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Or Treat

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on October 31, 2010 by johnbuckley100

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Happy Halloween

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on October 30, 2010 by johnbuckley100

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The Season Changes

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on October 29, 2010 by johnbuckley100

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When Keith Richards Became A Rebel

Posted in Music with tags , , on October 29, 2010 by johnbuckley100

So it’s an incredibly charming narrative, so far.  James Fox captures Keith’s voice well.  We’ve known as long ago as Robert Greenfield’s glorious ’72 interview just what a good raconteur Keith is.  In the early going, though, there’s a really wonderful vignette that essentially explains when Keith became an outlaw.

The book paints a portrait of 1950’s Britain that makes us think more about the Kinks than the Stones — the pinched straits of the British economy after the war and the collapse of the Empire, the conformism enforced by all the men back from serving in the military and now in teaching jobs and the like.  Everything seems grey until the bacillus of American rock’n’roll is transposed into the dull Petri dish of ’50s British youth.

Keith — whose harmonies up until ’81 were still one of the things that made the Stones so great — was recruited as a 12-year old soprano into his school’s choir, and they did well, one of the three best boys choirs in Britain, he says.  And the moment his voice cracked, they booted him from the choir, and to add insult to injury, held him back in school, because he’d missed so many classes performing.  The injustice of it!  It was just a hop, skip and a jump from there to Keith wearing a skull ring and flouting every societal norm up to and included snorting his dead dad’s ashes.

The book’s a hoot.

Nailing Honey To The Bee

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on October 28, 2010 by johnbuckley100

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PBS’ Cool New iPad App Features Alejandro Escovedo

Posted in Music with tags , , on October 25, 2010 by johnbuckley100

PBS’ new iPad app is out today, and so is their upgrade of   Wisely, among the video elements they’re featuring is an Austin City Limits show with the estimable Alejandro Escovedo.  Download the app, but if you want to see the video right now link right here.

Kelley Stoltz Returns, Better Than Ever

Posted in Music with tags , , , on October 13, 2010 by johnbuckley100

Kelley Stoltz’ To Dreamers picks up where the most excellent Circular Sounds left off, which is to say, at the portal to Heaven.

Philosophers have debated since back in the day just what, exactly, constitutes Heaven.  It’s kind of a big question.  For the gang at Tulip Frenzy — who two years ago voted Circular Sounds the 2nd Best Album of 2008 — it’s fair to say that a record constructed, nay, handcrafted as a bespoke paean to the songwriting of Ray Davies, with such alchemical ability that can render a harpsichord a backing instrument in a garage band, is a good place to begin.

Look, some people keep searching for the New New Thing, and maybe it reveals conservative leanings that we think the post-British Invasion sounds of albums like Between The Buttons and Revolver just might represent the Apogee of Man. So of course we believe that in Kelley Stoltz we have found a kindred spirit.  We’d say he doesn’t get out much, but just recently we’ve heard his drumming with Sonny and the Sunsets, so we know he isn’t a shut-in, living with cats and his collection of vintage 45s.  And yet it is clear that this is a gentleman who has spent many an hour in quiet and solitary contemplation of the classics — you know, The Kinks Kronicles and the like.

If you can listen to the Buddy Holly-esque “Baby I Got News For You” without feeling a thrill, or can hear Little Girl” without wondering aloud how ONE MAN CAN MAKE THAT ENTIRE SONG, then you have evolved to a higher plane than us.  We fully anticipate “Keeping The Flame” will find its way into our noctural reveries — maybe that’s why he calls the album To Dreamers. We could see Devendra Banhart nodding his locks to “Ventriloquist,” and honestly, “Fire Escape” sounds like what “All Day And All of The Night” would have turned into if Ray Davies had chewed on speed served up by the Diggers.

Not everything on To Dreamers is better than Circular Sounds — that would be difficult because Circular Sounds will, we feel confident, have a permanent place in God’s own jukebox.

So maybe let’s just leave it here: there are some albums and some artists that you should play at 2:30 AM, while contemplating whether it’s worth even waking up in the morning.  Kelley Stoltz is not that artist, and To Dreamers is not that record.  Of course ad agencies go nuts when a new Kelley Stoltz album comes out — I can think of ads for hotel chains and regional banks constructed from ditties from the guy’s last two albums — for this is the soundtrack to a bright Saturday morning with the coffee ready to pour and the dog thumping her tail on the floor, ready to play. And yeah, that’s pretty close to our idea of Heaven.

The Lion Door (Not The Lion D’Or)

Posted in Uncategorized on October 11, 2010 by johnbuckley100

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Fleshtones Promote Physical Fitness At 930 Club

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on October 11, 2010 by johnbuckley100

America’s hardest working band brought Hitsburg, USA to the Nation’s Capital last night, playing at the 930 Club for the first time since it’s 30th Birthday party on Memorial Day.  They were opening for Southern Culture On The Skids, drawn to perform their boss folklore act to the home of the Smithsonian Institution, a city JFK famously said crossed Southern efficiency with Northern charm.

The spirit of JFK hung with us, as the ‘Tones high kicked their way through an all-too short, nonetheless exuberant set that witnessed everything from a salute to the Ramones, an incredible song we’ve never heard before about mean rats in the kitchen, to an instrumental cover of the Beatles’ “Day Tripper.” “Theme From The Vindicators” was played by Keith standing on a borrowed chair in the center of the club, and ultimately Peter triumphantly belted out the lyrics to “First Date (Are You Coming On To Me.”  Why JFK?  Well, growing up in Canada, Ken might have missed this, but surely Bill, Peter, and Keith are of an age to remember those Presidential Physical Fitness badges you had to earn back in the day — at least it would seem they remembered them as they got much of the crowd down on all fours during “Push Up Man.”

All we know is we got an unexpected work out, though as always, it was our cheek muscles that ached, for grinning like a goblin for an hour at a time is exhausting.  We left 9:30 with SCOTS “Voodoo Cadillac” stamped into our brain, marveling at how the Fleshtones can encourage mass mania, this time in support of physical fitness, 100+ shows each year, lo these many years.  Thanks, guys.  And we look forward to hearing the fruits of your labor in the studio with Lenny.

A 1000 Jack-o’-lanterns Seeking Ignition

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on October 9, 2010 by johnbuckley100

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