Golden Blasts From Out of the Past


Our basement cleaning project here at Stately Hoge Manor has uncovered a box of old DJ copy 45s leftover from my time as a radio announcer in Nashville. Everything in the box was at least 50 years old. Here are the four records that were on top of the stacks in the box.Click on the image to embiggen it. You can use your browser’s BACK button to return to this post.

The timings in red give the lengths of the instrumental intros which we routinely talked over back in the ’60s. The Xs identify the A-sides of the records. The small holes in label areas of a couple of the records identify them as not-for-sale DJ copies.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


Brett Kimberlin has failed at almost everything he’s tried. He got caught smuggling drugs. He got busted as the Speedway Bomber. He’s failed as a pro se litigant.

The TKPOTD for six years ago today dealt with one of the instances of his failure as a musician.

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Gentle Reader, do you ever wonder what the Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin does when he isn’t involved in vexatious lawsuit? He’s got himself a rock-and-roll band called Op-Critical. One of the sca … uh … promotions he’s attempted for the band was trying to get a performance by Op-Critical included in the soundtrack of the Twilight movie Eclipse.Op-Crit TweetsEar-plugsIt shouldn’t surprise anyone familiar with Op-Critical’s body of work to learn that Twilight Angel isn’t on the album. You can listen to The Dread Performer Kimberlin singing Twilight Angel on YouTube, but I don’t recommend doing so. Normally, folks with TDPK’s level of talent are advised not to give up their day jobs, but I’m not sure which causes more harm in Kimberlin’s case.

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Almost all of Kimberlin’s business entities show some sort of paperwork deficiency when you run checks on them. One exception is Actup Enterprises Inc. On 17 July, Kimberlin took the steps necessary to restore it to good standing status with the State of Maryland. Actup has variously referred to itself as an artist representative and as a record label.

The Actup Enterprises web domain is gone, but while it was active, it only listed one performer as an artist—Kelsie Kimberlin. BTW, her recent music videos appear to have ben produced in Ukraine.

Chris White Supremacy


Chris White is a college professor who has written a post for Slate making the absurd claim that referring to well known composers by their last names is a form of white supremacy.

Musicians, academics, and teachers have a lot of work ahead to confront the racist and sexist history of classical music. Fullnaming composers, especially those who have been elevated to mononymic status by this complicated history, will challenge us to at the very least afford the same respect to all of the individuals whose music we talk and write about.

Uh, no. If I say that I’m listening to a piece by Mozart and don’t use a first name, it’s a reasonable assumption that I’m referring to Wolfgang Amadeus and not his father Leopold who was also an accomplished composer. If I refer simply to Bach, I probably mean Johann Sebastian and not Carl Philip Emmanuel, Johann Christian, or any of the senior Bach’s other musically talented children. This has nothing to do with race; it’s about stature and importance as musicians.

Similarly, if I refer to President Johnson, it’s a safe bet I don’t mean Andrew Johnson unless the context deals with his administration or Reconstruction.

BTW, Joplin and Ellington were unavailable for comment.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


One of the ways that I’ve ridiculed Brett Kimberlin was to begin referring to him as The Dread Pirate Kimberlin after he put up a pirate-themed website called the Bloggers Offense Fund. As time went by, I also tagged him with other The Dread P_____ Kimberlin nicknames where P_____ might be  something likePerjurer or Pro-Se or Performer. Because he has yet to pay sanctions and court costs taxed against him, Dread has been changed to Deadbeat.

The TKPOTD for five years ago today was about The Dread Deadbeat Performer Kimberlin.

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Here’s another silly claim that keeps reappearing in The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin’s LOLsuits.ECF 135-147

That’s from his second amended complaint in the Kimberlin v. The Universe, et al. RICO Madness LOLsuit. It’s repeated word-for-word as paragraph 122 in the complaint in his Kimberlin v. Most of the Universe, et al. RICO Retread LOLsuit.

Ear-plugs“… in order to interfere with Plaintiff’s business relationships and his prospective advantage … as a musician.” Oh, please! Now, I will admit that I have published a review of one of his CDs and that it was unfavorable, i.e., honest. The Dread Performer Kimberlin’s lack of talent is the most significant impediment to his music career. This is not to say that I think he should abandon his attempt at a career in music. This is from my earlier review—

While he didn’t do especially well with the acoustic guitar on Keyhole, Brett Kimberlin is actually a reasonably good guitarist. He probably couldn’t cut it in Nashville or LA, but could make a living in a minor market (such as Seattle) or playing the Holiday Inn circuit. Indeed, the world would be a better place if he did ignore the usual advice and give up his day job.

‘Nuff said.

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Yeah, Seattle might be just the place for Kimberlin.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


Past performance is no guarantee of future results, but it’s the way to bet—

Dope Smuggling—caught, pleaded guilty

Serial Bombing—caught, convicted, paroled, sentence expires in 2030

Pro-Se Lawfare—four state defamation LOLsuits, one fraudulent default judgment, one directed verdict for defendants, two dismissals

Pro-Se Lawfare—six peace order petitions, all denied

Pro-Se Lawfare—five false criminal complaints, all dropped for lack of evidence

Pro-Se Lawfare—five federal LOLsuits, all dismissed

Music Career—neither of the bands Epoxy nor Op-Critical was successful

Election Protection 2016—Trump won

Dirt Digging 2017—got scammed by fake financial records

Election Protection 2020—as of 10:05 pm ET yesterday @ItsTime_2020 still didn’t have a single follower.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


The Dread Deadbeat Pro-Se Kimberlin has failed at a great many more things than his attempts to use lawfare to silence people who have written truthful things about him and his activities. He’s tried to make a go of using music as a tool for left-wing activism, and failed as The Dread Deadbeat Performer/Producer/Promoter/Protester Kimberlin as well. Consider this post from seven years ago today titled Justice Through Music Project, Soooper Promoters.

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Gentle Reader, I’ll bet you didn’t know how critical having their music on the Justice Through Music Project has been for so many recording artists. What follows is from a press release dated in 2006. The subject of Craig Gillette’s PR release was the work JTMP was doing to promote a Neal Young album. I really liked this bit:

Justice Through Music has been a pioneer for the past five years in using famous bands and artists to promote civil rights. More and more artists are coming to JTM to get out their political message, including recently, Pink, Eminem, the Dixie Chicks, and many others.

JTMP’s incorporation papers show a start up date in 2003 but I suppose that Brett Kimberlin could have be operating the organization as an unincorporated entity for a couple of years. He was released from prison in 2001.

And I’m gratified to know how JTMP was so helpful to struggling acts like Pink, Eminem, the Dixie Chicks. Who knows? Maybe one day Brett Kimberlin will put that same powerful soooper promotion behind his own musical career.

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It’s been over a year and a half since there has been any new material posted to the Justice Through Music Project website. Indeed, when Kimberlin put up a post promotion the most recent music project he’d been associated with, he published it on his Ukrainian site empr dot media.

Perhaps Justice Through Music and the band Op-Critical are now abandoned failures.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


Today is the eight anniversary of the most popular post I’ve published—Review: “Nothing Else” by Epoxy (#BrettKimberlin).

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Back in 2002, Brett Kimberlin fronted a band named Epoxy and released a CD called Nothing Else. The story he spun promoting the album was that it contained songs that he had written while he was being held as a political prisoner in the federal prison system.

The band consisted of Brett Kimberlin on guitar and vocals, Wade Matthews on Bass, and Robbie White on Drums. The genre of the album is someplace between grunge and punk, neither of which are among my favorite musical forms.

Let me first comment on Mr. Kimberlin’s voice. I had heard his speaking voice in court, and I understand why some people refer to it as whinny. His singing voice reminds me of the silly voice that Weird Al uses on tracks such as Eat It. Mrs. Hoge, who listened through the CD with me, said, “Eddie Haskell.” On most of the tracks his voice was off key, usually flat.

Most of the songs could have been filler tracks on a generic grunge album. Some of the alienation in them seems to be more appropriate for a 17 year old, not someone 30 years older. Mr. Kimberlin was in his late 40s when the recording was made. However, three of the songs stood out. Vicegrip was actually interesting musically. Donuts had clever lyrics. It’s about lousy prison food and would probably get a nod of approval from G. Gordon Liddy.

Then there’s the last cut Keyhole. It was outstandingly bad. Mrs. Hoge and I met while we were in the music business, and during her career as a recording engineer, she recorded more gold and platinum records than I did. Her comment was, “If you’re gonna mike a guitar that close, you should use a better guitar and make sure it’s in tune. And get a better guitar player.”

While he didn’t do especially well with the acoustic guitar on Keyhole, Brett Kimberlin is actually a reasonably good guitarist. He probably couldn’t cut it in Nashville or LA, but could make a living in a minor market (such as Seattle) or playing the Holiday Inn circuit. Indeed, the world would be a better place if he did ignore the usual advice and give up his day job.

Nothing Else by Epoxy (Pollen Records, $16.04 from Amazon) is interesting because of who recorded it, but I can’t honestly recommend it for the musical experience it offers.

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There’s good news, and there’s bad news. First, the bad news: Nothing Else is still available at Amazon. Now, the good news: As of 9 pm ET last night, the price had dropped to $5.64.

Quote of the Day


Someday you will be a man,
And you will be the leader of a big old band.
Many people coming from miles around
To hear you play your music when the sun go down
Maybe someday your name will be in lights
Saying Johnny B. Goode tonight.

—Chuck Berry

Charlie Daniels, R. I. P.


Musician Charlie Daniels died today after suffering a hemorrhagic stroke. He was 83. His skilled playing of the guitar, bass, fiddle, banjo, and mandolin and his distinctive voice will be missed.

UPDATE—Charlie was the bass player on this session—

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


A commenter to yesterday’s TKPOTD asks if Lobotomy, the song in the music video referenced in the post, is a recycled Op-Critical tune. I believe so. Here’s a song list from op-critical dot com, the website for what used to be the house band for The Dread Deadbeat Performer Kimberlin’s not-for-profit Justice Through Music Project. Lobotomy is one of the titles listed.That website doesn’t appear to have had any maintenance for several years. All of the links are broken.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


I stumbled upon a link to a music video posted on YouTube last week that had the following information included in the credits—

I’ll make a couple of comments.

First, this explains what The Dread Deadbeat Protector Kimberlin has been doing instead of focusing on his Protect Our Elections/EMRP Inc. not-for-profit.

Second, I once remarked that while I would normally advise someone with The Dread Deadbeat Performer musical talent not to give up his day job, I was willing to make an exception in Kimberlin’s case. I’ll stand by that exception for Kimberlin.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


Some of Team Kimberlin’s attempts at harassment have been downright comical, and as I noted six years ago today, Some Things Aren’t Worth Bothering With.

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I’m told that as part of his mockery of me Very Ordinary Seaman Ferguson has been trying to run one of the most common plays in Team Kimberlin’s book, false death threats.@DeeinHouston201401001846Z

Yawn. I’ll let Rick Blaine react for me.

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BTW, Team Kimberlin’s William Ferguson should not be confused with the talented operatic tenor. VOSF is the guy behind the electronic music tracks emitted under the name Sub-Aetha. Here’s a list of his top ten track on YouTube.Listen at your own risk.

The mockery continues.

Quote of the Day


Ich weiß für mich, daß ich, solang ich mein Erlebnis in Worten zusammenfassen kann, gewiß keine Musik hierüber machen würde. For myself I know that, as long as I can summarize my experience in words, I would certainly not make any music about it.

—Gustav Mahler

A Genuine Person


Back in the early ’70’s, I was working in the music industry in Nashville. One of places I worked was small studio that a musician had set up in his garage. It was equipped with hand-me-down gear retired from other studios. The console was a pastiche of vacuum tube and early transistor modules in a rather tall wood enclosure. I sounded great, but I could just barely see over it when sitting down.

As I was setting up for a demo session one evening (A demo is a simple recording of a song used to pitch it to singers for them to record.), the songwriter walked into the control room. She wasn’t very tall, and seated at the console, all I could see of her was that she was a cute brunette with a short haircut. It wasn’t until she came around the console and stood next to me that I realized she was Dolly Parton.

I very much enjoyed that session. In an industry where too many stars and wannabe stars are legends in their own minds, Dolly Parton was a nice person, a pleasure to work with. And sensible.

I was reminded of her good sense when I read a post by Suzanne Venker titled Of Course Dolly’s Not a Feminist. She Loves Men. (The periods are in the title.). The post is based on an NPR podcast called Dolly Parton’s America, and the apparent inability of the podcast’s host to understand why Dolly Parton isn’t a feminist.

In Dolly Parton’s America, Parton proves in spades that there’s a much more positive and compassionate attitude to have toward men, women and relationships. But if you want to adopt it, you can’t simultaneously pay homage to a group that assumes the worst of half the population. And you can’t take life so seriously.

But you can work hard and use your talent. And be a pleasure to work with.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


This episode of Blogsmoke first ran two years ago today.

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SOUND: MODEM CONNECTING FADES UP TO FULL MIKE—SINGLE SHOT—RICOCHET

MUSIC: UP AND UNDER—RECORDED—CUT 1

ANNOUNCER: (VOICE OVER MUSIC) Around Twitter Town and in the territory of the net—there’s just one way to handle the harassers and the stalkers—and that’s with an Internet Sheriff and the smell of “BLOGSMOKE”!

MUSIC: THEME HITS: FULL BROAD SWEEP AND UNDER—RECORDED—CUT 2

ANNOUNCER: “BLOGSMOKE” starring W. J. J. Hoge. The story of the trolling that moved into the young Internet—and the story of a man who moved against it. (MUSIC: OUT)

JOHN: I’m that man, John Hoge, Internet Sheriff—the first man they look for and the last they want to meet. It’s a chancy job—and it makes a man watchful … and a little lonely.

MUSIC: MAIN TITLE—RECORDED—CUT 3 Continue reading

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


Anyone who has had the misfortune of listening to one of Brett Kimberlin’s music videos will understand why it is so easy to make fun of them. The TKPOTD from five years ago today did just that.

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One of The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin’s complaints in his Kimberlin v. The Universe, et al. RICO Madness is that telling the truth about him has hurt his efforts in the music business. OTOH, it has come to my attention that the publicity has suggested another possible market for his music videos.MST3K_BK

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I suppose another possible use for The Dread Deadbeat Performer Kimberlin’s music would be in Room 101.