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- 02/15/12--13:40: _Wednesday Intermezz...
- 02/16/12--06:01: _Hitting The Trunk R...
- 02/16/12--07:05: _Video: Amos Lee & P...
- 02/16/12--08:14: _Picture Show: Trey ...
- 02/16/12--10:00: _Tomorrow: Yellowbir...
- 02/16/12--12:06: _The B List: Stage S...
- 02/16/12--12:38: _UmBowl III: Umphrey...
- 02/17/12--06:00: _Televised Tune: On ...
- 02/17/12--07:00: _Video: Jack White –...
- 02/17/12--08:00: _Friday Mix Tape: Bi...
- 02/17/12--10:00: _Picture Show: XXII ...
- 02/17/12--12:28: _Leftovers: Black Sa...
- 02/20/12--06:00: _Televised Tune: On ...
- 02/20/12--08:27: _Video: Polyphonic S...
- 02/20/12--09:17: _Widespread Panic Sa...
- 02/20/12--10:00: _Review: Guns N’ Ros...
- 02/20/12--12:00: _Pullin’ ‘Tubes: Van...
- 02/21/12--06:09: _Bonnaroo Tickets On...
- 02/21/12--07:00: _Video: The Band – L...
- 02/21/12--07:10: _Governor’s Ball 201...
- Conspirator has announced a new live album and tour dates
- A Warren Hellman tribute concert is set for Sunday in San Fran
- JamBase will host a live Q&A with Galactic via Twitter on 2/21
- Brit Jon Gomm hit it big using his guitar in unorthdox ways
- Check out the killer new Public Image Limited track One Drop
- David Lee Roth explains why Van Halen asked for Brown M&Ms
- 02/16/12--06:01: Hitting The Trunk Road: Tea Leaf Green – The New Age Outlaws
- 02/16/12--07:05: Video: Amos Lee & Punch Brothers – Fat Bottomed Girls
- 02/16/12--08:14: Picture Show: Trey Anastasio & Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
- 02/16/12--10:00: Tomorrow: Yellowbirds & Woodsman @ Mercury Lounge
- 02/16/12--12:06: The B List: Stage Setlist Porn, Part 7
- 02/16/12--12:38: UmBowl III: Umphrey’s Reveals The Four Quarters
- 02/17/12--06:00: Televised Tune: On The Tube This Weekend
- Death Cab For Cutie – The Artists Den [PBS Check Local Listings]
- Butch Walker on David Letterman [CBS 11:35PM]
- Sinead O’Connor on Jimmy Fallon [NBC 12:35AM]
- M83 on Carson Daly [NBC 1:35AM]
- Steve Martin / Sarah Jarosz on Austin City Limits [PBS]
- Metallica – Behind The Music [VH1 Classic 4:30PM]
- Iron Maiden – Flight 666 [VH1 Classic 8:30PM]
- Sleigh Bells on Saturday Night Live [NBC 11:30PM]
- Phoenix – Unplugged [Palladia 11:30AM]
- Willie Nelson – Live at Billy Bob’s [HDNet 5:10PM]
- This Is A Concert By The Black Keys [Palladia 5:30PM]
- The Who – Teenage Trust Concert
- 02/17/12--07:00: Video: Jack White – Love Interruption
- 02/17/12--08:00: Friday Mix Tape: Big Apple Breakfast
- 02/17/12--10:00: Picture Show: XXII Annual Tibet House Benefit – Lou Reed, Rahzel
- 02/17/12--12:28: Leftovers: Black Sabbath Scraps Reunion Tour
- The reunited Beach Boys have released a video for Do It Again
- Dave Grohl responds to his perceived hate of digital music
- Stream yesterday’s moe. performance at radio station KDHX
- Sunday night’s Widespread Panic show will be broadcast live
- Watch Bon Iver perform an intimate 25-minute set in London
- The Who’s Pete Townshend has sold his lucrative publishing rights
- 02/20/12--06:00: Televised Tune: On the Tube This Week
- Metallica: Behind the Music Remastered [VH1 Classic 9PM]
- Robert Randolph, Los Lobos and Chris Layton on Jay Leno [NBC 11:35PM]
- Black Sabbath: Paranoid on Classic Albums [VH1 Classic Midnight]
- Gnarls Barkley: Live at Roskilde Festival [Palladia 1AM]
- Mastodon on Carson Daly [NBC 1:35AM]
- John Denver: A Rocky Mountain High Tribute [HDNet 1:30PM]
- Queen: Live at Wembley [VH1 Classic 2PM]
- The Rolling Stones: Ladies & Gentlemen… [VH1 Classic 3:30PM]
- fun. on Conan [TBS 11PM]
- Rumer on Jay Leno [NBC 11:35PM]
- U2: U2=BBC [Palladia 9AM]
- Duran Duran: Behind the Music Remastered [VH1 Classic 11AM]
- Tim McGraw: In Concert [HDNet 10PM]
- Beastie Boys: Fight for Your Right Revisited [Palladia 11:30PM]
- Heartless Bastards on David Letterman [CBS 11:35PM]
- The Who: BBC Electric Proms [VH1 Classic 3PM]
- The Black Keys: This is a Concert [Palladia 3PM]
- The Cure: MTV Live [Palladia 11PM]
- K’naan w/Nelly Furtado on David Letterman [CBS 11:35PM]
- Die Antwoord on Jimmy Kimmel [ABC 12:05AM]
- 02/20/12--08:27: Video: Polyphonic Spree – What Would You Do?
- 02/20/12--09:17: Widespread Panic Says Farewell For A While
- 02/20/12--10:00: Review: Guns N’ Roses @ Webster Hall
- 02/20/12--12:00: Pullin’ ‘Tubes: Van Halen’s Live Return
- 02/21/12--06:09: Bonnaroo Tickets Onsale – Take Two on Saturday
- 02/21/12--07:00: Video: The Band – Life Is A Carnival (Conan ’95)
- 02/21/12--07:10: Governor’s Ball 2012: Beck, Passion Pit, Modest Mouse
Hot off the group’s big night at The Grammys, Bon Iver will tape a performance for this season of the iconic television show Austin City Limits at The Moody Theater on April 25th according to the show’s blog. Indie pop band The Shins will also appear on this season of ACL as they’ll be at The Moody Theater on March 18. Steve Martin and his Steep Canyon Rangers band will be featured on this weekend’s episode of Austin City Limits.
Here’s six stories of interest to help you over the hump…
Finally, Furthur / RatDog keyboardist Jeff Chimenti has scored a medical hit by creating a device to help people suffering from sleep apnea. Reuters profiles Chimenti’s product and explains how the keyboardist came up with the Gecko nasal pad.
The iconography of a rock and roll band being mythologized as a rebellious pack of outlaws living by their own set of rules dates back to the ’50s, the image originating as something between a snarling, defiant Elvis Presley and a sullen, brooding Marlon Brando. As time passed, the rock and roll outlaw would take many forms: the government persecution complex of The Rolling Stones, the shamanistic rabble-rousing of Jim Morrison, the peanut-butter smearing defiance of Iggy Pop, the corporate-magazine abhorrence of Kurt Cobain, the scenery-climbing petulance of Tim Commerford and the trailer-park decadence of Kid Rock. Never has the image of the outlaw musician been more gentlemanly than when Bob Dylan co-opted the philosophy that to live outside of the law, one must be completely honest. That gallant spirit thrives within Tea Leaf Green. If ever a band has found a way to exist outside of the law of the music business, Tea Leaf Green has accomplished that mission by remaining true to their core vision.
Tea Leaf Green emerged during the post-Coventry Phish hiatus when being called a jamband wasn’t considered a death sentence and a group could find a devoted audience on the strength of a compelling live show. Despite its connection to classic rock and jazz, in today’s world, “jamming” is considered a dirty word, used to marginalize bands that have dedicated themselves to letting musicianship, not spectacle, be their calling card. Always a song-oriented band, Tea Leaf has never really been a jamband in the traditional sense of the word and their resistance to the term is grounded in more than correcting a genre misclassification within the marketing department of the collective unconsciousness. Over the course of the band’s metamorphosis into a five piece collective, there have been many opportunities to diverge from the less travelled path. Being gentleman outlaws, Tea Leaf Green has resisted the urge to change and conform, remaining one of the rare bands that plays honestly true to their inner nature.
Stalwart road warriors, Tea Leaf Green made a triumphant return to the New York City area with an old-fashioned though increasingly more-prevalent two night run at New York City’s Bowery Ballroom and Williamsburg’s Brooklyn Bowl. If the Bowery Ballroom show was notable for the number of long time Leafers that have been a bedrock of East Coast support, the Brooklyn Bowl could be distinguished by an influx of newer, younger fans. The two shows also differed in the focus from the stage. The two-set Bowery Ballroom show leaned heavily on guitarist Josh Clark and the band’s penchant for focused musical exploration while the single-set Brooklyn Bowl centered upon keyboardist Trevor Garrod and group’s underrated ability as songwriters. The differences between the two shows served to strengthen one point: the transitional period during which bassist Reed Mathis came into the fold from the Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey and Cochrane McMillan paired up with Scott Rager to broaden the band’s percussive backbeat has ended and Tea Leaf Green is poised to recapture their position as one of the most essential live bands in the country.
Underneath the patina of domesticity that provide a backdrop for songs like Honeymooners and The Garden (Part III), Garrod has never lost touch with the old, weird America and the traditional folk spirit. The rural bonhomie of Garrod’s mellow voice betrays the dark nature of songs like Devil’s Pay and Jezebel and he can change the mood of room simply by moving his keyboards from the pleasant tinkling on Nothing Changes to full on jamtronica as on the funk workout of Panspermic De-evolution. If ever Garrod betrays the gentleman outlaw spirit, it’s on Cops Took My Weed, a song, which in its bouncy workout at the Brooklyn Bowl, explicates on actually breaking the law (and getting caught).
Each Tea Leaf Green show plays off the complementary styles of Garrod, the philosopher poet, and Clark, the mischievous guitar wizard, the latter being TLG’s secret and most potent weapon. Every time Clark takes the stage, he further stakes a claim for being in the upper echelon of rock’s current crop of young guitarists. His slide guitar sets the proper tone for many of Garrod’s steamier compositions like 5000 Acres and even his simple strumming strikes the right level of poignancy as on the Bowery version of Carter Hotel; at the Brooklyn Bowl, he showed he can play in the arena rock mode as on Bouncin’ Betty , shred with the best of them as he did with Scott Metzger on Incandescent Devil or just let loose in a hard rock frenzy like on the encore of Death Cake. (Try disliking a song with the lyric “I used to be love muffin, now I am a DEATH CAKE.” I dare you).
The resurgence of Tea Leaf Green though can be attributed to Mathis and the revitalized drum section of Rager and McMillan. No stranger to intricate bass lines, Mathis’ weighty tone sonically conjures up the unsettling darkness that lurks just outside many of scenes created by Garrod. Mathis also provides Clark with a mighty foil, giving him not just ample space to fill with his solos but laying down a challenge to meet his level of creativity. A true drum duo, McMillan and Rager lay a portentous though not overpowering percussive template that complements the activity before them. The pair lock into a deep groove, their deep concentration making them seemingly unaware of their occasionally identical patterns. At the Brooklyn Bowl, the two provided an extra jolt of energy to the Mathis-penned My Old Oklahoma Home, turning his alt-countryish ballad into a candy-coated near-pop song.
At the core, Tea Leaf Green remembers that a rock and roll concert is supposed to be fun. At the Brooklyn Bowl, they paid homage to The Big Lebowski, the Citizen Kane of bowling movies, with a cover of Dylan’s The Man In Me and tweaked their Williamsburg locale with a romp through Hipster Ninja. (“We have so much fun pretending we’re not at concerts/we like to grow beards, though we’re not sure why”). Reconnecting with the communal spirit of the Wetlands and because sit-ins are just cool, Scott Metzger appeared with the band as did keyboardist Pete Levin (Blind Boys From Alabama) on Dreaming Without Sleeping and Panspermic De-evolution. In the midst of Taught To Be Proud, they delighted the old schoolers at the Bowery Ballroom with a brief segue into Franz Hanzerbeak, prompting the appropriate Ric Flair “Whoo” on the downbeat. While true that there is nothing like a Grateful Dead concert; there is also nothing like a Tea Leaf Green concert.
This past October, Karl Denson expanded his Tiny Universe to include guitarist Anders Osborne for a cover-to-cover cover of Sticky Fingers. As the early ’70s were an era where rock saxophonists and blues guitarists lived together in perfect harmony, a Denson/Osborne pairing on the Stones’ classic 1971 album seemed ripe with potential. In fact, it’s fun to imagine the whole idea germinating from the segue into the extended instrumental middle section of Can’t You Hear Me Knocking. Going beyond the Halloween season, Denson and Osborne have taken their faithful interpretation of Sticky Fingers out on the road for a brief run that swung through New York City’s Webster Hall. Osborne’s presence gave the evening a special feel. Setting aside his appropriately soulful vocals on You Gotta Move and I Got The Blues though, Denson guitarist DJ Williams seemed well up to the task of handling the heavy lifting on his own, providing a fine foil the Keith Richards/Mick Taylor interplay. Ultimately, the Sticky Fingers collaboration provided many fun moments but never established any transcendence. However, since The Rolling Stones are never going to play Sticky Fingers straight through (and if they did, would charge $500 for the privilege of hearing it at your local football stadium), Denson and Osborne’s version should suit everyone just fine.
The RIAA loves to remind everyone about the improprieties of taking the creative work of others without proper compensation. Given their militant point of view on the subject, surely they will be paying a visit to the National Academy for Recording Arts & Sciences to address the Grammy Awards repeated appropriation of the Jammy Awards modus operandi of pairing seemingly inapposite artists in highly publicized mini-sets. Then again, the Grammys may just plead ignorance: it appears to be blissfully unaware of For Emma, Forever Ago.
From their home base in Brooklyn, the Dolchnakov Brigade are leading something called the Palevish Revolution. What is this revolution? Your guess is as good as mine. From their set at Pianos in New York City, it apparently entails plastic machine guns, wild choreographed disco dancing, a face-painted, begoggled leader singing (and I use that term real loosely) through a megaphone, a woman dressed like Goldust who has likely never heard of Goldust, songs that feature lead cowbell, MIDI-quality synthesized beats, onions gratuitously distributed to the crowd by two worker bees in gas masks and the waving of those onions overhead and proclaiming them “the underdog.” The Dolchnakov Brigade are either the cutting edge of performance art or simply high concept in their awfulness. I’m hedging by bets and getting out in front of this one: Viva La Revolution!! Where’s my onion?
Last month singer/songwriter Amos Lee paired up with progressive bluegrass act Punch Brothers for a short tour of Europe. At many of these shows Lee welcomed the Punch Brothers up towards the end of his set to help him out on a countrified version of Fat Bottomed Girls by Queen.
Here’s a look at this kickass cover…
Trey Anastasio & PSO @ Heinz Hall, February 14
Photos: Michael Stein
Trey Anastasio’s first-ever orchestral tour rolled on to Pittsburgh’s beautiful Heinz Hall on Tuesday night, Valentine’s Day, where the guitarist performed two sets worth of Phish and solo classics as well as a Beatles song suite backed by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. For Tuesday evening’s performance, Anastasio kept the setlist the same as the tour’s opening night in Atlanta.
[All Photos by Michael Stein]
The show won raves from both longtime Phish fans and local media who appreciated the guitarist’s handiwork and the way the PSO executed the difficult arrangements. HT contributor Michael Stein was among those at Heinz Hall and has shared 14 gorgeous photos with us.
Set 1: First Tube, Water in the Sky, Divided Sky, Brian and Robert, Goodbye Head, Guyute, Let Me Lie, Stash
Set 2: Time Turns Elastic, If I Could, You Enjoy Myself
Encore: Golden Slumbers > Carry That Weight > The End, The Inlaw Josie Wales
 Trey on acoustic.
 Trey first on acoustic, then electric guitar, before returning to acoustic.
Here’s a full gallery of Michael Stein’s Trey & PSO photos…
If you’re looking to catch great live music tomorrow in NYC on the cheap, we’ve got a suggestion for you. Relix and one-time HT contributor Sam Davis of Dog Gone Blog fame has teamed up with Bowery Presents to bring two of Brooklyn’s best budding acts to The Mercury Lounge on Manhattan’s Lower East Side tomorrow night for a mere $10.
HT faves Yellowbirds, whose exceptional debut album The Color scored a spot in our staff’s Best Albums of 2011 list, will take the stage at 11:30PM, while experimental act Woodsman, known for their improvisational wizardry and dual drummer attack, are set to perform at 10:30PM. Tickets are available for $10 through The Merc’s website and you can RSVP here. We hope to see you there.
Back in April of 2008, we kicked off a series of B Lists devoted to Stage Setlist Porn in which we presented images of 60 stage setlists that rabid fans had saved from the scrap heap. Each day a number of images tagged “setlist” have been uploaded to Flickr and once again we sorted through most of those pics to bring you a batch of 10 kickass stage setlists.
1. moe. – 04/10/2000 New York, NY
Late last year I cleaned out my closet and came across one of my favorite stage setlists of all-time – percussionist Jim Loughlin’s guide to the Timmy Rock Opera which moe. performed at the famed Wetlands Preserve on April 10, 2000.
2. Wilco – 11/30/2011 Austin, TX
HT faves Wilco’s latest Austin City Limits appearance aired earlier this month but it was filmed back in November. Following the taping, Austin City Limits’ official Twitter feed shared a photo of the stage setlist from the performance listing many tunes which didn’t make the broadcast.
3. Phish – 06/07/2011 Mansfield, MA
In recent years Phish has been using a songlist for each show. Front man Trey Anastasio will use this list as a guide when deciding what to play during the gig. We’d heard about these songlists but hadn’t seen one until Eric Wyman sent the photo above our way from the band’s June 7, 2011 performance at Great Woods in Mansfield, Mass.
4. Prince – 04/28/2011 Inglewood, CA
[via Dr. Funkenberry]
The folks at Dr. Funkenberry were sent a photo of the above setlist just before The Purple One took the stage at The Forum near L.A. and posted it immediately. While the stage setlist was close, Prince didn’t stick to it 100%.
5. Sleigh Bells – 02/09/2012 Jacksonville, FL
Brooklyn noise pop duo Sleigh Bells continue to grow their audience and will make their Saturday Night Live debut on Saturday. We love the no frills appearance of the band’s stage setlists.
6. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – 06/16/2006 Manchester, TN
For Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers’ headlining slot at Bonnaroo 2006, they welcomed Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac, who had been touring with them, up for a few tunes. What we particularly like about this stage setlist is a section for audibles. Now that’s thinking!
7. Foo Fighters – 07/11/2011 London, UK
Foo Fighters gig in London last July as part of the iTunes Festival was eventful as fuck. Not only did Dave Grohl kick a fan out for instigating a fight, but the Foos were joined by Lemmy for Shake Your Blood and Queen’s Brian May and Roger Taylor for Tie Your Mother Down. The Foos tweeted the stage setlist from that memorable gig which you can see above.
8. Portugal. The Man – 10/25/2011 Washington, D.C.
[via 9:30 Club Tumblr]
While we loved P.TM’s handwritten setlists of old, as they’ve gotten bigger the group has invested in a printer and who are we to hold back technological advances?
9. Widespread Panic – 01/29/2012 Atlanta, GA
Jam titans Widespread Panic still go with the hand-written approach to stage setlists after all these years as displayed by these papers from the Wood Tour stop in Atlanta.
10. Mike Doughty – 11/17/2011 Washington, D.C.
[via 9:30 Club Tumblr]
We’ve saved the best for last as Mike Doughty has stylized setlists that use a crazy font and cool little icons. We want one!
On April 27, HT faves Umphrey’s McGee will present the third annual UMBowl, aka UMBowl III, at Park West in their hometown of Chicago. The band announced the show at halftime on Super Bowl Sunday but didn’t reveal the concepts for each quarter until today. Three of the quarters were used in the past, while the fourth quarter is a new concept called “Raw Stewage.”
Here’s a look at the explanations for each quarter…
We will kickoff the evening with the ever popular All Request Quarter. All ticket buyers will receive a ballot to vote for the songs you would most like to hear. Expect a wide range of options, from rarer UM tunes to alternate versions of “the hits” to classic covers. To further improve upon this quarter in 2012, we will be adding some “Special Teams” options to the ballot. Instrument switches, solos, unexpected duos or trios, anything is fair game. Additionally, there will be a write-in category for you to submit your own requests. Surprise us with your submissions and let’s get after it.
Q2: Stew Art Event
Q2 is an S2. A Stew Art Event, this one of kind Umphrey’s innovation, returns to the UMBowl yet again for the 2nd quarter. The band will play a full set of improvisation based exclusively on themes, ideas, scenes, and concepts presented by fans. Entries will be submitted via text message and the best of the best will be added to the playbook. The selected themes will appear before both the band and audience in real time so split second decisions will be paramount. Expect handoffs and hail marys as one musical idea is lateraled to another. Can Umphrey’s keep Q2 turnover free?
The Umphrey’s team is pleased to announce that the third quarter of UMBowl III will be a Choose Your Own Adventure experience. Those in attendance will be calling the plays, quarterbacking the music to unfold at your will.
A series of choices will be presented to the audience on large projection screens and you will decide the opening song of the second half. Voting will occur via text message and the results will be tallied in real time in front of the audience and the band. You will then have the chance to call an audible and dictate what’s next. You’ll be able to choose from a wide variety of UM originals, improvisational styles, and cover songs. You pick the plays and determine the strategy to make it a killer set. Don’t blow it.
Q4: Raw Stewage
Ah . . . Jimmy Stewart. How much you’ve given all of us through the years. Making its debut at UMBowl III is none other than Raw Stewage. Imagine if we had a list of your favorite Stewarts from over the years, and a list of ours alongside it. Now imagine if we played a set linking them together with additional new improv to create a long-form piece of new music . . . that is what you’ll witness in Q4. We will provide ticket buyers with a ballot to choose your favorites, you provide us with the inspiration. It’s on.
Ticketing information will be announced next week.
Live From The Artists Den is back for another season of bringing a diverse group of musical acts to the country’s most beautiful venues. The latest episode finds Washington’s Death Cab For Cutie at the majestic Beaux-Arts Court of New York’s Brooklyn Museum. You can catch Live From The Artists Den on Friday night at 10PM in Los Angeles (KLCS) and New York City (WNET). Check your local listings to see when LFTAD airs in your neck of the woods.
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When The White Stripes officially decided to call it quits roughly a year ago, the big question on everyone’s mind was what would Jack White’s next move be? The singer-songwriter-guitarist-producer-record label owner, who could have gone back to recording with either The Raconteurs or The Dead Weather, has instead decided to go it alone and will release his solo debut, Blunderbuss, on April 24 via his Third Man Records.
Late last month White offered up the album’s first single Love Interruption for download, now the country-soul tune has an official music video, which features back-up vocalist Ruby Amanfu, clarinet/bass clarinet player Emily Bowland and Brooke Waggoner on Wurlitzer electric piano.
At the moment Jack White only has a handful of shows currently scheduled, including headlining slots at both the Hangout Music Festival and Sasquatch!.
For this Friday morning playlist, I have decided to pay homage the my hometown, and what I feel is the greatest city in the universe: New York City. With my Giants winning the Superbowl, and the passing of Mets’ legend Gary Carter yesterday, I felt it appropriate to remind you all of the simple electricity of the city that has it all to offer – 24 hours a day.
Kicking off with Ace Frehley’s New York Groove, which is the official anthem of the NY football giants, it’s a short rocker to set the mood. Next up is moe. with the straight-forwardly titled New York City. Always invoking loud crowd cheers when they play it here, this is a hometown staple for the jamband heroes.
One of my most talented friends, and feature in some of my Postcards From Page Side columns and mixtapes before, Brock Butler shares an amazing take on Simon & Garfunkel’s Only Living Boy in New York. A heartfelt piece that I find myself listening to a lot when I am pondering life, and its existence. It’s also a track that makes me realize just how many individual stories make up a city of over 8 million people. A remarkable tune and version by Butler here. In nothing short of a homage to Gary Carter and his passing yesterday, I included Yo La Tengo’s take on Meet the Mets, a song that symbolizes a better time for my favorite sports franchise.
To close things out, we go with the modern day anthem for this city, with Jay-Z’s Empire State of Mind, followed by the anthem that has signified New York for over 50 years – Frank Sinatra’s New York, New York. For the exclamation point, I include my second favorite song of all-time with the Talking Heads’ This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody), which boasts the line: “home, it’s where I want to be, but I guess I’m already there!”
So, please enjoy the playlist, and remember, whether you live here, or just come to visit, there is simply no place like New York City – the greatest city in the world.
This past Monday night, an eclectic and talented group of musicians came together at Carnegie Hall to celebrate Tibetan culture at the XXII Annual Tibet House Benefit Concert. The evening began with traditional prayers from eight Tibetan Monks, before Robert Thurman (president of Tibet House) took the stage to remind all in attendance of the importance of the upcoming year to Tibetan society.
[All Photos by Jeremy Gordon]
Standout performances included amusing stories by Laurie Anderson (on her unfortunate spiritual trip with American naturalists), meditations and songs by singer Dechen Shak-Dagsay, and an electric performance by violinist Tim Fain. Stephin Merritt of The Magnetic Fields played a banjo-ukulele for his set (and announced his fear of turning into the WB Frog on the stage), and Das Racist attempted to rap disjointedly over Rahzel’s beatboxing while gyrating and wrapping themselves in the American Flag.
Toward the end of the evening, legendary musician Lou Reed teamed up with the Patti Smith’s band (sans Patti Smith) to headline the show and performed a rather underwhelming three song set before he was joined on stage by all of the performers to honor composer and curator Phillip Glass on his 75th birthday.
Here’s a full gallery of Jeremy’s photos from Carnegie Hall…
The long-awaited Black Sabbath Reunion Tour, which was set to kick off this May in Moscow, has been canceled due to Tony Iommi’s battle with lymphoma. The metal pioneers will still play the Download Festival in the U.K. on June 10. Many of the Sabbath gigs have been replaced by Ozzy & Friends performances featuring Ozzy Osbourne and Geezer Butler of Sabbath as well as guitarist Zakk Wylde. Head over to CoS for more details. Meanwhile, Bill Ward has issued another statement on Facebook about his contractual battle with his Black Sabbath band mates.
Here’s six other stories of note as we end the week…
Finally, many music fans were shocked and disturbed during Sunday night’s Grammys telecast to find out that there are people out there that don’t know who Paul McCartney is. Funny or Die has put together a hilarious parody portraying The History Channel and Twitter’s biography of Sir Paul McCartney.
Several members of the Experience Hendrix Tour, which puts together an all-star caliber musical lineup to pay tribute to guitar legend Jimi Hendrix, will visit Jay Leno tonight. David Hidalgo and Cesar Rosas, both members of Los Lobos, will be joined by Robert Randolph and Chris Layton for a performance of a Hendrix classic. The 2012 Experience Hendrix Tour officially kicks off on March 6 in Bethesda, Maryland.
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Back in December we pointed you in the direction of an unearthed Christmas tune from the Polyphonic Spree, that dated back to the recording sessions for their 2004 sophomore album Together We’re Heavy. The psychedelic choral-rock act, who haven’t put out an album of new material since 2007, look like they may be gearing up for a big 2012 with a 10-date spring tour lined up and last week releasing an animated music video for the brand new track What Would You Do? The song, which features the band’s signature lush vocal sound, also has a bit of a hard edge courtesy of a healthy dose of Flaming Lips-influence acid-rock guitar sounds. Let’s check it out…
About 15 months ago Widespread Panic keyboardist JoJo Hermann sent the group’s fanbase into a tizzy when he told a Vanderbilt University student paper reporter that after the band celebrated their 25th anniversary that they would “call it (quits) for a while.” Over the past year or so we’ve learned that the members of Panic plan to take about a year off and the anniversary celebration spilled into 2012 for Panic en la Playa and the all-acoustic Wood Tour. Last night at the Belly Up in Aspen, Colorado Widespread Panic concluded this era of their career with a barn burner in which they debuted three covers before saying farewell with the fitting Ain’t Life Grand.
Among the three covers debuted at the Wood Tour finale were Alan Price’s Sell Sell, Across The Universe by The Beatles and Somewhere In Time by Los Lobos. Panic also tipped their cap to previous covers busted out on the Wood Tour in The Ballad of John and Yoko and Warren Zevon’s Carmelita. Here’s the setlist via EverydayCompanion…
Set One: Send Your Mind, Tallboy, The Ballad of John and Yoko, True to My Nature, This Part of Town, Time Waits, Saint Ex, Sell Sell (Alan Price) > Who Do You Belong to?, Carmelita, Degenerate > Climb to Safety
Set Two: City of Dreams, Taildragger, Walkin’ (for your love), Papa’s Home > Vacation > Across the Universe > North, Contentment Blues > Jack, Postcard, Porch Song, Somewhere in Time (Los Lobos)
Encore: Blue Indian, Big Wooly Mammoth, Ain’t Life Grand
[First 'Somewhere in Time'; First 'Sell Sell'; First 'Across the Universe'; Dave teased 'Bird Song' before 'Jack'; JoJo teases Norwegian Wood during 'Across the Universe'; 'Down on the Farm' tease before 'Who Do You Belong to?'; Dave teases "Lovelight" and JB sings lyrics to 'Swing Low Sweet Chariott' during Tallboy; Broadcast Live on Sirius XM; Wood Tour]
Listen to Widespread Panic’s cover of Somewhere In Time…
You can stream all of last night’s show at PanicStream.com.
Guns N’ Roses @ Webster Hall: February 15th
There was a time I was very skeptical of seeing a band called “Guns N’ Roses” that didn’t include any original members besides Axl Rose, especially since the other five original members are still alive and making music. I’d seen a few shows at the height of their popularity, and it was sad to see the band fade in the years that followed the Use Your Illusion tours. My life was wrapped up in following Phish during that period, but recollections of the shows I had seen in high school, and knowing that the original band split up on bad terms, was disappointing.
On a whim, I attended their 2002 comeback show at Madison Square Garden. I went in with absolutely no expectations, but more of a quenching desire to hear the songs I loved so much again. Expecting a train wreck, I was actually impressed and had an amazing time. It was clear this GN’R was Axl and a bunch of hired guns, but musically it was intense and dynamic, helping me forget that fact for a few hours. Unfortunately, the next day the band was supposed to play in Philly, and Axl didn’t show up. A riot ensued, and it was Groundhog Day all over again as the great legacy faded back into darkness. The 2002 show made me hungry for more, and I was patiently rewarded with more comeback shows in 2006 that were enjoyable, and finally we even got the long overdue Chinese Democracy LP in 2008. But it wasn’t until more recently that an ever-changing lineup settled and the band started to click.
Fast forward to four years later at 11:52 PM this past Wednesday night. The lights went down and a spotlight shined down on axeman DJ Ashba at the top of the stage as he played the opening chords to Chinese Democracy’s hard-driving, self-titled opening track. But five minutes later, 25 years after Axl’s howl woke up the music world, the scream “You know where you are???” came out, and Welcome to the Jungle set the roof of Webster Hall on fire. To even describe the energy to someone who wasn’t there is near impossible, it was absolutely explosive.
The newer songs, especially the ballads, were delivered with conviction and clarity. With rare exception, the energy level didn’t drop when recent material was started. Street of Dreams was especially strong, as that song’s quality stands up to the best of the earlier epic material and Estranged and Civil War, each brought the house down as well. The band also covered AC/DC’s Riff Raff in head-exploding fashion, fitting the dirty raucous vibe of the venue. Just as dirty was the groove Tommy Stinson held down on the classic You’re Crazy. Singing along to this song, I inadvertently shouted “You’re F*#king Crazy” in another fan’s face as he was walking past. Afterward I realized this was the only place on the planet where I could shout that at a stranger and generate a laughing response.
Axl’s commanding presence, combined with his flawless vocal performance, made their version of Knocking on Heaven’s Door, which I scoffed at in my younger years, one of the most powerful songs of the night. That groove at the end is just plain hot, and it was a perfect opportunity for Axl to sing like he had something to prove. When the guitarists went acoustic for Patience, they traded in their chops for grace and beauty. The only thing missing from that song was the smashing of the neon phone at the end. Minutes later, we were singing Paradise City in joyous revelry and a sea of confetti. It was 3:10 AM and they took us home.
It’s common knowledge that Axl Rose replaced the original members of Guns N’ Roses with studio musicians, a move other band leaders have made and received far less grief about. On previous tours, it was proven that other musicians could deliver the music flawlessly. But the current lineup has something that wasn’t there on previous tours…Chemistry. Call this band whatever you will and while I have full respect for anyone who says that this isn’t “Guns N’ Roses,” it is a pointless argument. This is a true band.
In a small venue you can see that they love playing together, respect one another and have natural chemistry that goes way beyond the fact that they are all incredible musicians and performers. The other thing that the current incarnation of Guns N Roses has is a great sideman. Guitarist DJ Ashba has the stage presence and attitude in a lead guitarist that this band desperately needed. He looks nothing like Slash, but has his own persona and stage personality that is just as intriguing, and just as much rock n roll.
As far as Axl Rose, the difference between now and the old days is that he seems sincerely grateful for the band and the audience they have earned. Together, the current GN’R members embrace Axl’s vision, rather than fight against it, and the fans that see past the absence of Slash and Duff are being rewarded with one of the best live attractions to take any stage. The quality of future studio material may decide whether or not this lineup of Guns N Roses reaches the heights of popularity enjoyed in their early years. But as long as Axl Rose’s voice stays as strong, the audiences will keep on growing.
Set: Chinese Democracy, Welcome to the Jungle, It’s So Easy, Mr. Brownstone, Sorry, Shackler’s Revenge, Estranged, Rocket Queen, Richard Fortus Guitar Solo (James Bond Theme), Live and Let Die (Paul McCartney & Wings cover), You’re Crazy (First time played since 2010), This I Love, Motivation (Tommy Stinson song) (Tommy Stinson on lead vocals, with band introductions), Dizzy Reed Piano Solo (Baba O’ Riley), Street of Dreams, You Could Be Mine, DJ Ashba Guitar Solo (Mi Amor), Sweet Child O’ Mine, Riff Raff (AC/DC cover), Instrumental Jam (Another Brick In The Wall Pt. 2), Axl Rose Piano Solo (Gran Torino/Goodbye Yellow … more), November Rain, Bumblefoot Guitar Solo (Pink Panther Theme), Don’t Cry, Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door (Bob Dylan cover), Civil War, Used to Love Her (First time played since 2010), Nightrain
Encore: Instrumental Jam, Madagascar, Heartbreak Hotel (Elvis Presley cover) (Tease), Better, My Michelle (First time played since 2010), Instrumental Jam, Patience, Instrumental Jam, Paradise City
Over the last decade Van Halen seemed to be in the news more for their off-stage, seemingly soap opera story-lines, than for what they were known for best – playing fiery arena rock. The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame act toured with both Sammy Hagar and David Lee Roth, kicked originally bassist Michael Anthony to the curb, and saw lead guitarist Eddie Van Halen not only hire his teenage son as the band’s bass player, but also reenter rehab forcing a number of postponed dates during their 2007-08 tour. After numerous rumors that Eddie had been writing and recording new music, the band announced that they had officially gotten back together with Diamond Dave to record their first album of new material together since 1984, with the results being released earlier this month as their 12th studio effort A Different Kind of Truth.
After a couple of warm up gigs, that included one at the tiny 250-person capacity Cafe Wha? in New York City’s Greenwich Village, and another private friends and family show at The Forum in Los Angeles, Van Halen officially kicked off their lengthy North American arena tour this past Saturday night at the unfortunately named KFC Yum! Center in Louisville. The band’s 24-song set leaned heavily on their classic material from the Diamond Dave-era, including two tunes Woman In Love and Outta Love Again, that haven’t been played live in over thirty years. Here’s the four song stanza that opened the show, as uploaded by YouTube user Randy Bayers. Let’s take a look…
Van Halen – KFC Yum! Center – Louisville, KY – 2012-02-18
You Really Got Me, Runnin’ With the Devil, She’s The Woman, Romeo Delight, Tattoo, Everybody Wants Some!!, Somebody Get Me A Doctor, China Town, Mean Street, Oh, Pretty Woman,< Drum solo>, Unchained, The Trouble with Never, Dance The Night Away, I’ll Wait, Hot For Teacher, Women In Love*, Outta Love Again**, Beautiful Girls, Ice Cream Man, Panama, <Guitar solo>, Ain’t Talkin’ ’Bout Love, Jump
* first time played since 1980, ** first time played since 1979
Tickets to this year’s Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival went on sale this past Saturday but only a few fans actually scored ducats as sales were halted due to “overwhelming demand and technical problems” according to the AP. Event organizers say they’ve “identified and fixed the issues” and will try the onsale again this Saturday, Feb. 25, at 12PM EST through Bonnaroo.com.
Look for more information about the onsale from promoters in the next few days. Bonnaroo 2012 boasts a varied lineup featuring headliners Phish, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Radiohead, The Beach Boys and Bon Iver. The festival is scheduled to take place from June 7 – 10 in Manchester, Tenn.
Back in 1995 a Robbie Robertson-less version of The Band stopped by NBC’s Late Night with Conan O’Brien to promote the newly released Across The Great Divide retrospective. Rick Danko, Levon Helm, Garth Hudson and the more recent additions to this last version of The Band shared the stage with members of the Max Weinberg 7 to perform a rousing Life Is A Carnival. Check it out…
The Governor’s Ball Music Festival will return for its second year in New York City this summer, although it’s moved from Governor’s Island to Randall’s Island for year number two. Event organizers have put together an impressive lineup headlined by Beck, Modest Mouse and Passion Pit for the fest, which takes place on June 23 and 24. Big Gigantic, Cults, Special Disco Version (feat. Pat Mahoney and James Murphy), Santigold, Built To Spill, Alberta Cross and Turf War are also on the eclectic bill.
Here’s a look at the full lineup via video…
Tickets go on sale tomorrow at this website.