New Input: Sea and Cake – One Bedroom

The Sea and Cake
Cover of The Sea and Cake

I am always amazed at how viable the indie music scene has become. I learned about a new indie rock group today, Sea and Cake. The CD I am currently listening to is titled, One Bedroom on Thrill Jockey Records

In their extensive 20 year career the band has bridged the gap between Brazilian music of the late 1960’s, African influenced guitar lines, and independent pop. A sound that is entirely distinct, centered around the delicate guitar interplay of Sam Prekop and Archer Prewitt, driven by the versatile rhythms of bassist Eric Claridge and drummer John McEntire

I think I’m going to like this band. 🙂

One Bedroom, Thrill 116
1) Four Corners
2) Left Side Clouded
3) Hotel Tell
4) Le Baron
5) Shoulder Length
6) One Bedroom
7) Interiors
8) Mr. F
9) Try Nothing
10) Sound & Vision
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Tom Waits – Bad As Me

I’ve met my fair share of famous musicians these past 40+ years at concerts. One of the most unique meetings I ever had was with Tom Waits. I was writing for a free music paper in the early 80’s. I made arrangements with Tom Wait’s manager to interview Tom Waits before his appearance at Toad’s Place in New Haven. I was good friends with the owner of Toad’s Place in those days. I was allowed to interview Tom Waits in the club before his sound check.

I found Tom Waits, initially to be a foreboding figure. I subsequently learned he was charming, gruff, articulate and quite a kick to hang out with. I recall he wore rumpled clothes and smoked Chesterfield filterless cigarettes. His hands, particularly his fingernails were stained brown from chain smoking. He smoked throughout the interview but the second hand smoke didn’t bother me.

The first thing he said to me when he exhaled smoke rings was, “So, you work for one of those street rags?.”

I said proudly, “Yes. I do.”

He just growled. I don’t recall the rest of our conversation, unfortunately. He had several stage props that he used for dramatic effect that night. One song, Ol 55 was set against the backdrop of a PepsiCo gas pump. Tom Waits wore a leather bomber jacket while he leaned against the gas pump, crooning . He had this cool stage trick where someone dropped green metalic flakes from above him while he twirled an umbrella under them that sent the sparks streaming through the night. Simple props but a dimensional, dramatic result.

I noticed that Tom Waits has a a brand new recording, Bad As Me. I picked up a digital edition and have just started listening to it. Once I got past that gravel voice of his I find the songs, humorous and filled with pathos.

Give Bad As Me a listen and let me know your thoughts about one of our most prolific and revered singer/songwriters.

Santana at Montreux on PBS next month

It is encouraging to know that we will have more live Santana concert footage to savor soon. I have not seen Santana live in concert since September 3, 2010 in Las Vegas. I hope they tour the East Coast of the U.S. in 2012. We have seen Santana live 16 times thus far 🙂

Santana Live at Montreux 2011 will be airing in December 2011 on most PBS stations. Check your local listings at as times may vary. This is a one hour edit of a three-hour show that will be made available on DVD in early 2012. Stay tuned for further details and tune in to PBS!

Carlos Santana and John McLaughlin kicked off the 45th Montreux Festival honoring their 40 year ago collaboration, Love, Devotion and Surrender.

Santana and the Montreux Jazz Festival have a rich, colorful heritage with each other over the decades. Claude Nobs and Carlos Santana have a bond that has produced several unique Santana concert experiences. One of those events was filmed in 2004 for DVD and is entitled Hymns for Peace. It was an all-star celebration to celebrate peace.

Joining the regular Santana band were Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Ravi Coltrane, John McLaughlin and Idrissa Diop with further guest appearances through the night from Angelique Kidjo, Barbara Morrison, Patti Austin, Sylver Sharp, Steve Winwood and Nile Roders.

Occupy This Album, Music Unites Us

In the spirit of  solidarity I proudly share that music artists unite for a major common cause once more. This time it is for the worthy cause of Occupy and Occupy Wall Street. Some legendary names in music and art are voicing their support for the Occupy movement, with a music compilation record called Occupy This Album. 




The environmentally-friendly digital release will feature David Crosby, Graham NashJackson Browne, Devo, Third Eye Blind, Ya Lo Tengo, Lloyd Cole, Pete Seeger, The Guthrie Family,  Toots and the Maytals, and filmmaker/activist Michael Moore, the producers said in a press release. Michael Moore singing, this is a first 😉

The album was inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement and will “provide an anthem and rallying cry for the protesters involved in the uprising,” producers say.

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Producers of the album say all the proceeds will benefit the Occupy movement. 50% of the proceeds will be donated to the Occupy Wall Street General Fund. The other half of money generated will be distributed evenly among the major occupations across the country, according to Jason Samel of Music for Occupy, who is producing the album.  They hope to raise anywhere from $1-3 million dollars with this recording.

I plan to buy a copy and I hope you will too!!!

“The Occupation movement is really the voice of the people, it’s an idea that’s been a long time coming. I fully support their non-violent protests against a system that is carefully crafted in favor of the rich one percent,” Nash is quoted as saying.

Bill Graham’s 81st Birthday Bash

I wish we lived in the San Francisco area. I would attend this concert at The Fillmore. Bill Graham’s legacy as a concert promoter and an activist/humanitarian can still be felt with great power and light. I am thankful that the Bill Graham Memorial Foundation keeps his vision alive.

I’ll be there in spirit. I am going to dig down deep and make a contribution to the Bill Graham Memorial Foundation. It’s a worthy cause to support.

You can get this Bill Graham Bobblehead doll for any donation of $50 or more. Click  here to give.

Bill Graham Bobblehead