r ruder’s first non-gallery gallery show, well kinda!
November 9, 2010, 7:29 am
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[had to take down poster, i didn’t read the small print. no announcements, posters or business cards are allowed.]

come down to blue sky gallery this week, tuesday nov. 9th through sunday nov. 14th. i will have some photos up in the gallery’s free space “no strings”. if you can’t find it, it is because it is really, really small.
blue sky is at 122 n.w. 8th ave (that’s next to the north park blocks in the pearl between couch and davis.) their hours are 12 to 5.


leonard ruder 1917/2010
November 4, 2010, 5:16 pm
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my father, leonard, a wonderful man, died quite peacefully this morning. he lived a rich and full 90+ years. if you knew him, put on some louie armstrong or john coltrane. cheerio, dadio! with much love, your son, rhine.

50 notes for 2010: shutdup and vote!
November 2, 2010, 8:44 am
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don’t come crying to us . if ¬†you left your ballot on the table and never put it in the mail, or neglected to drop it off at the drop off locations, you can complain to someone, but not us! your country and your president need you now. we don’t need crazies running a country already half run amuck!

50 pictomat videos: do it again
November 1, 2010, 2:09 pm
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the last? this is an old beach boys song, rewritten and turned into a lament and dedicated to an old dear friend.

50 pictomat videos: let him run wild
October 28, 2010, 4:24 pm
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the last pictomat video?

it is near the end of october. we can’t imagine the pictomat music video project going on into the rest of fall, but then we never imagined it going much past the debut effort of the four tops “bernadette”. there is something exhilarating about watching oneself half sing to a prerecorded track. now, if we had our own studio … well, this might then have been a year long project. so the the last (?) vid of this year is here.

well, that is not counting earl’s feature production. it is in the middle of negotiations. earl wants a bigger trailer, with large well lit mirrors.

oh, credits: “let him run wild” written by: brian wilson and mike love

50 stiffs in 2010: solomon burke
October 20, 2010, 6:08 pm
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solomon burke, soul singer extraordinaire. born: philadelphia (1940 – 2010)

solomon burke is best known here at pictomat as the writer and original singer of the soul classic “everybody needs somebody to love”. his hit was covered in the late 1960’s by another¬†pictomat favorite, the wicked wilson pickett, and also by the early rolling stones. mick once said that burke’s phrasing had a pronounced impact on his own voice.

burke was more than a tad on the overtly extravagant side in his physical appearance. he wore a crown based, he said, “on henry the fifth’s”, and various, and too numerous velvet robes. pictomat does hold him dear to our hearts because when speaking he always referred to himself using the royal “we”. but let’s not forget his voice. in two words: rough, yet sublime.

50 pictomatic videos: grapevine rap
October 19, 2010, 6:38 am
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i heard it through the grapevine (rap), written: norman whitfield & barrett strong

we just can’t keep mr.pic away from the sound-studio and mixing board. this time, or so we are told. mr. pic claims he is doing an homage to both mr. dylan, with his talk/sing style and the fact that today, tuesday, bob dylan releases his ninth volume of the “bootleg series” titled “the witmark demos (1962 – 1964)”, and also, to motown’s only real competition to writing team of holland, dozier, & dozier who wrote the slick work for the supremes and the four tops (watch the first pictomat video “bernadette”). that, of course, would be norman whitfield and barrett strong, who wrote for the temptations and gladys knight and the pips. it is the pips funky backing track, rather than the slower, more popular and quite different marvin gaye version that mr. pic lays his gritty vocal down. (you did catch that we said motown songwriting teams. right? that is so a certain nyc friend wouldn’t think he could catch us being leaving out the man bobby d called, “america’s finest songwriting poet”. why that would be … smokey, natch!)