Jason Ludwig (Photo: www.facebook.com/jasonludwigmusic)
Music Tonight: This weekend is loaded with quality musical events. You can start things off tonight at the Southgate House as local singer/songwriter Jason Ludwig hosts a "two-fer" release(s) party, joined by special guests The Newbees and Sassy Molasses. From the previews on his Bandcamp site (listen — then purchase the records for just $5 — here), both Lost In Love and Tanglings are phenomenal offerings. It's almost unfair that Ludwig — formerly leader of the Rock group Noctaluca — was able to produce two full-lengths as good as these (most people would die for one in a lifetime). The title track from Lost In Love is available as a free download on the Bandcamp site (the Tanglings' track "Bunkum" is also a freebie), but below is Ludwig doing an impromptu living-room performance of the track on piano. What a voice! And the songwriting and production on the new albums are equally enthralling, as Ludwig gravitates towards a more mature and melodic sound. Tonight's show kicks off at 9 p.m. and admission is $12. Those in attendance will receive a voucher for one of the free albums (and a discount coupon for the other). Click here to read C.A. MacConnell's recent interview with Ludwig for CityBeat.
• Local Holy Hip Hop artist D-Maub presents a release party for his latest effort, Death Before Dishonor, which was unleashed nationally last month through Universal's distribution system. D-Maub is joined by one of the legendary groups of his genre, Gospel Gangstaz, for the 7:30 p.m. showcase at The Underground in Forest Park. Pettidee, Canton Jones and others will also be on hand to provide support.
• One of the pioneers of "live Electronica," Jam band Sound Tribe Sector 9 (who also incorporate Rock, World, Funk and Jazz influences into their mix), grooves into Covington for a show at Madison Theater tonight. The five-piece instrumental crew is on the road often, but this time they're supporting their recent EP, When the Dust Settles. Showtime is 9 p.m. Below is footage from the group's dawn performance at this year's Bonnaroo festival.
Music Saturday: Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All plays its first Cincinnati show, a sold out affair at Corryville's Bogart's. The Hip Hop collective has been called both the future of music and a sign of the forthcoming apocalypse — strip away the hype, though, and they're simply a wildly imaginative and lyrically provocative crew more intriguing than anything coming out of mainstream Hip Hop these days. Here's a stripped-down OFWGKTA (or, if you prefer, Odd Future) doing a session for the BBC.
Music Sunday: One of the first "professional" interviews I ever conducted was a phoner with Pop singer/songwriter Matthew Sweet, who — at the time of our interview — was coming to Cincinnati to perform in support of his new album, Nothing Lasts. At least that's what it said on my advanced "cassette tape" (young 'uns — since this phrase was removed from the Oxford dictionary, click here for an explanation). But that working title soon was changed to Girlfriend, an album that became Sweet's legacy. To honor the 20th anniversary of that release (and to make me feel really old), Sweet is on the road performing Girlfriend live, in its entirety, as well as other songs from his career, including cuts from his latest, Modern Art.
Read Brian Baker's interview with Sweet in this week's CityBeat or right here. Below is video from Sweet's performance on Dennis Miller's old network talk show in 1992. Dig that band! That's late Richard Hell/Lou Reed/Tom Waits collaborator Robert Quine on guitar and Sara Lee (Gang of Four, Robert Fripp's League of Gentlemen, The B-52's, Indigo Girls) on bass.
• Superstar Jam Band Widespread Panic brings the Riverbend outdoor concert season to an end Sunday with an appearance at PNC Pavilion at 7 p.m. Tickets are $29 and showtime is 7 p.m. If you can't afford to go (or can't make it otherwise), but still want to feel the Panic vibes, head to Stanley's Pub for an afterparty featuring Freeform Connection, LB and Dubz and Headphone Dance Party.
• The best way to experience Philly freak-out band Man Man in concert is to walk in cold, not knowing anything about what you're about to see. So … spoiler alert! Don't check out the excellent live video below if you're unfamiliar with the group but plan on attending. Man Man is joined by Grandchildrenat the Southgate House Sunday for a 9 p.m. show. Tickets are $14 in advance or $17 day of show.
(Leave your suggestions/promote yourself or your favorites by telling everyone about your favorite music event recommendations for the day in the comments below.)
Momentous Happenings in Music History for Oct. 14 On this day in 2004, it was huge news that the iTunes music store had sold 150 million songs. Today, that number is well over 10 billion, another testament to the business acumen of late Apple CEO Steve Jobs, who may have a Tupac-like posthumous music career ahead of him, thanks to iTunedSteveJobs.com.
Born This Day: Musical movers and shakers sharing an Oct. 14 birthday include: British Pop star Cliff Richard (1940); Moody Blues singer/bassist Justin Hayward (1946); Dixie Chick Natalie Maines (1974); R&B/Pop superstar Usher (1978); and early ElectroPop star Thomas Dolby (1958), who was tragically blinded by science by an unnamed woman in 1982.
The Wikipedia page for Dolby's biggest hit complains that he is "often mistakenly considered a one-hit wonder" in the United States, mentioning his usually pretty high position on "Best One-Hit Wonders" countdowns. The entry admits "She Blinded Me with Science" was Dolby's "only Top 40 single," but reminds readers he had other songs that charted (quick — name one!). But they charted outside of the Top 40. Which would seem a fair requirement for a "hit." Oh, Wikipedia …
Here's what the legacy of Dolby's sole TOP 40 hit (he's had many others, but not the kind of "hits" that are popular or sell a lot or anything) has given the world (live from La Quinta Inn in Sommerset, New Jersey!):
Momentous Happenings in Music History for Oct. 15 On this day in 1996, Tommy Lee of Motley Crue was charged with attacking a photographer who was trying to take pictures of him and his wife, Pamela Anderson. Because those two were so private and camera-shy …
Born This Day: Musical movers and shakers sharing an Oct. 15 birthday include: the healthiest eater in The Carpenters, Richard Carpenter (1946); the most hilariously-named member of the Jackson 5, Tito Jackson (1953); R&B star Elgin Baylor Lumpkin, who you probably known better as Ginuwine (if you remember "Pony") (1970); and singer/songwriter Barry McGuire (1935).
McGuire is best (only) known in mainstream circles for his 1965 version of the protest song "Eve of Destruction," which has inspired a million drag queens and rollerderby enforcers named "Eva Destruction" and was written by P.F. Sloan, session guitarist with the legendary Wrecking Crew and writer of other hits, like "Secret Agent Man" and songs for The Turtles, Jan & Dean and The Grass Roots.
After more records (none as successful as "Eve") and acting roles (in Hair on Broadway and the wild, trippy James Coburn flick The President's Analyst), McGuire became a born-again Christian in 1971 and, subsequently, a successful Christian music artist. The fact that "Eve of Destruction" had a different meaning when performed by a born-againer was exploited in 1974 when McGuire recorded a new version of the song. But here's the original, performed on Hullabaloo in the ’60s (and is that Jerry Lewis doing the intro?).
Momentous Happenings in Music History for Oct. 16 On this day in 1965, The Beatles recorded "Day Tripper" at London's Abbey Road Studios. The band cut the entire classic in one day (reportedly adjusting the line "She's a big teaser" from "She's a prick teaser"). Like most Beatles hits, "Day Tripper" has been covered numerous times; versions exist by Jimi Hendrix, Cheap Trick, ELO, Anne Murray, Whitesnake, Daniel Ash, Ocean Colour Scene, Type O Negative (in a medley), Lulu, Tommy Shaw and Yellow Magic Orchestra. Here's Sergio Mendes' Bossa Nova take:
Born This Day: Musical movers and shakers sharing an Oct. 16 birthday include: the "Turner" in Bachman Turner Overdrive, Fred Turner (1943); Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir (1947); Red Hot Chili Peppers founder/bassist Flea (real name: Michael Balzary; 1962); one of the Wilson's from Wilson Phillips, Wendy Wilson (1969); and ill-fated Velvet Underground vocalist Christa Päffgen, b.k.a. Nico (1938).