Tuneage Tutelage - New Music Monday....

Sparks Of Insanity By Vinny "Bond" Marini Monday, March 09, 2009


Memphis In May Lineup has been announced y'all...some great music coming to town the weekend of May 1, 2, 3. Three day passes are only $63.50...quite the bargain!

Friday, May 1 - Gates Open @ 5pm
The All-American Rejects
Steve Miller Band
Ben Harper & Relentless7
Tommy Castro
Katy Perry
The Cult
G. Love & Special Sauce
Jack's Mannequin
Rise Against
Ronnie Baker Brooks
Matt Nathanson
Medeski, Martin & Wood
Lurrie Bell
Bonnie Bramlett

Saturday, May 2 - Gates Open @ 1p
Al Green
Korn
George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic
John Lee Hooker, Jr.
Shinedown
Elvis Costello
The Roots
Curtis Salgado
Saving Abel
Los Lobos
Michael Burks
The Bar-Kays
Thriving Ivory
Susan Tedeschi
Julian Marley
Cedric Burnside & Lightin' Malcolm
Chancho En Piedra (from Chile)
Muck Sticky
Green Rive Ordinance
Hubert Sumlin
Billy Gibson Band
Shane Dwight
Jump Back Jake

Sunday, May 3 - Gates Open at 1pm
James Taylor
311
Fall Out Boy
John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers
Hinder
Bonnie Raitt
Snoop Dogg
Guitar Shorty
Theory of a Deadman
Jerry Lee Lewis
Three 6 Mafia
Sherman Robertson
Chancho En Piedra (from Chile)
Amos Lee
Prosevere
Damon Fowler
Dead Confederate
Reba Russell Band

Performing May 1-3 at the SoCo Blues Shack
Richard Johnston
Blind Mississippi Morris
Robert "Wolfman" Belfour




Ya know...there are times when it seems like no one wants the music...so this time, I ask you...Did you want Kalliopi's EP...three songs, two of which were not played last week...

Just saying.....

This week, meet Mr. Dare Dukes. With influences the likes of Wilco, Sparklehorse, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Chad VanGaalen, Pixies and Laura Veirs, you might see why he has been compared to Sparklehorse, Okkervil River, Neil Young, Laura Veirs and Grandaddy.

OK, raise you hand if you have heard of any of them besides Neil Young? Anyone...Bueller???

OK, so really, I have heard of Wilco and have heard their music, and the Pixies...but the rest...I am unfamiliar.

SO, I put the CD in and hit play and it has been on for three songs now and I have not ejected it...OK, I do admit, there are times I can not listen to the entire song by some of the artists I feature, but I am dedicated...Heck-A-Doodle, I SAY...DEDICATED! - Holy Lou Y'all, to putting out all sorts of music to you, my special guests and let y'all sort it out!

Interesting sound...I certainly heard the heavy Neil Young influence in "Sam's Cathedral".

We learn from his bio:
Born and raised in the exurb of San Jose, California, Dare grew up as the state blossomed into what he calls, "exit-ramp culture"—a maze of smoked-glass franchises and cookie-cutter subdivisions that took root along the vast network of interstate freeways.

"Everyone knows the clich├ęs about suburbia: It's a stark, sanitized landscape, pretty much soulless,” Dare explains. “No one needs to remind us of that. I'm more interested in the poetry I see there--the weirdness, the anomalies, the resistance. Even in this unlikely grid you can find courageous people and precious things."


Moving to Minneapolis in his twenties, Dare began playing music as bands like Soul Asylum, Babes in Toyland, and the Jayhawks were emerging to define that city's post-Replacements sound. Influenced by seminal post-punk groups like the Pixies and Fugazi, and musical raconteurs like Tom Waits and Kurt Weill, Dare fronted the Penelopes, a frenetic quartet that was a fixture in the city's rock clubs.


After moving to New York City, Dare took a hiatus from music to focus on writing and theater, but began playing out again, backed by friends and expert musicians Mark Boquist and Paul Garisto. This collaboration led to the bulk of the arrangements for the songs Dare produced for Prettiest Transmitter of All.


I can tell you that Duke's explores the side of America, just out of sight...as he sings in "Lucas Goes to The Demolition Derby";

Surrounded by these amateurs
Come for pink popcorn and beer
They've no appreciation
for the painted Impala
Like some deadly jungle bird.


The arrangements are stark and there are some inconsistencies with some of the songs, but overall, if you are a fan of a mixture of Indie Rock, Folk and country, you will find some interesting tuneage here.

The two songs mentioned above "Sam's Cathedral" and "Lucas Goes To The Demolition Derby"





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22 Of Your Sparks

  1. DrillerAA Says:
  2. Memphis in May...have some good BBQ for me.
    I can't believe Jerry Lee Lewis can still play. I saw him on tv about ten years ago and he was NOT good then. The boy is 73 or 74 years old now. There are way too many good acts coming to town town waste much time in his tent. I know he's a rock and roll legend, even one of the founding fathers, but I don't think I'd spend the time to see him now.

     
  3. That's quite the lineup coming the Memphis. Wow. Survive your Monday....

     
  4. Dana Says:
  5. Dare Dukes ...

    Interesting. I'm loving the acoustic guitar, the lyrics, the tunes, but having difficulty with the vocals. I think it's just a little heavy on the folk side for me, but I did listen to both of the songs in their entirety. *shrugs*

    I had hopes to get to Nashville this month, however it doesn't look good - maybe Memphis in May?

     
  6. Mags Says:
  7. That's quite a mix of artists going to Memphis! It's interesting to see Bonnie Raitt and Snoop Dog in the same place!! :) I'd want to go mostly on the 3rd-because of Amos Lee.

     
  8. Mimi Lenox Says:
  9. I want to see James Taylor before I die.

     
  10. Dianne Says:
  11. wow! that is an eclectic and amazing line-up!

     
  12. JohnH985 Says:
  13. I hate it that Memphis in May is the same weekend as Jazz Fest down here. I'd love to come, it's a great line up...some of the acts must be doing double duty cause they're down here the weekend previous. They need to coordinate these big Fests so we can see them both.

    Ok, I've only been able to listen to a little of Dare so far as I'm on my way to work, but I love what I hear so far. Most of the influences you mentioned of his are some of my favorite acts...Wilco is probably my favorite band and the others are some of my favorites.

    Ok, I'm going to come back later and listen to all of these songs in their full.

     
  14. katherine. Says:
  15. sounds like a great Memphis this May....smile.

    I think Mr Dukes presents a very limited opinion of San Jose....

     
  16. Jay Says:
  17. That Memphis in May lineup looks pretty damn cool. To bad you have to go to Memphis to enjoy it. HA! ;-)

     
  18. Jeff B Says:
  19. Really liked the instrumental portions of both songs, but the vocals don't appeal to me. To downcast for my taste.

    I'm hearing Simon and Garfunkel meets Kermit the Frog.

     
  20. Bond Says:
  21. DRILLERAA: Jerry Lee gets some stage time every year as the reigning father of Memphis R&R. He actually still puts on a lively show.

    BUD: Great lineup this year


    DANA: Thanks for your thoughts...come on down for MIM...or maybe later this summer (wink)

    MAGS: Probably not the same stage...but the mixture is quite eclectic

    MIMI: Then come on over for MIM!

    DIANNE: Yes it is...they do a hell of a job each year

    JOHN: I know, I hear that a lot...the two are so close (one week apart) and there are always overlaps

    KATHERINE: He apologizes...no not really, I have no idea why he is so opinionated on it

    JAY: Yeah well maybe you will come down for a day..I will protect you

     
  22. Meribah Says:
  23. Meh. Not for me. But at least he's easier on the puppy's ears...unlike some of what passes for music these days! LOL :P

     
  24. Ralph Says:
  25. There is a great quality to acoustic...anything! No solid body semi-artificial quality to the resonance of a non-electric instrument. I like both songs, they bring me back to late 60s, but who? I'm glad you didn't eject the CD!

     
  26. Tug Says:
  27. This week, not for me...but wow - what a lineup for MIM - I'm sure it'll be an awesome time!

     
  28. Travis Says:
  29. I liked the stripped down accoustical guitar in both songs. It's pretty daring to put your vocals to that. I don't dislike it.

    And echoing the gang...fantastic line up for Memphis in May!

     
  30. Bond Says:
  31. MERI: Thanks for 'barking' in...appreciate the feedback.

    RALPH: Glad youo enjoyed them. Thanks for weighing in...

    TUG: Sorry...can't please all the people..yadda yadda LOL...Should be a great weekend..now, I need to see how badly it interferes with Nancy's boys sporting activities

    TRAVIS: Thanks...I do like the music a lot...

     
  32. Jeff B Says:
  33. What, was it something I said?

     
  34. What horrible timing. I have to work that weekend.

    It's probably better. I don't know that I would even leave the SoCo Blues Shack with that lineup alone.

     
  35. Starrlight Says:
  36. OH MAN! I would have to see
    The All-American Rejects
    Steve Miller Band
    Ben Harper & Relentless7
    The Cult - IAN!!!!
    G. Love & Special Sauce
    Jack's Mannequin
    Rise Against
    Al Green
    Korn
    George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic
    John Lee Hooker, Jr.
    Shinedown
    Elvis Costello
    The Roots
    Curtis Salgado
    Saving Abel
    Los Lobos
    Susan Tedeschi
    Julian Marley
    Cedric Burnside & Lightin' Malcolm
    311
    Fall Out Boy
    John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers
    Bonnie Raitt
    Snoop Dogg
    Jerry Lee Lewis
    Amos Lee
    Dead Confederate

    Liked the music by Duke Dare. I can hear Wilco and the Pixies.

     
  37. TopChamp Says:
  38. I think the lyrics of that first song are soooooo bad it makes it quite difficult to listen to.

    It's not often I think how much better a SONG would be without the words.

    At the risk of offending your audience - I don't like his accent either. Sounds a bit Sesame Street.

     
  39. TopChamp Says:
  40. That festival sounded amazing last year. I take it you'll be there?!

    No - I don't want Kalliopi's album.

     
  41. Joseph Says:
  42. check out Jump Back Jake. Modern indie rock & soul outfit out of Memphis.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aggqHqrJa-c

    http://jumpbackjake.com

     

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