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Derek Webb – Democracy Vol 2 #9

13th Dec 11 (Tue) Leave a comment

One a month, from March to December 2011…

Derek Webb’s Democracy Vol 2… This month, it is “Falling Slowly” by The Swell Season. It starts out not as expected, a little more rough around the edges compared to the original.  I love this song, though – and I think Derek does it justice.

For those not in the know, Democracy Vol 2 is a continuation of the covers project Derek started last year. The fans get to nominate songs and then vote once the nominations are tallied. Here’s what he’s done in 2010 and 2011 to date (you can still go back and buy this volume):

  • January 2010: The Beatles – While My Guitar Gently Weeps
  • February: Coldplay – Fix You
  • March: Bob Dylan – The Times They Are A-Changin’
  • April: Gnarls Barkley – Who’s Gonna Save My Soul
  • May: Sufjan Stevens – Chicago *a personal fave*
  • June: U2 – Where the Streets Have No Name
  • July: Huey Lewis & the News – Power of Love
  • August: The Beatles – Eleanor Rigby *a personal fave*
  • September: Simon & Garfunkel – The Sound of Silence
  • October: Radiohead – Karma Police *a personal fave*
  • November: Leonard Cohen – Hallelujah
  • December: Robert Robinson (traditional hymn) – Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing
  • January 2011: off
  • February: off
  • March: Cee-Lo Green – F**k You *a personal fave*
  • April: Bon Jovi – Livin’ On A Prayer
  • May: The Beach Boys – God Only Knows
  • June: U2 – One
  • July: Dallán Forgaill (traditional hymn) – Be Thou My Vision
  • August: Simon & Garfunkel – Bridge Over Troubled Water
  • September: The Beatles – Revolution *a personal fave*
  • October: Rich Mullins – Creed
  • November: The Swell Season – Falling Slowly

~Dan – np: Childish Gambino Camp

Democracy Vol. 2 is a series of subscription based albums of cover songs that Derek will be recording annually, starting January 2010. Those who participate will not only receive the exclusive album, but will democratically decide what songs Derek will record.

Ever wished you could hear Derek cover your favorite Beatles song? Or Backstreet Boys song? Or even re-record your favorite old Caedmon’s Call song? Here’s your chance. Songs will be nominated and voted down to 10. Derek will record them (demo quality) and deliver them digitally (320kbps MP3s), one song per month for 10 months (March to December). Don’t miss your chance to be part of this unique collaborative project with Derek Webb!

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REVIEW: Eddie Vedder & Glen Hansard @ the Schnitzer (Portland, OR – 7/14/11)

15th Jul 11 (Fri) 5 comments

MY PHOTOS NOW POSTED (see bottom)

Last night in Portland showed two stripped down musicians, parting ways from their “main gig” and creating some delightful energy despite the solo nature of it all.  First up was Glen Hansard of The Swell Season (see the Once movie) and The Frames (who essentially became the backing band for the Swell Season)…

(not from GH’s July 2011 Portland gig – this shot from Nov 2009)

Glen played a 45 or so minute set.  Among stories of getting drunk and staying out until 5am viewing women only wearing feathers, he played some tunes that featured his powerful voice.

Glen’s Setlist: 45 minutes

  • Pennies in the Fountain
  • Leave
  • Lucia
  • You Will Become
  • Love Don’t Keep Me Waiting (with “R.E.S.P.E.C.T.” tag)
  • In These Arms
  • Astral Weeks [Van Morrison] (with “Death Metal” solo)
  • Song of Good Hope

After a short set change, Pearl Jam front-man Eddie Vedder came out.  He was dressed as expected… Seattle casual – complete with flannel.  Shocking, I know…

The stage was set up with a sparse bungalow living room feel.  Some chairs, a reel to reel, antique lamps, guitars and shelving strewn about.  While this was billed as the Ukulele Songs tour, Eddie started out on acoustic.  He played a wandering and energy filled set: some stripped down Pearl Jam tunes, some Into the Wild tunes, some ukulele numbers, some covers.  While his casual flannel may make him seem like stuck in the 90s slacker movement, Eddie is anything but a slacker.  He delivered 2 hours of music…

Eddie’s Set: 2 hours

  • Walking The Cow [Daniel Johnston]
  • Can’t Keep
  • Sleeping By Myself
  • Without You
  • Goodbye
  • Blue, Red And Grey [The Who]
  • I Am Mine
  • Thumbing My Way
  • Just Breathe
  • Far Behind
  • Long Nights (with Glen Hansard)
  • Setting Forth
  • Guaranteed
  • Rise (dedicated to Gerry Lopez)
  • Immortality
  • Unthought Known
  • The End
  • Arc
  • Encore 1: If You Want To Sing Out, Sing Out [Cat Stevens]
  • You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away [The Beatles]
  • Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town
  • The Golden State (with Corin Tucker) [John Doe]
  • Tonight You Belong To Me (with Janet Weiss) [Billy Rose & Lee David]
  • Sleepless Nights (with Glen, off mic, a cappella, gorgeous) [Gram Parsons]
  • Society (with Glen) [Jerry Hannan]
  • Falling Slowly (with Glen on lead vocals) [The Swell Season]
  • Porch
  • Encore 2: Hard Sun (with Glen, Corin & Janet) [Gordon Peterson]
  • Dream A Little Dream [The Mamas & the Papas]

Eddie has such passion for what he does.  He doesn’t do things half-assed.  While I’d say he isn’t in my short list for “best singers,” he is on the short list for “most passionate singers.”  He’s a gritty and emotive rockstar, definitely – all while being down to earth.  I also find his voice to be distinct, despite the copycats of the 90s.

Eddie shared a funny story about a party with Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell trying to help Eddie create the perfect “evil ukulele” sound.  Too much wine brought on Chris hurling over the balcony… “the ukulele won.”

The session of duets Corin Tucker (from Sleater-Kinney/CT Band) and Janet Weiss (from Sleater-Kinney/Quasi/etc) was fantastic.  The absolute highlight for me was when Glen came back on for the encore and played three songs with Eddie… the first being a stunning off-mic, a cappella version of “Sleepless Nights” and the third being “Falling Slowly” (from Glen’s band The Swell Season).

This tour ends tonight in Seattle…

One question of note: why were the roadies dressed in white lab coats?

more EV photos below

The Appropriate Linkage:

The tour dates below… all done tonight in Seattle.

~Dan – np: Garage A TroisAlways Be Happy, But Stay Evil

EDDIE VEDDER PHOTOS
all pictures (cc) 2011 Daniel Temmesfeld,
you may use freely under a creative commons attribution

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Eddie Vedder & Glen Hansard – Summer 2011 Tour Dates

June 15: Providence, R.I. (Providence Performing Arts Center)
June 16: Boston, Mass. (The Wang Theatre)
June 18: Hartford, Conn. (The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts)
June 21: New York, N.Y. (Beacon Theatre)
June 22: New York, N.Y. (Beacon Theatre)
June 25: Philadelphia, Pa. (Tower Theatre)
June 26: Detroit, Mich. (Fox Theatre)
June 28: Chicago, Ill. (The Chicago Theatre)
July 1: St. Louis, Mo. (Fox Theatre)
July 2: Minneapolis, Minn. (Orpheum Theatre )
July 5: San Diego, Calif. (Copley Symphony Hall)
July 6: Long Beach, Calif. (Terrace Theater)
July 8: Los Angeles (The Wiltern)
July 9: Santa Barbara, Calif. (Santa Barbara Bowl)
July 11: Oakland, Calif. (The Paramount Theatre)
July 14: Portland, Ore. (Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall)
July 15: Seattle, Wash. (Benaroya Hall)

Eddie Vedder @ Schnitz (Portland 7/14)

15th Jul 11 (Fri) 2 comments

Stupendous show last night at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall from Eddie Vedder & Glen Hansard.  I should have my review up with photos later this weekend.

Updated ~ Review & setlist posted: HERE (photos still to come)

The highlight for me was the duets set capped with a Eddie/Glen duet on The Swell Season’s “Falling Slowly.”

~Dan

Eddie Vedder – Ukulele Songs (2011)

27th May 11 (Fri) Leave a comment

Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder is putting out his stripped down Ukulele Songs album next Tuesday (May 31st).

It’s a short album (less than 35 minutes), but has many of the things we love of the voice that is Eddie Vedder.  Musically, I find it lacking.  I’m used to the rock(!)… but I still think it’s a good record.

The album is streaming for free over on NPR.  You can order it from the Amazons now.

Eddie’s upcoming summer tour with The Swell Season/The Frames frontman Glen Hansard (and not Thom Yorke) starts in mid-June:

June 15: Providence, R.I. (Providence Performing Arts Center)
June 16: Boston, Mass. (The Wang Theatre)
June 18: Hartford, Conn. (The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts)
June 21: New York, N.Y. (Beacon Theatre)
June 22: New York, N.Y. (Beacon Theatre)
June 25: Philadelphia, Pa. (Tower Theatre)
June 26: Detroit, Mich. (Fox Theatre)
June 28: Chicago, Ill. (The Chicago Theatre)
July 1: St. Louis, Mo. (Fox Theatre)
July 2: Minneapolis, Minn. (Orpheum Theatre )
July 5: San Diego, Calif. (Copley Symphony Hall)
July 6: Long Beach, Calif. (Terrace Theater)
July 8: Los Angeles (The Wiltern)
July 9: Santa Barbara, Calif. (Santa Barbara Bowl)
July 11: Oakland, Calif. (The Paramount Theatre)
July 14: Portland, Ore. (Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall)
July 15: Seattle, Wash. (Benaroya Hall)

~Dan – np: Eddie VedderUkulele Songs

Thom Yorke added to Eddie Vedder solo tour

1st Apr 11 (Fri) 6 comments

Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke was a last minute adjustment to Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder’s upcoming solo tour.  The Swell Season’s Glen Hansard will be the opener, and Thom and Eddie will share co-headlining duties.

Per Thom Yorke’s publicist (press release link below)…

[Thom] will play a mix of tunes from The Eraser, some The King of Limbs songs, a few solo piano tunes and share some songs with Eddie.  [Thom] and Eddie have been mutual admirers of one another’s work, and the timing was right as Radiohead didn’t have any summer touring plans for 2011.

The Hansard/Yorke/Vedder tour kicks off in Providence, RI on June 15th and wraps up a month later in Seattle.  For a promo video about the upcoming tour, check here:

Or, read the Press Release HERE.

~Dan – np: Tres MtsThree Mountains

The Swell Season Announces Hiatus

24th Aug 10 (Tue) Leave a comment

As reported on Paste

It’s been a rough week for Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova of The Swell Season. Just days after a fan committed suicide onstage at their Saratoga, Calif. show, the duo has announced that they are going on hiatus.The decision to part ways seems unrelated to the Saratoga tragedy; however, and the pair will still perform the remainder of their European fall tour dates. Hansard told Spinner.com that he and Irglova are pursuing different musical projects. “I’ll go back to The Frames, and Mar will make her own record at some point,” he said. “This band will eventually naturally end. But right now, all of us are just so grateful.”

The duo (which snagged an Oscar for Best Original Song with 2006’s “Falling Slowly”) forged ahead with their collaboration this past year despite ending their romantic relationship, and the two appear to be on good terms. Hansard said he’s looking forward to Irglova’s solo material. “I love the way she writes,” he said. “I think she’s an incredible songwriter, and I think she could make a really beautiful, beautiful record. I have no doubt, in fact.”

I’m bummed to see them part ways, and deeply saddened about the recent fan suicide… I hope they get back together some day.  I know I’ll enjoy future music from both Glen and Marketa.  I’m also glad I got to see them last fall in Eugene, Oregon.  Click here for my review (and more photos).

~Dan – np: John Zorn / Masada String TrioFilm Works XI: Under the Wing

The Swell Season on Daytrotter

1st Dec 09 (Tue) 5 comments

Sorry to hit you with two posts this morning… ah, who am I kidding, I’m not sorry…

The few websites that aren’t RSS feed-able that made it to my “must check every day” list… Daytrotter is great, and they hit us yesterday with a live in the studio session with The Swell Season (Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová)… it’s a live session with Daytrotter…

Go here for the free music:
http://tinyurl.com/daytrotter-swellseason

1) Fallen From the Sky 2) Fantasy Man 3) In These Arms 4) Low Rising 5) Star Star

Past Daytrotter Sessions I’ve blogged about and dug (links and free music not guaranteed on these old blogs): David Bazan #2, Copeland, Bad Veins, Nellie McKay, Clare and the Reasons, My Brightest Diamond #2, Damien Jurado, Talkdemonic, Aimee Mann, Ani DiFranco, Bad Veins #1, Kaki King, Holy Fuck… and David Bazan, My Brightest Diamond, Erin McKeown.

~Dan – np: Anakronic Electro OrkestraThe Yiddish Part -EP-

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