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Monday, July 27, 2015

Grateful Dead Final Shows Made Me Think of...

Dead madness has swept the nation as we all, regradless of age, look back on how the music of The Grateful Dead affected us. That tender age when being labeled a "poser" could cost you major cool points on the playground comes to mind. Questions revloving around your favorite Dead song came up here and there, especially from the older sibling set. "Did you say Casey Jones is your favorite Dead song? You are a pussy."

My aunt (mom's younger sister) was a deadhead, which is funny because my mother was and remains to be utterly clueless about most things music. Add to that, my father is 100% resposible for my musical tastes. Our first concert was Bob Dylan at the old Raleigh Civic Center. I was in the fourth grade. If you ask my older brother, he will tell you about how I launched a nabs cookie at GE Smith who happened to be part of Dylan's touring band during the "Under the Red Sky tour".

My love for the Dead swelled by the time I was in middle school. That sweet time of riding in the car with your parents and making them listen to your tapes was in full swing. I was loaded with cherished Dead and Phish tapes. In the car one afternoon, "The Heart of Me" featuring Donna Jean Godchaux caught my mothers attention.She affectionately inquired about the lovely voice coming from the tape deck, and in my sullen, teenage tone proudlty exclaimed, "this is the Grateful Dead, mom!" She did not believe me. After some serious convincing, she confessed, "I thought they were a skull and crossbones, heavy, death-metal band". She could not believe how pretty it was. This is the same women who once asked me if Pink Floyd "mainrailed" drugs while onstage. Her favorite Phish song is "Fee", and anytime my brother or I attend a Phish concert, with excitement, she asks, "did they play "Fee?!" My step-dad has a Fee t-short, actually.

 

Upon taking a long, hard listen to the Chicago shows, my attention was on Trey's ability to sink with each and every note pressed by the remaning original members of GD. Trademark "Trey licks" only added fireworks to an already explosive situation. With great admiration and contentment, my heart landed on the fact that this was, in fact, the best way for The Grateful Dead to bid the world goodnight.

 

 

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Get up and Fly Away

So this is it.  After fifty years The Grateful dead bids the world goodnight  

I'll take this opportunity to share with you, my loyal and friendly audience, a few of my favorite GD songs and concerts.  









Nineteen ninety: 




Thursday, May 7, 2015

Wet Hot American Summer Prequel

This just in from Nathan Buescher, one of the funniest people I am lucky to know. Source of article unknown for now.  Decider??
Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp (Netflix)
I’ll leave for another day the debate over whether it’s a good or bad thing for Netflix to try to become a benevolent Oprah for obsessive comedy nerds — “You get a reboot! And you get a reboot!” Instead, let’s just say that David Wain and Michael Showalter seem to have learned the lesson of Arrested Development and steered into the ridiculousness of their unlikely second chance. This eight-episode series purports to be a prequel to Wet Hot American Summer, a 14-year-old cult film that has, over time, morphed into an all-out classic. Many of its willing and goofy participants have gone on to achieve considerable fame and fortune elsewhere: Bradley Cooper, Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Christopher Meloni. (Sadly, the refrigerator was last seen begging for a hit of baking soda at a scrapyard on the wrong side of town.) The nutty thing about this new Wet Hot — yes, nuttier than fortysomethings playing teenage parts they last played in their late twenties — is that all of those boldface names are back, along with even bolder company: Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, John Slattery, Josh Charles.
Unlike Arrested Development, which saw its trademark meticulousness sag under the weight of expectations (and extracurricular cast commitments), Wet Hot was always about anarchy. If we can assume that tradition holds true (and with Chris Pine credited in the cast as “a mysterious figure” and Randall Park as a lovelorn “camp librarian,” why would we assume otherwise?), this should be a blast.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Listen to the Lion

Sorely misrepresented as an “Alt Country” musician, Sturgill Simpson’s performance at Booth Amphitheater in Cary, NC Saturday evening proved that his brand of country is in no way “alt” nor “indie”, but  tried and true, real deal,  American country music. Deeply woven within the tapestry of Simpson’s living legend aura, we hear Waylon Jennings and Hank Williams, and feel Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger.

Backed by a gang of superb musicians, custom built to drive the Sturgill Simpson engine, the set offered a healthy mix of tracks from his 2013 debut album “High Top Mountain” and his 2014 release “Metamodern Sounds in Country Music” -  plus a few covers for good measure.  Why he opened for bluegrass favorites Old Crow Medicine Show, I'm not sure.   

Simpson is gritty and authentic with the stories to back it up. Unbeknownst to some attendees and first timers like myself was Simpson’s vocal power - and ability to melt hearts and blow black hair simply by singing.    I am a self-confessed Van Morrison fanatic and I can say, (gulp), that Sturgill shares with him that rare, other- worldly gift of changing the emotional weather with his pipes.

Lineup: 
Sturgill Simpson - rhythm guitar & vocals 
Laur Joamets- electric & slide guitar
Kevin Black - bass guitar
Jeff Crow - keyboards
Miles Miller - drums, percussion, backing vocals

Friday, April 17, 2015

So, The Kids in The Hall are coming to Durham in May, Aye.


In recent entertainment news from around the triangle, we are lucky and proud to welcome our hilarious neighbors from the North, The Kids in the Hall, to the Durham Performing Arts Center May 8, 2015. As a child of television through the mid eighties and early nineties, Bruce, Scott, Dave, Mark and Kevin and even the rare opportunity to imagine touching Paul Bellini provided a wealth of playground and class clown fodder. Puerile classics like Mark McKinney's "I am crushing your head" were a mere introduction to the  universe of sheer brilliance of The Kids in the Hall. The Comedy Channel, ( before Comedy Central) was in bloom and shows like Small Doses, Exit 57 and Almost Live shared airtime with The Kids and SNL reruns.  Like a sponge, I absorbed the magic of Amy Seders, Steven Colbert, Strangers with Candy, MTV's  The State , Stella, Viva Variety, and the list goes on.   Look at me now!   I am tragically unfunny and know way too much  about comedy shows on TV!     

But  seriously, friends, how fortunate are we to have our funny uncles from the frozen north bring their traveling showcase of crossdressed comedic brilliance to our little triangle?

I want a visit from Gavin...




I hope to hear "slipped my mind" or "just a mo'".  





Where are they now???????????   












Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Some people talk like babies...

Luna teases fans in that "we're so cool, we can casually get back together if the spirit moves us" way. A move only these merchants of "it" are able to pull off.

 

 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Let's Hear it for Netflix! Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt / Return to Twin Peaks


The brainchild of comedy maven Tina Fey and 30 Rock writer  Robert Carlock , Unbreakable Kimmy Shmidt is far and away the funniest show with the most lovable comedic star to grace the computer/iphone/television screen since Constance Langdon.




Kimmy, played by Office alum Ellie Kemper is a recently freed cult member kept captive in a bunker for fifteen years with  a handful of other women  during the so-called apocalypse. Once released she heads to NYC, meets and moves in with a struggling actor, and hilarity ensues. Streetwise and gay as an Easter basket, Titus Andromedan can't get work besides dressing up in an Iron Man knock off suit,  taking in what he can from tourists with cameras. Played by the multi talented Tituss Burgess, Titus Andromedan and Kimmy become fast friends and roommates under the motherly protection of landlord Lillian Kaushtupper played by Taxi's Carol Kane.

30 Rock's Jane Krakowski plays quintessential upper-east side betty, Jacqueline Vorhees. Hoping against hope for her absentee Husband to give her and her son, Buckley, some attention, Jackie is chock full of comedy gold. We find out Jackie was born and raised 100% Native American. She dies her hair and skin, leaves the tribe and heads to the big city. Kimmy finds employment looking after son Buckley and faces the treacherous, fifteen year old step daughter, Xanthippe Voorhees. Will Xan expose Kimmy for what she really is? I guess we will just have to keep laughing and waiting.


Report s say the next chapter of David Lynch's small screen masterpiece Twin Peaks is fraught with development complications, confusing symbolism, a shortage of dwarves who can dance and speak backwards. logs and the ladies who carrie them.  

We wait.  Like a Trekkie anxiously holding out for time travel, we wait. 




Friday, March 13, 2015

NEVER LET THE SPIRIT DIE! ANGELS AMONG US APRIL 25, 2015! TUNES FOR THE TISCH CENTER



Angels Among Us 2015 is  right around the corner!

As many of you know, I was victimized  by brain cancer back in 2007.  Through a constant outpouring of prayers and support from armies of well wishers, I've managed to survive the ravages of treatment, metastasis to other body parts, an aversion to Kevin Spacey, a fear of not so lofty heights, a strong dislike for the band Trampled by Turtles, and many other hangups.

 A team was created to participate in Duke University Hospital's biggest charity event, Angels Among Us. Known and feared throughout the world as The DAN DE LIONS,  our team has raised upwards of $100,000 for the fight against brain cancer.  Let's keep up the fight this year!

Join, donate, sponsor, find info: The Dan De Lions  Angels Among Us April, 25 2015 

Our mission: fund research and raise awareness for the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke University Hospital.  We fight together to eradicate brain cancer.  We fight to win and win we will.

BREAKING NEWS FROM THE TISCH CENTER:






The wonderful folks at Southland Ballroom have graciously offered to host a musical event the evening of Angels Among Us.  Come one, come all.  All funds go to The Tisch Center!
Team members and donators get free admission!  


TUNES FOR THE TISCH CENTER FEATURING MARADEEN and THE OATMEAL CONSPIRACY - SOUTHLAND BALLROOM  -APRIL 25th at 8:00 PM.















NEVER LET THE LET SPIRIT DIE! 








Monday, September 29, 2014

FREEMAN 9-24-20014, Lincoln Hall; Chicago, IL

Complete  performance with quality AV!   Chris Boerner shredding things to bits, as usual.  "Transitions"  is something to behold.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Real Estate, Cat's Cradle 9-19-14

Devotees of the Ridgewood, New Jersey quintet Real Estate nearly filled the 750 capacity Cat’s Cradle to experience the latest ethereal soundscape from Atlas, the band’s latest album.. Singer,songwriter, guitarist and frontman Martin Courtney led the group’s distinctive delivery, laden with heavy reverb, swirling guitars and inward inquisitiveness, including cuts from previous albums “Days” and the self-titled “Real Estate”.

From  the show opener "Green River", a light track from their first record, to "Past lives", another track from Atlas, it became obvious this is a group of artists who've burned the midnight oil together absorbing influences to create a distinctive and potent sonic blueprint. "Easy", from their first record, is peppered with hints from Raleigh, NC's The Rosebuds.  "Had to Hear" includes melodic similarities to "Angels Blues" by alt country legend Jay Farrar.

The finished aural product is a hazy, chilled emotion that elevates  Real Estate to the top drawer with similar sounding bands like Luna,and Kurt Vile and the Violators to name a few.   

In todays world of too much of the same thing available immediately, Real Estate stands out brightly.  Their maturation as a group coupled with Courtney’s much bolder songwriting and stage presence cements Real Estate’s trajectory onward and upward.  “Upward" being the operative word in that sentence.  

Real Estate is: Martin Courtney, Guitar, Vocals, Alex Bleeker, Bass, Jackson Pollos Drums, Matt Kallman, guitars. Matt Mondanile,  Jonah Maurer on keys and guitar.

Official Video for "Talking Backwards"

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Old Favorites Live on the YOUTUBE

David Byrne performs "I Dance on Vaseline" with Morcheeba



"Houses in Motion" 2009.  



"Strange Overtones"



Dire Straits - "Once Upon in the West"