Friday, October 21, 2016

Andy "Flav" Glasser Memorial Show @ Amityville Music Hall (9/24/16)


I wish I could have been at this show but I had bought tickets for my family to see Weird Al Yankovic on the same night seven months prior. But judging by the photos on Facebook it looks like it was a fun night, considering the circumstances. 

Back in March, Andy "Flav" Glasser, drummer of Not Saved and Splinterface, passed away suddenly. This night of music was to pay tribute to Andy and his love of music and the proceeds went to fund a headstone. I believe every band that performed that night Andy had played drums with at some point.

Not Saved reformed for one last time, with Cliff Ferdon (Action Adventure Systems, Wormsmeat) taking Andy’s place on the drums. Here’s a bunch of photos I grabbed from Facebook









At some point Not Saved and Splinterface teamed up. Here they are playing "My Ugly Self”, which I ripped from Facebook


Here’s some more photos…








R.I.P. Andy


Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Billy Kelly - My First Comedy Album (September 2016)


From Billy Kelly’s website:

Billy Kelly has been entertaining people of all ages with his quirky, funny music since the late 20th century, AD. Over the course of his 20 year music career Billy Kelly has opened for President Barack Obama, duetted with Davy Jones of The Monkees, and been nominated for a Grammy Award — in that order. Although comedy has always been part of Billy’s act, My First Comedy Album represents the culmination of several years of focused comedy writing and several hundred stand-up performances.
My First Comedy Album was recorded in front of two audiences on June 11, 2016. Kids ages 8 & up were in attendance for the first performance; the second performance was adults only. All the same jokes were performed at both shows.

Here’s a clip from Billy Kelly’s My First Comedy Album (also animated by Billy)…


And here’s a little over 12 minutes of Billy’s comedy stylings…



Billy Kelly - My First Comedy Album is available on iTunes, Amazon, CDbaby and bandcamp. Visit The Billy Kelly Show for more info.


Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Billy Kelly - Welp (August 2016)


On August 4th, Billy Kelly released Welp, his sixth children’s music album (including Tress, his collaboration with Molly Ledford). It was a pretty soft release with little fanfare. Billy hasn’t made any music videos for it (so far) and I can’t find any info about it on his website. It seems Billy is focusing more on his stand-up comedy these days. He’s a very busy man but he’s only one man so something has to give.

In lieu of music videos you can listen to the album here via bandcamp


For those of you who also know Billy as Earl Pickens, you’ll notice he closes Welp with a rendition of Lil' Tiny Cowgirl”. You can find the Earl Pickens version here.


Billy Kelly - Welp is also available on iTunes, Amazon, and CDbaby.


Friday, October 14, 2016

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Jim Burns: Author


Jim Burns, best known on this blog as the singer for Not Saved, South Oaks, Sugarbush and Barking Spiders, has also added author to his skills. In early 2016 he released his book, Let's Go to Hell: Scattered Memories of the Butthole Surfers. As far as I can remember, Jim has been an avid fan of the Butthole Surfers. So much so that he just had to write a book about them.

Here’s the publicity spiel about the book…

Author James Burns explores the strange and enigmatic world of the Butthole Surfers in a new book entitled, Let’s Go to Hell: Scattered Memories of the Butthole Surfers, as the band destroyed musical genres, and brain cells through the 1980s and 90s.  
Set against the backdrop of the Reagan-era White House, and the greed and hypocrisy of the ‘Me Generation’, the Butthole Surfers were able to become a political force unto themselves; merely by living far outside the realm of mainstream society.  
As one of the few bands to emerge out of the US Hardcore movement of the early 1980s relatively intact, the Butthole Surfers were able to hone their heavy, psychedelic punk music into what would become a precursor to the grunge and alternative movement of the 1990s. Cited as a musical influence by everyone from Kurt Cobain and Beck, to Alejandro Escovedo and Daniel Johnston; and a true case study on how a rock band can overcome any obstacles through sheer strength of will and fortitude. 
Let’s Go to Hell drags the reader along for the long and harrowing journey to self-determination and to an unlikely Top 40 hit, where one is forced to evaluate the true meaning of success; artistic freedom, or the financial rewards of mass market acceptance?  
Finally, the complete story of the Butthole Surfers is in print! Featuring exclusive interviews with band members, both past and present, as well as those left indelibly scarred, Let's Go to Hell is the story that was thought, and often hoped, would never be told.


“I can't imagine putting this altogether. ..Trying to put together a book long narrative of a band that did most of their work before the Internet existed, where you can't just Google it all....This is old school journalism... I'm really impressed” – King Coffey, Butthole Surfers drummer (December 2015) 

“Captures the Butthole Surfers' story in all its megaphone shouting/LSD-addled/topless dancer glory. Twisted and great.” – Big Takeover (May 2016) 
“Given the amount of research that went into 'Let's Go to Hell', there is no need for anyone to ever attempt another tome on the band.” – Innocent Words (May 2016)

Here’s bunch of websites that reviewed the book…





You can purchase your very own copy of Let's Go to Hell: Scattered Memories of the Butthole Surfers from Jim’s blog, Butthole Surfers Anal Obsession, or at Amazon.

And while you’re at it, you should “Like” the Facebook page, too.

R.I.P. Jack Rice

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Billy Kelly w/ The Chicken Tractor Deluxe (NPR Tiny Desk Contest Entry 2016)


Billy Kelly is a very busy man. Here he is with The Chicken Tractor Deluxe performing I Dearly Love A Girl In New York City” for the NPR Tiny Desk Contest in January, 2016.