Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Patagonia Daily Grind bag:
I'ma get my carry on ...
Need to refuel the inspiration tank? Check out part II of For Print Only's best print design projects of 2010. Delicious!
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Friday, December 17, 2010
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Ahh, imagine: A city with happy people strolling around on their bicycles, baskets full of groceries, no exhaust or road rage ... well, maybe some occasional road rage.
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Thursday, December 9, 2010
I'm also excited to hear that the lead vocalists from Dawes, Deer Tick and Delta Spirit have formed the band Middle Brother and will release an album in March. These are all solid bands I would recommend checking out and I can imagine their collaboration will be pure magic. I sure hope they play near my neck of the woods.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
This number, performed at Austin City Limits fest this summer, is off their first album, Everything All The Time.
Friday, December 3, 2010
I'm so psyched about this, you don't even know!
It features some interesting info about the history of skiing in New York's Adirondack Park and also features some never-before published photos from the 1930s.
Keep an eye out for it on newsstands in January.
Full track list for The People’s Key:
2 Shell Games
3 Jejune Stars
4 Approximated Sunlight
5 Haile Selassie
6 A Machine Spiritual (In The People’s Key)
7 Triple Spiral
8 Beginner’s Mind
9 Ladder Song
10 One For You, One For Me
It's one that should be really good, however Oberst is not exactly predictable. I will link to any pre-released tracks in coming months. In the meantime, here's a couple cool videos:
Friday, November 26, 2010
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
After recovering from a liver transplant earlier in the year, a healthy Greg Allman was at the helm and Warren and Derek were back to their epic guitar battles, trading solos on Allmans' classics like Statesboro Blues, Dreams, Trouble No More, Nobody Left To Run With Anymore, Hot 'Lanta and Southbound (encore).
The peaks of the night, however, came when they laid into the blues numbers. As is customary with Allmans shows these days, the boys payed homage to their blues heritage. With scenes of blues legends flashing on the screen behind them, the boys scorched their way through covers of Freddie King's Woman Across The River, Robert Johnson's Come Into My Kitchen, and the highlight of the night, a soaring version of Elmore James' oft-covered The Sky Is Crying.
The veteran jammers displayed their mastery at its highest level, all while steering the energy higher and higher and never letting it come down.
Sure, I'm a little disappointed we didn't get Clapton's Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad? But most wishes came true Monday night.
Monday, November 15, 2010
Monday, November 8, 2010
The Tim Herron Corporation, who a wrote about a few posts back, has released a new album, Talkabout, recently. It's full of good vibes that will help you get through these soggy November days.
Sunday, October 31, 2010
Saturday, October 30, 2010
According to the article, "The company’s masterstroke was capitalizing on the link between the notebooks and icons such as Picasso, Van Gogh, and Hemingway, who used similar-looking ones long before the brand existed. The lineage strained credibility (“It’s an exaggeration,” one of the company’s founders told The New York Times in 2006), but it was genius."
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Thursday, October 7, 2010
These are the days I wish I had a 42" flat screen, or at least standard cable. On top of what is proving to be some dramatic playoff baseball on TBS (better to mute the commentators and listen to the radio), the Bruce Springsteen documentary, "The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town," will air on HBO tonight at 9 p.m.
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Thursday, September 23, 2010
However, I find myself writing this post after watching "180 Degrees South," a documentary outside the musical genre that chronicles climber/surfer/adventurer Jeff Johnson's land and sea trek to Patagonia, following in the footsteps of legendary climber (and Patagonia outdoor company founder) Yvon Chouinard's epic 1968 trek to summit rare peak, Cerro Corcovado.
For all you outdoors enthusiasts, it's a must-see, as the film offers great climbing and surfing footage set in arguably the most breathtaking backdrops on earth. However, adventure aside, the film really hammers home the underlying message of conservation and the human race's duty to preserve wildlands and ecosystems.
For, As Johnson discovers in his travels, Chile's wild rivers are being dammed up and its coast being marred by pulp mills. In turn, the fisheries, which served as the lifeblood to generations of Chileans, are deteriorating.
What makes the film so captivating is not only the scenery and the genuine characters, but the great soundtrack that accompanies the film. It includes original music by Mason Jennings, James Mercer, Ugly Casanova and Isaac Brock of Modest Mouse, as well as songs by Vetiver, M. Ward, Jack Johnson, Andrew Bird, and a rendition of Woody Guthrie's "Remember The Mountain Bed," performed by Wilco and Billy Bragg which I had never heard, but is my new favorite song.
It looks like I have a new favorite documentary as well.
A couple of the grassroots organizations promoted in the film worth checking out:
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Monday, September 13, 2010
"We recorded 4 songs this summer at our friend Brian McTear’s studio in Philadelphia and we’re real happy with how they came out. We of course just released an album a few months back and we’re not feeling particularly anxious to ask you for more money, so we’re just gonna give the songs up for FREE."
They will release the songs on a continual basis. Check out Dr. Dog's Facebook page (where you will be redirected to a sharing application) to download the songs as they become available.
Friday, September 10, 2010
Hot off the success of their 2007 release "Fancy Footwork" -- which has been rocking dance floors, house parties and my car CD player for the past three years -- Montreal-based elctro-funk duo Chromeo have announced their new album "Business Casual" will be released Sept. 14.
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
A new song/video from Kings of Leon was posted on Stereogum today, check it out here. The song "Radioactive," is a cut from KoL's upcoming album Come Around Sundown, due out Oct. 19. The song features a gritty, driving beat with some choppy guitar riffs like the old-school KoL. Check out the video and let me know what you think.
Friday, August 27, 2010
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
The Talking Heads. Modest Mouse. Arcade Fire. These are three of my favorite bands. These are the only three bands I would not mind watching play a practically identical show two nights in a row. Last week, at Madison Square Garden, I got to experience this with Arcade Fire.
Did I start off on the wrong foot? Let me back up. I caught the Arcade Fire train after it had pulled out of the station. I only really got into them about two years ago (I went on a little musical hiatus awhile back and refused to listen to anything new). Many of my friends have seen them live before this current tour, but I hadn’t. When I found out they were touring in support of The Suburbs, I was ecstatic. Though I am not a huge fan of stadium shows, I bought my ticket for their first night at MSG during a pre-sale. Those tickets sold out quickly, and the band decided to add a second date that would be broadcast live. As I mentioned, I ended up in attendance for both of these shows.
Both nights began with Owen Pallet, formerly of Arcade Fire, playing a captivating set on his violin. I grew up playing the violin and worked at a high-end fine instrument auction house (price some good violins on eBay to get an idea), but I hadn't heard anything like this, especially live. He was humble, humorous and engaging. After Pallet, Spoon took the stage. This was my first time seeing Spoon live, and they put on a solid show both nights. I don’t have much more to say about Spoon …
After Spoon’s set was over, crew members crawled all over the stage preparing for Arcade Fire’s production. A floor-to-ceiling screen was revealed directly behind the stage. In front of this screen, another projection screen was in place, resembling the size and shape that of a football scoreboard. A double riser was erected as an elevated platform for two drum kits, a drum machine, a piano, and a keyboard. This was one of the most elaborate scenes I have witnessed.
As the lights lowered, a low rumble began and the crowd exploded in cheers and applause. Led by Regine Chassagne, the members of Arcade Fire took the stage. The nine performers opened their set with “Ready to Start”, appropriately. The room was on fire and the band was on. Chassagne won my “Rock Star of the Night” award for her energy and her musical chops. She bounced around the stage from instrument to instrument, never missing a beat. Much to the rest of the band’s credit, most of them also switched instruments throughtout the show. The two drum kits were used frequently and were electrifying. During “Rebellion”, the keyboardist grabbed a snare drum, took to the front of the stage, and started beating in time. He broke his stick but kept thumping the snare with the flat of his palm. Also during “Rebellion”, I knew that I had to be at their second show.
The first night, Win Butler stayed put on the stage. He spoke little, but when he did, he was met with full support. He mentioned Partners in Health, a medical organization founded by Paul Farmer who has clinic in real Haiti. (Sidenote: This organization really is incredible. I read one of Paul Farmer’s books a year ago and it was fantastic.) He also managed to make the entire crowd “boo," and me laugh. He pointed out his favorite place in the general admission pit, citing that this was the spot were Kareem Abdul Jabar blocked a shot that caused the Houston Rockets to win the playoffs against The Knicks. Needless to say, New Yorkers were none too pleased to hear this shoutout, but I thought it was funny. I was also impressed by the “boos” he received. They played for three hours and ended with a three song encore, “Tunnels”, “Mountains Beyond Mountains”, and “Wake Up”. It was one of the best shows I have been privy to.
I managed to “wrangle” a ticket and had high hopes for the second night. I wanted them to play “Neon Bible” and “Lenin”, but was in for a surprise- they played the very same songs as the night before save one. And in the same order. The camera was on them and they were working hard. It became clear that the first night was practice and the show didn’t have the same ease and effortlessness the previous show had. There was a camera rig floating over the general admission pit and technical difficulties, resulting in “Mountains Beyond Mountains” to be cut off and then played from the top. At one point, Butler jumped to the seated side of the stage and precariously walked on a handrail. He also walked through the crowd once and fell into the pit while playing his guitar several times. At the very end, confetti rained down on the crowd. While there were hundreds of people packed into MSG, it was not sold out, as the night before had been. Though it was a great show, I left feeling slightly disappointed. I wanted something that they did not give me. Just because the production value was higher during round two, it was not necessarily better.
All that said, those two nights provided some of the best music I have heard in a really long time. Arcade Fire is a band for the ages folks, and if you get a chance to see them live, take it.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
"Can I Sleep In Your Arms" by PHOSPHORESCENT
I discovered the Brooklyn-based band Phosphorescent recently and have since been returning to their MySpace page whenever I get the chance. Largely influenced by country singer songwriters like Willie Nelson (their second album is a collection of Willie Nelson covers named To Willie), lead singer Matthew Houck sings in highs and lows that cull up old Blue Eyes himself, and will carry you right away like a pedal-steel breeze.
Monday, August 23, 2010
I saw "Eat, Pray, Love" in theaters last night. It was entirely too long but provided some savory views of exotic foods and locales. Perhaps the best part of the movie was the soundtrack, featuring some really chill Brazilian music, Neil Young's "Heart of Gold" and "Harvest Moon," as well as a new Eddie Vedder cut that he purportedly wrote for the film.
It's a great tune with some nice Indian flavor too it, enjoy.
Saturday, August 21, 2010
In the words of Jim James, a.k.a. Yim Yames, (queue spooky Twilight Zone voice): "All signs point to Essex Junction."
We arrived to find a crowd of about 1,500 friendly, flannel-clad 20-somethings moseying about the beer tent and lawn. Puffs of sweet smoke rose into the cool, crisp night, illuminated by a bright, three-quarters moon.
Way He Sings
It Beats 4 U
Smokin' From Shootin>
If You Touch Me I'm Going to Scream Part 2
End of Lay Low
Off The Record
One Big Holiday
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
When it comes to rock acts today, Gov't Mule is no doubt one of the best.
Rising (harmoniously) out of the shadow of the Allman Brothers as a side project, the original Mule trio of Warren Haynes, Allen Woody and Matt Abts laid the groundwork for a blues rock sound that influenced many of today's best rock acts.
Love him or hate him, Warren Haynes is one of most respected musicians of our time. He tours relentlessly with Mule and the Allman Brothers, spent time on the road with The Dead, and fills his calendar with charity gigs and collaborations with other musicians.
Warren and company constantly pay respect to the legendary bands that influenced them and it is hard to find a show where they aren't covering Zeppelin, Floyd, Grateful Dead or The Beatles. Better yet, they revisit their songs with a passion that summons these great spirits (in the words of David Fricke).
Enjoy Fricke's review, it gave me goosebumps.
Monday, August 16, 2010
I will be heading out to Essex Junction Friday to see My Morning Jacket at the Midway Lawn at Champlain Valley Expo. According to their site, it is a fundraising event for the Combat Paper Project.
Will definitely produce something for my blog so stay posted.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
I knew the recent hiatus was due to his health, but I've learned that he had a liver transplant, pulled through it well, and the band will be returning to the road in November with a three-night stint at the Orpheum Theater in Boston.
I've had the priveledge of seeing the Allmans more than any other band -- even way back when the Ramblin' Man himself, Dickey Betts, was still in the band -- and I look forward to the opportunity to see them again soon. Stay well Gregg.
Monday, August 9, 2010
Saturday, August 7, 2010
Friday, August 6, 2010
They have performed some of their new material live the past year, including "Friends Again."
I have been living on the John Prine tribute album Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows that MMJ contributed to. John Prine welcomed James as well as other contributors to that album on stage with him for his set at the Newport Folk Festival last week. Listen to it here (Thanks to NPR.org!)
Yim Yames also performed an intimate solo set (with some help from Ben Sollee and Daniel Martin Moore) Listen to that set, in full, here.
The Yim Yames Newport Folk Fest set list:
Look At You
Tonight I Want To Celebrate With You
Summer Never Ends (John Callahan, to whom James dedicated the show to)
It Beats 4 U
Bring Me Li'l Water Sylvie (Leadbelly)
Morning Of My Life (Bee Gees)
Where To Begin
Smokin’ From Shootin' (with Ben Sollee and Daniel Martin Moore)
Thursday, August 5, 2010
The show is the second in a two-night stand. Last night, the band touched heavily on their brand new release Suburbs and also played songs from their first two records, Neon Bible (2007) and Funeral (2004).
Last night's set list (courtesy of BrooklynVegan.com):
1. Ready to Start
2. Neighborhood #2 (Laïka)
3. No Cars Go
5. Half Light II (No Celebration)
7. The Suburbs
8. The Suburbs (Continued)
9. Crown of Love
11. We Used to Wait
12. Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)
13. Rebellion (Lies)
14. Month of May
15. Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)
16. Keep the Car Running
17. Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)
18. Wake Up
My friend and regular cas:ev contributer Shanna Farrell was at the show. She is trying to 'wrangle up' a ticket for tonight as well. Please join me in wishing her luck.
She is working on an account of her experience and will be posted here as soon as I recieve it. From the sounds of it, it was the show of the century.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Normally, I'm the one reaching out to bands. But recently, a publicist from the Whitefish, Montana-based band, Jameson & the Sordid Seeds, reached out to me and turned me on to J&SS's brand of reggae/blues.
He mentioned their song "Brotherman" was featured on a recent Relix Magazine compilation CD packaged with the magazine. Years ago, a Relix compilation introduced me to some bands that would come to be favorites of mine. So I thought I would spread the love by introducing you to J&SS.
Now, there are a lot of bands who find their niche 'Americanizing' Bob Marley's Kingston vibes. Some achieve this sound better than others. From Sublime to Disptatch to OAR, to some newcomers like John Brown's Body and Giant Panda Guerrilla Dub Squad and many others.
When I heard J&SS, those bands came to mind, but tried to pick up the subtle ways J&SS stood apart. I found a definite strength in front man Brent Jameson's vocals. According to J&SS's MySpace page, Jameson "put his struggles with addiction behind him several years ago and began pursuing music with a newfound vigor." You can definately hear the truth and passion in songs like "For Your Love." In others, his voice blends in with the steel drum, horns and keys to form a soothing mix that I could only compare to singer Mike Mattison of the Derek Trucks Band.
Don't want the summer to fade away? Check out Jameson & The Sordid Seeds. They will put you right where you want to be.
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Monday, July 26, 2010
A friend of mine was involved. Check out his new design firm Freshrr here. It's a really beautifully designed website and identity. I asked him what font he used for the logo and he said it is called Elephant. I am definitely taking notes.
Monday, July 19, 2010
Currently, Orlo’s focus is publishing The Bear Deluxe Magazine, facilitating visual art at the Orlo Exhibition Space and elsewhere and providing leadership in the field of environmental art.
Become a friend of Orlo and for 35 bucks you also get a subscription to Bear Deluxe, which is alone worth the price, but also get in touch with some really progressive stuff happening in sustainable living.
Friday, July 16, 2010
She & Him released their first record, appropriately titled Volume One while I was living in California. A big fan of Zooey Deschanel (read: my girl crush), I didn’t want to be disappointed, as many actor-turned-musicians have failed to gain my appreciation. However, this duo had the opposite effect on me- I was intrigued by their nostalgic, light, folk-pop sound. Though, as I said, I like Ms. Dechanel a little too much. I don’t think she could have pulled this album (or their most recent release, Volume Two) off without the musical stylings of Matt Ward, or M. Ward, the stage name he prefers.
Later on, after I had left California to pursue graduate school, I walked into my apartment and my roommate was playing Ward’s Post-War. I had never heard this album before, but I was drawn to it instantly. I immediately acquired this album and started researching past solo music projects Ward had been a part of, as well as his soon-to-be released album Hold Time. It was after this research that I realized he was in large part why I like She & Him so much (honestly, it’s not because of their deep and meaningful lyrics). I liked the movie “The Go-Getter”, in which Ward has a guitar-playing cameo and is heavily featured on the soundtrack.*
I bought Hold Time the day it was released last year and it’s proven to have staying power, as it continues to be in my regular rotation. Ward Wisely chose several covers on this record, including “Rave On” by Buddy Holly, “Oh Lonesome Me” by Don Gibson, and “Outro (I’m a Fool to Want You)” by Frank Sinatra. Three of the tracks feature guest vocals by Deschanel, Jason Lytle, and Lucinda Williams, respectively. I even enjoy the cover art.
Last week, I had the good fortune to see She & Him perform live at a crowded (but air conditioned) New York venue. While Deschanel was having problems with her Wurlitzer, Ward made up for it with his guitar playing. Though I always appreciate someone with good guitar chops, I am usually more interested in the drummer/ings (an instrument I picked up in college), I was blown away by Ward. He’s just so good! So talented! So easy to watch and fall in love with!*
True to the stories I’ve heard or read, Ward opted out of the spotlight, literally and figuratively. He didn’t say much during the show, but when he did the crowd showered him with applause and admiration. Personally, I got a special treat when the first song the band played during the encore was my favorite Ward song, “Magic Trick”, from Post-War. A review of the show can be found here.
I guess my point is that I love M. Ward, and you should too. Or at least check him out.
*M. Ward had signed onto the film before it had a budget or had been casted. Also, it’s how Ward and Deschanel met.
*Deschanel’s voice is actually also way better live. She belted out a cover of Nina Simone’s “You Put a Spell on Me” during the group’s final encore song. She kept getting interrupted by applause. It was really incredible.
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
In the spirit of Fourth of July and summer in general, I ask you to offer up a caption for the above photo of daring explorers (and prospectors) Lewis and Clark, who mapped out the great land we live in (and may or may not have marked the end of Native American settlements along the way).
Monday, July 5, 2010
I'm not sure what it is about their music that says deranged, deformed talking squids that live in hickville USA, but I dig it. I also dig Squidbillies and the brilliant background art done by Ben Prisk.
The episode will run on Sunday, July 18. Check out the Facebook page dedicated to it here.
Friday, July 2, 2010
I got out of my car; camera, pen and notepad in hand, and walked toward the door.
It was a nice summer day and I was following a of a bear of man, a drummer with self-proclaimed "big hands" named Matt .. or Mateo, I'm not sure he or I knows which.
Once through the door I was met by a surreal scene. In place of furniture in the living room, it was full of mic stands and cables. Various music gear was strewn about the house; on the kitchen table, in the den and so on, all leading to the ultimate gearhead paradise, a DIY recording studio in the basement.
I was on assignment doing a profile on a local band, alt/rock act Pillowhead.
They just got finished recording their second self-produced EP "The Bad Sleep Well" that they recorded in the basement (and in other rooms) of Matt's house, where he and childhood buddy, Pillowhead lead singer Paul, "spent a lot of time" growing up.
"Paul lived here for three years, so we're basically brothers," Matt said.
Paul and Matt played in a bunch of garage bands growing up. One, Horse In A Box, lasted five years and did fairly well before goin their seperate ways.
Matt attended Emerson College to study film and he and Paul stopped talking for a time. Meanwhile, Paul played with a regionally successful band The Loyalty and Matt moved to L.A. to join friends from film school and record as a session drummer in Hollywood.
But he returned after a year to join a band in Saratoga Springs. He later left that band and probably won't talk about it if you asked him.
In the meantime, The Loyalty had run its course and split up. Paul and Matt reconnected and formed Pillowhead.
Pillowhead are, from left, bass/keys/guitar Colin Miner, lead singer Paul Hake, lead guitarist Jared Piper, and drummer Matt (or Mateo) Vosganian.
I discovered a band that was obviously talented and although young (the oldest member, lead singer Paul, is 24), were very mature as musicians.
But, I'll be honest, I didn't spend much time listening at first. I went through a very brief emo/punk/alt-rock phase: Jimmy Eats World, Yellow Card, Less Than Jake, and a harder edge band called Senses Fail. But, I had the naive preconception that once you've heard one emo/alt rock, you've heard them all.
But after meeting Matt and Paul and seeing how down-to-earth and driven they were as musicians (and learned they loved Band of Horses and My Morning Jacket), I returned to the MySpace page and discovered more complex themes, both musically and lyrically than I'd heard before. Not to mention, a tight cover of The Postal Service's "The District Sleeps Alone Tonight."
They are giving their music away, literally, on their MySpace page, so you'd be ill-advised not to check it out.
Don't let their outside appearance fool you.
Monday, June 28, 2010
Though I’ve been to a recent Lollapalooza and had a great time, I’m not a huge fan of big music festivals. I find them stressful, hot, and anxiety inducing. With that being said, there is a new festival this year that is making me jump with excitement.
Hopscotch, set in Downtown Raleigh, N.C., happens on September 9 through 11. It is the first year for the festival. Not only is it in early fall (allowing the summer heat and humidity to burn off a bit), it mimics SXSW’s use of multiple venues downtown. It boasts 120 bands and tickets at all venues are just $85 (VIP tickets are $120, but completely sold out).
The line-up features nationally known acts, as well as local up-and-comers. Here’s an added bonus- Public Enemy is headlining! Fortunately, I have family whom live in the area and I will be in attendance. Bands that never disappoint that are playing the festival include Broken Social Scene, No Age, Panda Bear and Atlas Sounds. Also scheduled to perform are Akron/Family, Best Coast, Harvey Milk, The Love Language, Bowerbirds, The Rosebuds, and Woods.
You can check out a full roster here.
Who booked this festival?? Ten points for you, my friend!
Hopscotch’s website has one of the best festival maps I have seen. With nine venues and two outdoor City Plaza shows are all in walking distance from one another, but there are bus routes along the way.
Hopscotch is put on by the area’s Independent Weekly . They are partnering with The Raleigh City Museum, who will be offering a free cultural series throughout that week. Additionally, a portion of the proceeds from the festival will go to the Women’s Center of Wake County.
While I in no way, shape, or form am wishing the summer away, I am sincerely cannot wait for this festival.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
I saw Phish for the first time ever last summer at SPAC, but still ventured to write a review. The show rocked, my review ... not so much.
Oh well, I'm improving.
Set 1: Tweezer Reprise, Chalk Dust Torture, Funky Bitch, Runaway Jim, Ya Mar, Sample in a Jar, Axilla > Fluffhead, Bathtub Gin, Suzy Greenberg
Set 2: Rock and Roll -> Free, Backwards Down the Number Line, Halfway to the Moon > Prince Caspian > Joy, David Bowie, Show of Life
Encore: The Squirming Coil, Character Zero > Tweezer Reprise
 First Tweezer Reprise opener since 11/9/95 (482 shows).
This gig featured the first Tweezer Reprise opener since 11/9/95 (482 shows) and the debut of Halfway to the Moon.
Read my reveiw here.
Of all the bands at Mountain Jam this year, Dr. Dog was one I was really looking forward to. I cozied right up to stage 2 while Grace Potter and the Nocturnals were playing the main stage. It was early afternoon on Friday, I had a few pops, and I was ready to rock with the Dog. Unfortunately (for me), Toots and the Mayhals took the stage. I was utterly confused.
I later learned Dr. Dog had to cancel their performance because one of the band member's in Dr. Dog, rhythym guitarist/psychic explorer Frank McElroy, was sick or in the hospital (I heard he was having open heart surgery, but someone might have confused him with Simone Felice of the Felice Brothers, who is now fully recovered and rocking).
The band released the following message in regards to Mountain Jam:
We’re writing with some unfortunate news. The story ends with us saying that we will not be playing our scheduled show at Mountain Jam this afternoon. Zach spent most of yesterday in the hospital with a medical issue. We had hoped that he’d begin feeling better as the day went by and that didn’t end up happening. The good news is that Zach is going to be just fine… we’re just not quite sure how long it will take until he can play a show again.
Later in the week, Frank addressed the issue himself, writing:
Thanks for all your kind words, I’m making some progress. I have simple viral infection and I’ve had to just sweat it away here at home. It’s been pretty exciting. I think I’ll be feeling well enough to make it to Bonarroo, and I’m very much looking forward to playing and feeling normal again.
Thanks again to everyone who called or wrote, I really appreciate it.
I heard they rocked at Bonnaroo. The setlist (courtesy of the milk carton):
Stranger, I Only Wear Blue,The Old Days, Jackie Wants a Black Eye, Army of Ancients, Mirror, Mirror, The Ark, Unbearable Why, MyFriend, Station, Shadow People, Fate,, The Breeze, Where’d All the Time Go, Hang On, Later, The Way the Lazy Do, The Rabbit, The Bat, and the Reindeer.
Dr. Dog will spend the rest of the summer playing music festivals, some out west (High Sierra, Pickathon), and will make some stops on the east coast (the inagural? Life's Good Festival on Sept. 11 in Canton, Mass. and a free show on Governor's Island in NYC on Aug. 15).
Welcome back Frank!
If that's the case, then you're just in time. Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows: Songs of John Prine is slated for release today.
It is a John Prine tribute album featuring an all-star list of neo folksters (and cas:ev favs) such as Bon Iver, My Morning Jacket, Conner Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band, The Avett Brothers, Drive By Truckers, Deer Tick, and Old Crow Medicine Show, tackling Prine's classic storytellers.
Prine, 64, is an American song writer whose songs have "found a home in the repertoire of musical luminaries such as Bonnie Raitt, Johnny Cash and George Strait."
Not bad, partner (feat. voice-over by Sam Elliot).
"One of America's best storytellers, Chicago-based songwriter John Prine was discovered by Kris Kristofferson. Prine's self-titled debut still stands as one of the best singer-songwriter albums of all time, but he hasn't stayed in the public eye, instead sticking around the margins of cult fame. For a new generation of fans, that's likely to change, thanks in part to a new tribute album titled Broken Hearts and Dirty Windows: Songs of John Prine."
Quick, hear Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows on NPR's First Listen before it's too late!
The best part: You can buy the MP3 album for $3.99 on Amazon!
Monday, June 21, 2010
The upcoming release of “Eclipse” is the third movie in the series. You can find the track list HERE , which includes another round of indie heavy-hitters and up-and-comers. Some of my favorites, including the aforementioned Black Keys, Vampire Weekend (sorry John, but I’m a fan), Bats for Lashes, and Battles are on the soundtrack. Seeing this roster affected me in the same way seeing the “New Moon” line-up did- my heart broke a little. Battles, what are you doing? Fanfarlo, why? How much are you all getting paid for this? (I could not find out this information, though I tried.)
I’m not the only one who feels this way. In a recent interview, Vampire Weekend discussed the backlash they have been getting from fans about their decision to write and record an original track for the movie. Though Vampire Weekend is usually on the receiving end of criticism and are a truly polarizing band, even their biggest fans have been voicing their resentment. And it’s not just fans of Vampire Weekend that are upset , it's many indie music lovers.
This forced me to examine what I am bothered. This has proven to be a good question, one I can’t quite put my finger on. These bands are probably getting big paychecks (which are a good thing) and are definitely getting more exposure (which could also be positive). Music is their livelihood and why start a band and sign to a label is you don’t want to be heard? Perhaps this is what is at the core of my discontentedness. I don’t want these bands to compromise their integrity, “sell out” for a paycheck, or become overexposed to the point of exhaustion. This may be a quick judgment and a mistake on my part. I don’t personally know the people that comprise these bands, so how should I know what “selling out” entails for them? Another reason is that, as indie bands, I feel somewhat privileged for being in the know and connected to their music, loving them when the mainstream isn’t aware of their existence. I understand this comes off as elite, but I don’t want to lose that, as I think might happen when “Eclipse” is released.
In the end, I might need to revise my opinions and reverse my cynicism. The “Eclipse” soundtrack, or any other mainstream choice, could be a favorable decision for my beloved indie bands. Youngsters (or adults) may learn and come to love these bands because of the soundtrack, cultivating a love for music they never knew existed within them. After all, this is how it began for me.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and not clothed.”
– Dwight D. Eisenhower
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Johnnie Cluney's Daytrotter illustration of Phantogram
Upstate New York's own street beat/psych pop duo Phantogram, from Saratoga Springs, recorded a Daytrotter session at the Horseshack studio in Rock Island, Illinois, recently. The session includes one unreleased song. Listen to it here.
Mr. Daytrotter writes (so wistfully):
"Phantogram takes a tact of exploring all of these genuine and bleeding human conditions while pairing them with these rainy and steely, programmed and synthesized sounds to make a significant metamorphosis of what happens when it can't be helped what's being felt."
Read Shanna Farrell's post about Phantogram here.
Phantogram got their start with Upstate New York's independent record label, Sub-Bombin, prior to signing with Barsuk Records. Other artists on Sub Bombin include Rawhead, Firefighter Font and Oddy Gato, to name a few.