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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

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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

Favorite Concerts of 2010

23rd Dec 10 (Thu) 7 comments

Well, this year’s concert seasons were especially good to me… 365 days, 79 shows, 149 artists, many long nights driving home, and a lot of photos…

My favorite concerts of 2010:

  1. Sufjan Stevens :: Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall :: Portland, OR {29 Oct} [review with photos] – completely stunning show
  2. Toad the Wet Sprocket :: Crystal Ballroom :: Portland, OR {28 Jul} [review with photos] – I am a slave to Glen & Co’s alt-pop
  3. Jon Þor “Jónsi” Birgisson (of Sigur Rós) :: Roseland Theater :: Portland, OR {13 Apr} [review with photos] – stupendous stage show
  4. Nellie McKay :: Berbati’s Pan :: Portland, OR {31 Mar} [review with photos] – missed her Eugene show while at Sufjan, I heard that show was also “the bomb”
  5. Dream Theater :: Roseland Theater :: Portland, OR {21 Jun} [review with photos] – made more special after Mike Portnoy left the band this fall
  6. Tegan and Sara :: Keller Auditorium :: Portland, OR {8 Apr} [review with photos] – first time seeing them, not too be missed
  7. Holy Fuck (twice) :: Mississippi Studios & Holocene :: Portland, OR {6 Jun & 14 Oct} [reviews with photos #1 & #2] – one of the most consistently great live acts, Holocene show was better, but Mississippi was also rad…
  8. Dweezil Zappa Plays Zappa :: McDonald Theatre :: Eugene, OR {12 Jun} [review with photos] – keeping the FZ torch alive!
  9. Dave Douglas’ Brass Ecstasy :: PDX Jazz Fest / Crystal Ballroom :: Portland, OR {28 Feb} [review with photos] – honestly, all of these Top 15 could be #1 in a slow concert year
  10. Over the Rhine (twice) :: WOW Hall & Aladdin Theater :: Eugene & Portland, OR {15 & 17 Nov} [reviews with photos #1 & #2] – twice after three years of OTR drought for me
  11. Charlie Hunter Trio (twice) :: WOW Hall & Sam Bond’s Garage :: Eugene, OR {18 May & 16 Dec} [reviews with photos #1 & #2] – Charlie has a pact with the devil… he’s too good…
  12. Peter Mulvey & Jeffrey Foucault (twice) :: The Woods & Sam Bond’s Garage :: Portland & Eugene, OR {22 & 24 Oct} [reviews with photos #1 & #2] – both brilliant storytellers before VH1 made it a show
  13. Susan Enan :: House Show :: Eugene, OR {15 Jul} [review with photos] – at our house… super fun & intimate
  14. Damien Jurado :: Mississippi Studios :: Portland, OR {27 Feb} [review] – I didn’t know more than half of the songs, but it didn’t matter
  15. Medeski Martin & Wood :: McDonald Theatre :: Eugene, OR {25 Feb} [review with photos] – jazz dance party!

Runners-Up: Bill Frisell Trio at The John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts, Fishtank Ensemble at a Eugene House Show, Pink Martini at The Hult Center / Oregon Bach Festival, Trio Subtonic & the Dead Kenny G’s at Mt. Tabor Theater, The Weepies at Aladdin Theater.  Even after honorable mentions, I cut some GREAT ones… 2010 was a great year.

My favorite concert photos of 2010: (in chronological order)


(all images are free to use under a creative commons designation, simply identify Daniel Temmesfeld with a photo credit and link to jazzsick.wordpress.com, or items noted with emobiephotography.com is photo credit Margaret O’Brien)

Past Favorite Concerts Lists:

Favorite music of 2010 will be coming soon… EPs/DVDs/etc, vocal albums, instrumental albums, artists of the decade

~Dan – np: nine inch nailsbroken

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

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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

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

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
all pictures (cc) 2009 Daniel Temmesfeld,
you may use freely under a creative commons attribution

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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

Waffles & Glen’s new band

31st Mar 09 (Tue) 2 comments

Two unrelated, but equally good things…

There’s a new waffle place in Eugene.  It’s called Off the Waffle (it’s on Van Buren just south of 7th).  They make Liège style waffles and they are freaking amazing.  I’ve been there twice in the last week.  As of now, they have 3 options: white or whole wheat ($3), and waffle of the week ($5).  This week’s waffle was goat cheese and blueberry, and it’s baked right into the waffle.  Holy Cow!  A+++

They also have coffee from local One Cup, do a barter system (if you have things to trade), and they do catering… they’re open from 8am to midnight every day of the week!!! Their webpage will be here (not active yet): http://www.offthewaffle.com/

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There’s a new promo video for Works Progress Administration featuring Glen Phillips (from Toad the Wet Sprocket), Sean & Sara Watkins (from Nickel Creek), and many more…

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

I’m looking forward to just about any Glen Phillips.  He had two in my top 5 for 2008… anyway, I’m looking forward to a WPA album in 2009.

~Dan – np: John ColtraneTraneing In

Glen Phillips (another side project) & more Maynard news

10th Dec 08 (Wed) 2 comments

Glen Phillips (of Toad the Wet Sprocket) released a great Plover side-project about a month and a half ago.  I dig it a-plenty.  Find out more about it over here.

Fresh off the heels of Plover is another Glen side-project called Remote Tree Children (or the all jammed together RemoteTreeChildren).  Their debut, Veterans of the Loudness Wars, is available @ Band Camp.  I’m downloading it now; so I can’t speak to it’s greatness*.  But knowing my hyperbolic ways and my mostly undying love for Glen Phillips, it’s gonna be better than a basket full of shiba inu puppies.  Better off for you uninitiated and/or hit hard by economic downturn(s)… it is mother fuppin’ FREE (or $10 if you want lossless).

>> http://remotetreechildren.bandcamp.mu/ <<
on the MySpaces: http://www.myspace.com/remotetreechildren

It’s FREE!!  But… support indie music if you are able!!

* Update: Holy poop skittles, the lead off track is fuuuuuun & funky & kinda disco-y (in the good way)… and the rest of the album doesn’t disappoint at all.  For such a late in the year release, this is still definitely a contender for Best of the Year for me.  Seriously.  I only type with mild hyperbole.

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Also, fresh off of the news of a Puscifer live show in Vegas in Feb ’09… Maynard James Keenan (Tool, A Perfect Circle) blabbed to The Pulse of Radio that he and guitarist Billy Howerdel (APC & Ashes Divide) have been working on some fresh material for A Perfect Circle:

I doubt if we’ll do any touring or, you know, do a full album.  We might do some one-off shows here and there if the timing’s right and it seems like a good vibe and a smart thing to do. But most likely we’ll just kind of concentrate on… one or two songs at a time, rather than investing all the time and money and effort into making those plastic discs that no one cares about anymore.

The whole “plastic discs that no one cares about anymore” is troubling.  I’d hate to see only electronic releases in the future, but I guess new APC is new APC.  I gotta roll with the punches in this new, yet unfortunate, digital age…

The article also said that his main band, TOOL, has been on vacation since early 2008, although Keenan said that he expects the band to begin writing a new album sometime in 2009.

Yay!

~Dan – np: BeckModern Guilt

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