Saturday, December 31, 2011

Top 5 Digital Video Moments of 2011

In hindsight 2011 was a great year. It was not without its rough patches, but was a tremendous year of growth for me and I had a lot of exciting moments playing music! This list is just a few of them that were lucky enough to be caught on camera and my personal favorites.

5. "Don't Terrorize Me" At The Richshaw Stop San Francisco 2/20/2011.
The cool thing about playing music is, if your lucky, you get to meet some of your heroes. I got the rare opportunity to play a show with Mike Dirnt from Green days other band The Frustrators. I also got to play with my now friends Bobby Joe Ebola and The Children Macnuggets, The Phenomenauts, and Kepi Ghouli. Anyways it was a blast being able to play with and hang out with these guys. Epic indeed. Number 5 is "Don't Terrorize Me". By the way, I was severely out of tune for this song, but the crowd didn't seem to mind!

4. "Poor Boy" jumpoff at Occupy Oakland, Day 2, Downtown Oakland California 10/11/11
Being able to be a part of an historic movement is a rare opportunity indeed. I look back with pride at my involvement with the occupy movement. Here I was able to kick off the music at Occupy Oakland on its second day of life. Whoda thunk a massive drum and dance corps was rallying into the plaza? Hella rad.

3. "O.F.D." on the sidewalk in Boston 12/15/2011

You never stop being from Boston. After having been gone for nearly a year,it was great to go home! Unfortunately the venue had to axe its 18+ age restriction and adopt a 21+, leaving some people out on the sidewalk. Naturally I had to come out and play a few tunes and as usual, someone tried to stop me. Number 3 is O.F.D!

2. "Poor Boy in Pasadena" Los Angeles County, California 9/18/2011

After having driven 8 hours to play a show in Socal, I was completely ignored by the local crowd. Nobody would come inside the venue from outside smoking cigarettes. A few peeps were inside supporting me. Then the bartender turned the house music on during one of my quieter songs. For my last song I got pissed off and just jumped off stage , went outside an sang it right at them. Sometimes an audience just needs a little coaching or a dope slap :) Number 2 is Poor Boy in Pasadena.

1. "No Creed No Class No Nation", Oscar Grant Plaza, Oakland California 10/27/2011

Its not every day that Michael Moore opens up for you.. well errr ahh it was an honor being able to perform after him and usher folks out ;) This was taken at what might have been the peek of Occupy Oakland, or at least the initial encampment on Oscar Grant Plaza. It really captures the vibe as well as the ever present helicopter. Its number one because it really symbolizes the year for me and takes the cake for the sheer awesomeness of what went down. Power to THE PEOPLE!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Occupy Oakland Oct/Nov

10/11/11 Day 2



Thursday, October 13, 2011

From The First Revolutionary I Ever Met

I was looking at photo's from a lot of the occupy sites on facebook and now have tear's streaming down my face, because i feel for you and all of those out in the street's crying out for "justice for all". I want to go there with blanket's and rain gear and food for everybody, but i can not right now all i can do is donate money and I have, but that is simply not enough. I will go there and I will talk with them and support them this week end. I don't know what the future hold's, but it gives me hope when I see so many color's,ages, and gender's together fighting for what is right and just. The old timer I am sending a pic of is my new hero

Love Mom


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Occupied. 10/11/2011

Twitter 10/11/2011

This is what CBS/WBZ was tweeting today. Mindless, non-news worthy, tweets the day after over 100 arrests, beatings, lies, and violence on non violent protesters by the government in Boston Massachusetts and in cities across The United States.

The following is my response and an exchange with CBS Boston and with the reporter they assigned to cover Occupy Boston, a self proclaimed afficianado of food, drink,sports,and apparently at one time a struggling musician with a myspace page and 7 friends.

Upon revisiting this conversation it becomes abundantly clear just how arrogant and condescending The Steve Dujor and CBSboston are in regards to the thoughts and concerns of citizens. He continually takes jabs at me and attempts to weasel out of them. All of this was happening while he was supposedly covering Occupy Boston. After a while I realized the "i know you are but what am I" mentality of the man, so I wrapped it up and went about my business. It is below. You do need to speak twitter to understand it. If you do not speak twitter, you need to learn. That is where the news is. It is from people like you and me. People that are there seeking the truth and passing it along. It is not coming from spoon-fed ignorant well-paid hypocrites that do the bidding of the machine.

Or maybe I'm really off base here and they are right. You be the judge. I welcome any and all comments and opinions.

PS. There will be grammatical errors, because grammar just isn't that important.

cbsboston WBZ Boston News
Water problems in #Barre. Residents are being asked to conserve while town tracks leak of up 80,000 gallons a day. - @PeterWBZ

cbsboston WBZ Boston News
Lost in a Danvers corn maze, person calls police. (no word on whether they were being stalked)

cbsboston WBZ Boston News
"Applause in the newsroom! @LisaWBZ is back from maternity leave! - @PeterWBZ"

BryanMcPherson Bryan McPherson
“@cbsboston: Applause in the newsroom! @LisaWBZ is back from maternity leave! - @PeterWBZ” this is what wbz is tweeting today?????????

cbsboston WBZ Boston News
@BryanMcPherson Yep. Sorry if we offended you by welcoming back our friend & co-worker.

BryanMcPherson Bryan Mcpherson
@cbsboston the constitution was hauled off to jail last night. your welcoming people back to work. Amercans don't have jobs! Report news!

BryanMcPherson Bryan McPherson
@cbsboston your not even WBZ your CBS. Furthermore this only proves once again how out of touch the mainstream "media" is with reality

cbsboston WBZ Boston News
@BryanMcPherson you obviously aren't from around here. WBZ is CBS. & - we have plenty of "news" on our website. feel free to visit.

BryanMcPherson Bryan McPherson
@cbsboston born and raised on the streets of Boston. Do your homework, news.

TheSteveDuJour steve saleeba ("REPORTER")
@BryanMcPherson dude. "your not even WBZ your CBS" - grammatically incorrect. factually untrue. get a life.

BryanMcPherson Bryan McPherson
@cbsboston you simply say what they tell you to say. Your a propaganda machine of lies and your time is up. The revolution will be tweeted.

BryanMcPherson Bryan McPherson
@TheSteveDuJour wbz is run by CBS. It has long since not been local news. Get hip

LauramomBoston Laura
@cbsboston @bryanmcpherson that just made me laugh. Nothing is obvious @cbsboston. @BryanMcPherson is most certainly from HERE! Report news!

EarlofHalifax Earl of Halifax
@cbsboston @BryanMcPherson do it off the air, people used to appreciate real news, now everyone wants to be TMZ and spread gossip and bull.

TheSteveDuJour steve saleeba
@BryanMcPherson guess that makes me a puppet then. CBS must tell me what to write. Surprised they let me cover #occupy - #conspiracyidiots

TheSteveDuJour steve saleeba
@LauramomBoston his poor grammar and incorrect assertion about WBZ made me assume otherwise. my bad.

BryanMcPherson Bryan McPherson
@TheSteveDuJour you said it. Cover man. Cover!!

TheSteveDuJour steve saleeba
@BryanMcPherson we ARE. We welcomed back our co-worker via twitter. How is that a sin?

BryanMcPherson Bryan McPherson
@BryanMcPherson @thestevedujour and once you cover. Report!!!!!!!

BryanMcPherson Bryan McPherson
One other thing. FUCK GRAMMAR!!!!

NickGoldMA Nick Gold
@BryanMcPherson Fucking A right!

TheSteveDuJour steve saleeba
Free publicity alert: I'll be @BryanMcPherson 's Dec 15 show booing & complaining about his music. #ifnewspeopletoldpeoplehowtodotheirjobs

BryanMcPherson Bryan McPherson
@TheSteveDuJour I'd like to see that I'll put you on the list!

BryanMcPherson Bryan McPherson
@TheSteveDuJour it's an insult to every American without a job and sitting in a cell for a nonviolent occupation and exercising their right.

TheSteveDuJour steve saleeba
@BryanMcPherson not going to happen. For 1, I respect the fact that musicians are real ppl who work hard & take pride in all that they do.

BryanMcPherson Bryan McPherson
@TheSteveDuJour whatever that means.

BryanMcPherson Bryan McPherson
@TheSteveDuJour then why did you say you were going steve? Lies once again.

TheSteveDuJour steve saleeba
@BryanMcPherson the hashtag says #IF - again, you're skewing the facts. you'd make a great propagandist

NickGoldMA Nick Gold
@BryanMcPherson Holy shit this is entertaining. Be sure to send a flyer to them for the show!

BryanMcPherson Bryan McPherson
@TheSteveDuJour tell me steve, what are you guys having for lunch today? The people need to know. Looking forward to more from @cbsboston

LiamTat7 Will Tattan
How many people at @cbsboston actually were born and raised here like @BryanMcPherson? And by here I mean within city limits?

TheSteveDuJour steve saleeba
@BryanMcPherson that's funny. See - I have a sense of humor. You obviously don't. Good luck with that.

BryanMcPherson Bryan McPherson
@TheSteveDuJour tell the news not jokes Steve

BryanMcPherson Bryan McPherson
@TheSteveDuJour my argument is with @cbsboston

BryanMcPherson Bryan McPherson
Ask a puppet if he knows he's a puppet

TheSteveDuJour steve saleeba
@BryanMcPherson regardless, your argument is flawed. CBSBoston consists of News, Sports, Entertainment, Events, ETC. not just News.

BryanMcPherson Bryan McPherson
@TheSteveDuJour it consists of a lot of bullshit if you ask me and A LOT of other people. When people want truth, they don't tune to "news"

TheSteveDuJour steve saleeba
@BryanMcPherson that's fine. When I want to listen to music that suits my taste, I don't listen to you (no offense).

BryanMcPherson Bryan McPherson
@TheSteveDuJour thanks. That's a ringing endorsement ;) your on the list for the 15th. Join us!

TheSteveDuJour steve saleeba
@BryanMcPherson I guess the difference is, I don't feel the need to attack your lyrics as "lies" just b/c I don't care for them.

BryanMcPherson Bryan McPherson
@TheSteveDuJour that's the difference between you and me. Oh and I'm not lying. That too

TheSteveDuJour steve saleeba
@BryanMcPherson you're right. I take it back. Not "lying" - just uninformed in your opinions.

BryanMcPherson Bryan McPherson
@TheSteveDuJour I'll end here. "the revolution will not be televised" google it. Your on the list for the 15th @Occupy_Boston

Sunday, October 9, 2011

I See A Flag

Well I moved down the street from an American dream
And oh what a scene on the media screen
Because the police shot him down
He was laying on the ground
And now the whole damn town is going to burn to the ground
I don't understand

I see a flag blowing in the wind

I see crystal meth, internet, placing bets on a worldwide web
With your skeleton face and hollow eyes
2 more clicks before you die
And people lying sick in hospital beds
And doctors getting rich on the blood of the dead
And the poor lie still, like wolves in the street
They took that man down just walking a beat
I don't understand

But I see a flag blowing in the wind

I'm sorry kid there ain't no more jobs
For a working class stiff living low on the hog
Why don't you get yourself to college
Go get a degree. Go get yourself some debt
I hear they're giving it away for free
Because the banks taking your home
On a government loan and renting to own biological clones
With your pesticide cream and bionic fruit
Bunch of dancing monkeys dressed in suits
So I run down to the bay I gotta see the ocean blue
But Gilman Street is gonna get the boot
I don't understand

I see a flag burning in the wind

There ain't no easy way to end this song
I ain't got no answers 'cept mountains and fog
Cuz I seen the buildings built and I watched them crumble
I seen a nation of braggarts stumble humbled
I seen money come and go
People live and die
People giving up
Standing up to try
And all I can hope for is a better today
Cuz life's right now and its here I'll stay
Its here I will sing and here I will pray
To a billion gods I hope they all get their way
So lets just tare it all down
We can start from scratch
Keep our faces forward don't ever look back
A place where everybody's clothed and everybody's fed
And nobody's dieing from a lack of medicine
I don't understand
I see a flag lowered in the wind

So lets just burn all the money
For a currency of love
Fat Mike will think its funny
Feed the children drugs
Because the crackheads line the streets
In a giant bread line
Giving head for one more dime
And one more chance
And one more line
Lets all pledge allegiance to an American lie
Well I would like to pledge to life
And I would like to pledge to truth
Ask your questions later, first things shoot
Cuz no motherfucker they don't need no proof
The proof is the puzzle and the puzzle is the sleuth
And nothing's making sense except dollars and cents
It's a coup de'tat there ain't no president
He's a walking talking puppet just hanging from a string
Singing the songs the corporations say to sing
And you all sit there dancing and singing along
But there's no fucking words cuz there's no fucking song
He just reads it from a screen and you take it to heart
Let the fires light the night babe your lost in the dark
And I'll be Mad max and you can be Goldie Hawn
We'll start a fucking riot on the white house lawn
You better understand

I see a flag raised in the wind
I see a flag blowing in the wind

"American Boy, American Girl" Coming Soon.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Dear Los Angeles

Dear Los Angeles,

I did not come 3000 miles, 1 year, a 7 hour drive, and a broken string to be ignored.

All The Best,

Bryan McPherson

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Once upon a time...

Once upon a time I knew this girl who believed in god. She believed so much that she told everyone she knew to believe in God. She even spoke for god. Then one day her friend died unexpectedly. It was a tragic event. Now, this girl I knew, ceased to believe in God. She was so convinced that there was no god that she had to tell everyone she met and everyone she knew that there was no god.
I really wish this girl would make up her mind.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Monday, June 27, 2011

Dangerous Friends on Radio Voices

Recently hung out and played a bunch of songs on Radio Voices Berkeley Liberation Radio.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

I'll give you the socks off my back

Yesterday I was walking around downtown Oakland. I found myself down in the lower half, where at least 27 people are going to ask you for change. I'm new around here. I don't always know where to go.

Let me back track. Yesterday morning I woke up next to sexy and I had to go home before I went to go do the work for the man. I grabbed my trusty bag and noticed that I had a pair of socks in there. I thought to myself, why are these socks in here? I do not recall putting these socks in here? I figured hey, I'll leave them. You never know when you might need a pair of socks.

Allow me to fast forward. I'm walking around downtown Oakland. The lower half, where at least 27 people are going to ask you for change and I realize I need to piss pee urinate caffeinate etc.. So I stop into this fast food restaurant of the 5 start caliber. I order my processed drink, ask where's the sink, and proceed down the lane where I meet a man. He was sitting by the bathroom door and he said to me, can you spare some change? I said no, can't help you. Then he said, Can you spare some socks? I stopped in my tracks and said, socks? He said yea socks? I said, as a matter of fact I can spare some socks. I will be right back. I went into the bathroom, handled my business, came out, reached in my bag and pulled out a pair of my finest black socks. I said here you go man. I don't know if they are clean. He said I don't care and proceeded to put the socks on under his worn shoes and busted feet. he said thanks. i said no problem. As I was walking out another man came up to me and said God damn, that dude is having one hell of a lucky day. to get a pair of socks from some stranger? I nodded and laughed and said something that I don't remember. On my way out the other dude followed and said, you sure you don't know that guy? I just smiled and laughed and said nope while holding my arms out.

I don't know why weird shit happens, but I know it does.

They call me Sock Man.

True Story.

Monday, May 2, 2011

We got him!!!

We finally got him. Victory is ours. I am warning you the picture below you may find disturbing. Parental advisory is strongly suggested.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Sunday, February 6, 2011

The Frustrators! Phenomenauts! Kepi Ghoulie! Bryan McPherson! and MC's Bobby Joe Ebola and The Chicken Macnuggets

The Frustrators(featuring Mike Dirnt from Green Day) are back and doing a little California tour. I'm stoked to be on the San Francisco show. February 20th at The Rickshaw Stop Tickets available here

Happy Birthday

"Happy Birthday" is the saddest song I've ever heard.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011


No. Jeffrey Dahmer.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011


It was really great to be back home! I was lucky enough to play 3 awesome shows. Great Scott, Bull Mcabes, and The Midway. I got to play with a bunch of awesome solo artists and bands and am stoked those shows came together. Much love to my friends Wolves and the Radio, Jeff Rowe, Ryan the Terible for the Great Scott show. It was very awesome to come home on a Tuesday night before a blizzard and still play to a full room of VERY enthusiastic people. Goosebumps people, for real.

Thanks to Mark Lind, Mark Cannata, and David Wells for Bull Mcabes in Somerville. That place was bumpin. When I said 100 people in a 50 person bar, I meant it. Made me think that WHEN I hit it bigtime, I'm gonna book a weeks worth of shows at very small dive-bars in Boston in the middle of January! Keep it real. haha

And much thanks to Lenny Lashley and his Gang of One and The Old Edison for having me on for a few songs at a sold out Midway Cafe. I had a blast playing a few tunes and luckily did not have to go GG Allen on people (nods to lenny) Keep an eye out for these bands. A lot of these guys have records that just came out, so check em out huh!

I had a good walk around the old neighborhood I grew up in after the snow storm. It was night, but bright with the snow reflecting off of the clouds and the clouds reflecting off of the snow and the moon glowing. Down to Neponset Ave, up that really big hill by the Creamery, to the top of Hemmey Park, where we used to sled down suicide, run from cops, play basketball, and get guns pulled on us. Ahhh Dorchester :) Down past 'New Kid Danny Woods house. All of the Euro fans have gone away. Down Londsdale where the plane crashed, to Florida Street. Wheres the FSP posse these days? South bay? Up to DOT ave, past Dimitrios to Arthurs which has been Charlies for at least 20 years, but will always be Arthurs because when you had no money, but your friends did, they gave you a free slice. Past St Marks looking haunted and alone with the street lights on and the snow. Down King Street past the Courts where legendary tennisball and Street Hockey games were played, underage drinking, smoking and other illegal activities were engaged in, to Kings Corner where there were always 50 misfit kids hanging. Those were the days guys huh? Well It was a good trip back Boston. I'll be back soon! Off to San Francisco tonight for another gig.