Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Deconstructing ‘Gimme Shelter’: Listen to the isolated tracks of the Rolling Stones in the studio

My friend, Joel, shared this story with me: http://www.dangerousminds.net/comments/deconstructing_gimme_shelter_listen/.

You can listen to the individual tracks (vocals, rhythm guitars, etc.) of the Stones' classic "Gimme Shelter".   If you like this check out the "Classic Albums" show on VH1 Classic where they do a lot of listening to the individual tracks on the albums they feature. Its amazing to hear a lot of the subtle things that don't really jump out at you but add to the full sound of a song. For another great example of this check out the documentary on producer Tom Dowd, "Tom Dowd & the Language of Music" when he breaks down "Layla".

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Ben Kweller, Julia Nunes, Susan Greenbaum, Zoso, William Walter, Thanksgiving Fun

I heard the saddest commercial on the radio this afternoon.  Paper Moon will be open on Thanksgiving Night "if you want to ditch the family" and they will be serving hot turkey for Thanksgiving dinner.  How sorry do you have to be, or desperate to escape your family, to go out to a strip club on Thanksgiving night?  Now if they were smart, they would do a Black Friday special and open at 6 AM on Black Friday.  "While the ladies are out lookin' for bargains, the men can be out lookin' at boobies!"  

Anyway, if you want to take your relatives out to see some tunes or escape from your relatives into a world of music, there are some options for you this weekend.  Friday night at Capital Ale House, William Walter and Tucker Rogers will perform for FREE starting at 10 PM.  In 2010, William won a "Best of C-Ville" award for best Singer-Songwriter and best Musical Group.  As his web site puts it, "The full band’s unique sound combines high energy rock and roll with a special blend of funky twang. Solo shows deliver even more intimate moments from the singer/songwriter, and incorporate live looping jams with epic guitar wizardry." Here's William Walter & Co. performing at the Brew Ridge Trail Music Fest in August:

Saturday night, if you find yourself already in the holiday spirit, you can take in Susan Greenbaum's Holiday Show at Ashland Coffee & Tea.  Susan and her band will be playing originals, holiday favorites and the ever-popular more.  Tix are $15 in advance, $20 day of show.  Here is a little sampler pack of her music from an earlier date at Ashland Coffee & Tea:

If you are in more of a Led Zeppelin mood on Saturday, check out Zoso: Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience at The National.  I would think the ultimate Led Zep experience would be seeing Led Zeppelin themselves, but apparently not.  Anyway, I've heard good things about these dudes.  Tix are just $12.50, doors open at 7, show starts at 8 with openers Stoke Row & Gandhi's Gunman.  Here's Zoso rockin' out "Bring It On Home":

Sunday night Ben Kweller will play at The Camel.  This concert is sponsored by WNRN, who you should listen to at 103.1 on your FM dial.  Tix are $20 and the show starts at 7 with opener Julia Nunes.  I caught Ben when he opened up for Conor Oberst at the National.  I enjoyed Ben's show of upbeat, fun, classic rock inspired, alt-country.  Here is Ben & Julia's tour announcement video which I found highly entertaining and found Julia highly cute.

Saturday Night Live had a couple of good skits after "Weekend Update" this past week which is a rare thing.  Usually I stay up until "Weekend Update", which is always good and then check out the first skit after WU.  If its bad, its bed time.  But here was one I liked on a big sale you won't want to miss this Friday:

And with more music related content, here is an ad for the soundtrack from the upcoming heart-warming family movie "Horse Play" with Kristen Wiig doing an excellent imitation of Dolores O'Riordan of the Cranberries:

And in honor of the holiday, "Thank You" from the great Sam & Dave:

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Tony Jordan

Monday, November 22, 2010

Diversions :: Patterson Hood on Darkness On The Edge of Town

The lead singer of my favorite current band (OK, if you count the last 8 years or so as current) writes about my all-time favorite artist. HERE is the link.  The threads are woven together and you can hear the Darkness influence in DBT songs like "Putting People on the Moon" and "Righteous Path".

Here's Drive-By Truckers doing "Righteous Path" at soundcheck at The National on 10/29/10:

Friday, November 19, 2010

Railroad Earth, Joanna Newsom, The Nighthawks, Jimmy Herring Band & more

If you are an Americana fan, you have a choice to make on Friday night.  Jamgrass band Railroad Earth will be at The National.  Tix are $22, doors open at 8 and the show starts at 9 with opener Cornmeal.  Here they are performing "Dandlion Wine" at the Greyfox Bluegrass Festival in 2010:

Also, on Friday, local Americana act, The Atkinsons, will be at Ashland Coffee & Tea.  The show starts at 8 and tix are $10 at the door.  They'll be releasing their second CD, "Mile Marker" in early 2011 so I'm sure you'll hear a few tunes from that.  Here they are performing "Out of Time" at The National on October 16, 2010:

Saturday night, Joanna Newsom, the other-worldly singer and harpist (that's right, harpist) will be at The National.  This is a Seated General Admission show.  Tix are $20 in advance, $25 at the door.  Doors open at 8, show starts at 9 with opener Neal Morgan.  Caught Joanna one day on "Later with Jools Holland" and I had to stop what I was doing and listen to her unique mesmerizing music.  Here is that performance, a song called "81".  (BTW, "Later with Jools Holland" is on Ovation network and I highly recommend this no-frills, eclectic show featuring four or five different artists on each show.) There may be a short ad before the video, but its a nice quality video so deal with it.

Allman Brothers tribute band Skydog will be at The Camel on Saturday with fellow tribute band Led Zepplica.  Show starts at 9 and its $7 to get in.  Here's Skydog doing "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed":

If your taste is more yacht rock tribute than jam rock tribute, check out Three Sheets To The Wind at The Republic on Saturday night.  Show starts at 9 PM and its FREE.
Here is the band performing the Stephen Bishop classic "On & On" in Palm Beach FL earlier this year, putting the yacht in yacht rock.

Blues rockers The Nighthawks will be at Shenanigans for an early show on Sunday night starting at 6:30.  There may be a cover charge which probably won't be too much but if you want to know call Shenanigans at 804-264-5010.  Here's The Nighthawks in Littleton CO in October:

Monday night, The Jimmy Herring Band will be at The Hat Factory.  Tix are $16 in advance, $20 day of show and the show starts at 7 with opener Barrelhouse.  Jimmy has played with just about every jam band starting with Aquarium Rescue Unit, then Phil Lesh & Friends and The Dead, Allman Brothers Band, and now Widespread Panic.  The rest of the band features a lot of jam rock vets with drummer Jeff Sipe (Aquarium Rescue Unit, Jazz is Dead, Shawn Lane), keyboardist Matt Slocum (Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks), and Neal Fountain on bass (Col Bruce Hampton, Alex Machacek).  They'll be playing stuff from their latest album along with covers of Led Zep, The Beatles, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Frank Zappa and others.  Here they are playing "Transients" in RI a few days ago:

That's the weekend and more.  Have a great one!

Tony Jordan

Friday, November 12, 2010

Hoots & Hellmouth @ Plan 9 Saturday @ 2 PM

This Saturday November 13th at 2PM atPlan 9 in Carytown for HOOTS & HELLMOUTH will be doing an in-store performance.

Rewind: Music from 10, 20, and 30 Years Ago This Month

Rewind: Music from 10, 20, and 30 Years Ago This Month

The monthly Metacritic feature that highlights albums that came out 10, 20, & 30 years ago this month. 30 years ago I was spending much time spinning REO's "Hi Infidelity". I say that with no shame.

Black Crowes, Experience Hendrix, Hoots & Hellmouth, Ian Anderson, EOTO

I'm going to start off the blog for this weekend by taking about this coming Tuesday night, which is the big night for me.  Why?  Because I'm going to see the Black Crowes at The National!  Tix are $35 in advance, $38 at the door.  Doors open at 7 and the show starts at 8.  Get there on time becuase there will be no opener.  The Crowes will be doing 2 full sets, the first acoustic, the second electric.  If you have ever wanted to see the Black Crowes but have not or want to see them again, you better go on Tuesday.  After this tour, the band is taking an indefinite hiatus, which could be for a few years or could be forever.  And they are apparently kicking some ass on this tour too as evidenced by this review from David Fricke in Rolling Stone.  Here they are doing "Black Moon Creeping" a few years ago:

Tonight, Friday, at the Landmark Theater (who finally got a real website), will be the Experience Hendrix show featuring Billy Cox of the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Steve Vai, Susan Tedeschi, Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Eric Johnson, Brad Whitford of Aerosmith, Living Colour, Chris Layton of Steve Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, Ernie Isley, The Slide Brothers, Mato from Indigenous and many more.  Tix run from $39.50 to $75.  Show starts at 8 PM.  Lots of good seats left for this one.  Here are some highlights from the show a few nights ago in Boston:

I fyou are looking form something to do after the Experience Hendrix show, head to Capital Ale House Downtown for an after-party with Scrapomatic featuring Mike Mattison, lead singer of the Derek Trucks Band.  Show starts at 10 PM and its $10 to get in.

Saturday night, head on up to Ashland Coffee & Tea to check out Hoots & Hellmouth and their roots rock.  Show starts at 8 (no opener), tix are $12 in advance, $17 day of show.  Here they are performing "You and All of Us":

Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull brings his flute and a band to perform at The National on Sunday.  Tix are $37.50 and you can get Reserved Seats or GA Floor.  Doors open at 7 and the show starts at 8.  There doesn't appear to be an opener.  Here is some classic Tull from '78, "Thick as a Brick":

If jamtronica is more your taste, check out EOTO at The Canal Club on Monday night.  Tix are $15 in advance, $18 at the door.  Doors open at 9 and the opener will be Archnemesis.  Here they are live in Minneapolis on 11/5:

Finally, on Wednesday night at Capital Ale House Downtown, Disgrace featuring Al, Chuck and Rob of moe. unplugged.  Tix are $12 in advance, $14 day of show.  Doors open at 7:30, show starts at 8 with "special guests".  I couldn't find any Disgrace videos so here is some moe from earlier this year in Vegas doing Rebubula:

If you missed any of my earlier posts this week, check 'em out below.

Have a great weekend and I'll see you at the Crowes show!

Tony Jordan

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Richmond Folk Festival Survey

If you went to the 2010 Richmond Folk Festival, take the survey HERE.  Let 'em know what you liked and what you didn't like and it will make the festival better.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

The Radiators to Play Final Shows in 2011

The Radiators to Play Final Shows in 2011

Sad news.  I've taken The Radiators for granted over the last 10 years or so.  But in the late 80's, before Jam Bands 2.0 arrived (Phish, Blues Traveler, Dave Matthews Band, Widespread Panic, Spin Doctors), The Radiators and The Grateful Dead kept the jam band flame alive.  And The Rads were more accessible and less hassle to see, playing clubs and festivals.

Over the years I had some memorable Radiators shows.  The many times I saw them at Jambalaya Jam on the river in Philly on Memorial Day weekend, fueled by margaritas, beer and alligator po' boys.  The night at the TLA in Philly where they played a great show and then we walked blocks in the pouring rain to the hip martini beer only to get turned away because I had Chuck Taylors on.  The night at The Ritz in NYC at the height of their unfortunately limited popularity, when guitarist Camile Boudoin melted Hatfield's face, keyboardits Ed Volcker became know as "Big Daddy" amongst my circle of friends and my friend bought weed outside the venue only to find it was oregano. 

And the greatest Rads show of all, the night before Mardi Gras at Tipitina's in New Orleans.  Exhausted from three days of non-stop partying, Dave & I soldiered on for one more night to see a mammoth three set show that found us stumbling from the club at dawn and the band was STILL playing.

02-26-90, Tipitina's, New Orleans, LA [Mon]

I: Holiday, Have A Little Mercy, Oh Beautiful Loser, I Want To Live, Mood To Move, Rainy Day Women #12 & 35, Boomerang, Hurtin' For It, Crawfish Head, Last Getaway> Ain't Nothing You Can Do, Rosie, Meet Me Down In Birdland, I Just Want A Little Bit, Doubled All Up In A Knot, Love Is A Tangle

II: Total Evaporation, Devil's Dream, Like Dreamers Do, One Eyed Jack, Rollin' Stone, Fall Of Dark, Tell Me How Do You Feel, Little Paradise, You Won't Miss What You Can't Measure, I Ain't Ready For It, Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee O'Dee> Iko Iko, Lucinda> The Magnificent Seven> Cissy Strut

III: I Walk On Guilded Splinters, Brown Eyed Girl, Freeway, Let It Bleed, Willin', Hard To Handle> It's Your Thing, Suck The Head> Danang> Turn On Your Lovelight

E: Never Let Your Fire Go Out, Hang On, Sloopy, Soul Kitchen

I hope the show the Radiators played last month at The Hat Factory will not be their last time in Richmond.  If I had known then that might be their last go-around, I would have made every effort to go.  But with kids and activities and bills, I let it slide.  I know that if they come back one more time before the end, I will be there to dance with them one more time, say thanks, and pay tribute to the Law of The Fish.

Long Live The Radiators!

Tony Jordan

Friday, November 5, 2010

"Mick Jagger's" response to the Keith Richards book

A really good fictional reply to Keith from Mick on Keith’s book. It’s long but worth it I think. Print it out and read it on the way home.


Takes the line in the Rolling Stone review of the book about “I wonder what Mick would say about having to deal with a junkie in the band” and expounds on it.

I haven’t read the book yet but from everything I’ve read about it, I have to wonder “why now”? Why not put it out after they are all dead? I’m not getting what Keith is trying to accomplish and a lot of it sounded rather bitchy to me. And I thought Mick was supposed to be the bitch! Ah well, just another turn in the saga that is the Rolling Stones.

DBT review, Marco Benevento, Soulive, Sufjan Stevens, Robert Earl Keen

Will start by saying last Saturday's Drive-By Truckers show at The National was every bit the rock n' roll extrodinaire show I expected.  Bobby Bare Jr. was a fitting opener, his grungy, witty Southern rock fitting right in with the Truckers crowd.  For a night when a good number of the crowd dressed up (including myself in the classic cow costume, another cow costumed person, panda bears, soccer coaches, gangsters, etc.), Bobby got the crowd laughing with his song "Rock & Roll Halloween":

During the set break, as I waited in line for a beer behind the guy costumed as the soccer coach, a drunk guy began to berate me about how much better the soccer coach costume was than my cow costume (which most other people seem to enjoy).  Just as I was about to say that I didn't realize it was a competition, drunk guy dropped his full beer on my foot, making my Chuck Taylors a little squishy for a while.  However, I was quite happy to know that as drunk guy stumbled embarrasingly away that he had just lost his entire $6 beer.

The Truckers came on dressed as policemen and then opened the show with their new song, "Used To Be A Cop" (see last week's blog for video).  Shonna was the sexiest looking female cop since Niecy Nash & Wendy McLendon-Covey of "Reno 911!", that is if you like your female cops with a few extra donuts in their back pockets, if you know what I mean. 

Highlights of the show were Lookout Mountain, Drag the Lake Charlie, Bulldozers & Dirt (dedicated to Drive-By Truckers artist and Richmond resident Wes Freed), The Righteous Path, Sands of Iwo Jima, (It's Gonna Be) I Told You So, Gravity's Gone (sung by a very tipsy Mike Cooley who is a very happy drunk), Shut Up & Get On the Plane, Hell No I Ain't Happy, and the killer encore of Let There Be Rock, Buttholeville>State Trooper (rrrrrroooockin' of the Springsteen song)>People Who Died (cover of the Jim Carroll song).  Here's the Buttholeville>State Trooper combo from a month earlier in Dallas:

Everyone left sweaty, thrilled, almost deaf (it was loud, but clearly loud) and exhausted after a truly great Saturday night of rock n' roll.  Can't wait until the Truckers come back again.

To give you an idea of how loud it was, when I walked in the door of my home after the show, the alarm will give a cautionary beep for 30 - 45 seconds or so, giving you a chance to turn it off.  I walked in and thought "Oh, my wife didn't turn the alarm on" and proceeded to go about my business.  Only my wife did set the alarm and my ears were so blown out I either couldn't hear the frequency of the beeping or just flat out couldn't hear it.  My wife comes running downstairs wondering why I'm not turning the alarm off and as I'm asking her "What alarm?", the full-on alarm goes off waking up the kids.  I had the alarm off in about 10 seconds as I leapt to the control panel, now full of adrenaline.  I could hear that alarm.  Its freakin' loud.  At least as loud as the Truckers.  Luckily, the kids fell back to sleep rather quickly and I drank a big glass of water (gotta rehydrate) and scarfed down a slice of leftover pizza before stumbling to bed.  So the Truckers were so loud they even woke up my kids.

Onto this week in Richmond.  Saturday night Marco Benevento will be at the Capital Ale House Downtown.  The show will start at 10 PM and tix are $12 in advance, $15 at the door.  Marco plays jazzy jam rock or jammy jazz rock, whichever you prefer.  Anyway you look at it, he's an excellent piano/keys player who is wide open and experimental but can also get you dancing.  Here's one of his more experimental pieces with a pretty cool video too, "Now They're Writing Music":

Leading up to the Benevento show at the Ale House will be Screens & Suds 2010, a rock n' roll poster and beer show that is FREE, though a $5 donation is suggested because it benefits the MS Society and Richmond-area hospice.  That'll kick off at 4 PM.  There will be cool art to look at, a cool dj spinning tunes, and breweries will be on hand with free tastings, drink specials and freebies, and a fund-raising raffle.  The event will run until 9 PM.

Sunday at the Capital Ale House Downtown, Soulive checks in with their soul, jazz, hip-hop, R&B, rock combo thing.  Hell, its just funky music.  Here is what was written on the Ale House site: "Not many bands can say they’ve recorded with Chaka Khan, Dave Matthews, Talib Kweli and John Scofield. Nor can many bands open for The Rolling Stones on one tour and have Stevie Wonder sit in with them on the next tour. The musical relationships the band has developed, from the aforementioned artists to Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, Robert Randolph, Joshua Redman, Kenny Garrett, Fred Wesley, The Roots, Ivan Neville and so many others, speak volumes about both how versatile these talented musicians are. Jazz, hip-hop, rock, soul, funk, R & B, Blues – musically, there is not much the band hasn’t done."  Show starts at 8 with opener Nigel Hall.  Tix are $20 in advance, $23 at the door. 

I'm sure you'll hear some selections from their latest album, "Rubber Soulive", which is their tribute to the Beatles.  Here they are doing "Eleanor Rigby/I Want You (She's So Heavy)":

Tuesday, Sufjan Stevens will be at The National.  Tix are $35.  Doors open at 7 and show starts at 8 with opener DM Stith.  Sufjan made one of my all-time favorite albums, "Illinois" and if you are looking for some new Christmas music for the upcoming holidays, check out his "Songs for Christmas", which has a nice blend of the religious and secular and traditional and orginal music.  Here is Sufjan a few nights ago doing a song from the "Illinois" album called "John Wayne Gacy Jr.":

Wednesday, the Bard of Texas, Robert Earl Keen will be at The National.  Tix are $25.  Doors open at 7, show starts at 8 with opener Reckless Kelly.  I'm a big REK fan and would probably be going to this if it wasn't smack dab in between my Truckers show and the Black Crowes show in two weeks at The National which I'll be going to.  Here you can watch REK on Austin City Limits on the show which just premeired last weekend:

Watch the full episode. See more Austin City Limits.

That's it.  Have a great weekend!

Tony Jordan