Levon Helm

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Shooter cameo - A+++++++

sad man in him room (milo z), Wednesday, 14 January 2009 23:11 (5 years ago) Permalink

such a great drummer.

tipsy mothra, Wednesday, 14 January 2009 23:14 (5 years ago) Permalink

fuck he rules.

cutty, Wednesday, 14 January 2009 23:14 (5 years ago) Permalink

that fill is fabulous, propelling him into the chorus, the sticks literally jumping with his excitement about joining voices with his brothers.

Euler, Wednesday, 14 January 2009 23:16 (5 years ago) Permalink

another check in the "rock dudes who use traditional grip" column

― Tracy Michael Jordan Catalano (Jordan), Wednesday, January 14, 2009 11:09 PM (8 minutes ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

also bun e carlos

ie: BANGING (M@tt He1ges0n), Wednesday, 14 January 2009 23:18 (5 years ago) Permalink

really? looked up some videos and he's playing matched, although i didn't know that he's left-handed and plays that way sometimes (me too).

Tracy Michael Jordan Catalano (Jordan), Wednesday, 14 January 2009 23:32 (5 years ago) Permalink

ah maybe i mistook lefthandedness for trad grip

ie: BANGING (M@tt He1ges0n), Wednesday, 14 January 2009 23:35 (5 years ago) Permalink

8 months pass...

Who's heard Electric Dirt? I never knew he released an album in 2007, reading some reviews on the new one got me inclined to pick it up.

willem, Wednesday, 16 September 2009 07:45 (5 years ago) Permalink

erm, shouldn't be this on ILM?

willem, Wednesday, 16 September 2009 08:04 (5 years ago) Permalink

2 years pass...

"Dear Friends,
Levon is in the final stages of his battle with cancer. Please send your prayers and love to him as he makes his way through this part of his journey.

Thank you fans and music lovers who have made his life so filled with joy and celebration... he has loved nothing more than to play, to fill the room up with music, lay down the back beat, and make the people dance! He did it every time he took the stage...

We appreciate all the love and support and concern.
From his daughter Amy, and wife Sandy"

tylerw, Tuesday, 17 April 2012 19:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

not super surprising, considering the last decade or so but still sad.

tylerw, Tuesday, 17 April 2012 19:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

I had tickets to his show this Friday, which just got cancelled. I assumed it was because of the slipped disc in his back, but fuck, this fucking sucks.

Waterloo? Oh, we've sunsetted that. (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Tuesday, 17 April 2012 19:55 (2 years ago) Permalink

;_;

some dude, Tuesday, 17 April 2012 19:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

didn't realize this thread was ILE...maybe it should be moved to ILM?

tylerw, Tuesday, 17 April 2012 20:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

anyway, what an amazing musician. such a cool, unique drummer, in addition to having one of the great voices of the last half-century or so.

tylerw, Tuesday, 17 April 2012 20:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

This Wheel's On Fire was a rough read. Ride that mystery train, Levon.

Euler, Tuesday, 17 April 2012 20:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

Oh shit. This guy is all time. I have a picture of him hanging in my living room.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 17 April 2012 20:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

;_;

Love this guy.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 17 April 2012 20:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

He's going to be missed. Many of my friends have traveled to Marvell or Woodstock to shake his hand. Hopefully he knows he's appreciated.

pplains, Tuesday, 17 April 2012 20:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

always seemed like a guy who lived for music, loved performing -- just watching those Last Waltz interview clips, you can tell how little he cared for mythmaking in the way Robertson did.

tylerw, Tuesday, 17 April 2012 20:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

^ this. I mean, the guy bailed on Dylan's 1966 tour and worked on an oil rig. "What? They were booing us. I didn't like being booed."

Waterloo? Oh, we've sunsetted that. (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Tuesday, 17 April 2012 20:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

Once you read Levon's book, you learn how a bunch of Canadians were able to pass as Americans.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 17 April 2012 20:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

Damn. <3 Helm forever

Kiarostami bag (milo z), Tuesday, 17 April 2012 20:27 (2 years ago) Permalink

One of the all-time greats.

i just believe in memes (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 17 April 2012 20:44 (2 years ago) Permalink

pplains, Tuesday, 17 April 2012 20:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

:(

one dis leads to another (ian), Tuesday, 17 April 2012 20:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

my brother and i were listening to Big Pink last weekend and just marveling at what a *different* sound all of those guys made together. even though they were certainly influential on their peer group and beyond, I don't know if anything else really sounds like them. for a while there anyway, the creativity level was insanely high.

tylerw, Tuesday, 17 April 2012 20:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

A fucking great musician with the sort of love for the whole huge world of music that leaves a huge impact on others, on how they experience music. An underpraised singer.

same old song and placenta (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Tuesday, 17 April 2012 21:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

so many great voices in the band and levons was the most memorable

max, Tuesday, 17 April 2012 21:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

one of my favorite musicians of all time. i'm really sad at the moment.

the band doing buddy holly's "slippin' and slidin'" on festival express, goddamn levon what a great drummer and singer:

Mississippi Butt Hurt (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 17 April 2012 21:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

xp i don't know, generally my favorite singer in the Band is whoever's singing at the time. they're all so amazing. but yeah, such a wealth of talent there.

tylerw, Tuesday, 17 April 2012 21:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

^^i mean the drumming on that is SO GOOD

Mississippi Butt Hurt (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 17 April 2012 21:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

yeah, i mean the dude is a serious compendium of key american drumming styles -- new orleans, rockabilly, country, soul, blues, he covers it all.

tylerw, Tuesday, 17 April 2012 21:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 17 April 2012 21:46 (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, 17 April 2012 21:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

damn :(

surprised he's made it this long, but still v sad news.

it's smdh time in America (will), Tuesday, 17 April 2012 21:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

With Helm, it's the way the his voice is simply not effected by what his left hand is doing -- he'd smack the back beat HARD and just behind the beat enough, but he could still sing in a different, straighter style right on top of it when he wanted to. That's impressive.

Three Word Username, Tuesday, 17 April 2012 22:00 (2 years ago) Permalink

not an expert on his solo album, but I've got this one, it's a good bbq record

tylerw, Tuesday, 17 April 2012 22:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

levon had a great laugh too

check about 1:25

tylerw, Tuesday, 17 April 2012 22:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

the greatest drummer w/ the greatest group

Ward Fowler, Tuesday, 17 April 2012 22:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

a sweet bonus track from one of those reissues a few years back. beautifully vulnerable vocal

tylerw, Tuesday, 17 April 2012 22:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

this is also good

tylerw, Tuesday, 17 April 2012 22:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

willing to bet that levon was the better ping pong player.

tylerw, Tuesday, 17 April 2012 22:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

the band doing buddy holly's "slippin' and slidin'" on festival express,

Gotta be pedantic and point out that this is a Little Richard number

i just believe in memes (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 17 April 2012 22:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

oh yeah oops sry lil rich my bad, i only know buddy's version

Mississippi Butt Hurt (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 17 April 2012 22:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

Their cover of "Don't Do It" features all time drumming.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 17 April 2012 23:26 (2 years ago) Permalink

super sad. one of my fave musicians in the world. :'(

caulk the wagon and float it, Wednesday, 18 April 2012 00:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

What other people said above -- he's totally classic as both a drummer and a singer, but as a drummer-singer I think he's pretty much #1 all time. And (the key here is) the reason he's a great drummer-singer is that his singing and his drumming grow out of the same impulse -- for want of a better word, soul. They're different expressions of the same feeling.

something of an astrological coup (tipsy mothra), Wednesday, 18 April 2012 02:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

This hasn't fully sunk in yet. In addition to all the other things that make Levon great is the fact that he is the kind of guy who says things like "Muddy Waters, the king of country music."

i just believe in memes (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 18 April 2012 02:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

also far and away the most likable member of The Band (Of Weirdo Drug-Addicts/Mad Genius Recluses/Domineering Frontmen)

caulk the wagon and float it, Wednesday, 18 April 2012 03:11 (2 years 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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