Music Review http://culturecatch.com/music en Video of the Week: "Holy Ghost Fire" http://culturecatch.com/node/3860 <span>Video of the Week: &quot;Holy Ghost Fire&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>August 6, 2019 - 16:00</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/358" hreflang="en">country music</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/xa2uRlL3zhY?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <p>Can you imagine MTV playing this video in its heyday? No way. Not with a pre-music narrative that unfolds before the first music note is struck 1:24 into this killer country rock song by singer-songwriter <a href="https://paulcauthenmusic.com/tour" target="_blank">Paul Cauthen</a>.  With an undeniable baritone vocal -- part Waylon Jennings meets Johnny Cash -- "Holy Ghost Fire" burns it the way down. It's the first single from the Texas native's second album <em>Room 41</em> (released September 6th).</p> <blockquote> <p>"Got the Holy Ghost fire and it's burning in me /</p> <p>I've got the Holy Ghost fire, and it's burning down these streets."</p> </blockquote> <p>Directed by Gus Black, the video begins with a sermon from our Man-In-Black.  The temptation of the flesh is too much for our preacher. As the blues-rock funk groove keeps things percolating, there is no hiding from this tantalizing "sermon." It just keeps caterwauling forward. Catch him on <a href="https://paulcauthenmusic.com/tour" target="_blank">tour</a> now.</p> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=3860&amp;2=comment_node_story&amp;3=comment_node_story" token="km6IfY03Gcz36F8W19m-YgCGWI5-3evzuE6sGT5KRxM"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Tue, 06 Aug 2019 20:00:21 +0000 Dusty Wright 3860 at http://culturecatch.com Waging Heavy Music http://culturecatch.com/node/3855 <span>Waging Heavy Music</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>June 24, 2019 - 12:26</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/lvg6VJ77oLE?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <p>I finally got around to reading Neil Young's exceptional, non-linear, 2012 autobiography <em>Waging Heavy Peace </em>and it got me thinking about his recorded output of music. Moreover, it got me thinking about the presentation of not just his catalog, but all of my favorite recorded music, and why I've fallen in love with vinyl... again. There's something organic and soothing and dynamic about music that was captured on analog equipment and released on an organic format, i.e., vinyl. Knowing how committed Neil is to presenting his music in its highest audio state -- his short-lived Pono Music player was created to share the highest-resolution digital music available any where and his commitment to release a treasure trove of material from his archives sounding as best they could is not beyond admirable. Having finished his 502 page book, and having gotten back into vinyl again, I couldn't wait to hear some of his recently released archival content in analog.</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/uOq93UqN9vU?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <p><strong>Neil Young: <em>Hitchhiker</em> (Reprise)</strong></p> <p>Volume 2 of the <a href="https://www.discogs.com/label/355203-Neil-Young-Archives-Performance-Series" target="_blank">Neil Young Archives Performance Series</a> -- the Performance Series of the Neil Young Archives is composed of never before released live performances -- was originally recorded in 1976 but not released until August of 2017. It's an all acoustic album recorded live in the studio on August 11, 1976 at Indigo Studio's in Malibu, CA. The 10-track album contains some of Young's better known tunes plus two previously unreleased tracks. As was the case with most Neil's best albums, it was produced by Young's long-time studio collaborator David Briggs. This new release adds post production work by John Hanlon. He's produced his most recent works including <i>Peace Trail, Earth, </i>and<i> The Monsanto Years</i>.</p> <p>The songs were recorded in a single session and the simplicity of just Neil's voice, occasional harmonica, and acoustic guitar capture the magic that Rick Rubin displayed on his Johnny Cash sessions. Naked and vulnerable. Many of the songs would not appear on vinyl until years later. "Hitchhiker," for example, did not officially appear until 2010's <i>Le Noise </i>and naturally sounds worlds apart from the original. Moreover, the acoustic version herein of "Powderfinger" is much tamer than the Crazy Horse rocking raggedness on <em>Rust Never Sleeps</em>.</p> <p><i>Hitchhiker</i> contains two previously unreleased tracks that have remained in the vaults since '76. The epic heartfelt ballad "Hawaii" is a personal tale of loss. Followed by "Give Me Strength" a mid-tempo love song Neil use to perform live in the mid-'70s. His mournful harmonica playing add a touch of emotional poignancy to the acoustic proceedings.</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/ctRxe7nwsoc?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <p><strong>Neil Young: <em>Roxy - Tonight's The Night Liv</em>e (Reprise)</strong></p> <p>In 1973 Neil Young (guitar, piano, harmonica, vocals) along with Billy Talbot (bass), Ralph Molina (drums), Nils Lofgren (piano &amp; guitar), and Ben Keith (pedal steel &amp; slide guitar) recorded <em>Tonight's The Night</em>, an homage in sorts to losing his comrades Danny Whitten (Crazy Horse) and roadie Bruce Berry to heroin overdoses. After finishing the album (wouldn't be released for 2 more years), he decided to celebrate with a gig at the newly opened Roxy on Sunset Strip. Released in 2018 for the first time on 2-lps/3 glorious sides of vinyl, it's Neil and his Santa Monica Flyers in all of their loose and ragged glory. The playing is tight, the mood upbeat, the audience lucky to have witnessed a new set of music in its entirety with Neil at the height of his musical prowess. This album -- Volume 4 in the Performance Series -- doesn't have the heavy dark vibe of the studio release. Neil cracks jokes and asides between songs. "Welcome to Miami Beach," he states at the beginning of the set. The band adds an impromptu cover of "Roll Out The Barrel" before launching into "Mellow My Mind." "Tired Eyes" is especially poignant even after another more "welcome to Miami Beach" banter warning the audience that it is indeed "a sad song." Neil's electrical guitar playing is wonderfully mournful against Keith's pedal steel. My favorite track from <em>Tonight's The Night</em>, studio or live.</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/0RwB3tLQams?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <p><strong>Neil Young &amp; Stray Gators: <i>Tuscaloosa</i> (Reprise)</strong></p> <p>Released a few weeks ago, this is Volume 5 of the <a href="https://www.discogs.com/label/355203-Neil-Young-Archives-Performance-Series" target="_blank">Neil Young Archives Performance Series</a> and it is a must-own collection of killer tunes with his fab band the Stray Gators -- Tim Drummond on bass, Kenny Buttrey on drums, Jack Nitzche on piano, and Ben Keith on pedal steel &amp; slide guitar). This archival set was recorded in February 1973 at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Besides songs from <em>Time Fade Aways</em>, the set list included five tunes from <em>Harvest,</em> the title tune from <em>After The Gold Rush,</em> and "Here We Are in the Years" from his debut <em>Neil Young</em>. According to Neil:</p> <blockquote> <p>"<em>Tuscaloosa</em> is as close as <em>Time Fades Away II</em> that we'll get."</p> </blockquote> <p>Indeed it is. There is an energy that just swings. His band swings with an ease that allows Neil to sing and play with ease and comfort, like a pair of your favorite jeans. Plus there's an edge that is missing from many of the studio versions of these tunes. Listen to that energy crackle on "New Mama" a tune from "Tonight's The Night." It's a much different vibe, too. "Don't Be Denied" closes this set and it's an extension of the band's prowess and Neil's command of his material. </p> <p> </p> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=3855&amp;2=comment_node_story&amp;3=comment_node_story" token="JX5giDHduhU77gzgJcdVoWoC-AUNJwL_r1FxDlxNmgg"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 24 Jun 2019 16:26:08 +0000 Dusty Wright 3855 at http://culturecatch.com Song of the Week: "Corner Painter" http://culturecatch.com/node/3849 <span>Song of the Week: &quot;Corner Painter&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>June 7, 2019 - 13:46</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/629" hreflang="en">prog 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/OrmUwo1Y_SU?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <p>Bassist Tal Wilkenfeld is out on <a href="https://talwilkenfeld.com/" target="_blank">tour</a> in support of her latest album, <em>Love Remains</em>. Last week, I caught her live at Brooklyn Bowl where she held court with aplomb. This is my favorite track from her new 10 tune effort. On this version she's joined but yet another guitar virtuoso Blake Mills. When's she not leading her own project, she's toured with guitar maestro Jeff Beck, Prince, Herbie Hancock, and Mick Jagger. In fact, Mr. Beck grabbed her when she was in her early twenties. Regardless, her extraordinary chops compliment extraordinary git players like Beck, Prince, and Mr. Mills. This song has a prog-meets-grunge quality -- think King Crimson -- but heavier like Soundgarden. Truly infectious tune as the video will demonstrate. Catch her tour today. And pick up her new album on vinyl. It's killer.</p> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=3849&amp;2=comment_node_story&amp;3=comment_node_story" token="2Dt6_1nytRXczLog0PnbUtAbRGZ3HXLioXTub9QEfK4"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Fri, 07 Jun 2019 17:46:23 +0000 Dusty Wright 3849 at http://culturecatch.com Stephen Take A Bow http://culturecatch.com/node/3848 <span>Stephen Take A Bow</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>June 4, 2019 - 16:40</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/51" hreflang="en">alt 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/Tbbs9QijFmk?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <p>Morrissey <em>California Son</em> (BMG)</p> <p>Morrissey's new opus is effectively his <em>Pin-Ups</em> album with a twist, twelve covers, all American, Joni Mitchell being the Canadian exception who we'll naturalize for the sake of a good conceit. It hopefully means he will pay a further lip service with another album of well-chosen English delights. This is a rare confection and something of an audio treat. He is in excellent voice, a sympathetic interpreter of the work of others and the selection bears evidence of the wide variety of his taste and personal listenings. Understated when necessary, but never lacking in dynamism, he saunters along with some well known old friends whilst introducing the odd obscurity along the way.</p> <p>The opening track is a blistering take on Jobriath's "Morning Starship" a song whose dramatic impact betrays with utter certainty the inherent song-craft of the sole American contender to '70s Bowie's and his glittering crown. Sadly the much maligned leper boy of glam is not above ground for his belated close-up, he died from AIDS related complications in the Chelsea Hotel in 1983. Unfettered homophobia was an accepted stance amongst the bearded music scribes of the time, Jobriath was mocked, but Morrissey rids the song of his shrillness and it packs an assured punch as an introduction to both Jobriath's talent, and Morrissey's recent endeavors. It is also an act of genuine creative kindness to someone who saw little of that attribute in his time. It weaves all power chords and harpsichord into an anthem for a alien</p> <p>There is a haunting element to Joni Mitchell's "Don't Interrupt The Sorrow" as though Miss Mitchell is the spectre in the studio, the ghost in the machine, It slinks and shimmers with guitars, sax and light percussive licks, all coated via a tastefully flowing vocal. There is sunshine aplenty in this rendition, just as there is a strangely 'Game Of Thrones' dirge-like melancholy to Dylan's "Only A Pawn In The Game" that suggests the late Kirsty MaColl without ever descending to the cartoon Irish-ness of The Pogues. A dark but driven rendition that neatly slides into an almost laconic version of Buffy Saint Marie's "Suffer The Little Children," but with an undercurrent of jolly menace that you could line dance to if such a mood hit you.</p> <p>"Days Of Decision" breathes a spectral life into the words of Phil Ochs. I'd never noticed before, but there is a real similarity in timbre to Morrissey's more pathos-laced vocals to the the late protest singer's delivery. It is a song that still has tremendous relevance in the modern age, and stands supreme as a timely retelling. There is a total Chris Isaak fluidity on Roy Orbison's "It's Over" that reveals just how fine a crooner Morrissey can be with something of a David Lynchian gloominess that steers well clear of Orbison's gothic drama. "Wedding Bell Blues" ups the tempo once more with a vocal shared with Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong. It veers dangerously closely to cabaret rendition that could do with some of the strident oomph of Laura Nyro's original, or the 5th Dimensions's, who effectively made it their own.</p> <p>"Loneliness Remembers What Happiness Forgets" redresses the balance to a pace of greater sure-footedness. A fab vocal that should be on repeat play on the juke-box in some lost beatnik dive, it is a Dionne Warwick original, a revelation and a wonderful song. The same sadly can't be said of "Lady Willpower." Stripped of the overwhelming drama of Gary Puckett's almost histrionic original it sounds rather plodding and resides as an unusual inclusion when there was so much else to choose from. A Nico song perhaps? Carly Simon's "When You Close Your Eyes" picks up the gothic threads that run through the album's eclectic proceedings, a lilting melancholy ballad effortlessly delivered.</p> <p>The utter jaw dropping chill factor on the album is the taken up Tim Hardin's "Lenny's Tune" that gathers all the wistful sadness and longing implicit in the lyric and lays it, almost forensically, bare. Piano driven this lament to Lenny Bruce smoulders and flows in and out like a dying tide. One junkie's sorrow for a fellow addict, "I have lost a friend and I don't know why / But never again will we get together to die." Hardin himself later overdosed aged 39, his death eclipsed by the shooting of John Lennon.</p> <blockquote> <p>"And why after every last shot was there always another?" </p> </blockquote> <p>Morrissey's voice is heart-felt and ghosts the pathos and wrings out all the sadness implicit in the song. A sterling effort that alone would justify the price on the cover.</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/SUClJY0QVPo?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <p>Proceedings close with an sweep of dynamic genius. Melanie's piece of outsider folk whimsy "Some Say I Got Devil" long entombed on the B side of "Brand New Key" it is turned into an industrial goth opera. Think Scott Walker in tandem with Ministry. If you are going to cover a song this how it ought to be done. Take it elsewhere and re-chisel it to within an inch of it's life. The perfect take and an inspiring conclusion</p> <p>Reviews of this album have been somewhat muted in response to Morrissey's recent continued contrarian posturing, which is a tremendous shame. Quentin Crisp, that other great English contradiction once advised "Neither confirm nor deny" and Morrissey was for years an artful exponent of that edict. Ambiguity was part of his armour of attractiveness. These days he seems to have confirmed a little more than he ought and in the process has quite needlessly offended and alienated many of his fans. He states it is about freedom of speech and by all means say what you wish and believe what you will, but remember it is a two way street. Disagreement means dialogue, though certain of his aired opinions rest with little grace in the sentiments implicit in the collective sensibilities he has gathered together here. </p> <p>And therein lies a contradiction of actuality and good grace that momentarily clouds the reception of an illuminating and rewarding achievement.</p> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=3848&amp;2=comment_node_story&amp;3=comment_node_story" token="m2khDI5hdqwN9jGM4s1cOqJY9n8FwJTTCTJ2jeNsuLE"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Tue, 04 Jun 2019 20:40:25 +0000 Robert Cochrane 3848 at http://culturecatch.com The Princely Crown http://culturecatch.com/node/3847 <span>The Princely Crown</span> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/user/168" lang="" about="/user/168" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Jay Reisberg</a></span> <span>May 30, 2019 - 13:30</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/148" hreflang="en">Cabaret</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 align-right"><article><img alt="Thumbnail" class="img-responsive" height="640" src="/sites/default/files/styles/width_1200/public/2019/2019-05/steve_rosss_photo_credit_to_stacy_sullivan.jpeg?itok=3gdml1Jl" title="steve_rosss_photo_credit_to_stacy_sullivan.jpeg" typeof="foaf:Image" width="457" /></article><figcaption>photo credit: STACY SULLIVAN</figcaption></figure><p> </p> <p>Steve Ross</p> <p><i>Gotta Have Hart and Hammerstein</i></p> <p>Birdland Jazz Club, New York</p> <p>May 6, 2019</p> <p>This performance by the man known as <i>The Crown Prince</i> of New York Cabaret was simply superb from start to finish! The evening went by so swiftly that I was surprised at its   conclusion, that I had been seated for an hour and twenty minutes. Steve Ross, with the relaxed warmth and presence that only a truly seasoned performer possesses, regaled the packed house with twenty-nine songs affirming not only the brilliance of lyricists, Lorenz Hart and Oscar Hammerstein, but Ross’ own total mastery of skillfully nuanced song interpretation both as a singer and pianist.</p> <p>At one point, Ross suggested that if Hart and Hammerstein were poets, that Hart could be called an "urban" poet whereas Hammerstein could be called a "pastoral" poet. This notion was abundantly clarified, as Mr. Ross presented a broad selection of lyrics written these two titans of both theater and film musicals, emphasizing their differences and convergences.</p> <p>In addition, Ross doesn't just sit at the piano and sing song after song. He introduces each with words about context and history--and this allows the New York cabaret audience, (who have heard many of these songs repeatedly) to hear them anew. This renewed listening is amplified by Ross' thoughtfully composed harmonic settings, coupled with his powerfully understated way with the lyrics.</p> <p>As Ross made clear, Larry Hart could indeed be heavy, even hardboiled with his humor, as with "He and She" from <i>The Boys from Syracuse</i>, which tells of an evolving, or rather, undulating unconventional couple. Hammerstein, on the other hand, was much softer--yes, and even poetic regarding male-female doings (as with "The Folks Who Live on the Hill" from the Paramount 1927 film, <i>High, Wide and Handsome</i>)<i>. </i>Yet Hart would hit the poignant note in his own way with a song like "My Romance" from the 1935 Broadway show, <i>Jumbo</i>; "Isn't it Romantic" from the 1931 film <em>Love Me Tonight</em>, which makes appearances in even the most contemporary of films. Hammerstein wasn't big on broad humor, but Hart could go wild with it as in "The Roxy Music Hall" from Broadway's 1938 production of <i>I Married an Angel.</i></p> <p>Ross pointed out that when it comes to love songs, Hart, being renowned for his personal miseries, could be considered at his best with songs of "failed love," such as "Glad to Be Unhappy" from 1936's <i>On Your Toes</i>, and the sad "Nobody’s Heart" from the 1942 Broadway musical <i>By Jupiter.</i> Yet Hart could go decidedly on the upswing with a rousing song like "With a Song in My Heart" from 1929's <i>Spring is Here</i>.</p> <p>Both Hart and Hammerstein's output was staggeringly enormous. Ross astutely selected songs which represented the range of their huge catalogues as much as could possibly be included in an hour plus show. In a presentation that featured one standout song after another, there are several songs which bear special mention. I particularly enjoyed a medley of Hart's songs about New York which included:<br /> Manhattan" from <i>The Garrick Gaieties</i> (1925), "Way Out West on West End Avenue" from <i>Babes in Arm</i>s (1937), and "Gotta Get Back to New York" from the film <i>Hallelujah! I'm a Bum</i> (1933), in which Al Jolson gave his only understated (and "watchable") film performance. Also outstanding was Ross' coupling of two Hammerstein's songs: "Make Believe" from <i>Show Boat </i>(1927) and "I Have Dreamed" from <i>The King and I </i>(1951). With the coupling of these two songs, Ross showed a meaningful expansion in Hammerstein's lyrical approach to "dreaming" nearly twenty-five years apart. In addition, Ross sang "To Keep My Love Alive" from <i>A Connecticut Yankee </i>(1943). I had only been familiar with Ella Fitzgerald's version from her album <i>The Rodgers and Hart Songbook, </i>in which she sang an abbreviated set of lyrics -- so it was a pleasure hearing the complete and humorously gruesome words.</p> <p>Again, I want to emphasize that Steve Ross, throughout his entire performance, brought something new to each and every song. Lovers of the American song book like me are prone to find the way does this to be intriguing, magical, and compelling. Moreover, he accomplishes this without having to indulge anything akin to updating any of the songs he presented. He presents them with the timber of the times in which they were created. Yet, he managed to leave the listener with the experience that they are hearing the songs with fresh ears.</p> <p>I've attended a half dozen performances of Steve Ross, and each was a revelation. For those with an interest in the art of popular song performance and who admire discernment with a flair in the songs selected, Steve Ross is a "must see" experience.</p> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=3847&amp;2=comment_node_story&amp;3=comment_node_story" token="g2YZ_WK3mDn4-e5LvxcQWpD3alVSXR67pImd22Mnk4Y"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Thu, 30 May 2019 17:30:05 +0000 Jay Reisberg 3847 at http://culturecatch.com Song of the Week: "Sister Soundcheck" http://culturecatch.com/node/3846 <span>Song of the Week: &quot;Sister Soundcheck&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>May 26, 2019 - 10:45</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/636" hreflang="en">indie 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/-k_kDaARNTM?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <p>Do you miss the rockin' swagger of The Replacements? If so, you'll def dig on "Sister Soundcheck," a wonderful rough and tumble tune from the NJ-based quartet <a href="http://www.waitingforhenry.com/" target="_blank">Waiting For Henry</a>. In fact, their new six-song EP <em>The Gospel of Moby Grape</em> was recorded and produced by former Replacement bassist Tommy Stinson. (Check out his excellent band Bash &amp; Pop. I wasn't aware he played with Guns 'n Roses from 1998-2016.) This heartfelt track was penned and is sung by guitarist David Ashdown and features a hooky chorus and just enough electric guitar edge to keep things percolating. Worth the effort, indeed.</p> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=3846&amp;2=comment_node_story&amp;3=comment_node_story" token="5w7ObHMu4j053Rp0Q_wNsqXzWpmwFE3ADgXAKYLpA20"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Sun, 26 May 2019 14:45:15 +0000 Webmaster 3846 at http://culturecatch.com Now We Are Sixteen http://culturecatch.com/node/3845 <span>Now We Are Sixteen</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>May 24, 2019 - 12:05</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"><figure role="group" class="embedded-entity"><article><img alt="Thumbnail" class="img-responsive" height="1200" src="/sites/default/files/styles/width_1200/public/2019/2019-05/cut_the_wire_inner_bag_square_possible_photo.jpg?itok=QeZ8ucgt" title="cut_the_wire_inner_bag_square_possible_photo.jpg" typeof="foaf:Image" width="1200" /></article><figcaption>Photo Credit: John Howard</figcaption></figure><p>John Howard <em>Cut The Wire</em> (You Are The Cosmos)</p> <p>As the last century died, English singer-songwriter John Howard was but a glimmer and and glint in the vinyl graveyards. Staring out from the cover of his sole LP <em>Kid In A Big World</em> like an early '70s suited and booted Dorian Gray, he was a lost, late arrival on the glittering tail-coats of Glam. Part Elton without the faux American affectations, a dash of Bowie at his piano-drenched best, a twist of the panache his American camp soul brother, Jobriath, plus an echo and a whisper of Noel Coward all louche and lounge, Howard had talent to burn, and a career to earn, but fate had other plans. His audacious maiden single 'Goodbye Suzie' was banned by the BBC, for being too depressing, short-hand for homophobia via a then closeted executive. Two further albums went unreleased by CBS, and after a career in A&amp;R and a spate of heroic but neglected 45s, one produced by Trevor Horn, he drifted into A&amp;R, and then into early retirement after a sojourn of singing on a cruise ship, the ultimate death knell to one's natural credibility and craft. </p> <p>There the sad tale should end and almost did. His dreams were literally packed and forgotten in the attic, but albums have an endless life as constantly arriving late letters to strangers. Such was the fate of <em>Kid In A Big World</em>. On its rediscovery and re-release in 2004, so came an interest in the man who made it. The reviews were beyond the usual enthusiasm heaped upon a worthy obscurity, he had songs included on the cover mounted cds of <em>Uncut</em> magazine, and when his comeback album <em>The Dangerous Hours</em> appeared the following year it garnered high praise in <em>The Guardian</em>. Here was a man whose talent had been moth-balled, but well stored. Next came the two albums rejected and refused by CBS and since there has been a dizzying confetti of quality releases, and now with <em>Cut The Wire</em> he is sixteen.</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/tO9F6StZng0?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <p>This album is the perfectly realised, utterly understated creation of a man in leisure to his own divine devices, but with nothing left to prove,and nobody to please but himself. It exudes a natural effortless eloquence and "So Here I Go" is a magical folky hoe-down of a beginning. A mellow sequence of vistas imbued with a late '60s into the '70s wistfulness that is reminiscent of the late Alan Hull (Lindisfarne) in tandem with a more perfectly focused Incredible String Band. "Remains" sells a plaintive treatise on memory and time. "If you concentrate on the sky you'll see me flying away" and has echoes of Klaatu and their calling of all members of inter-planetary crafts. With an exquisite undertow of organ it builds to a smouldering, near-epic anthem, subtle and restrained. There are suggestions of both Bill Fay and David Ackles also at play in the moodiness employed. In "Pre-Dawn," Howard magics a sombre Beatles chamber and baroque inflection where elements of "She's Leaving Home" and the trials and tribulations of a Miss E Rigby meld with aspects of "Strawberry Fields Forever." A stunning arrangement, clever enough to acknowledge the influences but equally adept at stepping beyond them. A song of many deft strokes and touches.</p> <p>"Becoming" is another perfect addition to Howard's haunting canon of reflective, heart straining ballads, total evidence that a little sorrow makes for an aching beauty. Smouldering sufficiently intense to almost burst into flame. "The nights are longer when the days bring in no light." A song of the acceptance of time and the hauntings of the past. The majesty of a backwards glancing melancholia. "Keep Going Angel" holds a whiff of European decadence with a Glam inflection bubbling under and driving the whole affair, elements of "Hunky Dory," Bowie held in check with hints of the maverick tendencies of B.C Camplight also swirls to the mind. With "Cut The Wire," "Pressed my face against the window and wrote I love you with my breath" is a line that any poet, this one included would be happy to have observed and preserved. The song has a gloomy optimism, a plethora of polaroid framed elements, excerpts from a far from teenage opera, but all imbued with a wondering warmth, and a musical box conclusion. With "Idiot Days" there's that skip and a hop one encounters in Paul Williams at his jaunty best, but with a sorrowful Howard regretful glance of resigned woe. At the start of "We Are" you could be briefly entertaining Nico on a rare hit of Prozac, but it quickly strides into a sweep of sheer eloquence:</p> <blockquote> <p>"We are the essence of our memories. We are the remnants of our dreams."</p> </blockquote> <p>A certain Brian Wilson moodiness drives and underpins this piano steeped enterprise.</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/59yUZiReGAw?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <p>The quirkily entitled "Jean Genet Just Imagined" ghosts aspects of The Beatles "Penny Lane" but gifts it a certain slinkiness and subtle grace that is as masterful as it is haunting. An exercise in how to be influenced, caress them sublimely and move swiftly on. The proceedings end with what should be the swish of a heavily draped gold brocaded magenta velvet curtain. "Long Since" perfectly equips such a requirement. A straining longing á la Elton, that arc of grace that Randy Newman can so effortlessly serve, and Laura Nyro made her signature motif, bold yet vulnerable with a powerful unfettered melody this is a lullaby that ends in goodbye. </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/bhblFsDArCo?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <p><em>Cut The Wire</em> is an album of rare majesty and artful touches without ever seeming brash or showy. John Howard is man at home with himself and his gifts that he is only too glad to share after the wilderness years. He has and continues to, make up for lost time, but will never actually catch up with himself for one simple reason, his verve and accomplishment simply will not allow him to so do. Such is the reward to those who encounter his gifts.</p> <p>An album to savour by candlelight, a fine red and an open fire, it is a rare treat that cannot fail to astound or entertain. These days Mr. Howard is less of a Dorian Gray, more of a piano stool Walt Whitman in all of his bewhiskered elegance with hats.</p> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=3845&amp;2=comment_node_story&amp;3=comment_node_story" token="IEcGKGHbZXjwwQGRzyNAC7gt8ACNQxYivURzC_8Xnoc"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Fri, 24 May 2019 16:05:26 +0000 Robert Cochrane 3845 at http://culturecatch.com Song of the Week: "Jump in the Line" http://culturecatch.com/node/3843 <span>Song of the Week: &quot;Jump in the Line&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>May 16, 2019 - 10:11</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/4uPkAITp5Xk?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <p>Legendary singer-songwriter Donovan has released an amazing new tribute album to the beloved Harry Belafonte entitled <em>Jump In the Line: A Tribute to Harry Belafonte</em>. The new album includes 8 Belafonte tunes plus two new tunes. The first single and video is the catchy "Jump In The Line."</p> <p>According to the legendary bard: </p> <p><em>"I knew one day I would make a covers album of another artist's work, it took me a while, Harry is a natural choice for me</em>. <em>There is a simple connection of roots folk music, and after a young fascination with jazz when we first began, Harry and I chose to sing folk music, and not just any folk music, but songs of freedom and social justice. My tribute cover album to Harry is to remind the new generations of artists to include in your work, social and ecological issues to help save our Planet for the future children of the world."</em></p> <p>When you buy the digital single, all sales goes to teaching students TM Meditation. Donovan has been a long time practitioner and ardent supporter of the practice. And if you buy the album, you also can help Harry's life long work with UNICEF.  </p> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=3843&amp;2=comment_node_story&amp;3=comment_node_story" token="eD_rgAjzyF0D7Ka6fbBhNTmziuhYtMSNWihHRQ4PawA"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Thu, 16 May 2019 14:11:54 +0000 Dusty Wright 3843 at http://culturecatch.com Mariza In USA http://culturecatch.com/node/3840 <span>Mariza In USA</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>April 4, 2019 - 23:26</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/753" hreflang="en">fado</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="1043" src="/sites/default/files/styles/width_1200/public/2019/2019-04/mariza3_image.jpg?itok=160tTaye" title="mariza3_image.jpg" typeof="foaf:Image" width="1200" /></article><figcaption>Photo courtesy of Rock Paper Scissors</figcaption></figure><p>The critically-lauded Portugal-based fado singer <a href="https://www.mariza.com" target="_blank">Mariza</a> starts her US tour tomorrow in LA. She'll end her month long tour with a show in New York City on May 1st to play Town Hall. Born in Mozambique, the Portugal-based artist adds a touch of Africa into her musical mix. Fado is a folk music genre that can be traced to Lisbon, Portugal around the 1820s. Generally it's a style of Portuguese singing that is done in cafés and restaurants. Mariza's 7th album -- <em>Mariza</em> -- was recently released. Below is a track from the stunning new effort. </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/Y90lr965Ea0?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=3840&amp;2=comment_node_story&amp;3=comment_node_story" token="6GZc614QeMeW-HcZ8jbf_TDwLJb51UUBnETi8DgHz04"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Fri, 05 Apr 2019 03:26:00 +0000 Dusty Wright 3840 at http://culturecatch.com Video of the Week: "Deutschland" http://culturecatch.com/node/3838 <span>Video of the Week: &quot;Deutschland&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 29, 2019 - 06:01</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/770" hreflang="en">hard rock(127)</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/NeQM1c-XCDc?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <p>The Berlin-based hard rock band <a href="https://www.rammstein.de/" target="_blank">Rammstein</a> have done it again. This sixth man outfit have released what may be their most controversial video yet. Directed by <a href="https://www.facebook.com/specterthedirector/" target="_blank">Specter Berlin</a>, the cinematic and expensive video for "Deutschland" has already garnered 7 million views <em>and</em> plenty of criticism. It's certainly disturbing, yet visually stunning -- a tribute to their homeland of Germany and some of the atrocities committed by said homeland throughout the ages. The video's message wrestles with the pain of separation and the feeling of coming to terms with such a divisive past. No doubt lead singer <a data-reactid="183" href="https://loudwire.com/tags/till-lindemann" target="_blank">Till Lindemann</a> has directed his conflicted feelings about his homeland in the chorus. Here's the translation of those lyrics: </p> <blockquote> <p>"Germany / My heart in flames<br data-reactid="191" /> Want to love you / want to damn you<br data-reactid="193" /> Germany / Your breath is cold<br data-reactid="197" /> So young / And yet so old<br data-reactid="201" /> Germany / your love<br /> Is boon and bane<br /> Germany / my love<br /> I can't give you<br /> Germany!"</p> </blockquote> <p>There are some very heavy and graphic scenes that depict some of the brutalities committed by Germany throughout the ages. One in particular has been condemned by Germany's Jewish leaders who've accused the band of trivializing The Holocaust. Felix Klein,  Germany's commissioner for anti-semitism, said: "I think it is a tasteless exploitation of artistic freedom."</p> <p>In the 30-second teaser video that was released before the entire video, the band members are seen dressed in stripped concentration camp uniforms with nooses around their necks. But later in the song, lead guitarist <a data-reactid="229" href="https://www.rammstein.de/" target="_blank">Richard Kruspe</a> dressed in a Nazi uniform gets shot in the face by vocalist Till Lindemann, who is in one of those concentration camp victims.</p> <p>The video was</p> <p>Rammstein's 7th album will be released on May 17. It's their first new album in 10 years. You can pre-order it <a data-reactid="249" href="https://lnk.to/Rammstein_PreOrder" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=3838&amp;2=comment_node_story&amp;3=comment_node_story" token="10gXhXnZ7VanVaNCopuZ34DEcJ4VXBrHZkLG69tL8U4"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Fri, 29 Mar 2019 10:01:36 +0000 Dusty Wright 3838 at http://culturecatch.com