December 23, 2019
saturday 21 dec 19. Geezer's Garage Night quincy mass.
Got off an 8 pm bus to the tune of Joey Fingers (did
a Tom Waits song). bayou Boy Orchestra lots of
fun zydeco. Doug MacDonald's stream of conscious
lyrics and Bo Diddley guitar and Patty Short's
locomotive drum beats always fun. Tokyo tramps
did an excellent Christmas blues song then MJ Quirk
woke me up with "it's showtime!". I have set list here.
"(Christmas) Please Come Home". Phil Spector song and
Lady Caroline really projects for me and Mike
Quirk on guitar and Joe Quinn on bass
and Kevin Linehan on drums and John Keegan
on sax. "Christmas in Jail" i did rockabilly licks.
"Rockin' around the christmas tree" was more rockabilly.
"Santa Claus" was Pacific Northwest "Have Love
will travel" (naming riffs and styles i stole from for Giztar
player). Human Sexual Response "Glass Pinecones" and
Rich Gilbert knows we did it! (powers of Facebook). Q did lick
and I stuck to
fifth chord hangin' heavy on low E string (OR "aint nuthin'
to do"-Dead Boys and yes! Page/Iommi/Chrome as giztar influences!).
"2000 Miles" is Pretenders song again sang by lady Caroline
magnificently. I did kind of a velvets 'sunday morning" type
of folk picking on this. "santa claus is back in town".
I dont remember playing this! Senior moment..... "Christmas
Time to say I love you" done bluesy by Tokyo Tramps
and rocked up by CLAGG with drummer Kevin Linehan singing. "Drummer
Boy" WMBR had hendrix's version playing Friday last maybe
and I surely had fun with toggle switch on this plus Jimi pull-offs
with left hand and not touching guitar with right (dont worry
I stole it ALL from Live at Monterey!). "Run Rudolph Run"
is Chuck Berry via Keith Richard maybe now Miss Lyn grok (Stranger
in a Strange land-Robert Heinlein) what I be saying. "Heatmiser"
is from the Giz whom Stole Gizmas with verses sang like lady Caroline/Q
and John Keegan. I just did some weird bendy Jeff Beck licks.
In CLAGG I DO use all my tricks. A surprise encore of Bay City
Rollers "saturday Night" which I want to vote INTO the
set. A perfect pop song written by a gaggle of Glaswegians! Riding
back with John keegan we appraised 1995 Jerry
Garcia on his Grateful Dead Sirius radio....My favourite Dead:
CLAGG at Geezer's Garage Night
December 24, 2019
Til Tuesday Gizmas Eve. Listening to my four cassette four dollar
Allman Brothers box set and for first tyme heard The Second Coming.
Dicky Betts and Barry Oakley had a pre-Allmans band (the brothers
were in the Hourglass plus there are recordings of them doing Yardbirds
covers and looking like Chesterfield Kings) The Second Coming. They
did a 45: Cream's "I feel free" (better than Amboy Dukes
version: wait'll you hear the solo!) b/w Jefferson Airplane's "She
Has Funny Cars" ("Somebody to Love" flip side) .
What is superb is Dickie and his ex-wife channeling Marty Balin/
Grace Slick plus she plays a hell of a Hammond sounding organ too!
(think Moving Sidewalks). Then during Coast to Coast AM
about 0300, in MONO! bumper music was "Strawberry Fields Forever",
in my slumber enjoying George's guitar and Ringo's drum rolls. lastly,
stopped by the harvard Coop before work and there's a whole big-ole
CSNY history just came out. Chapter one puts a date on it: 14 Feb
68 in L.A. Crosby/Stills/Young go to see the Hollies. "should
we steal him for the band", him being Graham Nash. Some NEW
facts to me, Graham, working-class mancunian, did "King Midas
in reverse" and Hollies psychedelic albums (which I scored
off Solomon Gruberger circa '73) "because I wanted to be the
beatles". You can tell he was chafing being in a Top 40 band
etc. Hmmmm.....I'm still listening to the same music I was fiddy
years ago. maybe I'll lock micelf in room with Quicksilver album
and paint and listen to the maharishi".....
Wednesday, December 25, 2019
Thursday, December 26, 2019
"Gizmas. Listened to my four cassette Allman Brothers box
set and read Rolling Stone....oh wait I did that Back in '72.
After supping at Punjabi Dhaba I tuned into WMBR and caught six
hours of Rick Biskit Roth on WMBR and
he just published his playlist. Hey when I tuned in "25th
Century Quaker" by Captain Beefheart off of Mirror man! A
1972 album I probably got mailorder for two dollars. OH! cant
forget Psycho Family Marathon (sic) with Psych-o-Mother-in
Law on cable! Other than that."bodies.....need......rest..."....
Friday, December 27, 2019
day of Thor 26 dec 19. My "supagroup" of MJ
Quirk and Schmel herbie Hind on double
lead guitar, Larry Newman- bass and captain
easychord- keyboards plus me and Gee Julie singing
had a splendid practice for Lou's New Eve Cantab.
Admission free but "the price of one admission is your mind!".
saturday 6 jan 20 I also play lead giz tar with
Club Linehan-a-go-go, also cantab. More gigs
to come and Happy Lou Year's!"....
Mad Painter with Brian Young
Sunday, December 29, 2019
Saturnalia 28 dec 19. mad painter live on Brian Young show.
Alex Gitlin- vocals. Flynn Young (House
of Glamour radio show!) - drums. Me-bass and vocals. Debut of: Al
Prince (you've seen him in Jetset!) - guitar and Gee
Julie Driscoll on vocals! Set went well with Brian loving
it and an invite to come back in six months (is it coz I play Uriah
Heep's "easy livin'" whilst Alex beats the Jon Lord (Deep
Purple melody) out of the Hammond?). Year ended on a good note and
like a later Byrds album we Further Along. 2020 goals are to record
plus Friday 10 Jan 20 is at Club Bohemia
plus Sunday 8 March 20 at Jungle and a 10 pm set
at Club Bohemia (FREE!) for my "when i'm 64" birthday.
My 1997 birthday Flynn's dad played bass in Silver Star and Jukebox
Angels so maybe "Lightning Strikes Twice (in the same place)".
flip side of Move's "Brontosaurus" maybe from an O. Rex
level cassette recording in 1972 via Solomon Gruberger whom always
taped we cool music. Then we met and formed a band. GHOSTS OF GRUBERGERS
PAST! Looks like Kenz Kaiser had dropped off Afrika
Korps Music to Kill By plus Live at Cantones and Korps Hello World
so they blessed our performance! Or was it the kabala from their
uncle (Oscar's brother already!) Fiefel Gruberger aka Phillip Berg?
"Tomorrow Never Knows"........
Alex Gitlin at WMFO