Tuesday, June 14, 2021
"S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y Night!" 12 June 21. Mad painter
practice for that 31 July 21 Jungle gig
with kaleidoscope. Schmel Herbie Hind
started jammin' on Chicago's "Beginnings" and I LOVE
playing that descending bass lick. Whilst in high school with
Phil In Flash, Al Hendry drummed
in a horn band! (BST/Chicago et al) while I was still struggling
with Kinks/Stooges barre chords while Alex Gitlin
on keys was barely born. During the song "mad Painter"
we all stopped on a DIME with silence; that's the "celebration
day" bridge that echoes Shitana's "soul sacrifice"
(Solomon gruberger DID liken it to "wipeout" tho despite
his 1973 "shitana' reference). Then for a field trip, drummer
Al Hendry and I (two WILD and KRAZEE guys!) went to the Burren
to check kaleidoscope. Five dollar cover for
that back room where well-behaved Greeks watched rebetika (Gee?
who went with me?) this was "fuck off frat boy and leave
me alone' territory (oh, "babes"... "Bar",
SO true!). my notes say they did Tom McPetty's great Byrds number
"Amerikaner Fraulein" (Ich liebe!) and Carrie Underwear's
"when he cheats' sound even MORE like Aeroshit's "Dream
On" (they have an '80s "shredding' guitarist who basically
adds licks to the ballads like I did in Club Linehan-ago-go).
on facebook, there's a video of them doing Zeppelin's "ramble
on' and lady singer does Percy like Ann Wilson woulda (Heart in
1978 Cal Jam: SO fuggin' good, this is a youtube of something
I watched THEN at ken Kaiser's house in Teaneck NJ. Also, Ann's
grandmere, I believe was of Quebecois descent, so if you put that
Miss Lyn photo from Big Star next to mid-70s Ann Wilson, there
IS a resemblance!). Sadly, after Al and I almost got slam danced
by frat boys (this is elder abuse!), we got back to Groupie Towers
II before the Witching Hour; and Coast to Coast AM!
(BEST part of lockdown! bring back lockdown! Too many arschlocks
out partyin' like it's 1999!"....
Wednesday, June 15, 2021
"sONNTAG 13 June 21. Ken, Gee Julie and drummer
Matt Burns of Nightland go to Arlington Greek festival.
No live music or merch table but the food was excellent! No take-out
like the Armenian church, same day and 1-5 pm tyme (they had an
oud player and a merch table also; MAYBE in the year 2525). Next
up Gee Julie drove Matt and I
to "Tend her garden', (photos by Gee Julie) though
I'd rather listen to said song on James Gang Rides Again. BUT heard
a dude playing a vintage Strat "on the banks of the River Charles";
a Boogaloo Swami (saw them on other side of river in '89) whom said
"kenne Highland?!?!? I've heard of you? I used to read about
you in the Noise!" of course it's not Ugly Things 57, BGN or
even channel five sports report, but hey!".....
Matt & Kenne @ Greek Fest
Thursday, June 16, 2021
"day of Wodin 16 June 21. a LOT of mad Painter news. www.redfiveradio.co.uk
played some mad painter; LIKE
Mad painter facebook page for more world-wide airplay. BUT with
redfiveradio, the selector was a bloke name Trevor Hensley. brother
was KEN H. of Uriah Heep so is a long way from 8452 Ridge Road in
'72, looking at micelf in the cover of the Heep's LOOK AT YOURSELF
(Metal Mike Saunders, Flash fanzine, summer '72 review). 'long strange
trip' indeed! ALSO mad painter has FOUR gigs! Union Tavern
(P.A,'s Lounge) day of Thor 15 July 21 at half-nine. I
LOVE gigs I can walk to! See you there!"....
Friday, June 17, 2021
"day of Thor 17 June 21. This just in. Losing Eric
Stumpo from Plan Nine was like losing Jerry Garcia from
this "punk grateful Dead" (did Stanton Park GizMogul Aram
Heller coin that phrase? Ugly
Things Kenne interview part two in issue 58; "I
don't remember. I was drunk"). Still Brian Thomas
and other ex-Nines have gone FURTHER "playin' in the band"
with PSYCH 9! Brian and Company at TeensoundsRecords. bandcamp.com
. Psych Nine: THE TRIP GOES ON 12 inch vinyl (Eric Stumpo was a
MAJOR record collector) on Teen Sounds records. I downloaded the
"bus" song coz it were free and despite only TWO guitars
versus a Gizmos-esque four, what is "da madda-fucken ballz"
is the Spirit-cum-Quicksilver late '60s West Coast psych double
guitar leads, that YES! I DO emulate on the Kenne Highland
Air Force record (like them on their FB
page even though nothing is posted yet! - oh and here is his
page- ed) ; Eric Stumpo big influence on my lead guitar
playing (plus we were/are/is Blodwyn Pig fans since 1969!). Don't
ask who's gonna carry on MY torch when I jam with Stumpo/ Leslie
West and the Gruberger brothers but Brian Thomas doing a damn fine
job on one of the top ten records of 2021! ("winner by elimination"
coz I aint heard nuthin' else! still: "Try Some Buy Some"-
Saturday, June 18, 2021
"Freitag 18 June 21. I had to piss like Secretariat/ Smarty
Jones and Steppenwolfer combined, so I paid my ten dollar cover
and ran to the Jungle's loo. Gee Julie in the kitchen
and like that Linda I DIDNT marry (McCartney) she's the "Cook
of the House"! (picture of my supper). I LOVE early shows!
(7 pm! anything later is ELDER ABUSE!) I quite liked Carissa
Johnson; "don't believe the hype" that she's
Joan Jett Jr; Gee Julie and I BOTH agreed '90s-era Julianna Hatfield
(Blake babies opened once for Richie Pah-sons Big Huge as a drunk
me sang "Pretty vacant'...that's Juliana Hatfield opening for
me....when Reagan was president!). Carissa DID almost win the four
hours of acoustic. barre chords that I did at rat balcony in '80s
drunk (acoustic Angry Samoans? you bet!). Well, like Procol Bore-um,
I'm "About tp Die" or like that Jerry Garcia bluegrass
album: Old and in the way!). So, YES, I'd see her again, she was
good, long may she rock, long may ALL these REAL kids rock, like
oasis "don't wanna live forever" (but fear not! living,
I can be more of a pain in arsch than morte!).
Tater Tots and sammy
Tashawn Taylor was here to make John Surette feel old! "Hi
I'm Tashawn Taylor, i'm 24 years old, I'm from Cambridge and I like
to talk shit over ole hip hop records"...did my gozintos and
his release pretty well equaled the Slim Shady album! Let me know
the jungle's 'story" posts clips of performers and he was a
good rapper! Carissa Johnson ('punk-folk"?),
a rapper and, also from "story" Monkey Knife Fight (whom
have a market basket protest song!) mixed rap/computers and a dude
in a PFunk t-shirt playing John Keeegan-type free jazz! Another
eclectic Jungle mix and that's the week; lemme listen to The Who-
Tommy (super deluxe edition 2013) on youtube or is that Dad rock?
Still sounds as great as 1969 to me! Lemme get back in my "Time
Bonjour world! this just in...Laurent Bigot
who interviewed me for issue 57 of ugly things:
"just bought the Grovellors 45 in paris today" ; late
'80s Dave Bass and I recorded Love covers, Stanton
Park release...when folks are buying my records in Parr-ee...mange
le' merde! un mort!"...