Entries tagged with: David Letterman
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NY MAG: You've been living partly in New York recently -- what do you think about the music scene here?Not to be confused with King Khan, whose own NYC trip coincides with hers, Natasha Khan (aka Bat For Lashes) plays Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn tonight (5/2). Last night she was on Letterman and the night before she played Bowery Ballroom. Video from the TV appearance, and more pictures from the NYC show, below...
Natasha Khan: In Brooklyn and Williamsburg, which is where I was living, there has been quite an interesting scene happening that was kind of bubbling away when I was there. There were these new bands like Gang Gang Dance and TV on the Radio and MGMT and Yeasayer. So I saw a lot of interesting gigs, and had a really nice exchange and conversations with musicians and got inspired.
Ralph Macchio (on Natasha Khan's back)
Bat For Lashes' three-night Manhttan/Philly/Brooklyn run starts tonight (4/30) at Bowery Ballroom, continues tomorrow with an appearance on David Letterman and a live show in Philly, and is over after a May 2nd show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg.
This summer we'll see Natasha Khan and band back in the United States for an appearance at Lollapalooza. If more US dates are scheduled around that trip, we don't know them yet, but the dates we do know, and the Karate Kid video for the possibly-Karate Kid-inspired "Daniel"-song, below...
photos by Jacob Blickenstaff
"It seems like every time I go on tour and I'm in a hotel room and turn the channel, there's some sort of animal-disaster show on, or somebody's just been mauled by a tiger in a zoo, and everyone's always so shocked," Case explains. "And I'm like, 'It's a fucking tiger! You got it in a cage and you were poking it with something, and it killed you! What the fuck do you want it to do?'Neko Case completed her three-day run in NYC with an appearance on Letterman last night (4/15). Night one was a full show at Nokia Theater with Crooked Fingers. Night two (4/14) was at the same venue with Joan as Policewoman opening. Neko's setlist was almost exactly the same as the night before. Pictures from that show, and the Letterman video, below....
"Zoos are a bad deal: elephants are meant to walk 70 miles a day, otherwise their feet go bad and they go insane and die. Killer whales need to swim 200 miles a day -- why would it be happy in that little ice box?" [Neko Case to Eye Weekly]
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...
words by Andrew Frisicano, photos by Natasha Ryan
Modest Mouse played Terminal 5 in NYC on Sunday, March 15th, with openers Japanese Motors, Tab the Band, and Mimicking Birds. It was the last date on the band's spring 2009 tour with Jim Fairchild of Grandaddy filling in on guitar for Johnny Marr of the Smiths who has had the job for a few years (on a somewhat related note, one day after Johnny wasn't here, Morrissey was).
In related news..
Modest Mouse plans to release the music video actor Heath Ledger directed before his death in January 2008. [Ledger] helmed the animated clip for "King Rat," a bonus tune off 2007's We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank. No specific date has been set for the release, which is expected to happen "soon." The video was animated by [director/animator/Monty Python member] Terry Gilliam....More NYC show pictures, and the setlist, below...
The band will drop a 7" orange vinyl single April 18 (out digitally April 21) with two new songs, "Satellite Skin" and "Guilty Cocker Spaniels." Though the band hasn't confirmed any other releases, New Jersey record store Vintage Vinyl reports MM will offer three more singles before releasing an eight-song EP, No One's First and You're Next, this August.
As previously mentioned, "U2 will be the first band to play five nights in a row on Letterman." U2 will be on the show on March 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6. Their album No Line on the Horizon is out the same week (Tuesday, March 3rd).
Though tickets to Late Show with David Letterman show are free, they aren't necessarily easy to land for the date of your choice. U2 week is probably especially hard, which is why I was more than happy to be able to give away a pair of tickets for two of the shows. I have a pair for the first show which tapes Monday March 2nd, at the Ed Sullivan Theater (1697 Broadway) in NYC, from 4:30-5:30 PM. And I have a pair for the show that tapes that same day, at the same location, from 7-8 PM.
More details, and U2's new video, below...
Conan O'Brien's last show in his old time slot was Friday night. A drumless White Stripes were the musical guest.
Conan won't be gone for long though. He takes over Jay Leno's slot, one hour earlier, on June 1st. Jay Leno airs his final show in his current time slot on May 29th, and then eventually moves to 10 pm on the same station.
Jimmy Fallon takes over Conan's NBC time slot on March 2nd. His house band The Roots take over NYC around the same time. Fallon's guest have started to be announced...
If Jimmy Fallon is nervous about the premiere of his new gig as "Late Night" host, he'll have Robert De Niro and Van Morrison to lean on. They'll be the guests for his March 2 debut hosting the NBC show...U2 will be the first band to play five nights in a row on Letterman that same week. "Coinciding with the worldwide release of [their new album] No Line on the Horizon, it's the first time a musical guest has performed an entire week on the CBS late night broadcast." That new album is now streaming in its entirety at MySpace.
NBC says Tina Fey, Jon Bon Jovi, Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, Donald Trump and Serena Williams are among other guests scheduled for Fallon's first week. [Vindy.com]
The video from Joaquin Phoenix's recent, infamous appearance on Letterman, below...
"I am plainly shocked that the record has been number one in Europe this week, and I want to pause and thank all the people around the world that made that happen, and who have supported me with so much heart over the last few years, and come to my shows, and collected up all the press from around the world on the justonestar website, and wished me well, and shared some time with me at live shows. Thank you for urging me forward through a glorious dream, the likes of which is more your creation than mine. Antony x"
Antony & the Johnsons @ Keswick Theater in PA (Michael Alan Goldberg / SPIN)
"Antony & the Johnsons' "The Crying Light" (Rough Trade) makes a dramatic debut at No. 1 on Billboard's European Top 100 Albums chart, as Katy Perry's "Hot N Cold" (Virgin/EMI) scores a fourth week atop Eurochart Hot 100 Singles.Antony was on WNYC on February 8th. Listen to that here. Tonight, February 19th, Antony kicks off his two-night run at Town Hall in NYC. In April he plays Coachella. Last night he was on Letterman. That video, and more, below...
"The Crying Light," easily the highest charting of the U.S.-based act's three albums, makes a series of eye-catching debuts across the region. It's in at No. 2 in Spain and Sweden, No. 3 in Denmark, No. 4 in France, Holland and Norway, No. 9 in Italy and No. 18 in the United Kingdom, the latter with sales of 10,000 units. It also climbs 2-1 in the Belgian region of Flanders.
"Light" is the follow-up to 2005's "I Am A Bird Now," which won the U.K.'s Mercury Music Prize for the group led by New Yorker Antony Hegarty. It qualified for the prize because Hegarty was born in the U.K." [Billboard - January 29, 2009]
M Ward @ Bumbershoot 2008 (more by Chris Graham)
M Ward's show at the Apollo Theater in NYC happens tonight, February 19th. Get there on time if you want to catch the Vivian Girls. Tune into Soundcheck on WNYC at 2pm to hear M play live on the radio, or wait until 4pm when they post the session to their website.
M Ward's new album Hold Time was released on Tuesday (stream the whole thing at AOL). That night, M played one of the new songs on Letterman. That video, and all tour dates (SXSW, Coachella, and Sasquatch included), below...
photos by Natasha Ryan
Beirut thrives on the indie-rock circuit playing music that has little to do with typical rock sounds or rhythms. On Friday its nearly all-acoustic lineup included accordion, trumpet, trombone, bass fiddle and drums; Mr. Condon switched between rotary valve flugelhorn and ukulele. Beirut rarely uses a standard rock beat; more often it has the sputtering snare drum and occasional bass-drum thuds of waltzes, tangos, polkas and Balkan dances.Beirut played four shows in Brooklyn in two weeks. It started with a secret show at Coco66 in Greenpoint on January 27th. Then on February 4th came Music Hall of Williamsburg, and finally on Friday (2/6) and Saturday (2/7) came the two shows with the Vassar Orkestar at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Kaki King opened those last two. Beirut also appeared on Letterman Friday night. Video from that, and more pictures from the last BAM show, below...
On Friday night Beirut was backed for part of its set by the three dozen musicians of the Vassar Orkestar -- on strings, reeds and horns, with arrangements by Beirut's trumpeter Kelly Pratt -- who added elegant pizzicato parts and put more oomph in the oompah. Mr. Condon beckoned the audience out of the opera-house seats, to throng the stage as if the Brooklyn Academy of Music were just a bigger club. [NY Times]
Doug Gillard (by Kyle Dean Reinford)
today in NYC
* Louis CK @ Caroline's
* Annuals @ Bowery Ballroom
* Nightmares on Wax at MHOW
* Cold War Kids @ Mercury Lounge
* Andrew Bird & Dosh @ Carnegie Hall
* Doug Gillard, Mascott & The Octagon @ Pianos
* TK Webb and The Visions @ the Studio @ Webster Hall
* The Depreciation Guild & Black Diamond Bay @ Fontana's
* Kylesa, Tombs, Tournament, Black Anvil & The Brass @ The Charleston
Last chance to catch one of Doug Gillard's residency shows at Pianos tonight.
"Andrew Bird's Noble Beast (Fat Possum) has landed at #12 on the U.S. album chart, selling over 25,000 units in its opening week. The debut is the highest of the week for an independent label release and second only to Mariah Carey's Ballads. It is also the #1 seller of the week in Bird's hometown of Chicago."
Cold War Kids are also on Conan tonight.
Ben Kweller appeared the other night on Letterman. Video below...
Crystal Stilts @ Less Artists More Condos (more by Gabi Porter)
Popcorn Youth: What led to the formation of Crystal Stilts?today in NYC
JB Townsend: Brad [Hargett], the singer, and I had just been playing around for about a year before we really started playing out around 2002. We met in Florida, before we moved to [Brooklyn], and we both wanted to get out of there. We really didn't take it too seriously -- we were just playing for fun. But then we ended up able to record at a space in Greenpoint called Junkyard, which was used by a lot of bands on the Social Registry label. We started recording and released a 7". Someone sent it out to college radio, and it did ok. We were really surprised; we had absolutely no expectations whatsoever. And that was a big encouragement to take it all a little bit more seriously.
* NO Pants event
* Aziz Ansari @ Comix
* The Lisps @ Zipper Theater
* Patti Smith @ 92YTribeca
* Dengue Fever @ Maxwell's
* Marco Benevento Trio @ Sullivan Hall
* Street Meat (comedy) @ Cake Shop (free)
* Freaks Ball IX @ Southpaw w/ Rana
* Takka Takka & Tamar Eisenman @ BAM Cafe
* Camper Van Beethoven & Wormburner @ Bowery Ballroom
* Holy Ghost!, Trouble & Bass & Lemonade @ Studio B
* Great Lake Swimmers & A Hawk and a Hacksaw @ Mercury Lounge
* John Doe, Exene Cervenka & Justin Townes Earle @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Crystal Stilts, Tyvek, Box Elders, Medication & Kid Romance @ Market Hotel
* Tony Conrad & Genesis P Orridge @ Issue Project Room
* Hey Willpower, Hot Lava, Math the Band, Mixel Pixel & Hologram @ Death By Audio
* Golden Triangle, K-Holes, Suckers, Ian Svenonius (DJ Set) & Jonathan Toubin (DJ Set) @ Glasslands
* Elevated Entity w John Medeski, Vernon Reid, Amayo & others @ Hiro Ballroom
Donald Fagen of Steely Dan was born today in 1948.
Howlin' Wolf died today in 1976.
Taylor Swift is playing Saturday Night Live tonight and Fleet Foxes are playing it next week.
The end of Zune?
Lillo Brancato sentenced to 10 years in jail.
Okkervil River recently played The Bell House in Brooklyn. They were in town to play Letterman. Video from that TV performance below...
Just in time for winter, BON IVER have announced a new 4 song 12"/cdep entitled Blood Bank. From the title track's remembrance of the winter warmth we seek, to the summer love tribute of b-side gem "Babys", Bon Iver's snow-blanketed harmonies live across the seasons. Still, there is a reverence for sabbatical, solitude and the winding down of time. As much as "For Emma, Forever Ago" is about the cold, the Blood Bank collection is about the warmth that gets you through it."Blood Bank" is now available for pre-order. Bon Iver played his second of two shows at Town Hall here in NYC last night (12/11). His third NYC show in a row goes down tonight/Friday at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Last night you may have also caught them on Letterman. A bunch of other people definitely did...
Blood Bank will be released in the US on 1/20/09 and in the UK on 1/19/09. If you can't wait until then, head out to one of the bands shows stretching through the end of December hitting the East coast and parts of the Midwest where they will be selling the vinyl version.
DOWNLOAD: Of Montreal - ID Engager (MP3)
Of Montreal @ Roseland Ballroom (more by Kurt Christensen)
Speaking of Of Montreal, they'll be returning to NYC on in December for at least two reasons. The second is to play "An Eluardian Instance" for David Letterman on the 18th. The first is to play a show, like Bon Iver, at a Brooklyn venue much smaller than they need to - it's Music Hall of Williamsburg. The date is December 16th. Tickets go on sale soon (stay tuned). All tour dates, and some videos from a "Bandstand Busking" session the band did, below...
Mr. Brownstone (the Guns N' Roses tribute band that contains members of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Takka Takka, and the Dave Godowsky band) is making its network televesion debut on the David Letterman show this Wednesday, part of a week of tribute bands playing on the show that also includes a performance by Irving Plaza regulars Super Diamond. Irving Plaza is also where Mr. Brownstone is playing on November 28th. Tickets are still on sale. The whole Letterman lineup for the week, below...
Jenny Lewis "with special guest Elvis Costello" (he sings the song on her album too) played Letterman last night (Nov 3). David introduced them while holding up the giant sheet of acid, but after they performed their song, Jenny was nowhere to be found and Elvis in turn became the next interviewed guest. They mostly discussed Elvis' new talk show. Elvis said 13 episodes are taped and ready to go (and implied there wouldn't be more than that if the show which debuts on the Sundance Channel on December 3rd is not successful). David seemed sincerely interested from the "you're doing what I do, but different" point of view. Johnathan Rice was also there playing guitar and singing backup. Video of the musical performance below...
Photos by Zach Dilgard
Beck and MGMT played their second of three shows at United Palace Theatre in NYC last night (10/9). Beck's setlist was almost the same as night one. Night three is tonight (10/10). Beck also appeared on Letterman last night. That video is with the United Palace pictures and setlist below...
Photos by Dese'rae L. Stage
The Pretenders played Highline Ballroom in NYC last night (10/7) - the same day their new album "Break Up The Concrete" was released on Shangri-La Music. Read reviews of the show here, here, and here.
One night earlier they appeared on Late Night with David Letterman. That video and more pictures from the Highline gig, below...
Taped on Monday, but aired on Friday...
TV on the Radio are playing an outside performance for Letterman today, Monday September 22nd. People that want to watch can show up at 53rd and Broadway - taping is 7-8 and they play "Dancing Choose" around 7:45. Real TVOTR show dates HERE. Their new album Dear Science is out Tuesday. Their new video is below...
by Black Bubblegum
DOWNLOAD: Blueprint - Blueprint vs Funkadelic EP (full MP3 EP, ZSHARE LINK)
Slug & Ant, AKA Atmosphere, have announced the Paint The Nation tour with Project Blowed's Abstract Rude, Blueprint (who also serves as 1/2 of Soul Position with RJD2), and DJ Rare Groove. Tickets are currently on presale.
Atmosphere's latest record When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold is out now. Blueprint recently dropped the Blueprint vs Funkadelic EP, which is available for download above.
Check out our inteview with fellow Rhymesayer Brother Ali. All Atmohsphere dates, and a video from the Letterman show, below...
Fleet Foxes @ Union Hall (more by Kyle Reinford)
Tickets go on sale Wednesday for an October 5th Fleet Foxes show at Webster Hall in NYC. No tickets necessary to watch Fleet Foxes perform on the David Letterman show tonight (August 4, 2008). In related news, J. Tillman's discography is now available digitally. All tour dates below....
White Rabbits in Prospect Park (more by Chris La Putt)
White Rabbits were en route to Cleveland last year when pianist Stephen Patterson received a call inviting the young Brooklyn septet to perform on The Late Show with David Letterman. "I completely freaked out," Patterson says. "I pulled off at a highway rest stop and we just ran around the van, calling our moms and dads."
Becoming elated over such news is more or less obligatory. Nellie McKay remembers "jumping in the air and doing a kind of flippery arm motion" upon being informed of her first Letterman booking; Spoon frontman Britt Daniel says he was "absolutely shocked" when told that Saturday Night Live had scheduled his band. But at the time of their Late Show invitation, White Rabbits were without a label apparatus, press clippings or even fans. "We got back in the van, drove to Cleveland and played a show for five people," Patterson says. When the day of the taping arrived, the musicians--whose vehicle had been stolen near their Bushwick home--hired a "man with a van" to drive them to the Ed Sullivan Theater. While waiting in the green room, they received another call, this time from their landlord. Their rent was overdue. [Time Out]