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taiwan typhoon trip take two

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so, we arrived at the taipei airport.
after a smooth and easy 32 hour travel day;
3 flights
3 bad meals
3 bad movies.

“a typhoon is coming”
said our local host on the way to the hotel.

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“again?!”
yes, two typhoons in one attempt of a festival,
but this time we had already arrived,
no turning back,
wait, watch the rain,
and hope to do something musical while there.

this annual summer festival takes place on the beach,
the side of the island that was hit by these two typhoons,
the stage was swallowed by the lady of the sea, twice.

we were basically stuck in a hyatt hotel,
eating a free unlimited breakfast buffet,
and hoping to play.

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all of the bands involved;
black rebel motorcycle club,
boom boom satellites (japan)
vincent gallo
baseball (australia)
and us,
really wanted to play!
it was crazy to have travelled around the world,
and not get to share our sounds…..

so the night of the typhoon,
while the city was officially closed for business,
and the government suggests you stay indoors,
we played the one and only tiny rock club in taiwan.
the wall (capacity 200) was the place of our late typhoon celebration.

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it was a fantastic show,
the crowd was great, starving for rock!!
all the bands gave their best,
brmc finished up the show at 5:30 am….
it was a wild trip,
strange indeed….

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xMAdMx

taiwan…

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…take two.

buckle up stevie!
off we go!
we get to discover taiwan after all !
they pulled through the super typhoon,
and they are ready to celebrate with music !
on august 5th we will be rocking on a beach.
first show in 2005.
i can’t wait to play,
we will be trying out one new song….
so exciting to imagine next year,
playing all new songs……….

i hope the late summer season it treating you all well,
can you believe back to school time is almost here ?????

xMAdMx

typhoon in…

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… taiwan.

we didn’t get on the plane today,
the beach we were to perform on,
has disappeared.
this super typhoon in is the worst in 5 years.

i hope the country pulls though safely.

the show may be re-scheduled,
i still look forward to discovering taiwan one day.

mother nature sure is acting up lately…
…enjoy yourselves.

xMAdMx

tie one on in…

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… taiwan !

as most of you probably know,
my favorite thing about my life in music
(other than the music)
is the discovery of new places,
and connecting with new faces,
through our love of sounds!!!

i am so lucky to have been invited to play in taiwan!

once upon a time,
taiwan was a small island deprived of rock music,
or in fact any alternative to extreme POP,
until a bunch of local music lovers,
put together a festival,
that, with help of the government,
would bring musical “alternatives”
to the young people of taiwan!!!
it has been happening for a few years now,
and the local music scene has really picked up ever since!
so thanks to james chen and his partners,
the sounds of
cat power,
dirty three,
and andrew w,k,
have been brought to their shores.
this time around (next week!)
i will lucky enough to meet their shores,
and play a FREE out door festival,
on the beach,
with black rebel motorcycle club
and the great PEACHES !!!
i am so excited to discover a new country,
and their love of music.

as for the rest of you international lovers of sound,
i am simply waiting to be invited to play ;
czech republic,
brazil,
turkey,
argentina,
poland,
iceland,
new zealand,
china,
greece,
mexico,
peru,
cuba,
ukraine,
croatia,
and many other places
i dream of flying to on my magic music carpet……
i will try before i die!

i haven’t played a show in 7 months,
and i am just throwing together a one off show
comprised of my montreal pals:
steve and julien of course,
my long time musical pal and team player;
jordon zadorozny,
the lovely lady of moufette;
ariel engle (steve’s honey bunny)
and good old barry tinker thomas
(to help us with the knobs and such!)

this will most likely be my only show of 2005,
as i will be recording all fall,
and preparing to get back on the road,
at the top of 2006 .

i will come back with stories
and reports from this trip!

hope the summer fun
is keeping you out of trouble,
and in a love bubble!

be good,
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xMAdMx

summer funnin’…

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…in mauve sunset lighting.

xMAdMx

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( steve and i rode the ferris wheel yesterday )

this isn’t a rock tour…

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…but it sure is rocky.

big mountains,
big love for my mum.
i am visiting my mother,
she is working on words in the mountains.
beautiful.

i was in the studio last week tracking drums for 2 songs,
it will be a slow but sweet process over the summer and autumn.

we are half way through 2005,
i hope it has been good for you so far.
it has been very new and special for me,
i am happy.

quiet times off tour….
restful and hopeful.

i am going to eat a big steak tonight.
bon appetit!
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xMAdMx

moving…

…images.

i threw a bunch of my tour video footage together,
and put a sweet little memory lane piece together….
i love the road, and miss the movement,
but i have to admit being still and breathing new songs,
is making me incredibly happy!
so until my sounds and the road meet again,
please visit my friends website……..
click on the “rockumentary” section:
http://www.handsblue.com/way/

xMAdMx

grow…

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…grow, grow.

growing time around here.
the blossoming things are flooring me with their beauty!
new, green and lush,
open hearted mush.
breath taking, tear jerking………..
lots of new,
but i still use my old tascam 4-track recorder.

our international cyber world is lovely.
merci
xMAdMx

real….

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…receiver.

real:
1. existent as a thing, state, or quality;
having actuality; as, real events.
2. genuine, not artificial, counterfeit, or factitious.
3. representing reality; corresponding to what is; true.

true (to me) :
my stomach craves watercress.
my heart longs for idealistic romantic love.
my mind searches for amazing human life stories.
my creative side constructs things from feelings.
my imagination creates stories from unknown sources.
life is magical.

receiver:
1. one who receives in any manner; hence,
variously, a catcher, porter etc…
2. that which receives; a receptacle.
3. radio & television, a receiving set.

i speak in abstract terms,
it is true.
i find a lot of meaning in many things,
from the timing in which the street lights change,
to songs written by people i will never know.

magic:
1. the art which claims to or is believed to produce effects
by the assistance of supernatural beings or by a mastery
of secret forces in nature.
2. the power brought into play by magic;
hence, any seemingly occult power.

magical:
1. seemingly requiring more than human power
2. startling in performance,
3. enchanting.

i believe in magic,
some would say it is not “real”,
but it plays a big part in my life.
i have seen it, felt it, lived it.

antenna:
1. a feeler, a horn of an insect.
2. a movable, segmented organ of sensation on the head of insects.
3. the portion of a radio station or receiving set,
for radiating waves into space or receiving them from space.

metaphorically speaking,
we all have antennas.

we are all capable or receiving different frequencies.
adjust our “antennas” to tune into many types of signals.

it depends what you choose to focus on,
believe in,
follow.

then there is the hard reality of life:
it happens to you.
be it mystical or earthly,
it is happening,
while we receive,
believe
and perceive what we will.

while we have no choice to accept what we are dealt,
life is what we make of it.

life is but a dream,
i believe.

enjoy it.

while i blah blah on my blog about words and notions i enjoy,
i am still writing my new songs,
and preparing for some recording this summer.

i would like to get it out quick,
although there are many boring details to schedule and arrange,
so it won’t be out too soon,
but i will continue to tell stories,
and hopefully soon, share some fun studio footage.

i hope you are enjoying this nice time,
and finding good music to listen too!

xMAdMx
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we can not know it…

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… or feel it, untill we find it.

you know that theory that you can only see what you know ?
that our minds can only conceive of what we have already found,
and that we are blind to the unknown until it has been discovered.
for example the universe being infinite,
the finding of the new world by the explorers,
or the globe turning out to be round and not flat…..
these are the types of mind blowing things
that have been discovered by our human race,
that could have never been conceived of until they were discovered.

2005 has presented some profound new things to me,
i am so grateful and in awe.
things i didn’t know could exist,
i didn’t doubt they existed, i just really had not been able to imagine them…

love and music,
always the things to blow my mind.
halle-fucking-lujah

love and music to you all!
the infinite wonders of our world.

xMAdMx