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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Go See Hear In L.A. Sept. 23-28 (The Big Star/Dark Star Orchestra edition)

It’s one of those weeks that is filled with conflicts. Want to start your weekend with some rockin’ jams? The Dark Star Orchestra channels the Grateful Dead at the Fonda Theare, while Phish’s Trey Anastasio performs with the L.A Phil at the Bowl and Gov’t Mule headlines the Orpheum. Interested in going to a folk festival on Saturday. While the Santa Monica Pier will host Way Over Yonder (which starts on Friday afternoon) while Long Beach’s Rainbow Lagoon welcomes the Long Beach Folk Revival Festival. While you ponder those choices, let me run down the full week, just to make things more complicated.

Tues. Sept. 23

Lykke Li and Mapei will make music for the mind and the body at the Palladium. Tall Tales and the Silver Lining plays “California gospel pop” at Harvard and Stone with Little Wings also on the bill.

Lera Lynn (Photographed by Ella Rue Photography)

Lera Lynn (Photographed by Ella Rue Photography)

Wed. Sept. 24

Top Show(s): Lera Lynn is a beguiling Americana chanteuse. She just released her new album, The Avenues, and has a show at the Mint. Witty art-punks The Prettiots have a sold out show at the Troubadour tonight and can be found at the Satellite on 9/25.

The Kooks will showcase their new CD Listen at Santa Ana’s Observatory tonight and the Wiltern on the 25th and Scandinavian rockers the Raveonettes land at the El Rey.

Thurs. Sept. 25

Top Show: Ronnie Fauss won me over with his rugged troubadour tunes on his forthcoming CD Built To Break. It should stick in my top ten for 2014. You can check him out at the Hotel Café.

Slim Cessna’s Auto Club pulls into the Echo to play some old school rock ‘n’ roll. Psych-tinged rockers Temples celebrates Rosh Hashanah at the Fonda, while the Mayan hosts the soulful sounds of Allen Stone, with Bad Rabbit opening.

Ronnie Fauss (photo by Jacob Blickenstaff)

Ronnie Fauss (photo by Jacob Blickenstaff)

Fri. Sept. 26

Top Show: Way Over Yonder kicks off its 2-day festival at the Santa Monica Pier. Among the 20+ acts are Jackson Browne, Lucinda Williams, Heartless Bastards, Local Native, Chris Robinson and Wild Reeds.

As I mentioned earlier, Trey Anastasio is at the Bowl with the LA Phil, Dark Star Orchestra lights up the Fonda and Gov’t Mule kicks up a ruckus at the Orpheum. Raucous rockers JEFF The Brotherhood spends the night at the Echo.

Sat. Sept. 27

Top Show(s): Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Aaron Embry, Frank Fairfield, The Americans and Tom Brosseau are all on the Long Beach Folk Revival Festival. Folk legend Gordon Lightfoot plays tonight at the Saban Theatre and the City National Grove of Anaheim on the 28th. Bob Mould has a 2-night stand at the Roxy. An all-star lineup, including members of Big Star, R.E.M., The Bangles, Semisonic, The dB’s, Let’s Active, Galaxie 500 and Yo La Tengo, will perform Big Star’s’ Third and #1 Record at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre to benefit the Autism Think Tank.

Rose’s Pawn Shop comes to the Satellite. George Thorogood & The Destroyers celebrate 40 years together at the Anaheim House of Blues.

Sun. Sept. 28

Top Show(s): Brian Wilson, Norah Jones, Heart’s Ann Wilson and Wayne Coyne and Steven Drozd from the Flaming Lips are among those scheduled to salute the music of George Harrison at George Fest. Taking place at the Fonda Theatre, this benefit concert will raise funds for The Jameson Neighborhood Fund. If nothing else, the Pixies, Cat Power and Gogol Bordello will make for an interesting evening at the Hollywood Bowl.

The Grand Ole Echo’s bill features Dan Janisch, Brian Whelan and Phoebe Bridgers.

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Friday Deskclearing: Spain, Afghan Whigs and Hard Working Americans

I wanted to gather up some interesting items that have been gathering in my inbox.

First, let’s dig into the archives. Rhino has assembled a 4-disc boxset that focuses on Captain Beefheart’s work in the early ‘70s. Sun Zoom Spark includes the 3 albums he made between 1970-72 – Lick My Decals Off, Baby, The Spotlight Kid and Clear Spot – as well as 14 previously unreleased tracks from that time period. Due Nov. 11, this collection looks like a great way to explore the avant genius of Don Van Vliet.


Rhino also is celebrating the 21st birthday of the Afghan Whigs breakout album, Gentlemen with Gentlemen at 21. This 2-disc set, due Oct. 28, comes packed with bonus material, including b-sides, a radio session and demos.

Third Man Records and Revenant Records have re-teamed to put out a second boxset celebrating Paramount Records. Scheduled for a Nov. 18 release, The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records Volume 2 (1928-1932) is said to focus on the label’s Mississippi blues recordings. The boxset, which comes in an aluminum case inspired by a jet engine, holds 800 tracks and art books and is said to cost $400.

Blues Hall of Famer Billy Boy Arnold has a new CD due on Stony Plain Oct. 21. The Blues Soul of Billy Boy Arnold, produced by Duke Robillard, showcases the harmonica wizard on a set of originals and vintage covers.

Sid Griffin ranks among the pioneers of the current alt. country scene from his work with the Long Ryders. More recently he has led the Coal Porters as well as being a music writer. His just released solo album The Trick Is To Breathe reveals the music historian in him as song titles reference Bobbie Gentry, Elvis Presley and Jimmie Rodgers.

Among my favorite cult acts of the early ‘90s were Rich Hopkins’ bands, The Sidewinders, Sand Rubies and Luminarios, which had a great mix of crunchy rock hooks and twangy desert spacey-ness. I has been off my radar for a while but he is back with a new Luminarios that displays all of Hopkins’ strengths still in full force. The CD, Tombstone is coming out Sept. 30.

Another ‘90s band, Spain, has a new offering, their first U.S. studio release in over a decade. The Josh Haden-led band will put out Sargent Place on Nov. 4; the disc features the last recording by Haden’s dad, the jazz master Charlie Haden.

Jim Ed Brown is a familiar name to country music fans from his days leading the popular band, The Browns. He will release his first solo album in 30 years in January. In Style Again features contributions Vince Gill and Brown’s musical family.

A couple film projects are worth noting. Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me chronicles the music icon’s farewell tour as he battles Alzheimer’s. The film is due this fall and Big Machine is releasing a companion EP that includes what is called Campbell’s final recording, “I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” which was done for the documentary.


Omnivore Recordings has put together another Big Star nugget. Big Star Live In Memphis is a concert film of the band’s Oct. 29, 1994 performance in the group’s hometown of Memphis. This Big Star lineup featured original members Alex Chilton and Jody Stephens performing with Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow of the Posies. It is billed as the only known professionally filmed full concert of the band. Due Nov. 4 (just past its 20th anniversary), it will come out on DVD, CD, LP and digital formats.

The Hard Working Americans (Todd Snider, Dave Schools, Neal Casal, Duane Trucks, Chad Staehly and Jesse Aycock) live up to their name by releasing a new live album and live concert documentary, both entitled The First Waltz (a play off of the Band’s classic rock doc The Last Waltz).

The temperature might suggest it’s still summer in L.A., but the folks at New West are thinking about Christmas. They announced their upcoming Americana Christmas CD will be coming out Oct. 14. The 16-track CD features vintage Xmas cuts from Johnny Cash, John Prine, Emmylou Harris, Bob Dylan, the Band and Dwight Yoakam along with new tracks from Nikki Lane, Valerie June, Corb Lund, Robert Ellis and North Mississippi All-Stars’ Luther Dickinson.


The Living Sisters (Eleni Mandell, Becky Stark, Inara George and Alex Lilly) also are in the holiday spirit with their forthcoming Harmony Is Real: Songs for a Happy Holiday. This festive 12-track CD, coming out Oct 28, holds renditions of Christmas standards like “Jingle Bells” and Little Drummer Boy” along with 8 original holiday season songs.

Earlier this month, Compass Records released Dear Jean: Artists Celebrate Jean Ritchie. This 2-CD set offers a great way to get introduced to the lovely music of this folk legend. Contributors include Judy Collins, Janis Ian, Robin & Linda Williams and the late Pete Seeger. My favorite track is “Black Water” done by John McCutcheon, Kathy Mattea, Suzy Bogguss and Tim O’Brien

And American Laundromat will be releasing a vinyl version of its I Saved Latin! A Tribute To Wes Anderson in March of next year. The vinyl edition will include the bonus track, “Le Temps De L’Amour” by the French singer Marianne Dissard. The collection has a number of highlights, like Freelance Whales’ “Let Her Dance,” Sara Lov’s “Alone Again Or,” Margot & the Nuclear So and So’s “Ziggy Starbuck” and the Tea Cozies’ “Here Comes My Baby.”


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