Monday, September 30, 2019
Day 21 Sept 19. Haven't opened for Lyres in 20-odd years, Kirkland
Cafe if'n "my memory serves me well" (FANTASTIC Leslie
West group on Facebook and that first Mountain album with "This
wheel's on fire'; "Mississippi Goddam!) ("ever since
I've known Ken he's always talked in song titles"; Helena
Terrace, The Rock Record, April 1974). Soundcheck
was fun: bass for GliDER, I started riffin' on "Bad Scene"
by Ten Years After (thanks to Lyres bassist Dave,
that rig was TOTALLY Mal Schachter....why is this reading like
my 1973 fanzine? Movie stars Patricia Ragan/Miss Lyn hadnt "punkefied"
me yet!), so then Jeff Connolly started singing
"Spoonful" with GLiDER! I was "Manically Depressed"
we didnt do it for 16 minutes! (Now "THAT is rocknroll"!).
Also, before GLiDER set, table of Jeff Connolly/me/Captain
easychord/Mr Gail Corcoran (he'd recorded with my sixth
cuzzin (Dead People facts - VULCHER!)
Kevin Michael Allin!!!) and Pete Stigmatic all
discussing acts: manchester NH (founded by ma's Blodgett cuzzin!)
club and when Ed Lynch said he recorded with
GG '87-ish; Jeff: "the golden years!" ("dont slander
me" but if print it, it's libel? contact M. Bliss, esquire!).
Folks wuz there early for GliDER, Blowfish already
reviewed by, like Chain Link fence ca '84, we were "stoppin'
on a dime" (ONLY coz I watch Schmel Herbie Hind,
whose Armenian surname means "prince" or "leader";
we ARE both Aries and blind in one eye!).
sugar headache (cure: listen to fuckin' BLOODROCK and "call
me in the morning",Miss Ross!) so I helped Schmel move gear;
kudos to Cal Cali for putting on this early ONCE
show, a lot of good promotion "yeah yeah yeah"....talkin'
to Gee Julie now in New Bedford for a benefit
for Sabbath Drums; this Spartan was in ICU, totaled car and drums
and STILL drummed TWO HOURS of Judas Priest tribute band in a
neck brace! Gee Julie found a cool store new club bought a Judas
Priest comp thang; gotta go check out this record store! name
at present; Hopelessly Obscure!). Lyres doin'
"How do you know" and "dont give it up now"
and the sound in the Dunkin' Donuts loo is fantastic! Try it sometyme!
I shit you not! (wish I could say same for me)....."Bus Stop"
with Matt from Harlequin, record mogul Steevee Ricardo (Johny
Jumper Cable tried courting him at rat in '80s, but no cables
on Enigma, but he is still a great guy....I'd pass (gas) on us
too! and you two! and U-2 especially!). also Alvan Long,
November Group! Got to J and J's Portegei restaurant
but half hour til closing (do you REALLY give a good Funk? reading
Jim Sullivan's James Brown book now....wahhhhhhh!!!! Good God!)....so
Bronwyn und "Deutschland uber alles!" Der Waitresses
(von Ohio?) knew me and it was "Boobs a lot" in dyrndals
und leiderhosen plus in the corner.....an oom pah pah band! Granted
GliDER/Lyres are good bands, but as a sixth-generation German-American,
"taking a hog",non-alcoholic Becks,"Boobs a lot"
und der musik....Das ist himmel!!!!!!"
Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Sonntag 22 SEPT 19. From a facebook link from SAINT SAVA SERBIAN
ORTHODOX CATHEDRAL. so i caught Sunday of a Serbian festival and
"all I got was this lousy t-shirt!". Food, Serb music
that echoes Dick Dale's Lebanese roots ("series of two';
Schmel herbie Hind and his oud-playing kinfolk!) One of them big
ole $20 meat and three sides neo-Greek plates and Gee Julie enjoyed
Serbian Folk Dance Ensemble (like them on facebook
and all Gee Julie got "was two lousy t-shirts" (from
years past; I got "such a deal!"). Sonntag festival
was 1100-5 pm but I needed to get to mad painter
practice! which went well and wait'll you hear our version of
"Love is blue"! (youtube Jeff Beck doing "Love
is Blue"). Flynn Young's knee is better
from his fall at Heroes
BUT "I'd go to Heroes even if i was in a wheelchair".....well,
it IS a good quote!!!
Wednesday, October 2, 2019
"Thor's day 26 sept 19. O' brien's Pub.
Ken and Gee Julie sample the shitload of Korean restraunts now
on Harvard Ave., Allston, so I missed Sara and Scaliwags.
DID catch New netherland's The Ritualists (like
them on facebook!) They had blue lamé jackets and a
glam/goth sound that Flynn Young's Club Elektrik may dig. From
an interview, influences are Ziggy and Roxy; that's enuff! But
also Doors/Velvets and early Cult! And when they did Doors "Crystal
Ship' b-side, I swore it was ian Astbury aping Morrison. Blue
sequin jacket, jumping about...."Be More Flamboyant"?
Purchased a cd for $10 for Club Elektrik (Flynn's birthday gift?
Shit no! This is PAYOLA!!!!!!) and discovered the keyboardist
"I'm from the Midwest",so I went "Bloomington,
Indiana" and...my psychic/psycho powers amaze me! Gave him
the LEGEND "of the Gizmos",so maybe a "21st century
Gizmos fan"? GLiDER continually stop on a dime performing
their album BUT special guest on drums was Sara Billingsley!
For "Loose" and "Caroline Says". So we were
a Cal cali rhythm section! "Kenne do you know "Loose"?"...."I
bought it for $3.49 Vince's Record shoppe, Main Street, Brockport
NY October '71"...and "when my mind's gone' (Mott the
Highland) it's forever engraved on the second interview of my
life in FFannzeen online! "Kenne Highland; reluctant superstar";
that was 1978!Look what "Fame" did to my distant cuzzin
Kurt Cobain! "and I swear that I dont have a gun".....coz
my fucken M-16 was locked up in the Goose Creek, South carolina
marine barracks armory!!! besides:"this is my rifle/this
is my gun/one is for killing/the other's for fun"....did
that draft dodger ted Nugent ever say that?! 'Nuff Said and Make
Sara & Scaliwags
Thursday, October 3, 2019
Freitag 27 sept 19. waiting for the tube, check facebook on phone,
Tom Champlin from plan (played Sabbath's "fairies wear boots"
with Hopelessly Obscure, dealin' with the dead lp release rat June
'84) had posted that Eric Stumpo of Plan Nine had died.
his obituary here)That's like Ken highland of the Gizmos croaking;
fearless leader and all. hit "share' folks are in disbeleif
etc BUT not ONE bad word said about him; just re-nem-buh's from
"Nine Heads" about the "Jerry" of the band...well,
until I run outta caffeine, "here 'Tis!" november '82
maybe, me and JB, manics drummer (RIP) went to see Eddie Walker
at Storyville (with Asa Brebner (RIP!)). What blew me away was a
Gizmo-esque octet with FOUR lead guitars and from the first note
of chorus of "Crackin' Up" by The Wig, I "borrowed"
the chorus to begat "She's My best Bette" and thus formed
Hopelessly Obscure Mach II. My first Hopelessly Obscure gig with
Plan Nine was July '83, Inn Square S and S deli;
they LOVED us! I write all this in appreciation. Stumpo played with
a Leslie West tone, I used to watch his fingers thus that HEAVY!
sound I emulate; I " progressed" beyond Chuck berry, but
dont tell Ken kaiser. A bunch 1984 rat appearances: I read "dealin'
with the dead' poem on Plan Nine live lp (Midnight) and once did
the solo on "dealin' with the Dead"...the HONOUR of being
Plan Nine's fifth guitarist! Again, thank you Eric Stumpo
for asking me! The last tyme I saw eric Stumpo, he and
keyboard wife Deborah Demarco were brought to Kirkland cafe 1 April
94 by reed Lappin of In Your ear; later that night
I was de-kilted and banned! So hadnt seen them for a spell but seems
rest of Plan Nine is on facebook, so, to quote Slim and the Supreme
Angels "Give me my flowers/while I'm livin'!"..
Friday, October 4, 2019
saturday 28 sept 19. LP and Harmony, night
club in brooklyn new york 15 miles from where i first played Jay
Gruberger's bass on "under my wheels" and "I'm
a man",29 avenue W, Sunday 3 June 73. Cal Cali strikes
again! with a good "NY Punk" band. The Dick
Jokes are a very powerful trio to which I Jay-ishly said:
"you guys sound like Mountain!"; guitarist says "I
love Mountain!". Schmel Herbie Hind, Wayland
Groupie News says "Ginger Baker on drums!" Flashbacks
of hanging out in NYC with Jay Gruberger in '70s abound....like
when at CBGBs saturday 26 march 77, Live at the Rat
showcase, we're still playing air guitar and bass to Cream's "NSU"....But
these guys have "proto-punk" cred too: "Rock and
roll queen", Mott the Hoople! as covered by Johnny and the
Jumper Cables! The "kicker" was Stooges "Got my
cock in my pocket" which I saw at Academy of Music 31 Dec
73 (see why "My head's in '73"?) but Mister Dick Joke
(sorry I didnt catch guitarist name but
LIKE them on facebook!) saw Stooges at some Michigan festival
where after Dave Alexander, bass,was fired....that is very early
on Stooges! Baabes were loud and fast, great
hanging with; but someone tell Jason Ring (photo);
"I need a fix not a kiss"! GLiDER were
also stopping on a dime, nice, tight, fast etc. A fun tyme in
New netherlands, hope to return next year!"....