Friday, June 30, 2006

Next Stop Camden

Headed down to scenic Camden, New Jersey shortly for Phil & Friends/G.R.A.B. show. Looking forward to what I hope will be a great night of music. This will be only the third time G.R.A.B. will be playing in front of an audience, but I loved what I heard of their 'Roo performance and really looking forward to it.

Here's their set from the tour kick-off....

GRAB - 2006-06-28 - Alltel Pavilion at Walnut Creek - Raleigh NC

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Trey & Mike Vs. Page & Fishman - Steel Cage Match

Not to be out done by their former bandmates Page McConnell and Jon Fishman will be joining forces along with Adam Zimmon, Bob O'Dea and Jared Slomoff to perform at this summer's moe.down - so take that GRAB. The Chairman of the Boards has pretty much been in hiding since Coventry so it'll be great to see him out playing live again. According to he's currently working on a new studio album too.

moe.down 7 is happening from September 1 - 3 in Turin, NY. Here's the line-up so far...

Mike Gordon & Ramble Dove
Umphrey's McGee
Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
The Avett Brothers
Toubab Crewe
Pat McClimans Group
Before Cowboys
Mike Rocklin

More bands to be announced soon.

Odds and Ends

Glide is featuring their 15 Artists To Hear This Summer - while they do offer up suggestions of songs to download they don't actually have MP3s.

Rolling Stone's Rock and Roll Daily has classic YouTube clips from U.K.'s Top Of The Pops - Nirvana, John Lennon, Beck and more. Check that out here.

Head on over to The Late Greats for MP3s from Gomez's recent live webcast on NPR. Download away here.

Yeti Don't Dance has picked his Top 5 albums of 2006 (thus far).

I've saved the best for last you must (that's an order!) go to Trees Lounge for The 50 States: 4th of July Compilation. So far he's got 700+ MP3s of songs about the 23 of the 50 states - everything from Bruce Springsteen's "Mary, Queen of Arkansas" to Kings Of Leon "California Waiting" to Neko Case "Train To Kansas City" to well you get the idea. It should keep you busy for awhile. Enjoy!!!

More Free Music

Between Summer Stage, the River to River Festival, Prospect Park shows and now Asser Levy Park out in Coney Island you seriously don't have to spend any money (well except for the subway or bus) to see some great music around town.

Every Thursday night from July 13th to August 24th Asser Levy Park will host the Seaside Summer Concert Series. Here's the line-up...

July 13 - Al Green
July 20 - Franki Valli & The Four Seasons
July 27 - Julio Iglesias
Aug 03 - "Hippiefest" - Dr. Hook, Mountain, Country Joe McDonald, Mitch Ryder, etc.
Aug 10 - The B52's
Aug 17 - Liza Minnelli
Aug 24 - "Salsa by the Sea"

Might not be the hipest line-up, but hey it's free.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Return To Cookie Mountain Album Stream

For those of you out there that dig TV on the Radio and can't wait for their new disc to hit stores you can head here and stream the whole thing now on the NME website. There a band that I haven't really listened to, but my friend Chilly Jackwater has raved about their live show. The album hits stores on July 11th.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Spider-Man 3 Teaser

I admit I'm a total dork when I comes to comic book movies. I get really excited when I see the trailers for them even when the movie doesn't come out for a year. Well with that being said check out the teaser for Spider-Man 3 and tell me that this doesn't look awesome!! Mark you calanders now May 4, 2007 is when Spidey 3 hits theaters.


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

Shooter Jenning - Electric Rodeo

I Love Tuesdays

Here are the purchases for the week....

Josh Ritter - The Animal Years
Brightblack Morning Light - Brightblack Morning Light

This also came with the Brightblack Morning Light album....

Prismatic eyeglasses, gotta love hippies.

Music Video Monday - Ok Tuesday

Going to start a new feature here on HFTB called Music Video Monday - since I didn't post anything yesterday it's going to start today. This is pretty self-explanatory, but basically just going to post a great music video new, old or long forgotten. So here we go with The Flamings Lips and "The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song"....

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Pool Parties

On top of the all the great shows going on there check out the initial list of FREE shows going on every Sunday this summer at McCarren Pool...

Curated by Ice Cream Man and Stereogum
Les Savy Fav
Beans with Holy Fuck
Dragons of Zynth

DJ: Finger on the Pulse


Details soon…

Curated by
Details soon…


More details soon…

Detroit Cobras


Apollo Sunshine
The Harlem Shakes

DJ: Questlove


Details soon…

Curated by ASCAP
The Walkmen
Dr. Dog
Human Television
Elvis Perkins

DJ: Mikey Palms


Spank Rock
Gang Gang Dance
Shy Child

DJ: The Rub

Here's the ones you'll have to pay for...

July 29
Bloc Party
The Secret Machines

August 11 & 12
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Sonic Youth

August 17
Iron & Wine

August 24
Neko Case
Joanna Newsome
Marth Wainwright

September 9
Gov't Mule
Two Gallants

Odds And Ends

Bows + Arrows is declaring Josh Ritter's The Animal Years the best album of 2006 - so far. Read. May have to take his advice and pick this up. I've had it in my hands a few times but didn't buy it.

Live Music Blog is giving away tickets to the 10k Lakes Festival - deadline is July 3rd. Read about how to enter here.

Cable And Tweed has some MP3's of some his favorite moments from the 'Roo. Lots of covers including dios (malos) doing Beck and Beck doing The Flaming Lips. Check that out here.

Burning Oak has a new feature called New Stuff where he's featuring some music from Grace Potter And The Nocturnals and Shapes And Sizes. Here and here - respectively.

And finally Stereogum has a got a great review and pics from the late night Ryan Adams show. Check it out here. As I briefly considered buying tickets to it I also kind of figured that it wouldn't start before 1:30 AM and didn't think I'd find anyone willing to stay out that late for it.

Here's the setlist....

Love Is Hell
This Is It
Please Do Not Let Me Go
Cherry Lane
Note To Self: Don't Die
Peaceful Valley
Wish You Were Here
Magnolia Mountain
Easy Plateau
Hard Way To Fall
Let It Ride
To Be Young
Dear Chicago
Cold Roses
Beautiful Sorta

Call Me On Your Way Back Home
Come Pick Me Up

Friday, June 23, 2006


I'm going to try and not gush too much about the Bruce Springsteen show I saw last night at MSG - but damn was it good. First off I don't understand how I've never gone to see this man in concert before last night - I've really been missing out over the last few years when Bruce has basically set up residence in the New York City area. This wasn't your typical Springsteen show though he was showcasing music from his latest album We Shall Overcome with The Seeger Session Band.

There was a total of 18 people on stage playing guitar, fiddle, banjo, accordion, piano/organ, stand-up bass, horns, pedal steel and even washboard - with a sound that could be described at times as New Orleans ragtime brass band, bluegrass, folk and country. They ran through most of the album and even did reworked versions of Atlantic City and Johnny 99 which were stellar and essentially unrecognizable from the original versions.

Unlike the Petty show that I saw earlier in the week and yes enjoyed - this show blew it out of the water (check out this review from the NY Post on Petty show - kind of had to agree with it). I might even go as far as to say this ranks up there in the top ten concerts I've seen - it was that good. Too bad that the 400 level seating was virtually empty, I guess it's hard to sell out MSG when you're not with the E Street Band and playing Born To Run or Thunder Road. If you get a chance and he's coming to your town seriously do yourself a favor and pick up a ticket it's an amazing night of music.

Here's the setlist....

Setlist: American Land/John Henry/O Mary Don't You Weep/Johnny 99/Old Dan Tucker/Eyes on the Prize/Jesse James/Atlantic City/Erie Canal/My Oklahoma Home/If I Should Fall Behind/Mrs. McGrath/How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live?/Jacob's Ladder/We Shall Overcome/Open All Night/Pay Me My Money Down
Bring Them Home/My City of Ruins/Ramrod/You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)/When the Saints Go Marching In

Jason Lytle Solo Tour

Following the breakup of Grandaddy shortly before the release of their final album Just Like The Family Cat, the band's songwriter and frontman, Jason Lytle, will be hitting the road solo in July and August. The tour kicks off July 18th in Baltimore and runs through two shows in Los Angeles in early September. (via Glide)

Jason Lytle Tour Dates.

07-18 Baltimore, MD - Sonar *

07-19 Philadelphia, PA - World Café Live *

07-22 New York, NY - Joe's Pub *

07-24 New York, NY - Joe's Pub *

07-25 Boston, MA - Paradise *

07-29 Chicago, IL - Schubas *

07-31 Minneapolis, MN - Fine Line *

08-03 Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge *

08-07 Sacramento, CA - Harlow's *

08-08 San Francisco, CA - Café Du Nord *

08-09 San Francisco, CA - Café Du Nord *

09-11 Los Angeles, CA - Hotel Café *

09-12 Los Angelse, CA - Hotel Café *

* with Nik Freitas

Overheard At MSG

One thing you don't want to overhear hear a guy saying at a Bruce Springsteen show....

"I hope are tickets for Madonna are this good"

Granted he was with his girlfriend/wife/sister/escort, but that was the last thing I thought I'd hear from someone.

More on the show later - it was great, can't believe how many empty seats there were for it. Steve Earle walked right past me too.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Lollapalooza Schedule

For those of you headed out to Chi-Town this August for Lollapalooza the schedule is now up - check it out here. Really impressed with the line-up, hadn't looked at it until today. Lots of great stuff going head-to-head so good luck trying to pick and choose what you're going to see and what you're going to miss.

Rolling Stone's Summer Tour Guide

Head on over to Rolling Stone for some web-exclusive content for their 2006 Summer Tour Guide. They've got interviews with a bunch of artists including Jack White, Elvis Costello and David Crosby. Plus they've got blurbs of their "handpicked" tours of the summer - check that out here.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Raconteurs Tix On Sale Tomorrow

The Raconteurs are playing the Roseland Ballroom here in New York on September 26th tickets go on-sale tomorrow at noon. Ecstatic to see that Dr. Dog is going to be opening up for them that night - what a great double bill.

Here's a live show from them....

The Raconteurs - 2006-06-07 - Henry Fonda Theatre - Hollywood, CA

'Roo Downloads

Added a link on the sidebar to for all your Bonnaroo downloading needs. I'll keep adding shows as I see them.

'Roo Downloads List

Summer's Here And The Time Is Right....

Today is the first day of summer and the longest day of the year in terms of sunlight - so go out and enjoy it!!!

Here's Martha and the Vandella's with the song they made famous (apparently it was written by Marvin Gaye - thanks All Music)....

And here's some live versions of it from some different bands....

The Grateful Dead - "Dancing In The Streets"

The Radiators - "Dancing In The Streets"

Phil Lesh & Friends - "Dancing In The Streets"

Dark Star Orchestra - "Dancing In The Streets"

Wild Geranium - "Dancing In The Streets"

Splintered Sunlight - "Dancing In The Streets"

Wild Turkeys - "Dancing In The Streets"

Tuesday, June 20, 2006


Off to MSG shortly for the Trey /Tom Petty show and later this week will be hitting the Bruce Springsteen show their with his Seeger Sessions Band - pulled up a ridiculous seat so had to buy it. From what I've heard Bruce has like 20 twenty playing on stage with him - though I think that's only a few more then are actually in the E Street Band. It'll be my first time seeing The Boss and though it's not going to be a classic three hour marathon show of the hits still extremely excited about it - I really dig the new album.

Here's a couple of Bruuuuuuuuuce shows off the current tour....

Bruce Springsteen & The Seeger Sessions Band - 2006-06-13 - Midwest Bank Amphitheater - Tinley Park, IL

Bruce Springsteen & The Seeger Sessions Band - 2006-06-14 - Bradley Center - Milwaukee, WI

Pitchfork's 100 Awesome Music Videos

Miss those days of watching music videos all afternoon?? Well seems like the people at Pitchfork do too, so they've compiled a list of "100 Awesome Music Videos" - with videos from YouTube (does that site every stop giving us hours of endless entertainment?). There is no real criteria to how they made their selections, but here's the process in their words...

"Sharing 100 of our favorite music videos; simply, dozens of clips that, for various reasons (because they're so good, because they're so bad, because they feature the Jacksons imagining themselves as gigantic golden gods sprinkling gold dust on humanity), we enjoy watching and hope you'll enjoy as well."

So head on over their and watch everything from the Chicago Bears "Superbowl Shuffle" to The Decemberists "16 Miltary Wives" to Nas "One Mic".

Bonnaroo Torrents

Bonnaroo V. 5 is now in the books, I've been reading lots of great reviews and tons of music is now ready to be downloaded. Here's what I've seen so far....

dios (malos) - 2006-06-15 - This Tent - Bonnaroo Music Festival - Manchester, TN

Matt Costa - 2006-06-15 - The Other Tent - Bonnaroo Music Festival - Manchester, TN

The Motet - 2006-06-15 -That Tent - Bonnaroo Music Festival - Manchester, TN

The Wood Brother - 2006-06-15 - This Tent - Bonnaroo Music Festival - Manchester, TN

Toubab Krewe - 2006-06-15 - That Tent - Bonnaroo Music Festival - Manchester, TN

Andrew Bird - 2006-06-16 - That Tent - Bonnaro Music Festival - Manchester, TN

Ben Folds - 2006-06-16 - Which Stage - Bonnaroo Music Festival - Manchester, TN

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

Cat Power and the Memphis Rhythm Band - 2006-06-16 - That Tent - Bonnaroo Music Festival - Manchester,TN

Death Cab For Cutie - 2006-06-16 - Which Stage - Bonnaroo Music Festival - Manchester, TN

Devendra Banhart - 2006-06-16 - That Tent - Bonnaro Music Festival - Manchester, TN

Disco Biscuits - 2006-06-16 - Bonnaroo Music Festival - The Other Tent - Manchester, TN

G. Love & Special Sauce - 2006-06-16 - The Other Tent - Bonnaroo Music Festival - Manchester, TN

Mike Gordon and Ramble Dove - 2006-16-2006 - This Tent - Bonnaroo Music Festival - Manchester, TN

My Morning Jacket - 2006-06-16 - That Tent - Bonnaroo Music Festival - Manchester,TN

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - 2006-06-16 - What Stage - Bonnaroo Music Festival - Manchester, TN

Oysterhead - 2006-06-16 - What Stage - Bonnaroo Music Festival - Manchester, TN

Umphrey's McGee - 2006-06-16 - The Other Tent - Bonnaroo Music Festival - Manchester, TN

Umphrey's McGee - 2006-06-16 - Sonic Stage - Bonnaroo Music Festival -Manchester, TN

Steel Pulse - 2006-06-16 - What Stage - Bonnaroo Music Festival - Manchester, TN

Beck - 2006-06-17 - What Stage - Bonnaroo Music Festival - Manchester, TN

Blues Traveler - 2006-06-17 - Sonic Stage - Bonnaroo Music Festival - Manchester, TN

Elvis Costello and the Imposters feat. Allen Toussaint and The Crescent City Horns - 2006-06-17 - Bonnaroo Music Festival - What Stage - Manchester, TN

Dr. John - 2006-06-17 - This Tent - Bonnaroo Music Festival - Manchester, TN

Gomez - 2006-06-17 - Sonic Stage - Bonnaroo Music Festival -Manchester, TN

G.R.A.B. - 2006-06-17 - That Tent - Bonnaroo Music Festival - Manchester, TN

Grace Potter & The Nocturnals - 2006-06-17 - Bonnaroo Music Festival - This Tent - Manchester, TN

Les Claypool - 2006-06-17 - That Tent - Bonnaroo Music Festival - Manchester, TN

Les Claypool - 2006-06-17 - Sonic Stage Interview - Bonnaroo Music Festvial - Manchester, TN

Medeski, Martin & Wood - 2006-06-17 - The Other Tent - Bonnaroo Music Festival - Manchester, TN

moe. - 2006-06-17 - Sonic Stage - Bonnaroo Music Festival - Manchester, TN

Neville Brothers - 2006-06-17 - Bonnaroo Music Festival - Main Stage - Manchester, TN

Radiohead - 2006-06-17 - What Stage - Bonnaroo Music Festival - Manchester, TN

Steel Train - 2006-06-17 - This Tent - Bonnaroo Music Festival -Manchester, TN

Bobby Lee Rodgers - 200606-18 - Sonic Stage - Bonnaroo Music Festival - Manchester, TN

Mike Doughty's Band - 2006-06-18 - This Tent - Bonnaroo Music Festival - Manchester, TN

moe. - 2006-06-18 - What Stage - Bonnaroo Music Festival - Manchester, TN

Shooter Jennings and the 357s - 2006-06-18 - The Other Tent - Bonnaroo Music Festival - Manchester,TN

Sonic Youth - 2006-06-18 - This Tent - Bonnaroo Music Festival - Manchester, TN

Soulive - 2006-06-18 - This Tent - Bonnaroo Music Festival - Manchester, TN

The Codetalkers - 2006-06-18 - What Stage - Bonnaroo Music Festival - Manchester, TN

The Streets - 2006-06-18 - This Tent - Bonnaroo Music Festival - Manchester, TN

Phil Lesh and Friends - 2006-06-18 - What Stage - Bonnaroo Music Festival - Manchester, TN

I'll try and keep this updated. Enjoy!!!

Sunday, June 18, 2006

More 'Roo

Was just reading this about MMJ's late-night set from Friday night from Billboard's coverage....

Bonnaroo favorites My Morning Jacket ushered in the midnight hour with squalls of Crazy Horse-worthy fury. The quintet delivered a more than three-hour set that sported a guest turn from friend and singer Andrew Bird for an epic take on another classic rock moment, "It Makes No Difference" by the Band. MMJ recently recorded the track for an upcoming Band tribute album at singer/drummer Levon Helm's barn studio in Woodstock, N.Y.

While yes I'm looking forward to downloading the set, I think I was more into the fact that they recorded a track for a tribute album for The Band. I need some more info on that, so if anyone has any please pass it along.

Watchin' The 'Roo Part 3

Haven't gotten a chance to watch anything since Friday, but currently really enjoying the Phil & Friends set. John Scofield is simply amazing. Wasn't sure how he was going to fit in with this band, but he's doing a great job so far. Definitely getting me even more psyched for the shows I'm seeing in a couple of weeks.

Even more exciting is the debut of G.R.A.B. which is on after the Phil set. Kudos to the Superfly people for keeping this top secret - their performace was originally billed as the "Late Night Super Jam". Can't wait to check it out!!!

Saturday, June 17, 2006

First Bonnaroo Torrent Is Up For Grabs

The first Bonnaroo torrent is ready for download and it happens to be Oysterhead's stellar set from yesterday afternoon. Here it is, download away....

Oysterhead - 2006-06-16 - What Stage - Bonnaroo - Manchester, TN

Friday, June 16, 2006

Watchin' The 'Roo - Part 2

So I've spent the majority of my afternoon glued to my computer screen. I saw bits and pieces of Steel Pulse from what I saw I enjoyed - nothing groundbreaking, but some solid reggae. Next up was Devendra Banhart who dubbed his band the Tennessee Cops for the day. First time hearing him live and thoroughly impressed. Devendra and his band of long haired friends looks liked they just stepped out of Haight-Ashbury circa 1966. If you haven't heard his music I highly recommend picking up Cripple Crow - it's a mix of psychedelic-rock/freak folk and soul. Take a listen to "I Feel Just Like A Child". Oysterhead was up next and simply brought it for their entire 2 hour set. I remember seeing them back in 2001 and just wasn't that blow away by it. After seeing their set today I'm ready to go on tour with them when they hit the road later this year - at least that's the rumor. I don't think I've seen Trey play that inspired in a long time - he was locked in with Les and Stewart. They ran through just about all of The Grand Pecking Order and really jammed out the songs. When the downloads start rolling in next week I strongly think everyone should grab it, it's going to be one the sets that everyone will be talking about when they return.

Right now watching Bright Eyes - who's brought out Gillian Welch, David Rawling and the lead singer of the Super Furry Animals to play with him so far. More on his set later.

Live Blogging From The 'Roo

Head on over to Nashville Is Talking where Brittney Gilbert has been blogging about her Bonnaroo experience. Just happened to be doing some Google searching and stubble upon it - it's been an interesting read so far, so check it out.

Watchin' The 'Roo

Don't know how much of the Bonnaroo live webcast I'll be able to see after today - hopefully I'll have some time though. I did watch Ben Folds earlier which I enjoyed - pretty much his standard set. The audience seemed to be digging it and his cover of Dr. Dre's "Bitches Ain't Shit" is truly brilliant. It was great seeing all those people singing-a-long to a gansta rap song that he's turned into a ballad. Download of version of it here.

Looking forward to Devendra Banhart, Oysterhead and Bright Eyes later on tonight. Probably skip on watching Tom Petty since I'll be seeing him next week.

Head here for the webcast. Enjoy!!

Late Night With Ryan Adams and More

Ryans Adams will be playing a late night show at Bowery Ballroom next Friday, June 23rd - technically it'll be Saturday morning since doors open at 12:30 A.M. Tickets are $20 and are on-sale now via TicketWeb.

Ryan & The Cardinals will be playing earlier in the night uptown at the benefit show for Arthur Lee of Love at the Beacon Theater that also features Robert Plant, Yo La Tengo, Nil Lofgren, Ian Hunter, Flashy Python and The Body Snatchers (the indie-folk side project of Alec Ounsworth of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah) and others. Buy tickets here.

Ryan has also just announced a show next month - July, 20th - at the Starland Ballroom. Tickets for that go on sale this Saturday via Ticketmaster.

Flashy Python and The Body Snatchers will be playing Joe's Pub this coming Wednesday. Get your tickets here, for that show.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Triple Play

So bought a ticket for the triple bill of Stevie Nicks, Trey & Tom Petty for their show next week at the Garden. Yeah it was a bit pricey, but kind hard to pass up on. My ticket is in section 226 - so not bad for deciding to go less then a week before the show. Trey loves playing at MSG and have only heard great things about Petty's live shows - from the looks of the setlists he pretty much just plays the hits.

Here's a couple of Petty shows off of this tour...

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - 2006-06-09 - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater - Charlotte, NC

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers - 2006-06-10 - Nissan Pavilion - Bristow, Va

Bonnaroo Webcast

Here's the schedule for the Blueroom Bonnaroo webcast, note all these times are Central Standard Time so adjust accordingly....

Friday June 16th Lineup
12:30 PM World Party
01:00 PM Andrew Bird
02:00 PM Ben Folds
03:00 PM Steel Pulse
04:30 PM Devendra Banhart
05:30 PM Oysterhead
07:30 PM Bright Eyes
08:30 PM Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

Saturday June 17th, Lineup
12:30 PM Neville Brothers
02:00 PM Buddy Guy
03:15 PM Dungen
04:00 PM Gomez
05:30 PM Elvis Costello and The Imposters
07:00 PM Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley
08:30 PM My Morning Jacket

Sunday June 18th Lineup
12:30 PM Brothers Past
01:30 PM Les Claypool
03:00 PM The Codetalkers feat. Bruce Hampton
04:00 PM Matisyahu
05:30 PM moe.
07:00 PM Bela Fleck & the Flecktones
08:30 PM Phil Lesh & Friends
10:30 PM Very Special Guest

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

$1 Beer & The Arctic Monkeys

Heading out to see a friend that's back in town from Cali for $1 beers at Lincoln Park Grill then will be heading over to Roseland for Arctic Monkeys show. I guess it might be passe to see them now, but looking forward to checking them out. I can't remember a band in recent memory that went from playing Mercury Lounge to Roseland (with a few other stops in between) in such a short amount of time.

Here they are doing "I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor" - for some European television show....

Inquiring Minds Want To Know

Check out Mike Greenhaus's interview for Relix with Ernie and Cactus about the Duo, summer tour and Trey's new album - Bar 17. Read it here.

Trey Anastasio - 2006-06-10 - Nissan Pavilion - Bristow, Va

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

moe. announces nye plans

While I was rockin' it at WSP tonight, from the looks of the setlist moe. was throwing down in Central Park. While it's only mid-June they also announced that they'd be ringing in the new year here in New York City at Radio City Music Hall. They haven't played a New Year's show in NYC since 1996 at the long deceased club Tramps - which I was actually at, so mark you calanders now for it.

moe. - 2006-06-13 - Rumsey Playfield - Central Park - New York, NY


Modern Times

The new Bob Dylan album Modern Times is set to hit streets on August 29th. Here's a little preview of it from Rolling Stone....

Bob Dylan's new album, Modern Times, is due out on August 29th. Times, which Dylan produced himself, mixes elements of 2001’s Love and Theft – blues variations (think “Cry A While”) and whimsical ballads (think “Floater”) – with the darker, swampier vibe of the Daniel Lanois-produced classics Time Out of Mind and Oh Mercy. Only Dylan’s current touring band plays on the new one: ringing in our ears was the bone-chilling vamp “Ain’t Talkin’”, which may be Dylan’s most powerful album-closing epic ever. Other song titles include “Thunder On the Mountain,” “Spirit on the Water,” “Workingman’s Blues,” “When the Deal Goes Down” and “Neddy Moore.” Before the release of Modern Times, Dylan will be doing another summer tour of minor league ballparks, with Merle Haggard opening.

This Is The End...

Head on over to My Blog Is Poop for what Bob is threatening to be his last post ever on there. So click on the link and show him some love for all the hard work and funny stuff he's come up with over the last couple of years. I was holding out for one more "Ask Bob", but good work - it's been a great run!

I Love Tuesdays

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

Widespread Panic - Earth To America

Can't wait for the show tonight!!

Monday, June 12, 2006

Droppin' Some Knowledge

If you were a fan of the late, great OM Trio then check out keyboardist Brian Felix's new project Drop Q. They're got some tunes up on their MySpace page, so check that out here (and of course be their friend too). Here's a brief bio on them....

DROP Q is Kris Myers on drums (Umphrey's McGee), Brian Felix on keys (OM Trio), Chris Clemente on bass (Kick the Cat), and Kalyan Pathak on Percussion (Fareed Haque Group). This veritable "Supergroup" of Chicago based musicians. With a focus on Improvised Electronica and Drum n Bass, all 4 members bring their substantial jazz and fusion chops to the table for a totally unique experience every time they hit the stage.

Check out their set from this year's Summer Camp....

Drop Q - 2006-05-27 - Summer Camp Music Festival - Three Sisters Park, Chillicothe, IL

Concerts, Concerts and More Concerts

Got a busy three days ahead of me - three shows in three nights. First up tonight dios (malos) and The Starlight Mints at the Bowery. Mainly going to see dios (malos) who I caught at the Great Bamboolzed a few years back playing on a side stage - and they were awesome. I remember them being pissed off about something and demanding the free beer they were promised. They were also involved in one of the stupider lawsuits around. Former Black Sabbath frontman and "originator" of the metal horns Ronnie James Dio served the band with a cease and desist order citing potential confusion over their similar names - I swear I'm not making this up read about it here.

Tomorrow night is Widespread at Irving for their album release party and Wednesday the so five minutes ago blogger band Arctic Monkeys at Roseland - more on those show later in the week. I'm also hoping to get my hands on a ticket for Band Of Horses for their Friday night show, so if anyone out there has an extra let me know.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

I Love Tuesdays...Sunday Edition

Got this off of Itunes today...

Espers - II

Also picked this up at a street fair in the West Village....

Wolfmother - Wolfmother

Friday, June 09, 2006

Belle & Sebastian July 4th Ticket Info

For those of you planning on hitting the free Belle & Sebastian show on July 4th in Battery Park here's some info on when, where and how to get tickets to the show (via Brooklyn Vegan)....

Two tickets per person will be distributed free, first come – first served on Tuesday, June 27th at the following Starbucks Coffee locations:

Starting at 12:00PM until supplies last
Starbucks, corner of the Woolworth Building
233 Broadway at Barclay Street

Starting at 12:00PM until supplies last
Starbucks, Park Slope
164 7th Avenue, Brooklyn

Starting at 5:00PM until supplies last
Starbucks at One Battery Park Plaza
Near State Street and Pearl Street

Starting at 5:00PM until supplies last
Starbucks at Astor Place
13-25 Astor Place

The Strokes Get Soul

Been postings a lot about jambands lately so here's something for all you rock fans out there. Looks like The Strokes will be releasing a cover of Marvin Gaye's "Mercy Mercy Me" (which appears on his seminal album "What's Going On") with Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder and QOTSA's Josh Homme. The song will be the B-side for their next single "You Only Live Once". Read the full article here.

You can hear the original version, along with watching the VH1 Classic video for it here.

Real People Do Win

Blogger has been on the fritz for the last day or so couldn't get a post up yesterday. What I did do yesterday though was win free tickets to the Widespread Panic album release party at Irving Plaza on Tuesday night. Go me! Pretty excited for it, though I do now have to get rid of my moe. tickets for their Central Park show (one of my favorite places to see a show) for that same night. Think it's always cool to see a band that plays much larger venues come back and play a pretty small one - should be a great night. Bringing my friend Chilly Jackwater who's by far the biggest Panic fan I know.

Here's a couple of quick facts...

WSP has played Irving 5 times, but hasn't played their in over 11 years - the last time being a two night run - April 7 & 8 of 1995.

In other Panic news they'll be playing Letterman on June 15th, so tune it for that.

Here they are playing "Give" on The Late Show from back in '01....

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

O Boy

Seems like Oysterhead's appearance at Bonnaroo isn't just going to be a one-off performance. In a teleconference today Stewart Copeland admitted to potential plans for a full tour later this year. You can read the Billboard article here.

Soul Patrol Are The New Deadheads

Who knew that American Idol winner Taylor Hicks fans the Soul Patrol were such a heady bunch. As I was perusing the latest torrents on I stumbled across this...

Taylor Hicks - 2005-12-23 - Workplay- Birimingham, Al

Taylor Hicks - Original Nashville Session - June 2001

Hicks may be the first Idol winner to have a taper section at his shows and people selling garlic grilled cheese in the lots. Be sure to check out some of the comments they're pretty amusing.

I Love Tuesdays

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

Donovan Frankenreiter - Move By Yourself

Monday, June 05, 2006

Quick Thoughts On MMJ & PJ

Kind of weird going to an arena show of a band who's music I don't really know that well. We walked in around 7:40ish and MMJ had already hit the stage (causing us to miss out on them doing The Band's "It Makes No Difference" - which I'm listening to right now and would have been the highlight of the night for me). Jim James & Co. rocked a mostly empty arena though for a good 40 minutes. Fourth time seeing them and it's been an interesting progression of venues - Mercury Lounge, Great Bamboolzed Festival, Webster Hall and Continental Airlines Arena. If there is any band out there ready to rock arena-sized venues it's them. Buy their records and go see them when they hit your town.

As for Pearl Jam - well I certainly wasn't blown away, it was an enjoyable show though. They definitely come to play and deliver on that with almost 2 1/2 hours of music and playing their last four or five songs with the arena lights on - playing well past the 11 PM cut-off they have their. We were stuck pretty much as far from the stage as you can get for most of the show, but by encore Dan from Apple Pop Life managed to sneak us down about as close to the stage as you could be without being on the floor. It was like seeing two different shows - good work Dan!!

For those interested here's the setlists....

Eddie Vedder Solo Acoustic

No Surrender

My Morning Jacket

It Makes No Difference (w. Eddie Vedder)
Lay Low
What A Wonderful Man
Wordless Chorus
One Big Holiday
Run Thru

Pearl Jam

Severed Hand, Corduroy, World Wide Suicide, Hail Hail, Animal(power goes out), Love Boat Captain, In Hiding, Even Flow, I Am Mine, Whipping, Gone, Comatose, State Of Love And Trust, Rats, Garden, Inside Job, Porch

1st encore: West Memphis Three Worldwide Awareness Day, Army Reserve, Hard To Imagine, Last Kiss, Black, Crazy Mary, Last Exit

2nd encore: Wasted Reprise, Life Wasted, Lukin, Leash, Don't Gimme No Lip, Why Go, Leaving Here, Alive, Yellow Ledbetter/(Star Spangled Banner)

Here's the torrents...

Pearl Jam - 2006-06-03 - Continental Airlines Arena - East Rutherford, NJ

My Morning Jacket - 2006-06-03 - Continental Airlines Arena - East Rutherford, NJ

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Vince Welnick 1951-2006

Former Grateful Dead keyboardist Vince Welnick died of unknown causes yesterday at age 55. Here's the obit from Relix.....

Earlier today, June 2, Grateful Dead keyboardist Vince Welnick died of unknown causes. He was 55. Welnick, who played keyboards in the Grateful Dead from 1990 through 1995, cut his teeth performing in the California shock-rock band the Tubes in the 1970s. During his tenure with the Grateful Dead, Welnick contributed a number of original songs to the group's canon, most notably Samba in the Rain. Bruce Hornsby helped usher Welnick into the Dead, playing piano by his side through 1991. While Welnick did not participate in any of the Dead's studio sessions, his work can be heard on both the experimental live albums Infrared Roses (1991) and Grayfolded: Transitive Axis , as well as a handful of Dick's Picks releases. Following the passing of Jerry Garcia, Welnick urged the group to continue on, though his bandmates ultimately decided to retire the Grateful Dead name. Although Welnick did not participate in tours under the Others Ones or Dead monikers, he did perform in both RatDog and the Mickey Hart Band. He also formed his own group, the Missing Man Formation, which featured Steve Kimock (guitar), Bobby Vega (bass) and the Tubes' Prairie Prince (drums). More recently, Welnick clocked in time with Dead-inspired outfits Gent Treadly and Jack Straw. He is the fourth Grateful Dead keyboardist to pass, following Ron "Pigpen" McKernan, Keith Godchaux and Brent Mydland.

Welnick was not without his demons. In 2003, the keyboard told Relix/, "I tried to off myself in the RatDog bus in '‘95, right before Christmas, right after The Dead died. I pretty much hit bottom there and I'm sure that hasn't helped my popularity with Bobby. I think that shook him up so much, and the other members of the band so much, that it contributed to why I am no longer being called to participate."” But, he did avoid certain trappings. "I coughed a pretty good attitude [laughs], but I didn't get into heroin," Welnick says. "I never used needles, never used freebase and that kind of stuff. I drew that line as a kid. No needles, no freebase, no heroin and never broke that promise myself."

Welnick, who was set to play a number of festivals and solo dates this summer, leaves behind a wife, Lorie.

"Samba In The Rain" - 1994-06-17 - Autzen Stadium - U. of Oregon - Eugene, OR

Friday, June 02, 2006

PJ in NJ

Heading out to the Jerz tomorrow to catch My Morning Jacket & Pearl Jam at the Brendan Byrne Arena (a.k.a. Continental Airlines Arena). Never seen Peal Jam before and was mostly enticed by the fact the MMJ was opening - but heard they put on a hell of a live show, so looking forward to it. Been enjoying their new album, though by no means blown away by it. Really looking forward to seeing MMJ rock an arena though.

Here's some music from their recent stop in our nation's capital...

My Morning Jacket - 2006-05-30 - Verizon Center - Washington,DC

Pearl Jam - 2006-05-30 - Verizon Center - Washington, DC

I Love Tuesdays...Friday Edition

Had to buy their cd after seeing them the other night at Irving Plaza...

Grace Potter & The Nocturnals - Nothing But The Water

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Bonnaroo In Your Room

If you can't make it down to Manchester you can experience the 'Roo in the privacy of your home via AT&T's Blue Room webcast. I watched when they did this for Vegoose and it's a great way to be a part of it without actually being there. So pitch a tent near your computer, fill up your cooler with some beverages and enjoy your AC while everyone is baking in the Tennessee heat.

Quick Thoughts On Last Night

Grace Potter is going to be a star. Sure she's going to get the inevitable Norah Jones comparisons, but they should read something like this....Grace Potter & The Nocturnals are like Norah Jones meets Crazy Horse. Really dug their set. Go buy their cd!

As for Mike Gordon & Ramble Dove. Thought it was a great show, though a bit on the long side. They came on around 10:30 and played two sets which ended around 1:20ish. I think they should have stuck to one long set instead of two, but the band was having a lot of fun up there. They played a mix of twangy country tunes both covers and originals. And if you haven't heard already Ernie stopped by and sat in for most of the show - which was an added bonus and so was the raging Possum in the second set.

When the torrent is up I'll post it. Definitely worth giving a listen to.

Head on over to Slack LaLane for Ace's thoughts on the show - here. And check out some photos from Danfun - here.