19th Nervous Hoedown

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All new music from:
 Martha Wainwright, Marvin Etzioni, Karen Mantler, Dave Schramm, Peter Holsapple, Kate Jacobs, Don Piper, Amy Allison, and a talk with writer Kevin Avery

Presented by: Nicholas Hill

The Radio Free All Stars: Doug Wieselman, Dave Schramm, David Mansfield, JD Foster, Andy Burton, and Peter Moser

Martha Wainwright came and played two new, beautiful, sad, mad, songs about marriage and mothers, accompanied gorgeously by the All Stars. Marvin Etzioni sang an honest to god love song — hadn’t heard one like that in years! — and a tambourine-thwacking sing-a-long protest song (come to think of it, haven’t heard one of those either).  Kevin Avery read from his new book about rock critic Paul Nelson.  NEW MEMBER Amy Allison — yeah! — played a classic beauty about rain. Don Piper sent one from China, recorded on his phone. Peter Holsapple sent a drinking song and Peter Blegvad sent Karen Mantler who sang irregular French verbs. Dave Schramm sang of 13 years and Kate Jacobs of 13 year olds. Andy Taub of Brooklyn Recording made everything sound wonderful as usual.

Amy Allison, The Rain is My Friend (Amy Allison) performed live with the Radio Free All-Stars; Shop Girl Songs (BMI) admin Bug Music

Peter Holsapple, Happy the Drunk (Peter Holsapple) performed and recorded by Peter Holsapple; Hospital Music (BMI) admin Bug Music

Martha Wainwright, Can You Believe It? (Martha Wainwright) recorded live with the Radio Free All Stars; Copyright Control- Martha Wainwright (SOCAN)

Dave Schramm, 13 Years Were Not Enough (Dave Schramm) recorded live with the Radio Free All Stars; Hot Stove Music (BMI)

Marvin Etzioni, You Possess Me (Marvin Etzioni) recorded live with the Radio Free All Stars, plus Marvinetz Martha Wainwright, Amy Allison & Kate Jacobs; Peer International

Marvin Etzioni, I Wanna Hear Protest Songs Again (Marvin Etzioni); recorded live with the Radio Free All Stars, plus Martha Wainwright, Amy Allison & Kate Jacobs; Copyright control Marvin Etzioni (ASCAP)

Kevin Avery, talks with Nicholas and reads from his new book about Paul Nelson, Everything is an Afterthought: the Life and Writings of Paul Nelson; Fantagraphics Books 2011; www.kevinavery.com;  http://www.amazon.com/Everything-Afterthought-Life-Writings-Nelson/dp/1606994751/ref=pd_sim_b1

Kate Jacobs, We Own This Town (Kate Jacobs) recorded live with the Radio Free All Stars; Small Pond Music (BMI)

Karen Mantler, Speak French (Karen Mantler); composed, performed and recorded by Karen Mantler; Grog Kill Music  (ASCAP)

Don Piper, Float Through Passersby (Don Piper) recorded by Don Piper with live overdubs from the Radio Free All-Stars; Situational Sounds (ASCAP)

Martha Wainwright, All Your Clothes (Martha Wainwright) live with the Radio Free All Stars; Copyright Control- Martha Wainwright (SOCAN)

Recorded by Andy Taub assisted by Sean O’Brien and Alex Thompson at Brooklyn Recording NYC, October 19, 2011


Don Piper from China:

Hello radio free song club listeners. Don Piper here reporting from gorgeous Yangshuo, China.  I am delivering my latest song via the wonderful interweb. Its called Float Thru Passersby. I came up with the chords and melody back in New York before leaving on our adventure. The lyrics were written partially in Kunming,China and Hanoi, Vietnam. Then I put the finishing touches here in Yangshuo where I then recorded the demo entirely on my iPhone. I’ll leave it to the listener to interpret the lyrics on this one. Rock on allstars.

Peter Blegvad re: Karen Mantler

Rose Blake, the artist daughter of Sir Peter Blake (the artist who designed the Sgt Pepper cover) has set up a nice website of playlists chosen by a whole slew of creative types – songs they like working to – her site is called STUDIO MUSIC – http://www.studiomusic.fm/

I chose songs by the Who, Ry Cooder, Robert Wyatt, Hendrix, Nick Lowe, Billie Holiday, Nina Simone… and Karen Mantler (my selection from her oeuvre was “My Cat Arnold is Dead”).

I’ve had the pleasure of working with Karen several times over the years. (Just a few weeks ago she played two memorable gigs with me, John Greaves and Chris Cutler here in London). Her French may not be perfect, but she’s one of the most original composer/instrumentalist/singers around,

I hope you all will dig her too.

Karen Mantler:

My mother and I have been studying French for 20 years and still can’t speak it. We decided to give up on learning common phrases and concentrate on irregular verbs.

I wrote this song because memorizing them by rote didn’t seem to be helping. I jumbled them all up so you would really have to think about each one. But it didn’t really work because now the only way I can remember them is by singing through the song to find the one I want!