Sing the Delta. And it may be some time before I get around to listening to the new release by the hometown hero. The only singer-songwriter album I want to hear right now is Caroline Herring's stunning Camilla.
Herring's political material is particularly potent. It comes in the form of quiet stories that pack devastating punches. (I highly recommend this live performance of "Camilla.") "Maiden Voyage"- not the Herbie Hancock classic- is a bittersweet firsthand account of 2009's presidential inauguration. Herring gives voice to victims of racial hatred on "White Dress" and the title track. In spite of an occasional outbreak of the sort of self-conscious white liberal guilt that infests much of today's folk scene, Camilla is a refreshingly original statement.
Alongside Mary Gauthier's Mercy Now and Gillian Welch's
Time (The Revelator), Camilla is one of the most immediately striking contemporary folk albums of the new millennium.
Kutt Calhoun's "Bottle Service" fails to make me thirsty.
Here's the video for Making Movies' "Hangover Blues." (First spotted at Wayward Blog.)
R.B. Greaves has died.
The realization that you have to laugh to keep from crying makes Mark Eitzel a sad clown. And there's more black comedy where that came from.
The video for OFF!'s "Cracked" is perfect.
A new remix of Robert Glasper's version of David Bowie's "Letter to Hermione" is captivating.
Kansas City Click: My official picks are published here.
Also, Cadillac Flambe, Diverse, Victor & Penny and Betse Ellis with Jason Beers will perform at the opening reception for Prairie Logic on Friday, October 5. Music is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. at "Kansas City's newest public art project and performance venue."
(Original image by There Stands the Glass.)