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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.

Click through for adventure in spooky warehouse!

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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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Heavy Metal Heroes Hate Fest

  05/23/12 16:09, by , Categories: Music News, BFMN Exclusive, Take It From Me, Dan Grigor , Tags: bill ward, black sabbath, boycott, dan grigor, metaltalk_net, reunion

The net is abuzz with the Bill Ward and Black Sabbath debacle. I am absolutely flabbergasted that things have come to this. The principals in this story are acting like children and it really bothers me.  Emotionally invested Sabbath fans have taken a few hits. Band issues and the TV show and Tony Iommi and lymphoma and, of course, Dio’s death. For this to happen so near that anniversary, although it is likely a coincidence, makes it a little more bothersome.

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On the Road with the Dean and KISS

  04/29/12 14:31, by , Categories: Ed Lapple, Take It From Me , Tags: dean snowden, edward lapple, gene simmons, kiss, kiss online, meet and greet, paul stanley, wounded warriors
Ed Lapple

Take It From Me by Edward Lapple
Photos provided by Dean Snowden

Did you ever wonder what it would be like to go on the road with a big-name rock band? Lots of parties, screaming fans, babes, VIP everything? Well, not exactly. Dean Snowden has been a very good friend of mine for a long time. If that fact doesn’t entice you to read an interview with him, then perhaps the fact that he is the official photographer for KISS, plus their VIP Meet and Greet specialist, will.

Click through for OMG AMAZING STUFF!

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Be a Hands-On Mixer

  01/15/12 15:59, by , Categories: BFMN Exclusive, Studio Sound, Ed Lapple, Take It From Me, Sound Advice , Tags: _b_ roll, dan grigor, edward lapple, live music_ call for info, nonlinear video editing, video editing software

Take It From Me
by Edward Lapple

I just finished editing a music video for entry into a competition and I was struck by how much I missed some of the analog technology that used to be at our fingertips. Don’t get me wrong, I love all of the new digital toys! I’d be as quick to give them up as I would to leave Photoshop behind and return to smelly chemicals in dark rooms. I’m glad to have experienced it, but I’m even happier to be freed from the drudgery.

My current gripe concerns limitations imposed by nonlinear video editing systems that offer no control surfaces other than a mouse and pad.

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Insiders Tip On Promoting Your Band

  03/01/11 22:59, by , Categories: Music News, BFMN Exclusive, Ed Lapple, Take It From Me , Tags: arcade fire, edward lapple, hollywood reporter, lady ga ga, national public radio, npr
Edward Lapple

How does a band get a break these days? Where can you get the airplay that you need to get known? Sure, you’re Internet-hip, you can put it on YouTube. Of course, unless you have a secret plan for driving people to your video, it’s probably going to be like you are a tadpole that has been hurled into the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. I know, Lady Ga Ga has almost a billion hits, but if you only get 57 just how much promotional good has it done you?

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Dream Lovers and the Missing Tapes

  01/12/11 01:44, by , Categories: Music News, BFMN Exclusive, Ed Lapple , Tags: bfmn exclusive, cal worthington, dream lover, edward lapple, fresno big fair, glen campbell, tanya tucker
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We have a new story concerning the items located in the spooky old warehouse. As I wandered through the boxes, I stumbled upon an old VHS tape from 1980. On it, among other things, was an absolutely sublime performance of “Dream Lover” by Tanya Tucker and Glen Campbell. They were in the middle of a torrid love affair. Tanya was the featured performer that night at the Fresno Big Fair and Glen had come up the day before to spend some time with her. They had played some tennis and Glen’s wrist was wrapped in an ace bandage…

Quick piece of trivia here: On what show did Glen Campbell have his first television appearance?

Click through for the answer and the story of the Dream Lovers!

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