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Django Unchained Is Navajo Joe; Just Like Inglourious…

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Earlier I did a compare and contrast between Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds” and one of his favorite Spaghetti Westerns ever,  “Navajo Joe.”

Title: ‘Inglourious Basterds’ Was ‘Navajo Joe??’

Well here I’ll do the same, essentially some raw notes after seeing ‘Django’ (the d is silent) twice and then sitting myself down and watching Navajo Joe again.

Navajo Joe callbacks to/from Django Unchained

by Marc Frucht

7:47 Tips over a horse with rider falling to the ground.

of course scalping, letter R on cheek for runaway slave

10:18  Wanted posters. Bounties. Scalps. Corpses

13:11   “no sale.”  Arresting you for murder.

15:10   “you won’t have to run around chasing stinking indians just for a few dollars…”

17:21 the music is very very similar, thank you Ennio Morricone

A lot more hand to hand combat in Navajo Joe than Django, but shooting and shooting into dynomite is similar.

21:35  Posse horseriding up over the crest of the hill has the same feel as the klan riders before they start their argument.

24:06  shoot em ups are much looser in Navajo Joe than anything Tarantino does. Everything seems more calculated and direct in Django Unchained

26:17  rosepetals in the wind. Note the blood spatterings on the cotton in the fields early in Django

Burt Reynolds is a one man vengeance machine killing everyone on his way to doing his nemesis Duncan in; whereas Django is helping a bounty hunter go after a new person each scene.  Although there is the focus on freeing Broomhilda for the entire back 2/3’s of Unchained.

29:30 whistling for the horse to follow a command. Kind of parallel to the victory dance at the end when all of Candyland was destroyed.

31:00 Estella interrupting something important. I’ve forgotten where there were interruptions of conversations throughout Django but I’m pretty sure there are some parallels there too. The womens’ characters are better developed in Navajo Joe than in Django I think. Tarantino kind of makes everyone besides Uma Thurman kind of “flat.”

34:55 I don’t think Navajo Joe has said a word yet, just killed and killed.

35:19 “I brought you a train.” He speaks simple words, but never in an accent making fun of NDNs perhaps because Burt Reynolds is part Cherokee and fought against that.

38:26 “plus the reward that’s posted for Duncan” there’s the bounty hunter.

44:57  “and one more thing. I’ll need some dynomite.”

49:50 “and his father before him, and his father before him… now which one’s American…”

55:07 No tricks Duncan. Don’t worry you’ll get your half. Safes. Remember the tooth at the top of the Dentist wagon?

56:12  Chester, the NDN has it all. He tricked you.

Dynomite thrown.

Empty rolls to look like sleeping people under the dental wagon?

57:16   Hostage. “I’m gonna kill this woman.” ‘Hilda? “she’s an NDN just like you

58:01 torturing Joe… parallel to the castration scene maybe. (close to the end of Django so I don’t want to give away too much there)

59:10 Spurrs on boots. again at 59:30 on Navajo Joe’s neck. I think in Django they were 5 pointed stars or something, and looked more for show than poking horses’ bodies.

59:47  horsewhip and something resembling eaglebone whistle sounds. very high pitched, maybe piccolo.

1:00:47  String him up by his feet.

1:05:22 gets out of the “string.” I don’t remember how Django gets out of his mask and shackles.

1:14:09 “my revenge” — Duncan.

1L17:05   “navajo joe” on the horse. foiled. it’s Jeffrey symbol carved in his forehead with a longknife.

1:18:10  Dynamite in the saddlebags.

1:25:29 “you won’t escape now, redskin”   — reminds me of “I count 6 shots, nigguh; I count two guns nigguh…”

1:27:32  “I know you’re a bounty killer, you want to have my bounty.”

this belonged to my woman. do you remember her?

OK, the tomahawk flying through the air into someone’s head has a similar feel to someone flying from one room to the next being shot. I’m avoiding two spoilers there, or I’d say more.

The horse delivering the town their money all by his/her self. Humanizing horses shows up in lots of westerns, not least of which is Django.

I’ll end this essay with a question that’s not rhetorical. I’d love an answer some day. Is Quentin Tarantino a guitarist? I know his stepdad played guitar and piano. But it doesn’t say he plays anywhere. But not only does he have writer credits in many of the songs to the Django soundtrack but I’m noticing that the whole soundtrack is very very guitar driven. Lots of Dm, Gm and Am pieces. 🙂


When Does A Usenet Reply Become An Essay:

Filed under: Academic,Humor,Music and Stuff,Pop Culture — admin @ 4:33 am

When Does A Usenet Reply Become An Essay:

(Another Accidental Guitar Lesson)

by marco frucht

You caught me. It was me all along.

I invented tapping in the middle 1700’s when I was in Paris picking up chicks. There was something majikal about playing the guitar back then. You ended up with scores of wives. I mean before weddings even. They were all willing to call themselves your wife with no strings attached. Imagine a wife in every town taking care of your children with no commitment save for an occasional waltz or sarabande. All you had to do was send a buck or two once in a while or maybe a manuscript to show some progress, and of course you must tell them when you’ll be there performing next; if even a year later!


I felt like Mischy Barishokov, I had so many wives. And none of them were formal weddings. So no paternity suits! And all because I could tap. We called it “tokarring” back then.

It was my 35th wife, Elena Sanz, who coined the phrase “tapping.”

“My husband can tap like a racehorse,” she was heard saying. And then I was challenged by guitarists all over France, Spain and also Honduras for some strange reason. It wasn’t until I got to Chiapas, in the late 1800’s before I knew that people had been tapping since long before me. Chiapanecas can tap your socks off. I believe Charo was the best at it, even if she wasn’t the first.

Oh, April 1, 1894, I remember that date well. Charo and me tapping by the moonlight until 4 am, maybe 5. But then her father came by with a huge musket and called me a “dirty Castillian tapper” and told me if I didn’t stay away from Charo he’d have my P, I, M AND my A cut off.

Last I knew Charo was married to a cabinetmaker and recorded a dozen or so albums herself. All her children know how to tap. Actually it comes naturally to them.

Tapping was a lost art until the 1960’s. Before that I thought for sure, I was the only one still doing it. Then suddenly Andres Segovia added tapping to his repertoire. And next thing you know, going into his 70’s Segovia’s got newborn babies singing his praises in NY, Boston, Paris, and Honduras just like me. Oh, Andres, Viagra’s got nothing on you, babe.

Everyone knows the story of how Eddie Van Halen learned to tap. He found out about it in a musty old issue of Playboy behind the orange barn in Santa Cruz, CA on a hot september day in 1970. The thirteen year old was reading an interview I gave to George Plimpton where I basically described tapping in full detail.

“You put your pinky here…”

The story was called “Making Her Sing,” but I swear I had nothing to do with the titling. Probably Plimpton’s sick sense of humour.

Eddie (EVH became his nickname, or Vertical Hold for short) couldn’t wait to try it himself. He was doing it in front of television one day and saw a flamenco star named Bertilucci Valderon tapping her little butt off on one of those Brady Bunch type shows and he just knew he had to tap with her.

“Get me Valderon,” he told his agent on the phone. The agent called her, but she wouldn’t return the calls for days. So vertical hold Halen took matters into his own hands. He hopped into his maserati and found out where she’d be driving her mustang. He came to a stop light and speeding up next to her, he tapped into her.

The rest is history. They have 72 children, almost all of them of tapping age, and Eddie gives an occasional tapping lesson at one of the local guitar shops; where he still furthers the myth that he invented the techique of tapping.

Nah, I don’t say anything, because I know who started it.

And besides, who else has to know besides you and me? Oh and my wives.

Tapped In Wisconsin,


On Thu, 1 Jul 1999, Craig Nelson wrote:

> tapping was a classical technique long before evh or anybody else tried it.


> Steve Cobham wrote in message

> > On 26 Jun 1999 15:22:37 GMT, (Magicween) wrote:

> > >Give me a specific example to prove me wrong, that guy from Genisis is

> known as “The Father of tap”.

No! What was said, was “that is one tapped daddy.”

> > Harvey mandel before Steve Hackett and before HM some jazz guy, but the name escapes me.

Byrd? Reinhardt?


Blogging A Trip To Milwaukee And Back

Filed under: Humor,Mundane Or Sublime,Music and Stuff,News,Pop Culture — admin @ 6:00 am
Here’s a copy/paste blog of my trip to Milwaukee and back for the ISMAs and the Indian Summer Music Festival.
I played on the Potawatomi stage and the Miller Lite stage and had a blast!  So glad I went. Definitely one of the high points of my music career.
Marco Frucht shared a link.

September 6

One work shift, twice as much driving and then a performance in ILLwaukee (Potawatomy stage at Summerfest Grounds,) then an entire weekend of enjoying one of the nicest 26th annual festivals in our whole entire nation.

Listening to ‘Cult of Personaliy’ a a Sonic west of Stroudsberg. This is livin’ !!

I ride a Danville paint /
I ride a Danville paint /
I’ve never used the word aint in a song /
I ride a Danville paint /

In Sandusky stretching out the new knee the army gave me way back when. I don’t remember to do that as often as I should.

Greeting the sunrise in Indiana helps me not care that gas here is 4.39 a gallon lowest price! Also having filled up in Ohio at 3.69 helps me not care either.

Here’s a live recording of Cody Blackbird guest soloing on my song “Beauty Way” at NDN Summerfest in Milwaukee Wisconsin last night.

I rolled off the bass, and added some light breathiness and hard limiting to the recording but other than that it’s pretty pure and raw. I thought it didn’t come out too badly for having simply placed a stereo mic right onstage near my feet.

High point of my time at NDN Summerfest so far was sharing a stage with seasoned flute player Cody Blackbird I hope someone got pics or video.

Last night backstage I got to hang out with old school comedian Charlie Hill quite a bit and at some point he told me that Tito Ybarra is the funniest young man he’s met in his entire career. I can’t wait to tell him that. So this is one of several high points of my trip so far, including seeing Wade Fernandez and Dustin Leeperform again, and getting positive feedback about my CD from my peers and my mentors, but I think the highest point is still sharing a stage with Flute Player Cody Blackbird. 🙂 Oh, and I have a special announcement coming soon.

OK, I just don’t know how to articulate just how funny this theater troupe were:

I got more video but this is all I can put up for now.


This once-a-year ecumenical Church service is the only one that has ever felt just like the one I participated in at the National Cathedral in 1992. Thank you Creator and also thank you, Father Ed!

Wow, Milwaukee must’ve invented the Americano. I’m in Hi-Fi cafe right in the heart of BayView having one that would make any Starbucks barista cry. 😉

Yes, I had some frybread. Yes I also had some wild rice and some buffalo meat. Mmmm. NDN Summerfest was a blast. I don’t think any of my personal friends won an ISMA but of course several FB friends did. And I probably feel the same way they do, bummed a little but just plain happy to have been considered. It was a wonderful weekend. Seeing so many old friends again, both people in and out of the

industry was wonderful, and so was watching the last quarter of the Packer Game with my friends Joel and Mollie and their kids. Lastly I’ll mention that three mornings in a row I was reminded how much I miss the cool lake breeze that keeps you gently air-conditioned until about 10 or 11 am when it starts to get hotter than one of Dante’s chambers. Having lived in Milwaukee for 4 years and Green Bay for 7 will remain a goodly part of my life’s story and returning to NDN Summer each year as often as I can keeps me feeling a part of it all.

Leaving Milwaukee, I’d better quote some Dustin Lee:

It took your city to believe/ You put your heart out there for me/ That’s why I’m sorry, but I’m gonna have to leave/ Oh, Milwaukee, you got the best of me.

Two new places to purchase my CD’s are:

on Brady Street, Milwaukee and:

Peace Action Wisconsin on East Keefe Avenue

QUANTUM MOMENT: Breezed by Chicago too fast to remember and reflect that their teachers struck this a.m. I’ll have to send them some solidarnos yesterday.
Another reply that belongs a status I think:

I gravitate toward people who write a song or three every day and try to ignore people trying only for grammys or sound exactly like someone else. Ironic, that this is much of the reason many grammy and emmy winners call me “peer” and I call them and many other nonwinners my mentors.

12 dollar toll for gw bridge??

Unreal. Wasnt this bridge paid off back in Benedict Arnolds years???

Thnx exponentially inflated toll booths between ny and mke. You’ve taken one of my best guitar gigs ever and just destroyed my memory of it. Half your lights are not on, the roads are still terrible, and your perpetual construction projects as far as the eye can see are dangerous and a huge bother. I’m simply lining your pockets and I’m left very bitter and resentful.
Here’s a poem I read at the Miller Lite stage called Journal Poem 23, which will be on my upcoming album “Poems 4 Roberta Blackgoat.” The theme this year to NDN summerfest was storytelling, and Joy Harjo, Joe Bruchac, and Denise Sweet and others were there too this year performing spoken word, comedy, poetry, everything too, not just music. Cody Blackbird accompanied me on flute for both poems that I read. I thought it added a lot.
Here’s Nammy winning flute player Cody Blackbird accompanying a native youth fashion show during the NDN Summerfest in Milwaukee last weekend.

Marco Frucht shared Joel Butler‘s video.


Sunday night I watched the last quarter of the Packer game over the house of my friends Joel and Mollie. Their 5 year old, Lucy informed me that she has had “Frybread” in her favorites for a very long time. I played the song live for her, and shortly after that she wrote up some new lyrics to it. Yes, right on the spot. Here’s her rendition right from that moment. 🙂


One more bit of footage from the Aztec dancers. Amazing performers, eh?

Here’s more from New Native Comedy Theater out of Minnesota performing a “traditional” hand drum song.

Wait, you mean I can add “Award winning filmmaker” to my name? Neat. Thank you 48hour filmfest!

Hear Me – YouTube 3, 2012 - 5 min - Uploaded by TES4Jones Third Eye Productions and Olive You Crew Productions entry to the 2012 New

Well there goes the neighborhood. A short and to the point video essay:

Copies of Marco Capelli Frucht’s CD Soffty Fasnfftof can now be purchased also at Looney Tunes in Wakefield! So all you URI profs who might remember my dad and students who might remember me… Go get em!

And if you’d like to hear it before purchasing, go to Cool Beans Coffee and ask them to play it for you.



just made it onto iTunes, hint, hint…

Filed under: Academic,Humor,Mundane Or Sublime,Tech — admin @ 5:14 pm

“Technology’s nice but if you don’t have a story, forget it.”

—  Filmmaker Randy Ericksen

“Technology is great, but the story is greater.”


“Everyone wants to save us, and help us, but no one wants to know us.”

— 22 year old Lakota Songwriter and Producer Frank Waln who grew up at Rosebud.

OK, those quotes are unrelated to what I’m about to blog but I just found those very profound just minutes ago so I had to include them here.

So, I spell a special ed teacher about once a week for an hour and a half or so; and it’s this one middle schooler named ___ who has full-on autism, downs, and many other issues so he’s very low functioning. Essentially I just babysit him while he watches his favorite cartoons on VHS and he has a button that can start it or stop it and that’s it. He loves to stop it and laugh — then start it again, and watch some more, “rinse, repeat,” etc.

Every once in a while though, something most people don’t ever notice OR care about — he’ll grab my hand or arm really lightly to get my attention and then touch his nose, his teeth his ear or his foot, etc., and he’s willing to wait almost forever until I say what he just pointed to, and the moment I say it he laughs hysterically and grins from ear to ear and either points to something else to continue or goes back to clicking his videos.

A friend who works full-time with special ed issues just blogged that a kid just gave her a noogie which made me giggle so much I had to pen these thoughts immediately.

It really is the little things, huh?


SOFFTY FASNFFTOF (my debut folk full-length) just made it onto iTunes, hint, hint…

[I lied didn’t I? Those quotes turned out to be “sublimely” pertinent!]


A Roundup of S(h)orts

Filed under: Humor,Music and Stuff,News,Pop Culture,Sports,Tech — admin @ 1:04 pm

Here’s a roundup of shorts, er uh ground up sorts, um, I mean some wound up sports, or wait, I know, a Roundup of Sorts…

My heartfelt version of Flatt and Scruggs’ “Roll In My Sweet Baby’s Arms” (written by Charlie Monroe) in honor of the late Earl Scruggs. (January 6, 1924 – March 28, 2012)

Looking over my record deal I consider how much better mine is than ones my friends signed with majors the past decade or so.
OK please support Jay Roc
Friend of a friend sort of, really kind of a distant cousin’s son!
Some old guy in this bkfst nook just asked his buddy how he can get a vibrator for his fone.
A guy behind me just told his mom he can’t talk with her on the phone anymore because he’s “coding.”
what was he doing? WOW online.
Yes, my peeps – be ready to look for it. I’m taking my album art inspirations most deliberately from a Zeppelin, a Miles Davis, a Melanie Safka and a Duane Eddy rekkid.
My luthier just compared my production style in a rendition of “Follow the Drinking Gourd” to Lennon’s “working class hero” recordings. That compliment made my day!
What if the Hokey Pokey really IS what it’s all about?

Listen, I know everyone feels great about their new releases, etc., and we all work so hard and want to hype ourselves, but I can tell you, my debut folk full length that I’m releasing 12apr12 is very very good.

And as they say in the middle school where I sub the most, it’s “mad beast.” 😛

Old and dear friend of mine, David Rovics singing a great new song that really got my attention. Except for the pointed slam at Bruce Springsteen and who I’m going to assume is Little Steven Van Zandt pretty much every lyric in this song is spot on.

We all still live and die by this punk rock sensibility that everyone who makes it is a scumbag, like so many crabs in a bucket.

Having hung out a lot with people like Robbie Robertson, John Densmore, Warren Buffet’s son Peter, Jacob’s dad from Twilight and the old blue guy from Avatar, I can say it’s more about what you’re doing and how you live your life than what amount of dollars or checkbooks you carry around in your pocket.

And not trying to rib David too much, if you’re not talking about Silvio Dante, you must mean Rodriguez and not Berlusconi, right? What are you doing man? Tell me what’s up! 🙂

“Marc, I don’t remember if I told you this, but I’m a group leader for a group of Tiger Cub Scouts. We had our monthly meeting last night, and we do some sort of activity as a group. Well, I chose to teach those kids a few songs. We did “Frybread” and “The Shortest Song You Ever Heard.” Can you imagine a group of kids singing “Frybread, frybread, make me some frybread.” I concluded the meeting by telling the kids to sing those two songs at school tomorrow. Neat, huh?”

– Patrick Moore

A feedback recovered from the old IUMA website, thanks be to the WAYBACK MACHINE!!!

“I hope as my kids get older they stay compassionate, stop to talk to old people, the homeless, the sick…sing to our military, continue to brighten peoples days and bring them hope.”
Mistr Grits

Holy cow! 61st nationally in the Folk charts. Thank you everybody, for helping my music climb like this! (In January it was 300th!!!) Alls I ever wanted “when I grow up” was to have people hear some of the songs I write, and you’ve helped me make that happen. I’m quite grateful!

Two NYE’s ago my Rosebud friend Frank gave up a heavy gig with Baby Phat because it just didn’t feel right. I’m sure he had to do some serious soul searching to turn away from something such as that! Now he’s learning Recording Engineering at a cool school in Chicago. Big ups to Frank Waln; you rock bro!

It was while substitute teaching in either Windham or Baltic I came to the realization I can track each and every success and failure in my life back to a specific teacher’s words and deeds when I myself was but two feet tall or so. And may I repeat, Governor Scott walker you are meanspirited and just generally a very bad person.

My midwestern eeuu friend Jill says she’s already seen a bunch of RWBB’s and SandHill Cranes! I have yet to see either although there have been a handful of robins lately. In my preparation for the first chance encounters with some RWBB’s (you already know I have an affinity type friendship with the little black, red, yellow & white critters) I give you this song from last year. 🙂 enjoy…

And if you are guessing I might be finally getting ready to start publishing my humble little weekly ‘Zine again soon, you umm… Might be right…


FLIM-FLAMMYS: reviewing this year’s Grammy/Naras Ceremony

FLIM-FLAMMYS: A Marco-Style Review of the Grammys.
  12feb12. Mystic, Konetiuk!

And now I’ll attempt to make all my snarky remarks over at FB and Twitter into one large post so I can delete all the one liners for good.

Most of the words are mine, unless the little iKons show you otherwise. J


@tinselkorey LOL I did JazzHands 2day too. Also friends of mine sang at pregrammys at the Renaissance. Wish I were on that coast this wknd!

18 hours ago


Adele, I have Amy Winehouse on line 1. She wants you to give her back her hairstyle. #grammys #grammy #grammys2012

rosannecash rosanne cash

The Minaj outfit just screams ‘GREAT MUSICIAN’! #IWoreThatInThe80s

12 hours ago

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@MarcFrucht Marc Frucht

@rosannecash You’re being sarcastic, right?

11 hours ago via web

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@MarcFrucht um.yes.

11 hours ago

marco capellimarco capelli @atizine


@rosannecash @Terry_Ware @SandraBernhard I’m with you there, Roseanne. I’m watching it in a bar with the sound off, and reading tweets. 🙂

@calinative LL Cool who? I guess at least he kept his same name forever instead of changing it every week like P doody, diddy wah daddy…

11 hours ago

rosannecash rosanne cash

I notice The Boss doesn’t need to wear a miter to sound like he owns the whole freaking world.

11 hours ago


jamileh Pump up the Jam


@rosannecash I know I could just google it but…what is a miter in this context?

11 hours ago

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@jamileh Minaj showed up on red carpet with a.. Bishop. Wearing a miter.

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@MarcFrucht Marc Frucht

@rosannecash @jamileh If she really wanted 2 shock us she coulda ripped up a picture of Pope Ratzinger, oops. n/m. Sinead already dunnit..

11 hours ago via web

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I ribbed Adele at the end of last year a bit, and now she sweeps. What’s up with that?

Oh wait, Adele won an award? holy wah. Who’d’a thunk it. Congrats lady. Here’s hoping you win a couple more, eh?

11 hours ago

@NeyomFriday I haven’t paid attention to anything by him since Grenade. What’s new with him?

Steampunk was popular at the last 2 NAMMs. I think I’ll play my folk music and classical guitar in front of gears, maybe I’ll win a grammy

10 hours ago

@mrdaveyd Man, I reached for my Pick Of Destiny and it wasn’t there. Who stole my pick? Nicky Minajjjj, you got my pick???

10 hours ago

@M_CCarpenter @rosannecash woah, first I thought that was Tina Turner doing her Pinball Wizard stuff all over again.

10 hours ago

Have U seen Katy Perry play guitar? I’m scratching my head trying to figure out why her label won’t let her shred in public!

10 hours ago

I thought for sure she was Tina’s granddaughter. Time for some family tree stuff! She’s got Mark Anthony’s belly though.

10 hours ago

Please 4give my allcaps; but since WHEN DID MY GRAMMYS BECOME A REALITY SHOW??? Deep breaths…

10 hours ago

“Has Snookie shown up yet? If not…be grateful.”

— Susan ______

Just spied my buddy Little Steven. I swear if he showed up w/o the round bandana over his head everyone would think he was me! #grammys

10 hours ago

“Men Without Women one of my fave albums ever.”

— Dawn ______

“Too funny, when I saw him playing I did a double take I was like does Marco have a twin? Lol”

— Cody ____

Dawn, you know that long bluish purplish coat he wore with Disciples of Soul is at Foxwoods Hardrock out in the hallway there, right?


Woah, what’s Lady Gaga wearing, that French inquisition helmet thingie???

10 hours ago

And I’m sorry, I mean no agism here, seriously. Do each of the Beach Boys look like Senator McCain in intense pain or what???

“That net thing made think of those things they put on hams or turkeys…well, it did.”

— Allison ____

@Podemskichick I’m not a fan either. Plain White T’s are the only Violent Femmes wannabes I’ll tolerate really. #grammys2012 #grammy

10 hours ago

OK I give up, who’s the blond dude doing Bm looking stratocaster solos on a cutaway classical guitar while Sir Paul’s tryin’ to sing? (I’ve got the sound off so I think it was that, or was it C? Anyhew…)

“Joe Walsh. Diana Krall on piano.”

— Colin _______

Oh that makes sense. He’s still doing Rocky Mountain Way no matter what axe you put on his lap. 😛

“LOL…it actually wasn’t bad. But kind of surprising to see ol Joe up there with the classic acoustic.”

— Colin

neat. I’ll have to catch it on youtube or reruns. 🙂

I definitely saw some interesting vibrato but for the most part it looked quite boring. In my not so humble opinion. 😛

@CatalinaByrd wait that’s taylor swift? I thought it was Grace Potter just not showing panties or anything…

9 hours ago

@FolkAlley Dust Bowl? I thought she was recreating that Orwellish Hillary Clinton 1984 ad they did before the primaries last time around.

9 hours ago

I love Chris Brown!

Could someone maybe please help me find out if maybe I might’ve caught Stockholm Syndrome maybe?

Got to agree with you there. Losing /world/folk/nativeamerican was a punch in the gut, to be sure. Not to mention all the others!

8 hours ago

@DanteRoss @lorrieboo you’re right, that says it right there!

2 hours ago

@lorrieboo LED ZEPPLIN never won a Grammy and TRAIN have won 3. #grammys The whole shabang in a nutshell right there

5 hours ago

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@tinselkorey once in a while something musical happens at a grammys. It’s like watching The Dead for hours hoping for that moment. Oops…

2 hours ago

“Too late, you said it. The living deadheads will be coming to get you soon. Don’t panic.”

— John ____

hahahaha. Well I won’t be the first to have said it. I don’t think Jerry Garcia was the first either. I just made the analogy. 😉

@ThatEricAlper I think Michael Jackson broke Roger Miller’s longstanding streak on the male side. How far back do the female records go?

2 hours ago

Slowly wake up to realization that “Breaking Dawn” didn’t sweep, didn’t even win any… Wait wrong Ceremony…

2 hours ago

@459GangNutty wow! Maybe my favorite quotable of the whole nite! You said a mouthful, toots. “Whitney Houston died YESTERDAY and the WHOLE GRAMMYS CHANGED..JESUS DIED 2000 years ago and he is STILL waiting on US TO CHANGE”

1 hour ago

@ThatEricAlper Nothing wrong w’ AmericanIdol as realityshows go. I just came up hoping 4 Grammys 2 B THE LAST event 2 cave & become one.

1 hour ago

RT @YummyMummyclub : Dear Adele. Please don’t do drugs. Ever.

9 hours ago

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@ThatEricAlper Truly believe the worst side effect of the move from hippy to yuppy was the global shift from pot to coke

1 hour ago

Levon Helm took americana? That man IS americana, and I mean that in a good way.

1 hour ago

[earlier refs]


So much time, and so little to do!

Filed under: Academic,Humor,Mundane Or Sublime,News — admin @ 6:55 am

POETICALLY PARENTHETICAL: (Umm, Strike that, reverse it…) Looks like Ron Paul might win Iowa this time around. I have problems with Paul just as I do Obama but if he does take it, I know an awful lot of Democrats and Independents (and a huge amount of angry disenfranchised Veterans) who will flood the polls to vote him in. This may in fact be the Revolution that every facet of our police state has tirelessly derailed and frustrated for the past 20 some odd years now. (perhaps my entire adult life when I look back at Iranscam, S&L and EnronValdez)


mr rove, I know many mainstream (R)’s in this nation who dont appreciate your work.

Filed under: Academic,Humor,Mundane Or Sublime,News — admin @ 8:09 am

Listen up, you stingy old self-appointed rhetorical guru, thinking you’re all that. Really. You’re just one bad Lee Atwater wannabe, really. Here’s my open letter to you.

Mr. karl rove, You’ve been mic checked.

For too long you’ve been given the bully pulpit of expensive ad campaigns, costly think tanks, moneyed secret interest and offshore taxdodge groupthink seed money aiding your attacks on not just your candidate’s perceived enemies; but those of your own personal moneyed interests as well.

Well here it is, we all stumbled on a way to beat your bully pulpit with no microphones, no corporate media favors, no war-room cloister meetings and no per-diem payments to paramilitary logic, philosophy and thought.

Just a bunch of creative folk gathering together and verbally kicking your ass. You don’t need to recognize but your asskicking took more than just courage; but conviction, cause, and a desire to reject last Millenium’s entire way of doing things.

You’ve been mic checked,

You’ve been owned;

And you’ve been occupied.

I could say so much more but I will leave it like this. Racist, sexist, class-apartheid oriented leverage-capital and its lazy abusive cronies the likes of you, are on the losing end from now on.

Go ahead and ply your wares in someone elses’ nation mr. rove you little little whatever-it-is-you-are, man; because you can’t do that thing you do around here no more: we ARE the 99% and you ARE the weakest link.

Sorry, I’ve wanted to say that for “so long.”

for the non corporate media,

I’m marco


Transcribing The Revolution — Let’s never 4get Dorothy Day. Never 4get Abbie Hoffman

“People galore” are starting to quote Abbie Hoffman about Occupy Wall Street and its possible relationship alongside the “Arab Spring.” Of course the irony from when Yipsters dropped 50 hundred dollar bills on the stock exchange floor starting a riot, was not lost on many of us right? There’s even a youtube of an old Abbie speech being used as a retort to a “999” republican presidential nomination hopeful.

I went back and looked over the transcript floating around the internet from Abbie’s Rutgers ’88 speech and noticed there were some important things missing despite what a great “rush transcript” it turned out to be, so here’s a first draft toward an exact relic of what Abbie said out loud on that great powerful, sublime, moment. I was there, I recorded it with a microcassette tape, I was blown away, and many things in my life including my guitar career, volunteerism, organizing, social networking, etc., are all pretty much thanks to Abbie Hoffman. So here you go. Enjoy. I’ll end this with links to the mp3, and other related things such as this commemoration I noticed today:

I guess you can’t see my button. It says, “I fought tuition.” It’s a two- button set, actually. The second button says, “And tuition won.”

You should know that more than 650 students have registered as delegates here, representing over 130 different schools. You have come despite freezing weather and hard economic times to do something that I’m not sure anyone here is ready yet to comprehend. I am absolutely convinced that you are making history just by being here. You are proving that the image of the American college student as a career-interested, marriage- interested, self-centered yuppie is absolutely outdated, that a new age is on the rise, a new college student.

There’s been a lot of talk about comparing today to what went on in the sixties. I would remind you that in 1960, when we started the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee of which I was a member, which went on to fight in the South in the civil rights movement, there were  less than 30 people came together to begin it. The famous Students for a Democratic Society, that you’re all reading about, was formed in 1962 with exactly 59 people representing. No one before has done anything this bold, imaginative, creative, and daring to bring together this many different strains of people together, who all believe in radical change in our society. It’s just an amazing feat. And I wish you the best of luck today, and especially tomorrow, when you have to make a decision of whether you go forward or backward.

I’d also like to take this moment to salute our glorious actor-in-chief: Happy Birthday Ronald Reagan! I hope he and Nancy are eating shitcakes tonite. I call all his speeches the “state of the onion address.” Is that bullcrap or what, like seven years bad luck all his speeches. I call them “Good Morning America” speeches. I don’t believe anyone in here believes it’s “Good morning in America” tonight.

I have a lot of speeches in my head: I give a speech on the CIA, urine testing, nuclear power, saving water: that’s my local battle, just down river from here We’re fighting the Philadelphia Electric Company’s attempt to steal the waters of the Delaware River for yet another nuclear plant. A local battle? I don’t know. One out of ten Americans drink from that river. I also speak on the modern history of student protest and on Central America, where I’ve been five times. Every time I get before a microphone I’m extremely nervous that chromosome damage and Alzheimer’s will take their toll and  I’ll come out foaming at the mouth, accusing the CIA of pissing in the nuclear plants, to poison the water, to burn out the minds of youth, so they’ll be easy cannon fodder for the Pentagon’s war in Central America. Actually, that’s probably not a bad speech.

On Tuesday I had to give a speech at the local grammar school to nine-year-olds. I said, “Go ahead, pick any subject you want.” They wanted to hear about hippies. My 16-year-old kid, America, heard me give this speech about how you can’t have political and social change without cultural change as well, they have to go hand in hand; and he said, “Daddy, you’re not gonna bring back the hippies, are you? The hippies go to Van Halen concerts, get drunk, throw up on their sweatshirts and beat up all the punks in town.” I said, “Okay, no hippies.” That was last year, this year he’s changed his mind. It’s amazing; his mother and I were activists in the sixties, and he heard all the anti-war stories over and over again, never believed any of it. Then one night last spring he saw the documentary “Twenty Years Ago Today” about the effect of the Beatles’ Sergeant Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band on us all. It’s about the only thing I’m ever going to recommend to anybody about the sixties actually, a simply brilliant documentary. He sat there watching cops fight with young people in the streets, people putting flowers at the Pentagon in the soldiers’ bayonets, and he watched the Pentagon rise in the air, he saw it move just like we said it did.

Tears came streaming out of his eyes, and he called up and said, “Daddy, why was I born now? I should have been a hippie.” Now he goes to Grateful Dead concerts, and he’s very anti-structure. He wants a car and I said he should have a drivers license first and he said too much structure.

When I went to college long ago there was a ritual that we all had to go through at freshman induction. We were herded into a big room like this; and the dean of admissions came and gave us the famous speech, “Look to your right, look to your left, one of you three won’t be here in four years when it comes time to graduate.” I’m going to say to you, “Look to your right, look to your left, two of you three aren’t going to be here in four years when it comes time to graduate.” And I’m going to say to you, look to the right and left. Two of the three of you aren’t going to be here in four years; that’s about the attrition rate of the Left. I’m sure that many of the people who want to organize interplanetary space connections have got everything worked out with Shirley MacLaine, and it’s okay with me that they become moonies and yuppies and then born-again Mormons. They’re not the ones that keep me up at night. But I worry about the good organizers, the successful organizers. You’re the ones who know that you can actually get better at this, that you can get good at it. That being on the side of the angels, being right, isn’t enough. To succeed you also have to work very hard with lots of cooperation from those around you. You have to have your wits about you continuously, show up on time, and follow through. All those things that made that video successful; all the things making Peacenet possible, that Mark didn’t speak about earlier. The things that take place behind the scenes that keep you aimed at a goal, at victory, at success. And I worry because somehow on the Left, all too often, it’s like three people in a phone booth trying to get out. Two are really trying to kick the third one out, and that’s how they spend all their time. The third one’s always called some dirty name that ends in an “ist.” It’s been a movement that devours its own. I look out at you and I think of my comrades, not the people you saw in The Big Chill, but people that were great movement organizers. You know some of their names and many others you don’t know. They risked not just their careers, marriage plans and ostracism from their family, but their lives. They faced mobs; thousands of people with chains and brass knuckles, the clubs of the police, the dirty tricks and infiltrations of the FBI, the CIA, Army intelligence, Navy intelligence, and local red squads all around the country. They had pressure put on their families; and they were prepared for all of this when they decided to go against the grain and take on the powers that be. But what they were not prepared for the infighting. They were not prepared for a movement that devours itself. That has got to cease. I remember a very free and open democratic meeting in a room in New York City in 1971. All the various strains were there. There was one group that disagreed with the decision- making structure that had been set up. They wanted to settle their differences with the majority so they came armed with baseball bats. I can’t remember the group’s name – it was The National Labor Committee or Caucus – but I do remember the name of its leader, Lynn Marcus, better known today as Lyndon LaRouche. That’s right. Lots of problems that we have are in that we are too issue-oriented and not practical enough. We debate issues endlessly, deciding whose issue is more important than whose other issue, and so letting the moment of opportunity in history pass. By that time there’s another issue there that’s outstripped the other two. Or we debate which “ism” is more important than which other “ism,” and I tend to agree with Little Steven that all the isms lead to schisms lead to wasms. We need a new language as we enter the next century.

We need to be rid of false dichotomies. For example there’s been a big discussion going on for the last couple of days here about whether the organizing focus should be local, regional, national or interplanetary. I have never seen a national issue won that wasn’t based on grassroots organizing and support. On the other hand, I have never ever seen a local issue won that didn’t rely on outside support and outside agitators. These are false dichotomies. the second false dichotomy is one that I call “In the System/out of the System.” The line between inside the system and outside it is a semipermeable membrane. And either-or is only a metaphysical question, not a practical one. The correct stance, especially now in these times, is one foot in the street – the foot of courage, that gets off the curbstone of indifference – and one foot in the system – the intelligent foot, the one that learns how to develop strategies, to build coalitions, to negotiate differences, to raise money, to do mailing lists, to make use of the electronic media. You need that foot, too. The brave foot goes out into the street to strike out against the enculturation process that says: “Stay indoors,” “Don’t go out in the street,” “There’s crime in the street,” “It’s bad in the street,” “You lose your job in the street,” “You’ll be homeless,” “It’s terrible,” ‘.’Yecch.” Civil disobedience – blocking trucks, digging up the soil, occupying buildings, chaining yourself to fences (I spent my summer vacation with Amy Carter chained to a fence) – can be a necessary act of courage, but it doesn’t take a hell of a lot of brains.

Another speech I didn’t bring today for the sake of time I called “The Curse of Consensus Decision Making,” because consensus decision making is rule of the minority: and I’ll tell you I’ve seen every single game played against consensus right up to reformers, venture capitalists right on down to New Agers. The easiest form to manipulate, the easiest way to block any real decision making. Trying to get everyone to agree takes forever. Usually the people are broke, without alternatives, with no new language, just competing to see who can burn the shit out of the other the most. Most decisions are consensus but you have to develop a format whereby you can express your differences. There must be a spirit of agreement and in this way most decisions are made by consensus, but there must also be a format whereby you can express your differences. The democratic parliamentary procedure – majority rule – is the toughest to stack, because in order to really get your point across you’ve got to get more people in cooperation, and to go out and get more people to come in so you have those votes the next time around. Now we always used consensus in the 60s. By 1970 it was getting to be a problem when you had 15 people show up and three were FBI agents and six were schizophrenics.

The second thing to tell you is not needed. I don’t blame you for being a little, oh, actually my vision of America is not as cheery and optimistic as Steven’s. I agree with Charles Dickens, “These are the worst of times, these are the worst of times.” If you look at the institutions around us. Financial institutions, bankrupt; religious institutions, immoral; communications institutions don’t communicate; educational institutions don’t educate. A poll yesterday showed that 48% of Americans want someone else to run than the current candidates. And it’s what, six dwarfs and two cretins? I don’t know, there seems to be a slim field out there. The last election in 1987 had the lowest turnout since 1942. There are people that say to a gathering such as this – for students to take their proper role in the front lines of social change in America, fighting for peace and justice – that this is not the time. This is not the time??  You could never have had a better time in history than right now.

Well, I have my fingers crossed because I hope that you won’t let the internal differences divide you. I hope that you’ll be able to focus on the enemies out there; really out there! In the late sixties we were so fed up we wanted to destroy it all. That’s when we changed the name of America and stuck in the “k.” The mood today is different, and the language that will respond to today’s mood will be different. Things are so deteriorated in this society, that it’s not up to you to destroy America, it’s up to you to go out and save America. The same impulse that helped us fight our way out of one empire 200 years ago must help us get free of the Holy Financial Empire today. I’m talking about the same transnationals that Mark was talking about – with their money in Switzerland, headquarters in Luxembourg, ships in tax-free Panama, natural resources all over the emerging world, and their sleepy consumers in the United States – do not have the interest of the United States at heart. Ronald Reagan and the CIA are traitors to America, they have sold it to the Holy Financial Empire. The enemy is out there, he’s not in this room. People are allowed to have different visions and different views, but you have to have unity.

You also have to communicate a message and to do that you need a medium. We know television as the boob tube. We know educational television is an oxymoronic  contradiction in terms. We know it from reading fake intellectuals like Alan Bloom and his Closing of the American Mind, or from reading good ones like Neil Postman, whose Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the A8e of Showbiz is a wonderful book. Bloom wants us to shut off the t.v. and start reading the Bible, and Postman just wants us to shut off the t.v. They are critics of t.v., but they are not organizers. A lot of people say, Abbie, you just perform for the media, that’s all you do, you manipulate, a lot of things like that. This is a misconception. I have never in my life done anything for the media. I’m speaking to you through a microphone because my voice is soft, and I couldn’t reach all of you unless I used it. That’s why I use the microphone. But my talk is not for this goddamn microphone. If you want to reach hundreds of thousands or millions of people, you have to use the media and television. Television has an immense impact on our lives. It’s why we don’t read, we just look at things. We don t gather information in an intellectual way, we just want to keep in touch.

You know reactionaries watch Wheel of Fortune, and liberals watch Jeapordy. You always get an answer before you get a question. woo hoo…

One hundred and thirty schools represented here today out of 5,000 colleges and universities in America reminds us that going against the grain at the University of South Dakota or Louisiana State is a very tough, lonely job. You have to feel that you’re a part of something bigger. You want to know that there’s a movement out there. That’s where the role of a national student organization comes in. It is so important, giving hope and comfort to people that are out there trying to make change at a grassroots level.

Television, as bad as it is, has the ability to penetrate our fantasy world. That’s why the images are quick action-packed, very short, very limited and at the same time, very specific, and tends to get vague, blurry, and distorted. How can these images not be very important? They determine our view of the world. We in New England would not have known there was a civil rights movement in the South. We would not have known racism existed, that blacks were getting lynched, that blacks were not getting service at a Woolworth counter, if it hadn t been for television. We weren’t taught it in our schools or churches. We had to see it and feel it with our eyes. You have to use that medium to get across the image that students have changed. You have to show it to them. Let the world watch, just like we watched students in the Gaza strip fight for their freedom and justice, students in Johannesburg, in E1 Salvador, in Central America, in the Philipines fight for their freedom.

The student movement is a global movement. It is always the young that make the change. You don’t get these ideas when you’re middle-aged. Young people have daring, creativity, imagination and personal computers. Above all, what you have as young people that’s vitally needed to make social change, is impatience. You want it to happen now. There have to be enough people that say, “We want it now, in our lifetime. ” We want to see apartheid in South Africa come down right now. We want to see the war in Central America stop right now. We want the CIA off our campus right now. We want an end to sexual harassment in our communities right now. This is your moment. This is your opportunity.

Be adventurists in the sense of being bold and daring. Be opportunists and seize this opportunity, this moment in history, to go out and save our country. It’s your turn now. Thank you.


What people have been saying about my song “Frybread.”

I just want some frybread now!!! Congrats and awesome!!!!

— Kim Bruso

how can you be my nanna, if you won’t make me frybread?!

— Joanne Stamp Packer

Here’s what some are saying about my folksong named “FryBread.”

Way to go Marco!!!

— Charly Lowry

We loved hearing it live last night Marco, good luck!

— Frank Nerkowski


— Carolyn Hester

“Fried bread Fried bread make me some Fried Bread. Good enough for us Yakama NDN’s to listen to.”

— Roy Dick

OMG. Frybread!!!! The song is quite endearing, Marco! I just did a search for the song on youtube and watched the video. Now I’m hungry!

— Maria Madole Bareiss

Hey, hey, Marco! I am very happy for you. Thanks for keeping the faith in fighting for justice.

— Paul Wozniak

“I gotta admit, all the while I was doing yardwork over the weekend, I found myself singing the chorus to frybread. In fact, it was weighing on my mind so much, that once I finished, I immediately went inside and taught it to myself on the piano”

— John Carta

killer, marco. this is great news.

— Chris Castle

Yeah, baby!!! I love to see my friends– esp. former students– achieve success. In part, that is a measure of satisfaction for me. In fact, I shall take full credit for your nomination… j.k.

— Denise Sweet

Right On Marco!!

— Ed Stasium

You’re 100% bad ass!!! Congrats, man.

— Ben Parent


— Juliette Tworsey

i love frybread!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! lol

— Supertorch9

Very COOL! Congrats!!!

— Rick Rumpel

sweet brother! good luck to ya!

— Daniel Rodriguez

Congratulations Marco! 🙂 thats awesome!

— Michael Kickingbear Johnson


— Dennis Kinsey

Good for you Marco! You deserve to win! I’m voting for you.

—  Michael Bucher

Congratulations Nyro and Marco!

— Takako Yoshioka

Totally awesome. I am a Southern California Native myself. I wish you the best with the Nammy’s. Each and every year there is wonderful artists there.

— Ashton Haze

“I’d recommend you point your web browser at the following address: (check out the Fry Bread song) But then, what the hell do I know,…….. I’m just a sheepherder.”

— Bo Peep

Listen to this song here:

or search for it in your Spotify or iTunes account.

Also, I would just love it if you would consider going to the site soon and vote for this song and so many other positive and uplifting tunes. 😉


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