Entries tagged with: Joseph Arthur
Joseph Arthur has a new album, titled Days of Surrender, which will be out later this year. He's released a video for "If I Could I'd Get Out" and an album sampler which you can check out below.
After playing a short West Coast tour with Jill Sobule, Joseph Arthur will be back on the East Coast where he'll play the NYC-area's Clearwater Festival and then begins a summer residency at NYC's City Winery He currently has shows booked for June 27 and August 26, though if it's billed as a "summer residency," it doesn't seem unlikely that more will be added. Tickets are currently on VinoFile presale and will be available to the general public soon. All tour dates are listed below...
by Bill Pearis
Last night was the David Byrne tribute show at Carnegie Hall which brought out a host of cool musicians to perform songs by Talking Heads and other Byrne songs. This was the 11th annual tribute show at Carnegie, which are produced by City Winery's Michael Dorf and benefit NYC music education programs. The show was over two and a half hours long and ended with the man himself marching down the aisles with a marching band, covering Mark Ronson's "Uptown Funk." If you thought that Carnegie Hall might be the one place you'd never hear that song, you were wrong (video below), and it was a joyous capper to a very fun night.
The night opened with the Little Kids Rock band (one of the charities these shows fund) covering "Stay Up Late" which was appropriate for this School Night and they brought endless enthusiasm to the Little Creatures song. For such dance-friendly music as Byrne's, Carnegie Hall is maybe not the best venue (percussion/low end suffers in that room), but we all made do and there were some great performances. Esperanza Spalding took on another Little Creatures song, "Road to Nowhere," and brought some New Orleans funk and soul to the chorus; Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top gave "Houses in Motion" boogie and twang (not to mention endless cool), and he also added a mean guitar solo to Steve Earle's take on "A Million Miles Away."
Amanda Palmer w/ Alexis Krauss, Glen Hansard, Antibalas
"I didn't think about being eight months pregnant when I agreed to do this song," admitted a very showing Amanda Palmer, adding "The lyrics take on new meaning." Palmer, with help from Jherek Bischoff, took on "Once in a Lifetime" and she brought her cranked-to-11 personality and stage presence to that. She also brought Alexis Krauss of Sleigh Bells for Don't Look Back style cue-carding and Glen Hansard on backing vocals. Krauss did a fine job handing "Life During Wartime" (and talked a little about being a NYC schoolteacher) and Hansard performed a stripped down version of "Girlfriend is Better."
It wasn't until late in the show that the crowd all finally jumped to its feet, thanks to Sharon Jones who delivered a knockout performance of "Psycho Killer." The crowd stayed up for Santigold, backed by her flygirl dancers, who did "Burning Down the House." Then Cee-Lo, maybe a weird choice for this, came out for "Take Me to the River," taking out the Talking Heads jitteriness and putting back some of the smooth Al Green. (In a velvet garb, he also looked a giant Shar-Pei.) Then the marching band (which seems to be Byrne's new obsession) hit. Full performer/setlist rundown and pictures from Carnegie Hall are in this post.
The party kept going later that night at City Winery (where they had rehearsals the night before) which featured Malian band Songhoy Blues whose amazing energy definitely primed the crowd for the fun and very loose set by Antibalas who were the backing band at the tribute show. (The free wine and beer added a lot to the looseness of everyone onstage or off.) They performed a few of the songs that were done earlier in the night, including an extended version of "Crosseyed and Painless," but the highlight was an improvised number by Sharon Jones that was a little like "Land of a Thousand Dances" but in her own style, and she also battled on the congas with Antibalas frontman Amayo. As much fun as the tribute was, that will be the moment I remember from the night. A short instagram video of that, plus more pics, video and the setlist from Carnegie, below.
peeps chillin' on the Hudson at Clearwater 2014 (more by Chris La Putt)
Croton, NY's annual two-day folk fest Clearwater Festival returns this year from June 20-21. The initial lineup has been announced, including Neko Case, The Felice Brothers, Guster, Ani DiFranco, Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, The Blind Boys of Alabama, The Lone Bellow, Los Lobos, Tom Paxton, Bettye LaVette, Joseph Arthur, The Felice Brothers, The Mavericks and more, plus still more TBA. Tickets are on sale now, and children 12 and under get in for free.
Full initial lineup below...
Joseph Arthur's had a busy year -- he released a Lou Reed tribute album, played shows with Afghan Whigs and more. He's got a couple NY-area shows coming up in the next month. He'll play Monclair, NJ's Unitarian Universalist Church on December 12 (tickets) where he'll be resurrecting his "Ballad of the Boogie Christ" show. Then he'll be doing his now fifth-annual New Year's Day show at City Winery which is with Chuck Prophet (who was just touring with John Murry). Tickets are on sale now.
In other Joseph Arthur tribute news, he also wrote a tribute to Robin Williams who we lost back in August. You can listen to that below...
Brooklyn band Milagres released their second album, Violent Light, via Kill Rock Stars this past spring. They've released a new single from the record, the gently anthemic "Terrifying Sea," which makes its premiere in this post. Check it out below.
Milagres have a couple live dates on their horizon, including one at Rough Trade NYC on September 24. Jesse Marchant and Basic Shapes open the show and tickets are on sale now. They'll also play Cincinnati's Midpoint Music Festival on September 27.
The three-day Ohio fest also features Afghan Whigs, Real Estate, Panda Bear, OK Go, Joseph Arthur, Ex Hex and lots more. Full 2014 Midpoint Music Festival lineup is listed, plus the new Milagres video, below...
Afghan Whigs @ Brooklyn Bowl in May (more by PSquared)
Afghan Whigs are reissuing their classic 1993 album Gentlemen on October 28. Rechristened Gentlemen at 21, it includes the demos for the album and well as the b-sides from singles. The album will be reissued on remastered vinyl (single disc), with a special three-LP version for Record Store Day Black Friday (11/28). Tracklist below.
Meanwhile, Afghan Wigs have added a Brooklyn show to their upcoming tour, playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 5 with Joseph Arthur, which is one day after their Beacon Theatre show with Charles Bradley. Tickets for the MHOW show go on sale Friday (9/12) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (9/10) at noon. You can still get tickets for the Beacon show, too.
Updated dates are listed below...
a masked Joseph Arthur w/ RNDM (more by Sachyn Mital)
Joseph Arthur will pay tribute to one of his friends and influences, Lou Reed, who passed away last year, with a tribute album, Lou, due out on May 13 via Vanguard Records. The album will feature covers of tracks from throughout Lou's career, including "Walk on the Wild Side," "Heroin," "Pale Blue Eyes," "Coney Island Baby," and eight others. Watch the video for his "Walk on the Wild Side" cover, along with the LP artwork and tracklist, below. The liner notes of the album contain a message from Jo -- here's an excerpt:
It's odd dancing around death, odder still if the death you are dancing around is that of a legend. You just never know what's appropriate and what's not, what to share and what to keep inside. There is no blueprint. I loved Lou and we were friends. The last thing I would want to do is turn his life into an opportunity, but at the same time, what better way to honor the man and his music than to celebrate it and sing it and record it?You can read the rest of the message below.
Jo will also be going on a "Lou" tour from late April through late May, including a stop in NYC on May 8 at City Winery. Tickets for that show are on sale now. As previously mentioned, he also plays the BRIC House on Saturday (3/29) in NYC (tickets).
All dates are listed, with the video, artwork, tracklist, and message from Jo, below...
San Fermin at LPR in September (more by Amanda Hatfield)
We just told you about that Milli Vanilli opera that is being staged as a work-in-progress this month at BRIC House, the multipurpose venue/studio/learning center from the folks behind Celebrate Brooklyn! (who just announced their 2014 opening show). BRIC House just announced their spring events lineup and that includes concerts by San Fermin (March 28), Kaki King & Glowing Pictures (March 6), Harriet Tubman & Cassandra Wilson Present: Black Sun (March 16), Joseph Arthur (March 29) and Les Nubians (February 14).
The space will also be hosting "BRIC House Parties," a monthly Saturday series that will be all-day, all-ages events, with free family activities in the day and ticketed dance parties at night. The first one is February 8 with CHERYL / Bushwig, then on March 8 it's with Ralph McDaniels' Video Music Box, Special Ed and special guests; and then April 12 features AndrewAndrew and Neon Indian.
Tickets to all the above concerts and parties are on sale now. BRIC House's full schedule of Spring 2014 events, performances and classes is listed below...
Kaki King at Mercury Lounge in 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The New York Guitar Festival is returning to various NYC venues this year from January 10 to January 30. It features a number of shows, including Nels Cline at Drama League Theater Center (1/18), Fred Frith meets Nels Cline at SubCulture (1/18), Ben Monder and others at Drama League Theater Center (1/19), Marc Ribot and Chris Eldridge at Merkin Concert Hall (1/21), Badi Assad and Kaki King at Merkin Concert Hall (1/23), Toubab Krewe and Joseph Arthur at Merkin Concert Hall (1/30), and more. Tickets for each paid show (some are free) are available at venue websites. Head to NY Guitar Fest's site for appropriate links and more details.
Full schedule below...
R.E.M. at MSG in 2008 (more by Eric M. Townsend)
Singer/songwriter/poet/painter Joseph Arthur, who wrote a Michael Stipe-approved song featuring Peter Buck of R.E.M. last year, is now teaming up with another R.E.M. member, bassist Mike Mills, for an upcoming tour. Joseph and Mike will be joined by drummer Bill Dobrow and will head out across the US and Canada at the end of this month through late December. Joseph comes to NYC for a show on New Year's Day (1/1) at City Winery with Bobby Bare Jr., but Mike Mills hasn't been announced to be with Jo at that one. Tickets for the NYC show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
The tour is in support of The Ballad of Boogie Christ Act 2, the second installment of Jo's planned trilogy, which is due out on November 29, aka Record Store Day Black Friday. The first part came out this past June. You can check out a KEXP session of Joseph performing "The Ballad of Boogie Christ" below.
In related news, at Peter Buck's Athens, GA show at 40 Watt Club last Thursday (11/14), he brought out fellow founding R.E.M. members Mike Mills and Bill Berry (who left the band in 1997) to perform the band's 1984 single "(Don't Go Back To) Rockville" off their sophomore LP, Reckoning, an almost-reunion after calling it a day in 2011. Michael Stipe was in fact in the audience, but sticking to the band's insistence to not reunite, chose not to join his former bandmates on stage.
In other R.E.M. news, Athens, GA restaurant Weaver D's Delicious Fine Foods, the inspiration for the Automatic for the People title is closing this month after over 27 years of business. Reports Eater.com:
Weaver's catchphrase "Automatic for the People" became the title of rock band R.E.M.'s blockbuster 1992 album. R.E.M. hails from Athens and were frequent customers. Weaver told the LA Times in 2003 that R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe stopped by the restaurant with an attorney to seek permission to use the phrase as the album title. Weaver agreed in exchange for "a pretty good amount" of money in a deal, not knowing R.E.M.'s fame. After the release of the album, Weaver said his "life changed." A beloved institution, Weaver D's will certainly be missed.Check out a video of the Buck's performance with Mills and Berry, along with the list of Joseph Arthur dates and KEXP video, below...
still from 'Reflektor 9/9/9'
Yesterday, we posted that Arcade Fire would be premiering a new single on September 9 at 9 PM from their upcoming album (due out 10/29 via Merge). The band have just updated their website with another cryptic video titled "Reflektor 9/9/9." Watch it below.
In related news, you may remember that back in 2010 Peter Gabriel released a covers album, Scratch My Back, which featured him covering tracks by Arcade Fire, Bon Iver, Lou Reed, David Byrne, Paul Simon, and more. He's now set to release its sequel, And I'll Scratch Yours, where those artists return the favor by covering Peter Gabriel songs. The album will be out on September 23 via Real World. Check out the tracklist below.
Joseph Arthur has been working on a new album, minus a few van hiccups, for a while now and has just recently dished the details. The record is called The Ballad of Boogie Christ, will be out June 11 and is being funded in part via Pledgemusic campaign. Says Joseph:
Boogie Christ is unlike anything I've ever done before. It's a big production with horns and soul singers; a psychedelic soul record about redemption and what happens after you find it and lose it. It all came from words and poems like seeds that bloomed into songs which themselves fathered some of the richest music I've made in 17 years of putting together records."You can watch a video for "Saint Of Impossible Causes" and stream another track, "All the Old Heroes," below.
by Bill Pearis
Anyone whose gone to see a Joseph Arthur show knows the guy is an artist as well as a musician, as he paints, live on stage, as part of his shows. (Or at least they did, I haven't seen him play in a while.) Folks in NYC can check out some of his work at Chelsea's Able Fine Art NY Gallery (511 West 25th St., Suite 507) at an exhibition that opens today (3/26) and runs through April 16, with the opening reception happening Thursday (3/28, 6 - 8 PM).
While working on a new album and keeping a close eye on his van, Joseph Arthur's next NYC show is June 13 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets to that show go on sale Friday (3/29) at noon. No other tour dates have been announced.
fun. play Hudson River Park on July 22 with Tegan & Sara and tickets go on AmEx presale today at noon with a regular on-sale on happening Friday at noon.
Joseph Arthur & Martha Wainwright play City Winery on Friday (2/8) and tickets are still available.
Ian Hunter plays City Winery on February 8 and 9 and tickets are still available to those shows.
Onetime J. Geills singer Peter Wolf plays City Winery on February 23 and 24 (rescheduled from Hurricane Sandy) and tickets are still available for that show too.
Poundcake, featuring Teddy Thompson, Jeff Hill and Ethan Eubanks, play City Winery on February 25 and tickets are still available.
Preservation Hall Jazz Band play City Winery on February 28 and tickets are on sale now.
Booker T. plays City Winery on March 4 and tickets to that show are on sale now.
Country legends The Oak Ridge Boys play City Winery on March 11 and tickets are on sale now.
Martin Sexton will be at City Winery on March 29 and 30 and tickets to those shows are on sale now.
The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion released a new album, Meat and Bone, this year and we spoke to drummer Russell Simins to see what his favorite albums of the year were. There is some new stuff there, but a good chunk of the list is made up of reissues and uncovered lost recordings, and he's got some really interesting inclusions. Check out his full list below.
As mentioned, the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion will play a WFMU benefit (to help WFMU recover from Sandy damages) in NYC on January 13 at The Bell House with Jonathan Toubin, legendary Texas gospel funk group The Relatives (who also play Joe's Pub a day later with Debo Band), Dot Wiggin, and Di Dionyso. Tickets for that show are still available.
Russell's list below...
My Morning Jacket will join Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Joseph Arthur, Nicole Atkins, River City Extension, Tangiers Blues Band and special guests for a Hurricane Sandy Benefit at Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park, NJ on January 2, 2013:
"Following Hurricane Katrina, the response from around the world was overwhelming," say Ben Jaffe, creative director of Preservation Hall Jazz Band. "Now it's our time to give back to a devastated community where many of our friends, family and supporters call home. In New Orleans, we turn to our music during hard times. It offers us hope and the feeling that things will be better. We are doing what we always do during hard times: celebrate life. Hopefully this will bring some joy to the residents of the devastated region at a time of great heartache."Proceeds from the show will benefit multiple Jersey Shore-related charities, including Coastal Habitat for Humanity, The Food Bank of Monmouth/Ocean Counties, Waves for Water, Food For Thought By The Sea, and RebuildRecover. In addition, MMJ will donate a portion of every ticket sold to their upcoming shows at Capitol Theatre in Port Chester and in Boston at Agganis Arena to charity as well.
Nicole Atkins is also trying to raise money for Neptune City with a new track.
Jim James track is below.
photos by Sachyn Mital
RNDM at Bowery Ballroom - 11/8/12
RNDM, the new project of Jeff Ament of Pearl Jam, Joseph Arthur, and Seattle scene mainstay Richard Stuverud, kicked off their tour with David Garza in Brooklyn earlier this month and after making their way through DC, Philly, and Boston, they returned to NYC for a show at Bowery Ballroom this past Thursday (11/8). The tour continues in Chicago tonight and makes its way out to the west coast by the end of the month.
More pictures and some videos from the Bowery Ballroom show below.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
RNDM at Music Hall of Williamsburg - 11/2/12
Alt rock supergroup RNDM (aka Jeff Ament of Pearl Jam, Joseph Arthur, and Seattle scene mainstay Richard Stuverud) released their debut album, Acts, last week (10/30) and kicked off their tour in support of the album in Brooklyn on Friday (11/2) at Music Hall of Williamsburg, a show which was fortunately unaffected by the hurricane. Pictures from that show are in this post.
For Ament, RNDM has been part of maintaining his writing and recording momentum while Pearl Jam continues to work on the follow up to "Backspacer." "If I had my druthers, we'd go in the studio every three months," Ament says. "It's just what I love. There really is a certain magic that happens when you're in the studio. And it's important in life to feel that magic, to feel that there is something greater moving all this along." [Billboard]The tour continues and comes back to NYC for a show on Thursday (11/8) at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show are still available. Like he did at Music Hall of Williamsburg, David Garza is supporting on all dates.
More pictures, including some of the setlist, a video from Friday's show, and RNDM's new animated video for "Throw You To the Pack" (created by Arthur), below...
The Greg Dulli-curated ATP NY is this weekend (9/21 - 9/23) and organizers just released the schedule which you can check out below. Music (and comedy on Friday) happens on two stages with films, talks and bingo taking place on the Queen of Hearts boat which is docked just nearby. If you're wondering, Frank Ocean is at 11:45 PM on Friday. Also, Chavez dropped and and have been replaced by JEFF the Brotherhood (Sat. 9/22 7 PM).
DOWNLOAD: Joseph Arthur - Where is My Van? (MP4)
Still from "Where is My Van?" video
So after all this I got my van back!We're glad this all worked out for Joseph Arthur who got his van back (which had been towed and sold by the City of New York) thanks in part to civil rights lawyer Ron Kuby. In hopes of recovering some of the costs to get his van and his contents back from the person who bought it (for a grand), Joseph is performing a fundraiser show at City Winery on October 21 which is apparently already sold out (at least that's what the website says), but if you'd like to contribute to the fund, you can purchase a "Where Is My Van?" t-shirt from Joseph's webiste. You can also catch Joseph at ATP NY this month, and at the other dates which are listed below.
I can't thank y'all enough for your support and help.
It cost plenty, but I'm very happy to have my art and my gear back.
Jose (the guy who had it) drove a hard bargain (Ron calls it a sort of hold up)
and sold it all back to me for $5,500 after he paid a grand for it,
but I'm trying to keep it in perspective,
Things like this can't be measured strictly with numbers
and the life lessons it taught were of greater value than the dollars and cents.
The main one being the support I got from all of you.
Along with the people,whom without I never would have gotten it back,
Ron, Vic, Lea, Carla, Julie, Peter, Kraig, Ehud and Spencer - THANK YOU!
The list goes on, but now I need to search this four wheel goliath for my tarot cards and try to catch new dreams.
Thanks again everyone and I hope to see you down the road.
I'll be the one driving a van more famous than me.
As you may have heard, Joseph wrote a song, "Where is My Van?," that you can download above. He also made a video for the song, featuring Peter Buck of R.E.M., that Michael Stipe has called "The best music video since Sinead O'Connor's 'Nothing Compares 2 U.'" You can watch it below. We can only hope Joseph will write a follow-up single, "My Van Was in the Bronx."
Speaking of Michael Stipe, earlier today he expressed his dissatisfaction with Fox News.
Van video is below
Joseph Arthur at Bowery Ballroom in May (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Joseph Arthur, who recently had his van towed and then sold by the City of New York (read Joseph's note on that here), has written a song about in the incident called, "Where Is My Van." (It's pretty catchy, but it's no Sammy Johns.) The song was written with Kraig Jarret Johnson, who is a member of The Lonley Astronauts with Joseph, and the two just performed it at Joseph's City Winery show on Monday (8/27) with help from Peter Buck (of R.E.M.). You can watch a video of them performing it at that show and listen to a studio recording of the song below.
RNDM is the new project of Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament, singer/songwriter Joseph Arthur (who played City Winery last night [8/27]), and Seattle scene drummer Richard Stuverud, who was previously in the band Three Fish with Jeff Ament. RNDM will release an album titled Acts on October 30, and you can stream one of its tracks, "Modern Times," over at Rolling Stone.
RNDM will support their new album with a tour this November, which kicks off in Brooklyn on November 2 at Music Hall of Williamsburg and comes back to NYC on November 8 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for both of those shows went on sale today (8/28) at noon.
Speaking of Pearl Jam, they play Philly's Made In America Festival this weekend (9/2).
Speaking of Joseh Artuhur, he recently posted a long twitter update to the case of his van which was seized and auctioned by NYC last week. His story and a list of the equipment that was in the van, along with a list of all RNDM dates, are below.
Joseph Arthur at Bowery Ballroom, May 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Joseph Arthur got some crummy news today:
NYC towed my van and sold it with amps and equipment and so much art in it. It's a white 2003 dodge ram. Sold yesterday. Please help recover. Anyone with any knowledge or help (lawyers) into how to deal with a city taking and selling your stuff would be greatly appreciated. I just found out about this and cant think straight but so much priceless (to me) was inside. Over 40 large scale paintings rolled in canvas. I'm gutted.City of New York says buy information is confidential, so if you have any info on Joseph Arthur's van -- maybe you bought it? -- you can contact him via his Facebook page. Hope your van/stuff back!
...The van wasn't towed and sold the same day. It was towed from a place where it was getting repaired and sold when i was in Mexico under the impression that it was back at the shop.
ATP Concerts today announce the relocation of this September's New Jersey based I'll Be Your Mirror festival event to Pier 36 in Manhattan, New York.Whether this is related to ATP filing for liquidation or not is not 100% clear (but who really cares). Updated ATP NYC lineup below...
Pier 36 was the intended home for I'll Be Your Mirror beginning in 2013 - but due to unavoidable logistical concerns (along with a lack of available fan accommodations in Asbury Park), ATP has decided to move there for this year's event.
New additions to the festival today include: Philip Glass & Tyondai Braxton, Janeane Garofalo, Lightning Bolt, Lee Ranaldo, Chavez, Kurt Braunohler, Afterhours, Joseph Arthur, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, The Album Leaf, The Psychic Paramount, Braids, Tall Firs, Blanck Mass, Endless Boogie, Demdike Stare and DJ Jonathan Toubin with more to be added to all three days - see below for more info on the new additions...
Some artists who are unable to play the new location - the following statement comes from Louis CK's management:
"Louis CK who was originally scheduled for the Asbury Park event will not be performing at ATP in Manhattan due to scheduling conflicts. Check louisck.com for info about his tour schedule."
Sharon Van Etten, Reigning Sound and Factory Floor will also not be available to perform. All other previously announced artists will perform as originally scheduled.
"We hope that the new venue will make for an incredible event and open up many other accommodation options to fans who were unable to find rooms in Asbury Park," comments ATP's Barry Hogan. "We sincerely apologise to those inconvenienced by the move and hope that any problems caused may be minimised by the relatively small distance between the two locations. Anyone who is unable to attend due to the move or due to the cancellation of Louis CK can claim a full refund by contacting their ticket agent between now and July 31st."
Pier 36 is a new indoor venue sitting on the edge of the East River between the Manhattan & Williamsburg Bridges - it's outside area boasts glorious views of Brooklyn and the Statue of Liberty.
The Saturday night of this year's festival will be headlined by The Afghan Whigs (who have reunited after a 13 year hiatus) and curated by their frontman Greg Dulli, with ATP curating the Friday and Sunday nights.
Tickets are on sale now via ATPfestival.com priced at $199 for the Weekend, with Day Passes also newly available priced at $60 for Friday & $75 for Saturday/Sunday.
Full information on the additions to all three days of the line-up...
Friday will feature both music and comedy - we can now announce a musical headliner for Friday, as esteemed composer PHILIP GLASS teams up with TYONDAI BRAXTON (former Battles frontman) for a completely unprecedented live collaboration. Other stellar additions to the day's musical line-up are LIGHTNING BOLT - one of the world's most unmissable live acts, and LEE RANALDO of Sonic Youth. Joining the Friday on the Comedy stage is none other than standup/actress JANEANE GAROFALO, newcomer KURT BRAUNOHLER, with more to be confirmed. Friday tickets cost $60.
Saturday, headlined by THE AFGHAN WHIGS and featuring a stellar list of artists chosen by the Whigs' frontman Greg Dulli, has three new artists. First up are alternative rock band CHAVEZ, who returned to the live arena in the last few years to much acclaim, and they're joined by Italy's AFTERHOURS (past collaborators with Greg Dulli) and Ohio based singer/songwriter JOSEPH ARTHUR. They join the previously announced Saturday line-up of The Afghan Whigs, The Roots, José González, Mark Lanegan Band, Dirty Three, The Antlers, The Dirtbombs, Scrawl, Emeralds, Vetiver, Charles Bradley And The Extraordinaires and DJ Questlove with more to be confirmed. Tickets for this day cost $75.
Sunday will be headlined by one of the incomparable live shows from legendary Canadian post-rock pioneers GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR. Also newly confirmed are Canada's fantastic BRAIDS, Britain's DEMDIKE STARE and BLANCK MASS (feat Benjamin Power of F**k Buttons), intense New York post-rock from THE PSYCHIC PARAMOUNT, a return ATP performance from THE ALBUM LEAF, cult rock quartet ENDLESS BOOGIE, alt folk duo TALL FIRS, and DJ JONATHAN TOUBIN. They join the previously announced Sunday line-up of The Make-Up, Hot Snakes, The Magic Band, Autolux, Thee Oh Sees, I Break Horses and Quintron And Miss Pussycat (moving to this day from Saturday) with more to be confirmed. Sunday tickets cost $75.
As well as the live music line-up and comedy on the Friday, our friends at The Criterion Collection will return to run the Cinema across the weekend. All three days feature DJs and other activities to be confirmed in the months ahead. Each day runs from noon-midnight.
In the afterglow of The Afghan Whigs first show in 13 years, fans lingered outside the Bowery Ballroom on Wednesday, still buzzing from the two-hour, roller coaster of memories. Some swapped stories, others dragged on cigarettes, all of them beaming from ear to ear. When bassist John Curley and guitarist Rick McCollum wandered out, fans circled the band members, expressed their appreciation and a round of "I saw you in (insert city)" commenced.
"I saw you in Jersey on the 1965 tour," said one fan to Curley. "I saw you in Chicago," another said to McCollum. I was jealous. My "I saw you..." moment was an "I was supposed to see you..." moment. "In Dallas in '99," I said to Curley.
Anyone versed in the Whigs history know they never made it to that show and the band called it quits before they made it back. So, when Greg Dulli crooned "I waited long, the waiting's over," during "Bulletproof," it probably resonated a lot more with me than most of the sold-out crowd who already had their live moment over a decade ago. And the Whigs did not disappoint. They weren't as advertised - they were better. There was never a chance Dulli would get the Whigs back together only for them to fall flat.
A 20-song set with two encores spanned most of the Whigs catalog, but was focused mainly on the last three records: 1965, Black Love, and the critically acclaimed Gentlemen.
Early on, they dipped all the way back to Congregation for "I'm Her Slave" which they performed the night before on Jimmy Fallon. Dulli thanked Sub Pop records pioneers Megan Jasper and Jonathan Poneman more than once on the night for giving the band a shot (as well as making them the first non-Pacific Northwest band to sign to the label.)
Dulli trash-talked a heckler during one of those shout outs, describing in graphic detail what he would do to him if he dared step foot on stage. "Did I kiss your girlfriend?" Dulli asked, before adding an insincere "I'm sorry."
And that bravado permeates the Whigs catalog, in songs like the bruising "Fountain and Fairfax" during the first encore and "Debonair." "Tonight I go to hell for what I've done to you / But this ain't about regret" Dulli screamed on the latter.
As much as the night was about celebrating the past and screaming along to "Crime Scene Part One" or "66" (or pretty much any song they played on Wednesday) it was more about reveling in the reformation and hopefully the prolonged second act of The Afghan Whigs.
The Afghan Whigs will be playing much bigger venues when they return to the NYC area. In addition to Duuli currating this year's ATP I'll Be Your Mirror in Asbury Park, NJ in September (tickets are still available), and then will play a sold-out Terminal 5 show October 5.
More pics of Afghan Whigs' Bowery show (including opener Joseph Arthur) and setlist are below.