Band Log – 10/16/04

This is Outpost log 10/16/04-005 La Gringa

When Ms.T’NA moved the Outpost into steady other Thursdays @ the UnRealBar, I confess ,we were all a little skeptical [esp. after our Voodoo Grill experiance]……………

Nice club,…..but 10/14 was a scattered performance…and NO guarenteed $150.[..”um…sorry..!.! !.” ] , and No dinner [due 2 some large-red-sucking-machine-on-wheels being readied 4 mortal combat in the kitchen ]…yes,,,,,I crashed. I asked Chico if he ever had Black-Moments-Of -Giving-Up and he said “yes, all the time”…….so ,I confess ,I went looking for La Flaca @ the Gallstone 2 tye 1 on.

I found her in a pre-lightening-strike state….quiet-blue-burn…..drilling holes w/ her eyes, in the head of this crass-bore-missing-a-tooth NITWIT who was chiding her, in a most ungracious fashion, for loosing his scratch ticket. “of coarse,… it was “the girl’s” mistake….isn’t it always????” was what she was saying when I entered. I say,”don’t get even, get famous!”….she says “LIGHTENING,…I don’t controll it ,I jus watch it!” When I pressed her she told me she wanted to lock 2 particulars “in a cage w/ a piece of bacon & a scratch ticket and jus watch!!”……….. I wondered if she had the same moments as Chico & me. I said, TAKE HEART…….she said,TAKE COVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Band Log – 9/24/04

This is Outpost log 9/29/04-004 La Gringa

Well, we would like to say goodbye { alloha, siyanara, asstalowagowhatever }, to the Voodoo Gryl. I guess that you could say we had our fill NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! one free drink

It was the kinda situation that gave the dog a scare.
So we did one last killing set….. { OH YEAH!!! jus ask Angel-Blackbox-Man!!! } and we was outta there.
Not for now but forever.
CIAO! CIAO! Voodoo Gryl
sssssssssssssssLater Be Be Be Bay-yeah-yeah Beeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sheet music available upon request, La Gringa

Band Log – 09/20/04

This is Outpost Log: 09/20/04-003 Web Mistress Li Dee

I caught up w/ La Gringa outside the Gallstone House to exchange notes on last wednesday’s gig @ the Voodoo Grill. She had been hanging w/ La Flaca while La Flaca tended to the walking-wounded….despensing their day meds. it’s not a bar…rather a day hospital. La Flaca serves up pints and shots to the freaks, the cool, the life-weary and soldiers. do they recognize the sweetness of the human-being in front of them??? probably not. and if they do…all they can do is drink in her presence…observing her high cheek bones and pencil-thin eye brows…her fast delicate movement behind the throne as she holds court. La Flaca knows all the secrets of those to whom she despenses liquid comfort…temporary avoidance.

I want to know what La Gringa confided in her…..something about an escapade North w/ La Charga and the Girl…heading north in the wrong direction….AH ,LIFE!!!…only to be navigated back on track by the Girl under car light…as these women laughed themselves to tears………. but La Gringa is changed, even Chico noticed it @ the gig & said as much .!!

This was The best gig…no money…but O Lobo was back driving this diesel of a band. and the best moment for me was when La Gringa cut the boys loose to make sh*t up…which is what Lobo does the best…and the boys were right there, on him at every nuance. then there is Liquid Soul. she is the axis around which the outpost spins.

next time, W.M.L.D.

Band Log – 8/28/04

This is Outpost Log: 8/28/04-002 Web Mistress Li Dee

Greetings from Straynje Streeeet! Wed. 8/25 was a tremendous performance…Hiro was up from N.Y.C. 2 play w/ the outpost……no money….but everyone was REALLY glad 2 C him…..he has this crazy sound…….bluegrass-meets-brazil-in-Japan sortathing…which works esp.well when La Gringa does tunes from ‘Das Lied von der Lawnmower’! and Chico …U know La Gringa digs him, because he’s everywhere @ once ,and zeroed in. …no walk-offs..jus flash n’ burn!.

James & Sister Liquid Soul from the V-Styles have agreed 2 assist this clambake….I call this spawning bands….La Gringa calls this particular constellation of players ‘Stella & the Isolators’. as far as I’m concerned, James is exactly what the Outpost needs,& Liquid Soul speaks 4 herself …..although I heard her say she didn’t feel on top of her performance that night. I LOVE her voice, & esp’ how she sounds w/ La Gringa. they did some crazy new blues..”a nit-wit 4 your voodoo-love” and a new gosple tune….now,….. if only O Lobo would return from Brazil 2 drive this diesel !!!!!

Ciao 4 now, W.M. Li Dee.

Band Log – 8/22/04

This is Outpost Log: 8/22/04-001 Web Mistress Li Dee

OK, so here it is. KILLER BAND…heartbreak turn out [something about breakdown of PR network, La Gringa won’t talk about it], I first saw the Outpost in June ,their CD release party,and offered to write their webnews.

This is a Crash&Burn Band!! ask Hiro.he was dropped into the Maelstrom of that first performance [people screamed ‘more’ .. that’s the truth ,I was there!] and was the peaceful eye of that storm of a band, which leads me to the last gig..every other wednesday @ a small place on a strange-feeling street. It was post-bluemoon, pre-hurricane Charley..got the drill?..nothing electrical went glitchless. first the monitor goes down, then the guitar can’t shake a strange static buzz, then the bass gadjets don’t work….. The “heavy brazil’ part of this band has been in brazil for the run of these strange-street gigs so La Gringa has been letting musicians sit in.

OK, short version. Feedo Backu [great,RAW guitar player] has a ‘brain fart’ [his term,not mine] on stage, forgets the changes & stops,correct, stops playing.Chico leaves the stage & hangs w/ DJMa @ the board….refusing to come back [ even as La Gringa pleads w/ him,,a look ,u know?] till Feedo is off stage……… It gets better..this amazing drummer also sits in…only no chemistry…..7/4 in 8..this wasn’t a C&B,this was a trash & pillage. Chico says “this isn’t working!!’…but La Gringa couldn’t stop it so it played itself out till it crashed on the floor like an elbowed shot glass. It gets better still…..12/8 feel, slow,prom-dance version… w/ drumming! , of ”I only have eye 4 u” ……the Flamingos meet SCATMAN JOHN….La Gringa & Chico jus look @ each other,poignantly aware of where this is going. But better still. finally it’s jus bass player & singer on stage & Chico says ”Let’s salvage the night w/ ‘Mike New York’ {on the CD, &, that’s when his pedals malfunction}..and it is looking like all might be redeemed { or at least the gentlemen @ table 4 get their $8. worth [you guys, you get in free next time!!] }. no sooner r they finished then ,w/a buzz under his belt, the drumming begins again only this time a little something to release the emergency break on your mazda….& La Gringa turns to Chico and says “geez,do u think it’ll hurt us?”

I asked La Gringa what she thought about the last gig …she said if it hadn’t been so hilarious she would have cried…that every stumbling block is an exercise in balance….and thank God the Wolf was in Brazil…Chico ,however, WAS NOT AMUSED.