Milwaukee boy turned marathon musician Mark Mallman is touring to promote his latest release, “Between the Devil and Middle C.” Mallman, who holds the title for the World’s Longest Rock Song – the 52 hour, 4 minute “Marathon 2” – will be performing on Sept. 9 at First Avenue in Minneapolis, and Sept. 16 at Mad Planet in Milwaukee. No word on how long the show will be. (www.mallman.com )
After a year hiatus, modern marvel Mirah has decided to dazzle everyone with a brilliant folk/techno remix CD called “Joyride,” on K Records. Guest musicians include Phil Elverum of Mr. Eerie, Khaela Maricich of the Blow, Jona Bechtoit of YACHT and mixer Guy Sigsworth, but Mirah Yom Tov Zeitlyn’s voice is the star of the record. Her sweet, sweet voice melts me like cheese on hot apple pie. Check out K Records website for a free download. (www.krecs.com)
The sensationally psychedelic pop band Dengue Fever is performing a free, all ages show at the Global Union Festival at Milwaukee’s Humboldt Park Band Shell on Sept. 16. All that I have to say is that this will be the show of the year and you will be a fool to miss it. (www.denguefevermusic.com)
RIP: On Aug. 16, my dog Rene escaped out of my backyard and was killed by a passing auto. I adopted Rene, a black and tan Chihuahua, from Madison Area Technical College’s Vet Tech School back in 1999. She was the alpha dog at my house, regularly taking down my Australian Shepherd and Shar Pei mutt at the same time. I buried her in my backyard with her spiked black leather collar around her neck.
FLOYD DIXON (aka Mr. Magnificent) Died July 26 in Los Angeles, of kidney failure. The singer, songwriter and pianist – whose big songs were “Hey Bartender” and “Telephone Blues” was born Feb. 8, 1929 in Marshall, TX, and had worked with Pinetop Perkins and Henry Gray.
AJ ROBEY Died July 26 in Cleveland, OH, of and undisclosed illness. The singer, songwriter and saxophonist was 54, and a member of Lovers Lane and Gangsters Of Blues.
YESH BOERSTLER Murdered July 28 at a keg party in Maui, HI. The Hawaiian punk rock drummer of the DC’s had been harassed by some partygoers earlier in the night for his punk rock looks, and was found dead of head injuries from being run over by a vehicle. He was 18.
MIKE O’DANIEL Drowned July 29 after he fell from his boat while fishing. An inductee to the Texas Academy Of Country Music Hall Of Fame and the Hall Of Fame For The Light Crust Doughboys, the 61 years old DJ, singer and guitarist was a member of The HighLifes and had worked with Ed Burnet, Tommy Morrell, Hank Thompson, Smokey Montgomery, The Light Crust Doughboy, Leon Rausch, Bob Wills’ Texas Playboys and The Levee Singers.
ANTHONY SCHMIDT Died July 30 at the age of 90. He was the former bassist of The Eddie Blazonczyk's Versatones and owner of Impact Recordings Studio.
BOBBY DOYLE Died July 30 of lung cancer. He was 66. The pianist and singer led The Bobby Doyle Three and had worked with Blood, Sweat & Tears and Kenny Rogers.
RUFUS HARLEY Died July 31 of prostate cancer in Philadelphia. The jazzman was 70 and played saxophone, flute and bagpipes. He worked with Herbie Mann, Sonny Stitt, Laurie Anderson, The Roots and Sonny Rollins.
ARTHUR LEE Died Aug. 3, in Memphis, of leukemia. He was 61, and a member of the seminal ‘60s band Love. The eccentric singer and guitarist was active in the mid-‘60s L.A. scene and was a member of The Lag’s and The American Four before finding success with Love. But Lee refused to perform outside of L.A. and drugs problems and personnel changes foiled the band, relegating them to cult status.
JOHN LOCKE Died Aug. 4 in Southern California. The great keyboardist of the influential hard rock band Spirit, who were known as the most “un-L.A.” of the L.A. bands that came out of the mid-‘60s psychedelic era. The band were led by guitar virtuoso Randy California, who drowned after saving his son from drowning in 1997.
DUKE JORDAN Died Aug. 8, in Valby, Denmark, at the age of 84. The jazz pianist was born in NYC and had worked with The Savoy Sultans, The Roy Eldridge Big Band, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Max Roach and Tommy Porter.
KRISTIN BERGLUND Died Aug. 12 after she accidentally caught fire after getting gasoline on her clothes. The Swedish blues singer and guitarist was 52, and very popular in her home county, which isn’t really known for its blues singers.
JIMMY PRYOR Died August 15, at 90. The singer and guitarist had worked with B.B. King, John Lee Hooker, Cab Calloway and Duke Ellington and is an Iowa Blues Hall Of Fame Inductee.