What’s new in novelty songs?
Not much, unfortunately, and that’s nothing to laugh about. DENNIS McDONOUGH (a/k/a Dennis Mc Do No Ugh) makes a case for humor
Opening Act: Snippets, fun, interviews, reviews, festival wrap-up and complaints (well, one complaint)
Kickin’ in Your Stall: New Orleans, and the smell of death. Lyrics by Carl Gustafson, vocals by Bobby Rush
On The Record: Odds are that Aerosmith never would get it back together on Earth, but they’ve done exactly that in Music From Another Dimension. It’s all a game of numbers in lucky 2013: John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension, Jason and the 400 Unit, Ben Folds Five, Ty Segall’s Twins, Saga’s 20/20; finally, Lou Pallo of Les Paul’s Trio with Special Guests sounds like a formula for great music—say “Thank You Les”
Re:Issues: Paul Aaronson recalls the power of Thin Lizzy. Dion’s singles, Clover, and Booker T. & the MGs’ Green Onions. Good enough to eat
What’d I Say: The blues ain’t just blue, it’s all the colors of the rainbow. Jim Hynes points to five artists with different palettes
Saturday Night and Sunday Morning: John Kuroski looks at the sad, short life of Marvin Gaye
Also Appearing: New York’s CMJ Festival (formerly College Music Journal) brought out the indies and indie-lovers; Levon Helm’s bandmates presented “Songs of the Band” at the venerable Keswick Theatre (PA); renowned photographer Danny Clinch showed off his audio chops at the Voodoo Experience in NOLA—along with Jack White, Metallica and others, a witches brew if there ever was one. Grace Potter! Bobby Keys! Elvin Bishop! Live! DVDs too!
Collecting: Arnie Goodman’s collection suffers Mother Nature’s wrath