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Let’s Pick-Politics, Crooked, Levon Helm

By: Larue-Clique Member Since LibbyGate Thursday September 27, 2012 5:19 pm

The year is fraught with all the political lies, diatribes, scribes and wanna be’s.

Mittens has gone south faster and earlier than Grant thru Richmond (ok, that was at the end of the war, I was lookin for rhyme and metaphors gimme a break).

Obama lays back, gathering cred where no cred is due, waiting for his second anointment to further destroy any and every vestige of FDR/LBJ programs that were good for the masses.

And of course, he will also give way to the MIC and wage war, in his second term. War that will make the 60′s look like the 50′s made the FIRST WW look like, well, you get my point I hope. War sucks, only the rich profit, the people always lose.

And nothing, NOTHING, gets to me in these times like a little Levon Helm, The Band, and this tune. RIP Levon, you and so many this year, are SOOOO missed by us all.

Bonus, for you pickers n sangers out there:

Capo on 2nd Fret (below are just chord shapes), actual chords are:
(F#m=(Em), A=(G), D=(C), E=(D), E7=(D7), Bm=(Am))
Em G C G
Well, they blew up the chicken man in Philly last night
Em G C G
And they blew up his house, too.
Em G C G
Down on the boardwalk they’re ready for a fight
Em G C G
Gonna see what them racket boys can do.

Em G C G
Now there’s trouble busin’ in from outta state
Em G C G
And the D.A. can’t get no relief.
Em G C G
Gonna be a rumble on the promenade
Em G D
And the gamblin’ commissioner’s hangin’ on by the skin of his teeth.

Em G C G
Everything dies, baby that’s a fact
Em G C G
But maybe everything that dies some day comes back.
Em G C G
Put your makeup on, fix your hair up pretty
Em G C G
And meet me tonight in Atlantic City.

Well, I got a job and I put my money away
But I got the kind of debts that no honest man can pay.
So I drew out what I had from the Central Trust
And I bought us two tickets on that Coast City bus.


Am C
Now our luck may have died and our love may be cold
D Em
But with you forever I’ll stay.
Am C
We’ll be goin’ out where the sands turn to gold
D D7
But put your stockings on ’cause it might get cold.


Now I’ve been a-lookin’ for a job, but it’s hard to find
There’s winners and there’s losers
And I am South of the line.
Well, I’m tired of gettin’ caught out on the losin’ end
But I talked to a man last night,
Gonna do a little favor for him.

Well, everything dies, baby that’s a fact
But maybe everything that dies some day comes back.
Put your makeup on, fix your hair up pretty
And meet me tonight in Atlantic City.

Oh, meet me tonight in Atlantic City,
Oh, meet me tonight in Atlantic City.


Gloom, Doom, But . . . There IS Still Real News N Info Out There

By: Larue-Clique Member Since LibbyGate Friday September 14, 2012 3:30 pm

If there was ever ONE singular reporter/journo/writer/chronicler that’s just all OVER it regarding international affairs, it has to be Pepe Escobar.

Dude’s a hoss, a monster, a truth teller. How he’s still alive and NOT been hit by any NUMBER of special interests including Israel, US, Russia, China, is beyond me. Other’s have been snuffed out for much less than he continues to report.

I have to single out his recent piece on the ME/NorthAfcica (MENA) as one of the best overall looks at the region ever produced. It’s a primer, it’s a bookmark, it’s a resource.

But what really struck me reading it was, I KNOW them terms, I KNOW those distinctions, I KNOW of some of the tribal affiliations he speaks of, and the one’s I don’t, I know the patterns of tribal affiliations, I know a TAD of the history of it all, of Muslim origin, splits and such.

And I ONLY know because I care to read, learn and be informed, all my life.

And I only know a LOT of these things over the past decade and a half or so, because I frequent FDL.

And from LibbyGate on (when I first found it), FDL has continually, one way or another, covered with INCREDIBLE detail, both domestic and international affairs of all sorts.

So kudos to Mz. Hamsher, Emptywheel in the earlier days, David Dayen and Jon Walker more recently, Kevin G and the newbies in the past couple of years.

But to close, on Pepe Escobar, and his article, man it don’t mean much if ya don’t know Salifi from Sufi, Shia from Sunni, the history of American foreign affairs, and much much more.

THis being informed shit’s HARD! N that’s why, I’ve decided to rouse my butt, get off the schtick and post a lot of FDL and Antiwar and Asia Times Online, and other stuff, to my FB page.

It might, just MIGHT, make SOMEONE, a so called liberal, become curious as to why THEY don’t know this shit . . . and if in my time, I DO help ANYone think about it all, learn more, by just merely clickin some keys and sharing what I get from you PRODUCERS of such essential info, then I feel I’ve done good.

Pepe’sPrimer, ‘Brother Obama, Where Art Thou.’

Let’s Pick-John Cipollina

By: Larue-Clique Member Since LibbyGate Saturday August 25, 2012 11:42 am

Don’t know if DaKine covered this, but Aug. 24 was the birth date for legendary rock guitarist John Cipollina, of Quicksilver Messenger Service fame (also Copperhed, Terry & The Pirates and more).

This is a fine collection of John C pictures, set to Dino’s Song, and you can hear John’s licks thruout the tune . . . that twanging, ringing note bending tone only HE could get with that famous QMS horn array built into their amps (yep, built by Stanley Owsley, of Greatful Dead Wall fame, and other electronic and ‘spiritual’ fame).

In MY opinion, the following tune remains perhaps one of the greatest instrumental rock (albeit jazzedup) songs of all time, showcasing John C and Gary Duncan trading licks and just killin it. John C’s work is easy to identify, it’s the ‘heavier’ of the two gits, rings more, has more distortion . . . John C as his finest.

It comes from the first QMS album SO long ago, and I’m honored to have heard them do this only once, live, in the basketball gym of College of San Mateo, CA, I was about 15, making that about ’68 for the show. QMS quickly went under lots of changes and that song fell from their performance catalog. I can still hear them QMS horns ringing with this song, LeSigh that was grand.

On this next vid, John C’s coarse, rough, raspy tone almost doesn’t fit the sitch but at 1:18 in, Jerry Garcia points his finger at John, and just WATCH this solo as John demonstrates some licks at 2:24 you just never saw him do, remarkable.

At 6:40 Bobby Weir rips out some nice slide work, another reason to watch this the whole way thru.

Here’s a fine clip from about the ReUnion time from Winterland in ’75. While not Duncan/Cipollina centric it DOES showcase Dino Valenti (who many claim ruined the band), Gary Duncan shows why he’s still one of the best gits no one ever heard of (and does a great Cippolina impression at times with the bent notes and growly git), and John C comes in about 4:28 with his works. A more pop phase in the guys, but hey, that’s what Dino Valenti was all about. Michael Lewis on keys . . . don’t know WHERE he came from, but he is tearing this show UP, baby.

Also from that ReUnion at Winterland easily my fav Valenti QMS song and performance tune, Gypsy Lights. It just rocks. John C does more fill work, watch and listen closely as he plays 2nd git to Duncan and gets ‘er done, SOLID!

Here’s one I delight in, a pure and simple blues jam which QMS just did NOT do all that much . . . John and Gary go off on it, as does the bass player and whole band! I SWEAR, Dino channels Eric Burdon . . . ;-)

NO Cipollina tribute or mention of QMS would be complete without Mona/Who Do You Love . . . . and rather than repeat the 2nd album tracks of same, let’s just let the boys rip it off at that last Winderland 75 Gathering, as they rock us into our past and memories.

Heh, at about 3:10 Duncan goes all modal on it, like East/West with Bloomfield/Bishop! Kewl! Cipollina comes alive at 4:40. Growling! Just GROWLING! His finger style work is just superb, fast and furious in places doing rolls like a dobro or banjo player . . . LOVE watching his pickin hand.

Here’s Mona.

Here’s Who Do You Love, in progress as described.

Duncan at 1:20 . . .Cipollina just GROWLING behind him.

At 5:18 John lights it up. Epic rock finish and they even let Dino take a lead break.

What can I say, it was John C’s birthday, and I miss him prowlin n growlin the stage. Thanks for all the music John, rock on.

Let’s Pick-Gypsy!

By: Larue-Clique Member Since LibbyGate Friday August 24, 2012 11:26 am

Three incredible talents doing one of the most covered and recored songs of all time, and just blowing it up.

Got this from a fest pal I haven’t seen in many years (FB), so Brandon Stears, this one’s for you.

You may now resume.

A Good Nun Gone

By: Larue-Clique Member Since LibbyGate Wednesday August 8, 2012 8:24 pm

I’m quite amazed no one has posted about this recent loss (two days ago?) of a VERY important human who fought for many causes in his time with us.

He was 57, liver cancer I believe it was. In the Bay Area, he was famous, loved, idolized, and deserved every minute of it for his work.

Long after retiring from the nunnery, he championed many a cause, devoting his life to things that matter to people . . .

RIP Jack Fertig, and thank you for all your works amongst us all.

A Good Nun Gone Too Soon.

Let’s Pick-Shut UP!

By: Larue-Clique Member Since LibbyGate Friday August 3, 2012 8:16 pm

Tony Rice, greatest git ever .

Tim O’Brien on fiddle, legend.

Wyatt Rice, best rhythm n lead and bro of Tony.

Rob Ickes, dobro god dawg bless.

Bassman is a legend, I forget his name, sadly.

But this is the music the gods make. 2011, Tony Rice has lost his voice long ago, and has arthritis big time, and still smokes the git like he was in his 20′s.

Lord I love these musicians, seen them all.

Shut up and worship.


Let’s Pick-Fresh!

By: Larue-Clique Member Since LibbyGate Tuesday July 31, 2012 10:29 pm

This is about what we are getting every day or two days or so . . .

Rosemary, thyme, oregano, fennel fronds, green zukes, yellow crookneck (baby one in pic), pole beans, chives, basil, chili serrano’s, Black Krim ‘maters, Beefeater ‘maters, Yellow Pear ‘maters, Red Pear ‘maters, Roma ‘maters, DELICIOUS Yellow ‘maters that are large, plump and SO tasty . . . tasty, and purdy, too.

So like, what’s in YOUR veggie and herb basket? Got Pic? I’ll post August Garden pics in a day or two . . . it’s a jungle out there! *G*

Veggie Basket



Let’s Garden-7/6/12

By: Larue-Clique Member Since LibbyGate Thursday July 12, 2012 8:16 pm

You may recall Larue’s Garden from May This Year.

Then There Was This Stellar Hit From June. Oh My, It Grew!

Well, a month later we got ourselves a veritable jungle, been eating the first of the green and yellow zukes, pulled some yellow ‘maters (DELICIOUS!) with many others growing, pulled about 50 Roma’s the size of my thumb (in pots and might not get any bigger but are GOOD), been hitting fennel fronds, rosemary, tons of chili serrano’s (gotta give them away, tree is producing about 50 a week), about 100 yellow pear ‘maters . . . . nicking fresh oragano daily, basil is now coming along (150 new seedlings with 75 or more in the ground stealth growing you’ll see the pics and 70 or more for transplant into large trays and various pots) quickly and well, it’s a delight to water, keeps the temps down out front, and we even now have new pole beans finally forming (they’ve taken forever to flower and fruit).

Life is good, so let’s get to the pics for July, 6th, 2012!

On the table, basil starters, serrano starters, some new ivy getting sunned.
Table Top











Assorted back patio areas pics:
Left Side Patio










Chili Serrano’s

Chili Serranos
RIght Side
Ouside Back
Outside Back































Out front, it’s a jungle . . .

Front Side

Inside, Out Front
Inside Out Front
Inside Out Front

On the right, between sidewalk/potted plants and lawn, new stealth plot for basil that’s coming up.
Outside Front Right

Here’s where we began to encroach outside our fence line, stealth like.

Outside Stealth

The gardeners cut back the ivy in the plot outside our fence, so, of course we had to fill it in! We live next door to the complex model that they show off to prospective tenants, and now, OUR plot is better than THEIR plot! *G*
Front Plot

One from the top of the fence.
Top Of Front Fence

And one last one of the top of the fence with honey’s flowers all bright and stuff.
Flowers Front Fence

Inside the front area around the ac unit, it’s a jungle, so dense, alive, the smells, and it cools things down a lot.

So that’s about it, for now.

Hope you are gardening and eating fresh, it can be done ANYWHERE there’s some sun . . . you don’t have to have a farm! Can’t wait for the basil to get tall enough to begin harvesting for pesto! Gotta have some to get us thru the winter!

Best to all, show us how YOUR garden grows!