Thursday, May 23, 2013
Aimsel Ponti has been obsessed with - and inspired by- music since she listened to Monkees records borrowed from the town library when she was six years old. She's a huge fan of the local music scene and interviews an act every week for "Making Noise" which runs in the Press Herald GO section. You'll also find her out and about absorbing live music like a sponge and roaming around local record shops and flea markets.
Folk singer Michelle Shocked promised Nicole Sandler, host of The Nicole Sandler Show on the progressive internet radio station Ready or Not Radio radioornot.com that she'd appear live on the show this morning.
The purpose of this interview was to give Shocked an opportunity to respond to and/or defend herself for the anti-gay remarks she made during a St. Patrick's Day performance in San Francisco.
Here's a good recap of what went down, in case you haven't heard yet, from New York Times blogger James C. McKinley Jr.: Michelle Shocked Draws Fire for Anti-Gay Remarks
But here's the thing; Shocked didn't answer her phone. It was one of most intense hours of radio I've ever heard. Shocked opted to use Twitter in the same cryptic, oddball way she's been doing since this happened. See for yourself here: twitter.com/MShocked
When I think of Michelle Shocked, I think of the liberal, anti-establishment singer-songwriter who has penned many songs that are permanently tattoed in my musical DNA. Songs like "Anchorage," "When I Grow Up" and especially "Come A Long Way."
I think of the performer I've had the pleasure of interviewing and seeing live. Heck I even got an autograph on a promotional Michelle Shocked cereal box that I've had for years. So yeah, I'm a fan.
What I don't think of is a radical homophobe. So it came as a horrifyingly huge shock to the system when the news broke a few days ago that during a March 17 show in San Francisco, Shocked went on an anti-gay rant that left audience members stunned and heading for the door.
The news of this has since spread like wildfire all over the place including here: tinyurl.com/d4jpgn3
I just went outside to Monument Square just to check and see if this whole storm thing is as bad as it seems from my 5th floor window at One City Center. Yep. It is. Man alive I hate March.
But dear music fans, let us not despair. The first day of spring is tomorrow and maybe, just maybe, the weather will behave accordingly in the coming days. Or weeks? Or months? Aackkk!
Until then, here a few carefully chosen selections to remind us of sunny days, blue skies and all around springtime cheerfulness.
Hello Music Fans,
Today is no ordinary day. As far as I'm concerned it's a holiday - and a big one at that. And I got the video footage to prove it. More on that in a second.
Today, March 12, 2013, is the day that my favorite musician released his first studio album in TEN years.
Five magic words:
That's right, music fans, I'm GIVING AWAY a pair of tickets to the Sunday Night (March 10) JEWEL concert at Merrill Auditorium in Portland.
Want them? I thought so!
Email the sentence "Those tickets were meant for me" to email@example.com by 3:30 TODAY. I'll pick a winner at 3:45. BOOM!