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if you can hear it and it does not grate your ears, ambient or intentitional with a story melody or not, major and minor chords, the community rather than the industry if possible; if not the answer then a pretty good guess, and the people who live it; basie miller satchmo and the king of all sir duke

Clay wheels

Palo Alto has a new bike shop, Shinola on Hamilton 261, although new is a relative term since the whole concept is retro. Sky the bike guru (who came to the company four years ago, she says, after ten years … Continue reading

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Allen Touissant, 1938-2015

(I heard a KPFA dj named Tim Lynch back-announce a set of Toussaint covers last night and immediately pulled over in my car to find via hand-held the announcemnet in Times of New York and then drove by a magazine … Continue reading

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Why don’t we do it on the road?

And if you have 5 minutes to spare here, in 1985 April back at Philly Spectrum (a basketbal and hockey gym, for awhile) is Grateful Dead doing as first song of 2 hour show, “Why Don’t We Do It in … Continue reading

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Bob Weir at The Greek in 1981

I saw the Dead at the Greek about a year later, in 1982. Actually, you can listen to that show, or those shows, all 3 of them at the Achive or Dead net. I also found a stack of ticket … Continue reading

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Brodie Jenkins as The Cathedrals / 2 at le Poisson in NYC

Hats off to Yoshi Kato for his preview of Live 105 BFD, in the Palo Alto Weekly, for focusing on Cathedrals, which is a two-person rock band electronica featuring Brodie Jenkins and Johnny Hwin. Best music news story I’ve seen … Continue reading

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Goodbye, Mr. Plastic Alto: Ornette Coleman, 1930-2015

(When City of Palo Alto and Stanford University in 2006 combined to create the two-field soccer complex, the Mayfield Site, at corner of Page Mill Road and El Camino, I remember tripping on –figuratively — the little rubber pebbles that … Continue reading

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San Jose’s ukelele source

Janet and Smiley Kai own and operate a great little ukelele store Ukelele Source, in San Jose’s Japantown, on the corner of Jackson and North 5th (599 North Fifth Street, 95112; 408.998.2640) What caught my eye was the proximity of … Continue reading

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