Posted in To Do | music | tour dates | video on July 9, 2008

Real Animal

Alejandro Escovedo is having a good year....

- For the first time in his 30 year career, Alejandro Escovedo has charted on Billboard's Top 200 coming in at #122 with his 9th solo album REAL ANIMAL. Released on June 24th, REAL ANIMAL also enters Billboard's Heatseeker/New Artist Chart at #3 with 6,178 in first week sales. A noted and accomplished artist, Escovedo was named No Depression's "Artist of The Decade" in 1998 and has enjoyed a loyal fan base that includes such luminaries as author Stephen King and filmmaker Jonathan Demme who provided REAL ANIMAL's evocative liner notes.
Alejandro has two NYC shows coming up. One is tonight at Highline Ballroom (July 9). The other is free and in exactly a month at Central Park Summerstage.
An Unexpected Mexico
Alejandro Escovedo with Strings

Saturday, August 09, 2008, From 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Central Park SummerStage
Magic TourAlejandro also appears on this:
Columbia Records will release Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band's 'Magic Tour Highlights' on July 15 via all digital download stores, including the iTunes Store. The release will consist of four audio tracks with four accompanying videos, all recorded live in concert during the 'Magic' tour.

1. "Always A Friend" (performed with Alejandro Escovedo) (video)
Recording Date: 04/14/2008 (Houston, Texas)
2. "The Ghost of Tom Joad" (performed with Tom Morello)
Recording Date: 04/07/2008 (Anaheim, California)
3. "Turn Turn Turn" (performed with Roger McGuinn)
Recording Date: 04/23/2008 (Orlando, Florida)
4. "4th Of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)" (Danny Federici's final performance with the E Street Band)
Recording Date: 03/20/2008 (Indianapolis, Indiana)

AA Bondy was recently added as the opener for the Highline Ballroom show tonight. Aquarium Drunkard recently spoke to Alejandro. Alejandro Escovedo recently played Coman O'Brien and The Today show. Those videos and all tour dates below....

AA Bondy on Conan

Alejandro Escovedo on Conan - June 21, 2008

Alejandro Escovedo on the Today Show - June 24, 2008

Alejandro Escovedo - 2008 Tour Dates
9-Jul New York, NY Highline Ballroom
10-Jul Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
11-Jul Philadelphia, PA XPoNential Festival
12-Jul Washington, DC 9:30 Club
15-Jul Asheville, NC The Orange Peel
16-Jul Atlanta, GA Variety Playhouse
18-Jul New Orleans, LA Tipitina's
19-Jul New Braunfels, TX Gruene Hall
30-Jul San Diego, CA TBD
31-Jul Los Angeles, CA The Troubadour
2-Aug Madison, WI Madison Roots Fest @ Alliant Energy Center (WMMM show)
9-Aug New York, NY Summerstage
10-Aug Salt Lake City, UT Red Butte Garden
23-Aug Fort Worth, TX Bass Performance Hall
26-Sep Austin, TX Austin City Limits Festival


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Comments (11)


Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2008 12:35 PM

whoa...6000 copies!

i think that says more about the fact that the rest of the younger music industry is dying and older fans still buy cds.

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2008 12:38 PM

He's working with Springsteen's management now, which explains all of the visibility these days. He's great live, see him if you get a chance.

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2008 12:53 PM

wish they put the Arcade Fire stuff on that Bruce CD

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2008 1:00 PM


Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2008 1:04 PM

too bad the guy is a wife beating douche bag

Posted by james | July 9, 2008 2:32 PM

Who's a wife beating douchebag? Bondy? What are you talking about?

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2008 2:54 PM

What kind of fucked up world do we live in where a never made it Chicano cuts a better Bruce Springsteen song than the Boss himself?

One in which New Jersey's finest realizes this, duets with Alejandro Escovedo onstage and releases their collaboration commercially.

Remember Slash Records? The hip little label with more cred than success? What was the biggest act on Slash? At this point, we'd have to say the Violent Femmes, certainly based on modern airplay. But they did have X, and a bunch of uber-cool bands that got ink but never made it. Like Rank and File.

How do you sell an act without hits? Especially when you don't have the marketing and promotion budget?

You don't.

Rank and File never broke through. Alejandro Escovedo ultimately went solo. And released some utter gems on Ryko, like "Try Try Try". But, despite its legendary green jewel boxes, Ryko couldn't break a new act either. Alejandro got hepatitis, we thought he was going to die, but he lived. To fade away, into obscurity, in Texas.

Now he makes a new album. What for? Who gave him the money? Like he's going to make it NOW!

Oh, I read all the hype. I've got a soft spot in my heart for him. But I wasn't planning to listen.

Then I read his heartfelt account of going onstage with Bruce, how he was thrilled that Bruce had learned HIS song.

But I still didn't listen.

But driving down 20th Street last night listening to Little Steven's Underground Garage on Sirius, the song pouring out of the speakers made me pay attention, it hooked me, I didn't push the button to go to another station.

But the song was too generic. Then, there was this change... I suddenly realized, this was good, Alejandro Escovedo had DELIVERED!

It's not 1978. I don't know where Alejandro goes from here. Bruce can barely get any airplay. But if you were a Boss fan way back when, who liked that upbeat in your face sound, who liked the exuberance of his endless shows, you'll like this.

Maybe it's the production. Tony Visconti is much better than Brendan O'Brien. Brendan poured sludge over the tracks, the mix on Bruce's recent work is so dense, you can't penetrate the music. And, with today's new digital technologies, a backward step for music, the end result doesn't grip you. Whereas Tony Visconti seems to know it's all about bottom and top. Crank the drums, everybody's listening on earbuds, and put the vocal right up front. It sounds just like Tony's mid-period Bowie work. The production has got the urgency of "Diamond Dogs".

Now you can say that Alejandro Escovedo has sold out, gone where the money is when the bank's been depleted. But listening to "Chelsea Hotel '78" on his MySpace page, you don't feel this is Springsteen rip-off, but the energy of someone with the goods, who's never made it, who's channeling what he really feels. And the third MySpace track, "Sister Lost Soul", although closer to Bruce, is really good. One could argue that "Always A Friend" is the WORST OF THE THREE!

Is this music gonna change your life?


But it might put a smile in your heart. Knowing some players still care, that rock and roll is still alive.

This is a guy I'd want to see live.

For some reason the mastering of "Always A Friend" is too low on MySpace, it's not loud enough, it doesn't have the volume of the other two tracks. So I'd recommend going to Alejandro's homepage, where it starts playing instantly, loudly, albeit at a low res.

But check this shit out. Let it wash over you, let it play out, you'll be won over.

Posted by Bob Lefsetz | July 10, 2008 3:43 PM

i've seen Alejandro Escovedo a bunch of times in the last year in Austin TX, his hometown. I am from NY and I get there for business.

His shows are great. Not like NY shows where people stand around with their arms crossed.

Posted by Dave Hendricks | July 17, 2008 11:42 AM

His live performances at the Continental Club in Austin, TX are to die for. His band is the best and must be seen and heard to be believed!

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