Right now, the big bookshelf full of videotapes in my basement is a little bit intimidating. Half the time, I don’t dare look at it when I’m rushing out the door in the morning to go teach my classes.
I feel like the guy who looked at a mountaintop in South Dakota and saw Mount Rushmore.[ Read More → ]
In the ten years that I have known Peter Case, and the seven that I’ve been filming his shows, I’ve noticed how songs come and go in his live sets. He values spontaneity — we talked about this in an interview recorded in his Santa Monica backyard, what seems like half a lifetime ago.
Songs from Full Service No Waiting and Flying Saucer Blues were played for awhile and then retired (despite many requests, the only time he has ever played “Two Heroes” from start to finish was the day he recorded it). “Space Monkey,” long a crowd favorite, dropped off the radar in 2003. Thank You St. Jude, with re-recordings of songs from his three Geffen albums, brought back some old favorites. In 2005 there was a Plimsouls reunion, and songs like “The Oldest Story In The World” and “A Million Miles Away” made sporadic appearances.
I was curious what songs Peter would pick for his first performance in more than six months. He had told me at lunchtime that he’s been busy writing new material, but that he doesn’t plan on playing any tonight.[ Read More → ]