Friday, June 12, 2009
"Live From Daryl's House" : THE WEEKEND MIX
Elvis Costello's "Spectacle" has taken up quite a bit of space on the pages of BURNING WOOD, including two WEEKEND MIXES. It's debut and subsequent run last year on the Sundance Channel seemed to have hit the nerves of more than just Costello fans.
But another show, just slightly under the radar as it is an internet-only broadcast, has also gotten me smiling like a mental patient. It is Daryl Hall's Live From Daryl's House.
I'm not sure Daryl Hall knew what he himself had gotten into with this venture. The debut seemed a bit more than loose, as the band played old and new songs, in a front porch acoustic style, while Daryl talked awkwardly into the camera. Musically it was fantastic, but as a monthly show, it needed some polish. 20 episodes later, and Daryl Hall has created a brilliant showcase for old and new artists alike, not to mention his still stunning voice.
A new episode airs on the 15th of every month from Daryl's house in upstate NY. He and his band, along with that week's guests, cook, eat, drink wine, share musical war stories and road stories, and play each other's material, as well as some choice covers. But the secret weapon of this show is the special guest himself.
With each month's announcement of who would be appearing, my jaw dropped further to the floor. If it wasn't someone I had never heard of--Company Of Thieves, Chromeo, Monte Montgomery---it was someone I didn't care for---The Bacon Brothers, Ray Manzarek & Robbie Krieger, KT Tunstall. Like magic, or thanks to the keen ear of a vet like Mr. Hall, every one of these artists had something to give, and more often than not, were the highlight of the episode, not the time-fillers.
Kudos to Daryl Hall and a brilliant first season.
This WEEKEND'S MIX is a collection of some of my favorite moments.
If the response is good, there will be a part two.
I Want Someone- Hall & Oates (Live From Daryl's House #13)
Summertime Thing - Chuck Prophet & Daryl Hall (Live From Daryl's House #7)
Shelley My Love - Nick Lowe & Daryl Hall (Live From Daryl's House #8)
Piece Of My Heart - Daryl Hall w/Company Of Thieves (Live From Daryl's House #15)
Crystal Ship- Daryl Hall w/R.Manzarek & R. Krieger (Live From Daryl's House #18)
WPLJ - Daryl Hall (Live From Daryl's House #19)
North Star- Daryl Hall w/Monte Montgomery (Live From Daryl's House #9)
Roadhouse Blues- Daryl Hall w/R. Manzarek & R. Krieger (Live From Daryl's House #18)
You're A Big Girl, Now- Daryl Hall (Live From Daryl's House #19)
Cruel To Be Kind - N.Lowe & D. Hall (Live From Daryl's House #8)
WATCH THE SHOW!