Friday, March 02, 2007


The Adrian Belew Power Trio performing Madness at the Southgate House

And here's a review of that show:

"The Adrian Belew Power Trio at the Southgate House in Newport: On one hand, it was a homecoming for guitar dynamo, pop stylist and instrumental innovator Belew, who was born in nearby Covington. On the other, the show was a celebration of the moment, as it was recorded for an upcoming live album to be titled Side Four. There even were a few Bears loose in the audience (specifically guitarist Rob Fetters and bassist Bob Nyswonger, who will be teaming up with Belew for a Bears reunion this summer). But the biggest thrill was getting to hear the guitarist's current trio in action. Over the past year, Belew has worked with a pair of industrious young siblings. Bassist Julie Slick, 21, and her drummer brother Eric, 19, attacked the monster funk of Writing on the Wall and Ampersand as well as the deep-pocket groove of Madness with a mix of youthful might and profound technical prowess. Such tunes gave Belew's poppish preferences a Red Hot Chili Peppers makeover, but the guitarist had plenty of other stylistic cards to play. Drive was a one-man-band carnival of pedal effects, echo devices and music that shifted from eerie twang to whammy bar-induced ambience. There also were nods to Belew's 25 years with King Crimson (a beastly Frame by Frame), early solo career delights (the big-beat guitar crunch sing-along Big Electric Cat) and forgotten gems (the percussive, almost tribal sounding title track to 1990's Young Lions) that were pumped up and delightfully mangled by the very un-slick sounding Slicks."

So that's cool. Delightfully Mangled. I like that name for a book. I think I'm going to use it for the next one, which I'm already plotting even though I'm still not feeling confident that Daddy Left Me Alone with God is finished. But yeah, Delighfully Mangled. I'm serious. It totally fits.

While I'm talking about writing, I learned I won this today from Rites of Romance for Another Bite of the Apple:


Best New Author 2006

Stella and Audra Price
Honorable Mention: Jacquelyn Frank

Best Artist 2006

Skylar Sinclair
Honorable Mention: Stella Price

Best Paranormal Book 2006

Sugar and Sin -Stella and Audra Price
Honorable Mention: Pack Challenge- Shelly Laurenston

Best Shifter Story 2006

Border Lair - Bianca D'Arc
Dark Side Of The Moon- Sherrilyn Kenyon
Honorable Mention:Kitten Mychael Black

Best Contemporary 2006

Tequila makes her clothes fall off - Cara North
Honorable Mention: Another Bite of the Apple- Robin Slick

Best Cover 2006

The Ice Dragon- Bianca D'Arc
Honorable Mention: Sugar and Sin- Stella and Audra Price

Best Erotica 2006

Sex Slave - Skylar Sinclair
Honorable Mention: A Bit of Rough- Laura Baumbach

Best Alt. Lifestyle 2006

Crimson Ambrosia- Sabrina Luna
Honorable Mention: Twice the Cowboy- James Buchanan

Best Book 2006

Michael Barnette Apocalypse Dance
Honorable Mention: Jacquelyn Frank Jacob

Best Publisher 2006

Samhain Publishing
Honorable Mention: Phaze

Best Paranormal Author 2006

Bianca D'Arc
Honorable Mention: Christine Feehan

Best Vamp Story 2006

Midnight Sun-Rene Lyons
Honorable Mention: Hunting The Hunter by Shiloh Walker

So that's cool. My publisher won an Honorable Mention, too.

Also, I entered a fun contest today sponsored by Smith Magazine:

Everyone has a story. Can you tell yours in six words? Sure you can. Submit yours to be considered for SMITH's book of six-word memoirs, published in 2008 by HarperCollins, with short, short life stories from Dave Eggers, Moby, Mario Batali, Jonathan Lethem, Joyce Carol Oates, Stephen J. Dubner--and maybe you.

Here's what I entered:

Babyboomer wonders: What the hell happened?

There are entries from some pretty cool authors on the website -- some of whom are friends of mine so to be honest, I'll be honored if they merely put mine up on the webpage.

Okay, I'm lying. Of course I want to be in the damn book. Wouldn't you?

I'm waiting on some other writing news - okay, a lot of writing news. I may be back if I hear anything.