NAME: Dave Nelson
BAND AFFILIATION: Nelson Patton
1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … Stevie Ray Vaughan’s Texas Flood
Review and photograph by Joel Reed
Just before Many Arms crashed into “Surface of Last Standing,” the first song of their set at the Spotty Dog Books & Ale in Hudson, someone who’d been enjoying the evening too much had a request: “Play Jimi! I love Jimi Hendrix! I know you can do it – ‘The Wind Cried Mary!'”
He was right – of course they could. Nick Millevoi (guitar), Johnny DeBlase (bass) and Ricardo Lagomasino (drums) have the chops to play anything, but in their own way. Saxophonist Colin Fisher, joining the group for this tour and on Suspended Definition, Many Arms’ latest release from John Zorn’s Tzadik label, responded that they’ll play all of Hendrix mashed-up, condensed and backwards.
“I had a friend who had a very influential older brother with a fantastic record collection, so at a very young age, I was able to listen to Bowie, the Stones, the Velvet Underground and John Cale albums. Stuff that wasn’t necessarily being played on the radio back then. And I still like those albums quite a lot.
NAME: Karen Schoemer
BAND AFFILIATION: The Schoemer Formation
INSTRUMENT: Words, voice
1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … A Donny Osmond collection off TV. I had to work hard on my parents to get them to buy it and send the money away. It took weeks of concentrated pestering and allowance deal-brokering. I was 8 or 9 years old. We had a stereo in the living room, and it had an arm that held the LP in place and dropped it on the turntable. I remember being really thrilled. The album had all the hits: “Go Away Little Girl,” “Puppy Love,” “Hey Girl.” All I’d bought up until then were 45s, and there was something beautiful about all those songs piled on the same piece of vinyl with the little black grooves separating them.
1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … First tape – Michael Jackson’s Bad. First CD – Pearl Jam’s Vs.
2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … With my mom: MC Hammer. On my own: Silkworm with Granddaddy.
3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … 1994 Mexican made Fender precision bass. Had it 18 years until last year when it was stolen while I was on tour in Poland.
4. THE FIRST SONG THAT I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS … No idea. Probably some Nirvana cover in high school.
5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … Los Asnos Muertos, when I was 15 years old. Didn’t last long.
I gotta admit that I’d never heard of early-20-something guitar phenom Daniel Bachman until this past weekend when I stumbled across his amazing playing… and lo and behold, he’s playing at Nippertown’s coolest multi-purpose bookstore/bar/concert venue the Spotty Dog Books & Ale in Hudson on Thursday evening (January 24).
If you’re a fan of John Fahey, Leo Kottke, Jack Rose and the rest of the acoustic steel-string guitarists who tend to get lumped into that American Primitive Guitar bag, you might already be familiar with the fab Fredericksburg, Virginia native who describes his sound as “psychedelic Appalachia.”
Check out Bachman’s album Seven Pines on the Tompkins Square label. (He performs the title track as the second selection in the above video.)
Or better yet, go and see if he can really do all of this live on a guitar…