I've got so much I want to cover in just a short period of time... it's crazy!
This past weekend, after some conversing with friends up in the Boston area, I hopped on
the Fung Wah bus (the absolute CHEAPEST way to get up there) to play a few impromptu gigs with
a band that was in need of a singer. Formerly, the Speakeasys, and now playing as the Adaptables,
these three gentlemen, Rory, Eric and Chri,s are pretty bad-ass, with nasty guitar up front
and extremely put together rhythm section rounding it out. So I have been toying with the idea
of getting behind me. We played a joint in Somerville, Bull McCabe's, which the last time I played
there was called Tir Na Nog.
Anyway, we threw down as hard as we could, and even though I was a bit out of shape as far
as being the front man, I still think I held on tightly enough to deliver. Like I said, these
dudes were pretty bad-ass. The next day saw us in Salem, Mass. which is a pretty hip little
town. Even though it doesn't have the hype or music history of Asbury Park, I'd still put them
together. Both seaside towns where the music really matters. Both Fridays and Saturdays will
find live music matinees that are packed with audiences getting down pretty hard. So, yes, Saturday
was pretty ridiculous, too, and we've decided to do a couple more gigs this weekend. I have
a feeling that we may be on to something...
Ok, Cavalier Rose, featuring Jersey drumming starlit (hee hee) Sarah Tomek, who you may remember
from Days Awake, well, anyway, they played a spot over at the coolest club in lower Manhattan,
Le Poisson Rouge. I dropped in not only because I like Sarah, but I figure it's kind of a hat
trick lately with former Days Awake members stepping up with new projects. Eric Safka plays
keys with Matt O'Ree and is doing his share of touring (nicely done). Jeremy Korpas is now based
in San Francisco engaged in Bay Area Stoner Rock with Big Light, who've gotten some nice attention
from Relix Magazine and at SXSW (good on him). So now, Sarah's got her thing up and running
and with the heavy beats, the powerhouse bass, the screaming Jimi-esque guitars and that little
chick howling between Portishead and the cooler moments from (dare I say it) 4 Non Blondes.
My only description is this: these kids are Burly. Catch them hopefully before the soundman
steps out to smoke something...
This weekend, other than depriving myself from sleep on the Fung Wah bus from Chinatown,
I will be joining my good friend Stu Coogan as a guest DJ on his radio show on Sunday nights
called "Box of Blues". He's there every week from 10 'til midnight, as well as weekdays from
7-11pm. I'll be on the air with him, playing a few tunes and spinning some tracks, and I am
really looking forward to it!
Anyway, I recently was curious about his career and asked him how he first got into radio...
"The funny thing is... after working in a "cube farm" for over over 22 years
and having vowed to never return to the halls of higher learning back in 1980, I was presented
with an opportunity to return to school "on the cuff" and chose to do it at Brookdale cc.
"I wanted to try and develop some audio tech & musical knowledge and BCC was
convenient, awesome campus, and had the best radio station in the area! So, in the curriculum
I noticed a radio class was available. I grew up when radio was a really magical mode of communication
and presentation of news and music... and oh! the music!
"Don't want to date myself, but I tell you this, watching and listening to
the evolution of music during my lifetime has been one of my greatest joys, and for me that
took place on the radio and in the record stores. That was really our only means to consume
it then. TV rarely played "good music" and of course no inet, iPod, i i i i i ...
"Anyway, I can remember, as a kid, I used to sit and wait for the top forty
show and hang on the countdowns to #1 for the week, taking my mom's cheesy mono mic tape recorder
and hang it over the radio to tape a Scott Muni Beatles special on WNEW, or in HS hate to go
into class until I heard Dave Herman's old new borrowed and blue segment. Pete Fornatle and
the nightbird Alicen Steele. Wow, she was a voice you could fall in love with and always had
the best tunes... but you see where I'm comin' from.
"So, I take the radio class and had Cheryl Cummings for an instructor and
she made the class fun and had some terrific insights into radio. She encouraged participation
at the on campus station WBJB and I vowed this time around I would enjoy school and get my hands
dirty. So I volunteered for whatever came up and was lucky enough to land a few weekend overnights
and the rest, as they say, is history...
"So there you go!"
Anyway, hope you enjoyed this little edition. Since I am heading back up to Boston this weekend,
I should have some video and photos to post here next week.
Take care, and feel free to get in touch!