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Neil Young & friends during Lou Reed tribute
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The annual Bridge School Benefit Concert went down over the weekend (10/26 & 10/27) with sets from Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young, Arcade Fire, Tom Waits, My Morning Jacket, Elvis Costello, Tom Waits and more. On the first day, Neil Young joined Arcade Fire (like he did at the 2011 benefit), this time for a new song that Win said was written in a dream and inspired by Neil, and hence titled, "I Dreamed A Neil Young Song." Neil also joined MMJ for "Harvest Moon." You can check out an 8-hour full-set video of day 1 below (MMJ comes on around 4:50, Arcade Fire around 5:40, QOTSA around 6:40, and CSNY around 7:40).

On the second day, Neil Young, Elvis Costello, MMJ, Jenny Lewis and others performed The Velvet Underground's "Oh! Sweet Nuthin" as a tribute to Lou Reed (who passed away earlier in the day). Tom Waits also performed his first concert in five years, and was joined by Primus' Les Claypool on upright bass. His set, along with the Lou Reed tribute, can be watched below.

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The 2013 Bridge School Benefit concerts happen this weekend (October 26 & 27) at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA. Now in it's 27th year, the benefit concerts raise money for The Bridge School, a "non-profit, innovative organization educating children with severe speech and physical impairments through the use of augmentative and alternative communication systems and assistive technology" that was founded, in part, by Pegi Young (wife of Neil Young).

This year's concerts, as mentioned, feature performances by CSNY, Queens of the Stone Age, My Morning Jacket, Elvis Costello, Diana Krall, fun, Heart, Jenny Lewis and, on Saturday (10/26) only, Arcade Fire, Jack Johnson and Tom Waits. All performances are acoustic.

For those who can't attend but would like to watch, the Saturday Bridge School Benefit concert will stream live via YouTube. The eight-hour webcast begins at 8 PM Eastern (5 PM Pacific).

Meanwhile, check out Arcade Fire's Colbert Report appearance and pictures from the recent Brooklyn shows.

Arcade Fire

That's the new LA record release show poster above. Here's more info:

"As part of their ongoing "The Music Experiment 2.0" social media-driven concert series, MTV Iggy and Intel Corporation today announced that Grammy Award-winning rock band Arcade Fire will perform a special show at an as-yet-unannounced outdoor location in Los Angeles on October 29th, upon release of their hotly anticipated fourth studio album, Reflektor.

Beginning today, October 15th, fans can visit www.MusicExperiment.com for a chance to win tickets to the exclusive live performance by participating in "The Music Experiment 2.0" across Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Vine, Shazam & Twitter. The performance will also stream live on www.MusicExperiment.com and through The Music Experiment Windows App.
Arcade Fire was also added to Neil Young's annual Bridge School Benefit along with Tom Waits, Queens of the Stone Age, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, fun., My Morning Jacket, Elvis Costello, Jenny Lewis, Heart, and Diana Krall. The two day event takes place October 26th and 27th at Shoreline Amphitheatre.

Meanwhile, Arcade Fire will be in NYC for two NYC shows this week. The location is still officially undisclosed, as is the way to get tickets, but My Social List and Arcade Fire Tube seem to have figured out that the location is a warehouse-turned-cultural center located at 299 Meserole in Brooklyn (the same location as a 10/26 Halloween party with Alex Metric and Just Blaze). Stay tuned for more details!

The band are also playing Big Night in Little Haiti at Little Haiti Cultural Center in Miami on October 24. Special presale (only with artist presale code) starts Wednesday 10/16 at 10AM. On sale to the public Thursday 10/17 at 10AM.

They return to NYC in November for the YouTube Awards.

Tame Impala at Terminal 5 in February (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Tame Impala

We know these kinds of listicles get published all the time, and that everyone will always find ways to argue them, but this one is kind of interesting. Rolling Stone published their '50 Greatest Live Acts Right Now' list, where they asked a panel of writers, industry figures, and artists, "who rules the road in 2013?" It's got much of the stuff you'd think Rolling Stone would have on this kind of list (like insisting The Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen are still better live than basically anyone else in 2013), but there's still some surprises, like the inclusion of Tame Impala amongst mainly rock/pop stars.

If you wanna see if you agree with Rolling Stone's assertions, you can catch some of the artists who made their list in NYC soon, like Tame Impala, Fiona Apple, Pearl Jam, Nine Inch Nails, and more.

Check out the full list below...

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Tom Waits w/ The Rolling Stones (via Rolling Stones Facebook)
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The Rolling Stones are currently on a North American tour which brought them to Oakland last night (5/5) for a show at Oracle Arena. They played a bunch of the usual favorites like "Tumbling Dice," "Get Off of My Cloud," "Miss You," "Jumpin' Jack Flash," and so on. But most excitingly, on their version of the blues staple "Little Red Rooster," they brought out another blues-lover, Tom Waits, to help them perform it. Check out a video of that performance and the setlist from last night below.

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Tom Waits guest stars on the Simpsons this Sunday, January 6 on Fox.

The Decemberists were also recently on the show.

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The Grammy Nominations were just announced. At this point it should be no surprise that this year's list contains names like Jack White, The Black Keys, Gotye, Adele, Foster the People, Florence and the Machine, M.I.A. (she got nominated for a video), and "fun" alongside all the major pop stars. And I guess Bjork is a given in the "Alternative Music Album" category any time she comes out with an album (this is like her 12th or 13th nomination).

Mumford and Sons are naturally on there along with fellow rising pop folk band The Lumineers. Indie Grammy pioneers Arcade Fire also snuck in there again for "Best Song Written For Visual Media."

EDM is huger than ever so of course hot EDM artists like Skrillex, Deadmau5, Diplo, AVICII, Swedish House Mafia, and Steve Aoki are well represented. UPDATE: As is AL WALSER.

Classics and current stadium artists that were busy in 2012 all got their nods too: Paul McCartney, Coldplay, Bruce Springsteen, Jay-Z, Kanye West, etc. (though Bieber and Nicki Minaj got snubbed).

Most funny is probably the metal category which is as out of touch as ever with Anthrax competing against Iron Maiden, Megadeth and Marilyn Manson (what year is it again?).

Personally, real opinions of the Grammys overall, I'm excited to see Frank Ocean SIX TIMES, Miguel FIVE TIMES, Alabama Shakes THREE TIMES, and I'm glad they didn't forget about Fiona Apple who is up for "Best Alternative Music Album" against Bjork, Gotye (one of three nominations), M83, and Tom Waits (who has won in the past).

The Grammys air February 10, 2013 on CBS. Check out the full list of nominations, which also includes Jimmy Cliff, Toots and the Maytals, Hugh Masekela, Tenacious D, Jim Gaffigan, Jimmy Fallon, and Tegan and Sara, HERE.

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Check out the entire list of 2013 Grammy Nominations below...

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Tom Waits

After three teasers, we get: A STATEMENT FROM TOM WAITS:

"As most of you guessed, it's a tour...a tour de force!

"Matt Mahurin has created an apocalyptic war dream to accompany the song HELL BROKE LUCE. Kathleen and I envisioned it as an enlightened drill sergeant yelling the hard truths of war to a brand new batch of recruits. The video grew from the gnawing image of a soldier pulling his home, through a battlefield, at the end of a rope.

"I think you will agree, it's uplifting and fun."

"Hell Broke Luce," featuring Marc Ribot and Keith Richards on guitar, with Flea on bass and Casey Waits on drums, is from Waits' most recent release, BAD AS ME.

Watch the new video below...

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Tom Waits

With just one day to go until we find out what this is all about, this new teaser appears: "TOM WAITS: NEVER BRING A GUN TO A SPOONFIGHT".

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Another Tom Waits teaser. This time it just says "TOM WAITS: I BREATHE BETTER UNDER WATER". But what if that water is too cold?

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Tom Waits

Anti- Records posted this mysterious Tom Waits teaser today. All it says is "Tom Waits: Permission To Come Aboard?" and "coming August 7." That's in a week, so at least we won't need to wait very long to see this mystery solved.

Tom recently performed live on both Letterman and Fallon. Watch the Fallon videos below...

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Lee Fields at MHoW in March (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
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Today in NYC
* SWEET July @ Ella
* Robbie Fulks @ Barbes
* Naked Dance! @ The Stone
* Simon Amstell @ Theatre 80
* Slavic Soul Party @ Barbes
* Gold Sparkle Band @ The Stone
* DOSVEC, Krunk Pony @ Knitting Factory
* Cherub, Manicanparty @ Highline Ballroom
* Carla Morrison, La Santa Cecilia @ Littlefield
* Caramelo, Dientes de Caramelo @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Neon Trees, Penguin Prison, Jjamz @ Webster Hall
* Marco Benevento @ City Winery outside (free)
* Chubb Rock, Kurtis Blow, DJ Bent Roc @ Crotona Park
* MV & EE featuring Mick Flower, Spectre Folk, Images @ Death By Audio
* Lee Fields & the Expressions, Janka Nabay @ Fort Greene Park
* Emanuel & The Fear, Sprinkles, Shenandoah and the Night @ Cameo
* Dirty Projectors, Wye Oak, Purity Ring @ Prospect Park Bandshell
* Diamond Terrifier, Excepter, Hagfish & Poet Lounge, Hubble @ Zebulon
* Cult War, Through Thorn and Brier, Wolfmouth, Desensitized @ Saint Vitus
* Don Gator & The Kings of Spyrock, Makeup Monsters, Love Life, Blue Bird @ Pianos
* Cosmetics, Plastic Flowers, Psychobuildings, Heavenly Beat (DJ set) @ Glasslands
* Swimming, Spook Houses, The N'ere Dowells, The Chimneys @ Big Snow Buffalo Lodge

The Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival continues, with daily events ranging from shows to seminars to a film festival. No shows tonight, but there is a symposium and a screening of the great Wild Style. Head to the site for more details.

Lincoln Center's Midsummer Night Swing series continues through July 14.

The Spy Music Festival is still ongoing.

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Dirty Projectors headline Celebrate Brooklyn at the Prospect Park Bandshell tonight (with Wye Oak and Purity Ring). Last night it was a show at Music Hall of Williamsburg which you can now watch in full.

Fela! is back on Broadway.

Tom Waits talked to and played Letterman last night, performing "Chicago" from 2011's Bad As Me. Check out video of that appearance below. Look for Waits to do it again tonight on Fallon.

Frank Ocean, whose new album is streaming on Tumblr, made his television debut on Fallon last night. Video below.

Happy birthday goes out to the late great Ronnie James Dio (you are missed), Arlo Guthrie (who is honoring his father's legacy on the road), Sandy West of The Runaways, and possibly the most important of them all, Jessica Simpson (not really).

Holograms have proudly released their debut LP via Captured Tracks and are streaming it in full. Check it out below. Fans of The Cure, Iceage, and gothic-tinged punk rock everywhere, rejoice and look for them in September.

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As you may remember, Tom Waits was to appear on The Late Show with David Letterman and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon back in April which ended up being postponed for "a later date TBA." Those appearances, both taped in NYC, have finally been rescheduled. Waits will be chatting up the hosts and playing songs from his 2011 album, Bad As Me, on Letterman on July 9 and Fallon on July 10.

In other Tom Waits television news, his song "Picture in a Frame" was used in a ballet sequence in this week's Bunheads, the new show from Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman Palladino (which is pretty good if you liked Gilmore Girls). You can watch it on YouTube (embed not available, sorry).

Polica @ Brooklyn Bowl (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Polica

Twin Cities StarTribune sums it up nicely:

[Polica] properly seized the moment, which came to them last-minute after Tom Waits had to cancel. Fallon somewhat wise-acrely emphasized the "ç" in the band's name during his introduction. And the band somewhat boldly made "Leading to Death" its wise song selection. not one of the tracks from its album touted as a single, but one that has been a clear highlight in its live sets this spring. Maybe the smartest move of them all, though, was by Ivascu, who did not miss achance to mouth the words, "Hi Mom!," into the cameras after the commercial break when Fallon came back to bid adieu (alas, not part of the clip below).

Members of Poliça wound up watching hosting a TV viewing party over at the Knitting Factory's Brooklyn offshoot, where manager Nate Vernon was DJ-ing. Coincidentally or not, Nate's brother Justin Vernon also had a big TV taping on Wednesday night: He and his Bon Iver brethren were back in Austin, Texas, taping an episode of "Austin City Limits." You can read about that one here. Or, even better, you can click here for the hilarious "Bon Iver Erotica" spoof that's now going around,

Watch Polica on Fallon below...

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He was supposed to be in NYC on April 24 & 25, but "will reschedule at a later date TBA." Damn

Tom Waits

His people report: "TOM WAITS is heading to NYC this month to perform on late night television. It remains a mystery as to what gems the iconoclast will chose to perform on those stages...but he will be talking with the hosts as well as playing songs for the very first time live from his latest, Bad As Me, "the best-reviewed major album of 2011," according to metacritic.com."

He plays Letterman on April 24 & Fallon on April 25 (and hopefully somewhere else while he's in town!).

Bad as Me

Tom Waits is set to release his new studio album Bad as Me on October 25 via Anti- Records. You can stream the album's title track below and purchase the song on iTunes. The album is also available for pre-order on iTunes as a standard edition and a deluxe edition with three bonus tracks and as CD and LP at the Tom Waits webstore.

Check out the album's tracklist and a TOM WAITS HOSTED PRIVATE LISTENING PARTY, below...

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2011 Inductees

"the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation announced the Alice Cooper Band, Neil Diamond, Dr. John, Darlene Love and Tom Waits as its 2011 performer inductees. Also being inducted this year as individual recipients of the Ahmet Ertegun Award are Jac Holzman and Art Rupe. The Award for Musical Excellence (previously the Sidemen category) will be presented to Leon Russell. The 26th annual ceremony will take place on Monday, March 14, 2011, at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City and be broadcast on Fuse, Madison Square Garden's national music television network."
Catch Darlene Love at BB King Blues Club in NY tonight (12/19).

Delta Spirit's Matt Vasquez @ Webster Hall (more by Tracy Allison)
Matt Vasquez

Delta Spirit are on tour now, and tickets are still on sale for their headlining show at Webster Hall tonight (Tuesday, 11/23). Dangerbird-signed LA band Darker My Love (who share members with the 2007 incarnation of the Fall and who also have a song on that Target Christmas album that WAVVES/Best Coast is on) and Long Beach band The Fling open the show and the tour.

Delta Spirit just released a new EP entitled the The Waits Room which you can download now on iTunes, and get on limited edition vinyl at the merch table. Yourstru.ly, who posted a video of the band performing "Bushwick Blues" for the EP, has the story...

"Hidden in the hills of Northern California lies the bucolic town of Cotati, CA. Unbeknownst to many, a musical landmark exists there called Prairie Sun Studios, where many incredible musicians have rattled and hummed, including the venerable Tom Waits himself. And, just this year, Delta Spirit stepped into that very studio to record their soulful rocker, History From Below. In the midst of recording, the band discovered "The Waits Room," a gutted closet on the studio grounds where the man himself records to this very day. Echoes abound, the room creates a sound that reverberates until your body is lulled to rest. Although a full-fledged studio space exists, where most of the album recording took place, with roomsound like that, the band couldn't help but record tracks in there from time to time. In fact, it was such a gorgeous sound, ideal for Delta Spirit's folk-blues bliss, that they recorded an entire live EP in it. The result is the Waits Room EP, a 5-song burner..."
The "Buswhick Blues" Waits Room video with all dates (in text and special video format), below...

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N.A.S.A., and their worldwide debut The Spirit of Apllo, is an ongoing creative collaboration between two lifelong music aficionados, Squeak E. Clean and DJ Zegon, and their friends, friends of friends and musical heroes.

While N.A.S.A. stands for North America/South America and contains a number of superstar artists from both coasts of the U.S., it is about as far from a tension-building geographical showdown as a record can get. Rather, The Spirit of Apollo was born with the righteous goal of bringing people together through music and art, and that is exactly what masterminds Sam Spiegel (Squeak E. Clean) and Ze Gonzales (DJ Zegon) have done.

Unexpected collaborations abound on the seventeen track release. Tom Waits growls over Kool Keith, Karen O taunts while Ol' Dirty Bastard gives shoutouts to Wu Tang and N.A.S.A from the grave, and David Byrne, Chuck D and others expound on the evils of "Money." In spite of the range of performers, the pairings seem organic, inspired and make perfect sense on the first listen, never coming off as ironic or impulsive.... [RCRD LBL]

Other N.A.S.A. collbaroators included Lykke Li, Santogold and Kanye West. Tickets are on sale for a March 12th show at (Le) Poisson Rouge in NYC. The date is part of a larger tour. Watch the David Byrne/Chuck D/Ras Congo/Seu Jorge/Z-Trip "Money" video, and see all dates, below...

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Tom Waits

When it comes to licensing, Tom Waits has a strong reputation..

Waits has steadfastly refused to allow the use of his songs in commercials and has joked about other artists who do. ("If Michael Jackson wants to work for Pepsi, why doesn't he just get himself a suit and an office in their headquarters and be done with it?") He has filed several lawsuits against advertisers who used his material without permission. He has been quoted as saying, "Apparently, the highest compliment our culture grants artists nowadays is to be in an ad -- ideally, naked and purring on the hood of a new car," he said in a statement, referring to the Mercury Cougar. "I have adamantly and repeatedly refused this dubious honor....

...In 2005, Waits sued Adam Opel AG, claiming that, after having failed to sign him to sing in their Scandinavian commercials, they had hired a soundalike singer. In 2007, the suit was settled, and Waits gave the sum to charity." [Wikipedia]

Speaking in an interview in 2005 to NPR's All Things Considered, Waits bluntly says "I'd rather have a hot lead enema" than have a song in a commercial. At the time he was referring to products like Doritos, cars and diapers. His stance isn't as strong when it comes to a good cause. His song "Never Let Go" is the soundtrack to a new PSA by the Ad Council for Feeding America.

The campaign, shot by American History X director Tony Kaye, launched November 25th and is intended to raise awareness and drive action to fight hunger in America.

Created pro bono by Ogilvy NY, the new TV, radio, print, and web advertising aims to change the way Americans look at this critical issue affecting our country and to understand the fact that many people they interact with on a daily basis may not know where their next meal will come from...

"We are thrilled to partner with Feeding America to educate Americans about just how close hunger is to each one of us," according to Peggy Conlon, President & CEO of The Advertising Council. "I believe that the 1 in 8 campaign will inspire Americans to become involved in this critical issue."

"This work uses simple visual imagery to demonstrate the reality of the fact that everyone today knows someone who is hungry," said Antonio Navas and Chris Bradley, creative directors at Ogilvy who developed the campaign. "We were very fortunate to get musician Tom Waits to contribute a beautiful piece of music - "Never Let Go" off of 2006's Orphans -- that helps bring the work to life and connect with the public in a tangible way. We believe it will have great impact on this important cause."

Per the Ad Council model, the PSAs will be distributed to media outlets nationwide this week and will run and air in advertising time and space that is donated by the media.

Waits says of the project: "We all need to be reminded that the folks who need help getting back on their feet are all members of our family." Watch the two different PSAs below.

Other Notable Licensing News:

Arcade FireAnother band that usually passes on licensing requests for its music is Arcade Fire. The Canadian band decided to let its song "My Body Is A Cage" be used in the trailer for the new Brad Pitt movie, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

According to the Arcade Fire's management, "This is the first time the band have used their music in this way. David Fincher asked them to look at the trailer. They all thought it was a good use of the music. They have no issue with licensing music when it's used in a creative way. It rarely happens." [Pitchfork]
Watch the trailer below.

The soundtrack to Juno continues to inspire advertising creatives. One of Barry Louis Polisar's songs from that soundtrack, "All I Want Is You", gives it a go in a spot for the National Lottery in the UK. The commercial can be seen below.

Sigur RosI've seen the commercial for Ubisoft's new Prince Of Persia game on air this past week. Just like the trailer (watch it below), the spot features the song "Saeglopur" by Sigur Ros. This is the second video game featuring Sigur Ros music - EA's trailer for Dead Space (released in October 2008) uses "Track 7" as the soundtrack.

The Shins' "Sleeping Lessons" provides a cool soundtrack to Statkraft Energy's new European commercial. Watch it at Boards Mag.

ChromeoSony has released quite a few new commercials recently for both the PS3 and PSP that have good musical soundtracks. The "Mural" spot features "Everybody Ona Move" by Michael Franti & Spearhead, "LA Plays PSP" has The Grouch featuring MURS' "The Bay To LA", and "NYC Plays PSP" uses Chromeo's "Fancy Footwork". Watch the last one below.

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a catch up post....

Ryan Adams and Mandy Moore

Mandy Moore and rumored beau Ryan Adams were spotted shopping at Meltdown Comics and Collectibles and Vintage Gear Guitar Shop in Los Angeles yesterday.

The awkwardly-paired duo fell for one another while working closely together on her album Wild Hope last year.

Angster-singer Adams has previously dated a slew of other offbeat brunette actresses, including Parker Posey and Winona Ryder.

This is the first time the happy couple has been snapped together because...well...photogs had no idea who Ryan Adams was until now! [FadedYouth Blog]

Winona Ryder has since moved on to a member of Rilo Kiley. Devendra Banhart and Natalie Portman could not be reached for comment. Check out more (not very nice paparazzi-style) pictures of Ryan, OR watch Scarlett Johansson sing Tom Waits backed by members of Celebration BELOW...

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Glitter and Doom tour

(Paperless) tickets go on sale Friday for the Tom Waits Glitter and Doom tour.

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