Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!

... Halloween anyway.

Here's some festive Halloween bunny stuff (including some selected spooooky bunnies re-enactments!) from the folks at Angry Alien's 30-second Bunnies theatre.

BONUS: Here are some spooky pooch photos!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Wilco To Be Featured on "The Colbert Report" Tonight

On Thursday (October 30th, 2008), Wilco will appear on The Colbert Report.
The group will join Stephen Colbert, the man who inspired the Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavor, Americone Dream, in studio and will perform one song.

The Colbert Report airs nightly on the Comedy Central at 10:30 PM EDT, with reruns at 1:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 2:30 PM and 8:30 PM... or something like that--check your local listings.

"A startling presence, both vocally and Oscar Wilde in drag who combined insight and sarcasm that was sometimes light, sometimes dark. "

Grace Slick was born Grace Barnett Wing on October 30, 1939 in Evanston, Illinois to Ivan W. Wing and his wife Virginia Barnett (a direct descendant of Mayflower passengers).

Grace was, is, and forever shall be the goddess of sixties rock- side by side with Janis Joplin- though in a league all their own, these women were THE pioneers in a male-dominated world and their work and actions were/are no less significant than the 1st female firefighters, astronauts, etc.

Grace Slick was a member of; The Great Society, Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship and Starship.

After retirement from the music business, Slick began drawing and painting.

While critics have alternately panned and praised her work, Slick seems indifferent to the criticism. She views her visual artistry as just another extension of the artistic temperament that landed her in the music scene in the first place as it allows her to continue to produce art.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Halloween Panic Attack

As a special Halloween treat this year, Widespread Panic will be webcasting their October 31st show from UNO Lakefront Arena, New Orleans, LA in its entirety on

The show is scheduled to start at 8:15pm.

Skydog:Remembering Duane Allman

His is another sad tale of a promising career tragically cut short.

Howard Duane Allman
was killed in a motorcycle accident in Macon, Georgia on October 29th,1971.He was 24.

Duane Allman is best known to most as a guitarist for the Allman Brothers Band, a band he co-founded with his brother Gregg.
Alongside of his work with The Allman Brothers Band, Duane was an established session musician performing with many artists including: King Curtis, Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, and Boz Scaggs.

He is probably recognized the most for his work on the slide guitar.
Duane’s strength lay in his blues instincts. He chose his notes carefully. While some guitarists overwhelm a song with their power, Duane’s playing perfectly complemented the songs he played. His long improvisations exhibited blues, rock and jazz influences.

His best performances were undoubtedly recorded with the Allman Brothers, which is why At Fillmore East is a staple in most music fans’ libraries, but the most famous have to be his contributions to

Monday, October 27, 2008

If You Can't Beat 'em....

switch from being a net PRODUCER of tax dollars to a net CONSUMER of tax dollars.

"Apply for every USDA subsidy, every grant, every welfare program; flood every agency you can think of with requests for information. Regardless of the outcome of your request, someone will have to spend time and effort in reviewing and handling it. Maybe, just maybe, the message might get through."

We can just kick back and ride the dole!

"Super Juice"

There's a new firewater on the rez.

A potent, concentrated alcoholic drink called "super juice" is plaguing Indian reservations in Manitoba, Canada, law enforcement officials say.
The drink is made from widely available Super Yeast, which can make five gallons of super juice in two days.
I'll have to try and get some of this magical brew... for research purposes, of course.
Maybe I can make my own.



Jimmy's post is picked up by Vodka Pundit

Jimmy is thrust into the national spotlight, and since I was the first to comment on his post, it may be wise for me to begin deleting files and shredding documents.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

the Memphis Jug Band

The Memphis Jug Band was a loose knit outfit, with constantly changing members. They played local events and were one of the main attractions when they played at Handy's Park in Memphis.

The Memphis Jug Band has been described as having a remarkable sound due in part to their unusual instruments. Most songs included a rhythm guitar and either a jug, a kazoo or a harmonica as a lead instrument(or sometimes a mandolin or violin). The sound of the instruments was invariably a "raspy, buzzing sound" that was close to the musical aesthetic of Africa, the jug and kazoo representing the voices of animals or ancestral spirits.

Jug bands were found in nearly every city in the South during the 1920s and '30s, but they were most popular and prolific in Memphis, Tennessee. The Memphis Jug Band was the first (and some consider the best) of many to record.

"Stealin', Stealin' " (by Gus Cannon) :Recorded on September 15, 1928. Will Shade sings the lead with Vol Stevens on guitar, Ben Ramey on kazoo and Jab Jones on jug.

(this song was plagiarized by Jimmy Page on the Yardbirds' Little Games album)

"A Black Woman is Like A Black Snake":Recorded on September 11, 1928. This jug band's lineup includes leader Will Shade on harp and guitar, Charlie Burse on guitar, Ben Ramey on kazoo, and Jab Jone on the lead vocal and jug.

"Cocaine Habit Blues":Recorded on May 17, 1930. Hattie Hart sings the lead with Will Shade on harp, Tee Wee Blackman on guitar, Ben Ramey on kazoo, and Ham Lewis on the jug.

As an added Bonus, here's another "Old-Timey Drug Song", this one by Dick Justice;

"Cocaine":Recorded on May 20, 1929 in Chicago.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Merl Saunders, RIP

Hammond B3 player Merl Saunders had recorded with numerous artists since the early '70s and had led many of his own groups in a variety of genres from jazz to blues to new age to rock.

In the 1960s and '70's, Saunders collaborated on and off with Jerry Garcia, and the Grateful Dead.
He also began working as a jazz keyboardist in the early '70s, and since has performed and recorded with Harry Belafonte, Frank Sinatra, Lionel Hampton, Miles Davis, B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt and Paul Butterfield.
In early 2000, Merl Saunders became the first recipient of the lifetime activist award from a Florida environmentalist group for his environmental activism.

Merl suffered from a stroke that had paralyzed one side of his body and curtailed his musical career.

His projects have withstood the tests of time and are still worth looking for.

Merl Saunders died on the morning of October 24, 2008 from complications involving an infection.

I had the pleasure to meet him on more than one occasion, and I know MC and his brother have some Merl tales

So long, Merl.

Have You Heard?

Michael Savage interviews Philip J. Berg, former deputy attorney general of Pennsylvania, about his lawsuit demanding Barack Obama present his original birth certificate to prove he was born in the United States and qualified to serve as president.

Bill Ayers:"The Pussiest Terrorist In The World"

"The most unforgivable part about Bill Ayers is he's a damned hippie!"

: R.S.U. salutes Halloween (8 videos)

Bill Wyman is Old!

Former Rolling Stones bass player Wyman turns 72 today!

Bill Wyman had stated that from the late 1980s onward The Rolling Stones' recorded music had become creatively stagnant, and that he had lost interest in the experiences of recording and touring with the band.

Friday Morning Fillmores

Mallard Fillmore:

Fillmore East:

Thursday, October 23, 2008

"Hey Bartender, I think I'll hit the throttle!"

Country music singer/songwriter and actor Dwight Yoakam (not to be confused with Iggy Yokum) was born on October 23, 1956 in Pikeville, Kentucky.
This hillbilly kid, who'd written his first song at the age of eight, headed for Nashville when he turned 22.
Nashville dismissed him for his analysis of an industry mired in the quicksand of the bland.So, Yoakam rented a marginally furnished LA room and worked as a trucker while playing suburban punkytonks and eventually snagging opening-act honours for the Blasters, Violent Femmes, Lone Justice, Los Lobos, and X in LA.
This helped him diversify his audience well beyond the typical Country music fans. At many of his shows you would see mohawked and leather-clad Punks alongside Rock & Rollers, as well as the typical cowboy-shirt wearing Country crowd.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Joba Chamberlain Arrested for DUI

The New York Yankees' pitcher was arrested in Lincoln, Nebraska, early yesterday after allegedly driving under the influence, speeding and having an open container of alcohol in his car.
There was no mention of further violation, so one can assume that he was operating his vehicle with the minimum required insurance maintained.
Atta Boy!!!

Here are some related links on Breathalyzer Accuracy from DUI Blog.
... and a previous post about M.A.D.D.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

"Pretty Polly"

"Pretty Polly" is just one of many turns on the "murdered girlfriend" ballad.
The song follows a familiar plot line where a callous young man murders his girlfriend when he learns she is pregnant.
This tale of murder and betrayal is derived from a British ballad called "The Gosport Tragedy", but with one important difference. In the British original, the murderer tries to escape by sailing away, but a great storm comes up, and the ghost of his victim rises from the waves and tears him apart. In the American version, there is no such supernatural retribution; the murderer leaves Polly in her lonely grave, with only the wild birds to mourn.
This is a good example of a song used for spreading the news of the day, way back before radio, television or the Internet. The content of the news today is however strikingly similar.

In the player below, B. F. Shelton's version recorded on July 29 1927 at Bristol, Tennessee during the famous Bristol Sessions where Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family made their first recordings.

I've also included a version by Dock Boggs (a tough old Virginian who, when he wasn't performing music worked in a coal mine or made bootleg booze) recorded in 1927 in New York City, for comparison.

Whatever Happened to...

... Gator?

It was one year ago, today, that he last posted on his blog.

It is sad that he chose to suspend his blog, while lesser offerings continue to thrive.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Never Flush A Tampoon!

R.S.U. Talks to "Joe the F#ckin' Plumber"

This is SATIRE*

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Primer For New Voters, Part 2

Robert Hall Weir

Grateful Dead guitarist/founding member Bob Weir was born October 16th, 1947.
Weir is considered one of rock's finest and most distinctive rhythm guitarists.
Bob was co-lead-vocalist and wrote a number of important songs, including "The Other One," "Sugar Magnolia," "Playing in the Band," and "Throwing Stones."
In 1972 Bobby released his first solo album, Ace, on which his backing band was the Grateful Dead.

Bob Weir currently tours with his latest band, Rat Dog.

Mallard Opines on Liberals, the Media, and Barney Frank

Monday, October 13, 2008

Hats Off...

... to Roy Harper.

Roy Harper composed this ode to "the religion of peace"back in 1989.

"I'm sick to the teeth of the news on the screen
of hisbullah scum and jihad the obscene
whose men plant the bombs and then live feeling free
to watch women and children be killed on T.V.
which satan delivers a child a death curse
in the name of a worn out collection of verse
I've not read the book so I cannot recite
but I'd bet Salman Rushdie is just about right
underneath The Black Cloud Of Islam
What kind of publicity needs so much blood
that's not for some sad diabolical god
selling himself as a two-bit Macbeth
as the expert in sentencing cousins to death
and what kind of god can this be anyway
that you gotta prostrate to him five times a day
with hate in your heart and a gun in your hand
is force the only thing to understand
underneath the black cloud of islam?
and the butchers who've got all this blood on their hands
are the ones who need god to be stood where he stands
blessing this kidnapping, murder and war
with books written hundreds of ages before
and women in veils walking paces behind
doesn't sit easy in my kind of mind
it speaks of oppression and no other choice
that rigid compliance with the loudest voice
underneath the black cloud of islam
You can put a lead bullet clean through this guitar
'cos I'm not overjoyed with the story so far
sharing a world with the nutters of god
is as good as being six feet under the sod
words that are written are all here to stay
and these are the latest there are anyway
and I am the prophet so don't believe me
I'm the same as the old ones except that I'm free
to give you a piece of my mind which is this
you're the worst of jehovas blind witlessnesses
with your feet in the door of the deepest abyss
which is underneath, which is underneath, which is underneath
the black cloud of Islam"

Because Jimmy Likes The Beatles...

... here's Jeff Beck covering "A Day In The Life".

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Jerome Conrad and his Orchestra

AKA, Harry Reser's Rounders.

Banjoist Harry Reser led his jazz bands under dozens of pseudonyms and made hundreds of records with them. His trademark seemed to be witty novelty pieces.
Reser was considered by many to be the greatest banjoist of the 1920s, if not of all time.
In the player below, you'll hear the 2 tracks;"
I faw down an' go boom!" and "Olaf (You ought-a hear Olaf laff)"

Saturday, October 11, 2008

"October Surprise"

The following video was produced by Illuminati Pictures.Entitled October Surprise, it is a short interview with Philip J. Berg, a lawyer and Democratic politician who has brought suit upon the Obama campaign, requiring Obama to present birth documents proving that he is a natural born citizen. The Obama campaign has not complied and obstructed this suit. If nothing else, this is just another instance of Obama keeping his past shrouded in mystery, even if it doesn't necessarily mean that he's not eligible to be president.via Conservative Punk.

"Barack Obama is a DISASTER!!!"

Bob rants on ACORN, Ayers, Racism, and Lies

a Drinking With Bob film.

"if you're voting for Barack Obama, I don't know how you don't wake up in the morning, look at yourself in the freaking mirror, and not throw up on your freaking feet!"~Bob

Friday, October 10, 2008

Could He Be Our Next President?

A while back, radio talk show host Michael Savage brought up the notion that Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama couldn’t pass a background investigation to become an FBI special agent.

He doesn’t know how right he is.

via Conservative Punk.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Joad Cressbeckler

Old, Grizzled Third-Party Candidate May Steal Support From McCain

Primer For New Voters, Part 1

AKA John Cummings

Born on this date in 1948.

Johnny Ramone invented punk-rock guitar out of hatred: He couldn't stand guitar solos.The former John Cummings of Queens, New York, played nothing but concrete block barre chords with the Ramones. Johnny's guitar style was a key part of the Ramones sound and was a major punk rock influence.His elementary attack was part of their essential simplicity, along with matching last names, two-minute songs, and uniforms of black leather and ripped denim.

Johnny Ramone
was infamous in the punk community as being one of a few conservatives.

On September 15, 2004, Cummings died after a five-year battle with prostate cancer

"His legacy will live on in every band that has, is and always will be trying to duplicate the Ramones sound."
~Marky Ramone