Hope you enjoy our satirical musical gift to you that was written by Jim and performed by his former band Celtic Elvis. (By the way this little ditty went #2 nationally on Dr. Demento when it was released in the early 90's.)
quick note to let you know that Jim and I will be on Teresa Tudury's radio show, "Live
from the Doublewide" on KOWS Radio out of Occidental starting at about
8:30 tonight (Nov 21st).Teresa is a
remarkably talented singer-songwriter & performer.Her long-running radio show features music
and wry chat with a focus on singer-songwriters.Click
here to stream the show live.
Jim and I had the pleasure of spending some time with the wonderfully warm folks at KRCB radio in Rhonert Park this past Tuesday. We were there to be interviewed by Roland Jacopetti for the "Sonoma Spotlight" program in advance of our upcoming gig at Occidental Center for the Arts on Sunday November 24th. While we were there, FM program director Robin Pressman was curious about the CD we had in our hands--the pre-release of "Math2Metaphor"--our new collection of science songs. She asked if we'd stick around to chat a bit and play a tune live on her noon-time show, which we happily did. KRCB has recently undergone an exciting makeover. The new KRCB radio is live and local, offering a wide spectrum of music that is underrepresented in the commercial radio band, including indie and world, folk and vintage Americana. They'll also highlight the vibrant North Bay music scene and, in their news programs, provide a voice for local community concerns. As long-time advocates for original music and their makers, Jim and I applaud this win for the North Bay community.
The MetaQuizzical Cafe served up its mysterious entrees--which
included "Plastilla", the "First to go Under", and the
"Alien Immigrant Song"--our parody of Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant
Song" about alien invasion--to a full house at Armando's in Martinez last
Sunday afternoon. With Lou Esposito on electronic percussion and David Correa
on guitar--along with Kathy & myself, we were rockin' those science songs.
We tried our first multi-media presentation in conjunction
with the songs and had some fascinating and funny results. My favorite was the
idea that Mars is the new Utah. Kathy put a picture of Mars taken by the
Curiosity rover next to a familiar picture of Utah and the similarities are
quite striking. One of our goals is to show the connectedness we have to such places. As
our consciousness expands such faraway places seem closer and more
compelling. The human race needs places where we can feel a new sense of
wilderness and adventure.
Perhaps a member of the audience summed it up best: "Wow! What a Quizzical Show you guys put on! Complete with pleats
in the screen back and flying chocolate kisses!
I wasn't sure if I was in a folk/rock/guitar show or Mrs. Richardson's
Science Class! Toad dissections could be next?"
Thank you to everyone who chose our show over the 49ers
Calling all people who enjoy satire, science, politics--and
song-writing subjects--that are intentionally and savagely anti-commercial. If
you avoid the main stream like a salmon turning away from a sewage line, then
we have a couple of shows for you.
We're presenting two "MetaQuizzical Cafe's"--stimulating,
folk-rocking romps through science, politics, satire and spirit--which
feature the two of us, plus a host of our overly talented friends. The first
show will be at Armando's in Martinez on Sunday, November 10th, 4 to 6pm; the
second will be at the Occidental Center for the Arts in lovely Occidental (near
November 24th, from 4
Admission to either show is $10. Tickets will be available at the door, plus you can purchase tickets in advance for the Occidental performance, here.
So mark your calendars, make your reservation and save your appetite to sample
something quirky and different at the 'The MetaQuizzical Cafe'--where Carl
Sagan will meet you at the door, Rod Serling will show you to your seat, and
Tom Lehrer's in the kitchen stirring the Endless Onion Soup.
Hi Folks! We just finished our busiest summer concert season ever--which had our headsspinning
like plates on sticks. What a summer! We appreciate all the good folks
who worked and attended the shows. Lots of stories to tell on that
front, but instead we'll share a couple of recent tasty morsels from our
performing life. (So many hats, too few heads.)
We recently opened for the History Connection's
tribute to Shuttle Astronaut Rex Walheim on the occasion of City of
Petaluma's proclamation of Rex Walheim Day. Walheim is a NASA mission
specialist and was on the last ride of the space shuttle.
What a nice guy! Rex has also distinguished himself as a marathon space
walker having clocked the equivalent of 36 days floating outside the
capsule tethered only to a thin line. He related a harrowing tale of
working outside the International Space Station and momentarily thinking
he'd forgotten to hook himself to the station's safety latch. And so by
primate association, we were white knuckling it with a little extra
intensity as we watched the film 'Gravity'.
In other news the Fresno Unified School District turned our song "Plastilla!"
into curriculum for science and language. The Great Pacific Garbage
Patch is a huge environmental challenge for this and future generations.
Here's the video they made of "Plastilla!". Show your kids.