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Getting Ready for a BUZZIE ReBoot!

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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.

Work In Progress – John Veihweg’s Blog (Songs included: Little World of Love and The Same Thing.)

And come see some amazing music at the Scoot Inn from Dec. 4 – Dec. 6.

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Support local music when you can, and when you can’t… hey what’s wrong with you?

Blessings,

JMac (aka Mr. Buzzie)
@jmacofearth

Buzzie Tracks “All I Need” the 2nd Radiohead Cover

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.

Performers:

  • John McElhenney – vocals
  • Ron Flynt – piano and acoustic guitar
  • Masumi Jones – drums

Get some more Buzzie from the PLAY and iTUNES stores.

Keep the faith.

Buzzie will be playing The International Pop Overthrow as it returns to Austin, Texas on Friday, Dec. 5th. We’d love to see you there.

You can hear the first Radiohead cover, Last Flowers using the player below.

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Buzzie’s “The Same Thing” from the El Ray Theater in Los Angels CA

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”:

Buzzie: “I Want to Know You” Live at the El Ray from John McElhenney on Vimeo.

I wanna know you: BUZZIE from John McElhenney on Vimeo.

And also to my blip.fm friends @ladypn and @adamofdallas.

@jmacofearth
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Buzzie LOVES Robbie Rist: Mockers, Buzzie, Andersons, and Little JOHN

Robbie Rist, Cousin Oliver on the Brady Bunch - goin to the dog house

A huge shout to my brother in guitars, Robbie Rist or as we’ve known him all these years, my cousin Oliver.

The MOCKERS do Highway Star in Madrid! (Watch the man rock!)

The MOCKERS Dejame! (from the movie The Fiesta)

THE MOCKERS, Mola Guay, OK

The Mockers discography!

And to the my bandmates in 2009’s IPO Festival at the Orange County Fair Grounds – THE ANDERSONS

Robbie Rist – solo

Robbie on TV

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Robbie in Revenge of the Nerds PILOT

No Robbie, but how the meme grew and shrunk, here’s a Space: 1999 episode of Big John Little John

Cousin Oliver on the BRADY BUNCH – “Never trust anyone over 12!”

Robbie Rist gives information about doing voice over talent.

Nothing to do with Robbie Rist – the Simpson’s Voice Over actors without their cartoon on.

All of my love man, and until we play together again… In AUSTIN, oh, say SXSW 010 baby!

robbie rist and the andersons - she's probably with him right now

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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.

  • Just Another Day (Video of IPO 2009 with a new demo song over the top)
  • She’s Gone (the raw footage is also on YouTube for your enjoyment)

Just Another Day – (Video from Buzzie’s IPO show)

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.

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The Buzzie musicians are:
John McElhenney: vocals and guitar
Robbie Rist: guitar and vocals
Derrick Anderson: bass
Marc Joseph: drums

The song “Just Another Day” was written and performed by John McElhenney.
©2009 All Rights Reserved, Happy Mac Tunes (ascap).

Many thanks to David Bash and the entire staff of International Pop Overthrow.

The video is also available on

Vimeo
Yahoo
MySpace
Blip.tv

The photostream is also available on Flickr.

@jmacofearth
permalink: http://bit.ly/buzzie-live

And now by popular request is the raw footage of She’s Gone, the song behind the video, un-edited and narrated by Jason.

Vimeo
YouTube
Blip.tv
MySpace

Buzzie IPO 09 Complete Image Set

Lucky we were to have a professional photographer in the audience. Here’s the email she sent on Monday with the attached photos.

I photographed your band because of your great energy and passion for your music.  I was just compelled to!  Love the music!

Photographically and Musically Yours,
Christina Baldwin
http://www.christinabaldwinphotography.com

This photostream is also available on Flickr.

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Blessings.

A short video of the show can be seen at these fine sites:

@jmacofearth
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Buzzie’s Big Day at the Orange County SuperFair!

Lucky we were to have a professional photographer in the audience. Here’s the email she sent on Monday with the attached photos.

I photographed your band because of your great energy and passion for your music.  I was just compelled to!  Love the music!

Photographically and Musically Yours,
Christina Baldwin
http://www.christinabaldwinphotography.com

Here’s the lineup:

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JMac on guitar and vocals.

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Robbie Rist on lead and harmonies.

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Derrick Anderson on bass.

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Mark Joseph on drums.

More to come, but I wanted to share these immediately.

A HUGE thanks to David Bash and the IPO crew for making our 09 experience a blast!

@jmacofearth
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The photostream is also available on Flickr.

Here’s the Scoop to get to the Buzzie Gig in CALI – Sunday July 26 12:30!

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Here’s the map snapshot:

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Buzzie is playing at 12:30. We hope to see you there. Come give us a shout.

@jmacofearth
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Fair ground map and driving instructions: http://ocfair.com/2009/visitfair/visit_fair.html

And a link to the LA International Pop Overthrow schedule page.

Here We Come Hollywood – Burnin and Printin for IPO 2009

It was a wonderful day. The skies finally opened up around 5pm and rain fell and kept on falling on the straw of our yard and steamed up the streets. Central Texas took a welcome drink of rain.

Inside the Mac compound I was hard at work manufacturing Buzzie CD-Rs for the show on Sunday.

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Not a lot of practicing today, as I wanted, but there’s time for that in Cali. 😉

And Monday my son called me on the phone to ask, “How many people are your band, Dad?”

He was quite proud when I came home and he showed me his Buzzie Tower Stage!

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And with that, I’m pretty much ready to go. Except I haven’t packed a thing and I fly out tomorrow at 7:40. Oh well, there’ll be time to rest at the hotel. Always time to rest at the hotel.

@jmacofearth
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Preppin for the Summer of 09 “Tour”: Makin Set Lists, Stringin Guitars, Blisters On My Fingers

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!”

@jmacofearth
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