Dec. 5th will mark the debut of the newest version of Buzzie. Come see us at Austin’s historic SCOOT INN. We’ll be there with a whole bunch of popsters and rockers for The International Pop Overthrow Austin Edition.
Buzzie plays at 9pm on Friday Dec. 5th with the following lineup.
John McElhenney – guitars and vocals
John Viehweg – guitars and vocals
Chris Vreeland – bass
Jay Hendrix – drums
Stacie Livesay – background vocals
If you want a rough preview of two songs, here’s a littlebox recording of our rehearsal yesterday.
Track one has been done for years, so now I’m getting ready to do the next 5 Radiohead songs for my tribute record On the Radio. Here’s All I Need, in it’s second draft, pre-mastering. There are a few more tweaks to go, but you’ll get the idea.
John McElhenney – vocals
Ron Flynt – piano and acoustic guitar
Masumi Jones – drums
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With the encouragement of two dear friends, I have begun processing some of the video from the El Ray show, oh, a few years back. This is the first instalment. The sound is about a 6 out of 10. It was shot on the tiniest video cam I ever saw. Just a fan. He contacted me after the show and offered to send it to me from JAPAN. He did.
This is a gift back to David Bash who has been so awesome to invite Buzzie back to IPO again and again.
Here is the 2nd song in the IPO installment, “I want to know you”:
Together it has been my pleasure to light up the amps and guitars with Robbie Rist no fewer than THREE times as BUZZIE. Here is the most recent collaboration as Buzzie at the International Pop Overthrow in Orange County this Summer, 2009.
My son Jason shot some video of our show at the Orange County Fair. He wasn’t so focused on the show but was making some great comments along the way. I don’t know if he was going for an art piece, but he sure got one. This was shot on a Flip video camera and edited with iMovie. Click on the image below to watch the video on YouTube.
The Buzzie musicians are:
John McElhenney: vocals and guitar
Robbie Rist: guitar and vocals
Derrick Anderson: bass
Marc Joseph: drums
It’s officially June and Buzzie’s CA gig is on July 26th. Plenty of time to get ready. But something is resisting.
Today I worked the set list for the show. [Still confirming with Robbie Rist about assembling a snap-crackle-pop band for the show.] It will be fun to do a rockin song from the 2nd Blue Cartoon CD, “Only Me, Only You.” I haven’t played that song since I left the band. wOOt! And another song that Blue Cartoon played for a while but never made it on to a CD, “If There’s Time.”
Much work to do.
Plane tickets seemed quite cheap last time I checked. Probably time to make the reservations. The hotel is actually going to be the big cost. I won’t really need to rent a car if I stay at the Orchid Suites. But I might need one, since my show is in Orange County.
I’ve got an old band mate and best friend out there, but not sure if I want to sleep over and then rent a car. They’ve got twin girls, probably in the 3ish range. And from my buddy’s response, they’re a bit overwhelmed. I asked him to sit in on a song or two. And he didn’t have the time. Oh well. Probably better to leave them be and do the Orchid. And get a car for the morning of the Orange County show. Just thinking things through. You can hear some songs from my pre-Blue Cartoon-era with John Bergquist in a band called Felix Culpa.
And then there’s the question of how long to stay. Each night equivalent to another plane ticket. Jeesh!
But the news is: I’M GOING. And today I decided to take the Les Paul rather than the Strat. Less opportunities to mess with the tone on the Strat. I’ve been know to whack the pickup selector in a strumming frenzy and then have a hard time finding the stroke to flip it back. And since I’ll be doin a backline amp, the last thing I need is to be tweaky with my tone. So set the Les Paul and leave it. Three tones. All tone and volume knobs UP, all the way UP. Down = bright, Middle = full, Up = Heavy.
Set it and forget it. In practicing today I was messing around with the Strat and it came to me, “I don’t even want to think about it.” One less thing to worry about.
Now I just need a band and a place to stay. And I’m already “in waitin” for it. Power Pop Mecca.
It’s a brilliant summer already. “Time Stand Still!”