The Perlich Post

Monday, March 2, 2015

Happy Birthday Papa Lightfoot

Remembering harmonica boss Papa Lightfoot aka Little "Papa" Walter on his day.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Happy Birthday Mary Lou Lord!

Celebrating Mary Lou's milestone birthday with "My Buddy Valentine" from her new Backstreet Angels album. 

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Friday, February 27, 2015

A Post Apocalyptic Valentine straight from Kelly Haigh's heart

The secret's out, Vancouver's Kelly Haigh just released a fantastic album/book package.
For an exceptionally gifted multi-disciplinary artist like Vancouver's Kelly Haigh – who alternately uses paint, ink and guitar strings to create her enjoyably skewed narrative portraits – neither a conventional album package nor a coffee table art book could come close to capturing the twisted totality of her unique take on the human condition.

Leave it to Kelly to dream up a sweet yet somewhat Frankenstienian solution to the dilemma of documenting her prolific and disparate creative output. The 168-page book-bound Post Apocalyptic Valentines (Northern Electric) cleverly combines her latest set of collaborative home recordings with her creepy cool paintings, similarly dark short fiction and song poems which are offset by seemingly random snapshots featuring her trusty sidekick Frances the Singing Dog, hilarious hair salon anecdotes, between-song stage banter and a few life lessons thrown in for good measure. It's essentially everything Kelly does well neatly wrapped between two shiny black covers. Or as she'd likely point out: just about everything – ba-dum-tss!

No doubt there will be some clueless critics who see the rare quality of her brush work and assume that the CD is merely a bonus disc, included as an afterthought by a painter with Opry star delusions. But after just a cursory listen it should become clear that the musical component of Post Apocalyptic Valentines is not some misguided vanity project – it's all a part of a continuum of expression just using different media. Although the songs were obviously recorded on a minimal budget, her seemingly cute and whimsical way of delivering a deeply troubling message perfectly mirrors all the other work on display.

Much more a collaborative operation than her Country Western Star (Darling Music) debut from 2010, Post Apocalyptic Valentines benefits greatly from the vocal and instrumental support of her musician friends. However, the thoughtful contributions of Carolyn Mark, Paul Rigby, Skip Heller and Charlie Hase like the well-chosen covers of tunes by Jack Clement, Floyd TillmanDarius Greene and June Webb don't obfuscate Haigh's role in the recording process, they simply serve to underscore what makes her voice so very unique and resonant. You'll be haunted by Haigh's softly intoned threats for years to come. Post Apocalyptic Valentines could easily work as a stand alone album without the unsettling paintings, prose and off-beat humour but of course, that wouldn't be Kelly. Grab a copy while you can – it's certain to be the most fascinating album/books you'll see/hear this year.


One For The Weekend: Georg Riedel

Here's Georg's fantastic recording of "Gluttony" from his 1967 Swedish jazz-ballet Riedaigalia.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Doug Sahm doc premieres at SXSW on March 19

Certain to be a highlight of SXSW 2015's film component, Sir Doug & The Genuine Texas Cosmic Groove tells the story of Doug Sahm, the wild man musicians' musician and unsung hero of Texas music. A country music child prodigy and teenage rhythm & blues dynamo who caused a riot at his San Antonio high school, Sahm emerged as an international rock star leading the Sir Douglas Quintet. He landed in San Francisco just in time for the Summer of Love in 1967. He returned to Texas as the cowboy hippie rocker who built a burgeoning music scene in Austin before forming the Tex-Mex super group The Texas Tornados. A kinetic, quirky character with a solid sense of place as well as an innate wanderlust, Doug Sahm’s story is the story of Texas music.

The project is a collaboration between Texas writer/director Joe Nick Patoski (who first interviewed Sahm in 1973) and the film company Arts+Labor with the assistance of the Society for the Preservation of Texas Music, a non-profit organization formed in November 2013. The SPTM's Board of Directors include Austin Chronicle and SXSW co-founder Louis Black (credited as one of the film's executive producers), record exec Bill Bentley, attorney Tom Mason, and Arts+Labor executive producer Craig Parks.

Sir Doug and the Genuine Texas Cosmic Groove
Paramount Theatre (713 Congress Ave) Austin, Texas
Thursday, March 19
7:30PM - 8:52PM

Happy Birthday Johnny Cash!

Remembering the late great Johnny Cash on his day with some stellar TV appearances you may have missed.