Friday, September 29, 2006


While the calander still only says September a lot of bands already have the New Year's plans set - yeah I know it seems a little to early to be thinking about who you're going to kiss at midnight. The latest band to announce their New Year's intentions is blogger approved, indie-rockers Clap Your Hands Say Yeah who will be performing at Hammerstein Ballroom with pre-sale starting next week.

Check out Jambase's list of NYE shows around the country.

Phish Phry

Lots of news to offer up about a certain band from Vermont today...

First up Justin over at Live Music Blog and Andy Gadiel have teamed up for a weekly series they've dubbed Phish Friday which they will offer up some of their favorite choice cuts from the Phab Phour each week. Check out the first three installments - Week 1, 2 & 3. Good work boys, keep the good stuff coming.

Next up the band is opening their vaults for Colorado '88. Here's some info....

We're delighted to announce Colorado '88, a three-CD set of recordings compiled from Phish's seminal tour of the Rocky Mountain State, available now for pre-order, with a Halloween release date. Mastered from the original analog cassette tapes, Colorado '88 contains recordings of songs that, until now, have not been widely traded or heard with such clarity. Several of the tracks found in the collection have never before appeared on an official Phish release.

Having conquered the New England college club circuit, Phish embarked on a storied adventure West. The band played seven shows in ten days to tiny crowds in small bars and restaurants in the ski towns of Telluride and Aspen. Colorado '88 culls, in chronological order, the best of those shows, providing a vivid glimpse into the days before the three and four-night stands at amphitheatres and arenas that would distinguish Phish in the years to come.

The material on Colorado '88 depicts the young band at one of the heights of their characteristic adventurousness. From extended forays into their Gamehendge mythology to classic and obscure covers, to cult gems, Colorado '88 includes much of the hard-to-find early Phish that die-hards have sought after for years. The release gives fans the chance to share the experience of hearing the band in such an intimate setting.

Colorado '88 is available now for pre-order exclusively from Phish Dry Goods and will also be offered for track-by-track download, along with five bonus tracks unavailable elsewhere, from For a complete tracklisting and to pre-order Colorado '88, click here.

And lastly while I was enjoying the last show at Summer Stage last night Ernie decided to drop by Irving Plaza to sit-in with Los Lobos for a bunch of songs. Here's the story from

While fans debated the pros and cons of the Phish’s latest archival release (see below) online, Trey Anastasio appeared with one of his favorite bands last night at New York’s Irving Plaza. Anastasio emerged during Los Lobos’ set for "Road for Gila Bend,” remaining onstage for "Mas y Mas," "I Got Loaded," "Not Fade Away" and "Bertha."

He will also be appearing on Letterman on Monday to promote his new album "Bar 17" - which hits stores the very next day - to perform Dragonfly.

And will be DJ'ing on Sirius on October 3rd....

Tuesday, October 3 from 6 am to midnight ET, Trey Anastasio Will host Trey Day, Vol. 2 on SIRIUS Satellite Radio, during which he will host as a SIRIUS DJ for 18 consecutive hours. Trey will choose and host all of the music selections, including music from his new CD being released October 3, Bar 17 (Red Ink), and, for the first time, will perform acoustic versions of some of them.

Anastasio previously hosted an entire Trey Day on Jam On / channel 17 in November 2005, upon the release of his last solo album, Shine. For Trey Day, Vol. 2, the acclaimed artist will also air never-before-heard recordings of original versions of Phish songs, some recorded in his father’s living room in 1985. Though he has historically kept his family life private, Trey’s daughters Eliza and Isabella will join him for an exclusive SIRIUS interview.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Albums In The Stream

For those of you interested in hearing the new albums by The Decemberists and Sean Lennon before they come out you can head here and here.

Rolling Stone gave the Sean's album "Friendly Fire" 4 stars - agree/disagree? Leave your thoughts in the comments.

Neil's Vault

Ok I know this is from last week, but forgot to get a post up about it. The long-rumor and much anticipated live vault series from Neil Young is finally happening. This first release - due out November 14th - will be a show from the famous venue on 2nd Avenue and 5th Street - which is now the home to a Emmigrant Savings Bank. Read about it here.

Here's a couple of shows to tide you over till then....

Neil Young and Crazy Horse - 1978-10-23 - The Forum - Inglewood, CA

Neil Young and Crazy Horse - 1970-02-10 - The Music Hall - Cincinnati, OH

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

I Love Tuesdays

Here are the purchases for the week....

The Black Crowes - The Lost Crowes

John Phillips - John The Wolfking of L.A.

Medeski, Martin, Scofield & Wood - Out Louder

My Morning Jacket - Okonokos

Solomon Burke - Nashville

Sparklehorse - Dreamt For Light Years In The Belly Of The Mountain

Monday, September 25, 2006

Willie's Stash

Rember last week when Willie Nelson got busted for drug possesion (yeah I know we were all shocked by it) - well Rock Daily has a picture of the stash they found on his bus, check it out here.

Before he got busted he played the ACL Fest, give a listen to his set....

Willie Nelson and Family - 2006-09-16 - Austin City Limits Music Festival - Zilker Park, Austin, TX

Music Video Mondays

What a better way to start out the week then with a little rock music from North of the border. Here's Sam Roberts with "Where Have All The Good People Gone"....

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Bad Brains and American Hardcore

Ok I'm not much of a punk fan - I own some of the essentials, but it's not a genre that does much for me other then The Ramones. Despite that there are two things going on that seem pretty cool in the world of punk.

First up seminal punk/reggae/hardcore band the Bad Brains are reuniting to help bid farewell to CBGB's on October 9th and 10th. Tickets go on-sale Sunday at noon here. They also will be releasing a live album aptly titled - Live CBGB 1982 - which hits stores on October 31st.

Second is the movie American Hardcore which if you don't know about it is a documentary the second wave of punk - 1980 - 1986. The movie includes interviews and performance footage from the likes of Black Flag, Minor Threat, the Dead Kennedys and the aforementioned Bad Brains.

Here's the trailer....

Looks great, really looking forward to seeing it.

On Tour

Bob Seger and His Silver Bullet Band looks like they'll be hitting the road for the first time in over ten years to support his new album "Face The Promise" (which has been getting some good press) for an arena tour starting this November.

I think that everyone that grew up on classic rock radio has a soft spot for this guy. Give a listen to any of these Night Moves, Rock And Roll Never Forget and Against The Wind - takes me back to 11th grade.

Here's some live stuff for ya....

Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band - 1976-06-23 - The Beginnings Club - Schaumburg, Illinois

Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band - 1974-05-14 - Orphange Club - San Francisco, CA

Golden Smog Vic Theater Review

For everyone out there that were wondering about last night's Golden Smog show at The Vic - yes Jeff Tweedy did play with the band all night - check out this review (with some pictures).

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Jeff Tweedy With Golden Smog - Tonight

Rapant rumors are the Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy will be sitting in with Golden Smog tonight at the Vic Theater in Chicago. Tweedy hasn't performed with the band on any dates despite being on the new album - so this should be quite the treat for everyone in attendance.

Here's some stuff with and without Jeff....

Golden Smog - 1996-04-13 - Tramps - New York, NY

Golden Smog - 1996-06-26 - Great American Music Hall - San Francisco, CA

Golden Smog - 2006-07-23 - First Avenue - Minneapolis, MN

Golden Smog - 2006-07-25 - Bowery Ballroom - New York, NY

I Love Tuesdays

Here are the purchase for the week....

Dr. Dog - Takers & Leavers

Ben Kweller - Ben Kweller

Magnolia Electric Co. - Fading Trails

Monday, September 18, 2006

Music Video Mondays....Part 2

This week's Village Voice features tributes to two rock clubs - The Continental and CBGB's. While The Continental will remain open as a bar (it will reopen on October 11th), CB's is rumored to be moving to Vegas - where they'll probably thrive more then they have here in recent years. Good reads - check them out here and here.

Here's Sonic Youth's latest video for "Do You Believe In Rapture" - their tribute to CB's....

Music Video Mondays

Feeling like some hip-hop today, so here's MF Doom with "All Caps"....

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Bloggy Goodness

Stereogum is at the ACL Festival and has some thoughts and pictures about day one - head here.

If you want more from ACL Muzzle of Bees is there too.

Over on Andy Gadiel's Phish Page you can watch the rare and mostly unseen computer animated video for the song "Esther" - watch here.

Phish & Chips has the Warren Haynes/Gregg Allman set from 9/2/06 at Red Rocks - definitely worth giving a listen to - download away here.

Bows + Arrows loves The Rosewood Thieves and The Kamikaze Hearts - check it out here.


Saturday, September 16, 2006

The Mugs @ Magnetic Fields - Tonight

After over a year of doing this blog I finally got invited out to my first show by a band - while I unfortunately won't be able to make it I figured I should definitely give it and them a plug. So if you're in the NYC area and looking for something to do tonight you should consider heading out to Magnetic Field and checking out The Mugs - they'll be hitting the stage around 9 or so for a full 2 hour show.

By there friends on MySpace too - here.

You can also catch them at a town near you too....

9/16/06 - Magnetic Field - Brooklyn, NY - 8:30pm doors
9/23/06 - Rockwood Music Hall - New York, NY - 10pm
9/28/06 - NEMO Festival - Abbey Lounge - Boston, MA - 8:30pm
9/29/06 - Garfield Artworks - Pittsburgh, PA - TBD
9/30/06 - Hide Out - Chicago, IL - 9pm
10/1/06 - Vaudeville Mews - Des Moines, IA - 5:00pm doors
10/2/06 - OÂ’Leavers - Omaha, NE - 8pm
10/5/06 - Make-Out Room - San Francisco, CA - 8:30pm
10/8/06 - The Hotel Utah Saloon - San Francisco, CA - 8pm
10/10/06 - KHUM Live On-Air - Ferndale, CA - 1pm(EST)/10am(PST)
10/11/06 - LuckeyÂ’s Bar - Eugene, OR - TBD
10/12/06 - KEXP Live On-Air - Seattle, WA - 12:30pm(EST)/9:30am(PST)
10/12/06 - High Dive - Seattle, WA - 9pm
10/13/06 - Sunset Tavern KEXP Ballard Neighborhood Party - Seattle, WA - 7pm
10/17/06 - Station 4 - St. Paul, MN - 9pm
10/18/06 - The Klinic Bar - Madison, WI - 9pm
10/20/06 - Schubas - Chicago, IL - TBD
10/28/06 - Rockwood Music Hall - New York, NY - 10pm

MMJ on Tour

Ok so this is kind of old news already, but My Morning Jacket will be hitting the road this fall - with Jim James new favorite band The Slip supporting on some dates. Here's the dates....

11/9 - Music Farm - Charleston, SC
11/10 - Tennessee Theate - Knoxville, TN
11/12 - Tabernacle - Atlanta, GA
11/13 - Ryman Auditorium - Nashville, TN
11/15 - House of Blues - New Orleans, LA
11/16-17 - Gypsy Theater - Dallas, TX
11/18 - Stubb's - Austin, TX
11/20 - Pageant - St. Louis, MO
11/21 - Riverside - Milwaukee, WI
11/22 - Louisville Gardens - Louisville, KY
11/24 - Riviera Theater - Chicago, IL
11/25 - Clowes Hall - Indianapolis, IN
11/27-28 - 9:30 Club - Washington, DC
11/30 - Roseland Ballroom - New York, NY
12/1 - Electric Factory - Philadelphia, PA
12/2 - Avalon Ballroom - Boston, MA

In other MMJ new their new live double album Okonokos hits stores on Seoptember 26th and the live DVD arrives on October 31st. I was lucky enough to recieve an advance of the album and it's everything you'd expect from one of the best live bands out there - so go and pick up a copy when it comes out.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Rock Reunions?

Rolling Stone's Rock Daily is reporting on the potential of two rock reunions - Van Halen touring again with David Lee Roth and Rod Stewart and the Faces getting back together. Read about it here.

While I wouldn't hold your breath on either of these happening, you can still enjoy some music from their heyday....

Rod Stewart & the Faces - 1971-03-13 - Sacramento, California

The Faces - 1974-01-27 - Auckland

Van Halen - 1976-05-29 - Conference Building - Pasadena Convention Center - Pasadena, CA

Van Halen - 1979-03-25 - Selland Arena - Fresno, CA

Van Halen - 1980-05-01 - Capitol Center - Landover, MD

Monday, September 11, 2006

Shelter From The Storm

Thought this was a great read (again) and a must for music fans - Shelter From The Storm: By David Fricke.

Music Video Monday

Just thought this seemed appropriate for today. Here's Ryan Adams with "New York, New York"...

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Bloggy Goodness

Been a slacker this week, but here's what some other people have been posting about....

B(oot)log got some live stuff from Tilly and The Wall's recent appearance on The World Cafe. Give it a listen here.

I Am Fuel, You Are Friends has got two great post chocked with tunes. The first dedicated to the late great Otis Redding who would have been 65 this week and the second containing some of her favorite "Stray Gems" by Bobby D. Check them out here and here.

Head on over to Fresh Bread who's got a review and some picture from the rainy - but highly enjoyable - Ben Harper show that I was at Summerstage earlier this week. Read about it here.

Burning Oak has a got a clever musical goodbye to The Crocodile Hunter - head here.

Over at My Old Kentucky Blog you can download a mash-up of The Beatles "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" and The Beach Boys "Pet Sounds". Intrigued - head here.

Finally happy to see the revival of Andy Gadiel's Phish Page - which he has been turned into a blog about all things Phish-y. It was a page that I frequented on a daily basis back in it's hey day - welcome back!

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

The Cars - The Movie

A new documentary about The Cars - produced by Ric Ocasek - called "The Cars Unlocked" will be released on DVD on October 17th. The movie will be packaged with a live cd as well - their first live album. Read about it here.

Unfortunately The New Cars will be back on the road too after canceling their summer tour with Blondie.

Here's some live some stuff from The Old Cars...

The Cars - 1978-09-22 - The Palladium - NYC, New York

The Cars - 1979-09-04 - Universal Amphitheater - Los Angeles, CA

The Cars - 1984-08-06 - Poplar Creek - Hoffman Estates, IL

I Love Tuesdays

Nothing great out this week, but did pick this up - I know it's been out for awhile, but it was $6.99...

ALO - Fly Between Falls

Monday, September 04, 2006

Music Video Monday

Just love this video and song - Bright Eyes "First Day Of My Life"....

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Bloggy Goodness

Everyone is loving Dylan this week - including Aquarium Drunkard who has a treasure-trove of unreleased tracks from the Freewheelin' session - check it out here, it's a must if you ask me.

Speaking of Zimmy a must watch is his brand new video for "When The Deal Goes Down" - head here - sort of the perfect video to end the summer with.

Check out Rock Daily's coverage of this year's once again underwhelming VMA's here.

Central Village has a new favorite band of '06 and they're called Bound Stems - read about and listen to some tunes here.

Over at the Runout Groove you can grab some tracks off the recently released Radiodread (which of you don't know about is a reggae version of OK Computer) - here's the link.

Burning Oak is showing some love to a couple of local Chicago-area bands Saturday Morning and The Interiors. Read about them and grab some music here and here.

And finally if you dig Ray LaMontagne you might want to head over to The Late Greats who's got his appearance from last Sunday on NPR - here.


Friday, September 01, 2006

Neko Case @ McCarren Pools

Took some pics at Neko Case's show last week at McCarren Pool - sorry they're not that great, but figured I'd share...