Archive for January, 2011
Was stumbling around YouTube tonight and discovered Session Americana. It’s described as follows: “Session Americana sit tightly around a small round cafe table, ambient mics tuned to catch the complete sound of the voices and instruments. Players swap songs and instruments; a suitcase drum kit, an old electric bass, a field organ and a collection of acoustic instruments. The unique format feels fantastically theatrical and although the musicians face each other, the audience feels drawn into the circle by the warmth, joy and camaraderie that emanate outwards by the all-star cast of characters seated around the table.
“What keeps fans coming back show after show is the same thing that any audience member longs for; great songs performed by a great band. The core members of the band have brought enviable careers worth of experience to the “table”, featuring (current and former) members of Treat Her Right, Patty Griffin, Lori McKenna, The The, Dennis Brennan, Kris Delmhorst to name just a few. The group has grown from a rag tag jam at a local pub to a regional institution, playing gigs from coffee houses to urban nightclubs, regional festival tents to theaters.”
Here’s some YouTube for your enjoyment/consideration–a cover of Townes Van Zandt’s Pancho & Lefty.
As described by Cabardo: “The movie is about Jeff’s life and involves other well known comic book artists who serve as the storytellers in the movie. The film covers the period of 60s comics in NYC, and the Studio years in the mid 70s as well (Go to macabfilms.com) … At present, we are editing the film and hope to finish a first rough cut by the 14th of next month.”
Jones has fascinated me since I met her back at a small comic convention in Atlanta in 2004. In the coming weeks, I intend to do an email interview with Cabardo, finding out the scope of the project and her progress on fundraising.
Warren Zevon should have turned 64 today. But sadly he left this earth back in 2003. I’m bad about birthdays, but thankfully someone in the comments section of a Charles P. Pierce blog post today noted it was Zevon’s birthday.
We still have his music fortunately. So to pay tribute I offer a few YouTube examples of Zevon.
Honestly, I had stopped watching Keith Olbermann a few years back. He had gotten too angry and bombastic, even for me. But I look forward to seeing where he ends up next. Here is his official goodbye, which is classic (in a good way) Olbermann.
The other day I realized how much fun I have just linking to videos here at the blog. To think that I can embed video from TED, the nonprofit entity “devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading”. And one morning in 2007, in the early morning no less, one of my favorite bands, They Might Be Giants, appeared at TED. And now I get to share it with you.
Bonus detail: TED offers subtitles with these videos, which is always great with TMBG songs. At the nine-minute mark, they do one of my favorite songs (several songs in one song actually), Fingertips.
A couple of months ago, I heard the band The Baby Grands–thanks to friend of the blog, Bill Childs, one of the hosts of the indie kids music show, Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child. After hearing the band, I tracked them down Ben Rowell, one half of the band (along with Chuck Nash) and Rowell agreed to do an email interview. In November 2010, the self-described “children’s/family rock band” released its second album, aptly named The Baby Grands II–and that’s just one of the topics we covered. My thanks also to Kimberly Rowell, Backspace Records, Co-Director, for helping arrange this interview.
Ben Rowell: Videos can be really expensive, so we searched for a cost effective way of producing one. We found a freelance artist on the web over in Asia that was willing to create a video for us for next to nothing- and for what we paid, he did a great job. You Tube is just another way to increase fan base, although we feel that Facebook is the most efficient way to reach and expand our base.
Animal Logic was a mid-1980s band composed of Stanley Clarke, Stewart Copeland and singer/songwriter Deborah Holland. I turned down a chance to interview Copeland back in my college music critic days, something I’ve always regretted. But then when I started pop culture blogging back in the mid-2000s I was able to interview Holland–sadly that interview is lost to the land of down websites. But I was glad to find this Letterman appearance from the mid-1980s.
Man, there is no other drummer like Copeland.
I always enjoyed Matt Pinfield back when he was on MTV–and in much of the 1990s and 2000s, I benefited from Leslie Fram’s work as one of the major programming forces at 99X.