Entries tagged with: Bob Mould
photos by Ryan Muir
"I'm going to remember ATP 2009 as the festival of bass, though, and fondly, because this event takes sound seriously. Somebody in the organization is aware that the small, judicious audience for something like this--including many fans flying over from England to see it--wants to feel music physically. In just about every show at the two principal stages, all weekend, the sound was loud and broad and clear; it got inside your bones.Bass or not, I disagree. The No Age/Mould show, Sunday night's second to last performance of the upstate NY festival (and one of the few that I saw from start to finish), was a personal highlight for me in a day that also included great sets by the Boredoms, Oneida, Super Furry Animals, Boris and of course the day closer/curator The Flaming Lips (pics & further review coming).
But this may be why the Bob Mould and No Age collaboration didn't quite get off the ground. Mr. Mould, once of Hüsker Dü, and No Age, the young punk duo from Los Angeles, apparently admire each other. They came up with a good and relatively easy idea: working as a trio for one night only, playing songs from both acts. The set included all eras of Husker Du ("Something I Learned Today," "Makes No Sense At All," "In A Free Land," "I Apologize," "Could You Be the One?" and "New Day Rising"); it also ran through No Age's "Eraser" and "Boy Void," as well as a cover of the Heartbreakers' "Chinese Rocks," with Bradford Cox of Deerhunter joining in. But there was no bass player, and it felt light in the wrong way."
Bradford performed with his own band Deerhunter, and solo as Atlas Sound, on the Saturday of the festival. Atlas Sound tours with Broadcast in October.
Bob Mould tours with his own band in October too.
More pictures of No Age/Mould/Cox @ ATP, below...
Live Nation santas outside Irving Plaza - 7/14/2009 (Jason DeCrow/AP Images)
Live Nation has been dealing with the recession, or at least their recession, by putting tickets on sale like crazy this summer. They've been continuing week after week with their No Service Fee Wednesdays (for lawn tickets at amphitheater shows). This past Tuesday they sent multiple Santa Clauses to give out tickets outside Irving Plaza here in NYC. And there are $5.00 ticket promotions running for both Citi Cardmember holders and Subway sub eaters (code = Subway$5tix). NYC show tickets you can get for $5.00 include Pinback, Bob Mould, Son Volt, Alice in Chains AND STRYPER, Suffocation (playing with Necrophagist on Sunday), Marduk, Obituary, Vader and KMFDM, Brian Wilson in Westbury, and Motorhead, Psychedelic Furs, Happy Mondays, and Islands. Supposedly Pet Shop Boys are $5.00 too, but I can't get that to work.
Bob Mould @ Joe's Pub in April (more by Jacob Blickenstaff)
Bob Mould will head out on a full band North American tour this October. That includes a show at NYC's Irving Plaza on Thursday, October 8th. Tickets for that go on sale Wednesday, June 10th at noon. Sets on the tour will include material from "Husker Du to Sugar to Mould's latest Life And Times."
Bob Mould toured solo earlier this year (accompanied on some songs by a bassist/guitarist). The tour included a two-nights run at Joe's Pub. This time his band members will be Richard Morel on keyboard, Jon Wurster on drums, and Jason Narducy on bass.
We speculated that Mould might be appearing as a guest vocalist with No Age at ATP NY, as the band will perform a Husker Du LP in full. The two have performed together before -- a video of No Age and Bob Mould performing "Miner" and "New Day Rising" in March 2009, with all tour dates, below...
One half of Husker Du's singing and songwriting, Bob Mould, played two sold-out shows at Joe's Pub in NYC in early April. The other half, Grant Hart, will play two shows in NYC as well. Grant's short North East tour includes a Friday, May 29th show at the Cake Shop with Grass Widow and Querent, and a Monday, June 1st show at the Bell House with Kevin Barker and Death Vessel. Tickets for the Brooklyn show are on sale.
No word yet on a new album from Death Vessel. His last release, Nothing Is Precious Enough For Us, was put out by Sub Pop in August 2008. His first release, Stay Close, is available as limited vinyl from Immune. The Bell House show is one stop on a bigger tour for Death Vessel. All dates below.
In February, Grant Hart wrote...
I have a new album in the can and if anyone wants to talk about it, talk to me. It has been recorded in Montreal with members of A Silver Mt. Zion and Godspeed You! Black Emperor and in Minneapolis with members of Rank Strangers and Fat Kid Wednesdays. [MySpace]No word on a release yet.
All tour dates below...
Boss Hog @ Maxwell's (more by Tim Griffin)
Friday will feature a first New York show in a long time by The Jesus Lizard and newly announced, ATP favourites Iron and Wine. They will join the Don't Look Back shows also taking place on Friday: The Feelies performing Crazy Rhythms, New York's finest Suicide performing their first LP, Dirty Three performing Ocean Songs and The Drones performing Wait Long By The River... The evening will be rounded off with the Comedy Stage hosted and curated by the one and only David Cross.This is great. Full (current) lineup (in list format), and more info, below...
Saturday is curated by ATP and is headlined by Animal Collective and an exclusive performance by Panda Bear. Other confirmed acts include the newly announced Boss Hog, Deerhunter and Bridezilla, plus the previously announced Melvins, Black Dice, Dead Meadow, Autolux, EL-P, Akron Family, Antipop Consortium, Atlas Sound and the hotly tipped Sleepy Sun.
Sunday is curated by the outlandish Flaming Lips. Every act that plays will perform an exclusive special show, bespoke for this event. First up are the Boredoms who will continue their BOREDRUM [BOADRUM?] series, performing with 9 drummers on stage. No Age will perform a whole LP by Husker Du including special guest vocalist [um... Bob Mould?]. Deerhoof will perform with special visuals by Martha Colburn. Caribou will perform as Caribou Vibration Ensemble, with a 4 piece horn section, 4 drummers and a choir and guests that include Kieran Hebden (Four Tet/Fridge/Kieran Hebden & Steve Reid), Koushik (Stones Throw Records), John Schmersal (Enon, Brainiac), Kathryn Bint (One Little Plane), Ahmed Gallab (Sinkane) and more. Finally Stardeath and White Dwarfs also join the line-up, with lots more to be announced!
Bob Mould two nights ago @ Joe's Pub (more by Jacob Blickenstaff)
Last night (4/9), while some were enjoying (or not enjoying) a Passover Seder, others caught Bob Mould at his second of two shows at Joe's Pub. Anonymous wrote,
Unfortunately it was not an ideal venue tonight.We have a review and pictures from the first night, HERE. Tonight (4/10), Bob switches it up a little and plays DJ (and maybe performs live?) at Highline Ballroom for his popular gay dance night Blowoff. (Tickets are on sale.)
It could have been, but the atmosphere just wasn't the way most BM solo shows usually are.
Still not bad, and the audience was with him, but people were eating dinner....that's an ideal venue for Bob Mould?? I don't think so.
Paper Magazine held their "Beautiful People Party" at Hiro Ballroom last night. Past musical guests at the annual get together have included Antony and Joanna Newsom (whose music is now featured in a bra commercial). This year it was Paper cover-girl Katy Perry who was already in town playing multiple nights at Irving Plaza and humping bananas.
Speaking of humping bananas, Chris Cornell played two shows at Webster Hall this week. In the YouTube video below you can see that he.... shaved his guitar player's head on stage while they were playing at one of them.
Also featured in Paper's new "Beautiful People" issue is comedian Aziz Ansari who co-stars with Amy Poehler in the TV show Parks and Recreation which premiered last night. Did you catch it? What did you think?
New Ditmas Park/Flatbush venue Sycamore hosted its third-ever live show last night. Check out the schedule for what they have coming up.
The Books paid a somewhat rare visit to NYC. The band, noted one showgoer, "debuted some sweet new tunes." Those'd be from the group's forthcoming record, which, according to the Columbia Spectator, is due next year. The Spectator also noted the lack of promotion for the show - which according to the Books' Twitter sold out less than a day before it happened. One student, on the minimal on-campus promotion, said, "I had no way of knowing they were playing at Columbia...I found out about the concert on a random music blog that I was casually browsing -- I don't even remember which site it was."
As NYC's summer concert lineup comes together, two shows were added to calendar yesterday - Casiokids at South Street Seaport and Shilpa Ray at Castle Clinton (as part of a Sly Stone tribute concert). Shilpa played Death by Audio last night. Look for more summer-show announcements today (in addition to Simian Mobile Disco at the Williamsburg Waterfront).
UK band Pet Shop Boys almost became Rescue Shelter Boys.
What did you do last night?
words by by Martin Longley, photos by Jacob Blickenstaff
Even though singer/guitarist Bob Mould's two shows at Joe's Pub are sold-out, this joint didn't oversell its tickets, and there was still plenty of room to breathe, even back at the bar area at the first performance last night (April 8). The show started promptly, working against a strict curfew and Bob loaded with a prolific songbook to churn through. It was the day after the release of Life And Times, a swift follow-up to last year's District Line, and Mould was concentrating on its contents, as well as celebrating the 20th anniversary of his solo debut Workbook.
Mould's songs are melodic, but act almost as a suite of layered-tone pieces, rarely pausing in-between each short number, and constructed out of jangled chords and vaulting vocals, building up his distinctive wall of sound. He's remarkable not so much as a tunesmith, but as a generator of unlimited energy, commitment and expressiveness, concerned with texture, drive and cumulative impact.
Normally, artist evolution is praiseworthy, and don't we just hate folks who endlessly bay out for their fave songs from two decades back [?], but it can't be avoided that Mould feels like a teaser when it comes to the fully electrified guitar. Clearly, his fans are begging for the feedback surge of those Hüsker Dü days, myself included. His spangling, highly amplified acoustic axe is fine for the epic sweep of his material, but when he snatches up the electric guitar in the final third of the set, there's a definite sense of pent-up release, as the distortion rips out in a scaly peeling of burnt skin. Mould proffers a tease-taster of this earlier on, as he trips an effects button on his acoustic for a brief overload solo. Strangely, the first guitar mini freak-out of the nite comes courtesy of sideman Jason Narducy, who also plays bass for much for the duration.
It turns out that the onstage drumkit is there for the next band, at the 9.30pm set, but its presence inadvertently becomes a part of the evening's tantalization. All through the set we're wondering if a sticks-being is going to pounce onstage and unleash some propulsive thunder. Mould introduces "I'm Sorry, Baby, But You Can't Stand In My Light Any More" as the best song he's written in 15 years, but it has to be said that the set's highlights couldn't help being two of its oldest works: "I Apologize" and "Makes No Sense At All". Next time he's in New York, probably October, Mould is promising to bring out a fully-rocking all-electric combo.
The second of two shows at Joe's Pub is tonight (April 9th). More pictures from last night, including one of the setlist, below...
tonight in NYC
* Bob Mould @ Joe's Pub
* Pedro Soler @ Sycamore
* Chris Cornell @ Webster Hall
* Eddie Izzard @ Bleeker St Theatre
* Kreator, Exodus, Belphegor, Warbringer & Epicurean @ Nokia Theatre
* Shilpa Ray & Her Happy Hookers, EGM, My Education, Coin Under Tongue @ DBA
* Scorpio Rising, Leftcoast, Matamoros, Freetime @ Glasslands Gallery
Eddie Izzard is playing a last-minute show at the small-for-him Bleeker St Theatre. The show sold out instantly, but tickets will be available at the box office.
Bleeker St Theatre is home to Mike Birbiglia's great, and now Lortel-nominated, Sleepwalk With Me show (running through June 7th). Mike's "Awkward 10 Minutes" guest this Friday, April 10th, is Rue McClanahan of the Golden Girls!
The new Thermals video, below...
No Age @ Market Hotel (more by Leia Jospe)
No Age and Bob Mould were two of the many artists who played the Noise Pop Festival in San Francisco this year (Feb 24-March 1). They are also two artists who played, together! Video from that show below.
Bob Mould has a few more shows coming up including one at Carnegie Hall and two at Joe's Pub.
Currently in Mexico, No Age have a few dates scheduled around their appearance at the Sub Pop SXSW showcase in Austin on March 19th (all dates below). On March 20th, they'll be judging a battle of the bands in the same Texas town, and so will we (BrooklynVegan) - well Black Bubblegum to be exact, and so will GZA...
"Eight of the best unsigned, independent bands around will compete in the inaugural Dickies Battle of the Bands on Friday, March 20, 2009 at The Compound in Austin, TX from 1-6 p.m. Grand-Prize winner receives the roar of the crowd as they dominate the stage AND a fat check for $10,000. Runners-up will be rewarded handsomely with Dickies gear.The bands competing are 6 Days Bender, Facts on File, Golden Triangle, Holy Hail, Roll the Tanks, The Ferocious Few, The Snake Trap and The Story Of.
Admission is FREE to the Dickies Battle on March 20th from 1-6 p.m. at The Compound in Austin, TX?
No badge required BUT you must be 21 or older to enter.
ID's will be checked. See you at The Compound!
[More info @ Dickies Battle]
This is one of many BV-related SXSW events. Info on the BV official showcase HERE. Others TBA. All No Age dates and that video below...
Headliners Paul McCartney, The Killers and The Cure are among the 130-plus acts set for the tenth COACHELLA VALLEY MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL (APRIL 17, 18 AND 19) at the beautiful Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA, the same grounds where the COACHELLA VALLEY MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL debuted in 1999. Other artists confirmed for America's most critically acclaimed music festival include Morrissey, Amy Winehouse, Franz Ferdinand, My Bloody Valentine, Leonard Cohen, Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band, Thievery Corporation, Yeah Yeah Yeahs (the complete line-up is listed below).Tickets for COACHELLA go on sale Friday, January 30 at 9:00 AM (PT) at all Ticketmaster locations.
This marks the first ever U.S. festival appearance for McCartney who is currently supporting his latest release ELECTRIC ARGUMENTS.
"I have heard that Coachella is one of the greatest festivals in the world. I'm really excited to get out there and rock!" McCartney says.
Throbbing Gristle and the rest of the full (real) line-up (as of 1/30) is below:
2009 marks the 20th anniversary of the release of Workbook, and also the release of Bob Mould's latest album, Life And Times, set for an April 7th street date. Produced and mixed by Mould in his current hometown of Washington D.C., the album is filled with Mould's experiences in relation to friends, lovers, the world at large and himself. It is honest and personal, his voice breaking on "Bad Blood Better," the electronic twitches of earlier work reappearing under signature blazing guitars on "MM17." Mould appraises the perils of easy self-distraction on "Wasted World" and is not afraid to get explicit on "Argos." The emotional and musical centerpiece of the record, "I'm Sorry Baby, But You Can't Stand In My Light Anymore," is an unflinching look at the sorrow and regret that comes at the end of love.Tickets are on sale for two shows at Joe's Pub in April (8th & 9th). Catch Bob even sooner when he plays an R.E.M. cover at Carnegie Hall on March 11th. All dates and the new album tracklist below...
Throwing Muses with Kristen Hersh, Kimya Dawson, Ingrid Michaelson, Glenn Hansard of The Frames & Swell Season, Apples in Stereo, Tommy James and the Shondells, Jolie Holland, Keren Ann, Guster, The Db's, Bob Mould, Vic Chesnutt & Elf Power, Rachel Yamagata, Calexico, Patti Smith, and others will be singing R.E.M. songs at Carnegie Hall on March 11th. "100% of net proceeds to benefit musical education programs for underprivileged youth." Regular tickets are on sale at the venue's site. VIP tickets are available at the event's own site (thx rajohn)...
Your VIP ticket includes entrance to the private artist reception taking place at City Winery featuring cuisine designed by Mario Batali. Food will be delicious and the free wine will be flowing. Join the artists and friends in New York's first full winery and amazing new event space. The party will start immediately after the concert and go to 1am. With a full stage and sound system at City Winery, we expect many musical surprises!Mario Batali and Michael Stipe are good friends. Michael Dorf is producing this whole event. Michael Dorf owns the new City Winery which is opening on New Years Eve which is the night Michael Dorf's old club Knitting Factory is closing (which Michael pointed out himself in that NY Press article).
Vic Chetnutt & Elf Power are also touring and playing NYC together in January.
Pro-shot video of R.E.M.'s encore in Mexico City the other day, below...
Antony @ the Clocktower (more by Zach Dilgard)
today in NYC
* Kirsten Ketsjer @ Lit
* Gwar @ Starland Ballroom
* Iced Earth & Saviours @ Nokia
* NOFX & Dillinger Four @ Irving Plaza
* Trey Anastasio @ Roseland Ballroom
* Billy Joel & Bruce Springsteen @ Hammerstein
* Elephant 6 show @ Purchase
* Titan, Villians & Saviours @ The Charleston
* Antony & The Johnsons @ Apollo Theater
* Cold War Kids, AA Bondy @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* The Little Ones, Anya Marina @ Mercury Lounge
* The Dirtbombs, The Nouvellas @ Southpaw
* Fucked Up, Vivian Girls, Inepsy @ Market Hotel
* TV on the Radio, Dragons of Zynth @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple
* Diplo, Boy 8 Bit, Telepathe, Abe Vigoda @ Webster Hall
* Ra Ra Riot, Walter Meego, Morning Benders @ Bowery Ballroom
* Dave Hill, Walter Schreifels, Doug Gillard & Moby @ UCB
Bob Mould was born today in 1960.
Today is World Food Day
Video of Kanye West performing "Love Lockdown" on Jimmy Kimmel, below...
Moby's new video for "Ooh Yeah" below...
photos by Zach Dilgard, words by Black Bubblegum
After a great (and late) Saturday-night, morning (3pm) bloomed with Robin Guthrie (co-founder of Cocteau Twins) and his shimmering ambient soundscapes in the main room. Backlit by projections of fractals and waves, it was the perfect way to ease into Sunday. Le Volume Courbe and Wounded Knees (both opening for MBV tonight at Roseland) had already played on stage two, but sadly, I missed them.
While Guthrie shined on, I scooted on over to stage deux and caught a few minutes of sunny pop by The Lilys (opener for MBV in NYC night two).
According to this totally random list I found, the 25 'Greatest Punk Rock Artists' are:
1. The ClashLuckily you don't have to choose. You can go see Television's Richard Lloyd at Southpaw tonight (July 23) and Hüsker Dü's Bob Mould at Maxwell's tomorrow (or you can see Bob Mould tonight too)
3. The Ramones
4. The Sex Pistols
5. The Stooges
6. Dead Kennedys
8. Black Flag
9. The Misfits
10. Bad Brains
11. Minor Threat
12. Joy Division
13. The Buzzcocks
14. Husker Du
15. Bad Religion
17. The Damned
18. The Circle Jerks
21. Stiff Little Fingers
22. Patti Smith
23. Green Day
25. Gang Of Four
All Tomorrow's Parties is pleased to announce some additions to the bill for ATP New York, its first east coast festival set for September 19-21 at Kutshers Country Club in Monticello, NY.The day by day lineup is now:
As previously announced, the three day festival is curated by both My Bloody Valentine and ATP, and will be headlined by My Bloody Valentine in their first US appearance in 16-years.
Alongside previously announced choices, Dinosaur Jr., Lilys, Yo La Tengo, Mercury Rev and Mogwai, Sunday curators My Bloody Valentine have also chosen, Bob Mould, Sonic Boom, Le Volume Courbe, Gemma Hayes and Wounded Knees. ATP adds in Les Savy Fav, Alexander Tucker and Apse to join Shellac, Fuck Buttons, Low, Growing, Edan With Guest Dagha, Thee Silver Mount Zion Orchestra, The Drones, Polvo, Wooden Shjips, Harmonia, Om and Autolux on their day. Finally Bardo Pond Performing Lapsed joins the Friday Don't Look Back day that also sees Thurston Moore Performing Psychic Hearts, Tortoise Performing Millions Now Living Will Never Die, Meat Puppets Performing Meat Puppets II and Built To Spill Performing Perfect From Now On.
photos by Kate Pedatella
details on Simian Mobile Disco's broken gear at the end of the post....
The Sonics rolled back the years during their highly anticipated comeback set at Primvera Sound, as old met new at the eclectic festival. The punk pioneers played a hit heavy set on day two of the festival (Friday), wowing the Barcelona audience with classics including 'Strychnine' and 'The Witch'.The 2008 Primavera Sound Festival happened in Barcelona this past weekend. I just posted a bit about Portishead, and some Atlas Sound and El Guincho too. The rest of what we've got is below....
Playing a rare festival show as part of their comeback tour, the Seattle band headed up a line up packed with returning legends.
Earlier on, the Bob Mould Band raced through favourites from the singer's former bands, Sugar and Husker Du, including 'Hoover Dam' and 'Hardly Getting Over It'.
Post punk trailblazers Devo received one of the best receptions of the festival so far, with a set as tight as their trademark yellow jumpsuits - which were disgarded towards the end of the show.
Spanish favourites Sebadoh made their return to the Barcelona festival to perform their debut album 'The Freed Man'.
And Portishead played their second set of the festival, following on from Thursday's showstopper, this time in the indoors Auditori. [Virtual Festivals][
DOWNLOAD: Bob Mould - Stupid Now (new MP3)
Bob Mould -- the Husker Du and Sugar pioneer -- is preparing the release of his seventh solo album, 'District Line.' After last year's dance floor-savvy Blowoff project with D.C. house head Richard Morel, Mould seems to be making a return to his roots of hook-driven guitar grooves. Written and recorded in D.C., Mould is again joined by Brendan Canty of Fugazi fame for percussive duties. The LP isn't due until February, but you can snag an MP3 of the lead single, 'The Silence Between Us,' on Spinner.And you can snag another MP3 from the new album at the top of this post. "Please listen to me" and download that one now.
In March Bob is going on tour. Tickets are on sale for a March 13th show at Irving Plaza. All dates below...
DOWNLOAD: Husker Du - All Work and No Play (MP3)
"Bob Mould will be attending a series of special events in conjunction with the DVD release of Circle Of Friends on October 9th. At each event, Bob will play a short acoustic set (approx 30 min), participate in a live interview and/or Q + A (approx 30 min), host a DVD screening of Circle Of Friends, and sell and sign DVDs for fans." Tickets for the NYC date at Highline Ballroom go on sale Thursday. Bob is DJing at Highline Ballroom on a couple of other dates as well - don't get confused. And, Bob also has a new album coming out on Anti in January. More info, and all tour dates below.....
McCarren Pool, Brooklyn, NY - 7/7/07 (CRED)
I guess I should have gone to this 7/7/7 show instead/afterall....