Entries tagged with: The Beatles
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.
"I can hear Paul McCartney rehearsing in the concert hall of my school in the hallway. #toodope #franksinatraschoolofthefarts" - @PrincessStoopz
"PAUL MCCARTNEY IS IN MY SCHOOL RN I GET TO SEE HIM IN AN HOUR JUST TAKE THAT IN" - @tbhstephanie
"Sir paul mccartney in my school today hyfr" - @Beatusfetusxo
Paul McCartney & Earl Sweatshirt
Sir Paul McCartney is about to release his new album, New, next week (10/15) and he's been in NYC this week promoting it. On Monday (10/7) he performed on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, playing two songs from the new album, the Beatles' "Lady Madonna." He also switched accents with Fallon and told him that he invented the selfie. Videos of all that below.
There was also a listening party at NYC's VW/Audi dealership on 11th Ave, and he hung out with Odd Future's Earl Sweatshrit at the NPR offices (pictured above). And, nothing to do with being in NYC, but also in support of the album he gave his first-ever live Twitter Q&A.
Macca's last NYC show was his two-night stand at Barclays Center in June, but he wouldn't come back without doing another show right? Certain clues have led us to believe that he may be playing one at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Queens today (10/9), and within the hour. NYC radio DJ Rich Russo tweeted last night that he'd be seeing McCartney on John Lennon's birthday (which is today), and he just tweeted again, "Can hear Macca's soundcheck echoing down the street as exit the subway.. Wow!" Other tweets (that you can see above) also seem to confirm that Paul is in fact currently soundchecking at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts.
Fallon videos below...
Find the new song on iTunes or listen, with more information, below...
photos by PSquared Photography
Wilco w/ Tommy Stinson // Wilco w/ Yo La Tengo
Wilco have been pretty busy this year. After playing Bonnaroo on June 14, they made their way to North Adams, MA this past weekend (6/21-23) for their own Solid Sound Festival. Wilco themselves performed day 1 and day 2, and we caught them the first day when they did an all-covers set (except for "Kingpin") with a number of special guests.
Yo La Tengo joined them on a cover of YLT's "Tom Courtenay" and during the encore for The Modern Lovers' "Roadrunner." Replacements/Guns N Roses bassist Tommy Stinson joined them on a cover of The Replacements' "Color Me Impressed." And Brooklyn indie pop band Lucius appeared for covers of of The Kinks' "Waterloo Sunset," Abba's "Waterloo," (there's a transition) and The Band's "The Weight." They also did a couple Big Star covers, Pavement's "Cut Your Hair," Grateful Dead's "Ripple," Velvet Underground's "Who Loves the Sun," Neil Young's "Cinnamon Girl," Daft Punk's "Get Lucky," and many more. Pictures from the show are in this post. The full setlist and some videos are below, and you can also download audio of the entire set at NYC Taper.
Wilco have no plans to slow down this summer. They're about to kick off a tour with Bob Dylan (who they also covered at Solid Sound), which comes to the NYC-area for four shows in July. Most of the tour (and three of those NYC-area dates) are with My Morning Jacket, except the Jones Beach (7/27) show, which is with Beck (who also plays Prospect Park in August).
On day 1 of Solid Sound, we also caught a set from the reunited legendary gospel funk group The Relatives. Pictures of their set, more of Wilco's, and the Wilco setlist/videos, below...
Paul McCartney at Barclays Center last Saturday (more by Greg Cristman)
Paul McCartney has been on a tour that just hit Brooklyn for two shows at the Barclays Centre (night 1 pics & setlist), and included him sticking around to appear on a full hour-long episode of The Colbert Report. You can watch the full episode at Colbert's site and a few clips, including the web exclusive of Paul performing "Birthday," which he dedicated to "anyone with a birthday," below.
Videos and the setlist of night 2 at Barclays Center below...
Photos by Greg Cristman
Sir Paul McCartney, who we also recently caught in Austin, came to Brooklyn for the first of his two shows at the new Barclays Center on Saturday night (5/8). The three hour gig, which will be repeated Monday night, included a plethora of Beatles hits and two encores. The full setlist and picture from the first of two NYC show are in this post.
The Nation will experience a special one-hour episode of "The Colbert Report" as Stephen Colbert welcomes Paul McCartney. The super-sized show will feature an interview as well as performances of songs featured on McCartney's current Out There tour, the new 2013 reissue of "Wings Over America" and more with one song to be exclusively available at www.ColbertNation.com. Tune-in to "The Colbert Report" on Wednesday, June 12 from 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET/PT to watch this epic episode.Set your DVRs.
More pictures and the setlist from Brooklyn below...
photos by Tim Griffin
Paul McCartney @ Frank Erwin Center, Austin, 5/23/2013
Paul McCartney's Out There tour just swept through Austin with a two-night stand at the Frank Erwin Center and we've got pictures (and setlists) of the pyrotechnic/av/hit-filled extravaganza over at BV Austin.
In other news, McCartney has joined the growing list of musicians supporting the release of incarcerated Pussy Riot member Maria Alyokhina who is currently on a hunger strike. He wrote a letter to Russian officials, saying:
My personal belief is that further incarceration for Maria will be harmful for her and the situation as a whole, which, of course, is being watched by people all over the world. In the great tradition of fair-mindedness which the Russian people (many of whom are my friends) are famous for, I believe that you granting this request would send a very positive message to all the people who have followed this case.Meanwhile, the classic 1976 live album, Wings Over America, is getting the deluxe box set reissue treatment next week (5/28) with a bonus disc of audio, a DVD featuring a rarely-seen television special, Wings Over the World, a photo booklet and more. The original release was the first triple album to go to #1 on Billboard's albums chart. You can watch a video "unboxing" the reissue below.
Paul McCartney at Yankee Stadium in 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Nirvana frontman Paul McCartney is planning to go on what he's dubbing the 'Out There' tour this year, and he just announced the second US date of the tour, which happens in Boston on July 9 at Fenway Park. (The first date is Bonnaroo.) Tickets for the Boston show are on artist presale now and go on general sale Friday (4/5) at 10 AM. No official word yet on when more dates are being announced, but stay tuned.
All currently scheduled dates are listed below...
Though Mr. Sheridan's involvement with the Beatles was brief, it proved crucial to their career. They met in 1960, when the Beatles -- then a quintet that included John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison on guitars, Stuart Sutcliffe on bass and Pete Best on drums -- arrived in Hamburg to work as a club band.Rest in peace, Tony. A live clip of him performing with The Beatles in 1962 is below...
Mr. Sheridan, already an accomplished performer, was also playing in Hamburg, and the Beatles both admired his work and emulated his performance style. At times they performed together, and in recent years Mr. Sheridan claimed to have arranged for Ringo Starr's first performances with the group. Mr. McCartney took over as bassist when Mr. Sutcliffe left the band at the end of 1960, and Mr. Starr replaced Mr. Best as the group's drummer in 1962.
Welcome to the first in a series of holiday gift guides here on BrooklynVegan. For this one we've partnered with American Express as part of their Points For Presents program. That means I'll run through a whole bunch of my own gift ideas, like I would normally, but then I'll show how you can pay with Membership Rewards points which you might be earning if you happen to have an eligible American Express card. Let's get right into it...
1) Hurricane Sandy Relief
Don't forget about those affected by Hurricane Sandy this holiday season. There are lots of avenues to help. I told my parents not to buy me any clothes this year, but that if they insist on shopping, to buy stuff for hurricane victims instead.
Another way to donate is with Membership Rewards points.
Gift Guide continued below....
Twenty-two pounds. Six Inches. $449 retail. The Beatles are releasing their fourteen original studio albums plus rarities into a single massive sixteen LP box set containing a 252 page booklet. Each album will also be sold individually as well. The release(s) have been newly remastered and are available now ("now $349"), for all of you who don't have copies of the records, possibly purchased from your local used record store.
Rumor has it that this massive sixteen LP and reported 50,000 copy box set has had another, unseen price though too... a delay in the pressing in many other records. Due to the limited and shrinking number of vinyl pressing plants in the US, many other labels have had delayed returns on their own pressings. It's too early to tell if this will have a serious negative impact on some companies (and record collectors), though the renewed interest in Beatles vinyl could also be good for the already-growing vinyl business as a whole.
Let us know if you've had an order delayed "due to Beatles".
We already posted lots of posts today. Here's some more, and some reminders too...
Speaking of the new venue, Lady Gaga's MSG (2/22) & Barclays Center (3/6) shows sold out today, so she added one more at each venue. The new dates are 2/23 @ MSG and 3/7 @ Barclays. Both go on sale Friday, October 5th at 10am.
Other NYC shows that went on sale today include JEFF the Brotherhood, Field Report, Diamond Rings, Anais Mitchell, Kelly Hogan, Callers and Petty Fest.
And regarding that Staten Island politician talking shit about her, Lady Gaga thanked him.
As mentioned, Soundgarden is releasing a new album, their first in 15 years, on 11/13. Now you can hear the first song which is streaming at the bottom of this post.
In other bands who were good in the '90s Barclays Center news and, Smashing Pumpkins warmed up for their arena tour with an intimate, two-and-a-half-hour show at Stubb's in Austin last night. The tour hits the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Halloween.
Apple knows its maps app sucks.
Trevor Dunn, who is currently on tour as a member of Melvins Lite, took to his tour diary to comment on Green Day frontman BIlie Joe Armstrong's recent freakout: "That guy's main problem is that he doesn't realize that he is Justin Bieber."
Do you love the blown-out, pixelated artork on MIA albums? You may want to buy here coffee table book then.
On a somewhat similar publishing tip, Diplo "and photographer Shane McCauley are launching the zine series Blow Your Head. Each volume will explore a different country and musical genre.
Tour diaries are hot these days. (Have you read ours with Kelly Pratt whose touring with David Byrne and St. Vincent)? Diamond Rings and Stars writing about their adventures on the road for The Huffington Post. Those adventures included a show at Webster Hall this week.
Winter is coming for everyone, it seems. Neko Case tweeted today: "Dude. I'm just gonna admit to being balls-deep in Game of Thrones on CD."
While on the subject of rock star confessions, a recent quote from Pete Townshend: "What I remember of the size of Mick Jagger's penis - I remember it as being huge and extremely tasty."
If you need more, maybe you'd like to read some Phil Collins erotic fan fiction?
Speaking of St. Vincent, today is Annie Clark's 30th birthday. Happy Birthday, Annie! We always liked this picture of her, by Chris La Putt, from her days as a member of the Polyphonic Spree:
It's also Les Claypool of Primus' birthday, who turn 49. Catch Primus on tour this fall.
Not that surprising, but awesome -Austin just became the first Texas city to endorse marriage equality.
Austin music venue Scoot Inn, a popular place to be during SXSW, has a new owner.
Kreayshawn's new album flopped.
Mumford & Sons' new album probably won't.
more stuff below...
"Photographs of The Beatles' first US concert, in Washington DC, have sold at a New York auction for $362,000 (£224,000).The above picture sold for $3750. You can see the full list at Christie's site.
Photographer Mike Mitchell took the pictures at the Washington Coliseum gig in 1964, when he was 18 years old.
The 50 silver gelatin prints, which were all sold individually, had been estimated to raise $100,000 (£62,000).
Photos of the Fab Four's second trip to the US that year, in Baltimore, were also sold at the Christie's auction.
Among the highlights of the sale was a backlit shot of the band that Mr Mitchell took while standing directly behind them, which sold for $68,500 (£42,300) - well above its pre-sale estimate of $2,000-$3,000 (£1,200-£1,900).
An image of Ringo Starr, capturing a rare moment as both drummer and lead singer, also sold for $8,125 (£5,000)." [BBC]
photos by Dana (Distortion) Yavin, review by Andrew Sacher
Paul McCartney played his second of two shows at Yankee Stadium Saturday night (7/16). Like the first night, the 35+ song set was Beatles-heavy. Unlike the first night, Billy Joel showed up and performed "I Saw Her Standing There" with Paul during the first encore on Saturday. A set of pictures from Saturday are in this post. Both setslists are also below.
Twentysomething Andrew Sacher was there on Friday, seeing Paul live for the first time. Here is his review...
Paul McCartney made his Yankee Stadium debut on Friday (7/15). HIs set, as noted, was majority Beatles songs with a number of Wings songs, some solo cuts and the Fireman track, 'Sing the Changes." To put it bluntly, The Beatles are the band that I (and many, many others) have probably heard more times than any other band in history. Hearing Beatles songs, while always great, is not nearly a rare occurrence. But as Paul and his band performed their material, I couldn't stop thinking this is the guy who wrote these songs. As someone who never really thought about going to see Paul McCartney live before these shows were announced, the whole thing was actually surreal.
Before Paul went into "All My Loving," he said, "Here's an old one you might remember," and as soon as the song took off, video clips of The Beatles in their early days showed up on the screen behind the stage. Seeing those clips in contrast to where Paul is at now, standing before them in real life at age 69, made the experience even more staggering. And on top of that, Paul hasn't aged a bit. Nothing about the show was dated at all. Paul's voice and musicianship were totally intact, his band was excellent, and the clips/images/visuals screening on the stage's backdrop were widely appealing. The sound at Yankee Stadium was also amazing, and Paul had no problem delivering to the extremely large venue.
Though almost every song in the set was written by Paul, he also paid tribute to his late Beatle-bandmates John and George. He brought out a ukulele for one song and told a story about how George Harrison had a period where he was really into ukuleles. During that period, Paul went to George's house and said, "I've learned one of your songs on ukulele, do you want to play it with me?" Then Paul proceeded to play us the song on his ukulele, which ended up being one of Harrison's Abbey Road contributions, "Something." About halfway through the song, he was joined by the rest of his band for a rendition closer to the Beatles original.
Paul prefaced the song "Here Today" by telling the crowd that sometimes in life you want to apologize to someone but before you do, you realize it's too late. He said that the song is written about a conversation between him and John Lennon that they never got to have. This was actually my first time hearing the song, but the story behind it and the song's lyrics left an immediate impact on me. Paul then paid even more tribute to John later in the set when he took the joint McCartney/Lennon track "A Day in the Life" directly into Lennon's "Give Peace A Chance."
The medley of those two tracks began what largely appeared as the 'end of the set.' While most shows I go to save a single or an epic track to end the [pre-encore] set, sometimes even two, Paul McCartney and his band end their shows with four climactic performances. In "A Day in the Life"'s psychedelic crescendo, smoke filled the stage and the images on screen swirled into trippy visuals before abruptly clearing up as Paul's peppy piano-led offering to the song kicked in. Once the upbeat Paul McCartney found his way upstairs and had a smoke, and somebody spoke and he went into a dream, the visuals kicked back in, and after soaking that up, Paul and his band drifted into "all we are saying is 'give peace a chance.'"
They calmed things down for a bit with the captivating "Let It Be," which reached the same level of grandiosity by the song's end. That was followed by the best Wings track of the night, "Live and Let Die." The song started off soft as usual, and as soon as the heavy orchestral break exploded, flames shot up in front of the stage, which were joined by fireworks once the drums kicked in. Paul McCartney and his band then ended the set with the crowd sing-along "Hey Jude."
The band returned for two encores, both consisting entirely of Beatles material. Paul began the second encore with the most recorded song in history, "Yesterday." He was accompanied by no more than his own acoustic guitar and his keyboard player (who had some of the most realistic instrument replication I've ever heard) taking care of George Martin's string arrangements. After mesmerizing the entire audience with the song, the rest of the band walked on stage to kick things up to a way harder level with "Helter Skelter." The show then ended with a chunk of Abbey Road's b-side medley; "Golden Slumbers"/"Carry That Weight"/"The End," which Paul recently started doing in place of ending his sets with "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)"/"The End."
Both setlists and more pictures from Saturday night, below...
"Paul McCartney comment at Yankee Stadium: "Who's this guy Derek Jeter? I heard he has more hits then me!"" - SteveMarinucci
Paul McCartney @ Yankee Stadium - 7/15/2011 (Sean McMann)
Paul McCartney played his first of two shows at Yankee Stadium Friday night (7/15). He does it again tonight. More about both shows is coming later, but it's worth nothing that Paul played "The Night Before" for the first time ever on Friday. Video of that and the full setlist below...
Paul's Classic Solo Recordings McCartney & McCartney II Are Out Now.That's a snippet of an announcement made on Paul's website today, June 13th. Tickets go on sale to Paul's July 15th show at Yankee Stadium at 11am.
The latest releases in the Paul McCartney Archive Collection, personally supervised by Paul . All orders receive a download of the McCartney album, plus all bonus audio and film content that ships with that package.
Buy both McCartney & McCartney II for a special price. Each McCartney Edition below allows you to also purchase the McCartney II album at the same time and receive a discount along with an instant download of the track Maybe I'm Amazed.
Check out the setlists from Paul's June 9th and 10th Las Vegas shows, and a brand new video for his previously unreleased song "Blue Sway" (released now on the bonus audio disc of the special edition of McCartney II), below...
Paul McCartney @ Citi Field in 2009 (more by Bao Nguyen)
PAUL McCARTNEY RETURNS TO NEW YORK CITYVIP tickets for the Yankee Stadium show are already on sale. Tickets go on NYY Presale on 6/10 at 10am, Live Nation/Radio Presale on 6/11 at 10am, and on sale to the general public Monday, 6/13 at 11am.
YANKEE STADIUM DEBUT CONFIRMED FOR JULY 15
General On-Sale This Monday 11 a.m. June 13
Paul McCartney has confirmed the date and venue of his return to New York City: July 15 at Yankee Stadium.
McCartney's historic first ever appearance at the storied Yankee Stadium will kick off his new 2011 On The Run tour, and marks nearly two years to the day since his legendary July 17, 18 & 21, 2009 concerts, immortalized on the Grammy-winning gold-certified Good Evening New York City CD/DVD.
McCartney's Yankee Stadium debut can safely be predicted to feature some nearly three hours of the world's best loved and most known music, with hits, deep cuts and surprises spanning his unrivalled career, from The Beatles, Wings, solo material and The Fireman's critically acclaimed album Electric Arguments.
As on his Live 2009 tour and Up and Coming's 2010 run, McCartney will be backed by the combo the LAS VEGAS SUN called "his best band since, well, the Beatles": Paul "Wix" Wickens (keyboards, guitar, percussion, harmonica, backing vocals), Rusty Anderson (guitar, backing vocals), Abe Laboriel Jr. (drums, backing vocals) and Brian Ray (guitar, bass, backing vocals).
Paul's last NYC show was actually an intimate affair for Sirius-XM at the Apollo
Paul plays a show this Friday night, 6/10, at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
"The Big 4" doesn't happen at Yankee Stadium until September.
photos by Ryan Barkan
"His band is the same it's been for most of the last decade, with the guitarists Rusty Anderson and Brian Ray, the keyboardist Paul Wickens, and the drummer Abe Laboriel Jr.; in a way their canned grimaces and corny gestures seem perfect, because they illustrate how much of the audience might dream of playing if given the chance to get on stage with Mr. McCartney, showing off but hitting all the marks. It's a machine that doesn't change arrangements from year to year, mostly replicating the original versions, down to the string parts on "Eleanor Rigby" as recreated by Mr. Wickens' synthesizer. It's also a loud, clear, efficacious, and sometimes bashing band, aiming to the back rows." [NY Times]Paul McCartney played the legendary Apollo last night, 12/13, to a house filled with Sirius XM subscribers and celebrties. If you are a satellite radio subscriber but didn't have a ticket, maybe you listened at home. Some pictures from the show and the full setlist below...
"On December 13 at 8:00 pm ET, history will be made. For the first time in his legendary career, Paul McCartney will perform at Harlem's world famous Apollo Theater, at an exclusive live concert event for SiriusXM listeners. This very special, invitation-only concert will celebrate SiriusXM reaching 20 million subscribers, a milestone the company expects to achieve shortly. As a thank you to its loyal subscribers, SiriusXM will broadcast the concert LIVE nationwide, as well as offer a few lucky subscribers the opportunity to attend this historic event in person." [SiriusXM]Meanwhile, as you probably heard. "The Beatles dominated the iTunes chart on their first day of digital sales, with Hey Jude proving the most popular download." A press release they sent out about that on Tuesday can be read below...