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So Many Things…

Posted on Sunday, April 16th, 2006

… have happened since I last was here.. Well what exactly?.. Well I’ve been working on a few things which I’ll talk briefly about later but first I feel the need to bitch about something as is my way from time to time (to time).. The first port of call would be La Poste which seems to be introducing a new tariff regarding the sending of CDs in the mail, or any other small package containing an item, and not a letter.. My local post bitch, who I’m sure is a very nice lady but for my purposes tonight is an evil capitalist nazi just informed me yesterday that as of April 1st I could no longer mail a cd as a small packet, as we say in the more civilised parts of Europe, but now it qualifies as a parcel.. Now sorry for being pedantic here, I know a small packet and a parcel may sound similar, even weigh the same, but there the similarity ends mes amis because while it costs around 2 euros to send a CD to the UK or USA as a small packet it costs 15 euros to send it as a parcel…mmm
For those of you who were not paying attention, I’ll go over the figures again..
Small Packet equalling a CD in a mailer, 100grams weight………two euros
Parcel, equalling same CD in same mailer 100grams weight……..fffffffffffffffifteen euros
So what’s the deal? Am I being misinformed? She assures me otherwise… as did the other local post office that I darted off to in order to prove PB wrong….
This means that if you live in my neck of the woods and are the type of fellow to make music and periodically have to send out a few CDs you had better start saving or perhaps approach the problem from another direction.. Lets say I have to mail out, say 50 CDs to the USA, you know promo discs and that sort of thing. Now if I consider that that would cost me 750 euros, (plus the cost of the discs and the mailers) and a return flight to New York being around 400 euros.. well you can see what I’m getting at, can’t you?
OK that’s just stupid….
If any of you frenchies can pop down to your local La Poste for me and verify if this is correct or not I’d be eternally grateful.
In the meantime I’ll be putting my house on the market.

So, that’s the bitchin’, now here’s the update…
OK, I’ve been mixing tracks for the forthcoming Mahogany album. Ive done three tracks, domino ladder beta, supervitesse and my bed is may castle and they sound just lovely. I can’t say it was the easiest session I’ve ever done, it’s always challenging to work with people when they’re on the other side of the ocean, but I think the end result is worth the challenge and that’s the main thing…
Mahogany are from Brooklyn NY and so are Apollo Heights who have just been here to mix a track for their forthcoming album, which is going to be a fine piece of work when it’s completed. They’re in Paris now doing preproduction for the album which I’ll be working on when I finish up with my present commitments.. What commitments? Well I’m going to California for a few weeks to record an album with Harold Budd which I’m really looking forward to.. I can’t remember the last time we worked together in the studio, I mean actually in the same room. Although Mysterious Skin had us working together Harold recorded his parts in Los Angeles and sent stuff to me via the internet… think the last time we worked was on The White Arcades but I may be mistaken. Anyway I have no doubt that we’ll come up with something mighty fine… Then what?…. Then I’m going to do some shows in the UK in June. I’ll be performing a version of Lumiere in selected cinemas around the country.. It’s a funny time to be playing, as I have my album Continental being released at the same time but I probably won’t be playing stuff from it as I am excited about the idea of performing that stuff with a band later in the year.. The show in the cinema is nice, though, but it’s a really different atmosphere from what I’m intending to do with the band.. Anyway, apart from the fact that I’ll be spending early summer driving up and down the M fucking 6 instead of sitting by the pool drinking margaritas, it should be fun. Then what? OK, then I’m nipping back to Seattle to do a very special one off performance which I’ll post here about once it’s been confirmed….
Been a bit busy getting the artwork together for my forthcoming album, Continental and the EP called Everlasting EP as well.. I’m making another EP called Waiting For Dawn which I’m going to make available to purchase only at my concerts… (unless, of course, no one buys them and I get stuck with boxes of them all over the place)…
OK, that’s it for now, can’t be arsed typing anymore…