Thursday, April 24, 2014

The Offending Instrument

Still decompressing (heh) from Tuesday night's birthday jam. Regular posting -- including a Listomania -- resumes tomorrow.

Meanwhile, here's my new bass in repose, right before all hell broke loose.

Isn't that fricking beautiful?

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

What a Swell Party This Is (Was)

Ralph's birthday bash/jam session at historic Neir's Tavern was great.

Now I need to sleep for about a week.

Regular posting resumes on the morrow, assuming I live.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014


A great good friend of mine named Rafael Fuentes -- a recovering musician, as we say -- is turning 60.

Rafael used to front a really cool NYC band called Diamond Dupree...

...who you might recall from them having backed Ronnie Spector on her Siren album.

In any event, they were really good, and some friends and folks (some of whom were in the band) are throwing a huge birthday party for him tonight at a historic dive bar in Woodhaven, Queens...a 180 year old place called NEIR'S TAVERN.

And the deal is there's a stage with band equipment (PA, amps, drums, etc) and everybody we know who even pretends to play an instrument or sing is going to show up to get drunk and make idiotic noises.

Starting at 7pm and going to...who knows when.

It's going to be glorious.

I should add that I played bass in a very late incarnation of Diamond Dupree, including on this little ditty...

...which is one of the Great Ridiculously Dumb Rock Songs of All Time, in my humble opinion.

And I will be performing it live, with whoever else is unashamed to get up on the Neir's Tavern cramped stage, at some point in the evening.

If you're in the neighborhood, please stop by to see me make an utter ass of myself. Or just have a couple of drinks (the bar is open between 7 and 9pm) and have fun.

It should be a riot, and we'd love to see ya.

Monday, April 21, 2014


Courtesy of our good friend Bruce Brodeen, the former proprietor of Not Lame Records, and now the head honcho of the cool website POP GEEK HEAVEN, a fabulous Floor Models track -- "You'll Come Around" (from the equally fabulous Floor Your Love album) -- has made an appearance on the quite splendid new sampler Power Pop Planet Volume Three.

Billed, as you can see (and aptly) as "29 Bands -- 29 Smiles."

Here's the inside art track listing (click on the image to expand it to full size).

This is a limited edition release, so I'm not gonna post any songs from it, but you can -- and definitely should -- order a copy over HERE. When the thing sells out, it's gone forever, so what are you waiting for, you cheap bastids?

And I should add that the fact we're on an album with the truly fantastic Myrcle Brah (the mp3 below is a different track than the one on PPPIII)..

...has made me around the moon happy. Jeebus, those guys are good.

As are, I hasten to assure you, all the other bands and solo artists on the album. Seriously, there's not a dud track on the collection, and I'm not saying that just because I'm prejudiced.

Anyway, remember -- every time somebody orders a copy, an angel gets its wings.

Thank you.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Your Friday Moment of Pre-Conceptions Being Challenged

So the other week, on the occasion of a Listomania about bad cover versions, somebody nominated a Van Halen version (with Sammy Hagar) of The Who's "Won't Get Fooled Again."

And I, perhaps predictably, responded by saying something to the effect that hell, that's too scary for me to even contemplate, let alone try to find.

In any event, strictly out of morbid curiosity, I did finally try to find it, and here it is.

And I gotta say -- Hagar's obnoxiousness notwithstanding, this is pretty damned impressive, particularly Eddie's transposing the synth intro from the original onto guitar. I'm still not a fan of these guys, but damn -- that's a lot of music for only three instruments.

Make sure you listen to it under the headphones, BTW. The video quality is piss poor, but the audio is great.


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Family First!

In case you're been wondering what Aimee Mann has been up to of late...

...she's employing her musical partner Ted Leo's uncle as the group's drummer.

It's a great song anyway.

[h/t Atrios]

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Behind the Mask

Guess who?

This is an actual performer who made an actual record circa 1966....

...(sorry that I could only find an excerpt)...

...and who actually performed it on The Merv Griffin Show.


I should add that this actual performer eventually became very famous in the 70s on a TV series where you could actually see his face.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Monday, April 14, 2014

Jesse Winchester 1944-2014

From circa 2009 or 2010 -- on Elvis Costello's tv show Spectacle -- please enjoy the now sadly late Mr. Winchester with his ineffably touching and beautifully written tribute to the not-so-silly love songs of his youth, "Sham-A-Ling-Dong-Ding."

That's the divine Neko Case sitting next to him, with EC in the middle of the row of singer/songwriters; Sheryl Crow and Ron Sexsmith are to Costello' right.

You'll note, in a close-up, that Neko is crying genuine tears by the song's finish. I have to admit that when I watched the video for the first time, I was too.

AN INTERESTING AND ALARMING HISTORICAL FOOTNOTE: Winchester attended Williams College in Massachusetts in the early 60s, where he fronted a sort of Animal House style frat-party garage band that was locally quite successful (and went on to record some demos in NYC that almost landed them a record deal).

Also in the band was noted problem gambler William ("The Book of Virtues") Bennett.

Yes, that William Bennett.

It is perhaps one of the great historical ironies of our times that Bennett -- the future hypocritical Conservative scold and Bush I era drug czar(!) -- was in an r&b group with perhaps the most famous hippie draft-dodger of the Vietnam years. One who pardoned by Jimmy Carter on his first day in office, I should add.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Friday Cinematic Notes From All Over

Given the level of my obsession with that Wilko Johnson/Roger Daltrey album I've been bending your ear about this week...

...I really think I need to order a copy of this documentary, whose existence I had not hitherto been aware of.

I'll have a review next week, 'natch.