Late Night Music Club with Jason Joseph

Last night, instead of sitting home and making a music clip for the Music Club, I ventured out into the world. I went to check out a scene at the best Irish bar in L.A., Molly Malone's on Fairfax. Every Monday chanteuse Adjoa Skinner

hosts an evening of cool and interesting new talent. She reminded me of a how I image Arianna Huffington must have been when she was in his 20s-- if Arianna was a brilliant singer and songwriter as well as... well, you know. Anyway, her first guest was Wainwright and he totally blew me away with his powerful and poignant alt/pop songs. Wainwright brought up another guy, Jason Joseph to play piano and sing with him and then Jason did his own set. I'll tell you how good Jason Joseph is-- I asked him to work on a song for the Blue America candidates. That good! Here's one he sang, "One Man," last night and dedicated to Barack Obama:



C&L's Late Nite Music Club with Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes

I hope you had a chance to meet our newest Blue America candidate, Jim Neal, this morning; the transcript is here at FDL. A couple weeks ago he told me that when he made his final decision to take on Elizabeth Dole for a senate seat once held by Jesse Helms, he was listening to Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes. I put together a little clip with some random images and the music but it's really the music I wanted to talk about tonight. When the Philly dance sound hit in the 1970s this group, which had been around a long time, just took off like a rocket with... Teddy Pendergrass as the frontman. Their biggest hits were "If You Don't Know Me By Now," "The Love I Lost," "Don't Leave Me This Way," "Bad Luck," and, of course, "Wake Up Everybody." Harold Melvin, who was almost as old as John McCain-- but not that old-- died in 1997.



C&L's Late Nite Music Club with Rickie Lee Jones

As you might have noticed, we're big Rickie Lee Jones fans here at C&L. She sang the Blue America theme song in 2006 and I worked with her for years at Reprise. Long after we had both left Reprise, she did an album Sermon on Exposition Boulevard that I am crazy about. Last week I saw her do the best live show I had ever seen her do, here in L.A. at a club on the East Side. While she was singing "Nobody Knows My Name" I was thinking, "wow I've got to do this one for the Music Club." Tonight's the night:



C&L's Late Nite Music Club with Joni Mitchell

This morning our Blue America candidate was Alan Grayson, the progressive lawyer who's been taking on war profiteers in Iraq. He's also a major Joni Mitchell fan and he picked this one for us tonight, "Chinese Cafe" from Wild Things Run Fast.



Late Night Music Club with Red Smear

Today's NY Times made it clear that the WGA strikers were the stars of last night's Golden Globes ceremony-- and that NBC just did a bumbling and inauthentic job in presenting a situation that wasn't pre-packaged or TV-simple. Blue America collaborators, Iowa-based band Red Smear and award-winning film makers Traveling Light Media, put together this song and video for us. It looks like Red Smear will be traveling up to Illinois to play at a labor rally for John Laesch and then to Ohio to do one for Vic Wulsin.



Late Night Music Club with Blackfire

Tomorrow Blue America has our first-ever Arizona candidate, Howard Shanker, an environmental and civil rights lawyer. He does a lot of work for the native American tribes and in fact, an edgy, punk/indigenous rights band, Blackfire, has been on the campaign trail with him playing benefits and warming up the crowds at his rallies. "They're like family to me," he told us. Come meet Howard at Firedoglake tomorrow at 11am (PT) and enjoy Blackfire's "It Ain't Over" tonight:



C&L's Late Nite Music Club with the Flaming Lips

Tomorrow our Blue America candidate is an extraordinary state senator from Oklahoma, Andrew Rice, a seminary school graduate who is firmly anchored in basic progressive values and principles. And he's taking on one of the most reactionary maniacs in the entire U.S. Senate, Jim "No Such Thing As Global Warming" Inhofe. Make your way over to Firedoglake tomorrow at 1pm Central Time (11am here on the West Coast) and get involved with the live chat between Andrew and members of the Blue America Community. You can also contribute to his campaign on our Blue America page.

We asked him what his favorite music is and he told us he's always singing Woody Guthrie's "Oklahoma Hills" to his kids but that among contemporary bands, he's got some constituents he's very gung-ho over: the Flaming Lips. In fact here's a live version of "She Don't Use Jelly" recorded right there in Oklahoma City.



C&L's Late Nite Music Club with Squirrel Nut Zippers

You've probably heard the Blue America theme song former Squirrel Nut Zippers Tom Maxwell and Ken Mosher adapted for a couple dozen of our candidates based on their song "Put A Lid On It"-- like this one for Darcy Burner and this one for John Laesch. But the Squirrel Nut Zippers had two pretty big hit singles, "Suits Are Picking Up the Bill" in 1998 and a year earlier, "Hell," our LNMC selection for this evening.



C&L's Late Nite Music Club with Woody Guthrie

Tomorrow's Blue America special guest is Sam Bennett from Pennsylvania's Leigh Valley (PA-15). When Darcy Burner said we need "more and better Democrats," she could have been talking about Sam. Come by and meet her tomorrow at Firedoglake, 2pm, EDT. When I asked her what music she likes, she went right to "This Land is Our Land" and specified her favorite version is the original by Woody Guthrie who wrote the song in 1940 as a kind of workingmen's answer to "God Bless America." It's based on an old Baptist hymn.

And of course Sam isn't the only fan of Woody's fantastic American anthem. Listen to his son Arlo do it-- along with Bruce Springsteen, Taj mahal, Emmylou Harris, Little Richard, Bono and John Mellancamp do it. There have been versions by Dylan, Peter, Paul & Mary, and... Bush's father used it as his campaign theme song.



Late Night Music Club with Tom Petty

(Blogged by Howie Klein) Tomorrow's Blue America congressional candidate is Dan Maffei from an upstate New York district that encompasses all of Syracuse and goes right into the suburbs of Rochester. You can find out about all the political aspects of Dan's race against rubber stamp stamp Republican incumbent James Walsh tomorrow at Firedoglake at 2pm (EDT). Tonight has nothing to do with politics per se. I asked Dan why he's using Tom Petty's song "I Won't Back Down" as his campaign theme song. Dan is a big Petty fan and he loved "Free Fallin'" when he was in college but the choice of "I Won't Back Down" wasn't just about his own personal battle for this congressional seat.

Dan is like a walking advertisement for the beauty and liveability of his area of the country, an area hit hard by bad economic policies that have depopulated once thriving communities as "Free Trade" extremists like Bush gave tax breaks to American companies for exporting union jobs to China and other slave-labor countries. Progressives in areas all over America in small cities and towns that have been economically devastated by terrible policies and agendas of greed and selfishness are fighting back and they really and truly will not back down.




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