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 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 the Dave Matthews Band

(guest blogged by Howie Klein) 

Jonathan Powers will be our special Blue America guest tomorrow afternoon (2pm, EST) at Firedoglake.

When I interviewed him, he was excited about a Roger Waters live concert he was going to. Turns out he goes to a lot of live shows. In fact, this former U.S. Army captain-- memorialized both in the movie Gunner Palace and the book What Was Asked Of Us-- An Oral History of the Iraq War by the Soldiers Who Fought It-- has just turned 29 this month and he's probably the most enthusiastic music fan I've talked to among anyone running for Congress... ever.

I asked him to suggest a song for the Late Night Music Club at Crooks & Liars. I saw it was hard for him to narrow it down, but he chose a great one. "Whether it's sung by Dylan or Hendrix or the Dave Matthews Band or anyone else," he told me, "All Along the Watchower is a song that can carry you away. I was at the Gorge in Washington State about a month after coming home from Iraq and DMB played one of the most wonderful versions of this. Stefan, the bassist, led in with a bass line that just rocked your soul... and to be honest, I did not even know what was coming. Once they broke into Watchtower I was just blown away. Anytime Dave and Trey are on stage together... I feel that those two are musical geniuses of our generation. Throw in Tim Reynolds and it can just get scary. Whether they are covering tunes, or mixing Everyday and Bathtub Gin... a great blend... they are magical." Here's a video of the actual show Jon was at:



C&L's Late Nite Music Club with Paul McCartney

(guest blogged by Howie Klein)

The first time I met David Kahne he was sweeping floors at a recording studio in San Francisco. At the time, I had a small indie label, 415 Records. A few weeks later he brought me a tape of a song he recorded with a local band, Pearl Harbor & the Explosions, when the studio had some down time. The song put my company-- and him -- on the map.

David, who is now a consistent Blue America supporter, went on to win grammies and produce records for lots of artists including The Bangles, Romeo Void, Sublime, Tony Bennett, Fishbone, Sugar Ray, Wilco, k.d. lang, 311, Regina Spektor, Orgy, The Strokes, and, finally, his musical hero: Paul McCartney. He's worked with Paul on Driving Rain, Freedom, From A Lover to a Friend, Back in the U.S., Back in the World, and, now the newest McCartney release, Memory Almost Full, Paul's first release that won't be on Capitol/EMI. Here's the debut single, "Dance Tonight:"

Cool, huh? If you're as excited about this release as we are, take a look at the EPK they put together. Our pals over at Concord have donated 5 Deluxe packages of the album to the Late Nite Music Club so tonight we're looking for five winners, not one. Just send us an e-mail telling us what you think the significance is of Paul McCartney, one of the best-known names in music anywhere, becoming an "indie artist," rather than recording for a major corporate label. Send it to downwithtyranny@aol.com




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