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Thu, Feb. 16th, 2006, 01:02 pm
Fo SALE!



I am selling this camera for 225$ or best offer.
It comes with a battery charger, battery, 16mb flash card, case & strap.
I have zero complaints about it, takes awesome pictures, perfect pocket size.
email me if you are interested fishmcgill@fishmcgill.com

Wed, Jan. 25th, 2006, 10:58 am
RIP Wicked Pickett



This weekend one of my all time favorites passed on, too soon if I might add. I imagine he is hanging out with Mr Rogers, Aaliyah and Otis Redding having cantalope smoothies in heaven, but thats just me. NOt only was he raw and passionate, but he could carry a melody on his screaming soulful voice. My favorite pickett songs are "In the Midnight Hour", "I'm in Love" and his cover of "Hey Jude" that beats Paul McCarney's silly ass (which is not hard to do). Here is a write up of his life:

Wilson Pickett was the lusty voice of '60s soul music
By Matt Schudel
The Washington Post


WASHINGTON - Wilson Pickett, the impassioned, raw-voiced soul singer who died Thursday of a heart attack, was one of the most exciting performers of his era. He helped define the sound of classic soul music of the 1960s, along with Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, James Brown and Smokey Robinson. He often punctuated his songs with shouts, screams and grunts, giving his music a visceral quality that few other performers could match.

He imbued his leading hits, including ''In the Midnight Hour,'' ''Mustang Sally,'' ''Funky Broadway'' and ''Land of 1,000 Dances,'' with a rough, sweaty undertone that contained more than a hint of danger and lust.

The title of one of his best-selling records was ''The Wicked Pickett,'' which became a nickname that Pickett wore with some well-earned justification. Throughout his life, a penchant for drugs and violence kept him in trouble, but his voice remained unchanged until his health forced him to stop performing about two years ago.

He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991 and received a further career boost that year when his music was featured in the film ''The Commitments,'' about an Irish soul band. Pickett performed at the New York premiere of the movie and gained a new generation of fans.

After a long period of eclipse, which included time in jail, Pickett made a strong comeback in 1999 with a new album, ''It's Harder Now,'' that was nominated for a Grammy Award and received three W.C. Handy Blues Awards.

Pickett was born in Prattville, Ala., on March 18, 1941. The youngest of 11 children, he grew up in a stern home with a mother he called ''the baddest woman in my book.''

''She used to hit me with anything, skillets, stove wood,'' he told Gerri Hirshey in Nowhere to Run: The Story of Soul Music.

Still, there was the solace of the church, where the young Pickett learned to sing. At 14, he moved to Detroit with his family and quickly joined informal groups singing on street corners.
In 1959, he joined the Detroit vocal group the Falcons, which included future star Eddie Floyd and Joe Stubbs, the brother of Levi Stubbs of the Four Tops. Pickett wrote the group's 1962 hit, ''I Found a Love,'' before going on his own as a solo performer.
He signed with Atlantic Records in 1964 but didn't find his musical stride until producer Jerry Wexler had the inspired idea of sending Pickett back to the South to record with Booker T. & the MG's, the house band of Stax Records in Memphis.
The integrated band, supplemented with the well-known ''Memphis horns'' sound, provided a rhythmic drive that perfectly matched the dynamic vitality of Pickett's singing. He and guitarist Steve Cropper wrote ''In the Midnight Hour,'' which became a leading R&B hit and reached No. 21 on the pop charts.
He followed this early success with nine albums in the next five years. In 1966 alone, he had major hits with ''634-5789,'' ''Ninety-Nine and a Half (Won't Do),'' ''Mustang Sally'' and ''Land of 1,000 Dances,'' which reached No. 6 on the pop charts and was his best-selling single ever.
Moving farther south to a studio in Muscle Shoals, Ala., Pickett recorded ''Funky Broadway,'' which became a hit in 1967, and a surprisingly subdued version of the Beatles' ''Hey Jude'' (1969), with the then-unknown guitarist Duane Allman.


Between 1965 and 1972, Pickett had 16 Top 40 hits and enjoyed all the accouterments that went with fame, including diamonds, furs and a Rolls-Royce. He received his nickname, ''Wicked Pickett,'' in the recording studio in 1966.
''One of the secretaries at Atlantic Records caught me pinching one of the other secretaries,'' he told the Boston Herald in 1999. ''She said, 'My, you sure are wicked.' I had to live up to the name after I got it.''
Long known for his volatile personality, his personal excesses and for settling what he called ''disagreements of a personal nature'' with his fists, Pickett hit bottom in the early 1990s while living in New Jersey.
In 1991, he was arrested for driving his car across the lawn of his neighbor - the mayor of Englewood, N.J. - while shouting death threats. The next year, he was sentenced to five years of probation for injuring an 86-year-old man while driving drunk. He was also arrested for cocaine possession and for domestic violence against his live-in girlfriend.
After a drunk-driving conviction, Pickett spent most of 1994 in a New Jersey jail. During a fight with a fellow inmate, he suffered an eye injury that required several operations.

By 1999, he had resettled in Virginia and resumed an active performing career, singing his songs from the '60s as well as new tunes he had written. He was proud that his voice was still in such good shape that he could sing all his early hits in the original key.

''If I wasn't in show business, I don't know what I would have been - a wanderer or something, you know?'' he told the Ottawa Citizen in 2001. ''But God blessed me with the talent and the chance. I knocked on enough doors, and this is what I can give myself credit for.''
Survivors include his fiancee, Gail Webb of Ashburn; and four children.

Mon, Jan. 2nd, 2006, 08:15 pm
WHAT WERE MYSPACE & LJ BEFORE THEY EXISTED? PT3



I have always said that blogs are a great way to keep in touch with your friends (or whoever) with out actually doing it. When I first got into my blog I was all about it making a point to write about anything that interested me, but rarely about myself. Blogs are a superb way to publish your own perspctive. This concept is especially cool to me in third world countries. I've heard of a few jornals that have saved peoples lives in war torn nations accross the globe, but just as many didnt. Blogs are a great source of information to me because its like reading something you are not suposed to see, its unfiltered and raw at times. Imagine what would have happened if our friends anne and david had been able to have their own blog. Each of their lifes would have been a lot different, but I don't think they would have had books published. So maybe blogs are the gift and the curse. Someday people will marvel at how much electricity we use to keep in touch with people that live within a few miles of eachother. In the future when we don't have all the expendable energy of today to burn at our leisure, we will look stupid. Wait, do we already?

Sat, Dec. 31st, 2005, 05:32 pm
WHAT WERE MYSPACE & LJ BEFORE THEY EXISTED? PT2


I get lots of emails, blogs, messages, etc. about art pieces my friends make, murals they are working on, graffiti they are doin, or whateva. All this stuff comes into my home or computer right in front of my eyes. It rolls in and I sip it in. I'm in touch with what the people I know are up to and I never have to leave my desks for the most part. It's crazy to have all that visual information come right to me. 


I read a book called "The Tipping Point" a while back and it reminded me of this series I am working on. In the late 70's and early 80's there was a lot of crime in NYC and the Transit authority tragically tied this to Graffiti among a few other things. During this time you could see entire trains plastered with throw ups and pieces, at times covering an enitre train with bright loud colors, shapes and designs. These trains would pull up right in front of you, this will never happen again unless some company like bacardi or IKEA decides to rip this art phenomenon off with some stupid subway ad. I wish I could have seen this just once. 

Here is a quote from Dainiel Oliver Tucker 
http://www-atdp.berkeley.edu/Studentpages/cflores/historygraffiti.html

"In the 1970s and early to mid `80s, the subway was always the ideal and most popular "canvas" on which graffiti was painted. In the late 80s in New York, graffiti was forced to go through a transformation. Officially, subway graffiti died on May 12, 1989 although graffiti can still be found on subways, the car is usually taken off the line before anyone can see it and buffed clean. New York and other cities began to build secure, fenced, barbed wire topped train yards and they developed stricter laws and more severe penalties relating to graffiti. At that point a vital part of graffiti culture was lost. "The subway system was seen as a network system for graffiti," said Pamela Dennant.[11] And now it was gone. For that to be the case, for subway art to be lost, is a sad thing. Because of the network the subway had become, writers came to depend on it for communication and for display to the public and especially to other writers. On the video Style Wars, Skeme commented that his work, "...is for me and other graffiti writers...all the other people that don't write, they're excluded. I don't care about them. They don't matter to me." [12]"

Thu, Dec. 29th, 2005, 01:27 pm
WHAT WERE MYSPACE & LJ BEFORE THEY EXISTED? PT1




A few years back (32,000) caves were mutlipurpose devices. THey were homes, story books, message boards, storage facilities, safety, the works. The people who lived in them posted all sorts of drawings in there too, mostly of the animals that they hunted, avoided, ate and coveted. THese drawings were probably the first blogs, they communicate ideas and experiences of what it was like back in the day, beyond old school. One of the things that humans are best at is communicating and this is a perfectly perserved example of this in ancient cave tupperware. Sharing your experiences is what it is all about, I saw a sister Wendy episode where she visitied this very cave and had some keen observations. She was psyched to see the drawings and made a point that art is one of the most important parts of being Human, because it amplifies our experiences and gives meaning to our experiences. More evidence that drawing rules. THese drawings would have accompanied stories, teaching, merth, picking up chics you name it. Now we use myspace to do all that.

Thu, Dec. 29th, 2005, 01:19 pm
WHAT WERE MYSPACE & LJ BEFORE THEY EXISTED?

My newest series is going to be about the precursors to on-line communities and blogs. I have been thinking about: how did people see eachother before they did it voyeuristically on the internet? Did they actually meet eachother in a typical place? like the way the kids on save by the bell hung out at the Max? Or crusing the streets in your bad ass car in the early sixties to cruise? I see more people online than in real life, just in case we forget how people used to communicate with each other I am going to recap some of the ways of communication/sharing that I personally have enjoyed the most and through out history.

Fri, Dec. 9th, 2005, 03:30 pm


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Fri, Jul. 8th, 2005, 10:15 am
DIG ART @ the Roxy this Saturday!





COME SEE THE SHOW!
seven artists | four hours | one winner

Tickets for the raffle are available the night of The SHOW @ only $2.00 each or three for $5.00. 100% of the proceeds will go to the Artist for Humanity
Doors open at 10p, you must be 21 + to enter and dress is relaxed but stylin’

the participating artists

Alex Dawes
Eric Devlin
Kurt Cole Eidsvig
Fish McGill
Dave Ortega
Mister Reusch
Nick Z

Thu, Jun. 30th, 2005, 04:28 pm
Fish Show at Johnny Cupcakes Store*


GO TO HULL?!
Do you know Johnny Cupcakes? If you don't you ought to. He's a highly motivated and driven young man deidicated to cupcakes. You may have seen his work already and not even know it. His work can be seen in a variety of places including, Bravo, MTV, the Boston Globe, the Boston Herald, Nylon Magazine, Bust Magazine, improper Bostoninan, Newbury comics and stickers subversively placed all over. He specializes in T-shirts with cupcakes on them, his most notable image is a cupcake above a set of crossed bones, much like a pirate's jolly roger flag.
 
This spring he opened a retail store in Hull and for the month of July the Johnny Cupcakes store will be featuring the work of Yours truly. I will have 21 original works hanging in his lovely store. Later this month there will be a limited edition Fish McGill designed T-Shirt too!
 
I hope you can check it out, we are having an opening Friday July 1st 8:30pm-11:30pm, there will be cupcakes and shirts galore for your enjoynment. A group of us will be going down together, here are some directions.

Directions to the Johnny Cupcakes boutique / art gallery
From Rt 3 South:  Take exit 14 Rockland Nantasket and go left at
bottom of the ramp.  Follow until you cross over Rt 53 onto Rt 228.
Follow 228 until you reach the town of Hull / Nantasket(the ocean will
be on your right).  Follow Nantasket Ave.  Past Cumberland Farms.
Johnny Cupcakes is located on the corner of the 3rd street past
Cumberland Farms, on the left(Nantasket Road).  If you go past the gas
station, you've gone too far.

http://www.johnnycupcakes.com

781 - 925 - 0700
Johnny Cupcakes
17 Nantasket Road
Hull,  MA  02045


Please let me know if you want to join the caravan of people . If you are going to Cape Cod for the weekend it is right on your way! Take a break from the Cape traffic this fourth of July weekend. I will have presents for everyone who comes by!
 
Check out the store! Its so cool to see! I will be sending out photos of the opening for those of you who can't make it. See you soon!

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