Archive for February, 2009

26
Feb

Avett Brothers video/Fillmore shows in May

I’ve been an avid Avett Brothers fan ever since Emotionalism made my Best of 2007 list but sinister forces have conspired to prevent me from catching their live show, which I hear is spectacular. That will certainly change when they play the Fillmore two nights in May (Friday the 15th & Saturday the 16th). Rumor has it Magnolia Electric Co. will be opening. What a night of alt-folk bliss! Tickets go on sale this Sunday @ 10 AM. The video below comes from a nifty little corner of Bruce Springsteen’s website called Hangin’ Out On E Street where an eclectic assortment of folks (Ted Leo, Wylcef Jean & Birdmonster to name a few) present their take on the Boss and wax reverent about his influence on their careers. Guess whoever’s in charge was unaware that Sleater-Kinney used to do a rippin’ cover of “Promised Land.” God I miss those ladies…

I love how the stock clerks rockin’ the storeroom look fits perfectly with Bruce’s blue collar oeuvre. How much fun would it be to jump behind that drum kit?

More tour dates at the Avett’s website.

26
Feb

New music: Dan Auerbach, Robyn Hitchcock & Elvis Perkins in Dearland

keep-it-hidThe solo debut from one half of the Black Keys sounds like, well, the Black Keys. What did anyone really  expect? Unless Auerbach spent 80 minutes playing the bagpipes it was bound to. So folks hoping to hear Dan stretching himself will be disappointed but I’m digging this. The Fogerty like blues howl is replaced with a deeply soulful crooning in just the right spots and a bass player (god forbid) makes for an interesting low end counterpoint missing from the Black Keys’ drum/guitar minimalism. My favorite addition is the haunting Hammond B underpinning this track right here:

I Want Some More

Keep It Hid is out on Nonesuch Records. Dan will be at Bimbo’s March 13. I’ll be giving away a pair of tickets during my show on KALX at 90.7 FM next Wednesday so tune in! More tour dates and streaming tunes can be found  at Auerbach’s myspace page.

Goodnight Oslo

Robyn Hitchcock’s second record backed by the all star trio of Peter Buck on guitar, Young Fresh Fellow Scott McCaughey on bass, and Ministry skin pounder Bill Rieflin may not match the last couple of records he’s released but after 30 years of consistently fantastic songcraft his missteps stand shoulders above the pop paff topping today’s charts.

Goodnight Oslo

Goodnight Oslo is out on Yep Roc Records. If you have a couple hours to kill check out Robyn’s official site. There’s a reason it’s called The Museum of Robyn Hitchcock.

Elvis Perkins In DreamlandLike a crazy mix of Leonard Cohen’s despair and early Dylan’s exuberant folk rock Elvis Perkins In Dreamland play music that is catchy and penetrating at the same time. The despair is understandable as frontman Elvis Perkins  lost his father, actor Anthony Perkins, to AIDS in 1992 and his mother on one of the 9/11 planes. But the exuberance defies sorrow in a celebration of everyday life with one of the catchier songs I’ve heard in weeks. A driving rhythm offset to marvelous effect by the delicate harmonies of Lavender Diamond’s Becky Stark.

Hey

A couple more tunes are streaming at their website. Their self titled second record is out on XL Recordings March 10, pre-oreder it here. He is (or is it they are? I’m so confused) playing the Cafe Du Nord the very next day.

12
Feb

Red Hot clelebrates 20 years with an indie who’s who

Dark Was The Night

Red Hot Org., the international HIV and AIDS charity dedicated to raising money and awareness through popular culture, turns 20 this year. To celebrate the folks responsible for such amazing compilations as No Alternative, Red Hot and Blue and many more have turned the reigns over to The National’s brothers Dessner for compilatin #20, Dark Was The Night. Out on 4AD on February 16th, these 31 exclusive tracks from an impressive array of artists include some fascinating collaborations: Conor Oberst & Gillian Welch, Antony & Bryce Dessner and Feist & Ben Gibbard. Check out three of my favorite tracks:

And I’m also digging this track you can keep for yourself:

Knotty Pine – Dirty Projectors + David Byrne

Check out this mind numbing track list:

THIS DISC
1 Knotty Pine – Dirty Projectors + David Byrne
2 Cello Song (Nick Drake cover) – The Books featuring Jose Gonzalez
3 Train Song (Vashti Bunyan cover) – Feist + Ben Gibbard
4 Brackett, WI – Bon Iver
5 Deep Blue Sea – Grizzly Bear
6 So Far Around the Bend – The National (arrangement by Nico Muhly)
7 Tightrope – Yeasayer
8 Feeling Good (Nina Simone hit) – My Brightest Diamond
9 Dark Was the Night (Blind Willie Johnson cover) – Kronos Quartet
10 I Was Young When I Left Home (Bob Dylan cover) – Antony + Bryce Dessner
11 Big Red Machine – Justin Vernon + Aaron Dessner
12 Sleepless – The Decemberists
13 Stolen Houses (Die) – Iron and Wine
14 Service Bell – Grizzly Bear + Feist
15 You Are The Blood – Sufjan Stevens

THAT DISC
1 Well-Alright – Spoon
2 Lenin (a Funeral outtake) – Arcade Fire
3 Mimizan – Beirut
4 El Caporal – My Morning Jacket
5 Inspiration Information (Shuggie Otis cover) – Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
6 With A Girl Like You (The Troggs cover) – Dave Sitek of TV On The Radio
7 Blood Pt 2 (Castanets cover) – Buck 65 Remix (featuring Sufjan Stevens and Serengeti)
8 Hey, Snow White (Destroyer cover) – The New Pornographers
9 Gentle Hour (Snapper cover) – Yo La Tengo
10 Another Saturday – Stuart Murdoch
11 Happiness – Riceboy Sleeps
12 Amazing Grace – Cat Power and Dirty Delta Blues
13 The Giant Of Illinois (Handsome Family cover) – Andrew Bird
14 Lua – Conor Oberst + Gillian Welch
15 When the Road Runs Out – Blonde Redhead + Devastations
16 Love vs. Porn – Kevin Drew

10
Feb

New music & tour dates from Neko Case

Middle Cyclone

It seems like eons ago that Neko Case’s last record, Fox Confessor Brings The Food, made my Best Of 2006 list. The three separate editions doled out since its initial release only served to make me hungrier for new material. A double live disc in 2007 (of a performance recorded 4 years prior), another record and tour with the New Pornographers as well as collaborations with Crooked Fingers, M. Ward and Giant Sand were fine placeholders but when was that new record coming out?! Well come March 3rd the wait is over. Anti- will release Middle Cyclone and I for one cannot wait. If the lead single is any indicator we’ve got some classic Neko to look forward to. Check it out:

People Got A Lotta Nerve

Middle Cyclone track list:
1. This Tornado Loves You
2. The Next Time You Say Forever
3. People Got A Lotta Nerve
4. Polar Nettles
5. Vengeance Is Sleeping
6. Never Turn Your Back On Mother Earth (a Sparks cover)
7. Middle Cyclone
8. Fever
9. Magpie To The Morning
10. I’m An Animal
11. Prison Girls
12. Don’t Forget Me (a Harry Nilsson cover)
13. The Pharaohs
14. Red Tide
15. Marais La Nuit

Her regular band (are they still called her boyfriends?) of guitarist Paul Rigby, bassist Tom V. Ray, drummer Barry Mirochnick, multi-instrumentalist Jon Rauhouse and backing vocalist Kelly Hogan are joined by the likes of M. Ward, Garth Hudson, Sarah Harmer, and members of The New Pornographers, Los Lobos, Calexico, The Sadies, Visqueen, The Lilys and Giant Sand.

After a handful of gigs in Europe later this month Neko will be hitting the South and Midwest with Crooked Fingers. Nothing scheduled for the West Coast yet but I’m really hoping Crooked Fingers will be making that swing too. I’m dying to hear “Your Control” live (you can find the studio version here).

Tour dates are up on Neko’s website here.

In related Neko news, the only record by Maow, the slightly countrified punk pop band Neko played drums (and only occasionaly sang) in is getting the remaster treatment from Mint Records. The Unforgiving Sounds Of… should be in a record store near you.




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