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Oct 25, 04 10:12 AM

Ship 'Em Back To Personnel.


I did a guest spot with Galactic last night, at Irving Plaza.

We did "Move On," "Circles," and a tune we wrote at a soundcheck in Memphis, "People Are Bad." I wrote lyrics to their melody--they are, in their entirety:

People are bad
People are a bad lot
Ship 'em back to personnel

And then there's lots of rock and roll screaming, ad-libbing of in-jokes. Last night, among other topics covered, I yelled: Ben likes Gypsy bitches! He's got six nipples, like a wolf! Bobby Mac's got a hangover so bad I suspect him of being bulimic!

(I'm paraphrasing that last one, I phrased it in a much hipper way that I can't recall precisely)

The good, good dudes: Galactic. So nice to see 'em again.

JJ Grey from Mofro opened with a solo set. He's phenomenal.

Their drummer, Stanton Moore (who is forward-crazy: he forwards me like three forwarded-joke-emails, or political-conspiracy-forward-emails, every other day) just had a daughter. He said: "I like women so much, I made me one!"

He's a lovely, kind man, and drums in a frenzy, sometimes standing up behind the kit, bashing the cymbals, tongue stuck out.

They played Saturday night as well, of which I was unaware. I spent that night lazing on my couch, watching the marathon of the PBS series on Broadway musicals, eating chicken apple sausage and linguine.

I said to Stanton: I'm sorry I left you hanging on Saturday night. I would've come and done some tunes if I knew.

Stanton: "Oh, that's OK."

I asked: So how was the show?

Stanton: "It was good. Mavis Staples sat in with us."

I said: So, uh, I guess I really didn't leave you hanging. Yeah.

Posted by Mike at October 25, 2004 10:12 AM

more amnh? sadness, i would've liked to have gone and watched you scream people are bad...c'est la vie... read a nice book instead.

Posted by: Nicole at October 25, 2004 10:46 AM

Well, aside from the obvious fact that I really wish I could've gone to see you play, I'm wondering if Stanton was just being a prick or not. If it were me, I probably would have felt insulted.

Im dying to hear "People are Bad", though.

Posted by: Sean at October 25, 2004 11:24 AM

"I know a place...Ain't nobody cryin'...Ain't nobody worried...Ain't no smiling no, lyin' to the races."

Mavis Staples SO SOOO rocks! Wish you could've at least seen her, Mikey!

Posted by: Deb at October 25, 2004 11:47 AM

add a face mask that makes you look like ghostface killah and relpace the sausage with take-out thai, and your saturday sounded just like mine.

how about that tommy tune?

Posted by: erika at October 25, 2004 5:12 PM

No Sh*T, it always surprises me to here of artist collaberating that I would not think of putting together. Stanton Moore blows my mind!! his side project (if you can call it that) Garage e Trios with Charlie Hunter is brilliant. I would of loved to see you (MIKE) sit in with them. Missed ya due to illness last time you were out my way (CHicago) but, lookin forward to seein' ya soon. Be Well.

Posted by: Adam at October 25, 2004 7:07 PM