The weekend is almost here, and things are kicking off with Sinjin Hawke and Thriftworks hitting up SRB Brooklyn on Friday, February 28th. Joining the two bass fueled DJs is BASSMent Saturdays and When In Robe resident Subset, and P. Morris.Montreal born Sinjin Hawke has been tearing up clubs for several years. His bouncy, bass fueled, hip hop inspired sets bring out the inner party in everyone. He’s teamed up with the likes of DJ Sliink and Just Blaze recently and is well respected as a producer as well.Thriftworks’ released his most recent LP, Deviation, for free last year and it’s been critically praised for its unique style. Experimenting with glitches and beautifully melodic vocals, along with some powerful wobbly basslines, Thriftworks has made a name for himself as one of the more unique names producing music today.Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door so make your moves quick – you can purchase the tickets here.
The Long Goodbye is a seemingly fitting title for the new release, coming three years after LCD Soundsystem’s final show at Madison Square Garden back in April of 2011. The record shadows Shut Up and Play the Hits, the 2012 documentary which chronicled the last two days surrounding their farewell gig. Front man James Murphy had not expected such a delay in release. As he explained in an interview, Murphy, “thought [they’d] play the last show, a month of editing [the documentary], cleaning up the audio and then I’m off!” Murphy notes, “It turned out to be a year of editing, then doing the concert and mixing that, and then having to do a different vinyl mix because I didn’t think it worked for a record.” Well, Mr. Murphy, this worked!Music fanatics alike can agree, live albums can be testy. They can be a desperate attempt to hold fans over until the next release of new material, or, they can be a genuine attempt that actually captures the essence of a band as they are in concert. Some live albums are not filler. LCD Soundsystem’s The Long Goodbye, thankfully, is not filler. The only “filling” this album will do , is fill your living room, car, or headphones with the natural ebb and flow of a real concert. Twenty-eight songs over two hours plus of material will instantly transport you to the big party. Through the sound waves, The Long Goodbye exudes feelings of MSG’s infectious atmosphere. One can’t help but get lost in the groove. Catchy numbers such as “Us Vs. Them” and “Drunk Girls” excite the set with staccato rhythm patterns. Plunging bass playing and uppercuts from the lead guitar force limbs to flail. Murphy is not only a witty lyricist. He is a showman. Frontman Murphy engages the crowd in “Drunk Girls”. The band and audience both appear equally enthused in barking their favorite lyrics. It’s a mind-blowing dynamic between Murphy and his crowd; a symbiotic relationship in which their energies feed off each other. Note the strong bass and treble in “Someone Great”. Because it has been sped up slightly, it sounds even sharper. The crowd of 1500+ definitely picked up on this alteration. Just listen to them roar the refrain back at Murphy. If you find yourself itchin’ for a breath, or a short break, the more reflective pieces such as “All My Friends” provide breathing space. This gives listeners a reminder of LCD Soundsystem’s true breadth and the range of the band’s talent, and by the time Murphy screams, “If I could see all my friends tonight!” at the song’s climax, it’s hard not to be transported to that final show.LCD brings the funk on this album, but that’s no surprise. You want an obscure cover from an artist, Suicide? “Bye Bye Bayou”. The bass-line on this track is impossible to disregard; a true headbanger. Your limbs will tire from constant foot-tapping and shoulder shrugs brought on by this track. And your neck, oh heaven, your neck will hurt so good! Ever wonder what a nervous breakdown sounds like? Check the synths on “Yeah.” You can feel an energy emanating from said synths, and you just can’t ignore it. Not even the rage of the drummer can distract you from those synths. On a lighter note, the vocals of Reggie Watts on “You Can’t Hide (Shame on You)” will soothe you. Talk about “disco” ! This was no Greatest Hits gig; this was a damn good goodbye, of seamlessly blended genres. The gig ends with the breathtaking piano chords of “New York, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down.” It was “very dramatic”. In short, The Long Goodbye manages to replicate the exhilaration of that show for fans who weren’t there.
On September 18-20, Matt Butler’s entirely improvisational supergroup makes its way to NYC and PA with a stellar lineup. This rendition of the rotating cast will feature Joel Cummins of Umphrey’s McGee, Shmeeans of Lettuce, Ashish Vyas of Thievery Corporation, Jennifer Hartswick, Natalie Cressman and Russ Lawton of Trey Anastasio Band, and Cris Jacobs of The Bridge.It will go down at The Waiting Room in Buffalo on Sept. 18, The Ardmore Music Hall in Ardmore, PA on Sept. 19, and The Cutting Room in NYC on Sept. 20.Tickets are $20; you can get them here.
Due to the unfortunate cancellation of Bob Weir & RatDog’s tour, Phases of the Moon Festival has added Grace Potter & The Nocturnals to their lineup, and have also added a second set from String Cheese Incident. SCI will play on both September 11 and 12, and Grace Potter will perform on Friday September 12th as well.Since the festival has added two sets in lieu of Bob Weir, they have stated that they will not be refunding any tickets. They posted the following news announcement:We are all disappointed about the cancellation of Bob Weir and Ratdog’s scheduled appearance at Phases of the Moon and wish him the very best. In the meantime we want everyone to know that we are hard at work filling that slot on the schedule with a great artist. Stay tuned for the announcement coming soon.Phases of the Moon is proud to offer four days filled with music, art and great experiences for all in beautiful setting. With that in mind, there will be no refunds available as a result of the Bob Weir & Ratdog cancellation. #seeyouatphases!The festival lineup is filled with many L4LM-favorites, including Widespread Panic, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Gov’t Mule, Leon Russell, Galactic, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Kung Fu, and many more. The festival is held in Danville, IL, from September 11 – 14. Tickets are still available via the official Phases of the Moon website.-David Melamed (@DMelamz)
L.A. rapper/producer Ty Dolla $ign‘s (real name Tyrone Griffin) bus was pulled over by Wisconsin Police for supposed vehicle equipment violation early Wednesday morning. After smelling strong odors of marijuana coming from the bus, officers decided to conduct a roadside investigation of the bus. Dane County Sheriff’s K-9’s alerted officers to several suspect locations on the bus, which led to the seizure of 42.2 grams of marijuana, which included 18.2 grams of butane hash oil, and 28 pieces of paraphernalia.According to reports, twelve people were on the bus, with seven of those being arrested on various charges, including suspicion of drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia. We have a feeling Ty wasn’t feeling very “Irie” after this early morning encounter with police.Ty’s representative claims that the rapper was not on the bus, as he was taking the easier route by plane to his Iowa gig, maintaining that it was his band and entourage on the bus, though authorities claim they arrested someone going by the name Ty Dolla $ign. Will we ever know if it was Ty on the bus? This story is shrouded in mystery (or pot smoke).[via Channel3000]
The Disco Biscuits are showing their Vermont love.The band, which previously announced a performance at UVM on April 25th, has now announced an accompanying late night set at Higher Ground in Burlington, VT. The second show will commence at 11 PM, with tickets on sale this Friday, April 17th, at 11 AM Eastern.For those itching to hear some live Biscuits music, fear not, for the band will be performing and livestreaming from Colorado starting tomorrow night, April 15th, and including their highly-anticipated show with Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on April 17th.More information: The Disco Biscuits Announce Webcasts for Colorado Shows
As if Prince jamming with The Alabama Shakes wasn’t enough…On Saturday night, The Purple One hosted a very special, secret concert at the White House for President Barack Obama, along with First Lady Michelle and daughters Sasha and Malia. The concert was reportedly in celebration of African-American Music Appreciation Month, though details remain scarce.The NY Post’s Page Six confirmed that Prince brought out Stevie Wonder for a surprise duet on “Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours” during the show.We also know that Prince played “Purple Rain” and “Kiss,” and that Russell Wilson, Jon Bon Jovi, Ciara, James Taylor, Tyler Perry, and Angela Bassett were among the 500 people in attendance.The following night, Prince played two shows at Washington DC’s Warner Theatre as part of his spontaneous “Hit n Run” tour. He was initially only supposed to play one show, but the first sold-out, so he added a second. Wonder actually joined in for the second show, coming out to play some keys on his hit track, “Superstition.” Watch a fan-shot clip of that below (before Prince takes it down!)
Prog-funk group Earphunk hosted a sold out performance at Atlanta’s Terminal West last night, September 12th. The show was filled with high energy, incredible improvisation, and a super jam to remember supported by an unexpected sensation, The Main Squeeze.Opening with a dark rendition of “Imperial March”, Earphunk seamlessly transitioned into a four song improvisational joy ride of phunk-tastic tunage. Following that up with a filthy cover of Billy Idol’s “White Wedding”, Earphunk displayed their versatility by segueing into the title track of their most recent studio album, Sweet Nasty. Earphunk came to play for keeps at Terminal West cementing stellar performance with a phunkified “Cantina Band” ditty and super jam with members from The Main Squeeze. Joining on stage was Ben “Smiley” Silverstein (keyboards) and Max Newman (guitar). This jam easily eclipsed the 10 minute mark while Newman and Earphunk guitarist, Paul Provosty, went toe-to-toe for a dueling guitar match of the century.From first note to the last sound fading away Earphunk put on a great one for the ATLiens in attendance. They’re showing a constant hunger, exploring the depth of improve that phunk phans crave. An impressive band night after night.Check out the full gallery of photos below, courtesy of Benjamin Adams PhotographySetlist: Earphunk at Terminal West, Atlanta, GA – 09/12/15Set One: Imperial March > Drove > Recoil > Laura, White Wedding > Sweet Nasty > Saura, (Cantina Band), Phine > Get Down 9—5 (Super Jam), MoshimoE: Omega, Species Load remaining images
Funk band extraordinaire Lettuce has announced exciting plans to hit New York, NY for two-nights in January! The band will literally kick 2016 off with a bang, playing on January 1st and 2nd at Brooklyn Bowl, presented by Live for Live Music.The band is fresh off a fiery two-night run at the PlayStation Theater, just days after their highly-anticipated fourth album Crush was released. The funky momentum is at an all-time high for Lettuce, and the fans couldn’t be happier.Lettuce Brings Weekend-Long Funk Fest To NYC [Gallery]The shows will include two sets, with one at around 10:30 PM and the other starting at 12:30 AM, giving Phish phans ample time to cruise out to Williamsburg on the L Train after the music at Madison Square Garden.Tickets go on sale this Friday, November 20th, and more information can be found here for night one and here for night two.The band will be coming off a huge New Year’s Eve blowout with Turbo Suit and Future Rock at the Riviera Theatre in Chicago. Get more info on that here.[Photo by Patrick Hughes]
Yesterday, in response to the proliferation of Phish-bashing taking place in the Facebook group Ween Appreciation Society (WAS), I created a sarcastic meme, which elicited a public statement from Ween guitarist Mickey Melchiondo aka Dean Ween. In his statement, Mechiondo addressed what seems to be a very vocal minority of Ween-ers who spend a good portion of their days bashing Vermont’s favorite sons, Phish, anytime the band is mentioned in the Ween forum.He also admonished any group admins who exercise censorship and delete posts that mention Phish. Later on, that very meme post I created, and on which Mickey commented, was deleted, some say by Mickey himself. But of course, the screenshot always prevails.In the post, addressing the haters, Mickey commented that “Phish are in this for the right reasons and will be around long after you quit whining about your dislike for them.” He continued, “If you wanna delete Phish posts, then you just got trolled.” Melchiondo, who is likely not a fan of Phish, has made statements that make clear his respect for Trey Anastasio and Phish, and for their longevity, commitment and artistry. “Dudes that go and play and spend our lives on our crafts, we’re all in it together… the eternal song…been going on forever and always will. We’re all a part of it.”Mickey, who clearly gets it, has never been one to mince words, and has done his fair share of bashing in the past, but there’s nothing like age to bring things into a clearer perspective. On longevity, he expounded “You don’t get a 30-40 year career by having no talent and not working VERY hard. You make sacrifices for the love and conviction of what it is that you do…No musician, none, no one has the right to judge another musician’s music, no matter how awful it sounds to your ears, no exceptions, not even for Michael Bolton.”On Phish’s fans and the hating he added, “Phish has a passionate fan base, so passionate that they will travel anywhere to see them, much like fans of Ween, albeit on a larger scale. Making fun of something is fun, I’m more guilty of it than anyone, but to dedicate a lot of time to a band you don’t like…well, then you are the weak one in that case, because rather than speak up about what it is that moves you, you are wasting your life and energy on hating. My 2 cents.”So, the wash is out, and it’s hanging up. Clearly, there will always be a “connection” between these two bands, if only for the fact that Trey Anastasio’s favorite band is Ween, let alone the fact that Phish covers “Roses are Free” and promoted Ween to the phanbase early on in their career. I can accept that and I celebrate it, for along with the Dead, these are my favorite artists. As a matter of fact, for this satiated Jew, The Dead, Phish & Ween make for my Holy Trinity; The Father, the Son and the Holy Boognish. So the next time you see something you don’t like on Facebook, scroll on, and go censor yourself. Now we know just “What Deaner Was Talking About.”@dannysteinman