Entries tagged with: Dean Ween
by Bill Pearis
In the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks that killed 90+ fans at an Eagles of Death Metal show, the band have donated the publishing and master use of their song "I Love You All The Time" to The Sweet Stuff Foundation. They're challenging iTunes, Spotify and other sellers to donate the proceeds to charity, and for other bands to cover the song, or offer up their own song to covered for charity. They're calling it the "The Play it Forward Initiative."
One notable musician to do so is Dean Ween. He's known Josh Homme for a long time, as Ween toured with both Kyuss and Queens of the Stone Age in the '90s. Says Ween (aka Mickey Melchiondo):
When I heard about the Paris attacks I broke down and called him immediately and surprisingly he answered. Finding out that Dave Catching was alive and unharmed was one of the biggest reliefs of my life.You can listen to Dean Ween's cover of "I Love You All the Time" below.
When Josh asked me to cover this tune, I dropped what I was doing on the most important (to me anyway) gig night of my life. I was debuting the tunes from my forthcoming Dean Ween Group album. I came to the studio with our drummer Ray Kubian (who is a great singer as well) and I had a concept - one sample of handclaps and 8 tracks of grunting in the rhythm of the song and scat singing. I laid down a bass track for an anchor or a guide, sped the song up to 150 beats per minute when the original was about 115. One acoustic guitar, and Ray taking the lead vocal. It went perfectly -- we used every track that we recorded. I then called Chris Shaw, who produced Ween's White Pepper album and mixed Moistboyz IV. He is the best producer and engineer I know and he dropped his Saturday Thanksgiving travel plans to mix it for me.
My Morning Jacket also covered "I Love You All the Time" live on the final of their four nights at NYC's Beacon Theatre (11/29). They asked for a moment of silence in memory of the Paris victims before playing it. Video of that cover is below, and look for a set of pictures from the first night of their Beacon run soon.
Ween, meanwhile, are reuniting for some live shows in 2016.
photo: Juicy J @ Terminal 5, 2014 (more by Chris La Putt)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Juicy J, Isaiah, Ben James @ Irving Plaza
Juicy J's got a new album called THC: The Hustle Continues on the way, and while we're still waiting for more details on that, we did recently get a new mixtape. He's been crazy prolific lately, and touring a lot too. The hustle does in fact continue.
Songhoy Blues, Las Rosas @ Rough Trade
Songhoy Blues fled their home of Northern Mali when armed Jihadists took control and banned music altogether. In the Southern Mali city of Bamako, they caught the attention of Damon Albarn who was there in 2013 with his traveling "Africa Express" project that brought Western musicians (like Nick Zinner and members of Django Django and Metronomy) to Mali to collaborate with local musicians. Zinner ended up producing and playing on Songhoy Blues' debut album, Music in Exile, and he brings a nice grit to their sound. They are an exuberant live band and definitely worth catching.
Heartless Bastards, Craig Finn @ Webster Hall
Bluesy garage rockers team up with Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn tonight for this quality double bill.
David Liebe Hart, Pocket Hercules, Hiccup @ Shea Stadium
Headlining this show is Tim & Eric affiliate David Liebe Hart, and if you're going we also recommend getting there early for Hiccup, who include two members of The Chris Gethard Show house band.
Chris Gethard, Mal Blum @ Union Hall
Speaking of, it's Chris Gethard's second of two Career Suicide shows at Union Hall, which will have "an hour of stand up focusing on suicide, alcoholism, and all the other funniest parts of life." Singer/songwriter Mal Blum, who's Don Giovanni labelmates with and a collaborator of Chris, is on the bill too.
Lushes, Tropical Trash, Jaye Jayle, Center Divider @ Saint Vitus
Local experimental rockers Lushes headline this show, but most exciting is Jaye Jale, the solo project of Young Widows frontman Evan Patterson.
Small Wonder, Tall Juan, Haybaby, Mykil Love @ Knitting Factory
This is a pretty cool, diverse local bill with Epoch member Small Wonder, garagey folk popsters Tall Juan, and Tiny Engines-signed punky pop band Haybaby.
Bully @ Rough Trade
Bully just played Northside and they're sticking around for this free show at Rough Trade. It's all ages and doors are at 6:30 PM and the show is at 7 PM.
Amy Schumer, Judd Apatow, Colin Quinn, Mike Birbiglia, Vanessa Bayer. Dave Attell @ Beacon Theatre
Amy Schumer's new movie Trainwreck isn't out till July 17 but you can catch her and the film's co-stars (and director, Judd Apatow) as part of this traveling comedy tour.
Night Train w/ Wyatt Cenac @ Littlefield
All aboard Wyatt Cenac's weekly comedy caravan, this time with guests Adam Newman, Alingon Mitra, Kara Klenk, Daniel Simonsen, Cliff Cash, "and more!"
Dean Ween Group @ The Heath at the McKittrick Hotel
While his onetime bandmate Aaron Freeman has reverted to his own name for a solo career, Mickey Melchiondo still goes by Dean Ween and his group maintains of love of the jam.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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photo: Bouncing Souls at House of Vans in 2014 (more by Mimi Hong)
The first annual Asbury Park Music In Film Fest is set to take place April 10-12 across a handful of venues in the New Jersey city. The event features screenings of a handful of music films, including Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo's JACO, a documentary focusing on the life of the legendary bassist Jaco Pastorius; DC punk doc Salad Days; A Band Called Death, the story of Detroit proto-punk legends Death; Bouncing Souls doc Do You Remember? 15 Years Of The Bouncing Souls; Memphis music film Take Me To The River; Rye Coalition film Rye Coalition: The Story of the Hard Luck Five; City Gardens doc Riot on the Dance Floor; and more.
There's also a few afterparties, including the "punk band after party" at Asbury Lanes on Friday, April 10 which you can get into with the Friday Punk Pass Ticket Package, that also includes admission to the Salad Days and the Bouncing Souls doc screenings.
There's also Robby Krieger of The Doors at The Stone Pony on 4/10 (tickets); JACO-afterparty "Funk That Bass" superjam hosted by Bernie Worrell featuring Dean Ween, Bernard Fowler, Corey Glover and special guests on April 11; a Rye Coalition afterparty at Asbury Lanes on 4/11 with performances from members of the band; a Q&A with A Band Called Death's directors at BTII Gallery on 4/11 and more.
Full schedule and ticket options HERE. Check out trailers for Take Me To The River, Salad Days, Do You Remember?, and A Band Called Death below...
The Dean Ween Group, Dean's post-Ween concern, will head out on tour this month for a quick run of dates. Those include a NYC-area show on February 18 at Garcia's, the small side bar at Port Chester's Capitol Theatre. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
Over the holidays, Dean put out a previously-unreleased Ween demo called "The Wolfman." Listen to that, with the list of his dates, below...
The Dean Ween Group, who toured opening for Primus earlier this year, are now set to hit the road on their own for a short East Coast tour this fall. The fall comes to the NYC-area around Halloween time, hitting Asbury Park on October 30 at The Stone Pony and Brooklyn on November 1 at Brooklyn Bowl but they currently have no show scheduled for Halloween proper. (Primus on the other hand, are playing NYC on Halloween.) Tickets for the NJ and NYC shows are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
List of Dean Ween dates, with a video of them playing a new song "Garry" in New Mexico, below...
Primus at Big Day Out in January (more by Chris Graham)
Les Claypool was just in NYC playing three shows with his Duo de Twang, and he's since announced that that other band's he in, Primus, will be hitting the road this May/June. That tour won't bring Les & co. back to NYC, but they'll be nearby for a show in Port Chester at The Capitol Theatre on June 24 and another in Asbury Park at Stone Pony Summerstage on June 28. The Asbury Park show (and a Big Flats, NY show a day earlier) are with The Dean Ween Group, but no other acts announced for the Cap show yet.
Primus are also among the many artists whose music is in True Detective.
One of Les Claypool's Due de Twang shows in NYC was the BrooklynVegan-presented show at Brooklyn Rod & Gun. You've already seen pictures of that one, and now you can check out an audio stream and a video from the show, with the list of Primus dates, below...
Ween is gone for good, and with a posting today on bandcamp, now so is "Gene Ween". The blurb on bandcamp reads:
After 20+ years of near-fatal drug & alcohol abuse (thankfully culminating with intensive but successful rehab), AARON FREEMAN (aka Gene Ween) was left in a dire financial situation. All proceeds will go directly to Aaron, as he continues down the path toward creative freedom and personal health.Head to Bandcamp to hear and buy the six songs, or stream it below..
These demos represent the final writings and music of Gene Ween, before he departed and the inner FREEMAN emerged. On that note, we have received a two word personal statement from Aaron: "stay tuned."
In related news, Dean Ween aka Mickey Melchiondo Jr. aka Mickey Moist is going on tour in December with his band Moistboyz. Kicking off in Ween's hometown of New Hope on 12/4, the boyz hit Stage 48 in NYC on 12/7 before continuing on their way. All Dean dates are listed under the Gene stream below...
Novelist Jonathan Ames (also creator of HBO's now-cancelled Bored to Death), Amy Sohn (author of Prospect Park West), Henry Alford, Charles Star, Dan Wilbur, and more will appear at Union Hall on Monday (11/2) for "Brooklyn Relief: A Night of Words, Music, and Comedy to Benefit Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts" with musical guests Andy Friedman and Natalia Zukerman. Tickets are on sale now and 100% of proceeds goes to Hurricane Sandy Relief, with %50 going to the Red Hook Initiative and 50% going to the NY Communities Hurricane Relief Fund. They will also have NY Shirts for Sandy available at the show.
There's also another Hurricane Sandy Relief benefit at Union Hall on November 16 with Friend Roulette, Flying Pace, Bright Brown, and Katie Mullins. Tickets for that show are on sale now and proceeds go to Occupy Sandy Hurricane Relief.
On Thursday (11/8) at Idle Hands bar (25 Ave B), Gary Saurez the Human Jukebox will play your requests for cash, with all proceeds going to the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City. Here's how it works:
$5 donation to the Mayor's Fund gets a request for an Alternative Rock song of your choice!Gary adds, "Songs must be under five minutes long. Please exercise good judgement. Don't request shit like Lou Reed's Metal Machine Music or blackened pornogrind or so help me God I will slap you." The night opens at 8 PM with an hour's worth of DJing from Mr. Dave Hill and then Gary starts playing your requests from 9 PM on. No entry fee. More info is here.
$20 donation to the Mayor's Fund gets a request for any Rock song of your choice!
$50+ to the Mayor's Fund gets a request for ANY song of your choice!
Dean Ween's benefit at The Saint in Asbury Park has been pushed back from its original November 11 date to November 28. At the show, Dean will be joined by Claude Coleman, Glenn McClelland, Chris Harford, Dickie Moist, and "all of the usual suspects" and is a benefit for Dean's friend Nick Honachefsky, who lost his home and all of his possessions.
My Jerusalem is playing Mercury Lounge on Monday (11/12) with Dead Heart Bloom and a portion of Friday at Bellwether in Williamsburg (594 Union Ave) from 10 PM to 4 AM. The show is free and donations for American Red Cross's Hurricane Sandy Relief fund are encouraged.
Gary Clark Jr. played a Sandy benefit at Brooklyn Bowl last night (11/6), which fell in the middle of his three sold out Bowery Ballroom shows (the last one is tonight [11/7]). Alex Joffe tweeted, "At @brooklynbowl as Gary Clark Jr. shreds the room apart & CNN projects 4 more years. Club erupts. And sighs breath of relief. #rockandroll". Check out some videos from his set last night below.
More Hurricane Sandy Relief benefit shows are listed HERE. Let us know of any others that we missed in the comments below.
As you probably know, New Jersey was hit really hard during Hurricane Sandy and in an effort to help one of the victims, Dean Ween (aka Mickey Melchiondo of Ween) is hosting a benefit concert in Asbury Park (home of the Stone Pony which did survive the storm). Dean writes...
Like a lot of people I know it's hard to figure out where to best donate money and resources right now. To this end I've just arranged a benefit concert for my good friend Nick Honachefsky who lost his home and all of his worldly possessions in the storm. I'm hosting a benefit concert at the Saint in Asbury Park, NJ onDean is also working on his first solo album, which will feature Josh Homme, Nick Oliveri, Guy Heller, Claude Coleman, Chuck Treece, Dave Dreiwitz, Glenn McClelland, Joe Kramer, Andrew Weiss, Joe Russo, Scott Metzger, and more guests that he's worked with over the years. In addition to featuring on the album, Josh Homme is also producing it. The above picture is of Dean Ween at the recording sessions for his new album with Joe Kramer and Chuck Treece (via Facebook).
Sun Nov. 11Wed, Nov. 28--"Dean Ween and Friends" featuring Claude Coleman, Glenn McClelland, Chris Harford, Dickie Moist, and the all of the usual suspects to help Nick get back on his feet. The evening will feature new music and old music by Moistboyz, Chris Harford, Jimmy Wilson, members of Ween, etc. More specific details to follow. Also, there is a fund set up for Nick at this address.
UPDATE: The date of this benefit has changed.
A video of Dean Ween and some of his friends jamming is below...
They're only really mentioning Dean, Gene (who will sing the National Anthem), Glenn McClelland (who will play organ) & Josh (who is not part of the reunited Kyuss), but I think that's enough reason to go to this Ween hometown charity event on Sunday (10/2). New Hope, PA is a beautiful place to visit anyway if you haven't been.
More Ween events, including Halloween at Hammerstein Ballroom, listed below...