Johnny D’s

I just happened to look through bands coming through Boston and I decided to see what was coming up at Johnny D’s. Its been a while since I’ve bothered with their site. I know a while back they fired their booker for shows. The new person coming in could not put together a show to save his life. Anyway, looking at the upcoming schedule that is no longer a problem. I see the Smithereens will be playing as well as Eric Sardinas, Katrina (Katrina and the Waves), Luther Guitar Junior Johnson and this is for March. Many other bands are scheduled to come through. If you’re on the Tufts Campus a shuttle bus takes you straight to Davis Square, its literally right there. Their strong suit is actually their weekend Brunch. I’ve spent many Saturday and Sunday mornings at their brunch and it can’t be beat and the prices are cheap! If you’ve never been, go!



I’m a 50 cent millionaire!

The vacation is over! My card access is in place and I’m back on the air. It was an odd show because I had all the same cds that I used for my coverage of the squidpod show two weeks ago. Yet I probably only played half of the cds. I found the other sources of music via a combination of rivendell and youtube. I even play Just Because from Jane’s Addiction. Truly a great song. I’ve posted that below. 50 cent millionaire is a line from the AC/DC song Down Payment Blues. Great reference to the illusion of the money rock stars supposedly make. I’ve been writing a lot of metal entries and I wanted to back away from that. Maybe in another few weeks I’ll play a metal show. Anyway, the show list is below. I do plan to play an all women’s show soon.

Red Hot Chili Peppers “Warped”
Janes Addiction “Just because”
Letters to Cleo “Here & Now”
Veruca Salt “It’s Holy”
Tracy Bonham “The one”
Garbage “Stupid Girl”
Roxy Music “Out of the Blue”
The Damned “Plan 9 Channel 7”
Queens of the Stone Age “Go with the Flow”
Foo Fighters “Times Like These”
The Vines “Autumn Shade”
Steve Winwood/Eric Clapton/Derek Trucks “Can’t find my way home”
AC/DC “Down Payment Blues”
Sugar “Your Favorite Thing”
Pixies “Trompe le Monde”
The Breeders “Cannonball”
Devo “Beautiful World”
X “Burning House of Love”
Buckethead “Claymation Courtyard”
Nuno Benttancourt “Gravity”
The Stooges “TV Eye”
Aerosmith “Combination”
Def Leppard “Let It Go”
Thin Lizzy “The Cowboy Song”

The Colonel and his wee beady eyes!

Vegoose Music Festival - Day One
Music lovers already know who this guy is and that of course is Buckethead. I remember when he came on to the music scene many years ago, everyone was trying to guess who this was. The KFC bucket threw a lot of people off, I myself suspected it was none other than Michael Battio… ok not at all. Others had thought it was one of my other favorite guitarist – Paul Gilbert, there were some similarities in playing style and both are blindingly fast! When the day was done, he came out of his bucket and his real name is Brian Carroll. Anyway, he has done stints with shitty guns and roses, Primus and Praxis just to name a couple of bands. Buckethead is a pretty prolific musician. While some of us where wasting away on our couch last year, he released over 30 albums!!! I’ve posted one of the 30 below. He has a running series of over 90 cds. How does he make money? VOLUME!!! Yeah back to stupid reality. I just love pure guitar playing and this is guitar playing at its finest. I implore you, if you have never heard his stuff before check it out. There is literally a ton of really good stuff put out by him. In fact I’ll throw in a live video as well.

(Full Album) Buckethead – Claymation Courtyard (Buckethead Pikes #51)

Buckethead – Hardly Strictly Bluegrass full performance 1080P/60 [1/2]

Quiet! riot.

So this documentary showed up on my tv two nights ago and I thought, yeah why not. Its snowing outside and I’m not doing anything worth while tomorrow. The documentary started off well enough, covering the early years and the various members of the band. Of course the one notable person being Randy Rhodes but the focus was on another person that had died and that of course was the singer Kevin Dubrow. What I find interesting is that given the time that had passed, its all about perspective. While I give the film points for trying to say Quiet Riot were the forerunners of the metal scene, I assure you, they were not. This band was most notable for taking two songs that were written almost 10 years earlier by Slade. I dare you to name a song that Quiet Riot did, other than those two songs. For a kid growing up in a small N.H. town that honor went to Def Leppard and their breakout album Pyromania! What gets overlooked is that High n Dry was an even better album but thats for a later review. The documentary soon broke down into a pathetic sob story of Frankie Banali (the drummer and co-founder of quiet riot) claiming that Dubrow’s death was a selfish thing for Kevin to do!!!?? Of course then the film goes on a hunt for the “New” Kevin Dubrow. They find this poor slob from craigslist of all places and as expected its a train wreck. Banali has the nerve to rip into this guy saying that he’s ruining the brand name of quiet riot. Pro Tip, professional bands do not use craigslist to get their next vocalist. Next up was a man who emailed Frankie letting him know that he can easily fill in the spot. For a short time he does but in the end they get the vocalist they deserve and that’s Jizzy Pearl. Most of us remember this failure from LA Gunns and a part timer with Ratt. This doc had run 45mins too long, if the film could have avoided the shitty sob story about Kevin leaving the band too soon so that he could die, I could have been ok with it. I would give this one a pass.

In a holding pattern!

Yeah we go through these issues once in a while, card access issues. I couldn’t get into the station today. I’m hoping we can get this issue resolved shortly. There seems to be a disconnect between the station and the card services folks. I’m used to this by now, you just have to wait it out. Anyway, I’m listening to Voivod’s “Angel Rat” right now and will be burning through some Death Angel later tonight. Made a run to Newbury Comics this morning only to find out they had moved. That was a wasted trip. Maybe next weekend. Yeah I know, I could just order what I want through Amazon…I could. There was an article this past week where Dave Grohl is this years ambassador for Record Store day. I have to say I really miss the old music stores. The first one I ever went to was a place in Durham NH called The Wax Ear. It was in someone’s expanded shed but it had everything. My record collection really didn’t take off until I moved to Boston a few years later. When I got to Boston, there were record stores everywhere! Nuggets was the first one I found. It’s just a shell of what it used to be but they are still around. There was also a time when Planet Records used to be in Kenmore Square and they had quite a collection. In fact they are still very much around today and they have a strong collection of mostly cds but they do have a small selection of vinyl. I have a link to the store in the menu section of this website. Planet remains my favorite store to this day. I was hesitant to include Stereo Jacks on Mass ave just before you get to Harvard Square from Porter. They were going to call it quits last year but I guess they’ve changed their minds? I’ll check them out in the coming weeks and let you know what I find. As for Record Store Day, its usually held the third week April. For more info, check them out on their website – RECORD STORE DAY!

Grammy? She lives with Grampy

The real quote from Aesop Dekker was “grammy is someone who fucks grampy”. Aesop of course is the drummer for Agalloch. They released The Serpent and the Sphere last May. The album was a good followup from Ashes Against the Grain. I started this entry with a bit about the grammys but in the end the less said the better. None of my favorite bands ever won and they will never sell enough records to win those awards. In the end what use are awards anyway? So all that noise aside, if you have a chance, checkout Aesop’s blog – Cosmic Hearse. I know it hasn’t been updated in a while but the music he posts are completely worth looking into, its not just obscure metal bands, there are some lesser known jazz musicians thrown in there as well. That is really about it, its just a fractured post that was meant to shit all over the grammys and to push another great band Agalloch.

Music from the Squid Pod

I thought today I would put together a play list similar to what Savior Faire usually plays on Sunday afternoon. Five songs in, I realized, this sounds nothing like his show. Ah maybe next time. I had a list of songs I was going to play but for some reason I left the list behind and grabbed the wrong pile of cds. It certainly caps off a tough week. First my card access expired so I couldn’t get in. It wouldn’t have mattered yesterday anyway because the building was shutdown due to an electrical check. However, I have to say that I am impressed with the way the station has been run. This group of kids really have the energy which is infectious. It helps inspire to do greater things at the station. I also like how they want to expand the station beyond the campus which is great. The challenge of course is bringing the community and campus together. This is certainly not a new challenge for me. I’ve worked many events over the year and its a tough nut to crack. However collaboration is the key and I think this is where we’re going with this. A lot of great ideas came out of this afternoon session. I’m stoked to be working on a few of these ideas. Much more to come this week, stay tuned. For now, here is the play list from this afternoon.

Gary Jules “Mad World”
The Smiths “How soon is now”
The Red Hot Chili Peppers “Warped”
Queens of the Stone Age “Go with the flow”
Butthole Surfers “the shame of life”
Clutch “Burning Beard”
The Stooges “TV Eye”
Jet “Cold Hard Bitch”
Sugar “What You Want It to Be”
Ramones “Rockaway Beach”
Dead Kennedys “Lets Lynch the Landlord”
The Vines “Autumn Shade”
The Damned “In Dulce Decorum”
Roxy Music “Avalon”
Roxy Music “Out of the Blue”
Rush “Losing it”
Los Lobos “Kiko and the Lavendar Moon”
The Stranglers “Skin Deep”
The Specials “Gangsters”
Garbage “Milk”
REM “Try not to breathe”
The Church “Under the Milky Way”
Tracy Bonham “The One”
Letters to Cleo “Here & Now”
X “Los Angeles”
Buzzcocks “I believe”