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Warsaw Gig – Pics & Report


Hey all! First off, pictures – just click here.

Next, here’s a brief account from our Warsaw show; I’ve promised myself I’d post one before we go to Lisbon and Lyon, and, well, my bus leaves in like 6 hours, but it still counts as before. You will, however, have to make do with bullet points – no time to edit a full-blown travelogue anymore. Here goes:

  • We had a meal in the Lorelei cafe; this counts as a success, because (as my friends run the place) I knew the cook had recently gotten drunk and wandered off for a few days, then came back with a black eye and a story about how a girl beat him up. The food was good, though, so I guess he receovered.
  • Domi, Paula & Ludwig tried to change their train tickets to stay longer, and experienced first hand the power of an old lady protected by a sheet of glass. Tickets were not changed.
  • Ludwig stated officially the sound technician at the venue was one of the nicest he had ever worked with; which was great, because this was the same guy who had helped me out way back when I was running the first poetry slam in the country. Way to celebrate the 7th anniversary of slam in Poland.
  • Towards the end of the soundcheck, people were already trickling in, so we took turns hiding behind Ludwig’s DJ table to mutter our texts to ourselves nervously.
  • The place was packed – there had been quite a lot of media coverage beforehand, so we got a local news station doing interviews and a guy making a documentary for a film school project. Ah, fame.
  • Our first group-of-three-poets show went really well. Smoke and MIrrors are rockstars, don’t let anybody tell you otherwise.Poeple reacted very positively, and I had good fedback even from the kind of friends who I know would have criticised us (constructively!) if there had been any grounds for it.
  • We then sat through a slam in Polish, which was more fun for some and less for others, although not necessarily the way you think.
  • The evening ended with a nice meal of Polish specialties, and as it got later the conversation grew more and more surreal. Good times were had by all, as evidenced by the wild scramble to catch the train on the morning after.

Roll on Lisbon!


07/03/10: Passing Clouds, London, England


sound documents london

arrival london stansted, train to liverpool st, michelle introducing the show, extracts from the show, chilling with django after the show, laura sergio and ludwig at a jazz bar (but its not us playing and singing)


04/03/10: Klub Powiększenie, Warsaw, Poland


just a few recordings:

sound documents warsaw

driving through warsaw, sitting in the cafe, walking through warsaw, before the gig, after the gig in the taxi with grzegorz.


Belgium Strikes Back


Some more pictures that have not made it to the flickr stream… Enjoy them, after the jump (click for full size pics).



Lyrical gangstas:

All Together Now: The Tour Begins in Belgium…


… and we have the pictures to prove it. The soundtrack is in the post below. Enjoy!

– Bohdan

Sound Documents Belgium – Trains, Places, People


some impressions of the tour in belgium. if you have some time…

sound documents belgium

departure from eichstätt, trains to belgium, arrival liège, bus to la zone, first meal in la zone, rehearsal, meal again, walking trough the snow to the youth hostel in liège, walking through the nightclub-street in liège, kebab in mons, train station bruxelles, at la grande place, going to the ‘church’ of bruxelles, in the cafe acardie, bruxelles by night, in the cafe central, el greco exhibition, waiting for the train to liège (with animals), back in liège, xtiane in la zone, at the 123 in bruxelles after the show, departure in the morning at the bruxelles train station.


The Unique Berlin Smoke & Mirrors Sneak Preview Extravaganza, Caught On Video


OK guys – it’s been almost two month. Time to look back at the work we’ve done in Berlin. Maybe this’ll give us some on how to improve the show for the tour. Or, you know. Make us drown in self-complacent self-admiration.
Here’s a link to the video (if someone can figure out how to embed the dailymotion player, please do).

– Bohdan