Saturday, July 16, 2005

the week behind, the week ahead

This week has been the dictionary definition of hecticity -
last Saturday, the day before she left for her European tour, Michelle Shocked was kind enough to spend thirty minutes of phone time with me (thanks Michelle); Monday I turned in a review of Schoolyard Heroes' new disc, Fantastic Wounds, to San Diego CityBeat; Tuesday morning I interviewed Dinosaur Jr drummer Murph for an upcoming East Bay Express feature; Tuesday evening I spent an hour on the phone with Roger Metzger, a Gold Glove winner in 1973 and the man who has played more games at shortstop than anyone in Houston Astros history; Wednesday night I spoke with Joe Koppe who, from 1958-1965, appeared in 436 games as a major league shortstop; then Thursday evening I missed the Dinosaur Jr show in Central Park because I interviewed System of a Down's Daron Malakian for an upcoming Phoenix New Times feature; plus the day job has reached a new level of intensity.

Up early this morning (album reviews of Bob Mould's Body of Song, the Pernice Brothers' Discover A Lovelier You and a Nine Black Alps advance due on Monday), but so far have few words to show for it.

This afternoon I'll interview Nine Black Alps drummer James Galley following their Siren Music Festival appearance. Tuesday night I'll attempt to catch both NBA at Mercury Lounge as well as Jon Randall's set at the Living Room.
Wednesday afternoon I'll be on "The Leonard Lopate Show" and on Friday I'll be down at the South Street Seaport to see my buddy Will Kimbrough do a mini-set before he plays a full show with Rodney Crowell.

Perhaps, given New Yorkers' tendency to jaywalk, someone should design road crossing signs depicting tired and no long young Southern boys.

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