Monday, February 26, 2007
SNL's Digital Shorts have been hit or miss this season, but when they're good they're quite brilliant. I've been quoting this one since Saturday night....
And oh yeah Arcade Fire also performed and did their best imitation of Pete Townsend - watch here and here.
Posted by Jeffrey Greenblatt at 3:48 PM
I guess I'm a little late on getting something up about Peter, Bjorn and John - who seemed to be the hot blog band of the last few months - so here they are with "Young Folks", so you can decide for yourself if they're worth the hype. ....
Friday, February 23, 2007
I took the plunge and bought a ticket to this year's Bonnaroo - I'm both excited and terrified by the idea of the whole thing since I've never been a festival guy. I counted about 40 plus bands on this initial line-up that I'm a fan of or would want to check out, so kind of figured if I didn't go this year then it was never going to happen - only 110 days and counting. More thoughts on this later and hopefully I'll do a 'Roo preview to get people familiarized with who's who.
While I didn't make it any of the official Pool Parties last summer at McCarren Pool - did see a couple of shows there though and loved the place - I'm really excited about the fact that they will be returning again. Here's some info....
We will be producing nine consecutive FREE Sunday concerts at The McCarren Park Pool bordering Williamsburg and Greenpoint Brooklyn. Get ready to slip 'n' slide, get stung in the dodgeball pit, get fat on burgers and beer, and listen to some of our favorite bands in the the summer sun.
JELLYNYC's 2007 POoL PARTIES will take place on the following dates...
JELLYNYC will also be co-producing three other dates at the McCarren Park Pool, including a benefit for the Open Space Alliance (OSA) on June 10 (ticket cost will be no higher than $15), a FREE show on June 21st celebrating the first annual Make Music New York Festival, as well as a FREE event with our dear friends The Brooklyn Brewery in mid September--Brooklyn's own Roctoberfest. For those of you who don't know, in Germany Octoberfest starts in September.Hopefully this year I'll get out there and catch a few of them - they had some pretty eclectic line-ups each week.
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
A little late on wishing everyone a happy Fat Tuesday - but in honor of it I'm going to offer you up this great New Orleans inspired video combo. First up here's Dr. John, The Meters and Professor Longhair doing "Big Chief"....
And this pretty creepy video of Dr. John as The Night Tripper (this is a must watch).....
A bunch of festival line-up announcements have been rolling in and I'm feeling lazy so I'm just going to list them with the artists....
The Gorge Ampitheatre, George, WA
May 26-27, 2007
Saturday, May 26th:
The Arcade Fire
Manu Chao Radio Bemba Sound System
The Hold Steady
Sunday, May 27th:
Michael Franti & Spearhead
The Black Angels
Tokyo Police Club
Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter
Minus The Bear
***More acts to be announced!***
June 1-3, 2007
Hunter Mountain, NY
Michael Franti and Spearhead
Robert Randolph and The Family Band
New Orleans Social Club
North Mississippi Allstars
Tea Leaf Green
Backyard Tire Fire
***More acts to be announced!***
May 5th-6th, 2007
• Abigail Washburn with the Sparrow Quartet Featuring Ben Sollee, Casey Driessen and Bela Fleck
• Alan Jackson
• Alejandro Escovedo
• Baxter Black
• Brooks and Dunn
• Carolyn Dawn Johnson
• Chris Hillman and Herb Peterson
• Cowboy Celtic
• Cowboy Nation
• David Serby
• Don Edwards
• Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver
• Drive By Truckers
• Earl Scruggs
• Emmylou Harris
• Eric Church
• Garrison Keillor
• Gary Allan
• George Strait
• Jamie O'Neal
• Jason Aldean
• Jason Michael Carroll
• John Cowan Band
• Junior Brown
• Kenny Chesney
• Kris Kristofferson
• Lucinda Williams
• Marty Stuart
• Miranda Lambert
• Neko Case
• Nickel Creek
• Old 97's
• Old School Freight Train
• Pat Green
• Ramblin Jack Elliott
• Raul Malo
• Red Steagall
• Richie Furay
• Ricky Skaggs
• Riders In The Sky
• Robert Earl Keen
• Roger Alan Wade
• Sara Evans
• Sons of the San Joaquin
• The Del McCoury Band
• The Flatlanders featuring Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Joe Ely and Butch Hancock
• Waddie Mitchell
• Wille Nelson
• Yonder Mountain String Band
March 23rd - 25th, 2007
Lack Placid, NY
Tea Leaf Green
Moot Boot Lover's Peter Prince
Sam Kiniger Band
Gordon Stone Band
The Casual Fiasco
David Cain and the Neighborhood Band
Hot Day At The Zoo
I'm sure they are more out there, but honestly I can't keep up with all of them anymore.
Monday, February 19, 2007
Back from a few days in D.C. where I saw the first triple-double in GW hoops history and ran into Ernie and his family walking into the Barnes & Noble in Georgetown. I guess with the nostalgia feel to the weekend the title of the is song is pretty appropriate. Here's one of my favorite bands Dr. Dog with "My Old Ways".....
Thursday, February 15, 2007
If you’re a live music junkie and use iTunes but you have not downloaded the iTunes plugin iConcertCal, do yourself a favor and go grab it.
I just recently downloaded and started using iConcertCal. It's free, easy to install (on Mac or PC), and does one key thing that iTunes has not yet done: it connects your digital music library to the concert listings in the world around you.
What this means is that when you load iConcertCal, it will scan the artist's in your music collection and present you with a calendar of when those bands are playing in your area (through the “Visualizer” function). If you're interested in a particular concert, you can click the link in the sidebar (screenshot here). It's a nifty plug-in, and is not unlike most other Apple-related applications: it's simple and easy to use.
However, it is not yet linked to all that much of the Internet world out there. The concert links either hit listings on Pollstar.com (which is pretty weak) or goes to the venue websites themselves, which, as we all know, tend to run the gamut of somewhat useful to completely useless.
That said, this is a step in the right direction for live music fans, and is even better because it taps into the enormous market of people who use iTunes. Also, it is clear that the folks behind iConcertCal have bigger ideas and are seeking out ways to further improve the plugin. They’ve already released version 1.1, which adds the following: 1) a search radius feature -- for those of us not afraid of traveling any distance for a band’s tour; 2) the ability to refine your search by making a playlist; 3) the addition of “opening bands” and other acts; 4) the ability to search for bands not in your collection...and of course, it includes the requisite fixes for bugs in the original version.
iConcertCal also recently joined forces with our friends over at Jambase.com, who graciously (and wisely) allowed the access to the mass Jambase database of concert listings. But I have a question for the iConcertCal folks…how about a way to link this iConcertCal to my personal calendar either on my system or in an online calendar app like Google Calendar? How about a way to have these links hit on one or several ticketing options? Maybe we’ll get these, and other features, in a future version.
Posted by Jeffrey Greenblatt at 12:02 PM
On the heels of the feel good time I had last week at Ernie's appearance at the 92nd St. Y comes some potential bad news for him. The Burlington Free Press is reporting that he will be indicted on 3 felony counts and an additional 4 misdemeanors - which according to the articles means "he could face up to 14 years in prison if convicted and sentenced to the maximum on all counts. All the charges, though, carry minimum sentences that involve no incarceration and permit a range of several years on the upper end."
Read the whole article here.
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
I have to admit I'm a sucker for this kind of stuff and if I was in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area tonight I'd probably be headed to The Cabooze to see God Johnson who will be covering The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonley Hearts Club Band.
Don't really know much about these guys, other then one of the guys that used to be in The Big Wu is in the band. But the folks over at HT seem to dig them - plus they do some interesting covers including Phish's Lizards.
Give them a listen....
2007-01-06 - God Johnson - Papa Charlies - Lusten Mountain - Lusten, MN
Posted by Jeffrey Greenblatt at 4:08 PM
Looking for that last minute gift to give that special someone or just some great tunes to listen to today- well the folks over at I Am Fuel, Your Are Friends, The Late Greats and Some Velvet Blog have teamed up to offer you 30 Great Love Songs For Valentine's Day. Some great choices between the three of them, but the whole thing is worth checking out just for M. Ward's brilliant cover of Pete Townshend's synth-tastic song - My Love Opens The Door To Your Heart - give it a listen here.
Check out their choices here, here and here.
Posted by Jeffrey Greenblatt at 11:32 AM
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Hidden Track is reporting that the line-up going around was indeed for real - they recieved the official press release around 8 PM tonight. Pollstar has the confirmation as well - read about it here.
Unfortunately this kind of took the fun out waiting for the official announcement, but I'll sleep fine tonight. I'm quite impressed with this initial line-up it's pretty much what my Ipod looks like when it's on shuffle. I've never been down to Manchester, but I think this might have to be the year.
Here's the official line-up so far.....
The Police, Tool, Widespread Panic, The White Stripes, Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals, Wilco, The Flaming Lips, Manu Chao, The String Cheese Incident, Franz Ferdinand, Bob Weir & Ratdog, Damien Rice, Ween, Gov't Mule, Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers, The Decemberists, Kings of Leon, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Wolfmother, Regina Spektor, Galactic, The Black Keys, DJ Shadow, Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, Spoon, Keller Williams (WMD's), Sasha & John Digweed, STS9, Old Crow Medicine Show, The Hold Steady, North Mississippi Allstars, Fountains Of Wayne, Hot Tuna, Feist, Hot Chip, Lily Allen, John Butler Trio, Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys, Aesop Rock, The Richard Thompson Band, Dierks Bentley, Xavier Rudd, Gogol Bordelo, Junior Brown, Tortoise, T-Bone Burnett, Mavis Staples, Clutch, Cold War Kids, Dr. Dog, Paolo Nutini, Brazilian Girls, RX Bandits, The Nightwatchman, The Slip, Girl Talk, Railroad Earth, Martha Wainwright, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Annuals, Tea Leaf Green, Sam Roberts Band, Elvis Perkins in Dearland, Charlie Louvin, Sonya Kitchell, Mute Math, Apollo Sunshine, Uncle Earl, James Blood Ulmer, The National, The Little Ones, Ryan Shaw
Lewis Black & Friends
Tickets for the 2007 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival go on sale Friday, February 23, 2007 at 12:00 PM EST through Bonnaroo's Official Website.
This is making it's way around the interwebs right now.....
Here's a better look at the artists listed....
The Police • Tool • Widespread Panic • The White Stripes • Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals • Flaming Lips • Wilco • Manu Chao • The String Cheese Incident • Franz Ferdinand • Bob Weir & Ratdog • Damien Rice • Ween • The Roots • Gov’t Mule • Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers • The Decemberists • Kings of Leon • Spearhead • Wolfmother • Regina Spektor • The Black Keys • DJ Shadow • Gillian Welch & David Rawlings • Spoon • Keller Williams • Sasha & Digweed • STS9 • Old Crow Medicine Show • The Hold Steady • Galactic • Lily Allen • North Mississippi Allstars • Fountains Of Wayne • Hot Tuna • Feist • Hot Chip • John Butler Trio • Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys • Aesop Rock • The Richard Thompson Band • Xavier Rudd • Tortoise • T-Bone Burnett • Mavis Staples • Clutch • Cold War Kids • Paolo Nutini • Brazilian Girls • RX Bandits • The Slip • Girl Talk • Railroad Earth • Martha Wainright • Rodrigo y Gabriela • Annuals • Tea Leaf Green • Sam Roberts Band • Elvis Perkins in Dearland • Charlie Louven • Sonya Kitchell • Apollo Sunshine • Ryan Shaw • Uncle Earl • The National • The Little Ones •
This is like a who's who of indie and jam - if half of it is true I'll be buying a ticket. The official announcement comes tomorrow, so we'll see what the real deal is.
Monday, February 12, 2007
Ok so here are the dates so far, with more to be announced.....
5/28/07 GM Place Vancouver, BC (Onsale: Saturday, Feb. 17)
6/06/07 Key Arena Seattle, WA (Onsale: TBA)
6/09/07 Pepsi Arena Denver, CO (Onsale: TBA)
6/15/07 MGM Grand Las Vegas, NV (Onsale: TBA)
6/16/07 Bonnaroo Manchester, TN (Onsale: TBA)
6/18/07 US Airways Arena Phoenix, AZ (Onsale: TBA)
6/26/07 American Airlines Arena Dallas, TX (Onsale: TBA)
6/30/07 New Orleans Arena New Orleans, LA (Onsale: TBA)
7/02/07 Scottrade Center St. Louis, MO (Onsale: TBA)
7/22/07 Air Canada Centre Toronto, ON (Onsale: Feb. 17)
7/25/07 Bell Centre Montreal, PQ (Onsale: Feb. 17)
7/28/07 Fenway Park Boston, MA (Onsale: Feb. 20)
8/1,3/07 Madison Square Garden New York, NY (Onsale: Feb. 20)
The will be a special pre-sale through Best Buy for through their Reward Zone program - read about it here.
You can also find out about everything about the tour here and download your very own copy of their performance last night here (thanks to the guys at HT for it).
Posted by Jeffrey Greenblatt at 3:06 PM
It's going to be all about The Police today. Billboard has the exclusive that they will in fact headline Bonnaroo this year - the official full tour announcement at 2 PM (EST) today, so stay tuned. So in honor of all that, here they are with "Synchronicity II".....
Thursday, February 08, 2007
Got nothing today, but here's what other people have going on...
Live Music Blog has the scoop on some confirmed shows for the 2nd installment of the Green Apple Music Fest - which hits three cities at once this year: New York, Chicago and San Francisco. Check it out here.
Over at Aqurium Drunkard he revists Neko Case's Blacklisted album declaring it her esstential and offers some MP3s off of it for your consideration - head here.
Stereogum has the world premiere of the new Grizzly Bear video "Knife" - watch the weirdness here.
The Broken West seem to be popping up on a lot of blogs lately and Muzzle of Bees thinks their album will be on a lot of "best-of" lists come year end - read his thoughts here.
Appranatly no one is blogging about the band Stabilo and The Late Greats thinks people should be - find out more about them here.
Some might say it's a bit early for a favorite songs of '07 list, but Yeti Don't Dance has one - check it out here.
And finally Rob Ronanea is declaring the Angel Orensanz Foundation the best place to see a show in NYC - find out why here.
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
Pitchers and catchers don't report for another week or so, so I guess that means it's the slow time of year for baseball writers. Check out why you don't go to the MLB website for musings on music with this article Is Dylan The Poet Of The Pastime?
I do suggest heading here and finding the download of Dylan's Theme Time Radio Hour dedicated to baseball - it's a great listen.
Leave it to the folks over at Rolling Stone to give us what is sure to be another hotly debated list on the internets with their new cover story - The New Guitar Gods. Here's the cover....
Yup that's John Mayer in the middle of a Derek Trucks / John Frusciante sandwich. Head here to see a video from the cover shoot where Derek talks about his signature move The Brown Note.
The actual list isn't up yet, but as soon as I see it somewhere I'll post here and we'll let the discussion begin.
Posted by Jeffrey Greenblatt at 12:12 PM
For those of you - like me - that haven't taken the time to go and download the Headphones Jam starting today at 2 PM (EST) you can hear it for phree (yeah sorry about that) over at Live Phish Radio.
Here's some info on just what the Headphones Jam is (via LivePhish)....
The Headphones Jam (also referred to as "Monitor Jam") was recorded near the beginning of the Undermind sessions after Producer Tchad Blake arrived in Vermont and before the band began tracking most of the songs. It was mixed on the fly in The Barn and named because it was recorded while the monitors (in this case headphones) settings were dialed in for the session. Two tracks from the Headphones Jam were used for the Undermind album: "Maggie's Revenge" and "Tiny" (an Undermind iTunes bonus track). A third segment of the jam was played on a 2004 From the Archives radio show on The Bunny. The rest of the complete jam had never been heard outside the band until the Barn Tour Contest in 2006.
The Jam was presented in November 2006 to the winner of the Phish / Sirius "Live In Brooklyn" Barn Tour Contest along with a guided tour of The Barn and autographed copy of "Live in Brooklyn". The contest winner was given the option to hold onto the contest track or share it with the rest of the community. The winner decided to make this jam available to the public and asked LivePhish.com to help distribute it with the request that proceeds be donated to a designated charity. In that sense, it follows in the charitable tradition of other LivePhish.com efforts like "New Orleans Relief" and support of the Mockingbird Foundation.
Tuesday, February 06, 2007
Big news for those of you out there that are fans of mosh pits, headbanging, and all things Ozzy. The Prince of Darkness announced today that tickets for all 25 dates on this summer's installment of Ozzfest will be free - yes you read that right gratis, zero dollars, nada, nothing, zilch. Why do I have the feeling that this is going to bite them in the ass somehow. Seems like a few thousand metal fans dressed in black, drinking all day in 90 plus degree sun with free tickets could lead to some sort of metal-induced incident.
Read about it here.
Posted by Jeffrey Greenblatt at 4:36 PM
Quick shout out to Ace to pointing out that the one and only Levon Helm will be playing the Beacon Theater on St. Patrick's Day. We might as well just dub it Classic Rock Month there with a three-night Ratdog run and the Allmans 13 show run - it's shaping up to be a hell of a month. Tickets for the show will go on-sale this Friday at 9 AM, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Sloan-Kettering Memorial Hospital.
Also on the bill are Ollabelle and the Alexis J. Suter Band along with these other folks who I assume are apart or will be apart of Levon's band - Steven Bernstein, Larry Campbell, Little Sammy Davis, Amy Helm, Howard Johnson, Erik Lawrence, Tom "Bone" Malone, Mike Merritt, Brian Mitchell, Jimmy Vivino and Teresa Williams.
Here's a show from The Band from the day after I was born (via Dimeadozen)....
The Band - 1976-07-16 Carter Baron Amphitheatre, Washington DC
Monday, February 05, 2007
It's not often that I get to post music videos by jambands, so that's why today I'm offering up not one, but two. First here's Gov't Mule with "Million Miles From Yesterday"....
And here's the John Popper Project with "Lapdance"......
Sunday, February 04, 2007
Ok we all know that most people tuning into the Super Bowl today aren't actually watching for the action on the field, but for some the best commercials you're going to see all year. Well thanks to the fine folks over at Rock Daily you can take a walk down memory lane and watch their 25 Best Super Bowl Commericals Ever - enjoy.
Here's just a random old commercial with everyone's favorite party animal....
Posted by Jeffrey Greenblatt at 11:44 AM
Thursday, February 01, 2007
I'm not usually one for pimping cd compilations that are sold at Starbucks - though I seem to be addicted to their coffee - but they are teaming up with the folks at KCRW to put out a CD called "Sounds Electic: The Covers Project". Check out this tracklist....
Girls In Hawaii - "Out On The Weekend" (Neil Young)
Sia - "I Go To Sleep" (The Kinks)
The Magic Numbers - "Crazy In Love" (Beyonce)
Damien Rice - "Creep" (Radiohead)
Nikka Costa - "I Want A Little Sugar In My Bowl" (Nina Simone)
Dido - "Fire And Ice" (James Taylor)
Paul Weller - "Wishing On A Star" (Rose Royce/Junior Walker)
Rufus Wainwright w. Chris Stills - "Harvest" (Neil Young)
R.E.M. - "Gentle On My Mind" (John Hartford/Glen Campbell)
Gary Jules - "Mad World" (Tears for Fears)
The Flaming Lips - "Knives Out" (Radiohead)
Robert Plant - "Black Dog"
Missy Higgins - "Moses" (Patty Griffin)
M. Ward - "Let's Dance" (David Bowie)
k.d. lang - "Hallelujah" (Leonard Cohen)
Not too shabby. The album hits Starbucks locations starting March 13th - read the full article here.