Archive for the ‘Friday Flashback’ Category

THE TUBES LOVE BOMB LEAVES A TIMELESS, LASTING MARK ON MUSIC PRODUCTION

January 12, 2018

The Todd Rundgren produced Love Bomb by the San Francisco band The Tubes. Photo courtesy Capitol Records.

We are reviving a feature on BouleBlog, the Friday Flashback. This gives us a unique opportunity to take a look at albums that were released in the distant past, but still have musical, technological or even social impact on the music horizon, some that even last years later.

This entry is not of any social consequence, but it has technological brilliance unequaled even today. For its time in 1985, it was leaps and bounds beyond anything that came out in that time period. Before things get too convoluted, perhaps some background will put things into perspective.

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SAM LLANAS ASKS: IT’S 4AM, DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOUR LOVE IS?

August 23, 2013
The perfect album for an overnight of carousing, remorse and reflection.

The perfect album for an overnight of carousing, remorse and reflection.

AUTHOR’S NOTE: In light of the recent post by yours truly about the upcoming Sam Llanas Four/Five Live Volume 1 CD, we felt it would be appropriate to repost one of the last entries in our syndicated blog.  Many references were made to this album, 4A.M. in that review.  So we wanted to make it available again for review.  Another reason I wanted another crack at this disc is to right a wrong, and mention the crack staff that made this disc.  On vocals and acoustic guitar we have Sam Llanas.  Percussion is handled by Ryan Schiedermayer.  Guitars and harmonica by Terry Vittone.  Bass by Matt Turner.  Accordian by Bukka Allen.  String Sections by Gary Tanin.

There, I feel better about this.  Now, to our Friday Flashback!

If you follow this blog, last time we promoted Sam Llanas’ 4AM with a press release and some bio info.  This time, we take on the album itself.  Now the “concept”, if you will, of this album is the adventures that take place after hours.  Llanas claims to have written many of the tunes late at night.  I identify with that as I do my best work at night (post 11pm).  So I went out on a limb this time and gave it an initial listen after 1am.  I’m too old to make it to 4am without chemical stimulants, and I knock off the caffeine at 5pm.

Much less anything stronger.

But I felt it best to get the full effect of this disc’s concept, if it was listened to at the same time it was composed, performed, etc.  I was right.  This is late night listening at its best!

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JON ANDERSON AND RICK WAKEMAN AT THE SHERMAN THEATER, STROUDSBURG, 11-05-11. COME FOR THE MUSIC, STAY FOR THE COMEDY!

August 16, 2013
Jon Anderson (right) and Rick Wakeman (left) share the stage at the Sherman Theater, share some Yes songs, and share some laughs.  Photo by Lynn Vala

Jon Anderson (right) and Rick Wakeman (left) share the stage at the Sherman Theater, share some Yes songs, and share some laughs. Photo by Lynn Vala

FRIDAY FLASHBACK:  Seeing as Jon Anderson has taken his music to the sea with the recent launch of a prog cruise, BouleBlog felt this would make a good Friday Flashback.  Yes, this tour is long over, but, if you are fortunate enough, you can get tickets to see Anderson headline on the cruise.  Meanwhile, check out a show Anderson and Wakeman played just beyond my backyard in the Poconos.  Keep your eyes open for some hysterical lines from both of them!  Enjoy!

This blog has exposed me to a lot of new music.  It has also brought me close to many artists, opened many musical doors for me, and I learn something new every time I write something.  This review is unique in that while I was fortunate enough to work with the promoter for Jon Anderson, and his subsequent projects, I got to experience what many say is the heart and soul of progressive rock mainstays YES, Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman live playing songs from the YES catalog that we all know and love, but also songs from Anderson/Wakeman’s new album The Living Tree.  While this is a review of the live act, I will make a quickie commentary on the album The Living Tree: I am going to get the disc based on the performances I saw at the Sherman Theater.

The Sherman Theater is an old venue in the heart of Stroudsburg, which is undergoing a touch of a renaissance lately.  The Sherman, I would say is undergoing it’s own renaissance, with some new elements and some signs of age.  Will call got our order confused, but such associations with promoters, press agents, etc., usually leads to snafu situations.  Unless person A talks directly to person B, and when I get there I talk to person B, then the situation usually devolves to Situation Normal, All Fouled Up.

While I most likely will recognize the YES tunes, the new pieces from The Living Tree and if Anderson does anything from his new disc Open, I may need help naming them.  Thanks to a cooperative soundman and an equally cooperative stage manager named Neil (if memory serves, no chance of that happening), we managed to take pictures of Jon’s personal set lists.

Ask and you shall receive…

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BILL BRUFORD THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY: A DRUMMER OUT OF TIME

July 26, 2013
Not only does this book give us a drumhead's point of view of one of the greatest drummers to ever pick up the sticks, but it also serves as a 'how-to-run-your-own-band-and-stay-afloat-in-the-cuthroat-world-of-music-management".

Not only does this book give us a drumhead’s point of view of one of the greatest drummers to ever pick up the sticks, but it also serves as a ‘how-to-run-your-own-band-and-stay-afloat-in-the-cuthroat-world-of-music-management”.

AUTHOR’S NOTE:  This week’s Friday Flashback features a book that came out a few years ago.  For all I know it may be out of print or there may only be a few copies left in circulation.  If you have aspirations of forming your own  band, at any level, (amateur, garage, hobbyist, semi-professional or professional) there is educational material within these pages for you to learn from.  The more selfish rationale for reviving this review was, I was completely and totally chuffed when, while reading the Bruford web page, I came across a link to the following review listed on Bruford’s ‘press’ page.  It’s those tiny moments in this avocation that make the hard work, manual labor and occasional dissension among the readers worth it.  Please enjoy!

Back when this blog was in syndication, I wrote an entry about Bill Bruford, announcing his retirement from public performance as of the first of the year.  I was angry, I was hurt, I felt abandoned, and most of all I was disappointed that one of the primary warriors of mundane music had laid down his small wooden swords for the last time.  I could not understand why the world’s greatest drummer would hang it up while he was still undeniably a force in the industry, the industry he labels as ‘the industry of human happiness’.

Sometimes you need a good autobiography to make things clear, to garner the inside perspective.  But be warned, and I was taken aback by what I encountered, the ending of this book is not what you would expect from a player of Bruford’s qualifications.

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LAURIE ANDERSON SPENDS ANOTHER DAY IN AMERICA AT WORLD CAFÉ LIVE

June 7, 2013
Laurie Anderson brings her new album Homeland (or as Anderson purists will state, United States Part  5) to World Cafe Live.  Photo by Lynn Vala

Laurie Anderson brings her new album Homeland (or as Anderson purists will state, United States Part 5) to World Cafe Live. Photo by Lynn Vala

AUTHOR’S NOTE: To show our support for Lou Reed and his recent health issues, we are going to rerun this coverage of Reed’s wife Laurie Anderson’s performance of the tour for her most recent full length release Homeland as performed live at World Cafe Live.  Check all the way at the bottom, a blurry surprise for all!  Enjoy.

If you attended or read about the Adrian Belew Painting With Guitar show at the World Café Live July 1st, you saw or read about posters for the Laurie Anderson Another Day In America show.  This show was only advertised at the Belew concert, World Café Live was banking on the fact that they could draw from Belew’s audience  to help fill the room for Anderson.  Belew had worked with Anderson on some projects so the logic was sound.

Anderson didn’t need the help.

They even set the seating up to accommodate a more attentive, mature and dare I say it, refined crowd.  There was less open space, three rows of seats, a couple of rows of tables, and then the remaining usual seating around the bar and in the upper mezzanine.  I managed to get some front row seats and a photo pass for this show, so get ready, with my trusty photographer and my abysmal narrative, I will take you through…

Another Day In America.

Gonna be a killer show.

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QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE RETURN TRIUMPHANT TO TERMINAL 5 IN NYC, 3-25-11

May 10, 2013
The new and improved Queens Of The Stone Age seminal first album.  The re-release has garnered such interest that the band embarked on a tour shortly after a near-death experience by frontman Josh Homme.

The new and improved Queens Of The Stone Age seminal first album. The re-release has garnered such interest that the band embarked on a tour shortly after a near-death experience by frontman Josh Homme.

AUTHOR’S NOTE:  Once again, the Friday Flashback brings you a goodie from our past.  With all the hype about the forthcoming release from Queens Of The Stone Age, …Like Clockwork, we felt it would be a good time to resurrect this review of a live performance of the band shortly after the re-release of their first, self-titled release.  With remixed tracks and additional cuts, this disc was worth buying even if you had the first edition, or if you had a copy of one of the discs that front man Josh Homme resurrected from a palate that was lost in an Interscope warehouse for approximately a decade, this version topped them all.

The only thing better than the disc, was watching the newly expanded Queens (with new members Mikey Schulman and Dean Ferita) play out these tunes and other classic Queens tunes.  Enjoy this new and improved version with YouTube videos courtesy of vizcat!

It was no surprise that the Queens Of The Stone Age (QOTSA) sold out its first tour in many years.  They left fans wanting more after their Era Vulgaris tour, and Josh Homme teased us with his super-group Them Crooked Vultures, which was also economically viable to the point where his cohorts in the band (Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl and Led Zepplin bassist/keyboardist/arranger John Paul Jones) want to keep the band productive.

But perhaps it was (according to Rolling Stone) Homme’s recent death scare that made people sell out this tour AND FAST!  You see, if you follow QOTSA, you know that Homme has had trouble with his knee and an emphysema-like illness since the Over The Years and Through The Woods era.  For those of you not familiar with this incident, please read on…

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PAINTING WITH GUITAR HAS ADRIAN BELEW GIVING NEW MEANING TO THE PHRASE ONE MAN SHOW!

April 19, 2013
Adrian Belew brings his art and music together in one place, The World Cafe Live.  Photo by Lynn Vala

Adrian Belew brings his art and music together in one place, The World Cafe Live. Photo by Lynn Vala

AUTHOR’S NOTE:  Again, the Friday Flashback reaches deep into our available archives to bring you a groundbreaking review.  There is a sordid history behind this one which will explain some of the mindset when this was composed.  You see, yours truly was involved in a global controversy because when I first started this column thousands of years ago, I used artist websites as a source of information.  I had been scouring both the website journals/blogs of Adrian Belew, Robert Fripp, Tony Levin, Trey Gunn and Bill Bruford (pertinent to this story and King Crimson).  On Belew’s site I gleaned some information.  On Fripp’s site, I gleaned some contradicting information.  Not knowing which was the truth, I presented what I believed was the truth.  Belew became immediately incensed and called me out on the former PREX blog.  I dismissed it as an artist not wanting to be portrayed as “the bad guy”.

Turns out, Belew was correct.

I was offered the truth by Belew’s power trio bassist Julie Slick’s mom Robin.  A respected author in her own right.  I declined.  I had been caught in the crossfire enough and I will forever go down in history as the patsy who took the fall and reported the end of King Crimson.  NOT my proudest moment, and a tremendous personal loss to me.  But as it turns out, Fripp would go on shortly thereafter to retire from public music performance as Bruford had done shortly after the release of his autobiography.

One more tragic note:  There were literally thousands of photographs taken for this show.  Unfortunately, due to the crash of an IBM machine (yeah, fuck you Bill Gates) those photos were lost forever.  They were great shots as well.  One is utilized in the header to this blog and I will not repeat it here.

Also, this was originally presented as four parts (a photo blog) on PREX and a two part blog on the rest of the syndication.  It is going to be condensed into one humongous blog here because, well, I can!  This was the show where I apologized to Belew afterward and I made up for my transgression by reviewing his previously released e disc, as well as the live DVD of the power trio show and Julie Slick’s debut CD.  For the whole story, read on…

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