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Re: Sir Douglas Quintet

Postby Charlie O. » 07 Nov 2014, 03:01

Thanks, M! I heard a different song by them on some comp, and this one is better than that was. That said, neither really lives up to the band name!
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Re: Sir Douglas Quintet

Postby Dr. Baron » 10 Mar 2015, 23:27

There's a Doug Sahm movie coming out!
Joe Nick Patoski, a writer, directed it. We'll see!

http://www.dougsahmdoc.com/
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Re: Sir Douglas Quintet

Postby Charlie O. » 10 Mar 2015, 23:43

Big Business Bobob wrote:There's a Doug Sahm movie coming out!
Joe Nick Patoski, a writer, directed it. We'll see!

http://www.dougsahmdoc.com/

Hell yeah!
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Re: Sir Douglas Quintet

Postby Guy E » 11 Mar 2015, 00:57

I saw Sahm at the Lone Star Cafe several times, the original location on 5th Avenue and the short-lived uptown location. Once a group of my buddies cornered Augie Meyers at the bar and grilled him about how much it would cost to book Sahm for a night... we wanted to put him in touch with the owner of Maxwell's to book a show. Augie was ever the gentleman, but my friends (and me, to a lesser extent, obviously) were obnoxiously drunk and really put Augie on the spot. He patiently heard us out and said he'd mention the club to Doug. I remember him as being quite tall.

Sahm actually played there a couple of times in later years. Miracle of miracles.
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Re: Sir Douglas Quintet

Postby Dr. Baron » 11 Mar 2015, 01:03

Apparently, Augie isn't the brightest bulb, and was the subject of many deeply hilarious practical jokes.

The first words of the movie's web site really spell it out Sahm's key gift:

"He was the one individual who could play every form of indigenous Texas music authentically and with passion."
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Re: Sir Douglas Quintet

Postby Six String » 11 Mar 2015, 22:38

Good news! I look forward to it.

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Re: Sir Douglas Quintet

Postby clive gash » 22 Jul 2015, 23:33

It takes a big man to cry, but it takes a bigger man to laugh at that man.

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Re: Sir Douglas Quintet

Postby Muskrat » 23 Jul 2015, 01:24

neville harp wrote:http://lareviewofbooks.org/essay/crying-with-the-cosmic-cowboy



She gets it.

The first year I lived in Los Angeles I wrote an email to an old friend, a former roommate, who still lived in Georgia: everything you’ve heard about L.A. is a lie. My apartment, a dingbat on the east side, was far from Hollywood and Beverly Hills and their stereotypes of Botox and Bentleys with blacked out windows. Instead, I wrote about skinny, sickly palms and pink stucco condos, greasy potato tacos, sitting on the roof of my building at dawn smoking, watching the pigeons peck the chickweed clean. I wrote many such letters: succulents in bloom, jacarandas shedding, rotting all over the sidewalk. I told everyone the same story. The city is magic.


Doug and the entire quintet -- Augie, J.P. Perez, Harvey Kagan and maybe Frank Morin -- lived in L.A. (Frank may have remained in San Francisco and commuted when needed). That was when they (except Doug) cut the album with Gene Vincent. J.P. remained in L.A. and started a pretty successful recording studio; he died, I think, last year -- recently, anyway.

There's a screening of the film in L.A. on the 30th; I believe Joe Nick will be making a personal appearance. I plan to, as well.
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Re: Sir Douglas Quintet

Postby Charlie O. » 23 Jul 2015, 03:03

neville harp wrote:http://lareviewofbooks.org/essay/crying-with-the-cosmic-cowboy

Thanks for that - a great piece.
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Re: Sir Douglas Quintet

Postby Dr. Baron » 23 Jul 2015, 03:15

That was a great piece. I can't help wondering if the writer has dignified the songs with more substance than they actually have! But, hey, it works.

There's about a week left for a kickstarter campaign to raise $70K for the rights to the music in the movie so they can release it in wider release (I think).

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/50 ... reading-th

There's also a corresponding campaign to get Sahm into the Hall of Fame.
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Re: Sir Douglas Quintet

Postby Charlie O. » 23 Jul 2015, 03:30

Baron Bobob wrote:There's about a week left for a kickstarter campaign to raise $70K for the rights to the music in the movie so they can release it in wider release (I think).

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/50 ... reading-th

I'm in.
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Re: Sir Douglas Quintet

Postby pcqgod » 23 Jul 2015, 03:41

Already pledged.
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Re: Sir Douglas Quintet

Postby Charlie O. » 28 Jul 2015, 19:10

They've made their goal!
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Re: Sir Douglas Quintet

Postby Phil T » 29 Jul 2015, 23:24

Very interesting thread. Why hadn't I spotted it originally? :roll:

Anyway, spookily enough, after having listened to some of their stuff on Youtube, I'd already ordered the 'first' album (ie, the "Best Of..." collection of singles, etc.) and a 'mono singles' collection. There appears to be no overlap between the two.

I'm not sure where to go after this though. The first album proper and some of their earlier albums now seem fairly hard to dig up.

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Re: Sir Douglas Quintet

Postby Muskrat » 30 Jul 2015, 00:09

The movie screens tomorrow (Thursday) night at Cinefamily in West Hollywood. Joe Nick will be present; plans are for me, too.
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Re: Sir Douglas Quintet

Postby Muskrat » 30 Jul 2015, 00:10

Phil T wrote:I'm not sure where to go after this though. The first album proper and some of their earlier albums now seem fairly hard to dig up.


I'd go with Honky Blues and Together After 5, but they're pretty consistent. The later Doug albums are great, too.
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Re: Sir Douglas Quintet

Postby Charlie O. » 30 Jul 2015, 01:44

Phil T wrote:I'd already ordered the 'first' album (ie, the "Best Of..." collection of singles, etc.) and a 'mono singles' collection. There appears to be no overlap between the two.

If you find you enjoy the first album, you'll enjoy The Sir Douglas Quintet Is Back! - basically the material from that era that didn't make it onto The Best Of, but is every bit as good.

Phil T wrote:I'm not sure where to go after this though. The first album proper and some of their earlier albums now seem fairly hard to dig up.

Most of the classic Smash/Philips/Mercury stuff is presently out of print, but there is a CD on Raven that includes 1+1+1=4 and The Return Of Doug Saldana.

Or you can just *(cough)*
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Re: Sir Douglas Quintet

Postby Phil T » 30 Jul 2015, 10:31

Thanks fellers! I'll keep an eye out for those. :D

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I'll give the two I've ordered a listen and may get back to you on that... ;)

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Re: Sir Douglas Quintet

Postby Muskrat » 31 Jul 2015, 19:44

Most excellent

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Re: Sir Douglas Quintet

Postby Dr. Baron » 31 Jul 2015, 19:55

So it delivered to your satisfaction, then?
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