Entries tagged with: Cat Power
photos by Lori Baily
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 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...
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.
by Andrew Frisicano
Australian band The Middle East first put out their debut release, The Recordings of The Middle East, in early 2008. That EP, now in a reworked and abbreviated package, was finally released in the US on October 27th by Spunk (according to Wikipedia, in the in-between period the band broke up and reformed). Two tracks from the EP are posted above, including the stellar "Blood," a song that has the same kind of haunted, economical sound that Grizzly Bear works so well, with a more pop-focused foundation. The band's songs are varied and stretch to cover a lot of popular indie sounds. Fans of Iron & Wine, Fleet Foxes, Nick Drake and Bon Iver take note.
They'll be opening dates for Grizzly Bear and Cat Power in Australia, with their own dates in the country as well (including its Big Day Out, Woodford Folk and Laneway festivals). Their first US appearance is scheduled for March at SXSW in Austin.
The EP is streaming in full below with the video for "Blood" and all tour dates....
He actually published this list in August, but in case you missed it...
photos by Chris La Putt
"Friday night's show at the Chevrolet Theatre in Wallingford was not just an exercise in nostalgia as playing songs from "Concrete" was Hynde's main objective. Eight of the night's 20 songs were from the new disc and Hynde was far from worried about disappointing the fans that came just for the classic cuts.The Pretenders, Cat Power and Juliette Lewis (she dropped "the Licks) are on tour. That review comes from Friday's CT show. Since then they played the Stone Pony Summerstage in NJ, and last night (8/10) they played an outdoor, meat-free show at Central Park Summerstage in hot and humid NYC. More pictures from that show, and the CT setlist, below....
"We're going to be throwing some new songs at you," she said early in the set. "I hope you like them; if not, tough." [CT Post]
The Pretenders @ the Stone Pony Summerstage (relaxing)
"Fans going to the two New York metropolitan area Pretenders concerts -- August 9 at the Stone Pony Summer Stage in Asbury Park, NJ [last night], and August 10 at the Central Park SummerStage in New York, NY [tonight] -- might want to [save their appetites] before they enter the venues.Cat Power and Juliette Lewis are also on the bill.
Concert promoter Live Nation is supporting Chrissie Hynde's vegetarian initiatives by removing all meat products from the venues, as well as providing a special vegetarian BBQ for radio contest winners at the Central Park show. Hynde is a longtime and well-known vegetarian and PETA activist." [TicketNews]
Juliette taking a break from rockin' out
"With an exciting new sound and significantly diverse collection of songs, Juliette Lewis is ready to unveil her new album, Terra Incognita via The End Records on September 9, 2009. Juliette has also announced a US summer tour with The Pretenders and Cat Power (datesAs previously posted, the incredible, but real bill of The Pretenders, Cat Power and Juliette Lewis is hitting Stone Pony's Summerstage in Jersey on August 9th. At the time there were just two dates announced - that one, and August 22 in Colorado. Now it's an entire tour which includes The Greek Theatre in LA, a show in CT, and one at NYC's Central Park Summerstage on August 10th. Stay tuned for ticket info. All dates below...
to beannounced shortly).
Fans can go to Juliette's MySpace to stream tracks from the upcoming album. Instrumental in creating the sound for this new record is the album's producer Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, leader of Mars Volta." [PR]
Leftover Crack fan in Texas (more)
Leftover Crack, Star Fucking Hipsters, Trash Talk, and The Casualties are playing Irving Plaza on July 3rd. Assuming Irving Plaza doesn't get shut down (unlikely) (or even if it does), this punk show is sure to be a good time. Tickets are on sale.
Less of a good time will probably be had at the punk show happening at Madison Square Garden on July 27th. Tickets for Green Day's big NYC show are on sale (@ 10am). They are also playing a few shows at much smaller venues, and Saturday Night Live this weekend.
The opposite of a good time will probably be had at the same big venue on October 5th. The Ting Tings are playing MSG with Pink. Tickets are on presale (@ 10am). PASSWORD = LEAPFROG
Probably fun, but still kind of lame? Aerosmith and ZZ Top play MSG on September 14th. Tickets are on AmEx and Internet presale now, and go on general sale Monday, May 18th, at 10am. It's the same day Kings of Leon play Nassau Coliseum.
Same venue, same summer (move over Blondie, Pat Benatar and The Donnas): The Pretenders, Cat Power and Juliette (and the Licks) Lewis are playing the Stone Pony's Summerstage on August 9th. Tickets are currently on Ticket Rush presale (password = live), and they go on general sale Saturday at noon. The same three ladies (bands) have an August 22nd Colorado show scheduled, so let's home for a full tour with NYC date too.
And don't forget Kylie Minogue tickets go on sale Saturday at 10am.
by Ryan Barkan
Miller Chili or mojitos anyone?
Phone wars 2009 - Verizon vs. AT&T. It is always a battle when these two giants square off with their :60 second spots in tow to prove which company provides the best cellular service and coverage. In recent years, Verizon has enlisted the likes of AC/DC and The Killers. Included in the deal with the Aussie rockers was the right to exclusively offer the band's music digitally. On the other side, AT&T has hammered home their phone offerings and 5-bar messages with a spot including a track from Lupe Fiasco featuring Jill Scott, "Daydreamin", one with Mates Of State, and an Amos Lee commercial, among others. Both have recently gone to the licensing well again to soundtrack new technology and coverage, but with different strategies.
Verizon's new "Hub" decided to go the synergy route, using one of the most popular mainstream tunes of the last year, Jason Mraz's "I'm Yours", in multiple spots showcasing the company's new phone technology.
AT&T meanwhile went with different tunes for each of the new 5-bar spots, matching songs with each commercial's creative direction. In "Backpackers", the sentimental "Falling in Love in a Coffeeshop" by Landon Pigg tells the story of two lovers who met on a brief European backpacking trip. However, because of the quality of the service and technology, they not only can stay in touch with great coverage but end up together again with a touching beachfront reunion. Another boxing themed spot brings to mind Rocky with "Gonna Fly Now." Eighties rockers Journey power this commercial for the symphony. Lastly, an inspirational spot based on Venice, CA, store Tom's Shoes. The store has one premise -- each pair of shoes bought equals one free pair for a child in need. The commercial uses an instrumental version of James Blunt's "Same Mistake." Watch that spot here.
Other Notable Commercial Licensing News:
An instant classic commercial from Heineken -- the beer company celebrates responsible drinking (title is called "Let A Stranger Drive You Home") with the help from Biz Markie's "Just A Friend". Watch the spot below.
Beer maker Miller went with San Fran's The Dodos as the music for their new Miller Chill commercial. Watch it below.
"Daylight," a track by Matt & Kim, provides the vibe in a new commercial for Bacardi Mojitos. See it below.
photos by Lori Baily
[Marianne Faithfull's] new album [Easy Come, Easy Go] adds some great new interpretations to her rich repertoire, including songs by older artists (Smokey Robinson, Billie Holiday) and younger ones (the Decemberists, Neko Case).The Hal Wilner-produced Easy Come, Easy Go is out now on Decca Records. On it, Marianne also covered Dolly Parton, Espers, and Morrissey. Plus, Chan Marshall, Sean Lennon, Rufus Wainwright, Teddy Thompson, Nick Cave, Antony and Keith Richards all make guest appearances! The musician credits are also chock full of familiar names like Marc Ribot and Lenny Pickett. Full track list below.
Faithfull found a particular kinship with Case. "I read that she took one line for her song from the 'Brothers Karamazov,'" the singer says. "That's something I would do." [NY Daily News]
Marianne played two shows at NYC's City Winery - March 27th and 28th. The pictures in this post are from the first. On March 31st she appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman where she performed the Decemberists' "The Crane Wife 3" (without Nick Cave who helps her sing it on the album).
The Letterman video, and everything else, below...
photos by Ryan Muir
"Her setlist contained mostly covers, including "House of the Rising Sun," "Dark End of the Street," "Fortunate One," "Lord, Help the Poor and Needy" and "New York, New York". With Chan being in a class all her own, she gave each track a unique spin, mostly due to her fantastic backing band, the Dirty Delta Blues. You can spot Judah Bauer of the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and Gregg Foreman from one of my favorite departed bands, The Delta 72. Obviously, with a name like that, you're going to hear and fell the sounds of the deep south, a mixture of soul, blues and gospel. With that sound and Chan's empathetic, gravely voice, you have the makings of a perfect performance." [Music Snobbery]Cat Power kicked off her short February tour at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn last night (2/5). The show was annnounced only a few days ago, after her two bigger shows at the Apollo Theater were close to being sold out. Those bigger shows happen tonight/Friday and Saturday.
The Dexter Romweber Duo opened at MHOW and does again at the Apollo. More pictures and the setlist from last night below...
Obits @ Santos Party House - December 2008 (more by Jonny Leather)
Tickets are on sale for a February 22nd Matisyahu show at The Bell House in Brooklyn.
Obits are playing the Bell House on March 27th. Tickets are on sale.
The Whitest Kids You Know (comedy) are playing The Bell House on February 26th. Tickets are on sale.
See some other things that went on sale Friday.
Video of Obits playing live in East River Park over the summer, below...
Cat Power's set of Apollo Theater shows are just few days away (Feb 6-7) (tix), but that didn't stop her/Chan/them from announcing a third NYC show that's happening even sooner. The new one is happening in Brooklyn at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Thursday, February 5th. $30 TICKETS ARE ON SALE @ NOON.
The Dexter Romweber Duo are opening the Brooklyn show...
The Dex Romweber Duo also features Dex's celebrated sibling Sara Romweber (Mitch Easter, Lets Active, Snatches of Pink) on drums. Together they have been performing electrifying concerts all over the US and Europe, touring with Cat Power, Southern Culture On The Skids, Legendary Shack Shakers, Reverend Horton Heat, Neko Case and the White Stripes.Lykke Li plays the same venue tonight (2/3). Beirut is there tomorrow. Of Montreal is playing there three nights in a row in April.
Dex is the subject of a new documentary movie, "Two-Headed Cow," which chronicles his legendary career. The movie includes testimonials by Jack White, Neko Case, Cat Power and Exene Cervenka amongst others, all of whom cite Dex as a major personal influence.
The Dex Romweber Duo's new CD "Ruins of Berlin" will be in stores February 10, 2009 on Bloodshot Records. The CD features guest appearances by Neko Case, Cat Power, Exene Cervenka and Rick Miller of Southern Culture on the Skids.
Neko Case has some shows coming up too.
Dex Romweber is also opening both Apollo shows. All Cat Power & Dex Romweber dates below...
Animal Collective @ Grand Ballroom (more by Zach Dilgard)
today in NYC
* Chief @ Mercury Lounge
* Previously on Lost @ The Bell House
* Mickey Factz & Theophilus London @ SOB's
* Doug Gillard, Unsacred Hearts, Arrows & Nights @ Pianos
* Animal Collective, Drawlings @ Bowery Ballroom
* Spectre Folk, MV & EE, Kurt Vile @ Monster Island Basement
* Cubic Zirconia, Michna (w/ Raw Paw) @ The Studio at Webster Hal
* Colourmusic, Hockey, David Karsten Daniels @ Union Hall
* Yoni Gordon & The Goods, Franz Nicolay, Emilyn Brodsky, Cowgirl
* Laurie Anderson, Brightblack Morning Light, Dirty Projectors and friends @ Brooklyn Academy of Music
Tonight is Cubic Zirconia's first show. The new band features Tiombe Lockhart on vocals.
Kanye West performed at the Obama Youth Ball yesterday. In an interview with CNN at the event, he called George Bush "a human being". Video below...
A "child" of Andy Warhol, friend of Debbie Harry, buddy of artist Keith Haring, inspiration to Marc Jacobs and collaborator with them all, Stephen Sprouse was among the first generation of artists who didn't distinguish between fashion, art and rock. Mostly known for his upscale version of downtown street fashion, Sprouse's artwork extended from design to silkscreen to paper. Before his premature death in 2004, Sprouse had been preparing for a retrospective of his life's work. And this January, five years later, it will be ready for display in a full-blown Sprouse-esque exhibition called "Rock on Mars" -- a futuristic, pop-influenced smorgasbord -- at Deitch Projects.The exhibition at Deitch coincides with Louis Vuitton's "boutique on SoHo's Greene Street [being] transformed into a Sprouse destination in time for the collection's arrival." AND IN HONOR OF THAT:
"Hopefully people saw his fashion designs when people were wearing them out," says Suzanne Geiss, director at Deitch, "but I'm excited to see what he did on clothing extended to total installations. Seeing these things together will be a first." Sprouse often incorporated musicians into his work -- in this exhibition, designed and curated by long-time collaborator Jamie Boud, there will be paintings of a crucified Iggy Pop and a rarely-seen Sid Vicious with his pants down. In conjunction with the exhibition, Rizzoli is set to release a book of Sprouse's work by Roger and Mauricio Padilha, The Stephen Sprouse Book; and Louis Vuitton has created a new line of clothing and accessories based on the original Vuitton-Sprouse 2001 collaboration.
The exhibition runs from Jan. 9 through Feb. 28, 2009, at Deitch Projects, 18 Wooster St., New York.
Vuitton will honor the late artist with three events this Thursday [January 8th/today]. The night will kick off with cocktails at the Vuitton boutique on Greene Street, with a simultaneous event at nearby Deitch Projects' Wooster Street Gallery for the opening of the "Rock on Mars" Sprouse retrospective [see above]. Afterwards, Vuitton and Jacobs will host a bash at the Bowery Ballroom, featuring a performance by Sprouse's friend Debbie Harry, followed by DJ Jus Ske. The venue is expected to have a Sprouse feel, with a special graffiti-and-neon decor.That is one of two big private shows in NYC tonight. The other, as pointed out by someone, is a performance by Cat Power at Union Pool in Brooklyn...
Chan Marshall (Cat Power) resting in Kyp Malone's beard
I have one pair of tickets to giveaway for each of the Cat Power shows happening at the Apollo Theater. I also have three new dates. Everything below...
DOWNLOAD: Cat Power - Metal Heart (MP3)
For Christmas 2008, CATPOWER presents a 6-song deluxe double-gatefold 10" vinyl and digital EP composed of tracks recorded for Jukebox (January 2008) but not released on that album. In keeping with the theme of the Jukebox album, all songs are covers.The Dark End Of The Street EP is available at Matador.
Below is the track listing. The name in parentheses belongs to the performer(s) who popularized the song:
1. Dark End Of The Street (James Carr, Aretha Franklin) *
2. Fortunate Son (Creedence Clearwater Revival)
3. Ye Auld Triangle (The Pogues) *
4. I've Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now) (Otis Redding)
5. Who Knows Where The Time Goes (Sandy Denny / Fairport Convention) *
6. It Ain't Fair (Aretha Franklin)
Cat Power is playing the Apollo Theater in NYC on February 6th and 7th. Tickets will go on sale Wednesday December 24th at 10am.
Cat Power's video for "Where is My Love", below...
The Watson Twins' Top 9 albums of 2008
1. Elbow, The Seldom Seen Kid (Geffen Records)That list via Filter. The Watson Twins are opening for Ben Kweller at some shows in 2009. That includes Town Hall in NYC on February 25th. Tickets go on Am Ex presale at noon. Tickets go on regular sale Friday at noon. All known tour dates below...
2. Everest, Ghost Notes (Vapor Records)
3. Chica Libre, Sonido Amazonico (Barbes)
4. My Morning Jacket, Evil Urges (Ato Records / Red)
5. Cat Power, Jukebox (Matador Records)
6. Radiohead, In Rainbows (ATO)
7. David Byrne/Brian Eno, Everything That Happens Will Happen Today (Todo Mundo)
8. Jenny Lewis, Acid Tongue (Warner Bros.)
9. Bob Dylan, Bootleg Series Vol. 8 (Sony)
In a good week for reissues, Matador Records releases a remastered edition of Pavement's Brighten the Corners tomorrow. The 2-CD edition contains the remastered album, as well as 34 non-album tracks and a 62-page booklet.
New releases are slim, but there are some worth checking out. Cat Power has a new EP in stores Tuesday, Dark End of the Street, as does Mark Kozelek, The Finally. Other discs I can definitely recommend include DM Stith's Curtain Speech and Welcome Wagon's Welcome To The Welcome Wagon.
"What a fitting day to announce the complete list of artists involved with our upcoming album DARK WAS THE NIGHT - the February 17th 4AD release that will benefit the Red Hot Organization. It's World AIDS Day, and in honor of that, we bring you the exciting news."More info on the previously mentioned comp below...
photos by Kyle Dean Reinford
Cat Power came after Rodrigo y Gabriela on the main stage Sunday. It was raining. I decided it was worth getting a little wet so I stood there getting wet (I didn't bring an umbrella and I'm too cool to wear a poncho). Like they did at Lollapalooza, Chan Marshall and band blazed through an hour set that was a mix of the bluesier, big-band new stuff and the mellower old stuff that I like better. Better or not, her whole set was worth paying attention to and then it stopped raining (though it would start again later in the day). At that point I decided to make the best of the rest of Sunday. Also, I had never seen the new version of The Secret Machines. More pictures and recap below...
most photos by Kyle Dean Reinford
Though I got there late on the first night (in time to see Girl Talk, some of Underworld and then Radiohead though), I did make the trek to Jersey City all three days of the All Points West festival this past weekend. Unfortunately (for the festival I guess?) I don't think there are not many people besides state police, ferry operators, festival staff and photographers that can say the same thing. The admission price was high and Sunday's lineup was not very popular (in this neck of the woods anyway). Sunday's crowd looked completely different than Friday and Saturday. Sunday's crowd looked like people that didn't mind paying close to $100 to see Jack Johnson, Ben Harper and Trey Anastasio. Saturday's crowd looked like people that weren't about to spend another $100 to see Cat Power, Rogue Wave and The Secret Machines in Jersey City on a Sunday.
Anyway, I went Sunday (to which I got very many "Why??"'s). I was most excited to see Amadou & Mariam followed by Rodrigo y Gabriela (the 'world music' segment of the show) followed by Cat Power. They are the three artists that started the day off on the same stage that Radiohead headlined the two nights before. And because I was in attendance at both of those Radiohead performances, it was extremely difficult to get myself moving back to Jersey City on Sunday early-afternoon. Somehow I did though. It probably took me about 90 minutes to get there, and the whole time I knew there was a good chance I'd miss A&M. When I finally did get there, it was about to rain and, for the second day in a row, I had to wait on a long line to get through the gate. Luckily for me, the impending rain also caused Sunday to start late. I heard it was because they were making the grounds a little safer and more waterproof before they let anyone in (I didn't confirm that). Because of the delay I got to see a song of Neil Halstead, a song of De Novo Dahl, and almost all of Amadou & Mariam who weren't a letdown, but all factors considered (early, gloomy, about to rain, small crowd, running late, frustrating commute, seeing Radiohead in the same spot the night before), I wasn't having the time of my life like I was when I saw the same group play Summerstage a couple of years earlier.
The schedule was all screwed up at this point, so from A&M I was able to run over and catch a decent amount of Rogue Wave on one of the smaller stages. They sounded great and weren't boring. I think that's when it started to drizzle. Not bad enough to seek shelter, but enough for the umbrellas (which supposedly weren't allowed in the venue) to start popping out. From Rogue Wave I headed back to the main stage to catch Rodrigo y Gabriela. As exciting as it was to see them again, it really started to pour during their set. Sick of getting wet, I moved to a covered area. I could still hear them from a distance, but it was hardly like being upfont. That's where I stayed until Cat Power.
Photos and video of the first two Sunday main stage sets below....
by Black Bubblegum
When was the last time you saw these two in the same room together?
So is Fucked Up really fucked up?More from that great interview, on F'd Up's blog.
Fucked Up: Great question, you are off to a fantastic start.
Did you see my mother's uncel? my grandma said he lives in canada but i think he is just a polish.
Good question - is he lost?
Is feist a real person or it's just Chan Marshall singing in canadian?
She is real - we have met her. She used to crash at our roadies apartment before she was famous. She was also in a punk band (see above, number 7). We are on the same label as Chan Marshall but the boss said we are not allowed to ever meet her because she is crazy.
I also heard you're christmas ep. I have some questions about that:
A/1 how does Nelly Furtado smell?
She did her vocal track for that session in an isolation booth and came too and from the studio in an airplane, and a limo dropped her right into the booth. So we could see her and give her instructions, but we could not smell her or really talk to her, only through a microphone.
A/2 does she snort cocain? She looks like she not but i have this idea that stars are taking all kind of drugs and drinks behind the cameras and papers just because it's so evil to con their catholic fans. I mean i bet homer simpson is a drunk child beater when the cameras don't roll.
Again, we don't know, but I could ask her next time I see her.
When Fucked Up isn't releasing an album, talking about Feist, Cat Power & Nelly Furtado, or doing interviews slagging their former label, the band is scheduling tours... like the one for this fall in the northeast and parts of the midwest. That tour includes a two night stand in NYC with Vivian Girls. The first show is October 15th at Bowery Ballroom (also with Mind Eraser) (on sale 8/8 at noon). The next one is the next night at "Harket Motel".
And in keeping with the F*** theme, F***ed up noted that they'll be traveling (on at least part of the tour) in the same vegetable oil-powered bus that the F*** Yeah Tour used on their month-long trek. F***ed Up are also playing the F*** Yeah Fest in LA. All tour dates below.
by BrooklynVegan Mike
DOWNLOAD: Duchess Says - Ccut Up (MP3)
Osheaga, the outdoor music festival in Montreal, celebrated its third birthday this weekend with a bevy of local acts, some emerging talent, and great live performers. Day one (Sunday August 3rd) of the festival was also one of the most hectic musical days in recent [Montreal] memory. The week long Francophone music festival, FrancoFolies, concluded the same day with a performance by former Osheaga artist Malajube, and Wolf Parade (another former Osheaga performer) finished a tour downtown with their first Montreal performance since the release of At Mount Zoomer....
photos by Bao Nguyen
"While her band does not appear as debonair as handsome Fred Astaire, Cat Power's appearance onstage rivaled Audrey Hepburn's skinny jean-ed appearance in Funny Face --equally as vigorous but with twice the depth. Lost in the Funny Face memories of my youth, I was somewhat intimidated when there appeared no short-haired, dainty, or anorexic woman in front of me. In her place, there was a toned, anything-but-fragile women wearing the mantra "People have the power," intent on wooing an audience with belted bits and pieces of blues-like emotion.More Lollapalooza pictures & tour dates below...
Of course, Cat Power does not disappoint. Audiences may initially be lulled in by sweet music and somewhat insightful lyrics, but when all boils down, she needs only to captivate by voice. This particular performance was offset by what we'll say were soundboard malfunctions (At one point a couple of disgruntled fans began chanting "Kill the soundboard guy"); however, the performance maintained professional fluidity mainly through vocal dexterity(Well, and a very patient band)."... [Blend Music]