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Bazooka Joe with Fugazi

My buddy Andy at work just sent me this flier from a show with Fugazi. Fantastic!

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Psychedelic Furs

Chloë, Beverly and I got the see the Psychedelic Furs at the Baltimore Soundstange. We thoroughly enjoyed this romp (at least for B & me) through the eighties.

Seeing them live, I was struck by how well the sax worked with Richard Butler’s voice. It’s like there were two singers.

They played stuff from their newest album, and Ghost in You, Heaven, Heartbreak Beat, President Gas, Pretty in Pink and Love my way (plus a lot more). Lovely evening in Baltimore!

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Father’s Day, Part 2. THE QUEERS

Chloë took me to see The Queers at the Baltimore Soundstage, which was extra nice since she had to work on Father’s Day. I missed the first band, but saw the Jasons, Dwarves and The Queers.

True story – in the 1990’s when I was touring with Bazooka Joe, we actually stayed at Joe King Queer’s house in New England. He was cool.

The Dwarves were incredibly loud. They played the “The Dwarves Are Young and Good Looking” album in its entirety. I saw singer Paul Cafaro after the set (he asked what restaurants were open) and he actually hugged me!

It was a super fun night! Thanks, Chloë!

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Father’s Day 2022, Part 1

I’m posting a few pics of a special day with my girls, part one. Chloë had to work. She made me this fantastic ring! Lily took me out for Sushi, thrift stores and a nice NCR trail hike. And we played drums at Guitar Center. FUN DAY!

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Day Trip to NYC

For Christmas, my darling bought me the experience (and shoes) of custom made sandals. COVID-19 was in full roar, so we had to postpone our trips to Jutta Neuman’s shop in NYC.

Jim and Beverly in Alphabet City, NYC

We went up for an initial consultation, and they traced my feet. We made a weekend of it, and had a wonderful time. We both found some great books and other treasure, and the food was delicious.

The second trip involved two visits to the shop. In the morning, they fitted the straps to my feet, and glued them in place.

We went out a delightful lunch that began with some fried anchovies, to give them time to assemble the sandals and allow the glue to set.

Beverly gazing uncertainly at fried anchovies

We we returned to the shop, I walked in the sandals, and they traced my feet in them to cut them down. After we left, they added a Birkenstock type tread and put them in the mail.

I love sandals, and I’ve always wanted to learn how to make them. I tell a story about in 1993, I was in NYC for the CMJ festival, and happened upon a leather shop that made belts, bags and sandals. I was enthralled with the place, and while I never had the chance to have sandals made for myself, I did strike up a correspondence with the proprietor the resulted in the offer of an apprenticeship. I had just bought my first house in Baltimore, and couldn’t make it work. I figured someday I’ll do this. Meaning both learning to make sandals, and also have a bespoke pair for myself. I can happily cross one of this off my todo list.

These feel amazing – they fit perfectly, and I never want to take them off. I love them – what a wonderful experience and gift. So very thoughtful!

While we were in NYC, we visited the garment district, which was a lot of fun. I found some neon PVC which I’m going to make some repeated things with – more on that soon.

Happy Spring!

P.S. My nail polish is OPI Blue my mind. It matches the drums I use in Coastguard, and is my favorite color.