Tuesday, October 31, 2006

I Love Tuesdays

Here are the purchases for the week....

Willie Nelson - Songbird

Phish - Colorado '88

Monday, October 30, 2006

Music Video Mondays

Weezer and The Muppets what else is there to say.....

Vegoose Torrents

Music from Vegoose is starting to roll in as they do I'll keep adding to this list. Here's what's up for grabs....

Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds - 2006-10-27 - MGM Grand Hotel - Grand Garden Arena - Las Vegas, NV (24 Bit)

Gomez - 2006-10-28 - Vegoose Music Festival - Jokers Wild Stage - Las Vegas NV

Keller Williams Incident - 2006-10-28 - Vegoose Music Festival - Double Down Stage - Las Vegas, NV

The Mars Volta - 2006-10-28 - Vegoose Music Festival - Snake Eyes Stage Star - Las Vegas, NV

Medeski, Martin and Wood with Maceo Parker - 2006-10-28 - Vegoose Music Festival - Joker's Wild Stage - Sam Boyd Stadium - Las Vegas, NV (from AT&T Blue Room stream)

Phil & Trey - 2006-10-28 - Vegoose Music Festival Late Night - Orleans Arena - Las Vegas, NV (1st Set)

Phil & Trey - 2006-10-28 - Vegoose Music Festival Late Night - Orleans Arena - Las Vegas, NV (2nd Set)

Praxis - 2006-10-28 - Vegoose Music Festival - Double Down Stage - Las Vegas, NV

The Black Crowes - 2006-10-28 - Vegoose Music Festival - Double Down Stage - Las Vegas, NV

The Raconteurs - 2006-10-28 - Vegoose Music Festival - Snake Eyes Stage - Las Vegas, NV

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - 2006-10-28 - Vegoose Music Festival - Double Down Stage
Las Vegas, NV

Yonder Mountain String Band - 2006-10-28 - Vegoose Music Festival - Las Vegas, NV

Galactic feat. members of Blackalicious - 2006-10-29 - Vegoose Music Festival - Las Vegas, NV

"Phil & Trey..." - 2006-10-29 - Vegoose Music Festival - Double Down Stage - Las Vegas, NV

Rhythm Devils - 2006-10-29 - Vegoose Music Festival Las - Double Down Stage - Vegas, NV

The Roots - 2006-10-29 - Vegoose Music Festival - Double Down Stage - Las Vegas, NV

String Cheese Incident - 2006-10-29 - Orleans Arena - Las Vegas, NV

Widespread Panic - 2006-10-29 - Vegoose Music Festival - Double Down Stage - Las Vegas, NV (AT&T Blueroom Internet Stream)

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Turf War

In the wake of CBGB's closing down the NY Times took an opportunity to talk about the "turf war" between Live Nation and Bowery Presents and some new venues that both companies will be booking - as well as some other places to catch live music too. Check it out here.

Here's their handy downtown venue map of the place mentioned in the article.....


Once again the folks over at AT&T's Blue Room will be helping out all of us who couldn't make the trek out to Vegas for Vegoose by webcasting the festivities. Here's the schedule....

10/28 Lineup

12:20 PM - Gomez
1:30 PM - Cat Power & The Memphis Rhythm Band
2:30 PM - The Coup
3:15 PM - Toubab Krewe
3:50 PM - The Raconteurs
5:oo PM - Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley
6:15 PM - Medeski, Martin & Wood featuring Maceo Parker
7:30 PM - The Black Crowes
9:00 PM - Praxis
9:15 PM - Jurassic 5
9:45 PM - The Killers

10/29 Lineup

12:00 PM - The Keller Williams Incident
1:45 PM - Band of Horses
2:25 PM - Galactic
3:40 PM - Built To Spill
4:40 PM - The Rhythm Devils with Mike Gordon
6:10 PM - Guster
7:10 PM - Jenny Lewis & The Watson Twins
8:00 PM - Trey & Phil
10:00 PM - Widespread Panic

Remember all these times of PST so adjust accordingly and enjoy!

Watch it all here.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

I Love Tuesdays

Here are the purchases for the week....

Bright Eyes - Noise Floor (Rarities: 1998 - 2005)

Corinne Bailey Rae - Corinne Bailey Rae

The Whigs - Give 'Em All A Big Fat Lip

Monday, October 23, 2006

Music Video Mondays

Caught Ben Kweller at Webster Hall on Friday - great show. It kind of amazes me that more people don't know him since he writes such great indie-pop songs. Somehow I only had listened to his new album a handful of times before I knew most of the lyrics to the songs - definitely the sign of a great pop album. So here's "Sundress"....

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Down At Fraggle Rock

I'm suprised it took this long, but the beloved (and slightly heady) children's show Fraggle Rock is headed to the big screen. Ahmet Zappa is currently developing the movie which is feature new and improved puppet versions of all your favorite Fraggles, Doozers and Gorgs. Read the full story here. FYI the Margory the trash heap lady always freaked me out when I was a kid.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Punch Drunk Love

Ok so it might not be Ali/Frazier, but Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy did have an altercation with a fan that jumped on stage the other night. Ok so Jeff punched the guy in the face when this schmuck tried to grab him - semantics. Read about the whole thing and see some video of it too courtesy of Pitchfork here.

Here's the official response to what the band is calling the Springfield Masacree...

Although we normally go WAY out of our way to avoid responding to things like this, we feel obligated to address some sensationalized stories about Monday night's Wilco show in Springfield, Missouri.

Here's a brief synopsis of what happened. It was clear fairly early on that security was a a bit lax at the Shrine Mosque. We had decided in advance to not have a barricade in front of the stage (a mistake?) so the band and crowd could be as close together as possible. The band prefer it that way.

Fairly early in the set, there were a couple of people shoving and roughing up others in front of the stage. Jeff asked everyone to calm down and respect each other and when things did, the band resumed the set.

At the end of the main set, a woman sneaked up a back stairway and entered from a side stage door. Shortly thereafter she ran onto the stage and sat on the piano bench next to keyboardist Mikael Jorgensen while the band played "Poor Places". She was heavily intoxicated and was removed from the stage by several members of the band's crew.

As that situation was getting dealt with, another arose. During the first encore a young man jumped onto the stage and did the requisite salute to his pals. While we certainly do not encourage that kind of behavior, we were prepared to let it go, as he was, it seemed, heading back into the crowd. Just when it appeared he was walking off the stage he turned around and moved towards Tweedy from behind. Jeff did not see him approaching, but felt the guy’s hands on his head. To this, Jeff reacted. As Jeff put it... "I really regret what happened last night. I wish it had gone another way... and i suspect had i felt safer on that stage, had security been doing a better job all night long, well things would have gone differently. He approached me from behind... and I reacted in defense to get him away. I didn't know what his intentions were... and I had to get him off of me. I'm sad that it happened at all."

Longtime Springfield resident Lou Whitney (owner of The Studio, record producer and bassist for the Skeletons/Morrels, Syd Straw, Steve Forbert, and others) was at the show. He put it this way. "Jeff shouldn't back off an inch on this one. I saw the whole damn thing... he reacted how anyone would when surprised by having someone invade their personal space -- a space that is supposed to be secure. The guy walked up behind him and grabbed him around his head.You couldn't tell if he was gonna kiss him, hug him or something else. And Jeff pushed him or hit him or whatever to get him away. Hell, under the circumstances, Mahatma Gandhi probably might have done the same thing."

From there the show continued normally. Nobody got hurt, a few people got scared, but it went on. The band played their entire set list (okay, they dropped a song... but that happens all the time) finished up their two encores and got on the bus and headed for W. Virginia. Suffice to say... a good time was had by most.

Jeff's also got a live dvd coming out called Sunken Treasure: Live In The Pacific Northwest - buy it here.

Vegoose Schedule

For those of you headed out to Vegoose the schedule is now up so you can start planning your day. While I'm not going to be out there you should definitely check out the following HFTB approved acts....

Satruday - 10/28

The Raconteurs - Snake Eyes Stage - 3:50 - 4:50 (Jack White with his Zepplin-esque side-project - this may be the best set you'll see all weekend)

Sunday - 10/29

Band of Horses - Jokers Wild Stage - 12:20 - 1:05 (ouch, they're the first band on, on Sunday - but well worth seeing)

Jenny Lewis & The Watson Twins - Cabarat Club Tent - 5:05 - 6:20 (Ok it's up against Phil and Trey, but those guys are playing a late night show and Jenny Lewis ain't too bad on the eyes)

Jim James - Cabarat Club Tent - 7:30 - 9:00 (solo set from the My Morning Jacket frontman, what else is there to say about this?)

Check them out first....

The Raconteurs - 2006-09-19 - Tabernacle - Atlanta, GA

Band of Horses - 2006-07-28 - Capital Hill Block Party - Seattle, WA

Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins - 2006-03-07 - Richards on Richards - Vancouver, BC

Jim James - 2005-11-05 - Easy Street Records - Seattle WA

Hidden Tracks

Sorry been out of commission the last couple of days and probably won't be getting much up during the day for the next few weeks, but will still try my best.

While I might not be providing a lot of content to keep you distracted you should definitely head on over to Glide's new music blog Hidden Tracks - Ace Cowboy of Slack LaLane fame is heading it up and it's sure to be a must read, so show him some love.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

I Love Tuesdays

Picked up a couple of things at the Tower Records going out of business sale....

Otis Redding - Live In Europe

Jimmy Smith - Root Down

Monday, October 16, 2006

Harp's 50 Most Essential Albums Since 2001

The fine folks over at one of my favorite music magazines - Harp - are celebrating their 5th anniversary and in honor of that they put together their list of the 50 Most Essential Albums Since 2001. The list has been hotly debated on a some blogs (head here and here) so figured I'd post here and see what you guys thought....

50) Gillian Welch - (Time) The Revelator
49) The Roots - Phrenology
48) Queens of the Stone Age - Songs for the Deaf
47) Silver Jews - Tanglewood Numbers
46) Guided by Voices - Isolation Drills
45) Neko Case - Blacklisted
44) Solomon Burke - Dont Give Up On Me
43) Kathleen Edwards - Failer
42) Mark Lanegan - Bubblegum
41) Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros - Streetcore
40) Lucinda Williams - World without tears
39) Missy Elliot - Miss E…So Addictive
38) Sparklehorse - Its a wonderful life
37) The Libertines - Up the Bracket
36) The Black Keys - Rubber Factory
35) Franz Ferdinand - S/T
34) Wolf Parade - Apologies to Queen Mary
33) Bob Dylan - Love and Theft
32) The Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
31) Drive By Truckers - Decoration Day
30) Ryan Adams - Gold
29) Steve Earle - The Revolution Starts Now
28) Elvis Costello - The Delivery Man
27) The Strokes - Is This It?
26) The White Stripes - White Blood Cells
25) The Shins - Chutes Too Narrow
24) The White Stripes - Elephant
23) Cat Power - You Are Free
22) Loretta Lynn - Van Lear Rose
21) Devendra Banhart - Cripple Crow
20) My Morning Jacket - It Still Moves
19) Outkast - Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
18) Steve Earle - Jerusalem
17) Iron and Wine - Our Endless Numbered Days
16) Wilco - A Ghost is Born
15) PJ Harvey - Uh Huh Her
14) Kanye West - Late Registration
13) The New Pornographers - Electric Version
12) The White Stripes - Get Behind Me Satan
11) Sleater Kinney - The Woods
10) The Mars Volta - Frances the Mute
9) M.I.A. - Arular
8) Anthony and the Johnsons - I Am A Bird Now
7) Tom Waits - Real Gone
6) My Morning Jacket - Z
5) Tom Waits - Alice
4) Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
3) Brian Wilson - Smile
2) The New Pornographers - Twin Cinema
1) The Arcade Fire - Funeral

Six Degrees Of Bob Dylan

Head on over to Coudal Partner to play Bringing It All Back Home - basically it's the Kevin Bacon game, but with Bob Dylan. A random winner with the correct links will be selected each day and win a copy of Modern Times. Check it out, today you'll need to figure out how to get from reclusive author J.D. Salinger to Zimmy - good luck.


Seminal punk club CBGB's hosted its final concerts over the weekend. Brooklyn Vegan has some pics and a reader's review from The Dictators show on Saturday (head here) and Stereogum and Jaded Insider have pics and a review - respectively, from last night. Head here and here for those.

Here's some shows to help you remember the glory days...

Blondie - 1975-07-18 - CBGB's - New York, NY

Television -1976-03-12 - CBGB's - New York, NY

Talking Head - 1977-03-31 - CBGB's - New York, NY

The Ramones - 1977-10-27 - CBGB's - New York, NY

Bad Brains - 1981-02-25 - CBGB's - New York, NY

Music Video Mondays

Great way to kick off a Monday morning, here's the Beastie Boys with "Sabotage"....

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Live At The 9:30 Club

I'm always a bit amazed that people come to this here blog on a daily basis and even take the time to leave comments and send the occasional kind email my way. I'm even more shocked some of said people work in the music industry. So when I got an email about my interest in posting some MP3s and info about a bands new album it was hard to say no - plus it's good karma.

So with that in mind (wait for it).....

Live At The 9:30 Club is the latest release from D.C. based roots-rockers the Virginia Coalition. If you're not familiar with the band they lie somewhere in the realm of the O.A.R./Pat McGee Band/Dispatch's of the music world (or jam-lite as I like the call those bands). While these guys might not be my cup of tea (read my review of thier last album here) I'm all for spreading some tunes, so here's a couple of tracks off the album for your listening and downloading pleasure...

"Gates of Wisdom" (MP3)

"That's What You Said" (MP3)

And here's what some people have had to say about the album:

Live at the 9:30 Club is an hour and 45 minutes of unwavering vibrancy; even on the many songs that stretch longer than eight minutes, Poliakoff and company never let their energy wane. Likewise, the crowd's excitement audibly ricochets through the club's cavernous space, capturing the rock 'n'adoration that VaCo surely dreamed about in high school.
-Washington Post

The song writing is mainly what moves the VACO sound, but the live show brings out the musicianship of this band and moreover, the soul that goes into the connection with the fans each night. Whether your pile of ticket stubs is the remnants of a jam tour, indie clubs, or pop hot spots, Virginia Coalition's Live at the 9:30 Club will fit pleasantly with your live tastes. This is the music loyal fans have been following for years, and it's a nice piece to hang on to.

VACO is currently on tour in support of the album, so go out and catch them if you dig the tracks and be their friend on MySpace too - VACO's MySapce Page.

10/19 - Mexicali Blues - Teaneck, NJ
10/20 - Pickle Barrel - Killington, VT
10/21 - Harper's Ferry - Allston, MA
10/22 - Cafe Nine - New Haven, CT
10/27 - Blue Note - New York, NY
10/28 - North By Northwest - Philadelphia, PA
10/30 - 123 Pleasant Street - Morgantown, WV
10/31 - Club Cafe - Pittsburgh, PA
11/2 - The Temple Club - Lansing, MI
11/3 - Bogart's (Front Room) - Cincinatti, OH
11/5 - The Music Mill - Indianopolis, IN
11/15 - Martin's Downtown - Roanoke, VA
11/16 - House of Blues (Cambridge Room) - Cleveland, OH
11/17 - Park West - Chicago, IL
12/29 - The Birchmere - Alexandria, VA

Endless Highway - The Music Of The Band

So a few months back I posted about The Band tribute album that was being put together. Well the album is going to be called "Endless Highway: The Music of The Band" and it hits street on January 30th. The track list has also been released, check it out....

"I Shall Be Released," Jack Johnson

"The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down," The Allman Brothers Band

"Rocking Chair," Death Cab For Cutie

"It Makes No Difference," My Morning Jacket

"The Weight," Lee Ann Womack

"Whispering Pines," Jakob Dylan

"Up on Cripple Creek," Gomez

"King Harvest," Bruce Hornsby

"Unfaithful Servant," Rosanne Cash

"Rag Mama Rag," Blues Traveler

"Bessie Smith," Joe Henry

"This Wheel's on Fire," Guster

"Chest Fever," Widespread Panic

"Ain't No More Cane," John Hiatt & North Mississippi Allstars

"Look Out Cleveland," Jackie Greene

"Ophelia," Animal Liberation Orchestra

"Stage Fright," Steve Reynolds

"When I Paint My Masterpiece," Josh Turner

"The Shape I'm In," Gov't Mule

Quite a great selection and no real glaring omissions (though I would have liked to have seen "When You Awake" and "Arcadian Driftwood" on there). Don't think I've been this excited about an album coming out in awhile.

Check out my original post here for some great live covers to download.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

R.I.P. Cory Lidle

A sad and surreal day here in New York City and as a Yankee fan it makes it even a bit more weird - Cory we barely knew you, but you will be missed.

Read about the tragedy here and here.

Statements from the Yankees

"Cory's time with the Yankees was short, but he was a good teammate and a great competitor. My heart goes out to his family." - Joe Torre


Next month Marco Benevento will take up residency at New York's downtown avant-jazz club Tonic for some interesting collaborations. Here's the details from Jambands.com....

Marco Benevento will flex his stylistic muscles next month. The keyboardist will perform with a different ensemble each Wednesday at New York’s Tonic: November 1 (a set of Benny Goodman covers with Mike Gordon), November 8 (a duo performance with trumpeter Steven Bernstein), November 15 (a solo show), November 22 (a drum heavy gig with percussionists Bobby Previte, Mike Dillon and Joe Russo) and November 29 (a unique bill featuring former Pearl Jam drummer/Play Pause Stop producer Matt Chamberlain and JFJO bassist Reed Mathis.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Ahhhh....The Simpsons

Heading off to see Simpson's creator Matt Groening talk tonight at the 92 St Y - should be a great, geeky night.

I could post a ton of Simpsons related things, but it's moe.'s Halloween show from a 2002 that popped into my head first.....

moe. - 2002-10-31 - Houston Field House - RPI - Troy, NY

Here's the setlist....

1: Simpsons' Theme*, Plane Crash, Itchy and Scratchy Theme*, Bullet** > moe./Particle Jam > The Elevator > Particle/moe. Jam > Moth#, Itchy and Scratchy Theme, Bagged Me A Homer*, Itchy and Scratchy Theme

2: Flaming Moe's Theme* > Spaz Medicine, Itchy and Scratchy Theme, Kyle > Kids, Itchy and Scratchy Theme, See My Vest*#, Itchy and Scratchy Theme, Spine Of A Dog > Simpsons' Theme > Buster

E: Captain America, Simpsons' Theme

Also The Simpson's movie hits theaters July 27th next year. Here's the teaser....

I Love Tuesdays

Here are the purchases for the week....

Cold War Kids - Robbers And Cowards

Margot & The Nuclear So And So's - The Dust of Retreat

Monday, October 09, 2006

Phil & Trey's Friends

For those of you out there who were wondering who was going to fill out Ernie and Phil's band at Vegoose here's the official announcement....

Phil Lesh & Trey Anastio will continue the live collaboration that thrilled audiences this summer by performing together at the Vegoose Music Festival in Las Vegas on October 28th and 29th. Joining Lesh and Anastasio will be an all-star band consisting of Hammond B-3 wizard John Medeski, guitarist Larry Campbell and drummer John Molo. The band will be playing a psychedelic late nite show at the Orleans Arena on October 28th before moving to perform a set that will have you dancing at the main stage at Sam Boyd Star Nursery Field on Sunday October 29th.

Music Video Mondays

Going to see her later this week at Town Hall, so with that in mind, here's Jenny Lewis & The Watson Twins with "Rise Up With Fists!".....

Battle of the Album Covers

This is awesome, enjoy....

Sunday, October 08, 2006


It was really not a surprise when Willie Nelson was busted for possesion a few weeks back, but Jimmy Buffett - wha?!?! Apparantly French customs officials found 100 tabs of ecstasy in the luggage of everyone's favorite middle-aged, beach bum. Read about it here.

Guess it explains why his fans dress like this....

Here's some old-school Jimmy....

Jimmy Buffett - 1975-09-04 - The Back Door, CSUSD - San Diego, CA

Jimmy Buffett - 1974-10-18 - The Record Plant - Sausalito, CA

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Weird Al Is Cool Again?!?!?!?

As confirmed by Best Week Ever last week Weird Al is relevant again. His new album Straight Outta Lynwood debuted at number 10 - his highest chart debut ever. I'll admit it I loved the guy when I was a kid (you know you did too) I owned Weird Al Yankovic, In 3-D and Dare To Be Stupid on record when I was 7 or 8. Can't say I have any desire to buy his new album now, but the guy did make some pretty clever songs and videos - Scott Robin assembled his Top Ten Weird Al vids check it out here.

And if that doesn't satisfy your jones for song parodies here's a couple of live shows (oh Dimeadozen you never seem to disappoint)....

“Weird Al” Yankovic - 1984-05-17 - Fort Lauderdale, FL

“Weird Al” Yankovic - 1995-03-31 - Hamilton Place - Hamilton, Ontario

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

I Love Tuesdays

Here are the purchases for the week....

The Decemberists - The Crane Wife

The Hold Steady - Boys And Girls In America

Trey Anastasio - Bar 17

Popper Project - The John Popper Project featuring DJ Logic

Monday, October 02, 2006

Music Video Mondays

For those of you that are only familiar with fantastic indie-rock take on this Traveling Wilburys classic, here's the original version of "Handle With Care"....