Divan Du Monde, Paris, France. 16/04/13.
Paris. What can you say? Lovely city. Loved the atmosphere on the streets, the great food and coffee. I have to come again and have more time to expore and take more photographs.
The gig was special to say the least. After playing about 2 songs, the monitor system didn’t want to play nice and started distorting everytime somebody would hit a note of any kind.
We were forced to leave the stage and let the venue people find out what the prolem was. After it was fixed (a faulty DI box) we came back on stage and with the help of the lovely parisian crowd had a pretty great gig. It’s never easy to overcome these kinds of problems but the love and support from the audience really helped us and we were all very glad after the gig.
Some friends from Iceland showed up at the gig as well and it was very nice to hang with them for a while.
here I’ll be microblogging and posting photos from the JG tour of 2013.
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How to Tour in a Band or Whatever
by Thor Harris
1-Don’t Complain. Bitching, moaning, whining is tour cancer. If something is wrong fix it or shut the fuck up you fucking dick. goddamn.
2-If you fart, claim it.
3-Don’t Lose shit. Everybody loses shit. Don’t fucking do it. Asshole.
4-Don’t fuck anyone in the band. There are tons of people to fuck who are not in this band. Dumbass.
5-If you feel like shit all the time, drink less beer at the gig. You will play better & feel better. What are you… a child? Some have the endurance for self abuse. Most don’t.
6-Remember the soundman’s name. He will do a better job.
7- Eat oranges. Cures constipation & prevents colds.
8-Masturbate. Duh… Where & when? Be creative. You’re an artist right?
9-If YOU can’t carry your suitcase 3 blocks, it’s too goddamn big.
10-Respect public space in the van. Don’t clutter, you Fuck.
11-If you borrow something, return it. Not Fucked Up.
12-Do not let the promoter dick you or talk you out of the guarantee. If there were not enuf people there, it’s their fault.
13- Driver picks the music.
14-One navigator only (usually sitting shotgun). Everyone else shut the fuck up.
15-Soundcheck is for checking sounds. Shut the fuck up while everyone else is checking.
16-Don’t wander off. Let someone know where you are.
17-Clean up after yourself. What are you… a goddamn toddler?
18-Touring makes everyone bi-polar. Ride the waves as best you can and remember, moods pass. So don’t make any snap decisions or declarations when you are drunk or insane.
19-Fast food is Poison.
20-The guestlist is for friends, family & people you might want to fuck. Everyone else can pay. They have day jobs.
21- Don’t evaluate your whole life while you’re sitting in a janitor closet waiting to go on. You think you’re above having shitty days at work? Shut up & do your goddamn job.
This list was written under the influence of lots of esspresso & anti-depressants while on tour w/ such greats as Shearwater, Swans, Smog, Lisa Germano, Angels of Light, Bill Callahan & many more. I hope this list will help you get along w/ your co-workers whatever your job is. Contributions to the list by Jordan Geiger, Kimberly Burke, Brian Orloff, Brian Phillips Celebrity Gang Bang, Kevin Schneider, Jonathan Meiburg, Michael Gira and some other folks.
Thanks for not being an asshole, Thor Harris
How He Met My Mother
[Originally published in The Magazine #5, December 6, 2012.]
I’m driving my parents’ car down a two-lane desert...
Aftur af stað.
Eitthvað mig rekur af stað.
Alltaf hún fæðist.
Lúmsk hún að mér læðist um nótt.
Gengur aftur þessi lamandi,