It looks as if our resident shaman Jimmy Page is planning a solo tour for 2013. In addition, he is the cover boy for the December 6 issue of RollingStone Mag where it’s titled “Jimmy Page Looks Back.” The interesting sub title states “Led Zeppelin’s leader looks back on his band’s epic ride and sudden, tragic demise-and the shadow it has cast on life ever since.” Food for thought here is “Once you’ve made a bid for power there is no turning back.” And so it is with his emergence with a solo tour for 2013. Since one of my icons has passed away, it is good to know that Magic Man Jimmy Page is still on his path of shamanistic healing with his hypnotic stylings. More on this article and more info on the tour another day. Still hangin at StarBucks in Noho and found out that you cannot go to this place and expect to get a lid replacement for a travel mug that is over 10 years old…DRAT. The travel mug was a gift from our Punk-ish son Joe of the late “Skinflick” band.
NFTF’s Music Maven has made the leap to the new happening place to be…NoHo Arts District! You heard it friends, this place is heating up and has a myriad of fun things to offer up. Actor Harry Hamlin made a recent appearance on Channel 5′s Morning Show where he was promoting his current play “One November Yankee” which just happens to be next door to local fab place to be “StarBucks”. Anyway, during his plug Hamlin made the pronouncement that NoHo Arts District is “THE” happening place to be. He even went so far as to say that “StarBucks” is on the cool map of NoHo. Thank you Harry Hamlin for plugging my new home. This very good play is further enhanced by the riveting talents of Lorretta Switt, best know as the infamous “Hot Lips” Houlahan of MASH fame. People I know that populate NoHo tell me that there are several famous faces that show up in the district from “The Federal” which is an old bank, to “PitFire Pizza”, “Starbucks” and “Skinny’s Lounge”.
It would be really cool to spot Brad Pitt or his wife hanging here or even the many well known dancers that populate the area. When Music Maven used to take class, it was Perry’s Dance Studio in Hollywood with Bobby Banis. Banis would also teach class at Tramaine’s in Studio City, and now Tramaine’s is now in NoHo! Are you getting the picture yet? Yep, lots of funk and swag here in the NoHo Arts District.
Gotta tell ya tho that there is an interesting breed of “creative” types that stroll around here for all to puzzle over.
The Music Maven’s move went smooth and was very blessed to have found all of our pictures of AIM activist, actor, and recording personality Russell Means. When we heard of his passing it was a crushing blow, but we began to remember our times with Means and the great times we shared. While going through our things we also found our letters from him and his “Where White Men Fear To Tread” book which he so thoughtfully autographed. There are a few Ray Bradbury works that were autographed that cannot be located right now which does sadden us. Russell Means is larger than death and will always be with us as he soars with the Great Mystery. Good Bye Russell Means…RIP
Highway Down will soon be celebrating their record release party at a local winery which is a novel idea if we have ever heard of. This talented band is moving on and getting ready to begin touring.
Keep your heads held high friends and keep on keepin’ on.
Manifest Destiny” Gap new Shirts logo Did they take Paul Frank design class to insult the Indians community ?
” The number of Indians who died because of what we called Manifest Destiny has always been
a subject of debate among scholars, but I believe that the majority of informed historians and
anthropologists now agree that between seven million and eighteen million indigenous people
World. By 1924 there were fewer than 240,000 left; their ancestors had been victimized by
centuries of disease, starvation and systematic slaughter…
To my mind the killing of Indians was an even larger crime against humanity than the Holocaust;
not only did it take more lives, but it was a crime committed over centuries that continues in some ways to this day…
But we refuse to think of ourselves as a nation that committed genocide.”
“Songs My Mother Taught Me”, 1994.
If there ever was any doubt about hard rock songstress Patti Smith being able to carry the mantle that she once held as rock n’ roll trailblazer it was erased tonight at Amoeba Records in Hollywood. Smith teased her adoring audience with tales of revelry and riot, and what was she doing wearing that jayhawk pen from Hunger Games?
Gotta hand it to Smith, she still rocks hard and is still the master craftswoman when it comes to spinning a tale. In a song from “Easter” she does a Babelogue and in the rant she proclaims that she is a Comanche which explains NFTF’s Music Maven wanting to throw down right then and there and proclaim her as Shaman of Rock. Thank you Amoeba for bring bringing this master song crafter to Hollywood.
During the tuning rehearsal her band played a tasty tidbit called “Ghost Dance” from her breakthrough LP “Easter” from 1988 which sparked all of those Shaman of rock sensations coursing through NFTF’s ever willing rockin’ heart. For those that do not understand Native American lore, there was a Ghost Dance movement in the 1800′s which was driven by a Native American tribesman called Wovaca. This movement spread throughout the Native American population and fueled a movement of rebirth hence the theme “we shall live again. The Ghost Dance movement went from a Miwok tribe in Yosemite, CA to the Plains of the Dakotas.
Smith has not lost her touch and flair for storytelling and the crowd will surely testify to her ability to reach out to the older fans as well as new ones that came with parents and significant others, Smith has managed to transcend any generation gap. Smith’s new work is titled “Ganga” and rather then give a blow by blow account of her abilities as a song crafter, go to iTunes or Amoeba Records and purchase her latest offering as you will be glad you did.
After the show at Amoeba Records NFTF walked up to Cat N’ Fiddle to meet with new friend Nataraj Tribino. NFTF met Tribino at a recent NARIP mixer at Skinny’s Lounge in NoHo. Tribino is a very well known record producer and also a musical talent in his own right. Turns out that he has worked with Smith in the 90′s. Tribino has also worked with Maroon 5. Too much to process in one heck of a night. Safe to say that Tribino will be making a splash of his own pretty soon as he strives to expand his musical horizons. Sorry about the photos as Smith didn’t want us to use flash, hopefully a young fan that was there will send us better photos.
Bright and early NFTF hiked it over to Capitol Records to be sure and find a suitable place to watch John Lennon’s birthday festivities at his Hollywood Walk Of Fame star this day. Wrong, misguided or deluded, we are not sure, but NFTF did mistakenly think that something would be there and there wasn’t even a petal. Magazine’s such as RollingStone felt Lennon’s birthday was worthy of a special collectors issue on him and other releases are anticipated, so how come not even Capitol Records felt motivated to honor his birth? NFTF was able to get a bit of dialogue with the keeper of the gate at the entry and he said that no one usually does anything until the day Lennon died. Hmmm, would that be the day music died that Don Mclean sang about?
What’s the fixation to MOURN a person’s death with celebrations and flowers at his star? Is everyone so tuned into negative feelings such as mourning the loss of someone that there is more of an acknowledgement on the day Lennon was murdered than when he was born? Had Lennon not been born there would not be the body of work to pay homage to him on a daily basis. Had Lennon not been born there would be no death to mourn in such a public manner. When a celebrity passes, it’s proper and fitting to fete the celebrity’s star with flowers, wreaths and pages of poetry. But, how about their birthday?
NFTF finds it galling that Capitol Records has chosen to ignore this day while instead their hallowed entry has a butt load of Beatle memorabilia that could have been put on display for this memorable consumer friendly day. Capitol Records could have made this a very profitable moment in time. Instead they chose to play ignorant, NFTF attempted to talk to them, deaf and dumb. With all the stuff they have, how about opening a mini museum? Or, better yet a museum to all of their talent after all they are historic landmark #18. How do they suppose they got to be like that. Just the architecture alone could not have solely done it.
NFTF’s advice for today is if you want to celebrate John Lennon’s birthday then go to Facebook and look at all of the postings from his fans, fan pages, Julian Lennon, and all other interested parties. Facebook is where the internet is surpassing Capitol Records and leaving the record company in the internet’s dust. NFTF is musing that perhaps this mentality is why the music business is floundering. They cannot get out of the box and color outside of the lines and use what they have to it’s fullest extent.