Saturday, September 29, 2012

Watch Global Festival Online NOW - Foo Fighters, Neil Young, Black Keys, & More

This is a late reminder, I know, but the free Global Festival concert is going on right now in Central Park (it started at 4:30), and you can watch it free online at YouTube or Yahoo.

The Global Festival is going on now in Central Park's Great Lawn.

The concert features the Foo Fighters, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, the Black Keys, Band of Horses, and K'Naan. For more information on the Global Festival, visit its website here. In addition to the live webcast going on now, there will be two additional showings so that people around the world can see it at a convenient time. The other showings are on Sept. 30th at 2:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. EDT.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

See/Hear New Songs/Videos from Joey Ramone, Soundgarden, Grizzly Bear, & More

If you're looking for new music to listen to, there have been a number of new tunes (and some videos) dribbling out in the last week or so. And there's a great new video of one of Joey Ramone's last songs, with appearances by Tommy Ramone, Andrew W.K., Matt and Kim, and even TV foodie Anthony Bourdain. See it all below.

* Watch the video for Joey Ramone's "New York City" below.

Video for Joey Ramone's "New York City" (via Rolling Stone)

* Soundgarden will release its first album in 15 years "King Animal") in November. The song below is titled, appropriately, "Been Away Too Long." (via Consequence of Sound)

* Listen to Heart's new song, "Rock Deep (Vancouver)," from their forthcoming album "Fanatic" (to be released Oct. 2nd). (via Spinner)

* Watch Grizzly Bear's video for "Yet Again" below. (via Brooklyn Vegan)

* Hear the new Joy Formidable tune "This Ladder Is Ours," from their forthcoming album "Wolf's Law." (via Consequence of Sound)

* See the premiere of the new video for "Picture Me" by Susanna Hoffs (of the Bangles) (via Rolling Stone)

* Listen to "Stompa" by Serena Ryder, the first single from her new album, "Harmony." (via CBC)

* Watch the video premiere for Eleni Mandell's "Bun in the Oven" below. (via Paste)

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Now Streaming: New CDs from Mountain Goats, Jason Collett, Muse, & More

From indie rock to Americana to jazz, there's a wide array of new albums streaming this week. There are new albums from Mountain Goats, Muse, and Beth Orton, among others. And in the continuing trend of bands from the 1980s popping up with new albums, there's a new album streaming from southern rockers The Outlaws (remember "Green Grass and High Tides," ""There Goes Another Love Song," etc.?).

"Lord Knows" by Dum Dum Girls, from their new EP "End of Daze."

Former Broken Social Scene member Jason Collett has not one but two albums streaming this week, a new album ("Reckon") and an eleven-song, career-spanning retrospective ("Essential Cuts"). Speaking of collections, Suzanne Vega is releasing her latest albums consisting of re-recordings of her previous tunes, grouped around a particular theme. "Close-Up Vol. 4: Songs of Family" includes songs including  "Widow's Walk," "Blood Sings," "Bad Wisdom," "Honeymoon Suite," and "Tired of Sleeping."

 We don't normally cover jazz here, we're making an exception for a couple of notable releases that are streaming: "St. Peter and 57th" by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band (marking the group's 50th anniversary) and "Made Possible" by The Bad Plus.

There's also a new album by Emmanuel Jal, the former child soldier from Sudan who burst onto the scene a few years back with "War Child," and a second chance to hear Sera Cahoone's excellent new  "Deer Creek Canyon" and the Dum Dum Girls' EP "End of Daze." (You've got a few chances to see Dum Dum Girls in the near future: they're playing Europa in Brooklyn on Sept. 30th, appearing at Other Music on Oct. 1st [free], and opening for The Walkmen at Terminal 5 on Oct. 18th.)

And in honor of Feist's "Metals" winning the Polaris Music Prize last night for best Canadian album of the year, the CBC is streaming it now (not sure for how long, though)... see the bottom of this article.

There are many more streaming albums below (and at the linked websites); have a listen and enjoy.

Rolling Stone: 
"Transcendental Youth" by Mountain Goats (who are playing in NYC soon: Oct. 14th at Music Hall of Williamsburg and the next night at Bowery Ballroom)

The Guardian/iTunes:
"The Second Law" by Muse (streaming at The Guardian in the U.K.; at iTunes in the U.S.)

NPR First Listen:
"Sugaring Season" by Beth Orton
"Until the Quiet Comes" by Flying Lotus

KCRW Album Preview: 
"12 Bit Blues" by Kid Koala's Listening Party:
"End of Daze" by Dum Dum Girls
"Made Possible" by The Bad Plus
"Reckon" and "Essential Cuts" by Jason Collett
"The Poet's Dead" by Rah Rah
"Bodyparts" by Dragonette
"Close-Up Vol. 4: Songs of Family" by Suzanne Vega
"Look A Little Closer" by Levek
"Deer Creek Canyon" by Sera Cahoone
"Reptile Youth" by Reptile Youth
"A Beating Heart Is A Bleeding Heart" by Kingsfoil

AOL Music Listening Party: 
"St. Peter and 57th" by Preservation Hall Jazz Band
"Half-Made Man" by Ben Sollee
"It's About Pride" by The Outlaws
"See Me Mama" by Emmanuel Jal

"Metals" by Feist

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Metric at Radio City Music Hall - Recap & Set List

Although a seated show at Radio City Music Hall isn't the ideal venue for seeing Metric, the band put on a great show nonetheless. (See the set list at bottom of article.) Of course, the viewpoints of fan and performer are different; and singer Emily Haines spoke of being able to play in the gorgeous, world-famous hall and how far it was from her small-town origins in Ontario, Canada.

Emily Haines and Metric Sunday at Radio City
The photos don't come close to doing justice to the show (yes, of lesser quality than usual), but they at least give an idea of what the show looked like. As always, Haines was like the Energizer Bunny: prancing from one end of the stage to the other, smacking her tambourine, shaking her head from side to side, and in general rarely standing still.

An already impressive show was made even more special when Haines called Lou Reed to the stage. He sang along on "The Wanderlust" (as he does on Metric's latest album, "Synthetica;" video from last night below), and added vocals on Metric's rendition of the Velvet Underground classic, "Pale Blue Eyes." Before bringing him on, Haines talked about how her older brother helped broaden her musical horizons by introducing her to acts such as Patti Smith and the Velvet Underground.

Haines at the keyboard.

Lou Reed joined Metric for two songs.

Metric at Radio City: Set list

Artificial Nocturne 

Youth Without Youth
Speed the Collapse
Dreams So Real
Help I'm Alive
Breathing Underwater
Sick Muse
Dead Disco
Stadium Love 

Black Sheep
Monster Hospital
The Wanderlust (with Lou Reed)
Pale Blue Eyes (The Velvet Underground cover, with Lou Reed)
Gold Guns Girls
Gimme Sympathy (acoustic; Emily and Jimmy only)

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Bruce Springsteen at MetLife Stadium, Night #2 - Review & Set List

Despite being on the verge of turning 63 (his birthday is Sept. 23rd), Bruce Springsteen wasn't slowing down much in his second of three shows with the E Street Band at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey on Friday night. He didn't run side to side along the stage as much as in the past (or slide on his knees after doing so), but aside from that he was his energetic self, with plenty of vocal strength, in the three-hour show on Friday, Sept. 21st. (See set lists for the 21st, 22nd, and other shows at Springsteen's live dates page.)

Due to a strict no-camera policy, this is the only photo I have from Friday night. Yeah, I'm not happy about it, either. Pretend you're inside the stadium, and it's dark, & Springsteen & the band are on stage.

I've seen Springsteen and the band about a dozen times in all (over a period of almost 40 years), and I'd have to say Friday night's show was one of the best. Maybe it was the wide-ranging setlist, which included oldies such as "Does This Bus Stop at 82nd Street?" and "Incident on 57th Street" leading into a typically rousing "Rosalita."

Or perhaps Springsteen was energized to be playing in his home state again—and breaking in yet another new venue (his MetLife show Wednesday was his first appearance at the new home of the NFL's Giants and Jets). A few times he said "Jersey! Jersey! Jersey!," and adding "My people!" afterwards near the end of the show. (The last time I had seen Springsteen and the band was during the final run of shows at the old Giants Stadium in 2009.)

Bruce was also no doubt happy to team up with an old friend, Gary U.S. Bonds, who made a two-song appearance with the band. Springsteen resurrected the career of the "Quarter to Three" rock and roll pioneer in the early '80s, and on Friday the two sang "Jolie Blon" and "This Little Girl," both from Bonds's comeback album, "Dedication."

Like many Springsteen fans, I was curious to see how this version of the E Street Band—the first to not feature the late Clarence Clemons—would sound, and how his passing would be acknowledged. A five-piece horn section handled the brass duties, featuring Jake Clemons, Clarence's nephew, who played most but not all sax solos and seemed to fit right in.

As for recognition of the Big Man, Springsteen introduced "My City of Ruins" by talking about ghosts, how they were always with us. He said the song was "For all your ghosts... and all our ghosts, too."

A more specific tribute took place in "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out," when Bruce halted the song after singing the key line about when "the Big Man joined the band." A number of photos of Clarence were shown on the video screens, to enthusiastic applause, after which the song resumed.

This was my first time in a general admission standing section on the floor of a stadium, and it proved to be a good decision. Although I wasn't in the "pit," or front section, Springsteen walked out along pathways blocked off by barricades to sing on small elevated stages on each side of the GA section.

Springsteen had several audience members on stage during the night. The first was a young boy, who sang a bit of "Waitin' on a Sunny Day." Later he invited several fans up on stage to dance with band and crew members, apparently based on signs they had been holding up.

As if there was any doubt, Friday's show demonstrated that Springsteen's still got it: not only in terms of his vocal strength but in energy, stamina, and ability to put on a show that pleases the crowd for an entire three hours.

(One sour note: As you'll notice, we have no photos from the concert. That's because a "no camera" policy was strictly enforced, and my small digital camera was one of many deposited at a bag check near the stadium entrances. Ironically, most of the people at the show had smartphones that had a higher quality camera than my seven-year-old dedicated camera.)

See "Notes from the Road" for MetLife night #2 at

See the set lists for all three nights at MetLife (Sept. 19th, 21st, and 22nd), and other past shows, at Springsteen's live dates page. Click on the symbol to the right of "Wrecking Ball Tour" to view set list for each date.

Set List: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band (from Springsteen's website)MetLife Stadium, Friday, Sept. 21st, 2012
"Wrecking Ball" Tour

1. Living on the Edge of the World
2. Out in the Street
3. Night
4. Hungry Heart
5. No Surrender
6. Lost in the Flood
7. We Take Care of Our Own
8. Wrecking Ball
9. Death to My Hometown
10. My City of Ruins
11. Does This Bus Stop at 82nd Street?
12. Jole Blon
13. This Little Girl
14. From Small Things (Big Things One Day Come)
15. Talk to Me
16. This Depression
17. Shackled and Drawn
18. Mary's Place
19. Waitin' on a Sunny Day
20. Incident on 57th Street
21. Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)

1. Rocky Ground
2. Born to Run
3. Ramrod
4. Bobby Jean
5. Dancing in the Dark
6. Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out
7. American Land

Thursday, September 20, 2012

NYC Concert Notes: Tickets for Japandroids, Gaslight Anthem, Amanda Palmer, & More On Sale Fri.

CMJ will hit New York in less than a month, but tickets for some other great autumn shows are going on sale tomorrow, Sept. 21st. If you missed out on getting tickets for hot acts like Japandroids or The Gaslight Anthem, you'll be glad to know that shows have been added for these and other groups. See the list of concerts going on sale, with links to tickets, below.

As for events taking place this weekend, the big news is that the All Tomorrow's Parties festival is finally coming to New York City. "I'll Be Your Mirror," which is curated by ATP and Greg Dulli of the Afghan Whigs, takes place tomorrow through Sunday at Pier 36. Acts include Frank Ocean, the Afghan Whigs, The Roots, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, and the Mark Lanegan Band. (Pier 36 is, the website says, "a new indoor venue sitting on the edge of the East River between the Manhattan & Williamsburg Bridges.")
Also tomorrow: If you're a Bon Iver fan, you'll want to watch a live webcast of their Radio City Music Hall show Friday night at 9:15 p.m. at Bowery Presents.

See what concerts are going on sale tomorrow below, after the video for Japandroids' "The House That Heaven Built."

Japandroids, "The House That Heaven Built"

* Thu., Sept. 27th: Two Door Cinema Club at Music Hall of Williamsburg (also playing Sept. 28th at Rumsey Playfield, Central Park) - On sale Friday at Noon

* Tues. to Mon., Oct. 16th, 17th, 19th, 20th, and 22th: Crosby, Stills, & Nash at the Beacon Theatre, performing their 1969 debut album - On sale 10 or 11 a.m. (check specific show page for time)

* Wed., Oct. 24th: Old 97s at Music Hall of Williamsburg - "Too Far to Care" 15th Anniversary 
(also playing Webster Hall Oct. 23rd) - On sale at Noon

* Sun. and Mon., Nov. 4th and 5th: Gary Clark Jr. at Bowery Ballroom - On sale at Noon

* Sat., Nov. 10th: The Tragically Hip at Terminal 5 - On sale at Noon

* Thurs., Nov. 15th: Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience at the Wellmont Theatre (Montclair, NJ) - On sale at Noon

* Tues., Nov. 20th: Of Monsters and Men at Terminal 5 - On sale at Noon

* Fri., Nov. 30th: The Gaslight Anthem at Terminal 5 (Nov. 28th and 29th sold out) - On sale at Noon

* Wed., Dec. 5th: Japandroids at Webster Hall (also playing Dec. 4th) On sale at Noon

* Fri., Dec. 14th: The Killers with Tegan and Sara at Madison Square Garden - On sale at 11 a.m.

* Sat. to Mon., Dec. 29th, 30th, & 31st: Punch Brothers at Bowery Ballroom - On sale at Noon

* Mon., Dec. 31st: Amanda Palmer & the Grand Theft Orchestra at Terminal 5 - On sale at Noon

Monday, September 17, 2012

Now Streaming: New CDs from Paul Simon, Rickie Lee Jones, James Iha, Ben Folds Five, Sera Cahoone, & More

Although this post's title may give the impression that it's mostly veteran artists who are streaming new albums this week, there's actually a diverse array of offerings. Among the veterans, Paul Simon is out with the two-CD, one-DVD "Live in New York City," just a few weeks after his old partner Art Garfunkel issued a two-disc collection of favorite tunes.

Video "To Who Knows Where" by James Iha's new album (streaming this week).

Rickie Lee Jones returns with an album of her interpretations of familiar tunes such as "The Weight," "Sympathy for the Devil," and "Only Love Can Break Your Heart." James Iha (formerly of The Smashing Pumpkins) is back with "Look to the Sky," his first solo album in 15 years. And the reunited Ben Folds Five is streaming its latest release (and has done a video with the Fraggles, the furry critters from Jim Henson's "Fraggle Rock").

Oh, and if you need a Michael Jackson fix (or just want to feel really old), Spinner is streaming the 25th-anniversary edition of the King of Pop's "Bad."

For albums from artists who are newer and/or more unusual, NPR Music is streaming albums by electronic musician and producer Ricardo Villalobos, the Danish band Efterklang, the singer-songwriter Sera Cahoone, and the Paris-based musician Melody Prochet (performing as Melody's Echo Chamber), her first. And KCRW has new releases from The Peach Kings and John Tejada.

Also: Pitchfork is streaming the new EP by one of our favorites, the Dum Dum Girls.

See the specific sites for more streaming albums, and as always, let us know what you think of these releases by leaving a comment. Dig in, and enjoy...

"End of Daze" EP by Dum Dum Girls
KCRW Album Preview: 
"Handsome Moves" EP by The Peach Kings
"The Predicting Machine" by John Tejada

NPR First Listen:
"Deer Creek Canyon" by Sera Cahoone
"Melody's Echo Chamber" by Melody's Echo Chamber
"Piramida" by Efterklang
"Dependent and Happy" by Ricardo Villalobos's Listening Party:
"The Sound of the Life of the Mind" by Ben Folds Five
"Mirage" by Band of Horses
"Live in New York City" by Paul Simon
"Look to the Sky" by James Iha
"Bad 25" by Michael Jackson
"Telepathic" by L'Altra
"Tiny Prayers" by Aaron Embry
"Sweet Lights, Sweet Lights" by Sweet Lights
"This Is An Adventure" by The Lighthouse and The Whaler

AOL Music Listening Party: 
"The Devil You Know" by Rickie Lee Jones
"All The Way Home" by Ocean Carolina
"When Ledge Is Home" by Bi-Polar Bear*

*I don't know a thing about this band, but I had to include them because of the clever name.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Ian Hunter Turns Back the Clock at Highline Ballroom

Ian Hunter, the veteran British rocker who's now lived in the States for more than half his life, played a rousing show at Highline Ballroom last night and—if you'd closed your eyes—you could have sworn you were hearing one of his shows from 30 or 40 years ago.

 Ian Hunter (center) at Highline Ballroom, flanked by Andy York and James Mastro.

Actually, you might have thought the same thing with your eyes open, because the former Mott the Hoople frontman looked nothing like a 73 year old, and still sports his familiar mop of long, curly blond hair (as well as his ever-present sunglasses). More important, his voice sounds in good form after all these years of touring and recording. And his backing group, the Rant Band, is a tight collection of veterans, led by James Mastro (formerly of The Bongos and The Health and Happiness Show) and a former member of Wings, among others.

Hunter is touring to promote his latest solo album, "When I'm President," which came out last week.  He and the band played much of that album, but also reached far back into Hunter's catalog. There were Mott the Hoople staples such as "All the Way From Memphis" and "All the Young Dudes;" favorites from his solo career, including "Once Bitten, Twice Shy" (which was a hit for Great White) and "Just Another Night;" and even a Lou Reed cover ("Sweet Jane").

Despite the title, the album is actually less political than his more recent efforts, and the title track is more a reflection on the good-intentions-gone-awry stalemates of politics than a rant on any specific issue. Though he does sing "I'm gonna lean on the 1%," and even allows himself to dream, "you'll see my ugly mug up on Mount Rushmore."

In case there was any doubt, Ian Hunter still rocks, on his new album and in his live shows. His current tour continues with a show in Washington, D.C. tonight (Sept. 15th), then takes a brief break before resuming in Cleveland (Sept. 27th) and Chicago (Sept. 28th and 29th). See all the Ian Hunter tour dates here.

The title song from Ian Hunter's "When I'm President."

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Music Notes: CMJ Announces More Acts; Amanda Palmer Seeking Musicians; Pussy Riot to Go Free?; & More

Here's a collection of musical tidbits from far and wide:

* CMJ has announced a second round of artists for its 2012 music schedule (Oct. 16th - 20th), including AraabMUZIK, Savages, and Hey Rosetta!. Bands already announced include Mountain Goats, DIIV, and The Walkmen, among many others.

* Amanda Palmer attracted much derision when she called for musicians to come play on stage with her during her current tour—despite raising more than $1 million through Kickstarter for her current album (which is streaming online this week). Palmer insists that it would be too expensive to hire the string quartet, horns, etc. for the tour, and notes that participating musicians will get the experience of playing before her enthusiastic fans, and getting "beer and hugs." And hey, no one's forcing musicians to play with Palmer.

* Could Pussy Riot go free soon? Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has said that the three imprisoned members of the punk rock performance group should be let out of jail, and there are hints that this could happen after their appeal comes up on Oct. 1st. (via Spinner)

* Bonnaroo has announced the dates of its 2013 festival. The long-running Manchester, Tennessee shindig will take place June 13th - 16th. (via Consequence of Sound)

* Madonna has announced a second Madison Square Garden show, which will take place on Tues., Nov. 13th. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Fri., Sept. 14th at 10 a.m. Her Nov. 12th show is sold out, although sometimes extra tickets are placed on sale later.

* Canada's CBC Music has announced several new online streams in the continuing upgrade of its music website, which was totally revamped and relaunched several months ago. There's a stream of new-wave music that went live today, with songs hand picked by DJ and talk-show host Jian Ghomesi, and new offerings devoted to electronic dance music (EDM) and other genres as well as specialty streams dedicated to k.d. Lang and one-hit wonders.

* Finally, Brooklyn band Leda (fronted by Amy Klein, formerly of Titus Andronicus) released a new video (above) on Klein's Tumblr yesterday. It's a live performance of a song called "You Are the One," and Klein says more videos are coming. Based on the the tunes I've heard from Leda so far, I'm looking forward to hearing their debut album, whenever it comes.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Now Streaming: New CDs from Aimee Man, Dinosaur Jr., Amanda Palmer, Band of Horses, & More

The Fall parade of hot new albums streaming continues this week, headlined by releases from Aimee Mann, Dinosaur Jr., Band of Horses, The Raveonettes, Amanda Palmer, Grizzly Bear, The Sea and Cake, and more. [JUST ADDED: the new album by the Corin Tucker Band, the second release by the former Sleater-Kinney member.]

It's good to see a new release from Aimee Mann, and the video for the title track from "Charmer" (directed by Tom Scharpling, above) is lots of fun, starring Laura Linney as a Mann body double that the singer sends out on tour.

As you've no doubt heard, Amanda Palmer's "Theatre Is Evil" is the release she funded by raising more than a million dollars on Kickstarter. If you signed up, you may be getting all kinds of swag from Palmer, or (like me) you just kicked in one dollar, which nevertheless gets you a free digital download of the entire album. So what's it sound like? Find out by listening on Spinner below.

As always, check the individual sites for more releases (especially from Spinner, which typically has at least a couple of dozen new albums each week).

"Mirage Rock" by Band of Horses

"Kill My Blues" by the Corin Tucker Band

KCRW Album Preview: 
"The Runner" by The Sea and Cake

NPR First Listen:
"Charmer" by Aimee Mann
"I Bet on Sky" by Dinosaur Jr.
"Shields" by Grizzly Bear's Listening Party:
"Theatre Is Evil" by Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra
"Observator" by The Raveonettes
"Negotiations" by The Helio Sequence
"Palindrome Hunches" by Neil Halstead
"Butter" by Turbo Fruits
"Scorpion" by Will Johnson
"A Tear in the Eye Is a Wound in the Heart" by Black Prairie
"We Were Always Loyal to Lost Causes" by The Dandelion War
"Grow Up" by Mister Loveless
"Inner Classic" by Snowblink

Friday, September 07, 2012

Photos & Review: Bob Mould Plays "Copper Blue," Hüsker Dü, & More in Williamsburg

Bob Mould and his band ripped through a set of songs old and new tonight at Williamsburg Park, a show that Mould and his cohorts seemed to enjoy as much as the audience did. They performed the Sugar album "Copper Blue" in its entirely to mark its 20th anniversary, then played a number of tunes from Mould's latest solo album "Silver Age" (released this week on Merge Records) with a helping of Hüsker Dü songs for good measure (see setlist added below).

Jason Narducy, Jon Wurster, and Bob Mould at Williamsburg Park.

We'll write more about the show later, [see below] but just wanted to get some photos up tonight. Suffice to say that the concert rocked, and the touring trio of Mould, Jason Narducy on bass, and Superchunk's Jon Wurster on drums are tight and put on great show.

Mould puts on a fine solo show, and I've seen him several times just accompanying himself on his Stratocaster. But many of his songs are rockers and were meant to be played by a full band. Which for Mould means a trio, since that's the configuration of Hüsker Dü, Sugar, and his current touring band.

On Friday Mould and band stormed through "Copper Blue" with minimal breaks between songs. I figured they would take an intermission after that, but following a brief chat with the audience, Mould started playing selected tunes from "Silver Age," starting with the album's opening track, "Star Machine."

After finishing the regular set, the band returned for encores, the first featuring Craig Finn of The Hold Steady singing Hüsker Dü's "Something I Learned Today." Finn was clearly psyched to be singing a Hüsker Dü song on stage with Mould; the always animated frontman was bouncing all over the stage most of the song (the photo below is the only one we got that isn't a total blur).

The show finished with another Hüsker Dü classic, "Makes No Sense At All," which often turns up in Mould's shows. After the show ended Mould stood on stage for a bit, smiling from ear to ear, soaking up the adulation.

He's said at past shows that he's surprised people still remember and want to hear his old songs, so he was clearly pleased by the enthusiastic reception "Copper Blue" got at Williamsburg, with many fans singing and pumping their fists to the lyrics. And he's no doubt happy that the crowd enjoyed the tunes from his just-released "Silver Age," his first album of all-new material since "Life and Times" (2009) and his debut on his new label, Merge.

Mould and band are just beginning the U.S. leg of their "Copper Blue"/"Silver Age" tour, with more East Coast stops coming up, then Midwest and West Coast dates. (See all the tour dates here.) If you're a fan of Bob Mould's music in any of its incarnations, you'll want to see this show.

We're hoping he'll fit in another gig in New York on this tour.

Bob Mould at Williamsburg Park, Sept. 7th - Setlist (via 
"Copper Blue":
"The Act We Act"
"A Good Idea"
"Hoover Dam"
"The Slim"
"If I Can't Change Your Mind"
"Fortune Teller"
"Man on the Moon"

"Silver Age":
"Star Machine"
"The Descent"
"Round The City Square"

"Hardly Getting Over It" (Hüsker Dü)
"Could You Be The One?" (Hüsker Dü)
"I Apologize" (Hüsker Dü)
"Chartered Trips" (Hüsker Dü)
"Keep Believing" (Hüsker Dü)

"Something I Learned Today" (lead vocals: Craig Finn) (Hüsker Dü)
"In a Free Land" (Hüsker Dü)

"Makes No Sense At All" (Hüsker Dü)

Guest vocalist Craig Finn.

New York's Cymbals Eat Guitars opened the show:

Thursday, September 06, 2012

NYC Concert Notes: Tickets for K'Naan, Fun., David Johansen On Sale Friday

Here are links to tickets for a few upcoming concerts in New York City that are going on sale Friday, Sept. 7th. (And if you're in the New York area, a reminder that you can see Bob Mould and Cymbals Eat Guitars FREE at Williamsburg Park in Brooklyn that night.)

Some of the interesting shows going on sale Friday:
And for music fans in the upper Westchester area, there's good news in that the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester has reopened and has a full slate of concerts. Bob Dylan opened the new Bowery Presents venue earlier this week, and upcoming events include Buddy Guy and Jonny Lang (Sept. 9th), The Roots and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band (Sept. 14th), The J. Geils Band (Sept. 19th), and Regina Spektor and Only Son (Oct. 3rd). (See Capitol Theatre upcoming shows here.)

Although Port Chester isn't very close to me (unless I'm visiting friends in Westchester or Connecticut), it's great to see another music venue opening in the greater NYC area. For a long time in New York, you only heard about clubs closing down; it's good to hear of new ones coming online.

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Stream Bob Mould's New Album; See Him Live FREE in Brooklyn on Friday

Bob Mould and band performing "The Descent" on Letterman last night (via Stereogum).

Rolling Stone is streaming Bob Mould's new album "Silver Age," and you can listen to it here. The album dropped on Sept. 4th. (RS has apparently had this up since Aug. 27th; don't know how I missed it, but the stream still works.) I got the album the other day and it definitely rocks; this isn't one of Mould's albums of quiet, introspective songs. It should be great to hear these songs live.

Speaking of which: If you're a Mould fan in the New York area, you'll want to catch his free show this Friday, Sept. 7th at the Williamsburg Park, at East River State Park (see their Facebook page). It's address is listed as 50 Kent Avenue and North 12th St.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, and Cymbals Eat Guitars has been added to the lineup.

As previously mentioned here, Mould and his band (Jon Wurster and Jason Narducy) will play Sugar's classic album "Copper Blue" in its entirety to mark its 20th anniversary. The concert is now being billed as "Bob Mould Plays Copper Blue and Silver Age," so you can expect to hear much of the new album. And, no doubt, some tunes from the catalog of Hüsker Dü and Mould's solo career. 

If you're a Bob Mould fan (like me) this is a great week, especially if you're in New York. In case you're not in the NYC area, Mould appears next in Washington, D.C. (Sept. 8th), Boston (the 10th), and Philadelphia (the 11th). See all Bob Mould tour dates here.

Monday, September 03, 2012

Now Streaming: New CDs from David Byrne and St. Vincent, Dave Stewart, Ian Hunter, & More

This Labor Day is a happy one indeed, with plenty of tasty, high-profile new albums up for streaming. One of the most anticipated is "Love This Giant," the collaboration between David Byrne and Annie Clark, the singer-songwriter-guitarist better known by her stage name, St. Vincent.

This latest musical odd couple doesn't sound quite as unusual as the Robert Plant/Alison Krauss collaboration, but I'll definitely be interested in hearing what these two have come up with in the studio. They're out on tour now, so if you like the album, by all means check them out live.

Video for "Girl in a Catsuit" by Dave Stewart, featuring Orianthi.

Also new this week: the latest solo albums by two veteran British artists, Mott the Hoople frontman Ian Hunter and Eurythmics member Dave Stewart; and brand-new collections by Two Door Cinema Club, The xx, Azure Ray, Jens Lekman, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, The Sheepdogs, and Black Mountain (the soundtrack for the post-apocalyptic film, "Year Zero").

And there's a new album by Tanita Tikaram, the British singer best known for the haunting 1980s hit "Twist in My Sobriety." She's back with her first new release in seven years.

You also get second chances to hear the new albums by Stars, Deerhoof, and the Avett Brothers.

Summer may be over, but that means the Fall crop of record releases is coming on strong. Happy listening, all.

NPR First Listen:
"Love This Giant" by David Byrne and Annie Clark's Listening Party:
"When I'm President" by Ian Hunter
"The Ringmaster General" by Dave Stewart
"Year Zero: The Original Soundtrack" by Black Mountain
"Beacon" by Two Door Cinema Club
"As Above So Below" by Azure Ray
"The North" by Stars
"Breakup Song" by Deerhoof
"Bootlegs" by Sondre Lerche
"I Know What Love Isn't" by Jens Lekman
"The Sheepdogs" by The Sheepdogs
"Paperback Lover" by Karlie Bruce
"Rattle Them Bones" by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

AOL Music Listening Party: 
"Magic" by Smash Mouth
"Sweat Like The Old Days" by Holy Ghost Tent Revival
"The Sky Road" by Jessie Kilguss & Radio Gold
"Can't Go Back" by Tanita Tikaram

KCRW Album Preview: 
"The Carpenter" by the Avett Brothers
"Coexist" by The xx