Dateline 1997.  We are in the midst of a four-city German tour with the Pastels, and I believe–while simultaneously finding it hard to believe, such is memory–that we have not shared a bill with the Pastels since.  (Though we came close last year.)  Tonight’s show is in Berlin and Katrina Mitchell adds some extra clatter to “False Alarm” and plays guitar on “Cast a Shadow.”  Sentimental Berlin favorites “Nowhere Near” and “Sh-Boom” open and close the encores.  Here’s a poster for the Pastels’ Hamburg show without us that I found posted here (a lovely personal appreciation of the band marred only by confusing the song “Love Power” with “Prisoners of Love.”)