When I first saw the Portland-based The Bylines at the Witzend, I just had to have them on the show. They are too good and too much fun to let go. The group - and I only saw the duo of Marianna Thielen and husband and keyboard artist Reece Marsahburn - bring big-band sounds to modern pop and can seamlessly transition between rock, blues, jazz, pop, classical whjile creating something totally unique, and most of all, fun, sound. Frontwoman Marianna Thielen, the face of the group, has a fabulous voice with classical range and and musical theater sensibilities. Her husband, Reece Marshburn, is a master of classical, jazz and pop piano, both backing Marianna, and stepping forward with uncanny skill and great joy. Depending on the project , they surround themselves with national level musicians who fill a venue with unique and infinitely enjoyable music. Marianna and Reece join us at Music Friday at 11:05 am 10.18.13.
Sal Santana youngest son of one of our greatest musical families, joins us on the 18th to celebrate his new album, Rise Up. Taking Rap and Hip Hop to a new level - actually, a new form of music - Sal's music brings together superb musicianship with modern beats and great messages. A keyboard artist, he uses the piano as a percussive instrument while he weaves his voice and that of his music and singers into music you don't want to end. He joins us at 11:30 on 10.18.134 and wse want all of his fans to call in a talk with him about his new album, his tour and his music.
Canto - three brothers who play their unique rock and roll influenced by the acid rock of the '60's join us at 2:30 pm ET.
DREAM ARIA is in a class all its own with fresh, fiery and haunting music. Is it Rock, Techno, Progressive, Classical, New Age, Goth, World music? Fronted by the powerful voice of Ann Burstyn, this band creates sounds that hypnotize. Call in and talk with them, 10.4.13
Naomi joins us with cuts from her new album and stories of evolving her music and producing in LA. Her new album, Composite is a major step forward and a triumph of songwriting, singing and production. Don't miss this. 11:05 am PT.
Jackie Bristrow toured sold out shows with Bonnie Raitt and Tommy Emmanuel. Now, as a USA resident, she has released her 5th album, Freedom, a triumph of her soulful voice and visual lyrics. Tune in and call in at 2:30 pm ET this Friday.
Australian roots singer embarks on his first US/Canadian tour with a stop at Music Friday 9.20.13. Raised by a comedian and a clown, Jordie Lane spent much of his early years traveling in the community circus his parents performed in. Starting ukulele at 4-years old, it wasn’t long before Lane moved to 6-string electric guitar at 9. After finishing high school, he locked himself in his bedroom and delved deep into music, developing his own technique on the acoustic guitar. Inspired by Paul Kelly, Neil Finn, Bob Dylan, Gram Parsons and Townes Van Zandt, Lane wrote hundreds of songs during his early 20s, releasing handmade EPs to sell at local Melbourne gigs.
Lane burst on the music scene when he released his 2009 debut LP Sleeping Patterns which established his reputation as “one of Australia’s brightest new roots music stars”.Sold out national tours followed major festival appearances, supports for The Moody Blues, Cat Power, Old Crow Medicine Show, Gotye and Neko Case, and a feature on Triple J’s ‘Like A Version’ compilation series. Jordie is on tour in the US and Canada now and will break for a conversation with the listeners of music Friday this Friday, 9/20/13.
The magical AOEDE (aka Lisa Sniderman) joins us at 11:05 am PT with her new album for children and adults, What Are Dreams Made Of? Lisa creates mystical musical worlds and stories that children can listen to over and over again and adults love. She has won many awards and the new album has already picked up three awards childrens's entertainment and is now being developed into a screenplay. Truly a unique performer. Don't miss this interview.
I write movie and music reviews every week for Vents Magazine an online magazine dedicated to reviews of music and film and interviews with bands and directors. Vents was started by Rafael Jóvine, who wanted to create a magazine to spread the word of those bands that are so often not received by other types of magazines. Vents is headquartered in Central America and attracts blogs and reviews from around the world and is read globally - reflecting the global nature of pop music today.
Each week I submit one or two interviews or reviews to Vents and will let you know about them on the air and on the site so you can check them out. You can read my review of Irene Diaz's new album here. Next week you will be able to read my interview with the co-directors of the documentary on abortion that everyone is talking about, After Tiller. Don't miss this one. Check out Vents next week - just go to interviews and search under "Patrick". And while you are there, poke around and read some of the other great writers there - this is a magazine you should sign up for. And it is free.
From time to time I interview film directors and stars of films about music. Recently I talked with Sophie Huber, Director of Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction, and with Harry Dean himself at his favorite bar in West Hollywood. You can read the full interview on Vents Magazine.
I interviewed them and reviewed the film for Music Friday because Harry Dean Stanton was a musicain as well as an actor who appear in 250 films including Repo Man and Paris, Texas. His band - the Harry Dean Stanton Band - played major clubs in LA. His music was recorded, but never published. Huber's next project is to assemble an album of his music.
Review: Beautiful, absorbing, important. Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction is a film for everyone.
Harry Dean Stanton is one of Hollywood’s most prolific and legendary actors and a fine musician. He has appeared in over 250 films and 50 television shows and is still acting at the age of 87, performing with Daniel Stern and Laurie Metcalf in the HBO series Getting On, to be released in 2014. He was the lead in Paris, Texas and had important roles in Alien, The Godfather: Part II, Repo Man, The Avengers, Pretty in Pink, and The Green Mile among many, many others.
Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction is director Sophie Huber’s first film. Her previous experience of live performances, music composition, writing and co-directing with the film collective, hangover ltd., stood her well in assembling this film. .A stroke of genius was the selection of the very talented and professional Seamus McGarvey as the Director of Photography who produced stunning black and white scenes with Harry, taking full advantage of the actors unique, character-filled.
Another stroke of genius was Huber’s decision to make the film non-linear and to use Harry’s singing and harmonica to roll out his story, instead of the usual documentary practice of starting at the beginning and going to the culmination or the end. By moving back and forth between interviews with Kris Kristofferson, David Lunch (at one point Lynch is interviewing Harry) Wim Wenders, Sam Shepard and Deborah Harry, Sophie weaves together a coherent story of a somewhat incoherent life. There is no through line, but there is a through theme – the search for home, which Harry tells us about in his enigmatic philosophy, his music and his characters.
Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction (the title comes from a line by Kris Kristofferson) is full of unguarded moments, subtle and not so subtle wry humor, and tales of Harry’s friends Marlon Brando, Jack Nicholson, Kris Kristofferson and others. Never quite in the center of Hollywood, Harry unintentionally illuminates the secondary rings of the industry, the brilliant people who pursue their art and their stories instead of fortunes based on CGI and toy licenses.
Sometimes dark, often impressionistic, occasionally a bit slow for an American audience, but always absorbing, Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction goes far beyond a documentary on an iconic actor, it is a revealing look into the corners of the entertainment industry . Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction is a must see for movie buffs, for HD Stanton fans and for anyone who loves Hollywood and the movies. I guess that makes it a film for all of us.
Host, Music Friday
HARRY DEAN STANTON: PARTLY FICTION
Running Time: 77 minutes
Opens in Los Angeles on September 13 followed by a national roll-out.