Entries tagged with: Nick Lowe
photos by Greg Cristman
The sprawling, 29-song set kicked off with Lowe once again in solo mode, shifting gears effortlessly from the power pop of "Heart" (from his days in Rockpile) to the poignant "A Dollar Short of Happy" to the revved-up rockabilly classic "Seven Nights to Rock." But when Los Straitjackets - led by guitarslinger and Rensselaer native Eddie Angel - joined him onstage for nuggets like the Tex-Mex flavored "Half a Boy and Half a Man," the perfect pop of "Cruel to Be Kind," the rollicking "Raging Eyes" and as Lowe described it, the "frat house, soul music thing" of "Not Too Long Ago," things really kicked into high gear. Sporting matching black suits, red-and-white candy cane striped ties Mexican wrestling masks and speaking not a word, Los Straitjackets were as entertaining as they were musically talented. [Times Union]Power pop veteran Nick Lowe released a holiday album called Quality Street last year, and this past weekend he wrapped up his 'Quality Holiday' tour which hit NYC on December 14 at Bowery Ballroom and December 20 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. (The above review is of the Albany show.) We caught the MHOW show, and like in Albany, Nick opened with a solo acoustic set and then was joined by Los Straitjackets for some of his Christmas tunes and other songs. More pictures from that show (including openers The Cactus Blossoms), and the setlist from Bowery, below...
You know Basher, and Dancer...
You may remember that Nick Lowe released holiday album, Quality Street, last year. He'll be in the spirit again this year on a North American tour, that includes two NYC shows: Bowery Ballroom on December 14 and Music Hall of Williamsburg on December 20. Tickets for those NYC shows go on sale Friday (10/17) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (10/15) at noon.
All tour dates are listed, along with the video for "Christmas at the Airport," below...
"There was a certain amount of science to it. An entire week of work experience students left the office thinking that cutting-edge music journalism in 2014 mostly involves calculating which bands have been mentioned most in NME in the past two years, then hunting out references to the bands that influenced those acts online and finally adding up the number of times each influence came up. This gave us a rough list which our editorial team - heads swimming with all of the bands that Wolf Alice (or whoever) have raved on about over 4am ciders - then took to the pub, tore into shreds, fought and shouted about and finally reconstructed in the rundown of 100 you see in the mag today. The Beatles didn't make it. Sorry." [NME[NME went ahead and listed who they think the 100 most influential musicians and bands are (their latest cover story). Radiohead topped the list. Read the rest with justifications at NME, or just look at their full list below...
photos by Dylan Johnson
Iron & Wine, Nick Lowe and more @ Beacon Theatre
[Sam] Beam sang, in his gentle high tenor, about memories and connections, families and lovers. His songs, at their core, are folky ballads that mingle storytelling with more abstruse thoughts. But he has embellished them in various ways through the years: with folk-rock, country, jazz, even a little R&B. The "In the Reins" EP was his first experiment with horns -- Calexico's pair of mariachi trumpets -- but not his last; two horn players from his current Iron and Wine band, Curtis Fowlkes on trombone and Stuart Bogie on saxophone and flute, were also on hand, giving some songs a nudge toward jazz.The WFUV Holiday Cheer benefit went down at Beacon Theatre last week (12/10) with Iron and Wine and Calexico (who collaborated on 2005's In the Reins EP) plus Kathleen Edwards, Beth Orton, Nick Lowe, Glen Hansard and Amos Lee. The show saw the artists doing different collaborations throughout the night, and there were parts where the entire bill shared the stage at once. In addition to teaming up for each other's original songs, the artists did some covers, including Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah." Pictures of the show are in this post.
Calexico carried [Kathleen] Edwards's "Soft Place to Land" from a pensive hush into sorrowful peaks, and it stoked the rhythm just enough behind two incantatory songs from [Beth] Orton, the chugging "Call Me the Breeze" and the enveloping "Mystery." It was just retro enough for [Nick] Lowe's wry, elegantly turned novelty song "Christmas at the Airport" and straightforwardly pop for his "Cruel to Be Kind."
For [Glen] Hansard, the Irish songwriter behind the musical "Once," Calexico was attentive to the songs' dramatic arcs of loss and redemption. [NY Times]
One of the other songs covered at the show was The Pogues' holiday classic, "Fairytale of New York" which Iron & Wine, Calexico, Glen Hansard, and Kathleen Edwards also covered later in the week on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. You can watch a video of that performance, along with more pictures of the Beacon Theatre show, below.
Beth Orton at LPR in July (more by Robert Altman)
Earlier this year, we mentioned that WFUV would be doing their Holiday Cheer benefit at Beacon Theatre, which happens TONIGHT (12/10) with Iron & Wine, Calexico, and Nick Lowe. As if that wasn't already a fantastic lineup of folk/singer-songwriter type stuff, since we last spoke, more great atists were added, including Glen Hansard (The Frames, The Swell Season, Once), Kathleen Edwards, Beth Orton, and Amos Lee. Tickets for tonight's show are still available, but ticketmaster is saying "not many left."
UK singer Beth Orton will also bring her folktronica back to NYC for Lincoln Center's American Songbook series on February 14 in The Allen Room. Tickets for that show are still available. All Beth Orton dates are listed below...
by Bill Pearis
Nick Lowe was amongst the show casualties when Rough Trade were forced to cancel/postpone/move shows due to noise complaints from their Williamsburg neighbors. Nick was to have played Sunday afternoon (12/8). There is good news, though. Nick Lowe's show is being moved to Music Hall of Williamsburg. The show's Sunday at 2 PM and you do need to go to Rough Trade to buy his new album Quality Street to get a wristband for entry. Nick is also playing with Calexico backing him at Beacon Theatre on Monday (12/9) as part of the WFUV benefit that's headlined by Iron & Wine. Tickets are still available.
Speaking of, that new album Quality Street is Lowe's first-ever holiday album. A mix of originals and covers, it's the kind of enjoyable, classy affair that you expect from Lowe and he's done us the favor of refusing to put sleigh bells on it. You can stream the whole LP at Spotify and watch the video for "Christmas at the Airport" below...
Charles Bradley @ Lollapalooza 2013 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
This morning, Rough Trade NYC announced a few of their first ticketed evening shows. Now they've just announced a whole lot more, including some free in-stores. The record store/venue opens on November 25 with a free show from Charles Bradley that night. Phosphorescent and Marissa Nadler will both perform free in-stores on November 30, and John Grant performs on December 3 which is free with purchase of his new album Pale Green Ghosts (which comes with an exclusive RT bonus disc). Similarly, Nick Lowe is performing on December 8 and you can get into that one by purchasing his new Christmas album.
Other upcoming free in-stores include Matthew E. White (11/27) and The Stepkids (11/9). Another ticketed shows has been added as well, Allah-Las on 12/6 (no ticket info yet). Updated Rough Trade NYC show schedule is listed below...
Iron & Wine at Capitol Theatre in May (more by PSquared)
Iron & Wine have a bunch of dates coming up, including a WFUV Holiday Cheer benefit show happening on December 10 at Beacon Theatre with Calexico and Nick Lowe. Tickets for that show go on sale today (10/18) at noon.
All Iron & Wine dates are listed below...
photos by PSquared Photography
Wilco w/ Tommy Stinson // Wilco w/ Yo La Tengo
Wilco have been pretty busy this year. After playing Bonnaroo on June 14, they made their way to North Adams, MA this past weekend (6/21-23) for their own Solid Sound Festival. Wilco themselves performed day 1 and day 2, and we caught them the first day when they did an all-covers set (except for "Kingpin") with a number of special guests.
Yo La Tengo joined them on a cover of YLT's "Tom Courtenay" and during the encore for The Modern Lovers' "Roadrunner." Replacements/Guns N Roses bassist Tommy Stinson joined them on a cover of The Replacements' "Color Me Impressed." And Brooklyn indie pop band Lucius appeared for covers of of The Kinks' "Waterloo Sunset," Abba's "Waterloo," (there's a transition) and The Band's "The Weight." They also did a couple Big Star covers, Pavement's "Cut Your Hair," Grateful Dead's "Ripple," Velvet Underground's "Who Loves the Sun," Neil Young's "Cinnamon Girl," Daft Punk's "Get Lucky," and many more. Pictures from the show are in this post. The full setlist and some videos are below, and you can also download audio of the entire set at NYC Taper.
Wilco have no plans to slow down this summer. They're about to kick off a tour with Bob Dylan (who they also covered at Solid Sound), which comes to the NYC-area for four shows in July. Most of the tour (and three of those NYC-area dates) are with My Morning Jacket, except the Jones Beach (7/27) show, which is with Beck (who also plays Prospect Park in August).
On day 1 of Solid Sound, we also caught a set from the reunited legendary gospel funk group The Relatives. Pictures of their set, more of Wilco's, and the Wilco setlist/videos, below...
Nick Lowe @ La Zona Rosa in Austin, 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
As mentioned, Nick Lowe is playing the free Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival on August 10. Turns out that show is near the start of an East Coast tour for "Basher" that kicks off in Philly on August 8 for a stop at World Cafe Live and also includes a stop in Long Island at YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts on August 9. Tickets are not on sale for that one yet.
Most shows on the tour (not Lincoln Center, though) are with Nick's Yep Roc labelmate Kim Richey. All dates are listed below.
My Brightest Diamond @ Bowery Ballroom, Feb. 2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)
The 2013 season of Lincoln Center's free Out of Doors festival happens from July 24 to August 11 at various outdoor venues in and around Lincoln Center. The centerpiece of this year's season is "KRONOS at 40" which is being dubbed "a festival in a festival," with 12 performances happening between July 24 - 28. is a series of events in collaboration with The Kronos Quartet. They include premieres and commissioned work by Kronos Quartet; Mark Dendy Dance & Theater Projects; Red, Hot + FELA LIVE!; Superhuman Happiness; Mariana Sadovska; Jherek Bischoff; Dan Deacon; Amon Tobin and performances by Asphalt Orchestra (performing The Pixies' Surfer Rosa); My Brightest Diamond; Emily Wells; The Gloaming; Found Sound Nation; Dan Zanes; Ozomatli, and more.
Other highlights include Amanda Palmer & the Grand Theft Orchestra, Rubén Blades, Nick Lowe, Allan Toussaint, and Jason Isbell. You can read more at Lincoln Center Out of Doors' website, and the full schedule is below.
Check out pictures from the show they just played in Chicago with Lower Dens.
And speaking of Brooklyn, get ready for Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas.
The Compact Disc turns 30 years old today. The first CD pressed in America was Bruce Springsteen's Born in the USA (though Billy Joe's 52nd Street came out in Japan before that). What was the first CD you bought?
Speaking of Bruce Springsteen, Kenny's Castaways, where he used to play is hosting their final show tonight.
Producer and TV On the Radio member Dave Sitek has launched Federal Prism, "a new record label where Sitek will personally record, mix, produce, and release a series of limited edition 12-inch vinyl picture discs with a uniquely curator-driven perspective. The vinyl will be limited to 500 numbered copies each with a jacket personally hand silkscreened by Sitek."
Federal Prism's first release is "Destroyer" by Telepathe. "The b-side of the vinyl will feature a remix by Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor with Alessandro Cortini and Atticus Ross. Sitek adds, "I told Trent I was starting my own label and would love to have him remix something on the first release. I sent him the session and before he actually said 'YES', he sent back this mighty dark space that he, Alessandro and Atticus had built for me! I was shocked and am certain I will have to keep ripping them off for years!"" It's on sale now.
Speaking of Trent Reznor, he says his his band How To Destroy Angels, have "formally partnered with Columbia Records for our next series of releases. The first of these will be available in November and it's called An Omen EP."
Scary: Ryan Adams revealed via Twitter: "Recording a track with my new pal @deadmau5 today. Sounds like BladeRunner starring Don Henley."
More scary: As if it wasn't bad enough that Bruno Mars has been announced as the host of the 10/20 episode of SNL, they're letting him be the musical performer for that episode too!
But here's some good news: Now That's What I Call Music 83 will reportedly be the last in the series.
more stuff below...
The fabulous Fleshtones, NYC's progenitors of "super rock," will release a new EP in August titled Los Fleshtones Quatro x Quatro via Yep Roc records. Maybe they'll play some of it tonight (6/21) at Bowery Electric. The line-up for tonight's show is actually pretty cool all-around, with Steve Wynn & the Miracle Three, former Voidoid Ivan Julian, Swedish garage rockers Stupidity and Palmyra Delran. Tickets are still available.
The EP was recorded while on tour in Gijon, Spain and all four songs are in Spanish, including covers of two songs by Mexican rock band Los Johnny Jets. Says frontman Peter Zaremba:
The story of this record goes way back to our original bass player, Marek Pakulski, finding a bunch of albums including 'Los Johnny Jets A Go Go' in the trash in front of Joey Ramone's Lower Eastside tenement one night in 1977. Johnny Jets were a typical Mexican '60s rock and roll group -covering top-ten hits of the time like 'Wooly Bully' in Spanish with varying degrees of competence -- just the thing to appeal to The Fleshtones. Rather than the Spanish language versions of overly-familiar tunes like 'Hang On Sloopy', what really caught our ears were two more-or-less original tracks 'No Tengo Dinero' and 'Todos Queremos A Lupe' (which seemed to at least be inspired by Johnny Thunder's 1962 hit 'Loop De Loop'). We decided we would record these two songs ourselves as soon as possible. If nothing else, The Fleshtones are good for their word!In other news, The Fleshtones' record label, Yep Roc, turns 15 this year and they're throwing a three-day celebration at The Cat's Cradle in Carboro, NC on October 11, 12 and 13. No word on whether The Fleshtones will go down for it but confirmed YR15 artists include Dave Alvin, Chatham County Line, John Doe, Liam Finn, Fountains Of Wayne, Robyn Hitchcock, Los Straitjackets, Nick Lowe, Chuck Prophet, Eleni Mandell, Mayflies USA, Cheyenne Marie Mize, The Sadies, Sloan, Jim White and Master of Ceremonies John Wesley Harding. While three-day passes are sold out, you can still buy individual tickets to each night.
YR15 Flyer is below, along with a list of Fleshtones tour dates.
by Bill Pearis
Hope you all survived Record Store Day. I didn't find most of what I was looking for (most of which was UK only) but I did get that great Lee Hazlewood comp on Light in the Attic. Hope you found what you wanted the most. Lots of good stuff this week, so let's get into it.
The most TWII show of the week happens tonight (4/24) at Mercury Lounge: Allo Darlin' and The Wave Pictures. It's the start of the two bands' tour together that will wrap up on Sunday, May 20 for the last day of the NYC Popfest which is happening at Littlefield (w/ Ladybug Transistor, White Town and about six more that day). All Allo Darlin'/Wave Pictures tour dates at the bottom of this post.
Allo Darlin's second LP, Europe, came out last week to pretty much across-the-board acclaim. It's a little more melancholy than the band's debut, with a lot less ukulele this time out. Maybe that seems like a good thing, but I must say I miss the exuberance of Allo Darlin's debut. The more subdued nature of the songs and production make it sound like a Camera Obscura album much of the time, a comparison I would've never made before. But Elizabeth Morris' songwriting and voice are still in fine form, it's all just a little more "mature."
You can stream Allo Darlin's Europe at the bottom of this post. I'm sure one thing that hasn't changed is Allo Darlin's ability to charm in the live setting.
The Wave Pictures
The same goes for The Wave Pictures who I will always go see live even if I'm not so crazy about the album they're touring to support. Not that they change so much from record to record. Their new album, Long Black Cars, is pretty good (listen at Spotify) I think but much like the rest: Dave Tattersall spins fascinating, funny stories with a singsong delivery. Most of their albums sound like they were recorded live, but it always comes off a million times more compelling when you actually see them play. Tattersall is also one of the funniest between-song banterers of our age. Also funny: the Darren Hayman-directed video for their song "Spaghetti" which you can watch below.
Here We Go Magic
Here We Go Magic will release their third album, A Different Ship, in a couple weeks (May 8 specifically) and soon head out on a short UK tour before covering most of North America with Hospitality. (All dates are below.) Before that, HWGM play this Friday (4/26) at Knitting Factory with Glass Ghost.
The new album has an interesting birth. Stuck playing a pre-noon set at Glastonbury 2010, the groggy band were playing to a groggy crowd, none of whom seemed to be having any fun. Except for two guys dancing right up front, who turned out to be Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich. The band met Yorke and Godrich after their set and Godrich turned up at more European shows... and ended up producing Different Ships. This is the bands first album that didn't start with Luke Temple doing demos on his own, and with the band incorporated from the beginning (and working in Godrich's studio). While still boyant and dreamy, Different Ships feels a little bigger, a little more fully formed than the previous two. You can stream "Make Up Your Mind" at the bottom of this post as well stream new single "How Do I Know?" at Secretly Canadian's SoundCloud page.
The Feelies at Prospect Park in 2011 (more by Tamara Porras)
And finally, while Feelies shows have become less rare since the band actually made a new album, but any chance to see one of the most influential NYC-area bands of the last 30 years is one you shouldn't pass up. And you have that chance on Friday (4/27) at the Bell House. While bands from Luna (who had the Feelies' Stanley Demeski on drums at the beginnning) to The Strokes have taken from them, there's no substitute for that Bill Million/Glen Mercer guitar interplay that still sounds like magic.
You can listen to the Feelies' terrific album from last year, Here Before, as well as some of their classic ones, at Spotify. The Feelies also play Saturday (4/28) at Club Helsinki in Hudson, NY if you're up that way and a few more scheduled dates throughout the summer which are further down this post.
That's the big stuff this week. Day-by-day picks of things not covered above, are below.
TUESDAY, APRIL 24
Diehard are at Union Hall tonight with Everest, Benjamin Cartel (of Kaiser Cartel) and Resistor. Diehard just released a video for their theme songwhich you can watch below. It's from last year's The Times We Didn't Have Fun which you can download for free from Bandcamp. Diehard also play Saturday (4/28) at the Rock Bar in the west, West Village.
Colorado's Gauntlet Hair are in town at GLasslands tonight with dream poppers Field Mouse and Baby Alpaca.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25
One of the coolest cats around, Nick Lowe is at at Town Hall with nearly 40 years worth of amazing songs in his arsenal. Last year's The Old Magic was another winner from the Basher and you can stream it at Spotify and watch the comedy star-studded video for "Sensitive Man" below.
photos by Tim Griffin
Jeff Tweedy of Wilco @ The Moody Theater in Austin 11/30/2011
Wilco taped an episode of the TV show Austin City Limits last night (11/30). They were probably playing around the time the Grammys announced that their new album The Whole Love is nominated for the "Best Rock Album". Pictures from that TV show taping, including one of the setlist, are in this post. Look for the show to air sometime next year.
Wilco play the same Austin venue, but to the public and not for TV and with an opening set by Nick Lowe (he did make a special appearance at the TV taping), tonight, before continuing on a tour that includes five Chicago shows later this month. All dates and more ACL pictures below...
photos by Jessica Amaya
"Wilco gets everything backwards.Like they did on Thursday, Wilco headlined a show at Rumsey Playfield aka Central Park Summerstage on Friday night, but Friday's show was much wetter. Pictures and setlist from that one, and a video that gives you a "behind the scenes look at the pressing of Wilco's new record" (which is $5.99 for the MP3s at Amazon) are in this post. Check it all out below...
Rock bands are supposed to start small, releasing music on obscure, independent labels, and working their way up to a major record company contract. Wilco, though, began their career on a major label subsidiary in 1994, divorced it to release 2001's Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, signed to another subsidiary, and, four studio albums and one Grammy later, decided to start their own indie imprint, dBpm Records. Their first release on that label, The Whole Love, is out today." [The Atlantic]
Wilco @ Rumsey Playfield (Central Park) -- 9/22/2011 (photo by beaucolburn)
"Loved the show..nice mix of the new album--love it!, plus the usual "singalongs" and plenty of older gems. Was that tweedy's son dancin' on stage? And except for the lines at vending, I really enjoyed the venue tonight.Wilco played their first of two NYC shows with Nick Lowe in Central Park last night (9/22). They do it again this evening (tickets HERE). Check out the list of 25 songs they played last night with a short video clip from the show, below...
And no rain!
Back tomorrow for round 2. For those going, Wilco on about 7:50, played a little over 1.5 hours, then back for an extended encore. Total show 2-2.25 hours I'd say. 25 songs!" [A Cherry Ghost]
Wilco at Sasquatch (more by Josh Darr)
After a weekend of Wilco-related shows and the band's own Sold Sound Festival which just took place in North Adams, MA, Wilco have announced their own tour. The tour kicks off in September and continues through early October with support from Nick Lowe, whose "I Love My Label" Wilco covers as the b-side to their new single. They'll hit NYC on September 22 at Central Park Summerstage. Ticket info is not available at the moment, but check Ticketmaster for updates.
The tour is in support of their new album The Whole Love which comes out September 27 on their own d8pm label. Limited edition 7"s of the "I Might" single with the Nick Lowe cover as a b-side were available at Solid Sound. Check those songs out below along with album artwork, tracklist, and all tour dates...
Nick Lowe will hit the road with a full band for the "first time this millenium" for a string of US tour dates. The U.S. line-up, featuring Geraint Watkins (keyboards), Robert Trehern (drums), Johnny Scott (guitar) and Matt Radford (bass), will play less than twenty dates in all, four of them in NYC. The first three dates will go down at City Winery on Oct 20th (tickets), 21st, (tickets) and 22nd (tickets), with a fourth at The Bell House on October 24th (tickets).
Nick Lowe is preparing to release three of his LPs, The Impossible Bird, Dig My Mood and The Convincer, on vinyl for the first time ever via Yep Roc on 9/21. Preorder them now individually, or in a three pack.
Full tour dates and a few videos, below...
Elvis Costello @ Bonnaroo 2009 (more by Graeme Flegenheimer)
SPECTACLE: ELVIS COSTELLO WITH... fuses the best elements of talk and music television and invites viewers to enjoy an intimate conversation between host Costello and his guests, punctuated by rare musical performances by Costello, his guests and a wide variety of musicians.Dates, lineups, and ticket info below....
Sundance Channel in the US, along with CTV in Canada have picked up the show for a second season, with taping scheduled at New York City's famed Apollo Theatre at the end of September.
[Nick Lowe] is a rarity in popular music: an artist who enjoyed a first flush of success as a younger man, then took time to reinvent himself, embracing his maturity and advancing age. "I think of my career in two halves," he said.Nick Lowe is playing shows across the US in October. He comes to NYC's City Winery for performances on October 13th (tix) and October 14th (tix). Both of those, and other dates, will be with classic country guitarist Bill Kirchen.
Back in the 80s, a realisation struck him about pop music: "If you were in your mid-30s (as he then was) you'd had it -- unlike jazz, for instance, or country-and-western. You couldn't be too old to be a blues singer. So I thought, well, I'll find a way to use the fact that I'm getting older, this thing that everyone tries to disguise and hide in the pop business. I'm going to shove it up front and use it as an advantage.
"The way I wanted to record myself, which I knew wasn't for everybody, I'd never get mainstream success, was for my records to have a certain under-produced, handmade quality to them."
These days, then, he deliberately foregrounds his own songs: "I'm anxious to have them covered," he said. "It's one way I earn my living. I like other artists to think: 'That's a good song, I could do it better than him.' [Telegraph UK]
Some best-of videos of Lowe and all tour dates are below...
Elvis Costello, Nick & Robyn, Grand Ballroom, NYC - April 9, 2008 (sketchguy)
Elvis Costello and Nick Lowe sing "Indoor Fireworks", then joined by Robyn Hitchcock for "If I Fell In Love" and "Mystery Train" during the amazing encore! [sketchguy]Tickets are now on sale for Nick Lowe's upcoming show at Maxwell's.