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andee's world: August 2008

andee's world

Hello and welcome to my blog. This space will be devoted to opinions, observations, lists, articles and whatever else I feel like posting. Subjects will include music, human nature, politics, life in NYC, etc. If I paste someone else's writing up here, it is because the author said something way better than I ever could. By the way, I don't claim to be a particularly smart guy; I'm just a musician with some opinions. If you disagree with me, that's cool -- but then, you're probably wrong.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

RIP Natasha Schneider

I just found out (rather late, as it happens), that one of my favorite musicians, Natasha Schneider, passed away over a month ago.

She and her husband Alain Johannes made up the nucleus of one of my alltime favorite bands, the extremely underrated ELEVEN. I first saw Eleven open for Soundgarden in 1994 and they blew my doors in. Since then I have bought all their albums and followed their many other musical projects, which include stints producing Chris Cornell, touring with Queens of the Stone Age, and most recently, guesting on Dug Pinnick's solo album.

When I first moved to NYC in 1996, I met Alain and Natasha on the street and they were two of the sweetest, kindest and most approachable people. It is so sad that this woman is gone. What a voice, what a player. My heart goes out to Alain, her husband and musical co-conspirator for the last 25 years or more. I can't imagine the loss....

Following a battle with cancer, Natasha died on July 2nd at 11:11am.

Click the headline to visit Eleven's Myspace page.

Buy ELEVEN's music.

Monday, August 11, 2008

I'm Gonna Keep on Loving You

...from the Department of Random Weirdness:

So I was hanging out in King's X's dressing room last Monday night following their rather scorching set at Irving Plaza (I still say this is the greatest American rock band roaming the Earth), discussing the virtues of buying boots on eBay and the (apparently) surprisingly great selection of rock teeshirts available at Target. When suddenly, and quite apropos of nothing, in barges....Kevin Cronin!

I looked up at this strange, older man beaming maniacally at all of us and thought, "I don't know why I know this, but that's the singer of R.E.O. Speedwagon!"

I can't remember the last time I had beheld his likeness, but it was surely many years ago, and it was most likely some retro VH1 clip of his band in their late '70s/ early '80s heyday. Back then, a much younger Kevin wore a mop of curly hair black hair, and it's that circa-1980-ish image that has stayed with me.

But this was KC, 2008-style. He burst through the door, grinning like some game show host wacked out on crystal meth. His close-shorn hair was all grey and he had his share of wrinkles, yet immediately, I recognized him.

I don't know what he was doing at the gig, but apparently it was his first exposure to King's X and he couldn't stop gushing about how awesome they were. He introduced himself all 'round and assorted chit-chat followed (which included a passing allusion to the fact -- heretofore-unknown-to-me -- that Speedwagon guitarist Gary Richrath had passed away).

A little later Dug started cracking up and said that suddenly he felt like singing R.E.O. songs. I decided to lead:

"You should've seen by the look in my eyes, baby
There was somethin' missin'..."

A few others joined in but we didn't make it to the first chorus cuz we were laughing or we forgot the words. Kevin was into it. He seemed like a really good guy.

At the end of the night Kevin asked me where could find cool stage clothes in New York. I grabbed a paper plate and wrote:

Trash and Vaudeville
St. Marks and 3rd St.
ask for Jimmy

And he folded it up and squinted his crazy smile at me. "It's time for me to fly", he said, and left the room. I'm sure he had a storm to ride out...

"When I said that I love you I meant
That I love you foreverrrrrrr......."

Monday, August 04, 2008

This Blog Now Has a Soundtrack

Please enjoy the lovely music while wasting time here at my blog. If you want to keep the player running continuously while moving from page to page, click the "pop out player" button and it'll go sit in the corner like an old Victrola.

I'll be changing the songs periodically; the current batch is pretty representative of what I'm listening to at the moment. Hopefully you'll get turned on to something new or smile at something old.