Entries tagged with: Dawn Landes
photos by David Andrako
Jason Isbell @ Prospect Park 7/25/2015
It was a pretty good weekend for Jason Isbell. His new album, Something More Than Free, debuted at #5 on Billboard's album chart (#1 on Rock and Folk) and he played one of his biggest NYC shows ever on Friday night (7/24) in Prospect Park with opener Dawn Landes. His set included songs from the new record, older solo material as well as a few from his days in Drive By Truckers.
On Saturday (7/25), Jason played Newport Folk Festival and you can stream a recording of that performance via NPR, below.
Sunday he opened for My Morning Jacket (at least one reviewer says he played the better set!)
Pictures from the packed show in Prospect Park continue below. Isbell's setlist is down there too....
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Sufjan Stevens @ Kings Theatre - 5/1/15
After playing NYC's Beacon Theatre back in early April, Sufjan Stevens brought his tour in support of his fantastic new album Carrie & Lowell to NYC last night (5/1) to begin a two-night stand at Brooklyn's recently-reopened Kings Theatre. After opening with the delicate instrumental "Redford (For Yia-Yia & Pappou" from 2003's Michigan, Sufjan proceeded to play 10 of Carrie & Lowell's 11 tracks all in a row, almost in the exact order as the album tracklist. He didn't talk at all during that section, and he and his backing band (including Dawn Landes, who's playing with him on this tour) kept things mostly as bare-bones as the album. After that part, he played a couple of his more recent songs that fit the stripped-down vibe of this show ("Futile Devices" from The Age of Adz and "The Owl and the Tanager" from All Delighted People), as well as a few Seven Swans cuts, before wrapping up the pre-encore set with Carrie & Lowell closer "Blue Bucket of Gold." Then he returned for an encore of all early-mid '00s songs, including set-closer "Chicago."
The Kings Theatre really was the perfect atmosphere for this kind of show, and both Sufjan and opener Naomi Shelton said on stage how good it was to be on Flatbush Ave. Sufjan ended up telling a story of living in the area and going by Cortelyou Carpets to take a picture of the sign every day.
Sufjan returns to Kings tonight (5/2) with Moses Sumney, which is sold out. More pictures from last night's show, and Sufjan's setlist and a couple videos, below...
photos: Celebrate Brooklyn last year (more by David Andrako)
We've known about Celebrate Brooklyn!'s summer slate of 2015 ticketed benefit shows at Prospect Park -- including Modest Mouse, Interpol and Willie Nelson -- for a while and now they've announced their free show schedule. In addition to the already-announced New Pornographers show on 7/11 (which now also includes Thao & the Get Down Stay Down) and the Chaka Khan season kickoff show on 6/3, this summer's free highlights include:
Lucius | Luke Temple | Pavo Pavo on Saturday, June 13Full Celebrate Brooklyn! schedule below...
Eighth Blackbird With Special Guest Will Oldham | Bill Frisell & Sam Amidon on Thursday, June 18
Lucinda Williams | Jason Walker on Thursday, June 25
Punch Brothers | Sarah Jarosz on Thursday, July 9
Vieux Farka Touré | Tamikrest | Dj Dakar on Thursday, July 16
Jason Isbell | Dawn Landes on Friday, July 24.
Sylvan Esso | Porches on Saturday, July 25
Big K.R.I.T. | Angel Haze | The D.R.E.A.M. Ring: Flexn on Friday, July 31
Tune-Yards | Shabazz Palaces on Saturday, August 8
Deer Tick at American Songbook 2014 (more by Sachyn Mital)
The 2015 edition of Lincoln Center's 'American Songbook' series has been announced and runs January 29 - March 28 and includes performances by Steve Reich with Stephen Sondheim (!), Sam Fermin, Shovels & Rope, Talib Kweli, Dawn Landes, and more. Most of the shows happen in The Appel Room (formerly the Allen Room) which is definitely one of the most spectacular places to see a show in Manhattan. The last seven shows of the season take place in the more intimate The Penthouse on the 10th floor of LC's Samuel B. and David Rose Building. Tickets go on sale to Friends of Lincoln Center on November 6 and the general public on November 17.
Full lineup for American Songbook 2015 is listed below...
photos by Greg Cristman
Bryan Ferry @ Beacon Theatre, 10/1/2014
Ferry opened his show with a note-for-note reassembly of the freak-out solo sections from "Re-Make/Re-Model." Same with the break-down section in "Virginia Plain." From the look of it, many members of Ferry's band weren't alive when these songs were written. That made for a telling constrast with his commonly high-priced touring groups, which have featured star players like Chris Spedding. The new band played dutifully, but without the high-flying inspiration of the musicians from Ferry's last U.S. tour, three years ago.While a throat infection caused a few recent dates on his North American tour to be postponed, Bryan Ferry's pipes were back in shape for Wednesday night's show at Beacon Theatre (10/1). As the review above mentions, Ferry's set was heavy on Roxy Music, but made room for solo favorites, his cover of Robert Palmer's "Johnny & Mary" (originally on Todd Terje's 2013 album) and a few songs from his forthcoming Avonmore. Setlist and pictures from his Beacon Theatre show are in this post.
His set leaned more on early Roxy material than usual, dipping back to early '70s glam-era gems like "Ladytron," "Editions of You" and "If There Is Something." It also included pieces from their smoother, less ironic era, like "Take A Chance With Me" and "Avalon." - [NY Daily News]
Opening the show was Dawn Landes. Pictures from her set, and more of Bryan Ferry, below...
Dawn Landes at Le Poisson Rouge in 2013 (more by Robert Altman)
Dawn Landes has a lot going on these days. She put out a full-length, Bluebird, back in February via Western Vinyl, and now she's raising money on PledgeMusic for a tour and a covers EP. If you pledge, you can get the usual merch goodies that come with these things, but also stuff like a set of polaroids taken by Dawn herself, the chance to introduce her onstage, or a phone conversation. For the big spenders, there are also options like hosting a house concert, getting to keep Dawn's guitar, or getting a song produced by her in the studio. As of this post, she's already 87% of the way to her goal with 22 days to go.
On top of that TBA tour, she'll be playing NYC at Rough Trade on August 16 with Bobby Long, and opening for Brian Ferry on three of the dates of his East Coast tour, including his NYC show at the Beacon Theatre on October 1. Tickets for the Rough Trade show are on sale now and a few resale tickets (same link) for the Bryan Ferry show are available.
All dates are listed, with a stream of her new album, below...
Parquet Courts at BV-SXSW 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Parquet Courts, Promartyr, Future Punx, Xerox @ Sugar Hill Supper Club
Parquet Courts put this killer show together happening at this Bed Stuy disco/eatery with Detroit's mighty Protomartyr, Brooklyn pals Future Punx and Xerox. Sold out.
Twin Shadow, Ethan Silverman @ Rough Trade
Twin Shadow has recently developed a taste for cheesy '80s power ballads, so bring your lighters tonight.
La Roux, Midnight Magic @ MHOW
Four years since her debut album, La Roux is finally back with a new record that, judging from the released tracks so far, is full of buoyant dance pop. "Uptight Downtown" could almost be a Bananarama song, making any cruel summer day a little cooler.
Grim Reaper @ Saint Vitus
Grim Reaper may have not gained the popularity of some of their other falsetto-streaked NWOBHM peers, but all three of their albums are rippers and they've deservedly earned some cult status. The band, led by vocalist Steve Grimmett (the solo original member), wrap up their 2-night run at Saint VItus tonight.
First Aid Kit, Willy Mason @ Webster Hall
Swedish duo FIrst Aid Kit make more haunting folk pop on their new major label debut, Stay Gold, which came out this week. Tonight's show is sold out.
Curtis Harding, Darlings, Homeshake @ Glasslands
Atlanta's Curtis Harding made a strong impression at SXSW where his "magnetism, pipes and chops were evident from note one." The guy's the real deal. Check out his debut album, Soul Power, which is out now on Burger. This is his first of two NYC shows.
William Basinski, Cascade @ Issue Project Room
The great experimental composer William Basinski has been making excellent material for over a decade, having most recently released 2013's Nocturnes. Tonight's show is sold out.
HITS, Little Racer, The Fluids, Strange Pains @ Pianos
Brooklyn band Little Racer have been at it for a while now, making very catchy, UK-inspired guitar pop. Tonight's the second show of their June residency at Pianos.
Ben Watt @ Joe's Pub
The Everything But the Girl guitarist released Hendra, his first solo album in 30 years, earlier this year and plays his first-ever solo NYC tonight... with instrumental help from onetime Suede guitarist Bernard Butler. Sold out.
Dawn Landes @ The Standard
Dawn Landes released her new album, Bluebird, backin February via Western Vinyl which was produced by her friend and frequent collaborator Thomas Bartlett (aka Doveman). Perhaps he'll make an appearance tonight.
People Under the Stairs, Mr. MFN eXquire, CJ Fly, Thanksgiving Brown (DJ) @ LPR
THe LA hip hop duo of Thes One and Double K hits NYC for their first of two shows this week at LPR tonight. Great local support comes from Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire and Pro Era's CJ Fly.
Talib Kweli (live w/ 9-piece band), Res, NIKO IS @ Brooklyn Bowl
NYC rap veteran Talib Kweli plays his hometown a lot but any chance to see him is a good one. Tonight and tomorrow's shows at Brooklyn Bowl are with a 9-piece band, so these should be especially interesting ones.
Sisqo @ Betsy Head Park Summerstage (FREE)
Get your thongs and silver hair dye ready, Sisqo is playing a free Summerstage show in Betsy Head Park tonight.
Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band @ Theatre at Westbury
Ringo Starr may not have the same epic stage show as the other surviving Beatle (he also hasn't written as many hits), but he'll still deliver plenty of the songs he sang lead for in that band. This is his first of a few NYC-area shows, including two at Beacon Theatre next week.
How to Dress Well @ The Slipper Room
How to Dress Well continues to progress from a hazy R&B artist to a real-deal songwriter, and his new album is shaping up to be a very good example of that. It's not out until June 24 but tonight's the release show so we'll likely hear a good amount of it here.
Porches, Kevin Morby, Your Friend, Frankie Cosmos @ Baby's All Right
Good singer/songwriter-y lineup at Baby's tonight with "bummer pop" band Porches, Babies singer/Woods bassist Kevin Morby, the twee-leaning Frankie Cosmos and the Domino-signed project of Taryn Miller, Your Friend.
Sam Smith @ iHeartRadio Theatre
This free pre-release show will have the Disclosure collaborator playing material off his new album of mostly ballads, In The Lonely Hour. If you didn't get in through iHeartRadio's contest, you can still watch when it streams live on their site.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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To celebrate the 1980-1990 period of Bob Dylan's career, ATO Records will release Bob Dylan in the 80s: Vol. 1 on March 25. The tribute compilation was put together by producers Jesse Lauter (Elvis Perkins, The Low Anthem) and Sean O'Brien (Dawes, PAPA), and features covers by Built to Spill, Deer Tick, The Hold Steady's Craig Finn, Gene Ween & Slash, Glen Hansard, Dawn Landes & Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Blitzen Trapper, Yellowbirds, Ivan & Alyosha, Reggie Watts, Elvis Perkins, Lucius and more. Listen to Built to Spill's take on "Jokerman" from the compilation, with the full tracklist, below.
The new compilation will be celebrated with a record release show in NYC the day before its release at Music Hall of Williamsburg (3/24). The show will feature Dylan's music performed by some of the artists on the album, including John & Ian of Deer Tick, Elvis Perkins, Langhorne Slim, Dawn Landes, Yellowbirds, Hannah Cohen and members of Tea Leaf Green. The lineup also includes Spirit Family Reunion (who are not on the album) and "special guests." Tickets for the show go on sale Friday (2/28) at noon.
Stream Built to Spill's "Jokerman" cover with the album tracklist, below...
The 2014 SXSW Festival is coming up soon -- March 11 - 16 in Austin, Texas -- and they've just announced the third round of showcasing bands which is a massive update. That includes Mary Timony's Ex Hex (who we just speculated about), Dum Dum Girls, Natural Child, Ratking, Buffalo Daughter, Action Bronson, Perfect Pussy, Nothing, Windhand, Angel Olsen, Sharon Van Etten, Vic Mensa, Deniro Farrar, Roosevelt, Pure Bathing Culture and a whole lot more. Full list of third round bands is listed below.
Lou Reed tributes continue to happen and there are two notable ones in NYC on this week. Jeffrey Lewis, Dawn Landes (who has a new LP coming out), Kristin Andreassen and more TBA will be celebrating the music of the late NYC music legend at the Jalopy Theatre in Red Hook on Thursday (11/21). The night doubles as a benefit for victims of Typhoon Haiyan which devastated much of the Philippines earlier this month. It's a $10 suggested donation.
One day earlier (11/20) at the Rodeo Bar, such artists as Speed the Plough, King Missile's John S. Hall, Babe the Blue Ox, and lots more will be performing songs by Reed and telling stories and reciting lyrics. 9 PM - midnight, and it's free. You can check out the full line-up via the show poster, below...
Dawn Landes will release her new album, Bluebird, in February via her new label home, Western Vinyl. The album was produced by her friend and frequent collaborator Thomas Bartlett (aka Doveman) and features contributions from Tony Scherr, Rob Moose and Norah Jones. You can check out the album art and track list below.
You can get an early taste of some of those songs in NYC as Dawn plays her last show of 2013 at City Winery on Thursday (11/14) when she opens for Shawn Colvin. Tickets are on sale. She'll also open for Steve Earle at The Space at Westbury on February 8. Tickets to that show are still available.
Dawn's most recent release was 2012's Mal Habillée, an EP of original French-language songs which features contributions from Nada Surf's Matthew Caws and TVotR's Tunde Adebimpe. You can stream via Rdio.
Album art and track list for Bluebird below...
photos by Robert Altman
Beth Orton at LPR - 7/30/13
UK folktronica singer/songwriter Beth Orton was just at Newport Folk Festival last weekend, and like many of the other artists who played, she stopped by NYC after the fest. She played two shows here this week, including one on Tuesday (7/30) at Le Poisson Rouge with Doveman collaborator Dawn Landes, and another on Wednesday (7/31) at The Bell House. We caught the LPR show, and pictures of that one are in this post.
Beth Orton plays the South Orange PAC tonight (8/2) in NJ and tickets are still available. More pics from her Le Poisson Rouge show are below...
Back in 2010 we asked tUnE-YarDs, Fucked Up, Sam Amidon, Doveman, and Deer Tick to cover songs by Katrina & the Waves for a tribute CD in celebration of their hit song "Walking on Sunshine" (which Sam and FU both covered). We released those five tracks online, but the EP never got an official digital release until now! Find all five songs, along with a bonus one recorded by Dawn Landes, at iTunes, Amazon, Spotify AND RDIO.
Meanwhile, Sam Amidon just released an album on Nonesuch and is touring. Fucked Up play Governors Ball this weekend and House of Vans this summer. Doveman aka Thomas Bartlett just played with the National at Barclays Center and is producing a new record for Dawn Landes who is currently touring Europe but will be back to play Rockwood Music Hall on July 9. Tune-Yards recently played the Tibet House Benefit and played with Roomful of Teeth at Lincoln Center where Thomas Bartlett (Dovemen)'s band (one of the many) The Gloaming is playing outside in July. Deer Tick recently played two nights in Chicago and is on the lineup of a new Boston fest happening this fall.
DOWNLOAD: Hannah Cohen - "The Crying Game" (Yuka Honda Remix) (MP3)
Owen Pallett backstage w/ Grizzly Bear in Canada (via Ed Droste Instagram)
As mentioned, Doveman (aka Thomas Bartlett) is doing his next Burgundy Stain Session show at NYC's Le Poisson Rouge on October 12. Those residencies always come with a slew of guests, and he's revealed that this next one will feature Owen Pallett and Dawn Landes, who according to Doveman's tweet, will be performing "from her kickass French record." The tweet also says, "More performers announced, or maybe secret, soon." Tickets for that show are still available.
Dawn Landes has a few other NYC shows in October before the LPR show with Doveman. On October 2, she'll be doing a musical/visual collaboration with Danica Novgorodoff at the Folding Chair Reading Series at 61 Local (61 Bergen St). And from October 5-9 she'll be singing at Lincoln Center in Two Hearts, the new ballet by Benjamin Millepied (who also did the choreography for Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan). The ballets also feature music by composer Nico Muhly. Tickets for all five dates are on sale now.
In related news, Hannah Cohen, whose album, Child Bride, was produced by Thomas Bartlett, just got the track, "The Crying Game," from that album remixed by Cibo Matto's Yuka Honda (who Bartlett has also worked with). You can download that remix above or stream it below. Yuka also recently produced fellow Doveman-collaborator Martha Wainwright's new album, Come Home To Mama. Martha has upcoming shows as well.
A list of all dates and that song stream below...
by Andrew Sacher
Alex Winston at Santos in June (more by David Andrako)
Alex Winston has been doing a good deal of touring behind her debut album, King Con, this year. She's kept pretty quiet since her last tour wrapped up earlier this summer, but has just squeezed in a NYC show which happens this week. It's part of the 'School Night!' monthly shows at The Bowery Hotel (335 Bowery) and goes down at the Manhattan venue this Friday (8/24) with Angela McCluskey, Bandana Splits (Dawn Landes' band), and DJ sets by Mat Devine and Computer Magic. Admission is totally free with RSVP. Doors are at 9 PM and you must be 21+ to enter. The flier for the show is below.
If you haven't heard King Con, it's a really solid album that operates in a similar realm of indie/pop crossover to Feist and the more anthemic Arcade Fire songs, and also throws in a bit of sugary Passion Pit falsettos and Joanna Newsom quirk. I've caught her live a few times too, and the show doesn't disappoint -- Alex is a totally confident, fun, and charismatic performer. You can stream King Con in full over at SPIN, and watch a couple live videos below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Opening on keys, Meiburg's choice to begin with "Snow Leopard" about brought me out of my seat. As a guy who regularly pontificates, "Shearwater's Rook is in my Top 5 albums of all-time," it was a welcome initiation to a band I was long overdue to see live. Ten of the 18-song set was off Animal Joy. The highlight, for me, was the solo rendition of "Hail, Mary" which I previously thought of as a relatively easy going number, again, much to my dismay, and jubilation, featured a soul thrashing big-rock-finish that left nothing but the dissonant feedback of squawking hens and fluttering feathers. -[Ryan C Zerfas]In between dates of their tour with St. Vincent, Shearwater fit in an NYC show at Le Poisson Rouge on May 6th with Dawn Landes. Shearwater's trek with St. Vincent soldiers on, with the bands taking a night off from tour today. If you missed them, check out pictures from recent Chicago show at The Vic.
In other Dawn Landes news, she plays "Spring Forward!" at The Green Building in Brooklyn on June 6 with The Jack Grace Band and Diamond Doves. Tickets for the Gowanus Canal Conservancy benefit are on sale. Diamond Doves (aka Elvis Perkins' band minus Elvis) also open for Man Man at Brooklyn Bowl one day earlier, and play (and helped organize) the Levon Helm tribute at Brooklyn Bowl one day before that.
In other Shearwater news, the band have added some European dates, as well as a leg of shows with Husky on the West Coast. A listing of all tour dates and the rest of our LPR pictures and the setlist are below.
The National at Beacon Theater in 2011 (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
Doveman's Burgundy Stain Sessions at Le Poisson Rouge continue TONIGHT (4/13) with Aaron Dessner and Bryan Devendorf of The National, Julia Stone (of Angus and Julia Stone), Trixie Whitley, and more. Tickets for tonight's show, and for the next three, are still available.
In related news, Doveman collaborator and occasional Burgundy Stain Session player Dawn Landes also has a NYC show TONIGHT (4/13) at Mercury Lounge with Cheyenne Marie Mize and Donora. Tickets for tonight's show are still available. That same lineup also plays Cameo on Saturday (4/14). All Dawn Landes dates are listed below.
Doveman @ Le Poisson Rouge in 2011 (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
In more Doveman-related news, collaborator Glen Hansard is NOT currently on tour with Eddie Vedder, seeing as Vedder had to postpone the tour due to injury. Glen does have a new video for the track "Philander" off his upcoming Doveman (Thomas Bartlett)-produced solo album, Rhythm and Repose, which is due out June 19 via ANTI-. Check out that video below.
Meanwhile, Glen Hansard's Swell Season bandmate Marketa Irglova, who also contributed to his new album,
will be WILL NOT BE the musical guest at the Happy Ending Music & Reading Series at Joe's Pub on May 2.... UPDATE: Marketa has cancelled and the guest is Clare and the Reasons instead. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Speaking of members of The National, Aaron Dessner and both Devendorf brothers recently joined The Grateful Dead's Bob Weir for a cover of Cass McCombs' "Love Thine Enemy" during a Bridge Sessions webcast. Meanwhile, Bryce Dessner joined Sufjan Stevens and Nico Muhly to perform a collaborative composition titled "Venus" with horn and string accompaniment at MusicNOW Festival in Cincinnati, OH. Videos of both of these performances are below.
All Dawn Landes dates and National-related videos below...
Doveman at at LPR in April (more by Vincent Cornelli)
As mentioned, Doveman has three more upcoming salon shows at West Village venue Le Poisson Rouge. His next one is this Friday (7/29) with special guests Nico Muhly performing as Peter Pears, Julia Stone (of Angus & Julia), who will be premiering material off of her new solo album, and Dawn Landes' group The Bandana Splits.
As mentioned in What's Going On Wednesday, we're running a contest on facebook to win tickets to Friday's show. We're also giving away three more pairs of tickets which you can enter to win via email. Details on how to win a pair below. Details on how to buy a pair, HERE.
Thomas (Doveman) just returned to America from playing in London with (past LPR show guests) Justin Bond and Rufus Wainwright. After Friday's LPR show, he'll play Newport Folk Festival with Tegan and Sara (Sara was also a past LPR show guest).
Doveman's next two LPR shows are happening on September 23 with Chris Thile and October 28 with Laurie Anderson. More guests to be announced. Tickets are on sale for all three.
Contest details below...
Lisa Hannigan @ Rockwood Music Hall
Though penciled into the calendar at Le Poisson Rouge well in advance, Doveman's monthly salons (aka Burgundy Stain Sessions) are typically characterized by spontaneity and surprises. The cast of musicians is constantly shifting as new people are introduced and former collaborators quietly fall off the roster. Traditionally, little about the shows is scripted - at least until the latest session.
For perhaps the first time since the shows began in January, a set list lay on the floor of the stage on June 24th. Of course that doesn't mean it was strictly followed.
Thomas Bartlett (or Doveman) kicked off the show solo with a Randy Newman cover ("Real Emotional Girl"), but it wasn't long before special guest Lisa Hannigan joined in on vocals and guitar. Having collaborated with each other early last year, Hannigan and Bartlett complimented each other nicely. Hannigan may have entered into public consciousness through her part in Damien Rice's 2002 album, O, but she's clearly got enough talent and charm to do more than just the occasional backing vocals, as she demonstrated in her debut solo release in 2008.
As Hannigan's segment wound to a close, other guests started popping up to contribute everything from brand new songs to classic covers (like John Denver's "Take Me Home, Country Roads"). Hannah Cohen (who is apparently working on an album with Bartlett), Dawn Landes, Mike Doughty (who was Bartlett's first tour-mate), Glen Hansard (named the "MVP" by Bartlett), Justin Bond, and backing band Ray Rizzo, Rob Moose, and Josh Kaufmann all made appearances before the evening was up.
As for next month's show, who knows who Bartlett will pull out of his hat. Tickets are on sale for July 29th, September 23rd and October 28th. No guests are announced on any of them yet.
The Doveman show was one of a few in NYC that week for Lisa Hannigan who also played two sold out shows at Rockwood Music Hall where she performed with a full band including John Smith who also opened with a short set of his own music. Lisa's set consisted of a number of new songs from "Passenger", as well as songs from her first album "Sea Sew". They finished with a cover of Depeche Mode's "Personal Jesus". Pictures from the first Rockwood show are in this post and they continue below...
NY Times: You have a new CD out in March called "Justin Vivian Bond: Dendrophile." Explain.Dendrophile is Justin Bond (of Kiki & Herb fame)'s first solo record. It was produced by Thomas Bartlett (Doveman) and also features contributions by Sam Amidon, Rob Moose, Dawn Landes, Beth Orton (as mentioned above) and others.
Justin Vivian Bond: A dendrophile's a person who gets an erotic charge out of nature. I am one! This is a record for the tree-hugger community. I do Bambi Lake's "The Golden Age of Hustlers" on it, and also a duet of the Carpenters' "Superstar" with Beth Orton. As for Vivian, that's my self-given middle name. Justin is a very male-identified name, and I wanted something that would balance it. I had an uncle named Vivian Francis. He was a wonderful person, but he changed his name to Victor. He didn't like being Vivian. But it's fine with me.
Justin Bond, who seems to stick to the intimite confines of venues like Joe's Pub for headlining shows lately, will celebrate the new CD release with a headlining show at Bowery Ballroom on April 5th which is four days before the CD Release show in San Francisco. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale at noon today (2/24).
Opening the Bowery show will be Doveman who Justin (and pretty much everyone else mentioned in this post so far) recently joined for a show at Le Poisson Rouge. Maybe Justin will pop in again when Doveman and guests return to LPR on March 16th. Tickets are still on sale for that.
Justin, who was in attendance to see his Scissor Sisters and Lady Gaga play Madison Square Garden this week, also has a special show coming up at Joe's Pub on March 7th - a new musical he co-wrote with Sandra Bernhard and Scissor Sister Jake Shears. On March 9th Justin hosts a book reading in NYC.
Watch a recent video feature on Justin, Joe's Pub footage included, below...
Dawn Landes, Norah Jones & Doveman
January's inaugural Burgundy Stain Session began softly with just Sam Amidon and Thomas Bartlett (Doveman) on stage, but for the second show in the series (2/8 at Le Poisson Rouge), Bartlett, the host, took a different approach. "Tonight, I thought we'd start with everyone on stage," said Bartlett excitedly, prompting nine additional musicians (dubbed by Bartlett as his "all-star backing chorus") to emerge from the audience and assume their positions. Crowded around a few mic stands, the group launched into a sweet, melodic Doveman song, "Angel's Share." (Beth Orton had to cancel due to 'unforeseen circumstances.')
Modeled after a salon, the Burgundy Stain Sessions are largely unscripted and free-flowing. "Sorry I didn't give anybody a set list," Bartlett eventually confessed. "I don't even really have a set list. I'm just making it up as we go." But instead of resulting in a sloppy mess, the music came together nearly seamlessly, thanks in part to the grand maestro, Doveman, who conducted both verbally ("I need A flat right here!") and with his animated body language (sudden glances, wild head nods).
Following the happy unification of musicians at the top of the show, the spotlight shifted to unannounced returning guest Glen Hansard. Once he had procured a pick from someone in the audience, he was ready. At the last Session, Hansard turned to Bartlett and announced, "none of your jazzy shit," but on Tuesday night, he seemed to be going along with it, as evidenced by their first song together. Apparently the song was brand new. "So Glen recorded that not too many days ago," Bartlett revealed. "His friend went to take a walk and he wrote it."
Many of the musicians are long-time friends and collaborators. Bartlett and Hansard met six or seven years ago (Bartlett can't really remember), and Amidon entered the picture long before that as was evidenced by the impromptu reunion of Popcorn Behavior, the childhood band Bartlett and brother Sam and Stefan Amidon (ages 13, 13, and 10 respectively). In addition to a Popcorn Behavior song, Sam played a song or two of his own, including "I See the Sign," which featured Doug Wieselman on bass clarinet.
Next up was Steve Salett who showcased some songs from his project, The Poison Tree. (His debut album is due out in March.) Much of Salett's songs were marked by technical difficulties due to some cell phone interference, prompting the group to stop while Bartlett switched his cell phone to airplane mode (it turns out his phone wasn't the culprit), but the show continued, thanks to Salett's booming baritone and his picturesque songs about the broken-hearted.
Apart from Glen Hansard (who was also present at the last Burgundy Stain Session), perhaps the biggest surprise guest of the evening was Norah Jones who performed a couple of songs, including a lovely cover song by the late Canadian singer-songwriter Kate McGarrigle, "(Talk to me of) Mendocino."
Since Le Poisson Rouge was set up in the round, the performers faced inward on stage... with exception of the theatrical Justin Bond, who made sure to sing to the whole room. Before beginning to play, the snarky, morose performance artist managed to both hit on Sam and get the whole room laughing. "I'm feeling horny and generous tonight," said Bond by way of introduction. "So someone might have a very nice evening tonight... and it might just be me." Bond played a series of songs, often featuring lyrics borrowed from (delightfully risque or provocative) poetry.
The "genderqueer" singer definitely elicited the most laughs of the evening. "I've got some bourbon. It's in a plastic cup, but it looks like glass, so hey! I'm all for things that look like one thing and are another," joked Bond. It was wise to conclude the show with this rousing performance, but the end still came rather abruptly and unexpectedly, leaving Bartlett to quickly ramble off next month's collaborators: Elysian Fields, Martha Wainwright, Sara Quin (from Tegan and Sara), Dawn Landes, David Thomas Broughton, and more. Tickets are still on sale for that show, and for Sam Amidon's show at Glasslands, and for the one Justin Bond has coming up at Joe's Pub on 2/20.
More pictures from the 2/8 show below....
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Beth Orton, Glen Hansard & Dawn Landes @ LPR
When Glen Hansard sets foot on the stages of a sold-out City Winery TONIGHT, it'll be his third visit to an NYC stage in a month. As advertised, The Frames frontman/Swell Season sensitive-man recently hopped on stage with Beth Orton, Sam Amidon, Nico Muhly, Dawn Landes, and as hinted, St. Vincent at the Doveman "Burgundy Stain Session" at Le Poisson Rouge in January (where these pics come from)...
"Thank you so much for coming," Thomas Bartlett (Doveman) began. "This is the first of these concerts that I'll be doing, and I thought it would be nice to start with just me and Sam because me and Sam have been playing music together since we were five."Hansard's other recent NYC appearance happened this past Sunday at Justin Bond's Joe's Pub show (it was a surprise). Justin Bond returns to Joe's on 2/13 and 2/20 (perhaps with special guests again), and Justin is one of the announced guests at the next Doveman show at Le Poisson Rouge which happens on February 8th. Beth Orton returns that night too, and The Poison Tree rounds out the currently-announced lineup of Thomas Bartlett collaborators that will be there. Tickets are still available for that show and for the one happening on March 16th (lineup TBA).
The two kicked off the show with a simple, lovely, and faintly religious little song, "All is Well." Ringing out with repeatedly, the titular refrain seemed like a perfect starting point for the evening...
...After Sam had played through a few of his songs, he casually announced, "We're in a gospel mood," which was apparently Annie Clark's (St. Vincent) cue to make her way to the stage to fulfill her role as a "great gospel guitarist." Crouching down on stage in the shadow, Clark joined Amidon for one more song before the spotlight officially shifted to her. As she stood up, the stage lights shone through her messy main of curly hair, creating a halo that complimented her Amidon-annointed title....
...The evening proceded with a potpouri of performances. Hardly a song or two would pass before the configuration on stage would change. Beth Orton, Glen Hansard, and Dawn Landes would each have their turn. "One thing I realized is that I hate talking on stage so much that things are really going to need an emcee," Bartlett joked...." [Rachel Kowal]
The Poison Tree, as I wrote back in August 2009, "is Brooklyn, NY singer songwriter Steve Salett [of the King of France] and a rotating cast of collaborators borrowed from acts including The National, Rufus Wainwright, Antony and the Johnsons, and David Byrne." The Poison Tree's debut album will be released this March 15th on Embarque...
In recording its debut album, The Poison Tree leader Steve Salett, drew on a community of extraordinarily talented musicians that formed around Salett's Saltlands Studio and Saltmines rehearsal spaces in Brooklyn. "I approached it as, 'if you build it, they will come.' After that, a space and community coalesced organically around the rehearsal rooms," says Steve. "For The Poison Tree, we were able to pull musicians who regularly use the Saltmines. If we needed violin, trumpet, whatever, we just walked down the hall."Lots of names repeating themselves in this post. You can also catch The Poison Tree at Pete's Candy Store on February 11th.
The supporting cast is extraordinary: Thomas Bartlett, better known as Doveman and briefly a member of King of France, provides much of the atmospheric Wurlitzer, piano, and organ parts. Of The Poison Tree, he says, "Steve is one of my favorite songwriters. Each song is a simple, perfect gesture, but with an elusive, enigmatic quality that will never lose its fascination for me."
Singer Dawn Landes, who will open for Justin Townes Earle on the road next month and also sang on Josh Ritter's latest album, also sang on 'The Poison Tree' record and did some engineering work. Others include bassist Jeff Hill (Rufus Wainwright), drummer Konrad Meissner (Graham Parker), and trumpeter C.J. Camerieri (Rufus Wainwright). Gary Mauer of Hem co-produced the album with Salett.
Lastly, besides writing all of the songs and playing guitar and vocals, the multi-talented Salett also co-produced and plays dulcimer, Rhodes, and whistle.
Don't forget that Sam Amidon has a show coming up at Glasslands on 2/16 (tickets), and even before that will join Nico Muhly, Bishi, Bryce Dessner, and ACME at St.Ann's Warehouse as part of Nico Muhly's Tell The Way. Tickets are available for all three shows, Feb 10th-12th.
More pictures from the 1/14 Doveman are below...
photos by Kimberly Huebner
Alex Winston @ Communion
Communion, the party co-founded by Mumford & Sons' Ben Lovett, held its first U.S. event on Jan 9th at Public Assembly in Brooklyn. The night included sets by Alex Winston, Emil & Friends, Marques Toliver, Pearl and The Beard, Bobby Long, & Simone Felice, with DJs Neon Gold, Sean Glass and The Knocks. A set of pictures from that show are in this post.
The party continues on January 30th at Public Assembly. On that date Communion will host Royal Bangs, Ambassadors, Sarah Jarosz, David Mayfield Parade, Dawn Landes,and .... Laura Marling whose only other show is opening for Iron & Wine on 1/25 at the Wiltern in LA. Advanced tickets are on sale (and note: this will probably sell out).
Of all of the participants in the 1/30 show, only one is advertising other upcoming NYC dates and that's Austin's Sarah Jarosz...
"Sarah Jarosz is a bluegrass multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter whose first CD, Song Up in Her Head, was released by Sugar Hill Records on June 16, 2009. She was nominated for a Grammy Award in the category of Best Country Instrumental Performance for the track "Mansinneedof" from that album. Sarah was born in Austin, Texas on May 23, 1991..." [Wikipedia]Sarah will play Rockwood Music Hall one night before Public Assembly, as well as on February 26th and April 16th. All of her dates, and a bunch of other Royal Bangs dates, and more pictures and some videos from the first Communion, below...
Merry Christmas Everybody! 2010 has been a whirlwind of touring and thanks to everyone who came out to the shows! The Hounds & I spent many many hours in vans, gas stations and motels across the globe and we just want you to know how much we appreciate seeing your faces! We've started working on some new music and will hopefully have some new songs to share in the new year.
THANK YOU! MERCI y GRACIAS!
Dawn Landes @ Governors Island this past Summer (more by Chris La Putt)
The Third Annual Very Balthrop Christmas happening at Joe's Pub tonight (12/17), and the Justin Townes Earle &
Jessica Lea Mayfield Teddy Thompson (Jessica cancelled) show happening at Webster Hall on Saturday have at least one thing in common. Dawn Landes will be in the house for both, so get there early if you're going to the Webster Hall show because she goes on first. Need a ticket? I am giving a few pairs away. Details on how to get them below...