Program Notes 46

I gotta get out more. I gotta spend more time in the office. I need little but I want more.

Still more rumors swirling around Marilyn Manson. Stop it. Spreading rumors is my job. Some weeks ago we told you that the group's deal with Nothing/Interscope was not off, that the postponement of the release (originally skedded March 15) for their big-label debut, Portrait of an American Family, was because they had to reshoot the liner art because they brought in a new bassist. Truth. However -- yes, it is true that Interscope has now declined to distribute the record. I know what those of you who know MM (and I'm sure that's all y'all) are thinking: Industry cowards terrified of any controversy took a listen to, say, "Cake & Sodomy" (or even just its psychotic intro) and said, "Censor this now!" Well, yeah, I suppose so. On the other hand, maybe it's a serial killer thing. But Mr. Manson himself told me last week: "The record is finished. It will not be changed. For any reason." I've heard an advance cassette of the album and -- no, it should not be changed. No reason to. It should be distributed so y'all can hear it, too.

So the album's done, and the deal with Nothing Records is fully intact. A source says that there never was a distribution deal with Interscope. "Nothing with Interscope and this record was ever set in stone." The company has every right to decline to distribute any record for any reason. I mean, there is no law requiring record-company executives to actually have balls (or brains). Let the other distributors begin their bidding war (if they're smart). If they hear what I hear, the album should be on record-store shelves in about two months, which is how long it takes to press and ship. I'll update ya as soon as I can persuade some more sources to go on the record.

On Tuesday Tuen brings something worthwhile (live rock) to the Spot.
Look for a renaissance at Tropics. They're fixing the club up big time (one source calls it "a major facelift"), and they're now staging Thursday night jams and some major-league bands for March and April weekends A Magic City Funk Factory, Raw B. Jae and Liquid Funk, the Wilde Bunch, Reasons, and, of course, more.

The Elysian plays tonight at Musicians Exchange, with Kniption Fit, and at Churchill's on March 12.

"While other girls were playing with their toys/And boys were playing with bugs and guns/I cut my nails and played my scales/And practiced with the faith of a nun" sings Dania Morris on "I Just Want to Be Beethoven," from the cassette Beethoven's Boots. I guess so -- the whole album features clever songwriting, pleasant singing, and dazzling instrumentation, particularly the keyboard sections, which are among the best you'll hear anywhere this year. The energetic, drum-pound heavy remake of "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" is worth the price of admission, though that's just a tease for the ten potent originals. A brilliant debut, as the critics would say. Morris celebrates the release with a show and party Saturday at Squeeze.

Pop that cherry, baby, pop, pop that...anyway, this is a first, they say, Jack Off Jill live at the Otherside (2283 Wilton Drive in Wilton Manors, 565-5538) tonight (Thursday). Something about "one night only for alternative people with alternative lifestyles." Cuh-ool. After that, the Jackers head to Atlanta to play Midtown Music Hall with Hammerhead.

The mighty Johnny Tonite rocks the Zoo tomorrow (Friday). Their next CD, Time of Arson, is due out soon.

So last week I whined about how horrible it is to try to see Nil Lara at Stephen Talkhouse. Okay. So on March 11, FtN (says here they changed their Forget the Name to just FtN) and Meester Lara (with an acoustic set by Arlan Feiles to open) perform in concert at the Colony Theater. Should be enough room for me there.

Talisman returns to "the only rock club in Kendall" -- Shortstop's -- on Saturday.

Guitar virtuoso and teacher Alex Gomez blows into town from Orlando to tape the last twelve episodes of his blues slide-guitar workshop, which will air this summer across the nation (here in Miami on WLRN-TV). Tory Voodoo (from Jacksonville), Jeff Howell (from Orlando), Ben Andrews (from D.C.), studio cat Bryan LeMar, Lynne Noble Band, and Iko-Iko (no idea where those last two are from) will take part at the closed sessions in the Talkhouse. (I tried to find out more about a Tory Voodoo concert performance but there wasn't time. Check around.) Gomez says his show has gone from a Wayne's World-type thing to a PBS- type thing. I've seen it, it rules.

Tomorrow (Friday) Colors of Illusion play at the Cellblock (what used to be Rock Solid). Call 568-3414.

Last night (after this paper was printed) they debuted, and they play the Talkhouse on March 12, and they don't have a tape, but without hesitation I can tell you, without hearing 'em play a note, that this is a great band. Jodie and the Rodeo it's called, and it's essentially an all-star group fronted by Jodi Horovitz (she outlived her base, the late-great Cactus Cantina). Joel Perry (of F.O.C. fame) plays bass, Dan Warner on guitar, Ben Stivers on keys, and John Yarling drumming. And another guy, on guitar, who was kind enough to phone me up and let me know he's back -- Ben Peeler. Wow. They're working on a CD. More to come.

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