Tuesday, July 28, 2009

July Part 2 -- GOGOL BORDELLO!!!!!!

Last week Michael and I went to see one of our favorite bands, Gogol Bordello. Our band played at a bulgarian bar in Manhattan this spring and we made some contacts with a few of the GB people. So we decided we wanted to make up a bunch of yummy food ( okay Michael made a bunch of food...) and feed the band before the show. I few emails and a phone call from Pedro ( the percussionist) later and we have the okay. we were just hoping to get on the guest list, but after a few of them tasted the food, we were slipped five all access back stage passes and spent quite a bit a time with each of the members, with the exception of eugene who hid out most of the time, but thanked us profusely at the end of the night and closed with an excited "fuck yeah!!!" in reference to michael's cooking. It was a great night and one of the best performances i've ever seen!! it made me happy, but depressed that our band wasn't together anymore. holy!holy!holy! could of been opening for them or touring with a number of other bands that had posed interest... well, we will see what happens! In the mean time Michael and I will continue to write more and more songs and eventually the other musicians will come out of the woodwork... maybe some kick-ass backup singers and dancers too!!!

The flag that Pedro is waving is our circle-a flag that usually hangs off our front porch. Michael brought it with us and he never passed up an opportunity!!

Speaking of music playing...
Michael and I (and Jason and Alex)
play every Friday night at:
Spice 12
100 N. Kingshighway
St. Charles, MO

we do mainly improvisational persian and gypsy music.

7PM bring your kids!!

July part 1

Our puppy Gogol is getting bigger and we are teetering always about whether to find a new home for him due to his puppy behavior... the kids love him, but we are having nipping and chewing issues that are not being resolved. I'm hoping that he will grow out of it, but the thought of a nip turning into a bad bite would be horrible for the kids and we know what would happen to Gogol. So a new home without little ones may give him the chance to be more effectively trained. He loves my accordion case, but he also loved eating my $250 eye glasses and a check a customer wrote me for one of my bags!!!! things will work out, hopefully we can find a new home sooner than later.

Now that the tours are over we still have the bus and we are enjoying our short drives out into the country or just to the bookstore. it's weird having our main source of transportation as a huge school bus, but at least we live within walking/biking distance to everything. we found a home for the great set of poker chairs dave gave us. they had been in the garage and then in the basement for the last year. now our bus has some pretty hip vintage chairs. the barrel table may be the next addition...

I made some basmati rice pillows for Spice 12. they are a little funky, but your first try at anything usually isn't perfect. I really like them and the restaurant is really in need of some interior decorating!!

whitman and his stickers... he takes all of the stickers from our info shop/bookstore and randomly places around the house. at least this kerouac sticker isn't across the computer screen...

i'm going to be posting more pics from the last month, we may be giving up our home internet for a bit and i want to get as many pictures posted as possible.

much love!!!

Sunday, July 12, 2009


photos by angie de toy
i'm so glad to have angie in my home. welcoming her and her husband matthew to my studio and my family has been good. she cooks me amazing peruvian dishes and i think i'm starting to like yellow and red peppers more, but i still proclaim "DOWN WITH CILANTRO!!!"
I had my birthday on the 4th of July, something i'm not really excited about, but i did get my beautiful creation from miss amy. fair is sporting the beautiful blue crocheted beret in a few of the pictures above. i love it! miss amy you are the queen of anything yarn.
it's been crazy around here lately because i am playing accordion for a new band The Bootz Orchestra. We have our big show this thursday and record the following three days. that means babysitter coordinating and car coordinating and i really hate having to rely on other people so much. it's only going to last for the next week and then back to normal....but is it ever really normal??