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Video Clip of The Week: Israel Nash, “Lucky Ones”

While comparisons will be immediately made between Israel Nash’s “Lucky Ones” and Neal Young’s “Harvest Moon,” I doubt that Nash would complain at all about being mentioned in the same sentence as one of the greatest American songwriters of all time.  The similarities are not just for Nash’s vocal delivery, but also for the song’s lush wistfulness and the really top-notch songwriting that includes a jaw-droppingly flawless instrumental arrangement and incredible word economy that tells you all you need to know about the kind of artist he is in under 4 minutes. Wow. High fives all around on this one.

Visually, we get to see Nash looking very much like a young Gregg Allman, as he explores the land on his ranch in the Texas Hill Country, recording the sounds of nature that were meticulously incorporated into various songs during the recording of his new album. It’s so fresh and so understated, you almost don’t even notice when it’s over. “Lucky Ones” can be found on Lifted, out July 27th, 2018 on Desert Folklore Music / Loose Music. Recommended if you like any of these artists: Neil Young, The Eagles, The Byrds, Joseph Arther, Gomez, The Sheepdogs.  Enjoy!

Israel Nash

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Friedrich Kunath: The Temptation To Exist (May Contain Nuts)

I Was Thinking About What a Friend Had Said, I Was hoping it Was a Lie
I Was Thinking About What a Friend Had Said, I Was Hoping it Was a Lie By Friedrich Kunath (All Photos By Gail, Click on Any Image to Enlarge for Detail)

There’s a lot going on to both look at and think about in The Temptation To Exist (May Contain Nuts)Friedrich Kunath’s fourth solo exhibit now up at the Andrea Rosen Gallery – in that the exhibit is made up of three distinct series of works.

Meloncholy Towers
Meloncholy Towers

In the foyer of the gallery and continuing in the large main space you can see a series of Cat Habitats, adorned with watermelon wedges and other fresh fruits in various states of consumption, all entitled Meloncholy Tower. Melon, Tower, that has to be some kind of a pun, right? And do cats even eat watermelon? Discuss.

Meloncholy Tower 4
Detail from Meloncholy Tower #4
The Inside Of The Outside Of A Dream (Kangaroo)
The Inside Of The Outside Of A Dream (Kangaroo) and Detail, Below

The Inside Of The Outside Of A Dream (Kangaroo)

Elsewhere, Kunath presents a series of emotionally evocative paintings that are what I’d call “Dreamscapes” — juxtaposing bucolic landscape images with a dreamlike scene overlapping or placed within the larger picture, creating a “Daydream Versus Reality” vibe.

I Dreamed It Was A Dream That You Were Gone
I Dreamed It Was A Dream That You Were Gone

I am not usually a sentimental person when it comes to relationships, but this one killed me.

I Was Thinking About What a Friend Had Said, I Was hoping it Was a Lie
I Was Thinking About What a Friend Had Said, I Was hoping it Was a Lie (Skull)

Spreading across the rear wall of the main gallery and continuing into the next room is a multi-panel Rainbow Flag-style series of paintings where each canvas features one small object (ranging from a frog to a candle or a single daisy). This series is entitled I Was Thinking About What a Friend Had Said, I Was Hoping it Was a Lie, which is a lyric from Neil Young’s profoundly melancholy (Meloncholy) song, “After the Goldrush.” So, there’s that.

The Temptation To Exist (May Contain Nuts) by Friedrich Kunath will be on Exhibit through April 26th, 2014 at Andrea Rosen Gallery, Located at 525 West 24th Street in the Chelsea Gallery District.

Recommended Listening: American Hustle Soundtrack

American Hustle Album Artwork

Have you seen American Hustle yet? It is the best movie, about a story that happened during my favorite decade: the 1970s. The Seventies were a time of amazing visual stye in everything from furniture design to fashion, but it was also the decade of the best music ever. Just think about it: the worldwide phenomena that was Disco book-ended by The Beatles and Punk Rock. Wow. Mind blowing. It all happened in The Seventies!

It stands to reason then that American Hustle’s Original Motion Picture Soundtrack would be liberally studded with some serious seventies musical gems. There is something for every musical taste on this disc, from big band action courtesy of Duke Ellington’s “Jeep’s Blues” to timeless classic rock (Elton John’s “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road”), to an original instrumental track by veteran soundtrack composer, Danny Elfman. There may not be any Beatles’ songs on here, but Paul McCartney (the world’s first Billionaire Rock Star) makes an appearance with his post-Beatle’s band, Wings, delivering the epic spy film theme song, “Live and Let Die.”

Not unexpectedly, revisiting songs that I first heard when I was a pre-teen music snob has inspired me to have a bit of an epiphany. America’s mega-hit from 1972, “A Horse With No Name” was dismissed by me at the time of its release as a Neil Young rip off full of lyrical nonsense. But in a modern day context, the part where the narrator is “looking at a riverbed” and reflecting that, “The story it told / of a river that flowed/ made me sad to think it was dead” is positively sobering. Because remember: he’s in the desert. This song is genius.

Of course, it would not be a full-on 70s experience without some crotch grabbing disco fun, and Music Supervisor Susan Jacobs hits it out of the park by including Donna Summer’s “I Feel Love” — a song that says more about the pervasive hedonism of Disco culture with just three words and a wildly hypnotic, insistent electronic beat than any other song ever has. And while I was originally bummed that the included performance of “Don’t Leave Me This Way” is by Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes rather that the classic Thelma Houston version, I got over it pretty quickly.

Speaking of covers, I very much enjoy the faithful-to-the-original arrangement of Jefferson Airplane’s classic “White Rabbit” sung in Arabic by vocalist Mayssa Karaa.

But the song which has unarguably received the biggest shot in the arm for its inclusion in the film is Electric Light Orchestra’s prophetic and compelling “10538 Overture,” which has probably been downloaded a hundred times since you started reading this review. I can’t believe I have survived for forty years without having this song at my finger tipis to replay over and over and over again. Seriously, this song is just insane. ELO appear again with “Long Black Road” and vocalist Jeff Lynne also contributes “Stream Of Stars,” a previously unreleased instrumental track that just takes its own little journey to the center of your heart in under three minutes.

Tom Jones, Jack Jones and Chris Stills (son of Stephen Stills, providing the only song not actually written and previously recorded in the seventies) round out this A+ collection of songs that rank as a must own album for any music fan.

American Hustle – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, Track Listing:

1.    Jeep’s Blues | Duke Ellington

2.    Goodbye Yellow Brick Road | Elton John

3.    White Rabbit | Mayssa Karaa

4.    10538 Overture | Electric Light Orchestra

5.    Live And Let Die | Wings

6.    How Can You Mend A Broken Heart | Bee Gees

7.    I Feel Love | Donna Summer

8.    Don’t Leave Me This Way | Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes

9.    Delilah | Tom Jones

10.  I’ve Got Your Number | Jack Jones

11.  Long Black Road | Electric Light Orchestra

12.  A Horse With No Name | America

13.  Stream Of Stars | Jeff Lynne

14.  Live To Live  | Chris Stills

15.  Irving Montage | Danny Elfman

Graham Nash Visual Harmony at Morrison Hotel Gallery

Graham Nash With MH  Gallery Logo
Graham Nash Self Portrait (All Photos By Gail)

You might recall that last October I attended an exhibit of the Amazing Artwork of musician Graham Nash, which was unbelievably impressive. Those who know the two-time R&R Hall Of Fame inductee only for this career spanning work with The Hollies and Crosby, Stills & Nash would be blown away by the diverse visual media in which Nash works: from painting to drawing to collage as well as being an expert photographer. So much talent in one person: it boggles the mind a bit.

Joni and Johnny
Joni Mitchell and Johnny Cash

Narrowing the focusing a bit, Morrison Hotel Gallery is currently hosting an exhibit called Visual Harmony which showcases Nash’s mostly black and white (with a few color shots) photography from a time in the seventies when music was everything. Nash’s preferred subjects for this series are mainly his band mates (Stephen Stills, David Crosby, Neal Young) and friends or lovers (Johnny Cash, Jackson Brown, Joni Mitchell, Judy Collins) whom he shoots both in candid, intimate moments and on stage. Every picture, indeed, tells a story.

CSNY In Hawaii
Cosby, Stills, Nash & Young In Hawaii 1974

I recognized quite a few shots from the previous show but there are some new ones as well. If you missed last year’s exhibit then this one is a must see. Unfortunately, the size of the crowd at last night’s opening reception kept me from getting any decent shots of Nash’s work, so don’t take these as any kind of accurate representation of his ridiculous talent.

Graham Nash In the Crowd
Graham Nash at the Opening Reception for Visual Harmony

The Morrison Hotel Gallery (Loft) is Located at 116 Prince Street in Soho, New York. For more information visit their website at Morrison Hotel Gallery Dot Com.

Color Enhanced Photo By Graham Nash
Color Enhanced Photo By Graham Nash, Subject Unknown

The Art of Graham Nash at ACA Galleries

Graham Nash Self Portrait Mirror Trio
Three Self Portraits By Graham Nash (All Photos By Gail)

You’d have to be dead from the neck up to not know who musician and songwriter Graham Nash is. Between his work in The Hollies and his decades-long collaboration in Crosby, Stills and Nash, he’s written some of the best-loved songs in the American rock catalog. Nash been an avid photographer since he was 10 years old, but you might be surprised to find out that his impressive art portfolio also includes an extensive collection of pastel drawings, abstract photography, and politically themed, large format photo assemblages. You can see a broad sampling of Graham Nash’s art now through October 27, 2012 at ACA Galleries in the Chelsea gallery district.

David Crosby and Phil Collins
David Crosby and Phil Collins

Bob Dylan Joni Mitchell Elvis Costello
Bob Dylan with Leon Russell, Joni Mitchell, Elvis Costello

I was fortunate to attend the opening night reception for this exhibit, and to also briefly meet Graham Nash, who is extremely friendly and down-to-earth. While Nash’s realist portraiture is among the most vivid and iconic photography in the rock realm, I was also wildly impressed with his more abstract works and his provocative digital collages.

Citizens United By Graham Nash
Citizens United

Nash is widely known as an activist in support of causes related to social justice, peace, environmental issues and progressive politics. He addresses these issues in several pieces included in this exhibit.

Hearts Desire By Graham Nash
Hearts Desire

This Could Be You
This Could Be You

Tape Abstract by Graham Nash
Tape Abstract

What’s most remarkable about Nash’s work is how consistently high quality his pieces are. He seems to be equally talented at just about everything he sets his hand to. His abstract photography is particularly sharp and clever. I recommend this exhibit especially to fans of Graham Nash’s music, because I think it will really blow your mind to see what else this guy can do. The exhibit is only up for a brief time so you just have one more week to check it out. Don’t miss it!

Graham and Liz D at Opening Reception
Graham Nash Poses with Friends at the Exhibit’s Opening Reception

The Art of Graham Nash will be on Exhibit only through October 27th, 2012 at ACA Galleries, Located at 529 West 20th Street, 5th Floor, NYC.

Graham Nash Self Portrait in the Flag
Self Portrait in the Flag

Neil Young is Young
Neil Young

Bryan Ferry at NYC’s Beacon Theater: The Set List


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This past Thursday I was super fortunate to have been able to see Roxy Music front man Bryan Ferry perform at the Beacon Theater here in NYC. He looked great and sounded amazing! He also did a fun and varied set of songs that ranged from both early and later period Roxy Music, his own solo stuff and covers of Bob Dylan and Neil Young tunes. Ferry is changing up the song list on this tour, so every show is a little bit different, but if you weren’t at the Beacon on October 6, 2011, this is what you missed.

The Main Thing (Roxy Music)
Slave to Love
Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues (Bob Dylan cover)
Casanova (Roxy Music)
If There is Something (Roxy Music song)
Make You Feel My Love (Bob Dylan cover)
Boys and Girls
Kiss and Tell
To Turn You On
Like a Hurricane (Neil Young cover)
Tara (Roxy Music)
Bitter Sweet (Roxy Music)
You Can Dance
Reason and Rhyme
Avalon (Roxy Music)
My Only Love (Roxy Music)
Love Is The Drug (Roxy Music)
All Along The Watchtower (Bob Dylan cover)
Let’s Stick Together (Wilbert Harrison cover)

Encore:
Jealous Guy (John Lennon cover)
Hold On (I’m Coming)