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Do You Know the Way to Santa Fe?

I realize that the song actually refers to another city (and apparently didn’t have a question mark in the title), but ever since I was flying out here, I’ve had Dionne Warwick singing this version in my head — and there are worse things to be suffering from!

I’ll be performing Andy Warhol: Good for the Jews? (with a question mark in the title) tonight (Fri.) and Saturday at 7 p.m., at the lovely Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe.  Tix & info here.

My pal Ben Folstein, as usual, is rocking the tech, and the theater staff is incredibly friendly.  (I just came back from our “cue-to-cue” rehearsal.)  Here’s the track list for the music mix CD I’ve made for them:

  1. Little Jackie, “The Stoop”
  2. Jill Sobule & John Doe, “Never My Love” (covering a song first recorded by The Association)
  3. Benji Hughes, “Dad”
  4. Buke & Gass, “Sleep Gets Your Ghost”
  5. Danielson, “Moment Soakers”
  6. The Fiery Furnaces, “Lost at Sea”
  7. Aimee Mann, “Long Shot”
  8. Regina Spektor, “Better”
  9. Los Campesinos!, “You! Me! Dancing!”
  10. Eddy Current Suppression Ring, “Rush To Relax”
  11. Steve Earle, “Transcendental Blues”
  12. Quasi, “Little White Horse”
  13. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, “Up from Below”
  14. Big Star, “The Ballad of El Goodo”
  15. Lucinda Williams, “Essence” (live)
  16. Randy Newman, “Cowboy” (live)
  17. Guided by Voices, “Girls of Wild Strawberries” (live)

“Warhol” Rises in Phoenix!

1277980392-warholbanner2My show Andy Warhol: Good for the Jews? opens tonight at the magnificent Actors Theatre of Phoenix (through March 20). Tix and info here.

Arizona is … different.  The doors to the theater have placards that say, “No Weapons.  No Smoking.”  I think my usual audience members will take this as a sign to leave their crossbows at home.

I like to make a mix CD for my crew on opening night.  Here (because I haven’t figured out yet how to print stuff at my hotel) is tonight’s mix:

  1. Janelle Monáe, “Tightrope”
  2. Big Star, “Thirteen”
  3. Josh Rouse, “Valencia”
  4. Prince (covering Joni Mitchell), “A Case of You”
  5. The Waterboys, “Fisherman’s Blues”
  6. Spoon, “Written in Reverse”
  7. Sufjan Stevens, “To Be Alone with You”
  8. Black Kids, “I’m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance with You”
  9. Lizz Wright (covering Neil Young), “Old Man”
  10. The Mountain Goats, “Dance Music”
  11. Little Jackie, “LOL”
  12. Ida Maria, “I Like You So Much Better When You’re Naked”
  13. Destroyer, “My Favorite Year”
  14. Steve Earle, “The Galway Girl”
  15. The Decemberists, “Of Angels and Angles”
  16. Benji Hughes, “I Went with Some Friends To See the Flaming Lips”
  17. Buke and Gass, “Your Face Left Before You”
  18. Danielson, “Did I Step on Your Trumpet?”
  19. Abigail Washburn, “Bring Me My Queen”
  20. David Byrne, “In the Future”

And yes, Apple Corporation, I am well aware that these CD’s are for my personal use!  Thanks for caring.

P.S.: Here are the pre-show and post-show mixes that I put together for our audiences (with help, as always, from my pal Scott Rosenberg, along with tips from my Twitter and Facebook friends):


  1. Dion, “The Wanderer”
  2. The Kinks, “Strangers”
  3. M.I.A., “Paper Planes”
  4. The Doors, “People are Strange”
  5. The Clash, “Lost in the Supermarket”
  6. John Cale & Lou Reed, “Smalltown”
  7. David Bowie, “Andy Warhol”
  8. R.E.M. (covering a Wire song), “Strange”
  9. Pete Townshend, “Let My Love Open the Door”
  10. The Submarines, “You, Me and the Bourgeoisie”
  11. Nirvana (covering David Bowie), “The Man Who Sold the World”
  12. Public Image Ltd., “Public Image”
  13. Johnny Cash & U2, “The Wanderer”
  14. Bryan Ferry (covering Bob Dylan), “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door”
  15. The Rolling Stones (covering The Temptations), “Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)”
  16. They Might Be Giants, “The Statue Got Me High”
  17. The Mountain Goats, “Jaipur”
  18. Ida Maria, “Oh My God”
  19. Amy Rigby, “Knapsack”


  1. Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong (covering a song by George & Ira Gershwin), “It Ain’t Necessarily So”
  2. The Velvet Underground & Nico, “I’ll Be Your Mirror”
  3. The Slip, “Suffocation Keep”
  4. Jesse Sykes and The Sweet Hereafter, “Your Side Now”
  5. Martha Wainwright (covering a song by Ralph Vaughan Williams & Robert Louis Stevenson), “Whither Must I Wander?”
  6. T-Bone Burnett, “I’m Coming Home”
  7. Cantor Jordan S. Franzel, “Torah Blessing”
  8. Jill Sobule (covering Warren Zevon), “Don’t Let Us Get Sick”