Thursday, November 30, 2006, 8:00 PM // 1 comments

The Who Get SIRIUS

SIRIUS Launches The Who Channel

Now I have a reason to become a SIRIUS Satellite Radio subscriber. Forget Howard Stern. How about The Who channel? Nothing but Who music 24/7! Really. I'm listening to it now and I must say it's a lot of fun. It's not just hits. It can't be. There are only 300 something Who songs and that includes live material. So, you'll get to hear everything. In the course of a few days you'll hear everything again and then again. After awhile I won't want to listen anymore. It's like somebody wholoves pizza and get a job in a pizza shop. After a few weeks you'll never want to eat pizza for rest of your life. I don't what that to happen. Never mind.

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Saturday, November 25, 2006, 11:46 PM // 0 comments

The Who - November 25, 2006

The Whe Rock The Wachovia Center One More Time

I saw Tho Who tonight with my boss Rich. It was his first time and my eleventh time and second time seeing them on this tour. We both walked away really enjoying the show and a little deaf. Here's the setlist:
  1. I Can't Explain
  2. The Seeker
  3. Anyway Anyhow Anywhere
  4. Fragments
  5. Who Are You
  6. Behind Blue Eyes
  7. Sound Round ->Pick Up The Peace ->Endless Wire ->We Got A Hit ->They Made My Dream Come True ->Mirror Door
  8. Baba O'Riley
  9. Eminence Front
  10. A Man In A Purple Dress
  11. Mike Post Theme
  12. You Better You Bet
  13. My Generation ->Cry If You Want
  14. Won't Get Fooled Again
  15. Pinball Wizard
  16. Amazing Journey ->Sparks ->See Me Feel Me
  17. Tea And Theatre
Listen / Download:
The Who - My Generation ->Cry If You Want (Zaragoza, Spain - July 29,2006

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Thursday, November 23, 2006, 8:16 AM // 1 comments

Thanksgiving 2006

I'm thankful for...

It's Thanksgiving time again and, as the world implies, time for thanksgiving. In fact, what with the president and a bunch of camel jammers sitting on our oil and the Koreans waving their dongs at us in the global picture window, we may want to take a little thanks back. Still, each of us has a few things that he or she is personally thankful for. Maybe we don't know who to thank for them, but that, actually, is one more thing to be thankful about, since it mans that nobody will be coming around looking to get thanked. Anyhow, I hereby endeavor to give my own list of gratuities:




  • I'm thankful I'm not a foreigner, because then I'd speak a foreign language, and I wouldn't know what the hell I was talking about.
  • I'm thankful I'm not a woman, because if I were a woman, I'd have to do it with men, and men are all sweaty and hairy and lumpy looking--either that or be a lesbian, and I don't have the boobs for that.
  • I'm thankful I'm not gay, because that would be like being a woman but without those boobs.
  • I'm thankful I don't come from wealthy family, because people who come from wealthy families go to Harvard, Yale, or Princeton, and people who go to Harvard, Yale, or Princeton can't hold their liquor and never get laid by truck-stop waitresses.
  • I'm thankful I've been able to think up a reason for being thankful I don't come from wealthy family, because it makes me feel better about my lousy tennis and the fact that I can't play golf.
  • I'm thankful I I'm not a teenager today, because when I was a teenager I could get any girls to be with me, but that wasn't so bad, because they weren't with anyone else either, but if I were a teenager today and still couldn't get any girls, then I'd really feel terrible, because nowadays girls will be with anyone who moves. Also, I'm thankful I'm too old to get drafted.
  • I'm thankful I have a gun, because there are more that six billion people in the world, and how many of them make more than twenty grand a year? Ten percent? Five percent? Anyway, there are at least five billion eight hundred and twenty-five million people out there who are what I'd call poor. Sooner or later they're going to wise up. I'd be nuts not to have a gun.
And I'm thankful for lots of other stuff, too, like those ball-point pens that will write in butter, and I'm thankful I don't have to write in butter very often, and I'm thankful that bugs aren't bigger than we are and the IRS can't read your mind and that Italians don't have a third eye in the middle of their foreheads and I'm especially thankful I didn't run out of gin before this article post was finished.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Listen / Download:
Barry Jones - Turkey Walk

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Thursday, November 16, 2006, 11:20 PM // 0 comments

Cool Optical Illusion

Self-Portrait on Acid

Follow the instructions.
  1. Relax and concentrate on my eye for 30 to 40 seconds
  2. Then, take a look at a wall near you (any smooth, singel colored surface will do)
  3. You will see a circle of light developing
  4. Start blinking your eyes a couple of times and you'll see a figure emerging...

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Tuesday, November 14, 2006, 3:31 AM // 3 comments

Dads say the Darndest Things

"How's Your Job?"

Don AltobellIn the six months since my father passed I've been recognizing more and more how often I repeat things he'd say given a certain situation. "You know if my father were here he'd say..." I told my brother Stephen about this and he told me was doing the same thing. At any given time Dad would speak to us in German, Italian, Yiddish, and Pig Latin. Given the situation he'd say expressions he picked up as a teenager, in school, in the Navy, and friends. It's as if Dad spoke a different language that only those close to him understood. As Stephen and I reminisced and laughed about our father's sayings we decided to create a list of his favorite expressions and given this forum I decided to publish this list here.
  • Whenever he'd greet you he say, "How's your job?"
  • If he was admitally against something he say, "neigetz boats!"
  • He referred to Stephen and me as
    • Shorty and Izzy Bushkoff
    • Primo & Segundo
  • How strong was he? Dad would say (in a Russian accent) "He strong like dozen midgets."
  • Sometimes when he was excited about something we'd hear, "Wazzy wazzy woo woo!"
  • one dollar bill = "beansky"
  • five dollar bill = "finsky"
  • Dad would wet his lips and very slowly and carefully say "par-tic-u-lar"
  • When Dad would say "my shoes" he basically was saying, "why, of course."
  • When Dad said, "Oy Becky Madone!" he was pissed
  • He refferd to Barry Manilow "Barry Mazel-tov"
  • If you ever spoke while he was watching TV he say, "Hey, this is a talkie!"
  • "What?" (after he'd burp)
  • "Mach die Tür zu" meant close the door in German
  • "schnicken" was a yiddish term for a pastry or dessert
  • insanity or madness = "mishegosh"
  • One who is crazy = "meshuggenah"
  • darling boy = "boytchik" or "boychale"
  • The Phillies = "Bums"
  • Hey dummy = "Hey, stunod!"
  • Too loud = "Too piercin'"
  • If he ever saw a tv show or movie he didn't like he say, "That movie was stink-a-poots."
  • He'd refer to lousy sport figures as “He’s a ham-and-egg-ers.”
  • If you said something and he didn't understand you he'd say “The wha--?" If you repeated yourself he say, "The woo--?" Then he'd say, "the we--?"
  • He referred to my mother as Picina which morphed into Picin, then finally, Cin.
  • We'd say, "Hey, Pop what are you doing?" and he would reply, "I'm thin-king about it."
  • If Dad ever saw you put milk/cream and sugar in your coffee, "What do you want a milk shake?"
  • Whenever Dad watched a big time dramatic scene (be it tv show, movie, or even sports) he would take in a big breath, blow out the air very loudly.
  • Whenever Dad would say “Phildelphia!” he'd say it doing a John Facenda impersonation
  • "Have you accepted the Lord Jesus Christ in your heart?" was something Dad would say to us about once a month and always when we were about to leave with our jackets on and keys in our hands.
  • In Dad's later years we'd hear him say "ohhhhh-kay" as his opening statement whenever he would leave a phone message
  • Anyone who Dad did not agree with was a "chooch"
  • In Dad's later years we'd hear him say "ohhhhh-kay" as his opening statement whenever he would leave a phone message
  • Anyone who Dad did not agree with was a "chooch"
This is the beginning a what will become a very large list. If you know of a Don Altobell expression not listed here please share.

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Wednesday, November 08, 2006, 10:35 AM // 5 comments

Rachel Altobell: Student

Class Pictures - K - 7th Grade


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Monday, November 06, 2006, 10:09 PM // 0 comments

Robert Christgau

The Dean of American Rock Critics

Robert ChristgauI had the privilege to work with Robert Christgau in 2001. I produced his radio program "The Dean's List" that ran weekly on The Voice. The Voice was an internet radio station I co-developed for New York City's own Village Voice.

Every week Robert would enter my studio and turn me on to some really great music. For each show Robert would have a theme of some sort, country, hip-hop, bluegrass, African, really old scratchy blues, and occasionally rock and roll. Producing this show with Robert was like going to school every week. I learned so much in such a short period of time. Aside from the world blowing up sixteen or so blocks away from our office, 2001 was one of the best years of my life partly because I got to hang out and talk music with The Dean of American Rock Critics, Robert Christgau.

Recently I discovered some promos Robert recorded for his show. They are each about twenty seconds in length and you'll hear Robert answer questions about...what else...music.

Listen / Download:
Robert Christgau tells how he became the Dean of American Rock Critics
Robert Christgau on the most important fact about today's pop music
Robert Christgau selects the three songs he'd like played at his funeral
Robert Christgau describes how one should listen to pop music

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Wednesday, November 01, 2006, 7:49 PM // 1 comments

Halloween 2006

A Scarry Time Was Had by All

Maple Shade Kids - altobelliMaple Shade Kids

Mike AltobelliThe fruits...er...candy of Michael's hard work

Joe AltobelliThe King of the Forrest...Courage!

Rachel AltobellRachel and her cousins

altobelli brothersThe Crazy Altobelli Brothers

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