May 2017 Newsdumpster

MAY 2017

In New Zealand and Europe, the Unleaded Hoses are Green, and the Diesel Ones are Black; in the US, They're the Other Way Around, Except When They're Not.

Our 2017 Further West-World Tour began in Sebastian, Florida, and has now reached Corona, California. As you may know, we took the scenic route, making stops in New Zealand and the United Kingdom during March and April. Having flown from Los Angeles to Auckland to London back to Los Angeles, without once reversing direction, we can now testify that the world is indeed round, as far as we could tell. We are now back in the Blue Meanie, which has collected a lovely patina of dust from two months of LA sunbathing.

Spending most of the year on the road as traveling musicians presents us with situations and perspectives rarely seen outside our mileu. Here is a soupçon of what we're talking about:

  • While in New Zealand, neighbors nearby offered to sell us their awesome house and barn that would make a great studio for our recording and barning needs. Did you ever try conducting a major real estate purchase or orchestra from the opposite side of the globe and 12-hour time difference? Or applying for a mortgage when you have bizarre, sporadic income in different currencies? Or selling your existing home in absentia (more on this below)? Good luck with that.
  • I swear we have more office work than at our old office jobs. There is venue booking, travel booking, follow-up, promotion, solicitation, research, not to mention driving, songwriting, recording and the occasional performing music on stage.
  • Jet/van lag. We're now getting over an eight-hour jet lag, which has us going to bed and waking up freakily early, and feeling strangely lethargic and philosophical through much of the day, for sometimes the smallest act of kindness is also the littlest. When we cross time zones in the Blue Meanie, we have to factor in whether we need to rush or relax for an extra hour before our show. Okay, that one's easy.
  • Our ode to drinking water:

Sometimes it is skunky,
sometimes it is funky,
sometimes it is dusty,
sometimes it is crusty,
sometimes it is salty,
sometimes it is faulty,
sometimes when it's gushing,
it's only fit for flushing.

So when your Adam's ale,
tastes like fermented kale
open up the throttle
and buy it in a bottle.

We are now on our seventh photo album doumenting our 2017 Further West-World Tour. Here are all of them:

Southern US, mainly: Part 1, Part 2.

New Zealand: Part 3, Part 4.

United Kingdom, Part 5, Part 6.

Western US: Part 7.

This is the Vermont House You've Always Wanted, Unless You've Always Wanted Something Bigger or Nicer.

If you're a regular Newsdumpster diver, you've probably seen photos and heard us extolling the virtues of our tiny, depression-era Vermont house. As we've said above, we want to buy our neighbor's house, mainly for its expanded recording studio potential. It's beautifully situated on the south-facing slope of lovely Windham Hill in West Townshend, within an easy drive from Boston or New York. So if you're considering purchasing a charming and bright two-bedroom house with a nice big covered porch, and don't mind having us as neighbors, please reply to this Newsdmpster or send an email to Photo gallery here.

Spring blossoming outside your window while you're trapped inside like a caged animal? Please visit or and see formerly caged animals acting like regular animals.

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Saturday, May 6th, 1:00 PM
Sun City Library
26982 Cherry Hills
Menifee, CA  92586
Admission: free. sponsored by the Friends of the Sun City Library.

Sunday, May 7th, 10:30 AM
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Porterville
135 E. Harrison Ave.
Porterville CA 93257
Admission: free.

Thursday, May 11th, 7:00 PM
Silver Falls Library
410 South Water St.
Silverton, OR  97381
Admission: free.

Friday, May 12th, 7:00 PM
Salem Public Library
Loucks Auditorium
585 Liberty St. SE
Salem, OR  97301
Phone: 503-588-6315
Admission: free. Sponsored by the Salem Public Library Foundation.

Saturday, May 13th, 2:00 PM
Molalla Public Library
201 E 5th St.
Molalla, OR  97038
Admission: free. Sponsored by the Molalla Public Library.

Wednesday, May 17th, 6:30 PM
Forest Grove City Library
2114 Pacific Ave.
Forest Grove, OR  97116
Admission: free.

Friday, May 19th, 7:00 PM
Jessie Mays Community Center
30975 NW Hillcrest St.
North Plains, OR  97133-6215
Admission: free. Sponsored by the North Plains Public Library.

Monday, May 22nd, 6:30 PM
Sweet Home Public Library
1101 13th Ave.
Sweet Home, OR  97386
Admission: free.

Tuesday, May 23rd, 6:00 PM
Longview Public Library
1600 Louisiana St.
Longview, WA  98632
Admission: free.

Wednesday, May 24th, 7:00 PM
Anacortes Public Library
1220 10th St.
Anacortes, WA 98221
Admission: free.

Thursday, May 25th, 7:00 PM
Ephrata Public Library
45 Alder NW
Ephrata, WA 98823-1663
Admission: free. LET'S FEED THIS HUNGRY TOWN! Bring along a canned or other non-perishable food item or food-related gift certificate. All food donations will be given to the Ephrata Food Bank to help people in your community.

Saturday, May 27th, 2:00 PM
Wenatchee Public Library
310 Douglas St.
Wenatchee, WA  98801-2864
Admission: free. LET'S FEED THIS HUNGRY TOWN! Bring along a canned or other non-perishable food item or food-related gift certificate. All food donations will be given to Community Action Council's North Central Washington Food Distribution Center to serve 13 for banks and 5 soup kitchens in Chelan and Douglas counties.

Tuesday, May 30th, 7:00 PM
Chelan Public Library
216 N Emerson St.
Chelan, WA  98816
Admission: free. LET'S FEED THIS HUNGRY TOWN! Bring along a canned or other non-perishable food item or food-related gift certificate. All food donations will be given to the Lake Chelan Food Bank to help people in your community.

Thursday, June 1st, 7:00 PM
Havre-Hill County Library
402 3rd St.
Havre, MT  59501
Admission: free.

Friday, June 2nd, 11:45 AM
Music Under the Oculus Concert Series
Billings Public Library
510 N Broadway
Billings, MT  59101
Admission: free.

Saturday, June 3rd, 5:00 PM
Laramie County Library System
2200 Pioneer Ave
Cheyenne, WY 82001-2799
Admission: free.

Wednesday, June 7th, 6:30 PM
Niobrara County Library
425 South Main St.
Lusk, WY  82225-0510
Admission: free.

Think you can get rid of us that easily?  Think again--way more shows here.

Hungrytown is a Martin Guitar String Patrol artist.

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