Saturday, January 30, 2010

Can you see her tantrum? Smith College Campus School's First Graders present Poems and Portraits at A.P.E. in Northampton

The APE Gallery on Main St. in Northampton has a new exhibit up that's very entertaining and well conceived. Here are a few examples.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Jim Neill's Jukebox on 93.9 The River - Show # 4 - January 27, 2010 Playlist

  1. Mutton Birds – Green Lantern (New Zealand)
  2. Ron Sexsmith – Hands of Time
  3. REM – Me In Honey (with Cindy Wilson of B52s
  4. Downy Mildew – Left Foot Down
  5. Cheap Star- You Got It All (Jon Auer of Posies, Big Star)
  6. Sun Kil Moon – Neverending Math Equation (Modest Mouse)
  7. Getaway Cruiser – I Didn’t Know
  8. Sonos – Everything in its Right Place (Radiohead) Silver Chord Bowl 2/7, Iron Horse 2/8
  9. Spoon- Mystery Zone
  10. Wire – Kidney Bingos
  11. Bibio- Ambivalence Ave.
  12. Vetiver- Everyday
  13. Jonatha Brooke – Last Innocent Year
  14. Jon Brion – You Can Still Ruin My Day
  15. Robyn Hitchcock – Goodnight Oslo
  16. Marshall Crenshaw – Cynical Girl (request)
  17. Cheap Star- Pop Music of the Future
  18. Big Star – I’m In Love With A Girl
  19. Evan Dando – Frying Pan (Victoria Williams) (Iron Horse 2/4)
  20. Guided By Voices - Chasing Heather Crazy
  21. Nada Surf – I Like What You Say – (Pearl St. 3/31)
  22. Lisa Mitchell – Coin Laundry
  23. Michael Penn – Weeds (Victoria Williams)
  24. Laura Veirs – Parisian Dreams Iron Horse 2/14
  25. Lyle Lovett – Acceptable Level of Ecstasy (request)
  26. Magic Numbers – Crazy in Love (Beyonce)
  27. Tomorrow – My White Bicycle (Steve Howe guitar)
  28. The Byrds – Why
  29. Mutton Birds – Last Year’s Shoes
  30. Noah and the Whale – Blue Skies
  31. The Sundays – Don’t Tell Your Mother
  32. Why? – Close to Me
  33. Matthew Sweet – This Moment (Victoria Williams)
  34. Throwing Muses – Two-Step
  35. The DBs – Darby Hall – (non-LP B)
  36. The Mamas and the Papas – Make Your Own Kind of Music (LOST)
  37. Tinted Windows – Nothing To Me (Taylor Hanson/Hanson, James Iha/Smashing Pumpkins, Bun E. Carlos/Cheap Trick Adam Schlesinger/Fountains of Wayne)
  38. Presidents of the USA – Loose Balloon
  39. Gavin Castleton – Coffeelocks
  40. Pylon – Altitude
  41. Kevin Ayers – Stranger in Blue Suede Shoes
  42. Mayer Hawthorne – Just Ain’t Gonna Work Out (Pearl Street 3/6)

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Vetiver, Happy Birthday, Asa Irons at Grey Matter Books in Hadley on Sunday at 8PM

Grey Matter Books at 47 East Street in Hadley presents a stellar musical bill on Sunday night (1/24) with a couple Sub Pop bands; SF's remarkable and engaging Vetiver, along with Brattleboro's Happy Birthday plus Asa Irons of J Mascis's Witch and Feathers, with rumors of a special guest, and I have no idea who it might be. Last time Vetiver played the Iron Horse Devendra Banhart joined them. This is one of those "I wish I'd been there" gigs so carpe diem music freaks and geeks. $10 413-387-0260. Here's the video for Vetiver's new song "Everyday," which I played this past Wednesday on the Jukebox on 93.9 The River.

Here's the link to the video for those reading this on Facebook.
Here are some pix I shot last Saturday on my first field trip to Grey Matter Books which yielded some amazing anatomy texts from the 19th century.
I covet this projector and have a big white wall in my apartmemty hungry for cinema. Posters on Grey Matter's walls.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Jim Neill's Jukebox on 93.9 The River, Wednesdays from 7-10PM. Playlists for first two shows:

Jim Neill's Jukebox # 1 on 93.9 -The River -1/6/2010 7-10PM

Atlas Sound- Walkabout

Stereolab- French Disko

Inara George- No Poem

School For The Dead- Something…

Presidents of the USA- Loose Balloon

St. Vincent- Laughing with a Mouth of Blood

Girl Brothers (Wendy & Lisa)- Love and Trouble

Luna- Sideshow By The Seashore

Abra Moore- Sugareet

Radney Foster/Abra Moore- I’m In

Sneetches- She May Call You Up Tonight

Tristeza- Golden Hill

Lou Reed- Coney Island Baby

Todd Rundgren- Boat on the Charles

Kooks- Young Folks (PB&J Cover)

Jazz Butcher- Sweetwater

Sun Kil Moon- Neverending Math Equation

Magnetic Fields- 100,000 Fireflies

Nada Surf- I Like What You Say

NRBQ- Ain’t It Alright

Robert Plant- Black Dog

Pink Floyd- Oh By The Way

Roy Harper- Tom Tiddler’s Ground

Lisa Mitchell- Coin Laundry

Volcano Choir (Bon Iver)- Island, IS

Bows- Big Wings

Urban Species- Listen

Robyn Hitchock- Surfer Ghost

Mark Kozelek- You Ain’t Got A Hold On Me (AC/DC)

Crooked Fingers- Twilight Creeps

Dennis Crommett- Friend To Me

Magic Numbers- Crazy in Love (Beyonce)

Noah and the Whale- Blue Skies

Bill Callahan- My Friend

Hope Sandoval- Blanchard

Hugo Largo- Fancy (Kinks)

John Martyn- Glory Box (Portishead)

Jim Neill’s Jukebox #2 1/13/2010

Lloyd Cole and the Commotions- Charlotte Street

John Cale- Paris 1919

Pell Mell- Nothing Lies Still Long

Edward Sharpe - Desert Song

Hector Zazou- I’ll Strangle You

Northern State- Better Already

Nada Surf- Inside of Love

Rogue Wave- Lake Michigan

The Stranglers- The Raven

St. Vincent- Laughing with a Mouth of Blood

Blood Sweat and Tears- Sometimes in Winter

The Acorns- Antenna

Most Serene Republic- Heavens to Purgatory

Zombies- Rose For Emily

Lemonheads- Beautiful

Liz Phair- Somebody’s Miracle

Crooked Fingers- Twilight Creeps

Jonathan Richman- Girlfriend

Hope Sandoval +Warm Inventions- Blanchard

Tunng- People Folk

Thom Yorke - All For The Best (Mulcahy cover)

Kraftwerk- Man-Machine

Dananana Aykroyd- Black Wax

Lisa Mitchell- Coin Laundry

Bran Van 3000- Everywhere

Paolo Conti- Dean’s Bean’s pick

Stephen Malkmus- Jenny and the S Dog

The Frames- Falling Slowly

Big Star - ST100/6

Broken Social Scene/Emily Haynes- Backyards

Roy Harper - South Afrtica

Lush - Sweetness and Light

Fever Ray- I’m Not Done

William Orbit- Metamorphosis

Wire - Outdoor Miner

A new Northampton-based novel, "I Thought You Were Dead" by Peter Nelson, due out in April. Book trailer with Hugo's photo.

I finagled an advance copy of Peter Nelson's new book "I Thought You Were Dead" today and hope to read it by the end of the weekend whereupon I'll do a review. Blurb: "Pete Nelson is the author of several books, including Left for Dead. He is also a singer-songwriter with a select but devoted following. He is not, however, the Pete Nelson who writes books about tree houses, although he has nothing against them. He lives in Westchester County, New York."

For Paul Gustavson, a hack writer for the wildly popular For Morons series, life is a succession of obstacles. His wife has left him, his father has suffered a debilitating stroke, his girlfriend is dating another man, he has impotency issues, and his overachieving brother invested his parents' money in stocks that tanked. Still, Paul has his friends at Bay State bar, a steady line of cocktails, and a new pair of running shoes (he’s promised himself to get in shape). And then there’s Stella, the one constant in his life, who gives him sage advice, doesn’t judge him, and gives him unconditional love. However, Stella won’t accompany Paul into his favorite dive bar. "I'll roll on dead carp, I'll even eat cat turds, but that place grosses me out." Stella, you see, is Paul's aging Lab-shepherd mix, and she knows Paul better than he knows himself.

In I Thought You Were Dead, author Pete Nelson delivers a novel that is all at once heartwarming, heartbreaking, and heart-wrenchingly funny. Most of all, it’s a story that proves that when a good dog is by your side—especially one with whom you can have an engaging conversation—life can be full of surprises.