-

Monday, June 1, 2009

Sorry to hear actress Barbara Billingsley just died. I interviewed

her in 1997 for an article for The San Francisco Chronicle and

thought I'd share a brief excerpt from that Q&A in MP3 form here:

http://www.zshare.net/audio/8163015305215d42
[plays automatically after buffering; no need to press play]

Trees Try to Rise Above Their Roots

and
Kiss Me Where Your Mouth Is

and
Meta-Song

and
They're Building a Mosque in My Mind

and parody song
The Monster Mosque


Four Brand New Songs by Paul Iorio.

All songs composed, performed and produced by Paul Iorio (except
"The Monster Mosque," based on "The Monster Mash" by Bobby
"Boris" Pickett). Recorded at Paul's Home Studio in Berkeley,
California, in October 2010.































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Hardly Strictly Fest Tops Itself -- Again!
Golden Gate Park Turns Into a Vast Dancefloor

Boz Scaggs wows the crowd with "Lowdown" last night [photo by Paul Iorio]




The Friday evening kick-off performances of the Hardly Strictly

Bluegrass music festival in San Francisco's Golden Gate

Park, always at twilight, are almost infallibly magical. But

even past concerts by Alison Krauss/Robert Plant and Jeff

Tweedy, great as they were, were either equaled or outshone

by last night's gig by supergroup the Dukes of September

(aka, Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs).



It was, in effect, a concert by Steely Dan, Michael McDonald's

Doobie Brothers and Boz Skaggs, with all three playing

their very best (and best-known) material, plus covers

that almost eclipsed the songs most came to hear.



I mean, to hear Fagen sing Thunderclap Newman's "Something

in the Air" is to hear the best version of that song you've

ever heard. The tune fits Fagen's vocal range and style

perfectly, as if it were written for him. And when the band

hit that brilliant key change, the whole crowd was lifted to the

clouds (or would have been, had there been clouds in the sky

last night).



But the audience was there to dance, and thousands did

and had plenty to dance about: namely, "Reeling in

the Years" followed by "Peg"; a soulful "Takin' It

to the Streets" and "What a Fool Believe"; and Boz

Scaggs biggest hit "Lowdown," not to mention a cover

of the O'Jay's "Love Train" that probably had even the

nearby bison bouncing around the paddock. I can't

remember the last time I saw a concert at which so many

people were smiling and dancing.



And we all have entrepreneur Warren Hellman to thank

for this three-day fest, which continues through Sunday.

Admission is free.



Fagen, McDonald and Scaggs, aka The Dukes of September, performing last night.
[photo by Paul Iorio]


But I digress. Paul














smiles and Warren and dancing





























Look at what Ahmedinejad did to The Koran at the U.N.

(he might as well have)






Remember, everyone...
October 7, 2010, the 9th anniversary of the start of the Afghanistan War, is


International Kill Osama bin Laden Day!

Who knows? "Sheikh Osama" may well be disguised as
a Labrador, for all we know. Here's how he'd look in disguise.
(Hey, he has to blend in with Haqqanis!)

To my readers in Pakistan, Saudi Arabia (yes, I actually

have some readers there, according to tracking stats, even though

they have only an Intranet there), Yemen and Iran (yup, much to

my surprise, I have readers there, too -- and in all the above nations,

or so say my stats!): I think everyone should rise up, find

Osama bin Laden and kill him on October 7, 2010, the 9th

anniversary of the beginning of the Afghanistan War. Let's

declare it International Kill Osama bin Laden Day!



Now, I can't promise you 72 virgins as a reward for doing

the deed, but I'm sure the U.S. government will have a little

something for you if you get it done!



Anyway, here's a picture of the culprit (above). He's

probably trotting around the Bajour province in the FATAs

or is being protected by the Haqqanis in one of the

Waziristans. Go get 'im!



But I digress. Paul

_______________________________








Will Obama Be Impeached by the 112th Congress?



The b.s. charges would be contempt of Congress and obstruction of

justice.



More on that in a moment.



There's no longer any doubt about whether the Democrats will

lose both the House and Senate in November; the only question

is whether they'll have a filibuster-proof majority.



And they probably will. And if they do have over 60 votes in the

Senate, it's hard to imagine that some on the right won't be

pushing for an investigation into, say, whether Obama was actually

born in the U.S.A. I know, the birther thing is digusting, but they

feel they have traction on this one.



Will Jeff Sessions, the next chairman of the House Judiciary Committee,

decide to proceed with impeachment proceedings against

Obama after the president refuses to obey a subpoena

to turn over his birth certificate to the Committee?



Ah, the summer of 2011. Clear your schedules, TV network

execs; gavel-to-gavel coverage may be coming.


But I digress. Paul
________________________________________








THE DAILY DIGRESSION

for September 4, 2010


The upcoming 9/11 anniversary is, of course, a time to

remember all the innocent people killed that day, but it's

also a day to remember that the people who attacked us

were truly evil fucks, arguably the most fascistic bunch the

world has produced since the Nazis.



In recognition of that fact, here are a couple songs I wrote and

recorded earlier this year: "Taliban Virgins" and "Draw Me a

Picture of Muhammad," the latter posted online for the

very first time here.


Just click here:

talibanvirgins.vox.com


But I digress. Paul


P.S. -- The only people who could possibly be offended by

the two songs are militant right-wing Muslims -- and if

such folks are offended, good. Truly moderate Muslims

should have no problem with these tunes and might even

want to sing along (lyrics included at link, above).


___________________________________








THE DAILY DIGRESSION

for August 9, 2010


Date of my 1989 interview with Anastasio further corroborated


Going through the unpublished parts of my audiotaped 1989 interview

with Trey Anastasio this morning, I realized it's packed with date

references that clearly and definitively mark it as having been conducted

during the week beginning Sunday, January 29, 1989.



Here's one tell-tale quote from the interview:


TREY ANASTASIO: Last week, we played at The

Paradise [TREY IS REFERRING TO A PHISH SHOW THAT

TOOK PLACE AT THE PARADISE IN BOSTON, MASS.,

ON THURSDAY, JANUARY 26, 1989]. It was just us, so we

sold it out. First time we played [in Boston], we played at

Molly's [TREY IS REFERRING TO PHISH SHOWS AT MOLLY'S

IN BOSTON THAT HAPPENED A OOUPLE MONTHS EARLIER,

IN 1988, ON DECEMBER 2, 1988, AND ON NOVEMBER 3, 1988]...and

that went real well, so we played there again. It was too crowded. So then

we tried to get a gig at the Paradise. And we finally did that

last week. [PRECEDING SENTENCE MAKES IT OBVIOUS TREY

IS REFERRING TO THE BAND'S VERY FIRST SHOW AT THE

PARADISE] And that sold out."



Here's another tell-tale quote from the interview:


IORIO: HOW OLD ARE YOU GUYS?

ANASTASIO: I'm 24 [TREY WOULDN'T BE 25 UNTIL SEPT. '89]. Mike is

[Trey is prompted by Mike, who is heard in the background] is 23 [MIKE

WOULDN'T BE 24 UNTIL JUNE '89]. Um, Page is 25 [PAGE WOULDN'T

BE 26 UNTIL MAY 1989]. And Fishman is 23 [THIS IS THE MOST

TELL-TALE DATE OF THEM ALL; JON FISHMAN WOULD BE 24 ON

FEBRUARY 19, 1989].






the week of January 29, 1989

Last week, we played at the Paradise, it was just us, so we sold it out. First time we played there [in Boston], we played at Molly's...and that went real well, so we played there again. It was too crowded. So then we tried to get a gig at the Paradise. And we finally did that last week. And that sold out.






THE DAILY DIGRESSION

for August 7, 2010


Night Two of Phish in Berkeley



Primo live Phish, last night in Berkeley (Calif.),

on the second of three nights at the Greek. And the

hills outside the open-air theater were overrun with

thousands of dancing, exuberant fans.



One of the very best songs of the night was

a recent one, "Ocelot," from 2009's "Joy,"

which sounded like a combination of vintage Los Lobos

and the Grateful Dead of "Europe '72"



Also, a very strong "Ghost" and marvelous

covers of the Talking Heads's "Cities" and Led

Zeppelin's "Good Times, Bad Times."


Here's the setlist:

Set One

Chalk Dust Torture
Guyute
Ocelot
It's Ice
Cities
The Moma Dance
Bathtub Gin
Stealing Time from the Faulty Plan

Set Two

Rock 'n' Roll
Ghost
Mike's Song
Simple
Backwards from the Number Line
Show of Life
Seven Below
Weekapaug Groove
You Enjoy Myself

Encore:


Good Times, Bad Times


* * * *

By the way, a few accurate Phish Phacts...


Golly, gee, the bad information on the Internet

about the very early history of Phish is

astonishing, almost breathtaking. I have some general

admiration for Wikipedia, no doubt about it,

but when it comes to Phish history, Wikipedia doesn't

know what the hell it's talking about. At all.



Regarding the history of the band, circa '88 to '90, here are

the actual facts:


Part of Phish's first major album, "Junta," was recorded in 1987,

and the rest was recorded in the winter of '88/'89. The part

that was recorded in 1987 was also self-released as a cassette

demo and sold/distributed to fans, mostly at shows. Those tapes

were not called "Junta." They are identifed by a label on the

cover art that has the copyright symbol and says: "1987 Ernest

Anastasio III." I still have the copy that the band sent to me

in '88, and I've scanned the cover art below (to come).



When "Junta" was released in May 1989, it was self-released.

Phish did not have even an indie record contract at the time.

In fact, the band had not even sent out its demos to anyone

before Feburary 1989 (and I know this because

Trey told me so in an interview on a tape that I still have).


"Junta" remained a self-released album throughout 1989.


In 1990, a small American indie label, Absolute a Go Go, signed

Phish to a recording contract and released a small number of

copies of "Junta," mostly on cassette, before releasing the

band's subsequent album, "Lawn Boy." But within months, in

1991, Absolute a Go Go went out of business, due to the

bankruptcy of its distributor, Rough Trade.


And Phish was, again, an unsigned band.


Of course, major label Elektra would eventually sign them, in 1992,

and when they did, it released a '92 edition of "Junta."



Another point that should be cleared up. There is no doubt that I was

the first person to introduce Anastasio to the band

Widespread Panic, with whom Phish would later collaborate.



The tape of my January 1989 interview with Anastasio captures

the moment. Here is the verbatim exchange:


PAUL IORIO: ARE YOU FAMILIAR WITH A BAND CALLED WIDESPREAD PANIC?

ANASTASIO: No, I'm not.

PAUL IORIO: THEY'RE A BAND FROM ATHENS, GEORGIA, THAT HAS A
FOLLOWING SIMILAR TO WHAT YOU'RE DESCRIBING. THEY REALLY
GO VERY FAR INTO LONG-FORM JAMS AND ATTRACT A LOT OF DEADHEADS.


Pretty open and shut, if you ask me! There's nothing ambiguous

about that interchange.



But some misinformed folks don't quite get it and say

stuff like, "Wow, man, [Phish keyboardist] Page McConnell

played on Widespread Panic's debut album 'Space Wrangler,'

released in '88."


Wrong. Here are the facts:


McConnell played on the 1992 edition of "Space Wrangler,"

not on the 1988 "Space Wrangler" that was originally released

on Volcano. And he performed only on bonus tracks that were

recorded in 1990 and subsequently added to the original '88

album for the '92 release.



I know all this because -- first -- I was there and still have my

taped interviews from the late 1980s. And my information comes

from no less than Anastasio himself, speaking to me in

January 1989. Second, I've also minutely researched early

Phish history for stories I've written (most notably, for

Miami New Times in '03).


Those who have it wrong should correct the record.



But I digress. Paul


















I'm Paul Iorio, and here's my regular column,
The Daily Digression, which covers pop culture and beyond...

PAUL'S OTHER WEBSITES:
- My homepage is at paulliorio.blogspot.com
- My photography site is paulioriophotos.blogspot.com
- My main music site (w/lyrics) pauliorio.blogspot.com
- NEW! MP3s of my songs: myspace.com/paulioriosongs
- Audio excerpts of Paul's interviews with pop culture icons
myspace.com/pauliorioo & myspace.com/paulioriooo

All posted text on this website written solely by Paul Iorio.




____________________________________________________________________











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I'm Paul Iorio, and here's my regular column,
The Daily Digression, which covers pop culture and beyond...


PAUL'S OTHER WEBSITES:
-My homepage is at paulliorio.blogspot.com
-My photography site is paulioriophotos.blogspot.com
- My main music site (w/lyrics) pauliorio.blogspot.com
-MP3 editons of my new albums pauliorio.vox.com &
sittinaroundalbum.vox.com & pauliorio480.vox.com/
NEW! Audio excerpts of Paul's interviews with pop culture icons
myspace.com/pauliorioo & myspace.com/paulioriooo

All posted text on this website written solely by Paul Iorio.



____________________________________________________________________
The Daily Digression, the website corporate billionaires, their attorneys
and other totalitarians love to hate and try to suppress!
___________________________________________________________________________________









I'm Paul Iorio, and here's my regular column,
The Daily Digression, which covers pop culture and beyond...

PAUL'S OTHER WEBSITES:
-My homepage is at paulliorio.blogspot.com
-My photography site is paulioriophotos.blogspot.com
- My main music site (w/lyrics) pauliorio.blogspot.com
-MP3 editons of my new albums pauliorio.vox.com &
sittinaroundalbum.vox.com & pauliorio480.vox.com/
NEW! Audio excerpts of Paul's interviews with pop culture icons
myspace.com/pauliorioo & myspace.com/paulioriooo

All posted text on this website written solely by Paul Iorio.



____________________________________________________________________
The Daily Digression, the website corporate billionaires, their attorneys
and other totalitarians love to hate and try to suppress!
___________________________________________________________________________________













I'm Paul Iorio, and here's my regular column,
The Daily Digression, which covers pop culture and beyond...






xxx





















THE DAILY DIGRESSION

for February 8, 2010


New Paul Iorio Song Censored by Microsoft

Is "Draw Me a Picture" Too Hot for Bill Gates?


Whenever I write new songs, I usually send them to people

at a wide variety of radio stations and elsewhere. Sometimes

I'll even try to reach across a vast cultural or political

divide and send, say, a satirical song about religion to a

religious radio station, or a left-wing ballad to a

conservative station.



And occasionally, I'm surprised by how good-natured

the response is to material that is antithetical to their

beliefs.



Last month, I wrote a new song that I'm proud of called

"Draw Me a Picture," an irreverent and satirical tune,

sort of in the spirit of Tom Lehrer's "The Vatican Rag," though

it's about the famous Jyllands-Posten cartoons that sparked

protests and unrest several years ago.



I decided to see what the response would be if I sent a

copy of "Draw Me a Picture" to several radio stations in

Islamic countries, asking if they would consider airing the

track.



What I discovered is that Bill Gates is apparently more of

a threat to free speech than Ahmadinejad is. After sending

the song to several stations via Microsoft's hotmail service,

my hotmail account was suddenly blocked by Microsoft

with this warning:

"This account is currently blocked from sending messages. If you
don't think you've violated the Windows Live Terms of Use, please
contact customer support. "


Of course, when I tried to contact Miscorsoft's customer support, there

seemed to be no way to send a message to appeal their decision. And

the lyrics of the song included no obscenities whatsoever.



This sort of action, while minor, seems to be of a piece with Microsoft's

willingness to continue to play by the oppressive rules of the Chinese

government when it comes to its crappy search engine Bing. The word

from the top of the corporate ladder at Microsoft is apparently: "We

will let the Chinese government censor Bing's search results, and

we will allow Islamic reactionaries determine who is fit to send Hotmail"



This personal experience of mine with Hotmail seems to underscore

the fact that Microsoft values freedom of speech less than it

values an obscene level of corporate profiteering.


Yet another reason for all of us to choose Google instead of Bing.


For those who want to hear the song is question, here's a link to "Draw

Me a Picture" (I'll soon be posting three other new songs that I wrote and

recently recorded; "Draw Me a Picture," by the way, is not

the A-side, and the other 3 songs are far less controversial!):
http://yourlisten.com/channel/content/33050/Draw%20Me%20a%20Picture


But I digress. Paul

__________________________________









_)_______________________






(Wanna see for yourself how backward some of these postings

are? Here's one -- posted on the websites of at least

two academic Islamic Societies, where one would expect

(in vain) a more modern version of Islam. Read for

yourself here: http://womensrightsissues.blogspot.com.)




I'm Paul Iorio, and here's my regular column,
The Daily Digression, which covers pop culture and beyond...


PAUL'S OTHER WEBSITES:
-My homepage is at paulliorio.blogspot.com
-My photography site is paulioriophotos.blogspot.com
- My main music site (w/lyrics) pauliorio.blogspot.com
-MP3 editons of my new albums pauliorio.vox.com &
sittinaroundalbum.vox.com & pauliorio480.vox.com/
NEW! Audio excerpts of Paul's interviews with pop culture icons
myspace.com/pauliorioo & myspace.com/paulioriooo

All posted text on this website written solely by Paul Iorio.



______________________________________




[photo, above, by Paul Iorio]




THE DAILY DIGRESSION

for August 6, 2010


Last Night's Phish Show


Heard some of last night's sold-out Phish show at the Greek

in Berkeley (Calif.) last night. Band was in fine form -- but

almost as fascinating were the thousands of Phish heads outside

the theater, many with a single finger up in the air (to signal

they wanted to buy bootleg tickets).


I shot some pics of the crowd:



Will sell soul for Phish tick!

* * * * *



Phish hed w/hoops.

* * * * *



Proud of his hats.

* * * * *



Selling images of Jerry.

* * * * *


The Phish Nation outside the Greek. (Note all the fans
raising a single finger.)


* * * * *


Holy roller judging the horde.

* * * * *



Even the cars were Phishy.


[above, all photos by Paul Iorio.]


But I digress. Paul

___________________________________________





























THE DAILY DIGRESSION

for July 31, 2010



OK, folks, I'm just back from a brief vacation,

so I've got lots of new Digressions to roll out.

Lemme start with this one:



Krugman for Treasury Sec'y


Don't get me wrong, I'm an admirer of Tim Geithner.

But, hey, nobody lasts forever at Treasury, and when

he goes, the replacement should be obvious. Is there

a better economic mind in America today?




The other day he had a blog post (that I neglected to

bookmark), and it went something like this: supply-siders

are always fond of saying that private sector spending

is the way to create new jobs. Then how come they don't

say that jobs can be created by public-sector spending?



I'd be interested in hearing George Will's answer to

that when Krugman appears on ABC's "This Week" tomorrow

morning. (It's the first show with Christiane Amanpour

as host.)



* * * *







I know, the L.A. Times beat me to the punch on this one,

putting forward Robert Christgau as a candidate for judge on

"American Idol." But I was privately thinking the same

thing the day before.


First, full disclosure: I sent him my album "130 Songs" -- my most

reviewable release, in my opinion -- weeks before he stopped

writing his Consumer Guide. It may be too late for CG consideration,

but lemme say t5hat even if he had review "130 Songs" and not given

it an A or B, I'd still say the same thing: the guy's a genius.



And I'm not kissing his ass, either, because it wouldn't

do me any good anyway. One thing about him: you can't flatter your

way to a good review with him -- and crossing him won't get you

a bad one (just ask Lou Reed).








n't get to meet John Hammond Sr. until he was 74 years old, and he was as modern and cu






THE DAILY DIGRESSION

for February 8, 2010



yet another reason to choose Google instead of Bing

New Paul Iorio Song Censored by Microsoft

Is "Draw Me a Picture" Too Hot for Bill Gates?

Here's an example of Bill Gates's people taking the
side of the religious right in banning pesky satire from
its Hotmail service!




Whenever I write new songs, I usually send them to people

at a wide variety of radio stations and elsewhere. Sometimes

I'll even try to reach across a vast cultural or political

divide and send, say, a satirical song about religion to a

religious radio station, or a left-wing ballad to a

conservative station.



And occasionally, I'm surprised by how good-natured

the response is to material that is antithetical to their

beliefs.



Last month, I wrote a new song that I'm proud of called

"Draw Me a Picture," an irreverent and satirical tune,

sort of in the spirit of Tom Lehrer's "The Vatican Rag," though

it's about the famous Jyllands-Posten cartoons that sparked

protests and unrest several years ago.



I decided to see what the response would be if I sent a

copy of "Draw Me a Picture" to several radio stations in

Islamic countries, asking if they would consider airing the

track.



What I discovered is that Bill Gates is apparently more of

a threat to free speech than Ahmadinejad is. After sending

the song to several stations via Microsoft's hotmail service,

my hotmail account was suddenly blocked by Microsoft

with this warning:

"This account is currently blocked from sending messages. If you
don't think you've violated the Windows Live Terms of Use, please
contact customer support. "


Of course, when I tried to contact Miscorsoft's customer support, there


seemed to be no way to send a message to appeal their decision. And

the lyrics of the song included no obscenities whatsoever.



This sort of action, while minor, seems to be of a piece with Microsoft's

willingness to continue to play by the oppressive rules of the Chinese

government when it comes to its crappy search engine Bing. The word

from the top of the corporate ladder at Microsoft is apparently: "We

will let the Chinese government censor Bing's search results, and

we will allow Islamic reactionaries determine who is fit to send Hotmail"



This personal experience of mine with Hotmail seems to underscore

the fact that Microsoft values freedom of speech less than it

values an obscene level of corporate profiteering.


Yet another reason for all of us to choose Google instead of Bing.


For those who want to hear the song is question, here's a link to "Draw

Me a Picture" (I'll soon be posting three other new songs that I wrote and

recently recorded; "Draw Me a Picture," by the way, is not

the A-side, and the other 3 songs are far less controversial!):
http://yourlisten.com/channel/content/33050/Draw%20Me%20a%20Picture


But I digress. Paul

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THE DAILY DIGRESSION

for January 21, 2010


My list of the top ten films of 2009 (below) won't be complete

until I see "Me and Orson Welles," which I haven't had a chance

to catch yet. Everyone tells me it's excellent. By the way,

I saw Claire Danes, who stars in the film, on Letterman

last night and couldn't help but think she seems to get more

desirable with the years. Reminds me of a great cathedral.

All the more reason to see "Welles."


* * * *


Watched "Up" again last night and enjoyed it even more

the second time. It may be the most moving animated

feature ever made.

* * * *


Woody Guthrie's "This Land" seems to be the most ubiquitous

folk song of 2009/10. It's at the end of the docu "Food, Inc.,"

opens "Up in the Air," and was covered at a few concerts I've

attended in recent months (Adam Duritz sang it at the Greek

Theater in Berkeley, Calif., last summer; Tom Morello sang it at

the Hardly Strictly fest in San Francisco last October). I wonder

when people are going to petition to make it our national

anthem.

* * * *


Google should be praised for refusing to censor

Internet search results in China. Bravo. All the more

reason to use Google instead of Bing.

* * * *


Looking forward to the new graphic novel by Daniel Clowes,

"Wilson," due in May. I'm told this is completely

new material that has never been serialized in "Eightball."


* * * *


Conceptual artist Jonathon Keats, whose exhibitions are

almost always fascinating and novel, is about to unveil

his latest work, this time in NYC: a movie theater for

house plants, a cinema where "house plants can watch

foreign travel documentaries." Read more

about it at www.artcurrents.org.

* * * *

Here's a cartoon I recently came up with:





But I digress. Paul


_____________________________________






new material added January 19, 2010!

Free MP3 downloads/streams of Paul's songs at pauliorio.vox.com & myspace.com/paulioriosongs
NEW! Many thanks to Marshall and KALX radio for playing my new song "SOMETHING IN THE SKY" a few weeks ago. And thanks to Hollow Earth Radio in Seattle for airing my new song "I WAS YOUNG (UNTIL FAIRLY RECENTLY)" last week (1/19/10). Hear Paul's new songs here: ioriopaul.vox.com ....PLUS: My new albums "TWEET NUMBER ONE" and 'BANNED MUSIC" now in wide release! Thanks to radio people from the Netherlands to Santa Monica to Seattle to Berkeley who've already aired songs from them!

I'm Paul Iorio, and here I am in my Berkeley apartment!

* * *










* * * *


If the guy from Wrentham, Rhode Island (it might as well

be in R.I.) wins over Coakley later today, Massachusettsans

can start putting these bumper stickers on their cars:


Blame Me -- I'm From Massachusetts!









THE DAILY DIGRESSION

for January 19, 2010



No, the Daily Digression is not going 3-D...


* * * *


Many thanks to Hollow Earth Radio in Seattle for playing

one of my new songs, "I Was Young (Until Fairly Recently),"

and for writing about it on its website a week or so ago. If

you haven't heard Hollow Earth, you're in for a treat;

here's a link to their site: http://www.hollowearthradio.org



And here's what they (very generously) wrote about

my new song:




And thanks -- again -- to Marshall at KALX for playing my

new song "Something in the Sky" a few weeks ago.

(His show, The Next Big Thing, always features great

music by obscure artists, and last night's NBT

was no exception: he played some amazing stuff by

a new band called For Fear the Hearts of Men are

Failing. I might even check out their upcoming show

at the Super Secret Circus in Berkeley, Calif.)



Also, thanks to the bloggers who have been enjoying my

songs and writing about them! Recently a blogger from

Bristol in the U.K. wrote this very nice review of my '09

song "Kim Jong-il":



Wanna hear my latest batch of songs? Here's a link:

http://ioriopaul.vox.com

* * *








Can you believe the way Russia Today's news service is

reporting the IU.S. effort to help Haiti? I was watching it

yesterday and they claimed that America is trying

to "militarize the Port-au-Prince airport." Incredible.

They're trying to make a very generous hiumanitarian

action look like an act of imperialism. And they conveniently

leave out the fact that the food being brought in to Haiti

has to be protected, military-style, or else it would be

raided and stolen before it could be distributed, '




myspace.com/for fear the hearts of men /are failing

at the Super Secret Circus Social Club in Berkeley

and at the Starry Lough


New bumpersticker: "Blame Me -- I'm Frtom Massachussets"


I once told a friend in coversation that Bela Fleck had a appeared at a local university, but I misspoke and said that Bela Lugosi had appeared at a local university recently. And he seized on my misspeaking as an Ah ha! moment -- as in Ah Ha -- Bela Legosi has been deqad for years, he couldn't have appeared. And ever since then he has been telling that story, trying to besmirch my repiutation, convenientnly leaving out the fact that I meant to say Bela Fleck instea dof Bela Legosi. So I was guilty only of a malapropism.

















The other day I posted my list of the best films of

the past decade, but I neglected to include three

that I absolutely loved: Larry Charles's "Borat: Cultural

Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation

of Kazakhstan"; Larry Charles's "Religulous"; and

Michael Moore's "Sicko."


I've integrated the three films into the mix, expanding

my list to 18 films, and here it is:


The Eighteen Best Films of the Decade


1. Steven Soderbergh's "Traffic"

2. Roman Polanski's "The Pianist"

3. Rodrigo GarcĂ­a's "Nine Lives"

4. Woody Allen's "Match Point"

5. Richard Linklater's "Before Sunset"

6. Woody Allen's "Small Time Crooks"

7. Darren Aronofsky's "The Wrestler"

8. Andrew Jarecki's "Capturing the Friedmans"

9. Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds"

10. Paul Thomas Anderson's "There Will Be Blood"

11. Larry Charles's "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America
for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan"

12. Alexander Payne's "About Schmidt"

13. Joel and Ethan Coen's "No Country for Old Men"

14. Larry Charles's "Religulous"

15. Michael Moore's "Sicko"

16. Clint Eastwood's "Mystic River"

17. Noah Baumbach's "The Squid and the Whale"

18. "Nirvana Live at Reading"


But I digress. Paul

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