Entries tagged with: Grandaddy
Midlake: half of these guys are in Banquet
Jason Lytle is a busy guy. In addition to the new Grandaddy record that's being recorded currently, he's also part of a new supergroup called Banquet that also features his pal Ben Bridwell of Band of Horses, Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand, Fran Healy of Travis as well as four members of Midlake (specifically Eric Pulido, McKenzie Smith, Joey McClellan and Jesse Chandler). Pulido had the idea for the group and jokingly refers to Banquet as a "poor man's Traveling Wilburys." The Dallas Observer spoke with Pulido and Lytle about the project:
"It all started with a boy and a dream," Pulido says wistfully. One of his dreams is coming true, though: He has put together what may be one of the most indie supergroups ever. "I was surprised people said yes." He says that to begin he simply sent an email to a few musicians he admired to see if they'd be interested in a collaborative music group. "It's a humbling and cool experience to share something like this with some of your musical idols who are also nice people," Pulido adds.Banquet have recorded most of their debut album -- Kapranos is finishing the final mixes now. Stay tuned.
"To tell you the truth, I'm a little mystified what the whole thing is myself, which is fine," Lytle says. "I was asked to contribute however I felt like. I had a couple of songs that were just floating around and didn't have a home in my own catalog and thought it'd be a good opportunity to use them for this Banquet thing." It was a useful opportunity, he says, because, "I don't get the opportunity to collaborate too much."
Grandaddy made four albums between 1997 and 2006, two of which (2000's The Software Slump and 2003's Sumday) are early-'00s indie rock classics. In 2012, Gradaddy reformed for a few festivals and the band are currently working on their first new album in 10 years, as confirmed by frontman Jason Lytle on Twitter back in August. Lytle took part in a Facebook interview in the fall where he talked about producing the new album themselves and his love of ELO:
Ha! Yes - Jeff Lynne. There is something tempting about having "my people contact his people". I've actually considered it to the point of putting it into action, then eventually I realized that if it were to happen, it would end up sounding too far off or inaccurate. I've just gotten attached to a certain way of doing certain things, and there is a certain degree of thrift store-junkpile-chaos that I need to incorporate to feel comfortable. Combining that with enough beauty and plenty of "ahhhs" - which I know you like. I even abandoned the idea entirely of bringing in an outside producer for this next LP, which I had been seriously considering. No particular reason. Just running on instinct. And realizing that the closer I'm able to emulate the working process of prior DIY Grandaddy LP's and self-produce it, the more "legit" it's going to sound.Lytle was also asked about touring when the new record is out:
I think anytime people are expecting too much of me, and - heaven forbid - demanding things of me, my immediate instinct is to rebel and retreat. There's definitely a cornered animal part of me that I have never done too well with. Having said that, I feel a lot more in control of whether or not and to what extent the touring situation might be. So I have been able to set that part of it aside for now and just concentrate on trying to make an interesting group of songs. Toward the end of Grandaddy, I really had a tough time with the expectations and the pressure to tour relentlessly.Let's hope Grandaddy do tour...in support of a great new album. Last time I saw them was on the Sumday tour at Irving Plaza with Super Furry Animals. That was a great show.
In other news, Jason is part of an indie rock supergroup, Banquet, featuring Alex from Franz Ferdinand, Ben from Band of Horses, members of Travis and Midlake. Currently though Lytle is on tour in France with The Posies' Ken Stringfellow and Chokebroke's Troy von Balthazar as part of an Elliott Smith tribute called The Color Bars Experience. With an 11-piece band (including strings and wind instruments), they reinterpret Smith's songs, focusing on his final album, Figure 8. Those dates are listed, along with a live Color Bars Experience video, below.
photo: Modest Mouse in Forest Hills in 2014 (more by Mimi Hong)
They've also pushed back the March 3 release date to March 17 and confirmed they'll perform on Fallon that day.
UPDATE: They've revealed a number of album collaborators including Shins frontman James Mercer (who also sang on their last album), Tom Peloso, Jim Fairchild (Grandaddy), Dann Gallucci (The Cold War Kids), Russell Higbee (formerly of Man Man), Ben Massaralla (Red Red Meat), Lisa Molinaro (Talkdemonic), Davey Brozowski (The Catheters), and more.
Drummer Jeremiah Green recently revealed in a podcast on Modest Mouse fansite Interstate-8 that the rumored/reported Big Boi and Krist Novoselic collaborations will not be on the record, but may be released elsewhere at some point.
As mentioned, Grandaddy frontman Jason Lytle kicks off a tour this Monday (12/3) as a support act for Band of Horses. That tour hits NYC on December 11 at Hammerstein Ballroom and BoH plays a special acoustic show at Manhattan Center's Grand Ballroom for an early show that same day (without Jason). Tickets for both shows are still available but if you'd like to catch Jason Lytle in a more intimate location, he'll play his own NYC show one day earlier (12/10) at Union Hall. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Still no official word on that new Grandaddy album, but Jason released his own album, Dept. of Disappearance, this October. You can stream that album's title track and check out an updated list of Jason Lytle dates below.
Band of Horses at Central Park last month (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Band of Horses released their new album, Mirage Rock, last month (9/18) and celebrated it in NYC with a release show at House of Vans, soon after which they played a big Central Park show, aka Global Festival, with Neil Young, Foo Fighters, The Black Keys, and more. Now they've announced that they'll return to NYC yet again for two more shows.
The band will be touring with Grandaddy frontman Jason Lytle from December 3 to 15. That tour hasn't been announced in full yet but a few of the shows have been revealed, including a NYC show which happens on December 11 at Hammerstein Ballroom. That same night, BoH will also put on a "special acoustic performance" at Manhattan Center's Grand Ballroom for an early show before the Hammerstein show. Tickets for both of those shows go on sale Friday (10/19) at 10 AM.
Grandaddy at Outside Lands - 8/12/12 (via Jessica S.)
Grandaddy, who reissued their first three albums on vinyl in 2011, fully reformed this year and kicked off with a reunion show at the intimate Partisan in Merced, CA under the name Arm of Roger, before beginning a larger tour of mostly festival dates (including San Francisco's Outside Lands) which they are currently wrapping up in Europe. They've been playing old favorites like "A.M. 180," "The Crystal Lake," "He's Simple, He's Dumb, He's the Pilot," and others, in addition to covering Pavement's "Here" at some of their shows. No NYC dates have been announced yet, but hopefully there will be one to come. You can check out some recent setlists, live videos, and a list of all remaining tour dates at the bottom of this post.
Frontman Jason Lytle recently revealed in an interview that not only are the band playing shows again, but that they will "probably" release a new record. Jason said:
If anybody knows anything about Grandaddy, they realize that my music and Grandaddy's music is slightly interchangeable, but I think if I was to focus on making a Grandaddy record, it's just gonna be like a full blown Grandaddy record. And I like the idea of it. I'd like to give it a shot.Jason Lytle is also working on a new solo album, Dept. of Disappearance, which will be out on October 16 via Anti-. You can check out two tracks from that album, "Dept. of Disappearance" and "Your Final Setting Sun," along with the album's cover art and tracklist below. After returning home from Grandaddy's European tour, Jason will take about a month-long break before supporting his new album with a solo tour with Sea of Bees on the West Coast.
All lists of dates, videos, setlists, song streams, and more are below.
"Another Planet Entertainment, Superfly Presents and Starr Hill presents, in a partnership with the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, are proud to announce the lineup for the fifth annual Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival. The world's only gourmet music festival will once again take place in San Francisco's historic Golden Gate Park August 10 - 12, 2012. Tickets will go on sale Thursday April 19 at 12 noon PDT via www.sfoutsidelands.com. A significant portion of every ticket sold will directly benefit San Francisco's Recreation and Park Department."Pretty massive lineup for the San Francisco festival this year. Check it out below....
Grandaddy frontman Jason Lytle is opening for Neko Case on the summer leg of her Middle Cyclone-supporting tour. Lytle also has his own headlining shows planned. Those include NYC shows on July 10th at Union Hall and July 11th at Bowery Ballroom. Union Hall tickets are on sale now; tickets for the Bowery show go on sale Thursday (today) at noon.
Lytle released his solo debut, Yours Truly, the Commuter, in April on Anti (also Case's label). He'll be on NPR's Talk of the Nation this afternoon (6/11).
The Decemberists, who played Radio City June 10th, will also be on NPR today. They're broadcasting live at 2pm from the Greene Space in Manhattan for WNYC's Soundcheck. Tickets to watch the show "sold out" yesterday in 10 minutes after Colin Meloy announced the show on the air, however, Greene Space writes, "Doors will open at 1:15 and will close at 1:45. Any ticket not claimed by 1:45 p.m. will be released to the public."
All tour dates for Jason Lytle and Neko Case (who's playing APW, Bonnaroo, Newport Folk Festival and more) below...
New York, NY - Modest Mouse will hit the road for a brief run of dates beginning February 22 in Oakland, CA. The dates include a stop in Los Angeles at the Hollywood Palladium and a headlining slot on the Langerado Festival in Miami, FL on Mar. 8. Jim Fairchild of Grandaddy will be playing guitar with Modest Mouse on this tour. Mimicking Birds, the newest signing to Isaac Brock's Glacial Pace label, will be the opener on all dates.Does that mean Johnny Marr is too busy rehearsing for The Smiths reunion to tour with them this time around? Just kidding. Actually, does Jim playing with them even mean Johnny isn't?
This announcement, along with Deerhunter and the Gene Ween Band, makes Langerado a little more appealing.
All (not even close to NYC) dates below...