Entries tagged with: Husker Du
by Bill Pearis
Eighties midwest punk greats Hüsker Dü have launched an official website this week. It's a merch store but the "official" part has fueled all sorts of reunion gossip. The band's 1987 flame-out was particularly acrimonious with no love lost between Grant Hart and Bob Mould, but the Minneapolis Star Tribune talked to bassist Greg Norton (a chef these days) who said "There's ongoing communication between the three of us now." If J. Mascis and Lou Barlow can hug it out, anything's possible? (If still highly unlikely.) What this hopefully means, however, is a possibility of remastered/expanded editions of Hüsker Dü's SST output which is long overdue. Stay tuned.
Meanwhile, watch a live video from 1985 below...
photo: Bob Mould & Ryan Adams in NYC in 2014 (more by PSquared)
Butch Walker, who toured with Ryan Adams last year, recently released his seventh album Afraid of Ghosts on Dangerbird, and video surfaced of Ryan joining him during the studio sessions. Also along for the ride was Johnny Depp, who Ryan brought on stage in London last year and Bob Mould, who brought Ryan on stage for Husker Du songs in NYC last year. Watch the video below.
In related news, Bob Mould's former Husker Du bandmate Grant Hart will return to NYC this week for a show at Cake Shop on Saturday (3/21). It's with Forever House, Tinmouth and Funcrusher. His only other date we're aware of is in Chicago in May.
As you may know, in addition to the April Record Store Day, there's a RSD Black Friday (November 28) too, with its own exclusive releases. The list for this year's is out now and features releases from The Afghan Whigs, Against Me!, The Beatles, David Bowie, The Decemberists, The Flaming Lips, The Grateful Dead, Green Day, Husker Du, Iron Butterfly, J Mascis, Judas Priest, Jenny Lewis, Mastodon, Metallica, New Order, Conor Oberst, Outkast, Phil Spector, St Vincent, The Doors, Ramones, They Might Be Giants, Johnny Thunders, Wu-Tang Clan, Neil Young and more. Check out the full list here.
photos by P Squared Photography
Bob Mould / w. Ryan Adams / Cymbals Eat Guitars @ Bowery Ballroom 9/10/2014
Bob Mould's current assault on the eardrums of NYC began last night (9/10) with his first of three shows. While promoting his terrific new album, Beauty & Ruin, Bob and his band (bassist Jason Narducy and Superchunk's Jon Wurster on drums) also dipped into his robust catalog of indie rock classics, with a healthy amount of Sugar and Hüsker Dü songs in the mix. In fact, Hüsker Dü's "Flip Your Wig" kicked off the show and Bob's encore was all Dü, with "I Apologize," "Celebrated Summer," "Something I Learned Today," and "New Day Rising." One more thing about the encore: Ryan Adams came out and played for all four songs. Bob appeared in Ryan's video promos (along with Gary Shandling and Jeff Garlin) for his new album and Ryan is perhaps returning the favor. Video from the encore with Ryan, plus pics and setlist, are in this post.
Ryan, who's in town for a Letterman appearance tonight, will be back this fall on his own tour.
Opening the night -- and the whole tour including all three of Mould's NYC shows -- were Cymbals Eat Guitars who have opened for Bob before and owe a sonic debt to him as well (and to The Wrens and Built to Spill). Mind you, they're coming off the very strong new album, LOSE, and are becoming an indie rock powerhouse of their own.
Bob Mould and CEG play Bowery Ballroom again tonight (9/11) and Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday (9/13). Tickets are still available to both.
More pics from the whole Bowery Ballroom show, plus setlist and video, below...
As you may know, Grant Hart of Hüsker Dü released his newest album, The Argument -- one of the most well-received albums of his post-Dü career -- earlier this year, and has been supporting it with some shows. He's currently on tour in Europe, and upon returning to the US, he'll play a few more dates here, including one in NYC on November 22 at Cake Shop (the same venue he played in September). Other acts and admission price are TBA. All dates are listed below.
While Grant will be in NYC, that same day he'll be one of the speakers at the Three Rooms Press-presented "JFK/NYC/OMG," an "examination of conspiracies on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy," which takes place at the Cornelia Street Cafe (29 Cornelia Street, between Bleecker and W. 4th) in the West Village at 6 PM. In addition to Grant, other speakers include X singer Exene Cervenka, PUNK Magazine co-founder and former Spin editor Legs McNeil, poet/novelist/publisher Charles Plymell, Allen Ginsberg archivist Peter Hale, and writer/actor Peter Carlaftes. Admission is $20 at the door, first come, first served. Flyer below and more info here.
In other Grant Hart news, the documentary on him, Every Everything: The Music, Life & Times of Grant Hart, directed by Gorman Bechard (who did the Replacements doc, Color Me Obsessed), will get its Midwest premiere on November 13 at Sound Unseen. It screened in NYC during the 2013 CBGB Music & Film Festival.
Speaking of Legs McNeil, he's one of the many old CBGB regulars to have written a tribute for the late Lou Reed. Legs contributed a bit to John Holstrom's interview with Lou in the first issue of PUNK Magazine, which is excellent, hilarious, and off-kilter (you can read it in the new-ish book on the magazine), and his recently-penned tribute to Lou is most of things, but also very sentimental. In a piece titled What Lou Reed Was Really Like: Legs McNeil's Tribute to the Velvet Underground Legend for The Daily Beast, Legs writes:
Over the years, people asked me, "What's Lou Reed really like?"Read the rest here.
"An asshole," I'd tell them and see the disappointment in their faces, and wait until they were thoroughly bummed out, before adding, "But if I'd written just one of the hundreds of great fucking rock and roll songs that he has written, maybe I'd finally be a happy man. Can you imagine if you'd written 'Heroin' or 'Sweet Jane' or 'Rock & Roll' or 'New Age' or any of his songs? Jesus, the guy really is good, isn't he?"
Unfortunately, I came to learn that Lou's "grumpy old man routine," at least in his younger days, was an act. I think Lou did it to keep out the noise. I know a select few people who were truly friendly with Lou and enjoyed the charming, funny, smart version of him, when he allowed himself to be human. How tedious. I prefer my version--the ultra-bored, quick-witted, cheap, miserable, malcontent man who never experienced a moment of joy in his life. It went with his songs.
Of course, thanks to Laurie Anderson, we know this is not true. Lou actually seemed to be silly in love with her, as so many gossipers and bloggers have detailed their stupid, tender moments. Makes you wanna barf. But Lou was human after all--and at least he tried to keep these snapshots to himself. And believe it or not, I think Lou died happy. Don't quote me on that, but I think he fooled us all.
All Grant Hart dates are listed, along with a stream of his LP, the trailer for his documentary, and the "JFK/NYC/OMG" flyer, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Bob Mould might be the more famous member of Hüsker Dü, but Grant Hart is an active solo artist too, and he just returned last month with his new album, The Argument, which has been getting some of the best reviews of his post-Dü career. Despite sharing a name with the final Fugazi album, he's got a lot more in common with David Bowie on this release. He's got a similar level of ambition (it's a conceptual double album based on Milton's Paradise Lost), and sometimes he even sings a bit like him too. You can stream the whole thing (via The Guardian) below.
Grant has one upcoming show scheduled at the moment, and it happens in NYC on September 13 at Cake Shop (not 9/12, as it's been listed in certain places), where he also played last year.
Album stream below...
Bob Mould at Williamsburg Park, 9/7/2012 (more by Sachyn Mital)
Bob Mould, who ended his Copper Blue tour last month, has announced two NYC shows for next year, which happen at Bowery Ballroom on February 26 and 27. Tickets to those shows go on AmEx presale today (12/12) at noon with the regular on-sale beginning on Friday (12/14) at noon.
Last night, I watched the rough cut of See A Little Light (The Movie). Fun times. It's shaping up to be a really cool document of a very special evening. There's funny backstage banter with fellow musicians, philosophic ramblings from me, and lots of shots of Jon Wurster singing along from behind the kit. What more could you want?Bob's only other upcoming dates are in Australia, and his tour schedule is below along with the trailer for the "See a Little Light" movie.
photos by Sachyn Mital; words by Bill Pearis
Bob Mould at Williamsburg Park 9/7/2012
"Copper Blue was 20 years ago And most of those songs were actually written right over there on Richardson," former neighborhood resident Bob Mould told the Williamsburg Park crowd last night, pointing East. "You've really done a lot with the place."
As Mould said, his '90s band Sugar's debut album is indeed 20 years old (almost to the day) but he and his ace band (Superchunk's Jon Wurster on drums, Telekenisis' Jason Narducy on bass) ripped through its ten songs like George Bush Sr. was still in office. The crowd -- mostly folk who remembered the songs the first time -- ate it up. For having such a raw vocal style, Bob's pipe's were in fine form, really belting out "Hoover Dam" and "Helpless."
After Copper Blue, he played the choice cuts from his very Sugar-esque new solo album Silver Age as well as a health dose of Hüsker Dü classics like "Hardly Getting Over It," "Could You Be the One?" and "Makes No Sense at All" -- all of which you could see Wurster singing along unmiked behind the kit, clearing loving it. Bob pulled Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn to the stage to help sing on Hüsker Dü's "Something I Learned Today" and Finn was as amped for it as you'd expect.
Openers were Staten Island's Cymbals Eat Guitars who probably own a couple Mould albums and put on a nice opening set. Bob Mould's Copper Blue/Silver Age tour rolls on throughout September and he'll also play FFF Fest in Austin in November.
More pictures and setlist from the Williamsburg Park show, plus remaining tour dates are listed below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by BBG
Freshkills @ Hotel Vegan
Grant Hart played SXSW and has other upcoming shows scheduled including one in Philadelphia this Tuesday, one at Cake Shop on April 6th, and one in Brooklyn at Union Pool on April 7th alongside NYC's own post-punk crew Freshkills. Tickets for the NYC show are on sale. All dates are listed below.
Freshkills, who played a record release show at Pianos earlier this month, is also coming off of a tour down to SXSW, where they played the BBG stage on Wed (3/14) at Hotel Vegan. Some pictures from their set are in this post.
Grant Hart will (hopefully) be the subject of an upcoming documentary...
With Grant Hart as the only interview subject, EVERY EVERYTHING will tell the story of his life, from his beginnings, through his days in Hüsker Dü, and up to the present. In this feature-length documentary you'll learn his influences, his obsessions, his loves, his passions, his art, his music, and everything in between, leaving no stone unturned. For the first time ever, you'll hear everything about Grant Hart as told by Grant Hart -- the good, the bad, and the ugly. Think of it as a rock 'n' roll FOG OF WAR!The documentary is currently seeking funding via Kickstarter - contribute if you can. Video for the Kickstarter, other dates & the Freshkills pics, below....
Bob Mould at Joe's Pub in 2009 (more by Jacob Blickenstaff)
Lists: '90s bands we hope never reunite... Below are [a few] bands we hope never get back together, because we like them too much to see them like that....And the legendary Bob Mould will continue his non-reunion streak (playing as a member of No Age doesn't count) by playing two weeks worth of shows before the year is over. That includes an intimate solo gig at the Rock Shop on November 6th with Chris Brokaw (tickets), and the previously mentiond ones at City Winery with Lenny Kaye (11/4 - tickets) and Marshall Crenshaw (11/5 - tickets).
The Afghan Whigs: These days, former lead singer Greg Dulli co-owns a cop bar out in LA. This is as it should be.
Refused: Rumors of a 2010 reunion turn out to have been exaggerated, so we're going to take the band's infamous breakup manifesto at its word.
Pulp: Another band whose long-rumored reunion (at this year's Glastonbury) turns out to have been exaggerated, thank goodness...
Uncle Tupelo: Former frontmen Jay Farrar and Jeff Tweedy are busy in successful bands (Son Volt and Wilco) and by most all accounts dislike each other intensely, so we're not too worried about this one.
Sugar: Bob Mould is already on a roll, having never reunited his beloved Husker Du. All he has to do is keep not getting his bands back together, which shouldn't be that hard. -[Washington Post]
Some videos and all tour dates below...
words by Black Bubblegum, photos by Ryan Muir
some of the stars of ATP NY 2009
What's almost the exact opposite of a soothing set of Seven Swans performed by one of the most delicate singers in indie rock? Try nine drummers (including Hisham Bharoocha, Zach Hill, and Kid Millions among other notables) bashing your fucking skull for so long that the stage manager has to come out to unplug their gear and remove toms from underneath them! That's how I started my ATP Day 3... with the Boredoms blowing my mind.
Starting off with sparse chords on the monstrous multi-neck guitar/percussive device, Eye set a calm and reflective mood... and then the cymbals. And then the toms. And then eight drummers pummeled away led by Yoshimi P-We. And then the synced rimshots that recalled an Animal Collective beat. All of this happened before a ninth drummer was carried into the show like an emperor while doing a call and response with the other eight.
Within about 10 minutes, I knew that Boredoms would take the prize as best show at Kutsher's that weekend. The sheer power of the coordinated drums, along with pregnant pauses and killer synth effects performed via keys, CD-DJ tables, and broomsticks (!) were beyond jaw dropping.
Following Boredoms, I poked my head into Oneida's Ocropolis for the first of many times. For 10+ hours, Oneida basically had the small and very decorated room all to themselves for a long jam session with their friends. Reportedly, the band had tape rolling the whole time (Ocropolis is the name of their Brooklyn recording studio) and had visuals provided by the Mighty Robot AV Squad. With local standbys like BJ Warshaw of Parts & Labor/Shooting Spires fame, Chris Weingarten (ex P&L), Todd P, and many others spotted in the Sportsman's Bar, it seemed like Brooklyn in the Catskills. Unfortunately, I missed every single special guest appearance (word is, and in part according to a sign on the door, Soft Circle, Yoshimi, Aaron from Tall Firs, Zach Hill, Steven Drozd and many others all popped in) but the band was very interesting to watch, alternating between songs, and droney ambient jams.
Caribou was next in the main room and the 16-piece(!) band including Sun Ra Arkestra member Marshall Allen, Koushik, Kieran Hebden (Fourtet) and many others. I had no expectations heading into the set and was pleasantly surprised, although I found the mix to have waaay too much low end.
I ducked out of Caribou early to catch the last twenty minutes of Hopewell who was billed to be playing "The Desperation Suite," "complete with a female choir and avant-garde saxophonist Mark Marinoff". From what little I saw, the three person "choir" did little but coo, ooh, ahh, and coordinate a dance, but the band did close with a rousing cover of Jane's Addiction's classic "Of Course".
photos by Ryan Muir
"I'm going to remember ATP 2009 as the festival of bass, though, and fondly, because this event takes sound seriously. Somebody in the organization is aware that the small, judicious audience for something like this--including many fans flying over from England to see it--wants to feel music physically. In just about every show at the two principal stages, all weekend, the sound was loud and broad and clear; it got inside your bones.Bass or not, I disagree. The No Age/Mould show, Sunday night's second to last performance of the upstate NY festival (and one of the few that I saw from start to finish), was a personal highlight for me in a day that also included great sets by the Boredoms, Oneida, Super Furry Animals, Boris and of course the day closer/curator The Flaming Lips (pics & further review coming).
But this may be why the Bob Mould and No Age collaboration didn't quite get off the ground. Mr. Mould, once of Hüsker Dü, and No Age, the young punk duo from Los Angeles, apparently admire each other. They came up with a good and relatively easy idea: working as a trio for one night only, playing songs from both acts. The set included all eras of Husker Du ("Something I Learned Today," "Makes No Sense At All," "In A Free Land," "I Apologize," "Could You Be the One?" and "New Day Rising"); it also ran through No Age's "Eraser" and "Boy Void," as well as a cover of the Heartbreakers' "Chinese Rocks," with Bradford Cox of Deerhunter joining in. But there was no bass player, and it felt light in the wrong way."
Bradford performed with his own band Deerhunter, and solo as Atlas Sound, on the Saturday of the festival. Atlas Sound tours with Broadcast in October.
Bob Mould tours with his own band in October too.
More pictures of No Age/Mould/Cox @ ATP, below...
One half of Husker Du's singing and songwriting, Bob Mould, played two sold-out shows at Joe's Pub in NYC in early April. The other half, Grant Hart, will play two shows in NYC as well. Grant's short North East tour includes a Friday, May 29th show at the Cake Shop with Grass Widow and Querent, and a Monday, June 1st show at the Bell House with Kevin Barker and Death Vessel. Tickets for the Brooklyn show are on sale.
No word yet on a new album from Death Vessel. His last release, Nothing Is Precious Enough For Us, was put out by Sub Pop in August 2008. His first release, Stay Close, is available as limited vinyl from Immune. The Bell House show is one stop on a bigger tour for Death Vessel. All dates below.
In February, Grant Hart wrote...
I have a new album in the can and if anyone wants to talk about it, talk to me. It has been recorded in Montreal with members of A Silver Mt. Zion and Godspeed You! Black Emperor and in Minneapolis with members of Rank Strangers and Fat Kid Wednesdays. [MySpace]No word on a release yet.
All tour dates below...
Boss Hog @ Maxwell's (more by Tim Griffin)
Friday will feature a first New York show in a long time by The Jesus Lizard and newly announced, ATP favourites Iron and Wine. They will join the Don't Look Back shows also taking place on Friday: The Feelies performing Crazy Rhythms, New York's finest Suicide performing their first LP, Dirty Three performing Ocean Songs and The Drones performing Wait Long By The River... The evening will be rounded off with the Comedy Stage hosted and curated by the one and only David Cross.This is great. Full (current) lineup (in list format), and more info, below...
Saturday is curated by ATP and is headlined by Animal Collective and an exclusive performance by Panda Bear. Other confirmed acts include the newly announced Boss Hog, Deerhunter and Bridezilla, plus the previously announced Melvins, Black Dice, Dead Meadow, Autolux, EL-P, Akron Family, Antipop Consortium, Atlas Sound and the hotly tipped Sleepy Sun.
Sunday is curated by the outlandish Flaming Lips. Every act that plays will perform an exclusive special show, bespoke for this event. First up are the Boredoms who will continue their BOREDRUM [BOADRUM?] series, performing with 9 drummers on stage. No Age will perform a whole LP by Husker Du including special guest vocalist [um... Bob Mould?]. Deerhoof will perform with special visuals by Martha Colburn. Caribou will perform as Caribou Vibration Ensemble, with a 4 piece horn section, 4 drummers and a choir and guests that include Kieran Hebden (Four Tet/Fridge/Kieran Hebden & Steve Reid), Koushik (Stones Throw Records), John Schmersal (Enon, Brainiac), Kathryn Bint (One Little Plane), Ahmed Gallab (Sinkane) and more. Finally Stardeath and White Dwarfs also join the line-up, with lots more to be announced!
words by by Martin Longley, photos by Jacob Blickenstaff
Even though singer/guitarist Bob Mould's two shows at Joe's Pub are sold-out, this joint didn't oversell its tickets, and there was still plenty of room to breathe, even back at the bar area at the first performance last night (April 8). The show started promptly, working against a strict curfew and Bob loaded with a prolific songbook to churn through. It was the day after the release of Life And Times, a swift follow-up to last year's District Line, and Mould was concentrating on its contents, as well as celebrating the 20th anniversary of his solo debut Workbook.
Mould's songs are melodic, but act almost as a suite of layered-tone pieces, rarely pausing in-between each short number, and constructed out of jangled chords and vaulting vocals, building up his distinctive wall of sound. He's remarkable not so much as a tunesmith, but as a generator of unlimited energy, commitment and expressiveness, concerned with texture, drive and cumulative impact.
Normally, artist evolution is praiseworthy, and don't we just hate folks who endlessly bay out for their fave songs from two decades back [?], but it can't be avoided that Mould feels like a teaser when it comes to the fully electrified guitar. Clearly, his fans are begging for the feedback surge of those Hüsker Dü days, myself included. His spangling, highly amplified acoustic axe is fine for the epic sweep of his material, but when he snatches up the electric guitar in the final third of the set, there's a definite sense of pent-up release, as the distortion rips out in a scaly peeling of burnt skin. Mould proffers a tease-taster of this earlier on, as he trips an effects button on his acoustic for a brief overload solo. Strangely, the first guitar mini freak-out of the nite comes courtesy of sideman Jason Narducy, who also plays bass for much for the duration.
It turns out that the onstage drumkit is there for the next band, at the 9.30pm set, but its presence inadvertently becomes a part of the evening's tantalization. All through the set we're wondering if a sticks-being is going to pounce onstage and unleash some propulsive thunder. Mould introduces "I'm Sorry, Baby, But You Can't Stand In My Light Any More" as the best song he's written in 15 years, but it has to be said that the set's highlights couldn't help being two of its oldest works: "I Apologize" and "Makes No Sense At All". Next time he's in New York, probably October, Mould is promising to bring out a fully-rocking all-electric combo.
The second of two shows at Joe's Pub is tonight (April 9th). More pictures from last night, including one of the setlist, below...
According to this totally random list I found, the 25 'Greatest Punk Rock Artists' are:
1. The ClashLuckily you don't have to choose. You can go see Television's Richard Lloyd at Southpaw tonight (July 23) and Hüsker Dü's Bob Mould at Maxwell's tomorrow (or you can see Bob Mould tonight too)
3. The Ramones
4. The Sex Pistols
5. The Stooges
6. Dead Kennedys
8. Black Flag
9. The Misfits
10. Bad Brains
11. Minor Threat
12. Joy Division
13. The Buzzcocks
14. Husker Du
15. Bad Religion
17. The Damned
18. The Circle Jerks
21. Stiff Little Fingers
22. Patti Smith
23. Green Day
25. Gang Of Four
DOWNLOAD: Husker Du - All Work and No Play (MP3)
"Bob Mould will be attending a series of special events in conjunction with the DVD release of Circle Of Friends on October 9th. At each event, Bob will play a short acoustic set (approx 30 min), participate in a live interview and/or Q + A (approx 30 min), host a DVD screening of Circle Of Friends, and sell and sign DVDs for fans." Tickets for the NYC date at Highline Ballroom go on sale Thursday. Bob is DJing at Highline Ballroom on a couple of other dates as well - don't get confused. And, Bob also has a new album coming out on Anti in January. More info, and all tour dates below.....