All hail the Sylvie

Kudos to Sylvie Simmons of San Francisco by way of something very posh across the pond for her new album of music on Compass Records. Sylvie played in my Earthwise Productions concert series in fall, 2019 at Cubberley Community Center — my first show in that room since 2001 — I had produced 150 shows there in the 1990s.
Sylvie is by far my favorite rock journalist who also performs. And she is among my fiavorite performers who also writes. (Reminds me that when I managed Mark Stew Stewart pka Stew of The Negro Problem – he wrote “Passing Strange” a journalist — likely not Sylvie Simmons wrote “dude sings better than Richard Pryor and is funnier than Jimmy Webb”).
The photo above is from an “audio salad” sent from SS via her label — this is my first “audio salad” — years from now we will all look band on these audio salad days.

SS wrote about Linda Ronstadt recently. I also have her book about Leonard Cohen, and the one she helped Debbie Harry write. You will know I officially have too much time on my hands when I publish the official unofficial index to that book about Blondie.

Also: my life officially seemed to stop a few weeks ago when I watched the movie about Ethan Hawke as an indie rocker, that featured a very cool needle drop of Sylvie’s song. I thought it was totally about my indie world, then by the end it was more like “okay”. (That’s why I am not a journalist –I’m more like a gossip).



A few hours ago I was threatening to wring a 917 number to try and reach Dan Zanes formerly of Del Fuegos because I noticed an article by Pamela Metzger in The Dartmouth that Del Fuegos were booked to play the Summer Carnival in July, 1985 and I wonder if he has a memory of such. 


The Dartmouth corporation or Fund sent me a special sample compilation of articles written by current student journalists and I noted:

  1. their banner for THE ARTS section had a detail from a Ellsworth Kelly sculpture on top of the Hopkins Center that was donated a few years ago that I’ve never seen in real life by Leon Black the financier; 
  2. an article about Leon Black had a picture of a detail of Dartmouth Hall although the trustees of Dartmouth usually meet either in Parkhurst or the Hanover Inn. 
  3. an article about a new piece of outdoor art by a Polish immigrant in Brooklyn that depicts a gian wooden bowl with woolen knots — I will repeat — a giant wooden bowl – cedar — with woolen knots or balls — says it’s site near Rollins Chapel but the photo shows my old dorm, Richardson Hall in the background. This triggered for me memories of my 3-part series about gay life at Dartmouth for the very same publication, 38 years ago, that got me blackballed from Alpha Chi. Maybe Sylvie Simmons will perform some day standing in or near that wooden bowl. On, in or near the bowl. Ursula von Rydingsvard’s (b. 1942, Deensen, Germany — but of Polish origins).

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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