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If I eat a chocolate turtle, I’m happy
When the box is empty, I’m unhappy
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In Today’s Issue:

I Got Blisters on My Fingers!
Newport Folk Fest Tour Info Needed
The Pensacola Show
The Milwaukee Show
The Biloxi Show
The Dallas Show
Rare Acquisitions
Lyrics, Quotes, and a Little Freak Magnet
Freak Magnet

I Got Blisters on My Fingers!
Today’s issue is late, because I didn’t realize it was so late in the
afternoon..been spending the past two days typing up a study guide for
a chem final for a girl I’ve been tutoring all year. If the gods smile
on her, she won’t flunk too badly. I just wish she had gotten it through
her lazy head that one has to actually read the book and do the homework
in order to pass. Oh, so due to the fact that I still have a lot more to
do on that study guide, and not much more time till this evening, there
won’t be a Classifieds section this week.

Newport Folk Fest Tour Info Needed
Hey, i went to the Newport Folk Festival page (sorry i dont recall the
address), but there was nothing mentioned about any Newport concerts
aside from the one in Rhode Island that they have had every year. Does
anyone know if the shows in Philadelphia and Jones Beach are affiliated
with Newport’s festival, if they are independent projects, or if they
are scheduled at all? Please keep us posted. oh yeah, has anyone heard
of the femmes playing “jesus walking on the water” in concert? i have
always wondered.

guy schaafs–

-Pat. Says: From what I have heard, the Folk Fest is indeed touring this
year, and the shows listed above should be valid. I have
been promised that the tourdates will be eventually placed
on the webpage at http://www.newportfolk.com so keep
looking, and if I find anything more, I’ll be sure to let
you all know about it. I can hardly wait for chunky monkey
popsicles again!

The Pensacola Show
hey! the pensacola show was good. ive seen them put on a better show
before, but i have also seen them put on a worse show. they had more
energy than they did in atlanta. the best part was that they played some
stuff from their new ablum, freak magnet. i LOVE it, its a combination
of their old stuff and their newer stuff. i think their old music kicks
ass…the new stuff is cool too, but not like the old stuff. freak
magnet is a good compromise. it kinda reminded me of kiss off a little
bit. the highlight was some ass threw a fosters beer can and hit either
a band member or a security guard. the band stopped in the middle of
gimme the car. gordon and brian were really pissed. i think gordon and
brian had an attitude from the very beginning though. but what the hell?
i LOVE their attitude. if i remember correctly the drummer from cowboy
mouth (cowboy mouth played before them) played with the femmes for the
first couple of songs. im a shortie and have a hard time seeing in large
crowds so i could have been mistaken. it was the weekend of my birthday
so i spent most of the time at the beach. i my roommate went with me bc
i was NOT leaving until i had seen the femmes. she doesnt do well in
crowds so i was forced to spend most of my time in the back 🙁 i was
really impressed that there were some true fans there. but there were
also some dumbasses as well. what freaked me out most was when 2
elderly people drove through the crowd on their harley. i was like,
what the hell? its may 23 and i know the femmes are in biloxi (i think)
right now, but i had to go to a friends wedding and had to miss them.
id love to know how it went if any of u guys went…they were about 20
minutes late getting on stage but still worth the wait 🙂 thanks for
asking my opinion pat 🙂


The Milwaukee Show
I’ve never seen so many youngsters with their parents at a concert
before…I felt old & I’m only 20! They sold us wine coolers without
carding us! Of course these 12 yr olds were probably all there for Green
Day or some of the many one-hit cheap “alternative” prospects. It was
strange though not seeing any dope around to be shared.
Each band only had like an hour set or so, so the VF setlist had to be
a little different than usual. It was the first time I’ve seen them
actually open with BITS, and the first time I think I’ve seen them NOT
play “Gone Daddy Gone.”! Here’s the setlist (in order!) as good as I
can remember:
Prove My Love
Dahmer’s Dead (Milwaukee’s song!)
American Music
My Way (for Sinatra again)
Dance Motherfucker Dance (Brian:”Here’s another song popularized by
Frank Sinatra”)
Bad Bad Bad
Gimme the Car
Black Girls (with the Horns of Dilemma)
Freak Magnet
Kiss Off
Add It Up (Brian: “See you all at Summerfest!”)

The Biloxi Show
I just saw the Femmes the other day at CPR Fest in Biloxi. It was the
second time I’ve seen them in concert, and it was great! The Femmes
rocked! My only complaint was that the crowd was jam-packed with alot of
drunks and idiots starting fights. Sigh. Ah well, they still rocked. I
was about 3 people away from the stage. It was the first time the Femmes
have played Mississippi (last time I saw em was in New Orleans last
November). From what I could tell from people I talked to periodically
throughout the day, most people came mainly for the Femmes (a couple
came for the Femmes, Cowboy Mouth or Better Than Ezra). This is an
interesting sign that the Femmes are developing a bigger following. I
guess we’ll be able to see when the album comes out. I saw Cowboy Mouth,
Everything, Toadie (they sucked), and Caroline Spine earlier that day
too. Anyway, before I go, here’s the songs they played (closest order I
can remember)…

I’m Nothing
Jesus Walking on the Water
Blister in the Sun
Waiting for the Bus
Prove My Love
American Music
Dahmer is Dead
Dance Mother Fucker Dance
Kiss Off
Color Me Once
Freak Magnet
Black Girls
Add it Up

I believe that’s all. They might have played ‘Promise’ but my memory is
a little hazy from the middle of the show. I wish they would have played
‘Out the Window’ and ‘Never Tell’, though. Otherwise, the show was
great. Catch you ppl later.

The Dallas Show
First, I would like to apologize for those who tried to email me. I
have been having problems accessing my email, and I was unable to
respond to you guys, let alone read my email. I will try to have that
situation remedied. (I’m so glad my parents have email.)

Dallas show: May 24, 1998

It was exciting to finally see the Femmes in Texas. This was a venue
with 3 other bands, all different styles, and the Femmes fit right in.
They opened with “Nothing”. They played three new songs, one of which I
couldn’t hear well, but the other 2 were “Bad” and “Freak Magnet”. All
of us older fans gathered on one side of the ampitheater. The Femmes
got the fans all hyped and we were hoping for more, but they only got to
play a few songs: Add It Up, Kiss Off, Old Mother Reagan, Dance,
Country Death Song, American Music, Black Girls, 36-24-36, and of course
Blister In the Sun as well as the ones I mentioned earlier. Afterwards,
I met up with Brian and Gordon. I was a little disappointed that Brian
was so tired and didn’t seem to want to talk very much. But that was
understandable, since he had just finished playing. (He played some
sort of flute during Black Girls. I think it was a Japanese flute, but
he put forth a great sound, and although that was not what some people
there wanted to hear, they got into it. Gordon, on the other hand,
while sporting a lit cigar, was very nice and relaxed. We talked
together in German, which I knew he had been studying. There was no
new word on Freak Magnet’s release. After a little known local band,
The Grand ST. Criers, the Femmes got the crowd good and ready for the
harder Toadies. The headliner was the Wallflowers (who, btw, did a
wonderful rendition of Rod Stewart’s ‘Tonight’s the Night” and “Tracks
of My Tears”.) The whole show was so terrific that I didn’t want it
to end. But in all actuality, it ended earlier than I thought. There
were supposed to be 5 bands, but apparently one did not show up, or
canceled. None of the bands got to play very long, so the whole show
lasted about 6 1/2 hours, including the set ups in between. All in all,
a very good show by everyone, especially the Femmes. I cannot wait to
see them again.

Marie Middleton

Thank you, everybody, for your encouragement! I’ve been feeling better,
and my parents actually let me go out to breakfast this morning. Also,
I hope everyone realizes how awesome this list is–you guys are like a
big extended family.

Claire “On your knees, boy!” Vannette

Rare Acquisitions
Well hey, I have not posted to this list yet… but I thought this would
be a good opportunity. I am Josh…I love the femmes! ok..enough of
that, I have been able to get my hands on some rare femmes CDs lately
and I want to put up some mp3s. I used to run a big They Might Be Giants
web site with over 200 megs of mp3s but it was up at school…altho I
might have an ethernet port I can connect to over the summer. Anyway,
basically I have gotten a couple bootleg CDs…annnnnnnnnnd…a promo
copy of Freak Magnet!!!! I will try to put at least some mp3s up soon
and possible a whole lot of them. Most of the mp3 will be from the
bootleg/radio show stuff because I don’t want to put up FM stuff and
undercut the eventual sales or make anybody angry….If anybody or pat
would like me to post a full track listing/review of FM I would be happy


Lyrics, Quotes, and a Little Freak Magnet
The lyrics for Add It Up, as written, are “share a smoke, make a joke.”
But when I listen to some versions of it, I could swear it sounds like
he’s saying “make a toke” instead. But the Femmes would never condone
drug use in a song. Never.

And if we’re going to line AM with our favorite sappy quotes from other
bands, I offer the unintentional immortality that is They Might Be
“If it wasn’t for disappointment, I wouldn’t have any appointment.”

So far, I haven’t read any full review in American Music of the new
album. Well, now, thanks to a benevolent force in this universe known
as Audrey (thank you Audrey!), I have my own fuzzy copy which i’ve been
able to listen to exactly twice now. So If I may, I’ll offer a few
humble opinions on songs nobody knows.

This album goes in all sorts of nice directions, but each of these
comes away sounding a bit reminiscent of something someone else has
done. It’s still at least as good and probably better than new times,
Bad – A nifty song, reminds me of Fool in the Full Moon somehow. those
of you that live in states the femmes will play have heard it already.
Freak Magnet – ditto
All I Want – sounds ever so much like “Jane Says” by Jane’s Addiction.
A nice slow lovey sort of song. I think it woulda been the first
single. Nice.
Rejoice and be Happy – my pick of the album. Happy, fast, uplifting,
sounds a lot like some of the Mercy Seat songs or the fastest of Brian
Ritchie’s solo folk influenced songs. Greatness.
I wanna see you again – now i can think of maybe 4 better songs from
Rock! off hand. This version has a different arrangement but isn’t
necessarily any better. Curious that they included it here.
I’m Nothing – also an odd selection. They add bass and drums and some
nice vocal harmonies from the New Times version but…with all the new
material the femmes said they have, why put this on the album???
You’ve Got a Lot of Nerve (?) – decent, unremarkable
A Story – psychotic. It continues in the spirit of freaky femmes songs
that began with Country Death Song and continued in Machine and
Didgeriblues. This is another bizarre Gordon narrative about a boy and
girl who get eaten by a monster at an interstate toll booth. This…is
some odd shit.
Happiness is – contains the lyric, “When I eat a chocolate turtle, I’m
happy, when the box is empty, I’m unhappy.” Well, at least it sounds
Forbidden – another great and intriguing femmes tune, and has an odd
literary feel almost like Hey Nonny Nonny. I don’t know if this is a
poem or anything. Great song.
Mosh Pit – we all know the Femmes just love teenage moshing. This
makes fun of lame 90’s punk by sounding like lame 90’s punk. Gordon
has some funny lyrics about being a dork for not wanting to do his
homework. Another odd choice.

And i’m missing the names for the last 4 songs. One is an interesting
version of that prayer “and now i lay me down to sleep…” And the
last song on the album is this great instrumental that starts off with
the didgerido (or maybe the shakahuchi??) and adds all of these
interesting organic sounds in layers, like vancouver except that this
song is listenable and actually goes somewhere.

Anyway, I’ve said enough. One more note: If FM is released, I will be
first in line to get it on cd. As will anyone with a tape copy. The
sound quality is low, lyrics would be nice, and VF deserves our support.

exiting the soapbox

Freak Magnet
Well, I have heard the album, and I like it very much. I really do not
think they should have put ” I’m Nothing” on it though. Even though
its a different version I think it would have been better to leave it as
a b-side or something, only cause it was on the last album. The song
from Rock is okay, cause that was an import. Anyway I love the music,
and Gordon’s lyrics still are great. Hope it gets released soon!!