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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Tom Waits on the Don Lane Show 1981 (Interview and Performance)

Tom Waits on the Don Lane show. This is part one of two videos from the show. This first video is the interview. Tom talks about giving up smoking, his marriage, and some other fascinating stuff. The Second Part is the performance of the song Mr. Siegal.

Wilco announce release date for new CD, ‘The Whole Love’

Wilco will release their new CD, The Whole Love, on September 27. The album will feature a dozen new songs, including the recently released single “I Might,” which you can check out below, and the twelve-minute “One Sunday Morning (Song For Jane Smiley’s Boyfriend).”
The Whole Love is Wilco’s eighth studio album and the first to be released on the band’s dBpm Records label. Jeff Tweedy and crew have also announced a string of dates, which kicks off at the Murat Theatre, Indianapolis, IN., on September 13. Legendary singer-songwriter and silver fox Nick Lowe will be the support at all the shows.
Personally, I thought Wilco’s last CD, 2009′s Wilco (The Album), didn’t quite match the sublime, exploratory heights as Yankee Hotel Foxtrot or A Ghost Is Born, although I’m well aware there are fans who hold the contrary view.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Coen Brothers Writing Dave Van Ronk-Inspired Script

In a Q&A with Noah Baumbach earlier this month, Joel and Ethan Coen revealed that they’ve been working on a new script for a music-related film featuring songs “pretty much all performed live” on a “single instrument.” The pair kept further details a bit cryptic in that discussion, but now the L.A. Times have been tipped off with an intriguing update on the project: The Mayor of MacDougal Street, a posthumously published memoir by legendary folk singer Dave Van Ronk that revisits the historic 1960s Greenwich Village scene he helped lead, is serving as inspiration for the script, which is loosely based on Van Ronk’s life.

As documented in Bob Dylan’s memoir Chronicles: Volume 1, “in Greenwich Village, Van Ronk was king of the street, he reigned supreme.” In fact, Van Ronk gave Dylan his first pivotal chance in the scene’s spotlight, when he offered the future poet laureate of rock a set at the popular Gaslight Cafe following an impromtu performance of “Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out” at a guitar shop. Many others, including Joni Mitchell and Phil Ochs, were discovered by Van Ronk during that era.

Some Coen Brothers scripts never see the light of day, of course, so there’s no guarantee this would-be-awesome project will come to fruition. If they do manage to go folk, something tells me their longtime collaborator Jeff Bridges might make a good Van Ronk. I mean, the guy can certainly sing the part.


Classic Albums – Screamadelica (Primal Scream)

Primal Scream’s seminal album Screamadelica was released in 1991, and synthesized the band’s rock ‘n’ roll roots with the dance culture of that time; for many, the album’s sound and imagery came to be regarded as quintessential symbols of the acid house era, perfectly catching the spirit and mood of the early 90s.

Using rare archive footage and special performances, this film tells the story of Screamadelica and its hit singles and dance anthems “Loaded,” “Movin’ On Up,” “Come Together” and “Don’t Fight It, Feel It.” From the formation of the band in Glasgow to winning the first-ever Mercury prize, the band members explain the record’s inception with insights from main producer Andrew Weatherall, Creation Records founder Alan McGee and many others involved with or inspired by this joyful record.

Screamadelica both defines a generation and transcends its time, and is a true Classic Album.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Mastodon: “Deathbound” (Music Video)

Atlanta metal monarchs Mastodon have been at work on a new album, replete with hilariously awesome song titles. Today, the Adult Swim Singles Program released a new Mastodon video into the world. But this track, “Deathbound”, won’t appear on the forthcoming album The Hunter. Instead, it comes from the same sessions that produced their last album, 2009’s Crack the Skye.

The song will soon appear on the Singles Program website. But the amazing video, from Authority Films, is below. It depicts total puppet mayhem, and to describe it any further would be to spoil it. You just have to watch it. It’s nuts. (via Pitchfork)

Morrissey Has Album Written But Has No Record Deal

Despite having a new album written, Morrissey has no record deal in place to make what would be his 10th solo record a reality, the former Smiths man has revealed.

Currently resigned to his fate, the singer told Pitchfork, “There’s not much I can do about it. Once it becomes public that you aren’t signed, you assume that anyone who wants you will come and get you.” So far he’s yet to receive an offer.

Morrissey believes the main reason for his situation is that labels are primarily concerned with new bands rather than established acts. He explained, “I think labels for the most part want to sign new discoveries so that that label alone is seen to be responsible for the rise of the artist.”

He continued, “Not many labels want bands who have already made their mark, because their success is usually attributed to some other label somewhere else at another time. Most artists are remembered for the albums that introduced them, or that made their success.”

While a band like Radiohead has embraced new ways to release music, Morrissey has a more traditional stance: “I don’t have any need to be innovative in that way. I am still stuck in the dream of an album that sells well not because of marketing, but because people like the songs.”

As for the state of the music industry as a whole, the singer didn’t pull his punches. “The entire ‘industry’ has been destroyed in a thousand ways. The Internet has obviously wiped music off the human map — killed the record shop, and killed the patience of labels who consider debut sales of 300,000 to not be good enough.”

Monday, June 27, 2011

Watch Archers Of Loaf’s TV Debut On Fallon
The reissued Icky Mettle is out 8/2 via Merge. (Pre-order now.) It was remastered by Bob Weston, features liner notes by Robert Christgau, and includes bonus material (Archers Of Loaf vs. The Greatest Of All Time EP, singles, B-Sides, etc.). See them live:

07/08 – Chicago, IL @ The Bottom Lounge
07/09 – Chicago, IL @ The Bottom Lounge
07/22 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
07/23 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
07/24 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
08/05 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat
08/06 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero

08/19 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
08/20 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
09/02 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
09/03 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
09/08 – Portland, OR @ Music Fest NW
09/09 – Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s

Friday, June 24, 2011

Bon Iver: Bon Iver (Album Review)

“And at once I knew I was not magnificent.” So sings Justin Vernon in Holocene, his ethereal falsetto serene as he absorbs another of life’s burdens and disappointments. The line snags you for two reasons: it’s one of the few comprehensible lyrics amid the album’s whirlwind of poetic obfuscations; it’s also nonsense. Vernon’s most magnificent act on this follow-up to 2008’s solitary, introspective For Emma, Forever Ago, is to open Bon Iver up to the world. That expansiveness influences everything, from the way the song titles reach beyond Vernon’s Wisconsin home to the number of collaborators (10) and their intricately textured sound. In opening track Perth, you can almost hear Vernon exit his cabin in the woods to be dazzled by the colours and brightness outside, communicated in bold military drums and surging horns. But whether exploring supple R&B in Minnesota, WI, joyful country in Towers, or swollen soft-rock in Beth/Rest, Bon Iver remains rooted in the emotional sincerity that made Vernon’s debut so mesmerising.

Wouldn’t It Be Nice: Brian Wilson Biopic in the Works

In a project that will hopefully be completed in less time than it took for Brian Wilson to finish “Smile,” an independent production company is preparing a biographical film about Mr. Wilson, the troubled pop music genius and creative force behind the Beach Boys. River Road Entertainment, which has previously produced features like “The Tree of Life” and “Fair Game,” said that it is developing a film about Mr. Wilson, who with his brothers, Dennis and Carl, and Mike Love and Al Jardine formed the Beach Boys in 1961. That band’s groovy hits include “Surfin’ U.S.A.” and “Good Vibrations,” as well as the album-length mini-masterpiece “Pet Sounds.”

River Road Entertainment said in a statement that its film would “take an unconventional look at Wilson’s unique musical process as well as his struggles with mental illness, and how he managed to persevere as an artist with the love and support of his wife Melinda.” The company has secured the musician’s life rights for the project, and Oren Moverman, the director and co-writer of “The Messenger,” will write its screenplay. No title or release date for the film was given, and its producers haven’t announced which actor will be lying in bed just like Brian Wilson did.

Prince Is Finished Recording Until the Internet Is Tamed

Musical mystic and rock ‘n’ roll legend Prince has decided to hold off on recording until something is done about digital music. According to the Guardian UK, the ‘Purple Rain’ singer has been one tough critic of the Internet in general, but it’s file-sharing that really grinds his gears.

“The industry changed,” he told the Guardian. “We made money [online] before piracy was real crazy. Nobody’s making money now except phone companies, Apple and Google. I’m supposed to go to the White House to talk about copyright protection. It’s like the gold rush out there. Or a carjacking. There’s no boundaries. I’ve been in meetings and they’ll tell you, Prince, you don’t understand, it’s dog-eat-dog out there. So I’ll just hold off on recording.”

So that’s all folks. After recording over 25 studio albums, Prince is finished (for now) which means we’ll be seeing a lot more of him on stage — unless he figures a way to outsmart that dastardly Internet. Head over to the Guardian to read the whole interview.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Watch Thurston Moore and Bob Mould (With the Roots) on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon”

Last night, Sonic Youth co-leader Thurston Moore turned up on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” to perform “Circulation”, a song from his new solo album Demolished Thoughts. He also played another cut from that album, “Blood Never Lies”, as a web exclusive. Watch the “Circulation” performance over at Fallon’s site (skip to the 37 minute mark), and check out the “Blood Never Lies” performance below.

If that’s not enough Our Band Could Be Your Life nostalgia for one “Fallon” episode for you, former Hüsker Dü/Sugar frontman Bob Mould also sat in with backing band the Roots last night, performing an abbreviated version of Sugar’s “If I Can’t Change Your Mind”. Watch that below as well, via the Audio Perv and Pitchfork.

Thurston Moore: “Blood Never Lies” (Live on “Fallon”):

Bob Mould with the Roots: “If I Can’t Change Your Mind” (Sugar cover) (Live on “Fallon”):

Bruce Springsteen Reads Moving Eulogy at Clarence Clemons’ Funeral

Bruce Springsteen read out a touching tribute to his friend and longtime musical collaborator Clarence Clemons at the E Street Band saxophonist’s funeral on June 21.

A private service for Clemons — known as “The Big Man” due to his great height — was held in Palm Beach, Florida, attended by other band members and three of his four ex-wives.

The ceremony included performances by Springsteen, the E Street Band, singer Jackson Browne and a sax solo of ‘Amazing Grace’ by Clemons’ nephew.

“Clarence was a man of unconditional love, but his love came with a lot of conditions,” the Palm Beach Daily News reports Springsteen as saying. “He was a complex guy … an ongoing project. But when you were in his presence, it was like being in a sovereign nation.”

Springsteen also played a solo version of ‘Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out,’ the song about how Clemens joined his band in the early 1970s, while Browne returned to his ’70s collaboration with the sax player, ‘You’re a Friend of Mine’.

Clemons died on Saturday due to complications following a stroke he suffered a week earlier.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Bob Mould Reveals the Truth About Hüsker Dü’s Split in New Memoir

Bob Mould is one of those rare musical artists who has achieved musical success not just once but three times. From the late ’70s through the ’80s, he fronted the legendary punk group Hüsker Dü. Then in the early to mid ’90s, Mould enjoyed popularity with his group Sugar. Since then, he has maintained a very active solo career, most recently with his last album, 2009’s ‘Life and Times.’

But it hasn’t been an easy path for Mould, 50, as evidenced in his new and thoughtful memoir, ‘See a Little Light: The Trail of Rage and Melody,’ co-written with Michael Azerrad and published by Little Brown. Throughout his autobiography, Mould traces the personal obstacles and challenges that have marked his life, such as his childhood in a dysfunctional home in Malone, N.Y., and his homosexuality that led him to come out in the ’90s. Along the way, Mould talks about the stories behind his albums, such as Hüsker Dü’s ‘Zen Arcade’ and his 2002 solo record ‘Modulate,’ as well as his stint in the business of professional wrestling.

“I’d had all this anger and inner conflict when I was younger,” he writes. “I used music to express it, but the irony was that touring the world in a rock band, cooped up with three other guys in a van, was also keeping me from both growing up and coming out. Now … music was helping me heal the wounds and grow as a person.”

In this excerpt from ‘See a Little Light,’ which is out now, Mould talks for the first time about an episode that led to the breakup of Hüsker Dü. The split was preceded by the suicide of Hüsker Dü manager David Savoy and the drug problems of band drummer Grant Hart.

January 26, 1988. [Bassist] Greg [Norton] and I decide that we need to sit down with Grant and talk, to figure out our collective future. This is the story that has never been told. This is the story of the last time the three members of Hüsker Dü sat together in a room.

Greg and I drive separately to South St. Paul to meet with Grant at his parents’ house. Greg and I arrive and Grant’s there, but so are his parents. So we’re having a band meeting with the five of us around a homespun oval wood table, tucked up against the window of the small kitchen. Is this an awkward situation? Yes, most definitely. Grant’s mom is being cordial, his dad a little cranky, as usual. Beverages are offered, How was everybody’s Christmas?, small talk, blah blah blah.

We open it up with “Grant, how are you doing, what are you doing, what do you want to do, what are we doing here?” Grant takes a hard draw on his cigarette, and slowly says, “Well…” That was always Grant’s tell — this sort of pensive cigarette draw and then “Well …” Anytime he did that, I prepared myself for a bunch of words that wouldn’t really add up to anything.

He says, “You know, I just, you know, I really want to get back to work.”

I say, “Well, there’s this problem. Have you talked with your parents about what’s happening?”

Grant’s mother takes the floor. His dad is just sitting there, not adding anything, just grousing a bit. “I think everything’s OK,” she says. “I think it was sort of like — it seemed like a cold almost. I think he’s been good — he was sick for about a week, but, I think, it seemed like a cold or something.”

At this point, Grant wants to have a sidebar with me, so he and I go from the kitchen into the dining room, leaving Greg to sit with the parents. Grant asks, “What’s the advance for the next record?”

“One hundred seventy-five thousand, Grant.”

“We just need to get going. We need to put all this behind us,” he says in a shaky but hopeful tone, “and we need to get back in the studio. That’s going to be the best thing for us.”

I flatly reply, “I think we should go back into the other room.” We go back in, and the next statement from his mom is the one that does it for me.

She says, “You know, what I think might be really good is if — I just think that there’s too much work. I think if you just played on the weekends and weren’t working so hard …”

I flash back to the that summer after my first year of college, when I didn’t have anything going, didn’t have a steady job, didn’t have a dorm room, and I stayed with Grant’s family. I ate at that same table with these people many times, and the poetry of it is not lost on me. The same exact table. Ad now it’s come to this.

By this time Greg is turning three shades of grey. I’m just sitting there like, Oh my f—ing God, this might be the most dysfunctional situation I’ve ever been in, and I grew up in one hell of a dysfunctional home. I push away from the kitchen table, begin to rise, and say, “I think I’m done here. Good seeing everybody. I’m going to home to Pine City now.”

Greg follows me out and asks what we’re going to do. I say, “I’m going to come down to Red Wing and get my stuff in a day or two. I’ll talk to you then. I’m just going home now.”

That was it. It was over.

Grizzly Bear’s Chris Taylor Tours as CANT

Grizzly Bear member Chris Taylor will release the solo album Dreams Come True under the name CANT on September 13 in North America, via Taylor’s own Terrible Records, and a day earlier everywhere else, via Warp. In October, Taylor will hit the road with a full band for a full-scale North American CANT tour. Check out his dates below.

10-01 Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
10-02 Vancouver, British Columbia – Media Club
10-03 Seattle, WA – Triple Door
10-05 San Francisco, CA – The Independent
10-07 San Diego, CA – Soda Bar
10-08 Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour
10-11 Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
10-12 Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge
10-14 Lawrence, KS – The Bottleneck
10-15 Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry
10-16 Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon
10-18 Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
10-19 Detroit, MI – Magic Stick
10-21 Toronto, Ontario – Garrison
10-22 Montreal, Quebec – Cabaret Mile End
10-24 Boston, MA – Middle East Downstairs
10-25 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
10-27 Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s
10-28 Washington, DC – Rock and Roll Hotel
10-29 Asheville, NC – Moog Festival

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Radiohead debut new track ‘Staircase’ online – video

Radiohead have debuted a brand new track ‘Staircase’ online.

The track, which comes from the same sessions as recent album ‘The King Of Limbs’, emerged on the band’s Dead Air Space site today (June 21).

The murky, heavily rhythmic track is reminiscent of the funkier moments from ‘The King Of Limbs’, yet boasts a more persuasive melody. You can hear the track by scrolling down.

The song is a bonus extra from the Oxford band’s unique session for producer Nigel Godrich’s From The Basement project, a podcast turned TV show. In 2008 the band did a similar session for previous album ‘In Rainbows’.

The performance will be broadcast internationally on July 1 via BBC Worldwide. With the band having yet to announce any live dates, the session will be fans’ first opportunity to hear them perform material from ‘The King Of Limbs’ live.

Salim Mukaddam, VP Music Television at BBC Worldwide said recently: “It is a real honour to be working with Radiohead on this project. Radiohead are a band that rarely performs for television, but when they do, it’s a moment to savour. There is already huge anticipation for this performance and we’re delighted that they’ve decided to work with us at BBC Worldwide, confirming our position as market leaders in music television. As a fan I cannot wait to see these beautiful songs brought to life in this programme.”

Bryce Edge from Radiohead’s management added: “This will be Radiohead’s first collaboration with BBC Worldwide and the band are excited at the prospect of having their first live performance of ‘The King of Limbs’ broadcast around the world. The band will be filmed and recorded by the From The Basement team, which includes Nigel Godrich their long time producer, Dilly Gent ,who commissioned many of the memorable Radiohead videos and Grant Gee who filmed the Radiohead documentary ‘Meeting People is Easy’.”