Saturday, January 28, 2006

Music News Wrap Up And Other Randomness

Check out LVM for a round-up of his stories of the week - here.

Jenny Lewis tickets went on sale today for a bunch of her spring tour dates. I'll definitely be at the Irving Plaza show on 3/18 - can't wait for that.

Starting tonight at 7:30 NPR will be streaming Colin Meloy's (of The Decemberists) show from The Birchmere with Laura Veirs - read about it here. They will be offering MP3 downloads of the show as well.

Over at My Old Kentucky Blog you can download the title track from Eef Barzelay's (of Clem Snide) forthcoming solo acoustic disc Bitter Honey. The albums hits streets on 2/21 - looking forward to hearing it - I really dig Clem Snide. Actually got a chance to see Eef do a solo set a few years back opening for Dan Bern and it was great.

Van Morrison has got a country album coming out on March 7th titled Pay The Devil - the album will contain 12 classic country tunes and three originals. Van the Man will do a really short U.S. tour - just five dates - in support of it, before heading back to Europe to finish out his tour there. Read about it here.

Friday, January 27, 2006

Get To Know Your Blogger

Not sure if Justin from LMB posted this on his site, but Muzzle Of Bees (love the name) recently profiled him for their ongoing series Get To Know Your Blogger. Check it out here. Plus he gives HFTB a shout out!!! Thanks for the love!! Now if he would only give me a permalink on his blog ;)

Keep up the great work. And I'm voting for Ace Cowboy to be the next one featured in their series.

Granddady To Call It Quits

Pitchfork is reporting that indie-pop band Granddady will be calling it quites after the release of their next full length album Just Like The Fambly Cat - which hits streets on May 7th. I fell in love with these guys after I heard their 2003 album Sumday - which is pure California-indie-pop bliss with some quirky Jim O'Rourke-style production thrown in. I'll be sad to see these guys go, but seems like the decision has been in the works for some time now. Read the full article here (scroll down a bit for it).

Their relatively new EP Excerpts From The Diary Of Todd Zilla is in stores now.

Dr. Dog @ Mercury Lounge Tonight

If you're in the tri-state area and have nothing to do tonight I highly recommend heading over to the Mercury Lounge tonight to see Dr. Dog. Caught these guys there back in June and was totally blown away by them - great live show and lots of fun.

Check out their MySpace page for some tunes here. The Dog hits the stage at 11:30 with Sam Champion (who I've heard good things about) and The Teeth. Listen to Sam Champion here and The Teeth here. See you there!

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Don't Piss Off Lou Reed

Lou Reed is none to happy with a new biopic called 'Factory Girl' - which is the story of the rise and fall of Andy Warhol cohort Edie Sedgwick. Here's what Sweet Lou had to say about it....

"I read that script," Reed said. "It's one of the most disgusting, foul things I've seen -- by any illiterate retard -- in a long time. There's no limit to how low some people will go to write something to make money."

Harsh words. Wonder what he thought of Velvet Goldmine?

Weezer is covering some Velvets tunes for the soundtrack including a version of Heroin. Read the full article about this here (via Spin).

Grateful Dead Reissues & SerialPod

While reading this article from Billboard about the Grateful Dead 70s albums being reissued I stumbled across this line towards the end of it....

it's possible more will be heard from SerialPod, the group drummer Bill Kreutzmann formed with former Phish members Trey Anastasio and Mike Gordon. The trio played a few late 2005 shows and Kreutzmann's Web site says only to stay tuned for more info.

Interesting, maybe we'll be seeing their name pop up as the reveal the initial Bonnaroo line-up next Wednesday. Wonder if Justin over at Rock & Reel has any info on his dad playing some more dates with Trey and Cactus.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

I Love Jenny Lewis

Since I picked up the new Jenny Lewis cd Rabbit Fur Coat yesterday I must have listened to it about five times already. I'm declaring this the album of '06 so far - not such a bold statement for a year that is not even a month old. But seriously drop what you're doing head to your local music peddler and pick this one up. Plus she's hot to boot. See below....

The album also features a version The Traveling Wilburys 'Handle With Care' with Jenny, Ben Gibbard, Conor Oberst & M. Ward on vocals - which is killer.

This got me to thinking about cover songs in general that appear on albums - I'll get to that in another post though with a list of some more cool ones.

Next Big Blog Band

As a blogger you tend to notice when a band is mentioned a lot on the numerous music blogs out there - a perfect example would be the Arctic Monkeys. I feel like over the last few months I've seen their name thrown out there a ton (a search of Brooklyn Vegan yielded 12 posts with their name in the title since October) . I guess a lot had to do with a number of New York gigs they had played recently, but still that's a lot posts about a band that doesn't even have a full length album out yet. Well Coolfer today ran an interesting post on how big these guys are over in their native England. They sold 120,000 copies of their album in one day and are on pace to sell over 350,000 copies in one week - which would be a UK record. Read the article here.

These guys are being hyped as the new Oasis - and even being compared to The Beatles. You can listen to a few of their tunes on their MySpace page here. Their full length debut Whatever People Say I Am Thats What I Am Not hits state side on February 21st. NME readers voted the album as the 5th best British album of all time - The Beatles Revolver finished 9th. I guess pick it up and decide for yourself.

They'll be back in the states for a short tour in March.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006


If you dig Ryan Adams check out Aquarium Drunkard for some video downloads of his appearance on Austin City Limits. I guess this episode aired already in some parts of the country, but here in New York it's airs on 1/26 at 12:30 AM on PBS - got the DVR set already.

Upcoming episodes of ACL include....

1/28 - Widespread Panic
2/11 - Death Cab For Cutie/My Morning Jacket
2/18 - John Fogerty
3/4 - Polyphonic Spree/Ozomatli
3/11 - Wilco/Bright Eyes
3/25 - Damien Rice/Patty Griffen
4/1 - The Flaming Lips/The Shins
4/8 - Trey Anastasio
4/15 - Jack Johnson/Rilo Kiley
4/22 - Allison Krauss/Kathleen Edwards
5/6 - Ben Folds/Ray LaMontagne
5/13 - The Killers/Spoon

As always check your local listings.

Over at Stereogum they've got the cover of the new issue of Rolling Stone with Kayne West posing as Jesus - this is bound to cause an uproar when it hits newstands in the coming days.

Finally over at PopMatters - Drew from Broken Social Scene talks about the Pitchfork effect and how silly it is.

I Love Tuesdays

Here are the purchases for the week, a couple of much buzzed about albums from last year and a really buzzed about one that came out today.....

Feist - Let It Die
Dungen - Ta Det Lugnt
Jenny Lewis - Rabbit Fur Coat

Monday, January 23, 2006

He's Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack

Just wanted to give a big shout out to the return of Best Show Ever. Chilly hadn't updated in almost two months (he was taking a bit of a break), but he's finally back so show him some love by heading over there. Welcome back!

The Affair

For those of you in the NYC area looking to extend your weekend come on out an check out a great band playing at the Mercury Lounge tonight - The Affair. The play what best can be described as something sounding like Blondie meets Ronnie Spector - interesting combo right?

Check out some tunes from The Affair's upcoming EP Falling Out Of Love Songs on their MySpace page here. You're gonna love it!

They'll be hitting the stage around 8 PM for about a 45 minute set, so get there early. And for all you Radiohead fans out there the headliner is a band called The Section Quartet - who are doing a string band tribute to them playing selections from OK Computer and more.

So beat your hipster music friend to the punch on these guys comes and come on out before they hit it big.

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Telluride Bluegrass Fest

Just wanted to give a quick shout out to the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. I'm a big fan of traditional music - whether it be folk, bluegrass, Americana, etc. The Telluride Fest represents it all and more. This year's line-up looks be pretty damn awesome to boot. Check it out....

* Barenaked Ladies * Sam Bush Band * Bonnie Raitt * John Prine * Tim O'Brien Band * Del McCoury Band * Bela Fleck & the Flecktones * Nickel Creek * Yonder Mountain String Band * Peter Rowan * Neko Case * Missy Higgins * Shawn Camp * John Cowan * Jerry Douglas Band * Edgar Meyer* Drive-By Truckers* Stephen Kellogg & The Sixers * The Badly Ben*

Definitely a great mix of both the traditional with the not quite so traditional.

Early bird tickets are available till January 27th.

Here's a set from Gillian Welch from last year's fest (if you don't know her or haven't heard her live I seriously suggest grabbing this - she's amazing)....

Gillian Welch & David Rawlings - 2005-06-18 - 32nd Telluride Bluegrass Festival -Town Park, Telluride, CO

Born Again In The U.S.A.

Back in November I got to catch Jeff Tweedy play a solo show at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center. If it wasn't awesome enough to see him just up on stage with just a guitar, during the encore both Jim O'Rourke and Wilco drummer Glen Kotche (who opened the show) joined him on stage to run through a few new Loose Fur tunes.

Well Billboard is reporting on the details of the new album. Read it here. Also over at the Glide Magazine blog Each Note Secure they've got up some MP3s of a couple of the songs appearing on the new album. Check that out here.

That may be a record number of hyperlinks for a post this short.

Friday, January 20, 2006


Word on the street is that Billy Corgan will be getting the Smashing Pumpkins back together to headline the '06 version of the hipster music fest Coachella before heading out on the road for a full tour.

Read the NME article about it here.

Homer: You know, my kids think you're the greatest. And thanks to your gloomy music, they've finally stopped dreaming of a future I can't possibly provide.

Well, we try to make a difference.

If you're feeling the jones for some gloomy music....

The Smashing Pumpkins - 1995-10-23 - Riviera Theater, Chicago, IL

Movie News

Today's New York Post has an running article about the movie Chapter 27 which is currently shooting some scenes here in NYC - and has Yoko Ono up in arms. The movie is about Mark David Chapman and the days leading up his assassination of John Lennon. Read it here.

Chapter 27 refers to what Chapman called 'the missing chapter' of Catcher In The Rye - which he wanted to write in Lennon's blood. Slightly eerie.

The movie stars Jared Leto (a.k.a. Jordan Catalano) as Chapman and everyone's favorite party girl Lindsey Lohan a fictional character that befriends Chapman in the days leading up to the murder.

R.I.P. Wilson Pickett

Soul legend Wilson Pickett died of a heart attack yesterday at age 64. Here's the Washington Post's well written obit - which includes a great slide show set to some to his music.

Download this vintage Pickett show....

Wilson Pickett & The Midnight Movers - 1969-02-10 Konserthuset, Stockholm 2nd Show

Thursday, January 19, 2006


Every six to eight months or so there is a new story about how GnR's long awaited album The Chinese Democracy will be released in the coming months. Well here's the latest on the much delayed and costly album (rumored to be at around $13 million in production costs) from Rolling Stone.

Would I be wrong to compare this to the Beach Boys lost classic 'Smile' in some ways? Check out what Axl is looking like these days (slightly scary he's still rockin' those cornrows).....

Here's some vintage GnR....

Guns N' Rose - 1987-10-30 CBGB's - New York, NY

Guns N' Roses - 1991-08-19 - Copenhagen Forum - Copenhagen, Denmark

Guns N' Roses - 1992-05-28 - Stuttgart, Cannstatter Wasn

Wednesday, January 18, 2006


As has become commonplace here I'll be once again be stealing something that Ace Cowboy posted over at Slack LaLane - this one I'm quite excited about because it's so damn cool. The Grateful Dead appeared on Playboy After Dark in 1969, which is something that I had always read about but never seen. Well thanks to the magic of the internets (and Ace) I finally got to see it today and it's quite cool. The rumor had always been that they wanted to dose Hugh Hefner - they tried to dose everyone back then. Not sure how many people they got to that night, but it does look like Mickey is tripping his face off.

Anyway without further ado....

Grateful Dead on Playboy After Dark (1969) (stream)

Download the whole thing here.


Also if you have a copy of the book 'Living With The Dead' you can read all about that night - it's on pages 158-161.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

100th Post!!!!

Well HFTB has reached it's first milestone - this is my 100th post. Go me! I Rule!!

Ok enough of that, on to some business. In the file under 'I Can't Wait To See This' category former Police drummer Stuart Copeland is set to make it directorial debut at Sundance with the premier of "Everyone Stares: The Police Inside And Out". The film was culled from Super 8 footage that Stewart himself shot from the bands early days through the mid- '80s. Apparently Les Claypool had a hand in getting it submitted to Sundance as well. Read about it here.

Also here's a synopsis of the movie from the Sundance website....

Everyone Stares: The Police Inside Out is not another documentary about a band. Rather, it is a first-person account of what it feels like to rise from obscurity to international superstardom, a priceless glimpse at the making of legends from the inside. Comprised completely of Super-8 footage from Stewart Copeland, the drummer of the band turned filmmaker, the film shows the Police from a perspective never thought possible. The film begins with an overview of the band's early, less glamorous days in London; it then follows them on a small tour to the U.S., where Copeland begins shooting and their music starts to catch on. By the time they return home, "Can't Stand Losing You" has become a hit, and their lives change forever. From joking around backstage and in hotels, to playing concerts and doing recording sessions–including when Sting first plays the baseline for "De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da"–the film captures divine moments of creation that will make the hair stand up on the back of your neck. Copeland should be commended not only for having the foresight to film everything but also for his terrific job at assembling it into a one-of-a-kind documentary. His candid narration guides the audience as it takes the ultimate ride from the bottom all the way to the top.

Here's some live stuff as well....

The Police - 1979-04-09 - Walnut Street Theater, Philadelphia, PA

The Police - 1979-10-26 - Gusman Auditorium, Miami, FL

The Police - 1983-10-06 - Cologne (GER), Sporthalle

I Love Tuesdays

January is slightly a slow month for new releases, but did managed to find two albums worth grabbing - both that came out back in November....

Seu Jorge - The Life Aquatic Studio Sessions
Brokeback Mountain Soundtrack

The Pittsburgh Post Gazette is previewing some of the this year's 'most anticipated' releases. Read it here.

Saturday, January 14, 2006


The Washington Post may be a little late on writing an article on the guy Johnny Cash described upon first meeting as 'a hobo dressed in clothes that would make a wino proud' in uber-producer Rick Rubin, but it's definitely an interesting read. Check it out here.

It's amazing that this guy can go from producing System of a Down to Neil Diamond to the Dixie Chicks and now Justin Timberlake.

Friday, January 13, 2006

Rock Chalk Jayhawk

Live Music Blog has the initial line-up for the 2006 edition of the Wakarusa Festival. Check it out here. Wakarusa is happening the weekend before Bonnaroo so this might be an early indication of who will be there as well - though thier line-up leans more torwards the jambands. Besides the usual suspects my bet is on Andrew Bird who will be this year's sensitive singer-songwriter that will blow everyone away like Ray LaMontagne last year and Damien Rice did the year before.

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

Matisyahu 2005-06-17 - Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival - Campground Stage - Lawrence, KS

Wilco 2005-06-18 - Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival - Sun-Down Stage - Lawrence, KS

Tea Leaf Green 2005-06-18 - Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival - Revival Tent - Lawerence, KS

Rose Hill Drive 2005-06-18 - Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival - Sun Down Stage - Lawerence, KS

Hot Buttered Rum String Band 2005-06-19 - Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival - Revival Tent - Lawerence, KS

The Hackensaw Boys 2005-06-19 - Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival - Kids Tent Stage - Lawrence, KS

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Indie Rock Fest Doc

A documentary which chronicles the history of the hipster music fest Coachella is set to premier in theaters this month. Some of the acts appearing in the film are Radiohead, the Pixies, Flaming Lips, The White Stripes, Arcade Fire and scores of hipsters who's only time in the sun the whole summer consisted of being at this festival - so bring your sunglasses to shade your eyes from their pasty whiteness.

Check out this list to find a theater near you.

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Million Dollar Idea

The Pet Rock, Whacky Wall Walkers and now comes this story from the Washington Post about a guy who created the Million Dollar Home Page. Basically the idea was to create a web page with a million blank pixels and then sell the pixels for a dollar a piece. In a mere five months this guy had made a million dollars - not to shabby. Read the full article here.

Stub Hub

Wondering what to do with your concert tickets after the show? Well apparently someone else was wondering the same thing and came up with this interesting idea to preserve your stubs....

Basically it's a clear lucite frame you insert your ticket into that has magnets on the back. Not a bad idea to keep your stubs from getting mangled.

Check out their site Ticket Stick-It.


Here's my latest review for Glide Magazine....

The Go! Team - Thunder, Lightning, Strike

Buy it here.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

'Roo Predictions

So before the initial artist announcement hits I figured I'd take the time to play the role of Jimmy The Greek (without the racists remarks) and throw out some odds on who will be performing for the '06 incarnation of Bonnaroo.

We'll start off easy with some of the obvious jamband-y acts...

Widespread Panic
My Morning Jacket
Allman Brothers Band
Trey Anastasio
Umphrey's McGee
Gov't Mule
String Cheese Incident
Jack Johnson

All these bands have been there before and no reason to think they won't be there again this year - they have all become staples of the festival.

Odds: Even

Phil & Friends

Not really a surprise - some members of the Dead will be playing this year.

Tea Leaf Green

Most buzzed about band on the jamband circuit right now - I'd say these guys are all but a lock.


He's career is hotter then a Hannukah menorah right now with the help of his appearance from last year.

Disco Biscuits

Now that they've finally found a new drummer I'd expect them to make their return to the 'Roo for a raging late night set.

Odds: 2:1

The Secret Machines
The Shins
Drive-By Truckers
Flaming Lips

These guys all have albums coming out later in the year and Flaming Lips, TSM and DBT have been to Manchester before - so I'd pencil them in. The Shins seem like a perfect fit for the fest as well - plus thanks to the Garden State soundtrack their a familiar name to most.

Odds: 3:1

Broken Social Scene
Bright Eyes
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Magic Numbers
Arcade Fire
The Hold Steady

Any of these indie-rock acts would be great. I think BSS would blow people away with their live show. Arcade Fire & Magic Numbers have already had a taste of things with their Vegoose appearance. Due to their schedule Brights Eyes couldn't play last year - so maybe Connor can squeeze in an appearance this year.

Odds: 5:1

Animal Collective
Sufjan Stevens
Devendra Banhart

These acts are part of the new psych-folk movement and should fit right into the friendly hippie vibe.

Odds: 8:1

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Neil Young
The Who

There will be a classic rock act there. Early word on the street is it's going to be Tom Petty, but The Who have a summer tour planned and Neil Young rocked Manchester before.

Odds: 10:1

Ryan Adams

Ryan has endeared himself to the jamband fan by playing the Jammys and touring with P&F, but will he have a meltdown and just be a no show? Or get 'food poisoning' a couple days prior to the fest??

Odd: 25:1 (he's on the bill), 100:1 (he actually shows up)

George Clinton and the P-Funk All Stars

Can't you imagine 70,000 people chanting 'We Want The Funk, Give Up That Funk'. How awesome would that be??

Odds: 30:1


The guys from SuperFly helped form this super group, so no reason to believe they couldn't get them back together again.

Odds: 50:1

The Strokes

Love to see these guys on the bill. They'll probably be on tour promoting their album, no reason they can't schedule a stop in Tennessee.

Odds: 100:1


Trey, Mike & Billy reunited for another one off - think it would one of the more buzzed about performances if it happens.


Arrested Development

Just to come up on stage to open up the festival to play 'Tennessee' - who wouldn't love to see that??

Odds: 1,000:1

Sly Stone

Sly's my wildcard for the Artist In Residency spot. If anyone can lure him out of hiding my bet is on the guys from SuperFly.

Odd: 1,000,000:1

The big rumor is Radiohead is set to headline so I avoided giving odds on that. I'm sure I missed out on a ton of bands so feel free to post your own odds in the comment section. Looking forward to seeing what they actually announce in the coming weeks.

I Love Tuesdays...Hipster Buzz Band Edition

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

We Are Sceintists - With Love And Squalor

These guys are the latest in the line of indie-rock buzz bands that the cool NYC kids are listening to. Looking forward to giving it a spin and seeing what all the hype is about.

Monday, January 09, 2006

Alone, Jealous & Stoned

No the title of the post is not how I spent my Saturday night it's the first single off the new Secret Machines album Ten Silver Drops. The album is tentatively set to hit the streets in mid- to late March. You can download the the song here (via Live Music Blog). First impression - it's everything that you've come to love from them.

The New York Sound That's Hitting The Tri-State Area

New York magazine's got a interesting and rather lengthy article about The Strokes. The article covers a lot of ground and it's definitely worth checking out. Read it in it's entirity here.

No update on the rumored January 17th show at Hammerstein yet - I'll keep my fingers crossed though.

Buy their new album here.

Here's a show off their recent European tour, where they debuted a bunch of their new material.....

The Strokes - 2005-12-05 - Maria Am Ufer, Berlin, GER

Sunday, January 08, 2006

Worst Game Ever

The title of the post explains everything. Probably the worst Giants game I've ever been to - I guess now I can just focus my attention on GW Basketball till the baseball season starts in a few months. The Colonials managed to pull out a squeaker in overtime last night versus Marshall. Definitely too close for comfort.

Go Colonials!!!

Go Big Blue!

I'm up at 8 am on a Sunday and it's not because I'm still awake from last night. I'm off to the Giants playoff game and should have the my first beer in less then two hours which is either a good or a bad thing - guess it depends on how you want to look at it.

Think it might be all up to the guy on the right here if the Giants are going to win. The need to score early and get the ball into Tiki's hands as often as possible. Oh and they are also going to need to stop Steve Smith. Anyway got to get ready to head out should be a great game.

Friday, January 06, 2006

The Post Show

Wanted to give a quick plug to a great site - The Post Show. If you guys haven't check this out yet it's friggin' hilarious and has the HFTB seal of approval. It's is the brainchild of my friend over at My Blog Is Poop and his roommate, so if you enjoy his site your sure to fall out of your chair laughing from this sketch comedy show. Also if you're in New York this weekend come out to the Season 1 DVD release party happening tomorrow night at Croxley Ales. See you there!!!


Been have some major computer issues over here at the home office of HFTB so that's why there has been a lack of posts over the last few days. Hopefully I'll be able to figure out what the hell is wrong with my computer soon - it's frustrating the hell out of me.

So while I've been dealing with that their have been some posts I figured I'd link to in the meantime...

Live Music Blog's on Phish's Live Download Series & Late Night Langerado Shows

Brooklyn Vegan's got info on a pontential 'surprise' Strokes show happening at the Hammerstein on January 17th and Belle & Sebastian/New Pornographers Tour Dates is reporting on this interesting show going on in San Fran this weekend....

The Fillmore Acid Test at 40
As previously reported, this weekend the Fillmore in San Francisco will host an event to mark the birthday of celebrated concert promoter Bill Graham. Graham, who died in a helicopter crash on October 25, 1991, would have turned 75 years old this year. On Saturday, Mickey Hart, the Neville Brothers and Jackson Browne are all confirmed to participate at a show which will benefit the Bill Graham Foundation. However, a second performance has been added which, in addition, will mark the 40th Anniversary of the Merry Pranksters’ Fillmore Acid Test. Slated to appear at the Sunday night show will be Tea Leaf Green, Samantha Stollenwerck and Eric McFadden along with members of ALO, Hot Buttered Rum and The Ritual. One can anticipate that some Pranksters will be on hand as well.

Sounds great - if I lived in the Bay area I'd most definitely be hitting that up.

Slack LaLane might have topped all those with the potential Ashlee Simpson sextape (nice work Ace!)

And finally some music to get the weekend started right. As I had the 'Ol IPod on shuffle earlier today Phish's version of 'Sea & Sand' from their recentely released '95 NYE show came on - which Page plays solo acoustic and it's utterly amazing. Well that got me to thinking about The Who when I stubbled across this show on Dimedozen....

The Who - 1969-10-19 - Electric Factory - Philadelphia, PA - Early Show

I've seen them twice - once on the Quadrophenia tour and then doing more of a greatest hits type show, though they dug pretty deep into their catalog - and they were amazing.


Thursday, January 05, 2006

Fallout From The Philzone

I've never really been much of a fan of band message boards (i.e. Phantasy Tour) I look at them from time to time and I'll post something maybe once in a blue moon. For the most part the people posting on them genuinely care about the band and their music, but there are always the people on there that just like to cause trouble and controversies for pretty much no real reason other to just entertain themselves. Well things seemed to have gotten pretty out of hand over on the boards and Phil Lesh himself intervened and asked for the boards to be taken down after one of his employees received a 'threatening email' from a frequent poster. Phil posted about this decision here....

Phil's Response

He also takes the time to talk about some topics that were floating around the boards - Jimmy Herring, the future of the The Dead, and Ryan Adams.

Buy the t-shirt here.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

I Love Tuesdays Part Deux

So while I was in Tower today multi-tasking - I was both waiting on line to get Giants playoff tickets and cd shopping - I had to buy this as well since I've heard such amazing things about it....

Thelonious Monk Quartet w. John Coltrane - At Carnegie Hall

Jazz is really a genre I don't know too much about (especially old school stuff), but figured this would be a good starting point for both these guys. Feel free to throw out some recommendations in the comments section. My roommate owns a bunch of Miles Davis so I'm set with that, but anything else fire away....

I Love Tuesdays

Well here's the first (and certainly far from the last) purchase of the New Year.....

The Strokes - First Impressions Of Earth

Monday, January 02, 2006

NYE Downloads

Check out Live Music Blog for all your NYE downloads....

NYE Downloads & Torrents

There's a bunch up already and I'm sure the list will continue to grow over the next few days.



Brooklyn Vegan's got some links to some great picture (like the one below) from the Black Crowes/Trey/NMAS NYE show.

Thought the show was pretty solid. I skipped out on NMAS, but walked in as Trey was ripping through 'Push On Til The Day'. Sticking to exclusively almost all older material - just one song off the new album - Trey came to rock his 90 minute set. As he's said in the past he loves playing the Garden and you could tell he was in high spirits. It was amazing to see how much of a BCs crowd it was - while there were a good amount of people up and dancing for Trey the place went nuts when the Crowes hit the stage. The Crowes set was marred by a bad mix at the get go. Chris's vocals were muddy, the back-up singers to loud and you could really only hear Rich's guitar - the sound did get better as the set progressed, they seemed to finally get it right a few songs in. I'm by no means an expect on the Black Crowes - I've only seen them twice, both times this year. I did enjoy their set though, they're just a great rock n' roll. Go see them if you haven't - they're sure to be on the road more in '06. All in all left satisfied being at my home away from home for NYE - I've spent 6 of the last 10 at MSG.

Here's the setlists....

Trey Anastasio
Set I: Push on 'til the Day, Sand, Tuesday, Plasma, Mr. Completely, Night Speaks to a Woman, Last Tube, Money Love and Change, Come As Melody, First Tube

The Black Crowes

Set I: No Speak No Slave, Sting Me, Lickin', Think 'n' Thin, Jealous Again, Bad Luck Blue Eyes Goodbye, Soul Singing, Space Captain, NYE countdown, Auld Lang Syne*, Will the Circle Be Unbroken*#^, Thorn In My Pride

Set II: Wiser Time, My Morning Song, Ten Years Gone, Wanton Song, Seeing Things**, Hard To Handle**#, Twice As Hard, Remedy
Enc: Street Fighting Man

Notes: * First time played. # With Trey Anastasio on guitar. ^ With Luther and Cody Dickenson. ** With the Left Coast Horns.

I'll get some links to downloads up later.

Happy New Year

Saw this great picture over on Justin Kreutzmann's blog Rock & Reel and just had to put it up here. Check out Justin's blog some great stuff over there.

Happy '06!!

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Happy Valentine's Day From The Drive-By Truckers

Well New Year's Eve is over and while you might be still shaking off that hang over next up on the schedule of major holidays you'll need to find a date for is Valentine's Day. So while you try and remember just exactly who you kissed at midnight last night and just who is that new number is your cell phone - enjoy this track from the new Drive-By Trucker's album 'A Blessing And A Curse' (due out in April) Feb. 14 via Stereogum.


I know I'm a bit late on posting about this, but Medeski, Martin and Wood have recorded a version of the SportsCenter theme song that will be used on ESPN this month. You can download here via Ropeadope.

Here's a show from earlier this month for you to enjoy as well...

Medeski, Martin & Wood - 2005-12-2 - Blue Cats - Knoxville, TN

More Year End Stats

After posting about all the concerts that I attended it got me thinking about what else I did in the '05. So after scrounging through some more stubs this is what I found....

20 Yankees home games, including 1 playoff game
1 Yankees away game vs. Baltimore at Camden Yards
1 Mets game
1 Brooklyn Cyclones game
1 Washington Nationals game at RFK Stadium
1 Knicks game
3 New York Giants games
1 GW Colonials Men's Basketball game at the Smith Center
1 TV Taping - Last Call with Carson Daly - Kings of Leon were the musical guest, hence attending the taping

Roughly 120 CDs bought, burned or given to review - damn that's a lot of music. And finally I saw 25 movies in the theater.