Monday, December 14, 2020
S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y Night!" 12 Dec 20. Ida May. at Café
whatever it is in Davis Square, Somerville, discussed producing
Stigmatics with Pete MacCormack
whom said Randall Lee Gibson IV recommended Kenneth
E Highland the first to produce; "he has an encyclopedic knowledge";
Randall been knowin' that since Throbbin Lobster!
Pete wants "record" (eight songs) to sound like "the
Real Kids...or the Saints"....ok, that was when I was recording
Music to Stig By by the Stigmatic Korps...took a bus to Mad
Painter practice. Sonntag was Alex Gitlin
(keys) and Al Hendry drums (Attila album anyone?
Lee Michaels, y'know what my mean? Drummer Frosty was 300 pounds!).
My next Lowell Street recording session with Mad
Painter is Al/Ken and Al, piano/bass/drums. Classical influenced
ballad crossing Aphrodite's Child with, as Solomon gruberger (RIP)
called them "Procol Bore-um". Al Hendry
did some snare break that was SO BJ Wilson, I was "Copping"
Chris's bass lines! This real Giz gonna be "Busy Man"
in the 13th month of last year! (that's called January; just as
Gizmas is "next week"
Monntag 14 dec 20. I heard the 45 "Bellbottoms" by Jon
Spencer Blues Explosion (14 Feb 95 release date) in movie
Baby Driver (?) and loved it. Shopping at Somerville
Grooves, saw the Orange album
(12 Oct 94 release date; I was banned from Kirkland Café
1 Apr 94) for TWO BUCKS! Gizmonics: even if I bought the 45 and
rest of album was filler, "such a deal!". Happily, album
is not. I have toyed, in Rockabilly Yobs (1976), of idea of "punk
blues" i.e. Iggy plays the blues BUT you get "L.A. Blues"
vocals and off-kilter Captain Beefheart (my distant cuzzin!) angular
blues patterns circa Trout Mask Replica. Descending from three of
the four Spencer brothers whom emigrated to New England/Harvard
Square ca. 1632 COULD Jon Spencer and I be kin? (I stayed up til
10 pm working on this!). Find-a-grave lists a Spencer born 1785
in Hanover NH, so post- Revolutionary War migration is possible...plus
he screams his name in an Iggy-cum-Beefheart way in every song!
Love your music, but get a DNA test mofo with your Ole/Matador records
Tuesday, December 15, 2020
Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Til Tuesday Ides of December 2020. Listened to a fiddy cent cassette
by Peru Andes: Condor. Folklore Americano. Couldn't
find merda on the internet except for a 02139 central Square post
office box, When it comes to traditional Peruvian music, Inca Son
has a strong and facebook presence. SOMEHOW I think they had TWO
Andean bands in Harvard Square playing back in the '90s. Either
way, they use the traditional pipes AND a guitar-like instrument
with armadillo shell! Lotsa Wikipedia info on trad Peru music BUT
when Gizmo and Garfunkel did "El Condor Pasa", reckon
Paul Simon was diggin' it too! (first four songs BOTH sides Bridge
Over Polluted Waters were released as 45s making that album, like
Magical Mystery Tour, TWO e.p.'s worth of material!). Either way,
happy with my purchase, instrumental music good to read by"
Remember these guys in the 90s?
Thursday, December 17, 2020
day of Wodin sweet lil 16 2020. Lowell Street Studios
sent Mad Painter's "Love is Gold"
down to me. Call Alex Gitlin, Elton Gitlin! When
he sings with Gee Julie it's "don't go breakin
my heart", but he had some kinda synth/strings thang which,
along with Al Hendry's superb Philly 45s played
at the Other Side drumming, coulda be NOT FREE of "Philadelphia
freedom". I try to do one-finger james jamerson Motown bass
on this (since in 1940, dad's father and his WIFE lived one street
over from Motown Museum in Dee-troit, so is in my DNA); Gee
Julie also does an "oo-la-la,oo-la-la" in the
middle eight taken from "you wont see me'; in effect it's
mid-70s Elton (Sir Reginald KENNETH) but it aint PLASTIC soul,
trust me! and that's only ONE track on the mad painter album!
In studio w/Kenne and Gee Julie
(though we "better get our skates on" to equal Reptilians
Friday, December 18, 2020
day of Thor 17 dec 20. Got a text from Lowell Street studios
yesterday and soon, the Kenne
Highland youtube channel (13 subscribers!) will have three songs
from my last demo recording session of Lt Larry Newman, Nikki and
the Corvettes (BOMP) and Gee Julie of Mad Painter. Looking forward
to hearing it micelf, agin!".
Saturday, December 19, 2020
Friday on my mind 18 Dec 20. Dug out, from Somerville Grooves, my
five dollar mono copy of The Shout- Les McCann Ltd., Pacific
Jazz. His live 1960 third album. Perfect for relaxing (beatnik
jazz) or reading Kerouac; I made it through side one, slept (COAST
TO COAST AM 740 WRKO! 0100-0500!), then whilst watching Petticoat
Junction, same tyme as Schmel Herbie Hind (there
ARE no coincidences if we're texting on Facebook at zero-drank-30!),
Lowell Street put on youtube "Billy
Ruane" ("Gee Julie nails it as a
vocalist"-Captain Easychord, plus "I've
got that feeling' (Kinks kover done surf) and "Insult
to Injury" (me channeling Sir Lord Comic AND singing Sonics
"Psycho" reggae style mon! "dot is h'agony to listen
to": Toots Maytal Sunday 30 Nov 75, Bloomington Indiana). I
still have 13 (!) SUBSCRIBERS on my youtube channel but now have
NINE videos, so check out, leave comments I AM NOT GONE
(buy the Asa cd from Larry Newman and Saint Gregory would SHAW
like the fact that a Gizmo and a Nikki and the Corvettes recording!
Gang War? more like (James) Gang; BANG!). Mad Painter practice tonight
for the studio! "if you wanna play the right fuckin notes go
play with the Detroit symphony orchestra!"- Cub Koda 9 July
74. "rock and roll is better than music!" AND Cub acting
out Andre Williams "Jailbait" for the O. rex boys who
two years later...."there are no coincidences!".....