Saturday, February 27, 2010
Sweethook (of which four sixths are pictured above) began a new project for the band's second demo recording as we laid down Rhythm tracks and scratch/guide vocals/banjo for the foundation. Always a pleasure to see my former bandmate and C.M.A. (Center for the Media Arts) alumni Thomas. A pleasant and productive start getting four tracks down in four hours time. There was Ham & Cheese Sammiches and Lay's Potato Chips too.
Engineered In the capable hands and gills of Thomas The Fish
My Blog, My Pic. SHEESH What An Egomaniac.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
There She Is, The Star of the Show. The Lemon Cherry Rickey !!!
It may have even been a decade since my last Lime Rickey, In Hinsch' case they make a Lemon Cherry Rickey ($2.00) only but twas' just as Delicious (OK almost as Delicious) Tangy, Refreshing and Delightful on the Palate.
I found myself two hours early for my Rendezvou,.... err appointment with Tanya to get some werk done and decided to whileaway an hour (35 minutes actually) in this Classic Luncheonette of Brooklyn Yore. Unlike Richieulu, Hy Tulip and Bensonhurst Vermouth & Vomit who all sadly disappeared years ago the Glory of Hinsch' remains a mainstay on the 86th street byway (must be in the very least forty years of business).
The Bacon American Cheeseburger (see below) was adequate but a wee bit over priced ($9.00) for the Pattie size and the accoutrements which flanked it, HOWEVER !!! This is the way it used to be in simpler Brooklyn Diner times before the onset of the 1600 oz. Burger. Objective Fulfiiled, I Got My Rickey.
Bloated for hours, No.
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Yet another Lively, Energetic and Festive crowd at O' Flanagans enjoying the 80s tunes and dancing to their hearts content. This was A Billie Jean Extravaganza as our fearless singer carried most of the tunes as well as premiering "Goodbye To You" and an Amazing rendition of "Gloria". Spiccoli was away on business so Doc Brown and Amadeus picked up the slack, Towards the beginning of the evening I heard a voice unknown to me speaking through our P.A. only to witness Amadeus at Stage Left commandeering his share of between song onstage banter. A group effort indeed.
Well,... I wanted to be a Professional Musician.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
I was very lucky to catch this show as I now have a new appreciation for the ONO. The Yoko half that is,
Naysayers may find her Caterwauling offensive but I must indeed recommend a live viewing and you can see that this is a woman who knows Exactly what she's doing and is a true "Artist" .
She Did NOT break up the Beatles.
(she asked John to but then Paul beat him to it.)
KELTNERVOORMANONO WHOA !!!
RandomOno Social Networking Correspondence.
This Video Clip is placed here securely and with no fear of retribution, No copyright infringement is even possible, These are unique and "Happens only once EVER" performances as is Yoko herself.
Monday, February 15, 2010
Saturday, February 13, 2010
This being my second outing with Sweethook I was a wee bit surly and full of anxious confidence but of course Aunt Jemima always throws a few Whiskey Sours into the melange. No fingers point at the band who performed well but I was not aware that we were actually playing our actual Real set until about two and a half numbers in and was never presented with a "set list" which is equivalent to a "road map" whilst driving through unknown territories in the deepest almost darkest terrain (pick a point, Any point). This worked out nicely for me (and my musical ego) as I "Wung" It and realized that I do know the material at least on a basic level by ear, Kinda Sorta.
Sunday, February 7, 2010
We performed two sets for the Class of 1988 on 80s night at the CRT Lounge and this crowd was ready for us and by god we were ready for them as energy fed off energy. Lots of singing and non-stop dancing kept us fueled to deliver the goods and I had a nice vantage point to be entertained myself. These photos do no justice to how packed and electric the room was but I popped off a few random "hold the camera over your head, point and shoot" pics even to the detriment of missing my opening cue to Lita Ford's "Kiss Me Deadly" (DONT mention this to the band, I dont think they noticed) .-) Certainly a successful and enjoyable show for all of us.
How Can You NOT Love Mister Two Beers !!!
I thought it was "Melt With You"
The Equipment Is Properly and Safely Loaded.
I Should have never eaten that Cheeseburger right before bedtime.
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
A special thanks goes to Baby Daddy for asking us out to support them, Always a pleasure too.
The Joe FranklinS performed a loose but Rocking set to a very appreciative crowd at the Three Jolly Pigeons. We tried our hand at the old Sub Basement Blues Band number "Going To Meet The Man" for the first time in 25 years and Jazelyn (of Sweethook) joined us for our cover of Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy". Joe from the band that played before us plugged in and joined us for "American Crank" (uninvited but spirited) and the crowd became so spirited that we were asked to encore which we did with an impromptu jam on the Blues standard "Key To The Highway". Thanks for taking the pics Jamie.
Monday, February 1, 2010
We performed to a nice crowd at Santos Party House in Chinatown and since they were out of the Summer Ale I had a few Stouts on the house as they treat their bands right, an attentive sound crew was on hand and we got through our 45 minute set without a hitch. Of course They did.
It was my first live outing with the band with only a few rehearsals ahead of time and they've got me doing Drum solos!!! Thanks to the talented Matt Shanley on Percussion for backing me up and filling it out. Its wise for any drummer to wear as many musical hats as they can and I thoroughly enjoy the challenge called Sweethook. Swell guys and gal too.
The Brooklyn museum located in, You guessed it Brooklyn played host to a fine exhibit of Iconic photographs spanning the first fifty-five years of Rock & Roll. There were even some surprises as the Nice and 10CC were honored on the Hipgnosis wall. Photographing the photos was prohibited but ya gotta try dont you.
The Ronettes and Phil Spector