Entries tagged with: Calexico
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Happy Holidays! I take on more than I can handle. That results in a lot of unposted content. In the name of catching up, while also taking it easy during this final week of the year, here's some of that lost material.
For what was the worst day weather-wise for San Francisco's Outide Lands Festival, its last day (Sunday, August 30th) may have been the best musically. Cold fog and wind took the place of cloudless, sunny skies, but those who attended witnessed sets by Modest Mouse, the Dead Weather, the Avett Brothers, Band of Horses, Calexico, Matt & Kim , and soul legends Robert Randolph and Betty Layvette, and MIA, who complained via Twitter about the fest's substitution of Tenacious D for the Beastie Boys, then covered two Beasties songs, "Intergalactic" and "Sabatage, in her set.
Scrambling to find replacement headliners for the Beastie Boys was a common theme for festivals in summer '09, after the group was forced to cancel all dates when Adam Yauch was dianosed with cancer (he's since had sugery, and reports say that part of his health regiment is a vegan/organic diet). Beastie Boys' slot was filled by Jay-Z at All Points West and Yeah Yeah Yeahs at Lollapalooza
More pictures from Day Three below...
photos by Vincent Cornelli
The set was awesome: she played songs from every single one of her albums and each song was accompanied by a group of images or cartoons visuals projected onto a screen behind her.Neko Case played six more songs at the Beacon than she did the night before at Wellmont where she was reportedly playing in fear of being shocked for a third time by improperly grounded equipment. More pictures and the setlist from the NYC show below...
She also joked about the wattage of the amplifier and her microphone-alluding to her getting shocked by it at her New Jersey show the previous night.
But we come back to her voice. She truly is one of the best singers out there today. She makes singing seems so effortless and simple but the clarity, power, and purity of her voice is worthy of awe. She blew off the roof of Beacon Theatre and all I could say at times was simple: Wow. [TheNinthDragonKing]
photos by Chris La Putt
Neko Case's tour hit The Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, NJ last night (11/15). The show was on the short side, possibly due to some electric shocks Neko got from the microphone earlier in the show. According to Mike Van Den Broek, it was "18 songs, 65 Minutes. Zero Encore. Disappointed to say the least." Joey Burns and John Convertino of Calexico opened the show, and will do so again tonight (11/16) at the Beacon Theatre in NYC.
Neko did play an encore two nights earlier at the Calvin Theatre in Massachusetts...
Case was certainly in excellent form Friday in Northampton, where she and her band played an 80-minute set that focused on songs from her latest album, this year's "Middle Cyclone," and mixed in older tunes, too.The setlist from that show, and more pictures from NJ, below...
Hers is the sound of vast, twilit skies and distant freight trains, weed-strewn industrial lots and deep sighs. It's enveloping, unknowable and sometimes powerfully lonesome: Her voice, strong and clear, intertwined in harmonies with backup singer Kelly Hogan, the band surrounding them with rippling waves of trebly guitar, dense silver curtains of pedal steel or the low groan of a bowed upright bass.
At times, Case sang as if to herself, musing quietly at the start of "Maybe Sparrow" and mournfully recounting an ill-fated infatuation on "Polar Nettles." Other times, her voice filled the room, ringing with authority on "Deep Red Bells" and spilling over with indignation on "The Tigers Have Spoken." [Courant]
Neko Case @ All Points West 2009 (more by Chris La Putt & Tim Griffin)
Neko Case has some new stops on her fall North American tour. Her previously announced date at Beacon Theatre on November 16th, with Joey & John of Calexico opening, seems to only have single tickets available. One of the new shows is a performance the night before (11/15) at Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, NJ. Tickets for that go on sale Friday, September 18th at noon. Joey & John of Calexico open NY & NJ (and a few other dates on her tour).
Case is also on the lineup for the New Yorker Festival (October 16th-18th). More specifically, "Neko Case talks with Sasha Frere-Jones: A Conversation with Music" happens at 7:30 p.m. at Acura at Stage37 on 508 West 37th Street on Saturday, October 17th. Tickets for that and all New Yorker Festival events also go on sale Friday at noon.
The singer recently stopped by NPR's World Cafe Live for a session on September 11th. She's currently on a short UK tour, that included a stop in Nottingham on September 12th...
Neko Case took us on a whirlwind tour of her wildlife theme park with songs from Blacklisted, Tigers Have Spoken and Fox Confessor, all evidence of her growing stature as one of alternative country's most original writers.All tour dates below...
Orchestrally, "Middle Cyclone" was a quieter number, her backing singer Kelly Hogan playing a poignant musical box.
Hogan supplied most of the spoken intros. "Things That Scare Me" opened a group featuring "People Got A Lotta Nerve", "Fever" and "I'm An Animal". "Hold On, Hold On" was a cracking product of the redhead's partnership with the Sadies. [This is Nottingham]
Neko Case @ All Points West 2009 (more by Chris La Putt)
"Without doubt, Neko Case was one of the highlights of this year's Lollapalooza. Prior to her Sunday set, I wasn't really sure how she'd come across in the music festival setting. So much of her material is thoughtful and intimate and suited for venues that allow it to shine, not a huge grassy field filled with hot, sweaty drunk people.Neko Case has started booking some fall shows in the United States. One of those will take place at NYC's Beacon Theatre on November 16th with Joey & John of Calexico opening. Tickets for the show go on American Express pre-sale on Wednesday, 8/19 @ 11AM, and then general sale at the same time on Friday. All dates below...
Somehow, though, Case managed to make it work wonderfully.
As soon as she started playing the Budweiser Stage at 4:30, it was clear the sound was 100 percent on target and that the set would be a welcome change of pace. She played a variety of songs from her latest record, Middle Cyclone - including "This Tornado Loves You," "I'm an Animal," The Pharaohs" and the marvelous, jangly single "People Got a Lotta Nerve" - in addition to back catalog favorites such as "Maybe Sparrow" and "Deep Red Bells." Case's clear, pure voice couldn't have sounded better, and she was charming and down-to-earth throughout - no doubt one of the classiest acts on this year's bill." [Chicago Examiner]
Andrew Bird * Calexico @ Radio City - June 18, 2009 (grace wu)
Andrew Bird @ Radio City Music Hall - June 18, 2009 (joshbg2k)
"Ephman thinks that even Andrew Bird was surprised that he was playing Radio City Music Hall. He thanked his manager, and sounded like he was accepting an award. After the show was done Ephman was probably even more surprised then Andrew was. He seems like a nicer fellow then most people that hit that stage. He was humble, spoke from the heart, and totally played his guts out." [Ephman]The setlist from last night's show (6/18), below...
"STREET SCENE, one of the nation's longest running music festivals, will celebrate its 25th anniversary with two full days of music Friday, August 28 and Saturday, August 29. The Black Eyed Peas, M.I.A., Thievery Corporation, Modest Mouse, The Dead Weather and Cake are among the more than 35 acts that will bring the streets of downtown San Diego's East Village neighborhood alive with music and entertainment from 4:00 PM to midnight daily. The venue site will include Tailgate Park (adjacent to Petco Park) in the heart of East Village, incorporating 14th Street as the main thoroughfare and bordered by Imperial Avenue to J Street."2009 is the 25th anniversary of the festival which was launched in 1984. This year's festival also has WAVVES on the lineup, which means three shows total now scheduled for the band. Full lineup below...
photos by Chris Graham
"Some major changes have been made to the lay-out of the [Sasquatch] festival. The medium-sized stage (Wookie Stage) had been moved, as had the small stage (Yeti Stage) to make room for the new Comedy/Dance Tent. It didn't take long to get used to that, though...The 2009 Sasquatch Festival ran from May 23-25 (Memorial Day Weekend) in Gorge, Washington. Pictures from Day One, HERE. More pictures from Day Two, below...
...[The Wrens] did most of the songs from "Meadowlands", their bassist/keyboardist Kevin Wheelan exhorted the crowd multiple times and climbed atop his amplifiers, and the guys played like their lives depended on doing the best they have ever done. Their approach to the music is, in a word, fierce. [VARIOUS ECSTASIES]
Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival is taking place this year August 28th-30th at Golden Gate Park. Tickets for the fest go on Visa presale Wednesday, April 15th at 1pm ET, and general sale Sunday, April 19th at 1pm ET.
Also on the schedule for the fest is the Dead Weather, Jack White's new band. Dead Weather plays its first show tonight (April 14th) at the Bowery Ballroom.
M.I.A., Ween, TVOTR, Mastodon, Os Mutantes, Extra Golden, Tom Jones, and many others are also playing. Full Outside Lands line-up and poster below....
Neko Case's latest tour has arrived in NYC. Crooked Fingers open for Neko at the
Nokia Theatre tonight (4/13). Joan as Policewoman open for Neko at the same venue tomorrow (4/14). Tickets for both shows are still on sale. I also have a pair for each show to giveaway. Details below.
Wondering what it will sound like? NPR is now streaming Thursday's DC show in its entirety. As a bonus, Will Sheff opened at that one, and you can listen to that @ NPR too.
The stage was set in something out of a nature cartoon with trees painted on long banners and an owl overseeing it all. Behind them videos of cyclones, airplanes and anthropomorphic animals were projected on a screen. But the attention was clearly on Case, her stunning voice, as well as her solid backing band. [NPR]Neko will next be in the NYC-area to play a set at the All Points West Festival this summer.
All Neko dates, her new video, and contest details, below...
PRIMAVERA SOUND '09 FESTIVALThat lineup so far is definitely a good reason to visit Spain.
PARC DEL FÒRUM, BARCELONA | DEL 28 AL 30 DE MAIG | DEL 28 AL 30 DE MAYO | FROM 28th TO 30th MAY
Artistes confirmats | Artistas confirmados | Confirmed artists:
A Certain Ratio | A-Trak | Alela Diane | Andrew Bird | Angelo Spencer | Aphex Twin | Ariel Pink | Art Brut | Bat For Lashes | Black Lips | Bloc Party | Bowerbirds | Carsick Cars | Chad VanGaalen | Crystal Antlers | Crystal Stilts | Cuzo | Damien Jurado | Dan Deacon Ensemble | Deerhunter | Dj Mehdi | Ebony Bones | El-P | Extra Life | Extraperlo | Fucked Up | Gang Gang Dance | Ghostface Killah | Girls | Jarvis Cocker | Jason Lytle | Jay Reatard | Joe Crepúsculo y Los Destructores | Joe Henry | John Maus | Karl Blau | Kimya Dawson | Kitty, Daisy and Lewis | Lemonade | Lightning Bolt | Magik Markers | Magnolia Electric Co. | Mahjongg | Marnie Stern | Michael Mayer | Michael Nyman | My Bloody Valentine | Neil Young | Oneida | Phoenix | Plants & Animals | Ponytail | Rosvita | Shearwater | Shellac | Simian Mobile Disco | Skatebård | Sleepy Sun | Sonic Youth | Spectrum | Spiritualized | Squarepusher | Sunn O))) | The Bad Plus | The Bug | The Drones | The Extraordinaires | The Jayhawks | The Jesus Lizard | The Lions Constellation | The Mae Shi | The New Year | The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart | The Secret Society | The Soft Pack | The Tallest Man On Earth | The Vaselines | Throwing Muses | Uffie | Veracruz | Vivian Girls | Wavves | Women | Wooden Shjips | Yo La Tengo | Zombie Zombie | ...
The Jesus Lizard also added another London show around the time they're playing the ATP: Fans Strike Back festival.
U.S. shows still TBA.
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart have a bunch of US shows scheduled.
Andrew Bird @ MHOW (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Let's re-quote something Andrew Bird told the NY Times for a second...
Bird's publicist had wanted him to play one of the first shows on his coming tour at Radio City Music Hall (capacity: 6,000). Bird was concerned that it was too big a venue, that he might fail to make a connection with the audience and that things could easily spiral downward from there. They compromised on Carnegie Hall, which seats about 3,000.I guess that Carnegie Hall show, not to mention the also-sold-out show in Brooklyn the same week, went so well that they are no longer afraid. Andrew Bird will headline Radio City Music Hall on June 18th. As as added super-bonus, Calexico will be the opener. $34.50 - $44.50 tickets go on sale Friday at noon.
Calexico will also be in NYC in March to play the REM tribute at Carnegie Hall, and a show at the new City Winery with Keren Ann.
The Radio City show is one of five new, June dates that Bird is playing around the time of Bonnaroo (that he is also playing). One of the other new dates is with The Decemberists at Merriweather Post Pavilion in MD. That show is currently on presale. Andrew is also scheduled to be at SXSW in March and a whole bunch of other places between now and June. New dates below...
Jane's Addiction - @ Echoplex, Los Angeles - Feb 16, 2009 (revolute)
Live Nation and Adam Zacks are pleased to announce this year's line up for the Sasquatch! Music Festival at the legendary Gorge in Eastern Washington. The festival, now in its eighth and most ambitious year yet, has evolved from a unique, homegrown & low key fest into a full blown three day extravaganza. A festival-goer's dream, it comes complete with camp-outs, canyons, sunsets, three stages and new this year, an expanded comedy and dance music tent. The tent will feature performances from comedians throughout the day, and then come dusk, will spotlight electronic and dance music artists.Jane's Addiction, reunited once again, played a show at the Echoplex in LA last night. They announced it last week via their website and mailing list.
Already the official opener to summer for music fans, the Sasquatch! Music Festival is becoming a certified monster of a musical event: this year features another exciting and diverse line-up for the musically adventurous, and ups the ante on an event already hailed for its independent spirit. Tickets go on sale Saturday February 28th at 10AM
Today it was announced that Jane's (feat. all four original members), NIN, Kings of Leon, Ben Harper & Relentless7, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Erykah Badu, The Decemberists, Fleet Foxes, TV On The Radio, Animal Collective, Silversun Pickups, Bon Iver, Santigold, and many others are playing this year's Sasquatch Festival (May 23, 24, 25, 2009 @ The Gorge in Quincy, WA). Full lineup and ticket info 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:
Calexico will be visiting NYC to play City Winery with Keren Ann on March 10th. Keren Ann and Calexico are also both playing the REM Tribute at Carnegie Hall on March 11th. The REM tribute is having its afterparty at City Winery. All Calexico dates below...
photos by Kurt Christensen
The Delta Spirit / Nada Surf tour hit Bowery Ballroom in NYC on Saturday night (12/6). Nada Surf's friends Gramercy Arms also joined the bill as first-of-third opener for that night of the tour only. Gramercy Arms was in turn joined on stage by Mascott, was sang her/their part on the new Christmas song she/they contributed to, and Renée Lobue of Elk City, who sang for three songs.
"ray ketchem from elk city was also there, and was nearly thrown out on the cold street by a rogue security dude for attempting to film us with his flip camera. being the smart man that he is, ray got off clean" [mascott]Nada Surf's Matthew Caws made his presence known throughout the whole night, joining both Delta Spirit and Gramercy Arms on stage. For Gramercy Arms, Matthew sang his part of "Nothing I Can Do", the song he contributes to on their new album. No Sarah Silverman though. More about Gramercy Arms, MP3s included, HERE.
Martin Wenk of Calexico was also in the house and played with Delta Spirit and Nada Surf. Of Nada's set, Talia says...
The show was not as long as the last one I attended in Williamsburg, but bassist Daniel Lorca gave his usual mind boggling performance of chain smoking while playing flawless bass and singing backup vocals! Lead singer, Matthew Caws sweated clear through his shirt by the second song, and proved to us all that the band was indeed glad to be back home in NY to end their tour.Delta and Nada also played Webster hall on Sunday. More Bowery Ballroom pictures below..
I didn't keep track of the setlist, nor was I able to find one online but I do recall the following songs being played (in no particular order):
Always Love, Blonde on Blonde, Do it Again, Your Legs Grow, See These Bones, Whose Authority, Beautiful Beat, I like What You Say, Ice on the Wing, Inside of Love, Fruit Fly, Neither Heaven Nor Space, Blankest Year
Neko Case @ ACL 2008 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
AC Newman's new solo album is out in January on Matador. Fellow Pornographer Neko Case's album "Middle Cyclone" will be released on March 3rd on Anti. Lots of special guests, etc. - all details abelow...
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...
the Homosexuals @ WNYU (more by Leia Jospe)
today in NYC
* DJ Bob Mould @ Southpaw
* Yeasayer & Ponytail @ NYU
* Little Joy @ The Wonder Bar
* The Forms & Javelins @ Union Hall
* Drew Daniel of Matmos @ Housing Works
* Butch Walker & Jesse Malin @ Maxwell's
* Lebowski Fest w/ Tragedy @ Irving Plaza
* Sunburned Hand of the Man @ Silent Barn
* The Homosexuals & The Octagon @ Cake Shop
* The Giraffes & Goes Cube @ Mercury Lounge
* Kaiser Chiefs & Oxford Collapse @ Webster Hall
* John Zorn Improv night @ The Stone (early & late)
* Girl Talk, The Death Set & CX Kidtronik @ Terminal 5
* Fredrik, Twi The Humble Feather & Django James @ Pianos
* Calexico, Bowerbirds, & The Acorn @ Tarrytown Music Hall
* The Calder String Quartet w/ Andrew W.K. @ Le Poisson Rouge
* AC Newman, The Oranges Band & Bird of Youth @ The Bell House
@ Housing Works: "Matmos's Drew Daniel will read from his book on Throbbing Gristle (Throbbing Gristle: Twenty Jazz Funk Greats, 33 1/3 Books), answer questions, and do a solo dance music/noise laptop performance (aka dance party)."
@ Le Poisson Rouge: The Calder Quartet featuring Andrew W.K. - Performing composed and improvised music for string quartet and chamber ensemble, as well as solo compositions to be announced, Doors at 7:00pm, show at 8:00pm
@ The Stone: 8 and 10 pm - John Zorn Improv Night I--A Stone Benefit - John Zorn (sax) Scott Johnson (guitar) Ikue Mori (electronics) Jim Staley (trombone) Eyal Maoz (guitar) Trevor Dunn (bass) Ches Smith (drums) and many special guests. Come out and support The Stone! A night of wild improvisation East Village style to benefit The Stone. TWENTY DOLLARS.
@ Irving Plaza: Lebowski Fest New York Movie Party - Music by Tragedy (metal tribute to The Bee Gees), Creedence Clearwater Revival Revival plus a re-enactment of the Landlord's dance cycle by Paul Green. Followed by a screening of The Big Lebowski!
photos by Kurt Christensen
Calexico's new album Carried to Dust was released earlier this month.
New album Carried To Dust is their most ambitious yet and is a return to form after 2004's Garden Ruin, an album that saw them make a lunge at the mainstream. For that record, Calexico had shorn themselves of the mariachi brass that had been such an instantly recognisable part of their sound, relying instead on pedal steel to augment their country-inflected rock. It soon became apparent how much the horns were part of their dynamism. Now they are back to their vibrant best, with a set of songs and instrumentals that mix contemporary Latino sounds with US post-rock. [The Independent]Last night they played a show with Oakley Hall at Webster Hall (9/24). More pictures below...
DOWNLOAD: Calexico - Crystal Frontier (MP3)
Rogue Wave @ McCarren Pool - June 10, 2008 (photo by Elizabeth Weinberg)
tonight in NYC
* more free stuff
T.I. @ United Palace CANCELLED
* O'Death @ Rooftop Films
* The Cannanes @ Maxwell's
* Goes Cube is playing Europa
* Martha Wainwright @ Joe's Pub
* Isaac Hayes @ Prospect Park (free)
* Holy Hail & Shit Disco (DJ) @ R Bar
* Love is All & other bands @ Cake Shop
* MV & EE and Cryptacize @ Knitting Factory
* John Weise & Carlos Giffoni @ Knitting Factory
* Swervedriver & Longwave play Music Hall of Williamsburg
...most excited to see are Scotland's The Hermit Crabs, who bear more than a passing resemblance to fellow Glaswegians Camera Obscura; and Finland's Cats on Fire whose album, The Province Complains, is one of the better indiepop albums of the last couple years.Cats on Fire are at Don Hill's Friday night (the same place Love is All played their first NYC show). The Hermit Crabs play Union Pool on Sunday.
Calexico are touring and playing Webster Hall.
That's a picture of Rogue Wave opening for Death Cab For Cutie @ McCarren Pool. More like it below...
Did you take a look at the new free show calendar yet?
Check out a live Mogwai video below....
Two years after Garden Ruin, Calexico has returned and is offering up Carried To Dust, the new full-length record due September 9, 2008.A Ticketmaster presale for the Webster Hall show starts today at 10am. (password?). Regular sale starts Friday at noon. All Calexico tour dates, and the new album tracklist, below....
For Carried To Dust, Calexico co-founders Joey Burns and John Convertino called on a rotating cast of musicians and friends to help them create what is arguably their most varied and strongest work to date. The band lineup that solidified around Feast of Wire is back again, along with a number of guests, including Sam Beam, Douglas McCombs, and Pieta Brown.
Calexico played to a sold out crowd at Bowery Ballroom in NYC Tuesday, 7 December 2004.
Here are some photos from the event.