Tryptophan does Pink Floyd 10/24/2008

Here we are with The Post Modern Folk Revolution, The Headlocks, Jaklyn Shaw, and Drew Wilkes playing out Halloween tribute to Pink Floyd. Here is a recording of the show, its a little lo-fi, but you know that already. Good times!


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Tryptophan Live On Labor Day 2008, excellent sound quality

Pay special attention to this one, it was mixed by our good buddy Alex Armitage, and it one of our better live recordings. The first tune is with our good pal David Selitto. This is a full multitrack recording and we play pretty good. Check it out!

Here is The Headlocks set from the show too!

Tryptophan Plays The Apocalypse mp3 and pix

On 9/27/2008, we played at Martini Red. 2 days later the stock market did in fact meltdown. A week after that, the Red was temporarily closed for alcohol sales, waiting for a renewed license...thanks for the memories!

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Photos By Ivy Mike

The Best In Show Radio/ Party

On 8/31/2008 and streamed a party and concert from my backyard. Listen to the talk show segment right here Best In Show 8/31/2008. Or You can watch the talk show segment hereLive TV by Ustream

Here is what Keith from Best In Show had to say about the show: "When we streamed the non-Rock the Harbor Church of Manlove performance from Ron's house in the spring I got an idea to do a Hear Us Talk event with a live Best in Show and musical performances featuring some of the HUT show members. I never thought it would actually go down and work but it did. Robgigs was absolutely amazing from the early part of the day to late at night. Our friend Alex spent the day in the basement with a mixing board and some margaritas making sure the bands all had a great sound. Unfortunately, the Church of Manlove video is lost forever, which is a shame because it was by far the most fun I've ever had performing. Germ and Newstyle were great and so were the rest of the bands. I must have been asked 15 times who the beautiful girl in the green dress was. Those of us who hung out in the side alley with Chris during a certain portion of the party witnessed one of the best parts of the day. This is one of those times when the next day you're really sad that it's over. I hope we can do this again next year, with more planning so everyone has a chance to come down. Although, maybe for Ron's sake, we can do it somewhere else."

Alex Armitage mixed the whole show live for the podcast and then spent the 2 days after polishing that mix. The arists heard here are Terrible Tim, DJ New Style, The Humans, The Church Of Manlove, Dave Sellitto, Tryptophan, and The Headlocks. Alex vows an additonal remix of some of this stuff is coming soon.
Here is the playlist 

Here are some videos

DJNewStyles Performance w/ Germfreak singing a tune 

Live Streaming by Ustream.TV

Terrible Tims PerformanceLive Video streaming by Ustream

The Humans Performance > Stream videos at Ustream
Here is a link to Nadines Fotos!Hear Us Talk Labor Day Party


And Lil Jens: http://s7. photobucket. com/albums/y281/xenaserena/Best%20in%20Show%20LIVE/

Cannibal Overdrive: Eat Your Friends

"The History Of Music" is going to be my virtual online boxset, drawing from my archive of old musical projects. Staring with Cannibal Overdrive seems like an easy one.

Cannibal Overdrive (1992-1995) was my first band that I would play shows with. The band was founded by Mike Runner and Dan Reitz, who drafted me, and then I drafted Alex Armitage, who was a frequent musical collaborator of mine. We were joined by vocalists Rebbecca Rupp and Eileen Donlon.

The music heard here was recorded by Alex, on old school 24 track 2 inch tape, my last experience with that medium. We made demo tapes which we gave out to friends or sold at "Our Music Center", the finest record shop Staten Island ever had. The individual tapes were called "Eat" 1993 (the first 4 songs here) and "Your Friends" 1994 (the rest).

The Best In Show Radio Concert Spectacular 8/31

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Tryptophan and Tim Nolan

First things first: Click on the image below to visit Tim Nolan's amazing Tryptophan environment. All the images are inspired by our music, and clicking on all the various objects unlocks rewarding and time wasting content. Hours of fun and mystery!

Next up we feature a page devoted to our "January EXP", a spontaneous collection of tunes we mostly made up on the spot in January 2008. Tim shot some video of some of the sessions, and warped them into the page we present here.

And here are 2 more videos assembled by Tim of our original tune "Hooka Brotha Up" and our cover of Madonnas "Like A Virgin". Creepy, yet triumphant.

Tryptophan: We Play Shows

The members of Tryptophan lead a busy life performing live music. I have recorded and posted a number of shows at my site over on Divshare. I would like to share shows in the ol' mp3 format with ya! Here is a playlist of many of our online shows going way back!

Philly, The Butthole Surfers & DEVO

Philly, The Butthole Surfers & DEVO

Day 1 Nadine, Tanya, Kat and I went to Philly, went to restaurant "Vietnam" drank flaming drinks from bowl. Met up with Mike Bianco and bros, Mcallen and Dan from Dog and Pony, went to Electric Factory to see The Butthole Surfers with the SOR kids. Walked a million miles in each direction. Had late night WAWA hogie festival.

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Day 2 saw Nadine and I eatting a great breakfast with all kinds of quaker touches, wandering around DT in 1000 degree heat, petting baby kitties, siting thru 5000 kid bands to eventually see Devo, who were one of the tightest bands we have ever seen. Perfect!

Went out for chicken chessestake, got to hold Bruce the dog, drove home, passed out on the side of the road for an hour. For a 2 day trip it felt like a week.

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Duke Makes Salad

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Duke Makes Salad

Turning Tables: Summer Vegetable Salad

Our Dumb BBQ 7/5/2008

Nay Nay and Kristin Took Pix. We had a lot of tents, beer, and food. Here are some links:

Nadine's Pix:

Kristin's Pix (with some Martini Red action too):

The Church Of Manlove Video, "Manwich: RTH Version"

Church Of Manlove Video, "Manwich: RTH Version"

We Harbor No Ill Will direct downloads

I figure I would put the direct links to the mp3s in case any of you negative freaks might want to put this on you ipod or related device. I heard these on some nice speakers today, and it actually sounds fairly huge/demented.





We Harbor No Ill Will The show

We Harbor No Ill Will The show

Dave Sellitto's Sound Check
Dave is very talented guitarist and songwriter. All the music you hear here is freestyle, Dave is backed up here by Steven Pepe on Piano, Frank Cavallo on drums, Rob Carey on the harp, and myself on the bass.

The Post Modern Folk Revolution
Sorry only half the set, listen to the pandemonium as is starts to rain! This is a great group, they were battleing rain thier whole performance, and we screwed up and did not taple the second part!

The Humans
The Shurtman brothers are a very hard working and tuneful duo has made many cds and performed hundreds of show, as fixture in the NYC antifolk scene.

The Chruch Of Manlove
The brainchild of my future bro in law, Keith Carney, The Church of Manlove is a celebration of men for men. Features Keith, Chris Shavio on bass, Nick Putpura on gte, Steve Pepe on guitar, Frank on Drums, and me on guitar.

Best in Show Radio
http://bestinshowradio. com/sounds/BIS06-15-08. mp3

Nadines Pix
http://flickr. com/photos/ditko/sets/72157605616011440

Doc's Pix
http://flickr. com/photos/docrocket/sets/72157605622261948/

Angelo's Pix
http://viewmorepics. myspace. com/index. cfm?fuseaction=user. viewPicture&friendID=18143618&albumId=1972798

"A W E, that's you and me..."- The Church of Manlove

We worked since the spring getting our yard in order. This summer I have dug a hole in the back, behind the hedge line, and have made a dog poop composter. If there is one product with produce here in abundance, its dog shit. So I got myself a poop bucket, a shit stick, a shit shovel, and my dog dirt hole, behind the treeline. Twice a week, I walk thru the yard, poop hunting. I will fill up my bucket, add some water and "environmentally friendly" septic solution and pour the poop water mixture down the poop shoot. Weeks past dog waste is usally a stinky paste like brown slop, and it stinks real bad. But our grass has never been greener.

So after I'm done poop hunting I mow the grass, which takes some time, huntdown additional previously missed poops, and add that to the poop slop mixture behind the tree line.

Our yard is looking pretty great these days, despite its basic ghetto old chair appearence. Nadine uncle has been giving us hostas for a number of years, so we have quite a nice garden of giant blooming plants. The ivy is really starting to cover the walls, and the hedge/poop shoot barrier is also getting very full. We have come into the possesion in the last few years of various old paving blocks, either for free or next to free on Craigs List, so we now have a modest little crooked patio (less grass to mow!) and a little path. We got a bunch of free mulch and dirt from the dump this year, so things are really looking rustic.

Amidst my chore I became a little upset.There was a big corporate sponsored rock festival happening here on SI, called "Rock The Harbor" that was being finaced by the new catering hall at Snug Harbor (who closed down our favorite summer time brunch spot, Cafe Botanica), A bunch of my friends were going to be performing, but Tryptophan was never asked, I guess we never got in good with Ben Johnson, the SI Advance AWE section music writer (who I met the a few days ago and seem allright) who picked the acts, so we were overlooked, nothing new for this band.  I wrote some cranky and sarcastic letters, bitched, moaned, cleaned up poop, got published as a lead letter. See previous blog entry.

After 15 years of playing the small and ever shrinking alternative scene here on Staten Island, I feel some entitlement, but obviously in a broke ass,  zero economy tiny scene, that don't mean shit, and is an outrageous joke. Nobody much loved me 15 years ago, and it remains true today. They dont call me Manbaby for nothing. I have allways been some kinda background lurker of little influence to what is hot at the moment. Thank god Nick and Frank, and now Steve, have some sense of understanding, but other peoples indifference is a rough thing to hit you in the face year after year. You take your shots, lay low, and hope for some more time, another song, another practice, another show. You build some lasting friendships, people come and go with the weather.

So I talked to the band and Nadine, we all decided, why not, lets have a show, an alternate party for us  "old timers" and outcasts,  others that were also not asked to be involved with big corporate festival, yet were still people we were close with, played with for years, and all very valid artists. Plus, with a number of other musical festivals happening on Staten Island that day, it sure felt like it was going to be a historical day in local entertainment, whatever that is worth. We all wanted to take part, doing what we love, playing music and having fun.

This turned out to be a controversial decision. I realized right off the bat there would be insulted parties (I didnt know who yet though), and called the show "We Harbor No Ill Will". We put a snarling german shepard on the flyer (in tribute to our pup Roxy), and eventually added an Ikan kitty too, to soften the message.

We subsequently took a lot of flack for this decision, as previously mentioned some friends in bands and dj's thought we were doing this to try to screw them up.

None of this was helped by the fact  that I asked Terrible Tim to play, a local songwriter with a locally famous cable access show, who known for his funny and crass styles, mocking songs and generally distubtive, but often funny behavior at local open mikes. Tim on his own accord proceeded to redub the show "The Ill Will Show" and go on a posting rampage savaging and mocking both Ben Johnson, for not letting him play the corporate festival; and my old friend and open mike host Jay Miller. Things got so bad, Jay condemned the party, and branded us all homophobes, implied I was intolerant to black people, seemingly because Tim wrote a song depecting Jay as a sexually active gay man, in very vulgar language. That da-da-da-da is infectious!

Tim often substituting names of people he has singled out as worthy for his tunes, be they people at open mike or cable access he has befriended or been rolled over by. He can verbally depict people in very graphic situations,  all the while with a tuneful yodal. I think more often then not Tim hits it right out of the park, and while he is not someone I am close with, I find him a very entertaining songwriter, who parody while twisted and dark, evokes Frank Zappa, Daniel Johnston and The Dead Kennedys all at once.Tim is he is known to say, gets no love. Early on I asked Tim to tone it down a bit, and he was quite sure no one takes him seriously, its all a supposed to be funny and  he brings it 100%, and "thats what you sign up for". So I got out of his way.

Also slighted were some of my friends in The Wahoo Skiffle Crazies, (SI only jugband!) who spoke out against me and even created artwork mocking my show. I think it was all in good fun, but its hard to be sure. Several other friends told me straight out I was a dick. My intention was to harbor no ill will, and I proceed to get more ill will then anyone. I set myself up for this I realize, but with artists wanting to be a part of it our little party, there was no turning back.

I clung to the notion, that nothing we were going to here in my yard would have an effect on a show that potentially was going to draw thousands of people. Everyone I know who was invloved with the show the signled the promoters were hoping for the big numbers. I knew that with the exception of Nadine and the other guys in the band, NO ONE invloved that was going to come here was likely going to the big show anyways. I did not expect more then 40 people total, and in the end that what we got, including the bands.

We had no effect on the festival except to give something to rally against by some festival participants. The primary complaint was that we were insulting everyone because we were not going to attend and support the big show, but also bring ruin upon it, by holding "competive" show. We charged no money, ran no advertising, printed zero flyers. Tim put out a lot of materials thru his show, and on the web, and in the end that brought T2, Ed Droogie (local SI personalites), and some girlfriends.

So I get the bands, make a schedule, recruit my old enigneer buddy Alex to come help do sound and record the show. We battle the rain, some artists get bumped including Tim, when it starts to pour for a second time. We managed to move the party down to Martini Red, Manny granted Dog & Pony a spot. I got warm greetings all around, and proceeded to get shit faced drunk.

No matter what the detractors said, in the end, we all had a great time, created some lasting art and memories. It was worth every minute.

I want to thank all the people who came or offered understanding, Manny for the drinks. Big up to Mcallen and the Dog & Pony dudes who were absolutely great!

We Harbor No Ill Will preview

We Harbor No Ill Will preview
Current mood: hopeful

Well, if your prone to belive everything Terrible Tim says, he calls this the "Ill Will" party, McAllan insists the true name is "The Revenge Show". I hear people over at "Rock The Harbor" are calling it the anti-show. I have gotten some flack, some jeers, proved to the world that the SI Advance will basicly publish anything. Many people have, quietly, approached me and egged me on. Say what ever you want, go wherever you have to be.  What started as a bitter little joke to Tim Duffy has now bloomed into a full day of music, and I keep adding artists who, previous to this were all people I was buddies with or had worked on music with in the past. Everyone truly needs to understand that I really harbor no ill will for RTH, sure I was sad, but when life hands you lemons, uh, yuck I hate lemons. I like cherries in my Diet Coke, The Shirley Hemple. Here is what you need to know:

All Day "DJ Russy Berry" with the exception of Nadine and I, none of Russy's buddys will be here. They will be Harboring a Rock. Russy like to play all kinds of pop and punk, and will be keeping the music flowing as we move from artist to artist. He will also take on all chalengers in a hot dog eating contest.

2:00 pm "David Selitto" is one of the finest songwriters I know. A great lyricist and guitar player, David was backing Joey Semz until Joey's untimely death last year. David has no musicpage on the myspace but you can hear his recent song, "He Was A Friend of Mine" right here:

2:45pm "The Post Modern Folk Revolution" is
a 9 person vocal choir that  sings classic songs by artists like Brian Wilson, but all does covers of original SI songwriters. They will be peforming a few tunes by themself and also play with Tryptophan later in the show.

3:30pm "Rob Carey"
is a unique and hard working songwriter and performer. Lead singer of "The Headlocks", Rob will be performing a solo set of his melodic, Dylan flavored tunes. Catch The Headlock at Martini Red later that night.  

4:15pm "The Semz Singers" is Rachel Blandi, Rob Carey, Ron Hill, and Steve Pepe as we cover and pay tribute to late, great NYC artist Joey Semz.

5:00pm "The Humans" are one of the longest running groups from Staten Island that is known to perform brit pop influcenced tunes. They just released their new cd "Songs From The Empty Field" which you will be able to pick up at the party.

6:00 pm "The Church Of Manlove" is a new wave group dedicated to and made up of sexy men. Headed up by Keith Carney and Jack Suede (of Best In Show radio), The Church will be holding its first sermon in many years, and will be backed in full by Tryptophan.

6:45 pm "Dog & Pony" is a fucking awesome band featuring everybodys favorite fucker Mcallan. Sounds like a vintage Nirvana and Butthole Surfers, hard as hell. These boys are hauling their asses in from Philly, so show em some love!  

7:30pm "Tryptophan" featuring some jerks named Frank Cavallo, Ron Hill, Steve Pepe, and Nick Purpura.

8:15pm "Terrible Tim" is looking for the love and always finding the hate. Tim writes wicked pop songs that parody all manner of SI people. His show on cable access has been on since cable access started. I like to think of Tim as being some kinda retarded cross between the Dead Kennedys and Daniel Johnston.  

Things I Hope To Happen The plan is for beer, and hot dogs. I will have the bbq, and love donations. I'm gonna try to record the whole show on the multitrack. The artist count alone now is 24 people so with various spouses, buddies, cheapskates, dogs and cats, this is looking like a much bigger party then I thought it would be. I welcome all comers if your RTH day turns into a shipwreck, or if you are just poor.

Dear Ben

After finding out about the festival today from Tim and Rory's posts and doing a little digging around, it seems that you you asked everyone else in town to play your festival but Tryptophan. My feelings are very hurt. I am writing this as I need an outlet to express my pain, and as we don't really know each other, please understand this is nothing personal.

When I told David Elliot (who is playing) how upset i was to have been overlooked, he said its not like you ever play. I reminded him we have done 10 or 11 shows in the past 13 months, usually fairly well attended too, and we have been on a particular creative roll lately, with the addition of the visuals of Tim Nolan and Steve Pepe's guitar work (thanks again for the piece a few months back). These guys are both genius's at what they do, and have been lending their considerable talents to the team. They see something in what we do. And because of this we are better then we have ever been.

So it a real letdown to me that after 15 years of organizing  and playing shows and recording peoples demos, and writing and releasing scores of our own songs, that in all this time doing this we are still taken for granted, or worse, just plain forgotten, esp now when as a creative unit, we are on such a high. Something cool is happening, and we will be outside the gates.

I would have loved to have played this festival, but alas it is not to be. So on that day, I will be sitting at home,  wondering what has become of my life. I might play some guitar to a wall. I might drink some beer. I might invite over some other rejects to cry with me too. I might end up working out some new ideas or mixing some recordings for the band. It will be my loss and yours.

So in regard to all this I just wanted to let you know that, you really know how to make a guy feel like Terrible Tim! Good luck with your show.

Your pal,
Ron Hill

New Drink: The Shirley Hemphill

I love Diet Coke from a fountain, but hate getting it in a restaurant or diner, because of the dreaded lemon slice they put in it. It ruins it.
So Nadine recently suggested that I ask for a cherry instead, and lo and behold, eureka, its the best drink ever.

So I have been getting my Diet Coke with a cherry, and after one night of the big comic con, Nay and I decide to go get Indian food on 6th street.

I order my new favorite drink, take a few sips, and we notice some weird shit floating around the glass. I try to spoon it out, and what I spoon out is a dish strainer from the bottom of a sink, complete with hunks of spinich and rice. I get up and start screaming, and we walk out. Fortunetly, we did not eat any food.

So the other day Nadine and I are out for lunch at Taste of India here on SI, with Jason and Mary, and I get my new drink. Jason and Mary are also Diet Coke drinkers and it has their interest. They put the cherries on little plastic swords at this place. I blurt out "its a Shirley Hemphill", and thus a new drink is named.