Monday, May 30, 2011
Gil Scott-Heron, 1949-2011
Ever since my friend BGO informed me of the (not unexpected) news of Gil Scott-Heron's death last week, I've had an extraordinarily difficult time processing the loss. I just can't come to terms with the artist's absence. Several passes at providing a brief synopsis of what he meant to me have been inadequate. Alas, my despair "Ain't No New Thing".
Along with a few friends, generous business and dozens of musicians, my friend C. organized Midcoast Cares: A Benefit For Joplin (Facebook login required). Please join me at Crosstown Station on Wednesday.
Today's new releases, in order of personal preference: Tom Harrell, The Vaccines, My Morning Jacket, Trin-i-tee 5:7, Robert Pollard, Eliane Elias, John Adams, Playing For Change 2, Black Stone Cherry, Kate Bush, Death Cab for Cutie, Eddie Vedder, The Melvins, J.D. Souther, Flogging Molly and Jim Snidero.
I reviewed The Kansas City Symphony's Celebration at the Station.
"Is this live?" Miles Bonny interviewed Dudley Perkins.
I'm enjoying NPR's free downloads of Aloe Blacc and Bob Mould performances. Grab 'em here.
Kansas City Click: Buckethead returns to Crossroads KC on Tuesday.
Ha Ha Tonka is one of a dozen or so acts participating in Wednesday's benefit at Crosstown Station.
My favorite Joe Ely song isn't available at YouTube, so I'm forced to "Settle For Love". The Texas troubadour performs at Knuckleheads on Thursday.
(Original image by There Stands the Glass.)