Archive for the ‘rock jots’ Category


Saturday, August 11th, 2012

been there done that

After 12 years of posting thoughts, brain farts, ideas, links, editorials and other stuff on this blog, I have decided to no longer provide updates on weidemannia.

Been there. Done that.

As you know, I had closed my social networking sites on MySpace, Facebook, Classmates, Linked In and many others I have since forgotten, because the initial thrill the Internet provided as a creative environment for me has turned into more of a chore. I am proud to say I have never “tweeted” and have no interest in the tweets of others. I just don’t care.

Perhaps, the straw that broke this old camel’s back was receiving over 25,000 spam-generated “gee this blog looks great – keep up the good work” comments posted on my articles – even though I had completely disabled commenting. I have no idea why they showed up, and 1 and 1 couldn’t explain it either – but based on the nature of the comments received, I believe some lonely Polish programmers who feel their actions of disturbance annoyance and are important to the betterment of the planet. Anyway, I am in the process of deleting all comments.

BUT, don’t be forlorn.

I am maintaining my epiclectic Flickr account, and will continue to upload images and photos there. Their method of preventing spam and blocking posters – when rarely required – is much less painful.

The images on the right will continue to link to my updates for those of you who happen to land here first for some reason.

Honestly, I expect no one to actually read this far.

If you do, let me ask you to take a moment and reflect on what you are doing with your time, and if it could be better spent by stepping away from the computer, laptop, smartphone and iPad, and taking a long walk in the woods.

Enjoy life!


Santa Ana Winds

Saturday, May 26th, 2012

The World Wide Webb Wilder

Monday, May 14th, 2012

Patronize Your Local Record Store

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Amoeba Music - The Shirt

April 21st is Record Store Day. Mark your calendar and get the hell out of the house.

Experience This

Sunday, March 11th, 2012

The Experience Clip (Jimi Hendrix – Voodoo Child) from Pirates Peperes on Vimeo.

Bedroom Eyes

Friday, January 27th, 2012

The Look

Saturday, December 24th, 2011

Happy Trails

Monday, November 28th, 2011

Happy Trails, originally uploaded by Epiclectic.

Adding the entire album to my guitar lesson playlist.

Screws Get Loose

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

Jesus Came To My Birthday Party

Saturday, September 3rd, 2011

Coming Back To Life

Friday, August 26th, 2011


Monday, August 8th, 2011

Epi the Hoople
Originally uploaded by Epiclectic

Interview With Ian Hunter

Friday, June 17th, 2011

Ian Hunter

An excerpt from a post-birthday interview with Ian Hunter.

When the conversation turns to more general subjects, Hunter proves to be a well-informed and passionate observer of American politics. Speaking of commentators from the extreme right, such as the broadcaster Glenn Beck, he says: “Their technique is to try to dazzle you with minute detail. I have a more simple view: I am not interested in your facts and figures; you are a twat. Beck makes a complete tool of himself, then dismisses his critics as elitists. I am no elitist. I scored 125 on the IQ test. I consider myself about average. But I know Glenn Beck is an idiot. Obama,” he adds, sounding like a man who is channelling the spirit of his left-wing father, “is a decent man and that’s why he is such a threat to them: because he is a decent man.”

Read the rest of the interview

This Is Why We Fight

Saturday, June 4th, 2011

Ship of Fools

Saturday, April 23rd, 2011

Box of Frogs

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

5 Neat Guys

Friday, January 21st, 2011

12 Days of Christmas, Eh

Saturday, December 11th, 2010

Polka Gods

Thursday, November 25th, 2010

Silversun Pickups – The Royal We

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

Rock ‘n F’ing Roll

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, originally uploaded by Epiclectic.

Spending a fantastic So Cal summer evening with family listening to a few unknown bands. Or, maybe you’ve heard of Tom Petty and ZZ Top?

It Ain’t Me Babe – Turtle Rock

Saturday, August 28th, 2010

Introduced by disc jockey Sam Riddle.

Your Next Stop…

Friday, July 30th, 2010

Twilight Zone – Golden Earring

Reminded how much I love this song by the recent Lincoln commercial, I ripped the song from my copy of Golden Earring’s CUT album, created a chord chart, and began playing along with the song. Has now been added to my rock covers playlist. From thought to finish – 1 day.

Battle of the Bands

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

Bettie Page Dances To The Seeds

Saturday, March 20th, 2010

Alex Chilton passed away yesterday, and he covered the Seeds “Can’t Seem To Make You Mine”. Search Youtube and you’ll discover that video, as well as this honey.

These Are Dire Times

Monday, March 8th, 2010

Thanks to a songbook I received from my son Brian, I’ve been spending time attempting to become another Mark Knopfler wannabe. Here are the tunes I’ve attempted and beginning to play without watching my fingers.

Brothers In Arms
Tunnel of Love
Sultans of Swing

Someday I’ll be getting money for nothing and my chicks for free, if the wife doesn’t catch me. :)

I’m a Soul Man

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

Adding to the ever-expanding repertoire of soul songs I love which my fingers are collectively beginning to memorize:

In Between – Collective Soul
Turn Around – Collective Soul
Link – Collective Soul
Under Heaven’s Skies – Collective Soul
Maybe – Collective Soul
Bleed – Collective Soul
The World I Know – Collective Soul
December – Collective Soul

and I’ve only started on their catalog. Another band I’ve seen live a few times and have always loved:

Third Time Lucky – Foghat
Paradise Alley – Foghat
No Hard Feelings – Foghat
Step Outside – Foghat
Love in Motion – Foghat
Comin’ Down With Love – Foghat

Yep.. I’m an old Fogger.

Parental Advisory

Friday, November 27th, 2009

This Just In

Saturday, October 17th, 2009

Justin jamming in the dark…

Got Wood

Monday, October 12th, 2009

Stratocasturbation Partner, originally uploaded by Epiclectic.


Saturday, October 10th, 2009

Чайковский “Концерт для скрипки з оркестром”3ч.

Panama via Lake Forest

Sunday, September 27th, 2009

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

Whole Lot of Love for Accordion

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

A Whole lot a love
Originally uploaded by KAP’n Craig

14600 Days Later

Saturday, August 29th, 2009

Mott The Hoople_Mojo Awards 2009, originally uploaded by Simon Fernandez Music Photographer.

What a great photo of Ian and the boys.

“Buffin’s lost his child-like dreams, and Mick lost his guitar, and Verden’s grew a line or two, and Overend’s just a rock-n-roll star.”

Playlist Expanding

Monday, August 24th, 2009

One Of The Boys – Mott the Hoople
Darkness Darkness – Mott the Hoople
Angeline – Mott the Hoople
Lightning Crashes – Live
Never Been Any Reason – Head East (gotta get me a synth)

Why Good Birds Go Bad

Saturday, August 15th, 2009

Why, You Dirty Bird!, originally uploaded by Epiclectic.

Thanks, Les

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

Ches and Les, originally uploaded by Epiclectic.

Nice and Rough

Saturday, August 8th, 2009

a few more to add to the list

Saturday, August 1st, 2009

Have now been working on the following songs to add to the repertoire.

Don’t Fear The Reaper – Blue Oyster Cult
Locomotive Breath – Jethro Tull
Walk Don’t Run – The Ventures

Joe Ferraro Band – Blue Cafe

Friday, July 17th, 2009

joe ferraro band

Sherry and I spent last night enjoying the blues stylings of co-worker Joe Ferraro and his band playing a short set at the Blue Cafe in Huntington Beach. Joined by a few dozen friends, had a wonderful time out of the office, and seeing the personal and human-side of life. He’s inspired me to begin developing a blues-style of guitar playing. Will definitely keep track of his future gigs.

Works In Progress

Sunday, July 12th, 2009

Well, its been 6 months since I started playing guitar, and here are the songs being worked on – in no particular order. If you are a musician, I’m sure I’m not dazzling you with fantastic chord progressions or frenetic fret-boarding, but I’m having fun:

Badge – Cream
Ramble Tamble – Creedence Clearwater Revival
I Heard It Through The Grapevine – Creedence Clearwater Revival
Won’t Get Fooled Again – The Who
Sheena Is A Punk Rocker – The Ramones
Rock and Roll High School – The Ramones
Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd
House of the Rising Sun – Frijid Pink
Mad World – Gary Jules
Rock and Roll Queen – Mott the Hoople
Sweet Jane – Lou Reed

Working on the chords, arpeggios and trying not to watch the fingers. Probably spend an hour or two each night, and the finger-tip callouses are thickening on the left hand. Starting to sound like music, and when I plug into the practice amp, I can sense a rocknroll-geezer in the making.

Nightmares in the Sky

Friday, June 12th, 2009

Be thankful to Jesus, God or whatever supreme entity you support, that this band has disappeared. Creepy.

Having a Rockin’ Rollin’ Birthday

Friday, June 12th, 2009

Rock n’ Roll, originally uploaded by Epiclectic.

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009
Ian Hunter

Ian Hunter, originally uploaded by Epiclectic.

Forget the Planets, the Universe is Aligned

Friday, May 8th, 2009

Mott The Hoople Reunion 2009

Lesley with a Capital “L”

Saturday, March 7th, 2009

Lesley, originally uploaded by Epiclectic.

Exactly what subtle message was the irrepressable Ms Gore sending with this album title some 45 years ago? Inquiring minds want to know.

Economic Stimulus

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

In doing my part to put money back into circulation, and help save our country’s spirit and economic well being, I decided there was absolutely no reason to put off the idea any longer of pursuing my dream and becoming a rock-n-roll legend in my own mind. And every rock diety needs a guitar.

So, I stopped by the local Guitar Center, and picked up this beautiful Fender acoustic-electro guitar. Took advantage of a 20% off coupon I had laying around, and made a killing – at least I think I made a great deal.

Have Instrument Will Fondle, originally uploaded by Epiclectic.

As you probably have guessed, I love listening to music. But I haven’t played a guitar over 20 years, and am counting on my musical sons to humor the old man and give me encouragement. Its not that I am completely talentless, since I did play the accordion in elementary school.

Happy Nude Beer!

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

Happy Nude Beer!, originally uploaded by Epiclectic.

May 2009 bring you things you aren’t expecting, and avoid bestowing upon you the unfortunate fate you probably are anticipating. Good things happen to good people. So, be good people.

Have a Motty Christmas!

Thursday, December 25th, 2008

Have a Motty Christmas!, originally uploaded by Epiclectic.

Moby Grape Live

Monday, December 1st, 2008

Never had a chance to see them play live, but I guess this video of them playing the Mike Douglas show is as close as I’ll ever get. One of my favorite bands from the late 60’s, and I still listen to them on vinyl.

Music for Nervous People

Sunday, November 30th, 2008

Music for Nervous People, originally uploaded by Epiclectic.

Frank Zappa – Bobby Brown

Saturday, November 8th, 2008

Sleeping with the Enemy

Saturday, November 8th, 2008

The Catholic Girls

Monday, November 3rd, 2008

Dick and Dee Dee Where Did All The Good Times Go?

Saturday, October 25th, 2008

Altered Images – Happy Birthday (1981)

Sunday, October 19th, 2008

For LD

I Think I Can I Think I Can

Sunday, September 28th, 2008

I Think I Can I Think I Can, originally uploaded by Epiclectic.

Lose My Voice

Saturday, August 16th, 2008

Carmen and Camille are a couple of Vancouver-cuties. Very catchy riff… can’t get enough of this one.

Plaid Nauseum

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

Plaid Nauseum, originally uploaded by Epiclectic.

When hair, fashion and image packaged music to the masses. May they rest in peace.

Living On A Prayer

Friday, June 20th, 2008

Vinyl Babe

Thursday, April 24th, 2008

Vinyl Babe, originally uploaded by Epiclectic.

Marguerite Benton poses in her hotel with her big collection of opera records and her chaperon Mister Corkey on her lap. Marguerite dreams someday of singing at the Metropolitan Opera. The small white-seal records are home recordings of her own pretty voice

Women’s Home Companion 1939

The Seeds – Pushin’ Too Hard

Sunday, April 13th, 2008


You Keep Me Hanging On

Saturday, December 22nd, 2007

When The World Was Round

Wednesday, September 19th, 2007

Wonderful video for Ian Hunter’s latest single from his Shrunken Heads album. It’s about time the world recognized Ian’s talent big time. Share this with your friends.

Spirit – 1984

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007

Not Ian Hunter, But…

Monday, August 6th, 2007

Here Come The Drums, Here Come The Drums

Wednesday, June 27th, 2007

Extremely infectious little ditty from the Rogue Traders. Bite your lower lip, shake your head up and down and bounce that heel.

NPR: Ian Hunter in Concert

Saturday, June 23rd, 2007, June 22, 2007 · At 68, Ian Hunter continues to create hard-driving, memorable music, but he remains most famous for his guitar heroics and vocals in the ’70s glam favorite Mott the Hoople. Hear Hunter, who was instrumental in laying the foundation for punk and metal, perform a concert from WXPN and World Cafe Live in Philadelphia.

Ian Live in San Juan Capo!

Sunday, June 17th, 2007

When The World Was Round – Ian Hunter

Thursday, May 17th, 2007

1958 Rock and Roll Show

Friday, May 4th, 2007

Some of the earliest footage I’ve seen of Mr. Ian Hunter. Hey, Mr. Bass man!

Forgetting His Roots?

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

One of the most influential people in hip-hop industry, Russell Simmons, urged recording and broadcast industries to forbid the use of racist words such as “b**ch,” “ho” and “n***er” in all of the future recordings.In a statement released on Monday, Russell Simmons and Dr. Benjamin Chavis argue that words such as “ho”,”n***er” and “b***h” are derogatory and disrespect people’s suffering over the past few centuries.

“We recommend that the recording and broadcast industries voluntarily remove/bleep/delete the misogynistic words ‘bitch’ and ‘ho’ and the racially offensive word ‘n***er.’,” Simmons and Chavis said in a joint statement.

Hey, isn’t this the same guy that made his claim-to-fame with that series of insanely offensive Def Comedy Jam specials on HBO? I’m pretty open-minded, and can take almost anything that you can throw down the pipe, but the language on those shows and the sterotypical delivery of the performers on the show put this on my “must avoid” list of programs.

Hmmm, seems like he has no problem with such acceptablly standard expletives such as f**k, s**t, and c**t. I guess when you are an important media mogul, you gotta draw the line somewhere.

Yo… an idiot.

Stay Hungry

Wednesday, April 11th, 2007

Stay Hungry

“Grab life by the bone and chew away!”

Finnish Progressive Rock

Thursday, March 29th, 2007

My Finnish friend, Kimmo, posted this link in the Record Collectors Guild forum. For those of you who are into progressive rock, here is an opportunity to discover some bands from the early-mid ’70’s that you may never have heard. There is something mystical about listening to music in a language you don’t understand.

I encourage you to explore the site. Even though you may not understand what you are reading, I’m sure you will grasp the concept of clicking on a video to get it to play.

Elävä arkisto (The Living Archive)

Check out groups such as Wigwam, Tabula Rasa, Tasavallan Presidentti, and Haikara. If you like what you hear, post a comment and let me know.

About the site: The archives of YLE, the Finnish Broadcasting Company, have been opened to the public. Elävä arkisto (The Living Archive) is a free internet service through which you can listen to voices from the past and watch the progress of history on the small screen. The website presents the visitor with a library containing hundreds of television programmes and thousands of radio programmes in both Finnish and Swedish.

Shrunken Heads in San Juan Capistrano

Saturday, March 24th, 2007

Lightning strikes twice in Southern California!

Here we are, not even a week after Ian Hunter played The Grove of Anaheim, and I find out he has penciled in yet ANOTHER visit to Southern California on June 16 to promote the release of his new CD “Shrunken Heads”. Even more bitchen, he will be playing The Coach House in San Juan Capistrano – 10 minutes down the freeway.

Check out the first single to be released, “Words (Big Mouth)” by clicking the picture. Then, go buy the album!

Too freakin’ cool!

Shrunken Heads in San Juan Capistrano

Saturday, March 24th, 2007

Lightning strikes twice in Southern California!

Here we are, not even a week after Ian Hunter played The Grove of Anaheim, and I find out he has penciled in yet ANOTHER visit to Southern California on June 16 to promote the release of his new CD “Shrunken Heads”. Even more bitchen, he will be playing The Coach House in San Juan Capistrano – 10 minutes down the freeway.

Check out the first single to be released, “Words (Big Mouth)” by clicking the picture. Then, go buy the album!

Too freakin’ cool!

Ian Hunter Rocks Anaheim

Monday, March 19th, 2007

This is NOT a shot of his performance at The Grove of Anaheim on Saturday, March 17, but it demostrates the energy the man brings to his craft. ROCK ON!

The Wildhearts – Promo

Thursday, March 15th, 2007

If you never heard of the Wildhearts, I suggest you check out the collection of videos posted on youtube. I love their harmonies and sound; a throwback to some of my favorite rock bands from the 70’s.

SilverGinger 5 – Sonic Shake

Thursday, March 15th, 2007

The Tielman Brothers – 1960

Thursday, March 1st, 2007

Them Dutch boys can kick some rock’n’roll butt.

Love Them 80’s Videos

Tuesday, December 12th, 2006

Not Sherry

Sunday, October 29th, 2006

I recently came across a great picture of the hot rocker, Pat Benatar, that proves beyond a shadow of a doubt, that she and Sherry must be related. Posted here to let the world know – and since Sherry has not signed a model release and won’t let me post her picture on this page, you’ll just have to take my word for it.

[No. I don’t know Pat and did not get her permission to post the photo. But I hope she doesn’t mind.]

Buggles – Video Killed The Radio Star Live 2004

Wednesday, October 18th, 2006

The song that started it all… and the killer hook holds up after all these years.

Radio Use Only

Friday, July 21st, 2006

How many of you out there had a favorite radio station you listened to as a kid? Remember how closely you identified with them? You probably also remember that the stations would release record albums in the local market as give-aways or promotional items.

Well, a new site has hit the web that promises to be THE center of gravity for gathering together all of those album covers – from all across the country. It’s only getting started now, but if you have a few albums in your collection to contribute, I know they would love to hear from you. Check it out!

In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida at the Mansion

Friday, June 30th, 2006

Strap on your seatbelts, and get ready for some pretty sensational dancing to the sounds of that fantastic lounge band, Iron Butterfly, as they entertain the guests at Hugh’s house one late evening with a few, snazzy tunes… Grab a pencil and paper to keep track of how many of the fashions you happen to spot that you have tucked away in your guilty pleasure closet. After all, somebody bought those knee-high boots. Oh, and see how many future stars you spot in the crowd.


Tuesday, May 30th, 2006

You must check this out now!

If you like Internet radio stations, I think you may want to replace all of those links with one to Pandora. This “stream of consciousness” programming concept is as if you had a psychic friend that magically picked out tracks they knew you loved ( or that you would love if you had ever heard them before ) and deliver them to you in a slick, simple interface.

The Music Genome Project

On January 6, 2000 a group of musicians and music-loving technologists came together with the idea of creating the most comprehensive analysis of music ever.

Together we set out to capture the essence of music at the most fundamental level. We ended up assembling literally hundreds of musical attributes or “genes” into a very large Music Genome. Taken together these genes capture the unique and magical musical identity of a song – everything from melody, harmony and rhythm, to instrumentation, orchestration, arrangement, lyrics, and of course the rich world of singing and vocal harmony. It’s not about what a band looks like, or what genre they supposedly belong to, or about who buys their records – it’s about what each individual song sounds like.

Over the past 5 years, we’ve carefully listened to the songs of over 10,000 different artists – ranging from popular to obscure – and analyzed the musical qualities of each song one attribute at a time. This work continues each and every day as we endeavor to include all the great new stuff coming out of studios, clubs and garages around the world.

It has been quite an adventure, you could say a little crazy – but now that we’ve created this extraordinary collection of music analysis, we think we can help be your guide as you explore your favorite parts of the music universe.

We hope you enjoy the journey.

Tim Westergren
The Music Genome Project

Now THAT’s the job I want!

Comfort Stand Records

Sunday, April 16th, 2006

Comfort Stand Recordings is/was/still is a community-driven label where all releases are free with artwork and liner notes. We are not genre-specific and feature a wide range of material, from well-known performers to those loud unknown kids down your block. You can listen, copy and create CDs with the music on this website as long as it is for your personal and private purpose.

Stick it to the corporate radio programmers and their recycled crap! Download some refreshing and tasty tunes.

Big Hair Metal & Glam Rock Home

Monday, March 6th, 2006

Is it big hair bands you love?

If it’s those heavy metal screaming glam vocals, the long-haired guitar players with whammy bars, that glamorous 80s rock that you desire… you’ve come to the right place!”


Sunday, February 26th, 2006

Retrolounge – Bringing you the best of bygone eras. And after all, any site that has a link to Epiclectic’s Vintage Vinyl can’t be all bad.

YouTube Discovered

Sunday, February 26th, 2006

I just discovered this great site for locating and viewing obscure film and video clips. Of course, I was able to uncover some great memories of Ian Hunter and Mott the Hoople that I hadn’t seen in years – or ever. Check it out.

Strawberry Bricks Time Line of Progressive Prog Rock Music

Thursday, January 19th, 2006

Pack a lunch for your journey down the stawberry-brick road for this chronology of great progressive rock albums and artists… make sure to bring your little dog Toto, too.

Reel Radio

Saturday, December 31st, 2005

“The Repository is a wonderful ‘Collection of Collections’, a continuing and combined effort of broadcasters and listeners who remember Top 40 Radio.”


Wednesday, December 21st, 2005

Let me guess. You realize that there are drummers in most bands, but you pretty much take them for granted. Right? There are probably a few exceptions (i.e. Neil Peart of Rush) but for the most part, they are the sweaty guys in the background providing the heartbeat of the music. You’re thinking “hell, anyone can play drums.”

Wrong. Dead wrong.

I dare you to explore Drummerword. If you are like me, you will have a new respect for the artists. Watch a few of the videos and you’ll know what I mean.

Rate Your Music

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005

Rate Your Music is an online community of people who love music. Sign Up to catalog your music collection, rate and review music, receive recommendations, create and share lists, and meet people with the same taste in music as you. A great way to browse album covers and rekindle memories.

A K A S H A M A N . C O M

Thursday, October 20th, 2005

Action: Take the time to open doors you never knew existed. Explore the site and I know you will uncover some beautiful tunes by a member of the Record Collector’s Guild. For me, his latest song “Rise 2005” evokes memories of many classic rock artists and influences – with a fresh sound.

365 Days Project

Sunday, August 21st, 2005

One MP3 a day… for one year. Archived bi-weekly. Produced in 2003. Credits at bottom.

Tuesday, August 9th, 2005

First Time Visitors: Welcome to!

If you’re disgusted with the pathetic state of popular music, you’ve come to the right place.. You are on the verge of salvation! Click here to enter now!


Friday, August 5th, 2005

This is a site dedicated to the older genre of hard rock music. Borne out of the 70’s and 80’s primarily, GLORY-DAZE looks back at those artists and acts who were sailing across the airwaves during the golden age of FM Radio. Not to be outdone, many current day artists continue to keep the flame alive.

Freebird Cafe Radio

Thursday, July 14th, 2005

Broadcasting from Tokyo, Japan – Serving you the Best Classic Rock 24 hours a day! Scroll down the page, and they even do requests. ANY classic rock station that includes more than Mott The Hoople’s All The Young Dudes is #1 in my book. Give it a try – see if their playlists includes you favorite artists.