photo by Niles Fuller 



Superego was invited to play Roky Erickson's birthday party at Room 710 on July 22.   Andrew Duplantis, Erik Conn and I put together a set comprised of the poignant pop ballads "Please Judge" and "I've Never Known This Til Now" and the psychedelic rave up "I'm a Demon."   The rock and roll demon himself watched us intently from the dance floor right in front of the stage and after our set he told me, "Nice song selection" and graciously autographed my lyric sheet.

Adam Bork has been directing a video for my song "Merry Go Round" from the latest Superego All-Stars CD Low Overhead.  It is made up mostly of shots of me driving around in my blue1985 Chevy Custom Deluxe pickup.

Fastball's Tony Scalzo was the featured guest performer at the newly revamped Rock and Roll Free For All at the Hole in the Wall last Sunday, August 10.  On the new weekly program, Superego All-Stars play a twilight set of smooth pop originals at 8, then the special guest  performs a solo set  at 9:30, followed by the traditional Free For All selection of spontaneous jukebox favorites and surprise guests at 11.  Superego pianist Rebecca Gatchell has been bringing down the house with a sprinkling of ragtime delights and textbook piano classics like "Linus and Lucy."   Last Sunday was the best example of what the new format has to offer, with Scalzo playing songs from the new Fastball album on guitar and piano as well as his mega hits "The Way" and "Out of My Head" and then sitting in with the All-Stars on McCartney's "Let Me Roll It" and Zeppelin's "Rock and Roll."  Enraptured audience members included Britt Daniel, Beaver Nelson, Miles Zuniga, Adam Bork and Jeff Johnston.


Sunday, August 17 - Superego All-Stars (8pm) Jacknife Bros (9:30)
Sunday, August 24 - Superego All-Stars (8pm) Amy Boone (10:30) Free For All (11pm)
Sunday, August 31 - Superego All-Stars (8pm) Los Chigros (9:30)
Sunday, Sept. 7 - Superego All-Stars (8pm) Mario Matteoli (9:30) Free For All (11)
Sunday, Sept.  14 - Superego All-Stars (8pm)  Sin Pelo (9:30)  Beaver Nelson (10:30)  Free For All (11:30)
Sunday, Sept. 21 - Superego All-Stars (8pm) Richard Buckner (9:30)  Lauren Fogel (10:30)  Jacknife Bros (11:30)
Sunday, Sept. 28 - Superego All-Stars (8pm) Kevin Brown and Will Sexton (9:30)   Free For All (11)
Sunday, October 5 - Superego All-Stars (8pm)  The Stingers (9:30)   Free For All (11)

Subject: Neil
Date:Thu, 07 Aug 2003 17:33:55 -0700
From: paul minor <>
Organization: minor productions
To: jeff johnston <>

Hey Jeff,

You were excellent company on our Neil Young excursion.   I enjoyed every aspect of the trip, from the Turkey Shop to Robbie Robertson's sandwich shop and many highlights in between.   Please tell Judy and Bob I slept great in their guest bed.

Thought you would like to know that I checked the On the Beach sleeve and Levon Helm, Rick Danko and David
Crosby all play on Revolution Blues and Levon also plays on See the Sky About to Rain.  Graham Nash plays
Wurlitzer on the song On the Beach and George Whitsell from the Rockets plays guitar on Vampire Blues.

I am glad we caught a performance of Neil's new musical Greendale.  That has got to be one of the most ambitious and courageous artisitic statements I have ever been a witness to.  I am looking forward to the film's release.

Here's the setlists from Dallas and Houston:

08-05-2003, Smirnoff Music Centre, Dallas, Texas

Falling From Above / Double E / Devil's Sidewalk / Leave The Driving /
Carmichael / Bandit / Grandpa's Interview / Bringin' Down Dinner / Sun
Green / Be The Rain // Hey Hey, My My / Sedan Delivery / Powderfinger /
Cinnamon Girl / Cortez The Killer / Fuckin' Up // Country Home / Rockin'
In The Free World

08-06-2003, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, The Woodlands, Texas

Falling From Above / Double E / Devil's Sidewalk / Leave The Driving /
Carmichael / Bandit / Grandpa's Interview / Bringin' Down Dinner / Sun
Green / Be The Rain // Hey Hey, My My / Sedan Delivery / Powderfinger /
Love And Only Love / Rockin' In The Free World / Welfare Mothers / Roll
Another Number // Country Home / Prisoners Of Rock 'n' Roll

Subject: freakster request
Date: Wed, 13 Aug 2003 14:00:14 -0700
From:  paul minor <>
Organization:  minor productions
To: Adam Bork <>

Hey Earthy,

The video looks awesome.  You are an amazing artist.   Here's my editing
notes on the video so far:

1.  It needs a few seconds of something before the music starts, like
maybe me starting the truck.

2.  The one shot of me facing the camera should be replaced with some
other footage, such as me in my room or some of that Paris vacation
stuff.  I would like a few shots of me in my room, and music awards

3.  The black and white merry go round shot should cross fade in slower,
more dreamily.

4.   The black and white merry go round shot should only go forward the
first couple of times, and then backward maybe once.

I really like it so far.  When can we get together to finish it?



Subject: muddy waters slideshow
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2003 02:34:20 -0700
From: paul minor <>
minor productions
To:, J Beaman <>

Dear Tim,

I noticed you are having a Muddy Waters documentary screening at the end of the month and was wondering if you might want to show these slides of a Muddy Waters show before the film.  They are easily transferable to digital format if necessary.  My late brother Jack Minor took them at Armadillo World Headquarters.    I also have rolls of springsteen, elvis costello, talking heads, ian hunter, the ramones, eric clapton and yes.   Sometime I was thinking of producing a musical show at the drafthouse featuring all these slides with an all-star live band playing the soundtrack, and have it be a SIMS benefit, since I am the public relations and event coordinator for SIMS.  What do you think?

take it easy,

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