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The Butcher Rests

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 19, 2008 09:22am | Post a Comment

Allan Melvin passed away this week, and regardless of the headline - he was far more than Sam the Butcher: he also was beloved in The Phil Silvers Show, All In The Family, appearances on Gomer Pyle, The Andy Griffith Show and The Dick Van Dyke Show. A lot of folks who remember Magilla Gorilla don't even realized that Magilla was voiced by Mr. Melvin.

Nonetheless ...  to many he will always be remembered as the love interest of Alice (Nelson), the maid on The Brady Bunch - played by Ann B. Davis. In this day and age, how many of us even know the name of our local butcher ... heck, how many of us still eat meat?

It's an era passing by, and I pause here to stand solemnly as it slides by us in the night, never to return.

Our respects and condolences go out to his wife and family.


           

Steroid abuse from baseball to ... music?

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 15, 2008 11:53am | Post a Comment
I'm reading today about how the District Attorney of Albany, N.Y., David Soares, is investigating allegations that 50 Cent, Mary J. Blige and "others" have been using steroids. (Thank you Digital Music News for the tip.)

Am I the only one who finds this to be absurd beyond comprehension?

Maybe I'm cynical, but hmmm ... they skipped right over the entire NFL (National Football League) in the 'steroid scandal.'

I have an idea! Here's the proud pigskin man of the NFL back in the early days:

 









- and here's a later shot of a steroids slammin NFL player:



....and they have skipped over every violent offender on their docket to go after soul singers? Rap dudes? Seriously?! Come in, american justice upholders! Come in! Are you there? Have you been abducted by Aliens? Should I expect Donald Sutherland to walk up and point at me now and make that horrible screaming noise?


Did someone slip some wacky juice into my cereal or is this a clear cut case of someone pathetically going after HEADLINES?

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HIGH ON FIRE

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 14, 2008 10:13am | Post a Comment
HIGH ON FIRE, North American Tour:

January 17 Santa Cruz, CA Veterans Hall (also w/ ARCHONS)
January 18 San Jose, CA Blank Club (also w/ ARCHONS)
January 19 Pomona, CA The Glass House (w/ ARCHONS)
January 20 Tucson, AZ Plush (also w/ ARCHONS)
January 22 Lubbock, TX Jake's Backroom (also w/ RWAKE)
January 23 Corpus Christi, TX The Compound (also w/ RWAKE)
January 24 Denton, TX Rubber Gloves (also w/ RWAKE)
January 25 Little Rock, AR Revolution Music Room (also w/ RWAKE)
January 26 Memphis, TN Hi Tone (also w/ RWAKE)
January 27 Nashville, TN Exit/In (also w/ RWAKE)
January 29 Birmingham, AL Bottle Tree (also w/ RWAKE)
January 30 Atlanta, GA E.A.R.L (also w/ RWAKE)
January 31 Orlando, FL Back Booth (also w/ RWAKE)
February 1 Miami, FL Churchhill's (also w/ RWAKE)
February 2 Tampa, FL Crowbar (also w/ RWAKE)
February 3 Gainesville, FL Common Grounds (also w/ RWAKE)
February 5 Charlotte, NC The Milestone (also w/ CAR BOMB)
February 6 Carrboro, NC Cats Cradle (also w/ CAR BOMB)
February 7 Virginia Beach, VA Steppin Out (also w/ CAR BOMB)
February 8 Wilmington, DE Mojo 13 (also w/ CAR BOMB)
February 9 Allentown, PA Crocodile Rock Café (also w/ CAR BOMB)
February 10 Brooklyn, NY Europa (also w/ CAR BOMB)
February 11 Milford, CT Daniel Street (also w/ CAR BOMB)
February 13 Worcester, MA Palladium Upstairs (also w/ CAR BOMB)
February 14 Pittsburgh, PA Diesel (also w/ INTRONAUT)
February 15 Columbus, OH Ravari Room (also w/ INTRONAUT)
February 16 Louisville, KY Uncle Peasants (also w/ INTRONAUT)
February 17 St. Louis, MO 2 Cents Plain (also w/ INTRONAUT)
February 18 Iowa City, IA The Picador (also w/ INTRONAUT)
February 19 Lawrence, KS Bottleneck (also w/ INTRONAUT)
February 20 Denver, CO Bluebird Theater (also w/ INTRONAUT)
February 22 Sacramento, CA Blue Lamp (also w/ INTRONAUT)
February 23 Oakland, CA Uptown Nightclub (also w/ INTRONAUT)


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Appreciating Crass

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 14, 2008 08:10am | Post a Comment
Crass, the seminal English punk band that formed in 1977, is most known as the first band to cohesively promote anarchism as a political ideology. While other punks might have been singing about "AN-AR-CHY" for shock and fashion, anarchism was a way of life for Crass.
 
They made their records available to the public as close to cost as possible and even printed a "Pay No More Than..." price on their record sleeves to avoid the product from falling victim to unscrupulous transactions!
 
Their lyrics, albeit snarled, warned against consumerism, corporatism, racism, and globalization. They formed a rock and roll resistance movement against the excesses of culture, using an aggressive sound and image to gain creditability for a pacifistic ideology. Complex, man.
 
So where have the members of Crass been since the band dissolved in 1984? Everywhere! Especially drummer Penny Rimbaud, who has gone on as a performer and writer. Gee Vaucher, the main artist and some-time musician for Crass, has become a well-revered illustrator and painter.
 
This month, on Saturday, January 19th, Penny Rimbaud and Gee Vaucher will appear at San Francisco's Hypnodrome theater (regularly home to the Thrillpeddlers, the only theater group in America I know of that specializes in Grand Guignol). Rimbaud will give a spoken word performance, followed by an interview with Rimbaud and Vaucher by legendary Bay Area punk-documentarian V. Vale of RE/Search
 
Here's the specifics:
RE/Search & Hypnodrome present CRASS!!!
ONE NIGHT ONLY!!!
TWO SHOWS!!!
Saturday, January 19th
7:30 & 10PM
General Admission: $10
6 Shock Boxes (2 person capacity each; includes signed poster): $40/box
 
The Hypnodrome, 575 Tenth Street /Bryant St., San Francisco
For Advance Tickets, call RE/Search 415-362-1465 http://www.researchpubs.com/

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rain, rain go away Part 2

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 5, 2008 06:29pm | Post a Comment
After writing the blog "rain, rain go away" yesterday, I was inspired to ask some of my co-workers what their favorite rainy day comforts are, and I got some pretty interesting answers.  Let's check it out:

Doug
security/cassettes/receiving


John Coltrane's Ole
"My sister actually mentioned it once when we were driving around listening to the album.  She said it was good rainy day music.  It's got a groovy baseline."


Brendan

cloud city

When I asked Brendan what his rainy day favorites are, he told me that he was feeling sick and was actually looking for something to bring home and watch tonight. 
"The Hole is about obsessive neighbors.  It's weird and Taiwanese. 

I was listening to Country Blues by Lightnin' Hopkins yesterday.  It's quiet."






Ben W.
metal/buyer

"The Boatman's Call by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.  This album was released during the winter.  The first morning I listened to it, I woke up at 10am while my girlfriend was still asleep and put it on at a low volume.  I opened the window and there was 2 feet of snow, so I crawled back into bed."

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