I’m tag-teaming a Song of the Day along with a bit of good, old fashioned log-rolling today. The song is a previously unreleased acoustic version of ‘On The Radio’Kate Tucker and Mark Isakson layed down for Seattle’s Bumbershoot festival last year. The log-rolling is explained below…..
Kate has finished recording White Horses, her new solo album, but she need a bit of help. Being an indie artist often means little details like coming up with the last few bucks to press CD’s, promote the album and loading up the tour bus sometimes force her to employ extraordinary measures…in this case, hit up folks on the internet for whatever they might be able to contribute! Kate has put together a Kickstarter Funding Video…complete with ‘prizes’…in order to raise the final $5000.00 she needs to put White Horses to bed. If you toss her a few measly bucks you can get a signed CD and a bit of good Karma…for 50 bones she’ll unlock the vault and give you her bootlegs from her first album, the out of print Eros Turannos, and a few more goodies…$500 and she’ll record an acoustic version of any of her songs, dedicate it to you, post it on YouTube, and send you an exclusive mp3…..and for you seriously High Rollers, a grand will get Kate to play a concert for you and 40 of your closest & dearest friends (!)…two grand and she’ll sing for you, and cook you dinner and get you drunk (!!)…and if somebody were to kick in the whole five grand…well, I think it goes without saying that if anybody hits that target, Kate’s gonna have a friend for life!!! (Or it means she sold herself into slavery…I’m not quite sure…..)
Jim Marshall…the only photographer allowed backstage at The Beatles last concert, the chief photographer at Woodstock, the guy who shot Jimi Hendrix as he set his guitar on fire at the Monterey Pop Festival and Janis Joplin with that Southern Comfort bottle and Bob Dylan casually rolling a tire down the street and Johnny Cash famously flipping the bird at the World…died in New York on Tuesday night. He was here for the opening of his “Match Prints” exhibition, a book project he and Timothy White did together, at Staley-Wise Gallery in Soho.
Every year for more than a decade, Michael Grecco and I have hosted a dinner for photographers who are still hanging around New York after the annual Photo Expo, and Jimmy was always there…telling stories, grabbing the ladies and usually yelling at me ‘cuz his wine glass was mysteriously empty! Jim is an honest to God legend in photography circles…one of the few guys I know who can be described as being ‘The Real Deal’. And a total wildman, too…that prizefighter nose of his wasn’t for show! One night he showed up with a shiner under his eye and a big gash across the bridge of his nose…the result of a ‘disagreement’ he had in a bar the night before…but Jimmy was also one of the nicest guys you’d ever wanna meet and a true friend. I’m gonna miss him at the dinner table…..
Today’s song came out of one of those happy coincidences that happens when social networking actually does more than self-aggrandizement, passing on the latest Lolcat video, or informing you about the awesome tuna melt some a guy you haven’t seen in twenty years just had for lunch! My friend Molly Roberts (who I haven’t seen in a while, but it hasn’t been that long!) posted a link on her facebook page to a song by A Sunny Day In Glasgow, a Dream-Pop/Shoegaze outfit from Philly that her son, Ryan Newmyer, just happens to play bass for. Thanks to the power of Google, within five minute of listening to the song I became an instant expert on the group…they formed about five years ago, have a couple of full-length albums and three EPs’ under their belts and have gone through a Baker’s dozen of current and former members, all the while under the leadership of Ben Daniels.
Anyway…my searching also revealed that ASDIG has a new EP out, Nitetime Rainbows, and one of the more creative videos I’ve seen in ages for ‘So Bloody, So Tight’ that I’m including below. Anybody who loves The Cocteau Twins, My Bloody Valentine, Lush, or The Jesus and Mary Chain is gonna go nuts for this stuff. They’re on tour right now, in fact, if you happen to be down at SXSW, they’ve got nine gigs set up this week! Give ‘em a look on their website or over on MySpace
I’ve had a lotta stuff goin’ on in the past week which has forced me to neglect my blog duties, but I picked up this month’s Esquire Music Issue and noticed that among the songs they say you MUST listen to were a bunch straight off of the Song of the Day List, including The Drive-By Truckers, Charlotte Gainsbourg, The Heavy and Bob Schneider…anyway, it got me thinking I had better get back on the horse and find some stuff for you guys to listen to before the threatening e-mails wondering where the music is begins. I also figured since me and Esquire seem to have similar tastes in music, I should prolly go see ‘em…I haven’t worked for the magazine in ages!
Here at The List we have our favorites and God knows The Raveonettes certainly fall into that category. The second I heard ‘Love In A Trashcan’ off of their album Pretty in Black, I became a slack-jawed, drooling fanboy…kinda ridiculous for somebody my age, but the heart wants what the heart wants, and I just can’t get enough of Sharin Foo’s husky, sexy voice…it’s sorta like Nico without all that heroin. Well…no sooner did Sharin & Sune drop a new video for their single “Heart of Stone”, off last year’s ‘In and Out of Control’, and a bunch of covers by other artists start flying at me from every direction!
It’s kinda bittersweet to be posting about a job I just did for BusinessWeek on the same day I’m waiting for the other shoe to drop regarding the expected job cuts, but what the heck…it might just be a long time before I have another BusinessWeek story to talk about, right?!!
Last Tuesday, I get a 7:00AM wake-up call from one of my favorite people in the whole World, Sarah Morse…the magazine just got an eleventh-hour OK to shoot Ron Burkle, the supermarket Gazillionaire, and would I be available…like right now…to shoot him?!! I was literally getting ready to head out for a location scout on another gig, but sure…I can call and get Bo’s lazy ass outta bed and the two of us could hang with Mr. Burkle for a bit. And I actually knew a lot about Burkle…he was a huge Democratic fundraiser, a regular on the New York Post’s Page Six, he owns the Pittsburgh Penguins, he hangs out with Bono and Diddy and Leo and various Supermodels…and he recently bought Sky Studio, a triplex photography studio with it’s own swimming pool that I used to rent, as a New York pied-à-terre for about 17 million bucks and that’s where we were gonna do the shoot! Of course, we were told that he would have very little time for the shoot and I wouldn’t get to meet with him until he arrived, but that didn’t matter. Even with a ten-minute shoot window, I figured I should be able to pull something kinda cool off…..
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The backlit, cantilevered staircase gave us a grand entrance focal point and we quickly saw it as the perfect location for our opener. Thank God Burkle showed up wearing a suit and not the jeans and polo shirt his publicist had promised!
After an extremely quick five-minute shoot on the stairs, I asked Ron if we could have a few more minutes to shoot him up on the roof…he graciously obliged and this was the result…..
You can read the article, ‘The Other Ron Burkle’, HERE and y’all stay tuned to see if I have any more BusinessWeek stories to relay in the future!
The sad news racing through the photo community this morning…or at least the small portion I find myself a part of…is that another sweeping round of axings layoffs at BusinessWeek is imminent. I suppose my acting surprised might seem a trifle disingenuous, but since Bloomberg assumed the reins back in December and the initial firings were announced, things seemed to be stabilizing and I was hoping (against hope?) that the friends and colleagues I have known for years would be spared further cuts, but with word that a new design team is in place and both the New York Post and Daily Finance reporting that as many as 30 more people might face the chopping block as early as tomorrow, it’s probably time to face the fact that the magazine I knew is due for some pretty big changes.
Sue Bloom gave me my first assignment back in October of 1988. Roxanne Edwards (then the Photo Director) took a chance and gave me my first cover story a few short months later. It was in 1991 that I began working with the current Photo Director, Ronnie Weil, when she sent me of to shoot the CEO of Pepsi. And Larry Lippman, Kathy Moore, Scott Mlyn, Anne D’Aprix, Sarah Morse, Andrew Popper, Mindy Katzman, Lori Perbeck, Regina Flanagan, Kat Malott, Burte Hughes, Sandra Torres…throughout the years these photo editors and researchers have been like family. This is one of very few magazines I have worked for where I could drop by and feel like an insider and that my opinions and viewpoint actually mattered. I’ve been allowed access into some pretty amazing executive suites over the years…culminating in Ronnie and me getting to spend an afternoon in the Oval Office just a few months ago for our Obama cover story…and I’ve had the opportunity to produce some rather interesting work. I honestly can’t tell you how many covers I’ve shot for them, but it’s gotta be North of thirty by now, and through it all it’s been a wild ride. Now all any of us can do is see how the next act plays out…..
My friend Howie Shneyer has organized Eyes & Hearts For Haiti, a charity auction to benefit the victims of the Haitian earthquake. Howie runs Aperture Pro in Miami and through his deep connections in the photo and art community, he has received over 160 photographic prints and artworks and all proceeds from the auction will be donated to Friends of the Orphans, a group who has for more than 40 years worked to end the vicious cycle of poverty by giving safe and loving homes and brighter futures to children in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Eyes & Hearts For Haiti has set up an eBay Auction site to bid on the lots, but should you be in South Florida, there will also be a silent auction held this Friday March 12, from 7:00-10:00 PM at Aperture Studios, 385 NE 59th Street, Miami 305-759-4327. I’ve got a few of my photographs in the auction, including these of Evander Holyfield and Steven Spielberg…
…but the wealth of great photographers who have donated prints for the auction catalog is pretty impressive…..
It’s been almost a year since I told you guys about The XX, but since that time, the number one outside search that has newbies showing up at the Damn Ugly door is for The XX…I usually get anywhere from 50 to 100 hits a day from people searching for these four sad-faced kids from South London! Their popularity certainly wasn’t hurt by both Rolling Stone and NME placing them on their “Best of the Year” lists, but then came the Winter Olympics…an AT&T commercial with Apolo Ohno featured their song ‘Intro’ and was in heavy rotation for the entire two weeks of the games. They’ve been touring nonstop (and picking up fans) in support of their debut album…so much that keyboard player Baria Qureshi has quite the group siting exhaustion…and then today I found out that they’re gonna be playing SXSW next week. Head over to MySpace and give a listen.
Maybe it just seems this way ‘cuz I live in New York, but dont’cha think an awful lotta new bands are coming outta Brooklyn these days?!! Throw a rock at just about any music blog and you’re gonna hit an act that takes the “L” Train to get to gigs! And now we can add Jump Into The Gospel to the list. Five guys whose sharp guitar work and sing-along, up-tempo, eccentric rhythms have been filling up all the local clubs…and if you can believe what’cha read (Even MTV has called them Buzzworthy) they put on a killer live show, too. To get your attention, they’re offering up their first EP…for free…over on their website. Once you add their tunes to your iPod, head on over to MySpace and make friends!
Right up front I gotta tell those of you toiling away in cubicles that today’s song is probably considered NOT safe for work, so if The Man is close by, please turn down your speakers and be considerate of your more conservative colleagues. Dan Bern, or Danny Bernstein to his friends, is something of an itinerant singer/songwriter/novelist/painter/all-round-Renaissance man, which is to say he probably looks at traveling the backroads from gig to gig in a 78 Buick and making thirty-five grand a year as a romantic expression of his art…Crazy Heart anyone?!! But he’s also something of a visionary…Dan released Fifty Eggs back in 1998…but who would have known that a decade later this song would make such a perfect theme song for the current troubles Tiger Woods now finds himself embroiled in?!! I just find the whole damned thing funny as Hell. But Dan’s still plugging away (he starts what is probably his 500th tour in April) and you can check him out on his website or over on MySpace