Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Adorably Countrified
Kate Voegele is the guinea pig for MySpace Records to see if they can take over the record biz. A twenty year old from Cleveland, she sang at FarmAid and was the Pantene Pro-Voice contest runner up. I do seem to be having a slightly hard time writing this without being snide, don't I? But before I knew any of this, I did like the songs. So I am sure you will listen with an open mind won't you?

Kindly Unspoken



It's Only Life (Live)

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Thursday, August 23, 2007

For The Love Of
Towering and lovely, Dusty Springfield fell in love with Motown in the early sixties and went on to hugely blooming interpretations of songs by the likes of Burt Bacharach and Carole King. Her massive hit of the period was of course "Son of a Preacher Man." After a long fallow period spent in what sounds like obsessive self-doubt, she reemerged in the '80s at the urging of Elton John and Neil Tennant, to new and reinvigorated renown.

Love Shine Down



Can I Get A Witness ("Live")

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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Deep End of the Ocean
Is there anything worse than instrumental freeform music, perhaps played on a steel string ukulele accompanied by a chorus of brooms being swished on gravel? Well be that as it may, I sort of like this. I suspect it means I've lost my mind, but I'm sure that was coming anyway. (On a more serious note, these are maloya and sega songs from the island of La RĂ©union in the Indian Ocean.)

Zok


Game Zobac (Live)

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Transformation
Weekend before last, I saw a really amazing conversation with and performance by Nona Hendryx, still amazingly vital as a musician into her 60s. The event covered a great many topics from her long history with Labelle and then as a solo artist. This was the first in a series of encounters with black rock musicians planned by BoldasLive. She has a new rock musical in the works that will be debuted at Joe's Pub in October, as well as a Labelle reunion record that is in progress. This "Winds of Change" that dates back to her involvement in the struggle against apartheid in South Africa and the Sun City project, as well as just being an incredibly powerful song.

Winds of Change (Mandela to Mandela)




Interview and Performance

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