Joe Cocker has been on my mind since I discovered his Fire It Up Live release—brilliant album. The cover of Paolo Nutini’s Caustic Love stood out to me, perhaps only because of Joe Cocker’s latest album, when I first saw it. It reminded me of something and if I had not been listening to Cocker recently I may have missed it. Caustic Love looks enough like With a Little Help from My Friends to be interesting. Cocker’s With a Little Help from My Friends is a wonderful album, with its mix of soul and rock, and Nutini's reminded me enough of it to wish to revisit it.
Pokey LaFarge’s eponymous 2013 release has me musing about what a Lafarge and Madeleine Peyroux duet album might be like. Pokey LeFarge sounds like a Peyroux album, a male one of course, and that is a fine compliment for these twelve tunes. It is certainly different from some of his earlier work which is more recognizable as American roots, like early Dylan, rather than something to suit Preservation Hall.
NY Times columnist Jesse Sheidlower, caused a ripple recently publishing his article, The Case for Profanity in Print (http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/31/opinion/the-case-for-profanity-in-print.html?_r=1). It's a short, thoughtful opinion piece about censorship in media and the need to reform the current restrictions in reporting news.
Can you fake a kazoo? auto tune it up? I don’t know. A kazoo is kind of like spoons though; you can either play or you can’t. Nathan James and his band mates, over the years, seem to be able to play kazoo, and good old American music.