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AMARILLO
Tour spiel starts this time by saying Amarillo is awesome.More specifically the Yellow City Art
Gallery is awesome. What a great place to play. Jon Revett ran the show, and he was a pleasure to
meet and deal with. Apparently the Gallery is host to all kinds of interesting activities not the
least of which is live music. There was art on the walls, some of which I actually liked. There's
Yoga lessons and dance classes. They had a library of subversive and inspirational literature.
Modest but informative, mostly anarchist essays by the old guys, and a lot of more recent stuff
pertaining to prison life/reform. The PA was modest; vox only, and no monitors. Besides that I
couldn't have asked for more. Everyone was totally cool.
Thick opened the show with high spectacle. Touted as the 'kings of Texas schwag rock'. They were.
They had apple pie, and a stripper. The story that Thick's lead singer told us went something like
this, "We asked her what we could do to make it worth her while beyond the actual cash
transaction, and she said, 'Get me some crank!' We told her we couldn't get her any crank, and she
said, 'OK, how about some Zima?'" Apparently at Thick's last show they staged a fight between the
guitarist and the drummer that was so well received that they nearly started a riot in front of
the club. Possible exaggeration. Karl the drummer brought us donutsand made coffee the
next morning, thanks Karl. We played a little sloppy, but had a lot of fun. We're pretty
committed to having fun, its partof the rock. Plug Spark Sanjay was awesome.
Three way vocals, intertwining guitar lines,understated yet integral drumming.
I love those guys, which is why we are here.

Afterward, we all sat around the club with the crowd for a long time. Mike Scott, Emily, Amanda,
Karl, John, all great folks. The gallery was byob fyi, so. They thought it over and decided it
would be alright for us to crash in the club which was cool, since there was probably two thousand
dollars worth of art (actual value unknown) hanging on the walls. Sweet folks and very generous
with their hospitality. We passed out listening to Michael Jackson on the turntable. I didn't
sleep well. Mama say mama saw my makusa. What the hell is a makusa, and put it away Michael. We
stopped at Cadillac Ranch, and climbed on the cars and took pictures of ourselves.

Subsequently Amarillo is full of strange signs commissioned by some nutty millionaire. Too cool, check 'em out.
Tomorrow we play the Launchpad. It should be cool. Anyone looking for the place to play in
Amarillo need look no further. I can't extoll the virtues of Yellow City Art Gallery enough. Their
calendar was full of activities going on; classes, one night exhibits, etc. Riding back to
Albuquerque we discussed how best to build the loft in the back to hold equipment and afford
comfort. Plug Spark's van was cozy and utilitarian with its loft extension on top, and its various
storage areas. It sounded a little rough, but so far so good. [NOTE: Bring your tools with you
folks, Plug Spark ended up changing their starter in Albuquerque for fifty dollars at AutoZone.
They installed it themselves.] John the tallest in the band can stand up straight in the back!
Cumbersome and not too aerodynamic, sure. Somewhat dangerous in the unfortunate event of accident,
perhaps, but comfortable.? You Betcha. Me, I always go for safety first, and defensibility, then
comfort. Anyway we're formulating our attack plans. Transmission over.


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