Entries tagged with: Wilco
the fifth in a series where we asked comedians to tell us what was good this year....
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.
Paul 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 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.
....Beck, Wilco, White Stripes, Kanye West, The Shins, Common & Jay-Z too
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.
Now Feist has something else to talk about.
It's Mudhoney time in NYC - the first of three shows kicks off tonight (Nov 30) at Maxwell's in Hoboken, and though Mudhoney didn't appear on the show (Meat Pupppets do), I thought this would be a good place to give away one of those new Nirvana Unplugged DVDs. Details on how to win, a video featuring Kurt Cobain playing with Mudhoney, and Blender's list of the "100 Greatest Indie-Rock Albums Ever", below.....
1) Steve Earle - “Washington Square Serenade”
2) Wilco - “Sky Blue Sky”
3) Mika - “Life in Cartoon Motion”
4) Lyle Lovett and His Large Band - “It’s Not Big It’s Large”
5) Ozzy Osbourne - “Black Rain”
6) John Fogerty - “Revival”
7) Southern Culture on the Skids - “Countrypolitan Favorites”
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....
1. The National - BoxerI'll have to try and find that Ólöf Arnalds disk they have at #38.
2. Arcade Fire - Neon Bible
3. Bruce Springsteen - Magic
4. The White Stripes - Icky Thump
5. Feist - The Reminder
6. M.I.A. - Kala
7. Wilco - Sky Blue Sky
8. Modest Mouse - We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank
9. Band of Horses - Cease to Begin
10. Iron & Wine - The Shepherd's Dog
11. Radiohead - In Rainbows
12. Avett Brothers - Emotionalism
13. Amy Winehouse - Back to Black
Ólöf Arnalds, Múm's collaborator for the past three years, recently released her debut solo album, Við og við, on 12 Tónar. The release was produced by Sigur Ros' Kjartan Sveinsson and is avalaible here. [getecho]The whole list of 100 @ Paste, and check out the Ólöf Arnald video below...
Jenny Scheinman, band & Nels Cline in Chicago - Feb 2007 (CRED)
Drawing from a deep reservoir of musicians, violinist Jenny Scheinman has experimented with innumerable permutations at her regular Tuesday night Barbès gigs. This past April she found something special when combining upright bassist Todd Sickafoose, guitarist Nels Cline and drummer Jim Black (the first meeting of Cline and Black), so she brought them back together for a mini-tour, stopping at Joe’s Pub for two sets (Aug. 6th). Her music’s inherent lyricism, with folk and traditional influences, tamped the wilder impulses of Cline and Black, who both creatively served the songs. [NYC review @ All About Jazz]Check out a video from that show on YouTube. As many already know, one of Nels Cline's other jobs (since 2004) is playing guitar with Wilco.
"Jenny Scheinman, violinist/composer, was voted the #1 Rising Star Violinist in the 2005, 2004 and 2003 Downbeat Critics' Polls, has performed and recorded extensively with Bill Frisell as well as Norah Jones, Madeleine Peyroux, Nels Cline, Vinicius Cantuaria, Marc Ribot and Myra Melford." [Jenny's biography]
"Her carny blend of jazz, Americana and rock finds its closest kin in the music of Tom Waits, former Bay Area neighbors Tin Hat and fellow roots-jazz hybridizer Bill Frisell, who has collaborated often with her." [Philly.com]
"Busy downtown violinist Jenny Scheinman’s records tend to get filed in the jazz bin, and she works out her more pop-oriented inclinations at the Living Room. In her semiregular hang at Barbès, anything goes." [Time Out]
It's that 'everything goes' attitude by a talented musician that makes Jenny's regular Tuesday night shows at the intimate Barbes in Park Slope so special - not to mention the regular cast of super-talented musicians that regularly play with her at the shows while she sings and plays violin.
One of those special collaborators is jazz guitarist Tony Scherr, and that's exactly who will be joining Jenny at her next very special appearance at the free BrooklynVegan party upstairs at Pianos, NYC - on Wednesday October 17, 2007 (4:45 pm - right before Bon Iver). Stay tuned for more details.
Thanks to Araneo for the above picture of Jenny and Norah at The Living Room in 2005.
“It’s weird,” she says, finding a surreal humor in it. “Probably George Bush has heard me, come to think of it. He’s probably heard me on Norah Jones’ record. If 20 million records are sold, they’ve got to get to people’s ears you’d never imagine.” [All About Jazz]Among countless other things, Jenny also plays violin on the new Lucinda Williams album. The MP3s above are clips from her own 2005 album entitled 12 Songs
From a South Carolina newspaoper article published Sunday....
....Band of Horses allowed Wal-Mart to use “The Funeral,” a song off last year’s debut, “Everything All the Time,” in a Web advertisement. If he had turned down Wal-Mart’s offer, Bridwell said: “What are you left with? People will forget you were high and mighty.”The photo in this post was taken at the "MySpace Secret Show" that Band of Horses played @ Vera Project in Seattle this weekend (Oct 6, 2007). BOH have two upcoming NYC shows, and other scheduled tour dates.
The licensing of “Is There a Ghost” to a Ford TV commercial also drew sellout calls. Independent of the deal, both Bridwells drive Ford trucks. Ben’s is a rusty, battered F-150 with a broken window motor that makes parking under trees when rain threatens a good idea.
Bridwell released a statement through Sub Pop, the band’s label, explaining his position. He feels he shouldn’t have been asked to do that.
“Every commercial has music,” David Bridwell said.
“Any (person) with a computer can write a blog,” Ben Bridwell said. “What do you do for a living? Do you not work?
“Do you not get paid by someone?”
Here’s an idea many critics failed to present when sounding off: Bands no longer make enough money from album sales and touring, so licensing is essential to sustaining a career. And — surprise! — it’s hardly a new trend.
Wilco’s music is being used in Volkswagen commercials. Sonic Youth will release a tribute compilation, “Hits Are for Squares,” through Starbucks. And who hasn’t hummed to Outback Steakhouse’s reworking of “Wraith Pinned to the Mist and Other Games” by Of Montreal?
Selling a song to a retailer — like Peter Bjorn and John, who sold their song “Young Folks” to Target — doesn’t mean the song isn’t catchy, glamorous and, ultimately, good. So should “The Funeral” be buried?
Billy Bragg, Steve Earle, Tim Robbins, Brad (with Stone Gossard of Pearl Jam), and more. $75 tickets are now on sale. Details below...
Andrew Bird @ Austin City Limits 2007 (CRED)
Andrew Bird just announced a slew of new tour dates, and some of them are now on presale - that includes the one happening November 30th at the Beacon Theatre in NYC. I unfortunately missed Andrew's set at ACL because I went to the Wilco ACL TV taping (which was amazing), but there's a picture from it above. Andrew is playing six shows with Wilco - some with Bright Eyes too. All tour dates below....
Well, I guess that solves that. The White Stripes and Arcade Fire were scheduled to play at the same time at Austin City Limits this upcoming weekend. Now I know who I'll go see at that time (still haven't decided between MIA & LCD Soundystem or Wilco & My Morning Jacket though).....
Producers were informed today that Grammy-award winning band The White Stripes are canceling their Austin City Limits Music Festival performance, scheduled for Saturday, September 15. As of the time of this release, medical reasons have been given for the cancellation.I guess that also means more people will be looking for another afterparty to go to, since The White Stripes were also supposed to play one of the official (sold out) aftershows at Stubb's. Thanks to everyone who emailed me about this, and let's hope that the medical reason is not serious.
The White Stripes were scheduled to play on the AT&T stage at 8:30 pm to close out the night at the Festival. At this time, a replacement has not been announced.
DOWNLOAD: A Place To Bury Strangers - Never Going Down (MP3)
Sorry for not posting about this earlier - it sort of got lost in the holiday shuffle. BIG FREE GREAT OUTDOOR SHOW PARTY FESTIVAL ON THE LOWER EAST SIDE THIS SUNDAY!
The first annual ‘LudFest’ block party/fundraiser will take place on Sunday, September 9th. ‘LudFest’ is a fundraiser for the 7th Precinct Community Council, with proceeds going toward charitable functions, such as giving toys out to needy members of our community, as well as funding for the Explorers Program, which gives teens activities to keep them off the streets. Local stores and restaurants will participate and rent tables to offer their items. All proceeds will go to charity.Many familiar names on that list of entertainment, but let's use this post to point out something pretty cool that happened last week. Out of seemingly nowhere, Pitchfork shot the Brooklyn Band called A Place to Bury Strangers from relative obscurity to relative fame.
The event will include local bands, including Secret Machines, A Place to Bury Strangers, Dub Trio, Other Passengers, The Sugar Report, Emok and Ruthless Thomas. After party will be held at Pianos.
.....Few people understand this better than Oliver Ackermann, frontman for thunderous Brooklyn three-piece A Place to Bury Strangers: Under his catch-all company name Death by Audio (it's also a music venue, recording studio, and collective), he custom-builds and designs his own hand-wired pedals, which are used by everyone from Lightning Bolt and Serena Maneesh to Wilco, Spoon, and TV on the Radio. Not coincidentally, anyone looking for a quick description of his own band can look to the names he gives these things: Interstellar Overdriver, Supersonic Fuzz Gun, Total Sonic Annihilation. ["A Place To Bury Strangers" = 8.4 = Pitchfork Best New Music]See them at Ludfest. Listen at MySpace. More tour dates below...
This September I'll be returning to Austin for my first-ever visit to the annual three-day Austin City Limits Festival (see previous post for talk of the lineup). While I'm there, I also hope to catch at least one episode-taping for the 33rd season of the associated PBS series with the same name (Austin City Limits). Arcade Fire, Crowded House, Wilco, Bloc Party, Regina Spektor, and Lucinda Williams will all be there to play the festival, and to tape a show.
Then there are the afterparties - official and unofficial. Official afterparties (or aftershows as they call them) feature many of the same bands playing the festival. They happen at night at one of the various venues around Austin - Stubb's, La Zona Rosa, The Parish, Emo's and Antone's to be exact. Anyone can buy tickets to the aftershows. They've got Spoon, The White Stripes (sold out), Common, Blonde Redhead, The National, etc..
I actually know very little about the unofficial afterparties, except that I helped put one together. It was a team effort between myself and the "Hot Freaks" otherwise known as an aquarium drunkard, la blogothèque, chromewaves, gorilla vs bear, my old kentucky blog, and you ain't no picasso. This group of 'Hot Freaks' worked together before - at SXSW. For ACL they asked if I felt like getting freaky, I said 'yes', and the rest is history.
Our parties take place at the Mohawk and at the adjoining Club Deville, on both Friday and Saturday after ACL. The shows are FREE (w/ some RSVP thing that's going to be available after Labor Day), and all of our artists are NOT also playing ACL. We have Art Brut, Grizzly Bear, St. Vincent, The Rosebuds, Yellow Fever, Sparrow House (Jared from Voxtrot), and more. More details below....
For only $50 (wow), you can hang out on a boat with the Old 97's tonight. For the same price (actually $45 advance), you can do it with Son Volt and Richard Buckner on Thursday August 16th (two shows actually, early = acoustic & late = electric).
In sorta related news, Wilco just announced a whole bunch more tour dates. All dates for everyone below....
I read a lot about this band (Grizzly Bear) but resisted based on the snide expression on a couple of their faces in a magazine. I can’t get past those first impressions easily. There’s so much music to listen to, so you narrow it down any way you can. I’ve missed out on a lot of stuff (probably based on arbitrary facial displeasure). They make really beautiful, evocative music that has a gauzy fuzziness to it; you can’t accurately pinpoint their place in time.....[Wilco's Jeff Tweedy for the NY Times]Photos of Tweedy-favorite Dr. Dog playing this past weekend's Siren Festival in Brooklyn, below...
Didn't see Byrne, Bowie or Reed in attendance at the Wilco concert at Warsaw last week, but Pavement's Stephen Malkmus was spotted, as was the slighly lesser known Adam Franklin. Admittedly I wouldn't have even recognized the ex-Swervedriver shoe-gazing frontman by myself, so I'm glad my friend not only pointed him out, but reminded me that Adam has a new solo album called Bolts of Melody - out 6/26/2007. Further research revealed that you can stream the entire album, and that Adam is playing at Mercury Lounge in NYC TONIGHT (July 2, 2007).
It's also worth noting that Adam has been collaborating with Interpol drummer Sam Fogarino on a project called The Setting Suns.
The Setting Suns will start recording their debut EP (Title TBA) in NYC this June. Among the tracks to be included is a cover of the Kinks' "The Way Love Used To Be", and an "epic" version of "Cold War Kids". Sam intends to play Adam's guitar whenever Adam leaves the room. Release is scheduled for the fall. Further details will be posted as they develop....................The duo met over dinner in NYC last winter, while being introduced by long time, mutual friend, Jack Rabid (The Big Takeover).All AF tour dates below...
I missed them when they opened for Wilco the other day....
I think this is going to be delightful...
Dad, what the hell?
Kid 4077 - otherwise known as Nile Marr, the 15-year-old son of Smiths legend Johnny Marr - took to the stage at Bar Amp in Sale for his first live solo performance. Meanwhile his dad's latest band Modest Mouse - who performed at Manchester's Ritz earlier this week - were performing in Barcelona.I have bad news for those hoping to see Modest Mouse & Clipse on August 8th. Better yet - I have bad news for those who didn't get tickets to see Beastie Boys at Summerstage because they thought they were seeing Modest Mouse with Band of Horses in Keyspan Park. The August 8th show has been postponed exactly one month, and moved: Modest Mouse is now playing McCarren Pool on September 8th. Love as Laughter are still opening, but Band of Horses and Clipse are up in the air.
Modest teenager Nile has said he is influenced more by Modest Mouse than by The Smiths because they were before his time. [Manchester Evening News - June 2, 2007]
Muse is still playing MSG on August 6th. Want to win a pair of tickets? E-mail BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM (subject: MUSE), and tell me if I should finish posting Andrew's Bonnaroo coverage now that Bonnaroo was so long ago. One winner will be picked at ramdom, and contacted, on Monday July 2nd, 2007. Your email will not be shared with anyone.
I went to Wilco last night. It was a 2 hour and 20 minute set (the only show on the tour without a curfew said Jeff) by by one of the most talented bands I've had the pleasure of watching so up-close in a while (I mean Bad Brains was great, but Earl Hudson is no Glenn Kotche). If only our government could learn to operate a little bit more like Wilco. I say Jeff Tweedy for president.
Jeff Tweedy & Pat Sansone having guitar sex @ Warsaw - June 26, 2007 (CRED)
And Miss Modern Age saw Ryan Adams.....
Holy crap! Ryan Adams is on TOP of his game! Tonight’s show at Hiro Ballroom was nothing short of stellar. [says Miss Modern Age]Ryan's new video for "Halloweenhead" is at Yahoo.
Wilco's set list & tour dates below....
Wilco @ Hammerstein Ballroom, NYC - June 25, 2007 (CRED)
Great show at the Hammerstein Ballroom last night from the best live band in the world, even with a Molly Ringwald wannabe wedging her way in front of me and then making out with her boyfriend (who tragically was neither Blaine McDonnagh nor Jake Ryan) for the duration show. [Fidgeting Wildly]What did you think of the show? (farfegnugen?) If you're into FLAC, nyctaper has the show for download already. How were Low? Tonight the show is at Warsaw.
The Beastie Boys are playing Hammerstein Ballroom too.
Apostle of Hustle play Canada Day @ Summerstage, NYC - June 24, 2007 (CRED)
* Paris Hilton Released From L.A. Jail
* Led Zeppelin rumored to reunite again
* Morrissey mulling Warner Brothers Deal
* LES SAVY FAV to headline FREE Citysol show
* (BrooklynVegan presents) BRITTA PERSSON in NYC - 2 shows
* Smashing Pumpkins played their first show in Asheville
* Pitchfork interviewed the White Stripes
* Smashing Pumpkins, RATM & Wilco playing Voodoo
* San Diego Street Scene initial lineup announced
* Modest Mouse, Built to Spill Set for New SF Festival
Arctic Monkeys are playing the same time as Muse. Same with My Morning Jacket & Wilco, and Arcade Fire & The White Stripes. Do they do that on purpose for crowd control? I'm almost definitely going down to Austin this year (September 14-16), and those are biggest conflicts I noticed right off the bat. Who else should I make sure to see?
The 2007 Lollapalooza (August 3-5) schedule is up too. Who's going to Chicago?