Entries tagged with: Elvis Costello
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"Amazing time at the Garden. Still buzzed. Elvis was an officer and a gentleman. Thank you. Thankyouverymuch." - Julian Casablancas
As sort of hinted and then twitter-revealed right before the show, Elvis Costello (after he got done making a surprise appearance with the Secret Sisters at Irving Plaza), played a surprise opening set between opener Devendra Banhart and headliner the Strokes at Madison Square Garden last night (4/1). He only played three songs (starting with "Pump It Up"), but then he returned later to join the Strokes on stage for "Taken For a Fool" (that's Julian and Elvis together on stage in the picture above).
But this wasn't an Elvis show (he played his own show at Gramercy Theatre later in the night), it was about the Strokes. As Ms. Modern Age writes...
"I'll start with the end -- The very last song, in typical Strokes fashion, was "Take It Or Leave It" -- but this time singer Julian Casablancas took it upon himself to bring the music to the people - well, specifically to the people in the seated section stage left. Climbing up on the stage left speakers, and then grabbing onto the side railing, Julian positioned himself in the midst of the raised seated floor section, where upon everyone started grabbing on to him from behind.Video of that & Elvis, more pictures and the full Strokes setlist, below...
At one point, Julian jumped down to the floor, and the barricade felt as if it were going to tip over -- terrifying me because that's where the handicapped folks were sitting. Luckily, Julian moved back up and further over into the crowd, bringing the rest of the song to the front section of the room, and a bit to stage right at the end, finally finishing on the stage."
photos by Dominick Mastrangelo
Ron Sexsmith @ Highline Ballroom
In the documentary film about Ron Sexsmith, "Love Shines," Elvis Costello casts the Canadian musician in the same realm as one of rock 'n' roll's historic performers."Love Shines" was an audience favorite at SXSW.
"I think Ron has got one of the purest seams of melody, that he has access to exclusively, since Paul McCartney," Costello says.
There's no higher praise, but some folks are undoubtedly saying "Who's Ron Sexsmith?"
...He's just released a fantastic album, "Long Player Late Bloomer," which features the production of Bob Rock, best known for his work with Metallica, Bon Jovi and Motley Crue. The biopic "Love Shines" premiered recently at South By Southwest, and Sexsmith made a national television appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!"
Sexsmith admits he's excited, a far cry from the melancholy that haunted him after his previous album, "Exit Strategy of the Soul," more or less tanked. When Rock agreed to produce "Long Player" Sexsmith's joy was leavened by a sense of disbelief. -[Pittsburgh Tribune-Review]
Speaking of Elvis Costello, who is playing a solo set at this year's Newport Folk Fest, he's playing a small, late show at Gramercy Theatre tonight (4/1), and probably something before that too. Those staying home can catch him on TV.
More pictures from that show (including one of the setlist), tour dates, videos from Kimmel and SXSW, the documentary trailer & more, below...
"An exciting mix of folk music's founding voices and modern favorites highlights the 52nd edition of the Newport Folk Festival® when it returns to Newport's Fort Adams State Park July 30-31, it was announced today by the Newport Festivals Foundation, the recently-formed 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization which produces the event.This year's lineup will bring lots of great artists to Rhode Island in July. The Decemberists (who play Brooklyn 1.5 months earlier), Gillian Welch, Tegan & Sara, Delta Spirit, Mavis Staples, Wanda Jackson, Emmylou Harris, M Ward, Elvis Costello, Middle Brother (proof that the supergroup is not done yet) and even the PS22 chorus are on the list which you can see in full below...
Tickets go on sale worldwide on Thursday, March 31, at 10:00 am at www.newportfolkfest.net.
Sotheby's is hosting "An Evening of Spoken Word and Performance by Patti Smith" on Tuesday, May 17, 2011. It's a benefit for the Archives of American Art, and $100 tickets are on sale.
$100 tickets are also still on sale for the benefit at Le Poisson Rouge tonight (3/29) which has expanded its lineup even further. You get: Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band with special guest Antony , Patti Smith with Tony Shanahan, Cibo Matto and (as previously mentioned) Lou Reed.. who also plays a 12 hour Japan benefit with Phillip Glass, and many others (the Lou Reed portion is sold out) on April 9th.
In unrelated news, Elvis Costello is playing a small show at Gramercy Theatre on April 1st which is now sold out, but tickets are on presale (usename Elvis, password Costello) now for newly added shows in MN, ME, MA and Red Bank, NJ.
You can also catch Elvis on TV on April 1st, as a show he taped at the New York Public Library is the first episode of this season's Live From the Artist's Den...
"On the evening of November 2, Elvis Costello gave a private concert for five hundred lucky fans in celebration of his new album's release that day. Within the ornate and awe-inspiring Celeste Bartos Forum in The New York Public Library's world-famous Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Costello - along with The Sugarcanes and Pete Thomas on drums -- performed new songs from National Ransom as well as hits spanning his three-decades-and-counting career."As you can see on the poster above, Robert Plant, Squeeze, Grace Potter and others will also be the subject of other episodes this season.
Elvis Costello & The Imposters will play a special small 11:00pm show at Gramercy Theatre in NYC on April 1st. A presale (Username: elvis, Password: costello) starts at 1pm today (3/25). Public sale begins Saturday, March 26th, at 10:00am via Ticketmaster.
Seats at the previously announced spinning songbook shows with Elvis Costello & The Imposters at Beacon Theater are almost all filled so Costello has added a third show at the same venue. Tickets for the new date, May 25th at Beacon Theater, just went on AmEx presale. They go on general sale on Saturday, 2/26, at 10am.
Tickets are still on sale for the Levon Helm Band and Hayes Carll show happening at the Wellmont tonight (2/11). Tickets are also on sale for the show Hayes Carll is playing with Jason Isbell at Bowery Ballroom, and you can still get tix for the show Hayes is playing at Housing Works on Tuesday too.
Elvis Costello in front of the Wheel of Elvis in 1986 (via)
Elvis Costello & The Imposters are back, and Costello will head out for two weeks of dates with The Spectacular Spinning Songbook:
For the first time in 25 years, Costello will let his set-list be chosen by "The Spectacular Spinning Songbook", a monumental game-show wheel that features 40 song-titles, including hits, rarities and very unexpected covers.Elvis Costello & The Imposters will play dates throughout May, kicking things off on 5/7 in Reno and ending with two shows at NYC's Beacon Theatre on 5/22 & 5/23. A presale (login of elvis and password of costello) is setup for all dates on the tour. NYC isn't listed there yet, but Chicago just went on sale. Update: The presale for all dates, including 5/18 at Wellmont Theater in Montclair, NJ, starts Tuesday at 10am. General sale begins Friday
Audience members will be invited onstage where they may spin "The Wheel" and then be offered a chance to enter the "Hostage to Fortune Go-Go Cage", while their selection is performed.
Alternatively, they may choose to take a seat in the on-stage "Society Lounge", where light refreshments will be served, during what promises to be a splendid and surprising evening.
All dates and some videos below...
"Modest Mouse without a cloud in the sky!" -rojacaliente
"If this were Make A Wish and you were going to die in 20 min, just long enough to play Freebird, we wouldnt play it -Modest Mouse" -georgeferris
"Modest Mouse is testing my love for them by keeping the kid awake with their heavy bass and drumming two blocks away. /fistshaking" -woolyknickers
This time, the opener was the Americana singer/songwriter Marcellus Hall and his backing band. The pairing was a bit odd. Modest Mouse prompted people to shout along to every song and to rush the stage. Marcellus Hall's performance had people turning around to admire the setting sun over the Manhattan skyline and leaving polite pockets of space throughout the crowd.
After Marcellus Hall's relatively short set, the anticipation for the headliners steadily grew, but more than thirty minutes passed before they marched on stage. As if making up for their severely truncated show last July, Modest Mouse then played a lengthy set - nearly 2 hours long when you factor in the encore.
"Welcome back!" Isaac Brock said by way of introduction. They kicked off the show with "Gravity Rides Everything." Taking no time to get into the show, the crowd enthusiastically sang along from the opening verse. (fittingly, the song contains the line, "Everything will fall right into place.") Isaac Brock hardly talked between songs. He didn't need to. The audience was wholly engaged. Each song was met by cheers and triumphantly extended fists. After all, for many of the people present, this was take two.
From "Cowboy Dan" to "Autumn Beds," the band pulled songs from throughout their career and readily switched between the more raucous and reserved. The pump organ, banjo, glockenspiel, accordion, and trumpet made regular guest appearances that nicely punctuated the set and revealed the surprisingly decent sound quality. The stage lights - which were absent during opening set - certainly helped to set the mood for Modest Mouse.
The band closed their initial set with "The View," leaving the audience with the soothing sound of electronic crickets to underlie their cries for more. After an unusually long wait (10 minutes), they returned for another five(ish) songs before finally concluding just short of 10:00, saying, "Thank you all very much. Have a good night" and delivering a PSA discouraging "driving while drinking and drinking while driving." Luckily, Brock didn't say anything about smoking and riding the subway.
Isaac Brock and gang have one set of shows left on their calendar, on October 23rd and 24th at Shoreline Ampitheater in Mountain View, CA as part of the annual Bridge School Benefit. The band will join a reformed Buffalo Springfield. Pearl Jam, Elvis Costello, Lucinda Williams, T-Bone Burnett's Speaking Clock Revue (with Elton John & Leon Russell, Elvis Costello, Ralph Stanley, Neko Case and Jeff Bridges, they play NYC on 10/20), and Grizzly Bear among others.
The Bridge School Benefit lineup by day, more Waterfront pics and the Modest Mouse setlist is below...
T Bone Burnett will premiere The Speaking Clock Revue - a multi-artist concert extravaganza - on October 16 at the Wang Center in Boston and October 20 at the Beacon Theater in New York City. Both evenings of the Revue will feature performances by Elton John & Leon Russell, John Mellencamp, Elvis Costello, Gregg Allman, Ralph Stanley, Jeff Bridges, Punch Brothers, Karen Elson, and newcomers The Secret Sisters. In addition, Neko Case and Jim James from My Morning Jacket will join the lineup in Boston and New York respectively.Elton John & Leon Russell will release a T Bone-produced collaborative album entitled The Union on October 19th which is the same day they play another show at Beacon Theater (making the Speaking Clock show their second at the NYC venue in two days). All dates below.
The concerts will be presented in a revue format with a house band consisting of the players featured on numerous Burnett-produced recordings. Tickets for The Speaking Clock Revue will go on sale Monday, September 27 at noon, through Ticketmaster.
All net proceeds from these shows will be donated to The Participant Foundation to support music and arts education programming in public schools."
The T Bone benefits were inspired by the new documentary, Waiting for "Superman". More info on that and the shows in general, with the documentary trailer and tour dates, below...
Paul McCartney in Mexico City
"Terrified Sir Paul McCartney had to be rescued by cops after a mob attacked his tour bus in a dodgy no-go part of Mexico City.Paul played two shows while in Mexico City. Both setlists are below. The White House concert takes place Wednesday June 2nd, and will be aired on PBS later this summer...
Youths forced his driver to stop then started jumping up and down on the roof as the Beatles legend, 67, cowered inside.
A source said: "At first his security team thought it was just swarms of fans but when people started scaling the bus, the situation changed in a flash." They called cops who raced to the rescue. "Paul and the team were shaken up," the source added.
It happened after his gig at the Foro Sol stadium on Saturday at 1am. His management team are now reviewing security.
The program, to be taped by WETA Washington, D.C., as part of the "In Performance at the White House" series, will air on PBS stations nationwide on Wednesday, July 28, 2010, at 8 p.m. EDT (check local listings) as "Paul McCartney: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song In Performance at the White House."Paul's other upcoming dates include Salt Lake City and San Francisco. All dates below...
The concert will feature a tribute by major stars, many of whom will perform the songs that propelled McCartney to legendary status in music and humanitarianism around the world. The lineup of performers includes Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill, Jonas Brothers, Dave Grohl, Jack White, Elvis Costello, Emmylou Harris, Herbie Hancock, Corinne Bailey Rae and remarks by Jerry Seinfeld.
The Gershwin Prize for Popular Song was created by the Library of Congress to honor artists whose creative output transcends distinctions between musical styles and idioms, bringing diverse listeners together, and fostering mutual understanding and appreciation.
"The Sugarcanes played a short run of theatre dates from Boston through Washington, D.C., the United Palace, New York, Richmond, Virginia, Atlanta and Jacksoville, Florida and two headlining festival appearances, concluding at MerleFest in Wilkesboro, North Carolina.The Sonoma Jazz Festival happens this weekend (May 21-23) in Sonoma. A message from Elvis explaining (sort of) why he's canceling a couple of dates in Israel, and video from the April United Palace show, below...
E.C. sang, "She Came In Through The Bathroom Window" during The Waybacks complete performance of "Abbey Road" in the afternoon, while Sugarcanes gave the first full band performance of "Dr Watson, I Presume", a reminiscence of the previous visit to the festival in 2007.
E.C. and The Sugarcanes were joined by Rebecca and Megan Lovell from their new band, Larkin Poe for finale performances of "The Scarlet Tide" and "The Crooked Line"
At the Sonoma Jazz Festival appearance on May 22nd, the band will feature, Jim Lauderdale, Dennis Crouch, Jeff Taylor, Mike Compton and Stuart Duncan. On this occasion Jerry Douglas will not be in the line-up, as he is attending a very important family event but the group will be augmented by multi-instrumentalist, Fats Kaplin and also feature Pete Thomas on drums." [Elvis Costello]
February 4, 2010 -- Coming to you live from the Fitzgerald Theater, and beamed into movie theaters across the country, it's a special Thursday evening edition of A Prairie Home Companion. (Saturday's time-slot features a recorded version of the Thursday night show.) Featuring legendary English singer-songwriter Elvis Costello, sibling vocal powerhouses Jearlyn and Jevetta Steele, songstress Heather Masse, and the finest folk duo around, Robin and Linda Williams. Also with us, The Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Sue Scott, Tim Russell and Erica Rhodes, with both Tom Keith AND Fred Newman creating sound effects mayhem. All this, plus a punched-up Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and of course, The News from Lake Wobegon. Two hours of non-stop fun on the big screen and -- a couple days later -- on your radio.That coordinated move theater event happened last night, but an encore presentation has been scheduled for February 9th. Participating movie theaters include Union Square, Chelsea Cinema and First and 62nd Cinemas.
For a more live musical experience, you can catch Elvis Costello and The Sugarcanes (Jerry Douglas, Stuart Duncan, Mike Compton, Dennis Crouch and Jeff Taylor) on tour this April. All dates haven't been announced yet, but a bunch are listed below and they include United Palace Theatre in NYC on Friday, April 23rd. Tickets for that show go on American Express presale on Wednesday, February 10 at 10am. General sale starts Saturday, February 13th at 10am. An Atlantic City show is already on sale.
All dates with some videos, including one of Elvis on the red carpet of the Grammys that just passed, and one of Elvis performing with Bruce Springsteen on his Spectacle show, below...
Beast @ CMJ 2009 (more by Chris La Putt)
Lady Gaga was nominated five times. Considering her rocket to fame over the last year, many were expecting more for her. But at least the contests are going to be really interesting: Beyoncé, [Taylor] Swift and Lady Gaga are going head to head in three of the most important categories: album, record and song of the year. Will one of them sweep, or will the lady vote be split?Neko Case, Imogen Heap, Phoenix, Silversun Pickups, David Byrne, Wilco, Death Cab for Cutie, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs are some of the other familiar names in the list of Grammy nominees this year. As Ben Sisario in the NY Times alludes, the nominations are a complete joke and predictable... but fun to look at anyway. Nobody expects Animal Collective to get picked, despite their soon-to-be status of being one of the highly rated artists of the year (and decade maybe).
One of the usual complaints about the Grammys is that it over-rewards older, established, familiar acts at the expense of newer, fresher ones. MGMT, the Brooklyn synth-rock duo, was nominated for best new artist, a big coup although not unexpected. But some of the shoulda-been names that have been circulated and Tweeted: Grizzly Bear, another acclaimed Brooklyn group; Regina Spektor, a young New York songwriter who started in the underground and has found some mainstream popularity; Diane Birch, a young soul-style singer, just the revivalist type the Grammys usually adore; and the Decemberists, an alt-folk-rock band from Portland, Ore., that released an ambitious concept album this year. [NY Times]
One surprise (for me anyway) came this year in the video category. Montreal's Beast were nominated for "Mr. Hurricane". That video with a list of some of the other nominees, below...
Screaming Females @ Above the Auto Parts Store in October (more by Leia Jospe)
tonight in NYC
* Louis CK @ Caroline's
* Robin Williams @ Town Hall
* Bebel Gilberto @ Hiro Ballroom
* Pixies @ Hammerstein Ballroom (late show)
* Sherlock's Daughter, Marit Bergman @ Pianos
* Pixies, Rain Machine @ Hammerstein Ballroom
* Darcy James Argue's Secret Society @ Iridium
* Julian Plenti (Paul Banks), I'm In You @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Strangers Family Band, Lord Jeff, MV & EE @ Glasslands
* Sonic Youth, Jemina Pearl @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Gordon Voidwell, BILLLL$, Das Racist @ Public Assembly
* Meat Puppets, Earl Greyhound, Kirkwood Dellinger @ Bowery Ballroom
* Screaming Females, The So So Glos, Bad Blood Revival @ The Bell House
* Holmes, The Black Hollies, Bryan Scary & The Shredding Tears @ Maxwell's
* Nicole Atkins & The Sea, River City Extension, Atlantic Atlantic @ Stone Pony
Supervegan has a list of places to eat vegan Thanksgiving meals in NYC.
The Pixies performed on Fallon last night. Mos Def and Talib Kweli (not billed as Black Star) are performing on Jimmy Fallon tonight. Elvis Costello was on recently and played with the house band (aka The Roots). Video from that below.
Talib Kweli plays Southpaw on Saturday night.
Mos Def recently showed up and performed at a Knyfe Hyts / Javelin show.
The Bell House hosts Screaming Females, The So So Glos and Bad Blood Revival. Screaming Females play Terminal 5 with Arctic Monkeys for two nights in December.
Julian Plenti (Paul Banks) and I'm In You play Brooklyn Bowl. Last night they appeared at Bowery Ballroom (and yes, they did cover the Pixies).
"Sundance Channel will premiere the second season of its critically acclaimed music/talk original series "Spectacle: Elvis Costello with..." on Wednesday, December 9, 2009 at 10:00pm et/pt. "Spectacle: Elvis Costello with..." combines the best elements of talk and music television and lets viewers in on intimate conversation and performance with host Costello and his guests ranging from legendary performers to promising new artists...Meanwhile, the first season of Spectacle is coming out on DVD ("in standard DVD and Blu-Ray formats"). And to promote that, Elvis will be appearing at Barnes & Noble Tribeca on Tuesday, November 17th, which is the same day the DVD is released. "Fans will have the opportunity to meet Elvis Costello and get their DVD or Blu- Ray copy signed by him." I guess no performance. His only upcoming date at the moment is Wilkes Community College's MerleFest in North Carolina on May 1, 2010.
"We're thrilled to launch a second season of 'Spectacle' on Sundance Channel," said Sundance Channel EVP and GM, Sarah Barnett. "The series offers viewers unprecedented access to artists through its mix of candid conversations and exciting musical performances. This season's A-list line-up is a testament to the level of respect that artists feel for Elvis Costello as a musician and entertainer."
"I am delighted that we can continue where we left off--making intelligent, and informative music programming," said Sir Elton John, one of the series' executive producers.
Elvis Costello commented: "In the words of the great Joe Strummer, 'Let's Rock again!'""
A clip of Elvis talking to Smokey Robinson, below...
Rosanne & Johnny...
NY Times: On Tuesday [Oct 6], you're releasing your 14th album, "The List," a stirring leap into the past whose title refers to an actual list of 100 mostly country songs compiled by your father, Johnny Cash, in 1973 in an effort to expand your teenage taste in music beyond the Beatles.Rosanne Cash will debut of her The List material live at St. Ann's Warehouse in NYC on October 9th and 10th. Her album cuts the 100-song list down to 12 tracks. Some tickets to the Brooklyn shows are still on sale. Special guests aren't listed on the bill, but Rufus Wainwright, Jeff Tweedy, Bruce Springsteen, and Elvis Costello all appear on the album.
Rosanne Cash: He realized that I lacked something essential about my own musical genealogy, and he made this list for me. He said, "This is a template for excellence." He would play the songs for me on his guitar, and I sought out the records in the years afterward.
Did you have a good relationship with him?
It's hard to be close to a drug addict when they're active. He was erratic and withdrawn. But when I was 17, he said, Come with me, and I left the day after I graduated high school, went on the road with him. It was wonderful. He was clean and sober by that time. That's when he wrote the list for me, on the bus.
As an acclaimed songwriter who is just releasing your first album composed entirely of other peoples' songs, do you think "The List" will bring new life to old classics and raise the country-music consciousness of a generation of kids?
Not just young people. I have a 50-year-old, culturally astute girlfriend who heard a recording of "Sea of Heartbreak" and said, Did you write that? I said, Hardly. Not even close. The definitive version was recorded by Don Gibson in 1961.
She discussed the album and played material from it on September 23rd at WNYC's Souncheck - that show is streaming online.
More info on the album (art, tracklist) and a schedule of Rosenne's live and TV performances (including Letterman & Today show) are below...
Elvis Costello @ Bonnaroo 2009 (more by Graeme Flegenheimer)
SPECTACLE: ELVIS COSTELLO WITH... fuses the best elements of talk and music television and invites viewers to enjoy an intimate conversation between host Costello and his guests, punctuated by rare musical performances by Costello, his guests and a wide variety of musicians.Dates, lineups, and ticket info below....
Sundance Channel in the US, along with CTV in Canada have picked up the show for a second season, with taping scheduled at New York City's famed Apollo Theatre at the end of September.
photos by Graeme Flegenheimer
The eighth annual Bonnaroo drew about 75,000 people to 700 acres of farmland here in Manchester, 60 miles from Nashville, for a lineup headlined by a jam band (the reunited Phish, playing three-hour shows on Friday and Sunday), rockers whose careers are measured in decades (Bruce Springsteen, Nine Inch Nails and David Byrne) and rappers who now qualify as old school (the Beastie Boys). [NY Times]Far from a complete representation of what went down in Tennessee from June 11-14, but nonetheless, one set of pictures from the fest (catching up this weekend), below...
Comedian and musician Dave Hill was summoned to Bonnaroo this past weekend to be part of both the comedy and music going-ons at the four-day Tennessee festival. I asked if he'd mind sharing his experiences (and pictures) with BrooklynVegan.com. He agreed. I regretted it. He sent it anyway, so here it is (starting with some MP3's by his rock band Valley Lodge), but warning: this post is not for the squeamish (NSFTS)...
Dave Hill tests face-melting licks out on some chairs
I've just returned from four magical days and nights at Bonnaroo, where my rock band Valley Lodge was the house band for Triumph the Insult Comic Dog's "Bonnapoo 2009" shows, which featured all sorts of awesomeness from Robert Smigel aka Triumph as well as sets from the great Todd Barry, Amy Schumer, and Kumail Nanjiani.
"Smigel performed four sets as Triumph at Bonnaroo, which annually hosts a comedy tent along with its smorgasbord of music acts, spread out over five main stages on a farm in rural Tennessee.The excitement started on Wednesday night when I got on a plane to Nashville with my close personal friend Janeane Garofalo, Pete Holmes, Kumail Nanjiani, and the rest of my rock band Valley Lodge. If you've ever wanted to be on a completely hilarious plane, you could do a lot worse than to have been on this plane. As you can probably imagine, all of us were running back and forth between our seats spraying each other with seltzer bottles and throwing pies in each others' faces. At one point, Pete Holmes came over to my seat to shake my hand and it turned out he had one of those joy buzzers on his finger. Man, was my face red. I got him back though by spraying him in the face with a prank flower I was wearing at the time. We both just laughed and laughed after this happened. He couldn't stay mad at me.
"My live act is a huge undertaking because Triumph kind of thrives on the immediate, discussing what everybody's thinking about," said Smigel while whisking past festival-goers in a golf cart, puppet on hand." [AP]
Once we got to Nashville, some unmarked vehicles took us all to Murfreesboro, the popular Tennessee town where we all stayed at the Doubletree Hotel, which is really classy. Because I snore and also like to get up to all sorts of hardcore banging in hotels, I had my own room. When I dropped off my bags, I looked around the room and got all excited about all the snoring and hardcore banging I would be doing in my room over the next few days and nights.
I haven't heard Neil Young's 8-CD box set Neil Young Archives, Vol. 1: 1963-1972 yet, but this could be my favorite box set of 2009 with over 40 previously unreleased tracks.
Aside from the Neil Young box set and the Elvis Costello disc, the week abounds with worthwhile releases. From what has already been sent my way, I can recommend Cass McCombs' Catacombs, Diane Birch's Bible Belt, Girl in a Coma's Trio B.C., Patrick Wolf's The Bachelor (which very well may make my year-end favorite albums list), and The Sounds' Crossing the Rubicon.
What new music can you recommend this week? What's on your shopping list? Did I miss any releases?
by Klaus Kinski
Unwigged & Unplugged & Elvis Costello @ the Beacon - 5/26/09 (andyg_flickr)
Last night (5/26) I caught the first of two performances of UNWIGGED & UNPLUGGED: An Evening with Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer at the gorgeously restored Beacon Theater. As much as I love (and cannot imagine a life without) the music-centric films This Is Spinal Tap, A Mighty Wind, and Waiting For Guffman, the thought of an acoustic, out of character, 'greatest hits' set initially struck me as crass commercialism at its worst. And, hell, maybe it was crass commercialism at it's worst; but holy moly if those dudes didn't slap the smug, cross-armed look off my face within the first five chords.
Their re-orchestrations of Tap classics to fit a folk mold were awe-inspiring works of genius. Highlights from the set included Hell Hole, Saucy Jack, The Bulging River, Stonehenge, Start Me Up, A Mighty Wind, Eat At Joes, and Sex Farm. But the major holy shitballs moment of the evening was when the trio backed up ELVIS COSTELLO for an extremely ballsy rendition of Gimme Some Money. The event wasn't without its minor clams though. I felt that the show was about 30 minutes too long and that the stage banter was at times too long winded, self-indulgent, dated, and often unfunny (ie, poking fun at the lack of music played on MTV). That said, these guys can really play and sing and for the most part they had me busting a gut and admiring their very real skills as musicians. Add to that the brief video interludes featuring vintage, rare Tap footage and a couple of fan-made music videos, and I had myself one helluva time.
While looking around for a setlist of the show, I came across this livejournal entry that talks about a different Unwigged show, but nonetheless pretty closely describes the basic format and pacing of the Beacon show I saw. Catch them at the same venue, again tonight (5/27). Some videos from last night below...
by Andrew Frisicano
Allen Toussaint @ Village Vanguard 5/20/09 (livingwithmusic)
The New Orleans pianist Allen Toussaint hinted at the scope of his musical lore in a whimsical solo montage halfway through his early set at the Village Vanguard on Tuesday [5/19] night. Fragments of old New Orleans songs (like "Big Chief"), classical pieces, boogie-woogie, "The Sound of Music" and other tunes interrupted one another and gradually mingled, giving barrelhouse flourishes to a Chopin prelude. After a few more segues Mr. Toussaint called Elvis Costello out of the audience to sing "Ascension Day," a song from the 2006 album they made together, "The River in Reverse." [NY Times]Allen Toussaint has been at the Village Vanguard since that Tuesday, May 19th show. That run continues through Sunday, May 24th.
The pianist is playing with the Bright Mississippi Band, a group that recently cut an album of the same name for Nonesuch. That band (on record and live) includes clarinetist Don Byron, trumpeter Nicholas Payton, bassist David Piltch, percussionist Jay Bellerose and guitarist Marc Ribot. Ribot just ended his weeklong 55th-birthday retrospective on Sunday, May 16th.
Watch a video of Costello and Toussaint on Letterman, with all Allen Toussaint tour dates (including Bonnaroo), below...
After meeting his biological father for the first time, GE powerhouse Jack Donaghy discovered his dad, professor Milton Greene, needed a kidney. Not being a potential organ donor himself, Mr. Donaghy turned to some very affluent friends in the entertainment world. This partnership created the phenomenon, "Kidney Now!' -- a benefit concert featuring some of the most recognizable names in the music industry. With the help of this song, Milton Green just might find the kidney match he needs and Jack Donaghy may be granted the gift of a father he never knew.Video from last night's episode of 30 Rock below...
Tickets are on sale (@10AM) for the upcoming Elvis Costello show at Beacon Theater. Elvis also plays Count Bastie Theatre in Red Bank one day earlier - tickets for that one don't appear to be online yet.