Thursday, June 28, 2018

Dr. Dog, featuring Gary Slick and Natalie Prass

So here's a cute story.  When I got home from the Dr. Dog show on Saturday night,
 I uploaded the videos I had of Gary and Natalie joining Dr. Dog on stage for two songs.  
Because it was late and I was tired, I was having difficulty, and I simply uploaded them 
titled, "June 23, 2018."  I said to Gary, "Hey, it doesn't matter, these are my own
 private videos, we know where to find them."  But Gary was so cute, he was like a little
 kid.  "But if you don't put my name, how will other people find it?"  I tried not to
 smirk and didn't say what I was thinking ("What other people?"), took a deep breath,
and tried uploading them again so that this time, they could be properly labeled.  I 
saw that I did it correctly, so when it asked me to type in a label, I grinned and typed, 
"Heart it Races...Dr. Dog featuring Gary Slick."   I did the same thing with Natalie's 
video.  So imagine my shock and laughter when I saw the below article, a version 
of which also appears on WXPN's The Key, which not 
only contains both videos I uploaded, but also helped the writer identify Gary 
and Natalie for the purpose of this article, and, take a look at the set list they
 published, too :)  So yeah, I got a big kick out of that.

Anyway, to say that Gary had a heart attack (of joy) when I showed this
 article to him is putting it mildly.  The WXPN version of this article contains 
all of the videos plus some bonus clips.  The version of Heart it Races that I
posted has the complete GARY!  GARY! GARY! chants by the crowd at the
 end, the other version they posted is a better quality video of Gary, taken from
 the front, but it leaves out the ending :(. r

PHOTOS: Dr. Dog with (Sandy) Alex G

 and Natalie Prass at Festival Pier in Philadelphia, 06/23/18

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Indie rockers Dr. Dog ended their Critical Equation Tour with a hometown show at the
Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia on Saturday, June 23. Fellow Philly
singer/songwriter (Sandy) Alex Gopened the concert presented by public radio station
 WXPN 88.5 FM.
Supporting the April 27 release of the same name, the show was a 22-song,
career-spanning set with special guests joining them onstage through the night,
 including Tom Kelly of Alex G’s band, Dr. Dog drummer Eric Slick’s
 father Gary Slick on acoustic guitar, and Virginia singer/songwriter Natalie Prass.
Highlights included set opener and quasi hit “Shadow People,”
 Architecture In Helsinki cover “Heart It Races,” “Coming Ou
t of the Darkness” sung by Prass, and a raucous and jammy “Heavy Light,”
 which closed the night that was later lit up by fireworks.
“Critical Equation” came out through We Buy Gold Records following a long break after
 touring in support of 2016’s “The Psychedelic Swamp” (born from a collaboration between
 guitarist/singer Scott McMicken and bassist/singer Toby Leaman that predates Dr. Dog)
 and the quiet release of “Abandoned Mansion” nine months later.
“We were all really satisfied to close 14 years of history by finally revisiting
 ‘The Psychedelic Swamp’ and giving it our full attention,” McMicken said in
press release, “but I think stepping out of our natural evolution definitely taxed
us. We decided we should put ‘Abandoned Mansion’ out and just go our separate
 ways for six or seven months.”
“We’d been touring and making records for our entire adult lives, and I think we just
 needed to take a step back,” Leaman added. “It was important for all of us to figure
out if we were actually doing what we wanted to be doing, or if we were just letting
 momentum carry us down this path we’d always been on.”
“I feel like I’m in a totally new band right now,” McMicken emphasized. “We had
to tear it apart in order to rebuild it.”
See NEPA Scene’s photos of Dr. Dog playing at The Fillmore in Philadelphia back in 2016 here.
Dr. Dog setlist, June 23, 2018, Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia:
Shadow People
Go Out Fighting
The Breeze
True Love (with Tom Kelly of (Sandy) Alex G
Heart Killer
Abandoned Mansion
Heart It Races (Architecture in Helsinki cover with Gary Slick)
Listening In
Buzzing in the Light
How Long Must I Wait?
These Days
Where’d All the Time Go?
Under the Wheels
That Old Black Hole
Army of Ancients
Jackie Wants a Black Eye
Say Something
Coming Out of the Darkness (with Natalie Prass)
Heavy Light

Monday, June 25, 2018

Music is Everything

Gary Slick trading licks with son, Eric Slick at the Dr. Dog show Saturday, June 23, 2018 at Festival Pier, Penns Landing, Philadelphia, PA

This was a pretty spectacular weekend for the Slick family music wise, but before I launch into that, speaking of music, if you haven't already seen James Corden's karaoke with Paul McCartney, stop what you are doing right now and watch.  You don't have to be a McCartney fan, this is one of the greatest things I have ever seen on television and had me smiling for hours.  Eric and Natalie came over yesterday for dinner and I pulled it up on the t.v.  They were astounded, Gary was astounded, and you know me, I sat there with tears in my eyes.  So without further ado, here is Sir Paul:

Okay, tell me that wasn't awesome. By the way, Paul's new song is epic.  Dude, he's 76 years old and still creating art and rocking.  But oh, for the first time he looks really old, and I felt tender toward him.  Though damn is he fit and slim - it's the vegetarian lifestyle, and I can attest to that firsthand!

Anyway, anything that takes me out of Trump world for a half an hour is pretty fine with me, too.

So going with that theme, Saturday night Gary and I, proudly displaying our VIP passes, stood on the side of the stage at the Dr. Dog concert.  Of course Ms. Natalie Prass ( was sidestage with us and she graciously joined Dr. Dog for a tune.

But the high point for Gary was being called on stage to play acoustic guitar in "Heart it Races."  What's really amazing is the applause Gary got, but nothing prepared us for what happened when he finished playing...   

So how cool was that?

I know these aren't the best quality, but hey, what do you expect from side of the stage recording?

I just love my family so much.  Eric leapt from his drum kit and hugged Gary with such love after it was over...I really do have the best husband/kids in the entire world.

In other news, Julie is still in Nashville.  She flew down to Casa Belew last Tuesday for some rehearsals, recording, etc. and on Friday, the Adrian Belew Power Trio played Sweetwater's Gear Fest.  Adrian lost his voice and one of the campers filled in. I saw a clip and it was pretty damn good, but it's on Facebook so I can't really link it here.  Anyway, Julie will be home tomorrow night, and will be immediately launching into a secret recording project with....her dad!  It will only be made available to select fans the week of August 13 if you catch my drift.  This EP is going to kick serious butt, and if you are lucky enough to get a copy...well, you're pretty lucky.

There's some other crazy good stuff happening in the Slick family so stay tuned....

(I am in such a fantastic head from the weekend I'm trying to stay off social media today so I don't have to read about the Liar in Chief and his racist, idiot supporters)

Peace and love,

Friday, June 22, 2018

Escort Barbie

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Be Best, Feckless

Be Best Barbie, wearing another outfit from the Feckless Cuntress Collection:

Her husband, the flaming liar hypocrite:

And our country at the moment:

Tender care centers.

The tragedy is breathtaking.

Fuck you, Trump, fuck all of your idiot supporters, and fuck your entire family.

We will be marching on June 30.  You can run, but you cannot hide.


Oh my fucking lord...

Please die, Trump.  Choke on a fucking Big Mac, choke trying to self-fellate yourself, get struck by lightning on the golf course...we don't care how it happens.  JUST. DIE.


Monday, June 18, 2018

He's not just a liar, he's a babysnatcher

Dear President Dotard:

First of all, please choke on whatever the hell you are eating.

Second, you are a LIAR.

Third, you are a BABY SNATCHER.

Fourth, you are a MURDERER.

Fifth, your supporters are all of the above, and the stink of their ignorance is worse than a goddamn wet fart after eating noxious supermarket meat and fried onions.

Why don't you just pull down your pants and poop on the American flag, because that's what you and your supporters do every morning, every time you open your mouths.

Yeah, you have it right, Chris.

Ah, my gal Hillary has checked in:


Ugh, I'm so frustrated today but encouraged by this:

I am in!

So screw you, -45.  We're coming to free the children first, and we're coming for you next to throw you in a prison cell wearing nothing but your wig and an adult diaper.

(I see in today's news you want a space force, because you are ten years old, your parents never played with you, you want things to go BAM! and no one will let you blow up the world.)

Screw you and your toothless, mullet headed hideous base.


Friday, June 15, 2018

Today in Crackerbox Palace...

Happy Friday.  Welp, today should be interesting.

But let's take a quick look at yesterday:

Are you as outraged as I am?

Can you look at this, have no empathy, and still call yourself a Christian?

Look at these flaming hypocrites, all part of the White House Bible Study Group.  They will all burn in hell, so there's that.

"The first Bible study group held for the U.S. Cabinet in at least 100 years is led by a pastor who believes homosexuality is "illegitimate," who doesn't believe women should preach and has described Catholicism as a "false" religion.

Ten members of the Cabinet, including Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, sponsor the study group, which holds meetings lasting between one hour and 90 minutes every Wednesday, according to BBC News. It unfolds at a location in Washington, D.C., that is kept secret for security reasons.
Its leader is Ralph Drollinger, a pastor and president of Capitol Ministries: an organization which aims to “evangelize elected officials and lead them toward maturity in Christ.”
So yeah, this is what's ruling our country...the country that was built on separation of church and state.
In other news,to repeat what I said above, today should be...interesting.  Will Manafort be jailed?  Will Cohen be indicted?  Will Trump fire Mueller/Rosenstein/Sessions?  Will we rush the White House and drag the traitor out by his tiny dick?
Stay tuned...

Thursday, June 14, 2018

This is not America

David Bowie was a seer, huh.

An actual tweet from Ronna ROMNEY McDaniel, the current Chair of the Republican National Party:


And then of course we have this:

If you read this, listen to him say it, and you think it's normal or most excellent, GET HELP.

And then there's this:

And this:

It's going to be interesting and possibly earth shattering to see what happens.  The only ones who are going to accept the R's spin on this, if no legislation is passed to stop it, are the hardline supporters, who frankly have brain damage.  Unfortunately, the terrifying rampant greed and INSANE evangelical leanings in our current government have fallen on deaf ears.  I think we are all waiting for Mueller, but deep down, we know it's in our own hands and we're trying to figure out what the hell to do since we are in uncharted waters.

For the moment, it's up to these two idiots, so we're in trouble.  

I don't even know what to say at this point other than I am ready to take to the streets and am just waiting for the word...

Today the old man is 72.  Is it wrong of me to hope he chokes on a piece of his birthday cake and dies?  No, it is not.  Someone needs to tally up the loss of life attributable to him since he took office in January of 2017 and he should be held accountable and impeached.  Ugh, but if he dies or gets impeached, then we'd get Pence the Christian.


Luckily, Pence is up to his neck in shit so when -45 goes, so goeth Pence.

Today is the release of the Inspector General's report on James Comey.  Do you think the release date coinciding with that monster's birthday is a coincidence?  I don't.  Prepare for a vicious media spin, that will be nothing more than shiny coins to divert your attention from Trump's collusion, obstruction of justice, and love affair with RUSSIA IN GENERAL.

He may gloat for a few hours today and we'll all get our panties in a twist, but remember:  There is a very good chance that both Manafort and Cohen will be in jail tomorrow.

I'll update this post as needed.

In other news....

Natalie is the guest on World Cafe Live today on XPN, and it's not being broadcast until 10:00 p.m. tonight.  You can listen here:  At least I think so.  I can't get on at the moment and I'm sure that must be a better link.

Eric will be in town with Dr. Dog on June 23, 2018 at Festival Pier, and you can get tickets here:

Julie may be embarking on a special project...well, to me it is beyond special...I will keep you posted and share what I can.

Did I mention Julie has a gig with Adrian toward the end of this month?  Ack, I guess it's a surprise.  I was just on the website and they aren't listed yet so I have to stay quiet.  Hint:  It's not in Philadelphia or New York.

Okay, I have to go check on the news and see what the asshat did now.

Peace out and try to relax.  Trust me, I know it's next to impossible.


Wednesday, June 13, 2018

The walls are closing in...

Good afternoon!  So in today's top headlines, Michael Cohen will be arrested tomorrow, and he's been dumped by his legal team for failure to pay.  Ah, you can clearly see who Mr. Cohen has been taking lessons from.

He's knocking his former boss out of the headlines, which is a good thing, since the headlines are false.  Do not believe anything you read about North Korea coming from the White House.  They are now bold face lying on an hourly basis:

What a lowlife.  More importantly, WHAT A PSYCHO*.

*but his supporters are worse

Okay, enough of that. So as I sit here stewing over the disgrace in Washington and the disgrace of the entire Republican party, my favorite song of the moment just came on my You Tube shuffle, and guess what, it's by our Natalie!

She is so freaking great, isn't she?  Music is everything.

Anyway, tomorrow and the rest of the week should be most interesting.  I haven't checked Twitter in an hour but I'm sure there will be a psychotic tweet storm soon :)

What else.  Let's see.  Did I talk about the Adrian Belew Power Trio's show in NY?  It was mind blowing.  Adrian told us that after the livestream, he got an email from Robert Fripp.  Did I ever tell you guys my King Crimson story?

When Gary and I were 16, we were already dating, and my knowledge of any music other than jazz was pretty limited.  I knew the Beatles.  Rock music was pretty much banned in my house because my father was a jazz musician and felt that the Beatles killed jazz.  I've touched on that theme in a lot of my short stories and even a couple of my novels.  Anyway, Gary is a guitar player and by age 16, was already a musicologist.   He could not understand my father's hatred of rock music, and one night after several glasses of wine and puffing on about an ounce of pot (back then it was from Mexico and $15 an ounce. Eat your hearts out!), my father* finally agreed to listen to some music by rock bands Gary swore to him were real musicians.

*back then, a father could get high with his kids without it making headlines

So out of all the albums out in the late sixties and early seventies, Gary chose In the Court of the Crimson King and the first Emerson, Lake and Palmer records to bring over my house and play for my dad.  There was no way he could listen and say he hated it, and even more no way he could say they were not accomplished musicians.  Right?  Erm...

Well, he hated it.  But that was my father.  But as for me?  I was like WHAT IS THIS MUSIC IT'S THE BEST THING I'VE EVER HEARD IN MY LIFE.

For the next thirty plus years, King Crimson and ELP were my two favorite bands along with the Beatles, of course.  If you had told me at age 16 that I would go on to meet both bands, and that my daughter would freaking play with many of the members of King Crimson, I would have laughed my ass off and said, Oh sure.

Disclaimer - these photos were taken 30 pounds ago, before I became a vegetarian.

The best, though, was meeting Robert Fripp.  The kids had just joined Adrian's band, and Adrian was still in King Crimson as well as the various Projekcts.  Projekct 6 had a show in Philly with Adrian on drums, and we were on the guest list.  We knew Robert Fripp has a sweet tooth, so Julie and I baked him brownies to take backstage.  We not only had the brownies, but omg, I had a camera.  In my hand.  I never expected to actually meet Robert backstage, I just thought I'd hand the brownies to Ade, and I swear, I wasn't taking pics at the concert (in case anyone reading this does not know, cameras are banned at King Crimson shows, and quite frankly, I wish everyone would ban them at concerts) but the camera was new and I honestly thought I'd take pics at the bar afterwards of Julie and Ade.  So I actually tried to hide it behind my back while I said hello to Robert.  Tell me I didn't die when he said this to me, in that wonderful British accent:  "I'VE READ YOUR BLOG."

Yep, over 10 years later and I'm still high from that remark.

My Emerson Lake and Palmer story is even weirder.  We adored that band so much we would have ELP listening parties.  The night I went into labor with Julie, Gary kept playing Take a Pebble for me nonstop to calm me down.  To this day, 32 years later, I cannot listen to that song without weeping.


You know what?   I met them in 2010, when I was incredibly active with this blog.  I bet if I go back into the archives, I'll find the whole story.   Hang on....

Holy cow, I just found my entry from that night and read it.  I should just erase everything I typed today and let you read that instead, but I'm a writer and like most writers, I can't bear to erase anything I wrote so just consider today's version the abridged version and go here to read the whole thing:

Okay, I am writing this from my office, where I am currently blasting some Adrian Belew Power Trio music while I take an abbreviated lunch because You Tube is now my bitch.  It even threw in that Deva Mahal tune Eric plays on in my shuffle this morning.

Back to work...

Meet you guys back here tomorrow.  Hope to see Michael Cohen in an orange jumpsuit by the evening!

Hey, it could happen.


Monday, June 11, 2018

Rainy days and Mondays....

I’m too freaked out by that imbecile in the White House and his hideous scumbag supporters this past week to do anything other than post a video of Jake and refer you to another couple cool videos and stuff.  The above video was shot by Tete Crudite, Julie's bff, who lives in Spain and is currently staying with us.  Julie, Tete, and Gary take Jake to Lemon Hill in Fairmount Park for a run a few times a week, and Tete, who is an accomplished videographer, made us this awesome movie of Jakey in the park, complete with the world's best soundtrack.

Actually, speaking of the imbecile, this did make me smile last night:

In other news, if you didn't wake up early enough on Saturday to catch our Natalie on CBS This Morning, they were kind enough to post the video, and I have to tell you, Natalie was pretty spectacular so here you go...first up is the song she wrote about my son, Eric, and then full video of two additional tunes she did, not all of which were seen on TV:

If you didn't have a chance to see Julie and the Adrian Belew Power Trio perform at the Iridium in NYC last week, they were also kind enough to record and post the live stream but you have to be a Facebook person to access it - here's the link:

Oy, what a day.  I think I've been awake for 72 hours.  I couldn't sleep on Friday night, Saturday I was catatonic in New York City but got my second wind at the Iridium seeing Julie on stage, we didn't get out of there until well after 1::00 AM, then of course got stuck in godawful traffic and none of our iPhones were working or GPS because of all the skyscrapers...we've been to NYC oh maybe 1,000,000 times and we were all so tired, we stroked out and couldn't find the Lincoln Tunnel.  When we finally did, the street was blocked off for a murder or something, then unbelievable, got involved in another traffic jam from hell leading into the tunnel at 1:45 AM...had to make bathroom stops on the way home blah blah blah and didn't even arrive in Mount Yanni I mean Mount Laurel, NJ until 2:30 AM...collapsed into house at 3:00 AM, and then, woo hoo, fell asleep at 4:00 AM only to have a hideous nightmare that I was walking Jake, he got off the leash, and was being chased by a vicious German Shepherd.  In my dream, I was running and having a heart attack at the same time, so naturally I woke up at 4:30 AM with my heart pounding out of my chest, unable to breathe, and not sure if I was really  having a coronary or simply a panic attack from no sleep and not enough food.  I managed to climb over a comatose Gary and made my way downstairs for some cold water, where my panic attack bloomed into something full fledged and I wrapped myself in a blanket and sat shaking on the sofa until around 6AM.  Mercifully, I fell asleep until around 8, when Julie came downstairs.

The pressure was on me big time to sleep last night, and you would think I would have, but refer to the word, "pressure"...

So, here I am at work, trying to focus with only a couple hours sleep since Thursday night, but hey, at least I can never say my life is dull.

Let's see, what else.  I know I've talked about how Gary turned into this amazing vegetarian/vegan chef...he felt so bad for me last night he cooked me my favorite restorative meal - made from scratch minestrone.  I took a pic, because that's what I do, and gosh, I wish I could just go back to posting about music and food like I did before November 8, 2016, but life as we know it has been forever altered...sigh...

Check out what he puts in there - fresh spinach, corn, beans, zucchini, tomatoes, carrots, celery, basil and oregano that he grows in our little ghetto garden...Gary is the man.

Finally, Facebook gave me a couple of flashback photos from last year- this same date last year in fact - of my beautiful family so I think I'll post them, too, because I really need to be able to come back here and smile later...I have a bad feeling about trade wars and Singapore etc. :(  One more thing about that - I read something about how the (not my) President is able to get away with everything and never alienate his idiot base, even though he is a racist and homophobe.  It's because this whole thing is not about him - it's about getting under the skin of liberals.  His basket of deplorables are so thrilled to their rotting cores that we are all stroking out that it's really all their limited intelligence can soak in and they just want it to go on.  I mean, seriously, can you imagine being stupid enough to listen to Fox News and people like Hannity, Limbaugh, Beck, Carlson, etc.? I mean, can you really have that much shit for brains?  Or, are you simply interested in hating those who are smarter, believe in religious freedom, and have better educations? 

Sorry, I just can't handle stupidity.

Okay, back to pics of my family.  Below is Julie and me, same date last year, getting ready to go out for cocktails.  Below that, is Gary, Julie and me, following her gig at the Ardmore Music Hall last May, and finally, also same time last year, Eric, Julie, Gary and me following what has become (sob) a very rare dinner out together.  Have I mentioned how much I love these guys?

Okay, that's a wrap for now.  Stay strong, stay sane.  And start making plans to take to the streets.


Thursday, June 07, 2018

This Saturday, June 9, 2018, it's NATALIE PRASS ON CBS THIS MORNING

Yep,Natalie Prass, my pick for best record by a singer/songwriter in 2018, will be performing on CBS This Morning on Saturday - I believe the music part of the program is in the last half hour of the show, or in the 8:30 a.m. portion, but just to be safe, I am up at dawn anway and will be watching from the onset at 7:00 a.m.  If she comes on earlier, I'll tweet it out.

This is exciting stuff.

Also, I would be remiss if I did not tell you that daughter, Julie, is currently gigging with Adrian Belew at the Iridium in New York City.  Their first show was last night, and tonight's will be live streamed!!!!  Here's the link:  She's got four shows total, with the finale on Saturday night, and Gary and I are driving to New York to see the show and bring her home for a bit before she takes off for Spain again.  Actually, she has another gig with Adrian at the end of June - don't know if I can spill the details yet so I'll stay quiet.  For now.

Eric is on tour with Dr. Dog right now - tonight he has a show in Oakland, CA and tomorrow he's in Portland, OR, that lucky dude.  All I know is, I can't wait for the Dr. Dog gig at Festival Pier in Philadelphia on June 23.  Their new record is hot!

Speaking of new records, I heard a  new cut yesterday from Buddy Guy which features Jeff Beck and Keith Richards.  Do you think I was blown away just a little bit?  Ha!  Here - have a listen and you decide how freaking good this is:

So yeah, music is how I'm getting through the grotesque Trump era.  But then again, music is how I get through everything.  That, and some good vegetarian fare.  I can't believe how Gary has adapted - he became a five star vegetarian/vegan chef.  I'm laughing because I remember how scared I was to tell him, after coming off a five week tour with the kids in 2009 when Eric still played in the Adrian Belew Power Trio, that I had decided to join Julie and Eric, who were already vegetarians for a few years, and had spent the last five weeks meat free.  I think at the time, Gary just rolled his eyes and probably thought, "There goes my wife again with one of her madcap schemes....this will probably only last a week or two...I'll just humor her for now."  So not only did just the opposite happen, but Gary, who was a lifetime carnivore, has slowly joined our team over the past few years.  He eats vegetarian every evening, and his only dive into meat world is a boneless chicken breast he cuts into a salad he makes himself for lunch a couple of times a week.  The vegetable meals that man has invented for me over the past several years should be in a cookbook and hmm...I think I'm gonna do it. Stay tuned.   But man, the benefits of eating this way - I haven't been above a size eight in seven years, Gary looks like he's 45 years old, and unlike most people our age, we don't have any aches and pains or major disorders.  KNOCK WOOD.

I just giggled to myself, guessing that there are no vegetarian Trump supporters.  They all look like they secrete pig juice.  Sorry for that, I'm tired of being nice.  Every time I say something against (not my) President Imbecile, one of his supporters comes back and says something to me like, "You're ugly and a c*nt."  I never attack them, I just attack their boy.  But, my gloves are off now.  And I see I've already made a mistake.  I should have said, one of them says something to me like, "Your ugly and a c*nt."   :)


And on that note, I'm outta here for now.


Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Ladies and Gentlemen, the President of the United States...

Tuesday, June 05, 2018


OMG, look at my son's face in this video :)

John Pavlovitz

In today's positive news, I would like to introduce you to John Pavlovitz.  John is a pastor I met online and he is an ardent Trump protester.  Like me, he is shocked and dismayed by the weird acceptance and idolization of Trump by Christians in this country.  Here's what John had to say yesterday, following the Supreme Court's most recent decision:

"Today’s Supreme Court ruling on the Masterpiece Cakeshop will be billed by Evangelicals as a victory for “religious liberty.”

It’s about people professing to follow Jesus, who don’t have the slightest concern about emulating him.
It’s about people who wouldn’t know Jesus if he showed up as the least of these, across the counter from them looking for their kindness during one of the most important moments of their lives.
 To read the rest of John's article, go here:
To read other essays by John:
In other news, I am thrilled to be a Philadelphian today.  Here's what our Mayor had to say about the asshat in the White House, following his six year old toddler tantrum about our Super Bowl Champion Eagles:

Fragile egomaniac?  Trump?  Should we be even slightly concerned that an imbecile with a fragile ego is running our country?  D'OH!  YA THINK?!
The fact that Cadet Bone Spurs is threatening football owners and trying to control, let's face it, African American football players, is outrageous and I really hope people take to the streets soon.  And hell, I'm going to boycott football next year IF THEY DON'T ALL PROTEST AND STAY IN THE LOCKER ROOM.
Ah, I feel better now.
Have a great day, fellow resisters.  xoxoxo

Monday, June 04, 2018

Natalie Prass is the ruler of all women and...

...this ("Sisters") is the song that brought down the house on Saturday night at Johnny Brenda's​.   Natalie Prass​ is a superstar.  Remember that you heard it here.  She held her arm up over her head in a powerful gesture as she sung this tune and she freaking owned the room.  Hundreds of drunk dudes suddenly went quiet and started swaying to the music.  Natalie isn't just an amazing singer, she's a brilliant song writer and lyricist, too.   And if you are near Philly, she's returning to our fair city and doing a Free at Noon concert this coming Friday at WXPN,​ and, also playing their festival on July 28.   So yeah, if you pay attention, good things are still happening in this country and people are making art in the dark and depressing era of Trump.  So there's that.  Anyway, since all I could do is post the snippet we filmed Saturday night, here's the official audio of Sisters.

Natalie Prass - Sisters (Official Audio) via @YouTube

We're heading to New York City this weekend for the next chapter of music in June - Julie has a series of gigs at the Iridium with the Adrian Belew Power Trio.  Then we all head to Festival Pier in Philly on June 23 to see Eric with Dr. Dog.  Lots of music and family and, as always, great vegetarian food.  Now if Mr. Mueller and company would just slap some cuffs on a few dozen people in the White House including our dear leader and his degenerate pseudo-Christian VP, all will be well with the world.