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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...

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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?

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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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Arcade Fire Grammy Awards ad

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
* 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:

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:

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.

FAKE ticket (KirstenHousel)

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)
Bob Dylan

"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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Bob Dylan @ Terminal 5 (daemii)
Bob Dylan

One down. Two to go. Monday night's setlist below...

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Bob Dylan

"Bob Dylan doesn't deliver knockout punches anymore. He feints, he jabs and every now and then he stings with a left hook.

Saturday night at Tsongas Arena, the sharp hooks were "Simple Twist of Fate" and "Ballad of a Thin Man." They're two of Dylan's best, and they were the rare tunes where he left the keyboard and electric guitar behind and ventured to the microphone stand armed with just a harmonica. He cut into "Thin Man" fiercely: "Something is happening here but you don't know what it is, do you Mr. Jones?"

Can't help but wonder that about Dylan nowadays.

The man has acquired a habit of running roughshod over his tunes. He has a crack backing quintet, led by guitarist Charlie Sexton, and they're tight, Dylan among them. But as a singer, there were moments when Dylan was so rough he out-growled Tom Waits. In "Love Sick," "Visions of Johanna" and "Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum," you wondered what the mumbled words hurtling past were. [Boston Herald]

Bob Dylan kicks off a three-night run at NYC's Terminal 5 tonight (11/22). His last four setlists, all sixteen songs long and ending with an encore of "Jolene" and "Like A Rolling Stone", are listed below...

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Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan and His Band have announced twelve new fall dates including three nights at Terminal 5 in NYC: November 22nd, 23rd and 24th. Tickets for those and other shows go on presale at 10am (password: tamarind), AmEx presale Wednesday at 10am, and general sale Friday at 10am.

Bob Dylan is currently on tour through November across the US (and hits Atlantic City in addition to NY). Which is a good reminder that it's almost Santa time (all dates below)...

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John Prine

Bill Flanagan: How about John Prine?

Bob Dylan: Prine's stuff is pure Proustian existentialism. Midwestern mindtrips to the nth degree. And he writes beautiful songs. I remember when Kris Kristofferson first brought him on the scene. All that stuff about "Sam Stone" the soldier junky daddy and "Donald and Lydia," where people make love from ten miles away. Nobody but Prine could write like that. If I had to pick one song of his, it might be "Lake Marie." I don't remember what album that's on.

Highly esteemed songwriter John Prine plays The Beach at Governors Island on Friday, September 10th with Todd Snider. Tickets are on sale now (both seated and standing tickets).

Earlier this year, some of Prine's fans (Deer Tick, Josh Ritter, Conor Oberst, Drive By Truckers, Those Darlins and My Morning Jacket included) put out a record of his songs, Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows (it's still streaming here). Prine performed with MMJ's Jim James on Letterman in May; that video is posted again below.

Prine released his own album in 2010, a live collection entitled In Person & On Stage. Before his show at the Beach, Prine plays Newport Folk Festival on Saturday, July 31st, and has a sold-out performance at Tarrytown Music Hall on August 1st. He has tour dates throughout August and September in Canada and the US.

Those dates and videos plus an epic, nine-minute version of Bob's favorite, "Lake Marie," are below...

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Memorial Day Weekend officially opened the summer, and for those in the Pacific Northwest it also brought Sasquatch Music Festival (pictures from all three days are coming soon). Now the lineup for its Labor Day cousin, Bumbershoot 2010, has been announced. That fest, happening at Seattle, WA's Seattle Center September 4th-6th, will include headliners Bob Dylan, Mary J. Blige, Weezer, Hole, Rise Against, Neko Case, The Decemberists, J. Cole and "one more very special guest to be announced soon."

Tickets (including non-Mainstage 'economy' passes) are on sale now. The rest of the lineup (by day) for the seven-stage festival is posted below...

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Dylan Fest 2010 - a Night To Get Drunk and Celebrate Bob Dylan!

Featuring The Cabin Down Below Band
With Special Guests: Fab Moretti and Nikolai Fraiture of the Strokes, Patrick Carney of The Black Keys, Adam Green, Norah Jones, Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl of Ghost of a Saber Toothed Tiger, The Pierces, Binki Shapiro from Little Joy, Jesse Malin, Nicole Atkins, Tracy Bonham, Antony Ellis of 5 O'Clock Heroes, Sammy James Jr. of the Mooney Suzuki, Josh Lattanzi of the Candles, Jody Porter from Fountains Of Wayne, Tyson Ritter of the All American Rejects, Steve Schiltz of Longwave and Hurricane Bells and many many more!
The show is May 27th at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets go on sale at noon.

photos by Lori Baily

Talk Normal
Sonic Youth

Here's a second set of pictures from night one of Sonic Youth at Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 24th (part of their three recent NYC shows). Unlike the first set though, this post also has shots of that night's opener Talk Normal (including some impromptu behind-the-scene portraits with the headliner). Talk Normal play NYC next on Saturday, December 5th at Secret Project Robot with Air Waves, US Girls and Total Slackers.

SY member Lee Ranaldo sat down with WFNX (the broadcast cousin of The Boston Phoenix) before their show there to discuss his favorite albums, SY and otherwise, of the decade...

WFNX: But you, Lee, what's the album from Sonic Youth you think is pivotal to this decade?

Lee:I would say for this decade, it's The Eternal, the most recent one. Because in a way I think it really - it's so cool at the end of this decade when we've been playing together for so long to be really energized about the most recent music you've made. The aughts started for us with Murray Street, made in New York City in the immediate aftermath of 9/11 and all that. Sonic Nurse we made with Jim O'Rourke, and then we made another record, Rather Ripped, on our own, and then we hooked up with Mark, Mark Ibold on bass, and made this one, and it bodes well for the future that we're having a lot of fun with this one.

Lee goes on to name his top three of the decade, listed chronologically as Bob Dylan - Love and Theft (released 9/11), Cat Power - You Are Free (I can get behind these choices) and Bill Callahan - Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle (one of my favorites of 2009 too). The full video interview and more pictures and tour dates, below...

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The December issue of Q Magazine is an 'Artists Of The Century' special edition, covering all of the acts that the fine staff of the good ship Q feel are the most important of the century so far. As befitting a special edition of the UK best selling music monthly requires a special cover was commissioned world renowned photographer John Wright has spent over a year shooting 34 artists to fit on triple fold out cover.

The issue is packed to the gills with pieces written by Russell Brand on Noel Gallagher, Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis on Coldplay and Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme on The Arctic Monkeys. In addition it also includes exclusive interviews and photos from the likes of Amy Winehouse, Dizzee Rascal, U2, Dave Grohl, Lily Allen, Rihanna, Sir Paul McCartney, Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day, Brandon Flowers from The Killers, Elbow's Guy Garvey, Pink, Muse's Matt Bellamy, Murdoc from Gorillaz, The Kings Of Leon, Mark Ronson, Mika, Nick Cave, Robert Plant, Florence Welch, Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol and Tom Chaplin of Keane.

What do you get when you throw Pitchfork's favorite albums in a blender with NME's? Q's favorite albums of 2009 are (questionable & very UK-centric and) listed below..

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Bob Dylan & band @ United Palace Theatre (on night 1) (wflines)

"...this was the first show I've seen since guitarist Charlie Sexton rejoined the band. The setlist was phenomonal: they opened [night three] with a hard rocking, swagger heavy "Gonna Change My Way Of Thinking" (from Slow Train Coming), followed by a loose "The Man In Me" (from New Morning, and also used in the opening credits of The Big Lebowski). The fans loved the semi-obscure picks. Then he played my favorite song from my favorite album of 2009: "Beyond Here Lies Nothing" from Together Through Life. He also played "Jolene" and "My Wife's Home Town" from that album, all of which were great. Dylan is such a '60s icon, and of course he has nearly five decades of material to draw from, I'm glad he still plays so much recent music, which shows his continued relevance: the album he drew from the most was 2006's Modern Times: "Thunder On The Mountain," "When The Deal Goes Down," "Workingman's Blues #2" and "Ain't Talkin'." He played my favorite song from 2001's "Love & Theft," "High Water (For Charlie Patton.)" And I was glad he hit one of my favorites, "Cold Irons Bound," from 1997's Time Out Of Mind. Over 50% of the show was from the past 12 years, which I think is awesome. As you know, I consider Bob to be one of the best artists of the '00s." [No Expiration]
Bob Dylan played his third show in a row at United Palace Theatre in NYC on Thursday night (11/19). It was also the last show of his current tour. The setlist varied night to night. You can see Tuesday's HERE, Wednesday's HERE, and Thursday's, along with a widget for his new Christmas album and a video from the first night, below...

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Bob Dylan @ United Palace Theater - Nov 18, 2009 (hightea)
Bob Dylan

Huffington Post: A lot of the acts from your generation seem to be trading on nostalgia. They play the same songs the same way for the last 30 years. Why haven't you ever done that?

Bob Dylan: I couldn't if I tried. Those guys you are talking about all had conspicuous hits. They started out anti-establishment and now they are in charge of the world. Celebratory songs. Music for the grand dinner party. Mainstream stuff that played into the culture on a pervasive level. My stuff is different from those guys. It's more desperate. Daltrey, Townshend, McCartney, the Beach Boys, Elton, Billy Joel. They made perfect records, so they have to play them perfectly ... exactly the way people remember them. My records were never perfect. So there is no point in trying to duplicate them. Anyway, I'm no mainstream artist.

Bob Dylan and his band played for the second night in a row at United Palace Theater on Wednesday (11/18). Those that went both nights were rewarded with a different setlist at each show (until the end anyway). Night one setlist HERE. Night three tickets HERE. Night two's setlist below...

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Bob Dylan @ United Palace Theatre - 11/17/09 (Frank Beacham)
Bob Dylan

Even Bob Dylan can't be Bob Dylan all the time.

The 68-year-old Boy From the North Country born Robert Allen Zimmerman has been trying to break his own myth since the mid-'60s, when he alienated fans of his early folk albums by plugging in and rocking out. Since then, his muse has come and gone, but his contrarian streak has been a constant.

For the past 20 years, the road has been constant too. Dylan tours endlessly, turning up at a half-full arena or a minor league ballpark near you again and again, as if to prove he's no sage, just an itinerant song-and-dance-man. Though late-period albums like "Time Out of Mind" and "Love and Theft" have evinced a creative renewal, he's often been erratic, even indifferent onstage. Still, there's something noble in his doggedness, singing on even though thousands of shows have curdled his voice into a viscous, gut-shot croak. On a good night, he can still remind you why people worshiped him in the first place. [Washington Post]

Was last night a good night? Bob Dylan and band played their first of three nights in a row at United Palace Theatre in NYC (11/17). Dion is the opener. Tickets are still available for the next two (11/18-11/19).

The setlist from night one, and a better version (than what I posted before) of Bob's new hysterical video for "Must be Santa" (off Bob's new Christmas album), below...

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"To paraphrase Donald Rumsfeld, you go to a Bob Dylan concert for the Bob Dylan you have, not the Bob Dylan you might want or wish to have at a later time.

The Dylan that played the Moore Theatre last night was maybe not the ideal Dylan, but the sold-out, standing-room crowd embraced him anyway. The freewheelin' Dylan, the Highway 61 Dylan, the "Desire" Dylan -- they're not the current Dylan, an aged outlaw magician dressed like Zorro's dad in black-on-black coat and pants and wide-brim hat, incomparable to the Dylan of however many decades ago." [Seattle Times]

Bob Dylan is touring in October and November. New dates include three night runs in November at Citi Performing Arts Center in Boston and at United Palace Theatre in New York City. Tickets for the NY shows are now on presale (password = smithers). All dates and a recent setlist, below...

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tonight in NYC
* Islands @ Asbury Lanes (NJ)
* Shakey's Record Fair @ Public Assembly
* Starfucker, Deelay Ceelay @ Bruar Falls
* itsnotyouitsme, Pitcom, Gutbucket @ Zebulon
* Snow Patrol, Plain White T's @ Beacon Theatre
* The Drums, Knight School, Kordan @ Mercury Lounge
* Fanfarlo, Wildbirds & Peacedrums @ The Bell House
* Face to Face, Pegboy, Polar Bear Club @ Irving Plaza
* Slaraffenland, The Silent League, Glass Ghost @ Union Pool
* Sunn O))), Earth, Pelican, Eagle Twin @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple
* People Under the Stairs, Grieves with Budo @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
* Spank Rock, Big Freedia, Sissy Nobby, DJ Rusty Lazer @ Glasslands Gallery
* Soulsavers (w/ Mark Lanegan), Jonneine Zapata, Red Ghost @ Bowery Ballroom
* Mike Pride's Drummer's Corpse, Blast Off!, Aaron Siegel, Meredith Arena @ DBA
* Musicka Mystica Maxima w/ 4th Sign of the Apocalypse, Daniel Higgs, John Zorn & Bill Laswell, more @ Santos Party House

Musicka Mystica Maxima fest goes into its second and last night with music from 4th Sign of the Apocalypse, Daniel Higgs, Spires That In The Sunset Rise, and John Zorn & Bill Laswell.

Starfucker are getting a new name, but not before playing tonight at Bruar Falls with Deelay Ceelay, and tomorrow at Santos.

Public Assembly becomes a record store tonight. Morningwood plays a secret show at the same venue on Wednesday at 5pm (4pm doors).

Spank Rock is playing Glasslands tonight which means Spankrock may or may not be playing Glasslands tonight.

Soulsavers have a new record and Mark Lanegan sings on it, as he does tonight at Bowery Ballroom. Jonneine Zapata and Red Ghost open.

The Maze at Death By Audio hosts Mike Pride's Drummer's Corpse, Blast Off!, Aaron Siegel and Meredith Arena.

The Drums play with Knight School (not Action Painters as originally scheduled) and Kordan at Mercury Lounge.

itsnotyouitsme, Pitcom and Gutbucket (as always, with sax player Ken Thomson) play at Zebulon.

Fanfarlo are playing the BV CMJ show on October 20th. They also play tonight at the Bell House, which is your last chance to catch Wildbirds & Peacedrums while they're in town.

Face to Face and Pegboy are on tour - they're back in town, playing Irving Plaza with Polar Bear Club tonight (all three just played Gramercy Theatre on 9/17).

Denmark's Slaraffenland are here for one night only to perform at Union Pool with The Silent League and Glass Ghost.

Last but not least, Blackened Music Series presents highly-regarded lineup of Sunn O))), Earth, Pelican and Eagle Twin at Brooklyn Masonic Temple. Sunn O))) videO))) is posted below.

The new video for Flaming Lips' "I Can Be A Frog" is posted below. Wayne Coyne spoke with us at ATP NY.

A sampler of Bob Dylan's forthcoming Christmas album is posted below. Not to be missed for sure...

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"Bob Dylan was in Long Branch, about a two-hour drive south of New York City, on July 23 as part of a tour with Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp that was to play at a baseball stadium in nearby Lakewood. A 24-year-old police officer apparently was unaware of who Dylan is and asked him for identification..." [AP]

Bob Dylan heat

"Given the weather forecast and excessive heat predicted for Tuesday, August 11 in the Phoenix area, it has been determined that these conditions have the potential to cause a serious health risk to the public, as well as the working personnel at the venue. After careful consideration, it has been determined that this potential risk is too great for all involved." [Bob Dylan.com]

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"Half a century ago, Pete Seeger helped found the Newport Folk Festival, a weekend notorious for its dichotomies- Rhode Island high society and scrappy folk singers, old time traditions and new sounds, social rebellion and responsible activism. At this year's 50th anniversary, the festival came full circle for Seeger and other Newport regulars.

In addition to appearing and performing for the umpteenth time, Seeger was honored with an all out stage show courtesy of indie rockers the Decemberists. With frontman Colin Meloy narrating and guitarist Chris Funk playing the part of Seeger, plus Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond) as Bob Dylan, the crew reenacted an infamous scene from the 1965 festival: the moment when Bob Dylan "went electric." According to Rolling Stone, while Funk was miming a frazzled Seeger attempting to unplug Dylan's raucous reinvention, Meloy quipped, "This was back in the day when the PA system was fueled entirely by burning wood. Pete was back there cutting the wood, and he became so overwhelmed with emotion that his hatchet almost slipped and severed the power cables."

Seeger knew the sketch was all in good fun and soon joined the Decemberists on stage for a sing-a-long. Gillian Welch, Fleet Foxes, and even Seeger's grandson Tao joined in on the jam. The 90-year-old legend even cranked out a solo or two. After all, as festival promoter George Wein said Saturday, "Pete Seeger is the Newport Folk Festival."" [American Songwriter]

While we were busy worrying about the weather and All Points West here in NYC, The Newport Folk Festival was turning 50 up in Newport, Rhode Island (Aug 1-2, 2009). NPR was there and has archived streams of many of the performances. We have more pictures (from the first day for now), and some videos (including one of the Bob Dylan reenactment), below...

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