the revelettesOur band hosted an afternoon “variety show” yesterday at the Red Line Tap. It was an odd collection of acts. Poetry, theater, comedy, go-go dancing, and music. It was sort of mini-circus, or a really oddly programmed set. Lots of things, pretty much unalike, presented together.

It was my idea, and I put all those acts on the bill, so of course, I just thought it was brilliant. I really love all those acts, those odd souls. Lots of laughs. Lots of cool sounds and images.

There was stand-up from Elizabeth Gomez, garage rock with a comic twist from The Rut, mad poetry and story-telling from KC Chronis, surreal and hilarious theater from Citizen’s Relief, dazzling exuberant go-go dancing from the Revelettes, and music from the always mind-bending Gunnelpumpers, and our band too.

Talking afterwards I realized that just like me, many of these folks always feel on the “outside looking in.” I realized these were my people, this was my lost tribe. Oddballs, misfits, weirdos. The strange, painted birds. Every one of them has a little bit of an off-kilterness about them. And each of them has something unique to offer.

That’s so inspiring to me. The folks that came out to see the show seemed to really enjoy the variety. So yes, a Sunday afternoon variety show. What a great idea! Long live the odd jobs! – Jammer

shane macgowanYou do not want to be Shane MacGowan’s liver. You imagine it to be a beat-up and scarred little organ; a poorly-used, spongy thing, old before it’s time. Shane is known to have the “curse of the Irish,” no, not a smaller than average penis, but an insatiable urge to overindulge, and you imagine him swimming in a vast, foam-topped sea of Guinness. You imagine he’s happy to be adrift in that sea.

Shane is also a poet, an Irish bard, a singer and songwriter of great distinction.  Just listen to the Pogues records, especially, (my personal favorites), “If I Should Fall from Grace with God,” and “Hell’s Ditch, “ but also his work as frontman for Shane MacGowan and The Popes. 

Anyway, we opened our set for the 2013 Toys for Tots show at the Red Line Tap on Saturday with Shane’s great song “Fairytale of New York.” It’s something we did last year too, let’s just say it’s a new tradition. Love the song, there’s great poetry, humor and sorrow in those lines…

It was christmas eve babe
In the drunk tank
An old man said to me: won’t see another one
And then they sang a song
The rare old mountain dew
I turned my face away and dreamed about you
Got on a lucky one
Came in eighteen to one
I´ve got a feeling
This year´s for me and you
So happy christmas
I love you baby
I can see a better time
Where all our dreams come true.

Anyway, the show rolled out perfectly. Lots of music from some great performers, plenty of toys for the kids, and sexy, beautiful and very limber Go Go dancers.  I mean, it was glorious! – Jammer