Monday, February 27, 2006

Kolchak stalks the night no more...

Darren McGavin May 7, 1922 - February 25, 2006

what can you say about a guy who chases after ghosts...

RIP Dennis Weaver June 4, 1924 - February 24, 2006

what can you say about a guy who chases after Mister Dillon...

it's time to say goodbye to Mr. Limpet...

Don Knotts July 21, 1924 - February 24, 2006

Friday, February 24, 2006

Gallows Black Ale Halloween 1993

the side of the label reads: "hand crafted brewed and bottled in the home of Don Nasholds by brewmasters Nasholds and Taylor | ingrediants: Dark and amber malt syrup, cascade and saaz hops, ginger, black and crystal malt and water."

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Snow - Curt Kirkwood - Little Dog Records

“Snow” is nearly perfect. It is so good that any attempt on my part to convince you that you should RUN out the door and get this, immediately, are doomed to fall flat. But, since I’ve already started I may as well give it a shot.

This record is Curt Kirkwood emerging from ten years of hit or miss with Royal Neanderthal Orchestra, Eyes Adrift and Volcano with a strong statement thrown into the Americana ring. And, by that I mean, country flavor, even a little of Boo Bernstein’s pedal steel. Soon Kirkwood will, or should, emerge from twenty-five years of the dreaded “cult” status to take his place as a major solo artist. Don’t expect the Meat Puppets.

What we have with “Snow”, Kirkwood’s first solo project, is a deftly crafted, pristinely produced showcase for his simply complex songs. Pete Anderson has allowed the singer and the songs speak to for themselves. And speak they do, in volumes. There are more hooks here than at a suspension artist’s convention.

I have been riding around all week with “Snow” in the car’s CD player. This is a gentle, reflective record. There are ballads of ethereal beauty, knee slapping, toe tapping, hoe down, numerous sing-a-long melodies, imagery rich lyrics, surreal melancholia, natural elements of rain, fire, snow, wind, earth, thunder. The best moments, and there are many, are magical. Songs like “In Bone”, “Snow”, “Box of Limes” and “Circles” will give your spine a case of the chilly willies.

Monday, February 13, 2006

New York Doll - Galaxy Cinema - Cary, NC

This is great! If you are a Human Bein' you need to see this...

Saturday, February 11, 2006

more Susan...

Susan Cowsill - Pour House - 2-11-2006

from the archive

Thursday, February 09, 2006

The Grammys

I was in and out of the room but I did have the Grammys on the television. I have never really felt that the Grammys was anything more than an opportunity for the most popular performers to pat each other on the back for producing scads and scores of radio friendly unit shifters. The grammy is certainly no caliper for measuring artistic worth and never has been.

Bruce has never really been MY boss but Springsteen’s solo acoustic performance was pretty dynamic. I only caught a few seconds but sweat beads were poppin'and he was makin’ emotion wracked faces, looked like he was rockin’ out pretty good...oh and it was very nice to see Sir Paulie in fine hard rockin’ form on “Helter Skelter”. Thankfully, I missed his collaboration with Linkin Park and Jay-Z.

Fantasia dominated the Sly tribute until the man himself made an appearance. Well, I read that he showed up, I didn’t actually SEE him. I hate I missed Sly in his white mohawk but who could watch this whole thing, even if you had a stake in it?

In a galaxy spanning under statement, Bono, winner of a beer short of a six-pack of gramaphone replicas, jokes, "If you think this is going to go to our head, it's too late." Such modesty straight from his master’s voice.

The comeback kid, the wind called Mariah Carey, picked up three awards and this was considered a disappointment. Rolls eyes. Of course I didn’t see any of this.

It’s always nice to see artists like Alison Krause and John Prine take home some gold, not to mention David Bowie’s and Cream’s long overdue recognition, the lifetime achievement award.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

lair of the cave people

monoprint - ink on paper

Sunday, February 05, 2006

I will be writing for these folks...check 'em out

I Pick You – Midtown Dickens (307 Knox Records)

Midtown Dickens inside cover says recorded on May 5th 2005 in Rebecca’s study and it feels just like that. It feels like it was sunny that day and Kym and Catherine invite a few friends by for tea and a little sing-a-long.

The songs are quirky. The backing is sparse but diverse. Catherine chimes in on bass, drums, trombone, harp, guitar and saw while Kym shows off her multi-instrumental skills on guitar, trumpet and ukulele.

This is a happy record, not too serious. The vocal harmonies are beautiful. And, that damned “Tetris” song will be careening around in your brain for weeks.

Got It? The Dirty Little Heaters (307 Knox Records)

Melissa Thomas & Reese Gibbs, the dynamic duo, will be forcing you to play air guitar and make funny faces.

These seven ditties, were penned by Ms Gibbs, and from what I can gather she is pissed. Thomas throws in some thundering war beats, complementing the bolts of flash lighting guitar and the, from the belly, verbal assault.

This is like finding money. This is that guilty pleasure you cannot speak of but cannot deny. From the red devil horned angry girl on the cover to the last grinding fuzzed out note this plastic platter just screams rock like no one is watching. Rock like your ass is on fire.

The Dirty Little Heaters is sassy assed girl punk from Durham NC, and they’ve got IT, Got it? Head on down to and get yours today. Now you got it.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

study: jug