Entries tagged with: Willy Mason
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Willy Mason at Rockwood Music Hall - 2/7/13
Rootsy singer/songwriter Willy Mason, who Radiohead once handpicked to open for them, stopped by Rockwood Music Hall last Thursday (2/7) for a show with Leif Vollebekk. Unfortunately, we missed Leif's set, but pictures of Willy's set are in this post.
The show was one of a couple hometown performances for Willy Mason before he heads over to the UK in March to continue supporting his 2012 album, Carry On. His other NYC show happens tonight (2/11) at Terminal 5 as an opening set for Ben Howard's sold-out show at the venue.
Willy Mason will also be a part of Mumford & Sons' Gentlemen of the Road travelling summer festival (which doesn't stop near NYC.) More pics from Rockwood and a list of all dates below...
by Bill Pearis
Montreal songwriter Leif Vollebekk will release his new album, North Americana, on February 19. That's the cover art above and the photo was actually taken by BV contributor Dominick Mastrangelo. Vollebekk spent nearly two years making the album, recording it in Montreal, New York City and La Frette-sur-Seine, France and features violin work from Arcade Fire's Sarah Neufeld. You can stream "Off the Main Drag" below.
We've caught Leif a few times, at M for Montreal and SXSW for example, and he's an engaging live performer. He's got some shows coming up, including one in NYC on February 7 at Rockwood Music Hall, opening for Willy Mason. Advance tickets are available. He'll be at SXSW too and all tour dates are listed below...
Peter of HWGM @ Brooklyn Bowl, 9/18/2012 (more by Sarah Gainer)
Here We Go Magic's A Different Ship has made a few Best of 2012 lists, including ones from The Fly, Q, Johnny Beach of Bowery Presents and Freelance Whales. But what records did they like this year? Drummer Peter Hale submitted a list to us, with the following note:
Two confessions: I've ordered these very haphazardly, and I added my band's record as number one.Here We Go Magic only have one show on their schedule: January 17 at Le Poisson Rouge and tickets are on sale now. Meanwhile, HWGM started a Pledge Music campaign to fund a new live EP. There are some fun incentives, including having Peter cook for you or a private gig from the band.
I don't get asked to do this very often (maybe that's why), but I'm honored to do it and humbled (really) by the multitude of beautiful records. I'm probably wrong, but I imagine anyone who's ever worked as hard as he or she could on an album would agree that celebrating it is the best way to let it go; to release it not just to the public, but from those straps -- the emotions and toil -- that bind it so closely to our hearts. Like so many graduation days, this is letting go. What a great year!
You can check out their Pledge Music video below, alongside Peter's Top 11 of 2012.
photos by Jessica Amaya
Laura Marling at Prospect Park - 6/14/12
Willy opened the show with a short set at 7pm sharp followed by crowdpleaser Michael Kiwanuka, who like Laura was here visiting from the UK, and who had played a sold out show at Highline Ballroom just one night earlier. To quote NPR (who will also be streaming some of the Celebrate Brooklyn shows this year), "Michael Kiwanuka combines roots and soul with such old-school, retro-sounding verve, it's hard to believe he's still a rising star -- let alone a 24-year-old." He was backed by a full band and his set included a Jimi Hendrix cover (one of his inspirations to play guitar).
I was afraid that Laura had to follow him, but those fears were washed away seconds into her set; she need not ever fear being the headliner. Captivating the crowd for over an hour (With no encore. She doesn't do encores), the 22 year old British singer-songwriter ended her set just after 10pm with an extremely moving rendition of "I Speak Because I Can". As promised, there was very little banter, except when she introduced her band and asked them to each tell us a "fact". The band member, who in his English accent said the Celebrate Brooklyn sound booth reminded him of a "walker" from Return of the Jedi, and that him thinking about that caused him to almost miss the start of one song, won in the story department. Laura, who stayed seated all night, won in the "I can command a giant field of people by just singing into my mic and looking toward the sky" department (though the best songs were the ones she played with her full band. She did a few new songs and one cover solo on the stage that was, as she pointed out, a bit too big for that.). Amazing show.
Celebrate Brooklyn began this year in Prospect Park with a show by Jimmy Cliff and continues tonight (6/15) with "Geri Allen & Carrie Mae Weems: Slow Fade To Black With ESPERANZA SPALDING / TERRI LYNE CARRINGTON / LIZZ WRIGHT / PATRICE RUSHEN AND MORE".
More pictures and some videos from Thursday's free show, below
photos by Ryan Muir
Jimmy Cliff at Prospect Park - 6/5/12
JImmy Cliff is planning to release a full album with Rancid frontman Tim Armstrong this July called Rebirth. It follows the Sacred Fire EP that the two did together last year. Jimmy was just interviewed about that and going back to his reggae roots for Chicago Tribune:
"We were planning to look back," says Cliff, 64, by phone from a tour stop near Connecticut, "but when I arrived, it was really satisfying, and I felt, 'I have to tap into this again.'"Jimmy will return to NYC next month for Groovin in the Park.
What Armstrong and Cliff came up with, late last year, was "Sacred Fire," an EP with roots-reggae versions of The Clash's "Guns of Brixton," Rancid's "Ruby Soho," Bob Dylan's "A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall" and Cliff's "Ship Is Sailing." It's the first glimpse of Cliff's new direction with producer Armstrong -- they're planning a full album, "Rebirth," in mid-July. "He made me reflect and remember the values of those things that we did then. He opened that for me and allowed me to look into that again," Cliff says. "There's a tendency to move on and create something new."
Celebrate Brooklyn continues this week with a free Laura Marling show TONIGHT (6/14). That show also includes Michael Kiwanuka and Willy Mason. On Friday (6/15), it's a free show with Geri Allen, Carrie Mae Weems, Esperanza Spalding, and more. And on Saturday (6/16), its another free one with Balkan Beat Box, Chico Trujillo, and Nation Beat. Check out the full 2012 schedule here.
More pics from Jimmy Cliff's show are below...
British soul singer Michael Kiwanuka, who won the BBC 'Sound of 2012' poll (beating out Azealia Banks, Frank Ocean, A$AP Rocky, Skrillex, and others), is in the US for some shows this month (he just played Bonnaroo) including two in NYC this week. He plays Highline Ballroom tonight (6/13). That show is sold out, but you can catch him for free on Thursday (6/14) at Prospect Park opening for Laura Marling, along with Willy Mason (the Celebrate Brooklyn show starts at 7pm). He's also got a bunch of other North American festival appearances on the way including ACL, Osheaga, Outside Lands, and Lollapalooza.
Michael put out his debut LP, Home Again, this past March via Polydor. It's got a real classic soul feel -- even down to the cover art (pictured above) -- with a bit of Sly Stone-ish rock crossover, perhaps due in part to the album's production by Paul Butler of indie rockers The Bees. You can check out three videos from Home Again, along with a spotify stream of the whole thing, and a list of all dates, below.
photos by Caleb Heller
"The unlikely duo of former Belle and Sebastian singer and cellist Isobel Campbell, and Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees, QOTSA, Gutter Twins) remain initially elusive in order to allow anticipation, as well as the crowd itself in the Bowery Ballroom, to build. Sauntering silently on, backed by a four-piece band, the pair launch into the opener from new album Hawk; 'We Die and See Beauty Reign,' a track that wouldn't sound out of place in David Lynch's Twin Peaks' 'Red Room'; a dream-inducing, pulsating slow dance to hypnotize every listener. Followed by most recent single 'Come Undone,' Lanegan, with words on a music stand in front of him, assumes his trademark stance, gripping the microphone with right-hand, stand with left, wincing with every note and watching over his female counterpart like Halloween's killer Michael Myers. Campbell on the other hand, who has produced the new album, is noticeably nervous, delivering her breathless vocals perfectly, but shifting around to involve her beloved cello and as many obscure percussion instruments in each song as possible." [The Arcane Review]Mark Lanegan & Isobel Campbell brought their Hawk-supporting tour to Bowery Ballroom on 10/16, their first of two NYC dates with Willy Mason (the last being Sunday, 10/17, at Music Hall of Williamsburg). That's a review of the Bowery show above. Pictures from that show are also in this post.
Mark Lanegan was, as it says above, the frontman for Screaming Trees in the 90s. A pair of vocalists of a similar persuasion: Greg Dulli (of Afghan Whigs, and collaborator in Twilight Singers and The Gutter Twins with Lanegan) and Craig Wedren (of Shudder To Think) are on tour and will play Bowery Ballroom on 10/19 (tomorrow) as part of CMJ. Badges or tickets (which are still available) will get you in.
More pictures from Mark and Isobel's Bowery show, with the setlist, below...
"We're still in sunny L.A., in the final stages of recording the album, but plans are already afoot for touring throughout the rest of 2010" wrote Belle & Sebastian at the end of May. Those 2010 touring plans include shows in Europe, Asia and North America (with a TBA trip to South America). As part of that (and as previously reported), the band will be playing Brooklyn's Williamsburg Waterfront on September 30th with Teenage Fanclub (who have a new album of their own coming out). Tickets for the NYC show go on "Internet Presale" Thursday at 10am.
They'll continue on for a show in L.A., a pair in Mexico and a handful more in Canada and the US this fall. Full tour dates are below (Las Vegas still TBA?).
Also due in 2010, ex-Belle & Sebastian singer Isobel Campbell will be releasing her third album with collaborator Mark Lanegan, called Hawk and due August 16th on V2/Cooperative Music. Guests include ex-Smashing Pumpkin James Iha and songwriter Willy Mason.
All B&S tour dates, and Hawk cover art, below...
DOWNLOAD: A.A. Bondy - I Can See the Pines Are Dancing (MP3)
In the mid- to late 1990s, Birmingham was a hot spot for music, thanks to the band Verbena - a three-piece band featuring Scott Bondy, Anne Marie Griffin and Les Nuby. There were other members throughout the band's existence, but those three took Verbena to the edge of - dare I say it - stardom. Featured on magazine covers as the savior of rock 'n' roll and the next Nirvana, Verbena released one EP and four full-length albums, including the mind-blowing "Souls for Sale."The connection between AA Bondy and his old Verbena bandmate Les, now in Vulture Whale, has was recently discussed here. Vulture Whale will actually be back in NYC to play a CMJ show at Trash Bar on October 24th.
The best show I ever saw was not much of a show, thanks to the PA blowing up mid-set. Still, the four or five songs the band played at Birmingham's City Stages that night rocked and sort of changed my life.
Not long after the magazine covers and hype, the band drifted apart, however. Bondy is back - now going by AA Bondy - with the raucous rock behind him; redeemed (if you will), but with the storytelling still in his soul. [Gadsden Times]
AA Bondy's European tour kicks off October 12th and runs through the month. In November, he'll return to the US for shows, many of which are in the South, that lead up to a December 9th headlining gig at Bowery Ballroom with Willy Mason. Tickets go on AmEx presale Wednesday, October 9th at noon. General sale starts Friday at noon.
AA Bondy's last NYC show was on September 9th at Mercury Lounge. Clips from that gig and all tour dates are below...
DOWNLOAD: A.A. Bondy - I Can See the Pines Are Dancing (MP3)
AA Bondy is on tour and in town Wednesday night (September 9th) for a show at Mercury Lounge with Tim Easton (New West Records), Willy Mason (Astralwerks) and Dave Godowsky (yahtzees). Tickets for that are still on sale.
AA's new record, When The Devil's Loose, came out September 1st on Fat Possum. A new MP3 from that, "I Can See the Pines Are Dancing," is posted above.
You may know that Bondy (a.k.a. Scott Bondy) used to play with the band Verbena, which he started with high school friends Les Nuby (guitar, and later drums) and Duquette Johnston (bass). I recently found out that Les' new band is Vulture Whale, who recently came to NYC for a set of shows at the end of August...
"Live the band is amiable and capable. McDonald, through some unfortunate staging [at Pianos], wound up off to the side in the shadows. There were gestures and faces made; his lines' character and cleverness were intact, unemphasized. Lead guitarist Lester Nuby (late of Verbana, where I think he was the drummer?) has chops, boys and ladies, though the guy manning the boards hid him in the mix for the first couple numbers. (Backing vocals were sort of off all night and overwhelmed the lead.) They don't jam, thankfully, though "That's Cold" got teased out and the climactic "Land It" (from their first self-titled album) is designed to be pounded at.A video of Wes from Vulture Whale performing and talking on Birmingham's WCFT, with all AA Bondy & Tim Easton tour dates, below...
Band got through all but two songs from the superior second record but folks in the crowd responded more to the earlier material. (They also played "Rearranged," maybe one other?) Vulture Whale was the first of four bands Saturday night (after headlining Maxwell's?), there were a decent amount of people there for that. Room wasn't thick with accents or anything, but if, like the band suggested, many were expat Alabamans, they can only be accused of knowing better." [Heartonastick]
It turns out Willy Mason is playing twice upstairs at Pianos on Wednesday November 1st. His first performance is at 1:00 pm @ the free BrooklyVegan show. Then he rushes off to Lincoln Center for a show on the CMJ day stage @ 4:00 before coming back to Pianos for second show on the same stage @ 8:00. On November 4th he plays his official CMJ showcase @ Irving Plaza along with The Watson Twins, Oakley Hall, and Shooter Jennings.
Name and occupation?
willy mason. culture hustler
Is this your first time playing CMJ?
What were you doing last year during CMJ?
honestly: i'm sorry, i can't remember.
What else do you plan on doing or seeing while you're in NYC?
playing music, catching up with friends and looking for the singer on the southbound ACE platform @ 50th st, late night.
NOVEMBER 1, 2006 @ PIANOS, NYC
So while Sure Juror, Loney Dear, Nicolai Dunger, The Little Ones, Land of Talk, Thunderbirds are Now!, and CSS are playing downstairs (noon-5pm), the following performers will be perorming upstairs (noon-5:30pm):
* Jaymay (info)
* David Deporis (pics)
* Willy Mason (pics)
* The Foundry Field Recordings (acoustic) (info)
* The Undisputed Heavyweights (acoustic) (info)
* Phonograph (acoustic) (info)
* Wynn Walent (info)
This is another FREE during-CMJ show brought to you by BrooklynVegan @ Pianos - no CMJ badge required. Still working out all the details - like free food and alcohol and if it makes sense to make you RSVP. (21+ - sorry)
This will be David Deporis's 2nd CMJ-related BrooklynVegan show appearance.
You can listen to Phonograph at their MySpace.
This show has partially been made possible by Guitar World magazine, Rounder Records, and of course the fine folks over at Pianos. Thanks also to Wes and the rest of the crew at Liberated Matter for helping out with this one.
Stay tuned for the Friday November 3rd BrooklynVegan party lineup announcement.
"NOTE: Due to a family illness of one of the band members, The Little Willies must cancel their appearances with Jenny Lewis on October 12 and 13 at the Town Hall in New York City. The Little Willies apologize for any inconvenience."
Willy Mason is taking their place.
DOWNLOAD: Oxygen (MP3)
Astralwerks recording artist Willy Mason just got done playing some intimate shows with Radiohead. On July 21st he'll play an intimate show of his own at NYC's Living Room (no ticket info yet). A few more tour dates below...
"This growing list of performers confirmed to appear at the 2006 SXSW Music Festival is subject to change. This list is current as of 1/20/06"....
"The label has just signed Mason, drafting him from the Team Love stables that nurtured him, and will be re-releasing Where The Humans Eat on March 7, 2006...." [CMJ]
"Morris Dancers, Morris Minors, and real ale: Folk has always been thus. But wait! There are new kids storming the old folk home. Devendra Banhart, Joanna Newsom and Willy Mason, are hip, sexy, and singing protest songs. Has the world gone mad?
Radio 1's Bethan Elfyn presents a 30 minute audio documentary on the new folk scene."
Central Village pointed out a mystery band by the name of "Country Egg Biscuit" on the lineup of the September 16th Mercury Lounge CMJ show (Dr. Dog, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Robbers on High Street, and Ambulance Ltd also on that bill). Jen commented in in the CV post with some convincing evidence that leads me to believe Willy Mason is the artist in question. Why would Willy use a fake name? Maybe because he's officially playing the Team Love showcase at Knitting Factory one day later.
Listen to the Willy Mason at the BBC.
September 17, 2005, Knitting Factory, New York City.
bands scheduled to perform: David Dondero, Craig Wedren, Mars Black, Willy Mason, Neva Dinova (tentative) and Tilly & The Wall
And in case you missed it last time, the Saddle Creek showcase is at Bowery Ballroom on 09/16 with Orenda Fink, Maria Taylor, Son Ambulance, Two Gallants, and Surprise Guest (maybe Cursive?).