January 6, 2020
Sonntag 5 January 20. Yet another mad painter
practice. Alex Gitlin shows up some nice Procol
Harum-style ballads which I enjoyed. Natalia Musatova
and Gee Julie harmonised like "the sirens
sweetly singing" in "Tales of Brave Ulyseses" so
"your naked ears WONT be tortured" by me singing backup
on "Heart Full of Soul" Afrika Korps Live
at cantones (Gulcher). Schmel Herbie Hind and i
worked on some Kenne Jungle tunes, so we COULD be ending the set
with "To Love Somebody" (Vanilla Fudge style!) and "You
Keep Me hangin' On" (more Vanilla Fudge!) Gee Julie on backup
for it. We also worked on a toon about the Armenian Stonehenge.
It goes from a I to a II kinda like "White Rabbit" or
other Mediterranean music I've listened to. All in all, quite
Let's list Mad Painter gigs:
Jungle Sunday 8 march 20.
Cantab 10 pm THOR'S day 2 april 20 ten pm.
January 7, 2020
"Montag 6 jan 20. First off I listened to my $8 copy of first
Small Faces lp on cd that I got at weirdo
records when Eddie Flowers in town 2014
(Gizmos). Marriot's vocals AND Happy the Clown/feedback guitar outshine
the LIVING Who members and imagine, in rockíníroll heaven, actually,
he plays "E to D" with the Ox and Moon?!??! "Let
me die in my footsteps"! Kenny Lynch wrote some of their toons
and let's give tribute to British West Indians! He covered Beatles
"Misery"; can you IMAGINE! My Facebook friend Linda Lewis
was saddened by his
recent death; the BGN had her 1972 album LARK (Reprise)
PLUS, amongst others she sang on A Lad Insane! (my next
solo album?). Turned on WMBR and Bats in Belfry
was talking about early music, Blue heron, Gregorian chants...all
on my next record! 0600 reveille and If 6 was 9 (WMBR), morning
coffee, NO sunshine, chair in living room in the dark, and SAVOY
BROWN Looking In lp title track! lastly, I was to Armageddon
records Sunday before Mad Painter practice and for $2.99
picked up the 1957 (smells like it too!) Sultan of Bagdad:
Music of the Middle East, volume two on Audio Fidelity.
It's also on youtube! Cheesey '50s cover of Mohammed in turban and
belly dancers. He "was a Lebanese tenor, oud player, and conductor".
"died of cerebral hemorrhage 8 sept 59 after collapsing while
PERFORMING at Lebanese festival in Lincoln RI." It also says
died in Pawtucket. Either way, to quote Suzi Quatro and Pleasure
Seekers: "what a way to die"!!!!!......
Wednesday, January 8, 2020
"Til Tuesday 7 jan 20. Ken and Gee Julie
rehearsed Mad Painter backing vocals off WMFO
live cd with my "Heart Full of Soul" Afrika Korps live
at Cantones off-key harmonies. So if Groupie Towers II heard Mad
painter blasting about 1900 hours from a "Vehicle, bay-bay"....Besides
cafe prive and French Toast (WMBR 0600!) I also
blasted two 45s from Grooves Somerville (plug!);
Keith Barbour "Echo Park' ( a 1969 hit AFTER "Macarthur
Park", same vein, I didnt hear in Rochester NY but saw the
album on Epic EVERYWHERE cutout bins; my 2019 45 was 99 cents
and i used to buy 45s in Brockport NY 89 cents plus nickle tax!
SO if I HAD bought this 45 then....Gizmonics says....inflation
equals "another fucken nickle!" (Philip Berg, kaballist
to Madonna, older brother Oscar Gruberger would yell that at his
"fat bum" son Solomon who still wanted to release O.
Rex "Feel My Love" with me on drums April '74
as a 45 pre-dating the Gizmos AND ramones AND Dictators! Instead
all that happened is we'd get cursed in Yiddish for the out of
tune noise of O. Rex! "y'all sounds like the Godz on ESP"
- Stenson Eddie Flowers, same month). Ok, "My
Head's in '74' BUT flip over Spinners "workin my way back
to you" 1979 hit AND.....this December '79 release (I got
off USMC guard duty to see a Christmas tree in my trailer in Charleston
SC!) flip side is "Disco Ride"! Six minutes worth....wikipedia
says "instrumentation by various Philadelphia area musicians"....bass
playing VERY inspiring....MFSB? (mutha-fuggin' soul band!!!!)"......
Thursday, January 9, 2020
day of THOR, Elvis birthday 8 jan 20. ran into Andy
Excuse and Johnny Odd over at SCAT so
plug for Heavy
Leather Topless show. Jimmy Boticelli spinning
Hopelessly Obscure soul 45s (I didnt know ONE song!)
Primitive Sounds at Brass union in Somerville. Brother
Cleeve spins there too! NO cover and great music! Ken
and gee Julie worked out an Ike and Tina harmony part on Gizmo's
'that's cool' since she has Tina Turner birthday. WMBR
and Pontoon palace 0600 sittin' in Groupie Towers
II "Lights Out" (Angry Samoans!) cafe prive and they
played Nico's "Winter Song" off the fantastic October
'67 release of Chelsea Girls; Sgt Pepper? what?!?!?!? first Vanilla
Fudge i might rate above ole Pepper....And WHY did i feel the
presence of my now deceased cuzzin Linda Garreau Highland? Coz
"Winter Song" written by John Cale and a LOT of John
Cale played on that floor in '90s when Snoopy the Cat
died under Gizmas tree....lastly, my Fiddy cent cassette of Dionne
Warwick- The Love machine. A cheesy soundtrack to a Jacqueline
Suzanne movie; that's beacoup formage and mucho cholesterol! Discovering
more things about it...I like the arrangements (schlocky strings)
by Artie Butler (who has a noteworthy discography of records I
never heard) but THE toon on sides one and two is "House
Party" (parts one and two!). youtube this movie! The "party"
music is Hollywierd's idea of 'swinging"; I expect to see
the laugh-In party scene with everyone dressed like Once Upon
a Tyme in Hollywierd. ONLY a band like Sex Bomba cover this
or perhaps Kenne Highland's Air Force".......
Snoopy the Cat & Kenne
Friday, January 10, 2020
also on day of thor, BOWIE'S birthday, Ken and Gee Julie shopped
for mad painter '70s clothes at Davis Square Goodwill and then
ate Davis Square Mike's Diner, playing MUSICAL BINGO! BUT let
me mention next week Harvard Film Archives is
showing German films directed by Angela Schanelec. Info
on HFA website and I DO think Thursday-Sunday for couple-three
weeks i MIGHT be there!"....
Saturday, January 4, 2020
freitag 10 Jan 20. cantab. The
N Connection opened. acoustic duo Anna (damn good
singer!) and valerio (damn good guitar!) acoustic duo "originally
from naples, Italy; Bonjorno and Ti Amo avec facebook!). A plug
for a Flynn Young band All Out of Lives (on facebook
as is all these kids!) whose singer loved Evanescence which
The N connection covered. My highlight of these '90s-era acoustic
duo tunes to a packed house (Viva Italia!) was a lady gaga cover!
I merda you not! Next up Rollo Tomassi Quintet
on facebook! shit I'll plagarise my whole fucken review from
it). "Jazz straight up, funk chaser". Guitarist influence
by grant Green. But bass player is my main man: "influences
include jazz greats from the Blue Note years"....Micky
Bliss went NUTS when they did Horace Silver's 1965 "Song
for my Father". Once I played guitar in Micky Bliss organ
combo, Micky on Hammond B-3 and HOWIE FERGUSON, Real Kids,
doing some Mitch Mitchell drumming on same song. An honour to
play with Howie, Micky and I discovered his eight album John Coltrane
cd he plays between sets and John Keegan, jazzhead
that he is would surely love Rollo Tomassi...."Hey beat mon!
Him like kerouac"....mad painter followed with the debut
of Gee Julie, whom was a cross between Grace Slick 1960s
jefferson Airplane and "the sirens sweetly singing";
I wore a semi-toga evoking demi Roussous of Aphrodite's Child.
Scheml herbie Hind wore all black and evokes Ritchie blackmore.
Flynn Young wore as much purple as Prince and
Alex Gitlin slammed that hammond like a man possessed.
Lotsa cheering, Micky Bliss loved it and standing back there playing
bass I felt like gary thain on 1973's Uriah Heep Live or Roger
Glover on same year Deep Purple made In japan (and "At 17"
you wondered why i "could not get a girl" quote from
"Pumpin to playboy"!). I got a big-ass list of radio
stations that played mad painter which is: WMFO
(Joel Simches and Brian Young!);
Firebrand radio, London; Rawk Dawg;
Stefano at WCCA worcester, mass; MPG
radio; Only Rock Radio; Cator
Web; Lonely oak Radio; radio Tfsc; Wigwam; Cox; Limbocast and
Pluto radio. next gig: the Jungle, sunday
8 march 20 and there are plans to record. BUT let's give
it up for Soaked
in Strange! They supplied the drum set and talking with them
after, they loved the "proggy" sounds of Mad Painter!
But wait; facebook page: "experimental, rock, prog, alternative,
punk, stoner metal"; influences: "King Crimson"...."My
head's in '71!" They didnt know Spooky tooth, though (too
young) BUT they'd opened for Grex last year! So we'd met! "I
didnt know you two were in a band!" Take that rock bitches!
Gee Julie in BAND! Stephen O, the kenne Highland of the band,
grew up with Springa's gurlfriend and DOES want to do more shows.
So anyone talkin' shit about the cantab and kiss my fuckin sphincter!
More gigs from Micky Bliss to come and Soaked in Strange
Sunday 1 march 20 830 pm at Jungle! Now off to Lyres
middle east before WWIII breaks out in Middle east"....