Monday, August 31, 2009

Alumni Month Pheaturing Webb Wilder


PHIRST OF

Hello, welcome to the Peverett Phile, for another Monday. Let's start of with some disturbing news, shall we? Disney has purchased Marvel Entertainment for 4 million dollars. Under the deal, Disney gains control of more than 5,000 Marvel characters, and Marvel gains their massive marketing infrastructure. This is horrible! Marvel is now a Disney brand in all senses of the word. Obviously, this has just been announced, but the big question looms: What will this mean for all those upcoming Marvel movies? We've all marveled at the creative networking Marvel Entertainment has been doing, and the way Kevin Feige has been building little bridges of creative continuity throughout their cinematic universe. So far, they seemed to be doing everything right by fans, and creating movies that could draw in newcomers and hardcore geeks. What is it going to mean for the films when a behemoth like Disney takes control? Family friendly, mythology-be-damned, direct-to-DVD offerings? Or will it just mean a lot more Slurpee cups and action figures? Time will tell, but something tells me the future of the Marvel cinematic universe might have become a little less bright. In other news, Mexico has now legalized drug possession. I’m sure glad the Taco Bell dog didn’t live long enough to see this. Barack Obama and his family are taking a vacation on Martha’s Vineyard. One awkward moment: Obama was out on the beach and he ran into John McCain looking for coins with a metal detector. It’s a big deal for the community out there. The people on Martha’s Vineyard are going crazy — they’re buying Obama T-shirts; they’re buying Obama mugs; they’re buying Obama caps... the only thing they’re not buying is his healthcare plan. He has a great money-saving idea for a healthcare plan — if you need an X-ray, just drop by an airport, go right through the scanner. They’ll send you the results. What a way to end the summer: There’s a tropical storm headed toward the East Coast, and the West Coast is on fire. If the country was a pancake, we could just flip it over and be fine. The state of California is having a garage sale . . . which probably not a good sign. The largest state in the union probably shouldn’t have to hold a garage sale to pay its debts. So, in the last few entries I have been showing you some books Logan has in his collection. We've been going through his old kiddie books to see if we can sell some in a garage sale and we've come across some very weird and odd books that we didn't p[ay that much attention to before. So, as a warning, look out for these books at your local Barnes and Nobel. Take a look at this one.

What disturbs me more than the title is who is the idiot who gave my son a Dora the Explorer book? I think some one on the Jackson family has lost their minds. They are trying to cash in on Michael's death with the Jackson 5 gummies. I am not shitting you. Take a look, kids, the Jackson 5 gummies.

Alright, are you ready to play the hottest new game on the internet?


Take a look at this and see if it is porn or not.



1422
Henry V dies of dysentery!
1888
Jack the Ripper kills his first known victim, prostitute Mary Ann Nichols, slitting her throat from ear to ear.
1919
The American Communist Party is established, providing entertainment for Joseph McCarthy and J. Edgar Hoover for decades.
1997
Lady Diana, and her boyfriend Dodi Fayed, killed in car crash inside a Paris tunnel. The driver was drunk and they were going very, very fast.
1999
A video game machine explodes at an underground Moscow arcade, injuring perhaps thirty people and killing several others.


This is the book that is the first in the P.P.B.C. It's very entertaining and is available at Amazon.com as we speak. Look for an interview with the author Victor Langlois coming up in the next few weeks on the Phile.



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Okay, our guest today is the last for Alumni Month tis year. He was last on the Phile on December 27th. His latest album "More Like Me" was released on April 21st, and he'll be playing on September 11th, in the Westhaven Concert Series in Franklin, Tn and on October 3rd, he'll be playing at his own Webb Fan Fest IV, taking place at the Capitol Arts Theater in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Please welcome back to the Phile, one of my favorite singers of all time... Webb Wilder.


Me: Hey there, Webb, welcome back to the Phile, my friend. So, how are you?

Webb: Hi, Jason. I'm good. Hope you're well. Good hearing from you!

Me: Last time we spoke you were set to go on a cruise. How was it, sir? Did you get to hang out with John Hiatt?

Webb: The cruise was great. I've known John and his wife, Nancy for many years. Yes, I saw them both and had a nice, warm exchange with both of them. Due to scheduling, I didn't get to see John perform. WW & the Beatnecks all had a good time on the cruise.

Me: I purchased your album "More Like Me" from iTunes and really enjoyed it. I loved your version of Dave Edmunds' "Ju-Ju Man". Have you heard if he liked it?

Webb: Thanks! I have no idea what (if anything!) Dave thinks about that or any of my work! I did personally hand him a vinyl copy of "It Came From Nashville" on his bus donkey years ago. Don't know if he ever heard it. I am a huge fan of his, Nick Lowe and of course Rockpile. I first heard it way back when on Dave's "Get It" album. It was written by Jim Ford and Lolly Vegas (maybe another Vegas, too? Both of whom were in Redbone?). I THINK Nick may have done it years and years ago with his old group, Brinsley Schwartz (formerly Kippington Lodge) but, may be confused on that point. The only version I've ever heard before doing my own, is Dave's. It does seem like someone told me of yet another version. Mickey Jupp? Jim Ford was a singer songwriter who is highly regarded by lots of folks (myself included) although he is unknown to the average person.

Me: There's a bunch of covers and I think five original tunes on it, right? What made you pick the covers to do?

Webb: Yes, I wrote five of the songs and the other seven are covers. I really believed in those five but, thought they needed some counterpoint musically and lyrically. In choosing those I knew they had to be songs I really wanted to do that somehow fit in with my songs. Focusing the eclecticism can be challenging but, rewarding! When I was young, it seemed to me that good albums by great artists had quite a bit of diversity on them. That notion has mostly stuck with me. The Beatles, Stones, The Who, Elvis, Jerry Lee. I could go on forever but, those artists (just to name a few) tackled everything at one time or another and often (usually) on the same album: Rock and Roll, country, Rhythm and Blues, slow songs, fast songs, etc. "More Like Me" took a long time to make because of funding and scheduling problems but, I pretty much knew which songs I wanted to do early on. I chose "Don't Slander Me" by Roky Erricson because my drummer, Jimmy Lester, really wanted me to try it. He and I had both heard it and loved it years ago. I knew my co-producer, Joe V. McMahan liked the "crazy" side of my bag of tricks so I just kinda WENT for it on that one. I chose "Changing Colors" because it haunted me in a way that I thought would fit thematically with some of my own songs. Very bittersweet. "She Said, Yeah" was one I originally wanted to do on my (now out of print) cover album, "Town and Country" back in 1995 but, we never got around to it. I knew we neded some rockers for "More Like Me," so that one and "Ju Ju" were easy choices. We had fooled around with "Ju Ju Man" at sound checks sporadically for years and it always sounded good. I had done it with a band I was in in Mississippi in the late '70s called The Viewmasters. "Sudden Stop" is simply one of the very best songs I've ever heard. I first heard it by Lou Ann Barton and her version is great. It was originally recorded by the great Percy Sledge. Interestingly enough, it was written by Bobby Russell who wrote "Honey" and "Little Green Apples," both giant hits in the '60s. My aunt and uncle, Lillian and Willard McMurry, owned and operated a record label called Trumpet Records in the early 1950s. Among others, they recorded Sonny Boy Williamson and Elmore James! They also recorded and released records by "Hillbilly" artists. One of these was a fella named Jimmy Swan. "Honky Tonkin' (In Mississippi)" is one of his songs, although from a post-Trumpet period. I stumbled into my approach/arrangement to that song pretty organically while we were touring in France in support of a live album release there a few years ago. Once again, I had done it before all those years ago in The Viewmasters.

Me: I have to ask about the song "She's Not Romantic" from the new album. If I heard that without knowing it was you, I would not know it was you. Is that something you thought of when you recorded it?

Webb: Well, that song came pretty fast and kinda wrote itself. I love a lot of different kinds of songs. I'm sure you could point to NRBQ (particularly Joey Spampinato's beautiful love songs) The Beatles, Bacharach, Nick Lowe and others I've heard who influenced me to write a Bossa Nova song about someone who is NOT romantic! After it was written, I realized it was a long way from anything I had ever done but, thought it might be the most well written of the bunch of originals I had. this made me determined to figure out a way to do it. It proved challenging to sing because I wanted to sing it in a softer/genre appropriate way in which I had no real experience.

Me: There's also a video for the song as well. Where was it filmed, who is the hot chick and who directed it?

Webb: It was filmed at historic Comer House in Savannah, Georgia and on the beach nearby on Tybee Island by Steve Mims. I don't remember the name of the girl but, I really appreciate her doing it!

Me: Do you have a new band on the new album or your usual band, and who produced it?

Webb: This is my usual band, pretty much. Joe V. McMahan and I co-produced it. He engineered all of it and had wonderful ideas. He also played a lot of guitar and some other instruments as well. Joe played in my band for years. Bob Williams has been playing guitar with me for a coupla years. He's on three of the songs. George Bradfute has played with me on and off for years. He's on two songs. I played guitar on every song except "More Like Me" which is kinda funny 'cause it's all about being your own best advocate and participating in your own life, destiny, etc. It just worked out that way. We did bring in some other guests: David Eagan, Michael Webb, Ann and Regina McCrary, Melissa Mathes, Bryan Owings.

Me: I have to ask you about the cover. I was surprised there's not a picture of you on it, but a skull. Was that your idea or someone else's? It's very Warren Zevonish, isn't it?

Webb: I hadn't thought of that but, I suppose you could see it in a Zevon-esque light. Ooh! Zevonescense! Well, my picture has been on the front of every album prior to this one except "About Time." I like the artwork kinda covers. I had a specific pre-existing painting in mind but, at the last minute found out that I couldn't use it (long story). Tom Comet has played bass and sung harmony in my band since 1996. He plays bass on every song on the album as well as providing background vocals here and there throughout. He and I collaborated on the cover. The skull is actually what's left of a goofy clock that my late cousin, Roland Bradley brought to my mother from somewhere in Europe when he was in the navy. This was when I was a little kid. The circular object behind it is the painted/enameled lid of an old ornamental cannister I've had for a long, long time. I made suggestions to Tom who put in hours and HOURS of work to maximize the images and make it all into what you now see. He did a super job.

Me: Webb, I read on the web... LOL... there's two novels out that you didn't write but the main character is you. Did I get that right? How did that come about and who wrote them, and are they still available?

Webb: They were "Mole Men" and "The Doll." These were contained in a "2 in 1" paperback book, very clever packaging. Written by Steve Boyle and Shane Caldwell, it was an outgrowth of a desire on their and my part to create a film, TV show, radio play or something with me as the central character. The "two'fer" pulp novel wound up being the most tangible evidence of this. It has been long out of print.

Me: I forgot to ask you in the last interview about some movies you were in. You were in a movie with River Phoenix and Sandra Bullock I believe. Do you enjoy acting? Was that a fun movie to be in? You played a guy named Ned if I remember right.

Webb: I do enjoy acting although I never do it long enough to get good at it. The projects are usually years apart. That was fun. It's a Paramount film called The Thing Called Love, now available on DVD. I worked with Samantha Mathis and Sandra Bullock. Met River briefly one day but, never worked with him.

Me: Webb, one of our new projects is called Webb-TV. Tell the readers what it is, and where can they check it out?

Webb: We have created our own Youtube channel. There's a TON of stuff on me out there on Youtube but, some of it is of an inferior quality. Webb TV not only gives us a way to pick and choose what's there (on Webb TV) but, also provides a quick and easy link for fans, promoters, etc. to go right to what we feel to be the latest or best video stuff easily and quickly. It is linked to webbwilder.com as well as the Myspace page (webbwildernow).

Me: When I checked out your discography which I totally fucked up before in the last interview I read you recorded with Ben Folds. How cool is that? Are you a fan of his and is he a fan of yours? What is the name of the song you did with him?

Webb: Ben Folds is brilliant. I have a lot of respect for him. I have no idea whether he's a fan of mine or has ever heard any of my music, really. His bass player is a friend of mine and Ben is a nearby neighbor. Jared Reynolds (said bassist) told Ben about me. The main point was that I could sing real low. This is how I came to be on the Ben Folds produced William Shatner album. More recently I sang bass on a song called "Boxing" on Ben's new acapella/chorale sort of record which is pretty amazing. The man knows what he is doing!

Me: And what the hell, you worked with William Shatner on something? Did you get to meet him? What was that project?

Webb: Didn't meet Shatner. The album was in the overdubs stage when I worked on it.

Me: You also did something with Disney, I believe. Something from the movie Cars? What was that?

Webb: The Cars brand and demographic became so huge that Disney could see the potential to exploit it beyond the original soundtrack. There's a producer here (Nashville) named Fred Mollin who works with Disney from time to time. He called me to do a version of the classic Hank Snow song," I've Been Everywhere." Johnny Cash did it, too. That was for a sort of sequel album to the Cars soundtrack called "Lightning McQueen's Fast Tracks." It was an album of travelling songs. Apparently, it sold pretty well.

Me: Webb, would you ever do a full acoustic album with acoustic versions of your songs? Do you like playing acoustic?

Webb: I like playing acoustic and will embark on an acoustic duo kind of Texas mini-tour in October. I'm hoping Bob Williams will be able to go as the other guitarist. Don't know if I'd ever do an entire acoustic album or not. Hadn't thought about it, really. we've done a few shows where the band and I play one set acoustically and the other electric. It's fun... and challenging!

Me: Thanks again for coming back to the Phile, my friend. You are always welcome. I hope to see you soon. Go ahead and plug your website and anything else you wanna and leave us with the Webb Wilder credo.

Webb: Thanks, Jason. Be sure to check in at webbwilder.com or Myspace (webbwildernow) from time to time and remember the Webb Wilder Credo: Work hard, Rock hard, Eat hard, Sleep hard, Grow Big... wear glasses if ya need 'em!


PHINALLY

That's it for this entry, folks. Thanks to Webb for another great interview, Wikipedia and David Letterman. Okay, the Phile will be back on Friday with singer Michael Chagnon and then a week from today is the 100th interview with someone special. So, until then, spread the word, not the turd. Thanks for reading, bye, love you, bye.




Friday, August 28, 2009

Pheaturing Josh Haden


PHIRST OF

Hello, welcome to the Phile for a Friday. So, kids, how was your first week of school? Get expelled yet? Did you guys see the space shuttle go off? Man, wasn't that impressive. Let's talk about what's in the news. President Obama is vacationing at Martha’s Vineyard. It’s a good time for the president to slip away — the deficit is supposed to be much higher than people expected; the swine flu is ready to kill us all; and Regis is having a birthday party, which means fires and looting in New York. Not everything is bad. The Cash for Clunkers program was a big success. The idea was if you have a gas guzzler you could get $4,500 for abandoning it on the White House lawn. There’s another Cask for Clunkers program scheduled for six months from now: That’s when the Minnesota Vikings will try to trade Brett Favre. In case anyone was worried that the Jackson family wouldn’t make any money off of Michael Jackson’s death, there’s a new Jackson family show, a reality show, following Jermaine, Marlin, Jackie, and Tito as they prepare for a reunion tour. I think a reality show will be the closest the Jacksons have come to reality in about 30 years. Did you guys here about that sprinter from South America? Her name is Caster Semanya. Many are saying she is a he and they’re doing gender testing to find out. This doesn’t only happen in sports, either. It’s actually the reason Star Jones got kicked off “The View.” In similar news... My wife said there's a certain blogger who updates the blog Monday and Friday's that might be a woman. WHAT?! The president of South Africa says he won’t permit her medals to be taken away no matter what the test shows. I guess he’ll mobilize the South African army or something. The healthcare debate between Republicans and Democrats isn’t slowing down. These town-hall meetings... it’s like the whole country is turning into an episode of “Jerry Springer.” Snow White in Disneyland has won about five million dollars from the lottery. She then went on a spending spree and purchased all the other princess's castles in the other parks. Speaking of Disney, I get a lot of questions from Phile Phans asking me what I do there. I have worked at Disney in Orlando for 20 plus years and people wanna know what my job is there. I thought instead of explaining I would show you a picture. Check it out.
That's me on the far left. LMAO!!! Oh, I crack myself up sometimes. If you kids only knew. At a town-hall meeting in Phoenix, a woman started screaming crazy conspiracy theories at Sen. John McCain. He had to throw her out of the place, which, to me, is no way to treat a former running mate. Microsoft had to apologize for a photo they posted on their Poland Web site. Apparently, they turned a black person into a white person in the photo, by replacing his head, but they forgot about his hand. They had to apologize to both of the black people in Poland. Last few entries I told you we have been going through some of my son Logan's old books to get rid of and I discovered some had some very odd titles. So, I thought I would warn you parents out there and warn you of some books that might look innocent but are not really. Here's another one to look for the next time you are at Borders.

That one must be from England. Man, I love Paddington Bear. Another thing I like showing here in the Phile is new inspirational posters you can buy at those feel good inspirational stores. I found this one and thought it was interesting, except I didn't really understand it. Take a look.

All I know is, man, she hot? Okay, kids, now it's time to play the new hottest game on the web.

I just wanted an excuse to show this picture. Okay, is this picture porn?
Oh my gosh, Josh Haden is coming up, kids. But first...


INGLORIOUS BASTERDS
It's WW2 in Hitler-occupied France and a rogue squad of Jewish soldiers led by a hyper-articulate redneck with a taste for Nazi scalps are on a brutal rampage, decimating the soldiers of the Third Reich everywhere they go. Meanwhile, a Jewish farmer's daughter plots revenge on the Nazis with a plan to use the cinema she runs as her own personal death chamber. There will be blood. So, nothing you learned in school applies here, by the way. This is first and foremost a wildly exciting, gory, hilarious, tension-filled, testosterone-appropriating revenge fantasy that has less to do with war history than with film history and how Quentin Tarantino would have liked WW2 to end: in a ridiculous screaming explosion of machine guns and fire, with some comedic pit stops along the way for savage, justice-dispensing slaughters, foxy blonde Mata Haris with pretty bare feet and no-one-gets-out-alive "Mexican standoffs." It's not as out-of-control bonkers as Grindhouse, but it's a blast all the same. In a two and a half hour movie, how many minutes of screen-time is devoted to Brad Pitt vs. how much he represents in a two and a half minute trailer: Okay, I didn't count the exact number of minutes, but the big marquee name gets maybe 30 of the 150. And I think I'm being generous. Meanwhile, he dominates the trailer. That's because it's an ensemble of relative unknowns with one huge star among them. It's also impossible to shrink it all down for a short, easy-to-get advertisement. So as leader of the "basterds," Pitt rules the marketing campaign. Someone asked me at work who shouldn't it. Tarantino haters, for one. He's still the same guy, making movies in the same way he always has. So if you already know that he's not your cup of whatever, then stay away. And anyone who thinks this terrible moment in 20th century history shouldn't be turned into an absurd revenge comedy with a super-stoked teenage fervor for splattered brains might want to pass, too. If that's you then there's always reverent documentaries like "Ken Burns' The War". This was one of my favorite movies of the year an I will get it on DVD... it gets a 10 rating. But I did have one question... what's Mike Myers doing in this movie for all of five minutes? If I ever interviewed Tarantino I have to ask him 'cause I have no idea.

From the home office in Port Jefferson, New York, here is tonight's..

I mentioned Brett Farve in the opening monologue, but here is the top ten list about him.
Top Ten Reasons Brett Favre Is Returning To The NFL.
10. Forgot where he left his street clothes.
9. Meals at training camp are better than at the retirement home.
8. AARP's suggestion to stay active.
7. Eight more sacks and he gets a set of steak knives.
6. Where else do you get free Gatorade?
5. Guaranteed Metamucil sponsorship.
4. He's not quite old enough for Medicare.
3. The whole "Wal-Mart greeter" gig just wasn't working out.
2. Blew his interview to replace Paula Abdul.
And the number one reason Farve is returning to the NFL...
1. His goal to throw an interception for every NFL team remains unfulfilled.



Ted Kennedy: Another Kennedy? Shouldn't we be out of them by now?
Dominick Dunne: All dunne.
DJ AM: DJ AM - NYC OD LOL.


1968
U.S. Ambassador to Guatemala John Gordon Mein is shot to death after guerrillas force his car off the road in Guatemala City. It is the first assassination of a U.S. Ambassador in the line of duty.
1988
Three Italian fighter jets from the precision flight team Frecce Tricolori collide while attempting their "Pierced Heart" stunt during an air show at Ramstein Air Base in West Germany. The wreckage of one plane tumbles into the crowd and explodes, killing 40 spectators and seriously injuring hundreds more. The death toll reaches 69 two months later.
1995
Calvin Klein withdraws an ad campaign after drawing wide criticism for mimicking the look and feel of child pornography. Although all the underwear models were legal adults, they appeared to be adolescents photographed in a sleazy motel room.
2005
Death Row Records founder Suge Knight is shot in the leg during an early morning party in Miami Beach, Florida.


The book of the month is right below. Please buy it off Amazon.com and check it out. It's very funny and entertaining, kids. And coming soon on the Phile, and interview with the author... Mr. Victor Langlois.



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Okay, let's do this thing. Today's guest is a very talented musician who will be playing at the
Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, California on November 17th, and has his own blogspot (but mine is better, right?) Please welcome to the Phile... Josh Haden.


Me: Welcome, Josh, to the Phile. Man, you have a pretty impressive career, don't you? So, where are you right now?

Josh: Thanks! I live in Los Angeles. I was born in New York City, but my family moved to L.A. when I was a kid.

Me: I have to ask you this from the start... did anybody ever tell you you look like Steven Page from the Barenaked Ladies?

Josh: No, never got that. But some people say I resemble America’s Favorite Funny Man, Neil Hamburger. Maybe its the glasses. I’ve also gotten Michael Stipe and Matt Damon.

Me: I saw you last year on Letterman, Josh. Was that fun to do? Was he nice to you? Was that the first talk show you did?

Josh: Playing on Letterman was a lot of fun. He was really nice. The last talk show I did was in 1995 in Paris, so it had been awhile.

Me: Did he sit there and listen, or did Dave leave the stage?

Josh: Not only did he sit and listen to the whole song, but I could tell he really appreciated what we were doing musically. He wrote a really nice letter to my dad after we got home thanking us and inviting us back. I’ve been a fan of Letterman for years, but meeting him in person and performing on his show I must tell you he is the real deal.

Me: What month were you born, Josh? I was born in November in 1968. You were born in '68 as well, right?

Josh: I was born in April 1968, right after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Me: Your family has a wide musical background. Tell the Phile readers about your siblings, and who your father was.

Josh: My father is one of the most highly respected jazz bass players in the world. He started with Paul Bley and Ornette Coleman when he was a teenager and went on to play with just about every jazz musician there is and is a solo artist in his own right. Check out his albums with the Charlie Haden Liberation Music Orchestra and his Quartet West. I also have three very talented sisters who all play music. They are Petra, Rachel, and Tanya Haden. Petra has played with lots of bands and artists like Foo Fighters, Decemberists, Mike Watt, and lots of others, as well as on her solo albums like "Imaginaryland" and "Petra Haden Sings The Who Sell Out". Rachel is on the road with Todd Rundgren as we speak. She’s working on her debut solo album. Both Petra and Rachel made up one half of the band That Dog who you might remember from the ‘90s which also featured former Warner Bros. Records President Lenny Waronker’s daughter Anna. Tanya has played with bands like Silversun Pickups and my band Spain (Petra played on Spain’s first CD as well) and she’s a great artist too.

Me: Isn't one of your sister's married to Jack Black? I bet he's a laugh at family gatherings.

Josh: Tanya is married to Jack Black. Jack is a great guy and a huge supporter of my music. We all went to high school together when we were kids. And yes, Jack has a great sense of humor! Not just in the movies!

Me: So, tell me about the band Spain. They are still together, right? When did Spain form and who came up with that name Spain?

Josh: Spain is a band I formed in 1993 and it continues to this day, even though I’m the only remaining original member. The name of the band came to me in a dream. A person came up to me in the dream and told me the name of my band should be Spain.

Me: Have you ever played Spain?

Josh: Yes, in the 90’s we played in Madrid, Barcelona, and in a town called Bilbao. In 2007 and 2008 we went back to Spain to play at a festival called Tanned Tin. One was in an area sort of close to Barcelona called Castell√≥n, the other was in a small town called Cadiz at the Southern tip of Spain, near the border with Morocco.

Me: One of my favorite Johnny Cash songs is called "Spiritual"... I just found out you wrote that. Did I get my facts right?

Josh: Yes, that’s the same song Johnny Cash covered on his album “Unchained”, produced by Rick Rubin.

Me: You had a few albums out in the last few years, Josh. What is the latest? Do you prefer performing with a band like Spain or solo?

Josh: My most recent full-length CD was released under my own name in 2007. It was produced by Dan the Automator and features former Spain guitarist Merlo Podlewski along with keyboardist John Medeski (from Medeski, Martin, & Wood) and turntablist Kid Koala, all legendary musicians in their own rights. Performing the songs from my solo album live, as well as performing with Dan’s and Prince Paul’s Handsome Boy Modeling School, which my solo album was kind of a spin off from, was a great experience. I’m glad I’m performing under the name Spain again. I’m working with some really amazing musicians, some of whom are veterans of my solo band. We are working on a 7” for the Spanish label Acuarela (same people who put on the Tanned Tin festivals) right now with a full length album on the way which will be produced by Soulsavers’ Rich Machin.

Me: On "Family & Friends", you have some impressive friends. Did you handpick them, or did they come to you? Go ahead and name drop, Josh. I think it's cool.

Josh: “Family & Friends” is my father’s project. Its something that he’s been working towards for a long time. I’m also a big part of it, of course, as are my sisters, but its really my dad’s baby. My dad’s the boss. He invited a lot of his close friends to play on it, like Pat Metheny who he’s been playing with for years (check out their albums “Beyond The Missouri Sky”, “Rejoicing”, and “80/81”), Bruce Hornsby, Mark Fain, Jack Black, Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs (we recorded the album at his Nashville studio), Elvis Costello, Rosanne Cash, Dan Tyminski (from “O Brother Where Art Thou” soundtrack), Stuart Duncan, Brian Sutton, Bela Fleck, the list goes on and on.

Me: Where was your favorite place you ever performed? I would think the Grand Ole Opry would be one of them.

Josh: Grand Ole Opry is probably the pinnacle. Can’t get any better than that. Letterman is up there. I’ve played at some incredible venues with my band Spain in Europe, La Botanique in Brussels, Aula Magna in Lisbon, also Great American Music Hall in San Francisco and the Fillmore when I was with HBMS. In L.A. a club called Spaceland is very close to my heart, my band Spain played our first ever L.A. show there in 1993 when it was called Pan. My favorite place to play is a club here in L.A. called the Echo.

Me: You also recorded with Sean Lennon and The Blue Man Group. Two completely different experiences I am betting. How did you get the Lennon gig, and did he talk about his dad? As far as the Blue Man Group, did they record with or without their make-up?

Josh: I sang on a great song called “Sunshine” that was written by Money Mark for the first Handsome Boy Modeling School album entitled “So, How’s Your Girl?” It was a duet with Sean Lennon, but we recorded it in two different studios on two different coasts so I never got to meet him in person. But he and my sister Petra are good friends. I also recorded a song called “Persona” for the sophmore Blue Man Group album entitled “The Complex” and that was also a great experience. I’m not sure if they record with their make-up because I was just there to do my vocal over-dubs, but after I was finished and we were getting ready to go out they did try to get me to wear the Blue Man Group outfit, make-up and all!

Me: Okay, Josh, who are the Anteaters?

Josh: Anteaters are the sports teams moniker of my alma mater, University of California, Irvine! I give them a shout-out on my Myspace and Facebook pages as a kind of inside joke with a few former classmates of mine. They haven’t said anything about it to me yet though. I used to wear UC Irvine t-shirts when I was a student there and everyone would laugh at me. But I really do love my school. I learned a lot there and had some great teachers who still influence me to this day.

Me: I hope this was fun, sir. Go ahead and plug whatever you wish. Do you have anything you wanna tell the readers of the Phile? I wish you continued success and I hope we can do this again sometime.

Josh: Thanks and I really do appreciate the opportunity to talk about my different projects and plug them a little bit too. On my blog aptly entitled “Josh’s Blog” (http://www.joshhaden.blogspot.com) there are links to my Myspace/Facebook/Twitter pages if anyone wants to learn more about me and hear some of my music, as well as links to about a hundred more websites I’m involved with, as well as links to my sisters’ and dad’s websites and links to other people’s websites I’m fans of. Thanks again!


PHINALLY

Man, I just interviewed Jack Black's brother in law, how cool is that? Check out Josh's music on iTunes. He is a really great performer. That's about it. I am gonna wrap up this entry and go watch the shuttle take off from my backyard. The Phile will be back on Monday with the final interview for Alumni Month with Webb Wilder. Then next Friday on the Phile it's friend and singer Michael Chagnon. So, spread the word, not the turd, hello Mr. Black if you're reading this... bye, love you, bye.








Monday, August 24, 2009

Alumni Month Pheaturing Amanda Marsh


PHIRST OF

Hi there, welcome back to the Phile for a Monday. So, kids, how was your first day back at school? And parents, how was it dropping your kids off and having a day of rest? Two days ago my iPhone froze and wouldn't come back on. I thought I was an iPod, TV and DVD player away from rubbing two sticks together. After my Segway shutting down on me and then my iPhone I thought I was in some horror movie where all technology shuts down on me. A study was done on U.S. currency, and they found that 90 percent of all bills have traces of cocaine on them. And I said, “No wonder Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke is so crazy.” When they got done testing money, they tested some fish in the United States. Every single fish tested contained mercury. But we’re a glass is-half-full country. The people over at Mrs. Paul’s, the fish stick people, came up with a tasty new fish stick that you can also use to take your temperature. Preliminary results are in for the Afghanistan election — Al Franken is ahead. Everyone is excited about the Afghanistan election... but there are already reports of irregularities in Broward and Dade Counties. Zanyness at Obama’s healthcare town hall meetings. People at the meetings are screaming, fighting... because if there’s one things Americans hate, it’s comprehensive healthcare coverage. There’s a lot of talk about “death panels.” If I want to see a death panel, I’ll tune in to a George Stephanopoulos roundtable. When Dick Cheney heard about death panels, he said, “Death panels? Count me in.” Speaking about old Dick... he has a new book about his life and times... I believe it’s called, “Too Fat to Waterboard.” On Friday I told you that we are going through Logan's old books he had when he was a kid and I found he had some very unusual ones that I don't remember he had before. So, I showed you one last entry and now I will show you another one.

How come this wasn't the movie? I was watching CNN the other day and I noticed someone misspelt a word. Here, take a look and see for yourself.


Amanda Marsh's interview is coming up... but first of...


The book of the all season on the Phile is...

It's a really fun book and is available right now on Amazon.com. Here's an excerpt from it, kids.

I think I’ll fly down to Florida, and try to get a job at Disney. If I do, I’ll come back and get my stuff and bring it down.” It happened so fast. It was almost defeatist talk really, but it rolled off my tongue. I don’t know why I said it or how I could formulate the words. It wasn’t in my make-up at all to ponder such a daring move. Surprised at myself, there was no expectation about an answer. I wasn’t even looking up when making the casual comment. “Why don’t you go down there, and give it a year? If it doesn’t work out you can always come back.” With ever so delicate emotion, mother had replied without restraint as she slowly took something out or put something in the cupboard. Wasting no time thinking it through, or giving in to the implications of her answer, selfish lust drove me. Leaping to my feet I accepted whole heartedly. I failed to see or maybe refused to acknowledge the obvious difficulty she had mustering those words: Or the obvious difficulty in carrying this out. I mean, how could she even suggest? How could she consider? But there she was offering the invitation of a lifetime. The chain locked door I’d patiently waited years for someone to come by and open for me, was blown off its hinges in mere seconds by the same woman who for the first eight years of its run, was my religious viewing partner every Sunday night during Angela Lansbury’s “Murder, She Wrote.” How could she give me up? Too shocked to think of the significance of this proposal, or the execution, and too scared I’d heard incorrectly, I acted quickly to avoid the deal being retracted. If I questioned it, or gave it one extra second of doubt, mother may have back peddled. She could have convinced me to stay easily. Her presence in my life was always honored and loved. She respected me and counted on me to be there when the pressure was on; and life was a pressure cooker at this point. I owed it to her to stay. But she was letting me go, and lucky for me I neither questioned nor gave room for an extra second of doubt. With disbelief but awesome gratitude I hugged her while stuttering to agree unquestionably to her suggestion. My heart pounded and refreshing anticipation returned vivid color and vitality to the dull gray exterior plaguing me of late. The best Christmas present ever, and some assembly was required. I planned feverishly. Returning to school for the next semester after the holidays was no longer of interest and first to go. With that out of the way, scheduling departure dates and termination of my job took precedence. Putting this mission into affect enveloped me. I ran out of the kitchen toward my room, leaving my mother to wallow in her brave, but likely devastating decision. In some western state, dry and bright with faded yellow and orange hues, I drove in silence. Everyone else was sleeping. It was early, and I took in the quiet highway twisting through towering desert buttes and flat arid landscapes. BAM! I took out a bird. A scream burst from my lungs, short and loud. Leah woke up suddenly to see me, still driving, but visibly upset. She questioned me, and I regrettably filled her in. Two birds, large black ones, swooped down from behind the high rocks obscuring them. Their low arch brought them instantly in front of my car, but it was too late to slow down. The first, spread eagle, slapped my windshield, neck twisted by the force I too felt through me. Just at that moment, the second bird, the one who was following swooped up in time and continued on course. I had killed a bird. “Are you okay?” Leah asked feeling my pain. “I guess so, but I feel so bad. I wished I killed the other one.” It sounded horrific, but I knew what I meant. Here in this vast, open and seemingly lonely environment, were two birds flying in tandem. I took ones life, and the other would surely investigate the carnage, and suffer as it went off on its own. If I was to kill one, I wish it could have been both as the thought of the lonely companion haunted me for miles.

There you go. Coming soon on the Phile is Victor Langlois himself. By his book, Phile Phans!!!


79
Pompeii buried by Vesuvius, apparently to punish the debauchery that made the town famous. Tens of thousands of people perished only to have plaster casts made centuries later of the hollows their bodies once occupied.
1572
Troops loyal to the French crown alongside Catholic civilians massacre the Protestant Huguenots of Paris, estimates range between 20,000 and 100,000 deaths. At news of this carnage of this St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre, a gleeful Pope Gregory XIII ordered celebrations and a medal to be struck.
1812
The White House and other public buildings in the District of Columbia are torched by the British.
1958
Red China commences the shelling of the islands of Quemoy and Matsu, which hold one-third of Chiang Kai Shek's troops. The United States threatens nuclear retaliation for this, but the American people do not support the stance. A very strange compromise is worked out, permitting China to shell the islands on odd dates and Chiang Kai Shek's troops to resupply the islands on even dates.
1981
Mark David Chapman sentenced to 20 years for killing Beatle John Lennon.
2005
Howard Stern on the FCC: "I pray to God the FCC hands down a fine against this station for my broadcast in February so that we can see them enact this ridiculous policy." The broadcast: Sex toys and porn stars. The policy: The FCC wants Infinity (CBS Radio) to immediately suspend any DJs targeted by formal complaints.
2009
My son Logan started 4th grade. Man, he's getting so big.


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And now for the...



Today's Alumni guest was last on the Phile on December 20th. Her debut album "Love Is In The Details" is now up on iTunes, and she'll be playing at the House of Blues in L.A. right on the Sunset Strip on September 4th. Man, I wish I could be there. Anyway, welcome back to the Phile, the lovely and talented... Amanda Marsh.


Me: Hello, Amanda, welcome back to the Phile for Alumni Month. So, how are you?

Amanda: I’m doing great! Thanks for having me again!

Me: Out of everybody I interviewed, or reinterviewed, I must say you've been the busiest. How do you fit it all in?

Amanda: We are busy busy! I work everyday all day basically. ☺ I have a lot of support from my friends and family so that helps me a lot!

Me: Congrats on your new CD "Love Is In The Details" which I purchased off from iTunes. Are you happy with it?

Amanda: Aw thank you! Yes, I’m very happy with it! I wrote it all so it’s exactly how I wanted it to be. I’ve been getting an amazing response from it too! It is available on iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon and on our website www.ATMmusicgroup.com.

Me: You worked with some cool people on it, didn't you? Are you recording new music?

Amanda: I recorded with amazing producers such as Doc Little (Diddy, Beyonce) and Bruce Kulick of KISS at my home studio! I am always writing and recording new music. I just got three new songs done! They are “Take Me,” “Kiss Goodbye” and “My Honey.”

Me: Last time we spoke you mentioned you were working on a project called "Anywhere". Is it finished? It's a TV show, right? Did anybody pick it up yet?

Amanda: “Anywhere” is a series that Patrick Norris, the Director of "Gossip Girl" and "Friday Night Lights", wrote for my brother and me and our music. It is a drama that is not based on our lives but it was written based on our original music. It is on youtube at: www.youtube.com/AnywhereWeb. A couple of different networks have it and are very interested in it right now, so I’m very excited about what is coming in the future!

Me: You also signed with Rock Your Fashion. What exactly is that, Amanda? Do you get free clothes?

Amanda: Travis and I are both Rock Your Fashion artists for 2009! I teamed up with Betsey Johnson and Travis with Calvin Klein. I got to host for the Oscars and at Las Vegas Fashion Week as a RYF artist. My song, “Time to Breathe,” is featured on the Rock Your Fashion Soundtrack too!

Me: So, recently you went to Nashville. Was that your first time there? How was it playing at the CMA's? I betcha met a lot of fans. Did you meet anybody cool?

Amanda: That was my second time in Nashville. We had an amazingly wonderful time! I had a booth at the convention center at CMA Fan Fest and I met thousands of fans. Everyone was so welcoming. We also performed a few times while we were there. We performed at the Acoustic Durango Stage at CMA Music Fest and also at the Troop Aid supporting our troops. I met a lot of country music celebrities such as Wynonna Judd which was great!!

Me: And you played at SXSW as well. Was that fun as well?

Amanda: SXSW was a blast! It was my first time in Austin, TX and I was ready to move there. There were tons of people and talented musicians. We performed at Poodie’s Bar and at the 311 Club too.

Me: I read you have a new band, Amanda. Does that mean Travis isn't playing with you anymore?

Amanda: We just got a full band together! Travis is the lead guitarist and we got a second guitarist, a bassist and a drummer. They are very talented guys from Ventura, CA. We are so excited!!

Me: I still have to interview him, don't I? For the readers that don't remember, and don't know, tell them who Travis is.

Amanda: Travis Marsh is my brother and an alternative rock singer/songwriter/guitarist. He just finished his album “Los Angeles!” Travis wrote my entire album with me. I have a duet on my album “Love is in the Details” with him called “I Feel.” We’ve been getting a great response from our duet.

Me: How are you other siblings and parents doing?

Amanda: My siblings are doing good. They are on summer break right now. Nick likes to play the bass and Lexi loves animals and singing like me. ☺ My parents are doing well too. Thanks for asking.

Me: So, what's next for you, Amanda? I'm still waiting for a Florida gig to pop up on your schedule. ; )

Amanda: We are planning a lot of shows with our new band right now. And we hopefully will have good news about our show “Anywhere” very soon!

Me: I have to ask you about Michael Jackson. Were you a fan of his music and surprised like the rest of us when you found out he passed away? Did you watch the memorial service on TV?

Amanda: I’m a big fan of Michael Jackson. I found out about his death on twitter. I definitely did not believe it until it was confirmed. I did watch the memorial service on TV. I just cried and cried. It broke my heart, especially his daughter, Paris.

Me: Amanda, thanks for coming back to the Phile. You are welcomed back any time, okay? Keep doing what you're doing, and you'll be big one day. Go ahead and plug your website and I hope this was fun. All the best.

Amanda: Thanks for having me!! I hope you and your family are doing well. ☺ www.myspace.com/AmandaMarshMusic, www.ATMmusicgroup.com, and
youtube.com/AnywhereWeb.


PHINALLY

Thanks to Amanda for a really good second interview. I will def have her on the Phile again soon. Thanks also to David Letterman and Wikipedia, and to all you readers. The Phile will be back on Friday with singer Josh Haden and then on Monday the last of the Alumni for awhile, and it's the legendary Webb Wilder. Have a good week, kids... make sure you do your homework, and remember to always spread the word, not the turd.




Friday, August 21, 2009

Pheaturing Alex Aaron From Buffalo Alice


PHIRST OF

Hello, welcome to another entry of the Phile. Today was my first day back to work after the Segway accident. Turns out the Segway I was riding that turned off had a problem with Brits riding it. I was wondering why it kept muttering "Daniel Britt, Daniel Britt." When really what it was saying was "Damn you, Brit. Damn you, Brit." The Segway was fired and sent packing though which is good. But now the other Segways are all turning on me and are trying to get me fired. I haven't had anyone shut down and me and throw me off like that since my ex about 15 years ago. Sad news: Rosie O’Donnell is breaking up with longtime spouse, Kelly. Here’s how it works: Kelly gets the house, Rosie gets the tugboat. Rosie is so upset over it that she failed to report to the Vikings training camp. Are you kids golf fans? I'm no, but... Tiger Woods, who never lost a major tournament when he was leading, lost to Y.E. Yang. He lost the PGA championship. "Golf Digest" upgraded Yang from “unknown” to “virtually unknown.” Obama was watching the contest. He knows Tiger was upset. In fact, he invited Tiger and Yang to the White House for a beer. Former President George W. Bush attacked President Obama’s policies on anti-terrorism, healthcare, and the economy. Then Bush spent the next 20 minutes trying to kill a fly. Here's something from England, a nation of shopkeepers... A British newspaper reported that Mir Hossein Moussaoui actually won the election in Iran. Ahmadinejad came in third. Coming in second? Al Gore. In an interview, John Edwards said that “time will tell” whether running for president while having an affair was a good decision. I hate to break it to you John, but it was a bad decision. Time just called and won’t shut up about it. And now for a random thoughts... I totally take back all those times I didn't want to nap when I was younger. So, a few weeks ago I showed you a book that Logan had on his book shelf that I thought was weird. Remember that? Anyway, we were going through his other old books to get rid of at a future garage sale and I came across some others. So, in the next few weeks I will show you what I found. Take a look at this one. Those crazy Teletubbies.

I want to know which one is the mommy and which one is the daddy? Oh, yeah, now I see. Okay, who reading this is a Twilight fan? Not me, no, but most of you kids are, right? I was watching the trailer for New Moon before Bandslam week and was surprised to see there's going to be a cameo in it, and I thought awwwwkkkward. Anyway, here is a screen shot of the scene I am talking about.

Man, I might have to go see it now. Alright, Alex Aaron is up in a bit but first...


This is the Peverett Phile Book Club book of the season. Victor Langlois' "Mr. Lincoln Was Arobot". It's a very funny and well written book and is available at Amazon.com or your favorite on-line book store, so Phile Phans, please purchase a copy. And Victor will be coming on the Phile very soon.


From the home office in Port Jefferson, New York, here is the...


Kim Jong Il's Top Ten Summer Fun Tips.
10. Exhaust from missile launches provides nice cooling breeze.
9. Create a Facebook quiz: "What kind of dictator are you?"
8. There's no faster way to get that beach-ready bikini body than famine.
7. Don't complain about the heat... nuclear winter's right around the corner!
6. Easy packing tip: always wear the same outfit.
5. Have Navy seize a South Korean fishing boat, then take family fishing.
4. Maximize UV protection by wearing sunglasses larger than one's entire head.
3. Combine fun with the sun by torturing dissidents at the beach.
2. Platform flip-flops.
And the number one Il Summer fun tip...
1. Remember, we invented the "staycation." If you leave, you'll be shot.



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1614
Erzsebet Bathory, ruler of Transylvania, dies at 54. She had sought immortality by killing young virgins and bathing in their blood. It didn't work.
1985
Just seconds after stepping off the plane, opposition candidate Benigno Aquino is gunned down by assassins at Manila Int'l Airport, on orders of Philippine president Ferdinand Marcos.
1986
1,700 people are killed in Cameroon when Lake Nyos emits a huge cloud of fast-moving fog, quickly enveloping the villages of Nyos, Kam, Cha, and Subum. The lethal mist, consisting mainly of carbon dioxide and water vapor, displaces the oxygen in the low-lying zones, killing thousands of cattle and even more birds and wild animals. One eyewitness later describes the landscape as being "littered with human remains and animal carcasses."
1996
Superfreak Rick James (prisoner J29237) is released from Folsom Prison after serving a two year sentence for drugs and assault. He had planned to marry his fiance, Tanja Anne Hijazi, upon release but she had been nicked for shoplifting a pair of boots two days earlier. They do make a cute couple.


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Today's guest is a very talented singer and songwriter from Atlanta who has four albums up on iTunes with his band Buffalo Alice. Please welcome to the Phile... Alex Aaron.







Me: Hello, Alex, welcome to the Phile, sir. How are you?

Alex: I'm good, thank you!

Me: Okay, help me here... I am confused. What is the band's proper title? Buffalo Alice or Buffalo Alice Support?

Alex: Buffalo Alice is our name. The support is actually the band support page and is used for promotions and what not.

Me: Let's talk about the name. I thought you were from Buffalo, New York, but you're from Atlanta, right?

Alex: Correct. Born and raised outside Atlanta in the town of Oxford.

Me: Alex, what does the name mean? Have you heard of the band The Alice Rose?

Alex: I got the name from an interstate exit in North Dakota on I94. There are two towns at that exit, hence the sign. I've never heard of Alice Rose.

Me: In a few months you are going on tour. Do you have a band backing you, or is it a solo tour? Any chance you'll hit Florida?

Alex: It is going to be an acoustic tour and will be myself and one other musician playing on stage with me. And we are working on the east coast leg of the tour so I'm sure we will be in Florida!

Me: I purchased all three albums of yours on iTunes, Alex. Which one is your favorite?

Alex: Actually, there are four online now. "The Gardener" I have to say... this latest album is my favorite so far. I got to work with very talented musicians and wrote some amazing songs together. I'm also very proud of the lyrical content of this album and feel that is the strongest feature of my new songs.

Me: Before we talk about the albums even more I have to ask you about Clash of the Artists. What is it, and if a Phile reader wants to vote for you, what should they do?

Alex: Clash of the Artists is a contest hold by AFT (Art For Progress). AFP is a non profit arts organization committed to the cultivation and support of emerging artists working in diverse genres. This contest is also a fundraiser for AFP's Art Education Program. If you wanna vote for us, go to www.artforprogress.org and look out for clash of the artist (you find us in the live music category) or follow this link.

Me: How long have you been playing, singing and writing music? Your first album came out in '02 I think.

Alex: Well Buffalo Alice has been around since 2002. I've been writing since I was a teenager, 13, probably. But I've been obsessed with music my entire life. I remember memorizing lyrics to Elvis songs before I knew how to write, so I'm talking Pre-k I was memorizing entire songs and pretending like I had the lyrics written down when I would sing them.

Me: Let's talk about your second album called "Mitchell". Was it named after anybody in particular? It's cool that Jason Cropper produced it. Were you aware of his work before with Weezer?

Alex: It was named after my former bass player. I named it out of him partly out of spite and partly because I miss him. I met Jason via Myspace and he liked my music, obviously I liked his. I told him I was recording a second album and he was interested in producing it. It was fun and he is one the the nicest guys I've ever had the pleasure of meeting.

Me: Is Jason from Atlanta as well or did you have to travel to record the album? Or did he travel?

Alex: I traveled out to LA and actually moved to California for about 4 months. It was recorded in his garage, living room, kitchen, and bedroom.

Me: There's one song of yours called "Suicide" which is a very sad song. Most of your lyrics are sad actually. Are you a sad person?

Alex: I am bi-polar so I do have a lot of experience with being sad, especially for no reason. I've dealt with that baseless guilty feeling my entire life. So, whenever I hear sad songs they really affect me on an entirely differen t level than a happy song would. I think that's why I don't listen to pop, however my music is sort of pop, just with melancholy lyrics.

Me: You have one lyric that sticks out, and correct me on it if I got it wrong... "I would rather stick a gun in my mouth then be who I am." Something like that. What were you thinking when you wrote that?

Alex: I think the lyric is "I would rather taste the bullet of a gun than face all the bad things that I've done." But you were close. I wrote that about a time when I was suicidal and had actually loaded my shot gun and sat down with the barrel in my mouth in the band room in my house in Atlanta. It was the first time I had gone that far with my depressed feelings. Fortunately my drummer John walked in and talked me out of it.

Me: I love the video you posted of the song "The Guelph Song." Was that fun to make? Did you know all those people in it? And what's with the beer bottles on the table?

Alex: Actually it was alot of fun. I knew everyone there. The band just threw a huge party at my house and recorded the video while everyone was enjoying themselves.

Me: Speaking if that song, what the fuck is a guelph?

Alex: Haha. Guelph is the name of a tiny tiny town in North Dakota. I think about 5 people live there now. They have an old high school that closed back in the 70's, I think. Anyway, I actually rented that in 2002 to record a CD with my old band GB Fuzz. We rented the entire school for an entire week for I think $70.

Me: You have a third album out that came out last year called "The Alexander Rosenhoff Testament: Work of Fiction". What a long ass name. Are you Rosenhoff? How is that album different then your other two?

Alex: Actually Rosenhoff is Jason's middle name and he produced that album as well. The album is very different because I had no drum kit and half the album was done in one take. No overdubs or editing.

Me: Alex, I read you played with Ace Frehley... is that true?

Alex: Absolutely! He's a close friend now. Though, he isn't quite as good at guitar as I am, obviously.

Me: Alex, thanks for taking part. Hope all is well, and this was fun. Go ahead and plug your website, and music, sir.

Alex: Add Buffalo Alice to your FACE, SPACE, TWITTER and TUNES! Follow my every move and stalk me like a mad man! Especially if you're a hot chick! Oh, and come see us on tour this summer. bitches.

Me: Take care, and hope to see you in Florida soon.

Alex: You TOO!!!!



PHINALLY

What a good interview. I hope Alex comes back to the Phile soon. I have to ask him more about playing with Ace. Anyway, go and download Buffalo Alice at iTunes. Well, that about does it for another entry of the Phile. Thanks for reading, and thanks to Wikipedia, and David Letterman and of course Alex Aaron. The Phile will be back on Monday where Alumni Month continues with hot singer Amanda Marsh and then on Friday with singer Josh Haden who talking about Letterman played on his show. Take care, have a good weekend and spread the word, not the turd.







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