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    Tuesday, October 31, 2006

    Anya Marina

    One of our most played artists and definately one of our favorite guests on "The Time Machine", singer-songwriter Anya Marina had a fun interview appear recently on the site

    “I had a lady call me a slut and a whore before I played my first note.”

    Strange Wave Of Chaos

    By Michael Hemmingson

    Anya Marina keeps busy. Weekdays (9 a.m. to 2 p.m.), she's a DJ on 94.9 FM.; on weekends she's performing at venues from San Diego and Los Angeles to Portland.

    She once went to Hollywood to try her hand at acting and later found herself in San Diego. It's here that she composed the songs that would make up her debut CD, Miss Halfway, the title track of which has been featured on Grey's Anatomy.

    "Richard Dreyfuss once told my acting class, 'You're never as bad as you thought you were, and you're never as good as you thought you were,' " Anya muses, "which has served useful to me after many a show. If you're a musician who is constantly thinking you just changed the world with your set, it keeps your ego in check; if you err more on the pessimistic side of things, then it also keeps you from going too far into the bad place."


    "Figuring out how to achieve that magical moment where everything clicks and something extraordinary happens...when all the songs are sounding good, and I am able to ride that strange wave of chaos, and it's somewhat effortless. You have to harness the energy of the audience and use it to charge your set and maybe even your demeanor. There are so many factors at work during a show -- audience, you, your confidence level, your preparedness, the actual music, the inter-song banter, the band, the monitors, the mix. Sometimes everything technical can be fine, but one thing can topple the whole house of cards. Sometimes you are so prepared and ready and the audience will just be dead or tired or too chatty or timid. Sometimes you don't prepare at all, and it's the best show you've ever had. I still don't entirely understand it -- there is no equation to guarantee a great show."


    "All of my guitars are special. Sadie was my first Taylor -- 312 CE -- named after the Beatles' 'Sexy Sadie,' of course. Then I have a baby Taylor that has been held hostage in Greg Laswell's living room. His name is Lil Bow Wow because he is small and brown and produces a nice, warm sound. Then there is the guitar I play most often, which is a koa Taylor guitar. I don't know the exact model, K-12 or something, but it just has the best tone and action and everything. I can't figure out if the guitar seems more male or female, so I gave it an androgynous name, Parker -- after Parker Posey. All my Taylors were gifts from an ex-boyfriend so they sort of have memories in them of that whole time. Right now, though, I am crushing hard on my latest purchase. It's a 1968 Gibson hollowbody, and it sounds amazing. It needed a bunch of work, though, to be playable on a regular basis, and I have to thank Bill at Buffalo Brothers, and especially Fred at the Repair Zone, who has spent almost as much time with her as I have. She is Zooey, after the Salinger story and Zooey Deschanel."


    "I am freaking out over the new Inara George project, The Bird and the Bee. It's got this whole '60s Swingle-Singers-meets-the-Postal-Service vibe to it. I am also in love with Emily Haines & the Soft Skeleton, Knives Don't Have Your Back. Emily is in Metric, but she just kills it on this solo album. She is so fucking brilliant with her harmonies and her totally understated, perfect voice. Her late father was a poet, and you can tell he influenced her work a lot."


    "I have had weird things happen at gigs, like Shaun Cassidy coming up to sing the 'lick my pussy' part of a song I used to do eons ago. I had a lady call me a slut and a whore before I played my first note. Then she threw up on herself and was escorted out by security. One of the most fun shows I ever did was last year at the San Diego Music Awards because it was the first time I rocked out with a whole band, and my nerves were going crazy, and I ended up winning best recording, so it was an orgy for the senses all around."


    "My best friend at the time, Matt Lantz, took me to my senior prom. I just remember wearing a hideous green satin dress with white pumps, and I remember him picking me up in a white sports car, which he proceeded to drive 132 miles per hour...I thought I was going to die. Matt ended up getting into a bad motorcycle accident years later, which creeped me out. I remember telling Matt that he should hit on this cute girl, Stephanie, during the prom -- I was like his wing man. They ended up talking all night and getting married a couple of years later. The very last thing I remember was the huge party at the hotel afterwards and waking up in a walk-in closet, holding a three-foot-long purple bong...two of the biggest stoners in school and I discussed astral projection. I think we solved some important mysteries of life that night."

    As anyone who has heard Anya's interview on "The Time Machine", you can tell that both in conversation and musical composition, that Anya's got the goods. All this month, you can hear Anya Marina and Oscar nominated Jeff Daniels share their thoughts and music at:

    "The Best and The Worst of The Time Machine". The program can also be heard on TiVo's Live365 radio broadcasts.

    Anya Marina's Official Website

    Anya Marina at MySpace Music

    A Halloween Scare

    DJ Myke gets nostalgic on this Halloween.

    Halloween is about the most fool proof holiday we can experience. Short of running out of candy for trick-or-treaters or having a sick child that cannot go out for the festivities, there is little that can go wrong. When Carter was big enough to get out and ramble, I was right there with him. Usually his friends from the neighborhood would get in the mix, but few could hang with him for the full evening.

    The year he was thirteen, his little sister, Carrie, was nine. This was to be the year that she was going out with her big brother. It was a week night, and we were just before planning our rounds when Carter came and asked if it would be okay if he went with his best friend from school, instead of going with us. My first inclination was to insist that he go with his sister, but, in all fairness, he was old enough to move up the ladder, and the overriding thought with me was that if I did not let him run with the pack, it surely would lead to embarassing moments for him. Reluctantly, I told him to do whichever he wanted. Within moments, he was gone. Crisis averted...

    The obvious solution was to get Carrie hooked up with some of her friends as quickly as possible. She, however, would have no part in it. She insisted on going with me. ( This was not working out ... ) I was now confronted with a nine year old Barbie / Ballerina, that had been scorned and pushed aside. ( I did not see this coming ... ) Reluctantly, I told her we would do whatever she wanted. As I followed her out the door, I looked at Trudy and Caitlan, the baby, and said, "We'll be back in a short while." Trudy had somewhat of a scowl, but I swear that three year old was laughing at me.

    Now, this is the same neighborhood six blocks over from where I grew up, so those of you keeping up know that we lived in a very congested suburb. We could start in any direction, make a circle, and be back in no time at all. Carrie said, "Let's start at Uncle Gary's house." That was seven blocks away. We got there right at dusk, and the trick-or-treating commenced. She looked me dead in the eyes, and said asked for the "signals." This was a result of a system Carter had initiated on past Halloween nights - I was to stand back on the sidewalks or in the road and motion if the "next" house was a participant in the festivities. This cut back on time, and distance. We went over the system, and about twenty minutes later, she came up to me, and handed me her plastic pumpkin - full of candy. I was grinning like a mouse. This had worked to perfection. Then she reached into the Barbie suit and pulled out several plastic grocery bags. She said, "You'll need these." Then she told me to open one up, and proceeded to dump her pumpkin's allotment into said bag. Sternly, she said, "Let's go." And we did go ... repeating this transfer of booty several times.

    How many times did I hear, "Oh, look ... poor child is by herself." And, "Here, have another handful." But, mostly, I did not hear the conversations ...just acknowleged waves and greetings from folks on front porches. And, I got a few sad, understanding "looks." I eventually asked her what she was telling these people to evoke such sympathy, but she would not divulge her secrets.

    Finally, the front porch lights were all turned off and we headed back to the fort. As we were hustling back, we passed a house with lights on in the back yard, and a lot of loud adults. It was a party. I looked at her and shook my head, but it was too late. As she turned to walk away from me, she said, "I'm going in." She actually filled the plastic pumkin one more time, and came back, and said it was now time to go home. Thirty minutes later we were back at the house. I was too worn out to take another step.

    As she walked past Trudy, she went to the kitchen table, and asked me to put the plastic bags on it for her. Trudy asked if she had had a fun night, and I had to admit that I did not think so. She never complained, but she never smiled, either.

    A few minutes later, Carter came in, and either he had a great evening, or he was on a "sugar high." As he was expounding over his exploits, Carrie came into the living room, and coldly asked, "What did you get?" He did not miss a step, as he presented his container and gently poured in onto the living room carpet, a family tradition. It seems that during his evening, he had participated in activities other than standard trick-or-treating, as his pile was just not that substantial. However, he seemed quite satisfied. She left the room, and returned ... with a different container ... it was a paper grocery sack ... one of those brown ones that stood about twenty inches tall ... and I could see that it was over three quarters full !

    Well, his jaw dropped. I looked at Trudy, and she looked at me, and the realization that the competitive balance was just before being overturned in our little world , and life as we had known it would be no more ...

    She could barely reach around this sack, but she managed to struggle to the center of the room, and turned that bag over, and even though I had carried the majority of those treats, I had no idea, at the magnitude of the prize. When the gumballs and jawbreakers and whatever else finally came to a still, she looked right at him ... and for the first time that evening smiled ... and she said. "Look what we have." We all took a cumualtive deep breath and Trudy and I looked at each other and did not know whether to laugh or cry, so we did neither ... we just understood. Crisis averted.

    I was just a bit overcome, not really proper for a Dad, so I just quietly backed out of the room, as they were now choosing favorites on that living room floor, and swapping tales of the evening, and just as I was steppng into the hallway, I looked over in the corner, and there was baby Caitlan, looking back at me ... and smiling ... that same smile as when we were walking out the door earlier. How could she have known?

    Posted by DJ Myke

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    Monday, October 30, 2006

    Pat Benatar and Neil Geraldo Perform On Maui

    They were married here on Maui back in 1982 when Pat Benatar's vocals and Neil Geraldo's rock arrangements dominated the airwaves of both TOP 40 and Rock radio stations. They have lived in Hana here on Maui for quite some time (their youngest daughter is named Hana). These two facts have made for a concert performance for the Valley Isle that was a long time coming.

    Hard to believe but these iconic artists have never performed for a Maui audience with their incredible songbook. They've been guests on The Time Machine in the past but Tuesday evening on October 3rd was musical history as far as the Maui audience was concerned. The audience was already giving the rocking couple a standing ovation as they came onstage. No music from stage, just pure appreciation for finally bringing their musical chops to an audience craving rock and roll sorely missing from today's musical landscape.

    It appeared that a good portion of their neighbors from Hana town showed up in the concert venue which most Maui residents sometimes refer to as "the other side of the world" and rarely make a trip to that remote area of Maui.

    Before rambling on about the sheer joy of hearing songs like; "True Love", "We Belong", "Hit Me With Your Best Shot", "Shadows Of The Night" and "Love Is A Battlefied", The Time Machine's own Laureen Ampong keeps it simple about the performance:

    It was awesome! Pat Benatar’s voice is definitely incredible. The rich tone to her voice is amazing after all these years. The musicianship of the band is fantastic!

    Truly a worthwhile experience! Thanks!

    Pat Benatar and Neil Geraldo

    Earlier this year, Neil was part of team Liquid Sunshine, who finished second in their division in the Hana Relay which is a 52 mile course from the Kahului Airport to the Hana Ball Park, that includes 617 curves and over 56 bridges. Liquid Sunshine finished in 6 hours 26 minutes 29 seconds, cutting an hour off of last year's time.

    Life in the Slow Lane

    DJ Myke brings us his traveling thoughts as a tourist in his hometown.

    Our family moved away from Memphis in 1995 to a rural area in West Tennessee, located directly between Memphis and Nashville. Occasionally Trudy, my wife, and I will go back to Memphis to see the sights and sounds. It feels strange to visit a place that you grew up in and called home for 39 years, but now when I go there, it is as a tourist.

    A few years back, the two of us went just to hang out on Beale St., eat at The Rendezvous (Bar-B-Que) and see some live music. I guess that we must have lost a step in the transition, because we were almost got run over on Second St. by a motorist driving a little red sports car. Not only did this fellow nearly knock us into the Mississippi River, he was obviously angry at us for having to avoid us. He called us names.

    Well, that was soon forgotten. We had a big time in the city. We had heard that B.B.King was going to be at his place, but there were no sightings. We saw some good live music, though - mostly blues, had the world famous Rendezvous ribs - Trudy had the wet while I went with dry... and finished off the tour with a visit to Tower Records. That place was huge. Trudy found a Stanley Brothers live cd that we did not have, so the trip was a resounding success.

    When we walked back out into the street, I saw a law enforcement officer with no firearm at his side. He was standing by the car with a notepad ... no, a ticketbook in hand. I walked up to him and asked "What do you think you are doing?" He said that he was writing a ticket for exceeding the allotted time on the parking meter. Hmmm.

    So, not one to let an opportunity such as this pass me by, I asked, "Where is your gun?" He said that he was a special traffic enforcer for the M.P.D. I then said, "If you can't see well enough to shoot a gun, what makes you think you can read a parking meter?"

    Well, he put that ticket under the windshield, and muttered something about the car being parked too close to the curb, and started writing another one. He seemed a little flustered, and told me that if I said one more word to him, that I was going to pay dearly for it. As he said that, a little boy rode by us on a little bicycle, and I pointed to him, and asked him if that kid was getting away with his means of transportation. So, he ripped out the ticket, put it with the first one and grumbled something about uninflated tires ...

    I had to turn my back from him to regain my composure, as I knew I only had one shot left. I very calmly asked, "Just how many of those tickets do you have left in that little book?" With that, I simply turned and walked away, leaving him carrying on about multiple fines and driver's lisences and priveleges and on and on...

    About that time I saw Trudy down at the next corner, and she was motioning for me to come to her. When I got to her, she asked me what I had been doing, I pointed back down the street and told her that I had been talking to that man in uniform. She looked at him and then asked, "Isn't that the car that almost ran over us when we got here?" I said, "You know, I believe that it is the very same one."

    Then she told me that if we hurried, we could catch the trolley. It was going right past where we had parked our car, and would save us a ten block walk. Not only that, but it would be fun, and a great way to cap off a memorable visit.

    "Yeah, but nothing could top those ribs..."

    Posted by DJ Myke

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    Sunday, October 29, 2006

    Radio Loses Legend Mike Phillips

    Legendary personality and program director Mike Phillips died October 16th, 2006 following a two and a half year battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 64. Mike moved from his Santa Clarita home to Portland earlier this summer to be with his family.

    Mike was one of the original 610 men at KFRC-San Francisco in 1966. Word of Mike’s passing came from his three-decade friend Tom Parker, who was with Mike when he passed away. Parker worked with Phillips starting in 1974 at KGW-Portland, then three stations in San Francisco, KYUU, K101, and KFRC.

    “Mike had a great and wonderful career,” said Parker. “He invented the format that eventually became Soft AC with KOIT. A very successful guy with many different formats. What he did with K-EARTH was nothing short of incredible. They were 14th when he took over and kept them in the Top 5 the whole time he was there.”

    Radio and Records reported that during his 40-year radio career, Phillips was associated with such illustrious call letters as KISN/Portland (as an 18-year old jock!), KGW/Portland, KJR/Seattle, and Bay Area stops at KNBR, KFRC, KIOI, and KOIT. He was also the first PD of the late KYUU/San Francisco. Phillips was later named VP of programming of the NBC FM Radio Group, which included WYNY/New York,
    WKYS/Washington, WKQX/Chicago and KYUU. In 1990, Phillips embarked on his final full-time radio stint -- an 11-year run at KRTH (K-Earth)/Los Angeles, before leaving in 2001.

    Annette Lai, the longtime former AC Editor of The Gavin Report, worked with Phillips for many years -- she was his programming assistant at KYUU and was later his executive assistant when he was VP of programming of the NBC FM Radio Group. "I was very fortunate to have Mike as a boss at KYUU and as a friend for more than 25 years. He will be missed," Lai says. "He was the only boss I ever had who made me file a rubber chicken!"

    Tom Parker, Phillips' longtime friend and a former fellow KFRC jock tells R&R: "Mike was truly one of the best people in the business. He was a program director who put the interests of his staff ahead of the interests of the corporation!"

    Les Chan adds to The Time Machine:

    I knew Mike.. Related to my Beach Boys connections.

    When Dennis Wilson died on Dec 28, 1983, I received a phone call from Mike Phillips from K101 radio, on the 29th. He was the program director at the time. He somehow found me and ask me to come down to the station to do a 1 hour tribute to Dennis Wilson.

    That evening at 6pm, K-101 radio had their tribute to Dennis Wilson with myself and drummer Scott Matthews in the studio with the DJ Jackie Skar. It was a very moving tribute filled with songs like; "Little Bird", "Angel Come Home", "You and I", "Mona", "In The Back Of My Mind" and "Do You Wanna Dance" along with interviews with myself and Scott.

    Several fans called in to reflect on the passing of Dennis. The show was something I am very proud to have particpated in and appreciated Mike calling me. I have a cassette tape of the show that Mike sent to me a few weeks later.

    Posted by Les Chan

    Below is a list of stations that Mike Phillips performed his "radio magic":

    KAYO Seattle WA 1961
    KJR Seattle WA 1961
    KISN Portland OR 1962
    KJR Seattle WA 1962
    KNBR San Francisco CA 1965
    KFRC San Francisco CA 1966
    KJR Seattle WA 1968
    WXLO New York NY 1973
    KGW Portland OR 1975
    KYUU San Francisco CA 1980
    KIOI San Francisco CA 1982
    KFRC San Francisco CA 1984
    KOIT San Francisco CA 1986
    Research Group Seattle WA 1987
    WTMX Chicago IL 1989
    KRTH Los Angeles CA 1990-2001

    Listen to Mike Phillips in January of 1964 on KJR

    Rock Radio Scrapbook

    Wednesday, October 25, 2006

    Are there any recent songs that will forever as classics?

    The editor and publisher of "Performing Songwriter", Lydia Hutchinson, had a question that is really quite difficult to answer. She shares this question after catching Jimmy Webb win the ASCAP Voice of Music Award at The Ryman in Nashville this past Monday evening:

    "In the middle of the evening—nestled between songs that sounded pretty much the same, sung by artists who looked pretty much the same—Jimmy sat down at the piano and sang “Galveston,” “By the Time I Get To Phoenix,” and then was joined by Glen Campbell on “Witchita Lineman.” Really, nothing else needed to happen that night. Those three songs were a complete lesson in writing. In poetry. In chord changes. In genre-busting. And in longevity. They touch everyone. And they make writers want to be better.

    Maybe that’s what I’m craving: hearing those songs that I know will be around forever. What are the last songs you’ve heard that you know are destined to become classics? “I Can’t Make You Love Me” came out of Nashville and I know it will last forever, but that was almost a decade ago. They’re the songs that cross all genres and can’t be labeled. They don’t fall for formulas or depend on glitzy videos or TV-made stars. They're simply great works of art that are universal and inclusive.

    So what songs, written in the last few years, do you think will become classics? Now that I've posed the question, I’m stumped…"

    Maui musician Dave Carroll adds:

    Man, that's scarey idnit? - There's got to be one, right? - for the life of Me; I can't think of one either. A perfect, timeless marriage of melody , verse and concept. - Am I that jaded? or has it really been that long? Somebody please come up with one. - Have you read Jimmy Webb's book TUNESMITH? Talk about a master class in songcraft! The man is a certifible genius! Your I.Q. goes up just listening to his songs. - I'll keep thinking about (and praying for) a modern classic.

    Posted by Dave Carroll

    Be sure to catch Dave Carroll perform every Monday and Friday on Maui at Cool Cats and on Saturday nights at Kimo's in Lahaina.

    Monday, October 23, 2006

    Chris Isaak Performed in Hawaii

    Over the weekend; actor, rocker and crooner Chris Isaak rocked on the islands of Maui (Friday evening) and Oahu (Saturday night). This was the second time around for The Time Machine Crew to kick back and be entertained by one of the most charismatic rock performers today. Chris was a guest on The Time Machine in the past (including a wonderful Christmas radio special before the turn of the century) and he had us in stitches on the air just as he did this past weekend from stage.

    The audience was in high heaven from the get-go and what island crowd doesn't appreciate an artist like Chris performing "Sweet Leilani".

    Before playing music, he worked a variety of jobs.

    “I have done farm work, throwing hay, loading sacks at the port, a bunch of roofing work, drove delivery, even worked in a funeral home –got out of there fast,” he said. “My mom would get calls from farmers that used to hire me years after I was making records. They would call and offer me work, throwing hay. I always thought that meant they thought I was a good worker, but my brother said, they probably just heard me sing and figured I needed a job.”

    Giving us the perspective from Oahu, Kathy with a "K", shares her wonderment:

    On Saturday night, I had the fine pleasure of making good on a concert I absently, regrettably blew off back in 1999: Chris Issak. Ah, I was in nirvana last night, he and his five piece band were great. You know, he's got a fine voice though I am reminded just how pure it is when it's just him and his acoustic guitar, quietly stepping up the scales and back down again. Oh, and that blue suit. And the mirrored suit for the hana hou.

    One of the songs he did was one he "borrowed" while visiting Molokai and when he said "Blue Darling", my heart pulsed as that is my fave Kapena song. Isaak and his band also did covers of Cheap Trick (I Want You to Want Me) and Roy Orbison. The hits "Wicked Game" and "Somebody's Crying" were featured about thirty to forty minutes into his one hour and forty-five minute set (at least that was what I clocked by the time I got to my car, after the house lights came on) with "Baby Did A Bad Bad Thing" close to the end. It was an even mix of everyone's favorite, whether you are just a radio listener or you've got the i-pod busting at the seams, it was throughly enjoyable.

    Isaak is Mr. Personality, which makes him translate so well with fans and on his cable show. Sexy, smart, witty...frickin' guy has men wanting to trade shop talk about music and what'not and the ladies are all Ah-Gah over his swagger and rumoured endowment of the arts (wink, wink...I don't know, a co-worker mentioned this to me and I believe I blushed...).

    Michael McCartney

    Monday, October 23, 2006 at 10:15 AM

    I caught him on Friday night here on Maui and it was my second time to see him in concert. Unlike you, I didn't pass up that show back in '99. *LOL

    As mentioned earlier Chris is an incredibly charismatic performer. I took a friend with me as my date couldn't make it at the last moment (that's another story but she saw him back in '99 with me - :) - so we're covered). He was ready to be bored out of his mind but as soon as Chris jumped off the stage after the first song...he was hooked. He only knew the song "Wicked Game" and no matter how many flicks I told him that I knew he saw that Chris acted in, he couldn't even place his face. He's been telling everyone the past two days that he is a "new Chris Isaak fan". It was so funny watching my friend look around at the entire venue packed with a sold out crowd and stating, "This guy must be famous. Look at all of these people." Yeah...he doesn't get out much...

    I should also add that I don't get out much either. :)

    Kathy w/a K

    Monday, October 23, 2006 at 10:22 AM

    ...when I had the rare chance to peep Miles Davis at the Waikiki Shell, what was it...1990? 1989? My friends and I were lying on our backs staring at the night sky on the lawn and I kept sitting up, looking across the crowd. I didn't realize how fortunate I was to be listening to him, looking at his back as that's the way Miles played to his audience. It was one of those shows where it was like Woodstock, you know, people said they were there but were they? Really? I gained further appreciation of his music and sometimes that's where an artist is really best heard: live and in person.

    I believe this is why I love going to concerts and local gigs, when I can. The energy of the audience as well as the performer(s)...when they still love what they do and you can tell they know they are lucky to have fans that support them. What a great life, tough on the road yet it's hell-a better than being chained to a desk in an office with fake air and no windows.

    Sandy West

    Sandy West, drummer for the influential 70s band The Runaways, died Saturday the 21st of October, after a long battle with lung cancer. She was 47 years young.

    She left an indelible mark on rock music as a founding member of The Runaways, which featured fellow rockers Joan Jett, Lita Ford and Cherie Currie, and as a leading inspiration for a number of notable musicians, both male and female. Many young musicians can trace their inspiration directly to the first time they heard "Cherry Bomb."

    Pictured above: The Runaways from 1976; Lita Ford, Joan Jett, Jackie Fox, Sandy West and Cherie Currie.

    The Runaways toured the world several times, often headlining with opening acts like Tom Petty and Cheap Trick. Their discography includes over 60 albums, singles, bootlegs and compilations. Their music has been included in dozens of rock and punk collections, has appeared in several feature films including Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway and Detroit Rock City, and has been covered by numerous bands, from The Street Walkin' Cheetahs to Guns 'N' Roses. They were nominated for the Hollywood Rock Walk, and bootlegs of Runaways performances are still highly prized amongst rock and roll collectors around the world.

    The Runaways pictured below from 1976: Top left; Joan Jett,Jackie Fox and Lita Ford. Bottom left; Sandy West and Cherie Currie.

    After the band broke up, Ms. West continued to perform as a drummer, guitarist and vocalist with The Sandy West Band. As a solo artist she recorded a highly collectible EP CD and numerous videos, and continued to enjoy the adoration of a dedicated cult following.

    She will be remembered by more than one generation of fans as a strong part of their musical landscape, but her impact was felt far outside of the music industry as a loyal friend, loving confidante and strong defender of those she loved most. Her strength as a player, passion as a person, and dedication as a friend will be remembered always by friends, fans and fellow musicians alike.

    Runaways vocalist and life-long friend, Cherie Currie had this to say, “Sandy West was by far, the greatest female drummer in the history of rock and roll. No one could compete or even come close to her, but the most important was her heart. Sandy West loved her fans, her friends and family almost to a fault. She would do absolutely anything for the people she loved. It will never be the same for me again to step on a stage, because Sandy West was the best and I will miss her forever.”

    Commented Joan Jett: "I started THE RUNAWAYS with Sandy West. We shared the dream of girls playing rock and roll. Sandy was an exuberant and powerful drummer. So underrated, she was the caliber of John Bonham. I am overcome from the loss of my friend. I always told her we changed the world."

    written by CHRISTY LINDSAY

    Rock City Records

    The Runaways on MySpace Music

    West was only 16 when she met and began playing with guitarist Jett in 1975. Around the same time, longtime Los Angeles producer Kim Fowley met teen songwriter Kari Khrome and envisioned an all-girl rock group.

    Future Bangle Michael Steele was an early member, but left after conflicts with Fowley. Lita Ford, Cherie Currie and Jackie Fox were soon recruited to join the band.

    Influenced by glam rock and the burgeoning punk scene, the band would release their self-titled debut album in 1976. The opening track, Cherry Bomb, would become their best known song.

    Currie and Fox would leave after the second album. Jett took over lead vocal duties from Currie, while Fox was replaced by Vicki Blue.

    While huge in Japan, the band could only achieve a cult following in the U.S. With provocative outfits and risqué material, many critics couldn't see past their jailbait image, with matters not helped by the often hyperbolic promotion of controversial manager Fowley.

    The band would record three more studio albums before disbanding in 1979. Jett and Ford would achieve success as solo artists in the 1980s, while Currie briefly pursued an acting career. Blue would direct "Edgeplay", a 2004 documentary about the Runaways.

    Even with the effects of her radiation treatment draining her strength during her battle with cancer, she retained her sense of humour and said she discovered the joys of daytime television. This past August she said, "I'm addicted to 'All My Children' now...who would've thought that, right?", and her favorite nighttime show was "Grey's Anatomy".

    Sandy...everyone at The Time Machine will miss you...

    Tuesday, October 17, 2006

    Why I Hate Evil Clowns

    DJ Myke is feeling nostalgic about birthdays in Memphis, so sit back and enjoy the honesty.

    Back when we were growing up on Lynn Rd. in Memphis, birthdays were a big deal. You have to understand that we lived in a really tight suburb. Dozens of houses squeezed together meant dozens of neighborhood kids. Therefore, a public birthday party or gathering was definitely a highlight.

    For some reason I never understood, my parents thought that birthday number thirteen was the big one, so I was afforded anything my little heart desired. Much to their dismay, I chose watermelons. But, that is not the gist of this story. This is about three years later, when it was my brother's turn at the then lucky number thirteen. He did Mom and Dad proud by asking to have a clown. Dad knew of a guy from a friend at work. Phone calls were made and the deal was set. My brother would have his clown on his birthday, which was June 15.

    You know, back then the thought of getting references for a clown were simply not a priority, so it really should not have come as such a great surprise when Mr. Clown showed up under the influence of what had to be alcahol on June 14, by mistake. I had just turned the corner of our house as he was knocking on the door. When the door opened, it was by our younger female cousin who was staying with us for a week. She lived in the country, and I guess no one informed her that we were to have such a distinguished guest on the following day. She came face to face with her very first bona fide evil clown, and the whole neighborhood heard it.

    She hit such a high shrill note that at least a dozen dogs were in full bark before she ended it. It was at this point that Mr. Clown's adrenaline must have overcome the barley and hops. He spun on a dime and proceed to run for the hills.... He did not make it. It seems that when Dad poured concrete the previous Summer, that the water hydrant had to have a new home, so, unfortunately for Mr. Clown, it was in the front yard, about two and half clown foot steps from his fleeing point... He should had jumped. He straddled the water hydrant. I don't know how much he felt it when it happened, but I am reasonably confident that he felt it for days after.

    It was an ugly scene. She had learned to breathe again and was now giving us all a serenade, as was he. This guy was centered on this hydrant, and trying to push off, but all he manage to do was spin around, which we all know is a fairly reliable way to turn on a water faucet. In a matter of seconds his big clown suit began to fill with water. He became a veritable birhthday balloon. Eventually his weight and the weight of the water became to much for the primitive pipe, and it bowed enough for him to make to a all fours, and off he crawled. I don't know if he was embarassed or angry but he was saying things very unbecoming of a clown. However, his rage quickly rescinded as the results of having torn his clown suspenders from his clown pants became evident. He was now upright attempting to run, while his clown pants were still down at crawling height. I must tell you at this point that clowns do not have special clown underwear. Uhnnn...

    Well, he escaped with his life, if not his dignity. I heard later that when he turned the corner that Tom, who drove the ice cream mobile tried to run him down in the street. I don't know if this was to protect the children or if Mr. Clown was perceived as competition and this was an act of turf war. I did not see it, so I cannot verify...

    The next day the party was sort of anticlimactic. My brother was mad because he had been cheated out of his clown, my cousin went back home that morning, and in all the duress, Mom forgot all about the cake.

    Those watermelons were the best ever......

    Posted by DJ Myke

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    The Time Machine

    Thursday, September 28, 2006 at 9:10 PM

    I remember Bob Costas had Julie Brown as a guest on his old late night show after Letterman on NBC. Julie was talking about a flick called "The Attack of The Killer Clowns". Bob stated how he hated clowns and added that his sister was a professional clown. Something I've always remembered and never got to share until now. Thanks for sharing your story.

    Orangeade Jingle Lyrics

    It appears that only Baby Boomers and Brady Boomers who grew up in Hawaii would understand the impact of this commercial jingle for a beverage found in supermarkets around the island chain. If you're from Hawaii and hoped that you would never endure this song from your head after a few decades, we apologise upfront for presenting the lyrics to you.

    The exchange goes round round round
    and down down down
    in your glass glass glass
    makes your mind
    think yum yum yum
    It's that Orangeade called Exchange

    The exchange goes round round round
    and down down down
    in your tum tum tum
    makes your mind
    think yum yum yum
    It's that Orangeade called Exchange

    The company that made those little juice cans that you would add water to is no longer in business. If you have a photograph of this product from long ago please pass it along.

    Karl Herlinger was 10 years old when he was the voice for Exchange Orangeade two years after appearing with Donny and Marie Osmond in a television advertisement for Hawaiian Punch which led to a bit part role on "Hawaii 5-O". Find out what he's been up to since at

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    According To The Net - The Time Machine Is Chandler Bing

    Which character from "Friends" are you? It looks like The Time Machine is Chandler Bing.

    Take the quiz yourself:


    You make every one laugh!!! You are so funny and can always think of something great to say! Make sure you don't hurt someone with your jokes, but keep being your funny self!!

    Lily Wilson Hosts "The Time Machine" with Michael McCartney

    Talented singer-songwriter Lily Wilson was our guest on The Time Machine earlier this year and you can read her quick blurb about playing DJ for an afternoon on her website:

    I'm just settling back into the rain-soaked "Southland," after some family time in Hawaii. I don't know if I'm ready to be back...

    So, while I was on Maui, I had the great opportunity of being a guest on Michael McCartney's show, "The Time Machine" on Mana'o Radio. For over two hours, we chatted, I played some tunes, AND I got to play DJ, which was my favorite part. It was such a fun time - by far the best interview I've had.

    Lily found early inspiration in the records her parents played; Fleetwood Mac, Neil Young, The Beatles, and Janis Joplin. When she moved to Spain at age nineteen, she was greatly inspired by the Flamenco music she heard in the gypsy caves above the city, and she began performing on street corners and in tea shops all over Andalusia.

    Her first album, "Winter Song", was recorded in Hawaii, where she spent a year writing and recording with White Termite Records, an independent label on Maui.

    It was during this time on Maui that she collaborated with Adam Seymour, guitarist for The Pretenders, and Susie Hug, lead-singer of the Katydids, who both helped produce and played on the record.

    She then moved to Los Angeles where she wrote and recorded her second, self-titled album with producer Jim West and Westernmost Music.

    Lily's solo travels through Chile and Argentina provided the inspiration for the 12 new songs (two in Spanish) which make up her latest album on CD, "Stargazer", recorded in L.A. with producer/ Melissa Etheridge bassist, Mark Browne.

    Now based in Los Angeles, Lily performs all over California and the Southwest, continues to write and record with Mark Browne, and has also been lending her voice to other artists projects. She has sung with Dolly Parton, Bonnie Raitt, Alison Krauss, Kenny Loggins, and Melissa Ehteridge .

    Lily Wilson's Official Website

    Lily Wilson on MySpace Music

    Sunday, October 15, 2006

    Hawaii Earthquake

    At the Time Machine studios when the clock read 7:07 AM, not too long after the sun rose this morning, an earthquake of 6.7 shook our tall stacks of CDs but did not knock them over. At first we thought that North Korea sent a missle into the sea near Hawaii due to a power outage immediately after the ground shook for what seemed like twenty seconds but could have been five seconds. The weather was overcast so there was no way to see a mushroom cloud. The phones weren't working up to speed. We were able to get a phone call to Oahu where the power was also out and the quake was felt. We knew for sure that it was a quake when an aftershock of 5.8 came shortly after at 7:14 AM and knew in our hearts that it was nature and not mankind that shook the islands.

    Three felines that hang around were acting very odd just a minute or two before the quake hit. A Florida reporter with his fiance' witnessed fish jumping out of the water on the big island of Hawaii before the earthquake so there must be many stories around the island chain about the reactions of animals.

    While most of the power appears to be out on all of the islands, we are fortunate enough on Maui that pockets of power have come back on. West Maui is shut off from East Maui due to Honoapiilani Highway being closed from a landslide that resulted in boulders landing on the highway. Other roads have been closed around the state, but details are still sketchy.

    The top photograph has already appeared on network news. It was taken by Peter Orelup (KonaBoy) and he wrote in his Flicker blog, "This was taken this morning a few minutes after the big earthquake that rocked Hawaii. As you can see a large chunk of the pali at Kealakekua Bay gave way, and splashed down in the bay, sending up a huge dust cloud."

    "We shook very violently here, and our local hospital is damaged, the highway has boulders all over it, and our power was just restored. Everyone I know here is ok and I feel very lucky for that, although we sustained some minor property damage. My thoughts are with all of Hawaii, and I'm hoping no one was injured or killed."

    At this time, the airports are still closed. The authorities are letting the planes land but no planes are allowed to take off. This post will be outdated as more news comes from Hawaii and power is restored but we wanted to pass on what little we could. Naturally the power outage knocked off television and most radio stations were off the air. What radio stations were broadcasting after a half hour of the quake were just unattended radio stations with prerecorded programs that usually fill up the airwaves around the country on a Sunday morning like public service programming and relegious programming. The remaining stations that were on the air were satelite music formats. Once again, another example of where radio has failed us by cutting corners, a discussion for another time.

    Although we were lucky not have any damage, there are many areas around the island chain that have minor to major damage being reported. Gov. Linda Lingle issued a disaster declaration for the entire state of Hawaii. Below is a photograph taken by Joseph Kaczmarek in Kihei here on Maui where people were waiting in line for food at a roadside chicken stand.

    Below is a photo taken by Samalolo who resides on the island of Hawaii. It is one of many photos displayed on his Flicker site with this photo showing some of Kuakini Highway's damage:

    No fatalities have been reported and no tsunami warning generated (the only action repored was a rise of four inches of water).

    Wednesday, October 04, 2006

    P.F. Sloan set list for Petaluma performance, CA 9/30/06

    McNear's Mystic Theater, Petaluma, California - Saturday 9/30/2006
    Backed by Jon Tiven (guitar), Randy W? (bass), & for 9/30 only, Terry ? (drums)

    A Melody For You
    California Dreamin’ guitar intro/
    Secret Agent Man
    The Sins Of The Family
    If You Knew
    Summer Means Fun
    (story of being signed to Aladdin Records at age 12-1/2 after being given his first guitar lesson by Elvis Presley)
    You Baby
    (story of Dylan playing Sloan the acetate of Ballad Of A Thin Man in his room on the 14th floor of the Sunset Plaza Hotel, which led to Sloan’s cutting the song as “Mr Jones” and issuing it as the first single by The Grass Roots, which was followed by...)

    Where Were You When I Needed You
    PK and the Evil Dr. Z
    Karma (A Study of Divinations)
    All That Time Allows (solo)
    Love Is 4giving
    Halloween Mary
    Soul Of The Woman
    Hollywood Moon
    From A Distance
    This Mornin’ (audience request)
    This Precious Time
    Eve of Destruction
    I Found A Girl (audience request)
    Lollipop Train (audience request)
    Let Me Be
    Take Me For What I'm Worth

    Posted by Les Chan

    P.F. Sloan Website

    Tuesday, October 03, 2006

    Beatles "Love" Album To Be Released November 2006

    Apple Corps Ltd/EMI Music proudly announced on Monday, the release of LOVE, the new CD from The Beatles, due November 2006.

    After being asked by the remaining Beatles, Ringo and Paul along with Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison, to make experimental mixes from the original master tapes for a collaboration with Cirque du Soleil, Sir George Martin, The Beatles legendary producer, and his son Giles Martin have been working with the entire archive of Beatles recordings to create LOVE.

    The result is an unprecedented approach to the music. Using the master tapes at EMI's Abbey Road Studios, Sir George and Giles have created a unique soundscape. The release of this album, which is also featured in the Cirque Du Soleil/Beatles collaborative production of the same name at the Mirage in Las Vegas, has been much anticipated.

    "This music was designed for the LOVE show in Las Vegas but in doing so we've created a new Beatles album" said Sir George. "The Beatles always looked for other ways of expressing themselves and this is another step forward for them."

    Giles continues, "We took all the Beatles' catalogue from tape, the original four tracks, eight tracks and two tracks and used this palette of sounds and music to create a sound bed. What people will be hearing on the album is a new experience, a way of re-living the whole Beatles musical lifespan in a very condensed period".

    The album will be released worldwide in November 2006. Additional information, including a track listing will be available shortly.

    The Beatles Official Website

    Monday, October 02, 2006

    KKUA's Top 69 from 1971

    As we've often spoken about on the air, Honolulu's KKUA 69 AM ruled the Hawaiian airwaves back in the seventies. Radio magic happened nearly everyday for listeners during that decade that gave us; singer-songwriters, stadium rock, disco, new wave and great island music.

    To give you an idea of the power of transistor radios and cars with only an AM receiver dominating the state of Hawaii, check out the year 1971 when DJs still did the classic three hour airshift; starting with Jim Peters from 6AM to 9AM, Steven B. Williams covering 9AM to 12 noon, Gene Davis taking over from 12 noon to 3PM, Ron King handling the afternoon duties from 3PM to 6PM, Scott Edwards supplying sunset sounds from 6PM to 9PM, Dick Wainwright adding excitement to Hawaiian nights from 9PM to midnight and handing the microphone duties over to Rick Shannon for overnights.

    Compiled from the KKUA 69 Official Top 20 weekly charts, we present to you the Big 69 KKUA - HAWAII'S TOP 69 from 1971:

    1. Joy To The World - Three Dog Night
    2. I've Found Someone of My Own - Free Movement
    3. Just My Imagination - Temptations
    4. Smiling Faces (Sometimes) - Undisputed Truth
    5. Timothy -The Buoys
    6. Go Away Little Girl - Donny Osmond
    7. Knock Three Times - Dawn
    8. Indian Reservation - The Raiders
    9. One Bad Apple - Osmonds
    10. Chatto-Matte-Kudasai - Sam Kapu
    11. My Sweet Lord - George Harrison
    12. Precious & Few - Climax
    13. I'm So Poud - Main Ingredient
    14. Sweet City Woman - The Stampeders
    15. Life Is That Way - Jose Feliciano
    16. It's Impossible - Perry Como
    17. Domino - Van Morrison
    18. Superstar - The Carpenters
    19. Woodstock - Matthew's Southern Comfort
    20. Never Can Say Goodbye - Jackson Five
    21. Gypsies, Tramps & Theives - Cher
    22. Maggie May - Rod Stewart
    23. Yo Yo - Osmonds
    24. Sweet & Innocent - Donny Osmond
    25. It's Too Late - Carole King
    26. Mr. Big Stuff - Jean Knight
    27. Stay Awhile - The Bells
    28. Don't Pull Your Love - Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds
    29. If - Bread
    30. Black Magic Woman - Santana
    31. For All We Know - The Carpenters
    32. The Pushbike Song - Mixtures
    33. Mandrill - Mandrill
    34. I Can't Stop - Osmonds
    35. Tears of A Clown - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
    36. Stick-Up - Honeycone
    37. Liar - Three Dog Night
    38. Watcha See, is Watcha Get - The Dramatics
    39. Your Song - Elton John
    40. Draggin' The Line - Tommy James
    41. Morning Of Our Lives - The Arkade
    42. How Can You Mend A Broken Heart - Bee Gees
    43. I Hear Those Churchbells - Dusk
    44. Proud Mary - Ike & Tina Turner
    45. I Love You For All Seasons - Fuzz
    46. We Can Make It Girl - Society of Seven
    47. Ain't No Sunshine - Bill Withers
    48. Albert Flasher - Guess Who
    49. Most of All - B.J. Thomas
    50. Three Cheers For Love - Dick Jensen
    51. Mama's Pearl - Jackson Five
    52. Rainy Days And Mondays - The Carpenters
    53. No Matter What - Badfinger
    54. I Do Take You - Three Degrees
    55. Somebody's Been Sleeping - 100 Proof Aged in Soul
    56. Just An Old Fashioned Love Song - Three Dog Night
    57. I Just Want To Celebrate - Rare Earth
    58. Put Your Hand In The Hand - Ocean
    59. Oye Como Va - Santana
    60. Love Means (You Never Have To Say You're Sorry) - Sounds of Sunshine
    61. Games - Redeye
    62. Brown Sugar - Rolling Stones
    63. Lola - The Kinks
    64. I Dig Everything About You - The Mob
    65. Love Song - The Vogues
    66. What Are You Doing Sunday? - Dawn
    67. Baby I'm A Want You - Bread
    68. Frisco Bay - Society of Seven
    69. Born To Wonder - Rare Earth