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Sept 2- Blue Note, Columbia, MO (O)
Sept 3- Liberty Memorial Park, Kansas City, MO (O)
Sept 4- Bumbershoot Festival, Seattle, WA (O,P)
Sept 5- 5 p.m., Washington Park Rose Garden Amphitheater, Portland, OR,
$25 (P,T) w/Cake
Sept 7- Mystic Theatre, Petaluma, CA (P)
Sept 8- Fillmore, San Francisco, CA (P)
Sept 10- Gas Lamp Quarter, San Diego, CA (P)
Sept 11- 8 p.m., Los Angeles County Fair, Pomona, CA, $5-$14 (P,T)
Sept 14- 7:30 p.m., Ramapo College Gymnasium, Mahwah, NJ (P,T)
Sept 17- Rialto Theatre, Tucson, AZ $21 in advance (P)
Tickets available at Dillard’s 1-800-638-4253

Sept 18- 12 p.m., That Damn Show, Peoria Stadium, Peoria, AZ, $30,
Dec 31- Falls Festival, Lorne, AUS (P)

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‘T’ stands for Ticketmaster
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In Today’s Issue:

Jones Beach
RE: Femmes in Tuscon
Video Compilation
Red Eyes

Jones Beach
Hi everyone,
I’m recovering from an incredible weekend with my “house guest,”
Deana. It really defies description but let me try and maybe Deana
will fill in all of the lapses in memory caused by lack of sleep,
driving, driving, driving, New York City and sheer joy.
Deana had a lesson scheduled with Jim, Brian’s shakahachi teacher
in Brooklyn so we made the trip up there and spent the afternoon at his
apartment learning all about this amazing instrument and it’s history
in Japanese culture. I feel like I took one of The classes he teaches
at NYU. The man really knows his stuff. He was so patient with Deana
the novice shakahachi player and taught her so much to get her going.
Who knows, maybe someday we’ll be hearing her in the Horns of Dilemma.
He was also gracious enough to offer to make us lunch and he served us
green tea while he allowed us to sit in on a lesson with a very
accomplished student of his named Michael. Michael told us he
practices 5 hours a day and his playing showed it. He was so amazing.
It was a double treat to hear him play with Jim, who is a Master. Jim
has been playing for 22 years! Deana and I then made the trek across
the Manhattan Bridge into Chinatown in Manhattan. We were like two
wagoneers crossing the wild, wild west in covered wagons. (Boy, can
that Deana read a map!!) After a delicious dinner in a dumpling house
in Chinatown,which we found by walking into an alley which was in
another world, we made out way up to a small club on the Lower East
Side called Tonic to hear a magical shakahachi performance by Jim, a
guy named Shalom and our very own Brian Richie. A word about Brian:
The man has so many layers to his musical prowess. He plays with his
very own style which I can only describe as controlled, accomplished
gusto. He was wonderful. To hear him play with Jim and Michael was a
real treat. We headed home that night exhausted (It’s a two hour ride
back to my house), and so much in awe of all we had been privileged to
The next morning we headed out to Jones Beach. My son, Dan was
playing with the Horns of Dilemma and Dan and my husband and my daughter
left after we did so that Deana and I could go into the city after the
show. The traffic was so horrible on the Belt Parkway that it took us
3 and a half hours to get there. I was so worried that Dan wouldn’t
make it there in time for the one hour Femmes set, but he arrived 20
minutes before they were to go on. It is such a thrill for me to see
Dan play with them. He gets a little more confidence each time and
although he could only play Black Girls because of the time constraints,
he considers it well worth the drive and traffic nightmare. He sounded
wonderful. (this is his mother speaking, mind you). The Femmes show
was kind of your typical “Play the standards” show but as always, they
rocked. The audience loved them. After the show, we didn’t spend too
much time backstage because everyone was in a rush to leave, no doubt
anticipating another encounter with that God-awful traffic. Deana and
I, feeling like we could handle any New York driving after our brave
adventure the previous day, headed into Manhattan, where we hung out on
Bleeker Street. Bleeker Street is so busy, crowded, crazy. Where do
all of those people come from? I wanted to show Deana the club where
my daughter’s boyfriend plays so we headed over to the Elbow Room and
stayed for two really wonderful bands. By that time, we were ready to
drop so we started for home.
The city had other plans for us. We sat in line for the Holland
tunnel for almost 2 hours and made it home about 4:30am. The next day
after Deana, AKA “Sleeping Beauty” woke up 3:30PM!!!!, we did
Philadelphia. Martini Bar, South Street, Art Museum, my daughter’s
apartment etc. We made dinner at 11:00PM and collapsed. Monday, we
took it easy and then headed up to Manhattan to the Knitting Factory
for Brian’s show. We did the quick touristy subway ride up to Time
Square, Central Park, Madison Square Garden, etc., and then took a cab
back to the Knitting Factory. Brian was the special guest of
improvisational musicians, Straylight and this was the musical treat of
the weekend. Straylight consists of a synthesizer, a bass guitar and
Jason Finkelman on every possible percussion instrument know to man.
He blew me away. Brian played guitar, conch digeridoo, shakahachi and
a variety of whistle things. He was just amazing. Again, I thought to
myself how many musical layers the man has. I don’t think I’ve seen
them all yet. Jason made some kind of comment about how great it was
to have such a legend playing with them. We stayed around for a while
afterwards drinking and relaxing and then headed back home in time to
sleep one and a half hours before waking up to get Deana down to the
airport for her sleeping, (I’m sure) ride home. What a blast!! I’m
going to sleep now. Bye.


…because let’s face it, this song is honestly nowhere near the
top 500 most POPULAR songs of the 90’s.

Nick, don’t underestimate the power or the appeal of the Femmes. First
of all, it’s KROQ, so Backstreet Boys, Mariah Carey, and Will Smith are
right out of contention. Also, KROQ is notably Femmes-Friendly (at
least in my limitied listening time) and their demographic extends
beyond the stereotypical skater dudes and mallrats. I encourage
everyone to vote, yes, but don’t sell our band short. 🙂


Joke of the week: Have you visited the Jewish section of India’s
capital city? It’s called Kosher Dehli.
(Does that pun get a standing oy vaytion?)

RE: Femmes in Tuscon
Hay pat et. al. This is concerning the Femmes show in Tuscon, Arizona.
We saw the Tuscon weekly as well, but the news doesn’t look too good.
The tickets were supposed to go on sale last saturday but the radio
station as well as the club where they’re playing didn’t say a thing
about it. Plus the number they give for the club in the ad is wrong.
All these litle things make me worried, but they’re playing in Phx the
next day so they probably are here. I think that the Phx show is going
to suck. “That Damn Show” is just an excuse to say damn on the radio
for a alterna-pud radio station. But all the radio stations in Phx have
gone down hill in the last 6 months (can you say no more club retro?
die 104.7, die). anyway, that’s my little rant. if they are really
playing, i’ll be there. bye then.


“Outside of a dog, a book
is man’s best friend. Inside
of a dog, it’s too dark to
Groucho Marx

Anyway, here’s
some more info on the femmes in tuscon. They are susposed to be playing
at the Rialto Theater on Congress street. A friend and i went down
there and it was alive but didn’t say anything about the femmes. nobody
was there so we couldn’t find out ticked information, etc. but the
rialto is *small* so it looks like it’s going to be a good show. while
the concert hasn’t been announced on the marquee it *has* been announced
on the rialto web page, who’s address escapes me right now. we’ve been
calling and emailing since last friday to find out about this, so i’ll
write back with any updated information. drunken frat boys need not
apply (even though it is pretty close to the U of A campus). peace.


-Pat. Says: the URL for the Rialto is:
This date is also listed on the Pollstar webpage. So I
think it’s a go.

someone said that he assumed none of us had children. well i have 2
kids. a son 7 and a baby girl 10 months old. my son has none the lyrics
of several of the femmes songs since he was 3. i never knew he even
paid attention to what i listened to until we where on a trip to indi.
and he started singing blister in the sun . he was 3 at the time. so i
have turned on the next generation to the femmes.


Video Compilation
hi pat.
i’ve been on the american music mailing list for quite some time.
unfortunately, for the summer months, i’ve not been able to keep up
with it too much. recently, i’ve read some mentions of a video
compilation of some sort. you had said that you haven’t distributed
them yet but was close to it. i was just curious as to what this is,
exactly. also, how do i get one? okay, that’s it. thanks a lot.


-Pat. Says: Several months ago, Deana and I collected a bunch of
Violent Femmes videos, sent to us by several very generous
fellow subscribers. These videos are MTV-type singles,
TV appearances, live concert video boots, etc. This video
will be made available to all subscribers of American
Music. All you have to do is send to a distributer the
price of a blank tape plus postage, or send a bland tape
of your own choice plus postage. All we have to do is make
our lives slow down enough to get going on this again. I
PROMISE I will write Deana tomorrow, assuming she has
recovered from her weekend with Marylee (see post above!)

Red Eyes
Speaking of videos, last issue I mentioned I was waiting to receive
a copy of this Brian Ritchie movie, and that I would report upon it
when it came in. Well, it came in the mail today! Unfortunately, I
could not tear into the box and put it immediately into the VCR player
because I decided today to make homemade shitake raviolis. This was a
five hour job, from going into the woods to search for fresh shitakes,
making and rolling out the dough (because despite REPEATED requests, I
still have not received a pasta maker for birthday or December
Holiday, and even though my birthday is only three days away, I already
know I won’t get one this time either), to making the sauce. OK, I
didn’t pick and cook the tomatoes…I got a jar of tomatoes I cooked
and canned last year.
At any rate, my husband and I will be watching the movie tonight, but
until then, I can at least describe the video for you. It is called
Red Eyes, and this is what the box says:
Three A.M. Presents a Film by Don Adams and Harry James Picardi
starring Dan Boesch and Daniel J. Davies, with Brian Ritchie of the
Violent Femmes (yes, that’s what it says)
On the back of the box, it says:
“Brian Ritchie of Violent Femmes is the COM-AKZ, a cyborg hit man
created by the VIDDY-OH! corporation. The company’s new product, the
VID-VISOR, is a story-playing headset marketed to video stores. To
insure profits, a microchip MOTIVATOR forces viewers to keep feeding
quarters into the coin-operated device…But a malfunction sends one
punk running amok on a crime spree for change. Will the COM-AKZ pull
the punk’s plug before video violence becomes virtual reality? RED EYES
is a gothic/alternative rock video satire with makeup FX artists from
Three A.M. films, P.O. Box 450, Fremont, WI 54940”
In addition to this, there are several pictures on the back, and one of
them is of Brian, with some sort of assault weapon.
The tape itself states that the video is 90 minutes long, Music by
Sigmund Snopek III, Songs by Graphic Nature and Never.
Copyright 1994. I’ll tell you about the movie itself in the next issue.