Sunday, March 30, 2008

More Jazz

Tonight's selection: some seriously propulsive hard bop featuring Archie Shepp, tenor saxophone; Ken Werner, piano; Santo di Briano, bass; John Betsch, drums.



Here's more le jazz hot with the Archie Shepp Quartet (Massimo Farao - piano, Wayne Dockery - bass, Bobby Durham on drums) from an October 2002 appearance in Paradiso Perduto, Venice.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Tonight - March Madness Psychotronix Film Festival

We're baaaaaaack. . .

For you KFJC Psychotronix Film Festival recidivists - and you know who you are - we return to the infamous Room 5015 of Foothill College in Los Altos for yet another hit of bad pop culture acid tonight! While the show starts at 7:00 pm, get there early, as we, like The Who in 1967, 'sell out'.

March Madness KFJC Psychotronix Film Festival
Room 5015, Foothill Community College campus, March 22, 7:00 to 11:30 PM
Bring five bucks for admission and two bucks for hungry campus parking meters

For more info: check out the following blurbs that preceded last December's holiday abomination:

San Jose Metro

Website of KFJC 89.7

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Big Eyed Beans From Venus

Some folks like the syrupy smarm of Kenny G - just why I don't know! Mr. Blogmeister likes Captain Beefheart.



Don Van Vliet, a.k.a. Captain Beefheart, merged protean elements from a dozen musical genres and collaborated with the brave musicians of his Magic Band to create brilliant, uneasy, startling, seething, challenging, jagged, complex, melodic while cacophonous, polyrhythmic, powerful and most of all, original music from 1965 to 1982; at that point he abandoned the pothole-filled roads of showbiz - in the Captain's words, "there ain't no Santa Claus on the evening stage" - to pursue a less stressful (and very likely much happier) career as a visual artist.



The Revenant Records five-CD Beefheart box set, Grow Fins, compiles amazing aural artifacts while including a 112 page history of The Cap'n And The Magic Band which is better and stranger than fiction.







Here's the excellent 1997 BBC documentary on this innovative auteur of paint, pencil and sound.




We shall close with a few paintings by Mr. Van Vliet. The same imagination, boldness and originality rampant in his music animates his work on canvas. There's a approach to color unlike anyother visual artist.










Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Another Under-rated 1960's Rock Band

Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac, the quintessential British blues-rock juggernaut - Peter Green, Danny Kirwan, Jeremy Spencer, John McVie (bass) and Mick Fleetwood (drums) - in their brief blaze of glory.





Oh Well. . .


Sunday, March 02, 2008

Sonny Sharrock (1940-1994)

As an answer to the dare, "name a virtuoso electric guitarist not named Jimi Hendrix", here's a clip of Sonny Sharrock, from a 1988 Knitting Factory performance.