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DOWNLOAD: Carl Broemel - "Heaven Knows" (MP3)
Carl of My Morning Jacket at Outside Lands
Jim James of My Morning Jacket said it himself during his band's opening set. We were all about to have a great time, he assured us, listening to the Heartbreakers. Not Tom Petty, or "Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers," as they were always billed in their '80s MTV videos. Just the Heartbreakers.My Morning Jacket completed their run of dates with, ahem, The Heartbreakers, and after a few dates this weekend, will prep for their five night stay at Terminal Five. Each night will see them revisiting old LPs with The Tennessee Fire being played in full on Oct 18th, At Dawn on 19th, It Still Moves on 21st, Z on 22nd, and Evil Urges on 23rd (tickets for 10/18 and 10/19 are still available). Those dates leave My Morning Jacket without a show on October 20th, but it won't be a day for relaxation.
James may not have been trying to make a point, but a point was made nevertheless. Petty's combo has always been a collaborative project: a band in the truest sense, and often one of the most engaging, if not always the most creative, on the Billboard charts.
...My Morning Jacket continue to split the difference between polite college rock and proggy, Phish-like jam band lunacy. That makes them better than any college rock band, but not as fun as Phish. Jim James favors a rotating setlist, but at Izod Center, My Morning Jacket played most of their best-known material, including "I'm Amazed," the reggae-funk "Off The Record," and the guitar-heavy "One Big Holiday." The popular Louisville quintet isn't desperate for new fans, but they certainly made some last night.
-[NJ.com review from the Izod Center]
My Morning Jacket's Carl Broemel will play a solo show that night at Joe's Pub, showcasing material from his upcoming LP All Birds Say. Tickets are on sale. Order All Birds Say in multiple digital/vinyl/CD/T-Shirt configurations, and check out "Heaven Knows" available for download above.
My Morning Jacket (with Carl Broemel) also played the Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco on Saturday August 14th. Pics from that show adorn this post. More of them setlists, all dates, and some video recorded in a recent session with Carl Broemel below...
DOWNLOAD: Ra Ra Riot - Boy (new MP3)
Scissor Sisters @ Mercury Lounge in 2008 (more by Kevin Tachman)
today in NYC
* CREED @ JONES BEACH
* Mogwai screening @ MHOW
* Shelley Burgon @ The Stone
* Ra Ra Riot @ Sound Fix Records
* Motel Motel, Bronze @ Union Pool
* Bill Frissel & friends @ Village Vanguard
* Marianne Dissard, Cordero @ Joe's Pub
* Scissor Sisters, Sammy Jo @ Terminal 5
* Kayo Dot, Cleric, Bad Girlfriend @ Bowery Electric
* Thieving Irons, Yellowbirds, The Poison Tree @ Union Hall
* Hard Nips, Moepion & Moepions, Starscream @ Death By Audio
* 80s hardcore reading & signing @ Powerhouse Arena
* Ra Ra Riot (DJ set) & Vampire Weekend (DJ set) @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Chiddy Bang, Donnis, XV, 2AM Club, Samuel @ Highline Ballroom
* Khann, Mockingbird, Before The Eyewall, Divider @ The Acheron
* Groundation, iLa Mawana @ Rocks Off Concert Cruise - The Jewel
* The Press & The Canon Logic (Cross Pollination) @ Pianos
* Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers & My Morning Jacket @ Izod Center
* Edan, Paten Locke (+ a screening of Edan's "Echo Party") @ Knitting Factory
* Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Teenage Bottlerocket & the Flatliners @ Irving Plaza
* Midnight Masses, Submarine Bells, Monogold @ a Rocks Off Concert Cruise
* Jessie Torrisi & The Please, Please Me, Bird of Youth w/ Charles Bissell, Caravan of Thieves @ The Living Room
Marianne Dissard, the female voice in Calexico's song "Ballad of Cable Hogue", plays Joe's Pub tonight with Cordero who I saw live when they opened for Calexico.
Thieving Irons is the new band from Pela Nate. They play Union Hall tonight.
Tonight will be one of the last Cross Pollination shows at Pianos, and it's on the main stage.
As BBG previously pointed out, "Florida's Khann will team up with Mockingbird, Before The Eyewall, and Divider for an all ages show at Acheron on August 24th. $10 gets you in the door. Khann are prepping their new LP, Erode, due on Black Market Activities later this year. The band recorded the LP with Chris Owens (Lords) during a recent East Coast tour that saw them appear at Lit Lounge with Tiger Flowers."
Scissor Sisters play their first of two shows at Terminal 5 tonight.
Holly Miranda @ Littlefield in July (more by David Andrako)
Unlike at her recent Phoenicia porch show (the same porch Dean & Britta played) where she played all covers, Holly Miranda played a bunch of songs off her new album at her July show at Littlefield which was being taped for Baeble in conjunction with BrooklynVegan. Five of those newer songs make up the six song setlist that ended up making the final cut for the video that is live over at Baeble now. The full setlist, review and pictures from the show are HERE, and you can also watch two of the songs shot by Baeble (and you definitely should), below...
DOWNLOAD: Dungen - "Marken Låg Stilla" (MP3)
Tickets for ATP NY ("final lineup" just announced) and My Morning Jacket's The Tennessee Fire show at T5 on 10/18 are still on sale, but that didn't stop Dungen from scheduling a few other NYC shows. The psychedelic Swedes will pair with The Entrance Band to send Knitting Factory, and most likely Brooklyn, into a drug-fueled haze on October 14th and 15th. Tickets are up for both dates (10/14 and 10/15). Then on October 17th, the band will appear at Franks in Brooklyn (in Fort Greene?). Details are sketch-worthy, but we'll keep you posted.
After ten years in the trenches, Dungen are celebrating with a new LP, Skit I Allt (translation from Swedish: Fuck All), due on September 14 via Mexican Summer (they switched from Kemado, Mexican Summer's sister label). Dig on the new track "Marken Låg Stilla" from that LP available for download above and a video for the title track below.
All Dungen dates and that new video are below...
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DOWNLOAD: Calexico - Two Silver Trees (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: A.A. Bondy - I Can See the Pines Are Dancing (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Dawes - When My Time Comes (MP3)
Jim James @ Newport Folk Fest Saturday (by Laura Fedele for WFUV)
""I've always dreamed of playing at the Newport Folk Festival," Steve Martin said Friday night, "and tonight I am one step closer to that goal."Steve Martin played the opening night show. Saturday's sets included Sarah Jarosz, The Low Anthem, Nneka, Blitzen Trapper, Yim Yames (Jim James of My Morning Jacket) (Ben Sollee and Daniel Martin Moore joined him on stage too), Andrew Bird, O'Death (now back in action), and John Prine. I listed those because those are the ones NPR taped and have archived for streaming. Today's sets include Cory Chisel, Sharon Jones And The Dap-Kings, A.A. Bondy, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Punch Brothers, featuring Chris Thile, The Avett Brothers, Horse Feathers, and Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros. I mention those because those are the ones NPR is streaming live today (and will also archive for future listening). Elvis Perkins and Dearland also play today, instead of Justin Townes Earle.
He was joking, of course -- the famous funny man was at George Wein's Newport Folk Festival, headlining the opening-night bluegrass concert at the International Tennis Hall of Fame before an estimated crowd of 2,300 people. But throughout his set fronting the North Carolina quintet The Steep Canyon Rangers, Martin's serious talent on the banjo was evident." [The Providence Journal]
Some videos from the fest so far, especially of What Cheer? Brigade, below...
by Bill Pearis
This weekend is The Big Takeover's 30th Anniversary celebration: two nights of shows at the Bell House put together by Jack Rabid who has been publishing the 'zine since 1980. Jack's one of the most passionate, informed music fans I've ever met and he's put together a pretty stellar line-up of artists, most of which will be familiar to regular BT readers.
Friday night (7/30) is headlined by San Francisco punk legends The Avengers, and Seattle's Visqueen, and the first performance in 16 years by Flower (Ed and James Balyut's pre-Versus band). Plus the L.A. punks Channel 3, the Libertines U.S. (from Cincinnati) playing their first-ever Big Apple show, and Jack Rabid's band Springhouse.
Saturday night (7/31) is even more action packed. Former Chameleons frontman Mark Burgess headlines, performing acoustic and with a full band; legendary Lincoln, NE post-punk shoegazers For Against, playing their first East Coast show in 15 years; and Springhouse performs again, this time doing their 1993 album Postcards from the Arctic in full. Also: Former Nerves/Beat singer Paul Collins, a rare U.S. appearance by ex-Mutton Birds frontman Don McGlashan, onetime Newtown Neurotics singer Steve Drewitt (first-ever U.S. show), and the Posies' Jon Auer. Also also: The Sharp Things, The Sleepover Disaster (first-ever East Coast shows) and The Curtain Society.
You can still buy two-day passes for $40 as well. (Individual tickets are $25.) If you've never read The Big Takeover, well you should really recitify that. Each phone book sized issue (twice yearly) is packed with in-depth interviews, reviews and essays, the bulk of which is still written by Jack. The magazine's slogan is "Music with Heart" and he means it, man. The 30th Anniversary issue (#66 if you're keeping track) is just out with Spoon on the cover. Like always, it's a great read.
Avi Buffalo play the Seaport Music Festival on Friday, their only New York appearance this go-around. Their self-titled Sub Pop debut is an impressive collection of shimmery, folky guitar pop that has stayed in constant rotation on my stereo since March. Live, Avi Buffalo put a little more muscle into the tunes. Front man Avigdor Zahner-Isenberg is a Doug Martsch in the making. (You get a sense of it on the LP's seven-minute jam "Remember the Last Time.") Dude uses like 15 pedals and is a pretty serious shredder. I thought they were great at South by Southwest. Yes they are barely old enough to buy cigarettes (not that they should be smoking!) but that just means Avi Buffalo haven't even hit their stride -- which is exciting.
Opening is Canadian multi-hyphenate wunderkind (and Sub Pop labelmate) Chad Van Gaalen who hasn't made a new record of his own in two years but has probably stayed busy being an illustrator, animator, and producer of Women. Unlike last Friday, weather looks to be idyllic Friday (sunny, high of 84) -- should be a lovely early evening on the pier.
Despite the preponderance of reverbed garage, twee indiepop and '90s era slackerdom in this column, I do listen to a fair amount of dance music though I'm not really a club-goer. One of my favorite albums of 2009 was Continent, the full-length debut from CFCF, aka Vancouver beat-maker Michael Silver. It's an ambitious disc of instrumental, yet highly melodic dance music without even a trace of chillwave. (Though there's definitely some Balearic in there.) It's ridiculously catchy, and you may find yourself singing overtop tracks, making up your own lyrics (Well I do anyway.) Annie, Roisin, Robyn, etc... may I present your new collaborator?
You can download CFCF's great cover of Fleetwood Mac's "Big Love" at the top of this post -- the only vocal track on Continent. Silver, who is also an in-demand remixer (on the new HEALTH album for instance), is in town this weekend for a bunch of DJ gigs. You can hear him spin Friday night (7/30) at Cameo Gallery with Jacques Renault and Lovefingers, and then the PS1 Warm Up on Saturday (8/31), where Animal Collective also DJ, plus live performances from Prince Rama and Blondes.
If you're going to Prospect Park for Sonic Youth on Saturday, do get there early and catch Grass Widow as it's their only NYC show for now. The San Francisco trio's new album, Past Time, is out August 24 on Kill Rock Stars. It could use a few more choruses but gets by on the band's very distinctive sound. You can download "Shadows" from the new album at the top of this post and watch its lovely animated video at the bottom of this post. Grass Widow are teriffic live -- it will be interesting to see them on such a big stage. If you can't make it, they'll be back in September for two shows (Sept. 27 -28, venues still TBD). All tour dates at the bottom of this post.
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THURSDAY, JULY 29
The Music Slut has been blogging away for five years and they're celebrating on a boat! Specifically, the Rocks Off Concert Cruise ship and they've put Javelin, Keepaway and I Love Monsters aboard it. Boat leaves at 7pm, don't be late. Happy birthday, guys.
Coco 66 has a night of bliss-out drone, noise, old synthesizers, psychedelic freakouts, and tribal chanting all in celebration of the release of Amen Dunes' new album, Murder Dull Mind, which is out on Sacred Bones. Also playing Gary War, recent Paw Tracks signees Prince Rama (who are at PS 1 Saturday), and Coconuts. Open vodka bar at 9PM till it runs out.
My Morning Jacket is pleased to announce the openers for their five performances at Terminal 5.The first two nights still have tickets on sale. The last three are currently sold out.
10/18 - The Tennessee Fire - Dungen
10/19 - At Dawn - Hacienda
10/21 - It Still Moves - Elvis Perkins in Dearland
10/22 - Z - Holly Miranda
10/23 - Evil Urges - Everest
My Morning Jacket's other upcoming NYC-area date is August 24th at the Izod Center with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers who play MSG with Buddy Guy tonight.
Dungen's other upcoming NYC-area date is September 5th at Kutscher's for ATP NY. Maybe they'll add their own NYC between now and October 18th too. Meanwhile they have plenty of other North American dates scheduled during that time period.
All Dungen and MMJ dates below...
Bill Flanagan: How about John Prine?Highly esteemed songwriter John Prine plays The Beach at Governors Island on Friday, September 10th with Todd Snider. Tickets are on sale now (both seated and standing tickets).
Bob Dylan: Prine's stuff is pure Proustian existentialism. Midwestern mindtrips to the nth degree. And he writes beautiful songs. I remember when Kris Kristofferson first brought him on the scene. All that stuff about "Sam Stone" the soldier junky daddy and "Donald and Lydia," where people make love from ten miles away. Nobody but Prine could write like that. If I had to pick one song of his, it might be "Lake Marie." I don't remember what album that's on.
Earlier this year, some of Prine's fans (Deer Tick, Josh Ritter, Conor Oberst, Drive By Truckers, Those Darlins and My Morning Jacket included) put out a record of his songs, Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows (it's still streaming here). Prine performed with MMJ's Jim James on Letterman in May; that video is posted again below.
Prine released his own album in 2010, a live collection entitled In Person & On Stage. Before his show at the Beach, Prine plays Newport Folk Festival on Saturday, July 31st, and has a sold-out performance at Tarrytown Music Hall on August 1st. He has tour dates throughout August and September in Canada and the US.
Those dates and videos plus an epic, nine-minute version of Bob's favorite, "Lake Marie," are below...
The Bad Plus are playing Bowery Ballroom on September 15th. Tickets are on sale at noon.
Gallagher is playing Gramercy Theatre on October 29th! Tickets on sale at noon.
Ryan Patterson of Coliseum (more by Samantha Marble)
Most punk bands never actually get to release a single seven inch, but here we are in Coliseum's seventh year with their third LP House Without a Curse moments from lift-off. The LP marks the band's first for Temporary Residence Limited, and the J.Robbins produced effort sees the band spreading it's wings a bit while staying true to their punk roots. It's definitely worth a listen, as well as worth the pre-order (the album hits store shelves one June 22).
In addition the the spankin' new LP, the band also has a freshly pressed video for "Blind In One Eye", which makes it's first appearance below. After the video, stick around for some questions that we asked guitarist/vocalist Ryan Patterson about the record, performing live, and punk rock in 2010.
Black Keys fan @ Bonnaroo 2010 (by Laura Fedele for WFUV)
7/26 - Smashing Pumpkins @ Terminal 5 (TICKETS)Check out what the Flaming Lips just did at Bonnaroo (a festival The National and The Black Keys also played).
7/27 - The Flaming Lips @ Terminal 5 (TICKETS)
7/28 - The Black Keys @ Terminal 5 (TICKETS)
7/29 - The National @ Terminal 5 (TICKETS)
7/30 - Spiritualized playing Ladies and Gentlemen (TICKETS)
The My Morning Jacket five-night pass goes on sale at noon. Those five nights all happen at Terminal 5 and each feature a different MMJ album live.
Florence & the Machine @ Terminal 5 in April (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
Spinner: What was it like touring with Florence and the Machine?In April when London's Florence & the Machine were in town they played a show at Terminal 5 and one at the much-smaller (Le) Poisson Rouge. This time they'll be playing both at T5. Those shows happen November 1st and 2nd. As mentioned, Tickets are on AmEx presale now; general sale starts Friday at noon.
The Drums: It was a cool experience for us. I mean, we're a very new band. It's almost exactly a year since we played our first show, which was at this place called The Cake Shop on the Lower East Side in New York -- it's essentially a hallway and there were 40 people there. Twelve months later we're supporting Florence and the Machine at the Hammersmith Apollo for three sold-out shows.
Other US Florence dates around the T5 shows aren't out yet, but the band will be playing quite a few shows in Europe and Australia. Those dates are below...
My Morning Jacket @ Sasquatch 2010 (more by Chris Graham)
New York City's Terminal 5 will be presenting a historic five night run of shows in which My Morning Jacket will perform one of their full-length albums in its entirety each night, along with additional songs and covers from each album's time period. The stint will kick off on Monday, October 18th, with a performance of the 1999 debut The Tennessee Fire, and will be followed chronologically by their next four full length albums, ending with 2008's Evil Urges. on Saturday, October 23rd.A five-day pass will run you $205 before fees. Individual shows are $41. The five dates overlap with CMJ. More MMJ dates HERE.
10/18 - Terminal 5 - New York City, NY - The Tennessee Fire
10/19 - Terminal 5 - New York City, NY - At Dawn
10/21 - Terminal 5 - New York City, NY - It Still Moves
10/22 - Terminal 5 - New York City, NY - Z
10/23 - Terminal 5 - New York City, NY - Evil Urges and beyond!
Tickets for the shows go on pre-sale on June 14th, with 5-show ticket packages available to fans. The individual shows will go on sale to the public on Friday, June 18th.
photos by Chris Graham
"At the sold-out Sasquatch, bands holding down the headliner spots haven't necessarily turned out to be the biggest draws. Sure, My Morning Jacket played to a mostly packed house on Saturday, and Massive Attack was overwhelmingly solid on Sunday despite a not-so-full amphitheater floor, but the band drawing the most populous, most stoked, most deserved gathering was unquestionably Vampire Weekend." [SPIN]Pictures of Vampire Weekend, My Morning Jacket, and the rest of Day One of this year's Sasquatch Festival (which just went down over Memorial Day Weekend), below...
"After grabbing some food, we stopped by [Sasquatch Fest's] Big Foot stage to check out some Portugal. The Man. It never hurts to support your local artists and since we had already done that for our Los Angeles bands for the day, we decided to support Portland's local music. At first the sound was a bit limited to the typical indie rock sound but as their set went on, they expanded into a nice neo-psychedelia and experimental sound which worked well. Thumbs up to Portland, Oregon for Portugal. The Man." [Beat Crave]Portugal. The Man will play the free "Gone to Governors" show at the Beach at Governors Island in NYC on July 3rd (doors 6pm, show 8pm, openers TBA). All tour dates below...
Outside Lands 2009 (more by Chris Graham)
San Francisco's Outside Lands Festival 2010 takes place in Golden Gate Park from August 14th-15th. Headlining acts for the fest include Kings of Leon, Furthur featuring Phil Lesh and Bob Weir, The Strokes, My Morning Jacket, Phoenix, Social Distortion, Levon Helm and Al Green. Other acts include Nas & Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley, The Budos Band, Dawes, Gogol Bordello, Cat Power Janelle Monáe and Tokyo Police Club. The full lineup (which will be added to) is below.
Two-day passes go on sale Tuesday, June 2nd at 1pm EST. Single day tickets go on sale Sunday, June 6th.
A video trailer for this year's fest and the lineup is below...
Land of Talk @ Masonic Temple in 2008 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
tonight in NYC
* Jello Biafra on a boat
* Michale Graves @ Europa
* Grant Hart, The Octagon @ 92YTribeca
* Peter Wolf, Kenny White @ The Bell House
* Holy Fuck, Nice Nice @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Rooftop Films w/ Braids @ Open Road Rooftop
* Ken Mode, My America, Engineer, Rosetta @ Union Pool
* The Needy Visions, Mmoss, Andy & Zeus @ Party Expo
* Curren$y, Vado, Rich Hil, Sean Price @ Public Assembly
* Twin Sister, Lost Boy, Data Dog @ Glasslands
* Fitz & The Tantrums, Cheap Seats @ Mercury Lounge
* Beige, Translations, Rewards, Picture Picture @ The Cameo
* The Besnard Lakes, Land of Talk, Holopaw @ Bowery Ballroom
* Chrome Cranks, K-Holes, Electroputas, Hollerado @ Cake Shop
* Reverend Horton Heat, Cracker, Miss Derringer @ Highline Ballroom
* The So So Glos, Grooms, Yvette, Fiasco, Ava Luna @ Monster Island Basement
* Junk Science, Tone Tank & Scott Thorough, Das Racist, Cavalier @ Knitting Factory
* Ninjasonik, Liquor Store, Unstoppable Death Machines, Fuck School, Ghost Mall @ Don Pedro
* Streetlab, Will Tendy, Free Blood, Psychobuildings, Warm Ghost @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* The Tony Castles, Darlings, Boogie Boarder, Snakes Say Hiss, Tough Knuckles @ Death By Audio
* Blissed Out, Prince Rama, Quiet Hooves, Total Slacker, Bubbly Mommy Gun, Perfect Bitch @ Silent Barn
The Whitney is open till midnight.
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The Primavera Sound Festival is happening in Spain.
Maryland Death Fest kicks off in Maryland.
the Bushwick Rooftop Festival kicks off at 3pm on Saturday.
Sodom isn't play tonight since they canceled their US tour.
The Gossip played "Heavy Cross" on some show at Cannes. Video below...
The Juan MacLean's video for "Feel So Good" is below.
New Vampire Weekend video for "Holiday" below...
Yim Yames perormed with John Prine on Letterman on 5/26. Video below...
NYC promotion company Bowery Presents already has a presence in NJ, upstate NY, and as of recently, Boston. Today they've announced that they'll also be operating in Portland, Maine. Press release below...
DJ Lance Rock @ Brooklyn Bowl Thursday evening (dada_rocks)
Tickets are on AmEx presale for the Yo Gabba Gabba shows at Radio City and elsewhere. The picture above is from the private party Yo Gabba held at Brooklyn Bowl yesterday from 4:30-6:00 pm to celebrate/promote the tour announcement.
Cyndi Lauper is playing Town Hall on July 21st. Tickets go on sale at noon.
Lady Gaga now has a total of five MSG shows coming up. Only fake tickets are left for the shows in July, but real tickets to the February shows go on sale Saturday at noon (with one of those two 2011 shows on presale now).
Langhorne Slim is playing Brooklyn Bowl on July 15th. Tickets go on sale at noon.
Pee Wee Herman tickets are on sale.
Tickets for the Superchunk show at Music Hall of Williamsburg go on sale at noon. Tickets to the Bowery Ballroom show
go on sale Thursday at noon are on sale too.
Tickets to the Two Door Cinema Club show at Webster Hall go on AmEx presale at noon.
Cyndi Lauper, Grizzly Bear, The Walkmen and other tickets went on sale today too.
No advanced tickets for the show that Torche just announced at the Charleston.
Tickets are on sale for Isis's upcoming FINAL shows.
Tickets to Vanilla Ice at The Studio at Webster Hall go on sale Saturday!
As previously mentioned, My Morning Jacket landed some opening slots on the current Tom Petty tour including August 24th in NJ (though not MSG). Tickets for the tour are currently on sale (some with no service fee).
My Morning Jacket now has new dates that include Canandaigua, NY (outside Rochester) on August 28th (tickets on sale Friday at noon) and Philly on August 29th. On those headlining dates "the guys will be donating $1 from each ticket to a local charity." All dates and the list of charities are below.
Before those, Jim James will be a part of the Appalachain Voices tour with Ben Sollee and Daniel Martin Moore in July. That includes a July 30th show at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets are on sale Friday.
You can also catch Yim Yames on May 26th performing with John Prine on Letterman. MMJ is among those who contributed to a new Prine tribute album entitled Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows: Songs of John Prine. Justin Vernon of Bon Iver and Gayngs, Deer Tick, Josh Ritter, Conor Oberst, Drive By Truckers, Those Darlins and others have tracks on the CD too.
The full tribute tracklist, a video of J Vernon covering Prine at the Haiti benefit @ MHOW, and all MMJ tour dates, below...
The Blind Boys of Alabama will curate a three-night series at Lincoln Center on July 12, 14 & 16. The events start with an opening night concert featuring rock artists Yo La Tengo, Lambchop, Exene Cervenka of X and Yim Yames of My Morning Jacket [plus Marshall Allen and the Sun Ra Horns]. On July 14 the focus shifts to country music, with performances by Yonder Mountain String Band, Ralph Stanley, Alison Moorer and Randy Travis, plus Ray Benson and Jason Roberts of Asleep at the Wheel. The final evening, The Blind Boys' Family Revival, will feature songs from all of the group's Grammy Award-winning albums and includes collaborations with Aaron Neville, Joan Osborne, Hot 8 Brass Band, Dan Zanes, John Hammond, and Charlie Musselwhite, among others.Tickets for all three are on sale now.
More details on the gospel group's Lincoln Center shows, their full upcoming schedule, a video of their performance on Letterman earlier this year with Lou Reed (they also visited Daytrotter in March) and more are below...
photos by Tim Griffin
MG& V @ the All House
MG&V, the new project of John McCauley (frontman of Deer Tick), Taylor Goldsmith (frontman of Dawes), and Matt Vasquez (frontman of Delta Spirit), made their debut (not counting a private performance they taped for IFC one day earlier) with a late-night set to a capacity crowd at Austin's Ale House on Friday, March 19th. Taylor's brother and bandmate Griffin played drums. Delta Spirit's Kelly Winrich played keys. Deer Tick family member Jonny Corndawg helped perform a song he also recorded and wrote with the group. As Duke Street Blog points out, "The set was filled with heartfelt Americana tunes, all featuring a healthy splash of CSN-like harmonies." Deer Tick actually played a set an hour earlier at Lucero's SXSW showcase at Red Eyed Fly (where they were joined by Nikki Darlin for a song). John ran right from show to show (as did Tim and I) (luckily we all saw Lucero earlier that same day). More pictures and a bunch of videos from both shows are below.
Their regular bands all made their fair share of appearances at SXSW this year too. Deer Tick (who played BV shows in 2009 and 2008) even had their own unofficial showcase this year at Threadgill's (with Cordawg, Those Darlins, Liz Isenberg, Chris Paddock and others on the bill). One of Dawes's shows was at the official BrooklynVegan showcase. Various videos from the week below.
Last but not least, Delta Spirit have announced a run of tour dates set for June and July. They'll bring along Ezra Furman & the Harpoons and The Romany Rye for those. The three bands play Bowery Ballroom on June 30th and Music Hall of Williamsburg on July 1st. Tickets just went on sale.
Delta Spirit's new record, History From Below, is set to come out June 8th on Rounder Records.
"All we wanted to do is put the record together one song at a time," says Delta Spirit's singer/guitarist Matthew Vasquez about History From Below. "It's been three years of straight touring off our last record so most of the songs were written in hotel rooms and tested in front of an audience. We spent spent six months of this last year making a record that sums up three years of growing up."The album was produced by My Morning Jacket's keyboardist Bo Koster and Eli Thomson, and you can check out the album art and tracklist below.
Everything mentioned, pictures, videos & lots of tour dates, below...
Newport Folk Festival 2009 (more by Jim Brueckner)
Newport Folk Festival will be happening again at Fort Adams State Park in Newport, Rhode Island, on July 31st and August 1st. The fest will also host a Friday night show on July 30th at the International Tennis Hall of Fame at Newport Casino.
The lineup so far includes Levon Helm's Ramble on the Road, John Prine, Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers, Yim Yames of My Morning Jacket, The Swell Season, Andrew Bird, The Avett Brothers, Brandi Carlile, Doc Watson & David Holt, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, Calexico, Blitzen Trapper, Richie Havens, Sam Bush, The Low Anthem, Tim O'Brien, The Felice Brothers, Justin Townes Earle, Tao Seeger Band, A.A. Bondy, The Punch Brothers with Chris Thile, Dawes, Nneka, Horse Feathers, Pokey LaFarge & the South City Three, Ben Sollee & Daniel Martin Moore, Sarah Jarosz, Cory Chisel & the Wandering Sons, O'Death and Liz Longley.