June 08, 2016

Trying to stay relevant

The Dixie Chicks now take on Donald Trump.

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October 21, 2015

I prefer anti-Semites, thank you very much

Our pal Ron Marz tweets:



He might say "Sorry, dear, but I prefer listening to sickening anti-Semites":



Background here.

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October 07, 2015

Howard Stern rips Pink Floyd's Roger Waters over his anti-Semitism

Read all about it.

Waters recently scolded Bon Jovi for performing in Israel; Stern ripped Waters in a "seven-minute profanity-laden rant yesterday:

“What is with Roger Waters and the Jews?” Stern asked, referring to the aging singer as “Mr. Pink Floyd.”

“Why does Roger Waters live in America, a country that was founded on white people coming in and obliterating the native population? How does he stand it? Why don’t we all leave?”

The Palestinian people could live in Egypt or Saudi Arabia, Stern said. “But guess what? Those countries don’t want them either. And it bugs the sh*t out of Roger Waters. He can’t f*cking deal with it. He’s writing letters to Bon Jovi.”

“Where do you want the Jews to go Roger?” Stern exclaimed. “Where do you want them to go? You want them to just go back to the concentration camp? What is it you want, f*ck head?”

Hey, you know who's a big Roger Waters fan? That's right -- 'ol Ron Marz himself:



Remember what Ron has said: "Because I think what you choose to support matters."

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October 03, 2015

Loved-by-Ron Marz anti-Semitic musician blasts Bon Jovi

... for performing in Israel.

Remember:



More on Waters:

... Israel is a “racist apartheid regime” that practices “ethnic cleansing.” A great artist such as himself will not play in a country equivalent to “Vichy government in occupied France.” Likening Jews to Nazi collaborators was not enough. Waters then went further, comparing Israel to the Nazis themselves. “I would not have played in Berlin either … during the Second World War.” Waters believes that Israel is guilty of genocide, only “this time it’s the Palestinian people being murdered.”

Marz is a guy who wastes no time lecturing us about why buying something from Orson Scott Card is beyond heinous, or how he'll have nothing to do with Dragon Con -- "Because I think what you choose to support matters," he says.

And yet ... there's Roger Waters. Let that sink in.

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November 13, 2014

Why did anyone think this was remotely a good idea??

Eminem drops numerous F-bombs at Veteran's Day concert:

Eminem bombarded an audience filled with veterans with the f-bomb on Tuesday night as he performed on the National Mall at The Concert for Valor.

The 42-year-old rapper, dressed in cap and hoodie, yelled into a microphone: 'Happy motherf****** Veterans Day' before launching into the show's closing set which ended with the anthemic Lose Yourself.

Also causing a bit of a stir was Bruce Springsteen, Dave Grohl and the Zac Brown Band doing a cover of the anti-war, Vietnam era "Fortunate Son." You can probably take the meaning, and writer John Fogerty said that the song was “my confrontation with Richard Nixon.”

Except that ... Nixon was anything but a "fortunate son." He actually refused the exemption he was permitted (he was a Quaker) to serve in World War II.

At any rate, why sing such a song at an occasion celebrating soldiers' valor?

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June 07, 2014

Shuns homophobes, digs anti-Semites

Our comicbook-writing pal Ron Marz has a big problem with guys like Orson Scott Card -- y'know, because of his homophobia; however, he doesn't appear to have much of an issue with anti-Semites. Check it:


Roger Waters? Waters is one of the creative minds behind Pink Floyd, in case you're unaware. He also has a big problem with Jews and Israel:

According to Waters, Israel is a “racist apartheid regime” that practices “ethnic cleansing.” A great artist such as himself will not play in a country equivalent to “Vichy government in occupied France.” Likening Jews to Nazi collaborators was not enough. Waters then went further, comparing Israel to the Nazis themselves. “I would not have played in Berlin either … during the Second World War.” Waters believes that Israel is guilty of genocide, only “this time it’s the Palestinian people being murdered.”

To counter this idiot's "points" one by one is a waste of time, not only because I've done it so many times before, but because it would also be treating such outright ignorance with even the slightest modicum of respect. No dice.

So ... Marz? How does it feel to support a man who compares to Jews to Nazis? How would your colleague Dan Slott feel, considering the lengths he's gone through to denounce Douglas Ernst (whose comments he purposely misconstrued)?

But maybe you can have a chat with Danny about Waters' musical genius. Oh wait, that's right -- for you guys to be consistent, that should be completely immaterial.

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February 11, 2014

Political correctness Catch-22 strikes again

If there's the slightest inkling of "homophobia" by a non-politically correct entity, BEWARE the mainstream media enforcement mechanism. For instance, watch out if Michael Sam is drafted lower than the power-that-be think he should be. Hell, just look at all the media attention already given to the man.

But what if a fellow Hip Hop artist was gay? What would happen then?

[Rapper T-Pain] told Vlad TV that he believes the perception that rap has become more 'gay-friendly' in recent years is a little off the mark. "I think the radio is getting more gay-friendly," he said. "I don't think urban music is getting more gay-friendly because if that was the case, Frank Ocean would be on a lot more songs.

"I know n***as that will not do a song with Frank Ocean just because he gay ...

Don't expect much scrutiny to this. After all, we're talking about two "oppressed" categories here. Just as Muslim feelings towards homosexuals are rarely scrutinized by the MSM, so it is with those of African-Americans. Just consider a few years ago with California's Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage in the state. 70% of blacks voted for the measure. They, along with mostly Catholic Hispanics, cast their vote based on their faith.

How about that, eh?

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January 30, 2014

The decline of American higher ed continues

God help me, as my daughter is a college sophomore: Rutgers University course uses Beyoncé as a tool to discuss race, gender and sexuality

The class instructor, Kevin Allred, is a white, male PhD student and lecturer in Rutgers’ Department of Women’s and Gender Studies. “This isn’t a course about Beyoncé’s political engagement or how many times she performed during President Obama’s inauguration weekend,” he says. “Rather, the performer’s music and career are used as lenses to explore American race, gender, and sexual politics.”

Wait a second -- Allred is a white male?? How dare he presume to instruct others about a black woman!!!

Considering Allred’s race and gender, he often gets questioned for his ‘lack‘ of qualifications. “Of course, there are people who’ll say, ‘You’re not black. You’re not a woman,’” he says. “It’s something I’m always questioning and staying aware of so as not to overstep any bounds or make any claims for a group that I don’t belong to. It’s a fine line and I want to remain respectful of that.”

Oh, I bet you do, Kev. In the "progressive" (and academic) world of group-think, you'd better always be cognizant of that. I'm still amazed you've been permitted to teach the damn "course" in the first place, considering your gender and hue.

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December 26, 2013

Hube's Spanish Language Video of the Week

I'm sure I've posted this one before; however, given the temperatures outside and time of year, it's wholly appropriate: Los Amigos Invisibles' "Playa Azul" ("Blue Beach").

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December 21, 2013

Quote Christian beliefs and scripture, get the ax ...

... but convert to Islam and call for the death of another person? Get inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

KISS led the popular vote, while [Cat] Stevens brought up the rear. However, the Hall has a sort of “electoral college” that gets to override the people’s choices.

This leads to a frankly bizarre situation, in which bands like Yes (10.88% of the popular vote) and Deep Purple (11.93%) beat out Stevens (5.37%) but don’t get inducted.

Yep, Cat Stevens, who in the 1970s (after "years of multi-platinum success" and hence, making a ton of dough) converted to Islam and assumed the name Yusuf Islam, called for the death of author Salman Rushdie and supported Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini. And the Hall calls all this ... "courageous." That's right -- "courageous."

That had to be how this dope got in. What else explains it? He finishes last in the popular vote, yet gets in thanks to the PC powers-that-be because his conversion was "courageous." And over a group like Yes, too, which makes me even angrier. (Yes is one of my favorite music groups. Deep Purple is one of my old college friend's fave bands.)

I like what Kathy Shaidle wishes: A smackdown of Stevens/Islam by KISS's Gene Simmons (who's Jewish) on live TV.

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December 10, 2013

College: Your band can't play here because you're "not black enough"

A Halloween concert at Hampshire College in Massachusetts was canceled because the main act, a band called Shokazoba which specializes in "Afro-beat" style, was deemed "not black enough."

"Hampshire’s justification for the cancellation and censorship has morphed over the past two weeks," wrote the ACLU in the letter to Jonathan Lash, the school's president. "The genesis of the decision, as you know rested on the accusation that this afro-funk band had insufficient representation of people of color."

“Comments posted on the event Facebook page, maintained and monitored by the college, stated that the African-American lead singer was not black enough," he wrote.

Indeed. Check out a pic of the band. How dare a light-skinned black woman team up with a bunch of pasty white guys to play afro-themed music?? Hell, ya'd think that a black woman as the front person of the band would make the racialists and bean counters proud, right? After all, does anyone else recall how upset jazz great Wynton Marsalis was when [that "white Briton" lead-guy] Sting nabbed two of his [black] musicians, including his brother Branford?

Let's hope that the band Living Colour doesn't regroup and get booked to play a rock concert at Hampshire. After all, they're not white enough for the genre.

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November 29, 2013

Acceptable bigotry

The risible Kanye West has claimed that Boss Obama is failing because "he doesn't have 'connections' like those of 'Jewish people.'”

Always "lovely" to hear anti-Semitism during a Jewish holiday, eh?

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November 26, 2013

Trafficking in fantasy

Did anyone catch Macklemore's & Ryan Lewis' ludicrous claim at the American Music Awards this past weekend? It should come as no surprise, really, but here it is:

“I was talking to my friend before the show, and he reminded me of a great Martin Luther King quote: ‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.’ And due to the fact that we are in Florida tonight accepting this award, I want to acknowledge Trayvon Martin and the hundreds and hundreds of kids that are dying each year due to racial profiling and the violence that follows it.

“This is really happening — our friends, our neighbors, our peers, our fans — and it’s time that we look out for the youth and fight against racism and the laws that protect it,” Macklemore concluded, as the audience watching inside Los Angeles’s Nokia Theater applauded appreciatively.

Really? Really?? This sort of utter crap is just what I was talking about here -- we're supposed to outright ignore racial aspects when it's patently obvious, but clamor about it when it's patently dubious.

*Sigh* Always remember this, for example, when some "progressive" demands we have "real" conversations about race. They do not really want such. They want you to shut up and listen ... and then accept what they say. Period.

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November 07, 2013

Refreshing to see

I'm not a fan of country music by any means, but it sure was refreshing to see a couple country stars (at the CMAs last evening) mock a Democratic president. Check out what Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood did regarding ObumbleCare:

As could be predicted, "progressives" were not happy, some (most?) with little sense of irony:


Apparently Ms. Betts has never seen the VMAs, the Grammy's, the Tony's, the AMA's and especially the Academy Awards.

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September 12, 2013

Don't ask Miley Cyrus or Robin Thicke to apologize, nossir ...

... let's jump on rapper A$AP Rocky who committed the sin of standing an "awkward distance" from gay NBA player Jason Collins when the duo introduced the next act at the MTV Video Music Awards, and appeared to make "mocking facial expressions" toward him. Philly.com's Gabrielle Bonghi writes that A$AP's actions "sparked outrage of all kinds on the internet."

But of course. But the PC Police and radical multicultis are once again in a bind. They're outraged at the rapper's supposed homophobia; however, he is a minority, so they cannot show too much outrage at him.

Also, here's a good question for 'ya: what's more shocking: A rapper being homophobic, or being charged with assault?

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June 05, 2013

Hube's Spanish Language Video of the Week

The first vid from my favorite, Los Amigos Invisibles', new album Repeat After Me. It's "La Que Me Gusta":

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May 07, 2013

Don't try this defense in tax court

Via Ace: Former music star Lauryn Hill (of the Fugees -- that's "Foo-jees" -- and solo work) blamed ... slavery for her tax evasion woes:

"Over-commercialisation and its resulting restrictions and limitations can be very damaging and distorting to the inherent nature of the individual."

During her trial, Hill claimed she is still forced to live under the pernicious economic hierarchy imposed by the slave trade.

She told the court: "I am a child of former slaves who had a system imposed on them. I had an economic system imposed on me."

Hmm. I suppose anyone born after the ratification of the Constitution could claim they had an economic system "imposed" on them, couldn't they? I wouldn't try it in tax court, though. And, of course, I am wondering how it is "pernicious" that our economic system made Hill ... a millionaire?

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March 22, 2013

Comics W.T.F. Moment of the Week

I never knew (and bet you didn't) that Eminem once teamed up with Marvel's Punisher in a story titled Eminem/Punisher: Kill You.

Included with the issue was an old-style 45 of the remastered "My Name Is" with all-new lyrics:

My name is (what?)
My name is (who?)
My name is [dikidikidiki]
Frank Castle.

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March 20, 2013

Wrong place, wrong time

I'm a big fan of Dropkick Murphys. Here's one reason I love them more.

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January 19, 2013

Best entire album ever

Ace has a post up where his gazillion fans chimed in on the "Greatest Whole Album Ever." Many of the submissions are obvious (and with which I agree) like Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon, Led Zeppelin IV, The Cars, and Van Halen; but, of course, this wouldn't be a Hube post if I didn't chime in with my personal taste choices for the category:

  • The New Sound of the Venezuelan Gozadera by Los Amigos Invisibles
  • Standing in the Light by Level 42
  • The Pretenders by The Pretenders
  • Música y Comfort Para Volar by Soda Stereo
  • Sueño Stereo by Soda Stereo
  • Doble Vida by Soda Stereo
  • The Venezuelan Zinga Son Vol. 1 by Los Amigos Invisibles
  • The Pretenders II by The Pretenders
  • The Yes Album by Yes
  • 90125 by Yes
  • All 'n All by Earth, Wind and Fire
  • I Am by Earth Wind and Fire
  • A Typical & Autoctonal Venezuelan Dance Band by Los Amigos Invisibles
  • by Julieta Venegas

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July 13, 2012

Civilization continues to crumble

Woman sues Justin Bieber and handlers, claims his show gave her permanent ear damage.

Stacey Wilson Betts has filed a lawsuit that claims after taking her daughter to the “Boyfriend” singer’s Portland, Oregon show on July 14, 2010, she suffered ear damage from his screaming fans and from a "heart-shaped aluminum/steel gondola" that Bieber got into.

As a result of singing in it, he "created a wave like effect of screaming by pointing into various sections of the arena. Then enticed the crowd into a frenzy of screams by continuously waving his arms in a quick and upward motion,” says the lawsuit, which was obtained by TMZ.

She said the gondola was responsible for being a "sound conductor” that “permanently damaged both of my ears.”

Betts is seeking $9.23 million in damages for this and she’s not only suing Biber himself, but his record label, the concert promoter and the arena.

Ye gad. The loudest concerts I ever attended were at the old Spectrum in Philly (since torn down). I saw Genesis (1983), Yes (twice -- 1984, 1988) and took my then-young sisters to see Duran Duran (1984). And the Spectrum was loud. My ears would ring for at least a couple days afterward. But guess what? I knew that going in. If it was too loud -- to the point of actually hurting my ears -- get this: I'd leave. This idiot Betts woman could have done precisely the same thing. Period. End of story.

*Sigh*


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May 13, 2012

Hube's Spanish Language Music Video of the Week

From their 1999 New Sound of the Venezuelan Gozadera, here's Los Amigos Invisibles' "En Cuatro" which has been played at every concert of theirs I've been to (and that's a lot) ... mainly because it never fails to get the crowd jumping up and down and dancing!


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March 15, 2012

Next violent act can be blamed on ... The Boss

Bruce Springsteen has never been more overtly political than over the last decade or so. Now, as PJ Lifestyle notes, he's gone "all in" with the Occupy movement -- so far as to explicitly promote violence against those nasty Wall Streeters:

Now Springsteen evidently feels his dream has been betrayed, and instead of blaming Obama, the “you” he sang to in 2008, he blames…Wall Street. The new album quickly proceeds to a series of savage denunciations and explicit calls for violence.

On the second track, which is called “Easy Money,” Springsteen sings:

There’s nothing to it mister, you won’t hear a sound
When your whole world comes tumbling down
And all them fat cats they just think it’s funny
I’m going on the town now looking for easy money
Whoa!

I got a Smith & Wesson .38
I got a hellfire burning and I got me a taste…

I don't know which is more hilarious -- the fact that Springsteen believes he's "one" with the working man ... considering he's never held a real job, or the fact that Springsteen believes he's "one" with the working man ... when he's a multi-millionaire several times over.

Just imagine if some conservative music star (most likely of the country genre) put out an album with similar lyrics and gun fire sound effects ... about our current administration. HOOOOO BOY!


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December 24, 2011

Hube's Cover Song of the Week

Katy Perry gets a lot of grief, but this cover of "Head Over Heels" by Tears for Fears simply kicks ass! I love it!!

Here's the original, so as to compare:


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November 21, 2011

Hube's Spanish Language Video of the Week

Latin America's best band ever, Soda Stereo led by Gustavo Cerati ... with the awesome acoustic version of "Disco Eterno":


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September 25, 2011

Hube's Spanish Language Video of the Week

Kind of a misnomer this time as the song is in English, bit singer Carol C. of Si Sé usually sings in español ... and this tune is just too beatutiful to pass up. Here's "The Rain."


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July 14, 2011

That was cool

I'm not the biggest U2 fan. I used to be but musically I lost interest after Zooropa and have been annoyed by the lecturing Bono has been giving us of late.

However;

This, was really cool:

The guy playing guitar is blind and was holding a sign saying "blind guitarist, bring me up".


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June 24, 2011

Once again: Shut up and sing

Ah yes, more cultural and political enlightenment from our musical community:

It's fun being in Islamic countries, to know there's only one religion. There's order. You wear a burqa. There's no choice. People are happy with that. -- Prince

I wonder if Prince'd be "happy with that" if he had to live in an Islamic country. He'd have been in jail for blasphemy 20 years ago.

UPDATE: In a related matter, Tom Hanks says he'll be voting again for President Obama:

If you would have told me a few years ago that ‘don't ask, don't tell’ would be repealed and about a billion jobs at General Motors and Chrysler would have been saved because the president was smart enough and strong enough and bold enough to do so, I would have said, 'Wow. That's a good president, I think I'll vote for him again.'

He's probably exaggerating (like that scene in "Used Cars" where bad guy Jack Warden wants to sue good guy Kurt Russell for saying his car lot has "a jillion" cars), but then again, given the state of today's "progressives" ...


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April 23, 2011

Hube's Spanish Language Video of the Week

Beautiful tune by the inimitable Carol C. and Si*Sé -- here's "Buscaré":


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February 07, 2011

Hube's Spanish Language Video(s) of the Week

Los Amigos Invisibles' latest and greatest, "Dulce," from their last Latin Grammy Award-winning album "Commericial":

And here's the English version of the same tune!


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January 30, 2011

A "shut up and write" protest doesn't quite work, but ...

One of my favorite comics writers of all-time is the "Modern Master of Continuity," Kurt Busiek. Possibly the single greatest comics story I've ever read is the spectacular Superman: Secret Identity (and I'm not even much of a DC fan). Not to mention, Kurt's Marvels, Avengers Forever, and various Astro City books are nothing short of sensational. Not only are Kurt's yarns first-rate, but unlike so many other of his contemporary peers he doesn't inject a whole lot of blatant politicking into his stories.

But that being said, Busiek isn't exactly mum about politics on various social media outlets. Back during the Ground Zero mosque controversy, Busiek (on Facebook) wasn't exactly ... accepting of the view of the protesters -- those who preferred the mosque/cultural center be built elsewhere -- some 70% strong nationwide at the time. He voiced the usual concerns about "intolerance" and the like, and on one occasion I attempted to engage him (and others) in a rational discussion about the dual nature of "intolerance" and "sensitivity." Although Kurt still strongly disagreed with me (and the protesters), at least he was more civil than many of his like-minded supporters on the thread.

Even further back, many years ago I had an e-mail discussion with Kurt about not patronizing creators who show an open disdain for a good portion of their audience by being outspoken regarding a particular political point-of-view. If memory serves, writer Mark Millar played a prominent role in that back-and-forth. Kurt was -- and is -- contemptuous about "boycotting" a creator (in the comics field or otherwise) simply due to political disagreement. My view was (and is) that it is pretty darn presumptuous to expect [some of] the public to continue to support you (financially and otherwise) when you continually trash their political views and opinions -- in effect, calling them stupid. I'm not referring to organized boycotts against creators who do this, just personally not purchasing anymore of said creator's work. But even so, I'm not a complete ideologue when it comes to this; I've still purchased stories from creators whose outspoken political views and statements I find rather risible -- such as the aforementioned Millar and artist/painter extraordinaire Alex Ross -- when those stories are top notch and mostly apolitical. (Millar's Superman: Red Son, though not exactly apolitical, maintains enough of a "gray" political outlook so as the overall superb story can be enjoyed to the fullest. Ditto for Ross' work on Kingdom Come and the previously mentioned Marvels.)

I mean, look -- these creators make hundreds of thousands of dollars, even millions -- but Busiek and others would expect your average Joe Six-Pack to continue to shell out $3.99 per issue ... even though they're essentially being spit in the face?

What prompted this post are recent comments made by Busiek on his Facebook page following the shooting of Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Avi Green at The Four Color Media Monitor opined on Busiek's remarks, while I provided the screen shots of them as well as a lengthy comment in the comments section. Shortly after the news reports of the shooting, Kurt had immediately pointed out the Sarah Palin "crosshairs" ad which "targeted" Giffords for potential electoral removal. A bit later he mocked Palin for speaking out against the unfair treatment she (and other conservatives) were getting in the press with regards to the whole incident. Now, I'm not a very big fan of Sarah Palin, but she indeed was treated ridiculously unfairly by the MSM, along with conservative pundits and Republicans in general. (Many of the reasons why have been documented right here at Colossus since the Tucson shooting.)

Does Busiek not realize that a lot of his fanbase just might be comprised of right-leaning individuals? He's certainly not a dumb man, so of course he does. So what does he expect when he makes such politically skewed comments? No reaction? People not to get pissed off when he's essentially parroting what the vacuous MSM puts out there? For example, why didn't he note that the other side did, and does, precisely what Sarah Palin did with her "crosshairs" ad?

I titled the post what I did because as a writer, Busiek can certainly touch on matters political ... and really should to a degree given his field. Again, as I noted, he's never been very overtly outspoken in his comics. And it's not a situation like I encountered about six years ago at a Jimmie Dale Gilmore concert where the singer, instead of doing what we paid him to do -- SING -- constantly rambled on and on about the supposed ills of the Bush administration. Even regular Colossus commenter, "cardinals fan," who is a huge Gilmore fan but is farther to the right than I, openly voiced his displeasure to Jimmie Dale at said concert smack dab in the middle of one of his soliloquies! In other words, with apologies to Laura Ingraham, shut up and sing! It's simply a matter of respecting your entire fanbase, whether you agree with them, but especially if you don't.

I've always said that if I was ever fortunate enough to be in a position like Busiek, Millar or even Jimmie Dale Gilmore, I'd keep my freakin' yap shut on matters political while in the public realm. Because I know that my [financial] support comes from all across the proverbial spectrum, and alienating any segment of that is simply obtuse from a basic self-interest angle. Some may say that this is all a "free speech" matter; let's just do away with that silly argument right now. Nothing is preventing Busiek, et. al. from speaking their minds, and it is unfortunately too common a misconception that criticism of someone speaking his/her mind -- including a boycott, whether individual or organized -- "suppresses" that free speech. Baloney. Indeed, what is such a boycott other than free expression itself? If I did insist on opining on matters political and/or newsworthy at various social network arenas, I'd do my damndest to cover both sides of an issue as in-depth as possible. And, perhaps most importantly, I wouldn't presume that my position/status somehow makes me smarter than the next guy, merely because I've been fortunate enough to possess that position/status.

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January 20, 2011

Tough crowd

10 Killed by mobsters in Mexico: "The norteño band La Excelencia had just finished their performance at the Vida Divina club in the wee hours of Monday when four intoxicated men carrying weapons demanded that the musicians continue playing.

After the group agreed to play two more songs, the club owner called a halt, informing La Excelencia and the remaining patrons that it was closing time.

Minutes later, the four gunmen detonated a grenade inside the bar and opened fire on the band."

Note to Hube: Please cancel the Mexican leg of our Fall tour.

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Song of the day


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December 27, 2010

R.I.P. Teena Marie

The "Ivory Queen of Soul" dies at age 54. No cause of death is yet known It appears Marie died of natural causes, though Lady T suffered a gran mal seizure a month ago.

This is probably my favorite tune from Lady T, "Out on a Limb":


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October 26, 2010

Hube's Spanish Language Video of the Week

Courtesy of Argentine musical genius Gustavo Cerati (formerly of Soda Stereo) -- it's "Cosas Imposibles" ("Impossible Things"):


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October 08, 2010

Hube's Spanish Language Video of the Week

Here's Argentine musical genius Gustavo Cerati and his Soda Stereo live "Unplugged" with their hit "Disco Eterno":


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July 31, 2010

Irony

At the end of the Los Amigos Invisibles concert this past Thursday in Philly, I was chatting with the bass player, José Torres, when some schlub (had to be a U. Penn student) came up to him to ask a question ... in a Ho Chi Minh t-shirt, complete with prominent red star.

The irony? Torres and the other Amigos are from Venezuela -- where proto-dictator Hugo Chávez is busily transforming their country into a basket case.

Torres (not a fan of Chávez at all) is way too nice of a guy to say anything ... but I sure was tempted.

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July 20, 2010

Something inspiring


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July 16, 2010

Hube's Spanish Language Video of the Week

Here is the Mexican musical genius Aleks Syntek with the jammin' "Tú Necesitas." I just added about eight Syntek songs to my iPod ... can't believe I had forgotten about him!


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July 13, 2010

25th anniversary of Live Aid

Man, this news almost escaped me -- 25 years ago today, possibly the greatest music event in history took place. Locally, it occurred at the now-demolished JFK Stadium.

A few things I'll always recall about the event:

1) Organizer Bob Geldof remarked "Who the f*** are the Hooters?" when informed that the band would be opening the Philly show. The Hooters were already a popular local band; they were just emerging as major stars at the time Live Aid took place. Ironically, nineteen years later at a concert in Germany, Geldof opened for the Hooters!

2) Phil Collins played at both arenas! He played at Wembley Stadium in London first, then took the supersonic Concorde to New York, then helicoptered to Philly -- to perform at JFK. Wow.

3) The MTV VJs got way too much face time. I recall my sisters and I watching and clamoring "WTF!! Will you show the bands already??"

4) Wayne and Garth on an episode of Saturday Night Live's "Wayne's World" totally busting on the fact that the lame Russian band Autograph actually got Live Aid coverage. Hilarious!

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June 08, 2010

Oh, now I may be against the Arizona immigration law!

That's because music stars Carlos Santana, Willie Nelson, the Mexican pop-rock band Mana, Shakira, Juanes, Zack de la Rocha of Rage Against the Machine, Los Tigres del Norte, Sonic Youth, Kanye West and Ozomatli are now all against the law and favor a boycott of the state. What a laugh.

Hmm, I wonder: How many concerts and protests have (especially) the Mexican/Latino stars participated in regarding Mexico's harsh immigration laws?

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March 01, 2010

Hube's Spanish Language Video of the Week

Los Amigos Invisibles' latest: "Sueño Erótico" ("Erotic Dream") off of their latest disc, Commerical. (N-exactly-SFW.)


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February 15, 2010

One-hit wonder

Doug Fieger, lead man for The Knack, has died (h/t to The Corner). Their mega-hit "My Sharona" was a staple of my junior high school days:


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January 23, 2010

Hube's Spanish Language Video of the Week

From 1988: The greatest Latin American rock band ever, Soda Stereo, and its tribute to the desaparecidos -- the "disappeared" -- of Argentina (and specifically Buenos Aires). Which is quite fitting since the band is from Argentina. Here's "En La Ciudad De La Furia" ("In The City of Fury"):

A website devoted to the desaparecidos. The lyrics to this excellent song are here.

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December 31, 2009

Hube's Spanish Language Video of the Week

Very appropriate for our recent spat of weather, I'd say! Here's -- you guessed it -- Los Amigos Invisibles with their hit "Playa Azul" ("Blue Beach") from their album The Venezuelan Zinga Son Vol. 1:


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November 21, 2009

Hube's Spanish Language Video of the Week

Who else but Los Amigos Invisibles -- recent winners of the Latin Grammy for Best Alternative Album -- here live a few years back with their 1999 hit "Ultrafunk":


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November 06, 2009

Los Amigos Invisibles win Latin Grammy!

Mis panas from Venezuela, Los Amigos Invisibles, won their first Latin Grammy last evening for Best Alternative Album.

Heartiest congrats, my friends!


Left to right: Mando (keyboards), Chulius (lead vocals), Maurimix (percussion, vocals), Catire (bass), and Cheo (guitar). (Drummer "Mamulo" is not pictured.)

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September 15, 2009

Heh

Obama's right about one thing.

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May 27, 2009

The new album

... by Los Amigos Invisibles -- "Commercial" -- is out the end of this month.


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May 18, 2009

Hube's Spanish Language Video of the Week

Once again, Los Amigos Invisibles (who'll be in Philly July 12, by the way) this time with the beautiful "Gerundio" -- "Gerund" in English. (So named because practically all the words in the song end in "-ando" or "-iendo," which in English is the ending "-ing.")


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April 11, 2009

Hube's Spanish Language Video of the Week

Mexico's Zoé, previously seen here. This time out it's "Deja Te Conecto":


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March 19, 2009

Hube's Spanish Language Video of the Week

Here's Spain's Jarabe de Palo with their infectious groove-laden "Bonito":


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March 01, 2009

This I-Pod thing is cool

My latest additions:

The Pretenders:

  • "Mystery Achievement"
  • "Talk of the Town"
  • "Show Me"
  • "Tattooed Love Boys"
  • "Message of Love"

Yes:

  • "Starship Trooper"
  • "Tempus Fugit"
  • "Roundabout"
  • "Love Will Find a Way"

Boz Scaggs:

  • "Heart of Mine"
  • "Lowdown"
  • "Look What You've Done to Me"

Others:

  • "Loose Fit" by Happy Mondays
  • "Lay It Down" by Ratt (seriously! It jams!)
  • "I Can't Tell You Why" by The Eagles

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February 24, 2009

For A.J. Lynch!

Since I was lucky enough to pique AJ's interest in Los Amigos Invisibles with this post, here are a couple more songs/vids to further get him (and hopefully others) into the groove.

First is the only available actual vid from their first offering (A Typical and Autoctonal Venezuelan Dance Band), the disc of which is only available through their website. It's "Nada que Decir" -- "Nothing to Say." (Warning: the vid is definitely "dated"):

And here's "Sexy" from their second album The New Sound of the Venezuelan Gozadera:


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February 22, 2009

Hube's Spanish Language Video of the Week

Not sure if this is an official vid (looks like it) but here is my FAVE group EVER, Los Amigos Invisibles, with the first single off their new disc Comercial -- "Mentiras" ("Lies"):


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February 08, 2009

Hube's Spanish Language Video of the Week

Here's Mexico's awesome Julieta Venegas with her hit "Lento" ("Slow") from the album (which is full of songs dedicated to her then-recent marriage):


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January 17, 2009

I'm a celebrity so listen to me II

And who better to listen to than a blue-collar New Jersey rocker turned multi-millionaire?

Bruce Springsteen has launched an outspoken attack on the Bush administration, accusing the outgoing president of leaving a legacy of ruined lives and broken policies.

The "Born to Run" singer said that the US was now "suffering the consequences" of eight years of rule by a "very radical group of people" who had attempted to undermine the country's democratic values.

Describing President Bush's period in power as a "nightmare" for most Americans, the songwriter said: "We had a historically blind administration who didn't take consideration of the past; thousands of thousands of people died, lives were ruined and terrible, terrible things occurred because there was no sense of real history, no sense that the past is living and real."

In a rare interview, Springsteen said that President-Elect Barack Obama's election represented the triumph of the values and spirit he had attempted to capture in his music.

"His election was an incredible moment for someone who seemed to carry... enormous parts of American history with him. Someone who can reckon with the past, who can live with the past in the present, and move towards the future – that's fabulous," he told Observer Music Monthly, in an article to be published on Sunday.

"And for the country to recognise that was a wonderful moment. This place we've been talking about, singing about ... it's alive. It isn't dead. It exists."

The Boss's next album is tentatively titled "Born to Kumbaya."

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January 16, 2009

Hube's Spanish Language Video of the Week

I had heard this song on Comcast's Music Choice; I finally found the vid on YouTube. The song -- "Tania" -- by Mexico's Fase is an electronica treasure. Lead singer Alma Velsaco's voice is simply delightful.


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December 29, 2008

This one's even better ...

Loyal CoR reader "cardinals fan" will testify that I can "skat" the trumpet and sax solos found in this tune perfectly. ;-)

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OK, take a break from all the seriousness

... courtesy of my favorite all-time band, E.W. & F.!!

"You won't find out ... if you never try ... !!"

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December 28, 2008

Sunday early afternoon jam

The Brand New Heavies, yo. Man, can that N'Dea Davenport SING!


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December 10, 2008

Hube's Spanish Language video of the week

The Mexican music mecca of Monterrey strikes again. This time out it's Kinky from their self-titled album with "Cornman." Kinky's unique style blends rock, funk, and electronica with traditional Mexican (like accordion) sounds.


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November 13, 2008

Because no one asked for it ...

... another one of my fave Spyro Gyra tunes. This one, "Cockatoo," my high school band director could play by heart (he's a sax player) and possibly even better than the multi-talented leader of S.G., Jay Beckenstein.

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November 12, 2008

Speaking of musical memories ...

... ah -- the jazz-fusion group Spyro Gyra from my mid-late teens. Man, if I only could have played like Jay Beckenstein here ... and man, is that soprano sax solo starting at about 4:09 just KILLER or what?

From 1980, here is "Here Again":


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Oh, the musical memories ...

It was a terrific moment.

I had made the AYJB, the American Youth Jazz Band. The name is sort of a misnomer, actually. The band didn’t encompass youth from across America, but from the tri-state region: Delaware, southeastern PA and southern NJ. Still, I considered it quite an accomplishment. I didn’t make it playing my primary instrument, the tenor sax, having to settle – if “settle” is the correct term – for playing the baritone sax. This fact lessened my glee somewhat. I was, after all, a mere 155 lbs. back in the spring of 1982 (which at my current height of 6’3”, which I was back then too, means I was one lanky MFer!). The baritone sax is quite a large instrument. It’s heavy to carry around. I’d have to lug that around Europe along with my suitcase. That wasn’t gonna be a lot of fun.

Oh, did I mention the AYJB was going to tour Europe for three weeks? Yep. That’s what the AYJB had done for several years now. Led by band director supreme Hal Schiff (may he rest in peace), the band’s needs and tour was largely financed by an elderly woman (may she also rest in peace) from suburban Chester Co., PA who maintained the AYJB as her big philanthropist cause. The objective of the band was to spread [American] goodwill through music, in particular jazz (hence the band’s name) which many Europeans absolutely love – as I was about to find out.

Our first stop was Belgium, at a beach resort on the North Sea. OK, understand that I was only 17 at the time. This means in Belgium it was LEGAL to buy and drink beer. Uh-oh. Upon getting settled in at our hotel, a few bandmates and I promptly hit the pub. And Belgian brew is some of the finest in the world, natch. The people, though, weren’t all that friendly in Belgium.

Our concert that evening (at the same resort) started off rather “blah;” that is, people seemed disinterested. This was quite disconcerting for us youngin' jazz musicians. We certainly hoped this wasn’t going to be the case for the whole three weeks! Then, about a half hour into our set, we broke out the Big Band Era tunes – songs like “Cherokee” and “In the Mood” – and WHOA! All of a sudden the people came out of the woodwork to cut the rug! All us band-folk glanced around at each other is amazement … and our dispositions became quite gleeful just like that. Director Schiff told us after the show how hugely popular Big Band tunes were in the Old Continent. Now we knew.

Our next stop was Cologne, Germany. The people here were less friendly than in Belgium. We played our concert in the middle of the afternoon in the large town square, and there was hardly an audience. In addition, quite a few “burnouts” – drugged-out teen types – helped themselves to sitting on the stage with us, talking at normal loudness, completely oblivious to the fact that we were PLAYING music. The worst part came a bit later when we ended up being the targets for some teens (who weren’t on the stage) throwing coins at us! WTF?? I was glad to end that concert, needless to say.

If I already didn’t have a bad enough taste in my mouth for Germans, I REALLY did later that afternoon. Our main singer – an early 30-something black woman with a voice that’d give Anita Baker a run for her money – asked me to accompany her to do some shopping. The stares and gawks from the Germans were almost too much to bear. As badly as this affected me (hey, again I was only 17) I can only imagine how the singer felt. But she hid her misgivings very well, as did I, as best we could. It was shocking, really. Even though it was the early 80s, back in the States nothing like this would have come even close to happening, at least around where I lived.

Thankfully, Germany only took up two total days of our journey.

The bulk of our trip was covered in Holland, or, if you prefer, The Netherlands. Wow – what a change!! Unlike Belgium and Germany, the Dutch were EXTREMELY friendly and outgoing, and seemed to really dig Americans. At our first stop, a fellow sax player and a trumpet player stayed with me at a newlywed couple’s house. They agreed to house us because they were huge jazz lovers! I’ll never forget the husband’s first gesture (amazingly, he spoke little English unlike his wife … amazingly because every other Dutch person I know speaks it perfectly) was to offer my two bandmates and I a beer. “Sure,” we three said. He then opened up a WOOD CABINET and handed us three bottles of Grolsch. Yep – room temperature beer, folks!

And hey – what is the deal with water pressure in Europe?? It was a constant problem everywhere we went. Do Europeans have something against water pressure? This couple’s house in Holland was the worst by far. Taking an adequate shower was virtually impossible. That “Seinfeld” episode comes to mind when I think back to this house. Our hair looked quite similar to Jerry’s and co.’s …

The Dutch LOVE jazz. They love it. At least all the folks we encountered did. Band director Schiff took two days to teach jazz techniques at a local school while we were there. A local jazz band followed one of our performances while in one small town. It was “comical,” for lack of a better term, listening to the Dutch jazz band. The reason? Their technique was excellent, but they didn’t … “feel” the music. Their improvisation skills were virtually nil. If they weren’t reading the music they seemed “lost.” This was one of the reasons director Schiff was teaching those classes – to improve the concept of improvisation among Dutch jazz musicians.

At another town, my two roomies and I stayed at a house which had two grade school-age kids. One kid was a military fighter jet aficionado (he really knew his stuff) and he and I chatted for hours about various air force planes, past and present. The humorous part about staying at this house? When the mother of this abode washed our clothes, she dried them … by using a single light bulb. I s*** you not. She laid out our various garb on hangers, and dangling down right in the middle of ‘em all was a 100 watt light bulb. Needless to say, even after two days our clothes were still damp. My butt itched something fierce when I wore those jeans the next day!

Did I mention how awesome the Dutch were? In another town they gave us the equivalent of the key to the town. In yet another they gave a parade in our honor.

Then we went to Amsterdam…

I don’t think, in retrospect, that taking a group of mostly 17 year olds to one of the most … “progressive” cities in the world was a particularly good idea. The sightseeing was terrific – the canal cruise, the bridges, the cuisine, the Heineken brewery(!) – but then there were things like a Heineken vending machine in our hotel lobby, and a thing called the Red Light District which attracted the attention of numerous male members of our band (just to look, not touch, by the way!).

Our last stop was Luxembourg. The highlight here, if it could be called such, was visiting the American WW II Military Cemetery. General George Patton is buried here, and his grave is absolutely no different from that of any other soldier. The only thing that stands out about Patton’s gravestone is that it is set apart just a bit from the rest of the graveyard. The feeling of walking among the thousands of graves was … overwhelming. If you’ve seen the beginning of “Saving Private Ryan,” you might understand what I’m talking about. After a short while, I started welling up with tears. When I saw the first grave of a soldier from Delaware, I lost it. And I wasn’t the only one. Everyone in the band, upon reentering the bus to leave, had wet eyes.

Unfortunately, it was at this last stop of Luxembourg that I encountered the only real instance of anti-Americanism of the whole trip. Our last night in Europe, me and a couple bandmates hit a bar not far from our hotel. At first no one came to serve us. When one of our number flagged down a server, his attitude was shitty. He then came back to “inform” us that our beers were going to cost an inordinate number of francs, much more than what was noted in the menu. When we inquired why, we were told it was because “we were not regulars.” When we asked what that meant, he mentioned some term – a term we later found out was derogatory for “American.”

I’ll never forget that summer. It remains the only time I’ve been to Europe, though I hope to journey back sometime in the future, hopefully to Spain, France and England this time. I soon realized how fortunate I was to have gone on that trip as it proved to be AYJB’s last; our elderly philanthropist died later that year, and director Schiff began suffering from the beginnings of Alzheimer’s disease.

The alumni of the AYJB had actually played numerous concerts in Costa Rica the years prior to my membership in the group. Unfortunately, based on the events noted above, this, too, had ceased. But a Costa Rican gent who had traveled back with Hal Schiff in late ’81 had stayed and practiced with my AYJB for about a month before we had traveled to Europe. In what has to be one of the “WTF??”-type small world stories, when I went to study in Costa Rica in 1986, I actually ran into this guy – he was playing his sax with his own band at a local nightclub! He had begged me to pick up his sax and play a couple tunes with his band, but I was totally rusty and didn’t want to embarrass myself.

Alas, I sorta wish I had kept up with playing my sax. In high school I once won “Best Woodwind Soloist” at the Newark Jazz festival, and I played in a college band called “Why Not?” at UD, as well as a small stint in a UD jazz combo. Alas, other interests have taken prominence over the years, including a thing called “marriage” shortly after college.

And so it sits – a Selmer Mark VI tenor saxophone, in its case, in my basement, gathering dust.

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November 04, 2008

We need more Carrie Underwoods

The singer lays it out:

"There is someone I do support, but I don't support publicly. I lose all respect for celebrities when they back a candidate. It's saying that the American public isn't smart enough to make their own decisions ... music is where you go to get away from all the BS."

In other words, "SHUT UP AND SING!!" Like I wanted to scream at Jimmy Dale Gilmore one time.

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October 13, 2008

Hube hangin' with Los Amigos Invisibles

Last Thursday night 'da wife and I had the incredible pleasure of hanging with that Venezuelan super-group, Los Amigos Invisibles. They played at Penn's World Café, which also has a terrific menu at their restaurant. The crowd wasn't as wall-bustingly huge as at past concerts; 'da wife and I attributed that to the adjacent [home] Phillies game, the first against the Dodgers for the National League Championship.

Nevertheless, the crowd was rockin' and jammin'. Lead man Julio Briceño (aka "Chulius") gave yours truly a shout out as the band intro'd my favorite Amigos tune, "Encántame." Bass player José Torres (aka "Catire") invited us backstage after the show. We also helped the band get settled into their hotel, and then we treated Catire, drummer Juan Roura (aka "Mamulo") and guitarist José Luís Pardo (aka "Cheo") to drinks at the nearby Irish Pub. We closed down the place (meaning last call at 2:00am), natch!


'Da wife and I backstage with (from left to right) bassist
Catire, guitarist Cheo and singer Chulius.

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September 20, 2008

Real music

Gad, this is such a great song. I've seen Yes in concert twice and they were spectacular. From the Drama album this is Yes's "Tempus Fugit." And believe it or not, I actually once knew how to play the bass line of this song. (Um, that was 21 years ago, folks ... please don't ask me to try it today!)


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August 29, 2008

Hube's Spanish language video of the week

From that mecca of terrific Spanish rock -- Monterrey, Mexico -- here's the band Volovan with their hit "Ella es Azul" ("She is Blue"). I really dig their stuff (and this video) as it has a definite 50s-ish and/or Beatles-esque feel to it:


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August 08, 2008

Speaking of which ...

... here's this week's "Hube's Spanish Language Video of the Week." This time out it's Spain's Presuntos Implicados (Presumed Guilty) with their hit "Gente" ("People").


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August 01, 2008

Hube's Spanish language video of the week

How could I have forgotten this musical genius from Mexico -- the one and only Aleks Syntek?? Here he is with his old chums from "La Gente Normal" ("The Normal People") and their superb "La Fé de Antes" ("The Faith from Before"):


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June 30, 2008

Hube's Spanish language video of the week

This was a staple for a couple weeks on MTV En Español a few years ago. It's by Carol C. and DJ Nickodemus; Carol C. is the lead singer of the group Si Sé whom I saw when they opened for Los Amigos Invisibles in NYC in 2005. They were absolutely sensational. Not only were their songs hip, funky and toe-tappin' in both Spanish and English, Carol's voice is oh-so-yummy -- and she's damn sexy to boot! So without further ado, here's "Mariposa" ("Butterfly").

Warning for the very easily offended: The video has less-than-subtle lesbian overtones. I couldn't find lyrics of the tune anywhere, but they're not explicit; quite poetic, actually, from those I could make out from the video. The chorus chimes in part "Bailaré hasta el amanecer ... contigo ..." which translates to "I'll dance until the dawn with you." Make of that what you will, natch!

By the way, "Si Sé" translates to "If I Know." One weird thing about Spanish is that an accent mark can totally change the meaning of a word. For instance, "se" without the accent mark really means nothing at all without another word following it, so that's easy. Most Americans know that "sí " means "yes," but do not know that without the accent, it means "if." BUT (whew!) many folks who write in Spanish leave off needed accent marks as usually one can tell what the word means via context. I'm assuming Si Sé didn't leave off the accent on the "i" (see the album cover here) but if they did, the moniker still neatly translates into "Yes I Know." There's no context at all, so I'll have to go what the grammar shows me!

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June 27, 2008

Hube's Spanish language video of the week III

Another under-appreciated nugget this time from Monterrey, Mexico (where just about every great band from that country comes from) -- here's Jumbo with "Siento Que." (This site has the Spanish lyrics and the English translation ... though some of the translations aren't quite accurate.)


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Hube's Spanish language video of the week II

Here is the insanely phenomenal Argentinian Soda Stereo and their "unplugged" version of "Angel Eléctrico":

Lyrics:

Ahi va la tempestad,
Ya parece un paisaje habitual.
Un arbol color sodio, la caida de un Angel Electrico!
Nooooo!
No tengo estatica y no querria lastimarte de nuevo
Volvi solo y cargado por la caida de otro Angel Electrico.
Enrredado en cables, estoy al filo de la resignacion,
Debe ser del habito al esperar que algo quiebre en un mi sonor.
Un nuevo acorde te hace mirarme a los ojos,
Aun tengo al sol para besar tu sombra.
Hoy cai al dejarte sola, ya pague por quebrar la calma.


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June 26, 2008

Hube's Spanish language video of the week

Once again, it's Chile's La Ley from their Unplugged album (which is, in a word, spectacular). Lead singer Beto Cuevas' voice is phenomenal. Here's "Intenta Amar" ("Endeavour to Love"):


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June 16, 2008

Does she attend Jeremiah Wright's church?

Alicia Keys on so-called "gangsta rap":

“‘Gangsta rap’ was a ploy to convince black people to kill each other,” she says, putting down the sandwich. “‘Gangsta rap’ didn’t exist.”

Come again? A ploy by whom?

She looks at us like it’s the dumbest question in the world. “The government.” (Source.)

Keys also believes that "Tupac [Shakur] and Biggie [Smalls] were essentially assassinated, their beefs stoked by the government and the media, to stop another great black leader from existing.” Um, uh-huh.

In the interview, Keys says that the song “Go Ahead” is an anti-GW tirade: “What have you given me but lies, lies, lies?” she says. Well gee -- in that case, maybe her next cover will be of the Thompson Twins!

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June 02, 2008

Hube's Spanish language video of the week

Gustavo Cerati is by far and away THE musical genius in the genre that is Spanish rock. The former front-man of Soda Stereo, Cerati has put out numerous solo albums since 1995. His lyrics are phenomenal, his music incredible, and his guitar-playing jaw-dropping. So, from 1995's Amor Amarillo disc, here's "Te Llevo Para Que Me Lleves":


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May 31, 2008

Hube's Spanish-language video of the week, part 2

I had to put this one up. It is simply one of the most beautiful Spanish-lingo songs I've ever heard. It's by two Italian singers, by the way, Nek and the totally sexy Laura Pausini. Both put out tunes regularly in their native italiano as well as Spanish. (Pausini even has an English album out.) And if you think Nek (by the way, what the hell kind of moniker is that for an Italian guy??) has a lisp, he doesn't. He merely acquired the Castilian accent from nearby Spain. So, without further ado, here is "Tan Solo Tú":


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May 30, 2008

Hube's Spanish language video of the week

Because nobody demanded it: Here's Argentina's Santos Inocentes with their electronica/metal hit "Santadélica." I usually disdain anything metal-ish, but this tune is so downright jammin' I can't help but love it.


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May 24, 2008

Hube's Spanish Music Video of the Week

Because nobody demanded it: Chile's La Ley and their hit "Fuera de Mi."


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May 20, 2008

"Who the f*** is Zoé?"

That's what one buddy asked me when he saw my "Favorite Bands A-Z." So, thanks to the magic of YouTube, here they are -- the video for "Miel" ("Honey"), my fave song of theirs.

There's such a ... majesty to Spanish language lyrics that I don't think English can ever quite capture. León Larregui is Zoé's master, much like Gustavo Cerati is Soda Stereo's.

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May 18, 2008

Blog Meme: Favorite bands via the alphabet

List your favorite bands from A to Z:

A. Aerosmith
B. The Beatles
C. The Cars
D. D'arby, Terence Trent
E. Earth, Wind and Fire
F. Funkadelic
G. Genesis
H. Hall and Oates
I. INXS
J. John, Elton
K. K.C. and the Sunshine Band
L. Tie: Los Amigos Invisibles and Level 42
M. Miller, Steve
N. Nirvana
O. The Ohio Players
P. The Pretenders
Q. Queen
R. Rush
S. Soda Stereo
T. Tears for Fears
U. U2
V. Van Halen
W. The Who
X. XTC
Y. Yes
Z. Zoé

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February 15, 2008

Can you dig it!!

My fave band of all time is playing in D.C. tomorrow. Yep, that's right, Los Amigos Invisibles!

And just take one guess at who's on their guest list for this show: ME!! (Well, 'da wife, too, natch!) Not only that, 'da wife and I are invited backstage afterwards to hang with the band and have a few drinks!

I just can't think of a more happenin' time, yo!

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November 17, 2007

Music education: It's helpful!

A recent poll indicates that Americans believe music education results in greater academic success as well as higher incomes.

Since I personally fit right into the parameters of this poll, I'll be the first to say that learning to play an instrument sure IS a good thing! Learning to read music assists one's math skills, and obviously, too, the growth of that right brain area! (That's the, um, creativity center of your noggin', natch.) By personal observation, the vast majority of my students that play an instrument (in the school band and elsewhere) are some of my best students.

Actually, one of my biggest regrets is not actively staying with music. My tenor sax remains in its case in my basement (case gathering dust), having only seen the light of day but a few times in the last decade. (But hey, I can get a nice coin if I ever decide to sell it; it's a Selmer Mark VI, one of the finest saxes ever made.) My bass guitar was donated to my school's music department years ago, and my school's jazz band's percussion section makes use of my old Peavy amplifier.

*Sigh*

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November 12, 2007

These guys are just awesome

Los Amigos Invisibles were in Philly this past weekend, and of course I was there! Besides the great music, the members of the band are the friendliest -- and funniest -- dudes around! Just check out this classic video from their third LP, Arepa 3000. The song itself is a beautiful melody, but the video is a hoot:

The song, "Si Estuvieras Aquí," means "If You Were Here."

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August 24, 2007

Mark King rocks

How does this guy (my favorite bass player of all time) play the bass lines he does and sing so well -- at the same friggin' time??

(And is that Prince William playing the sax solo there, or what?)

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June 09, 2007

An "Amigo Invisible" speaks out on what's going on in Venezuela

José Luís Pardo, the creative genius behind Venezuela's Los Amigos Invisibles, laments the shutting down of his country's RCTV by proto-dictator Hugo Chávez:

Last Sunday May 28th of 2007, Venezuelan TV station RCTV (Radio Caracas Television) went off the air for good. President Hugo Chavez decided not to renew their airwaves’ concession because the channel was supposedly disrespectful with the government policies.

That TV station was not only the oldest one in the country, it was also responsible for most of the pop culture that all Venezuelans share in common. TV shows that we grew up with, icons that made us feel special, girls to fall in love with, international stars that came to visit, telenovelas that made history, comedians that made us laugh for years, cartoons that often became the favorite subject of drunk conversations, TV shows, news shows, etc. RCTV is part of the history of our country and they just disappeared from Venezuelans’ TV screens last Sunday.

As part of Los Amigos Invisibles and as journalist, RCTV became for me a place full of friends: people who liked our band and people who I shared classrooms with. They opened the doors of their shows to let us play music during our entire career; they knew when we were in town and invited us to go on and tell everybody how everything was going for us and with our tours; they were happy to support us. We probably appeared at least once in every one of the shows they had—probably lots of Venezuelan bands did too, they were really supportive with musicians. I just feel sad for not being able to return the favor, but truth is that I just couldn’t believe that they were going off the air for good, I just couldn’t believe that Chavez made that happen, it took too much time to believe it.

There's much more.

Pardo, affectionately known as "Cheo" to those who follow the band, is one of the coolest -- and smartest -- performers I know of. He and his bandmates are all quite politically and culturally cognizant of their country's situation and more. But even given that (as I've written many times previously), they share an affection for their fans that is nigh-unbeatable by any similar act. When a couple friends and I saw Los Amigos on my birthday a few months ago, Cheo -- whom I had talked with several times previously at other concerts -- called me over before the show (he DJs for about an hour before the band comes on), wished me a "happy birthday" (one of my friends told him), and offered to buy my friends and I some drinks. But the best part was in the middle of the band's performance, the lead singer (Julio Briceño) looked out in the crowd, asked where I was by name, and wished me a "happy birthday" from the entire band! Everyone in the audience was looking at me with faces like "Who's that guy?" and then wishing me same.

It was the best birthday gift I had had in many years.

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March 08, 2007

Best 200 albums?

Duffy dissects the National Association of Recording Merchandisers "Definitive 200" albums. All 200. I'm not kidding.

The fact that Duff actually considered all 200 deserves that you go and read this post. You'll be glad you did.

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March 03, 2007

Los Amigos Invisibles. In Philly. On my birthday.

How lucky can I get? My fave band ever -- Venezuela's Los Amigos Invisibles -- are playing at the World Café tonight in downtown Philly. Tonight. The night of March 3rd. My birthday. The perfect gift.

("Me matan," by the way, means "They kill me.")

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January 15, 2007

Best sci-fi show theme song ever

Star Trek: Enterprise's, that is. Man, I love this tune. It's one of the best TV theme songs period, in my book. The reruns of the show on SciFi Channel rekindled the goosebumps I get when I hear it.

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December 26, 2006

Can it get any better?

Los Amigos Invisibles, those venezolanos locos whose music I totally love, are playing in Philly on March 3rd! Why is this a big deal? 'Cause it's my birthday, natch! Could I have asked for a better present? I doubt it.


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October 10, 2006

I experienced a similar situation

Check out this nugget about Barbra Streisand injecting too damn much politics into her show -- when people apparently showed up to watch her sing! (Imagine that!)

There was Streisand, enduring a smattering of very loud jeers as she and "George Bush" _ a celebrity impersonator _ muddled through a skit that portrayed the president as a bumbling idiot.

Though most of the crowd offered polite applause during the slightly humorous routine, it got a bit too long, especially for a few in the audience who just wanted to hear Streisand sing like she had been doing for the past hour.

"Come on, be polite!" the well-known liberal implored during the sketch as she and "Bush" exchanged zingers. But one heckler wouldn't let up. And finally, Streisand let him have it.

"Shut the (expletive) up!" Streisand bellowed, drawing wild applause. "Shut up if you can't take a joke!"

With that one F-word, the jeers ended. And the message was delivered -- no one gets away with trying to upstage Barbra Streisand, especially not in her hometown.

Geez, I guess so. As I recall writing about on my old blog, in Feb. 2005 I went to see folk artist Jimmy Dale Gilmore with some good buddies. We had seen him at the same venue a few years prior, and we had a great time. He put on one good show. Not in '05, however. Like Streisand, Gilmore rambled on and on about George Bush and conservative politics in general, thinking he was quite funny, but he was failing miserably. And, he wouldn't stop. My pals and I estimated that about half of the [small] venue was not happy with Gilmore's rantings. People were uttering things like "OK, already -- shut up and play!" We added to those complaints ourselves, especially since we also estimated that Gilmore had actually played about half the total number of tunes that he did years prior.

Streisand's politics are probably more well-known than Gilmore's, although if you're unaware it's probably a safe bet to guess (mainly just by lookin' at him) where Jimmy Dale's beliefs lie. Still, when you buy tickets to a concert to either -- of any other music group -- you pay your money for the tunes, not the artist's proselytizing. The sooner singers/performers get that through their thick domes, the better!

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August 19, 2006

Hey! Angry liberal musicians! Whoa!

From the NY Times:

Sitting at a table in early August, Bobby Braddock, the longtime songwriter, lamented the conservatism of the country music industry that was demonstrated when the lead singer of the Dixie Chicks became a target of fury three years ago after saying she was ashamed that her band and President Bush shared the same home state.

Country music, the genre of lonely hearts and highways, lost jobs and blue-collar woes, has become a cultural battleground. Conservatism is widely seen as having the upper hand, a red-state answer to left-leaning Hollywood.

Democrats on Music Row, the country music capital here, have grown frustrated with that reputation. A group of record-company executives, talent managers and artists has released an online compilation of 20 songs, several directly critical of Mr. Bush and the Iraq war.

The price for the set is $20, with most of the proceeds going to the group, which calls itself Music Row Democrats and is using the money to support local and national candidates who share its values.

Awwww. Sorry folks, but it's really tough to get all teary-eyed about your ... "situation" when, as the article [unbelievably] admits, liberals dominate Hollywood (and, I'll add education and the MSM to that list).

Democratic songwriters say that they have since hesitated to express political views, for fear of being “Dixie Chicked.�

Yawwwn. As we've written numerous times at Colossus, if musicians are too stupid to realize who comprises their core audience, they have no one to blame but themselves. Let's size it up [yet] again: No one is censoring you, and no one is infringing on your freedom of speech. Like too many other idiots, you want freedom of speech to equate to freedom from criticism -- and ultimately, freedom of guaranteed income.

If you want to see real muzzling of freedom of expression, ironically in an atmosphere that should be (above all) designed to support such, check out the myriad anecdotes from across the country regarding the aforementioned (liberal-dominated) education -- especially higher education -- field.

UPDATE: Wow, you gotta it like when an article to bolster your position falls right into your lap via blog surfing -- one using even some of the same words as the subjects of the Times article (like "lament").

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August 05, 2006

If I only I could play bass like ...

... Mark King. The only remaining original member of the jazz/funk/fusion-turned-pop group Level 42 (he's always been the main guy anyway) is seen here with new band mates at the Jazz Café. The tune is the all-instrumental "Mr. Pink" and showcases King's extraordinary bass playing talents and how. Check it:


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June 30, 2006

Los Amigos Invisibles on YouTube

Just discovered(!) this section of the fast-growing Internet video database. There's a massive Los Amigos Invisibles section, mainly a lot of videos shot by fans at various concerts. At any rate, below is the video for one of the more popular songs off their last album, titled "Diablo." (You don't need a translation for that, do you?) This video encapsulates what makes Los Amigos so much fun: Great music, havin' a good time, and ... hot Latin women!

(For the uninitiated, Los Amigos Invisibles are my fave band, and they aren't the women playing the instruments in the video. They just like having babes around them, natch!)

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June 21, 2006

Runnin'

Not only is it a terrific Earth, Wind and Fire tune, but it's something I try to do every other day. During the school year this is usually a quite difficult schedule to maintain; however, since school is now out I've been faithful about putting on the Asics on time.

Yesterday (early evening circa 8pm, to be precise) I got something I have not felt in a while: The "runner's high." It was on the return 1 and 1/2 miles of my usual 3 mile jaunt. I used to get the "high" quite often back in my prime when I would run virtually everyday. For me, the "high" manifests itself in a sudden burst of energy with virtually no feeling of fatigue. I love it. Of course, in order to obtain the "high," a normal schedule must be maintained, along with a good diet.

But also last night -- this same scenario happened. WTF?? And it wasn't just neighborhood intersections, it was houses' driveways, too! I lost track of how many times I had to make hand signals to the car driver to see who would get the right of way. Sheesh.

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October 30, 2005

Los Amigos kick ass -- yet again

I know this probably interests like ... nobody, but sorry -- I just can't say enough about this group!! Once again, Los Amigos Invisibles provided an outstanding show, this time at Philly's South Street's TLA. The wife and I got a spot right in front of the stage (as we usually try to do), right in front of singer Julio Briceño (aka "Chulius").

Funny moment: before the last song of their encore, some [fairly inebriated] dude yells for the song "En Cuatro" whereupon Julio's eyes got very wide, and he says into the mike (but in Spanish) "Dude, we just played that!"

Indeed -- they had played that tune about 10 minutes ago. All of us around this guy were dying laughing at his obvious embarrassment (especially 'cause he was with a very fine looking babe who was obviously beside herself)!

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October 29, 2005

¡Amigos!

My fave band, Los Amigos Invisibles, are in Philly tonight at the TLA (Theatre of Living Arts). The wife has some friends in from Costa Rica, and we're all heading up. Mike M. has become a fan, and I asked him if he wanted to join us, but alas, he's heading out of town.

Next time, Mike!

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