Chuck E’s in love

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The Swingin’ Lavays

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Led does Nina by Salamishah for The Times, yo

She was glorious three weeks ago at Stern Grove including her own music which everyone knew the words at least when you went up to the very front and also of course her version of three or four Nina songs
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Bryce Young turns 20, buys himself a Crimson Ferrari


Greek Freak leads Bucks to World Championship

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Murderously bad 3EB cover in a bodega on Smith Street (Klosterman, 2019)

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My favorite professor, historian Bruce Nelson, speaking in Seattle on the history of Blacks in the labor movement

Harry Bridges advocated for including Blacks in the unions. Nelson has a book on the history of labor, I should order on-line (I thought I saw it at City Lights).

I took Bruce Nelson’s history of the labor movement class at Dartmouth, my senior year, 1986, which was also Nelson’s first year at the college. He is turning 80 this summer, which means he is 23 years older than me, was therefore 45 when we met, though he seemed younger.

Over the years I have rang him a few times, for example when I ran for City Council and claimed to be pro-worker.




Every day I wake up and count how many more people have signed up for my concert at the art center which loosely speaking is also a cross promotion for “The Black Index” an art Exhibit by Bridget Cooks curator which references race and Black Lives Matter. So how does La Doña’s “Cuando Se Van” which References gentrification relate to the history of labor and/or civil rights in San Francisco as discussed by Nelson above? I guess a part of the service is that if the creation of wealth by the tech companies had a social justice element then middle class and working class San Franciscans would benefit and not be in contact with the influx of specialized workers.

Although she does not pose a solution she has every right to raise the question in her part in her heart in her art. Cecilia Cassandra Pena Govea pka La Doña also told me she has relatives who worked or work in the labor movement. 



In “Setas Y Ceros” I am reminded of The Midas Myth – -everything you touch turns to gold but you starve to death — and “the Wizard of Oz” — is she Dorothy or the Witch? — plus she says “capitalism is killing us, but i’m still out there”.  Fijate: her middle name is Cassandra, the seer. 

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Lions with Wings update

Stanford’s Lions are identifcal in design to those of the fountain of Leicester Town Plaza in England

I started Lions With Wings while I was in the bubble, trying to avoid getting a deathly virus. So far, so good. I am healthy. Even better, I am back in the concert biz, with 3 shows on sale, for events starting July 31, which is 11 days from now.

Lions With Wings added two tracks by Erik Lawrence/Akira Tana duo. Erik and I have never met but threw friends like Mike Remlinger and Jeff Tesreau….screech…. through friends like Allison Miller and Steven Bernstein we’ve had a long-distance rap going for a while now. Akira Tana went to my high school, meanwhile, or the same school 12 years before, and played in my most recent live music event, which was his Otonowa sound circle on March 13, 2020 at the Mitch, the day before Covid-19 shut us all down.

Erik and Akira have never met but took my suggestion to try to jam together and months later I am posting two tracks from their result. Which has influences like Sonny Rollins, baseball and Japan.

Meanwhile here is my top ten list for Lions with Wings. There are now 33 tracks streaming for free on Bandcamp or you can pay what you want or nothing to download.

Barbara Manning ‘Cantor’s Mind Was Rocking’ 149 plays
This is an original rock song based on something I mentioned to Barbara about my friend Paul J. Cohen, the Fields Prize winner in math, whose twin sons Steve and Eric Cohen have appeared in my music series as The Flying Cohen Brothers. It has been spun a couple times on college radio, reviewed in indie press and liked by Barbara’s friend the indie label guru Gerard Cosloy. I hope to book Barbara live here in Palo Alto as soon as October, and for the first time since May, 1995.

Carmen Rothwell: Dwellings 1 – Explainer 125
Carmen is a jazz bassist but here adds some vocalizing — I met her thru Dave Douglas, who recorded some tracks for Lions With Wings which got immediately upstreamed to Greenleaf Records/Red Eye Distribution. Uniquely, all three of her tracks are charting right now, which makes her the Olivia Rodrigo of Lions With Wings.

Mike Park: Steppin’ Stone 106
This is Mike’s version of a classic rock song by the Monkees and also by Fugazi or maybe Minor Threat, which cannot be a coincidence because Mike opened for Ian MacKaye when his other band the Evens played Terman Junior High — where Ian and I both attended, although three years apart. I actually want him to record “Sugar Sugar” but emphasizing the line “honey honey” as a nod to Santa Clara Valley’s bucolic past. Also this must be the place to say that the retired San Jose State art professor David Middlebrook lives very near Mike Park, off Highway 17, and has a sculpture in Palo Alto called “Steps in Stone”.

Carmen Rothwell: Dwellings 3 – The Window 106

Carmen Rothwell: Dwellings 2 – Bed Song 87

Barbara Manning “Dying to Live” 82
I had never heard this Edgar Winter song until Barbara taught it to me.

MC Lars: In the Land of the Grasshopper Song 69
Lars and I met because Matt the Electrician told a story about their overlapping salad days down in Pacific Grove, California, when Matt played the Cubberley H-1 in fall, 2019. Then Lars opened for Charlie Musselwhite at the JCC, in December, 2019. Then we got talking about our mutual interest in indigenous cultures and history and I recommended a book by my Dartmouth classmate Andre Cramblit and Lars turned part of it into this song.
Barbara Manning “Twilight” 58
By Elliot Smith.

There is Something On Your Mind 38
There are two versions of this song on my Bandcamp page, under this title and under the title “Nancy Wright/Bob Margolin/Mitch Woods’ ‘There is Something On Your Mind”. There’s also a nifty video by Kid Andersen of Greaseland studios of San Jose that has been viewed more than 3,000 times. Actually, the total is 55 and Dayna Stephens “Nomad” is 20 but as a suite might make the list, honorable mention — thanks, Dayna.

Wayne Horvitz Ha-Yang Kim Ayesha Brooks Trio “Trouble In Mind” 30
Wayne was scheduled to appear at The Mitch in April, 2020 and to make good recorded with Ha-Yang Kim on cello and Ayesha Brooks on vocals a four-song suite including this blues chestnut.

There are a couple other straggler songs that may turn up on this label. Lord willing and the creek don’t rise. Stay tuned.

Note: those are total plays, all time, not thousands of plays this week. In comparison, according to Billboard, which I just subscribed to for the first time since 1999, Lil Nas X “Montero” got 65.6 million total impressions just this week. Something like 46.9 m U.S. streams, 21,000 downloads sold and 1.1 million radio airplay audience impressions (in a previous week, in April. Which reminds me there is something in a local paper about David Gans making the Pollstar charts with his daily live feed. Stay tuned-tuned.

If you are stalking me: Stern Grove to see X, Avengers; Frost to see Gregory Porter with Marcus Shelby; maybe Lavay Smith at Frost; maybe Mads Tolling at a vineyard in Portola Valley. Maybe Los Lobos in LA Aug. 21. And1: spellchecking the name of the studio I learn that Charlie Hunter is playing San Jose Jazz Festival Sunday, August 15. 


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Wow. I just noticed that Dayna Stephens played “Nomad” live with a band in a studio for NPR or someone with a following (relatively speaking, this is jazz). “Nomad” — in my universe or in Plasty – -is part of a four-song suite he wrote during the lockdown, for Lions With Wings, and indirectly based on a book by a Cubberley High of Palo Alto High grad Neil Howe about archetypes and history and the future. Dayna asked me once to repeat what my concept for Lions With Wings was, so that he could explain it to the press and I said what could only possibly matter was what he thought it meant last year when you wrote the songs. 

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‘m hereby announcing a Mac McCaughan tribute band called SuperMo that features Mark Weiss on not quite tuneful vocals, Steve Rothblatt on congas, and an assorted and rotating and non-repeating cast of other not quite melodic or rhythmic side peoples, funicular if not exactly fun or funny — the name references Glasgow Rangers vs Celtics kind of thing, Alan Black, tranispotting — I’m from Frisco, yo.

Mac’s new song reminds me of Michael Fracasso Patty Griffin jam from yesteryear. I mean 2004 not 1962. It’s zero snub. All in. dig it all. Ones and Zeros. Us vs Nigeria.

I’m somehow confusing vincula or vinculum for funicula funiculum for no reason other than the true fact that Hershel Yatovitz of the rock bands Black Dog and Chris Isaak once used this term when he would come over to my apartment at 400 Vallejo near Cafe Trieste in North Beach and give me guitar lessons and I said my phone number was 3, 9, 8, 3, 9, 8, 3

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Jenny Scheinman (w Finn Taylor) vs Aleta Hayes (w Jack Tuttle)

I just got word that a Jenny Scheinman project has been announced for onsale at Stanford Live Arts, for January, 2022. It’s called “Kannapolis” and is a performance piece that combines live performance of written and improv music in reaction to a set of archival footage from North Caorlina 100 years ago called “Kannapolis”. I think, from the video that promotes the event, that the show might include Jenny Scheinman on violin and voice, Rob Gjersoe on guitar and Robbie Fulks on banjo. I saw the trio play their own songs or Robbie’s music at Chicago and Springfield, IL in summer, 2009. Jenny was scheduled as part of a project with Allison Miller to play Mitchell Park Community Center El Palo Alto room in March, 2020 — it was the first of 10 events cancelled due to the pandemic.

Meanwhile I am happy to announce a bit cheekily a collaboaration that is slightly hypothetical that would include the meeting of Jack Tuttle, renowned music teacher and family band leader and Aleta Hayes of Stanford. Aleta, Terry, Steve, Aleta’s mother and I all caught Sullivan Tuttle, Jack’s son, with AJ Lee Blue Summit at the Amaranta Gallery a house concert that is not really a house its a chapel last week. Jack will be giving Aleta some fiddle lessons, and I am predicting that, at least here in the parallel universe Plastic Alto that they will record or perform together some day soon. Aleta is mostly known for dance, singing, drama and teaching – -she was recently named a Senior Lecturer in Dance at the presitigeous Stanford University – but she also plays or played or will play the fiddle.
The collaborator for Jenny’s piece, Finn Taylor has made a couple indie films I’ve seen and I think, not to gossip, that he once dated Noe Venable. Who made a portrait of Alex and Elliot, my brother’s small dogs, long gone. Dig?

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Kudos to Folau Niua, Olympian from East Palo Alto (Woodside HS)



There are also seven female soccer players from Stanford including a couple with peninsula prep ties, plus Maddie Price the former Menlo High sprinter, competing for Canada.

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