Tuesday, December 30, 2008

New Flickr Page

I've opened a flickr account at http://www.flickr.com/photos/joshhaden/.

Click on the link to view the photos I've taken in my "Los Angeles Religious Iconography" collection.

I'll be adding lots of photos to my page, including photos from old Spain gigs, and more.

Feel free to subscribe to my photostream and/or add me as a friend and/or contact.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Charlie Haden Family And Friends World Cafe Performance Online

For those of you who missed today's episode of the NPR radio program World Cafe, on which Charlie Haden Family & Friends performed songs from their cd "Rambling Boy", and Charlie Haden did an insightful interview with the show's host, David Dye, it can now be listened to online.

Click on "Web-Only Outtake: 'Spiritual' By Charlie Haden Family Band" to hear their version of the song "Spiritual", recorded especially for the show (but not included in the radio version of the show), with yours truly on vocals. This version is particularly stirring and noteworthy (in my humble opinion) because it contains the outstanding tandem violin and fiddle playing of Petra Haden and Stuart Duncan, respectively, which doesn't happen on the cd version. It also features the cello work of Tanya Haden, guitar work by John Leventhal and Mark Fain, mandolin playing by Dan Tyminski, and, of course, bass playing by Charlie Haden.

The group also performs the songs "Oh Take Me Back", "Rambling Boy", and "Ocean Of Diamonds", in addition to the interview with Charlie.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Upcoming Charlie Haden Family & Friends Radio Appearances

This morning (pacific standard time), Monday, December 22, my father Charlie Haden will be visiting KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic radio show to talk about Charlie Haden Family & Friends - Rambling Boy.

Charlie, joined by his brother, Carl Jr., will also be speaking today about the cd on Springfield, MO's KWTO.

Tomorrow, Tuesday, December 23, a previously taped live performance of Charlie Haden Family & Friends and interview with Charlie will be broadcast on the NPR radio show World Cafe. During this performance Charlie Haden Family & Friends played songs from the "Rambling Boy" cd, including the song "Spiritual", with vocals by yours truly.

In addition, the Charlie Haden Family & Friends segment on NPR's Fresh Air program will be rebroadcast on Thursday, December 25. Check local listings.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Spain - Spiritual - Mars, Oslo, Norway, 13 June 1999

Spain performing 'Spiritual', recorded live at Mars, Oslo, Norway, 13 June 1999.

Josh Haden - bass, vocals
Will Hughes - drums
Björn Olsson - electric guitar
Merlo Podlewski - acoustic guitar
Shon 'Goldenboy' Sullivan - keyboards

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Monday, December 15, 2008

I Met Tom LaBonge Today

I met L.A. City Councilmember Tom LaBonge by chance today while we were shopping at a local supermarket.

I was so tongue-tied I forgot to tell him to please save Los Angeles Public Access television!

Instead I said "I watch you on T.V." Maybe he got the message.

I love watching the penny-ante preachers, the beer-drinking guys who interview porn stars, that famous acting expert guy, and the guy who just stares back at you for half an hour. They're part of what makes our city great.

Not to mention the L.A. City Council meetings, which air in tape delay every business day. Go Zuma Dogg! And Tom LaBonge too!

And my favorite T.V. news anchorwoman, Ellen Cheng, who hosts the informative L.A. This Week.

It'll be a sad day if L.A. Public Access goes away. It doesn't seem right. The new California State law (which is supposed to go into effect Jan. 1) that allows Time Warner to pay a fee into state coffers rather than offer Public Access programming is fundamentally unfair and deprives L.A. citizens of programming that isn't homogenized and sanctified by greedy corporations (like Time Warner, sad to say) who are just trying to push their agenda on us. Public Access is commercial-free and I doubt Time Warner makes any money off it. Its probably a liability to them.

Some things are more valuable than money! At least that's my opinion.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Tired Of Living Like This

Every morning I wake up and read the news about yet another person we gave our trust to who turns out to be completely corrupt.

Blagojevich claiming that what he did was within the parameters of the law?

Did you read Obama's response? "under the current circumstances it is difficult for the governor to effectively do his job and serve the people of Illinois"...I'll say! Ludicrous!

Today Chase offered the laid-off Chicago factory workers $400,000 to help pay their severance. Here's some money now shut up!

Now B of A has pledged to give the workers an additional loan "to be negotiated".

And this after hundreds of people marched on the B Of A Chicago offices.

Blagojevich said a few days ago he was suspending all state business with B Of A. What a saint!

Why was he doing business with B Of A in the first place? Hmmmm.

In other news, depite everything that has been going on lately here, Merrill Lynch & Co Chief Executive John Thain has suggested to directors that he get a 2008 bonus of as much as $10 million!! WTF!

What year are we living in? Is this the middle ages?

Why can't we evolve people!

Please come to the next Spain show in February, it'll be a doozy!

Monday, December 8, 2008

A Few Holiday Gift Ideas

At CafePress.com you will find a myriad number of t-shirts of all styles and sizes emblazoned with the "Spain" logo available for sale.

Why not give your favorite Spain fan one (or two) as a gift this holiday season.

They will thank you for putting them "ahead of the curve" as next year Spain will be shooting to the Top of the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.

Also, my solo album, Devoted, produced by genius hip-hop producer Dan the Automator, is still available personally through me (via my website) or impersonally through my friends at CDBaby.com.

"Devoted" would make a great holiday gift as its cover is very colorful and its theme, "Devotion" in all its forms, transcends materialism.

Also, for those Spain fans who are "devoted" to vinyl, copies of the 1996 Spain 7" "Funny How Time Slips Away" are available to any seekers, also through my website.

Thanks and have a great holiday wherever you are.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Rambling Boy 2009 Grammy Nomination

The song "Is This America (Katrina 2005)" from Charlie Haden Family & Friends - Rambling Boy was nominated for a 2009 Grammy award in the Best Country Instrumental Performance category.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Spain Dec. 4

Thursday, Dec. 4 2008
901 E. 1st St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Spain 11pm
The Californian 10pm
Breakfast All Day 12a
David Dyas 9pm