Entries tagged with: Patti Smith
words by Ian Chainey, photos by Greg Cristman
Bill Laswell performing with Bladerunner
The Ohm Resistance Label Showcase to be held at Brooklyn club Saint Vitus on May 31 has taken shape and it's just as wild as you'd expect from the Brooklyn-based avant-garde label. The Blood of Heroes with Bill Laswell will be making their live debut. They're joined by Silent Killer, Invertia, SHVLFCE, and Katmai. Advanced tickets are available now.
The Blood of Heroes are an experimental troupe bringing together the talents of Bill Laswell, Justin Broadrick (Godflesh, Jesu), beatmakers Submerged and Enduser, and Dr. Israel behind the mic. The result is a synthesis of the players' day jobs: drum n' bass, jungle, dub, industrial metal, and ambient. It can also be none of those things. Their eponymous debut was released by Ohm Resistance in 2010. (It also received a full set of remixes that same year.) A follow-up, The Waking Nightmare, came out via Ohm in 2012 and featured contributions from Tony Maimone (Pere Ubu) and a guest spot from Tompa (At the Gates, Disfear), among a varied collection of others.
For this particular event, the Blood of Heroes lineup will be as follows: Laswell, Dr. Israel, Submerged, Jason Selden (Apparatus), Matt Labozza (A Storm of Light), and haZMat, including guests. Laswell certainly has the connections to make the "guest" part interesting. He just played Le Poisson Rouge on May 4 with John Zorn and Dave Lombardo under the Bladerunner moniker (a few pictures from that event in this post). Justin Broadrick, on the other hand, won't be available thanks to Godflesh being back in business. The influential industrial metal duo recently released a new song, "Ringer," following a 13 year studio break. They'll be touring with Loop in the UK, starting in Glasgow on June 2.
While Broadrick's creative spirit will be missed, the Blood of Heroes' eclectic approach runs throughout the entire bill. Silent Killer construct atmospheric rich drum n' bass, Invertia twist black metal, noise, and industrial together, SHVLFCE do rhythmically inventive IDM, and Katmai play blissed-out electronic pop with an ambient whoosh. They also do none of these things. Needless to say, should be a crazy night.
Bill Laswell will also take part in the Ornette Coleman tribute in Prospect Park in June, which now features Laurie Anderson and David Murray, in addition to Bill Laswell, Bruce Hornsby, Flea, Geri Allen, Henry Threadgill, James Blood Ulmer, Patti Smith, and more.
Ohm Resistance showcase details, along with streams of the entire lineup and two more pics from the Bladerunner gig appear below.
Chicago has The Cure, Jane's Addiction, The National, Weezer, The Flaming Lips, Social Distortion, Slayer, Wu-Tang Clan, Descendents, Tegan & Sara, Metric, the reunited Samhain (!), Cheap Trick, Pussy Riot (Nadya Tolokonnikova & Masha Alekhina), Patti Smith, Taking Back Sunday, Mastodon, Afghan Whigs, Naked Raygun, Cock Sparrer, Superchunk, Lucero, Murder City Devils, Mudhoney, Failure, Hot Snakes, Thurston Moore, Get Up Kids, Kurt Vile, Wavves, ALL, Mineral, Title Fight, Samiam, Menzingers, Front Bottoms, Pianos Become the Teeth, Bouncing Souls, Buzzcocks, Gogol Bordello, Stiff Little Fingers and many more. Tickets are on sale now.
Denver also has The Cure, The National, Weezer, Social Distortion, The Flaming Lips, Slayer, Wu-Tang Clan, Taking Back Sunday, Lucero, Failure, Hot Snakes, ALL, Mineral, Menzingers, Pianos Become the Teeth, Bouncing Souls, Buzzcocks, Gogol Bordello, Stiff Little Fingers plus Primus, TV on the Radio, Glassjaw, Bob Mould, Violent Femmes and more. Tickets are on sale now.
Full Chicago and Denver lineups below...
Patti Smith in Austin in 2013 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
Patti Smith has multiple European dates coming up this year, but in the midst of that, she'll make an appearance in her hometown of NYC for "an evening of music, poetry, sound and remembrance" on April 23 at The Green Space. The event description reads:
April is the cruelest month, breeding / Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing / Memory and desire, stirring.Tickets for the show, which also includes Patti's daughter Jesse and Eric Hoegemeyer are on sale now. If you can't make it, you can watch online as it streams live on www.thegreenespace.org/.
These lines from T.S. Eliot's poem The Wasteland reflect our mission for the evening, as we honor the chaos and transformation of spring with Jesse Paris Smith, Eric Hoegemeyer and Patti Smith.
Melding music and poetry, they will perform their own compositions, the work of others such as Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, W.G. Sebald, Hildegard von Bingen, and salute friends and companions who have passed on in their own transformation. This event is hosted by Spinning On Air's David Garland.
All Patti Smith dates are listed below...
photos by Chris La Putt
Iggy Pop with New Order // Sufjan Stevens with The National
The 24th Annual Tibet House US Benefit Concert took place at Carnegie Hall last night (3/11) with Patti Smith, New Order, Iggy Pop, The National, Sufjan Stevens, Robert Randolph, Philip Glass, Nico Muhly, and many more.
As always, the night featured many collaborations--Iggy Pop with New Order, Sufjan Stevens with The National, Nico Muhly with Philip Glass, and so on. Headliner Patti Smith also paid tribute to the late Lou Reed by covering Transformer's "Perfect Day." Video footage of Iggy Pop and New Order playing Joy Division's "Love Will Tear Us Apart," "Transmission," and NO's own "Californian Grass" are in this post. UPDATE: Footage of The National and Sufjan Stevens performing "Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks," "This Is the Last Time," and "I Need My Girl" can also be found below.
More pictures, those videos, and the full Tibet House US 24th Annual Benefit setlist lie after the jump...
Chelsea Light Moving at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Thurston Moore, the guitar visionary of Sonic Youth, Chelsea Light Moving and many other collaborations (he just wrapped up a residency at The Stone with various collaborators), is set to receive The Fly's Living Legend Award in London this February, and ahead of that The Fly asked him to list his Favorite Songs of All Time.
That list includes songs by Patti Smith, Teenage Jesus & the Jerks, T. Rex, Nirvana, Dinosaur Jr, Lou Reed, Beach Boys, David Bowie, Minor Threat, Black Flag and more. Check out his full list below...
Iggy Pop at SXSW 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
The annual Tibet House Benefit Concert is returning for its 24th year on March 11 at Carnegie Hall. As usual, artistic director Philip Glass is performing and has a typically amazing lineup of Bryce Dessner (of The National), Nico Muhly, Iggy Pop, New Order, Patti Smith (who also played last year), Techung and Joe Walsh. Tickets are on sale now and proceeds will benefit the Tibet House US.
photos by Adam Nelson | WORKHOUSE
The late Lou Reed was honored with a last-minute memorial in Harlem at the legendary Apollo Theatre last night (12/17), which was organized by his wife Laurie Anderson. The memorial saw some of Lou's notable friends/collaborators singing the songs of the Velvet Underground and his solo career plus reading or performing tributes to him, including Patti Smith and her bandmate Lenny Kaye, Antony Hegarty, Debbie Harry (of Blondie), Paul Simon, John Zorn, Philip Glass, former VU bandmate Moe Tucker, and others. An excerpt from the NY Times review of the show reads:
Ms. Anderson said that Mr. Reed wrote songs in single bursts. "He would wake up in the middle of the night and just write the song down and it was complete," she said. "He never changed a word. He thought, 'First thought, best thought.' "That review also points out that Laurie Anderson said Lou's last words were "Take me out into the light!"
Mr. Simon sang the Velvets' "Pale Blue Eyes," marveling at its beauty and admitting there were lines he never understood. Emily Haines, from the Canadian band Metric, sang "All Tomorrow's Parties," and Jenni Muldaur sang the pensive "Jesus." Deborah Harry rocked through "White Light/White Heat."
Ms. Smith chose "Perfect Day" for what she called "Lou's most poignant lyric": "You made me forget myself/I thought I was someone else, someone good." The a cappella doo-wop group the Persuasions reworked Mr. Reed's "Turning Time Around." Antony Hegarty, who appeared in the stage production of Mr. Reed's album "Berlin," performed a slow, poignant, tremulous "Candy Says." Julian Schnabel, who filmed "Berlin," calmly recited the patricidal, carnage-filled "Rock Minuet."
The saxophonist John Zorn represented Mr. Reed's improvisational side with a squealing, scurrying, exultantly perpetual-motion yawp of a solo. And Philip Glass, on piano, accompanied a recitation of the Kaddish prayer.
Pictures of the memorial are in this post. They continue below...
by Andrew Sacher
You may be familiar with Shaking Through, the online music series produced by Weathervane Music, through its installments with Hop Along, The So So Glos, Sharon Van Etten, and others. The series gives the artists two days to record a brand new song, after which the song is released along with a short documentary video on the process.
The newest installment comes from Brooklyn's Celestial Shore, and features singer Sam Owens duetting with Empress Of (aka Lorely Rodriguez). It's tamer than the band's usual mathy stuff (save for the minor freakout at the end), instead opting for airy, lazy-Sunday psychedelia. You can check out the song and the video below, and download the track for free at Shaking Through.
As usual, Celestial Shore have local shows coming up, including one on November 22 at Shea Stadium with Zula, and Sam Owens plays a solo show on December 10 at Union Pool as part of Luke Temple's residency at the venue.
Meanwhile, Empress Of is opening both NYC shows on SOHN's tour.
Shaking Through recently launched a PledgeMusic campaign to keep it going for a fifth year in 2014, and there's some pretty cool rewards. For pledging $10 you get "The Complete Shaking Through Recordings 2009-2013," featuring all 44 songs they've done so far. For $30, you can see Hop Along's Frances Quinlan at a private studio concert. And there's a reverse auction for "The Signed Patti Smith Collection," which features signed copies of her book Just Kids, her lyric book, her double-CD with My Bloody Valentine's Kevin Shields, and two of her recent albums, Trampin' (2004) and Banga (2012). The "reverse auction" is currently at $2,500 and it drops $50 a day until someone purchases it. More details on that here, and more reward options here.
Song stream and video below...
On Sunday morning, I rose early. I had decided the night before to go to the ocean, so I slipped a book and a bottle of water into a sack and caught a ride to Rockaway Beach. It felt like a significant date, but I failed to conjure anything specific. The beach was empty, and, with the anniversary of Hurricane Sandy looming, the quiet sea seemed to embody the contradictory truth of nature. I stood there for a while, tracing the path of a low-flying plane, when I received a text message from my daughter, Jesse. Lou Reed was dead. I flinched and took a deep breath. I had seen him with his wife, Laurie, in the city recently, and I'd sensed that he was ill. A weariness shadowed her customary brightness. When Lou said goodbye, his dark eyes seemed to contain an infinite and benevolent sadness.Read the rest here.
I met Lou at Max's Kansas City in 1970. The Velvet Underground played two sets a night for several weeks that summer. The critic and scholar Donald Lyons was shocked that I had never seen them, and he escorted me upstairs for the second set of their first night. I loved to dance, and you could dance for hours to the music of the Velvet Underground. A dissonant surf doo-wop drone allowing you to move very fast or very slow. It was my late and revelatory introduction to "Sister Ray."
In a will filed Monday in Manhattan Surrogate's Court, the Velvet Underground legend left his artist wife, Laurie Anderson, their West Village coop and East Hampton summer home.Read more here.
A onetime staple at Andy Warhol's factory in the 1960s, Reed also bequeathed Anderson all his art, pictures, jewelry, clothing, person effects, automobiles and boats, according to the will. He also passed along his interest in Sister Ray Enterprises, the company that holds the rights to his songs.
Reed, who had no children, also instructed his executor to give $500,000 to his sister, Margaret Reed Weiner, but encouraged his sibling to look out for their mom.
As discussed, Patti Smith has 3-NYC area shows coming up at the end of the year.
Patti Smith in Austin in April (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
As discussed, this year NYC punk legend Patti Smith is doing her year-end shows at Webster Hall on December 29 and 30. Since we last spoke, she's announced a third show in the area happening right before in Long Island at The Space at Westbury on December 27. Tickets for the newly-added date go on sale Friday (11/8) at noon and tickets for the Webster Hall shows (same link) are still available.
Opening the Webster Hall shows is Belle Ghoul, the project of Patti Smith's daughter Jesse Smith and Electric Six's Christopher Tait. No opener has been announced for the Space at Westbury show.
Updated dates are listed below...
confetti at Amanda Palmer's NYE show last year (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The fact that Phish will play the refurbished Madison Square Garden again this New Year's Eve is old news already, but Barclays Center just announced today (10/31) who will be playing the Brooklyn arena's second-ever New Year's Eve show, and the honor goes to.... Billy Joel (UPDATE: and the recently reunited Ben Folds Five) (last year was Jay-Z and Coldplay).
Here are a few already-announced New Year's Eve shows we're rather be at this year...
Andrew WK parties at Irving Plaza.
Mykki Blanco will help make Gramercy Theater ghetto fabulous.
Moon Boots plays Output.
Delta Spirit plays Brooklyn Bowl.
DIIV, Perfect Pussy, Potty Mouth and Nothing play Baby's All Right.
Patti Smith doesn't play on NYE proper, but does play year-end shows right before that on December 29 and 30 at Webster Hall.
Browse more NYC NYE Concert Options in our new year-round concert calendar.
Or maybe just head to Mexico!
P.S. If you're in Austin, you'll want to catch the Breeders.
UPDATE: The quote we previously posted as being from Patti, where she supposedly said "Lou Reed [was] one of the most important friends in my life", was actually just written by whoever is running her unofficial, but very popular, Facebook page. We doubt they were really friends with Lou, but maybe they were speaking metaphorically.
Meanwhile, Patti did give Rolling Stone a quote on Lou, which reads...
Lou was a very special poet - a New York writer in the way that Walt Whitman was a New York poet. One thing I got from Lou, that never went away, was the process of performing live over a beat, improvising poetry, how he moved over three chords for 14 minutes. That was a revelation to me.Check out a video of Patti covering Lou Reed's "Perfect Day" in 2011, and a video of her doing The Velvet Underground's "We're Gonna Have A Real Good Time Together" in 1976, below.
Patti Smith at Bowery Ballroom in June (more by Adela LaConte)
NYC punk legend Patti Smith has announced that her annual hometown end of year shows will take place at Webster Hall on December 29 and 30 this year. Tickets for those shows, which usually happen at the smaller Bowery Ballroom (Punch Brothers steal the dates?) go on sale Friday (9/20) at noon.
Sooner than that, Patti plays the previously discussed Inside Llewyn Davis celebration at Town Hall on September 29 with Jack White, Colin Meloy, Cono Oberst, and more. That's sold out. And even sooner, she'll be doing a tribute to Hildegard of Bingen at The Met on Friday (9/20), which is also sold out.
All dates are listed below...
still from 'Inside Llewyn Davis'
Inside Llewyn Davis is the new Coen Brothers film starring Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman, Garrett Hedlund and Justin Timberlake, which has been on the festival circuit this year (including this fall's New York Film Festival) and will open in December. The music in the film was executively produced by T-Bone Burnett, and mostly consists of covers of old folk songs. The soundtrack will be released on November 12 via Nonesuch.
The film's music will be celebrated and performed in NYC on September 29 at Town Hall during a big concert that features Jack White, Patti Smith, Colin Meloy (The Decemberists), Conor Oberst, Joan Baez, Marcus Mumford, Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, Punch Brothers, Avett Brothers, Milk Carton Kids, Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops), and more, in addition to some of the film's cast, including Oscar Isaac, John Goodman, Carey Mulligan, and Stark Sands.
Concert flyer and film trailer, below...
Tame Impala at Terminal 5 in February (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
We know these kinds of listicles get published all the time, and that everyone will always find ways to argue them, but this one is kind of interesting. Rolling Stone published their '50 Greatest Live Acts Right Now' list, where they asked a panel of writers, industry figures, and artists, "who rules the road in 2013?" It's got much of the stuff you'd think Rolling Stone would have on this kind of list (like insisting The Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen are still better live than basically anyone else in 2013), but there's still some surprises, like the inclusion of Tame Impala amongst mainly rock/pop stars.
Check out the full list below...
Neil Young in Atlantic City in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Neil Young & Crazy Horse are going on another tour this year which hits Port Chester's Capitol Theatre on September 2 with Patti Smith and her Band. Tickets for that show are on presale now. General on-sale begins Friday (6/28) at noon.
Other shows coming up at Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY include Willie Nelson & Family on September 18 & 19 (tickets), Bonnie Raitt on November 19 (tickets), and Foreigner on November 30 (tickets).
A bunch of other shows are going on sale or presale today too.
photos by Adela LaConte
Patti Smith @ Bowery Ballroom, 6/5/2013
Patti Smith contributed to the ongoing Federico Garcia Lorca Birthday Celebration with her show at Bowery Ballroom on Wednesday (6/5). The show opened the show with a Federico Garcia Lorca poetry reading, and then Patti and her band kicked into a set which included a number of classic Patti Smith tunes -- "Ask the Angles, Redondo Beach," "Pissing in a River" -- and a bunch of covers too, like "Summertime Blues." Other band members took the lead vocal on some of the covers as well. Pictures from the show are in this post.
They continue, along with a few videos and the setlist, below...
photos by Sarah Frankie Linder
Patti Smith @ Stubb's, Austin, 4/30/13
Patti Smith will play Bowery Ballroom on June 5. Tickets to the Bowery show go on sale Friday (5/17). The show is part of the celebration of the Federico Garcia Lorca Birthday Celebration which has been going on since early April and continues through July with events thoughout the city:
Lorca in New York: A Celebration is the largest-ever festival in North America celebrating the work of acclaimed Spanish poet and playwright Federico García Lorca. With more than two dozen events throughout Manhattan, it focuses on the brief but prolific period (1929-1930), during which Lorca came to New York and wrote one of his most significant works, Poet in New York. Presented by Fundación Federico García Lorca with support from Acción Cultural Española, it is anchored in the premiere of Back Tomorrow: Federico García Lorca / Poet in New York at The New York Public Library's Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (April 5-July 20) - an exhibition bringing together for the first time manuscripts, drawings, letters, and photos Lorca generated while in the city.June 5 is Lorca's actual birthday and Smith previously celebrated Lorca with a concert performed at his home in Granada, the Huerta de San Vicente, in 2010.
She'll also perform on September 20 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art for a tribute to Hildegard of Bingen, the "twelfth-century German writer, composer, philosopher, visual artist, mystic, Benedictine abbess, visionary, and polymath." Tickets to that show are still available. All Patti Smith tour dates are below.
Patti Smith played Stubb's in Austin at the end of April (4/30) and there are photos from that show in this post.
More pictures and dates below...
Lee Ranaldo on stage w/ Dinosaur Jr. in 2012 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
The Lee Ranaldo Band, which features Lee along with his Sonic Youth bandmate Steve Shelley, Alan Licht, and Tim Luntzel, are about to head to Spain and Portgual for a short tour this month, and upon returning to NYC they'll play a hometown show at Union Pool on April 28. Admission for that show is $12 at the door and openers TBA. They've got some other dates coming up this year too, all of which are listed below.
Meanwhile, Lee and Steve's past Sonic Youth cohort Thurston Moore is on tour with his band, Chelsea Light Moving, and that tour hits NYC TONIGHT (4/5) at Bowery Ballroom with Prana-Bindu and Marco Fusinato. Tickets for tonight's show are still available.
Thurston also contributed to Joyful Noise's new "Cause & Effect" series, which pairs an influential solo musician with an artist they've influenced on a split 7" single. Thurston's 7" has a track by Talk Normal on the b-side. The series also includes Dinosaur Jr/Sebadoh's Lou Barlow paired with Dumb Numbers and The Jesus Lizard's David Yow paired with Child Bite. You can stream the Thurston Moore/Talk Normal 7" at Pitchfork and listen to the other two below.
Thurston Moore and ex-wife/Sonic Youth bandmate Kim Gordon (separately) are also set to play the Yoko Ono-curated Meltdown Festival in London which goes down from June 14-23 at the Southbank Centre. Other artists performing include Yoko Ono herself with the Plastic Ono Band, Patti Smith, Iggy and the Stooges, Siouxsie Sioux (her first show in five years), Reggie Watts, Deerhoof, Savages, Marianne Faithfull, Immortal Technique, Ryuichi Sakamoto with Alva Noto, Sean Lennon with Cibo Matto, Boy George and more TBA. More info at the festival's website.
Meanwhile, you can catch Kim Gordon in NYC at the recently expanded "Night of Improvised Round Robin Duets," which takes place during the Red Bull Music Academy NYC residency at Brooklyn Masonic Temple on May 1. Kim will be joined by Andrew Bird, Robert Glasper, Questlove, Andrew WK, James Chance, Julia Holter, Thundercat, and many more. Tickets for that show are still available.
All Lee Ranaldo dates are listed, along with the Joyful Noise 7" streams, below...
Morrissey at BAM, Jan. 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Morrissey, who has been battling Barrett's Esophagus which forced him to cancel quite a few shows on his 2013 tour, is on the mend and will restart his tour this week with a performance at San Diego's Balboa Theater on Wednesday (2/27). The day before (Tues, 2/26) he'll perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
Among those dates are this Friday's show (3/1) at LA's Staples Center with Patti Smith. Morrissey had announced that the concession stands there would be vegetarian -- a first for the venue -- but Staples Center is now saying that is not the case. While the McDonalds franchises there will be closed for Moz's show and they have added to the menu such items as vegan sloppy Joes, vegan sushi and hummus, all regular concession stand items will be available. Morrissey, however, fired back saying:
Reports that the Staples Center will not be 100% vegetarian on March 1st are playfully untrue. Contractually, all McDonalds vendors shall be closed down, and the only thing burning shall be my heart.The rescheduled tour dates -- which include a few new shows as well -- are listed below.
"Highlights of amazing @tibethouseus concert: Ira Glass dancing, Jim James singing, & Patti Smith & Phillip Glass performing a Ginsberg poem." - Ann Napolitano
Jim James and Ariel Pink (via Force Field)
The 23rd Annual Tibet House Benefit Concert went down at Carnegie Hall last night (2/21) with Jim James, Merrill Garbus (aka tUnE-yArDs), Ariel Pink, Patti Smith, Rahzel, Tenzin Choegyal, Jesse Smith, and artistic director Philip Glass, with backing from Scorchio Quartet, dancing from This American Life's Ira Glass, and an opening Monk chant.
As these shows usually go, the participating musicians all collaborated with each other on stage throughout the show. Some highlights include Ariel Pink being joined by Philip Glass at one point and then Merrill Garbus at another, Patti Smith reading Allen Ginsberg's "Wichita Vortex Sutra" as Philip Glass played backing piano, and the concert's final song, which saw everyone but Pink coming on stage for Patti Smith's "People Have the Power."
If you were there, did you see Uma Thurman in the audience? She was there with her father, Robert, a Buddhist writer who is President of TIbet House US, and who, along with Philip Glass, gave an introductory speech at the concert.
The full setlist and a couple shots of Jim James' set below...
tUnE-yArDs at Lollapalooza 2012 (more by James Richards IV)
The Tibet House Annual Benefit Concert will return for its 23rd year at Carnegie Hall on February 21. Like in past years, artistic director Philip Glass will perform and he's brought along a typically awesome and diverse lineup of Jim James (whose band My Morning Jacket just kicked off a 3-night run at the Capitol Theatre), tUnE-yArDs, Rahzel, Patti Smith with Jessie Smith, and more TBA. Tickets for the concert are on sale now via Carnegie Hall and special packages that include a dinner reception with the performers can be purchased via Tibet House US. Proceeds from ticket sales will support Tibet House US, the Hurricane Sandy Relief Foundation, and the TIbet Community of New York & New Jersey.
Rahzel also took part in the 2012 Tibet House Benefit Concert. Check out pictures from that.
In related news, Patti Smith recently announced that she's working on a sequel to her memoir, Just Kids.
"It's an indisputable fact that the Barclays Center has one of the best veggie burgers in Brooklyn, somehow." - Joey Arak
""Thank you Jay-Z... Crazy Horse!". - Neil Young's final words on stage at the Barclays Center tonight." - BrooklynVegan
Crazy Horse (more by Gretchen Robinette)
As you know, Neil Young and Crazy Horse aren't really switching up the setlists on this tour. In fact, though some cities get a different song in the encore, the setlist at Barclays Center in Brooklyn last night was exactly the same as the one they played at MSG. Regardless, it was a great Brooklyn show, especially for those who were seeing it for the first time. If you missed both area shows, you can still always head to Atlantic City this week.
Patti Smith and band (Lenny Kaye included) however did mix it up during her powerful 8pm opening set. She ended with "Gloria" like she did at MSG, but we also got her moving cover of Neil Young's "It's a Dream" and hit "Because the Night."
Full setlists for Neil and Patti and some videos below...
UK music magazine Uncut put out their list of the top 75 albums of 2012. The top ten leans pretty heavy on long-running '60s/'70s survivors who put out new albums this year, but plenty of the list-topping regulars from newer acts are on there too, along with a few interesting surprises (Sun Araw, M Geddes Gengras & the Congos!). You can check out the full list below.
photos by Gretchen Robinette, words by Andrew Sacher
When Neil Young walked out in a saggy red flannel last night (11/27) at the Madison Square Garden stop on his first tour with Crazy Horse in almost a decade, the "Godfather of Grunge" alarms were going off like crazy. And while you can't necessarily pin a man's style of music to his choice of attire for the evening, once Neil and Crazy Horse began jamming, their lasting impact on grunge and noise rock became the most apparent thing in the room. Like they've been doing on the rest of the tour, they opted for a night of the dirt, sludge, and raw noise that has been littered throughout Neil Young and Crazy Horse's career, and still comes across terrifically on their new album, Psychedelic Pill. They checked the pretty songs at the door, save for a solo acoustic performance of "The Needle and the Damage Done" from Harvest, but played nothing else from that album, After the Gold Rush, Deja Vu, On the Beach, or many of his other classics. And if that's what you were expecting to hear (which I imagine a large amount of people were expecting at a MSG show), the show may have come as a disappointment. But if you embraced what he did play, it was pretty damn amazing.
It's not very unusual for artists who have been at it as long as Neil Young to keep their new material to a minimum at shows and focus on the old hits, but with four of his thirteen songs being off Psychedelic Pill and two of those passing the fifteen-minute mark, Neil did nothing of the sort. And those Psychedelic Pill cuts not only hold up, but were highlights of the show. The most inspiring moment for me came from the massive "Walk Like a Giant," which pieces together short verses with extended fuzz-drenched guitar solos and ended with about five straight minutes of psychedelic noise. Of course the show wasn't without the old Crazy Horse favorites too though. They ended the set with three of the best and most characteristic moments of their career, "Cinnamon Girl, a stretched-out "Fuckin' Up," and "Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black)." During that stretch of classic Crazy Horse, they also took things further back, squeezing in a cut from Neil's time with Buffalo Springfield, "Mr. Soul." They had a bit going on production wise too, with colossal mock Fender amps and a microphone, set up like a giant would be using them, a 50's-style TV screen that projected footage of the band on stage, and a road crew dressed as mad scientists and construction men. But overall, the show just felt like four guys rocking out together, and getting that from Neil Young in 2012 is a great experience to be part of.
Before Neil Young and Crazy Horse took the stage, we were graced with a short but sweet set from Patti Smith and her band. Like Neil, Patti also has a very worthy album out this year, Banga, and the two songs she played off that ("April Fool" and "Fuji-san") fit right in with her classics like "Pissing in a River" and "Gloria." Patti also showed no signs of slowing down, and took over Madison Square Garden with her howls and screams piercing through her midst of punk poetry in a way where you knew she belonged in a small club, but could handle MSG with ease. In between songs, Patti gave short speeches about saving our world, rebuilding our cities after Hurricane Sandy, the honor of playing with Neil Young, and dedicated a song to Jimi Hendrix, who would've turned 70 yesterday. And Patti's voice wasn't the only thing as sharp as her early days. Like they've done in the past, Patti's band turned the acoustic "Beneath the Southern Cross" into a Velvet Undergroundy noise buildup that would've sounded at home on one of Patti's first two records.
The tour continues and returns to NYC on Monday (12/3) at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Tickets for that show are still available. More pictures from last night's show, including the other opening band, Everest, and Neil Young and Patti Smith's setlists, are below.