Monthly Archives: May 2014

Maya Angelou (1928-2014)

  I met Maya Angelou twice; first, at the Clinton Inauguration, Brian Gaul and I stood among about 10,000 others, several hundred yards from the action, “marked the mastodon” creeping through our eardrums, penetrating our senses after a while. The … Continue reading

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Non-profit rock venue in Berkeley, more office space in Palo Alto

Apropos of the news that former BGP partner David Mayeri is opening a non-profit music venue in Berkeley, re-purposing the former UC Theatre (flagship of Gary Meyer’s Landmark chain), I am re-posting this letter I wrote to City Council about … Continue reading

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Vienna Teng ‘Level Up’ and Dan Bern ‘Ballad of Jimmy Carter’

  Two pretty random A&R notes, Vienna Teng new cd and single “Level Up” video and Dan Bern, from Jonathan Demme’s documentary about Jimmy Carter, “Ballad of Jimmy Carter”. I also spied something about Greil Marcus talking about “The Manchurian … Continue reading

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MMW v. voice of teacher, Palo Alto 7/29/96

  Medeski Martin Wood 7-29-96 Cubberly Community Center (Max capacity 330, I’d say about 100 people that night*) Palo Alto, CA This is a great-sounding AUD recording of a very nice show. Source: (Mikey Perrott) Schoeps CMC6 + MK4 Genealogy: … Continue reading

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Andrew Bernstein and the Homer Warehouse shows I snagged a copy of “California Slim: The Music, the Magic, and the Madness” a memoir by Andrew Bernstein, who knew Bill Kreutzman and Gregg Rolie growing up in Palo Alto, and also toured as part of Willie Nelson’s … Continue reading

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Alex De Grassi part of The Varsity Theatre guitar pantheon

Eric Hanson, who appears most often in Plastic Alto as the baseball poet and Cleveland Indians fan, is now an agent with Baylin Artist Management in Philadelphia, an agency whose clients include Matt Haimovitz, Christopher Riley, Kaki King and Rani … Continue reading

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Rock off with your balk-off (from Eric Hanson ‘Tribelines’ poetry archive)

Game 47 – Indians 11, Tigers 10“A trickle of strangers were all that were left alivePanic in Detroit”– “Panic in Detroit” from David Bowie’s Aladdin Sane (1973)Some said this was year’s best gameShould be in some hall of fameNot because … Continue reading

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