Entries tagged with: Barnes and Noble
Singer/songwriter and actress Nellie McKay is releasing the followup to 2010's Home Sweet Mobile Home this year with My Weekly Reader on March 24. It's a '60s covers album that has her taking on songs by The Beatles, The Kinks, Crosby Stills & Nash, Small Faces, Frank Zappa, Herman's Hermits, Steve Miller Band, Richard & Mimi Farina, Moby Grape, Country Joe McDonald, Gerry & the Pacemakers, The Cyrcle and Alan Price. Keeping with the '60s theme, she recorded it with Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick. Her cover of Moby Grape's "Murder In My Heart for the Judge" came out a little while back and can be streamed below, and we've now got the premiere of her cover of another California psych/folk rock artist, Country Joe McDonald. She does "Not So Sweet Martha Lorraine," as you can hear while you watch the very appropriate visual accompaniment (by The Joshua Light Show), below. Tracklist below too.
Nellie's also going on a tour, which includes five shows at NYC's 54 Below, the cabaret supper club in the basement of Studio 54. She plays the club on April 13, 15, 16, 17 and 18. The venue's event description reads: "Led by a trail of incense, Nellie revisits some of the melodies from the 1960s in her new show. Celebrating the release of her new album, My Weekly Reader, she will travel to a land of strange and wonderful musical delights with the grooved assistance of her magical band, The Cosmic X-Rays (Alexi David/bass, Cary Park/guitar, Kenneth Salters/drums)... A splendid time is guaranteed for all!" Tickets for all five shows are on sale now.
On the day of the album's release (3/24), Nellie will play a free in-store at Barnes & Noble in TriBeCa at 6 PM. If you purchase the album at B&N, you get priority seating, and she'll be signing CDs afterwards.
All dates are listed below...
Caveman at Webster Hall, 4/10/2013 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Caveman just wrapped up a lengthy headlining tour, which hit Webster Hall last week. The band, whose eponymous sophomore album came out earlier this month, are catching up on things and going through their junk mail here in their NYC home, but have made time for an acoustic performance tonight (4/18) at Barnes & Noble Union Square. It's part of the bookstore's "Upstairs in the Square" series that pairs musicians with authors, in this case Hemlock Grove's Brian McGreevy. NPR's Katherine Lanpher hosts the event that starts at 7 PM. It's free.
As mentioned, Caveman will soon be on the road again, this time opening for Rogue Wave whose new album, Nightengale Floors, is out in June. Those dates include two in NYC: June 21 at Music Hall of Williamsburg and June 22 and Bowery Ballroom. Tickets to both are currently on AmEx presale with the regular on-sale happening Friday (4/19) at noon.
All Caveman dates are listed below...
Yo La Tengo at Maxwell's in 2012 (more by PSquared Photography)
As mentioned, Yo La Tengo are releasing their new album, Fade, on January 15 via Matador, and to celebrate, they'll be doing a few in-store performances in the US before their international tour begins. The first in-store is in NYC on January 14 at Barnes & Noble in Union Square with author Dana Spiotta (Stone Arabia, Eat the Document). The others are all on the west coast and the flyer for those shows is below.
UPDATE: You can now stream Fade in its entirety at Pitchfork's new album streaming service.
An updated list of dates and the video for "Ohm" off of Fade, below...
Pete Townshend at Barnes & Noble Union Square (via @Griffin Lotz/RollingStone.com)
The Who's Pete Townshend came to NYC this week in support of his new memoir, Who I Am, making appearances on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and NYPL on Monday (10/8), at Barnes & Noble in Union Square yesterday (10/9), and then on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon later that night (the same episode that Jens Lekman was the musical guest on). That's a picture of him performing at Barnes & Noble above, where he played "Won't Get Fooled Again" and "Drowned" after a 45-minute interview. He also performed at his NYPL appearance, playing "Drowned" and "I'm One." Rolling Stone attended the B&N show and they report:
Townshend also opened up about the difficulty he's faced continuing the band after John Entwistle's death in 2002. "We feel the ghosts of Keith and John," Townshend said. "The second phase of the Who in a sense was really when we started to tour again around the year 2000, 2001. We were still able to evoke the sound, particularly with Zak Starkey. Now it's much more difficult even though Zak's there. John's sound was very big and rich and organic. When John died, there was a hole in the sound onstage and I was able to grow into that and find space. And I have to say as a guitar player, I prefer working without John. But as a member of the Who creating the incredible, powerful, driving, visceral sound, he's gone. I can't really do that again."You can check out videos from his interviews on The Daily Show and Fallon, and his performance "Drowned" from the NYPL show below. You'll notice in the Daily Show video that when Pete walks out, Jon Stewart's house band plays a clip strikingly similar to the second half of Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven." Neither Pete or Jon acknowledge it, but it's a pretty ironic move considering Pete never liked Zeppelin's music (though he does think they're great guys).
At one point, Wenner asked Townshend why he hasn't made a solo album in 20 years. "I write lots of music, I record lots of music. I probably write a song every couple of days," he said. "I have a very big archive of unfinished material."
Currently, Townshend is working on the musical project Floss, which he said he is about two-thirds finished, which he described as "a story with music, characters, a Aristotelian plot line very different from what I've done in the past. . . . The thesis is we're all terrified. We're living in terror, we're living in anxiety, discomfort and the fear that we have is for the future, the fear for our children's future, we're worried about the planet, we're worried about terrorism, being able to sustain life as we love it, we're afraid we can't guarantee peace."
Townshend said he loves Lady Gaga and constantly listens to music. "I just kind of surf Spotify and last.fm and iTunes and stick it on my iPhone. I listen to a lot of new music." He added that he predicted digital downloads "back in 1985 and before that in 1971. I knew there the digital revolution would change the way art happens and is made and is sold and we're not finished yet."
The Who are taking their Quadrophenia tour to the NYC area for four shows in November and December.
Videos are below.
photos by Sarah Frankie Linder
Glen Hansard at Vic Theatre, Chicago 6/26/2012
A couple Glen Hansard items for your Thursday morning. Glenn Will be at the Barnes & Noble Union Square tonight (6/28) for a free performance at 7PM, performing songs from his brand-new album Rhythm & Repose. (The event space opens at 5PM.) Later in the evening, Glen plays Le Poisson Rouge and thought the show has been sold out for weeks, some tickets are being released at 2PM today.
Glen just played the Vic in Chicago on Tuesday (6/26) with Lisa Hannigan. You can check out more pictures from that show below...
Can't wait until those Beacon Theater shows? After playing Union Transfer in Philly l;ast night, Stephin Merritt of the Magnetic Fields will be performing a free show along with author Emma Straub in a Barnes & Noble in NYC today (3/8).
photos by Autumn Andel
Eleanor Friedberger @ Crystal Ballroom
Almost a month before she heads out on tour with Wild Flag, and one night before she plays City Winery as part of John Wesley Harding's Cabinet of Wonders, Fiery Furnace Eleanor Friedberger will make an appearance at the Union Square Barnes & Noble as part of Upstairs in the Square with writer Christopher Bollen (on 9/22).
This past Wednesday (9/7), Eleanor shared a bill in Portland with Mini Mansions and The Kills at Crystal Ballroom as part of the MusicFestNW festival. A set of pictures from that show is in this post. More of them, with all tour dates, below...
Moby at Electric Zoo 2010 (more by Zach Dilgard)
Moby has a number of North American dates scheduled for the next few months, including a few festival appearances. As mentioned, he'll DJ Electric Zoo in NYC on September 2. Tickets are still on sale. He'll also play an instore at Barnes & Noble in Union Square on September 7, where he'll also talk to filmmaker Lucy Walker about his recently released LP Destroyed and its accompanying book. The event starts at 5 PM and priority seating is available with the purchase of the Destroyed book or CD.
Moby plays NYC again on October 25 at the beautiful Angel Orensanz, three days before he plays Moogfest. According to Moby:
i'm doing my first ever ambient/acoustic show in new york city in a beautiful old synagogue on the lower east side. it's the only show like this on the tour, and the venue is very small, so if you want tickets i'd recommend getting them now. 1/2 the show will be acoustic versions of my songs, and the other 1/2 will be live ambient/electronic performances. ok, hopefully see you there/then.Tickets for the Angel Orensanz show go on sale Friday (8/26) at 10am.
Moby also recently released a video for the Destroyed track, "Lie Down in Darkness." Check that out, along with all dates below...
"Rufus Wainwright and the City Opera singers/pianist that came with him put on a really lovely and charming show tonight. #FillsMyHeart" - Jennifer Jones
Crowd at Rufus' World Financial Center show (via Daniel Mazur)
Rufus Wainwright packed the house (as pictured above) when he performed excerpts from his opera Prima Donna at World Financial Center on Tuesday (6/28). According to Dumbo Books of Brooklyn, the fantastic performance also featured:
Arias from Verdi, Puccini, Wagner, Bizet and Massenet performed by soprano Anne-Carolyn Bird, mezzo-soprano Laura Vlasak Nolen, tenor Robert Mack, and bass-baritone Matthew Burns, and Kevin Murphy, City Opera director of music administration, on the piano, and a couple of great Rufus Wainwright non-opera songs, 'Damned Ladies"' and the exquisite 'Who Are You New York?'Check out a video from the performance below.
Rufus also recently recorded a cover of Richard Thompson's "Down Where the Drunkards Roll" with his father Loudon Wainwright III. Check out a video of the recording session over at The Guardian.
Loudon will be at the Barnes & Noble in Union Square on July 7 performing music and reading from his essay "My Cool Life" which comes with his new 40 Odd Years boxed set. Priority seating is available with the purchase of the box set which Loudon will be signing copies of. The event starts at 5 PM.
The video of Rufus below...
photos by Andrew St. Clair
DOWNLOAD: The Dodos - Don't Stop (MP3)
"In 45 minutes the show with Showalter starts! It's gonna be amazing, I can tell by his purple sweater. Color of royalty. He's feelin' it!" - Neko Case
Neko Case helped Michael Showalter promote his new book at an event at Barnes & Noble in Union Square last night (2/24), or to be more specific, Upstairs at the Square. Katherine Lanpher hosted. Neko sang four songs (setlist below). Showalter read a couple passages including a beat poetry inspired poem and a chapter about what to put in a Hollywood script. He also discussed the orgin of The Baxter, and they both talked about their writing process. Pictures from the bookstore are in this post.
Uptairs at the Square returns to Barnes & Noble in Union Square twice in March. Wednesday, March 9 will feature Rebecca Skloot (The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks) and Cubic Zirconia (Follow Your Heart), and Thursday, March 24 has my favorite Keren Ann (101) with Barbara Browning (The Correspondence Artist).
Audience members included Eugene Mirman (who will again join Michael at the Bell House this weekend) and Todd Barry (who just announced an April tour with Neil Hamburger - dates below) (not to be confused with Neil's February and March tour).
Earlier in the day Neko "leaked" a new Dodos song via her Twitter. She wrote, "Fave song off new Dodos. Bummed I didn't didn't get to sing on it (I shouldn't be so greedy cuz I did sing on lots)." Download that above. The Dodos are heading out on tour in March and they'll be playing lots of SXSW shows in the process. Their updated dates, a BrooklynVegan day party included, are below.
Michael Showalter is also touring, though he won't be at SXSW. Neko Case is not touring, though she did just play a show at the Bell House and is giving away her car.
More B&N pictures, Dodos & Barry dates, and Neko's setlist, below...
photos by Tim Griffin
Yesterday I wrote that "Iggy Pop, as well as Pavement (who are curating the other ATP UK weekend in May), are both rumored to be in the running for ATP NY in 2010." An hour later a commenter wrote, "heard the interview. iggy said they would be doing raw power upstate new york for atp next september...woops!!!!!!" A few hours after that, Iggy confirmed it while speaking at the Barnes & Noblie in Tribeca!
The NYC bookstore appearance was set up to promote a new book about The Stooges. Iggy joined author Robert Matheu who opened the night by talking about how he made the book, and how long it took him to secure 20+ year old images and negatives from photographers. Iggy did a lot of talking and they answered a lot of questions. Tim says, "He was asked about music that influenced him, and cited many types of music from Stravinsky and Dvorak to chanting to the Doors and and Louis Armstrong." Afterward they stuck around and signed autographs.
Iggy's ATP NY confirmation is not only the first artist announcement for the 2010 upstate New York festival, it's the first confirmation we have that it's even definitely happening at Kutscher's again. Iggy is also doing "Raw Power" in May for ATP in the UK, though unfortunately (obviously) without Ron Asheton (RIP)...
"Asheton, whose brother Scott is the Stooges drummer, died of a heart attack in January this year.More pictures from Barnes & Noble below....
Pop, 62, told The Australian [in May] that he had plans to re-unite with the remaining Iggy and the Stooges line-up, with noughties Stooges addition Mike Watt on bass.
Pop said that while the original Stooges ended with Asheton's death, "there is always Iggy and the Stooges, the second growth of the band''.
"I had a meeting in LA last week with James (Williamson),'' Pop said. "It was the first time we had seen each other in 30 years. So we talked about doing something together. Raw Power would be the repertoire.''
The landmark album, mixed by Pop's friend David Bowie, has been cited by Nirvana's Kurt Cobain and many other rock stars as their favourite album and is considered one of the most influential in rock history, despite the fact that it sold so poorly on release.
Pop also revealed that Asheton had left six or seven "hard-driving rhythm tracks'' that could also be used in a future project."
Iggy Pop @ Road Recovery Benefit in May (more by Arcadia Media)
Iggy Pop will be at the Tribeca Barnes & Noble (97 Warren St) tonight (10/13) at 7pm. He's speaking with Robert Matheu, who just wrote The Stooges: The Authorized and Illustrated Story, about the book and his life. Entry is first come, first served.
On September 11th and 12th, Iggy Pop joined Marc Ribot, Ceramic Dog, and singer Tine Kindermann at this year's Century of Song Festival (part of Germany's Ruhr Triennale), which was curated by Ribot. The set list from the first of those gigs (posted below) covers a broad range of material, from "Les feuilles de morte" (Autumn Leaves) off Pop's new album to German folk song "Schwesterlein" (Little Sister) to "I Wanna Be Your Dog" and "Mass Production" (the latter from 1977's The Idiot). Video clips from that set are posted below.
Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog are touring Europe through October. Iggy Pop and the Stooges are scheduled to play Rio in November and perform Raw Power in full at ATP's Don't Look Back shows on May 2nd and 3rd at London's Hammersmith Apollo. Also on the ATP bill are Suicide, who'll be playing their first album like they did at ATP NY. Tickets are on sale now.
Iggy Pop, as well as Pavement (who are curating the other ATP UK weekend in May), are both rumored to be in the running for ATP NY in 2010.
Dates, and above-mentioned setlist and videos are below...
...to talk about The Death of Bunny Munro
"The lead singer of the Birthday Party, the Bad Seeds, and Grinderman, Nick Cave has been performing music for more than thirty years. His album Murder Ballads has sold close to one million copies. In addition to his previous novel, he has authored King Ink, a collection of lyrics and poetry, and the screenplay and score for the film The Proposition. He recently composed the soundtrack for the film adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's The Road. Born in Australia, Cave now lives in Brighton, England."Regina Spektor, who also has a show coming up at Radio City, is appearing at the same book store in August.
[Barnes & Noble, Union Square, NYC - September 14, 2009]
Nick Cave & Warren Ellis are releasing White Lunar, a double CD set...
Nick Cave and Warren Ellis have been creating music together for more than fifteen years, with The Bad Seeds, Grinderman and The Dirty Three. More recently, they have collaborated on soundtracks for such films as The Proposition (2005) and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007). White Lunar, a two CD set to be released by Mute on September 22, 2009, contains music they composed from the aforementioned films, along with a selection of their cinematic scores, including rare and previously unavailable material.Dirty Three are playing ATP NY, Bowery Ballroom, and other places in September.
Arctic Monkeys played a Nick Cave cover at Highline Ballroom last night. An official video of them doing that, a video of Nick reading from the book, and the track breakdown for the Nick & Warren CD, below...
Regina Spektor - Beacon Theatre, NYC - 06/17/2009 (absolutelyaudrey)
Half an hour into her joyful set at the Beacon Theater [June 17th] Regina Spektor has completely lost her place. She is giggling at first and then laughing and then almost gurgling with pleasure. "Rehearsing at the Beacon theater," she says, "there's so many of you". then she shrugs, "Fuck it," and turns back to arranging the song with her string section. "I'm so happy," she says and she is obviously in a great mood.That's a write-up of Regina Spektor's recent Beacon Theatre show, which Little Joy opened. The performance was the first of Spektor's dates supporting her latest record, Far, which is out now on Sire Records.
Except for two songs on guitar ("I wish I knew more") Spektor sits at her piano throughout the set. She opens with "Folding Chairs" off her new album and continues with another seven new songs till reaching an oldie, a splendid "On The Radio", and it doesn't matter. All the new stuff is maybe her best stuff ever, every song cuts deep with a bouyancy that is like maybe a ball bouncing on the ocean: the undertow pulls her down but she is still light and above it. [Rock NYC Live and Recorded]
Regina Spektor rounds out July with tour dates in Europe, and currently has a set of North American shows planned for September. Her full schedule is below.
She's also appearing at Barnes & Noble's "Upstairs at the Square" series on Tuesday, August 18th with host Katherine Lanpher and writer Kurt Andersen. The event at the store's Union Square location (33 E 17th St in NYC) will include an interview and a performance. Entrance is free, but admission is first come, first served. Considering the fact that her Beacon show sold out (see above), a sizeable crowd should be expected.
Set list and videos from the Beacon Theatre show, with all tour dates, below...