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Caetano Veloso @ BAM, 9/25/2014
On Caetano Veloso's current tour, his drummer Marcelo Callado has the word "Abraçaço" spelled out on his bass drum in masking tape, in the style of an oppositional, no-budget punk band. The word is a slang intensification of "abraço," Portuguese for hug, a typical Brazilian signoff in a letter. (It's also the title of the most recent album by Mr. Veloso, the Brazilian singer-songwriter, the best of three in what could be called, after the fact, a trilogy.) So, "a big hug," written in the same style that you typically see words like Toxic Threat, or Riot Alarm.Singer/composer/guitarist/writer/political activist Caetano Veloso was in NYC last week for Nonesuch Records at BAM (part of the 2014 Next Wave Festival), playing Thursday (9/25) and Friday (9/26). The focus of his shows were his 2012, Latin Grammy Award-winning album Abraçaço but he sprinkled in songs from throughout his nearly 50-year career. We caught the Thursday show where he brought out his Nonesuch labelmate Arto Lindsay right before the second encore. He also wished the crowd L'shana Tovah since it was the second night of Rosh Hashanah. More pictures, including one of the setlist, below...
Here and elsewhere, in Mr. Veloso's concert at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on Thursday, you could deduce that Mr. Veloso was up to his old tricks. He was twanging and retuning the audience, challenging its expectations of a figure like him: the enlightened witness from the 1960s, the eminent singer of romantic seriousness. His light-voiced geniality is a prize possession, of his and ours, but it's also a decoy. - [New York Times]
photos by P Squared Photography
Tweedy @ BAM 9/23/2014
"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...
photos by Greg Cristman
There were no speeches, or stagy hugs, or arms lifted in reconciliation. Not even a handshake. Still, on Tuesday night at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, two pioneers of Minimalism, the composers Philip Glass and Steve Reich, both 77, put aside a personal and professional feud that lasted more than 40 years and, for the first time since the early '70s, performed together as they had in their early days so often and so momentously."Nonesuch Records at BAM," the 50th anniversary celebration of the label, began last night (9/9) with two events, one being the highly-anticipated collaboration from contemporary composer greats Philip Glass and Steve Reich, their first in four decades. As the above review points out, they were joined by Nico Muhly, Timo Andres and David Cossin, and the performance lived up to its expectations. Pictures and a video in this post.
...The audience that packed the house on Tuesday applauded and cheered with delight when Mr. Glass and Mr. Reich walked onstage to play "Four Organs," scored for four digital keyboards and maracas. The other players were two composer-pianists of the new generation, Nico Muhly and Timo Andres, and the percussionist David Cossin from the Glass Ensemble.
...The ensemble then played Parts 1 and 2 of Mr. Glass's "Music in 12 Parts," completed in 1974, a sort of how-to catalog of Minimalist techniques turned into a haunting, audacious piece. Best of all was the "Funeral of Amenhotep III" from Mr. Glass's 1983 opera "Akhnaten," performed by nine players, including two percussionists, music that in its obsessive figurations seems at once terrifying and exuberant. [NY Times]
Reich and Glass do it two more times, first tonight (9/10) and again on Thursday (9/11). They're in the Howard Gilman Opera House, while jazz composer Brad Mehldau (the other show last night) wraps up his two-night run in the Harvey Theater tonight. Tonight Brad will be joined by Chris Thile of Nickel Creek/Punch Brothers.
More pictures, and that video, below...
I just got excited when I read today's announcement that:
Nonesuch Records releases Sam Amidon's label debut Bright Sunny South on May 14.Tickets are still available for the May 16th show which you could also say is yet another Doveman-related gig that we missed in our Doveman roundup yesterday.
Produced by Amidon with his childhood friend and longtime collaborator Thomas Bartlett (a.k.a. Doveman) and legendary English engineer Jerry Boys (Buena Vista Social Club, Vashti Bunyan, R.E.M.) and recorded in London, the record features a band made up of Bartlett and multi-instrumentalists Shahzad Ismaily and Chris Vatalaro. Jazz trumpeter Kenny Wheeler also makes a cameo. Amidon himself not only sings but also plays banjo, fiddle, acoustic guitar, and piano on the album.
To celebrate the release, Amidon will performon May 16 at New York City's Le Poisson Rouge with Bartlett, Ismaily, Vatalaro and special guests (to be announced). This is Amidon's first full-scale band performance in New York City since the release of his previous album I See The Sign in 2010, although he has recently performed in New York as part of Doveman's Burgundy Stain sessions, in duo with Bill Frisell, and in collaboration with Nico Muhly, Beth Orton, and others.
Amidon describes Bright Sunny South as a "a lonesome record" and a return to the more spare sound of his 2007 self-recorded debut, But This Chicken Proved Falsehearted: "There was an atmospheric quality to my last two records; those albums are like a garden of sounds," says Amidon, "but this one is more of a journey, a winding path. The band comes rushing in and then they disappear. It comes from more of a darker, internal space."
A longtime admirer of Boys' work, Amidon was particularly enamored of his recordings with Martin Carthy in the 1970s, as well as the Ali Farka Touré/Toumani Diabaté duet albums on World Circuit/Nonesuch: "Those are so beautiful. I listened to all of that. I loved the sense of documentation, the unadorned quality. Everything sounded so clear."
Sam's only other announced gig is part of Wilco's Solid Sound Festival this summer.
Liten to a track from Sam's new album, along with the full tracklist below...
Swans at Bowery Ballroom in October (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
As mentioned, Swans, who managed to play Bowery Ballroom on October 28, one of the few shows that actually happened that day in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, ended up having to postpone their Music Hall of Williamsburg show which would have happened a day later (10/29). They've just announced that the makeup date for that show will happen on February 7 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (12/7) at noon and all tickets purchased for the 10/29 date will also be honored. Otherwise refunds are available at the point of purchase.
Devendra Banhart was scheduled to play the original date (and he also played the Bowery Ballroom show that happened the day before), but he doesn't appear to be on the bill for the new one. He did, however, just announce that he'll release the followup to 2009's What Will We Be at some point (release date TBA) on his new label home, Nonesuch. The album's called Mala and it was produced by Devendra himself and his bandmate Noah Georgeson.
A live video of "Apostate" from The Seer live DVD and a list of all Swans dates are below.
"For over 40 years, Dr. John has taken the exuberant and raucous sound of New Orleans under his wing, preserving its lore and channeling it through his own style of rhythm and blues. This spring, the good doctor comes to BAM with an extraordinary entourage of musical guests for an artistic residency, offering three distinct perspectives on his formidable career.As previously mentioned (and HERE), "Locked Down", also the name of the album that you can stream now in full at Spotify, begins at the Brooklyn Academey of Music TONIGHT, April 5th, and runs through April 7th. Tickets are still available.
In "Locked Down," Dr. John is joined by The Black Keys guitarist and singer Dan Auerbach to premiere hard-hitting tracks from their widely anticipated [released] album (out April 3). Don't miss this one-time chance to hear Dr. John and Auerbach perform their critically-lauded project live." [BAM]
John and Dan stopped by Fallon to play a song off the album. If you missed it, watch below...
The Black Keys @ Coachella 2011 (more by David Andrako)
This is what the label says:
The Black Keys' new album El Camino will be released December 5 on Nonesuch Records. Produced by Danger Mouse and The Black Keys, the 11-track album was recorded at singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach's Easy Eye Sound studio in the band's new hometown of Nashville during the spring of 2011.The band only have European dates scheduled at the moment (listed below), but are in NYC for a private T-Mobile sponsored show TONIGHT (10/12). It's nearly impossible to get in (invite only, small space), but the show will be streaming online at 11pm on T-Mobile's Facebook.
In advance of the release, the album's first single, 'Lonely Boy', will be released on October 26. The complete track list is below; further details will be announced shortly. Pre-orders of El Camino begin today at www.theblackkeys.com and www.nonesuch.com.
All Euro tour dates, the album's tracklist, and a video ad for the album starring Bob Odenkirk (aka Saul Goodman), below...
"Hard Bargain, the new album from musical icon Emmylou Harris, will be released April 26 on Nonesuch Records.... Hard Bargain, which comprises 11 new songs by Harris as well as two covers, was produced by Jay Joyce (Cage the Elephant, Patty Griffin). A deluxe edition of the album, which includes a DVD featuring six performances interspersed with interviews, will also be available. In addition, Hard Bargain is now available for pre-order at nonesuch.com with an exclusive manuscript lyric sheet of the album's opening track, "The Road," a number of which will be autographed by Harris.Emmylou Harris's NYC show happens at Bowery Ballroom on April 26th, the date of the Hard Bargain release. Tickets go on AMEX presale Wednesday (3/9) at noon, and regular sale on Friday.
In celebration of the release, Harris will embark on a series of performances including a showcase at the 2011 SXSW Music and Media Conference as well as special intimate shows in New York and Los Angeles. Additionally, on April 27, Harris will perform on the Late Show with David Letterman."
Hard Bargain contains 11 new songs and two covers. The covers are of songs by Ron Sexsmith and producer Jay Joyce. Full track list below.
Ron Sexsmith will hit Highline Ballroom on March 28th as part of a tour that kicks off in North America at the end of March and then hops the pond at the tail end of April for dates in Europe. The shows are in celebration of his new LP Long Player Late Bloomer which is out now and with a bonus DVD via his site.
Some of Ron's tour, including the Highline show, is with Caitlin Rose who is also heading to SXSW soon, and is touring with Johnny Flynn in May. That brings her back to NYC to play Bowery Ballroom on May 28th.
All tour dates for all of them, Emmylou's LP track list, and some videos, below....
Voltaic, a very special CD/LP/DVD project from Björk, is set to be released in the US by Nonesuch Records on June 23, 2009. Available in five different physical configurations, it is a lovingly packaged celebration of the past two years of Björk's Volta activities--her critically praised sixth studio album, which came out in 2007, and the subsequent two-year world tour.No new songs - "live", but "in a studio" (and remixes of course)... "five different physical configurations" (all very Bjork). More details (which I'm still trying to get my head around) below.
The video and making-of for Bjork's "Declare Independence" are on the new Michel Gondry DVD collection out now.
Voltaic details (all configurations included) below...
Nonesuch Records is pleased to announce that singer/songwriter/guitarist Dan Auerbach, best known as half of The Black Keys, will release his solo debut, Keep It Hid, on February 10, 2009. Dan will begin a national tour with performances in [many cities], with opening acts Those Darlins and Hacienda, the latter also lending support as Auerbach's backing band.Dan is playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on March 2nd and then Bowery Ballroom the next day. Tickets are on sale for both shows.
All dan dates below...
Was it indie karma that got Kurt Cobain of Nirvana's friend, the rock star of indie-labels, Slim Moon killed like a horse about to become glue - shot down from his A&R position at Nonesuch last week by those sharp shooters at the Warner Music Group where he was working for less than a year after leaving Kill Rock Stars - the label he created - the label that houses bands like They Kill Horses Don't They and The Mary Timony Band - both who recently came out with new albums? Probably not, because Billboard is now reporting that Slim just moved over to Rykodisk, also owned by WMG.
Mary Timony just made a video for the song you can download above. You can stream They Shoot Horses Don't They's new album Pick Up Sticks. They're also playing Cake Shop and Silent Barn in August, and touring all over the place.....