Entries tagged with: Ween
photos by Chris Graham
Happy Holidays! I take on more than I can handle. That results in a lot of unposted content. In the name of catching up, while also taking it easy during this final week of the year, here's some of that lost material.
For what was the worst day weather-wise for San Francisco's Outide Lands Festival, its last day (Sunday, August 30th) may have been the best musically. Cold fog and wind took the place of cloudless, sunny skies, but those who attended witnessed sets by Modest Mouse, the Dead Weather, the Avett Brothers, Band of Horses, Calexico, Matt & Kim , and soul legends Robert Randolph and Betty Layvette, and MIA, who complained via Twitter about the fest's substitution of Tenacious D for the Beastie Boys, then covered two Beasties songs, "Intergalactic" and "Sabatage, in her set.
Scrambling to find replacement headliners for the Beastie Boys was a common theme for festivals in summer '09, after the group was forced to cancel all dates when Adam Yauch was dianosed with cancer (he's since had sugery, and reports say that part of his health regiment is a vegan/organic diet). Beastie Boys' slot was filled by Jay-Z at All Points West and Yeah Yeah Yeahs at Lollapalooza
More pictures from Day Three below...
Holy Fuck @ Lollapalooza 2008 (more by Bao Nguyen)
tonight in NYC
* Emanuel & The Fear, Darla Farmer @ Mercury Lounge
* Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band @ IZOD Center
* United Nations, Acid Tiger, Gay For Johnny Depp @ The Delancey
* The Hundred in the Hands & Cruel Black Dove @ Littlefield
* The Jaguar Club, Spanish Prisoners, ECHOecho @ Union Hall
* QQQ, Howard Hughes and The Fisherman Three @ Pete's Candy Store
* Allen Toussaint's The Bright Mississippi Band @ Village Vanguard
* Holy Fuck, A Place to Bury Strangers, Crocodiles @ Bowery Ballroom
* Turbo Fruits, Confusers, Jeff: The Brotherhood, Siberians @ Bruar Falls
* Down & Derby Roller Disco Party w/ $mall Change, DJ Ayers, Rok One @ Studio B
* The So So Glos, Double Dagger, Screaming Females, Air Waves, Videohippos @ Market Hotel
* Fan-Tan, The Kingsbury Manx, Mad Scene, Americans In France, Stephen Steinbrink, Hell-Kite @ Cake Shop
The Sasquatch Festival is this weekend in Washington.
The So So Glos present the show at Shea Stadium on Sunday.
Videos from the Thursday night Gene Ween Band show at PS 29 in Brooklyn, below...
Leftover Crack fan in Texas (more)
Leftover Crack, Star Fucking Hipsters, Trash Talk, and The Casualties are playing Irving Plaza on July 3rd. Assuming Irving Plaza doesn't get shut down (unlikely) (or even if it does), this punk show is sure to be a good time. Tickets are on sale.
Less of a good time will probably be had at the punk show happening at Madison Square Garden on July 27th. Tickets for Green Day's big NYC show are on sale (@ 10am). They are also playing a few shows at much smaller venues, and Saturday Night Live this weekend.
The opposite of a good time will probably be had at the same big venue on October 5th. The Ting Tings are playing MSG with Pink. Tickets are on presale (@ 10am). PASSWORD = LEAPFROG
Probably fun, but still kind of lame? Aerosmith and ZZ Top play MSG on September 14th. Tickets are on AmEx and Internet presale now, and go on general sale Monday, May 18th, at 10am. It's the same day Kings of Leon play Nassau Coliseum.
Same venue, same summer (move over Blondie, Pat Benatar and The Donnas): The Pretenders, Cat Power and Juliette (and the Licks) Lewis are playing the Stone Pony's Summerstage on August 9th. Tickets are currently on Ticket Rush presale (password = live), and they go on general sale Saturday at noon. The same three ladies (bands) have an August 22nd Colorado show scheduled, so let's home for a full tour with NYC date too.
And don't forget Kylie Minogue tickets go on sale Saturday at 10am.
Gene Ween Band is on the lineup for this year's Mountain Jam, the three-day, jam band-friendly festival taking place in Hunter Mountain on May 29th, 30th and 31st. The Hold Steady, Girl Talk, Rhett Miller, Gomez and many others are also on the bill. You can see the full schedule HERE, and the full lineup below.
Even sooner, Gene Ween Band have a show scheduled right here in Brooklyn at PS 29 (425 Henry Street). The "Benefit for the Arts" takes place on Thursday, May 21st (6:30-9:00 PM), and tickets are on sale (thx Dan). All dates below...
Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival is taking place this year August 28th-30th at Golden Gate Park. Tickets for the fest go on Visa presale Wednesday, April 15th at 1pm ET, and general sale Sunday, April 19th at 1pm ET.
Also on the schedule for the fest is the Dead Weather, Jack White's new band. Dead Weather plays its first show tonight (April 14th) at the Bowery Ballroom.
M.I.A., Ween, TVOTR, Mastodon, Os Mutantes, Extra Golden, Tom Jones, and many others are also playing. Full Outside Lands line-up and poster below....
Gene Ween is doing better and they've rescheduled those cancelled dates. Tickets go on sale Thursday at noon for a February 7th show at Music Hall of Williamsburg, and tickets are on sale now for the show happening February 26th at Highline Ballroom.. All dates below...
gene ween @ recher - Dec 11, 2008 (rocknrowland)
Hi Everyone....I want to thank everyone for the well wishes, I'm recovering well from this pneumonia that I believe I'd been "walking around" with before it manifested itself fully a day after the last GWB show in Asbury Park. I spent four days in the hospital which, for those who know, is close to hell on earth but with good doctors, nurses and the care of my Jewish Mother for the last few days, I'll be fine. This GWB experience was so fucking great and I do plan to make up the shows with more to come. Thanks for all the well wishes and I wish you all the best wish for the wishes at this special time of the year. Love, GW
"Due to illness - the final 3 shows have been cancelled! More info to come on refunds, rescheduling, etc." That sucks. Affected dates below...
Gene Ween @ McCarren Pool (more by Zach Dilgard)
The Gene Ween Band (Dave Dreiwitz, Scott Metzger, Joe Russo) will be touring in December.Tickets are on sale for a December 18th show at Highline Ballroom in NYC. Tickets go on sale Wednesday for the show happening one day earlier at Music Hall of Williamsburg. All dates and more ticket info below...
Ween @ McCarren Pool (more by Zach Dilgard)
today in NYC
* FREE STUFF
* Sera Cahoone @ Knitting Factory
* Bruce Springsteen @ Giants Stadium
* The Postelles & Samuel @ Fat Baby (free)
* Icy Demons & Buffalo Stance @ Death By Audio
* Margot and The Nuclear So & Sos @ Bowery Ballroom
* Modey Lemon, Friendly Fires & Semi Precious Weapons
Tickets are on sale for the Mountain Goats / Kaki King show at Music Hall of Williamsburg and for the one at Webster Hall.
That's a snapshot of the action happening over in the Ween forums where the celebration and plane tickets are referring to the show happening at McCarren Pool in Brooklyn tonight (July 25, 2008). And as Dr. Rock pointed out, tonight is also the Valient Thorr show at Bowery Ballroom AND an after-Ween Sound of Urchin / Tragedy show at Music Hall of Williamsburg (it's not a free one though).
Ween @ Terminal 5, NYC - Dec 1, 2007 (CRED)
by Klaus Kinski
I visited the cavernous Terminal 5 for the first time on Friday 11/30/07 to check out the first of two 'evening with' Ween shows. I've been listening to Ween for ages and have most of their records, yet I've never managed to catch a single live show. Thankfully, my first live Ween experience couldn't have been more fulfilling.
They played a solid 2 and a half hour set that was as diverse as the crowd that packed Terminal 5 to see them. From start to finish, I was dumbstruck at how good they were. One thing that truly captivated me was their ability to pull off these incredible extended jams without being too 'jammy' about it. I mean, I know these guys can play, but I never expected such powerful, cohesive jams. Dean Ween is an amazing guitarist - in both chops and taste. Drummer Claude Coleman repeatedly pulled off these fills that floored me - not only because of their technical merit, but in how tastefully and appropriately he was working them into the songs. (not bad for a guy who was nearly killed in a car wreck). Like this guy, I sort of prefer Ween 's country tunes – they tend to showcase not only their sense of humor, but also their extreme skills as musicians. Ween covered a lot of territory in 2 and a half hours (and reportedly 3 hours the second night), and I think causal fans and die hards alike all left the show pretty satisfied (even the drunk douche nozzle who felt the need to start a fight with me for no reason in the bathroom). -Klaus
1 OKKERVIL RIVER, The Stage Names(JAGJAGUWAR)
2 BAND OF HORSES, Cease To Begin (SUB POP)
3 IRON & WINE, The Shepherd's Dog (SUB POP)
4 FUTURE CLOUDS & RADAR, Future Clouds & Radar (STAR APPLE KINGDOM)
5 FEIST, The Reminder (CHERRY TREE/INTERSCOPE)
6 SPOON, Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga (MERGE)
7 RADIOHEAD, In Rainbows (SELF-RELEASED)
8 ARCADE FIRE, Neon Bible (Merge)
9 NEIL YOUNG, Chrome Dreams II (REPRISE)
10 JASON ISBELL, Sirens of the Ditch (NEW WEST)
11 WHITE STRIPES, Icky Thump (THIRD MAN/WARNER BROS.)
12 DEVENDRA BANHART, Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon (XL)
13 AVETT BROTHERS, Emotionalism (RAMSEUR)
Paste also has Avett Brothers high up on their list. Stylus seem to be the only ones MADLY in love with Miranda Lambert so far (Paste has her at 18) (and J likes her a lot). Nic Harcourt's list is still way different than everyone's. The rest of Harp Magazine's list is below....
01. Parenthetical Girls - If it's a time for Christmas (2:46)
02. Ween - Silent Night (1:40)
03. Andrew Dost (Anathallo) - Yeah, I Know, It's Christmastime (2:04)
04. The National Splits - Let's Wrap Each Other (2:15)
05. Louis Armstrong - Santa Claus Blues (2:51)
06. Scott Allen (Thunderbirds are Now) - Winters Wonderland (3:50)
07. The Knife - Christmas Reindeer (7:11)
08. Melt Banana - White Christmas (1:42)
09. Thick Pigeon - Jingle Bell Rock (1:30)
10. Steven Garvey - Dreidle, Dreidle, Dreidle (1:11)
11. nullsleep - silent night (2:25)
12. Wild Billy Childish & The Musicians of the British Empire - Santa Claus (3:26)
13. Holly Golightly - Christmas Tree's On Fire (2:54)
14. Deerhoof - xmas tree (2:30)
15. Palace Songs (Will Oldham) - Christmastime in the Mountains (1:30)
16. Woody Guthrie - Hanukkah Dance [Alternate Take] (1:24)
I know it's too early for this, but inspiration hit, so I went with it. Download, support the artists, enjoy, and happy holidays (Thanksgiving or whatever).
Ween's new album La Cucaracha is out October 23, 2007 on Rounder Records. Those who pre-order it now through THIS LINK, can also order a limited edition t-shirt at a reduced price with the CD (offer ends Oct 22).
I've got a pair of tickets to give away to each of the previously announced Ween shows at Terminal 5 in NYC - even the sold out one. To win, email BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM (subject: Ween). Include your first and last name in the email. Mention which date you would prefer. Two winners will be picked at random.
It was also announced today that Pitchfork will be curating this year's ATP - a UK Festival happening in May. Their choices so far:
Of MontrealAll Ween tour dates below....
also keep reading for Moby, comedian Dave Hill & Hal Sparks
Tragedy @ Highline Ballroom, NY - Sept 2, 2007 (CRED)
Luckily, this isn't really about metal, it's about novelty metal. Sunday night, the Highline Ballroom brought together not one, not two, not three, but four of our area's finest examples of metal schtick. I only saw one of them, actually. I missed Boyz Nite (known for their "Die Hard" song), Queen Diamond (teenage girl King Diamond tribute) and Beatallica (you can figure it out). I came specifically to see Tragedy, the Number One All-Metal Beegees Tribute Band in the Tri-State Area. And more specifically, I came because I'm friends with the bassist. [Soundbites]But more about Tragedy later. First let's talk about Ween...
The guy from Rounder drove down to New Hope from Massachusetts and took us to lunch. We've been on a lot of labels the past 23 years and had a lot of lunches and we've heard a lot of "pitches". After making small talk for the first 20 minutes I finally felt like I should ask him something, anything-- since he drove all the way down here. The only thing I could come up with was "are there any other bands on Rounder comparable to Ween? I mean when I think of Rounder Records I think of all those Thorogood records and mostly folk type stuff." He said "no, not really." We all started laughing and the decision was made in our minds right there that this was where we needed to be. Later that night we watched the Red Sox game at our studio and then he drove back to Boston t he next day. That's the whole story, and now Ween is on Rounder. Anyway, it's not my job to critique Ween and measure one of our records against another, but I will say that we are super happy with La Cucaracha, we consider it to be a party record, unlike our last record which was more of a Jonestown type party vibe.Good story, but there's more. Let it be revealed right here and now that "the guy from Rounder" is none other than Izzy Stradlin (aka Rounder A&R guy Dave Godowsky) from the recently disbanded Guns N Roses tribute band Mr. Brownstone...
"no, not really." (Izzy, Slash & Axl @ Bowery Ballroom)
More like NO, NOT REALLY BROKEN UP. Tickets are now on sale for a Mr. Brownstone reunion show at Bowery Ballroom on November 10th (they were broken up for a whole year and four months). They're also playing the Paradise in Boston on December 15th, and tickets are about to go on sale for that one too.
And speaking of metal reunions, Satanicide (who share a member with Mr. Brownstone) is also back! Possibly broken up for an even less amount of time, or maybe more - who can keep track....
On the heels of their sold-out Fillmore at Irving Plaza performance in August, SATANiCiDE will reunite for a one last show (at Bowery Ballroom this Friday September 7th). Making the 17 mile trek from Jer-Z with SATANiCiDE will also be Moby, and comedian Hal Sparks of Showtime's, "Queer as Folk". Other special guests include Suicide Girls, and SATANiDANCER, (and girlfriend of SATANiCiDE's Aleister Cradley) Peg Ramon-Stamos.That's right, Moby (musical star of the new videogame Bioshock) will be there (again). Also (though not mentioned above) - comedian Dave Hill (a musician himself in a band that also shares a member with Satanicide) is also involved in this show in some way. Tickets are on sale.
"How envious we are of you, all our fans", says SATANiCiDE lead singer Devlin Mayhem. "Unlike you, we will not be able to see our own show. We will be too busy rokking to witness the greatest spectacle of rokk this side of the Holland Tunnel".
Sharing the stage will be the recently Warped-toured THE NOTORIOUS MSG. Blasting out of the streets of Chinatown, THE NOTORIOUS MSG have arrived with a vengeance. Serving up deep-fried beats straight from the Chinese ghetto, they will not stop until they achieve complete world domination.
But wait - what about TRAGEDY? Well, besides sharing a member (Phil) with Satanicide and Dave Hill's band Children of the Unicorn, not to mention Hair Suppply, Tragedy will in fact be opening at all three reunion shows - first for Satanicide at Bowery, and then at both of the Mr. Brownstone gigs.
BONUS POINTS: Now see if you can match this all up with the related post from over 2 years ago. Rock.