Music Friday Blog

  • Jackie Bristow 9.27.13 with new album

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    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.

  • Jordie Lane. US tour. 9.20.13

    small.jpg 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.

  • AOEDE. What Are Dreams Made Of? 9.20.13

    small.jpgThe 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.

  • Vents Magazine reviews linked to Music Friday

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    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.

  • Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction - a film you should see. Opens 9/13/13.

    20_.jpgFrom 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.

    Patrick O’Heffernan

    Host, Music Friday

     

     

    HARRY DEAN STANTON: PARTLY FICTION

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    Running Time: 77 minutes

    Language: English

    Rating: Unrated

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2372776/

    Opens in Los Angeles on September 13 followed by a national roll-out.  

    4/5

  • Polaris Rose. The Moon and its Secrets. 9.13.13

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    Dynamic Los Angeles band Polaris Rose bring their vivacious alternative rock sound Music Friday with cuts and conversation re: their sophomore EP "The Moon & its Secrets", ready for release next week. Peter Anthony and Madelynn Elyse make up Polaris Rose, a band that's dedicated to soaring melodies and pitch perfect harmonies, all built atop alt rock instrumentation that is undeniably electric in nature. Their emotional songwriting and female/male vocal dynamics is unique and we  - you – get to talk with them this Friday.

  • Lots of Love. 9.13.13.

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    Jessica Fleischer, known online as Lots of Love, is representative of the emerging talent in Southern California - poised, smooth, confident and with a unique sound all her own.  We will talk with her AT 2:30 pm ET about the album she has just released, It's So Hard.

  • Karen Dezelle with new EP at 2:30 pm ET this Friday. 9.6.13

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    Singer-songwriter Karen Dezelle combines honest narratives with soft, soothing vocals, creating a rare quality of vulnerability with wide appeal.  Karen has lived all over the world and it shows in her deft blend
    ing of beats and melodies. Inspired by artists such as Jewel and Joni Mitchell, Karen's brave, emotionally-complex lyrics are offset by a minimalist song structure and sweet, innocent vocals with a hint of Southern twang, creating a unique and moving sound, both calming and exciting. Karen joins us at 2:30 to play songs from her new EP, Lost and Found

  • Irene Diaz at 2:05 pm ET this Friday. 9.6.13

    Irene_dia20z.jpgIrene Diaz at 2:05 pm ET this Friday.  She will be on the air this Friday but I have been listening all week and am dying to hear her live.  Join me if you are in LA. http://www.irenediazmusic.com/irenediazmusic/Home.html.  

  • Blake Collins : A Bell Locks In.

    Blake Collins joins us at 2:30 pm ET this Friday with A Bell Locks In.