the rabble rouser show airs thursdays 9pm-midnight (pacific) on KEOL :: stream live for music that inspires and stirs up the masses... tributes to fallen stars, shooting stars, current/historical events and lots of angsty anthems :: all genres: jazz, blues, funk, punk, garage and more from the top of the charts to the dredges of the underground :: all eras from the beginnings of recorded music to the freshest of today, especially local from portland, boise, spokane, la grande and more around the pacific northwest :: a la grande-centered podcast the rabble rouser hour, is published at lagrandelife.com on the third monday of each month :: links are below for ease of enjoyment!
november 2013 :: rabble rouser of the month
featured on the rabble rouser show :: from july 4 to the 50th anniversary on november 22 :: jfk & the unspeakable :: excerpts every thursday ::
review of chapter 1: "a cold warrior turns"
review of chapter 2: "kennedy, castro & the CIA"
review of chapter 3: "kennedy & vietnam"
review of chapter 4: "marked out for assassination"
review of chapter 5: "saigon & chicago"
r.i.p :: :: :: october 27, 2013
front man of the influential late 1960s group, the velvet underground, went on to a successful solo career. the velvet underground sold very few records during their existence, but those they did sell made an impression on virtually every musician since the 1970s. their 1967 debut album was ranked #13 on rolling stone's 2012 list of the best 500 albums of all time.
"one chord is fine. two chords are pushing it. three chords and you're into jazz."
"i never liked the beatles, i never really liked any british group, i don't think the british should play rock and roll... i never took british rock and roll seriously and i still don't." - 1983
r.i.p :: :: :: october 4, 2013
herman wallace member of the angola three, who spent 40 years in solitary confinement for the supposed killing of a prison guard.
wallace had previously been an poet, “lover of literature,” and activist seeking to improve prison conditions on segregation, rape and violence, through hunger strikes, petitions, etc. he had been reportedly held in the hole because of his “black pantherism” by a warden seeking a christian way of reform. wallace was released on october 1 due to advanced liver disease and died on october 4 at the age of 71-years-old. cedric richmond, john conyers and bobby scott referred to wallace as “the muhammed ali of justice” and entered a tribute to him in the congressional record.
r.i.p :: :: :: august 8, 2013
the actress appeared as the prostsitute on acid in the cemetery in easy rider, was nominated for an oscar in five easy pieces and played a kidnapper in the final hitchcock film family plot. she also was kris kirstofferson's counterpart as drug addicted crooks in cisco pike. she even played a small role in the final river phoenix film dark blood, which was salvaged and premeired last september. her later career was mired in underground horror films, but she maintained a devoted fanbase. she was kooky, sexy and crazy all at once, serving as the inspiration for the kembra pfahler's new york gore shock rockers voluptuous horror of karen black.
r.i.p :: :: :: july 16, 2013
t model ford
the delta bluesman's illiteracy and abuse by his father led him down a hard road that included two years on a chain gang for murder. ford started playing guitar at age 58 and started a recording career in his late 70s when fat possum released "pee wee get my gun" in 1997. ford released eight albums total and toured until 2012, even after a couple strokes and a pacemaker insertion, playing big festivals like deep blues, pickathon and all tomorrow's parties. even after his prison stint, ford had countless run ins with the law. fat possum's founder once asked ford how many times he'd been to jail, to which ford replied, "i don't know, how many?" after he realized it wasn't a trick question, he answered honestly, "every saturday night there for a while."
r.i.p :: :: :: june 23, 2013
bobby "blue" bland
known as "the lion of the blues" or "the frank sinatra of the blues" :: bland joined the beale streeters in memphis as a youngster along with bb king, johnny ace and others :: #44 on the rolling stone list of best singers of all time.
r.i.p :: :: :: may 2, 2013
one of the bigger rock n roll losses, jeff was the unheralded backbone of the most notorious band of the rabble rouser's youth. his punk influence combined with kerry king to make slayer the fiercest crossover thrash metal band ever. jeff's fascination with war memorabilia inspired some of the more intense war songs ever written. hanneman was solely responsible for about half of slayer's songs, including angel of death, raining blood, die by the sword, behind the crooked cross & more... with dave lombardo also not drumming for the band due to contract disputes, slayer chugs on with kerry king & tom araya still fronting the band, but one of the ten best bands of all time is a shell of the past now.
r.i.p :: :: :: march 12, 2013
original drummer for iron maiden. burr appeared on "iron maiden" "killers" "maiden japan" & "number of the beast" albums, so the iconic beats heard on running free, the prisoner, run to the hills & others are the expertise of mr. burr. he cowrote gangland & total eclipse & was also drummer for trust on "trust iv" & "man's trap." he was part of supergroup gogmagog, with one e.p. "i will be there."
r.i.p :: :: :: february 17, 2013
aka the flint flash :: second baseman for the racine belles :: she was the all time leader in stolen bases until rickey henderson broke her record at 1114 :: sofie is still the single season record holder with 201 stolen bases in 203 attempts :: she was portrayed by madonna in the film a league of their own.
r.i.p :: :: :: february 4, 2013
legendary jazz trumpeter, byrd started as a sideman for art blakey & the jazz messengers in the 1950s, going on to work with every major player like coltrane, monk, mobley, silver, hancock and then forming his own blackbyrds. he merged jazz with hip hop with a tribe called quest and others, including a major role on guru's jazzmatazz volume one and two.
october album of the month
gringo star :: floating out to see
(my anxious mouth records) this is a trip even for a garage, psychedlic junkie. for their third album, gringo star ditched their record label and well-known producer and engineer. result: new record turns out the best of three... however, if electronic music is more your thing, a comparable album for the month is the new magic sword album!
september album of the month
gregory rawlins :: bottom feeder fellowship (la grande music)
august album of the month
bitterroot :: the valley of peace
this was actually released a few months earlier, but was still the album i listened to the most in august. and i might have seen bitterroot more times in august than i have ever seen one band in a month. still all i can think about is the two epic times i missed them... catch them at the great circle september 13-15 in la grande at the 4H center benefit!
july album of the month
bad penny pleasuremakers :: t'aint no sin (self-released)
nostalgic to the nth degree, 7 classic jazz numbers done in original style by this husband and wife team from new orleans will give you the feel of a 1920s big easy dance hall. surely it's a hot and spicy month. kid yoshida's cajun blood would have chosen etienne charles' creole soul as the listen of the month. this is music that makes you forget about problems in the world.
june album of the month
rose windows :: the sun dogs
(sub pop records)
may album of the month
sun angle :: diamond junk
(new moss records)
not that "album of the month" means everything. radiation city deserved the award as much as several others this month. but sun angle is the freshest style that has hit keol all year.
april album of the month
tartufi :: these factory days (southern records)
catch this not-to-be-missed band one more time in la grande, lucky dogs. appearing live at KEOL Fest, july 13!!
march album of the month
youth lagoon :: wondrous bughouse (fat possum)
february album of the month
unknown mortal orchestra II (jagjaguwar)
appearing at the belltower in pullman june 17!!
january album of the month
ex cops: true hallucinations
some infectious brooklyn pop music. it trances, grooves, wiggles through a quick 30 minute story that will definitely leave you wanting the next cd. for now, play true halluciantions twice or three times. the end track closes the disc out better with each listen. this is exactly the kind of music that would sound good on commercial radio, if commercial radio played no frills rock.