Entries tagged with: Jeff Tweedy
by Bill Pearis
Chicago indie rock band Veruca Salt caused quite a sensation with their 1994 debut single "Seether" and subsequent full-length, American Thighs. The band suffered from an overproduced second album and co-frontperson Nina Gordon left the band shortly after. Louise Post carried on with Veruca Salt (with varying backing members) up through most of the '00s, releasing IV in 2006.
After calling it quits, the original line-up (Gordon, Post, Jim Shapiro, and Steve Lack) announced in March of this year via Facebook that they were reforming -- "for now let's just say this: hatchets buried, axes exhumed" -- and working on new material. The band are currently recording a new album with Brad Wood, who produced American Thighs (and Liz Phair's Exile in Guyville, among other '90s indie rock LPs).
Louise and Nina's first live, public performance together in 15 years will happen in Los Angeles on December 18 as part of Second City's 2013 24-Hour Improv & Music Benefit. Their performance happens at 10 AM CST (11 AM EST) and, like the rest of the benefit, will be broadcast live online.
The event, while Chicago-based, has performances happening from all over the country from December 17 at 6 PM CST to December 17 at 6 PM CST, including St. Vincent performing at 6:30 PM CST from somewhere in Brooklyn. Other performers playing the benefit include Bob Mould, Jeff Tweedy (who also plays a related benefit in Chicago in January), Fred Armisen and more. The full schedule for the Second City's 2013 24-Hour Improv & Music Benefit is listed, along with a few classic Veruca Salt clips, below...
The Autumn Defense (John Stirratt and Pat Sansone of Wilco) have announced that they'll release their new album, Fifth, on January 28 via YepRoc. They recently released the album's single, "None of This Will Matter," which you can stream, along with the artwork and tracklist, below.
The Autumn Defense also have some dates scheduled for 2014, including a NYC show happening on February 11 at Highline Ballroom. Tickets for that show go on sale today (11/6) at noon. They're also playing SXSW. All dates are listed below.
In other Wilco-related news, Jeff Tweedy is going on a solo tour this December (no east coast shows though). All of his dates are listed, along with the Autumn Defense stream, artwork, tracklist and dates, below...
White Denim in LA last week (more by Chris Tuite)
Austin's White Denim just released their new Jeff Tweedy-produced album, Corsicana Lemonade, last week, and after wrapping up some support dates on the Flaming Lips / Tame Impala tour, they've announced a headlining tour to do down in early 2014. The tour hits NYC on February 28 at Webster Hall. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Friday (11/8) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (11/6) at noon.
All dates are listed, along with a stream of the new LP, below...
Justin Vernon w/ Bon Iver in Austin in 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, who recently collaborated with Kanye West, and is also about release a new Volcano Choir album (aka his collaborative project with experimental rockers Collections of Colonies of Bees), is also working on a project with gospel group The Blind Boys of Alabama, who have been around since the 1930s. Earlier this year, he announced he'd be producing their new album, I'll Find A Way (due out 10/1 via Sony Masterworks), and it's since been revealed that he's contributing his vocals to a cover of Bob Dylan's "Every Grain of Sand" for the album. You can listen to that track now over at Pitchfork, and check out the full tracklist (which also includes collaborations with My Brightest Diamond, Sam Amidon, tUnE-yArDs, and more) below.
Speaking of Bob Dylan, his tour comes to the NYC-area for its first of five shows this week. The first show was initially supposed to happen in Bridgeport, CT on Friday (7/19) at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard with My Morning Jacket and Wilco, but that show has been moved to Bridgeport's Webster Bank Arena, and
MMJ and Wilco are no longer on the bill. UPDATE: MMJ and Wilco are still playing. Tickets for the Webster Bank Arena show are available, and all tickets purchased for the Ballpark at Harbor Yard show will be honored.
Jim James at Firefly Fest 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
The other NYC-area shows will go on as planned on 7/21 at Saratoga Performing Arts Center with My Morning Jacket and Wilco (tickets), 7/26 at Hoboken's Pier A Park with MMJ and Wilco (tickets), 7/27 at Jones Beach with Beck and Wilco (tickets), and 7/28 at Susquehanna Bank Center with MMJ and Wilco, which is also part of the 3-day XPoNential Music Festival in Camden (Bob Dylan tix, XPoNential Fest passes).
Dylan, Wilco and MMJ kicked off the tour towards the end of last month, and at their recent Toronto show (7/15), Wilco's Jeff Tweedy and MMJ's Jim James joined Dylan on stage for a cover of traditional song "Twelve Gates to the City" and for Dylan's own "Blowin' in the Wind." You can watch a video of the former (via Consequence of Sound), along with the setlist from that show, below.
Bob Dylan also just announced that he'll release Bootleg Series. Vol. 10: Another Self Portrait (1969-1971), a box set that collects rarities and outtakes from the Self Portrait and New Morning era, on August 27. The trailer video and tracklist for the box set are below.
Updated dates are listed, along with all videos and stuff, below...
photos by Tracy Allison
Dawes @ T5 - 6/22/13
LA folk rockers Dawes released a new album, Stories Don't End, this year and have been on a tour in support of it which rolled through NYC for a big show at Terminal 5 on Saturday (6/22) with Shovels and Rope. They played a bunch of stuff of their new album, a handful of oldies, and did some covers as well, including Traveling Wilburys' "End of the Line," which Shovels and Rope joined them for during the encore. Pictures, videos, and the setlist from that show are in this post.
Dawes hung around NYC, and last night (6/24) then three fourths of the band (minus Wylie Gelber) headed to the Housing Works Bookstore Cafe for a stripped down acoustic set. Regarding the missing member, Now I've Heard Everything explains:
Taylor [Goldsmith] explained that Wylie did not sing, and when some people in the audience said that they had seen him sing on stage during a Dawes show, Taylor joked that "we turn off his microphone; don't tell him." So Taylor played guitar and sang with Griffin and Tay adding harmonies for about 70 minutes.After that show, the guys headed to a loft in Brooklyn for a late-night private Relix party. Videos from both of those shows are below.
Both the Housing Works show and the Relix party were opened by Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion, whose new album, Wassaic Way, comes out on August 6 and was produced by Jeff Tweedy and Patrick Sansone of Wilco (who just played a guest-filled covers set over the weekend). Sarah & Johnny have more upcoming dates of their own including shows in Asbury Park on September 5 at The Saint and in NYC on September 17 at Mercury Lounge with The Melodic. Tickets for the Mercury Lounge show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
Meanwhile, Dawes will be heading upstate for a Rochester show on July 4 for a show with Doug Paisley, and they'll be bringing their tour back to the NYC-area for another show with Shovels and Rope on July 24 at Capitol Theatre. Tickets for that show are still available. Soon after that Cap show, Dawes also play Camden, NJ's XPoNential Music Festival with a genre-appropriate lineup that also includes Phosphorescent, Lord Huron (who also just played NYC), and more. Tickets for that fest are still available.
Shovels & Rope @ T5 - 6/22/13
Shovels and Rope have some shows of their own too. If you really want to, you can catch them at Jones Beach tonight (6/25) and Wednesday (6/26) opening for Dave Matthews Band, but you can also catch them on their headlining tour which goes down in late summer/early fall with support from Texas singer/songwriter Shakey Graves (who just played NYC on Sunday). That tour comes to NYC on September 12 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/28) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (6/26) at noon.
More pictures from the T5 show, videos, and all lists of tour dates, below...
photos by PSquared Photography
Wilco w/ Tommy Stinson // Wilco w/ Yo La Tengo
Wilco have been pretty busy this year. After playing Bonnaroo on June 14, they made their way to North Adams, MA this past weekend (6/21-23) for their own Solid Sound Festival. Wilco themselves performed day 1 and day 2, and we caught them the first day when they did an all-covers set (except for "Kingpin") with a number of special guests.
Yo La Tengo joined them on a cover of YLT's "Tom Courtenay" and during the encore for The Modern Lovers' "Roadrunner." Replacements/Guns N Roses bassist Tommy Stinson joined them on a cover of The Replacements' "Color Me Impressed." And Brooklyn indie pop band Lucius appeared for covers of of The Kinks' "Waterloo Sunset," Abba's "Waterloo," (there's a transition) and The Band's "The Weight." They also did a couple Big Star covers, Pavement's "Cut Your Hair," Grateful Dead's "Ripple," Velvet Underground's "Who Loves the Sun," Neil Young's "Cinnamon Girl," Daft Punk's "Get Lucky," and many more. Pictures from the show are in this post. The full setlist and some videos are below, and you can also download audio of the entire set at NYC Taper.
Wilco have no plans to slow down this summer. They're about to kick off a tour with Bob Dylan (who they also covered at Solid Sound), which comes to the NYC-area for four shows in July. Most of the tour (and three of those NYC-area dates) are with My Morning Jacket, except the Jones Beach (7/27) show, which is with Beck (who also plays Prospect Park in August).
On day 1 of Solid Sound, we also caught a set from the reunited legendary gospel funk group The Relatives. Pictures of their set, more of Wilco's, and the Wilco setlist/videos, below...
photos by Chris Graham
Mavis Staples @ Beale Street Music Fest
Mavis has other dates coming up this year, including a free Celebrate! Brooklyn show on June 14 at Prospect Park with Cody Chesnutt. Then the next day (6/15) she heads a bit north for the Clearwater Festival in Croton, NY, which she plays along with Antibalas, Judy Collins, Hot Tuna, Nicole Atkins, Sharon Jones, and more. Tickets for that festival are still available.
Mavis is also working on a new album, One True Vine, which is due out on June 25 via Anti-, and one again being produced by Jeff Tweedy of Wilco. You can listen to the track "I Like The Things About Me" from that album below (via Complex).
Mavis isn't the only living legend Jeff Tweedy is hanging with this year. As mentioned, Wilco is touring as a support act for Bob Dylan, and that tour hits the NYC-area for a few shows in July (some with My Morning Jacket, one with Beck).
All upcoming Mavis Staples dates are listed, along with the song stream and more pictures and video from Beale St., below...
Our thoughts go out to the victims and families of today's school shooting in Connecticut.
Sleigh Bells @ Pitchfork 2012 (more by Chase Turner)
The Men @ Pitchfork 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
TPOBPAH @ Bowery Ballromm, 9/19/2011 (more by Diana Wong)
today in NYC
* Jan Bell @ Barbes
* Yo La Tengo @ Maxwell's
* Trevor Dunn Solo @ The Stone
* The Kickdrums @ Knitting Factory
* The Rascals @ The Capitol Theatre
* Little Boots, Doorly @ Webster Hall
* Bassam Saba's Al-Madar @ Joe's Pub
* The Vacant Lots, Heaven @ Glasslands
* Paul Banks of Interpol @ Webster Hall
* Monster Magnet @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Star Killer, Panzie*, Ssik @ Mercury Lounge
* Nada Surf, Eternal Summers @ Bowery Ballroom
* White Laces, Honeydrum, Vows @ Cameo Gallery
* John Roderick, Jonathan Coulton @ City Winery
* Antibalas, Red Baraat @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple
* Bobby Keys & The Suffering Bastards @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Naam, Tournament, Dead Stars, Blackout @ The Ancheron
* Sleigh Bells, Grizzly Bear, The Antlers, Cults @ Terminal 5
* Janeane Garofalo, Judah Friedlander @ Eastville Comedy Club
* Pete Seeger, Jackson Browne, Harry Belafonte @ Beacon Theatre
* Hilly Eye, Trophy Wife, Flown, Thurn & Taxis @ Death By Audio
* The Men, Widowspeak, Lust for Youth, Sacred Bones DJ set @ Saint Vitus
* The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Heaven's Gate @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
* ZZZ's, Romans, These People, Robbers, Paula Carino, Erica Smith @ Pianos
* Andrew Cedermark, Heaven's Gate, Secret Mountains, Gem Trails @ Union Pool
* Free Time, Scott & Charlene's Wedding, Journalism, Water Child, Spires @ Muchmores
* Gigamesh, Chrome Sparks (DJ Set), Lou Teti, Computer Magic (DJ set) @ Glasslands
* Tom Blacklung and the Smokestacks, Dull Edges, Zula, The Flag, Dead Night @ Cake Shop
* Dethklok, All That Remains, Machinedrum, The Black Dahlia Murder @ The Roseland Ballroom
* Chat Logs, Fuckton, Guerilla Toss, The Dreebs, Quiet Hooves, Blanche Blanche Blanche, Bubbly Mommy Gun, Cloud Becomes Your Hand @ Shea Stadium
* Unstoppable Death Machines, Japanther, Guardian Alien, Lionheart, Gold Tooth, Role Model, ZZZ's, @ Paper Box
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DIIV made their network television debut last night on The Late Show with David Letterman where they performed "Doused" which you can watch below.
Jeff Tweedy and Mavis Staples are making a follow-up to 2010's Grammy-winning collaboration, You Are Not Alone. They were on The Colbert Report last night, joined by Sean Lennon and the Harlem Gospel Choir and performed the John Lennon // Yoko Ono tune "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)." Watch that below.
Burial is following his incredible Kindred EP, which was released earlier this year, with a new single, "Truant" b/w "Rough Sleeper" on Monday (12/17) via Hyperdub. You can now stream both of those tracks below.
Low in the studio with Jeff Tweedy
Long-running indie trio Low will release their 10th album The Invisible Way, on March 19, 2013 which will mark the band's 20th year together. The record was produced by Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, and Low's Alan Sparhawk tells how this came to be:
While driving though Chicago, on tour, we stopped finally to visit Wilco at their studio, The Loft. They had invited us to come check it out several times over the years, but this would finally be the day. It's a great place--a sea of instruments in a relaxed, open working environment. It's cool, but what really converted us was hearing the new Mavis Staples tracks they were working on: big, simple, raw, and intimate. Plans were made then and there.You can watch a video trailer for the album below. While we wait for the new album, Low have released a six-song live EP titled Plays Nice Places which was recorded at various historic theaters on the bands' April 2012 tour supporting Death Cab for Cutie. Ben Gibbard features on the EP's version of "Words" and you can download the whole thing for free (well, you have to give up your email address) below via a widget. No North American tour dates have been announced yet but there are 2013 European dates which are listed below.
We have worked with many of the great engineer/producers. Jeff Tweedy has been on our side of the microphone for over 25 years, however with engineer (and fellow Grammy winner) Tom Schick, he has of late become a formidable and eclectic producer. He spoke a language we understood, but then took us effortlessly into the mystery.
We've made many records, and you know our M.O.: slow, quiet, sometimes melancholy, and, we hope, sometimes pretty...
How is this different from any other Low record?
- Mimi sings lead on five of the eleven songs (she usually only does one or two, despite being a fan favorite).
- Piano, lots of piano... and an acoustic guitar.
- Songs about intimacy, the drug war, the class war, plain old war war, archeology, and love.
Thank you for your time again and please enjoy what we made. I think it's beautiful.
photos by Dominick Mastrangelo
Wilco at Prospect Park - 7/23/12
Wilco brought their tour, three NYC shows included, to Prospect Park last night (7/23). It was their first of two at the outdoor Celebrate Brooklyn venue and with their first of two Lees (Lee Fields and the Expressions opened last night, Lee Ranaldo Band opens tonight).
It was pouring rain and there were a few moments of big lightning above and behind the stage, but the show went on and Wilco played for over two hours. They opened their show with "Dawned on Me," one of the standouts on their 2011 (comeback?) record, The Whole Love. The band then continued with a solid mix of new ones and old favorites (and a good deal of Yankee Hotel Foxtrot). The set also included, "California Stars," one of the songs from the 1998 Mermaid Avenue album with Billy Bragg, which saw Wilco and Bragg putting unheard Woody Guthrie lyrics to original music. They play that one a lot but nonetheless, it was an appropriate time to honor the folk legend who would have turned 100 earlier this month.
During the show, Jeff Tweedy made a comment that we (Brooklyn) smelled like bacon, calling us the most bacon smelling show that he'd ever experienced. A commenter on a Wilco message board also noted that "at one point between songs he started singing a song called 'Bacon Rain.' He also made sure the rain wasn't causing anybody to chafe, and asked if anybody needed gold bond in the crowd." We're pretty sure he was smelling the fries being cooked stage right at The Farm on Adderley concession stand.
The tour continues in Prospect Park tonight (7/24). Last night, Jeff mentioned that for the people who are coming back for a second night, they'll be mixing up the setlist a bit, only playing repeats of certain songs (though it's hard to know exactly how serious he was being). After that, they'll play Terminal 5 on Wednesday (7/25) with Cibo Matto.
More pictures and the setlist from last night's show are below...
Smith Westerns at 171 Lombardy (more by Ian Perlman)
Glasslands on 1/18. Mercury Lounge on March 3rd. Knitting Factory on March 5th. These are a list of recent and future NYC shows that Smith Westerns have sold out. Now comes word of another one, this time at Bowery Ballroom on April 25th. Tickets go on AMEX presale Wednesday (2/16) at noon, and regular sale on Friday. By the way, all February and March shows (Merc and KF included) are with Unknown Mortal Orchestra who have an EP you can listen to at Bandcamp.
The Bowery Ballroom show precedes a stint of dates with fellow Chicago-ans Wilco, who so far have no NYC dates in their near future (nor does Jeff Tweedy). Check out all Wilco, Jeff Tweedy, and Smith Westerns dates along with some video below.
Mavis Staples' new Jeff Tweedy-produced ANTI-released album You Are Not Alone was released in September (it was MOJO's #12 album of the year). Mavis will continue to support that record at various shows in 2011. If you missed her on October 6th at City Winery, she returns to NYC to play the Bell House on January 18th (the same night as Prince's final MSG show). Tickets are on sale for the Brooklyn show which is being billed as "with special guests".
In March Mavis plays a series of dates with Billy Bragg right before he plays three of his own shows at City Winery.
Jeff Tweedy, like he did on the Colbert Report that same week, played with Mavis at City Winery in October. Videos from that show, Colbert and Jools Holland, with all tour dates, below...
Jeff Tweedy at Bowery Ballroom (via)
"The sound in the Bowery Ballroom was really excellent - A perfect place to see Jeff Tweedy solo. The crowd had been drinking pretty steadily for about 1 1/2 hours by the time Autumn Defense started their excellent set, and there was a lot of loud talking and a general "night out at the bar while a band plays in the background" atmosphere. John even made some snarky remarks to the tune of (not exact quotes) "Thanks for listening, the two of you" and that the Autumn Defense was a rock band "sort of", just loud enough that you could still "talk over them". This made me a bit nervous, because by the time Jeff took the stage, around 10:40, after what seemed to be an equipment issue delay, I wasn't certain that the liquored-up crowd would be able to quiet down. When Jeff first appeared, picked up his guitar and started picking the intro to Spiders, which were practically inaudible due to clapping/talking, I was even more nervous, but the crowd quieted down, and the few remaining talkers were forcefully and repeatedly shushed. Talking was not much of an issue throughout the rest of the show. At one point, Jeff thanked the crowd for being conscientious and quiet, to which somebody shouted "Should we get loud?". Jeff replied "Do you want to get loud?" to enthusiastic cheering to which he responded "Well, you came to the wrong show". Classic." [dvigs24]One night after Jeff Tweedy showed off his guest-starring abilities in honor of the Jewish holidays, the Wilco honcho performed another solo set at the sold-out Bowery Ballroom with The Autumn Defense (featuring Wilco bandmates John Stirratt and Pat Sansone). As you can see from the above picture, Stirratt & Sansone joined Tweedy on stage, assisting in the performance of "California Stars" and "I Got You" as part of the first encore. Full setlist from the Saturday night show is below.
The Autumn Defense also played the Living Room last night (12/5). How was that? Did Tweedy make another guest appearance?
Jeff Tweedy & The Autumn Defense continue their tour together and play Tarrytown Music Hall in Tarrytown, NY tonight (12/6). The show is sold-out, but there are still tickets available for Wilco member Nels Cline's Yuka Honda show at Le Poisson Rouge which is also happening tonight.
Bowery Ballroom setlist below (with some Maxwell's videos)...
words and photos by Chris Gersbeck
Yo La Tengo played their third of eight Hanukkah shows at Maxwell's on Friday night (12/3), and this was probably the most anticipated due to strong rumors of Jeff Tweedy opening which turned out to be true.
Each Yo La Tengo Hanukkah show has an associated charity, and this night's was the Elsyian Charter School of Hoboken, so the show started with twenty or so children taking the stage to perform some Yo La classics. I almost felt bad laughing (as did everyone else) when they began singing "Stockholm Syndrome", but only because it was just so adorable. After performing "Sugarcube" and "Mr. Tough", the children parted the crowd to make their exit (they really did sound great by the way), and shortly after we were treated to an intimate and absolutely beautiful set from Jeff Tweedy.
Playing Wilco classics like "I Am Trying to Break Your Heart", and rotating through Uncle Tupelo songs and covers, Tweedy's voice sounded as great as ever. The crowd was clearly filled with his fans as well; many of them were singing along throughout. After closing with a stellar and, well I'll just say it, mind-blowing rendition of "A Shot in the Arm", Tweedy thanked the crowd and promised we would see him later. And that would definitely happen...
Eugene Mirman, who has always been one of my favorite standup comics, was the comedian guest of the night. The highlight of his set included revealing his fascination with the Tea Party, his subsequent registering on a Tea Party social networking site, and his printouts of legitimate Tea Party members profile pictures from that site. My favorite being simply a photo of a machine gun laying on a carpeted floor, the owner's toes only barely visible on the bottom of the photo. Wow. Eugene's reading of his favorite tweets, accompanied with a theremin, was also a great and hilarious way to end his set.
Eugene didn't join Yo La Tengo on the stage during the show like Tweedy would, but I'm not sure many people were expecting that anyway. Tweedy in fact performed nearly the entire initial set with Yo La, pleasing the crowd with a version of Wilco's "Jesus, Etc.", Bob Dylan's "One Of Us Must Know (Sooner or Later)" and quite a few of my favorite songs from Yo La Tengo's prolific catalogue such as "Can't Forget", "The Race Is On Again", and "I Should Have Known Better". For such a small room, they really get quite a big sound.
Yo La Tengo's encore was mostly a tribute to the late Alex Chilton, who has joined them on Hanukkah in the past. After Ira Kaplan stated that some of Chilton's most notable work was with legendary punk band the Cramps, he invited Cramps' guitarist Kid Congo Powers for a couple covers of his band. Ending the night on a particularly loud note, though I probably should stop standing right next to those gigantic speakers, Yo La Tengo said "we'll see you tomorrow!" and left the stage through the crowd.
Jeff Tweedy headlined Bowery Ballroom one night later, and Yo La Tengo continue playing Hanukkah shows at Maxwell's through 12/8 (the final night of Hanukkah). More pictures and some videos from the third night, below...
Jeff Tweedy & Eugene Mirman last night (via widder_twidder)
Jeff Tweedy was in fact the opener for Yo La Tengo at Maxwell's last night (12/3). He also later joined the band as a guest. Stay tuned for a full set of pictures, but you can check out the setlist below. YLT & Jeff played Wilco songs. Who will open for Yo La Tengo tonight?
Jeff Tweedy continues his NYC-area run tonight at Bowery Ballroom with two of his Wilco bandmates, John Stirratt and Pat Sansone, in the opening band. The Autumn Defense are also playing the Living Room on Sunday which is the night off from their short tour with Jeff.
Nels Cline arrives on Monday to help celebrate Yuka Honda's 50th birthday. Nels also plays a NYC show on January 8th as part of Winter Jazzfest, and he has many other shows scheduled all over the place.
All of Jeff's tour dates, now with Boulder, CO, and last night's YLT setlist below...
Yo La Tengo @ Maxwell's (Hanukkan 2008) (more by Natasha Ryan)
Thanksgiving is not even a week past, but Hanukkah is already here and that means eight Yo La Tengo shows at Maxwell's in Hoboken. One for each night, they shed a sweet fucking setlist and opener and comedians and special guests and charities and mixtapes and who knows what. You never really know what you're going to get until it happens, but we can try and figure it out. Who will open each show?
Well, we already know The Parting Gifts are scheduled to appear on night two.
12/1 -Who else seems likely?
12/2 - The Parting Gifts & ?
12/3 - ?
12/4 - ?
12/5 - ?
12/6 - ?
12/7 - ?
12/8 - ?
The Greenhornes played Bowery Ballroom last night (11/30) and have nowhere to be until December 5th. Ted Leo kicks of a tour on 12/2, so if he's a special guest, it has to be tonight (12/1) or 12/5 (his night off). He's back in town on 12/6 to play Terminal 5 with the New Pornographers, but there's no way he could do T5 and Maxwell's in one night (and he's back on tour right after). The New Pornographers (AC Newman and Neko Case included) on the other hand have almost every single other night of Hanukkah free (and AC Newman's show with John Wesley Harding isn't until December 17th) (John Wesley Harding is free all days except 12/5).
Kurt Vile plays Knitting Factory on December 3rd and has all other days of Hanukkah off. Jeff Tweedy, John Stirratt, and Pat Sansone are playing Bowery Ballroom on 12/4 and Tarrytown on 12/6, but are free on 12/3 and 12/5. Nels Cline is in NYC on 12/6, and is free 12/7 and 12/8 (but it doesn't look like he'll be around the same time as the other members of Wilco unfortunately).
The Feelies have no conflicts or upcoming dates at all. Mission of Burma play Maxwell's and the Bell House in January, but you never know, maybe they'll come down for this too. Stornoway seems like a longshot, but they are in town on December 2nd and free 12/1, 12/6 and 12/7. Warpaint play Manhattan on 12/1, Brooklyn on 12/2, Philly on 12/3 and DC on 12/4, and then are free after that.
Titus Andronicus, who by the way are opening for Passion Pit at Wellmont Theater on 12/30, have to be in Florida to play a show with Superchunk on 12/4, but are otherwise free. Superchunk have from the time they finish that Florida show until 12/9 to get to Toronto to open for Broken Social Scene. Superchunk are next scheduled to be in NYC in March to open for Bright Eyes who recently popped up as a guest at a NYC show. Screaming Females, who opened for Yo La at Brooklyn Bowl recently, are recently home from Europe and totally free.
Jim Gaffigan is not the most likely comedian to show, but it would be a good warmup for his seven shows at Best Buy Theater. More likely are some mix of Eugene Mirman, Todd Barry, David Cross, Jon Benjamin, John Oliver, John Mulaney, Kristen Schaal, Hannibal Buress, Michael Showalter, Leo Allen, Mike Birbiglia, etc...
All the Maxwell's shows are long sold out, but Craigslist is hopping. Leave tips and more ideas in the comments. Tour dates for most of the artists mentioned in this post, below...
DOWNLOAD: The Autumn Defense - Back of My Mind (MP3)
The Autumn Defense
Jeff Tweedy isn't the only member of Wilco playing Bowery Ballroom on December 4th (TICKETS ON SALE AT NOON). The Autumn Defense are opening the show which means there will be a minimum of three Wilco members in the house that night since The Autumn Defense is a side project of both John Stirratt and Pat Sansone. They're also opening for Jeff on December 6th in Tarrytown and Dec 8th in Charlottesville.
December isn't that far away, but the Autumn Defense are also playing other shows even sooner. They release a new album called Once Around via Yep Roc on November 2nd, and they go on a tour to support the LP that same month. That trek brings them to Le Poisson Rouge in NYC on November 12th, and that night they are the headliner. Johnny Irion & Sarah Guthrie are also on the bill. Tickets are on sale.
Grab an MP3 from their new album, "Back of My Mind", above for free. All Autumn Defense tour dates below...
The Hold Steady @ MHOW in April (more by Jessica Amaya)
today in NYC
* MoMA Nights
* Sean Conly @ The Stone
* Marvin Sewell @ The Stone
* Caves, Jigglers @ Don Pedro
* Kraft @ Avery Fischer Hall
* Gil Scott Heron @ BB King's
* Miike Snow, MNDR @ Terminal 5
* Rosanne Cash: The Lyricist's Voice @ 92Y
* Women, DD/MM/YYYY @ Mercury Lounge
* Small Black (DJ set) @ Hiro Ballroom
* Stripped Stories @ UCB w/ Reggie Watts
* The Hold Steady, Wintersleep @ Beacon Theatre
* Endless Boogie, Arbouretum, Caltrop @ Union Pool
* Fountains of Wayne, Jill Sobule @ Bowery Ballroom
* Bell X1, James Vincent McMorrow @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Lost in the Trees, Midtown Dickens @ The Bell House
* The Black Swans, Matt Bauer, Malaena Cadiz @ Zebulon
* Coasting, Reading Rainbow, Night Manager @ Glasslands
* Behavior, The Babies, The Gamut, Regal Degal @ Cake Shop
* Krallice, Infernal Stronghold, Concussion @ Shea Stadium
* Lavalier, Bad Girlfriend, Pursesnatchers, Motive @ Pianos
* !!!, Onra, Pattern Is Movement @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Pierced Arrows, Ex Humans, Total Slacker @ Knitting Factory
* Val Emmich, Eytan & The Embassy, Allie Moss @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Loose Limbs, The Caufield Sisters, Submarine Bells, Family Trees @ Union Hall
* Dafna Naphtali, Gisburg, Jessica Feldman, John King, Travis Just, Nick Hallett, Fast Forward (John Cage's Song Books, Lecture on Nothing) @ Issue Project Room
Cee Lo Green's show at Irving Plaza is cancelled.
Corrosion of Conformity's show at Starland Ballroom is cancelled.
"An evening with... Squeeze's Chris Difford" at Mercury Lounge is cancelled.
Somebody was totally slacking. Openers were just added to tonight's Pierced Arrows show at Knitting Factory, and they are Total Slacker and Ex Humans.
Gorillaz are on Letterman tonight.
Mavis Staples and Jeff Tweedy were on Colbert last night. Video below...
Wilco, Feist, Beck, etc - photos by Autumn De Wilde
Wilco will play a run of 16 concerts in Eastern U.S. cities beginning in Miami, FL on March 22 and culminating in Pittsburgh, PA on April 11. The concerts are presented as "An Evening with Wilco" and will feature extended, varied sets exploring material from each of the accomplished Chicago sextet's seven studio albums. The tour includes concerts in Clearwater, Savannah, Atlanta, Durham, Richmond, Bethesda, Montclair, Providence, Boston, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, and features Wilco's first concert appearances in the cities of Scranton, PA, Concord, NH and Hartford, CT. Ticket presales for these new dates are set for Wednesday, January 6 at 10 am EST via the band's official website, Wilcoworld.net.The new set of dates are in addition to many more than 16 that were already announced, and they include two nights in a row (April 2-3) at the Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, NJ. $38.00 tickets for those shows go on general sale Friday, January 8th at 12PM via tickets.com.
All dates, and some videos that Beck posted (as part of his ongoing "Record Club") of Wilco covering Skip Spence songs with Jamie Lidell, Jeff Tweedy's son, Feist and friends, 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...
photos by Eric Townsend
Jeff Tweedy & Leslie Feist
"Some of us got to see Wilco play at Coney Island last night. I'm happy to report that they remain one of the best live acts out there, deftly combining jaw-dropping virtuosity, inventive heart-on-your-sleeve songwriting and, yes, genuine showmanship. They connect! The new material came off well, and they kept the noodle-ing to a minimum (Impossible Germany = bad, Spiders = good). Jeff Tweedy seemed to be in particularly good spirits, cracking some great jokes and reminding me of the recent NY Times interview with him" [the mockingbird blog]So, just to recap, Feist, formerly and recently of BSS, was already BFF with Grizzly Bear, and is now BFF with Wilco. This = a good thing. Feist will appear on Letterman with Wilco tonight (7/14). Last night, in Coney Island, Feist and Ed from Grizzly Bear and Yo La Tengo (who opened the show) appeared on stage with Wilco at Keyspan Park (home of the Brooklyn Cyclones which is the minor league baseball team named after the roller coaster, which is located in the same section of Brooklyn (Coney Island), and which Ed and Feist also rode while they were there).
Full setlist from the show and much more about it, HERE. The rest of the pictures and some videos, below...
"We are profoundly saddened to report that our friend died in his sleep [Sataurday] night. Jay was a beautiful human being who will be missed." [Undertow Music Collective]As the LA Times points out, Undertow released Jay Bennett's 2002 solo album, "Palace at 4 am (Part I)."
In the late '80s, Bennett founded the rock band Titanic Love Affair in Urbana, Ill., which lasted into the mid-'90s. He was best known for his seven years in adventurous rock act Wilco. Bennett split from the Chicago-based group in 2001, and since his departure had been pursuing a solo career, as well as operating Pieholden Suite Sound - named after a song on Wilco's 1999 album "Summerteeth" -- in Champaign , Ill.Videos below...
Bennett released the solo effort "Whatever Happened I Apologize" via the Web late last year, and reported at that time that he was pursuing "another" master's degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Yet it was Bennett's time in Wilco that won him the most acclaim.
He had a not-so-amicable split from the band in 2001, which was documented in the 2002 film "I Am Trying to Break Your Heart" and Greg Kot's book "Wilco: Learning How to Die." He did, however, play a major role in the band as a writer, producer and musician. The orchestrated pop of "Summerteeth" further stripped Wilco of its country-rock roots, and 2002's "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot" saw the band move into more atmospheric territory.
Bennett was asked to leave the group before "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot" was released, and his relationship with Wilco leader Jeff Tweedy remained strained. In early May of this year, Bennett filed suit against his former band mate for breach of contract stemming from his participation in "I Am Trying to Break Your Heart." Bennett was seeking damages in excess of $50,000, according to court papers. [LA Times]
photos by Graeme Flegenheimer
"From the moment you set foot inside the main gate at the Fair Grounds Race Course, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is like a music and food lover's "Choose Your Own Adventure" novel, with nearly every option inciting pure sonic and culinary bliss. A morning beignet in the Gospel Tent with Arthur Clayton & Purposely Anointed? A lazy afternoon perked up by some Crawfish Monica and the Drive-By Truckers joined by Booker T? How about a stroll to the Gentilly Stage for the sounds of Spoon and the Dirty Dozen horns, stopping for a quick bowl of gumbo along the way? Etta James and a Soft Shell Crab Po-Boy, anyone? All signs point to yes...Jazz Fest ran from April 24-26 & April 30-May 3 at the Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans, LA. More pictures from the first weekend of the festival below...
...Now in its 40th year, the 2009 edition of Jazz Fest continues to ramp up post-Hurricane Katrina, expanding to its full complement of 12 stages, up from nine last year, and seven days, up from six in recent years. The event's first of two weekends boasted music from nearly 200 acts, including the likes of Dave Matthews Band, Crescent City native Wynton Marsalis and his Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Joe Cocker, Erykah Badu, James Taylor, Earth Wind and Fire, Pete Seeger, Hugh Masekela, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Etta James and many more." [All About Jazz]
photos by Eric Townsend
"Hudson River Sloop Clearwater's sold out "Spring Splash" benefit concert on Saturday night [March 28] at Beacon High School, Beacon, NY, was a big success, raising tens of thousands of dollars for the organization's education and environmental action programs. The concert, which featured Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy in a rare solo acoustic setting, also included a special encore with Clearwater founder Pete Seeger and his grandson Tao Rodriguez-Seeger.Believe it or not, I never posted this beautiful photo set from the Tweedy/Seager show that happened on March 28th, so what better day to finally do it, than on Pete's 90th birthday. Happy birthday Pete. Wish I could be at MSG tonight. More pictures from the Beacon show, and Jeff's setlist, below...
Pete Seeger opened the show with Dan Einbender, Clearwater's Tideline Discovery Program Director, and together they led a chorus of fourth graders from Beacon's J. V. Forrestal Elementary School known as "The Kids From Room 12" in a rousing set of songs about protecting the Hudson River and other cause-related issues.
Tweedy performed for more than an hour and a half, delighting the capacity crowd of a thousand people, many of them ardent fans, with his music and storytelling. Several of Tweedy's songs led to impromptu sing-a-longs, and he finished his show by singing two songs at the lip of the stage without any amplification, a salute to another environmental cause, Earth Hour, which was taking place nationally on Saturday night.
"This great night for Clearwater exemplifies what we do best: raise awareness and inspire people to take action," said Jeff Rumpf, executive director of Clearwater. "We're presently working on our 'Next Generation Legacy Project' to create new green leaders and achieve the sustainable future we need, and the proceeds from this concert will go toward this effort."
This is a banner year for Clearwater, as the organization celebrates the 40th anniversary of the sloop Clearwater, the 90th birthday of Seeger and the Quadricentennial of Henry Hudson's historic voyage up the river that bears his name. Also, on May 3 [today] there will be a star-studded tribute concert honoring Seeger at Madison Square Garden in New York City, and Clearwater will host its annual Great Hudson River Revival music and environmental festival on June 20 and 21 at Croton Point Park, Croton-on-Hudson, NY with headliners Susan Tedeschi, Arlo Guthrie, Richie Havens and "newgrass" sensations Old Crow Medicine Show"
[Clearwater Press Release]