The Rebecca West are (L to R): Matt Hammon, Cameron Dezen Hammon, Alex Dezen
The Rebecca West, a folk trio that has roots in both the East and West Coast, have made a wonderful debut recording titled Lost And Found (which can be purchased on here) and perform concerts mostly in a sparse setting with vocals and 2 guitars that seem to allow a brilliant harmony to reveal itself and resonate, as I witnessed when they opened for Dar Williams at a concert in NYC.
The group’s Cameron Dezen Hammon had a few minutes to speak with me.
CM: Please explain the origin of the name of the group.
Cameron: The Rebecca West is an homage to Rebecca West, British writer, early 20th century. She is acknowledged by some as the first “feminist” writer. She wrote a book about Yugoslavia called “Black Lamb and Grey Falcon,” that’s Matt’s favorite book. We were kicking around names for the band and I suggested Rebecca West, which morphed into “The Rebecca West” Continue reading
George Harrison (1943~2001)
Released 9/5/69 in the UK on Zapple (ZAPPLE 02)
Released 26/5/69 (Chris’ 3rd b’day) in the US on Zapple (ST-3358)
Side 1 (At 00:00): Under The Mersey Wall (George Harrison) 18:40
Recorded in Esher, UK, in February 1969 with the assistance of Rupert and Jostick, the Siamese Twins
Side 2 (At 18:43): No Time Or Space (credited to Harrison) 25:06
Recorded in California in November 1968 with the assistance of Bernie Krause (b. 1938)
[Ed: Notes courtesy of Wikipedia]
Electronic Sound is George Harrison’s first studio album and second album overall, following the release of the Wonderwall Music soundtrack. Released in May 1969, it was the second and final record released on the Beatles’ short-lived Zapple Records label, a subsidiary of Apple Records. The album features two lengthy pieces performed on the Moog synthesizer. It was one of the first albums to make exclusive use of the instrument. Continue reading
Kendra Emery performing at the Bang On a Can Summer Festival in North Adams, MA; July 2013 (Photo courtesy of Ivan Singer)
Saxophonist Kendra Emery is a musician I very recently met in the audience at this year’s Bang On a Can marathon in NY this past June, and at the time I had no idea she was going to be selected as one of the fellows appearing at the Summer festival at MASS MoCA the following month. During that period, I noticed lots of interesting activity in music and clips being posted online from the events that took place, and suddenly it seemed that she was among lots of great influences, and was becoming one of the most up-front individuals participating at the festival. An article that was picked up by Rolling Stone even covered this event, which surely must have attracted some audience members from outside the culture. Since then, she has updated her website and she’s commissioning new works, and even recording her own improvs (You can hear them either on her webpage or on her Soundcloud page). Continue reading
Hans Richter (1888-1976)
Vormittagsspuk (1928; a.k.a. Ghosts Before Breakfast)
Produced by Hans Richter
Music originally by Paul Hindemith (The sound version was destroyed by the Nazis as you’ll see noted in the opening credits–This has a revised score by Donald Sosin)
Cinematography by Reimar Kuntze
Film Editing by Hans Richter (uncredited)
Photo courtesy of Jean Baptiste Mondino; From the final photo shoot, Sept 2013
I’d like to remember Lou for several things.
With a single, solitary song of his (“Walk On The Wild Side”) that was his only exposure to mainstream rock radio for many years during my youth, it was very weird but intriguing to see articles and reviews about him in Rolling Stone and not having any real idea who he was. And it would be a long time before I’d get to hear The Velvet Underground, as their records were unavailable to us by the time I’d heard about them (I just needed to know where the cool record stores were). Continue reading
Photo courtesy of Amy Dickerson
Singer-songwriter Dar Williams will be making an appearance this Saturday, Oct. 19th at 8 PM at Symphony Space in NY. Click up here or on the link below for tickets.
She actually had some time to speak to me via phone for a little bit!
CM: Is it a normal kind of thing for you to play in places that are mostly known for classical/symphonic music?
Dar: Actually, my experience with Symphony Space is that it has a lot of different kinds of music (many of my friends play there), but what you are saying touches upon, I think–Some of the best cultural venues have a lot of diversity in what they do, and they kind of have to feel around sometimes, to get the genre right, but they really work hard to make their space as diverse as possible, especially in New York, where you can play Uptown or Downtown to completely different crowds. People with really savvy directors know how to do different kinds of concerts, so it benefits them. I would say that my music is put side by side with classical venues on a regular basis, so I’m definitely in the singer-songwriter venue world, for the most part. Continue reading
Having seen this early this morning on Turner Classic Movies, it’s a pleasure to share this on The Glass. I love Betty Hutton, and this was quite a surprise for me–I hadn’t seen any of her earliest work on film before, and she’s doing Louis Armstrong’s “Old Man Mose is Dead” (at 7:28). Enjoy this treat!