Laura Jane Grace w. Jello Biafra: or, Witness

or r u with this?

1. the first part

Jello wearing lesbian message

Jello wearing lesbian message

Laura Jane Grace formerly of Against Me! influential punk band of Warp Tour variety is playing tonight at Slim’s. Steve and Eric Cohen were threatening to go to City last night to see Camper Van Beethoven, whereas I took Coach to see his former charges San Ramon Valley Wolves play — and frankly pulverize — the Davis Blue Devils, 99-62, but now I’m jonesing for noise.

Not sure the draw that the singer for Against Me was known as Tom Grabel and is now wanting to be known at least professional and presumably personally as Laura Jane Grace. I admit I did not recognize the name and only caught a whiff of the story until five minutes ago. I like Slims certainly.

But it reminds me that circa 1999 when Jello Biafra, the founder of Dead Kennedys band and Alternative Tentacles label did a one-man show at Cubberley — a speaking engagement, or spoken word performance and not quite a lecture as much as a poem — his press photo had him wearing an odd t-shirt: Nobody Knows That I Am A Lesbian. His real name is Eric Boucher from Boulder (as compared to Michael Heizer and his Big Friggin’ Rock). The poster I made — which cleverly doubled as a postcard — featured a ripped image of Rebecca Romain in a Got Milk in negative. (Got Milk for your jello?)

Anyhow that is how my brain is working. This is my brain on drugs. Coffee. With Milk.

Meanwhile Laura's shirt says Don't Bro Me if you don't know me, I am guessing

Meanwhile Laura’s shirt says Don’t Bro Me if you don’t know me, I am guessing


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2. the next part

Witness by Dave Douglas with one s as compared to “ass” with 2, esp track 6 the vocal part, for about 3 minutes, although the piece is 15 minutes or more, I bought for $1 at Palo Alto library, presumably I did not buy back my own copy that I had donated – I shed 1,000 or more cd’s recently although the bulk regrettably went to Rasputin’s not the public coffers, hack or churn, but I think I held on to my first copy so I may have two, somewhere. When “Witness’ came out, in 2001, I met with Michaela Myers one of his managers, with Sophie Wang, in Alphabet City and envisioned doing a high profile debut live at Stanford, maybe with Hoover helping to produce, maybe outdoors at El Camino Park, like the Dead back in the day. This went nowhere, beyond Alphabet City and in fact Dave did not like the idea or outdoors. The players are Douglas, trumpet, processed trumpet and AM radio, Chris Speed, clarinet and ts, Joe Daley, tuba, I don’t know, Mark Feldman, violin, Erik Friedlander, cello, Drew Gress, bass, Bryan Carrot, vibe, marimba, glock, idk, Michael Sarin, drums, idk, Ikue Mori, elec percussion, Josh Roseman, I was just talking about, privately, with Akira Tana apropos of the history of jazz in Palo Alto and he can bear witness or bare, carry, offer like bare arms, famously, trombone on only 4 tracks, Yuka Honda sampler (on 2 tracks), Tom Waits voice on a track called Mahfouz and i am guessing that is what drew me in if i drew-gress, to 6. Jamie Saft meanwhile known as organist and jew engineered on that track at Frank Booth in Brooklyn the 718. Who is still counting here?

I have to run out to car to match the case/to the track lasting.

And I do like to tell the story of getting face time with Dave Douglas by offering to be the driver between their hotel on Cowper to campus, Feldman definitely, and this was a Douglas w. Trisha Brown Dance hit, and then Suzie Ibarra, asking me to load in her gear, having arrived separately and who could say “NO!” to that?

2.1 still the next part or the last part

so the above, which is interesting in that the counter seems to indicate I am the first person to view this posted five weeks ago but a performance from 13 years ago, and their are no comments, other than this, and I flash to Susan Wojcicki who I worked with briefly on a silk screen scheme with Helen Sung’s cousin’s future baby-dad from Harvard, very pregnant at 46 in the Times, who could not flash to Susan Wojcicki very pregnant at 46 in the Times? — there is a definite Waitsian quality now that I am looking for it, and a time paradox it reminds me of my tape of Eliot reading Burnt Norton, but I admit I will have to strip in later who is Mahfouz, on internet – -which did not really exist in 2001, not like this, or did not Google — or the liner notes, and maybe I have on file the press kit. I am tempted to email DD to send him this hot mess of a tribute: what are your thoughts on Witness 10 years later? And I think there was a flurry of shows on that topic, or one. Ahead of time. And self-reflexive: I believe Mahfouz says we are stuck with the present until there is a future that displaces the present, or some thing.

The Thing is 25 minutes and maybe by design (or Providence) is such a thing that might take 13 years to take, and here for the long run. I just wrote to Dave via his button on his site although might copy his publicist known to me (and not, therefore “idK”):
Hi, Dave.

I bought a used copy of Witness, my second copy. Not to be a hog but just because I could not resist the bargain.

Was there a show or series, “Witness at 10”?

What are your thoughts not this, 10 or 13 years later?

Could I publish to my blog “Plastic Alto” your short response? I cannot pay you since my blog has 500,000 words but no revenue stream.

I fear that Ethan Iverson “do the math” has more readers. I don’t fear that, i am tipping my hat to that.

Or, did you already publish some thoughts on “witness”.

I hope you recall my enthusiasm for wanting it presented at Stanford.

I think we as a civilization get a D- but not an “F” for how little we have progressed towards peace in this period despite your heroic efforts.

Be well in 2015.

Protect them lips!

Mark Weiss
Earthwise of Palo Alto
former KZSU radio host without portfolio — although I did ultimately produce about 12 segments, mostly on jewish themes
concert promoter, artist manager, now blogger, I also have a comedy monologue about Jim Harbaugh, and a under-actualized and cheap easy tribute to Ginsburg, “Beat Hotel Rm 32 Reads Howl”
650.305.0701

I presume you get the “plastic alto” reference without missing a beat?

(the link was here, but I de-pingbacked-it out)

(the amended title is actually “Laura Jane Grace w. Jello Biafra: or, Witness” and digresses in a internet kind of way, to you)

Should say “reeds howl” or “reeds howl and brass does too”

not done with Witness but moving on briefly to:

3. further
Terry and Mark at Nespresso on Grant in SF, Union Square during Holiday / Shopping Surge, 2014, December:
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4. not sure what the connection here between LGBT and WWIII but work with me, peoples:
Against Me! is managed by Danny Goldberg at Gold Village, which also works with Steve Earle – who I like for his Marcos The Early Days Track on David Byrne – and
xxxhmglkugilufuiguhiu
T CHUPPAH HOOPA COUPA
Terry my Terry Terry Acebo Davis the artist and my girlfriend interrupted me mid-thought with is too to do since my synapses are custom-pimped to say Church is over and she is waiting for Mammon to open at Uni and Bryant, around the corner from Greg Brown mural of Spiro Agnew pushing the Norton — talk about indirect Camper reference — and reminds that as we drove home on Xmas Bob Dorough was on KCSM and she hated it, and I didn’t pul l out the defense that he probably influenced Tom Waits. Here is a graph from a guy named David Becker on something AXS about the show or the repertoire or influence, if you excuse the break from Witness w. Gender, evolved from Jello w. Grace; oh, yeah, based on the weirdness of cellphones versus real life I said I was at Zoe and she said she was going by Coupa, but I heard Hoopa which is a town in Humboldt NorCal from which I have a Dartmouth classmate Andre Cramblitt and a tribe or chuppah which is a Jewish marriage band-shell or tent. Also, I mini-fantasized or I’ll flash to that as Don Cherry’s Dartmouth kids would say that Dave Douglas is going to partner with me for Beat Hotel Rm 32 Reeds Howl even though he is on brass and I would pay him double scale I think if he played a plastic alto. Here at Cafe Zoe.

The quintile i think you could say
There is a long riff on football in Plastic Alto and I have to admit, although it is like the proverbial “jumping the shark” I did just send a note to the Dartmouth football coach on a topic and included like five other threads and said something like “sorry to confuse you I studied poetry at Dartmouth when not writing sports for The D”.

And there is a long, long list, in my bike bag, although I did move the Chevy today:

6. and I really don’t know the rationale for a post that is a list of topics versus six posts all on point and succinct:
photos of Saint Francis 38th Holiday basketball tourney, or thoughts or lists

7. still wanting to make a statement about Post Office and VTA Parking lot enforcing the zoning and not privatizing assets: I met a man named Lewis I think a Rotarian who was with me partly on keeping the post office a public asset. In Berkeley, CA they fight hard to keep the post office whereas in Greenwich, CT it is a department store. Results vary.

8. I have a photo of a low-flying plane at night over Palo Alto juxtaposed with a second photo of xmas lights. Ms. Landsman of Palo Alto organizes people working on the remedy for this problem, which I think fits my wheelhouse of people vs. corporate or consolidated power.

9. Ed Sprinkle The Claw in 1955 a footballer of note, obit, compared to mis-identifying the financier and hot dog monger Eliot Shmukler, I called Sprinkler, above. He should be relieved.
and really if you are here either for Witness or Against Me you can scroll thru all this, no worries, no blood no foul. Meanwhile I could shoot and post Chez Franc plumped.

10. Nellie McKay with Cake NYE in San Jo: I should go. They should guest me. I actually had a dream last night or this a.m. about meeting with John McCrea on the road and having this great idea of producing for a cd a fake emcee announcing their show as if a life show when actually a studio joint. Nellie I met in Austin in the lobby of Drexler or whatever famous hotel and put her on the horn with Ian MacKaye — I knew I’d get to MacKaye from Laura Jane Grace and Jello Biafra. Anyhoot, Nellie has a Billy Tipton — god, this fits so much better than I had ever fantasized ! ! ! click click click — piece and I think also a Doris Day piece, I should forward to Denny Levett I just met. Clip from Times from Aug. 9 o fun known year)
11. SI NBA preview with CAVs on cover: Love, Irving and James.

12. I also have the second half of De La Salle v. Centennial — I am saying the score was 55-45 — cued up on the viewer and mean to write for reals about that. I should try to focus my thoughts one more time on Titans 2015 as well. Watching the fictional account of De La Salle made me want to watch high school football this year.

13. I borrowed from library SI with Kapernick on cover: it glosses Harbaugh saga and has a novel construct: Jim is a turnaround specialist so his tenure is 4 years or less. Which actually fits well his Paly tenure of junior and senior years only. What was Jim Harbaugh like as a sophomore varsity athlete in Michigan?

14. picture of Mark Weiss that’s me and Jim Yardley at Braves v Giants game in Atlanta circa 1992, both wearing SF lids and me with some political pop t-shirt I cannot identify. Sic transit gloria.

15. black and white print I may have already published of a Cocker Spaniel owned by cousin of Brian Gaul at Eagles Mere, in the Poconos in 1988. Brian did not remember the dog. I have a stack of prints from that roll: NYC, Metropolitan Museum, some masterworks, and Eagles Mere. Plus Ben T. Clements the future prosecutor, we three Ds.

16. similarly, a set of 9 Poloroids of Paul Weiss and Mark Weiss that’s me at 49rs game, from our lower box, section 20, circa 1990. Mainly notable for how young we look, me at 30 not 50, he at 70 not 90. 1, I’m Number One, with scoreboard North Endzone in bg; 2, high five, scoreboard says TOUCHDOWN; Oh, it’s my dad and the man who sat next to us for years, was a parole officer and always carried a list of his picks vs those of his buddy. Irwin. 3, Paul, Irwin and Irwin’s wife during Athem, by Leslie Something; 4, a sky banner above Candlestick, I think I once sent a similar shot to Jeff Goodby, since it was a car ad; 5, 49ers cheerleaders; 6, closer but still not cigar, and sometimes a cigar is just a cigar, of 49ers girls, I must have walked to front of section; you can almost see the red zone play; who are the teams?; 7, the action, near midfield — maybe John Paye is in these photos; 8, dad, in profile, crowd leaving or entering the stadium; 9, Dad, shot from car interior, standing in parking lot, west of stadium.

17. and i am vivid in my recollection of meeting with Dave Douglas, I had noted that he was on the schedule or Trisha Brown Dance was, at Mem Aud which I knew was basically the same building as housed KZSU so i hoped that the proximity would permit Dave to sneak away and be interviewed on his own work. KZSU did not have an jazz-speaking air-talent available that exact day and time so I was enlisted to do the dirty deed; I was only suggesting it. (I knew the promotions department and a few dee-jays since they announced news of my concert series). But what I am recalling is that when I came for David he had been backstage somewhere just practicing, keeping his lip and they sometimes say I think it is reeds more than brass who say “embouchure” the French word for “keeping your lip” and I recall noticing that his upper lip had a noticeable dimple on dent on it, from his instrument which is indeed brass. I am saying or comparing or imagining in my faux naive way: here I am typing away, hunched over, in a chair, and just letting fly, or letting it bleed, my fingers are not that fast to go airborne, and not editing not crafting per se, one draft, one world – -is this even readable? do ivar? Gertrude Stein well before the cybervoid said “i write for myself and strangers” but I do sometimes sent this along via email. Teasing. Tempting, and yes annoying. What was Dave playing backstage? A perfect version of “salt peanuts” or just something that would work his lungs and his lip?

18, but relates back:
here is Mahfouz, whose dates are 1911 to 2006 and was Egyptian and won the Nobel Prize for literature: know I want to know whether it registered with Dave Douglas five years after his cd came out the news of the passing of the man? this man, i mean:
mahfouz19112006naguib

how long does the first part last and when do we get to something better? which is a bowdlerized Mac Macaughanism who has a small jazz label and had a horn part on his rock abloom out of Chitown with Ken Vandermark — not sure the Dave Douglas Ken Vandermark nexus, and yes I did suggest what became a Dave Douglas Bill Frisell dream duo — ok, this is my pops:

the kid stays in the pic, even while shooting from the car, which is a wim wenders notion

the kid stays in the pic, even while shooting from the car, which is a wim wenders notion

PART 19:
me Today at 1:55 PM
To
Dave Douglas
CC
Taylor Ho Bynum Donald P. McCaslin
Thanks for the response, and all the info, the lowdown.

Sorry to write about you in such a weird context (Jello Biafra, Laura Jane Grace).

I will try to listen harder to the Mahfouz piece and write more plainly.

Between Dave Douglas per se, Greenleaf, and FONT, wow that is a virtual and metaphorical Himalayas of work!!!

May I reprint this in my blog (the one with 500,000 words and no readers)?

Good on Donny, I’ve caught him a few times, since I’ve seen you.

I did a wee bit of work with Taylor Ho Bynum his bike tour, cool guy!!!

Best for you in 2015.

Mark Weiss
in Palo Alto

I cannot remember the exact timing but Stanford had a good talent buyer Jen Bilfield for a while, now she’s in DC.

Plastic Alto blog name references Ornette Coleman and his Grafton (acrylic = plastic), but it also covers local politics. Some are saying it’s too caustic a name. And its an obscure reference to jazz; it started when we Palo Alto traded the rights for Stanford to develop some of the open space they own and we govern and they gave us a giant astro-turf soccer field in exchange, and I was fantasying about getting a permit to produce a concert there, and then I thought, but never acted on “Can we get Ornette?”

Some day all my thoughts will end in music and not just thought, or not just 3 percent of them…(I’ve produced about 200 concerts, so maybe 2 percent of my ideas culminate in sound)…

I am cc’ing THB and DmC here…

From: Dave Douglas
To: Mark B Weiss
Sent: Wednesday, December 31, 2014 9:17 AM
Subject: Re: witness at 13

Hi Mark!
Buy as many copies of Witness as you like! It will likely be out of print soon. That’s out of my hands!

You’ll be excited to know that there is a new electric band project on the way, called High Risk. Working on it right now, going to be really cool.

Last time I did Witness was at my 40th birthday (how time flies). After that (in 2003) I retired most of the bands that started in the 90s: Tiny Bell Trio, Parallel Worlds, Charms, Sextet, Quartet, Sanctuary, Moving Portrait, Witness, El Trilogy, like that.

Then I began the mountain that is Greenleaf Music–not only my own projects, but supporting the work of others. That’s also right about the time that Festival of New Trumpet Music incorporated as a nonprofit charity (please help if you can! http://www.fontmusic.org), in order to present, commission, and support emerging trumpet music of all styles and communities. This is how I choose to serve my community now.

I have been doing the first quintet (The Infinite, Strange Liberation, Meaning and Mystery), and now this new quintet from Time Travel and Be Still. Brass Ecstasy, Keystone, Mountain Passages, Riverside, Soundprints with Joe Lovano, duos with Uri Caine, special projects, more. Fantastic to have an umbrella under which to do all these things, though perhaps not with the fanfare I had at a major label. Tant pis!

Glad you are listening! Thanks.

Dave

On Dec 28, 2014, at 1:24 PM, Mark B Weiss wrote:

> Hi, Dave.
>
> I bought a used copy of Witness, my second copy. Not to be a hog but just because I could not resist the bargain.
>
> Was there a show or series, “Witness at 10”?
>
> What are your thoughts not this, 10 or 13 years later?
>
> Could I publish to my blog “Plastic Alto” your short response? I cannot pay you since my blog has 500,000 words but no revenue stream.
>
> I fear that Ethan Iverson “do the math” has more readers. I don’t fear that, i am tipping my hat to that.
>
> Or, did you already publish some thoughts on “witness”.
>
> I hope you recall my enthusiasm for wanting it presented at Stanford.
>
> I think we as a civilization get a D- but not an “F” for how little we have progressed towards peace in this period despite your heroic efforts.
>
> Be well in 2015.
>
> Protect them lips!
>
> Mark Weiss
> Earthwise of Palo Alto
> former KZSU radio host without portfolio — although I did ultimately produce about 12 segments, mostly on jewish themes
> concert promoter, artist manager, now blogger, I also have a comedy monologue about Jim Harbaugh, and a under-actualized and cheap easy tribute to Ginsburg, “Beat Hotel Rm 32 Reads Howl”
> 650.305.0701
>
> I presume you get the “plastic alto” reference without missing a beat?
>
> (the amended title is actually “Laura Jane Grace w. Jello Biafra: or, Witness” and digresses in a internet kind of way, to you)

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About markweiss86

Mark Weiss, founder of Plastic Alto blog, is a concert promoter and artist manager in Palo Alto, as Earthwise Productions, with background as journalist, advertising copywriter, book store returns desk, college radio producer, city council and commissions candidate, high school basketball player; he also sang in local choir, and fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32
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