Entries tagged with: Bob Dylan
Legendary BBC Radio 1 DJ John Peel is renowned for introducing thousands of ears to the sounds of psych, prog-rock, punk, reggae and hip-hop and amassed quite a collection of records before his sudden death in October, 2004. (A lot of them are by The Fall.) The John Peel Archive has been working to document the massive personal collection of over 20,000 LPs and over 40,000 singles over the past few years and have now posted the first of six curated Record Box collections delving deeper into what's on the shelves.
The first mixtape-style collection is curated by producer Joe Boyd, who's worked with Pink Floyd, Fairport Convention, Nick Drake and, recently, Robyn Hitchcock. Boyd pulled over 20 records including several of the bands he worked with as well as groundbreaking material from Bob Dylan, (an original test-pressing of the legendary Demo White Label!), Tomorrow's psych classic "My White Bicycle," the Talking Heads' first Top 30 hit, their cover of Al Green's classic "Take Me To The River," plus Brian Jones, Bonzo Dog Band, 10,00 Maniacs and more. Each of Boyd's selections is now available to stream, with audio ripped direct from Peel's own turntable and records. There's a video of Boyd digging through Peel's shelves and talking about the records over at the Peel Archive.
Let's hope Mark E. Smith gets to curate one of these.
Bob Dylan will be hitting the road again this year for a tour which culminates in NYC with a four-night run at Beacon Theatre from November 28 to December 2. These should be special shows for Bob Dylan, who often plays larger venues like Jones Beach and Barclays Center. Right before the Beacon run, Dylan also plays another show nearby NYC on November 26 at New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark. Tickets for NJ and NYC shows go on sale Friday, September 5 at 10 AM. All dates are listed below.
Bob Dylan will also now complete his ongoing Basement Tapes series with the release of The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11 on November 4 via Columbia/Legacy:
The Basement Tapes Complete brings together, for the first time ever, every salvageable recording from the tapes including recently discovered early gems recorded in the "Red Room" of Dylan's home in upstate New York. Garth Hudson worked closely with Canadian music archivist and producer Jan Haust to restore the deteriorating tapes to pristine sound, with much of this music preserved digitally for the first time.Tracklists below.
The decision was made to present The Basement Tapes Complete as intact as possible. Also, unlike the official 1975 release, these performances are presented as close as possible to the way they were originally recorded and sounded back in the summer of 1967. The tracks on The Basement Tapes Complete run in mostly chronological order based on Garth Hudson's numbering system.
Today (August 28) also happens to be the 50th anniversary of the day Bob Dylan met The Beatles and introduced them to marijuana. Dylan's next album had a full-band electric side, and The Beatles' next one had a folk song ("I'm A Loser").
All Bob Dylan tour dates are listed, with the Basement Tapes tracklists, below...
In The Guardian's latest Google Street View series, they've posted pictures of classic album covers taken in public places pasted onto the Google Street View snapshot of the location. The post includes PJ Harvey's Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea, Led Zeppelin's Physical Graffiti, Pink Floyd's Animals, Beastie Boys' Paul's Boutique (which is right here in NYC and not being renamed "Beastie Boys Square" anytime soon), Bob Dylan's The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan (also NYC), The Streets' Original Pirate Material, Rush's Moving Pictures, The Beatles' Abbey Road, and more.
That's the Dylan one above. Check out a couple more below & the rest at The Guardian.
Capitol Theater photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
The Basement Tapes Band..
A trove of two dozen unfinished Bob Dylan songs written circa 1967 during his "Basement Tapes" period is being completed by an all-star band assembled by producer T Bone Burnett and including Elvis Costello, Marcus Mumford and My Morning Jacket's Jim James for release as an album and Showtime special later this year.More information on that project, which also includes Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops) and Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), at the LA Times with the full press release pasted below.
"These are not B-level Dylan lyrics," Burnett, 66, said Monday during a break in filming and recording sessions in Hollywood for the project titled "Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes." [LA Times]
Questlove & Elvis Costello @ the Capitol Theater - March 12, 2014
Meanwhile, before heading to Las Vegas to help open Peter Shapiro's new Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas, Elvis Costello and The Roots stopped by Peter's Port Chester, NY venue the Capitol Theater for a collaborative show in support of their new collaborative album. Some pictures and videos and the setlist from that show are here. More below...
To celebrate the 1980-1990 period of Bob Dylan's career, ATO Records will release Bob Dylan in the 80s: Vol. 1 on March 25. The tribute compilation was put together by producers Jesse Lauter (Elvis Perkins, The Low Anthem) and Sean O'Brien (Dawes, PAPA), and features covers by Built to Spill, Deer Tick, The Hold Steady's Craig Finn, Gene Ween & Slash, Glen Hansard, Dawn Landes & Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Blitzen Trapper, Yellowbirds, Ivan & Alyosha, Reggie Watts, Elvis Perkins, Lucius and more. Listen to Built to Spill's take on "Jokerman" from the compilation, with the full tracklist, below.
The new compilation will be celebrated with a record release show in NYC the day before its release at Music Hall of Williamsburg (3/24). The show will feature Dylan's music performed by some of the artists on the album, including John & Ian of Deer Tick, Elvis Perkins, Langhorne Slim, Dawn Landes, Yellowbirds, Hannah Cohen and members of Tea Leaf Green. The lineup also includes Spirit Family Reunion (who are not on the album) and "special guests." Tickets for the show go on sale Friday (2/28) at noon.
Stream Built to Spill's "Jokerman" cover with the album tracklist, below...
You may remember that over the summer, Black Keys singer Dan Auerbach lost "Bob Dylan's Hair" to his ex-wife Stephanie Gonis during their divorce. However, TMZ now reports (via Pitchfork) that "Bob Dylan's Hair" was not in fact Bob Dylan's hair, but a poster they owned that they nicknamed "Bob Dylan's Hair" (pictured above). So that's not exactly as amazing as it seemed. Oh well.
by Wyatt Marshall
Bob Dylan's sunburst Fender Stratocaster that he played at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965 just sold at auction for a cool $965,000, the peak of a string of high profile music-related auctions held last week. The guitar was the axe Dylan used the first time he went electric in a live setting, an occasion that may or may not have elicited boos from the crowd in attendance (a 24-year old Dylan said they "certainly booed"). It was also the first time Dylan performed with a backing band. The auction marked the highest price ever paid for a guitar, electric or otherwise. Sorry, Eric Clapton, Blackie only sold for $959,500.
Bruce Springsteen didn't fare too badly at auction either. His handwritten lyrics for "Born to Run", which apparently are quite different from the lyrics to the finished song, sold for $197,000 just the day before the Dylan Stratocaster sale. Also for sale that day were some Mick Jagger love letters and a letter from John Lennon. Last time Mick's love scribbles went up for auction, they sold for over $300,000. Those letters were addressed to Marsha Hunt, Jagger's former muse/lover who is said to be the inspiration for "Brown Sugar".
As the New York Daily News put it, "Tramps like us, baby we were born to bid." SMDH.
Bruce Springsteen recently announced yet another new album.
Bob Dylan had been having what seemed like a great year, having gone on a massive tour, made an interactive music video, and released a huge box set, but now reports are coming in that he's being sued by a group of Croatians for racism. In a 2012 interview with Rolling Stone, Dylan made a comment comparing the conflict between Catholic Croats and Christian Orthodox Serbs to that of Jews and Nazis and slavery in America:
This country is just too fucked up about color. It's a distraction. People at each other's throats just because they are of a different color. It's the height of insanity, and it will hold any nation back - or any neighborhood back. Or any anything back. Blacks know that some whites didn't want to give up slavery - that if they had their way, they would still be under the yoke, and they can't pretend they don't know that. If you got a slave master or Klan in your blood, blacks can sense that. That stuff lingers to this day. Just like Jews can sense Nazi blood and the Serbs can sense Croatian bloodAccording to International Business Times, Croatian secretary general Vlatko Marić said, "It is an incitement to hatred. You cannot compare Croatian criminals to all Croats. But we have nothing against Rolling Stone magazine or Bob Dylan as a singer."
Business Insider mentions that due to Europe's strict free speech laws, Dylan and Rolling Stone would face a fine and formal sanction if found guilty.
one of the stars of Bob Dylan's new video (more by Autumn Andel)
Did you read that headline? Just in case you didn't, let me repeat: Bob Dylan finally made a video for his 1965 single "Like A Rolling Stone" and Danny Brown is in it. Seriously. It's an interactive video that you can watch at Dylan's site and flip through virtual "TV channels" to see his song lip synced by Drew Carey & The Price Is Right, Pawn Stars, ESPN, Danny Brown & other things you might see on TV. It's ridiculous. Watch.
Dylan also just released The Complete Album Collection Vol. 1, and you can watch the trailer video for that below...
Like in previous years, Bob Dylan tribute Dylan Fest is returning to NYC, this time happening at Bowery Ballroom on November 11 and 12. It features many of the usual suspects (who also bring us Stones Fest and Petty Fest, including Patrick Carney (Black Keys), Doyle Bramhall II, Jason Isbell, Dhani Harrison Erika Wennerstrom (Heartless Bastards), Elvis Perkins, Ruby Amanfu, Craig Finn & Tad Kubler (The Hold Steady), Jessie Malin, Grouplove, rock photographer Danny Clinch, Matt Sweeney, Amanda Shires, Chase Cohl, Jack Dishel, Steve Schiltz, Mike G, Josh Lattanzi, Sammy James Jr. (The Mooney Suzuki), The Wild Feathers, and many more TBA (as well as surprise guests), plus host band The Cabin Down Below Band.
Tickets for both nights go on sale Friday (10/18) at noon, and proceeds will benefit Sweet Relief. Craig Finn & Tad Kubler (of The Hold Steady), Grouplove, and The Wild Feathers will only be performing on night 2.
A video of Dylan Fest 2012, below...
Dan Auerbach, no longer the owner of Dylan's hair (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Black Keys singer/record producer Dan Auerbach had been going through a divorce with Stephanie Gonis, and TMZ reports that his wife has obtained a pretty interesting piece of their assets...
Here comes the story of Bob Dylan's hair ... which apparently belongs to the ex-wife of Black Keys singer Dan Auerbach. Seriously (according to court docs obtained by TMZ).Jack White's divorce has also taken a bad turn (though nothing to do with celebrity body parts), and in emails sent to ex-wife Karen Elson, he revealed some hard feelings about the other singer/guitarist-of-blues-rock-duo-whose-name-has-a-color-in-it (namely, their kids being enrolled in the same Nashville school):
We've learned ... Auerbach's extremely bitter divorce with Stephanie Gonis was finalized this week in Tennessee ... after the warring couple came to terms on splitting up their assets.
First, the money: She gets more than $5 million. Plus, she gets the couple's 2012 Toyota Highlander and one of the family homes.
But who cares, because the real story here is BOB DYLAN'S HAIR.
According to the divorce docs, the couple owns an asset described as "Bob Dylan Hair."
It's unclear how the hair was obtained ... when it was obtained ... if the hair contains any product ... etc. -- but the point is, Dan agreed to part ways with it in the divorce.
My concern with Auerbach is because I don't want the kids involved in any of that crap ... That's a possible twelve f***ing years I'm going to have to be sitting in kids chairs next to that a**hole with other people trying to lump us in together.Meanwhile, Jack's label, Third Man Records, just released a live King Tuff album, and there's a live Melvins LP due out September 10. You can stream "Just Strut" from the King Tuff LP, below.
To take this all full circle, a recording recently surfaced of Jack White and Bob Dylan performing The White Stripes' "Ball and Biscuit" back in 2004. Listen below...
Justin Vernon w/ Bon Iver in Austin in 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, who recently collaborated with Kanye West, and is also about release a new Volcano Choir album (aka his collaborative project with experimental rockers Collections of Colonies of Bees), is also working on a project with gospel group The Blind Boys of Alabama, who have been around since the 1930s. Earlier this year, he announced he'd be producing their new album, I'll Find A Way (due out 10/1 via Sony Masterworks), and it's since been revealed that he's contributing his vocals to a cover of Bob Dylan's "Every Grain of Sand" for the album. You can listen to that track now over at Pitchfork, and check out the full tracklist (which also includes collaborations with My Brightest Diamond, Sam Amidon, tUnE-yArDs, and more) below.
Speaking of Bob Dylan, his tour comes to the NYC-area for its first of five shows this week. The first show was initially supposed to happen in Bridgeport, CT on Friday (7/19) at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard with My Morning Jacket and Wilco, but that show has been moved to Bridgeport's Webster Bank Arena, and
MMJ and Wilco are no longer on the bill. UPDATE: MMJ and Wilco are still playing. Tickets for the Webster Bank Arena show are available, and all tickets purchased for the Ballpark at Harbor Yard show will be honored.
Jim James at Firefly Fest 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
The other NYC-area shows will go on as planned on 7/21 at Saratoga Performing Arts Center with My Morning Jacket and Wilco (tickets), 7/26 at Hoboken's Pier A Park with MMJ and Wilco (tickets), 7/27 at Jones Beach with Beck and Wilco (tickets), and 7/28 at Susquehanna Bank Center with MMJ and Wilco, which is also part of the 3-day XPoNential Music Festival in Camden (Bob Dylan tix, XPoNential Fest passes).
Dylan, Wilco and MMJ kicked off the tour towards the end of last month, and at their recent Toronto show (7/15), Wilco's Jeff Tweedy and MMJ's Jim James joined Dylan on stage for a cover of traditional song "Twelve Gates to the City" and for Dylan's own "Blowin' in the Wind." You can watch a video of the former (via Consequence of Sound), along with the setlist from that show, below.
Bob Dylan also just announced that he'll release Bootleg Series. Vol. 10: Another Self Portrait (1969-1971), a box set that collects rarities and outtakes from the Self Portrait and New Morning era, on August 27. The trailer video and tracklist for the box set are below.
Updated dates are listed, along with all videos and stuff, below...
Dawes at SXSW 2013 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
As mentioned, Bob Dylan's AmericanaramA is coming to the NYC area for a few shows in July, including one at Camden, NJ's Susquehanna Bank Center on July 28 with Wilco and My Morning Jacket. Since announcing that tour, it's been revealed that the Camden tour stop is also part of this year's XPoNential Music Festival. The fest is also features Polica, Dr. Dog, and others at Susquehanna Bank Center the day before (7/27) Dylan and co. play.
And a number of bands will also be performing in Wiggins Park that weekend, including Phosphorescent, Dawes, Dr. John, Michael Kiwanuka, Justin Townes Earle, Jose James, Lord Huron, Matt Pond, Red Baraat, Edward Sharpe, and more. 3-day passes for the festival are on sale now, and tickets for just the Bob Dylan/Wilco/MMJ show are still available.
Dylan's tour also includes NYC-area shows on 7/19 at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard in CT with Wilco and MMJ, 7/26 at Pier A Park in Hoboken with Wilco and MMJ, and 7/27 at Jones Beach with Wilco and Beck. Tickets for the Harbor Yard, Pier A Park, and Jones Beach shows are still available.
Initial XPoNential Music Festival lineup below...
Before and after: Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
As you surely remember, last October's Hurricane Sandy put a lot of things underwater. One of them was outdoor concert amphitheater Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre. Live Nation has been busy renovating ever since the water receeded:
Along with much of the coastal regions throughout New York and New Jersey, Superstorm Sandy inflicted catastrophic damage on the venue. Sandy generated a storm surge of 8--10 feet, and the ground floor, sub-structures and pathways under Jones Beach Theatre, which sits right on Zachs Bay, were submerged. Much of the 14,000 seat venue was impacted from the surge, from the stage to the seats, the backstage and concessions and VIP areas were all severely damaged.The renovated Nikon at Jones Beach Theater was finished just in time for the 2013 season that kicks off Friday (5/31) with...Rascal Flatts.
But before construction could even commence, more than 3 million gallons of sea water had to be pumped out of the venue, which then had to be cleaned from top to bottom. Hundreds of tons of debris and damaged structures and equipment had to be removed from the site...
...The stage and boardwalk and their substructures had to be completely rebuilt from scratch. More than 9 miles of special MCM cable had to be replaced in the tunnels and access ways below the venue. All the doors on the main level, more than 200 in total, had to be replaced. Where possible the venue's infrastructure was redesigned to mitigate any future damages (i.e. the main electrical system was relocated to the second floor, above the 100 year floodplain) and replacement appliances and equipment were upgraded to energy efficient models.
Concerts at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater that you might be more interested in include, Fleetwood Mac on June 22, Bob Dylan/Wilco/Beck on July 27, and Depeche Mode/Bat for Lashes on September 8. The outdoor venue's entire summer schedule is below.
Wilco @ Prospect Park 2012 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
As mentioned a couple times, the AmericanaramA tour with Bob Dylan and Wilco is coming to the NY area this summer with five shows, including Nikon at Jones Beach on July 27 with opener Beck. The other four area shows have My Morning Jacket as opener and are July 19 The Ballpark at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport, CT, July 21 at Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga, NY, July 26 at Pier A Park in Hoboken, NJ, and July 28 at Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ.
Tickets to four of these shows go on presale today (4/30) at 10 AM. (Jones Beach and Sartoga PAC are here; Harbor Yard are here; Pier A Park are here; Susquehanna Bank Center are already on sale.) For these and all presales happening today, the password is ""TENACIOUS."
Beck at Outside Lands 2012 (more by Amoreena Lucero)
We just mentioned that Beck is going on a solo acoustic tour this Summer which hits NYC on August 4 at Prospect Park (tickets go on sale 5/10). But what we didn't realize at the time is that Beck was also added to the Jones Beach (7/27) stop on Bob Dylan's tour. That's one of three NYC-area dates on that tour, and it's the show that My Morning Jacket isn't playing. Wilco and Ryan Bingham are both on it though. Tickets for the Jones Beach show go on sale Saturday (5/4) at 10 AM with a bobdylan.com presale starting Tuesday (4/30) at 10 AM and a Citi Cardmember presale starting Thursday (5/2) at 10 AM.
Updated Beck dates are listed below...
Jim James of MMJ at MHOW in February (more by PSquared Photography)
As mentioned, Bob Dylan is going on a big tour this year for which he's taking out Wilco and My Morning Jacket for support. That tour hits the NYC area on July 17 The Ballpark at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport, CT, July 26 at Pier A Park in Hoboken, NJ, July 27 at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, NY, and July 28 at Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ. Since first posting that tour, we've learned that My Morning Jacket will not be on the Jones Beach show, but they will play all three other NYC-area dates.
UPDATE: Beck is playing the Jones Beach show instead of MMJ.
Tickets for the Jones Beach, Pier A, and Ballpark at Harbor Yard shows go on general sale Saturday, May 4 at 10 AM with Citi Cardmember presales starting Thursday, May 2 at 10 AM. Tickets for the Susquehanna Bank Center show are on bobdylan.com presale now (password: "TENACIOUS"), a Citi Cardmember presale starts today (4/25) at 10 AM and general sale starts Saturday (4/27) at 10 AM.
All dates are listed below...
Bob Dylan, who is currently on tour with Dawes, just announced his AmericanaramA: Festival of Music tour, which he'll be going on this summer. And he's tapped some pretty incredible support to go along with him: Wilco and My Morning Jacket. That tour hits the NYC area on July 19 The Ballpark at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport, CT, July 26 at Pier A Park in Hoboken, NJ, July 27 at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, NY, and July 28 at Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ. Ryan Bingham is also on all three of those dates and several others as well, and Richard Thompson is supporting on some of the other shows, but none in the NYC area. A ticket presale begins on Bob Dylan's site this Wednesday (4/24). Stay tuned for more ticket info. All dates are listed below.
UPDATE: My Morning Jacket are not playing the Jones Beach show, but they will be on the other three NYC-area dates.
As mentioned, My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James is also on his own tour that hits NYC for a sold out show on April 29 at Webster Hall with Cold Specks and for a Celebrate Brooklyn! show at Prospect Park on June 18, where he'll be playing a collaborative set with The Roots. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All Bob Dylan dates are listed, along with a video of him playing "Tangled Up In Blue" with Mark Knopfler at their 2012 Barclays Center show and the tour flyer, below...
Jay-Z, who is allegedly selling his "minuscule stake in the Brooklyn Nets" and moved Roc Nation to Universal, just recorded the track "Open Letter" with producers Timbaland and Swizz Beatz. FADER writes:
On the track, debuted this morning on New York's Hot 97 and Jay's Life + Times, Jay expresses disgust at the outsized interest in his recent Cuba anniversary trip, which was criticized by by three Republican members of Congress and approved by the U.S. Treasury Department. "Open Letter" also acknowledges Gwyneth Paltrow's favorite rapper Chief Keef, quotes Bob Dylan's 1975 track "Idiot Wind" and brushes off reports that Jay is looking to sell his small stake in the Brooklyn Nets and become an NBA agent. Would have brought the Nets to Brooklyn for free/ Except I made millions off you fuckin dweebs/ I still own the building. I'm still keeping my seat, he says. By "seat," he may mean the exclusive $5550,000 per year suite which he's used for free since the opening of the Barclays Center.Jay is also going on a tour with Justin Timberlake which hits NYC on July 19 and 20 at Yankee Stadium (tickets), and just announced the lineup for his Made In America festival, which goes down from August 31 to September 1 at Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philly with Beyonce, Queens of The Stone Age, Nine Inch Nails, Black Hippy (Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, & Jay Rock), Miguel, Solange, Phoenix, A$AP Rocky and many more
You can stream "Open Letter" and read the lyrics below...
Veronica Falls' new album, Waiting for Something to Happen, is out February 12 and the band have just shared the new single from it. You can stream "Buried Alive," which they've been playing live for a while now, below.
In addition to the new album, the band are releasing a covers EP featuring their versions of songs by Homeblitz, Bob Dylan, The Rats, The Moles, The La's and Ween. That's the cover art above. It's limited to 300 vinyl copies and is only available through Rough Trade.
Song stream below...
At the encouragement of Bob Dylan, Beat poet Allen Ginsberg went into the studio in 1971 to record his first ever album of music. He then re-entered the studio in 1976 and 1981 and finally in 1983 he compiled all of the recordings (which featured contributions from Dylan, members of his band, and Arthur Russell, and was produced by John Hammond Sr.) onto a double LP called FIrst Blues. Now, 30 years later, Ginsberg Recordings are reissuing the album in vinyl and digital formats, and to celebrate they're throwing a release party in NYC.
The celebration takes place on January 16 at Housing Works Cafe (126 Crosby St.) with Ginsberg's "friends, collaborators, relatives and co-conspirators" Lou Reed, Anne Waldman, Ambrose Bye, CA Conrad, Steven Taylor, Hettie Jones, Arthur's Landing, and others. A limited edition of "500 seven track vinyl that mimics the original style down to the newspaper insert" will be available at Housing Works that night and online.
That same night, Lou Reed's Velvet Underground bandmate John Cale will be doing a Nico tribute at BAM (1/16) with a number of guests including Kim Gordon, Sharon Van Etten, Mark Lanegan, Magnetic Fields, and more. Tickets for that show are still available.
Some song streams from First Blues below...
Lord Huron at Mercury Lounge in October (more by Dan Bracaglia)
As the year comes to a close, we're wrapping up these year-end lists from artists and other people in the music world. Today we posted lists by BV radio host Nick Masi, Gardens & Villa, and Brooklyn Bowl talent buyer Adam Geringer-Dunn. Browse our "Best of 2012" tag for many more. Now here's one from Ben Schneider, frontman of LA folk rockers Lord Huron. The list includes a couple veteran folk singers, who most likely influenced Ben's own writing, two very different and very notable experimental music leaders, Lord Huron tourmates Night Moves, and a '70s Afghan pop star.
Check out the full list, and some tour dates, below...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Ex Cops - Wonderful Christmas Time (MP3)
photo by Nanci Sarrouf
Admission. Paul McCartney's "Wonderful Christmas Time" is easily my most-hated holiday pop song. Repetive, grating, plodding, and seemingly recorded by accident, the song makes me want to suck a candycane into a point and gouge out my eardrums. (Unlike, say, The Waitresses' "Christmas Wrapping" which I can listen to ad infinitum.) So it's a Christmas miracle that Ex Cops have taken this unfortunate Macca yuletide perennial and sped it up, turned it up and transformed it into a rough-hewn little indiepop charmer. We've got the premiere of the song right here in the post to download above or stream below. Merry Ex-mas.
Another present you're going to have to wait a bit for is Ex Cops terrific debut album, True Hallucinations, which hits January 22 via Other Music Recording Company. The band are playing a record release show at Glasslands that same day with Hunters also on the bill (tickets). After that, Ex Cops play Mercury Lounge on February 15 and tickets to that show are on sale at noon. You can see them sooner than that, though, as they were just added to tonight's Paul Banks show at Webster Hall (12/14) and tickets are still available.
Meanwhile Ex Cops' Brian Harding and Amalie Bruun have each submitted lists of their favorite songs from 2012. In a bit of daring, they both include their own single "You Are a Lion, I Am a Lamb" on their respective lists. Check them out below.
by Bill Pearis
Frank Ocean at Angel Orensanz Center, 9/24/2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
One of the saddest losses of 2012 for me was the NYC print edition of The Onion which I always looked forward to picking up on Wednesdays and browsing while on the subway or getting some food on the neighborhood. (I still have my copy of the "CHINA STRONG" issue, easily one of the funniest they've ever done.) I lament of it for the AV Club half as well, as I've long found it to be amongst the best pop culture criticism/journalism out there. While NYC can no longer get physical copies, you can still read it online where the AV Club has really flourished.
It's Year-End season there too and have just published their Top 25 LPs of 2012 list, which was tallied by a complicated system that led to a lot of ties, including three albums claiming the #18 spot. There was no doubt who was getting the top slot, though, as Frank Ocean's Channel Orange got the most votes by a wide margin. There's no stopping that album on year end polls. Elsewhere on the list, you'll find more than a few records that cater to the late-'30s indie rock fan crowd (The Walkmen, Bob Mould, Field Music) and even Rush's Clockwork of Angels. You can look at individual writers' ballots as well. Check out the whole list below.
by Eddie Argos
Art Brut @ MHOW, June 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Anyone who has listened to Art Brut knows that frontman Eddie Argos isn't just a musician, he's also a fan. A fan of comics, movies, television, milkshakes...and music. Eddie and the rest of the band laid low for most of 2012, after a busy 2011 with their most recent album, 'Brilliant! Tragic!' and subsequent touring. But we wanted to know what Eddie was listening to and his list is definitely NOT full of the usual suspects. Says Eddie:
I've been trying to think if I liked 10 albums this year. I think I did. Which is rare for me. However I can't be bothered to fact check and I have a shocking memory so some of my choices may be from the end of last year. So in no paticular order and written in real time with no forethought here is my hopefully top ten albums of the year...