Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The Jazz Fest cubes are out!...

We've known the lineup for a couple weeks now, but things really come to life when we see the cubes.  Let the planning begin!

First weekend:
Friday, April 26
Saturday, April 27
Sunday, April 28

Second weekend:
Thursday, May 2
Friday, May 3
Saturday, May 4
Sunday, May 5

Friday, March 22, 2013

Five songs for Friday...

Over Time (Lucinda Williams) World Without Tears
I'm a Fool to Care (Doug Sahm) Last Real Texas Blues Band
Cathy's Clown (Everly Brothers) Golden Hits
Stuck Between Stations (The Hold Steady) Boys & Girls in America
My Girlfriend Is a Waitress (The Iguanas) Nuevo Boogaloo

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

I want a Sunday kind of love...

Fran Warren, the singer and actress whose 1947 recording of "A Sunday Kind of Love" is remembered as a classic of the Big Band era, has passed away at the age of 87.  Warren was an all-rounder -- a nightclub performer, recording artist and actor whose career spanned more than 50 years.  Early in her career, she signed as a solo artist with RCA Victor and scored chart hits with the Tony Martin duet “I Said My Pajamas (and Put On My Prayers)” and “Dearie” with Lisa Kirk. She then moved to MGM Records, charting with “It’s Anybody’s Heart.”

Born Frances Wolfe in the Bronx, NY on March 4, 1926, she began singing while still in her teens, performing at local clubs and dancing in the chorus line at the Roxy Theater. She auditioned for Duke Ellington when she was 16. Although didn’t land the job, she soon became vocalist for the bands of Randy Brooks, Art Mooney and Billy Eckstine. It was Eckstine who changed her name to “Fran Warren.” (More)

Below is Fran Warren's version.  Johnny K also recommends (the obvious) Etta James and (the obscure) Ben Sidran.  Enjoy.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Truckers in Northampton...

Bud Light 12 Pack

The crushed carton, blue cardboard,
Lies on the centerline of Saddle Hill Road
Like a discarded ticket to an evening of abandonment,
Reminding resentful morning drivers
Of last night’s prime event,
A party on wheels,
A dozen beers distributed on an as-needed basis
To the pilot and the shotgun co-pilot
And Pat Mac, the dispenser of the night’s provisions,
Sprawled across the back seat,
As they cruise in Pimo’s Altima,
Empty cans tossed at mailbox targets
Like carnival beanbags,
Points awarded for the ping of aluminum
Nailing stodgy suburban letterboxes
Mounted on stiff wooden posts,
Mailboxes that,
If Pat Mac had scored a full case,
Would be the victim of his swinging
Baseball bat at 45 mph,
Pat’s box-batting average lower
Than the waistline of his Carharrts.

Four beers a head is lightweight,
No shit.

But their arc is fueled not by the beer,
But but by the insistent growth above the upper lip
Like a crocus breaking spring earth,
It’s the driver’s license, photo noting
The owner’s absolute indifference,
It’s the electrical current thrumming in the belly,
An echo of the beat
Pounding from rear speakers,
Peaking in a tire-squeal
As an emptied carton tumbles from the rear window,
Settling onto the road, hugging the asphalt,
Flattened by Pima’s final fly-by,
The finishing stamp on the Saturday night passport.

(Chris DuBose)

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

People everywhere just got to be free...

I love the Young Rascals!

NEW YORK (AP) -- Do you remember your first live concert? Steven Van Zandt certainly does, almost 50 years ago.It was 1965, and he was at a skating rink in Keyport, N.J. Headlining that night: The Young Rascals, who were promoting their hit "Good Lovin'." The price was $2.50."I'll never forget it. It was the most exciting night ever," says Van Zandt, the guitarist for Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band. "They were phenomenal live, really quite different than anybody else. And very, very influential to this day.  Making that night even more special? A young Bruce Springsteen was also there. The two New Jersey natives would meet soon after and bond over the classic American blue-eyed soul band.Forty-eight years later, Van Zandt has found a way to repay The Rascals by taking the original four-man band to their biggest and most unlikely stage — on Broadway.The reunited band will play 15 performances at the Richard Rodgers Theatre beginning next month (performances start April 15), a show combining live performance, video reenactments, archival concert and news footage, op-art backdrops and psychedelic lighting. (Read More)

Monday, March 11, 2013

I love Patty Griffin and Robert Plant (but did not know they were an item)...

Robert Plant and Patty Griffin
Rick Diamond, Getty Images
Robert Plant Sings Three Songs on Patty Griffin’s New Album
(Utlimateclassicrock.com) - Robert Plant joins singing — but definitely, definitely not married — partner Patty Griffin for three songs on her forthcoming solo album ‘American Kid,’ continuing a collaboration that began with 2010′s well-received ‘Band of Joy.’  The duo gave a preview of their new work last December, performing “Ohio” and “Gonna Miss You When You’re Gone” — a pair of tracks now scheduled for inclusion on ‘American Kid’ — during a joint appearance at a benefit show in Austin.  Griffin’s newest album, her seventh, was produced by Craig Ross — perhaps best known for his guitar work with Lisa Germano, 1980s-era violinist with John Mellencamp. Ross also helmed Griffin’s 2004 album ‘Impossible Dream.’ Recorded in Memphis, ‘American Kid’ is due on May 7 via New West.  Plant said in published reports last year that he had eloped to Texas with Griffin, but that quote was later denied by his representatives. Whatever their living arrangements, they remain one busy couple: Plant and Griffin toured in the summer of 2012 with a group called the Sensational Shape Shifters, and have already announced a new Band of Joy album for later in 2013, as well.

Friday, March 08, 2013

Goin' Home- Ten Years After guitar god Alvin Lee passes at 68

Alvin Lee Goes Home - And His Toussaint Connection (by Brett Milano, Offbeat.com)

Lee’s band, Ten Years After, came in on the British blues wave that brought us Cream, Led Zeppelin, the original Fleetwood Mac and the Yardbirds. Like those bands, Ten Years After were raw onstage and experimental in the studio, and TYA’s studio albums were more psychedelicized than most. Sure, some of it’s dated—especially the lyrics, which were never his strong suit—but a track like “No Title,” from Stonedhenge, showed how imaginative blues-rock could get. The eight-minute song’s structure—beginning as near silence, with instruments being added until it turns to a harsh electronic wail—isn’t far from the studio art that the likes of Brian Eno would popularize later on. (That track isn’t on the web, but here’s the album’s finale Speed Kills,” and listen through to its surprise ending). (Read more)

From Alvinlee.com:
“With great sadness we have to announce that Alvin unexpectedly passed away early this morning after unforeseen complications following a routine surgical procedure.“We have lost a wonderful much loved father and companion, the world has lost a truly great and gifted musician.” Lee and Leo Lyons founded Ten Years After in 1966.  The band’s appearance at Woodstock was one of the highlights of the 1969 festival as well as the resulting film documentary.

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Thirsty Thursday...

Ryan Boatright sure sucks without Napier.  Saturday finale could also be ugly v Providence Friars.  Four game losing streak to end the season makes KO's story less feel-good.  No better for the QU Bobcats, who blew a nine-point lead to LIU-Brooklyn (with Spike Lee courtside) in second half in Northeasy Conference quarters.  Season over.

Drive-By Truckers at Toad's Place in New Haven tonight.  What is the deal with great shows and snowstorms?

Friday, March 01, 2013

Finally coming to the US of A...

I, as well as many, discovered this band via their appearance in last year's Heineken commercial, so I bought the album (had to pay an extra $20 to ship from Australia).  Love their retro 60's soul/girl group sound, previously mined by the likes of Amy Winehouse, Sharon Jones, Adele, etc., but with a healthy dollop of camp.  Now they are finally coming to the States, so heads up NYC (Mercury Lounge on March 26th) and Beantown (TT the Bears Place on March 27th).

Having only played in N.Y.C. and L.A. before, this will be our first time going to most of the cities listed below and we can’t wait to play all over your fine country! Beginning with a string of performances at this year’s SXSW festival and followed by a cross-country tour kicking off in Dallas, TX at the House of Blues on March 18th.  Additional dates include March 22nd at Smith’s Olde Bar in Atlanta; March 26th at the ­ Mercury Lounge in New York; March 30th at the Bottom Lounge in Chicago and April 9th at The Troubadour in Los Angeles.

See full tour dates below.

Thursday March 14th ­ SXSW Showcase @ Javelina, Austin TX (11pm)
Saturday March 16th
­ The Aussie BBQ @ Maggie Mae¹s, Austin TX (4pm)
Saturday March 16th
­ SXSW Showcase @ The Iron Bear, Austin TX (1am)

March 18th ­     House Of Blues Cambridge Room    Dallas, TX
March 19th ­     House Of Blues Bronze Peacock      Houston, TX
March 20th ­     Varsity Theatre,                                 Baton Rouge, LA
March 21st ­     Soul Kitchen                                       Mobile, AL
March 22nd ­    Smith¹s Olde Bar                                Atlanta, GA
March 23rd ­     Zydeco                                               Birmingham, AL
March 25th ­     Rock and Roll Hotel                           Washington, DC
March 26th ­     Mercury Lounge                                 New York, NY
March 27th ­     TT the Bears Place                            Boston, MA
March 28th ­     North Star Bar                                    Philadelphia, PA
March 30th ­     Bottom Lounge                                   Chicago, IL
March 31st ­     Mill City Nights/The Nether Bar           Minneapolis, MN
April 2nd ­         Larimer Lounge                                  Denver, CO
April 4-6th ­       Cosmopolitan Chandelier Bar             Las Vegas, NV
April 8th ­          Crescent Ballroom                              Phoenix, AZ
April 9th ­          Troubadour                                         West Hollywood, CA
April 10th ­        The Casbah                                        San Diego, CA
April 12th ­        Rickshaw                                           San Francisco, CA