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Wilco at Newport - 7/27/12
Newport Folk Festival went down over the weekend (7/28-29), but before things kicked into full gear, a pre-show went down on Friday (7/27) with sets from Wilco (who were just in NYC), Blitzen Trapper, and Megafaun. Wilco played a two hour set with included "Christ for President" from Mermaid Avenue and brought Woody Guthrie's granddaughter out for the encore.
More pictures and Wilco's setlist from the Newport Folk Fest pre-show below.
Nels Cline of Wilco (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
The 2012 Newport Folk Festival begins in Rhode Island tonight with a concert by Wilco (7:30pm), Blitzen Trapper (6pm), and Megafaun (5pm). If you're not there, you can, as previously mentioned, listen live at NPR which will also be broadcasting from the sold out fest all weekend long.
today in NYC
* Mallu @ MoMA
* Kotorino @ Barbes
* Oren Bloedow @ Barbes
* Frank Ocean @ Terminal 5
* Kassa Overall @ The Stone
* Questlove @ Brooklyn Bowl
* The Dave Hill Explosion @ UCB
* The Universal Thump @ Barbes
* Kishi Bashi, Tall Tall Trees @ Joe's Pub
* Bomba Estereo, Il Abanico @ Webster Hall
* Milagres, Indians, Zulu Pearls @ Glasslands
* Slowdance (DJ set) @ Ace Hotel New York
* Tom Shillue's Funny Story @ Brooklyn Brewery
* Eternal Summers, Ex Cops @ Mercury Lounge
* Pedrito Martinez Group @ MetroTech Commons
* Soul Asylum, Joseph Arthur @ Bowery Ballroom
* The Dust Rays, Smoota, SORNE @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Poolside (DJ Set), Sean Glass @ Hudson Terrace
* Persephone's Bees, Bizi Gara, Psychic @ Zebulon
* Oberhofer, The Soft Pack, Royal Bangs @ Pier 84 CANCELLED
* Marshall Crenshaw, Bottle Rockets @ City Winery
* Milo Greene, Family Of The Year @ Mercury Lounge
* Skaters, Liquor Store, Neon Windbreaker @ Swat Bar
* Beach Day, Chalk & Numbers, Island Twins @ Cake Shop
* Prawn, Calculator, Caravela, Tawny Peaks @ Maxwell's
* Agalloch, Taurus, Musk Ox @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Alien Whale, Ms. America, Dead Stars @ Ding Dong Lounge
* Rebecca Pronsky, Zachary Cale, Woodsy Pride @ Union Hall
* Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto, Geko Jones @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Jeffrey Gaines, Jennings, E. Clayton West @ Highline Ballroom
* Trash Talk, DJ Leftbrain (OFWGKTA), "special guests" @ 285 Kent
* Murals, Indian Rebound, Treppenverter, The Split @ Cameo Gallery
* Zomby, Rusty Lazer (DJ set), Lemonade (DJ set), LE1F @ The Hester
* King Khan & The Shrines, Nicky Da B, The Everymen @ House of Vans
* Kings County Ramblers, Andi Rae Healy, Whale Belly @ The Rock Shop
Night Panther, Ghost Beach, Nicos Gun, N/A, Silya, The Blakes @ Pianos
* Uncle Monsterface, The Planes, Little, Big, Attack.wav @ The Grand Victory
* Jack Quartet, C. Spencer Yeh, Patrick Higgins, Jantar @ Secret Project Robot
* Tyler, The Creator, Earl Sweatshirt, Raekwon, Asher Roth @ Best Buy Theater
* Little Howlin' Wolf, Wes Buckley and Allie Klein, Hurricanes of Love @ Union Pool
* Oscar DeLeon, Luis Enrique, N'Klabe @ Seaside Summer Concerts in Coney Island
* Law & Order, Porches, No One and The Somebodies, Frankie Cosmos, Cave Cricket @ Big Snow Buffalo Lodge
* Our Mountain, Scott & Charlene's Wedding, The Amp, Bones Howell, Osekre & The Lucky Bastards @ 929 XPO
* Le Rug, EULA, Rainbow Party, Michael Jordan & The South Jersey Seashore Lifeguard Convention Band @ Shea Stadium
Trash Talk, who are on Odd Future records, play a FREE BV-presented show at 285 Kent tonight with DJ Leftbrain (of Odd Future) and "special guests." Odd Future's Frank Ocean plays a sold out show at Terminal 5 tonight and OF's Tyler, the Creator & Earl Sweatshirt play with Raekwon tonight at Best Buy Theater. The flier for tonight's Trash Talk show is below.
"Goldfinger" screens for free tonight in Tompkins Square Park.
"Clueless" screens for free tonight in Brooklyn Bridge Park.
Speaking of free screenings, did you RSVP for our screening of "Celeste and Jesse Forever"?
Officially unelected Coney Island major Dick Zigun is giving his annual overview of the current state of Coney Island at the Coney Island Museum tonight.
Vol. 1 Brooklyn's 'The Greatest 3-Minute Punk Stories' is returning for a second installment tonight at Housing Works. Here's what they say about it and the full list of people who will be there:
For the first time ever, Vol. 1 is revisiting a Greatest 3-Minute story topic for a second time around. On July 26th we're presenting The Greatest 3-Minute Punk Stories 2.Follow @BrooklynVegan on Twitter.
Since we had such a fun time the first time around, we figured why not invited a bunch of people to get up on the Housing Works stage and tell stories that might or might not be about bad tattoos, bad hair dye jobs, bad tours, selling out, selling in, and/or having an emo phase in the mid to late 1990s. The event starts at 7 pm, is free and includes the following folks.
Ari Spool (Impose)
Michael Fusco (M+E Design)
Mishka Shubaly (Freshkills)
Syd Butler (Les Savy Fav/Frenchkiss Records/author of Who Farted Wrong?)
Maura Johnston (Village Voice)
Russ Marshalek (Silent Drape Runners/Flavorpill)
Alina Simone (Author, You Must Go and Win)
Evan Smith Rakoff (Poets & Writers)
Jeanne Fury (Writer)
Matt Elkin (The So So Glos)
Ami Greko (Book Camp: NYC)
Jenn Pelly (Pitchfork)
Molly Neuman (Bratmobile)
Maria Sherman (Writer, WNYU DJ)
Alexis Fleisig (Obits)
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Murals play their first of 4 NYC shows tonight.
Bat For Lashes have a video for "Laura," the single off of their upcoming album, which you can watch below.
Wilco was on Fallon last night (7/25) after playing their third of three NYC shows. They performed "Art of Almost" and then "Laminated Cat" as a web exclusive. Videos of both performances are below.
Balam Acab remixed N'Sync's "Bye Bye Bye" (yes!). You can stream/download that below.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Night Two was more of a perfect summer night, the setlist leaning more on acoustic, sensitive tracks songs with fewer peaks. Still, fans who returned were rewarded with plenty of great moments; a fully animated Tweedy howled "Hummingbird" with no instrument, taking his brimmed hat off for emphasis, and the band blazed through the funked-out distorted boogie of "I'm the Man Who Loves You," an angry, pummelling "Nothing'severgonnastandinmyway" and the irresistible garage jangle of 1995's "I Must Be High." During the encore, the band nailed a mindblowing, shattering "Via Chicago" as stage lights flashed furiously. Watching the crowd sing along to the scorned Summerteeth ballad made it clear how far Tweedy has come since he wrote it. In the Nineties, he went through ever-changing Wilco lineups and struggled through addiction, depression and a panic disorder. Now, Tweedy seems far more content; he's spoken in interviews about becoming addicted to running, and he just started a band with his teenage sons called the Raccoonists. And with an ace solid lineup, Wilco are a more finely tuned live machine than they ever have been. "Oh my God, the big rock & roll clap thing!" Tweedy said as the crowd participated during "Monday." "I'm gonna cry!" After more hand-clapping and finger-snapping during "Kingpin," Tweedy smirked. "Thank you for indulging my rock & roll fantasies," he said." [Rolling Stone]For the second night in a row, Wilco played Celebrate Brooklyn in Prospect Park (7/24), this time with much more ideal weather and a nearly 30-song set. (Setlist is below.) Lee Ranaldo opened the show with (former?) Sonic Youth bandmate Steve Shelley on drums. More pictures from Tuesday night's show are below and you can see rainy pics from Monday here.
Wilco go indoors tonight (7/25) for a show at Terminal 5.
Shabazz Palaces at Sasquatch Fest 2012 (more by Chris Graham)
today in NYC
* Kim Lake @ The Stone
* Jeanette Levitsky @ Barbes
* Milos Karadaglic @ Joe's Pub
* Callers, Snowmine @ Union Pool
* Carina Round @ Knitting Factory
* King Khan in Asbury Park
* Eye Ra Haze, Vext @ Saint Vitus
* Cambodian Space Project @ Barbes
* Dave Hill @ Book Coart
* comedy @ Symphony Space
* The Wallflowers @ Bowery Ballroom
* Phony PPL, Blackbear @ SOB's
* Matisyahu @ Barnes & Noble
* Henry Grimes, Geri Allen @ The Stone
* Comic Book Club Live @ Fontana's
* Aerosmith, Cheap Trick @ Izod Center
* Nude Beach @ The Grand Victory
* Snowden, Warm Ghost @ Mercury Lounge
* Luisa Maita @ City Winery backyard (free)
* Big Shots, Husky (Mexico) @ Cake Shop
* Purity Ring, Headaches @ Le Poisson Rouge
* The Gaslight Anthem, Dave Hause @ Webster Hall
* The Allman Brothers Band, Santana @ Jones Beach
* Wilco, Lee Fields & The Expressions @ Prospect Park Bandshell
* Measure, French Camp, Deb Oh & The Cavaliers @ Mercury Lounge
* Chase King, Young Rival, Plates of Cake, The Hairs @ Glasslands
* Shabazz Palaces, Thee Satisfaction, DJ Daniel Givens @ Fort Green Park
* Howlin Rain, Assemble Head in Sunburst Sound @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Diamond Terrifier, ATM, Psychic Reality, Chuck Bettis, DJ Dutch E Germ @ Zebulon
* Strange Shapes, Breakfast In Fur, Lost Boy?, Leapling, Cindy Lou Gooden @ Big Snow Buffalo Lodge
* Paper Mice, Wavepool Abortion, Jonathan Pfeffer, Body Parts, Ghost Band @ Death By Audio
Wilco play Prospect Park for the second night in a row tonight, with Lee Renaldo opening. Pictures from last night's rainy, bacon-scented show are here. After the show tonight Wilco members can also be found at a "Secret Late Night Gig" (an Autumn Defense show at The McKittrick Hotel).
Purity Ring's show tonight at Le Poisson Rouge is sold-out but they just announced a Bowery Ballroom date in September.
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California punks Ceremony take on Violent Femmes' "Kiss Off" on AV Undercover which you can watch below.
Baroness, who play House of Vans on August 29, have a new video for "Take My Bones Away" which you can watch below.
Samothrace, who'll be in NYC in September, have a new song you can stream below.
You can also check out the "official director's cut" of OFF's video for "Borrow and Bomb" below too.
photos by Dominick Mastrangelo
Wilco at Prospect Park - 7/23/12
Wilco brought their tour, three NYC shows included, to Prospect Park last night (7/23). It was their first of two at the outdoor Celebrate Brooklyn venue and with their first of two Lees (Lee Fields and the Expressions opened last night, Lee Ranaldo Band opens tonight).
It was pouring rain and there were a few moments of big lightning above and behind the stage, but the show went on and Wilco played for over two hours. They opened their show with "Dawned on Me," one of the standouts on their 2011 (comeback?) record, The Whole Love. The band then continued with a solid mix of new ones and old favorites (and a good deal of Yankee Hotel Foxtrot). The set also included, "California Stars," one of the songs from the 1998 Mermaid Avenue album with Billy Bragg, which saw Wilco and Bragg putting unheard Woody Guthrie lyrics to original music. They play that one a lot but nonetheless, it was an appropriate time to honor the folk legend who would have turned 100 earlier this month.
During the show, Jeff Tweedy made a comment that we (Brooklyn) smelled like bacon, calling us the most bacon smelling show that he'd ever experienced. A commenter on a Wilco message board also noted that "at one point between songs he started singing a song called 'Bacon Rain.' He also made sure the rain wasn't causing anybody to chafe, and asked if anybody needed gold bond in the crowd." We're pretty sure he was smelling the fries being cooked stage right at The Farm on Adderley concession stand.
The tour continues in Prospect Park tonight (7/24). Last night, Jeff mentioned that for the people who are coming back for a second night, they'll be mixing up the setlist a bit, only playing repeats of certain songs (though it's hard to know exactly how serious he was being). After that, they'll play Terminal 5 on Wednesday (7/25) with Cibo Matto.
More pictures and the setlist from last night's show are below...
Wilco in Chicago earlier this month (more by Matt Zielger)
As mentioned, Wilco's tour brings them to NYC for three shows this month; July 23 and 24 at Prospect Park and July 25 at Terminal 5. As mentioned, Lee Fields and the Expressions open the 7/23 date and Lee Ranaldo Band opens the 7/24 date, both of which are sold out.
Since we last wrote, NYC band Cibo Matto have been announced as the opener for the Terminal 5 show, which is now also sold out.
In related news, Wilco member Mikael Jorgensen will be back in NYC for his own show on September 8 at Mercury Lounge with Minerva Lions. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (7/20) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (7/18) at noon. Mikael also plays one day earlier, September 7 at The Saint in Asbury Park, NJ (tickets).
As mentioned earlier today, Billy Bragg -- whose Mermaid Avenue records with Wilco brought the songwriter back in to the pop culture zeitgeist in 1998 -- will be in NYC soon for some Woody Guthrie 100 celebrations. It's part of a North American tour for Bragg who tonight (7/6) will play the legendary Winnipeg Folk Festival. The tour will then continues, and includes a stop at the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival in Guthrie's Okemah, OK birthplace on July 12th.
Bragg then heads to NYC for City Winery's WoodyFest on July 13 (tickets) with Amy Helm & Joe Purdy and host Steve Earle who then plays with Billy again in Coney Island the next day on Woody's actual birthday (July 14). The Coney Island potion includes two events: a screening of Mermaid Avenue documentary Man in the Sand followed by a book/CD signing with Bragg and Nora Guthrie; and an outdoor screening of Hal Ashby's 1975 Woody Guthrie biopic Bound for Glory that will be preceded by a performance by Bragg and Steve Earle at 8PM (the movie starts at 8:45PM).
Bragg's tour continues after that, hitting Sweden's Way Out West festival in August, and many other Woody-themed shows throughout the year. All dates are listed below.
Back in April, Nonesuch Records released Mermaid Avenue: The Complete Sessions which takes the original, critically acclaimed 1999 album where Wilco and Bragg wrote music to unpublished (but complete) Guthrie lyrics and adds 17 previously unreleased recordings made during the Mermaid Avenue sessions, plus a DVD and 48 page booklet.
The Billy Bragg show at City Winery is one of three nights of "Woodyfest" that Steve Earle is hosting and playing. Steve doesn't have any more NYC dates scheduled after that at the moment, but later this month he does head out on a tour with the Dukes that hits Tarrytown and in September he's doing a solo, acoustic tour that visits NJ, Bethel, and Poughkeepsie. In October he plays Austin City Limits.
Below you can read a little more on Guthrie and the Mermaide Avenue album, penned by Billy himself, plus all upcoming BB tour dates.
Wilco in Chicago, December 2011 (more by Matt Zeigler)
As you may know, Wilco are playing Prospect Park as part of Celebrate Brooklyn on July 23 and 24, both of which are sold out. If you didn't get tickets, Wilco have just added a Terminal 5 show on July 25. Tickets ($45) go on sale Friday, June 29 at noon. No ticket link yet but you can keep checking Ticketmaster.
Updated dates are listed below...
We try to keep tabs on various festivals around the world here on BrooklynVegan, many of which you'll eventually see pictures from. Today we focus on Belgium.
Pukkelpop goes down from August 16 - 18. That festival includes The Stone Roses, Bjork, Bloc Party, The Black Keys, Refused, Wilco, The Hives, The Shins, The Afghan Whigs, Lykke Li, Hot Chip, Feist, Flying Lotus, tUnE-yArDs, Chromatics, Cloud Nothings, The Tallest Man on Earth, Baroness, Ceremony, A-Trak, Rustie, Hudson Mohawke, and more. The full lineup is listed below. Tickets for the festival are on sale now.
Rock Werchter, which falls a bit more on the mainstream side, happens in Belgium even sooner, running from June 28 - July 1. That lineup includes The Cure, Jack White, X, Mastodon, Garbage, The xx, M83, Metric, Amon Tobin, Skrillex, Perfume Genius, Bat For Lashes, Michael Kiwanuka, Alabama Shakes, My Morning Jacket, Regina Spektor, Florence + the Machine, The Vaccines and more. Tickets for the festival are
on sale now sold out.
The full lineups for both Pukkelpop and Rock Wercher are listed below.
Bon Iver at Bonnaroo 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Bon Iver recorded an iTunes session at East West studios which is available exclusively from iTunes starting today. It includes six tracks off 2011's great Bon Iver, Bon Iver and a cover of Bjork's "Who Is It?," which the band has played live many times. You can stream the session's opening track, "Beth/Rest" below.
As mentioned, Bon Iver is touring internationally throughout the summer and fall and will come to NYC on September 19 and 20 at Radio City Music Hall. Both of those shows are now sold out. All Bon Iver dates, including a recently announced European leg, are listed below.
Speaking of Bjork, she's teaming up with the New York Public Library (NYPL) and the Children's Museum of Manhattan to create interactive educational programs for middle school-aged students based on her Biophilia app. Speaking about the program, Bjork said:
"It's not a bookish thing. You cannot learn to make music from a book." "I love books; they're like the best ever," she added. "There are things you can only learn from books, but it's also important to introduce the physical aspects. So for me, it was very important to make, somehow, music education that was physical." (via NY Daily News)Both Bon Iver and Bjork are set to play Oya Festival in Oslo, Norway this summer (Aug 7-11) with The Stone Roses, Refused, The Afghan Whigs, Bob Mould (performing Copper Blue), Chromatics, Cloud Nothings, John Maus, Purity Ring, Saint Etienne, SBTRKT, Screaming Females, St. Vincent, and more. Full list below.
Way Out West (Aug 9-11) in Gothenberg, Sweden features many of the same bands as Oya like Bon Iver, Refused, Afghan Whigs, St. Vincent, Purity Ring, John Maus, and Bob Mould in addition to Blur, Wilco, I Break Horses, Hot Chip, The War On Drugs, Mark Lanegan Band, Adolescents, Swans, and more. Check out the spotify playlist. The full lineup is listed below.
As mentioned, the reunited Mazzy Star is set to play both of those European festivals. Full lineups and the Bon Iver dates and song, below...
Tickets go on AmEx presale at noon for the two Wilco shows in Prospect Park. They go on general sale on Friday at noon which is also when the My Morning Jacket show at Williamsburg Park goes on sale. My Morning Jacket dates meanwhile goes on presale at noon but access requires signing up for their fan club or something (promo code MMJ2012).
Williamsburg Park now has five shows total announced and will be part of the Northside Festival in June too.
UPDATE: The Beach House show that was announced yesterday also had an AmEx presale at noon (that went instantly) .
"WXPN, the nationally-recognized leader in Triple A (Adult Album Alternative) music and noncommercial radio service of the University of Pennsylvania today announced the lineup for the 2012 XPoNential Music Festival presented by Subaru. Wilco, Counting Crows, Avett Brothers, Dr. Dog, The Hold Steady, Kathleen Edwards, Diego Garcia, War On Drugs, John Wesley Harding's Cabinet of Wonders and many more acts will play the weekend festival at Camden County's Wiggins Park and the Susquehanna Bank Center located on the Camden waterfront from Friday, July 20th - Sunday, July 22nd.Wilco also just announced two Brooklyn shows.
This year, WXPN has extended the festival to include Susquehanna Bank Center performances on Saturday and Sunday nights. WILCO, THE AVETT BROTHERS and DR. DOG will perform on Saturday, July 21 and COUNTING CROWS will perform on Sunday, July 22. Lawn seat admission to both Susquehanna Bank Center shows is included with the purchase of a 3-Day Pass to the XPoNential Music Festival. "
XPoNential Music Festival tickets are on sale. Full lineup below...
The Young at Bar 96 for the BV official SXSW showcase (more by Tim Griffin)
The Young will kick-off a round of dates in late May with a few shows in their native Texas including Chaos in Tejas. They leave the Lone Star state on a North American tour later in June. The dates include the NYC-area in triplicate, kicking off with Mercury Lounge on 6/27 (with Purling Hiss), continuing to Maxwell's on 6/28 (with Purling Hiss) and ending at 285 Kent on 6/29. Tickets for Maxwells are on sale, while tickets for Mercury Lounge go on sale at noon on 5/2 and regular sale on Friday.
The shows are two of three in the area for Purling Hiss, who will also be on hand to support Blues Control at 285 Kent on 6/23 before heading out to snag dates with The Young. That June 23rd show will also feature appearances from Tonstartssbandht, Jordan Redaelli of Coconuts and DJ appearances from Brian Turner of WFMU and Paul Major of Endless Boogie. $10 gets you into this all-ages 8PM show. Purling Hiss is also heading out on the road with Wilco starting next week (but won't play with them in Prospect Park).
All Purling Hiss and The Young dates are below, along with a stream of The Young's recent 7", "Don't Hustle For Love" & "Why Feel Spooky?". Look for their forthcoming LP Dub Egg next week and preorder your copy at Matador.
Wilco in Chicago (more by Matt Zeigler)
"Levon was the glue, not just in The Band, but in all of what people think of when they think of North American music. He was a great unifier; a great glue. He unified blues and country, rural and city, and even North and South. Luckily he showed us all the way to keep it together and let it swing."- Jeff TweedyRIP Levon.
Wilco, missing Levon like the rest of us, have announced even more tour dates including two Celebrate Brooklyn shows at the Prospect Park Bandshell which happen right between the previously announced Camden and Rhode Island shows. The Brooklyn dates and openers are July 23 with Lee Fields & The Expressions and July 24 with Lee Ranaldo Band (of Sonic Youth). Tickets will go on pre-sale on May 2nd at 10AM EDT and regular sale on Friday at 10AM EDT.
Lee Ranaldo Band are doing a other few dates on the Wilco tour too and touring with M.Ward (who they play a sold out Webster Hall with). M. Ward also plays Prospect Park this summer, but with Yo La Tengo.
All tour dates for Lee Fields, Lee Ranaldo and Wilco are below, along with a recent video of Ranaldo interviewed/performing at his record release.
by Andrew Sacher
"So, um, yeah that was Kim Gordon who just walked by me and then got on stage to play one Kraftwerk song. This not happen again." - Joel Mellin
Sonic Youth at Williamsburg Waterfront in 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore and avant-garde musician/composer John Zorn will team up for a benefit for The Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church on May 4 with John on reeds and Thurston on electric guitar. The show will begin with an opening set of poetry by LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, Erica Kaufman & Dana Ward, and will be hosted by John S. Hall. The performance will be in the Sanctuary with drinks served before and after the show in The Parish Hall. Beer will be provided by Brooklyn Brewery and wine by City Winery. Tickets are on sale now.
In other Sonic Youth-related news, Steve Shelley kicks off a tour as the drummer of Disappears in Chicago tonight in support of their new album, Pre Language, which is the first recorded with Steve. The tour is with Lotus Plaza and hits NYC on Thursday (4/19) at Glasslands with Noveller. Tickets are still available.
Meanwhile, the Lee Ranaldo Band will hit the road next month with M. Ward in support of Lee's new album, Between the Time and the Tides. That tour hits NYC on 5/11 at Webster Hall and is sold out. Lee also opens four of the just-announced Wilco shows including two in NY and one in CT. Check out the video for "Off the Wall," which includes live footage from Glasslands, along with the four Wilco dates listed, below.
As for Kim, to coincide with Kraftwerk's MoMA residency, a tribute show for the band went down this past Tuesday (4/10) at Littlefield and featured a performance by an altered lineup of Free Kitten (billed as Free Kitten[esque] with Kim Gordon, Julie Cafritz and Pete Nolan of Magick Markers. Check out video footage of that tribute show below and skip to the 1:29 mark for Free Kitten[esque]'s take on Kraftwerk's "Heavy Metal Kids."
In other Sonic Youth news, a 13-year old "fan" wrote them a letter about their unfortunate lack of talent which the band posted to their facebook page and you can read here:
Our fan's writing:Looks like Juno had it right.
"I'm going to be 100% honest with you.
I'm 13. I have a little band. We are so much better than you. Honestly. You are the worst band I have ever seen in your entire life. You are worse than Rebecca Black. The bass player just hacks the bass and plays one chord. The guitar players are playing out of tune guitars and... well not even playing actually chords. I couldn't sound worse if I tried. It actually sounds like a joke to me. The drummer is okay. But honestly the vocalist is completely out of tune. Oh and The Black keys have two people and are better than you.
From: Me, and pretty much everyone else who has accidentally stumbled upon your terrible music."
Wilco in Chicago (more by Matt Ziegler)
Wilco dates have been popping up here and there, but are now part of a fully announced tour that happens in May, June, July and August.
East Coast shows currently start on July 21st when Wilco join The Avett Brothers, Dr. Dog for a Philadelphia-area show that is part of the three-day 2012 XPoNential Music Festival in Camden, sort of...
The XPoNential Music Festival presented by Subaru, now in its 8th year at Wiggins Park on the Camden Waterfront, regularly features an eclectic lineup of established stars and emerging artists on two stages over three days. This year, we're excited to expand our festival grounds into the Susquehanna Bank Center as part of the festival on Saturday, July 21 for all of our 3-Day Pass holders. Every 3-Day Pass to the XPoNential Music Festival presented by Subaru includes one lawn seat admission to the Wilco/The Avett Brothers/Dr. Dog show on Saturday, July 21 at Susquehanna Bank Center.Full festival lineup still TBA.
Wilco then don't have anything scheduled for a few days (for now?) and then hit the Newport Folk Festival which they were recently added to, sort of. The Rhode Island Wilco show is a Friday night show with Blitzen Trapper & Megafaun while the rest of the festival takes place on Saturday and Sunday. The Wilco show goes on sale Friday at 11am.
Wilco also currently have shows scheduled in Cooperstown, Hartford, Rochester, and everywhere listed, but not NYC (yet?), below...
Dave Mutaine picks his candidate (more by Dana (Distortion) Yavin)
Megadeth is currently on the road with Motorhead as part of Gigantour. The show came to The Theater at Madison Square Garden in NYC, and even more recently to the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago. Right before that they stopped in Canada and that's where MusicRadar caught up with frontman Dave Mustaine. Here's part of their chat:
Speaking of news, you were a correspondent for MTV during the 1992 presidential election. What's your take on US politics in 2012?Gigantour continues.
Dave: "I'm just hoping that whatever is in the White House next year is a Republican. I can't bear to watch what's happened to our great country. Everybody's got their head in the sand. Everybody in the industry is like, 'Oh, Obama's doing such a great job...' I don't think so. Not from what I see.
"Looking at the Republican candidates, I've got to tell you, I was floored the other day to see that Mitt Romney's five boys have a $100 million trust fund. Where does a guy make that much money? So there's some questions there. And watching Newt Gingrich, I was pretty excited for a while, but now he's just gone back to being that person that everybody said he was - that angry little man. I still like him, but I don't think I'd vote for him.
"Ron Paul... you know, I heard somebody say he was like insecticide - 98 percent of it's inert gases, but it's the two percent that's left that will kill you. What that means is that he'll make total sense for a while, and then he'll say something so way out that it negates everything else. I like the guy because he knows how to excite the youth of America and fill them in on some things. But when he says that we're like the Taliban... I'm sorry, Congressman Paul, but I'm nothing like the Taliban.
"Earlier in the election, I was completely oblivious as to who Rick Santorum was, but when the dude went home to be with his daughter when she was sick, that was very commendable. Also, just watching how he hasn't gotten into doing these horrible, horrible attack ads like Mitt Romney's done against Newt Gingrich, and then the volume at which Newt has gone back at Romney... You know, I think Santorum has some presidential qualities, and I'm hoping that if it does come down to it, we'll see a Republican in the White House... and that it's Rick Santorum."
Good thing there was no Megadeth in Obama's Spotify playlist which contains some of what you would expect like Wilco, Bruce Springsteen and Arcade Fire, and at least one "whoah!" aka a fairly small band from Portland who are signed to Knitting Factory Records and that is AgesandAges. Congrats to them! (though of course it should be noted that, to be more specific, the Spotify playlist "features picks by the campaign staff--including a few of President Obama's favorites." Check out the whole thing on Spotify.
"I make a lot of coffee," James Murphy told NY Mag in an interview after the movie's premiere. "For my birthday, my girlfriend got me a training course with the world champion. That's what I'm going to do when I get back to London."Yet another one! Joining Wilco, David Lynch, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, and Starfucker in the coffee business is former LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy.
Most recently done by Bonnie 'Prince' Billy with his limited edition "Bonny Billy Blend" from Kona Rose Coffee (available for purchase via Drag City), Murphy is planning on reiterating the trend with his own espresso blend.
According to Murphy himself, he plans to "just go to a roaster who lives near me and just start tweaking beans and temperatures," for the fun of it.
He loves coffee so much, he's releasing the hits, "Never As Tired As When I'm Waking Up (Without Coffee)", "Disco Percolator", and "Bean Connection."
Well, not really, but James is keeping busy in the art world too. The LCD Soundsystem documentary Shut Up and Play the Hits just premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 22. Billboard reports:
The film is reminscent of Martin Scorsese's "The Last Waltz" (1978), about rock group The Band's final show, in that it documents an influential group's guest star-laden final live performance and largely focuses on the frontman (in "Waltz's" case, Robbie Robertson). When asked during a post-screening Q&A about trying to best Waltz, Murphy joked: "I was just like, 'that chump Robbie Roberston, I'm gonna take him --'"In the film, Murphy is often shown "crouched by an espresso machine," depicting his love of coffee, and inspiration for his blend.
Going into the project, Murphy said he was aware of the thematic similarities with "Waltz." "We all talked about it. Knowing that it is there, you can't not deal with it," he said.
And, "Shut Up and Play the Hits" was just one of two movies Murphy was involved with at Sundance this year. He also stars in The Comedy along with Bonnie Prince Billy's Drag City labelmate Neil Hamburger, Tim Heidecker (of Tim & Eric who also premiered another movie at Sundance), Eric Wareheim (of Tim & Eric who also premiered another movie at Sundance), Matador-signed comedian Jeffrey Jensen, Will Sheff (of Okkervil River), and many more. The film was directed by the Jagjaguwar-signed Rick Alverson, and the indie label is also involved with the film. Check out a clip with James,Tim & Eric below...
White Denim in Austin earlier this month (more by Tim Griffin)
White Denim are currently on tour with Wilco. That tour doesn't hit NYC but the band just scheduled their own NYC show happening on April 13 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for this show go on sale Friday (1/27) at noon with an AmEx presale starting today (1/25) at noon. No word on whether or not this show is part of a larger headlining tour for the band.
Speaking of Wilco, they just released an iTunes session and played Conan Monday night in support of it. They played the title track from 2011's The Whole Love, and another track from the album, "Dawned on Me," as a web exclusive. Videos of both of those performances are below.
All dates and videos below...
Today, Monday, December 12th, 2011 marks the start of five Wilco shows in Chicago, each with a different opener. It marks the start of SIX National shows in NYC. As previously mentioned, it looks something like this:
The National in NYCWho's going every night?
DEC 12: NYC / BEACON THEATRE w/ THE WAR ON DRUGS
DEC 13: NYC / BEACON THEATRE w/ SHARON VAN ETTEN
DEC 14: NYC / BEACON THEATRE w/ SO PERCUSSION
DEC 15: NYC / BEACON THEATRE w/ WYE OAK
DEC 16: NYC / BEACON THEATRE w/ MY BRIGHTEST DIAMOND
DEC 17: NYC / BEACON THEATRE w/ THIS IS THE KIT
Wye Oak also play the Rock Shop while in town, but it's now sold out.
The War on Drugs headlined a sold out show at Bowery Ballroom last night. More about that coming soon. More tour dates HERE.
Wilco have recorded a Daytrotter session!
photos by Tim Griffin
Jeff Tweedy of Wilco @ The Moody Theater in Austin 11/30/2011
Wilco taped an episode of the TV show Austin City Limits last night (11/30). They were probably playing around the time the Grammys announced that their new album The Whole Love is nominated for the "Best Rock Album". Pictures from that TV show taping, including one of the setlist, are in this post. Look for the show to air sometime next year.
Wilco play the same Austin venue, but to the public and not for TV and with an opening set by Nick Lowe (he did make a special appearance at the TV taping), tonight, before continuing on a tour that includes five Chicago shows later this month. All dates and more ACL pictures below...
Mastodon fans (more by Greg Cristman)
Bon Iver was nominated for four high profile Grammys (though not "Album of the Year" which is what Arcade Fire won). Adele & Katy Perry nominated for a zillion, and other nominees include The Black Keys, Foster the Peepee, Cee Lo, Duck Sauce, Robyn, Cut Copy, Skrillex, Deadmau5, Coldplay, Radiohead, Mumford & Son, Mastodon, Wilco, Death Cab For Cutie, My Morning Jacket, Jay-Z, Kanye West, The Civil Wars, Emmylou Harris, Levon Helm, Fleet Foxes, Gillian Welch, Steve Earle, Patton Oswalt, Louis CK, Weird Al, Danger Mouse, Memory Tapes, TV On the Radio, A Tribe Called Quest, etc...
Josh T Pearson @ BV-SXSW 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Check out Rough Trade's list of the Top 100 Albums of 2011 (yay Josh T Pearson!), below...
Chairlift @ the Creators Project last week (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
today in NYC
* Whiplash @ UCB
* Cumbiagra @ Barbes
* Dan Bern @ Joe's Pub
* Hot Tub @ Littlefield
* Kanye Twitty @ Barbes
* Mick Barr, Remote Burial @ Zebulon
* Chairlift, Beach Fossils @ Mercury Lounge
Silver Swans, Buvette, Cameras @ Pianos
* Little Red, Aways Away, Duniven @ The Delancey
* Butch Walker, Shovels and Rope @ Gramercy Theatre
* Landlady, Bela Tar, Wharton Tiers @ Death By Audio
* Dum Dum Girls, Crocodiles, Royal Baths @ Maxwell's
* Reverend Vince Anderson & His Love Choir @ Union Pool
* Elitist, Sea of Bones, Sannhet, Alkahest @ The Acheron
* The London Souls, Lily & The Parlour Tricks, Lyle Divinsky @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Har Mar Superstar, Marijuana Death Squad, Polica, Fur Pillows, The Young Things @ Bowery Electric
* Tony Scherr Trio w/ Anton Fier & Rob Jost, Jim Campilongo Electric Trio w/ Stephan Crump, Tony Mason @ Living Room
Wilco recorded a Tiny Desk Concert for NPR. You can watch it below...