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Bob Mould / w. Ryan Adams / Cymbals Eat Guitars @ Bowery Ballroom 9/10/2014
Bob Mould's current assault on the eardrums of NYC began last night (9/10) with his first of three shows. While promoting his terrific new album, Beauty & Ruin, Bob and his band (bassist Jason Narducy and Superchunk's Jon Wurster on drums) also dipped into his robust catalog of indie rock classics, with a healthy amount of Sugar and Hüsker Dü songs in the mix. In fact, Hüsker Dü's "Flip Your Wig" kicked off the show and Bob's encore was all Dü, with "I Apologize," "Celebrated Summer," "Something I Learned Today," and "New Day Rising." One more thing about the encore: Ryan Adams came out and played for all four songs. Bob appeared in Ryan's video promos (along with Gary Shandling and Jeff Garlin) for his new album and Ryan is perhaps returning the favor. Video from the encore with Ryan, plus pics and setlist, are in this post.
Ryan, who's in town for a Letterman appearance tonight, will be back this fall on his own tour.
Opening the night -- and the whole tour including all three of Mould's NYC shows -- were Cymbals Eat Guitars who have opened for Bob before and owe a sonic debt to him as well (and to The Wrens and Built to Spill). Mind you, they're coming off the very strong new album, LOSE, and are becoming an indie rock powerhouse of their own.
Bob Mould and CEG play Bowery Ballroom again tonight (9/11) and Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday (9/13). Tickets are still available to both.
More pics from the whole Bowery Ballroom show, plus setlist and video, below...
Bob Mould at Williamsburg Park, 9/7/2012 (more by Sachyn Mital)
Bob Mould, who ended his Copper Blue tour last month, has announced two NYC shows for next year, which happen at Bowery Ballroom on February 26 and 27. Tickets to those shows go on AmEx presale today (12/12) at noon with the regular on-sale beginning on Friday (12/14) at noon.
Last night, I watched the rough cut of See A Little Light (The Movie). Fun times. It's shaping up to be a really cool document of a very special evening. There's funny backstage banter with fellow musicians, philosophic ramblings from me, and lots of shots of Jon Wurster singing along from behind the kit. What more could you want?Bob's only other upcoming dates are in Australia, and his tour schedule is below along with the trailer for the "See a Little Light" movie.
Bob Mould at one of the last Copper Blue shows, FFF 2012 (more by Glen Brown)
And now it's time to say farewell to Copper Blue. I'm not retiring the songs -- many of them will be in my live sets forever -- but I am putting the "start to finish" reading of Copper Blue to rest after playing it at the El Rey Theater in Los Angeles, CA on October 30 and then at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin TX on November 2.Sugar's catalog was recently reiussed by Merge in the US, and will see a UK/EU release via Demon Music Group on December 10th.
It was wonderful to pay tribute to Copper Blue by opening the 2012 shows with a start to finish reading of the album. By the end of the North American tour it felt a bit predictable. The longtime followers know my restlessness all too well, so my need to shake things up should be no surprise.
It's not that Bob Mould is one of those types of guys who would always rather showcase new material, in fact, he's always been one to celebrate his back catalog. Case and point, his See a Little Light documentary which is currently seeking funding via Kickstarter.
Last November at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, some of today's most influential artists gathered to celebrate the music of Bob Mould. Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters), Britt Daniel (Spoon), Ryan Adams, No Age, Craig Finn and Tad Kubler (The Hold Steady), Margaret Cho with Grant Lee Phillips, and Jessica Dobson (The Shins, Deep Sea Diver) all performed songs from Bob's historic catalog... Fortunately, the entire evening was captured in stunning audio and high-quality video quality by filmmaker Justin Mitchell.Mould is currently around 20% toward his $95k goal, which ends in 37 days. Contribute if you can. Video on the project is below, beside a string of tour dates.
Bob Mould's next date with NYCers goes down on 2/8/13 at Highline Ballroom, where he'll be DJing alongside his Blowoff partner Richard Morel (tickets). Their last Blowoff party at the venue was on 11/9.
While we're on the subject of Kickstarter, Of Montreal is also looking to do a concert film of their own titled Song Dynasties. The band is currently around 1/3 of the way toward their $75,000 goal in 26 days. Contribute here, but first check out their video presentation below. below.
Of Montreal is on tour this fall, and will play NYC at Webster Hall on December 11th as part of a larger tour. All dates are listed again below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Superchunk Mac/Florence & the Machine
"The DeLuna Stage was set up on the beach, facing away from the Pensacola pier that stretches into the Gulf of Mexico. On the opposite side of the beach looking back was actually the Heritage Stage, a stage filled with the sounds of New Orleans jazz music. The quarters weren't as sprawling as Hangout [Festival in Alabama], but the Windcreek Stage location, in the adjacent parking lot, made for a much easier human traffic flow between the two primary stages. That concrete often kept the festival from feeling like it was intended, but its proximity also kept fans from missing anything from the weekend's largest acts.Florida beach music festival, Deluna Fest, wrapped up its third year back on Sunday, 9/23. If you've been following along, you already saw a big set from the first day, the Bad Brains shots, Joy Formidable, and the rest of the pictures from the second day. Now here's our final set of pictures which include Bob Mould (who also played with the Foo Fighters the night before), the Corin Tucker Band (who then toured her way to NYC for two shows), The Wallflowers, Fitz & the Tantrums (who are on the soundtrack to the new movie "Butter"), Superchunk (whose frontman has a show coming up at Mercury Lounge), and Florence & the Machine. Check out the rest of the pictures and a Mould video, below...
Then, the setup allowed for unrestricted access to the ocean. So, you give and you take.
NBC Sports sponsored a "sports bar," lined with no fewer than 10 HD flat screens. The welcome addition allowed a region which loves college football to lounge near the beach and catch their favorite team on Saturday. Alabama's pay-per-view contest against Florida Atlantic was not carried, but most other national broadcasts were, including Auburn's near-miss against LSU." [Birmingham News]
photos by Sachyn Mital; words by Bill Pearis
Bob Mould at Williamsburg Park 9/7/2012
"Copper Blue was 20 years ago And most of those songs were actually written right over there on Richardson," former neighborhood resident Bob Mould told the Williamsburg Park crowd last night, pointing East. "You've really done a lot with the place."
As Mould said, his '90s band Sugar's debut album is indeed 20 years old (almost to the day) but he and his ace band (Superchunk's Jon Wurster on drums, Telekenisis' Jason Narducy on bass) ripped through its ten songs like George Bush Sr. was still in office. The crowd -- mostly folk who remembered the songs the first time -- ate it up. For having such a raw vocal style, Bob's pipe's were in fine form, really belting out "Hoover Dam" and "Helpless."
After Copper Blue, he played the choice cuts from his very Sugar-esque new solo album Silver Age as well as a health dose of Hüsker Dü classics like "Hardly Getting Over It," "Could You Be the One?" and "Makes No Sense at All" -- all of which you could see Wurster singing along unmiked behind the kit, clearing loving it. Bob pulled Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn to the stage to help sing on Hüsker Dü's "Something I Learned Today" and Finn was as amped for it as you'd expect.
Openers were Staten Island's Cymbals Eat Guitars who probably own a couple Mould albums and put on a nice opening set. Bob Mould's Copper Blue/Silver Age tour rolls on throughout September and he'll also play FFF Fest in Austin in November.
More pictures and setlist from the Williamsburg Park show, plus remaining tour dates are listed below.
by Bill Pearis
Bob Mould has signed to Merge Records who will put out his new solo album, The Silver Age, on September 4. The album was recorded with his current band, a trio that includes Superchunk wiseass John Wurster on drums and Jason Narducy (Telekinesis, ex-Verbow) on bass and is "in the punishingly loud, melodically sparkling pop/rock vein of Sugar."
Speaking of... Merge is also reissuing the entire Sugar catalog on CD and vinyl on July 24: there's a 3-CD Copper Blue/Beaster combo that also includes all b-sides and a complete live set recording from their Chicago Metro set during their red hot, ear-piercing Summer 1992 tour. (I saw that tour, easily one of the loudest shows I've ever been to and think some of the ringing in my ears now comes from that show.) File Under Easy Listening gets a 2-CD treatment with b-sides and a 1994 tour live set. Copper Blue is one of the best albums of the '90s, so if you've missed it thus far in your life, now's your chance to get acquainted.
And with all this stuff happening, Bob is going on tour, some of which are strict Copper Blue 20th Anniversary shows. Others, like the September 7 show at Webster Hall will feature Copper Blue in full plus a set that mixes in songs from Mould's entire career -- Husker Du, solo and Sugar songs from Beaster and FUEL. No on-sale date yet for the Webster Hall show but you can keep checking Ticketmaster.
All Bob Mould and Blowoff tour dates are listed below, along with a few Sugar videos...
Bob Mould at Joe's Pub in 2009 (more by Jacob Blickenstaff)
Lists: '90s bands we hope never reunite... Below are [a few] bands we hope never get back together, because we like them too much to see them like that....And the legendary Bob Mould will continue his non-reunion streak (playing as a member of No Age doesn't count) by playing two weeks worth of shows before the year is over. That includes an intimate solo gig at the Rock Shop on November 6th with Chris Brokaw (tickets), and the previously mentiond ones at City Winery with Lenny Kaye (11/4 - tickets) and Marshall Crenshaw (11/5 - tickets).
The Afghan Whigs: These days, former lead singer Greg Dulli co-owns a cop bar out in LA. This is as it should be.
Refused: Rumors of a 2010 reunion turn out to have been exaggerated, so we're going to take the band's infamous breakup manifesto at its word.
Pulp: Another band whose long-rumored reunion (at this year's Glastonbury) turns out to have been exaggerated, thank goodness...
Uncle Tupelo: Former frontmen Jay Farrar and Jeff Tweedy are busy in successful bands (Son Volt and Wilco) and by most all accounts dislike each other intensely, so we're not too worried about this one.
Sugar: Bob Mould is already on a roll, having never reunited his beloved Husker Du. All he has to do is keep not getting his bands back together, which shouldn't be that hard. -[Washington Post]
Some videos and all tour dates below...