Peter Case has heart surgery

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Peter Case has heart surgery

Postby Copenhagen Fan » Tue Dec 14, 2004 5:02 am

I know that most of the people here are experts in music and have great taste...but nobody mentions or gives Peter Case any credit here! For those of you who love good music, he is highly recommended.

He's in my top 5 musical artists.

1) EC
2) The Dead
3) The Who
4) Warren Zevon
5) Peter Case
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Postby verbal gymnastics » Tue Dec 14, 2004 5:06 am

He's so obscure I bet most of us have never heard of him. I haven't.

How would you describe his music?
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Postby Copenhagen Fan » Tue Dec 14, 2004 5:54 am

WELL..he plays mostly accustic....some of the coolest guitar I've heard. He wrote Hangin' On the Telephone, and was lead singer for the Plimsouls, with the big hit "A million Miles Away" as seen in Valley Girl. He's great! Bruce Thomas plays on one of his albums as well.
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Postby alexv » Tue Dec 14, 2004 9:19 am

I too recommend Peter Case, and can happily note yet more EC connections. His first album, which I think is his best, (called Peter Case) was produced by T-Bone Burnett and in it he has a rendition of "A Pair of Brown Eyes", the Shane McGowan song from the EC-produced "Rum Sodomy and the Lash", which is the best cover of a Shane song that I know of. Saw him live, and like EC his little hands of granite have a habit of breaking guitar strings in mid-song, over and over again.

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Postby Jackson Monk » Tue Dec 14, 2004 12:50 pm

Peter who?
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Postby johnfoyle » Tue Dec 14, 2004 4:16 pm

One of the best singers I've ever seen. Thing is he has zero profile. The last time he played Dublin about 14 people turned up....and they were mostly related to the local support band. Peter happily signed the cd booklets I brought with me , even though I nearly broke his glasses !


http://www.vanguardrecords.com/case/Tours.html

Here's where he's playing tonight -

Dec 14 2004
Ben Lomond, CA , USA Henfling's
9450 Hwy 9

and tomorrow

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Postby bobster » Wed Dec 15, 2004 1:14 am

He's a bit of a minor legend in L.A., at least though I think people still confuse him with others from similar strata like Bob Forrest. There's a lot of really talented people in just about every artistic field who never really take off and it's kind of sad. I've got to admit that I haven't really kept up much with his post-Plimsouls career (though he was a local critics darling for many years as a solo act.) In any case, Case did have his day in the sun with the Plimsouls ALMOST having a big hit or two. I no longer own it, but their original "Zero Hour" ep was a work of garage rock genius.
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Postby johnfoyle » Wed May 18, 2005 12:36 pm

The latest from Peter Case
Date: Wed, 18 May 2005 07:39:44 -0700



Hello friends,

Here are the latest dates, gigs, classes etc...I'll be working in the
Los Angeles area mostly, with just a few excursions before fall.

I've already started work on the next Peter Case cd, "Watch The Sky For
Details" ...due out asap, which could mean fall, or even January...

I'm writing the book, Songwriter's Sliderule...also due soon ...tho'
maybe "next year soon"...

I want to thank all of my fans & friends, for their letters, support,
comments, questions, bookings, invectives, demands, pleas, etc...it all
adds up...I love to hear from you...& it's especially good to see you
all at the gigs... If you want the latest word from my side of the
street, check out the blog at http://www.petercase.com
Also, "The Man With The Blue Post Modern Neo Traditionalist Guitar"
album, has been re-released on CD,in re-mastered form, by the internet
label Hip-O-Select, (http://www.hip-oselect.com)...its been out of print for
quite a while...features me with a band including Jim Keltner, Ry
Cooder, David Hidalgo, and David Lindley...
originally released on
Geffen Records in 1989. It was a good moment of my Geffen years...Hip O
Select has a very interesting catalog of cult favorites...check it out.


********************TOUR DATES********************************

This weekend, I'm playing in EUGENE, a SOLO ACOUSTIC CONCERT on
Saturday night, May 21, @ Cafe Paradiso : check local papers for
listings...

PORTLAND, THIS SUNDAY, SONGWRITER'S WORKSHOP, on Sunday May 22: 2-6pm
Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Street call 503 753 4473 Also,
that night, May 22, PORTLAND, @ the same place, MISSISSIPPI STUDIOS,
SOLO ACOUSTIC CONCERT: 7:30pm. for info : 503 753 4473
Next week, Wednesday, May 25...8pm...@ MOLLY MALONE'S, Fairfax Avenue,
HOLLYWOOD Peter Case's LAST DAY SALOON: "THE END IS NEAR..." "Electric
Ritual" with PETER CASE & THE MAGIC SAMS (band name of the month),
special guests STAN RIDGWAY & CO., & featuring LONG TALL MARVIN. LAST
DAY SALOON is in session every last Wednesday of the month@ Molly's,
through the summer...keep an ear out...

June 3 ACOUSTIC SOLO SHOW...@ COFFEE GALLERY BACKSTAGE, Lake Avenue,
ALTA DENA (L.A.)...with my pal BUDDY ZAPATA...this is a GREAT PLACE to
see a show, sorta like the McCabes of the East Side of Town...not that
far...intimate, fun, good sounding venue...I hope the word's getting
out on this one, 'cause it's a special show: the first performance of a
number of new PC songs is scheduled...for info call: (626) 398 7917
June 4 LONG BEACH SONGWRITER'S WORKSHOP / 2-6pm @ Greenhouse Music
Studios/ Signal Hill for info call 562 426 6775 or email me at
case_peter@hotmail.com

June 17 Friday, BLUE CAFE, LONG BEACH : PETER CASE & THE MAGIC SAMS,
special guests MIKE MARTT & THE WHOLE DAMN BAND, & featuring HAYMAKER
Blue Cafe 210 Promenade N, Long Beach CA 90802 [phone] 562-983-7111
http://www.thebluecafe.com

June 29 Wednesday...8pm...@ MOLLY MALONE'S, Fairfax Avenue, HOLLYWOOD
Peter Case's LAST DAY SALOON: "THE END IS EVEN NEARER..." "Electric
Ritual" with PETER & THE MAGIC SAMS, special guests THE CHUCK PROPHET
BAND, & featuring THE RAVE UPS.

JULY 27 LAST DAY SALOON @ MOLLY MALONE'S

*************************** NEW CLASSES *********************

July 9 MCCABE'S SONGWRITER'S WORKSHOP/ new session Saturdays 2-5 pm,
six weeks, call 310 828-4497 case_peter@hotmail, for info. Class size
limited to 10

July 11 , 7:30 pm Mondays @ McCabe's: Singer/Songwriter Guitar
Workshop, call 310 828-4497 or case_peter@hotmail, for info.

July 31, Sunday: SAN DIEGO SONGWRITER'S WORKSHOP: for info
case_peter@hotmail.com

************************** NEWS FLASH ************************

July 15 THE PLIMSOULS,@ the ORANGE COUNTY FAIR, with X

July 17 THE PLIMSOULS @ CAFE DU NORD, in SAN FRANCISCO


********************A GREAT RECOMMENDATION *******************

A few words for a friend & inspiration: He challenges, fascinates and
bemuses anyone with the sense to listen to his wit and wisdom, set to
easy-going but deeply nuanced country and folk tunes. Iconic songwriter
John Prine returns to the forefront of Americana with "Fair & Square,"
his first new studio album in nine years. To hear more, visit:
http://www.johnprine.net
***************************************************************

All right , everybody...that's about the size of it...I know there's
ten yards of jive, but plenty of harmony in there too, if you jump down
into it...y'all take care ...these are some tricky times... keep yr
eyes on the road!

All the best, Peter

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Postby ice nine » Wed May 18, 2005 1:21 pm

What a coincidence!! I just got back from a run and now I am listening to Flying Saucer Blues.

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Postby martinfoyle » Wed May 18, 2005 2:32 pm

Also, "The Man With The Blue Post Modern Neo Traditionalist Guitar"
album, has been re-released on CD,in re-mastered form, by the internet
label Hip-O-Select, (http://www.hip-oselect.com)...its been out of print for
quite a while...features me with a band including Jim Keltner, Ry
Cooder, David Hidalgo, and David Lindley...
originally released on
Geffen Records in 1989. It was a good moment of my Geffen years...Hip O
Select has a very interesting catalog of cult favorites...check it out.


Only 5000 copies! Grab it while you can!

http://www.hip-o-select.com/catalogue_case.asp

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Postby EarlManchester » Wed May 18, 2005 11:34 pm

Copenhagen Fan wrote:He wrote Hangin' On the Telephone...


I thought Hangin' On the Telephone was written by the other guy in The Nerves -- not Paul Collins, not Case -- "Jack" somebody...

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Postby King Hoarse » Thu May 19, 2005 2:24 am

Yeah, if you don't have the "..................................................Guitar" album already you should click that link in great haste.

I especially remember Put Down The Gun" from that album being on all my mixed tapes for about a year after I got it.
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Postby Otis Westinghouse » Thu May 19, 2005 6:03 pm

Never 'eard of him, but sounds interesting. That LP title is obviously a ref to Wallace Stevens' poem The Man With The Blue Guitar: http://members.tripod.com/~Wallyrus/blguit.html
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Postby selfmademug » Thu May 19, 2005 6:32 pm

Otis Westinghouse wrote: That LP title is obviously a ref to Wallace Stevens' poem The Man With The Blue Guitarl


Which is in turn a reference to Picasso.

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Postby clairequilty » Thu May 19, 2005 7:49 pm

I think Case is probably about where he wants to be.

He may not be a household name, but he's still making music, and on his own terms.

I met him in Chicago back in 86 or 87, when he was grabbing a little limelight, and he was a congenial, down to earth fellow.

The broken guitar string remark is kind of amusing, because around the same time period (86 - 87), he was playing an acoustic gig in Chicago, and during a point in the show where he broke a string, he yelled out "Any questions?", to pass the idle time. I yelled out from the crowd, "Do you know Billy Bragg?". It got a good laugh but seemed trite and contrived at the time. Come to think of it, it sounds trite and contrived right now!

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Postby Branst » Fri May 20, 2005 12:59 am

EarlManchester wrote:
Copenhagen Fan wrote:He wrote Hangin' On the Telephone...


I thought Hangin' On the Telephone was written by the other guy in The Nerves -- not Paul Collins, not Case -- "Jack" somebody...


You are right. Jack Lee wrote "Hanging On The Telephone" according to All Music Guide. Unless there is some story we don't know about who wrote the song, then it appears Jack wrote it. It's a good song and I wouldn't be surprised if Peter wrote it anyways.

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Postby senior_service » Mon May 23, 2005 2:39 am

bobster wrote:I no longer own it, but their original "Zero Hour" ep was a work of garage rock genius.


'Zero Hour' was brilliant. I still have it on vinyl......little good it does me without a turntable, but I don't have the heart to get rid of it. I never understood why 'Great Big World' and 'Zero Hour' weren't hit singles when they were re-released on the major label debut. I can remember seeing them at the Starwood and the Whisky, etc back around 80-82.

The Plimsouls were a great and vastly underappreciated band.

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Postby martinfoyle » Mon May 23, 2005 4:03 am

2, no doubt, excellent support slots by The Plimsouls are being torrented here at the moment.

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Postby Who Shot Sam? » Mon May 23, 2005 7:06 am

For any newbies wanting to check out Peter's music - and it's while worth the time - "Who's Gonna Go Your Crooked Mile?" is a superb collection of Peter's solo material. It doesn't include the most recent album, but has selections from everything before that. Can't recommend it highly enough. Some really gorgeous tunes and a few stellar live performances, including most notably the title song.
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Postby Copenhagen Fan » Tue May 24, 2005 3:25 am

I have the Neo Blue Accustic Guitar thing on tape...want it on CD but no luck on Amazon...where can I get it?????????????!!!!!!!!
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Postby martinfoyle » Tue May 24, 2005 11:28 am

Unfortunateley Hip-o, who are the only ones who have it for ordering, dont ship to Europe, so you'll have to make arrangements, like I did, to have it ship to someone in the US, and have them send it on. A bit awkward, but well worth it.

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Postby Copenhagen Fan » Wed May 25, 2005 3:19 am

Thanks Martino...you're a peach.
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Postby Otis Westinghouse » Fri May 27, 2005 4:55 pm

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Postby Who Shot Sam? » Fri May 27, 2005 5:19 pm

There are a few tunes from "Bee Line" on "Crooked Mile" and they're quite good, though perhaps not my favorites on the compilation. I think "Flying Saucer Blues" is better, of his more recent discs.
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Postby martinfoyle » Sun May 29, 2005 2:04 pm

FYI: A couple of tasty looking Peter Case FM broadcasts have just been torrented
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