Monthly Archives: January 2007

New Stooges song online today

The new song is called ‘My Idea of Fun’, and while I’m not in love with the the too-tame sound of the vocal, the music is deliciously heavy. Check out that Ron Asheton solo around the 2:30 mark.

This will be better live, as are all things Stooge.

Announce the tour, boys. I’m ready.


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Light, more light!

This is from last night; the first sunset we’ve been able to see in over a month:


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Sometimes, work is fantastic


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set the bricks loose…

My iPod is in quite the mood today — latest three in a row on shuffle:

Barstool Blues — Neil Young

So I Am Over You – Pete Droge

Here Comes a Regular – The Replacements

Really, I guess it’s me that’s in the mood, and my iPod’s just picking up on it. How the hell does this little white piece of plastic know that I’m restless, and contemplative, and melancholy, and thirsty? Creepy, and somehow comforting, all at once.

If anyone is reading this anywhere near Hattie’s right now, go have a drink for me, will you?


Okay, now I *know* my iPod’s a creepily empathic little scrap of plastic. The most recent tunes while on shuffle:

Hot Burrito #1 – cover by Elvis Costello and the Attractions from the New Year’s Eve ’81 boot

Viva Le High – Goodness

Tonight the Bottle Let Me Down – Gram Parsons

Let Me Go Lover – Dean Martin

Just About Glad – Elvis Costello, again

If I Only Had a Heart – cover by the Afghan Whigs from a ’96 boot

This little music machine is breaking my already-a-pin-cushion of a heart, and now I’m beginning to think the thing may have quietly developed a serious drinking problem, which seems to be drowning all of the punk/metal/glam/funk/soul in its wee electronic brain.

Time for an intervention…

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Holy hell

…I’m going to meet David Lynch.

What can I possibly say, other than “thank you”?

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So long, Sneaky Pete

Too many obits posted here lately — not sure if it’s a sudden surge in departures or if my focus is more fatalistic lately. My apologies if it turns out to be the latter….

In any case, I will most certainly miss ‘Sneaky’ Pete Kleinow’s bittersweet steel sounds. I hear there will be a service in Joshua Tree later…nothing makes more sense in the world, and it just reinforces my theory that once the place gets ahold of you, nothing, including death, can loosen the place’s sweet hold.

Flying Burrito Brothers guitarist dies
Steel guitar prodigy ‘Sneaky’ Pete Kleinow was 72

Updated: 7:31 p.m. PT Jan 8, 2007
SAN FRANCISCO – “Sneaky” Pete Kleinow, a steel guitar prodigy who rose to fame as one of the original members of the Flying Burrito Brothers, has died. He was 72.

Kleinow, who also worked in film as an award-winning animator and special effects artist, died Saturday at a Petaluma convalescent home near the skilled nursing facility where he had been living with Alzheimer’s disease since last year, his daughter Anita Kleinow said.

During a musical career that spanned six decades, Kleinow helped define the country-rock genre in the late 1960s and 1970s by taking the instrument he had picked up as a teenager in South Bend, Ind., to California.

His prowess with the pedal steel guitar influenced a generation of rock-and-rollers, including the Eagles, the Steve Miller Band and Poco.

Besides co-founding the Burrito Brothers with the Byrds’ Chris Hillman and Gram Parsons in 1968, he enjoyed a steady gig as a session musician, recording with such singer-songwriters as John Lennon, Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt and Joni Mitchell and bands as varied as the Bee Gees and Sly and the Family Stone.

Kleinow played and recorded regularly with Burrito Deluxe, a band he founded in 2000 following the rebirth of alt-country music and fronted until he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. His last recording with the group is scheduled to be released next month, said Brenda Cline, the band’s manager.

Kleinow also won acclaim as an animator, special effects artist and director of commercials in television and film. His credits ranged from the original “Gumby” series — he wrote and performed the theme music as well as designed cartoons — and the relaunched “The Twilight Zone” to the movies “Under Siege,” “Fearless” and “The Empire Strikes Back.” He won an Emmy award in 1983 for his work on the miniseries, “The Winds of War.”

Kleinow is survived by his wife of 54 years, Ernestine, his daughters Anita and Tammy, and three sons, Martin, Aaron and Cosmo.

Plans for a memorial service to be held in Joshua Tree later this month are pending.

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