...BECAUSE SOME OF US THINK THAT THIS STUFF IS IMPORTANT
What happens when you mix what is - arguably - the world's most interesting record company, with an anarchist manic-depressive rock music historian polymath, and a method of dissemination which means that a daily rock-music magazine can be almost instantaneous?

Most of this blog is related in some way to the music, books and films produced by Gonzo Multimedia, but the editor has a grasshopper mind and so also writes about all sorts of cultural issues which interest him, and which he hopes will interest you as well.

Monday, 16 September 2019

RAZ REVIEW

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The Raz Band: #9/#9 Live n’ More
Under the names Raz Nasty, RAZ and now The Raz Band, guitarist and singer Michael ‘Raz’ Rescigno has been releasing music for some 35 years and if you discount a recent best of, then this is, as you’ll no doubt have guessed, his ninth album. Flanked by guitarist Joey Molland of Badfinger (who also produces), The Raz Band are completed by Jeff ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson on drums and Jim Manzo on bass, and between them they play good, honest, boogie infused Rock n’ Roll. Never overtly aggressive, we’re looking at a collection here that harks back to a day when you could dance to a twin guitar band without straining your neck and as such, by modern standards, this could be classed as a little sedate. That doesn’t mean that there isn’t a strong Quo vibe rolling along comfortably on opener “Breadline Love” or that “Coming At You” doesn’t dart intently on a deep groove and popping beat. However, the spiralling guitar work that makes up “Call Me Raz” too quickly moves from classy Cream-lite into something a little more twee, and while the story within the song itself is certainly engaging, the music is less so.

For me, the trouble really begins when The Raz Band strip things back, “The Winds Of Time” laboured in its trudging intention, while “In The Meantime” feels like it has to work very hard to simply stand still. Much better though is the Beatles strum and lament of “Let Me Tell You”, a song clearly delivered from the heart and capable of bringing you willingly along its path. While oddly it’s the garage punk of The Ramones that flits in and out of the straight up rock n’ roll punch of “The Times Together” and you could also imagine the interestingly titled “Nipple Town” suckling on that vibe as well. But when the intro to “Curveball” unintentionally feels like a budget version of “All Right Now” by Free, then things can be a little uncomfortable.
The live bonus disc that comes with physical versions of the album does a much better job of illustrating the authentic energy The Raz Band can have at their disposal. Here four #9 tracks take on new life, with “Coming At You” and “Nipple Town” showing up especially well. The same, for me, can’t quite be said for the staid “The Winds Of Time” but the seemingly small, but enthusiastic crowd certainly feel like they’re enjoying it. Three older tracks also appear, “The Boy” chugging along intently, “Say Ya Love Me” reintroducing the watered down American punk sound “The Times Together” hints at on the main album, whereas “Back In The Shadows” closes the show in possibly the most authentically energetic style shown across either of the two discs contained here.
It would maybe be possible to suggest that The Raz Band are more an outfit for old time rockers than even for those who call the eighties their own. That doesn’t stop #9 and Live n’ More from bringing a smile to your face but it’s hard to shake off the impression that it’s going to be a little tame by some people’s standards.

Track Listing
Disc One
1. Breadline Love
2. I Got This
3. Curveball
4. In The Meantime
5. Coming at You
6. The Winds of Time
7. Let Me Tell You
8. Call Me Raz
9. The Times Together
10. Nipple Town


Disc Two
1. Coming At You
2. Curveball
3. Nipple Town
4. The Winds Of Time
5. The Boy
6. Say Ya Love Me
7. Back In The Shadows

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No. 9
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The Best of RAZ
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Madison Park
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`The Cars` lead singer Ric Ocasek found dead in Manhattan home at 75

THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem

Rob Ayling, yer Gonzo Grande Fromage, writes:

"Thom the World poet is an old mate of mine from way back in my history. Even pre-dating Voiceprint, when I was running "Otter Songs" and Thom's poetry tapes and guest appearances with Daevid Allen, Gilli Smyth and Mother Gong are well known and highly regarded. It just felt right to include a daily poem from Thom on our Gonzo blog and when I approached him to do so, he replied within seconds!!! Thom is a great talent and just wants to spread poetry, light and positive energy across the globe. If we at Gonzo can help him do that - why not?"

MISSING RIC OCASEK
NEVER REALIZED TILL NOW
how many hours playing CARS music
Hit by hit,over and over-
"My best friend's girl""Drive"
"You''re all I've got tonight""Dangerous Type"
"Bye Bye Love""Good Times Roll"
"Just What I Needed"-so i replay their videos
So very stuck in 80s LPs,singles and radio play
And MTV clips of their performances
Sing along to their fine hook line and sinker
Feel the loss of their inventive melodies
Spare a thought of Ric of 75 cycles round one sun
CARS have gone.One driver down...

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Ric Ocasek - Emotion in Motion - Peters Popshow - 1986

Sunday, 15 September 2019

LEONARD COHEN: Stamp of approval



Since his death almost three years ago, there have been myriad honours bestowed upon Leonard Cohen: concert tributes, museum exhibitions, ..

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Leonard Norman Cohen was a Canadian singer-songwriter, musician, poet and novelist. His work often explored religion, isolation, sexuality and personal relationships. Cohen has been inducted into the ..

JON ANDERSON AUTOBIOGRAPHY

... anecdotes about Anderson's early rock bands and how Yes came together after a friend introduced him to fellow founding member Chris Squire.

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Jon Anderson began his career with British pop combo, The Warriors. From here he was briefly a solo artist and went under the name Hans Christian Anderson. Shortly after meeting Chris Squire in 1968, ..

PLAYLIST: 301 – Spiritual Beggars Eponymous 1st


Strange Fruit is a unique two-hour radio show exploring the world of underground, strange and generally neglected music. All shows are themed and all shows set out to give the most hardened of sound-hounds some new delight to sample.

The show is also unique in providing homework for undergraduate students on North West Kent College’s Foundation Degree in Professional Writing (who dig up many of the odd facts featured in the links between tracks).

Neil Nixon, the founder and presenter of the show has released a book about rare albums for Gonzo Multimedia.

The show is broadcast on Miskin Radio every Sunday from 10-00-midnight.


301 – Spiritual Beggars Eponymous 1st

Jonathan Richman:  Since she Started to Ride
Ian Brown:  Stellify
Kameleon Beats vs The Carpenters:  The World Once was Mine
Spiritual Beggars:  Yearly Dying
Sugar:   Feeling Better
Strange Moments:  Detuned
Mary Hopkin:  Lord of the Reedy River
Goldie Hawn:  I’ll be Your Baby Tonight
Boards of Canada:  The Devil is in the Details
Tubby Hayes:  Voodoo
Opus Alfa:  El Hueco di mi Soledad
Spiritual Beggars:  Nowhere to Go
Twinkle:  Poor  Old Johnny
Stonehenge Men:  Big Feet
Pat Boone:  Enter Sandman
J Churcher:   How it Ends
The Kim Sisters:  Try to Remember
The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black:  You Sley Me
Matt Berry:   Music for Insomniacs pt3
Bat for Lashes:  Deep Sea Diver
Spiritual Beggars:  Magnificent Obsession
Joey Heatherton:  Growing up is Learning to Say Goodbye


THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem

Rob Ayling, yer Gonzo Grande Fromage, writes:

"Thom the World poet is an old mate of mine from way back in my history. Even pre-dating Voiceprint, when I was running "Otter Songs" and Thom's poetry tapes and guest appearances with Daevid Allen, Gilli Smyth and Mother Gong are well known and highly regarded. It just felt right to include a daily poem from Thom on our Gonzo blog and when I approached him to do so, he replied within seconds!!! Thom is a great talent and just wants to spread poetry, light and positive energy across the globe. If we at Gonzo can help him do that - why not?"


SINGULARITY,PLURAL
WE ARE USED TO ROBOTS IN CARS
Some still with a human "minder"
We are used to robot astronauts-
sent like cameras to drone Mars landscapes
But when robots become doctors ,lawyers and priests
We lose our three civilian stabilities
Already robo -drones rule the military
They bomb over distances,destroying evidence of humanity
Recently,a whole island was blanket bombed
because it was said ISIS was there.We only saw explosions.
No evidence of any human beings-nor"terrorists"
Amazon has contracts to supply your data to governments
Your privacy is their surveillance footage.
Are you married to Amazon?Ask their robot delivery
Drones @your door in 60 seconds...BLESS YOUR HEART!

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Govind Bolo Hari Gopal Bolo | Popular krishna Bhajan 2019 | गोविंद बोलो हरि गोपाल बोलो

Being Sunday I always post sacred music. The name of the deity may change, or even the deity Him/Herself but the spirit remains the same.

Friday, 13 September 2019

Gonzo Weekly #355/6

Gonzo Weekly #355/6
THE ELFIN ISSUE
http://www.gonzoweekly.com/
This phantasmogorical phaerie issue pheatures: Kev tracks down Elfin Bow somewhere in phaerieland, we hear abour airborne animal rescue from PAART, Steve Andrews eulogises David de Rothschild, we go Crossing the Tyne with Emerald Stone, Doug goes to see the legendary B52s, Alan visits Surplus People, Graham tells us all about the forthcoming Hawkwind album, we visit The Netherlands for the True Music Guide, and believe it or not, Jon praises...wait for it...Taylor Swift.
Groovy eh?
Hail Eris!
And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney and Friday Night Progressive AND Strange Fruit, there are columns from Kev Rowland and Mr Biffo, C J Stone, and Roy Weard, but Neil Nixon and the irrepressible Corinna are on hiatus. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and antichinuses who have lost their shoes (OK, nothing to do with tiny marsupials who are searching for their footwear, but I got carried away with things that rhymed with OOOOS) than you can shake a stick at. And the best part is IT's ABSOLUTELY FREE!!!
This issue features:
Taylor Swift, Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, Sinead O'Connor, Asia, Peter Hook, Jessica Hook, Melanie S Jane, Emerald Stone, Pittsburgh Aviation Animal Rescue Team, Richard Freeman, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Lavrentis Machairitsas, Camilo Blanes Cortés, Volodymyr Havrylovych Luciv, Jimmy Ray Johnson, Kylie Rae Harris, LaShawn Ameen Daniels, Les Adams, Laurent Sinclair, Adiss Harmandian, Terrance William Dicks, Donald Ray Fritts, Dan Warner, Rick Wakeman, Gerry Beckley, The Waterson Family, The Fall, Richard Wright and Dave Harris-Zee, Chasing the Monsoon, David de Rothschild, Doug Harr, B-52's, Alan Dearling, Surplus People, Nukli, Astralasia, Spacedogs, Dream Machine, Deviant Amps, AOS3, Shom, Sendelica, Captain Starfighter, Lockheeds, Lacertilia, Kev Rowland, Elfin Bow, Tony Klinger, Spock's Beard, Abhorrent Deformity, Omenfilth, Orange Goblin, Ordo Ignis Dei, Violation Wound/Cliterati, Hawkwind, Martin Springett, Christiaan Bruin, Skylake, Hasse Fröberg, HFMC, Jolly, Inventions
And the last few issues are:
Issue 353-4 (Melanie S Jane)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-353-4.html
Issue 351-2 (Royal Affair)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CE…/gonzo-351-2-fvxuatzgf.html
Issue 349-50 (Experimental Sonic Machines)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-349-50.htm
Issue 347-8 (Gary Duncan)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-347-8.html
Issue 345-6 (RDF)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-345-6.html
Issue 343-4 (Auburn)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-343-4.html
Issue 341-42 (America)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-341-2.html
Issue 339-40 (Kev Rowland)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-339-40.html
Issue 337-38 (Zee)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-337-8.html
Issue 335-36 (Raz)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-335-6.html
Issue 333-34 (Nepal)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-333-4.html
Issue 331-32 (Scott Walker)
https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-331-2.html
All issues from #70 can be downloaded at www.gonzoweekly.com if you prefer. If you have problems downloading, just email me and I will add you to the Gonzo Weekly dropbox. The first 69 issues are archived there as well. Information is power chaps, we have to share it!
You can download the magazine in pdf form HERE:
http://www.gonzoweekly.com/pdf/
SPECIAL NOTICE: If you, too, want to unleash the power of your inner rock journalist, and want to join a rapidly growing band of likewise minded weirdos please email me at jon@eclipse.co.uk The more the merrier really.
* The Gonzo Daily is a two way process. If you have any news or want to write for us, please contact me at jon@eclipse.co.uk. If you are an artist and want to showcase your work, or even just say hello please write to me at gonzo@cfz.org.uk. Please copy, paste and spread the word about this magazine as widely as possible. We need people to read us in order to grow, and as soon as it is viable we shall be invading more traditional magaziney areas. Join in the fun, spread the word, and maybe if we all chant loud enough we CAN stop it raining. See you tomorrow...
* The Gonzo Daily is - as the name implies - a daily online magazine (mostly) about artists connected to the Gonzo Multimedia group of companies. But it also has other stuff as and when the editor feels like it. The same team also do a weekly newsletter called - imaginatively - The Gonzo Weekly. Find out about it at this link: www.gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.co.uk
* We should probably mention here, that some of our posts are links to things we have found on the internet that we think are of interest. We are not responsible for spelling or factual errors in other people's websites. Honest guv!
* Jon Downes, the Editor of all these ventures (and several others) is an old hippy of 60 who - together with a Jack Russell called Archie, an infantile orange cat named after a song by Frank Zappa, three other cats, one totally coincidentally named after one of the Manson Family, purely because she squeaks, puts it all together from a converted potato shed in a tumbledown cottage deep in rural Devon which he shares with various fish. He is ably assisted by his lovely wife Corinna, his elderly mother-in-law, and a motley collection of social malcontents. Plus.. did we mention Archie and the Cats?

Thursday, 12 September 2019

YESSTORIES

Of course, Jon Anderson's indistinguishable lyrics are a treat, making the song anything but filler. “Can I” represents something new for the band, yet ...

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Union
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HOORAY FOR HELEN

Gina Birch and Helen McCookerybook's documentary “Stories from the She Punks,” about London's underground punk scene, kicks things off at 5 p.m. ...

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Martin Stephenson and Helen McCookerybook once again collaborate on a new album of original material on the Cafe Of Tiny Kindness. The album was inspired by a two-day trip to Barcelona in January 2010..


FRANK ZAPPA EN PASSANT

A recent tribute concert dubbed The Bizarre World of Frank Zappa in Huntington, New York had all the markings of a concert by the rock iconoclast ...
Flex-Able was a complete DIY job and made, in part, with the money a young Steve Vai had made working for Frank Zappa. The young Vai bought his ...

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On September 19, 1985, Frank Zappa testified before the United States Senate Commerce, Technology, and Transportation committee, attacking the Parents Music Resource Center or PMRC, a music organizati..

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: The Waterson Family at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall



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Live at Hull Truck
2CD1DVD - £10.99

THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem

Rob Ayling, yer Gonzo Grande Fromage, writes:

"Thom the World poet is an old mate of mine from way back in my history. Even pre-dating Voiceprint, when I was running "Otter Songs" and Thom's poetry tapes and guest appearances with Daevid Allen, Gilli Smyth and Mother Gong are well known and highly regarded. It just felt right to include a daily poem from Thom on our Gonzo blog and when I approached him to do so, he replied within seconds!!! Thom is a great talent and just wants to spread poetry, light and positive energy across the globe. If we at Gonzo can help him do that - why not?"

 CASUAL WORK
MOST OF MY LIFE'S WORK HAS BEEN CASUAL
Waterfront and collating newspapers with my father
After school milk bar serving.Laboring for a Rest Home .
Working as a barman. Building windmills.Making concrete V forms.
Cutting glass tubing.Working in a soda factory.Waitering.
Each job was for limited skills for a limited time.(and limited pay/with no benefits)
I enjoyed the freedom to quit when bored ,or with enough pay to take a break.
Others went on to permanent positions.Secure,with benefits.No regrets.
Weaving in and out of the work force was an option when young
Age limits options.Makes productivity retrospective.
Perhaps i might find engagement as a sample server in supermarkets,
or a greeter at the doors of WALMART.Maybe i could clean robots
or find a way to service their needs.Even my car has a computer.
Once i tried to learn LINUX/UNIX.Systems laughed.
Now i seek other human beings,and we indulge in conversation.
Rare and precious is this quest-my new "work".Like art,it has no limits
Like air,it is free.

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

FRANK ZAPPA: 1973 Halloween shows detailed for costume boxed set



Throughout the 70's and 80's, the iconoclastic composer Frank Zappa put on a series of spectacular, now legendary, shows around Halloween each ...

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On September 19, 1985, Frank Zappa testified before the United States Senate Commerce, Technology, and Transportation committee, attacking the Parents Music Resource Center or PMRC, a music organizati..

LEONARD COHEN: A new film tells the entrancing story of the muse he always adored…



She was immortalised in tune by Leonard Cohen and their enduring love affair would final a lifetime. Now a heart-wrenching documentary explores ...

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Leonard Norman Cohen was a Canadian singer-songwriter, musician, poet and novelist. His work often explored religion, isolation, sexuality and personal relationships. Cohen has been inducted into the ..

AUBURN REVIEW


Auburn: Game Of Faith
In 1999 Britain’s Liz Lenten formed the band/project Auburn and has released a number of albums since with a ten year break somewhere in between. Her latest is titled Game Of Faith and an interesting album it is. The singer/songwriter combines elements of jazz, roots, Americana, pop and blues which makes for quite an enchanting concoction. This is a mellow disc, filled with chilled out grooves and catchy yet slightly unusual vocals. Lenten’s voice sort of reminds me of Kate Bush or perhaps Bjork. It’s all very artful and tastefully executed.
The title track that begins the disc has a bit of Bonnie Rait with its slinky guitar lines and ultra-cool groove. I like the bluesy feel of this one. In the roots rock/Americana of “Bad Girl, Good Woman” the mood is jaunty and upbeat. The jazzy vocals in “I Don’t love Him” are quite nice and the guitar produces some punchy riffs as the languid bass lines add to the laid back factor. “I Drank” is all rootsy guitar and vocals while “Prosecco-Fuelled Profiles” has a slight jazz pop inflection. Another winner is “Trinidad” with its well-crafted ‘60s-like guitar inflections.
For those into mellower forms of music, folk and Americana especially, Game Of Faith should have some staying power. A Scarlet Records release.
Track Listing:
1. Game Of Faith
2. Bad Girl, Good Woman
3. I Don’t Love Him
4. I Drank
5. Prosecco-Fuelled Profiles
6. Trinidad
7. Red Velvet Pillow
8. Happy Nowhere
9. Misshapen Fruit
10. It’s Not Love
11. Float To Blue
12. Spoke In The Wheel
13. Like I Do
14. His Arms
Added: September 8th 2019
Reviewer: Jon Neudorf

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Liz Lenten formed AUBURN in the summer of 1999. Their first gig was at the jam-packed launch party of Scarlet Records held at the salubrious and smoky Madame JoJo’s in Soho to a..

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Galahad - Seas Of Change Prt 1 (Multicam)



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British Rock band Galahad was formed in Dorset, England, during the mid-eighties.  As it is a progressive rock band you might be forgiven for thinking they were named after the knight made famous..

THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem

Rob Ayling, yer Gonzo Grande Fromage, writes:

"Thom the World poet is an old mate of mine from way back in my history. Even pre-dating Voiceprint, when I was running "Otter Songs" and Thom's poetry tapes and guest appearances with Daevid Allen, Gilli Smyth and Mother Gong are well known and highly regarded. It just felt right to include a daily poem from Thom on our Gonzo blog and when I approached him to do so, he replied within seconds!!! Thom is a great talent and just wants to spread poetry, light and positive energy across the globe. If we at Gonzo can help him do that - why not?"

SEEKING VISUAL ART ICONS FOR AUSTIN
At first,as sculptures,they chose guitars
This was their most popular public art
(apart from our murals-original and ubiquitous)
People wanted more guitars.They wanted to buy them.
They saw guitars as a fitting icon for Austin.
But Zen,when sold,a new choice had to be made-
Texas Longhorns started to appear on Austin streets-
all colorful and obvious.But are we these?
They claimed the symbol was one of individuality/
but no body believed.Perhaps high rise (Jenga)Towers might be our true icon?
or Orange Cones?Scooters(already littering streets)
Art needs to sing COMMUNITY.Artistically speaking-Who are we?

Monday, 9 September 2019

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Atomic Rooster - Devil's answer (TOTP)




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The Devil Hits Back
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Devil's Answer
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Live in London 1972
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Andre Previn in conversation


André George Previn, KBE (born Andreas Ludwig Prewin, April 6, 1929) is a German-American pianist, conductor and composer. He is considered one of the most versatile musicians in the world and ..



Arthur Brown drugs interview



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When the God of Hellfire returned to the stage in the United Kingdom after a strange anabasis in Texas when, together with Jimmy Carl Black (the Indian in the Mothers) he was painting houses for a liv..

Face to Face with Rick Wakeman - Jon Lord, 2009



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Label: Gonzo
 

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