TUESDAY JANUARY 31
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The album "Dog Years" is now available at www.tedquinn.com/dogyears.
You can not buy the album , but you can download it FREE.
(Or ask your technically savvy niece or nephew to do so and to burn a CD for you.)
You CAN however buy the accompanying book, "Years of the Dog."
It contains the lyrics and related stories by Ted Quinn and is intended for those who enjoy holding something in their hands which they can read.
The album itself has eleven songs. Well, one is an instrumental. Does that count? Two of the songs are over seven minutes long so that should make up for the one without words.
The first "single" is called "Power Struggle" and has received well over a 100 "hits," whatever that is, at http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendID=4781384.
While there, you can also listen to the instrumental track, "Mars is Near," as well as a track from "Help Wanted" and an oldie by Quinn's mid-eighties techno band, Telekin, called "Imagination," co-written with Cathie Kimble (Catherine Shinn).
That site will be the place where other archival tunes from Quinn's illustrious past and sneak previews of things to come will be available for download. Again, for free.
"We hope that by releasing the music in this way we are reducing the number of plastic products in the world," says Quinn, a first-time parent and lifelong dog person. "People listen to music in all different ways than I did growing up. Used to be you listened to side one and if you liked it you listened to side two. Then, if you really liked it , you made a cassette to take with you or to give to a friend. Now, you can listen to it all out of order or just pick one or two that you like and get rid of the rest. There will be no more "Sgt. Pepper" or "Dark Side of the Moon" experiences, but there is more freedom for the listener now. Also, you can still make a cassette of the whole album if you like. And it will still work when you put it in a cassette player twenty years from now."
You can make your niece or nephew a cassette tape, if you like.
HAPPY DOG YEARS!!
SAGE AT SIX MONTHS & DOG YEARS DAYS...
WHAT A GREAT WEEKEND. SAGE TURNED SIX MONTHS (JAN. 29) ON MEGAN'S SWEET 16. MOMET, SAGE & I CELEBRATED BY EATING AT RTE 62 DINER - SURROUNDED BY VINTAGE HARLEY DAVIDSON'S AND JUKEBOXES AT EVERY TABLE - THAT PLAYS REAL 45's!! SONGS LIKE "BORN TO BE WILD," "WHOLE LOTTA SHAKING GOING ON", "BROWN EYED GIRL" AND "DO YOU BELIEVE IN MAGIC"!! sage wore his new 'harley' bib...
SATURDAY THE TREE & I PLAYED AT WATER CANYON TO A FULL HOUSE. A DREAMY LIQUID TRIPPY NIGHT OF MUSIC.
THANK YOU ROBBI, KRIPA AND SAM!!! & happy birthday to fred drake in spiritland!! your presence was definitely felt!!
THEN, SUNDAY EVENING, THRIFT STORE ALL STARS PLAYED A 'DOG YEARS' SET OF FOUR SONGS (PLUS ONE FROM 'HELP WANTED')...THANK YOU TRAVIS, VIC, BINGO, LEWIE, BILL, CAROL ANN, JON, JOHN, MORIAH, TIM, DON, TAL, SHARI, JESSIE...(VIC GAVE ME A COPY OF THE NEW PETER CASE TRIBUTE CD , ON WHICH I RECORDED AND MIXED VIC DOING 'DRUNKARD'S HARMONY' WITH BINGO, CLIVE WRIGHT, TOM FREUND...)
sage sat up in a high chair for hs first time ever!!
AFTER TWO INCREDIBLE NIGHTS OF MUSIC... I FEEL SO BLESSED TO BE SURROUNDED BY SO MANY GREAT MUSICIANS WHO HAPPEN TO BE MY FRIENDS...
BEST OF ALL, AS MOMET WROTE A PAPER FOR HER PHILOSOPHY CLASS LATE SUNDAY NIGHT, SAGE SLEPT ON MY CHEST. HE WOKE UP ONCE EVERY 90 MINUTES, LOOKED AROUND AND WENT BACK TO SLEEP...PEACEFULLY...
~~~photos by krissie gregory & klaus wille~~~
PS I'LL BE BACK AT PAPPY & HARRIETS WITH THE TREE ON THURSDAY , FEBRUARY 2 AT 7PM.
AND 'DOG YEARS' IS NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE, WITH MANY THANKS TO KRISSIE GREGORY AND
THE BOOK, 'YEARS OF THE DOG,' IS ALSO FINISHED AND READY TO PRINT, THANKS TO SYDNEY MCCUTCHEON!!!
(the only thing missing all weekend: where was my best pal, judy??)
THE ALBUM, AVAILABLE HERE AS A FREE DOWNLOAD, TUESDAY JANUARY 31
"POWER STRUGGLE" CAN BE HEARD AT THE FOLLOWING ADDRESS
SO WHY NOT GO AHEAD AND PLAY IT?
SAGE'S NEW COUSIN : RILEY LORRAINE BLAIR-ALPHABET
MY WEEKEND WITH SAGE
yesterday we were going to go to the produce market, our usual first stop on saturdays, but we got off to a late start and i needed to make a flyer for my show next saturday so...we went to the printer and i did one like this....
then we went to water canyon where we caught the last couple of songs by tommy paul, playing classical guitar...which was very nice and sage enjoyed watching his hands...
TODAY we went to the integratron...
inside, i played tibetan bowls and sage played kalimba. sage liked watching the man playing didgeridoo. someone was videotaping - sage, mostly, of course - and promised me a copy. on our way home we stopped at pappy & harriets and sage watched johnny ray martin play some irish folk music on the autoharp with jon bertini on mandolin and bingo on banjo. we had to leave before the thrift-store all-stars set because monet's sister-in-law, denise, was going into labor and we wanted to be back, in case she had to leave to the hospital... sage is more fun every day as he approaches his big six month mark next sunday!!! sage will have a new baby girl cousin in the house within the next 12 or so hours!!
The Year of the Fire Dog
January 29 kicks off the Chinese Lunar Year of the Fire Dog! It's a
year where loyalty is king and helping the underdog is rewarded. Compassion,
openheartedness, and a positive attitude are the traits to look for. In
business, teamwork pays off and being a part of the pack gets you
noticed. Anyone exhibiting bad behavior can expect to be sent to the doghouse
without a second thought. Dog Years compel us to love others fully,
come rain or shine, unless someone gives you a strong reason not to.
WALKING THE DOG
SATURDAY JANUARY 28 WATER CANYON COFFEE COMPANY
"Dog Years," Ted Quinn's long-awaited follow-up album
(or "companion," he says) to "Help Wanted," is
available for a limited time as a free download at
www.nomadhouse.com after Chinese New Years, January
29. (Official release is Tuesday, January 31)
The associated 'product' for sale will be a booklet
featuring paintings, photos, lyrics and stories
related to the album. "Music is free these days, so I
decided to sell the book instead," says High Desert
poet/cultural activist Quinn.
"Years of the Dog," the booklet, contains lurid tales
of the "dog years" between the one in which Quinn was
born - along with longtime collaborator Fred Drake -
and the current one.
In the booklet, sneak-previewed to The Sunrunner,
Quinn says (in his de rigeur ee cummings-inspired
lower case) "i called it 'dog years' because it has so
many references to all the dogs in my life, mainly
negra, and because i am a dog, in terms of chinese
astrology... but i had thought of naming it something
to do with the river or the rain, " other recurring
Born in "Years of the Dog:" Madonna, Prince, the Peace
Sign, Earth Day, the Vietnam Wall and Nelson Mandela's
presidency. Passings include the students at Kent
State, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Kurt
Cobain, ("american fifth beatle") Harry Nilsson and
Richard Nixon. This year of the dog promises to be
every bit as dramatic!
The album was recorded at Drake's Rancho de la Luna,
before and after his death. In true "doggy" style,
Quinn writes, "for two years i walked those grounds
like heathcliff in "wuthering heights" and chased away
intruders." Gradually, the album was finished. It
features some of Ted's best-loved songs, "Only So Many
Heartbeats," written from the last words of desert
legend Kyoti King to Quinn; "I Dream of Sleeping", now
a staple of Elia Arce's powerful anti-war performance
piece,"The Fifth Commandment" and "Love On," as well
as some surprisingly experimental pieces such as
"Power Struggle" and "Sunday (Home)," inspired by a
visit to the Rancho by a Tao master from China.
Collaborators, aside from Drake, include members of
the Aliens, Elia Arce, Tony Mason and Ms. Williams.
Quinn performs at Water Canyon on Saturday, January
28, Drake's birthday and Chinese New Years Eve, with
members of his band, The Tree, and the following
afternoon (1/29 @ 3pm) with Thrift Store All-Stars at "Pappy Hour."
Quinn fans will also enjoy the beautiful cover of his
song, "Tar Beach," soon to be released by High Desert
favorite, singer Neal Casal. Happy Dog Years!!
WAYNE'S WORLD: THE BALLAD OF PALADIN VIDEO
tonight, on my way home from yucca valley, i saw the firetrucks in the von's parking lot. i drove a block before getting over to turn back. fuck, i hope it's not wayne. well, it wasn't, but it was wayne's world. wayne, calder, ethan, carl, drayton, joanne and nan, all standing outside the caution tape told me what i hoped wasn't true. a few minutes later, we went inside with some firemen and flashlights and the damage to the store was worse than calder had even imagined. thousands of classic movies, the boxes and the tapes inside, melted. wayne's "sets" he had built, ethan's childhood toys, the autographed pictures, the posters.
a fireman asked wayne if he had a business card. his face turned momentarily to rage, "do i have a business card? they're all fucking burned, you.." but he was just joking, and he flashed his huge, bright smile.
chris brought some hot chocolate. tears streamed mascara down calder's beautiful face, her black spikes stuck with sweat and soot. a few minutes later, vons was trying to close the sliding door nearest the burnt out stores - paladin sat dangerously between a nail salon and a paint store, or as ethan said, between "nitro" and "glycerine" - and there was wayne, asking me to hold his hot chocolate so he could help them slide the doors shut. they were stuck and off the track, so ethan got in there to help. that is the picture of ethan and wayne everyone should have seen. they just lost their place and they were already helping a neighbor.
ethan said everyone in town should be sad that paladin is gone. indeed. try asking anyone at the other video stores for a recommendation. just a visit to wayne was an entertainment spectacle. one of his stories was worth the price of admission. his unapologetic abuse of language. his vast knowledge of films on any subject. his willingness to find it, to find out whatever you needed to know about any movie, any director, any star, any screenwriter, any bit player, hell, any location. wayne, what movies were shot in joshua tree? (answer: "lonely are the brave" (1962) with kirk douglas, "them" (1954) - "giant ants from space ring a bell?" ) wayne, what's a great new orleans movie? whatever movie you ended up renting, that was just the second feature.
when i moved to the desert in '93, you couldn't even get the internet and i didn't have any tv reception, still don't. radio didn't reach up from santa monica yet. there was nothing going on, musically. without paladin's - two locations back then, to serve you even better - we would have gone completely nuts on those long winter nights. does wayne know if he wants to reopen somewhere? i don't think he knows yet. calder says she's done. we just lost this community's greatest cultural library and it's best caretakers. if wayne decides to reopen, will the studios and distributors replace the lost tapes, the rare classics? that place was a meeting place for film buffs. i made some longtime , great friends in that store. i'm talking about other customers, there for all the same reasons i was there. without paladin video, where will we go to hear wayne's stories? who is going to tell us which film we simply must see tonight? what am i going to do with all those paladin bucks thumbtacked to the door?
I'm saddened as well. If there's anything we call can
do, let us know.
Thanks for the heartfelt email. Robin and I would love to help with a fund raiser for Wayne and the enormous loss of history he maintained so well. We too loved going into his shop and talking, joking and catching up on the local news. Count us in if you decide to do something.
Doug and Robin
I am very sad to hear this. I have frequented that store myself.
someone could hold a benefit at P&H's?
Wishing you many blessings in this New Year!
i am absolutely heartbroken. i cried when i read this today. indeed we have lost a gem in the desert.
sad. and i didn't even know it existed.
will paladin open again?
hope they had insurance.
those three are the best,
i am so sorry about the loss. elia
It's the artist formerly known as mark zero here. Just checked the email before bedtime. I cant believe it! I'm so far from JT now, but i feel for the community's huge loss. And, I sure was hopin' to come back with my video bucks... If Wayne wants to rebuild, maybe we can get emailed a list of movies we can donate or something. I've sure have a few I haven't touched in a while. hearing this just reminds me how much I would like to be part of a great community of folks. I'm living in Winston, Oregon with mostly conservative, gun-shooting, deer hunters and meth abusers. There's a small group of conscious folks out here, but it isn't one tenth of the magic I've felt from JT. I saw that you are playing with Kevin Stetz, good for you guys. I hope Paladin does keep going, though. What you wrote expressed my feelings exactly. there will never be another one like it. There will never be another community either, fust like in that beautiful hi desert. Please, send my love to anyone asking about me. I'm hangin' in here with a broken down computer monitor, and vehicle. I might pop in, at spring but it looks more likly in the fall. we'll see. Hope Sage is growing big, and singing and dancing with y'all. I probably am moving to Ashland, but i'll be back for some adventures. Peace, Mark Langille (new stage name brewing). Ps: here's an attachment of my latest painting.
I'd use the beatnik or rocket Man as a temporary video rental place if
that was possible. But it sounds like he has no inventory. That sucks.
I have a few movies lying around I can send... Dig! the documentary on
Brian Jonestown Massacre, A couple of old Cary Grant movies I won in
some contest a few years ago - I dunno what I have lying around. I own
That sucks though - it is nice he has insurance as a fallback, but a
of love lost - sad.
Steal from Hollywood Video (if that's still open!) but they don't have
I'm so sorry to hear about Paladin video! I'd been meaning to go there but hadn't yet. My friend Liz started a film society up in Pt. Angeles, WA where Igmar Bergman or Fassbinder, and other cool dirctors or outside kinda movies are shown! We used to go to films all the time in Chicago and take the subway to Evanston just to catch a cool flick now and then. I had Facets Multimedia theatre around the corner from me where my college roomie, Miriam and I saw in one day, TWO double-features of cool films: Francios Trufautt's "Jules et Jim," "Wifemistress" with Italy's great Laura Antoinelli, a polish film and "Ivan The Terrible" in Russian! Miriam knew 7 languages fluently and I knew 5 at the time so we kept interchanging our accents for the rest of the week! Great films make great minds and its obvious this 'twist-off community' needs better minds! (That's what the cashier at Mojave Mart told me this was after I asked her if they sold corkscews for my bottle of wine and she didn't know what I was talking about!) I'm sorry that Paladin will not be there for me to check out now...
(When I first went into Hollywood video and asked the cashiers if they knew that their job is how Tarentino started out but they didn't know who he was!)
The Sun Runner Magazine launches effort to assist unique local video
store recover from disastrous fire
From Steve Brown, Publisher:
This is a personal appeal for your help for someone who has been one of
the cultural treasures of the hi-desert for at least two decades. I am
seeking contributions of videos, DVDs, and film memorabilia for the man
who has brought film buffs here a great deal of happiness over the
years – up until now.
Last night, Tuesday, January 10, a fire broke out next door to Paladin
Video in the Yucca Valley, California Von’s Shopping Center. Paladin,
run by owner Wayne Feltges for the past two decades, was the video
store that catered especially to hi-desert film buffs. Hard-to-find,
out-of-print films, memorabilia, film dioramas and blunt, often hilarious,
reviews, were Wayne’s specialty, and after meeting with him this
morning, I have confirmed that his inventory of approximately 20,000 films is
a complete loss.
Though he has insurance, and is relieved that nobody was badly injured
in the fire(including his daughter, who was working at the time), it is
going to be difficult for Wayne to rebuild the inventory of films that
he lost in the fire. Rare collector’s items he offered for those of us
who love films – including independent and foreign movies unavailable
anywhere else in the Morongo Basin – are expensive to replace, and he
anticipates that insurance won’t come near covering the actual cost of
To that end, I am personally asking for donations of films on VHS or
DVD (in good condition), and film-related memorabilia, to assist in
rebuilding the lost Paladin film collection. The Sun Runner Magazine will
accept donations at our office in the 29 Palms Creative Center, by
mail, or UPS/Fed-Ex.
I have offered to provide a year of free advertising for the new
Paladin Video, once it reopens. Wayne has provided a service for those of us
in the hi-desert who love film that far exceeds the few dollars he
charged, and I appreciate any and all donations you may be able to provide.
A benefit is being planned to provide additional assistance.
Thank you for your support and assistance,
The Sun Runner Magazine
For drop-off or UPS/Fed-Ex deliveries:
The Sun Runner Magazine
6847 Adobe Road
Twentynine Palms, CA 92277
To mail donations:
P.O. Box 87
Twentynine Palms, CA 92277
For additional information:
happy birthday lovey!!!