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Shows I've seen saw in 2007


Los Straightjacksts] with Big Sandy - April 25, 2007 - Waterfront Park, Louisville, KY ***1/2 Antibalas - April 14, 2007 -Headliners, Louisville, KY*****

best concerts of 2006
1. Roger Waters @ Deer Creek, IN
2. Tom Waits @ The Palace Theater, Louisville, KY
3. My Morning Jacket @ Bonnaroo, Manchester, TN
4. Zappa Plays Zappa @ The Palace Theater, Louisville, KY
5. Medeski, Martin & Wood @ Bonnaroo, Manchester, TN
6. Wilco @ Lollapalooza, Chicago, IL
7. Flaming Lips @ Lollapalooza, Chicago, IL
8. Ryan Adams @ Lollapalooza, Chicago, IL
9. Phil Lesh w/ John Scofield @ Bonnaroo, Manchester, TN

(first time ever seeing them live AKA Honarable Mentions): Andrew Bird, Thievery Corporation, Mix Master Mike, Wax Fang, Elena James & The Continental Duo, Ladybirds, Mute Math, Manu Chao, Eels

Shows I saw in 2006

Zappa Plays Zappa - December 3, 2006 - The Palace Theater, Louisville, KY My Morning Jacket - November 10, 2006 - The Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN****
Wax Fang - November 10, 2006 - The Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN****
Wilco October 8, 2006 - Iroquois Amphitheater, Louisville, KY****
Medeski, Martin & Wood - October 7, 2006 - Tall Stacks Festival, Cincinatti, OH****
Wilco - October 7, 2006 - Tall Stacks Festival, Cincinatti, OH***1/2
Roger Waters - September 30, 2006 - Deer Creek, Noblesville, IN*****
The Rolling Stones - September 29, 2006 - Churchill Downs, Louisville, KY***1/2
Kill Hannah - September 12, 2006 - Headliners, Louisville, KY ***
Bob Dylan - August 15, 2006 - Aplebee's Park (a Minor leage baseball stadium), Lexington, KY ****
Jimmie Vaughn - August 15, 2006 - Aplebee's Park, Lexington, KY ***1/2
Junior Brown - August 15, 2006 - Aplebee's Park, Lexington, KY ***
Elana James & The Continental Two - August 15, 2006 - Aplebee's Park, Lexington, KY ****1/2
Tom Waits - August 7, 2006 - The Palace Theater, Louisville, KY*****
Lolapalooza - August 4-6, 2006 - Grant Park, Chicago, IL*****
August 4 - eels****, Ryan Adams*****, Iron & Wine***, My Morning Jacket****1/2, Ween****, Mute Math****1/2
August 5 - Mix Master Mike*****, Gnarls Barkley***1/2, The Flaming Lips*****, Thievery Corporation****1/2, Manu Chao****
August 6 - Andrew Bird*****, Pepper***, Poi Dog Pondering***1/2, Wilco*****
Phil Lesh & Friends - July 18, 2006 - The Palace Theater, Louisville, KY****1/2
Phish - Hamburg 16 (a movie theater), Lexington, KY - ****1/2 ( i was drinking beer in the theater and puffing out the back door - pretty damn good show)
Melvin Seals - Fox Theater, Boulder, CO***1/2
Phil Lesh & Friends - July 15, 2006 - The Lawn, Indianapolis, IN****1/2
Bonnaroo - June 15-18, 2006 - Manchester, TN*****
June 15 - The Wood Brothers***
June 16 - Seu Jorge***, Devandra Banhart***1/2, Mike Gordon & Ramble Dove***, Ricky Skaggs****, My morning Jacket fivemotherfuckingstars
June 17 - Bill Frisell****1/2, Buddy Guy****, Medeski, Martin & Wood w/DJ Logic,G. Love,Oliver Woodfiveloverfuckingstars, Radiohead***1/2,
Dr. John***, GRAB ***1/2
June 18 - Sonic Youth***, Phil Lesh & Friends w/Jon Scofieldfivefuckingstars
Dave Matthews Band - June 2, 2006 - Deer Creek, Nobelsville, IN*1/2
Black Crowes - May 24, 2006] - Palace Theater, Louisville, KY ***1/2
Belle & Sebastian - March 9, 2006 - Brown Theater, Louisville, KY ****
The New Pornographers - March 9, 2006 - Brown Theater, Louisville, KY **1/2
Dark Star Orchestra - January 30, 2006 - Headliners, Louisville, KY ***

Books I've read in 2006
My Life in Orange - Tim Guest
The R. CRumb Handbook - R. Crumb & Peter Poplaski

Countries I traveled in 2006
Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, USA



Concerts I've seen in 2005

Tood Snider - December 28, 2005 - Headliners, Louisville, KY ****
Calexico/Iron & Wine - December 14, 2005 - Headliners, Louisville, KY ****1/2
Derek Trucks Band - December, 2, 2005 - Headliners, Louisville, KY ***1/2
Keller Williams - November 19, 2005 - Brown Theater, Louisville, KY ****
Southern Culture On The Skids - November 14,2005 - Headliners, Louisville, KY ****
Bodeko - November 14,2005 - Headliners, Louisville, KY ***1/2
James McMurtry - Ear-Extacy Records, Louisville, KY ***1/2
Friends Uv Nature & Knowledge Festival: Victor Wooten, Keller Williams, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Umphree McGee, Mofro - August, 27 & 28/2005 - Bill Monroe Campground, Bean Blossom, IN ***1/2
Trey Anastasio - August 9, 2005 - The Lawn at White River State Park ***
Matisyahu - August 9, 2005 - The Lawn at White River State Park ***
Wilco - June 30, 2005 - The Palace Theater, Louisville, Kentucky ****1/2
My Morning Jacket - June 30, 2005 - The Palace Theater, Louisville, Kentucky ***

Bonnaroo music festival Manchester, Tennessee

The Word - June 12, 2005 *****
Ratdog - June 12, 2005 ***1/2
Jack Johnson - June 11, 2005 ***1/2
Keller Williams - June 11, 2005] ***1/2

SXSW festival Austin, Texas
Los Super Seven - March 19, 2005 - Stubbs *****
Jimmy Chamberlain Complex - March 19, 2005 - Eternal ***1/2
Amiee Mann - March 19, 2005 - Stubbs ****1/2
The Hot Shots - March 19, 2005 - Elysium ***
Alexi Murdoch - March 19, 2005 - Town Lake Stage at Auditorium Shores ***
Del Castillo - March 19, 2005 - Town Lake Stage at Auditorium Shores ***
Valleijo - March 18, 2005 - Hard Rock Cafe ***1/2
Noodles- March 18, 2005 - Carribean Lights ***1/2
Emeralds- March 18, 2005 - Carribean Lights ***1/2
I-dep - March 18, 2005 - Carribean Lights ***1/2
Peter Rowan - March 17, 2005 - Opel Devine's Freehouse *****
Robert Plant and Strange Sensation - March 17, 2005 - Austin Music Hall****
Los Hombres Calientes: Irvin Mayfield and Bill Summers - March 17, 2005 - Fox And Hound***1/2
Kermit Ruffins and The Barbeque Swingers - March 17, 2005 - Fox And Hound****
Elvis Costello and The Imposters - March 16, 2005 - La Zona Rosa ****
Benevento/Russo Duo March 16, 2005 - The Ritz **1/2
We Are Scientists - March 16, 2005 - Hard Rock Cafe **

Keller Williams - February 24, 2004 - Bogarts, Cincinatti, Ohio ****1/2
Robert Randolph - February 22, 2005 - Jillians, Louisville, KY ***1/2
Nathan & The Zydeco Cha Chas - January 1, 2005- Mid City Lanes Rock N' Bowl, New Orleans, LA ****

Countries I traveled in 2005
USA



Books I read in 2005:



Oklahoma City Bombing The Supressed Truth - Jon Rappoport
The Game Players of Titan - P.K. Dick
McSweeney's Enchanted Chamber of Astonishing Stories - edited by Michael Chabon
Eye In THe Sky - P. K. Dick Lone Ranger And Tonto Fistfight In Heaven - Alexi Sherman The Dark Horse Book of Hauntings - edited by Scott Allie
Little Lit: Strange Stories For Strange Kids - edited by Art Spiegelman & Françoise Mouly
Little Lit: It Was a Dark and Silly Night - edited by Art Spiegelman & Françoise Mouly
The Fixer - Joe Sacco
Diary - Chuck Palanhiuk
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West - Gregory Maguire
Grab Bag -Derek McCormick
Subwayland: Adventures In The World Beneith New York - Randy Kenedy
The Color of Magic - Terry Pratchett
Mr. Nice Guy - Howard Marks



Concerts I saw in 2004

Rebirth Brass Band - December 31, 2004 - Mid City Lanes Rock N' Bowl, New Orleans, LA *****
Anders Osborne - December 31, 2004 - Mid City Lanes Rock N' Bowl, New Orleans, LA ****
The Trio AKA George Porter Jr., Johnny Vidacovich & June Yamagishi - December 30, 2004 Maple Leaf, New Orleans, LA ****
Pixies - November 15, 2004 - Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL *****
Ropeadope New Music Seminar (included performaances by Benevento/Russo Duo, Critters Buggin', Lyrics Born, Sex Mob, Skerik, DJ Olive, Matt Hamovitz & Charlie Hunter - November 12, 2004 - Park West, Chicago, IL *****
Jonathan Richman - November 5, 2004 - Double Door, Chicago, IL *****
Sex Mob - Bimhuis - October 20 - Amsterdam, Holland ****1/2
Medeski, Martin and Wood - October 13 - Milkeweg- Amsterdam, Holland ****
Folklore Im Garten Festival - August 27, 28, 29 - Wiesbaden, Germany
Lowlands Festival - August 20, 21, 22 - Holland
Phish - August 15, 2004 - Coventry, Vermont *****
Phish - August 14, 2004 - Coventry, Vermont ***
Phish - August 12, 2204 - Tweeter Center, Camden, New Jersey (saw second set only) ***1/2
John Scofield Trio July 20, 2004 - Zeltival, Karlsruhe, Germany ****
Tortoise - July 19, 2004 - Zeltival, Karlsruhe, Germany ****1/3 (what in the world ever happened to Jodi Menchanic???
David Murrary and the Gwo Kai Masters - July 18,2004 - Frankfurt Hitory Museum, Frankfurt, Germany ***3/4
DJ Krush - June 25, 2004 - Karlstör Bahnhof, Heidelburg, Germany ****
Cowboy Junkies - June 4, 2004 - Dreikönigskirche, Frankfurt, Germany ****1/3
Stockholm Syndrom - May 10, 2004 - Nachtleben, Frankfurt, Germany **2/3

Books I read in 2004:

Indian Killer - Sherman Alexie
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius - Dave Eggers
Hell's Angels - Hunter S. Thompson
Childhood's End - Arthur C. Clarke
A Reporter's Life - Walter Cronkite
Clans of the Alphane Moon - Philip K. Dick
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance - Robert Pirsig
Lonley Planet: Morocco - various autors
Cosmopolitan: A Bartender's Life - Toby Cecchini
Portnoy's Complaint - Philip Roth]
Lonley Planet: Andalucia - various authors
The Lost Tales Vol. 2 - J.R.R. Tolkien & Christopher Tolkien
Tripster Monkey his fake book - Maxine Hong Kingston
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - J. K. Rowling
Other Worlds -Barbara Michaels
Lonley Planet: Thailand - various autors
Lonley Planet Unpacked- multiple authors
Issola - Steven Brust
The Alchemist - Paolo Coelho
Armadillos & Old Lace - Kinky Friedman
Sputnik Sweetheart - Haruki Murakami
Nature, Man and Woman - Alan Wats
The Story of O - Pauline Reagae
Look Up At Cambridge
Drop City - T. Coraghessan Boyle
The Price of Loyalty - Ron Suskind
Berlin City of Stones - Jason Lutes
Bob Dylan: Behind The Shades Revisited - Clinton Heylin
Cat's Cradle - Kurt Vonnegut
The Return of the King - J.R.R. Tolkien


Countries I've traveled around in during 2004:

Thailand, Laos, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Germany, America, Morroco





Concerts I saw in 2003

Ween ****1/2 Centralstation, Darmstadt, Germany
Jay Farrar ***1/2 Sink Kasten, Frankfurt, Germany
Ratdog **** August 22 - The Astoria Theater, London, England
Lucky Dube *** August 14 - KUZ, Mainz, Germany
The Dead ****1/2 August 2 - Route 66 Raceway, Joliet, IL
Dylan and The Dead ***** August 2 - Route 66 Raceway, Joliet, IL
Bob Dylan ****1/2 August 2 - Route 66 Raceway, Joliet, IL
Allman Brothers ****1/2 - July 30 - Chicago Theater, Chicago, IL
Karl Denson Tiny Universe ***1/2 July 30 - Chicago Theater, Chicago, IL
Phish ***1/2 July 23 - Deer Creek, Nobelsville, IN
Phish **** July 22 - Deer Creek, Nobelsville, IN
Phish ***** July 21 - Deer Creek, Nobelsville, IN
Phish ***** July 19 - Alpine Valley, WI
Phish **** July 18 - Alpine Valley, WI
Camper Van Beethoven **** July 12 - Folk and Roots Festival, Chicago
Mars Mushrooms **** July 5 - KulturPalast, Wiesbaden, Germany
Yo La Tengo *** 1/2 May 20 - Mouson, Frankfurt, Germany
Tori Amos ***** February 5 - Alter Oper, Cologne, Germany
Phish x3 ***1/2 January 2,3,4 - Hampton Colliseum, Hampton, Virginia - with mushroom chocolate ****1/2

Books I read in 2003

Fifty-Minuet Hour - Wendy Perriam
Sometimes A Great Notion - Ken Kesey
Reunion In Ropes and Other Stories - Eric Stanton
You Shall Know Our Velocity - Dave Eggers
The Complete Prose by Woody Allen
Secret Soldiers Special Forces In The War Against Terror - Peter Harclerode
Taj Mahal: Autobiography of a Bluesman by Taj Mahal and Stephen Foehr
The Orchard - Drusilla Madjeska
The Devil in the White City - Erik Larson
Better Than Sex - Hunter S. Thompson
World's End - T. Coraghessan Boyle
Death: At Death's Door - Jill Thompson
Writing For comics - Alan Moore
The Two Towers - J.R.R. Tolkinen
The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky
Palastine - Joe Sacco
Sailor Song - Ken Kesey
Safehouse -Andrew Vachss
Homestead - Rosina Lippi
Taliban Militant Islam, Oil and Fundamentalism In Central Aisa - Ahmed Rashid
Fight The Power: Rap, Race and Reality - Chuck D & Yusef Jah
The Precious Present - Spencer Johnson M.D.
Rendevouz With Rama - Arthur C. Clarke
Stupid White Men - Michael Moore
The Woman and The Ape - Peter HØeg
The Bridge Across Forever - Richard Bach
RIM - Alexander Besher
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay - Michael Chabon
Fandom's Greatest Comics - edited by Bill Schelly
The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test - Tom Wolfe
The Waste Land and other poems - T.S. Eliot
Steppenwolf - Hermann Hesse
The Little Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
The Continental Op - Dashiell Hammett
Poems All Over The Place - Mostly ´Seventies - Allen Ginsberg
Even Cowgirls Get The Blues - Tom Robbins
The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
Dracula - Bram Stoker
The 13 & 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear - Walter Moers
Through The Looking Glass - Lewis Carrol
Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carrol
Vurt - Jeff Noon
Time and Light - William Bornfeld

Countries I traveled in in 2003:
Germany, USA, England, Italy





concerts I saw in 2002:

Medeski, Martin and Wood x4 *****
Stanton Moore and friends (Skerik, Chris Wood, Dave Ellis) ****
Neil Young *****
Lennie Kravitz ***1/2
Santana ***1/2
Wilco ****
Natalie Merchant ***
Jewel *
Gomez ***
Counting Crows **
Jamiroquai ***
Suzanne Vega ***
Spearhead ****
Maceo Parker ****
Ani Difranco ****
Ratdog x2 **** (with mushrooms *****)
Paul McCartney ***1/2
Bill Frisell ****
Bela Fleck and the Flecktones *****



Books I read in 2002:

High Fidelity
God Emperor of Dune
Norwegian Wood
Stranger In A Strange Land
If On A Winter´s Night A Traveller
Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates
One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest
American Gods
Lucifer
Dance, Dance, Dance
The Fuck Up

A Long strange Trip
The Hitchikers Guide to the Galaxy (the quartet)
Sweet Thursday
Santaland Diaries
The discovery of Heaven
Paperback Raita

Countries I traveled in in 2002:
Italy, Germany, Netherlands, USA, Poland





/me misses gangsterfeelsgood, Arcanamundi, Jaubertmoniker & Spacekow

books never finished:
Confessions of an English Opium Eater - Thomas De Quincy
Lake Woebegone Days - Garrison Keillor
The Armies of the Night - Norman Mailer



I've lived in

Chicago, Illinois 1972-1977, 1987-1988, 1990-1991, 1994-1995
Adelaide, Australia 1977-1979
Buffalo Grove, Illinois 1979-1987, 1988-1990
Santa Cruz, California 1992-1994
Bend, Oregon 1995-1996
Portland, Oregon 1996-1997
Eugene, Oregon1997-2000
Milan, Italy 2000
Torino, Italy2001
Bonn, Germany 2002
Wiesbaden, Germany parts of 2003 & 2004
Mainz, Germany parts of 2003 & 2004,
Louisville, Kentucky 2005-2011



(I´ve visited tons of other places and lived in some of them for shorter periods of time.


Countries I´ve visited:
Australia
Austria
Belgium
Belize
Canada
Croatia
Czech Republic
England

France
Germany
Gibralter (does this count? It's an English colony - that's like asing if Puerto Rico is a part of the USA or a country isn't it???
Guatemala
Holland
Italy
Laos
Mexico
Morocco
Poland
Spain
Thailand
USA.




If you would like you can look at some of my other creative work at the following sites:

http://www.setlist.com/matthew
http://www.festquest.com/VendorSite.asp?id=2889
http://www.phisheye.org/landan.htm
http://www.italydaily.it/Italian_life/Features/febbraio/cinema.shtml