Saturday, December 30, 2006

Year In Review

Well '06 is fastly coming to a close figured I'd do some housecleaning around here and wrap up the year.....

Number of Shows Seen: 52

12.30 - moe. - Irving Plaza
12.29 - Greyboy Allstars - Nokia Theatre
12.16 - Ray LaMontagne - Beacon Theater
12.12 - Damien Rice - Beacon Theater
12.05 - Ryan Adams /The Little Willies - Town Hall
12.02 - Umphrey's McGee - Nokia Theatre
11.30 - My Morning Jacket - Roseland Ballroom
11.25 - Dark Star Orchestra - Nokia Theatre
11.24 - Medeski, Scofield, Martin & Wood - Bowery Ballroom
11.16 - Bob Dylan - Continental Arena
11.03 - The Decemberists - Hammerstein Ballroom
11.01 - Dr. Dog / Elvis Perkins - Bowery Ballroom
10.20 - Ben Kweller/Sam Roberts Band - Webster Hall
10.12 - Jenny Lewis & The Watson Twins - Town Hall
10.08 - Trey Anastasio - Webster Hall
09.28 - Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Rumsey Playfield
09.26 - The Raconteurs / Dr. Dog - Roseland Ballroom
09.14 - Widespread Panic - Radio City Music Hall
09.12 - Roger Waters - Madison Square Garden
09.11 - Band of Horses - Bowery Ballroom
09.05 - Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals - Rumsey Playfield
08.24 - Neko Case / Joanna Newsom - McCarren Pool
08.23 - The Shins - McCarren Pool
08.05 - Dave Matthew Band, Gov't Mule, Bela Fleck & The Flecktones, Yonder Mountain String Band - Randalls Island
08.03 - The New Pornographers - Rumsey Playfield
07.26 - Golden Smog - Bowery Ballroom
07.13 - Ratdog / String Cheese Incident - Radio City Music Hall
07.12 - Donavon Frankenreiter - Irving Plaza
06.30 - Phil Lesh & Friends / G.R.A.B. - Tweeter Center
06.22 - Bruce Springsteen w. The Seeger Sessions Band - Madison Square Garden
06.20 - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers / Trey Anastasio - Madison Square Garden
06.14 - Arctic Monkeys - Roseland Ballroom
06.13 - Widespread Panic - Irving Plaza
06.12 - Starlight Mints / Dios (Malos) - Bowery Ballroom
06.03 - Pearl Jam / My Morning Jacket - Continental Arena
05.31 - Mike Gordon & Ramble Dove / Grace Potter & The Nocturnals - Irving Plaza
05.13 - Rana - Knitting Factory
05.13 - Dark Star Orchestra - Nokia Theatre
04.20 - The Jammys - The Theater @ MSG
04.16 - Yeah Yeah Yeahs - First Avenue
04.06 - Ratdog - Beacon Theater
03.23 - Lo Faber - Sin-e
03.10 - Tea Leaf Green - Knitting Factory
03.08 - Nada Surf - Webster Hall
02.19 - Phil Lesh & Friends - Hammerstein Ballroom
02.14 - Phil Lesh & Friends - Beacon Theater
02.11 - Phil Lesh & Friends - Beacon Theater
02.07 - Nada Surf - Mercury Lounge
02.03 - M. Ward - Warsaw
01.27 - Dr. Dog / Sam Champion / The Teeth - Mercury Lounge
01.23 - The Affair - Mercury Lounge
01.20 - Dumpstaphunk - B.B. Kings

By far the most music I've seen in a year.

56 different bands seen.
24 different venues.

Shows by month
3 - January
5 - February
3 - March
3 - April
3 - May
7 - June
3 - July
4 - August
6 - September
3 - October
6 - November
6 - December

Band seen the most - Phil Lesh & Friends - 4 times

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Top Ten

Ok I'm sure you're already sick of bloggers telling you about their favorite albums of the year, but I wouldn't be doing my job if I didn't offer up my list too. So without further ado here's my Top Ten Albums of 2006.....

10. Willie Nelson - Songbird

9. Dr. Dog - Takers And Leavers

8. Ben Kweller - Ben Kweller

7. The Hold Steady - Boys And Girls In America

6. Cat Power - The Greatest

5. Belle & Sebastian - The Life Pursuit

4. Neko Case - Fox Confessor Brings The Flood

3. Band of Horses - Everything All The Time

2. Jenny Lewis & The Watson Twins - Rabbit Fur Coat

1. M. Ward - Post-War

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

2007: The Year of the Nerd

Summer of '07 is going to be huge if you dig comic books and cartoons. Check out the following trailers of movies that are hitting screens next summer....

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer


Spider-Man 3

The Simpsons

The Year of the Nerd begins in 5 days! Can't wait.

First Bonnaroo Artist Confirmation

While we will have to wait for the first full list of confirmed artists for next year's Bonnaroo we do have confirmation of one act so far. Indie-music-blog darlings the Cold War Kids have spilled the beans in a new article that they will in fact be playing the festival. Here's the excerpt....

MG- 2006 was the first year Cold War Kids hit the festival circuit. What were your initial impressions of that environment?

JR- That’s a good question. I had never been to a festival, even to watch, until we got to Lollapalooza to play this year. I always imaged that they’d be a real anxious environment, full of sweaty, sunburnt people and plastic Bud Light bottles [laughs]. I always imagined--- what a nightmare! I have fair skin and I always passed on Coachella. I never even did the Warped Tour thing. Growing up, I remember people going to Lollapalooza, but as I got a little older and cooler, I learned a little more about the modern festivals. We are actually going to play Bonnaroo next year, which is really exciting. It seems like a really cool festival, with a pretty cool vibe. I’ve been reading about it in magazines and it seems like it’s been changing a lot in the past years in terms of the lineup, but I like where its roots are. It seems to give it a different feel from the other festivals, which is nice. I’m not the biggest jamband fan, but I’d definitely pick a jamband environment over a K-Rock or Hard Rock environment. I think I will feel more at home there.

So will the jamband kids be pissed again this year that indie-rock will once again be the focus? Or will there be the usual balance that will make everyone happy? Guess we'll have to wait and see.

I Love Tuesdays...Hannukah Edition

Finally celebrated Hannukah with the family yesterday and got this as a gift.....

What It Is! Funky Soul And Rare Grooves (1967-1977)

Monday, December 25, 2006

R.I.P. James Brown

The music community suffered a great lose today with the passing of the Godfather of Soul - James Brown - who died today at age 73. Read his obit here. In 2003 Rolling Stone ranked Live At The Apollo number 24 on their list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All-Time - buy it here, it's a must have.

Here's a live show from the hardest working man in show business.....

James Brown - 2002-07-04 - The Meadows - Steamboat Springs, CO

Music Video Mondays

Merry Christmas! Here's David Bowie and Bing Crosby with "Little Drummer Boy"....

Friday, December 22, 2006

5 Nights of Arcade Fire

Well as '06 is coming to an end very rapidly one of the most highly anticipated concerts of the '07 just got announced. Montreal's own Arcade Fire's will be playing a 5 night run here in New York at the Judson Memorial Church taking place on February 13-17. Tickets will be going on-sale on January 9th at 9 AM via the internet only - head here for some more info. Last week tickets for their 5 night hometown run sold out in three minutes - so start saving your pennies now tickets won't come cheap if you get shut out.

Info is already coming out about their forthcoming album as well, it's will be called Neon Bible. YANP has got an MP3 of the song "Intervention" off the album - head here for that.

Since Justin over at LMB is already talking about Bonnaroo line-up rumors I'm going to throw Arcade Fire out there into the mix with his pick of Pearl Jam.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Bobby D. vs. Factory Girl

First it was Lou Reed who was pissed about the new Edie Sedgwick biopic Factory Girl, now it's Bob Dylan. Zimmy is threatening legal action against the studio for making it look like he drove Sedgwick to suicide despite studio claims that the character Billy Quinn is not solely based on him and contains elements of Jim Morrison and Mick Jagger. If you believe that after watching the trailer (which is linked below) I've got a nice bridge to sell you.

Read about it here and watch the trailer here.

If I Had A $1,000

Check out this ridiculously awesome line-up for a party to honor the new Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi....

On January 4 Tony Bennett, Carole King, Wyclef Jean are scheduled to perform with a house band that features four Grateful Dead alumni (Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann and Bruce Hornsby) along with Warren Haynes and Mike Gordon. Richard Gere and Amy Brenneman are also scheduled to appear at the big ticket fundraiser ($1,000+) which will take place at the National Building Museum.

Who knew Pelosi was so heady? I digress to Ace who's got a great write-up of this over at Hidden Track.

For those of you that have a grand to drop head here to buy your ticket.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Happy Sips & Sounds

The fine folks over at SCI Fidelity have teamed up with heady brewers at Magic Hat to offer you up some free tunes. Head here to download a 14 track sampler of SCI Fidelity artists, which include - SCI, Umphrey's McGee, Tea Leaf Green, the Disco Biscuits, Keller Williams, Rose Hill Drive and more. It will certainly the perfect soundtrack to plug into your Ipod as you head to the mall for last minute gifts.

If the free music wasn't good enough, five lucky downloaders will win all 14 albums. So what are you waiting for!

Stop Stealing From Bob Weir

You might want to listen to as much music as you can over on Wolfgang's Vault - seems like some of the artists that the site is currently streaming are none to happy with them at the moment. When groups with names like Led Zeppelin, Santana, The Doors and the always curmudgeonly when it comes to stuff like this the Grateful Dead are suing the you claiming you are "illegally selling recordings and merchandise" it might not be a good sign of things to come.

Here's a statement released by Bob Weir on the topic...

"We have never given permission for our images and material to be used in this way...What Sagan is doing in stealing. He is stealing what is most important to us - our work, our images and our music - and is profiting from the goodwill of our fans."

Read about the whole story here.

Listen away here.

And buy Huey Lewis gear here and other cool retro-band t-shirts here.

Endless Entertainment

On April 9th of next year the new Bright Eyes album Cassavaga hits stores - but since it's the holiday season Connor is offering up a taste of what's to come. Head on over to what will be his new home on the world wide web This Is Bright Eyes - which will launch officially next year - to listen to a track off the album called "Endless Entertainment".

Head here to read some more details about the album - which is bound to land on Best of for '07.

Also here's his set from last years Bonnaroo (via dimeadozen)

Bright Eyes - 2006-06-16 - Which Stage - Bonnaroo Music Festival - Manchester,TN

Monday, December 18, 2006

Music Video Mondays

This just seemed like the most appropriate video for today. Here's The LeeVees with "How Do You Spell Channukkah"....

Happy Hannukah!

Saturday, December 16, 2006

I Love Tuesday....Tower Records Closing Sale Edition

Pick up a few things today at the Tower clearance sale....

The Jayhawks - Sound of Lies

The Spam Allstars - Contra Los Roboticos Mutantes

Caitlin Caey & Thad Cockrell - Begonias

Ambulance, Ltd. - New English

Jonah Smith - Jonah Smith

Bloggy Goodness

I promise more posts this week, but here's what other people have going on....

The Pop Eye has a weekly series called Forgotten Classic Video - check out classics by Squeeze, Billy Squier and Fresh For Lulu.

Gimme Tinnitus loves The Willowz and has an MP3 from their upcoming album - head here.

Are you listening to Philly's own Devin Greenwood? No, well Some Velvet Blog thinks you should be - you can give him a listen here.

Rewriteable Content is offering you the holiday present of Camera Obscura b-sides - enjoy their gift you here.

If you love a good end of the year list head to Everybody Cares, Everybody Understands for his Top 20 Songs of 2006 which is full of video and MP3 links.

XTC is England's Beach Boys or at least that's what The Runout Groove thinks and has Five Singles from them to prove it to you.

Phish & Chips is undecided on who's version of I Shot The Sheriff he likes best, but offers a number of interpretations of the song - so pick your favorite here.

Finally Ace Cowboy gives his thoughts on Ernie's recent arrest over at Hidden Track.


Friday, December 15, 2006


Read about it here.

Get your "Phree Trey" merch here.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Taper's Section

If you haven't been over to the Dead's under-construction, website lately - they've recently started a great new feature on there called the Taper's Section. Here's some intro info from the site...

In this space, every Monday, you will find information on the recorded history of the Grateful Dead’s music as it pertains to that week, specifically focusing on the shows for that week, through the band’s 30 year performing history, that reside in the Grateful Dead’s storied tape vault. Although not everything is in there, with more than 1,600 of the band’s 2,400-odd shows represented, there is plenty about which to talk. Check back weekly for new entries and insight into the vault, as well as exclusive audio clips relating to that week in the Grateful Dead’s recorded history.

They're got some great stuff up so far, here's a sample....

Run Rudolph Run - 1971-12-04

Feels Like A Stranger - 1980-12-30

Looks like their deal with Rhino is already paying off.

Monday, December 11, 2006

'Roo 6.0

Not to be outdone by the recent rash of festival announcements Superfly has confirmed that Bonnaroo will once again return to Manchester, TN for it's sixth year from June 14 - 17. Early-bird tickets can be purchased starting December 13th which is before the line-up is even announced.

Music Video Mondays

Here's M. Ward with "Chinese Translation"....

In related news Matt has some solo dates planned for '07....

Jan 26 - Town Hall Theatre - New York, New York
Jan 27 - Mod Club Theatre - Toronto, Ontario
Jan 29 Park West - Chicago, Illinois
Feb 2 El Rey Theatre - Los Angeles, California
Feb 4 Bimbo’s 365 Club - San Francisco, California

And if you don't already own Post-War what are you waiting for go buy it right now!

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Welcome Back

Taking a quick detour from the usually postings content to just welcome Andy Pettitte back to the Bronx - we definitely missed ya. Yanks signed Pettitte to a one-year deal for $16 million with an option for a second. Sports pundits already have fellow Texan and mound-mate Roger Clemens signing up for a second tour of duty too - which would give the Yanks quite the formidable starting five of Clemens, Pettitte, Wang, Mussina, Johnson.

Read about the deal here, here, here and here - baseball season can't come soon enough.

Friday, December 08, 2006

26 Years Ago

Twenty six years ago today we lost John Lennon.....

As I was searching for some music to post I stumbled across this interestingly labeled torrent over on Dimeadozen....

John Lennon & Friends - 1971-10-09 - "Let's Have a Party" - Syracuse, NY

Here's some info that was posted with it....

John Lennon
Yoko Ono
Ringo Starr
Phil Spector
Eric Clapton
Klaus Voorman
Allen Ginsberg
Jim Keltner
Mal Evans
Neil Aspinall

This recording dates from John's 31st birthday on October 9, 1971. Recorded in a Syracuse, NY hotel room with the above guests strumming acoustic guitars, shaking tambourines, ringing bells, and singing inebriated versions of some old Beatles, Lennon and traditional songs.

If you're looking for great music, please DON'T expect anything of the sort here. This is a very informal recording of some drunken friends having a good time celebrating a birthday. There aren't any great Clapton solos (in fact, his presence here is not 100% confirmed), though you do get to hear Ringo in 1971 trying in vain to remember the words to "Yellow Submarine".

Phil Spector is pretty loud and annoying, trying to lead everyone while sounding like a cross between Paul Schafer and Jerry Lewis' Nutty Professor. Still, this download should be very interesting to Beatles and Lennon fans -- especially to hear them tackle a mocking version of the recent Paul McCartney hit "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey" (!!!). Lennon seems to be quite familiar with the song and does a respectable approximation of the verses, despite the tongue-in-cheek intent.

I transferred this to CD from an old vinyl LP I had (very clean copy with no audible surface noise). I made some artwork based on some jpegs I found online, and it's included in the torrent.

10K Fest

'Tis the season for festival announcements apparantly. The initial line-up for the 5th installment of the 10,000 Lakes Festival has been announced here's what they got so far.....

Bob Weir & Ratdog, Trey Anastasio, Umphrey's McGee, moe., Gov't Mule, The Derek Trucks Band, Little Feat, Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk, The Everyone Orchestra, Trampled By Turtles, WookieFoot, Moses Mayes

Read the official press release here.

Here's some music from last year's festivities....

Phil and Friends - 2006-07-21 - 10,000 Lakes Festival - Soo-Pass Lodge - Detroit Lakes, MN

Umphrey's McGee - 2006-07-21 - 10,000 Lakes Festival - Field Stage - Soo Pass Lodge - Detroit Lakes, MN

G.R.A.B. - 2006-07-22 - 10,000 Lakes Festival - Main Stage- Soo Pass Ranch - Detroit Lakes, MN

Keller Williams - 2006-07-22 - 10,000 Lakes Festival - Barn Stage - Soo Pass Ranch - Detroit Lakes, MN

Medeski, Martin, and Wood - 2006-07-22 - 10,000 Lakes Festival- Field Stage - Soo Pass Ranch - Detroit Lakes, MN

Garage Sale Rock

Check out this amazing story about buying a record for 75 cents at a street sale in Manhatten that was labeled The Velvet Underground 4-25-66 that is now being sold on Ebay for over $100,000.


You say you like year-end best-of lists huh well head on over to Largehearted Boy who's been kind of to compile a master list of said lists. There's best albums, top local acts, record labels, children's albums, etc. - check it out here.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Telluride Bluegrass and Rockygrass Festivals

The initial line-ups for the 34th installment of the Telluride Bluegrass Festival and the 35th Rockygrass Festival have been announced - here's the official announcement....

Planet Bluegrass proudly announces the preliminary lineups for two of the longest-running and most respected music festivals in America. The 34th Annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival, June 21-24, 2007, will feature Alison Krauss, Emmylou Harris, Bela Fleck, and Chick Corea. Then July 27-29, the 35th Annual RockyGrass Festival, welcomes Nickel Creek, Marty Stuart, and Del McCoury Band to the Planet Bluegrass Ranch in Lyons, CO. Tickets for both festivals go on sale at 8am MST, Wednesday, December 6 at / 800-624-2422.

For the 34th straight year, the greatest musicians in acoustic music, along with 10,000 of their most devoted fans, converge on the tiny mountain town of Telluride, Colorado to spend the summer solstice together. This year’s lineup brings together superstars Krauss and Harris; popular newgrass bands Yonder Mountain String Band and Bela Fleck & the Flecktones; and numerous unique combinations of artists: the genre-crossing of jazz pianist Chick Corea and banjo great Bela Fleck; the inter-generational duets of MacArthur Genius Grant recipient Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile. Festival royalty Sam Bush, John Cowan, Peter Rowan, and Jerry Douglas all return in 2007, counting over 100 Telluride appearances between them.

All twelve-hundred passes for the popular Telluride Town Park Campground sold-out prior to any lineup announcements. “Festivarians” from 49 different US states and two foreign countries applied for these tickets using a random online lottery system.

Telluride’s slightly older and more traditional bluegrass-focused cousin, RockyGrass, welcomes some of the most lauded bands in bluegrass to Lyons, Colorado. Individually, the RockyGrass lineup boasts numerous Grammy winners and thirteen International Bluegrass Music Association instrument/vocalists of the year. The 2006 RockyGrass festival sold-out two months in advance.

June 21-24, 2007 - Telluride, CO
* Alison Krauss & Union Station * Sam Bush Band * Chick Corea & Bela Fleck * Emmylou Harris * Telluride House Band featuring Béla, Edgar, Jerry, Sam, Bryan * Tony Rice & Alison Krauss & Union Station * Yonder Mountain String Band * Béla Fleck & the Flecktones * Chris Thile & How to Grow a Band featuring Bryan Sutton * Jerry Douglas Band * Edgar Meyer & Chris Thile * John Cowan Band * Peter Rowan & Crucial Country * Dougie MacLean Band * Jackie Green * Mike Marshall & Hamilton de Holanda * Sparrow Quartet * Crooked Still * Infamous Stringdusters * Avett Brothers * Greensky Bluegrass * many more still to be announced...

July 27-29, 2007 - Lyons, CO
* Nickel Creek * Sam Bush Bluegrass Band * Del McCoury Band * Marty Stuart & the Fabulous Superlatives * Peter Rowan and Tony Rice Quartet * Chris Thile & the How to Grow a Band * Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver * Claire Lynch Band * Kruger Brothers * Cherryholmes * Biscuit Burners * Bearfoot Bluegrass * Red Molly * Long Road Home * many more...

Music Video Mondays

Sorry for the lack of posts - no real excuse, just busy at work. Anyway here's one of my personal favorite bands of the last few years Stellastarr* with "My Coco".....

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Langerado Late Night

Here's a list of this year's late-night shows at Langerado....

3/8 - STS9 - Revolution
3/8 - New Monsoon & Tea Leaf Green - Culture Room
3/9 - Disco Biscuits - Revolution
3/9 - Mofro w. Special Guests - Culture Room
3/10 - Michael Franti & Spearhead - Revolution
3/10 - NMAS w. Special Guests - Culture Room
3/11 - Perpetual Groove - Culture Room

Tickets for these shows will be going on-sale on Friday 12/1 at 10 AM.

Monday, November 27, 2006


Ok so it's the Monday after a long weekend and odds are you're not really concentrating on work all that much today so here's a quick quiz to keep you busy about The Beatles post break-up careers.

Not to brag, but I got 10 of 10 - though it's not really all that tough.

Also here's a couple more quizzes for you - match the Grateful Dead album with the year it came out and Dancing Bear's Newbie And Acid Test Dead Trivia Challenge. Good luck.

Langerado Artist Update

Ok so maybe the initial line-up for Langerado was a little too crunchy for you to book you flight down to Florida. Well fear not the second round of acts have been announced and they are a little more hipster friendly....

My Morning Jacket
The New Pornographers
Cat Power and The Dirty Blues Band
The Hold Steady
Cut Chemist

And just a reminder tickets go on-sale this Friday at 10 AM.

Here's some live stuff from these guys to wet you appetite (via Dimeadozen)....

My Morning Jacket - 2006-11-20 - The Pageant - St. Louis, MO

The New Pornographers - 2006-10-24 - "The Garrick" (at the Ramada Centre) - Winnipeg, MB, Canada

Cat Power & The Memphis Rythm Band - 2006-11-18 - 40 Watt Club - Athens, Ga

The Hold Steady - 2006-10-24 - First Avenue - Minneapolis, MN

Music Video Mondays

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving - thought I'd keep the weekend party vibe going today with this cowbell infused number by Cut Chemist featuring Hymnal so here's "What's The Altitude"....

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Thanksgiving Tradtion

Last year I wrote about the Thanksgiving tradition we have at the HFTB House. So this year through the magic of Stream Stash - got to love that site - I present to you Arlo Guthrie's 18 plus minute anti-establishment ode Alice's Restaurant Massacree. I don't know how many years I've been listening to this song, but it's held up extremely well. I still laugh at the same parts and you have to marvel in the fact that this was performed live in front of an audience. So seriously if you've never listened to this - or even you have - I highly suggest taking a small part of your day and giving it a spin.

If you're in the New York City area you can tune radio dial to Q104.3 at noon for their annual playing of the tune too.

I asked this question last year, but is there any other part of the country and plays this song on Thanksgiving too??

Music Video Mondays - Wednesday Edition

Tonight's the biggest bar night of the year which got me thinking of "bar" songs, so here's Cat Power with the fantastic "Lived In Bars"....

If you don't own her magnificent album The Greatest go out and buy it today - it's going be on a lot of top ten lists this year so you won't want to miss out.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Festival Time

Hipsters, hippies and even country music fans got good news this week for the '07 festival season. First up Coachella will once again return to the Empire Polo Field in Indio, CA this time around as a three day festival from April 27-29 - artist announcements to come early next year.

The following weekend at the same spot Coachella promoters Goldenvoice will launch their inaugural country music fest (still unnamed at the moment) - that will include four performance stages (along with the main stage their will be stages for outlaw, bluegrass and storytellers). As of now Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Lucinda Williams, Nickel Creek and others have signed up to appear. Read about both fests here.

And finally the High Sierra Music Festival will return for it's 17th installment from July 5th - 8th in Quincy, CA. The festival is currently artist submissions too.

Here's some music from Coachella for your downloading pleasure (via Dimeadozen)....

Rage Against The Machine - 1999-10-10 - Coachella Music And Arts Festival - Indio, CA

The Arcade Fire - 2005-05-01 - Coachella Music and Arts Festival - Indio, CA

Daft Punk - 2006-04-29 - Coachella Music And Arts Festival - Indio, CA

Madonna - 2006-04-30 - Sahara Tent - Coachella Music & Arts Festival - Empire Polo Grounds - Indio, CA

Tool - 2006-04-30 - Coachella Music & Arts Festival - Empire Polo Grounds - Indio, CA


Thanksgiving is a great time to be a live music fan here in New York. Last year I caught 4 shows over the course of the long weekend, and this year there are a plethora of choices again. As of now only have tickets to see Medeski, Scofield, Martin & Wood - which I couldn't be more excited about - but also have my eyes on a couple of other things, to help burn off all that turkey.

So what's everyone else out there seeing this weekend? Seems like there are lot of stuff to catch. Leave your plans in the comments section and if you'd like to send some reviews my way shoot me an email and I'd be more then happy to post them.

I Love Tuesdays

Here's the lone purchase for the week....

Jay Z - Kingdom Come

Monday, November 20, 2006

Music Video Mondays

Jambands and music videos are like oil and water. Despite that preface, stumbled across one of my favorite mid-90s jam act - God Street Wine's video for "RU4 Real?", enjoy....

Two question what's up with the creepy guy in the hat that looks like Flea? And why are their kids that look like punk fans in this??

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Capitol Of Punk

Forget about seeing the numerous monuments or hitting up the Smithsonians on your next trip to our nation's capital. Instead all you need to do is head to the corner of 7th and E St NW and text "DCSPACE" to start you text messaged tour of the Capitol of Punk - which consists of ten text based walks. This is all the brainchild of the people at Yellow Arrow who have also have similar tours for the East Village and for the Voodoo Music Festival in New Orleans.

If you can't make it to D.C. you can still experience the tour here - via their website that has an interactive map with video clips which is the next best thing.

Read about the tour here.

Friday, November 17, 2006

The All-TIME 100 Albums

Who doesn't love a good music list? Well the fine folks over at Time (always a place I go to first for cd reviews) has thrown their hat into the ring putting together their All-TIME 100 Albums - it's broken up by decade with a blurb about each album and is pretty much what you'd expect from such a list.

My question is how can they get away with putting Bob Marley's Legend on their list - how can a greatest hits album even be considered?


Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Langerado V. 5.0

The initially line-up for the 5th installment of the Langerado Music Festival has been released. Here's who is playing so far.....

Widespread Panic
Trey Anastasio
Bela Fleck & the Flecktones
O.A.R. (…of a revolution)
Michael Franti & Spearhead
Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks
Medeski Martin & Wood
The Disco Biscuits
STS9 (Sound Tribe Sector 9)
Los Lobos
Taj Mahal
North Mississippi Allstars
Toots and the Maytals
Explosions in the Sky
New Orleans Social Club
Perpetual Groove
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
Yerba Buena
Tea Leaf Green
New Monsoon
The Mutaytor
Band of Horses
Four Tet
Paolo Nutini
Assembly of Dust
The Slip
Girl Talk
Toubab Krewe
Apollo Sunshine
Rodrigo y Gabriela
Jake Shimabukuro
Kid Beyond

Not bad, basically the usual suspects. Thoughts?

Tickets go on sale on December 1st at 10 AM and there are only 15,000 available - so don't wait too long to make you decision.

Keep checking their website for further artist additions and late night shows and be their friend on MySpace too.

And for your listening pleasure head here for some past Langerado performances.

Wolfgang's Vault

A bunch of people have been posting about this over the last few days, but if you've haven't check it out yet Wolfgang's Vault is now streaming over 300 concerts for your listening pleasure.

Here's a few HFTB approved shows to take a listen to...

Stevie Wonder - 1973-03-03 - Winterland - San Francisco, CA

The Band - 1976-08-29 - Carter Barron Amphitheater - Washington DC

Bob Marley And The Wailers - 1979-11-30 - Oakland Auditorium - Oakland, CA

The Beach Boys - 1971-06-27 - Fillmore East - New York, NY

Rick Danko - 1977-12-20 - Bottom Line - Early Show - New York, NY

Sly & The Family Stone - 1968-10-05 - Fillmore East - Late Show -New York, NY

Booker T. & The MG's - 1977-06-19 - Bottom Line - New York, NY

Albums In The Stream

Thanks to Ace Cowboy for pointing out that you can now stream Endless Highway: The Music of The Band - go here now and take a listen!

Ace also has a great post about the album here from over at his new joint Hidden Track.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

I Love Tuesdays

Here are the purchases for the week....

Damien Rice - 9

Neil Young - Live At The Fillmore East

Monday, November 13, 2006

Mr. Toad's Wild Ride

Bad news for all you music fans in New Haven beginning on May 6th, 2007 Toad's Place will be closed for three months following charges from a November 2005 raid where the club was charged with 90 counts of selling alcohol to minors - oops. Read all about it here.

In other Toad's news they plan on opening clubs in Trenton, NJ and Richmond, VA.

Here's some shows from the classic venue....

The Rolling Stones - 1989-08-12 - Toad's Place - New Haven, CT

Bob Dylan - 1990-01-12 - Toad's Place - New Haven, CT

Umhprey's McGee - 2006-10-04 - Toad's Place - New Haven, CT

Everyone Orchestra - 2006-10-05 - Toad's Place - New Haven, CT

The Breakfast - 2006-10-27 - Toad's Place - New Haven, CT

Music Video Mondays

Nothing like starting off the week with a little Springsteen infused, hipster-indie-rock - here's The Hold Steady with "Chips Ahoy"....

Friday, November 10, 2006

The Music Of Bob Dylan Show Review

For those of you that are interested here's a brief recap of the show last night from John E. Links who was kind enough to post it in the comments section earlier....

I was there last night...the show had it's ups and downs as expected...but a really solid line-up and song selection.


Spottiswoode's "Times Are A-Changin'"
Jamie Saft Trio's "Ballad of a Thin Man"
Lee Renaldo Project's rockin' "Positively 4th Street"
Warren Haynes "I Shall Be Released"
The Roots awesome mash-up version of "Masters of War" which included the Star Spangled Banner, Taps, and Hendrix's "Machine Gun"!!!
Ryan Adam's medley of "Isis" and "Love Sick" (both were great but together they went on too long)

Sadly the only real lowlight was Ramblin' Jack Elliot's inability to end "Knockin' on Heaven's Door"...Patti Smith had to walk over to him and give him a little nod to get him to pull the plug.
Then the lights just came up and it was it ended the show with no real closure.

And here's the review from

The music of Bob Dylan took center stage last night at an all-star Bob Dylan Tribute held at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall. A benefit for Music for Youth, the multi-band bill featured a breadth of popular performers, who interpreted material from throughout Dylan’s storied career. While Dylan himself did not appear, an image of the Bard’s eyes remained projected above the stage throughout the two-and-a-half hour performance.

Singer/songwriter Bob Moulds opened the evening with a cover of “If Not For You,” before handing over the microphone to Joan Osborne for beautiful rendition of “Make You Feel My Love.” Throughout the night a number of performers also teamed-up unique collaborations: Natalie Merchant and Philip Glass performed a duet on “The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll,” Oliver Wood led Medeski, Martin and Wood through an acoustic take on “Buckets of Rain” (with John Medeski on melodica), Cyndi Lauper backed Jill Sobule on a version of “Ring Them Bells,” and Medeski played organ with Sonic Youth guitarist Lee Ranaldo on “Positively 4th Street.” Longtime Patti Smith Band multi-instrumentalist Tony Shanahan and Television guitarist Tom Verlaine also made surprise appearances, supporting Patti Smith on “Dark Eyes,” (a number the folk-poet performed on tour with Bob Dylan each night on their 1996 tour). As always, Warren Haynes remained busy, flying back to New York between Gov’t Mule dates to help 18-year old songstress Lauren Shera through “Don't Think Twice, It's Alright,” play guitar with Phil Lesh on Dylan’s brand new “Thunder On The Mountain,” and invite out Kevn Kinney and Joan Osborne for a sing-a-long take on “I Shall Be Released.”

During her spot, Cat Power offered a somewhat awkward version solo version of “House of the Rising Sun” (which Dylan covered on his debut record), while Ryan Adams lived up to his bad boy image, running over his set time and sticking “Love Sick” in the middle of his rock-jam version of “Isis.” Other standout performances included Al Kooper & The Funky Faculty’s version of “It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry,” Sandra Bernhard comedy routine based around “Like A Rolling Stone,” Clap Your Hands Say Yeah’s rendition of “Love Minus Zero/No Limit,” the Jamie Soft Trio’s instrumental jazz reading of “Ballad Of A Thin Man,” Jay Farrar harmonica-laced “Going, Going, Gone,” Roseanne Cash’s interpretation of “License to Kill,” Allen Toussaint’s solo piano version of “Mama, You've Been On My Mind,” and the Roots powerful take on “Master of War” (the beginning of which was set against the “National Anthem”). The evening closed with an all-star version of “Knockin' On Heaven's Door” featuring Ramblin' Jack Elliot Lauren Shera, Smith and Al Kooper. In total, the evening raised over $100,000 for charity.

Anyone else out there who went and wants to weigh in feel free to leave your review in the comments sections.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Page 420

If you haven't been over to the newly re-launched Relix website definitely check it out. One of the new features they've added is a rumors section - which is has been pretty accurate. Check it out....

Relix Rumor: Prince was in Las Vegas this weekend working on a new nightclub scheduled to replace Club Rio.

Real Story: Prince Unveils Plans For Las Vegas Club

Relix Rumor: MMW recently recorded an album of kid’s music.

Real Story: In first quarter 2007, Little Monster will release a Medeski, Martin & Wood children's CD, "Let's Go Everywhere," a collection of high – energy tunes for singing and jamming along.

Relix Rumor: New York’s Beacon Theater will close its doors next year. Allman Brothers Band fans are already planning a vigil which will take place for eight days in March (with a possible ninth night added at the eleventh hour).

Real Story: Dolan Family Reportedly Looking To Buy Beacon Theater

Ok maybe they didn't get that one 100% right, but still kind of close since they will be closing to restore the place.

Relix Rumor: Dave Matthews will make his first appearance at Warren Haynes annual Asheville, NC Christmas Jam. Gee, we wonder if he'll play his Christmas Song?

Real Story: XMas Jam Line-up - Dave Matthews,Gov't Mule, The John Popper Project Featuring DJ Logic, Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives, New Orleans Social Club Feat. Henry Butler, Leo Nocentelli, Ivan Neville, George Porter & Raymond Webber, Taj Mahal Trio, w/ Special Guests - Mike Barnes, Brendan Bayliss, Randall Bramblett, Audley Freed, Col. Bruce Hampton, Kevn Kinney, Edwin McCain, Mickey Raphael, Dave School

Curtain Call

The Washington Post is reporting that the Bob Dylan musical "The Times They Are A-Changin' " will be closing next week after less then a month on Broadway- final performance set for November 19th. Dylan is in town next week for a handful of shows in the area, wonder if he might take in a matinée - I'm sure they'll be plenty of ticket available.

Also if you're heading to the The Music of Bob Dylan show tonight at Lincoln Center, here's the line-up. If anyone out there is going and wants to write a little review of the festivities shoot me an email....


Michael Dorf intro


Bob Mould


Joan Osborne


Natalie Merchant & Philip Glass


Al Kooper


Spottiswoode (HB)


Sandra Bernhardt


Clap Your Hands Say Yeah


Jamie Saft


Lee Renaldo


Charlie Feldman MFA speech


Lauren Shira


MMW w/ Oliver Wood


Allen Toussaint


Jill Sobule


Warren Haynes


Rosanne Cash


Phil Lesh


Jay Farrar


The Roots


Cat Power


Ryan Adams


Patti Smith


Ramblin Jack & Jen O'Connor



Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Lying In Bed Just Like Brian Wilson Did

Who hasn't pretended they were Brian Wilson during the Pet Sounds recording sessions?? Well ok probably no one, but now you can with - I kid you not - the new limited edition Brian Wilson 1966 Action Figure - check it out, it's pretty damn awesome....

For 75 bucks you can get the basic version and for $150 you can get one signed by Brian himself - there are only 300 signed ones available, so order now.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

On The Road Again

I'll stay away from quoting American Pyscho, but Genesis has announced a reunion tour sans former lead singer Peter Gabriel - who is busy with other projects, but has said he'd maybe open to a reunion down the road.

As of now the band has only announced the European leg of their tour, but the U.S. dates will be coming shortly.

Here's some Genesis for you both the prog-tastic version with Gabriel and the some of the poppy stuff without....

Genesis - 1976-05-01 -Starlight Bowl - Burbank, CA

Genesis - 1977-02-08 - Orpheum Theatre - Minneapolis, MN

Genesis -
1986-09-20 - Madison Square Gardens - New York, NY

Genesis - 1992-07-18 - Stade d'Ouest, Nice (France)

And what kind of post would this be if I didn't include the video that probably freaked me out the most as a kid "Land Of Confusion"....

I Love Tuesdays

Here's the lone purchase for the week....

Various Artists - Zealous Records Presents: Soul Sides, Vol. 1

Monday, November 06, 2006

Music Video Mondays

In leu of a traditional video and because tomorrow is Election Day here's Bright Eyes on The Tonight Show performing "When The President Talks To God" and remember to go out and vote tomorrow!

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Bloggy Goodness

Brooklyn Vegan and Stereogum are your one stop shops for all your CMJ coverage needs.

Over at Aquarium Drunkard got outtakes from The Stones classic Exile On Main Street here.

At Glide's new music blog Hidden Track you can check out the B-List - this week's list 13 Great Instrumentals.

It's only the beginning of November, but The Late Greats is already counting down their top ten albums of 2006. Here's #9 & 10.

Meanwhile Out The Other is going to write about 30 Albums In 30 Days - the first three are up, only 27 more to go.

Finally I Guess I'm Floating loves The Panda Band and has some MP3s to ensure you do to - head here.

Listen Up

It is me or does anyone else find it a bit ironic that Trey sung lead on Wharf Rat with Phil last week after his recent comments in Rolling Stone about free-basing cocaine??

He actually does a pretty good job with it, take a listen....

Trey & Phil... - Wharf Rat - 2006-10-28 - Orleans Arena - Las Vegas, NV

Hannukah Rocks

Yo La Tengo has announced that do to their touring schedule they will be unable to do their annual eight night Hannukah run at Maxwell's this year - don't fret though there is still other music to see after you've gorged yourself on latkes.

First up Matisyahu will be taking the stage for three nights at the Hammerstein Ballroom for his First Annual Festival Of Lights - December 16th, 17th & 19th - with a different special opener each night (The Coup & Mr. Lif - 12/16, Ben Kweller 12/17 and John Brown's Body 12/19). Tickets are on sale now.

Also slated to make a return to the road for a special Hannukah tour is The Leevees - who last year put out the great Hannukah Rocks album. As of now they only have one date scheduled, but have promised shows in New York, Boston, Miami, L.A. and more.

And finally if you're looking to do some early holiday shopping here's the perfect gift for you're Jewish music loving friend - The Heebie-Jeebie at CBGB'S: A Secret History of Jewish Punk.

Here's some music from Ya La's past Hannukah runs....

Yo La Tengo - Best of Hannukah 2002 - Maxwell's - Hoboken, NJ

Yo La Tengo - 2005-12-26 - Maxwell's - Hoboken, NJ

Yo La Tengo - 2005-12-27 - Maxwell's - Hoboken, NJ

Yo La Tengo - 2005-12-28 - Maxwell's - Hoboken, NJ

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Say Cheese

As per a statement on their website singer/guitarist Bill Nershi is planning on leaving SCI at the end of next summer to pursue other musical projects. Here's the official announcement....

After summer 2007, Billy Nershi is leaving The String Cheese Incident to pursue other musical projects. There will be only a limited number of Incidents between now and then. Current plans include Thanksgiving in Atlanta, a New Years Eve blowout in San Francisco, Winter Carnival in Colorado, and a return to Red Rocks. Presently, there are no plans for The String Cheese Incident beyond summer of 2007. The band would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to our friends and fans for all your support.

Bluntly put that's it for SCI sorry all you hula-hoopers out there. Unfortunately I'm guessing my last memory of seeing the band will be their lackluster set at Radio City back in July when they opened for Ratdog.

Here's some music from his other project....

Honky Tonk Homeslice - 2005-12-11 - 8 x 10 Club - Baltimore, MD

Honky Tonk Homeslice - 2005-06-10 - Nederland Acoustic Coffee House - Nederland, CO