Entries tagged with: Donovan
by Andrew Sacher
photo: The Flaming Lips at Levitation 2015 (more by Tim Griffin)
Last month, Sharon Van Etten released her cover of "Teen Angel" from the upcoming Donovan tribute album, Gazing With Tranquility: A Tribute to Donovan. Rock the Cause Records releases the album next week (and proceeds go to Huntington's Hope) and now NPR's got the full stream of it. Most excitingly, that means we can now hear the covers from The Walkmen frontman Hamilton Leithauser and The Flaming Lips.
It feels pretty safe to assume that The Flaming Lips' sound as we know it wouldn't exist without the influence of guys like Donovan, so it's pretty great to hear their take on his 1968 song "Atlantis." They deliver the spoken word portion with pitched-down vocals and once the singing comes in, they more or less make it sound like a Flaming Lips song. It's a cool take, and definitely not just a retread of the original. Hamilton, meanwhile, gives crooning pop bombast to Donvan's subdued "To Susan On The West Coast Waiting." Listen to those, and the rest of the compilation, below.
As you may know, The Flaming Lips will soon hit the road as Miley Cyrus' backing band.
by Andrew Sacher
Sharon Van Etten at NeilFest - 9/14/15 (photo by U of Music)
Though Sharon Van Etten was billed for NYC's Neil Young tribute show NeilFest, she didn't show up on night 1. But fortunately for anyone who went last night (9/14), Sharon was there (along with Ryan Adams, Kim Gordon, Norah Jones and many more). There's a picture above.
Sharon covered another folk legend recently too, and released that cover today. She takes on Donovan's "Teen Angel" for the upcoming tribute album Gazing With Tranquility: A Tribute to Donovan that Rock the Cause Records is releasing on October 16 (proceeds go to Huntington's Hope). Sharon offers up a great take on the song, and she tells NPR: "I've admired Donovan's voice and minimal psychedelic songs since I was a child. In the folk world he was still very 'left' and it stood out to me. Even though he was a trippy cat, he was still a romantic and I loved seeing both of those sides."
Also on the album is The Flaming Lips, The Walkmen frontman Hamilton Leithauser, Ivan & Alyosa, Astronautalis, Lissie and more. Check out the full tracklist, and stream of Sharon and Hamilton's covers, below.
Sunday night's Grammy Awards saw the two surviving Beatles, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, reuniting on stage. 2014 marks the 50th anniversary to the Beatles first visiting America and there are all sorts of celebrations in the works. The Grammys are presenting a television special, "The Night That Changed America: A GRAMMY Salute To The Beatles," which will air on CBS on February 9 from 8 - 10 PM EST, exactly 50 years to the day, date and time of the their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. The concert event was taped on Monday (1/27) and will features a bunch of famous artists (including Stevie Wonder, Dave Grohl, Pharrell, Alicia Keys, Gary Clark Jr. and Joe Walsh) performing Beatles songs. One of the more notable acts are The Eurythmics who reunited just to play this show.
There are some NYC shows coming up that are Beatle-related too. Bambi Kino, the very high concept Beatles tribute that features Doug Gillard (ex-Guided By Voices), Mark Rozzo (Maplewood), Ira Elliot (Nada Surf), and Erik Paparazzi (Cat Power), are playing a few times that weekend. The high-concept part is they're dedicated to the band's formative days when they were living in Hamburg, Germany, and do the covers that The Beatles did back then.
Bambi Kino are playing Union Hall on February 8 where they'll do three sets (8 PM, 9 PM & 10 PM) with WFMU's Todd-O-Phonic Todd Abramson on DJ duties. Tickets are on sale now. Earlier that day you can hear them live on WFMU's Cherry Blossom Clinic (3-6 PM).
They're also playing The Fest which is "the premier Beatles convention in the world." The Fest happens from February 8 - 9 at NYC's The Grand Hyatt and is a mix of memorabilia and performances. In addition to Bambi Kino (who play 2/9 at 8 PM), this year's live entertainment includes Peter Asher of Peter & Gordon (whose hit "World Without Love" was written by McCartney), Chad & Jeremy, Donovan, and more. Tickets and info here.
Beginning February 7, The Morrison Hotel Gallery in SoHo will have a photo exhibit about The Beatles' first visit to America that's curated by Julian Lennon. More info here.
Also on February 7, Park Slope bar Freddy's has a Fab Four night too, with a couple tribute acts. At 11 PM it's Hal Bruce who has been hailed by some as the "Best Solo Beatles Artist," and then at midnight it's all-girl Japanese tribute act The Clover. Flyer for the Freddy's show below.
In celebration of his induction into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame, folk legend Donovan will be playing shows in three major US cities this fall before his TBA world tour in 2013. Those cities include, Washington DC, New York City, and Los Angeles. NYC gets its show on October 19 at The Concert Hall (part of NYSEC and located on 2 West 64 Street). Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Other upcoming shows at The Concert Hall include progressive/folk/classical band Renaissance on October 20, Rickie Lee Jones on November 1, Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore's folk rock group Blackmore's NIght on November 2, Graham Parker & The Rumour on December 1, and more.
A list of all Donovan dates and a classic live video are below.
Donovan will be in the Northeast US this weekend for Syracuse Jazz Fest, but before he makes his way upstate, he'll stop in NYC for a free performance and autograph signing at J&R's 23 Park Row location at 5 PM.
I suppose that it is a bit like an Academy Award, as one is awarded by one's peers. It is wonderful. Of all the awards that I have received in my career, this one is very, very singular and very, very large. It is quite pleasant, really. It will focus a searchlight on my work.In honor of the induction, he released an expanded edition of Essential Donovan, with bonus tracks. He also plans to release his "vast and rediscovered archive" with "many songs [he] forgot [he] wrote or recorded." Stay tuned for more info on that.
I love awards just for that reason; this one is huge. When my work is highlighted, then a younger generation will discover my work. When the word "Donovan" is Googled then twenty seven albums will appear for them to discover. This is an extraordinary thing because the young people will be able to discover my music. My mission has always been to continually be of assistance to young people everywhere. My music and my poetry are filled with stuff that they can use. This award has double meaning as it has a very personal feeling attached to it, as well as being a great honor to my work.
There is poetic justice to it all, as well. My work will be reevaluated by a whole new generation and they'll find in it comfort that they can use. Whether they are musicians, students or just young people in general, my work is positive and I am so glad that they will be exposed to it.
A list of all dates and some videos below...
Jim James (My Morning Jacket), Bettye Lavette, Ben Harper, Sheryl Crow, Donovan, Eddie Vedder, Moby, Paul Horn, Ringo Starr AND Paul McCartney are playing the previously-mentioned David Lynch Foundation show at Radio City Music Hall on April 4th. Regular tickets go on sale Monday at 11AM, or of you're rich, your tickets are on sale now...
$100,000 PackageThe "post-concert celebration" is described like this: "Celebrate with us at the Four Seasons, located just a few blocks away. Live DJ, great food, and a special celebrity auction, featuring signed guitars by Paul McCartney and other legendary performers."
Includes: premier front center orchestra row (13 seats) for the concert, 13 reserved seats at the post-concert celebration at the Four Seasons, 4 backstage passes, 4 day-of-show rehearsal passes, 4 tickets for the pre-concert cocktail reception at Radio City, 4 tickets for the Sunday celebratory brunch and acknowledgment in the concert program. (The deductible portion of this package is $93,625.)
The David Lynch Foundation presents the WORLD HARMONY CONCERTThx rajohn!
Paul McCartney, Donovan, Eddie Vedder, Sheryl Crow, Paul Horn, Moby and more will perform a global benefit concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on Saturday, April 4, 2009, in support of the David Lynch Foundation's international initiative to teach one million children the Transcendental Meditation technique--and change the world overnight.
Limited seats: A limited number of excellent seats have been reserved for friends of the David Lynch Foundation.
In related news, Pearl Jam are pumped up to hit the studio, and Paul McCartney and Bon Jovi were in the crowd on opening night of the restored Beacon Theater when Garfunkel took the stage with Paul Simon at the first of Paul's two night run in the venue that Leonard Cohen played last night.
Leonard Cohen plays Radio City in May.
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who introduced transcendental meditation to the West and gained fame in the 1960s as the spiritual guru to the Beatles, died Tuesday at his home and headquarters in Vlodrop, the Netherlands. He is believed to have been in his 90s. Steven Yellin, a spokesman for the organization, confirmed the Maharishi's death but did not give a cause....The Beatles/Maharishi thing was recently spoofed in the movie Walk Hard. Actual video footage below...
....The visibility and popularity of the organization can largely be attributed to the Beatles. In 1968, the band, with great publicity, began studying with the Maharishi at his Himalayan retreat, or ashram, in Rishikesh, in northern India. They went with their wives, the folk singer Donovan, the singer Mike Love, of the Beach Boys, the actress Mia Farrow and Ms. Farrow's sister Prudence....
...In the last years of his life he rarely met with anyone, even his ministers, face-to-face, preferring to speak with followers almost exclusively by closed-circuit television.