26, 2004 - From myself and on behalf of the band a heartfelt
thank you to everyone who made last weekend so fine. Rock hurts, I've
said it before, but not this time. We can't wait to play again. On
thursday October 28th I am playing solo at Henfling's in Ben Lomond,
near Santa Cruz. This place is known for being quiet and "musical."
It is a sit-down show. On Friday and Saturday the Mother Hips re-instate
their traditional Halloween stand at the Sweetwater in Mill Valley.
There will be two shows this time; Friday October 29th and Saturday
October 30th. Wear a costume on both or either nights and compete
for cash in the costume contest. Opener for the 29th TBA, Two Gallants
open on the 30th. These guys opened for us in San Diego and they were
really good, like you just know they are on their way. I would highly
recommend seeing them play. Check www.motherhips.com and www.timbluhm.com
for more info. See you soon. - Tim Bluhm
October 9, 2004 - Thanks to everyone who came to the Great American Music Hall on Friday. Paul Hoaglin and I had a fine time playing. I am playing this Saturday (the 16th) at the Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco. This is a new venue located on Fell Street between Van Ness and Franklin. I checked it out the other night and it is a cool place, and parking is no problem. I go on at 9:00pm. After me is D.W. Holiday and Sun of Mercury. Remember that you can check out the rest of my schedule here. I have a new record coming out of Fog City Records in November. I hope to see you at the show.
26, 2004 - It has been four months since I played any shows.
Friday November 5th - Tim Bluhm by himself at Old Ironsides in Sacramento
Saturday November 6th - Tim Bluhm by himself at Hotel Utah in San Francisco, supported by El Capitan and the Last of the Blacksmiths
Monday November 8th - Tim Bluhm by himself at the Frog and Peach's "Mondays at the Peach" series, San Luis Obispo. Dan Moore of 5 Foot Tuesday supports as well as others.
Friday November 12th and Saturday November 13th - The Mother Hips at Ego's in Salt Lake City, UT. The Court and Spark support.
There probably will be an acoustic show on Sunday night as well. The Holiday shows in San Francisco are going to happen right around the middle of December. More details on that later. For more information on these shows please visit the shows page.
Also I have recorded a new record for Fog City Records that will come out in early November. I will say more about that, and other releases, soon. I hope to see you all at a show. Take care, Tim
August 16, 2004 - I have been spending most of my time in the mountains of California this summer. Sorry for the lack of updates. It's hard to send emails via mule train. I have been sneaking back to the City and doing some recording for a new release, of which I will write more later on. New show dates are posted for late October/early November. These are mostly solo shows and the other acts will be figured out later as well.
Hopefully there will be a few more California dates as well as some in Utah and even Colorado. The website of Great God Pan Magazine, creation of my brother Erik and good friend Mark Sundeen, is up and running, filled with captivating nuggets of liturature, journalism and opinion. If you go to the TB Sessions link don't forget to check out the rest of Golden-Coast website.
August 9, 2004 - Tim has announced a solo show will take place at Henfling's Tavern in Ben Lomand, CA (Santa Cruz County) on Thursday, October 28th. More dates will be announced.
June 14 - Hello, Just a reminder that I and the Involvement are heading out for some shows this week. These are about the only shows I will be playing until October;
- The Casbah in
San Diego on tuesday the 15th.
All set times for the Involvement are 10:30ish. Amy Cooper opens all these shows, with Jack and Nucci on bass and drums. And don't forget that Paul Hoaglin stands in for Jeff Winfrey on bass during this tour. I hope to see you all there.
April 28 - Amy C. and I are off to NYC today, carrying one suitcase, Paul's blue Jazz Bass and Basky pedals, an electric guitar, and a snare drum. Wish us luck.
April 21 - It has been a busy time for me and my musical partners. The Mother Hips shows went very well from the band's perspective. It was so enjoyable to crack into those songs again and lift into harmonies with Greg and Paul. John was in fine form and spirits and explored his "looser side" which I appreciate so much. A heartfelt thanks to everyone who attended and anyone who wished us well in non-attendance. Dawn Holliday and the staffs of both the GAMH and Slim's treated us like family the whole weekend, as they have for many years. Now Greg and Paul and I are getting it together for the Palms show in Chico. We will be playing lots of songs from the Sheets, Ball-Point Birds and other inter-determined selections from the insides of our collective eyelids. John Bittle of Chico and of the olden-days Bisonfield Trio will be there at the Palms (he might even live there) and will be joined by the Birds for some nostalgic harmonizing. Amy and I have been practicing for two shows in New York next week. One is a singer/songwriter thing upstate, wherein I will be backing Amy up on bass, and the other is in Manhattan and will feature Amy on electric guitar and bass pedals(courtesy of Paul Hoaglin) and me on drums and harmonica (strictly in the key of C). A small Tim Bluhm Involvement tour in the second/third week of June is planned. Amy Cooper will be playing at most of those shows as well, and my brother Erik plays in the Best of All, which is Tom Watson's group and they will be performing at the Silverlake Lounge. As for the "new" album I am making headway on getting it released, but it is safe to say that will not happen until shortly after the new year due to personal engagements this summer and the dreaded "fourth quarter" blackout thereafter.
March 30 - First of all, thanks to everyone out there who were supported me and the boys through our challenges last week. I had so many doubts as to what to do and my friends and supporters helped out a lot. It was a stressful time to be sure but everything worked out great other than the fact that Greg had to stay home. Rusty Miller of Jackpot sat in for Greg and we had a wonderful time. Some people said it was loose, well, maybe it was, but I haven't had so much fun in a long time. Mike Campbell came backstage wearing his 1960 Gretch White Falcon, just like the one sitting next to Neil Young on the sleeve of AFTER THE GOLDRUSH. He said Rick Rubin had recently given him a copy of SHOOTOUT and that he played in it his car for a couple weeks. The San Francisco shows are going to be even better, and it seems we just added one more because the first two are sold out. I talked with Greg today and he seems to be feeling better every day. Paul, Greg and I are going to Chico on the 23rd, and the three of us will play as the Sheets and Paul-Point Birds. On the new record front I am still working on getting it released. It shouldn't be long now. I am almost done writing songs for my new new record as well. Thanks again for being so nice to us.
February 19- The big news is the Mother Hips shows coming in March and April. Tickets will not be easy to come by, which is kind of cool for me and the boys, kind of a bummer for those who don't get them in time. And as far as more shows in the future, no one can say. I am excited to play them and am still focused on life and music apart from the Mother Hips.
The shows that I played with the Involvement were very enjoyable. The Palms, in Chico, is such a nice atmosphere to play in and I hope to do another show there in early May. Greg L. and I played some shows down the coast and had a great time, despite Greg feeling poorly at the beginning. Amy Cooper and I played two shows together this month and we will play more in the future. Next week at the Parkside i will be playing with the Involvement and that will pretty much be my last show before Solana Beach.
I am still trying to find a label to put out my newest recordings so I can't say when it will be available. Hopefully I will figure something out very soon. I plan on touring with the Involvement in June...Thanks to everyone who came out to the shows and to all who care about my music.
January 24th- Amy Cooper and I travelled to the east coast for some shows in the middle of January. We had planned on writing bunch of songs together but managed to come up with only one complete song, "Night Comes for Grasshopper." To fill out the set we played several songs of our own. We played Philadelphia first and then the next two nights in New York. There was a good number of people at all the shows despite the cold weather. The night we played the Parkside it was -25 with wind chill. Amy and I both thank everyone for coming out and being nice to us. We are planning on touring the east coast more extensively sometime in late spring and we will have more collaborational songs by then. February will bring some more west coast shows.
The Involvement will be playing early on in Chico (supported by Nate Pendery's The Deer)and in Fairfax (supported by Dave Gleason'e Wasted Days) and Ball-Point Birds (Greg Loiacono and me) are doing a little California coast tour, starting with an "evening with" at the Cafe Du Nord in San Francisco on the 8th. Also of note is my residency at the Parkside in SF. I will be playing every tuesday night (with the exception of the 10th) in February. On the 3rd, the esteemed and aforementioned David Gleason will also play, on the 17th Ben Weaver will be there, and on the 24th I am hoping the Involvement can join me.
My solo record, which for now I am calling WINGBEATS, is more or less done and I am looking for a label to put it out. Hopefully something will come of that soon so it can be released in a timely fashion.
I hope to see you all at the shows.
December 23rd - I flew down to San Diego a day before the Casbah show to practice with the boys. Dan Moore picked me up at the airport and we met everybody else at Benny's for some beef tacos, according to tradition. After a while we headed over the Jack's garage and messed around with some ideas for about two hours, mostly just to stretch out and warm up. The show at the Casbah that night went really well, we had good sound, the crowd was into it and we had fun. The next day we headed up to Hollywood and found ourselves in some really horrendous traffic. It would be an omen of what was to come.
Upon arrival at the Knitting Factory I discovered that we were scheduled to play about two hours later than I had thought and I was unable to convince the production manager to change the schedule. I had hoped to be out of there by 11pm, but we didn't go on until 10:45. It is a pleasant place to play nonetheless. The sound system is great and the staff is professional. The attendance was modest but enthusiastic and we had a good time. After the show we needed to cover some ground toward Arcata, where we had a show the next night. I got us as far as the north end of the Grapevine, right at the base of the great San Joaquin Valley. We slept for a few hours at a hotel and got on the road at about 9am. By 2pm we arrived in San Francisco. I needed to stop and pick up some stuff there and we crossed the Golden Gate at 3 under darkening skies. It was a Friday. It took us over 7 hours to finally arrive at the club in McKinleyville, a drive that should have taken us 4 1/2 hours. The discrepancy can be attributed to the awful, awful traffic in San Rafael and Santa Rosa, the absolute downpour that started in Cotati and didn't stop for three days and 800 miles and to the simple fact that six guys in a small-ish vehicle have to stop very often for a variety of reasons. We showed up at the Six Rivers Brewery and pretty much had to load in (through a mud-puddle and in the rain) and start playing right away. There was a good crowd there and everybody had a great time despite missing dinner. (I managed to gulp down a few nasty chicken fingers that the bartender found in the kitchen.)
The drive to Portland was rain-soaked and mountainous. We saw a number of wrecks and a rockslide or two along highway 199. In Portland there was sleet and ice but we made it safely to the Tonic Lounge. Five Foot Tuesday played a set without time for dinner and then Tim Seely played, singing intermittently into a lavalier microphone hooked onto a harmonica rack running through a synth-string effect pedal. It ended up sounding like a one-man Mercury Rev record. Trevor flew home the next morning and would not join us again until San Francisco. We had a night off the next night and we hung out with friends and dined on oysters and catfish at Montage.
I managed to hook up a house party at the home of Karl Blau in Anacortes, northwest of Seattle, through my friend Kyle Field. Karl is a third generation oyster farmer and a creative and beautiful songwriter. When we showed up at his house he was cutting the feet off some chickens from his backyard. He and his wife Calli cooked those birds up and pulled out a whole lot of oysters and we had a big meal there in the kitchen. Karl then played a short set in the living room of the house he grew up in, quietly commanding the small crowd of locals that had showed up, playing a Danelectro and using a sampler to create loops of mouth-percussion and singing to accompany his songs. Then two Anacortes musicians from a band called Spoonshine played some acoustic songs, and then the Involvement got up there and gingerly set about playing, trying hard not to lay into our instruments too hard. All these big amps and drums set up in this little living room in a very rural area...After the show we played liar's dice far into the night.
The next day I started to feel ill and I was convinced I was getting the flu, the famous flu. Before the show I was unable to touch my dinner and went to lay down in the back of the truck. It was cold in Seattle and the truck was parked in a pretty bad area and I was miserable. Dan called me on my phone when it was time to play and I walked back to the club, shivering uncontrollably. Once on stage I felt OK and the band played well I managed to sell a bunch of CDs before walking back to the truck and crawling back into my sleeping bag. I missed Tim Seely's set and Friend for Heroes' set. I heard FfHs covered my song "Tear it Down."
I felt much better the next morning and Dan and Trevor had flown home so there was plenty of room in the truck. We drove south all day and stopped in Ashland for dinner. The whole town was lit up like a Christmas tree and we tasted the Lithia water that flows out of a fountain downtown. It is said to have bolstered the health of the early settlers here, but it tasted really awful. We arrived in San Francisco at about 2am.
On Thursday night I had commited us to playing a song (The Beach Boys' "Little St. Nick") for a toy drive at the Parkside. The only problem was that I couldn't find a recording of the song until earlier that same day and Jeff, Nucci, Jack and I tried our best to learn it well enough to perform it, but could not. We took the stage eagerly and started in, inspired by David Gleason's Wasted Days who had just been on stage, and proceeded to train-wreck worse than I had ever train-wrecked before. Luckily it was a short song and we were done in about two minutes and we slunk out the door in shame before anyone could react.
Friday was the big show, the Show of the year. This one was especially big for me because I was fronting or co-fronting three of the four bands on the bill. It was a hectic afternoon of getting ready and trying to get through soundcheck but at last it was time for Ball-Point Birds to play. Greg and I were both pretty sure it would be a token performance to a chatty crowd and were prepared for that. But when we struck the first chords of "Daisy and Joaquin" the audience fell hush. It felt incredible to sing with Greg again and our harmonies were right where we left them. We played for about a half-hour. I missed Chuck's set entirely because I had to eat dinner and write rough setlists for the Sheets and the Involvement. Luckily Nucci volunteered to write out the latter. Paul and I walked onto stage and launched into "Long Journey of the Eye." I had played Greg L.'s Les Paul at the Fillmore and it kind of became the Sheets guitar for me then, so I played it now too. It is much hotter and raunchier than my Gibsons, which are pretty raunchy already, but in a flappier way. We all had a blast, Greg and I watching Paul and Paul bashing the %(^*& out of his drums. I wished I had had some of those guys' vocals in the monitors, but they were set up for the Involvement, for which I can hear Jack and Dan enough without putting them in my own mix. We didn't play perfect, to be sure, but that's kind of what the Sheets has been all about so far. More heart than brain.
When it came time for the Involvement set I knew it would be a piece of cake. We had been playing everyday for a week and had paid a lot of attention to what we were doing. Those guys have been so concientious and earnest and it had paid off. I was really proud to see it all come together at a place like the Great American and in front of such a cool and attentive audience. It was a perfect close to a scary, challenging and exciting year. I can't wait to play more shows with Greg, Paul, Dan, Trevor, Jack Jeff and Nucci in any of the possible combinations. Thank you to everyone who supported me in my pursuits this year and in past years. Happy Holidays.
November 15th, San Diego, CA - The-Man-Who-Would-Be-King and I made it to San Diego and here we await tonight's show. After playing two shows (tripling our show count)we are starting to figure out a few things about the Sheets. Thee Parkside show was really fun because we had Greg L. join us on his black Jazz bass. We wished we could take him along on the rest of the tour, but he declined, citing an appointment at the barber as his reason. I saw Vertibird for the first time and enjoyed watching Jack step to centerstage. Nat and Simone of Essen came through with the 200 handprinted and numbered EP covers and we have sold a lot already. I saw the Court and Spark's EP cover that Essen did and had to get them to do the Sheets. We will probably be sold out at Sacramento, but will have more for Saturday. We were offered the opening slot for Lucinda Williams' Saturday show at the Fillmore and so had to cancel our appearances with Vertibird in the northwest. Our sincerest apologies to all who had plans to attend. Vertibird will be there in full force.
November 3rd, Sausalito, CA - The mixing of the "solo" material went well, and in fact is all done except for one song that still has to be mixed. I had some demo CDs made up and began passing them out to industry types. I even went to New York City for that purpose, and to play two shows. I loved New York a lot. It is a huge city, truly huge and people stay up all night and they don't get tired. Greg Kempton and I walked about 25 miles while we were there. We visited the World Trade Site. It is a giant hole in the ground surrounded by a fence and a whole bunch of people looking down into the hole. There were a lot of trucks and workmen down there. The most poignant thing was the damage on some of the adjacent buildings. It was difficult to imagine those huge towers crashing down in the midst of the city. Sandwiches were $20 straight up. Brownies were $6.95 pretty much everywhere. Americanos cost about the same as California. I would say that people were generally friendlier there than here, but that is difficult to say. Maybe I was just in a really good mood. The music scene was interesting. I saw every musician I knew from San Francisco. We all fit into one club. We stood around, passed out demos to one another and talked about Cafe Du Nord.
We flew into Long Island on Southwest and that was a mistake. The train ride form Islip Airport to Manahttan was about 85 minutes. And then on the way home to San Francisco we somehow got stuck in Vegas for three days because of fires in LA, and somehow agreed that the Hard Rock Hotel was the most prudent choice for lodging. There were a lot of famous people there. At least they were dressed like famous people. I pretty much stayed in the room the whole time and switched back and forth between the Who channel and the Zeppelin channel. We went to New York New York but it just felt weird. We had crepes at a cafe in Paris. I learned that French people love nacho cheese. A middle-aged woman wearing sweat-pants shorts had a poorly executed Charlie's Angels tatoo on her ankle. I was ready to get back home.
The Ball-Point Birds show at the Sweetwater was very enjoyable and well-attended. I loved playing with Greg and watching Amy Cooper play. I have about twenty shows between now and December 19th. Some of them are with the Involvement and some of them are with the Sheets. One is with Butch Boswell. The Sheets EP is done and will be available for sale starting November 13th at Thee Parkside in SF. It has five songs on it and a hand-printed cover, limited to 200 copies. The Mother Hips will release a live recording on motherhips.com in a new, high-quality downloadable format. Album art will be downloadable as well. As I mentioned before my solo record is done and I am looking for a label to release it, ideally by early next year. Thanks to everyone for supporting my music and ideas and for the great conversations and hospitality that I and the boys have been lucky to recieve wherever we go. I look forward to seeing you soon.
October 5th, San Francisco - There has been a name change. Now, when I play with 5Foot Tuesday as my backing band it will be called Tim Bluhm Involvement. The line-up will still be the same, and 5Foot Tuesday is still 5Foot Tuesday.
September, the Golden Month. I had planned on spending most of it in southern Baja with my brother and and few friends, but instead decided to spend that time helping out with the construction of the family home in the eastern Sierra. I spent three weeks up there, largely working very long days laying hardwood floor and painting. It is said that manual labor is rewarding and I suppose it is, but mostly it just further enforced my commitment to being a musician. My back was sore, my hands had blisters and splinters and I drank too much Dr. Pepper. During the quiet evenings I did manage to work on some new songs and just play a lot of guitar for no reason at all. On the 23rd I played the first of three shows opening for Josh Ritter. The Largo is a real nice place that enforces the no-talk policy with rigor, which is great if you are a solo, acoustic performer and kind of a bummer if you are trying to whisper something to your companion. Josh was great and the audience absolutely adored him. The song called "Wings" is truly amazing. The next night was at the Cafe DuNord in San Francisco and the place was sold out. I really enjoyed playing in front of Josh's audience. They were a little older than what I am used to maybe, and very quiet always.
Then it was time for Paul and I to meet up and record the Sheets EP. We convened at Pyramid Audio Headquarters (of "Maybe" and "Purgatory" renown)and very quickly set up and quite literally bashed out three songs in four hours, including a trip to my favorite retail spot Guitar Center. The next day we sang our parts monitoring off the stereo speakers thereby completing the recordings without once using headphones. (A fairly desirable accomplishment.) The next two days found Paul and I at Scott Solter's studio recording three more songs for my "solo" record, which we did live and together, and completing some overdubs on a few others thereby completing that phase of work. I flew to Seattle the next day to play the third and final show with JR, which went well, and returned awfully early the next morning to begin mixing the "solo" stuff at Tiny Telephone. Paul was in rehearsals with John Vanderslice for their upcoming five-week stint as the support act for Beulah on their alleged final tour, but Paul managed to come by and grace us with his magical ears for several mixes. That is all for now because I realize I am already writing about early October... Look for November and December tour dates with Involvement and the Sheets and don't forget October 22nd is Ball-Point Birds at the Sweetwater in Mill Valley with my favorite Amy Cooper.
August 31 , 2003 - The Moore Residence (5Foot Tuesday Headquarters): I have just completed the run-on sentence of August tour-dates. Hemingway used a lot of run-ons and no one said he shouldn't. I am sad to have it be over. Me and Dan and Jeff and Jack and Nucci unloaded the trailer for the last time and I felt helpless and nostalgic to see all of the musical equipment unloaded in the cul-de-sac. It has served us well; my beloved Wurlitzer being the only casualty. I left in St.George to be fixed by Sean Taylor. He may even amputate the speaker console to make it more portable. I have no idea how it will get to California but it doesn't really matter.
San Luis Obispo was the locale for some great times earlier in the month. I played at the SLO Brew with 5Ft. and Jackpot and local boys The Coyotes (not to be confused with the Court and Spark acoustic). We headed up to Ben Lomond and played Henfling's with David and Mike from Wasted Days and Ron Work joined us onstage as well. I actually prefer playing Henfling's as an acoustic act more. I went back down to San Luis and played at the Frog and Peach with Greg Olin and Adam Selzer and Little Wings. The place was packed and I felt good there. I camped out at my favorite place for a few days and surfed with Kyle Field and Justin Fuller and Hippy Johnny and ate shrimp burritos. A woman was killed by a great white shark in Avila while I was there. In LA Jack and Nucci and I went to Pink's Hot Dogs with Patrick Murphree after the show and then hung out in the Hollywood Hills and Jack and Nucci swam in the pool. The next day we drove up to San Francisco. At the Starbuck's on the Grapevine we looked at pretty girls and decided that looking at pretty girls might be cooler than dating them. The next morning we went surfing at Ocean Beach. I gave a girl a guitar lesson for her birthday but we mostly just talked and drank Gatorade. I don't think I really taught her anything. The show that night was the best yet. I feel like I smiled the whole night. The place was sold out, the other bands were amazing (Amy Cooper, Four Year Bender and Golden Shoulders) and the staff was very nice to us. Guy, the owner, even helped us load some gear down the stairs.
The Steve Poltz section was next. He played between 5Ft. and me at the Old Ironsides in Sacto. He was amazing. I couldn't stop watching. His guitar playing is impossible and he jumps all around while he is doing it. He had the whole crowd transfixed all by himself. It was a hard act to follow but we did our best. Then we headed up to Guerneville for a show at the famously gay Fife's Ranch. Everything was fine until Nucci started in to one of his routines, jumping in the pool with his boots on, dragging people with him, and mounting a giant blow-up sex doll named Fatty Patty. Amazingly we were not kicked out of the place.
I flew up to Seattle to meet up with Steve and his friend from Austin named Scrappy Newcomb. We all played on the stage at the same time and had a great time. Later on we drove down to Gig Harbor and stayed with Nucci's aunt's house there, singing songs into the early morning. At 2:00pm we dropped Scrappy off at his hotel in Seattle and started driving toward Salt Lake City. We camped in the blustery wind near the Snake River and played guitar in the grass the next morning. The Zephyr show was really enjoyable, just Steve and I on the stage for about two hours, trading songs and stories. The next day we hooked up with 5Ft. in Springdale, gorged on rib-eyes at the Bit'n Spur and played a long, raucous set on the tiny stage. In the morning everyone got up early (those guys are amazing at that) and we headed for Pine Creek narrows with 800 feet of rope and our swimtrunks. Nick and Dag from Provo guided us through this spectacular canyon. Four rappels, numerous muddy, stinky, blackwater swims and about four hours later we emerged in to the sunshine celebrating our lucky lives. We made it to St. George just in time to play the show at the Electric Theatre, exhausted, dirty and happy.
August 11 , 2003 - I just returned from the first leg of the August tour with 5Foot Tuesday. The Fairfax show was really nice because a lot of people came out to see it and Paul Hoaglin sat in and played the slide solo on "Rich Man's Mind" and the piano part on "Evelyn From Switzerland." I felt happy to blend all of those excellent musicians together on one stage. We all stayed at Greg Kempton's house, who was as generous a host as he always is. We drove up to McKinleyville and had some trouble with the club not being too together or respectful. Paul came up there too and was in fine form. We played a few songs just the two of us ("If Love Has No Pride" and "Tinkerbell Perfume" and "California Way") and it felt really good. It was also clear by this point that 5Foot Tuesday and I had gotten so much better as a band. The harmonies with Jack and Dan were really making me happy and everyone played with spirit and humor and pride. Too bad there were only about 20 people to see it. We were grateful that they came. After the show we sat around in the little cottage we rented and talked and listened to CROOKED RAIN CROOKED RAIN by Pavement. Portland was nice because we played with Greg Olin and Adam Selzer, friends from San Luis Obispo. We played very well that night as well to about twenty people. I was pretty frustrated about the lack of publicity at the club, especially when hardly anyone showed up, but after that night I got a handle on my feelings and was able to simply enjoy travelling and making music with my friends. Seattle was good. About one hundred people showed up to see the show, which included Tim Seely of the Actual Tigers playing solo. He was amazing and I think a lot of the people were there to see him, but I didn't care. We talked for a while and discussed playing more shows together. The idea of 5Foot backing him up was even thrown out there. Some of us drove down to Nucci's mom's house in Gig Harbor after the show. It was dark and peaceful there and mist hung over the pond behind the house. Nucci's mom and aunt (rhymes with want) treated us to a gourmet breakfast of waffles and berries and coffee. We headed over to Idaho the next day, getting to the band condo in Ketchum very late. The car stereo was broken so we mostly listened to Nucci's comedy routines. He is so consistently entertaining that we kept track of the jokes he told that weren't funny and there were only four. But that was not including the repeats, which were only funny the first ten times and then they weren't that funny anymore. The favorite seemed to be his impersonation of Al Stewart singing "Time Passages." Jack and Nucci joined me early the next morning for a radio appearance. We played "Isn't Now Forever." Their ability to party late and get up early and cheerfully is unprecedented in my experiences. The show was OK, not a lot of people, but we played well again. Dan was feeling a little sick but insisted we play until closing time, leading me into songs I could not remember the words to. Salt Lake was the best show musically, but the crowd was thin, probably about 50 people. The next day we drove down to Cedar City and played a free show at Groovacious Platters record store. It was really nice to play in that setting. Young people and old people sat around on couches and listened to the songs for about two hours. Then we drove down to Mesquite and I looked around there for a while, watched the guys play craps, watched the house band drag through another wretched gig and felt how they must feel. I have it easy compared to that. I lost about four dollars on the quarter slots, smoked a cigarette and left the casino before I could start having negative thoughts. Early the next morning we headed for Southern Califonia, through the awful, awful I-15 corridor Sunday traffic that we always seem to be stuck in at the end of these tours. Everyone is looking forward to the upcoming shows.
9, 2003 - My last few days in the City were exhausting. Sunday
morning Greg, Paul, Patrick Murphree (the filmmaker) and I convened at
Sean Coleman's studio in the Mission to mix the recording from last December's
Great American Music Hall Hips shows. Patrick filmed Saturday night's
show for use in his film and he needed the soundtrack. We would mix the
twelve songs he wanted and then get started on the other sixty (!) or
so remaining songs. The best of these for a tentative release on California
Recordings sometime in the future. It was fun and games the first day
because the music sounded great and we were all hanging out again, and
the task went quickly and pleasantly. Sean really knows what he is doing.
The next morning, only Patrick and I returned. We quickly got the soundtrack
stuff finished, Patrick left and Sean and I waded into the rock. The sounds
on these recordings are really nice for a live recording and the performances
aren't half bad. But listening to those cursed Super Reverbs for twelve
hours straight is not easy. John Hofer came by in the evening and helped
us tune up the kick drum. We stuck it out and managed to get through all
the songs. They will all need at least one more mixing session before
July 1, 2003 - Paul Hoaglin has returned from his ramblings and we are getting our act together for our July 4th Sheets appearance. June was a fine month for me, travelling, playing music with lots of great people (The Court and Spark, Andrew Bird, Five Foot Tuesday, Nate Pendry and Mathew Struyf, my brother Erik, Tom Watson, Greg L., Bart Davenport and Paul Hoaglin. My most diverse month of music ever. At the end of July rehearsals with Five Foot will start up. We will be refining and reworking a lot of songs, and learning some new material as well. Work will continue on the new record throughout the summer at Tiny Telephone, Scott Solter's studio and PH's studio.
June 20th, San Francisco CA - 12:00pm Jeff and Nucci of Five Foot arrived from Southern California to help me record a song. Joe from California Recordings had urged me to include "Jaguar" on this next collection of songs and until now it had not been recorded. We got a good take of the song, with me playing wah guitar and Nucci playing his drums and Jeff his old G and L bass. Dan arrived later, waiting to sing his parts. I played the lead guitar, as much like Jack's part as I could (Jack was in Tennessee) and then sang the lead vocal. I changed some of the words at the last minute, feeling like they needed to be stronger and a bit darker. I text-messaged Paul a request for help. Paul was en route to Salt Lake City from Seattle as John Vanderslice's bass player (and van driver.) I needed a word to rhyme with jaguar and I had already used guitar, car and are and I didn't want to use bar, star, avatar or far. He came through (as usual) with scar. Then Dan warmed up and laid on Jack's vocal part. His voice was feeling a little rough so I ended up singing Dan's original part, the highest one. Then I put on a Juno 60 part for the spookiness I wanted. I like those Junos. I used one all over LAND AND SEA CHANTIES. "Jaguar" was finished by about 11:00pm and I felt like we had a little more in us, and the drums were still set up. Scott Solter (the talented engineer) seemed enthusiastic about getting into another song so he set out getting the drums changed to what I was looking for the song that I will call "Isn't Now Forever?" I wanted that kind of "Out on the Weekend" sound; super sparse and deliberate. Nucci played brushes and had two symbols touching for the "sizzle" effect. Jeff and Nucci learned the song and we ran it a bunch of times while Solter dialed in the sounds. We only had three minutes of tape left so we had to make the count short at the top and we played the outro for only a few seconds before the tape ran out and recording stopped. We finally got a good take at about 3:00am.
POSTED JUNE 18, 2003 On May 22, 2003 Tim was interviewed by Neptune S. Oldier for the "In Their Words" section of the Adrift Chronicles. Click here to read the extensive interview.
POSTED MAY 23, 2003 We caught up with Tim in San Francisco recently where he took some time to give us a tour of the studio where he is working on his new record.
POSTED MAY 14, 2003 On the roads and highways: The dates that I am playing with Five Foot Tuesday continue to excite and challenge me and them. We all realized after the first couple of shows that this idea was pretty ambitious; a five piece band learning 25 songs all at once and immediately going out and performing them to discerning audiences all over the state. And so we practiced and practiced, more than I have ever practiced in my life. All those guys will practice any time it is suggested, and they're all pretty busy with other gigs, school and work and family. And we're still practicing, motivated, I suppose, by the fear of sucking. I am pleased by the progress and by the sounds coming off the stage, and most importantly I am enjoying the experience very much. We played a cool old theatre in St. George, UT with the Trigger Locks and then headed up to SLC via Springdale and Zion. After the Salt Lake show and a restful night at our hotel, Dan, Nucci, Jack and I started our drive back to southern California (Jeff and Trevor flew.) It was one of the most beautiful days we had ever seen on the Wasatch Front and in the desert. We had to stop at Mesquite of course and I stood watching as those guys all lost a good litte stack of money. We finally got back to San Clemente at about 4 in the morning, and a few hours later Dan and I scored some fine waves at Trestles, a fitting ending to a great trip.
As for the month of June I will be doing some touring with Andrew Bird (of the Squirrel Nut Zippers) and the Court and Spark. I will be opening the shows and playing solo or with Nate Pendery (Sacto and SF.) Nate did alot of the singing and guitar playing on my 1998 record LAND AND SEA CHANTEYS. And speaking of records, work is continuing on my latest recordings. Currently our beloved Paul Hoaglin is arranging string and horn parts for several songs, to be recorded in the end of May in San Francisco. With esteemed engineer Scott Solter I will be mixing the first seven songs at Tiny Telephone at the beginning of June. Thereafter, Paul and I will begin recording the final four or five songs at the Pacealot complex in San Pablo. Also in June there are two three or four Ball Point Birds shows, wherein the inimitable Greg Loiacono and I perform songs from the record of the same name as well as many Mother Hips songs.
POSTED May 1, 2003 May is here and me and Five Foot Tuesday are setting out on our tour of California. We will be playing songs from LAND AND SEA CHANTIES, THE SOFT ADVENTURE, COLTS, BALL-POINT BIRDS, LATER DAYS and a lot of newer material that will come out on a new album early next year. In addition to the shows, we will be playing several record store appearances. One is at Groovacious in Cedar City, UT, and one is at m-theory in San Diego. Early morning May 1st I will appear on KFOG in San Francisco. California Recordings is hosting a listening party at the Cafe du Nord in SF on the evening of May 1st. Some people who pre-ordered THE SOFT ADVENTURE already have it, and it will be available for sale at Slim's on the 3rd of May and thereafter. A show has been added to the end of the tour; The Palms in Chico, CA on May 24th. This is a big old house in the orchards out on Walnut street and is not to be confused with the Palms of Davis or Winters. There is probably going to be an in-store at Tower in Chico that afternoon as well. See you at the show.
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POSTED APRIL 6, 2003 Welcome to the website. It is here to impart information about my music; where to see me perform it, where to listen to recordings of it and where to buy them, what journalists have written about it and some pictures of and links to activities and people who inspire and inform it. If you have suggestions or content you can e-mail them to this site. These news updates will be moved to "News Archives" in the PAST section as they are replaced by current updates.