"Cantab: Marty White's birthday bash; he was in Zen Armada, which covered two Morphine songs (?!) and Beatles "you cant do that"; Fox Pass was SUPERB (using Stompers rhythm section),2 & 3 part harmonies ala Eberle Brothers/Byrds; Jon Macey went into "sister ray" AND "roadrunner" and band members wore White Light/White Heat and/or Rat t-shirts.....as i left, Funeral Barkers with Phil Kaplan/Men and Volts were starting up.....Monday 1/20, holiday, is Chris Toppin residency at Midway and I DO recommend this! caught the Wishes, kinda Highland/Moore meets Velvets, dude with harsh voice, gurl with melodic voice (Ken and Jody!),drummer plays with Thalia Zedek.....AND Thalia's band backs up Chris Toppin! Been a fan since Ex-Gurlfriends Chet's Jan. '87 with Highland Clan, but Love Love is her BEST outfit yet; "alt-country" and I HATE that term! call it Stones-y country, traces of bluegrass, Let It Bleed, Chris and a band of VERY talented dudes....I play the next one, details as they come!"
"two random thoughts on a snowy day of Wodin: EVERYBODY check out Sonic
Daze out of Bari, Italy!! (where my dad has exact DNA matches),bassist Max
is currently in Bloomington, Indiana, which is like a Beatles fan being in Liverpool
if you like Gizmos, which he does, plus Korps and Cables. GREAT cd, thanks to
Baracudas AND Peter and Melissa Greenberg; imagine Music to Kill By with Gemini
on full Moon production, plus some DMZ Relix and Dictators ca. '78. I'm helping
promote this and WMBR WOULD play this on a saturday, so contact me for "press
"yet another splendid night of Natalie Flanagan at The Tavern at the end of the world; this MIGHT read like a Brett Milano Phoenix column coz we had Mr. Best Bette, Mr. Best Brett, Mr. Fireking and Mr. Trick Wallace all at one table; in walks Moose Mudbug and, in his Groucho Marxist way, "hey! look at all the big shots sittin' here!" a Yalta conference of Boston Rock! Other South Dakota icons were Eric Martin of the Neats and Chris Toppin, ex-Girlfriends, both of whom played. I only caught Eric Martin before high-tailing it to Gee Julie's on train BUT what a set: opening with Gordon Lightfoot's "early morning rain","today" by Jefferson Airplane! (LOVED the Monterey version!),ending with Velvets' "New Age".....Kenne is there next week 30 Jan (Ma's birthday) and Martin/McLachlan return 6 Feb (and Dad's birthday was 8 Feb!); I've ate fish-n-chips and bangers-n-mash there, so if yu want some fine British food and the ole vinegar on the chips, Tavern at end of world is place to be!