Friday, February 25, 2005

Domestic Top 10!

Here are the results of Total Listening Hours (TLH) over the most recent 30 day period. The state of Michigan remains a stronghold for CAR. We are thinking of moving up there and building a compound and surrounding it with pictures of June Carter Cash for good luck.

Thanks for listening and let us know how you found out about us in say..........Missouri? It would help us get the word out.


1. MI

2. TN

3. GA

4. NM

5. TX

6. CA

7. PA

8. NJ

9. CO

10. MO

Thursday, February 24, 2005

A Request For Cosmic Listeners

If you participate in a listserv or host a web site where future CAR listeners may visit (especially good music sites of course) we would appreciate a mention/link for the station. We still have room for more listeners and would like to request that our current listeners assist us in getting the word out about Cosmic American Radio. Thanks people.

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

New International Top Five

It appears that the Japanese, Spanish & Canadian Cosmics have overtaken the UK in listening hours this past month. Thanks for listening and like Ted Nugent would have said circa 1978........."Thank You Tokyo, Madrid and Ottawa.....Goodnight!"


1. United States

2. Japan

3. Spain

4. Canada

5. United Kingdom

Monday, February 21, 2005

GONEZO


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Excerpt from 'Hey Rube'
By Hunter S. Thompson
From Part One
The New Dumb

Something is happening here
But you don't know what it is
Do you, Mister Jones?
— Bob Dylan

No sir, not a chance. Mr. Jones does not even pretend to know what's happening in America Right now, and neither does anyone else.
We have seen weird Times in this country before, but the year 2000 is beginning to look super weird. This time there really is nobody flying the plane ... We are living in dangerously weird times now. Smart people just shrug and admit they're dazed and confused. The only ones left with any confidence at all are the New Dumb. It is the beginning of the end of our world as we knew it. Doom is the operative ethic.

The autumn months are never a calm time in America. Back to Work, Back to Football Practice, etc....Autumn is a very Traditional period, a time of strong Rituals and the celebrating of strange annual holidays like Halloween and Satanism and the fateful Harvest Moon, which can have ominous implications for some people.

Autumn is always a time of Fear and Greed and Hoarding for the winter coming on. Debt collectors are active on old people and fleece the weak and helpless. They want to lay in enough cash to weather the known horrors of January and February. There is always a rash of kidnapping and abductions of schoolchildren in the football months. Preteens of both sexes are traditionally seized and grabbed off the streets by gangs of organized perverts who traditionally give them as Christmas gifts to each other to be personal sex slaves and playthings.
Most of these things are obviously Wrong and Evil and Ugly — but at least they are Traditional. They will happen. Your driveway will ice over, your furnace will blow up, and you will be rammed in traffic by an uninsured driver in a stolen car.

But what the hell? That's why we have Insurance, eh? And the Inevitability of these nightmares is what makes them so reassuring. Life will go on, for good or ill. But some things are forever, right? The structure may be a little Crooked, but the foundations are still strong and unshakable.

Ho ho. Think again, buster. Look around you. There is an eerie sense of Panic in the air, a silent Fear and uncertainty that comes with once-reliable faiths and truths and solid Institutions that are no longer safe to believe in. ... There is a Presidential Election, right on schedule, but somehow there is no President. A new Congress is elected, like always, but somehow there is no real Congress at all — not as we knew it, anyway, and whatever passes for Congress will be as helpless and weak as whoever has to pass for the "New President."

In the world of sports, it is like playing a Super Bowl that goes into 19 scoreless Overtimes and never actually Ends...or four LA Lakers stars being murdered in different cities on the same day. Guaranteed Fear and Loathing. Abandon all hope. Prepare for the Weirdness. Get familiar with Cannibalism.
Good luck,
DOC

Saturday, February 19, 2005

As Reported By Birmingham Steve..........

Hi Folks!My apologies for just getting this news to y'all. Today crept up on me quickly...and then it was a "travel day" for me.

Tomorrow morning, at 9 a.m. CENTRAL, you can tune in to a weekly radio show that is put on by a very good friend of mine; John "JB" Birney. His show, which he calls "Good Morning, Americana", is beamed out of the St. Augustine, FL, area; courtesy of Flagler Community College.It's always a GREAT show...and a great source for hearing new music; as JB focuses on new releases by artists such as Todd Snider, Will Kimbrough, Tommy Womack, Jack Ingram, Will Hoge, Adrienne Young, Scott Miller, the Old 97's, the Jayhawks, Tift Merritt, Mindy Smith, and a whole lot more. But, TOMORROW morning is shaping up to be his best yet, because JB is going to have TWO very special guests.

One is a good friend of mine from the Todd Snider Listserve, Todd Smith (also of St. Augustine), who'll be sitting in with JB and offering tidbits of his vast knowledge of the genre. Todd, founder of www.sharkbitten.com, the leading online authority on Americana (i.e. "good") music, is making (at least) his second appearance on the show.But, the BIG surprise tomorrow is the additional appearance of the GREAT Texas singer/songwriter Jack Ingram.

Now, Jack'll be the first to tell you that he plays "Country Music". But folks, this is not the music that you hear on "Country radio stations". You won't ever get Jack's music mixed up with Tim McGraw or Big & Rich; or especially that awful Toby Keith. Jack, who I would guess to be in his mid 30s, tours constantly with his Beat-Up Ford Band, and is a real soldier for "music that matters". And, he brings the same honesty, intensity, and charisma to his live performances that other artists like Springsteen, Hoge, Miller, Steve Earle and John Eddie bring. Also, somewhere among his 200 shows a year, Jack finds time to host his own radio show, Jack's Trax; so he should feel right at home at the Flagler radio station.

So, tune in tomorrow at:http://radio.flagler.edu/Also, check out Jack's website at:http://www.jackingram.net/and Todd Smith's Sharkbitten site at:http://www.sharkbitten.com/

Thanks for readin'; and have a great weekend!!Sparky

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Mike Plume Is On The Way


A Wrong To Be Righted Posted by Hello

In an oversight of minute proportions, it has come to the attention of the crack CAR staff that Mike Plume and The Band have been criminally underrepresented in the playlist. Actually they have never appeared. Whoops. This will be rectified on February 17, 2005 when we will make sure that the remainder of February will always include a tune or two from Edmonton's own singer/songwriter/rocker. So for our Canadian CAR listeners we apologize and ask for your Rock & Roll forgiveness. Check out his website at mikeplume.com and turn it up!

The Flora-Bama, Roy Moore & Now The Bean - I Want Out!

The reporting would have been better had it included the "Chuck Wood vs. The Linen Towel Dispenser in the front small bathroom" incident.

Daphne bar burns to ground
Popular goat and Macaw survive fire at Judge Roy Bean
Wednesday, February 16, 2005
By DAN MURTAUGH Staff Reporter
DAPHNE -- A Tuesday morning fire transformed Judge Roy Bean from the Eastern Shore's most recognizable late-night hangout to a pile of smoldering scraps of wood and metal.
No one was injured and business owner John Sack said the bar's two mascots -- a goat named "Billy" and a Macaw named "Tattoo" -- survived the blaze, but everything else was destroyed.
The building was not insured, he said. He said he is trying to reopen by this weekend, selling drinks in the backyard area behind the burned building.
Richard Montgomery, the Alabama state fire marshal, said Tuesday that an investigation was ongoing, but there appeared to be no foul play and investigators were looking at electrical wiring. The bar is closed on Mondays in the winter, Sack said, and workers shut down the power every night.
A neighbor called in the fire to 911 at 6:05 a.m., Daphne Fire Chief Mund Hanson said. A thick fog had shrouded the area in the early morning, and Hanson said the fire had probably been burning for a while before the neighbor noticed.
By the time firefighters arrived at the building on South Main Street south of downtown Daphne, it was beyond saving.
"One of my guys said it looked like flames were coming out of every place possible," Hanson said.
Firefighters had controlled the fire by about 7:30 a.m., and were putting out hot spots for the next hour or so, Hanson said. The area around the bar is heavily wooded, and there are several homes nearby, but the fire never spread, Hanson said.
Most of the building was wood, with tin walls and roofing. Hanson said the metal trapped the heat inside while the wood caught fire.
As the morning progressed, the fog lifted and sunlight replaced it. Investigators surveyed the damage and crowds of people came and went, taking pictures and giving their condolences to Sack and Jack West, who founded the bar and restaurant in 1977.
Judge's gained fame in the late 1970s and'80s by attracting big-name musical guests and because of its color and environment. Customers would often see cats lying on the counter and a goat walking through a sea of human legs.
West said the original building at Judge's was erected in 1946 and was known as the Embassy Lounge. He bought the property in 1976 and remodeled the bar after Western saloons he had frequented while living in Colorado.
In 2002, West sold the business and leased the property out to Sack and Steve Anderson. Sack said he bought out Anderson in July, and was planning to reopen the kitchen soon after a several-year hiatus.
Since the bar opened in 1977, West said he kept making additions to the original building. He said about 60 percent of the space that existed prior to the blaze was added after the bar opened.
"We never stopped nailing nails for about 15 to 18 years," he said.
Judge's drew 1,000 people every Sunday -- its most popular night -- during its first decade, West said. Musical acts included Emmylou Harris, the Marshall Tucker Band, the country band Alabama and local favorite Jimmy Buffett, who played Judge's about 25 times, West said.
Buffett's sister, Lucy Buffett, who owns Lulu's restaurant in Gulf Shores, said that when her children were young, they only knew two phone numbers by heart: their grandmother's and the number for Judge's.
"I find it heartbreaking," Lucy Buffett said. "It's sort of an institution in the Mobile area."
West said Judge's was visited by its share of celebrities, as well. Actors Tommy Lee Jones and Stephen Segal frequented the bar when they were in Mobile shooting "Under Siege." Writer Hunter S. Thompson also stopped in for a beer, West said.
Winston Groom, a Fairhope resident and author of "Forrest Gump," said he met his future wife at Judge's in 1986.
Groom said he hasn't been back to Judge's in about 10 years.
"I will miss the Bean," he said Tuesday. "I still have the memories."
West said Groom isn't alone.
"There've been thousands of marriages where people met here," West said.
West and Sack said that despite the lack of insurance they plan to rebuild. Sack said he would open two trust funds that people can donate to if they want to help. And he still has power to a beer cooler in the backyard area, so he plans to start serving beverages again as soon as possible.
"If I can get one board up, I can get it going again," West said.
Sack was expecting people to show up Tuesday night for a candlelight vigil at the bar.
Judge's is the second landmark bar in Baldwin County damaged over the past six months. Flora-Bama Lounge & Package, on the border of Alabama and Florida near Perdido Pass, has been closed since it was ravaged by Hurricane Ivan in September. The owners plan to reopen, according to the bar's Web site.

More Moore

More From The Mobile Register
Poll: Roy Moore choice of GOP voters
Survey shows ousted chief justice with 8-point lead over Riley in hypothetical 2006 gubernatorial primary race
Sunday, January 16, 2005
By BILL BARROWCapital Bureau

MONTGOMERY -- Roy Moore's defiance of a court order cost him the state's highest judicial office. But his fame as the Ten Commandments judge could make the former Supreme Court chief justice his party's next nominee for governor, the results of a new survey suggest.

A Mobile Register-University of South Alabama poll of likely Republican primary voters shows Moore with an 8-percentage-point lead over Gov. Bob Riley in a hypothetical 2006 primary matchup. Moore drew support from 43 percent of respondents to last week's poll, while the governor garnered 35 percent.

The former chief justice also received a favorability rating of 72 percent -- a number that University of Alabama political scientist William Stewart described as potentially "intimidating to the governor."

Moore told reporters Friday that he is continuing to weigh his options for 2006. Last month, he said for the first time publicly that he is considering a bid for governor.
"I have many people encouraging me to run," he said, following Friday's installation ceremony in Montgomery for newly elected statewide judges. Asked what might be the deciding factor, he said, "I don't know. I'm just going to remain in prayer and see where that leads me."

More than a year after being ousted from office for refusing a federal judge's order to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the Alabama Judicial Building, Moore is now traveling the country speaking about his experiences and advancing his agenda.
His appeals to reclaim his office and reverse the original ruling that declared the monument unconstitutional have failed.

Last year, Moore took a public policy position opposite the governor, campaigning against Amendment Two. Moore argued that the measure, which would have struck several segregationist passages from the state constitution, contained a provision that would open the door for judges to effectively force tax increases to pay for public schools.
In his statements, Moore linked Amendment Two with Riley's failed billion-dollar tax plan of 2003, casting both as joint efforts by Riley and teacher's union boss Paul Hubbert -- one of the state's most powerful Democrats -- to raise taxes.
Riley disputed those claims, but voters dealt Amendment Two a narrow defeat. Some political players interpreted the vote as an example of Moore's continued popularity. The Legislature is expected to debate a revised version when it convenes in February.

"There are a lot of problems facing Alabama that don't relate to the Ten Commandments and to Amendment Two," he said. "A candidate who seeks to lead Alabama has to talk about other things" such as economic development, budget issues and the overall quality of life in the state. (Didn't this past election disprove this statement? - Apparently that is all he has to speak about in order to win statewide office in Alabama. He's done it once already)
Nicholls, however, cautioned that Riley may find it next to impossible to put a dent in Moore's advantage among religious conservatives. The strength of that voting bloc within the GOP is evident in last week's poll results, he explained.

"The very idea that 70 percent of (Republicans support) a judge who was removed from office for placing himself above the law is truly shocking," he said. "I think it's pretty clear that they don't understand the concept of separation of church and state. But instead of educating the electorate regarding these most important tenets of democracy, our politicians continue to pander to the public for their own political gain."

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Motor City Music

The Detroit area has taken the lead in the latest Cosmic American Radio Total Listening Hours (TLH) tabulation. Thanks Michigan. Is it you Ted? Let us hear from you.

1. Detroit

2. Nashville

3. Atlanta

4. Albuquerque - Santa Fe

5. Los Angeles

Color Back



Feb. 5 (AP) — Stung by media sniping at his wife, Paul McCartney wants to set the record straight. She doesn't make decisions for him, didn't tell him to dye his graying hair, and gets along just fine with his kids.
The former Beatle posted a message Friday on Heather Mills McCartney's official Web site, rebutting some of the "scurrilous reports" about the model turned anti-landmine campaigner he married in 2002.
"Some of the stuff that is written is plain malevolence but some of it is so ridiculous that I have to admit it's funny," wrote the musician, who is scheduled to headline the Super Bowl halftime show on Sunday.
Britain's tabloid press has reported animosity between Mills McCartney, 37, and the musician's children from his marriage to Linda McCartney, who died of cancer in 1998.
But McCartney said his adult children "get on great" with their stepmother. He and Mills McCartney have a 1-year-old daughter, Beatrice.
On his use of hair dye, 62-year-old McCartney wrote: "I was engaged in this devilish practice years before I met her." He denied rumors he has had plastic surgery, and said it was "an insult to my intelligence" to suggest his wife coerced him into making charity TV appearances.
Mills McCartney has worked to help children disabled in war since losing a leg in a traffic accident in 1993. McCartney said he was particularly shocked by suggestions that "losing a leg was perhaps the best thing that ever happened to Heather as it fed her desire for self publicity."
"Imagine losing a leg, and dealing with it as bravely as Heather has done and having to read that on top of it," he wrote.

Lynn Wins


Loretta Lynn and collaborator Jack White show off the twin trophies they won for Van Lear Rose.
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The moment: Fabled country star Loretta Lynn, whose career was percolating under the radar until White Stripes leader Jack White stepped in to produce new material, won best country album for the personal Van Lear Rose.

Why it's momentous: Radio ignored the 70-year-old's earthy tunes, as did the Country Music Association, which preferred to reward slicker fare. Maybe the gleam of Grammy gold will remind Nashville to cherish its icons, especially those who are still creating vital music and influencing young stars in every genre. (Don't Count On It - e.g. Johnny Cash's American Recordings - People apparently want more Brooks & Dunn)Lynn's wins, bound to hike album sales, are especially sweet since she has only one previous Grammy, for country vocal duo with Conway Twitty in 1971.

Thursday, February 03, 2005

Check Out Steven Lindsay


New Steven Lindsay Add February 4, 2005 Posted by Hello

CAR will add a new track from Steven on Friday. The track is "Midnight" so look for it in the playlist. Below is some information about an upcoming gig. Support your favorite indie artist and check out his web site for additional information.

Steven has been confirmed to play the world famous Glasgow Arches on Sunday 13th March. Tickets will be available from Tuesday 4th January. more details to follow. Also Steven will be travelling to London to perform for his fans south of the border. Londons Bush hall will be the venue for Stevens gig on Monday 14th March. Check out the venue at www.bushhallmusic.co.uk more details to follow.


Kinky For Governor


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Musician, Author Kinky Friedman Eyes Texas Governor's Job

MEDINA, Texas -- A 3-inch statue of an armored Don Quixote rides on the dashboard of Kinky Friedman's well-worn Nissan SUV.

Like the 17th-century Spanish literary hero, the 60-year-old musician, mystery writer and operator of an animal rescue ranch intends to defend the helpless and destroy those he considers wicked.

Friedman is poised to surrender at least a good chunk of his comfortable life in search of glory and adventure. The field of battle is politics.

On Feb. 3 in San Antonio, in front of the Alamo, the politically independent Friedman formally begins what he calls a quest to get himself elected governor of Texas in 2006.

Texas humorist, author and singer Kinky Friedman.
Friedman -- whose books include "Kill Two Birds and Get Stoned" and "Kinky Friedman's Guide to Texas Etiquette" -- downplays suggestions this is all just a quixotic fantasy or stunt by an irreverent joker-minstrel interested in hawking books, music CDs and bottles of olive oil and salsa. He says his candidacy is born out of a passion for Texas, a disgust with political correctness and what he considers a pathetic dearth of inspiration from Austin.
"This is not so much a political campaign as it is a spiritual one," Friedman said, gripping his cigar under the shadow of his black cowboy hat -- both signature items. The hat covers the wiry hair that gave Richard Friedman his nickname back in the 1960s at the University of Texas.
"You can say it's a joke if you want. I would say the most recent joke was the last gubernatorial election -- $100 million to destroy each other, to make us vote for the lesser evil," he said.

Friedman makes an unlikely candidate, a fact in which he revels. "I'm the unpolitician," he said.
"Yes, there is some humor involved," said Friedman, whose campaign slogans include "He's Not Kinky, He's My Governor" and "Kinky for Governor -- Why the Hell Not?" "I talk to power with truth and humor. And I'm not afraid to."
Amid one-liners that often play on his Jewish background, he talks about Jesus Christ, quotes Tolstoy, Dylan -- as in Bob -- and Nelson -- as in Willie. He counts the latter two as friends.
Before his writing career took off in the mid-1980s, Friedman toured with his band, The Texas Jewboys. Before that, he hitchhiked around the world after a two-year stint with the Peace Corps where, as he tells it, he earned 11 cents an hour teaching folks who have farmed successfully in Borneo for 2,000 years how to grow their own food.

Born in Chicago, his family moved to Texas while he was still in diapers. He grew up in Houston and then Austin, where he was sports editor on his high school paper and once wrote a football game story in Latin.

At the foundation of his beliefs is a battle against what he calls "wussification" -- political correctness that's weakened spiritual and cultural fibers and has strangled free thought and independence. People are afraid now to say "Merry Christmas," afraid to light up a cigar, afraid to say it's OK to pray in schools, he said. "It's been going on for a long time," he lamented. "We didn't get to be the Lone Star State by being politically correct."
It also chafes him that the term Texas cowboy is now often used as an insult.
"Cowboy and Texas are being used derisively and derogatorily by people these days," Friedman said. "Cowboys are real important and I'm going to defend them to the death, and get his image back."

Among dozens of framed pictures crammed on the walls of his tiny work office in an idyllic Hill Country ranch house are those of Gandhi and Freud, a handwritten note from Bill Clinton and a snapshot of Friedman with George W. Bush. At the invitation of both presidents, he's spent nights at the White House.

He shares his 500 acres with Echo Hill Ranch, a summer camp for kids that's been in his family for about 50 years, with the Utopia Animal Rescue Ranch, a home for dozens of unwanted dogs and several horses, pigs and chickens. In the past three years, about 750 animals have found new homes through the efforts of the small staff.

"He's not a politician and I think he would be the best thing for Texas," said Nancy Parker Simons, who lives at the animal shelter and manages the daily operation. "We've got such a reputation out there and it's not so hot. We need someone who can crack jokes. He's honest. I don't know what y'all do as governor, but as Kinky says: How hard can it be?"
Also in Friedman's office, where he cranks out a column for Texas Monthly magazine on an old portable electric typewriter in a space lit by one lamp with a Tiffany shade and another lamp with no shade at all, there's a poster left over from his first run for political office.
He lost in a race for justice of the peace in nearby Kerrville in 1986, a distinction he compares to Bush's initial defeat in a Texas congressional race.
"He was a failed politician like I was," he joked.

His 17th mystery book, where private investigator Kinky Friedman is the main character, is set for a March release. He's guaranteed fans -- who include Clinton and Bush -- this will be the last book. He will kill himself off in the final adventure.
"Killing yourself is literary suicide," Friedman said. "But I'm tired of it."


Kinky Friedman intends to run for Governor of Texas in 2006.And it gives him time to move on and take his populist message to an electorate he believes is fed up with professional politicians and ready to embrace him as the Texas version of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jesse Ventura.
"Jesse ran for governor because he believed many people shared the American dream, that it existed in their hearts like it did in his," Friedman said. "He believed that if you stood up on your own two feet and said what was true that you'd still have a chance. And that's the kind of way I see it." Schwarzenegger was equally important, he says, for opening people's minds to the fact "an outsider, such a joke, a Hollywood-heavy movie-star type, could actually win."

Friedman's big on concepts and short on details. It's the goal that matters.
"My three good qualities I have are knowing how to ride, shoot straight and tell the truth," he said. "That's very different from the politician when asked a question automatically thinks: 'Insert lie here."'
He'd legalize casino gambling to solve the state's education finance dilemma, push for life without parole to provide an alternative to the death penalty and create a Texas version of the Peace Corps, enlisting friends in the entertainment industry to volunteer their services.
"I've been able to achieve many of my dreams in my life and I'd like to help many others, especially young Texans, be able to achieve theirs," he said.
He hasn't yet staked out positions on other issues.
"You've got to take a leap of faith," he said he would tell curious voters. "Can this guy move the state forward?"

For now, Friedman no extensive campaign organization, no bulging bag of campaign cash, no spot on the ballot and deliberately no party affiliation.
"I don't like the baggage of either party," he said.
Daron Robert Shaw, a University of Texas associate professor of government who's studied campaigns and has worked in them, said anyone "who is a kook or oddjob now could be Mr. Governor next time around."
"I certainly don't want to discount that possibility," Shaw said. "But, man, it's a tough road."
Friedman faces ballot regulations and fundraising realities and needs economic or policy unrest among voters, which is something that generally fuels alternate candidates, Shaw said.
Friedman will have up to two months in 2006, following the March primary, to collect 45,000 signatures on petitions to get him on the November ballot as an independent. Between now and the petition drive, he's using free media to get his message out, which is why he's starting so early.

"When we get on the ballot, my feeling is the people who now call the campaign a joke, they will take it more seriously," he said. "I have one advantage. I'm in Texas. This is a maverick state. This state loves an underdog. And this is a very independent thinking state."
On the Net:Kinky Friedman Web site, www.kinkyfriedman.com

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Hello My Old Friend


Proxima Add Posted by Hello

We'll be adding a new track from Proxima on February 2nd. The track is called Hello My Old Friend. Let us know what you think of this indie band from France.