Entries tagged with: Wilco
"The 2011 Solid Sound lineup thus far: Wilco (Fri. & Sat.), the Levon Helm Band, Thurston Moore, Syl Johnson & the Sweet Divines, Here We Go Magic, Dave Douglas & Brass Ecstasy, Pillow Wand (Nels Cline/Thurston Moore duo), Handsome Family, Liam Finn, Sic Alps, JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound, Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion, Glenn Kotche, Pronto, the Autumn Defense, Comedy Cabaret curated by John Hodgman featuring Wyatt Cenac, Eugene Mirman & Morgan Murphy, plus the return of the Story Pirates -- all at the largest contemporary art museum in the country with the backdrop of the Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts."Solid Sound goes down from June 24-26 at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA. Tickets are on sale now.
Smith Westerns at 171 Lombardy (more by Ian Perlman)
Glasslands on 1/18. Mercury Lounge on March 3rd. Knitting Factory on March 5th. These are a list of recent and future NYC shows that Smith Westerns have sold out. Now comes word of another one, this time at Bowery Ballroom on April 25th. Tickets go on AMEX presale Wednesday (2/16) at noon, and regular sale on Friday. By the way, all February and March shows (Merc and KF included) are with Unknown Mortal Orchestra who have an EP you can listen to at Bandcamp.
The Bowery Ballroom show precedes a stint of dates with fellow Chicago-ans Wilco, who so far have no NYC dates in their near future (nor does Jeff Tweedy). Check out all Wilco, Jeff Tweedy, and Smith Westerns dates along with some video below.
Big names and regulars aside, there are a few bands I want to highlight on the just-announced Sasquatch lineup: Wolf Parade ("indefinite hiatus" rumors be damned), The Flaming Lips (performing "The Soft Bulletin"), Death From Above 1979 (now three reunion shows total), Guided By Voices (they're not done yet), and... Archers of Loaf (!). The full lineup of the fest that goes down in Gorge, Washington in May (Memorial Day Weekend), is below...
Jeff Tweedy at Bowery Ballroom (via)
"The sound in the Bowery Ballroom was really excellent - A perfect place to see Jeff Tweedy solo. The crowd had been drinking pretty steadily for about 1 1/2 hours by the time Autumn Defense started their excellent set, and there was a lot of loud talking and a general "night out at the bar while a band plays in the background" atmosphere. John even made some snarky remarks to the tune of (not exact quotes) "Thanks for listening, the two of you" and that the Autumn Defense was a rock band "sort of", just loud enough that you could still "talk over them". This made me a bit nervous, because by the time Jeff took the stage, around 10:40, after what seemed to be an equipment issue delay, I wasn't certain that the liquored-up crowd would be able to quiet down. When Jeff first appeared, picked up his guitar and started picking the intro to Spiders, which were practically inaudible due to clapping/talking, I was even more nervous, but the crowd quieted down, and the few remaining talkers were forcefully and repeatedly shushed. Talking was not much of an issue throughout the rest of the show. At one point, Jeff thanked the crowd for being conscientious and quiet, to which somebody shouted "Should we get loud?". Jeff replied "Do you want to get loud?" to enthusiastic cheering to which he responded "Well, you came to the wrong show". Classic." [dvigs24]One night after Jeff Tweedy showed off his guest-starring abilities in honor of the Jewish holidays, the Wilco honcho performed another solo set at the sold-out Bowery Ballroom with The Autumn Defense (featuring Wilco bandmates John Stirratt and Pat Sansone). As you can see from the above picture, Stirratt & Sansone joined Tweedy on stage, assisting in the performance of "California Stars" and "I Got You" as part of the first encore. Full setlist from the Saturday night show is below.
The Autumn Defense also played the Living Room last night (12/5). How was that? Did Tweedy make another guest appearance?
Jeff Tweedy & The Autumn Defense continue their tour together and play Tarrytown Music Hall in Tarrytown, NY tonight (12/6). The show is sold-out, but there are still tickets available for Wilco member Nels Cline's Yuka Honda show at Le Poisson Rouge which is also happening tonight.
Bowery Ballroom setlist below (with some Maxwell's videos)...
words and photos by Chris Gersbeck
Yo La Tengo played their third of eight Hanukkah shows at Maxwell's on Friday night (12/3), and this was probably the most anticipated due to strong rumors of Jeff Tweedy opening which turned out to be true.
Each Yo La Tengo Hanukkah show has an associated charity, and this night's was the Elsyian Charter School of Hoboken, so the show started with twenty or so children taking the stage to perform some Yo La classics. I almost felt bad laughing (as did everyone else) when they began singing "Stockholm Syndrome", but only because it was just so adorable. After performing "Sugarcube" and "Mr. Tough", the children parted the crowd to make their exit (they really did sound great by the way), and shortly after we were treated to an intimate and absolutely beautiful set from Jeff Tweedy.
Playing Wilco classics like "I Am Trying to Break Your Heart", and rotating through Uncle Tupelo songs and covers, Tweedy's voice sounded as great as ever. The crowd was clearly filled with his fans as well; many of them were singing along throughout. After closing with a stellar and, well I'll just say it, mind-blowing rendition of "A Shot in the Arm", Tweedy thanked the crowd and promised we would see him later. And that would definitely happen...
Eugene Mirman, who has always been one of my favorite standup comics, was the comedian guest of the night. The highlight of his set included revealing his fascination with the Tea Party, his subsequent registering on a Tea Party social networking site, and his printouts of legitimate Tea Party members profile pictures from that site. My favorite being simply a photo of a machine gun laying on a carpeted floor, the owner's toes only barely visible on the bottom of the photo. Wow. Eugene's reading of his favorite tweets, accompanied with a theremin, was also a great and hilarious way to end his set.
Eugene didn't join Yo La Tengo on the stage during the show like Tweedy would, but I'm not sure many people were expecting that anyway. Tweedy in fact performed nearly the entire initial set with Yo La, pleasing the crowd with a version of Wilco's "Jesus, Etc.", Bob Dylan's "One Of Us Must Know (Sooner or Later)" and quite a few of my favorite songs from Yo La Tengo's prolific catalogue such as "Can't Forget", "The Race Is On Again", and "I Should Have Known Better". For such a small room, they really get quite a big sound.
Yo La Tengo's encore was mostly a tribute to the late Alex Chilton, who has joined them on Hanukkah in the past. After Ira Kaplan stated that some of Chilton's most notable work was with legendary punk band the Cramps, he invited Cramps' guitarist Kid Congo Powers for a couple covers of his band. Ending the night on a particularly loud note, though I probably should stop standing right next to those gigantic speakers, Yo La Tengo said "we'll see you tomorrow!" and left the stage through the crowd.
Jeff Tweedy headlined Bowery Ballroom one night later, and Yo La Tengo continue playing Hanukkah shows at Maxwell's through 12/8 (the final night of Hanukkah). More pictures and some videos from the third night, below...
Jeff Tweedy & Eugene Mirman last night (via widder_twidder)
Jeff Tweedy was in fact the opener for Yo La Tengo at Maxwell's last night (12/3). He also later joined the band as a guest. Stay tuned for a full set of pictures, but you can check out the setlist below. YLT & Jeff played Wilco songs. Who will open for Yo La Tengo tonight?
Jeff Tweedy continues his NYC-area run tonight at Bowery Ballroom with two of his Wilco bandmates, John Stirratt and Pat Sansone, in the opening band. The Autumn Defense are also playing the Living Room on Sunday which is the night off from their short tour with Jeff.
Nels Cline arrives on Monday to help celebrate Yuka Honda's 50th birthday. Nels also plays a NYC show on January 8th as part of Winter Jazzfest, and he has many other shows scheduled all over the place.
All of Jeff's tour dates, now with Boulder, CO, and last night's YLT setlist below...
Syl Johnson @ MHOW in 2009 (more by Ryan Muir)
Anonymous 1:57 AM left a potentially true tip that "SJ" are opening for Yo La Tengo at Maxwell's on Saturday. 2:30 quickly followed with a guess that SJ could in fact be Syl Johnson... who happens to be playing Southpaw Friday night (12/3).
Last time Syl Johnson was in town, he was backed by JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound who won't be backing him again this time because they're playing DC Friday night, BUT they will be in NYC one night later to play Public Assembly (with The Above / Fred Thomas / Gospel Queens / Poor But Sexy).
Video of JC Brooks covering Wilco, below...
DOWNLOAD: The Autumn Defense - Back of My Mind (MP3)
The Autumn Defense
Jeff Tweedy isn't the only member of Wilco playing Bowery Ballroom on December 4th (TICKETS ON SALE AT NOON). The Autumn Defense are opening the show which means there will be a minimum of three Wilco members in the house that night since The Autumn Defense is a side project of both John Stirratt and Pat Sansone. They're also opening for Jeff on December 6th in Tarrytown and Dec 8th in Charlottesville.
December isn't that far away, but the Autumn Defense are also playing other shows even sooner. They release a new album called Once Around via Yep Roc on November 2nd, and they go on a tour to support the LP that same month. That trek brings them to Le Poisson Rouge in NYC on November 12th, and that night they are the headliner. Johnny Irion & Sarah Guthrie are also on the bill. Tickets are on sale.
Grab an MP3 from their new album, "Back of My Mind", above for free. All Autumn Defense tour dates below...
words & photos by Lori Baily
The Baseball Proiject headlined a show at Maxwell's on Thursday night. It was before their set over the weekend at Wilco's Solid Sound Festival in North Adams, MA...
Wilco headlined, and Mavis Staples was their lead-in, but there was six hours of music before them Saturday at Solid Sound Festival at Mass MoCA in North Adams, Mass.Mike Mills was filling for Peter Buck at that show and at the one in NJ on Thursday, where everyone was having a good time - performers and audience alike.
The warm, sunny afternoon made for perfect festival conditions for a series of sets by Wilco-curated bands which alternated between a pair of stages set up in outdoor courtyards on the Mass MoCA grounds.
Alt-rock supergroup the Baseball Project brought together Mike Mills of R.E.M., Steve Wynn of the Miracle 3 (and formerly of the Dream Syndicate), Scott McCaughey of the Minus 5 and journeywoman drummer Linda Pitmon to perform songs that were, in fact, mostly about baseball. Call it good, clean, nerdy fun.
With a rollicking rock 'n' roll sensibility, the foursome sang a tune written after a night out drinking with now-retired pitcher Jack McDowell, advocated for the inclusion of Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Harvey Haddix on the list of starters who have thrown perfect games (Haddix kept one going for 12 innings in 1959 before losing in the 13th) and threw in a couple of Minus 5 tunes, including "Lies of the Living Dead" and "Aw Shit Man." [Hartford Courant]
I know nothing about baseball or I would've been entertained even more. Scott McCaughey joined opener Dennis Diken for a couple of songs at the end of their set. The guys (and gal) in both bands are all really sweet and down to earth, Mike Mills even requested that he not be "lit like a lead singer, cause I'm not a lead singer."
More pictures of the NJ show, below...
The Baseball Project
The Baseball Project understands that music heard in a sports stadium is not particularly good. And, although that wasn't the sole impetus, the rock quartet conspired to write rock songs that mostly deal with America's cherished pastime.The foursome have been releasing free material every month since March via ESPN (stream it below), and now the band is hitting the road for a pair of dates that will include Maxwell's TONIGHT (8/12, show was previously at Southpaw) and the Solid Sound Festival in North Adams, MA on Saturday (8/14).
Veteran musicians Peter Buck, Scott McCaughey, Linda Pitmon and Steve Wynn comprise a supergroup that formed in 2008. ...Up until they started writing and recording in the same room, the group members already had a hand in each other's associated projects. For example, singer-guitarist James McCaughey, a frontman for Washington acts The Minus 5 and The Young Fresh Fellows, has collaborated with R.E.M. since the early '90s.
...Their songs range from the irreverent to the deep and ruminative, which is to say, not tailor made for a Joe Schmo at the stadium. The band's single "Past Time," has reportedly been played at Siebert Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
When the baseball season starts up in early April, the gang is back in session. Come this fall, The Baseball Project will have recorded 40 songs, 18 of which will appear on the second album slated for February 2011, McCaughey said. - [NJ.com]
Peter Buck won't be on tour for the trek but R.E.M. co-conspirator Mike Mills will, as they tear through their quiver of originals as well as material from The Dream Syndicate and The Minus 5. Dennis Diken with Bell Sound will support at Maxwell's and though tickets are still on sale (as they likely will still be at the door), you can also try you luck at winning a pair. Details on how to win are below.
The Solid Sound Festival this weekend in Massachusetts features a headlining set from Wilco in their "in their only East Coast performance of the summer". It also happens to be Wilco's very own festival and they'll be playing alongside Mavis Staples, The Nels Cline Singers, Avi Buffalo, Sir Richard Bishop, The Books, Mountain Man, Vetiver, a Jeff Tweedy solo set, and much more over its three days. Full lineup is below and tickets are still available. Bob Lefsetz is dying to attend and he's not even that big of a Wilco fan.
The Baseball Project stream, Solid Sound lineup, and tour dates are below...
Massive Attack @ Sound Academy, Toronto, Ontario; May 7th, 2010 (ocad123)
tonight in NYC
* Ricky Gervais @ Hunter College
* Phosphorescent @ Union Pool
* The Golden Palominos @ The Living Room
* SSPS, Konnichiwa, The Gamut @ Glasslands
* Aqua Teen Hunger Force Live @ Nokia Theatre
* Loop 243, Emily Hope Price, Build @ Zebulon
* DJs @ The National's High Violet Annex
* Eivind Opsvik's Overseas, Hanne Hukkelberg @ Nublu
* Flying Machines, Teletextile, Revival Times @ Pianos
* Passions, Living Days, Blast Off @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Hunter Valentine, Dear Lions, Lovemonster @ Cake Shop
* Zs, Excepter, Mick Barr, Silk Flowers @ Knitting Factory
* Sleigh Bells, Cults, Sundelles @ Ridgewood Masonic Temple
* Massive Attack, Anti-Pop Consortium, Martina Topley-Bird @ Terminal 5
* Little Brother, Black Milk, Torae, Joe Scudda ,Chaundon ,Jozeemo @ Hiro Ballroom
* Two Door Cinema Club, Million Young, Dinosaur Feathers @ The Bell House
Sleigh Bells celebrate today's release of their album (iTunes) with a show at Ridgewood Temple. A special guest is advertised. M.I.A. showed up at their last show (and it seems likely she might do the same tonight). The album is also streaming for free at NPR.
Tonight's Massive Attack show is sold out (Anti-Pop Consortium open), but tomorrow's with Neon Indian opening still has tickets.
The National's High Violet Annex opens today.
Keane are among the acts who will perform at Williamsburg Waterfront this summer. Tickets to the August 6th show (with Ingrid Michaelson and Fran Healy) go on "Keane Fan Club Presale" at 10am. Password = PLATFORM
MGMT are on Letterman tonight.
The show at Glasslands tonight is Todd Pendu's weekly party. Flyer below.
Wilco performed on Ferguson last night. Video below...
A video of Fucked Up performing their forthcoming "Year of the Ox" EP live in-studio with Annie-Claude Deschenes of Duchess Says and strings is posted below.
Wellmont Theater - 4/3/2010 (DJRichRusso)
"Great Show indeed, definitely couldn't rattle off every song, but heres some highlights:Wilco played another three hour show at the Wellmont Theater in Montclair, NJ last night (Saturday, 4/3). Setlist and pictures from the first night, HERE. Saturday night's setlist below...
- The band played a great Outtamind (outtasite) to end the acoustic set, THEN did Outta- Site (outtamind) in the encore as well. Don't think ive ever seen a band do the same song twice in one night, i loved it
- Muzzle of Bees was a dinner winning request, and it ruled!
- Band played A LOT of summerteeth. Can't Stand It, Shot in the Arm, I'm Always in Love, When You Wake Up Feeling Old (acoustic), Summer Teeth, Candyfloss. I might be missing a few
- No Heavy Metal Drummer, No Handshake Drugs, No Late Greats, but ive seen all those enough that i really didn't give a shit tonight
- 2 Big Star covers to finish off the main set: Thank you friends, followed by In the Street
- Dreamer in my Dreams and You and I were some great acoustic set highlights
Overall, its really tough to compare the two shows. I give the slightest edge to the first night, which was a bit more varied and rocking throughout in my opinion. I also knew basically all of the songs Friday night, while i heard a few unfamiliar ones in the main set and the acoustic set tonight. But two great shows for sure!" [A Cherry Ghost]
photos by Vincent Cornelli
"Show was incredible, More like the Moon was the highlight of the acoustic set, and acoustic Passenger Side was also great. The other highlight of the show was definitely Red Eyed and Blue/I Got You, ive been waiting for that one for a while, and it was SOOOO Sweet!Wilco's 3-hour show included a short set change break ("The roadies set up & broke down the acoustic stage while the band kept playing...impressive") before an acoustic set to close the show which ended with a 2-song encore. Wilco return to the Montclair, NJ venue for another show tonight (4/3) (all dates here). More pictures and the full setlist from last night (April 2nd, 2010), and a few videos, below...
Jeff seemed to be in a good mood throughout the show. The first free dinner went to a guy who requested impossible germany, and Jeff called him out for "wasting a request" on a song that was already going to be played. The second dinner went to someone who requested a song Tweedy didn't name, but said they weren't gonna play as they "didn't remember it". Would have loved to know what it was.
I grabbed a look at somebody's setlist they got from the soundboard area. Sunken treasure was supposed to be on for the acoustic set (maybe instead of war on war?), and Kingpin was originally pencilled in as the first encore instead of Late Greats. There might have been other changes, but thats all i caught. Overall, INCREDIBLE SHOW!!! 3 hours long, couldn't ask for more." [A Cherry Ghost]
"[A Grammy] definitely doesn't hold as much credence in the indie world," said Amy Phillips, news editor of online music tastemaker and news site Pitchfork.com.
Though the Grammys occasionally have bestowed their highest reward on albums that pretty much everybody agrees are great - such as OutKast's Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, in 2004, or The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, in 1998 - the Recording Academy's choices usually don't match those of the music press.The 52nd Annual Grammy Awards air at 8PM ET/PT tonight (1/31).
(And that's as true this year as ever, despite the academy's efforts to get hipper and younger. After wins in the last two years by Herbie Hancock and the duo of Robert Plant and Alison Kruass, there's a notable absence of geezer entries in the top categories this year.)
That's because the critical consensus of what makes for good pop music in 2010 has coalesced around indie bands - all of them at least partly based in Brooklyn - such as Grizzly Bear, Dirty Projectors and, most of all, Animal Collective, which won the Village Voice's annual Pazz & Jop critics' poll, published earlier this month.
You won't find any of those bands up for any Grammy Awards. But you will find all of them on 2009's Top 10 list from Pitchfork, the online music magazine whose 1-to-10 scoring system - down to scientifically precise decimal points - is taken as gospel in the indie universe. (Animal Collective's Merriweather Post Pavilion garnered a world-beating 9.6.)
As Chuck Eddy skeptically pointed out in his essay accompanying the Pazz & Jop poll, eight of the Pitchfork Top 10 also made the P&J Top 10, suggesting that "indie-rock is suddenly better than everything put together." [Philadelphia Inquirer]
The Ting Tings, Silversun Pickups, and MGMT all appear in the Grammy's Best New Artist category. David Byrne & Brian Eno, Death Cab For Cutie, Depeche Mode, Phoenix, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs are all up for Best Alternative Music Album (the latter two also made the top 10 albums list in Pazz & Jop).
UPDATE: Phoenix won it.
"I'm sure Lady Gaga will do something amazing, and I can't wait to see that," said Pitchfork's Phillips. "That's really good, but the awards themselves don't seem to be relevant.As previously also pointed out, Beast, Neko Case (also a Pazz & Jop Top 10er), Imogen Heap, Kings of Leon and Wilco have also been nominated. If Wilco win, it won't be the first time. They talked about their last Grammy win on stage at a show. Video from that, along with other videos and the full list of nominees below...
"I think what people don't really realize is that it's all industry people voting for themselves. The fact is that it's taken so seriously, and it really shouldn't be." [Omaha World-Record]
Wilco @ Keyspan Park in July (more by Eric Townsend)
We have just posted two shows for free download on Wilcoworld, all we ask that you do in return, is make a minimum donation of $15 to one of the organizations listed below.One of the shows Wilco is offering as a download-for-charity is their July show at Brooklyn's Keyspan Park (where they were joined by Feist and Ed Droste of Grizzly Bear).
Both organizations ask that you donate to their Emergency Relief Funds which allows them to spend the money on situations such as Haiti, but, not expressly limited to Haiti.
A clip of Wilco and Feist on Letterman last year and more videos are below...
Laura Veirs is playing Mercury Lounge on February 15th. Tickets are on sale.
Megafaun are playing Mercury Lounge on April 2nd. Tickets are now on AmEx presale.
Ulrich Schnauss plays the Bell House on February 25th. Tickets are on sale.
Cursive/Alkaline Trio tickets are on pre-sale.
Dam-Funk, Nada Surf, xx, jj, Xiu Xiu, Tune-Yards, Japandroids & other tickets are on sale too.
Wilco, Feist, Beck, etc - photos by Autumn De Wilde
Wilco will play a run of 16 concerts in Eastern U.S. cities beginning in Miami, FL on March 22 and culminating in Pittsburgh, PA on April 11. The concerts are presented as "An Evening with Wilco" and will feature extended, varied sets exploring material from each of the accomplished Chicago sextet's seven studio albums. The tour includes concerts in Clearwater, Savannah, Atlanta, Durham, Richmond, Bethesda, Montclair, Providence, Boston, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, and features Wilco's first concert appearances in the cities of Scranton, PA, Concord, NH and Hartford, CT. Ticket presales for these new dates are set for Wednesday, January 6 at 10 am EST via the band's official website, Wilcoworld.net.The new set of dates are in addition to many more than 16 that were already announced, and they include two nights in a row (April 2-3) at the Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, NJ. $38.00 tickets for those shows go on general sale Friday, January 8th at 12PM via tickets.com.
All dates, and some videos that Beck posted (as part of his ongoing "Record Club") of Wilco covering Skip Spence songs with Jamie Lidell, Jeff Tweedy's son, Feist and friends, below...
Glenn Kotche's Top 10 albums of 2009 (via)
1. Califone - All My Friends Are Funeral Singers
2. Jim O'Rourke - The Visitor
3. Alex Cline - Continuation
4. John Luther Adams - The Place We Began
5. Tortoise - Beacons of Ancestorship
6. Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca
7. Frank Rosaly - Milkwork
8. Nels Cline - Coward
9. Bobb Bruno - Dreamt On EP
10. Chris Corsano - Another Dull Dawn
Beast @ CMJ 2009 (more by Chris La Putt)
Lady Gaga was nominated five times. Considering her rocket to fame over the last year, many were expecting more for her. But at least the contests are going to be really interesting: Beyoncé, [Taylor] Swift and Lady Gaga are going head to head in three of the most important categories: album, record and song of the year. Will one of them sweep, or will the lady vote be split?Neko Case, Imogen Heap, Phoenix, Silversun Pickups, David Byrne, Wilco, Death Cab for Cutie, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs are some of the other familiar names in the list of Grammy nominees this year. As Ben Sisario in the NY Times alludes, the nominations are a complete joke and predictable... but fun to look at anyway. Nobody expects Animal Collective to get picked, despite their soon-to-be status of being one of the highly rated artists of the year (and decade maybe).
One of the usual complaints about the Grammys is that it over-rewards older, established, familiar acts at the expense of newer, fresher ones. MGMT, the Brooklyn synth-rock duo, was nominated for best new artist, a big coup although not unexpected. But some of the shoulda-been names that have been circulated and Tweeted: Grizzly Bear, another acclaimed Brooklyn group; Regina Spektor, a young New York songwriter who started in the underground and has found some mainstream popularity; Diane Birch, a young soul-style singer, just the revivalist type the Grammys usually adore; and the Decemberists, an alt-folk-rock band from Portland, Ore., that released an ambitious concept album this year. [NY Times]
One surprise (for me anyway) came this year in the video category. Montreal's Beast were nominated for "Mr. Hurricane". That video with a list of some of the other nominees, below...
The December issue of Q Magazine is an 'Artists Of The Century' special edition, covering all of the acts that the fine staff of the good ship Q feel are the most important of the century so far. As befitting a special edition of the UK best selling music monthly requires a special cover was commissioned world renowned photographer John Wright has spent over a year shooting 34 artists to fit on triple fold out cover.What do you get when you throw Pitchfork's favorite albums in a blender with NME's? Q's favorite albums of 2009 are (questionable & very UK-centric and) listed below..
The issue is packed to the gills with pieces written by Russell Brand on Noel Gallagher, Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis on Coldplay and Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme on The Arctic Monkeys. In addition it also includes exclusive interviews and photos from the likes of Amy Winehouse, Dizzee Rascal, U2, Dave Grohl, Lily Allen, Rihanna, Sir Paul McCartney, Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day, Brandon Flowers from The Killers, Elbow's Guy Garvey, Pink, Muse's Matt Bellamy, Murdoc from Gorillaz, The Kings Of Leon, Mark Ronson, Mika, Nick Cave, Robert Plant, Florence Welch, Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol and Tom Chaplin of Keane.
Wilco + Feist + Grizzly Bear in Brooklyn (more by Eric Townsend)
"Driving overnight after the show in Munich Thursday night, the bus and trailer were hit and rendered immovable. The trailer was wrecked and the bus engine split. Everyone involved is fine and spent a day in Austria pulling things together. However, a replacement bus and trailer was supposed to arrive earlier today to pick everyone up in time to make the show in Milan tonight as special guests to Wilco, but it did not show up for hours and thusly we will miss tonight's performance. Rest of tour continues as scheduled. Italy, we will make it up to you." [Grizzly Bear]The Wilco show in Italy was a one-off show on Grizzly Bear's current tour with St. Vincent (Annie is the opener. She plays solo.). Last week GB released a cool new claymation video for the song "Ready, Able". That video and all dates below...
Phosphorescent & Willie Nelson @ Farm Aid 2009 (Ebet Roberts, Farm Aid)
Neil Young - "Stop Factory Farms" @ Farm Aid 2009 (Matt Edson, Farm Aid)
Farm Aid finally planted its deep seeds in St. Louis for the first time Sunday, with the big benefit event unfolding all day at a sold-out Verizon Wireless Amphitheater.Wilco and Phosphorescent were also on Sunday's bill. As you can see above, Phos even shared a stage with his hero Willie (who he made a tribute album for). If you want to watch the whole event, it seems to just be continually streaming at Farm Aid's website. A few YouTubes from Neil Young's set below...
It was a long day of messages -- just say "no" to factory farming and "yes" to family farming. The point couldn't be stressed enough, it seemed, whether via the interactive Homegrown Village area, the concessions, the PA system on the concourse and the performers from the stage.
"We want our farms back," said rock icon Neil Young at the top of his set. Later, he said: "I hope you're enjoying Farm Aid. We'd enjoy it more if you'd give us some money."
But it was the music, not the messages necessarily, that packed the joint, the wall-to-wall rock and country music. And Farm Aid overflowed with it, culminating in headliners Willie Nelson, Young, Dave Matthews and John Mellencamp, all Farm Aid board members. [St Louis Dispatch]
Daft Punk's first album had helped refresh house music in the mid 1990s; the second went further, rewriting electronic pop's pleasure principles to such a degree that when it came out a lot of people thought Discovery must be a put-on. They took the joy in the record for irony. Rather, the band had simply plunged into the raw popstuff of their 70s childhoods, from AOR to disco, Buggles to Manilow, rock to robotics. They wanted their listeners to get the rush of context-free delight they had hearing music as kids, and on "Aerodynamic" and "Digital Love" they succeeded wildly, dissolving a decade-plus of dance music good taste. And not all of Discovery looked back. The middle of the album is house music as string theory, with the duo finding dimensions of pleasure coiled within the tiniest loops: "Crescendolls" releases an awesome, gleeful energy by repeatedly triggering one five-second sample.Daft Punk grabbed the #3 spot on Pitchfork's list of the Top 200 albums of the 2000s (now fully announced) (yesterday they were only up to #21). The top 20 are also listed below...
Discovery was simply the decade's best good-times record, with Daft Punk as pyramid-toting party wizards and the chipmunk Kraftwerk of "Harder Better Faster Stronger" their anthem. But this most celebratory of records has a bittersweet streak, too: Daft Punk know that a rush always carries the risk of exhaustion. Perhaps the album's most underappreciated track is the sad but gorgeous "Short Circuit", a three-minute robot graveyard of crumbled transistors and dying LEDs. But from Romanthony's first blissful, vocoded shout of "one more time!" the dominant emotion on Discovery is joy. A joy that wasn't afraid to be sentimental and funny as well as hard and futuristic, and is all the better for that. When a generation looks back and tries to catch a fuzzy hold of the music that made them happy this decade, Daft Punk's will be top of the list. --Tom Ewing [Pitchfork]