Giambeppe in Bologna

photo by Edith FrostGiambeppe Succi from the band Madrigali Magri. He opened our show at Il Covo with a solo set of music from the album MALACARNE. He’s sporting a slightly older model of the same Olympus camera I used to take my photo.


Il Covo (Bologna, Italy)

photo by Giambeppe SucciWith: Giambeppe Succi playing solo material from the Madrigali Magri album MALACARNE

My band: Ryan Hembrey (electric bass)


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Notes from Bologna

Note: This is a journal entry — it was written on paper or on my computer, then transferred to my website, maybe years later.


Well, after bitching about the food so much, not five minutes after I wrote that, Tiziano came back home with a bunch of groceries and proceeded to stuff our bellies with an egg-based pasta with meat sauce, bread sticks, wine, fresh tomatoes, fresh parmesan.  Now we’re at the club (il Covo in Bologna) and we just got fed the most awesome pizza.  We each got our own ~12-inch pizza and omigod, there was no way I could finish all that.  So, it was a pretty good day for food!!

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Notes from San Martino Spino

Note: This is a journal entry — it was written on paper or on my computer, then transferred to my website, maybe years later.


We’re somewhere out in the country in Italy, about 40 minutes outside of Modena, staying at Tiziano’s house, the promoter from the show last night at the Montechristo club.  The show was weird.  I guess every OTHER show is turning out well in this country!  Which is pretty normal for anywhere I guess.

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Montechristo (Modena, Italy)

My band: Ryan Hembrey (electric bass)

Modena, Italy

photo by Edith FrostOur show promoter Tiziano and his friend Giovanna at the Montechristo where we played


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Notes from Genova

Note: This is a journal entry — it was written on paper or on my computer, then transferred to my website, maybe years later.


We’re in Genova, Italy staying in the apartment of our new driver, Paolo.  I feel better about everything now.  Paolo’s a real nice guy and, I dunno, I guess I just needed to get the fuck out of Rome and away from the oppressive attitude of the-girl-who-booked-our-tour.  I just can’t maintain the proper attitude around her; in her hands I can’t feel okay about what I’m doing, or secure in where I’m going or how I’m getting there.  Whereas Paolo’s attitude is perfect, he’s all "let’s go!  looks like a good tour!  great show!  no problem!  let’s eat!" etc etc.  I do miss Sara and Giacomo, two very sweet and funny people, but it’s good to get out on the road again.

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Everything’s fine

So we just got back from the show in Genova.  We have a driver named Paolo who’s the BEST.  Everything’s going to be great, sorry about the slightly negative post I left yesterday.  I just didn’t know that I didn’t need to worry.  Okay, I have to check my mail now, I just wanted to tell y’all that the show went great and I feel much better now.  :-)


Fitzcarraldo’s (Genova, Italy)

My band: Ryan Hembrey (electric bass)

Church in Genova

photo by Edith Frost

On the way to Genova

photo by Edith Frostphoto by Edith Frost


Worried about everything

Note: This is a journal entry — it was written on paper or on my computer, then transferred to my website, maybe years later.


I’m so stressed out, and pissed off at the people who booked our tour.  We’re about to leave Rome for five shows, and won’t be back here until the show at Sonica on the 10th.  We don’t have a van, we have a car, and because of that, we can’t bring our suitcases or even our guitar cases.  We’re going to be strolling into these clubs with our guitars in our hands.  We don’t get hotels because we have to save money to pay off the exorbitantly-priced airline tickets.  Which we were forced to buy at the last minute because we were waiting to find out when U.S. Maple was going to be done with the van we were going to use… which we can’t even use anymore.  Because the guy doesn’t feel it’s necessary, because we don’t have a drummer.  But… we don’t have room for our fucking suitcases or guitar cases.  If we have a place to stay, we have to bring our stuff in multiple miniature bags… one for the music cables/guitar tuner/stand/etc., one for 5 days worth of my clothes, one for Ryan’s clothes, one for my bathroom junk and makeup, one for my electronics junk so I can use my computer, another one for the T-shirts which we STILL haven’t sold, etc. etc.  Hopefully all these little bags will fit in the car better than our suitcases would have.

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At Sara’s in Rome

photo by Edith FrostGiacomo, Carol, Sara, and Ryan Hembrey


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Hello from Roma!

I haven’t been able to blog in forever just because every time I’ve gotten on the internet (which is rarely) I’ve only had time to check my mail, and to write a few people.  I’m keeping a journal though, maybe I’ll post some of that later when I get home.

While we’re in Rome we’re staying at this girl Sara’s apartment.  I’m using her computer and she has a really old version of Internet Explorer.  My site looks all fucked up here, I guess it can’t read the style sheet right.

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Rome, Italy

photo by Ryan HembreyIn front of the Monument to Vittorio Emanuele II (aka the Typewriter). Photo by Ryan Hembrey.


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