July 1, 2007 to July 7 2007
Let's start the week off with some new and old music. Newest to oldest.
- Cas Haley, of Woodbelly. Caught him on NBC's America's Got Talent, an American Idol-like show that allows people to embarrass themselves in multiple ways, not just by singing. I happened to catch a few minutes last week and was lucky enough to catch Cas Haley. Like the pompous British judge said, he sang a Sting song better than Sting himself.
Cas Haley on youtube. I'll watch again hoping to catch his next performance. Or maybe just wait for someone to post it on youtube. I'd rather not watch the show.
- Johanna Kunin. I caught Johanna last March when she opened for Robyn Hitchcock and The Venus 3. Interesting sound "collages." She recorded different sounds--clapping, brushing the microphone, chanting--then with the elements playing on top of each other she'd sing on top of them. At first it seemed the audience was a bit put off, but by the end she'd won us over. Should have bought her CD that night, guess I'll have to buy one now. She has a few songs playing on her myspace page.
- Robyn Hitchcock, Robyn Sings. Somehow I missed this and just discovered it last week. This is a 2-disc live collection of Bob Dylan songs. If you like Bob Dylan's music, but not necessarily by him, you might like this. Fairly faithful covers with Robyn's unique twist making many of them even more emotional than the original. Available at both Amazon.com and iTunes. Speaking of Johanna, the first song on the collection is Visions of Johanna, and Hitchcock says "This is my favorite song, it's why I started writing songs."
- Nina Simone, Pastel Blues. The story behind this starts with Pierce Brosnan and Rene Russo. They star in the 1999 film, The Thomas Crowne Affair. A very pleasant and watchable movie. I always have to watch it when it comes on and one reason is the music. Finally looked up the soundtrack and other than a bunch of incidental music, there's this 10 minute long Nina Simone song, Sinnerman. The movie makes frequent uses of short cuts from this song with a memorable segment used in the climax. Rather than buy the album for one song or just buy the one song, I checked out Pastel Blues. Pretty much brilliant and our collection is sorely lacking in Nina Simone. I'll be listening to this all day...probably all week.