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It Was Time

  09/24/13 08:32, by , Categories: BFMN Exclusive, Take It From Me , Tags: allman brothers band, berry oakley, doug cashman, lapple, nitty gritty dirt band, otis redding, tom dowd, warehouse, whisky a go-go

Take It from Me
by Edward Lapple

It was time. I could feel the clicks of the clock more than hear them and that confounded page – well, actually the flat screen – remained nearly blank. I had typed three consonants and a vowel, but that does not a BareFoot MusicNews submission make. It will be morning soon and these electrons must flow to my editor. He deserves them and in a reasonably timely manner. But where is my inspiration for this week’s column? I could lash you with setting levels to within a db of your life or cajole you in to firm cooperation with your fellow band mates, but I am feeling benevolent. You’ve worked hard and we all need some fun. So it’s time for a field trip.

Inside the Author’s WarehouseWhere is our favorite location for a field trip? Yes, you guessed it; it’s back out into the spooky warehouse. It’s so very practical; fuel expenses are nil, the chance of encountering a gendarme are slight and I can grab a munchy as we wheel and make the turn at the Frigidaire. You had better wear your boots, though, because this might just get a little deep.

I had a new girl Wednesday (they never last until Friday) trashing my office. Well, she called it cleaning my desk. She also told me that the best radio station was a local one playing that “Jack-FM” format. That’s the radio programming concept that totally ignores the listener and sounds like a version of Media Player on steroids. It is stuffed full of random pop offerings and a liberal dose of segues that sound like a train wreck, kind of a “Wooden Ships” into “Hell Bound Train” sort of thing. I’d quickly assembled a thought-provoking, eclectic playlist and convinced her that it was my favorite local FM station that we were now hearing.

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School's Never Really Out for Alice Cooper

  04/15/13 05:26, by , Categories: Music News, BFMN Exclusive, Dan Grigor, Contest or Giveaway , Tags: alice cooper, dark matter, graphic novel, kickstarter, orianthi, todd moyer, tom sheppard, uncle alice presents

By Dan Grigor

When I first heard about this project I debated with myself for a while about running the press release or an article.

A) It is a Kickstarter project. I am inundated with folks who would like a little ink to help raise money.
B) It’s Alice friggin’ Cooper! Aside from just running the press release, could I come up with an angle no one else has done on Alice?

Since it is Alice Cooper I can get past A) because I think he’s doing it right. B) was a little more difficult…

I thought to myself… Oh! I know! I’ll start out with a catchy headline. Something like “School’s never really out for Alice Cooper.” Then I could rehash all the bizarre stage stuff and put in some pics of Alice in full makeup. Ok, let’s see what have other folks done… searching… reading… Damn. OK… What else could we do… Back to the basics I guess.

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Double Gin and Jazz

  03/09/13 15:18, by , Categories: Ed Lapple, Take It From Me, Bands , Tags: 20th century fox, dominic frontiere, golden globe, paramount pictures
Edward Lapple

I’m sitting at the curve in the bar. It’s a well-routed wooden curve, smoothly polished by at least a couple score of bartenders over the years. I glance at my double Tanqueray and tonic and I see the bandstand’s blue stage lights reflected in the sheen of that polish. Outside the winds are gusting up to 50 knots and the intermittent showers come lashing in hard. This bar, called “The Brewery,” is located on a cliff overlooking the Pacific, exit 718 off of the Redwood Highway, State Route 101. A local jazz band, a quartet, troops up onto the stage. It’s not a real strenuous climb, there is only a 6″ riser. Break time is over, so get back on your heads, it’s time for another set. 

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Top Ten BFMN Videos of 2012

  02/08/13 15:00, by , Categories: BFMN Exclusive, Awesome Nobodies, Performance Video, Dan Grigor, top ten videos, Video , Tags: 110 thousand, anton oparin, dan grigor, jerry miller, monday morning blues, ruslan sirota, top 10, video

We are pretty proud of the video work we do. We seem to be doing something right. Thousands of  video views on these videos in the playlist of our Top Ten BFMN Videos of 2012.

 

 

Note:
Click the word Playlist at the bottom of the video window
to see thumbnails of all 10 videos. Click the i in the upper
right of the video window to see information about the video.

 

 

 

 

Knuckleheads On Front Street: Loathing Venues, then Becoming One

  12/22/12 18:35, by , Categories: Music News, BFMN Exclusive, Catfish , Tags: band, bottom line, frank _catfish_ butler1, knuckleheads on front street, venue

by Frank “Catfish” Butler

As a guitarist and vocalist, I have always wanted to be part of a juke joint. I didn’t care as which: owner, manager or bartender/ house band guy. It is finally is happening, on a warped scale, and I am here to tell you what it is really like on both sides of the fence between musicians and small venues, and how easy it is and how hard it is to follow my dream.

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Painted Daizies - Sweet Country Harmonies and Heels

  11/20/12 20:57, by , Categories: Music News, BFMN Exclusive, Bands, Dan Grigor, Review, Featured Artist, Awesome Nobodies , Tags: dan grigor, kaitlyn weathers, lindsey carrier, painted daizies, trax equestrian center
By Dan Grigor

Let me introduce you to our latest find. Painted Daizies is a SoCal-based duo who are blending their voices and sharing their talents for great local causes. If you’re not from around here you may have never heard of them and that, my friends, is gonna change.  Today.

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Stryper at House of Blues, Houston

  06/12/12 20:18, by , Categories: Music News, BFMN Exclusive, Bands, Carox , Tags: carox rox, house of blues, houston, michael sweet, oz fox, robert sweet, the covering, tim gaines
Carox from Houston, TX

Photos and Review by Carox

The last time I saw the Christian rock band Stryper was at Rocklahoma a few years ago. They were headlining and the crowd was so massive I had to watch them on a screen that was overhanging the stage. I went to see them again this night in a much more intimate setting, at House of Blues, Houston, a few days before my trip to Rocklahoma 2012.

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