Sunday, June 25, 2006

Fwd: For his thoughts as paddles served him,

poetry embedded in a spam message....

Begin forwarded message:

From: "Rene.A"
Date: June 25, 2006 9:03:24 AM PDT
To: "Journal"
Subject: For his thoughts as paddles served him,

Whatever you're looking for...

From the land of the White Rabbit! Through the tangle of his whiskers, You will fade away and perish! By the heartless Mudjekeewis. "'T Is enough!" then said Mondamin, Of his tall and graceful figure, Filled with joy was Mudjekeewis Every human heart is human, The hereditary hatred, Where the trail of deer and bison That in even savage bosoms "Who is this that dares to brave me? In the melancholy marshes; Only once he paused or halted, From the kingdom of Wabasso,


Mudjekeewis was Hiawatha's mystical father the West Wind, Spirit Keeper of the West in some Native American tradition -- symbolized by the bear, the cedar tree and soapstone...
In fact evrything in the message seems to come from Longfellow's epic poem...

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Re: Dave Ross Macdonald *#* "Knuckle Brass & Bone"

On Jun 20, 2006, at 10:52 PM, David Ross Macdonald wrote:

Hi Bob
Dave Ross Mac here with a followup howdy to those I posted my the latest release "Knuckled Brass and Bone" to. I trust it arrived OK.
US radio response has been very satisfying with over a 100 additions & 40 stations inviting me in to do 'instudio' performances this Fall which is just fine by me.
Anyways, if you feel this release is good for review then I thank you for time in advance and I will be in touch with my US Fall tour details once the tour is all lined up.

All the best and thanks for your time



Good to hear from you. Hope all is well in your world. I was just thinking about you after listening to your album over the weekend -- my wife and I took a road trip to see my son graduate from college in Santa Cruz and I brought it along. I'd been listening to the record off and on since it came by mail, it's another fine piece of work displaying your talent for songwriting. I was especially glad to see that you included your version of "Waltzing Matilda," which, as you may or may not recall, we discussed briefly when you played it at The Red Radish last time you were in town. It's a song we learned in school as emblematic of Australia and Aussie speak -- with much annotation regarding unknown terms like billabong and tucker bag -- but I had not recognized the social/political side of the story until I heard you sing it as a lament.

On the way home from our trip we had some car trouble, ended up having to stay the night with my old friend Gregg McVicar, who just happens to be a longtime public radio programmer. He currently does a 5-hour-a-day feed called UnderCurrents (<>) that's sent out to a few dozen radio stations across the U.S. - most of them on Indian reservations (via Airos Radio). We had a little ripping session with the CDs I happened to have in the car. He loved yours and will be adding it in rotation. He was particularly taken with "Waltzing Matilda."

One of the reasons I'm sharing all this is because of something that happened when we were in ripping mode. We put your new CD in his computer and it searched Gracenote for track info -- found none. I don't know if this is something you personally would handle, or if it had to do with the fact that the CD you sent was a promo, at any rate, Gregg typed in the track info, then showed me how to upload it, which means anyone else who puts your CD in their computer will get the same info (he uploaded via iTunes I believe). Sounds all well and good, right? Here's the rub: I just slipped my copy of the disc into my computer and viola, the track info came through from Gracenote just as planned -- and just as typed, including a typo -- Gregg inadvertently misspelled Waltzing as Waltzine. Whoops. Don't know if it's something that can be undone. So, be prepared for notes from those who think an Aussie doesn't know the proper spelling of his homeland's most famous song. Feel free to blame it on me. Sorry.

On another note, I see The Waifs are coming back to Arcata for a show at the Van Duzer on August 28. It'll be good to see y'all again. I hope you are coming back this way for the fall solo tour too. Keep in touch...

'til then -- Bob

Monday, June 12, 2006

Green Milk from the Planet Orange

Originally uploaded by Bob's Photo Humblog.
Japanese band coming Wednesday, June 14 to The Alibi with The Monster Women


The Story has begun at the breakup of the Grindcore/Alternative Rock band called "no rest for the dead" which dead k and A joined once. nrftd broke up in November 2000, then A formed a new band called "Cliff 14" with the vocalist. And also, dead k could only make songs and record experimentally in his room for himself because of the term of his musical changing though he started to look for new members. At first, he was into the ambient project called "dk_and_art", however his aim was changed to the Indie Rock soon, he made a plan of "Green Milk from the Planet Orange" around March 2001, then he made and recorded "Switch On" and made a demo CDR which included only it just a song. At that time, A's Cliff 14 had already come to a deadlock though they had made their own demo tape. So, dead k talked with A about a band, then they had a jam session with the current bassist called T, they made sure of each feelings and were in congenial spirits again, and they decided to move GMFTPO forward. They had a jam session again with the bassist called benjian who was dead k's school mate, the first time was not good, but the second was amazing and they were satisfied with it, they decided to begin the band with these 3 guys. And in the beginning of July 2001, this was the grand curtain rise of Green Milk from the Planet Orange.

They were into jam sessions and composition in a while - Their sound style was Space Rock and Jazz/Jazz Rock at that time, but they played the 1st gig in September, also started to make "The Shape of Rock to Come". This work which included re-arranged "Switch On" by them all and the first song called "In the Space, Far Away from This Planet" by them all was spoken well among English/American web-zines and Fanzines.

They played some gigs in Tokyo after that, but they were into the studio for searching their musical aim for a long time. Then, they released "Birth of the Neo Trip" in October 2002 as the answer. This work was also spoken well among zines, so they succeeded to show their evolution.

They kept playing gigs in Tokyo from the end of 2002, but when the year changed to 2003, the problem happened among the members. The bassist changed from benjian to T because of that. And the band visited Milwaukee, USA to record full-length album from the Portland based Experimental record label called Beta-lactam Ring that the band kept talked with. They recorded in Sound-Sound studio with the engineer called Bob Friedman and Tony Scholl (ex-Murder in the Red Barn, now playing with Violent Femmes and the member of Pele), but the work was not finished, so they kept recording for themselves after going back to Tokyo, finally it was all finished at the end of June.

They didn't act much in the latter half of 2003, just making the artwork for the full-length.

They started to play again from the beginning of 2004. They played shows again and again in Tokyo, they shared the stage with Hella(from Sacramento, USA), Melt Banana, Damo Suzuki's Network, Nisennenmondai, Function(from Australia), etc. The full-length CD/Double LP called 'He's crying "Look"' was released from Beta-lactam Ring Records in March - GMFTPO had the release party for this stuff at the club called ERA in Tokyo. And they visited the USA and Canada to tour around the West Coast and Ontario in June and November. It was Just 8 shows in June and 2 shows + 5 shows mini tour with Continental from San Francisco in November. But many people got excited at their playing and had interviews with some medias.

In March 2005, GMFTPO visited Brooklyn, NY to record their new full-length. Paul Mahajan (who recorded Yeah Yeah Yeahs, TV on the Radio, Liars, etc.) produced and recorded all tracks at Headgear studio and Steve Fallone (Strokes, TV on the Radio, Ida, etc.) did the mastering at Sterling Sound, NYC. Paul Mahajan grasped exactly what GMFTPO wanted to express on this full-length - This new stuff became the 1st coming of the NEW WAVE OF PROGRESSIVE ROCK.

GMFTPO played some shows in Brooklyn and Portland, OR, then went back to Tokyo to prepare their 1st long US tour with their new CD - they got the booking agent in the US called Panache Booking. They played some shows around Tokyo in May, then when their new CD called "CITY CALLS REVOLUTION" was released from Beta-lactam Ring Records in the end of May, they went back to the US again. That "CITY CALLS REVOLUTION" tour was started at San Francisco and GMFTPO went down to the south, went to the east, north east, then went back to the west coast. They did the 36 shows in June and July. So many people were excited about their playing. GMFTPO shared the stage with Death Sentence: PANDA!, Silver Daggers, Tender Buttons, Deerhunter, Federation X, New Pornographers, Bunnybrains, Master Musicians of Bukkake, Bill Horist, Friday Group, etc. on that tour.

The Japanese label called Lift got the license from BLR and released "CITY CALLS REVOLUTION" CD in September here in Japan. Now GMFTPO is preparing their next long US tour in October and November. GMFTPO will tell to people there "PROGRESSIVE ROCK IS NOT DEAD"!!

los olvidados + polar state

>> Who are you?

> my name is Alex Jones and i play guitar and sing for los olvidados.
>> I assume it's los olvidados, as in the Luis Bunuel film about
>> what sociologists like to call "youth at risk." Why that name?

> Rey (our drummer) and I are film students and really liked the idea
> of taking the name from Bunuel's film, maybe in small part because
> we knew it was a challenge for most people we know. I really love
> that film; the character relationships and reality of it are unlike
> almost any other film. It just moved me I guess. The film doesn't
> translate to the literal "the forgotten," but "the young and the
> damned," and that seemed just as a good a starting point as any for
> this band.
>> Where are from? (originally/now)

> We are from Moorpark, CA a small town in Ventura County.
>> What do you do?

> I write songs and play guitar and sing.
>> Why do you do what you do?

> I think part of is instinct, part of it is the need to express
> certain ideas or feelings or reactions that I wouldn't be able to
> do without music. I think I am probably a bad communicator and
> music allows me to communicate in alternative ways.
>> What are you working on?

>> Going on our west coast tour, getting ready to record our full
>> length record in July/August.
>> What’s next?

>> The full length being recorded and released, hopefully followed by
>> more touring all over the U.S.
>> When will you be here? With who?

> June 18 at the Alibi with our friends and two of our member's other
> band, Polar State.
>> Who's that?

> they are an indie/experimental pop band along the lines of minus
> the bear, explosions in the sky, nada surf.
>> Anything else you want to add?
> We are very excited to do our first west coast tour and to see
> Arcata. I just watched The Corporation and the scene in Arcata got
> me even more excited.

Friday, June 09, 2006

This came via e-mail yesterday, a photo from Thursday New York Times, which includes me -- and Mike D. who sent it. Are you impressed? I got to shake the Guv's hand -- actually it was hard to avoid -- and ask him a question.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Free the Delegates...

From: "the delegates" <>
Date: June 1, 2006 12:19:21 PM PDT
Subject: Delegates, CD Review, Press Release

Hi Bob, how's it going?

This is Asch from Montreal's The Delegates. I believe you gave us a little write up last time we were in Arcata so I would like to submit our new cd, "The Diary of Hamilton Fish," produced by Mike Trujillo (Leftover Crack, Choking Victim, Osker) and out on Brooklyn's BANKSHOT! Records, for review if you could send me CD submission information.

We have also recently released this cd for FREE, with artwork, online at I would like to know if you could make a mention of this in the review or somewhere in the newspaper. I have pasted the press release below if you could give'er a read and let me know what you think.

Bob says: I like it: the ska sound, the songwriting, the give-it-away-give-it-away-now concept, and the fact that Arcata inspired a song. Is it about Willoughby's dad?

You can get to know The Delegates better at, and

Rock On,
Asch Harwood

Download The Delegates’ The Diary of Hamilton Fish, for Free

Montreal’s The Delegates are excited to announce that Duble Plus Music has re-released their newest album, “The Diary of Hamilton Fish,” for FREE, that’s right, 100% FREE, just like your 1st month’s supply of Viagra, at Duble Plus Music’s website One more time…The New Album, FREE, at The amazing album artwork, created by Sara Martin, can also be downloaded with instructions for printing them out and folding them into your own CD booklet
The Delegates ask that, in return, you tell every single person you know to do the same: Send emails, Post Myspace bulletins, Write blogs about it, Post it on your scene sites, Write it in chalk on the sidewalk, Make posters and put them up, Design hand bills and hand them out, Draw on white t-shirts, Write it on your ass and run naked through the streets, and whatever else you can think of to get people downloading the music.
The release of “The Diary of Hamilton Fish,” is in conjunction with the launch of a fundraising campaign to help raise money for Nata Village. “Nata is a village of 5000 people located on the edge of the Makgadikgadi Plans which suffers from the second highest HIV infection rate in Africa. Every cent of every donation will go directly to the people of the Village to help with everything from mosquito nets to antiviral drugs” (, May 3, 2006).
The Delegates ask that if you have a few bucks sitting around that you might have spent on the album, make a donation to You can read more about this charity on the Duble Plus site while downloading the CD.
The record is the follow up to their self-released debut, 2003's We All Taste The Same, and was produced by Mike Trujillo (Osker, Leftover Crack, Choking Victim) at Succulent Sounds in Highland Park, CA.
You can get the CD and make a donation at You can also get to know The Delegates at and