Little Feat does Big Al
Best Jazz of 2008
Courtney Pine sighting
The year's best mashups?
And life in jazz after "Night Music"
Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Little Feat does Big Al
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
R.I.P. to jazz great Freddie Hubbard
Stanley Clarke scores
How-to for digital music geeks
R.I.P. to Stupid Music fiddler Bob Boatright, whom I saw play with the Texas Playboys in 2000
And the best soundtrack tunes of 2008
Monday, December 29, 2008
How to celebrate New Year's Eve in N'Awlins
A jazz festival in South Africa gets cancelled
2008 music in review
Bo Dollis gets his:
And a visit with an NFL coaching legend, who also happens to play the ookelele
The internet has been experiencing some "Level 3" difficulties the past 2 days, and I am no exception. I have been having connectivity issues big-time, as well as some browser issues. As a result posting may be limited.
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Delaney worked with Eric Clapton and George Harrison. He was best-known for writing Clapton's classic "Rain", and with Leon Russell co-wrote "Superstar", which became a huge hit for The Carpenters.
He and his wife Bonnie also toured with Clapper as "Delaney and Bonnie and Friends".
1000 recordings to hear before you die
Musical RIPs for 2008
Best world music of the past year
A lab for musicians in Tokyo
And another Top 10 list, this one from Chi-town
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Crews gradually restored electrical service across parts of Oahu on Saturday after a power failure blacked out the island's population of about 900,000 and thousands of visitors including President-elect Barack Obama.
2008 Monterey Jazz Fest sampler
Best classical tunes from the past year
And the best 2008 Jazz releases, including one from NRBQ's Terry Adams
Putting a Hirt on...
And Watermelon Slim sighted
Friday, December 26, 2008
I brought back the Saddle Hill snowfall total on the sidebar, right below the "View From" picture, which this month has been from well north of here with the hiking fox.
This is the grand total of snowfall here on the Hill since December 1st. However, it should be noted that we do have freeze and thaw cycles here even in winter, so the actual amount on the ground at any given time will vary.
For example, we lost quite a bit of the snowpack here over the past few days and will lose more this weekend as Sunday will have a high temp in the low....50s?
Some Indie music jewels from 2008
Spooky Tooth sighting?
The best of what music-makers had to say this year
And 12-bar protest songs
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Fox Fur, a Unicorn, and a Christmas Tree
Credit & Copyright: R Jay Gabany
Explanation: Clouds of glowing hydrogen gas fill this colorful skyscape in the faint but fanciful constellation Monoceros, the Unicorn. A star forming region cataloged as NGC 2264, the complex jumble of cosmic gas and dust is about 2,700 light-years distant and mixes reddish emission nebulae excited by energetic light from newborn stars with dark interstellar dust clouds. Where the otherwise obscuring dust clouds lie close to the hot, young stars they also reflect starlight, forming blue reflection nebulae.
The wide mosaic spans about 3/4 degree or nearly 1.5 full moons, covering 40 light-years at the distance of NGC 2264. Its cast of cosmic characters includes the the Fox Fur Nebula, whose convoluted pelt lies at the upper left, bright variable star S Mon immersed in the blue-tinted haze just below the Fox Fur, and the Cone Nebula at the far right. Of course, the stars of NGC 2264 are also known as the Christmas Tree star cluster. The triangular tree shape traced by the stars appears sideways here, with its apex at the Cone Nebula and its broader base centered near S Mon
Back in the early part of the 20th century, my great-aunt and her family gave room and board at their house to a bright young college student from Hawai'i who was attending Cornell. He would remain their lifelong friend.
His name was Robert Alex Anderson, but to friends he was "Andy". He also made a daring escape across Europe during World War 1 (later made into the classic film "The Dawn Patrol") and became a hugely successful Hawai'i businessman.
But he was most famous for his hobby-writing songs. His best-known one celebrates Christmas in Hawai'i and is called, of course, "Mele Kalikimaka".
Click on the post title for more about Andy.
An interview with Lester Paul
Berklee College going to Spain!
New Year's Eve with Big Al Anderson
And fueling a funk firestorm in New Orleans
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Christmas tunes from off the beaten path
Christmas records time forgot
Christmas with the big trombones from N'Awlins
Christmas with the New Orleans Music Station, WWOZ
And a review of this past year's 10th All-Starr Band
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
The best Christmas music internet stations
Take 5's top 5 jazz cds of 2008
Wavy Lines of Sound
Oasis pays tribute to George Harrison
And a new book about a jazz-playing priest
Sorry for the dearth of posts recently-as previously mentioned I am phasing in a new monitor and it takes some getting used to. In addition we are still busy cleaning up after the massive dump of snow we got last week-between the Friday and Sunday storms we got about 28 inches of Global Warming here on the hill.
Monday, December 22, 2008
Keeping New Orleans music alive (hint, go there)
Best American music CDs of 2008
An old Jaco Pastorious group surfaces-pre Weather Report
Stupid Music from fiddler Liesel Schoenberger
And a hand-carved fish guitar?
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Some friends and I lived in Newmarket, NH, just north of Exeter, in the late 1970s-early 1980s. Exeter is what is known as a "UFO Window".
In fact, we ourselves saw UFOs out by the exact train tracks mentioned in this article...
Statement as of 4:36 PM EST on December 21, 2008
Snow will fall at rates of one to two inches per hour this evening with thunder snow possible... Snow will continue to be heavy through the late evening hours across western Maine and much of New Hampshire.
Expect snowfall rates to be one to two inches per hour at times... reducing the visibility to near zero. There will be blowing and drifting of the snow as winds gust as high as 35 mph. Thunder snow is also possible through 8 PM... mainly near the coastline.
Avoid all travel tonight.
UPDATE: Click post title for updates
A visit to The Fillmore
Christmas at Graceland
R.I.P. jazzman Buddy Charles
A bio of the man behind Charlie Brown's music
And dancing thru Cajun country
Saturday, December 20, 2008
“There has never been a time like this in Hawaii's visitor industry," said Ed Hubennette, Marriott International's vice president of North Asia, Hawaii and the South Pacific.
A visit to the Blues and Brews Fest
The state of pop music circa 2008
"I told Bob Dylan he was dead"
A new CD from lap steel guitarist Chris Haughen
And Van Halen intros a new line of guitars
Friday, December 19, 2008
An interview with Cheech and Chong...
How did you get George Harrison, Carole King, Billy Preston and all those people to play on Basketball Jones?
Cheech: They were in the next studio as we were recording it. Lou Adler went in there and said: "Hey! Come here. I want you to play on this tune." And they'd go, "Oh, OK!" and do it. George Harrison said: "Oh, those are very good chords. I'll have to nick those."
Chong: We ended up on Joni Mitchell's album (Court and Spark). We were all on A&M Records at the time. It was a bit of a family affair there. Whoever was in the studio at the time would just walk over to the other studio and play on the side.
A new teenaged harp genius
More Cool Yule tunes
The history of jazz piano
A new Willie DVD
And a look at this weekend's benefit for NRBQ's original guitarist, Steve Ferguson
Thursday, December 18, 2008
The 2009 Blues Music Awards nominees are out...
Where's Homer Simpson? Next year's Rock & Roll Fantasy Camp faculty lineup is announced
Dion DeMucci sighting
When George Harrison met Ralph
And a look at some Big Easy jazz music greats
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Another Grammy nomination for the slack key guys
A Stupid Music Christmas in Texas
Sax man Bill Evans sighted:
R.I.P. to Bay Area jazz singer Frances Lynne
And the lineup for the San Francisco Jazz Fest is announced.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
The Honolulu baseball team was the Islanders in the 50s and 60s. Their announcer for a few years in the early 1960s was Harry Kalas, who was then replaced by an infant named Al Michaels.
The Isles moved to the mainland long ago, and now are the farm team for the Colorado Rockies.
Sad to say, another Major League Baseball experiment is history, as the Hawai'i Winter Baseball League has been phased out.
Too bad, as it generated a lot of talent.
As usual, a cast of thousands!
Aretha Franklin; Los Lobos, Dave Matthews Band; Earth, Wind and Fire; Tony Bennett; Joe Cocker and Bonnie Raitt are some of the national headliners that will join local stalwarts like the Neville Brothers, Dr. John, Allen Toussaint and Irma Thomas.
Click the post title for the complete list.
Monday, December 15, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
While we had ice here, Hawai'i had the following. No links now but I will put them up tomorrow.
1. Blizzard on Mauna Kea
2. Massive rain/floods/landslides/power outages/sewage in Kailua Bay on O'ahu
3. Possible tornado on Kaua'i?
Stay safe, folks!
Things here on Saddle Hill are slowly getting back to normal after the Great Ice Storm of 2008-this was the worst ice storm here on the hill since the January 1998 storm, which left us without power for 8 days. This time we were "only" without power for about 58 hours, but we were extremely lucky, as only one wire was down.
To our south and west, in the most densely populated parts of New Hampshire, it's a different story-on Friday morning almost a half a million NH people were without power, and many will not have power until later this week-some may even be without until after Christmas. In terms of total number of people knocked off, this is 10 times worse than the storm of 1998, which mainly hit central and northern New Hampshire where far fewer people live.
I will be uploading a few pictures of the damage later today, and am also going to throw up a separate blog page with more images.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Vermont Public Radio is doing an 11 day tour in April 2009 to Louisiana to visit the Lafayette Music Festival, followed by a week in New Orleans for the final weekend of JazzFest. You even get to work rebuilding houses in the Big Easy for a day...
Cape Town Jazz Fest celebrates 10 years
Yet more new holiday music releases
An elementary school gets some ookeleles
A music museum as muse
And a guy is charged with using a guitar as a deadly weapon?
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
A couple from Kailua are offering a $100,000 bonus to anyone who can find a buyer for their properties. One is a house in Hauula on the Windward Coast, and the other is a 38 acre undeveloped parcel of land on the Big Island in the Keeau area.
"The state Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs said it was the first time it had heard of such an offer and urged all parties to check with an attorney to make sure it doesn't violate laws."
More boxed sets reviewed
Some "innocently bad" music groups
A singing NFL quarterback
Once again it's Wednesday, so Uncle Tom is Gabbin'
And Tulane University will now offer a degree program in...New Orleans music!
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
The music of America
USC honors Brian Wilson
The little radio station that could
And a new animated version of Bob and Doug's "12 Days of Christmas"
Monday, December 8, 2008
Our esteemed weather gurus said the low temperature here in Meredith this morning would be 14 degrees.
In reality, it was 2 degrees below ZERO.
Currently, it's a tropical 3.7 degrees above zero here on the hill.
But as this is New England, just wait a minute. The day after tomorrow, the high temperature will be 52 degrees. Above zero.
An Edison Jazz Music Award for the Brad Meldhau Trio
An interview with the cast of the new movie "Cadillac Records"
Traveling Wilburys T-shirts for sale
A review of recent music DVD box sets
And British Columbia's Langley Ookelele Ensemble is headed to Italy, after they cut a Hawaiian CD
Sunday, December 7, 2008
The ultimate Stupid Music concert-81 year young Leon Rausch and Bob Wills' Texas Playboys have been invited to play the Texas State Society's Black Ties and Boots Ball in Washington D.C. on January 19.
"I thought they’d forgot all about us," said Rausch, 81, of Fort Worth. "We do some special events, but we don’t play all the beer joints like we used to. We wait for special events."
A roundup of new music books-
Jazz pianist David Benoit channels Vince "Charlie Brown" Guaraldi
Stupid Music Deluxe: a review of the new cowboy music box set
Another fine tribute to Mama Africa
And the Beatles made more $ than Madonna. Good for them!
Saturday, December 6, 2008
New World War II monuments in 4 states...the Hawai'i sites include the mooring quays on Battleship Row, memorials for the USS Utah, USS Arizona and USS Oklahoma, and six chief petty officer bungalows on Ford Island.
Guitarist Joe Satriani sues the band Coldplay
Speaking of guitars, China has one called the "Pipa":
R.I.P. to well known Hawai'ian musician Pat Sylva
Genesis of a Louisiana "super-group" that also includes members from Down Under
And "Blame it on the Bossa-Nova"...
Friday, December 5, 2008
Mr. Penniman turns 76 today!
Here are some other artists doing his stuff
The Everly Brothers do "Lucille"
McCartney and the Beatles do "Long Tall Sally"
And (!) Zappa and Sugar Cane Harris do "Directly to My Heart From You"
Click on post title for his bio
Fun with LP covers
New Orleans JazzFest recordings get 3 Grammy nominations...
A look at two new movies about Chess Records
Reviews of some more recent boxed set releases (including "Box of Danger")
And the strange story of a jazz singer in Botswana!
Thursday, December 4, 2008
I have been clearing out my mother's attic this week, as we are getting ready to sell her house. I have stumbled across a treasure trove of items she saved from our years in Kailua, including some pristine-condition photo negatives of our house.
I also came across an old issue of a tourist newspaper, "The Waikiki Beach Press", which I picked up on our way home from Hawai'i for the last time in early June 1966, and an issue of "Sunset" Magazine from 1968. Both had some wild ads!
First up, from "Sunset", an ad for the then-new Sheraton-Kaua'i at Poipu notes that room rates are...$9 to $10 per night. Air fare from the West Coast to the Garden Isle was $100, and if you wanted to stop over in Honolulu it was 5 bucks more.
Two years earlier, Hawaiian Air Tour Service offered a 1-day tour of all 8 islands for $75. This included an early-morning flight from HNL, with a flyover of the Pineapple and Forbidden Islands, then touchdown at Kailua-Kona for breakfast and a limo tour. After a short hop to Hilo and a limo tour of the Rainbow Falls and orchid gardens, the plane then flew over the Valley and Friendly Isles on its way to Kaua'i. After arrival on the Garden Isle, the tour included a visit to Lihu'e, followed by a short trip up to Wailua to take the Smith's Boat Tour to the Fern Grotto. After takeoff from LIH, the plane flew up to the North Shore, down to the Na Pali Coast, and then a flyover of Ni'ihau before the trip back to Honolulu, just in time for dinner. Such a deal!
In the same issue, their competitor, Sky Tours Hawai'i, charged 10 bucks more for an all-day tour, but it had some things the HATS tour missed-after takeoff from HNL and a flyover of Lana'i and Mau'i, the plane landed in Hilo for the same orchid and waterfall tour-but then flew back to Mau'i to Kaanapali, for a ground tour of Lahaina and lunch at the Sheraton there. Then it was back on the plane for a short hop and ground tour of the Kalaupapa colony on the Friendly Isle. Finally, they flew west over Ni'ihau and clockwise up the Na Pali coast, before landing at LIH. Then the touristas got a candlight dinner at the Kaua'i Surf Hotel. This is now the Marriott.
Sounds like both tours were worth doing!
More golden oldies tomorrow.
Click on the post title to see the HATS planes.
Some familiar faces missing, like the Caz Brothers and Na Leo...
This year's nominees for best album are:
" 'Ikena," Tia Carrere & Daniel Ho (Daniel Ho Creations);
" 'Aumakua," Amy Hanaiali'i (Ua Records/Concord);
"Force Of Nature," Led Kaapana & Mike Kaawa (Ledward Kaapana & Mike Kaawa);
"Hawaiian Slack Key Kings Masters Series Vol. II," various artists, Chris Lau & Milton Lau, producers (Rhythm And Roots Records);
And "The Spirit Of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar," various artists, Daniel Ho, George Kahumoku Jr., Dennis Kamakahi, Paul Konwiser & Wayne Wong, producers (Daniel Ho Creations).
Also nominated for a Grammy yesterday was Saint Louis High School graduate Dean Pitchford. Pitchford was nominated in the Best Spoken Word Album For Children for "The Big One-Oh."
"White Noise" heading to Broadway
Critics' pick music for Thursday
Jazz and the sounds of Puerto Rico
Live musical scores for silent films
And why Dad's Stupid Music matters!
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Ulupalakua is the upland area of Mau'i but the name was also stolen by a developer on O'ahu for the street my family lived on in the 1960s. Here's what they have coming up...
PS, Ulupalakua is supposed to have a bunch of glottal stops, but I am too lazy to put them in right now.
After too long, finally a release from one of Hawai'i's most beloved entertainers, Robert "Lucky" Luck, will hit the stores December 9th. Includes his classics "Magic Pua Dog" and "Mynah Bird", as well as his inimitable reading of "Numbah One Day of Christmas".
(Folk Music Archive photo)
We lost "Mama Africa" a couple of weeks ago. Now her American counterpart has also departed.
Interestingly enough, in November of 2007 Odetta gave one of her final concerts at a church in Oswego, New York. She was introduced by "Mama Africa's" ex-husband Hugh Masekela, who noted that it was the first time in his 47-year career that he and Odetta had shared a stage...
Come sail away...
Uncle Tom's weekly gabfest from Kaneohe
A new orbit is out from the man of a thousand voices, Firesign Theatre's Phil Proctor-
A look at Elvis Costello's new music series, which starts tonight on cable!
And some rarely heard Oscar Peterson music...
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
"Tracking down real roots music in Hawaii, amidst all the hotel lounge acts and tourist fare, is about as easy as finding a good surf spot in Bolivia. But if you persist, it can be done. I know, because I came back from the islands with a suntan and a stack of Gabby Pahinui records."
Just say Los-a new PBS special celebrates Latin music
A roundup of new holiday music releases
A video of the Wellington Ookelele Orchestra
Using "Air Guitar Hero" to help amputees test out their new arms
And yet another "interesting" band name-Bitch and the Exciting Conclusion. Auwe!
Monday, December 1, 2008
The Honolulu Symphony makes a rare trip to the Garden Isle
Wayne Shorter sighting
BB King visits Atlantic City
A new movie about the rich history of Chess Records
And Happy 75th B-day to Pat O'Brien's piano bar in New Orleans. I'll have a Hurricane to go!