Hot Water Music – Buntes Haus 1998 [uncut#23]

Posted in Unartig uncut by unartignyc on 2013/06/25

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Celle, Germany, Buntes Haus 06 June 1998
Set List ~ Springtime > Better Sense > Just Don’t Say You Lost It > Rest Assured > Elektra > Trademark > Position > Freightliner > Moments Pass > Three Summers Strong > Manual > Turnstile

Geek Specs
A/V ~ Sony CCD-VX1 >  Sony EV-S5000 Hi8 Hi-Fi VCR > Apple ProRes 422 (HQ), 640×480 MOV 44kHz > Final Cut Pro X > Compressor > H.264, 24fps, 5000kbps, AAC, 44kHz, 320kbps

Just Don’t Say You Lost It


Hot Water Music – Retrospective Vol. 4

Posted in Spotlight by unartignyc on 2009/10/07

The fourth and final edition of our Hot Water Music retrospective concentrates on the European tour in 2001 with Leatherface and on the reunion shows in 2008. It features blurbs by Scott Stimac of Wallside, Andrew Lainey of Leatherface and David Lee Burdon of Leatherface/Former Cell Mates.

You will probably notice that some of the 2001 footage is of sub par quality. Halfway through the Wiesbaden set I wrecked my Sony VX1. Fumbling around onstage with the camera like an idiot, the monopod to which it was attached came apart and sent the camera flying into Wollard’s guitar. Unfortunately, I was way too wasted to realize what was going on. Seconds later camera parts were being handed to me, and it just wouldn’t stop. It felt like a Twilight Zone. “Hey, here’s your view finder, oh and the lens.” Well, to cut a long story short, HWM in Wiesbaden was the last show I ever shot on the VX1. The remainder of the tour had to be captured with prehistoric equipment, namely an old Canon UC1 Hi8 with terrible audio. Another episode to be added to an out of control tour…

Looking back, 2001 was a major juncture in my life, and wrecking the VX1 had little to do with it. Being on the road throughout the summer and experiencing every imaginable rock and roll cliché to an extent most would file under “heavy adult content”, culminated in a distinct feeling of something having peaked. Think ‘mountain top’ and where to go from there. Even though this was more of a subconscious affair, somehow I knew that from here on forward everything would feel like a rerun of your favorite TV show, like a great movie being aired over and over again during Christmas. As incredible and as mind blowing of a ride as it was, I couldn’t do it any longer. Communicating this state of ‘turmoil’ properly to friends and acquaintances alike was a challenge I have probably failed miserably. And I have little doubt that it left a few stains on friendships, maybe even some beyond repair. One thing though should always be understood. No matter how much I personally might value a certain record over another or how much I am willing to throw myself into this exhausting beast called “being on the road”, I will always feel nothing but love for the four individuals that are Hot Water Music.
Torsten | (((unartig))) – October 2009

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Hot Water Music – Retrospective Vol. 3

Posted in Spotlight by unartignyc on 2009/09/10

Volume 3 of (((unartig)))’s Hot Water Music retrospective offers another slew of “No Division” shows, this time from the tour’s U.S. leg, which was at least as crazy as the engagement in Europe a few months earlier. Also featured in this edition is footage from the European tour with Leatherface in 2001 and words by Eric Weiss of Rumpshaker Zine and Walter Schreifels of Quicksand, Gorilla Biscuits, Youth of Today, Rival Schools, Moondog.

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Hot Water Music – Retrospective Vol. 2

Posted in Spotlight by unartignyc on 2009/09/04

The second edition of our Hot Water Music retrospective focuses on the year 2000 “No Division Tour” in Europe which had the Gainesville, FL outfit team up with Germany’s Muff Potter. No disrespect to pre and post eras, but as far as I am concerned the 1999 release of “No Division” marked Hot Water Music’s artistic peak, both studio-wise and in terms of live energy. While many consider “Forever and Counting” their strongest offering, I beg to differ and give my vote to its successor. It was when “No Division” hit the streets that everything about this band was smoking hot, resulting in sold out and completely nuts live shows across the country. Even if it sounds cliché, in 2000 there was a certain honesty in their performances and songs that seemed not so staged, but real. These shows were not just a routine that repeats itself night after night. I am not the type known for living in the past, but I kind of wish I could turn back time for a night or two because the way that these boys delivered remains unmatched to this very day. It was one of those moments in time that you wish would never change and last forever. Below are impressions from said tour including a few thoughts and memories by Nagel of Muff Potter and Joe Readel.

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Hot Water Music – Retrospective Vol. 1

Posted in Spotlight by unartignyc on 2009/05/18

Welcome to Volume 1 of our Hot Water Music video retrospective. Each installment will feature exclusive liner notes, blurbs and of course a shit ton of original video footage. This edition highlights the first two European tours in 1998 and 1999. Especially the 1998 endeavor was overshadowed by plenty of  drama, leading to a temporary mid tour break up. Luckily Chuck, Jason, George and Chris could be convinced to finish the tour. Amongst the last performances of 1998 were some of the most memorable and emotionally charged shows I have seen this band play, as the videos below hopefully convey.

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