Monday, July 09, 2007
Orquestra Was- Forever's A Long, Long Time
I lose my mind for k.d. lang in my review of her Friday night show. It'd be easy to forget that she opened for Lyle Lovett. Among the many stars in Lovett's band was vocalist Sweet Pea Atkinson. Although he sounded great, the Detroit soul singer appeared somewhat frail. Atkinson is backed by Herbie Hancock, Terence Blanchard and other luminaries on this Hank Williams song. It's the title track of the out-of-print Don Was project Forever's a Long, Long Time.
I monitored quite a bit of the Live Earth concert on television and the internet. Quick observations: Kelly Clarkson sold me on "Sober." The Native American stuff in D.C. was compelling. The Japanese pop acts baffled me. My most exciting discovery was Australian band Ghostwriters. They're exactly what you'd hope members of the Hoodoo Gurus and Midnight Oil sound like together. Two songs stream at their MySpace page.
I caught the debut of local trumpet and cornet legend Gary Sivils' new band last night. They were fine, but I don't know if they'll ever be as exciting as his last group. Sivils has virtually no web presence, but his music is featured to good effect in this video.
I put together a little photo journal of a big metal show I attended last month.
Kansas City Click: Are the kids alright? Find out tonight at El Torreon. A bunch of screamo bands are doing what they do.