Tuesday, January 26, 2020
Grooves with BGN pin
every day is a Saturday" 23 Jan 21. Drummer Al Hendry
has Alice Highland "Under His Wheels" and bassist Larry
Newman joins us. First order of business at Lowell Street
Studio is "Tolga's Toon", me jammin' with Reptilians
From Andromeda guitarist. I'm adding a lot of licks I
learnt off my mono copy of Over Under Sideways Down ($20: Somerville
Grooves! day previous, Larry and I dropped off three
Asa cds plus BGN merch). Next up "Alter Cocker Rockers";
turns out Larry Newman, like the Gruberger brothers
heard Yiddish in der haus so for you messugah goyim, an alter
cocker is an elder gentleman. I tossed EVERY '70s rock guitar
cliché in there ("Kenne! That sounds like Humble Pie's
"C'mon Everybody"!- Larry) and the intro which is "Gimme
Shelter" meets the Nuge's "call of the wild" has
MORE COWBELL by Alan Hendry. After riffin' on Cactus's "Evil",
"you fatalistic fuck" is recorded; Al/Larry: "we
sound like Hendrix towards the end!" (sic) meaning band of
Gizmos-cum-Red House. The Vatican Sex Kitten joins up us on lap
steel for "everybody's a lyre" (recorded circa 1987
by...Tom Hamilton! became a flexi-disc in Britain, it did). Gee
Julie sang some "Fist City" vocals; "Talk to Loretta"
meets Loretta Lynn! "North Shore gurl that's gonna love you
forever" sings "wilkie southern"! "Pizza Delivery
Move" and another great/ FUN Gizmos 20 march 76 session!
Wednesday, January 27, 2020
Sonntag 24 jan 20. Mad Painter session Lowell
Street studios. Drummer Al Hendry pulls up in
front of Groupie Towers II with Palmyra Del Ran on Sirius radio.
Earlier my "Uncool Niece" Unclean Justine had
mentioned that Little Stevens Underground Garage
played"She's Not Just Another Girl (She's A Darling)".
R. U. Sirius? Bubble Puppy's "Hot Smoke and Sassafrass' was
even better! Randy Pie's "Highway Driver", which is
German rock-disco, was recorded along with "Party Line"
(a Status Quo-type british boogie), "The moon" (has
a '20s "alice's restaurant' feel) and "I live for Love"
(Procol Harum playing Aphrodite's Child's "rain and Tears").
Al Hendry nailed the drums parts, I had trouble
with the bass parts ("Too many Creeps"? "Too many
notes"!), Alex Gitlin was doing his mid-70s
melodic side (I thought "I live for Love" could be a
mid-70s solo John Lennon ballad) and LASTLY: Gee Julie's
vocals! (icing on cake). VERY ethereal, like the "tales of
brave ulysesses/ how his naked ears were tortured, sirens sweetly
singing".very ethereal like Enya maybe. Gee Julie and I departed
as Schmel Herbie Hind laid some guitar After Shopping at Saver's
(better than bathing at baxter's!). Picked up the Popgun
cd wicked cheap. More recording next month and it WILL be a cd!
Thursday, January 28, 2021
Til Tuesday 26 jan 20. SUPPER at the Independent, union Square,
Somerville, Massachusetts in the snow. Music to eat By: "The
fairest of the Seasons' off Nico's Chelsea Girls album release
October 1967 (did NOT sell as much as Sgt pepper). Wikipedia quotes:
"chamber folk. '60s pop. Jackson Browne on electric guitar'
(first song, side one!) (AND on youtube!). Aint nuthin' better
than eatin' fish AND chips (NO cole slaw!) and lissenin' to Nico
on a shitty (Johnny) Winter night!
Friday, January 29, 2021
day of Thor 27 jan 20. Got my vaccination for COVID but not JOE
VIG, so took a listen to Varulven #21. Dalia Davis is
artist I "grokked". "11 and a half' is the song
and she's on twitter @DaliaDavisMusic. Seems to be young Berklee
lass but has some heavy hitters on her recordings! Bird mancini,
Macgregor MacGehee of Fate MacCobb plus had worked with Did Stewart
(Girl's Night Out), Human Sexual Response and
Mister Curt of pastiche. "11 and a half"
is off her album Keep a Clean Engine on Teal Power; she's also
recorded Beatles/Dylan tributes, so good taste there, for me,
"still back at 'ome wi' me Beatles and me Stones"..."11
and a half" lyrically is kinda like Childhood Lost ala Janis
Ian's 'at 17' only younger than that. Musically, I think it has
more in common with melanie's "Brand New Key". When
I was 11 and a half, Nico released Chelsea Girls but I was more
into Top 40 WBBF Rochester NY. Every cut on this comp is a nice
sampler of Hopelessly Obscure bands I never heard of and I shall
certainly follow Dalia Davis in the "twilight" of my
career! (Not dead YET tho; neither Covid nor Joe Vig gonna kill
Saturday, January 30, 2021
Freitag 28 Jan 21. As Gee Julie and I dined at
Istanbulu (Teele Square, Somerville), I kept getting
facebook alerts that Hilton Valentine of the Animals
had died. I bought all my Animals albums about 1970; maybe 1974
Solomon Gruberger and I AGREED Hilton was an underrated guitarist
(we even agreed on the Animals!) and Nancy Neon booked me somewhere
in Greenwich Village and Hilton Valentine WAS in audience, hearing
me cover an Animals song! "sounded gud' 'e said in 'is Geordie accent.
Most touching memoir now is Jim McCarty YARDBIRDS (Facebook friend!)
saying Hilton was a great guy and this ANIMAL would come to YARDBIRDS
shows! Of course back when I was hearing "house of rising sun" and
"heart full of soul" little did I realise I'd be Facebook friends
that even Donna Gaines woulda heard "On the radio". Otherwise, today
Saturday, it's Turkish psychedelic music on youtube and a mad painter
practice tonight, studio 20 feb AND Ma turns 90! (I read in a French
fanzine in French; "la mere" "guitarre" "$9 acoustic Sears and Robuck"".....