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I am back from Africa. That was a long haul. From Entebbe, Uganda to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and then onto Dubai. From Dubai, the amazing near-sixteen-hour flight back to Los Angeles. That was last Friday.
My jet lag has been severe. I am out of gas around nine pm and then up and at it around four and one half hours after midnight...
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(continued)...Next week, Tuesday the 14th to be exact, a special I worked on for the National Geographic called Born To Rage will air on the National Geographic Channel at 10 pm. That being the case, I have been doing a lot of press for the show. Not exactly what I want to do after thirteen months of tour and travel but all the people I have been dealing with have been extremely cool and make it all relatively painless.
The other night, I was invited to check out a screening of Carrie Fisher's new HBO one woman show called Wishful Drinking. I don't get out all that much so I went to check it out. It was excellent. She is hilarious and brilliant. I can't wait to see it again. She came out afterwards and did a brief chat with a man whose name I didn't get and, even answering the questions, she was incredibly funny. Her mother, Debbie Reynolds was there as well and to hear the two of them exchange comments post show was really cool. I'm no critic but I definitely recommend Wishful Drinking. Ms. Fisher wrote the whole thing, too. Damn impressive.
The last several days have been a bit strange. I wake up in the darkness and stagger into the day.
Whenever I come back here from Africa, I feel like I am returning to Earth from another planet. Upon returning, I immediately go into withdrawals and miss Africa like something has been torn away from me. The only way I can describe it is that I feel heartbroken. It happens almost every time I leave Africa. Reentry to Los Angeles is hard for the first few days but eventually, I even out and I get back into my routine. Around people it feels like I am acting sometimes though.
Perhaps you have had that feeling that the people around you are in a cast and you're the one without the script and everything you say sounds strange when it comes out of your mouth. You can't understand why people are saying what they're saying because you are not remotely on the same page. This town is great for that. You can drift through Los Angeles for days, interact with people and feel like a ghost the whole time.
This last trip to Uganda and Southern Sudan was perhaps the most impacting of the eleven times I have journeyed to the African continent. Everything there is hyper real. Speaking in generalities is a waste of time so I will only refer to myself. Time spent there forces me to deal with myself on a level that is so in-your-face as it were, that I am always humbled. Anything I have ever strived for seems to be dwarfed by the efforts of people I encounter there in a seemingly endless succession.
We were driving down some bad road in Sudan and see a woman in the ditch by the side of the road, her bicycle is flipped over.
She had a huge and heavy bag of cotton on the back and she was walking the bike and cotton to a drop off point. One of the tires was flat. We got out of the truck to see how we could help.
She had badly injured two of her toes. One of them looked almost cut off behind the cuticle and downward in a very ugly wound. The other toe had lost a fair chunk of flesh at its tip. We got out the first aid kit and I got out my tube of Neosporin and we fixed her up as best we could and gave her a pair of socks to put over the bandages to prevent infection.
I gave her the tube of Neosporin and told her to used it every day. She didn't say much, didn't wince in pain. We took her bag of cotton and tied it to the top of the truck and took it down the road for her. That's when we saw how far she was going to have to push that bike with the load on the back. It was a long way. When we got to the drop off point, we were told she was going to make several trips that day. Just another day and another life in Africa. You see this kind of thing everywhere you look. When I am in Africa I realize I don't know much, have not seen much and there's a lot to be done.
Some of you have heard that I have a radio show on 89.9 KCRW. It's a cold fact. Below you will see some information on that. We have put together a show for this coming Saturday that is a real killer-diller. If you feel yourself so inclined, check out the details below.
Until next week, with great anticipation, I wait for the chance to write here again.
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KCRW BROADCAST #93
Fanatics! It's been days and the mail keeps coming in from all over the world. The verdict is in and you Fanatics dug our Frank Zappa show immensely! Thank you for all the ecstatic mail. It's always great to hear from you of course. Perhaps one of the best validations we have ever gotten on our little show came last week in the form of two letters from two different members of the Zappa family, thanking us for our Frank tribute. Nice. Also, a bit of a relief that our well meant show was not taken in the wrong way.
Now tonight, we have a great mix of tunes. I promised you that we would get into that new version of Kill City and we waste no time doing it. I hope that some of you have checked out this new mix, it's fantastic. I am several plays into the thing and am digging it.
It's all our house jams until we get to track thirteen. I just got a large box of jams from Jack White. He has a cool label called Third Man. I have done quite a bit of listening to the jams and there is some real good stuff. Tonight we listen to some Jack solo, it's a good one.
I got the ok from Marisa who gave me the new Deerhoof record weeks ago to play this track for you. They are letting the tracks out one at a time until the end of the year. A really great track on the album called I Did Crime For You is not ready to be turned loose yet but as soon as it is, I will play it. Overall, the record is excellent and we will get well into it next year, something to look forward to.
I hope you dig the Cobalt track. It's from a not so easy to find 4CD set that Teen Beat put out a long time ago called Wakefield. I have seen it only twice. It could be that the Teenbeat site has this song for download, I don't know. Great song. Staying in the Teenbeat mode, you know how much we dig that label on this show. I go to the site often to check out if there's anything new. Great happiness! A new hollAnd EP for download. Sounds great. http://www.teenbeatrecords.com/ for more information.
Wait until you hear tonight's Toumast track, it's sublime. We are playing another FZ track tonight, a hair of the dog idea there. It's been awhile since we played anything by the excellent Erase Errata, what a band. If you have never checked them out, great stuff.
Finally, we get into the Dylan mono box. My favorite track from my favorite Dylan album, Blonde On Blonde, "Visions of Johanna". What a song and SO great in mono.
The proof is right in front of you, Fanatic. It's a great show and we are going to have a great time laying it on you so tune in if you can.
As the man once said, "To each his reach and if I can't cop, it ain't mine to have but I'll be reachin' for ya . . ."
This Saturday evening, each for your radio's dial, tune it 89.9 KCRW, crank it up and STAY FANATIC!!! -Henry
E-Mail address for Henry: Henryontheradio@gmail.com
01. David Bowie - Hang Onto Yourself / The Rise And Rise Of Ziggy Stardust Volume 3
02. Iggy Pop & James Williamson - Kill City / Kill City
03. Johnny Thunders - Chinese Rocks / LAMF
04. Black Sabbath - Turn Up The Night / Mob Rules
05. Ennio Morricone - Lonesome Billy / The Legendary Italian Westerns Soundtrack
06. Raymond Scott - Nescafe / Manhattan Research, Inc.
07. The Lurkers - Ain't Got A Clue / Fulham Fallout
08. The Ruts - Dope For Guns / The Crack
09. Black Flag - Gimmie Gimmie Gimmie / Everything Went Black
10. The Damned - Rabid (Over You) / The Black Album
11. The Weirdoes - Solitary Confinement / single
12. The Ramones - I Remember You / Leave home
13. Jack White - Fly Farm Blues / Third Man Records: Singles Compilation, Vol. 1
14. Deerhoof - Super Duper Rescue Heads! / Deerhoof vs. Evil
15. DEVO - U Got Me Bugged / Hardcore Devo Vol. 2
16. Sort Sol - Abyss / Dagger & Guitar
17. Cobalt - Sea Nine / Wakefield Vol. 1
18. hollAnd - Tumbleweeds Down Waverly / Sodium Fawn
19. Toumast - Maraou Oran / Ishumar
20. Squatweiler - Call Me / How Many Bands Does It Take To Screw Up A Blondie Tribute?
21. Dinosaur Jr - Little Fury Things / You're Living All Over Me
22. Frank Zappa - Doreen / You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 5
23. Erase Errata - French Canadia / Other Animals
24. The Gun Club - Bill Bailey / Mother Juno
25. Feenjon Group - Sallah / Cafe Feenjon
26. Suicide - I Remember / Suicide
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27. Shelley / Devoto - Can You See Me Shining? / Buzzkunst
28. Bob Dylan - Visions Of Johanna (mono) / Blonde On Blonde
29. The Cops - It's Epidemic / Free Electricity
30. Eddie & The Subtitles - American Society / single