We’re in Cairo, IL right now. I’ll let Gus take it from here.
Day 1: Walken, Ezra, and I embark on another magical journey down the Mississippi. One of us realizes (probably Walken) that it’s been exactly one year since the Unseen Ghost Brigade toured “Death on the Mississippi”. The trip is the same, only vastly different. This time, instead of a homemade raft, we’re in a Toyota Corolla. Instead of performing live theatre, we’re filming interviews. Instead of sounds of creaking wood and endless group processing, there’s podcasts. Amazing how much can change in a year.
Here we are, 2011. This is to be our final chance to capture the fall of Missouri on film. We are going to reconnect with a lot of the River folks we met on our initial journey, visit them in their homes, talk about the world that by now has already ended. We will spend hours with each person, getting into various levels of shit, unravelling what the hell is happening to our dying River right now through the eyes of people living on it. Better stop at a Kwik Trip to food stamp some batteries.
Last night I attended a shadowy meeting about Occupying Minnesota. It makes me think what others think about occupying shit. This film could be renamed, Occupy Mississippi. OM, for short. Hell, who needs a job when you have an occupation?
We occupy a German-style restaurant in Balltown, IA for a little over an hour. I think it’s called Breitbach’s. They were very unintentionally generous.
On second thought, Occupy Mississippi is a terrible name. Terrible, terrible.
We make it to Alexandria, MO, home of the legendary Purple Cow. Alexandria is not a small town. It’s a trailer park with its own postal code. We will spend the next two nights staying with Boone, the wisecracker Freesmason who is deeply connected to the good ol’ boy network of Clark County. There’s not much to occupy our time in Alexandria beside these interviews, so we call it a night. Tomorrow, we try to film on a Tugboat.
Basement Show Girls Podcast, Episode #16
1. Political Mysticism – Make Believe
2. Hyper Enough – Superchunk
3. Overkill – Motorhead
4. Onomatopoepic Animal Faces – Joan of Arc
5. The Lemon of Pink – The Books
6. Johnny Appleseed – Guided By Voices
It’s the start of the Heavy Deeds residency at the Turf Club. They’ll be appearing alongside Pony Trash and 28 Degrees Taurus. Show up around 10 P.M. and bring at least $6. Wish I could be there, but I’m somewhere in Missouri. If you haven’t already read it, you can find our interview with the band here.
- Vampire Hands – A Bigger Splash
- Magazine – The Great Beautician in the Sky
- Mother of Fire – Follow The Sun
- Leonard Cohen – Dress Rehearsal Rag
- GZA – Gold