Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Brandi Carlile's Story...

Here is a video of Brandi Carlile's song The Story...you may have heard it over & over during the Olympics on some car commercial. Thought I would give her some credit before people accused her of selling out...more power to her. Her music is worth a listen...amazing vocalist. She can belt it out without sounding like she is screaming.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Check On Beck: Outside Lands Festival Video...

Where It's At

has done it again...provided YouTube junkies everywhere with a chance to see Beck doing his thing this past week at Outside Lands Music Festival in San Francisco. Check out his page to see more clips from the performance.

Friday, August 22, 2008

As The Planets Line Up...

You may remember Digable Planets as one of the more influential Hip Hop groups of the 90's. They are spinning their way back into the solar system again...at the center of the jazz groove universe. According to the Blind Pig's website, tickets go on sale tomorrow (8/23) for a show on Friday, October 17th. Ladybug, Doodlebug & Butterfly will be looking for you to be there.

Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)

Monday, August 18, 2008

If You're a Morning Person...

Check out this brand new video from My Morning Jacket for Touch Me I'm Going To Scream Part II.

Click here for a great review & great pictures (Backseat Sandbar) from MMJ's hometown show in Louisville's Waterfront Park this past weekend. 10,000 + turned out to welcome them home.

Wilco to Open For Neil Young ~ Fall 2008...

Wilco will be on the road with Neil Young this fall for several dates in Canada & the U.S. With Neil at the wheel & Wilco on the passenger side, this makes for an amazing double bill with so much songwriting talent it's scary. We can only hope they will share the stage for at least one song...or maybe a medley. Needle & the Damage Done & Shot in the Arm come to mind...now wouldn't that be nice. Auburn Hills gives you one option to storm The Palace to witness rock royalty on December 7th. Ticket sales for some dates begin this week.

11/29 Metro Center - Halifax, Nova Scotia
12/01 Bell Center - Montreal
12/02 Scotia Band Center - Ottawa
12/04 Air Canada Center - Toronto
12/07 Palace of Auburn Hills - Detroit
12/09 Allstage Arena - Chicago
12/12 The Spectrum - Philadelphia
12/13 DCU Center - Boston
12/15 Madison Square Garden - New York

Monday, August 04, 2008

Cub Fans Sing Back Up For Wilco...

Yesterday (8/3) Wilco led Chicago Cub's fans in Take Me Out to the Ball Game during the 7th inning stretch at Wrigley Field. Can't say they gave it all they've got...guess they must have been tired from their Lollapalooza set. But the rendition must have given the Cubbies a "Shot in the Arm" (sorry)...they beat the Pirates 8 to 5.

David Byrne Tour Dates 2008...

David Byrne is going on tour...We're on the Road to SOMEWHERE! How about Ann Arbor's Michigan Theater on October 24th.

Here is a portion of today's Press release about his latest news:
Everything That Happens... was conceptualized during a visit to Brian Eno's studio after the two reconnected upon Nonesuch Records' re-release of Bush of Ghosts. Byrne explains, "I recall Brian mentioning that he had a lot of largely instrumental tracks he'd accumulated, and since, in his words, he 'hates writing words,' I suggested I have a go at writing some words, and tunes over a few of them, and we see what happens." Thus the two began exchanging vocal and instrumental tracks, and the transatlantic collaboration began.

Everything That Happens... is less a collage than the duo's previous effort of some 27 years ago and more a collection of songs. Whereas Bush of Ghosts incorporated the contributions of 11 additional musicians along with a variety of "found" voices--ranging from radio talk-show hosts to Lebanese mountain singers--this latest recording almost exclusively features Byrne's lyrics and voice alongside Eno's various electronic tracks. "When we started this work, we started to think we were making something like electronic gospel: a music where singing was the central event, but whose sonic landscapes were not the type normally associated with that way of singing," says Eno. "This thought tapped into my long love affair with gospel music, which, curiously, was inadvertently initiated by David and Talking Heads."

With a Byrne tour, David Byrne, Songs of David Byrne and Brian Eno scheduled in support of the release of Everything That Happens from the fall of `08 through early `09 in the U.S., Australasia in early '09, and Europe in March 09, the focus will be on these new songs as well as Byrne's previous collaborations with Eno including some Talking Heads albums (many of which were produced by Eno). "The live shows will maybe try to draw a line linking this new material with what we did 30 years ago," explains Byrne, "a little bit anyway."

Sep 16 Bethlehem, PA @ Zoellner Arts Center - Baker Hall
Sep 17 Baltimore, MD @ Lyric
Sep 18 Newport News, VA @ Ferguson Center for the Arts
Sep 20 Atlanta, GA @ Chastain Park Amphitheater
Sep 21 Asheville, NC @ Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
Sep 22 Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
Sep 23 Memphis, TN @ Orpheum Theatre
Sep 25 Austin, TX @ Paramount
Sep 26 Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits (Zilker Park)
Sep 28 Alburquerque, NM @ Kiva Auditorium
Sep 30 Phoenix, AZ @ Orpheum
Oct 2 San Diego, CA @ Humphreys
Oct 3 Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre
Oct 4 Santa Barbara, CA @ Arlington Theater
Oct 6 San Francisco, CA @ Davies Symphony Hall
Oct 8 Santa Rosa, CA @ Wells Fargo Center For the Arts
Oct 9 Saratoga, CA @ Mountain Winery
Oct 11 Park City, UT @ Eccles Center for the Performing Arts
Oct 12 Denver, CO @ Buell Theater
Oct 14 Minneapolis, MN @ Orpheum Theatre
Oct 15 Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst
Oct 17 Omaha, NE @ Kiewit Concert Hall
Oct 18 St. Louis, MO @ Fox Theatre
Oct 19 Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theatre (Reserved)
Oct 21 Lousiville, KY @ Louisville Palace Theater
Oct 23 Cleveland, OH @ Allen Theatre
Oct 24 Ann Arbor, MI @ Michigan Theater
Oct 25 Indy, IN @ Clowes Memorial Hall
Oct 26 Chicago, IL @ Chicago Opera House
Oct 29 Toronto, ONT @ Massey Hall
Oct 30 Montreal, QUE @ Metropolis
Oct 31 Boston, MA @ Wang Center
Nov 1 Atlantic City, NJ @ Borgata
Nov 3 Red Bank, NJ @ Count Basie Theatre
Nov 5 Albany, NY @ Empire State Plaza
Nov 7 Pittsburgh, PA @ Carnegie Music Hall
Nov 8 Philadelphia, PA @ Tower Theatre

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Wilco Lollapalooza 2008 Videos...

A big thanks to kurt654 for posting the videos of Wilco's Lollapalooza 2008 set on YouTube. The performance was streamed by the folks at Lolla. Decked out in custom Nudie Suits, the boys rocked their hometown in style. Press play.

Let's hope some video of Jeff Tweedy playing the kid's stage (earlier the same day) starts to pop up.


I Am Trying to Break Your Heart
You Are My Face
Impossible Germany
It's Just That Simple
Handshake Drugs
Pot Kettle Black
Spiders (Kidsmoke)
Jesus, Etc.
A Shot In The Arm
Hate It Here
Can't Stand It
Outtasite (Outta Mind)

Saturday, August 02, 2008

Dear Abbey: We Know The Black Keys Rock...

The Black Keys roll into Toledo tonight on their road worn tires (Akron made Rubber, no doubt) to deliver a follow up performance to a Lollapalooza gig yesterday in Chicago. This will represent the first "major" concert at the newly renovated Toledo Civic Theatre. Any loose plaster should be accounted for, but rest assured, The Black Keys will shake the place like a jack hammer & do some damage.

Try to make this show & support the local scene...but if you have to miss it, here is a taste of TBK playing at the legendary Abbey Road Studios on the Sundance Channel's website (Live From Abbey Road).

Friday, August 01, 2008

Mic Test #52: Frightened Rabbit...

Frightened Rabbit:
*Note: The music featured in the Mic Test is typically new to me, too. Just throwing out some info. about bands that seem to be offering something exciting. Enjoy.