Friday, September 01, 2006
Well, we are excited around here. Last night we shot the first 3 or
4 episodes of our new music public access cable series, going deep to
the core at ramen with frank moore. The idea of the show is we will
shoot at the historic hard core punk haven burnt ramen (see the documentary
the ramen days) on the last Thursday of every month … with guest
bookers for most shows … and always ending with one of my cherotic
all-star jams. Lob booked this one. Everything clicked last night, creating
something much more than we had imagined, something that will build,
will change things! In fact, by the end of night, John the Baker, God
of burnt ramen, was talking about turning ramen into an underground
The magic kicked in even before John locked the door before the first
band started. THAT’S RIGHT! YOU WILL NEED TO GET THERE BY 7:30P.M.
OR YOU MAY BE LOCKED OUT! The first band was Australia’s The Winston
Giles Orchestra, which are Winston and C.J. Dolan. They fit this gig
into their American tour. Their full deep rich sound was amazing coming
from just two guys! Then I did my Dick Clark bit, interviewing them.
They were blown out that there was a place like Ramen. Then I got John
the Baker to riff about his vision. Everything was laid back but out
Instagon continued deepening the musical trance. This night Instagon
was Lob on bass, Dr. Oblivious on keyboard, Zack playing a unique electronic
instrument which he made, and Erika in a bright red flapper get-up on
the roto-toms. We were slipping into goofiness when I interviewed them!
And it was time for the Cherotic All-Stars’ jam! Lob, Dr. O. and
Zack [the only cherotic virgin of the night!] held onto their instruments.
John the Baker took over the roto-toms. Dr. Gruve stepped in with his
harmonica. Linda and Erika in only rings and pearls started tickling
each other as they vocalized with me. Hey, I didn’t have on even
rings or pearls! The tickling melted into dancing, rubbing together
into each other, absorbing me into them, exploring secret inner places
and pleasures, floating on the music, feeling the bass … music
expanding into everything strobing multi-colors. The jam started there
and floated deep into the warm body.
the jam, John tried to do what will be seen at the beginning and at
the end of every episode of the tv show. He tried and tried and tried.
Those bloopers alone are enough reason to watch the show!
Now here is what Da Boyz wrote:
“It was a lot of fun setting up and listening to John interact
with the Aussies who had just arrived ... the orchestra! And then you
guys were there, and then the show was starting!
On our way home at the end of the night, after a very fun and full evening,
we were talking about just how much fun it was ... It was a very satisfying
experience to have the bands perform and then Frank getting a chance
to talk to people. It was what you always wanted ... after seeing a
band play, to be able to find out more about them. Satisfying was the
word that kept coming up ... it brought everything that much closer
and more personal, and Frank of course was so great as an interviewer.
Corey said that visually, it was just so satisfying to get up close
to everyone talking, something that he usually doesn't experience taping
shows. More like a shaman's den in a way ... We just loved John's blooper
roll early in the evening, and of course the taping of his intros and
outros at the end of the night. Major fun! Of course, Corey was bummed
that he had not caught what John was saying after Frank interviewed
the first band, had turned off the camera ... Wouldn't happen again.
Frank and John planning and talking shop was really interesting and
exciting! It felt like home. We were saying how amazing the sound always
is at Burnt Ramen ... it seemed like the jams always sound best there,
and it also seemed like, even thought you couldn't really say this,
that the jams just kept getting better and better ... we kept having
the experience of it being the best jam ever ... one thing was sure,
they were always evolving and changing, never the same, it felt like
they were always deepening and exploring things further ... Linda and
Erika tickling each other at the beginning set a great mood!
It was fun hanging with John at the end of the night and talking ...”
Can’t wait to see the bands that Jesse Townley is booking for
the September edition!