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Shining a Light on Dark Corners

We decided to submit an entry to Scott Andrew’s ‘make a video for my new song’ contest and then decided we should post it here. Yes, that last one is nearly fifty megabytes. It’s full resolution, in case we want to burn a CD and watch it all day and all night.

Dark Corners (lo-fi 4.7MB)
Dark Corners (lo-fi 10.6MB)
Dark Corners (hi-fi 46.5MB)

Rush wants to make a ‘making of the video’ video, so we can explain all the strange effects and what she’s doing all the time.

Walkingbirds Huge West Coast Tour, Part II

More photos of Scott Andrew, this time at the Fox and Goose, a marvelous pub here in Sacramento (when you order a porter, you don’t have to specify a warm glass . . . )

Scott is a dynamic performer who’s comfortable with his role as the (ostensible) center of attention. The full arrangements on his CDs and downloadable MP3s translate well to the informality of a single acoustic guitar and voice. It also helps to have a genuinely witty performer who really likes people and enjoys what he’s doing.

It was pure joy to be able to catch both of Scott’s shows here in Sacramento (and to finally meet him in person.) The family and I are looking forward to The Triumphant Return of Walkingbirds and the possibility of putting together a backing band to perform with Scott.

Thanks for two delightful evenings, Scott. I’d be proud to share the stage with you any time.

Walkingbirds Huge West Coast Tour

Okay, really, it was just Scott Andrew here in Sacramento, but he turned in a spectacular performance which he’ll be repeating at the Fox and Goose tonight.

It was gratifying to see folks (including the other performers) lining up to buy Scott’s new album, “Where I’ve Been.” Good stuff, and a steal at only $5. His CD is available at his site. (Or, if you’re one of the first two people to email me and tell me why you want it, I’ll send you an autographed copy, free! Don’t worry; if this sentence is still here, I’ve probably still got a copy.) Also nice of Dave Baldwin, the evening’s host, to invite Scott back for an extra song and give him the spotlight tonight at F&G.

In the meantime, I got a few shots just in case we don’t see him again soon.

Cut the Wire

A long time ago, I wrote “I especially love hearing about a new group and discovering that I’m going to love everything they ever do.”

It is gratifying to have been dead bang 100% right.

Check out “Cut the Wire“, which R.E.M. will be stealing if they know anything at all about music.

Scott will be swinging through the Sacramento/Davis area on his Grand Tour of the US West Coast. If you know of a cool venue he could grace on Sunday November 7th or Monday November 8th, let us know.


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I love hearing new music. I love hearing a new song and falling in love with it. And I especially love hearing about a new group and discovering that I’m going to love everything they ever do.

Walkingbirds are that group today, thanks to a tip from Meryl. 64 kbps MP3s of eight of their songs are available free at their site; that totals about 34 minutes of music, which is almost as much as a Chris Isaak album.

Composed almost entirely of Scott Andrew LePera, the “group” oft includes some Laurie Hallal guitars and vocals, and occasionally sports an additional Derek Poindexter on bass. Somehow, it all manages to sound like acoustic Dishwalla or Better Than Ezra, tinged with Sonvolt. Some first impressions (okay, third impressions) about each of the songs:

  • “Cast the Net Wide” Sounding ever so Celtic, a gentle folky number turns partly rock via one of the few occurances of electric guitar. A tender request for love. I think I’ll take this one home with me . . .
  • “Wasted” Trying desperately to sound sad and dejected, it still sounds hopeful and happy to me. Spare and folky; nice percussive punctuation.
  • “One Sure Thing” Reminds me so much of Dishwalla’s acoustic version of “Counting Blue Cars” but with lyrics I can actually enjoy (and understand. Sorry.) Poppy and brisk. Probably excellent with a nice zinfandel or Scotch ale.
  • “Stay the Same” Briefly sounding more like very (very) early Kenny Loggins, a warm and pensive piece.
  • “Back Around” Definitely worthy of airtime, nice percussion and more ambitious vocals make this stand out, even in this distinguished company.
  • “Hello You” A sunny Sunday afternoon, languid, paced but not actually slow. Interesting electric guitar work. More nice harmonies.
  • “Brickyard Bend” Another one for the airwaves, this reminds me of the small town in Texas where I used to live. You could see the line of teenagers just waiting to get out of town. Again, what should feel dismal ends up feeling bright and sunny. Maybe that’s what I like about it. Nice strong rhythym, layers and layers of vocals, and snappy percussion.
  • “Gravel Road Requiem” This should be the last song on the album. Good driving song (as in, song to listen to while driving, not song that drives – that would be John Fogerty’s “Walking In A Hurricane.”) Makes me want to get around to the road trip I didn’t take last year. Well-done harmonies, pleasing interplay of acoustic and electric guitars, and some real live drumming. One of the more complex tunes, and one of my favorites.

While I’m already a fan and appreciate the free MP3s, I hope Scott gets around to producing a real full-length CD. The Walkingbirds website is a fun and informative read, and I suspect the album’s liner notes would soon be as tattered as those from my copy of Loreen McKennit’s “Book of Secrets.” (Note to music moguls: liner notes sell albums. Intelligent informative liner notes sell bands.)