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Fun Fun Fun Fest

After teasing folks with a few names here and there -- like Run DMC most recently -- Austin's annual Fun Fun Fun Fest (Nov 2 - 4) has revealed it's full line-up, including Public Image Ltd, De La Soul, Superchunk, Santigold, Refused, X peforming Los Angeles, and lots, lots more. 3-day passes go on sale at 10AM CST.

Full FFF Fest lineup is below.

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Brendan Benson

To say the show was a family affair is putting it mildly. Brendan's manager greeted fans as the doors opened and Benson was seen in the crowd before the show mingling with fans, rocking out to the music and guesting on drums during [The Howling Brothers] set... Brendan's hour long set was a nice introduction to his music, for those that were unfamiliar with his catalog, and he played tracks such as "Good to Me" from his 2002 album "Lapalco," which brought some of the loudest cheers of the night. -[accordingtog]
Brendan Benson played Bowery Ballroom on May 5th as part of a string of dates in celebration of his new LP on his new label. Readymade labelmates Young Hines and Howling Brothers warmed up the crowd and as stated above, Benson sat in with the latter on drums. More pictures and the setlist from Bowery Ballroom, along with Young Hines' new video for "Can't Explode" from his Brendan Benson produced LP Give Me My Change, below...

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Brendan Benson

According to a recent report, record sales were actually UP in 2011 thanks in part to Adele's 21. Perhaps sensing the upward trend, and inspired by his friend and bandmate Jack White (who is keeping busy and will be on TV tonight), Brendan Benson has announced the launch of his own record label and publishing company called Readymade (which he actually created in the 90s but mainly just as "a concept due to a lack of resources to build a proper record label").

One of the label's first releases will be his own new LP What Kind of World, due on 4/21. Nashville's Young Hines are the first signees to Readymade, and they'll release their new LP Give Me My Change on 4/10. A Benson-produced album from Irish duo The Lost Brothers is also in the new label's future.

Brendan Benson and Young Hines will tour together too. Those dates, listed below, include May 5th at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for the NYC show go on AMEX presale on 1/11 with regular sale 48 hours later. Benson will also be at SXSW.

All BB tour dates and some videos below...

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photos by Mike Benigno

The Posies @ the Rock Shop on September 23rd
The Posies

The Posies don't usually rehearse before tours, but they did for the one that starts next week in Spain. The reason: 'Blood/Candy,' an unusually complex album the band releases Tuesday and performed in full Thursday night at the Rock Shop in Brooklyn, N.Y.

"Welcome to half the Mercury Lounge," singer and guitarist Jon Auer said at the top of the set, looking out at a room that, indeed, might fit twice in that Manhattan venue. Not surprisingly, the show was sold out, and as the Posies unveiled songs from their seventh studio effort, fans listened politely, keeping even between-song clapping to a minimum. -[Spinner]

The Posies played the Rock Shop in September to prep for that EU-followed-by-US tour, and to celebrate the release of Blood/Candy with they performed in its entirety.

The band returns to NYC to play Highline Ballroom tonight, November 13th, as part of their tour with Brendan Benson and Aqueduct. Tickets are still on sale.

Updated tour dates and more pictures from the Rock Shop, below...

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The Posies
The Posies

The Posies will debut new material for the very first time at the Rock Shop in Brooklyn on September 23rd. That show is sold out, but now there are many more chances to see the band, and with Brendan Benson (of solo and Raconteurs fame) to boot. I also have two pairs of tickets to give away to the Brooklyn show. Details below.

After a month-long tour of Europe, The Posies will kick off a trek with Brendan in Milwaukee on November 5th. Their NYC show together will be at Highline Ballroom on November 13th (ticket on-sale date TBA). The Posies are promising a mix of new material and the hits at the shows. All dates below.

The Posies' Blood/Candy is out September 28 on Ryko. Brendan hasn't announced a new record (yet), but he can be found on Margaret Cho's new album which is out Tuesday...

"Can't wait until later this year for more Brendan goodies? Well, we have something to tide you over.

Brendan is making a cameo on Margaret Cho's comedy music album, Cho Dependent, due out on August 24th. You can pre-order the album now HERE and get an instant download of all 13 tracks, including "Baby I'm With the Band," the song Brendan co-wrote and performs on.

Other artists on the album include Andrew Bird, Grant Lee Phillips, Ben Lee, Tegan and Sara, Fiona Apple, Ani DiFranco, Tommy Chong and many more."

All dates below....

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"Played the Simon & Garfunkel tribute in Central Park last night. John Roderick brought it! Ben Gibbard's psych jam ruled..." - Aimee Mann

Holmes Brothers (Sherman, Popsy and Wendell) & Mayor Bloomberg (WFUV)

Ben Gibbard & St. Vincent play "Fakin it" (WFUV)

Paul Simon & WFUV Music Director Rita Houston (WFUV)
Simon and Garfunkel

SummerStage hosted a pricey benefit for its free programming last night (June 8) in Central Park. The show was a tribute to the songs of Simon & Garfunkel, and musicians covered the pair mostly as duos. St. Vincent and Ben Gibbard teamed up for "Fakin' It," Dean & Britta played "Homeward Bound," Alejandro Escovedo and Willie Nile played "The Boxer," Aimee Mann and John Roderick did "Only Living Boy in New York," Loudon Wainwright III and Lucy Wainwright Roche sang "Bleecker Street" and lots more. Both Simon and Garfunkel were there, but didn't perform. The full performer+set list is posted below.

How did the new speakers at Central Park sound? The SummerStage series continues through August. Celebrate Brooklyn kicks off TONIGHT (6/9).

No videos from the show at the moment, but someone posted some from the show's rehearsal that took place one night earlier at City Winery. Those with the Central Park setlist, below...

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DOWNLOAD: Cory Chisel and The Wandering Sons - Born Again (MP3)
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Mr. Chisel & Ms. Harris (photo: St. Vincent Skeltis)
Cory Chisel and The Wandering Sons

The songs on [Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons's] Death Won't Send A Letter were recorded [with producer Joe Chiccarelli (The Shins, The White Stripes)] primarily at Blackbird Studios in Nashville, TN with Chisel's backing vocalist/keyboard player Adriel Harris and "Little Jack" Lawrence (The Raconteurs, The Dead Weather) on initial tracking. Cory, Adriel and Little Jack were then joined by Jack's longtime collaborator Patrick Keeler (The Raconteurs, The Greenhornes) on drums. With Patrick and Jack's driving rhythm section the albums' sound took on a grittier hue. And in Brendan Benson Cory found a writing and arranging partner that birthed the lead album track "Born Again." Carl Broemel from My Morning Jacket also contributes on guitar.
Death Won't Send a Letter came out in September 2009 on Black Seal Records. Its lead song, the Benson/Chisel co-written "Born Again," is posted above, and the video for it, featuring both of them, is below. Chisel and Brendan Benson toured together in late 2009.

For Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons' next tour, they'll be co-headlining with California band Dawes this February and March. They play a Friday, February 19th show at NYC's Bowery Ballroom. Tickets are on sale.

Jason Boesel will be opening at Bowery and all other dates on te tour. His debut solo album Hustler's Son just came out on January 12th on Conor Oberst's Team Love. A song from that album is above. Boesel's fairly storied history as a drummer and sideman is documented in his Wiki page...

Jason Boesel is the drummer for Rilo Kiley and has also played with The Elected. He also drummed in the Bright Eyes touring band during their 2005 tour, and went on to write the liner notes for the consequent Bright Eyes live album, Motion Sickness and contributing to Bright Eyes' latest record, Cassadaga. From December 2007, he has played with Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst in his latest project, Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band. The band played this year's Reading and Leeds festivals in England and released the album Conor Oberst in August on Merge Records. On May 5 Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band released their second album Outer South - in which Boesel wrote and sings lead for two tracks. He is also said to have worked on at least one track, on the Young Veins (featuring former member of Panic! at the Disco, Ryan Ross and Jon Walker) debut record.
Dawes will play as his backing band on the tour.

Dawes (Photo: Matt Fruen)

Dawes' debut record, North Hills, produced by Jonathan Wilson (Elvis Costello, Jenny Lewis), came out in September on ATO Records. Their single for "When My Time Comes" is available for free if you sign up for their e-mail list. Their song "When You Call My Name" was recent featurd on NPR. Dawes' humid, summery video for their plainspoken song "Love Is All I Am," is worth watching and posted below.

All tour dates and videos are below...

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tonight in NYC
* DM Stith @ The Stone
* Processing X-Mas @ The Stone

Merry Christmas!

Our thoughts and prayers are with Vic Chesnutt.

On TV:

What started out as a scheduling lark -- Turner's 24-hour "A Christmas Story" marathon -- has now spread across the cable yuletide landscape.

For the 13th year in a row, Turner will dust off the 1983 cult fave, which will air this year from 8 p.m. Christmas Eve until 8 p.m. Christmas Day on TBS....Turner rivals have taken notice -- which means TBS isn't the only cabler decking the halls with a wall-to-wall marathon this year.

Leading the alternatives to "A Christmas Story" is FX, which is planning to run the movie "Night at the Museum" for a full day, also from Christmas Eve evening to Christmas Day evening. FX sister Fox Movie Channel will do the same with "Home Alone."...Over at AMC, the cabler is splitting its holiday marathon in two, running 1954's "White Christmas" all Christmas Eve night, and then 1989's "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" all Christmas day.

Then there's Spike TV, which will spend Dec. 25 running "Bad Santa" over and over again. [Variety]

A Holiday Poem from Brendan Benson and Cory Chisel, and other videos below.

What else?

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Elvis Perkins @ Clearwater Fest this summer (more by Chris La Putt)
Elvis Perkins

tonight in NYC
* Phish @ MSG
* The Besties @ Asbury Lanes
* Ian McCulloch @ The Studio
* Crystal Antlers @ Cameo
* Nitzer Ebb @ Gramercy Theatre
* Darmstadt @ Issue Project Room
* Mew, Bear in Heaven @ Webster Hall
* Quest For Fire, Naam & Weird Owl @ Pianos
* Espers, Azita, Doug Paisley @ Drom
* The Sights, The Figgs @ Cake Shop
* A Prairie Home Companion @ Town Hall
* Sloan, Magneta Lane @ The Bell House
* Raphael Saadiq, Anjulie @ Terminal 5
* The Wrens, Palomar @ Maxwell's (early)
* The Wrens, Bob Fields @ Maxwell's (late)
* Sebastien Schuller, Hoferlanz @ Sycamore
* Alicia Hall Moran, Gordon Voidwell @ The Kitchen
* Brendan Benson, Cory Chisel @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* The Beets @ the Degenerate Craft Fair @ Silent Barn
* Woods, Real Estate, Cloud Nothings @ Market Hotel
* Red Mass & Golden Triangle @ Live With Animals Gallery
* The Big Pink, Crystal Antlers, Von Haze @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Elvis Perkins in Dearland, Bowerbirds, Dave Godowsky @ Bowery Ballroom
* Terra Nova: Sinfonia Antarctica w/ DJ Spooky & ICE @ BAM Howard Gilman Opera
* Mike Yaniro benefit w/ Sightings, Pink Reason, York Factory Complaint (w/ Genesis P-orridge), White Suns @ Death By Audio
* Pissed Jeans, Yellow Tears, Old Men @ Columbia U's Lerner Party Space

Details on the Pissed Jeans show below...

The Wrens' first set tonight will be Meadowlands in full; the second, all new songs.

Elvis Perkins is in town for two shows. Tonight at Bowery and then Saturday at Music Hall. His video for "Chains, Chains, Chains" below...

The Beets plays the Degenerate Craft Fair.

Bowerbirds open for Elvis tonight, but not tomorrow. Instead they're at Union Pool on Saturday with Sharon Van Etten.

Brendan Benson is at LPR tonight and Maxwell's on Saturday. His new video for "A Whole Lot Better" below.

Jack White recorded two new songs with the band Smoke Fairies.

Amazon's 25 days of free Christmas songs continues. They also have Diana Krall's Christmas album on sale for $2.99 and a compilation of 99 songs for $5.00, one of many albums they're selling for that price now.

Ornette Coleman tops Amazon's list of "100 Greatest Jazz Albums of All Time".

Richard Buckner plays Mercury Lounge on Saturday.

Black Sheep play Santos Party House on Saturday.

Rihanna got inappropriate with a mannequin last night at Hammerstein Ballroom. Video below...

Amanda Palmer does Tegan & Sara. Video below...

a new Lightspeed Champion video, below...

What else?

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Bendan Benson

Brendan Benson's latest solo record, My Old, Familiar Friend, came out over the summer on August 18th. A day earlier his tour kicked off with a show at NYC's Bowery Ballroom on August 17th.

Now he's on tour again, with two NYC-area dates this weekend. Brendan Benson plays Friday, December 4th at (Le) Poisson Rouge (tickets) and Saturday December 5th at Maxwell's (tickets ). Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons open both shows.

Playing behind Brendan will be a collection of familiar session players, including Ryan Adams & the Cardinals drummer Brad Pemberton, Raconteurs sideman Mark Watrous and Ben Folds bassist Jared Reynolds. The tour started in November, and its second stop was in Lawrence, Kansas, on Nov. 14th...

Curiously, none of the songs he played as a co-frontman of the Raconteurs were in the set, but considering that his new solo record, My Old, Familiar Friend, was recorded two years ago and finally released this August, who can blame him? Since 2005, he's toured and recorded two albums with Jack White and company and has probably been itching to play his solo stuff for a while now.

His backup band, which consisted of a drummer, bassist, and second guitarist/keyboardist, is as tight an outfit as one could ask for and brought out the subtle dynamics and intricacies to Benson's songwriting without losing any of its vigor.

Benson, dressed in black from head to toe, was slinging a lime green Fender telecaster covered in paisley. For the most part, he favored the "less talk, more rock" approach, letting the music speak for itself. [Back to Rockville]

I don't think it's weird that he doesn't play Raconteurs song - he was a solo artist way before that band, but I don't think it would be wrong if he played some of those tracks either. All tour dates and a few videos from earlier in the tour (including Benson & Cory Chisel performing "American Girl") are below...

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Benson's new record...
Brendan Benson

"[Producer Gil Norton (Pixies, Foo Fighters) is] very strict -- he dictates everything, down to how the kick-drum pattern should go," says [Brendan] Benson, who wasn't used to working with such a heavy-handed producer. "But I was glad. After making records by myself for so long, I wanted somebody to fucking take control."

As for the Raconteurs, he says the band is on hiatus. "Doing two back-to-back records wasn't our plan," he adds. "When we made Consolers of the Lonely [released in 2008, two years after the band's debut], we thought, 'We'll do this record, do our respective things, and maybe come back together at some point." [Rolling Stone]

Benson's new record, My Old, Familiar Friend, which comes out Tuesday (August 18th) on ATO Records, is currently streaming on NPR.

His tour kicks off with a show on August 17th (tonight) at the Bowery Ballroom. Sean Bones opens. Tickets are still on sale. All dates below...

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good news for those who missed him since Jack stole him...


Brendan Benson returns with his fourth solo album, My Old, Familiar Friend, slated for release on ATO Records for August 18 2009.

Taking a break from writing, recording and touring with the Grammy winning Raconteurs, Benson went into the studio in Nashville and London with producer, Gil Norton (Pixies, Maximo Park, Foo Fighters) and mixer Dave Sardy (The Rolling Stones, LCD Soundsystem, Oasis). The result is an... 11-track album.
[BB's MySpace]

That note on Brendan's MySpace also says to watch for summer tour dates to come. Two are already known. He's playing in Chicago on August 20th, and he'll be at New York's Bowery Ballroom on Monday, August 17th. Tickets for that Bowery show are on sale now.

Jack White is also taking a very public break from the Raconteurs lately (not to mention the White Stripes). He is on tour this summer with the Dead Weather. That group will play a handful of European shows before an extended July/August North American tour. The trip includes two shows at NYC's Terminal 5 on July 16th and 17th. In October, the band will be at Ausin City Limits.

The Screaming Females, who opened for Dinosaur Jr. last night (June 25th) at MHOW, will open the July leg of the Dead Weather tour, including their NYC shows.

Videos from the Raconteur's three-night NYC run in May/June '08, with Brendan Benson album track list and tour dates, below...

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Jack White & Jack Lawrence @ Terminal 5, Saturday night (Play Vicious)
Raconteurs @ Terminal 5

Brendan Benson, Nick Zinner, Jack Lawrence & White - also Saturday (roxxan23)
Raconteurs @ Terminal 5

The Raconteurs played Terminal 5 in NYC on Friday and Saturday AND Sunday.

Are people actually saying that Saturday night show was just OK??? It was absolutely ripping and jack white is one of the best guitarists alive. The guy was going crazy on stage. He was more into the show than anyone else in the place. The venue sucked, but who cares, no lines for beer. [Anonymous]
Black Lips opened all three nights. More pictures, and Saturday night's Raconteurs setlist, below....

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The 2005 Village Voice Siren Festival in Coney Island went down on Saturday July 16th, 2005. It didn't rain.

Siren Festival

I got there in time to see the last few songs of the Dears on the main stage then ran to catch the second half of Morningwood's set followed by all of Diamond Nights on the Stillwell stage. Then it was back to the main stage for the first half of Dungen, and then back to Stillwell for the second half of Saul Williams before going back to the main stage to see most of Brendan Benson followed by the first 30 minutes of Spoon afterwhich I ran back to Stillwell to watch some of Mates of State. I ended back at the main stage to finish off Spoon's set.

Siren Festival

Saul Williams' incredibly powerful performance was my highlight of the day, though Spoon was definitely the right choice for headliner.

Put your experiences in the comments.

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