Tuesday, March 20, 2007

This is MY story

if there ain't one thing I was doing other than watching StarWars innumerable times, it was checkin' in on the Hammer...and now, here I is in Oaklyn' -- HAMMERTIME.

Monday, March 19, 2007

For Emil Pitcher GO HERE

Oh what a beautiful day, on the swings, and the light and the cell phone make it all look like some kind of "Super 8" memory, like the film's about to snap..."LIGHTS!" And someone goes and gets some more popcorn...

Saturday, March 17, 2007

The Innernetz

I think the internet was invented to safeguard the legacy of God Street Wine.

And I ain't kidding. What an amazing thing a collective unconscious is. For some old God Street Wine live tapes, actually what looks like a Wetlands reunion (right before Wetlands closed??) -- click here --but I can't find Dan Pifer or Jon Liebowitz on line anywheres...I'd figger the both of 'em'd have some kind of myspace or blogspot life, but for the life o' me...

don't call it a comeback.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

More later...

A short post on things discovered in the early morning, reading nytimes.com when I should be working on my Thesis Project...

I hope to expand on each of the subjects below a little further later, either by editing this post, or in other ones. These are important topics to me, especially my friend Billy's early forays into broadcast journalism. For his more recent work visit:

Who is Gilberto Gil?

Gilberto Gil Hears the Future, Some Rights Reserved
By Larry Rohter
Published: March 11, 2007
"Brazil’s official stance on digital content and intellectual property rights is in large part derived from Mr. Gil’s own experience. In the late ’60s he and his close friend Caetano Veloso, along with a handful of others here and in São Paulo, started the movement known as Tropicalismo, which blended avant-garde poetry, pop influences from abroad and home-grown musical styles then scorned as corny and déclassé."

Why does he work for the government and what does he think of the internet? click here.

If you go to Brasil, play a little of what you can find of Gilberto Gil...preferable in a field, on a rooftop or as the very definition of ambient music (that is, transparent yet transcendent) at a New York churrascaria, and in each location with a stiff caipirinha, then maybe you will find that he is one of the finest craftsmen and practitioners of our era -- whether that is the twentieth century, if not the whole homo sapiens thing...

NOW, seemingly unrelated but SO CONNECTED, here's:

(Photo credit Noah Berger for the New York Times)
Who is this guy? Why is he holding an undigitized piece of important archival footage of John Steinbeck and what does HE think of the internet? Well, not him actually...
Sunday, March 11, 2007
History, Digitized (and Abridged)
New York Times
Sunday, March 11, 2007
PHOTO: Herb Behrens, a part-time archivist at the Steinbeck Center, opening a master print of the 1961 film "Flight," which contains rare footage of John Steinbeck speaking on camera, something he disliked doing. "Flight" has never been made into a DVD.

There's some really important stuff here about archives, museums, hybrid institutions, community need and hybrid museums as community resources on-line and as destinations...MORE LATER.

Always ahead of the game, it's great to see my dear friend Billy has begun the process of digitizing his personal archives. So until I get a chance to expound further on the issues of archives, authenticity and on-line ownership...please enjoy my friend Billy spinning disks when he was a kid.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007


What is Prog-Rock? It ain't really a term I ever used b'fore with any reg'larity. My friend Billy just blogged about it. And it got me to thinking.

It's a beautiful looking word -- "progrock." Better it was pronounced 'p'grock,' maybe? I think it's short for "Progressive Rock," but I mean, who cares? In what way is it "progressive"? Is there any one band that said, "We play Progressive Rock?" Did King Crimson? Marillion?

Or better, when I was a kid, that the local radio station was a "Progressive" radio station, which meant it played R.E.M., like around the Murmur years...not PrOGrock. Oh well...(oo, that struck a chord...what about the days when the progressive rock station was at the end of the dial? Before the alternative became the mainstream?...)

Is progrock something that was "invented" by Brian Eno while he was a part of Roxy Music, and before he went onto make his own mark in the great beyond, the unindentifiable realm? I think that music is sanctified, so maybe not "prog-rock." But then again...

Why isn't Bob Dylan "Progressive Rock"? Ain't he progressive? How about Bruce Cockburn? Or maybe he's Canadian? But so is Rush.

O.K., here's what my now-English friend Billy wrote on his blog Billy Smash:

My wife thinks all boys go through a phase when they like the band Rush. I certainly loved all the pompous, long-winded, pretentious, idiotic prog-rock bands: Yes, Styx, Rush, The Moody Blues, Jethro Tull, Genesis, Pink Floyd etc...

Here are some actual lyrics to a song by Rush:

Tobes of Hades, lit by flickering torchlight
The netherworld is gathered in the glare
Prince By-Tor takes the cavern to the north light
The sign of Eth is rising in the air

Listening to this rubbish would be forgivable, if I was your typical progressive rock afficionado: you know, stoned all the time, or even some of the time. But drugs were more alien to me than Prince By-Tor's caverns or even The Celestial Travellers that Yes warned me of in their epic album Tormato!!

I honestly thought conceptual, rock-opera, triple albums about trees and mythology and alternate realities and shit like that were cool without the aid of mind-altering substances. To paraphrase the immortal Emerson Lake and Palmer:

"Welcome back my friends to the dork who has no friends- we're so glad you could attend, come inside, come inside."

and what my now-German friend Carlos wrote on my now-English friend Billy's BLOG:

Los Says:
Rush ruled! “We are the priests of the temple of Syrinx!!!!!”I must admit I did have a crush on Marie Osmond as well. A few other embrassing shows I loved to watch:
Love Boat - Dukes of Hazard - Fantasy Island line up...

Mathias The Swede Says:
I do think that all boys go through a progrock phase, only difference is that over here in Europe instead of Asia and Styx (who i never heard of before noving to the US) we had Marillion and early Genesis.

I added:

Billy, I must now proclaim, “There is unrest in the forest. There is trouble with the trees!”

I thought everyone on the internetz went to an Asia concert. We are ONE in our otherness. They is us and we are altogether. Read the Player’s Manual, Billy. There is a reason why “player” has become such a big term with kids today. Chaotic Evil is indeed more evil than being Neutral or Lawful Evil and there is much to be learned from “Alignment.”

Thank you, Billy. Thank you for celebrating the everyday…the now-gone — the Dungeons and Daryl Dragons. Love Boat Live On, Billy. Love Boat Live On! Oh, Lauren Tewes — my dream Friend, lover, sister, mother, wife and cruise director — show me a sign. I AM TODAY’S Tom Sawyer!…Geddy Lee — so many instruments — and Alex Lifeson — OMG…you’re my guitar hero.

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Go Bears!

I went to the Cal Bear's basketball game last week. And there was a major earthquake. It is truly amazing how inconsequential earthquakes can now seem...

Still, I had a great time. I'm feeling like -- if I am to see this Berkeley museum project through to its intended, expected and rightful end -- I will need to figure out how to get behind Cal, and learn a bit about the team.

There were mainly freshman playing because of injuries. There, I know that now...

Ryan Anderson (34) is a natural forward, but had to play center against an older, stronger Arizona. How'm I sounding?...

It was a close game, though.