|Watch The Fleshtones' Keith Streng get down with Blondie's Clem Burke and Eddie Muñoz of the Plimsouls.|
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Sunday, July 27, 2014
|Here's Michael Almereyda's salute to the father of colour photography, William Eggleston in the Real World.|
Saturday, July 26, 2014
|Don't miss Jessica's homecoming koto jam with her mom on Saturday from 3pm to 4pm – it's free!|
Friday, July 25, 2014
|Remembering the late great trumpeter/composer with a sweet show by the Don Ellis Tribute Orchestra.|
00:05:27 Theme from "French Connection" (Don Ellis)
00:11:08 Open Wide (Don Ellis)
00:20:41 Variations for Trumpet (Don Ellis)
00:42:50 Indian Lady (Don Ellis)
00:57:04 Go Back Home (Don Ellis)
01:02:28 In a Turkish Bath (Ron Myers)
01:21:18 5er to Don Ellis (Thomas Gansch)
01:35:38 - Hey Jude (Paul McCartney)
01:41:43 (introduction of the band)
01:49:55 Bulgarian Bulge (Don Ellis)
2013-12-18 Bühne frei im Studio 2, BR - Munich, Germany
By Bayerischer Rundfunk (Bavarian Broadcasting, BR)
Solo Trumpet: Thomas Gansch
Trumpets: Aneel Soomary, Josef Burchartz, Bernhard Nolf, Tobias Reisacher
Trombones: Dominik Stöger, Robert Bachner, Martin Grünzweig, Erik Hainzl
Saxophones: Florian Trübsbach, Clemens Salesny, Thomas Kugi, Christian Maurer, Herwig Gradischnig
Guitar: Martin Koller
Bass: Raphael Preuschl
Drums: Herbert Pirker, Lukas König
Leader: Markus Geiselhart
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
|Reigning Sound's Shattered album is out now. Tickets are on sale for their Horseshoe gig October 25.|
REIGNING SOUND TOUR DATES
July 24 - Carrboro, NC @ Merge 25 @ Cat's Cradle
July 25 - Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
July 26 - Asheville, NC The Mothlight
27 Philadelphia, Pa. @ Black Box in Underground Arts
28 New York, N.Y. @ Bowery Ballroom
30 Asheville, N.C. @ Harvest Records Transfigurations II
31 Columbus, Ohio @ Ace of Cups
1 Chicago, Ill. @ Empty Bottle
2 Bloomington, Ind. @ The Bishop
4 Raleigh, N.C. @ Hopscotch Festival
Thu 23 Cambridge, MA – Middle East Downstairs
Fri 24 Montreal, QC @ Il Motore
Sat 25 Toronto, ON – Horseshoe Tavern
Sun 26 Cleveland, OH – Beachland Tavern
Mon 27 Detroit, MI – PJ’s Lager House
Tues 28 Milwaukee, WI - Cactus Club
Wed 29 Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock Social Club
Thurs 30 Iowa City, IA – The Mill
Fri 31 Kansas City, MO – Record Bar
Sat 1 Memphis TN @ Hi-Tone
Sun 2 Nashville TN @ Mercy Lounge
Mon 3 Athens, GA – Georgia Theatre
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Monday, July 21, 2014
Sunday, July 20, 2014
Saturday, July 19, 2014
Friday, July 18, 2014
|Michael Kentoff's Imitation Air appears on The Caribbean's new Moon Sickness album discussed below.|
The Caribbean - Moon Sickness (Hometapes)
“I’ve been working with The Caribbean for a decade now. I’m a passionate fan and I take my job as technical custodian of their art very seriously. They’ve always been an unusually thoughtful and creative band with a forward-looking aesthetic I have worked to protect and amplify. As time has gone on, their vision has become more refined and their execution more confident and authoritative.
This is as it should be.
Bands should get stronger and more interesting as they progress. Ideally, public awareness, critical acclaim and popularity increase in accord. Along these exact lines, a great thing happened in 2011. The band created and released ‘Discontinued Perfume,’ its strongest, darkest, most realized work to date. Happily, it was met with nearly unanimous acclaim. Here in DC, awareness of and esteem for the band rose palpably in the press. With ‘Discontinued Perfume,’ people started bandying about hyperbole like ‘brilliant’ and ‘masterpiece.’ The reception was surprising and gratifying for a fairly esoteric band that had resigned itself to being consigned to the margins. It was like a key turned in a cultural lock somewhere. People really began to ‘get it.’ It was nice.
But how do you follow up this kind of thing? Remarkably, when it came time to make a new album, the band did not become intimidated or self-conscious. There was no discussion about this new circumstance. They simply set about the business of creating new music in the way they always had. Michael Kentoff went down to his basement studio, used his formidable imagination, and came up with the scaffolding for nine new songs, which the band began to vivify and adorn. Business as usual.
|Check out the Moon Sickness album right here.|
The result is ‘Moon Sickness,’ a new set of songs with many of the recognizable characteristics of previous Caribbean albums — Kentoff’s literary and darkly dreamlike lyrics, the band’s advanced and eccentric compositional sensibility, and the curious, electronically treated surreal found-sounds draped around the songs. However, what feels new here is a bright, almost gregarious immediacy…embodied most obviously by the opener ‘Chemistry Sisters.’ This song contrasts pretty sharply with the opener of the previous album, the sinister, conspiratorial ‘Lands And Grooves.’ Where ‘Lands And Grooves’ opened with an introductory sound, an austerely minimal beat, and a stanza of poetic evocation, ‘Chemistry Sisters’ leaps out of the speakers with no overture whatsoever. The song is in your lap within a matter of seconds, overspilling with saturated, kaleidoscopic hues, a kinetic, byzantine chord progression, and a lyric that almost feels like a prosaic narrative description. Whole thing seems downright extroverted. It’s certainly a contrast from the terrain of ‘Discontinued Perfume.’
Before involving me in the album, the band described the music to me as concise, unforced pop songs. But I’ve been collaborating with the band long enough to be familiar with their tendency to characterize their own music as much more conventional and accessible than it is. It’s one of the qualities that makes them so beguilingly arcane: they don’t regard themselves as arcane at all. Still, I was indeed struck by the tone and presence of the songs when I heard them. ‘Imitation Air’ has dark lyrics, but it is pretty damned hooky from the first few seconds. With its appealing loping swing, I think it’s as close as the band has gotten to the word ‘confectionary.’ And ‘Jobsworth’ eschews the futuristic sonics that the band has often favored for a more plainly appointed rock arrangement. Seems to almost take on shades of ‘Document’-era R.E.M. Or at least that’s the way I hear it.
So at the risk of playing armchair analyst, I speculate that the Caribbean’s subconscious response to the new warmth and encouragement that enfolded them in the ‘Perfume’ period was to radiate it back out to the world. And that is a key energy you hear in this album. That being said, let’s be clear: Caribbean acolytes will not be shocked or dismayed. They are still arcane, introspective weirdo geniuses with a taste for the surreal and a basically melancholic disposition. I mean, come on, they titled it ‘Moon Sickness.’ It’s not a party record. You’d be wise not to expect straightforward, jubilant singalong choruses or ordinary chord progressions. But within the band’s canon — a body of work I love profoundly — this is certainly the most congenial entry yet.
Along with its own intrinsic virtues, I think it makes for a fantastic chaser for the last album.”
— Chad Clark, producer/engineer
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
|The Ray Kennedy-produced Long In The Tooth boasts another duet with fellow outlaw Willie Nelson.|
BILLY JOE SHAVER RELEASES LONG IN THE TOOTH – HIS FIRST NEW STUDIO ALBUM SINCE 2008's EVERYBODY’S BROTHER IN 2008 – OUT AUGUST 5
Billy Joe Shaver's finest songs prowl ("Hard To Be an Outlaw") and punch ("Music City USA") with welterweight fury. Evidence: The legendary outlaw's seamless Long in the Tooth. Shaver's first studio album in six years showcases a singular songwriter in peak form as he unearths his trademark truths around every corner ("Last Call for Alcohol," "The Git Go"). "This is the best album I've ever done," he says. "It's just dangerously good. I expect it to change things and turn things around the way Honky Tonk Heroes did."
Long in the Tooth spotlights all the highs, lows and in-betweens from Shaver's storied career, an evolving narrative never short on color. "The record's about me," says Shaver, who turns 75 years old on August 16th. "I've written a lot of great songs and I'm still writing great songs, but I felt neglected. I have been, actually. The reluctance to play old people's music is as bad as it was to play young people's music. I think it should level out where everyone can hear good art, but it seems like radio doesn't play older people's music. Man, it's like throwing out the Mona Lisa. I don't understand, but I'm just so proud of Long in the Tooth. This record will be a gigantic step."
Of course, Honky Tonk Heroes was the record that skyrocketed Shaver into public consciousness four decades ago. Waylon Jennings' landmark album delivered Shaver-written classics practically every measure: "Old Five and Dimers Like Me," "Willy the Wandering Gypsy and Me," "Ride Me Down Easy," the title track and the Top 10 hit "You Asked Me To." In fact, 10 of the album's 11 songs were written or co-written by Shaver. It established him as a singular songwriter, a man whose earthy poetry resonates across the board. He's doubled down ever since.
No one sings Shaver's songs like the man himself, but plenty have tried: Everyone from Johnny Cash ("I'm Just an Old Chunk of Coal") and Tom T. Hall ("Willy the Wandering Gypsy and Me") to the Allman Brothers ("Sweet Mama") and Asleep at the Wheel ("Way Down Texas Way") has cut his tunes. "That's kind of like my trophies," Shaver admits. "Instead of getting CMA Awards, that means a whole lot more to me. When you write songs, and you write good songs, people will always remember you. Words will always outlive us. And if your name is attached to those words, you're gonna live forever."
Shaver spins yarns linking sacred ("Jesus Christ, What a Man") and secular ("That's What She Said Last Night") with a devil's grin. High watermarks have become instant standards ("Georgia on a Fast Train"). "These days it seems that every young songwriter in Texas wants to grow up to be Billy Joe Shaver," Kinky Friedman wrote recently. "Like the defenders of the Alamo, I predict that one day they'll be naming schools after Billy Joe, the man who wrote the immortal lines: ‘I got a good Christian raisin'/And an eighth grade education/Ain't no need in y'all treatin' me this way."
His most wistful ("Live Forever") and weary ("Blood Is Thicker Than Water") blur lines between life and art. In fact, Shaver, who lost parts of four fingers in an early sawmill accident, has lived through several tragedies that could serve as blueprints for teary country songs. Most notably, he endured the "cosmic misfortune" of his mother, first wife and only son (guitarist Eddy Shaver) dying within a year of one another. Life's simply treated him hard. Shaver hasn't aged gracefully, either. (Spin "Wacko from Waco" for his account of shooting a man in the face outside Papa Joe's Texas Saloon in spring 2007.)
The Corsicana, Texas native's Lone Star State roots run deep: His great-great-great grandfather, Revolutionary War veteran Evan Thomas Watson, was one of the founders of the Republic. Shaver was raised in hardscrabble circumstances by his grandmother, working on farms and selling newspapers on the street in his youth. He sang and made up songs "since I could talk," and was inspired in his childhood to keep at it after sneaking out of home one night to catch a country music show where he heard Hank Williams early in his career.
He drew a connection between country and blues from an uncle's record collection and the neighboring African-American farm workers' music. "Country music is really close to being the blues, and rock 'n' roll ain't nothing but the blues with a beat. That's about it," he says. Shaver was given a Gene Autry guitar by his grandmother at age 11 and began playing until his stepfather gave it away a few years later as payment for yard work. Following a brief stint in the Navy at age 16, a stab at professional rodeo, and the aforementioned incident losing parts of his fingers, Shaver took up playing guitar again and devoted himself to songwriting.
He hitchhiked to Nashville in 1965 and eventually earned a $50-a-week writer's deal with Bobby Bare's publishing company. Soon Jennings picked up those Shaver classics for Honk Tonk Heroes. As theWashington Post notes, "When the country outlaws were collecting their holy writings, Billy Joe Shaver was carving out Exodus." He followed his debut on the Monument label with three albums on Capricorn Records and two on Columbia through 1987, seeing little commercial success with his recordings but winning rave reviews and the admiration of his musical peers.
In 1993, he broke through with new generations and broader audiences as the currently booming Americana and Texas roots music and singer-songwriter scenes were gathering steam with the acclaimed Tramp On Your Street, united with his late guitar-playing son Eddy as simply Shaver. He has since issued 11 more independent albums, was honored with the first Americana Music Award for Lifetime Achievement in Songwriting in 2002, and inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2004.
As his well deserved public recognition came in the 1990s, Shaver was cast by his friend and fan Robert Duvall in his acclaimed 1996 film The Apostle, and has since played parts in three other theatrical and TV movies. He was the subject of a 2004 documentary produced by Duvall, A Portrait of Billy Joe, and published his autobiography, Honky Tonk Hero, the following year. He also sings the themes to the Adult Swim television show Squidbillies, and "Live Forever" was included in the award-winning hit movie Crazy Heart as its end-credit song.
With these accomplishments behind him, Shaver has been thinking his creative well finally dried up. After all, he hasn't released an album with new songs in six years. Thankfully, he was wrong. Credit East Nashville's favorite son with lighting the fire. "I didn't think I had another hope in the world of doing another studio album," Shaver says. "Then Todd Snider encouraged me to come up to Nashville and I listened. I knew if I didn't come out with new songs, it wouldn't be right. I've promised hundreds of critics that I would. So, I just buckled down and got the new songs together. Sure enough, it turned out great."
Monday, July 14, 2014
|Members of Blue Rodeo are joining the salute to their late keyboardist James Gray.|
THE SECOND ANNUAL JAMES GRAY MEMORIAL SHOW will be hosted by Derek Downham of The Beauties and Bill Heffernan at the Horseshoe Tavern on Monday, August 18th at 8 pm. Tickets are $12.50 in advance, $15 at the door. All proceeds go to The Shine Group For The Advancement of Music.
Confirmed performers include:
Jim Cuddy with sons Devin Cuddy and Sam Polley, members of Blue Rodeo
NQ Arbuckle with guest Luke Doucet
The Travellers featuring James' dad, Jerry Gray
Hey Stella! special reunion performance featuring Lori Yates
The Gypsy Rebels
Sugarlips aka Daniel Joseph
Chris Bottomley's Brainfudge featuring Richard Underhill and Gerry James Scott
Marty Morin of the Tom Waits Appreciation Congregation
The Gray Brothers with The Dustbowl Daddies
Sunday, July 13, 2014
|"These Aren't The Droids" appears on the comedy album 2776 which benefits the OneKid One World charity.|
Saturday, July 12, 2014
|The Budos Band's new direction inspired drummer/artist Brian Profilio to go witchy for Burnt Offering's sleeve.|
BUDOS BAND TOUR DATES
Jul 12 - Chicago, IL @ Metro
Jul 24 - Twilight Concert Series @ Salt Lake City, UT
Jul 25 - Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
Jul 26 - Seattle, WA @ Capitol Hill Block Party
Jul 27 - Victoria, BC @ Philipps Brewery
Jul 31 - Los Angeles @ Echo Plex
Aug 1 - Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl
Aug 2 - San Diego, CA @ Casbah
Oct 25 - Brooklyn, NY @ The Wick
Nov 15 - Live Oak, FL @ Bear Creek Festival
Friday, July 11, 2014
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Monday, July 7, 2014
Friday, July 4, 2014
LEGENDS OF SKA FILM SCREENING
@ Harbourfront Centre Studio Theatre
York Quay Centre (235 Queens Quay West, Toronto)
Saturday, August 2, 2014
5:00PM – 6:45PM
Q & A to follow with ska legends Herman Sang (The City Slicker),
Jo Jo Bennett + Roy & Yvonne
Admission is FREE