Entries tagged with: David Letterman
Blondie in NJ in 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
This past Sunday's Grammys telecast is behind us, but another televised event that will have a ton of Americans in front of their TVs happens this Sunday (2/2): the Super Bowl. A bunch of NYC-area concerts have been announced for the weekend-wide celebration, and since we last spoke, even more have been added.
NYC punk/new wave legends Blondie will play a FREE show at the Super Bowl Boulevard Concert Stage on Saturday (2/1). The stage is located in downtown Manhattan at Broadway & 40th Street, and Blondie go on at 8:30 PM. Blondie are also set to speak and perform at SXSW this year.
Jay Z (who performed and won an award at the Grammys) is also playing a Super Bowl concert. His happens on Saturday and is an invite-only DirecTV party.
Howard Stern's 60th Birthday Bash happens Friday (1/31) at Hammerstein Ballroom at 6 PM and will stream on SiriusXM. Jimmy Kimmel is hosting the event, and guests include Louis C.K., David Letterman, Sarah Silverman, Jon Bon Jovi, John Fogerty, Steven Tyler and others. Hopefully if you're there you'll get to see Steven Tyler dance again.
Meanwhile, catch Louis CK and the Arctic Monkeys on the Late Show with David Letterman tonight (1/27).
There's also ASPIRE'S Ultimate 70s Soul Party with The O Jays at Time Warner Cable Studios and the 15th Annual NFL SUper Bowl Gospel Celebration with Patti Labelle, Mary Mary, Natalie Grant, Tamela Mann and Donnie McClurkin at MSG, both on Friday.
The Orwells @ BV-Soundwave stage @ Lollapalooza (more by Cory Dewald)
Last week The Orwells made their network television debut on Letterman, an impressive rock 'n' roll performance that even got Dave and Paul super worked up. The video is below if you haven't seen it. Make sure you watch to the end.
Catch the band on their upcoming tour which includes a free show at Rough Trade in Brooklyn, dates with the Arctic Monkeys, SXSW, and a run with Twin Peaks which brings them to Bowery Ballroom. All dates are also listed below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Metric @ Bowery Ballroom - 11/19/13
After Metric brought their tour supporting Paramore to MSG last week (11/13), they announced they'd swing back around NYC for their own much smaller show, which happened last night (11/19) at Bowery Ballroom. Their 17-song set was made up mostly of material from their two most recent albums -- Synthetica and Fantasies -- and 2005's Live It Out. During their encore, they dedicated "The Police and the Private" to the end of NYC's stop-and-frisk program and dedicated an acoustic rendition of "Gimme Sympathy" to the late Lou Reed, who had joined them on stage at their 2012 Radio City show. Pictures from the show are in this post.
Metric also played Letterman last week, and you can watch a video from their performance, along with more Bowery Ballroom pictures, the setlist and a couple videos, below...
Metric @ MSG - 11/13/13 (via @efactorygirl)
Canadian indie pop band Metric have been on a tour supporting Paramore which just hit NYC for a huge show at Madison Square Garden last night (11/13). If you'd rather see Metric headlining their own show, and in a much more intimate environment, you're in luck because they've added a last-minute NYC show happening on Tuesday (11/19) at Bowery Ballroom. (It's even intimate for Metric's standards. Their last headlining show in NYC was at Radio City, where they were joined by Lou Reed.) Tickets for the Bowery Ballroom show go on sale Friday (11/15) at noon.
Metric will also perform on Letterman tonight (11/14). Updated dates are listed, along with a video and the setlist from Metric's set at MSG, below...
As you may know, King Krule will be touring North America in December, including a NYC show at Webster Hall on December 4. Tickets to that show are still available but if you'd like to see him somewhere more intimate and sooner -- much much sooner -- King Krule has just been added to TONIGHT's (10/29) Mercury Lounge bill which is a benefit, "Rock to Stop MS," that also features The Everymen, Life Eaters, and is hosted by Zach Garner. Tickets are still available. 100% of the proceeds go to National MS Society.
King Krule also just played "Easy Easy" on Letterman last night and you can watch that video below...
photos by James Richards IV
Deltron 3030 @ House of Blues
"It's not there like it used to be. I'm not mad at that. You've got lots of new movements happening, like the trap movement, and I enjoy that quite a bit. So musically, there's a lot of great stuff. So far as rhyming and stuff goes, there are a lot of kids out there who are really dope, and that encourages me to get doper still. Like, the whole Odd Future camp, and what they're doing over there, that's special, and then in New York you've got Joey Bada$$ and Pro Era. These are kids, but they're done. They've done their homework. And they are taking things that level further. I don't think hip-hop has to be what it used to be." [Del The Funky Homosapien]Deltron 3030, the 'alternative hip hop supergroup' of Dan the Automator, Del the Funky Homosapien and Kid Koala, reappeared with a new album and live dates in 2013, orchestra included. Those dates included NYC shows at Brooklyn Bowl (Oct. 9) and Highline Ballroom (Oct. 14), as well as a Chicago show at House of Blues (Oct 19). The latter is pictured in this post.
On 10/15 Deltron 30/30 appeared on Letterman joined by a 16-piece orchestra and 4-piece band onstage, including special guest, producer Just Blaze on keyboards. Check out the video from that, and more pictures and tour dates (Fun Fun Fun Fest included), below...
TV on the Radio @ FYF 2013 (more by Wei Shi)
Having left Interscope back in the spring, the gears are clearly starting to move again for TV on the Radio who will now putting out music through guitarist Dave Sitek's Federal Prism label. They were just out in LA for the FYF Fest and have released a couple digital singles this summer, both of which have come with impressive videos. "Mercy" is probably the most immediate, driving rock song the band have done since the early days of "Wolf Like Me"; and "Million Miles" is more ethereally soulful. TVotR just performed "Mercy" last night on The Late Show with David Letterman last night (9/5) and you can watch that below.
The two tracks' respective videos are both productions of a MySpace project called Music Video Collaborations With Artists We Like. The funny, thoughtful one for "Million Miles" was co-directed by singer Tunde Adebimpe. They're both worth watching and you can do so below.
Meanwhile, you may remember that a Tunde Adebimpe side project, Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band (with Ryan Sawyer on drums), opened for Yeah Yeah Yeahs at Union Pool last November. The band will release their debut EP on October first via their own ZNA label. You can listen to a track from that, "The Blast, The Bloom," below.
Passion Pit on 'Live on Letterman' - 9/4/13
After playing Chicago's North Coast Music Festival this past weekend (where they lost most of their equipment during the storm that hit), Passion Pit made their way to NYC (with new instruments) to perform on "Live on Letterman" last night (9/4). The performance was just under an hour and saw the band playing mostly off of last year's Gossamer, but also a few cuts from their debut LP, Manners. Check out the full video and setlist, below.
Passion Pit are about to continue on their extensive tour, which includes their two NYC shows this weekend with Best Coast on Pier 26 on Friday (9/6) and Saturday (9/7). Tickets to those shows are still available, and we also have a pair for each to give away.
Updated dates are listed, along with the Letterman video, below...
Passion Pit at Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Ahead of Passion Pit's Pier 26 shows, they'll be performing live on Live on Letterman on September 4. The concert is taped at the Ed Sullivan Theater and airs on CBS.com and VEVO at 8 PM EST. You can also vote for what their last song will be on CBS.com. We've also got two pairs of tickets to give away for this show. Details on how to enter are below.
Passion Pit also just released their Taco Bell-sponsored documentary that they filmed during SXSW. The documentary, titled Hello Everywhere, was directed by Sam Jones (who did Wilco's I Am Trying to Break Your Heart) and features footage of the band and opener Wildcat! Wildcat! performing at Hype Hotel. You can watch the whole thing below.
Wildcat! Wildcat! are also touring with Black Light Dinner Party this year and hitting NYC for shows on September 26 at Glasslands (tickets) and September 28 at Mercury Lounge (tickets). All dates are listed below.
Updated dates are listed, along with the documentary video and contest details, below...
Franz Ferdinand - 'Live on Letterman'
Franz Ferdinand are returning in August with Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action, this first album since 2009, and last night (7/22) they came to NYC to tape an appearance on last night's The Late Show with David Letterman, where they performed "Right Action." After the taping, they stuck around the Ed Sullivan Theater to play a full set for the online series Live on Letterman. They played about half of the new album, and of course old favorites like "The Dark of the Matinee," "Ulysses," "Take Me Out," etc. Videos of both performances are below.
Franz are sticking around NYC for an album listening party at Glasslands tonight (7/23), which they'll also be DJing, along with guest DJ Liv Spencer. RSVP is closed. Their tour also brings them back to NYC for a live show on October 22 at Hammerstein Ballroom (tickets).
Franz Ferdinand at Coachella 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
As you may know, Franz Ferdinand are back this year with a new album, Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action (stream two tracks) and a tour which hits NYC on October 22 at Hammerstein Ballroom (tickets).
But the band will also make their way to NYC much sooner than that for an hour-long Live on Letterman concert this Monday (7/22), which will stream live on CBS.com and VEVO at 8 PM EST. The concert precedes their appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman, which airs later that evening on CBS.
Franz are also hosting a listening party for the new album the next day (7/23) in Brooklyn at Glasslands, where they'll be DJing along with a DJ set from Liv Spencer (Still Going, House of House). RSVP for the Live on Letterman performance and the listening party is open now.
Updated dates are listed, along with streams of the two new singles, below...
by Klaus Kinski
For those keeping score, your man Klaus has played drums in many many unpopular and unsignable bands since 1991. I've dragged my 1964 Ludwig Oyster Black Pearl 4 piece kit (2nd rack tom not shown) with 1965 Gretsch snare (all of which were purchased in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts for $175) from one end of the earth (the Northeast) to the other (the Midwest mostly) hundreds of times. 'Tis a gorgeous kit, in phenomenal condition, and I have endured hundreds if not millions of compliments regarding it's eye-watering beauty. I am a man who appreciates a nice set of drums. And I'm a man who appreciates a man who appreciates a nice set of drums. Therefore, I am a man who appreciates this wonderful compilation video featuring the great David Letterman appreciating his various musical guest's gear, focusing primarily, but not exclusively, drums. The video, and a list of who is in it, including GBV, Feist, Beirut, James Blake, The Strokes, Mastodon, St. Vincent, and many many more, is below. Behold!
MS MR @ Bowery Ballroom, 5/15/2013
From the website to your album cover art, it seems that everything you guys touch possesses a stunning and unique visual quality. Who comes up with these works of art?Despite the obvious comparisons to Florence + The Machine there is no doubting the mainstream appeal of MS MR and, given that they had a song in the Game of Thrones Season 3 trailer and are due to appear on The Late Show with David Letterman tonight (5/16), I don't anticipate it being long before everyone and their mother is trying to figure out what the mysterious band name means.
While every element of the project comes directly from us, one of our initial goals for MS MR was to create a community around the project, and we've had the incredible opportunity to work with up-and-coming directors and photographers like Tyler Kohlhoff, who shot the covers of the EP and the album. These artists have helped us refine our aesthetic (and their own) and continue to contribute as we incorporate new visual ideas.
Will these visuals play a factor in your upcoming U.S. tour? Can you give some examples of what readers can expect if they come to one of your shows?
The live show has actually been a chance for us bring it all back to the music - during this first year of touring we've had the opportunity to put a face on the project and show our musicianship, so we have kept it all very minimal. We're also a new band and can't afford to yet fully realize our elaborate schemes for set design...but we're always thinking about it and are excited to start incorporating things bit by bit.
Last night at Bowery Ballroom (5/15) was a great, if short, glimpse into the freshly released MS MR album Secondhand Rapture. Energetic, bold and powerful, MS MR (who played a BVSXSW day party this year) were enjoying their hometown gig on their first headlining tour. In addition to the music, singer Lizzie Plapinger, who two nights earlier was spotted in the crowd at Foxygen, treated the audience to nuggets of band autobiography between songs, including how they formed two years ago in keyboardist Max Hershenow's bedroom.
Tourmates Magic Man played a 40 minute opening set to warm up the crowd. More pictures from last night's Bowery Ballroom show are with many more tour dates below...
James Blake on 'Letterman' - 5/6/13
James Blake is on a tour in support of his fantastic new album, Overgrown, which already hit Coachella, and landed him in NYC last night (5/6) for a performance on the Late Show with David Letterman. He performed the single from his new album, "Retrograde," and you can watch a video of that performance below.
The late night TV appearance was ahead of his two tour stops at Terminal 5 TONIGHT (5/7) and Thursday (5/9) with FaltyDL. Tickets for tonight's show are still available and we're also giving away a pair, but Thursday's show is sold out. James and FaltyDL also DJ the Museum of Natural History on Friday (5/10). Later this month, FaltyDL will take part in an event at NYC's Sullivan Room on May 27.
Updated dates are listed, along with the 'Letterman' video, below...
The So So Glos at Death by Audio in 2010 (more by Leia Jospe)
The So So Glos have been playing around NYC for some time now, and they've been experiencing newfound success this year with the release of their album, Blowout, which Stereogum named their Album of the Week. It also inspired Rolling Stone to call them a Band to Watch, and they landed a spot on Letterman this past Friday (4/26) to perform its single, "Son of An American," which you can watch a video of below. The band actually set up a television at Bushwick DIY venue Shea Stadium on Friday night after Weekend's show so they could watch the Letterman broadcast. If you haven't heard Blowout yet, SPIN is streaming the entire thing.
The So So Glos are on tour now with Titus Andronicus (not for the first time). That tour kicked off in CT last night (4/28) and continues in Cambridge tonight. No NYC dates are announced for it, but Titus will play a free show on August 8 as part of the River Rocks series, and The So So Glos are sure to add something in their hometown sooner than later too.
Updated dates are listed, along with the Letterman video, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Garbage with Marrisa Paternoster, Wellmont Theatre 3/20/2012
Garbage's current tour with IO Echo hit the NYC area last night (3/20) at The Wellmont Theatre in New Jersey. The show was notable for a couple reasons. The band brought out a fan named Shannon who comes to shows dressed like singer Shirley Manson. It was a sweet little moment. (Pics of that below.) Later, Screaming Females' Marissa Paternoster joined them onstage for their cover of Springsteen/Patti Smith's "Because the Night," which they did on a lot of dates on their Southwest/Westcoast tour last year. Their collaborative cover is actually coming out as a Record Store Day 2013 7". Says Garbage:
We decided to record the duet that we had been performing on tour with the Screaming Females towards the end of 2012. The SF flew across country from New Jersey to Los Angeles so we could record it all together at EastWest Studio 1 in Hollywood ; 2 drum kits, 2 bass rigs, 2 guitars, 2 microphones and 1 piano. No mean feat.We missed openers IO Echo, but more pics from Garbage's Wellmont performance are below. The band hit NYC tomorrow night (3/22) for a sold-out show at Terminal 5.
Meanwhile, Garbage stopped by The Late Show with David Letterman on Tuesday to perform "Battle Me In" from 2012's Not Your Kind of People and you can watch that below.
Morrissey @ Terminal 5, 10/13/2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Morrissey played The Late Show with David Letterman last night, performing his yet-unrecorded song "Action is My Middle Name" and you can watch that below. Moz has four NYC area shows coming up including tonight's (1/9) performance at Long Island's Tilles Center for the Performing Arts (tickets). He'll play BAM on Friday (1/11) and tickets are still available for that too. Morrissey also plays Atlantic City's House of Blues on January 12 (tix), and Port Chester's Capitol Theatre on January 19 (tix).
Letterman video below...
Led Zeppelin appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman last night (12/3), a rare late night TV appearance for the group, but for an interview and unfortunately not to perform. Still, it was only one of few public interviews the band has done this year, after releasing their new concert film/album, Celebration Day. You can watch the videos of the interview below (via The Audio Perv).
A Place to Bury Strangers at MHOW in July (more by Chris La Putt)
today in NYC
* ASSSSCAT 3000 @ UCB
* Larry Roland @ The Stone
* Hannibal Buress" @ Knitting Factory
* Bill Carney's Jug Addicts @ Barbes
* Peter Stampfel & Friends @ Zebulon
* Phil Lesh & Friends @ The Capitol Theatre
* Tanlines (DJ), Victor Vasquez (DJ) @ The Dalloway
* Part Time, Splash, Caged Animals, Limited @ Glasslands
* Bassnectar, Gramatik, Alex English (DJ set) @ Terminal 5
* Rubblebucket, Reptar, Stepdad @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Turnip King, Haybaby, Big Muff, Marlon Rando @ Legion
* Deafening Colors, Deep Sleeper, Lewis Lazar @ Cake Shop
* A Place To Bury Strangers, Bleeding Rainbow @ Bowery Ballroom
* The Mallard, Habibi, SoftSpot, Juniper Rising @ Death By Audio
* Janeane Garofalo, Gary Gulman, Christian FInnegan @ EastVille Comedy Club
* Old Wives, The Parlour Suite, Sveta Bout, Katie's Money @ Pianos
* Chris Forsyth, Koen Holtkamp, Nymph, Les Conversations @ Shea Stadium
* Johanna Samuels, Jumpers, Money & King, Little Anchor @ Cameo Gallery
* The Juggs, D & M, The Cardinal Points, King Charles The Martyr @ Mercury Lounge
* Tiron & Anyomari, Denzil Porter, Tanya Morgan, Fresh Daily, Original Text, DJ Prince @ Public Assembly
* Nick Zinner of Yeah Yeah Yeahs (DJ set), Sam Spiegel (DJ set), Leo Fitzpatrick (DJ set), Cosmo Baker (DJ set) @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Wild Yaks, Free Blood, Ice Balloons, Field Mouse, Sophia Knapp, Desert Stars, Firecracker Firecracker, Jess Williamson @ Union Pool
* Slowdance, SKi Lodge, Cool Serbia, Passenger Peru, Backwords, Their Plans, The Veda Reys, Wojick & more @ Public Assembly
There are a bunch of Hurricane Sandy Relief benefits happening in NYC today.
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Divine Fits played "Baby Get Worse" on The Late Show with David Letterman on Friday night (11/16). Check out a video of that performance below.
Miguel played "Do You..." on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Friday night (11/16). Check out a video of that performance below.
photos by PSquared Photography
Chris Cornell at Bowery Ballroom - 11/12/12
With the pics we just posted of Pearl Jam side project RNDM, and all of the Soundgarden stuff going on in NYC this week, it's starting to feel a lot like early '90s Seattle around here. Soundgarden began their unofficial NYC week with a Live on Letterman concert at the Ed Sullivan Theater, which was webcasted live and can be watched in full below. Most of their 10-song set came from their new album, King Animal, which is out today (11/13) and can be listened to on Spotify, but they also included earlier cuts, "Beyond the Wheel," "Incessant Mace," and "Fell on Black Days." The band also performed King Animal single, "Been Away Too Long," on the Late Show with David Letterman. You can watch the video of that below too.
After the Letterman stuff went down, Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell made his way over to Bowery Ballroom for a solo show, which doubled as a Hurricane Sandy Relief benefit. It was an acoustic show, but the members of Soundgarden eventually showed up to join Chris for a full band set of Soundgarden songs. They played "Fell On Black Days," "Black Saturday," "Blow Up the Outside World," "Halfway There," "Black Hole Sun," and "Outshined." Pictures from the show are in this post, and a video from Chris' solo set is below.
It all continues tonight (11/13), when Soundgarden play their first of three intimate North American shows at NYC's Irving Plaza. That show is long sold out, but you can also catch the band when their 2013 tour brings them to Hammerstein Ballroom on January 22 and 23. Tickets for those shows go on AmEx/King Animal presale Wednesday (11/14) at 10 AM with a general on-sale starting Friday (11/16) at noon. Fan Club presale began on Monday (11/12).
UPDATE: This also just arrived in the inbox:
Converse announces a limited edition, exclusive collaboration with legendary alternative band Soundgarden in celebration of the band's highly anticipated new album "King Animal" releasing on November 13, 2012. The limited edition Soundgarden Chuck Taylor All Star sneaker will be available exclusively at Converse's Santa Monica store at Third Street Promenade and at Converse.com and will coincide with the band's first release in over 15 years.More pics, video, and the setlist from Bowery Ballroom, and the setlist and video from Letterman are below.
Soundgarden Converse Chuck Taylor All Star
Converse's limited edition Soundgarden Chuck Taylor All Star sneaker features album artwork from "King Animal" on a monochromatic black sneaker. The new Sound Garden logo is also highlighted in white on the heel. The Soundgarden Chuck Taylor All Star sneaker is limited to only 60 pairs and will be available in unisex whole
Suggested Retail Price: $65
Soundgarden in Atlantic City in 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
As mentioned, Soundgarden are playing three intimate North American shows this year, including one in NYC on November 13 at Irving Plaza. Presale tickets for that show go on sale today (11/8) at noon. You need a password (we think it might be "SPOONMAN"). General on-sale starts Friday (11/9) at noon.
The day before that show, Soundgarden will perform for 'Live on Letterman' at Ed Sullivan Theater (11/12) at 8 PM. That performance, which is about 45 minutes long as opposed to the one or two songs they'll perform on The Late Show with David Letterman that same night, will air live on CBS.com and VEVO. We're also giving away two pair of tickets to attend the show. More details on that below.
Soundgarden will release King Animal on November 13, but you can stream the entire thing now ahead of its release date on iTunes. The band also performed on Later... with Jools Holland on Tuesday (11/6). They played King Animal single "Been Away Too Long," plus the old favorite, "Rusty Cage." You can watch videos of both performances below.
Tegan and Sara at MHOW in 2010 (more by Jessica Amaya)
Tegan and Sara are going on a tour with The Killers which hits NYC on December 14 at Madison Square Garden and Camden, NJ's Susquehanna Bank Center (12/13) a day earlier. But if you'd like to see them without the Killers at a much smaller venue, you're in luck because before that tour kicks off they'll headline Bowery Ballroom on November 19 with Chaos Chaos. Tickets for that show go on sale Wednesday (11/7) at noon. You can also catch them on Letterman on November 20.
Tegan and Sara will release their new album, Hearthrob, in January 2013 and you can stream two of its tracks, "Closer" and "I'm Not Your Hero," along with a list of all dates are listed below.
Ty Segall and his band, unsurprisingly, ripped their performance of "You're the Doctor" on last night's episode of The Late Show with David Letterman, their network television debut. (They made their cable debut on Conan a few weeks back.) He also works in a "GO VOTE!" at the end there too. If you missed it, check out video from the performance, to which Letterman reacted "Remember kids, don't neglect your studies." Video is below and that comes from his new album, Twins, which is out now and his third LP of 2012.
While that will probably tide you over for a bit, there is no replacing seeing Ty Segall's live show in person. His seemingly-endless tour is will soon hit Europe, returning to North America for West Coast in December. He'll be back on theEast Coast with Ex-Cult in the New Year. Webster Hall gets the look on February 1 and tickets are still available.
Letterman video and all current dates are listed below.
words by Kelly Pratt; photos by Bryan Murray
Kelly Pratt of Bright Moments and many other musical projects has been on tour with David Byrne and St. Vincent, and chronicling it on BrooklynVegan. If you're just joining us, also check out part 1, part 2 , Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5. Part 6 begins here...
San Diego through Vancouver and beyond
After the Dallas show we all pile on the bus for the long trek to San Diego. Fortunately we don't have to tackle it all in one drive so we stop in El Paso for the day off. Jon N and I end up taking a long bike ride, including a shady trek through an arroyo, to go see Looper. The film turns out to be quite entertaining, despite its numerous violations of the grandfather paradox.
The following morning we wake up in San Diego at Humphrey's Half Moon, a fancy resort on Shelter Island. We have the day off again, so most of us bike to Mission Beach to enjoy the food and drink on the boardwalk. We meet up at a bar with two friends of John A and while everyone else heads to the beach, I stay behind to hear about the profession of one of them: horseshoe crab blood salesperson. She explains that the blood is vital to the pharmaceutical industry as a testing agent to ensure their products are free of bacterial infection. The crabs "donate" their blood, then are placed back in the ocean where their blood volume returns to normal within a week. With the price tag of $15,000 per quart the blood is quite valuable, and some of us make a silent pledge to change careers at the end of the tour.
The following night's show takes place in the outdoor courtyard of the hotel. Susanne, the lighting designer, sets up her rig directly on the balcony of my room. We are situated right next to the marina and during the show several dozen people pilot their boats into a little recess where they can hear (but not really see) what is coming from the stage. During our set David addresses them as "the boat refugees" and thanks them for coming.
The next few shows are a bit of a blur, primarily because we are playing every night. While there may not be as many opportunities for extra-curricular activities it feels nice to get into a bit of a groove. If anyone knows what tour momentum is about, it would have to be The Melvins. On the road at the same time as us, they are currently attempting to break a world record of "51 shows in 51 states in 51 days". They have a fascinating (and funny) account of it here. Reading of Trevor Dunn's encounter with a rowdy fan during an improvised bass solo reminds me of a recurring joke from our tour. Early on Brian Wolfe told us of his theory of free jazz. According to him you can boil almost the entirety of the history of the music down into two factions: "scratch 'n sniff" and "pet store on fire". Both types can be present within a single composition, or even simultaneously, but one must be present at all times. It is a joke of course, but close enough to the truth.
At 5700, the Greek Theatre is the largest venue of our tour and one we have been looking forward to since the beginning of rehearsals. It is a stunning amphitheater and has housed many legendary concerts including Neil Diamond's "Hot August Nights". Everyone is a bit nervous, but nerves quickly dissipate as concentration is vital to this show. Afterwards we have our largest group of guests yet, including Jason D's parents. One lovely thing about this coast to coast tour is that many members' parents are able to see the show, including mine. We also get to meet our second O'Hara of the tour, Catherine (Mary Margaret came in Toronto).
Somehow I've managed to visit a different dim sum establishment nearly every time I've come to San Francisco. So upon arrival I decide to bike on my own to Hong Kong Lounge, one that comes highly recommended. The food is delicious, but I'm reminded of why no one goes to a dim sum restaurant by themselves. Cycling the hills of San Francisco with a belly full of dumplings isn't exactly easy, and I barely make it back for soundcheck. The first few weeks of the tour we picked up a ritual we have been performing every night, and it follows us here. The last song we play every night is The Talking Heads' "Road to Nowhere". The choreography is a loose follow the leader with the horns ending in a straight horizontal line behind David and Annie. As we leave the stage for the final time the line breaks in two and we depart on opposite sides, playing an improvised reprise of sorts. Once we are firmly backstage we continue playing, but the song morphs into a television theme song, typically one that takes place in the city we are currently in. Some previous numbers have included Dallas, Mr. Belvedere, and Laverne and Shirley. Tonight's version, of course, is Full House.
After a week in California we take off for the Pacific Northwest, and the home stretch of this leg of the tour. On most of the days off DB has been giving talks to support his new book "How Music Works", and we all attend one of these the evening after the Portland show. For this particular talk David is joined by Carrie Brownstein of Sleater-Kinney and Portlandia.
The format consists of David flashing an image onto a movie screen, followed by the two of them talking about what that image means to them. As a result the majority of the talk is concentrated around the importance of the visual side of a musical performance, be it fashion, lights, or movement. It is quite fascinating and something most musicians should spend more time thinking about. After Vancouver some of us take the bus back to Portland, while the rest of us head back to NY for a few days rest. Next up Colbert, and Australia in the New Year!
'Til next time,
Watch Kelly, the rest of the band and David Byrne & St. Vincent on Colbert tonight (11/1).
UPDATE: Colbert happened. Watch the videos.
They were also supposed to play Letterman the other night, but that was cancelled due to Sandy. Speaking of, read a Sandy-related letter David Byrne sent out to his mailing list, with more pictures from their tour, below...
Sharon Jones @ Bonnaroo 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
...a rep for the show tells E! News that "Jimmy Kimmel Live! will broadcast an original show tonight from the Harvey Theater at BAM - Brooklyn Academy of Music."The full week's schedule below...
Kimmel himself even tweeted about the good news, writing, "Unless something weird happens, tonight's show in #Brooklyn is ON like fleece on Gov Christie."
The guest lineup for tonight will be the same as the one that was originally planned for Monday, which includes radio personality Howard Stern and 30 Rock star Tracy Morgan, as well as Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings.