THE ELM TREASON NEWSLETTER NUMBER 94
FEBRUARY 17, 2023
– Working on horns for a song on the our forthcoming album “WITHOUT A TRIBE.” The brass section (saxophones, trumpets, trombones) will add some serious flavor to a tune called “GOT IT DOWN” – a romp about a seedy rock and roll club that was torn down, leaving behind killer memories from long ago. A jazzy rock vibe.
– We’ll be asking help from fans in the next weeks to help us design a new t-shirt. You guys were utterly FANTASTIC in assisting us with the “PLAY LOUD, LISTEN LOUDER” gear last year. This time, we’re breaking out some “BOM BOM BOOM!”
– Our latest FREE CD campaign will start this coming week in the hope of bringing new people into the Elm Treason family. The CD we will be offering is our third (and often overlooked) album “RHYME AND TREASON.” We should be good to launch by next weekend. If you see these posts on any social media platforms, please be sure to spread the positive words! Thank you.
– Iconic actress Raquel Welch died on Wednesday at age 82.
– Huey “Piano” Smith, a pioneering figure in R&B and early rock ‘n’ roll music, died on Monday at age 89. We love his song “Don’t You Just Know It.”
– Metallica donated $250,000 to help victims of the massive earthquake in Turkey and Syria after the death toll passed 40,000.
– Bon Jovi’s rumored reunion with classic-era guitarist Richie Sambora appears to be inching closer to fruition. “We’re talking about it,” he said. “I don’t think there’s any reason not to at this point.”
– Bruce Springsteen announced an additional 22 dates for his 2023 North American Tour.
– Genesis and Sting earned the top two spots in Forbes’ list of 2022’s highest-paid entertainers.
– Noel Gallagher has announced a co-headlining tour of North America with Garbage. His High Flying Birds will kick things off on June 2 in Auburn, Wash., followed by appearances in Los Angeles, Denver, Dallas, Chicago, Toronto, New York City and other cities.
– Neil Young and Stephen Stills will perform together this April as headliners for the Light Up the Blues charity show, a benefit that raises funds for Autism Speaks. The concert will take place on April 22 at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, where Young and Stills will also be joined by the late David Crosby’s son, James Raymond.
– U2 drummer Larry Mullen, Jr. will not be joining the band when they start their Las Vegas residency this fall. He is tending to health issues and will be replaced by Bram van den Berg, the 40-year-old drummer of the Dutch pop-rock band Krezip.
– Elvis Costello opened his 10-night residency at the Gramercy Theatre in New York City on Thursday, February 9.
– Roger Waters has re-recorded The Dark Side of the Moon without the rest of his former Pink Floyd bandmates. “I wrote The Dark Side of the Moon. Let’s get rid of all this ‘we’ crap!” Waters declared during an interview with The Telegraph. “Of course we were a band, there were four of us, we all contributed – but it’s my project and I wrote it. So… blah!”
You Say: Start to Finish
Hello Treasonites! Hope you are well.
Last week we asked everyone to share what they thought was the BEST concert they ever attended.
This week, we talk albums.
Someone asks you : “What is the last album (CD, vinyl, tape, whatever) you listened to from start to finish with no skips?”
Hit that comments section, good people. We ABSOLUTELY LOVE hearing from you.
Thanks so much!
Another Year Gone
Some birthdays we did not mention on our Facebook page…
Guitarist Steve Hackett (Genesis) was 73 last Sunday
Henry Rollins, frontman for Black Flag, celebrated his 62nd birthday on Monday
Happy 84th birthday to singer Roberta Flack (last Friday)
On Monday, Rob Thomas of Matchbox 20 turned 51
Singer Michael McDonald had his 71st birthday last Sunday
Singer/Songwriter/Actress Melissa Manchester had her 72nd birthday on Wednesday
Incubus frontman Brandon Boyd celebrated birthday number 47 on Wednesday
Turning 39 on Wednesday was blues guitarist Gary Clark, Jr.
Ali Campbell, lead singer of UB40, was 64 on Wednesday
How many band or group names can you find in this drawing?
Groovy Noodles Extra: From the Pen of Bobby Steel
This week, the spotlight shifts from Mr. Roman to Mr. Steel.
Recently, Andy took quill in hand to debunk some ELM TREASON myths.
This week, Bobby adds to the list, focusing on one specific misnomer…
Is Bobby actually a trained musician? Is he self-taught? Is a he a “by-the-book” music maker? Is he a “music theory pimp?” What about soul and intuition? What’s the deal, Steel?
Check it out —> HERE <—-
PHOTO OF THE WEEK
The boys in the band deep in the park, Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania – Summer, 2015
A bottle of mustard-flavored soda… and why not?
15 YEARS AGO THIS PAST WEEK
Amy Winehouse is the big winner at the Grammy Awards, taking five trophies, including Best New Artist, Record of the Year and Song of the Year (both for “Rehab”).
17 YEARS AGO THIS PAST WEEK
The gravesite of AC/DC singer Bon Scott in Fremantle Cemetery in Western Australia is classified with a heritage listing.
31 YEARS AGO THIS PAST WEEK
Lead singer Vince Neil is kicked out of Mötley Crüe. “Race car driving has become a priority in Neil’s life,” the band’s management says in a statement. “His band mates felt he didn’t share their determination and passion for music.” Neil would return five years later.
33 YEARS AGO THIS PAST WEEK
The day before he turns 18, Billie Joe Armstrong drops out of high school. A week later, he releases the first album with his band Green Day: 39/Smooth.
36 YEARS AGO THIS PAST WEEK
Ben and Jerry’s introduces a new flavor: Cherry Garcia, named after the Grateful Dead frontman Jerry Garcia.
44 YEARS AGO THIS PAST WEEK
Saturday Night Fever and Billy Joel are big winners at The Grammys, with the soundtrack getting Album of the Year and “Just The Way You Are” taking Record of the Year and Song of the Year.
49 YEARS AGO THIS PAST WEEK
Rolling Stone reports that David Bowie has been asked by a gay liberation group to compose a gay national anthem, an offer he declines.
51 YEARS AGO THIS PAST WEEK
Led Zeppelin is forced to cancel a gig in Singapore when local officials, seeing their long hair, refuse to let them off the plane.
51 YEARS AGO THIS PAST WEEK
The ’50s tribute musical Grease opens off-Broadway at New York City’s Eden Theatre, featuring Barry Bostwick and Adrienne Barbeau.
53 YEARS AGO THIS PAST WEEK
After failing to get a suitable recording during their US tour, The Who play a standout show to 2,000 boisterous fans at Leeds University in England that becomes their classic album Live at Leeds.
55 YEARS AGO THIS PAST WEEK
Rolling Stone magazine offers free roach clips to new subscribers.
60 YEARS AGO THIS PAST WEEK
At EMI Studios in London (later re-named Abbey Road), The Beatles record 10 songs in one day, all of which are included on their first UK album, Please Please Me. Songs done at the session are: “There’s A Place,” “I Saw Her Standing There,” “A Taste Of Honey,” “Do You Want To Know A Secret,” “Misery,” “Hold Me Tight,” “Anna (Go To Him),” “Boys,” “Chains” and “Twist And Shout.”
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Well it just so happens that i DID listen to a WHOLE album start to finish just a couple of days ago. Haven’t done that in quite a while.
The Beatles Revolver
One of the greatest and most diverse rock n roll albums ever recorded. so far ahead of its time. Every song is a masterpiece. So experimental , yet accessible. And the guitar work (and sitar work) is magnificent. In 2023 , it is still ahead of its time.
As always, there is a delicious symmetry happening. Revolver is the last album I listen to all the way straight through.
And the sound of those guitars… Exquisite.
Flight Risk, The Headstones, their newest so no skips as I wnted to see if I liked it! Truthfully , no ass kissing here; all 5 Elm Treason cds are listened to at twice a week and never any skips from day one…lately Rhyne and Treason and Voice of Treason have been the flavours of the week!
You sent a little shiver down our collective spines, Shelly. Thank you.
I don’t know what order: Rhyme and Treason, Acoustic Treason, Days of Reaction, Voice of Treason, For Mersey’s Sake.
I’m not really an album guy. I like to make playlists and I rarely even listen to songs from the same artist (except ET) when I’m on my walks or working at home. I don’t listen to Elm Treason albums that way anymore either. I have an Elm Treason complete works playlist (accidentally excluding Fork of My Life).
A far distant second and third (years ago) would be Two Steely Dan albums: Everything must go and Gaucho.
And also, one of my favorite albums: Donald Fagen’s The Nightfly. Also, many years ago.
In case you’re wondering, I didn’t listen to Bare Tones all the way through. I picked and chose and that’s still the way I listen to that album.
That’s fantastic. If you’re playing our albums all the way through then we’ve done our job right. Thanks so much!
You’re welcome! definitely my pleasure.
As usual, I loved the extra. I will be Steeling the following line and there’s nothing you can do about it.
“I do profess that I’m absent-minded , when I remember to be.”
That is, if I remember to Steel it.
I’m pretty absent-minded too.
I assumed you were avocado fans based on the fact that For Mersey’s Sake was produced on Avocado Records.
LOL! Good eye! Glad you enjoyed my article Us absent minded guys hafta stick together, when we remember to , of course.
LOL. Now what was it we were talking about?
You are a conscientious thief.
The best nickers never let you know this wiping your stuff.
But they’re usually nasty people anyway.
So steal away!
Joni Mitchell / Blue
Many many times and quite recently.
Have it on vinyl, Martin! Terrific record.
Love Time of the Preacher by Willie can pretty much sing all the songs it’s like a story. Another one would be Terry Allen’s album Petal Steal it’s one you lie back and listen to the story its different that’s for sure ….
Sorry I meant Red Headed Stranger by Willie… Time of the preacher is a song on it that I love.
Giving it a listen on this mornings walk. I always love to take musical adventures before the sun comes up, and the streets are all mine.
Acoustic Treason. Thoroughly enjoyed it!
Sensational! Thank you so much!
I (Andy), will have to give that one a try, Katie. Appreciate the suggestion!
Tony Joe White’s Black and White album
Not familiar with that one.
I (Andy) will have to change that.
whenever i get something new i always listen to the whole thing. but last night i went through two patsy cline, two frank sonatra and a dean martin (cd but i do have some on vinyl) with my 88 year old father in law. my husband shook his head and went to bed half way through ‘crazy’
Frankly, I (Andy) I am digging that entire playlist. Maybe Bobby and I will be over soon to enjoy those records with you.
Will bring the refreshments.
The last album I listened to from start to finish was Beck, Morning Phase
I dig “say goodbye” and “heart is a drum.”
That’s got to be 10 years old now already.
Strangers in th night by UFO
Absolutely fantastic, Eric.
Great live album.
Most recent is Willie Nelson – The Red Headed Stranger. Days before that Elm Treason – Voice of Treason.
Incredible. Thanks for making us a part of your playlist. It’s an honor!
Ellen chose that album, too, the Willie Nelson record, as the last one she played all the way straight through as well.