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Derek Webb – Democracy Vol 2 #4

5th Jul 11 (Tue) Leave a comment

One a month, from March to December 2011…

Derek Webb’s Democracy Vol 2… This month, it is “One” by U2 (posted on 7/1).  Derek has a long affinity for these Irish gents.  My guess is that when this one came up in the vote winners pile, he paired it with this past weekend’s Nashville U2 covers show and then seeing U2 at VU/Nashville (#U2360NAS).

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 – 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

~Dan – np: Secret Chiefs 3 Eyes of Flesh :: Eyes of Flame

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!

REVIEW: Aimee Mann @ Aladdin (Portland, OR – 10/6/09)

7th Oct 09 (Wed) 4 comments

FYI… PHOTOS of the SHOW at the BOTTOM

I got into Aimee Mann after several promptings by my friend Bruce, and then eventually via her quite powerful role in the P.T. Anderson movie, Magnolia (1999).  Her spot in that movie and her pervasiveness on that soundtrack made me pay attention.  I’ve stuck with her through some great albums, including a doozy of  holiday album (but I don’t blame her, I blame the general holiday music content).  Her albums are always pretty damn consistent… consistently good.  I just never got the chance to see her until now.  I happened to be up in Portland for work; so I naturally found my way to the venue. :)

I really like the Aladdin Theater… it’s a classy theater, and every show I’ve seen here has been great (Jude and Yael Naim), and I plan on hitting the Aladdin at least 2 or three more times this year (Múm, the Swell Season, and maybe Stryper… but mainly for the humor aspect of that show).


The opener was Nick Lowe, who I didn’t know.  Apparently I knew some of his songs, specifically “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace Love and Understanding” (he wrote for Elvis Costello, and I’ve heard the A Perfect Circle version).  Nick played about 50 minutes, and probably 15 songs.  He had some very good, short pop songs.  I can see why people like him.  I mean, he kinda blended into the background to me, but he had a charm and lyricism that I can admire.

Aimee Mann came on around 9:20pm with two keyboardists.  Throughout the set, they both swapped around many instruments… mainly keys, but also guitar, shakers, drums, recorder.  She played a short 40 minute pre-determined set before breaking out into the audience request portion of the show…

Setlist: 2 hours

  • The Moth
  • Nightmare Girl
  • Momentum *a fave of the night*
  • Build That Wall
  • Par For The Course
  • Amateur *a fave of the night*
  • This Is How It Goes
  • Wise Up *a fave of the night*
  • Save Me [false start – see comments below]
    ———————
  • Real Bad News [start to the audience requests]
  • Long Shot
  • Looking For Nothing
  • Freeway *a fave of the night*
  • Jacob Marley’s Chain
  • 4th Of July
  • Mr. Harris
  • Video *a fave of the night*
  • Ghost World
  • You Could Make A Killing *a fave of the night*
  • Red Vines
  • Invisible Ink
  • Susan
  • One (Harry Nilsson cover)
  • Encore: Save Me *a fave of the night*
  • Voices Carry

So, the first attempt at “Save Me” got an odd response from a few ladies… almost like the cheering as you’re going up a rollercoaster.  Aimee pointed that out and countered it with how depressing and co-dependent-y the song was.  Then she went into some really depressing (but funny) new lyrics for the song… which led into the giggles; so she couldn’t even finish the real version of the song.  She came back to it later for the encore.

Aimee was really fun… much more fun than I thought she’d be.  I mean, her songs really meander on the line of depressed, melancholic disappointment; however, she was quite bubbly, and giddy in spots.  Her three-piece band really worked well together in a pinch.  Great, long show… check her out if she swings by!!!  She’s only a short West Coast tour this fall; see the remaining handful of dates below…

The Appropriate Linkage:

~Dan – np: Finger ElevenFinger Eleven

Aimee Mann West Coast Tour 2009

  • 10/2/09 UC Santa Barbara CA
  • 10/3/09 Santa Cruz, CA Rio Theatre
  • 10/4/09 San Francisco, CA Hardly Strictly Bluegrass FREE
  • 10/6/09 Portland, OR Aladdin Theater …with Nick Lowe
  • 10/7/09 Seattle, WA Moore Theatre with Nick Lowe
  • 10/8/09 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom
  • 10/10/09 Coeur D’Alene, ID The Kroc Center
  • 10/11/09 Boise, ID EgyptianTheatre with Fountains of Wayne
  • 10/12/09 Salt Lake City, UT The State Room with Fountains of Wayne
  • 10/14/09 Boulder, CO Boulder Theater with Fountains of Wayne
  • 10/16/09 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern with Fountains of Wayne


AIMEE MANN & NICK LOWE PHOTOS
all pictures (cc) 2009 Daniel Temmesfeld,
you may use freely under a creative commons attribution

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