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Won’t be weeping long.


I just realized I haven’t posted in a little while. I’m still feeling after-effects of the Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds show on Saturday. They did all the Big Hits, including this one. Powerful. Menacing. I needed this night out after weeks of work overload. My marbles are all scattered right now.

Oh the opening act, Barfight, no, Bananagirls? No. Shit, now I gotta look it up. Oh, Warpaint. Sorry, they were terrible. Really terrible. That’s my review. This is why I’m a dj and not a music writer.

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds delivered – truly great show. Probably better than the last time I saw them (also at the State Theatre.) But what a weird crowd – were they all mostly Current people? I realize I’m old, from a lost, forgotten generation (I believe it’s the Blank Generation, and I can take it or leave it each time). But it’s Nick Cave’s generation at least. These little pecker heads with their little straw hats, polo shirts and cargo shorts sorta make me wanna puke. “I’m really torn because I bought these Nick Cave tickets long before I realized I’d be missing Rock the Garden…I’m really bummed,” this little shit sitting next to me was saying. Makes me want to react in a violent manner. What’s happening? What in the fuck is happening?



My mom used to watch The Mike Douglas Show “religiously;” she thought he was “so handsome,” and “you know, I believe he’s also Catholic!!!” “But then he has “SUCH WEIRDOS” on his show, “I DON’T KNOW WHAT HE’S THINKING!!!” “That foul-mouthed Richard Pryor, and who is that freak with the Afro?” “And Zappa? Where is HE from?” “Don’t even get me started about Lennon – we should never have gotten you those Beatles records … you might have turned out normal.”

Thanks, mom, if you hadn’t gotten me those Beatles records, I might have turned out normal.





Psych from Afrika


Continuing my Saturday morning diskjockering…. There was so much fuzzed out greatness going on in different parts of Africa (particularly Zambia) during the 70s which much of the world didn’t know about. http://www.nuvo.net/ACulturalManifesto/archives/2013/08/20/african-psychedelic-rock  For a steady diet of this kind of stuff, check out Kinda Cloudy Radio on kfai.org/kindacloudyradio – DJ Steely will hook you up with some amazing Afrobeat and more.

Thunderboldt Pagoda


So here’s a show I am missing this evening – they’re probably playing as I write this. I WILL catch a set of theirs soon. At some point. TP are:

Erik Wivinus – Guitar, Baritone Guitar, Vocals, Electric Sitar – Erik’s been in groups Gentle Tasaday, Salamander, and Skye Klad (and possibly other bands I’m missing.) He’s one of the owners of super cool antique store findfurnish.
Ralph Karsten – Mellotron, Analogue Synthesizers – Ralph owns Atma-Sphere Music Systems, a business which builds high-end, one-of-a-kind tube amps.  Ralph is better known as for his solo pursuit; Salubrious Invertebrae: experimental synth to the nth degree.
Matt Entsminger – Drums – Matt is an old buddy of mine and I love that he’s playing with TP. He’s an amazing drummer and held down the beats for Janitor Joe and Gnomes Of Zurich.
Gerard-Jean Boissy – Bass – I’ve gotten to know Gerard very well over this past year – we sat next to each other in school for nine months and Facebook texted sarcastic barbs back and forth during classes about some of our ridiculous classmates. Gerard is best known for his guitar-playing role in the legendary – oh, what’s that band’s name again? Oh, yeah, Rifle Sport! He is of the finest French Canadian pedigree and has the best girlfriend in the world.

tboldtpagodaT’Pagoda’s new record is available here: http://www.mutantmusic.com/ – check it out if you love space rock. I do.

Happy Birthday Wayne Kramer.


I’ve had two job interviews this week, and at the end of each of them, they asked me about music. I LOVED THAT! One question was what album would you take to a deserted island (that would be Funhouse by The Stooges) – they liked my answer. And at today’s interview, the question was what type of music do you like, and I went into my, “Well, MC5 and The Stooges and stuff from early 70’s Detroit,” and she knew what I was talking about, and said, “Oh, cool!” I LOVED THAT, TOO! I will like working at either of these places – I mean for other reasons, of course, but asking these questions at the end just put the cherry on the sundae for me.

Anyway, Happy Birthday, Brother Wayne Kramer, your existence on this planet changed things in strange and inexplicable ways. I can’t imagine how it would’ve gone down without you…I mean we would’ve had Sonic, of course, but – I don’t know – the MC5 might not have gotten started. Who knows? And that would’ve been BAD.