Monday, August 29, 2016
"Fuzbrains Fanzine presents at Hotel Vernon, saturday night in Worcester, Mass. and the EVER lovely Cheryl Crane DID kenfirm that Exit 13 was right down the way, where Unattached/Hopelessly Obscure played 13 Jan 83, met Captain PJ, yee yee.
The Performers, from Brockport NY via Worcester did a splendid Clash/Jam set as a trio of two Geer brothers (I know their cuzzins!) and one Patriots-fan drummer from "heah". Bassist Sibley Geer WAS wearing a Buffalo Bills shirt and John Keegan DID say "Kenne, you write (I'm ALWAYS write!), i'll take pictures". Doug Geer, born in Brockport NY the same year I saw HELP at the Strand ("do the Strand"!), living four blocks from us Highlands, sang, played guitar, two highlights I remember are "16 miles on erie canal" done clash "I fought the law" style and also Monkees "Circle Sky" which sounded like the Jam played at 78 rpm. this band been together since 1979; Hello World!
Next up was Time Beings, Chris Cah from General Foods as the other guitar and when he and Preston Wayne soloed together it was MC5 (studio albums) meets Yardbirds "stroll on" (Beck/Page). covers I dug: "exodus" (slickee boys hot and cool!) pebbles classic "goin' away baby", stones "citadel", I REALLY should have taken notes coz bassist Jay Martorono (hope I spelt right) sang some GREAT toons, including Sonics "Boss Hoss".
Chris Brood and the Flipsides sounded like standard Chris Brood, which is a GOOD thing, including her Kenne Highland-cum-Sonic Smith guitar solos; she's gotten a lot better since '84, back then had a more primitive Seeds style, also good.
Lastly, how the FUCK do I review micelf? well, on my wall is photos, youtube footage, balloons for "she wants the kielbasa", during "No Sleep til Geno's", I grabbed Chris Brood to sing harmony AND go-go dance (I stole that idea from Iggy when he grabbed a dancing gurl for "the passenger"). But I did Iggy one better: ELVIS! I had Chris Brood and/or Heidi von Flensburg (MOIN to Pierre le Coutre, I was onstage with someone born 4 June!) and/or Kathy Cah (from Blue Moon!) who said it was "a religious experience". Geets Romo kept expecting me to go into "ramblin' rose" coz I WAS testifyin' but the encore that I got (no one was there to say "Kenne get off the stage; Thundertrain need to go on") was "under my wheels"/"suffragette city". Ready to rock Portland next month, Sean Sutner, 1984 Hopelessly Obscure keyboardist, Teaneck NJ native and a JETS fan also dug it, great seeing him, great seein' all kindsa groovy people I hadn't seen since '83 (plus I was sober enuff to remember hangin' with them!)"....
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
"tyme to be the "Underassistant East Coast Promo Man": text from Miguel D'Amour. playing a Neon night Thursday 8 sept 16 at Cantab. last saw him play Jumping Jack Flash March 84 covering Litter's "action woman". I been hearing about this band since Gizmos east coast tour 2014, so....FINALLY! that's Ida May....item B: Bob Bittner STILL needs money for WJIB, I sent in my check, where's yours? worked a lot of overtime so I can sit around Sunday morning lissenin' to Country Music Memories and what a tuff blue collar life I got, Amerika First.
Lastly, since I leave in a couple weeks, go fund me for the Gizmos, that gig is 17 sept 16, forty years since I first met Patricia Ragan. We had been pen pals since December 75 and Gulcher magazine BUT, truth did come out: "I stalked you through Lester Bangs"..."doesn't somebody want to be wanted like me"..."wanted, dead or alive" (I only quote Bon Jovi coz he, like Ken Kaiser, are New Jerseyites! and if he had EVER bought the Buffalo Bills, which is near Niagra falls NY...slowly I turn....".....
"just joined a facebook group: THE STORIES BEHIND THE SONGS (BEATLES). Now, obviously, all my lyrics, like country-western and the blues, are based on REAL events and people and back in the '60s, when I lived four blocks from THE PERFORMERS in Brockport NY using my democrat and chronicle paper route money to buy Beatles albums (this is '68-'69 seventh grade); it was two years before I got a guitar so I was a "lyricist" (or budding one)...shit, if I hadn't become an Elton John onstage, I'd merely have been a Bernie Taupin! (something for Gee Julie to KENsider since she's wrote some lyrics this summer: I'm Reginald KENNETH Dwight and she's a Bernie TAUPIN supporter!)...ok, hahahaha, but reasons I LIKE this group instead of being vacuous fan page is I get to read "Paul was thinking of bass line in Chuck Berry's "talkin' 'bout you" for bassline of "I saw her standing there"! one of my favourite Beatles b-sides too! So glad to get this in my newsfeed; why it's like the "Motown-inspired" "Got to get you into my life" (Hopeslessly Obscure Beatle fact: for "drive my car", Miss Lyn had butcher cover!, Paul was aping Motown's James jamerson on bass! why do I copy so many people? Sir Paul McCartney influence from junior high in the '60s!!!!!".....
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Thursday, September 1, 2016
"thanks to Mister Ethier, WCUW, mental Worcester (friend request: "hi, Kenne, I'm a friend of captain PJ's down at the station": ACCEPT!!!) for a Ralph's show. Hopelessly Obscure/Glider and Time Beings. Ken Cali doing promotion ("the thing with two heads") (?!) (yes, that IS Hopelessly Obscure!)"....
Friday, September 2, 2016