Monday, February 11, 2017
"saturday 11 feb 17 marked exactly 40 years of me meeting Ken Kaiser.
Like Airheads, we invaded Brian Young's A Crash Course for the Ravers show
on WMFO,with a clann of Gee Julie, MJ Quirk and John
Keegan. three hours of mishegas and what DO I remember?
Photo: Gee Julie
we did some '70s Afrika Korps toons unplugged duo ala Page/Plant '94,
spoke a lot of Yiddish like the Gruberger Brothers NEVER died; I especially
enjoyed the sťance of the Gruberger Brothers as Brian played "reincarnation"
off his $5.99 now-autographed Kenne Highland orange album from Store 54.
callers: Moose Savage, Johnny Jumper Cable and Martha Hull's daughter!:
"are you gonna play my mom's song?" (as requested by Miss Lyn).
We had so much fun we decided this should be an annual thing til the Kenz do
it remote from the punk-rock nursing home!
And of course John Keegan
was with us to document this momentous event. You can see a whole lotta awesome
photos here. John
then onto out of the blue gallery (Tom Tipton should do a go fund me;
they need dough!) for MJ Quirk birthday party. Mad
Painter opened, a keyboardist whom had played in an early incarnation
of Silver Star and also was John Lord in Gee Julie's cousins Deep Purple
tribute. Alex Gitlin is the chap, he was Emerson with a rhythm section
(lake/palmer?), NEED a guitarist but since he and I are both Aphrodite's Child/Vanilla
Fudge fans, the keyboard/bass/drums works! Hammond sound too like Small Faces.
Johnny Plankton was excellent, opening with 999's "homicide";
Johnny Plankton was backed up by the dudes from Hixx with Jedediah
Hixx on bass and he and Bob Daley were an excellent rhythm section!
Richard Mirksy of the Wayouts on guitar and check these covers: "queen
bitch"/"be my lover"/"jetboy, jet gurl", blondie's
"dreaming"....picking up where club linehan-a-go-go leaves
off! I texted Miguel D'Amour so he and Ken Kaiser watched me do
a lot of Chuck Berry Motor City Five licks plus Hendrix's "hey joe"
behind the head solo during "smokestack lightning". The Southie Boys
(Quirk/Mighty Quinn/Linehan) played like the patriots during the Super
Bowl and John Keegan on sax was the extra point. lastly,"seasons
in the sun" I added all these little Hendrix at Monterey pull-offs and
feedback; whenever I borrow Rich Mirksy's guitar for gigs, he says "My
guitar would be HONOURED that you play it"....No smashing or lighting on
fire though! Otherwise, as usual it was Link Wray channeling Pete Townshend
via Hendrix live at Monterey! I even made ten dollars! Support Out of the
Blue it COULD be Gallery East!"....
Quirk at Out of the Blue
Photo: John Keegan
....Now Keegan still being
with us he also documented this part of the day too. You can see his
Mike Quirk's Birthday Party at Out of the Blue Gallery photos here.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
"Abe Lincoln's birthday was pretty snowed-in but besides listening to
Grecian Echoes WNTN in morn, sleeping like two cats in afternoon and
Log Cabin fever in evening Ken and Gee Julie actually "jammed"! Me
using her ephiphone acoustic coz "I wanna be like flowers, lennon and Bear"....Her
head was in '72! I FINALLY figgered out "all the young dudes" (one
of her favourites, though I always preferred the b-side "one of the boys"
which I HAVE covered) and in honour of Byrds soundman/WMFO Morgan Huke, some
Byrds, "mister spaceman" being superb (saw some IU band doin' Byrds
back in '74, Crosby-era, STILL great stuff!) plus some T. Rex! rare (hopelessly
obscure?) 45s that solomon gruberger had taped me back in '72 like "solid
gold easy action" and "children of the revolution". Lastly, spoons-less,
we figgered out a bluegrass version of "seasons in ths sun" using
G/A/D, done at a "mister spaceman" tempo. You MIGHT even hear this
next year on crash course for the ravers!"....
Thursday, February 16, 2017
Monday the 13th; 40 years after PFCs Donal M. Buckley and Highland,
KE performed "jailbait janet" at a fort meade maryland talent
show (AFTER meeting Kenny Kaiser!), I was now snowed-in, feeling older
than my years and decided, on youtube to google Sophia Loren movies (I
been a fan since watching boy and a dolphin on the mean screen in jacksonville
NC, first grade, so that's early '63 i reckon)....SO, JUDITH
(1966) is a HOPELESSLY Obscure one and damn good too! Leave it to Hollywierd;
Sophia was the Jewish (?sephardic?) wife of a nazi war criminal and got put
in Dauchau but is now on a secret mission to kill her husband in PALESTINE;
a little google history and this is RIGHT before the British pulled out of what
now is Israel, until I declare micelf king of GIZreal! age ten i woulda LOVED
this movie; valiant Israeli digging in and fighting Arabs from ALL sides near
Syria border; now that I reached puberty about 1969, Sophia in Daisy Dukes and
high heels walking through the kibbutz will have you do "the shake.....the
rattlesnake shake".....i guess I can give away the ending; Sophia wounds
Nazi husband in Syria but Gizraealis bring him back to kibbutz, but since he's
been supplying the A-rabs with tanks, schadenfreude is when enemy airplanes
blow the Nazi up on the kibbutz...again Ken, age 10, diggin' the explosions
etc., shit my father actually filmed in 'Nam. so, hey, youtube when you got
snow up the arse and don't wanna deal with the cold and go to the picture show!"....
Friday February 17, 2017
"three day MISTER President's weekend surely means sci-fi fest at davis
square in somerville and I mostly been stayin' home watching bad foreign movies
on youtube BUT Valentine's Day Gee Julie and I went to Effie's
kitchen, 37 poplar street, roslindale. right next to a Greek market in the
square and a men's Greek club also. Getting a $12 dinner plus we had leftovers
was awesome, Effie is from Thessaloniki and Julie told her where, two hours
northeast of Athens in Peloponnese, her grandfather Gee came from (I might be
rubbing off on her, I have the same conversation every tyme i hear a British
accent...)...But the HIGHLIGHT of our Valentine supper was Mega tv! oldest
channel in Greece. there was some wacky comedy; who needs subtitles? Then we
got engrossed in a cooking show but Miss Lyn's main course was the cook: tall,
skinny, black curly rockabilly 'do, tattoos....she woulda said "Sa ga
po and you are a Greek God" meaning "I'm in love with Alexandros
Magos and think he's beautiful" .....