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Turf Club and mindlessness…

Wednesday, September 6th, 2006

Hello you people.

Here’s a last minute show update…

THUR, SEPT 7TH / 9pm
Turf Club (w/ Peter Bruntnell and Ben Weaver)
St. Paul, MN

This should be a very nice show. I haven’t split a show with Ben Weaver (www.benweaver.net) in a good long time and I’m looking forward to hearing Peter Bruntnell. Hope to see you all there if you can make it. For those of you who can’t, something to think about…

“Mindlessness, or no mind, does not mean being mindless like cats or dogs or bugs.
It means striving to keep the mind in the realm of clear purity, and having no warped mind.
Vulgar people have no clear pure mind, while people of the Way have no polluted dirty mind. That does not mean they are totally mindless like trees, rocks, cats, or dogs.” -Master Danyang

So you just think about that people.

take care, Jeff

Menomonie and Minneapolis and Ancient Taoist Wisdom and Tacos

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2006

Hello “The Jeff Mitchell E-Mail Announcement List” subscribers,

I want to tell you that I’m playing 2 shows this weekend. One with Mr. Charlie Parr of Duluth (www.charlieparr.com) and one all by myself. Please come. I am so lonesome…

FRI AUG 25
8pm
Acoustic Cafe
MENOMONIE, WI

SAT AUG 26
9pm
331 Club (w/ Charlie Parr)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN

I realize that not all of you live in this area. For you, I include these wise words as recompense if you feel a little left out…

“…Whatever is not essential and not serious should be abandoned. It is like when people consume wine and meat, dress in silk, enjoy fame and prestige, and possess gold and jewels. These are all excess cravings of subjective desire, not good medicines to enhance life. The masses all pursue these things, bringing about their own death or ruination. If we reflect on this quietly, we see how very confused they are.” -Sima Chengzhen (Tang Dynasty)

Just so you know, Jeff Mitchell performances are both serious and essential and are, therefore, guaranteed to not bring about death and/or ruination. Unless you want them to. I would like a taco now.

love, Jeff

August shows…

Sunday, August 6th, 2006

Hey All,

Wishing you well from Decorah, Iowa. We just got done weathering the storm that is Nordic Fest. Lots of lefse and lutefisk is consumed. Rosemaling is gazed upon. Sweat clogs the gutters on what is invariably the hottest, most humid weekend in the already god-awful Iowa summer. The Harrington sweet corn truck has arrived at the Casey’s gas-station parking lot. All is as it should be.

Got a string of shows coming up this month. It would be great to see you all. Here they are…

THUR AUG 10
Lawn Chair Night / 7pm
Decorah, IA

FRI AUG 11
Lakeview Castle / 9pm
Duluth, MN

TUES AUG 15? / ?pm
Fancy Pants grand opening?
Decorah, IA?

THUR AUG 17
The Main Entrance / 9ish?10ish?
Prairie Du Chien, WI

FRI AUG 18
Isabella’s (w/ Maureen Kilgore) / 8pm
Dubuque, IA

SAT AUG 19
Mother Fools (w/ Joel Arant) / 8pm / $6
Madison, WI

FRI AUG 25
Acoustic Cafe / 8pm
Menomonie, WI

SAT AUG 26
331 Club (w/ Charlie Parr)
Minneapolis, MN

That’s all the shows for August. Check out…

http://www.charlieparr.com

http://www.joelarant.com

You’ll just have to find out for yourself, in person, that Maureen Kilgore rules. In other news, my old friend Amalia Vagts came over the other day and I recorded her performing four of her songs. I played accordion on her song, “Calm Blue Ocean”. You can hear all four at…

http://www.myspace.com/amaliavagts

OK. That’s enough urls for one email, I’m sure. One last thought. If you haven’t seen David Lynch’s film, “The Straight Story” (the one about the old geezer who rides his lawnmower across Iowa to see his sick brother), I think you should. It’s a great portrait of Iowa and it combines sweetness with the most subdued freakishness from David Lynch to date.

Take care everybody. yours, Jeff