[joe-frank-list] Things online reminding me of Joe Frank

mike hurst mrdubway at hotmail.com
Wed Oct 31 21:50:28 PDT 2007

Yes, I thought Joe Frank's show in LA was really incredible and I am surprised not more of a "to do" about it on this list.  It may have been better than the show I saw him perform in Costa Mesa several years ago but very different.

I hope there is a recording of this somewhere.  I am assuming so. It would be a shame not to have one.

As mentioned Joe had a full backing band that was made up of virtuoso jazz musicians who played repetitive ostinatos just like the radio show.  I was struck that a band with (I think) 6 talented players would have such great dynamic interplay with Joe to create such a low key backdrop most of the time and then swell into a brief, louder passage on cue when Joe would stop talking (just like the radio show).  Certainly Lenny the pawn shop owner who soloed uncontrollably at every opportunity would not have fit in to this band. 

The content was classic Joe Frank like what you hear on the radio show.  I haven't heard all of Joe's shows by any means but some of it was classic stories like the one about him getting seduced by the man in the Caribbean while on vacation with his family.  The first story was about an affair the narrator had with a nurse from Mt. Shasta and since there was an internet chat room and viagra mentioned in the story, this seems like it is possibly a new story to me (at least since the KCRW days that I am familiar with).  The narrator of this story also talked about his son and daughter and I don't think I've heard Joe talk about that before, but of course I don't really know if it was about Joe himself (or if it ever is, etc.)

THere were some repeated "chorus" refrains that Joe spoke rhythmically and monotonously (not quite singing them). Sometimes a couple of the backing band members would join in unison. I don't think I can recall anything in the radio shows I've heard where he does this either.  It made me think of "beatniks" for some reason that I can't really explain.

At the end a really soulful lady joined him and sang a few choruses about a "blue room" which was a great ending.  She had a great voice and improvised really soulfully around the theme.

Again, I assume that someone got this on tape... I'd love to know where I can hear it again. 

--Mike Hurst--
----------------------------------------> Date: Sun, 21 Oct 2007 16:39:34 -0700> From: ghastly_fop at yahoo.com> Subject: Re: [joe-frank-list] Things online reminding me of Joe Frank> To: joe-frank-list at armory.com>> I'd love to hear more about the contents of the> performance! Has anyone taken any pictures?>> --- karenladeeda at aol.com wrote:>>>>> hi.>>>> I went to two of the shows in la.? It was really>> intimate and strange.? Nice to have a band behind>> joe.?>>>> The content of the show was a trip.? it almost felt>> like a goodbye letter.? Joe seemed so much more>> frail then he did a few years back.? night and day.?>> at the same time, it seemed like he made his current>> health position part of the performance.? never sure>> of where one started and the other ended.>>>> Karen>>>> -----Original Message----->> From: Levent >> To: Joe Frank Mailing List>> >> Sent: Sun, 21 Oct 2007 4:11 pm>> Subject: Re: [joe-frank-list] Things online>> reminding me of Joe Frank>>>>>>>> Nice, this will be good, especially considering>> joefrank.com doesn't appear to be coming back>> anytime>> soon.>> How much patience are we supposed to have this time?>>>>>> --- B T  wrote:>>>>>>>> Hey folks,>>>>>> Doesn't look like much is going on online here.>> I'm>>> sure many have gone to see>>> JF live in LA this month... any reports, picts?>>>>>> Been roaming online and found some stuff that are>>> JF-esque. Unsure if the>>> artist knows JF, but nonetheless. Thought the>>> Frankophiles would be interested.>>>>>> Enjoy!>>> Bob>>> Portland, now>>>>>> MOMMAQATSI by John Bresland (mom's voicemails,>>> pretty nice!)>>> http://youtube.com/watch?v=bQGYkqDa-cI>>>>>> Big Boy - Part 1 by John Bresland (muse, voice>> tone,>>> and style like JF-- I>>> would definitely check out a museum if this was>>> playing in the background.)>>> http://youtube.com/watch?v=bQGYkqDa-cI>>>>>> The Seinfeld Analog by John Bresland (just>>> interesting)>>>>>> http://english.uiowa.edu/nonfiction/media/seinfeld.htm>>>>>> Godfrey Reggio - "Evidence" (unrelated to JF, but>> if>>> you like the Qatski>>> trilogy, you'll like this one.)>>> http://youtube.com/watch?v=vuI_nCADnW0>>>>>> __________________________________________________>>> Do You Yahoo!?>>> Tired of spam? Yahoo! Mail has the best spam>>> protection around>>> http://mail.yahoo.com>>> _______________________________________________>>> Joe Frank Mailing List>>> joe-frank-list at armory.com>>>>>> http://www.armory.com/mailman/listinfo.cgi/joe-frank-list>>>>>>>>> __________________________________________________>> Do You Yahoo!?>> Tired of spam? Yahoo! Mail has the best spam>> protection around>> http://mail.yahoo.com>> _______________________________________________>> Joe Frank Mailing List>> joe-frank-list at armory.com>>> http://www.armory.com/mailman/listinfo.cgi/joe-frank-list>>>>>>> ________________________________________________________________________>> Email and AIM finally together. You've gotta check>> out free AOL Mail! - http://mail.aol.com>>> _______________________________________________>> Joe Frank Mailing List>> joe-frank-list at armory.com>>> http://www.armory.com/mailman/listinfo.cgi/joe-frank-list>>>>> __________________________________________________> Do You Yahoo!?> Tired of spam? Yahoo! Mail has the best spam protection around> http://mail.yahoo.com> _______________________________________________> Joe Frank Mailing List> joe-frank-list at armory.com> http://www.armory.com/mailman/listinfo.cgi/joe-frank-list

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