I was cleaning out my drives and came across a few performances from this festival. Here is the first. It is the group Starsailor.
In My Blood Counterfeit Life Poor Misguided Fool Alcoholic Fever In The Crossfire Four To The Floor Four To The Floor (Remix) Tie Up My Hands Faith Hope Love Keep Us Together Good Souls I Got A Woman Silence Is Easy
I had the once in a lifetime, rare chance to see The Velvet Underground at the New York Public Library December 8, 2009. I will clean this up and pump up the volume later, but I just wanted to get this "out there" now, so I could be the first and only place you can hear this. Other people have a review....Of course ruhtf is the only place you will HEAR this.
I'm not ashamed to admit... I'm a huge Adam and the Ants fan... more "Ants" than "Ant". They would have probably been my first foray into "new wave" music... actually back then, they probably fell under "punk". I found this and I thought I would share...it's a 1985 interview from KROQ by Jed the Fish. This is from his post-Ants period.
Sadly, this is all I have of Wilco's five night run at the Riviera theater in Chicago. As you may know, they played their entire catalog over the five nights. I only managed to capture the second set of night five.
Actually, I got some of the last song of the first set, "Hummingbird", as well as the 30 minute intermission, and then all of the second set.
These are the songs:
Via Chicago, Blood of the Lamb, Can’t Stand It, Box full of Letters, Heavy Metal Drummer, Hate It Here, The Thanks I Get, Just a Kid, Red-Eyed and Blue, I Got You (at the end of the century), Casino Queen, I’m a Wheel, Less Than You Think
I’m the Man Who Loves You, Dreamer in My Dreams
This sounds as if it's straight off the soundboard.
Complain all you want that it is only part of the show, but I dare you to find this anywhere on the web in any form.
I was lucky enough to go see Pixies at one of their triumphant Palladium shows two weeks ago. It was an amazing show and very faithful to the original recordings. In case you didn't get a chance, I created this recording to share.
This was an interview done upstairs at the Roxy before their show. A lesson I learned from this interview: load your tape recorder with new batteries before an interview. Sadly, the batteries were at the end of their life. Towards the end of the interview, the tape recorded slow so when it is played back, their voices are really fast. I do think I got most of the interview. Luckily, with the advent of computer editing, after digitizing the cassette, I slowed it back down. This was done with my friend Christa and there was a guy there named Blaze who was interviewing them for his zine. Later, Blaze was in the band TVTVs.
Every couple of years, this song has new reasons to be rolled out. The Beatles are the personification of the gift that keeps giving. I'm sure Wes is working on a lyric about being able to play the Beatles in a video game.
This was recorded on LA's beloved, and much missed, KSCA 101.9.
Yeah, yeah, yeah....I know I SHOULDA posted this on 9/9/09. Next time.
I found this while digging through one of my drives. I couldn't find it anywhere else out there on the web so... for your enjoyment... Camp Freddy doing Cheap Trick's "Surrender" With Rick Nielsen on guitar.
Terry surprised me last night with tickets to go see The Pretenders and Cat Power at the Greek. It was an amazing show. Chrissie Hynde still has an amazing voice. Which got me to thinking that I would put up this song. It's often mistakenly identified as "State of Independence" and most people don't even know it's MoodSwings, with Chrissie guesting. This was used in a department store commercial..or was it perfume?? It was also on the soundtrack to "Single White Female". Anyhow..it became a big hit, and apparently is a cover version of a song originally done by Jon & Vangelis and Donna Summer.
I can tell you who this artist is, Dump. I can tell you where he's playing, Maxwells. I can tell you what band he is from, Yo La Tengo. I can tell you the name of the album that these songs come from is "That Skinny Motherfucker With The High Voice?" it's up to you to figure out who he's covering. People have gotten cease-and-desist letters for posting less (an infant dancing to a song in the background).
Sadly, the rock world lost one of its legends yesterday. Les Paul died. Jonesy had him scheduled as a guest in 2006, but his health was bad then and was unable to make it. That evening, all the guitar legends were going to be playing a tribute concert to him. Slash was Jonesy's guest and they did a great interview with some songs. For your enjoyment, I'm posting that here. I edited out the commercials, but unfortunately my file got corrupted at the end and I lost the interview they did with Les over the phone.
Probably every locale in the United States has one. That is, a local band that is immensely popular with the "hip" kids... a band everyone pins their hopes on and believes that it will put their area "on the map". In the later part of the 80s, orange county had Electric Cool-Aid (also known as ECA), which were one of a few bands poised for the "big time". The ubiquitous bumper sticker could be seen on cars all throughout the county, and was a badge of "coolness". I was DJng at KUCI around the time of their existence, but I came into the ECA party a bit late to know their history. nonetheless, I always felt they had "what it takes" and have always been on the lookout for information about them. Now, thanks to the Internet, and more specifically Facebook, I stumbled upon their page, where Nick Sjobek is offering CDs for voluntary donation.
Rodney On the ROQ pulled out this rare gem a couple weeks ago. It's "Incense and Peppermints" as covered by the Adult Net. He was playing it because the original group, Strawberry Alarm Clock, was playing at the Sky Saxon tribute show.
This isn't "music related"... but it does have to do with me, and this IS my blog, so I thought I would put this up. Many people who know me know that I was on Wheel of Fortune a few years back. It wasn't an easy task getting on. Initially they didn't want to have me be a contestant on the regular show, but were going to farm me off to the "Friends and Family" show since I couldn't spin the wheel myself. The David in me decided to go up against the Goliath of the show and be persistent. Eventually I convinced them to allow me to have my brother spin for me. I figured they would have initially proposed it based on the principle that could bring them some good PR.
Out of my whole experience, I wrote an article which appeared in New Mobility magazine and made me $250. The biggest contention they had was that the other contestants would think it was "unfair" of me to have someone with me. As you'll see in the show... it didn't really matter. My feeling was that it was purely a game of chance and even with me having my brother spin for me, I would have just as much a chance as everyone else. (Oh...with the money I won, I bought the video camera I use for my concert shots).
The conclusion in the article below was added by the editor, but everything else is mine.
"WHEEL OF FORTUNE CONTESTANT AUDITION ON WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 20, 2002 AT 11:00 AM (BY INVITATION ONLY)."
This was the subject of the e-mail in big, bold capital letters. I must have somehow, somewhere, expressed interest online in being a contestant. I read the instructions and it sounded legitimate (you can’t trust 75% of the e-mails you get these days). They were having a cattle call for contestants and I was invited. All I had to do was leave a phone message confirming my reservation. I checked through all of the qualifications, and I was eligible--I lived close to Los Angeles and thus wouldn’t need to foot the travel bill, was over 18, not related to anyone working for “Wheel,” hadn’t been on the show before, etc. I wasn’t doing anything on Wednesday the 20th, and a road trip to L.A. sounded fun. I called and gave them all the necessary information and made my reservation.
Wednesday came and I got in my adapted van with my trained service dog—a Canine Companion--to head to L.A. I’m a C5 quad, paralyzed from the chest down with no use of my hands, but I’m able to drive with hand controls. I arrived at the audition with time to spare. When I found the area where everything would happen, the other prospective contestants were standing around waiting to be told what to do. When we were finally called in, everyone cheerily descended upon the room (you have to show your cheery face because you never know who might be watching you). At first, everyone filled out a form that told who they were. I needed physical assistance filling this out, so an assistant kindly helped me. The sheets were methodically picked up so that the people in charge could figure out who was who when addressing them.
Next was a practice run-through: We called out letters to show that we could enunciate and be enthusiastic (in the most mundane of settings). An assistant spun a mini wheel and we played the puzzles that the computer projected on the screen. When it was my turn, my enthusiasm was evident, and my vocal abilities were among the best.
The next part of the audition was paper-and-pen puzzles. These were “Wheel of Fortune” type puzzles, with some of the letters filled in. You needed to guess the answer based on the category and number of letters for each word. There was no problem having an assistant help me fill this out. After this test, the staff collected everyone’s papers and went to grade them. When they came back, they told us that if our name was called, we were to stay. The rest were excused. The third from the last name called was mine. I was staying!
The final round of the audition was a practice game between three of the contestant candidates, with the assistant spinning the mini wheel and puzzles projected by the computer. Now they wanted to see how we could do under pressure of competition, and they wanted to make sure we didn’t call out letters that had already been called. In other words, they wanted to see that we could pay attention and maintain composure. What they didn’t want to hear was, “You know Pat, I think I’d like a ‘D’ because I think there’s a few up there.” They wanted a simple and forceful ”D!”
I was pitted against my fellow herd mates in two games, and both times I was appropriate in my letter picking, and both times I solved my puzzle. This was good, I thought. I showed them that I’m intelligent and can fill in the missing blanks. After they went through everyone twice, the coordinator let us know that they had all the information they needed and if we were chosen, we would get an invitation in two weeks. Otherwise, we didn’t make it.
As everyone was getting up to leave, the contestant coordinator approached me, leaned over, and asked, “Larry, if you were to be a contestant, would you be able to spin the wheel?” I held up my arms, adorned with braces that I use to type, and said, “I have no use of my hands. I was thinking that maybe you could provide me with an assistant to spin the wheel.”
He thought about it and said, “Well, I don’t think that would work.” He then seemed to have a spontaneous idea: “Do you have a friend or family member that could help you?” I thought he was going to allow someone to spin for me on “‘Regular’ Wheel,” but then he proceeded to shoot down that idea with, “But we’ve taped all our ‘Friends & Family Week’ shows for this season and won’t be doing it again till next year.”
“Well,” I said, “couldn’t you just get me an assistant, like a Vanna, to spin the wheel?” This was a useless proposition to him. He insisted that this just wouldn’t work. Then I said, “If you’re worrying about me suing if they spin poorly for me, that wouldn’t happen.”
“It’s not that,” he said. “I don’t know how the other contestants would feel about it.” Then he inquired if my “pooch” would need to come on stage with me. My service dog is legally allowed to accompany me in to any public facility. I told him, however, that he would not “need” to come with me--just to appease him. He left me with the promise that he would think about what to do.
Two or three weeks passed, and I hadn’t heard back, so I put in a call to the studios. The woman I spoke with assured me the coordinator would get back to me, but he was out of the office. We finally made contact a few days later, and he told me I was chosen to be a contestant but I would need to find a friend or family member because I would be on “Friends and Family Week.” And he reminded me that they wouldn’t be taping till next season. And, before they gave final approval, they wanted to see my friend or family member in action. When I asked why I wouldn’t be able to be on the regular show, he told me that there never is a guarantee that contestants will be on a particular show, and thus I was chosen for the “Friends & Family” show (even though that’s not the show I had auditioned for).
I thought about it a long time, with mixed feelings. At first it seemed they were being reasonable, but the bottom line was “Wheel Of Fortune” was not willing to allow an assistant to help me spin the wheel, so they farmed me out to “Friends & Family” week rather than accept the idea of a “reasonable accommodation.” They refused to allow me to play as an individual. I could only play in a family setting, as if my worth as an individual was somehow in question. The message came through loud and clear: “If you don’t have use of your hands, you can’t play on the regular show.”
The last time I checked, “Wheel of Fortune” was a game of chance paired with a game of intelligence in trivial things. You spin the wheel, which is pure chance. Stronger people aren’t any better at spinning the wheel than weaker people. Men aren’t any better than women, and vice-versa. There’s no rocket science in spinning the wheel. You spin the wheel, take your chances, and it lands on an arbitrary dollar amount. Pure luck. Every space on the wheel has an equal chance, theoretically, of being landed on.
The important part of the game comes after the wheel is spun. That’s when the brainpower kicks in and the contestant attempts to guess letters and solve the riddle of the puzzle. But the contestant coordinator seemed so hung up on how the other contestants would feel about having someone else spin the wheel for me that he was unwilling to consider a workable solution to allow me to compete as an individual. More than likely this policy decision was handed down from the powers that be.
What I learned from my sojourn behind the scenes of TV game shows is the Wheel of Fortune truly is unpredictable: “Round and round it goes. Where it stops, nobody knows.” But the wheel of discrimination is easy to predict. For some of us, it always seems to stop just short of “Jackpot.” Not until we are seen as individuals whose unique gifts are more important than our physical limitations will we get the real payoff.
In the meantime, I think I’ll try my hand at “Jeopardy.”
Besides auditioning for game shows, Larry Singer, PsyD., is working as an intern in preparation for becoming a practicing psychologist. He lives in Irvine, Ca.
Not Paul Weller, but an incredible simulation! This was a nice little treasure from the mid 80's. We were at Tower Records in El Toro for the Three O' Clock record signing. The girls I was with wanted to go stalk the band after the signing, so I followed along. This involved chasing them to their car, a la "Hard Day's Night". I peered in their car and saw this album from label mates The Truth. Curious, the next time I saw it at Discount Records in Costa Mesa. I grabbed it and was very pleased to find a very heavy Jam/Style Council influence, and the singer sounded a lot like Paul Weller. They found marginal success and ended up on a lot of second-rate B-movie/Straight to video soundtracks. Their second album had a more AOR sound and actually had a minor hit that charted, "Weapons Of Love". I remember hearing the song in Johnny Depp's first star turn TV show, "21 Jump Street" (yes..I enjoyed that show). Special thanks to this amazing blog!
We lost what could not be disputed as a popular entertainer. Here at RUHtF, we'll post our tribute as only we now how...with John Oswald's re-imagining of "Bad" as "Dab". Oswald trades in an art he calls Plunderphonic, the practice of taking pop song, mixing them up, cutting them up, slowing them up and speeding them down and Making them only slightly recognizable to their legitimate "parent(s)" song(s). he can take three recognizable drumbeats from a song and make a five-minute song of those. Just enough to know where it came from, but drastically different to enjoy it in a different light. In "Dab", he takes Michael Jackson's "Bad" and chops it up, spins it around, speeds and slows it, and reverses it... walking on a very fine copyright tight rope. It's a really great album and good luck finding it on CD...however some of his stuff is downloadable here
I edited the picture, because it contains a graphic some would consider "vulgar", and RUHtF is a "family" site...one that you would send your mother to, if she was cool (i've sent my mother).
This is not for the faint of ear...so if you need your music straight, put on Michael. If you like it, dig further on John Oswald. You'll like his re-imagining of "Hello, I Love You" as '"O'Hell", Zeppelin in the song "Power", James Brown with "Brown" and every recorded James Brown yelp in one 3 minute 57 song, Metallica mixed with Queen in "2net"...you get the idea...get thee to Plunderphonics to hear what I am talking about
This is the inaugural edition of a feature on RUHtF i'm lovingly calling "Jonesy's iPod". Now that the Southern California airwaves are desolate once again with the shutting down on Indie 103.1 (the terrestrial version), I have decided it's time to start posting bits and pieces I have recorded. I have what I consider to be the largest collection of Jonesy's Jukebox shows. I'm going through them...a tdious task, but i'm cataloging all the special guests he's had, and will be posting some select shows, interviews, covers, and whistles that I find.
This will be a constant work in progress.
Here's the first..the great interview he did with Paul McCartney. There's a minor technical glitch in the middle, but they pick up on the other end of the track they play.
In the 90's, my brother and I had a radio show called The Bro Show. We had some great guests come up to the studio and play. Here's The legendary Cadillac Tramps. They are playing tomorrow night in Fullerton for free at the Slide Bar. I suggest you go if you can.
I haven't seen/heard this anywhere, which is surprising because it was streamed online, and anyone with a passing knowledge of how to work a computer could have recorded it. I had vision and captured it..sadly, I did so with my FM transmitter and about 3 songs sound REALLY crappy because of poor reception. I cut those out of this stream. Enjoy!
This one truly deserves to be filed under "you-must-see-it-with-your-own-eyes-to-believe-it-cause-my-description-doesn't-come-close-to-doing-it-justice".
The Fall came stateside a few years back and being the Fall fanatic I am, I saw them every Southern California opportunity (and San Diego). I had never heard of the opening act... but what I saw I was not prepared for.
The Fall's equipment was all set up on the stage... and some guy came out holding an Apple laptop, set it down, opened it up, hooked it up... and began his show. I was expecting, as the rest of the audience probably was, techno music to start pulsating from his laptop. However, what we saw was what shall follow in this post.
When I tried to explain to people what I saw the next day my words could not describe it. He picks a single syllable, single beat, a single picture, and proceeds to loop it ad nauseum. Needless to say, I, and the rest of the audience, sat there stunned with our mouths agape. Luckily, I had my digital camera and captured part of this performance, once I realized I would not be able to properly describe this the next day. I did the shooting, ergo the shaky picture.
If you don't "get it", don't worry... it's not to be gotten, like any good abstract art.
I have been looking for this for a long time now. I recorded this when it was broadcast April 23 of last year... but I named the file with a name that I wouldn't have gone looking for. On a whim, I looked up the date this concert was and looked on my drive for files that date... and lo and behold, it was there!
I've looked on the web and nowhere else can this be found so once again this is a truly rare item, of the like ou'll only find here on RUHtF. Mind you, the award show was really lame and the audio quality is less than stellar... but as any good bootleg, at least it exists.
So now for your enjoyment I give you the godlike geniuses (as deemed by NME... I doubt any American entity would bestow this honor on them)...JANE'S ADDICTION!
In honour of Mr. Weller's birthday, "Leafy Mysteries" on Conan O'Brian:
The picture above is taken in the kitchen of House Of Blues Anaheim. Please note his lit cigarette, and my dog Hawk. When his sister Nicky got him for me, he mumbled something in cockney while pointing to Hawk. I asked him to repeat it twice, and then just laughed and said "yeah".