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    Last month we broke the news that Phish had a new live archival release in the works and today the band has officially announced Phish: Ventura. Due on June 18, Phish: Ventura features the band’s July 30th, 1997 and July 20th, 1998 performances from the Ventura County Fairgrounds in Ventura, Calif.

    The box set is available for pre-order from Dry Goods and those who purchase will receive a 10-track sampling of the band’s March 21st, 1993 show at Ventura Theatre called “BuenaVentura.”

    Take a listen to the Bathtub Gin from 7/20/98 that’s part of Phish: Ventura:

    And here’s Stash from the ’97 show…

    Read archivist Kevin Shapiro’s blurb about Phish: Ventura and check out tracklist…

    The site of the Ventura County Fairgrounds shows was a general admission dirt racetrack between the Pacific Coast Highway and Surfers Point Park; with palm trees and mountains behind the stage and a view of the Pacific Ocean from the bleachers. July 30, 1997 was Phish’s first Ventura stop since Trey learned to surf nearby in 1993, and both the 1997 and 1998 Ventura Fairgrounds setlists were laced with coastal themes referencing the scenic locale. Ventura ‘97 featured a number of must-hear performances including a bass-driven, syncopated Wolfman’s Brother > Chalk Dust Torture, a deep and spacey Stash and a gnarly Character Zero in set I. Peak improvisation of the highest order defined set II with a Free > David Bowie > Cities > David Bowie combination that dominated the show’s second half with some of the summer’s biggest jams. Add in Weigh (played just twice that summer), the first West Coast Piper and a blazing cover of Jimi Hendrix’s Fire and the result was a steaming cauldron of patient funk and cacophonous shredding that defined summer 1997 Phish.

    On July 20, 1998 Phish again encountered Ventura’s breezy oceanside. Ventura ’98 was characterized by some new songs, some bustouts and some wicked jams played with a democratic group-mind that conjured a stellar Bathtub Gin opener, a new arrangement of Water In The Sky, the swinging funk of The Moma Dance and a hairy Split Open And Melt set I closer. Set II exploded with a crucial bass-and-drums-fueled Drowned > Makisupa Policeman pairing that utilized Page’s synth stylings to seamlessly blend rock and reggae. A concentrated Maze led to a perfectly placed, self-referential Sea And Sand – played for the first time since 12/31/95 and only the third time ever. An inspired Prince Caspian carved the way into the Harry Hood set II closer. The encore was the Phish debut of Sexual Healing as Trey played drums and Fish, to the crowd’s delight, sang Marvin Gaye’s tale of capsizing in rising waves of love.

    A funky, experimental Halley’s Comet capped the show as the band left the stage one-by-one to waves of digital delay that swept the beachside fairgrounds.

    The Ventura box set captures the feel of two magical nights of Phish – recorded by Paul Languedoc to multitrack tape, mixed by Jon Altschiller and mastered by Fred Kevorkian. Jams from the soundchecks were included at the end of both shows for a glimpse behind the scenes. This collection is a summer soundtrack that just gets better with every listen.




    Ventura Box Set Setlist:

    Disc 1
    1. NICU
    2. Wolfman’s Brother
    3. Chalk Dust Torture
    4. Water In The Sky
    5. Stash
    6. Weigh
    7. Piper
    8. Cars Trucks Buses
    9. Character Zero

    Disc 2
    1. Punch You In The Eye
    2. Free
    3. David Bowie
    4. Cities
    5. David Bowie

    Disc 3
    1. Bouncing Around The Room
    2. Uncle Pen
    3. Prince Caspian
    4. Fire
    5. My Soul
    6. Ventura ’97 Soundcheck Jam

    Disc 4
    1. Bathtub Gin
    2. Dirt
    3. Poor Heart
    4. Lawn Boy
    5. My Sweet One
    6. Birds Of A Feather
    7. Theme From The Bottom
    8. Water In The Sky
    9. The Moma Dance
    10. Split Open And Melt

    Disc 5
    1. Drowned
    2. Makisupa Policeman
    3. Maze
    4. Sea And Sand
    5. Prince Caspian
    6. Harry Hood

    Disc 6
    1. Sexual Healing
    2. Hold Your Head Up
    3. Halley’s Comet
    4. Ventura ’98 Soundcheck Jam

    - Fans who pre-order the release from Phish Dry Goods will also receive a bonus disc complied from the band’s only other concert in Ventura in 1993 (3/21/93 Ventura Theatre).

    BuenaVentura Bonus CD Setlist:

    From Set I:
    1. Maze
    2. Sparkle
    3. Divided Sky
    4. Split Open and Melt
    5. Lawn Boy

    From Set II:
    6. Tweezer
    7. Llama
    8. My sweet one >
    9. Big ball jam
    10. Cavern

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    Our buddy Sunil was down at Jazz Fest and has shared a couple of videos we think you’ll dig.

    Supergroup Dragon Smoke was one of many incredible bands to play last week’s Fiya Fest. This group consists of Eric Lindell, Ivan Neville, Stanton Moore and Rob Mercurio. At their Fiya Fest set, Dragon Smoke was joined by a horn section that included Skerik. One of the songs the group performed at Fiya Fest was a cover of Landslide from Fleetwood Mac’s eponymous 1975 album.

    Neville has sung the tune before during his solo piano set aboard Jam Cruise 11, but we like this reggae-tinged version of the Fleetwood Mac classic even better. Check it out…

    On May 4 New Orleans’ Bonerama played a gig at Feret Street Publiq House in The Crescent City. During Bonerama’s set, the band performed a horn-driven cover of the Grateful Dead’s West L.A. Fadeaway that’s unlike any version of the song we’ve ever heard.

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    This fact may be hard to believe, but throughout their long and storied career the Preservation Hall Jazz Band have never released a studio album consisting entirely of their own original compositions. The legendary New Orleans act will change all that come July 9, with the release of That’s It! via Sony Legacy. The 11-track record, which was recorded at the band’s home-base at 726 St. Peter Street in the French Quarter, was co-produced by Pres Hall’s own Ben Jaffe and My Morning Jacket front man Jim James, who has been championing the band over the last handful of years.

    In advance of the record’s release, Preservation Hall has released this behind-the-scenes look at the making of the album. Let’s check it out…

    Finally, it appears that we may finally have an answer to ongoing “are they” or “aren’t they” story surrounding the relationship between former Led Zeppelin front man Robert Plant and rootsy songstress Patty Griffin, who have been romantically linked since 2011. The pair, who appear together on Griffin’s new studio album American Kid, had been previously thought to have eloped last summer, despite conflicting reports to the contrary. Earlier this week in an interview with Billboard Griffin set the record straight, telling the industry rag “We’re not legally married, no,” while also going on to speak about their musical connection, “We get a lot of energy from each other’s singing. We both have similar places that we come from as singers-a lot of emotion, and sometimes the emotion overrides technique. He inspires me. He goes far and deep.”

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    As we get closer and closer to next month’s Bonnaroo Festival, the event’s team continues to pump out material through their Bonnaroo 365 YouTube channel. Just this week a batch of videos from HT faves Umphrey’s McGee’s 2010 appearance at the ‘Roo’s Which Stage have surfaced.

    For UM’s 2010 Bonnaroo set, they ended their set with the interesting pairing of Mantis and Glory. As Umphrey’s made their way through Mantis, the title track of their most-recent album at the time, all of the sudden the band changes course and starts Glory. Following a typically gorgeous take on Glory, they go right back to the point they were at in Mantis. Check it out…

    You can also view Conduit and Booth Love from UM’s Bonnaroo 2010 set.

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    Disco Biscuits guitarist Jon “Barber” Gutwillig has been working on music for a “popumentary” called BadPuss which follows a fictional all-girl rock band. The film is described as “An honest and hilarious look at the music industry through the eyes of an all-girl rock band and their all-girl film production team.”

    Steve Molitz, Clay Parnell and Dave Butler are among the musicians Barber brought in to record the music for BadPuss. The film’s producers are trying to raise $25,000 to help them get through the end of production via a Kickstarter campaign. In the most recent update on the film’s Kickstarter site, Barber weighs in on the process of creating the music for BadPuss…

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    While Eric Clapton jammed with the Allman Brothers Band at MSG for last month’s Crossroads Guitar Festival, it was not the first time the acts met up in recent years. Back in 2009 Clapton sat in with the Allman Brothers Band as part of their 40th Anniversary March Madness Run at the Beacon Theatre. Slowhand guested with the Allmans on March 19 and 20 for each show’s entire second sets.

    Japanese company Mid Valley Records issued professionally-shot video of EC’s March 19 performance with the ABB on DVD and YouTuber Mal Barker has liberated the bootleg. Watch as Slowhand gets busy on such tunes as Dreams, Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad? and, of course, Layla.

    1. Key To The Highway – Allman Brothers Band with guest Eric Clapton (lead vocal / guitar)
    2. Dreams – Allman Brothers Band with guest Eric Clapton (guitar)
    3. Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad – Allman Brothers Band with guest Eric Clapton (lead vocal / guitar)
    4. Little Wing – Allman Brothers Band with guest Eric Clapton (lead vocal / guitar)
    5. Anyday – Allman Brothers Band with guests Eric Clapton (vocals / guitar) and Susan Tedeschi (vocals)
    6. Layla – Allman Brothers Band with guests Eric Clapton (lead vocal / guitar) and Danny Louis (piano)

    [Hat Tip - Couch Tour]

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    Back on April 21, The Black Crowes presented a guest-laden acoustic performance at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium that turned out to be one for the ages. Included among the many debuts on that fateful evening was the Crowes’ first-ever take on bob Dylan’s Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues.

    While Crowes front man Chris Robinson had performed the tune with both Chris Robinson Brotherhood and Phil and Friends numerous times in the past, it was a treat to hear The Black Crowes tackle the Highway 61 Revisited classic. We’ve been waiting since the night the show took place for a recording to surface and that day has finally come. Taper Adam R. Parr has shared his recording, though he notes his mics melted down and he had to use the built-in mic on his recorder. So while this recording isn’t of the best quality, it’s still worth it to hear The Crowes and their guests – such as Old Crow Medicine Show and Sam Bush – run through these songs.

    Let’s take a listen to The Black Crowes’ cover of Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues…

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    We must admit, we’re a little more excited for Vampire Weekend’s appearance on tomorrow’s episode of Saturday Night Live than we were for their 2008 debut on the long-running sketch comedy program. You see the HT faves were set to perform at what turned out to be the final Langerado Festival that weekend, but had to cancel when SNL came calling so we didn’t get to see ‘em at Big Cypress. Vampire Weekend returned to SNL in 2010 and will make their third appearance on the show on Saturday in support of the soon-to-be-released Modern Vampires Of The City. Oh, let’s not forget Kristen Wiig is coming back to Studio 8H as host after stepping down as a cast member last year.

    Friday, May 10 [All Times ET]

    • Chicago – World Tour 2011: Backstage Pass [Palladia 9PM]
    • She & Him on David Letterman [CBS 11:35PM]
    • The Airborne Toxic Event on Jimmy Kimmel [ABC 11:35PM]
    • L.L. Cool J on Jimmy Fallon [NBC 12:35AM]

    Saturday, May 11

    • Dr. Dog / The Shins on Austin City Limits [PBS]
    • Jane’s Addiction – Live In New York [Palladia 1PM]
    • Tom Petty – Live From Gatorsville [AXS TV 4:40PM]
    • Vampire Weekend on Saturday Night Live[NBC 11:30PM]

    Sunday, May 12

    • Jack Johnson on Saturday Night Live [VH1 Classic 2PM]
    • Green Day – Live at the Fox Theater [AXS TV 4:25PM]
    • Pete Seeger – The Power Of Song [VH1 Classic 8PM]
    • Fitz & The Tantrums – Live In Chicago [Palladia 10PM]
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    This morning moe.down organizers have revealed the lineup for this year’s event. Set for August 9 – 11 at Snow Ridge Ski Area in Turin, New York; headliners moe. will bring along bands ranging from Dr. Dog to RAQ to the Del McCoury Band for their 14th annual festival.

    Here’s the full moe.down 14 lineup…

    moe., Dr. Dog, Del McCoury Band, Conspirator, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Steve Kimock Band, Stanley Jordan Trio, Savoy, RAQ, Floodwood, Mike Dillon Band, Eastbound Jesus, Wolf!, Conehead Buddha, The Stepkids and Pennyshine

    Tickets for moe.down 14 are currently available through the moe.down site.

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    It’s hard to believe that Laura Marling is only 23-years-old. Over the course of three studio albums the folkie-chanteuse has impressed with wise-beyond-her-years songwriting earning her two Mercury Prize nominations, and a 2011 Brit Award for Best Female Solo artist. Marling, who has earned comparisons to Joni Mitchell, will release her latest studio effort, Once I Was An Eagle, on May 28 via Ribbon Records. Teaming once again with her longtime collaborator Ethan Johns (Ryan Adams, Ray LaMontagne), the 16-track effort is said to “traverse heartbreak, vulnerability, resurgence, confidence and lastly contemplation,” – themes that have been a constant throughout her work.

    Earlier this week Marling released the music video for the album’s acerbic hell hath no fury like a woman scorned lead single Master Hunter – which cribs a line from Bob Dylan’s It Ain’t Me Babe. The stunning clip features Marling stoically performing the tune as a sexual charged modern dance routine is performed in front of her. Let’s check it out…

    Laura MarlingMaster Hunter

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    [Originally Published: September 27th, 2012]

    Last weekend I walked into my local Berkeley coffee shop and Bob Dylan’s Desolation Row was playing on the stereo. I turned to my friend and asked if he had any way of identifying what verse we were at – but neither of us could place how far into the song we were, or how likely it was the song would still be playing when we left. It was, in fact, still playing when we left. Later that night, I saw Wilco at The Greek Theatre open with One Sunday Morning (Song For Jane Smiley’s Boyfriend) – yet another song with numerous (albeit short) verses, and thus was born this week’s B List. Interestingly, both of those songs, and many listed below, share the characteristic of also not having a chorus.

    Hurricane – Bob Dylan

    There was a time in high school where I could recite all eleven verses from Dylan’s protest song for boxer and accused murdered Rubin “Hurricane” Carter. If I had time to dig through enough songs, we could probably make a B List of only Bob Dylan songs that have eight or more verses. In addition to the mention of Desolation Row in the intro, Tangled Up In Blue, Lily, Rosemary and The Jack of Hearts, the list goes on and on.

    Bob Dylan – Hurricane – 1975 Live by movisfree

    Remember The Mountain Bed – Music by Wilco, Words by Woody Guthrie

    In the late ’90s, Billy Bragg & Wilco had the honor of setting old sets of Woody Guthrie lyrics to music and releasing two volumes of albums called Mermaid Avenue. Wilco has a number of these songs in their live rotation including California Stars, Airline To Heaven, One by One and others. One of the most rarely played is Remember The Mountain Bed and its nine incredible verses.

    All My Friends – LCD Soundsystem

    Plenty of words in this LCD Soundsystem classic, even when James Murphy forgets entire verses when he’s live and in the moment.

    Esther – Phish

    There is no perfect way to count verses. Phish’s Esther for example, has no chorus – but also has at least three different vocal structures. At a minimum Esther has eight verses if you only count the “A” section of the song which leads off and returns at the end. But the “B” and “C” sections of the vocals aren’t a chorus either – so should you count them as verses? With the strict definition of verse, there is no right or wrong answer – feel free to discuss this quandary at your evening dinner table.

    Did you know Esther was Phish’s first music video? song history will fill you in on the details,

    Perhaps most enigmatically, “Esther” was also the first subject for a Phish video. The computer-animated piece was designed by an acquaintance of the band, Scott Nybakken. Playing more like a slide show of still images than a full-motion cartoon, the video was shown between sets at the 7/19/91 Somerville Theatre show.

    Alice’s Restaurant – Arlo Guthrie

    Multiple appearances from the Guthrie family in this B List – not very surprising. Does any song that indeed contains a chorus spend less time singing it than Alice’s Restaurant? It appears at the beginning and at the end, and is absent in the middle 20 or so minutes of the song. Listening to this song in its entirety is a Thanksgiving tradition of mine and it should be one of yours too.

    Suite: Judy Blue Eyes – Crosby Stills & Nash

    It’s no surprise that a long tune with the word “Suite” in the title would make the list. It’s a stretch – you have to include the outro, but when you do – it’s eight verses on the dot split up through a few sections.

    Reuben and Cerise – Jerry Garcia & Robert Hunter

    “This song’s got a lot of words. I might, I might, I might not remember all of them” Jerry famously says to introduce this tune at Oregon State Prison with John Kahn in May of 1982. Reuben and Cerise stayed on the Jerry Garcia solo side of things with the exception of four performances by Grateful Dead.

    Tyrone – Erykah Badu

    You have to go to the extended version of this tale of a woman chastising her broke and self-centered boyfriend, but when you do – it more than makes the cut.

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    We’ve been enjoying David Bowie’s new album and would’ve loved for The Thin White Duke to tour behind The Next Day, but that doesn’t seem to be in the cards. Bowie isn’t just an outstanding studio artist, he’s also an underrated live performance. Our proof can be found in today’s Full Show Friday selection – David Bowie’s performance at the Loreley Festival in Loreley, Germany from June 22, 1996.

    Bowie was backed by the talented quartet of Reeves Gabrels (guitar), Mike Garson (keyboards), Gail Ann Dorsey (bass, vocals) and Zack Alford (drums) at Loreley. The ensemble takes us on a tour of Bowie’s best material over the course of 22 songs. Some of tunes are played in similar fashion to the studio recordings, while other songs are deliciously reworked. Highlights include Diamond Dogs, The Man Who Sold The World, Under Pressure, The Heart’s Filthy Lesson and Heroes as well as a cover of White Light/White Heat (Velvet Underground). Plus, we get to hear Bowie perform songs he wrote for other artists such as Lust For Life (Iggy Pop) and All The Young Dudes (Mott The Hoople).

    Live at Rockpalast Festival, Loreley, Germany 22nd June 1996.

    1. Intro - 00:13
    2. Look Back In Anger - 01:00
    3. Scary Monsters - 05:30
    4. Diamond Dogs - 10:53
    5. The Heart’s Filthy Lesson - 15:34
    6. Outside - 20:51
    7. Aladdin Sane - 26:05
    8. Andy Warhol - 30:50
    9. The Voyeur Of Utter Destruction (As Beauty) - 34:36
    10. The Man Who Sold The World - 40:02
    11. Telling Lies - 43:40
    12. Baby Universal - 47:54
    13. Hallo Spaceboy - 51:10
    14. Breaking Glass - 56:32
    15. We Prick You - 1:00:15
    16. Jump They Say - 1:04:38
    17. Lust For Life - 1:08:06
    18. Under Pressure - 1:14:15
    19. “Heroes” - 1:18:13
    20. White Light/White Heat - 1:24:10
    21. Moonage Daydream - 1:28:40
    22. All The Young Dudes - 1:34:25

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    Dark Star Orchestra @ The Capitol Theatre – May 9

    Words: Chad Berndtson

    They’re a tribute group, yes, and there will always be fans that just can’t get past that as a fundamental flaw. But I’ll say it again knowing full well what I’m in for: Dark Star Orchestra is the band from which I get the most Grateful Dead nourishment out of any touring ensemble these days.

    I know what you’re saying, and some days, you’re right. And, look, I like Furthur just fine. And if Phil stops through with just about any group of Friends, I’m in. And Bob will be back soon in fighting shape, I’m sure, and I can’t wait to see what comes out of TRI Studios and Weir Here next. And 7 Walkers has so many great reasons for being, one of which is keeping  Bill Kreutzmann out there and playing. And if you haven’t yet experienced the current, space-a-delic lineup of the Mickey Hart Band, you’re missing a group that’s become a must-see – an event – in a very short amount of time.

    But I keep going back to DSO – and I said “going back,” not “falling back.” Consider: they’re closing in on 2,200 shows – the band they salute topped out at 2,315, remember – and despite tragedy, lineup shifts and the ever-more-challenging economic stressors placed on a touring rock ‘n’ roll band, they’ve not only endured, but remain ubiquitous, with some national markets able to count on two, sometimes three visits per year.

    They’ve done all this without deviating from the core mission, yet they play their asses off every night at a musical and improvisational level that hasn’t once devolved into gimmickry. They’ve earned the respect of the surviving Grateful Dead members themselves — who’ve sat in with the group on several occasions and even plucked one of their former core members — not to mention legions of other folks holding stakes in the Dead legacy.

    I thought about all this heading into the revitalized Capitol Theater – itself a hugely significant location in Dead lore — for DSO’s spring/summer tour opener Thursday, where, as was widely anticipated, they recreated a legendary Port Chester Dead show from the very same venue. Far have they come, and uniquely so, in that they’ve created their own legacy while devoting themselves almost entirely to another band’s. I’m comforted and excited it’s all going to continue, even with another major transition – the departure of bassist and longest-tenured DSO member Kevin Rosen – pending.

    The Cap was comfortably crowded, meaning a lot of people there but plenty of room to move, dance and bliss out. And bliss this was: an extremely generous setlist selection that both paid tribute to the temple – Rob Barraco: “I wish we could play here every night” – and made a statement about DSO’s intensity, versatility and resolve.

    The original 11/6/70 Dead show was an acoustic set and a long electric set (and a New Riders set), but DSO split the electric set into logical halves. The effect over three and a half wondrous hours was of a well-paced meal: a warm, folksy acoustic-set appetizer; a buoyant first electric set that nailed the herky-jerky, start-stop feel of 1970 Dead setlists that had one foot in the late 60s and one foot in the Americana to come; a monster, Pigpen-centric boogie-fest freakout second electric set; and a tasty dessert filler of Easy Wind and a just-right Ripple.

    It was possible to admire period details: the filthy King Bee (hi Lisa Mackey back there on crisp harmonica!), the gossamer Dark Hollow, the spectral weirdness of the Mickey Hart-created Main Ten excursion, the China/Rider combo that in 1970 was still finding its legs and which DSO deftly played at the clipped, abruptly-transitioning pace of the era, the Mountain Jam (!) detour during that long, collapsing-star journey through Not Fade Away.

    It was also possible just to absorb the flow of music, especially in the second electric set’s sinewy, continuous suite and unrelenting showcase for Jeff Mattson’s alternately starry and gnarly progressions. Everyone in the band had much to offer, especially Barraco, who wears his clear, unabashed love for Pigpen raps with every beatific grin and bounce in his legs.

    Yes, this was a show high on Dead geek curios and rewards. It was also the first show for bassist Skip Vangelas, who’s among the rotating cast filling Rosen’s bass chair after Rosen (who is out for the six NYC-area shows but will return later this month leading up to his planned June 1 finale) transitions. If Vangelas gets the permanent job, you’d find no argument here. Tentative and even-keeled at first, he found his groove midway through the first electric set and started to take chances, such that by the dance-a-thon Not Fade Away sandwich you felt him, full-bore. He’ll be A.O.K.


    DSO performed 11/6/70, Capitol Theater, Port Chester, NY (note: original show was one long electric set, not split)

    Set 1 (acoustic): Don’t Ease Me In, Deep Elem Blues, Dark Hollow, Friend of the Devil, The Rub, Black Peter, El Paso, Brokedown Palace, Uncle John’s Band

    Set 2 (electric): Casey Jones, Me and My Uncle, King Bee, China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider, Truckin’, Candyman, Sugar Magnolia, Good Lovin’ > drums > The Main Ten > Good Lovin’

    Set 3 (electric): Alligator > Jam > Not Fade Away > Goin’ Down the Road Feelin’ Bad > Mountain Jam > Not Fade Away > Caution > Turn On Your Lovelight

    Filler: Easy Wind, Ripple

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    As we mentioned on Friday, Vampire Weekend’s association with Saturday Night Live dates back to 2008, when the New York City-based act was steadily gaining attention from the release of self-titled debut, which had come out in late January of that year. Last night in advance of the release of their highly-anticipated third studio album Modern Vampires of the City, which hits stores this coming Tuesday, Ezra Koenig & Co. were once again tapped to be the musical guest on the legendary late-night sketch show.

    For their two-song appearance Vampire Weekend delivered the jittery Strokes meets Buddy Holly-influenced Diane Young, and bouncy Unbelievers with the help of a three-piece horn section and additional keyboard player. Let’s check them out…

    Vampire Weekend kick off their lengthy summer world tour on May 15, with a gig at the Agganis Arena in Boston, MA.

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    It’s a big week of TV appearances for HT faves. Not only will Vampire Weekend perform on tonight’s episode of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, but Huey Lewis & The News will appear on both Live! with Kelly and Michael tomorrow and on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Wednesday. In addition, Phoenix will visit Fallon on Wednesday, while Dawes will be Jimmy Kimmel’s guest on Thursday.

    Monday, May 13 [All Times ET]

    • Lady Antebellum on Chelsea Lately [E! 11PM]
    • Luke Bryan on David Letterman [CBS 11:35PM]
    • Pistol Annies on Jay Leno [NBC 11:35PM]
    • The Goo Goo Dolls on Jimmy Kimmel (R) [ABC 11:35AM]
    • Vampire Weekend on Jimmy Fallon [NBC 12:35AM]

    Tuesday, May 14

    • Huey Lewis & The News on Live! w/Kelly & Michael [syndicated - check listings]
    • The Slide Brothers featuring Shemekia Copeland on Conan [TBS 11PM]
    • Drop City Yacht Club on Jay Leno [NBC 11:35PM]
    • Phoenix on Jimmy Fallon [NBC 12:35AM]
    • Pistol Annies on Craig Ferguson [CBS 12:35AM]

    Wednesday, May 15

    • Beware of Darkness on Conan [TBS 11PM]
    • Cyndi Lauper on Colbert Report [Comedy Central 11:30PM]
    • Brad Paisley on David Letterman [CBS 11:35PM]
    • Usher on Jay Leno [NBC 11:35PM]
    • Huey Lewis & The News on Jimmy Kimmel [ABC 11:35PM]

    Thursday, May 16

    • Radiohead: The King of Limbs [Palladia Noon]
    • The Wallflowers: Live [AXS 5:30PM]
    • Ben Harper: The Making of “Get Up” [Palladia 7PM]
    • MS MR on David Letterman [CBS 11:35PM]
    • Dawes on Jimmy Kimmel [ABC 11:35PM]


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    Zooey Deschanel quite possibly made late-night talk show history last week, as the doe-eyed actress made two separate stops to the CBS’s Late Show with David Letterman to promote two very different projects. On Tuesday night Deschanel made her first appearance of the week for the standard chit-chat spot to promote her Fox sitcom New Girl, where she plays the adorkable Jessica Day. On Friday night she returned to the Ed Sullivan Theater, this time with her musical collaborator M. Ward it tow, to perform as She & Him.

    The dapper-dressed indie-pop duo, who earlier in the week released their latest studio album Volume 3 via Merge Records, called in the reinforcements for their take on the record’s lead single – Never Wanted Your Love – as they were augmented by a pair of backup singers and a four-piece string section. Let’s check it out…

    She & HimNever Wanted Your Love

    She & Him will kick off their summer North American tour with a gig at the historic Ryman Auditorium on June 15.

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    I’ve long been a big fan of Fareed Haque, from his beautiful, acoustic, classical jazziness to his wild rantings and supercharged funk with Garaj Mahal, but since that band’s demise I’ve had few opportunities to catch the Chicago based guitarist live. I was very pleased, then, to see a soundboard matrix of a recent show by Fareed’s current trio MathGames surface.

    The show actually features a full jazz reading of CSNY’s Deja Vu in the first set – a recreation of the guitarist’s 1997 release of the same name for Blue Note – but this week’s Stormy Monday mix comes from the more open-ended second set, which is also loaded with covers, including a beautiful Fearless. There are also two very nice pairings: a deep, sprawling Slippery Magi > Grant Green’s Flood in Franklin Park, and Our House > a distinctly Fareed composition, Punjabi Soul. The music is full of funky beats courtesy of Greg Fundis on drums and Alex Austin on bass, and blisteringly fast guitar licks and slick grooves from Fareed himself; a real joy to listen to. As always, enjoy!

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    One of the biggest tours of the ’70s was Paul McCartney & Wings’ Wings Over The World excursion. McCartney hadn’t toured since The Beatles called an end to their road days in 1966 and wound up taking Wings across the world in 1975 and 1976, performing a mix of Wings and Beatles tunes. Wings’ performance at the Kingdome in Seattle was recorded for a concert film that finally saw the light of day in 1980. However, the film, titled Rockshow, contained only portions of the band’s Kingdome show.

    After all these years Macca has finally authorized the release of the full Seattle show from the original 35mm film and featuring restored and remastered sound. Rockshow will hit theaters worldwide starting on Wednesday. Watch Paul McCartney and Wings perform Silly Love Songs as a sample of what you can expect from the new version of Rockshow…

    Rockshow is due out on DVD and Blu-Ray in early June.

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    A quick primer of well-known music festivals from the late 1960′s/early 1970′s might looks something like this – Monterey Pop, Woodstock, Altamont, Summer Jam and the Atlanta International Pop Festival. Much like today’s saturated festival landscape though, there were dozens of fests that didn’t quite have the cultural impact – for better or worse – as the ones mentioned. In the June of 1971 an ambitious eight-day music festival called the Celebration of Life was set to take place in McCrea, Louisiana, a town located on the east bank of the Atchafalaya River. The lineup was as impressive as they come with roughly 70 acts set to perform. The bill featured the likes of Pink Floyd, Miles Davis, the Beach Boys, Ike & Tina Turner, Sly & The Family Stone, B.B. King and Quicksilver Messenger Service.

    Some 50,000 (with a reports of up to 150,000) concert-goers descended onto the small Louisiana town, only to find themselves dealing not only with brutally hot weather, a lack of food, water and medical facilities, but also strong local opposition to festival. Oh, and not to mention the fact that promoters were scrambling to get permits, build the stage and had essentially lied about the bill, not actually booking many of the bands – just advertising that they would be there. Yet some 40-plus years later, the story of this ill-fated disastrous fest is barely a footnote in music history.

    All in all only seven of the 27 acts that were advertised actually showed up. Chuck Berry, Stephen Stills, WAR and John Sebastian were among those that performed, with the festival shutdown after its third day. A new 25-minute documentary called McCrea 1971 by Nick Brilleaux and Scott Caro is set to tell the tale of this somehow forgotten festival. Let’s check out the trailer…

    For more on the Celebration of Life Festival, check out these two blog posts for a detailed description of what went down.

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    On August 24th and 25th, the FYF Fest will take over L.A. State Historic Park in Downtown L.A. Today, the lineup has come out and it’s quite impressive. Headliners include My Bloody Valentine, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, TV On The Radio and MGMT. Other acts of note on the bill are The Breeders performing Last Splash, Yo La Tengo, Roxy Erickson, Beach House The Melvins, Foxygen and !!!

    General Admission tickets for FYF Fest run $99 and will be available starting on Thursday, May 16, at noon PT via FYF’s Front Gate Site. This fest marks the first U.S. show for My Bloody Valentine since 2009.

    Here’s the full lineup for this year’s FYF Fest…

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