Tuesday, January 9, 2018

'Hangin' out w/The Clash'-




Well I tell ya' it was a drunken night.I just played a show at The Palomino club in North Hollywood, when outside I started talking to a friend who came to  see me play my show & we started talkin' music.We fell upon the English Punk rock  greasers 'The Clash'- when he mentioned that Paul Simonon the bass player and king of cool of the band was living in  Los Angeles at a apt  over by 
the King King club.
There was an old coffee shop next door and Simonon hung out there he said  .Well it was three o clock in the morning so me and a friend of mine swung over there - we drove around and noticed only a couple of sort of apartments where you have to push a button to get let in .
Miraculously we found it on our first try
-(Remember we were a little drunk too).so that was a good sign -or bad - maybe wind up in jail

 People were coming out early in the morning with Brit accents.Maybe they were having a party? ..They had to be his friends -not many Brits in one building in LA. I asked this chick "hey does Paul Simonon live here?" & she said in a proper English voice "I don't think I can tell you that" -so I knew we had the right place-she was kinda bitchy to be honest ....like those Hollywood 'We are famous cause we hang around famous people types'.
Fuck it I thought .The press always wrote the Clash cared about their fans and the kids so we walked up ,my friend with a piece of crap acoustic guitar (He couldn't play a lick on any instrument or had any musical talent at all ) but he liked rock n roll so drug his guitar for some reason to my gig.

I looked on the buzzer -there it was the last name 'SIMONON'.
not even some fake name - so I buzzed it. A voice answered in a UK accent "Can I help ya'?"
I said "hey man ,we wanna meet Paul Simonon ..we are huge Clash fans and wonder if he could sign a guitar ..hope we didn't wake him I know its a bit late..maybe we could come by another time?" -- the voice came back ,"no worry hang on mate I'll buzz you in"

Well we were kinda floored -the door buzzed -we walked in the elevator to the the floor he said to go to . The elevator opened and we stood in the hall - we both looked at each other realizing we had this lame looking 20 dollar zebra striped acoustic guitar  with us -then "Boom' -out of the apartment comes The King of Punk Rock cool 'Paul Simonon' dressed just like he walked off the 
'London Calling' album cover - Black shirt ,&leather pants with a James Dean greaser haircut -- It was a great R&R moment. 

We talked about Rock N Roll,Gene Vincent & The Clash and his art.He told me he painted the Clash backdrop on early shows , "Sorry its a bit late" I said..he said "Its cool mate we were awake-- by the way cool quiff"  (That's what the Brits call the  greaser rocker hairstyle)- he signed an autograph for me on a piece of paper - He signed my buddies guitar looked at it and never scoffed at the crappy thing- just a slight grin  and took a couple pictures with us (Pre smart phones we had this Kodak throwaway camera to take pics of me and my band  at my show

He asked me all about my band and and we talked a little more Eddie Cochran ,Jimmy Cliff, Art & his Clash band
mate  Joe Strummer who I'd meet a few years later when he would come  to my band
 'Michael Ubaldini &Mystery Train' Shows.
Paul told me  said he himself  had new band- 'Havana 3 AM'- .I asked him "Ya think the Clash will ever play together again?" ..he said "I don't Phink so Mate" (he said 'think' but it sounded like 'Phink') .
We noticed a good looking chick peaking out the apt door he looked back at her and said "Looks like I better go -that's me girlfriend giving me the look you know wot I mean?" we laughed said our see ya later goodbye thanks type of stuff and split. 

"Man he lived up to the press bout caring about the fans and young groups -not that spandex band ego bullshit "-me and my friend said as we headed to the car.
 We heard a distant gunshot when we left  -no bullshit- my buddy said "Shit what the hell was that?" - I said -"Its The Guns Of Brixton in Los Angeles" -

  Then we made that long drive home.


Thursday, December 28, 2017

See Ya Round 2017.- Lauren Bacall & Clark Gable got the Blues




Alright 2017 - gone by had some scares, some wear,  somewhere,,some tear, some tears, 
some fears , and some year, all that is rolling through the desolate railroad in my overheated ,depleted, completed and crumbling , rumbling,fast talkin' slow walkin' midnight rockin' mind.

Now 2017 was all right of course, the new album  releases, the tours of Austin TX were great -- along with the shows I did with Judy Collins (If I could go back in time to the 60s I'd take her out if she'd let me...that voice ..no wonder sirens led men to destruction ...aint gonna hear a voice by choice to rejoice like that ever again -those powerful crystal clear songstress voices wont exist when her and Baez are gone ...too damn bad ..glad I could witness & hear it live .. privileged  & she signed my record ..cool as can be --- Bye Bye Miss American Pie - Don McLean show -playing that was cool as well... -

Get off the phone...don't be a Jeanie Lee  all ya' Politician Superstars of social media...bland bland bland ....-Hate the word Americana ...Come on now- I aint in that musical categorize jive, although I was playing what later would be marketed as  that  while everyone was in a freakin' hair band & wearin' Morrissey's coat -there was no "No Depression" mag except the depression of music which was depressing...I'm not part of any of that...Had to reconcile my differences elsewhere... like in the fun-house mirror as I told you before like the mayor mania my carney days..

Moving on .......

 A scare at the So Cal Hoedown but all wound up good (thank you Lord)
So many needles in my arm I feel like some kinda junkie- Bruised up like Johnny Thunders - dump a bucket of ice on my tragic beautiful life.
Ya know been thinkin' drinkin and not blinkin' at others winkin' at other times freakin' about the world baby ..I mean all these people are Lab rats on Facebook ..questions being asked ..surveys ..just to know how people think so they the powerful  can control ,and use PR to brainwash the hard drive in  peoples skulls with political, religious  and utopian  thoughts .. everyone weighing in...like I give a shit about some fuckers opinion -They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder ..but all I see is the ugly inside of people on that spy network...guess it has an upside!

I don't expect em' to care bout' mine or my mind either-- Two faced woman coming down the line .. "Honey get that thing away from me"..aint holding no ones hand ,aint opening no car door , aint stretching my arm with a fake yawn over her shoulder ..aint opening no doors ...aint making no moves for a beautiful fleeting kiss.... Aint dancin' close in the moonlight - cant be accused of courting for love as an evil man...after all I'm only a Blues man and a rock n roll songster slingin' hash ..not smoking it ..contrary to public belief ..

Talking to carney pal the 'Top Hatted Tall Man'(Its been many years) in my stop over before I arrived bout  where I met me  'the lead me on gal' -I met -she- who led me by the handshake of a dance into nothingness and Carl Jung psychosis ...then condemned for not wanting nothing to do with the religion of atheism ...

Its all over mama...Its all high and dry & snow falling in Austin and stabbing the eye..I sit and watch everyone brainwashed being groomed for a New World Order ..but life is so much shorter ..ran into my ol' pal Patrick Porter and got a dose of sanity..cause after all "Rudie cant fail" in the "Modern World" (Clash & Jam it) ..-- 
Could it be that  Thumbelina is on the the take wasting her time at The NAMM show? ... 
Her friend cabbage patch Joe wound up thinking cover bands are real bands....that's right Pinocchio ..one day you'll be a real boy -- check your laminate in the hallway filled with mirrors of diabolical shit..Take a look ..ya like what you see? ...

Ahem....

 But all that aside its a great year apart from everyone having to burn their records, oh yes all Dem'  Stones , Blues,Dylan,Honky Tonk , Hip Hop &Rock n Roll records are sexist now....Button up yer pants and button up your blouse...In fact don't even think about it...
pro creation is banned  and has turned into a hit record ... turn it up  bone daddy .(However I have three sisters and if anyone hassles em.......trouble trouble trouble,)

It all makes me nimble & neurotic and I tell you I am extremely offended by The offended ...Everyone's been told to be offended so why not?!
I guess art must be censored ..under the guise of being uncensored ...I'm a little bit disjointed by it all and am moving in a new direction..It feels like into a brick wall ..
Village of the damned .."A Brick wall"...Have ya seen it? --Black &White movie bliss.

Can you dig THE BALLAD OF BRIAN JONES  vinyl EP ? ..I am happy as can be I wrote that song for the outlaw blonde haired creator of The Stones... People love to rewire &rewrite  history (Just Look at whats happening now) mark my words ..The Elvis statue in Memphis will be coming down soon... But its for our own good ..thank you ...Whew what a relief to not have individuality anymore all in the name of morality.... Come back little Sheba!!........
Can ya make God like one of us please? ...After all all  I can say to Icons or I-cons- is no ones gonna make a monkey outta me.... 

Darwin is in a boat with Marx &Rockefeller ,Rimbaud is driving and steering the paddle of the damn drunkin' thing ..on waves of ,sacrificial ordinary preambles of cross eyed nymphs looking for action with a stowaway below the deck of cards on the glacier of lost dreams...  and want me to go fishing with em'...I don't think so.... 
but Howard Hughes can dig the Blues and have you heard the news?
....Lauren Bacall  &Clark Gable got the Blues 

2017 has gone by at the speed of light... so get right and when the clock strikes midnight ...the New year will be in sight -on site -and all I know is I'm blessed to be alive &and kickin' 
And 
I feel all right &.......Well Alright!
(Last Chord of Revolution by the Beatles) All Right! Blam blam!


Written by Michael Ubaldini-

Sunday, December 17, 2017

AUSTIN TEXAS RUMBLIN'



So I have come back from a great tour through Texas.
Thanks to all who came out ,
 Had my friends The Rubilators back me up as my band .. They are a solid band in their own right too & can't thank them enough for learning my songs -- Also - the final night on stage one guy tried to hassle me and the boys on stage  giving the band the finger - he was a bit upset everyone was digging it.Guitar player and buddy John flipped the bird back , he tried to climb on stage and John knocked the hat the guys head thought we were gonna have an old fashioned Punk moment with a little rumblin' ...but we finished my song instead -A LIFETIME OF BAR BAND DUES - which was appropriate . The guy apologized afterwords to us all  very sincerely so all wound up good ...just another night of Rock N Roll !- see ya again Texas soon! 


Came home on Saturday the 16th and played the Sawdust Art Festival in Laguna Beach  CA. today Sunday .
  I have a thing I do every Friday on Facebook called "FOLK SONG FRIDAY" , where I play original songs & old Folk songs ..mix it up . 

This week I did a version of INXS 'Dont Change' in the folk style in tribute to the late 
 Michael Hutchence--  hear it here!!


I believe Hutchence wrote the words .This shows a great song is always a great song. I stripped it down & did it  in my own Folk Style-Michael Hutchence should be remembered for not only being a good singer but a good person & band mate  from what I have heard- though its a pop rock song - there is some simple cool poetry between the lines. A song I always liked.

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Thank you all -!-
Michael

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Coffee & Damaging Analog






Michael Ubaldini  be damaging some analog tape with Rock n roll starting new recording sessions!
He has accumulated   3 albums worth of original songs in a recent writing frenzy jacked up on black coffee- so he will have to narrow it down - He wraps up 2017 in a tour of Texas (T-4 Texas Tour)

And closes it out in Southern California at The Sawdust Festival in Laguna Beach CA. Sunday Dec 17th

Thursday, November 30, 2017

WAKE THE DEAD COFFEE-Just Added!

Another Date Just Added To The T-4 TEXAS Tour In December!!

A solo acoustic concert at
WAKE THE DEAD COFFEE
in SAN MARCOS TX- Special Courtyard show! -6pm til 7pm ,Great coffee house -Kerouac,Corso  & Ginsberg would have dug it!
Great Staff & Great Coffee!


DEC 9th - 6pm til 7pm (In the Court Yard) - NO COVER!!

Come pick up the 2016 -
21 song  all acoustic Folk CD release of Michaels -
SONGSTER -The Acoustic Reels'

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

T-4 -TEXAS TOUR!!

 HI Gang - Ill be out in Austin Texas doing some dates from December 8th til the 16th 
I was in Texas last August for a string of dates In Dallas ,San Marcos & Austin in support of my new releases - "BALLAD OF BRIAN JONES" Limited edition 5 song 12 inch EP  on Vinyl & STARSHAKER  on CD & Cassette

I am looking forward to being back in Texas. I will be backed by local Austin musicians my friends- "The Rubilators'  - check my show dates for more info on the website page.

The Ballad of Brian Jones record cover is a really cool picture supplied 
by legendary Rolling Stones photographer Gered Mankowitz  who did the Stones album covers;
('Between The Buttons' ,'Decembers Children'(Out Of Our Heads UK) & booklet pics in 
'Big Hits High Tide & Green grass" as well as photos of Paul McCartney,Jimi Hendrix, Oasis,Marianne Faithful ,Kate Bush & The Jam to name a few...Quite an honor.

See you in Austin!
HOLE IN THE WALL - Dec 8th
HOTEL VEGAS- DEC 12th
SAMS TOWN POINT -DEC 15th

Michael

Friday, December 21, 2012

2012 goin' down into 2013 groove -Forlorn year in review revisited

2012  is coming to an end ,
Its the 21st  of December so some think it is  THE END
But no one knows the time the hour the day that will come like
a theif in the night
Ya' got that right
 I aint worried bout  a thing man cause I'm driving and the two lanes are vanishing behind me in this..
Year In Review
 I can see reflecting in highlights of the past headlights ...
Writin' and a recordin'
travlin' through a locked window
railroaded by monkeys
hobblin' like Crutch Daddy Jones
Left and Right political noise of a wash
people using bad happenings ..events ..shootings viloence
exploiting the innocent lambs who were turned into Gods angels
Using that tragedy for their own political purpose
sometimes left aint right and right aint left
Its only propaganda and an evil theft
and to all who chant "Which side Are you On?"
I say "the side of the road no one travels on- with the outcasts from the outcasts -the meek vagabonds"
 For human beings always find a way to do harm and smile & kill
no matter what laws get layed accross the great divide they will....
 swallow the plane to catch the bomb
swallow the bomb to catch the gun
swallow the gun to catch the knife
swallow the knife to catch the hammer
swallow the hammer to catch the nail
swallow the nail to catch the wood
swallow the wood to catch the stone
use the stone as an eye for an eye
I dont know why they swallowed the eye
perhaps sticks and stones too can make ya die
If theres a will theres a way And hateful will always try

I propose a toast to
(In a more uplifting note)
TO:
(trumpets blowing right about now)
Ingbar Swenson a rust repair salesman from Bolton l whisper street
Jesse & Frank James Colt 45 RPM- The 45 RPM
Clowns with mustaches
Giraffes with short necks
Leaders who tell the truth
elephants without trunks
Skunks that dont smell
Rats who share cheese
Monks who climb trees
wordsmiths and blacksmiths with long tooth combs and
Brides who dress in spike heels and carry flick knives

 High moments from 2012.......
Getting the call from Dwight Yoakam and crew to open show for him with
Michael& The Lonesome Playboys ,
My Book 'Lost American Nights; Published in its 2nd edition by MOONTIDE PRESS (Thank you M Miller)
The GOE gigs
The EB Gigs
Cinema gigs
The Ronnie Mack Barn Dance gigs
Fitzgeralds & of Course without any further rambling
The on-going Outlaws of Folk music series & all the travlin' Songsters who swing by and spew out a song of 30 minutes of good hustle.


Then again....

 Typewriter Busted, I dusted ,Is now trusted and working again
write my songs on an old Underwood givin to me by the ghost of Kerouac,
(In a car with Hank Williams and Oscar Wilde no less)
While mutants and vultures trying to chomp souls and feed em to the lowest bidder surrounded me on a front porch down cross the Macon Dixon Line
headed straight into the sideshow damsel in a pink radiator dress ..however I did not comply as I borrowed a swift antique broom fom the local judge and flatly smashed his will and the feathered chamber of commerce birds into submission(Right here cue up the sex pistols)

Writing poem after poem , song after song ,riding the crest of the whirlwind
Ill see ya in the next chapter of year 2013
Thats my year in review ..Think it dont mean a thing?
Better read the lines in between
& awake from your nightmare and call it a dream
Theres a lot held in the glove box that to the naked eye can't be seen
On the driftwood of promise of some false hipster scene
Who will wear the right clothes
and pretend they know what it all means...'
Besides never trust a doner that wears bell bottom jeans
obscene



written by Michael ubaldini
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