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by Bill Pearis

Frank Ocean at Angel Orensanz Center, 9/24/2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Frank Ocean

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.

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by Eddie Argos

Art Brut @ MHOW, June 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Art Brut

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...

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Ian O'Neil of Deer Tick @ Carnegie Hall (more by Chris La Putt)
Ian ONeil
Deer Tick

Deer Tick's three-week Brooklyn Bowl residency begins TONIGHT (12/5). As mentioned, they'll be performng different albums and EPs in full at the three shows. Unfortunately no War Elephant (which they recently performed at a Newport Folk Fest afterparty), but we will get:

12.05.12 Born on Flag Day + More Fuel for the Fire EP
12.12.12 The Black Dirt Sessions + Holy Shit it's Christmas EP
12.19.12 Divine Providence + Tim EP
Doors for each show are at 8pm, and Deer Tick guitarist Ian O'Neil opens each show with a solo set. Other openers include Hollis Brown on 12/5, Viking Moses in 12/12, and Alex Bleeker on 12/19. Deer Tick's other upcoming shows include the Capitol Theater with My Morning Jacket and Maxwell's. They're all listed below.

Ian O'Neil, like many of our favorite artists before him, told us what his favorite albums of 2012 were. His list includes his recent tour-mates Turbo Fruits, his old band Titus Andronicus (who headlined Webster Hall this week), and legends Neil Young & Crazy Horse (who played Barclays Center this week). Check it out in full below...

Continue reading "Ian O'Neil names his Top 10 of 2012; Deer Tick kick off full-album residency (Ian opens & headlines all of them)"

by Andrew Sacher

Bruce

More of the big 2012 year-end lists have been rolling in, with NPR and SPIN recently revealing theirs, and now Rolling Stone have unleashed theirs. Similarly to Uncut, the expected albums from older artists are there, including Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, Dr. John, and the number one slot going to Bruuuuuuuuuuuce. It's got huge albums like Mumford and Sons, Taylor Swift, and fun., as well as the token high ranking indie album (Japandroids at #9), the token washed up band who was once classic (Green Day), things you knew you'd see on Rolling Stone's list like Jack White and Alabama Shakes, and... Grimes!

You can read the whole list below...

Continue reading "Rolling Stone's Top 50 Albums of 2012"

Leonard Cohen

UK music magazine Uncut put out their list of the top 75 albums of 2012. The top ten leans pretty heavy on long-running '60s/'70s survivors who put out new albums this year, but plenty of the list-topping regulars from newer acts are on there too, along with a few interesting surprises (Sun Araw, M Geddes Gengras & the Congos!). You can check out the full list below.

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Craig Finn w/ The Hold Steady in NYC in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Craig Finn

Listen to the references he makes in his lyrics or read an interview with him and you know that Craig Finn (of The Hold Steady) has a wide range of taste, and that isn't lost on his list of the top ten records of 2012, which bounces from underground rapper El-P to folk legend Bill Fay to non-stop rockers Japandroids. Of the list, Craig says, "A lot of my friends made really great records this year. To keep myself sane, I've created a list of my top ten records by people I don't know personally. Compiled quickly, probably with some ommisions." You can check the whole thing out below.

Craig will be taking part of the Soundtrack Series in NYC at Le Poisson Rouge this Friday (11/30) along with Cynthia Kaplan, Jenny Rubin, Daniel Ralston, Steve Zimmer, and host Dana Rossi. The event description reads, "Five artists-writers, comics, actors and musicians-tell the stories they forever connect with songs from their past. There's the song, the story behind the song, and the story inspired by the song. We're the third one." Craig will be doing his on "I Will Dare" by the Replacements. Tickets for that are on sale now.

Meanwhile watch Craig on the Chris Gethard show TONIGHT (11/28).

As mentioned, The Hold Steady will play Wellmont Theatre on New Year's Eve with Lucero. Since we last spoke, comedian Kurt Braunohler has been added to that bill as well. Tickets for the show are still available.

Craig Finn's top 10 albums of 2012 list is below...

Continue reading "Craig Finn lists his top 10 albums of 2012, appearing at 'Soundtrack Series' at LPR (and New Year's Eve in NJ)"

Q MagQ Mag

Q Magazine put out their Top 50 albums of 2012 list, choosing to do so in no particular order this year, making it more a pile than a list. Check out Q's picks in alphabetical order below.

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Jack White @ Radio City Music Hall, 9/30/2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Jack White

In addition to the Fleetwood Mac cover story (and Rumours cover CD that comes with it), the new issue of MOJO is the 2012 Year-End wrap-up with the best albums list which is topped by Jack White's Blunderbuss. Their list is definitely different than most, but also in line with the mag that puts the Beatles on the cover at least once a year. You can check out MOJO's Top 20 below.

Continue reading "Jack White tops MOJO's Best LPs of 2012 list"

The holiday season is upon us and addition to Yo La Tengo's eight-night run of annual Hanukkah shows at Hoboken, NJ venue Maxwell's (12/8 - 12/15), there are a number of other Hanukkah celebrations, parties, and shows happening in the NYC area this December.

The eighth annual Sephardic Music Festival is going down in NYC from December 8 - 15 across multiple venues. Shows announced so far include Copal, Pharaoh's Daughter, Animal Machine, and Sway Machinery at Knitting Factory (12/8) (tickets); Sephardic Story Slam at Lolita Bar (12/9); the Sephardic Scholar Series at CUNY Grad Center (12/10) (365 5th Ave); Vanessa Paloma and Lev-Yulzari Duo and friends at The Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue (2 W 70 St); Zion 80, Mika Karny, and Hasidic New Wave with Yakar Rhythms at Le Poisson Rouge (12/12) (tickets); and more TBA.

Klezmer punk band Golem play a Hannukah show at Cameo Gallery on December 8 with Smoota and The Schlep Sisters. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

The Schlep Sisters are also teaming up with Thirsty Girl Productions to present the sixth annual Menorah Horah! at Highline Ballroom on December 9. The Hannukah burlesque show will be hosted by Sherry Vine and tickets are on sale now.

92YTribeca is hosting a 'Beer + Latkes Hanukkah Celebration' on December 13. Tickets for that are on sale now.

On December 23 at BB King's, Ray Ellin is presenting "A Jewish Christmas Extraganza" with "standup comedy from four and a half Jews," Lenny Marcus (Letterman Show), Brian Scott McFadden (Letterman show, Craig Ferguson Show), Dan Naturman (Letterman Show, Conan O'Brien, Tonight Show), and Gregg Rogell (Louie, Comedy Central special, Tonight Show). Tickets for that one are on sale now.

BB King's will also host a Hanukkah celebration on December 25 (aka Christmas) with The Maccabeats, like they did last year. Tickets for that are on sale now.

City Winery will also have a Hanukkah-celebration-on-Christmas night with JEWMONGOUS's (aka Sean Altman of Rockapella) 'Xmas Night Comedy Songfest. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

In more Hanukkah news, The Idelsohn Society for Musical Preservation recently released 'Twas The Night Before Hanukkah: The Musical Battle Between Christmas and the Festival of Lights, a double disc compilation album with Hanukkah music on disc 1 and Christmas music recorded (or in some cases, written) by Jews. The album features tracks by Woody Guthrie, The Klezmatics, and more on the Hanukkah disc and Bob Dylan, Lou Reed, Ramones, Sammy Davis Jr. and more on the Christmas side. That's the cover art above and the tracklist is below. You can order the album HERE.

In more related news, Matisyahu released a new song called "Happy Hanukkah," which you can stream below. As mentioned, he brings his "Festival of Light" tour to NYC on December 15 at Terminal 5. Tickets for that show are still available.

Continue reading "Hanukkah shows in NYC: Golem, Sephardic Music Festival, Menorah Horah! & more"

Dylan at The Cap 9/4/2012 (via @tommynyc)
Dylan at the Cap

At 8:03 p.m., and without an opening act, Dylan emerged in a black suit jacket with red piping and brass buttons, white pants and a bolo tie, proceeding to growl, smirk and grin his way through a 1-hour-44-minute set of hits and deep cuts.

"Watching the River Flow" began almost immediately after Dylan and the rest of his six-piece band hit the stage. There was no buildup, no hype -- and fans in the crowd seemed to appreciate it.

Gary Davis, 56, of Greenwich, Conn., called what he'd seen a "great show at a great venue," and picked "Thunder on the Mountain" as his favorite performance of the night.

The crowd definitely skewed older, with most in attendance flaunting gray hair (or none at all), but there was definitely a contingent of curious 20-somethings. With balcony seating and a general-admission lower level for standing fans, Dylan was greeted mostly with polite nods to the beat and the occasional thrusted arm, but a handful of folks on the lower level were dancing as if they were in a mud pit at Woodstock, at the dawning of the age of Aquarius.

And all along the perimeter of the stage, security personnel were vigilant (and cranky) about thwarting fans' attempts and photos and video. While they were just doing their jobs, their somewhat vain efforts were taking place at a concert happening in the year 2012. (As a result, the attached photo is from a previous Dylan show.) Even live-tweeting the event earned a few glares, but I managed to do so.

Dylan wasn't exactly doing backflips, but his subtle gestures showcased his showmanship. For "Shooting Star," he spoke-sang the words as he leaned on the piano like a lounge singer before rising to wail on his harmonica. (It was definitely a highlight, and Yarrow agreed, calling it the best song of the night.) For "High Water," Dylan fashioned the mic stand like a scepter before gripping the mic with his right hand and a harmonica in his left. And by the time "Highway 61 Revisited" came around, Dylan was plinking out the melody on the grand piano with his right hand, and gesticulating toward the crowd with his left. -[Newsday]

Bob Dylan opened the newly-renovated, much-hoopla'd, iconic Port Chester venue The Capitol Theatre Tuesday night (9/4) with a 17-song set that mixed tracks from his upcoming 35th solo album, Tempest (due out 9/11), with songs from his 50-year catalog of songs. Setlist is at the bottom of this post.

Much has been made of The Cap's atmosphere and light show, including astral projections on the venue's domed ceiling. Though he didn't mention the psychedelic lighting, here's what the NY Times' Jon Pareles said of the place:

The Capitol's interior is once again resplendent in red brocade and gilded painted reliefs; many of the exit signs have Art Nouveau panache. For Mr. Dylan's concert, with a capacity of 1,835, the orchestra level was standing room, surveyed by a balcony and boxes with a few rows each of steeply raked seats with assured sightlines. The sound, similar to that of other vintage movie palaces like the Beacon Theater and the United Palace Theater in Manhattan, was clear and boomy, with the kind of reverberation earplugs can help correct. The theater had opening glitches to be worked out --a lobby bar still under construction, box office slowdowns, confused visitors in search of parking --and one bad practice: waitresses soliciting drink orders from concertgoers during songs, an intrusion. But those are minor; a rock theater that looks and sounds as good as the Capitol is something to celebrate.
The venue also made screenprint posters (designed by Stanley Mouse and David Welker) for the show which ended up not getting approval from Bob so they weren't sold... but you can check it out below.

The Capitol Theatre's next show is Friday (9/7) with The Roots and Bob Weir and tickets are still available. Other notable upcoming shows include Dirty Projectors (9/25), Regina Spektor (10/3), Crystal Castles (10/4), Sleigh Bells (10/5), Fiona Apple (10/10) and three nights with My Morning Jacket in December (12/27 - 29). Tickets for all upcoming shows at the venue are available here.

As for Dylan, his Tempest tour starts next month and hits NYC on November 21 at the Barclays Center. Tickets to that show go on sale Friday, September 14 at 10 AM.

The Setlist for Bob's show at The Cap is below along with the unapproved poster.

Continue reading "Bob Dylan opened The Capitol Theater (setlist, poster)"

Bob Dylan

The soon-to-be open Capitol Theatre in Port Chester will open its doors on September 4 and the kickoff show is a doozie: Bob Dylan! That's one week before his new album, Tempest, is released. Tickets go on sale Friday, August 17 at 10 AM with a presale through BobDylan.com on August 13 at 10 AM.

This show happens shortly after the previously-mentioned Big Flats show and almost two months before Bob's upcoming Brooklyn show at the Barclays Center. Updated Dylan dates are at the bottom of this post.

Tickets to a few of The Cap's initial line-up of shows went on sale today (8/10) including Dirty Projectors (9/25), Regina Spektor (10/3), Hugh Laurie & the Copper Bottom Band (9/08). A flyer with The Capitol Theatre's schedule to date is below.

Continue reading "Bob Dylan playing The Capitol Theatre's first show"

Tempest

Bob Dylan will release his 35th studio album, Tempest, this year on September 11 on his label home of 50 years (!) Columbia Records. He produced the album himself under his producer pseudonym Jack Frost, which he's used on other past releases. The album is his first new release of original material since 2009's Together Through Life. That's the cover art above, and the tracklist is below.

Dylan will support the album on a tour with Mark Knopfler which culminates in a Brooklyn show at the new Barclays Center on November 21. That makes a total of two folk legends playing the new Brooklyn arena in 2012. Tickets for the Brooklyn show go on sale September 14 at 10 AM.

As mentioned, Dylan is also currently on an international summer tour which wraps up a few hours away from NYC at Tag's Summer Stage on September 1 in Big Flat's NY. Tickets for that show are still available.

A list of all dates and the Tempest tracklist are below.

Continue reading "Bob Dylan releasing 'Tempest,' announces 2012 tour w/ Mark Knopfler, playing the Barclays Center (dates)"

Dylan

Bob Dylan will be heading out on a European tour later this month into July, and he recently announced that he'll be returning to North America for a run of dates later this summer. That tour doesn't exactly come to NYC, but he'll be a few hours away when he plays Tag's Summer Stage on September 1 in Big Flats, NY. Tickets for most shows on the tour go on sale this Friday (6/22), though there's no on-sale date for the NY show yet. You can keep checking Tag's site for updates. All dates are listed below.

In other news, Bob Dylan fansite Isis Magazine is reporting that Dylan's 35th studio album is due out this September. They reportedly began recording the album in January at Groove Masters, the studio where Dylan recorded Together Through Life and Christmas In The Heart and it is said to have 10 tracks clocking in at 68 minutes with a "14-minute Titanic song" and a 9-minute song as well.

A list of all dates and some recent live videos below...

Continue reading "Bob Dylan touring this summer, reportedly working on new LP"

Nasum 2012
Nasum

today in NYC
* Kissey @ Cameo Gallery
* Dylan Fest @ Irving Plaza
* Lenny Pickett @ Roulette
* Lisa Bielawa @ The Stone
* Questlove @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Ashley Bathgate @ The Stone
* Tara Jane O'Neil, Lone Wolf @ Zebulon
* Body Language DJ set @ The Ace Hotel
* Nikka Costa, Anya Marina @ Highline Ballroom
* NT, Flown, Pow Wow!, Holy Wave @ Saint Vitus
* Tribal Seeds, Through the Roots @ Gramercy Theatre
* Hooray For Earth, Warm Ghost, Co La @ Glasslands
* that dog., Fred Armisen @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Mariachi El Bronx, Two Gallants @ Aboard The Princess
* Elliot & The Ghost, The Wicked Tomorrow @ Union Pool
* Girls in Trouble, Toby Goodshank, Eli Valley @ Union Hall
* The Spinto Band, Ski Lodge, Extraordinaries @ The Rock Shop
* Xaddax, Normal Love, Cellular Chaos, In Heat @ Death By Audio
* Dave Harrington (DJ), Vassals, Lightouts, Killing Phantoms @ Pianos
* Nasum, Brutal Truth, Drop Dead, Magrudergrind, Grudges @ Europa
* Mail The Horse, Miniboone, Bunny's A Swine, Banditas @ Cake Shop
* 85th, J-Rocka, Ko-Lition, The White House Blend @ Knitting Factory
* Night Manager, Heaven's Gate, Yvette, Mala Strana @ Cameo Gallery
* ANiMA LiBERA, Tanya Harding, Swarmkill, Myles Manley @ XPO 929
* Ane Brun, Julia Stone, Icky Blossoms, Caveman (DJ Sets) @ The Bowery Hotel
* Deadbeat Darling, Hey Anna, The Bengsons, The Bixby Knolls @ Bowery Electric
* Strange Shapes, Jefferson High, Weird Rivers, Kissing Is A Crime @ Shea Stadium
* Deviant Septet (premieres "Histories" by Sleeping Giant composer collective) @ Issue Project Room
* DIIV, High Highs, Killer Mike, Beat Culture, Awesome Tapes From Africa (DJ) @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Dawn of Humans, Hank Wood & The Hammerheads, Subclinix, Deformity, Sad Boys @ The Acheron
* Shit Robot, Nancy Whang (The Juan Maclean/LCD Soundsystem), Sean Glass @ The Hudson Terrace
* Country Mice, The Dough Rollers, Eastern Midwestern, The Lighthouse And The Whaler @ Mercury Lounge
* Hot Sugar, Xaphoon Jones (DJ), Big Baby Gandhi, Extreme Animals, J-Zone (DJ), Dapwell (of Das Racist) @ Littlefield
* Publicist (mem Trans Am), Jonas Reinhardt, Blizzardo (mem Dinowalrus), Tippy Toes (mem Turing Machine) @ Perestroika
* Kosha Dillz, Aaron Cohen, Bekay + El Gant, Deca w/DJ Stan Solo, DJ Lil Ray, Justin Oxley, Dama Nilz @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Dave Hill ("Tasteful Nudes" book release), John Hodgman, Janeane Garofalo, Jon Benjamin, Doug Gillard (ex-GBV), TAB The Band @ The Bell House
* Tall Tall Trees, Hurrah! A Bolt Of Light, Big Wilson River, The Bottom Dollars, Food Will Win the War, John Delore, Oh Whitney, The Due Diligence @ Spike Hill
* Steel Phantoms, In One Wind, Wazu, ohnomoon, Xenia Rubinos, Illumntr, Futurist, Himalaya, Clementine & the Galaxy, Pass Kontrol, Young Boys, Idgy Dean, Late Guest at the Party, Indyns @ Public Assembly
* The Burnt Sugar Repertory Arkestra presents: Any World (That I'm Welcome to) Sex Race Hoodoo, The Steely Dan Conductions A Hipster Carnivalesque in Post Soul Vernacular, Melvin Van Peebles @ Le Poisson Rouge

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Bob Dylan turns 71 today. Celebrate it at Dylan Fest, which we're giving away tickets to. Happy birthday Bob!

If you're going to the free Killer Mike and DIIV show tonight at Brooklyn Bowl, you might want to stick around for the 100th edition of Questlove's Soul Bowl which happens right after.

Eternal Summers, who play the Kanine Records/Terrorbird Media Northside showcase at Knitting Factory with Class Actress, Bleeding Rainbow, Zambri and more, just made a video for "Millions," the single off their upcoming album, Correct Behavior. Check it out below.

What else?

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Dylan Fest

At this point, you know the deal and the general cast of characters, but this year Dylan Fest, a tribute to the music of Bob Dylan, will go down over two nights at Irving Plaza in NYC:

Featuring: The Cabin Down Below Band And Starring: Adam Green, Fabrizio Moretti of The Strokes, Nicole Atkins, Ryan Miller of Guster, Cory Chisel, Boz Scaggs, Jason Sudeikis, Will Forte, Kristen Wiig, Christopher Chu of POP ETC, Petter Ericson Stakee of Alberta Cross, Tyson Ritter of All American Rejects, Jody Porter of Fountains of Wayne, Danny Clinch and the Tangiers Blues Band, Sammy James, Jr. of the Mooney Suzuki, Justin Long, Johnny T, Jamie Burke, Steve Schiltz of Hurricane Bells, Jack Dishel of Only Son, Antony Ellis of Five O'Clock Heroes, Adriel Harris and many, many, more...
Tickets for the May 24 & 25 shows are on sale.

In related news, Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan was released in January in support of Amnesty International.

Paramount Theater and Convention Hall
Asbury Park

Bob Dylan has added even more dates to his previously announced summer tour. The new dates include Asbury Park Convention Hall on August 14 in NJ. Leon Russell opens the show like he does on many other dates of the tour. Tickets go on sale Friday (7/8) at 10 AM and currently available for bobdylan.com pre-sale with the password "clarence."

Other upcoming shows at Asbury Park Convention Hall include ATP NJ on Sep 30-Oct 2 and Pixies playing 'Doolittle' on October 28 with Surfer Blood. We're giving away tickets to that Pixies show which you can win by following the directions below. Pixies play Wellmont Theater in Montclair on the same tour.

Updated Bob Dylan dates and the Pixies contest below...

Continue reading "Bob Dylan adds Asbury Park show (on presale), Pixies playing NJ too (win tix)"

Bob Dylan

As Anonymous promised, Bob Dylan will also play a show at Jones Beach on his recently-announced summer tour. One day after he plays Bethel Woods Center (tickets), Bob will hit Nikon at Jones Beach Theater on August 13. Leon Russell opens the new NY show and others on the tour, including the Bethel show. Tickets for the Long island show go on sale June 27 at 10 AM.

Updated tour dates, including new shows in PA and MD too, below...

Continue reading "Bob Dylan adds dates, Jones Beach -- Leon Russell opening"

Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan has added more North American dates this summer after he returns from his European tour. The tour doesn't exactly come through NYC but it hits Bethel Woods Center on August 12 in Bethel, NY. Tickets go on sale Saturday (6/18) at 10 AM and are available for pre-sale now with the code "snoopy." All dates below.

In other Bob Dylan news, his "China controversy" has been recently cleared up:

"Allow me to clarify a couple of things about this so-called China controversy which has been going on for over a year. First of all, we were never denied permission to play in China. This was all drummed up by a Chinese promoter who was trying to get me to come there after playing Japan and Korea. My guess is that the guy printed up tickets and made promises to certain groups without any agreements being made. We had no intention of playing China at that time, and when it didn't happen most likely the promoter had to save face by issuing statements that the Chinese Ministry had refused permission for me to play there to get himself off the hook. If anybody had bothered to check with the Chinese authorities, it would have been clear that the Chinese authorities were unaware of the whole thing.

We did go there this year under a different promoter. According to Mojo magazine the concerts were attended mostly by ex-pats and there were a lot of empty seats. Not true. If anybody wants to check with any of the concert-goers they will see that it was mostly Chinese young people that came. Very few ex-pats if any. The ex-pats were mostly in Hong Kong not Beijing. Out of 13,000 seats we sold about 12,000 of them, and the rest of the tickets were given away to orphanages. The Chinese press did tout me as a sixties icon, however, and posted my picture all over the place with Joan Baez, Che Guevara, Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg. The concert attendees probably wouldn't have known about any of those people. Regardless, they responded enthusiastically to the songs on my last 4 or 5 records. Ask anyone who was there. They were young and my feeling was that they wouldn't have known my early songs anyway.

As far as censorship goes, the Chinese government had asked for the names of the songs that I would be playing. There's no logical answer to that, so we sent them the set lists from the previous 3 months. If there were any songs, verses or lines censored, nobody ever told me about it and we played all the songs that we intended to play.

Everybody knows by now that there's a gazillion books on me either out or coming out in the near future. So I'm encouraging anybody who's ever met me, heard me or even seen me, to get in on the action and scribble their own book. You never know, somebody might have a great book in them." - Bob Dylan

All tour dates below...

Continue reading "Bob Dylan adds tour dates, clears up China controversy"

Arctic Monkeys @ Terminal 5 in 2009 (more by Chris La Putt)
Arctic Monkeys

today in NYC
* Evillive
* Ursa Minor @ Joe's Pub
* Bettye Lavette @ Club Carlyle
* Shadow Trio @ The Stone
* Prester John @ The Stone
* Tracy Bonham @ Joe's Pub
* Slavic Soul Party @ Barbes
* Tell Your Friends @ Lolita Bar
* Elvis Costello @ Beacon Theatre
* Booker T. Jones @ The Bell House
* The Everymen, Killer Whale @ Cake Shop
* Eivind Opsvik's Overseas @ Zebulon
* Arctic Monkeys @ Central Park Rumsey Playfield
* Raquel Bell, Springs, Holler @ Pete's Candy Store
* Bernard Fowler, Hollis Brown @ Highline Ballroom
* Cloud Cult, The Wilderness of Manitoba @ Maxwell's
* Concert Black, Peter Evans, Zs, Hubble @ Littlefield
* Ex Humans, The Barreracudas, Daddy Long Legs, Games @ Fontana's
* Pisser, Brass Knuckle Evangelists, The Nuclears @ Bowery Electric
* Miasmal, Innumerable Forms, Impalers, Internal Rot @ The Acheron
* Patrick Cleandenim, Pablo Picasso, TV Baby, Phonetag @ Glasslands
* Wolf Eyes, Illusion of Safety, Dysgenix, Nonhorse, Diablo @ Silent Barn
* Sea Lions, McDonalds, The Honey-Dos, Teardrops, Young Boys @ Brooklyn Fireproof
* Company, Filmstrip, Rifle Recoil, Space Lions In Outer Space @ Bruar Falls
* The Elected, Jarrod Gorbel, David Dondero, Pine Mouth @ Mercury Lounge
* La Dispute, Defeater, Native, Former Thieves @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* French Miami, Netherfriends, Ghost Town Hall, Huntronik @ Death By Audio
* John Madera, Robert Lopez (Bob Dylan 70th Birthday Celebration) @ Cake Shop
* Jesse Harris, Sheri Miller, Johanna and The Dusty Floor, Jocie Adams @ Rockwood
* She Keeps Bees, Ivana XL, Little Insects, Today the Moon Tomorrow the Sun @ Cameo Gallery
* The Little Death, Bo Bruce, Tituss Burgess, The Lifted Crew, DJ Wayne Williams @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Dred Scott Trio, Rich Hinman, Bri Anne Michelle, Dani Elliott, Eliza Rickman, Nancy Magarill, Rosabella Gregory @ Rockwood Music Hall
* John Medeski, Billy Martin, Steven Bernstein, Club d'Elf, Wicked Knee, Marco Benevento, Marshall Allen (Japan benefit) @ Brooklyn Bowl

Happy Birthday Bob Dylan.

E-Book company Copia is offering a free download of "Revolution in the Air - The Songs of Bob Dylan, 1957-1973", a 482-page, song-by-song guide to Dylan's work from 1957-1973 by noted Dylan biographer Clinton Heylin. I am told that "you have to sign up for an account but otherwise no strings attached."

Sea Lions are still here.

Bettye LaVette begins her residency at Cafe Carlyle.

The Daemonia show at Santos Party House tonight is cancelled. Wolf Eyes plays Silent Barn instead.

We're giving away tickets Stornoway's upcoming show at Music Hall of Williamsburg, on Facebook.

La Blogotheque released a new Take Away Show with Battles who recently released a sorta-NSFW video for "Ice Cream". You can watch both, below...

What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Tuesday? (Bob Dylan is 70)"

Nicole Atkins during SXSW 2011 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Nicole Atkins

If you like Bob Dylan and booze-soaked singalongs, you might want to consider hitting Bowery Ballroom on May 26th and 27th for Dylan Fest, a two day extravaganza in celebration of the 70th birthday of musical deity. Much like the one-night fest last year (and at the similar Petty Fest), both nights boast familiar names like Norah Jones, Adam Green, Will Forte and Jason Sudeikis of SNL, Jesse Malin (who has other shows coming up), Nikolai Fraiture of the Strokes, as well as members of Little Joy, The Hold Steady, Fountains of Wayne, Mooney Suzuki, The Lemonheads, and many more, with Nicole Atkins on board for the first night (5/26). Tickets are on sale for both the 5/26 and the 5/27 shows at noon today. The full linuep is below.

Nicole Atkins and her band The Black Sea have also added a headlining show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on July 8th. Tickets go on sale Friday April 29th at noon. The show is one of a few scattered dates scheduled for Atkins in the coming months. Check out her whole schedule below.

In related news, Norah Jones has been announced as the special guest for Saturday's previously discussed Doveman show at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets are still available. The show is one of three more scheduled for Doveman at LPR, with other appearances occurring on May 26th and June 24th. Details on guests for those shows are still forthcoming.

In also related news, Nicolai Fraiture's day job, The Strokes, have announced that they will appear at the sold out T In The Park festival in Scotland in July along with Pulp, Coldplay, Slash, and Foo Fighters. The band also recently appeared on Conan O'Brien (on 4/20). Check out a video of their performance of "Games" alongside a Nicole Atkins video of "Cry Cry Cry" from SXSW and all tour dates and stuff, below.

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At least one member of Arcade Fire is ready to start winning at this year's Grammys.

"I checked with the London bookies online and we've got 9-2 odds, which is not bad," proclaims 28-year-old multi-instrumentalist Will Butler. "Right when we were nominated, we were 11-1. I wish I'd put my money down then."

He's probably not the only one.

It seems a fairly safe bet that the Montreal indie-rock septet will finally take home some hardware this year. Thanks to their acclaimed third album The Suburbs, they're getting more Grammy love than ever before.

The Suburbs is nominated for album of the year against Eminem's Recovery, Lady Antebellum's Need You Now, Lady Gaga's Fame Monster and Katy Perry's Teenage Dream.

It's also up for alternative album alongside Band of Horses' Infinite Arms, The Black Keys' Brothers, Broken Bells' self-titled disc and Vampire Weekend's Contra.

Finally, their song Ready to Start is vying for best rock performance by a duo or group, taking on Jeff Beck and Joss Stone's I Put a Spell on You, The Black Keys' Tighten Up, Kings of Leon's Radioactive and Muse's Resistance.

If they win, it will be their first trip to the Grammy podium. (They already have a pair of Junos, and are up for five more at this year's festivities.) [Toronto Sun]

today in NYC
* Emily Wells @ Ace Hotel
* Pat Benatar @ Wellmont Theater
* burlesque @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Curious Burlesque @ Pianos
* ASSSSCAT 3000 @ UCB
* Hye-Jin Kim @ Barbes
* Justin Bond @ Joe's Pub
* Bit Tuner, FA @ Zebulon
* Bear Hands @ In Vino Winebar
* Lizz Wright @ Highline Ballroom
* Natalie Joy Johnson @ Joe's Pub
* Hannibal Burress @ The Knitting Factory
* Todd Barry, Eugene Mirman, more @ Union Hall @ Union Hall
* Wild Nothing, Abe Vigoda, MINKS @ Bowery Ballroom
* Frances-Marie Uitti, Lisa Bielawa @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Carnal, Divine Infamy, Hypoxia, Death Sick @ Bowery Electric
* Stephane Wrembel Presents The Django Experiment @ Barbes
* Rosiere, A Man A Wave, Paint The Target, To End With Silence @ Party Xpo
* The Library Is On Fire, The Party of Helicopters, Call of the Wild, Tournament @ Death By Audio
* Little Wolf, The Senors of Marseille, Gypsy George and the Open Road Love Affair, Gold Streets @ Glasslands

Tonight is the Grammys. This is who is performing:

Avett Brothers, Dr. Dre., Bob Dylan, Adam Levine, and Mumford & Sons, Arcade Fire, Eminem, Lady Antebellum, Lady Gaga, Miranda Lambert, Muse, Katy Perry, and Barbra Streisand; Yolanda Adams, Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson, Martina McBride and current nominee Florence Welch in a special Aretha Franklin segment; nominees Justin Bieber and Usher, with Jaden Smith; nominees B.o.B, Bruno Mars, and Janelle MonĂ¡e; nominees Drake and Rihanna; nominee Cee Lo Green, with Gwyneth Paltrow and the Jim Henson Company Puppets; Mick Jagger with Raphael Saadiq; and Esperanza Spalding performing with members of the GRAMMY Jazz Ensembles and GRAMMY Camp.
Bob Dylan is performing with Mumford & Sons and Avett Brothers.

Wild Nothing and Abe Vigoda play their first of two NYC shows together tonight.

What else?

photos by Chris La Putt

Eleanor Friedberger / David Johansen
Dylan Tribute at LPR
Dylan Tribute at LPR

What Kind of Love Is This:
The Music of BOB DYLAN & THE BAND

w/ Steven Bernstein (Sex Mob, Levon Helm Band), John Medeski (Medeski, Martin and Wood), Rob Burger (Laurie Anderson, Marianne Faithful, Iron & Wine), Tony Scherr (Bill Frisell, Norah Jones, Sex Mob), Kenny Wollesen (Norah Jones, John Zorn, Bill Frisell, Sex Mob), and special guests Jolie Holland, Laura Cantrell, Nicole Atkins, John Wesley Harding, and Eleanor and Matthew Friedberger of The Fiery Furnaces. And special Guest Vocalists Chocolate Genius, and David Johansen (New York Dolls).
That's how Sunday night's Bob Dylan tribute show at Le Poisson Rouge was listed. The full setlist with performers listed, more pictures from the event, and two videos, below...

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Bob Dylan by Greil Marcus: Writings 1968-2010 was recently released, just in time for the holidays...

"The book begins in Berkeley in 1968, and ends with a piece on Dylan's show at the University of Minnesota--his very first appearance at his alma mater--on election night 2008. In between are moments of euphoric discovery: From Marcus's liner notes for the 1967 Basement Tapes (pop music's most famous bootlegged archives) to his exploration of Dylan's reimagining of the American experience in the 1997 Time Out of Mind. And rejection; Marcus's Rolling Stone piece on Dylan's album Self Portrait--often called the most famous record review ever written--began with "What is this shit?" and led to his departure from the magazine for five years. Marcus follows not only recordings but performances, books, movies, and all manner of highways and byways in which Bob Dylan has made himself felt in our culture.

Together the dozens of pieces collected here comprise a portrait of how, throughout his career, Bob Dylan has drawn upon and reinvented the landscape of traditional American song, its myths and choruses, heroes and villains. They are the result of a more than forty-year engagement between an unparalleled singer and a uniquely acute listener."

You can buy it at Amazon, or maybe pick up a copy at the Strand tonight, 12/1, where Greil will be speaking in conversation with Stephen Hazan Arnoff, Director of the 14th Street Y, "and special guests Matt and Eleanor Friedberger of the Fiery Furnaces, who will perform a few songs."

Eleanor & Matt Friedberger will also be on hand at the 14th St Y and Le Poisson Rouge on Sunday, December 5th, for a day of Dylan events. The concert at LPR is this:

What Kind of Love Is This:
The Music of BOB DYLAN & THE BAND

w/ Steven Bernstein (Sex Mob, Levon Helm Band), John Medeski (Medeski, Martin and Wood), Rob Burger (Laurie Anderson, Marianne Faithful, Iron & Wine), Tony Scherr (Bill Frisell, Norah Jones, Sex Mob), Kenny Wollesen (Norah Jones, John Zorn, Bill Frisell, Sex Mob), and special guests Jolie Holland, Laura Cantrell, Nicole Atkins, John Wesley Harding, and Eleanor and Matthew Friedberger of The Fiery Furnaces. And special Guest Vocalists Chocolate Genius, and David Johansen (New York Dolls).
$35 tickets are still on sale for that part, and $75 tickets which I guess get you into everything at both spaces, are on sale too. If you just want in the symposium happening at the Y, that's $45, described as "a one-of-a-kind exploration of Bob Dylan and the Band's work, featuring scholars, critics, writers, and artists"
Greil Marcus: Author of the definitive book on Bob Dylan and The Band, Invisible Republic: Bob Dylan's Basement Tapes.

Christopher Ricks: Renowned critic and scholar of English literature and poetry, and author of Dylan's Visions of Sin.

John Niven: Novelist whose book Music from Big Pink vividly imagines the world of Bob Dylan and The Band.

Dana Spiotta: Author of mesmerizing portraits of the 60's underground, including Eat the Document.

Matt Friedberger: Co-founder of the visionary rock band The Fiery Furnaces.

D.A. Pennebaker: Pioneering film documentarian, whose credits include Don't Look Back, the first film on Bob Dylan.

Stephen Hazan Arnoff: Executive Director of the 14th Street Y writes and teaches widely on music, art and religion.

Wesley Stace (John Wesley Harding): Singer-songwriter and award winning author of Misfortune.

William G. Scheele: Museum curator and former Equipment/Stage Manager for Bob Dylan and The Band.

Bob Dylan himself, who recently played three nights in a row at NYC's Terminal 5, is not listed anywhere. Maybe he'll come watch. More info on the whole thing at 14th St. Y's site.

John Wesley Harding also has a show coming up at City Winery.

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Unlike night one and night two, Bob Dylan and band played a three song encore on Wednesday night at Terminal 5 - seventeen songs total (instead of sixteen). Still want to see Bob? You can do so on Friday and Saturday in NJ and CT respectively. Wednesday's setlist is below...

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Bob Dylan & band @ Terminal 5 (CristinaCuomo)
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"The harmonica, also called harp, French harp, blues harp, and mouth organ, is a free reed wind instrument used primarily in blues and American folk music, jazz, country music, and rock and roll. It is played by blowing air into it or drawing air out by placing lips over individual holes (reed chambers) or multiple holes. The pressure caused by blowing or drawing air into the reed chambers causes a reed or multiple reeds to vibrate up and down creating sound. Each chamber has multiple, variable-tuned brass or bronze reeds, which are secured at one end and loose on the other end, with the loose end vibrating and creating sound." [Wikipedia]
Bob Dylan played his harp Tuesday night at Terminal 5 on songs like "This Wheel's On Fire" and "Ballad of a Thin Man" while Joanna Newsom was playing her harp a few blocks away at Carnegie Hall on songs like "Peach, Plum, Pear" and "Bridges and Balloons." Both Joanna and Bob switched to keys for some songs, though Bob could occasionally be found with a guitar in his hands too.

For Bob it was his 2nd of three shows at the NYC venue. Night one's setlist is HERE. Night three happens tonight (11/24). Night two's setlist is below...

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