Music Review http://www.culturecatch.com/music en All For The Love of Rock 'N' Roll http://www.culturecatch.com/node/3934 <span>All For The Love of Rock &#039;N&#039; Roll</span> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/user/460" lang="" about="/user/460" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Robert Cochrane</a></span> <span>April 5, 2020 - 15:33</span> <div class="field field--name-field-topics field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Topics</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/music" hreflang="en">Music Review</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/553" hreflang="en">celebrity obit</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><div style="text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"> <div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video form-group"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/8AT_Pbtyid0?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <p><strong>Alan Merrill 1951-2020</strong></p> <p>Alan Merrill tasted success in many different territories of the globe. He was a star, but his stars didn't align in the way for him to become a household name. Big in Japan before such a reality was thought possible for a Western act. A success in the UK and Europe with a band that never saw their music released in his American homeland, apart from one single on Private Stock Records. A consistently active and productive musician and one who saw a song, written as a riposte to a Rolling Stones anthem in the making, become one of the best known songs of the '80s and today, despite being written in the mid-seventies and originally marooned on the flip-side of a flop single.</p> <div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video form-group"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/D6Zo6vk7w5U?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <p>Born Allan Preston Sax in the Bronx February 19th 1951, his mother was the jazz singer Helen Merrill who was variously signed to Atco, Milestone, and Mercury Records, whilst his father Aaron Sachs was a clarinet and saxophone player who recorded with the likes of Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, and Stan Getz. In the mid sixties he played in a series of semi-pro bands in the Cafe Wha in Greenwich Village, and in 1968 he joined the dying embers of The Left Banke, but didn't record with them. By 1969 he was in Japan as the front man for The Lead a group of foreigners based in Tokyo who scored a No. 1 hit with "Blue Rose" and then promptly fell apart when two of their members were deported over irregularities with their visas. Merrill remained, secured a deal with Atlantic Records and released the album <em>Alone In Tokyo</em> and the single "Teardrops." To make his name more manageable for the Japanese market, and less risque than Sax, he adopted his mother's maiden name. In 1971 after starring in a jeans commercial, and a teen orientated soap opera he released <em>Merrill 1</em> -- an album of self-composed songs that is rightly valued as a precursor of the power-pop genre. He next formed Vodka Collins, the first Japanese glam rock outfit who recorded the album <em>Tokyo-New York</em> and had a double A sided hit with "Sands Of Time/Automatic Pilot." One of Merrill's songs "Movies" from <em>Merril 1</em> cropped up on the flip-side of a Tiny Tim single in 1972. Mr. Tim would once more return to Merrill's back catalogue in 1996 to record "I Love Rock 'N' Roll."</p> <div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video form-group"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/J7SNLZVMZH0?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <p>By 1974, Merrill had taken up residence in London. He formed a pop-glam outfit named Arrows who secured a deal with Mickie Most's RAK Records. Although the other members were English, Merrill's frontman status Arrows made a virtual trinity of American glam poseurs in London exile, the other two being Sparks and Milk 'n' Cookies. Caught between the label owner Mickie Most dominance, and the label's consistent success and endless thirst for hits, the band's own writing abilities were excluded from the forefront. Their first chart hit  "A Touch Too Much" had fallen from the pens of Chinn &amp; Chapman. Despite having their own national television series that ran for two series, fourteen shows in each, whose guests included chart acts of the day, including the likes of The Bay City Rollers, Marc Bolan, Slade, and Peter Noone. Amazingly whilst both series were being shown, the band had no new releases available to promote. The show aired in Europe and territories like Hong Kong, but with nothing to sell, they didn't benefit from their fame oy their ubiquity. When their single "Broken Down Heart" was released in 1975, a song on the b side was what captured the attention of the disc jockeys. Eventually "I Love Rock 'N' Roll" was made the official A side. It was the only piece of product that they performed in the series, but the single tanked.</p> <div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video form-group"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/d9jhDwxt22Y?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <p>The band's performance of it was watched by a young Joan Jett, then on tour in the UK with her band The Runaways. The song stuck in her head and in 1981 she turned it into the bona fide smash it had always deserved to be. Merrill had written it as a casual riposte to the Rolling Stones "It's Only Rock And Roll But I Like It." Since he owed some money to his band mate Jake Hooker he added him as co-author of it. It would prove an expensive act of kindness. Their debut and sole album <em>First Hit</em> is a fairly unsatisfactory affair because many of the band's own compositions were squeezed out in favour of less inspiring, but seemingly more commercial offerings by the hit writing team of Phil Martin and Phil Coulter  Arrows limped into 1977 when punk effectively hastened their decline, and despite having several tracks produced by Rolling Stone Bill Wyman, these never were released at the time. It seems that RAK Records had little idea how to handle the band to achieve greater success. It is a major oversight that a producer like Mickie Most missed the potential in Alan Merrill's "I Love Rock 'N' Roll." It is a song that speaks for itself.</p> <div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video form-group"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/B01AoFjlvFQ?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <p>Merrill then joined forces with his friend the former Rare Bird singer and guitarist Steve Gould. They formed Runner a band who signed to Arista Records short lived Autograph label. Their excellent debut album saw the dent them US charts, and a second album was under way with Alex Sadkin at the production duties but tensions within the band meant they never completed the record. Their single "Run For Your Life" would eventually be covered by Sammy Hagar. The 1980s were kinder to Alan Merrill. He teamed up with Rick Derringer, a collaboration that saw three albums released and the movie <em>The Rick Derringer Rock Spectacular</em>. Merrill released a self-titled solo album on Polydor Reocords in 1983, and by the end of the decade he was part of Meatloaf's touring band, appearing on the <em>Live At Wembley</em> album from 1987. He returned to acting in the hit series <em>Encyclopedia Brown </em>on HBO to success and acclaim in the role of casey Sparkz. 1982 had seen "I Love Rock 'N' Roll" become a global smash and a US No. 1 for Joan Jett and her band the Blackhearts. It remains her signature song. In 1990 Alan Merrill successfully reformed Vodka Collins and they toured Japan when their debut LP was released on CD. It was a reunion that would spawn a further four successful albums.</p> <div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video form-group"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ITuOddPeYoc?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <p>In the new century Merrill continued to write and record. Britney Spears had a No. 1 in the UK and all across Europe with her version of "I Love Rock 'N' Roll." A song that seems impossible to contain, a little like Norman Greenbaum's perennial "Spirit In The Sky." Albums kept on appearing, his most recent being 2017's <em>A Blue Avenue</em>. Eminem sampled "I Love Rock 'N' Roll" on the song "Remind Me" from his album <em>Revival</em> which topped the American charts in the same year. Merrill's song that simply won't go away because of its brilliant encapsulation of attitude and ambition with a heart. Alan Merrill had the looks, the talent, and the charisma that is required for success. His is an astonishing back catalogue of continued effort and enterprise and it is a tragedy that like so many victims of Covid 19 that he died alone on 28th March 2020 in hospital in his native New York. He was the last surviving founding member of Arrows. </p> <p>Paul Varley died in 2008 in London after living for years in LA. He fathered a daughter Iona. with Marc Bolan's former wife June.  Jake Hooker married Judy Garland's daughter Lorna Luft, becoming her manager. He died in Malibu in 2014.  Arrows' manager Peter Meaden, who had once handled The Who's affairs died in 1978 at the age of 38 after years of drug abuse.</p> <p>Like the band itself, all theirs were stories ended before their allotted time.</p> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=3934&amp;2=comment_node_story&amp;3=comment_node_story" token="xFU0Dns14eNNaWKSqbPJdPLfCGOgAtE0gFXdCGteKpk"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Sun, 05 Apr 2020 19:33:37 +0000 Robert Cochrane 3934 at http://www.culturecatch.com Is That All There Is? http://www.culturecatch.com/node/3932 <span>Is That All There Is?</span> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/user/460" lang="" about="/user/460" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Robert Cochrane</a></span> <span>April 2, 2020 - 16:52</span> <div class="field field--name-field-topics field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Topics</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/music" hreflang="en">Music Review</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/830" hreflang="en">disco</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video form-group"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/mZBrqewNPQI?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <p>Arriving ahead of the game and being an innovator can be a lonely journey. It also usually means that someone else runs with your ideas and has greater success with them, albeit in a more diluted fashion. Such was the case with Cristina, a doyenne of New York's clubland, who delivered a couple of albums and a sassy fistful of 12-inch singles before effectively retiring. The daughter of a psychoanalyst and a writer she was born in New York on 2nd January 1959 as Cristina Monet-Palac. Having dropped out of Harvard and into the burgeoning underground that was the city's clubland in the late 1970s and immediately began to garner attention.</p> <p>You can savour her street hip influence in others. It flavours Madonna, gilds Lady Gaga and nods and winks in the direction of Lana Del Ray, yet Cristina was never going to embrace the mainstream, or be embraced by it Her debut single "Disco Clone" was produced by the Velvet Underground's John Cale, a later version features the actor Kevin Kline as the deep voiced macho lover, and was one of those songs you'd only ever hear whilst out at night, and never on the radio. A piece of fun, high camp, and street sass combined, it skewered the factory line mentality of, and the regimented look within, the club scene An anthem of unbridled passions in the pre-AIDS era, it became a cult classic. What also helped was that Cristina was on Ze Records, briefly the hippest but not the most successful record label in the world. Encouraged in her pop activities by the label's co-founder Michel Zilkha. the man she would eventually marry, whom she met whilst working as a reviewer for the Village Voice, her debut LP <em>Cristina</em> arrived in 1980 to bemused reviews and sporadic sales.</p> <div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video form-group"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/wHO9KecXn2Y?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <p>If "Disco Clone" was seen as somewhat transgressive with its sexual breathing a la Donna Summer, she crossed further boundaries by so incensing the legendary songwriting duo, Leiber &amp; Stoller, with her snarly, petulant, mostly talked and not sung version of their classic "Is that All There Is," that they forced her to withdraw it from sale. Think a pissed up and pissed off Peggy Lee dragging her best furs through the gutter on a miserable New York night with a champagne bottle in her bejewelled hand and you have Cristina's irreverent rendering.</p> <div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video form-group"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/AybvLztacFM?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <p>Next on her hit list, or non-hit list, as Cristina wasn't one for troubling the charts, was her laconic, campy and pouty version of the Beatles "Baby You Can Drive My Car." Her second album, 1984's <em>Sleep It Off</em> was jointly produced by August Darnell (Kid Creole) and Don Was (Was Not Was) and contained her signature tune "What's a Girl To Do" whose lyrics betray her wry and arch take on being an object of desire. </p> <blockquote> <p>"My life is in turmoil / My thighs are black and blue, </p> <p>My sheets are stained / And so is my brain,</p> <p>What's a girl to do?"</p> </blockquote> <div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video form-group"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/95dky1NnX2w?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <p>I doubt if the late Dorothy Parker could have minted anything better on her trusty typewriter.</p> <p>By the mid '80s, she and Zilkha had left New York and effectively retired to Texas. Her work was reassessed when her brace of albums were reissued on CXD in 2004, and she gave a few interviews, but was exhibiting the symptoms of a MS like condition. Divorced since 1990 she had returned to New York, wrote the occasional article, but was already becoming a creature around whom myths are made, such is the allure of a sparklingly brief past and an air of unavailability. As her admirer the singer-songwriter Zola Jesus astutely observed: "She was too weird for the pop world and too pop for the weird world." </p> <p>Like all the best stars Cristina didn't overstay her welcome, nor instigate a comeback. In a smattering of years, she had been there and gone. I doubt that she would have wished it any other way.</p> <p>She died in New York on 1st April 2020 having contracted the coronavirus. She was 61 years old.</p> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=3932&amp;2=comment_node_story&amp;3=comment_node_story" token="HfBXHGB1e1lVxAeMFlgRCzB-3ont9SZzBss0Qr0EaJs"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Thu, 02 Apr 2020 20:52:01 +0000 Robert Cochrane 3932 at http://www.culturecatch.com Song of the Week: "That Thing You Do!" http://www.culturecatch.com/node/3931 <span>Song of the Week: &quot;That Thing You Do!&quot;</span> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/users/webmaster" lang="" about="/users/webmaster" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Webmaster</a></span> <span>April 1, 2020 - 19:57</span> <div class="field field--name-field-topics field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Topics</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/music" hreflang="en">Music Review</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/769" hreflang="en">pop rock</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video form-group"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Dsi-eF6-uOY?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <p>Adam Schlesinger passed away today from this insidious virus. He was one helluva songwriter. Incredibly talented musician, singer, producer, too. From the pop-rock juggernaut band Fountains of Wayne, his quirkier band Ivy (with Andy Chase and French singer Dominique Durand), his outstanding soundtrack work. And of course this timeless classic from an evergreen, classic movie about a hugely likable band with one-hit record. Gone too soon. His legacy will live through his songs for his daughters and the rest of us. Blessings.</p> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=3931&amp;2=comment_node_story&amp;3=comment_node_story" token="1utI2Tl8-swyc7pRfW0hFvTio4e68LOEAf0NXTp43R0"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Wed, 01 Apr 2020 23:57:53 +0000 Webmaster 3931 at http://www.culturecatch.com Video of the Week: "Daze" http://www.culturecatch.com/node/3928 <span>Video of the Week: &quot;Daze&quot;</span> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/users/dusty-wright" lang="" about="/users/dusty-wright" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Dusty Wright</a></span> <span>March 10, 2020 - 15:14</span> <div class="field field--name-field-topics field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Topics</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/music" hreflang="en">Music Review</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/869" hreflang="en">techno</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video form-group"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/_uUhsZHmwtE?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <p>The Orb -- electronica mastermind Alex Paterson and current collaborator Michael Rendall -- are back! And with a very clever video featuring a very cute, trippy dog (Jack Russell)! The infectious song "Daze" (Missing &amp; Messed Up Mix) is from their forthcoming album <em>Abolition of the Royal Familia</em> out on the 27th March 2020. Get on your dancing paws and pre-order it here: <a dir="auto" href="https://www.youtube.com/redirect?v=_uUhsZHmwtE&amp;redir_token=U7am5vLztHqf-M-B4xSnaLCq7At8MTU4Mzk0MjIzN0AxNTgzODU1ODM3&amp;event=video_description&amp;q=https%3A%2F%2FOrb.lnk.to%2FAOTRF" rel="nofollow" spellcheck="false" target="_blank">https://Orb.lnk.to/AOTRF</a>. </p> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=3928&amp;2=comment_node_story&amp;3=comment_node_story" token="OXqGhbnxmmwkYlVE_yQ4nPhdZBregmcKaBg7BinpPhk"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Tue, 10 Mar 2020 19:14:04 +0000 Dusty Wright 3928 at http://www.culturecatch.com Gig of the Week: Bokanté http://www.culturecatch.com/node/3924 <span>Gig of the Week: Bokanté</span> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/users/webmaster" lang="" about="/users/webmaster" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Webmaster</a></span> <span>February 23, 2020 - 11:02</span> <div class="field field--name-field-topics field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Topics</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/music" hreflang="en">Music Review</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/766" hreflang="en">world beat</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video form-group"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/KZrr5v9N4o4?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <p>Grammy-nominated, world-music supergroup Bokanté are coming to Joe's Pub next Sunday, March 1st. Check out their <a href="https://open.spotify.com/album/4jy0qfVL2jNJOXFHsVf7WF?si=_nuM08gLQsOCFY2BTcO4FQ" target="_blank"><em>Strange Circles</em></a> (2017) and <em>What Heat</em> (2018) albums on <a href="https://open.spotify.com/album/2ks7K8DI5MjJWfm3W56qjm?si=cbuyVk_VQOyxrjF-4GcOdQ" target="_blank">Spotify</a> to get a taste of how wonderfully infectious and moving this music is. The band was formed by musician/composer <b>Michael League</b>, he of Grammy–winning, Texan–bred, New York–based instrumental jazz collective, Snarky Puppy. His new project collects epic players from five countries and four continents, different genders, races and generations "working in harmony, celebrating individuality." A band giving a voice to those that don't have voices, sharing their passion for life and justice through music. Vocalist Malika Tirolien sings in both French and Guadeloupean Creole, the language of her childhood home. Bokanté means "exchange." Make no mistake, this is world beat music for the masses.</p> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=3924&amp;2=comment_node_story&amp;3=comment_node_story" token="orNMTBCgHWqUYR41mJBpHav0lxgzg0ODkGvYiwA51Fo"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Sun, 23 Feb 2020 16:02:28 +0000 Webmaster 3924 at http://www.culturecatch.com Song of the Week: "Runaway" http://www.culturecatch.com/node/3923 <span>Song of the Week: &quot;Runaway&quot;</span> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/users/dusty-wright" lang="" about="/users/dusty-wright" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Dusty Wright</a></span> <span>February 22, 2020 - 08:43</span> <div class="field field--name-field-topics field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Topics</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/music" hreflang="en">Music Review</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/139" hreflang="en">singer-songwriter</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video form-group"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/uhQhfelnC5M?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <p>Happened upon this singer/songwriter via a PR friend and was immediately drawn into his easy delivery and heartfelt lyrics, so much so that I started exploring his fantastic catalog of work. He's lived in NYC, Austin, and now Nashville. And he's absorbed the best of each city. He reminds me of early Jackson Browne. <a href="https://open.spotify.com/track/7q2Gop07LK0mswNlgeo4jS?si=M1qBKxfsSZuXINgWZ8SPEg" target="_blank">"Runaway"</a> is an easy slice of love balladry that will warm your soul. A refreshing song about commitment.</p> <blockquote> <p>"I refuse to runaway / I'm going to stay."</p> </blockquote> <p>If you don't know <a href="http://www.anthonydacosta.com/about" target="_blank"><strong>Anthony da Costa</strong></a> you may want to take some time out of your busy social media schedule and do so today.</p> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=3923&amp;2=comment_node_story&amp;3=comment_node_story" token="d8UMuuKk9i3jJxU5y8phlEhdlyqk8x85dgNdsXQ5sog"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Sat, 22 Feb 2020 13:43:12 +0000 Dusty Wright 3923 at http://www.culturecatch.com Song of the Week: "Beautiful Stranger" http://www.culturecatch.com/node/3914 <span>Song of the Week: &quot;Beautiful Stranger&quot;</span> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/users/dusty-wright" lang="" about="/users/dusty-wright" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Dusty Wright</a></span> <span>January 28, 2020 - 08:27</span> <div class="field field--name-field-topics field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Topics</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/music" hreflang="en">Music Review</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/255" hreflang="en">jam band</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video form-group"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/N2tQFLUE6ss?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <p><a href="http://marcuskingband.com/" target="_blank">Marcus King</a>, just 23-years old, has rightfully inherited Greg Allman's baton as the new "voice" of southern rock. From his soulful R&amp;B/blues vocals -- a little Amos Lee's vibe -- and blistering guitar fretwork, he is a major talent worth following. His new album <em>El Dorado</em> is a wonderfully old school affair produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys. This heartfelt ballad could easily have been on any number of Allman Brothers albums. Check out his band live, too. They bring the goods.</p> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=3914&amp;2=comment_node_story&amp;3=comment_node_story" token="vurf9nkRWEvto8cCNbVdfj06uqCVIji4AEHYoqM_Dfo"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Tue, 28 Jan 2020 13:27:04 +0000 Dusty Wright 3914 at http://www.culturecatch.com Something For Everyone http://www.culturecatch.com/node/3911 <span>Something For Everyone</span> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/users/dusty-wright" lang="" about="/users/dusty-wright" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Dusty Wright</a></span> <span>January 18, 2020 - 19:19</span> <div class="field field--name-field-topics field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Topics</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/music" hreflang="en">Music Review</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/255" hreflang="en">jam band</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><figure role="group" class="embedded-entity"><article><img alt="Thumbnail" class="img-responsive" height="900" src="/sites/default/files/styles/width_1200/public/2020/2020-01/everyone-orchestra-2020.jpg?itok=4YUMjdvQ" title="everyone-orchestra-2020.jpg" typeof="foaf:Image" width="1200" /></article><figcaption>Photo credit: d. Bindi</figcaption></figure><p>The Everyone Orchestra</p> <p>Gramercy Theatre, NYC </p> <p>Friday, January 17, 2020</p> <p>For twenty years, Matt Butler has been "leading" a revolving cast of jamband musicians in his wonderfully engaging, utterly spontaneous collective called <a href="https://www.everyoneorchestra.com" target="_blank">The Everyone Orchestra</a>. Matt carefully curates musicians that he knows can deliver some inspiring improvisational music for an eager audience ready to dance, chant, and swing. He stands with his back to the audience at his conductor's dais, in tophat and tails, scribbling a key on his wipe board, holding it up for the musicians and audience to see, pointing to the drummer or bassist or guitarist, etc., to start the "song," to improv on a riff or beat in the "key" proffered, finding within the groove via the riffing the foundation of the song so the other musicians can fall in. From there, Butler will influence the tempo, the soloists, the volume, maybe even modulating the key to keep everyone on the ready. It is pure magic.</p> <p>Here's some footage from a previous show to give you an idea of how it goes:</p> <div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video form-group"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Gkyxs8yhrSk?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <p>Friday night's jam featured pedal steel guru Robert Randolph, along with bassist Rob Mercurio (Galactic.), keyboardist AC Carter (Tauk), guitarist Chuck Garvey (moe.), drummer Vinnie Amico (moe.), flautist Domenica Fossati (Underground System Afrobeat), trumpeter Mike Maher (Snarky Puppy), and saxophonist Chris Bullock (Snarky Puppy). Right out of the gate, the music was funky and jazzy and groovy. These amazing players were eager to share their individual chops with this free-flowing collective and an all-too-eager audience. Randolph started several of the jams. One in fact featured a wicked riff that seemed nearly impossible to duplicate on the other instruments, but his peers on stage where more than up to the task. The audience ate it up. Moving and swaying and dancing and smiling. It's an evening one truly has experience to fully enjoy the proceedings. Never boring or dull. Just pure music and spontaneous creativity for all to hear and share. </p> <p>Opening the evening was the Ashville, NC instrumental jamband quartet Marsupial. With hints of progressive rock, psychedelic, and jazz music, these virtuosos provided the perfect bridge for the audience and the forthcoming headliner. I look forward to seeing them again.</p> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=3911&amp;2=comment_node_story&amp;3=comment_node_story" token="_RdXmJ71pdWhDZVHUnSrp1yuhl1V1ppUeF3bgNSo3hQ"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Sun, 19 Jan 2020 00:19:11 +0000 Dusty Wright 3911 at http://www.culturecatch.com Song of the Week: "Looking For You" http://www.culturecatch.com/node/3906 <span>Song of the Week: &quot;Looking For You&quot;</span> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/users/dusty-wright" lang="" about="/users/dusty-wright" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Dusty Wright</a></span> <span>January 13, 2020 - 15:35</span> <div class="field field--name-field-topics field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Topics</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/music" hreflang="en">Music Review</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/769" hreflang="en">pop rock</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video form-group"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/-E8mdwFNwXY?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <p><a href="http://www.nadasurf.com" target="_blank">Nada Surf</a> does it again. The Brooklyn-based juggernaut releases yet another killer track from their forthcoming album <em>Never Not Together</em> available February 7, 2020. The song starts out in a languid mellow vibe with a background vocal ensemble singing quietly and as the song builds the guitars start to enter the scene. Cascading and careening off of the chorus. Inspirational and majestic.</p> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=3906&amp;2=comment_node_story&amp;3=comment_node_story" token="2K4e4Uf8Ld5u6IeF8ZIH4lOf8TuH7OuT-qr9Gh6CoLs"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 13 Jan 2020 20:35:21 +0000 Dusty Wright 3906 at http://www.culturecatch.com Christmas (Is Coming Down) http://www.culturecatch.com/dusty/christmas-coming-down-mp3 <span>Christmas (Is Coming Down)</span> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/users/dusty-wright" lang="" about="/users/dusty-wright" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Dusty Wright</a></span> <span>December 24, 2019 - 10:00</span> <div class="field field--name-field-topics field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Topics</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/music" hreflang="en">Music Review</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/339" hreflang="en">holiday music</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><figure role="group" class="embedded-entity"><article><img alt="Thumbnail" class="img-responsive" height="600" src="/sites/default/files/styles/width_1200/public/2018/2018-06/christmas_cover.jpg?itok=c5k_L0Z1" title="christmas_cover.jpg" typeof="foaf:Image" width="600" /></article><figcaption>Cover image: Shiloh Jenz</figcaption></figure><p>Here's my holiday single, <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/christmas-is-coming-down-single/id405368311?uo=4&amp;at=11l4R8" target="_blank">"Christmas (is Coming Down),"</a> featuring Kenny <span data-scayt_word="Margolis" data-scaytid="1">Margolis</span> (Cracker), Dan Levine (They Might Be Giants), David Ogilvy, Ms. Laura Fay Lewis, and artwork by <a href="https://vimeo.com/wormintruder" target="_blank">Shiloh <span data-scayt_word="Jenz" data-scaytid="2">Jenz</span></a>.</p> <p>This pop rock ditty, and all of my music, can be purchased and/or streamed on <a href="http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/dustywright3" target="_blank">CD Baby</a>, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Is-Coming-Down/dp/B004DAT4MS/ref=dm_att_trk8" target="_blank">Amazon</a>, <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/dusty-wright/id75369250?uo=4&amp;at=11l4R8" target="_blank">iTunes</a>, <a href="https://open.spotify.com/album/7vfSF0RPG0sGrCzMHgcJvq" target="_blank">Spotify</a>, <a href="https://youtu.be/HS9KjP1q7nc" target="_blank">YouTube</a>, and other digital music outlets.</p> <p>Happy Christmas! </p> <!--break--></div> <section> </section> Tue, 24 Dec 2019 15:00:00 +0000 Dusty Wright 1620 at http://www.culturecatch.com