July 2009

A few years ago Conor Oberst, Jim James (My Morning Jacket), M.Ward, and Mike Mogis toured together and the outfit was labeled 'Monsters of Folk' by fans and bloggers alike.  The name apparently was to the guys liking and it stuck.  They spent the better part of two years recording and their debut effort will be out on September 22nd.  It will be interesting to see what the creative minds of Oberst, James, Ward, and Mogis come up with. 
For Crying Out Loud, the new CD by Scott Miller is out, and he'll be doing songs from it in our first of 3 Final Fridays at Schenley Plaza shows on Friday, July 31st at 7pm. Scott's new cd was financed by the sale of initial song demos and an enhanced CD with video presold to the fan base, a truly an independent record and the debut on Scott's own label, F.A.Y. Recordings.  You may recall Scott's song 'Amtrak Crescent' airing on WYEP.  This past May Scott did an Amtrak tour on that included 5 dates that began in New Orleans on the 30th anniversary of Amtrak and National Train Day. The tour concluded in New York City. Join us for the free event on July 31st at Schenley Plaza. The Final Fridays at Schenley Plaza  schedule can be found at http://www.wyep.org/events/category.php?id=37
Former Mazzy Star frontwoman Hope Sandoval is making her return musically in September with a release on Nettwerk records called Through the Devil Softly.  It will mark the first album in eight years from Hope Sandoval and the Warm Inventions. After the breakup of Mazzy Star, vocalist Hope Sandoval joined with Colm O'Ciosoig (formerly of My Bloody Valentine) to form Hope Sandoval & the Warm Inventions. The project kept the laid-back, slowcore indie sound of Mazzy Star.
Canadian jazz pianist and singer Diana Krall came on stage in a black dress wearing bright shiny pink stiletto heels.  Heinz Hall was a sell out for the one-hour and forty-five minute show which began and ended with a Peggy Lee song. The large stage was framed by vertical curtains that were lit to enhance the jazzy mood provided by guitarist Anthony Wilson, bassist Robert Hurst, and drummer Jeff Hamilton.  Beginning with the first song, each musician was given many moments to shine and the crowd responded graciously each time with applause.  Krall interpreted tunes by Frank Sinatra, Sérgio Mendes, Burt Bacharach, Oscar Peterson, Louis Armstrong and Irving Berlin.  Songs from the 1930's, the title track from her latest CD "Quiet Nights" and a song she would sing for astronauts were all part of the line-up.  As Krall was growing up in Vancouver, she was listening to jazz standards on the gramophone at home and listening to her future husband, Elvis Costello, on the radio. Their 2-1/2 year old twin sons are accompanying mom on the bus during this tour.

Barb S. - Sunday Mix Host 

Allen Klein, powerful figure in music world, dies at 77:
Allen Klein, the brash music mogul whose five-decade career included stints as the business manager for the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, died Saturday in New York. He was 77. Klein died after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's disease, according to Bob Merlis, a spokesman for Klein's ABKCO Music & Records. The independent label owns or controls the rights to music by the Rolling Stones, Sam Cooke, the Animals, the Kinks, Chubby Checker and Bobby Womack, among others.
John Lennon once called Klein "the only businessman I've met who isn't gray right though his eyes to his soul." George Harrison concurred in a way, saying "Because we were all from Liverpool, we favored people who were street people." Klein co-produced Harrison's Concert for Bangladesh with the Beatles guitarist. Klein also co-produced a 1971 movie, Blindman, which featured Ringo Starr) Klein's hardnosed tactics, however, managed to alienate himself from his clients in a haze of acrimony. The Rolling Stones fired him as manager in 1970, sparking lawsuits back and forth. Lennon was Klein's major champion within The Beatles, but by 1974, Lennon was so disenchanted with Klein that he unleashed his trademark vicious wit on Klein in the song "Steel and Glass." Watch Klein's persona satirized in The Rutles' All You Need Is Cash parody (and note that one of the henchmen to the Klein character, Ron Decline--played by John Belushi--is new Senator Al Franken):