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Tuesday, March 4, 2014


Posted by on Tue, Mar 4, 2014 at 2:11 PM

This is not a drill. I repeat: THIS IS NOT A DRILL. Pitchfork reports that Sunny Day Real Estate are releasing a new song on Record Store Day! It's called "Lipton Witch" and it will be one side of a split with Circa Survive. Even cooler, Diary cover artist Chris Thompson did the artwork and it's pretty fantastic:


How early is too early to start lining up for Record Store Day?

Friday, February 21, 2014

OHMYGOD!!! Super Duper Alice Cooper Is Due Out THIS SPRING!!

Posted by on Fri, Feb 21, 2014 at 2:04 PM

I just learned Alice Cooper/Group is finally getting the documentary treatment via THIS: Super Duper Alice Cooper!! I don't think I could be more EXCITED!!

Super Duper Alice Cooper retraces the transformation of the man born Vincent Furnier into one of the most famous rock stars of his day, as he fronted a band described in the trailer as “half girl, half guy, half alien.”

Okay, so it might be more less about the Alice Cooper GROUP, and more a bout Vince, but still, I'm stoked. I fucking love all things Alice Cooper; some more than others, but still!! Super Duper Alice Cooper is set to first screen at the Tribeca Film Festival in April. I'M SO HAPPY RIGHT NOW!! I CAN'T WAIT!!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Did Supertramp Predict 9/11? (HINT: No.)

Posted by on Mon, Jan 20, 2014 at 11:38 AM


According to a theory that has been floating around the internet for a while and published in today’s Daily Mirror, British rock group Supertramp predicted 9/11 all the way back in 1979 with Breakfast In America.

The 'conspiracy' was revealed on a forum for author and theorist David Icke.

The off-the-wall cover shows a woman with a glass of orange juice in front of a rendition of the New York skyline, all from a plane window.

Forum member 'Eve' posted the pic along with the following cryptic description:

"Album came out in 1979," it reads.

"9/11 reference.

"9/11 was served with breakfast...not to mention the everyday fight for freedom: "Breakfast In America."

There’s more, but that’s enough to convince me. Hey, you know, the Seahawks have to fly to New York next week for the Super Bowl, and Pete Carroll has some questions about the darkest day of the 21st Century. You think he’s got any Supertramp on his iPod?

Sunday, January 19, 2014

What Happened Last Night at Chop Suey?

Posted by on Sun, Jan 19, 2014 at 4:01 PM

Allegedly during the Jai Ho! Bollywood Dance Party last night at Chop Suey, one of the large plate glass windows was broken from the inside. When I remarked that it appeared that somebody had been thrown though the window, Chop Suey Talent Buyer Jodi Ecklund responded with, "Derek Erdman, you are correct."

  • Derek Erdman
  • "OUCH"

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The Great Comet Caper

Posted by on Wed, Nov 20, 2013 at 12:44 PM

At least the gum appears to be safe.
  • At least the gum appears to be safe.
You may have heard that someone broke into the closed-for-renovation Comet Tavern last night and stole the dollar bills that have been affixed to the ceiling for as long as anyone can remember. Apparently, whoever took the money broke in through a window near the exit and left through the front door, leaving it unlocked. Though there were ladders on site, the fact that they did not look disrupted this morning may indicate the thief brought their own.

Jason Lajeunesse—who, with business partner Dave Meinert, is reopening the beloved grime pit/venue after the previous owner abruptly closed the doors in early October—said he thinks the amount taken from the ceiling was close to $1,000. However, he says, "The value wasn't the issue, of course, it's the years of history attached."

Lajeunesse explained, "I think someone went in there with the purpose of stealing those bills specifically... I think it wasn't just about the money for them either, otherwise they would have stole the thousands of dollars worth of tools that were there. That would have been much easier and more profitable."

"Someone believed those bills belonged to them, and they didn't want us having them. That is my opinion..." Lajeunesse said. "My landlords received a call from a very inebriated someone last week who threatened to come and steal the Comet sign and anything else he thought belonged to him. I'm not going to name anyone, but this is the information we got. We were warned to keep an eye out. I guess I didn't suspect someone would go through all that trouble, and risk possible charges of theft, over such a small financial return."

So be on the lookout for someone with a stack of gnarly bucks and a staph infection?

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Jason Lajeunesse and David Meinert to Take Over the Comet Tavern

Posted by on Thu, Nov 7, 2013 at 11:52 AM

A few minutes ago, it was announced that Capitol Hill night-lifers Jason Lajeunesse and David Meinert have signed the lease for The Comet and are planning to re-open it by early 2014. Lajuenesse and Meinert also co-own the adjacent diner, Lost Lake, as well as Neumos, Barboza, and Big Mario's Pizza.

Lajeunesse says, "We plan to continue to have some live music, but not every night of the week. We will revive much of the Comet’s lost charms, from pool tables, to pinball games, to a karaoke night, while introducing a small food menu for the first time in the Comet’s history."

It had been rumored that local musician Ian Hill was also trying to take over the Comet. Last night, Dave Segal reported that Hill was unable to purchase the dive because he'd been outbid. The Comet closed unexpectedly early last month due to previous owner Brian Balodis' financial issues.

Friday, November 1, 2013

R Kelly Impersonator News

Posted by on Fri, Nov 1, 2013 at 5:12 PM

YOU GUYS. How did I miss this R Kelly impersonator news?

On Saturday, a man who appeared to be the singer took to the stage three hours after the show's advertised time and was booed off not long after he began his four-minute performance. Eyewitnesses quickly noticed that the R&B singer was not the original, with some reports from the gig claiming that the man on stage lip-syncing may have been a tribute act named R Jelly – with one female fan noting that she had seen what looked like the tribute act in a local restaurant that day.

I have so many questions. People waited THREE HOURS to see something that wasn't Prince? "R Jelly" is the best that guy could come up with for a name? The female fan had seen R Jelly the night before going to see R Kelly? Like, she went to see Jelly perform at the restaurant or just saw Jelly eating or something at the restaurant? I need answers.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Jesse and the Pinkmen

Posted by on Thu, Sep 12, 2013 at 11:01 AM

I came across a Facebox post from my ultra-punk Carbondale, Illinois tour buddy Ray Suburbia that read, "My dorky friends have a dorky band about a TV show with dorky merch, and it's probably my favorite thing right now."

Courtesy of
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And now it's my favorite thing right now. The band is called Jessie and the Pinkmen. They're from Albuquerque, New Mexico and all their super short punk songs are about Breaking Bad. According to their Bandcamp page: "Get ready for some serious jams to be uploaded weekly with each of the last 8 episodes. This is going to be the dopest shit you've ever heard and look for shelter because my shit's the bomb, yo!"

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Today's Music News: CHBP Roundup, In Utero Gets Deluxe, and Happenings from Across the Pond

Posted by on Tue, Jul 30, 2013 at 2:23 PM

The Capitol Hill Block Party Was Legitimately Nuts: Get the deets here!

In Utero is Now a Surly 20-Year Old: The 20th anniversary reissue of Nirvana's last album will include unreleased demos, B-sides, and a live performance from 1993.

David Cameron Made a Mixtape For His G8 Friends: Unfortunately it's a bit rubbish.

Thom Yorke Visits Marc Maron: And the mastermind behind Radiohead is "not exactly revealing," so definitely take a listen!

UK Pop Continues to Take Over Your Body and Soul: Peep this video from the inimitable Lil Silva, featuring Rosie Lowe.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Today's Music News: Borat Will Not Play Mercury, 2 Chainz Wants to Keep You Fed, and More

Posted by on Tue, Jul 23, 2013 at 1:03 PM

Sasha Baron Cohen No Longer Starring in Queen Biopic: Due to the oft-cited "creative differences" with remaining members of the band Queen, who apparently wanted a "more PG version of reality," than the raunchier vision Cohen had. Yes. Because Freddy Mercury's life was definitely rated PG.

2 Chainz Writing Cookbook to Be Released with New Album: Says it will contain "[p]robably about 14 to 15 meals, [based on how] many songs [the album has]," thereby saying my favorite thing so far today.

Beyonce Vs. the Superfan: No, not an overly enthusiastic lover of her music. An actual fan that began eating her hair in the middle of a performance.

Kumail Nanjiani on Hating "Everybody Hurts": This barely qualifies as news but feel free to head on over to the A.V. Club and read comedian Kumail Nanjiani's funny takedown of one of R.E.M.'s most popular songs. "Really, you can ask a five-year-old and they’ll say, 'Yeah, everybody hurts sometimes.'"

This Could Change Everything: Kanye Quest 3030, a classic Super Nintendo-style turn-based RPG has just been released FOR FREE DOWNLOAD. The last boss appears to be (spoiler alert) a clone of Lil B. Gonna go head and call it: Game of the Year.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Today's Music News: Kanye's New Album, New M.I.A., Kanye, Thom Yorke Does Good and More Kanye

Posted by on Tue, Jun 18, 2013 at 12:49 PM

This is the Last Time I Post About Kanye West: The sixth studio album by West dropped today, understatedly titled Yeezus and apparently inspired by a Corbusier lamp, to immediate rave reviews. And that weird, pretty unnecessary American Psycho-inspired video is up on his website now. Last time you'll hear about him from me, until he does something insane.

Thom Yorke Auctioning Off Painting: Made with friend and album artist Stanley Donwood, the proceeds will go to the Trade Justice Movement, "a coalition of organizations that fight to end poverty and hunger." It's called "Business School for the Dead," and judging on these guys' past work would probably look great above your mantle.

Feminist Taylor Swift Takes Over Twitter: Not sure how I feel about the concept of parody Twitter accounts, but I did enjoy the response from Feminist Kanye: "YO IMMA LET YOU FINISH CUZ AS A MAN I NEED TO STEP BACK AND LET YOU BE HEARD." Oh wait, damnit. I just mentioned Kanye again. Last time.

How Are You Feeling About the New M.I.A?: "Bring the Noize" dropped on Zane Lowe's BBC 1 radio show yesterday. Check it below.

Capitol Hill Block Party Contest: Got out-of-town friends wanting to experience the magic of Capitol Hill Block Party but unsure if they can afford to drag themselves across the country for it? KEXP's giving away "airfare, hotel-stay[s] and 3-day VIP passes," so hop to it.

Kanye and Kardash's Baby Has a Name, Apparently: I give up. Bow down to Mr. West, unbeatable pop culture icon and master of the 24-hour news cycle.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Today's Music News: Internet Sensations, Airplane Sing-Alongs and Psychotic Music Videos

Posted by on Tue, Jun 11, 2013 at 12:04 PM

"Rebecca Black is Actually Kind of Good Now": According to Salon's Mary Elizabeth Williams, the infamous singer of "Friday" has improved from "worst ever" to not quite as shitty.

"She Got Served": The she in question being Ciara, and the "served" referring to a notice of legal action after she backed out of a performance. This happened while she was on-stage, performing at LA Pride. Ouch!

Adult Swim's Singles Going Steady: Somehow, Cartoon Network offshoot Adult Swim continues to be an underground tastemaker. This summer's series of "Adult Swim Singles" will feature new tracks from Madlib, Mac Demarco, and Lightning Bolt, among many others.

Your Eighth Favorite Wu-Tang Clan Member Readies a New Album: That's right, U-God's back with a RZA-produced solo record called Keynote Speaker, set to drop this summer.

R. Kelly to the Rescue: When their airplane got stranded on the tarmac in Las Vegas, passengers aboard Allegiant Airlines flight 592, possibly suffering heat-related delirium, decided to have a sing-along to R. Kelly's classic "I Believe I Can Fly." Thank God for boom boxes.

American Yeezus: Kanye West apparently recruited "socialite and reality television star" (ugh) Scott Disick for an American Psycho-themed music video which will drop sometime this week.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Today's Music News: Today's Disease News, Danny Brown Thinks Cereal's Overrated, New Albums from Riff Raff and David Lynch

Posted by on Tue, Jun 4, 2013 at 11:37 AM

Jonathan Poneman Diagnosed with Parkinson's: The Sub Pop cofounder went public with his diagnosis this morning, explaining how grappling with the disease has given him a new perspective on his life. Many well wishes to Poneman and those close to him.

And Sharon Jones is Undergoing "Immediate Surgery" for Cancer: Canceling her tour and postponing release of her latest album. Luckily, the stage-one cancer on her bile duct (whoa! I didn't know that was a thing) is "operable and curable." Good luck to you in surgery, Ms. Jones!

Soulja Boy Takes on The Bachelorette: And makes a pretty amazing music video after recruiting the show's stars to be extras. Inane!

David Lynch to Release Second Album: Because people went crazy for Crazy Clown Time, apparently. Definitely curious to hear his collaboration with Lykke Li.

Everything That's Right with Music Today: Skrillex and Riff Raff have an album coming out together, Riff told MTV Australia.

Danny Brown Has the Best Laugh in the World: Check out Detroit rapper Danny Brown explain why he thinks cereal's overrated. Agreed! I don't eat soggy things either.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Today's Music News: Paris Hilton Back to Ruin Music, DJs Take Control, Ke$ha Drinks Pee

Posted by on Thu, May 23, 2013 at 12:01 PM

Cash Money + Heiress Money = ???: I shit you not, Paris Hilton is the latest signing to Birdman's Cash Money empire. Way to stay relevant, guys.

DJ Marco Gets His Due: Seattle DJ Marco Collins, sometimes credited with "breaking" Nirvana and Pearl Jam to the public, is now the star of an upcoming documentary, The Glamour and the Squalor.

Boards of Canada's Mysterious, Globe-Spanning Album Rollout Continues: With a video played at midnight in Tokyo. What's up with these electronic acts and their crazy marketing schemes? It's about the music, man.

Ke$ha Goes GG Allin, Drinks Own Urine on Reality Show: Unsurprisingly upsetting people like the Parents Television Council.

BASED on the Runway: A student at Parsons fashion school made a collection inspired by the one and only Lil B. These pictures may be TBFW (Too Based For Work).

The Bucket List of Jazz: KPLU 88.5's Kevin Kniestedt has compiled a list of the "1,000 Jazz Albums to Hear Before You Die." If you're looking for a starter course on "America's indigenous art form," there are far worse places to start than here.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Regarding the Singles House

Posted by on Thu, May 16, 2013 at 5:20 PM

Do you see what I see, in the doorway of the apartment building that was the Singles house from the 1992 classic film, Singles?




Seattle is the best.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Today's Music News: Listen to Folsom Prison Blues While Actually in Prison, Sub Pop turns 25, Bieber Fever is a Real Thing, and More

Posted by on Tue, May 14, 2013 at 12:09 PM

"MP3 players are a lot like televisions. They're a really good babysitter.": SPIN has a nice article about prisons granting inmates access to MP3 players. Favorite detail: The guy who orders "King of Hearts" by Cassie—let's be pen pals!

Sub Pop is Throwin' Themselves a Silver Jubilee: To celebrate 25 years of being the cool kids on the block, Sub Pop is throwing a free shindig in Georgetown on July 13th, featuring Mudhoney, Shabazz Palaces and THEESatisfaction, J. Mascis, Father John Misty and more.

I Would Like to Tour with Justin Bieber: This kid's life is just pure insanity at this point. Vomiting on stage, almost having a piano fall on him, getting in trouble for his pet monkey, cops finding a bunch of weed on his tour bus... and that's just from memory! I don't even follow his career! Why would I? I'm a grown man! And now, according to the Hollywood Reporter: "[c]riminals reportedly pulled off an 'Ocean’s 11'-type stunt to nab an estimated $330,000 in cash" while the singer performed a Mother's Day show in Johannesburg, South Africa. One can hardly fathom what else is in store for Canada's boy wonder.

Billy Corgan is Righteously Angry About Another Thing: The Smashing Pumpkins frontman has written a letter to the restaurant chain California Pizza Kitchen on behalf of his "friends at PETA", urging them to cease supporting dairy farmers who dehorn calves at their dairy farms.

The Reaction to Daft Punk's Random Access Memories Thus Far: “So I listened to this Daft Punk album once while browsing the web. I will now unveil my critique” — the Internet, 5/13/13″ Quoth the inimitable John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Today's Music News: Lauryn Hill Heads to the Big House, MCA Gets a Park, and Breaking News: Chris Brown Never Not an Asshole

Posted by on Tue, May 7, 2013 at 12:24 PM

Lauryn Hill Sentenced to Three Months for Tax Evasion: That was the verdict following a lengthy court battle.

Fight For Your Right to Frolic: Beastie Boy Adam "MCA" Yauch had a Brooklyn park dedicated to him on Saturday, marking the first anniversary of his death. At the ceremony, fellow member Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz reminded everyone: "Beastie Boys is for the children."

Those "Half-Japanese Girls" Are in for a Treat, I Guess?: Rivers Cuomo has recorded an album "almost entirely in the Japanese language," and it's out now for digital download.

GQ Honors Stylish French Robots: Daft Punk appear in the May issue to discuss their upcoming album Random Access Memories, and briefly contemplate Superman and Scream 2.

Nicki Minaj to the Rescue: Apparently Carly Rae Jepsen's newest needed a quick hit of the Queen Bee in hopes of achieving the chart domination expected from the woman who brought us "Call Me Maybe."

"Heartbroken Chris Brown Always Thought Rihanna Was Woman He’d Beat To Death.": As usual, the Onion comes correct.

Low Played a Real Nice Set on KEXP: And now the whole deal is online! Here's one of the songs they played, "Plastic Cup," off their new record The Invisible Way:

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Dear Everyone Who's Awake and Loves Prince and Yet Found His $250 Ticket Price Prohibitively Expensive

Posted by on Thu, Apr 18, 2013 at 10:22 PM

$100 general admission tickets to tonight's 11:30 pm show at the Showbox are available right now right here.

Even better: All proceeds from these $100 rush tickets go to benefit Treehouse for Kids.

Friday, March 22, 2013


Posted by on Fri, Mar 22, 2013 at 3:35 PM

Here's a real doozy, courtesy of Craigslist from Eugene, OR (of all places):

Huey Lewis + the Food
  • Huey Lewis + the Food

Gus Russell and Paul Biondi are featuring 4 GREAT musicians and performers on THURSDAY NIGHT ,
Mar. 21TH, 7:30PM to !0PM at The Jazz Station 124 West Broadway, Eugene, Oregon $5.00 COVER CHARGE
HUEY LEWIS and The News guitarist, CHRIS HAYES,
Jazz Station's favorite singer, LAURIE HAMMOND,
and Eugene's most famous Bass Player, BYRON CASE
special suprize guest, on Drums, KENNY REED
former guitarist for HUEY LEWIS and The News CHRIS HAYES
Christopher John Hayes was born November 24, 1957 in Great Lakes, Illinois. He got his first guitar when he was nine years old, and he took whatever lessons he could — from folk to jazz (he is now a self-confessed jazz freak). He quickly became so proficient with the guitar that he started teaching it. At 18,he was pursuing his first love, jazz guitar, when he joined keyboard legend Merl Saunders, for an album on Fantasy Records, ( "You Can Leave Your Hat On") and a tour of the East Coast.
In 1977, along with Merl's son Tony, and Sly Stone drummer Jimmy Strasburg, they formed a band with saxophone masters David Liebman,(Miles Davis, Elvin Jones) and Pee Wee Ellis,(James Brown) called "The Ellis Liebman Band".They recorded an album on A and M, and did some touring. It was here that Chris was playing the music that he really loved. After a short stint with Mark Isham, he played on Van Morrison's "Beautiful Vision" album, then on to Europe to back-up the world famous blues singer Esther Phillips.
When he returned to San Francisco, he looked around for a new band to play with, and he heard that Huey Lewis was on the look-out for a guitarist. He tried out for the position, and although he still had a lot to learn about rock and roll , he became a member of the band.
Chris comes from a very musical family. His sister, Bonnie Hayes, is a celebrated Bay Area singer and band leader. His brother, Kevin Hayes, who sometimes works with Bonnie too, plays drums with the "Robert Cray Band." These aren't the only Hayes siblings, Chris is the oldest male of seven children! The youngest, Jonathan, plays guitar, produces, and writes songs in LA. They have collaborated on Chris' latest project, still in production.
As well as playing guitar in the band and singing background vocals, he is also an established rock songwriter, penning three #1 hits, (Power of Love, I Want a New Drug, Workin' for a Livin', Stuck With You, to name a few) often putting Huey's lyrics to music, and was arguably the band's most prolific creative force.He was nominated for an Academy Award for writing "Power of Love" which was the title track in " Back to the Future". In 2008, Garth Brooks covered "Workin' for a Livin", which went to # 19 on the country charts.
Outside the band his interests include golf, fly fishing, and playing the piano, his favorite movie is "The Maltese Falcon", and his favorite movie stars are Humphrey Bogart and Johnny Depp. He has two sons and a daughter and is was living in Wine Country (Sonoma County, California). He now lives in Eugene, Oregon with wife Cheree and son.
Vocalist: Laurie Hammond has been singing for close to 40 years. From her earlier days singing folk, pop, and gospel music, to her later venture into blues and jazz, Laurie has captivated audiences with her smoky vocals and her own interpretive style. She is the long-time singing half of a jazz duo with pianist Gus Russell, and has been a soloist with a host of the areas top musicians including guitarist, Michael Anderson. Laurie is also a 10 year featured vocalist in the Cottage Grove Rhythm and Blues Revue and lead vocalist in Mood Indigo with Gus Russell and a revolving mix of other great local musicians.
pright bass BYRON CASE
Original member of the surf 1960's band THE SUNRAYS who's hit song I Follow The Sun was big on the top 100's Guitarist and vocalist Byron Case has played with The Party Kings, Nicolette Helm & Queen Bee, and The Heaters. During the 1960s he had several Top 10 hits with his band The Sunrays. He then played with several different R&B bands in the Los Angeles area before moving to Oregon. Byron Case has played with The Party Kings, Nicolette Helm & Queen Bee, and The Heaters. Byron started on bass with The Vipers but in recent years has switched to guitar. Byron sings from a repertoire ranging from Big Joe Turner and Pee Wee Crayton to The Coasters and Little Richard.
Kenneth William Reed "aka" Kenny Reed
Born 7th October 1947. St. Louis Mo.
Attended schools from Elementary through High School, St Louis, Chicago, Gary, Indiana.
Military 7th June 1965 through June 1967. 3/325 83D Air-Borne, Infantry. Ft Bragg, NC.
College Sept '69 through '74. Manhattan Community College N.Y.C. School of Broadcasting & Announcing N.Y.C.
First professional job as a musician came in St. Louis, under the tutelage of Bensid Thigpen- Ed Thigpen's brother, Sonny Hamp, James "IronHead" Matthews and many or all of the members of the "B.A.G.", "Black Artist Group" including Oliver Lake, Julius Hemphill, Lester Bowie and many others.
First Recording at age 15 with "Fred Williams Trio". Appeared Sept 1969 edition of Downbeat Magazine with Greg Davis, son of Miles Davis, along with Jerry Bowles, bass, John Smith, soprano sax, Clovis Bordeaux, piano, Greg Davis, trumpet, Kenny Reed, drums. The group was called "MLC" "Musical Liberation Cycle".
Worked 6 ½ months touring with Bill Doggett Trio- N.Y.C. upstate tours
Worked briefly with Betty Carter N.Y.C.
Worked with Carlos Garrett "Miles on the Corner"
Gary Bartz, Stafford James, James Pulliam, Russell White, Olu Dara- N.Y.C. Brooklyn Coast Tours.
Delaware-Philly-Baltimore-Kentucky-Ohio-many cities!!
Formed my own unit "Time" Truth in Music Ensemble" consisting of Tera Nakamura, bass, Chin Suzuki, piano, Ryo Kawasaki, guitar, Sue Cunnings, vocals. "Blue Cornet 2 yrs-Brooklyn.
Managed and founded "Solid Gold Production Co. Pasadena, Ca. sent funk Group 4th House to Japan-1974
Worked in Sherry Scotts Quintet-Pasadena, Ca.
"Herbie Lewis Quartet- Pasadena, Ca. Hollywood
Worked on TV show "Fame" Culver City, Ca.
Moved to Eugene, Or. May 1986 from Beverly Hills, Ca. started "Stone Cold Jazz" after working with several Eugene based musicians including Andre St James. Work with Les McCann when touring Northwest and many prominent professionals including Paul Biondi, jack Neiderman, Neal Jansen, Benjamin Crandall, Meredith D'Ambrosia, Sam Adams and a host of many talented musicians and singers.
Pianist: Gus Russell has been teaching and performing for the last 25 years. He has polished his jazz and blues chops by sharing the stage with Curtis Salgato, Paul Delay, Don Latarski and even Tiny Tim. Gus has also been a featured artist at the Hinman Winery Jazz Festival, Art in the Vineyard, LaVelles Music series, Chateau Loraine, and many festivals through out the Northwest.
Paul was born in Philadelphia in 1957. His older brother Fred, who is a professional jazz drummer, motivated Paul to study and perform music at a very young age — he first picked up a saxophone at the age of 8. Paul's teacher and mentor was Robert "Boysie" Lowery, who taught and motivated players such as Clifford Brown, Ernie Watts, and many other jazz musicians on the east coast. While Paul was still in high school, he performed in jazz bands, studio sessions, and orchestras such as Valley Forge Music Fair. He has backed up such artists as Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Mel Torme, Ella Fitzgerald, Barbra Streisand, Ray Charles, and Lena Horne. Before graduating from high school, he studied at Berklee School of Music in Boston.
After graduating, Paul toured for several years with Gladys Knight, Aretha Franklin, and Ike and Tina Turner. He then joined a yearlong world tour with Smokey Robinson. Although many musicians nowadays are able to learn the theory of performing by using educational websites, such as elearners, there is perhaps no better way to gain an understanding of such experiences than by touring with prestigious acts such as these. His musical education, and career, didn't end there. In 1978, Paul and The Duck Soup Band from Philadelphia were offered a recording contract with Warner Brothers Records. He worked on the album in San Francisco for one year, and then moved to Los Angeles where he worked as a studio musician. He also wrote and played on movie scores and television theme songs, and performed with many famous individual artists, including Jimmy Smith, Bill Medley of The Righteous Brothers, Jack Sheldon, Tex Beneke, Horace Height Jr., The Temptations, the Four Tops, The Drifters, The Platters, The Cadillacs, The Shirelles, and numerous other groups and artists.
In the summer of 1992 Paul visited Florence, Oregon and immediately fell in love with the town and the surrounding area. Paul moved to Florence from Los Angeles in December 1998. After arriving in Florence, Paul performed and produced school assemblies recreating the history of jazz. He helped raise funds to send the local high school jazz and concert bands to compete in Washington, D.C. and produced other fundraising events, such as Concert by the Lake for the Relief Child Care program, Relay for Life, and Blues for H.U.E.S. Paul has also participated in benefits for The Siuslaw Women's Center and Florence Food Share.
Since moving to Eugene in 2004, Paul, a member of both The Rainy Day Blues Society and The Willamette Jazz Society, has been playing music locally and regionally and gives private woodwind lessons. He occasionally flies to Los Angeles and Nashville to perform with other artists. He and his production company produce events such as The River Run in Laughlin, Nevada, featuring Canned Heat and Rod Piazza, the Chowder Blues and Brews Festival in Florence, and the Lowell Blackberry Jam. Paul continues his fundraising efforts on behalf of local charities such as Food for Lane County, MDA (with University of Oregon's Duck Football Coach, Mike Bellotti), Legal Aid, and relief efforts for Katrina and the Indonesian Tsunami. On the political front, Paul has coordinated music for "Get Out The Vote" campaigns for Governor Ted Kulongowski, Secretary of State Bill Bradbury, and former President Bill Clinton. Paul is also the founder of MEMA, the Musicians Emergency Medical Association a non-profit organization that provides resources to musicians when a medical emergency occurs.
For more information, contact Paul Biondi at (541) 746-6222

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