I am always at the mercy of what happened the previous week when I write this piece – and I like it when the bands make it so easy on me. We’ve got Club D’Elf welcoming last minute, world-renowned special guests as they attempt to raise money to spring a fellow collaborator out of an INS prison. Then, there is moe., who 20 years into their career manages to debut five new songs at their rescheduled Halloween gig. Perpetual Groove paid an early tribute to John Lennon – I think. And finally, we get to feature The Radiators from New Orleans, a band that has logged over 4,000 shows and is currently on an extended farewell tour.
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[Thanks to Gordon for this week's photo]
Club D’elf, a rotating cast of musicians fronted by bassist Mike Rivard, welcomed a very special guest last week – Hassan Hakmoun. Both the audio and video feature Hassan’s contributions. Merchandise sales from the show also went to benefit Kousmat Mohammed, another D’Elf collaborator that had been detained in an INS facility, an all too common tale for international musicians. The good news? He’s out thanks to an outpouring of contributions. Club D’Elf [tour dates] has a few upcoming shows in Japan with John Medeski on keyboards. The next US gig is scheduled for January 7th at The Lizard Lounge in Cambridge, MA.
READ ON for tracks from moe., Perpetual Groove and The Radiators…
Due to a death in the family, moe. had to reschedule their planned Halloween show titled the The Electric Lemoe.nade Acid Test. Well it happened last week and the band debuted five new songs, one of which is featured in the embedded audio and another one in the video below. moe. [tour dates] next plays December 30th at the House of Blues in Boston with an opening set from RAQ.
Was the Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds in the encore an early nod to John Lennon? Maybe. It was the last show of the run for PGroove, so maybe they just wanted to get it in while they could. Regardless, this encore pairing of the Beatles tune and Space Paranoids, an instrumental ditty in 5 that was released on the band’s recent Honey Cuts EP, packs some serious punch. Don’t worry Brock, we forgive you for botching the second verse, you sing a lot of covers. Perpetual Groove [tour dates] next plays December 30th at The Variety Playhouse in Atlanta.
We here at Hidden Track are doing all we can to applaud The Radiators ridiculously long career as they saw farewell to the live music scene after 4500 shows in 33 years. The audio pairs an old Radiators classic and a Little Feat cover. A little crowd noise was edited out in between the tracks for your listening pleasure. The Radiators [tour dates] play tomorrow at Maple Leaf Bear in New Orleans.