Entries tagged with: Lucinda Williams
We're just over a month away from 2015 and those UK year-end lists keep pouring in. Now British music mag Uncut has posted their 75 Best Albums of 2014. Looks like their winner is becoming a popular choice for #1, and the rest of their top 10 is split between real-deal veterans (Leonard Cohen [falling just a tad from his 2012 #1 spot], Robert Plant) and rising newcomers (FKA twigs). Elsewhere the list has a lot of the indie-related albums that keep popping up, a good deal of folk/country, more veteran appearances, and a certain opinionated UK duo who have appeared on every UK list we've seen so far and make their US debut this week.
Check out the full list below...
Rough Trade NYC on Record Store Day 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As they usually are, Rough Trade Shops are one of the first this year to post their favorite albums of 2014 list. It's 100 albums long and mostly filled with the bigger indie and indie-related releases of the year, but there's a few surprises in there too. Mark Kozelek will not be happy to see that The War On Drugs placed #2, 8 higher than the Sun Kil Moon record. Mark should be proud that he made the list not once, but TWICE though. His Christmas album landed at #84. Run the Jewels, who are not on it all, have started a "Suck My Dick Rough Trade" chant. Check out their full list below and see more on each album here.
photos by PSquared
Lucinda Williams @ Rough Trade 9/29/2014
On past albums Ms. Williams has portrayed herself at moments of rage, excess and grief; now she prefers stability. Her songs are fully aware of wounds and pitfalls, but they're more likely to be looking back or looking outward. Ms. Williams shows her kindly side in songs like "Temporary Nature (of Any Precious Thing)" "Stand Right by Each Other" and "When I Look at the World," which admits, "I've been a total wreck" before it goes on to cherish "the world and all its glory."Lucinda Williams celebrated the arrival of her first self-released album, the double-length Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone at Rough Trade on Monday (9/29). (Rough Trade, the label, put out Lucinda's acclaimed 1988 self-titled album.) Accompanied by guitarist Stuart Mathis (who played in The Wallflowers), Williams performed stripped-down versions of songs old and new. Pictures from the Rough Trade show, including one of the setlist, are in this post.
The surly, righteously wrathful Ms. Williams hasn't disappeared. She's still seething, and revealing some lingering pain, in "Cold Day in Hell" and "Big Mess," each a good riddance to an ex. And she's still thinking about loneliness: in "Wrong Number," which gradually reveals a tale of trouble and abandonment, and in "This Old Heartache," an old-fashioned honky-tonk tune that conceals neat craftsmanship behind the tearful scrape of her singing. - [NY Times]
While in NYC, Williams stopped by The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to perform "Protection" and video of that is below. Lucinda will be back in NYC to play at Beacon Theatre on November 17 with The Kenneth Brian Band, part of her fall tour. Tickets are still available.
More pictures from Rough Trade and the Tonight Show performance video, below...
As mentioned, acclaimed roots singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams will release her new double album, Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone, next week (9/30). You can stream the whole thing over at NPR. In celebration of the new album, Williams has just announced a show happening at Rough Trade NYC on Monday (9/29). To get in you need to buy a copy of the new album at Rough Trade that day. That night she'll play The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon too.
Lucinda will then be back in NYC later this fall for a much larger show at Beacon Theatre on November 17 with The Kenneth Brian Band. Tickets are still available. She's added a few other dates since we last posted, and all are listed below...
Veteran country artist Lucinda Williams will release her 11th studio album, a double whammy titled Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone, on September 30 via her own Highway 20 label. That's the cover art above and you can stream single "Protection," below. She'll be doing some touring this fall as well, including n NYC show at Beacon Theatre on November 17. Tickets go on sale Friday (9/19) at 9 AM with Chase cardmember and fanclub presales beginning Wednesday (9/17) at 9 AM.
All tour dates are listed, along with the new song stream, below...
Lucinda Williams at SXSW 2014 (more by Steven Noreyko)
Alt-country vet Lucinda Williams mentioned when we caught her at SXSW that she'd be releasing a new album soon, and though that still hasn't been officially announced, Lucinda did announce some upcoming shows. She doesn't hit NYC this time around, but she'll be nearby to play The Stone Pony on June 11 and The Space at Westbury on June 19. Both of those shows, and others on the tour are with The Kenneth Brian Band. Tickets for the NYC-area shows go on sale Friday (4/11) at 10 AM and noon, respectively. The Westbury show is currently on artist presale. All dates are listed below.
In related news, fellow country singer Emmylou Harris, who covered and collaborated with Lucinda on her 1995 album, Wrecking Ball (which Nonesuch just reissued with bonus material), also has dates coming up in support of that reissue. Those dates see Emmylou joined by Daniel Lanois, Steven Nistor and Jam Wilson, plus Daniel Lanois will also open with a solo set. They'll hit NYC on Saturday (4/12) at BAM. Tickets are available via BAM, but you may have to call the box office. More details at BAM's site. All dates are listed below.
Lucinda and Emmylou also collaborated on "Greenville" from Lucinda's 1998 album, Car Wheels on a Gravel Road. Watch a clip of them performing that together in 2007, with both artists' lists of dates, below...
WFUV is putting on their annual Holiday Cheer show at Beacon Theatre on December 5, which is a benefit for WFUV. So far the only announced artist for this year's show is Lucinda Williams, but more artists TBA. Tickets for the show go on WFUV Member and MSGE presale today (11/8) at 11 AM with a general on-sale starting Friday (11/9) at 11 AM.
Lucinda's last show in the NYC area was the Levon Helm tribute concert, which went down at Izod Center in East Rutherford, NJ last month (10/3) with a huge cast of artists including My Morning Jacket, Ray LaMontagne, Gregg Allman, Warren Haynes, Jorma Kaukonen, Mavis Staples and more. A video of Lucinda performing "Whispering Pines" and a list of all of her upcoming dates is below.
Roger Waters at Yankee Stadium, July 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Roger Waters has been added to the big "Love for Levon" tribute that goes down next week (10/3) at the Izod Center. The onetime Pink Floyd guitarist/vocalist joins the likes of Gregg Allman, John Mayer, My Morning Jacket, John Prine, Warren Hayes, Garth Hudson, Grace Potter and more in the all-star band that will celebrate the life and music of Levon Helm who lost his battle with cancer back in April. A full list of performers for "Love for Levon" is below.
Tickets are still available and please remember that the whole show is a benefit with net proceeds from the concert helping support "the lasting legacy of Levon Helm by helping his estate keep ownership of his home, barn and studio, and to continue The Midnight Ramble Sessions." We are, however, also giving a pair away. Details on how to enter are below.
The 2012 New Yorker Festival happens October 5 - 7, bringing together writers, musicians, filmmakers, chefs, deep thinkers and all other sorts of creative types. Highlights for the 13th annual fest include "Portlandia Live" with Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein and special guests performing sketches live; Atul Gawande and the band Vampire Weekend; Sasha Frere-Jones and the singer Norah Jones; Alec Wilkinson and the neo-bluegrass band Punch Brothers; Ariel Levy and the singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams; John Seabrook and the indie-folk band Beirut; and Ben Greenman and singer, songwriter, and producer Raphael Saadiq.
Other notable events: the Wachowskis will present their new film Cloud Atlas with co-director Tom Tykwer; Mad Men's John Slattery hosts a panel on "period acting"; Paul Muldoon will interview Patti Smith and loads more meetings of minds.
Tickets to the 2012 New Yorker Festival will go on sale on Friday, September 14 at noon. Full line-up is below.
My Morning Jacket at Williamsburg Park - 8/19/12 (more by David Andrako)
A cavalcade of music talent is coming out to pay tribute to The Band's late, great Levon Helm (who lost his battle with cancer in April) at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, NJ on October 3. Performers include John Mayer, My Morning Jacket, Ray LaMontagne, Eric Church, Gregg Allman, Dierks Bentley, Marc Cohn, Patty Griffin, Warren Haynes, John Hiatt, Bruce Hornsby, Jorma Kaukonen, The Levon Helm Band, Robert Randolph, Mavis Staples, Joe Walsh, Lucinda Williams and "More Legendary Surprise Guests" to appear as well.
Tickets for the show go on sale Wednesday, August 29 at 11 AM, with a Citicard presale starting Friday, August 24 at 10 AM. There will also be a Live Nation presale on August 29 at 10 AM.
All net proceeds from the concert will help support "the lasting legacy of Levon Helm by helping his estate keep ownership of his home, barn and studio, and to continue The Midnight Ramble Sessions."
Wanda Jackson at Newport Folk Fest 2011 (more by Jim Brueckner)
As mentioned, queen of rockabilly Wanda Jackson is releasing a new album, Unfinished Business, this year and supporting it with a tour which brings her to NYC for a show on October 12 at Highline Ballroom. Tickets for that show are still available.
She's since expanded her tour and it now includes another date in the NYC area even sooner, which happens at Maxwell's on August 17. Tickets for that show are on sale now. The Maxwell's show is one day before Wanda heads to Philly for the Philadelphia Folk Festival which goes down from August 17-19 with sets from Steve Earle and the Dukes, Lucinda Williams, Deno Band, Pokey LaFarge, Strand of Oaks, Arborea and others. The full lineup is listed below. Tickets for the fest are on sale now.
A list of updates dates, Philadelphia Folk Fest lineup, and an album teaser for Unfinished Business are below.
Alt-country troubadour Lucinda Williams is continuing to tour in support of her 2011 LP, Blessed. That tour includes dates with Alejandro Escovedo collaborator Amy Cook, which brings the two singers to NYC for a four night run in August. That run includes shows at Bowery Ballroom on 8/6 and 8/7 and Music Hall of Williamsburg on 8/9 and 8/10. TIckets for all four NYC shows go on sale Friday (7/13) at noon with an AmEx presale starting today (7/11) at noon.
A list of all dates and the video for "Copenhagen" off 2011's Blessed are below...
Is anything still going on at Zuccotti Park? Regardless, Jackson Browne and Dawes, who have collaborated before (just ask Lefsetz!), will perform for Occupy Wall Street at Zuccotti Park today (12/1) sometime between noon and 1:30pm (I've seen it listed as 12, 12:30 and 1). Oh and Third Eye Blind, who wrote a song for the movement, will be there too! How's it going to be? How's it going to be...
Later tonight the movement will be at Lincoln Center with Philip Glass.
Dawes begin a run of proper NY and NJ shows on 12/3.
Canadian folk/alt-country band Blackie and the Rodeo Kings are set to release Kings and Queens today (6/14) in the US via Music/Dramatico/Universal. The album features a different female vocalist in each track, and the list is pretty impressive. It includes Lucinda Williams, Mary Margaret O'Hara, Exene Cervenka of X, Sara Watkins of Nickel Creek, Emmylou Harris, Rosanne Cash and others. Full tracklist below.
No special guests are announced, but we know at least one of the artists that appears on the album is probably in town. NYC resident Rosanne Cash, who spends much of the summer touring to promote her music and a book, has no dates scheduled before this Thursday (6/16) when she plays as part of Hal Wilner's 'Freedom Riders' show with Lou Reed, Tao Seeger, and others.
Exene Cervenka will be in NYC with X in September and October.
I don't know if Sara Watkins is on tour with the Decemberists (who play Prospect Park tonight), but she did play with them at the Beacon Theater in January.
All B&RK tour dates, album art, and tracklist below...
Lucinda Williams and Amos Lee will team up for a string of East Coast dates including a pair in the NYC area on 7/20 at Wellmont Theatre and 7/21 at Beacon Theater. Tickets for Beacon Theater and Wellmont Theatre are currently on Fan presale, and go on AmEx presale at noon today followed by regular sale on Friday.
Both Lucinda Williams and Amos Lee have a bunch of other dates on their tour schedule as well, and Williams is celebrating the release of her recently birthed new LP Blessed, which is streaming in full at her website. She also recently dropped the "Live at SXSW" EP, which is available now via iTunes.
All tour dates and a series of videos where "everyday people from the city of Los Angeles, CA share their story of why they are Blessed," below...
photos by Eric M. Townsend
The MUSE: Your debut album was just released this summer. What have the last few months been like for you?Dylan LeBlanc's hard touring brought him to Rock Shop on 1/27 (he played the show before Wye Oak) and Mercury Lounge on 1/28 (where these pictures come from).
Dylan LeBlanc: I worked really hard touring. It's been a big change in my life, kind of giving up control and having people work for me. It's weird. Not having to book my own shows. It's kind of cool. I like it. I feel like I'm very happy. I feel like I'm moving forward, and I've gotten a lot better over the course of the last year and several months. Playing new songs, it's been really great.
Who are some of the artists and songs that inspired you to get out there and create your own music?
Dylan LeBlanc: As far as artists go, I like what a lot of people like. I like Wilco a lot. They were big throughout my teenage years. And a lot of Neil Young, classic rock, classic folk music. As far as songs go, the first song that made me instantly love music was "Out On The Weekend" from Harvest (Reprise). That was the first real, good song that made me want to start writing songs. I just like that song for some reason, and that whole album. We played a lot of good stuff at my house.
The Mercury Lounge show in direction competition with a show featuring his tourmate Lissie at Webster Hall that night. The two resumed their tour together after NYC and keep going for about another week. Later this month Dylan hops on tour with Lucinda Williams who then plays two shows at Webster Hall without him.
All tour dates, more pictures from the Merc show, and some videos from Lissie's date with Webster Hall, below...
Lucinda Williams @ Outside Lands 2009 (more by Chris Graham)
Lucinda Williams will be touring this February and March. Towns she hits include Boston, Ithaca, Red Bank and New York City. Tickets for March 11th and 12th shows at Webster Hall are on a "Lucinda Williams Presale" now. General sale begins Friday at noon (and there's an AmEx presale starting Wednesday). All dates below...
Ray Davies has a new LP on the way entitled See My Friends due on November 1st. The release will see The Kinks frontman pairing with multiple bands to re-record, and sometimes re-imagine, Kinks songs. And these bands have names like Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Spoon, Black Francis, Metallica, Mumford & Sons... and the legendary Alex Chilton (RIP).
"This project came about almost by accident," says Davies of the project, which was kick-started when he recorded a version of 'Till The End Of The Day' in the summer of 2009, with Alex Chilton.The full list of collaborators is below.
Davies is getting back on the road as well, though so far he just has scattered dates in Europe, and a newly-announced show in the United States. He'll be performing his 2009 LP The Kinks Choral Collection with the Dessoff Chamber Choir at the Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, NJ on November 26th. Tickets go on sale at noon today (10/8). NYC got that show in 2009.
All dates, the See My Friends tracklisting, and some video are below...
"Modest Mouse without a cloud in the sky!" -rojacaliente
"If this were Make A Wish and you were going to die in 20 min, just long enough to play Freebird, we wouldnt play it -Modest Mouse" -georgeferris
"Modest Mouse is testing my love for them by keeping the kid awake with their heavy bass and drumming two blocks away. /fistshaking" -woolyknickers
This time, the opener was the Americana singer/songwriter Marcellus Hall and his backing band. The pairing was a bit odd. Modest Mouse prompted people to shout along to every song and to rush the stage. Marcellus Hall's performance had people turning around to admire the setting sun over the Manhattan skyline and leaving polite pockets of space throughout the crowd.
After Marcellus Hall's relatively short set, the anticipation for the headliners steadily grew, but more than thirty minutes passed before they marched on stage. As if making up for their severely truncated show last July, Modest Mouse then played a lengthy set - nearly 2 hours long when you factor in the encore.
"Welcome back!" Isaac Brock said by way of introduction. They kicked off the show with "Gravity Rides Everything." Taking no time to get into the show, the crowd enthusiastically sang along from the opening verse. (fittingly, the song contains the line, "Everything will fall right into place.") Isaac Brock hardly talked between songs. He didn't need to. The audience was wholly engaged. Each song was met by cheers and triumphantly extended fists. After all, for many of the people present, this was take two.
From "Cowboy Dan" to "Autumn Beds," the band pulled songs from throughout their career and readily switched between the more raucous and reserved. The pump organ, banjo, glockenspiel, accordion, and trumpet made regular guest appearances that nicely punctuated the set and revealed the surprisingly decent sound quality. The stage lights - which were absent during opening set - certainly helped to set the mood for Modest Mouse.
The band closed their initial set with "The View," leaving the audience with the soothing sound of electronic crickets to underlie their cries for more. After an unusually long wait (10 minutes), they returned for another five(ish) songs before finally concluding just short of 10:00, saying, "Thank you all very much. Have a good night" and delivering a PSA discouraging "driving while drinking and drinking while driving." Luckily, Brock didn't say anything about smoking and riding the subway.
Isaac Brock and gang have one set of shows left on their calendar, on October 23rd and 24th at Shoreline Ampitheater in Mountain View, CA as part of the annual Bridge School Benefit. The band will join a reformed Buffalo Springfield. Pearl Jam, Elvis Costello, Lucinda Williams, T-Bone Burnett's Speaking Clock Revue (with Elton John & Leon Russell, Elvis Costello, Ralph Stanley, Neko Case and Jeff Bridges, they play NYC on 10/20), and Grizzly Bear among others.
The Bridge School Benefit lineup by day, more Waterfront pics and the Modest Mouse setlist is below...
photos by Chris Graham
Happy Holidays! I take on more than I can handle. That results in a lot of unposted content. In the name of catching up, while also taking it easy during this final week of the year, here's some of that lost material.
For what was the worst day weather-wise for San Francisco's Outide Lands Festival, its last day (Sunday, August 30th) may have been the best musically. Cold fog and wind took the place of cloudless, sunny skies, but those who attended witnessed sets by Modest Mouse, the Dead Weather, the Avett Brothers, Band of Horses, Calexico, Matt & Kim , and soul legends Robert Randolph and Betty Layvette, and MIA, who complained via Twitter about the fest's substitution of Tenacious D for the Beastie Boys, then covered two Beasties songs, "Intergalactic" and "Sabatage, in her set.
Scrambling to find replacement headliners for the Beastie Boys was a common theme for festivals in summer '09, after the group was forced to cancel all dates when Adam Yauch was dianosed with cancer (he's since had sugery, and reports say that part of his health regiment is a vegan/organic diet). Beastie Boys' slot was filled by Jay-Z at All Points West and Yeah Yeah Yeahs at Lollapalooza
More pictures from Day Three below...
Three-time Grammy Award-winner, and Lost Highway recording artist Lucinda Williams announces a series of special performances to celebrate her 30th anniversary as a recording artist.Tickets for those Irving Plaza dates, including a three-night package, are on sale now.
On October 3, 4 & 5 Williams will play a three night stand at New York's The Fillmore at Irving Plaza...The first set of the three-night runs will feature selections from specific periods of Williams celebrated career. The opening night will feature songs from 1979-1989, in which she recorded Ramblin', Happy Woman Blues and Lucinda Williams. The second night will cover music from 1992-2001, when Williams recorded Sweet Old World, and Grammy Award-winners Car Wheels On A Gravel Road and Essence. On the final night of each run, Williams will perform music from 2004-present, in which she recorded World Without Tears, West and her latest acclaimed album Little Honey. Following each opening set will be a full second set of songs from throughout Williams celebrated career...Additional multi-night shows will be added in early 2010.
Williams has also posted a message on her website saying she knows how "tough it is out there during the current economic climate", so she is offering concert-goers discounted merchandise to offset ticket fees that "blatantly gouge" fans (thus giving people an incentive to spend even more money!). That message with all tour dates, below...
Crystal Castles @ MHOW - New Years Eve (more by Ryan Muir)
Al Green @ the Wellmont Theater - Nov 2008 (more by Eric M Townsend)
Superfly Productions and A.C. Entertainment are excited to announce the initial lineup for the 2009 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. The eighth annual four-day camping and music festival will be held on June 11 - 14 on the same beautiful 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee, 60 miles south of Nashville. Every year Bonnaroo seeks to make history by offering unique and exclusive performances by rock's greatest legends as well as its most significant newcomers. A full list of confirmed acts follows, and more will be announced in the coming weeks. The final Bonnaroo 2009 lineup will total over 120 bands and over 20 comedians performing on 13 stages over four days. Tickets go on sale exclusively through www.bonnaroo.com on Saturday, February 7 at 12:00 PM Eastern.As rumored, Bruce Springsteen (who just played the Superbowl Halftime show) and Phish (who just had some trouble selling tickets to other shows) are headlining this year's Bonnaroo. Nine Inch Nails (who played Lollapalooza last year), Beastie Boys, David Byrne (who has two shows coming up at Radio City), Wilco, Al Green, Erykah Badu, TV on the Radio, Yeah Yeah Yeahs (who are also playing Coachella), Andrew Bird (who just played Carnegie Hall), The Decemberists, Bon Iver, Animal Collective (who are very popular right now), Neko Case, Jenny Lewis, Santogold, Grizzly Bear (who have a new album coming out), St. Vincent, Ted Leo, Crystal Castles, and many others are also on the bill according to the now-officially announced initial lineup.
Full (initial) 2009 Bonnaroo lineup below...
today in NYC
* FIXED @ Studio B
* Gary Lucas @ the Stone
* Walter Schreifels @ Bar 4
* The Fleshtones @ the Bell House
* Menahan Street Band & Naomi Shelton @ Southpaw
* Longwave, The Dig & The Silent Years @ Bowery Ballroom
* Tombs, Bloodhorse, Keelhaul & Acid Tiger @ Union Pool
* The Mugs, Mussels, Limbs & Red Tag Rummage Sale @ Cake Shop
* Quasi, Sic Alps, Marnie Stern, Soft Circle, Jeff Lewis & Crystal Stilts @ KF
* Lake Trout, The Jones Street Boys, Wax Fang & Charles Atlas @ Mercury Lounge
* Pwrfl Power, Care Bears On Fire & Rachel Trachtenberg @ Death By Audio
* The Homosexuals, Blonde Acid Cult & a lot of bands @ the Studio at Webster Hall
Video of Harvey Milk performing "Crush Them All", below...
Lucinda Williams releases her album tomorrow, Little Honey, which finds the singer-songwriter surprisingly content.
Vic Chesnutt, Elf Power, and The Amorphous Strums' Dark Developments combines some of my favorite musicians in this release from Orange Twin.
The week's release list is filled with worthwhile music, from what I have already heard I can recommend The Courteeners' St. Jude, Frances' All the While, Hearts of Palm UK's For Life, Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs' Dirt Don't Hurt, Nick Jaina's A Narrow Way, and Windy & Carl's Songs for the Broken Hearted.
Holiday music continues to released in droves, this week in no exception. You can celebrate a Psychobilly Christmas, a Jazz & Blues Christmas (compiled by Putumayo), a Classic Rock Christmas, Christmas A Go-Go or even a metal Xmas and headbanging New Year. Not into compilations? Spend a classical holiday with Yo-Yo Ma's Songs of Joy & Peace or a more rocking time with The Fleshtones' Stocking Stuffer.
Any recommendations from the week's music release list?
Lucinda Williams is playing the Wamu Theater @ MSG on October 3rd. Tickets are on sale.
Secret Machines are playing Webster Hall on October 18th. Tickets are on sale.
Goldfrapp tickets were reduced in price