Music Night. Happy Birthday, Bill

Bill Champlin, founder and lead singer of the best band from the 60s you never heard of. Never heard of them, that is, unless you lived in Northern California in the late 60s and early 70s, when the Sons of Champlin (later The Sons) were a regular feature at rock festivals. It was an intriguing period, when seemingly out of nowhere, rock music was being played by Big Bands. Horn sections? WTF? The first time I saw the Sons, in fact, it was on a bill with Tower of Power, Cold Blood and Santana, none of whom I had ever heard before and all of whom featured incredibly tight rhythm and horn sections. The music was also being fused with soul music, jazz and Latin, sounding nothing like what had come before. This was the same period that produced Chicago (at one time, at incredible band), which Champlin later joined.

The next time I saw the Sons was at a rock festival in the Sierra foothills. The band didn’t come out until late in the afternoon, by which time they had apparently ingested a substantial amount of recreational drugs. Champlin announced their condition and they proceeded to play one of the worse sets I’ve ever sat through. Hey, guys, are you even on the same tune? More music after the jump. Not much of it, though, because most of the YouTube videos are crap.

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The Watering Hole: May 21 – Again. The oil spill.

The oil has reached the Louisiana marshes.

With thick patches of oil now flooding over coastal Louisiana marshes, a haven for migratory birds and rare wildlife that will be nigh-on impossible to clear up, local leaders were starting to despair.

“Twenty-four miles of Plaquemines Parish is destroyed. Everything in it is dead,” Billy Nungesser, head of the parish in southern Louisiana, told US cable news station MSNBC. “There is no life in that marsh. You won’t clean it up.”

“We’ve been begging BP to step up to the plate,” said Nungesser. The slick is “destroying our marsh, inch by inch,” and will keep on coming ashore for weeks and months, he said.

An increasingly desperate BP says a “top kill” operation to try to cap the leak for good by filling the well with heavy drilling fluids and then seal it with cement could begin as early as Sunday.

But for Louisiana’s fragile wetlands the measure may come too late. (read story)

May come too late? Replace that with will come too late.

Meanwhile dead fish are found as far north in the Atlantic as Palm beach FL, It can or cannot be a related incident. I tend to can. The Loop Current passes into the gulf stream and that passes there. And there’s more than oil now in that spill.

Still more disturbing news. Crooks&Liars had this story yesterday:

EPA Orders BP To Come Up With A Less Toxic Dispersal Agent in 24 Hours. Meanwhile, Fishermen Reporting Illness.

We will hear from this for a very long time to come.

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