Monday, June 29, 2009

If you're already on Facebook, then you can see this official announcement for the next performance of The End Times. If not, let me turn you on -- the Rendezvous/Jewelbox Theater at 7:00pm on July 25th with a cover price of $7. We will be opening for Bri Anne Michelle. That's about it, for now anyway ...

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Wow. Talk about it coming in threes -- I'm counting Sky Saxon even if most "mainstream" media outlets won't (he went out like Darby, unfortunately), plus Farrah, of course. If you haven't already heard, you will soon. Let the speculation begin ...


This song has been on repeat in my head for a couple days now ... welcome to my head.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Desperado slayed the ladies at the Wildrose and I drank for free all night. I was king of the lesbian bar. It was a very heavy evening, the repercussions of which will affect us all for some time. 91 more photos available here.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Fathers' Day to all of those who are or who have fathers. God bless us, every one.

Tonight, after years of research and months of rehearsal, we finally debut DESPERADO, a musical tribute to Linda Ronstadt ... I already thought out loud about this project, so perhaps you remember my position here. Say what you will about Ms. Ronstadt's platinum-quality MOR pop vocal stylings, the woman has great taste in songwriters, so we'll perform compositions by Lowell George, Warren Zevon, Roy Orbison and more. Lineup finds me and Tyson electrified, plus a father/son rhythm section called Jeff and Tony and the daring Jeannene fronting the gang, and despite the drunken leisure of our initial sessions, the set list is tight and our arrangements are robust. So we're at the Wildrose at 8:00pm ... that's right, tonight I'm gonna be on stage in a lesbian bar playing "Blue Bayou." We always knew I was destined for this.

More info via Blue Notes.

Friday, June 19, 2009

The wit and wisdom of Mick Collins, via VBS.TV.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

This Sunday eve, 7:00pm, Desperado finally debuts with Linda Ronstadt-approved setlist to help raise funds/awareness for the politically-charged documentary For My Wife.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

A painting my friend Suzi Twister made circa 1994, a barbed commentary on my romantic pursuits of the day. The secret to that beautiful blue sky? A cake of toilet cleaner.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

I know it will end eventually, but I wish I knew when. I am exhausted from waiting.

Monday, June 08, 2009

Sunday, June 07, 2009

Our next show.

Monday, June 01, 2009

Nancy Sinatra, "Sorry 'Bout That"

GG Allin, "Tough Fuckin' Shit"

The Pop Tarts (ELHC Class Of 1994) covered this song all the time too. Our version was more faithful than GG's.

"I'd like Nancy Sinatra to come see me play. She's great. I'm totally into Nancy Sinatra. I'd marry her in a second. She's the queen of whores." -- GG Allin
Saturdays have been inexplicably depressing for me lately, and this one started out much the same but I'm pleased to report that I somehow rebounded by mid-afternoon. Suitably refreshed, Lori and I took a nice rambling walk and ended up at the Stumbling Goat Bistro where I had one of the best steaks I've had in months, at least. By the end of the night we were feeling quite romantic, in the best non-euphemism-for-horny sense of the word.

Sunday I went back to the studio to try making sense of the huge volume of half-completed End Times tracks we've ground out in recent weeks. Multiple takes of fourteen songs with multiple takes of each individual instrument, and there's still much to fix and evalutate. Conrad and I stitched together rough mixes of two songs that I'm not yet convinced by ... these are far denser than the stark End Times vision we've plied for the past three (yes, Jesus Christ, three) years, augmenting our simple strum-slide-sing formula with additional voices and guitars, bass, cello and drums both snare and conga. I'm soliciting outside ears, so let me know if you wanna take a listen and provide a blunt opinion.
WFMU offers us an episode of Firesign Theater's Dear Friends radio program from October 4th, 1970. Those with an interest in the possibilities of free-form radio broadcasting should take heed and download.

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