This Friday will be Joe Strummer’s birthday, and at 8pm UK time the music and arts community is coming together for a global event to celebrate Joe Strummer’s legacy as a solo musician and singer of The Clash. Produced by Jesse Malin, Jeff Raspe and Joe Strummer estate manager, David Zonshine, A Song for Joe: Celebrating the Life of Joe Strummer will be a two-hour event that will stream for free at JoeStrummer.com, with all donations benefiting the Save Our Stages campaign which is currently making a final push to Congress to pass the Save Our Stages Act and the Restart Act in order to keep independent venues across the US from closing permanently. Continue reading “Jesse Malin and Lucinda to play Joe Strummer birthday benefit”
And so another week comes to its inevitable conclusion dear reader as we go into what may or may not be the penultimate bank holiday weekend of the year – there are plenty of live streams happening if you fancy bedding yourself in with a beer but in the meantime, we leave you this week with two pieces of new music. Below you can find the latest song by Mike Rosenberg aka Passenger – ‘Queenstown’ is about a road trip around New Zealand’s South Island a few years ago “… it was one of the most magical times of my life . This song I think encapsulates that feeling of travel and freedom – something that we are all probably missing greatly at the moment.” But before that here’s Jesse Malin covering Tom Petty’s ‘Crawling Back to You’ a from Petty’s 1994 album ‘Wildflowers’. Malin saw Petty perform the song at the Hollywood Bowl in 2017 — at what would turn out to be Petty’s final show. Stay safe and have a good one.
Continue reading “Something for the weekend: Jesse Malin “Crawling Back to You””
Jesse Malin’s latest album, ‘Sunset Kids’ was produced by Lucinda Williams and her husband, Tom Overby. The resulting sound is very much in the vein of Williams’ new edgy release, ‘Good Souls Better Angels’, with its distorted guitar and attitude. On this single, Williams and Malin sing an excellent atmospheric duet, which is accompanied by an animated video created by Alex Rosas. It’s great to see sleazy city backdrops realised in such colour and with such flair, alongside the brilliantly designed images of Malin and Williams performing together. This is great fun. Read our review of Williams’ new 10/10 album here.
RS Country has started to publish what they’re calling “Social Distancing” interviews with some of the better-known names in music including Lucinda Williams and Jess Malin where they ask them a standard set of questions about all kinds of things including what they’re doing, what they’re listening to and how they think we’re going to get out of all this (spoiler alert – nobody knows). Continue reading “RS Country publishes “Social Distancing” interviews with Williams and Malin”
We leave you this week dear reader with a new video from Jesse Malin for the song ‘Chemical Heart’. It’s taken from his ‘Sunset Kids’ album which was released in August and produced by Lucinda Williams and Tom Overby. We described the record as “a brilliant album of future classics.” He’ll be performing it live in its entirety for the first time on December 19th in New York, with Williams joining him as a special guest. Have a good one.
Next time you feel the need to reach for a ‘what-you-see-is-what-you-get does-exactly-what-is-says-on-the-tin’ record you could, in all honesty not do a lot better than Jesse Malin’s new album ‘Sunset Kids’. Don’t come knocking if you want surprises, but feel free to spin if you want the kind of solid rootsy rock ‘n’. roll that’s been round the block, seen it all and still knows damn well how to please. This is a great album of 14 hugely enjoyable songs. Continue reading “Jesse Malin “Sunset Kids” (Wicked Cool Records, 2019)”
Like all the cool kids seem to do, Jesse Malin came on stage to the strains of ‘Ol’ 55‘ – and this was Jesse Malin and a full band, with a small horn section of trumpet and saxophone poised at the stage edge to add additional power as required through the set. Starting off with a launch into Jesse Malin’s calling card ‘Brooklyn‘ – it’s a slow edge into a set, a mourning for a life that’s gone, with an added edge of time passing and regrets as things change, as Malin sings it “I sometimes lie awake until sunrise – wondering how we become what we despise”. Things soon pick up the pace as Catherine Popper plays the bass intro to ‘Deathstar‘ and then the first new song of the night ‘Chemical Heart‘ a typically twisted love song. For the first time Jesse Malin took a pause to rap with the audience – about the new album and how it came together with Lucinda Williams producing it. Continue reading “Jesse Malin + Hennessey, 100 Club, London, 17th September 2019”
Jesse Malin describes in a feature piece for RS this week the time when his band D Generation were on the road opening for the Ramones in 1996 and first heard Lucinda Williams’ voice: “It was on the duet with Steve Earle ‘You’re Still Standin’ There’ and her distinct nasally tone cut through like a serrated knife, all jagged and dangerous. Excited about his discovery, Malin couldn’t wait to tell his mentor, Joey Ramone. Continue reading “RS talks to Jesse Malin about Lucinda Willams and his new record”
Jesse Malin has announced a headline UK tour to follow the release of his Lucinda Williams-produced new album ‘Sunset Kids’, which is out August 30 via Wicked Cool Records/Velvet Elk. The New York singer-songwriter will follow his previously announced show at London’s 100 Club on September 17th with an extensive UK tour in March 2020. Continue reading “Jesse Malin announces UK dates for 2020”
Jesse Malin has shared the video for ‘Room 13’, the lead track from his Lucinda Williams-produced new album ‘Sunset Kids’, which is due out August 30th via Wicked Cool Records/Velvet Elk. Continue reading “Jesse Malin shares new video from forthcoming album – Watch”