LeRoy Stevens’s ‘Favorite Recorded Scream’ and Hey and Na Na

This sounds like a fun project: LeRoy Stevens’s ‘Favorite Recorded Scream’ Compiles Howls – NYTimes.com.

I’ve been collecting songs that include the phrases “hey” and/or “na na” as part of my piece, Hey, the Na Na Song. (Download a pdf of the score). Seems like I should have been asking true record geeks for their input all along. Or maybe Field Guide readers will suggest their favorite Hey’s and Na Na’s in the comments section.

Here’s the list so far:

Songs that include both “Na Na” and “Hey”
Song Title Performer Album
Hey Jude The Beatles Beatles 1
Me and Bobby McGee Janis Joplin Pearl
Na Na, Hey Hey, Kiss Him Goodbye Steam Steam
Songs that include “Na Na”
Song Title Performer Album
Isobel Bjork Post
Little Fly The Legendary Marvin Pontiac Greatest Hits
Lovin’ Touchin’ Squeezin’ Journey Evolution
The Night They Drove Ole Dixie Down The Band The Band
What I Deserve Kelly Willis What I Deserve

ASAC Presents Eli Keszler & Ashley Paul, Peaking Lights

A last-minute announcement for tonight’s Albany Sonic Arts show featuring Eli Keszler & Ashley Paul along with Peaking Lights. Also on the bill are Black Chalk.

Tuesday August 11 @ 8pm
Upstate Artists Guild
247 Lark St.
$5 suggested donation

Eli Keszler & Ashley Paul
Peaking Lights
(plus mystery band, Black Chalk)

Bios after the jump.

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Mike Seeger Gone to the New Lost City

I just heard the news that old-time musician Mike Seeger died on Friday night. Mike was the son of folklorist Charles Seeger and composer Ruth Crawford-Seeger. His other siblings were Penny, Peggy and half-brother Pete Seeger (who recently celebrated his 90th birthday and seems to be going strong). Quite a lineage for a musician, and Mike certainly made the best of it. He was a founding member of the New Lost City Ramblers along with John Cohen (see here) and Tom Paley. I think their work in the 1960s represents some of the best of the folk revival movement.

Seeger’s solo work serves as a catalog of old-time banjo styles while also demonstrating his mastery of lesser-known folk instruments such as the quills and the mouth harp. I’m particularly fond of his recordings Southern Banjo Sounds (1998) and True Vine (2003), both released on Smithsonian Folkways.