August 17, 2010

If this doesn’t make your heart feel joy, you might be dead inside

Joe Pug onstage with the Levon Helm Band and Elvis Costello, swapping jubilant verses on “The Weight” last week in Vancouver.

Joe’s face emanates the same pure, unfettered joy I see here. Go kid, go.

December 27, 2008

The Gaslight Anthem finally announce headlining U.S. tour dates, cover The Band

Mar 18 La Tulipe – Montreal, Quebec %
Mar 20 The Opera House – Toronto, Ontario %
Mar 21 Call The Office – London, Ontario %
Mar 27 Webster Hall – New York, NY
Mar 28 The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA #
Mar 29 Mr. Small’s – Pittsburgh, PA #
Apr 2 Turner Hall – Milwaukee, WI #
Apr 3 The Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL #
Apr 4 Varsity Theater – Minneapolis, MN #
Apr 7 The Warehouse – Calgary, Alberta #
Apr 8 The Starlite Room – Edmonton, Alberta #
Apr 10 The Plaza – Vancouver, British Columbia #
Apr 15 The Boardwalk – Orangevale, CA #
Apr 16 Slim’s – San Francisco, CA #
Apr 21 The Clubhouse – Tempe, AZ #
Apr 24 Gothic Theatre – Englewood, CO #

% – with Saint Alvia Cartel from Ontario
# – with Heartless Bastards from Cincinnati

Only about half of the dates from the tour have been posted so far. Stay tuned.

LISTEN: Q101 Acoustic Set
The ’59 Sound (acoustic) – The Gaslight Anthem
Here’s Looking At You Kid (acoustic) – The Gaslight Anthem
The Weight (The Band cover) – The Gaslight Anthem

[photo credit Daniel Ackerly]

January 29, 2007

Monday Music Roundup

Dear lord, this site is the funniest thing I’ve seen in a loooong time.

I was laughing out loud (like, rest-your-head-on-the-desk, hope-no-one-hears-your-stifled-guffaws laughing). It was a thing of beauty. was new to me, and exactly what it sounds like, a gal documenting random funny things that her boyfriend says — no more, no less. Choice cuts:

I think I’ll ask the dentist to install tusks in my face so I can fully embrace my orcish heritage.”


(When I finally made him shave his damn beard:)
“See, this is why I won’t let you have nice things. Because you won’t let me grow majestic facial hair.”

It’s voyeurism perfected in hilarious fashion.
Now for your recommended weekly musical allowance:

Big Chair
Here’s a radio rip from the BBC of the new one from Scottish rockers Travis – a driving bass line combines with some chattery electronic effects and the smooth vocal delivery of Fran Healy. This’ll be on their fifth studio album, Open, due in the Spring. Ben Stiller is rumored to have laid down some cowbell for one of the tracks; if I ever got to do that for a band, I think I’d die happy. Travis is also headed for the scenic Indio desert of Coachella in April, if you’re lucky enough to catch that fantastic line-up.

Rhythm & Soul (live)
I’ve been listening a lot to uber-talented Austin indie/punk/rock/etc band Spoon lately, digging the eclectic combo of often-acoustic guitar, thumping beats, and funky confident vocals. I think this new track (performed live this past August at the lovely Greek Theatre in Berkeley) will sound divine with the full studio treatment. Hooray! [thx Matt]

All My Loving (Beatles cover)
The Smithereens
I am still a little unsure as to why this album was actually necessary; it’s a complete cover of the seminal Beatles’ album Meet The Beatles (1964) by New Jersey rock band The Smithereens. Overall it is interesting to listen to, as the band walks through a series of covers that are largely faithful to the arrangments of the originals but with an edge of their own; The NY Times says, “The album manages to scream Beatles 1964 and Smithereens 2007 all at once.” See what you think of this tune — for all the hype, I don’t exactly know why anyone would listen to this when the original is available.

Rocking Chair (The Band cover)
Death Cab For Cutie
DCFC covers familiar ground lyrically (“Oh, to be home again . . .”) in their reinterpretation of The Band‘s
grizzled soulful ballad, from the diverse new album of covers Endless Highway: The Music Of The Band (out mañana) which has some good stuff on it. Jakob Dylan’s contribution is interesting to me because The Band first came to prominence in ’65-’66 as the backing band for his pops, donchaknow.

Chasing Heather Crazy
Guided by Voices
I make myself a mix CD for the car every month. This is the first song on the next one. Just to entertain myself.

From GBV‘s Isolation Drills (2001).

December 15, 2006

We’re gettin’ The Band back together, dude

Via Stereogum, news of a forthcoming tribute album to The Band called Endless Highway (Jan 2007) that I’ve been streaming all morning over at the 429 Records site, enjoying tunes like:

Ophelia – ALO
Look Out Cleveland – Jackie Greene
Rocking Chair – Death Cab For Cutie
Whispering Pines – Jakob Dylan
Life Is A Carnival – Trevor Hall

And you’ll get a version of this one with MMJ (but the album version ain’t got no Vedder)

It Makes No Difference – My Morning Jacket with Ed Vedder
(live in Pistoia, Italy – 9/20/06)

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Location: Colorado, originally by way of California
Giving context to the torrent since 2005.

"I love the relationship that anyone has with music: because there's something in us that is beyond the reach of words, something that eludes and defies our best attempts to spit it out. It's the best part of us, probably, the richest and strangest part..."
—Nick Hornby, Songbook
"Music has always been a matter of energy to me, a question of Fuel. Sentimental people call it Inspiration, but what they really mean is Fuel."
—Hunter S. Thompson

Mp3s are for sampling purposes, kinda like when they give you the cheese cube at Costco, knowing that you'll often go home with having bought the whole 7 lb. spiced Brie log. They are left up for a limited time. If you LIKE the music, go and support these artists, buy their schwag, go to their concerts, purchase their CDs/records and tell all your friends. Rock on.

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