Entries tagged with: Anders Parker
Denton, TX's Centro-Matic have been together for nearly 20 years, mining a vein of psych somewhere between Crazy Horse and The Flaming Lips, having released 11 albums -- all pretty good -- including this year's rootsy Take Pride in Your Long Odds (stream it via Rdio). All good things must (should?) come to an end, and Centro-matic recently announced that the band are going on indefinite hiatus. Wrote frontman Will Johnson:
For a handful of reasons, the time finally feels right to celebrate the existence of this thing, then let it rest. I do think that the four of us will embark on some musical endeavor together again, but can't say that it will be within the realm or tone of what Centro-matic has done.Before that, however, Centro-Matic will be going on one last tour, which will include two NYC stops: December 11 at Rough Trade with Joseph O'Connell's long-running lo-fi indie project Elephant Micah and December 12 at Mercury Lounge with Will's New Multitudes bandmate Anders Parker & Cloud Badge. Tickets for both those shows go on sale Friday (9/26) at noon with an AmEx presale for the Mercury Lounge show beginning Wednesday (9/24) at noon.
All dates are listed, along with a video from the new album, below...
Mark Eitzel, leader of seminal indie rock/slowcore band American Music Club, hasn't put out new music in a couple years now, but he's touring as we speak. The tour comes to Brooklyn on Saturday (8/2) at The Wick for what will be a pretty solid night of singer/songwriters with Jay Farrar/Jim James collaborator Anders Parker and falsetto-driven indie folk singer Death Vessel. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All of Mark's dates, including one with Stephin Merrit and another with Thalia Zedek, are listed below.
The Wick show is an 8 PM show, and after that Paul Johnson, Egyptrixx, Sinden and Doctor Jeep will take over the venue for a late-night dance party which begins at 11. Tickets for that show are available too.
All Mark Eitzel dates are listed, with videos of all three artists on that Wick show, below...
Merge-signed singer/songwriter Richard Buckner released Surrounded last fall, and if you haven't heard it you can stream it over at the label. He's currently on a "Living Room" tour of the West Coast:
January 23rd through February 9th, I'll be foraging along the West Coast with an acoustic guitar and dropping in on suspecting listeners for a series of Living Room shows. The cities are public domain but the addresses are privy to those obey "add to cart". The audiences are limited to 50 per show, so the chances you'll run into an ex or estranged family member are fairly low. I'll simply ring a doorbell, find a spot in the room where I won't knock over a lamp with my guitar neck, make a blanket-apology ahead of time, just in case, then traipse through a catalog of the chorusless. The shows will be in different homes each evening, so check ahead for individual rules on snuggies. Audience members that correctly guess the daily rate on my rental car will receive a compliment on their hair style.If you're on the West Coast and want to attend one of these living room shows, more info is at Buckner's website.
After that tour wraps up, Buckner has a couple NY-area shows on his schedule. He'll play Union Hall on March 6 and tickets to that show are on sale now. He'll also play BSP in Kingston, NY on March 22 with Anders Parker on the bill as well. Tickets for that show are also on sale.
Speaking of, Anders Parker is playing Brooklyn later this month at Union Pool on January 31 opening for JBM. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All Buckner dates are listed below...
photos by Jessica Amaya
Iron & Wine/Sharon Van Etten/Dear Tick, NFF 2012
My Morning Jacket's tribute to Helm brought to mind when the late drummer played "Makes No Difference" on the same stage in 2010. Ghosts loomed large everywhere this year; Iron & Wine's Sam Beam covered "Long Black Veil," Spirit Family Reunion paid tribute to Karen Dalton with "Green Rocky Road" and the recently departed Doc Watson, who played Newport several times over the decades, was projected on a giant screen above the main stage between sets. Woody Guthrie received the biggest tribute; Morello, Jim James and the Guthrie Family Reunion, a collection of Woody's extended family, sang his songs in separate sets to mark his centennial. [Rolling Stone]After a kickoff show with Wilco, Blizten Trapper, and Megafaun, the Newport Folk Festival fully began this past Saturday (7/28) in Rhode Island's Fort Adams State Park with performances by Iron & Wine, Deer Tick, Sharon Van Etten, Alabama Shakes, Guthrie Family and more. Pictures of those artists are in this post.
As mentioned in the Rolling Stone review above, many late folk legends were honored at the show with tributes from their disciples, especially Woody Guthrie, who would have turned 100 this year, and was also honored by Wilco at the pre-show. Sunday's (7/29) lineup also saw a set from New Multitudes, the new project of Jim James, Jay Farrar, Will Johnson, and Anders Parker whose album is made up entirely of previously unreleased Guthrie lyrics.
If you couldn't make it to the festival, did you stream it online? If not, NPR has got the archives of many sets including those of tUnE-yArDs, Alabama Shakes, Charles Bradley, Spirit Family Reunion, First Aid Kit, and more.
More pictures from Newport Folk Fest are below.
New Multitudes at Newport Folk Fest - 7/29/12 (via brooklynvegan instagram)
New Multitudes, the new project of Jim James, Jay Farrar, Will Johnson, and Anders Parker, whose album is made up entirely of previously unreleased Woody Guthrie lyrics, played day 2 (7/29) of Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island this past weekend. A few more pics from Twitter and Instagram (like the one above) and a video of "Chorine My Sheba Queen" from their set are below.
Two of the band's members, Anders Parker and Will Johnson will be teaming up for a tour which includes a mix of club and living room shows. That tour hits NYC on September 23 at Mercury Lounge and a day earlier (9/22) for a living room show in Brooklyn, which is still TBA. Tickets for all announced living room shows are HERE and tickets for the Mercury Lounge show go on sale Friday (8/3) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (8/1) at noon.
A list of all Will Johnson/Anders Parker dates, video, and more instagrams are below.
photos by Kurt Christensen
Jim James @ Webster Hall
"New Multitudes, a centennial tribute to Woody Guthrie, made up of the singer-songwriters Jay Farrar, Yim Yames, Anders Parker and Will Johnson, operates from within a cocoon of familiarity. Not with regard to the songs, exactly: all 12 on the group's self-titled debut album, released last month on Rounder, began with previously unused scraps of writing from the Guthrie archives, freshly set to music.New Multitudes hit Webster Hall on Wednesday (3/14) with Bobby Bare Jr. in tow. Here are some pictures, setlist included, from the NYC show. More below...
What's familiar about New Multitudes is that process of refurbishment, which has also given us several albums by Billy Bragg with Wilco -- a collection, "Mermaid Avenue: The Complete Sessions," is due out on Nonesuch next month -- and one by Jonatha Brooke. In these and other instances, mostly smaller in scale, access to the material was enthusiastically granted by Nora Guthrie, the guardian of her father's legacy...." [NY Times]
"The almost two-hour performance was mostly made up of material off the just released New Multitudes album, with a few songs from each individual's other band(s) (Son Volt/Uncle Tupelo, Centro-matic, Gob Iron, My Morning Jacket). All four musicians shared vocal duties and switched up instruments on the regular. Jim James (or Yim Yames as he's billed for this project) handled bass guitar for most of the night, switching to acoustic guitar when needed. As evidenced in a few videos, Yim was certainly one of the more energetic bass players I've seen, roaming, and jumping back and forth all night. His lead bass lines did not get lost in the mix, that's for sure. Think Flea with much longer hair. Jay Farrar led with his electric/acoustic while Will Johnson and Anders Parker switched off between drums and mostly electric guitar." [an LA review]Four big talents bring their Woody Guthrie project to Webster Hall in NYC tonight (3/14). Tickets are still available.
The Newport Festivals Foundation continues to celebrate the festival's historic past by featuring emerging young artists alongside some of folk music's most venerable names. This year's festival features: My Morning Jacket, Jackson Browne, Conor Oberst, Iron & Wine, Patty Griffin, Guthrie Family Reunion, Dawes, The Head & The Heart, Deer Tick, Punch Brothers, City & Colour, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, The Tallest Man on Earth, tUnE-yArDs, Tom Morello, Trampled by Turtles, Gary Clark, Jr., Alabama Shakes, Blind Pilot, Of Monsters and Men, original music from: Jay Farrar; Will Johnson; Anders Parker; & Yim Yames set to the lyrics of Woody Guthrie, Sharon Van Etten, First Aid Kit, Sara Watkins, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Brown Bird, Jonny Corndawg, Jonathan Wilson, Spirit Family Reunion, Deep Dark Woods, Carl Broemel, Ben Sollee, Robert Ellis, Frank Fairfield, The Apache Relay, Spider John Koerner & His Rag Tag Boys, Joel Rafael, Joe Fletcher & The Wrong Reasons, Elizabeth Mitchell, honeyhoney, Sleepy Man Banjo Boys, The Kossoy Sisters, The Berklee City Music Choir and very special guests to be announced.The 2012 Newport Folk Festival lineup has been announced.
Will Johnson, Jay Farrar, Jim James, Anders Parker
Jim James, Jay Farrar, Will Johnson (who previously collabroated with Jim James in Monsters of Folk), and Anders Parker (who previously collaborated with Jay Farrar in Gob Iron), have teamed up to record an album titled New Multitudes, which comes out February 28 via Rounder Records. The album features twelve tracks, all of which were written lyrically by Woody Guthrie but never recorded, and Jim, Jay, Will, and Anders have written original music to accompany the lyrics.
"Under the invitation of Nora Guthrie, Woody's daughter, to tour the Guthrie archives, each of the four songwriters were offered the chance to plumb and mine the plethora of notebooks, scratch pads, napkins, etc. for anything that might inspire them to lend their voices and give the words new life. "These guys worked on an amazing group of lyrics, much of it culled from Woody's times in LA. Lyric wise, it's a part of the story that is still mostly unknown. From Woody's experiences on LA's skid row to his later years in Topanga Canyon, they are uniquely intimate, and relate two distinctly emotional periods in his life.""A limited edition will be available with twelve additional tracks written by Jay Farrar and Anders Parker and it also includes Woody Guthrie's original lyric sheets. Check out album track, "Old LA," which is streaming below, along with the album artwork and tracklist.
The four folkies will head out on a short US tour together in support of the album this March. That tour hits NYC on March 14 at Webster Hall. Tickets go on sale Friday, 1/20 at noon, with an AmEx presale starting two days earlier. All dates are listed below.
Jim James was just in town to help pay tribute (and perform with) Preservation Hall Jazz Band...
"At Carnegie Hall the Blind Boys of Alabama, the Del McCoury Band, My Morning Jacket, Steve Earle, Merrill Garbus of Tune-Yards, and Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def) were on hand. So were the New Orleans-born musicians Trombone Shorty and Allen Toussaint, who sang a tribute to the band for putting "pride in your stride."My Morning Jacket also apparently played a secret show of some kind while they were in town.
While it's a paradox that welcoming outsiders and trying out hybrids is a survival tactic for a deeply local tradition, that's a fact of life for present-day New Orleans." [NY Times]
All Guthrie tribute tour dates, stream, album art and tracklist below...
Will Johnson @ the BV/DM day party (more by Tim Griffin)
IMPORTANT: This show is a solo acoustic performance being hosted in a private home. It's not a party. Please be respectful of the performance, the hosts and their home.Those not in NYC can also catch them in one of the other cities their tour is currently visiting.
SEATING: Most of the shows will not provide any seating. You should bring a pillow or cushion to sit on the floor.
Will Johnson of Centro-matic will be heading out on an acoustic house-show tour of North America with guitarist Anders Parker in late March and April. The pair are currently looking for lofts, apartments and houses willing to host a 35-40 person show on their planned route. The NYC/Brooklyn stop is currently scheduled for Saturday, April 10th. All dates and hosting info below.
The Texan (from Denton, located about 3.5 hours north of Austin) will also be making the trip to SXSW where Centro-matic will play a select few shows. One of them will be the BrooklynVegan Friday day party at Club DeVille on March 19th. They go on right before Lucero and after the Antlers. Twin Sister is also on the bill. More TBA shortly.
Will Johnson's tour with Jason Molina was canceled last December due to Molina's health issues. Their CD Jason Molina and Will Johnson came out in November.
House show info and all tour dates are below...
Willamette Week's Musicfest NW announces this year's festival line-up which will be held at various venues around the Portland, OR metropolitan area on September 16, 17, 18 & 19. On the heels of the most successful MFNW to date, MFNW 2009 launches with nothing but the hope of a bigger and better festival. MFNW's ultimate aim is to provide Portland with a unique and special musical experience that features all types of acts including nationally renowned artists while still honoring and supporting the special musical scene of the Northwest.Four-day passes to the fest are on sale now.
The lineup so far, including the newly-reunited Sunny Day Real Estate, is below...