dumpster find of the week: sideboard

I have a nagging feeling that I might have shown you this cabinet before. But the combination of my rush to get all my posts in a row before leaving for tour (while you’re reading this I’m somewhere between Leipzig and Berlin, or maybe playing music on one of those cities’ streets, wohoo, peng peng!) […]

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moving out, moving on

The moving of a Bauwagen around here is always a big event. Bushes get cut back, kipple is battled, and space is carefully measured. Will we make it around that curve? Does so and so need to move his Wagen? Are we going to have to saw off some of the branches of that tree? […]

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tour! tour! tour! tour tour tour!

We’re going on tour! This is going to be Black Diamond Express Train to Hell’s (and my) first full-length tour, and I for one am excited. Touring is fun. Except when it’s uncomfortable and annoying. But that’s more the exception than the rule. The rule is you show up in a new city every afternoon, […]

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düsseldorf’s jesus wagon

I meant to share these photos alongside the story about playing in Düsseldorf two weekends ago, but I forgot, so it looks like Jesus wagon gets its very own post. This Bauwagen lives in Düsseldorf, around the corner from the AZ and the super pretty Wagenplatz. It is apparently used by a church and is […]

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dumpster find of the week: the blue chair

Last week I told you about Sperrmüll (big trash left out on the curb for pickup outside of the regular schedule) and the trip my friends and I took by bus to a nearby city (village is more like it) to harvest the plunder. (You can read that post here if you missed it.) And […]

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from düsseldorf to bochum: a mini tour part two

Continued from yesterday’s post, From Düsseldorf to Bochum: A Mini Tour. I’ve never heard anything much about Bochum, except maybe that it’s a pretty industrial, hideous place. And while it may have a corner of beauty and light somewhere, I haven’t seen it. We’d been invited to play at Wageni, a teeny tiny punk-ish venue […]

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from düsseldorf to bochum: a mini tour

I got carsick in the van on the way to Düsseldorf, and when we arrived at the venue where we’d be playing that evening, I could barely choke down a bottle neck of beer. So I chugged malt “beer” on a sofa in the corner, spooning a chick-pea-based chili and stuffing photocopied lyric sheets into […]

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dumpster find of the week: a new cabinet

Whenever I do something a day later than I planned to, I think of my high school social studies teacher. She was a tall gangely woman, and though I no longer remember her name or any of the dates I memorized for her class, I remember that she looked like Mick Jagger, recommended Howard Zinn, […]

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peopel of düsseldorf! appelscha! bochum!

The Hell Train is on the move again. So if you like whiskey, bluegrass, washboards, and stomping, come on over and say hello. Here’s where you’ll be able to find us this weekend (with at least one new song in tow): Friday, June 10: Hinterhof Linkes Zentrum / Düsseldorf, Germany Saturday, June 11: Pinksterlanddagen Festival […]

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dumpster finds of the week: a truckload of food from arkansas

Once upon a time last fall, the Beard and I spent two months traveling around America. Once upon a time a little while after that, I started to relate the entire saga on Click Clack Gorilla. And then I got distracted and wandered off. When I left off the tale (you can read the last […]

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