Saturday, 16 December 2017

Dead Poets Society #60

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Blues Poem by Jack Micheline

I got no smile cause I'm down
I carry a horn to blow in all these streets
A solo riff out of my head
How could your ever know I feel
So high on life and feet and ass and legs and thighs
That I can rise and dance with all the stars
And I can eat the moon and laugh an I can cry
The dark caves of cities hungry streets
The tired faces dark and dreary bent
and all the death it dies
I let it die
I lift my horn and blow some sounds
some sound for kids to come
Some unborn sun
in darker streets than mine
Magicians carry wings so they can fly
Let's blow a horn and love
Let's get on it and ride
and laugh and dance and jive
Let's shake the dead and let the downers die
The magic of the singers warms the earth
A song
A poem
Some paradise of mind
I got to smile now
I'm feeling good
The city street
The palace of my mind


Friday, 15 December 2017

Chlamydia victims stretch into "the tens of thousands" in Gateshead...

With stories of chlamydia now reaching epidemic proportions in Gateshead, here's a timely reminder of when the venereal cloud descended on South Shields in 1944 and took the lives of many a poor sailor who docked in the wrong port.

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Last week's set lists

Our host kicks off the session

AT The Habit, York: -

Ron Elderly: -
You Better Move On
Just My Imagination

Da Elderly: -
I Believe In You
Tell Me Why

The Elderly Brothers: -
All I Have To Do Is Dream
Walk Right Back
Let It Be Me
Love Hurts
I Saw Her Standing There
When Will I Be Loved
Mailman Bring Me No More Blues
And Then I Kissed Her
Bye Bye Love

Another unexpectedly enjoyable night in The Habit. It was a raw winter's night in York, but there was a very good turn-out of both players and punters. A young chap playing a Fender resonator guitar played some fantastic country blues! Small Screen, the band of students who have entertained us so well for the last 10 weeks or so went from a 3-piece to a 5-piece for a boisterous performance of Fairytale Of New York. There was time for an extended Elderly Brothers set and we were happy to have a really supportive audience who joined in and sang along. The after-show jam carried on in the same vein and we were joined by the resonator player who did a note perfect rendition of Casey Jones!!

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Summer's Gone: Bruce Brown RIP

I seem to recall that when British television was making the big switch to colour, Brown's film was shown repeatedly as an example of great colour cinematography. However, it's not just the visuals that stuck in my mind, but the disarmingly engaging narration. Great film.

Bruce Brown, 80, Dies; His ‘Endless Summer’ Documented Surfing

Richard Sandomir
The New York Times
12 December 2017

Bruce Brown, whose documentary “The Endless Summer,” which followed two surfers on an epic adventure in pursuit of the perfect wave, became an unlikely hit when it was released nationally in 1966, died on Sunday in Santa Barbara, Calif. He was 80.

His son Dana said the cause was probably heart failure.

Mr. Brown had been making surfing films — mainly for his fellow surfers — since the late 1950s. But as he contemplated making “The Endless Summer,” he had a bigger mission: to change the way surfers had been depicted in popular culture.

He had been surfing since age 11 and believed that surfers were not beach bums or losers.

With a budget of $50,000, he set out in 1963 with two Southern California surfers, Robert August and Mike Hynson, and a Bolex 16-millimeter camera for Senegal, Ghana, South Africa, Australia, Tahiti, New Zealand and Hawaii, following the surf over several months as if summer would never end.The Endless Summer - Trailer Video by Cinedigm

“The title was just a pipe dream,” Mr. Brown told the website of Dusters California, a skateboard maker, in 2014. “Gosh, if you’d travel around the world, at the right speed, you’d be in the middle of summer 365 days a year.”

The movie was completed in 1964, but at first Mr. Brown could not find a distributor willing to believe that a surfing documentary could appeal to people living outside the East and West Coasts of the United States.

He knew audiences liked the film, though, from the response he had received when he took it on tour — showing it in school auditoriums and at other venues, where he narrated it and played surf music records as accompaniment.

He tried other strategies to prove the film’s broad merit. In February 1966, he rented the Sunset Theater in Wichita, Kan., for two weeks and audiences came in droves. But he still lacked a distributor. That June, he borrowed $50,000 to blow up the print from 16 to 35 millimeters, rent the Kips Bay Theater on the East Side of Manhattan, and promote it.

“I put everything on the line,” he told The Los Angeles Times in 1991. “If it wouldn’t have worked, it would have been the ballgame.”

It worked. The film’s success there led to a distribution deal with Cinema V later that year.

In completed form, “The Endless Summer” had a musical soundtrack from the Sandals, a surf-rock band, and an amiable narration by Mr. Brown. (Some critics, he said, felt he sounded like Howdy Doody.) It reportedly grossed $30 million worldwide, according to “The Encyclopedia of Surfing” (2005).

Critics like Pauline Kael of The New Yorker and Roger Ebert of The Chicago Sun-Times praised it.

In his review, Mr. Ebert called it a “completely uncomplicated film, fresh and natural, designed only to please.” And, he said, “It does.”

Matt Warshaw, the author of “The Encyclopedia of Surfing,” said “The Endless Summer” was transformative.

“What Bruce did, and what nobody has done since, was to square the circle,” Mr. Warshaw said in a telephone interview. “He was able to present surfing as it really is, to non-surfers.
The poster for “The Endless Summer,” designed by John Van Hamersveld

“Up to that point, surfers had gotten media they were happy with, like Bruce’s early movies and John Severson’s Surfer magazine. But surfers weren’t happy with how we looked in ‘Beach Blanket Bingo’ or how we sounded in the dopier surf songs.”

Bruce Alan Brown was born in San Francisco on Dec. 1, 1937, and moved with his family to Long Beach, in Southern California, shortly after World War II. His father, Dana, owned a small chain of toy stores; his mother, Myrna, was a schoolteacher.

He took an interest in surfing early on, and it developed into a passion; for two of his teenage years, he never missed a day on the waves, rain or shine. After high school, he served aboard a Navy submarine for two years and made eight-millimeter surfing movies of Hawaii in his free time while he was stationed in Pearl Harbor.

Mr. Brown enrolled at Long Beach City College on his return but, his son said, lasted there only a week or two. In 1958 he became a lifeguard in San Clemente and worked in a surf shop owned by the surfboard manufacturer Dale Velzy. Mr. Velzy showed the home movies Mr. Brown had made, charging 25 cents a ticket.

“We spent the summer negotiating about making a ‘real’ surf film,” Mr. Brown told Surfer magazine this year. “He’d pay for it and I would make it. Eventually, Velzy put up $5,000, which was to include, among other things, camera equipment, 50 rolls of film, six plane tickets to Hawaii and my living expenses until the film was completed.”

Mr. Brown rounded up several surfers for the filming. On the flight to Hawaii, he read a how-to book on moviemaking.

What resulted was “Slippery When Wet” (1958), which he followed with “Surf Crazy” (1959) and four other full-length documentaries before he directed “The Endless Summer.” He rented out theaters and high school auditoriums to show them. His wife took the tickets. As he would later do with “The Endless Summer,” he provided narration.

Mr. Brown pursued another personal interest, dirt bikes, when he made the motorcycle racing documentary “On Any Sunday” (1971). Featuring Steve McQueen, whose company produced it, “On Any Sunday” was nominated for a 1972 Academy Award for best feature documentary. (It lost to “The Hellstrom Chronicle.”)

In his review in The New York Times, Vincent Canby said that after “On Any Sunday” and “The Endless Summer,” Mr. Brown was in line to become “the unofficial poet of the sports world.” He added, “By putting his cameras on the cycles, Brown achieves audience-participation effects with speed that amounts to marvelous delirium.”

Mr. Brown returned to surfing for his final film, “The Endless Summer 2” (1994). In its review, Variety said that with a bigger budget than the original, it had more “spectacular scenery and a most impressive technical and visual sheen,” but added, “The narration is not as diverting and tongue-in-cheek as that of the first film.”

In addition to his son, who wrote and directed a sequel to “On Any Sunday” in 2014, Mr. Brown is survived by his daughter, Nancie Brown; another son, Wade; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. His wife, the former Patricia Hunter, died in 2006.

With enough money from his filmmaking and investments, Mr. Brown did not work after making “The Endless Summer 2.” He pursued hobbies like target shooting, collecting old cars and racing rally cars.

And he continued surfing until about nine years ago, when he injured a shoulder.

Saturday, 9 December 2017

The Beach Boys: 1967 - Sunshine Tomorrow 2 and Live Sunshine

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Beach Boys Unearth Rare Studio, Live Tracks for New 'Sunshine' Sets
'1967 – Sunshine Tomorrow 2: The Studio Sessions' features 29 studio session recordings; 'Live Sunshine – 1967' includes 109 live recordings

Ryan Reed
Rolling Stone
8 December 2017

The Beach Boys unearthed more archival material, including dozens of previously unreleased songs, with their two new retrospective sets, 1967 – Sunshine Tomorrow 2: The Studio Sessions and Live Sunshine – 1967. The digital audio collections, available to purchase or stream now, follow the June-issued double-LP, 1967 – Sunshine Tomorrow.

All three of the releases document the group's pivotal post-Pet Sounds period – including sessions for Smiley Smile and Wild Honey, the two 1967 albums they recorded after shelving the famously ambitious SMiLE LP.1967 – Sunshine Tomorrow 2: The Studio Sessions includes 29 studio session recordings, and Live Sunshine – 1967 features 109 live recordings, most of which are previously unreleased.

Highlights from the Studio Sessions set include an a cappella version of "Heroes and Villains," the previously unreleased "Tune L" and outtake "Good News." The live set includes recordings from Hawaii, Detroit, Washington D.C.; White Plains, New York; Pittsburgh and Boston.

The Beach Boys oversaw the creative process for all three collections, which Mark Linett and Alan Boyd co-produced. 1967 – Sunshine Tomorrow included Linett and Boyd's first-ever stereo mix of Wild Honey; the previously unreleased "live" album Lei'd in Hawaii, studio recordings from the Wild Honey and Smiley Smile sessions and concert recordings spanning 1967 to 1970.

The Beach Boys: 1967 – Sunshine Tomorrow 2: The Studio SessionsTrack List

All tracks previously unreleased

1. "Heroes And Villains" - A Cappella
2. "Vegetables" - Track And Background Vocals
3. "She's Going Bald" - Track And Background Vocals
4. "Little Pad" - A Cappella
5. "With Me Tonight" - Session Highlight
6. "Wind Chimes" - Track And Background Vocals
7. "Gettin’ Hungry" - Track And Background Vocals
8. "Whistle In" - Track And Background Vocals
9. "Aren't You Glad - Stereo Single Mix
10. "I Was Made To Love Her" - Track And Background Vocals
11. "Country Air" - Track And Background Vocals
12. "Darlin’" - Track And Background Vocals
13. "I'd Love Just Once To See You" - Track And Background Vocals
14. "Here Comes The Night" - A Cappella
15. "Let The Wind Blow" - A Cappella
16. "How She Boogalooed It" - Track And Stereo Last Verse
17. "Lonely Days" - Session Highlight And Track
18. "Time To Get Alone" - Backing Track
19. "Cool Cool Water" - Alternate Mix
20. "Can't Wait Too Long" - Alternative Mix With Tag
21. "Tune L - Session" - Unreleased
22. "Good News" - Outtake
23. "Surfin' - Lei'd In Hawaii / Studio Backing Track
24. "Heroes And Villains" - Lei'd In Hawaii / Studio Version
25. "With A Little Help From My Friends" - Session Highlight And Track With Background Vocals
26. "Barbara Ann" - Lei'd In Hawaii / Studio Backing Track
27. "California Girls" - Lei'd In Hawaii / Studio Stereo Mix
28. "God Only Knows - Lei'd In Hawaii / Studio Stereo Mix
29. "Surfer Girl" - Lei'd In Hawaii / Studio Stereo Mix - Alternate Take

The Beach Boys – Live Sunshine – 1967 Track List

* = track previously released on 1967 – Sunshine Tomorrow / all other tracks previously unreleased

1. "Heroes And Villains" - Rehearsal / Live In Hawaii / 8/25/67
2. "God Only Knows" - Rehearsal / Live In Hawaii / 8/25/67
3. "Good Vibrations" - Rehearsal / Live In Hawaii / 8/25/67
4. "The Letter" - Rehearsal / Live In Hawaii / 8/25/67
5. "You're So Good To Me" - Rehearsal / Live In Hawaii / 8/25/67
6. "Hawaii - Rehearsal" / Live In Hawaii / 8/25/67
7. "All Day All Night" - Rehearsal / Live In Hawaii / 8/25/67
8. "California Girls" - Rehearsal Take 1 / Live In Hawaii / 8/25/67
9. "Surfin'" - Rehearsal / Live In Hawaii / 8/25/67
10. "Sloop John B" - Rehearsal / Live In Hawaii / 8/25/67
11. "Wouldn't It Be Nice" - Rehearsal / Live In Hawaii / 8/25/67
12. "California Girls" - Rehearsal Take 2 / Live In Hawaii / 8/25/67
13. "The Letter" - Rehearsal / Live In Hawaii / 8/25/67
14. "Hawaii" - Live In Hawaii / 8/25/67
15. "You're So Good To Me" - Live In Hawaii / 8/25/67
16. "Surfer Girl" - Live In Hawaii / 8/25/67
17. "Surfin'" - Live In Hawaii / 8/25/67
18. "Gettin’ Hungry" - Live In Hawaii / 8/25/67
19. "Sloop John B" - Live In Hawaii / 8/25/67
20. "California Girls" - Live In Hawaii / 8/25/67
21. "Wouldn't It Be Nice" - Live In Hawaii / 8/25/67
22. "Heroes And Villains" - Live In Hawaii / 8/25/67
23. "God Only Knows" - Live In Hawaii / 8/25/67
24. "Good Vibrations" - Live In Hawaii / 8/25/67
25. "Barbara Ann" - Live In Hawaii / 8/25/67
26. "The Letter" - Rehearsal / Live In Hawaii / 8/26/67
27. "Hawaii" - Rehearsal" / Live In Hawaii / 8/26/67 [new edit & mix]
28. "You're So Good To Me" - Rehearsal / Live In Hawaii / 8/26/67
29. "God Only Knows" - Rehearsal / Live In Hawaii / 8/26/67
30. "Help Me Rhonda" - Rehearsal / Live In Hawaii / 8/26/67
31. "California Girls" - Rehearsal / Live In Hawaii / 8/26/67
32. "Good Vibrations" - Rehearsal / Live In Hawaii / 8/26/67
33. "Heroes And Villains" - Rehearsal / Live In Hawaii / 8/26/67 [new edit & mix]
34. "Their Hearts Were Full Of Spring" - Rehearsal / Live In Hawaii / 8/26/67
35. "The Lord's Prayer" - Rehearsal / Live In Hawaii / 8/26/67
36. "Hawthorne Boulevard" - Instrumental / Live in Honolulu / 1967 *
37. "Hawaii" - Live In Hawaii / 8/26/67
38. "You're So Good To Me" - Live In Hawaii / 8/26/67
39. "Help Me Rhonda" - Live In Hawaii / 8/26/67
40. "California Girls" - Live In Hawaii / 8/26/67
41. "Wouldn't It Be Nice" - Live In Hawaii / 8/26/67
42. "Gettin’ Hungry" - Live In Hawaii / 8/26/67 [new edit & mix]
43. "Surfer Girl" - Live In Hawaii / 8/26/67
44. "Surfin'" - Live In Hawaii / 8/26/67 [new edit & mix]
45. "Sloop John B" - Live In Hawaii / 8/26/67
46. "The Letter" - Live In Hawaii / 8/26/67 [new edit & mix]
47. "God Only Knows" - Live In Hawaii / 8/26/67
48. "Good Vibrations" - Live In Hawaii / 8/26/67
49. "Heroes And Villains" - Live In Hawaii / 8/26/67
50. "Barbara Ann" - Live In Hawaii / 8/26/67
51. "Barbara Ann" - Live In Detroit / 11/17/67
52. "Darlin'" - Live In Detroit / 11/17/67
53. "Country Air" - Live In Detroit / 11/17/67 *
54. "I Get Around" - Live In Detroit / 11/17/67
55. "How She Boogalooed It" - Live In Detroit / 11/17/67 *
56. "Wouldn't It Be Nice" - Live In Detroit / 11/17/67
57. "God Only Knows" - Live In Detroit / 11/17/67
58. "California Girls" - Live In Detroit / 11/17/67
59. "Wild Honey" - Live In Detroit / 11/17/67 *
60. "Graduation Day" - Live In Detroit / 11/17/67
61. "Good Vibrations" - Live In Detroit / 11/17/67
62. "Johnny B. Goode" - Live In Detroit / 11/17/67
63. "Barbara Ann" - Live In Washington, D.C. / 11/19/67
64. "Darlin'" - Live In Washington, D.C. / 11/19/67
65. "I Get Around" - Live In Washington, D.C. / 11/19/67
66. "Surfer Girl" - Live In Washington, D.C. / 11/19/67
67. "Wouldn't It Be Nice" - Live In Washington, D.C. / 11/19/67
68. "God Only Knows" - Live In Washington, D.C. / 11/19/67
69. "California Girls" - Live In Washington, D.C. / 11/19/67 *
70. "Wild Honey" - Live In Washington, D.C. / 11/19/67
71. "Good Vibrations" - Live In Washington, D.C. / 11/19/67
72. "Graduation Day" - Live In Washington, D.C. / 11/19/67 *
73. "Johnny B. Goode" - Live In Washington, D.C. / 11/19/67
74. "Help Me Rhonda" - Live In White Plains, NY / 11/21/67
75. "Barbara Ann" - Live In White Plains, NY / 11/21/67
76. "Darlin'" - Live In White Plains, NY / 11/21/67
77. "Surfer Girl" - Live In White Plains, NY / 11/21/67
78. "Wouldn't It Be Nice" - Live In White Plains, NY / 11/21/67
79. "God Only Knows" - Live In White Plains, NY / 11/21/67
80. "California Girls" - Live In White Plains, NY / 11/21/67
81. "Wild Honey" - Live In White Plains, NY / 11/21/67
82. "Graduation Day" - Live In White Plains, NY / 11/21/67
83. "Good Vibrations" - Live In White Plains, NY / 11/21/67
84. "Help Me Rhonda" - Live In Pittsburgh / 11/22/67
85. "Barbara Ann" - Live In Pittsburgh / 11/22/67
86. "I Get Around" - Live In Pittsburgh / 11/22/67
87. "Darlin'" - Live In Pittsburgh / 11/22/67 *
88. "Surfer Girl" - Live In Pittsburgh / 11/22/67
89. "Wouldn't It Be Nice" - Live In Pittsburgh / 11/22/67
90. "God Only Knows" - Live In Pittsburgh / 11/22/67
91. "California Girls" - Live In Pittsburgh / 11/22/67
92. "Wild Honey" - Live In Pittsburgh / 11/22/67
93. "Good Vibrations" - Live In Pittsburgh / 11/22/67
94. "Johnny B. Goode" - Live In Pittsburgh / 11/22/67
95. "Graduation Day" - Live In Pittsburgh / 11/22/67
96. "Sloop John B" - Live In Pittsburgh / 11/22/67
97. "Help Me Rhonda" - Live In Boston / 11/23/67
98. "Barbara Ann" - Live In Boston / 11/23/67
99. "Darlin'" - Live In Boston / 11/23/67
100. "Surfer Girl" - Live In Boston / 11/23/67
101. "Wouldn't It Be Nice" - Live In Boston / 11/23/67
102. "God Only Knows" - Live In Boston / 11/23/67
103. "California Girls" - Live In Boston / 11/23/67
104. "Wild Honey" - Live In Boston / 11/23/67
105. "Good Vibrations" - Live In Boston / 11/23/67
106. "I Get Around" - Live In Boston / 11/23/67 *
107. "Sloop John B" - Live In Boston / 11/23/67
108. "Graduation Day" - Live In Boston / 11/23/67
109. "Johnny B. Goode" - Live In Boston / 11/23/67

Mark Linett discusses Sunshine Tomorrow 2and Live Sunshine

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New Beach Boys digital releases round up 1967 live and studio recordings

Pop Culture Safari
8 December 2017

Last summer, the Beach Boys released the excellent 1967: Sunshine Tomorrow double-CD set, which included a gorgeous stereo re-mix of the Wild Honey album and related studio outtakes and live recordings.

Now comes the rest of 1967 via two digital collections. These releases follow in the band's tradition of making available recordings that would otherwise become public domain in Britain. Over there, artistic works become pubic domain after 50 years. That means, unless the artist reasserts rights over the materials, anyone is free to issue them and keep the profits. However, by "publishing" the recordings via official release this way, the Beach Boys/Capitol Records extend their copyrights over them for another 50 years. Plus, we get to hear it all!


Today, The Beach Boys release two new digital audio collections worldwide via Capitol/UMe, revealing much more of the legendary band's pivotal 1967 creative work in the studio and onstage. Following the acclaimed 2CD and digital 1967 – Sunshine Tomorrow collection released in June by Capitol//UMe, 1967 – Sunshine Tomorrow 2: The Studio Sessions presents 29 studio session recordings and Live Sunshine – 1967 features 109 live recordings, most of which are previously unreleased.

1967 – Sunshine Tomorrow, 1967 – Sunshine Tomorrow 2: The Studio Sessions, and Live Sunshine – 1967 dive deep into a fascinating and frenetic chapter in The Beach Boys' long, groundbreaking creative arc, exploring the band's dynamic year through their recordings. The Beach Boys have personally overseen the creative process for the three collections, which are produced by Mark Linnet and Alan Boyd. Pitchfork reviewer Jesse Jarnow praised 1967 – Sunshine Tomorrow as "remarkable," saying, "These recordings make it possible to hear The Beach Boys simultaneously as the moody pop geniuses of Pet Sounds and the fresh-faced surf-rockin' teens from Hawthorne, California."

1967 – Sunshine Tomorrow features Linett and Boyd's new, first-ever stereo mix of The Beach Boys' 1967 Wild Honey album and all three collections throw open the legendary band's vault to debut sought-after rarities, 50 years after they were put to tape. Previously unreleased highlights across the titles include The Beach Boys' shelved "live" album, Lei'd in Hawaii, studio recordings from the Wild Honey and Smiley Smile album sessions, and standout concert recordings spanning 1967 to 1970. Wild Honey's 2017 stereo mix is also available in a 180-gram vinyl 50th Anniversary Edition.

The Beach Boys' final studio session for the shelved SMiLE album took place on May 18, 1967, with Smiley Smile album sessions booked at Brian Wilson's new home studio from June 3 through the end of July. The band's 12th and 13th studio albums were released exactly three months apart to cap the year's studio efforts: Smiley Smile on September 18 followed by Wild Honey on December 18.
For the Smiley Smile sessions, "I wanted to have a home environment trip where we could record at my house," recalls Brian Wilson in the liner notes for 1967 – Sunshine Tomorrow. "I wanted to try something different, something new. I produced Smiley Smile, but Mike inspired me. He said 'Brian, let's make a really good, easygoing album'. We had an engineer convert my den into a studio. We had my piano detuned to make it ring more."

"Just prior to that, Brian had built up this production peak and then just completely reversed field, and (for Smiley Smile) did something so light and airy, and y' know, easy," explains Mike Love. "That was an underground album, I figure, for us. It was completely out of the mainstream of what was going on at that time, which was all hard rock, psychedelic music, and here we come with a song called 'Wind Chimes.' It just didn't have anything to do with what was going on – and that was the idea."

"Times were changing," adds Al Jardine. "We were happy to put our musical skills to work. We didn't have to look at the clock; there was virtually 24-hour availability to experiment."

"Take away their sorrow / Give them sunshine tomorrow"

On August 25 and 26, 1967, The Beach Boys (absent Bruce Johnston, but with Brian Wilson on organ for his first concert appearances with the band in more than two years) recorded two concerts and rehearsals inHonolulu for a prospective live album to be titled Lei'd In Hawaii, applying a new Smiley Smile-inspired aesthetic to the performances. Just over two weeks later, the band (with both Brian and Bruce participating) began re-recording the live set in-studio at Brian's house and at Wally Heider Recording in Hollywood, after the Honolulu concert tapes were deemed unusable. Although completed and mixed, the final planned audio element of a canned concert audience was not added and the Lei'd In Hawaii project was canceled. Those live, in-studio performances morphed into sessions for the Wild Honey album, primarily comprised of originalBrian Wilson/Mike Love compositions.

Two days after wrapping the Wild Honey sessions on November 15th, 1967, Mike Love, Carl and Dennis Wilson, Al Jardine, and Bruce Johnston returned to the road for The Beach Boys' Thanksgiving Tour, premiering several songs from the forthcoming album at their concerts.

Friday, 8 December 2017

Dead Poets Society #59

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Ode To Autumn by John Keats

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run;
To bend with apples the moss'd cottage-trees,
And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells
With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,
And still more, later flowers for the bees,
Until they think warm days will never cease,
For Summer has o'er-brimm'd their clammy cells.

Who hath not seen thee oft amid thy store?
Sometimes whoever seeks abroad may find
Thee sitting careless on a granary floor,
Thy hair soft-lifted by the winnowing wind;
Or on a half-reap'd furrow sound asleep,
Drows'd with the fume of poppies, while thy hook
Spares the next swath and all its twined flowers:
And sometimes like a gleaner thou dost keep
Steady thy laden head across a brook;
Or by a cyder-press, with patient look,
Thou watchest the last oozings hours by hours.

Where are the songs of Spring? Ay, where are they?
Think not of them, thou hast thy music too,—
While barred clouds bloom the soft-dying day,
And touch the stubble-plains with rosy hue;
Then in a wailful choir the small gnats mourn
Among the river sallows, borne aloft
Or sinking as the light wind lives or dies;
And full-grown lambs loud bleat from hilly bourn;
Hedge-crickets sing; and now with treble soft
The red-breast whistles from a garden-croft;
And gathering swallows twitter in the skies.

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Huck Pease RIP

Richard: Sad news from SF. Huck served me my first beer in the Saloon in 1992 and I’ve been back to see him every year since.

RIP Huck.

Photo: Annie Holland via The Saloon/Facebook

Huck Pease, Longtime Saloon Bartender, Has Passed Away

Joe Bonadio
Saturday 3 June 2017
by Joe Bonadio

Huck Pease, longtime bartender of The Saloon in North Beach, San Francisco's oldest bar, passed away on Friday, June 2nd of pancreatic cancer. He was 63 years old.

A native of New England, Pease moved to San Francisco in 1974, and began bartending at the Saloon in 1984. Well-known and loved in the neighborhood, he never failed to make a strong impression, on customers and coworkers alike.

Shane Sadoski, a fellow Saloon barkeep who began working with Pease nearly two decades ago, presided over a crowd at the bar on Friday afternoon as friends of Pease gathered to pay their respects.

Behind the bar, a makeshift shrine featured a photo of Pease taken at Yosemite just weeks before his death. Originally scheduled for August, the trip—one of Pease's final wishes—was moved up when his illness progressed more quickly than anticipated. Alongside the photo was a shot of the tequila that Pease so enjoyed.

"Huck's energy, that's what I'm going to remember. He was always bouncing to the music, constantly. He'd pour drinks to the music," Sadoski told us. "Huck loved to party, you know. His morning was 7 at night. He'd have a shot of Jose Cuervo right off the bat, sometimes even before hello!"

"He liked to put on the song 'Dreams' from the Allman Brothers to start the night." (Aptly, band leader Gregg Allman passed away just six days before Pease.)

Ethan Saint, who lives upstairs from The Saloon, has similar memories. "Huck just never seemed to get tired of it," he said. "It was like seeing a 22-year-old kid, fresh on the job."

A testament to the bartender's energy, Pease worked his last shift on May 6th, a Saturday night less than a month before his death.
The Saloon. | Photo Dan Deluca/Flickr

Brian Stoner, a Saloon regular who has known Pease since 1998, marveled at the effect the bartender had on people. "I've seen tourists come back 10 years later to see him. I've literally seen kids whose parents came here 20 years ago come in looking for the cool bartender with the ponytail who served their folks."

"He was such a positive person, with just an amazing personality," Stoner told us. "He sort of came to embody the character of the place."

Hoodline was lucky enough to interview Pease in March of this year; you can read the piece here. When he spoke to us, Pease may have said it best: "Any monkey can pour a drink. It's dealing with the customer, and making sure the bar runs smooth, and people have a good time. That's the hard part."

You'll be missed, Huck.

Monday, 4 December 2017

Los Lobos in Auburn

Last night Los Lobos played their smallest gig in 30 years at the Auburn Event Centre in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. A crowd of about 250 were able to see the perfect warm up show for Saturday’s Fillmore concert, including your lucky UK correspondent, who at the time of writing is en-route to San Francisco to see that show.

It was a long day / night starting way too early in the award-winning Moonraker brewery in Auburn. But that’s another story...

Richard Perdik

Picture L-R:
Conrad Lozano, Louie Perez, Steve Berlin and David Hidalgo of Los Lobos

Friday, 1 December 2017

Dead Poets Society #58

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Pickin Em Up and Layin Em Down by Maya Angelou

There's a long-legged girl
in San Francisco
by the Golden Gate.
She said she'd give me all I wanted
but I just couldn't wait.
I started to
Pickin em up
and layin em down,
Pickin em up
and layin em down,
Pickin em up
and layin em down,
gettin to the next town

There's a pretty brown
in Birmingham.
Boys, she little and cute
but when she like to tied me down
I had to grab my suit and started to
Pickin em up
and layin em down,
Pickin em up
and layin em down,
Pickin em up
and layin em down,
getting to the next town

I met that lovely Detroit lady
and thought my time had come
But just before I said "I do"
I said "I got to run" and started to
Pickin em up
and layin em down,
Pickin em up
and layin em down,
Pickin em up
and layin em down,
getting to the next town

There ain't no words for what I feel
about a pretty face
But if I stay I just might miss
a prettier one some place
I started to
Pickin em up
and layin em down,
Pickin em up
and layin em down,
Pickin em up
and layin em down,
getting to the next town