Entries tagged with: The Decemberists
photos by Tim Griffin
"@colinmeloy just asked me to MC the Decemberists show tonight in NYC. Finally, something to dress up for! I know just what to wear...." - John Wesley Harding
"When the spotlight glared down on the tinsel-bedecked stage-left podium at Terminal 5 [Saturday] night, the crowd got very excited. It could only mean that The Decemberists were about to hit the stage and get their first set of randomly selected songs to perform in an unusual lottery concert.Feathers from Friday night's Of Montreal show could still be found on the ground at Terminal 5 one night later when the Decemberists took the stage for their special Saturday night lottery event.
For those in the audience who know Wesley Stace (better known to many by his stage name of John Wesley Harding), we recognized that we were in for a rare treat -- a collision of sharp wits. And although Wes said he got the call to play MC for last night's show just hours before he went on, giving him no time to put any material together, he managed to wing it just fine...
...song titles were pulled from a basket, bingo-style and the band had to play them right away, with no cheating...
It was a superb mix of songs old and new -- one so very new that the band's mastermind, Colin Meloy, wrote it on the spot, referencing NYC Miracle on the Hudson plane crash and ending with an admission that on his first visit to New York he stole something from the Empire State Building gift shop. We also got The Tain, all 20 minutes of it." [Will You Miss Me When You're Gone]
From Terminal 5, The Decemberists embarked on their latest tour which also brought them to The Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, NJ on Monday. Laura Veirs opened both NYC-area shows and is also on the tour. Terminal 5's lottery-generated setlist, and lots more pictures from the show, below...
Frank Black (w/ Grand Duchy) @ Siren Fest in July (more by Tim Griffin)
tonight in NYC
* Lucha VaVOOM @ Webster Hall
* Eugene Mirman Comedy Fest
* Allen Toussaint @ Joe's Pub
* The Dumps, Flaming Tusk, Descender @ Cake Shop
* Dead Stars, A Lull, The Tales & more @ Public Assembly
* Little Joy, Sean Walsh & The National Reserve @ Maxwell's
* Freelance Whales, Modern Medical Miracle, Austin Thomas @ The Cameo
* Ty Segall, Golden Triangle, The Mantles, DJ Thanksgiving Brown @ Mercury Lounge
* Vaz, Clan of the Cave Bear, Necking, Baby Birds Don't Drink Milk @ Death By Audio
* Thursday, Fall of Troy, Young Widows, Moving Mountains, Kiss Kiss @ Bowery
* Ciao My Shining Star: The Songs of Mark Mulcahy w/ Frank Black, David Berkley, Autumn Defense, more @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Rain Machine aka Kyp Malone plays the Bell House on Monday.
Ciao My Shining Star: The Songs of Mark Mulcahy at Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight will feature sets by Frank Black, David Berkley, Chris Harford & Ray Neal, Butterflies of Love, The Parkway Charlies, Winterpills and The Late B.P. Helium (from Of Montreal) plus "a Premiere of the Thom Yorke video 'All For The Best' and readings by graphic novelist Ben Katchor." That's just one of a few Pixies-related events coming up (not the least of which are actual Pixies shows). Joseph Arthur was originally on the MHOW bill, but he's not listed anymore.
Little Joy play, with Sean Walsh & The National Reserve, at Maxwell's tonight. On Oct 2nd, they headline Webster Hall.
Ty Segall, Golden Triangle and The Mantles play Mercury Lounge.
Last time they were in town, Thursday (the band) played Terminal 5 and Nokia Theatre. Tonight they're at the much smaller Bowery Ballroom with tourmates Fall of Troy and openers Young Widows, Moving Mountains and Kiss Kiss.
Fanfarlo gets here Monday.
Colin Meloy wrote a song on the spot last night at the Decemberists show at Terminal 5. Video below...
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Thao With The Get Down Stay Down @ BV party - SXSW 09 (more by Leia Jospe)
Thao with the Get Down Stay Down will be playing a show at the Bowery Ballroom on Wednesday, November 4th. Tickets go on AmEx presale Wednesday, August 26th at noon. General sale starts Friday, August 28th at noon.
That show will include sets from David Schultz and the Portland Cello Project, the latter of which collaborated with Thao on their most recent album, The Thao and Justin Power Sessions, that came out on June 9th on Kill Rock Stars. Two tracks from that, one with Thao and one with Justin Power, are posted above.
"Portland Cello Project, in case you're unfamiliar, is an amazing group of cellists that, in the course of one of their epic 2-3 hour shows - (the format of which is always a one-time affair - the group writes almost entirely new arrangements for every performance cycle) - perform a crazy diverse array of everything from canonized and avant classical compositions to reconstructed pop covers of everything from Nintendo game themes to Britney Spears to Yoko Ono to R. Kelly--and they've accompanied The Builders and The Butchers, Laura Gibson, The Dandy Warhols, Mirah, Loch Lomond, Horse Feathers and tons of other indyish folks. At shows, you'll see hipsters too-cool-for-school mesmerized by Arvo Paert, members of the Decemberists playing late 19th century Russian compositions transcribed for Hammond Organ, a 40-piece choir, and all kinds of other craziness."Thao with the Get Down Stay Down will releasing a new album of their own, Know Better Learn Faster, also on Kill Rock Stars, on October 13th. Producing the record will be Tucker Martine (The Decemberists, Bill Frisell, Jim James), and guests include Andrew Bird, Eric Earley of Blitzen Trapper, Laura Veirs, Nathan Crockett of Horse Feathers and Tune-Yards.
The Thao-Bowery show is part of a soon-to-be-announced (we think) larger tour. Those dates with album info are below...
Decemberists @ Newport Folk Festival 8/1 (more by Jim Brueckner)
"The Decemberists have gotten muscular lately, too. The onetime bookish Smiths acolytes have lately discovered the wonders of prog. On [the first day of Lollapalooza 2009] they performed their concept record The Hazards of Love in order, frontman Colin Meloy decked out in a suit and suspenders and co-vocalist Becky Stark -- playing the role of Margaret -- donning a wedding dress. Their set felt more like a theater piece than a concert, each number composed of varying movements. Their compositions bore traces of familiar folk tropes, but time and time again the group upended them. And isn't that the spirit of Lollapalooza? It's like pop music, only different." [Rolling Stone]The Decemberists' "A Short Fazed Hovel" tour, which visited Radio City in June, will continue into the fall. As part of that, the band will play a show at NJ's Wellmont Theatre on September 21st. Tickets are still on sale.
While most of the shows on the tour, Wellmont included, feature a full performance of their latest record The Hazards of Love, the band has added a
"By Request" evening "special lottery show" to take place September 19th show at NYC's Terminal 5. "The evening's selist will be 'by request', as selected by Decemberists fans. Voting instructions will be sent out to ticketholders soon."
"In homage to that totally awesome scene in Dragon Slayer, we Decemberists will perform a set that will be entirely left to the hands of fate -- we will draw songs from a lottery and dutifully play them, regardless of their quality or presence in our memory. Decemberists songs, naturally, but you do never know what bizarre cover songs or strange commands may end up in the pile."Tickets for Terminal 5 are now on presale via MusicToday and go on AmEx presale today (Aug 19th) at 11am. General sale starts Friday, August 21st at noon.
Both shows, and many others on the tour, will feature special guest Laura Veirs & The Hall of Flames. All dates below...
photos by Jim Brueckner
"Half a century ago, Pete Seeger helped found the Newport Folk Festival, a weekend notorious for its dichotomies- Rhode Island high society and scrappy folk singers, old time traditions and new sounds, social rebellion and responsible activism. At this year's 50th anniversary, the festival came full circle for Seeger and other Newport regulars.While we were busy worrying about the weather and All Points West here in NYC, The Newport Folk Festival was turning 50 up in Newport, Rhode Island (Aug 1-2, 2009). NPR was there and has archived streams of many of the performances. We have more pictures (from the first day for now), and some videos (including one of the Bob Dylan reenactment), below...
In addition to appearing and performing for the umpteenth time, Seeger was honored with an all out stage show courtesy of indie rockers the Decemberists. With frontman Colin Meloy narrating and guitarist Chris Funk playing the part of Seeger, plus Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond) as Bob Dylan, the crew reenacted an infamous scene from the 1965 festival: the moment when Bob Dylan "went electric." According to Rolling Stone, while Funk was miming a frazzled Seeger attempting to unplug Dylan's raucous reinvention, Meloy quipped, "This was back in the day when the PA system was fueled entirely by burning wood. Pete was back there cutting the wood, and he became so overwhelmed with emotion that his hatchet almost slipped and severed the power cables."
Seeger knew the sketch was all in good fun and soon joined the Decemberists on stage for a sing-a-long. Gillian Welch, Fleet Foxes, and even Seeger's grandson Tao joined in on the jam. The 90-year-old legend even cranked out a solo or two. After all, as festival promoter George Wein said Saturday, "Pete Seeger is the Newport Folk Festival."" [American Songwriter]
The Decemberists @ Radio City Music Hall (more by Tim Griffin)
"The Decemberists have announced Fall dates for their "A Short Fazed Hovel" 2009 tour. The tour, which features a full performance of their acclaimed new album The Hazards of Love, has been earning rave reviews as it crosses the United States from coast to coast, including sold-out performances at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, the Edgefield Winery in their hometown of Portland, Oregon, and stand-out performances at major summer festivals including Sasquatch and Bonnaroo. The band will also be performing this year at the Newport Folk Festival, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits Music Festival and Treasure Island Music Festival."The new set of tour dates includes a September 21st show at the Wellmont Theater in Montclair, NJ with Laura Veirs. Tickets for all new dates are now on PRESALE.
On August 1st The Decemberists are playing a non-Hazards of Love-album set at the Newport Folk Festival (an alternative to All Points West). NPR Music, who also just had the band in the other day, will be live webcasting and broadcasting it.
All dates below...
photos by Tim Griffin
"The show was in two parts. The first consisted of the band, with the addition of two performers - Becky Stark and Shara Worden, playing the entirety of the Hazards of Love album without even a break between songs...
After the intermission, the second (and more whimsical) set consisted of...
Grandaddy frontman Jason Lytle is opening for Neko Case on the summer leg of her Middle Cyclone-supporting tour. Lytle also has his own headlining shows planned. Those include NYC shows on July 10th at Union Hall and July 11th at Bowery Ballroom. Union Hall tickets are on sale now; tickets for the Bowery show go on sale Thursday (today) at noon.
Lytle released his solo debut, Yours Truly, the Commuter, in April on Anti (also Case's label). He'll be on NPR's Talk of the Nation this afternoon (6/11).
The Decemberists, who played Radio City June 10th, will also be on NPR today. They're broadcasting live at 2pm from the Greene Space in Manhattan for WNYC's Soundcheck. Tickets to watch the show "sold out" yesterday in 10 minutes after Colin Meloy announced the show on the air, however, Greene Space writes, "Doors will open at 1:15 and will close at 1:45. Any ticket not claimed by 1:45 p.m. will be released to the public."
All tour dates for Jason Lytle and Neko Case (who's playing APW, Bonnaroo, Newport Folk Festival and more) below...
Colin Meloy in Ohio, June 1st '09 (unruly badger)
Ah, yes, young Meloy....Colin, isn't it? Yes, yes...jolly good. I must say he is a springy lad...most flexible...hewn of wands, you know...they splice them down by the river...he was part of a group that lost contact with the main tribe, and drifted to Montana. I found him in the bushes, whistling to a frog. He later said it was me, perhaps he was right. A majestic performer, at ease with himself, his audience and his material in away that makes me quite...envious. He is...well, he's not old, you know...still green of leaf and...always springy, did I mention? Oh yes, well, the thing is: he's young but he goes back a long way. That's right - he leads from the old path. The deeper your roots, the broader your branches, I always say. Especially if you're a tree. Colin has magnificent roots, he showed me them in a forest. What did you say? Prog Folk? Or Fog Polk? In San Francisco, probably, I know he was there...or was I there?...yes, we were both there, but not at the same time. I get confused with the other chap...not Dr Partridge...he's sitting over there, I think it's him...no, Colin is very...to me he's the ultimate British rock star...in a way that he couldn't be if he was from Britain, because he's have to come from some sector of society that the other sectors would resent him for....(Canon Morrisey, that's the fellow - or is he dean now?)...no Colin has it in perspective and can be it in a way that only an outsider can. So he has the brogues, and the lamps, and the canvas...the pavilion...the lashes and the brand...although he's most careful with them both...and most of all, he has the voice. With a little technological help, he could yet be duetting withThe Decemberists are still on the road, playing their new album Harzards of Love from start to finish -- they'll be touring North America (with some time off) till August. Updated dates are below. The band visits NYC's Radio City Music Hall on Wednesday, June 10th (TONIGHT). Tickets are still on sale.
- if he hasn't already. Hmmm? Did I say he was springy? Ah yes...young Meloy....
- Robyn Hitchcock [to Paste]
"Apropos, the stage backdrop was a silk screen draped with tumbling, gauzy cocoons and lit in blood and chlorophyll. Meloy, dressed like he wanted to borrow just a moment of your time to discuss the Good News, played the role of Narrator/William the Forest Prince. Becky Stark, as Margaret, wore a white sequined gown of the sort usually found in a giant trunk in the attic; I'd bet anything it originally came with a giant cone-shaped hat. Shara Worden, as The Forest Queen, dressed in a loose black dress and silver tights, leaving her free to steal the show with some body-rocking that was extemporaneous and silly and improbably sexy." [Washington City Paper]Becky Stark and Shara Worden are reprising their guest spots on Hazards of Love, and more, live. See a video of Stark, Worden and Meloy cover Heart's "Crazy On You" on tour, below.
Speaking of guests, Robyn Hitchcock, who played some guitar on Hazards, is opening select dates for the Decemberists with his band, the Venus 3. That group consists of Peter Buck (R.E.M.), Scott McCaughey (Young Fresh Fellows) and Bill Rieflin (Ministry). They'll open the Decemberists' Radio City gig.
The guys in that band -- McCaughey and Buck, specifically -- are also in The Minus 5. That group will release an album called Killingsworth on Yep Roc on July 7th. From that record, the song "Scott Walker's Fault" features Colin Meloy on lead vox. Meloy also sings on Robyn's newest disc.
Robyn Hitchcock has his own NYC headlining show on Thursday, June 11th (the night after the Decemberists gig) at the Bell House. Tickets are still on sale. The openers for that show will be Ken Stringfellow and Takka Takka.
Storefront Hitchcock, a 1998 concert film directed by Jonathan Demme and featuring Robyn Hitchcock, is now streaming online. See that video, and an exclusive interview with Hitchcock from SXSW earlier this year, with all Decemberists tour dates, below...
Pete Seeger, who is a cofounder of the Festival and who just celebrated his 90th birthday with a show at MSG, will be playing both nights. On Sunday, he'll be joined by Judy Collins, who is also performing a free Folks on the Island show Sunday, July 26th on NYC's Governors Island.
Saturday acts at the Fest include Billy Bragg and Tom Morello, who just shared a stage with Iggy Pop at NYC's Nokia Theatre, and the Decemberists, who have a big summer tour that's stopping at NYC's Radio City Music Hall on June 10th, Fleet Foxes, who have tour dates including All Points West, and the Avett Brothers, who are on tour and playing NYC's Irving Plaza on June 12th and 13th. Langhorne Slim will be there too (he's also at Lollapalooza this summer). Iron & Wine are playing both this, and ATP NY.
Sunday's show is heavy on big-name folkies with Collins (mentioned above), Joan Baez and Arlo Guthrie all performing. Arlo Guthrie is also playing a free show at Castle Clinton in NYC this summer.
Elvis Perkins in Dearland will be there. Perkins and Co. played the Bowery in March, and their summer tour includes a May 20th show at the Bell House in Brooklyn (tickets), and the Clearwater Festival (another project founded by Seeger) on June 20th and 21st in Croton-on Hudson, NY.
Also on Sunday is Deer Tick, whose big summer includes opening for Jenny Lewis at MHoW on June 9th, headlining the Bowery on July 24th (tickets go on sale Friday, May 8th at noon), and playing a free Celebrate Brooklyn show at Prospect Park on August 7th.
Full Newport Fork Festival info below...
Mogwai @ MHOW (more by Ryan Muir)
tonight in NYC
* Tribeca Film Festival
* The Dead @ IZOD Center
* The Roots @ Highline Ballroom
* Del the Funky Homosapien @ BB King Blues Club
* El Ten Eleven, The Sway Machinery @ Mercury Lounge
* Mogwai, The Twilight Sad @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Spectrum, Psychic Ills, Cheval Sombre @ Death By Audio
* Peter Bjorn and John, Chairlift, Luke Top @ Webster Hall
* pow wow!, Eula, Elizabeth Harper and the Matinee @ Crash Mansion
* The Fugs, Golden Triangle, White Williams, Acrylics, Further Reductions, Mount Olympus @ The Bell House
Lots of people showed up to the Knitting Factory to be Spiderman.
pow wow! are a 2009 L Band to Watch.
Video of the Decemberists on The Colbert Report the other night, below...
!!! is playing ACL 2009 (more by Chris Graham)
"The 2009 Austin City Limits Music Festival will showcase a diverse blend of acts both fresh and familiar at the eighth edition of the event in Zilker Park October 2-4. Pearl Jam, Dave Matthews Band, and Beastie Boys are performing for the first time at the Festival, with Kings of Leon, Ben Harper and Relentless7, and Thievery Corporation returning to Zilker Park once again. John Legend, The Dead Weather, and The Levon Helm Band will also make their ACL Festival debut, while Austin's own Ghostland Observatory will no doubt deliver another memorable set for festival goers.The entire 2009 lineup is below...
With over 130 artists on this year's bill, the list of acts awes at each note with the likes of Sonic Youth, Mos Def, Toadies, Flogging Molly, The B-52s, Lily Allen, Citizen Cope, Arctic Monkeys, The Decemberists, Coheed and Cambria, Andrew Bird, Girl Talk, and many more.
In the tradition of the TV show from which it was born, the Festival has always aimed to offer musical discovery for the fans. The 2009 lineup is rich with pop, country, folk, bluegrass, blues, reggae, indie rock, hip-hop, and gospel, to name a few, spanning cultures and countries from New Orleans to Venezuela to France."
Bowerbirds @ MHOW (more by Ryan Muir)
tonight in NYC
* Les Paul @ Iridium
* Chevy Chase @ UCB
* Tribeca Film Festival
* Sarah Siskind & Jim Campilongo @ Living Room
* Russian Circles, Sweet Cobra, Lichens @ Maxwell's
* Mogwai, The Twilight Sad @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Bowerbirds, Bell, La Strada, Lost in Trees @ Mercury Lounge
* Todd Barry, Wyatt Cenac, Anthony Jeselnik & other comedy @ Pianos (free)
* Apollo Heights, DJ JG Thirlwell & more - a benefit @ Santos Party House
The Decemberists are on the Colbert Report tonight (again).
Box Elders played 2 (or 3? Did they ever show up at Silent Barn?) shows in NYC over the weekend. Video from the Bruar Falls show below...
"Though promoters around the country report strong early ticket sales for festivals and summer tours, the recession is causing jitters. This year Coachella, which has the most glamorous reputation of all American festivals, began selling tickets on layaway, and 18 percent of its customers took that option, Mr. Tollett said.With all the leaks of bands playing Lollapalooza this year, there are almost no surprises in the official lineup announcement, except maybe the Animal Collective DJ set... The whole thing below...
The proliferation of big festivals, like Bonnaroo near Nashville and Lollapalooza in Chicago, has not been without casualties. This year Langerado in Miami shut down, citing the economy. The Pemberton Festival in British Columbia is on hiatus after only one year, although its promoter, Live Nation, said the problem was permit delays." [NY Times]
Marianne Faithfull @ City Winery (more by Lori Baily)
Marianne Faithfull is performing at NYC's Town Hall on Thursday, September 24th. Tickets ($86 / $51 / $31) go on AmEx presale starting Wednesday, April 15th at 11 AM. General sale begins Friday, April 17th at noon.
We also have a pair of front row tickets to giveaway. Details on how to with them below.
For the show, Faithfull will be accompanied by a band consisting of Greg Cohen, Marc Ribot, Rob Burger, Joey Baron, Ryan Scott, Christina Courtin, Christopher Hoffman, Lenny Pickett and Marty Elrich. Much, if not all, of that cast contribute to her new album and/or were spotted playing with Faithfull at her City Winery gigs, and on Letterman, in late March.
Marc Ribot, who definitely played at the City Winery shows and on Letterman, has his own week of shows planned for early May, to celebrate his 55th birthday.
Faithfull was recently interviewed by the newly married Ryan Adams.
Marianne Faithfull: And I'll be doing a couple of gigs with the original band on the record. I'm sure you know all those guys as well.Awkward? All dates, pro-shot video from one of the City Winery shows, and contest details below...
Ryan Adams: Tell me about why you chose to cover the Decemberists' "The Crane Wife 3."
MF: Hal [Willner] found that song, and what I love about "The Crane Wife" is that it's a folk tale. It's about a man who falls in love with and marries a swan. The only real concept for this record was to work with great songs, and these were the ones that happened to be chosen from the modern idiom. I could have easily taken one of yours, and maybe I will one day. [Black Book Mag]
by Andrew Frisicano
The 4th edition of the Osheaga Music and Arts Festival will take place in Montreal's Parc Jean-Drapeau on August 1st and 2nd. Osheaga is proud to announce that the headliners for this year's edition are the multi-platinum selling band Coldplay on Saturday, August 1st and hip-hop pioneers Beastie Boys on Sunday, August 2nd....Osheaga is one of only two North American festival appearances that Coldplay will make this year.The other North American festival is All Points West, which takes place the same weekend in NJ, and also has the Beastie Boys, Lykke Li, Arctic Monkeys, Crystal Castles, the Ting Tings, Elbow, and Kitty Daisy and Lewis in common with the Canadians.
Also playing the Osheaga Fest will be The Roots (who played APW last year, and...), who, because of their Jimmy Fallon gig, are mostly sticking to NYC-area gigs this year. They will also play the outdoor fest of their own in Philly over the summer.
This year will mark the fourth year for the Osheaga Festival. BV Mike was there last year: Day 1 and Day 2, and in 2007 too. The 2008 festival was also when Iggy & the Stooges - with Mike Watt - got their equipment stolen.
Tickets for the festival go on sale Friday, April 3rd at noon. More info and full (initial?) line-up below...
photos by Lori Baily
[Marianne Faithfull's] new album [Easy Come, Easy Go] adds some great new interpretations to her rich repertoire, including songs by older artists (Smokey Robinson, Billie Holiday) and younger ones (the Decemberists, Neko Case).The Hal Wilner-produced Easy Come, Easy Go is out now on Decca Records. On it, Marianne also covered Dolly Parton, Espers, and Morrissey. Plus, Chan Marshall, Sean Lennon, Rufus Wainwright, Teddy Thompson, Nick Cave, Antony and Keith Richards all make guest appearances! The musician credits are also chock full of familiar names like Marc Ribot and Lenny Pickett. Full track list below.
Faithfull found a particular kinship with Case. "I read that she took one line for her song from the 'Brothers Karamazov,'" the singer says. "That's something I would do." [NY Daily News]
Marianne played two shows at NYC's City Winery - March 27th and 28th. The pictures in this post are from the first. On March 31st she appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman where she performed the Decemberists' "The Crane Wife 3" (without Nick Cave who helps her sing it on the album).
The Letterman video, and everything else, below...
The Decemberists' fifth album, The Hazards of Love, is in stores tomorrow, but the self titled debut of Fever Ray (side project of The Knife's Karin Elisabeth Dreijer Andersson) is my favorite new release of the week.
From what I have already heard, I can also recommend Amadou & Mariam's Welcome To Mali, 1990s' Kicks, Harlem Shakes' Technicolor Health, Jeremy Jay's Slow Dance, Mono's Hymn to the Immortal Wind, and Swan Lake's Enemy Mine.
Three Radiohead studio albums have been remastered and are out tomorrow. The Bends, OK Computer, and Pablo Honey all come with a bonus CD of outtakes and rarities, and also are available in deluxe editions that include a DVD.
Aside from the Radiohead remastered editions, the remastered Serge Gainsbourg classic album Histoire de Melody Nelson is wonderfully packaged and lovingly restored (especially the vinyl edition).
What new releases can you recommend? Have I left anything off the list?
Phosphorescent @ The Bell House (more by Fresh Bread)
tonight in NYC
* Doug Benson Interruption @ UCB
* Naughty by Nature @ Southpaw
* Big Terriffic With Max, Gabe & Jenny @ Cameo
* Clem Snide, Xylos, Heligoats @ Bowery Ballroom
* Ingrid Olava, Mark Steiner Band, Randi Russo @ Cake Shop
* Chuck Klosterman & Girls Girls Girls @ Highline Ballroom
SXSW started out right. I arrived in Austin late last night, but not too late to make it to a free Decemberists show (an IFC party) that I found out about via text message on my SuperShuttle ride from the airport to the hotel (Gomez played the same show before I got there). The Decemberists played a mix of old and new songs. Tonight at Stubb's is when they'll be playing their new album from start to finish for the first time (in NYC it will be at Radio City Music Hall).
The streets of Austin were filled with drunken St. Patrick's Day/spring break/SXSW partiers. There was lots of green everywhere which reminded me that I forgot to say Happy St. Patrick's Day yesterday! I did post the Pogues pictures though (which reminds me - the Decemberists also played a Pogues cover for in honor of the holiday).
Flights to and from SXSW are always fun because your bags are guaranteed to be sharing the overhead compartment with various instruments, and there is always at least one obvious band speaking a not-English language on the plane, and there's always at least a few familiar faces. Bruno Wizard of the Homosexuals (playing 6 shows at SXSW) was the most recognizable one this time. Bill Pearis is on a flight to Austin (with Rachael Ray) (who has her own party) as I type this.
Today in Austin is our BrooklynVegan day party at Emo's (It's on the smaller/inside/Jr/whatever-they-call-it stage. Fat Possum's party is on the main stage - both free) (BV flyer below), and then our official SXSW showcase at night (which includes the only non-NYC/CA performance of Phoshphorescent's new Willie Nelson tribute album from start to finish).
Video of Phos performing "Too Sick To Pray" at an Ohio show earlier this month, below...
DOWNLOAD: Deer Tick - Long Time (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Those Darlins - Wild One (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Loch Lomond - Blue Lead Fences (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Phosphorescent - Reasons to Quit (Willie Nelson) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Bell - Echinacea (live on Fair Game) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers - Coward Cracked the Dawn (Radio Edit) (MP3)
If you'll be in Austin for SXSW this year, especially if you have a badge, please stop by Club De Ville on Wednesday night, March 18th, 2009 for the official BrooklynVegan showcase (aka a show aka a concert with six bands that is officially a part of the overall South by Southwest festival). If you don't have a SXSW badge, this show will cost you a modest fee at the door. This is who we've got on the bill...
Starting things off. She hails all the way from Brooklyn... it's Bell who will have just finished a tour with Asobi Seksu. (8 PM)
After Shilpa, it's Portland, Oregon's Loch Lomond (with special guests). You may have caught Loch Lomond while they toured the country with The Decemberists. The Decemberists just so happen to be playing across the street at Stubb's, a few hours later, on the same SXSW night. (10 PM)
Not to stereotype, but girl power continues with the fourth act of the night. This also marks the beginning of the "alt-country" portion of the evening. It's Those Darlins. Maybe you saw them on their current tour with Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys.
Next up... I've mentioned it a few times now: Phosphorescent will perform their/his new Willie Nelson tribute album, "To Willie", from start to finish . By the time this show happens, Phos will have done the same thing in Brooklyn, LA, and San Francisco. After SXSW, they may never do it again. (12 AM) Don't miss it...
...AND then, don't leave yet, because last but not least, Deer Tick (reunited with Those Darlins for the millionth time) are going to finish the night off. This closing performance feels especially special because this is the second year in a row that Deer Tick are playing the same showcase at the same venue, except last year their set time was much earlier. (1 AM)
NOTE: This is one of MANY SXSW events we planned, produced, or BrooklynVegan are just somehow involved in this year. I'll announce all of them ASAP, including the free day parties, and one more of them now...
Bill Pearis, currently best known for his weekly column "Week in Indie", will be representing BrooklynVegan.com on a SXSW panel about music blogs on Thursday, March 19th at 11am at the Austin Convention Center. The event is for SXSW badge holders only.
MP3's above. Videos below...
Andrew Bird @ MHOW (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Let's re-quote something Andrew Bird told the NY Times for a second...
Bird's publicist had wanted him to play one of the first shows on his coming tour at Radio City Music Hall (capacity: 6,000). Bird was concerned that it was too big a venue, that he might fail to make a connection with the audience and that things could easily spiral downward from there. They compromised on Carnegie Hall, which seats about 3,000.I guess that Carnegie Hall show, not to mention the also-sold-out show in Brooklyn the same week, went so well that they are no longer afraid. Andrew Bird will headline Radio City Music Hall on June 18th. As as added super-bonus, Calexico will be the opener. $34.50 - $44.50 tickets go on sale Friday at noon.
Calexico will also be in NYC in March to play the REM tribute at Carnegie Hall, and a show at the new City Winery with Keren Ann.
The Radio City show is one of five new, June dates that Bird is playing around the time of Bonnaroo (that he is also playing). One of the other new dates is with The Decemberists at Merriweather Post Pavilion in MD. That show is currently on presale. Andrew is also scheduled to be at SXSW in March and a whole bunch of other places between now and June. New dates below...
"On February 17th Robyn Hitchcock & the Venus 3 - comprised of R.E.M's Peter Buck on guitar, Scott McCaughey (The Minus 5, Young Fresh Fellows, R.E.M.) on bass and drummer Bill Rieflin (Ministry, R.E.M.) - will storm back onto the pop music landscape with Goodnight Oslo, the follow-up to their critically lauded 2006 album Olé Tarantula.Colin Meloy appears on Robyn's new album, and Robyn does the same for Colin's.
Olé Tarantula marked the beginning of a stark renaissance in the career of one of Britain's most enduring songwriters and performers, reinvigorating his unique artistic voice and illuminating his influence on another generation of psychedelic folk disciples. Continuing Olé's trend, Goodnight Oslo explodes the Hitchcock myth with an album of pure pop mastery complete with horns, jangling guitar hooks and signature Hitchcock-ian word paintings that prove the Englishman's creative engine is more fiery than ever. Goodnight Oslo harkens back to Hitchcock masterpieces Underwater Moonlight and Globe of Frogs, with early opinions calling it one the best albums of his already storied career.
The album features guest vocals from Colin Meloy (The Decemberists) and Sean Nelson (The Long Winters, Harvey Danger). One man horn section Terry Edwards contributes signature stabs and sweeps, adding color what Robyn refers to as, "The best record of my adult life," and his unique vision of pop music in a perfect world.
Much about finding a return route out of the rabbit hole, Goodnight Oslo is bright and shining, further delineating this era from the frequently dark nature of his earlier work. Says Robyn, "These songs are largely about breaking out of a negative cycle, and believing that change can happen. It's not a recovery album or a therapy album per se; it's just a sign to the exit."
Oslo comes on the heels of 2 meticulously curated retrospective boxed sets. I Wanna Go Backwards and Luminous Groove combine to reissue six albums (plus 4 discs of rarities) worth of Hitchcock's 1980's Egyptians and solo output." [PR]
Robyn's last NYC show was at Symphony Space. His next one is at Irving Plaza on April 11th. Tickets are on sale. While in town, there's a good chance Robyn will also visit The Red Flame Coffee Shop (W 44th St.), Cafe Figaro (Bleecker & MacDougal), The Campbell Apartments (15 Vanderbilt Ave between E. 42nd & 43rd), Nat Sherman's (5th Ave & 42nd St), Fred's at Barney's (Madison & 61st), and Nikko's (on Broadway & 76th).
All tour dates below...
Jane's Addiction - @ Echoplex, Los Angeles - Feb 16, 2009 (revolute)
Live Nation and Adam Zacks are pleased to announce this year's line up for the Sasquatch! Music Festival at the legendary Gorge in Eastern Washington. The festival, now in its eighth and most ambitious year yet, has evolved from a unique, homegrown & low key fest into a full blown three day extravaganza. A festival-goer's dream, it comes complete with camp-outs, canyons, sunsets, three stages and new this year, an expanded comedy and dance music tent. The tent will feature performances from comedians throughout the day, and then come dusk, will spotlight electronic and dance music artists.Jane's Addiction, reunited once again, played a show at the Echoplex in LA last night. They announced it last week via their website and mailing list.
Already the official opener to summer for music fans, the Sasquatch! Music Festival is becoming a certified monster of a musical event: this year features another exciting and diverse line-up for the musically adventurous, and ups the ante on an event already hailed for its independent spirit. Tickets go on sale Saturday February 28th at 10AM
Today it was announced that Jane's (feat. all four original members), NIN, Kings of Leon, Ben Harper & Relentless7, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Erykah Badu, The Decemberists, Fleet Foxes, TV On The Radio, Animal Collective, Silversun Pickups, Bon Iver, Santigold, and many others are playing this year's Sasquatch Festival (May 23, 24, 25, 2009 @ The Gorge in Quincy, WA). Full lineup and ticket info below...
The Decemberists have announced the first leg of their Spring 2009 North American tour in support of The Hazards of Love, their ambitious new album to be released by Capitol Records on March 24th. The 16-date run will kick off May 19th at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, and include a June 10th performance at Radio City Music Hall in New York, as well as a set at the 2009 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Tennessee.30 seconds after I posted the Radio City date, the whole tour appears in my inbox. All dates below...
A limited number of pre-sale tickets go on sale today to the public on a first-come, first-served basis at http://www.decemberists.tickets.musictoday.com. General ticket on-sales begin on Friday, February 13th. Full venue and ticketing information is available at The Decemberists' website. More upcoming tour dates will be announced shortly.
On tour, The Decemberists will present a full performance of the album, a 17-song suite that tells the tale of a woman named Margaret who is ravaged by a shape-shifting animal; her lover, William; a forest queen; and a cold-blooded, lascivious rake. Joining the band on stage will be Lavender Diamond's Becky Stark and My Brightest Diamond's Shara Worden who deliver the lead vocals for the female characters. The band announced last week that they will give the debut live performance of The Hazards of Love when they headline NPR Music's South by Southwest showcase at Stubbs in Austin on March 18th.