Monday, October 30, 2006


Inspired by the latest season of campaign commericals, veteran New Mexico newsman Ned Cantwell, in his latest column, has launched a negative campaign against fellow columnists and political pundits in this state. It's cheap, shocking, misleading, libelous and the act of a desperate man.

Also funny as hell. Read it HERE

Jim Belshaw, Joe Monahan, my old boss Larry Calloway and I all get roasted.

Cantwell suggests his readers

"Call Steve Terrell, 1 555 REPORTS, and ask, `Steve, when did you first learn of the Page Scandal and who did you notify?' Tell him, `Steve, New Mexico journalism is looking for a fresh face!' "

Dang, Ned, I get those calls every day and they haven't stopped me yet.

(By the way, the stuff about Bill Richardson being an anti-marijuana crusader in his fraternity is all from the gov's biography Between Worlds. )


Sunday, October 29, 2006
KSFR, Santa Fe, N.M.
10 p.m. to midnight Sundays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell

OPENING THEME: Let it Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres
Prenzlauerberg by Beirut
Little Sally Tease by The Standells
Ponytail by The Monsters
Do Me by Jesus H. Christ & The Four Hornsmen of The Apocalypse
Gimme Some Salt by Clap Your Hands and Say Yeah
The Model by King Automatic
A Bad Note by Outkast

The Corktown by The Sadies (spoken intro by Ed "Big Daddy" Roth)
Finksville U.S.A. by Mr. Gasser & The Weirdos
Huey's Hut Rod by The Weird-ohs
Surfin' Bird by The Trashmen
Up in Flames by Julee Cruise
Afghan/Forklift by Stan Ridgway
RockEl Casbah by Racid Taha
Weak Brain, Narrow Mind by Willie Dixon


Halloween Hootenanny by Zacherlee
Halloween (She Got So Mean) by Rob Zombie & The Ghastly Ones
(It's a) Monster's Holiday by Buck Owens
Bloodletting by Concrete Blonde
Monster by Fred Schneider
Monsters of the Id by Mose Allison
Feast of the Mau Mau by Screamin' Jay Hawkins
The Raven by Lou Reed

Murder in the Graveyard by Screaming Lord Sutch
Satanic Beatles by The Rev. Mike Mills
Don't Shake Me Lucifer by Roky Erikson
King Henry by Steeleye Span
Marie Laveau by Bobby Bare
The Witchdoctor's Curse by The Frantic Flattops
Heeby Jeebies by Little Richard
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

Sunday, October 29, 2006


My story in today's New Mexican on how Gov. Richardson has consolidated power in the governor's office can be found HERE.

The sidebar on specific ways in which he's expanded his power can be found HERE.

Dave Miles' story on Richardson's spending priorities can be found HERE.

Saturday, October 28, 2006


Friday, October 27, 2006
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
10 p.m. to midnight Fridays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell

OPENING THEME: Buckaroo by Buck Owens & The Buckaroos
Dying Is Easy by The Sadies
The Devil in Us All by Butch Hancock
Polecat by Ray Wylie Hubbard
Autograph by Delbert McClinton
This Lonely Night by Wayne Hancock
Cry Like a Baby by The Hacienda Brothers
That's the Smoke They're Blowin' by Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks
Singin' the Blues by Tommy Hancock & The Supernatural Band

Beausoleil by Rotondi
La Chanson de Mardi Gras by Beausoleil
Half a Boy And Half a Man by Queen Ida
Burn the Honeysuckle by The Gourds
Are You Okay by Jim Lauderdale
You're the Kids Are Ugly by Conway Twitty & Loretta Lynn
Yuppie Scum by Emily Kaitz

The Meanest Man in Town by Maddox Brothers & Rose
Cadillac Model A by Bob Wills & The Texas Playboys
The I.W.W. Song by Holy Modal Rounders
St. James Infirmary by Chris Thomas King
Wayfaring Stranger by John Stirratt
Mother Earth by Dave Alvin
Were You There by Rob McNurlin
Tom Dula by Carolina Chocolate Drops

Girls by Eleni Mandell
Darlin' Say It's Not You by George Jones & Keith Richards
This Old Town by Chip Taylor
Summer of Roses/December Day by Willie Nelson
My First Lover by Gillian Welch
Walkin' Man by Guy Clark
CLOSING THEME: Comin' Down by The Meat Puppets

Steve Terrell is proud to report to the monthly Freeform American Roots Radio list

Friday, October 27, 2006


This was just released today. It's a sketch of the man who attacked Republican operative Paige McKenzie on Oct. 4.


A version of this was published in The Santa Fe New Mexican
October 27, 2006

Did The Beatles kill Rat Fink? That’s the implication of Ron Mann’s documentary Tales of the Rat Fink, a loving tribute to visionary hot-rod artist Ed “Big Daddy” Roth that was released on DVD this month.

Mann calls the film an “animentary,” an animated documentary in which still photos magically come to life (and Roth’s “anti-Mickey Mouse” gets the cartoon treatment he always deserved). Actor John Goodman gives Roth his voice, telling the story of Roth and the custom-car culture he helped create.

Roth, who died in 2001, rose to fame as a designer of some of the craziest automobiles ever known. “He and his fellow Kar Kustomizers worked in the only uniquely American art medium, the automobile,” Tom Wolfe wrote of Big Daddy.

“Personally, I flunked everything but auto shop and art,” Roth/Goodman says. He not only built cartoonish cars, but he also became famous as a cartoonist, creating hilarious bug-eyed, fang-toothed, green-skinned creatures like Rat Fink, Mr. Gasser, Mother’s Worry, and Drag Nut, who zipped around in their even more fantastic vehicles. Roth started out airbrushing T-shirts and jackets for California car clubs. By the early ’60s, his characters and their cars invaded mainstream America in the form of plastic models, beloved by a generation of glue-sniffing American youth.

So how did the lads from Liverpool put an end to this? According to the movie, after the great British Invasion of 1964, kids across the country transformed their garages — once used mainly to soup up their cars — into rehearsal spaces for their new Beatles-inspired bands.

That interpretation is a bit too neat. As a fifth-grader during that time when the freedom cry of “yeah, yeah, yeah” was first heard across this land, I remember the Fab Moptops co-existing quite comfortably with Big Daddy in my personal pantheon. Rock ’n’ roll, monster movies, professional wrestlers like Sputnik Monroe, and Big Daddy’s stable of finks all were important cultural touchstones in a well-rounded American kid’s life in the mid-’60s.

But maybe there’s a grain of truth in the idea that The Beatles signaled the end of the Big Daddy heyday. When “I Want to Hold Your Hand” became No. 1 on my local AM rock ’n’ roll station WKY in Oklahoma City, it displaced “Surfin’ Bird,” the garage-band classic by the one-hit wonders known as The Trashmen.

The Trashmen had the manic, surf-slop sound that Rat Fink himself could appreciate. I’ve always felt that The Beatles robbed them of the glory they deserved.

Actually Big Daddy had his own band, Mr. Gasser & The Weirdos, a studio outfit that included lots of respected ’60s Los Angeles studio cats. But let’s just say that as a singer, Roth was a great car designer and cartoonist. Tales of the Rat Fink wisely chose to have The Sadies, a Canadian alt-country group, do most of the music on the film. The Sadies have released the soundtrack album with 26 short, twangy, surfy instrumentals, closer in style to Duane Eddy than Dick Dale.

If The Beatles really did kill Rat Fink, Mann’s film is a fun-filled attempt to resurrect Ed Roth to his rightful status as a rock ’n’ roll hero.

More from The Sadies: Just a few weeks before the Rat Fink soundtrack, The Sadies released a two-disc live set, In Concert Volume One.

Normally, I complain when guest stars overrun albums. (See nearly all my reviews of The Chieftains over the last 15 years or so.) But this might just be the exception that proves the rule.

Because their instrumental abilities are the major strength of The Sadies, the addition of this cast of singers seems natural. Among those appearing here are Neko Case, Jon Langford, Jon Spencer, and Kelly Hogan.

Not only that, but Garth Hudson of The Band — yes, the bushy-faced guy I always think I see on the fourth floor of the Capitol every time I pass those pictures of New Mexico’s territorial governors — joins the group with his majestic and mystical keyboards.

I especially like the second disc. There you find Langford and The Sadies’ version of The Mekons’ “Memphis, Egypt” (with Case and Hogan doing Sally Timms’ shout-along harmonies) and Spencer, with Heavy Trash partner Matt Verta-Ray, leading a crazed Bo-Diddley-like “Back Off” and a Chuck-Berry-on-angel-dust tune called “Justine Alright.”

And it’s Disc 2 on which you find Case’s best moments — The Band’s “Evangeline” and “Jason Fleming,” a little-known Roger Miller song that she performs like a rockabilly goddess.

Also recommended

* A Stitch in Time by The Twilight Singers. First the real news for fans of Greg Dulli and the Twilights: the group plays The Launchpad in Albuquerque on Saturday, Oct. 28, with none other than whiskey-voiced crooner Mark Lanegan helping Dulli on vocal duties. This tour is officially to support the band’s magnificent album Powder Burns, released only months ago, but the group is also hawking this new five-song EP.

A Stitch in Time starts out with Lanegan at the mike on “Live With Me,” a Massive Attack cover. Like the best material of Lanegan and Dulli, it’s dark, brooding, and menacing. When Lanegan intones, “I’ve been thinking about you baby, come live with me,” you’re almost tempted to call the cops.

The album also includes a guest vocal by Joseph Arthur on the relatively tame “Sublime.”

But the true highlight here is “Flashback,” a cover of a song by the New Zealand group Fat Freddy’s Drop. It starts off with a bass line similar to that on Jane’s Addiction’s “Three Days” and is colored by sly blaxploitation wah-wah.

If you don’t already have Powder Burns, by all means start with that. And if you’re hungry for more, seek out this EP. A Stitch in Time is available at Twilight Singers shows and on iTunes. Next month, you can get it at their record company, One Little Indian.

The Twilight Singers with Mark Lanegan perform at The Launchpad, 618 Central Blvd. S.W. in Albuquerque. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door and are available at Natural Sound in Albuquerque and

Thursday, October 26, 2006


I'm too tired and burnt to write anything resembling a coherent review, (plus I've been dealing with computer issues for a couple of hours that have me ready to maim and kill) but I have to say a few words about the Beirut show at the College of Santa Fe Wednesday night, which exceeded all expectations.

And I wanted to post a few snapshots. There will be more on my FLICKR page tomorrow, I promise.

While, as I indicated in my review Friday , I was quite taken by Beirut's album Gulag Orkestar. However, much of the album seems somber and foreboding. I wasn't quite sure how it would go over in a concert setting

No worry was necessary. Playing live, Beirut is a damned party. Without losing a bit of the texture and intricacy captured on the record, Zach Condon and band was in pure celebratory mode -- blowing horns, gypsy violin, accordion, a baritone sax and crazy ukuleles -- and of course Zach on trumpet. Everyone was switching off instruments and the magic was near seamless. And ever so often I'd hear a clatter behind me only to find some of the members out in the audience banging their tambourines.

Of course it was a homecoming for Condon, who spent part of his youth here. (I got to meet his dad after the show.) And apparently at least a couple of others attended school at SF's College of Knowledge. The crowd -- dang there had to be at least a couple of hundred people there -- treated Condon and Beirut like conquering heroes.

Rightfully so. I'm hoping this band goes far.

Hey you Albuquerque folks -- Beirut is playing The Launchpad Thursday night and it's only $5. No excuses! Be there.

UPDATE: Here's a link to my photos from the show.


A version of this was published in The Santa Fe New Mexican
October 26, 2006

Are former CIA agent Valerie Plame and her husband, former Ambassador Joseph Wilson moving to Santa Fe?

That’s the buzz in Washington, D.C. and Wilson, who was in Albuquerque Wednesday campaigning for Patricia Madrid for Congress, won’t confirm or deny it.

The possibility of Wilson and Plame moving here first surfaced publicly in Roll Call, a Capitol Hill newspaper.

“Having soaked up just about every last bit of limelight from the CIA leak scandal, former GOP-appointed Ambassador Joe Wilson is burning up the campaign trail on behalf of Democrats while apparently planning a full-time move away from Washington, D.C.,” Mary Ann Akers wrote in the paper’s “Heard on the Hill” column Tuesday.

“Sources tell HOH that Wilson and his wife, Valerie Plame Wilson — who was famously outed as a CIA operative by columnist Robert Novak — have told friends that they are ready to quit Washington. One source says the Wilsons, the parents of 6-year-old twins, have ‘settled on’ Santa Fe, N.M.”

The irreverent D.C. blog Wonkette commented that Santa Fe is a place “where terrorists and Bob Novak will never find them. …”

I called the one local friend of the couple I know, who, as fate would have it, was at Albuquerque International Sunport picking up Wilson, who’d just arrived for a Madrid fundraiser.

In short, Wilson -- no relation to Rep. Heather Wilson, Madrid’s Republican opponent in the congressional race — gave me the same “no comment” he gave Roll Call.

“I’ll be happy to talk to you about the reason I’m here right now,” he said, talking up Madrid.

This is at least the second time Wilson has been in New Mexico to raise funds for Madrid. He was in Santa Fe and Albuquerque in March for that purpose. When I interviewed him then he said how much he loves this area.

Wilson and his wife were in Albuquerque last month as guests of honor at an event for the Military Religious Freedom Foundation.

Wilson said he might confirm his future plans after the election.

For those who have been visiting another planet for the last couple of years: In early 2002, the CIA sent Joseph Wilson to Niger to investigate a claim that Saddam Hussein had tried to buy enriched “yellowcake” uranium. He concluded the story was false.

The next year he wrote an opinion piece for The New York Times that talked about his trip to Niger and accused the Bush administration of exaggerating the threat of Iraq to justify going to war.

Soon after, White House officials informed some reporters and right-wing columnist Novak — that the ambassador's wife worked for the CIA. That leak led to federal charges against Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff.

Unknown Jerome: The Public Regulation Commission is honoring five of its former members today by dedicating an “NMPRC Honor Gallery” with photos and information about the past commissioners.

However it seems that the current administration was having a tough time this week sending out the correct information about one of the former members.

An e-mail news release zapped Tuesday to reporters and others around the state listed Jerome Block’s PRC years as January 1999 to March 2004.

To which Block sardonically replied in an e-mail: “As much as Patricia Madrid, the `Supremes' and others would have liked, my term as PRC commissioner did not expire until December 31, 2004!”

Block, who served a two-year term when the PRC was first created, followed by a four-year term, apparently still smarts a little from the attorney general going to the Supreme Court to win a decision that he couldn’t seek another consecutive four-year term.

The PRC on Wednesday sent out a corrected news release. The dedication is at 9 a.m. today in the foyer of the fourth floor of the PERA Building.

So that’s why he’s always out of town: We know him as our governor. However, the people of Nags Head, N.C., know Bill Richardson as their interim deputy town manager.

According to a story in The Outer Banks Sentinel, a Nags Head paper, “Richardson began work on Monday and will work closely with Nags Head's Interim Town Manager, Charlie Cameron, in managing the Town and its workforce of more than 100 employees.”

The paper quoted Cameron saying, “Bill brings to Nags Head an incredible wealth of experience in northeastern North Carolina local government.”

The article mentions nothing about the new interim deputy town manager’s presidential ambitions.

More fun with voter ID cards: Former Santa Fe photographer Neil Jacobs nearly was tempted to commit voter fraud.

Jacobs, a Los Angeles resident for several years, said Wednesday he recently received a New Mexico voter ID card in the mail.

“’I’ve already voted absentee in the California election,” said Jacobs, who has worked for The New Mexican and The Albuquerque Journal and who now shoots still photos for movie productions.

He said he called the New Mexico Secretary of State’s office and “after being transferred around a few times” was told he is on the inactive voter list, but could still cast a ballot.

“It might be fun to vote twice, but I don’t think I should try to get away with that,” Jacobs said.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006


The New Mexican assigned me to do a sidebar on the Congressional District 1 debate last night, just a kist of highlights. It didn't make the paper's web site, so I'll post it here.

Andy Lenderman's main story can be found HERE

A version of this was published in The Santa Fe New Mexican
October 25, 2006

Here are some highlights from Tuesday’s debate between Republican U.S. Rep Heather Wilson and Democratic Attorney General Patricia Madrid:

Questionable campaign contributions: The candidates were asked their opinions on campaign contributions from lobbyists. Madrid said lobbyists “are a part of government” and contribute to politicians “only to give them access, to inform you what they do.”

Wilson responded, “I’m amazed at what I just heard. Nobody buys access in my office. I’ll talk to any New Mexican who wants to talk to me, not conditioned on paying at the door.”

Wilson said Madrid took $125,000 in contributions from a casino owner in Southern New Mexico who had business in her office. She was referring to Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino owner Stanley Fulton who is fighting a plan for Jemez Pueblo to build a casino near Anthony, N.M. Fulton contributed before and after Madrid wrote to the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs opposing the Anthony casino.

Madrid said Wilson has taken thousands of dollars in contributions from Republican congressmen who were involved in “money laundering.” Wilson’s campaign has returned or donated more than $30,000 in campaign contributions in recent months from former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, who faces money laundering and conspiracy counts stemming from Republican fundraising in 2002; Randall “Duke” Cunningham, a former California congressman who resigned in 2005 after admitting taking $2.4 million in bribes from defense contractors; and from former Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who pleaded guilty last winter to fraud and other charges.

War in Iraq: Madrid pounded Wilson over her support of the war in Iraq, even during questions not directly related to Iraq. Money being spent on the war could be better spent on homeland security measures and on health care, Madrid said. “For leading us into a war based on failed and manipulated evidence, my opponent deserves to be fired,” Madrid said.

Wilson said Madrid’s view of the war is outside of the American mainstream. She criticized Madrid’s previous statements that the U.S. should withdraw from Iraq by the end of this year. Madrid, she said, has advocated plans of quitting before the job is done and coming home. “That is a plan of surrender,” Wilson said.

Wiretaps: Wilson defended Bush’s program of secretly wiretapping phones without obtaining warrants. She said this is necessary to fight al-Qaida terrorists. “It’s a dangerous world,” she said. “We can’t afford to move at the speed of the court system.”

Madrid said she supports the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which allows the government to wiretap without a warrant as long as warrants are obtained no more than 72 hours after the taps are instigated.

President Bush: In a debate segment in which the candidates asked each other questions, Madrid blasted the president — who is unpopular in New Mexico and who lost to Democrat John Kerry in the 1st Congressional District. She said Wilson voted 85 percent of the time with Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney. She asked Wilson whether she thought Bush was a good president.

Wilson pointed out that Bush and Cheney don’t vote in Congress. She said she’s disagreed with Bush on “several things,” including Bush’s opposition to federal funding of stem-cell research. But, as Madrid later pointed out, Wilson never answered the question whether Bush is a good president.

House page scandal: Madrid defended a recent attack against Wilson dealing with former Rep. Mark Foley, who resigned following revelations he had sent sexual electronic messages to teenage congressional pages. Wilson, Madrid said, was on the committee overseeing the page program. “She didn’t do her job and protect those children. She took more (campaign contributions) from Mark Foley than anyone else in Congress, and she looked the other way.”

Wilson never responded to this.

Education: Wilson endorsed the federal No Child Left Behind program, saying it has given more authority to local schools. She said in the past five years federal aid to New Mexico schools has nearly doubled.

Madrid said No Child Left Behind needs “some tweaking.” She said the federal government hasn’t properly funded it, and the program unfairly brands schools “and groups of students” as failures.

Prescription drugs: Wilson defended Medicare 4, the new prescription-drug program. Madrid said the program was a catastrophe, and it was mainly a boon for insurance companies and drug companies.

Social Security: Both candidates said they were against privatizing the Social Security. program

Monday, October 23, 2006


I took this "American Citizenship Test" and passed with flying colors. (No, the flying colors weren't from an LSD flashback.)

I think in real life thought the citizenship test is a lot harder.

You Passed the US Citizenship Test

Congratulations - you got 10 out of 10 correct!


I haven't really been keeping up with the District 2 Congressional race in southern New Mexico. About all I know is that incumbent Republican Steve Pearce is taking a page out of the Bill Richardson playbook by resfusing to debate his lesser-known, under-funded underdog opponent on television.

I didn't realize until now that, according to Heath Haussamen, a debate between Pearce and Democrat Al Kissling actually was recorded by a Las Cruces TV station in late August, but "was never broadcast because Pearce, a debate ducker, wouldn’t allow it, and FCC rules require the approval of both candidates, according to the station."

But Heath has obtained a copy of the debate and posted it on his blog. CHECK IT OUT.


Sunday, October 22, 2006
KSFR, Santa Fe, N.M.
10 p.m. to midnight Sundays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell

OPENING THEME: Let it Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres
Rusty's Back in Town by Rusty Warren
Rock 'n' Roll Murder by The Leaving Trains
Friggin' in the Riggin' by The Sex Pistols
Groovy Times by The Clash
The Times Change by The Sadies
Mr. Gasser by Mr. Gasser & The Weirdos
Illuminated Cowboy by Roy & The Devil's Motorcycle
Mark Antony's Funeral Oration by Lord Buckley

Pink Steam by Sonic Youth
I'm Gonna Move Right In by The Velvet Underground
In This Home on Ice by Clap Your Hands and Say Yeah
Your Body Not Your Soul by Cuby & The Blizzards
Hey Little Girl by Syndicate of Sound
Please Stop Playing That Didgeridoo by Jono Manson
Murder's Crossed My Mind by Desdemona Finch

Mount Weoclai (Idle Days) by Beirut
Djelem, Djalem by Kocani Okestar
Vodopad by Boban Markoviae Orkestar
Sitta by Cankisou
Romana by Kultur Shock
Trust in Me by The Dead Brothers
The Gunboat Song by Kazik Staszewski
Bratislava by Beirut

Immigrant Punk by Gogol Bordello
T Stands For Trouble by Marvin Gaye
Idlewild Blue (Don'tchu Worry 'Bout Me) by Outkast
It Was You by Lindsey Buckingham
The Town by Los Lobos
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

Saturday, October 21, 2006


* Indian War Whoop by The Holy Modal Rounders. Imagine a full-color remake of Li'l Abner where everyone in Dogpatch is tripping on acid ...

* Dreams Come True - Hi - I Love You Right Heartily Here - New Songs by Judee Sill Most of these are outtakes from the long-lost third abum by the troubled Judee, who died before it ever saw the light of day. This doesn't match up to Heartfood, but it's a welcome addition to the works of a tragically overlooked singer and songwriter.

* Ray Sings, Basie Swings by Ray Charles & The Count Basie Orchestra. This album features live Charles vocals backed up by the Basie band later in the studio. Artificial? Maybe. But it sounds terrific. I couldn't resist when I saw it had "O What a Beautiful Morning." And it didn't disappoint. It was almost as good as the time I saw Ray live.

* RE-Search: Incredibly Strange Music Volume 2 Some cocktail exotica. Some "outsider" music. Some bad novelty tunes. Some Ken Nordine "word jazz." A bad raga-rock version of "The Letter." And, of course, Little Marcy, a singing Christian puppet. I was playing some selections from this album in the office Friday. "Where do you find this stuff?" a co-worker asked. "I don't," I replied. "It finds ME."

" Delusion of the Fury by Harry Partch. I'm just wild about Harry. He's a true musical iconoclast who not only invented his own scales but inveneted his own strange instruments on which to play his otherworldy wonder works. He hated synthesizers. He hated academia. He was a hobo as well as a homo. Check here for his bio and seek out his music. This one's a good place to start.

America's Most Colorful Hillbilly Band by The Maddox Brothers & Rose . I heard "The Meanest Man in Town" on Home of Happy Feet Tuesday night, I knew I had to have more Maddox Brothers & Rose into my life. This California family band was loud and rowdy and sister Rose was pure hillbilly sex appeal. I only had enought left on eMusic this month to download 15 tracks, but I'll be back next month to nab the rest of this -- and possibly the second volume also.


Friday, October 20, 2006
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
10 p.m. to midnight Fridays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell

OPENING THEME: Buckaroo by Buck Owens & The Buckaroos
No Sleep Blues by Wayne Hancock
Stay a Little Longer by The Sadies
I Push Right Over by Robbie Fulks
Gun Show by Bobby Bare Jr.'s Young Criminals Starvation League
Heartaches and Grease by Ray Wylie Hubbard
William Bonnie by Mandy Smith
My Baby's Just Like Money by Merle Haggard
I Rode in As a Stranger by Lynn Anderson
Rock Island Line by Little Richard & Fishbone
Cast the Devils Out by Butch Hancock

All the Way With Jesus by Buck Owens
She's Got Some Magic Going On by Jim Lauderdale
Wake me Up and Slap me by Doug Spartz
Gorrilla and the Maiden by Jon Langford
The Levee's Gonna Break by Bob Dylan
Another Man Done Gone by Irma Thomas
Before Magnolias Bloom by Chris Thomas King
Gypsy Songman by Jerry Jeff Walker

Storms Never last by Waylon Jennings with Jessi Colter
Louis Collins by Jerry Garcia & David Grisman
Soldier's Joy by Holy Modal Rounders
Rapid City, S.D by Dwight Yoakam
TV Barbecue by Rotondi
'50s French Movie by Carrie Rodriguez
Wabash Cannonball by Danny BarnesI Can't Be Satisfied by Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
Don't the Girls All Get Prettier at Closing Time by Mickey Gilley

Blue Wing by Dave Alvin
They Don't Rob the Trains Anymore by Ronny Elliott
Sing Me Back Home by The Byrds
Beloved Garden by Jon Dee Graham
Let Us Travel, Travel On by Marty Stuart & Del McCoury
I'm Free From the Chain Gang Now by Johnny Cash
CLOSING THEME: Comin' Down by The Meat Puppets

Steve Terrell is proud to report to the monthly Freeform American Roots Radio list

Friday, October 20, 2006


This just in from Tom Garrity:

Following several surgeries, Paige McKenzie was released today from University Hospital. While she has made a remarkable recovery to this point, Paige still has a long road of recovery ahead. Paige and her family are grateful to the medical staff at University Hospital.

Paige is with her parents, the three will be staying at an undisclosed location as she continues the healing process.

Paige is very encouraged by all of the cards, letters and word of support from her friends and colleagues in New Mexico and around the country.

Those who want to show their support of Paige during this time are encouraged to make a donation to the "Paige McKenzie Fund" at First Community Bank, formerly First State Bank. Donations can be made to the teller or mailed to First Community Bank, Post Office Box 3686 Albuquerque, New Mexico 87190. Donations will go to offset medical costs associated with her assault.


The John Dendahl campaign has yet to run any television ads, but his friends at the Republican Governors Association are buying one for him. VIEW IT HERE

It shows an bobble-head version of Richardson bouncing from one state to another. He mumbles and shouts "Whee!" I'll leave it to your own interpretation of what it looks like he's doing in front of The White House.

I'm sure Richardson doesn't like the ad, but he might be grateful that it makes him look so thin.

In case you haven't been near a t.v. set in the past three months, here's where you can find all of Richardson's campaign commericals. CLICK HERE

And here's something I stumbled across while looking for the RGA ad on YouTube:


A version of this was published in The Santa Fe New Mexican
October 20, 2006

Q: Was growing up in Santa Fe boring?
A: I’m sure that’s every adolescent’s complaint about their hometown. When a city is unstimulating, you get pretty isolated. That’s probably why I did what I did.

It almost sounds like the confession of a teenage sociopath who’s discussing some hideous atrocity he perpetrated. But this interview isn’t from some A&E true-crime show; it’s from Pitchfork, an online music magazine.

The bored, unstimulated Santa Fe youth is not some school-ground psycho but rather Zach Condon, a rising young musician with an album that’s rightfully getting great ink and word-of-mouth from places far and wide.

And the deed that he did, inspired by his “isolation,” was to retreat into his room — you can almost feel the presence of Brian Wilson’s spirit at this point — and create what would become the album Gulag Orkestar, released under the name Beirut.

Condon, now 20, did what most Santa Fe kids unfortunately have to do. He got out. Moved to Brooklyn.

But he’s coming home to visit. You can check out Condon and Beirut — which has grown from a boy and his ProTools into as much as a 10-piece band — Wednesday, Oct. 25, at the College of Santa Fe and Thursday, Oct. 26, at the Launchpad in Albuquerque.

While most American musicians his age are inspired by punk rock or hip-hop, Condon was inspired by the soundtracks of movies by Sarajevo-born director Emir Kusturica and by the Balkan brass bands Condon heard while bumming around Europe.

Beirut isn’t the first American band to employ Eastern European elements. There are bands like the gypsy punk of Gogol Bordello, the Bulgarian metal of Kultur Shock, and Balkan blues-blowers Hazmat Modine.

But none of these are as richly textured as what’s found on Gulag Orkestar. Condon seems to be walking some of the same rainy streets that Leonard Cohen and Tom Waits have tread, though even these comparisons fall short.

The sound is based on slightly off-kilter trumpets, accordion, rat-a-tat drums, keyboards and — for reasons not explained, though it works — a ukulele.

One of his cohorts on the record is Jeremy Barnes, former drummer for Georgia indie-rock geniuses Neutral Milk Hotel (and the lesser known A Hawk and a Hacksaw, which opens for Beirut on Tuesday).

And his voice! Condon has a sweet but world-weary croon that seems to come from a soul much older than the kid at the microphone. There’s an undeniably sad tone at work here. Many of the songs sound like funeral dirges, a jazz funeral down the back streets of Budapest, or a circus parade through a Bosnian slum.

Songs like the bolero “Bratislava” suggest a Spanish influence. There are strange pieces, such as the dream-world pop of the final track, “After the Curtain.”

Something tells me that future works by Condon and Beirut might sound completely different. Condon is young, curious, and hungry. There’s a whole world for him to digest. It’ll be a pleasure to hear him do it.

Beirut plays at the College of Santa Fe’s O’Shaughnessy Performance Space in Benildus Hall, 1600 St. Michael’s Drive, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25; tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door, call 473-6511. The band performs at the Launchpad, 618 Central Ave. S.W., in Albuquerque, on Thursday, Oct. 26. Doors open at 8 p.m., entrance is $5; call 505-764-8887.

Balkan brass bands and other Eastern European sounds: Want to hear for yourself some of the sounds that inspired Gulag Orkestar? One good place to start is Calabash Music, a major online source of world music.

* L’ Orient Est Rouge by Kocani Orkestar. In interviews Condon has listed this Macedonian band as one of his favorites. The group boasts two trumpets, three tubas, saxophone, clarinet, zurla (a traditional oboe), and percussion. The track that reminds me most of Beirut is the final song, “Djelem, Djelem,” which starts out slow and brooding.

*Live in Belgrade by Boban Markovic Orkestar. This 12-piece Serbian band has been featured in Kusturica soundtracks. They do a rousing version of “Hava Nagila,” though I’m most impressed by the percussion-heavy “Vodopad” and the 11-minute medley of several tunes that allows the band to stretch out.

*Gamagai by Cankisou. This one, which I’ve been listening to for several months, is my favorite of all these. It’s the least traditional and the most rocked out. This can’t be called a brass band — there’s no brass. But there are crazy saxophones and even crazier rhythms. And sorry, Jono, they make the didgeridoo sound really cool. They claim to be based on the culture of the Canki people, a legendary race of one-legged people with roots in Africa and the Mideast.

Radio Beirut: Hear Beirut, various Balkan brass bands, and other bands mentioned here on Terrell’s Sound World Sunday night on KSFR 90.7 FM. The show starts at 10 p.m., but I’ll start this set right after the 11th hour. And don’t forget the The Santa Fe Opry, country music as the good Lord intended it to sound, same time, same station, Friday nights.

Thursday, October 19, 2006


A version of this was published in The Santa Fe New Mexican
October 1, 2006

Democrats get angry when high-level administration figures say or imply that it’s unpatriotic and harmful to America to criticize President Bush’s Iraq policies.

The anger is justified.

Criticizing the government and any politician, high or low, is one of those rights, to steal a line from Merle Haggard, that our fightin’ men have fought and died to keep.

But here in New Mexico, where our chief executive is a Democrat, the proverbial shoe is on the other foot.

For several weeks now, when asked about Gov. Bill Richardson’s refusal to debate Republican challenger John Dendahl, Richardson’s campaign brass have said all Dendahl wants to do is “tear down New Mexico.”

Tear down New Mexico. Like some crazed Godzilla knocking over buildings, stepping on cars and breathing fire on anything in his way.

When I first read this, in a quote by Richardson campaign chairman Dave Contarino, it took me aback. But giving him the benefit of the doubt, I initially figured it probably was just overheated campaign rhetoric said spontaneously. Surely he didn’t seriously mean it.

But since then, I’ve read it elsewhere and heard it from campaign officials.

Tuesday night, after Dendahl’s 30-minute primetime interview on KOB, Richardson campaign manager Amanda Cooper said it again. She said Dendahl had used his time on TV to “tear down New Mexico.”

I’d been there in the television studio watching the program — which came about because Dendahl had accepted KOB’s invitation for a debate and Richardson had not.

Dendahl indeed did his best to “tear down” Richardson. He called him a “dictator.” He said he was “two-faced.” He said Richardson was corrupt and compared him to former Treasurer Robert Vigil.

He refrained from calling Richardson a “300-pound chicken.” He probably knows he’s gotten enough mileage out of that line.

Dendahl criticized Richardson’s plans, projects and policies, including the spaceport, the Rail Runner and the state investing in the movie industry.

You might disagree with what Dendahl says and stands for. You might not like his style. You might think he’s too harsh on Richardson — though some say he hasn’t been harsh enough.

But I was there. I was listening closely and taking notes. I didn’t hear him tear down New Mexico.

So let’s get it straight: George Bush is not America, and Bill Richardson is not New Mexico.

I “heart” debates: I have to admit, as a self-confessed political junkie, I like going to public debates. Even when the responses are canned and the rhetoric is stale.

I like seeing the supporters of both candidates — and the few stray civic-minded undecideds — filling an auditorium.

I like the anticipation, waiting for a candidate to break out of the polite happy talk and confront his or her opponent with some unpleasant difference between them.

And I like seeing how the confronted candidate responds. Will he have a good counterargument and turn it around? Will he fall back on some tired slogan and choke?

Of course, there won’t be any of that in the Richardson/Dendahl race.

I thought it was great that KOB offered Dendahl and Congressional District 2 Democratic challenger Al Kissling primetime slots this week. (Incumbent GOP Rep. Steve Pearce, like the governor, has refused to debate his opponent on live television.)

In fact, I thought news anchor Carla Aragon had the best line of the night during the Dendahl segment when she said of the show, “It’s a service to the voters.” This might just seem like TV news patter except for the fact that the Richardson campaign repeatedly has said it would be a “disservice to the voters” to debate Dendahl on television.

But it just wasn’t the same as a real debate.

KOB’s original plan was to hold the debate at the Kimo Theatre in Albuquerque, with each side getting tickets for more than 100 supporters. Questions would have come from a panel of reporters and the audience. And the real fun — the candidates would have been given time to ask questions of each other.

Instead, the “one-man debate” was held in a studio, where the only live audience, besides the TV crew, was Dendahl’s wife, Jackie, a New Mexican photographer and myself.

And nobody had to remind us not to cheer or boo.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006


Because Gov. Bill Richardson refuses to debate Republican John Dendahl on television, KOB gave Dendahl a half hour of prime time last night.

I went down to watch it in person. My story is HERE

(I stole this graphic from Heath Haussamen whose post on the Dendahl show can be found HERE)

Monday, October 16, 2006


Boy, do I ever feel stupid!

I've been wondering why nobody has been commenting on my site since I switched back to Haloscan.

A couple of weeks ago a friend asked why her comments never appeared. I didn't know why until just now when I was fooling around on Haloscan and found a BUNCH of comments, going back to last August awaiting my "approval."

I didn't realize I had to approve the damned things!

Anywho, I approved them all and changed that setting. So please, comment away. (No advertising, please! I'll delete that crap toot sweet.)


Sunday, October 15, 2006
KSFR, Santa Fe, N.M.
10 p.m. to midnight Sundays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell

OPENING THEME: Let it Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres
Me and My Friend The Cat by Loudon Wainwright III
Fat Angel by The Jefferson Airplane
Mystic Eyes by Them
I Fought the Law by The Bobby Fuller Four
Police on My Back by The Clash
These Times With You by Dead Moon
Steppin' Out by Paul Revere & The Raiders
Apartment Wrestling Rock 'n' Roll Girl by Rev. Beat Man

Live With Me by The Twilight Singers with Mark Lanegan
Sleeping Around by Sonic Youth
Black Flowers by Yo La Tengo
See the Light by Sparklehorse
I See the Light by The Five Americans
Shanty Pig by Mary's Danish
Connecticut's For F*cking by Jesus H. Christ & The Four Hornsmen of The Apocalypse
Pictures of Matchstick Men by The Status Quo

Stevie's Spanking by Frank Zappa
Ball and Chain by Big Brother & The Holding Company
Tollin' Bells by The Butterfield Blues Band
Pinery Boy by Nick Cave
We Dance Alone by Beck
Dead Brothers Stomp by The Dead Brothers

Gingit by Jadoo
Lost in America by Jon Langford
To Try For the Sun by Lindsey Buckingham
The Good Ship Omega by Judee Sill
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

Sunday, October 15, 2006


I recently joined, a CD trading service. I've gotten some interesting things, from Lord Buckley to Pigboy Crabshaw, from George Clinton to Jefferson Airplane.

Click the link to find out more about it. (The "one dollar claim is a little misleading. After postage it's $1.75 per CD you receive -- still a great price.)

Click here to explore


My profiles of Bill Richardson and John Dendahl, plus a lot of other coverage of the governor's race ran in The Santa Fe New Mexican today.

There's a bunch of stories. Here's the direct links:

* Race for Governor CLICK HERE
* Campaign Contributions CLICK HERE

* Richardson profile CLICK HERE
* Richardson bio box CLICK HERE
* The Richardson Record CLICK HERE

* Dendahl profile CLICK HERE
* Dendahl bio box CLICK HERE

Saturday, October 14, 2006


The Mayor of Milagro is dead.

Baldemar Huerta, better known as Freddy Fender, died of lung cancer in his home in San Antonio. You can read the Associated Press story HERE .

The photo here is a snapshot I took at a Texas Tornados show at the Hole in the Wall at South by Southwest in 1996. Both Freddy and Doug Sahm are gone now.

The next teardrop just fell.


Laurell subbed for me on the show last night. She was nice enough to e-mail me her play list:

Friday, October 6, 2006
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
10 p.m. to midnight Fridays Mountain
Substitute Host: Laurell Reynolds

OPENING THEME: Buckaroo by Buck Owens & The Buckaroos
Jeannie C Riley-Words, Names, Faces
Rose Maddox-Wild, Wild, Young Men
Wanda Jackson-Fujiama Mama
Eric Burdon & The Animals-Ring Of Fire
The Holy Modal Rounders-Synergy/Euphoria
Tex Ritter-Smoke Smoke Smoke
Al Dexter & His Troopers-Pistol Packin Mama
Jerry Lee Lewis-Milkshake Mademoiselle

Loretta Lynn & Conway Twitty-Louisiana Woman Mississippi Man
Waylon Jennings-Only Daddy That'll Walk the Line
Henson Cargill-None Of My Business
Neil Young-Let's Impeach the President
Drivin and Cryin- Straight To Hell
Gary Stewart-Single Again
Billy & Terry Smith-Shame On the Moon
Don Williams-Tulsa Time
Sir Douglas Quintet-Be Real

Calexico-Alone Again Or
Bob Dylan-Lay Lady Lay
Townes Van Zandt-Nothin'/For the Sake Of the Song
Beatles-Rocky Racoon
The 6ths Featuring Kathrine Whalen-You You You You You
Eleni Mandell-Don't Say you Care
America-Lonely People

Maria Muldaur-My Tennesee Mountain Home
Dolly Parton-To Daddy
June Carter Cash-Will the Circle Be Unbroken
Johnny Cash-Redemption
Emmylou Harris-One Of These Days/Easy From Now On/Prayer In Open D
CLOSING THEME: Comin' Down by The Meat Puppets

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Friday, October 13, 2006


My old competitor Karl Moffat has entered the realm of Blogdom.

You can find his blog TALES FROM THE FAR BANK HERE.

We both covered crime in the early '90s, me for The New Mexican, Karl for Journal North. His blog however is about fishing, not crime.


I've received several inquiries about what happened to The New Mexican's comments feature, which has been down all week.

In case you haven't heard, here's the deal: There were so many crazy and disgusting comments about the recent violent assault and battery of Paige McKenzie, John Dendahl's spokeswoman the brass decided to yank the whole system until they could figure a better way to monitor the damned thing.

You can read the official explanation HERE and the new plan for comments HERE.

I hate censorship, and I like the fact the paper lets people comment. I'm sure that the fact I know and like Paige have something to do with my reaction, but I'm glad the paper's brass took action here.

As James Brown would say, Good God, ya'll!

There were Republican idiots blaming the evil Democrats for the attack and there were Democrat idiots claiming it was all a plot by the evil Republicans to get sympathy for John Dendahl. Plus all sorts of other nasty stuff.

All this while an innocent woman was lying in the hospital getting reconstructive surgery.

(She's still in the hospital, as of yesterday at leas, recovering from injuries that put her in the intensive care unit. Her condition, which had been critical is. satisfactory.)

You've still got your freedom of speech. If you don't like The New Mexican's new policy, you can start your own blog. It's free and easy enough even someone like me can do one. (If it's too complicated for you, I'm sure your parole officer can help you out.)


A version of this was published in The Santa Fe New Mexican
October 13, 2006

Bobby Bare Jr. started his recording career at a very early age. Try 5 years old. It was back in 1973 when, as a squeaky-voiced ankle-biter, he co-starred with his father on a sweet but sappy Shel Silverstein song called “Daddy What If.”

“Daddy, what if the sun stopped shining?/What would happen then?” baby Bare chirped. It wasn’t the greatest moment for Papa Bare, who was a beloved country hitmaker in the ’60s and ’70s.

The kid grew up, as kids tend to do. Last year he reunited with his dad in the studio to produce and sing on Bare Sr.’s “comeback” album, The Moon Was Blue.

Since the late ’90s, Bare Jr.’s been playing an unusual style of rock ’n’ roll that draws from his country-music heritage but — even with his unabashed drawl — doesn’t sound like your typical country rock.

His latest album, The Longest Meow, was released under the name of Bobby Bare Jr.’s Young Criminals Starvation League and was recorded in a heady, 11-hour session with members of My Morning Jacket, ... And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead, and others. It might just be his most eclectic, eccentric, and experimental album so far.

From the hard-charging, baritone-sax-and-guitar-driven “The Heart Bionic” through the Devo-drenched “Sticky Chemical,” this Meow is a sonic pleasure. And no, he hasn’t forgotten his country roots. “Back to Blue” has “Ring of Fire” mariachi trumpets and a steel guitar that suggests warm desert nights.

There’s an acoustic cover of the Pixies song “Where Is my Mind.” This seems appropriate since young Bobby played on the last Frank Black album. It’s not hard to imagine Frank Black Francis doing any of Bare’s songs from The Longest Meow.

One of my favorites here is “Gun Show,” which starts off with Bare crooning a Wilco-ish melody backed by acoustic guitar and a Lost-in-Space electronic whine. It’s about a guy who’s shot down at his home under circumstances that are never quite clear. Bare moans: “Mama’s gonna find a place to hide/And my girls are gonna wonder why/Why did my daddy have to die/And does he hear us when we cry?”

Then there’s “Demon Valley” and that steel guitar again. It’s a wistful, Beatlesque little tune with nonsensical lyrics such as “I found a place for you to hide/where you can be the devil’s bride.” There’s even a shout out to Sonny and Cher in the song.

Also recommended:

*Snake Farm by Ray Wylie Hubbard. “Snake farm, it just sounds nasty,” Hubbard spits in the chorus of the title song of his latest album. “Snake farm, pretty much is.”

That could pretty much serve as a review for this album. It sounds nasty, and I mean that in the nicest possible way. Co-produced by Hubbard and Gurf Morlix, this is a bluesy stomp-dance of a record, heavy on slide guitar and raunchy licks (thank you, Gurf). With Hubbard’s songs of reptile ranches, God, the devil, heartaches, damnation, and redemption, it’s almost like the Book of Revelation as interpreted by Hank Williams and Howlin’ Wolf.

“God smiles and lights a cigarette/And says there’s some souls I ain’t gonna get/I’d take all the little critters if I could/But some are too smart for their own damn good,” he sings in “Kilowatts.”

That’s how he does with the spiritual realm. He’s also got a good take on the material world. “Young pups, they ask me what makes my kind/shameless women and pork rinds ... There’s no sadder case of desire and anguish/I’m done in by women, hush puppies and catfish,” he growls on “Heartaches and Grease.”

Hubbard, a founding father of the Austin Cosmic Cowboy scene of the mid ’70s (I was going to try to write this without mentioning his “Up Against the Wall Redneck Mother”), is one of those rare artists who truly has gotten better with age. For the past few years, every album has been stronger than the last. More pork rinds, please!

* Nashville Rebel by Waylon Jennings. This four-disc collection starts out with a recording from New Mexico — Clovis, to be exact, home of Norman Petty Studios. There in 1958 Buddy Holly produced the first single by Jennings, his West Texas protégé. It was “Jole Blon,” the Cajun anthem, featuring none other than R&B shaman King Curtis on saxophone. It didn’t become a hit, at least not on the Holly level. But what a harbinger it was for things to come.

It took nearly 15 years, but the dark-eyed singer from Littlefield, Texas, along with co-conspirator Willie Nelson, led the great outlaw rebellion of the 1970s — which basically meant they got a whole lot more creative control over their records than Nashville traditionally allowed artists. That, and they did a lot of dope.

Waylon wasn’t known for his songwriting. Most of the songs he’s best known for — “Honky Tonk Heroes,” “Lonesome, On’ry and Mean,” “Luckenbach, Texas,” “Dreaming My Dreams With You” — were written by others. No, it was his voice, his “monster voice” as Rolling Stone once dubbed it — deep, rugged and earthy — that made his records so memorable.

This collection runs from the ’50s and (just barely) into the ’90s, wisely concentrating on the outlaw heyday of the early-to-mid ’70s. It leaves out a few jewels from Waylon’s final years, though fortunately it includes “I Do Believe,” a stunning little piece of humanist gospel he recorded on the last album by outlaw supergroup The Highwaymen.

Thursday, October 12, 2006


A version of this was published in The Santa Fe New Mexican
October 12, 2006

Everyone knows Gov. Bill Richardson loves Hollywood. And soon his name will be appearing in movie credits.

No, major studios aren’t clamoring over rights to a feature-length version of the Richardson campaign’s “sheriff” commercials on TV.

The rules for a recent competition in which young filmmakers are seeking state grant money require that credits on any film they submit have to thank the governor.

On the state Film Office Web page announcing the program, potential applicants were told, “Awardees will acknowledge Governor Richardson and the New Mexico Film Office’s New Visions/New Mexico Program in the end credits of the completed film.”

The New Visions/New Mexico program, according to a news release earlier this year, offers a total of $160,000 in contracts “for New Mexico-based producers and directors to create narrative films, documentaries, animation and experimental works.” Individuals can get up to $20,000 for a project.

A total of 230 filmmakers applied, Film Office Director Lisa Strout said Wednesday.

Not all were seeking the maximum amount. “I heard that one was asking for $100,” she said.

The deadline for submissions was last week.

Funding recipients will be announced in December.

As for acknowledging Richardson, Strout said she wasn’t aware that was a requirement.

“What’s important is acknowledging the state,” Strout said. Specifically mentioning the governor, she said, “isn’t a requirement in my mind.”

Who knows, maybe one of these films acknowledging Richardson will go on to win the next Bill Richardson Film Achievement Award — the annual award established this year by the College of Santa Fe for outstanding national and regional contributions to film.

Oughta be in pictures: Richardson, of course, won’t be the first New Mexico governor to see his name in film credits.

Former Gov. David Cargo oversaw creation of New Mexico’s first state Film Office in 1968. According to its Web site, this was the first state agency in the country “whose primary goal was to enhance economic development via motion picture production.”

But Cargo didn’t stop there. He actually appeared in some movies made in the state.

According to the Internet Movie Guide, Cargo’s roles were as follows:

He played a lowly newspaper reporter in The Good Guys and the Bad Guys in 1969 — though his name didn’t appear in the credits. Some names that did appear in the credits in this Western were Robert Mitchum, George Kennedy and David Carridine.

The next year, Cargo had a bit part in a comedy called Up in the Cellar, which starred Larry Hagman and Joan Collins.

Cargo played a state trooper in Bunny O’Hare, a comedy that starred Bette Davis and Ernest Borgnine as a pair of golden-aged bank robbers.

And he played “Cpl. Benton” in a Western called The Gatling Gun, (shot in 1969, but not released until 1973).

Unfortunately, it appears Cargo was the biggest name in that movie.

What’s in a name?: A little mea culpa here. In Wednesday’s paper, I reported the Drug Policy Alliance contributed $25,000 to Richardson’s re-election campaign. Reena Szczepanski, who heads the local DPA office, says that’s not quite true. It actually was the Drug Policy Alliance Network that gave him the money.

The DPAN is affiliated with DPA, but they are funded separately. As Szczepanski explains it, donations to DPA are tax deductible, but donations to DPAN aren’t. Thus, DPA is not legally able to contribute to political candidates while DPAN is.

Also, billionaire George Soros — who as an individual gave Richardson $25,000 — sits on the DPA board, but not the DPAN’s.

Got all that?

Of course, all this only begs the question: Why is this drug-law-reform group giving so much money to Richardson?

True, Richardson came out this year in favor of a medical-marijuana bill — though he didn’t twist enough arms to get the bill through the House.

But Richardson frequently has criticized his predecessor Gary Johnson for advocating marijuana decriminalization. Richardson has made it clear he doesn’t want the state known for wanting to legalize drugs.

During his first month in office, Richardson stood side by side with national drug czar John Walters, a committed drug warrior, calling the visit “a symbolic meeting to show we support (Walters’) mission.”

And just last summer when John Dendahl got the GOP nomination for governor, several members of Richardson’s team attacked the Republican for his past support of several of DPA/DPAN’s basic positions on liberalizing marijuana laws.

“We welcome the opportunity to hear John Dendahl explain his pro-drug legalization plan throughout the campaign,” read a Richardson press release hours after Dendahl was nominated.

Of course, the $11.6 million Richardson campaign also welcomes the opportunity to collect campaign contributions.

Monday, October 09, 2006


Sunday, October 8, 2006
KSFR, Santa Fe, N.M.
10 p.m. to midnight Sundays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell

OPENING THEME: Let it Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres
Sleeping Around by Sonic Youth
Destination X by Dead Moon
Dark Sunday Evening by Roy & The Devil's Motorcycle
Point and Shoot by Yo La Tengo
Ghost in the Sky by Sparklehorse
City of the Dead by The Clash
Obviously by Jesus H. Christ & The Four Hornsmen of the Apocalypse
No Drugs, No Way by The Great Body Shop

In This Home on Ice by Clap Your Hands and Say Yeah
From Blown Speakers by The New Pornographers
White Light/White Heat by Lou Reed
Let's Make the Water Turn Black/Harry, You're a Beast/The Orange County Lumber Truck/Oh No by Frank Zappa
The Wurlitzer by Doghead
What Do We Do With a Drunken Sailor by David Thomas
The Nightmare by Cab Calloway

Soldier Jane
Satan Gave Me a Taco
Mixed Bizness
Soul Suckin Jerk
Que Onda, Guero
I Get Lonesome
Dark Star

I Can't Write Left Handed by Carl Hancock Rux
Light and Day/Reach For the Sky by The Polyphonic Spree
Till Dreams Come True by Judee Sill
Don't Ask Why by Los Lobos
It Was You by Lindsay Buckingham
Now by The Plimsouls
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

Sunday, October 08, 2006


Longtime New Mexico columnist Ned Cantwell predicts the end of cockfighting in New Mexico based on Gov. Bill Richardson's statement that he'll make an announcement about the issue in January. CLICK HERE

I dunno, Ned. Maybe he's just going to announce that an Adam Sandler remake of Warren Oates' classic 1974 movie Cockfighter will be be made in New Mexico.

Or maybe Richardson will announce his support for some variaton of Cantwell's tongue-in-cheek idea for "one final cockfighting derby, the Super Bowl of Cockfights, pitting the top fighting roosters from New Mexico against the best the Louisiana has to offer."

Probably more feasible than a pro football team in Albuquerque.

Saturday, October 07, 2006


Friday, October 6, 2006
KSFR, Santa Fe, NM
10 p.m. to midnight Fridays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell

OPENING THEME: Buckaroo by Buck Owens & The Buckaroos
When the Good and the Bad Get Ugly by Butch Hancock
The Communist Hoedown by Rotondi
Walk On Out of My Mind by Waylon Jennings
King of California by Dave Alvin
Ain't Living Long Like This by Waylon Jennings
Drinking Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee, Drinking Wine by Johnny Burnette
Wolverton Mountain by Claude King
Hard Times by The Bubbadinos

Bears in Them Woods by Nancy Apple
Then I'll Be Movin' On by Mother Earth
Oil in My Lamp by The Byrds
Back to Blue by Bobby Bare Jr's Young Criminals Starvation League
Cautious by Jim Lauderdale
Rode Hard by Amy Rigby
Almost Persuaded by David Houston
Devil Woman by Marty Robbins
Hot Tape Deck by Roy D. Mercer

Live and Die Rock 'n' Roll by Ray Wylie Hubbard
Diamond Joe by Guy Clark and Verlon Thompson
Ain't Talkin' by Bob Dylan
Brother Music, Sister Rhythm by Wayne Hancock
Cocaine Blues by Holy Modal Rounders
Three-Teared Wedding Cake by Margaret Burke
Cowboy Song by Dan Reeder
Old Time Religion by Rob McNurlin

Bride in Pink by Chip Taylor
Never Gonna Be Your Bride by Carrie Rodriguez
Summer is Over by Fred Eaglesmith
No Tears Tonight by Jon Langford & Richard Buckner
Brown Ferry Blues by Robbie Fulks
Treat Each Other Right by Greg Brown
Something to Think About by Willie Nelson
What a Wonderful World by Chris Thomas King
CLOSING THEME: Comin' Down by The Meat Puppets

Steve Terrell is proud to report to the monthly Freeform American Roots Radio list

Friday, October 06, 2006


Actually not much new to report here about the vicious attack on Paige McKenzie, GOP gubernatorial candidate John Dendahl's spokeswoman and longtime Republican activist.

Paige was severely beaten in the face when she stopped to fix a flat tire in a parking lot in Bernalillo after 7 p.m. Wednesday. Luckily EMYS were nearby.

Police say they have no suspects. Dendahl has told reporters that a friend told him Paige might have recognized her attacker, though police won't confirm that.

The good news is that Paige is no longer in "critical" condition. Late yesterday afternoon, UNM Hospital changed her condition to "serious."

Her parents, who live in Florida, arrived in Albuquerque yesterday and issued a statement through p.r. whiz Tom Garrity:

"We are saddened by the brutal sequence of events that have left our daughter fighting for her life. We appreciate the prayers and support that has come through in various forms. The support, skilled doctors and Paige's faith will get us all through this difficult time. We are grateful for the Sandoval County EMT's who first found Paige and started work to save her life. The care and attention by the doctors here at UNMH is unparalleled.

We hope that those responsible for this despicable act will be brought to justice soon. We appreciate your prayers and support during this very difficult time."

Garrity said the family will set up a fund to help defray Paige's medical cost. I'll post that here when I get the details.

A few details, I learned yesterday:
NewsMax, a conservative publication for which McKenzie has worked, quoted her brother Patrick McKenzie saying the flat tire apparently had been slashed.

McKenzie had been working at state Republican headquarters in Albuquerque shortly before the attack and was apparently was on her way home when she pulled over to fix a flat tire.

Personally I hope by the end of the day I'll be writing about an arrest.

UPDATE: This just in:

Albuquerque, NM - Today family and friends of Paige McKenzie established a charitable fund at First Community Bank with the goal of offsetting rising medical costs associated with the brutal attack against her earlier this week. People can donate money to the "Paige McKenzie Fund" at any First Community Bank in New Mexico. First Community Bank made the first donation of $500.00 today. People can donate funds in person or send a check to:

First Community Bank
Attn: Paige McKenzie Fund
Post Office Box 3686
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87190

Checks should be made payable to the "Paige McKenzie Fund."


A version of this was published in The Santa Fe New Mexican
October 6, 2006

Kitchen-sink troubadour, poetic salad-shooter and rock ’n’ roll puppetmeister Beck is back with a new album that’s delightfully all over the map.

I have to admit, since 2002’s Sea Change — which I found to be a one-note pity-party downer, even though it was loved and praised by virtually everyone else through the hallowed halls of criticdom — I tend to approach Beck albums with a little trepidation.

And yes, I was a little worried when I read that the new one is produced by Nigel Godrich, who had the same position on Sea Change as well as Mutations, another subdued Beck album.

But thankfully, The Information, released this week, is full of Beck’s trademark sonic goofiness, his weird sense of humor, and even some kinda-purdy tunes here and there.

This one might not rank with his best, but it’s a great listen that doesn’t get dull.

As we’ve come to expect with Beck, this album contains fascinating blends of white-kid hip-hop, carnival-freak funk, folk/blues/bossa nova, Plan 9 From Outer Space electronica accompanying surreal, absurdist lyrics. It’s a crazy tour of Beck’s private universe. There are sudden stops — and no seat belts.

“One, two, you know what to do.” That’s the studio chatter that kicks off the first song, a hip-hoppy track called “Elevator Music.” With this song I’m almost tempted to think Beck has been listening to old Gluey Brothers CDs.

One of the most musical and straightforward cuts on The Information is the bouncy “Think I’m in Love.” It’s a little poppy, though not without some nicely insane Beck touches, like the wild bongo percussion during a couple of the instrumental breaks. I’m actually surprised that this wasn’t the one the record company markets as a single. (Instead the company chose “Nausea,” a more hopped-up number.)

One of the prettiest songs here is “New Round,” in which, after an intro of stray banjo thumbs and what sounds like a mock Gregorian chant, Beck experiments with multitracked vocals, even indulging in some self-harmonizing.

Beck’s acoustic guitar is out front on “No Complaints,” while “1000BPM” is a clattering percussion workout that doesn’t play at the speed the title implies.

The title song starts out with relentless, almost industrial drums and an ethereal female voice singing “ahhhhh,” passing through an electronic asteroid belt before slowing down and melting into a cello-driven cool-down that ends in an explosion. This goes directly into a slow synth air called “Movie Theme.”

The album concludes with the menacing if meandering 10-minute suite “The Horrible Fanfare/Landslide/Exoskeleton.” This little odyssey starts out with a funky bass line — the tank that carries the listener over rugged musical terrain - incomprehensible Beck-rapping, an enticing psychedelic guitar, old-fashioned scratching, and a robotic female voice. About six minutes into the piece, the bottom drops out and you’re floating through the cosmos. The last couple of minutes is a bizarre monologue about space travel. The end is so sudden that the listener feels abandoned.

The main problem with The Information is its lack of truly memorable tunes. There’s certainly no “Loser,” “Devil’s Haircut,” or “Mixed Bizness” (where he tried to “make all the lesbians scream.”) But, as with his best albums, The Information is a treat for ears that makes you keep listening for those funny little moments of Beckian wonder.

Big Beck block: Hear selections from this album and other Beck goodies Sunday night on Terrell’s Sound World. That’s 10 p.m. to midnight on KSFR 90.7 FM, Santa Fe Public Radio. And don’t forget The Santa Fe Opry, Friday night, same time, same station.

Also recommended:

*Good Bread Alley by Carl Hancock Rux. Rux is a multifaceted artist — poet, playwright, and photographer — and an amazing musical force as well.

This album basically is art-damaged blues. Blues for the literate.

Rux saves his best for the first. The title song is a slow (almost plodding), nearly six-minute blues riff, complete with a ghostly trumpet. But while the beat is unhurried and deliberate, Rux sounds like a preacher on fire, almost breathless as he chants and rants about “the magistrates and the apostates” and dreams that “always begin with bruises.” His vocals fade in and out, making the whole track sound alternatively urgent and magnificently spooky.

“Living Room” is based on a mutated, pounding “Gimme Some Lovin’” hook. Again, Rux sounds like a mad prophet who’s broken into recording to get his message out.

A more subtle attack is used on “Thadius Star.” The piano here sounds like “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy,” while “Behind the Curtain” starts off slow but ebbs and flows with gospel fervor.

While Rux is best-known as a writer, there’s one cover here, the obscure Bill Withers protest song “I Can’t Write Left Handed.” It’s the story of a soldier who lost an arm. “Will you write a letter, a letter to my mother?” he cries. “Tell the tale, tell the tale, tell the tale.”

You’ll find some compelling tales here.

Thursday, October 05, 2006


Paige McKenzie, currently the spokeswoman for the John Dendahl gubernatorial campaign, was viciously attacked in Bernallillo last night and is in critical condition ay UNM Hospital in Albuquerque.

I just spoke with Dendahl, who said Paige is expected to survive, though she's going to require some surgery.

Apparently she was attacked and beaten in the face with a tire iron when she stopped in a bank parking lot to fix a flat tire. Fortunately, paramedics were across the street and heard Paige's screams. They rushed her to the hospital.

Paige reportedly recognized the attacker. At this writing, no arrest has been reported. The attack isn't thought to be related to politics.

Paige, who moved to New Mexico from Nashville several years ago, has held a number of positions with the GOP. She's well known to anyone who's covered state politics here in recent years. I often talk with her and laugh about the craziness of New Mexico politics.

I met her when she was the spokeswoman for House Republicans a few sessions ago. I got both of us in trouble during that time when I quoted her referring to Ben Lujan, Lucky Varela and Max Coll as the "Santa Fe Mafia." Max denounced me as well as Paige on the House floor that morning.

She's also been executive director for the Bernalillo County Republican Party. In addition to workng for Dendahl, she's also been helping in Demesia Padilla's campaign for state treasurer.

Here's a link to a story about the attack: CLICK HERE

UPDATE: The governor's office just issued this statement:

“I am shocked and disgusted by this brutal, senseless attack. Our thoughts are with Paige and her family and we pray for her full recovery. I have also offered the resources of the State Police to assist with the investigation, should they be needed.”
Here's a little feature about Paige the Albuquerque Tribune did a couple of weeks ago: CLICK HERE


A version of this was published in The Santa Fe New Mexican
October 5, 2006

As I watched the Ethics Reform Task Force finalizing its list of recommendations to the governor this week, I couldn’t help but think of the probable fate of many of the ideas in next year’s legislative session.

Gov. Bill Richardson on Wednesday indicated he’ll get behind most of what the panel wants. “I expect my recommendations to the Legislature will closely parallel the task force report,” he said in an e-mail to reporters from his office.

But then there’s the little matter of the state Legislature.

The proposed reform bills will ask a group of people who have grown used to virtually unlimited gifts and campaign contributions (legally nobody’s supposed to get campaign contributions while the Legislature is in session) and lax reporting requirements to voluntarily put a clamp on all that.

This just might be asking too much, judging by the reaction to last year’s unsuccessful batch of ethics and campaign finance reform bills that made it to the state Senate last year.

So I suggest reform advocates unite, make your voices heard and make it clear you will back the first legislative candidate — Democrat, Republican, Green or whatever — to promise to back these recommendations. In the process, you might shake things up, get some new blood in the Roundhouse and start talking seriously about some other reforms that always seem to die somewhere in the esoteric maze of the legislative process.

Oh wait. ... That cock won’t fight.

As normally is the case, there’s little chance of meaningful electoral change in the Legislature.

Out of the 70 House of Representatives seats, all of which are up for election, only 29 are contested.

That’s right, there are 40 “races” in which there is only one candidate, plus one — the northeastern New Mexico seat currently held by Rep. Hector Balderas, D-Wagon Mound, who abandoned that race to run for state auditor — where there is no candidate. Whoever is elected governor in November ultimately will appoint that representative.

The number of uncontested races is in line with numbers from recent election years.

None of the 42 state senators are up for election this year. All of them run only in presidential election years.

Out of the 40 uncontested candidates, 29 are Democrats and 11 are Republicans.

Two GOP legislative candidates getting a free ride in the general election are newcomers — Paul Brady of Aztec and Richard Berry of Albuquerque.

All three Santa Fe representatives — Luciano “Lucky” Varela, Jim Trujillo and Peter Wirth — have no opposition, as is the case with House Speaker Ben Luján of Nambé. Luján, Trujillo and Wirth also were unopposed in the primary. All are Democrats.

In some ways, you can’t blame potential challengers for not running in many of these districts. Just like their counterparts in Congress, legislators are quite capable of drawing up districts that tend to protect incumbents.

One ray of hope: If legislative races get any less competitive, maybe there won’t be any need for campaign contributions and thus no need for campaign finance reform. (Don’t hold your breath on that one.)

De-Foley-ation: Republicans have to be wishing for some way to pin the whole Foley sex scandal on the Democrats.

Maverick GOP congressional candidate Ron Dolin, who is running a Quixotic race for Democrat Tom Udall’s seat, came up with one idea Wednesday. In a campaign e-mail, with the subject line “Candidate Dolin on Tom Foley and the U.S. House,” the Los Alamos Republican wrote, “No American, be they Democrat or Republican, can look at what Tom Foley did and not find it horrible and horrendous. Tom Foley should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”

One problem: The former Florida Republican congressman who admitted sending all those e-mails and raunchy instant messages to teenage pages is named Mark Foley.

Tom Foley, a Democrat, was speaker of the House who lost re-election in his Washington state district in 1994. To my knowledge, he never was accused of anything horrible and horrendous.

Oh well. I know one Republican legislator from Roswell who’s undoubtedly happy that Dolin didn’t used the name “Dan.”

Inc. Credible: Richardson is one of the top four governors in the latest issue of the national business magazine Inc. The magazine rated the 26 governors up for re-election on their support of their state business community.

“We judged the governors on several criteria: tax and fiscal policy, workforce and economic development, health care, education, and regulation,” the magazine said. “We also took into account a state’s business climate.”

Of Richardson the magazine said, “The booming oil industry has allowed Richardson to rack up accomplishments. He has increased state funds for education and health care while backing an income tax cut that will reduce the state rate to 4.9 percent in 2008, a 40 percent drop.”

The magazine also complimented Richardson on last year’s news conference with Richard Branson to announce the spaceport.

Other governors to get a coveted four-star rating were Janet Napolitano of Arizona, Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas and Jim Douglas of Vermont.

Monday, October 02, 2006


Sunday, October 1, 2006
KSFR, Santa Fe, N.M.
10 p.m. to midnight Sundays Mountain Time
Host: Steve Terrell

OPENING THEME: Let it Out (Let it All Hang Out) by The Hombres
Let the Cool Goddess Rust Away by Clap Your Hands and Say Yeah
Don't Leave Me by Roy & The Devil's Motorcycle
Watch Out for Me Ronnie by Yo La Tengo
Making Believe by Social Distortion
40 Miles of Bad Road by Dead Moon
Cold Night for Alligators by Roky Erikson
Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind by NRBQ with John Sebastian

Powder Burns by The Twilight Singers
Peace Attack by Sonic Youth
Swingin' Party by The Replacements
Seasons in the Sun by Too Much Joy
Painting Box by Incredible String Band
The 3B by The Sadies

Pirates of the Caribbean Theme
Fire Down Below by Nick Cave
Hog Eyed Man by Martin Carthy
The Gay Pirate Dance Song by Ray Stevens
Mingulay Bay by Richard Thompson
Hanging Johnny by Stan Ridgway
The Port of Amsterdam by Dave Van Ronk
Bully in the Alley by Morrigan
Leave Her Johnny by Lou Reed

The Banana Boat Song by George Clinton
Like a Monkey in the Zoo by Vic Chesnutt
Two Dogs and a Bone by Los Lobos
Tears Tears Tears and More Tears by Elvis Costello & Allen Tossaint
Viola Lee Blues by Ry Cooder
The One I Love by Brian Wilson
Except for Ghosts by Lisa Germano
CLOSING THEME: Over the Rainbow by Jerry Lee Lewis

Sunday, October 01, 2006


OK, granted that Clear Channel is Satan. However Santa Fe's local Clear Channel station may soon be in the hands of the opposite team. The proverbial Rev. Billy Bob might soon be preaching over KBAC's signal.

The New Mexican's Natalie Storey apparently came upon this revolting development before everyone got their press releases together.

From the article:

An employee at KBAC, who did not want to be named, said a sale of the station and a sister station, KSFQ-Smooth Jazz 101.1, is in the works. The employee said there was a meeting at the station Friday to discuss the situation. That employee said Clear Channel was trying to keep the negotiations quiet until the potential buyer sealed the deal. The employee said the potential buyer was expected to visit the station in coming weeks to make sure everything was in order.
Well, let's give 'em a big ol' Santa Fe greeting when they come to town ...

Anyone halfway familiar with the workings of radio realizes this was bound to happen to KBAC some day. I always figured they'd turn it into a "classic rock" station like they tried a few years ago.

I'm a public radio partisan, of course, so I really don't have a rooster in this cockfight. But I always liked the folks over at KBAC. I'm wishing them all well during the transition, whatever that might entail.

I notice there's no response to Natalie's article on the KBAC Web site. Stay tuned.


I don't mind some light-hearted features with my news. God knows I've written my share of those.

But something I just heard on NPR's Sunday Edition pissed me off to the point that I have to blog for the sake of my blood pressure.

There was a substitute host, one Andrea Seabrook, whose voice and demeanor is far better suited for MTV than NPR. But on one feature, she was completely over the top.

It was a feature about some restaurant in New York City that has an ice cream sundae on the menu with a list price of $1,000.

Now I'm not a complete proponent for class warfare and I'm no sackcloth-and-ashes kind of fellow. But it's outright offensive that in a country where people die because they can't afford proper healthcare there are spoiled, elitist pricks who can and do shell out a thousand bucks for dessert.

But apparently Ms. Seabrook doesn't share my bad attitude. She sounded like a giddy teenager during this segment. And when the restaurant guy started describing the ingedients of his Golden Opulence Sundae, (Edible gold! Truffles! Dessert caviar!) she sounded like Meg Ryan in that infamous scene in When Harry Met Sally.

No, I don't want what she's having.


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