an oceanic sofa of bliss (sd) Sat 21 Dec 02 12:19
stew! stop by Atlanta on your way home. You can sleep on our couch as long as you want to...
Muddy Sweetboot (jonl) Sat 21 Dec 02 17:56
Are You My Caucasian? (shmo) Thu 26 Dec 02 10:19
Stew, care to comment on the death of Joe Strummer?
From Stew (jonl) Sat 28 Dec 02 07:12
(I emailed the question about Joe Strummer to Stew, and got this response...//jonl) --- i found out about Strummer's death while listening to BBC (i'm in Berlin right now). That in itself was VERY weird. One associates those ever so careful accents with announcing the deaths of politicians and authors, not punk rockers. And yes, it does make one feel a bit aged - especially when yer trying to explain punk rock to your 10 year old who just got a red streak put in her hair and thinks its SO 2002. Joe's voice was not stylized/art school enough for me to love in the way i did Lydon's, Devoto's or Vanian's. Nor was it lovably pathetic in the way Shelley's or bandmate Mick Jones' was (my fave Clash dude, by the way). Joe really sounded like a trash collector who'd been hustled into the studio with a copy of das kapital filled with yellow highlites courtesy of McClaren. He sounded like the streets. I saw them when they toured give em enough rope and Joe was energetic beyond belief. I actually thought he was gonna hurt himself he was rocking so hard. I started a hilarious debate in Rhino records one evening when I brought back London Calling the day after I'd bought it. Though I genuinely didnt dig the record I was nonetheless well aware that i was making a "punk rock statement" by returning it. I met Joe once in an Army Surplus store on Hollywood Blvd. He was buying dog tags. He was very friendly and genuinely seemed happy to be chatting. He seemed shocked that I knew & liked the tune "This is England" from what i think was their last and not too good release. I had heard he was opening for someone just recently. I was always rooting for him in post clash days. He always seemed like a cool cat. /stew
Berliner (captward) Sat 28 Dec 02 07:45
FWIW I have an essay -- or what's left of one -- on Strummer in tomorrow's NY Times Week In Review section. Sort of an interesting side-comment on what Stew just said.
an oceanic sofa of bliss (sd) Tue 31 Dec 02 05:33
nice piece esp. mescaleros=musical polymaths well said
Berliner (captward) Tue 31 Dec 02 07:40
We'll be sending Stew back to you Americans tomorrow. It was wonderful having him here. Probably by the time he gets back here again I'll have those pix from Jarman up on a webpage somewhere.
Jon Lebkowsky (jonl) Tue 31 Dec 02 11:32
Very cool, Ed!
Stew (blackstew) Thu 9 Jan 03 13:17
some northern cali stuff for y'all: the STEW thing will be at: wednesday january 22nd The Space, 2509 R St. Sacramento, CA phone: 737-2304 friday january 24th Oakland Metro 201 Broadway Oakland, CA 510-465-8480 these shows will have "big rock" potential as we'll have 1st St. MARTY BELLER banging some skins. but hes very sensitive.
Scott Underwood (esau) Thu 9 Jan 03 16:14
A sensitive drummer? What the hell? See you at the Metro again, sir.
Cynthia Dyer-Bennet (cdb) Thu 9 Jan 03 16:26
Stew, you might want to post about your Oakland gig in the <oakland.> conference here on The WELL. And the <berkeley.> conference, too!
an oceanic sofa of bliss (sd) Sun 12 Jan 03 04:39
and at the stew and the negro problem topic in music music.1630 L Stew and The Negro Problem by the way two 6 year old boys sang along with 'rehab' in my car this week. the biggest carpool hit since tmbg's fibber island.
Are You My Caucasian? (shmo) Mon 20 Jan 03 12:14
David Gans (tnf) Mon 20 Jan 03 12:22
Nice Bary Blitt artwork on the error page, but... that URL didn't work for me.
Berliner (captward) Mon 20 Jan 03 12:31
Worked fine for me. That's some high exposure!
Are You My Caucasian? (shmo) Mon 20 Jan 03 12:35
The URL works for me too.
David Gans (tnf) Mon 20 Jan 03 12:40
Helen Donlon (hdonlon) Mon 20 Jan 03 14:14
Number one. Yay!
something named (stdale) Mon 20 Jan 03 15:36
NDP also made my top 5 list at cosmik.com, but hey, EW! Yay, indeed.
Jon Lebkowsky (jonl) Tue 21 Jan 03 02:38
"...it's Stew's lush sense of melody and witty, journalistically detailed lyrics that make his second solo album, with its reminiscences of psychotropic drug dalliances and portraits of well-read women who carry switchblades, a true treat for those who care about innovative, thought-provoking pop."
Stew (blackstew) Thu 6 Feb 03 10:10
hey Los Angeles folks- The Cover Problem does Madonna @ Spaceland This Friday Feb 7th (thats tomorrow). For those who don't know - The Cover Problem is The Negro Problem's evil twin - actually, maybe its not that evil at all. TCP takes revenge on those records that were so big you couldnt get away from them by sending them through our twisted, irreverent musical meat grinder. What we end up is usually fun and funny. Past victims have included Thriller, Dark Side of the Moon, Sgt Pepper's and Saturday Night Fever. As far as the 35 and up members of TCP are concerned, Madonna doesnt really have an album with the pop cultural mega-voodoo of any of the above. So we have broken TCP tradition and simply attacked what we feel are her greatest hits. I thought the bee gees lyrics were lame but after reading her lyrics...wow. How many of you know that situated within the tune "Stayin Alive" is the line "You can try to understand/ The New York Times affect on man" ok, so i have no idea what the hell they're talking about. But at least it makes you go "Hmmm..." Oh, and regarding kids in the carpool listening to ReHab - i've been thinking for awhile now that i'm in the wrong branch of this bizz. If i could tame my foul mouth maybe I could be the new Raffi. After all the brain cell destroying dives i've played in I think the IQ level of the kinder would come as a welcome relief. chow, /stew
David Gans (tnf) Thu 6 Feb 03 10:22
Wow. What time?
Are You My Caucasian? (shmo) Thu 6 Feb 03 12:04
We'll be there, David. After the radio show. I hadn't told you that part of the evening yet!
David Gans (tnf) Thu 6 Feb 03 12:55
Wow, that's great!!
Are You My Caucasian? (shmo) Sat 8 Feb 03 12:41
Fun and wacky show last night at Spaceland, with The Cover Problem doing the music of Madonna. The band consisted of Stew on Guitar and vox, Heidi on bass and vox, Probyn Gregory on guitar, Carolyn Edwards on keys and Joe Berardi (of Double Naught Spy Car) on Drums. Highlights for me were: "Material Girl" played Allman Brothers style, complete with twin guitar leads from Stew and Probyn. And "Like A Virgin" done as a tango. Wonderful. As they had run out of Madonna material by the time they got to the encore, they did a wonderful version of the TNP song "Peter Jennings" with a great midsong monologue from Stew about driving home drunk and stoned late at night, trying to find something sobering on the radio. A blast.
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