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Jeff Tweedy @ Lollapalooza

Where were the kiddies? Here we are, standing in the hot sun at the kid's stage, Kidzapalooza, and about five kiddies can be spotted--in a sea of at least a thousand. So why are hipsters and d-bags taking up all the space? It's pretty simple: Today's [August 1, 2008] intimate set may be the closest many get to Wilco demigod Jeff Tweedy.

Adjusting to his surroundings, Tweedy played the role of cool babysitter, doling out kid-friendly advice before delivering knowing, adult winks on the side. "I apologize for setting up down here," Tweedy explained of his decision to set up on the ground below the stage, making him much more difficult to see for anyone more than ten feet away. "I wanted to get closer to the kids," he says. "But in a respectful way." Do any kids want to hear Wilco songs? A request comes in for "On and On." Tweedy: "That's too serious of a song for you to want to hear." Later, he warns his listeners about the "adult themes" in Wilco's "Impossible Germany." Chuckles ensue. "Heavy Metal Drummer" and an Appalachian folk treatment of "I'm The Man Who Loves You" (dedicated to wife Sue) get their predicted crowd-pleasing treatment, as does "What Light."

While the more predictable Wilco retreads satiated most, a reunion with former Uncle Tupelo member Bill Belzer on Tupelo's vintage "New Madrid" provided\ my personal highlight. Belzer also plays in the Terrible Twos, the atrocious kiddie band version of The New Amsterdams, and with Belzer and the Twos preceding Tweedy, I suppose a reunion was, well, invevitable. [Time Out Chicago]

Don't forget that Lollapalooza is streaming. Pictures of Tweedy and Belzer below....

Continue reading "Jeff Tweedy, Bill Belzer & kids @ Lollapalooza 2008 (pics)"

Thurston Moore in Battery Park - July 4, 2008 (more by Jason Bergman)
Sonic Youth

It's happening September 12th @ Knitting Factory in NYC and tickets are on sale!

Rodrigo y Gabriela @ Sasquatch 2008 (more by Chris Graham)
Rodrigo y Gabriela

"The multi-faceted, three-day festival will take place in San Francisco's historic Golden Gate Park on August 22 - 24, 2008. Radiohead, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and Jack Johnson will headline the event. Tickets for the Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival are available for purchase at www.SFOutsidelands.com."

Beck, Manu Chao, Sharon Jones, Nellie McKay, and Rodrigo y Gabriela are a few of the other artists playing. All of them below....

Continue reading "Outside Lands Music Festival lineup - now w/ more artists"

DOWNLOAD: Bon Iver - Skinny Love (MP3)

Bon Iver

Bon Iver has a ton of shows coming up including a bunch in July with Bowerbirds. Tickets go on sale Tuesday at noon for a July 29th show at Bowery Ballroom and for one the next day at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Bon Iver will also tour a little with Wilco, and then with AA Bondy. All dates below...

Continue reading "Bon Iver & Bowerbirds - 2008 Tour Dates + Wilco, AA Bondy"

Virgin Festival

"People have eagerly awaited our lineup, and now everyone can see that we've achieved the 'Whoa!' factor," said Virgin Mobile Festival concert producer and I.M.P. Chairman Seth Hurwitz. "Our job is that of a curator, finding only the absolute best acts for the most discerning of audiences. We want people to count on us every year for an amazing lineup from start to finish. When fans buy their tickets to the Virgin Mobile Festival, they know they are going to have a great time, be well-treated, and see the best acts in the world, which is why they come back."

Chuck Berry"This is an incredible event for music fans, our partners and customers, as well as a tremendous introduction to our brand," said Bob Stohrer, Chief Marketing Officer, Virgin Mobile USA. "The lineup once again is awesome and, like most things 'Virgin,' it's more than just a concert, but two days full of unexpected and interactive happenings. This year, we have also added the creation of a special edition Virgin Mobile Festival Wild Card handset from Kyocera Wireless, the premier handset sponsor of the event for the past three years."

Bob DylanHurwitz noted that more artists will be added. "Our bill is really strong now," he said, "but in the last two years, acts came along at the last minute that I had to pass on as the lineup was set in stone. This year I'm adding a new element of keeping a couple of choice slots open so I can take advantage of new opportunities over the next few months."

Current lineup below....

Continue reading "Baltimore Virgin Festival - the complete 2008 lineup (Iggy Pop, Bob Dylan, Wilco, Underworld, Chuck Berry...)"

Nels Cline & Jazzmaster (photo by Karen Cline)
Nels Cline & Jazzmaster

Tickets are on sale (@ 12) for the upcoming Wilco show at McCarren Pool in Brooklyn.

Tonight, Nels Cline plays his third NYC show in a row.

Video of Wilco performing 'War On War' on Letterman below....

Continue reading "WILCO tix on sale (Brooklyn), Nels Cline tonight (Manhattan)"

Nels Cline shows

04/23 NYC | Jazz Standard | Jeff Gauthier Goatette (7.30pm), Nels Cline & Alex Cline (Duet) 9:30pm
04/24 NYC | Jazz Standard | The Nels Cline Singers (7.30pm & 9.30pm)
04/25 NYC | Jazz Standard | Scot Amendola Band (7.30pm), The Nels Cline Singers (9.30pm, 11.30pm)
More Nels Cline shows at his web site. Wilco's upcoming Brooklyn show goes on presale on Wednesday (regular sale on Friday). Also:
The Wilco concert will benefit the Open Space Alliance. The Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn (OSA) is a not-for-profit which, through fund raising and working with our community, elected officials and the New York City Parks Department, furthers the restoration and preservation of existing parks, and the development of new parks in Greenpoint/Williamsburg, weaving these green spaces into a tapestry of parks as a resource for the people of New York City.
No opener info yet.

Wilco in Houston, TX 2008-03-07 (finna dat)
Wilco

Wilco + McCarren Pool = Awesome. Tour dates below....

Continue reading "Wilco - 2008 Tour Dates (McCarren Pool)"

Lollapalooza

Lollapalooza 2008 headliners confirmed
Lollapalooza's Austin, Texas-based promoters C3 Presents are not scheduled to make their official announcement of the acts performing at this year's weekend-long music festival in Grant Park until Monday, but the Sun-Times has confirmed through industry sources all of the major artists.

Art-rock giants Radiohead and Nine Inch Nails, the reunited Rage Against the Machine, Jack White's side project the Raconteurs and hometown heroes Wilco and Kanye West will headline the main stages on Aug. 1-3.

The Raconteurs, Wilco and West will each be making their second appearance at the reinvented destination festival. Other repeaters among the more than 100 acts on this year's bill are Gnarls Barkley, the Black Keys, Broken Social Scene, G. Love & Special Sauce, Blues Traveler and Mates of State.

Quite a few of the other acts -- including many of the most promising -- have earlier performed at Chicago's two independently produced music festivals, Pitchfork and Intonation. These include Bloc Party, Cat Power, Stephen Malkmus, Girl Talk, Kid Sister, Office, the Cool Kids, Battles, the Go! Team, Jamie Lidell and Grizzly Bear.

Advance three-day passes are now on sale for a limited time for $190 (after which the price increases to $205) at www.lollapalooza.com. [Chicago Sun Times] (thx Hiro)

Wilco @ Enmore Theatre (oceansneverlisten)
Wilco

Rage Against the Machine and Wilco are rumored to be playing Lollapalooza along with Radiohead and NIN in Chicago this summer. New and confirmed Wilco dates below....

Continue reading "Wilco - new tour dates, presale, and maybe Lollapalooza"

Wilco, Feb 15-20, 2008 @ The Riviera in Chicago
Wilco @ The Riviera

Once again, Wilco (on Saturday Night Live)...

Continue reading "Wilco - 'Walken' live on SNL (video)"

March 1, 2008 SNL ticket (fakebook)
Wilco on Saturday Night live - ticket

Wilco played Saturday Night Live last night. One of the songs they played was 'Hate It Here'. Watch below....

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Vampire Weekend

Wilco was just awesome on Saturday Night Live.

Vampire Weekend continue to blow up - see above SPIN magazine cover, and watch them as the musical guest on SNL next week.

This week's SNL video promos featuring Wilco & Ellen Page of Juno below...

Continue reading "Wilco on SNL tonight, Vampire Weekend next week & on SPIN"

The National scarf

NYU Program Board presents The National with Phosphorescent & Maps and Atlases

Thurs, Feb 28, 2008 at Kimmel Center, 8pm
$8 for NYU students, $10 for public

On sale now to NYU ID holders at Ticket Central;
limit 2 advance per ID.

This NYU show is five days after The National play two shows at BAM in Brooklyn.

Other upcoming NYC-area shows include June 14th w/ REM & Modest Mouse @ Jones Beach, June 19th w/ the same bands in NYC, and two shows Bryce Dessner is playing with Wilco's Glenn Kotche at the Kitchen in March. All tour dates below....

Continue reading "THE NATIONAL are playing NYU, Bryce is playing The Kitchen w/ Glenn Kotche, BAM, REM, other 2008 Tour Dates"

Tom Araya of Slayer arrives w/ family @ The Grammys - Feb 10, 2008
Slayer at the Grammys

note: Super Tuesday is today, so don't forget to vote.

Wilco and Obama (CRED)
Wilco and Obama

Music blog Hard To Find A Friend contacted a few musicians & industry people, and not surprisingly found out most of them were voting for Obama. Anyone who saw Joanna Newsom at BAM last week knows what she thinks, and Morrissey wears it on his shirt. Craig Wedren, Wilco, The Grateful Dead, and some comedians have also let us know where they stand.

The Guardian also has an article on this very subject today. They report that.....

...On the Republican side... there are not very many famous activist musicians. Ted Nugent, he who once said "We should Nagasaki [Iraq]" has turned out in favour of conservative Mike Huckabee, while moderate John McCain will have Burt Bacharach tickling his ivories. Libertarian long-shot Ron Paul is backed by Krist Novoselic, formerly of Nirvana. Country-singer Pat Boone has loaned his septuagenarian twang to the campaign of Mitt Romney, who can also count on the help of fellow Mormons Donny and Marie Osmond....
Other musicians for Ron Paul (not Ru Paul) include John Mayer (I think), and TV On The Radio's Dave Sitek. I wonder what his friend Scarlett Johansson would say. You can see her in one of the two Obama-themed music videos below.....

Continue reading "who are musicians voting for on Super Tuesday?"

Brent Green

Best known for his darkly humorous, stop-motion, animated films that touch on themes of love, death, salvation, and the underworld, filmmaker Brent Green performs live this evening, narrating a series of new and recent films which will be screened alongside a live musical score performed by three extraordinary musicians: Jim Becker (Califone), Brendan Canty (Fugazi), and Fred Lonberg-Holm (Wilco, Freakwater). A self taught artist from Pennsylvania, Green writes, directs, builds, and narrates his short film animations, combining handcrafted figures with drawings and found props to create haunting, atmospheric backdrops for his alluringly twisted stories. For this evening Brent will premiere several new films and screen related recent works, including Old Country Songs, Louisville/Gravity, Walt Whitman?s Brain, Carlin, and Paulina Hollers. [February 13th @ The Kitchen in NYC]
Jim Becker and Brent Green are also performing together in Houston, at Sundance, and in Saratoga, CA. All dates below....

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Earl Greyhound @ Mercury Lounge, NYC - New Years Eve, 2007/8 (CRED)
Earl Greyhound @ Mercury Lounge

....while Flaming Lips were doing it in Oklahoma, Mr. Brownstone was playing in Williamsburg, members of Spoon and Wilco were jamming with Jon Brion in Chicago, Gogol Bordello was playing Terminal 5, Dirty Projectors were at Knitting Factory, and Patti Smith was over at Bowery Ballroom before leaving to make room for a late show by Les Savy Fav.

Radiohead played too, but that was taped and from the privacy of your own home.

Earl Greyhound's next scheduled show is at the Langerado Festival in March (where REM is also playing).

The Big Sleep played the Mercury Lounge show too. Their latest news is a new album.

Jon Brion and friends in Chicago

Pat Sansone, John Stirratt, Jon Brion, and Britt Daniel perform "I Feel Fine" at the Harris Theater in Chicago on New Year's Eve [ilamya]
* Petra Haden is playing The Stone
* The Killing of John Lennon opens at IFC
* Big Brother and The Holding Company is at Knitting Factory
* INVITE THEM UP @ Rififi
8:40 PM doors, 9 PM show, $5
With Bobby Tisdale and Eugene Mirman
Featuring: Chris Jurek, Tig Notaro, Greg Johnson, Rob Cantrell, Nick Kroll, and special guests.
What else?

Indie Rock vs Camel

We, the undersigned independent record labels, wish to share our indignation regarding Rolling Stone’s November 15th pull out editorial, which featured the names of our artists in conjunction with an ad for Camel cigarettes. This editorial cartoon gives every impression of being part and parcel of the advertisement wrapped around it.

The use of an artist’s name to promote a brand or product should be done only with the artist’s explicit consent, something that was neither solicited nor obtained from the labels or bands.

When questioned, Rolling Stone has referred to the “Indie Rock Universe” pull out section as an “editorial”, but it hardly seems accidental that this editorial content is wrapped in a giant ad from R.J. Reynolds announcing their support for independent artists and labels. The idea that this was a coincidence in any way seems dubious at best. There are two other pull out sections in this same issue of Rolling Stone. Both are wrapped in advertising, but neither of these ads could be construed as part of the editorial content within.

Many of the bands named, and the labels that represent them, are very unhappy with the implication that they have any involvement with R.J. Reynolds and Camel cigarettes. We ask that Rolling Stone apologize for blurring the line between editorial and advertisement, and in doing so, implying that the bands named support the product being advertised.

Sincerely, Kill Rock Stars, Touch and Go, Skin Graft, Lovepump United, Lucky Madison, 5RC, Audio Dregs, and Fryk Beat.

That letter was sent to me on December 13th. "The feature appeared in a 40th anniversary edition of Rolling Stone magazine published Nov. 15." On December 20th, Xiu Xiu and Fucked Up filed a class action suit against Camel and Rolling Stone.

On a related note, someone got me the first 40 years of Rolling Stone on DVD for Christmas. I won't complain about that. A picture of it, and the whole list of bands that Rolling Stone and Camel put in the questionable ad, below....

Continue reading "Indie Rock vs. Camel cigarettes & Rolling Stone"

DOWNLOAD: Sloan Wainwright - Silent Night (MP3)

Bodies of Water

This was maybe going to be a post about how the-band-recently-signed-to-Secretly-Canadian Bodies of Water posted some free Christmas songs for download on their MySpace page, but then this message they posted on the homepage of their regular website seemed even more interesting...

12.21.07 - I can't understand why anyone likes these musical groups and singers:

Wilco
Jeff Buckley
Elvis Costello
The Police
Slint
Rush
Joni Mitchell
Steely Dan
Afghan Whigs

Perhaps you are offended by this. If so, I feel glad. You need to be shaken up. You need to have whatever skewed values you've cultivated over the years CHALLENGED. Listen again to this stuff - you will see that it is junk. (I say all this with the utmost sincerity, but I'm sure that in a year or two 'synchronicity' will be on heavy rotation in my house. This goes for all of these except for Steely Dan. I will never, ever like Steely Dan as long as I live.)

And to that Steely Dan might say...

Check out the Bodies of Water take away show @ La Blogoteque (and while you're at it, check out the new Jens Lekman one too).

DOWNLOAD: Drive By Truckers - Zip City (MP3)

Drive By Truckers

Not only is this our finest album, but it sounds better on vinyl by an even bigger margin than any of the others. It was written, learned, played, mixed and mastered for vinyl. It's how it was meant to be heard and it shines like Rain Dance Car Wax on a 69 Camarro. It may not be as fast around the curve as your modern hybrid but that long road trip will be as fine a ride as you ever experience. As a bonus, an included MP3 will provide the digital impetus to make you iPod quake with it's fine sounds and it is pretty fine in that format also. Best of both worlds, vinyl sound, big beautiful packaging and portable iPod sounds for a hopefully reasonable price. Gatefold sleeve to separate what needs to be separated. Big Beautiful artwork by Wes Freed seen in the size it was intended to be seen in. Technicolor horizons. Indeed. [Drive By Truckers]
Brighter Than Creation's Dark is out January 22nd on New West Records. New songs are streaming at MySpace.

DBT front-man Patterson Hood made a list of his top 10 new releases of 2007......

1. IRON AND WINE - THE SHEPHERDS DOG - An incredible album that rewards multiple listens and my pick for the best album of the year.

2. RADIOHEAD - IN RAINBOWS - My close pick for second favorite. After all the hype of how it was released (or not), the album stands on its own as their best work since Kid A, maybe better.

3. WILCO - SKY BLUE SKY - Their best studio album. Even better when played live. Possibly the best band in America.

4. VIC CHESNUTT - NORTH STAR DESERTER - I've been saying this is his finest since West of Rome (1992) but upon further listening, this is his best album ever.

5. SPOON -GA GA GA GA GA - My vote for most fun album of year. Great live act also.

6. WHITE STRIPES - ICKY THUMP - Their finest album yet. inventive and a total blast.

7. RICKIE LEE JONES - THE SERMON ON EXPOSITION AVE. - Her finest album since 1981's masterpiece Pirates. Beautiful and inspiring.

8. PORTER WAGONER - WAGONMASTER - Thank God, he got to make this album before his sad departure this year. Kudos to Anti Records and Marti Stuart for making this happen.

9. BO BEDDINGFIELD AND THE WYDELLES - CLEARGREEN - Hard to find, self released EP from Athens GA. Well worth seeking out for great writing, singing and playing.

10. BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN - MAGIC - Best Springsteen album since Nebraska, his best Rock album since The River. A little over-produced, but still essential.

Patterson also went on to mention "WILCO - Austin City Limits Taping , Austin TX 9/15/07". He said, "As fine as their new album is, they're even better live." I couldn't agree more. I haven't made a list of my favorite shows of 2007 yet, but if and when I do, that one will be on it (I was lucky enough to be in attendance - they taped it at the same time as this year's ACL Festival).

Drive By Truckers are touring in 2008. They'll play Terminal 5 in NYC on March 26th during the second half of their tour. Tickets go on sale Friday. The Felice Brothers will be touring with the Truckers, but only on the first-half of their tour - aka they will not be at Terminal 5, but New Yorkers wanting to catch the Brothers can do so on February 1st @ Mercury Lounge. Tickets are on sale now.

Jason Isbell

Former-Trucker Jason Isbell also has a bunch of shows coming up - some of them as part of a tour with Will Hoge. Together they play Bowery Ballroom in NYC on February 21st. Dawn Landes is also playing that show, and joining them on part of the tour. Tickets are on sale. Jason is also taking part in the New York Guitar Festival on January 12th.

All new interpretations of Dylan classics performed by Laura Cantrell, Stevie Jackson (Belle & Sebastian), Marshall Crenshaw, Oakley Hall, Nicole Atkins & Lenny Kaye, Jason Isbell, Jim Lauderdale, Toshi Reagon, Kelly Joe Phelps, Freeman, Harry Manx & Kevin Breit, The Last Town Chorus/Megan Hickey, Jesse Harris, Richard Julian & Jim Campilongo, Chocolate Genius Inc. and others.
It's at the World Fincial Center, and FREE. All dates below.....

Continue reading "Drive by Truckers, Patterson Hood, Jason Isbell, Felice Brothers, TOUR DATES, new albums, songs & a Best of 2007"

the fifth in a series where we asked comedians to tell us what was good this year....

Petra Haden & Fred Armisen

Because the man does so damned much, Fred Armisen is one of the hardest individuals to sum up in a pre-list blurb. He's 50% of ThunderAnt (the other 50% is Carrie Brownstein of Sleater Kinney). He just released a DVD called Jens Hannemann: Complicated Drumming Technique. He has also been doing some live gigs. And in addition to being a senior member of SNL, Fred's mug can be seen in scads of movies and TV shows (check out his resume on IMDB). Being equal parts artist and entertainer, he's absolutely one of my favorite people in entertainment and I am triple-dog-delighted he took the time out to share with BV the things he enjoyed in 2007 - Klaus

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10 things I bought/got/looked at this year that I love.

Fred ArmisenPaul McCartney, The McCartney Years DVD - It has live McCartney footage from 1976 that is amazing. He plays these really busy bass lines and sings at the same time effortlessly. I don't know how someone is able to do that so well. And I love that lefty Rickenbacker!

Petra Haden, Don't Stop Believin' - This is on a compilation album called Guilt By Association that came out this year. Her voice is just the greatest ever and the guitar solo part kills me. She's working on an acappella version of movie soundtracks right now that is unbelievable.

The Apple iPhone - It makes me feel like I am finally in the future. When I was a kid, this is what I imagined I'd be using in the 2000's. If you tap a business name into the map application, it finds it for you AND gives you the phone number AND gives you directions INCLUDING how to avoid traffic at that precise moment. I mean, are you kidding me? Thank you inventors who work at Apple!

God of WarGod Of War 2 for Playstation - It's more complex than the first one but also more difficult. I liked it a lot, but couldn't finish it past the flying horse fights.

Steve Martin, Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life - Mr. Martin writes about the part of his life when he was a stand up comedian. His focus on working on every detail of his act is fascinating. At age fifteen he was already giving himself notes in a notebook. "Relax. Don't shake."

dlisted.com - This celebrity gossip site seriously makes me laugh out loud. The guy who writes this is SO funny! I look at this probably ten times a day. I was going to quote some of his stuff but I say just go to it and read it.

continued below....

Continue reading "Best of 2007 by Fred Armisen"

Wilco

"The Chicago concerts, billed as "five shows exploring the band's complete recorded works," promise a distinct, one-of-a-kind set list each night"....

Continue reading "Wilco - 2008 Tour Dates"

....Beck, Wilco, White Stripes, Kanye West, The Shins, Common & Jay-Z too

Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse receives the nomination for Best Record (Mark Ronson), Album of the Year (vs Kanye West), Song of the Year, Best New Artist (vs Feist!), Best Female Pop Vocal Performance (vs Feist!), Best Pop Vocal Album (vs Feist!), and Producer of the Year (Mark Ronson)! I guess it's not weird she was on the cover of the Post.

Is this the Grammys or the Plug Awards?
All (50th annual) Grammy nominations HERE.

Jonathanpberger made the "Spooooky Hallowinehouse" you see above. More like it HERE. His inspiration HERE.

Now Feist has something else to talk about.