Wednesday, November 14, 2007


Dig Billy Joel (on the right) as a fuzzed-out organ puncher, one half of the long-forgotten duo ATTILA, circa 1970. I got pointed this way this morning thanks to
WFMU (again), but I've enjoyed a cheap cassette version of this utterly rare LP for many years and I endorse it mightily. Just Joel on vocals and organ with a drummer, attempting to out-heavy Deep Purple but not quite making it all the way. Still, it's a lot of fun to hear the Pianoman in this setting, and certain sections of the album hit hard ... if they had assembled a full band Atilla might have been on to something. The songs are terrible but I'm never gonna turn down distorted Hammond riffs run through a wah-wah pedal. Apparently Attila only played a handful of gigs and fell apart quickly, leading a depressed Joel to take refuge in the cornball piano bars of Long Island. The rest of the story writes itself.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Via Drew Howard:

As some of you are already aware, Steve recently had a costly medical procedure which wasn't covered by insurance. His bills to date total $35,000. Lot's of people giving a little can be a big help.

Here's what we need:

• PEOPLE AT THE EVENT. Please pass this info on to others. It will be a great party with a fabulous soundtrack. There will be plenty to eat, drink, purchase, hear, and do in a casual atmosphere.

• CONTRIBUTIONS: Checks can be mailed to: The Simonsons Medical Expense Fund
Atten: Treair, Capital Community Credit Union
PO Box 27489 Lansing, MI 48909-0489
PayPal will soon be available through

SILENT AUCTION ITEMS are needed. i.e. Corporate donations of
goods, services, artwork, and items suitable for holiday shopping.

PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD by sending on this email and printing and posting some flyers.

See you on Dec. 9th!