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Run the Jewels/Tame Impala/Disclosure @ ACL Fest 10/2/2015
They came onstage blaring Queen's "We Are the Champions" -- and then threw all irony out the window, by actually proving it. Run The Jewels are untouchable.The first weekend of the 2015 Austin City Limits Festival kicked off Friday (10/2) with sets from Tame Impala, Run the Jewels, Disclosure, Foo Fighters, Billy Idol, Gary Clark Jr., Brand New, Albert Hammond Jr, Leon Bridges and more. Lots more pictures from Day 1 are below.
Is there anyone in hip-hop with a live show this good? Actually, how about anyone in any genre? The manic energy, the must-bounce-to-it beats, the laser sharp wordplay and social commentary. Killer Mike and El-P in a class of their own.
They started with their killer track, "Run the Jewels," and the crowd lost its mind. Thousands of hands moved to the beat and the MCs went to work. - [Austin 360]
Day 2 of ACL features sets from Drake, Father John Misty, A$AP Rocky, TV on the Radio, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, San Fermin and more. You can stream ACL live (via Red Bull TV) below.
We were sad to just learn that DC saxophonist Doc Night passed away earlier this month at the age of 52. He was a member of Scream (before Dave Grohl was, and three decades later appeared with Scream vocalist Pete Stahl in Grohl's one-off supergroup Don't Need Its), played in Body Count, and with HR of Bad Brains, who is helping spread the word that money is being collected for Doc's family. Rest in peace, Doc.
Speaking of Bad Brains and Dave Grohl, the Foo Fighters just brought out Darryl Jennifer and Dr. Know at their second of two Citi Field shows to cover Bad Brains classics "How Low Can A Punk Get" and "The Regulator." Videos of both covers are below.
HR wasn't at that those shows, and he isn't a current Bad Brains member, but he is playing some of his own shows. He'll be on a West Coast tour in October, and then his band HR & Dubb Agents plays NYC on December 18 at Bowery Electric. Opening that show is the Bandroidz, who recently toured with Desaparecidos. Tickets for NYC are on sale now.
All HR dates are listed below...
Glastonbury 2015 (photo by @amandinechx)
The huge 2015 Glastonbury Festival went down over the weekend, and it was full of surprises. Bon Iver's Justin Vernon showed up twice, once during Kanye West's set and another time during The Staves. A guest came out during Patti Smith's set too, but not a musical one: it was the Dalai Lama. Though the Foo Fighters had to drop off due to Dave Grohl's broken leg, Florence and the Machine took over their headlining set and covered "Times Like These" as a tribute to them. (Much like The Killers did for Kings of Leon at Firefly the previous weekend, after lightning cancelled the latter's set.) The Libertines showed up to play a surprise set. And Lionel Richie played a hits-filled set to a huge crowd, stretching from Commodores faves like "Brick House" to "Dancing on the Ceiling" and "All Night Long."
On Justin Vernon's appearance with Kanye, NME writes:
A pink flare lit up the sky above thousands of fans as acoustic guitars marked the introduction of 'FourFiveSeconds', and the lack of both Paul McCartney and Rihanna for that song suggested that there would be no guests during the set, but Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) was revealed to be providing backing vocals when smoke cleared during 'Lost In America' and 'Can't Hold My Liquor'. Vernon, dressed in black t-shirt and baseball cap with headphones on, was introduced by West as "one of the baddest white boys on the planet."'Ye also led the crowd in a singalong of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" and then called himself the "greatest living rock star" on the planet during his set, which The Who mocked during theirs. He also had some pretty hilarious subtitles of his lyrics on screen during BBC's broadcast of the festival:
As for Justin Vernon's appearance with UK folk pop band The Staves, he came out to sing "Make It Holy" off their 2014 album, If I Was, which he recorded and produced at his April Base Studios in Eau Claire. Watch a video of that, and a video of Kanye's full set (via Nah Right) below.
"China resolutely opposes any country, organization, body or individual giving any kind of platform to the 14th Dalai Lama to engage in anti-China splittist activities," Lu said. CONGRATULATIONS GLASTONBURY!!!! 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 #dalailama #HHDL #glasto #pattismith #peoplehavethepower #enlightenment #freetibet
Part of Patti Smith's reason for bringing out the Dalai Lama was his 80th birthday. NME writes:
"We are grateful to him for all his love of humanity and making people aware of the importance of saving the planet," she said, before reading a poem she had written for him. Glastonbury's Emily Eavis then bought The Dalai Lama onto the stage to huge cheers from the crowd. "I think it would be nice if Glastonbury wished The Dalai Lama a happy birthday," said Smith, before leading the audience in a rousing rendition of 'Happy Birthday'.Video of Patti and the Dalai Lama, plus videos of the Libertimes, Florence covering the Foos, setlists and more, below...
The Dalai Lama then blew out a single candle on a cake made of fruit, before cutting it. "Thank you, thank you," he said. "Dear brothers and sisters, I really appreciate so many people's expression of warm feeling." He then went on to joke about the age of Smith and her band. "These singers and musicians have white hair, but they look very youthful! That gives me encouragement, I should be more like you - more active!"
Boston ska-core vets The Mighty Mighty Bosstones have a huge hometown show coming up, opening the Fenway Park stop of the Foo Fighters tour (also with Mission of Burma), and they'll go on a headlining tour right before that. Their tour is with support from Dropkick Murphys offshoot Street Dogs (who were also recently announced for Flogging Molly's 2016 cruise) and new-school ska band The Interrupters, whose 2014 debut album was produced by and features Rancid's Tim Armstrong, and also came out on Tim's label Hellcat Records. During that tour, the Bosstones also play the jam-band-oriented Long Island festival Great South Bay with Hot Tuna, Jefferson Starship and more.
The run with Street Dogs and The Interrupters hits NYC on July 15 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
The Bosstones also play Punk Rock Bowling this month with Refused, Rancid, The Muffs, Murder City Devils, Discharage, Sick Of It All, and more. All dates are listed below...
photo: ACL 2014 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
The Austin City Limits festival returns to Zilker Park from October 2-4 and October 9-11, and though the lineup wasn't supposed to be announced until this Tuesday, Austin 360 points out that the festival's website leaked it early. The posting was quickly taken down, but not before 365 Things Austin could screenshot it. It was accurate and the ACL 2015 includes Foo Fighters, Drake, The Strokes, The Weeknd, Disclosure, Deadmau5, Bassnectar, Alt-J, Alabama Shakes, Of Monsters and Men, Tame Impala, Sturgill Simpson, The Decemberists, Brand New, TV on the Radio, A$AP Rocky, Billy Idol, Chance the Rapper, Father John Misty, Brandon Flowers, Run the Jewels, Sylvan Esso, Kurt Vile, Waxahatchee, Florence + the Machine, Modest Mouse and more.
Check out the full lineup below. Tickets go on sale Tuesday (5/5) at 10 AM CDT.
The 2015 Glastonbury Festival, which sold out in 25 minutes back in October, has announced it's initial lineup. In addition to Lionel Richie, which they confirmed a while back, this year will feature Patti Smith, Kanye West, Florence and the Machine, Pharell Williams, Motorhead, Alabama Shakes, The Fall, Alt-J, Suede, Fat White Family, The Chemical Brothers, GOAT, Caribou, fka twigs, George Clinton, Father John Misty, Kate Tempest, Run the Jewels, Future Islands and more.
The annual UK festival takes place June 24-28 on Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset, England. All announced Glastonbury 2015 performers are listed below...
Boston punk/indie rock vets Mission of Burma will be playing a few East Coast shows this summer, including Philadelphia, Washington, as well as NYC at The Bell House on June 26 with "special guests." Tickets for NYC, Philly and DC are on presale right now. Tickets for those three shows then go on sale to the general public via Ticketfly on Friday (3/13) at noon.
Mission of Burma's next hometown show will be July 18 at Fenway Park opening up for Foo Fighters. All dates, plus a stream of their classic Vs. album, below...
Alabama's Hangout Music Festival returns from May 15-17, and the lineup's just been expanded. Joey Bada$$, Sylvan Esso, JEFF the Brotherhood, Sam Smith, Natural Child and more were added to the fest, joining Foo FIghters, Beck, My Morning Jacket, Spoon, TV on the Radio, Jenny Lewis, Future Islands, Father John Misty and more. Tickets are on sale now.
Updated lineup below...
photo: Foo Fighters at Irving Plaza in 2014 (more by PSquared)
Foo Fighters have a big stadium tour coming up that's set to hit NYC on July 16 at Citi Field (home of The Mets). That show sold out, but they've since added a second show happening a day earlier (7/15) at the same venue. Both are with Royal Blood. Tickets for the new date go on sale at 10 AM on Friday (1/30). Updated dates are listed below.
In related news, NME reports that Dave Grohl stopped by The Cribs' studio when they were recording their upcoming Ric Ocasek-produced LP, and bassist/singer Gary Jarman called his appearance a "good omen":
"We left to go get pizza and withing three minutes we returned with Dave Grohl," the bass player said. "We played with him in Ireland and he was like, 'The Cribs? I love you guys!' We thought it was a really good omen for the first day of the record - it was just like a rabbit's foot or something."Looking forward to seeing what Grohl's magical powers can do when the record comes out in March (hear a song).
Foo Fighters dates below...
by Andrew Sacher
While we're still waiting for Sunny Day Real Estate to get back in action again, here's something that's kind of close. Bassist Nate Mendel (also of Foo Fighters and SDRE spinoff The Fire Theft) is releasing a guest-filled solo album under the name Lieutenant, and one of those guests is none other than SDRE frontman Jeremy Enigk himself. The other guests are impressive too: Helmet frontman Page Hamilton, former Modest Mouse drummer Joe Plummer, Foo Fighters (and No Use for a Name/Me First and the Gimme Gimmes) guitarist Chris Shiflett, and The Head and the Heart singer Josiah Johnson.
The album's called If I Kill This Thing We're All Going To Eat For A Week, and it's due March 10 via Dine Alone (Canadian home of Trail of Dead, Single Mothers, Sylvan Esso and others). Toshi Kasai (Melvins, Helmet, etc) produced it. The first single, "Believe The Squalor," is a nice dose of clean-sounding somber indie rock. Check it out, via Stereogum, below.
Lieutenant's live band has Nate joined by Fleet Foxes member Christian Wargo, The Bronx drummer Jorma Vik, and Snow Patrol bassist Paul Wilson, though no live dates are announced at the moment.
Meanwhile, Nate will be on tour when the Foo Fighters go on their massive stadium tour that hits NYC on July 16 at Citi Field. In other news related to this album, a new Modest Mouse song came out this week, and Helmet are touring Betty in full in February.
Lieutenant song stream and album tracklist below...
Hangout Music Festival, which will now be co-produced by Goldenvoice (the same company that produces Coachella), returns to the beaches of Gulf Shores, AL from May 15-17 this year. The lineup includes Foo Fighters, Beck, Skrillex, My Morning Jacket, Spoon, Major Lazer, TV on the Radio, Phantogram, Damian Marley, Jenny Lewis, Lupe Fiasco, Future Islands, Father John Misty, Drive-By Truckers, Toro y Moi, Charles Bradley, Strand of Oaks and more.
Tickets go on sale today (1/13) at 10 AM EST. Full lineup below...
Die Antwoord @ Riviera Theatre 6/3/14
James Richards IV shot a lot of shows for this BrooklynVegan year, mostly in Chicago, and now that the year's almost over, he's picked out 14 of his favorite shots of 2014 that he himself took. That's one above, and you can check out the rest below...
by Andrew Sacher
Our friends Washed Up Emo launched this site IsThisBandEmo.com where you can type in a band's name and get the "emo council"'s verdict on whether or not said band is emo. It's a fun/funny site with some indisputable ones (like American Football), some that will surely anger people (sorry Fall Out Boy fans), and of course some on-the-fencers (let the Jawbreaker arguments begin). Whether or not a band is emo is of course an Extremely Important Issue, and we wanted to have some fun with it and stir it up some more by putting together a list of 10 great songs by non-emo bands that are pretty damn emo. Credit where it's due: in coming up with the list, I googled a bit to see other opinions on how emo these bands are, and found that Popstache did a similar list in 2011, and it actually included two of the same bands as this one.
Emo isn't meant as a bad word here, just a genre. Check out our list, in no particular order, below...
photos by P Squared Photography
Foo Fighters put out a new album and an HBO series about it, both called Sonic Highways, this year. The premise of the show was it had Dave Grohl & co. traveling to eight different US cities -- Chicago, Washington DC, Nashville, Los Angeles, Austin, Seattle, and New York City -- and discussing those cites' musical histories while also showing clips of them recording parts of their album in each. A.V. Club gave the show a B+, sounding mixed on the Chicago episode but more positive about the DC one (the two episodes they had watched for review before it premiered). An excerpt from their review reads:
That kind of self-awareness from Grohl--knowing that he's reached a level of success far beyond the people who helped feed his roots--deepens Sonic Highways in incalculable ways. Without making too big a deal about it, Grohl contrasts himself with Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins, who admits in "Chicago" that he doesn't really know or care much about the blues, and in "Washington D.C." confesses that he's never been part of any kind of indie scene. And Grohl himself admits that the unusual method of recording this new Foo Fighters album is just a way for a seen-it-all/done-it-all veteran rock band to introduce some novelty. Sonic Highways subtly acknowledges the differences between the scholarly and the intuitive, and between the mega-millionaires and the guys still making records in their basements.Jezebel had another take in their article "Dave Grohl's Sonic Highways Systematically Erases Women in Music." They write:
Grohl knows he's fortunate to have played in two of the most popular rock bands of the past 25 years, and to have the backing of HBO and the well-heeled production company Worldwide Pants Inc. (whose founder, David Letterman, is a big Foo Fighters fan, hailing them for going out every night and "fighting foo"). But Grohl also knows none of this happened by chance. Sonic Highways is about Chicago, D.C., Austin, Seattle, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, and Los Angeles; but it's also about Grohl, remembering where he came from and what he owes.
Sonic Highways is meant to reflect Grohl's own fandom and musical upbringing--but it also positions itself as a type of definitive oral history of each city's music scene. And with each episode, it becomes more dismaying, and much clearer, that Grohl's version of that history begins and ends with men almost entirely.Have you seen the show? What did you think?
...[The Seattle] episode spends a majority of time on the local punk rock scene of the '80s and '90s, and the music that would eventually be called grunge. Sub Pop Records' Megan Jasper gets some cursory airtime, but beyond that, there is not even a sole mention of women in the scene, other than Grohl cheesing that he was shocked that women in Seattle actually went to these shows. GUESS WHAT GROHL, it wasn't just because there was more melody, or that you know, Chris Cornell and Kurt were cute. It was because there were plenty of women bands who were completely crucial to the scene, including 7 Year Bitch and The Gits, of whom I am assuming he is aware because, when Gits singer Mia Zapata was raped and murdered, Grohl's band Nirvana donated money to hire a private investigator to find her killer.
Hole is not mentioned.
Nor is Bikini Kill, who were not from Seattle but were integral to the actual existence of Nirvana, the band--Tobi Vail dated Kurt and turned him on to feminism, while Kathleen Hanna coined the title of their biggest hit by writing "Kurt Smells Like Teen Spirit" on the mirror at a party. Oh and also, Hanna actually DATED Grohl. (Allegedly.) Also, they were punk as fuck, a musical tenet Grohl apparently values above all others.
The documentary wrapped up this past Friday (12/5) with the NYC episode, and like The Foos have done in other cities, they celebrated with an intimate show that night at Irving Plaza. As you may know by now, the only way to get in was lining up for tickets -- people camped out overnight and those tix went really fast. Only about 1,000 people got in (and the guestlist was probably huge) but if you didn't, you'll have another chance when they play the 45,000+ capacity Citi Field on their 2015 tour. They played for about 3 hours, and in addition to the Sonic Highways stuff, those in attendance got "Everlong," "Monkey Wrench," "I'll Stick Around," "Big Me," covers of The Stones, Tom Petty and Queen & Bowie's "Under Pressure" and more.
More pictures from Irving, and the setlist, below...
Let's do the math. A band, who just put out the 12th best album of the year (just kidding), and who feel confident enough to announce a show at Citi Field (capacity: 45,000+) (not kidding), is playing a show at Irving Plaza (capactity: 1000+). No tickets were available in advance, and a good portion are obviously going to the guestlist. This is the type of band people will camp out to see, and they're giving tickets out first come, first served. Translation: YOU PROBABLY AREN'T GETTING IN, no matter what system they implement. If they gave out wristbands-good-for-a-ticket before 3pm (which was the time they said you couldn't line up before), then that's definitely kind of messed up, but then again, a giant mob of people showed up, and some of those people that got tickets slept in their spot in line last night! If you got there at 3pm and found out it was sold out already, at least you didn't have to wait in line at all.
If you didn't get tickets, look at it this way... you're now free to see all the more interesting shows happening around town like tUnE-YaRds, Cibo Matto, Sharon Jones, Elvis Depressedly, Doomriders, Single Mothers, The Feelies, Philip Glass, and The Blow. Or you can set yourself up for even further disappointment by using your new found free time to try and weasel your way in to that Vice shindig.
Foo Fighters at Firefly 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
As discussed, Foo Fighters are going on a stadium tour in support of their Rolling Stone-beloved new album. That hits NYC on July 16, 2015 at Citi Field but you can catch them in NYC much sooner at a venue much smaller. They'll play a not-that surprising surprise show this Friday (12/5) at Irving Plaza. The only way to get tickets is at the box office day of show. They go on sale at 5 PM and they say no lining up before 3 PM.
Irving show flyer and updated list of dates below...
by Andrew Sacher
The Best Albums of 2014 lists keep coming, and now Rolling Stone's is out. It's hard to imagine anyone else picking the #1 and #2 they did, but that's Rolling Stone for you. It's also hard to imagine a list placing the new albums from Weezer and the Foo Fighters so high, but smacking buzz band Ought right in between them. And it seems random that YOB comes in at #50 when no other metal album makes the list, not even the critically acclaimed one by Pallbearer or any of the hugely acclaimed returns from veteran bands like At the Gates, Godflesh and Electric Wizard. Also, don't tell Jack White how much higher The Black Keys placed than him.
Check out their top 50 picks for yourself, below...
Foo Fighters in Chicago in October (more by James Richards IV)
Foo Fighters put out their stadium rock album, Sonic Highways, earlier this month, and now they've announced a tour where they'll appropriately be playing stadiums. Following a NJ show at Susquehanna Bank Center (7/6), the Foos will hit NYC on July 16 at Citi Field, home of the New York Mets. In order to "beat the bots" (aka scalper bots), there will be a box office-only presale for most dates starting Saturday (11/22) at 10 AM local time. You can visit the band's website for the complete list of box office locations. You'll just have to camp out for tickets like people did in the ol' days.
The NY and NJ shows, and other dates, are with the UK-loved rockers Royal Blood, but on a much cooler note, several other dates are with Mission of Burma (sometimes we need a reminder that Grohl actually does come from an amazing punk background). Their sold-out Chicago gig is also stacked with cool openers: Cheap Trick, Naked Raygun and Urge Overkill. All dates are listed below.
Speaking of Grohl's amazing punk background, anyone remember that Nirvana interview where they're talking about playing at the same festival as Extreme, and when Krist Novoselic says "I'm not even really sure if they're aware that things can actually operate on a different level" regarding their way of musical life vs Nirvana's, Dave interrupts and says "I don't think they're aware of how much they SUCK!" Would the Dave Grohl of today, who says Lorde represents the Nirvana aesthetic, ever diss a mainstream rock band in a public interview like that?
Meanwhile, Extreme celebrate the 25th anniversary of their album Pornograffiti at a Long Island show on January 24. Tickets go on sale Friday (11/21) if you're into that sort of thing. We're pretty sure we're doing laundry that day.
Watch that Nirvana interview, with the list of Foo Fighters dates, below...
photos by David Andrako
Danny Clinch / Perry Farrell @ McKittrick Hotel -- 10/13/2014
Famous music photographer Danny Clinch celebrated the release of his new photo book Still Moving with a star-studded, John Varvatos-hosted party and show at Sleep No More home McKittrick Hotel last night (10/13). The private event featured Danny's band Tangiers Blues Band as a house band, and they were joined by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band for most of the set. Special guest performers included Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins (in town promoting the new Foo Fighters stuff), Perry Farrell (in town doing Jane's Addiction stuff as part of CBGB Festival), Zac Brown (playing with the Foo Fighters on Letterman this week), Roy Bittan (E Street Band), Jesse Malin, and Jon Herrington. Courtney Love and Michael Stipe were in the crowd, but didn't perform. Pictures from the event and a video teaser Danny made for the book are in this post.
Foo Fighters also began their week-long residency on The Late Show with David Letterman last night, playing a cover of Black Sabbath's "War Pigs" with Zac Brown (who appears on their new album). You can watch the video of that below. While they're in town, they've got a secret late-night thing going on tonight (10/14) which they ran a contest for last week. Anyone win a ticket? Anyone know what/where it will be?
More pictures and those videos, below...
Also: watch a new trailer for their HBO special featuring a clip of their new LP
Foo Fighters are releasing their new album Sonic Highways on November 10 via RCA, and they'll be doing something in the NYC area as part of its promotion. Here's what they wrote:
Hey guys and gals in the NYC area... who's up to win a secret prize?What could the secret be? In addition to the new album, the Foos will have an HBO special of the same name. You can watch a new trailer for that which features a clip of a song from the LP, below. That's the album art above.
Here are the rules.
You must be able to be in the NYC area on Tuesday evening Oct. 14th, be 18 years or older and have govt issued photo id, and ready for a long night. if you are interested... send an email to email@example.com - Subject title: NYC. Send your first and last name, as it appears on you license or other ID.
Winners will be chosen at random.
If you are chosen, you will be notified by email with further details and instructions no later than 11pm ET tomorrow!
Contest is open now and closes at 9pm ET tomorrow, Oct 10th
Ready - go!
In related news, Foo FIghters guitarist Chris Shiflett has covered Justin Townes Earle's "Look the Other Way" for Bloodshot Records' new compilation, While No One Was Looking: Toasting 20 Years of Bloodshot Records, which comes out on November 18 and collects "8 musical acts covering songs from the label's catalog." You can listen to his cover below...
Arctic Monkeys @ Firefly Fest 2014 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
The 2014 Voodoo Music Experience fest happens in New Orleans from October 31 - November 2 and the lineup includes Outkast, Foo Fighters, Arctic Monkeys, Action Bronson, Slayer, DFA 1979, The Melvins, Gogol Bordello, Fishbone, Peelander Z and more. Tickets are on sale now.
Full lineup is listed below....
Beck / Chance the Rapper / the 'Beek @ Firefly 2014
Foo Fighters set the bar high Friday night with its impromptu five-song set of covers, but they weren't the only ones tapping into the deep well of other artists' hits.Dover, DE's Firefly Music Festival just wrapped up its third year, drawing about 80,000 attendees over three days. We already posts sets of pictures from Weezer, Courtney Barnett, San Fermin and Outkast's sets at Firefly, and here's the rest of what we shot, including Beck, Arctic Monkeys, Foo Fighters, Phantogram, Sleigh Bells, Washed Out, Girl Talk, Iron & Wine and lots more.
Arctic Monkeys played a bit of Black Sabbath's War Pigs, Sleigh Bells teased the crowd with the intro to Extreme's More Than Words and Imagine Dragons paid homage to Rush with a powerful rendition of Tom Sawyer. And that's not even taking into account the collaborations, including Cage the Elephant jumping on stage with Imagine Dragons to play the latter's hit Radioactive.
The talker of the festival, though, was Beck's funkified version of Michael Jackson's Billie Jean -- including moves fit for the King of Pop -- during his Saturday night set on the lawn stage. - [USA Today]
Firefly has already announced dates for next year which will go down June 18 - 21, 2015. Lots more pics from Firefly 2014 below.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Outkast @ Firefly Fest 2014
We went to the music festival that happened in Delaware over the weekend, and not surprisingly, Outkast was one of the headliners. Pictures from their set are in this post.
Yesterday, Las Vegas music festival Life is Beautiful announced their October 2014 lineup, and not surprisingly, Outkast are one of the headliners.
Check out the full Las Vegas lineup along with more details pictures from Firefly Fest, below...
by Andrew Sacher
There's nothing quite like punk covers of pop songs, and considering the Punk Goes Pop series has pretty much evolved (or devolved?) into "pop covers of pop songs," it's a good thing that punk covers supergroup Me First and the Gimme Gimmes (Fat Mike of NOFX, Chris of Foo Fighters/No Use For a Name, Joey Cape/Dave of Lagwagon, Spike of Uke-Hunt/Swingin' Utters) are still kicking and doing it like they were in the '90s. Their newest album, with the Devo-referencing title of Are We Not Men? We Are Diva!, comes out on May 13 via Fat Mike's Fat Wreck Chords (pre-order) and takes on diva anthems like "I Will Survive," "My Heart Will Go On," Cher's "Believe" and more.
The album's first single was a cover of Paula Abdul's "Straight Up" and its newest single is a cover of Christina Aguilera's "Beautiful," which makes its premiere in this post. Here's what Joey Cape had to say about the cover:
Me First and The Gimme Gimmes always choose the music we cover by a sort of democratic process. Once we know the theme we plan to honor, in this case, Divas, we all submit songs that can translate from a cheesy or over-produced state to Punk Rock and maintain their depth and great melody. We always cover songs that one might consider to be guilty pleasures. "Beautiful" clearly fits the bill. It is a great song but not necessarily something a fan of any of our bands would even consider. Definitely one of my favorites on "Are We Not Men, We Are Diva". I'm just glad we have a singer that can pull these songs off. A lot of the female artist we covered on "Divas" are incredible vocalist'. Spike is too. He sings the songs so well, impressing musicians and punk fans alike. It's awesome to hear the contrast between our Pittsburgh native singer, his bravado and these previously recorded sweet and sometimes fragile melodies.You can listen to both singles, with the album tracklist, below...
After the Rock and Rall Hall of Fame induction at Barclays Center, "Nirvana" headed over to Saint Vitus for another show.
Actually it's happening right this second (2:30am Thursday night). Follow @BrooklynVegan on Twitter for more. UPDATE: 4am: It's over.
Joan Jett, J. Mascis, Annie Clark aka St. Vincent, John McCauley of Deer Tick (and Deervana when Deer Tick is a Nirvana cover band), and Kim Gordon fronted Nirvana (aka Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear) at the gig.
More photos, video setlist from the surprise Greenpoint gig, below...