Entries tagged with: Green Day
Last year I talked a lot about Information Leafblower's list of the top 40 bands in America. This year I participated in the selection. A whole bunch of bloggers were asked to list "the top 10 bands in America today." 114 "bands" were nominated. Kyle Leafblower compiled the top 40 in a list, in order.
(REMEMBER: NO bands from the UK or Canada)
I tried to be objective with my list. I mixed my own worldview with the bigger picture. I define "top" to be more than a band who put out an album I like a lot (didn't nominate The Mountain Goats or The Hold Steady). (UPDATE: As Matt pointed out in the comments, I tended to weigh who's "hot" very highly) I nominated Mariah Carey even though I don't listen to her much. Other bloggers seemed to take the "favorite albums of 2005" approach. For instance the band "Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin" made the list. Mariah didn't.
HERE'S MY LIST:
1) Green Day *
2) The White Stripes
3) Bob Dylan
4) Kanye West *
5) Bright Eyes *
6) Devendra Banhart *
7) Kelly Clarkson *
8) Mariah Carey
9) Sufjan Stevens *
10) Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
* made the top 40
My Runner Ups: The Decemberists, Death Cab For Cutie, Wilco, Pearl Jam, Rilo Kiley, Sleater Kinney, The Strokes
** Six of my top 10 made the top 40.
** Three of my top 10 made the top 10.
** I have no idea how The White Stripes didn't make it at all.
** It has to be backlash & denial that kept CYHSY off the top 40.
** The National are the second best band in America right now?
Antony & The Johnsons would of been in my top 10, but I figured he wasn't qualified since he accepted the UK's Mercury Award. Others voted for him anyway so he made the list (barely). I'd like to revote and add him to my list. I might have to drop Mariah.
THE PANEL Gorilla Vs. Bear, Largehearted Boy, Music for Robots, 5500, My Old Kentucky Blog, Catbirdseat, Central Village, Bradley's Almanac, Chromewaves, Dceiver, Byron Crawford, Catherine's Pita, Tuning Fork, Jason and Rajeev from One Louder, Brooklyn Vegan, Soviet Panda, Melody Nelson, Seeking Irony, Coolfer and Information Leafblower.
Wednesday night (November 2, 2005) I attended the MTVu Award show/taping at Roseland Ballroom in NYC. There was lots of standing around (commercial breaks), lots of young college kids (contest winners?), and a bunch of sweet, but short sets by Matisyahu, Death Cab for Cutie, Little Brother, Saul Williams, and The Go! Team. Artists like The Arcade Fire, The Decemberists, MIA, and even Matisyahu & Saul Williams were up for awards, but unfortunately (for me at least) the awards went to corporatemo bands like My Chemical Romance, Fall Out Boy, and mewithoutyou.
Winners were voted by real college kids. Considering the Roseland crowd reaction every time My Chemical Romance was mentioned, I doubt it was even rigged. Death Cab was the only band who performed and won. Motion City Soundtrack, Muse and others were there to accept their awards. Other winners like Green Day and MCR accepted them on video. Lou Reed made a surprise appearance to introduce the show.
Here's a few general photos from the event. Pictures of the individual performers coming soon.
The Strokes are filming a new video next week. Here's the very entertaining casting call. Good luck.
Seeking featured talent for the new Strokes video shooting this weekend.
IMPORTANT: The video is cutting edge and we are looking for talent that is comfortable with getting physical on set. Do not submit if you are uncomfortable making-out with members of the same/opposite sex (depending on scene.)
Please denote the role you want to be considered for.
SOCIALITE Aging Female, Caucasian, 60-70 years old.
Example: Lauren Bacall
LESBIANS, 20s-30’s, “Victoria Secret” model-type lesbians, prefer Caucasian.
The scene involves kissing and being affectionate with another woman.
"mtvU, MTV’s college network, today announced the nominees for the “mtvU Woodie Awards”.....The Arcade Fire grabbed the most nominations with five, including “Woodie of the Year” – Best Artist, “Left Field Woodie” – Most Original Artist, and “Best Showing Woodie” – Best Tour. The Arcade Fire joins Gorillaz, M.I.A., Matisyahu, Death Cab For Cutie and 39 other emerging and influential artists that will be voted on by the college audience. Winners will be announced at the “mtvU Woodie Awards” live ceremony and concert event November 2nd at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City which will premiere on mtvU and mtvU.com November 10th."
Other nominated artists include Common, Motion City Soundtrack, the Decemberists, Saul Williams, Rilo Kiley, Kanye West, Bloc Party, and the Unicorns. Vote at MTVu. All categories and nominees below...
Fiona Apple performed with Jon Brion. Neil Young performed with Fisk Jubilee Singers. Green Day, U2, Beck, Dashboard Confessional, Pearl Jam, Common, Elton John, Beck, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Paul McCartney and many, many more artists performed for MTV's Hurrican Relief concert. You can watch the whole thing (by artist) on their site.
25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FESTIVAL THAT BRINGS YOU NEW MUSIC FIRST FROM R.E.M. IN ‘83 TO GREEN DAY IN ’94 TO EMINEM IN ‘98 TO ARCADE FIRE IN ‘04
CMJ 25 PRESENTS THE HOTTEST AND MOST CRITICAL BANDS, PANEL DISCUSSIONS, INDUSTRY LEADERS & FILMS IN NYC WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14TH – SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17TH
New York – September 13, 2005 – For 25 years, the legendary CMJ Music Marathon has been a springboard for the best new music talent from multiple music genres, discovering music’s future superstars years before their commercial breakthroughs. Marquee artists ranging from R.E.M. (’83), Red Hot Chili Peppers (’84), The Beastie Boys (’85), Marilyn Manson (’91), Rage Against The Machine (’93), Weezer (’94), Modest Mouse (’98), Jet and The Killers (’03), and The Arcade Fire (’04) have rocked the stages of past CMJ Music Marathons.
"LOS ANGELES - Hurricane Katrina telethons reminiscent of benefits for tsunami and 9/11 victims will feature artists including Wynton Marsalis and Green Day, while Jerry Lewis' annual Labor Day fundraiser also will join in." [Yahoo]
Fox: 'Fats' Domino Missing in New Orleans
Rolling Stone: New Orleans Artists Speak
Yahoo: Harry Connick Jr. Says New Orleans Will Rebuild
WFAA: 'Musician's paradise' lost?
MSNBC: Motive aside, celebrity does help in relief efforts
The Olympian: Deadly hurricane silences jazz city
Sometimes compiling seven days worth of NYC concerts can be a near-impossible task to complete on a Monday. This week we've got Alec Ounsworth, Doveman, The Silent League, King of France, Sham 69, The Bouncing Souls, Sick of it All, American Analog Set, Green Day, Coldplay, Rilo Kiley, The GoStation, Oneida, The Double, Kimya Dawson, The Sharp Things, Ice-T, Kevin Devine, Xiu Xiu, Frog Eyes, Out Hud, and many, many more in my weekly Gothamist post (that's now finally live).
"US band Green Day have been named best band on the planet at the 12th annual Kerrang! rock awards." [BBC]
"Green Day continued its charmed year by dominating the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards tonight (Aug. 28) at Miami's American Airlines Arena. The group's video for "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" won six awards, including video of the year, best group video, best rock video and two trophies for direction and cinematography (for director Samuel Bayer). Another clip, "American Idiot," won the viewer's choice award. [Billboard]
"American punk outfit Green Day will bring their hugely successful album American Idiot to the big screen. The Holiday trio have been approached by several Hollywood producers keen to make a big-budget movie-adaptation of the best-selling album." [teenmusic]
"It's not a matter of ethics or anything like that, but Green Day have left their longtime indie roots behind. In their wake, they will bury what is left of Lookout! Records." [Productshop]
Snoop Dogg, Scissor Sisters, Bjork, Stereophonics, Elton John, REM, Pink Floyd, Kaiser Chiefs, Bon Jovi, Gordon Lightfoot, Motley Crue, Neil Young, Die Toten Hosen, Green Day, Brian Wilson, A-Ha, Roxy Music, Muse, Andrea Bocelli, The Cure, Duran Duran, and many, many more quicktime videos from live8. (to download or stream)
Despite all the Webster Hall controversy (mostly the temperature) yesterday, Wednesday (June 15th, 2005) night's show reconfirmed why I love Bloc Party so much. I left Webster Hall drenched in sweat, but NOT from the temperature inside the club; From dancing. I was very comfortable in the club (note: the cold front that came to NYC on Wednesday obviously helped).
They only have one full length album, yet I feel like I watched a band playing all their hits. Every song is as exciting as the next. I've been listening to "Silent Alarm" for almost seven months, and I still love it. This was the sixth time I saw them live (I'm trying to break Cobra Snake's record), and I'd probably rank it as the second best. Roxy ruled.
Highlights from the show in list format:
* Kele (singer) made a point to tell the crowd they were better than the night before (again)
* From where I was standing, the crowd was good
* They said they'd be back in September (Roseland? Hammerstein?)
* They kicked major ass
* They played TWO encores (4 songs, then 2 songs). Half the crowd was gone for the second one.
* They played two new songs. They were good.
* Kele & the Matt (drummer) both stage dove.
* Fireworks or something went off over the drums during the encore
* Kele dedicated a song to a singer of another band in attendance who helped them get started (hint: Franz Ferdinand...as also seen at Spoon in the same venue)
"Now you can own Green Day's very first tour van. On there way of becoming the Kings of Punk, before they were signed, before the Bookmobile, they did two U.S. tours in this van. Enjoy the graffitti, stickers, and the stories this van could tell you behind every dent of this one of a kind vehicle. This is the 1985 Ford Econoline 150, still running and just as the band left it."
"The concert business has responded to last year's worst summer season ever with the highest ticket price in history: the Rolling Stones, for $453. But apart from the Stones and $250 top seats for Paul McCartney, most artists have learned the lessons of 2004, and ticket prices are generally more reasonable than in recent years. Green Day tickets top out at $45, System of a Down goes for $32 to $40, and the John Mellencamp-John Fogerty tour costs $23 to $78. Even the Stones sell some seats for $60.
"It feels better across the board to me," says Irving Azoff, manager of the Eagles, who are charging between $25 and $175 for their twenty-show West Coast tour."
Nirvana vs. Michael Jackson
Stevie Wonder vs. Destiny's Child
Beastie Boys vs. Andrew WK
Cardigans vs. Jamelia
Dandy Warhols vs. Beastie Boys
Green Day vs. Nelly
Hives vs. Madonna
Barry White vs. Marvin Gaye
the list goes on and on... I counted 102 MP3s to Download
"After the Bravery and the Killers feuded about who influenced who, there's seems to be another controversy brewing that involves the Bravery. Duran Duran announced last week that the Bravery will be opening for them in Birmingham on May 28.
But it appears the Bravery's Sam Endicott is not a big Duran Duran fan. In fact, he dislikes the band's music and does not appreciate the comparison with the '80s pop group."
The NY Times reviewed Duran Duran's recent NYC performance
Chart Attack reviewed the recent Toronto show
Gakwer reports on the Bravery getting beat up
Pitchfork gives the Bravery a 5.3
Central Village looks back at the Bravery
Central Village saw (1 of the 2) Bravery shows @ Bowery Ballroom
The NY post reviewed one too
The Bravery, Killers, Bloc Pary, Green Day & others playing Oxegen festival
Tickets were going for $100 a pop outside the venue. The block was filled with people looking and hoping for a miracle. Kele (singer) asked the crowd who paid the most to get in. Someone in the front screamed $200. He gave them his laminated pass and asked him/her to sell it on E-bay to recoup some of that loss.
The show was both awesome and frustrating at the same time (like being tied up and tickled?). The complaint? More people stood around with their arms folded than danced. (like Toronto) There was a small pocket of communal dancing and excitement going on in the front (which I eventually found my way to), but the rest of the crowd might as well have been sitting. My favorite line from Kele: "I don't care what magazine you work for. You can have fun and dance." (or something like that).
A few times I just closed my eyes, and pretended I was back at Roxy. There should be a mandatory open bar for an hour before every Bloc Party performance. I think that would have helped.
WHO DO THEY THINK THEY ARE?
As also reported at the Modern Age, Bloc Party thought they were funny by pretending to start songs by The Killers, Franz Ferdinand, Interpol, Radiohead, and Coldplay. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think Bloc Party's intent was to pick on those bands and the people that like them. Funny? a little. Cocky? a lot.
After about 30 minutes of playing, Bloc Party left the stage. Was it over? No, it was just intermission. Either that, or the encore was really long.
SEEN IN THE CROWD
James Iha of Smashing Pumpkins (yeah, I know - New Yorkers are thinking it would be weird if James WASN'T there) & a member of TV On the Radio.
Mike Dirnt of Green Day with a fan @ Pianos
The after party was at Pianos. Bloc Party, Ultragrrrl, and Karen Plus One were DJing. I went right from Bowery to Pianos, but by the time I got there, there was already a line half way down the block. Not too bad, EXCEPT it was pouring. I had no umbrella, but waited anyway. By the time I got up to the list, I was drenched. Then my name wasn't on the list. Luckily there were enough +1's to go around, and I eventually got in.
I'm not big on after-parties, especially ones on a weeknight, but I'm glad I went. Bloc Party was ('if you want to call it') DJing and generally just hanging out with the full-to-capacity crowd. Iha appeared again. I think I saw Chris Glover.
The really interesting thing happened when I was about to leave at 2am (the same time Human Television was starting to play). I couldn't help but notice Billie Joe Armstrong and Mike Dirnt from Green Day hangin at the front bar with two large bodyguards close by. (Strange that I had just been talking about Green Day earlier in the day).
I'm a jaded New Yorker, but I still got excited at the sight of them in a bar. I'm not the type to approach celebrities, but I can't say the same for my friend who thinks American Idiot is the best thing since sliced bread. Long story short, this friend and Billie were talking about the meaning of life with their arms around each other for about five minutes. My camera wasn't working, so I unfortunately couldn't capture the Kodak moment.
After Billie left, I ended up outside in a group discussion with Mike Dirnt. Mike is the most conceited, down-to-earth, guy you'll ever meet. He was really, really nice, and had no problem just chillin' with his fans. We asked him if he saw Bloc Party. He hadn't. I'm not sure they even knew it was the after-party. They were in town to play Saturday Night Live (tomorrow). He told us about his plans for a few more albums, mixed with world domination.
Our party was eventually broken up by another endearing fan. I used that opportunity to finally get home and get some sleep. Thanks to Brian for the two photos of Mike Dirnt.
Mike Dirnt of Green Day with a fan @ Pianos
Bloc Party are back at Bowery tonight (Friday). Expect more scalping.
And the breaking news is two more scheduled shows at Webster Hall: June 14th & 15th. Tix not on sale yet.
Billy Joe Armstrong of Green Day talks to Rolling Stone about The Sex Pistols....
"When I first heard them, I was fourteen or fifteen and into a lot of heavy-metal and hard-rock music. I think I was at a girl's house."
That, and more, in Rolling Stone's second edition of the The 100 greatest artists of all time
Tickets go on sale Saturday for Green Day's September 1st performance at Giants Stadium in NJ. In addition to two confirmed California shows, more tour dates to be announced soon
Rajeev from One Louder posted his favorites for 2004. This is probably the only list where you'll find the band X-Wife.
'I Do What I Can' posted their top 15 albums. Arcade Fire WINS.
'It's Matt's World' posted his top five albums. For a short list, there are some surprises.
Dave Rocks The Universe listed his favorite 8 albums.
Like 'the art of keeping a secret,' Scissor Sisters are high on my list of favorites.
Socialblunders doesn't think enough good music came out in 2004 to compile a top ten list. I can't say I agree, but his list of albums to avoid is very funny.
Green Day takes the title from Feist on Shot's list of top 20 albums.
(Noranna from) Australia hearts the Killers. Interpol, Dogs Die in Hot Cars & Eagles of Death Metal too.
Jez says that The Black Keys rule all.
Punk International Articles has one of the most unique lists I've seen.
'hours in between' strictly lists the best electronic music releases of 2004.
Also in the 'best of' subject, the History of Comedy has the 50 Greatest Comedy Albums.
uggh. I'm exhausted. Who knew there were so many lists? That's it for now.
CONGRATULATIONS TO SCISSOR SISTERS! (nominated in the 'Best Dance Recording' category)
'With 10 nominations, including one for best new artist, Kanye West leads the field for the 47th annual Grammy Awards. Other multiple nominees include Alicia Keys and Usher, who are tied with eight, the late Ray Charles with seven, Green Day with six, and Norah Jones, Loretta Lynn, Prince and engineer Al Schmitt each with five.
The prestigious album of the year will be decided between West's "The College Dropout" (Roc A Fella), Charles' "Genius Loves Company" (Concord), Usher's "Confessions" (Arista), Keys' "The Diary of Alicia Keys" (J) and Green Day's "American Idiot" (Reprise).'
Ultragrrrl (who I saw on some VH1 show that was playing on a TV inside chickpea Saturday night) is freaking out because the Killers got nominated for three grammys. She forgot to mention that Franz Ferdinand were also nominated for at least three.
Lastly, Jake Novak lists the Top 5 Least Popular Grammy Awards.
I would like to say congrats to Bjork for breaking through to the other side (again and again) (nominated in 'alternative' and 'mainstream?' categories), Prince for getting nominated even though no one realized he put out an album, and the academy for admitting that Evanescence belongs in the same category as Hoobastank,
Also congrats to Modest Mouse, Franz Ferdinand, PJ Harvey, Wilco, The Beastie Boys, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, The Shins (nominated for 'best recording package' whatever that means), and Scissor Sisters(one more time).
'Green Day will be sending this year out in style as they perform at MTV’s New Years Eve Ball in New York.
Joining them will be Jimmy Eat World and Snoop Dogg in Times Square.'
MTV reviews The Killers at Bowery Ballroom.
The side project of Kenny and Johnny from Brooklyn's own Type O Negative - a rock three piece with Rob from Dust to Dust has dropped the name Skynd and will be using Black Water Rising. stay tuned for song samples in the upcoming weeks and a band website at blackwaterrising.com (not active yet).
Life of Agony (also from Brooklyn) has "compiled a Quicktime Video clip of some funny moments on our recent European Summer Tour set to Green Day's 'Time of Your Life' "
Also coming up at Irving Plaza is Les Savy Fav with Smoke and Smoke and Detachment Kit on September 7th. Tickets are still on sale. Stay tuned to the French Kiss Records site for details of the afterparty.