Wednesday, April 8, 2009

David Vest on Sun Ra....MHCC Hears Public on the KMHD Deal Weds Night. Peeps On a Pole? Bob Dylan on the Prez!

At the meeting of the Mount Hood Community College Board Wednesday night, they did not approve the transfer of KMHD operations to OPB…but they hadn't planned to. They heard from around 20 speakers including OPB's Steve Bass and the head of the OPB board. Approval may come at their next meeting. Insiders say it may be a done deal already. Not a bad thing.

I will have a full report tomorrow...I'm just behind.


I wanted to mention the pathetic on-air outcry from one of KMHD's "toxic assests." In real broadcasting, if someone is going to have their show taken away, they are not allowed to be on the air after they find out.

I was doing network talk a while back and the guy who was on before me was notified that it was to be his last show. Unfortunately, management let him know before he did his show. He wailed and weeped and dissed management and begged listeners to save his show. Of course, it was futile and humiliating.

A similar thing happened to me when I was doing a talk show on 620am before it was KPOJ. Luckily, the GM knew I was a pro and wouldn't be dumb enough to jepardize my future in broadcasting, so he let me continue to do the show FOR THREE MONTHS after I knew I was going to be replaced by free network programming.

I did it, signed off with some dignity and that was that. That's what pros do.

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Below you will find the first couple hours of my KMHD show from last week. As I have mentioned before, David has become totally immersed (might say obsessed) with and in Le Sun Ra, Sonny Blount, the man who….well listen and let David tell you.

While his appearance at the Paul deLay Scholarship Benefit show at the Aladdin last Sunday wasn't exactly like the premiere of Rite of Spring there were moments of "WTF IS this?" when he was playing Ra.

The most astounding moment of the evening came when he started Ra's Love From Outer Space and morphed into Champion Jack DuPree's Shim Sham Shimmy. Positively heart-stopping, brain-confounding and at the same time making you (well me) laugh right out loud.

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Yes, Jesus Presley is doing their annual Easter show this year, at Dante's on….Easter Sunday. Tony says he'll have a "marshmallow peeps eating contest, bobbing for Easter eggs, a visit from the Naughtiest Easter Bunny in the history of Easter, and an evening of music performed by Jesus Presley and Charlie Girl and the Big Package.

Yes, that's a peeps doing a pole dance:

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High Octane Quartet made its debut last night at Mizz Pizz. I wish I could have gone. Tom Garcia is a new saxophonist in town and Ingo Deul was up from L.A. to play. Here's why I wanted to see them. Garcia says:

The High Octane quartet is the coalescence of four very volatile musicians. Whereas some groups form for the sake of creating a homogeneous mass, the High Octane Quartet specifically seeks to emphasize the personality of each musician. While surprise and exploration are key elements of this band, the one thing you can be certain that you will get is the total commitment of these musicians. Buckle up, turbulence is certain.

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In case you missed it, the Dylan had some stuff to say about the Prez and he wasn't messing around too much:

Bob Dylan on Barack Obama

Bill Flanagan: In that song Chicago After Dark were you thinking about the new President?
Bob Dylan: Not really. It’s more about State Street and the wind off Lake Michigan and how sometimes we know people and we are no longer what we used to be to them. I was trying to go with some old time feeling that I had.
BF: You liked Barack Obama early on. Why was that?
BD: I’d read his book and it intrigued me.
BF: Audacity of Hope?
BD: No it was called Dreams of My Father.
BF: What struck you about him?
BD: Well, a number of things. He’s got an interesting background. He’s like a fictional character, but he’s real. First off, his mother was a Kansas girl. Never lived in Kansas though, but with deep roots. You know, like Kansas bloody Kansas . John Brown the insurrectionist. Jesse James and Quantrill. Bushwhackers, Guerillas. Wizard of Oz Kansas . I think Barack has Jefferson Davis back there in his ancestry someplace. And then his father. An African intellectual. Bantu, Masai, Griot type heritage - cattle raiders, lion killers. I mean it’s just so incongruous that these two people would meet and fall in love. You kind of get past that though. And then you’re into his story. Like an odyssey except in reverse.
BF: In what way?
BD: First of all, Barack is born in Hawaii . Most of us think of Hawaii as paradise – so I guess you could say that he was born in paradise.
BF: And he was thrown out of the garden.
BD: Not exactly. His mom married some other guy named Lolo and then took Barack to Indonesia to live. Barack went to both a Muslim school and a Catholic school. His mom used to get up at 4:00 in the morning and teach him book lessons three hours before he even went to school. And then she would go to work. That tells you the type of woman she was. That’s just in the beginning of the story.
BF: What else did you find compelling about him?
BD: Well, mainly his take on things. His writing style hits you on more than one level. It makes you feel and think at the same time and that is hard to do. He says profoundly outrageous things. He’s looking at a shrunken head inside of a glass case in some museum with a bunch of other people and he’s wondering if any of these people realize that they could be looking at one of their ancestors.
BF: What in his book would make you think he’d be a good politician?
BD: Well nothing really. In some sense you would think being in the business of politics would be the last thing that this man would want to do. I think he had a job as an investment banker on Wall Street for a second - selling German bonds. But he probably could’ve done anything. If you read his book, you’ll know that the political world came to him. It was there to be had.
BF: Do you think he’ll make a good president?
BD: I have no idea. He’ll be the best president he can be. Most of those guys come into office with the best of intentions and leave as beaten men. Johnson would be a good example of that. Nixon, Clinton in a way, Truman, all the rest of them going back. You know, it’s like they all fly too close to the sun and get burned.

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For the hell of it, here's Gil Scott-Heron:

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They tell me each night will have food and "possibly drinks that have something to do with the movies shown." Sunday they're showing CB4 and Fear of a Black Hat. Maybe they should serve a Blackhattan.

Full schedule here.

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We did our part to save the economy by doing a west coast tour last month, and as I write this, the DOW is up over 200 points! Coincidence? I don't think so. I believe we've turned a corner here folks. But to make sure we don't get weak kneed and lose faith in our capitalist paradigm, Reptet will be doing a brief east coast tour in early May (gigs listed below).

Sandwiched between these two tours we will be doing a show with punk rock legend and founder of SST Records, Greg Ginn! Mr. Ginn is the founding member of Black Flag - he also was their guitarist & wrote most of their songs. In other words, Henry Rollins would be a nobody without Gregg Ginn. He is also the owner of SST Records (a la The Minutemen, Meat Puppets, Sonic Youth, Husker Du and many others), one of the most influential indie labels EVER. He still owns SST, but is now more of a jazz player and his band is called JamBang...kind of a punk/jazz/jam band kinda deal (check em' out here).

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Hey, I have more but time is running out and I've got to get ready to go to the MHCC Board meeting. Plus I'm working on a project that will blow your mind. More in the near future.

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the high octane shout out - we had a great time last night! I will send you further notice of the next one, whenever that is!


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