Entries tagged with: Son Volt
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Son Volt @ MHOW, 6/15/2013
Of course, sales of albums and tickets aren't necessarily the true measure of achievement, and Farrar and his bandmates seemed quite happy to be perched on their own rung on the ladder of success. Well, maybe "happy" isn't exactly the right word, because no one has ever accused Farrar of being a happy guy. His stage presence is nearly nonexistent, and he spoke only a handful of words throughout the band's 90-minute show. His singing voice doesn't have much range, either, but it rings true, and in country music, that's what matters most. Fortunately, guitarist Gary Hunt and bassist Andrew Duplantis stepped in to add some occasional vocal harmonies because a night of nothing but Farrar's vocals could prove quite soporific. - [Albany Times Union]After hitting Albany (where the above review is from), Son Volt's tour rolled into NYC over the weekend for two shows -- Friday (6/14) at Bowery Ballroom and Saturday (6/14) at Music Hall of Williamsburg as part of the Northside Festival. Colonel Ford (aka all of Son Volt except frontman Jay Farrar) opened the show. Pictures from Saturday's show (including one of the setlist) are in this post.
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As mentioned, White Fence's new album, Cyclops Reap, is out this week on John Dwyer's Castle Face label. Tim Presley doesn't seem to be running out of songs and this is another quality batch of paisley-scented psychedelia. You can stream "To The Boy I Jumped In The Hemlock Alley" below and hear the whole record over at Pitchfork.
White Fence will be in Brooklyn for the Northside Festival in June, playing two shows: the Panache showcase at Brooklyn Bowl on June 13 and then a late show at Knitting Factory on June 14. Tickets to the Knitting Factory show are on sale now; no word on Brooklyn Bowl tickets just yet.
The whole Panache showcase line-up is still forthcoming but we do know its being headlined by Mac DeMarco and we have updated dates for him below as well.
These are just a couple of the additions to the 2013 Northside line-up that includes that free Walkmen show in McCarren Park. Other new additions, Kylesa, Torche, Sonny & the Sunsets, Nü Sensae, Kisses, The Luyas and more. Northside line-up as it stands now is below.
The 2013 Clearwater Festival will take place on June 15 and 16 at Croton Point Park in Croton-on-Hudson, Westchester County, NY. This year's line-up includes Sharon Jones And The Dap-Kings, Son Volt, Mavis Staples, Antibalas, Nicole Atkins, Patterson Hood and more. Full line-up is below. Tickets for Clearwater are on sale now.
Swans at Music Hall of Williamsburg, Feb 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
As mentioned earlier today, The Northside Festival will return in 2013, and have announced the initial lineup for the June 13 - 20th festival. The musical program will run from June 13-16 and besides the previously discussed Iceage and Son Volt, will also feature Black Flag (with Greg Ginn and Ron Reyes, not to be confused with FLAG) Swans (who are playing Bonnaroo), The Men, Rhys Chatham and Oneida (collaborating), Merchandise, Lambchop, Twin Sister, Lower, Milk Music, WHY?, Chelsea Wolfe, the Soft Moon, Destruction Unit, and more.
The festival will take place across venues in and around North Brooklyn, with free concerts in McCarren Park, portions of Williamsburg streets shut down and Pitchfork taking over Saint Vitus for three nights of shows. More details are on the way.
As part of it, Swans play Warsaw on June 13 with Chelsea Wolfe. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (2/22) at noon.
Tickets for the Black Flag show, which happens at Warsaw on June 14, go on sale Friday (2/20) at noon, featuring appearances from Good For You, The Men, and Netherlands. The show is one of two scheduled for The Men, with the band also scheduled to headline Bowery Ballroom in March.
Badges for Northside 2013 go on sale Friday (2/22) at noon. A full listing of today's announcement of Northside bands is below.
As just mentioned, The Northside Festival will return for a fifth year, taking over Williamsburg and Greenpoint clubs from June 13 - 16. While no initial line-up has been announced yet, shows are popping up like the Iceage show at Music Hall of Williamsburg we just wrote about. Another is Jay Farrar's Son Volt which happens at MHOW on June 15. While here the band will also play the day before (6/14) at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets to both shows go on sale Friday (2/22) at noon. Those shows are part of a full tour and all dates are listed below.
Son Volt, who have been kicking 18 years now after the dissolution of Uncle Tupelo, will release Honky Tonk on March 5 via Rounder Records. The album was inspired by the classic country subgenre. Says Farrar, "Honky tonk music is about heartache, heartbreak, the road. I wanted these songs to sound more contemporary and modern. There was no strict adherence to methodology of the past. You never want to be a nostalgia act." You can stream "Hearts and Minds" from the new album below.
photos by Kurt Christensen
Jim James @ Webster Hall
"New Multitudes, a centennial tribute to Woody Guthrie, made up of the singer-songwriters Jay Farrar, Yim Yames, Anders Parker and Will Johnson, operates from within a cocoon of familiarity. Not with regard to the songs, exactly: all 12 on the group's self-titled debut album, released last month on Rounder, began with previously unused scraps of writing from the Guthrie archives, freshly set to music.New Multitudes hit Webster Hall on Wednesday (3/14) with Bobby Bare Jr. in tow. Here are some pictures, setlist included, from the NYC show. More below...
What's familiar about New Multitudes is that process of refurbishment, which has also given us several albums by Billy Bragg with Wilco -- a collection, "Mermaid Avenue: The Complete Sessions," is due out on Nonesuch next month -- and one by Jonatha Brooke. In these and other instances, mostly smaller in scale, access to the material was enthusiastically granted by Nora Guthrie, the guardian of her father's legacy...." [NY Times]
Wilco at Sasquatch (more by Josh Darr)
The Autumn Defense (John Stirratt and Pat Sansone of Wilco) have announced a NYC show before they play WIlco's Solid Sound Festival later this month. The band will play The Living Room on June 18 at 9 PM, before Joseph Arthur, who Sansone collaborated with in Holding the Void, plays one of his ten shows at the same venue.
John Stirratt and Jeff Tweedy's ex-Uncle Tupelo bandmate Jay Farrar also has a few shows coming up. Those include October 14 and 15 at City Winery in NYC. Tickets are on sale.
Nels Cline of Wilco plays Le Poisson Rouge with Marc RIbot tonight (6/15). Tickets are still available. Nels also plays Blue Note on Friday (6/17) as part of the Spontaneous Construction series. The show is part of the Blue Note Jazz Festival. Tickets are on sale. He will also play with The Les Paul Trio at The Iridium on July 11 as part of their Les Paul Guitar Tribute Mondays. Nels plays Solid Sound with Thurston Moore under their Pillow Wand moniker.
Jeff Tweedy has no NYC dates but you can catch him at Winnipeg Folk Festival with Mountain Man, Dawes, Lucinda Williams and others on July 6-10.
All tour dates, Wilco included, below...
Son Volt's Jay Farrar has scheduled a few solo headlining and festival dates for June. Two of those will take place in the NYC-area. On June 4th he hits Maxwell's in Hoboken (on sale now). June 5th is Bowery Ballroom (tickets on sale Friday, April 2nd at noon). Jay will be accompanied on all dates of the tour by Mark Spencer of the Blood Oranges. All of those dates are listed below...
Aside from getting married this week, Mr. Zooey Deschanel (aka Ben Gibbard) is keeping busy. He'll be playing a few shows this October with Jay Farrar of Son Volt in support of their new collaborative record, One Fast Move Or I'm Gone: Kerouac's Big Sur. The album, coming out Oct. 20th on F-Stop/Atlantic Records, is the soundtrack to a documentary on Kerouac's Big Sur. The songs, written specifically for the project, take their lyrics from the novel. The setlist for the four-date tour will include songs off the soundtrack and "other surprise material," and the band will conist of Farrar, Gibbard, Nick Harmer (Death Cab for Cutie), Mark Spencer (Son Volt) and Jon Wurster (Superchunk, Bob Mould, The Mountain Goats).
The NYC show is happening October 28th at Webster Hall. Tickets go on AmEx presale Wednesday, September 23rd at noon. General sale starts Sept. 25th at noon.
Jay Farrar was just in NYC Thursday (9/17) with Son Volt, who are currently on tour.
"The gig in New York was mostly a success. Although I'm confident that the sound in the house was solid, on stage it was loud and lacking in definition. Also, for some reason the lighting director decided to black out the stage in the middle of a song. Not sure what that was about.The trailer and more info on the film (which has guests that include Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Sam Shepard, Patti Smith and Tom Waits) and the album (with a video for its last song, "San Francisco")are below...
Being that we were in NYC, we all stayed out too late and paid dearly the next day. Jay had it the worst, however, as he had to be up early to play on the radio." [Son Volt]
photos by Graeme Flegenheimer
"It took Patricia Mudnich and Joshua Garcia two weeks, driving their RV about 3,100 miles in a winding route from Santa Cruz, Calif., to arrive at the Rothbury music festival in West Michigan.Rothbury happened July 2-5. Here are some (NSFW) pictures & videos...
Cool weather and a short wait in line after the campground opened Thursday morning didn't faze them in the least. The diehard fans of The String Cheese Incident -- the popular jam band which plays its only reunion show of the summer at the second-year festival Friday -- were all smiles.
"The lineup was so impressive, we could not turn it down," said Mudnich, 41, a high school English teacher who estimated the couple spent more than $2,100 on the long trip, including festival tickets, gasoline and side trips to tourist spots such as Yellowstone National Park and Mount Rushmore. "I used to go to these festivals all the time, but now I can only fit it into the summer."
For devoted rock fans flocking this week to the remote Double JJ Ranch from far-flung places across the United States and beyond, Rothbury has become THE summer destination.
Drawing an estimated 30,000-plus people again this year, many of the festival's devotees have logged impressive road and air miles to see their favorite bands -- from The Dead to STS9 -- with clusters of enthusiastic, colorfully adorned fans making the journey from Vermont, Florida, Texas, Nevada, Colorado and all points between in everything from compact cars and pickups to dilapidated Volkwagen vans and old school buses." [Mlive.com]
Live Nation santas outside Irving Plaza - 7/14/2009 (Jason DeCrow/AP Images)
Live Nation has been dealing with the recession, or at least their recession, by putting tickets on sale like crazy this summer. They've been continuing week after week with their No Service Fee Wednesdays (for lawn tickets at amphitheater shows). This past Tuesday they sent multiple Santa Clauses to give out tickets outside Irving Plaza here in NYC. And there are $5.00 ticket promotions running for both Citi Cardmember holders and Subway sub eaters (code = Subway$5tix). NYC show tickets you can get for $5.00 include Pinback, Bob Mould, Son Volt, Alice in Chains AND STRYPER, Suffocation (playing with Necrophagist on Sunday), Marduk, Obituary, Vader and KMFDM, Brian Wilson in Westbury, and Motorhead, Psychedelic Furs, Happy Mondays, and Islands. Supposedly Pet Shop Boys are $5.00 too, but I can't get that to work.
This week's music release list may be relatively short, but several of these discs are already among my favorites of the year, including Bowerbirds' Upper Air, Those Darlins' self-titled debut album, and Tiny Vipers' Life On Earth. Bowerbirds are now on tour with a show at Bowery Ballroom in NYC on Wednesday (7/8).
The Drive-By Truckers' Live from Austin Texas captures the band's latest Austin City Limits performance, complete with audio and video cut from the broadcast.
Poet: A Tribute to Townes Van Zandt collects covers from Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams, and Willie Nelson.
Scott McCaughey, who is doing a bunch of touring this summer, marks a rare double this week with new albums out from both of his bands, The Minus 5's Killingsworth and Young Fresh Fellows' I Think This Is.
Other albums sent my way that I can recommend include Cass McCombs' Catacombs, Music From The North Country: The Jayhawks Anthology, Oneida's Rated O, and The Rural Alberta Advantage's Hometowns.
The week's reissue highlights are Matador Records' vinyl releases of two Yo La Tengo albums (Electr-O-Pura and I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One, New Pornographers' Electric Version, as well as Cat Power's The Covers Record. Yo La Tengo have a new album coming out soon too.
What new music can you recommend this week? What's on your shopping list? Have I left any interesting releases off the list?
DOWNLOAD: Son Volt - Down To The Wire (MP3)
Aquarium Drunkard: The new record seems like it's a combination of everything within Son Volt, all the way back to Trace [the band's 1995 debut] - it seems like something that spans the 13 or 14 years of the band.Son Volt's new album, American Central Dust, its sixth, comes out July 7th on Rounder Records. That's a week after Farrar's ex-Uncle Tupelo bandmate Jeff Tweedy & Wilco put out their seventh LP, Wilco (The Album).
Jay Farrar (of Son Volt): That's interesting. Perhaps that's true. I'm not sure. [laughs] All I do know is that I follow wherever inspiration takes the writing and you have to get away from certain kinds of instrumentation, like violin, in order to really feel like starting to use it again.
AD: The new album has this prevalent dark feel to it - in a certain sense - even though there are songs that escape that. There's this sense of, as one of the songs says, that there's "no turning back." You talked about this being a more focused record, but can you explain how the album title ties in with that?
JF: Basically they are three words that were pulled from three different songs - "American," "central" and "dust." I've done that before, but it seems like that's the best way to come up with a representative title for all of the songs.
Tweedy & Co. are on tour this summer. So are Son Volt. They'll play a co-headlining tour with the Cowboy Junkies in July. Then, Son Volt picks up for a second leg in September. Those dates include a show at NYC's Irving Plaza on September 17th. Tickets are on sale now.
American Central Dust's twelve songs include "Down to the Wire," which is posted above, and "Cocaine and Ashes," a song allegedly about Keith Richards and that incident that happened a few years ago. Album art and tracklist are below with all tour dates...
The Walkmen @ Masonic Temple in December (more by Natasha Ryan)
"We live in scary times. Sure, we might wonder how that inane Southern California woman is going to feed fourteen mouths, but what about the family whose breadwinners lost their jobs, and now have not only no money to pay the mortgage, but feed their kids?In related news, Live Nation and Ticketmaster announced plans to merge.
No one seems to care about those people. Everyone's too selfish. I've got mine, fuck you. But what if you suddenly don't have yours anymore?
You used to sell ten million records, now you can't even sell two. Those damn pirates! But those pirates are real people. Who overpaid to hear one good track on a CD. They've got no sympathy for you. And they may overpay to see superstars once, but not forever. The Stones don't sell out anymore. Nor does Springsteen, not even Madonna. The printed grosses are high, but that's because of the inflated ticket prices.
Is the concert industry headed for a fall? Just like the recorded music industry?" [Bob Lefsetz]
Most of the bands in this post recently announced a tour, or an update to their previously announced tour, and did not include a NYC-area date. All of them below...
For only $50 (wow), you can hang out on a boat with the Old 97's tonight. For the same price (actually $45 advance), you can do it with Son Volt and Richard Buckner on Thursday August 16th (two shows actually, early = acoustic & late = electric).
In sorta related news, Wilco just announced a whole bunch more tour dates. All dates for everyone below....