October 16, 2010

Pegi Young’s Foul Deeds and 24th Annual Bridge School Benefit October 23rd & 24th

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Pegi Young has  released her second album, Foul Deeds.  Click for Interview below.

As Neil and Pegi Young are hosting their 24th Annual Bridge School Benefit at Shoreline Amphitheater on October 23rd and 24th, The Lobster sat down with Pegi on a beautiful day on an outdoor table at Alice’s Restaurant at Skyline Blvd and Woodside – La Honda Road.  They talked about the music and players on her new album, the path that led her  to the work of the Bridge School and the concerts that have benefited children including their son Ben over the years.

October 8, 2010


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Today’s the anniversary of my first radio show in the Bay Area on October 8th, 1971. Was at KZSU Stanford where I volunteered after taking my NYC college radio demo to all 5 FM Rock stations at the time (Click below for the Lobster Tales archives for more on that story). Appreciate the ride and have gratitude to have heard so much great radio from mentors and peers over the years.

Thankful for the continued opportunity to have fun with the music broadcasting Lobster’s Sunday Brunch from 10a-3p on 97.7 The River in Santa Rosa, live from the BR Cohn Winery this Sunday and streaming live on 977theriver.com. Also grateful for producing and playing “3rd banana” on the talk radio show with Political Comedian Will Durst and Political Icon Willie Brown that was an award-winning morning show in 2006 and continues as a podcast to this day. In fact, we recorded a 2010 Pre-Election Special at the Buena Vista Cafe in SF and broadcast on Green 960 AM. If you’re interested in listening or viewing this chat with these sharp political minds, it’s available on demand from their podcast page that connects to Will and Willie.com and also on YouTube and Mevio.

August 19, 2010


This is dedicated to Mark, the bartender at Bloom’s Bar, “downtown” Potrero Hill on 18th Street in San Francisco when I dropped by there after work last Monday night.

They’ve always had a great jukebox at Bloomies, and a song from David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust came on. I asked who selected “Starman,” and it turned out to be Mark! The beautiful thing is, he wasn’t even born when the album was released in 1972.  It reminded me about my early days as a teenage DJ. (Cue flashback sfx here and warp the video…see young man with long hair and beard driving a new gray Volvo 164 cross country to San Francisco, then in Los Angeles a year later.)

At the FM Rock Stations in the Bay Area, we used to champion bands and sometimes try to beat each other to play a new artist or album first and exclusively. When I moved here from NYC, there were five progressive rock stations; KSAN, KSFX and KMPX in San Francisco, plus KSJO and KOME in San Jose.  After four years of college radio, I applied at all of them, and was given encouragement by one Program Director (who did hire me a year later), but no gig.  My brother Stuart was a grad student at Stanford at the time, so I volunteered at 90.1, KZSU.  Within six months, I became the station’s Music Director.

On a trip to LA that May, to get familiar with the hub of the music biz and visit the record company offices, I was listening to the Blaupunkt radio in my Volvo, driving down Sunset Blvd., when one of the DJs played a track from the new David Bowie album.  Bowie was still rather unknown, but the cover of The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars showed him standing on the street under a sign that said K-WEST…which was something the Los Angeles FM Rock station of the same name was proud of and instantly gave it a spin.  I was blocks from the RCA Records office, so I drove right over and went up to their floor.  At the front desk when I identified myself, a woman told me that the record reps were out to lunch.  Out of the corner of my eye, I spotted the open door to a record closet off the reception area, with about 50 copies of the new David Bowie album sitting on the floor.  I wheeled around, picked up two of them, and as the stunned woman tried to sputter a “Wa..wa..wa..wait!,” I jumped back into on of the elevators, pushed the button to the lobby, and as the doors closed said; “When they come back, please tell them I was here, and I took two of them.”

That night, I drove back up Interstate 5 to Palo Alto, and played the whole album on my show on KZSU Stanford when I got back…before it had even been shipped to anyone else.  In October of that year, David Bowie played Bill Graham’s Winterland.  Maybe 500 people were in the crowd, and most of them to see Sylvester, a San Francisco Drag Queen singing with his band.  I enjoyed watching the jaws of their fans drop when David Bowie came out on stage in his glam-rock inspiring Ziggy persona, with Mick Ronson and the bass and drums shaking the old hall.  That band ROCKED!!

Thank you, Mark for proving what my radio mentor John Bybee has long said; “With music, like cars, it’s not when it was, it’s what it is that makes it a classic.”

July 10, 2010

Bill Champlin of The Sons Of Champlin Interview

Bill Champlin stopped by our San Francisco location, and sat down to chat on the comfy chair with our host. This is the video of the entire interview, a clip of which was featured as our July 11th Local Catch of the Week along with the song “Follow Your Heart.” Although we had talked about later cancelled The Fillmore gig, The Sons of Champlin did a wonderful show at Rancho Nicasio Sunday, July 18th at the BBQ on the Lawn. Proprietor of the Bar and Restaurant at this old west town square, Bob Brown (Who also is the manager of Huey Lewis and The News) called it “the best show we’ve had here in thirteen years.”

June 27, 2010


Interview recorded with my trusty Flip Video camera on a tripod sitting on a coffee table in the lobby of the Concord Hilton after Pat and Doobie Brothers manager and proprietor of our sponsor, the B.R. Cohn Winery, did a bottle signing of Doobie Red at the Safeway in Alamo and before the Doobie Brothers / Chicago concert at The Sleep Train Pavilion. Thanks to Patrick, Bruce and Kathy @ Bruce’s office.

May 27, 2010

Father’s Day Live Broadcast @ BR Cohn Winery

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Bring Dad to B.R. Cohn Winery on June 20th to celebrate his big day. What could be better than Classic Cars, BBQ, and live radio?

Bruce Cohn, proprietor of B.R. Cohn Winery, loves fast and collectable cars. He currently owns four of them; a 1933 Willys Roadster, a 1941 Willys Sedan Delivery, 1934 Henry Ford Five-Window Coupe and a 1946 Ford Woody Wagon. See these cars and others on display during Cruise’n Classic Car Sunday. Dads are encouraged to bring their own classic cars to vie for bragging rights to having the coolest car.

Wine Country Expressions BBQ will offer Tri Tip, grilled chicken breast sandwich, chicken salad and grilled sausages for purchase. Grab a bottle of wine from the tasting room to compete the perfect Dad’s Day picnic.

Radio personality, Paul “The Lobster” Wells, spins a menu of classic rock broadcast live on 97.7 The River from the winery during Lobster’s Sunday Brunch from 10 AM – 3 PM.

We’ll have prize drawings and a lot of fun. Hope to see you there on Father’s Day June 20th! The BR Cohn Winery is at 15000 Sonoma Highway 12 in Glen Ellen.

May 11, 2010


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This was the big party and fundraiser as part of Bianca Velishek’s Woman Of The Year Campaign @ The Broadway Studios in San Francisco, Saturday Night May 15th.

Special Guests for an All-Star Jam included Barry “The Fish” Melton, Joli Valenti (Quicksilver Gold), David Denny (Steve Miller Band), Carlos Reyes, George Michalski, Mindy Canter, Mitchell Holman (It’s A Beautiful Day), Prairie Prince (Jefferson Starship, The Tubes) and more.

March 25, 2010

My Favorite Season

Doobie Brothers Toulouse StreetWelcome to my favorite season!! Last year, we celebrated this Crustacean/DJ’s b-day in May @ BR Cohn with a live broadcast. Be listening for plans coming up. Also, check out the new feature Car-Tunes, sponsored by G & C Auto Body. It’s every Sunday @ about 2:08pm. We started on March 14th with “Radar Love” by Golden Earring, ZZ Top’s “Arrested For Driving While Blind” on the 21st, and as of this blog entry, this Sunday, it’s The Doobie Brothers “Rockin’ Down The Highway” from Toulouse Street

As your chef of music, this Crustacean/DJ is fond of interactively mixing it up with our listeners, and I love to play your requests on the show. I invite you to click “About The Show” to see the list of features, and let me know what you’d like to have us cook up by sending an email to me right here.

February 28, 2010

Lyrics for Santana’s “Smooth”

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Santana Supernatural SmoothThis week marks the 10th anniversary of Carlos Santana and Matchbox 20’s Rob Thomas’ collaboration on “Smooth” from the classic album, “Supernatural”. Today on Lobster’s Sunday Brunch, we celebrate this momentus occasion with a sing-a-long of this gem. Go here to view the lyrics to “Smooth” and sing along with Lobster!

January 20, 2010

Norton Buffalo Benefit @ Oakland’s Fox Theater, January 22nd & 23rd

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One of the nicest musicians and gracious people I’ve ever known, Norton Buffalo, was a friend to many of the musicians in our community. Back in the mid ’70s when we had our annual award ceremony, The Bay Area Music awards or Bammies (Named after the magazine of the same name), the two of us were presenters. There was no script, so we made up a little banter to do on stage, right before we went up. The show had no catering back then, and the venue no food. We joked that we were paired as Lobster and Buffalo. Norton then said “Yeah, Surf and Turf” to which I said to the audience “Hey, this is the only meal you’re gonna get tonight.” His legendary work with The Steve Miller Band, The Doobie Brothers, Huey Lewis, Bonnie Raitt and many others will be his legacy. All these musicians and more will perform at a benefit will be held to help his wife Lisa pay the medical costs of his chemotherapy, etc., which ran up very quickly. During the Noon Hour on the Sunday, January 24th Lobster’s Sunday Brunch, we’ll feature a Local Catch set with Bonnie Raitt’s hit version of the Del Shannon rock classic “Runaway.” Norton’s multi-key harmonica solo on the song to me was the very thing that gave the version musical gravitas to match Bonnie’s vocal. Heaven now has one hell of a harp player.

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