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Monday, March 31, 2003

People,

It's been far too long and I've been far too lazy, but that's what this crazy rock and roll lifestyle will do to you I guess. Anywho, we finished off SXSW and it was a ball with a capital B (the rest of the letters remain lower-cased.) We saw Slash at a party, met Royston Langdon (of Spacehog fame, you know "doo doo doo doo doo do-do-do") and drank our poor faces off at all the free liquor events. Gordon finally found his face just the other night, which was fortunate because we had a show to do, and a show with a Gordon with no face would be, well....let's not go there.

Unfortunately, I got a nasty ear infection on the plane ride home that left me whimpering like a beaten down mutt at an understaffed and disreputable animal shelter. Damn. It laid me up for almost a week and trust me, the draining process wasn't pretty. Oh well. It's good to be home....

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Friday, March 14, 2003

rock and f#@king roll, people!

Just a quick update from Austin in the midst of the uber-sexy South By Southwest Music Festival. We are dragging our alcohol-addled bodies all across this beautiful city, kissing a million asses and seeing all the hip rock and rollers.

Highlights:

- Wednesday we played our showcase, which in the words of many sweaty attendees, was "kick-ass." You can read a review for yourself at FXA wasn't too shabby. Our sincere thanks to everyone who came out to the show and to our new best friend Karen, who next time I'm here I will take up on the offer of food and a home-knitted sweater.

- Yesterday we spent all day going to shows and.....well...drinking. This place is insane. All you do is go to parties where bands play and they ply you with free liquor. We might move here.

- When I was warming up for our show, I went in to the venue's bathroom to take care of all pre-show business like any good rock and roller does and saw something you don't see in Boston.....a mouthwash dispenser! As Gordon and Jordan have repeatedly told me, they take their drinking and driving seriously here in Texas.

- Brendan and I went to see the new Rich Robinson (he of Black Crowes fame) project, Hookah Brown. They were, how do you say....really frigging good. But before the show, some guy asked me if I was Rich Robinson. This would be kinda funny on its own, but to add to that today I was online and found this Handsome Guy. Coincidence? Maybe, but I'm pretty sure I'm his twin brother and was somehow sold by his family to mine in a babies for guns deal. I guess we'll never know...

More later.....

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Friday, March 07, 2003

hey rock people,

Has a young man ever been as excited about playing a rock and roll festival as this young man is about playing the South By Southwest festival in my adopted hometown of Austin, TX? I think the answer to that question is a definitive probably not.

That's right, kiddies. On Tuesday this rock and roll outfit is getting on a plane and heading not south of the border, but almost as far south as you can go without actually going south of the border. And I think I speak for us all when I say that I plan to make this trip not about the music at all. I'm going to drink as much liquor as I can get on the plane, eat myself sick on peanuts and then get myself arrested a la Peter Buck. We'll see if they call us an anemic Semisonic after that! (Ed. note - they most certainly will)

Ah well, all that stuff probably won't happen. I do however think we will have an ass kicking rock and roll time and you can be sure that you, the loyal rock readers, will hear all about it in in all its glory in this very same space.

www.harveysidfisher.com ....Trust me.

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Monday, March 03, 2003

hello rockers,

Thanks to all who came out on Friday in NYC. The show was fantastic, as was the post show 4AM McDonald's on I-95. That, folks, is living.

A little later in the ride home I think Pete made a pass at me....

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