Jack Bruce Dead, Grateful Dead Doc, Grant McLennan Books and Go See Hear for the rest o’ October.

I was saddened to see the news of Jack Bruce’s passing. I saw him a few years back as part of one of those Hippiefest shows. While it was fun to hear the big hits of Badfinger, Melanie, Jonathan Edwards and Flo & Eddie/Turtles, it was Jack Bruce and, to a slightly lesser degree, Eric Burdon who seemed to playing music with some substance.

Here is just his solo from White Room from that tour (according to YouTube)

Coincidentally, a Cream boxset of its 6 studio and live albums will be released by Universal Music Enterprises on Nov. 24.

Word came out this week that Martin Scorsese is making a documentary on the Grateful Dead. Well, the man behind the great rock docs The Last Waltz and No Direction Home will serve as the exec. producer of this film, which is slated to come out next year. 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the Warlocks (nee The Grateful Dead) as well as the 20th anniversary of Jerry Garcia’s death. Amir Bar-Lew will be the actual director.

 I wrote recently about the forthcoming Go-Betweens boxset. Well, here’s an update. If you are among the first 600 people to order G Stands For Go-Betweens Vol. 1, you can get a very specific gift – a book from Grant McLennan’s personal library. It seems like a perfect bonus for this very literate band. Here’s the story. McLennan, who sadly passed away in 2006, loved books. His son Nathan didn’t know what to do with the 30 boxes of them that had been stored since his death. After discussing the situation with Go-Betweens’ co-founder Robert Forster, they decide to share them with fans. So a third of the collection will be distributed to the early buyers of this collection. The book will also include a Forster-designed bookmark. Learn more at http://www.go-betweens.net.


Neil Young, meanwhile, will showcase his painterly side when an exhibit of his watercolor paintings and prints will up at the Robert Berman Gallery in Santa Monica. The show, entitled Special Deluxe, will be up starting Nov. 3 through the end of the month. It coincides with the Nov. 4 release of his latest album, Storytone (which he recorded with a couple of orchestras and a big band), that sports one of his watercolors.

I have never said that I know about all of the shows happening around town, but I am disappointed I didn’t know about the Songs for Unseen Warhol Films concert at Royce Hall on the 24th. Tom Verlaine, Dean Wareham, Martin Rev (from Suicide), the Fiery Furnaces’ Eleanor Friedberger and Deerhunter’s Bradford Cox were the scheduled performers. Anyone see the show?

Mon. Oct. 27

Top Show(s): BRONCHO (yes, all caps) headline the Satellite with the Low Litas (nice pun). BRONCHO caught my ear with their super catchy tune “Class Historian.” Ben Howard, who has a bit like a 21st Century Nick Drake, plays the El Rey.

Singer/songwriter Rachael Yamagata and the Troubadour make for a nice fit. The Australian “electric soul” band Saskwatch performs at School Night at Bardot.

Tues. Oct. 28

Top Show: Well, topping tonight is Leon Russell’s appearance at the Grammy Museum; however, it is sold out already.

You can get into a spooky Halloween mood at the LA Folk Festival’s Murder Ballads & Dark Song night at the Echoplex. Z Berg and Spindrift are among the performers. Shawn Mullins and Max Gomez make for a solid bill of veteran and youthful singer/songwriters at the Mint. The Roxy welcomes Bear Hands and Fences, while Wild Party and Neon Gold will light up the Echo. The Rural Alberta Advantage arrives at Santa Ana’s Constellation Room tonight and then the Roxy on the 29th.

Wed. Oct. 29

Top Show(s): You could call Barry Goldberg, the Zelig of the blues, but it’s better just to think of him as a talented songwriter and keyboard player who folks like Bob Dylan, Charlie Musselwhite and, more recently, Stephen Stills and Kenny Wayne Shepherd have wanted to play with. He’ll be at the Mint with a band that features Marcy Levy (Clapton fans know her name) and Don Heffington. Apache Relay and Wild Feathers are two fast rising rock bands that are sharing the stage at the El Rey. The Echo also has an excellent double bill, in the troubadour mode, with Robert Ellis and Jonny Fritz. Both Ellis and Fritz know their way around telling a story.

Lonesome Leash

Lonesome Leash

Thurs. Oct. 30

Top Show(s): It’s Halloween Eve and O Death comes to L.A. with a show at the Echo that also Lonesome Leash (aka Walt McClements), which has an intriguing British-infused Americana sound. El Cid’s Honky Tonk Hacienda celebrates its 1-year anniversary with a celebratory show featuring Leslie Stevens, Rose’s Pawn Shop and Jonathan Tyler.

Also, there will be an Airborne Toxic Event at the Greek.

Escovedo & Buck

Escovedo & Buck

Fri. Oct. 31

Top Show: The Mint has a show on Halloween (and Nov. 1) that will make some scream with delight. Alejandro Escovedo and Peter Buck have teamed up for a night of who knows what. Whatever it turns out to be, I’m sure it will be special.

Norwegian troubadour Bernhoft, who has been compared to everyone from Richie Havens to Robin Thicke (I’m scratching my head at that one), plays Santa Ana’s Constellation Room tonight and the Troubadour on the 2nd.

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Go See Hear In L.A. Oct. 23-26 (The Phish/Trampled By Turtles Edition)

yes, I’m running late again but wanted to get this out since there is so much good music happening in the next few days.

Thurs. Oct. 23

Top Show(s): Power pop figureheads Sloan perform at the Bootleg; their latest Commonwealth is out on Yep Roc. Talented producer/musician Daniel Lanois will share stories and songs at the Grammy Museum.

Rising young British songstress Jessie Ware performs at the Tower Theater in downtown L.A., while the New Orleans-based chanteuse Kat Edmonson plays the Masonic Lodge. She recorded her just released The Big Picture in L.A. with Mitchell Froom. Jeff Austin, from the Yonder Mountain String Band, brings his own band to the Mint for some bluegrassy hoedown. You can Matisyahu at Club Nokia and Madi Diaz at the Belly Up with Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. (and they’ll play the Regent Theatre in L.A. on the 24th)

Madison King

Madison King

Fri. Oct. 24

Trampled By Turtles will delivered their energizing acoustic music to the Fonda. Blues icon Charlie Musslewhite will blow his harp at the Canyon Club.

Dallas-based singer/songwriter Madison King impressed me with her new CD Onward & Upwards. You can find her at the Mid City Lounge by the Mint. The Hotel Café welcomes Nashville-based singer/songwriter Griffin House, the Truth & Salvage Co. and Once’s Marketa Irglova (who also plays there on Sat.) Phish performs at the Forum (or will it be the “Phorum?”). Broken Bells and Austra start a 2-night stand at the Orpheum. Jesse Macht brings his soulful sound to Harvelle’s. Jon Brion returns to Largo for another Friday night filled with surprises. You can check out the intriguing “tropical pop” music of Hollie Cook (the daughter of Sex Pistol Paul Cook) at the Echo. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Tinariwen and Spoon are among the bands at the Moon Block Party taking place at Pomona’s Fairplex.

Sat. Oct. 25

Top Show(s): The one and only Leon Russell takes the Saban Theater stage in Beverly Hills. The Fonda offers a great double bill of Joseph Arthur (will he commemorate the anniversary of Lou Reed’s passing?) and the reunited Afghan Whigs. Tennis celebrates its just released Ritual In Repeat with a gig at the Troubadour; Portland’s cool dream popsters Pure Bathing Culture open for them. UK pub rockers The Dunwells play Pepperdine’s Smothers Theater. I saw them a few years back at the Hotel Cafe and they put on a fun, fabulous show.


Malian blues rockers Tinariwen play CSULA’s Luckman Auditorium. American blues by Guitar Shorty can be heard at the Arcadia Blues Club. St. Lucia and Robert Delong share a bill at the Belasco. Nashville star Luke Bryan hits the Hollywood Bowl, while New England folkie Ellis Paul comes to McCabe’s.

Oh, and yes, Bob Dylan’s never ending tour arrives at the Dolby Theatre tonight and tomorrow.

Sun. Oct. 26

Top Show(s):

The 1st annual Topanga Folk Festival features Julia Fordham, Miner, Wild Reeds, Linda Perhacs, Colin Hay, Judith Owen and more. It looks to be a fun, eclectic affair and a fine way to spend a Sunday. You can hear what East coast troubadour Sean Rowe has been up to when he spends the night at McCabe’s.

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Archives Alive – What’s New That Old: Peter, Paul & Mary, Go-Betweens, Love, Old ’97’s and more

When I was a kid, one of my main introductions to folk music was Peter, Paul & Mary. Sure there was Puff the Magic Dragon, but there was a Big Blue Frog, Stewball the race horse, Freight Trains, Rocky Roads and of course the songs of Mr. Bob Dylan. So, I still have fond feeling for PP&M. This winter, they are celebrating 50 years of music making, with a PBS documentary, a coffee table book and a new live CD, Discovered. Coming out on Rhino, Oct 20, it is a 13 song set of live recordings done in the ’80s and ’90s and only one of the songs has previously been released.


In other archival news:

G Stands For Go-Betweens Volume One is a grand anthology chronicling one of the most literate bands to come out of the Australian music scene of the ’80’s. This 4 CD + 4 LP set covers the Go-Betweens‘ early days (1978-84) which includes their first 3 albums and a treasury of demos, radio recordings and other extras. The band was formed by Robert Forster (not the American actor) and the late Grant McLennan and basically anything with their name on it is worth checking out.

Omnivore Recordings salutes the 20th anniversary of the Old 97’s debut, Hitchhike To Rhome (doesn’t that make you want to sing out “Doreen”?). This special 2-CD set, Nov. 17,  includes sweet dozen previously unreleased tracks. The Old 97′s are also represented on the Bloodshot anniversary set, with Limbeck covering “Sound of Running” on their glorious 2-CD set While No One Was Looking.

On Nov. 11, High Moon Records will offer the first official CD release of Love‘s Black Beauty. This 1973 album from the influential L.A. band only received its initial release on vinyl in 2012 by High Moon and now they are putting out on CD with some bonus material. Next year, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture will have an exhibit on the band.

Earlier this month, Smithsonian Folkways reissued an innovative collection celebrating the 75th anniversary of the end of the Spanish Civil War. Songs of the Spanish Civil War combines two early ’60s albums (Songs of the Spanish Civil War Vol. 1 & 2) is a multicultural, multilingual set of tunes, featuring contributions from Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger.

The Dust To Digital label has a 2-CD set that features the legendary Alan Lomax recordings and photographs from the infamous Mississippi State Penitentiary in Parchman. The elaborate Parchman Farm box includes 77 photographs and 44 recordings.

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Go See Hear In L.A. Oct. 12-19 Edition (The Wainwright, Neuwirth, Stuart & Hoge Edition)

I didn’t want to skip another week so I am getting this roundup fast and easy.

Mon. Oct. 13

Top Show(s): Will Hoge always seems to be an unappreciated singer/songwriter with a rough-hewn style. The Nashville native, who has a new album slated for next year, will be playing the Roxy. The Young Rebel Set are a promising young band out of the UK who are worth checking out at the Echo. New West has released their 2nd CD, Crocodile.

Tues. Oct. 14

Esme Patterson, who founded the underrated Denver band Paper Bird, has a lovely solo effort Woman To Woman and a show at the Hotel Café. Welsh rockers Catfish and the Bottlemen showcase their debut disc Kathleen and the Other Three at the Echo.

Wed. Oct. 15

Top Show(s): Marty Stuart not only is a talented country artist but he is a country historian as well. Fittingly, the California Roots Union is co-sponsoring Marty’s show at the Roxy, with Sam Lewis and Tony Gilkyson also on the bill. It’s Wainwright night at Largo as Loudon and his daughter Lucy Wainwright Roche share the bill.

Paul Rodgers has a sold out appearance at the Grammy Museum spotlighting his Memphis R&B project. Andrew McMahon showcases his Vanguard debut In The Wilderness with a show at the Fonda. Spanish singer/songwriter Russian Red (I don’t know that Russian/Spanish thing but her music has a nice college rock/pop sound. You can check her out at the Troubadour.

Thurs. Oct. 16

Top Show(s): Bay Area rocker Lee Gallagher has generated a lot of buzz and you can see why on Thursday night. David Huebner and Sharon Martinson make some beautiful acoustic music together as Littlest Birds, who will be at the Coffee Gallery Backstage.

J Roddy brings the Business to the Troubadour. Mutual Benefit have a show at the Echo tonight and Santa Ana’s Constellation Room on the 17th. Local pop/rock mavens The 88 stop by the Hotel Café, while Royal Canoe and Rubblebucket rumble through the El Rey. Culture Collide begins tonight and runs through the 18th with bands like Cloud Nothings, Nina Persson, Gossling and In The Valley Below are among the bands playing.

Fri. Oct. 17

Top Show(s): The New Pornographers deliver their deliciously twisted pop at the Wiltern. Chris Smither is a fine bluesman whose peers recently paid tribute to him on Link of Chain. Jazz pianist Billy Childs has organized Map To The Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro, which features vocalists Lisa Fischer, Moira Smiley and Becca Stevens performing the late, great singer/songwriter’s work at the Segerstrom Concert Hall.

Icelandic acts Asgeir and Low Roar perform at the El Rey.

Sat. Oct. 18

Top Show: Well-regarded troubadour Peter Mulvey plays McCabe’s or you can see Sam Phillips (and maybe some other special guests) play with Sean & Sara Watkins at Largo.

Julia Holter and Nite Jewel’s Ramona Gonzalez share the Broad Stage with their eclectic music. Soul Coughing’s Mike Doughty has an evening at the Mint. The Danish band The Asteroids Galaxy land at the Troubadour.

Sun. Oct. 19

Top Show: Folk icon Bob Neuwirth will tell stories and sing songs at McCabe’s; it’s hard to pass up the chance to see this living legend.

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RIP – Paul Revere

When I was a kid, one of my first introductions to rock music was watching the short-lived TV show, Where The Action Is. This ABC show, which aired in the mid-60’s, was hosted by Dick Clark as sort of a weekday American Bandstand and was shown in the afternoons as I dimly remember it. One of the popular groups on the show was Paul Revere and the Raiders. Paul Revere wasn’t the singer – that was Mark Lindsay – but the comical keyboard player who founded the band in the late 50’s. Word came out today that Revere (his real name was Paul Revere Dick) passed away at the age of 76.

here is a YouTube clip of the Raiders doing Stevie Wonder‘s “Uptight”

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Go See Hear In L.A. Sept. 30-Oct. 6 (The King Crimson/Kings of Leon edition)

Since I am running behind, I’m just going to dive right in…

Tues. Sept. 30

Top Show: I was never a Prog Rock guy but there is a something special about Robert Fripp and his regal guitar playing. The king of King Crimson has assembled a new Crimson lineup featuring bass maestro Tony Levin, percussioniss Pat Mastelotto, Gavin Harrison and Bill Rieflin, guitarist-vocalist Jakko Jakszyk and woodwind whiz Mel Collins. They play the Orpheum tonight and tomorrow.

Japanese punk rockers Cibo Matto reunited a couple years back. They play the Roxy with Nels Cline on the bill. Rounder recording artist Doug Seegers has a show at the Hotel Café ahead of his Going Down To The River album.


Wed. Oct. 1

Top Show: Just about a year ago, I saw the Felice Brothers at the Way Over Yonder festival and they blew me away with their high spirited roots rock. They headline the Roxy with the Spirit Family Reunion.

Cass McCombs plays Pomona’s Glass House tonight and the Fonda Oct. 2-3 with the War On Drugs. Said the Whale plays free tonight at Fullerton’s Slidebar and then are at the Bootleg HiFi on Oct. 4. Veteran rocker Steve Taylor has a new band (The Perfect Foil) and a show at the Whiskey.


Thurs. Oct. 2

Top Show(s): Roseanne Cash put out a gorgeous album The River and the Thread earlier this year and she’ll undoubtedly be showcasing it at her Royce Hall show. Caitlin Rose is one of the best young female singers in Nashville, IMHO. She has a show with the talented local songstress Eleni Mandell at the Bootleg HiFi.

Cecilia Noël celebrates her new Afro-Cuban CD Havana Rocks with a gig at the Catalina Jazz Club. Soul-ster Nick Waterhouse performs at the Mayan Theater while The Broods will be at the El Rey.


Here’s Caitlin Rose performing Waitin’ for a couple years back


Fri. Oct. 3

Top Show(s): Angélique Kidjo, who Time Magazine hailed as “Africa’s premier diva” shares the bill at CSUN with the NYC world beat ensemble Red Baraat. Crosby Stills and Nash play the Greek tonight and tomorrow. Ruthie Foster showcases her fine new album Brand New Day with a show at the Lyric Theater

The Whigs and Greylag present a night of smart rock at the Satellite. The Kings of Leon will rule the Hollywood Bowl tonight and the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater on Oct. 5. Canadian-born singer Geneviève Bellemare will be at Amplify tonight and Oct. 17 (and the Mint on Oct. 8). Her new EP Live and Die is out on Verve. L.A. alt-pop outfit Echosmith have a show at Santa Ana’s Observatory tonight and Club Nokia, with American Authors on 10/4. The Troubadour hosts a strong bill featuring Cassoria and Blitzen Trapper.


Sat. Oct. 4

Top Show: Back in the ‘80s, Justin Currie served up some great music leading the Scottish band Del Amitri. He’s still crafting some fine songs as his new album The Lower Reaches reveals. He’ll be at McCabe’s tonight and Largo tomorrow night.

Another ‘80s band Living Colour supposed has a new album in the works. Maybe you can learn (or hear) more at their Roxy show. Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks are part of the MOCA “Step and Repeat” performance night. The local bluegrass group Susie Glaze & Hilonesome Band performs at San Pedro’s Grand Annex. Blues harmonica maven and singer Rob Stone plays the Record Parlour in Hollywood.


Sun. Oct. 5

Top Show: The Greek Theatre welcomes two of the best singer/songwriters of their respective generations: Conor Oberst and John Prine. Okay, two of the best singer/songwriters around period.

Austin troubadour Parker Millsap might be in the Prine class, he is a darn good songwriter. You can catch him at McCabe’s. Hot UK soul singer Liam Bailey comes to the Roxy.


Mon. Oct. 6

Top Show(s): How is this for a Monday night: Justin Townes Earle will be at the El Rey. The Dave Rawlings Machine (which includes Gillian Welch and John Paul Jones!) play the Cathedral Sanctuary a Immanuel Presbyterian and the charming Belle and Sebastian perform at the Theatre at the Ace Hotel with Kevin Drew. Also, the up-and-coming Australian band Boy & Bear play the Fonda with Run River North.

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Friday Desk Clearing: New R.E.M. DVD Set & Bloodshot Anniversary Collection

Just wanted to get the word out on some really cool new collections coming up later this year.

R.E.M. and MTV have a long history together. Enough to fill 6 DVDs, as the upcoming REMTV box set proves. Besides the obvious inclusion of the band’s 2 Unplugged sessions, VH1 Storytellers shows and various appearances (going back to 1983), the set also has live concerts of the group performing in Dallas, Cologne, Athens (Greece) and other locations. Plus there is an all-new documentary and plenty of outtakes. Look for it in store on Nov. 24 (okay, it does have a hefty suggested price of $99.98).


In November, the iconoclastic indie label Bloodshot Records celebrates its 20th anniversary in a suitably unique way – they have gotten 38 acts to cover songs originally released by the label over the years. Among the tracks on the awesome-looking While No One Was Looking: Toasting 20 Years of Bloodshot Records are Blitzen Trapper doing Ryan Adams‘ “To Be Young (Is To Be Sad, Is To Be High),” Carolyn Mark covering Alejandro Escovedo‘s “Last To Know,” Andrew Bird & Nora O’Connor performing Robbie Fulks‘ “I’ll Trade You Money For Wine,” The Handsome Family‘s version of the Bottle Rockets‘ “1000 Dollar Car” and William Elliott Whitmore‘s take on “I Wish I Was The Moon” by Neko Case.


Also this fall, look for a couple of Kinks “kollections” in honor of the band’s 50th anniversary. BMG/InGrooves will release the Anthology 1964-1971 anthology, which will contain over 100 songs (including rarities and 25 never before released tracks), and Legacy Recordings has an Oct. 14th release date for a 2-disc Essential Kinks “kompilation.”

R.E.M.’s Georgia brethren Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ will be the subject of their own documentary Scarred But Smarter (life n times of drivin n cryin). that will be released on Nov. 4. It’s nice that this long-running cult band will be some deserved attention. Maybe the film will give a good explanation on all of the various spellings the band name has had over the years.

Another documentary A Place We Have Been To spotlights another batch of Georgia bands, those part of the Elephant 6 Recording Company (Neutral Milk Hotel, Apples in Stereo, Olivia Tremor Control and Of Montreal). This film project is still a work-in-project and fundraising is being done at Pledge Music.

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