Entries tagged with: Crowded House
by Bill Pearis
Sylvan Esso and Flock of Dimes (aka Jenn Wasner of Wye Oak) helped each other out for respective AV Club Undercover sessions, with Sylvan Esso doing Gillian Welch's "Everything is Free" and Flock of Dimes tackling Crowded House's "Don't Dream It's Over." They're both really good, and you can watch them below. Both session songs are being released as a split 7" that will be out via Partisan Records on November 7 so keep an eye out for that.
Sylvan Esso are doing the festival circuit, this weekend visiting Dover, DE for Firefly. Wasner has a couple Flock of Dimes dates as well, in September. All dates for both are listed below.
Crowded House frontman Neil Finn, who just finished up a live webcast from his home in New Zealand, has a new solo album on the way. The 12-track "Dizzy Heights" LP will be on February 7th, but if you pre-order it now you get access to the song "Dive Bomber" immediately. You can also listen to that song via its video which makes its premiere here. Watch below...
Like all nerds and pretty much everyone, we're excited for Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. The movie doesn't hit theaters until December 13. but you can listen to the soundtrack to the film, which comes out on December 10, now. It's streaming in full below.
Like The Lord If The Rings trilogy, The Hobbit was scored by Howard Shore who is also working on the next two Hobbit films in this trilogy. It also features a track by Crowded House's Neil Finn with his sons Elroy and Liam, "Song of the Lonely Mountain," which you can listen to over at Rolling Stone, that will play in the end credits. The movies are filmed in New Zealand where the Finns are from, so that's a nice touch.
Soundtrack stream and tracklist below...
photos by Kurt Christensen
"Let's get one thing straight: Crowded House isn't a one-hit wonder. Sure, the Australian band is known by '80s music fans for its 1987 hit "Don't Dream It's Over" (and maybe the subsequent "Something So Strong"), but songwriter Neil Finn has actually guided different incarnations of the band through six full-length albums and earned critical acclaim for his solo albums and side projects." [NPR]You saw the setlist and the video from Wednesday night's show at Bowery Ballroom where David Byrne joined Crowded House and family (Sharon Finn and Liam Finn are both on the tour with Neil). Now here are the pics, along with video from the band's appearance on Jimmy Fallon (they really made the most of their trip here that included three shows at Bowery, and includes one at Wellmont Theatre tonight), below....
photos by Andrew St Clair
Crowded House completed their three-night run at Bowery Ballroom in NYC last night (7/21). It was also at the third show that David Byrne came out for the encore to join the band on two Talking Heads covers. We actually have pictures from that show too, but the pictures in this post are from the 2nd night, July 20th. Stay tuned for the ones from night three.
If you missed the show, there's one more NYC-area chance when Crowded House plays Wellmont Theater in NJ on Friday.
More of the night two pictures, video of the David Byrne part from last night, and all three setlists (including which songs Neil Finn's wife Sharon son Liam played on), below...
Wait, what year is it?
Crowded House is going on a tour (to support a new album) that brings them to Bowery Ballroom for three nights (7/19-7/21) (tickets on sale) and one night (7/23) at The Wellmont Theater in NJ (tickets).
Huey Lewis & the News plays a show at Wellmont too (7/13). Tickets are on sale.
Same with Tears for Fears (8/21). Tickets are on sale.
Over Christmas 2008 and New Year 2009, [Crowded House's] Neil Finn has invited the core band from his 2001 Seven Worlds Collide project, plus some other special guests, to create a new album at Roundhead studios in Auckland, New Zealand.Wilco kick off their tour-ending two night run with Neil Young at Madison Square Garden tonight (Monday, December 15th).
Guests confirmed so far are Radiohead's Phil Selway and Ed O'Brien, legendary guitarist Johnny Marr, founder member of The Smiths and current member of US alternate rock innovators Modest Mouse, Soul Coughing's Sebastian Steinberg, multi-instrumentalist Lisa Germano, Wilco members Jeff Tweedy, John Stirratt, Glenn Kotche and Pat Sansone, Scottish singer-songwriter KT Tunstall, along with NZ musicians Liam Finn, Don McGlashan and Bic Runga. All proceeds from this very special recording will go to support the continuing great work of Oxfam International.
There will also be a short series of intimate and informal live performances in New Zealand at Auckland's Powerstation on 5, 6 and 7 January 2009.
Everest opens both shows. Everest frontman Russell Pollard's wife's band The Watson Twins (like Everest's album and) play Town Hall in NYC in February.
Staten Island's PS 22 chorus @ Irving Plaza, NYC - April 30, 2008 (kenf225)
It's an ironclad rule of rock&roll that anything involving a children's chorus is a bad idea. From "You Can't Always Get What You Want" to the Clash's remake of "Career Opportunities," the results are usually mawkish at best and disastrous at worst.Last night was the last of three shows Crowded House played at Irving Plaza in NYC. More tour dates HERE. Video of the band playing with the PS 22 chorus, and the set list from night 2, below....
But not last night, at Crowded House's show at Irving Plaza. The PS 22 Chorus, from an elementary school in northwest Staten Island, has made something of a name for itself by performing wonderful arrangements of contemporary pop hits, and has performed them with stars like Tori Amos. And last night they opened for Crowded House.
The kids came out and did a couple of songs on their own, under the direction of the teacher, Gregg Breinberg, and then Neil Finn came out, grinning from ear to ear and applauding, and the rest of the band joined him, and they did two more songs. The version of "Throw Your Arms Around Me" they did is beyond description -- it's a beautiful song to begin with, but the kids clearly love it and get it. [Riffs and Licks]
Tickets go on sale Friday (and are now on presale/presale) for three Crowded House shows at the Fillmore NY @ Irving Plaza in NYC - part of an intimate venue tour that also hits DC, Boston, Toronto, Chicago, San Francisco and LA. In related news....
Crowded House have started work on the follow-up album to "Time on Earth" at Roundhead Studios in New Zealand.All tour dates below.....
Liam & Neil (Crowded House) Finn (CRED)
words & photos by Bao Nguyen
Liam Finn (son of Neil) began his set to a small audience (an un-crowded house?) last night (Feb 26, 2008) at Sound Fix in Brooklyn (sans Eddie Vedder). He began his set with somewhat slow, folk songs which soon progressed into his own unique sound. Organized chaos can be used to describe some of Liam Finn's songs, where Ben Gibbard-esque vocals are met with sharp cadences and brief guitar riffs. Between songs the audience was amused with Finn's first taste of Brooklyn Lager and his aspirations to move to New York in three or maybe five years time. As the songs evolved and progressed, the audience also grew in size. His pleasant stage presence and unique songs make Liam Finn someone to watch in the future.
Crowded House, fresh off their Coachella and Glass House reunion appearances, have announced their summer tour dates that include two nights at NYC's Beacon Theatre in August with Pete Yorn. All dates below....