Look at all of us with our fancypants smart phones and our productivity apps like Evernote and Springpad. So silly. Then there's the legendary Johnny Cash, with his pen and his paper and his incredible will. Okay, maybe he needs to remind himself to have some willpower, I'll give you that. Either way this is without question the best to-do list of all time, aside from that one day I spiked Tony Danza's morning coffee with acid and made him make one himself. "Show Angela who the boss is" is not ten different tasks. [via letters of note]
Considering the amount of time that passed between the release of the last two albums from Seattle rockers Brad, a somewhat excrutiating eight years, I sort of assumed 2010's Best Friends was going to have to tide me over for a half decade at the very least. Thankfully the assume cliche did its thing as Shawn Smith and company have announced their fifth studio album United We Stand, set for an April 24th release. For the measley price of an email address, you can download the first single "A Reason To Be In My Skin" over at the official site. I'd recommend doing exactly that, the new song is a doozy.
- April 27 - Showbox at the Market, Seattle, WA
- May 3 - The Troubadour, Los Angeles, CA
- May 4 - Cafe Du Nord, San Francisco, CA
It's all happening people, Fiona is hitting the road. After a handful of sold out shows with her pals over at Largo towards the end of last year, the great Fiona Apple is now hitting the road for a short tour, her first since backing 2005's fantastic Extraordinary Machine. The best part is these gigs will presumably be showing off some of her new material, at least if that guy from that tv show that makes records is to be believed.
Tickets for the newly announced shows aside from the SXSW appearance go on sale this Friday, February 24th. Get them while you can as these shows certainly will sell out. Hooray Fiona, welcome back.
For links and such head over to her official site.
- 03/15 – Austin, TX @ Central Presbyterian Church (SXSW)
- 03/19 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
- 03/21 – Washington, DC @ Sixth and I
- 03/23 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
- 03/24 – Atlantic City, NJ @ Music Box
- 03/26 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
- 03/27 – Boston, MA @ Royale
The greatness that is Ryan Adams recently detailed the most exciting album of 2011, his latest solo effort titled Ashes & Fire, for which Congress has added a special session to debate declaring the October 11th release date a national holiday. While we await word on the political ramifications of the new album, it's worth noting Norah Jones will be joining in on some backing vocals, an especially promising thought when you recall the haunting beauty of the pair's previous work together on "Dear John" from the fantastic Jacksonville City Lights. For the latest effort Adams kept things in the family by employing Glyn Johns in the producer's chair, the father of his usual solo album producer, Ethan Johns. Of course this wasn't just throwing him a bone as the elder Johns has worked with some artists you might have heard of like The Rolling Stones, The Who, and some band called The Beatles.
To coincide with the eleven song set, the legendary (yes, he is a legend) songwriter will pack up his acoustic and notebook for a solo tour up the west coast starting in San Diego on the presumed new national holiday. While he taunts with my emotions and skips a Los Angeles gig, there is a ton of fun involved for those bigger fans that might be taking a week off work as there will be stops in Napa, Big Sur, Santa Cruz, Sacramento, a San Francisco proper show as well as a visit to the hippies up in Eugene, Oregon. Either way some awesome times ahead. Tickets for the newly announced shows will go on sale this Friday with details and those types of shenanigans available at the official Pax-Am Records site.
Ashes & Fire Tracklist
Ashes & Fire
Do I Wait
Chains Of Love
I Love You But I Don’t Know What To Say
West Coast Tour Dates
10/11 San Diego, CA – Balboa Theatre
10/13 Big Sur, CA – Henry Miller Library
10/14 San Francisco, CA – Herbst Theatre
10/15 Napa, CA – Uptown Theatre
10/17 Santa Cruz, CA – Rio Theatre
10/18 Sacramento, CA – Crest Theatre
10/20 Eugene, OR – The Shedd Institute
We've known for a long time that Pearl Jam was going to host a festival-like event this summer to celebrate the band's twentieth anniversary. Unfortunately we didn't know when or where, although "somewhere in the middle of the country" was thrown out to help us narrow it down. Today the band has finally answered this question officially, confirming the long rumored shenanigans will take place at Alpine Valley in East Troy, Wisconsin over Labor Day weekend. The latest anniversary celebrating is of course in addition to the numerous reissues the band has put together this year, as well as the upcoming Cameron Crowe directed documentary of the band rumored to be out in the early fall. Woo hoo, Pearl Jam fun.
As for the actual concert the term festival should probably be thrown out and replaced with "guest heavy shows" or something along those lines as each day will be ticketed separately and seemingly nothing will be all that different from a normal show than the amount of openers. Don't get me wrong the openers have some firepower in The Strokes, Mudhoney and Queens of the Stone Age, but they're also going the songwriter route with Liam Finn, Joseph Arthur and Glen Hasnard. For safety's sake we'll leave punk legend John Doe in his own classificiation. It certainly sounds like a grand old time but let's be honest, this is only slightly more appealing than your standard Pearl Jam show, which isn't exactly a bad thing.
What is a bad thing is how the band's biggest fans, those who are paid members of the Ten Club, are somewhat getting the shaft from their favorite musicians. To obtain fan club tickets you must buy tickets to both shows but you only have two options: The "Reserved/GA Weekend Package" or a "General Admission Weekend Package". "Well those don't seem all that bad!" you shout in your corduroy and flannel. Fine, maybe not to you, but what if they replace the words "general admission" with "lawn". How does that sound? Essentially all that's happening here is that if you are a member of the Ten Club and you want to go to see Pearl Jam's special anniversary show in Wisconsin you have to buy at least one lawn ticket to the show. The same lawn tickets people will be trying to give away outside because nobody ever wants to sit in the lawn unless they are under the legal drinking age. Paying for the privelage to not be able to get reserved seats to both nights is insulting, and I'm not even a Ten Club member.
The long rumored Phish shows at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado over Labor Day weekend are now official. The three night weekend stand, which will take place a little over two weeks after the last dates on their itinerary, are being billed as "the last announced by the band for the Summer and Fall", so for those needing the last bit of a fix until a hopeful New Year's run this is all you've got. Well of course there's those other two legs of tour including a wonderfully scenic west coast run, but this is where it ends.
For all the complaining Phish fans do about awkward tour routing and bias, it's worth noting the opportunities the band has presented to their fans for a weekend of Phishing. The tour is bookended by holiday weekends that feature three night stands while the band took the one major summer holiday and made it Superball IX. It's safe to assume the Labor Day weekend events won't feature ferris wheels and the like, but the Colorado dates do offer onsite camping on "the lush soccer fields adjacent to the stadium". Replace soccer with polo and you have the exact Festival 8 camping description. If it goes down that smoothly we're all in for quite a weekend.
The lottery is currently underway for the newly announced shows through Phish ticketing and will conclude at noon EST on Monday, May 23rd.
At midnight last night the lineup for this year's twentieth anniversary of Lollapalooza was announced. Heading up the shenanigans in Chicago's Grant Park August 5th-7th will be SHA favorites My Morning Jacket and the Foo Fighters along with Muse, Coldplay and Eminem. Add to that some Deadmau5, A Perfect Circle and Cee-Lo Green and you've got the first two lines covered. Digging further in to the well of bands we enjoy you'll find Ween, Bright Eyes, The Cars, Arctic Monkeys , Local Natives, Delta Spirit, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals and more. As always Perry Ferrell and company even have the breaking indie bands slots for Foster The People, Dale Earnhart Jr. Jr., The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, Smith Westerns, Tennis, and quite a few other bands I know little or nothing about.
Of course what fun would Lollapalooza be without the mania that is Perry's. Holding down the dance front will be Girl Talk, Pretty Lights and Kid Cudi among others. Early bird tickets have already sold out but three day passes are still currently available for $215 plus the fun tax. The full lineup in alphabetical order is listed after the jump courtesy of those handsome gentleman holding down the fort over at Hidden Track.
Ready for some more fun of the My Morning Jacket Circuital variety? Earlier today the band uploaded another track off of the upcoming album to their Facebook page. The awesomely titled "Holdin On To Black Metal" might not be quite as metal as its name suggests but is still a fun rocker complete with female backing vocals and horns. It's pretty safe to assume this one will be extra fun live.
Speaking of which, the band also announced a hometown show to celebrate the album's release. Jim James and company will hit up The Palace Theater in Louisville on May 31st. Tickets go on sale to Roll Call members tomorrow with a public onsale this Friday April 29th.
Circuital Track List:
The Dayis Coming
Wonderful (The Way I Feel)
Outta My System
Holdin On To Black Metal
You Wanna Freak Out
Slow Slow Tune
It's a bird, it's a plane, it's the cover art for Eddie Vedder's upcoming solo album Ukulele Songs and it doesn't have a ukulele on it! Take that literalists! What? Too much? But look at all of those sentences that don't end with periods! That has to account for something right? No? Fine, I wasn't going to invite you anyway.
The sixteen song set that will undoubtedly feature some ukulele, unlike the Jason deCaires Taylor designed cover above, doesn't hit shelves until May 31st so all you out there in Eddie nation will have plenty of time to contemplate the meaning of a man underwater at a desk with a typewriter. The artist figures it as such:
The Lost Correspondent depicts a man sitting at a desk with a typewriter. The desk is covered with a collection of newspaper articles and cuttings that date back to the 1970s. Many of these have political significance, a number detail Grenada’s alignment with Cuba in the period immediately prior to the revolution. The work informs the rapid changes in communication between generations. Taking the form of a traditional correspondent, the lone figure becomes little more than a relic, a fossil in a lost world.
Weird, I was pretty certain it was just a deleted scene from Titanic. [via antiquiet]
I was, apparently mistakenly, assuming that these roaming festivals Dave Matthews Band was putting on would sort of be independent monsters with the notable exception of the headliner. This was a pretty dumb assumption considering that the word caravan is in the title which by definition means the same people will be traveling together. Then there's that whole Dave Matthews has a record label part. Either way the newly announced stop on the Caravan tour at Chicago's Lakeside will take place July 8th-10th, and it will feature much of the same acts as the first stop in Atlantic City.
Don't let this give any pause to those that wanted to spend their summers going on weekend vacations seeing all the Dave Matthews shows played in 2011 as there are some new acts getting in on the Chicago fun. Joining the traveling festival's holy quadumvirate of subheadliners (The Flaming Lips, Ray LaMontagne, David Gray, O.A.R.) will be our favorite piano playing frontman, of whom we admittedly have quite a bit, the wonderful Ben Folds. Others joining the caravan mid party will be Emmylou Harris, Kid Cudi, Edwarde Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, G. Love, Soulive, Gomez, Ivan Neville's Dumstaphunk and more. According to the official announcement one should "visit the Lineup page for more information on the Chicago line-up and for upcoming late night show announcements." Hooray late night shows!
Of course as avid Umphrey's McGee fans we assumed their past DMB connections would have landed them a slot at this year's midwest festivities, but you see the image above and there's no UM to be seen. Now keep in mind I have no inside information on this whatsoever but some digging leads me to believe they've still got a good chance. A visit to the lineup page for the Chicago stop reveals placeholders for four acts that simply show the Summercamp logo with a question mark. Presumably this has to do with a proximity clause and the four missing acts would all be playing Summercamp. Umphrey's has no shows scheduled for any of those dates. So you're saying there's a chance!
Tickets for the Chicago stop are currently available through the Warehouse presale. The public onsale starts Friday April 15th.