Hail Hail, Phil Dirt!

DJ Phil Dirt, one of the big organizers of the legendary KFJC “Maximum LOUIE LOUIE” marathon is retiring from his shift at KFJC radio. Here’s some information about an upcoming tribute to him, swiped from the Pollo Del Mar webpage

DJ Phil Dirt has been spinning Surf Music on the Radio for 25 years. […]

Moving forward …

When dealing with literally hundreds of videotapes, it’s a serious challenge to organize all the various elements. It’s all too easy to overwhelmed by all the different pieces. With my LOUIE LOUIE documentary, it’s been a massive undertaking.

On Wednesday night, I attended a users group meeting for SF Cutters, a collective of folks that […]

Get your New Orleans music fix, donate to recovery

I received a nice little shout-out from the Shout! Factory:

“In the spirit of recovery, Shout! Factory will be donating all of the profits from sales made from the Shout! Factory website of the 4-CD box set Doctors, Professors, Kings & Queens: The Big Ol’ Box Of New Orleans through the end of 2005 […]

The Death of Another Record Store

Another independent record store has bitten the dust.

Compact Disc Warehouse, the only independent record store in Sunnyvale, the largest city between San Francisco and San Jose, California, has become another casualty in the retail business. There’s a lot of factors that contributed to it’s demise- online sales, predatory practices by large electronics chain […]

More thoughts on LOUISiana

All the eyes of the world are on the demaged gulf coast of LOUISiana, Mississippi and Alabama. Such a terrible tragedy made worse by an ineffective bureacracy. We’ll be talking about this one for a very long time.

LOUISiana isn’t an obvious reference point for the song “LOUIE LOUIE.” While author Richard Berry was born […]

RIP: Gatemouth Brown

My condolences go out to the family and friends of Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, who died on Saturday.

Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, was an extremely versatile musician that played blues, country, jazz, Cajun, and other variations of American music for over 50 years. For the past few years, he had been battling lung cancer and heart […]

A Gallery of Great Rock Bands!

With a tip of the hat to the good folks at Davie Allan’s KING OF THE FUZZ Yahoo group, I just found out about a wonderful website with group shots of a lot of great bands from the 1960’s.

The site is called “BEYOND THE BEAT GENERATION,” and it’s got a lot of wonderful photos- […]

The Daily Flash is back! + Chet Helms stuff

The Daily Flash is back! The Northwest legends from the 1960’s have reunited! Original band members Steve Lalor and Barry Curtis (also a member of the Kingsmen) have revived this group, pulling in Don Wilhelm (formerly of Heart) and Steve Peterson (another member of the Kingsmen) fill in the missing pieces. You can go […]

Songs for This Week’s Jukebox

This week, it’s hard not to think about Louisiana, Mississippi, and other Gulf areas destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. Here’s a few songs that I’ll be playing on my stereo:

“The City of New Orleans” – Steve Goodman, Arlo Guthrie, Johnny Cash “House of the Rising Sun” – Eric Burdon & Animals, Lead Belly, Nina Simone […]

The Kingsmen get special Grammy award

The Kingsmen are being honored with a special achievement award from the Grammy organization on September 24 in Seattle, Washington.

Read more details about this event at: http://www.grammy.com/pacificnw.aspx

A tip of the hat goes out to Kan-Do for the update!