donderdag 8 juni 2017

Monterey International Pop Festival 50th Anniversary

Norah Jones Covers The Grateful Dead’s “Ripple” For The Second Time Ever In St. Louis [Video]

Last night, the singer-songwriter Norah Jones hit the Peabody Opera House in St. Louis, Missouri, for her Day Breaks World Tour. While Jones and her band have been regularly working the Grateful Dead’s “It Must Have Been The Roses” into their performances, during their Tuesday night performance, Jones and crew added another Grateful Dead classic into the mix with their performance of “Ripple” during the start of the encore, marking the second time the singer has played the song. For their performance of “Ripple,” Jones is front and center on the guitar and vocals, while accompanied by bass, keys, guitar, and drum.
Phil Lesh, Jim James, Gary Clark Jr., And More To Play Monterey International Pop Festival 50th Anniversary
The cover is not completely out of character for Jones; at Outside Lands in 2012, Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir came out and joined the singer for a collaborative rendition of “It Must Have Been The Roses.” As explained in an 2012 article by Rolling Stone, guitarist Jason Abraham Roberts, “Everybody in Norah’s band are just huge Deadheads. . . . We’ve actually been playing ‘It Must Have Been the Roses’ almost every night, because we were like, ‘We have to play a Dead song.'” Both “Ripple” and “It Mush Have Been The Roses” are Grateful Dead tunes written by lyricist Robert Hunter.
You can watch a video of Norah Jones’s rendition of “Ripple” below, courtesy of Jason Briggs.

Ween Paints The Borough Brown In Brooklyn Steel Debut [Review/Photos]

On a damp Tuesday night in New York, Ween played to a capacity crowd at the freshly opened Brooklyn Steel. Added security measures caused 1,800-strong crowd to wrap around the factory-esque venue before the performance, creating a stronger-than-usual sense of pre-show anxiety for the band’s dedicated fans. But once the lines diminished and the show began, that atmosphere quickly dissipated and the audience was reminded why they were there in the first place: the beautiful clusterfuck of musical influences laced with the tongue-in-cheek lyrics and commentary that Ween addicts began worshiping over 30 years ago.
Aaron Freeman, better known as Gene Ween, walked onstage sporting a megaphone as the band launched into “The Stallion, Part 1” 1991’s The Pod. Parental discretion was advised early on as “You Fucked Up” took the second spot of the show and got the rabid fans foaming at the mouth. After “Transdermal Celebration” and “I Gots A Weasel,” “The Golden Eel” got some extra love as the crowd ceremoniously chanted along. Next, the band set the crowd ablaze with their most MTV-approved track “Push th’ Little Daisies,” off of Pure Guava.
Another Pure Guava track came in the form of “Big Jilm” which led to one of the most well-known Ween masterpieces, “Roses Are Free,” which saw Dean Ween (Mickey Melchiondo) render the venue’s “no smoking” policy optional with an especially filthy guitar solo. The always well-received “Mutilated Lips” gave the crowd that funny feeling inside, like when we use to climb the rope in gym class. Speaking of uncomfortable topics, “The HIV Song” Chocolate and Cheese album was awkwardly praised by a fan base as giddy and obnoxious as the band on stage.
After “Spinal Meningitis,” Deaner announced that the following song had never been played, and note-takers in the audience braced themselves for a new piece–only to hear a song they had probably listened to 100 times on record. People attend Ween shows praying to hear some serious bust-outs from their deep catalog of eclectic music, but even the brownest and most die-hard of followers were surprised to hear the delicate year rumbling “Among His Tribe,” off the 2003’s Quebec, which made its live Ween debut 14 years after it was released. A truly beautiful piece in the sludgy conglomeration of tracks Ween calls music, the “Among His Tribe” debut spoke to the unique, open-minded spirit of New York’s most love-spreading borough. Smiles only grew after the memorable moment in Ween history as the frequently played “Piss Up a Rope” shot out of the band’s proverbial cannon.
After announcing that they would now play a nice “party jam,” David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance” (previously played on Sunday for the first time since 12/31/11) got bodies bouncing as the band K.O.-ed the classic tune. GodWeenSatan outtake “Seconds” saw the light of day for only the 17th time in the band’s career (and the first since ’02), as Dean took visible enjoyment in his ferocious talk-box solo. “It’s Gonna Be a Long Night,” allowed bassist Dave Dreiwitz to take over lead vocals in top-notch punk-rock form, before the band closed their Tuesday set with “Someday”–because, after all, Tuesday is pizza day.
After a brief pause, the band returned to the stage sans Gene for a run through instrumental “Fiesta,” before the eccentric vocalist returned for “The Mollusk,” transforming the room into an underwater dream world before everyone went on their separate ways.
The Boognish is back in Brooklyn tonight, 6/7, and after a show featuring countless favorites, bust-outs, and even the live debut of a decades-old song, two-day ticket holders are left wondering what night two has in store. But if last night was any indication, Brooklyn night two promises to be profoundly brown.
View photos from the performance below courtesy of photographer Bahram Foroughi.
SETLIST: Ween | Brooklyn Steel | Brooklyn, NY | 6/6/17 
The Stallion pt 1, You Fucked Up, Transdermal Celebration, I Gots a Weasel, The Golden Eel, The Argus, Push th’ Little Daisies, Big Jilm, Roses Are Free, Did You See Me?, Exactly Where I’m At, Mutilated Lips, The HIV Song, Spinal Meningitis (Got Me Down), Among His Tribe, Piss Up a Rope, Pork Roll Egg and Cheese, Doctor Rock, Object, Buckingham Green, Happy Colored Marbles, Mister Richard Smoker, Let’s Dance, Seconds, The Goin’ Gets Tough From the Getgo, It’s Gonna Be a Long Night, Someday
Encore: Fiesta, The Mollusk

Monterey International Pop Festival Announces Tribute Sets By Jim James, Leon Bridges, Gary Clark Jr., And More

In 1967, history was made at the Monterey International Pop Festival at California’s Monterey Fairgrounds. The festival became iconic almost immediately for both the legendary musical performances of the Grateful DeadThe Jimi Hendrix ExperienceThe WhoJefferson AirplaneOtis ReddingRavi Shankar, and other musical acts who came to define the music of the time. It’s also known for its widespread cultural impact, ringing in the Summer of Love and setting the tone of the counterculture of the late 60’s and 70’s, more or less paving the way for the music festivals of today. To celebrate the iconic festival, the Monterey Pop Festival is back this summer to celebrate its 50th anniversary, returning to the same fairgrounds and falling on the exact dates of the first festival on June 16th through 18th.
Phil Lesh, Jim James, Gary Clark Jr., And More To Play Monterey International Pop Festival 50th Anniversary
In addition to a number of performances by musicians who played the Monterey International Pop Festival during its inaugural year — Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead will be joined by The Terrapin Family Band, Booker T. Jones appear with the Booker T.’s Stax Revueand Eric Burdon will perform with Eric Burdon & The Animals — the festival has tapped a number of modern acts to base their performances off seminal sets from the first iteration of the festival fifty years ago. Thus far, seven tribute acts have been announced, including:
  • Jack Johnson honoring Steve Miller Band
  • Leon Bridges honoring Otis Redding
  • The Head and The Heart honoring The Mamas & The Papas
  • Gary Clark Jr. honoring Jimi Hendrix
  • Jim James honoring The Who
  • Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats honoring Big Brother & The Holding Company
  • Nicki Bluhm & Dirty Dozen Brass Band honoring Jefferson Airplane
While these seven tribute acts have been announced, the Monterey International Pop Festival says to expect more announcement in the coming weeks ahead of the festival. Tickets are on sale now via the festival’s website, while a scheduled lineup can be seen below.

Living Colour Releases Rocking New Single After Eight Years

After eight long years, Living Colour is back with new music in the release of “Come On,” the first single from a full-length album due out September 8. The forthcoming record Shade marks the band’s sixth album, following 2009’s The Chair in the Doorway. Frontman Corey Glover says the band has been busy perfecting this new work of art for quite a while, and that the result is “a long look at the blues and its incarnations, musically as well as emotionally.”
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Glover continues, in an interview with Billboard, “It’s Living Colour’s blues. To do a song like ‘Who’s That’ up against something like ‘Invisible,’ it’s the blues; One is more distinctly the blues than the other, but it’s all the blues — our version of Chicago blues, our version of Delta blues. The blues evolved in various ways for various people. For some people the blues turned into hard rock and heavy metal, for some people the blues turned into hip-hop, for some people the blues turned into R&B and soul music. But it all comes from the same place.” Read the full interview here.
Living Colour’s music bends back and forth between heavy metal, funk, jazz, hip-hop, country, and alternative rock, inviting a variety of listeners to enjoy their music since 1984. The first sounds of Shade can be heard below, via Billboard:
“It’s the times more than anything else; Where are you mentally at that particular point?” Glover explains about “Come On.” “Even when we started this record there were a lot of things going on in the world, period, that needed to be talked about, and it just sort of ratcheted up as we progressed. That made us have to really look at this stuff and go back and make sure it really did emphasize certain things, make sure it was working.”
In addition to the originals, the new Blues-inspired album also includes covers of Robert Johnson‘s “Preachin’ Blues,” The Notorious B.I.G.‘s “Who Shot Ya,” and Marvin Gaye‘s “Inner City Blues.” Tour dates to support Shade are forthcoming.

Eddie Vedder Gives Heart-Wrenching Tribute To His “Older Brother” Chris Cornell

On May 26th, when the family and friends of the late Chris Cornell laid the 90’s alt-rock prophet to rest at the Hollywood Forever cemetery, many noted the absence of his longtime friend and collaborator Eddie Vedder. The Pearl Jam vocalist was preparing to kick off his European solo tour with a performance in Amsterdam the following evening, and had been relatively silent about Cornell in the days since his death.
As his tour began, Vedder made a few subtle nods to Chris’s loss, but had not spoken at length about his feelings on the matter until last night’s show in London. During the performance, Vedder took a moment to muse about his feelings in the wake of Cornell’s suicide with a characteristically rambling yet gracefully sincere remembrance–to which the audience responded with a standing ovation. You can read a full transcript of the passage below:
Sometimes it’s hard to concentrate these days. I was thinking about the history of this building and the Bowie history. So I started to think about that and my mind began to wander. It’s not a good…
So I haven’t really been talking about some things and I kind of… now it feels like it’s conspicuous because I lost a really close friend of mine, somebody who…(applause)
I’ll say this too, I grew up as 4 boys, 4 brothers and I lost my brother 2 years ago tragically like that in an accident and after that and losing a few other people, I’m not good at it, meaning I’m not…I have not been willing to accept the reality and that’s just how I’m dealing with it (applause starts) no, no, no, no…
So I want to be there for the family, be there for the community, be there for my brothers in my band, certainly the brothers in his band. But these things will take time but my friend is going to be gone forever and I will just have to…
These things take time and I just want to send this out to everyone who was affected by it and they all back home and here appreciate it so deeply the support and the good thoughts of a man who was a … you know he wasn’t just a friend he was someone I looked up to like my older brother.
About two days after the news, I think it was the second night we were sleeping in this little cabin near the water, a place he would’ve loved. And all these memories started coming in about 1:30am like woke me up. Like big memories, memories I would think about all the time. Like the memories were big muscles.
And then I couldn’t stop the memories. And trying to sleep it was like if the neighbours had the music playing and you couldn’t stop it. But then it was fine because then it got into little memories. It just kept going and going and going. And I realised how lucky I was to have hours worth of…you know if each of these memories was quick and I had hours of them. How fortunate was I?! And I didn’t want to be sad, wanted to be grateful not sad. I’m still thinking about those memories and I will live with those memories in my heart and I will…love him forever.
Vedder, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Pearl Jam earlier this year, got his first big “break” contributing vocals to Temple of the Dog, the short-lived Cornell brainchild that has since attained cult-classic status. You can watch Cornell and Vedder’s final vocal duet on the supergroup’s biggest hit, “Hunger Strike,” from Bridge School Benefit 2014 below via YouTube user mfc172:
[h/t – Rolling Stone]
[Cover Photo: Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images]

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