). She had a couple zits, which was perversely adorable.

I saw a picture of Leonardo DiCaprio on the cover of a magazine in the airport, and was startled and bummed to see that he's aging. Yeah, that's maudlin 36-year-old dude sentiment. I loved Titanic. Non-ironically.

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I am recommending:

Herman Dune, "I Wish That I Could See You Soon."

Hilarious and wonderful song by cheerfully insane French people. In a better world, the quintessential number-one-hit-single Summertime jam.

Posted by Mike at 9:42 AM
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