Saturday, November 23, 2013

NEMO Band Stories: "ENCORE?"



When I played in Kashmir (http://nemo-newengland.blogspot.com/2011/06/kashmir.html), we had a last minute cancellation of a week long gig in Rhode Island and our manager had to scramble to book fill-in gigs for that week.

We ended up with "One-nighter Gig Routing From Hell":

Day 1 - NY: Syracuse
Day 2 - NY: Poughkeepsie
Day 3 - MA: Amesbury
Day 4 - NY: Lyons (out Rochester way)
Day 5 - NH: Dartmouth frat party
Day 6 (Sunday night) - NY: Schuylerville Theatre

Dead tired by the time we got to Schuylerville, we played a tight 4 hour gig to, what turned out to be, an aggressively unresponsive audience. NO DANCING, NO APPLAUSE ... NOTHING.

We finished our last tune and ecstatically went down to the dressing room (beneath the stage) to leave as quickly as possible so we could all get home for our one day off, to recover from the week from hell.

It was then that a dull roar began for an encore and went on for 5 minutes, or so it seemed. The club owner came in to beg us to play some more and when he left, I said to the guys "The only way I'm doing an encore for this shitty crowd is in our underwear!".

The photo above captures that historical moment ...

Tony "TJ" Jones (Bassist)

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The "Royal Scam" and that Keith McGee guy ...

Current NEMO member, and former Glass Mountain guitarist, Keith "McShwee", takes a solo ... from 100 yards away, at his gig in PA this past weekend.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Songudamunt Contest: October 2013


... or as we lovingly call it ...

"The Stumpy"
In honor of multiple month Award Winner
Scott "Stumpy Chicken Arm" Rath


THE ENTRIES (Click title links below to listen)




* Each member can submit one (1) song per month. No more...I suppose you could do less. Not 2 but the number that precedes 2 which is, of course, 1.

* Can be a new work or a vintage work from back in the day.

* Can be an original song or a cover (but voters may lean a bit toward original works unless your version of Mungo Jerry's "In the Summertime" is just a mind blower...).

* The submitter must be either (a) the writer of the song (or co-writer) or (b) performed on the recording and your participation must be noted in your submission.

* If the song is not an instrumental, lyrics must be included in the submission (so the New Yorkers can follow along).


Monday, April 15, 2013

Songudamunt Contest: April 2013


... or as we lovingly call it ...

"The Stumpy"
In honor of multiple month Award Winner
Scott "Stumpy Chicken Arm" Rath


THE ENTRIES (Click title links below to listen)




* Each member can submit one (1) song per month. No more...I suppose you could do less. Not 2 but the number that precedes 2 which is, of course, 1.

* Can be a new work or a vintage work from back in the day.

* Can be an original song or a cover (but voters may lean a bit toward original works unless your version of Mungo Jerry's "In the Summertime" is just a mind blower...).

* The submitter must be either (a) the writer of the song (or co-writer) or (b) performed on the recording and your participation must be noted in your submission.

* If the song is not an instrumental, lyrics must be included in the submission (so the New Yorkers can follow along).


Monday, April 1, 2013

RIP: Paul Williams, "Crawdaddy Magazine"


Boston born founder of "Crawdaddy Magazine", Paul Williams, has passed away.



As a teenager in the 60's and 70's, and over the top fan of all things music, I probably spent more time reading ABOUT music than playing it. See? I had my head up my ass even then!

I was an avid reader of Crawdaddy, Creem, Circus, Rolling Stone, Guitar Player, Downbeat, Rock Scene, Hit Parader and, most likely, to no one who knows me's surprise, National Lampoon.

Had I spent all that time practicing my instrument, rather than reading about it, I may have attained what I had yearned to be ... a really marginal bass player.

Rest in Peace, Mr. Williams ... and thank you.



Sunday, March 31, 2013

Songudamunt Contest: Mar 2013

... or as we lovingly call it ...

"The Stumpy"
In honor of multiple month Award Winner
Scott "Stumpy Chicken Arm" Rath


THE ENTRIES (Click title links below to listen)




* Each member can submit one (1) song per month. No more...I suppose you could do less. Not 2 but the number that precedes 2 which is, of course, 1.

* Can be a new work or a vintage work from back in the day.

* Can be an original song or a cover (but voters may lean a bit toward original works unless your version of Mungo Jerry's "In the Summertime" is just a mind blower...).

* The submitter must be either (a) the writer of the song (or co-writer) or (b) performed on the recording and your participation must be noted in your submission.

* If the song is not an instrumental, lyrics must be included in the submission (so the New Yorkers can follow along).




Thursday, February 28, 2013

Songudamunt Contest: Feb 2013

... or as we lovingly call it ...

"The Stumpy"
In honor of multiple month Award Winner
Scott "Stumpy Chicken Arm" Rath


THE ENTRIES (Click title links below to listen)




* Each member can submit one (1) song per month. No more...I suppose you could do less. Not 2 but the number that precedes 2 which is, of course, 1.

* Can be a new work or a vintage work from back in the day.

* Can be an original song or a cover (but voters may lean a bit toward original works unless your version of Mungo Jerry's "In the Summertime" is just a mind blower...).

* The submitter must be either (a) the writer of the song (or co-writer) or (b) performed on the recording and your participation must be noted in your submission.

* If the song is not an instrumental, lyrics must be included in the submission (so the New Yorkers can follow along).




Wednesday, February 20, 2013

"The Station" Nightclub Tragedy ... 10 Years On

Today, please pause to remember and honor those who left us, those who survived, and those families and friends still enduring the pain of their loss.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

McBeth


With the intentional mispelling of the Shakespearian name, McBeth formed in 1977 and played throughout the seacoast, from Northern MA to Southern ME .. booked constantly in the 3 yrs we remained together.

McBeth decided to call it quits in 1979, when James' first daughter was born and he believed (erroneously) that he needed to be a responsible adult.

With a stellar lineup of 2 lead guitarists, switching off for the sound that best suited the song, Rick Stotler (with his Les Paul for that warm dual humbucker sound ) and Vic Love (with his Rockin Strat) made for a quite enjoyable mix.

The original drummer Dean Irons (Beannie) left in 78 to pursue a more solid lifestyle, with wife and mortgage, and was replaced by a drummer James played with since high school, named Mike Devanna.

Regretfully, McBeth never got around to any originals and, to date, no one has come forward with any recorded shows.

Matrix






1980-81
(l to r)
Michael DeVanna, Danny Cormier, Tom Doyle, James Bachesta











Audio

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Songudamunt Contest: Jan 2013

... or as we lovingly call it ...

"The Stumpy"
In honor of multiple month Award Winner
Scott "Stumpy Chicken Arm" Rath


THE ENTRIES (Click title links below to listen)



* Each member can submit one (1) song per month. No more...I suppose you could do less. Not 2 but the number that precedes 2 which is, of course, 1.

* Can be a new work or a vintage work from back in the day.

* Can be an original song or a cover (but voters may lean a bit toward original works unless your version of Mungo Jerry's "In the Summertime" is just a mind blower...).

* The submitter must be either (a) the writer of the song (or co-writer) or (b) performed on the recording and your participation must be noted in your submission.

* If the song is not an instrumental, lyrics must be included in the submission (so the New Yorkers can follow along).