Life In A Blender – Two Legs Bad

January 31, 2013

released 01 May 1997
Produced by Al Houghton.

Guests include Chris Rael, John Linnell, Ron Caswell, Jennifer Charles, Julia Douglass, Jane Young.

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Life In A Blender – Two Legs Bad

January 31, 2013

released 01 May 1997
Produced by Al Houghton.

Guests include Chris Rael, John Linnell, Ron Caswell, Jennifer Charles, Julia Douglass, Jane Young.

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Life In A Blender – Tell Me I'm Pretty

January 30, 2013

released 02 October 2002
Produced by Al Houghton, mostly.

Guests include Ed Pastorini, Chris Rael, Arcady Annisimov, Deep Singh, Julia Douglass, and Olivier Conan.

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Life In A Blender – Tell Me I'm Pretty

January 30, 2013

released 02 October 2002
Produced by Al Houghton, mostly.

Guests include Ed Pastorini, Chris Rael, Arcady Annisimov, Deep Singh, Julia Douglass, and Olivier Conan.

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Life In A Blender – The Heart Is a Small Balloon

January 29, 2013

released 28 February 2007
Produced by Al Houghton. Guests include Andrew Solin, Chris Rael, Raquel Bell, and Jason Parker.

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Iron Man Records – Online Shop

January 28, 2013

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Life In A Blender – Homewrecker Spoon

January 28, 2013

released 31 October 2011
Al Houghton: guitars, banjo, organ, piano, backing vocals, percussion
Ken Meyer: drums, cymbals, percussion
Don Ralph: vocals
Mark Lerner: bass, mandolin, banjo, backing vocals
Rebecca Weiner Tompkins: violin, viola
Dave Moody: cello, live tambourine

With the Colony Collapse Horns:

Jackie Coleman: trumpet
Kevin Moehringer: trombone
Gavin Smith: alto sax

Additional musicians:

Ed Pastorini: piano on “Summer Goes Too Fast,” “Kill the Bottle,” “Sean Connery,” and “Homewrecker Spoon”
Jane Young: backing vocals on “Summer Goes Too Fast,” “Sean Connery,” and “Homewrecker Spoon”

Produced by Al Houghton
Recorded and mixed at Dubway Studios
Engineered by Mike Judeh, Stephen Schappler, and Al Houghton
Assistant engineers: Anthony Gibney, John Thayer, Chris Montgomery
Mastered by Scott Hull at Masterdisk
Strings and horns arranged by Mark Lerner
Additional string arrangements by Al Houghton
Illustrations by Leo Rauf
Graphic design by Mark Lerner at Rag and Bone Shop
Special thanks to Beth Mackin
All songs © 2011 Don Ralph (Stingy Brim Music/ASCAP)

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Life In A Blender live at Rockwood Music Hall, September 16, 2012

January 27, 2013

Two-song single recorded at Rockwood Music Hall, September 16, 2012.

Given free to attendees of the show! And available for cash money to the rest of you lovely people. One old song, one new one.

released 23 October 2012
Mixed by Al Houghton at Photography by David DeHetre and Jimmy Brown. Design:

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John Sinclair – Underground Issues CD

January 26, 2013

John Sinclair - Underground Issues CD

John Sinclair in a variety of musical settings: with his Blues Scholars in New Orleans, Boston & Los Angeles, with the Kudzu Kings, Jimbo Mathus, Little Milton, Wayne Kramer, Ed Moss & the Society Jazz Orchestra, Charles Moore, and Marion Brown

My first album, Full Moon Night, was released by Alive Records in 1995. I was 53 years old and finally had a full-scale document of my hard-won performance style, developed over a 30-year gestation period which began at the Artists Workshop in Detroit. I was first invited by Charles Moore to perform my verse to musical accompaniment with his jazz ensemble, the Detroit Contemporary 5, in late 1964, and I did this for kicks with a variety of musical partners over the years.

After Full Moon Night came out, I decided it was time to pursue my performing arts career in earnest and began a series of tours which have since taken me all over the United States and western Europe. I had organized a working ensemble, the Blues Scholars, in New Orleans the year before and used it as a model for the kind of bands I would assemble to accompany my recitations wherever my travels took me.

Underground Issues is a compilation of recordings from a variety of sources assembled to illustrate several facets of my work in verse and the diverse settings in which it is performed. The first five cuts feature my regular ensemble recorded in performance at the Howlin’ Wolf club in New Orleans on March 30, 2000, and the “Homage to John Coltrane” suite [12-14] is from a 1997 live radio broadcast on KXLU-FM with a Los Angeles edition of the Blues Scholars featuring fellow former Detroiters Wayne Kramer, Charles Moore and Ralph “Buzzy” Jones.

In between these “live” sets are several guest-artist performances recorded with the Kudzu Kings [6], Jas Mathus [7], Little Milton [8], Ted Drozdowski & the Boston Blues Scholars [9], Wayne Kramer [10], and Ed Moss and his Society Jazz Orchestra [11], plus a “bonus cut,” a duet with saxophonist Marion Brown on “Spiritual” [14], recorded “live” at the Louisiana Music Factory in 1993. These sides originally saw the light of day on several widely scattered CDs and are now gathered together here in one place.

The Howlin’ Wolf selections are the most recent performances here and feature guitarist and musical director Bill Lynn and drummer Michael Voelker, who have worked closely with me since 1994. Harmonica ace Larry “Rockin’ Jake” Jacobs made an appearance on the first Blues Scholars CD, recorded “live” at the late lamented Kaldi’s Coffeehouse in New Orleans in 1994, and he’s been a frequent guest Scholar ever since. The band is augmented by sousaphonist Kirk Joseph, leader of the Forgotten Souls Brass Band and, as a founding member of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, the man who pioneered the modern approach to the tuba bass in brass band music.

“When Will the Blues Leave” features Bill Lynn’s guitar with the harmonica of Rockin’ Jake on music adapted from Billy Boy Arnold’s classic VeeJay 45, “I Wish You Would.” The text, composed in 1982, was inspired by an Ornette Coleman song of the same name and is dedicated to my wife Penny.

“Thank You, Pretty Baby” was written in late 1995 to honor my friend Allison Miner, who had just passed away after a long and brave battle against bone-marrow cancer. I had also lost my dear friend Bob “Righteous” Rudnick to cancer of the pancreas earlier in the year. The music is inspired by the Professor Longhair tune, “Gone So Long,” recorded for Federal Records in December of 1951.

The Blues Scholars are joined on “My Buddy,” a salute to my dear departed pal Henry Normile, murdered in Detroit in January 1979, by my frequent companion James Andrews, “the Satchmo of the Ghetto,” on trumpet. James is an important and inescapable element of the Crescent City music scene and has played with the Blues Scholars at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and the Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam.

“Ain’t Nobody’s Bizness” was the big underground hit on my 1997 release, Full Circle with Wayne Kramer (Alive Records), and here utilizes Bill Lynn’s arrangement and vocal. The text was updated in 1998 with a reference to President Clinton’s infamous dalliance with Ms. Monica Lewinsky.

“Fattening Frogs For Snakes,” the title piece from my elongated blues work in verse, a “Delta Sound Suite” published in 2002 by the Surregional Press, was composed in 1999 and set to a driving blues riff by Bill Lynn. This is the first time the number has been recorded.

The text for “Down in Mississippi” was commissioned by the Kudzu Kings, a popular Southern dance band based in Oxford, Mississippi. It was recorded in February 1999 in a little studio out in the countryside surrounding Monticello, Mississippi, the home of J.B. Lenoir.. It was released as a hidden bonus track following track 13 on the Kings’ 1999 CD, Y2Kow.

“Some of These Days” is a statement by Roebuck “Pops” Staples as told to the late, great Robert Palmer for his book Deep Blues and set to verse in 1982 as part of Fattening Frogs For Snakes. It was recorded with guitar and vocal by Jas “Jimbo” Mathus for his blues project called Songs For Rosetta, a salute to the daughter of Charley Patton. The gorgeous violin was contributed by Andrew Byrd. This track was released as the final cut on Songs For Rosetta by Jas Mathus & the Knockdown Society (Mammoth Records, 1997).

“Mother Earth” was commissioned by producer Greg Preston to introduce Little Milton on his 1999 Malaco album, Welcome to Little Milton. Greg called me with the assignment on a Thursday, I received a tape of Milton’s performance on Friday, wrote the text over the weekend, recorded my part on Monday afternoon and shipped it to Greg that night. He added it to the album during the final mix session in Jackson, Mississippi, the next day but left it to stand alone as a spoken word piece. I’ve remixed it here to go over the musical intro to the song as originally intended.

“monk in orbit” was recorded with Ted Drozdowski & the Boston Blues Scholars at a church in Cambridge MA in the fall of 2000 and included on the album by the Boston Blues Scholars from TriPup Records called Steady Rollin’ Man.

“friday the 13th” is a piece from thelonious: a book of monk, an investigation in verse into the music, life, times and impact of the great African American pianist and composer, Thelonious Monk. Here the text is set to music improvised by guitarist Wayne Kramer and his Nashville rhythm section circa 1994. Wayne sent me the tape of his music and the recitation was recorded at Chez Flames Recording in New Orleans. The cut was originally issued on a 10” LP titled Friday the 13th (Alive/Total Energy Records, 1995) and anthologized on CD on Motor City’s Burning, Volume 2 (Alive/Total Energy, 1997).

“rhythm-a-ning,” another Monk piece, is an account in verse of an imaginary baseball contest between the New York Tenors and the Bebop All Stars for the championship of the world. Dedicated to my friend Paul Lichter and the Detroit Tigers’ Hall of Fame broadcaster, Mr. Ernie Harwell, the poem is set to music by Ed Moss (“Rhythm Changes”) inspired by Monk’s composition and played by Ed’s eight-piece Society Jazz Orchestra at a 1994 concert in Cincinnati. This recording was produced by Steve Gebhardt and Ron Esposito and originally released in 1996 on If I Could Be With You (Schoolkids Records), now out of print.

“Spiritual,” “Consequences”/”Blues To You” and “I Talk to the Spirits” comprise a homage to John Coltrane recorded during a KXLU-FM radio broadcast in Los Angeles in 1997. The music, inspired by the Coltrane compositions “A Love Supreme” and “Tunji,” was arranged by Charles Moore and improvised by my Los Angeles Blues Scholars while we were on the air. The other suite we played that day — for the first time, “live” on the radio — was a completely improvised performance of the White Buffalo Prayer which has just been released on CD by SpyBoy Records (SB 1001).

The “bonus cut” is a reprise of “Spiritual” performed as a duet with alto saxophonist Marion Brown during his brief stay in New Orleans in early 1993. I’d been wanting to play with Brown since the early days of our friendship, back in 1965, and this desire was finally consummated at a free concert at the Louisiana Music Factory. This cut was included on the 10” LP, Friday the 13th, and on The Sounds of New Orleans, Volume 2, a CD I produced for WWOZ Radio in 1994.

Now I’ve got all this music in one place at last, and I’d like to thank Mario Madero and John Bouille of SpyBoy Productions for making this album a reality. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

—John Sinclair
New Orleans
August 14, 2000

Underground Issues by John Sinclair
(Originally issued as SpyBoy Records SB 1002)

1 “When Will the Blues Leave” with the Blues Scholars (2:20)
2 “Thank You, Pretty Baby” with the Blues Scholars (4:15)
3 “My Buddy” with the Blues Scholars (5:06)
4 “Ain’t Nobody’s Bizness” with the Blues Scholars (4:19)
5 “Fattening Frogs For Snakes” with the Blues Scholars (7:21)
6 “Down in Mississippi” with Kudzu Kings (4:35)
7 “Some of These Days” with Jas Mathus (3:43)
8 “Mother Earth” with Little Milton (0:51)
9 “’Scuze Me While I Kiss the Sky” with Ras Kente (3:23)
10 “Friday the 13th” with Wayne Kramer (3:46)
11 “rhythm-a-ning” with Ed Moss & the Society Jazz Orchestra (4:00)
12 “Spiritual” with Wayne Kramer & the Blues Scholars (5:30)
13 “Consequences”/Blues To You” with Wayne Kramer & the Blues Scholars (8:22)
14 “I Talk with the Spirits” with Wayne Kramer & the Blues Scholars (4:16) >
“Spiritual” with Marion Brown (2:27)

Produced By John Sinclair for Big Chief Productions
Executive Producers: John Bouille & Mario Madero
Production Coordination by Penny Sinclair for SpyBoy Productions

1-5 John Sinclair, voice; Bill Lynn, guitar & vocal [4]; Kirk Joseph, sousaphone; Michael Voelker, drums; Larry “Rockin’ Jake” Jacobs, harmonica; James Andrews, trumpet [3]. Texts by John Sinclair, music by Bill Lynn (Big Chief, ASCAP). Recorded at Howlin’ Wolf, New Orleans, March 30, 2000. Mixed, edited & mastered by Henry Petras & Greg Troyer at Side One Studios, Metairie, LA, May 25, 2000. Edited & remastered by John Sinclair & Tom Morgan at Elysian Fields, June 29, 2000. Produced by Henry Petras & John Sinclair. Executive Producers: John Bouille & Mario Madero.

6 John Sinclair, voice, with the Kudzu Kings: Tate Moore & George McConnell, guitars; Robert Chaffee, keyboards; Tommy Bryan Ledford, bandobrolin; Dave Woolworth, bass; Chuck Sigler, drums. Text by John Sinclair (Big Chief, ASCAP). Music arranged by the Kudzu Kings. Recorded by Jeffrey Reed at Rte. 1 Recording, Monticello, MS, February 1999. Produced by Jeffrey Reed. Original release: Y2Kow (Kudzu Kings, 1999).

7 John Sinclair, voice; Jas Mathus, guitar & vocal; Andrew Byrd, violin. Text by Roebuck “Pops” Staples, arranged by John Sinclair (Big Chief, ASCAP). Music arranged by Jas Mathus. Recorded by Mike Napolitano at Glennsway Studio, New Orleans, 1997. Produced by Jas Mathus. Original release: Songs For Rosetta by Jas Mathus & the Knockdown Society (Mammoth Records, 1997).

8 John Sinclair, voice; Little Milton, guitar & vocal; Will MacFarlane, guitar; Clayton Ivey, piano; David Hood, bass; George Lawrence, drums; and the Muscle Shoals Horns: Steve Patrick & Jim Williamson, trumpets; Charles Rose, trombone; Harvey Thompson & Doug Moffat, tenor saxophones; Jim Horn, baritone saxophone. Text by John Sinclair (Big Chief, ASCAP). Music arranged by Little Milton and recorded by Kent Bruce at Muscle Shoals Sound Studios, Sheffield, AL, 1999. Text recorded by Steve Daffner at the Dream Palace, New Orleans, September 1999. Produced by Greg Preston & Kent Bruce for Malaco Records. Original release: Welcome to Little Milton (Malaco Records, 1999). Remixed and mastered by Henry Petras & Greg Troyer at Side One Studios, Metairie, LA, May 25, 2000.

9 John Sinclair, voice; Ras Kente, guitar; others unidentified. Text by John Sinclair (Big Chief, ASCAP). Music by Ras Kente. Text recorded by Keith Keller at Chez Flames Recording, New Orleans, 1994 Produced by George Clinton. Line Producer: John Sinclair. Original release: P-Funk Guitar Army (Blues Interactions Records, Japan, 1995) and Cutting Edge 1998 (Music Business Institute, 1998).

10 John Sinclair, voice; Wayne Kramer, guitar; Brad Jones, bass; Fenner Castner, drums. Text by John Sinclair (Big Chief, ASCAP). Music by Wayne Kramer, recorded by Brad Jones at Alex the Great Studios, Nashville, TN, 1994. Text recorded by Keith Keller at Chez Flames Recording, New Orleans, 1994. Produced by Wayne Kramer & John Sinclair. Original release: Friday the 13th (Alive/Total Energy 10” LP, 1996) and Motor City’s Burnin’, Volume 1 (Alive/Total Energy CD, 1998).

11 John Sinclair, voice; Ed Moss, piano; Jerry Conrad, trumpet; Clarence Pawn, trombone; Tim McCord, alto saxophone; Arthur Quitman, tenor saxophone; Joe Gaudio, baritone saxophone; Chris Dahlgren, bass; Art Gore, drums. Text by John Sinclair (Big Chief, ASCAP). .Music (“Rhythm Changes”) by Ed Moss (Ed Moss Music, BMI). Recorded by Goeff Maxwell in concert at the Hyatt Regency, Cincinnati, OH, January 15, 1994. Produced by Steve Gebhardt & Ron Esposito. Original release: If I Could Be With You (Schoolkids Records, 1996).

12–14 John Sinclair, voice; Wayne Kramer, guitar, Paul Ill, bass; Michael Voelker, drums; Charles Moore, trumpet; Craig Stuart, alto & tenor saxophones; Ralph “Buzzy” Jones, tenor saxophone. Texts by John Sinclair (Big Chief, ASCAP). Music arranged by Wayne Kramer & Charles Moore. Recorded by Matt “Justin Time” Fitzgerald at KXLU-FM, Loyola-Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA, August 18, 1997. Produced by John Sinclair for Big Chief Productions.

15 John Sinclair, voice; Marion Brown, alto saxophone. Text by John Sinclair (Big Chief, ASCAP). Music by Marion Brown. Recorded by Mark Bingham at the Louisiana Music Factory, New Orleans, February 1993. Produced by John Sinclair. Original release: Friday the 13th (Alive/Total Energy 10” LP, 1996) and Smokin’: The Sounds of New Orleans, Volume 2 (WWOZ on CD, 1995).

The producer would like to thank Mario Madero, John Bouille, Henry Petras, Greg Troyer, Tom Morgan, Bill Lynn, Michael Voelker, Rockin’ Jake, Kirk Joseph, James Andrews, Wayne Kramer, Charles Moore, Buzzy Jones, Craig Stuart, Paul Ill, the staff at Howlin’ Wolf and KXLU-FM, Dave Woolworth and the Kudzu Kings, Jas Mathus, Glen Graham, Mike Napolitano, Greg Preston, Little Milton, Tom Stevens, Brad Sumrall, Steve Daffner, George Clinton, Ras Kente, Rick Cioffi, Bob DeDeckere, Keith Keller, Ross Firestone, Patrick Boissel, Ed Moss, the Society Jazz Orchestra, Steve Gebhardt, Ron Esposito, Steve Bergman, Michael Simmons, Mark Groubert, Marion Brown, Jerry Brock, Barry Smith, the great Diane Wanek and, as always, my wife Penny for her patience, support and understanding.

— August 14, 2000

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John Sinclair & his Blues Scholars – White Buffalo Prayer CD

January 25, 2013

John Sinclair & his Blues Scholars - White Buffalo Prayer CD

White Buffalo Prayer
John Sinclair & His Blues Scholars
Featuring Wayne Kramer
SpyBoy Records SBCD-1001

By John Sinclair

For many First Nations people, the birth of a female white buffalo calf named Miracle on a farm in Janesville, Wisconsin in August 1994 fulfilled a key Lakota prophecy and signaled the beginning of a new era in human relations.

According to this prophecy, White Buffalo Calf Woman materialized long ago in a Lakota village in the guise of a beautiful maiden. She gave the people the gift of the sacred pipe of peace and taught them how to live respectfully and harmoniously with everyone on earth. She would leave them now to learn these lessons for themselves, she explained, but upon her return she would lead them into a new social order based on her teachings.

As the woman left the village the people saw her change into a black buffalo calf. The calf rolled on the ground and came up red; rolled again and turned yellow; rolled once more and changed to white, signifying that people of all colors are one. Then the calf disappeared, and it was prophesied that the woman would return in the form of a white buffalo calf when the people were ready to receive her wisdom.

As keeper of the sacred White Buffalo pipe and interpreter of the Lakota prophecy, Dr. Arvol Looking Horse has traveled far from his home on the Green Grass reservation in South Dakota to spread the word of universal peace to world leaders and people from all walks of life. In January Looking Horse was invited by President Clinton to pray at the Inaugural festivities in Washington DC, where he spoke of the drum as the heart of Mother Earth and of the need for global healing through the power of the drum and the music it brings us.

Chief Looking Horse enjoys a special relationship with the city of New Orleans since his 1996 visit for our annual White Buffalo Day celebration, where the Lakota holy man blessed Congo Square as sacred ground and sanctified the remarkable treaty made between Lakota and Choctaw Ghost Dancers and the Mardi Gras Indians at their long-awaited first meeting on August 27, 1994.

On that day a Sacred Circle was formed in Congo Square by Kam Night Chase (Lakota Pipe Carrier) and David Carson (Choctaw) to greet and honor Big Chiefs Tootie Montana (Yellow Pocahontas), Donald Harrison Sr. (Guardians of the Flame), Larry Bannock (Golden Star Hunters), Spy Boy Nat (White Eagles), other Big Chiefs and representatives of the Mardi Gras Indian Council.

There the Mardi Gras Indian Natiion was formally accepted as brothers by the Native Americans, gifted with medicine bundles, and invited to share the sacred 1500-year-old Choctaw clan pipe of Mayan origin with the face of an African warrior on the bowl. The treaty was solemnified by drumming and sacred songs of both peoples, including a Lakota Ghost Dance song and a jubilant “Indian Red” led by Tootie Montana.

Kam Night Chase, a Lakota Pipe Carrier active in the Ghost Dance movement, had learned of the Black Indians of New Orleans from his friend Goat Carson, a half-breed harmonica preacher and barbeque specialist, and his wife Sharon Marie Asch, new residents of the Crescent City.

Goat and Sharon had met members of the Carrollton Hunters at Carson’s weekly Sunday afternoon cookouts at Snake & Jake’s Christmas Club Lounge uptown. When they spied the Wild Indians in the streets at their first Mardi Gras, Goat and Sharon’s minds were blown by the many forms of homage paid to Native American culture by these inner-city Americans of African descent.

Carson could hear the echoes of Cherokee and Choctaw ceremonial music in the songs and chants of the Mardi Gras Indians; he wasn’t surprised to learn that these distinctive forms had been arranged for the original Creole Wild West tribe more than a hundred years before by a full-blooded 7’2″ Choctaw named Eugene Honore. But the Mardi Gras Indians had developed through successive generations without the benefit of actual contact with First Nations peoples, and Goat and Sharon resolved to try to bring the two together.

Night Chase was shown tapes and photos of the Mardi Gras Indians and heard a recording of the Black Indian prayer, “Indian Red,” which struck a deep, responsive chord. Soon Night Chase would receive a vision revealing the Mardi Gras Indians as fellow Ghost Dancers, honoring and keeping the spirits of the ancestors alive with song, dance, and elaborate ritual costumery. In keeping with the teachings of White Buffalo Calf Woman, their prayer for recognition as brothers should be answered.

Night Chase extended an “Invitation to a Ghost Dance and Sacred Treaty” to Big Chief Alison “Tootie” Montana of the Yellow Pocahontas on behalf of the Mardi Gras Indian Nation. Montana asked that a public ceremony be held in Congo Square to celebrate the realization of this deeply cherished “hundred-year dream.” The historic meeting was capped by the participation of City Councilman Troy Carter, who smoked the peace pipe and joined the City of New Orleans to the treaty.

Following the Sacred Circle ceremony Night Chase continued to pray for a sign that he had done the right thing by accepting the Black Indians as brothers of the Lakota Nation. That night the birth of the white buffalo calf in Wisconsin was announced by Dr. Looking Horse as a harbinger of the return of White Buffalo Calf Woman.

Night Chase now felt certain the Sacred Circle had fulfilled the Lakota prophecy that red, yellow, black and white would all come together and pray, each in their own way, for unity, peace and healing. The Sacred Circle should be joined to the birth of the white buffalo calf as a day of celebration in New Orleans each year.

In the spirit of White Buffalo Calf Woman, may it help lead us to the ultimate goal of unity for the family, peace for the tribes, and healing for the wounds of all nations.

New Orleans
April 23, 2000

White Buffalo Prayer John Sinclair & His Blues Scholars
Spyboy Records SB 1001

[1] The White Buffalo Legend (9:11)
[2] The White Buffalo Prophecy (8:17)
[3] History 101 > White Buffalo Day (17:40)

Produced by John Sinclair for Big Chief Productions

John Sinclair, voice ” Wayne Kramer, guitar ” Charles Moore, trumpet ” Ralph Buzzy Jones, tenor saxophone ” Craig Stuart, alto saxophone ” Paul Ill, bass ” Michael Voelker, drums.

This performance is taken from a live radio broadcast on KXLU-FM, Loyola-Marymount University, Los Angeles, California, August 18, 1997 and was recorded in performance by Matt (Justin Time) Fitzgerald.

The original DAT masters were destroyed by fire in New Orleans on January 24, 2000 and the performance restored from cassette tapes and edited with the assistance of Andy Soloviev and David Kunian. Mastered by Henry Petras, John Sinclair & Greg Troyer at Side One Studios, Metairie, LA, April 22, 2000. Remastered by Tom Morgan at Elysian Fields, August 3, 2000.


1 Chief Arvol Looking Horse / Sinclair/ Michael Voelker (Big Chief Productions, ASCAP)
2 Looking Horse / Sinclair / Kramer (Big Chief Productions, ASCAP)
3 Charles Neville / Sinclair / Kramer / Moore (Big Chief Productions, ASCAP)
4 Goat Carson (Nophir Music)/ Sinclair / Kramer / Moore (Big Chief Productions, ASCAP)

Executive Producers: John Bouille & Mario Madero for Spyboy Productions
Production Coordination: Henry Petras for New Orleans Music Online
Cover & package design: Celia Sinclair for Mojo Graphix

This album is dedicated to Chief Arvol Looking Horse and Rev. Goat Carson

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John Sinclair & Planet D Nonet – Viper Madness CD

January 24, 2013

John Sinclair & Planet D Nonet - Viper Madness album cover

Viper Madness album by Planet D Nonet / John Sinclair was released Nov 09, 2010 on the No Cover Productions label.

Viper Madness (NCP128) Features the legendary John Sinclair doing 10 pieces on the period before Marijuana was illegal and featuring stories and comments from Louie Armstrong and Mezz Mezzrow. John is backed up by the big horn sounds of RJ Spangler’s Planet D Nonet, a big band and swing ensemble from Detroit!

Liner Note Author: John Sinclair. Viper Madness CD music contains a single disc with 10 songs.

Recording information: Straight Ahead Studio, Oak Park, MI (04/12/2010/04/19/2010).

Editor: John Sinclair Viper Madness CD music.

Arrangers: James O’Donnell ; John Sinclair; PD-9.

Personnel: John Sinclair (vocals); Justin Jozwiak (clarinet, alto saxophone); Joshua James (clarinet, baritone saxophone); Jim Holden (tenor saxophone); James O’Donnell , Ken Ferry (trumpet); David Gadd (piano); Bill MacLeod (acoustic bass); RJ Spangler (drums).

Audio Remixers: Joshua James ; Holice P. Wood; Mike Boulan; RJ Spangler.

Sendin’ the Vipers
Really the blues
Struttin’ With Some Barbecue
There’ll Be Some Changes Made
Everybody Loves My Baby 

If You’se a Viper 

I’ll Be Glad When You’re Dead
Tin Roof Blues 

When the Saints Go Marching In 

Chant of the Weed (It’s All Good)

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Iron Man Records – Online Shop

January 21, 2013

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The Iron Man shop sells Punk, Dub, Rock, Metal, Acoustic and Alternative music on CD, Vinyl, DVD, and Video. The shop also stocks books, comic books and rare or hard to find items.

I only sell what I listen to, I like, and I recommend. Every item is brand new and undamaged, no second hand or damaged goods.

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Seth Faergolzia and John Ludington – Forest Creature in Europe 2013

January 16, 2013

Seth Faergolzia and John Ludington - Forest Creature in Europe 2013 photo

Two friends, made through music.  Two musicians, charged with originality and virtuosity.  One album, made by these two fond creators of wonder.  What could be more meaningful?  FOREST CREATURE is the new project born out of a 20 year friendship and longstanding mutual musical respect between Seth Faergolzia (aka Dufus) from New York and John Ludington from California, who met while still in school.  Both have written and recorded countless songs, toured together and influenced each other, but not until now have they collaborated in the writing process.

These two well-matched musicians have been sending pieces of songs back and forth and recording bit by bit an extraordinary work of art which will first take to the stage in performance, February 2013 for a NE US tour.  March 2013 promises a European tour through Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Austria, Italy and perhaps a few other countries!!  Seth Faergolzia has been touring Europe at least once a year, for the past 7 years, and in this past year toured Europe four times!  This will be John Ludington’s first tour through Europe, and being Seth’s long-time influence and musical guru, it is a momentous occasion.

FOREST CREATURE fuses two profound poets known for their unusual song structures, while writing great melodies with a popular appeal.  They are strange but in a warm way.  Their voices out of the ordinary and quite elastic yet akin to one another.  Both have their virtuosic tendencies, but maintain a folk appeal.  Exchanging instruments amidst performance in a 2XOne-Man-Band acoustic experience including electronics and foot percussion.  No matter what genre you try to put them in, be it Folk, Alt-Folk, Anti-Folk, Freak-Folk, Experimental, FOREST CREATURE is unpredictable, unexpected;  you really can’t pin them down;  they will dodge your pin at the last moment and have you guessing again what will come next.

February 24 – Rochester, NY
February 26 – New York, NY
February 28 – Berlin, Germany
March 1 – Hamburg, Germany
March 2 – Hannover, Germany
March 3 – HELP!!
March 4 – HELP!!  (Seth’s Birthday show)
March 5 – HELP!!
March 6 – Brussels, Belgium
March 7 – Cologne, Germany
March 8 – Leipzig, Germany
March 9 – Mannheim, Germany
March 10 – Frankfurt, Germany
March 11 – Kaiserslautern, Germany
March 12 – Ottersweier, Germany
March 13 – HELP!!
March 14 – Morges, Switzerland
March 15 – Gysenstein, Switzerland
March 16 – Bregenz, Austria
March 17 – Innsbruck, Austria
March 18 – HELP!!
March 19 – Vienna, Austria
March 20 – Italy
March 21 – Italy
March 22 – Italy
March 23 – Italy
March 24 – Darmstadt, Germany
March 25 – Potsdam, Germany

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Seth Faergolzia Biography

Seth Faergolzia takes to the wind again on a European tour, that’s sure to put a spring in the step of his ever-growing global audience. As the mastermind behind Dufus, possibly the most creative and well-loved underground band in the Anti-folk / Freakfolk communities of New York City, and with a likewise respected solo career, Seth is now stacking up more than ten albums
and playing in over 20 countries with such acts as The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Jeffrey Lewis, Regina Spektor, The Moldy Peaches, Animal Collective and others.

Keeping in tune with the warm and weird legacy of his renowned former project, Seth continues to stretch the boundaries of musical experience with craze and care unmatched by the contemporaries with whom his style has been compared (including Frank Zappa, Deerhoof, Devendra Banhart, The Moldy Peaches, and The Dirty Projectors), with an increasingly honed wisdom & intimacy.

Faergolzia brings his one-man-band skills to new levels of musical sagacity, mastering simultaneously the guitar, kick drum, electronics, vocal acrobatics, and various melodic instruments, concocting music which lives free beyond the scope of particular genre labels. With harmonic subtlety, poetically experimental lyricism and all around dynamic song writing, each of Seth’s performances lovingly unweaves time to reveal moments honest & organic in exploration of possibility.

Seth’s new album, Tin Wood Soldier, reshapes and reinvents musical forms to create new, relevant gestures forward. His recent solo sets draw together new songs, electronic samples, improvisations, and a couple from the Dufus vault, exhibiting a growing body of work so dynamic and full, it can be approached as if with new ears every time — outlandish, wise and full-hearted.

John Ludington Biography

John Ludington, alt-folk out of Arcata, Ca., has been called “…the lovechild of Beck and Frank Zappa…who has to be considered one of the most daring and interesting songwriters on ye olde North Coast…” Andrew Goff (Northcoast Journal).  John has been writing and performing since his father taught him his first chord at age 9. By 14, he had formed and fronted his first band, Barefoot Gravediggers, who performed to consistently large and devoted audiences. Their full length release, Chewing Lessons De España is still a sought after favorite. John’s travels have led him to busk the subways of Boston, compose the score for a stilt walking piece for The Carpetbag Brigade, and play bass for Absynth Quintet, a critically acclaimed gypsy-grass band of which he is currently a member.  Ludington has acquired a huge cache of material including four full length albums. His latest release, Finn, is being met with great enthusiasm.



New York Times – “Fiber art going punk.”

Vice – “They took that saucepan and spoon and wrote a textured and
intense opera… 9 of 10.”

The Onion – “Dufus plays frantic fever-dream folk slashed through with
rock stabs.”

Village Voice – “As giddy and inventive as it is pissed off, it’s the
21st-century equivalent of the Fugs at their finest.”

New York Press – “Tender calm and epiphanistic lyrics.”

Pop Matters – “I have never heard anything like this before or since.”

KUSF/MTV  San Francisco – “Whip-smart pop song writing, intricately
clever wordplay.”

Relix – “This is folk rock twisted and distorted into compelling new

NME, UK – “Fourteen members strong and phenomenal live.”
National Student Newspaper, UK  – “One of the most prolific, original
and influential bands to emerge from the anti-folk scene.”

SPEX – “Kind and Scary.”


“My very talented friend John Ludington just finished a new record. It’s called Finn. He is one of the most creative and unique writers! Some other friends participated in the art/music on this record too- it’s very special…” – Regina Spektor

“Catchy, drunken, stein-sloshing chanteys whose high art lies in the way they string together non sequiturs and invite the listener to sing right along.” – Creative Living in the Hudson Valley

“Most distinctive is his signature fractured whimsical chord progressions and surprising sung sound effects.” –  ‘Art-rag’

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Iron Man Records – Online Shop

January 14, 2013

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John Sinclair – Biography

January 11, 2013

John Sinclair

John Sinclair author, poet and activist John Sinclair (born October 2, 1941, in Flint, Michigan) mutated from small-town rock’n’roll fanatic and teenage disc jockey to cultural revolutionary, pioneer of marijuana activism, radical leader and political prisoner by the end of the 1960s.

In 1966-67 the jazz poet, downbeat correspondent, founder of the Detroit Artists Workshop and underground journalist joined the front ranks of the hippie revolution, managing the “avant-rock” MC5 and organizing countless free concerts in the parks, White Panther rallies and radical benefits. Working closely with lead singer and songwriter Rob Tyner and the members of the band, Sinclair brought the MC5 to local fame, national attention and a contract with Elektra Records.

The first MC5 album, recorded “live” at Detroit’s Grande Ballroom in the fall of 1968, exploded onto the scene like a bomb through a courtroom window, accompanied by a declaration that Sinclair, the band members and selected compatriots had formed the White Panther Party to oppose the U.S. government and support the Black Panther Party.

 Closely allied with Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, Ed Sanders and the Yippies, the White Panther Party spearheaded the short-lived “rock’n’roll revolution” of 1968-69, and Sinclair ‘s writings for the underground press both chronicled and analyzed the revolutionary events of the day in the light of the WPP’s focus on “Total Assault on the Culture” by any means necessary, including “Rock’n’Roll, Dope, & Fucking in the Streets.” Theory and practice were fiercely united in the White Panthers, the only American political party ever formed by a rock’n’roll band. The White Panthers not only preached revolution, they lived the revolution in communes and tightly knit conclaves of long-haired revolutionaries who lived, worked, fucked, smoked dope and dropped acid together while they carried out their radical political and cultural organizing and educational work among their fellow hippies.

John Sinclair

Sinclair’s antagonistic rhetoric coupled with the incendiary performances of the MC5 inflamed ever-growing crowds of rebellious youth throughout Michigan and the Midwest. In 1970 the FBI referred to the White Panthers as “potentially the largest and most dangerous of revolutionary organizations in the United States.” By this time Sinclair had been railroaded off to prison on a 9½ to ten year sentence for giving away two joints to an undercover policewoman.

While he was in prison, Sinclair wrote the books Guitar Army: Street Writings/Prison Writings, a collection of his writings for the underground press between 1968-71, and Music & Politics, co-written with Robert Levin. His legal appeal challenged the constitutionality of Michigan’s draconian marijuana laws, and he continued to lead and direct the activities of the White Panther Party from his cells in Marquette and Jackson Prison through its conversion to the Rainbow Peoples Party (RPP), his release from prison, the success of his appeal in the Michigan Supreme Court and the consequent overthrow of the marijuana laws.

Sinclair was released from Jackson Prison when the twenty nine month campaign to gain his freedom climaxed in the mammoth “John Sinclair Freedom Rally” at Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor, Michigan on December 10, 1971, where John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Stevie Wonder, Allen Ginsberg, Phil Ochs, Bobby Seale and others performed and spoke at the eight-hour long event in front of 15,000 people. Lennon wrote and performed his song, “John Sinclair,” later released on his Some Time in New York City album. Three days after the concert, the Michigan Supreme Court released Sinclair, and later overturned his conviction.

Following his release from prison, Sinclair got back into music management and promotion through the Rainbow MultiMedia Corporation, managed Mitch Ryder & Detroit and several Ann Arbor bands, and produced the historic Ann Arbor Blues & Jazz Festivals while serving as Chairman of the RPP (Rainbow People Party) and directing its political organizing work in Ann Arbor. He hosted popular radio shows on WNRZ and WCBN, founded the People’s Ballroom, the Free Concerts in the Park program, and the Ann Arbor Tribal Council, and played a leading role in the success of the local Human Rights Party that resulted in the election of two City Council members and the institution of the legendary $5 fine for marijuana possession in Ann Arbor.

In 1975, following the resignation of Spiro Agnew and Richard M. Nixon and the termination of the War in Vietnam, the mass movement dried up and America went back to business as usual. Sinclair disbanded the RPP and moved back to Detroit to return to life as a poet, journalist and urban cultural activist. For the next fifteen years he raised his family in Detroit and worked as editor of the Detroit Sun newspaper, founder and director of the Detroit Jazz Center, adjunct professor of popular music history at Wayne State University, artists manager and concert producer, WDET-FM program host, director of the City Arts Gallery for the Detroit Council of the Arts and editor of City Arts Quarterly.

Sinclair moved to New Orleans in 1991 and joined the volunteer staff of WWOZ radio, winning Off Beat magazine’s reader’s poll as the city’s most popular DJ five years in a row (1999-2003). In 1992 he formed his band, the Blues Scholars (founded in Detroit ten years earlier), recorded his first CD in 1994 and began to tour the United States as a performance artist backed by jazz, blues and rock ensembles. He has collaborated with musicians from Little Milton and Jimbo Mathus to the New Orleans Jazz Vipers, Ras Moshe, the Kudzu Kings, Afrissippi, the Pinkeye Orchestra and the Dutch rappers Lange Frans & Baas B.

Sinclair has published several collections of his poetry along with his major work in verse, Fattening Frogs For Snakes: Delta Sound Suite, an investigation in verse of the Delta blues and the world that produced it. He has released more than fifteen CDs of his work with music & verse, including Volumes 1 and 2 of Fattening Frogs For Snakes: Delta Sound Suite, Full Circle and White Buffalo Prayer with Wayne Kramer.

John Sinclair

Sinclair first visited Amsterdam in 1998 as High Priest of the Cannabis Cup and relocated to The Netherlands in the fall of 2003. One of the pioneers of podcasting, his weekly internet program, The John Sinclair Radio Show, is the flagship of Radio Free Amsterdam.

Sinclair is now performing throughout Europe solo and in duet with guitarist Mark Ritsema, in Detroit with the Motor City Blues Scholars, and around the United States with a wide variety of collaborators. The poet was recently honored as the International recipient of the prestigious Targa Matteo Salvatore in Foggia, Italy. He’s appeared at the Festival Internazionale della Letteratura Resistente in Tuscany and been featured at major events and festivals in Rome, Milano, Tokyo, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Paris, Seville and Santiago, Chile.

At the 2006 Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam a potent prize-winning strain of Dutch marijuana was named in his honor. John Sinclair Seeds may be obtained at the Hempshopper, Singel 10, 1013GA Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

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