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THE BEST ROCK AND BLUES BAND YOU’VE NEVER HEARD OF, MEET DOUG AND THE SLUGS!

May 30, 2018

The Facebook Cover Photo for Doug and The Slugs 40th Anniversary. We thank them for this photo.

I was first introduced to Doug and The Slugs by MTV in the 80’s. Their first video grabbed my attention and I never looked back. Here was this portly, greasy haired singer (I thought that was the look for the video, nope) that, basically, in my head, I was seeing Squiggy from the Laverne And Shirley TV show. Remember him? David L. Lander was the actor’s name. But here in the U.S., he looked like the buffoon from the TV show.

America is stupid.

But the resemblance aside, this guy could wail! I mean the expression in Doug Bennett’s vocals were unmatched down here. No one was doing torch songs like “The River”. But when Doug did them, man you felt it. To be clear, I HATED Laverne & Shirley and really hated the Squiggy character. So for Bennett to make me love their music was an uphill battle but after the song “Real Enough” started to get rotation on MTV, it was hard to hold the grudge.

Then in 2004, the unthinkable would occur. As he was wont to do, Doug would be onstage with an adult beverage. It would lead to his demise is the word we have down here. He had toured with various incarnations of the band up until 2004-ish. He was 53.

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EDITORIAL: THESE ARE NOT THE UTOPIANS YOU ARE LOOKING FOR! RUNDGREN TAKES OUT YET ANOTHER BOGUS VERSION OF THE BAND!

April 6, 2018

This photo shoot includes Ralph Schuckett, who would later drop out due to health issues. Those issues being it was making him sick not being able to play like retired Utopia keyboardist Roger Powell. Photo courtesy Sirius XM

I’m out. No, seriously, I am done following and listening to (and reporting on) Todd Rundgren. Most likely his name won’t appear in this blog again outside the context of referring to him as producer, engineer, etc. I have yet to get his latest solo CD “White Knight“. Which is unheard of for me, having once pestered a local record store merchant by going to their store EVERYDAY asking about the not yet released Adventures In Utopia album.

Sicker still, I find it difficult for people to comprehend, but I prefer Rundgren’s more esoteric efforts. No, I hate Something/Anything, that and his Bossa Nova album With A Twist… Then he went EDM. Awwww hell no!!! But I stayed there with Rundgren through all the musical twists and turns he chose to make in his career. Spending a healthy dime on records, cds, posters, T-shirts, pins, on and on and on. Since 1974…

So I feel that (among other things) qualifies me to make these statements.

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YOU CAN GET IN ON A ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY TO SEE POPTONE, AND EXPERIENCE BAUHAUS, LOVE & ROCKETS AND TONES ON TAIL!!!

July 19, 2017

Reviving his desire to perform live, Daniel Ash is touring his personal brand of dark wave music to the East Coast with POPTONE. This blue moon opportunity still has tickets available at various venues. DON’T MISS IT! Photo courtesy of Sunshine Jacobson

Way back in the late 80’s, when a friend of mine introduced me to Tones On Tail, never did I think I would have a chance to see them. They were so niche, so target-marketed, there was no way they would be coming to my area, much less would I hear about the shows in NYC or Philly, unless by chance, they happened to be promoted in a New York Daily News or Village Voice that I happened to pick up at my fave newsstand (who would special order both of those newspapers for me). Nearly 30 years later, not only am I getting to see some remnants of Tones On Tail, but they are tossing in Bauhaus, Love & Rockets as well as Daniel Ash solo material into the set list.

Who are ‘they’? They are POPTONE!

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The Silence Of The Hands That Made The Most Wonderful Sounds… Allan Holdsworth, April 16, 2017

April 16, 2017

Holdsworth doing what he loved with those he loved. Photo courtesy of MoonJune

I didn’t want to get into doing obituaries. But when we lose a talent of the likes of Allan Holdsworth, words must be expressed. I was first fully exposed to Holdsworth’s amazing playing was through his work with the band Bruford. This exposed me to Jeff Berlin (the other Jeff B,) keyboardist Dave Stewart and when Holdsworth was not able, “the unknown” John Clark would fill in.
I had been on a steady diet of King Crimson, I was at the point where I was digging into King Crimson members solo efforts (this was the early 80’s incarnation, Fripp, Belew, Levin, Bruford) when I came across the Bruford albums. Had them special ordered from out of the country. The old completist “had-to-have-them” ethos.
Well when the very first notes from Holdsworth came through, I, as a guitarist changing styles from pop to prog was dumbstruck. The athletic strides of the notes coming from the fretboard, utterly, and totally amazing!! I had never heard a player like him in all my years.
Doubt I will again…
From the desk of MoonJune Promotions, who handled Holdsworth’s promotion:
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Dear Friends in Music
Today is a very sad day for me.
R.I.P. Allan Holdsworth (August 6, 1946 – April 16, 2017).
There is no greater measure of a life well lived than the amount of people he had impacted, and by that measure the artist Allan Holdsworth lived a very good life. This man took a plank of wood, a few strings, and some wires and transformed people’s lives in a way that few others have. The ultimate genius of the rarest kind. One of THE greatest musicians ever lived. So much history with Allan between 2001-2016.
You will be missed forever, Allan – Yo Ol’ Geezer, i love You.
Rest In Peace.
​​​​​​​My deepest condolences go to his daughters Emily and Louise, his son Sam, and his granddaughter Rori, and everybody else who loved this truly unique man.
Nardini
All right then, then….
Can I Get You Another One While We Are Waiting?
Leonardo Pavkovic
MoonJune Music, New York
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I really am trying to avoid being the blogger of death, but it seems to keep rearing its ugly head. I have many fears for 2017, the Mets winning the world series (for a true Met fan, all this means is the further commercialization of the team), nuclear war from Jung-Un, Trump, Putin, even the domestic effects of Trump. But my biggest fear? We will have a repeat of 2016 and there will be more, wholesale, devastating passings to deal with.

WELCOME BACK MIRACLE LEGION! MR. RAY AND MARK MULCAHY WILL BEGIN THE TOUR WITH AN INTIMATE DUO SHOW IN NYC, OTHER DATES

April 7, 2016
The prodigal son (and band) return to the limelight with several appearances scheduled, two in NYC as well as other countries. Photo by Jeff Raspe

The prodigal son (and band) return to the limelight with several appearances scheduled, two in NYC as well as other countries. Photo by Jeff Raspe

I’ve been touting Mark Mulcahy and Miracle Legion (as well as Polaris) for a long time now. While Mulcahy was off the radar, there wasn’t much to post about. However, since his latest album dropped (the venerable Dear Mark J. Mulcahy, I Love You), he has toured solo, and with his post Miracle Legion band, Polaris. Releases haven’t been lacking as well. Alongside … I Love You, the Nickelodeon requested band Polaris re-released their seminal Music From The Adventure From Pete and Pete on vinyl, we are being treated to another reissue gem, Miracle Legion’s Portrait Of A Damaged Family (this blogger’s favorite ML album). With a plethora of reissued as well as new material, it would make sense that touring be part of the release promotion.

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THE MASS EXODUS I HAD FEARED SINCE CHILDHOOD IS HERE NOW!

April 4, 2016

Sorry folks, no photos of album covers or artists performing live in this blog. In fact, we are embracing the here and now, with a morose eye towards the future. I never thought I would be posting something like this, but in the light of recent events (read: the massive amount of influential musicians who are passing away at a pace none of us can keep up with), I really had no choice. This was a necessity above and beyond my ordinary macabre nature.

For me, I think it started with the death of Alan Myers, the original drummer for Devo. It was a severe blow when a short time later, his bandmate and co-founder of Devo, Robert Casale also (and most definitely unexpectedly) passed away.

Then the onslaught began.

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THE END OF THE SILENCE, THE END OF THE IGNORANCE

December 10, 2014
Sometimes, the life of a blogger can be hazardous to that blogger's health. Photo by Lynn Vala

Sometimes, the life of a blogger can be hazardous to that blogger’s health. Photo by Lynn Vala

My WordPress screen prompts me by asking ‘what’s on your mind’? I guess I need to vent, come clean, explain why I have been absent from this blog for months now. Also to explain why a story was posted and then pulled almost in the same day. The story is long and convoluted so I will try to explain why I took a self-imposed sabbatical from this page.

But first, a bit of background on why this is personal to me.

Integrity has always been important to me. I have been asked to leave many bands because my integrity prevented me from playing over-exposed bands/songs such as Creedence Clearwater, or other bands I felt were not challenging enough to my ability as a player or were too commonplace for my liking. The more popular a musical genre, the less I find it appealing other than the finely crafted pop pieces from acts such as Hall & Oates, Foster The People, etc.

As I became older I found that bands who challenged the perceived norm of popular music or who went against the 4/4 popular time signatures lead to new vistas and horizons for me as a musician. Masters such as Frank Zappa, King Crimson and mid to latter era Todd Rundgren and or Utopia. Acts that really had musical meat for me, something I could dig my teeth into both as a listener and a musician.

So when I begin this blog I’ve virtually went into it with little to no restriction other than those imposed upon me by the webmasters. Limitations such as no obscenities, formatting, no artist bashing, promoting record sales… you can see how this would get tedious. Sad to say, one of the better things to ever happen to me might have been when Princeton Record Exchange dissolved it’s blog.  At that point I had to make a decision: Shit or get off the pot. I guess I shit because I am still on the pot!

The decision was made, I would start my own blog, go my own way and blaze my own path. Or so I thought. With this freedom also came a certain perverted perk. People would approach me and ask if I would want to promote either their own disc or an artist they represented. This is where things started to go downhill…

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POLARIS (Adventures of Pete & Pete)! First ever tour and new music!

August 26, 2014
The band that only lived on your TV in the 90's resurrects in 2014!  Dave McCaffrey (L),Scott Boutier (C) and Mark Mulcahy (L). Photo courtesy of Mezzotint

The band that only lived on your TV in the 90’s resurrects in 2014! Dave McCaffrey (L),Scott Boutier (C) and Mark Mulcahy (L). Photo courtesy of Mezzotint

Polaris, the band that once only lived in your television is coming to a galaxy near you. Known as the house band for the Nickelodeon show The Adventures of Pete & Pete,  Polaris have never toured and only ever played live once. The fans have been waiting 20 years for this October and now in 2014 it’s finally happening.
The show and the band have become a legend since going off the air. The Adventures of Pete & Pete was about two brothers named Pete, and featured an amazing list of guest stars, like Steve Buscemi, LL Cool J, Patty Hearst, Debby Harry, Michael Stipe, Adam West, John McLaughlin, Iggy Pop and many, many others. Polaris wrote much of the music including the shows iconic theme song “Hey Sandy“. They released an album of music in 1999 and then waited till now to play it live! For a fan of the show, every song in instantly recognizable and this will be the world’s first chance to hear it in person.
Polaris is Mark J. Mulcahy, Scott Boutier and Dave McCaffrey, aka Muggy, Harris and Jersey.  Mulcahy has several solo records. McCaffrey and Boutier were members of Frank Black and the Catholics. All three of them were in the band Miracle Legion.
There is a single planned to coincide with the tour. The song, “Happy Green Moon Face” is the first new Polaris music since the show went off the air in 1996.
The Waiting for October tour dates are:
10/4   – The Met, Providence, RI
10/9   – Hammerstein Ballroom, NYC
10/10 – Spaceland Ballroom, Hamden CT
10/11 – Pearl Street, Northampton MA
10/25 – Codfish Hollow, Maquoketa IA
10/26 – Lincoln Hall, Chicago Il
11/21 – Knitting Factory, Brooklyn NY
11/28 – Johnny Brenda’s, Philly PA
11/29 – Baltimore Soundstage, Baltimore MD
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That was a press release I NEVER thought I’d see.  If you read either the review for Mark’s most recent album Dear Mark J. Mulcahy… or his live performance at World Cafe Live, you know he is one of the most talented songwriters as well as being a highly entertaining presence onstage.  If you are local to any of the above listed shows, I HIGHLY recommend you check out the show.
I guarantee Mulcahy will at least make you laugh.

Outside Inside: Prairie Prince ‘The Tubes’ Rock Drummer/Painter To Create Contemporary Murals in Santa Fe Home November 30-December 4, 2013

November 24, 2013
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Prairie Prince behind the kit incognito as one of the “dapper squad”, better known as The Tubes. But expert drumming isn’t the only artistic output available to Prince. Read on! Photo by Lynn Vala

“I’m on the outside/Even though I’m right now, I’m inside the tube/
But I’m telling you how it is from the outside/Outside looking inside.”

-The Tubes, Outside Lookin’ Inside (Outside Inside, 1983)

SANTA FE, NM (November 21, 2013)—Renowned international visual and recording artist Prairie Prince of San Francisco has been commissioned to design and paint original murals for the interior of a newly renovated historic home in Santa Fe.

The residence is a luxurious and lovingly maintained Pueblo style adobe located in the scenic foothills east of downtown.  “Santa Fe has an active film community and art community; it was a perfect match to everything we wanted at this point in our lives. We found this home just by chance and when we walked in, I knew we could make it our dream house,” said the owners.

 

Artist Prairie Prince will be available Saturday, November 30th through Monday, December 4th for onsite interview and photo opportunities with members of the press at the residence in Santa Fe.  To schedule an appointment, or to request high-resolution images, please contact: Kristin Carlson, Think All Day Design + PR, at 505-501-2497 or k@thinkallday.com.

HE HAS FLOWN, ART-ROCK PIONEER LOU REED DEAD AT AGE 71

October 27, 2013
A blurry photo and the distinct memory of meeting an icon.  Lou Reed, dead at 71.  Photo by Lynn Vala

A blurry photo and the distinct memory of meeting an icon. Lou Reed, dead at 71. Photo by Lynn Vala

Today the art world saw the loss of a silent leader.  One who spoke through his lyrics, his songs, and his actions.

There are tons of obituaries out there.  You can get your history from those sites.  My blog is about personal experience.  Yes, I briefly met Lou Reed backstage after a Laurie Anderson show in Philadelphia to support her Homeland CD.

I had more to say to bassist Bill Laswell and support keyboardist/accordionist Rob Burger than to Reed.  He was confused by my function title (syndicated blogger) yet affable enough.

I was no about to disgrace my new one degree of separation from Andy Warhol by telling him his plans to record with Metallica are short sighted in terms of his career arc.

So if I am not going to regurgitate facts about Reed, why this ‘tribute’?  I want to make sure no one forgets about the woman he leaves behind, Anderson.

Time after time, my Facebook feed is filled with pictures and video of Anderson and Reed, joined at the hip with huge smiles on their faces (as huge as Reed’s could get, Anderson’s would outshine his at her simple joy of being near him).

If I have to be honest, I am not much of a Reed fan, nor a huge fan of the Velvet Underground.  I grew up hearing “Walk On The Wild Side” and “Sweet Jane”.  They were played over ad nauseum on FM radio as innovative, ground breaking.  That was worthwhile for a few weeks, but as they became classic, they lost that sense of “new” and “explorative” and became fodder right next to the Frankie Valleys and the Fifth Dimension drivel flooding the airwaves.

My intrigue came after meeting Anderson after a Happiness show in Philadelphia.  It was there I met Lolabelle, Anderson’s canine companion.  To Anderson’s dismay, she lost her four-legged friend a few months ago.  She turned her grief into a three part show called Dirtday.  Do we dare wonder what art Anderson might be capable of with this latest tragedy in her life?

Anderson on stage performing her album "Homeland" which was co-produced, arranged and contributed to by her late husband Lou Reed.  Photo by Lynn Vala

Anderson on stage performing her album “Homeland” which was co-produced, arranged and contributed to by her late husband Lou Reed. Photo by Lynn Vala

This latest artistic effort would be painstaking for Anderson as her release, Homeland, had major influence from Reed.  Anderson was perplexed by the mountainous collection of song snippets she had amassed.  Reed jumped into the project and helped Anderson organize her thoughts and sound files and made them cohesive, and contributed a solo that would make long-time Anderson associate Adrian Belew say ‘way to go!’.

There will be countless paragraphs about the achievements left behind by Reed.  The point I want to make is, please keep Laurie in your thoughts.  She lost Lolabelle and now the love of her life.

If you follow Reed or Anderson on any social media, now is the day to step forward and let her know, she is not alone.


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