Archive for March, 2013

TODD RUNDGREN BRINGS HEALING PSYCHEDELIA TO THE KESWICK THEATER, 9-14-10

March 15, 2013

AUTHOR’S NOTE: This is another entry in our Friday Flashback series which revives and gives a permanent home to blogs previously posted to the syndication websites.  Some have maintained these pages and I not only appreciate that, but will be drawing these historical posts from those sites.  This entry, featuring the Todd/Healing tour from Todd Rundgren is significant for two reasons:  First, this exact show has been released on two separate DVDs.  I would invite you to purchase those DVDs to compare what I saw to what is on those DVDs, but those DVDs are so meticulously edited, what is on the DVDs is NOT what we saw at the show.  The second reason is, in April of this year, Rundgren will release his first studio album of new material in almost five years (five years in September), State.  Here is the review of the original live performance, just be advised this is a consolidation of a two part review.  So grab a lovely beverage and find your most comfortable seat in the house, settle in and enjoy:

Rundgren welcomes you to his psychedelic world.  Photo by Lynn vala

Rundgren welcomes you to his psychedelic world. Photo by Lynn vala

Glenside PA – I will have to explain the two albums being played live by Rundgren and company at the Keswick Theater before we get into the review.  The first is the self titled album Todd.  It remains my favorite album by him to date.  Starting out with some backwards masking (sounds played backward) of a voice asking for a little fanfare, it maintains a non-stop adventure right to the protracted fade of the last track, recorded live with a chorus of audience members from both coasts and mixed together (long before digital signal stretching in Pro-Tools) in one track.

The second album is a collection of songs pertaining to the science (?) of psychic healing.  Side one of Healing deals with the voyage of one who is anointed with the power to heal, and the taxation of a greedy society, all clamoring for the healing touch.  Trivia time:  The bonus 7” vinyl that was included with the original 12” plastic waffle release was the single from the album called “Time Heals” and was the 7th original video aired on MTV’s broadcast debut.

There weren’t many videos to choose from then, and Rundgren and MTV are not the best of friends.  Read on for more dish…

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WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU TAKE A BRITISH SHOW AND LAUNCH IT IN THE UNITED STATES? IT AIN’T EXACTLY AMERICAN IDOL…

March 13, 2013
Clarkson, left, May, center, and Hammond, right.  The original Top Gear brigade.

Clarkson, left, May, center, and Hammond, right. The original Top Gear brigade. Photo courtesy Top Gear’s Facebook page.

We have long been planning to branch out the available topics in this blog.  It starts here.

Television is, in the United States, nearing a religious fanaticism.  After all, we are the country that developed the convenience “TV Dinner” to facilitate more time in front of the idiot box.  Now don’t get me wrong, I have some favorite TV shows, that if I am scheduled to miss, I will record.  But being as I developed most of my friendships in a town where the people are so two faced and self-involved, I have plenty of time to make my schedule around certain shows, like ‘Big Bang Theory’, arguably one of the most well written shows on television today.

This does bring me to my on-going beef with Chuck Lorre, developer of shows like ‘Big Bang Theory’, ‘Mike & Molly’ and the one that festers my contention with Lorre, ‘Two And A Half Men’.  My issue with that show is, Lorre screwed it up by letting Charlie Sheen’s personal meltdown interfere with the integrity of the show.

No one here has felt like their world is spinning out of control?  If you say you haven’t you are a liar.

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EDDIE JOBSON “FOUR DECADES” TOUR & MASTER CLASS PERFORM AT WORLD CAFE LIVE PHILADELPHIA ON SUNDAY, APRIL 21st, 2013!

March 12, 2013

One of the few remaining ‘greats’ of the original progressive-rock movement, returns to the stage with his hand-picked band mates.

AUTHOR’S NOTE:  I have long been wanting to post something promoting the venue World Cafe Live in Philadelphia.  They undertook a mitosis in that they opened a sister club in Delaware.  This happened right about the time that we relocated Coming Age Conglomo from Allentown to Scranton PA, and shortly after the collapse of the blog syndication.  All of these elements had contributed to this fine, intimate venue being overlooked.  However, today, with the announcement of the death of Peter Banks, we felt it was time to not only celebrate the remaining pioneers of Progressive music, but to also exalt the amazing venue that is World Cafe Live.  From a recent press release of theirs, detailing the appearance of Eddie Jobson.  Perhaps if you can, why not get out and enjoy some of Prog’s founding father’s before they go the route of Bill Bruford and Robert Fripp and throw in the towel…

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Philadelphia, PA – March 12, 2013 – Eddie Jobson, an internationally recognized electric-violin pioneer and keyboard icon, will be sharing his talent with fans at World Cafe Live on Sunday, April 21st, 2013.  The English born musician is considered a forerunner in the progressive rock and experimental rock movements.  Performing in a variety of progressive rock bands including, Curved Air, Roxy Music, Zappa, U.K. and UKZ, Jobson has also spent time on a solo career.

On Sunday, April 21st, fans will be treated to an up-close and personal experience with the talented musician.  Performing music from his past bands, as well as some never-before-performed music from his acclaimed solo albums, audiences are sure to be amazed by the talent they witness on the stage.    Jobson handpicked his band for his ‘Four Decades’ tour, which comprises of Marc Bonilla, Billy Sherwood, Alex Machacek, and Virgil Donati.

VIP ticket holders will also enjoy a pre-concert “Master Class with the Maestro” where Eddie will share his considerable knowledge of music, including the physics of sound and an understanding of the language of harmony. Tickets are currently on sale for the show and can be purchased online at www.worldcafelive.com or by calling the box office at 215-222-1400.

For more information regarding this performance or any press inquiries, please email dferrari@worldcafelive.com

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More information about this tour is available from the Bob Moog Foundation Facebook page:

Legendary synthesist, violinist, composer, and producer Eddie Jobson/UK Official fanpage announces a retrospective “Four Decades” North American tour.

From Eddie directly “These concerts are a one-time-only retrospective of my 50 years of creating music and 40 years of recording, covering my work with Curved AirRoxy MusicFrank Zappa, U.K. and UKZ, and including first-time-ever performances of music from my Zinc/Green Album and Theme of Secrets mixed in with the U.K. classics. There will also be integrated video tying in my other associations with Jethro Tull, Yes, King Crimson, the Bulgarian Women’s Choir and more.”

This retrospective concert combined with pre-show master class by Eddie is a once in a lifetime opportunity not to be missed. Find out more here: http://www.eddiejobsontour.com/

SAM LLANAS (FORMERLY OF BODEANS) JOINS NATIONAL TOUR

March 10, 2013

Hit play signs Llanas for second play theatrical tour to Milwaukee, Chicago and New York City

Sam Llanas (left) and Doug Vincent (right); Llanas and Vincent bring the touching play "A Day For Grace" back to fortunate audiences in Milwaukee, Chicago and New York City for another run.  Do not miss this most  poignant performance!  Photo by Matthew Staver

Sam Llanas (left) and Doug Vincent (right); Llanas and Vincent bring the touching play “A Day For Grace” back to fortunate audiences in Milwaukee, Chicago and New York City for another run. Do not miss this most poignant performance! Photo by Matthew Staver

Milwaukee – In a career move that belies his time opening for everyone from Bob Dylan to U2, former BoDeans rock legend Sam Llanas has joined the cast of the critically acclaimed drama Day for Grace.

The play, which weaves the true-life tale of playwright and lead actor Doug Vincent’s
tumultuous youth, features Llanas in live nightly performances of music from his 1998 album A Good Day To Die.

“Every issue addressed in the play – from bullying and mental illness to alcoholism and suicide – is
also addressed on Sam’s album” said Llanas’ manager Gary Tanin in a recent interview. “What’s
even more astonishing is that the playwright had never even heard of this album before writing
the play.”

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JEFF BERLIN SETS SOME HIGH STANDARDS, HITS SOME LOW NOTES, AND TALKS IT UP WITH JEFF BOULE!

March 1, 2013
Legendary jazz/fusion bassist Jeff Berlin in a promotional picture for his 2010 release "High Standards".  Photo courtesy Jeff Berlin

Legendary jazz/fusion bassist Jeff Berlin in a promotional picture for his 2010 release “High Standards”. Photo courtesy Jeff Berlin

AUTHOR’S NOTE:  This entry is the first in many ways.  It is the first in the BouleBlog Friday Flashback series where we revisit blogs that were originally posted through the syndication.  It was also my first internet based interview.  As it is a repost, the release it refers to is a couple years old, and some of the less timely references have been removed.  Enjoy this first from the BouleBlog Friday Flashback series!

There used to be a blogger I worked with a while ago.  Anthony Medici, whom I admired for his tenacity, work ethic and integrity.  I especially respected him once he started to take on the major jazz publications and took them to task!  He also had some harsh words for a local public radio outlet near his hometown (Washington DC area).  But he knew his stuff about jazz, and were he still working for the blog, I would ask him to review Jeff Berlin’s new disc, and most likely ask him to do this interview.

It isn’t as though I am totally foreign to Berlin’s work.  I was first exposed to Jeff Berlin during his tenure with Bill Bruford’s fusion band, Bruford in the late 70’s.  Having recently purchased the “Bruford  – Rock Goes To College” DVD, I was able to watch a young Jeff Berlin toss around riffs with the likes of Bruford, Allan Holdsworth, among others.

Berlin has come a long way…

So far that, to the uninitiated with his solo career, as I (unfortunately am, but soon to be remedied), this is a gutsy move using bass as a lead instrument, especially on such highly regarded tunes as these.  Don’t worry, he pulls it off!

So instead of reviewing music I really don’t have the foundation to do, why not let the artist himself do it?!?!

The following is a transcription of an email interview between Mr. Berlin and myself:

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