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The Story Of Calvin Weston (and Tony)-1986

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, January 8, 2008 01:53am | Post a Comment

Tony was uptight about loaning out his drum kit. It wasn’t because he thought another drummer would damage his kit. The reason was that he played in a band that opened up for the guitar legend James Blood Ulmer back in 1986. Ulmer’s band used to tour without a back line and would borrow the opening band’s equipment.

On that evening, Tony felt his playing was exceptional. After his set, James Blood Ulmer’s drummer Calvin Weston asked Tony if he could borrow his kit. Feeling confident, Tony agreed. Calvin liked Tony’s kit, it was set up just the way he liked he liked it and would have to make very little modifications to it.

After James Blood Ulmer’s first song, Tony regretted loaning out his kit. Calvin was amazing and had erased anything he had played before. It wasn't just that Calvin was better than Tony that night, but he showed him up on his own kit.

Currently, Calvin Weston is on tour, playing with the Noise Jazz group Monster Cock Rally, out of Oakland. They are playing several shows up and down California this week.

Here are some pic’s from their show at Mr. T’s Bowl with Mike Watt’s Missingmen. Damn...now I know what Tony meant.

out today 1/8/08...the riches...zodiac...sunshine...

Posted by Brad Schelden, January 7, 2008 11:39pm | Post a Comment
I would like to start off by welcoming everybody to 2008. Congratulations to all of us for making it through another year. 2007 was really a great year full of amazing new releases. We are just about through the really slow period at the end of the year and getting ready for some great new releases again. There were some great DVD's out at the end of last year. The Deluxe brief case version of Blade Runner sort of made up for the lack of any decent music new releases. I really can't stop looking at it. I have opened the brief case more times than necessary but I just can't get enough of it. It was my big Christmas present to myself and I really do love it. The Final Cut version of the film looks fantastic. I have only watched the Final Cut version and about half of the main documentary so far. But what I have watched already of this documentary is really amazing. But I am sure that I will be talking all about my love of Blade Runner very soon.

Last week only had one new release. The new Radiohead album "In Rainbows" finally got its real release on CD and vinyl. The music new releases don't really start up again until next week. We have the new Magnetic Fields album out next week and then the amazing new Cat Power out the following week. New albums by The Mars Volta, The Mountain Goats, Vampire Weekend, and Dolly Parton are also right around the corner. I still have not seen the movie Juno yet, but hopefully I will get to see it this week. I have heard great fantastic things about it. The soundtrack, featuring the songs of Kimya Dawson from The Moldy Peaches, comes out today. I am still not sure why these labels are putting out the soundtracks weeks after the movies have been out. But that is the way it is. The Golden Compass soundtrack featuring Kate Bush will finally see a street date in another 2 weeks. But as always, we can count on the DVD's to keep us excited about new release Tuesday.

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Honeymoon Academy

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IN CELEBRATION OF THE DRUM: PART ONE, COZY COLE

Posted by Billyjam, January 7, 2008 11:31am | Post a Comment

Perhaps it is because it is a much smaller nation than the USA that the United Kingdom pop charts have historically been more prone to having unusual or esoteric records making their way onto and up the British pop charts. But that is not to say that surprise hits never occur here in the United States. They do, just not as often. But every once in a while a record that you just don't think of as a "pop" record somehow breaks through into the mainstream. A good example is  the cool swinging, drum-based instrumental single "Topsy, Part 2" by jazz drummer Cozy Cole, which was a surprise cross-over hit exactly fifty years ago in 1958 for the talented percussionist when it went to the number one spot on the Billboard Top 100 Charts.

What was unusual and unprecedented about the number one pop single by the late New Jersey born jazz percussionist (1909 - 1981) was that it contained a lengthy drum solo, and remains one of the few drum solo recordings that ever made the popular Billboard pop charts.  Additionally, it appeared not on a major label but instead was released on the tiny Brooklyn-based Love Records.

Protect Your Investment

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