Thanks to an invitation from Gail O’Hara, the JRS postponed retirement last week, and at the same time scored a “natural” hat trick, by accepting an invitation to play Day One of CF 22. This will be the third time in a row JRS has had the good fortune to be included on Chickfactor’s New York bill. The festival of pop will take place in Brooklyn at the reliable Bell House, March 20 and 21. An exhausted Jim reports “It’s been a goal of mine to play on the same bill as Amor de Dias ever since we first saw them play in Minneapolis three years ago. Check another one off my bucket list!” Also on the bill will be indie charm-eleons The Lilys, and from Scotland, youngish up-and-comers Withered Hand. Our Brooklyn squad will feature the mellifluous mallet work of Kim Serene and, filling in for her sister Charlotte, the equally talented Allison LaBonne on bass.
CF22 ticket links! March 20 & 21 The Bell House!
Sharing Bill with Bethany Larson and Bee’s Knees Coincides with Premiere of Newly Restored Video
Thanks to another invitation, this time from our friend Bethany Larson, we will be returning to the Aster Cafe this Friday, the 7th. To coincide with our last show in Minneapolis, we are making available, for the first time, the director’s wife’s cut of the legendary Minneapolis video. Mark Preston (The Funseekers – Northwoods Holiday, dir.) and his wife Anne, have cleaned up the video, and with the help of a technology I don’t understand, transformed this slice of Minneapolis life in the nineties into a quality that defies all description. See for yourself!
Star Club Hoax Nets JRS 5,000 Euro Fine from EU
The European Union has levied a 5,000 Euro fine on the JRS for using the name of the Star Club without permission of its former owners. In a letter written by EU President Herman Van Rompuy, and addressed to Jim, the Belgian chastises The Set for encouraging illegal immigration. According to Jim “I guess the grey mouse wanted blood and made an example of us. Imagine if the Beatles and The Big Three had this to deal with, the history of rock’n roll might be impoverished. I still like his haiku though.”