Wednesday, September 13, 2006

RICHARD BUCKNER TOUR DIARY ("Incoherencies") - Entry #4

9/6 – Wednesday - Chico, CA

Chico CA swirled around us with no help from the ground. Afterwards, lilies from my past appeared, rising like beer bottles outta the snow after an unexpected winter melt.

9/7 – Thursday - Eugene, OR

Woke up to C-Span coverage of Congress addressing the most important issue on American minds: a ban on slaughtering horses for human consumption. Minimum wage debate, war crimes, the joke of the 4th amendment... its all so yesterday. Yelled at the TV, then got in the truck.

Said it before; lets say it again: Eugene, OR --- never again.

Hackysack-brained hippies --- about 10 of them came to see the show; somewhere in the woods, conservatives, and in the streets, urchins in torn black hoodies, acting homeless, but probably going home at night to their once-hippie-but-now-LL Bean-parents.

Last time I played at Wow Hall (the alleged venue), the sound-dude was on acid and ruined any chance of a show before the crowd turned on me, and, I, in turn, turned on them. What a waste of a beautiful place.

Oh, yeah...and we didn’t get paid, either. The hobby continues.

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9/8 – Friday - Portland, OR

Doug Fir Lounge in Portland. Willy from Richmond Fontaine gave me a copy of his beautiful new book. He’s the only person that I trust from Reno, NV.

9/9 – Saturday - Seattle, WA

Sparse much playing around town tonight...Devo, The Zombies, Silver Jews...

Got some supermarket sushi from an angry Japanese man working at a kiosk in the fruit section. I guess I’d be mad, too. All I wanted was a little more wasabe...

9/10 – Sunday – Vancouver, BC

Got up early to play a live set at KEXP not far from the Space Needle Travelodge. There was a Trekkie convention at the needle, but I saw no Klingons. Drove to Bellingham, just below the border, to leave our merch at a Motel 6. Taking it into Canada is impossible. After a merciful and pleasant immigration officer, we made our way to Richard’s on Richards in Vancouver, BC. Didn’t get any guitars ripped off for a change --- only a few skeevy junkies tried to bother us, but I was in no mood, and made them aware of this as plainly and firmly as I could. Funny and talented sound staff made the show easy. Broke a string, made some noise, then drove back to Bellingham, WA after the show.

9/11 – Monday - Travel Day

4 hours of sleep, then off towards Minneapolis. The truck turned over 450,000 miles. Ended up in Deer Lodge, MT. Super scummy town filled w/ close-eyed cranky (literally) honkies. There’s an old frontier prison here that I that checked out a few years ago with gallows and everything --- oh, yeah, and a car museum of sorts.

We got here late, so we had to stay at the lowest of them all: Super8 --- always overpriced and soul sucking. The desk clerk was not happy that I needed a room. I think I’d interrupted her trying to eat her 20th potato of the day. Or, she might’ve just been distracted, thinking about what a bad tattoo she had on her cleavage. No real restaurants were open, so I had to have my second McDonald’s salad of the day. We walked across the road from the hotel to the McD’s. Outside, there was a skinny, shirtless skinhead standing on the hood of his car. Inside, behind the register, was a boy/man hocking up something from deep within as we ordered our meals (?). America the beautiful.

How many cracker-assed birth canal towns can there be? America the bottomless.



Blogger Jack Graham said...

great great new CD

September 14, 2006 at 11:08:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Jack Graham said...

Great great new CD. loving "Canyon" the most.

September 14, 2006 at 11:10:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Mac said...

WOW indeed, that sounds remarkably like my last trip to eugene!...what can you do?

September 14, 2006 at 12:24:00 PM EDT  
Blogger mp said...

Just can't wait to see you in Toronto! Long time fan, first Buckner gig. It's been too long since you visited your northern cousin. Was gonna buy the CD at a shop, but decided to wait till the show - you deserve better than Super8, like maybe a Super10 or something...

September 14, 2006 at 11:27:00 PM EDT  
Blogger tim said...

also am looking forward to the Toronto show. Live in Buffalo but will miss you when you're here. stick with it man, enjoying the CD's.

September 15, 2006 at 1:01:00 PM EDT  
Blogger jim said...

Wish more were showing up to your shows.

Love all your discs. Your newest has no weak spots...I turn it on and soak it in.

Am hoping you come to KC again. In the meantime, maybe I'll take a drive to St. Louis or Omaha.

September 18, 2006 at 2:50:00 PM EDT  
Blogger medano said...

goddam. 450,000 miles on that truck. i remember when that thing was new. it was my first buckner show - summer of 1998 at the ark in ann arbor. i knew it was your truck cuz of the road dust and cali plates and the fact that i think somebody wrote your name in the dirt/dust with a finger. then, the last time i saw you here in L.A. (maybe several months ago) that truck looked TRAVELED. full of stickers & dirt & dents and such. i always knew that green machine carried a lot of stories. i'm glad you're blogging; it gives a little window into some of the tales that truck could tell.

September 25, 2006 at 2:25:00 PM EDT  
Blogger caleb said...

I love your music,

and have similar vocal tendencies.

Caleb Coffey

April 4, 2007 at 4:29:00 PM EDT  

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