Who is Mase??? That's a very complex question with very simple answers. I was born in Greensboro, NC, but spent my "formative years" misplaced in a little nowhere town in Georgia called Perry. After graduating from high school (in a class of 42 people) I went to college at Ga. Southern in the other armpit of Georgia...Statesboro.
My first radio experience was on our campus station, WVGS (10,000 watts). My roomate/future bandmate and I had a show together where we could do (and did) pretty much anything we wanted. Anything from playing 3 hours of nothing but Johnny Cash, The Minutemen and KISS.Our facilty advisor said our show was "sophomoric", which we thought was great since we were freshmen.
After deciding to move to Atlanta, go to Ga. State Univ., and start a band, I got out of radio...thinking "it would be way cooler to play in a band than to just play bands on the radio". I spent 12 years in Midtown Atlanta, playing drums in a few "regional" bands, sharing the stage with bands like The Ramones, The Offspring and The Foo Fighters. After releasing 3 albums with my own bands, playing on a handful of albums for others, and being involved in a lawsuit against a certain major record label, I lost the dream and decided to get out of Atlanta and move to the ocean with my best friend and the smartest person I know...My wife Joy...so here I am.
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Back in 1987 The Replacements were close to releasing their 5th album "Pleased To Meet Me", so they were invited to play on SNL. Seemed like a good idea...right? Well, that's not how it turned out. If anyone knows anything about The Mat, they know they back then they were what one would call "Drinkers". So why would that night be like any other? It wouldn't. It started when they were picked up in a limo with a fully stocked bar...then a fully stocked dressing room....then ordering more liquor once they ran out. Even the shows host that night Harry Dean Stanton proceded to toss back a few with them...maybe more than a few actually.
So by the time they took the stage to do their first song "Bastards Of Young", it's safe to say they were hammered. How did they sound? Well, that's subjective. I LOVED it!!! But I'm a Mats fan. Lorne Michaels did feel the same way. After they trashed the hotel room, part of the set, forgot some lyrics, swore on stage/on live TV, he had them banned from NBC. He even threatened to ban ALL Warner Bros. bands. Don't mess with Lorne!!!
So after almost 30 years The Mats returned to NBC last night to play on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Sure I could have DVRed it and watched it today...but that's just not how I do things. I stayed up with some tasty beverages and watched live...and yes, yes it was great. Below I have videos from last night AND the SNL performance from years ago. Feel free to compare and contrast....but most important just enjoy it....They Did!!!
Last night former Husker Du/Sugar frontman played on Jimmy Kimmel Live. I'm not sure why his regular drummer Jon Wurter of Superchunk wasn't playing with him, but Bob has friends. This time he had a guy called Taylor Hawkins of a little band called Foo Fighters playing with him. As most guests on late night chat shows these days, Bob played one song on the show and a 2nd for the interwebs. Check them out!!!
New album "Playland" will be out Oct. 6. Here's the first single "Easy Money"....it's all kinds of good.
WOW...I'm not going to lie to you, I'm tired. I just got back from Lollapalooza 2014 in Chicago. This was the first time I've been since it used to tour back in the day and it was their 10th anniversary of having it in Chicago. As you can imagine, I saw a boatload of bands including this one. Here is the Arctic Monkey's set from Friday night. They were playing up against Eminem and I picked Arctic Monkeys...I made a very wise choice. Check it out.
He's just a regular guy. The day before his 2 nights of gigs in Chicago, John Anthony Gillis, better known as Jack White took some time to watch a Cubs game. Turns out he is a pretty big baseball fan. When he was on Conan's show a few weeks ago they talked about going to a Dodgers game together. This announcer is a pretty big fan...even if the other announcer has no idea who he's talking about.
This past Wed. St. Vincent taped a Live On Letterman hour long show. She then returned the following night to actually play live on the show as the musical guest. It seems Dave has really been into a lot of Alt/Indie bands lately. He's freaked out over The Orwells, Future Island and now Annie Clark aka. St. Vincent. Check out her performance of "Bring Me Your Loves" from her "Self Titled" album...and watch Dave after they are done.