Monthly Archives: March 2011

Vanilla Fudge Final Tour

Vanilla Fudge is touring this spring for the last time. They are playing Mohegan Sun Wolf Den, Saturday May 14th 😉 I’d love to see them there.  I have seen them play Oakdale and Toads Place in the past few years. They so rock da house.

Here is their appearance on Jimmy Fallon Monday night, 3/28/11. It was uploaded to YouTube from an Android Phone.

Here is a classic video of them playing that same song in 1968 on The Ed Sullivan Show

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Support Record Store Day- April 16th

RSD 2011 date

Record Store Day 2011 will be HUGE! 😉

Ozzy Osborne is the Official Ambassador.

Ozzy Seal

There are lots of exclusive Record Store Collector vinyl exclusives. Here is the latest list: http://www.recordstoreday.com/SpecialReleases

This is my favorite record store item….

Grateful Dead’s first album available on vinyl in original mono mix!

Grateful Dead (LP)

DETAILS
Format: Vinyl
Label: Rhino
Release type: RSD Commercial Release
More Info: First time on vinyl in more than 40 years, cut from the original MONO tapes.

Tracks:

  • “The Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion)
  • Beat It On Down The Line
  • Good Morning Little Schoolgir
  • Sitting On Top of the World
  • Cream Puff Wars
  • Morning Dew
  • New New Minglewood Blues
  • Viola Lee Blues

Be there or be square.

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Phil Lesh’s Terrapin Landing

The first inkling I read of what Phil Lesh has been planning to accomplish with Terrapin Landing is contained in Phil’s fond remembrances about Owlsey “Bear” Stanley’s passing. Phil wrote this paragraph in his tribute to Bear, entitled “A Beautiful Mind“.

He never gave up his quest for pushing the limits of whatever he was working on. We had just been discussing his concept of point-source sound reinforcement in relation to a new project of mine, and his vision incorporated the latest developments in technology and perceptual research.

That sentence intrigued me as Bear passed on to Phil Lesh some of his unique ideas for next generation sound. I tried to figure out how Phil Lesh intends to collaborate with Bear in producing next generation sound.

I next learned in the Rolling Stone article, The Dead Recall the Colorful Life of LSD Pioneer Owsley Stanley more about what Phil Lesh was planning with his proposed venue, in Marin County, named Terrapin Landing.

Phil Lesh said: “He kept his enthusiasm for sound design all the way through. Just two weeks ago we were discussing a sound system for a venue I’m going to open in Marin County, Terrapin Landing. Hopefully we’ll be using monitors with Bear’s design.”

From Jambands.com, 3/30/2011: Phil Lesh’s Terrapin Landing

Before launching Furthur’s official message board, Phil Lesh and his wife Jill spent some time on the Grateful Dead fan sites answering questions. When one fan asked about the possibility of Railroad Earth opening some shows, Lesh hinted that he hoped to host the band at a venue he planned to open on the West Coast.

Lesh hit the boards again yesterday and revealed that he plans to open a venue called Terrapin Landing in the Marin County section of California. In an email to Relix/Jambands.com, Lesh’s publicist confirmed the bassist’s comments and his plans to open a the performance space. According to Lesh’s original post, he is “taking the first steps to make a long time dream- a permanent musical home- come true. We are purchasing a building in Marin, and plan on remodeling it to feel like an old barn; we ‘re calling it Terrapin Landing. We will continue with Furthur while making music at Terrapin Landing when we are at home.” Lesh goes on to explain:

The music will be varied, featuring:

  • Phil Lesh & Friends (continuing the tradition of revolving lineups, including old as well as new friends)
  • West Coast Rambles, based on (and blessed by) Levon Helm’s historic Rambles
  • Album night- we pick a favorite album or two to play live
  • Telstar night- we put together a band for free form improvisation
  • Sing-alongs to monthly Sunday morning gospel music
  • Trivia nights
  • Monthly big band night
  • Seminars with local musicians and artists
  • Our goal is to create a vibrant community gathering place: beautiful, comfortable, welcoming – for members of the community to commingle and enjoy good music.

I’m adding Marin County and Terrapin Landing to my bucket list. More to follow, Bear lives on 😉

More info on Hidden Track:  http://goo.gl/ItIiC

Sudan 365 – The Beat Continues

Keep this drumming circle going. Help the people of North and South Sudan.

Sudan365 is a year of campaigning for Sudan. It has been organized by a coalition of groups including Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Save Darfur, FIDH, Refugees International, Darfur Consortium and Arab Coalition for Darfur.

More info at http://www.sudan365.org/

Thunderclap Newman Re-Emerging

I was listening to Classic Vinyl station on SiriusXM Satellite Radio (which is broadcast from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland on weekends) when they played “Something In The Air” by Thunderclap Newman. I drifted back in time to when this single first broke on FM radio.

Thunderclap Newman is a British  group that Pete Townshend of The Who and Kit Lambert marshaled circa December 1968 – January 1969 to showcase the synergistic talents of John “Speedy” Keen, Andy “Thunderclap” Newman and Jimmy McCulloch.

They made one album, Hollywood Dream that established them as a way ahead of their time, cinematic art rock group. I purchased that album in  late 1970, marveling at such gems as “Accidents”, “The Reason”, and “Wild Country”.

As I dug deeper today I discovered the Thunderclap Newman’s Official Web site.  I am pleased to learn that Andy Newman re-established Thunderclap Newman in 2010 with:

  • Andy Newman – Piano, Woodwind and vocals
  • Mark Brzezicki – Drums and vocals
  • Josh Townshend – Guitar and vocals
  • Nick Johnson – Guitar and vocals
  • Tony Stubbings – Bass Guitar

The really cool part is the linkage with the Townsend family with Simon Townsend’s son Josh Townsend continuing the legacy connection with Thunderclap Newman.

Here they are doing Hollywood Dream Instrumental live. I hope they come to America in 2011, I’d go see them in a heartbeat 😉

Here is a link to a Facebook fan page dedicated to the music of Thunderclap Newman: The Revolution’s Here: Thunderclap Newman

Pocket Cash, March 24, 2011, SoHo, New York City

Last night, Rosemary and I attended two events in SoHo which celebrated the life and work of the late photographer Jim Marshall. Morrison Hotel Gallery and Apple’s SoHo Store partnered to present with the Jim Marshall Estate and Chronicle Books a multimedia narrative that shared the unique friendship of Jim Marshall and Johnny Cash.

The photography book Pocket Cash contains a rich set of warm photographs representing the 30+ year bond of friendship and trust between these two seminal figures. The tribute to two old friends took on a special meaning when it was learned that last night’s event was the one year anniversary of Jim Marshall’s death in New York City. (Jim died the night before the Match Print Morrison Hotel Gallery event on March 24, 2010.) My wife and I had planned to attend the Jim Marshall Match Print event in 2010. It helped in the healing process that we were able to be there last night.

The Apple SoHo Store event was led by Michelle Dunn Marsh, editor at Chronicle Books who worked closely with Jim Marshall in putting together the book Pocket Cash. Michelle shared her remembrances of Jim Marshall with loving admiration. She said that Jim Marshall hated two things, “inaction and onions.”  She also described Johnny Cash as a rock and roll artist, because “Rock and Roll is about attitude.” She also depicted him as a blues and country artist.

Michelle’s slide show exhibited pictures from Pocket Cash. The photographs revealed a unique glimpse into the lives of Johnny and June Carter Cash with such backdrops as Folsom Prison, San Quentin, The Johnny Cash Show, their home and recording studio,

My wife and I were very taken with this photograph of John and June Carter Cash. It spoke to us warmly 🙂

© JIM MARSHALL PHOTOGRAPHY LLC, 1969

We also liked the photographs of Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash on The Johnny Cash Show. I’ve been playing Nashville Skyline a lot today as I reminisced about Dylan’s country period with Cash in Nashville.

© JIM MARSHALL PHOTOGRAPHY LLC, 1969

After the Apple SoHo event we went across the street to the Morrison Hotel Gallery Loft for the exclusive showing of Jim Marshall’s photography exhibit, Pocket Cash. We soaked in the ambiance of the exhibit and partook of Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Burbon. Peter Blachley of the Morrison Hotel Gallery told us that the only burbon Jim Marshall would drink is Woodford Reserve. Now I know why as that was the best whiskey sour I ever tasted 😉 We then purchased the paperback edition of Pocket Cash and headed back to Connecticut. We were thankful we attended this event and honored Jim Marshall’s memory.

Thank you Morrison Hotel Gallery, Chronicle Books, Apple SoHo Store and the Estate of Jim Marshall for a lovely evening filled with fond remembrances.


Mountain – Nantucket Sleighride

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I am a descendant of a family who has roots in the whaling community known as New Bedford, Massachusetts. My grandmother and father moved from New Bedford, Mass. in the early 20th century to Norwalk, Connecticut (Norwalk had the largest fleet of steam-powered oyster boats in the world). My father’s father moved the family to Norwalk, Connecticut so he could earn a living as a street car conductor for the trolley line.

When I was a junior at Brien McMahon High School, I learned about American novelists in English literature. My favorite novel was Moby Dick by Herman Melville. I need to get a copy of that novel and read it again. I loved the whaling story, the symbolism of the great white whale, Captain Ahab and Queequeg the tattooed harpoonist.

A couple of years later (January 1971) the hard rock band, Mountain, released their second studio album, Nantucket Sleighride. I can still recall Scott Muni a true visionary disk jockey on WNEW-FM 102.7 priemering this thematic recording on his afternoon show. It was a powerful rock album that told a seafaring story.

Nantucket Sleighride is my favorite Mountain album. There are many gem tracks to savor on this recording. Below is a copy of the CD cover of Nantucket Sleighride that Leslie West and Corky Laing signed for me after their thirtieth anniversary concert at the Ridgefield Playhouse, in Ridgefield, Ct.

I’ve always felt that Nantucket Sleighride was Felix Pappalardi‘s finest production and musical contribution( Pappalardi played bass, rhythm guitar, piano, vocals on the recording). Granted Pappalardi played a major role in shaping the sound that Cream established as a blues rock super group in his production on Disreali Gears and Wheels of Fire.

Kodo – 30th Anniversary

Kodo is a Japanese precision drumming troupe who is celebrating their 30th anniversary this year. They are celebrating with the One Earth Tour, which just completed its North America leg in Utica, NY last night.

 

We saw them several years ago at Purchase College Performing Arts Center. They are phenomenal. Their uniformity along with their individual and collective strength will amaze you. The drum represents the human heart in each of us. Listening to it in unison will build a wonderful, spiritual intensity inside of you as you join your heart with Kodo’s drumming heart.

Here is a very well written music review from the NY Times about Kodo’s appearance at Lincoln Center this past week. Music Review: The Lords of the Drum (nytimes.com)