Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Does anyone (else) see a problem here?!!!!!!!

The media in this country is reporting on the war in Israel between Israel and Hamas nonstop.

(Drinking With) Bob asks; What about "OUR" war? What about "OUR" Troops?

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

"Just what is it that you want to do?"

One of Fonda's greatest scenes.

thanks to jb, for the clip.

Happy Birthday Nez!

Former Monkee, Michael Nesmith is 66 today.
Nesmith is best known for his role in the made-for-TV pop-rock band The Monkees.
Nesmith has done his most notable—though widely unrecognized—work since The Monkees disbanded in 1970. Among his groundbreaking achievements, he tinged rock music with some of his native Texas flavor and created a style that has come to be known as alt-country, won the first Grammy for Video of the Year in 1981, and created one of the first companies to distribute movies and TV programs on home video. But perhaps most significantly, Nesmith pioneered the TV music-video format that eventually became MTV.

Freddie Hubbard RIP

Frederick Dewayne Hubbard (7 April 1938 – 29 December 2008) was an American jazz trumpeter. He was known primarily for playing in the bebop, hard bop and post bop styles from the early 60s and on.
On December 29, 2008, Hubbard died from complications from a heart attack suffered on November 26.

Land Of Lincoln?

Sunday, December 28, 2008

"only a handful of guitar duets in all blues match the incredible drive, intricate rhythms and ferocious intensity"

Garfield Akers (born 1901 in Mississippi, died between 1953 and 1959, in Memphis) was a blues singer and guitarist, sometimes acting as Garfield Partee.

His output was extremely small, consisting of only four sides. His most well-known song is his debut, the "Cottonfield Blues" .

Because of the limited capacity of the discs which were used for recording in this era, tunes that exceeded a little over three minutes often were continued on the flip side of a 78rpm record.

Garfield Akers (& Joe Calicott) -"Cottonfield Blues" (September 29, 1923)

Part 1:

Part 2:

Thursday, December 25, 2008

RIP Eartha

Singer and actress Eartha Kitt has died.She was 81.

Eartha Kitt (January 17, 1927 – December 25, 2008)

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

"Christmas Is Pain"

Here are the lyrics.

"merry christmas from the family"

Christmas In A Beer Joint

Taxpayers Bailout the NY Yankees (again)

UPDATE:the Yankees are at it again.
"the Yankees just signed free agent Mark Teixeira to a 8 year 180 million dollar contract. They have spent 400 million over the last month on other various free agents. yet, they took 900 million from the taxpayers to build THEIR stadium and need another 300 million from the taxpayers to finish their stadium. I wish Barack Obama would hurry up and get back from vacation in Hawaii, so we can start seeing some of this 'change" he's been talking about!!!"

Previous Post (12/13):
NY Yankees give their new pitcher C.C. Sabathia $160 million over seven years. Yet, they TAKE $900 million from the taxpayers to build their new stadium.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Happy Birthday Jorma!

American blues, folk and rock guitarist, Jorma kaukonen celebrates a birthday today. He is 68.
Jorma is best known for his work with Hot Tuna and Jefferson Airplane.

For what it's worth, he also made an awesome Christmas album.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Happy Holidays from the Flecktones

Béla Fleck and the Flecktones have been quite busy with a hectic touring schedule and the release of a new holiday album.
The Flecktones holiday album has surpassed everyone's expectations. It hit # 1 on the Jazz charts, got a couple of Grammy nominations and got picked by Oprah as the top holiday CD of the year.
The band is also slated to appear on Conan O'Brien tonight.

Here's a recent concert featuring material from the holiday release.:
Bela Fleck and the Flecktones Live at University at Buffalo, Center for the Arts, 12-10-2008

01 Kaleidoscope,
02 Christmas Medley,
03 intros / banter,
04 Earth Jam,
05 Christmas Time is Here ^ >
06 Linus & Lucy ^,
07 Victor solo,
08 Andy Statman intro,
09 The Hanukkah Waltz *,
10 Silent Night >
11 Sleigh Ride
12 Futureman solo,
13 O Come All Ye Faithful #,
14 Jingle Bells #,
15 Sex in a Pan # >
16 Bela & Andy # >
17 Sex in a Pan #,
18 Sunset Road,
19 Twelve Days intro,
20 The Twelve Days of Christmas *#,
21 banter,
22 Flatbush Waltz #,
23 Bela solo,
24 E: Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas #

Bela Fleck - banjos
Victor Wooten - bass
Futureman - drumitar
Jeff Coffin - saxophones

* = w/ Andy Statman - clarinet
# = w/ Andy Statman - mandolin
^ = w/o Jeff Coffin

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Pass The Popcorn Please

Ida has been busy posting video.
This holiday concert by Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir is a must-see.

"A composer is a guy who goes around forcing his will on unsuspecting air molecules, often with the assistance of unsuspecting musicians. "

Frank Zappa
, iconoclastic singer, composer, artist, electric guitarist, record producer, and film director, was born on this date 68 years ago.

Zappa was a highly productive and prolific artist and he gained widespread critical acclaim. Many of his albums are considered essential in rock history, and he is regarded as one of the most original guitarists and composers of his time; he remains a major influence on musicians and composers. He had some commercial success, particularly in Europe, and was for most of his career able to work as an independent artist. Zappa was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 and received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997.
Zappa grew up influenced by avant-garde composers such as Varèse, Igor Stravinsky and Anton Webern, R&B and doo-wop groups.He frequently lampooned musical fads like psychedelia, rock opera and disco.

Most of Zappa's projects came to a halt in 1990, when he was diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer. The disease had been developing unnoticed for ten years and was considered inoperable.
Frank Zappa died on Saturday, December 4, 1993 in his home surrounded by his wife and children. At a private ceremony the following day, Zappa was interred in an unmarked grave at the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Westwood, Los Angeles.

Watch Frank Zappa On Crossfire, 1986-03-28

Voices of Christmas Past - 1898 to 1922

Of all things Christmas, nothing is more traditional than the singing of carols and songs, songs that capture in lyrics and in music the many traditions that we have at Christmas.

The artists featured here were pioneer recording artists who's names were well known in their era. They helped start what is known today as the record industry. They were popular artist in their time and their records sold well in an era when movies were silent and radio and television did not yet exist.

1. Santa Claus Hides in the Phonograph (Ernest Hare, recorded 1922)
2. On A Christmas Morning (Prince's Orchestra, recorded 1911)
3. Sleigh Ride Party / Jingle Bells (Edison Male Quartette, recorded 1898)
4. Messiah - And the Glory of the Lord (Victor Mixed Chorus, recorded 1915)
5. Hark the Herald Angels Sing (Henry Burr, recorded 1907)
6. Silent Night, Hallowed Night (Haydn Quartet, recorded 1905)
7. Christmas Time at Pumpkin' Center (Cal Stewart, recorded 1905)
8. Christmas Hymns (Francis J. Lapitino, recorded 1917)
9. When the Christmas Chimes Are Ringing (Lewis James, recorded 1922)
10. The Star of Bethlehem (Harry MacDonough, recorded 1909)
11. Come and Spend Christmas With Me (Byron G. Harlan, recorded 1909)
12. Christmas Morning at Clancey's (Steve Porter, recorded 1922)
13. Oh, Little Town of Bethlehem (Trinity Choir, Recorded 1916)
14. Adeste Fideles (John McCormack and William Reitz, recorded 1915)
15. Night Before Christmas (Ernest Hare, recorded 1920)
16. Nutcracker Ballet: Chinese Dance/Dance of the Mirilitons (Victor Herbert's Orchestra, recorded 1913)
17. On A Good Old Time Sleigh Ride (Peerless Quartet, recorded 1913)
18. Angels from the Realms of Glory (Trinity Choir, recorded 1916)
19. While Shepherds Watched their Flocks by Night / Christians Awake (Trinity Quartet, recorded 1921)
20. Uncle Josh Plays Santa Claus (Cal Stewart, recorded 1907)
21. Christmas in Camp (Anonymous, recorded ca. 1917)
22. Noel (Holy Night) (Venetian Trio, recorded 1916)
23. Auld Lang Syne (Navada Van der Veer, recorded 1921)

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Sing With The King!

Website let's you record a Christmas duet with Elvis Presley.

Dock Ellis , RIP

Former major league pitcher Dock Ellis, who infamously claimed he pitched a no-hitter for Pittsburgh under the influence of LSD, has passed away.

Ellis spent 12 years in the majors with Pittsburgh, the New York Yankees, Oakland, Texas and the New York Mets. He retired in 1979 with a record of 138-119, but was best known for several colorful incidents on and off the field.

Here's an NPR Interview with Ellis: Pitching on LSD (audio below)

Ellis died Friday of a liver ailment at the age of 63.

Here's a great song (sample) inspired by that fateful game, from troubadour Chuck Brodsky.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Blind Blake

Blind Blake was an influential blues singer and guitarist.
He is often called "The King Of Ragtime Guitar".He was one of the most accomplished guitarists of this genre with a diverse range of material.

Little is known about his life.Nothing is definitely known of his death and even his name is not certain. According to many sources, his real name was Arthur Phelps.
His complex and intricate finger picking has inspired Reverend Gary Davis, Jorma Kaukonen, Ry Cooder, and many others.

For your enjoyment;

Police Dog Blues (1929)

That'll Never Happen No More (1927)

West Coast Blues (1926)

Friday, December 12, 2008

Jackie and Dunlap talk to the corruptest, bribe-takin'est governor in all of America


here's a link to their holiday video,"Christmas In A Beer Joint".

Bettie Page, RIP

A legend has passed.

Betty Page (April 22, 1923- December 11,2008)

“I was not trying to be shocking, or to be a pioneer. I wasn't trying to change society, or to be ahead of my time. I didn't think of myself as liberated, and I don't believe that I did anything important. I was just myself. I didn't know any other way to be, or any other way to live.”~Bettie Page

Before Playboy, Penthouse, and pornography hit mainstream culture, there was pinup queen, Bettie Page. Her image was cutting edge. Page challenged the conservative 1950s, earning both a cult underground following and a Senate Committee investigation on juvenile delinquency.

Page was born in Nashville, Tennessee.She was her high school salutatorian and attended George Peabody College on a scholarship.By 1948, she moved to New York and tried to start a career in acting. While in New York, she hooked up with an amateur photographer that changed her life. Jerry Tibbs is credited with being the first to notice Bettie's potential and was the inspiration for her “Bettie bangs” hairstyle.From 1952 through 1957, she posed for photographer Irving Klaw for mail-order photographs with pin-up, bondage and sadomasochistic themes.In 1954, Bettie began working with former model turned photographer Bunny Yeager. It was Yeager who photographed Bettie's most famous images in leopard print. Yeager also later submitted photographs to Hugh Hefner and Bettie was featured as the Playboy centerfold and Playmate of the Month for January 1955.
At the height of her popularity, Bettie disappeared. But in 1979 and 1982, Page (a diagnosed schizophrenic) tried to stab several people to death and was institutionalized.

Page died on December 11, 2008, having been on continuous life support since a heart attack in early December.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Otis Redding

On December 9, 1967, Otis Redding and his backup band, The Bar-Kays, made an appearance in Cleveland, Ohio.
The next afternoon, Redding, his manager, the pilot, and four members of The Bar-Kays were killed when his chartered Beechcraft 18 airplane crashed into Lake Monona in Madison, Wisconsin, on December 10, 1967.
Otis Redding's body was recovered the next day when the lake bed was searched. The cause of the crash was never precisely determined.

Obama's Still Smokin'!

Jackie & Dunlap are back.
At the end of the clip is a preview of their forthcoming music-video, "Christmas In A Beer Joint", featuring Lisa Ann, star of Nailin' Paylin.

Obama Still Smokes

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

"Chicago Red, the funniest dishwasher on this earth." - Malcolm Little

Redd Foxx (Dec. 9th, 1922 - Oct. 11th, 1986) would have been 86 years old today.
Comedian Redd Foxx was born John Elroy Sanford in St. Louis, Missouri and raised on Chicago's South Side.
Foxx had earned his nickname due to his reddish hair and complexion. His second stage name was taken from baseball star Jimmie Foxx.

"We were poor. If I wasn't a boy, I wouldn't have had nothing to play with."

Redd gained notoriety with his raunchy nightclub act (many of these performances were later released as albums), but he was best known for his starring role on the television sitcom Sanford and Son.
I used to love that show as a child.
Fred Sanford transcended the racial barriers that I didn't even know existed (in the shelter of suburban cocoon).He was just a bitter, angry man that was very funny.I never even noticed that he was black.And besides, who doesn't love Quincy Jones' "The Street Beater"?)

"I feel sorry for people who don’t drink or do drugs. Because someday they’re going to be in a hospital bed, dying, and they won’t know why."

Interestingly,Redd Foxx was the only artist to be invited to Elvis Presley's wedding at the Alladin Hotel in Las Vegas in May of 1967.

"This is the big one! You hear that, Elizabeth? I'm coming to join ya, honey!"

During a break from rehearsals on October 11, 1991, Redd suffered a fatal heart attack on the set. Reportedly, the cast and crew thought he was doing his classic (and ironic) "I'm coming, Elizabeth" fake heart attack routine he made famous on Sanford and Son, even going as far as collapsing to the floor. However, this heart attack was real.He was 68 years old.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

"The String Quartet of Dance Bands"

Leo Reisman was a violinist and bandleader in the 1920s and 1930s.
He became famous for having over 80 hits on the popular charts during his career.
Reisman's orchestra was primarily a dance band; he was not a fan of jazz music, but some of his early 1930s 78 RPM recordings were a bit hot.Composer Jerome Kern called Reisman's orchestra "The String Quartet of Dance Bands."

Below, are nine tracks for your listening pleasure:

1.)Ain't Misbehavin (1929)
2.)Alabama Stomp (1926)
3.)Happy Days (1929-cut)
4.)Look What You've Done To Me (1929-cut)
5.)The Wedding Of The Painted Doll(1929)
6.)With A Song In My Heart (1929)
7.)Doin the boom boom (1929)
8.)It's been a long Long time (1929)
9.)My Electric Girl (1923)

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

What is it gonna take for people to wake up?!

Here's a couple more rants,

on the Black Friday "Murder at Walmart", and yet "Another Freaking Bailout",

from Drinking With Bob.


Conservative Punk's Interview with Johnny Ramone

"Punk was never dead for Johnny Ramone, though. He remained a voice for those in the punk movement who were independent thinking conservatives, and proud of their country. He never forgot that the whole point of punk was to not walk in lockstep conformity."

A long-lost interview with punk godfather Johnny Ramone has been rescued from some pretty eaten-up magnetic tapes. Conducted in March, 2003 by Conpunk columnist Robert Jones shortly before Ramone's untimely death at the age of 55, this lost interview is now being made public.
(Via Conservative Punk)