Easy Ed's Broadside

Exploring music without a map.

Since 2009, Ed has shared his thoughts on ND about music that touches him, and rambled hither and yon about what else is on his mind.

Easy Ed's Broadside

Exploring music without a map.

Since 2009, Ed has shared his thoughts on ND about music that touches him, and rambled hither and yon about what else is on his mind.

Talkin' Music, Politics, and Activism with The Mammals

Now you got me on the hunt for coconut butter.

I included that link about the 2005 incident specifically because Ruthy very succinctly explains in the article that she isn’t speaking on behalf of the group, but on her own take of whether they should or shouldn’t have played The Bush Brothers. 

We’re in agreement that certain venues are not only safe havens for political banter but encourage it. But I am coming from my own perspective and experience over the past several years, which are straight-ahead concert venues of multiple size, as well as a couple of festivals. 

As far as why Tao is not in the band or if he has a different viewpoint, I see no value in making any supposition on his behalf. In that he gave his blessing for Mike and Ruthy to regroup as the Mammals, there is zero hint of acrimony or dis-harmony. 

I’m pretty sure that if you attend a Drive-By Truckers show you’re going to hear Patterson Hood refer to Trump as a worthless piece of shit, or something in that neighborhood.  He doesn’t shy from politics, and doesn’t often pull his punches.

Yes, saw them @ Newport in 2017 and he didn't really need to opine from the stage, as many of their songs represent protests in an of themselves.  

Good column Ed...I have many friends who alas feel mention of politics of any kind is appreciated and that's the expectation, even a mention of the "troubling times we live in" piques their ire...or maybe it's politics that disagree with their own...I saw  guy at the last Jackson Browne show I attended directly in front of me who was having a great time until Jackson started talking about the "Dreamers"...he said nothing inflammatory, but that was too much for this guy, he had quite a visceral pissed off reaction.  But it was short lead-in to the song, and soon after, by the time Jackson played "The Pretender" the guy was dancing again, apparently oblivious to the fact that the pretender "started out so young and strong, only to surrender"...people are touchy these days...

That is a great video on!

Say whatever you want on stage but, as Michael Jordan famously once said, Republicans buy sneakers too!

While in contrast LeBron James is not afraid to take a stand.  Jordan's quote sounds Trumpian in retrospect.  

I was raised by parents who taught me to love and respect people regardless of their race or background, so I am saddened and frustrated by the divisive rhetoric and racial tensions that seem to be getting worse as of late. I know this country is better than that, and I can no longer stay silent. We need to find solutions that ensure people of color receive fair and equal treatment AND that police officers – who put their lives on the line every day to protect us all – are respected and supported.

Michael Jordan - 2016


Trumpian=what a normal person would say

A friend of mine, now retired, was a longtime railroad employee who did a stint near Watertown NY. During his time there he received office help from a guy named Barry Freed, who he said seemed like a nice enough guy. My friend was surprised years later to learn who Barry was.

Now that is cool. I've often wondered if Hoffman actually left his family without warning or if that was a ruse for his getaway. Would be disapointed if it was the former, but not judgemental. Who knows what was really going on with him back then?

I read one of Abbie's books years ago and seem to remember he downplayed the Who incident by saying Townshend accidently bumped into him and apologized for it.   He said you'll never see a picture of him being hit or thrown off the stage because it didn't happen.   

I wrote ‘while psychedelic and faded memories have altered the storyline a bit’ because there have been so many variations on the reality of what happened. I do recall at the time that it was widely reported by the ‘freak press’ such as East Village Other and The Berkeley Barb to have happened, but who knows anymore...maybe a mass hallucination occurred. 

The point I was making was that at most of the concerts I went to in the 60s-70s, politics were surprisingly spoken about less from the stage as one might imagine. Obviously not at an MC5 gig, but we were all pretty stoned and focused much more on the music and teenage lust. 

Of course.   I’ve even seen differing comments from Townshend about it.   If there wasn’t audio on it I would have thought the whole story was apocryphal like Mama Cass dying while eating the ham sandwich or the coward in chief caring about a "wall".    

From the liar-in-chief from a commencement speech circa 2004:

“Don’t give up. Don’t allow it to happen. If there’s a concrete wall in front of you, go through it, go over it, go around it, but get to the other side of that wall.”

And they always do (get to the other side...ironic I suppose...speaks volumes about those who believe it would work...)

"They've got a wall in China, it's a thousand miles long
To keep out the foreigners they made it strong
And I've got a wall around me that you can't even see
It took a little time to get next to me" - 

Rhymin' Simon

He doesn't care about "the wall".   He cares about the fight for the wall.   In reality, he doesn't even want it because he would be responsible for the results.   He has no interest in the responsibility or accountablity of running a government.   He is a protest president like the Vichy GOP are a protest party.   One has no interest in anything other than himself and the other has no ideas other than tax cuts for the wealthy and "entitlement" cuts for the rest.   

If he cared about it, he would have the money he wanted.   You give up something and you get something.  That is negotiating.  It might be in his ghost written book somewhere.  But he is a lousy negotiator like he is the worlds worst poker player with the easiest tells.   That's why he has been rolled by the leaders of Turkey, Russia and one of the world's smallest economies.   

Making political comments during a concert depends on the venue and the city. Mentioning Trump by name is bound to put a damper on any occassion but if you're on stage in a super-blue city like Seattle and you have a good "protest song" which cleverly comments on our current state of ugly absurdity and you say something like, "Here's one for our Asshole-in Chief,"  you are bound to get a roar of approval and a raising of spirits. Anywhere in the South and you better watch your back when you leave the venue. Such is our fucked-up-state-of-the-union.

Here’s a thought: when purchasing your concert tickets there should be a questionnaire you need to fill out asking your political leanings, past history, voting record, race, color, creed and sexual preference. And then a non-disclosure agreement, permission to surrender your cell phones and submit to an invasive body search. 

Hold on EasyEd. I'm NOT giving up my cell phone.  How would I film the invasive body search to post on my YouTube channel?

PS-For the record my lawyer has advised me that submit and consent are not one and the same.


Come on Easy Ed--don't give the Trumpians any ideas.

Too late. There are quite a few performers...Jack White and Dave Chappelle come to mind...who have cell phone free concerts. 

And what venues/artists offer the invasive body search? A "friend" wants to know.

And that is how to derail a discussion...

Private show. Very discreet. Try looking in Craigslist. 

It appears R Kelly is the man. Bringing it back to music (and invasive body searches).

Dylan is cell phone free as well.   The last time I saw him I pulled out my phone when I sat down to see how close we were to showtime and the guard came over and told me "Mr. Dylan" wanted it put away.    

I wasn't going to take a picture during the show anyway (not to be catty but have you seen Dylan lately?) but the woman in the next seat said there was announcements running about the cell phone ban.   

There's a venue here in the nearby Yuppieland Carmel, IN called the Palladium...Cell phone free for all events and they do confiscate...

Could be a topic for a column. I hate seeing the cell phones on and being held up at concerts. All these old guys sitting far up in the balcony trying to become You Tube stars with their shaky hands and awful sound. And on the other hand, why should people be expected to surrender their devices - rather than just keeping them in their pockets - at the door or hand it to an usher. Hate to say this, but I can think of dozens of safety reasons to keep our phones on our person. New topic...go. 

I should clarify on the pictures...if you take a pic, they give you one warning...then after that, confiscate.

I like that system but also wonder it if causes noisy and distracting conversations with staff. 

I was at a Richard Shindell show in Columbus (OH) several years ago, seated very near the back of the room. As was my custom, I was keeping track of the songs he played, but on my phone.  No pics, but the light from my device was enough to get a scolding from a fan seated nearby.  Seemed a little much, but I obliged...and this was long before everyone from two to ninety-two had a smart phone.

Me too, and I don't know as I've only been to the Palladium a couple of times, and it was not an issue at those (I saw no one taking pics, nor any commotion)...I was not present at the Peter Frampton show 2-3 years ago, but apparently Frampton talked the management into allowing pics for the first song.  He came on stage and made the announcement that you could take pics during the first song and then after that, be polite and put your phone away.  Per one woman I work with who attended, everyone obliged, save one fellow right down front, who would not stop.  PF apparently asked the guy politely a couple of times to desist, and cooperate like literally everyone else in the venue luck, he remains standing and taking pics...after one more song the guy took a pic, Frampton said something like 'I bet that was a good picture, mind if I have a look?"  Guy hands over the phone and Frampton chucks it over the drummer's head and off stage...resulted in a standing ovation for the artist...not sure if the guy got his phone back, if it survived being thrown, etc.  


You really think that is gonna stop R Mutt and his eternal quest for Dylan concert video? What does the unstoppable R Mutt use for his covert concert operations?

Spy camera glasses!

PS-Remember to stop recording when using the restroom.

Which restroom are you using R?

The one with the shortest line.

I thought so...I can remember many years ago the outdoor Tennis center in Indy hosted lots of concerts...great venue, but totally insufficient restrooms...women's line moves much slower than we had many women in the men's restroom during those shows out of necessity, because the women in line at the women's bathroom missed the first half hour of the headliners act...women are quite capable of using a men's urinal too, in case you wondered...I am an eye witness...

But you probably didn't wonder as we all know that R. Mutt is an expert in urinals...or wait, maybe it's that R. Mutt is an urinal?  

Well we know he named himself after a "famous" Dada urinal.

Yep, cell phones have joined loud talking during quiet shows as a nuisance.  Also not fun is when a guy 6’9” needs to stand up front and center at a small club show. I’m a bit over 6’ so I really have to stand on my tippy toes to stretch my arms high enough to take my 54 pictures and long video that never turn out that well or sound good. Need higher stages.

I'm about 6'1" and in small standing only venues I feel bad about all the short people behind me whose view may be blocked but I'm not about to spend the whole concert in the back although I may go back there to lean against the wall at some point given my nearly 70-yr-old body.

One venue I frequent is usually standing only but will occasionally put out folding chairs in rows for sit-down shows which they announce. I talked my handicapped wife into going to such a sit down show to see Dan Bern but when we got there there were no chairs. When we asked about it they said the opening act insisted on removing them. They gave my wife a chair to sit on so she got to see legs and butts the whole show which sucked.

To the depths that y’all hijack the thread is always interesting to me. Anybody have any thoughts on climate change or white supremacy? Just asking. Or agitating. 

Climate change? Ah, that is  just some typical liberal science bullsh*t (or more likely the planet is doomed). I just hope I'm around long enough to watch  the rising oceans take out Mar a Lago.

But back to a favorite topic thread  (and yet related to climate change).  Clams, fried clams.......clam farts? Imagine the hits ND gets when the internets googles "clam farts"! Thanks! You're welcome!

Clams contribute to climate change!


Ed, you’re going to have to explain what you mean about hijacking threads. 

I’m sorry...there’s a shiny object over here I’m looking at. What did you say? Huh?