Kudos to Coleman, MacFoundDaddy

in a perfect world M-Base would be giving artists and activists $500,000 grants, but today's laurels for Steve are a good step, a giant step even

in a perfect world M-Base would be giving artists and activists $500,000 grants, but today’s laurels for Steve are a good step, a giant step even

Steve Coleman won a MacArthur Genius grant. He joins Steve Lacy, Corey Harris and many others.

M-Base, his thing. Not sure how it works. It says in his bio he was part of the Stanford Jazz Workshop, mid-1990s. Went to Illinois Wesleyan.

Would play somewhat obscure halls in Oakland, I recall.

I’ve never seen him play.

A vocalist from Stanford, Jen Shyu is in his crew.


edit to add: you say “booya” we say “sooya”…

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Great football writing, part II

hut 1:

Devon Cajuste told me,the night of his 3-td performance against we the people’s black nights — compared to the private cardinal robber barons — that he had never heard of Dwight Clark and the Catch but is a Cowboys fan. His mother, Andrea Cajuste, seems a genuine fan well-beyond what she might have picked up merely watching her son, although she does fly in or fly out for every match — as in,look for her in Seattle. Meeting them, I was tempting to zip up to Seattle –Terry has an art show there, coming up, in theory we could deduct the trip — but I also have Taylor Ho Bynum, who I think of as quite a catch, playing Lytton Plaza Saturday at 1 so no-go and no chief (Seattle) not all things are connected. Some are near misses. Isn’t it pretty to thick so, and run a 4.37 forty and be six-four and a nice guy. I also suggested he track down Dr. Paul Maggio m.b.a since his Plan B or Plan not-NFL is medicine. Irv Weissman — my fellow Dartmouthian — is already his advisor, duly noted. Devon the Duly.

Palo Alto -- come for the football, stay for conga drum lessons in Lytton Plaza, where Devon and I met, August, 2014

Palo Alto — come for the football, stay for conga drum lessons in Lytton Plaza, where Devon and I met, August, 2014

And speaking of duly noted, Devon the Dude, Devon the Duly, Tom Dooley — and I have to be the only football writer bridging the Kingston Trio (“lay down your head Tom Dooley”) and Joe Namath, — Tom Dooley was also a German ringer on the 1994 World Cup U.S. soccer team — Steve “Scoop” Almond’s book against football is 13 times more popular than John Schulian (check that TK), so far at Amazon, in terms of the number of reviews so far:

hut 2: and I hope i never have to explain why i go here
Yukica was terminated by Edward Leland, the athletic director for Dartmouth College, after back-to-back disappointing seasons in 1984 and 1985. Although Yukica was offered standard compensation for the remaining 18 months of his contract, he instead chose to file suit against Leland in New Hampshire Superior Court for breach of contract. Based on various procedural irregularities regarding Yukica’s dismissal, Judge Walter Murphy, a former football coach, issued two temporary injunctions against Leland and Dartmouth College. With the case gaining increased press, partly due to testimony at preliminary hearings by coach Joe Paterno of Pennsylvania State University, and college football recruitment already under way, Dartmouth settled out of court and Yukica went on to coach Dartmouth for another season before resigning.

Although the case never went to trial, Yukica v. Leland has been hailed by the American Football Coaches Association and others as setting an important precedent in sports law. The case also affected how coaching contracts were written, particularly at the college level.[1]

Reminds me that I once said if not published in the Daily Dartmouth, as sports editor in fall 1983, something about Yuckica that his problem, predictability, was summarized: you run-a the ball on first down, then run-a the ball on second down, then you pass-a the ball on third down and …wait for it YOU KICK THE BALL ON FOURTH DOWN. pun on yoo-keek-sounds-like-“kick”-a, if you are Irving Berlin writing his first ditty circa 1920 about the little marathon man who ran the wrong way, the baker. Dorado? (TK)

hike: the actual argument

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Street music at Lytton Plaza

IMG_20140916_195404422a man calling himself Neil Young Jeezy lit up the night Tuesday and made Jake.1410927796359

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Gunn Titans football the best 956th ranked team in the nation, no doubt: Just say ‘Nozo’


Gunn football 18 angry young men

Gunn football 18 angry young men

Gunn travels to Branham of San Jose Friday in search of their first “W” although so far, despite the 0-and-2 they are closer to the “L” hand-signal in Ed Lee/ MC Hammer “Too LEGIT” than the finger and thumb of San Jose (Lynbrook, since you asked) grad Greg Camp’s Smashhit “All Star” (for “loser”).

MaxPreps says Shinichi Hirano’s team is ranked 956 in the state. Wow. What does that even mean. They only play ten times. It would take a couple years to sort 956 teams. And why? (And this from the guy who has a list of 1,000 sax players…my bad).

Nozo Imanaka has four touchdowns of 20 or more yards.

The team features a corps of eight young men (!) who play every down, i.e., two-way, and another 10 (!) who rotate in, for situation and special teams, plus maybe nine practice players, the injured and soon to be eligible.

I think this is a story.

Meanwhile here is what I turned in to Keith Peters, xxx xxx, xxx xx xxxx xx xx xxxxxx xx xxx xx xxxxxx xxxxxx Xxxx Xxxxx xxxxx #@&^?

Compared to what they ran with here. And a great photo of Nozo’s catch, by Butch Garcia, the Pinoy Ansel Adams. But it is kinda fucked that this runs under a headline about Sacred Heart, excuse my nippon forerunner.

I actually bought the book version of When The Game Was Tall, which is part of the reason I enlisted here.

Gunn lost to Carlmont 24-19 Friday despite two crowd-pleasing touchdowns by senior Nozo Imanaka, in front of 500 fans in Palo Alto.

Gunn football prospect Felix Adams, 10, trains for his 2022 varsity debut; he is nephew of former Titan Bob Adams class of 1980

Gunn football prospect Felix Adams, 10, trains for his 2022 varsity debut; he is nephew of former Titan Bob Adams class of 1980

The compact multi-purpose back had a 65-yard punt return score in the third quarter and caught a 25-yard fourth-and-2 heave on a go pattern from classmate Noah Riley earlier, giving him four touchdowns of more than 20 yards already this year.

Six-foot-one-inch 176-lb linebacker Dietrich Sweat meanwhile punched above his weight to help contain the Scots, who feature D-1 sized backs like Willie Teo-Clifton and Dominic Blanks. The gutty Titans play eight boys two-way and another 10 in situations and special teams.

Gunn travels to Branham of San Jose next Friday, in preparation for the El Camino League season which starts October 3 against Fremont.

“We need a little more turgor” Gunn coach Shinichi Hirano said. “We bend but don’t break. Maybe we bend less next time.”

Hirano looked fairly pleased for a winless coach, Gunn having let San Mateo squeak by 27-20 the week before. Perhaps he liked the festivities surrounding the game, with Gunn celebrating 50 years of academic, social and athletic excellence, with alumni guests augmenting the band and pep squads and new PAUSD superintendent Glenn “Max” McGee among the revelers.

“You never want to start a game with a turnover, but overall we are doing great, and we play four quarters, a full 48 minutes each game,” Hirano said.

Gunn rallied from a 24-6 deficit, with a Sharod Miller touchdown reception, two fumble recoveries, and a fourth-down defensive stop by sophomore nose-guard Andrew Maltz keeping things interesting late into the fourth quarter.

Branham is about 30 minutes away, according to the search maps function on this here doohickey, if you take 280 to 85 past 17 and get off Camden exit. I would hope the bulk of those 18 families will check it out. The suspects would include people with names like: Maltz, Riley, Larson, Bibo, Sweat, Li, Gong, Rothstein and that Bret Baird guy. I actually think Gunn played Branham in basketball once, back in the day. (We won, obviously. We were 22-5, then 28-3).

edit to add, here and on Weekly:
I think Gunn, win or lose, should have their own thread, and not be subsidiary to Sacred Heart.

I am not alone.

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Chop Keenan as Lester Maddox: he may be a hick, but he’s our hick

I am saying we should be making money, public sector, on the phenomenon of tech miracle; we don’t have problem attracting tech. We have the opposite.

On Conway:
Web Link

and the connection back to the topic is that the tech people are causing, indirectly, the parking problem the RPP will try to remedy; it’s really the builders.

And if you don’t like, or know, Corey Harris, how about Randy Newman (and I’m taking a few liberties, ala your dad, Leland Levy):

Builder, they’re builders
they don’t know Degas from a hole in the ground.
They’re builders.
They’re keeping the Residents down.

(Music by Randy Newman, 1974; additional lyrics by Mark Weiss, 2014)

that’s from my post under Steve Levy, and here is the background, via wiki:
“Rednecks” is sung from the perspective of a Southern “redneck”. In it he expresses his dismay at the way that the North looks down upon The South. In particular the narrator describes his ire at watching a “smart-ass, New York Jew”[1] mock Lester Maddox on a television program. (This is an allusion to Maddox’s 1970 appearance on The Dick Cavett Show whose eponymous host is actually a gentile.)[2] In response to his frustration at the television show, the narrator goes on to list, sarcastically, a litany of negative qualities that Southerners are reputed to have. He focuses especially on institutionalized racism, or, as the narrator puts it: “keeping the niggers down.”

As the song ends, the narrator turns the knife on judgmental northerners, calling them out as hypocrites.[3] He achieves this by singing that the “North has set the nigger free” and then sings African-Americans are only “free to be put in a cage,” and then lists a number of black ghettos in northern cities (e.g. Roxbury in Boston, East St. Louis and Harlem in New York City) The song’s final lyric is: “They [the Northerners] gatherin’ ‘em up, from miles around/Keeping the niggers down.”

Writing in the Los Angeles Times, Randy Lewis said Newman had “peeled back the curtain on… bigots and hypocrites” with this song.[4]

Steve Earle recorded a country-grunge cover of “Rednecks” in 2006 for the tribute album Sail Away: The Songs of Randy Newman.[5]

Newman’s opinion[edit]
Newman has called “Rednecks” one of his favorite compositions. He said he wrote the song after watching Maddox’s appearance with Cavett and “seeing him be treated rudely… they had just elected him governor, in a state of 6 million or whatever, and if I were a Georgian, I would have been offended, irrespective of the fact that he was a bigot and a fool.”[2]

Newman said that having written “Rednecks” he felt he had to explain where he was coming from, which led him to write “Marie” and “Birmingham”, two other songs that ended up on his Good Old Boys album.[2]

This is Randy Newman, “Kingfish” from same album; maybe Joe Simitian is our Huey Long. Chop I note, is not actually an elected official but calls himself the Czar.

Here is the actual lyric. Not sure how I got from “fool” to “hick” other than the Keenans own or did own rice farms in Central Valley. My deal with Keenan, or with myself apropos of Keenan and 456, is that I would stop obstructing the SAP HANA-haus until 6 months after it opens, and even try to book talent into the room, on a 100-cap stage area, because Chop told me personally that it would “rock”. I thought, whether he agreed or not, that I was gonna check in end of August, so I’m kinda overdue. Not sure they see it that way and would want to meet me.

Last night I saw Lester Maddox on a TV show
With some smart-ass New York Jew
And the Jew laughed at Lester Maddox
And the audience laughed at Lester Maddox too
Well, he may be a fool, but he’s our fool
And if they think they’re better than him, they’re wrong
So I went to the park and I took some paper along
And that’s where I made this song

I recall that when I saw this it struck me that Mrissa could shake it pretty well for a millionaire.

and this reminds me that no you are not going to see me poppin’ in a video, and that I am more in Greg Camp’s camp, with a finger in the shape of an L on the forehead:

There a true funny story about sitting next to Greg Camp incognito on flight from Burbank to San Jo and mid-flight he says "I'm Greg Camp" to the guy on aisle and I, discussing his work.

There a true funny story about sitting next to Greg Camp incognito on flight from Burbank to San Jo and mid-flight he says “I’m Greg Camp” to the guy on aisle and I, discussing his work. the guy on the aisle wanted to contact Nick Cave and I sequed into Camp.

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Oral communications about Taylor Ho Bynum free show Saturday Sept 20 at Lytton Plaza

I am sitting, 8:15 on a Monday and already 45 minutes, we the people, our council, maybe my dinner, behind schedule.

At 8 p.m. moved closer to 8:30, I will, in 3 minutes, try to say this:

(about my free concert, by Earthwise Productions, this Saturday at Lytton Plaza)

This Saturday, September 20, 2014, at 1 p.m., my company Earthwise Productions, is hosting a free concert at Lytton Plaza, featuring Taylor Ho Bynum t a y l o r h o b y n u m, a trumpet player, cornet, and his special guest Ben Goldberg, a Bay Area based clarinet player.

This will be jazz music, and improvised, some Jimmy Giuffre, and Ornette Coleman, plus works of their own — they are composers, and total improvisation.

Of note is that Taylor Ho Bynum is actually biking to his concert from San Francisco, and then continuing on, to Henry Cowell Park, near Santa Cruz.

He is actually a biking enthusiast, and is biking from Vancouver Canada to Los Angeles and playing 8 gigs along the way, doing a century each day, 100 miles.

He is in Arcata today, 13 days into his ride, and plays Los Angeles with anthony Braxton trio in LA seven days after us.

I had read of his tour, and his Sept 19 show in SF and asked if you would route thru Palo Alto to play for us.

Earthwise was founded in 1994, as a spin off of Bay Area Action Earth Day, and has produced more than 200 shows in Palo Alto, in 20 years.

This is about the sixth or seventh event Earthwise has produced at Lytton Plaza, all free, featuring nationally and internationally known performers.

Citizens are invited to bike to the event and we are hoping to induce Taylor Ho Bynum to exit Palo Alto post-concert via Bryant Street the Ellen Fletcher Bike Boulevard and we hope the effects wil be a group ride thru the six miles of Palo alto bike path, before he and his support team head west over the Foothills towards Henry Cowell Park.

Taylor Ho Bynum , free concert at Lytton Plaza this Saturday from 1 to 2. Bring your bikes.

I have no idea if there will be five or 50 people there — but I encourage you all to attend. Our backup location might be the historic train station, or the foyer of Stanford Theatre or maybe in front of the Greg Brown mural on Bryant at University, but the vibe will start at Lytton Plaza — its’ a bit of an experimental event, which fits with the music per se. It’s Earthwise, which means moves with or like the earth, natural systems, not mechanistic or industrial. It flows.

He’s doing 15 shows in a bit more than a month, biking from Vancouver to Tijuana.

I may fight the buzzer (at 3 min) with this, or exeunt while still reading:

Tay’s words:

I see the entire trip as a kind of composition. Like all my music, it looks to combine the predetermined, indeterminate, improvised, intuitive and structured into an organic whole. The endeavor is an act of composition, a performance art piece, a philosophical statement, a celebration of musical community, and an exercise in extreme physicality. For me, there are clear analogies between choosing to travel by bike and choosing to pursue a career in creative music: the trip may be slower and more arduous, but it is ultimately more rewarding in its acoustic pleasures and unexpected delights.

this is 548 words so in theory I can do this inn 3

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Unknown Palo Alto solidier, circa 1969 by Hardy, named

In the wake of the Ehren Tool show, Jim Hardy found my blog and then posted some descriptions of the events that inspired his art, meant to honor a fallen comrade.

He mentioned the name of the soldier who, years later he noted, had “Palo Alto” written on his helmet, the detail that sparked my interest.

It wasn’t until after I bothered the mother and the younger brother of the man, that I read Hardy’s account of the Veterans’ Art show years later, that described Hardy’s regret and embarrassment, in that while the art was meant to honor M_, the fact of the work hit B_ in such a way, as one might well imagine.

I think Palo Alto should honor B-. We do have, as commissioner Beth Bunnenberg has pointed out at recent Historic Resource Board meetings, a monument, or several, at 27 University, as well as the fact that MacArthur Park restaurant building, is actually a monument, in that it is a former Officers Club or rec hall for soldiers, the first of it’s kind in the U.S. circa 1920.

I am wondering about something about Hardy, M_, and B_ perhaps in Seale Park. (Where I had previously suggested naming either the new restrooms, the basketball court or the park itself for my teammate Kent Lockhart, three bounce passes from our current POTUS — Lockhart, to Duncan to Obama).

Or maybe we can honor B_ and other Vietnam War heroes — or post-Vietnam heroes, if we fold in Gulf Wars I and II — we have a Agent Robert Parham on the police force, for instance, living — at the former Fry’s site, which powers that be are pushing towards 500 units of housing: how about 200 units of housing and Memorial Park, on 7.7 acres?

Thank you to the family of B_ for your gift to our country and community, these 45 years, and sorry if it has taken local leadership so many years to feel your feelings. God bless B_.

(I redacted his name, until we hopefully get the family’s blessings or officially acknowledge B_)

Hardy’s carving:

artwork by Jim Hardy, depicting a solider who had written PALO ALTO on his helm

artwork by Jim Hardy, depicting a solider who had written PALO ALTO on his helm

A detail of the photo that was taken 20 years prior, and days before the ambush:

Detail of photo, infantry, from Vietnam War, 1969

Detail of photo, infantry, from Vietnam War, 1969

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