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Nov 16, 04 08:30 AM

Dan Wilson: Wild-Eyed Wild Man of Rock and Roll.


The indomitable John Munson came over in the morning and played trombone parts on "American Car."


I woke up late. 8 am! "Like a pasha," said Dan, as I stumbled out of the guest room, which is adjacent to the studio. He was already working, on headphones. Oh, I hate oversleeping. Though it's a rare musician that feels guilty when starting work at the advanced hour of 8:30.

Munson, ever delightful, came over with his horn, jumped right in the booth, and did a great part, a whole choir/section of trombones following the changes: an idea we cribbed from Joe Tex's "The Love You Save May Be Your Own." He's been crazy busy with his adopted daughter Jing-Jing, so he had to rock and get the hell out of there.

Dan and I talked about Dig!, and the scenes we dug: the familiar treachery of the A&R people, the scene where the Dandys hork the Brian Jonestown Massacre's party crash pad for a photo shoot, showing up while the BJM are still sleeping off hangovers, camera crew in tow, and setting up shots in various rooms of the house as members of the other band emerged, rubbing their eyes.

We anticipate that Dan and my records will be out around the same time in the Spring. We resolved to do our own version of the Dandys/Brian Jonestown feud. With Dan in the role of the crazed, careening Anton Newcombe of the BJM, interrupting tunes to scream at bandmates who do their parts wrong, then pushing them off the stage, kicking audience members in the head. Of course.


Posted by Mike at November 16, 2004 8:30 AM

Trombone in the morning? Fantastic!

Posted by: Marine Librarian at November 16, 2004 9:05 AM

Films-about-bands...recently saw 'The Filth and the Fury', '24 Hour Party People', 'Spinal Tap' (again). And my S.O. brought home something called 'Festival Express', about a train ride through Canada taken in 1970 by The Grateful Dead, The Band, Janis Joplin, Buddy Guy, etc., stopping along the way for concerts. John Cameron Mitchell's 'Angry Inch' (smack that vibe!). 'Dig' might just fit the theme.

Mike, you might want to consider videotaping your Minneapolis Sessions. Candid photography! Candid!

Posted by: Deb at November 16, 2004 11:11 AM

so, how come i live in mpls/stpaul all my life and i see no one, and then you come here and run into the PIXIES. whom i saw perform the other night, to my great delight, seeing as how i figured i'd never see them live. it made my heart bigger.
french meadow is great, isn't it? a boy i briefly dated lived across from there. i think you should meet up with all us mike doughty fans. or i'll add my request for an acoustic show. we'll behave. we promise.
i'm bummed i'm here, so are you, and still i have not sighted you. why are there never any celeb sightings for me? i'm in the wrong spots at the wrong time, apparently. :)

Posted by: katie at November 16, 2004 11:57 AM

I second that motion.

Posted by: Kacie at November 16, 2004 1:14 PM

I once saw the lady who played Gilbert Grape's mom windsurfing Lake Calhoun.

Posted by: ike. at November 16, 2004 1:23 PM

that first picture makes me horny.


Posted by: walksmilehiss at November 16, 2004 2:15 PM

my first instrument ever was the slide trombone! so awesome! baby jesus will smile on us all when this record is released! yipeee!

Posted by: james the s at November 16, 2004 3:10 PM

In light of ODB's (formerly Big Baby Jesus) recent passing, I somehow find that last comment offensive.

Posted by: bassey at November 16, 2004 5:15 PM

you're kidding, right?

Posted by: james the s at November 16, 2004 8:20 PM

sunny days at the fiddy
missin you this week

Posted by: esteban at November 16, 2004 8:50 PM