Entries tagged with: The Beatles
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin, words by Andrew Sacher
Paul McCartney @ Philly's Wells Fargo Arena - 6/21/2015
I've said it before, but even at over 70 years old, Paul McCartney remains an unparalleled live act. From his endless energy, to his ace backing band, and to the fact that you're seeing Beatles songs performed flawlessly by the guy who wrote them, there really isn't anything else on this level. He turned 73 this past Thursday (6/18), and the next day he headlined the Friday of Dover, Delaware's Firefly Music Festival, opening his set with a little celebration for himself: Beatles song "Birthday." When you're Paul McCartney, you can get away with that kind of thing.
As he usually does, he loaded his set with Beatles favorites from all over their career, and sprinkled in highlights from Wings and his solo career too. He roared through "Got to Get You Into My Life," inspired cheery singalongs for "I've Just Seen a Face" and "We Can Work It Out," grabbed the acoustic guitar to strip things down for a solo performance of "Blackbird," and got serious for a moment when he dedicated "The Long and Winding Road" to the victims of the Charleston shooting. Beyond that moment though, Paul was in great spirits. He cracked jokes to the crowd between songs, and seemed like he was genuinely grateful for the massive festival crowd that came out for him.
There wasn't a dull moment in the set, but of course it was the show's lengthy finale that was jam-packed with the especially epic moments. After rocking out to "Back in the USSR" and telling his story of meeting the members of the Russian government after playing a show in Moscow (his imitation of their accents is A+), Paul went into one of the all-time great piano ballads, "Let It Be." A less legendary figure could walk off the stage right after that, but not Paul. He still has to set off fireworks during "Live and Let Die" and then lead Firefly in what had to be the biggest crowd singalong of the weekend: the second half of "Hey Jude." Only then could he leave, but not without returning for an encore that gave us (among other things) the "Golden Slumbers / Carry That Weight / The End" medley from side 2 of Abbey Road.
They weren't allowing photos of Paul at Firefly, but we did get pics of him at the Philly show he played two days later. That one was at Wells Fargo Arena on Sunday (6/21). More pics from that, with his Firefly setlist, below...
Kanye West collaborator Paul McCartney has added a few more summer tour dates to his itinerary. After he helps close out the Friday of Firefly in Delaware, he'll play a few shows in Philadelphia, Charlottesville, and Columbia, SC. His only other date at the moment is Lollapalooza in July.
Tickets for the newly announced dates will be on sale Monday, May 4 at 10am local time, but go on AmEx presale beginning Thursday, April 30 at 10 a.m. Dates are listed below...
by Andrew Sacher
For the new Kurt Cobain documentary, Montage of Heck (coming to HBO on 5/4), director Brett Morgen unearthed some previously-unreleased music by the Nirvana frontman, including a cover of The Beatles' "And I Love Her." (Kurt's a known fan of early Beatles.) It's a rawly-recorded acoustic cover, and Kurt gives it a melancholic spin that sounds more like "Something in the Way" than The Beatles' original. Listen below.
Singer/songwriter and actress Nellie McKay is releasing the followup to 2010's Home Sweet Mobile Home this year with My Weekly Reader on March 24. It's a '60s covers album that has her taking on songs by The Beatles, The Kinks, Crosby Stills & Nash, Small Faces, Frank Zappa, Herman's Hermits, Steve Miller Band, Richard & Mimi Farina, Moby Grape, Country Joe McDonald, Gerry & the Pacemakers, The Cyrcle and Alan Price. Keeping with the '60s theme, she recorded it with Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick. Her cover of Moby Grape's "Murder In My Heart for the Judge" came out a little while back and can be streamed below, and we've now got the premiere of her cover of another California psych/folk rock artist, Country Joe McDonald. She does "Not So Sweet Martha Lorraine," as you can hear while you watch the very appropriate visual accompaniment (by The Joshua Light Show), below. Tracklist below too.
Nellie's also going on a tour, which includes five shows at NYC's 54 Below, the cabaret supper club in the basement of Studio 54. She plays the club on April 13, 15, 16, 17 and 18. The venue's event description reads: "Led by a trail of incense, Nellie revisits some of the melodies from the 1960s in her new show. Celebrating the release of her new album, My Weekly Reader, she will travel to a land of strange and wonderful musical delights with the grooved assistance of her magical band, The Cosmic X-Rays (Alexi David/bass, Cary Park/guitar, Kenneth Salters/drums)... A splendid time is guaranteed for all!" Tickets for all five shows are on sale now.
On the day of the album's release (3/24), Nellie will play a free in-store at Barnes & Noble in TriBeCa at 6 PM. If you purchase the album at B&N, you get priority seating, and she'll be signing CDs afterwards.
All dates are listed below...
by Andrew Sacher
Paul McCartney celebrated Valentine's Day in style, coming to NYC for an extremely intimate show at Irving Plaza, a 1000-capacity venue -- compared to his two nights in 2013 at the 18,000-capacity Barclays Center and his two nights in 2011 at the 50,000-capacity Yankee Stadium. A few hundred tickets were sold that morning, but needless to say it was nearly impossible to get into, and even ticketholders were waiting on a huge line down the block (it moved fast though). The show coincided with Paul's appearance at SNL's 40th anniversary tonight, and tons of famous faces were watching from the VIP balcony, including Meryl Streep, Fred Armisen, Steve Buscemi, Jim Carrey, David Spade, Steve Van Zandt, Chris Rock and more. It's a big weekend for surprise shows in NYC in general, also thanks to NBA All-Star Weekend and Fashion Week resulting in the previous night's private Drake / Nas show at the same venue, the Prince show on Wall Street that night, and the Kanye West show at Flatiron Pedestrian Plaza on Thursday.
Because of the occasion, the show was a little different than other Paul McCartney shows. He and his band took the stage at the late hour of 11 PM, and played a 26-song, one-encore set that ended just over an hour and a half later (as opposed to his 38-song, two-encore set at his recent Barclays Center show). They spent a good portion of the night playing acoustic guitar-led songs, and they seemed to be choosing the setlist based mostly on love-themed material (for example, we didn't get "A Day In The Life," "Live and Let Die," "Helter Skelter," "Eleanor Rigby" and other huge live staples). But you don't leave a Paul McCartney show at a venue that size and get picky about the setlist. When he did play the heavy hitters, the whole place lit up like only few concerts ever can. Not many live music experiences rival a tightly-packed awestruck crowd of 1,000 people singing "Eight Days a Week," "All My Loving," "I've Just Seen A Face," "We Can Work It Out," "And I Love Her," "Lady Madonna," "Drive My Car," "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da," "Back in the U.S.S.R.," "Let it Be" and "Hey Jude" right back at the guy who wrote them.
The one spectacle of the night happened during "My Valentine," which Paul dedicated to his wife Nancy who was in the audience, when red confetti poured out over the crowd. Other than that, we just got to see Paul and his fantastic band for exactly what they are: a fantastic band. No videos playing behind them of The Beatles in their early days, no fancy lights, no rainbow-colored piano pushed to center stage. Just a few guys playing some of the best rock and roll songs ever written without a misstep in sight. Every four-part harmony, every guitar solo, and every minor embellishment was played exactly the way you remember it. It really doesn't need to be said, but in case there was any doubt, popular music's most ageless frontman and his band are flawless.
A few more pictures, videos, and the setlist from the show, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Sharon Van Etten / Patrick Stickles with Deer Tick @ Brooklyn Bowl 12/27/2014
Deer Tick just wrapped up their six-night 10th Anniversary celebration at Brooklyn Bowl that had them covering classic albums in full in addition to sets of their own material.
THE ALBUMS THEY PLAYEDI was there for the "War Elephant" night. Hearing Deer Tick perform the album that made me fall in love with them was perfection. At least two of the songs on that album they almost never play live which made it even more special.
12/26: NRBQ - Tiddlywinks / Deer Tick: War Elephant
12/27: Lou Reed - Transformer
12/28: The Beatles - Meet the Beatles
12/29: Devo - Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!
12/30: Elvis Costello - My Aim is True
12/31 fan chosen Deer Tick Set
Another highlight of night one was finding out that happy NRBQ members were in the audience to see Tiddlywinks performed live because they heard about it and bought tickets. Marshall Crenshaw, who guested on about 5 of the NRBQ songs, has since said on his WFUV show that he thinks it was special to see a young crowd experiencing NRBQ's music. Also special was Jana Hunter of Lower Dens opening the show and then returning to the stage to cover Buddy Holly hit "It Doesn't Matter Anymore" with Deer Tick and Marshall Crenshaw who played Buddy Holly in the movie "La Bamba". They played that right before Deer Tick did "War Elephant" which was first released on Jana's label FEOW! Records (the Partisan Records release was a re-release). John thanked Jana for helping put Deer Tick on the map.
Each night featured a different opener and multiple special guests. Here's the final tally:
DEER TICK @ BROOKLYN BOWL -- OPENERS & GUESTS(Did we miss anyone?)
12/26: Jana Hunter, Marshall Crenshaw, Lux Deluxe, Skye Steele
12/27: Robert Ellis, Sharon Van Etten, Patrick Stickles (Titus Andronicus), Josh Rawson (Felice Brothers)
12/28: Joe Fletcher, Tommy Stinson (The Replacements), Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), James Felice (Felice Brothers)
+ James Felice, Robert Ellis, Bryan Minto, Chris Marine, Taylor Goldsmith, Tommy Stinson & Joe Fletcher on "Goodnight, Irene."
12/29: The Districts, Vanessa Carlton, Robert Ellis, Alex Collier (The Weeks)
12/30: The Weeks, Smoota, Julian Veronesi (Titus Andronicus), Spencer Swain
12/31 T. Hardy Morris & The Hardknocks, Chris Paddock (emcee), Skye Steele, Stevie Nicks, Vanessa Carlton, John's mom
On night 2 (12/27), which is pictured in this post, Deer Tick performed Lou Reed's Transformer with Sharon Van Etten singing lead on "Perfect Day". Watch the video of that below. Ian Felice did "Walk on the Wild Side" and Titus Andronicus' Patrick Stickles came out for "I'm So Free." Deer Tick guitarist Ian Patrick O'Neil sang most of the lead on the rest of Transformer's songs. The full setlist is also below.
Opening the second night was Robert Ellis, who covered Billy Joel's "Movin' Out" and also joined Deer Tick on guitar during the Transformer set. Ellis then played with the band again the next two nights.
Rolling Stone was at the Beatles night:
With frontman John McCauley serving as John Lennon and guitarist Ian O'Neil taking the McCartney parts, the usually scrappy garage band opened the evening as a harmonizing three-piece pop outfit, running through overlooked Beatles gems like "It Won't Be Long" and "Till There Was You." There were plenty of pleasant surprises along the way, as when Goldsmith came out to sing lead on "Don't Bother Me" ("He's our George tonight," said McCauley), Felice added some unexpected accordion to "Little Child" and Stinson joined the band for a ragged take on "I Wanna Be Your Man."----
Vanessa Carlton, aka Mrs. John McCauley, performed twice during the run, despite being NINE MONTHS PREGNANT. One of those times was on backup vocals on New Year's Eve when the biggest special guest of all appeared to help Deer Tick play Fleetwood Mac's "Rhiannon". That guest of course was Stevie Nicks, a long time mentor to Vanessa, and the person who officiated her wedding to John.
More pictures, video and the setlist from Deer Tick's 12/27 show, below...
Today (12/8) marks the 34th anniversary of John Lennon's death, and in honor of that his former Beatles bandmate Paul McCartney gave an interview to ABC News recalling when he first found out about the tragic news:
"Just for days, you couldn't think he was gone. Yeah, it was just a huge shock and I had to tell Linda [McCartney's former wife, who died of breast cancer in 1998] and the kids. It was very difficult. It was very difficult for anyone. That was like a really big shock in most people's lives, a bit like Kennedy. ... For me, it was just so sad that I wasn't going to see him again."Sir Paul also released a new music video today for "Hope For the Future," his contribution to the soundtrack for the videogame Destiny. The video stars Paul himself as a hologram in the future, seven centuries from now. You can watch it for yourself over at Wired.
For lack of better words, McCartney said the man who took Lennon's life -- Chapman -- all he could think was "jerk of all jerks."
"He's just a jerk. It's not even a guy politically motivated," he added. "Just some total random thing."
In weirder Beatles news, Dangerous Minds points out that there's a conspiracy theory website set up called The Beatles (as they were presented to us) Never Existed. Here's the theory:
This is a serious subject, not a joke, and this site is here to expose the actions of those who exploited these young men and defrauded us their fans. It is to defend the honor of everyone involved who did not take part in it willingly. It has become apparent to us in this extensive and painstaking research that there were never just four individual people known as "John", "Paul", "George", and "Ringo" who comprised one Rock & Roll band known as "The Beatles", and rose to fame as the world's first supergroup. For all intents and purposes as far as we can tell, no one such group ever existed.The four clues they give is height discrepancies, different eyebrows, ear differences, and teeth differences. Take that, "Paul is dead" rumors!
We are here to explore whether the original individuals themselves ever existed (and if so, what may have happened to them and by whom), but have not been able thus far to calculate how many of each persona were fraudulently presented to the world. Please join us at the forum if you care to and can be open-minded. This is a highly-emotional topic for many of us, and most of us have very strong feelings about it. We have started this work because we were once fans to varying degrees, and many of us still listen to and enjoy their music.
The purpose of this site is to present evidence that the Beatles were always sets of multiples since their inception, and were not just four individual young men "from Liverpool", as we've been led to believe. We will be showing lots of pictures here as well as on the forum so that we may provide our evidence sufficiently.
I'm presenting here what I see as the top 4 clues as regards the Beatles being multiples. They're in no particular order, although I do begin with the clue that I noticed first when I began this research: Height Differences - sometimes from year to year, and sometimes within the same year.
I hope you will view this with an open mind, and then conduct your own research to see what you come up with as to whether this seems likely or not.
If you do believe in John Lennon, celebrate his life by revisiting 1971's Imagine below...
As you may know, in addition to the April Record Store Day, there's a RSD Black Friday (November 28) too, with its own exclusive releases. The list for this year's is out now and features releases from The Afghan Whigs, Against Me!, The Beatles, David Bowie, The Decemberists, The Flaming Lips, The Grateful Dead, Green Day, Husker Du, Iron Butterfly, J Mascis, Judas Priest, Jenny Lewis, Mastodon, Metallica, New Order, Conor Oberst, Outkast, Phil Spector, St Vincent, The Doors, Ramones, They Might Be Giants, Johnny Thunders, Wu-Tang Clan, Neil Young and more. Check out the full list here.
Bob Dylan will be hitting the road again this year for a tour which culminates in NYC with a four-night run at Beacon Theatre from November 28 to December 2. These should be special shows for Bob Dylan, who often plays larger venues like Jones Beach and Barclays Center. Right before the Beacon run, Dylan also plays another show nearby NYC on November 26 at New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark. Tickets for NJ and NYC shows go on sale Friday, September 5 at 10 AM. All dates are listed below.
Bob Dylan will also now complete his ongoing Basement Tapes series with the release of The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11 on November 4 via Columbia/Legacy:
The Basement Tapes Complete brings together, for the first time ever, every salvageable recording from the tapes including recently discovered early gems recorded in the "Red Room" of Dylan's home in upstate New York. Garth Hudson worked closely with Canadian music archivist and producer Jan Haust to restore the deteriorating tapes to pristine sound, with much of this music preserved digitally for the first time.Tracklists below.
The decision was made to present The Basement Tapes Complete as intact as possible. Also, unlike the official 1975 release, these performances are presented as close as possible to the way they were originally recorded and sounded back in the summer of 1967. The tracks on The Basement Tapes Complete run in mostly chronological order based on Garth Hudson's numbering system.
Today (August 28) also happens to be the 50th anniversary of the day Bob Dylan met The Beatles and introduced them to marijuana. Dylan's next album had a full-band electric side, and The Beatles' next one had a folk song ("I'm A Loser").
All Bob Dylan tour dates are listed, with the Basement Tapes tracklists, below...
Lionel Richie upon seeing this list (more by Tim Griffin)
According to some dumb survey making the Internet rounds ("carried out by online streaming service Blinkbox Music, which questioned 2,000 adults"), below is the list of the 10 weirdest song lyrics....
words and photos by P Squared Photography
Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band @ Beacon Theatre - 6/17/14
If it's a hot sticky summer night, there is a good chance the peace and loving Beatle, Ringo Starr is bringing his always reliable All Starr Band to a theater somewhere in America. Last night (6/17), they landed in the shed called the Beacon Theater for the first of a two-night stand on their current tour. For those that have never seen any of the past incarnations of the All Starr Band, what you don't get are deep cuts from say Ringo's 1970 very good but underrated country album Beaucoups of Blues. Instead you get an evening of, as Ringo said last night, sitting back, relaxing, smiling and singing along to some tunes you probably know very well. To the predominantly older audience last night, this was just what they wanted. The current incarnation of the band featured as usual a number of well heeled musicians who made their biggest marks in the the '70s and '80s. and have been mainstays of past All Starr Bands. Steve Lukather, one of the most prolific session guitarists ever and most well known as being in the band Toto. Richard Page of the band Mr. Mister. Greg Rolie whose unmistakable keyboard playing you have heard from his time with Santana. Drummer Greg Bissonette, another prolific session drummer who most notably used to play with David Lee Roth. Finally, rounding out the band is the Wizard, Genius, True Star and Runt, Todd Rundgren.
It's easy to be cynical about Ringo's constant waving of the peace and love flag (almost every tune was followed by him throwing up peace signs). I along with the rest of the crowd, though, put that away for the evening and sang along to songs such as "Photograph" and "It Don't Come Easy" -- from his best solo album 1973's eponymous Ringo. Songs made famous by some of the other members which meant of course the Toto hit "Hold The Line," Mr. Mister's '80s hits "Kyrie" and "Broken Wings," Santana's "Black Magic Woman" and "Oye Como Va." Getting the most applause of the "other member" songs were Rundgren's "I Saw the Light" from 1972's still amazing Something/Anything record and "Bang the Drum All Day" which saw Todd front and center banging, what else but, a drum. Finally, of course, some tunes by that "other band" Mr Starr used to be in. There were the covers from back in the day, The Shirelles "Boys", Carl Perkins "Honey Don't", and from Help, "Act Naturally" which was first recorded by the Hee Haw man Buck Owens and his Buckaroos. Finally, some of Ringo's Beatle's classics such as "Don't Pass Me By" and the last song of the evening, wait for it...."With a Little Help from My Friends"
Nothing complicated or challenging or even mind blowing. Just a fun, enjoyable night of very skilled musicians playing songs we all know and love. Ringo does it again at Beacon tonight (6/18), which there are still a few tickets left for.
Since we are on the topic of a Beatle, we should mention the big news that came out this week. At least big for vinyl enthusiasts (myself included in that group..ack run for cover) or nerds, whichever side you are on. September 9 will see The Beatles in Mono vinyl reissue box finally released. Thankfully the prayers of faithful were answered and the records are being cut to lacquer using the original analogue master tapes. The entire process being AAA. WOW! This was unfortunately not done with the previous Stereo box which used digital masters and while sounding very good, this new box should sound absolutely fantastic and exactly what vinyl fans rave about. At 400 or so dollars the set is not a cheap one but hey, go try to find original UK mono versions and see what that runs ya. For more in-depth information about the box, check out vinyl expert Michael Fremer's Analog Planet site.
Now someone find me a clean Original UK stereo Abbey Road for a less than obscene price please!
More pictures and the setlist from Beacon Theatre below...
Paul McCartney was scheduled to play some shows this month, but will now kick off a tour on July 5th at the Times Union Center in Albany before continuing to Pittsburgh, Chicago and many other U.S. places. June dates have been moved to October. The official statement reads:
"I'm sorry but it's going to be a few more weeks before we get rocking in America again. I'm feeling great but taking my docs' advice to take it easy for just a few more days. Look forward to seeing you all soon."-Paul McCartneyGet well soon Paul! Updated dates are listed below...
Paul McCartney has confirmed that he will, however reluctantly, heed medical advice to rest up just a bit longer to fully recuperate from the virus that forced the postponement of his recent dates in Japan and Korea.
In The Guardian's latest Google Street View series, they've posted pictures of classic album covers taken in public places pasted onto the Google Street View snapshot of the location. The post includes PJ Harvey's Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea, Led Zeppelin's Physical Graffiti, Pink Floyd's Animals, Beastie Boys' Paul's Boutique (which is right here in NYC and not being renamed "Beastie Boys Square" anytime soon), Bob Dylan's The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan (also NYC), The Streets' Original Pirate Material, Rush's Moving Pictures, The Beatles' Abbey Road, and more.
That's the Dylan one above. Check out a couple more below & the rest at The Guardian.
Flaming Lips in San Francisco in 2013 (more by Chris Tuite)
Big Beatles fans The Flaming Lips will be taking their love for that band even further when they release a full cover album of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, as The Future Heart points out. It follows the band's full-album covers of Pink Floyd, King Crimson, and The Stone Roses, and includes some big name guests including Miley Cyrus, MGMT, Tame Impala, Foxygen, Zorch and others. No release date, but stay tuned.
Meanwhile, Wayne Coyne of Steven Drozd of the Lips joined Miley at her Tulsa show this past week (like they did in LA last month) to perform "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (Part 1)." You can watch a video of that below...
photos by P Squared Photography
Mission of Burma @ The Bell House - 2/7/14
Indie rock legends Mission of Burma are still going strong, and they just squeezed in a few Northeast US shows last week, including a stop in NYC at The Bell House (2/7) with fellow Northeast indie rock vets Speed the Plough. As always, they brought over 30 years of excellent material, with their 20+ song set reaching as far back as their 1981 debut EP Signals, Calls, and Marches and getting as recent as 2012's Unsound. They did two encores, and in honor of the 50th anniversary of The Beatles coming to the US, their first encore concluded with a punked up take on both sides of The Beatles' 1966 pre-Revolver single "Paperback Writer" / "Rain."
Pictures of the show are in this post. Check out more, along with the setlist and a video of the Beatles covers, below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin, words by Andrew Sacher
Arctic Monkeys @ MSG - 2/8/14
As recently as 2011, surrounding the release of Arctic Monkeys' last album, Suck It and See, it didn't seem possible for the band to sell out an arena (at least in America). Despite moving forward artistically, it felt like they were waning in popularity, at risk of remaining remembered only for their early hits, like the bulk of the '00s garage rock/post punk revival breakout bands. But with the deservedly successful AM under their belts, they proved those feelings to be very wrong, taking the stage for a sold-out show at Madison Square Garden Saturday night (2/8), and coming off as anything but a band nostalgic for their breakout period. In fact, they only played two songs from the first album, the massive "I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor" and non-hit "Dancing Shoes," and the former actually felt out of place, rather than a highlight of the show. Arctic Monkeys have fully made the transition into the uniquely dark, diverse rockers they showed us they could be on Humbug, and it was that which actually made this huge arena show one of the best times I've seen them.
They played almost the entirety of AM, kicking off with the sludge hop of "Do I Wanna Know?," like they've been doing this tour, and hitting everything else but the two ballads and "I Want It All." When they did revisit the previous three albums, they mostly stuck to darker cuts ("Pretty Visitors," "Don't Sit Down 'Cause I've Moved Your Chair," "Brianstorm") which blended right in with the AM material. They paid tribute to one of the obvious big influences on their new sound, Black Sabbath, working in a snippet of "War Pigs" before the guitar solo on "Arabella." And in honor of the 50th anniversary of The Beatles coming to the US, they covered "All My Loving" as the first song of their encore (which they've done at other tour stops too). For that cover, and pre-encore song "505," the band were joined by friend/collaborator Miles Kane of The Rascals and also of The Last Shadow Puppets with AM frontman Alex Turner. Not a dull moment the whole set.
Making the show doubly great, it was opened by Deerhunter, who also opened the Boston show on their tour two days earlier. Since openers sometimes get the shaft at MSG, I was worried about how their set would go over, but they still pulled it off. Like at their own shows, the stage was clouded by fog machines and neon lights, and they were pretty loud for an opener at MSG too. Of course, being that their set was only 9 songs, there was no way to get as absorbed in it as a headlining show, but Deerhunter still gave you moments to get lost in, like the krauty jam of "Desire Lines" and the noisy ending to set-closer "Monomania."
Pictures of the show are in this post. They continue, along with the setlists of both bands, videos of Arctic Monkeys (including the "All My Loving" cover and "Arabella-meets-War-Pigs"), and audio of their full set, below...
Baio at LPR in 2013 (more by Jonathan Bernstein)
Vampire Weekend's Chris Baio, who is a solo artist as just Baio, has been on a short DJ tour this month which wraps up this weekend. All remaining dates are listed below, including the NYC show happening on Saturday (2/8) at Cameo with Headband & Hooligan and Griffin Camper. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Cameo is also where Cut Copy's Ben Browning DJs tonight (2/7) with Joel Ford (tickets), and where Teengirl Fantasy, L-Vis 1990, Lafawndah, Brother Bruno (ft. live vox by Aggressiva) and Aurora Halal will be on Sunday (2/9) (tickets).
In honor of his tour, Baio made a new mix which features some unreleased material. That can be streamed below. He also just remixed "Holding on for Life" off the new Broken Bells (James Mercer and Danger Mouse) album, After the Disco. That can be streamed below as well.
We just caught Broken Bells at Baby's All Right (pics), which they played before appearing on the Late Show with David Letterman for Beatles Week, in honor of the 50th anniversary of The Beatles coming go the US. They covered "And I Love Her," and you can watch the video of that below.
Last night (2/6), Letterman had The Flaming Lips and Sean Lennon, who covered "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds," and the video of that can be watched below as well. Flaming Lips also just played the Amnesty concert and singer Wayne Coyne is about to kick off his solo tour of record stores with NYC in-stores at Other Music on Saturday (2/8) at 11 Am and Rough Trade at 4 PM the same day.
For more Beatles celebration, read our interview with Julian Lennon.
All Baio dates and streams, Broken Bells and Flaming Lips videos, below...
We're only days away from the 50th anniversary of the day The Beatles set foot in America, and as you may know that means tons of events, many of which are right here in NYC. Since we last spoke, more have been added, including that JFK Airport will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the day the band first landed at the airport, February 7. At 11:30 on that day at the TWA Flight Center, located in JFK's Central Terminal Area, adjacent to JetBlue's Terminal 5 (not that Terminal 5 of course), the tribute will take place and include an unveiling of the Beatles historical airport maker and a live band playing the band's hits.
Other events in NYC include "Ladies and Gentlemen ... The Beatles," which runs from February 6 - May 10 at the New York Public Library. The exhibition, created by the GRAMMY Museum, covers the band's 1964-66 period, and will have many pop culture artifacts, instruments, posters, photographs, interviews, and more on display.
NYPL also hosts an interview with Mark Lewisohn, who wrote Tune In: The Beatles: All These Years on February 10 at 6 PM, and a screening of What's Happening! The Beatles in the USA on February 13 at 6 PM.
There will also be NYC Fab 50 tribute concerts, including one at The Apollo on 2/6 with Mary Wilson (of The Supremes), Bettye LaVette, Lloyd Price, Melvin Van Peebles and Gary U.S. Bonds; followed by one with the Spin Doctors, NYC's Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra and School of Rock, and international Beatles tribute bands on 2/7 at Hudson Theatre (145 West 44th St); then a closing concert at Town Hall on 2/8 with Tommy James, Melanie, Marshall Crenshaw, Fred Schneider (of the B-52s), Al Jardine (of The Beach Boys), Gene Cornish (of The Rascals), Greg Hawkes (of The Cars), and many more. There's also a final party at The Bitter End on 2/9. More info and tickets (with proceeds going to Food Bank for New York City) for all four events HERE.
Concert promoter Sid Bernstein, who presented the Beatles' first NYC shows at Carnegie Hall, plus their Shea Stadium shows (and who passed away last year), will be honored with a memorial concert at The Cutting Room on February 12, the 50th anniversary of the Carnegie Hall shows. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
If you missed them, check out the other Beatles' US 50th Anniversary events that we posted last week.
And lastly, Ringo Starr is also touring this year.
We just posted about the many events that are happening surrounding the 50th anniversary of The Beatles first American visit, and here's another. Ringo Starr, who performed "Photograph" on the Grammys as well as with his onetime Beatle bandmate Paul McCartney, has just announced a North American tour for the spring/summer. That includes two shows in NYC at The Beacon Theatre on June 17 & 18. He's also playing The Theatre at Westbury on June 11, and Oakdale Theater in CT on June 14, and the Count Basie Theater in NJ on June 20, amongst other East Coast Shows.
No word on tickets yet for the Beacon Theatre shows but stay tuned. Tickets for Oakdale Theater go on sale Friday (1/31) at 10 AM. Ringo and Paul are both part of "The Night That Changed America: A GRAMMY Salute To The Beatles" that airs next week on CBS. All Ringo Starr tour dates are listed below.
Sunday night's Grammy Awards saw the two surviving Beatles, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, reuniting on stage. 2014 marks the 50th anniversary to the Beatles first visiting America and there are all sorts of celebrations in the works. The Grammys are presenting a television special, "The Night That Changed America: A GRAMMY Salute To The Beatles," which will air on CBS on February 9 from 8 - 10 PM EST, exactly 50 years to the day, date and time of the their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. The concert event was taped on Monday (1/27) and will features a bunch of famous artists (including Stevie Wonder, Dave Grohl, Pharrell, Alicia Keys, Gary Clark Jr. and Joe Walsh) performing Beatles songs. One of the more notable acts are The Eurythmics who reunited just to play this show.
There are some NYC shows coming up that are Beatle-related too. Bambi Kino, the very high concept Beatles tribute that features Doug Gillard (ex-Guided By Voices), Mark Rozzo (Maplewood), Ira Elliot (Nada Surf), and Erik Paparazzi (Cat Power), are playing a few times that weekend. The high-concept part is they're dedicated to the band's formative days when they were living in Hamburg, Germany, and do the covers that The Beatles did back then.
Bambi Kino are playing Union Hall on February 8 where they'll do three sets (8 PM, 9 PM & 10 PM) with WFMU's Todd-O-Phonic Todd Abramson on DJ duties. Tickets are on sale now. Earlier that day you can hear them live on WFMU's Cherry Blossom Clinic (3-6 PM).
They're also playing The Fest which is "the premier Beatles convention in the world." The Fest happens from February 8 - 9 at NYC's The Grand Hyatt and is a mix of memorabilia and performances. In addition to Bambi Kino (who play 2/9 at 8 PM), this year's live entertainment includes Peter Asher of Peter & Gordon (whose hit "World Without Love" was written by McCartney), Chad & Jeremy, Donovan, and more. Tickets and info here.
Beginning February 7, The Morrison Hotel Gallery in SoHo will have a photo exhibit about The Beatles' first visit to America that's curated by Julian Lennon. More info here.
Also on February 7, Park Slope bar Freddy's has a Fab Four night too, with a couple tribute acts. At 11 PM it's Hal Bruce who has been hailed by some as the "Best Solo Beatles Artist," and then at midnight it's all-girl Japanese tribute act The Clover. Flyer for the Freddy's show below.
Paul McCartney at Barclays Center in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
We already knew that Daft Punk would be performing at the 56th Grammy Awards ceremony and that they're bringing Stevie Wonder, Pharrell and Nile Rodgers with them, and now the Grammy performances have gotten even more exciting.
And in other Beatles news, there had been talk, via Huffington Post, of Paul and Ringo reuniting at the Ed Sullivan Theater for a 'Late Show with David Letterman' episode to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first night the Beatles performed there, but a 'Late Show' rep said the show has no plans for a reunion at the moment, though confirmed that the show will recognize the anniversary.
by Bill Pearis
There are too many super-specific Tumblrs to keep track off -- many doing clever riffs of other people's art -- but Dangerous Minds tipped up to the LEGO Albums that renders classic LP art in building block form. They aren't done with real LEGOs, it's pixelated art where those pixels are then turned into LEGO pegs, but it's still kinda cool. Especially on a cold and wet Friday like today.
Some of the choices are questionable -- why would you choose to do Best of The Smiths over The Queen is Dead or Meat is Murder -- but I did laugh when I saw they'd done Death Grips' NO LOVE DEEP WEB. Check out a few below and peruse the entire collection at LEGO Albums.
by Bill Pearis
Things are going great for Morrissey whose new book is selling like crazy. The new Issue of NME, as you can see from its cover above, features "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time." The UK music weekly picked these for the Top 10:
1. The Smiths - The Queen Is DeadJust keep in mind these are mostly British people making this list. Outkast's Stankonia is #500 if you were wondering, and the Top 50 are listed in this post. If you're wondering how NME came up with this list, here's what they said:
2. The Beatles - Revolver
3. David Bowie - Hunky Dory
4. The Strokes - Is This It
5. The Velvet Underground & Nico - The Velvet Underground
6. Pulp - Different Class
7. The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses
8. Pixies - Doolittle
9. The Beatles - The Beatles (White Album)
10. Oasis - Definitely Maybe
It means emailing a vast array of alumni from across the NME generations, from the sixties swingers through the hip young gunslingers of the 70s right up to today's troupe of rock'n'roll toreadors, and begging/bullying them to submit lists of their favourite fifty albums of all time. Some joined in, others were too busy/famous now, but we managed to gather together around 80 voters to submit lists, at which point the serious number-crunching began.One of those 80 was '90s-era NME editor Johnny "Cigarettes" Sharp, who talked to The Quietus about how he came up with his ballot (and these kind of lists in general):
I and the rest of the NME alumni were simply told to vote for our 'favourite' albums - Ideally a top 50 but really anything we could rustle up by the following Monday.The mag does have a sense of humor about all this. The bottom right corner of the cover has a picture of Morrissey saying "...until the next 500." NME is publishing the whole list -- in not annoying slideshow format -- throughout the day and you can click through 500 - 401, and 400 - 301 right now. Their top 50 are listed below....
And herein lies a flaw inherent in all such lists: The results are bound to be slanted towards the choices of the voters who they happen still to have contact details for, which will inevitably be the more recent contributors (Still, having first written for them over 20 years ago, they didn't do too badly tracking me down).
Inevitably, with the whole thing being a bit last-minute and no-budget, the votes were also those of individuals who could be arsed to sweat over a difficult task in their free time for no financial reward. Welcome to 21st century publishing.
View from above -- 1:30pm, 10/10/13, Times Square (via)
Straight on view from the crowd (via)
Paul and the boys (via)
colorful piano (via)
The lunchtime Times Square show
is happening now happened, as you can see in the pictures above.
It was a short show, just four new songs, and they were:
the stage before Paul went on (via Karen Durkot)
Earlier today we mentioned that Paul McCartney came to a school in NYC -- Astoria's Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, to be exact -- to continue the promotion for his new album, New, which comes out next week (10/15). He played three of the new songs, plus a bunch of Beatles/Wings tunes like "We Can Work It Out," "Back in the USSR," "Blackbird," "Band on the Run," and more. You can check out a picture of the full setlist (via Q104.3) below.
The show was hosted by iHeartRadio's Jim Kerr, and included a Q&A. The whole thing will air on iHeartRadio and other stations on October 15, and it will also stream on Yahoo! a day earlier (10/14) at 9 PM EST.