Monday, July 12, 2021
"Saturday 10 July 21. I passed through Art Beat
in davis Square, Somerville before mad painter practice....I
Do miss the central square worlds fair from the '90s tho! Mad
painter had a dress rehearsal for the day of Thor Union
Tavern gig. The only tangent, but Every Picture DIDNT
tell a story coz I didn't film it, was Alex Gitlin,
head held back, playing Uriah Heep's "circle of hands"
ala Ken Hensley; Ken HIGHLAND starts off painter's cover of "Stealin'"
"sounding like Gary Thain on Thorazine! It made my dog die"-
lester bangs. Grand Finale, GRAND ILLUSION: Schmel Herbie
Hind blasting Kiss' Dressed to Kill on cd versus the
8-track flashback daze when all his vehicle played was Dressed
to Kill and Tull's Aqualung, man….for another of my alta
kaka rocka remisicenses, late '74, "Jailbait Janet"'s
boyfriend (a distant Spencer cuzzin!) NEVER let Blue Oyster Cult's
Secret treaties out of the car's 8-track as we drank a quart of
Genesse beer (68 cents; that was 34 cents each! a nickle short
maybe)...Did I move to Bloomington for this?"......
Tuesday, July 13, 2021
"Just another manic Monday 12 July 21. SUPPER with Gee
Julie at the Independent and DINNER music
was "sha la la la la la la lee"-small faces; "im
a man"-Chicago transit authority and "woman' by the Zombies.
Eat and listen there! Onto Union Tavern for Toussiant
the Liberator, whom returns Monday next (19 July 21). Sally
O' brien's used to have a marley Monday thang but no mo'; Bull McCabe
"dead boston club", as is/was Western Front. Ten dollar
cover and I caught a soundcheck of Desmond Dekker "Israelites"
("summer of '69" WCMF RAH-chester New York!) and there
were vendors with candles/food etc. A couple rappers also soundchecked.
I hung for an hour-2100-2200 and there was a VINYL dj with two turntables.
I got turnt onto Norma Fraser (youtube!)
cover of cat Stevens "first cut is the deepest" (PP Arnold
did the first cover but this one nice lil ska thang). Another Hopeless
Obscurity ("My favourite drug and I need to score!") was
Hi-Tension 1984 hit "Honey you can make me happy' Brit-funk!
(that's why I didn't hear it as a crossover in the colonies). I
may never make it Trenchtown or Brixton to hear such fabulous reggae
music (though smoking a spliff with Toots Maytal I thought the Who
sounded like Grand Funk's Live Album!) but this was GREAT fun; alternative
was Jerry Bergonzi (a john Keegan free-jazz sax
fave!) at Lilypad Inman. Hey! Live music of ALL genres is back!".....
Toussaint the Liberator
Wednesday, July 7, 2021
"Til Tuesday 13 July 21. Gee Julie "Cook
of the House" and I caught a Carissa Johnson
(whom was present) booked show of unplugged. Opener was Laura
Hurley, solo folkie with a song about being a loner. I
can relate! She sang high kinda like Joanie Phonie or Joni Mitchell
(Fiddy Years since BLUE debuted WCMF, RAH-chester!) and her low
notes kinda Leonard Cohen-esque poetry. (For My Ears Only!). Also
a bit of Davy graham finger pickin': to MY ears, sixties folie influences
and as lights man for the Byrds, Morgan Huke (RIP) WMFO woulda said:
"some folk and good music"!). Gee Julie note (photo by
me!): "voice resembles Gail Naim". (to be researched).
Lastly she closed with a splendid Peter Frampton "baby I love
your way'....you were expecting Humble Pie or the Herd? "Rappin'"
("I wish it were 1975 again!") with her after show, she
gave me a FREE cd; produced and percussion by Tony mann! Why is
mann a mensch? played in flying 69 in new Hampshire hanging with
Mrs Muck's brother, wears GG Allin's teeth around his neck and drummed
in/with the She-Wolves/ jayne County/ Gass Wild. also guided Gizmos
through NJ/NY when we played WFMU and met the Muffs then played
Hipster Brooklyn (NOT as cool as Kim Shattuck (RIP)). I was feelin'
poorly ("bodies need rest") but caught a bit of Birchwood
Blaze (like them on Facebook; lady sings Southern:I WOULD have stayed!).
venom and mayhem were going on last,sdly, but there is a photo of
me seeing double with them! And these fine ladies from a Michigan
town me Irish grandfather buried in DID promise to do some gigs
with me! Last night: Jungle as a punk passim!"....
Thursday, July 8 , 2021
"day of Wodin 14 July 21. Laurent Bigot, 'mon
ami avec francais" whom interviewed me in Ugly
Things writes that he found the Kenne album mit "Leiben
du ist mein fiasco" in Stuttgart Deutschand! I was on family
tree DNA and I have, on dad's side, DNA matches in three Rhineland
states and "DNA don't lie,bruter!". Plus mein schweister
station in Stuttgart. Reptilians from Andromeda
von Istlanbul mit der Gizmos in berlin? Ein hauscommen! (I COULD
hit my german-english app for "home coming' but I'm too busy
looking up 'eat shit' in Russian and Armenian!) (Armenia: "keght
utel", Russian: "yest' der'mo" -ed) . Also, von Deutschland,
after 1900 day of wodin: Deutschlandfunk Kultur, some german radio
station. I understood some of it but in English it was "der
Clash", "der Sex pistols". THOROUGHLY enjoyed
Alternative TV doing "Action Time Vision"! Alternative
TV formed March 1977; Ken Kaiser sings on "make her know"
and joins Afrika korps 12 feb 77. Alterantive TV had three 1977
45s, all of which outsold "I love you laurie". "Action
Time Vision" released June 1978, maybe concurrent with Martha
Hull singing "I wanna burnout" on the Korps Hello World
(Gulcher cd). Either way haven't heard alterantive TV since I don't
know when, it was rather nice, yessssss…….".....
Friday, July 09, 2021
"day of Thor ides of July 21.Supper was a Cubano sang-wich
at the Independent and in the loo, oi 'eard the kinks "Animal
farm", bluidy brilliant it was. Opening at Union tavern, Somerville
Mass. was Average Joel. He is a one-man guitar
and foot-drum act; Holy Gizmo Nixon! I was already "sold"
at "Doing My Best to do my worst", then there was a rap
about being robbed of a pop-tart in NYC! ("Debbie Gibson IS
pregnant with Ken Highland's Love Child!"). There were some
Who-ish power chords on his hollow body F-hole guitar (I play an
A-hole guitar!). A suicide prevention song and lastly a ghost story
song so fugin' bizarre it channels Hasil Adkins meets The Footstomper
(guy stomps his foot and sang) at Kirkland Café open mike
singing about "Henry" (late '90s, I were drunk but "Unforgettable/in
every way!"). is it nepotism or narcisism to review micelf
in Mad Painter? fuck that shit,pabst blue ribbon! The five dollar
door took in 28 paying customers and we had such luminaries as members
of Tom Depraved, V (opened for Stiv Bators!), Velveteen, Crooked
mere (hey! "I'm straight outta Brockport,yo!) and father of
son of Max Boris (don't forget that "I played with a Danzig
alum ken-ection!). Even a John Lincoln Wright alum at pub closing
tyme! But if one ever read James matthew Burns' Bat Droppings in
that V fanzine ("soundman told Kenne to turn down. Kenne (stubborn
since 2 april 56) said "no". way to go kenne!" Me
and matt Burns; friends til "Death may be our santa claus"!).
facebook this morn Matt writes: "An interesting mix of Mott
the Hoople and Uriah Heep! Please check them out!". With Gee
Julie and Natalia on vocals, I MAY add Orchestra Luna! Plus we were
staggered; Al Hendry-drums, Schmel Herbie Hind-guitar, me bass on
the riser; on floor Alex Gitlin-keyboards and vocals and Gee Julie
and natalia on vocals and synchronise moves. 28 people hollered
for an encore! dang that $20 was worth it for pay....Headliners
21 Grams More said they were a cross between Black Crowes and Stones;
singer/guitar/bass/drums/keyboard. A bluesy "rainy day woman"
by Zimmerman,a slow r and b ballad sung through a '50s vintage mike;some
Jim McCarty Cactus-era wah-wah; some harp that reminded me of Hunble
Pie's "I walk on gilded splinters" (excellent first A&M
Humble album blues-rock or maybe Rock On), Zimmerman's "I shall
be released" and then some Neville Brothers funk as Ken and
Gee Julie did the bump (me dancin' BETTER than James Brown!) and
Captain Easychord dancin' with some "fine fine lady/who had
a plan"; a copy of the osmonds The Plan album? BUT hangin'
til 0100, what was da Mayry takank gnakner was Schmel herbie Hind
was watching some "Tiny dancer" at the Glass Slipper in
the Zone dancing to a happy the Clown tape....LSD for Breakfast!"....
Saturday, July, 10 2021
"every day is a Saturday 17 July 21. Freitag nicht Ken
and Gee Julie watched that Queen movie Bohemian
Rhapsody on FX retro or somthin'; We TV 0600 was a
full hour of the Beverly Hillbillies (in colour
1966!). One of them hamburg "hop" waitresses says to Kenthro:
'do you want your usual six hamburgers?" "Ozark garbage
Disposal!". Ok let's list gigs and recording....the second
Asa Brebner tribute put out by Lt larry newman
USMC (30 years sober and of EYE and EYE don't drive him
to drink...); production is da moddafuckin ballz in whatever language
you wanna say it with! (don't get me started)...Kenne Highland's
Air Force does "I'm in Love" and you WILL Love
it...to Death! Aram heller of Stanton park just as excited about
that 2004 followup to be more Flamboyant; 17 years apart both recordings
have same 1976 Gizmos energy, in my opinion so try Some Buy Some!
(flip side; "Tandoori Chicken"! As I ALWAYS order at Punjabi
Dhaba!). Mad painter at jungle Saturday 31 July 21 Melt on before,
kaleideoscope on after. 21 Aug 21, mad painter at Midway versus
Afrika Korps at cantone's in '77. That Union tavern gig I channeled
as much jay Gruberger into my bass playing as possible while wearing
a $40 dashiki (I probably still have my Minnie pearl price tag on
"Mother of Pearl" (Roxy Music and Brian Ferry is So fucken
suave...SO fucken suave...frank Rowe's 70th at Midway sunday 12
sept 21 3-7 pm so don't act 95! Git yer ass out there! Kenne Highland's
Air Force plays Kenne's greatest hits, Unatural Axe and Classic
Ruins! Cantone's, as in Mario and this aint no joke! ok, back to
my youtube of Derek and the Dominoes the Layla sessions; 20th anniversary
edition, full, 3 and 1/2 hour long of God and SkyDog… someday
in the loo will be wrote Highland Is God, but so far, favouring
the Scots-English Charlton Heston in Ten Commandments (which matches
87 per cent of dad's DNA!), I shall settle for GizMoses and I SHANT
say I'm more popular than Jesus...der Tuefel? jah, das ist der Hiland"...