Sudan Archives posters installation on Broadway VS woman checking her phone in front of a Kara Walker silhouette at The Broad, Los Angels

Sudan Archives is a new band or project from I think her name is Brittany Parks; she loops violin and is way better than Black Violin. She is playing Noise Pop in February and they added a second show rather than take me up on my offer to play at The Mitch. Her album cover I think is portait of the artist in a quasi-classical sculptural pose. When I was in Oakland for a meeting with my collaborator Valerie Troutt, I noticed from afar, across Braodway, which as the name implies is broad, an array of posters of that form, her album cover, Brittany not Valerie. I sent the image to her agent, Ali Hendrik of Paradigm (formerly Billions and Windish, methinks, formerly known as Ali Giampino – – a really good, west coast agent; she discovered Noname).

I was looking for something else — Bob Margolin in shades from my July 6 show — when I was struck by the image from the Broad — pronounced to rhyme with “toad”.  Or “towed” – -which reminds me back to the Oakland visit the other day, as I walked past a park, me and Duffy, waiting for our meeting with VT, I noticed a fence around a homeless encampment; “towed” like for an abandoned vehicle referencing the fact that heartless Oakland bureaucrats are going to impound and likely destroy what little these people have. Which also, the way the Weissian brain and Plastic Alto work, reminds me that a Palo Alto musician of marginal economic prospects, Roberson or Robeson — like the activist performer — died at Lytton Plaza, likely an overdose but maybe no will to live — after the City of Palo Alto towed his vehichle — he used to sleep in it in a downtown garage — and allegedly tossed his stuff. I believe I had met this guy selling some used books and bought, appropriately, a Joan Baez song book.

So maybe besides rambling and the pun on Broadway versus The Broad there is somethign about angles and archetypes and Thalia and the Greek archetype of tragedy, Sock and Buskin.

Sudan Archives you will have to go to SF to see, at Noise Pop, but I recommend you check out Valerie Troutt in Palo Alto December 29 supporting Charlie Musselwhite.

valerie by james knox

About markweiss86

Mark Weiss, founder of Plastic Alto blog, is a concert promoter and artist manager in Palo Alto, as Earthwise Productions, with background as journalist, advertising copywriter, book store returns desk, college radio producer, city council and commissions candidate, high school basketball player; he also sang in local choir, and fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32
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