Paul Pena (Re: Topsoil/Haywire Playlist)
- Welcome, Steve!
--- In fearnwhiskey@y..., you wrote:
> *Paul Pena/Gonna Move/New Train/Hybrid
What's this? We just picked up the soundtrack of _Genghis Blues_ last
week and love it. Was this an older album of Pena's or more recent stuff?
> --- In fearnwhiskey@y..., you wrote:This is an album that was recorded in 1973, but not released until 2000 on
> > *Paul Pena/Gonna Move/New Train/Hybrid
> What's this? We just picked up the soundtrack of _Genghis Blues_ last
> week and love it. Was this an older album of Pena's or more recent stuff?
the Hybrid label. I like it quite a bit. I just got it. It's pretty funky.
It also includes "Jet Airliner", obviously his most famous song.
By coincidence, I had a friend that was recommending Genghis Blues to me.
I've never seen it and didn't even realize it was about Paul. He mentioned
it had some parts in it where Paul was doing some Tuvan throat singing.
Well, as a coincidence, Tim Eriksen does some Tuvan throat singing on the
new Cordelia's Dad record. I don't think I've ever heard that on a rock
I don't know much else about Paul Pena. I'm pretty new to him. Is he still
alive? Anyone know anything more about him?
- --- In fearnwhiskey@y..., "Steve Gardner" <steve@t...> wrote:
> By coincidence, I had a friend that was recommending Genghis Bluesto me.
> I've never seen it and didn't even realize it was about Paul. Hementioned
> it had some parts in it where Paul was doing some Tuvan throat singing.on the
> Well, as a coincidence, Tim Eriksen does some Tuvan throat singing
> new Cordelia's Dad record. I don't think I've ever heard that on a rockYou're going to love the film then. You'd think a synthesis of
> album before.
acoustic blues and Tuvan throat singing would come off as gimmicky,
but Pena makes it sound as natural as can be, kind of like a John Lee
Hooker moan. The story of the journey to Tuva is amazing and Pena
comes off as a very sweet man.
I think one of the tracks off the 1973 record is included in the film
soundtrack; it sounded pretty funky. The rest of the music in the
film is closer to Delta blues, mostly Pena and his acoustic guitar.
> I don't know much else about Paul Pena. I'm pretty new to him. Ishe still
> alive? Anyone know anything more about him?He was diagnosed with liver cancer a few years ago but that was
apparently a mistake. As far as I know, he's still alive and living
in the Bay Area, though I don't know if he's musically active. The
film covers his life, music and health problems up to 1995 in good detail.
>I don't know much else about Paul Pena. I'm pretty new to him. IsI don't have any recent news of him, but did see him play live a
>he still alive? Anyone know anything more about him?
little over a year ago, in Berkeley (Carl, you may remember, this was
Craig and I's first date!) -- very thin and feeble, but sounded
fantastic. I don't think his health allows him to play very often,
but he's still around and hanging in there...
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- Paul Pena's songs on the Ellipse Art throat singing comp is great. I know
his own CD which as released a while back is from the 70's. Does he have
more recent stuff available?
I'll forward the fireworks request to Ms. Scratchy.
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- I believe (no pun intended) that it's been mentioned here before, but you
can find a nifty version/cover of that song on the Macha loved Bedhead CD (a
joint effort between the bands Macha and Bedhead) as well. Worthy of
>*Dollar Store/Believe/Dollar Store/Bloodshot
>[A Cher song. I don't really know the Cher song at all, but there's
>graffiti in the men's bathroom at The Cave in Chapel Hill that says "Do
>you believe in life after love?" That's a line from this song. Well, the
>good part is that after that someone wrote "I want to believe." Someone
>else wrote "You'd better believe!" and then some wiseacre added at the
>bottom "Believe it or not, I'm walkin' on air!" I love that. Serial
>graffiti is the BEST.]
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