Weather Outpost XII

cloudA group of performing & recording musicians, writers, poets & photographers, actors & audio technicians, graphic artists & designers, AND weather spotters!

“Step aside Ewa Podels with your 5 octave range and make room for one of the most unique voices and remarkably captivating story tellers I have heard for a long, long time. Her feats of vocal virtuosity and musical timing expertly displayed on It Don’t Smell Funny Yet will not only send chills up your spine but will, no doubt on every level, stupefy any living breathing musician. La Gringa’s latest celebrates the blues including simple and complex forms with an extremely eclectic twist and wildly creative arrangements beautifully executed by sensitive and obviously carefully chosen musicians. The whole package exudes wit, humor and unbridled passion. You must own this album along with whatever she has conceived in the past and whatever she wishes to put out in the future. To put it mildly, La Gringa just blew me away!”
~David Rozenblatt (New York Drummer and Percussionist with Barry Manilow)

“…WOW, your band has such an unusual and great sound! Glad I stumbled on to it….a bonus to my search for Eric Wainaina!”
~Tony Carnes, Senior News Writer CHRISTIANITY TODAY

“After reviewing CDs for awhile, you want to hear something different. Anything, good or not. Luckily, this CD is different. This is a Great CD!”
~Dave Howell, fmsound.net

“…nice slow blues with great long notes by Lady A.”
~Tumbao

“psychedelic/soul/blues band…..astonishing voice of LA GRINGA from U.S.”
~Dave Hill, radio station Rock CCAD in the United Kingdom!

About CD

THE LEGEND OF CHICO SHANGHAI
and other true and tawdry tales.

# 1 Amy(A.Rohr) …
# 2 Sam the Ripper(A.Rohr) …
# 3 the Ballad of the Wolf (A. Rohr/ P. Ito) …
# 4 Arizona (A. Rohr) …
# 5 the Ballad of Phat Chance (A. Rohr) …
# 6 Benny Tango (A. Rohr) …
# 7 the Ballad of Mike New York (A. Rohr / Mike New York ) …
# 8 Captain Stone (A. Rohr / M. Adreaen) …
# 9 Aazlieder (A. Rohr) …
#10 the Legend of Chico Shanghai (A. Rohr) …
#11 the Highway of God (A. Rohr) …
#12 Rocky (A. Rohr) …
#13 Ni’s message
#14 Video Game Physics (weatheroutpost 12) …
#15 Nick’s Dog Apollo (weatheroutpost 12) …
#16 Bu Bu’s Lullaby (A. Rohr) …
#17 Phat’s Blues (weatheroutpost 12) …

Pedro “O Lobo” Ito … percusssion, drums, guitar on #3, sheet metal, plastic bags, vocals on #9 & 10, etc.
Christian Kaufmann … guitar, clapping on #9, bass on #12, bass and bass drum on #8
the Kid Scannella … bass on #2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 14 (conficens gravis).
Daniel Day … bass on #1, 4, 10, 11, 15, 17.
Xiao Dong Lee … vocal on #10
Alida Rohr … vocals, synth.& keyboard, bell and shaker on #4, 8, 15, kenyan marimba on #6, all percussion except master drum on #11

recorded in the Audio Universe Studio on Mission Hill
produced … Alida Rohr
additional production … Christian Kaufmann, DJ MA, Pedro Ito
engineered, mixed, mastered … Christian Kaufmann
cover art … Felix Rust
money shots … Greg Neises
studio shots … Christian Kaufmann
weather shots … DJ MA
web design … Xiao Dong Lee
(vocals, synth., percussion on #1,4,8,11 recorded at Euphoria Sound, Revere, MA. … engineer Shawn M.)

Band Log – 6/01/05

This is Outpost log 6/01/05-013 webmistress Li Dee

aaaaaaaaaahh.,……these random belches in2 the ozone of the net-ORB.
all right then,…the update.
Phat’s in Kenya recording Eric”the voice of Kenya” Wainaina…
his e-m says life there is simple & people R happy…simplicity will do that.
DJ MA & LaGringa have been performing their spins @ Critical Breakdown.
Lobo’s packing up his thoughts in prep 2 pack up his drums in prep 2 return 2
SaoPaulo in the Fall. Chico pulled another ‘Shanghai’ & is on his way to China.
the VelvetHands [Phat’s name 4 Misha] is in Moscow ’till….I don’t know?…..&
mayB Hiro finally got out of Japan & is back in the States.
but the Grip’s on board [yeah baby!!] laying it down in no uncertain terms…..so…
it’s LaGringa, Lobo & the Grip on the TV show [scroll-up,home pg.] making their
Spanish-cross-over debut w/ Orlando on FERNANDO’S SHOW.

let’s do the year in review,shall we??

there was the booking-agent-from-hell episode…ah…msT’na…
capable of spilling booze on your silk jacket in ANY club on a single bound…
responsible 4 the nobody-showed CD ReleaseParty & 1stgig……….
self effacing & honest…”I didn’t do anything!”…was how she X-plained it…
& YES! she had at least THAT! right [agreements R meant 2 B broken,aren’t they?]
who booked the 2 clubs the Outpost got thrown out of …..
& the 3rd club that the Outpost never got in2,…. why…. ,we jus got the GIG-POST,
…..!……will U look @ that !……’splainzalot!….don’t worry,darling,we won’t 4get U.

there was watchin’Marina [‘the most beautiful voice I’ve ever heard’]….
walk away from the ‘voodoo grill'[another msT’na mis-adventure]…..
she kissed LaGringa good-bye & said she wasn’t going 2 sing anymore…
that she’d had enough. I saw her cry, that night Marina names her LaGringa.
it all depends from which exit one approaches…how the highway looks!

enters BabySoul in the fall…& the business end of the Outpost Bgins 2 roll….
some sold Cds,some airplay,an interview on KANM Texas radio…THANX AUTUMN!!,
some TV shows…movin’slowly forward……w/ the added bonus of the V-Styles…..
good reviews, great quotes & she’s stakin’territory on the NET.
enters M & Dev A. from DevCon5,… stealth-marketing-research rears its covert animai
&the box is dead…long live the evolution!!!!

& finally,the 2nd CD is pressed & will B up on CDBaby shortly!!
I don’t know…there’s more 2 say….I’m not focused…..mayB later….
so….WebMaster X,when can we meet 4 dinner???………….
so,Tumbao………….mayB it’s time 2 take LaGringa seriously!!?…..
so,LaGringa…..U R too serious….it’s not this heavy!
s’later lieblings.

Band Log – 2/19/05

This is Outpost log 2/19/05 La Gringa

after a, shall we say, poignant pause…replete sans angst & loss of vision……
{& 2 amazing reviews of U.S.D.A.*BLUES/”it don’t smell funny yet!”…….some
income would B nice however}……. an independent label {ZEVISGIRL,N.Y.C.}
approached me 2 do a CD of standards. so,….this next CD is a Jazz CD ,sorta…..
we R calling this particular constellation of musicians BARRIO NORTE,,, the CD
will B called “Dark Avenues of the Heart”. Yes, I know, I’m kinda doin’that sedate thing….
um……………..nothing like being ripped from the jaws of failure by an
approaching Indie Label financing complete artistic freedom…..I need 2 catch my breath…….
…..Chico’s still in China, Phat’s back in Europe & God alone knows where theGrip is…….
…….but Lobo is still w/ me, 2 my great relief!, as well as David Rozenblatt on traps&percussion,
Nando Michelin on piano & Esperanza Spaulding on upright bass.
& I am singing w/ Ivan, this kid from
Puerto Rico……he has a voice that makes the girls scream……..I AM NOT KIDDING!
it’s kinda amusing actually. I found him @ Critical Breakdown 7 months ago…& now
we R writing songs 2gether. the Life is strange……huh!?…..Lieblings!

 

Band Log – 3/12/05

This is Outpost log 3/12/05-012 La Gringa

Liebe,Franz,…….it’s been awhile since we discussed Die Krahen Tango.
I am having a BLUE_SCREEN_MOMENT! ach ! yeow………………..
waiting 4 something 2 take shape in the brain-visual…..ok,then…..
U.S.D.A.is being mixed&mastered…….all songs R locked in2 hard-drive.
all the boys in the Outpost R on board……………………………thunderstruck!
mildly describes my reaction to this doctrine of physics & mutable forces
what is called the boys in this band…………thunder-freakin’-struck….
a week-non-stop…seriousNorthEast ColdWave replete w/blizzard….
starting as rain……cigarettes in the hallway,too cold 2 go on the deck…..
a raging March wind……then the muffler falls off on the way 2 the next gig!
………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
………………………………..Liebe,Franz,….forgive me……I took a fit of madness
& now I fear,,,Die Krahe……O…O…O… too many years of restrainingstraps,
too much deutchesdicipline, klagen ist furThoren,……….!….&…&…&…….
I took a bat 2 the box onnaconna I got tired of that sonavaB’tch
followin’ me everywhere…..nicht mir!!…………………….doch,
it’s not a bad version…really…..kinda out there…yep! blue_screen.

Band Log – 2/27/05

This is Outpost log 2/27/05-011 La Gringa

we opened up 4 ZeMirrorZ last night in the acoustical horror
of an absolutely GORGEOUS room w/ a Steinway Grand!!!! did I say Steinway!!…..
“scuse me Bret,.. but ah think ah’m gonna faintaway from tha sheer sight of a REAL piano!”
….& a fantastic-full-house of Russians!!!…GREAT HOUSE!….probably due 2 the fact that
ZeMirror’s leader is also…………….interesting stuff,very theater,……..!….
JacquesBrel-meets-Zappa-w/alittleBrecht/noire……..some great songs……………………
…………………………….{ return w/ me now 2 Outpost log 11/08/04-007…………..
one of the more interesting rantings @ the squartable in the front room
what revealed in full how completely useless the brain is afta several shots of Tequila
was w/ A-Mad…tall,sensitivetype of no-nonsense flute player………… .
I was downloadin’ the litany of must-listen-2 repertoire….even made him get a pencil…O!
‘n BTW,that was ‘Fairport Convention’ NOT fairway …..oy……}……………………….
……………& there,standin’in this room-w/arched-ceilings,Is A-Mad !!
turns out HE got us this gig……………..!…….kinda-very-cool.

TheMasterHunter sent TheGrip 2 play bass this time,ain’t seen that boy in a full year!
….& TheWolf was drumming….& we was joined by BabySoul&Mississippi from the V-Styles
…..& Yep!! A-Mad from ZeMirrorZ sat in. I won’t B tellin U how this all went onnaconna
soon as me&webmasterX figure all the nuance&intrigue of website-download out………
it’ll B there 4 the ears of them what download. Beijo, Lieblings. La Gringa

Band Log – 1/05/05

This is Outpost log 1/05-009 La Gringa

it is one thing that the ‘industry’…for the most part, views & treats musicians
as so much sh*t to be scraped from the souls of their shoes.
Mozart died a pauper in a filthy room….having spent a great deal of his life
getting financed, & worse…paid!! Beethoven abandoned his manuscripts
to the ‘publishers’ to ‘change’ as THEY saw fit so that he could just get paid.
But!! when musicians f*ck each other over…this IS & will always remain….
shall we say…VERY UNCOOL. so…to my contemporaries ….if you have
a chance to help another musician, or band,…..on their way from being dead-broke & unknown to anything more known & financially comfortable,
by all means,DO IT!!…….it is the honorable thing to do ….& besides……the opening act you f*ck w/ today may turn out to be
the act you DON’T open for tomorrow.

Band Log – 11/18/04

This is Outpost log 11/18/04-008 La Gringa

U.S.D.A.*BLUES ‘son hold agin…
Phat’sback 2 Europe till the new year, O Lobo’son the road, & Chico’sincognito………..
but the downloads R comin’in..’n Sister Liquid Soul says
we all gonna burst through the ceilin like a jiffypop what Earl left on tha burner too long!
La Gringa’s keepin “silent hours” w/ the MasterHunter……….
keepin an eye on her Doves, as the Hawk jus made its appearance
& Martinthecat has staked out a position of entry. sos I thought
I would pass along the words 2 a song what got wrote 2 a young brother this morning.

“when all the problems U got now never seem 2 go away……..
day after day after night after day………
& U find yourself wonderin’ what “the Life’ is all about…….
O my brother,…..check it out….
IT AIN’T NOTHIN’ THAT THE RAIN CAN’T WASH AWAY.

well, I know your’re 17 & that’s the kinda age…..
where you’re waitin’ 4 the moment when ‘A Life!’ begins….
& everything around U is useless,empty&cold……………..
O my brother,…….it’s what I told U, Airman!
THERE AIN’T NOTHIN’ THAT THE SWEET LORD’S RAIN CAN’T WASH AWAY….”

“to my right and to my left is my Lord,….
there is no third place,…there is none for the enemy. amen, amen” B.V.M.@SanNicholas

Band Log – 11/08/04

This is Outpost log 11/08/04-007 La Gringa

a continued extrapolation of the S.R.N.porch incident….halfway through the evening,
I joined the def-not!group @ the squartable in the front room
trying 2 avoid the RED-DECIBEL-BASEMENT-BANDS
so as 2 save what is left of my hearing!,………….
when Sun Jah sat down next 2 me & began 2 download her sordid experiances!….!!.!!.
“how do U know I am NOT the Mother of God?” is what she said…………..
another shot of tequilla please, and by the way……………..I’ma R. C………….,
but there’s a special room on the 5th floor of the ‘Talward L.U.
where U can enter the pool…there’ll B a drawing 4 the winner on the next full moon!!!!
is what I tennised-100mph back…agressively uneasy
what that I had been beamed up into a paralelle-OUWAH-universe
& upon querying the time,swallowed hard…77minutes remaining till DJMa beamed me back!
11/8/04 La Gringa

Band Log – 10/31/04

This is Outpost log 10/31/04-006 La Gringa

4 months into LaCarnivalDeLaT’na…after what was the summer from hell
I was standing on a back porch, w/ 1 of the boys in the band
on what was a sweet, rainy night
..watching him struggling 2 remember the name of the band
“weatheroutpost…ah….ah…..ah…ah.. ah………..??.??.?.??” ” 12 !”, I said .
n’ that’s when it hit me like a rock what ricocheted off the shed
while you was pullin’a giant-like boulder from deepoutta the north meadow
cause the tractor done slipped outta gear n’ nearly sent you sailin’ intathe next day
w/ the kinda BLUES what I got now……………….hmmmmmm………………..
,maybe I’m in the wrong band?….dunno……sure don’t look like Kansas,Toto!??!!.
sos I went ta C Phat @ the AudioUniverse…n’ me,him n’ the MasterHunter
began recordin’ the next CD what is called ~U.S.D.A. BLUES~”it don’t smell funny yet”
I thank U fer yer time……& YEAH RED SOX !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! La Gringa