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Favorite Albums & Concerts of 2016

16th Dec 16 (Fri) 1 comment
To my fellow music friends… here are my favorite 25 albums that I heard/purchased in 2016… still more to discover as I dig into 2017 and catch up on 2016 stuff…
  1. Car Seat HeadrestTeens of Denial (lo-fi indie rock) fave song: “Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales” (#6)
  2. Glen Phillips (of Toad the Wet Sprocket) – Swallowed by the New (singer-songwriter) fave song: “Criminal Career” (#3)
  3. SiaThis Is Acting (pop) fave song: “Alive” (#2)
  4. Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool (rock) fave song: “Ful Stop” (#5)
  5. WussyForever Sounds (lo-fi indie rock) fave song: “Dropping Houses” (#1)
  6. Holy FuckCONGRATS (groove electronic) fave song: “Tom Tom” (#2)
  7. Elliott SmithHeaven Adores You (indie rock) fave song: “Plainclothes Man” (#6)
  8. Steve Taylor & the Danielson FoilWOW to the Deadness -EP- coffin (indie rock) fave song: “Wow to the Deadness” (#1)
  9. Circle of DustMachines of Our Disgrace (hard industrial) fave song: “Machines of Our Disgrace” (#2)
  10. Lily & MadeleineKeep It Together (singer-songwriter duo) fave song: “For the Weak” (#2)
  11. Charlie Hunter, Bobby Previte, and more – Everybody Has a Plan Until They Get Punched in the Mouth (jazz) fave song: “No Money, No Honey” (#7)
  12. Allison Miller’s Boom Tic BoomOtis Was a Polar Bear (jazz) fave song: “Fuster” (#1)
  13. David Bazan (of Pedro the Lion) – Blanco (indie rock) fave song: “Little Landslide” (#7)
  14. Anna TivelHeroes Waking Up (singer-songwriter) fave song: “Black Balloon” (#2)
  15. The Jelly JamProphet Profit (prog rock) fave song: “Care” (#1)
  16. Dave Douglas’ High RiskDark Territory (jazz with electronics) fave song: “Celine” (#1)
  17. Amendola vs. BladesGreatest Hits (jazz) fave song: “Lima Bean” (#1)
  18. Damien JuradoVisions of Us on the Land (indie rock) fave song: “Exit 353” (#11)
  19. Greydon SquareOmniverse : Type 3 : Aum Niverse (rap/hip hop) fave song: “Defiant” (#5)
  20. Elysian FieldsGhosts of No (sultry indie rock) fave song: “Shadows of the Living Light” (#11)
  21. Steven Wilson (of Porcupine Tree) – 4 ½ -EP- (prog rock) fave song: “My Book of Regrets” (#1)
  22. OpethSorceress (prog metal) fave song: “Will o’ the Wisp” (#4)
  23. ScandroidScandroid (keyboard electronic) fave song: “Aphelion” (#3)
  24. The Claypool-Lennon DeliriumMonolith of Phobos (weird rock) fave song: “Cricket and the Genie, Movement I: The Delirium” (#2)
  25. Kaada & PattonBacteria Cult (ambient experimental) fave song: “Immodium” (#7)
Stand-Out Live Music in 2016: chronological
  • {8 Apr} Peter Mulvey w/ Anna Tivel :: Alberta Rose Theatre :: Portland, OR
  • {22 Apr} Sufjan Stevens, BØRNS, Parov Stelar, LCD Soundsystem & more :: Coachella 2016 :: Indio, CA
  • {23 Apr} CHVRCHES, Guns N’ Roses, Gary Clark Jr., Ice Cube, GoGo Penguin & more :: Coachella 2016 :: Indio, CA
  • {24 Apr} Sia, Kamasi Washington, Wolf Alice, Joywave & more :: Coachella 2016 :: Indio, CA
  • {16 Jun} Holy Fuck :: Doug Fir Lounge :: Portland, OR
  • {25 Jun} Flight of the Conchords with Eugene Mirman :: Keller Auditorium :: Portland, OR
  • {28 Jul} Ozomatli :: HiFi Music Hall :: Eugene, OR
  • {29 Jul} Weird Al Yankovic :: Cuthbert Amphitheater :: Eugene, OR
  • {13 Aug} Buster Keaton’s The General film with live score by Mark Orton, Carla Kihlstedt, Matthias Bossi, Todd Sickafoose :: Bohemia Park :: Cottage Grove, OR
  • {29 Oct} Failure presents Fantastic Planet’s 20th Anniversary :: Star Theater :: Portland, OR
  • {9 Nov} Glen Phillips of Toad the Wet Sprocket :: Alberta Rose Theatre :: Portland, OR
  • {17 Nov} Car Seat Headrest :: The WOW Hall :: Eugene, OR
Looking forward to much more in 2017…
DT

Glen Phillips – Coyote Sessions

19th Sep 12 (Wed) Leave a comment

Just uploaded to bandcamp by Glen Phillips (the voice of Toad the Wet Sprocket) is Coyote Sessions.

Go here to buy it (only $7 for the full album):

http://glenphillips.bandcamp.com/releases

Here’s the 411…

This album is a collection of beloved orphans – songs I’ve played live but never put on a record, or co-writes that other artists have cut but I hadn’t gotten around to recording.

Coyote Sessions is also an experiment in recording. My friend Sean McCue lost his previous studio in the Tea Fire a couple years ago, and recently finished building a new workspace, Coyote Road Studio. It’s a big open room, with a distinctive sound. We wanted to see how truly we could capture a real performance – no electronic mixing, no overdubs, just a single microphone a couple feet away from me and players moved around the room to balance the sound. We hope you like the results.

**** Full album includes a video for Greer Zoller ****

Musicians:
Glen Phillips – Vocal, Acoustic Guitar
Sean McCue – Electric and High Strung Guitars, Percussion
Jim Connolly – Acoustic Bass, Piano
Alastair Greene – Electric and Steel Guitars
Tariqh Akoni – Electric Guitar
Bill Flores – Pedal Steel, Weissenborn, Mandolin
Anna Abbey – Piano
Tom Lackner – Drums

~Dan – np: Derek WebbStockholm Syndrome

Toad the Wet Sprocket’s upcoming album

13th Jul 12 (Fri) 1 comment

Glen Phillips is one of my favorite singer-songwriter today.  I love his band, though, first and foremost.  Toad the Wet Sprocket hinted last summer at a new album, and they posted recently on their Facebook that they are indeed actively working on it…

New Toad Album update:
Many guitar tracks were recorded this week.
Here, Todd works on a lead part for one of the new tunes.

~Dan – np: Sigur RósValtari

REVIEW: Glen Phillips @ Alberta Rose (Portland, OR – 4/12/12)

16th Apr 12 (Mon) Leave a comment

FYI… PHOTOS of the SHOW at the BOTTOM

I got to the venue just in the nick of time as Jonathan Kingham was starting his opening set.  I had seen him about four years ago in Eugene with Glen Phillips.  I thought he was great last time, and he held up to that memory quite well on Thursday night.  I think he’s matured a little bit in his songwriting, and still quite the charmer on-stage.  Funny, witty, smooth voice, and slow jams.  He played some new tunes, some tunes about food, a tune called “Satisfied” (about a poodle?), a cover of Bobby Brown’s “Every Little Stepwith an impressive improv rap, and ended the 45 minute set with “Grace” with Glen on backing vocals.

After a short break, Glen Phillips came out and dug right in.  He played the first handful of tunes unaccompanied, then Jonathan joined him on guitar and backing vocals for the classic Toad song “Walk On the Ocean.”  Jonathan stayed with him for the rest of the set, switching to piano partway through.

The things that draws me in to Glen are his voice and his poetic lyricism.  Whether it be with his solo stuff, his side-projects, or with his first band Toad – his humor, wit and joy for life shines through.  He played a great mix of songs throughout his career and even treated us to a couple brand new songs.  No word on if these new songs will show up on an upcoming solo album, collaboration album, or the rumored upcoming Toad the Wet Sprocket album.

Setlist: ~90 mins

  • The Next Day
  • Crowing [Toad the Wet Sprocket]
  • Thankful
  • End This Now
  • Return to Me
  • Blood Pressurize [RemoteTreeChildren]
  • Walk on the Ocean* [Toad]
  • The One Who Got Away
  • Always Have My Love
  • Released
  • Whatever I Fear [Toad]
  • True
  • Finally Fading
  • Windmills [Toad]
  • Golden Age [new song]
  • Solar Flare
  • Fred Meyers
  • All I Want [Toad]
  • Rise Up
  • Encore: Rare Bird (new song)
  • Brothers on a Hotel Bed [Death Cab for Cutie]
    *J. Kingham guest on guitar for “Walk On the Ocean” through
    “Whatever I Fear” & on piano from “True” through “Rise Up.”

A great show from two fantastic, silken-voiced singer-songwriters.

GLEN PHILLIPS PHOTOS
all pictures (cc) 2012 Daniel Temmesfeld,
you may use freely under a creative commons attribution

(click for larger)

The Appropriate Linkage:

Next show for me… Dan Deacon at the University of Oregon on 4/17.

~Dan – np: Boards of CanadaTwoism

Glen Phillips “The Next Day” (free download)

16th Dec 11 (Fri) Leave a comment

On Wednesday, Glen Phillips (from Toad the Wet Sprocket) released a free download of a new song, “The Next Day.”  Go get it on his bandcamp site…

http://glenphillips.bandcamp.com/track/the-next-day-2

From the 12/13/11 show at Soho in Santa Barbara. Closest I will make it to a holiday song this year. More of an OWS support ditty with a seasonal reference in the chorus… Be happy, be well.

Also, rest in peace, Christopher Hitchens.  You were great.  God is Not Great.

~Dan – np: WussyStrawberry

RECAP: Glen Phillips @ Stageit Sofa Sundays (Santa Barbara, CA – 11/27/11)

27th Nov 11 (Sun) Leave a comment

Glen Phillips (from Toad the Wet Sprocket & Works Progress Administration) has been doing what he calls “Sofa Sundays” on Stageit.com for a couple months now.  I didn’t know what it was all about until the last one (after it happened).  He sits down in his living room and plays (at least) 30 minutes of music directly to his computer-connected audience.  His shows thus far have cost only $3, and you can pay more (in tips) – but it’s limited to the first 250 people who buy tickets.  You can make requests and also chat with others in “attendance.”  Here’s what he played…

11/27/11 Setlist: ~50 minutes

  • Train Wreck
  • Nanci [Toad the Wet Sprocket]
  • The Next Day
  • Back On My Feet
  • I Still Love You
  • Cry For You [WPA]
  • I Will Not Take These Things For Granted [Toad]
  • Don’t Need Anything [fast version]
  • Thankful
  • Rainbow Connection/I’m Going To Go Back There Someday [teasers only]
  • End This Now
  • Good Intentions [Toad]
  • Redemption Song [Bob Marley]
  • Windmills

Easily the best $3 plus tip I’ve ever spent for live music.  From here on out, if I’m around, I’m IN.  He mentioned after “Train Wreck” in response to some requests, that he’ll do a show in the near future that’s more request oriented on songs that he doesn’t necessarily know off hand (i.e.- he’ll practice).

Stay tuned… the next Sofa Sunday might even be next week!

The Appropriate Linkage:

~Dan – np: Explosions in the SkyTake Care, Take Care, Take Care

PHOTOS: Toad the Wet Sprocket @ Bend Summer Festival (Bend, OR – 7/8/11)

10th Jul 11 (Sun) 4 comments

Toad the Wet Sprocket dug through their catalog and delivered a long set full of their hits, as well as a couple brand new Toad songs, during their evening capping set at the Bend Summer Festival on Friday night.  John Kingham joined them on keyboards.  There are rumors (per a Facebook post about the Washington show) that a new studio album may be out by years’ end.

Here’s what they played in Bend…

Setlist:

  • Something’s Always Wrong
  • Whatever I Fear
  • Fly From Heaven
  • Crowing
  • Good Intentions
  • Way Away
  • Inside
  • Torn
  • Windmills
  • Is It For Me
  • The Moment [new song]
  • Friendly Fire [new song]
  • Come Back Down
  • Nightingale Song
  • Finally Fading
  • Crazy Life
  • All I Want
  • Brother
  • Fall Down
  • Encore: Sister Christian teaser [Night Ranger]
  • Come Down
  • Walk on the Ocean

more photos below

The Appropriate Linkage:

Next shows for me… the Dead Kenny G’s @ Sam Bond’s (Eugene) on 7/13 and then Eddie Vedder & Glen Hansard at the Schnitzer (Portland) on 7/14.

~Dan – np: Silverchair – Diorama

TOAD THE WET SPROCKET PHOTOS
all pictures (cc) 2011 Daniel Temmesfeld,
you may use freely under a creative commons attribution

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Toad the Wet Sprocket – ‘All You Want’ (2011)

6th Apr 11 (Wed) Leave a comment

Toad the Wet Sprocket broke up in 1998.  In its ashes, Glen Phillips‘ solo career and Lapdog was born.  Glen has put out a number of solo albums and side-projects, Lapdog put out two great albums, and “Toad” has since gotten back together on occasion to tour.  Well, due to being signed to a major label, they never really owned those recordings that they made back in the day.  Enter… All You Want

ALL YOU WANT is us reclaiming our past for ourselves. While making this album, we got to look under the hood at the parts we’d written so long ago, pull apart some of the magic of the originals, and in some cases, update arrangements, tempos or attitudes that we thought we could improve upon with the benefit of a little hindsight.

The process of recording this music again brought us closer together as a band, and closer to the songs that we’ve lived with for so long. These songs still mean a lot to us, and we hope our fans enjoy listening to them as much as we enjoyed making them.
-Dean, Glen, Randy, and Todd

The album will be available for sale exclusively at the band’s website and shows prior to a formal release date later this spring via both physical and digital retail outlets.

Download a FREE MP3 of “Brother” NOW at www.toadthewetsprocket.com

~Dan – np: PlaceboMeds

Glen Phillips & Sean Watkins / WPA – “4×4” EP (2011)

6th Mar 11 (Sun) Leave a comment

Glen Phillips & Sean Watkins project Works Progress Administration just put out a new EP, entitled 4×4, with buddies Sebastian Steinberg and Jerry Roe.

http://wpamusic.bandcamp.com/

1. Solar Flare 04:13

2. Don’t Say You Love Me 03:22

3. It’s Over Now 02:47

4. Wild Side 02:40

Four friends, four songs, most of a day, many tacos.
released 05 March 2011
Made by WPA
Mixed by Jerry Roe at Ed.

Glen Phillips – vocals, guitar
Jerry Roe – drums, vocals
Sebastian Steinberg – bass, vocals
Sean Watkins – vocals, guitar

$4, that’s all.  http://wpamusic.bandcamp.com/

~Dan – np: Kaki KingJunior

Glen Phillips on Adam Carolla podcast

17th Sep 10 (Fri) Leave a comment

Glen Phillips, lead singer of Toad the Wet Sprocket, made an appearance on the crude but hilarious Adam Carolla podcast… here’s the teaser video:

Here’s the podcast link (or subscribe in iTunes).

I haven’t listened yet, but I’m a big fan of both Glen and Adam… and it is bound to be interesting nonetheless.

http://glenphillips.com/
http://adamcarolla.com/

~Dan – np: MassacreFunny Valentine

REVIEW: Toad the Wet Sprocket @ Crystal Ballroom (Portland, OR – 7/28/10)

29th Jul 10 (Thu) 4 comments

FYI… PHOTOS of the SHOW at the BOTTOM

Last night was my fourth opportunity to see one of my favorite bands, Toad the Wet Sprocket.  I have been able to see frontman Glen Phillips many times, and he does throw in some Toad tunes here and there – but it’s not quite the same as the full conglomerate Toad experience with guitarist Todd Nichols, bassist Dean Dinning and drummer Randy Guss.  While Toad’s alternative melodic rock isn’t in my usual jazz or metal wheelhouse, I could never pass up a chance to see them… even if it meant making a 4 hour round-trip up to Eugene’s big sister, Portland.

Opener Hey Marseilles went on around 8 and played a full and energetic set of what they call “folkestral” music.

The seven piece band is from Seattle, and the guys were hard to pin down on any instrument.  Several of the guys swaped out instruments for each song.  They definitely had the folky, singer-songwriter band elements, but mixed in some great violin, viola, cello, accordion, trumpet, amidst traditional rock guitar, bass & drums.

Check out their video for “Rio” from their new album To Travels and Trunks.

If you go to their MySpace page, you can download the “Rio” single for free.  See the download button in the left pane under their contact info.

Glen, Todd, Dean & Randy of Toad the Wet Sprocket hit the stage around 9pm with an extra player – Johnny Hawthorn on slide guitar, electric mandolin, and guitar.  The packed Crystal Ballroom got a taste of something from every album…

Setlist: ~90 mins

  • Something’s Always Wrong
  • Rings
  • Stupid
  • Woodburning
  • Crowing
  • Good Intentions
  • Is It For Me
  • Windmills
  • Torn
  • Before You Were Born
  • Spirit [The Waterboys cover] ->
  • Know Me
  • Nightingale Song
  • Come Back Down
  • Whatever I Fear
  • All I Want
  • Fall Down
  • Encore: Come Down
  • Brother
  • Walk on the Ocean

There were no new songs, Lapdog tunes, or Glen solo material as they have done in the past.  This was all Toad from all around their decade long catalogue.  My favorites of the night were “Windmills” and “Whatever I Fear” – and some of their classics like “Brother,” “All I Want,” and “Walk On the Ocean” were crowd favorites as well.

The fact that Toad keeps touring on occasion keeps me hopeful that they may record again.  In the meantime, check out Glen’s multitude of projects and Todd & Dean’s work as well (see links below).  Support indie music!

many more photos below

The Appropriate Linkage:

Check out more tour dates below.

~Dan – np: Wynton Marsalis – Tune in Tomorrow

TOAD THE WET SPROCKET &
HEY MARSEILLES PHOTOS
all pictures (cc) 2010 Daniel Temmesfeld,
you may use freely under a creative commons attribution

(click for larger)

Glen Phillips and/or Toad TWS Tour Dates

Fri, 07/23/10 The Fillmore San Francisco CA 9:00 PM 415-775-7722 thefillmore.com
Sat, 07/24/10 The Uptown Theater Napa CA 8:15 PM N/A uptowntheatrenapa.com
Sun, 07/25/10 Knitting Factory Concert House Reno NV 7:30 PM 208-367-1212 knittingfactory.com
Tue, 07/27/10 Knitting Factory Concert House Boise ID 8:00 PM 509-325-SEAT knittingfactory.com
Wed, 07/28/10 Crystal Ballroom Portland OR 8:00 PM 503-225-0047 mcmenamins.com
Thu, 07/29/10 Moore Theatre Seattle WA 7:30 PM 206-628-0888 stgpresents.org
Sat, 08/14/10 Blue Sky Music & Adventure Festival Mammoth Lakes CA 8:00 PM 888-285-5893 ext. 2 blueskymusicfest.com
Tue, 08/17/10 Gerald R Ford Amphitheatre East Vail CO 6:30 PM 970-476-2918 vvf.org – free show!
Thu, 08/19/10 The Belly Up – Aspen Aspen CO 10:00 PM 970-544-9800 etix.com
Sat, 08/21/10 Chautauqua Auditorium Boulder CO 8:00 PM 303-440-7666 chautauqua.com
Sat, 09/11/10 Red Rock Resort, Spa & Casino Las Vegas NV 10:00 PM N/A redrocklasvegas.com
Tue, 09/14/10 The Intersection Grand Rapids MI 7:30 PM 616-459-0931 intersectionlive.com
Wed, Thu 09/15-16/10 The Ark Ann Arbor MI 8:00 PM 734-761-1451 theark.org
Fri, 09/17/10 Midland Theatre Newark OH 8:00 PM 740-345-LIVE midlandtheatre.org
Sat, 09/18/10 The Southgate House Newport KY 8:00 PM 895-431-2201 southgatehouse.com
Sun, 09/19/10 The Vogue Theatre Indianapolis IN 8:00 PM 317-254-2028 thevogue.com

Glen Phillips Live on Paste

8th May 10 (Sat) Leave a comment

Glen Phillips plays live on Paste

(click picture for Paste video)

He plays “Always Have My Love,” “Rise Up,” “Two Headed Boy” (Neutral Milk Hotel cover), and “Whatever I Am.”

~Dan – np: KneebodyKneebody

Glen Phillips on SB Creative Community

26th Apr 10 (Mon) Leave a comment

Here’s a half hour interview (and live session) with Glen Phillips from earlier in April…

Good interview with a hometown interview show (Santa Barbara Creative Community)… he talks about his solo stuff, Works Progress Administration stuff, RemoteTreeChildren, Plover, Toad the Wet Sprocket, touring, etc…

Keep up on all things Glen Phillips over at http://glenphillips.com

~Dan – np: Kaki KingJunior

Artists of the Decade – 2000s (#1 to 10)

5th Jan 10 (Tue) 5 comments

Artists of the Decade – Honorable Mentions (1/1/2010 blog link)

  • Dweezil Zappa
  • Tori Amos
  • Celldweller
  • Iron & Wine
  • King’s X
  • Derek Webb

Artists of the Decade (#21 to 25) (1/1/2010 blog link)

25 ~ Ben Folds (solo)
24 ~ Peter Mulvey

23 ~ Opeth

22 ~ dredg

21 ~ Holy Fuck

Artists of the Decade (#11 to 20) (1/4/2010 blog link)

20 ~ Pedro the Lion (and David Bazan solo)
19 ~ Jurassic 5

18 ~ My Brightest Diamond

17 ~ Nellie McKay

16 ~ Secret Chiefs 3
15 ~ Over the Rhine

14 ~ Mike Patton

13 ~ Ani DiFranco
12 ~ Johnny Cash
11 ~ Dave Douglas

And now on to the final ten

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10 ~ Glen Phillips

At the turn of the decade / century / millenium, Glen’s band Toad the Wet Sprocket were breaking up. He went on to make several solo albums (Winter Pays For Summer being my fave thus far), several mostly brilliant side ventures (Plover, RemoteTreeChildren, WPA, Mutual Admiration Society), and even reunite with Toad for some tours. He’s as active as ever and also quite the tweeter (oft humorous / oft political).

~*~*~

9 ~ Porcupine Tree (and Steven Wilson projects)

Near the beginning of the decade, I was giving up on “prog rock.” Then a buddy told me about Porcupine Tree (thanks, SteveC). 2002’s In Absentia is amazing, and I quickly bought PT’s catalogue. The entire decade was full of Steven Wilson projects – whether Porcupine Tree or his many (and I mean many) side projects.  Speaking of… Steven’s 6th and final Cover Versions CD and 7″ vinyl will be out sometime soon in the coming months.

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8 ~ Sufjan Stevens

Illinoise was Paste’s #1 album of the decade. I think it’s in my Top 10 (as mentioned earlier, I honestly can’t bring myself to widdle down my album list to 20 or even 50 for the decade). Illinoise was my first foray into Sufjan’s world. The infatuation was near immediate. He ranges from poppy, to eclectic folk, to avant-electronic, to chamber music… and I think his song titles, while sometimes considered pretentious, put him in my hero list. :) The later part of the decade showed a more secluded Sufjan and a recant on the 50 States “promise.” However, I’m still very excited about what’s up his sleeves for the next decade.

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7 ~ John Zorn (Masada and otherwise)

I knew of Zorn in the 1990s (via the connection to Mike Patton and specifically Mr. Bungle), but didn’t get into him until 2003 or so. Even still, I didn’t know about Masada (his klezmer-jazz quartet) until mid-decade. Their recorded studio work was all in the 1990s, but they stayed active touring throughout the 2000s… and John Zorn kept actively writing Masada Book Two – which is a book of music covered by other bands and has seen a dozen fantastic releases on his label, Tzadik. I just counted, and I have 82 John Zorn related disks from the decade (CDs, DVDs, vinyl). So, um, yeah, he’s prolific. The Masada / Bar Kokhba / Electric Masada is my favorite category of Zorn releases; but his Filmworks series, Moonchild Trio (Mike Patton, Joey Baron & Trevor Dunn), and The Gift / Dreamers band are also key releases. 2010 has 12 new Zorn releases on the docket. *drool*

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6 ~ Maynard James Keenan (Tool / A Perfect Circle / Puscifer)

One of the best singers in the world of rock, Maynard has kept busy… this decade: three bands and eight or so albums, several DVD releases, remix albums & singles, vinyl singles, and a new winery. While he doesn’t always nail it every time, his and his bands’ hit rates far exceed most. His solid work ethic points to more releases next decade. A recent interview leads me to believe that the touring side of things may slow down some, but I’m hoping that just means “less touring” and not “no touring.” There have been hints of Tool and A Perfect Circle studio stuff in the near future… and Puscifer seems alive and kicking (and keen on the internet EP thing). Puscifer is hitting the Midwest and East Coast in early 2010.

~*~*~

5 ~ Daniel Johns (Silverchair & The Dissociatives)

2002’s Diorama (by Silverchair) is a contender for best album of the decade for me. Daniel Johns followed that up with a side project with Paul Mac called The Dissociatives. Their self-titled debut (2004) is also a contender for best album of the decade… then Silverchair came roaring back in 2007 with Young Modern – another strong contender. Daniel Johns and his couple of bands has large gaps between studio releases, but they all score high every time for me. They’ve moved well beyond their debut (which they released in the 90s at age 15). 2010 promises the follow-up to Young Modern… so, look out, Best of 2010 lists…

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4 ~ Elliott Smith

I found out about Elliott in early 2000, a little bit after Figure 8 came out. I had the opportunity to see him live at Southgate House (Newport, KY) on the Figure 8 Tour. He quickly became an important part of my musical diet. His albums hit me emotionally, but he left us too early (he died of apparent self-induced stab wounds to the heart on October 21, 2003). I still get goosebumps with his music and quite frankly have never been affected by a celebrity’s death like I am by Elliott’s. An album and more of his unreleased material has made its way out since his death. I don’t believe in an afterlife, but if there were one, I’d hope to get to meet Elliott and have a beer with him.

~*~*~

3 ~ Sigur Rós

Ágætis byrjun and ( ) may be the most beautiful things that I don’t understand due to language barriers – two perfect albums, if you ask me. This past decade Sigur Rós went on to make four full length albums, a handful of EPs and soundtracks, several world tours, an utterly gorgeous tour documentary called Heima (that rivals Pink Floyd’s Live at Pompeii in stunning beauty),  and still find time to take time off (well, time off except for Jónsi – who released a duo album with his partner Alex Sommers and is set to release a solo album in early 2010).

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2 ~ Radiohead (and Thom & Jonny solo)

One of the most unarguably overrated bands of all-time… yet, one of my favorites. The decade started with Kid A and ended with some Thom Yorke solo activity… it was a full decade of albums, tours, solo work (the aforementioned Thom solo stuff plus two soundtracks from Jonny). They branch out and sometimes get more praise and credit than is merited (I know skads of indie artists doing the “pay what you want” method years before In Rainbows), but I suppose Radiohead were the first formerly major-label / international band to do so.  Anyway, Radiohead, despite public pressure, continue to evolve as a band. That scores major points with me. They’re hitting the studio in January 2010… yippie.

~*~*~

1 ~ Kevin Moore (Chroma Key & OSI)

Yeah, the #1 of the decade who few know about… Kevin Moore left the progressive rock band Dream Theater in 1994, shedding the seemingly antithetic “progressive” constraints of the progressive scene to make his own music.  Chroma Key’s debut Dead Air For Radios (1999) is my #1 album of all-time… but it came out in the late 90s. The 2000 album You Go Now is probably in my Top 10 of all-time as well. The branching out into scoring with Kevin’s solo soundtrack Ghost Book (for the Turkish horror movie OKUL), political/religious-imagery radio/mix-taping with Memory Hole 1, and the new band project with Jim Matheos called the Office of Strategic Influence (aka O.S.I.) solidified Kevin in my favorite artists list. I’m looking forward to more Chroma Key, O.S.I., Memory Hole, or solo work that Kevin puts out… hopefully soon.

~*~*~*~*~

As pointed out the other day, the 2010s are shaping up to be a great decade… see you on the other side!

My Other Favorites of 2009 Recaps:

~Dan – np: Charlie Hunter Gentlemen, I Neglected To Inform You You Will Not Be Getting Paid

Oh, and for those who say that the decade ends at the end of 2010… meh. I’m starting with 0 and ending with 9 (like a LOT of people). Rationale: the 80s, the 90s… you don’t say the 80s went from 1/1/1981 to 12/31/1990 or the 90s from 1/1/1991 to 12/31/2000.

2009 mix

12th Nov 09 (Thu) 2 comments

Well, thanks to a certain bigwig, I got off of my duff to make a mix CD for his round robin dealio.  No major theme this time like prior mixes… the only rule I placed before myself was that everything is current (i.e.- released in 2009).

{If you aren’t part of the round robin and want a CD, contact me.  If you’re local, even better. I’ll get ’em out around Thanksgiving.}

The following songs were put on the mix CD from lossless sources for promotional purposes only (read: free direct market advertising to people who decidedly love music).  Most of the artists on this compilation are independent (put out the music themselves) or signed to smaller, independent labels.  If you like what you hear, check out their music / support them with your wallet if you are able.  The artists’ Webpage, MyFace & Spacebook (whether official or not), and Amazon links are available for each song below.  I’ve also included concert review links if I’ve seen the artist recently.

PDF front liner is available HERE (designed to print double-sided).

UPDATE (12/18): free download / bonus track #18 below

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01 Nellie McKayDo Do Do” from Normal As Blueberry Pie: A Tribute to Doris Day
Well, the person who got this round robin going (Brad) was a direct influence in me getting into Nellie McKay back when Get Away From Me came out.  I’ve been a fan ever since.  I think GAFM is my favorite of hers, but she’s still quite consistently entertaining to me.  Her latest album is a tribute to the late great Doris Day.  It’s missing some of Nellie’s sly wit, but is definitely fitting in her “I wish I was born in another era” wishes.  The album art is 135% fitting for Nellie, too.  Perfect choice!

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02 John ZornMiller’s Crake” from O’o
I could have put on some more skwoky Zorn, but I opted for a more accessible number.  John Zorn is prolific, but this was actually a slow year – I only count six Zorn-related releases.  O’o is twelve lyrical and adventurous instrumentals combining world music, surf, exotica, soundtracks, easy listening, and minimalism dedicated to twelve different birds (Chippy’s artwork is amazing).  “Miller’s Crake” is a delightful Guaraldi-esque jaunt from the band that came out of the Electric Masada / The Gift / The Dreamers sessions: Marc Ribot, Jamie Saft, Kenny Wollesen, Trevor Dunn, Joey Baron, and Cyro Baptista.

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03 Extra GoldenGimakiny Akia” from Thank You Very Quickly Vol 3
I was planning on going to Eugene Celebration anyway, but I got a call from a friend who suggested that we meet and definitely go to see Extra Golden.  Um, OK, sure.  Then I saw them, and wow… fuuuuun.  I love African music, but sometimes it’s gets all too similar unless you do something fun (a la Fela Kuti, Antibalas, etc).  Well, Extra Golden are half Kenyan and half American (which I guess is the “something fun” part?  I don’t know).  They fuse some great jam-rock with Kenyan beats* and singing… great stuff.  Fantastic live show, too. *-Though, coincidentally, not so much Kenyan beats on this track.  Yeah, sorry.

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04 Ember SwiftHollowed Bones 空骨” from Lentic :: 子玉
Ember Swift (yes, her real name) is finally starting to head in a new direction.  I mean, I dig her a lot, but her past albums have been slightly derivative of Ani DiFranco (with maybe a little more adventurism).  She’s from Canada, but has spent time living in China recently.  In fact, I think she’s still living there (don’t quote me on that)… that culture has definitely had an impact on her music.

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05 Works Progress Administration / Glen PhillipsRise Up” from Works Progress Administration
This song first showed up on the Concert to End Slavery compilation as a Glen Phillips solo song.  It’s my favorite from WPA, but it’s not very representative of the album.  The album is more folky / americana via the heavy influence of Sean & Sara Watkins from Nickelcreek and Luke Bulla (from Lyle Lovett’s band).

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06 Madeleine PeyrouxDamn the Circumstances” from Bare Bones
I am usually not a fan of vocal jazz… it’s usually too full of schlock, if you ask me.  Well, Madeleine’s smoky voice overrides that generalism for me.  She’s a fantastic vocalist, a throwback to the golden era of jazz vocalists.  This album is her first of non-covers.  All original, either written solo or co-written, Bare Bones moves her from a “fantastic standards” singer to bringing vocal jazz back into fresh territory.

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07 dredgGathering Pebbles” from The Pariah, The Parrot, The Delusion
dredg is one of my favorite bands now.  2005’s Catch Without Arms floored me, and I was eagerly awaiting the follow-up.  It took too long (4 years), but it was well worth it.  The Pariah, The Parrot, The Delusion is by far my favorite album this year.  It was inspired by Salmon Rushdie’s essay “Imagine There’s No Heaven: A Letter to the Sixth Billionth Citizen.”  In fact, this past fall, dredg and Salmon did a joint show that was captured by Spin magazine.

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08 Porcupine TreeFlicker” from The Incident
The best progressive rock band around, Porcupine Tree’s The Incident is a 55-minute epic concept album/song.  “Flicker” is actually a session b-side from the 2nd disc from the collection.  I got a chance to see Porcupine Tree this September, and Steven Wilson & Co delivered the impeccable studio sound to the stage.  It’s almost magic.

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09 O.S.I.Terminal” from Blood
I really like this 3rd record by O.S.I. (formerly know as the Office of Strategic Influence).  O.S.I. is a joint collaboration of Chroma Key’s Kevin Moore and Fates Warning’s Jim Matheos.  Most of Blood is heavier progressive rock, but I tend to like the more Chroma Key-esque tracks like “Terminal.”  The album has guests Gavin Harrison (of Porcupine Tree) on drums, Mikael Åkerfeldt (of Opeth) on vocals for one track, and Tim Bowness (or No-Man) on vocals for one track as well. The 2nd disc also features a Kevin Moore-sung, rockin’ tribute to Elliott Smith (“Christian Brothers”).

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10 900XThe Black Beach” from Library Catalog Music Series: Music For Lubbock, 1980
Sufjan Steven’s label Asthmatic Kitty is really becoming a favorite.  They host music by Sufjan, My Brightest Diamond, Fol Chen, Osso, and now the excellent experimentation from the various Library Catalog Music Series artists.  The 900X release is my favorite of the six releases so far.  I received the high quality mp3s from the record label for free, and I loved it so much that I bought it on vinyl.

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11 Chali 2Na featuring Talib KweliLock Sh*t Down” from Fish Outta Water
I’m still sad that Jurassic 5 broke up, but now we get albums from Portable Payback (Marc7 & Soup), Cut Chemist, DJ Nu Mark, Akil the MC, and, of course, Chali 2Na (my favorite from the group).  Chali’s got that deep booming voice that makes you pay attention.  This song’s lyrics (and video) are kinda cheesy, IMO, but it still features some nice flow from the “lyrical manphibian.”

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12 Peter MulveyVlad the Astrophysicist” from Letters From a Flying Machine
Storytelling has always been a fantastic part of Peter’s live shows.  Nine years ago, when his first niece was born, Peter got into the habit of writing physical letters to his nieces and nephews (now 17 kids in total).  This album is interspersed with spoken word letters and new music.  I think it’s his strongest album since 2000’s The Trouble With Poets.  I like a lot of different music, but with that being said, I think Peter is by far my favorite singer-songwriter.  Support indie music!

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13 David BazanCurse Your Branches” from Curse Your Branches
I wanted to put on “Hard to Be,” but due to space limitations, I went for a shorter song.  This is David’s first full-length solo album since disbanding the indie rock band Pedro the Lion.  PTL was really David’s thing anyway; so him disbanding the band isn’t that big of a deal, if you ask me.  This album also marks his first decided move away from the “religious guy” things into the “heavily agnostic thing” (kudos to him, from me at least).  This album is peppered with his thoughts and doubts of his religious upbringing – even moreso than in his prior Pedro days.  It very well called a “breakup letter to God” by some.

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14 John ZornNovato” from Alhambra Love Songs
Alhambra Love Songs is a set of 11 songs that are an eclectic homage to San Francisco Bay area musicians.  This particular song is dedicated to Mike Patton (and, no, that’s not why I picked it).  The album is played by pianist Rob Burger, bassist Greg Cohen, and drummer Ben Perowsky – and also falls into the “more accessible” John Zorn camp.

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15 WussyLittle Paper Birds” from Wussy
This little band that could from Cincinnati is getting some good buzz in major publications (I know Spin has featured them several times).  I went to college with their female lead singer, Lisa Walker, and remember when she did a more folky thing.  I think Wussy’s sound suits her well (and vice versa).  Anyway, this is their third record, and features some great songs from both Lisa and Ass Ponys’ Chuck Cleaver.

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16 The Dead Kenny G’sBirther Blues” from Bewildered Herd
Prior to moving to the PacNW, I had heard of saxophonist Skerik via John Zorn and other avant-garde connections.  I never got to hear him until I moved here and saw him at Sam Bond’s.  He seems to be down here in Eugene every other month or so, in different band incarnations.  The Dead Kenny G’s features Skerik on tenor sax & pianos, Mike Dillon on drums (who I recently saw drum with Ani DiFranco), and Brad Houser on bass & baritone sax.

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17 Ikue MoriRedeye Skimmer” from Class Insecta
Ikue Mori is an interesting instrumentalist.  She mostly utilizes a laptop, and I saw her play live with Ellery Eskelin & Jim Black in NYC in 2007 and was wowed by the improvisational nature of her craft.  Most of her albums are more avant-garde.  She has one album that I’d consider to be much more accessible (1995’s Painted Desert on Japan’s DIY/Avant label).  Class Insecta is also more accessible than most of her work.  I suppose if you like well composed, electronic music dedicated to insect species, it’s for you!

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18 Derek WebbWhat Matters More” from Stockholm Syndrome
(bonus mp3) DOWNLOAD it >> http://www.derekwebb.com/387/WMM.zip
Stockholm Syndrome is an album that I’m bummed I didn’t get fit on the CD version of this compilation.  It’s going to place fairly well in my year-end “Best of 2009” list.  I think it’s the best thing Derek’s ever done, including Caedmon’s Call and prior solo work.  It has a great overall vibe, and a message that I can agree with, even though I don’t agree with his religious philosophy.  This song, while not the best on the album (IMO), has a great lyric and pro-gay marriage position and was actually banned by his independent Christian label (INO Records).  He subsequently released an “uncensored” version of the album, and now has the song available for free on his site.

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Let me know what you think…

unfortunately missing (due to space or flow limitations, or that I simply didn’t get them in the mail yet): pop from Regina Spektor, Zero 7 & the Swell Season; jazz from Dave Douglas’ Brass Ecstasy and A Single Sky, Masada Quintet + Lovano, and The Fantastic Terrific Munkle; comedy from Flight of the Conchords; and some metal Ahleuchatistas, Megadeth, Isis, Dream Theater, Puscifer, Tides From Nebula & Alice in Chains.  Oh well, those may make it on my “favorite albums” of 2009 list.

~Dan – np: PusciferC is For…

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Free the Glen Phillips 8

31st Oct 09 (Sat) 1 comment

So, Glen Phillips (a frequent subject on this blog) just posted a FREE 8 song sampler with a mix of material from his post-Toad the Wet Sprocket days.  Click it and enjoy!

http://glenphillips.bandcamp.com/album/free-glen-phillips-sampler

Seriously.  Free music. Free good music for free download.  It’s free.  Download it.  DO it.

~Dan – np: AhleuchatistasOf the Body Prone

Reptet 7″ / Glen mashup video

26th Oct 09 (Mon) Leave a comment

Seattle jazz band Reptet has a new 7″ vinyl out called Agendacide.  It’s available in vinyl/mp3 and mp3-only versions via the Reptet website, CDBaby, or (I expect eventually) the Monktail Creative Music Concern’s webpage.  They’re headed out on a West Coast tour (that I won’t be able to catch this time, unfortunately):

  • October 29, 2009 Cottage Grove, OR The Axe & Fiddle
  • October 30 Chico, CA The Coda Cafe
  • October 31 South Lake Tahoe, CA The Divided Sky
  • November 1 Placerville, CA The Cozmic Cafe
  • November 2 San Francisco, CA The Make-Out Room
  • November 3 Sacramento. CA The Shady Lady
  • November 4 Davis. CA The Delta of Venus
  • November 5 Oakland, CA Café Van Kleef
  • November 6 Reno, NV The Zephyr Lounge
  • November 7 Los Angeles, CA Molly Mallone’s
  • November 8 Santa Barbara. CA Live Culture
  • November 9 Glendale CA JAX
  • November 13 Olympia, WA The Eastside Club

They’ve got a new blog going on, too: http://reptet.wordpress.com/

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SInger-songwriter Glen Phillips tweeted last week about a mashup video of his “Spirit of Shackleton” and OneRepublic & Timbaland‘s “Apologize,” and the 1961 film The Phantom Planet.  Behold “Spirit of an Apology“:

~Dan – np: Flight of the ConchordsFlight of the Conchords

Glen Phillips’ “Little Bunny Foo Foo”

15th Oct 09 (Thu) Leave a comment

Yet again, Glen Phillips is releasing stuff at the end of the year via the Bandcamp website.  Heck, if this year ends up like last year (with the fantastic Plover and RemoteTreeChildren records), I’ll be happy to drop some more coin for some more Glen.  Here is his latest, silly ditty:

http://glenphillips.bandcamp.com/track/little-bunny-foo-foo

Go get this song now… it’s only $1 and well worth the cost of admission.  You can via PayPal, too… i.e.- totally convenient, foo foo.

~Dan – np: EisleyFire Kite -EP-

REVIEW: W.P.A. at the W.O.W. (Eugene, OR – 9/27/09)

28th Sep 09 (Mon) 2 comments

FYI… PHOTOS of the SHOW at the BOTTOM

Works Progress Administration

I’ve been a fan of Glen Phillips via Toad the Wet Sprocket since back in my “high school days”… Toad is one of the few artists to make it out alive from that period, remaining a cherished part of my collection.  Glen’s voice is so evocative and honest and personable… it’s hard not to love just about everything he does.  In fact, last year, he pulled a doozy, releasing two albums under different band monikers (without much warning) under Radiohead’s In Rainbows “pay what you want philosophy.”  Both the Plover and RemoteTreeChildren cracked my Top 5 albums of 2008.

Well, this time, Glen decided to let us know about his new band and let some buzz build up… the Works Progress Administration (aka W.P.A. / WPA) is more or an Americana effort that is at its core made up of the trio of trio of Glen Phillips, Luke Bulla (from Lyle Lovett’s band), and Sean Watkins (from Nickel Creek). The Eugene show was with the extended band, not just the core trio of Phillips/Bulla/Watkins.  It also included Benmont Tench (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers), Greg Leisz (Joni Mitchell, Bill Frisell), Sara Watkins (Nickel Creek), Sebastian Steinberg (Soul Coughing), and Don Heffington (Lone Justiceand I remember seeing him play with Over the Rhine at one point).

The first opener, Ehren Ebbage, put on a quick 20 minute set, four songs.  He hails from Seattle.  He was pretty good – he has the pop singer-songwriter vibe going on.  He seemed like a good soul, funny personality.  He got a opening slot due to “begging for it.” We didn’t walk out with his CD, unfortunately; but if he swings back through Eugene, I’ll give him another listen.

The second opener, Molly Jenson, stomped on the stage shortly after Ehren.  I say “stomped,” as she had these killer heels with jingles fixed to them (see pictures below).  Her first song in her 20 minutes, 4 song set was a song that showed that playing guitar, singing and stomping your foot in heels is probably more than I’d be able to handle physically.  It’s gotta be much harder than patting your head and rubbing your stomach.  Molly was pretty funny, she joked about the disco ball (and had the light guy turn it on).  She also talked about how she and Sara Watkins rolled around the hall’s floor that afternoon in their rollerskates.  Her sound was more in the country/folk singer-songwriter mold.  She ended her set with “You Are My Sunshine.”

Molly Jenson released her Webisode #13 that included footage from the WOW Hall show.  Check it out on YouTube.

WPA hit the stage around 9pm and jumped right into material from their new album.  “Always Have My Love” is such a good lead-off track to their live show (and CD).  It really features all aspects of this huge band.  WPA overall is really hard to pigeonhole.  They definitely fit in the folky genre, but they have many aspects of bluegrass, pop, rock.  Lots of violin, steel guitar, great vocals.  Vocal duties were shared by Glen, Luke, Sean and Sara.  They played mainly songs from the debut CD, but they also played songs from each of the singer’s “main gigs / solo albums.”

Part way through the set, they invited Alex & Tatiana Hargreaves on stage. I had never heard of them, but they were well received by the crowd.  They are both young and are quite the fiddle phenoms.  They jammed on two songs with Sara, Luke & Sean – one instrumental and one with Tatiana singing lead on a song from her recent album.

Here’s what they played…

Setlist: 90+ minutes

  • Always Have My Love (Glen on vocals) *a fave of the night*
  • End This Now (Glen on vocals)
  • Paralyzed (Sean on vocals)
  • Cry For You (Luke on vocals)
  • Solar Flare (Glen on vocals) *a fave of the night*
  • Rise Up (Glen on vocals) *a fave of the night*
  • I Feel the Blues Movin’ In (Luke on vocals) *a fave of the night*
  • I Go to Sleep (Sara on vocals) *a fave of the night*
  • Already Gone (Sean on vocals)
  • Not Sure (Sean on vocals)
  • Drive By (Glen on vocals) *a fave of the night*
  • Pink Triangle (Weezer cover, Sean on vocals) *a fave of the night*
  • Garfields (with Alex & Tatiana, instrumental)
  • Sugar Babe (with Alex & Tatiana, Tati on vocals)
  • Somebody More Like You (Sean on vocals)
  • Remember Well (Luke on vocals)
  • Long Hot Summer Days (Sara on vocals) *a fave of the night*
  • Good As Ever (Glen on vocals)
  • A Wedding or a Wake (Glen on vocals)
  • Encore: The Price (Glen on vocals)
  • You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome (Bob Dylan cover, Sean on vocals) *a fave of the night*

Fantastic show.  It’s amazing to see so many great musicians on the stage at the same time.  They honestly looked like they were having a ball, too.  It was also good to see Glen playing guitar again (after his pretty nasty glass table accident last fall).  Luke Bulla and Nickel Creek, while already on my radar, made my list of “I should see them if they come through again.”  Fantastic players all around…

I picked up the debut WPA CD at the show.  It came out a week ago, but I wanted to wait until I saw them in person – you know, to make sure they got all the money, not shipping or some distribution middle-man like Amazon.  You can order it directly from the WPA site (click the photo):


FYI… PHOTOS of the SHOW at the BOTTOM

Always Have My Love (live on WNCW)

Introducing W.P.A.

The Appropriate Linkage:

~Dan – np: Faith No MoreAlbum of the Year

WORKS PROGRESS ADMINISTRATION PHOTOS
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WPA’s tourdates:

  • Sun 08/16/09 – Schwenksville, PA – Old Pool Farm
  • Tue 08/18/09 – Exton, PA – Eagleview Concert Series
  • Wed 08/19/09 – New York, NY – Joe’s Pub
  • Thu 08/20/09 – Londonderry, NH – Tupelo Music Hall
  • Sun 09/06/09 – Yosemite, CA – Camp Mather
  • Wed 09/16/09 – Columbia, SC – White Mule
  • Thu 09/17/09 – Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theatre
  • Fri 09/18/09 – Asheville, NC – Grey Eagle
  • Sun 09/20/09 – Decatur, GA – Eddie’s Attic
  • Fri 09/25/09 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
  • Sat 09/26/09 – Seattle, WA – Crocodile Cafe
  • Sun 09/27/09 – Eugene, OR – WOW Hall
  • Tue 09/29/09 – Chico, CA – Manzanita Place
  • Wed 09/30/09 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent
  • Sat 10/03/09 – Ventura, CA – The Lodge
  • Mon 10/05/09 – Los Angeles, CA – Largo
  • Thu 11/05/09 – New York, NY – High Line Ballroom
  • Sat 11/07/09 – Pittsburgh, PA – Diesel Club Lounge
  • Sun 11/08/09 – Charleston, WV – Cultural Center
  • Tue 11/10/09 – Annapolis, MD – Rams Head On Stage
  • Wed 11/11/09 – Vienna, VA – Barns At Wolf Trap
  • Thu 11/12/09 – Fairfield, CT – StageOne
  • Fri 11/13/09 – Cambridge, MA – Passim Folk Music & Cultural Center
  • Sat 11/14/09 – Northampton, MA – Iron Horse Music Hall
  • Sun 11/15/09 – Fall River, MA – Narrows Center For The Arts
  • Tue 12/01/09 – Cedar Rapids, IA – CSPS / Legion Arts
  • Wed 12/02/09 – Minneapolis, MN – Cedar Cultural Center
  • Thu 12/03/09 – Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon
  • Sat 12/05/09 – Ann Arbor, MI – The Ark
  • Sun 12/06/09 – Chicago, IL – Old Town School Of Folk Music

Works Progress Administration (CD & Tour)

5th Aug 09 (Wed) Leave a comment

As previously reported, Glen Phillips (of Toad the Wet Sprocket) and members of Nickelcreek have a new album coming out in 2009.  September 15th, to be exact.  Works Progress Administration is the name of the band, and it is made up of a bunch of folky heavyweights…

WPA is:

  • Glen Phillips (Toad the Wet Sprocket) – vocals, guitar
  • Sean Watkins (Nickel Creek, Fiction Family) – guitar, vocals
  • Luke Bulla (Jerry Douglas Band, Ricky Skaggs) – fiddle, vocals, guitar
  • Sara Watkins (Nickel Creek) – fiddle, vocals
  • Benmont Tench (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers) – piano, organ
  • Greg Leisz (Joni Mitchell, Wilco, Sheryl Crow, Beck) – pedal steel
  • Pete Thomas (Elvis Costello and the Imposters, Randy Newman) – drums
  • Davey Faragher (Elvis Costello and the Imposters, Cracker) – bass

Their tourdates have also run the gauntlet that is my September ’09 musicalendar and made it’s way into the lovely WOW Hall in Eugene, OR, on Sunday, September 27th.  It’ll only be the “quartet” version of WPA, but I’m not complaining.  That’s gotta have at least Glen & Sean (Watkins).

The tourdates so far: (per Pollstar)

  • Sun 08/16/09 – Schwenksville, PA – Old Pool Farm
  • Tue 08/18/09 – Exton, PA – Eagleview Concert Series
  • Wed 08/19/09 – New York, NY – Joe’s Pub
  • Thu 08/20/09 – Londonderry, NH – Tupelo Music Hall
  • Sun 09/06/09 – Yosemite, CA – Camp Mather
  • Wed 09/16/09 – Columbia, SC – White Mule
  • Thu 09/17/09 – Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theatre
  • Fri 09/18/09 – Asheville, NC – Grey Eagle
  • Sun 09/20/09 – Decatur, GA – Eddie’s Attic
  • Fri 09/25/09 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
  • Sat 09/26/09 – Seattle, WA – Crocodile Cafe
  • Sun 09/27/09 – Eugene, OR – WOW Hall
  • Tue 09/29/09 – Chico, CA – Manzanita Place
  • Wed 09/30/09 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent
  • Sat 10/03/09 – Ventura, CA – The Lodge
  • Mon 10/05/09 – Los Angeles, CA – Largo
  • Thu 11/05/09 – New York, NY – High Line Ballroom
  • Sat 11/07/09 – Pittsburgh, PA – Diesel Club Lounge
  • Sun 11/08/09 – Charleston, WV – Cultural Center
  • Tue 11/10/09 – Annapolis, MD – Rams Head On Stage
  • Wed 11/11/09 – Vienna, VA – Barns At Wolf Trap
  • Thu 11/12/09 – Fairfield, CT – StageOne
  • Fri 11/13/09 – Cambridge, MA – Passim Folk Music & Cultural Center
  • Sat 11/14/09 – Northampton, MA – Iron Horse Music Hall
  • Sun 11/15/09 – Fall River, MA – Narrows Center For The Arts
  • Tue 12/01/09 – Cedar Rapids, IA – CSPS / Legion Arts
  • Wed 12/02/09 – Minneapolis, MN – Cedar Cultural Center
  • Thu 12/03/09 – Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon
  • Sat 12/05/09 – Ann Arbor, MI – The Ark
  • Sun 12/06/09 – Chicago, IL – Old Town School Of Folk Music

Go to the WPA Tour site for more details. http://wpamusic.com/ for more info.

~Dan – np: Tides From NebulaAura

PS- unrelated, Radiohead have a new song for download over at the W.A.S.T.E. Store.  It’s called “Harry Patch (In Memory Of)” and proceeds will go to the British Legion.  Go HERE to read more about it.

Seriously… new Radiohead, folks.

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