Entries tagged with: David Letterman
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.
No audience makes for an awkward monologue
While Hurricane Sandy was hitting its blustery heights yesterday, NYC-based talk shows The Late Show with David Letterman and Late Night wtih Jimmy Fallon were set to tape Monday night's shows. Both went on with the show, but sent their audiences home to be with their families. So monologues, chats with guests and musical performances were all done...to nobody, which made for eerie viewing.
On The Late Show, David Letterman had Interpol frontman Paul Banks and you can watch him perform "Young Again" from his new album, Banks, below. No online video for Fallon's musical guest Imagine Dragons, but you can watch his intro to what was indeed a very special episode of his show, below.
photos by Debi Del Grande
Ultraista @ Echoplex - 10/19/12
The experience shows. Their U.S. live debut may have only been eight songs long, but the band imbued each album cut with an air of nonchalant cool. With the atmospheric consistency of their self-titled debut, and the help of some Piet Mondrian-like backing videos, the show was not unlike an art rave. It was an ideal manifestation of their art movement namesake that asserted surreal variations on minimalism are superior to more ornate styles. [Under the Radar]Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich's band with drummer Joey Waronker (Walt Mink, Beck) and singer Laura Bettinson (Dimbleby & Capper, FEMME), Ultraista played their first US shows this week and last, starting at LA's Echoplex (10/19), then hitting San Francisco's Independent (10/22), and finally NYC's Le Poisson Rouge last night (10/24). We missed them last night, but we did catch their LA show and pictures from that one are in this post.
The band will make their network TV debut when they play The Late Show with David Letterman on November 2. They also just made a video for "Our Song," which you can watch below.
That video, more pics, the setlist, and some high quality videos from Echoplex are below.
Miguel on 'Letterman' - 10/9/12
Miguel, who has been R&B singer of the (past two) week(s) in the wake of his great Kaleidoscope Dream and the two music videos that followed the release, kept it going by performing on The Late Show with David Letterman last night (10/9). He performed "Adorn" (a #1 R&B hit!) and you can watch the video of that performance below.
Miguel will be wrapping up his tour in support of the album next week, and after taking about a month off, he'll head out with Trey Songz and Elle Varner on the "Chapter V" tour which hits NYC on December 5 at the Theatre at Madison Square Garden. Tickets for that show (and all US dates on the tour) go on sale Friday (10/12).
A list of all tour dates, the Letterman performance, and recent music videos for "The Thrill" and "Do You..." are below.
The Raveonettes in Chicago last week (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
As promised, The Raveonettes played David Letterman's show on Thursday night (10/4), one night before their tour with Melody's Echo Chamber hits Webster Hall (tonight). Watch then perform "She Owns the Streets", from their new album Observator, with their full list of their tour dates, below...
We already posted lots of posts today. Here's some more, and some reminders too...
If you bought a ticket to that fundraiser, may we interest you in a live entertainment company?
Meanwhile, the President was on The Late Show with David Letterman last night, chatting about the Mitt Romney "47%" video and other things. Watch it below.
Check out what David Byrne & St. Vincent played last night in Chicago.
Look at pictures from our Jon Spencer Blues Explosion record release party that was last night.
Hope to see you at our Rafiq Batia record release party that Anti-Pop Consortium is also playing.
Check out an excellent profile piece on the legendary Neil Young that appeared in the NY Times Magazine.
Sinead O'Connor wrote to Russian president Vladmir Putin, demanding Pussy Riot's release. Is that helping or hurting?
Deftones are back with "Leathers", the new song from their upcoming Koi No Yokan due on 11/13. Check out that song below in a video stream and/or down load your copy at their site.
more stuff below...
Band of Horses at Hammerstein Ballroom in 2011 (more by Toby Tenebaum)
Band of Horses will release their new album, Mirage Rock, on September 18. They'll kick off a tour in support of this October, but before that you can catch them performing Live on Letterman on September 17, the day before the record's release. The concert will be performed in the Ed Sullivan Theater in NYC and will stream live on CBS.com and VEVO on September 17 at 8 PM EST. This "Live on Letterman" performance is a full concert, which precedes the band's appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman, which airs on September 21 and will only feature them playing one or two songs.
Then, on the day of the album's release (9/18), Band of Horses will play Brooklyn's House of Vans. In order to gain entry to this show, you have to pre-order their new album and the pre-order comes with two tickets to the show. A flier for this show is below.
As mentioned, they will also appear at Central Park on September 29 as part of the "Global Festival" with Neil Young, Foo Fighters, Black Keys, and K'naan.
A list of all dates, that show flier, and the video for Mirage Rock single "Knock Knock" are below.
photos by Dominick Mastrangelo
The Heavy at Irving Plaza - 8/30/12
UK soul rockers The Heavy brought their US tour to NYC for a show at Irving Plaza last night (8/30) with The Skins. Pictures from that show are in this post. Their tour continues on the west coast this weekend, kicking off with Seattle's Bumbershoot Festival.
The Heavy were also on David Letterman last night (8/30) to perform "What Makes A Good Man" and "How You LIke Me Now." A video of those performances and more pics from last night's Irving Plaza show are below.
photos by Tracy Allison
Diamond Rugs at The Bell House, 6/22/2012
Diamond Rugs, the latest hard-rocking, boot-stomping supergroup to hit the Mason-Dixon line between indie rock and alt-country, played a surprise show at Brooklyn's Bell House on Friday night. Featuring John McCauley and Robbie Cowell of Deer Tick, Black Lips' Ian Saint Pe (who apparently tied up the last Billboard reporter who interviewed him and was hoping I would let him do the same), Hardy Morris of Dead Confederate, Bryan Dufresne of Six Finger Satellite, and Los Lobos' Steve Berlin, D. Rugs played their self-titled debut front to back in front of a small but enthusiastic audience who requested an encore even though "that's all the songs we have," as McCauley reminded them.Diamond Rugs made their NYC live debut at The Bell House on Friday night (6/22) with Richard Buckner and Roomrunner in tow, two days before their opening slot for Alabama Shakes in Central Park. Did you go to the Bell House show? What did you think?
The somewhat impromptu set served as an unveiling of sorts for the band before their Sunday concert at Central Park Summerstage with Alabama Shakes and Robert Ellis, which was originally supposed to be their New York debut before their appearance tonight on The Late Show with David Letterman. After replenishing their onstage bin of Tecate, the band's central six members were joined by "some trombone player" and Diamond Rugs producers Adam Landry and Justin Collins of Nashville's Playground Sound Studios. The production team, who has also worked with Deer Tick and Sally Ford and the Sound Outside, contributed percussion and surprisingly deep baritone, respectively. [Billboard]
Diamond Rugs made their network television debut last night (6/25) on The Late Show with David Letterman and you can watch that performance of "Blue Mountains" below and check out more pictures from the Bell House show as well.
As you may remember, Tom Waits was to appear on The Late Show with David Letterman and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon back in April which ended up being postponed for "a later date TBA." Those appearances, both taped in NYC, have finally been rescheduled. Waits will be chatting up the hosts and playing songs from his 2011 album, Bad As Me, on Letterman on July 9 and Fallon on July 10.
In other Tom Waits television news, his song "Picture in a Frame" was used in a ballet sequence in this week's Bunheads, the new show from Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman Palladino (which is pretty good if you liked Gilmore Girls). You can watch it on YouTube (embed not available, sorry).
photos by Joe McCabe
[M. Ward] did not disappoint on Friday. While playing pretty much straight through for almost an hour-and-a-half, he included songs from all of his albums. There was also very little chit-chat, lots of guitar work, and an ever-changing backdrop provided by four windows... The band played some great ones like Poison Cup, Rollercoaster, To Go Home and Never Had Nobody Like You. Also included was one of his guitar solo songs, which is always nice to watch. -[Second Doubles]M Ward roped in Monsters of Folk collaborator Conor Oberst (who just announced a Carnegie Hall show) during his appearance at Webster Hall on Friday (5/11) to play "Vincent O'Brien", his second encore of the evening. A video of the two musicians performing that song is below. The show, which featured an appearance from the Lee Ranaldo Band as part of a string of dates that they're on together, was the kick-off to an East Coast tour and one of two appearances in NYC that day (he also performed at Late Night with David Letterman which aired that night). Pictures and the setlist from Webster Hall as well as a video from Letterman are in this post.
If you missed Letterman, Webster Hall, or the release of A Wasteland Companion then you're still in luck. Stream the new LP in full at M. Ward's site, and look for the guitar great to play Brooklyn at Prospect Park on August 7th with Yo La Tengo. Tickets are still available. M Ward also has a streamable performance from WNYC available as well.
More pics and setlist from Webster Hall and those videos are below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Three or four chords, a handful of verses and a brazen guitar line are all Jason Pierce, a k a J. Spaceman, needs for songs that can heave along for a good 10 minutes without wearing out their welcome... While Mr. Pierce rasps out his vocals, the keyboards swell, backup singers deliver oohs and la-las, and guitars work themselves up toward scrabbling tremolo and feedback. Amid it all, Mr. Pierce presents himself as a disillusioned hedonist, a sufferer with himself to blame, a lost soul: alone in the vast turmoil of the music, mourning lost chances and wishing for more.Spiritualized with special guest Nikki Lane played Terminal 5 on May 7th, part of a round of dates for Jason Pierce and the band that brought them to Chicago and sees them hit Union Transfer in Philadelphia tonight (5/11).
On albums like this year's Sweet Heart Sweet Light, the band's seventh in 20 years, Spiritualized deploys a large cast: strings, horns, singers, free-jazz saxophonists, all taking their place in the music's tidal crest and ebb. Onstage things were leaner, with a five-man band and two female backup singers. Yet the music grew just as colossal -- perhaps even more so, with fewer distracting details in the grand expanse. -[NY Times]
If you miss thje shows, look for streaming audio via NPR from Spiritualized's appearance at 9:30 Club in DC last night (5/10). Spiritualized also appeared on Letterman on May 7 (the same night as T5). Watch that, along with more pictures and the setlist from the NY show, below...
He was supposed to be in NYC on April 24 & 25, but "will reschedule at a later date TBA." Damn
His people report: "TOM WAITS is heading to NYC this month to perform on late night television. It remains a mystery as to what gems the iconoclast will chose to perform on those stages...but he will be talking with the hosts as well as playing songs for the very first time live from his latest, Bad As Me, "the best-reviewed major album of 2011," according to metacritic.com."
He plays Letterman on April 24 & Fallon on April 25 (and hopefully somewhere else while he's in town!).
Tennis at Hotel Vegan (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Tennis will be in NYC again next week to perform on Letterman on 4/9. While they're here, they'll play a show at Brooklyn Bowl on April 10. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below...
Tennis were recently on other late night TV shows as well, having performed "Origins" on The Tonight Show and aired footage from SXSW on Carson Daly. Videos from both of those performances along with all dates below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Two nights after appearing on Letterman, the Heartless Bastards, celebrating their recently released Arrow, headlined their biggest NYC show to date at Webster Hall on Friday (2/24). Joining them was Devin and Hacienda. Pictures from the show and the Letterman video are in this post.
All tour dates, and the pictures and video, below...
Paul definitely thinks so. Watch the video below...
DOWNLOAD: Guided By Voices - "The Unsinkable Fats Domino" (MP3)
Guided By Voices at McCarren Park (more by Tamara Porras)
The still-going-strong Guided By Voices have a new LP in Let's Go Eat The Factory, which, as previously mentioned, is currently streaming in full at NPR. The band also recently released a new single for free download, "The Unsnkable Fats Domino", and played said single during last night's appearance at Late Night with David Letterman (1/3). Check out video from that performance, Greg Demos going down included, below.
In case there was any doubt as to whether Guided By Voices were still a band:
After a fifteen year hiatus, the "classic line up" of Guided By Voices finished off its year-long reunion tour by recording an album of 21 new songs, making a deliberate effort to return to what bandleader Robert Pollard calls the "semi-collegial" approach of iconic GBV albums like Bee Thousand and Alien Lanes. Let's Go Eat The Factory is some kind of return to form: sprawling, variegated, and yet still recognizably and coherently Guided By Voices in both its literal and mythic senses. To celebrate the release of Let's Go Eat The Factory, Guided By Voices will be making a rare appearance on the Late Show With David Letterman on January 3, 2012.'Let's Go Eat The Factory' is available by mail order from Rockathon on January 1, 2012, and will be in stores nationwide on January 17. The record will be available digitally from iTunes at midnight tonight (12/20). Listen to the album now at NPR.
The Black Keys @ Webster Hall (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
The Black Keys are releasing their new album El Camino via Nonesuch on 12/5 and will play a NYC show at a TBA venue on that same day. Stay tuned for more details and for the chance to win a pair of guaranteed entry tickets to the show (it might be free) right here on BrooklynVegan.
Meanwhile you can catch The Black Keys on Saturday Night Live this weekend (12/3) along with host Steve Buscemi, and you can stream five new songs at the band's site. They're also hitting Colbert (12/6) and Letterman (12/7) while in town.
Black Star on Colbert
Big night for music on late night TV last night (and lately in general). You may have heard that Portishead played their first TV appearance in 13 years on Jimmy Fallon last night. Black Star, as promised, also played a new song "Fix Up" on The Colbert Report (but not at Irving Plaza, or the rest of their tour for that matter). Mastodon performed "Curl of The Burl" last night on David Letterman. Video of the Mastodon and Black Star (aka Talib Kweli and Yasiin Bey) performances, as well as the hip hop group's interview with Stephen Colbert is below.
Speaking of new music by Talib Kweli, his other project Idle Warship has a new album coming. Check out one of the new tracks at Rolling Stone. See them live Saturday in Brooklyn, or at one of the other dates listed below.
Meanwhile, as previously mentioned, former Dillinger Escape Plan vocalist Dimitri Minkanakis's band Argonauts (with Dave Witte & John Adubato of Burnt By The Sun, Brett Bamberger of East of The Wall) will play their debut NYC show at ABC No Rio on Saturday (10/8). They'll be joined by Alkahest, Thou, and The Body.
As also mentioned, Jeff the Brotherhood, now bros with Jack White, play Late Night with Jimmy Fallon tonight (10/6).
Mastodon & Black Star videos from last night as well as some Argonauts live video, below...
X's John Doe is in NYC to to promote his new album "Keeper" which follows his release from earlier this year, a collaboration with Jill Sobule. John will make three live/tv appearances while he's here. Tonight (9/7), catch a free performance at 7pm at Soundfix Records in Brooklyn. Thursday (9/8) catch John at Rockwood Music Hall where he'll probably play a longer show. Thursday night watch him on Letterman!
If you miss him, John won't be gone long, but when he returns it will be the more punk rock version of himself. X just announced a show at Maxwell's that happens on their fall tour that also includes two NYC shows and a gig in Asbury Park.
photos by Jim Brueckner
Sallie Ford @ Newport Folk Fest
Partisan Records was repping hard in Newport over the weekend. Between the fest itself and a bunch of afterparties, there were all kinds of Deer Tick-related collaborations going on including Partisan's Mountain Man playing the fest and later joining Middle Brother on stage, and Partisan's Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside playing the fest (pics in this post) in addition to Sallie singing John Prine's "In Spite of Ourselves" with Deer Tick's John McCauley, twice - both at the fest and at an afterparty. Video of both times can be watched below.
Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside make their network television debut on Letterman tonight (8/3). They also open for Jolie Holland (like they did recently at Bowery Ballroom) in Philly tonight before continuing on tour. Deer Tick play a free show with Dom in NYC soon and other dates. All Sallie Ford dates and those videos and more pics from Newport too, below...