A second of your life...ruined for life.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Apple Records and Orange Amplifiers

as I played the tracks the crowd formed a highly emotional circle round her.

(BTW I'm from Glasgow too.)


Thursday, April 17, 2008

Don Kirshner wants John Cage!

Don Kirshner, the Man with the Golden Ear, was born April 17th, 1934.

Here is a clip of the New York Dolls on Don Kirshner's Rock Concert:

Pete Shelley of The Buzzcocks was born April 17th, 1955.
Unfortunately, they did not appear on DKRC, but here
is a track from their "Spiral Scratch" e.p.:

Nowadays, Shelley is shilling for a repro of his original cheapo Starway guitar (as played on "Spiral Scratch") that goes for mucho dinero:

Don Kirshner wants John Cage!

Dan Rourke Told Me

Hey, it's the Bobby Fuller Four!

Dan Rourke, a writer and bon vivant of my acquaintance, told me about this clip.
If you click on the above title, you can glean some info on his upcoming reading
(on Tuesday, April 22nd).

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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Ides of April Plus One

Charles Chaplin, born April 16th, 1889

Tristan Tzara, a prime instigator of Dada, was born April 16th, 1896.

Theme for "The Pink Panther," who is, perhaps, Chaplinesque and a bit of a Dadaist as well, composed by Henry Mancini, born April 16th, 1924, in the Little Italy neighborhood of Cleveland, but also claimed by Pittsburghers. At any rate, one of the great Italian-American musicians (along with Dodo Marmarosa).

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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Five for Scheible

1023 Kenilworth Ave
Cleveland, Ohio 44113
Thursday, April 17th, 2008
Time: starts at 7-9 pm
More info: www.visiblevoicebooks.com




From Cleveland, Ohio.

"electronic and electroacoustic improv using mostly homebuilt instruments." Kris & Bbob Drake.

From Cleveland, Ohio.

Jessica White and Ming Muug Shank Infinite Vukovic - guitar duo playing the songs of
Pat Place with feeling and emotion.

From Cleveland, Ohio.

Scheible of The X Bolex, Self Destruct Button, Thee Scarcity of Tanks. Solo drums.

Milford Graves

Han Bennink

Sunny Murray-->Art Blakey-->Elvin Jones

Sabu Toyozumi


"Come on out, the dark is beginning..."

Hey, Michael DeCapite has an excerpt from his second novel, RUINED FOR LIFE!, up at the 3:AM Magazine site (click on the above title if you dare), and here is an excerpt:

There was a sensation of stepping out, in Manhattan. A downplayed fear, an eagerness. Of rejoining humanity, slipping into the current. History’s now and you’re it. I drove down Avenue A, which was congested on a Friday night.

Cooper waited in the car while I went to the coke store on 4th Street. It fronted as a bodega. The only thing they stocked was tartar sauce. There was a wall of tartar-sauce jars behind the plexiglass at the counter. There was a soda cooler back there too——they made you take a soda to baffle the cops. I pushed a folded twenty through a hole in the wood and walked out of there with a packet of coke and a grape Shasta. I popped open the can, took one sip, and dropped it in the trash.

Meanwhile, Cooper was chopping lines on a paperback. I put the car in gear. “Let’s go up to Times Square and get a drink.” We rolled to the light at Houston. He did a line, the light turned green. He held the book and handed me a rolled-up bill and I shifted into third gear, leaning over with an eye on the road and Houston rolling by. Cooper moved to New York with his band and lived on mustard and bread behind a candy store in Red Hook when it was still possible to move to New York and starve. He had talent and attitude to spare——he was a natural. He’d taken his licks on the street and in the bars and his band was just about the best band I’d ever heard. They were a few years ahead of their time, so nothing happened. He started other bands and knocked around and still nothing happened. He should’ve been rich, which he knew. It was a case of too much of nothing, that’s what we had in common. Nothing. He wiped...


As for myself, I too knew Cooper, and in fact lived with him behind the candy store. He would often erupt with an evangelical, nay, Biblical fury about certain songs or records. Even now, his endorsement of the following song is embezzled in my brain:

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Tax Advice For Syd Barrett

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Monday, April 14, 2008


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Sunday, April 13, 2008

Hey, You! You're Losing Your Vitamin C!

"While the earliest documented case of scurvy was described by Hippocrates around the year 400 BC, the first attempt to give scientific basis for the cause of this disease was by a ship's surgeon in the British Royal Navy, James Lind. Scurvy was common among those with poor access to fresh fruit and vegetables, such as remote, isolated sailors and soldiers. While at sea in May 1747, Lind provided some crew members with two oranges and one lemon per day, in addition to normal rations, while others continued on cider, vinegar, sulfuric acid or seawater, along with their normal rations. In the history of science this is considered to be the first occurrence of a controlled experiment comparing results on two populations of a factor applied to one group only with all other factors the same. The results conclusively showed that citrus fruits"

Can playing live a Vitamin C fragment from th

B-Boys in New York Poppin' to CAN

Vitamin C from Mike Long on Vimeo.

Mike Long of Hamilton, Ontario

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