the rabble rouser show airs thursdays 9pm-midnight (pacific) on KEOL :: stream live for music and news 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, was published from March 2012 to February 2014, archives still available at lagrandelife.com ::
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february 2014 :: rabble rousers of the month
Elwood & Moorea Masa
Coming Friday, March 7.
Stage Door Theatre.
Win two tickets on the rabble rouser facebook Thursday night, March 6.
Check out Moorea with her band Ruby Pines video for "The Garden"
email interview from december's rabble rouser of the month, madison root!
January 16, 2014
This is Madison and my Dad answering.
How did you come up with the idea to sell mistletoe to pay for your braces?
My Dad sold Mistletoe when he was young and then he helped my cousin raise money once for a hockey camp. I remember my Dad telling me those stories, so, because I wanted braces so bad I just kept thinking of ways to get them and remembered what my Dad and cousin did to earn money. I told my Dad that I could do the same thing. He supported the idea because he was having a hard time coming up with the down payment which was $1,260 and then payments of $200 per month until $4,450 more dollars was paid.
About how much mistletoe did you expect to sell to get to enough money to cover the cost of getting braces?
I wasn't expecting to pay for all of my braces, just help with some of the down payment. My goal was 100 bags at $4 per bag, so $400 total was what I had in mind to contribute.
What was your feeling or reaction when you were first told that you couldn't be at the market?
I was pretty upset, but I didn't get too depressed because I thought door-to-door in neighborhoods would work too. What made me most upset was the fact that they told me that I could beg for money but not sell. I couldn't even give away mistletoe and ask for a donation. But, others around me were drumming and juggling with a tip jar in front of them. Another group of people were flat out begging for money for pot.
After this experience, did you feel a purpose greater than just earning money for your braces? Such as standing up for your right or proving a point.
I realized that after the story was on the news that my talks hit a nerve. I suddenly was getting about 30 calls a day from all over the world wanting to interview me. I was on The Kelly File with Megyn Kelly, Sean Hannity, The Five, Glenn Beck, Lars Larson, Fox and Friends, the Oregonian, and about 10 other television and radio shows. The big thing was/is that I am willing and able to work, but told that I couldn't, but I could beg. It's the same other places too. We are teaching people to expect and take handouts, even when the person could work instead.
How well did the exposure from newspaper and such help your cause? How many orders did you get? Where all did you have orders come in from?
The orders came from all over the world. I sold about 10,000 bags total. Glenn Beck put them on his website and sold 6,000 for me alone.
How are your teeth doing now?
Just this last Wednesday I had my first checkup and the teeth are doing what they are suppose to do. Moving just a little bit each day.
How will you go about paying for the remainder of the procedures?
I raised enough money that I was able to pay for ALL of my braces AND ALL of the braces for my cousin who couldn't afford them either. I also bought a MAC BOOK PRO, a digital video camera, some Christmas presents, and have money left over to put towards my business that this whole experience started. I want to find out about other things that don't seem right in the world and also discover what makes successful people successful.
Overall, what did you learn from this experience? Has it changed the way you deal with people?
I learned what I already knew really which is to work hard and don't take no for an answer. I always loved public speaking, so the interviews got me even more comfortable.
What other goals do you have in mind for the future? And what ideas do you have for accomplishing them?
Like I said above. Finding out what a person needs to be successful. I'm putting together a website now that will have video, a blog and articles. I'm going to be interviewing Glenn Beck first. He is flying me to Dallas to be on his show again and to help me with my goals of putting together my website and maybe even making me a regular Kid Correspondent on his show and others.
r.i.p :: :: :: january 16, 2014
the last japanese soldier to surrender, onoda was deployed to the phillipines in world war ii and fought long after the war ended. materials were dropped on the island indicating the war was over, but onoda thought it was wartime propaganda and refused to surrender until he received orders from a superior officer. in 1974, he was officially relieved of duty. president marcos pardoned onoda for all crimes and onoda returned to japan a hero. NPR reported that onoda become a rancher in brazil, before finding great cause to return to japan to "teach children how to become strong enough to overcome their difficulties."
r.i.p :: :: :: december 9, 2013
as an actress actress, elanor was all over the place and did it all, starting with one of her early roles as mildred rogers in an “of human bodage” remake. she played a prison inmate in “caged” in 1950, winning best actress at venice film festival. she then played huge roles in “detective story” and “interupted lady.” in 1952, she played zosch, the wheelchair-bound wife of junkie frankie machine (frank sinatra) in “the man with the golden arm.” in 1954, she played a mail order bride to charlton heston in “the naked jungle” 1960, she played the nun in “the gambler, the nun and the radio.” parker’s biggest role of course came in 1965 as baroness elsa schraeder in “the sound of music.” she went on to many television guest spots and broadway musicals.
r.i.p :: :: :: october 27, 2013
front man of the influential late 1960s group, 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
member of the angola three, wallace 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.
january album of the month
kentucky knife fight :: hush hush
december album of the month
xperience & mtk ::
the revelations [ep]
november album of the month
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)
la grande has some good musicians, and then la grande has some musicians that should be playing music at the grammys. gregory rawlins belongs in that latter category. "bff" is his fourth solo release and finds him at the top of his game.
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.