Paul Allen and The Underthinkers, Everywhere At Once, Available Tuesday August 6th

I was in my favorite Sunday repose watching CBS Sunday Morning, enjoying the segment “Sunday Morning” Calendar.

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I saw that music release Tuesday features the début album from Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and his band, “The Underthinkers,” titled Everywhere At Once. This revelation struck an immediate power chord in the music of our heart. Knowing what I do about Paul Allen’s passion for music (Experience Music Project Museum, his extensive private Jimi Hendrix collection, how he loves to jam and play with famous musicians), I had to investigate this project further.

I ensuingly discovered that Everywhere At Once pleased my palate. Paul Allen is a major league guitarist, listen to his command of the instrument on the choice, “Straw of Gold” with Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart. I sampled some more tracks and my appreciation increased substantively for Paul Allen as a competent song lyricist and writer.

It hasn’t totally escaped my grasp that Allen had collaborative help with the 12 of the 13 recordings. He either wrote or co-wrote every track on Everywhere At Once. “Inside Out” is the lone solo composition. Every other track was co-written with either Doyle Bramhall II, Ty Baillie, or Underthinkers bandmates John Bohlinger (guitar), Doug Barnett (bass guitar) and Tim Pike (vocals).

The recording has wonderful merits, a diverse yet challenging range of songs that are complemented with a sharp tonal feel. The studio production embodies sound as it is meant for us to be heard. The audio comes across pure, direct and immediate.

Paul Allen and The Underthinkers – Sony Legacy Recordings

The album features contributions from guests Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart, Chrissie Hynde, Joe Walsh, Derek Trucks, Doyle Bramhall II, David Hidalgo of Los Lobos, Ivan Neville, and others. I applaud the choice of musicians all of whom I collect and have heard perform live.

© 2013 SUBMERSIBLE MUSIC INC.

I feel sympatric with Paul Allen through this quote.

“I’m still moved by the power of live music,” Paul Allen states, “and I seek it out every chance I get.”

Guitar Aficionado Magazine – Paul Allen Cover Story

All proceeds from the recording sales will benefit the Experience Music Project’s educational initiatives.  Those resources include teen artist workshops, a music therapy camp for children with autism and developmental disabilities, and a program that provides coaching for local high school bands.

As a an EMP member I plan to buy this recording and I urge you to consider doing the same for a worthy cause.

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What’s Up With Tom Waits?

Permission to Come Aboard?

A very mysterious press release from Tom Waits landed in inboxes this morning at exactly 10 a.m. The subject line read: “Tom Waits: Permission to Come Aboard,” and attached is a photo of the songwriter dressed as a pirate, complete with an eyepatch and a sword. The only words are “Coming August 7th.”

Is Waits announcing a tour? He did perform on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon and The Late Show with David Letterman in early July, and he has yet to tour beyond his 2011 LP, Bad As Me.

Waits could actually be announcing a Tom Waits cruise next week?

July 9th, 2012,  The Late Show with David Letterman

Interview segment

Performance segment

July 10th, 2012, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon

Joining Waits on stage to perform were his son Casey on drums, long time bassist Larry Taylor, guitarist David Hidalgo (Los Lobos), keyboardist Augie Myers and guitarist Big Bill Morganfield (son of Muddy Waters). Amazing players and another genius Tom Waits performance.

Bob Dylan – Tempest and Fall 2012 Tour

It was announced yesterday that Bob Dylan will be releasing Tempest his 35th studio recording with ten new, original songs, on September 11, 2012..

I love that you will be hearing lots of guitar work from David Hidalgo of Los Lobos on Tempest. David is one of my favorite guitarists.

“He’d say, ‘Wow, what’s that?’” Hidalgo said from a tour stop in Fort Collins. “He liked the sound. So we’d get it in there.”

Hidalgo appreciated Dylan’s embrace of the Mexican sounds. But he has an even bigger appreciation of Dylan’s outlook on music generally. The recording session, he said, was nothing like the earlier ones he had done with Dylan.

“It was a great experience. And different. Each one has been different, all completely different approaches. It’s an amazing thing, how he keeps creativity. I don’t see how he does it.”

http://www.aspentimes.com/article/20120309/AE/120309831

Here is the full track listing for Tempest:

“Duquesne Whistle”
“Soon After Midnight”
“Narrow Way”
“Long and Wasted Years”
“Pay in Blood”
“Scarlet Town”
“Early Roman Kings”
“Tin Angel”
“Tempest”
“Roll on John”

I was sitting in the Mohegan Sun Casino Arena last night waiting for Kenny Loggins to perform his private concert for us. The Bob Dylan and his Band Tour announcement kept flashing on the electronic marquis and concert screens.

Bob Dylan

Then I saw today that Mark Knopfler will be part of Dylan’s tour this fall. Unfortunately this does not apply to the Mohegan Sun 9/8/2012 concert date.

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Taj Mahal and Los Lobos at The Klein 2/19/11

We are subscribers to The Fairfield Theatre Company who produce and deliver quality concerts in our local market. Last night we attended the Taj Mahal and Los Lobos event at The Klein Memorial Auditorium in Bridgeport, Ct.

The Fairfield Theatre Company is a true class act. They e-mail you an evening guide that informs you about the specifics and logistics for the event. The guide shares a listing of local restaurants that offer discounts to ticket holders.

We appreciate value-add features like the FTC Evening Guide in addition to the first-rate acts they book and promote. We will be attending the last tour of The Radiators at Stage One in Fairfield on Saturday, February 26th.

It was really good to see the Taj Mahal Trio perform. Taj Mahal has a very immediate style and epitomizes the blues with his unique voice. He took the stage with his trio and went right to work playing f without being announced. I found that method very engaging. His set was a great combination of the blues and world music. He was ably backed by Bill Rich on bass and Kester Smith on the drums .

Taj played my favorite song of his, “Fishing Blues” with great aplomb. He mentioned fishing for blues and stripers in the Hous (short for the Housatonic River) and the place went nuts. It was a great tip of the hat to our local fishing business, as Taj is a world-class sports fishing professional.

Los Lobos, from East L.A. took the stage next and started their set acoustically playing acoustic songs from Acoustic En Vivo. They played Rosemary and my personal favorite track, “Saint Behind The Glass” magnificently. I have seen Los Lobos eight times in concert now and I must admit they are always exciting, creative with their music.

Their set was a mixed potpourri of their musical catalog. Cesar Rojas led us through “Yo Canto” which is a very danceable number.

Their regular drummer Cougar Estrada couldn’t join them on this tour as his wife is close to having their baby. David Hidalgo’s son (who is also the Los Lobos guitar roadie), David Hidalgo Jr. sat in on the drums. Louie Perez also drummed on two numbers as well.

This was the first concert I could hear Steve Berlin the best on keyboards and saxophone. I like how Steve accent’s Los Lobos sound with his riffs.

David Hidalgo played a Gold Les Paul Gibson and played the accordion on several songs. I find when Los Lobos plays songs that express their musical heritage, sung in Spanish I get a chill. They command my immediate respect as their music shows their culture.

The encore was a special treat as Los Lobos invited Taj Mahal to jam with them and jam he/they did. A fellow fan, Frederick Matt shot this video from the second row in front of me last night. It captures the spontaneity of Taj with Los Lobos singing “Lucille” by Little Richard. They ended their three song encore with “Guantanamera” which featured bassist Conrad Lozano on lead vocal.

I also wanted to share the art piece we have hanging in our foyer that Los Lobos signed for us last summer in New Haven after their concert on the green. Ain’t it cool, it was Rosemary’s idea to have them all sign this kerchief after the show.