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FrontRow: I wanted to ask you about the project with the Kadane Brothers and Will Johnson. Who does what in the band? Or is it everyone sharing everything?

David Bazan: Everyone kind of does everything. You know, generally speaking, live, when we would play shows, I play bass. It seems like Matt (Kadane) and Will (Johnson) alternate on drum duties. Then they play guitar if they're not playing drums. Bubba (Kadane) plays guitar generally. Then in the studio, we all did a lot of everything. The writing is very like ... somebody comes up with this little bit, somebody adds this little bit. The lyrics are a real hybrid of everybody's thing. It will just say who's in the band. It won't really differentiate between who did what.

Overseas is a new indie rock "supergroup," whose lineup includes David Bazan (Pedro the Lion), Will Johnson (who played with David in Undertow Orchestra and also is/was in Centro-matic, Monsters of Folk, New Multitudes, etc), and Bubba & Matt Kadane (Bedhead, The New Year). They released their self titled debut LP this past June, and you can stream that, along with the video for its opening track, "Ghost To Be," below.

Overseas will be doing a short west coast tour in October, but this week they'll be in NYC for two shows: TONIGHT (8/19) at Mercury Lounge and Tuesday (8/20) at Knitting Factory. Opening both shows is folky singer/songwriter Strand of Oaks (aka Tim Showalter), who has opened for and collaborated with Yellow Ostrich and The Tallest Man On Earth in the past year. Tickets to the Mercury Lounge and Knitting Factory shows are on sale now.

All dates are listed, along with the video and album stream, below...

Continue reading "Overseas = David Bazan, Will Johnson, & Kadane brothers, released an LP (stream it), playing shows w/ Strand of Oaks"

Molina Tribute

Weary Engine Blues is the title of a forthcoming benefit album that pays tribute to Jason Molina who died last week. It will be released by Graveface Records and artists contributing Molina covers include Mark Kozelek, Will Oldham, Allo Darlin', Scout Niblett, John Vanderslice, Jeffrey Lewis, Damien Jurado, Jonathan Meiburg (Sheerwater), Hospital Ships, Wave Pictures, and more. The album will be out April 24 and proceeds will go to help medical and funeral costs for Molina's family. Preorder it here. It comes with a screen print by William Schaff which you can see below, along with a note from Schaff as well.

You can stream Kozelek's contribution, "It's Easier Now," below.

Continue reading "Mark Kozelek, Will Oldham, John Vanderslice, and more contributing to Jason Molina tribute album (stream a track)"

Mark Eitzel

American Music Club frontman Mark Eitzel released a solo album, Don't Be A Stranger, earlier this year via Merge and recently finished up a a tour in support of it which hit NYC earlier this month (12/3) at Highline Ballroom. A video of Mark playing "Firefly" at that show is below.

Mark gave us a list of his favorite music and films that he "saw/heard this year that might have been from any year." The whole list, in no particular order, is below.

Continue reading "Mark Eitzel's top 10 list of 2012 ++ a video from his NYC show"

photos by Jessica Amaya

Iron & Wine/Sharon Van Etten/Dear Tick, NFF 2012
Newport Folk Festival
Newport Folk Festival
Newport Folk Festival

My Morning Jacket's tribute to Helm brought to mind when the late drummer played "Makes No Difference" on the same stage in 2010. Ghosts loomed large everywhere this year; Iron & Wine's Sam Beam covered "Long Black Veil," Spirit Family Reunion paid tribute to Karen Dalton with "Green Rocky Road" and the recently departed Doc Watson, who played Newport several times over the decades, was projected on a giant screen above the main stage between sets. Woody Guthrie received the biggest tribute; Morello, Jim James and the Guthrie Family Reunion, a collection of Woody's extended family, sang his songs in separate sets to mark his centennial. [Rolling Stone]
After a kickoff show with Wilco, Blizten Trapper, and Megafaun, the Newport Folk Festival fully began this past Saturday (7/28) in Rhode Island's Fort Adams State Park with performances by Iron & Wine, Deer Tick, Sharon Van Etten, Alabama Shakes, Guthrie Family and more. Pictures of those artists are in this post.

As mentioned in the Rolling Stone review above, many late folk legends were honored at the show with tributes from their disciples, especially Woody Guthrie, who would have turned 100 this year, and was also honored by Wilco at the pre-show. Sunday's (7/29) lineup also saw a set from New Multitudes, the new project of Jim James, Jay Farrar, Will Johnson, and Anders Parker whose album is made up entirely of previously unreleased Guthrie lyrics.

If you couldn't make it to the festival, did you stream it online? If not, NPR has got the archives of many sets including those of tUnE-yArDs, Alabama Shakes, Charles Bradley, Spirit Family Reunion, First Aid Kit, and more.

More pictures from Newport Folk Fest are below.

Continue reading "Newport Folk Fest 2012 Saturday pics (Iron & Wine, Deer Tick, Sharon Van Etten, Alabama Shakes, Guthrie Family and more)"

New Multitudes at Newport Folk Fest - 7/29/12 (via brooklynvegan instagram)
New Multitudes

New Multitudes, the new project of Jim James, Jay Farrar, Will Johnson, and Anders Parker, whose album is made up entirely of previously unreleased Woody Guthrie lyrics, played day 2 (7/29) of Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island this past weekend. A few more pics from Twitter and Instagram (like the one above) and a video of "Chorine My Sheba Queen" from their set are below.

Two of the band's members, Anders Parker and Will Johnson will be teaming up for a tour which includes a mix of club and living room shows. That tour hits NYC on September 23 at Mercury Lounge and a day earlier (9/22) for a living room show in Brooklyn, which is still TBA. Tickets for all announced living room shows are HERE and tickets for the Mercury Lounge show go on sale Friday (8/3) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (8/1) at noon.

A list of all Will Johnson/Anders Parker dates, video, and more instagrams are below.

Continue reading "New Multitudes played Newport Folk Fest (cameraphone pics, video); Anders Parker & Will Johnson touring together (dates)"

photos by Kurt Christensen

Jim James @ Webster Hall
New Multitudes

"New Multitudes, a centennial tribute to Woody Guthrie, made up of the singer-songwriters Jay Farrar, Yim Yames, Anders Parker and Will Johnson, operates from within a cocoon of familiarity. Not with regard to the songs, exactly: all 12 on the group's self-titled debut album, released last month on Rounder, began with previously unused scraps of writing from the Guthrie archives, freshly set to music.

What's familiar about New Multitudes is that process of refurbishment, which has also given us several albums by Billy Bragg with Wilco -- a collection, "Mermaid Avenue: The Complete Sessions," is due out on Nonesuch next month -- and one by Jonatha Brooke. In these and other instances, mostly smaller in scale, access to the material was enthusiastically granted by Nora Guthrie, the guardian of her father's legacy...." [NY Times]

New Multitudes hit Webster Hall on Wednesday (3/14) with Bobby Bare Jr. in tow. Here are some pictures, setlist included, from the NYC show. More below...

Continue reading "New Multitudes (Jay Farrar, Yim Yames, Anders Parker, Will Johnson) played Webster Hall (pics, setlist)"


"The almost two-hour performance was mostly made up of material off the just released New Multitudes album, with a few songs from each individual's other band(s) (Son Volt/Uncle Tupelo, Centro-matic, Gob Iron, My Morning Jacket). All four musicians shared vocal duties and switched up instruments on the regular. Jim James (or Yim Yames as he's billed for this project) handled bass guitar for most of the night, switching to acoustic guitar when needed. As evidenced in a few videos, Yim was certainly one of the more energetic bass players I've seen, roaming, and jumping back and forth all night. His lead bass lines did not get lost in the mix, that's for sure. Think Flea with much longer hair. Jay Farrar led with his electric/acoustic while Will Johnson and Anders Parker switched off between drums and mostly electric guitar." [an LA review]
Four big talents bring their Woody Guthrie project to Webster Hall in NYC tonight (3/14). Tickets are still available.

Newport Folk Fest
Newport Folk Fest

The Newport Festivals Foundation continues to celebrate the festival's historic past by featuring emerging young artists alongside some of folk music's most venerable names. This year's festival features: My Morning Jacket, Jackson Browne, Conor Oberst, Iron & Wine, Patty Griffin, Guthrie Family Reunion, Dawes, The Head & The Heart, Deer Tick, Punch Brothers, City & Colour, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, The Tallest Man on Earth, tUnE-yArDs, Tom Morello, Trampled by Turtles, Gary Clark, Jr., Alabama Shakes, Blind Pilot, Of Monsters and Men, original music from: Jay Farrar; Will Johnson; Anders Parker; & Yim Yames set to the lyrics of Woody Guthrie, Sharon Van Etten, First Aid Kit, Sara Watkins, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Brown Bird, Jonny Corndawg, Jonathan Wilson, Spirit Family Reunion, Deep Dark Woods, Carl Broemel, Ben Sollee, Robert Ellis, Frank Fairfield, The Apache Relay, Spider John Koerner & His Rag Tag Boys, Joel Rafael, Joe Fletcher & The Wrong Reasons, Elizabeth Mitchell, honeyhoney, Sleepy Man Banjo Boys, The Kossoy Sisters, The Berklee City Music Choir and very special guests to be announced.
The 2012 Newport Folk Festival lineup has been announced.

Will Johnson, Jay Farrar, Jim James, Anders Parker
Farrar, Johnson, Parker, Yames

Jim James, Jay Farrar, Will Johnson (who previously collabroated with Jim James in Monsters of Folk), and Anders Parker (who previously collaborated with Jay Farrar in Gob Iron), have teamed up to record an album titled New Multitudes, which comes out February 28 via Rounder Records. The album features twelve tracks, all of which were written lyrically by Woody Guthrie but never recorded, and Jim, Jay, Will, and Anders have written original music to accompany the lyrics.

"Under the invitation of Nora Guthrie, Woody's daughter, to tour the Guthrie archives, each of the four songwriters were offered the chance to plumb and mine the plethora of notebooks, scratch pads, napkins, etc. for anything that might inspire them to lend their voices and give the words new life. "These guys worked on an amazing group of lyrics, much of it culled from Woody's times in LA. Lyric wise, it's a part of the story that is still mostly unknown. From Woody's experiences on LA's skid row to his later years in Topanga Canyon, they are uniquely intimate, and relate two distinctly emotional periods in his life.""
A limited edition will be available with twelve additional tracks written by Jay Farrar and Anders Parker and it also includes Woody Guthrie's original lyric sheets. Check out album track, "Old LA," which is streaming below, along with the album artwork and tracklist.

The four folkies will head out on a short US tour together in support of the album this March. That tour hits NYC on March 14 at Webster Hall. Tickets go on sale Friday, 1/20 at noon, with an AmEx presale starting two days earlier. All dates are listed below.

Jim James was just in town to help pay tribute (and perform with) Preservation Hall Jazz Band...

"At Carnegie Hall the Blind Boys of Alabama, the Del McCoury Band, My Morning Jacket, Steve Earle, Merrill Garbus of Tune-Yards, and Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def) were on hand. So were the New Orleans-born musicians Trombone Shorty and Allen Toussaint, who sang a tribute to the band for putting "pride in your stride."

While it's a paradox that welcoming outsiders and trying out hybrids is a survival tactic for a deeply local tradition, that's a fact of life for present-day New Orleans." [NY Times]

My Morning Jacket also apparently played a secret show of some kind while they were in town.

All Guthrie tribute tour dates, stream, album art and tracklist below...

Continue reading "Jim James, Will Johnson, Jay Farrar & Anders Parker team for Guthrie project album & tour (dates & song stream)"

photos by Tim Griffin

Drive-By Truckers @ Stubb's
Drive-By Truckers

Last Wednesday, I fell down and cut my hand.
Fifteen stitches in my left palm.
Wish I had a cool story, but I don't.
The movie version would have me getting cut by a bottle of rot-gut whiskey in a bar fight.
No doubt defending the honor of someone or another.
My heroics bookended by a scene of me carrying my hand for reattachment by a disgraced former surgeon in the back of a grimy tattoo shop because lack of insurance would preclude being seen by a real doctor.
I would be brave and not cry or complain.

Hurling would be out of the question.

Ahh, the movie version.

Unfortunately, the truth is kind of tame, lame even.
I was picking my daughter up at first grade, carrying a bottle of water.
I tripped and fell (in front of her entire class).
I fell, shattering the glass which I then duly landed upon, pushing shards up into my hand.
My fucking left hand.
Fifteen stitches in my palm.
No biggie. No cut tendons or damaged muscle. Missed that artery (bled like a stuck pig though).
Hurts like hell, but it won't long and I will be as good as new in a month or less.
Unfortunately, I can't play guitar for a few weeks and we have a tour beginning this week.

In the words of Three Dog Night, "The show must go on".
My friend Kevin told me, as I was bleeding all over the playground, awaiting my ride to the Emergency Room, "You guys have too many guitar players anyway."
Nonetheless, to insure everyone's Premium Rock and Roll Experience, we have recruited our friend Will Johnson, from Centro-matic to fill in on guitar, covering the SG through a Fender Vibro-King parts.
I will be in full front man mode, on other words, it's dancing shoes time.
I always wanted to be Phil Mogg, and for the next couple of weeks...

We only have Will Johnson through New Orleans, then we will have to improvise, but that's one of the things we do best, so STAY TUNED.

So come out to this, hopefully once in a lifetime DBT Show.
We guarantee you a great time and a Premiere Go-Go Extravaganza that you'll be telling your Grandkids about (maybe sooner than later).

Oh and Bob, the 9th is my son's birthday and it's GO TIME.

Long Live Rock and Roll and Country Soul.
Captain Hook
(Patterson Hood)
(or is it Dr. Hook?)

An injured Drive By Truckers played a headlining show at Stubb's in Austin on 9/1 with Will Johnson on guitar and with Will Johnson's band Centro-Matic opening. The New Orleans date has now also passed, but the show goes on and DBT continue their tour on 9/7 in Tuscaloosa AL (a benefit for tornado relief).

The current trek never comes east, but in October DBT play a string of shows with Those Darlins not long after Those Darlins play The Bell House in Brooklyn with The Beets and Brothers. Tickets are still on sale for that show. Centro-Matic play MusicFestNW this coming weekend in Portland.

All dates and more pictures from the Austin show, below...

Continue reading "Drive-By Truckers played Stubb's, Patterson Hood cut his hand, Will Johnson filling in on guitar (pics & more dates)"


Will Johnson of Centro-Matic is touring, like Dave Bazan is, living room-to-living room in May. In June he'll hop back on the Centro-Matic train to play a string of dates with Sarah Jaffe that will include Mercury Lounge on 6/30. Tickets are now on sale. All dates are listed below.

Centro-Matic is self-releasing their 10th LP on 6/21. "Candidate Waltz" was recorded by Scott Solter (Spoon, Mountain Goats) and Matt Pence at the Echo Lab in Argyle, Texas, and features nine tracks. Check out the LP art, and track list below. And if you aren't familiar with Centro-matic, the band has you covered...

"People often ask what Centro-matic or South San Gabriel album to start with. There's no easy answer to this, so we are giving away a couple of songs from each album spanning 15 years. Please share this with your friends."
Download that mix via a yousendit link, or listen to the whole thing below...

Continue reading "Centro-Matic announces new LP & tour w/ Sarah Jaffe (dates)"

Will Johnson @ the BV/DM day party (more by Tim Griffin)
Will Johnson

The April 10th Will Johnson & Anders Parker living room show now has a location and less than 30 tickets are on sale.

IMPORTANT: This show is a solo acoustic performance being hosted in a private home. It's not a party. Please be respectful of the performance, the hosts and their home.

SEATING: Most of the shows will not provide any seating. You should bring a pillow or cushion to sit on the floor.

Those not in NYC can also catch them in one of the other cities their tour is currently visiting.


Will Johnson of Centro-matic will be heading out on an acoustic house-show tour of North America with guitarist Anders Parker in late March and April. The pair are currently looking for lofts, apartments and houses willing to host a 35-40 person show on their planned route. The NYC/Brooklyn stop is currently scheduled for Saturday, April 10th. All dates and hosting info below.

The Texan (from Denton, located about 3.5 hours north of Austin) will also be making the trip to SXSW where Centro-matic will play a select few shows. One of them will be the BrooklynVegan Friday day party at Club DeVille on March 19th. They go on right before Lucero and after the Antlers. Twin Sister is also on the bill. More TBA shortly.

Will Johnson's tour with Jason Molina was canceled last December due to Molina's health issues. Their CD Jason Molina and Will Johnson came out in November.

House show info and all tour dates are below...

Continue reading "Will Johnson & Anders Parker going on a house tour (dates), Centro-matic playing SXSW (including a BV party w/ Lucero)"

DOWNLOAD: Molina and Johnson - Almost Let You In (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Molina and Johnson - Twenty Cycles To The Ground (MP3)

Jason Molina w/ Magnolia Electric Co. @ E. River State Park (more by Chris La Putt)
Jason Molina

unfortunately, jason molina will not be able to tour in the new year due to his present health issues and the american dates for january and february have all been cancelled. jason molina is (still) extremely disappointed but it is impossible for him to be on the road at the present time. [Magnolia Electric Co. on 12/1/09]
After canceling their November/December European tour, Jason Molina & Will Johnson have been forced to cancel their early 2010 North American tour as well. The trip, with Chris Brokaw, included a January 30th show at NYC's (Le) Poisson Rouge.

Though there's no shows, you can still enjoy two tracks off the pair's new album, the aptly titled Jason Molina and Will Johnson, which came out November 3rd on Secretly Canadian.

Jason Molina's regular gig is fronting for Magnolia Electric Co., who played a Jelly NYC Pool Party last summer with Dirty Projectors and put out a new CD in July. Will Johnson of Centro-matic just got off tour playing drums for Monsters of Folk.

Album art and tracklist and the canceled tour dates are below...

Continue reading "Jason Molina & Will Johnson cancel tour in support of their new Secretly Canadian album (MP3s) "

photos by Graeme Flegenheimer

DOWNLOAD: Monsters of Folk - Say Please (MP3)

Monsters of Folk
Monsters of Folk

Indie supergroup Monsters of Folk are currently on tour across North America to support their new self-titled debut (the second track of which is above). The tour comes to NYC for two shows, at United Palace on November 6th and Beacon Theater on November 8th. Tickets for both are still available.

The pictures here are from the group's Oct. 18th gig at the Greek Theater in L.A....

Monsters of Folk played a monster-sized set last night at L.A.'s Greek Theatre, running through 35 songs in just under three hours -- with no opener and no intermission -- in support of the indie-rock supergroup's self-titled debut, which came out about a month ago. The Monsters comprise My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James; singer-songwriter (and She & Him guy) M. Ward; and Conor Oberst and Mike Mogis, both of Bright Eyes, and at the Greek the band's set alternated Monsters of Folk cuts with material from each member's respective catalog. Simply put, if you ever wind up in a game of Name That Tune with one of these dudes, come prepared.

Backed up on drums by Will Johnson of Centro-matic, the four musicians traded instrumental duties throughout the concert, with Mogis serving as something of a secret-weapon utility man... [Rolling Stone]

More pictures and the setlist from LA are below...

Continue reading "Monsters of Folk on tour - played LA's Greek Theatre (pics & setlist) ++ Beacon & United Palace shows coming soon"

Patterson Hood

Murdering Oscar (and other love songs), the second solo album by Patterson Hood of the Drive-By Truckers, is out today (June 23nd). Its release coincides with Hood's Music Hall of Williamsburg show tonight, which is part of his ongoing solo tour. Tickets are still on sale, and we have three pairs to give away. More details on that below.

Hood also plays Wednesday (June 24th) at the Bowery Ballroom (tickets are still on sale). The solo tour continues into July, with more dates below. The Screwtopians lineup includes Will Johnson and Scott Danbom (Centro-matic/South San Gabriel), David Barbe (Sugar) and John Neff and Brad Morgan (Drive-By Truckers). Will Johnson opens both shows.

DBT have their own summer tour dates scheduled, including some backing up Booker T (of the MGs). Those are below too...

Continue reading "Patterson Hood in NYC (WIN TIX) ++ album out ++ tour dates "

by Andrew Frisicano

Drive by Truckers @ Coachella 2009 (by vonlohmann)
Drive by Truckers

Drive-By Truckers played twice at Coachella on Saturday, April 18th. First, the band played their own afternoon set, then they sat in as the backing band for Booker T. Jones (of Booker T. and the MGs).

The Truckers are a perfect festival act, with a three-guitar posse that looks great across a field and sounds even better with a flat pint of beer and the beginnings of a sunburn (both things I have in my possession now). Now that they've had some time away from the whole Skynyrd mythologizing business, DBT is one of few bands that can rightly claim to be pushing Southern rock forward as a distinct beast from country music. [LA Times]
The Drive-By Truckers also support Jones on his new CD, Potato Hole, out April 21st on Anti.

Jones is in the midst of a TV residency. He's performing with The Roots on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, from April 20th to April 22nd, before going out on his own tour (including some dates with DBT behind him). That tour stops at NYC's Joe's Pub (without Truckers) on Wednesday, June 10th. Tickets are on sale.

DBT's Patterson Hood (pictured above) also has a short tour scheduled in support of his own new album, Murdering Oscar (and Other Love Songs), out Tuesday, June 23rd on Ruth St. Records (details below). Will Johnson (of Centro-Matic), who contributes to Patterson's album, opens those tour dates.

The night of the album's release, June 23rd, Hood and backing band The Screwtopians will play a Brooklyn show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. The next night, Wednesday, June 24th, the band plays Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for June 23rd and tickets for June 24th both go on AmEx presale Wednesday, April 22nd at noon. General sale starts Friday at noon.

Even sooner, Hood plays at the Pete Seeger 90th Birthday celebration at MSG on Sunday, May 3rd.

Info on the new Patterson Hood album, and all Hood and Jones tour dates below...

Continue reading "Drive-By Truckers & Booker T. played Coachella - new albums & 2009 tour dates (BTJ & Patterson solo)"