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Arkansas flags to fly at half-staff for Levon Helm

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe has ordered that flags fly at half-staff on Friday to honor Arkansas native Levon Helm, who died last week.

Helm, who grew up in Turkey Scratch, attained worldwide fame as a member of The Band. He died last week after battling throat cancer.

The governor issued a proclamation honoring Helm. Beebe called Helm "an enormously talented performer and gifted musician whose Arkansas roots can be heard and felt in his voice and in his music."

Helm is widely known for songs he sang with The Band, including "The Weight" and "Up on Cripple Creek."

A public memorial was held Thursday in Woodstock, N.Y., where Helm lived until his death.

pplains, Thursday, 26 April 2012 17:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

I'd give everything to have come from a place called Turkey Scratch.

One Way Ticket on the 1277 Express (Bill Magill), Thursday, 26 April 2012 18:44 (2 years ago) Permalink

you could move there, give your kids the opportunity you never had

Number None, Thursday, 26 April 2012 18:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

tylerw, Thursday, 26 April 2012 18:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

Small town.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 26 April 2012 18:55 (2 years ago) Permalink

also for some reason i always find it way more impressive when awesome drummers can sing at the same time than when ppl that play other instruments sing at the same time, though i guess i don't know why i think that's different

― Mississippi Butt Hurt (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, April 17, 2012 5:51 PM (Yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

it totally is imo, just because you use so much more of your body and especially upper body playing a drum set than most other instruments, also requires i think a little more breath control or consciousness of moving around or away from the mic.

― some former lust object you've shamefully forgotten (some dude), Wednesday, April 18, 2012 2:11 PM (1 week ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

also really notable imo is the ease & joy with which he pulls this off, so elastic & graceful

listening to cbc the sunday edition at midnight last sunday in a cottage, michael enright gave a brief eulogy to helm & played "the hold." one of my earliest musical memories is of my father playing that song, & i have so many wonderful moments & memories of hearing it since, i almost burst into tears right there

flopson, Thursday, 26 April 2012 19:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

pplains, Friday, 27 April 2012 18:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

I think Ai Lien scoped you taking that shot today, pp. She wondered what you were up to.

andrew m., Friday, 27 April 2012 20:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

She didn't catch me walking on the grass, did she?

Could've been windier.

pplains, Friday, 27 April 2012 20:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

Remembrance from Donald Fagen

LEVON HELM: 1940 - 2012

During the last few years, whenever possible, I've played in the rhythm section of Levon Helm's band at his house/blues-joint up in Woodstock, N.Y. I was literally grandfathered in: Levon's daughter Amy, who has two boys herself, is also daughter to my wife, Libby. Amy, a terrific singer, has been central to the Midnight Ramble since it's inception.

On those Saturday nights, I had a great sightline over to Levon, straight across the top of the Steinway. When he was into his groove, with that left shoulder pulled down, wailing into the boom mic on his right, I couldn't take my eyes off him. I couldn't figure out how he could keep that thuddy, cycling pulse so even, making every fill and roll, and yet sing so well at the same time. He made all those machines - the sticks, the skins, the pedals, the cymbals, even the microphone - into living extensions of his own body. Without ever sounding mechanical, he always put the downbeat in that sweet spot. Locking in with Levon was the easiest gig I've ever had.

Towards the end, before each show, he was trying everything possible - inhalers. steam and whatever - to get his damaged larynx loose enough to sing a few tunes so as not to disappoint the folks. The fact is, when he walked out on stage and sat down at the kit, his percussive excellence and iconic presence were more than enough to satisfy most all the paying customers. His family, his old bandmates Robbie and Garth, the Ramble band and crew and several generations of fans around the world - we're all missing him.

tylerw, Tuesday, 1 May 2012 19:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

god it's beautiful to have a wordsmith like fagen describe helm so perfectly

Neil Young’s social media channels (some dude), Tuesday, 1 May 2012 19:37 (2 years ago) Permalink

otm

still bummed that he's really gone

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 1 May 2012 19:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

They should hire Fagen and Becker to write negative obituaries.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 1 May 2012 19:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

save it for another thread josh

that's a really nice piece.

I couldn't figure out how he could keep that thuddy, cycling pulse so even, making every fill and roll, and yet sing so well at the same time. He made all those machines - the sticks, the skins, the pedals, the cymbals, even the microphone - into living extensions of his own body. Without ever sounding mechanical, he always put the downbeat in that sweet spot. Locking in with Levon was the easiest gig I've ever had.

gets at some of the stuff i was trying to express upthread

l0u1s j0rdan (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 1 May 2012 20:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

yeah was listening to rock of ages over the weekend, and it was clear how much the band followed levon's lead, like they could just bounce around helm's drums. even danko, who is the other part of the rhythm section, had enormous freedom.

tylerw, Tuesday, 1 May 2012 20:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

Which link is better for the xpost Levon & the Hawks set? File Factory's freebie keeps being fully in use--"try again"--and that skeeball thing, h'm-m-m.

dow, Friday, 4 May 2012 14:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

i did it through filefactory, which, yeah is a pain in the ass. i would put it up on mediafire, but i've been kicked off of there.

tylerw, Friday, 4 May 2012 15:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

Remembrance from Donald Fagen

Sorry, but I've got this non-stop refrain in my head now

Rock of Ages
Lost Wages
Rock of Ages
Lost Wages

Stars on 45 Fell on Alabama (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 4 May 2012 15:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

Tyler, anybody, have you tried http://bbchron.blogspot.com Levon & Friends 70tn Birthday Jubilee?

dow, Friday, 4 May 2012 15:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

haven't! looks pretty good though.

tylerw, Friday, 4 May 2012 15:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

James, would love to hear some kind of Steely Band mash-up, esp from the early prime of both.

dow, Friday, 4 May 2012 15:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

save it for another thread josh

Ha, I meant to cast no aspirations on the beautiful tribute to Levon he wrote. I just think, incidental to Levon, that those guys would write hilariously mean obituaries.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 4 May 2012 16:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

A friend in Kingston writes:
Also see http://fooooo.com/w/ce051061b5833c6557c2348b33df1b76which is very local. The cornfield scenes were shot about half a mile from where I used to live, and the band scenes were shot in our spookiest bar, Snyder's, which is kind of a haunted house that sells Bud Lite. Levon was our most prominent local citizen--sure wish tickets to his Rambles hadn't cost $100 a pop, so that I never could go to one (L had bigtime medical bills)

dow, Friday, 4 May 2012 16:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...
3 months pass...

Dunno how to search for a thread on the Band, but this just announced:

Garth Hudson presents a Canadian Tribute to the Band

*Garth Hudson produced and plays keyboards on all tracks along with the following artists:

1. Danny Brooks & The Rockin’ Revelators - Forbidden Fruit

2. Mary Margaret O’Hara - Out of the Blue

3. Peter Katz & The Curious - Acadian Driftwood

4. Neil Young & Sadies - This Wheel’s on Fire

5. Suzie McNeil - Ain’t Got No Home

6. Cowboy Junkies - Clothes Line Saga

7. Kevin Hearn & Thin Buckly - You Ain’t Going Nowhere

8. Bruce Cockburn & Blue Rodeo - Sleeping

9. The Road Hammers - Yazoo Street Scandal

10. Raine Maida - The Moon Struck One

11. The Sadies - The Shape I’m In

12. Chantal Kreviazuk - Tears of Rage

13. I Loved Your Too Much – Hawksley Workman

14. Great Big Sea - Knockin’ Lost John

15. Blue Rodeo - King Harvest

16. The Trews - Move to Japan

17. Garth Hudson - Genetic Method (Anew)

18. Ian Thornley & Bruce Cockburn - Chest Fever

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 22 August 2012 14:52 (1 year ago) Permalink

damn no Chadvril?

some dude, Wednesday, 22 August 2012 14:57 (1 year ago) Permalink

pretty sure this already exists? at least i heard the neil young/sadies contribution at least a year ago. it's great.

tylerw, Wednesday, 22 August 2012 14:57 (1 year ago) Permalink

tylerw, Wednesday, 22 August 2012 15:19 (1 year ago) Permalink

5 months pass...

sounds great, maybe they'll do "levon"
http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/elton-john-mumford-sons-to-honor-levon-helm-at-grammys-20130206

tylerw, Wednesday, 6 February 2013 21:15 (1 year ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

Dpcumentary, released in 2010, but much more extensive screenings coming up, also DVD--enticingly described here: Levon steppin' lively no matter whut:
http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/levon-helms-last-years-captured-in-aint-in-it-for-my-health-20130415
Screen dates, trailer and other goodies here:
http://www.kinolorber.com/film.php?id=1235

dow, Thursday, 18 April 2013 23:29 (1 year ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

Ain't In It For My Health: A Film About Levon Helm

So is it worth seeing?

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 28 May 2013 19:42 (1 year ago) Permalink

http://www.washingtonpost.com/goingoutguide/aint-in-it-for-my-health-movie-review/2013/05/22/a52e471c-c164-11e2-bfdb-3886a561c1ff_story.html

“Ain’t in It for My Health,” an affectionate documentary by Jacob Hatley, examines Helm’s face and voice up close, at several points following its subject into the doctor’s office, where we’re literally shown Helm’s ravaged vocal cords, via a camera at the end of a flexible tube down the singer’s throat.

...

Don’t look for any new or deep psychological insights from Helm about his relationships with the members of his old group.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 28 May 2013 19:47 (1 year ago) Permalink

Feel like I must have already seen that footage at a Butthole Surfers gig.

Oulipo Traces (on a Cigarette) (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 28 May 2013 19:53 (1 year ago) Permalink

As much as I love Levon Helm, that's more than I wanna know. I mean, I don't really wanna see Keith Moon's liver, either.

Tarfumes The Escape Goat, Tuesday, 28 May 2013 20:12 (1 year ago) Permalink

Wife is tremendous Levin fanatic. Is this worth a 90 minute detour on our way home from a wedding out of state?

Jimmywine Dyspeptic, Tuesday, 28 May 2013 21:07 (1 year ago) Permalink

err, 'Levon,' obvs

Jimmywine Dyspeptic, Tuesday, 28 May 2013 21:07 (1 year ago) Permalink


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