Has ‘Rock and Roll’ jumped the shark?


Yo Kiro Taco Bell meets I want my MTV

I remember in 1992 getting a Christmas card from Lane Wurster of mammoth records and thinking that there was an oasis somewhere where people could be “punk” or “Indie” and still be in business  Mammoth had seven or eight employees and posed with Clyde Jones and some of his creations   I knew I was done with advertising but wasn’t sure what was next.

After a few stints  as a marketing guy for environmental groups nonprofits NGOs or activism I decided to put on concerts full-time and I’ve kept on it 25 years

I don’t think the world has gotten any more environmental or green there’s a lot of Greenwash propaganda. For example I have no idea what to make of Lil Dicky and is really fun animated video about earth it is our planet.

I remember when Wells Fargo had some PO P in my branch of a black chick with an Afro holding a guitar backlit in the dark and it was an ad for a small business loan.

Just now watching the Giants on TV – I also actually had a ticket I bought for six dollars on stub hub but decided to let it fly —  there’s an ad for Taco Bell that starts with some guy on stage belting out some tune and then if you rewind it you realize he singing about nacho something or other he certainly wasn’t Jack Black or anybody as far as I can tell. “Rocker dude” is just another trope.  Although I did like the woman from Arcade Fire who has her heart in the environmental activism and social action things “plus one.”

This is a weird Segue but I’ve been to two Kirsten Gillibrand events and I started to talk with some of her people about using Music for the campaign and I was imagining her getting Dessa who has an interesting song in the credits of the Ruth Bader Ginsburg movie about the bull in the china shop.  In the China doll in the bullpen. Although Amy Klubachar of the same state was supposedly using it.  I was even thinking Kirsten could go to the 930 club and go backstage and meet Dessa.  And I was thinking, because Kirsten is multi talented and pretty well put together for a woman to 50 that she could conceivably dance a little bit for example to this tune. But if you’re potentially the POTUS unless it’s your daughter’s wedding, you might limit the moves to two or three beats at most.  We want a female POTUS who hints that she can dance but does not actually have to dance for us.

5EE328C5-169D-4289-9158-88A32368B213.pngB:w or edita two days later:




Random grouping of recent photos including: my Rwandan/Belgian friend F—– at Apple visitor center; Scott Amendola at recent Earthwise hit; Skerik — don’t call me “Wally” at recent show at Palo Alto Art Center; Wil Blades; Jeff Parker, who will be playing a show at Stanford Jazz Workshop with Scott Colley; a Palo Alto High School student’s paiting

About markweiss86

Mark Weiss, founder of Plastic Alto blog, is a concert promoter and artist manager in Palo Alto, as Earthwise Productions, with background as journalist, advertising copywriter, book store returns desk, college radio producer, city council and commissions candidate, high school basketball player, and blogger; he also sang in local choir, fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32 Reads 'Howl' and owns a couple musical instruments he cannot play
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