Paul Pena (Re: Topsoil/Haywire Playlist)
- --- 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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