Newsletter 8-11-08

Hey Everyone,

Last Tuesday on Lazlo’s Den I made a joke (ok, more like a rant) about John McCain being at a biker rally and saying that the sound of revving bikes sounded like freedom to him. My comment was about the hypocrisy of saying that during an energy crisis, especially when he is demanding that Congress return from vacation to vote on an energy bill.

Wednesday night The Daily Show made an eerily similar joke.

I don’t mind The Daily Show taking material from me, but some credit (or better yet, money) would be nice.

Since they “borrowed” from me, maybe I’ll add a “Moment of Zen” to each episode of Lazlo’s Den…


In case you’re wondering, no I don’t really believe they got the joke from hearing my show. It’s just a coincidence…probably…


Speaking of Lazlo’s Den, tonight (Monday Aug. 11th) at 8pm, I’ll have an interview with Eric Zala, the director of Raiders Of The Lost Ark: The Adaptation. The film will be screening this Saturday (Aug. 16th) at Asbury Lanes.

However, you can watch the first 10 minutes of the film here:

Then Thursday on Lazlo’s Den I’ll have an interview with Alan Tepper, organizer of the Black River Music & Art Fest happening Saturday in Chester, NJ.

Next week on Lazlo’s Den, NJ’s own Alter Ego will be stopping by the studio for an interview and acoustic performance.


Speaking of Alter ego, they will be part of one of this month’s & Lazlo’s Den’s Free Concert Series at Buddie’s Tavern.

Two shows this month, the first on Saturday Aug. 23rd with New Day Dawn, Zigman Bird, and the Brixton Riot.

And then we’ll be doing a special show the Friday after, Aug. 29th, with the band who put out my favorite album of last year, The Winter Sounds! Also on that bill will be Kosmic Daydream, and Alter Ego.


Concert Picks of the Week

Lazlo (
Saturday the Black River Music & Art Fest returns to Chester, NJ for a 3rd year. The free all day outdoor fest features a plethora of local bands, as well as a children's area for families. A complete list of bands and schedule is available at

Jim Testa (Jersey Beat)
Two of NJ's finest invade the Lower East Side on Thursday, as Anthony Fiumano and the Milwaukees headline over Reading, PA's Johnny Action Figure.
Thursday, August 14

ANTHONY FIUMANO & THE MEDICINE CHEST, The Milwaukees, Johnny Action Figure, The They - Fontana's, 205 Eldridge St. NYC - 8 pm, $10, 21+

Jared Migden (WRSU)
My picks for the week feature a pair of shows at the Brighton Bar in Long Branch. On Wednesday night, a night-long series of acoustic acts being dubbed The Barbarian Acoustic Jazzorcisms will include Patrick Vale aka Cap'n Vic of the Sex Zombies. On Thursday night, The Amboys, featuring Chris Smith formerly of the Chilling Details, will take the stage on Brighton Ave.


And now it's time for this week's Pissed Off!

Sadly, this week is another remembrance (3 of them in fact), rather than a pissed off…although I guess you could say I’m pissed off the world has lost these three people.

Isaac Hayes

“Who's the cat that won't cop out
When there's danger all about?”


Isaac Hayes will always be remembered as a bad mother…

Forget Chef on South Park, I was never big on the show anyway.

Isaac Hayes was the man behind hits like “Shaft”, and songs you may not even associate with him like, “Hold On, I'm Comin'", "Soul Man", and "When Something Is Wrong with My Baby" (all of which he wrote).

He may be gone, but at least he left behind some old soul for us.

Bernie Mac

I would be lying if I said I was a huge fan of Bernie Mac. I enjoyed his comedy, and found him quite funny, but I never really searched out for stuff he was in. If I was home I watched his sitcom, probably the only funny family sitcom that was on TV in the 2000s.

The man had a huge grin that always felt warm and honest. Bernie’s smile made me smile. I know that sounds silly, but it’s true.

And Bernie Mac was hysterical in Bad Santa.

Several years ago I stumbled upon his autobiography, “maybe you never cry again”, and reading about his upbringing, and how he turned everything around…it was just about the most beautiful success story I’ve ever read. I’m sure now that he’s gone someone will turn it into a docudrama, but you should really read the book.

Bernie Brillstein

Bernie Brillstein passed away last Thursday (August 7th), with little attention in the media. He may not have been a household name like Hayes and Mac, but no doubt you have come across Brillstein’s work at some point in your life.

One half of the production team, "Brillstein-Grey Productions", Bernie, was responsible for some of the funniest things I’ve ever seen on TV or the big screen. Among the films he produced were “Ghost Busters”, “The Blues Brothers”, the highly underrated “The Cable Guy”, and the cult classic “Run Ronnie Run”.

Among his TV production work is the absolutely classic, “Newsradio” (I am selectively forgetting about season 5), “Mr. Show with Bob and David”, “Politically Incorrect”, and “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show”.

He also produced “Alf”, which meant a lot to me growing up, as did the movies “Dragnet”, “Spies Like Us”, “Summer Rental”, and “Doctor Detroit”. They may not have stood the test of time as well, but they were all a big part of my childhood.

Rest In Peace…


That's all for this week folks.