riffs from an improvised life -
"Illegitimi Non Carborundum"
Friday, March 27, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
BEARSVILLE THEATER 291 Tinker St., Woodstock, NY (845) 679-4406.
Doors at 8pm; Show at 9pm
purplE k’niFplay Maximum Surf and Hard Twang instrumentals! Imagine The Ventures with Keith Moon on drums. With an extensive repertoire of original tunes and vintage obscurities, purplE k’niF eschew the standards and ride the wild outside edge of instrumental Surf music. Formed in 1991 in New York City, all the members are originally from Ohio, and the band takes its name from a catch phrase used by the late, great Ghoulardi (Ernie Anderson) - host of Cleveland’s Fright Night/Creature Feature TV show in the 1960s - “Turn blue you purple k’nif!” (The “K” is hard and k’niF is Fink spelled backwards). After a 12 year hiatus, purplE k’niF reformed in 2006 and have been performing from the New Jersey shore to the beaches of Lake Erie, live radio shows on WFMU-FM and touring with Los Straitjackets.
Tunes by purplE k’niF, plus The Atlantics, The Bel-Airs, The Champs, Dick Dale, Duane Eddy, The Raybeats, The Shadows, The Ventures, Link Wray and more! No CD’s, no web site, no MySpace, no records, no merchandise, no vocals! Just a night of hard-driving instrumental guitar rock: “The most fun you can have without your swimsuit on!”
purplE k’niF is:
Chris Butler, drums. As guitarist and songwriter, Chris was in Tin Huey in the ‘70s, leader of The Waitresses (he wrote their hits “I Know What Boys Like” and “Christmas Wrapping”) in the ‘80s, and plays with Half Cleveland today.
Ted Lawrence, guitar. Ted writes much of purplE k’niF’s original material and also played guitar in The Supertones and The Human Tornados in NYC. He remains widely unknown everywhere to this very day.
Baker Rorick, bass. Formerly in Cool It Reba, The Baxters, Life In A Blender, and a dozen other NY bands, Baker is also a steel-string journalist who writes for guitar magazines. John Teagle, guitar. Johnny was in The Walking Clampetts, Lucky Tigers, and The Vice Royals. A vintage amplifier and guitar authority, he’s the author of “100 Years of Washburn Guitars” and co-author of “Fender Amps: The First Fifty Years.”
it's time to bug y'alls again about contributing to THE MAJOR GLITCH PROJECT...where the World's Longest Pop Song gets even longer and longer!
the song now clocks in at...
...which is PITIFUL...i want this thing to run for DAYS!
so check outhttp://majorglitch.net/ and find out how YOU can contribute to the World's Longest Pop Song (1998 Guinness Book of Records - US Edition)!
PEEVE DE JOUR: Depression 2.0 - the worst BMI check in decades.
...plus the AIG bonuses. there was a commentator on NPR yesterday who went on and on about the sanctity of honoring the executive's contracts, and that to break 'em would set a bad precedent.
but contracts get broken all the time!
the recourse for the injured party is to sue, which would expose these execs as even BIGGER scumbags/tie them & their dough up in court for ages/further publicize their shameful antics since law suits are in the public record/wait out AIG's probable declaration of bankruptcy so there will be to entity left to collect from/etc.
the Obama administration should have done this before the bonuses were paid, instead of their post-payout hand-wringing that seems disingenuous.
JOIE DE JOUR: itchin' to test out my new Pro Tools remote control box so i can record drums in another room.
ROSATI'S FLAVOR-OF-THE-DAY (3/22/09):
HIGBEES CHOCOLATE MALTED
NOW PLAYING: L'Trimm/"Cars That Go Boom!" two DJ's did this last Saturday at the WFMU Marathon party. here's an excellent version = a mash-up with Gary Numan & Some Guys That Need Haircuts.
how did i miss this tune?? it's got that ear worm thing going, too. '88 no less...and their name ain't about designer jeans, knee-tha.
Adam ("Ace") was the father of my best friend when i was growing up in NEOhio. all the Koblitz's - Adam, Anita, David & Beth - were the coolest. jazz on the hi-fi, a martini in hand, Mad Magazine & The New Yorker on the Eames coffee table & Chryslers with big fins in the driveway. a sharp, wry wit...a skeptical, droll intelligence. a wonderful family, a wonderful man.
Dear Family and Friends,
I thought you'd like to see this photo of Dad taken at a Navy blimp training base in California circa 1942. He had a good life--survived the sinking of the U.S.S. Quincy in the Pacific, played tennis with Katherine Hepburn, dated Betty Grable, heard Art Tatum play in dives in Toledo and Cleveland, married that classy Smith College gal from Long Island, etc., etc. . . . He'll be greatly missed!
my bro PJB writes:
Sam Butler and Adam Koblitz are hanging out by the pool having a lot of laughs. They're talking about their wives, careers, WW II, and all sorts of stuff. Sam has finally loosened up after having checked out in 1987 and is back to being that fun loving guy (we never knew him as that) back on Ripley Road in the early 1950's.
Um, what are they talking about now? They're discussing their kids. And, man, are they proud!
PEEVE DE JOUR: my kid won't eat.
JOIE DE JOUR: rumors of spring.
N. P. (NOW PLAYING): "Hippie Chick"/Soho. one of my-all-time favorite tunes. yes, i know it's a based on a Smiths sample but what they did with it stayed in constant rotation for ages. also played it live with The Legendary Wild Ensemble - Hoboken's only real 'hippie' band. great lyrics, too. thank you, youtube for this....dunno why i never thot to look there before:
N. B. A. T. W. P. (NEVER BE AT THE WRONG PARTY):
Petition Drive • Campaign Rally • Show
Monday March 16, 2009 7pm to 10 or 11pm The Goldhawk Lounge, back room 936 Park Avenue (at 10th Street) Hoboken, NJ
Come to show your support Come to see what this is about Come to listen to great musicians Come to sign a petition
I'll be at the Goldhawk Monday night with a stack of petitions, a bunch of friends, some terrific musicians, and probably a beer.
So please stop in, tell the neighbors, tell your friends. So far the response has been very positive, but we have to get the word out that a viable alternative exists. A surprising percentage of people I talk to agree with my ideas and approach, which makes me believe that the more people we can reach the better chance we have of upsetting the status quo.
We have a chance to start a real grass roots movement to get city hall to start listening to the people who pay the bills. But it only works with support. Your support, your energy, and your signature.
So far we've got Ed Fogarty, Boo Reiners and Dave Schramm (unconfirmed) providing musical entertainment. I'm waiting to hear back from more players. Check back for updates.
N. R. (NOW READING): "The Daily Adventures of Mixerman" - a collection of an audio engineer's daily postings during the (attempted) recording of dysfunctional band. painful to read because it's ohsotrue. been there/was there/was it...riveting, smart & packed with insight and info.
Dear Republican Leaders: The Republican Party has become the party dedicated to sabotaging the American future.
You Republicans are the arsonists who burned down our national home. You combined the failed ideologies of the Religious Right, so-called free market deregulation and the Neoconservative love of war to light a fire that has consumed America. Now you have the nerve to criticize the "architect" America just hired -- President Obama -- to rebuild from the ashes. You do nothing constructive, just try to hinder the one person willing and able to fix the mess you created.
I used to be one of you. As recently as 2000 I worked to get Senator McCain elected in that year's primary. (McCain and Gen. Tommy Franks wrote glowing endorsements regarding my book about military service, AWOL.). I have a file of handwritten thank you notes from Presidents Ford, Reagan, Bush I and II. In the 1970s and early 80s I hung out with Jack Kemp and bought into his "supply side" myth and even wrote a book he endorsed pushing his ideas.) There's more, but take it from me; my parents (evangelical leaders Francis and Edith Schaeffer) and I were about as tight with -- and useful to -- the Republican Party as anyone. We played a big part creating the Religious Right.
In the mid 1980s I left the Religious Right, after I realized just how very anti-American they are, (the theme I explore in my book Crazy For God). They wanted America to fail in order to prove they were right about America's "moral decline." Soon after McCain lost in 2000 I re-registered as an independent in disgust with W. Bush. But I still respected many Republicans. Not today.
How can anyone who loves our country support the Republicans now? Barry Goldwater, William F. Buckley and Ronald Reagan defined the modern conservatism that used to be what the Republican Party I belonged to was about. Today no actual conservative can be a Republican. Reagan would despise today's wholly negative Republican Party. And can you picture the gentlemanly and always polite Ronald Reagan, endorsing a radio hate-jock slob who crudely mocked a man with Parkinson's and who now says he wants an American president to fail?!
With people like Limbaugh as the loudmouth image of the Republican Party -- you need no enemies. But something far more serious has happened than an image problem: the Republican Party has become the party of obstruction at just the time when all Americans should be pulling together for the good of our country. Instead, Republicans are today's fifth column sabotaging American renewal.
President Obama has been in office barely 45 days and the Republican Party has the nerve to blame him for the economic and military cataclysm he inherited. I say economic and military cataclysm because without the needless war in Iraq you all backed we would not be in the economic mess we're in today. If that money had been spent here at home on renovating our infrastructure, taking us toward a green economy, putting our health-care system in order we'd be a very different situation.
As the father of a Marine who served in George W. Bush's misbegotten wars let me say this: if President Obama's strategy to repair our economy, infrastructure and healthcare fails that will put our troops at far greater risk because the world will become a far more dangerous place. So for all you flag-waving Republicans who are trying to undermine the President at home -- if you succeed more of our troops will be killed abroad.
When your new leader Rush Limbaugh calls for President Obama to fail he's calling for more flag-draped coffins. Limbaugh is the new "Hanoi Jane."
For the party that created our crises of misbegotten war, mismanaged economy, the lack of regulation of our banking industry, handing our country to rich crooks... to obstruct the one person who is trying to repair the damage is obscene.
Just imagine where America would be today if the 14 to 20 million voters -- "the rube base" who slavishly follow the likes of Limbaugh -- had not voted as a block year after year thus empowering the Republican fiasco. We would have a regulated banking industry and would have avoided our current financial crisis; some 4000 of our killed military men and women would be alive; over to 35,000 wounded Americans would be whole; we would have been leaders in the environmental movement; we would be in the middle of a green technology boom fueling a huge expansion of our economy and stopping our dependence on foreign oil, and our health-care system would be reformed.
After Obama was elected, you Republican leaders had a unique last chance to send a patriotic message of unity to the world -- and to all Americans. You could have backed our president's economic recovery plan. Since we all know that half of our problem is one of lost confidence and perception, nothing would have done more to calm the markets and project resolve and confidence than if you had been big enough to take Obama's offered hand and had work with him -- even if you disagreed ideologically. You had the chance to put our country first. You utterly failed to rise to the occasion.
The worsening economic situation is your fault and your fault alone. The Republicans created this mess through 8 years of backing the worst president in our history and now, because you put partisan ideology ahead of the good of our country, you have blown your last chance to redeem yourselves. You deserve the banishment to the political wilderness that awaits all traitors.
Frank Schaeffer is the author of CRAZY FOR GOD-How I Grew Up As One Of The Elect, Helped Found The Religious Right, And Lived To Take All (Or Almost All) Of It Back Now in paperback.
...to which i would add - all the RushRickNewts are discredited people with a discredited philosophy and failed political agenda. why are they still bellowing like sick bulls, and more importantly...why is anyone listening? deny them media coverage, already...they are gasbag pinheads who we've heard enough of.
ROSATI'S FLAVOR-OF-THE-DAY (3/16/09):
YES!!!!...THE NORTHFIELD CENTER LOCATION IS OPEN FOR THE SEASON!!!