December's shows were fun, successful, and showed off the new band, which everyone seemed pleased with. Consensus is that it's my best band so far. The Los Angeles part of the trip was a California vacation, visiting the beach zone. L.A. is a pesthole, but there's nothing like driving and driving to get to a place where you just drive some more. Visited the Guitar Center there. They have everything there, except the little thing I went there to buy.
New York and Philadelphia were fun shows, thanks to JW Harding. He's still a crack up and he claims now to have been born again. What's next? I heard his new CD that's coming out next month, and I really like the songs, which is a backhanded compliment, since he didn't' write any of them, but what the hell. The title? Trad Arr Jones. No, not Trader Joe's, silly! Traditional songs arranged by Nic Jones.
Looking forward to the battle of the Poptopias: SF and LA festivals running at the same time. Why? I don't really know, it's a bad idea, but someone had to come up with it. I'm participating in several ways, more info in the cvs show calendar.
Plans for this new year include a cvs live album.
Updated the show calendar. I'm playing some again! Perhaps coming to your town. And come see the new band.
England was fun.
I've been recording new weird songs which you may not ever hear.
Also writing normal songs for a proper record.
Curious? Read more in the 1998 Re-Cap.
This week I'm overdubbing intrumentation on a few Pete Ham (Badfinger) demos. Dan Matovina, author of Without You, the Tragic Story of Badfinger is compiling another volume of Pete's demos. I've taken it upon myself to produce a handful of tracks with drums, guitars, pianos, etc. along to the home demo tape while trying to retain integrity and credibility.
It's going well, although I must say it's a task trying to do the thinking in place of a man long since departed.
Added press clips from the recent and distant, more to come.
CVS opening the Knack show at Slim's S.F. was a success, depending on which band you were watching! Terry Bozzio (prog rock drum guru and new knack member) did their encore with a solo on the world's largest drum kit.
Doug Feiger of the Knack blew a gasket and his mystique by yelling at some guys smoking a joint up front during their set. No alcohol was allowed backstage, including the cvs hospitality suite. The proper people were called in to make sure the cvs band was duly sated. It gives new meaning to the phrase "Get with the program."
I played the International Pop Overthrow in Los Angeles, Aug 28. Saw most of my L.A. pals and those dedicated supporters who travel to see the pop bands from all over this world. Sharing the stage with the Flashcubes (and Bill Lloyd) was a real gas, we played some old favorite covers which brought the house up and down at the same time!
The venue, Fitzgerald's Irish Pub (sports bar!), is in an unfortunate setting, tucked in a strip mall down in Orange County, Calif. There was no air conditioning that hot summer night, so that everyone could really sweat and look that much more rock 'n roll, I guess. The evening ended with 10 Syracuse rock scene veterans sharing war stories from our chequered pasts of our salad days in the Salt City.
Three cheers for IPO organizer David Bash. As he sez...Pop Rules!!!
CVS got a new shirt, see it in the Examiner. Our local press has taken welcome interest in all goings-on cvs, and Jane Ganahl wrote a marvelous piece.
Preparing for the Slim's show 8/22/98 with the new band.
The make-out show was a real success, doing two solo acoustic sets and keeping most everyone quiet throughout is considered a triumph to me. I'm putting together a new group and will be playing out more, solo shows as well on a regular basis.
The press articles are still trickling in after the January release of Wood+Wire.
Since I've let this site stagnate for 2 months, I thought I should make it up with some ambitious new attractions...sorry for the delay.
My summer 98 memoirs written from the bush.
I'm keeping you readers in mind while I come up with this trash, so read up, hogs!!
Added more Chris Modern photos of some Ordophon antics.
I've included a bizarre letter I received a few weeks ago, from Guy Michel, for you to read. Guy is a friend of Pete Straus, and he generously took time out of his busy day to bring us his thoughts on my music...and Wood and Wire.
Now all the recent press articles I know about are here on-line. The Richard Davies opener and the Hotel Utah shows were successful in different ways, thanks to all those who came. The live show schedule is also updated, although rather thin right now.
Maki Kobayashi's pop compilation is out. I listened through twice and so far I like the Beatifics song(#17) and also it's a lovely joy to hear Dave Rave sing (#11). I contributed an unreleased cvs original called "Go On Go On." For this I updated my discography.
Updated the show calendar for a 4/24 Bottom of the Hill opening slot for Richard Davies. He was in the band Cardinal with Eric Matthews. His new record is on Flydaddy and it's pop. Whatever that means.
Tarted up my biography. Thanks to Dale Duncan for pointing out the holes in the story.
Playing some April cvs shows. Promotion continues after the release of Wood + Wire, everyone's happy with the sales figures. Chronicle came through with an article.
The Map of Wyoming, Lane, Russ Tolman, and John Wesley Harding albums have been released. All recorded at the Ordophon.
CVS did a webcast Feb 28. Also appearing in song was Paul Myers, and CVS joined him for a few songs during his set. Pete Straus played bass. During the CVS encore, Paul joined in on some cover tunes. They have the whole show archived on www.nineup.com. I looked at their site on March 21, and it wasn't there yet. Why? I don't know. Try today.
Now I'm starting work on the songs for the next cvs album, just demos for now. Updated the cvs page as follows...