Kelley Stoltz at Needles & Pens (via) The both Kelley Stoltz covers (XTC’s ‘Grass’ from their 1986′s 8th studio album “Skylarking” which was produced by Todd Rundgren, and 13th Floor Elevators’ ‘Splash’ from the 1966 album “The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators”) are taken from the performance on Friday night at Needles & Pens, San Francisco, Namesake captured the songs on a pocket recorder. Needles & Pens is an emporium of zines, books, handmade goods, and an art gallery. Located in San Francisco’s Mission district since 2003.
“Bill Fay is one of English music’s best kept secrets. At the dawn of the 1970s, he was a one-man song factory, with a piano that spilled liquid gold and a voice every bit the equal of Ray Davies, John Lennon, early Bowie, or Procol Harum’s Gary Brooker. He made two solo albums but his contract wasn’t renewed, which left his LPs and his reputation to become cult items. But he never stopped writing, the music kept on coming. Now, in his late sixties, he has produced Life Is People, a brand new studio album that shows his profoundly humanist vision is as strong as it ever was.” “He was motivated by American producer Joshua Henry. Spooling through Bill’s home demos, Joshua discovered an incredible trove of material. Matt Deighton (Oasis, Paul Weller, Mother Earth) assembled a cast of backup musicians to bring out the songs’ full potential. These include Deighton on guitar, Tim Weller (who’s played drums for everyone from Will Young to Noel Gallagher and Goldfrapp), and keyboardist Mikey Rowe (High Flying Birds, Stevie Nicks, etc). In addition, Bill is reunited on several tracks with Ray Russell and drummer Alan Rushton, who played on Time Of The Last Persecution.” — Dead Oceans “Life is People,” Bill Fay’s first properly crafted studio album since 1971, is due out on August 21st via Dead Oceans.
Bill Fay – Be At Peace With Yourself (Official Video), off the album “Life Is People.” Director: Dan Huiting / Camera: Dylan Wiehahn, Tabb Firchau, Dan Huiting, and Chris Hadland. / Editor/colorist: Kevin Russell
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