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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Thursday, July 22, 2004
    Longing for a series of Questionable Experiences
    With the arrival of this month's WIRE, regret. Regret at the loss of weekends. There's so much happening on the outer fringes of music, worth seeing. If only weekends were mine again, this summer I'd be off:

    To Hackney Ocean next Sunday to see Coil, supported by Githead (consisting of members of Wire, Scanner and others);

    To The Steiner Theatre on various dates in August to witness The Hafler Trio and the children of eternal recurrence performing A Series of Questionable Experiences raising dust and Cracking Eggs with Sticks;

    To The Green Man Festival in Hay-on-Wye, late Aug, for a wonderful eclectic electric-folky mix which connects the gorgeous French sonic innovator Colleen with the gruff and raging Glaswegian guitar poet Jackie Leven, among many surprising alliances.

    Regrettably I shall miss them all; deeply envious of those for whom Sundays are an invitation, an opportunity, a blank. I must be content with seeing The Handsome Family at Greenbelt. Which will be good, but not enough.

    I will have to wait till redundancy, resignation or, if all else fails, retirement happily kick in when I shall be released from the tyranny of Sunday, and find my place within the second or third generation of rock geriatrics still seeking the perfect gig, hopefully experiencing many more yet before cashing my ticket to the great gig in the sky ...