Levon Helm

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tylerw, Thursday, 19 April 2012 21:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, it's part of a larger portion of the Band I bought from Jon a few years ago with a tax rebate. I told him it was my patriotic duty. I mentioned to him that Levon looked very angry, and he joked that he had a lot to be angry about.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 19 April 2012 21:44 (2 years ago) Permalink

Portrait not portion, sorry.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 19 April 2012 21:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

will now and forever rep for his cameo in 'Shooter'

Kiarostami bag (milo z), Thursday, 19 April 2012 21:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

don't know if he really pursued it, but seems like he could have had more of an acting career -- really a natural screen presence in coal miner's daughter.

tylerw, Thursday, 19 April 2012 22:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

Man, I just heard about this. :(

L'ennui, cette maladie de tous les (Michael White), Thursday, 19 April 2012 22:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

"How come you don't sing more songs about oatmeal?"

pplains, Thursday, 19 April 2012 22:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

Josh -- you have info on that whole Band series? Internet search reveals nothing

Grimy Little Pimp (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Thursday, 19 April 2012 22:30 (2 years ago) Permalink

It's a big cross with all their pictures. Dunno how to link besides posting another pic to Facebook, but I can try ...

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 19 April 2012 22:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

awesome all caps thing from garth hudson
LEVON HELM LEFT US TODAY AT 1:30 PM, THURSDAY, APRIL 19, 2012. I AM TERRIBLY SAD. THANK YOU FOR 50 YEARS OF FRIENDSHIP AND MUSIC. MEMORIES THAT LIVE ON WITH US. NO MORE SORROWS, NO MORE TROUBLES, NO MORE PAIN. HE WENT PEACEFULLY TO THAT BEAUTIFUL MARVELOUS WONDERFUL PLACE. HE WAS BUDDY RICH'S FAVORITE ROCK DRUMMER ... AND MY FRIEND. LEVON, I'M PROUD OF YOU.

tylerw, Thursday, 19 April 2012 22:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

xpost Not to steal Garth's thunder, but you can see the whole thing here:

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 19 April 2012 22:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

HE WAS BUDDY RICH'S FAVORITE ROCK DRUMMER

high praise! and buddy doesn't strike me as a guy that gives out a lot of compliments

Mississippi Butt Hurt (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 19 April 2012 22:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

lol it might be faint praise coming from buddy rich. but still!
and that is an awesome band portrait! i want it.

tylerw, Thursday, 19 April 2012 22:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

haha you mean "rock drummer" as faint praise?

listening to "rag momma rag"...the fills during the "we could be relaxing in our sleeping bag"...goddamn

Mississippi Butt Hurt (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 19 April 2012 22:37 (2 years ago) Permalink

I'm sure Rich actually meant it as honest praise! He was absolutely down on anyone who couldn't vary it up or didn't know that it wasn't simply about pounding away -- Helm in contrast knew exactly that, and compared to a lot of rock drummers, well, there you go...

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 19 April 2012 22:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

maybe! just thought that being budy rich's "favorite rock drummer" probably means you're like his 1000th favorite drummer. like being glenn gould's favorite honky tonk pianist. whatever, it is great, would love to hear the story behind it.
listening now to some dylan/band 74 stuff. even though he's not like an arena rock style drummer, levon could still fill up a big room.

tylerw, Thursday, 19 April 2012 22:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

Manuel played drums on "Rag..." cause Levon was playing mandolin.

Raymond Dubious Davies (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 19 April 2012 22:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

ha, yeah, as noted in that mcguinn/sebastian thread, manuel is a pretty funky lil drummer himself.

tylerw, Thursday, 19 April 2012 22:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

wondering if dylan will do anything for levon tonight, looks like he's playing a show in brazil.

tylerw, Thursday, 19 April 2012 22:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

Manuel played drums on "Rag..." cause Levon was playing mandolin.

― Raymond Dubious Davies (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, April 19, 2012 5:42 PM (11 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

damn! didn't know that!

Mississippi Butt Hurt (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 19 April 2012 22:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

God, this is so sad. RIP Levon.

This interview is from February. He seemed so happy and full of energy! This is such a shock.

I'm not going leftfield on you... (hypehat), Thursday, 19 April 2012 23:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

aw man, RIP

Chris S, Thursday, 19 April 2012 23:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

Manuel played drums on "Rag..." cause Levon was playing mandolin.

It's also Richard on "Ain't No More Cane," one of my 2 or 3 favorite Band songs.

Waterloo? Oh, we've sunsetted that. (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Thursday, 19 April 2012 23:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

Think I've seen mentions of shows where Manuel and Helm doubled up on drums--?

dow, Friday, 20 April 2012 01:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

oh man just heard about this.

RIP

Bee OK, Friday, 20 April 2012 02:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

"Levon is one of the most extraordinary talented people I’ve ever known and very much like an older brother to me. I am so grateful I got to see him one last time and will miss him and love him forever."

when they read this statement on npr from robbie robertson as i was driving home from work i totally teared up

buzza, Friday, 20 April 2012 02:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

dylan:
He was my bosom buddy friend to the end, one of the last true great spirits of my or any other generation. This is just so sad to talk about. I still can remember the first day I met him and the last day I saw him. We go back pretty far and had been through some trials together. I’m going to miss him, as I’m sure a whole lot of others will too.

tylerw, Friday, 20 April 2012 03:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

:-(

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Friday, 20 April 2012 06:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

RIP. Thought he had been dead for some time, probably mixing him up with Rick Danko.

The GeirBot (Geir Hongro), Friday, 20 April 2012 09:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

Great here clip on SCTV

His drumming on "Revolution Blues" is so killer, perfectly echos the menace in the song.

Johnny Hotcox, Friday, 20 April 2012 13:27 (2 years ago) Permalink

i kinda hate to admit this but i've never been super into The Band partly because Levon is the only member who i actually like as a vocalist -- is there any handy list anywhere of all the songs he does lead vox on?

lathe darkman (some dude), Friday, 20 April 2012 15:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

The Band has one of the most comprehensive reference pages for any band on the Web, imo.

Check out the songs album by album, starting with these two.

http://theband.hiof.no/albums/music_from_big_pink.html

http://theband.hiof.no/albums/the_band.html

Pretty accurate for the most part.

pplains, Friday, 20 April 2012 15:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

cool thx

lathe darkman (some dude), Friday, 20 April 2012 15:26 (2 years ago) Permalink

yeah that website is great - i wish every band i loved had a website that thorough.

tylerw, Friday, 20 April 2012 15:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

is there any handy list anywhere of all the songs he does lead vox on?

http://theband.hiof.no/who_sang_what.html

my father will guide me up the stairs to bed (anagram), Friday, 20 April 2012 15:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

nice remembrance from elvis costello: http://www.elviscostello.com/news/ramble-on-levon/303

tylerw, Friday, 20 April 2012 15:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

tho i think EC is mistaken when he says allen toussaint and Levon "had not been in each other’s company since the preparations for The Band’s “Rock Of Ages” live album in 1971" -- pretty sure toussaint worked on the Last Waltz too.

tylerw, Friday, 20 April 2012 15:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

EC's story about Levon being on his "Spectacle" show and interacting w/ him via drum fills was great -- i remember watching that episode and not realizing that they were doing it that way because LH had lost his voice

lathe darkman (some dude), Friday, 20 April 2012 15:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

need to see that episode!

tylerw, Friday, 20 April 2012 15:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

i kinda hate to admit this but i've never been super into The Band partly because Levon is the only member who i actually like as a vocalist

Wow, really? I think all three of the guys are great, especially Danko.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 20 April 2012 15:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

i find Manuel's voice really hard to take, the other guys are OK but Helm is the only one where i'm actually excited to hear his voice

lathe darkman (some dude), Friday, 20 April 2012 16:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

no wait i'm getting them mixed up, is Danko the one that sings "Stage Fright"? that's the song that flashes into my mind as the #1 example of Band vox i do not like

lathe darkman (some dude), Friday, 20 April 2012 16:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

danko sings stage fright -- kind of know what you mena, there's something cartoony about the way he delivers that one. but damn, danko has some amazing vocals. unfaithful servant!

tylerw, Friday, 20 April 2012 16:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

"Makes No Difference!"

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 20 April 2012 16:23 (2 years ago) Permalink


subtract ray lamontughhhh from this and it's great.

tylerw, Friday, 20 April 2012 16:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

Nick's voice has gotten scratchy too.

pplains, Friday, 20 April 2012 16:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

ha yeah. toussaint remains as smooooooth as ever. he is so good.

tylerw, Friday, 20 April 2012 16:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

This is free of LaMontaigne residue:

Waterloo? Oh, we've sunsetted that. (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Friday, 20 April 2012 17:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

OK, that EC remembrance was pretty well done.

i just believe in memes (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 20 April 2012 20:37 (2 years ago) Permalink

His drumming on "Revolution Blues" is so killer, perfectly echos the menace in the song.

WTF?! had no idea that was him

heavy is the head that eats the crayons (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 20 April 2012 20:41 (2 years ago) Permalink


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