Entries tagged with: Jeff Tweedy

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Wilco

Wilco are currently celebrating their 20th anniversary as a band with What's Your 20? Essential Tracks 1994-2014 and Alpha Mike Foxtrot: Rare Tracks 1994-2014 (4-LP Set) (both due 11/17 via Nonesuch), and a tour. The band were just in the NYC-area for a 3-night run at Capitol Theatre and an appearance on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" (10/28) where they played "Cars Can't Escape" and "Magazine Called Sunset," and Jeff Tweedy acted in a Charades skit.

The Capitol Theatre run kicked off that same night (10/28) and continued on 10/29 and 10/30. None of the three shows had any repeats in the setlists (except a cover of Doug Sahm's "Give Back The Key To My Heart" on nights 1 and 3) and spanned their entire career with just a few covers thrown in, like The Grateful Dead's "Ripple" (video below). We caught night 2 and have a set of pictures from that one. More, with all three setlists and the 'Fallon' videos, below...

Continue reading "Wilco played 'Fallon' & three nights at Capitol Theatre with no repeats (pics, videos, setlists)"

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Tweedy @ BAM 9/23/2014
Jeff Tweedy
Jeff Tweedy

"The first time I said 'New York,' I got a big cheer," remarked a chatty Jeff Tweedy last night (9/23) at BAM's Howard Gillman Opera House. "The second time I did it...you all felt a bit silly, didn't you? Shall we try it again?" A receptive and vocal crowd and game performer made for an enjoyable night as Jeff and son Spencer made their NYC debut as Tweedy who just released their first album. The Tweedy set came first, complete with Lucius' Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig on backing vocals, and then Jeff stayed out for a long set of songs from throughout his career, plus a lot of funny crowd interactions. For the finale, the Tweedy band came back out for a few covers and ended with "California Stars" from Wilco & Billy Bragg's Mermaid Avenue with Nels Cline coming out to join them. Pictures, setlist and BAM's archived video stream are all in this post.

Opening the night, part of BAM's Next Wave Fest and Nonesuch Records 50th Anniversary celebrations, were Brooklyn's Hospitality who were back to a trio, at least for this show. Pics from their set, and more of Tweedy, below...

Continue reading "Tweedy played BAM with Hospitality (pics, setlist, video)"

Jeff & Spencer Tweedy at ACL taping in June (more by Tim Griffin)
Tweedy

Tweedy, the new project of Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy and his 18-year old son Spencer who are releasing an album this year, will make their NYC debut on September 23 at the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House. Tickets are on presale now. In addition to Tweedy performing songs off their upcoming LP, Jeff will also play a solo acoustic set of Wilco songs.

Check out the setlist and photos from his June ACL TV taping (and stay tuned for that recording to also premiere on TV).

All of Jeff's and Wilco's dates are listed, with a Tweedy video, below...

Continue reading "Jeff Tweedy touring, his band w/ his son Spencer making NYC debut at BAM (dates)"

Caveman at Webster Hall in 2013 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Caveman

NYC indie rockers Caveman, who headlined Webster Hall last year, announced a last-minute, significantly more intimate hometown show happening this Monday (7/21) at The Bowery Electric. Support comes from Icewater and Future of What. Doors are at 7:30 PM and admission is $10 at the door, first come, first served.

The band's only other upcoming date at the moment is the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion (9/19-21) in Bristol, TN/VA with Emmylou Harris, Jeff Tweedy, Sturgill Simpson, David Grisman, White Denim and many more.

Jeff Tweedy and his son Spencer
Jeff Tweedy

Happy Father's Day to all the fathers out there (and make sure to call your dad!). In recent dad news, Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy has teamed up with his 18-year old son Spencer to release an album under the name Tweedy. The album, called Sukierae, comes out September 16 via Wilco's dBpm label. The band recently debuted twelve new songs at New York's Mountain Jam festival, and thanks to NYC Taper, you can listen to the full set (which also includes some Wilco and Uncle Tupelo songs) below. Also below is a video from the band's live debut in Detroit, and a stream of the studio version of "I'll Sing It" which features guest vocals from Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig of Lucius.

One of the songs played at Mountain Jam was "Summer Noon," a track Jeff is contributing to the soundtrack of the new Richard Linklater film, Boyhood. Also on that soundtrack is Arcade Fire, Flaming Lips, Vampire Weekend, The Hives, Cat Power, Yo La Tengo, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, and more. Tracklist below.

Tweedy have more tour dates coming up, including Taste of Chicago and Newport Folk Festival. All dates are listed, with those streams and video, below...

Continue reading "Jeff Tweedy releasing an album with his son Spencer, played new songs at Mountain Jam (listen), on 'Boyhood' soundtrack"

Valerie June in Austin last night, 5/28/14 (more by Tim Griffin)
Valerie

The annual upstate NY jam band festival Mountain Jam returns from June 5-8 on Hunter Mountain with The Allman Brothers, Bob Weir & RatDog, Gov't Mule, Dark Star Orchestra, Jeff Tweedy, Jonathan Wilson, Valerie June, Blizten Trapper and many more. Since we last spoke, the schedule was released which you can check out on Mountain Jam's site.

If you're not making it out to Hunter Mountain this year but still want to experience the fest, you can watch the live webcast (powered by Tourpedo and TourGigs) from the comfort of your own home (plus you'll get to shower every night).

The Decemberists on 'Parks & Rec'
Decemberists

The 6th season finale of Parks and Recreation aired last night, and as was announced, the episode featured appearances from The Decemberists, Ginuwine, Letters to Cleo, Yo La Tengo and Wilco's Jeff Tweedy.

The musicians were on the show to play the Pawnee/Eagleton Unity Concert. The Decemberists, Ginuwine, and Letters to Cleo performed as themselves, while Yo La Tengo were performing as fictional band Bobby Knight Ranger, and Jeff Tweedy (as we learned in the last episode) was fronting a reunion set from fictional band Land Ho!. Without giving away too many spoilers, there were some surprise Pawnee locals performing too.

Watch the full episode below (concert starts at 22:28)...

Continue reading "Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, Yo La Tengo, Letters to Cleo, Ginuwine & The Decemberists performed on 'Parks & Recreation' (watch)"

Aziz in a Daft Punk helmet
Daft Punk

Last night (4/3) was a good night for music on TV. Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy made an appearance on Portlanda (as announced), where he records a new song in the studio as Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein question the authenticity of his song. Watch the very funny video of that (via Stereogum) below. This follows St. Vincent's appearance on Portlandia, and as you may know, Jeff Tweedy is among the musicians set to appear on the season 6 finale of Parks & Recreation.

Speaking of Parks & Recreation, on last night's episode Tom Haverford (Aziz Ansari), in one of his usual disputes with Ben Wyatt (Adam Scott) -- this time over DJing a prom together -- tells Ben he "is now working with DJ Rumbodrop" and proceeds to put on a Daft Punk helmet. You can watch that clip below too.

Continue reading "VIDEOS: Jeff Tweedy on 'Portlandia,' Aziz Ansari in a Daft Punk helmet on 'Parks & Rec' (watch)"

by Bill Pearis

St. Vincent on Portlandia...
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Portlandia is no stranger to indie rock guest stars, and St. Vincent is no stranger to Portlandia, having appeared on the IFC comedy series a few times, most recently this past week's episode. On it Annie Clark plays a singer who must endure exhausting know-it-all Ghavin the "studio guy" (Fred Armisen), who quizes her about her gear and tries to one-up her at every move. (He also annoyed Jack White in S3.) You can watch that (via Stereogum) plus a clip from earlier this season where Carrie Brownstein explains hip hop to Fred, below.

This week's episode of Portlandia features guest appearances by Maya Rudolph and Wilco singer Jeff Tweedy (who is going to be on Parks & Recreation too). It airs Thursday (4/3) at 10 PM EST.

In other news, St. Vincent just got remixed by Darkside. Portlandia video clips below...

Continue reading "watch Fred Armisen annoy St. Vincent on 'Portlandia'"

Ron Swanson & Colin Meloy (via Nick Offerman Twitter)
Ron Colin

The season 6 finale of Parks and Recreation airs on April 24, and executive producer Michael Schur has told The A.V. Club that the episode will have some pretty big name musical guests. Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, Yo La Tengo, The Decemberists, Ginuwine and Letters to Cleo will all appear, but not all of them will play themselves. Jeff Tweedy will be playing the former lead singer of a band called Land Ho!, and Yo La Tengo will play Bobby Knight Ranger, a Night Ranger cover band. You may remember that Ginuwine is "Donna's cousin," and Ben Wyatt is a pretty big Letters to Cleo fan.

Watch the clip of Tom learning Ginuwine is Donna's cousin below...

Continue reading "Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, Yo La Tengo, The Decemberists, Letters to Cleo & Ginuwine to appear on 'Parks & Rec' season 6 finale"

Jeff Tweedy w/ Wilco in 2013 (more by PSquared)
Jeff Tweedy

Upstate, NY jam band festival Mountain Jam is returning this year from June 5 - 8 at Hunter Mountain, and though they've got the usual jammy suspects (Bob Weir & Ratdog, Gov't Mule, Tedeschi Trucks Band, etc), as always, there's other stuff too like Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy, Damien Marley, Jonathan Wilson, Valerie June, Blitzen Trapper, Antibalas, Treetop Flyers, Lucius, Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger and more. Tickets for the fest are on sale now.

Full lineup (one more headliner TBA) below...

Continue reading "Jeff Tweedy, Damien Marley, Jonathan Wilson, Valerie June, Antibalas & more playing Mountain Jam 2014 (lineup)"

by Bill Pearis

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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...

Continue reading "Veruca Salt reform w/ original line-up, working on new LP, playing streaming benefit show (line-up also includes St. Vincent, Jeff Tweedy, Fred Armisen & more)"

Autumn Defense

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...

Continue reading "The Autumn Defense releasing a new LP, touring; Jeff Tweedy touring too (dates & streams)"

White Denim in LA last week (more by Chris Tuite)
White Denim

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...

Continue reading "White Denim -- new LP stream & 2014 tour dates"

Justin Vernon w/ Bon Iver in Austin in 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
Bon Iver

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)
Jim James

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...

Continue reading "Bob Dylan on tour, joined by Jeff Tweedy & Jim James (watch), covered by Justin Vernon & The Blind Boys of Alabama (listen)"

photos by Tracy Allison

Dawes @ T5 - 6/22/13
Dawes

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 & Rope

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...

Continue reading "Dawes & Shovels & Rope played T5 & other shows, playing many more (pics, video, setlist & more tour dates)"

photos by PSquared Photography

Wilco w/ Tommy Stinson // Wilco w/ Yo La Tengo
Wilco
Wilco

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...

Continue reading "Wilco played a covers set (Yo La Tengo, Replacements, Daft Punk, VU, Beatles & more) at Solid Sound (pics, videos, setlist)"

photos by Chris Graham

Mavis Staples @ Beale Street Music Fest
Beale Street Music Fest

Earlier this month, soul legend Mavis Staples made her way over to Memphis for the Beale Street Music Festival, which she played day 2 (5/4) of. Pictures and a video of her set are in this post.

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...

Continue reading "Mavis Staples played Beale St, playing Prospect Park before Clearwater, releasing new Jeff Tweedy-produced LP (pics, dates)"

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Sleigh Bells @ Pitchfork 2012 (more by Chase Turner)
Sleigh Bells

The Men @ Pitchfork 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
The Men

TPOBPAH @ Bowery Ballromm, 9/19/2011 (more by Diana Wong)
TPOBPAH

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.

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Low in the studio with Jeff Tweedy
Low

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.

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.

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.

Continue reading "Low released free live EP, readying new Jeff Tweedy-produced album (dates, streams)"

photos by Dominick Mastrangelo

Wilco at Prospect Park - 7/23/12
Wilco

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...

Continue reading "Wilco and Lee Fields played Prospect Park (pics, setlist)"

Smith Westerns at 171 Lombardy (more by Ian Perlman)
Smith Westerns

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.

Continue reading "Smith Westerns add NYC show before Wilco tour (dates)"

Mavis Staples

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...

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Jeff Tweedy at Bowery Ballroom (via)
Jeff Tweedy at Bowery Ballroom

"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)...

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words and photos by Chris Gersbeck

Yo La Tengo

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...

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