Mister Dave Knows Hoffaburger

David Lindley played at Freight and Salvage in Berkeley recently, and we caught the first night. Mr. Dave's playing was astounding as ever, and it was a huge enough sound for us,,, but damn was he funny. Especially the new song "Hoffaburger", and the story about the cannon builder for Hunter S. Thompson's blowout sendoff. Also of note were stellar renderings of "Tijuana" and "National Holiday".

Johnny B. Gone

Piano legend and St. Louisan Johnny Johnson just passed away. Johnny Johnson was the guy who gave Chuck Berry a job and was the subject of Chuck's classic "Johnny B. Goode". Johnny will always be the quintessential rock-and-roll piano player. This was not lost on subsequent generations... he was on the staff of Bob Weir's Ratdog for a while and occasionally sat in with The Dead. He lived to a ripe old age, but he will be sorely missed by musicheads everywhere.

Oh no! They killed easytree!! Bastards!!!!

Posted April 6, 2005 on Easytree...

Hello gals and guys,

We're very sorry having to tell you that we had to shut down EZT just a couple of minutes ago.

We got a call from our provider, they had received a few letters from a couple of lawyers. They requested EZT to be shut down immediately, otherwise we and the hosting service would be sued.

As you may imagine, we do not have the funds to fight a battle we most probably can't win anyway.

New Danny Barnes Album On The Way

Danny Barnes is back in a studio up in Seattle, recording another album for Terminus for summer release. We never know what to expect, but whatever flavor of mutant bluegrass it turns out to be, it's probably all the same to Mr. Barnes.

Aware of Mr. Barnes' contempt for musical "categories", we asked him what direction the record is heading, and stumped him. Whether it'll sound traditional or punk or electonica or combo thereof, he just can't say. And we just can't wait.

Douchebag Alert

Visit the Hall of Douchebags, a repository of band promo pics. Maybe there are too many bands? Nah, just too many bad ideas.

Even if you don't look like a douchebag band, try not to photograph like one. Stay away from the brick walls and off the railroad tracks. Done, done, and done. Are there no new ideas under the sun?