By Kunj ShahAfter My Morning Jacket’s Jim James realized they couldn’t compete with Phish in obtaining Madison Square Garden for a new years run, MMJ booked a three night run at Peter Shapiro’s Capitol Theatre. For the first three nights prior to New Years Eve the band will play at NY’s brand new Capitol Theatre, as part of a Spontaneous Curation Series, where no song will repeat, fans participate in the song selection process, and attendees will receive a free download code to procure the soundboards shorty after the show. The band will then make their way up to Boston to finish their year at Boston’s Agganis Arena with support from the legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band.To obtain pre-sale tickets to all four shows, check the band’s fan club “Roll Call” on Wednesday through mymorningjacket.com. Capitol Theatre tickets will go on sale to the general public, on Friday at 10am EST here. Tickets for Boston’s Agganis Arena will be available on Friday at 12pm here.
Today Daft Punk released a teaser video of the unveiling of their newest album Random Access Memories. With a high-tech look and feel the video reveals very little about the album except for its track listing, which is of course, shown on a vinyl case and then played on an old school record player.Even more exciting than this 2 minute teaser is the fact that Daft Punk will be streaming Random Access Memories early on iTunes. While the stream date has not yet been confirmed the suspicion is that it could be today in order to coincide with the video teaser.For those of you wishing to hear more about the details of Random Access Memories from Daft Punk themselves, you can tune into Zane Lowe’s BBC Radio 1 segment for his in depth chat with the daft duo. The show is expected to be aired at 19:00 UK time.Also the album has leaked… We can’t give you the file, but we can tell you where to look…. http://www.reddit.com/r/DaftPunkThe Random Access Memories teaser video can be viewed below:
While Chicago’s Lollapalooza hosted 100,000 attendees and some of the largest names in popular musics, a small British festival called Leopallooza was held last weekend as well. While overshadowed by its American counterpart, Leopallooza is an independently-produced event, billed as “the best house party… in a field.”Unbeknownst to Leopallooza goers, Radiohead’s Thom Yorke was scheduled to perform a DJ set at 2 AM last Saturday night. According to the Evening Standard, a popular British newspaper, only eight people were in attendance at the show.As one music buff described: “He’s probably the most influential artist of the past decade and here he is prepping to play to half a dozen drunk hippies.” The drunk hippies seemed to enjoy the show, however, as Yorke “was last seen being press-ganged into a dosey-doe by barn-dancing locals — many of whom had no idea who he was.”-David Melamed (@DMelamz)
Giorgio Moroder, the pioneer producer that essentially created disco and electronic new wave dance music, has announced his first full album in 30 years. 74 Is The New 24 will be released next Spring, and will feature a bevy of guest collaborators, including Britney Spears and Kylie Minogue.The album marks the full revival of Moroder’s career, who moved back into the limelight with a number of appearances in 2014, including an opening spot for The Disco Biscuits two months ago at their “City Bisco” event in Philadelphia. Moroder is back and better than ever, saying the following about dance music:“Dance music doesn’t care where you live. It doesn’t care who your friends are. It doesn’t care how much money you make. It doesn’t care if your [sic] 74 or if you are 24 because … 74 is the new 24!”The new album will also see tracks featuring Sia, Charli XCX, Mikky Eko, and Foxxes, among others.
There’s a whole reservoir of unreleased Tupac Shakur material out there that will finally see the light of day. The deceased rapper’s family has given total control over to JAM, inc., the same company responsible for releasing posthumous material from The Doors, Janis Joplin, Otis Redding and more.According to Rolling Stone, Jeff Jampol, owner of JAM, inc., has dug through “unreleased music, released music, remixes, original demos, writings, scripts, plans, video treatments [and] poems” from the rapper, who was murdered in the mid-90s. Tupac Handwritten Letter Reveals Potential Outkast CollaborationThe project will mark a “total reset of the Shakur estate,” says Jampol.So far, Tupac has made an “appearance” in a Powerade commercial in which he recites a line from “Mama’s Just A Little Girl” (watch below). He also pops up on Kendrick Lamar’s new album To Pimp a Butterfly, with an old interview from 1994 refurbished into a “conversation” between Shakur and Lamar on the track “Mortal Men.”
Back in 1969, The Woodstock Music and Art Fair was billed as “An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace and Music,” taking place on Max Yasgur’s farm in the Catskill Mountains. It was groundbreaking at the time, housing around 500,000 young people and hosting 32 incredible acts on one outdoor stage. The festival was proof that an enormous sum of people could successfully come together and appreciate music, peacefully, side by side. It was as simple as that. 46 years later, Mountain Jam has accomplished a similar vibe.Nestled in the beautiful Catskill Mountains, the festival is set up at the base of Hunter Mountain, one of the Northeast’s most pristine natural amphitheaters. 2015 performers included Alabama Shakes, Robert Plant, The Black Keys, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Lake Street Dive, Grace Potter, moe., Gov’t Mule, Budos Band, Big Gigantic, The Wailers, Rebelution, Shakey Graves, Hurray for the Riff Raff and many more. Between the two outdoor stages there was continuous music all day and night, timed so beautifully that hardly a moment went by without hearing live music. With no two acts overlapping each other, the setup allowed the audience to be fully present with the performer, giving both the listener and the artist a chance to really appreciate the magic occurring in front of their very eyes.“There are some good vibes out there today,” said Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes, just moments before beginning her set. “I wonder what would happen if we took it a little further…” she said slowly, eying the audience. She proceeded to break into “Rise To the Sun,” slaying it per usual. The moment she opened her mouth and began to sing, there was a palpable feeling that the music we were hearing was special. It is different from the “popular” music of today, yet it’s vital to our current existence because it is real, it makes you feel things, and it reaches all people, young and old. It felt like something epic was happening, like what we were witnessing could eventually go down in history as one of the best shows and events of our lifetime, and that maybe this is what it felt like at Woodstock all those years ago, when a young Grace Slick appeared with Jefferson Airplane. When something is that good you recognize it instantly. No cell phone or video footage can do it justice. You have to be there to truly understand.Watching young bands like Alabama Shakes and Lake Street Dive alongside classics like Robert Plant makes you realize that Rock and Roll is not dead. The energy and the passion for it is still very much alive. The thousands of Mountain Jam attendees, young and old, can certainly attest to that. Even when it was pouring rain Friday night, it didn’t stop the youthful and the not-so-youthful from getting down to Grace Potter. It didn’t stop the crowd from standing in the mud to see Robert Plant, and then to eventually see one of the highlights of the weekend, Gov’t Mule covering Pink Floyd dubbed Dark Side of the Mule (Listen to the set here). If anything it just gave the festival a little twist. Something to laugh about.There is no doubt that the music brought everyone together for a very special mountain jam this year. One that was peaceful, with a spectacularly lively audience, and stacked with some incredible talents of a lifetime. One that will certainly not be forgotten.Words by Katie Pearlman, Photos by Greg Horowitz. Full gallery at the bottom Load remaining images
Concerts can be the absolute best place to people watch and listen, with so many characters from different walks of life sharing this once-in-a-lifetime experience. The Grateful Dead Fare Thee Well shows were a prime example of this. Here are some of our favorite things we overheard, taken both from our personal experiences at the shows and a hilarious comment thread in the Grateful Dead 50th – Face Value Tickets group. You seriously can’t make this shit up.“He’s been naked for 15 minutes and security hasn’t come! I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO!”“The city is red white and blue for the Grateful Dead, right? What song is GOUSA?”“They engineered that moon, it cost them $50,000.”“Dude, haven’t I met you before? We rolled a blunt in a Subaru!” (The answer was no)Daughter: “Mom, I’m not talking to you until you wash the hippie off.”Mom: “You can’t wash the hippie off the inside.”30 Photos That Perfectly Capture The Magic Of The Grateful Dead’s Final Fare Thee Well Shows“Watch out, tie dye cop on a segway!”“I told everyone I work with I wouldn’t be around 4th of July weekend because it’s a religious holiday.”“Some of my best friends are squirrels.”“I think I just made a baby named Cassidy this morning.”Bill Murray Raged At Last Night’s Grateful Dead Show“We may not have gotten tickets but at least we can use the money for cocaine and blowjobs.” -60 year old men“You lost the car, you lost the beer, you lost your mind, but you still have the pot!”Q: “Where do you live normally?”A: “I don’t live normally.”“DAD! Is that you?!?!”“I’m on Mike side.”Watch This Moving Version Of ‘Ripple’ By Musicians Around The World“My first born for your extra!”Q: “Hey…soldier field security is looking for people on LSD!”A: “On Lake shore Drive?”“Hide your beers, the cops are coming.” -Cops“If you find any body parts just send them to Phil.” (To the floor sweep crew post-show)“I know y’all were in town rockin’ for the Grateful Dead but this morning y’all lookin’ like the Walking Dead!” -Hotel employee in the morning“Which one is Trey?”“I’ve been tripping since Jerry died.”Security: “What do you people do during this hour break?”Attendee: “Most of us just use the time to file our taxes.”“Wake up to find out that you are disguised as a squirrel.”The Grateful Dead Were Simply Incredible For Chicago Opener“Hey man, can I pet your goat for a balloon?”“Dude, this is way better than Dave Matthews.”“No way I’m buying a ticket for $500 unless the section number is on stage and the seat number is Trey’s dick.”“I didn’t know they let people bring in their cell phones to shows now.”“It looks like we’re on the train to Hogwarts.”The Grateful Dead Deliver Otherworldly July 4th Celebration On Night Two“I feel like a mountain goat trying to get to my seat.”“I’d suck dick for a grilled cheese.”“Coke for a smoke?”“Dude, dude…I want to introduce you to a really, really good friend of mine…yeah I’ve known him for…15 minutes!”“Bill Kreutzmann looks like a crab fisherman.”“The Grateful Dead lot is the only place where I would ever pick up something that looks like trash and snort it.”“So babe, what concert should we see next? Nickelback?”Grateful Dead Conclude Anniversary Celebration With Emotional ‘Fare Thee Well’“Trey is bringing too much energy and making all these kids dance too hard, I wish this was all slower.”Q: “How do you get to the hotel?”A: “Keep walking straight until you don’t see any hippies and take a left.”“We have to go West.”“Where’s North?”“With Kim and Kanye.”“Picked up some Dead fans. Kept shining green lights on me and shit. Thought I had found the Scooby Doo crew.” -Lyft driver“Did you see all those Deadheads? I thought they were extinct.”Top Facebook Page Comments:“Remember that time Trey was in the Grateful Dead?”During space/drums 2nd night: “I think Mickey Hart might be the godfather of modern electronic music.”“You dirty hippies are actually really nice!” -Security staff“Was that EOTO?” (After drums & space)“What the fuck is a goat doing on shakedown street?”A wook longboarded by with a banana to his ear shouting ‘No, no, no, you call ME back!”“Jerry sounds great tonight!”“Damn, Phish tour is gonna be way more crowded now.”“I heard Miley Cyrus is gonna come out on a wrecking ball swinging over Trey’s head.”“Trey is really going to make this band big one day.”“So you don’t eat lobster, but you have no problem doing coke?”“Freshman year was the longest 7 years of my life.”“Uber is 4.4 times the rate and I don’t care!”“My scuba gear for your extra!”“Do I look like a shrooms salesman?”“Those aren’t nitrous balloons. Those are alien barf bags.”“Where’s Pete Shaprio? I feel like I need to show him my tits or something after tonight…”[Photo by Jay Blakesberg]
One of the most community-oriented festivals in the Northeast, Catskill Chill, will say goodbye to its beloved home of Camp Minglewood in Hancock, NY after this summer. Our friends at Human Being Media have released a video in conjunction with the festival that perfectly conveys what it means to be a part of the “Chillfam,” whether you are a longtime or first-year camper.Chillfam News Corner: Interview With Lotus/Electron/Stratosphere All-Stars Drummer Mike GreenfieldCatskill Chill will take place September 18-20 featuring performances from moe., Lotus, Electron, Lettuce, Twiddle, The Motet, Break Science, Dopapod, Turkuaz, Kung Fu and many more. Get tickets here.A Farewell To Camp Minglewood: Catskill Chill’s Many Memorable Musical Highlights
For all of those considering Phish’s recently-announced Mexican Riviera Maya destination concert, the band has updated their website to include more information about various rooms and pricing options. It seems that the prices run from $1349.75/person through $3199.50/person.Options include 1, 2, 3 and 4 person rooms in four different nearby hotels, including the Barceló Maya, Hard Rock Hotel, Dreams Tulum, and Fairmont Mayakoba. These packages will go on sale tomorrow, September 10th, at 11 AM, and are expected to sell relatively quickly. While the demand for something of this nature probably won’t be the same as a normal Phish concert, the rooms at the Barcleo Maya (where Phish is playing) will probably move fast.You can see all of the organized information right here.Meanwhile, Phish just wrapped up a successful summer tour by bidding their fans a fond THANKYOU for their finale. Check out photos from Dick’s Sporting Goods Park right here!
When Warren Haynes asks you to be his backing band, you know you’re doing something right.ChessBoxer is a bluegrass trio, featuring Matt Menefee on banjo, Ross Holmes on violin and the recent addition of Royal Masat on upright bass. The group were recently announced as the Ashes & Dust band, supporting Haynes on tour this fall as they perform live cuts from Haynes’ recent Ashes & Dust Americana record. ‘Ashes & Dust’ Is Warren Haynes Like You’ve Never Heard Him BeforeOf course, before there were ashes and dust, there was the soulfully intense music of ChessBoxer. In addition to opening for Haynes, the trio will be performing opening sets for a majority of the tour. The timing is too perfect, as the trio is releasing their EP, Apollo, on September 25th. If you haven’t heard any of ChessBoxer’s original music, Apollo will simply blow you away.The album opens with the lightly plucked intro of “Calon Lan”, whisking the listener into a dreamlike state. Violin and bass are slowly added to the mix, accentuating a powerful melody line from the lead banjo. By trading leads, ChessBoxer adeptly manages to weave eloquent musicianship with its three members. The song is all-too emotional, tugging on the strings of both their instruments and our hearts.The only crime here is that this EP is only four songs long. With the upbeat “The Devil and Sally Jones”, the pensive “Bacon”, and the heavy-hitting “I Can’t Tell My Secret Weapon”, Apollo leaves you wanting more. All four of these tracks are stand-outs, worthy of their own articles. “Bacon” in particular dives into some dissonant chaotic depths, before coming back to a sweet bluegrass reality.All in all, Apollo is absolutely worth the listen. It’s a showcase of three enormously talented musicians playing raw, stripped-down bluegrass music. No vocals necessary, the instruments speak volumes. When these guys come to town, do yourself a favor and listen up.Check out their cover of “Fitzpleasure” by Alt-J, below:Chessboxer Fitzpleasure from Ryan Light Films on Vimeo.Warren Haynes & ChessBoxer Tour DatesSep. 24 – LC Pavilion – Columbus, OHSep. 25 – The Pageant – St. Louis, MOSep. 26 – Riviera Theatre – Chicago, ILSep. 29 – Fillmore – Detroit, MISep. 30 – Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PAOct. 1 – Capitol Theatre – Port Chester, NYOct. 2 – Tower Theatre – Philadelphia, PAOct. 3 – State Theatre – Portland, MEOct. 6 – Orpheum Theatre – Boston, MAOct. 7 – The Space – Westbury, NYOct. 8 – Warner Theatre – Washington, DCOct. 9 – Tivoli Theatre – Chattanooga, TNOct. 10 – Tabernacle – Atlanta, GAOct. 13 – Ryman Auditorium – Nashville, TNOct. 17 – Cask + Drum Festival – Avondale, AL Oct. 18 – American Roots Festival – Raleigh, NC Oct. 19 – Greenfield Lake Amphitheater – Wilmington, NCOct. 20 – Charleston Music Hall – Charleston, SCOct. 22 – Fillmore – Miami, FLOct. 23 – Jannus Live – St. Petersburg, FLOct. 24 – Plaza Live – Orlando, FL Oct. 28 – The Fonda Theatre – Los Angeles, CA Nov. 28 – Ogden Theatre – Denver, CO Nov. 29 – Belly Up – Aspen, CO Dec. 1 – Roseland Theater – Portland, OR Dec. 2 – Moore Theatre – Seattle, WA Dec. 4 – The Masonic – San Francisco, CA Dec. 5 – Observatory North Park – San Diego, CA