I spotted these fern fiddles on (fittingly) Fiddler's Choice Road in Merrimack County.
Some varieties of this fern are a great delicacy here-but they have to be boiled for at least 10 minutes (or steamed for 20 minutes) to get rid of the natural bitter taste.
Thursday, April 30, 2009
I spotted these fern fiddles on (fittingly) Fiddler's Choice Road in Merrimack County.
"In response to complaints about a helicopter that flew over the Gentilly Stage during Robert Cray's set last Sunday, Jazz Fest producer-director Quint Davis issued the following statement:
"During Jazz Fest last Sunday, the helicopter that flew over the Fair Grounds was being used by an official Festival photographer to capture aerial shots of the event for future production purposes. Unfortunately, due to the low cloud ceiling that existed at the time the photographs were scheduled, the flyover was closer to the ground than usual.
"The Festival photographer was not aware that the flyover was as loud as it turned out to be, and communication with him during the flyover is difficult at best. Sincerest apologies to all who found the situation distracting. Such a low flyover for photography purposes will not happen again."
As keikis my friends and I bowled plenty of frames at the Pali Lanes in Kailua during the 1960s. Sad to say, the venerable alley will close at the end of 2009.
Pali Lanes photo by Craig on Saddle Hill, April 30, 2003 (wow, 6 years ago today!)
Another Terry Adams sighting
Gourds channel Q
Van the Man takes "Astral Weeks" to Berkeley
And an update on this year's Detroit International Jazz Fest
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Speaking of axes, Sonic Youth found one they had lost almost a decade ago
NRBQ meets Brian Wilson?
Bela Fleck's Heritage Tour
Wednesday = Uncle Tom Gabbin'
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Mele is now on Mau'i.
That is, www.mele.com, the largest internet source of Hawai'ian music. Founder Auntie Maria has sold the business to Punahele, and the inventory moved from her garage on the Garden Isle to Upcountry on the Valley Isle.
The changeover began April 15th and was finally pau hana a couple of days ago.
Early New Orleans R & B
Jimmy Thackery plays the RBQ
Bob Wills Day in Tulsa
And ZooTunes intros its 2009 lineup
Monday, April 27, 2009
Click the link.
Tommy Stevenson of the Tuscaloosa News reports:
"Today's "moment" was definitely Masekela playing a sublime version of "Grazing" during which the dancers stage right, including your's truly, all swayed to the music like tall grass in a ripping wind.
Dan Hicks interview
The guitar as prized art::
Grady Tate plays Uptown
And Ragtime lives
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Take me back to Oklahoma!
Andy Warhol's album covers
Honoring VOA jazz announcer Willis Conover
And Aerosmith will (finally) play in Mau'i
Saturday, April 25, 2009
We had the annual late-April summer blast here on Saddle Hill today-we just barely missed cracking 90 degrees. 89.5 was as close as we came. As I post this, Laconia airport (500' lower than me and 8 miles east close to several lakes) still has 80 degrees, and I am currently at 76.
Of course, this is New Hampshire, so tomorrow and Monday our high will be 20 degrees colder, before shooting up to 81 Tuesday.
Then a massive chill... with Wednesday only getting to 63 degrees with a low near freezing. And by Thursday, our high temp will only be in the upper 50s, or 30 degrees colder than our high today.
I love it!
From Thomas at Chromium Switch, a report from Rocky Rococco on last night's 40th Anniversary of Nick Danger show:
We were a solid, rip-roaring smash, with folks coming from as far away as Chicago, Miami, New Jersey and Germany to fill the beautiful 80-year old theater! We had so much fun working together again and the "new" material played so well that it seems certain we will seek more venues.
Thanks for all your support - Philip"
No link or story with this post-the Redhook Brewery here in Portsmouth NH is now brewing several of Kona Bewing Company's micro brews for a limited time, including Long Board Lager and this great Wailua Wheat Beer With Passion Fruit.
Get 'em while you can!
New Zealand is going to help try and eradicate the Indian Mongoose, a major pest on 7 of the 8 major Hawaiian Islands.
Kaua'i is the only island without them-apparently a dock worker was bitten by one when unloading them at the docks over a century ago and threw it and its cage into the ocean.
Mose comes to Portsmouth
Lou Reed's infamous "Metal Machine Music" returns
And a review of Uncle Chickie and Johnny McLaughlin, Electric Guitarist, and their new band
Friday, April 24, 2009
Highlights of this weekend's Bob Wills Weekend in Turkey
The South Plains Cowboys and The Texas Playboys will play
Friday night, April 24th, both bands for one price!
Western Swing Hall of Fame inductee, Jody Nix and the Texas Cowboys play
Saturday night April 25th.
Saturday, April 25th is Bob Wills Day and events include a breakfast, parade, Old Fiddler's contest, FREE Texas Playboys afternoon concert, BBQ lunch, arts and crafts and much more.
The Marshall Ford Swing Band features vocalist Emily Gimble, whose Grandpa Johnny fiddled around with Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys
It's Bob Wills Weekend in his hometown of Turkey, Texas
Billy Mata and The Texas Tradition Band keep Stupid Music alive and well
And had he lived, today would have been #93 for Texas Playboy guitar legend Eldon Shamblin
JazzFest in New Orleans kicks off in about 40 minutes at The Fairgrounds!
WWOZ will have some live broadcasts this weekend; click post title for details and how to listen. They have several different streaming formats available.
Today's highlight looks to be the Mahalia Jackson Tribute with Irma Thomas and Mavis Staples!
Robby Krieger sighting
The New York Dolls "work" on Kaua'i...
Marcus Roberts, soul man?
And the ageless Ravi Shankar soldiers on...
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Newfound Lake, located about 10 miles northwest from Saddle Hill as the crow flies, is one of the cleanest lakes in the world due to its great depth in relation to its size.
Please click on the post title to take a 2 minute survey on how to keep it clean.
75 years ago on April 12, the world's highest wind speed was recorded 46 miles to the north of Saddle Hill on top of Mt. Washington.
Here's the story of the 3 men who witnessed the 231 MPH blast. One was Wendy Stephenson Senior, whose son (also named Wendell) taught many of us at New Hampton School in the 1960s and 1970s.
Guitar Fest time with Bill Shatner!
Another sighting of the ageless ookelele player Bill Tapia
Opera's Looney Tunes
And Mas y Mas with Los!
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Just over 1 year after ground was broken on the "new" Randall Hall on the New Hampton School campus, basically all that is left to finish is the outside landscaping...the past few months have been spent wiring the interior of the building.
Some of the brick pavers will supposedly be from the original Randall Hall.
Note for our newbies, this saga is explained by clicking the post title.
Ray Benson sez:
"Our friends over at KUT are having listeners email their top Texas tunes to the radio station. Vote for "Miles and Miles of Texas" by yours truly by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and tell them why it is the best…then make sure you tune in to a very special edition of Texas Music Matters, Friday at Noon and again Sunday night at 6:00 p.m.
Assorted musical types pick their faves for WWOZ...
Tricia “Teedy” Boutté, vocalist
"Chicken fricassee and spinach! I love it! I feel like it may be one of the only healthy things that I eat during the Festival. My second, not-so-healthy but oh-so-good, must-have dish is soft-shell crab po-boy. Best in the galaxy! Of course I have to wash this down with a strawberry lemonade."
That was a memorable passage from an old 3 Stooges short, "No Census, No Feeling", where Census Taker Moe doesn't realize he is interviewing fellow Census-taker Curley, who is passing himself off as a chef. Moe than asks Curley how to spell "Winnipesaukee", at which point Curley changes it to Lake Erie.
Chump change compared to this spelling error for Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg
A youtube with Mr. Adams and original NRBQ guitarist Steve Fergie!
JazzFest A to Z
Dan Hicks flashback
And Uncle Tom's Gabbin'
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
A look at the first 20 years of JazzFest
Sir Paul plays ookelele in Vegas
Hard-headed woman listening to Stupid Music!
And a profile of Chicago jazz guitarist Howard Reich
Monday, April 20, 2009
Homer and Jethro meet Charles Mingus?
Daniel Ho wins a Hawai'ian music award:
Bass legend Carole Kaye sighted
And a wrapup of this past weekend's Green Fest in Washington D.C.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
A report on the huge Coachella music shindig
Q & A with Tanya Tucker
An early report on French Quarter Fest, including the erster eating contest
And a love song written by a mobster is discovered
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Fender does a guitar benefit for an ailing musician
A preview of Newport 2009
And Happy Record Store Day!
Friday, April 17, 2009
Note the 3 white-tailed deer on the right...they are the official New Hampshire state animal, and can run 40 miles per hour and swim at almost 15 miles per hour. They can also jump over fences 9 feet high.
Click the RSS feed at the bottom for the Mt. Washington Observatory Photo Journal for more great lenticular cloud shots.
A New Orleans fixture for years has been the Mid-City Lanes , AKA the Rock-n-Bowl, where bowlers share a bowling alley with great musicians. The owner has moved the alley after landlord difficulties, and the new alley opened Wednesday night.
JazzMouth in NH
And the start of the Merrie Monarch Hula Fest in Hawai'i
Thursday, April 16, 2009
The casket containing the body of Hall of Fame Phillies broadcaster Harry Kalas will be on view beginning at 8:45 a.m. Saturday at home plate at Citizens Bank Park.
Fans will be able to file past Kalas' casket and pay their respects for about four hours, after which there will a memorial service.
Kalas passed away Monday after collapsing in the broadcast booth before the Phillies' 9-8 victory over the Washington Nationals. He was 73.
The last time a baseball figure was honored this way at a major league ballpark was for Babe Ruth on Aug. 17, 1948, according to Tom Shieber, senior curator at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y.
(Honolulu Star Bulletin photo)
Monday we lost Hall of Fame broadcaster Harry Kalas, who started his career in Hawai'i with the Hawai'i Islanders in the early 1960s before moving on to the big time on "The Mainland".
One day later, one of his peers, Les Keiter, died at age 89 at his home in Kailua.
Les had started in Hawai'i sports broadcasting in the late 1940s, moved to the Big City in 1954, and for the next few years did play by play for the New York football and baseball Giants, New York Knicks and New York Islanders. Later he called the classic Clay-Liston fight, as well as George Foreman's Gold Medal bout in the 1968 Olympics.
And then he returned to Hawai'i, where he succeeded Harry Kalas' replacement (Al Michaels) as the voice of the Islanders. He remained with the team until 1979. He was also Sports Director for KHON TV until his retirement in 1994.
Celebrating Miles' "Kind of Blue"
Barbara Cook still has it!
An all-star cast of thousands playing this weekend in D.C. on the Mall
And Brah Hugh is coming to New England
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Tuesday George Harrison got a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
This may seem unusual for a rock musician, but many people forget that George co-starred in two Beatles movies, wrote at least two movie soundtracks ("Wonderwall" and "Everest"), had his Bangla Desh benefit concert turned into one of the first major rock concert films, and co-owned a movie company, Handmade Films.
Sir Paul and some of the Wilburys were on hand. Click on the post title for a (small) picture and more details.
The Grateful Dead tour opener is streaming
A new George Harrison best-of coming soon
Studying the blues at Berklee?
And Booker T. returns
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
New Stupid Music from "The Hag"
A legendary Chicago music venue returns to life
Levon Helm has a new album coming out
And it's spring festival time
Major League Baseball not only lost a great announcer Monday, but also said "Aloha" to one of its true originals, pitcher Mark Fidrych. Mark was a breath of fresh air in MLB in the 1970s.
Some of us actually got to see him pitch here in New Hampshire while he was still a student at Worcester Academy.
Monday, April 13, 2009
(Philadelphia Phillies photo)
Legendary Philadelphia Phillies broadcaster Harry Kalas died Monday. He was 73.
"We lost our voice today," team president David Montgomery said.
I first heard Harry do play-by-play in 1963, when he was the radio voice of the old Hawai'i Islanders AAA team in the Pacific Coast League. He'd been stationed in the Islands and never left. Back in those days, they couldn't afford to do live broadcasts of away games, so Harry re-created them in the studio in Honolulu. He often joked that if he wanted to get out of work early he'd speed up the pitch count.
When Harry left the Islands to go to the Mainland, his replacement was a young pup named Al Michaels. The Islanders team eventually moved to the Mainland as well, and is now the AAA farm team of the Colorado Rockies.
Of course, Harry was also the second voice of NFL Films, and more recently also did ads for Campbell's Chunky Soup. The past few years he also did play-by-play for Animal Planet's "Puppy Bowl", which that channel ran head to head against the "real" Super Bowl.
And his final bow-he got to call the final out of the 2008 World Series victory by the Phillies.
"Ice-out" on Lake Winnipesaukee was declared by Dave Emerson of Emerson Aviation at 12 PM on Easter Sunday. The last floe to break up was here in Meredith on Meredith Bay; this slab finally was pushed underwater by heavy winds and broke up.
Sadly later Sunday afternoon those same heavy winds also fanned a huge fire at the southern end of the Big Lake in Alton Bay, destroying over 40 seasonal homes.
A jumping flea fest on the Garden Isle
Cotton-eyed Stupid Music
Jazz in Brooklyn
And a preview of an upcoming jazz festival here in New Hampshire
Sunday, April 12, 2009
If it's real Easter music you're looking for today, I suggest one of my sidebar links, Lee's "Music You (Possibly) Won't Hear (Anywhere Else") blog.
UPDATE: Yes, Lee has some great stuff there!
A new remake of a classic jazz album
Listening to "All Things Must Pass" in a pickup truck...
And music festivals weather the economy
Q: What's the biggest difference between Hawaii and New Orleans?
A: I tell people there are a lot of similarities. They're both very cultural places, the food is good, the music is good and the people are laid back. I'm very comfortable here.
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Explanation: These two frames, taken with a video camera and a telescope, reveal remarkable details of the International Space Station (ISS) orbiting some 350 kilometers above planet Earth. Recorded during last month's visit by the crew of shuttle orbiter Discovery on mission STS-119, the pictures show extended solar arrays glinting in bright sunlight against a dark sky. They also likely capture the blurred image of a spacewalking astronaut during the mission's EVA-2 (Extravehicular Activity-2)! The astronaut is installing equipment along one of the station's truss assemblies. Astronomer Ralf Vandebergh, who often images the ISS during its favorable passes through Dutch skies, comments that no other bright ISS structures occupy the position indicated in the inset, and that a reflective, white-suited astronaut would be visible against the truss and correspond to the bright blur. Vandebergh notes that the timing and location further suggest the spacewalker is STS-119 astronaut Joseph Acaba.
Texas musician Jay Boy Adams is headed out on tour with Steve Stills
Lonely Planet hits the road in search of the blues
And living New Orleans music history with Deacon John
Friday, April 10, 2009
April 9, 2009: NASA's twin STEREO probes are entering a mysterious region of space to look for remains of an ancient planet which once orbited the Sun not far from Earth. If they find anything, it could solve a major puzzle--the origin of the Moon.
"The name of the planet is Theia," says Mike Kaiser, STEREO project scientist at the Goddard Space Flight Center. "It's a hypothetical world. We've never actually seen it, but some researchers believe it existed 4.5 billion years ago—and that it collided with Earth to form the Moon."
The folks at Wolfgang's Vault have unearthed a rare 1979 live show by San Francisco punk rock band Pearl Harbor and the Explosions. As Spock would say, "fascinating..."
Lead vocalist Pearl E. Gates had previously been with The Tubes. After the original Explosions band broke up, she married Clash bass player Paul Simonon, and years later started a second edition of the band which still occasionally plays.
Roswell Rudd's Trombone Tribe
Make jazz, not firewood
Talking story with Hawaiian musician Eddie Palama
And the lineup for the Chicago Blues Festival is announced.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
A jazz singer-teacher at Berklee
Music review: Andre Previn
Open door into the death cab
And an Elvis Convention comes to New Hampshire!
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
The second TV show Bob Newhart did (the one set in Vermont) had a classic episode where his character "Dick Loudon" got to play second banana on a late night teeve show called "Vermont Tonight".
The host was played by Dick, er, Bob's lifelong best friend Don Rickles. Don of course promptly turned Bob into his stooge, and it got so bad that he had a nightly segment of the show called "Pick On Dick".
The show had a surprise ending, which you will have to wait to see when the DVD comes out.
But I digress, click on the post title for a classic clip of Newhart and Rickles.
BTW most folks don't know that many of the opening credit shots for that "Vermont" Newhart show were in fact filmed right here in NH.
Amazon to challenge iTunes with mp3 downloads
A sale at Sheet Music Plus
And Uncle Tom gabs away as usual
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
UPDATE: The re-issues will include all 12 albums that were specially mixed for MONO (those are the ones I have LOL).
UPDATE 2: Paulie and Starkey had so much fun playing together the other night at the TM show that Ringo will drum on Sir Macca's new album later this year.
Nelson Riddle, rare and jazzy
Gospel jazz guitar?
More remembering Bud Shank
And an interview with a Hank Williams historian
Monday, April 6, 2009
Ramblin' with Jack Elliott
Brah Hugh's 70th birthday party
A jazz guitar primer
And getting Dizzy in Texas
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Here's a small New Hampshire pond I never knew existed until day before yesterday; it's in Merrimack County.
It doesn't even show up on the local maps so I will have to find out its name.
UPDATE: Likely name is Swett Pond...
I caught the entire show on fuse tv, and except for Run-DMC and Metallica it was better than the typical R & R HOF show. A lot of that had to do with the fact that the venue was moved to Cleveland, at the Public Auditorium, and for the first time the general public was allowed entry.
And the inductees' quality was pretty good, too-Jeff Beck, Little Anthony and the Imperials, Wanda Jackson, Bobby Womack, Spooner Oldham, and the Sun Rhythm Section of bassist Bill Black and drummer D.J. Fontana.
Only disappointment: Beck was inducted this time for his solo work (he had previously been inducted as a Yardbird) but for some reason he did not play any of his classic "Blow by Blow" or "Wired" material. For shame, Jeff!
Click the post title for a review that's heavy on the Metallica angle; I am trying to find a better story and will change the link later.
Bud was a legendary alto sax player who started with Charlie Barnett in the late 1940s. He then spent time with Stan Kenton's band, before discovering Brazilian music. He would later also record an album with Ravi Shankar.
Bud also did pop stuff; he recorded an entire album dedicated to The Lovin' Spoonful called "A Spoonful of Jazz", and he's the guy doing the flute solo on "California Dreaming" by The Mamas and The Papas.
Dave Brubeck in music and pictures
That old-time religion
Bill Frisell sighting
And a nice youtube video from guitarist Joel Patterson, featuring Scott Ligon on tasty B-3 organ
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Oscar Martin Mesonero of Salamanca, Spain, took this picture on April 1st, which shows the International Space Station transiting in front of the Moon.
"I recorded the transit using my 8-inch Celestron telescope and a Canon EOS 50D," says Mesonero. "The ISS was much brighter than the lunar background."
Click post title for a larger version of the pic.
Recently listed on the east side of O'ahu: the Kaiser Estate. This was the home of ship-builder Henry Kaiser, who started the Hawai'i Kai development in the 1950s and also built the Hawaiian Village Hotel in Waikiki, which was unusual at the time for having a geodesic dome. Henry was also the grandfather of musician Henry Kaiser.
When my family lived in Kailua in the 1960s we would drive by the Kaiser Estate when taking the long way home from Honolulu. In those days Henry had all of its buildings painted pink.
Asking price? $80 million. Click post title for a tour.
George Harrison gets a Star in Hollywood
Preview of tonight's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction...
Remembering W.C. Handy
J.J. Cale hits the road
And Santana does Vegas
Friday, April 3, 2009
The Ballad of John and Yogi
Allman Brothers guitarist Derek Trucks expands his horizons
Stanford on iTunes U
4 guys, 4 guitars
And some weekend jazz listings for the Big Apple
Thursday, April 2, 2009
An update to the story of the sale of mele.com, based on Kaua'i. Auntie Maria as noted will stay where she is, just not sell music, and the website and business will move to the Valley Isle in a couple of weeks.
Still on reduced power, as I am on Day 2 of a nasty cold.
As young sprouts in the 1950s, we always used to wonder what they meant by those 3 words shown above. We assumed that it meant we were supposed to stand next to the teevee until the picture came back.
Click on the post title for a look at test patterns from the ancient times.
Sea Chanteys on compact disc
The next generation of music festival at Monterey
A former principal turns internet radio DJ
Local jazz in Athens (the one in Georgia)
And Andre Thierry and the art of Zydeco
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
An interview with the Music Department Chair at the University of Hawai'i
Jazz from West Virginia?
Pleading for more NEA money to fund music
A preview of this weekend's Cape Town Fest in South Africa...
And Uncle Tom is Gabbin'
April Fool's Day 1946: a major earthquake in Alaska generates tsunami waves. Several hours later, 39-foot tall waves crashed into Hilo on the Big Island, causing major death and destruction.
What many don't know is that some tsunami waves-9 to be exact-hit Kailua Bay on Oahu. Here's that story...