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Wednesday, January 30, 2008


Savage Distortion applauds John Edwards for running a clean, heart felt campaign. I'm sorry to see him jump ship, but you can't blame him, he just couldn't break out from under the shadow of the two headed monster that is Clinton/Obama.

John's great sin? Well, let's just say it 's just not fashionable to be a white male these days.

Somehow, I don't think we've seen the last of Johnny Boy.

Friday, January 25, 2008


Okay, Hitler, Cheney, what's the difference really?

Wednesday, January 23, 2008


John Van Atta of Strikes Again! donated a bunch of vinyl to Smoke and Mirrors. The haul included a live T Rex LP that I didn't know existed. I was very pleased. I don't think I'll listen to it much. For me T Rex is a studio thing.

The best T Rex records, the 71/72 trilogy of: 'Electric Warrior', 'The Slider', and 'Tanx', are a match set of sublime groove, electric boogie.

Tony Visconti produced those records. They were all recorded at the 'Honky Chateau', Château d'Hérouville, Pontoise, France.

Marc was on a roll.

I like 'The Slider' the best. Probably for sentimental reasons, but I do think it is more consistent, both in songcraft as well as the overall tone of the production. 'Tanx' tries to broaden the scope in style, and loses a bit of cohesion. 'Electric Warrior', the first of the three, but not the first T Rex record, is great, but just not quite as solid as 'The Slider'.

Flo and Eddie appear on the first two, and they are missed on the third.

Buy them.

Saturday, January 19, 2008


I missed most of the Giants game last Sunday because I was working, but I managed to catch the most of the last quarter. It was glorious. Doubly so, because not only did the Giants win, but Dallas lost. Glee is the correct term I think.

I don't care about San Diego, except that I would love to them beat the Patriots, as I'd love to anybody beat the Patriots.

Indy? Nope, don't much care about them either.

Glad to see Seattle go by the wayside, and even better to see Bret Favre hand them the defeat. I'd like to see Green Bay do well, but alas, they must lose to the Giants on Sunday.

The Jags acquitted themselves well in their loss against the evil cheating Patriots. Maybe next year.

The Giants can, and will beat Green Bay.

San Diego will lose to New England.

After that? Well you gotta believe, don't you?


Tony Alva started an off-line e-mail discussion about the horribleness of the induction process for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame recently. No offense meant toward Tony, but I've grown weary of that conversation. Simply put, until Kiss and Alice Cooper get their due, I just don't give a crap.

But the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is more than a recognition of musical acts, it's a museum as well, with Rock oriented exhibits. Sure they got Jimi's Strat, and Ziggy's duds, but what they need is something a little more visceral. Something that truly evokes the essence of Rock.....

.......like the toilet in the men's room at CBGB. I wonder what happened to that monument. I hope somebody saved it. It belongs enshrined at the Hall of Fame.

What's the difference between the men's room john at CBGB and a two dollar hooker?

In a pinch you can shit on the hooker.

Friday, January 04, 2008


Smoke and Mirrors, as an institution, is not a political entity, and does not, nor will it, endorse a political candidate. Savage Distortion will declare it's support for a Presidential candidate, but not at this time.

Having said that, Chrispy and I had the opportunity to do some work, albeit indirectly, for the Barack Obama campaign.

Our good friend and client Mano Felciano has a friend who works on the Obama campaign, and when she heard Mano perform 'Today's the Day' recently, she urged him to record it so she could play it for Obama, more specifically she wanted to play it at the victory celebration she was sure would occur earlier tonight in Iowa.

Mano booked the session with us on Tuesday, we recorded the song on Wednesday, mixed it Thursday afternoon, and it was in Iowa shortly thereafter.

Rob Machold, Dave Cavalier, and Julie Reiber lent their considerable talents, and I'm proud of what we achieved.

I'm sure Mano will post the tune shortly; I'll link to it when he does.

Thursday, January 03, 2008



B flat, after the second chorus, before the breakdown.

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