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    Tuesday, May 30, 2006

    "You can hate me, but what do I care..."


    "You can hate me, but what do I care..."

    The art of Sarah Hudson is just that-- art. While featured on The Time Machine's radio program, it's clear that there's more to this young LA singer/songwriter than meets the eye.





    Upon first listen of her 2004 debut album Naked Truth, you will find diverse songwriting talent bursting at it's redheaded seams. Sarah tackles topics like suicide, awkward parental relationships, lying boyfriends, and many other topics that girls face during the difficult teenage years. The album boasts production work from Desmond Child and vocals from hottie rock god Steven Tyler.




    But apart from the relatable topics and the flashy names that accompany the album, the biggest reward to the listener is that every song is different. Seriously. And it's because of this that we can set Naked Truth apart from the average "teen angst" album. It goes from lighthearted pop to guitar driven madness and back to a piano ballad. One can even detect a hint of new age country on the track named "Gandhi".
    "Girl on the Verge," the single from the album, is hard, edgy, and dark but the album ends with a cheerful upbeat number called "Bad Habit" that speaks of a girl and her romantic guilty pleasure.

    Sarah presents us with clear, strong vocals and music with a bite. Naked Truth can be purchased from popular online media retail sites like Amazon or CD connection.

    "The next big thing in your little freak show..."

    Sarah is currently working on her next album, said to be titled Fast, Cheap, and Out of Control with her new group, Ultraviolet. She focuses on individuality, unleashing the freak within, and revolution. Her sound is fresh, featuring 80's-style influence with a kick in the ass. Join their mailing list at

    www.ultravioletsound.com

    and visit their MySpace to hear some of the new songs at

    www.myspace.com/ultravioletsound.



    Posted by The World Famous Amber





    Above photo: Sarah Hudson, the focus of an episode on "Frontline" featured on PBS. Click here to listen to some of the songs from "Naked Truth" that were being recorded and mixed during the filming of the documentary's segment.



    Monday, May 29, 2006

    New Video from the band COUPLE - "Now That I Can See"


    The first music video from the up and coming Malaysian indie powerpop band, COUPLE, is in California speak, "Killer"! This is their first single, "Now That I Can See", taken off their latest album TOP OF THE POP. It was shot by the talented director and Malaysian cinema's best kept secret, Shamyl Othman.

    View the video for "Now That I Can See" by COUPLE on YouTube

    The band consists of members in the photo above from left to right; Ojoe, Aidil, Ihsan and Hana. Mikhail is on sabbatical.

    The Time Machine has enjoyed playing this band's high energy powerpop on Hawaii's airwaves and recommend that if you are finding yourself in Los Angeles to seek out their scheduled appearence at the IPO Music Festival on August 11th at The Knitting Factory in Hollywood. They will hit the stage at 7:30PM. The band will also be performing in Montclair a few days earlier at The Tiki Invasion on August 5th at 10AM with headlining act The Muffs.




    Da Dawghouse Daze


    It was a blast having this crew handle an airshift everyday at KPMW WILD 105.5 FM! They were super people who knew how to have a great time! In the above photo from left to right are; Capone, Taylor and K-Dawg.

    Below: Morning Man completes the cast and is still a fixture on the morning show to this day.






    kimochii



    May 9, 2006 2:46 AM

    Good times...as an intern, I was at their mercy.



    The Time Machine



    January 26, 2006 4:05 PM

    Those almost look like the same outfits you wore at the No Doubt concert. Could there have been a better trio on the air? Class act!



    Friday, May 26, 2006

    The Song Tapper

    RAIN's newsletter headline read, "Space bars of the world unite to help you name that pesky tune".



    From David Pogue's New York Times Tech Blog: "Ever have a song stuck in your head, but can’t remember what it’s called, or even who sang it?

    "If you at least know how it goes, try this astonishing Web site, suggested to me by a reader: It’s SongTapper.com.

    "Basically, you tap your Space bar in the rhythm of the melody notes–'Lu-cy in the sky-yyyy, with di-i-a-monds' or whatever–and, incredibly, the site guesses which song you meant.

    "In my very few tries, it did amazingly well. (It also offers a link to the iTunes music store so you can hear 30 seconds of the actual song for free, to confirm its wisdom.)"

    Read the entire post at David Pogue's blog, Pogue's Posts.


    The Time Machine Crew were amazed that The Song Tapper got the first attempt at "Moon River". It couldn't figure out "Born Free" or "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" but it did get "Those Were The Days". Before we wasted our entire day we stopped at those four songs so that we wouldn't start to do the entire ABBA catalog or "Helter Skelter" by The Beatles. Current score: two to two. That's fifty percent for our five minutes.


    Thursday, May 25, 2006

    Where have all the good singer/songwriters gone?!


    Singer-songwriter Lydia Gray chimes in today with this question:

    Goodness... can I just say... where have all the good singer/songwriters gone?! I think it's been at least a year since I've bought an album and haven't been able to take it off repeat. I can remember buying CDs in middle school and highschool and having them in my player, in my room or in my cd player in the car and not taking it out for days and even weeks at a time. Obession? Yes... that's what good music makes me feel. Like it could play for a year or so and I still couldn't get enough. It's been a long while since I've felt that feeling. Is our music industry going through a mid-life crisis? Also the artist who have helped satisfy the hunger pains that I've been dealing with don't have a recording contract! What's up with that?! Does it seem that our industry is so obessed with appearance that they'll slap a record deal on any girl who is willing to shake her booty and dance around the stage in barely there clothing just because she has no standards???? Even if she can't sing at all?! Okay so lately the real talent I've been noticing has been lying in the independent catagory. I have recently come into possession of a two great CD's- One being Anna Nalick (who is signed) and the other being Charles Kelley (an example of a very talented unsigned artist). So even though I have no more recommendations other than those two -- there have been some songs I can't take off repeat. Some being old and some being new. Check out what's been on repeat on my Itunes and Ipod lately!




    1. Colorblind - Counting Crows
    2. Lincoln Ave - Train
    3. If God Made You - Five for fighting
    4. Better Days - Goo Goo Dolls
    5. Everything Will Be Alright - The Killers
    6. Move along - All American Rejects
    7. The Luckiest - Ben Folds
    8. Wake Me Up - Charles Kelley
    9. Wild Horses - Natasha Bedingfield
    10. HollyWood Veins - Curtis Peoples
    11. Catalyst - Anna Nalick
    12. Forever Love - Anna Nalick
    13. Glory Us - Acceptance
    14. If There's Love - CitizenCope
    15. Cold Water - Damien Rice
    16. Settle For A Slowdown - Dierks Bentley
    17. Why Georgia - John Mayer
    18. Bright Lights - Matchbox 20
    19. When It Comes - Tyler Hilton
    20. Grey Street - DMB

    Any recommendations of a new artist I should check out?!

    Luv luv,
    Lydia Gray



    Lydia's songs have been on our playlist the past year and you should check out her latest songs at the links below:

    Lydia Gray's Official Website - www.lydiagraymusic.com

    Lydia Gray on MySpace Music

    Lydia Gray at Pure Volume




    Wednesday, May 17, 2006

    Mary Weiss of The Shangri-Las: New Album After 41 Years!


    Oh my gosh! Mary Weiss of The Shangri-Las is going to make an album! I don't care how many college professors tell you otherwise, there is a God!

    Interview with Mary Weiss at Norton Records Website


    The Shangri-Las have been one of the most influential groups for over 40 years and if Ronnie Spector and Darlene Love can continue to dazzle us with their vocal abilities then having Mary Weiss come along is the best music news that we've heard in a very long time! "The Time Machine" guest and legendary singer-songwriter Jackie DeShannon has contributed a song for Mary's upcoming album. Still in a daze...must sit down.




    Here's the press release from Norton Records:

    MARY WEISS TO RECORD WITH THE REIGNING SOUND ON NORTON RECORDS!

    Norton Records is proud to announce the signing of Mary Weiss, lead singer of the SHANGRI-LAS, to the Norton cavalcade of stars... Mary is set for a spring NYC recording date with THE REIGNING SOUND... Billy Miller and Greg Cartwright to produce ... Mary is selecting from a batch of great new comps from today's most talked-about songwriters including Greg Cartwright, John Felice, Andy Shernoff, Jackie DeShannon and others TBA... Mary's first album of new material since 1965... Mary is geared up for her return to the studio and STAGE... and so are we!




    Mary was fifteen years old when she and her sister Elizabeth (Betty) began singing with identical twins Margie and Mary Ann Ganser in their Cambria Heights neighborhood of Queens, New York, as students at Andrew Jackson High School. They soon came to the attention of George "Shadow" Morton and shot into the charts with massive hits on the Red bird label including Remember (Walking In The Sand), Leader Of The Pack, Give Him A Great Big Kiss, I Can Never Go Home Anymore, Give Us Your Blessings and Out In The Streets. The Shangri-Las gave a voice to real teenagers, with Mary's explosive lead vocals delivering emotion packed melodramas that made them one of the most consistently exciting groups of the day.




    Look for our interview with Mary on the Norton website in April, when you will learn where she's been and where she's going, setting the record straight about her days as a teenage rock n' roll star.

    Says Mary: "I'm excited by the opportunity to work with Billy, Miriam, some great writers and a kick ass rock n' roll band!" Hail, Mary Weiss, ultimate cultural icon!.





    Tuesday, May 16, 2006

    Nia Peeples


    Nia Peeple's latest short film "Treading Water" was screened recently at the Hatch Film Festival in Montana and her indi flick "Inside Out" had an opening at the Cinevegas Film Festival earlier this year to much success.



    Nia's motion picture "North Shore" is a true cult classic out here in the islands of Hawaii. From Laird Hamilton as "Lance" and Gerry Lopez as "Vince" to Gregory Harrison as "Chandler" (long before Matthew Perry in "Friends") and John Philbin as "Turtle" to Matt Adler as "Rick", they all take a back seat to "Kiani" portrayed by Nia Peeples. Believe it or not but nineteen years later she still looks amazingly the same! All hail Nia!

    For the last few years, local music and video stores constantly restock "North Shore" on DVD. It's a steady seller to this day.

    Nia's music has been on our playlists for quite some time (1991's "Street Of Dreams" still gets requests) and we've been hoping that she would return to the music world. Outside of her regular television appearances on; "Fame", "The Return To Lonesome Dove", "Top Of The Pops", "The Party Machine", "Terminal", "Walker: Texas Ranger" and Showtime's "Barbershop", Nia has brought wonderful performances to the cinema; "Riff", "Half Past Dead", "Alone With A Stranger" (also known as "Dead Simple" in most US video stores), "I Don't Buy Kisses Anymore", "Blues Brothers 2000" and "Subzero".





    Monday, May 15, 2006

    Radio Station T-Shirts Are Always About Promotion



    Theresa



    April 27, 2006 11:07 PM

    omg..you offically have the MOST CRAPPIEST pictures of me...ahhhh!



    Wild 105.5



    April 26, 2006 7:22 PM

    Now that's wassup!



    Sunday, May 14, 2006

    Did You Ever Listen To Tapes?


    In an era before Sony brought the Walkman to the world and long before Apple unleashed the iPod to the modern world, did you ever listen to tapes? Silly question for most people over 25. What better day than Mother's Day should film director Allison Anders share her answer:

    Wow did I ever! I listened to 8 track tapes kids! I was thinking about this actually on the plane last night from Brazil to NYC, I was listening to my IPOD on shuffle and "Spanish Caravan" by The Doors came on, and it immediately took me back to 1968 when the record came out and I had it on vinyl and on 8 track so we could listen to it in the car. My parents liked The Doors in the car cause the production was especially good for 8 track sound systems! And I was thinking -- isn't it amazing how this song can take me immediately back to the era, and yet we didn't have near the constant saturation of music listening we have now. If I were on a plane in 1968, or on a bus or walking down the street -- I couldn't be listening to my own private playlist. I could listen to a radio, but the walkman which revolutionized selective listening hadn't been invented yet. So you had to listen to songs either on a jukebox by selection, or your record player or 8 track. Also a lot of LPS were released on reel to reel tapes and we listened to those on reel to reel tape decks also.


    Posted by Allison Anders



    The entire Time Machine crew bows down to Allison's film "Grace Of My Heart". A wonderful gem of a motion picture starring Illeana Douglas that any music lover of the sixties and seventies should seek out. In addition to the amazing singing voice of Kristen Vigard for Illeana Douglas, there are fine performances from the entire cast including; Matt Dillon, John Turturro, Eric Stoltz, Patsy Kensit, Bridget Fonda and Bruce Davison. Be sure to keep an eye out for The Riptides in the film portrayed by Redd Kross's own Jeff and Steve McDonald in addition to some interesting roles from Jill Sobule and Chris Isaak.

    Allison's other cinematic experiences include; "Gas Food Lodging", "My Crazy Life (Mi Vida Loca)", "Sugar Town", "Border Radio" and she contributed her directing and screenwriting duties along with fellow directors; Alexandre Rockwell, Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino for the movie "Four Rooms".



    Saturday, May 13, 2006

    Todd Rundgren Testifies Before U.S. Senate



    The Time Machine has had Todd Rundgren as a guest on the radio show. How could we not? His music has been a staple of our music library from day one! From his solo work as an artist to his band work with Utopia and Nazz to all of his stints as a producer that covered a diverse group of artists (Badfinger, Jill Sobule, Meatloaf, Fanny...to name a few), Todd's midas touch on the music world cannot be denied. Todd is currently touring as a member of The New Cars this summer with Blondie.

    Todd Rundgren discusses his music with Michael McCartney of The Time Machine in the photo below:





    Todd recently made a statement before the United States Senate concerning Parity, Platforms and Protection: The Future of the Music Industry in
    the Digital Radio Revolution.

    Testimony of Todd Rundgren

    Hearing on “Parity, Platforms and Protection: The Future of the Music Industry in the Digital Radio Revolution”

    Before the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary

    April 26, 2006

    Chairman Specter, Senator Leahy and members of the Committee:
    My name is Todd Rundgren, I am 58, and I am a professional musician. I
    have also been employed as a record producer, composer for film and television, technology spokesman and computer programmer. I am the designer and developer of Patronet, an internet-based subscription service that allows audiences to provide direct underwriting of artists in exchange for insider information, direct communication, discounted merchandise and first-look experiences of the artists' work, all within a community structure. This is my 40th year as a musician, and 18th year as an independent. I left Warner Brothers in 1998 with the conviction that the major labels were unprepared for, and were indeed hostile to the inevitable changes that digital technology would effect in the way that music would be created, marketed and experienced. I wasn't so prescient that I foresaw the rise of the internet, but I was convinced that I would be hindered in any attempt to use new
    developments to alter the ground rules.

    One of the first cutting edge projects I was involved in concerned digital rights management, a concept that did not yet exist. I was hired by, ironically enough, the Warner Full Service Network, an interactive television pilot project that sought to merge video, computers and high-bandwidth home delivery. The plan was to create on-demand music services that could be navigated on one's home TV -- kind of like an iTunes for the early '90s.

    When it came time to plug the music in, everything I had suspected about the savvyness of the industry was crystallized. To a label, every one of the majors refused to consider the possibility of putting music they controlled onto a server. Ironically, even the music division of Warner Brothers would not cooperate, even though this was only a demonstration project. Ever since then, the behavior of the majors has been that of a mindless parasite, contributing nothing, yet trying to get it's snout into the bloodstream of any new development. The knee-jerk justification is “protection of artists”, which would more accurately be represented as the interests of highly bankable artists still under contract. For every one of those, there are a hundred with a lifelong bad taste in their mouths over the way they were treated when sales began to lag.

    I have striven to tie together the “replacement parts” an independent musician would need to build enough audience for a sustainable living. Amongst these is, of course, the internet and a raft of contractors who can press and distribute discs for you and, if you can afford it, take on the promotion and marketing normally provided by a label. The only problem is getting heard. Terrestrial radio, especially of the syndicated flavor, is not available to most artists even if they do have a traditional label deal.

    I am opposed to any measures that would insinuate the major labels into an area that they have failed to husband, and to capitalize off of artists they have abandoned or never had any interest in. The myth that you could survive very long on record company advances has long been debunked. Players need to play to get paid and need audiences to play to. All the majors have ever done is try to claim the audience as theirs alone, and to lower expectations by exposing them only to the generally substandard product the majors begrudgingly underwrite.

    Worse yet, across the board fee structures like those proposed discourage the exposure of new talent in deference to audience favorites as broadcasters try to recover those fees. And worst of all, syndicated radio, the majors partner in neglect, does not deserve exemption for the abysmal quality of product they deliver. The fantasy that this type of legislation helps music or musicians should be summarily exposed for what it is: yet another futile attempt to turn back the clock to the days when they were the sole gatekeepers to an artist’s future. Thank you for inviting me here to testify today. I would be pleased to respond to your questions.

    United States Senate: Committee on the Judiciary Website

    Forthcoming album from America produced by Adam Schlesinger and James Iha

    Both Summer Blue and Michael McCartney from The Time Machine recently had a chance to see America perform in concert. The band sounds tight (In many cases they sound exactly like their old records - Wow!) and still perform the songs with such emotion that you rarely find in recording acts who had their biggest hits over 25 years ago.

    It appears that Adam Schlesinger from the band Fountains of Wayne and James Iha formally of The Smashing Pumpkins are producing the lastest album from America.


    Below is a story penned by Clover Hope that appeared at Monsters and Critics:

    Schlesinger and Iha produce new America studio album
    By Clover Hope

    Fountains Of Wayne/Ivy principal Adam Schlesinger and former Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha have signed on to produce a new studio album from enduring soft rock act America. It will be the first from the group, best known for such massive `70s hits as 'Ventura Highway,' 'Sister Golden Hair,' 'Tin Man' and 'A Horse With No Name,' since 1998`s 'Human Nature.'

    Despite having been absent from the pop charts since 1983`s No. 33 hit 'The Border,' America remains a busy touring band. The group will begin a spring North American tour Friday (Jan. 20) in Stafford, Texas, and has dates on tap through late October.

    Schlesinger and Iha have already recorded two songs with the group, one penned by Schlesinger and the other by America`s Gerry Beckley. 'I think it`s going to be really cool,' Schlesinger tells Billboard.com. 'I`m a big fan of the band. They have a lot of cool songs and they pretty much sound the same as they always did.'

    Although specifics are still being determined, the idea is for Schlesinger and Iha to also contribute musically to the new album as needed. 'We`re going to try to ask a bunch of friends to play on it,' Schlesinger says. 'They`ve put out some records [in recent years], but we really want to do something that gets back to sounding like the classic stuff they did. There`s a whole bunch of people our age who love those songs even if they don`t necessarily know they`re by America.'

    Schlesinger is hoping to record at least a portion of the album at Stratosphere Studios in New York, which he co-owns with Iha and Ivy`s Andy Chase. Billboard.com understands America is negotiations to release the as-yet-untitled set via the new Burgundy Records imprint through Sony, which recently made Chaka Khan and Aaron Neville its first signings.

    Thursday, May 11, 2006

    Three shark incidents reported this year on Maui have experts asking . . . Why?

    The Time Machine's own MATTHEW BURGER is also a staff writer for The Maui News in which he reported the following story:


    WAILUKU – Even though shark-related incidents in Maui waters are off to a busy start this year, experts and ocean users say it’s not reason enough to stay out of the water.

    The number of recent shark incidents probably is due to more people in the ocean than anything else, they say. Still some ocean users contend there are more coastal sharks in Maui waters, with one biologist suggesting the number of tiger sharks is up.

    “I would suspect they are slowly reproducing,” said National Marine Fisheries Service biologist John Naughton, who stresses that sharks are an important part of the ocean. “It’s part of the natural ecosystem.”

    Some ocean users agree with Naughton’s assessment.

    “Last year had more sharks than anything else,” said West Maui akule fisherman Felimon Sadang, saying it was tiger sharks that he’d seen.

    Last year, there were five confirmed shark incidents statewide, according to the state Division of Aquatic Resources. This year already has seen four reported shark-related incidents, including three on Maui and one March 5 off Makaha on Oahu.

    But there is no hard evidence their numbers are growing, said Nick Whitney, a specialist with the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology at Coconut Island on Oahu.

    Indeed, spikes in shark-people incidents have been seen in the past, but usually the numbers drop off “with no logical explanation,” he said.

    “Spikes of shark activity are seen internationally,” said Randy Honebrink, a spokesman for the state’s Shark Task Force. “There’s no way to explain it. Then they fall off again.”

    In any event, one experienced diver offers this advice: Use good old common sense before heading out. For instance, don’t go out when the water’s dirty and be aware of what a shark can do.

    “There’s always sharks in the water,” observed Kahului business owner, boater and diver Paul Hanada with a laugh. He’s been diving for 40-plus years and has noticed more sharks in certain areas, but doesn’t think it’s anything out of the ordinary.

    “The ocean is dynamic, it’s always changing.”

    One thing is clear to state officials: Whenever a shark incident is in the news, it’s on people’s minds.

    “They pay more attention, and begin seeing more of them,” said Honebrink.

    Or people think they see more of them. The state set up a shark hot line in the early 1990s for the public to report shark sightings, but “it turned out that the information was pretty useless,” Honebrink said.

    Reports turned out to be “obvious hoaxes” or people mistaking large fish for sharks.

    “The one thing we did notice, as soon as sharks were in the media, the number of calls went up dramatically,” he noted. “That’s part of it.”

    Sadang, who’s been fishing Maui waters for 40 years, says not only are there more tiger sharks now, but that their behavior has changed.

    “Sharks usually eat at night,” he said. “Now you work with them at sunrise, sunset and beyond.

    “Every time we take the boat out, there’s two or three tigers. Sometimes it’s the same ones . . . but now we’re seeing different ones.”

    Akule travel in large schools as they move among the islands, he noted, bringing predators with them in their travels. The school, he said, “comes in a package.”

    The sharks Sadang has seen are smart, even figuring out how to push the floater lines down to get into the net and at the akule.

    “Never underestimate your opponent,” Sadang said, adding that one shark can eat up to 200 pounds of akule.

    While admitting that the sharks know when he’s around by the sound of his gear, Sadang can’t offer up a good reason why he’s noticed more of them.

    “Last year was the most I ever seen,” he said. “I really would like to know why.”

    Another akule fisherman, Robert McGrath, said in general he sees more sharks when he’s spotting from the air. He also hears more stories now from other fishermen about shark encounters.

    “We didn’t have the problem with sharks and fishing six years ago,” McGrath said.

    He said it’s hard to really say for sure why sharks have become a bigger issue when fishing. But he has noticed an increase in tiger shark prey, including green sea turtles.

    “More turtles definitely bring more sharks in,” he said.

    Other ocean goers think more shark sightings are a matter of numbers – on the people side.

    “There’s more people in the water, and they’re less educated about when to be swimming,” said longtime Maui surfer Kevin Ozee, referring to the common no-nos, such as swimming in the early evening or in murky water.

    Sharks “have always been there,” said Ozee, who manages the Neil Pryde Maui surf shop in Kahului. Running into one is simply “being in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

    Another Maui surfer, Dustin Tester, said in her 25 years of surfing on Maui, she’s never seen a shark.

    “And I’m on the ocean every day,” she said, running her surf school, Maui Surfer Girls, mainly on the west side.

    She said she always tries to be informed, and never surfs in the early morning or at dusk or at river mouths. If there are more incidents, she thinks, “It’s more due towards ecological shifts in their environment,” from activities like overfishing.

    According to the Division of Aquatic Resources, which keeps a list of recent confirmed shark incidents at its online site, the number of statewide encounters hit a high of eight in 2002, and a low of zero in 1998. The list, which goes back to 1990, also shows five incidents in 2005, the same as for 1999 and 1992.

    Historically, October, November and March have shown more shark incidents, according to data from 1950 to last year.

    Data from 1970 to 2005 clearly show peaks and valleys in the number of incidents, with encounters steadily rising over time. The Aquatic Resources Web site – www.hawaii.gov/dlnr/dar/ – provides information about sharks in Hawaii, including a list of suggestions for avoiding shark encounters.

    “Many shark encounters probably went unreported in the past,” said Whitney. “But the advent of inexpensive digital cameras and more news coverage means that when there’s a shark encounter today, it gets a lot more attention than it would have just a few years ago.”

    While the state’s human population has grown steadily, no one really knows how the shark population has fared.

    “We don’t know how many sharks are out there,” said Honebrink, a state aquatics specialist. But, he said that “tigers are one of the two most abundant.”

    Whitney, who’s studied sharks off South Maui, adds that sharks’ movements over long distances make it extremely difficult to determine their population.

    “We know that tiger sharks move between islands on a regular basis, and individual sharks may leave the islands altogether for long periods,” he said. “With that much movement, the number of sharks around any given island could fluctuate quite a bit over the course of the year.”

    The green sea turtle theory that more turtles have brought in more sharks “hasn’t been established,” said Honebrink.

    “(Tigers) have a lot of prey, certainly easier prey,” he said, noting that it takes the shark quite a bit of time to get through the turtle’s tough shell.

    Brad Varney, who operates B&B Scuba, said he hasn’t really seen a difference in shark activity over the 18 years he’s been diving off Maui.

    Varney, who dives regularly off Big Beach in Makena where a Kihei teen was bitten in the leg on Feb. 27, and off Makena Landing where the shark-bitten remains of a diver were recovered Feb. 25, said he’s “seen nothing out of the ordinary.”

    The third confirmed incident this year was on Feb. 1, when a large shark bumped against a kayak off Makena while a Maui Dive Shop crew observed the encounter.

    Hanada said it’s important that ocean users remember the water is the shark’s territory.

    “The ocean is so huge,” he said. And the “uncomfortable part is most people can’t see what’s in there.”

    Diving over the years, Hanada said he’s developed a sense for the animal.

    “A lot times, I know the shark is there, but I can’t see him.”

    He’s also had encounters with them.

    “Speared fish, they don’t die instantly, and the sharks pick up on that,” he said. “Sometimes they’re hungry and they get into this different mode, they keep coming around.

    “If you show weakness, if you show strength, they know. I’ve had to show aggression in some instances.”

    Ultimately, he said, “you have to respect the animal for who he is,” he said. “Be aware of what he can do.”

    Hanada said he also is finding fewer fish over his years spearfishing. He blames irresponsible gill netters. “It affects the balance.”

    Honebrink noted that tiger sharks have ample opportunities to bite people but don’t probably because humans are not their normal prey.

    “They know we’re here, they leave us alone. We can’t really explain why they bite,” he added. “When they do, most of the time they realize it’s a mistake.”

    He cited an incident in Aug. 15, 2000, when a French windsurfer was bitten in the leg off Kanaha Beach Park.

    “He was out there for 45 minutes bleeding after the bite” before help arrived, Honebrink said. “The shark never came back.”

    For those worried about sharks, scuba diver Brad Varney offers basic advice:

    “Stick your finger in the water, and if it tastes like saltwater, there’s probably sharks in there.”



    Matt Burger also reported the story below for The Maui News.


    Great white spotted off Molokini in 2005

    By MATTHEW BURGER, Staff Writer

    Two scuba divers who noticed a huge shape heading toward them in 40 feet of water off Molokini last year also had a camera, which allowed them to document their encounter with one of the most feared animals in the sea.

    “At first, I thought it was a baby whale” because it was so large, said diving guide Blesi Varney.

    As it got closer, Varney said, “I knew it was a big shark but wasn’t sure what kind. The great white was never on my mind ’cause they don’t come here.”

    It turned out the encounter on Jan. 4, 2005, would become the third confirmed sighting of a great white shark in Hawaii waters since 1985, while setting the stage for two more sightings since the Molokini incident.

    A great white in Hawaii is “very rare,” said marine biologist John Naughton. “Generally, large sharks here are tigers.”

    At the time, Varney and customer Jon Chakerian were wrapping up their dive at the reef’s end mooring at Molokini and were about 50 feet from their boat. When the animal appeared from the depths below, Varney said Chakerian, who had the camera, started taking pictures as both divers went to the bottom while keeping an eye on the shark.

    “He hovered over us for two or three seconds, 15 feet above us, which is a plenty long time,” Varney said. “Jon was going to take more pictures but then decided to wait to see what the shark would do.”

    It then turned around and swam away into the open ocean.

    Afterward, it took researchers in California and Australia to confirm the animal was, indeed, a great white, one of the biggest and most feared of sharks.

    “The state was skeptical at first” that it was a great white, said Brad Varney, who together with his wife, Blesi, owns B&B Scuba. State fisheries biologists suggested at first it might be a long-fin mako, a species that grows up to 14 feet and is considered rare in Hawaii.

    “They obviously wanted to err on the side of caution,” Brad Varney said.

    Naughton said since the Molokini encounter, there have been two more confirmed sightings in Hawaii with photographs and/or video – one Dec. 28 off Haleiwa on Oahu and the other Jan. 27 off North Kona.

    The earlier sightings were in very deep water by a University of Hawaii research sub in 2002 and in 2004.

    Naughton, who works with the National Marine Fisheries Service of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), said it’s commonly known that great whites visit Hawaii from December to late summer.

    “We’ve known they’ve been coming out here,” he said, adding that he’s tracked since 2000 about nine good sightings from reliable sources.

    For comparison’s sake, the NOAA reported in 2005 that from 1926 to 1985, there were only eight confirmed great white sightings in Hawaii. Since 1985, there have been five (a confirmed sighting means a positive identification was made through either photos or teeth).

    Naughton said the recent uptick in sightings is most likely a combination of more people in the water with cameras and a slowly growing great white population. The animal now is protected in many parts of the world.

    “White sharks were decimated before,” he said. “We realize now they’re just a valuable resource.”

    Naughton stressed that people have nothing to fear from great whites, since they stay mostly in deeper water. He advised simply following the basic rules – like not swimming at dawn or dusk and with open wounds.

    “Great whites are just a magnificent, big animal.”

    Mandi Seekings Gives Thanks


    Thanks to Paul Douglas and Michael McCartney for making my day!

    I had 2 in-studio radio interviews today...one with Paul Douglas at KPOA, and another with Michael McCartney at 91.5 Mana'o Radio. I was wrong earlier about it being on 105.5....Sorry guys! Both were SOOO much fun, and both of them played ALL 4 OF MY SONGS! Including "When I Dream of You" which up until today, was virgin to radio waves. Thank you SOOO much guys, for letting me come on your shows! I'll post audio for both interviews as soon as I get copies of them.


    I will be on Wild 105.5 this Tuesday at 7:00p.m for Michael McCartney and Summer Blue's show...I'm gonna hang out and take up their air time lol. It was really nice of Michael to invite me to his other show, I'm really looking forward to it. :)

    Also, anyone in Kihei this Monday night should come stop by at Life's a Beach for Open Mic Night with Adam. :) I had a really good time last week when I was there, I'm excited to go back. Hopefully I'll get to sing with Adam more this time, I enjoyed that alot, :) So I hope to see you guys there if you can make it! :)

    More News Coming Soon! There always seem to be new developments in my world. :)

    Much Love,
    Mandi


    Posted by Mandi Seekings

    Mandi Seekings on My Space Music

    Cori Yarckin Praises KPMW WILD 105.5 and KEAO FM Mana'o Radio



    So the CD's been out for about three weeks now and I just wanted to say that I couldn't be happier. I've gotten such good responses from everyone on it and even better, I've sold a copy or two. :) I have to say how grateful I am to all of my new friends and fans for supporting me. (GRATITUDE baby!) Being an indie artist in this business is not easy and I need all the help I can get. I have to give a huge shout out to Michael McCartney over at Wild 105.5 and KEAO radio in Hawaii. My man's put me on full-rotation on two stations there and that in itself is a miracle. Now I just gotta get a few more to pick it up and I'll be on my way (*wink, wink*). Thanks again to everyone out there for listening and liking what I do. I can only go up from here and I hope that you guys are all on for the ride. :)

    Take care,
    Cori


    Posted by Cori Yarckin

    www.coriyarckin.com

    Cori Yarckin on My Space Music


    HERE ARE SOME OF CORI'S MOST RECENT APPEARANCES


    The Road to Stardom with Missy Elliott – UPN – 1/5/05 until 3/2/05.

    Winner of the AOL First Break Contest. AOL acoustic segment on line now

    National Lampoon College Networks/AV Squad acoustic performance online now

    ON STAGE

    American Airlines Arena/Miami Heat Summer Slam

    Madison Square Gardens/New York City

    6 Flags Kentucky Kingdom

    4th Street Live!/Louisville, KY

    Palm Casino Resort/Las Vegas

    The Social/Orlando

    Margaritaville/Negril, Jamaica

    SeaWorld/Orlando

    Paramount Theater/St. Cloud, MN

    Harper’s Ferry/Boston

    Abiline’s/Philadelphia

    The Back Booth/Orlando

    Kenny’s Castaway/NYC

    Ranch Bowl/Omaha

    Rusty Rudder/Dewey Beach, DE

    The Lighthouse/Dewey Beach, DE

    Readers’ Digest QSP Tour

    Paramount Theater/St. Cloud, MN

    House of Blues/Orlando

    Seventeen Magazine Rock Your Prom Tour

    Hard Rock Live/Orlando

    Seventeen Magazine Model Search/headline

    Hard Rock Cafe's Velvet Underground/Atlanta

    WAZY Taste of Tippecanoe/Lafayette, IN

    Earthlink Live @ Center Stage/Atlanta, GA

    Grand Cayman Island

    Masquerade/Tampa, FL
    Many, many others…………….


    Jimmy Robertson Landry produced all the songs on Cori's album, "Ringing in my Head.". It was mastered by Adam Ayan of Gateway Mastering.

    IN STUDIO (Producers and writers)

    Brandon Barnes
    Kara DioGuardi
    Brad Young
    Elsten Torres
    Trey Bruce
    Dennis Matkosk
    Jodi Marr Noize Trip
    Malcolm Springer
    Chris Peters
    Greg Archilla
    Adam Wesley
    Brett Hestla
    Dow Brain Santi White
    Drew Peters
    Shitake Monkey
    Randy Cantor
    Jerome Brailey
    Melissa Mattey
    Chris Trevett Jimmy Robertson Landry
    Dru Rogers
    Andrew Lane
    Billy Chapin
    J.D. Charlton
    Charlie Broco
    Others….



    ON CAMERA

    “The Road to Stardom with Missy Elliott”/cast member

    Starring role, Camille, “Noah Knows Best”/Nickelodeon

    The Truth Campaign’s TV and theater commercial, “Focus on the Positive.” Shown on television and in major theaters.

    Featured player “Making the Band”/ABC-TV

    “Sebastian’s Caribbean Jamboree”/Disney Channel

    Universal Studios Promos

    Tractor Supply Co./National commercial

    Burdines/Florida

    Various national and regional commercials.

    IN THE MAGAZINES

    People, Seventeen, Popstar!, Teen Beat, Tiger Beat, Teen Celebrity, Total Access, Backstage Pass & others.

    EXTRAS

    Miss Showbiz

    National Dance Champion

    Orlando Opera Company



    Management: Allan Greene

    GreeneHouse Management, Inc.

    email: CoriMail@mindspring.com




    Legal: Matt Greenberg
    Greenberg Traurig
    New York, NY 10019


    Booking: Andrew Goodfriend
    The Agency Group Limited
    310.385.2800
    andrewgoodfriend@theagencygroup.com

    Sunday, May 07, 2006

    The "Art' Of Artifice


    It really is hard for consumers to descern true art from "product" these days. It's a "producers" world and most of the people that produce music don't know anything about it. Where are the Ahmet Ertegans and Tom Dowds of the future gonna come from? Luckily there are a few Rick Rubin and Daniel Lanois out there. Thank God for the Dixie Chicks! Saving the SOUL of country music! Otherwise; it would all be this jingoistic, misguided Toby Keith nonsense. Johnny Cash wore black for a reason! Didn't he?

    Posted by Maui musician Dave Carroll who is ready to take the stones thrown at him by Toby Keith fans. You do realise that the stone throwing is a metaphor for angry words? Just checking. Music listening is always a subjective experience.

    Be sure to catch Dave Carroll perform every Tuesday night on Maui at Cool Cats in Lahaina.



    Music World Loses Grant McLennan and Paul A. Caruso Jr.

    Two recent losses to the music world.

    Singer-songwriter Grant McLennan and member of The Go-Betweens.

    On Saturday 6th May 2006, legendary Australian singer-songwriter and member of
    The Go-Betweens Grant McLennan died in his sleep at his home in Brisbane.

    He will be deeply missed by all who knew him, whether personally or through his music.


    6th May 2006



    Grant McLennan
    On Saturday 6th May, legendary Australian singer songwriter Grant W McLennan died in his sleep at his home in Brisbane.

    McLennan was one of Australia’s greatest songwriters who created an outstanding musical legacy as a founder member of The Go-Betweens and as a solo artist. He was enjoying enormous acclaim for the band’s most recent album Oceans Apart, which has received five star reviews around the world and won a prestigious ARIA award.

    McLennan was born in Rockhampton, Queensland on 12th February 1958. While attending university in Brisbane he met fellow student Robert Forster and together they formed The Go-Betweens. After releasing a string of singles the band recorded their debut album, Send Me A Lullaby, in 1981. The Go-Betweens recorded a series of exceptional albums that achieved widespread critical acclaim and were fundamental in bringing Australian music to a global audience. He was an unparalleled lyricist and a prolific and meticulous composer. His auto-biographical masterpiece ‘Cattle and Cane’ was recently voted by the Australian Performing Rights Association as one of the ten greatest Australian songs of all time.

    In 1989 The Go-Betweens took a ten year sabbatical and McLennan recorded four powerful solo albums including the vivacious debut Watershed and the epic Horsebreaker Star as well as forming satellite groups like Jack Frost with Steve Kilbey of The Church and The Far Out Corporation with Ian Haug of Powderfinger.

    When Robert Forster and Grant McLennan reformed The Go-Betweens in 2000, the band was greeted with adulation by a new generation of musicians like Belle and Sebastian, for whom their songs had been an inspirational teenage soundtrack. The three albums the band subsequently released were universally acknowledged as containing some of McLennan’s greatest compositions.

    McLennan was a passionate supporter of the arts, extremely well-read and maintained a keen interest in all contemporary music, cinema and visual art. He was an exceptionally charming and polite man who endeared himself to everyone who met him and was one of the rare individuals worthy of the epithet ‘larger than life’.

    His singular contribution to music and his commitment to his craft simply cannot be overstated. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him. He is survived by his mother, sister, brother, girlfriend Emma, bandmates Adele Pickvance and Glenn Thompson and lifetime musical colleague and friend Robert Forster.

    Bernard MacMahon, Lo-Max Records, 6th May 2006



    www.go-betweens.net



    From The Boston Globe


    By Bryan Marquard and Steve Morse, Globe Correspondent

    May 6, 2006


    Paul A. Caruso Jr.

    Drummer balanced rock music with life



    A year ago last night, Paul A. Caruso Jr. was on ''Late Night With Conan O'Brien," playing drums behind his friend and neighbor Joe Perry.

    For many rock 'n' roll musicians who cut their teeth in the Boston club scene of the 1970s, the chance to perform with Aerosmith's lead guitarist on national television might be a suitable career finale. For Mr. Caruso, it was more of a grace note.

    A gifted drummer who could play several instruments, Mr. Caruso could take the power of rock music and mold it into something prayerful and use his spiritual grounding to make his rock drumming more powerful. He was as comfortable playing in the front of a church as he was before cheering rock fans.

    ''He was able to balance these worlds," said Dan Burns, a longtime friend who attended Holy Family Church in Duxbury with Mr. Caruso.

    ''Paul was one of the very few people who was not swept up in the Aerosmith glamour, or the perceived glamour," Perry said yesterday. ''He was pretty matter of fact. He just loved to make music."

    Mr. Caruso, who coproduced and played drums on ''Mercy," a Perry instrumental that was nominated for a Grammy Award, collapsed in his Kingston house Wednesday and died. He was 50. The family is awaiting results of tests to determine the cause of death.

    ''I'm in shock about it," said Perry, who had planned to work with Mr. Caruso in a studio on Monday. ''He was the engineer in my studio and worked with me on my whole solo record last year. I've known him for 18 years, ever since I moved to Duxbury. . . . His presence will be more than sorely missed in our neck of the woods. He was a good friend and a great musician."

    Mr. Caruso grew up in East Boston and Revere, where he helped formed Sass, a power trio. In 1979 he went to meet with The Atlantics when the band was looking for a new drummer.

    ''He walked in, and he was very sharp," said Tom Hauck of Gloucester, who was a guitarist with the band. ''He had on a summer-weight sports jacket and sunglasses, and he looked like a million bucks. He started playing, and it was instant chemistry."

    Valued for his musicianship and his ear for how a song should sound, Mr. Caruso helped shape ''Lonely Hearts," perhaps the band's best-known single.

    ''He had wonderful technical skill for a rock drummer," Hauck said. ''He had a light touch when he needed it, and he could play very loudly and very powerfully. He had a musicality about him that came through in his drumming. And he sang high harmonies for The Atlantics -- he had a beautiful voice."

    Mr. Caruso also had a maturity that was rare in any rock music scene.

    ''He was a consummate diplomat," Hauck said. ''He really knew how to work with other people and make them feel at ease. He was the opposite of the quintessential rock star."

    The Atlantics split up in 1983, and Mr. Caruso moved a couple of years later to Kingston, where he built Bay Farm Sound Studio as part of his house. He and his wife, Susan, had two sons and had been a couple for about 30 years, since they met at a fashion show.

    ''He was just very grounded here," she said. ''He loved his family and was just a great dad."

    In his studio, Mr. Caruso worked with a variety of musicians, some well-known, others less so. He treated them all with respect and dignity, whether the musician was his neighbor Perry, part of the rock 'n' roll firmament, or a teenager he was encouraging to sing as part of the youth music program at St. Mary's Church in Hanover.

    ''He was a great perfectionist, but he would really bring the best out of everybody," Burns said. ''He had the ability to do that without being browbeating or overbearing. He would do it by encouraging. He would affirm you."

    Mr. Caruso's musical association with Perry began after they became neighbors.

    ''One day he just went over, and they hit it off," his wife said.

    The two were both adept at many instruments. When Perry released his eponymous album last year, he played all the instruments, except drums, which Mr. Caruso played.

    The two also shared producing duties on the album. Among the tracks was ''Mercy," which was nominated for a Grammy as best rock instrumental performance, but did not win at the ceremony in February.

    Mr. Caruso also was an engineer on two Aerosmith albums, ''Just Push Play" in 2001 and ''Honkin' on Bobo" in 2004.

    ''He was active in any engineering aspect in the last four to five years since we've been recording on the South Shore," Perry said.

    Mr. Caruso was rare, Perry said, in that his experience bridged the time from when studios recorded on tape to the current era of digital sound and computers.

    ''And he was a slamming drummer," Perry said. ''He also had formal music training, which is rare in the rock 'n' roll world. He could sit down and play any kind of music, but he loved to rock."

    Unlike many who long for the rock lifestyle of excess, though, Mr. Caruso was more at home at his home -- and at church.

    ''He had a very deep faith, which I think influenced his whole life," his wife said.

    ''His faith is so much a part of his life," said Burns, who lives in Duxbury. ''He had this incredible desire -- and we talked about it often -- to use his talents and gifts to feed the spiritual life."

    In addition to his wife, Mr. Caruso leaves two sons, Christian and Zachary; his father, Paul Caruso Sr. of Winchester; and his mother, Claire Nye of Weymouth.

    A funeral Mass will be said at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Holy Family Church in Duxbury.

    "Related" Theme from The Veronicas


    The Time Machine Crew has been hooked on another show that the WB will most likely cancel since UPN and WB will become one network this fall as the CW. As usual, on most shows that end up getting the axe in the last few years, this season ended with a cliff hanger which means we will never know what happened. If this show never crossed your path in television viewing, we won't bore you with the specifics of why the entire staff enjoyed the show. All you need to know is that it's an hour long comedy about four sisters (and their widowed father) and their various relationship scenarios and how the family bond mixes in. Okay...it's really what the television industry likes to refer to as a "dramedy". We just wanted an excuse to put up the lyrics to the theme song sung by The Veronicas. Are the lines in the song universal even if someone didn't come from a familiar family situation? We think so and since the song doesn't appear on their debut release here in America, we wanted to post the words before we all forgot them. As most theme songs go, there doesn't appear to be an official title, although there has been much speculation online that it is either called "Shut Up" or "I Hate You / I Love You".

    Theme from "Related"

    I hate you.
    I love you.
    You know too much about me.
    I have to just kill you but then who'll tell me how to live?
    Don't tell me how to live.
    Just tell me I'm alright.
    Just shut up.
    Why do I ask you anyway?


    Music by Michael Skloff


    The talented cast of RELATED; Jennifer Esposito, Kiele Sanchez, Lizzy Caplan, Laura Breckenridge, Callum Blue (who we suspect is the voice of the gecko in the Geico commercials unless it's still being done by Richard Steven Horvitz), Tom Irwin, Christine Ebersole, Dan Futterman and Dana Delany. The series has had some wonderful directors including; Mimi Leder, Martha Coolidge and Joanna Kerns. The show was created by composer Michael Skloff's wife Marta Kauffman ("Friends") and Liz Tuccillo ("Sex In The City").


    Friday, May 05, 2006

    Stephen Colbert's White House Correspondents Dinner Speech


    The video was removed from the Editor and Publisher site but here is a transcript of Stephen Colbert's WHCA Speech: You Be the Judge

    By E&P Staff

    Published: May 04, 2006 10:25 AM ET

    NEW YORK Four days after the event, the controversy over Stephen Colbert's routine at the White House Correspondents Dinner on Saturday night -- and the media's reaction to it -- continues to build, with followup stories in The New York Times, Los Angeles, and dozens of other places, including MTV.com.

    E&P published the first account of the affair on Saturday night, and has presented numerous stories -- and dozens of letters to the editor -- since. But you be the judge. Here is a transcript of his speech, delivered in his usual faux-Bill O'Reilly voice. It closed with a video segment, not transcribed here.

    ***

    COLBERT: Wow, what an honor. The White House Correspondents' Dinner. To actually sit here, at the same table with my hero, George W. Bush, to be this close to the man. I feel like I'm dreaming. Somebody pinch me. You know what? I'm a pretty sound sleeper -- that may not be enough. Somebody shoot me in the face.

    Is he really not here tonight? Dammit. The one guy who could have helped.

    By the way, before I get started, if anybody needs anything else at their tables, just speak slowly and clearly into your table numbers. Somebody from the NSA will be right over with a cocktail.

    Mark Smith, ladies and gentlemen of the press corps, Madame First Lady, Mr. President, my name is Stephen Colbert and tonight it's my privilege to celebrate this president. We're not so different, he and I. We get it. We're not brainiacs on the nerd patrol. We're not members of the factinista. We go straight from the gut, right sir? That's where the truth lies, right down here in the gut. Do you know you have more nerve endings in your gut than you have in your head? You can look it up.

    I know some of you are going to say "I did look it up, and that's not true." That's 'cause you looked it up in a book. Next time, look it up in your gut. I did. My gut tells me that's how our nervous system works. Every night on my show, the Colbert Report, I speak straight from the gut, OK? I give people the truth, unfiltered by rational argument. I call it the "No Fact Zone." Fox News, I hold a copyright on that term.

    I'm a simple man with a simple mind. I hold a simple set of beliefs that I live by. Number one, I believe in America. I believe it exists. My gut tells me I live there. I feel that it extends from the Atlantic to the Pacific, and I strongly believe it has 50 states. And I cannot wait to see how the Washington Post spins that one tomorrow.

    Ambassador Zhou Wenzhong, welcome. Your great country makes our Happy Meals possible. I said it's a celebration. I believe the government that governs best is the government that governs least. And by these standards, we have set up a fabulous government in Iraq.

    I believe in pulling yourself up by your own bootstraps. I believe it is possible -- I saw this guy do it once in Cirque du Soleil. It was magical. And though I am a committed Christian, I believe that everyone has the right to their own religion, be you Hindu, Jewish or Muslim. I believe there are infinite paths to accepting Jesus Christ as your personal savior.

    Ladies and gentlemen, I believe it's yogurt. But I refuse to believe it's not butter. Most of all, I believe in this president.

    Now, I know there are some polls out there saying this man has a 32% approval rating. But guys like us, we don't pay attention to the polls. We know that polls are just a collection of statistics that reflect what people are thinking in "reality." And reality has a well-known liberal bias.

    So, Mr. President, please, pay no attention to the people that say the glass is half full. Sir, pay no attention to the people who say the glass is half empty, because 32% means it's 2/3 empty. There's still some liquid in that glass is my point, but I wouldn't drink it. The last third is usually backwash.

    Okay, look, folks, my point is that I don't believe this is a low point in this presidency. I believe it is just a lull before a comeback. I mean, it's like the movie "Rocky." All right. The president in this case is Rocky Balboa and Apollo Creed is -- everything else in the world. It's the tenth round. He's bloodied. His corner man, Mick, who in this case I guess would be the vice president, he's yelling, "Cut me, Dick, cut me!," and every time he falls everyone says, "Stay down! Stay down!" Does he stay down? No. Like Rocky, he gets back up, and in the end he -- actually, he loses in the first movie.

    OK. Doesn't matter. The point is it is the heart-warming story of a man who was repeatedly punched in the face. So don't pay attention to the approval ratings that say 68% of Americans disapprove of the job this man is doing. I ask you this, does that not also logically mean that 68% approve of the job he's not doing? Think about it. I haven't.

    I stand by this man. I stand by this man because he stands for things. Not only for things, he stands on things. Things like aircraft carriers and rubble and recently flooded city squares. And that sends a strong message, that no matter what happens to America, she will always rebound -- with the most powerfully staged photo ops in the world.

    Now, there may be an energy crisis. This president has a very forward-thinking energy policy. Why do you think he's down on the ranch cutting that brush all the time? He's trying to create an alternative energy source. By 2008 we will have a mesquite-powered car!

    And I just like the guy. He's a good Joe. Obviously loves his wife, calls her his better half. And polls show America agrees. She's a true lady and a wonderful woman. But I just have one beef, ma'am. I'm sorry, but this reading initiative. I'm sorry, I've never been a fan of books. I don't trust them. They're all fact, no heart. I mean, they're elitist, telling us what is or isn't true, or what did or didn't happen. Who's Britannica to tell me the Panama Canal was built in 1914? If I want to say it was built in 1941, that's my right as an American! I'm with the president, let history decide what did or did not happen.

    The greatest thing about this man is he's steady. You know where he stands. He believes the same thing Wednesday that he believed on Monday, no matter what happened Tuesday. Events can change; this man's beliefs never will.

    As excited as I am to be here with the president, I am appalled to be surrounded by the liberal media that is destroying America, with the exception of Fox News. Fox News gives you both sides of every story: the president's side, and the vice president's side.

    But the rest of you, what are you thinking, reporting on NSA wiretapping or secret prisons in eastern Europe? Those things are secret for a very important reason: they're super-depressing. And if that's your goal, well, misery accomplished.

    Over the last five years you people were so good -- over tax cuts, WMD intelligence, the effect of global warming. We Americans didn't want to know, and you had the courtesy not to try to find out. Those were good times, as far as we knew.

    But, listen, let's review the rules. Here's how it works: the president makes decisions. He's the Decider. The press secretary announces those decisions, and you people of the press type those decisions down. Make, announce, type. Just put 'em through a spell check and go home. Get to know your family again. Make love to your wife. Write that novel you got kicking around in your head. You know, the one about the intrepid Washington reporter with the courage to stand up to the administration. You know - fiction!

    Because really, what incentive do these people have to answer your questions, after all? I mean, nothing satisfies you. Everybody asks for personnel changes. So the White House has personnel changes. Then you write, "Oh, they're just rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic." First of all, that is a terrible metaphor. This administration is not sinking. This administration is soaring. If anything, they are rearranging the deck chairs on the Hindenburg!

    Now, it's not all bad guys out there. Some are heroes: Christopher Buckley, Jeff Sacks, Ken Burns, Bob Schieffer. They've all been on my show. By the way, Mr. President, thank you for agreeing to be on my show. I was just as shocked as everyone here is, I promise you. How's Tuesday for you? I've got Frank Rich, but we can bump him. And I mean bump him. I know a guy. Say the word.

    See who we've got here tonight. General Moseley, Air Force Chief of Staff. General Peter Pace, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. They still support Rumsfeld. Right, you guys aren't retired yet, right? Right, they still support Rumsfeld.

    Look, by the way, I've got a theory about how to handle these retired generals causing all this trouble: don't let them retire! Come on, we've got a stop-loss program; let's use it on these guys. I've seen Zinni and that crowd on Wolf Blitzer. If you're strong enough to go on one of those pundit shows, you can stand on a bank of computers and order men into battle. Come on.

    Jesse Jackson is here, the Reverend. Haven't heard from the Reverend in a little while. I had him on the show. Very interesting and challenging interview. You can ask him anything, but he's going to say what he wants, at the pace that he wants. It's like boxing a glacier. Enjoy that metaphor, by the way, because your grandchildren will have no idea what a glacier is.

    John McCain is here. John McCain, John McCain, what a maverick! Somebody find out what fork he used on his salad, because I guarantee you it wasn't a salad fork. This guy could have used a spoon! There's no predicting him. By the way, Senator McCain, it's so wonderful to see you coming back into the Republican fold. I have a summer house in South Carolina; look me up when you go to speak at Bob Jones University. So glad you've seen the light, sir.

    Mayor Nagin! Mayor Nagin is here from New Orleans, the chocolate city! Yeah, give it up. Mayor Nagin, I'd like to welcome you to Washington, D.C., the chocolate city with a marshmallow center. And a graham cracker crust of corruption. It's a Mallomar, I guess is what I'm describing.

    Joe Wilson is here, Joe Wilson right down here in front, the most famous husband since Desi Arnaz. And of course he brought along his lovely wife Valerie Plame. Oh, my god! Oh, what have I said? [looks horrified] I am sorry, Mr. President, I meant to say he brought along "Joe Wilson's wife. "Patrick Fitzgerald is not here tonight? OK. Dodged a bullet.

    And, of course, we can't forget the man of the hour, new press secretary, Tony Snow. Secret Service name, "Snow Job." Toughest job. What a hero! Took the second toughest job in government, next to, of course, the ambassador to Iraq.

    Got some big shoes to fill, Tony. Big shoes to fill. Scott McClellan could say nothing like nobody else.



    Wednesday, May 03, 2006

    Smarter Than The Hammer...Neil Young


    I once asked a master carpenter what it took to become a great craftsman? and he said "first; it helps if you're smarter than the hammer" - funny guy. Neil Young is, and has always been smarter than the business he is in. One of my biggest regrets is the music that CSN&Y didn't make. But; I met Stephen Stills once...I understand why Neil couldn't hang. Probably the best evidence of Neil's genius is the fact that ClearChannel sponsored his GREENDALE tour. A better metaphor than Greendale for the horror of Corporate control of ART and TRUTH has never been made. And he got that souless corporation to pay for it. - Smarter than the hammer.

    Posted by Maui musician Dave Carroll

    Be sure to catch Dave Carroll perform every Tuesday night on Maui at Cool Cats in Lahaina.



    Courtney Jaye and Saturn Return...




    l.a., l.a., l.a....i am back and i am cold.

    i don't know if i would be able to survive this city without urth cafe, the olympic japanese bath house and day spa, kishan shah; my favorite yoga instructor at santa monica yoga, therapy, and all of my good old friends...

    but what happened to the chateau marmont? where did my hang go? why did i feel like i was in the casting offices of nickelodeon last night and courtney love was the casting director? somebody tell me, please...???

    sometimes i walk into places in la and i get a brief feeling that i may be on another planet, or at least it feels that way sometimes...and i don't know whether it is a really wacky and fun planet, like the "star wars" bar...what was that place called? i forget the name of it right now...or i don't know if i should be scared and completely terrified, because i did see that movie when i was a kid and those creatures always freaked me out...

    maybe it is a little bit of both...but la (and life for that matter) is all about what you make it, and who you choose to surround yourself with...and for me, i happen to have been very fortunate in finding all of the gems in this city...there are alot of good folks here and i am proud to say i know alot of them...

    BUT, there is much going on and there are many things to be excited about...i flew to minneapolis last weekend to record a "duet" old school style with the gorgeous and talented rhett miller, the record is beginning to get mixed this week(one of my favorite parts of the record making process, especially for a control freak such as i;), i get to see my producer gary louris play at the troubadour tomorrow night and i will finally be making my way to the 'ashes and snow' art exhibit that i have been hearing about for months...the joys of the big city...

    i've been listening to alot of jayhawks lately actually...i am also in love with the racontuers new single and i think brendan benson is about to make it big, and can i say it is about fucking time? that dude is just way too hot and cool to go unrecognized by the world...

    everybody go and buy the new jenny lewis and the watson twins record...it is beauty wrapped in a plastic case...pure beauty...

    have i mentioned that i am in my saturn return? does everyone know what that means? well, i bet you do if you have gone through your saturn return b/c it has been referred to as hell in moments and complete bliss in others...i don't quite understand the logistics of it all...like, where has saturn been and why is it returning right NOW?

    i guess it is safe to say that saturn return is the years in which you officially make the transition into adulthood, and are forced to go into your fears, childhood memories, patterns, and projections that have been mounting up since birth, forcing you to take full responsibility for your life and your past actions, who you have become as a human, and where you are going...let me tell you, self realization is not fun...it is like all of the shit you throw out into the world for 28 years comes and hits your windshield while you are driving on the highway at 80 mph...no, it ain't fun but it is real. and i know enough to know that i only want what is real in my life...real friends, real conversation, real love...i am sick of the bullshit...i am sick of the avoidance...i am sick of trying to tell myself everything is going to be ok because the truth is, i don't KNOW if everything is going to be ok...what if it is not? what then? i won't explode, i won't die...i will survive, but the key is not to deny myself the right to feel my true feelings....and sometime true feelings suck...well most of the time, they suck, but the only way to clear the negative is to go through it, not avoid it...

    i have never felt so powerful and so weak at the same time, sometimes all in the same day...it is absolutely wild, the transition that is going on from day to day...i have always been told that saturn return for a woman is when she goes wild and crazy but i think it is the opposite for me...i mean, i am going crazy in my brain but amidst this chaos, what is emerging is a human being who is learing how to be still, mellow, truly confident(not the fake kind) and able to feel peace in life(even if it is only for three minutes at the end of yoga class when i am in sevasana), and most importantly(and no bullshit my friends), i am learning how to like the person that i am...whoa, there, i said it...being real is about having to go through the dark to see the light...well, that's where i'm headed...will i make it? i don't know, but at least i will die trying.

    goodnight dears,
    courtney




    Posted by Courtney Jaye


    Courtney's music has had a home on our playlists and in our hearts since her debut release. Be sure to pick up a copy of her first album, "Traveling Light" and keep an eye peeled out for CJ's upcoming release. Get a sampling of what she's been up to lately at Courtney Jaye's MySpace Music Profile





    The Time Machine



    I'm so taken back by your honesty that I now feel silly telling you that what you were trying to come up with was the Cantina Bar. I've been living with that Jenny Lewis & The Watson Twins album for the past month and it is hard to shake (even "Handle With Care" which has already been in my DNA since 1988). You scribed, "I have never felt so powerful and so weak at the same time, sometimes all in the same day" hits the nail right on the head on my daily trials and tribulations. You also wrote, "being real is about having to go through the dark to see the light" which is something that most people don't want to hear. It's a blessing when someone points it out. Bless you Court...


    Tuesday, May 02, 2006

    Summer Days and Summer Nights 2005



    Denyne



    September 5, 2005 2:01 AM

    What a lucky guy!! heh :)



    Da Worm



    September 5, 2005 2:01 AM

    Pimpin aint EAZY !!!



    Yana



    September 5, 2005 2:06 AM

    Mike....Oh so you say your helping your sister? Looks like your doing a fantastic job! Keep up the good work! *wink*




    Sarah



    September 6, 2005 4:09 PM

    Hey! I know these people =)

    I love love LOVE this picture!!




    Courtney



    September 7, 2005 7:22 PM

    Hottest picture ever!! Man you look like you're having fun!!!




    WiLD 105.5



    September 8, 2005 1:03 PM

    Damn...Hook a brotha' up!!! That's it I'm going to Vegas with you next time....




    Jeff



    September 9, 2005 1:42 PM

    How inconsiderate. Let the man have some space! :)




    Just Megan



    October 23, 2005 8:00 PM

    This needs no caption, but if it had one, it could read: "in my glory!"...haha! :)




    Starr Saunders



    October 24, 2005 3:07 PM

    That's *MR* McCartney.... :)




    Deron



    October 24, 2005 8:47 PM

    Mike's gonna wake up any second now.........any second now........any...hey, this is real. *gasp*




    Pop Slavery



    October 26, 2005 6:32 PM

    What a tough life!! It's a dirty job, but someone's got to do it.




    Brendan



    December 23, 2005 4:11 PM

    I love photo shop.




    ist



    February 1, 2006 4:34 AM

    Right... I'm IN a band... How come I don't get this kind of attention?




    Courtney Jaye



    May 7, 2006 2:20 PM

    It looks like the words you are saying to yourself right now are:"I'm KIND OF a big deal..." love it :) ciao...