Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Sounds of Sundance, Stoopid & Some Other Stuff


Stuff :



My pal Chuck Prophet has annointed me with the news that he'll be performing some tunes in Park City on Friday as part of a Sundance ASCAP Showcase... and for those of ya unable to swing by Sundance this year, I have a semi-exclusive Chuck Prophet demo track that's never been released commercially down below for those who wanna be in the know...

Chuck's also got some music in the soundtrack to a grimly funny, provocative teen angst flick about vagina dentata called Teeth that's screening there this weekend...

Apparently Chuck decided to make the journey to Utah himself to climb
"the mythical mountain where hard-core cinephiles and other Hollywood types dressed in black gobble up movies like handfuls of Goobers and Raisinets. We're looking forward to celebrity snow bunny Blackberry sightings, being locked out of sold out screenings and free parties, not free parties, snaking bathroom lines and to coming home with pockets heaving with knick knacks, and our bags bulging swag
Look for Chuck Prophet this Friday Jan 19th at The Star Bar, 268 Main Street in Park City at 6:00 pm and then for his song during the end credits of Teeth...

Fri. Jan 19, 8:30pm, Racquet Club
Sat. Jan 20, 11:00am, Yarrow (press screening)
Sat. Jan 20, 9:00pm, Tower (Salt Lake City)
Sun. Jan 21, 12:00pm, Eccles
Thu. Jan 25, 11:30pm, Library
Fri. Jan 26, 11:30am, Racquet Club


Teeth On The Web: http://www.teethmovie.com/

Also at Sundance, one of the cooler Texans to ever challenge me to a drinking sesion is Jesse Dayton, and aside from the fact he is unafraid to out guzzle me, he will also be singing in Park City Utah this week,

watch for him at Suede on Tuesday...

Here's a tasty back catalog chestnut from that fine yodeling fool from Beaumont who's likely the biggest , baddest country star that ya never heard of... He's the unlikely anti-hero country punk who actually played with his heros like Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Ray Price and sings like George Jones at the peak of his nocturnal powers...



here's an MP3 from his 1st solo CD on his own Stag records label called Tall Texas Tales...

Jesse Dayton - Arkansas Chrome ( Duct Tape Song )

Other artists mingling and performing in Park City this week include Elliott Sharp, Blessid Union Of Souls, Silversun Pickups, Donovan, Jill Sobule, Two Gallants and many others

Of course I'll be far away back in California, it figures... But i've done the Park City shuffle previously and I'm not sure I ever paid down my credit card debt on that from the last time...

Here's a pic of my get up I wore during a junket to hype the film I was involved with called D.I.Y or Die : How To Survive As An Independent Artist.



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Not a bad lil documentary actually of D.I.Y indie arts scenesters and what motivates 'em.
Designed as a quick & dirty "celebration of the underdog" it deals with why many artists & innovators outside the mainstream do what they do, regardless of a continuous paycheck. Amongst the indie-rati featured are Ian MacKaye of Fugazi, Craig Newmark of CraigsList.com, Ron Asheton of The Stooges, Lynn Breedlove of Tribe 8, Dave Brockie of Gwar , Mike Watt, Richard Kern , Beth Lisick, Lydia Lunch and yep, even lil' ol' me...



It was directed by my old pal Michael Dean, and that's him up there on the left, taking a mock note on his Palm while I jabber out a mock distribution on the cell. In the end we ended up screening as part of the many side fests that parasite off the Sundance hubub, and we made some unique and lasting contacts in the indie cinema world.. as well as met a few freaks & phonies...

Order a spankin new shrink wrapped copy of DIY or Die on DVD here for less than $7...


and here's a chance to listen to the entire 25 meg soundtrack of the film, sans pix of course...

Lately Michael Dean's been busy putting together other documentary projects such as the one the did on Last Exit To Brooklyn author Hubert Selby Jr. as well as working endlessly on his books, and his latest fetish, web audio podcasts...

If yer an mp3 junkie you can hear more of Michael's relentless rants & music over at Clone The Homeless.com

I also recently hooked him up upon mutual requests with my afforementioned pal Chuck, who in addition to music has now entered the realm of book editing for Chronicle Books. He's working on a collection of rock n roll road stories and will likely include a CD, some of which will feature some possible audio tweaking by Mr. Dean.

ya see, it's a small whirled after all...

So anyhow, earlier I said I'd post an exclusive Chuck Prophet track that likely none of y'all have ever heard...

It's sort of a quick one day demo thing he did for some folks awhile back with leftover studio time...

While not the most epic track he's ever cut, it's a quick and dirty taste of what easy rolling pop rawk tuneage the guy can likely churn out in his sleep...

Chuck Prophet - Don't Look At Me That Way


Other tings going down this weekend on the radar screen of my increasingly insular whirled...

Speaking of Chronicle Books, rawk photographer Peter Ellenby recently put together his Every day Is Saturday indie rawk scene overview with many of his cool on the fly pix, a 20+ track CD included and a forward by John Doe. In fact , He'll be in NYC (actually Brooklyn) on Feb 1st at the Hancock Gallery doing a photoshow and book signing in Brooklyn, with a live set by none other than hipster lite rawkin faves Nada Surf...

Nada Surf - If You Leave
(Orchestral Manouevres In The Dark cover )

My friends Miles & Kyle and their band SLIGHTLY STOOPID got to open for Dave Matthews Band a few years back and are eager to do it again this year on Dave's 2007 Summer Tour. They want any fans to go HERE and let Dave's booking agents know how bad you want to see SLIGHTLY STOOPID on the road again with DMB!

To vote on your top 5 choices for Dave's tour openers click the link below!
http://web.davematthewsband.com/07openersurvey/07openersurvey.asp


I had the misfortune to catch a Dave Matthews tour stop last year, and that guy's dull show can use all the help he can get. So vote!

here's a stoopid track that sorta sounds a lot like a Fugs cover to me...

Slightly Stoopid - I Couldn't Get High

and another that is definitely a cover, this one borrowed from Wyclef

Slightly Stoopid - Perfect Gentleman

Along with Slightly Stoopid, I also suggested Matthews try getting Gogol Bordello or even a reunited Van Halen. Matthews stage presence redefined boring for me, and I was likely never was so happy to split some never ending gig than that one...

If yer a diehard fan, I guess you'd be happy that he played for f-ing ever, but as far as show biz value, all the songs sounded the same, the guy barely moved, and didn't even bother to shave or wear anything more exciting than a grey hoodie.

I had no idea why 20,000 people a night clamor to his shows... maybe my lil bro who used to hire him to play his frat keggers in South Carolina could shed some light on his appeal.


all I know is right about now... it's beer thirty, and i gotta go out and get me some of that tasty barley juice...

enjoy the tuneage...

and don't forget to peruse the archives for more tasty pop cultural tidbits








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