Ska legend Desmond Dekker died on May 25 in his home in England. Guardian calendar editor Duncan Scott Davidson writes in praise of the Jamaica native:
"Oh Lord, it is not easy," Desmond Dekker sings in falsetto on his track "It Is Not Easy." "I work and I toil/ Yet I suffer all the while/ Trying to live a life on my own/ I don't want to end up like Al Capone." The suffering has ended for Dekker; he succumbed to a heart attack on May 25. Read more »
Correction time! Apologies go out to Duchess and Her Grace the Duchess. I wrote that Christy Schnabel's Duchess was playing a Mission Creek Music and Arts Festival show Thursday, May 18. That's not happening. Perhaps she'll swing through town soon but she won't be coming through that day. Instead, check out her new self-titled album on Blackball.
Rather, Her Grace the Duchess is playing that night at 12 Galaxies. A big boo-boo, and likely the last time we get that wrong. Read more »
Contributor Dennis Harvey writes in to praise ArnoCorps:
When they said "Ahhhl be baaahhck," wasn't that a promise?!? I fear not. It appears May 20's headlining Café du Nord appearance by ArnoCorps, purportedly Austrian "pioneers of Action-Adventure Hardcore rock 'n' roll," may be their last for the foreseeable future.
They are returning to die Vaterland‹or close, at least, with summer dates in England and Ireland. Read more »
Duncan Scott Davidson interviewed Tiny Telephone honcho and Barsuk artist John Vanderslice for a piece in the May 3 issue of the Guardian. Here's more from his interview with the SF singer-songwriter, who performs tonight, May 12, at the Independent.
Bright lights, big city, and Mr. Vanderslice. Read more »
No, no, no -- we're not talking about United 93. I'm just wringing my hands about neglecting ye olde blogging duties. I left my brain, if not heart, in Reykjavik.
Speaking of which, wannabe Icelanders will want to "floe" on up to the Marin Center in San Rafael tonight? The waifish ethereal men from the land of fire and ice are up there, touring in support of their September 2005
The band's string accompanists, Amiina, open. Read more »
Lesley Gore is in town this weekend, singing at Brava Theater Center. I recently had the chance to call the ‘60s teen queen who is forever linked to classic pop hits such as “It’s My Party” and the proto-feminist “You Don’t Own Me.” Today, the richness of Gore’s voice is a bit duskier, as evidenced by the new CD Ever Since. Read more »