Squeeze the Day 1/20

The Salty Caramels charm at Arnold's, plus local Alison Krauss and Red Hot Chili Peppers concerts announced and Today in Music

Jan 20, 2012 at 11:57 am
The Salty Caramels (Photo: Provided)
The Salty Caramels (Photo: Provided)

Music Tonight: Downtown at historic eat-and-drinkery Arnold's, Columbus, Ohio, Roots music trio The Salty Caramels performs a free, 9 p.m. show. Together for just over a year now, the three singer/songwriters' music (sometimes performed live with additional musicians) is as charmingly adorable as their personalities appear to be, mixing classic Americana, old-timey Jazz and Girl Group shimmy with a fun rotation of instruments (washboard, saw, Theremin, kazoo, "suitcase bass drum") and sharp songwriting chops. A press release declares you will be "entertained, wooed and kicked in the butt" if you attend tonight's performance, so bring some flowers and maybe a pillow. Whistle along to the playful video for The Salty Caramels' song "Jeni's Ice Cream" below.—-

(Click this to find other concerts and club shows around town tonight and this weekend.)

Just Announced: Two big concert announcements came down the wire today. Alt/Funk Rock/Pop superstars Red Hot Chili Peppers return to get nasty in the ’Nati on June 6 at U.S Bank Arena, part of the long-running band's tour behind new album I'm With You, as well as a sort of victory lap in response to the Peppers' upcoming induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Meanwhile, contemporary Bluegrass favorite Alison Krauss & Union Station (featuring Jerry Douglas) comes back to town March 30 for a show at Taft Theatre. Krauss and Co. are touring its latest, Paper Airplane. The record is her first since 2007's Album of the Year Grammy-winner, Raising Sand, and it debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard album chart when it was released last April.  

Ticketmaster outlets in the area might have an interesting mix of music lovers hanging around Friday, Jan. 27, when tickets for both Krauss' and the Chilis' concerts go on sale via the ticketing behemoth (starting at 10 a.m.). You can also stay in your PJs or waste valuable company time at work by purchasing tickets online at ticketmaster.com (here). For the Krauss concert, tickets are $59.50-$49.50 (plus all those fees); it's still be decided what it'll cost you for Chili Peppers tickets (they will be announced soon).

Here's a pair of music videos from both headliners' latest releases (ladies first):

Momentous Happenings in Music History for January 20
On this day in 1968, the members of Bubblegum Pop band John Fred & His Playboys were feeling pretty damn good about themselves as their single "Judy in Disguise" reached No. 1. Little did they know then, but the group was peaking and actually entering the annals of one-hit-wonderdom with the tune's success. Still, it had to feel good that day, especially because the song knocked The Beatles' "Hello Goodbye" off of the top of the charts — the title of the song was a play on the title of The Beatles' "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds."

Born This Day: Musical movers and shakers born Jan. 20 include: American music pioneer Huddie William Ledbetter, better known as simply Leadbelly (1889); artist and risk/advantage-taking promo legend (largely due to his role as The Sex Pistols' manager) Malcolm McLaren (1946); lead singer of Rock & Roll's second greatest cartoon band (behind The Archies), KISS' Paul Stanley (1950); and filmmaker/composer/musician David Lynch (1946).

Appropriately, Lynch shares a birthday with Federico Fellini, another legendary celluloid artiste known for taking the art of film to new, often bizarre, rarely boring places. One of many qualities Lynch (who is also a musician/composer who released his first solo album, Crazy Clown Time, last year) and Fellini share is their attention to the musical detail of their films. Finding the perfect music to match their visions, both avant garde conceptualists utilize soundtracks as they do all other creative elements of their work, as a way to inform, color and/or convey a scene's mood or message imaginatively, however oddly it might come across (especially in the case of Lynch).

Instead of a collection of popular or classic songs from the pop music zeitgeist, the best known music in the films of Lynch and Fellini are original pieces of art that, for the most part, can actually stand alone and be thoroughly enjoyed without knowledge of their visual accompaniment.

Back when it came out in 1992, the soundtrack album for Lynch's often horrifying yet also uncomfortably hilarious masterpiece, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, was essentially glued into my fancy five-disc CD player (remember those?). The distinctive, artful and ambient atmospherics on that and in other films/TV projects are as much a part of Lynch's trademark aesthetic as his affinity for ending scenes with awkward, lingering pauses or writing scripts that only Lynch himself truly understands.

The Fire Walk With Me soundtrack, featuring music composed by longtime collaborator Angelo Badalamenti, recently came in at No. 1 on a list of the "50 Best Soundtracks Ever" by U.K. music mag NME. The soundtrack for Lynch's even more ominous and disturbing Lost Highway came in at 24 and the one for his most "normal" movie, The Straight Story, was at 27. No Fellini soundtrack made the cut (probably best explained by the presence of things like the About a Boy and Empire Records soundtracks on the list).

Here's a sample from Lynch's chart-topper from the — SPOILER ALERT! — amazing climax of the film: