Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Step out of line, the man come and take you away...

Lucinda Williams has released a politically-charged, digital only, four-song Live EP titled Lu in 08. The EP features three covers and one Williams original. The tracks will be Buffalo Springfield’s “For What It’s Worth,” Bob Dylan’s “Masters Of War,” Thievery Corporation/Flaming Lips collaboration “Marching The Hate Machines” and the unreleased “Bone Of Contention.” The three covers were recorded live in Greensboro, NC in September 2007 and “Bone Of Contention” in Milwaukee, WI of July 2008.

Hear them all here

But darling, what difference does it make, as long as you look FABULOUS?...

Appearing at the Cutting Room in NYC tonight....Holly Woodlawn, Wednesday, October 29 @ 8:30pm; $20 212-352-3101

Holly Woodlawn (born Haroldo Santiago Franceschi Rodriguez Danhakl on October 26, 1946) rocketed to superstardom in Andy Warhol’s Trash (1970). Director George Cukor lobbied the Academy to nominate her for an Oscar. Holly was a major inspiration for Lou Reed’s iconic Walk on the Wild Side: “Holly came from Miami FLA, / hitch-hiked her way across the USA, / plucked her eyebrows on the way, / shaved her legs, and then he was a she...”

In the late 1970’s Geraldo Rivera interviewed Holly on television, asking her: “What are you? Are you a woman trapped in a man’s body? A transvestite? A transsexual?” Holly replied, “But darling, what difference does it make, as long as you look FABULOUS?” Today Holly is as fabulous as ever, she lives in West Hollywood, where she works on her cabaret act and keeps the legend alive - she loves to hear from fans.

(and the colored girls go....Lou Reed at the Highline Ballroom 5/5/08):

Saturday, October 25, 2008

The latest irresistibily catchy iPod commercial song...

I Tried To Do Handstands For You "Bruises," the latest song to be featured in an iPod Nano Chromatic commercial, is by the band Chairlift. The song has been mistakenly referred to as "I Tried To Do Handstands For You" based on the portion of lyrics heard in the commercial. The song is from the Chairlift's 2008 debut album "Do You Inspire You."

The commercial:

The song:

Reserve your cabin now!...

For those with a taste for something different, from the website of Go Kat Go Radio:

The 1st Annual Bettie Page Cruise (6 day Baja Mexico cruise from San Diego) (Fri, Oct 31st – Thu, Nov 6th)

Featuring: Levi Dexter & World Famous Pin-Up Model Bernie Dexter, Doo Wop Hall of Fame Musical Revue with The Cadillacs, The Five Keys, The Cleftones, The Clovers, Burlesque Performances by Kitten de Ville and Kalani Kokonuts, Wild Records Recording Acts - Omar and the Stringpoppers, Will and the Hi-Rollers, Gizzelle, Meet Pin Up Artist Olivia For a Special Sail-a-Way Cocktail Party Chat Session and Q&A with Burlesque Icon Tempest Storm, Halloween Costume Party, Bettie Page Look-a-Like Contest, Johnny Cash and Elvis Impersonator Contest, Amateur Burlesque Contest, Rock-n-Roll Lip Sync Contest, Fashion Show by Bettie Page Clothing, Rockabilly, and Doo Wop Trivia Competitions, Onboard Cocktail Party, Music and Dancing With Live Rockabilly Bands and DJs, giveaways and more! For more info go to: or call: 1-800-599-2021x597

Friday, October 24, 2008

Thank you for purchasing "Back to Black"... Ronnie

Yeah, I was pretty surprised by the personal (via email) message from Ronnie Spector after I forked up the princely sum of $1.50 to download her version of Amy Winehouse's Back to Black coupled with the Ronettes' You Baby recorded live at the Mohegan Sun Wolf Den on 12/7/07. Well, thank YOU, Ronnie, because you were one of my all-time favs growing up in Plantsville, CT those many years ago. Seems like you're doing a bit better than former hubby Phil is these days. Maybe it's because when you pick up a guy in a bar, you don't take him back to your place and shoot him.

Here's the offer: Exclusive Download

An exclusive MP3 download recorded 12/22/07 at the Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun Casino of Amy Winehouse's “Back to Black” along with the Ronette classic “You, Baby”. Nothing whatsoever has been added to this recording-you get it just as it happened that night. The track, engineered & mixed live by Curt Wade, is not copy protected in any way so you can play it on whatever device you like.

The band: Jeremy Chatzky (Bass), Andy Korn (Drums), Danny Obadia (Keys), Tricia Scotti (Guitar/Vocals), Anne Husick (Vocals/Percussion), Joe McGinty (Piano), Daniel Rey (Guitar), Wendy Ip (Vocals), Arno Hecht (Tenor Sax)
Back to Black/You, Baby (MP3) $1.50 Buy Here

A little Laura Nyro to start your weekend....

Please don't tell my mother, I'm a saloon and a moonshine lover...

SNL on Thursday (or something like that)...

Will Ferrell and Tina Fey:

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Just who is Josh Charles?...

"Dr. John's piano playing meets Van Morrison's vocals with timeless yet contemporary songs." High praise, indeed. I received a promotional email from Ariel's Cyber PR about this guy's upcoming show at the Cutting Room on Wednesday night. I'm curious about him. Josh Charles website

From MySpace
Influences: Donny Hathaway, Sam Cooke, Bruce Springsteen, U2, Dr. John, Ray Charles, The Meters, The Band .. ..

Hey everybody .... I'm a piano player. Write songs. Sing and play some guitar. And been very fortunate to have played with some great musicians from Wynton Marsalis and Tony Bennett to Johnny Adams. Since I was a kid, I've played the gamut -- the worst dive bars with piano keys so jagged that I cut up my fingers every night, some amazing concert halls, outdoor festivals, great clubs and even floating theaters at sea. My mentor/teacher and friend is Dr. John and I can say that I am blessed to have had the opportunity to learn from a master.

As far as my music goes, I'm just trying to write songs that move people and have something to say. Thankfully, I've been blessed to find a lyricist named Ric Steel who brings out the heart and soul of the human spirit with his words. If my music makes you feel sad, joyous, or anything else after hearing it, then I guess I've done my job. When I get onstage to perform, well that's the only place in the world I want to be at that time. I will give you everything I have and more because that is what I do -- Play like it's the last show I'll ever do.

New Orleans meets Chopin - inspired by James Booker, Ray Charles and Chopin-- it's musical GUMBO - recorded live youtube:

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Browsing in Falmouth center on the morning of Justin and Maura's wedding day...

We have until two-thirty this afternoon until we must be in our places at the Popponesset Inn, so we're up and about early. Breakfast of hash/eggs-over-easy at Betty's Diner, then a quick drive downtown. Could not resist a stop at Spinnaker CD while The Reet wanders elsewhere. While perusing the bins, I was entertained by the Beatles' Abbey Road (side two is one of the best ever!) and, for the first time since high school, by Little Stevie Wonder's Fingertips, Parts I & II.

Picked up:
  • The Scene of the Crime (Bettye LaVette w/ Drive By Truckers) The knowledgeable young woman at the counter asked if I had caught an "awesome" performance by Ms. LaVette on a recent Austin City Limits. I told I had not, but must soon.
  • Son of Skip James (Dion) Loyal readers are familiar with my recent quest to see Mr. DiMucci at Mohegan Sun (see posting). This disc features a killer version of Chuck Berry's Nadine.
  • Uptown (Roy Eldridge w/ Gene Krupa Orchestra featuring Anita O'Day) Love Anita O'Day. Enough said.
  • The Best of Ken Burns Jazz- Per notes, "twenty of the greatest jazz songs ever recorded, personally selected by Ken Burns." Bought it anyway.

    Justin and Maura rule the Popponesset Inn.

    JohnnyK with two hot chicks at the wedding.

    The Zelig-like JohnnyK peers around Judi 'N The Reet.
  • Friday, October 17, 2008

    Now it's the same old song, but with a different meaning since you been gone...

    Four Tops frontman Levi Stubbs dead at 72 by Mike Householder (AP)

    The Four Tops (including Levi Stubbs, seated left) pictured in the mid-60s story

    DETROIT – Four Tops frontman Levi Stubbs, whose dynamic and emotive voice drove such Motown classics as "Reach Out (I'll Be There)" and "Baby I Need Your Loving," died Friday at 72. He had been ill recently and died in his sleep at the Detroit house he shared with his wife, said Dana Meah, the wife of a grandson. The Wayne County medical examiner's office also confirmed the death. With Stubbs in the lead, the Four Tops sold millions of records and performed for more than four decades without a change in personnel. - complete story

    Thursday, October 16, 2008

    Will Stevie P get experienced?...

    Premier Concerts Presents EXPERIENCE HENDRIX SUN, OCTOBER 19 - 7:00PM, Palace Theater, Waterbury, CT

    Premier Concerts' officially sanctioned tribute to the legendary Jimi Hendrix, "Experience Hendrix 2008" will take the Palace stage THIS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19, at 7:00pm. Experience some of the best guitar players from around the world performing the music of Jimi Hendrix! The concert will feature starring performances by:


    With special performances by:
    HUBERT SUMLIN - "Legendary guitarist of Howlin' Wolf"
    MITCH MITCHEL & BILLY COX - "Legendary rhythm section of the Jimi Hendrix Experience"
    CHRIS LAYTON - "Legendary drummer from Stevie Ray Vaugn's Double Trouble"
    MATO NANJI from "Indigenous"
    BRAD WHITFORD from "Aerosmith"

    Tickets are $81.75, $61.75, and $51.75 and on sale now! Don't miss this incredible concert event! Call the Box Office at 203-755-4700 or CLICK HERE to order online.

    Tuesday, October 14, 2008

    Monday, October 13, 2008

    Can't trust that day....

    Monday Morning by Lindsay Buckingham
    Monday morning you look so fine
    Friday I got travelin on my mind
    First you love me, then you fade away
    I cant go on believin this way
    I got nothing but love for you
    So tell me what you really wanna do
    First you love me then you get on down the line
    But I dont mind.
    I don't mind
    Ill be there if you want me to
    No one else that could ever do
    Got to get some peace in my mind.

    Little Honey, the latest from Lucinda Williams, is out this week.

    Also (Sarah Palin's fav word), G-man favorite Holly Golightly & the Brokeoffs' new one, Dirt Don't Hurt, out Tuesday. She/they will be appearing at the Mercury Lounge in NYC on November 7.

    Will be arriving back from the Cape late Sunday afternoon, not leaving much time to decide about The Iguanas at Cafe Nine in New Haven.

    Bobby, it's better than seeing you in concert these days...

    Odds and Ends by Ben Greenman (New Yorker)

    Bob Dylan’s new collection of outtakes and rarities, “Tell Tale Signs: Rare and Unreleased, 1989-2006” (Sony), is an object lesson in the oddness of modern record distribution. In addition to the basic two-disk version, which has twenty-seven songs, there is a deluxe edition that includes an extra CD with twelve more songs and a hardcover book with photographs of Dylan singles. The week before the record’s official release, the two-disk version of the album was streamed in its entirety on NPR’s Web site. A record company that doesn’t know whether to charge extortionate prices or give music away? Telltale signs indeed.

    However the pricing and distribution issues shake out, in the end, it’ll come down to the music, and there’s plenty of it here. This isn’t a comprehensive portrait of Dylan’s recent decades, but it is, like his eccentric memoir, “Chronicles,” a portrait nonetheless. The Dylan of “Tell Tale Signs” is rooted in the prewar blues and country of the Mississippi Delta, within spitting distance of Hinds County (the birthplace of Charley Patton, the inspiration for Dylan’s “High Water”) and Hazlehurst (the birthplace of Robert Johnson, whose “32-20 Blues” is represented here in a sprightly acoustic outtake). - complete article

    Saturday, October 11, 2008

    Those heartless bastards!...

    No, this isn't about Sarah and Todd firing the guy who wouldn't fire her ex-brother-in-law who wasn't a very nice guy himself who....STOP! We saw the Heartless Bastards, a power blues/rock trio from Ohio, opening for Lucinda Williams at the Calvin Theater in Northampton, MA with George and Trish (George and Trish were with us, not up on the stage with those Heartless Bastards!). See, I get to say Heartless Bastards endlessly!

    ANYWAY, the reason for this nonsense is that G-man discovered their music about six months ago and I found myself frequently asking who he was listening to. We (Trish, George, Reet and I) had paid scant attention to them as that opening act at the Calvin, treating them as typical concert fill before the main act, amusing us over the din of patrons coming and going.

    Well, G-man has a ticket to see them tonight in Brooklyn at the Music Hall of Williamsburg (last night, they were at the Bowery Ballroom). We await his report. Per this week's New Yorker, "Erika Wennerstrom, a petite woman with a cavernous voice, leads this high-voltage trio from Cincinnati in overpowering blues-rock originals. They're touring with the up-and-coming folk-blues rocker Langehorne Slim."

    Wednesday, October 08, 2008

    Tea for the steady-handed Tillerman?...

    Bring tea for the Tillerman
    Steak for the sun
    Wine for the women who made the rain come
    Seagulls sing your hearts away
    'Cause while the sinners sin, the children play

    Oh Lord how they play and play
    For that happy day, for that happy day

    Tea for the Tillerman (1970) -Cat Stevens

    Perhaps Johnny Mac should try to use Cat's song, since he has not done well to date with his other campaign song choices (although the peace loving Yusuf Islam has somehow found his way onto George Bush's terrorist list). The Courant rock critic Eric Danton's column Foo Fighters denounce McCain campaign's use of 'My Hero' at rallies notes that the McGrumpy campaign "has gotten in trouble with one rocker after another -- John Mellencamp, Jackson Browne, Heart -- for using their songs without permission."

    Won't get fooled again! Oh, I guess we did get fooled again, didn't we.

    Monday, October 06, 2008

    Peter and D at Opening Night at Boston Symphony, September 24...

    When I got the first promo mailer on this I thought it would be fun...a Boston institution, sort of like Opening Day at Fenway, but you don't have to freeze your ass off. I went for the "champagne reception," passed on the $1,000 per tickets.... including dinner after the concert.....didn't think we'd be that hungry.

    The champagne reception was at 5:30, so an early start from the suburbs. We dressed for the occasion... D in vaguely retro pink and black, me in generic Ivy-League-guy Brooks Brothers and bow tie. Photographer from some obscure publication took our picture...hey, we were looking good....and a woman came up to D and whispered, "that outfit fits you perfectly." No s--- lady. Big crowd at the reception, from blue jeans to tuxes, marginal food, plenty of champagne, but a little early for that.

    We usually sit in the first balcony, where you get a good view of the stage, from up and at an angle. Tonight we sat dead center on the main floor. A different view, with the whole orchestra spread out in front of you.

    The music was all Russian 19th century... emotional, romantic, powerful, but also full of amusement ant playfulness.

    Glinka to start, fast and furious. Then a scene from Tchaikovsky's opera Eugene Onegin. The singer is a young Latvian soprano. This is a big emotional scene. She stands there center stage. Not your New Yorker cartoon soprano, she is slim and young and one imagines from a distance beautiful. Standing in front of a 100-strong world-class orchestra in one of the great venues in classical

    At first she seems a little buried in the somebody fronting a rock band and you can't hear what she's singing. But maybe that's the way the piece is written, because she quickly takes hold and she is the focus of 3,000 people in the audience and the incredible power of a great orchestra.

    Finally Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition. A wonderful show-off piece. The first time I heard it was an Emerson, Lake, and Palmer version. The conductor, James Levine, is a star, the music director of both BSO and the Metropolitan Opera. He had a kidney transplant over the summer... which he did not tell BSO about until he did it! James being James, I guess. He conducts sitting down, but he is a big, muscular, flamboyant guy, and he seems to be having a great time... not bad for a guy with one kidney. Anyway, a rousing piece to kick off the season, left the crowd cheering, the $1,000 folks off to dinner at some posh spot, D and I to Matt Murphy's Pub in Brookline Village to share an Irish gourmet sandwich (is that an oxymoron?) and one of their overpowering desserts. Great fun.


    (ed. note: Peter M is a writer, oarsman, and corn fritter aficionado with excellent taste in music. He occasionally shares his concert experiences with johnnykmusic.)

    Sunday, October 05, 2008

    Johnnykmusic exclusive: George n Trish do Lucinda....

    Unable to attend the Lucinda Williams concert Saturday night at the Shubert Theater in New Haven, Johnnykmusic dispatched the crack reporting team of Walden/Gorecki to review the event:

    She’s a little bit country and a whole lotta rock n’ roll

    Lucinda Williams attracts an unusual group of followers……everyone from accountants and CEO’s to music lovers of all ages, backgrounds and interests. For some reason, this weekend, all of the Lucinda-lovers I know were out of town and I started to worry about what I might do with the two extra tickets I’d purchased, sure that someone would be delighted to grab them up. No luck as everyone was away. So George and I recruited good friends Carol and John to join us to see if the Lucinda-phenomenon of drawing strange bedfellow-fans would extend to chiropractors and Pratt and Whitney execs.

    Going to a Lucinda concert when you have never even heard one of her songs is a little bit like drinking 8 ounces of Dewar’s on the rocks for the first time you decide you want to try alcohol. They did pretty well considering they are not big music fans to start and actually said they thought Lucinda was “different” and “entertaining” but a lot more rock n’ roll than they expected. Welcome to Lucinda’s new album.

    We started the evening at Carol and John’s house and although this wasn’t a strategy, taking one car did ensure that no one was leaving the concert before anyone else. We went to Hot Tomato’s next door to the Shubert Theatre in New Haven where the concert was held. Food was good but John and Carol are limiting their menu choices for a variety of reasons so we didn’t linger there too long before we headed over to the theatre.

    The crowd was predictably diverse. There was the couple in their mid-fifties who looked like they just stepped off their Harley after a few rounds at the Red Dog in the afternoon. Then there was the woman dressed in Chico’s best western satin jacket with jewel-studded jeans and a cowboy hat standing with someone I first thought might be her father but then decided he was her CEO husband who was really into Lucinda big time.

    We gregariously (or so we thought) gave the opera box seats to Carol and John and took the top balcony center seats for ourselves. We spotted Carol and John right away after we sat down but they didn’t look happy. A few minutes later they joined us in the seats behind us (the balcony was sparsely occupied) because the view was limited from the box seats. Everyone settled in just as the lights began to dim.

    Lucinda’s band, BUICK 6, was amazing. They opened with a mix of 70’s-style instrumentals, a mix of steel and electric guitars a-blazin’ and sounding like the best of the best from the all-time greats. Their Led Zeppelin “Black Dog” fired up the crowd and got them ready for a evening reminiscent of the good ol’ days and Toads or maybe even Woodstock for those of you lucky enough to have been there. The mix of guitars, a cello, 12-string mandolin and harmonica made for a sensational opening act. They ended the set with Cinnamon Girl and we were more than ready………

    Lucinda came out looking hot and confident in black leather high heel boots, blue jeans and a short black jacket over a hot pink top. She belted out Real Love from her new album Little Honey and we knew it was going to be a memorable evening. Doug Pettibone, guitarist and mandolin player, outdid himself accompanying Lu on this number. We had already been impressed with the entire band, including cowboy drummer Butch Norton, but it was Pettibone who stood out and continued to grab our attention all night. He and fellow guitarist Chet Lyster had several dueling guitar numbers backing up and accentuating Lu’s sultry and soulful lyrics that really added to the overall performance.

    About midway through the concert Lucinda mentioned that it was her honey Tom’s birthday. She tried to coax him out onto the stage but he wasn’t amenable so she and the crowd sang Happy Birthday to him in the wings. She sang many of her much-loved old favorites and several from the new album. A surprise was a 60’s vintage protest song that came off really well though I can’t remember the name of it. Apparently she is planning to do a series of protest songs on an album sometime in the future.

    I missed hearing Car Wheels and my other favorite, Are You Alright, but was satisfied with all the others. George likes Lucinda but is not as avid a fan as I am. He struggles with her You Took My Joy song that always seems to take away his joy but other than that he had only good things to say about her performance and the evening overall. As for Carol and John, we’ll just have to wait ‘til Lu comes round again and see if they want tickets.

    (ed. note: Trish W is a health care exec, cycle rider, occasional big-game hunter, and a big Lucinda Williams fan. Need we say more? We won't.)

    Saturday, October 04, 2008

    Jack White/Alicia Keys video of Another Way to Die...

    Our peeps at the Shubert...

    Promises from Trish to provide detailed commentary (film?) from Saturday night's Lucinda Williams concert in New Haven. I will be absent due to a golfing commitment noted in a previous posting.

    From The New Yorker:
    WAMU THEATRE AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN Seventh Ave. at 33rd St. (212-307-7171)—Oct. 3: Lucinda Williams, a native of Lake Charles, Louisiana, sings with an aching grittiness in a wide range of styles, primarily country-rock, but she’s not afraid to broaden her horizons. Her latest release, “Little Honey,” includes a grinding cover of AC/DC’s “It’s a Long Way to the Top.”

    Gettin' all mavericky...

    Wednesday, October 01, 2008

    I'm jes sayin'........

    "Republicans are blaming Nancy Pelosi for the bailout not going through. And Democrats are blaming it on an incomplete proposal by the Republicans. John McCain is blaming Barack Obama. Barack Obama is blaming John McCain. And Sarah Palin is praying nobody asks her what's going on." - Jay Leno, NBC's "Tonight" show

    Tell us what's goin' on, Marvin (wonderful live version):