Sunday, March 22, 2015

WMMR's Gene Shay introduces the Jackson Browne broadcast


I didn't remember I engineered this live concert remote broadcast until I listened to Gene Shay's introduction.

It was a Sunday night (I just checked -- September 7, 1975) which means my Jackson Browne radio concert pre-empted part of Gene's Sunday night folk show on our station, WMMR.

Thanks for the intro, old friend!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Jackson Browne Live 1975: Song for Adam


"Well, it wouldn't be a set from me if it didn't have at least ... one song about death and despair..."-- JB, 2007

Jackson Browne and David Lindley live at Main Point, Bryn Mawr, PA. 9/7/1975. Produced for WMMR by Dennis Wilen.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Doug Sahm Live at the Bijou Cafe 1973: Talk To Me

#TBT TEJAS ROCK!

Here's another musical gem I just found online -- a track from my Doug Sahm WMMR radio concert live from the Bijou Cafe (in Philly) from 1973.

Check out Doug's cover of the Sunny & The Sunliners classic TALK TO ME. With horns!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Jackson Browne Live 1975: Mohammed's Radio



Don't it want to make you rock 'n' roll, all night long -- Mohammed's Radio!

 Jackson Browne and David Lindley live at the Main Point in Bryn Mawr, PA. September 7, 1975.

  Produced and transmitted live for WMMR by Dennis Wilen.

Diego Rivera’s Wife Frida Kahlo ‘Gleefully Dabbles’ in Works of Art

In the early 1930s, Frida Kahlo joined her (at the time) much more famous husband Diego Rivera in Detroit, Michigan, where he was prepping murals. The Detroit News caught up with the couple and the resulting feature story is in a new exhibit at the Detroit Institute of Art.

“Senora Diego Rivera,” as she’s called in the article, didn’t let Diego hog the limelight, even though she was dressed in a “foolish little ruffled apron.”

“Of course he [Diego] does pretty well for a little boy,” she told reporter Florence Davies, “but it is I who am the big artist.”

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Jackson Browne Live 1975: Werewolves of London



Did you hear about the gent that ran amuck in Kent?

Jackson Browne and David Lindley live at the Main Point 9/7/1975 in a WMMR radio concert produced by Dennis Wilen. Jackson introduces a song by a friend -- up-and-coming songwriter Warren Zevon.

Typographical error in "album art" by me!

Los San Patricios: Irish heroes of the Mexican-American War


This corrido by Orange County Celtic-rock homies The Fenians tells the tragic story of the San Patricios, the St. Patrick's Battalion.

The unit of 200 mostly Catholic Irish immigrants deserted the United States Army and fought with the Mexican Army against the U.S.A. in the Mexican–American War.

Scots-British post-punk The Wakes Band offer their version of the story next. The video's not much to look at but the lyrics are killer, so read along below:


The lyrics to St. Patrick's Battalion:

My name is John Riley
I'll have your ear only a while
I left my dear home in Ireland
It was death, starvation or exile
And when I got to America
It was my duty to go
Enter the Army and slog across Texas
To join in the war against Mexico

It was there in the pueblos and hillsides
That I saw the mistake I had made
Part of a conquering army
With the morals of a bayonet blade
So in the midst of these poor, dying Catholics
Screaming children, the burning stench of it all
Myself and two hundred Irishmen
Decided to rise to the call

From Dublin City to San Diego
We witnessed freedom denied
So we formed the Saint Patrick Battalion
And we fought on the Mexican side

We marched 'neath the green flag of Saint Patrick
Emblazoned with "Erin Go Bragh"
Bright with the harp and the shamrock
And "Libertad para Mexicana"
Just fifty years after Wolftone
Five thousand miles away
The Yanks called us a Legion of Strangers
And they can talk as they may

From Dublin City to San Diego
We witnessed freedom denied
So we formed the Saint Patrick Battalion
And we fought on the Mexican side

We fought them in Matamoros
While their volunteers were raping the nuns
In Monterey and Cerro Gordo
We fought on as Ireland's sons
We were the red-headed fighters for freedom
Amidst these brown-skinned women and men
Side by side we fought against tyranny
And I daresay we'd do it again

From Dublin City to San Diego
We witnessed freedom denied
So we formed the Saint Patrick Battalion
And we fought on the Mexican side

We fought them in five major battles
Churobusco was the last
Overwhelmed by the cannons from Boston
We fell after each mortar blast
Most of us died on that hillside
In the service of the Mexican state
So far from our occupied homeland
We were heroes and victims of fate

From Dublin City to San Diego
We witnessed freedom denied
So we formed the Saint Patrick Battalion
And we fought on the Mexican side

And check out this narrative version by Irish legends The Chieftains, with spoken lyrics and Spanish subtitles:


And here are the drums and pipers of today's Mexican St. Patrick's Battalion: