A recap of last night's benefit concert in New Orleans honoring Fats Domino. The Fat Man himself was there but did not perform.
One of our NRBQ e-mail list members was at the show and I assume he will post his own review when he gets back.
Sunday, May 31, 2009
A recap of last night's benefit concert in New Orleans honoring Fats Domino. The Fat Man himself was there but did not perform.
Hamburg Germany opens a new Beatles museum
A new release from Wynton Marsalis
Preview of the 30th Long Beach Blues Fest
Benny Goodman's 100th b-day
And going back in time in Rolling Stone
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Stupid Music from the Nashville Swing Band, led by the great Buddy Spicher
Jazz listings for the Big Apple
The Jazz Bakery
The annual Spring Concert from the Honolulu Chorale
And remembering Bo Diddley one year after his death
Friday, May 29, 2009
(Good Comics Comic Books Resource photo)
The end of a 65-year-long love triangle is coming to an end...Archie Andrews will marry Veronica Lodge in the 6000th edition of "Archie Comics".
"Archie" of course was created right here in Meredith NH by Meredith Neck resident Bob Montana. He based "Riverdale" on his childhood home of Lawrence, MA, but most of the characters were based on local Meredith residents. Be sure to click on the comic strip image above, as Bob's delf-described life story is great.
Happened to spot this rain-fueled waterfall on Rattlesnake Mountain in Rumney this morning-this is not to be confused with the "other" Rattlesnake Mountain to the south near Squam Lake. Luckily this didn't endanger the peregrine falcons that live on these cliffs.
Click on the post title to read more about the falcons of Rattlesnake, written by a former professor of mine, Bill Taffe.
More on the up-and-coming Boston musician Sarah Borges
Stupid Music with Junior Brown!
Looking back at old jazz clubs in San Francisco:
Return of the Lighthouse Trio
And yet another great new musical name-air guitarist Hot Lixx Hulahan!
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Textbook ILS Approach Pattern, May 2009
Support your local or regional airport-you'll be helping thousands and thousands of private pilots take off and then make thousands and thousands of safe landings!
A nice new acoustic guitar hits the market
Six for Switzerland
Remembering the Sly Sy Coleman...
Preview of the upcoming Bull Durham Blues Festival
And Beatlemania lives again!
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Yowza! Keely Smith has a vintage double album reissue due out next week!
The best summer mix tape ever?
A new guitar tribute to Monk:
Happy b-day to Miles Beyond
And Uncle Tom is gabbin' away...
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Here's the most recent photo (I took this Saturday) of the latest addition to the New Hampton School "Front Four". At this point, it's "pau hana", with the only thing left to finish being the new grass lawn out front.
This new Science and Math Building replaces the classic old 4 story dormitory known as Randall Hall, which was built in the early 1800s, then taken apart brick by brick and moved over 2 miles to this location many years later. It was torn down in March of 2008 (see my Randall Hall blog by clicking on the post title) and ground was broken for this new structure on April 11, 2008.
Jazz for Peace in Rwanda
Benny Goodman sighting
A new Sun Ra exhibit in Pennsylvania
Assorted music reviews
And hail the American songbook
Monday, May 25, 2009
The great railroad museum Steamtown, which used to be a private park in Vermont but then was moved down to Scranton PA and turned into a National Park, will be temporarily taking one of their prime steam locos out of service.
A new ookelele band from Kiwi-land
Miles and miles of Stupid Music
R.I.P. to jazzman Buddy Montgomery
Return of the R & B Girl Group
And a new "luxury" guitar magazine debuts:
Sunday, May 24, 2009
"Some don't know how to set up a tent, light a fire, anything," said Gregg Pitman, executive director of the New Hampshire Campground Owners Association. "But they're chomping at the bit to be here."
Stupid Music from George Strait
Weird Al sighting
And a garden for Hari
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Some of us did a early Saturday ascent of West Rattlesnake today-this overlooks Golden Pond and offers vastly rewarding views for little to no exertion.
Here are some of the smaller islands, with Lake Winnipesaukee in the background.
I finally got me some fiddleheads, and gently steamed them for dinner, later smothered with garlic butter.
Up here they are "only" $4.99 a pound, which is currently the same price as Lobstah.
But they only happen for 2 weeks out of 52 and the flavor cannot be equaled.
Jazz in Sacramento
Reggae at UCLA
Koz at the Waikiki Shell
Folk music in the Northwest
And Island Mele
Friday, May 22, 2009
The game is still afoot. Today is the 150th anniversary of the birth, on Picardy Street in Edinburgh, Scotland, of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes. Doyle died in 1930, but Holmes and Dr. Watson live on.
"Doctor Beach" has named Hanalei Bay on Kaua'i the number 1 beach in the US. Hamoa Beach on Mau'i came in at #5.
I took this shot of Hanalei Bay on a stormy day in 2003. I think that is Graham Nash's rowboat, or maybe it's Todd Rundgren's?
Honoring Stupid Music in Tulsa
A profile of Sarah Borges
Dr. Billy Taylor teaches "America's classical music"
And New Orleans meets Harlem
Thursday, May 21, 2009
A recent nasty storm in Antarctica gave Mt. Washington's world record wind speed a run for its money...
"Wind gusts reached greater-than-hurricane strength at Black Island, with speeds clocked at 193 knots (211 mph) and sustained winds at 99 knots (114 mph). The all-time surface wind-speed record is 231 mph, recorded during an April windstorm in 1934 at the Mount Washington Observatory."
Jenni Muldaur (Geoff and Maria's kid) sings NRBQ
The State of New Orleans, musical and otherwise...
A full schedule for Jacksonville Jazz 2009
6 superstar guitars
And speaking of guitars, Steve Wariner is heading the Guitar Auction at the Grand Ole Opry this year
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
My tomato plants have been sitting at the Louisville KY airport for almost a day and a half now; they should be airborne sometime tonight for the final hop to MHT here in NH.
UPDATE (10 PM EDT)
The Killer Tomatoes arrived in New England sometime earlier today (not tracked) and left the UPS facility about 20 minutes ago by truck. They will be taking the scenic Bob and Ray route up old Route 3.
An elderly visitor drowned the other day near Tunnels, and yesterday another elderly gentleman got caught in a rip current at Molo'a Bay, best known as the filming location for the pilot episode of "Gilligan's Island". He's in critical condition.
A little lagniappe added today...
Sita sings the blues
The Wheel keeps on playing Stupid Music...
Some new live dates for the assorted members of NRBQ
DownBeat Magazine turns 75
New York loses its Jazz Festival
And, as usual, Uncle Tom is Gabbin'
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
On our Kerouac Trip out west in 1976, my friends and I found ourselves in Salinas, California, the Artichoke Capitol of the Universe. Along the sides of the Pacific Coast Highway, there were 'choke vendors selling the critters for bargain prices-we even saw one stand that was selling 40 of them for $1.
Last weekend they had the 50th Anniversary of the Artichoke Festival, and Los Lobos provided the music.
Chicago Jazz Fest 2009
Ziggy Marley tries kid's music
John Lee Hooker (Junior)
And an all-star funeral for Texas guitarist Stephen Bruton...
Monday, May 18, 2009
Back when TV stars could actually also endorse products. Those were the days. I could stare into the eyes of those fried eggs forever.
Click on post title for a classic Jethro Bodine ad for Kellog's Corn Flakes.
As was chronicled in last May's blog section, I get some of my heirloom tomato plants from a nursery in Oregon. These are shipped to arrive on the last weekend in May, and are shipped via UPS 3rd Day Air. Last year, 3rd Day Air turned out to be 2nd Day Air, which means I might get them Wednesday.
This year I have a 6-pack, and they are now beginning their journey.
Some fascinating background of the Coco Palms resort in Kapa'a on the Garden Isle. Not sure if they still do it, but some friends and I got to take a private guided tour of this ruined hotel in 2003 when we were on the Garden Isle. It was of course trashed in the early 1990s when Hurricane Iniki singled Kaua'i out for mayhem.
Strangely enough, Turner Classic Movies had "Blue Hawaii" on Saturday night. The final half hour or so of Blue Hawaii was filmed in the Coco Palms back yard and also in its bar.
Lots of weird people in that film supporting Elvis. To wit:
1. Sid Toler played Elvis' dad. He of course had earlier been one of the Charlie Chans, and before that was a radio announcer for the Boston Red Sox in the 1930s.
2. Angela Lansbury was El's Ma, even though she was only 10 years older than he was at the time. She later said it was one of her worst performances, but I always thought she was great as a drunken Southern drawl transplanted to pineapple land.
3. Elvis' love interest has for decades been mistakenly IDed as a British actress. They have all been confusing 2 Blackmans; the one in Blue Hawaii, Joan, was born in San Francisco.
4. Joan's boss in the movie is played by Floyd the Barber, Howard McNear.
5. Jenny Maxwell, who played Ellie Corbett, the spoiled brat teenager in the film, met a horrible end some years later-she and her husband were gunned down in cold blood in a robbery outside their condo in Beverly Hills. She was only 39.
A frost advisory remains in effect from midnight tonight to 8 am
An unseasonably cold air mass over New England... combined with a
mainly clear and calm night... will allow frost to form in many
spots from the foothills all the way to the coast. Some of the
normally colder spots could fall below freezing... but a hard
freeze is not expected.
A frost advisory means that frost is possible. Sensitive outdoor
plants may be killed if left uncovered.
Slide guitar, past and present...
Profile of the latest member of the Kingston Trio
Buddy and Jake
And jazz meets jazz
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Speaking of which-here's Clapton doing one recently
Miles' "Sketches of Spain" has Arabic roots?
And R.I.P. to jazzman Wayman Tisdale, who in a prior life was an NBA star...
Saturday, May 16, 2009
91-year-young Dominick "Don" Pardo was inducted into the Rhode Island Radio Hall of Fame Thursday night. He started his radio career in RI in 1938.
Pardo officially retired 4 years ago and now lives in Arizona, but has been flying back and forth to NY City as he is still doing the intros for "Saturday Night Live".
However, tonight's season finale will be Don's swan song.
George Harrison's Mini-Cooper is reborn
A Phil Woods sighting
A look at the great new album by Allen Toussaint:
And a guitar attack in Britain
Friday, May 15, 2009
A fascinating story of how a 1973 concert by Uncle Chickie Corea and Return to Forever was interrupted by a bomb threat!
An angry neighbor was fed up after the noise Lou Reed's show had made the night before, so picked up the phone and caused the evacuation of the entire audience.
Oh, and the link includes being able to listen to said concert. Requires a small software player install.
(Boyd Smith photo)
Taken earlier this week looking to the summit of Mt. Cardigan, which is one of three major "monadnock" mountains in southern New Hampshire. A 'monadnock" is defined as an isolated mountain that towers above its surrounding landscape, and this name was taken from the mountain of the same name in southern New Hampshire. Besides that one and Cardigan here, the other one is Kearsarge, which is just to the south of (and visible from) Cardigan. I can't remember if Mt. Monadnock itself is visible from Cardigan, but it probably is due to its height.
Other notable examples of these small mountains, also called "inselbergs", or "island mountains", are Sugar Loaf in Rio and many small peaks in South Africa.
Joe Ely alert!
Jazz, blues, and Dylan
Congress honors the late Voice of America jazz host Willis Conover
And a preview of this year's Hawai'i Book and Music Fest
Thursday, May 14, 2009
A welcome sighting of Commander Cody, who has a new album.
Bob Wills would be proud, as George has used his "Time Changes Everything" formula. To wit:
"You can change the name of an old song
Re-arrange it and make it swing"
Jake to do a benefit on the Big Island
Analog in a digital world
A new jazz-world music hybrid:
And remembering the King of Stupid Music, 34 years after his death
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Bridgewater Mountain in Grafton County NH, as seen from New Hampton in Belknap County, NH, late April 2009.
This peak name actually refers to a long (10 miles) ridge running from north to south, going all the way from Plymouth and Hebron down to Bristol and Peaked Hill. The views from up high over Newfound Lake are spectacular, as are the views looking in other directions.
Bluebird on the Mountain
The Duke Ellington Band plays China
And Gabbin' with Uncle Tom Moffatt
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Folk legend Bob Dylan mingled unnoticed with Beatles tourists during a minibus tour to John Lennon's childhood home.
The 67-year-old troubadour paid £16 for the public trip to the 1940s semi in Woolton, Liverpool, last week as his European tour called at the city.
He was one of 14 tourists to examine photos and documents in the National Trust-owned home, where Lennon grew up with his aunt Mimi and uncle George.
A National Trust spokeswoman said Dylan "appeared to enjoy himself".
A benefit for Northern California jazz musicians...
Lincoln Center turns 50
Another island radio station "Learns to Speak Hawaiian"
And his musical colleagues remember Stephen Bruton:
Monday, May 11, 2009
Saw this fish fry waiting to happen this evening in Sanbornton, NH. Black Brook rises high in the hills and drains into Lake Winnisquam, and has been reknowned as a smelt breeding ground for years.
Looks quiet in this picture, but they were busy below the surface.
The crew of the space shuttle Atlantis STS-125 (L to R) mission specialist's Megan McArthur, Michael Good, pilot Gregory Johnson, commander Scott Altman, mission specialist's John Grunsfeld, Michael Massimino and Andrew Feustel stand for a group photo after arriving at the shuttle landing facility at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, May 8, 2009.
This mission is to make repairs to the Hubble Space Telescope.
This will be launching in less than an hour...click post title for live coverage!
Uncle Chickie in Blue-Ray
Another great band name=Mike Watt and The Missingmen
And the Australian Beatles will tour Vietnam.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
The Midnite Disturbers
One man's love affair with Danelectro guitars...
A rare guitar sold?
And some photos of Terry Adams in concert last week
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Technically speaking we got more snow today, as a very rapidly-moving spring thunderstorm dropped an amazingly large amount of HAIL on Saddle Hill about 6 PM.
Hail size estimate was 1/4", which is pea-sized. It accumulated on the lawn to a depth of about 1 inch.
Sad to say I couldn't take a picture of it as I had left my camera in the car, and didn't feel like going out to retrieve it during the electrical activities.
Widespread wind damage elsewhere in Belknap County, especially Laconia...
Hi and Lois do NRBQ
A new Stupid Music band with a great bane-The Space Heaters!
NYC Summer Stages preview
And 3 Little Pigs and all that jazz
Friday, May 8, 2009
A preview of this summer's outdoor music in Fort Collins Colorado
ABC is starting a new "Music Lounge"...
And a preview of the Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival...I would imagine they would have fresh ersters there?
Thursday, May 7, 2009
The previous "South Shall Rise Again" post refers to the latest incarnation of great food at the site of the longtime outstanding Southern vittles place Magnolias in Cambridge MA.
The new place is called Tupelo, and if you click on the post title you'll see nifty opening night photos, et al.
For the first time in several years, Nigeria's legendary King Sunny Ade will be doing a 40-date American tour this spring and summer.
When last gasped in the late 1980s, we saw Sunny live in the Back Bay of Boston with an 18 piece band that included at least 3 guitarists (as well as a Stupid Music Hawaiian-kine steel guitar player). Also 4 talking drums.
A preview of the 40th Woodstock
About time-a Junior Brown sighting!
All in the family jazz
And an upcoming Benny Goodman celebration
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
from Thomas at Chromium Switch:
G. D. Maxwell, a writer for "Pique Newsmagazine" based in Whistler, British Columbia, commented on the upcoming elections in BC:
"... But noooooo. He [John Van Dongen, former solicitor-general] loses his job over speeding tickets. Oh the moral turpitude. And get this, Two-Martini [British Columbia Premier Gordon] Campbell, accepting the resignation and saying he'll now screen the driving records of future solicitors-general, has the incredible bad taste to say, "I think it is important for the s-g to set an example. I think it's important for all of us to try to do that."
When Mr. Mug-Shot can say that with a straight face, I'm more convinced than ever the Firesign Theater are running things. For those of you completely unfamiliar with Firesign Theater, punch 'em into YouTube and have fun. Hint: You might try imbibing in a bit of the main plank of the Marijuana Party's platform first..."
As it turns out, there really IS a Firesign connection, as explained by Phil Proctor himself:
"Good grief!!! He's talking about my daughter's father-in-law, Gordon Campbell, who is running for re-election as Premier of British Columbia! Kristin and Geoff are up in Vancouver helping him right now.
One of his party members had to be fired because he was caught speeding and Gord's political enemies, like this jerk, are still harping on the fact that Gordon was arrested years ago on Maui (where the whole family celebrates Christmas every year.) for DUI. He's been sober ever since and this is a very unfair rap. ~ Philip"
From UH Press
"Talking Hawaii's Story is the first major book in over a generation to present a rich sampling of the landmark work of Hawai`i's Center for Oral History. Twenty-nine extensive oral histories introduce readers to the sights and sounds of territorial Waikiki, to the feeling of community in Palama, in Kona, or on the island of Lanai, and even to the experience of a German national interned by the military government after Pearl Harbor. The result is a collection that preserves Hawai`i's social and cultural history through the narratives of the people who lived it--co-workers, neighbors, family members, and friends."
Listening to Stupid Music for the very first time!
The latest on the upcoming auction of George Formby's banjo-ookelele hybrid
And Uncle Tom Moffatt is gabbin', after all it's midweek!
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
A Battle of the Bands across the pond:
Sarah Borges does NRBQ
Country music as lullabies?
And Bird in Time...
Monday, May 4, 2009
Pohakupu Park, Kailua, April 2003 (Craig on Saddle Hill photo)
We went snipe hunting here one night in 1963. Also dumped soda in the fountain.
Directly across the street from this park is Castle Hospital, sadly best-known as the place where The Man Who Shot John Lennon worked.
The Heath Brothers sighted
Psycho Guitar Killers!
And chords VS keys:
Sunday, May 3, 2009
A fascinating story of the encounter between Tiny Tim and George Harrison. Followed by a fascinating story of the encounter between Tiny and Ringo Starr!
Speaking of Ringo, I just found out that former All-Starr Band guitarist Joe Walsh married Marjorie Bach last year. She's the sister of Barbara, who's Mrs. Starkey.
That makes Ringo and Joe brothers-in-law by marriage. The family reunions must be a laugh riot.
Chuck Mangione plays in memory of two of his band members who died in a plane crash
Remembering Charlie Parker
Finding local jazz in Hawai'i
And more images and words from JazzFest
Saturday, May 2, 2009
Pali Lanes sideways view picture by Craig on Saddle Hill circa 04/03
As a real estate gweeb, I am amazed it lasted this long. Prolly only because it was in Kailua!
In 1965, there was a chicken place across the street from Pali Bowl that sold something they called "broasted chicken".
Red Green could not be reached for comment.
Here's another shot I took of the soon-to-be-closed Pali Lanes bowling alley in Kailua in 2003.
BTW all of these shots are "traditional" 35MM SLR film camera shots taken with my trusty Minolta Maxuum 3i, circa 1992. I've been a Minolta shooter from way back, as my first childhood camera was a classic 16MM Minolta spy camera that Pop, aka "Turn Down That Stupid Music!", brought back from the Near East in 1964.
Several live broadcasts from the Fairgrounds this weekend.
On as I type this in are the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, to be followed by an interview with Aaron Neville and then an all-star tribute to the "Kind of Blue" album that Miles Davis put out 50 years ago.
Click on the post title to listen live; several listening options are available, including iTunes.
Stupid Music now lives at the Austin Airport
A look at the new movie about the epic songwriters known as The Sherman Brothers
And a preview of Ben Harper's new album:
Friday, May 1, 2009
Stupid Music pops the pond:
"Hot Oklahoma Nights"
Flushing jazz to Queens
And a wrapup of Day 1 of Weekend 2 at JazzFest