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Wednesday, June 15, 2005  
MY FIRST POST OF 2005!

Hello...and welcome to my first Blog entry in...gulp!...HALF A YEAR! How did I let that happen? Well, I hope you all had a Merry Christmas...and a Happy New Year...and Valentine's Day...and Easter...and Memorial Day.

Now we're at the doorstep of Summer, my favorite time of year. Naturally a lot has happened in the last six months...several Anything People gigs, two Shaw Nuff gigs, and random projects here and there, not to mention some interesting happenings in my personal life (most notably, I became an Uncle at about 9:00 yesterday morning when my sister-in-law Allison gave birth to twin girls, Sierra and Jordan. I'm giving them six months to get adjusted to the world, and then we've got to get to work on setting up their production company...we'll show those Olsen twins.)

It'll take a few days to write about everything going on, so I'll do it in pieces. Today's installment...

ABOUT THAT EP OF MINE...

Well, throughout 2004 I was writing about here and there about tracks I was recording for a new EP. Well...that's all been scrapped. So much time had passed that last month I just decided...Scrap everything, I'm going to start afresh. This decision was also helped by the purchase of a new (used) recorder...a four track cassette recorder. I purchased this because I wanted to get back into recording on magnetic tape. I saw, at a store on Rivington Street in the East Village, a Tascam four track with direct-to track assignment (meaning you could record four inputs at once and all four will end up on separate tracks...my old four track didn't have this, and I figured this would be useful for Anything People recording) and two speeds...the normal cassette speed and twice as fast, the latter resulting in better sound quality. The price seemed fairly reasonable, but I decided to research the machine on the internet first. Good thing I did, because I found someone selling the exact model on Ebay for much much less. So I bid on it and won...and thankfully the seller was a Long Islander, so I was able to make arrangements to pick it up myself, rather than wait for shipping, which not only would have cost a fair deal but also might have been a risky thing.

Well, I'm quite pleased with the machine so far. So now my recording procedure is this:

1) Record the basic rhythm track onto cassette...guitars, drums, bass, keyboards.
2) Mix this down to a Mini Disc (adding a little reverb)...I pan everything to the left except the bass which I pan in the middle, but I turn off the right speaker as I do this.
3) After I've done any necessary editing on the Mini Disc, I transfer it to Tracks One and Two of my Digital 8 Track...and the result is, Track One is the mixed backing track, while Track Two is just the bass...because I still want to have recall of the bass...sometimes it gets lost in the transfer, so it's good to still have it on a spare track to bump it up later if need be.
4) Proceed with vocals or whatever else on the remaining tracks.

So, while I still don't end up with a fully analogue recording, there's at least an analogue foundation, and I think it's added a warmth that may have been missing in previous recordings.

Under this new procedure, I started the EP afresh on the lucky date of Friday, May 13th. And what a lucky night it was...In much much shorter time than I would have guessed, I recorded all guitars and drums for five songs (four for the EP, a fifth as a possible Anything People song). The following Monday, May 16, I tackled all the basslines, and the next day I added keyboards to one of them. Mixed and edited a few days later...

And then I got lazy and did absolutely nothing with it for several weeks.

Finally, the other day, I transferred the mixes of the four EP contenders to the eight track...and tonight I decided that for the next four days I'll complete one song a night and be all done this weekend.

So tonight I did vocals for "I'll Be Your Friend." I recorded a version of this last July, and this new version is pretty much the same, but with one notable difference...I added an instrument I've not used on any of my recordings before. I'm not saying what...I'll let that be a surprise.

I also learned that I sing a little better if I'm playing a bass while I'm singing. Not sure why that is, and maybe it could be any instrument, not just a bass, but it seems to result in a better vocal track, so I plucked an unplugged bass while I did the vocal tracks. It was the quickest vocal "session" I've had in a long time, and that was for four vocals (two lead, two backing).

So that's one song down.

The five tracks will be...in this order....

I Don't Want My Baby (same version as on the IPO comp)

My Little Girl...new version of song I recorded March/April 2004. Since then I've given this to The Anything People...and taken it back again!

Taking The Time...New song, in 6/8. Wrote the lyrics on a train...well I didn't actually write the lyrics onto the train itself, I wrote the lyrics on a piece of paper...but while I was doing so, I was on a train. Well, actually, I wasn't *on* a train, I was *in* a train... Whatever.

Don't Think...New song. Someone who heard this asked if this was inspired by the Monkees' 'Headquarters' album...Close...it was inspired by some other song that reminded me of 'Headquarters.' Basically my aim was to record a song that sounded like mid-1967 rock, but I have my own meaning of that...What I mean is, I wanted to sound like a band in mid 1967 making their business as usual rock/pop and didn't see 'Pepper' coming at all!

I'll Be Your Friend...as discussed above.

Okay, there's plenty more to report, but here's a start. Next time, I'll bring you all up to date on The Anything People.

11:42 PM

Friday, December 17, 2004  

Yes, I've let another long period of time go by without updating things here, and again there's been a lot going on. So here's a quick look at what's happened since, and what's on the horizon...as already a few interesting things are in place for 2005.

INTERNATIONAL POP OVERTHROW
I did my set at the 2004 International Pop Overthrow at The Acme Underground. That was my first gig there since November 2002, and the first time I'd been in there at all since last February when I caught Washington D.C. based power-duo Aledo there one very cold night.
The midday set went okay...but coming just a few hours after the November POP GEAR! where music is so loud that talking to someone requires shouting, my voice was a little rough...high notes were a challenge. But I got through fairly well. But as I expected, it wasn't as enjoyable as last year's IPO. Last year it was a nice sunny Saturday afternoon at The Baggot Inn on hoppin' West 3rd Street, with an open door to its (sort of) ground level premises. Therefore, walk-in potential was high. By contrast, the Acme Underground is in a far less busy area, and, as its name implies, is in the basement. Throw in the fact that this was early Sunday afternoon and you've got all you need for a relatively empty room. But the people there were very nice, and I sold more CDs this year than last year.

But I was lucky I played at all...As I mentioned, I had done POP GEAR the previous night (which went quite well) through early that morning, so I didn't get much sleep. I didn't feel overly tired when I got up, but I obviously wasn't completely awake because while waiting for the train at Mineola, it dawned on me...I didn't have my guitar with me! I freak...Did I leave it in the car? Or did I leave it at home? Should I run to the car to check and get it? No, can't do that coz here comes the train. Should I just get the next train? Can't do that, coz taking THIS train is cutting it close enough as it is. Should I forget the IPO and go back to the car...after all if the guitar is lying in the back seat and I leave it there for a few hours, I'm taking a big risk of possible theft. In the fifteen seconds I had to make my decision, I decided to chance that no one would steal the guitar and I should still go to the IPO and hope I can borrow someone's axe there. So that's what I did.

On the train I called a friend of mine who said she'd try to come to the show to ask if she could please bring her guitar. No answer, so I left a message. Then I called another friend who thankfully answered and even more thankfully was happy to come down with her Stratocaster. And that's what happened, and I got through.
Came back to Mineola later that afternoon...The guitar was in my car, safe and sound (I had earlier deduced it was in the car rather than still at my home) so that was a relief.

THE ANYTHING PEOPLE

Our bassist Dan Levine has left us for greener (or louder) pastures, and though we placed an ad on Craigslist and got several replies, we eneded up going with our friend Mark Khan who played with us last July at the Asbury Park battle. We've practiced a few times with him, refreshing him on the six songs of ours he learned back then, teaching him some others Dave, Doug and I have added since then, and also bringing in some songs new to all of us. We're sounding pretty good, I must say. Our last practice, this past Wednesday, went quite well.

We've got some shows coming up.

JAN. 15 - The Lakeside Lounge, NYC.

FEB. 5 - Desmond's Tavern, NYC. This show will be with our friends, New Jersey's The Subway Surfers.



Led by Eric "Fuzzco" Fusco and "Mopar" Larry, The Subway Surfers have a great Ramones-ish sound. Like The Anything People, they played The Asbury Park Battle, and it was good to have friends there on that first crazy night. Unfortunately, despite playing great that night, they didn't make the final four. And I haven't seen them play since...they always seem to be gigging the same night we are, including January 15th, and usually too far away to rush over and see. So...to solve the problem, we decided to double up for a night.

Plus, we were asked to send a CD of our stuff to a local promoter who announced plans to put together a garage festival to be held in late February. No word back from him yet. Keep looking here for details.


SHAW 'NUFF

In addition to The Anything People and The Dirty Stayouts, I've found myself in yet another band. This one, however, is a one-shot deal. Last October, well respected rock journalist Greg Shaw passed away. A hero to the garage community as he founded 'Bomp' magazine as well as the BOMP record label which revitalized forgotten 1960s garage bands and showcased newer bands in that style, a tribute show is being held in his memory on January 29th 2005 at the Magnetic Field in Brooklyn. Topping the bill will be one of the bands of Greg's label, Boston's The Coffin Lids.

But...also on the bill will be Shaw 'Nuff, a kinda New York supergroup. The group will be led by guitarist Mike Fornatale.



Mike has played shows with the reformed Moby Grape and the Monks and also with The Cavestomp Redcoats, the band that backed Mark Lindsay for two amazing New York shows in the fall of 2001. Mike's wife Wendy will play keyboards.

On drums will be Kurt Reil of acclaimed New Jersey pop-makers The Grip Weeds. He too was in the Cavestomp Redcoats, as was...



... Shaw 'Nuff bassist Peter Stuart (seen above with Mark Lindsay, and with my arm and watch rather visible as well), best known for 1980s garage faves The Headless Horsemen.

And rounding out the lineup is...yours truly, guitar and vocals.

I don't know what songs we're doing yet (Mike and Peter are presently making that decision) or if they're even songs I've heard before. We'll see. But I'm looking forward to it. I've never played with Peter or Kurt before, but I've admired their playing so it'll be a pleasure and an honor to work with them. Mike Fornatale played bass for my 2003 IPO gig, but that's our only musical project thus far.


Much thanks to my friend Justina who took the above photos of Mike Fornatale, Kurt Reil, Peter Stuart and The Subway Surfers and gave me her kind permission to use them here. To see more photos of the above musicians and of over a hundred other great garage groups, please visit her site at www.whatawaytodie.com.


BOOK NEWS

'Lost In The Groove - Scram's Capricious Guide To The Music You Missed' was published recently by Routeledge Press. This collection of essays by a few dozen writers (including the aforementioned Greg Shaw) includes my praise of 'Blaze' by Herman's Hermits. It's a fun read, and I was thrilled when I saw a review that summed up the book by listing a few artists covered, and Herman's Hermits was one of them.

Also, British rock writer Sean Egan, who has already written great books about The Animals, Jimi Hendrix, and The Creation is finishing up a book about The Rolling Stones' classic 1969 album 'Let It Bleed.' Well, my pal Dawn Eden kindly put me in touch with him, and I've since been assisting Sean, sending him 1969 reviews of the album he sought, and answering various questions about the album's sessions and songs. I may be only a small part of the big picture, but still happy to be assiting on a project concerning my fave album by one of my two fave bands. I don't know when this book will be published but I sensed his deadline was fast approaching.





The new issue of Ugly Things came out a few weeks ago, including some reviews of mine.


I'm not overly in love with my submissions because writers were given word maximums that drastically cut down all the things I wanted to say. But I still managed to make the main points in my reviews of the CDs '1-2-3-4, Beat Beat Beat Volume 4,' 'Let It Be...Naked,' the books 'According To The Rolling Stones' and Bill Wyman's 'Rolling With The Stones,' and the 'Monterey Pop,' 'The Kids Are Alright' and 'The Monkees, Season 1' DVDs.
For the next issue, which will not be far behind as this current issue was so crammed there was a lot that didn't make the mag, leaving almost enough for a ready-made followup, I'll be reviewing the books 'The Beach Boys' by Keith Badman and 'The Beatles Are Coming' by Bruce Spizer, plus the new Beatles box set, 'The Capitol Albums, Volume 1.'

POP GEAR/MOD CHRISTMAS BALL

Finally, on December 11th POP GEAR had its second annual MOD CHRISTMAS BALL. It was a fabulous and very successful night, thanks in large part to Kittybeat, Dawn Eden and myself being joined by DJ Pythagoras - Prophet Of The Street (Augustus Payne of New York Mod combo Headquarters) who kept the packed crowd moving straight on through. We almost had a disaster when the soundboard conked out, but luckly it was back up and running within ten minutes.

We tried a new promotional angle this time...I made up a "radio commerical" for the night and placed it in the Files section of various newsgroups. Don't know how many people were lured in specifically by the spot, but it did get a good number of positive comments.

If Dawn still has it up, the spot can be heard at her website by clicking here. Thanks Dawn for hosting a home for it.

http://dawneden.com/modchristmas.mp3

The next POP GEAR will be January 8, 2005. As that date happens to be Elvis Presley's 70th birthday, no doubt we'll allude to that in someway. I believe Richard Rockstar, who was our guest deejay in October, will guest that night as well. Come on by. At RiFiFi, 332 East 11th Street (between 1st and 2nd Avenue), NYC.



1:36 PM

Tuesday, November 09, 2004  

CREATIVITY AND THINGS

Last night I practiced with that "other" band, my second time doing so. I enjoyed it more last night than I did the first time, even though my drumming on one of the songs is rather weak...haven't quite found the right beat for it yet. I also remembered too late that there's one particular song we do that totally kills my right arm, which I requested that for future practices we save until the end of the session for that very reason. They agreed.

A thought occurred to me...and that is that I kind of like having this band for which I really have no creative input. That's my own choice...I'm sure they'd consider my suggestions, and I guess I have pitched an occasional minor idea, but for the most part I'm happy to save all my creative juice for The Anything People. Often in The Anything People I have some definite ideas about how things should sound. In this other band, the way I see it, it's the singer's songs and I'm simply helping her and happy to do whatever they'd like me to.

As I said yesterday, this is the first time I've been a drummer for a band. So now I've just about done it all...I've played guitar for several bands, bass for several others, keyboards for one, and now drums for this one. I guess the only thing I've never done is be an instrument-less lead singer. Maybe someday.


9:01 AM

Monday, November 08, 2004  
SINCE WE LAST SPOKE

Okay, a few things have been happening since my last entry. First of all, The Anything People played the Lakeside Lounge on Saturday October 23rd. It went okay...As I told the others, I'd give the show a B. Some songs were dead on (I think it was the best "Who's Crying Now" we ever played, and a few other songs had a fine gel) but we were cut short a few songs as we slowly headed towards curfew, and we lost further time with overlong pauses between songs...despite the fact that we worked ahead of time to keep those pauses short. But all those things are being re-addressed in current rehearsals, so hopefully our next gig will go smoother. (At present, the next confirmed Anything People gig is January 15th, again at The Lakeside Lounge...but we're hoping to sneak in at least one more show before then, maybe in December. And we also hope to gig a little more regularly, maybe about once every three weeks, in 2005.)

The very next night I went back to Lakeside to watch our friends The Miscreants, who we gigged with back in August. I believe the Lakeside show was the fourth time I've seen them, and it was certainly the best. They have a great garage sound mixing vintage sounding organ with cool 1966-style songs, and on this particular night, the balance and acoustics were perfect and it made for a most enjoyable show.

I'll get to see them again next Saturday as I kick off what is bound to be a hectic weekend for me: First, The Miscreants will play The Magnetic Field. This will be a special show for a few reasons. First, the night is leader Blair Buscareno's birthday party. Second, before The Miscreants play, Blair's new offshoot band The Coal Gems will make their live debut with a mini-set. Blair is very enthusiastic about this new group, who he says is very musically different from The Miscreants, so I'm anxious to hear them as well.

But as soon as The Coal Gems and Miscreants have finished, I have to dart right out and get to RiFiFi, as this Saturday is also the night of the November POP GEAR! The October POP GEAR! was a packed affair, so Kittybeat, Dawn and I (and guest deejay Jeff Shore) hope we get another full house. Music-wise, I've got a whole crop of good things to play, and I've snagged some real cool video clips that may make the room stop and take notice...including an outrageous Monkees-ish clip of Jefferson Airplane playing around and in a tree.



And...when POP GEAR! finishes at 4 AM, I'll go home and get, oh, about four hours of sleep before having to head back out to the city for my 1:30 performance at The International Pop Overthrow! at ACME Underground. So I'm gonna be one ragged soul by late Sunday afternoon. But I just got approval for the day off at work, so I'll be able to recharge.

Meanwhile, at least for the time being, I'm in a second group...and as a drummer! That's a first for me. The group's name has not been made official yet, but hopefully will be soon. Anyway, despite my not being a real drummer, so far I'm pulling this off fairly well. The fact that we currently only have five songs also makes it easy.
On the journalism front, the new issue of UGLY THINGS recently went to the printer. This will contain my reviews of various CDs and DVDs, though all were given strict word limits, so I don't feel any of them said nearly everything I wanted to say. But on a more positive note, I recently got the nod to write a feature-length piece on The Roulettes, my favorite of the many 1960s British beat groups that never hit the bigtime. I recently got in touch, via email, with their drummer Bob Henrit (who has been with The Kinks for the last twenty years and also was Argent's drummer) who seems willing to cooperate, so I'm very positive about this piece. I'm hoping he will help me get in touch with the other three Roulettes.

Also, the book Lost In The Grooves: Scram's Capricious Guide To The Music You Missed will be released real soon. This will contain an essay I wrote about Herman's Hermits' *Blaze* album from 1967. (See my April 26, 2004 entry for more info).

9:21 AM

Friday, October 22, 2004  
RECENT SHOWS

Here's an update on some events I've seen recently:

Last Wednesday, the 13th at Town Hall, I saw a double bill featuring (the current lineups of) these guys...



...and these guys.

On Sunday afternoon I went to the public library of Roslyn, Long Island and saw a performance by these guys...



...and then, after dinner, went to Irving Plaza in NYC to see these guys...

...who opened for these guys.

Topping things off, on Monday night at Barnes and Noble in Union Square, I met this guy.


8:55 AM

 
Well, we've got another gig on the horizon...We're playing at Lakeside Lounge on Saturday, October 23 at 11 PM. I haven't played Lakeside since October 2002. I enjoy it there...It's in a great area with people walking around who'll see the band in the window and hopefully come on in (there's no charge).

Here's the way we've promoted the show:
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Little Steven likes them. Pete Best likes them.

And THIS SATURDAY, OCTOBER 23rd, *YOU* can like them too when New York garage combo...

THE ANYTHING PEOPLE
THE ANYTHING PEOPLE
THE ANYTHING PEOPLE

...take the stage of LAKESIDE LOUNGE.

The hour-long trip encompasses:
* 1960s style Gritty garage...
* 12-String Rickenbacker jangle...
* Twangy Merseybeat...
* Marraca/harmonica raveups...
* Paisley-patterned pop...
* Hollies-ish harmonies.
In short, the very combination that made them FINALISTS AT LITTLE STEVEN'S BATTLE OF THE BANDS LAST JULY!

It's...
THE ANYTHING PEOPLE!!!
at Lakeside Lounge
162 Avenue B (between 10th and 11th Street)
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 23, 10:30 PM.
ADMISSION IS FREE!!!!

Thanks, see ya there.
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We had our last practices on Tuesday and Wednesday. The rest is up to fate.

So what do I do in those last days before a gig? Well, today...

* I bought two new sets of eleven-gauge strings for my Silvertone. I've been using eleven-gauge strings since the summer of 2003, at the recommendation of a friend when I asked him for any kind of advice for keeping a Silvertone in tune. He said thickening up the strings helps. I'd previously used nine-gauge, which are on the light side, but the lighter the string, the easier they slip out of tune, especially when bending notes, which I like to do. So I made the switch to an eleven set, and he was right...the Silvertone has since stayed in tune for much longer periods of time.

* I restrung my guitar tonight. Restringing a guitar only two days before a show is risky, but so is doing a show with a rather old set. And after restringing the guitar, I applied my saltwater technique. Saltwater technique? What's that, Michael? Well, I don't like the sound of a fresh set of strings...They sound too bright and tinny. I like them to be broken in a bit...So I make up a bowl of warm saltwater, and with a sponge dipping into the bowl, I rub the strings for a few minutes for simulated corrosion. It does indeed take some of the gloss off the sound. In fact I may have overdone it...one string sounds a little too unglossed. But it'll play.

* I made some adjustments to the strap for my Rickenbacker. The strap is old and was tied in position with a piece of string. As it was, the strap, when connected to the Rick, had the guitar hanging a bit too low...it looked like Ramones style guitar-holding. I could still play it for the most part, but a solo on the high strings was hard to reach. So I cut the piece of string, readjusted the strap, and stapled it into place...and then put Scotch tape over the points of the staples so I don't get poked in the neck when I put the strap on.

Things to do tomorrow...

* Put new batteries in my tuner...since Doug was nice enough to leave the power on all night.

*Finish memorizing some new lyrics to some of the new songs. "Decisions" is especially tricky. "My Little Girl" is much easier.

1:06 AM

Tuesday, September 28, 2004  
Wow...this is by far the longest I've let any time go by without an update. And it certainly isn't because of lack of things happening.

Here's a quick fill-in on all that's happened since then:

JULY
When last we spoke (or last *I* spoke), The Anything People were about to compete in Little Steven's Battle Of The Bands in Asbury Park. Well, the Friday night, when all bands played, was crazy...For a while it looked like we might not play at all, as Dave, Doug and sub bassist Mark Khan, who drove in together (I drove myself) arrived several hours late. But when we finally did go on, we sounded pretty strong as we played "Left Side" and "Who's Crying Now." We made it to the final four, meaning we had to come back the next night.

Well, our five song set..."Like A Fool," "Left Side," "Laugh," "That's Not The Way It Should Be" and "Who's Crying Now" (we planned to also play "Wait For Your Dream" but sets were cut by a few minutes) was a little shaky...guitars slipped out of tune, cues were missed, and some of our harmonies sounded empty (partially because it seemed to take the soundman a while to realize the drummer was singing), and I left the stage not too convinced that we'd be going home victorious. Band Two sounded quite together, with harmonies and blend. Band Three was kinda cocky, playing about two real songs and then padding out the rest. Band Four had a good crunch but also seemed to be padding out their set.

Well, Band Four took it, and I must say there was a collective sense of "Say WHAT?" on that stage from the other bands (we had all been asked to come onstage for the announcement). But at that point, after a long long day, my thoughts were more of the "Okay, now I can go home" variety. Except, first I wanted to get at least a quick hello in to the judge, Pete Best. And I did, and he was very nice.

The band that beat us got to compete in the final showdown at Irving Plaza a few weeks later. I wasn't there, but the practically unanimous opinion from those who did is that they were absolute garbage. That worried me...I hoped everyone wouldn't think "Well, if they're that bad, and they beat The Anything People..." But anyway, they've since broken up, and New York's garage crowd apparently will not miss them at all. But I'm really not trying to be nasty, because the truth is, they were very nice to us that night in Asbury Park. And they kept in touch in hopes that we and they could bill together sometime, which we were completely willing to do (and even had some tentative plans being discussed) and even looking forward to doing.

Anyway, what was the specific reason we didn't win the Asbury battle? Well, therein lies a mystery, as two different members of the staff have told me two VERY different things, and I don't know which one to believe...But to be fair, and not start myths, I'll refrain from posting either story.

Also some time in July or so, I taped two new songs of my own...A Freddie and the Dreamers type song called "Big Mistake," and a Zombies-ish one called "I'll Be Your Friend."

And the 3-CD International Pop Overthrow collection came out in July on Not Lame, containing my song "I Don't Want My Baby." I'm near the end of disc three, so I'm in a rather inconspicuous spot. So far, being on that CD has not led to anything of note.

AUGUST
We played our first full length gig at The Magnetic Field in Brooklyn on August 21st, and it was fairly well attended and fairly well played. Our friends The Miscreants were on the bill with us, who played a great set, despite their two main players, Blair Buscareno and Jahna Rain, both being quite ill.

Shortly before the gig I scored a new (well, used) Fender Deluxe 90 amplifier. I was long overdue for a new combo, and Doug's relatively recent acquisition of a Fender Reverb helped speed me along that route. It's a nice little amp, and our two new amps have helped make the practices sound even better.

A week before the gig I went to Little Steven's Underground Garage Festival on Randall's Island. I didn't catch the whole show...I arrived early afternoon and was just boarding the bus back to Manhattan when The New York Dolls were taking the stage. So I missed Iggy Pop, who everyone is citing as the highlight. But I had to get to Rififi in time, as it was a POP GEAR night. I was already dead on my feet as I left Randall's Island, and I still had the whole night of POP GEAR ahead of me. As you can imagine, by the end of the night I was drained, but it was an enjoyable day with lots of great live music and with lots of friends to enjoy it with. In fact, I think I enjoyed the festival more for the social hang than for the music.

The bands I saw included: The Charms, The Cynics, Lyres, The Stems, The Woggles, The Chocolate Watchband, The Shazam, The Electric Prunes, The Cocktail Slippers, The Creation, The Chesterfield Kings, The Mooney Suzuki, The Paybacks, The Fuzztones, The Pete Best Band, The Forty Fives, The D4, The Romantics, Nancy Sinatra, The Dictators, Big Star, Bo Diddley, Raveonettes, and The Pretty Things. To be honest, some of those bands I don't remember at all (I may have used their sets to walk around or get food...I know I was sitting on the side by the trees eating a hamburger when The Romantics were on.) I'm getting those names from the schedule that circulated a few days before the festival, taking all names from The Charms, the band I know was on when I arrived, to The Pretty Things, who were the last band I stayed for...with The Fuzztones thrown in there, as I know I saw them, even though they were on that schedule much earlier in the day.

SEPTEMBER
More practicing, every Wednesday. Our next gig is October 23 at The Lakeside Lounge, and we're hoping to add several new songs to the act.

Had to take my amp in, as it kept crackling. The input jack seems to be the source of the trouble. But thankfully, Dave's practice space has enough spare amps that we can get by until I get mine back.

Two new songs I'm working on to present to the band for the October 23 gig..."Decisions," a Standells-type rocker, and maybe "You'll Never Be Mine," a recycling of something I kicked around a few years ago.

Last night I tried recording "Decisions" on my cassette 4 track, but the drum track wasn't coming out loud enough, as if there was a fault in the machine where no matter what level you record, it plays back only so high. Well, maybe it's just Track 4. I'll try Track 3 tonight.

I've also been thinking of possibly bringing back some Lynchpins classics, "Act Of Kindness" and "Bombay Beach Party."

I've been assigned a slot at the 2004 International Pop Overthrow: Sunday November 14 at 1:30 PM at the ACME Underground. Geez, I'd say that's the second worst slot of the entire festival, beating only whoever plays at 1:00.

I recently bought a tuner. That's the first tuner I've ever owned. I feel I've sold out, but when you own a Silvertone Jupiter, you need to have a tuner handy at all times.

It's too early to say, but I may soon be involved in another musical project...a one-shot deal with some people I met last week. Hopefully I can say more about that later this week.

Okay, I've said this before...but I promise I'll try to be more frequent with updates.

9:56 AM

 
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