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September 13, 2004
11:44 AM

I just typed a long letter to a friend and now my hands are cramped up. I think I'm a candidate for arthritis in about 10 more years. I better live it up til' then eh? My mom is the friggin shizzle my dizzle as she makes me breakfast every morning.

I arrive at Asian Man Records and within 10 minutes, I've got fruit, yogurt, and some kind of hot meal like eggs and toast or waffles. How do I deserve this? I'm not such a good son. Most of the time I'm going "Come on mom, I'm not a little kid anymore!!!" "Don't try to feed me by hand". She does that. I should just let her do it. I'm bad...

Tomorrow I go into the recording studio to finish an EP for the BRUCE LEE BAND. Super duper SKA stuff. I'm definitely trying to emulate the sounds of the 2-tone movement of the 80's in Britain. A little bit of MADNESS and the SPECIALS of course to influence the sounds. Even my ex-Skankin' Pickle band mate Lars Nylander is coming in to help out with some vocals. Should be a lot of fun.

I've been listening to some old SKA vinyl releases. POTATO 5, BOB MARLEY and some DESMOND DEKKER. Good stuff. Does anyone listen to this stuff anymore? It's a shame if they don't. I've got so many REGGAE/DUB/SKA records that I've been neglecting. Again, me bad.

My record player is on its last legs. The needle needs replacing and the unit itself looks ready to die. I remember buying it years ago and at the time it was the cheapest record player I could find, but it's lasted nearly 20 years.

Ok, 5 more days til' I leave for tour. Hopefully I'll see some friendly faces around the US. Be well everyone and smile big!!
Peace, mike

PS-I've been trying to come up with a contest for the punkvoter tour that I'm doing with Anti-Flag and this is what I've come up with. For each show, I'm going to give away 2 tickets to one person. All I ask in return is that you buy my record. It's pretty selfish on my part, but this way I'll be able to save you money on tickets(you'll save around $25) and I'll get to share my music. Already have my record? Well, give it to somebody as a gift. Sound fair? I hope so. Here's a list of all the dates for the tour:
SEPTEMBER
18th-Portland, Or @ Roseland Theatre
19th-Seattle, Wa @ the Showbox
21st-San Francisco, Ca @ the Fillmore-"FINISHED"
22nd-Los Angeles, Ca @ Henry Fonda Theatre-"FINISHED"
23rd-Tempe, Az @ Marquee-"FINISHED"
24th-Abuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theatre-"FINISHED"
25th-Denver, Co @ Ogden Theatre-"FINISHED"
26th-Kansas City, Mo @ Beaumont Club-"FINISHED"
27th-Minneapolis, Mn @ First Ave.
28th-Chicago, Il @ the Metro-"FINISHED"
29th-Cleveland, Oh @ Agora Theatre-"FINISHED"
30th-Columbus, Oh @ Newport Music Hall
OCTOBER
1st-Cincinnatti, Oh @ Bogarts-"FINISHED"
2nd-Atlanta, Ga @ Roxy
3rd-Tampa, Fl @ the Masquerade
4th-Lake Buena Vista, Fl @ the House Of Blues-"FINISHED"
6th-Washington DC @ the Nation-"FINISHED"
7th-Philadelphia, Pa @ Starlight Ballroom-"FINISHED"
8th-Lancaster, Pa @ the Chameleon-"FINISHED"
9th-Pittsburth, Pa @ the World-"FINISHED"

You have to call the asian man office at (408)395-0662 to make this work and we'll get your name and put you on the guest list for the show of your choice. I'll write FINISHED after each city that somebody calls in for. FUN FUN