January, 2015

Greetings shining friends. 2015 brings us to ponder the strange light of DIAMONDS and the persistence of THE HANDSOME FAMILY. Read on, intrepid reader….

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NEW MEXICANS: January 24
Saturday, Albuquerque, The Launchpad. Help us celebrate a CD release from our friends, Next Three Miles  Doors at 8pm. Show at 8:30 pm. We should be on-stage round midnight. Get there by 8:30 pm to see Wildewood.

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Diamonds can be up to three billion years old. They are extremely scratch-resistant, but can easily be smashed with a hammer. Diamonds are so dense they actually slow down the speed of light as it travels through them. This creates their sparkle. In a raw state diamonds are rounded and do not shine. They must be faceted to shine. Brazillian gold miners of the 18th century are said to have tossed away a fortune in diamonds because newly-unearthed the jewels looked like lumps of coal. I once thought a crow flying overhead was a hole in the sky.

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EUROPEANS: March 2015
Support for shows: DANIEL KNOX (London thru Norwich)
BARRY McCORMACK (Belfast through Cork)
Fri 6           London               St Giles In The Fields—SOLD OUT!
Sat 7          Birmingham     The Institute
Mon 9        Stirling               Tolbooth
Tues 10     Edinburgh          Pleasance Theatre
Wed 11      Glasgow              St Andrews in the Square
Fri 13         Bristol                 St Georges
Sun 15       Gateshead          Gateshead Old Town Hall
Mon 16      Leeds                   Irish Centre
Tues 17      Reading              Sub 89
Wed 18      Sheffield             Memorial Hall
Fri 20        Liverpool            The Leaf
Sat 21        Manchester        The Martin Harris Centre
Sun 22      Cardiff                  Globe
Mon 23     Norwich              Norwich Arts Centre
Wed 25     Belfast                 Empire Music Hall
Thrs 26     Limerick            Dolans
Fri 27         Dublin                Whelans
Sat 28        Cork                    Crane Lane Theatre
 available thru Plugd Records +353 (0) 21 427 6300
Sun 29       Cork                    Crane Lane Theatre
available thru Plugd Records +353 (0) 21 427 6300

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About 50 light years from us there’s a gigantic white dwarf star that is believed to have at its center a diamond weighing 10 billion trillion trillion carats. White dwarf stars are the burnt cores of dying stars. A white dwarf's light is about a 2000th as bright as a living star. Our own sun will eventually burn up all its hydrogen, collapse inward and solidify into a diamond. During its death throws our sun will swallow the earth, vaporize it then radiate its ashes outward toward the edge of the universe. Pack lightly for the trip, fellow earthlings. We can buy what we need when we get there.

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WEST COAST AMERICANS: April 2015
April 24    Indio, CA at Stagecoach Festival   
April 25    San Francisco, CA at The Chapel
April 28    Arcata, CA, The Playhouse   
April 29    Cottage Grove, OR at Axe & Fiddle   
April 30    Portland, OR at Doug Fir Lounge   
May 1       Seattle, WA at The Triple Door   
May 2       Bellingham, WA at Green Frog Acoustic Tavern   

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In Buddhist practice the 'diamond mind' refers to a sense of limitlessness gained by stopping all thought (even while asleep). It also refers to the Boddhisatva Vajrasatva who reached a state of perfect wisdom in which his mind was an infinite mirror reflecting the pure truth of reality. There’s a 100-word mantra you can repeat to get in touch with him. I prefer to practice the skeleton meditation in which you visualize your skeleton bone-by-bone then visualize the bones collapsing into pieces then crumbling to dust then blowing away. Pack lightly for this trip too. Nothing fits the same once you have dispersed into dust.


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Have you heard Andrew Bird’s record of Handsome Family covers— Things are Really Great Here Sort Of.


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Some scientists believe that diamonds rain down on Saturn and Jupiter. Lightning storms high above these planets turn the existing methane gas into carbon soot which hardens as it falls and turns into diamonds. Huge regions of these planets may be inundated with diamond hailstones. All of our planet's diamonds may not have originated here. Scientists believe there are also ‘space diamonds’ which appear to be much older than other diamonds and are usually not found near diamond mines. Experts (and conspiracy theorists) believe that space diamonds were deposited here by interstellar meteorites that crashed into our planet about 3 billion years ago. Did jellyfish arrive here in this manner? Did the first humans? Are dinosaurs hibernating at the center of the hollow earth? Walk lightly friends. We don’t want to wake them.

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Through the Trees and Singing Bones are both now available as vinyl LPs!

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Marie Diamond offers a Diamond dowsing seminar at her own Quantum University. She also sells “Professional Brass Dousing Rods” for $48. One testimonial on her website reads, "“I have a rental property that had been nothing but trouble. Every couple that has ever lived there has had terrible marital problems and split up. The yard was always a mess and the house a disaster. The length of time the tenants stayed was getting shorter and shorter with some lasting only 3 months. The last woman left her 9 year old child in the house and left town… I took the Diamond Dowsing course and the transformation was amazing! The next tenants cleaned all the garbage from the yard and they started phoning me to see if there was anything else they could do for me. The inside of the house is well-kept and everyone seems very happy. Another amazing thing is the outlets on the kitchen counter started working again and they hadn’t worked for years. The air in the house feels warm and comfortable. Thank you!”

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Best wishes for the new year from fellow diamond dowser, Rennie








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