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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

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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

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
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