11.18.2008

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Scattered Brain

The usual apologies for not writing/promises to write more often, etc. I know there are a few of you who like to read the diary. I think that's great and that's the reason I like to spend at least a little time on it, and not just use it to channel sheer blather. I like for there to be some inspiration in the thing. Below are the scraps and shavings of several attempts to get the diary page going again. I have only a rough idea of when these were written or what frame of mind I was in, but it should give you an idea of how scattered my brain has been this past year

 

July?

trainwreckIf you were my neighbor you would be facing real madness by now. Whoever is running the railroad next door has either left a locomotive on the wrong part of the track or a switch is busted somewhere. The air is filled with the never ending din of clanging bells day and night. This goes on for days at a time....

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11.13.2008

Royal Fingerbowl Live Recording this Friday

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Greetings!

The cards and letters keep pouring in, all demanding another Royal Fingerbowl show at One Eyed Jack's...

The Great Minds at TeamFinger have listened!
wetnapThis Friday night (Nov 14) come join Royal Fingerbowl for a night of Fingerbowl Music (a subset of twentieth-century western pop music not meant for dancing). And as an added bonus, you will be a part of HISTORY, as the performance will be recorded for eventual release as a CD. Get there early and get yourself a good spot up front. Enjoy some of the many cocktails available at this fine establishment, and get ready for the FUN!

Doors at nine, show starts at ten. One Eyed Jack's is located at 615 Toulouse St. between Royal and Chartres in the French Quarter. Their phone number is (504) 482-3133 and you can check them out online at www.myspace.com/oneeyedjacks

Thanks for reading this. Be one of the Proud Fourteen!

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10.01.2008

Shows and Diary...

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From a new diary entry...
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Now we are on the edge of winter and lots of stuff is looming on the horizon. The Fingerbowl is going to play again at One Eyed Jack's this Friday. The show will be recorded for possible release, granted that we remember the songs. There is always the threat of a new Tin Men cd, and the Valparaisos may just have to do another one as well. An outfit called the Threadheads has agreed to produce a cd for me doing my own songs (several other friends have shown their support as well), which will begin next week over at Piety. The Theater of the Damned continues over at the Saturn Thursday nights at 8 and the Tom Paines are still doing happy hour every tuesday at the Circle Bar. These are No Cover shows, so not much risk. Also look out for the Mama's Boy reunion show at One Eyed Jack's on Saturday Dec. 6


07.07.2008

Royal Finger Bowl - Review of One Eyed Jacks Show

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The room was sparked and sparkling and vibrating with 150 to 200 people(near the middle of the first set, McMurray thanked the 14 Fingerbowl fans for bringing a friend). What a great feeling, to be among so many people elated to be where they were and nowhere else. More... -- LiveNewOreans.com 
  

 


07.01.2008

Royal Finger Bowl - Review of One Eyed Jacks Show

liveneworleans.com

liveneworleans.com by Jason Songe

The room was sparked and sparkling and vibrating with 150 to 200 people(near the middle of the first set, McMurray thanked the 14 Fingerbowl fans for bringing a friend). What a great feeling, to be among so many people elated to be where they were and nowhere else.


07.01.2008

Royal Fingerbowl Returns!

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The members of Royal Fingerbowl Mach II (Alex McMurray, Carlo Nuccio, Matt Perrine, Bob Andrews) return for one special show.

Interview with Carl Nuccio on Royal Fingerbowl and the upcoming show on Nola.com

One Eyed Jacks is located just 2 blocks from Bourbon Street in the French Quarter at:
615 Toulouse Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

And just a friendly reminder - Alex procured a bunch of the back catalog from the old label
and is offering them for sale on this very website!  Check out the Music Page


05.05.2008

007 Drops New Disk - you only drop once!

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007 release a new disk filled with rocksteady classics.  Go to the music page to check out the new disk.
Disk are for sale online, buy one now mon.
007 are:
jeffrey clemens - sings, plays drums
alex mcmurray - sings, plays guitar
joe cabral - sings plass bass
jonathan freilich - plays guitar

Check out the 007 website for more info and music - www.007rocksteady.com
007 has a myspace too - www.myspace.com/007rocksteady


04.15.2008

Tin Men & The Valparaiso Men's Chorus play Pyratecon!

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from Best Of New Orleans...

The prolific local singer/songwriter Alex McMurray has made no bones about the fact that his latest project, the Valparaiso Men's Chorus, is not a pirate-related venture. The group " which was conceived during McMurray's stint as a shanty-singing sea captain at Tokyo Disney Resort " is a robust choir whose size can swell to nearly 20 members, backed by bandmates from the Tin Men and belting out time-tested songs of the sea. Their album, Guano and Nitrate, was one of the local favorites of last year. Though McMurray may frown on privateering, by odd coincidence his gig (part of One Eyed Jacks' fourth anniversary celebration, also featuring the Morning 40 Federation) falls smack in the middle of PyrateCon 2008. The three-day event is a convention of period-costumed pirate enthusiasts, historians and actors who play pirates on TV, gathering in the land of...

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04.01.2008

Chaz Festival 2008 is On!

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Chaz Festival will be presented again this year at the world famous 'Truck Farm' in the 9th Ward Bywater.
(alex's backyard). The line up this year is stellar once again. The Tin Men w/The Valpariso Men's Chorus and The Happy Talk Band will perform and many many others.
For all the details and tickets check out: www.chazfestival.com


01.01.2008

Guano and Nitrates Review - No Quarter Magazine

Guano and Nitrates

No Quarter Magazine by Jamaica Rose

Guano + Nitrates" from the Valparaiso Men's Chorus, featuring the Tin Men. It's an album of traditional shanties. But it is very different from other albums of traditional shanties. It is sung as if by a pub full of drunken rowdies... sung the way sailors would have sung, with no holds barred, cursing and swearing like... well... drunken sailors.

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12.15.2007

Royal Fingerbowl - Now available!

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- Alex has finally swung a deal with the fine folks at (record company to go unnamed) and he can now offer more of his back catalog - Royal Fingerbowl's legendary 'Happy Birthday Sabo!' and 'Greyhound Afternoons'. Go check out the music page for free samples and a link to get one of these fine disks in your hands. There is no sayin' how long the supply will last, so get them while  you can!

- Another run of Banjaxed was pressed and it is now available in disk and digital download.

- A blogger named 'authur' attended the last Valparaiso Men's Chorus event at the Saturn Bar. Check out his take on the event here.
"The band plays these old songs as if they were born to them, skipping reverence and piousness and going straight to their dirty hearts"


11.27.2007

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Whoa, this is sad. Almost five months since the last diary posting. While I am Extraordinarily Busy, there is really no excuse for this. And you would think that I'd be fixing to burst with news and information, but that isn't the case. Sure there are the usual updates, such as the news that there was another performance of sea shanties on November 2, which was triumphant and epochal. The Valparaiso Men's Chorus got its collective shit together and learned another set of music not on the CD. I harbor the faintest of hopes that we can make another CD. I can't see why not. Maybe the chorus could go out and sell magazine subscriptions to help raise the money. I think it would be cute to see Fayard and Starnes knocking on doors and putting on an earnest face. We could offer people Ranger Rick and Boy's Life. If those magazines still exist. Perhaps a sailing magazine or one devoted to...

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11.25.2007

Media Updates

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- The Thursday evening DBA shows have been going well. There will be a great line up of guests for the December shows including: Bill Malchow, The Jackals (Cabral/Freilich/Garrison), John Vidocovich, Walt and Auroa, Simon Lott and Brian Coogan. Always something familiar. Always something new. Always something that you should not have missed. What else could you be doing on Thursday night?

- Check out Zack Smiths Chaz Fest 2007 Photos. Nice Gallery of Chaz Fest gayety. Thanks Zack.

- We have sold out of legendary 007 CD 'Studied Rudeness'. Never fear rock steady fans, the new 007 disk is in final production and will be available in Jan or Feb ohh eight. Don't miss out on this one. Buy early and buy often.

- The folks at NolaFunGuide.com have put a page up on yours truly.
- And a short mention at Nola.com (gravely voiced vanguard?)


10.15.2007

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THE VALPARAISO MEN'S CHORUS
is proud to present
An Evening of
SEA SHANTIES
at the
SATURN BAR
3067 St. Claude Ave.
9th ward, USA
11pm on the night of
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 2, 2007
View Show Poster

10.01.2007

The ACT

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So people have been asking me more and more when I'm going to crank upthe act again. Looks like I'll be taking over for Paul Sanchez over at the DBA Thursday evenings from 7-10. No cover, hassle free entertainment on a school night. more than likely i'll have lots of special guests to keep things interesting.


07.06.2007

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The usual apologies for not posting one of these for so long, etc. What can I say? Its been a big spring and now that its officially summer i can see the days stretching out ahead of me like a wild highway out in Utah. They're tearing up the street in front of the house and there's dust everywhere and that beeping sound whenever the heavy trucks go in reverse. They repaved St. Claude Avenue less than five years ago and we're all wondering why they're doing it again so soon, especially as it was one of the better preserved thoroughfares. Maybe it's part of a maintenance schedule but graft is the more logical explanation, especially when you know Burgundy Street just two blocks away has been a nightmare for years. You don't even want to ride your bike down Burgundy. But even Burgundy pales in comparison to the condition of just about every street north of St. Claude (the virtual...

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06.11.2007

Chaz Festival review and video in New Yorker Blog

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Chaz Festival review and video in New Yorker Blog - The New Orleans Journal

Great Blog entry and video of the Chaz Festival.
Look for the May 11 entry.  Here


06.11.2007

007 New Orleans Jazz Festival Live recording is available!

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The fine people at Munck Music have made this years 007 performance available both on disk and as a digital download. Get it at Munck Music

Set List:
1. Woman Don't Want Bang Around (2:42)
2. Honour Your Mother And Father (4:02)
3. Tears On My Pillow (3:26)
4. It's You (3:02)
5. Fortune Teller (3:37)
6. Stage Banter (0:36)
7. Long Time (3:45)
8. Baba Boom (4:59)
9. Unity (2:34)
10. No, No, No (6:00)
11. Stage Banter (1:12)
12. True Love (3:51)