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Thursday, July 19, 2012

I'M THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN

And so we come to another friday. As I get older, the days rush past so fast I really am not sure where they all go. A couple of nights ago we had a scene of extreme surreality as my 83 year old mother-in-law sat with us as we watched the new Gonzo Captain Beefheart DVD, followed by a documentary about Wild Man Fischer. Truly my life gets odder, but enough of my digressions and on with the show:

I have been a Yes watcher for many years and find the complex interpersonal dynamics within the band absolutely fascinating. This latest interview with Steve Howe just adds to the confusion but offers some valuable insights. I have also just noticed that I can sing the first like of this paragraph to the tune of Wild Man Fischer's 'Derailroaded'. Goodness me.
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/yes-steve-howe-talks-inter-band.html

It is very gratifying to see such good reviews of Merrell Fankhauser. I have to admit that I had only vaguely heard of him until I first started doing Gonzostudd back in March (Golly, has it really been four months?) but I am rapidly becoming a fan. I am also presently editing a video for the title track of his new album, but he is a really nice guy and it is an honour and a pleasure to work with him.
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/link-merrell-fankhauser-review_19.htm

Michael Des Barres' new album 'Carnaby Street' is one of my favourite albums of the year. Together with Jack White's first solo album it takes musical styles that I grew up with, and that I have listened to all my life, and reinvents them for the 21st Century. No mean achievement. 'Carnaby Street' is getting rave reviews all over the world, like this one from Portugal..
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/michael-des-barres-great-portuguese.html

There was an in-joke amongst various New Wave ensembles that they were 'Big in Japan'. There was even a band (starring the immortal Bill Drummond) with that name. I think that Erik Norlander should form a band called 'Huge in Portugl', because for the second time in two days I am posting a rave review translated from the Portuguese (and for the second time in two days I have spelt 'Portuguese' properly). Manter-se nos irmãos e irmãs de balanço
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/erik-norlander-another-great-portuguese.html

I very much enjoyed watching Tony Hawks' first DVD the other night. Anyone who is stupid enough to go off around Ireland with a fridge (and then go and do it all again so he could make a film about it) is OK by me. He now has another film out, (which I have on DVD and will be watching soon) and I have great pleasure in bringing you a story all about it:
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/link-tony-hawks-film.html

And now it is apparantly a once a year event, when the lovely and multi-talented Helen McCookerybook (and, BTW, I have not forgotten that I need to do a review of her excellent book, but I have been in a particularly strange place recently, and not up to academia) does a bunch of CD reviews. And these aforementioned reviews provide an insight into her own work!
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/link-helen-mccookerybooks-cd-reviews.html

Well boys and girls, that is about it for today. My Mens Sano in Corpore Whatsit is better than it was, although still not at its optimum condition, so I shall probably take the rest of the day off and do nothing much..

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