It’s hard to imagine Jack White breaking new ground in his music career, but that’s just what he’ll do tonight, May 31st, when his song premieres on the brand new television show Maya and Marty. The new NBC variety show will be hosted by Maya Rudolph and Martin Short, and the show’s theme song was written and produced by White himself.According to Third Man Records, this is the first time that Jack White has written music specifically for a television program. The song features White on drums, with Dean Fertita, Dominic Davis, Lillie Mae Rische and Fats Kaplin comprising the band.Listen to the Maya and Marty theme song below.
Last weekend marked the return of the Hangtown Music Festival to Placerville, CA, with host band Railroad Earth playing three full nights of music along a great lineup of musicians. The annual event has been a great tradition for RRE and their fans, bringing an impressive blend of talent for a crowd of eager listeners. This year’s festival was no exception, bringing Nahko & Medicine For The People, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe (who played Prince’s Dirty Mind at the festival), The Infamous Stringdusters, Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers an so many more.The festival also had two sets planned for bassist Chris Wood, including a Medeski Martin & Wood show and a Wood Brothers show. When Wood was hospitalized, some all-star musicians stepped up to join the fray. Medeski led a Mad Skillet jam out with Martin, with Will Bernard and Kirk Joseph. Meanwhile, a rotating lineup of guests sat in with Oliver Wood and Jano Rix of The Wood Brothers, including Joe Craven, Tim Carbone (Railroad Earth), and members of the Infamous Stringdusters.Fortunately, photographer Christopher Baldwin was on the scene to capture the festivities! Check out his work in the gallery below. Load remaining images
Greensky Bluegrass are on a tear right now, continuing their run at the Ogden Theatre in Denver with a scorching Friday night show. The night was filled with fan favorites throughout the two set show, which also featured guest appearances by Andy Hall of Infamous Stringdusters and Nick Forster of Hot Rize. Greensky Bluegrass are clearly a band on top of their game, putting on a Jamgrass clinic that showed once again why they have become one of the top bands in the genre.The band opened their show with “Merely Avoiding”, before kicking into an awesome “Broke Mountain Breakdown” > “Walk Away” > “Wings For Wheels” segment that immediately brought the energy up, and it stayed there for the rest of the set. The band added a ska intro to “Fixin’ To Ruin”, and Hall joined the band at the end of the set for “Worried About The Weather” and a raucous cover of Bruce Springsteen‘s “Atlantic City”.Set Two opened with “Demons”, and “200 Miles From Montana”, before Forster jumped on stage for “Catch Me A Jesus” and “Climbing A Mountain”. “Living Over” and “Room Without A Roof” followed, before the band delivered a show-ending run of “Just To Lie” into “Bottle Dry” and then “Kerosene”. They returned to the stage for a fun encore of Rayland Baxter‘s “Yellow Eyes”. The band will complete their run at the Ogden this evening with their third and final show at the venue.See below for a full setlist and a few videos from the evening, courtesy of YouTube user Kyle Isaac.Broke Mountain Breakdown > Walk Away > Wings for WheelsAtlantic CityDemonsCatch Me A JesusGreensky Bluegrass | Ogden Theatre | Denver, CO | 12/2/2016Set One: Merely Avoiding, Broke Mountain Breakdown > Walk Away > Wings For Wheels, Hit Parade Of Love, Fixin’ To Ruin*, No Idea, How Mountain Girls Can Love, Worried About The Weather**, Atlantic City**Set Two: Demons, 200 Miles From Montana, Catch Me A Jesus***, Climbing A Mountain***, Living Over, Room Without A Roof, Just To Lie > Bottle Dry > KeroseneEncore: Yellow Eyes*ska intro**with Andy Hall of Infamous Stringdusters***with Nick Forster of Hot RizeSetlist (via Camp Greensky)[Photo by ontheDL photography via band Facebook page]
Photo courtesy of Bob Minkin. Earlier in the year, Colorado deadheads mourned the permanent closing Quixote’s True Blue, a bar and dual-stage music venue in Denver. However, happier news was right around the bend, with Jay Bianchi, the former owner of Quixote’s, opening the Be On Key Psychedelic Ripple earlier this month. For their New Years run, the newly opened venue is serving as home base for Melvin Seals and the Jerry Garcia Band. Melvin Seals and JGB were joined by Flash Mountain Flood, who opened for the first two nights of the runs, and who played the 2:30-4:30 AM slot to welcome in 2017. You can get a little preview of the space and hear what the Melvin and JGB have cookin’ up in videos of “My Sisters and Brothers” and “Sugaree” below, courtesy of Kelly Pearson.
We’re almost three weeks away from the second annual Fool’s Paradise! With performances from Lettuce x2, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead (with Jeff Chimenti), The Floozies, The Motet, Manic Science (a special set with Manic Focus & Break Science) The Main Squeeze, Organ Freeman, and Oteil Burbridge & Antwaun Stanley as artists-at-large, this year is stacked with exciting music – so of course, we must dress to impress!On March 31 & April 1, the St. Augustine Amphitheatre will transform into a whole new world. On Friday, we will see the music of Lettuce, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Manic Science, and Organ Freeman with a “Mermaids/Mermen & Pirate Jam” theme for an evening of nautical celebration. On Saturday, Lettuce, The Floozies, The Motet, and The Main Squeeze will turn the venue into a gathering of the “Rainbow Funk Warriors.” We encourage you to start planning your outfits now!When the music ends at the Amphitheatre, there will be after shows across the street at the Elk’s Lodge. The intimate venue will hold performances from Jaw Gems, Eric Krasno Band, and the “Infinity Jam” hosted by Eric Krasno and Oteil Burbridge on Friday, and Dumpstaphunk and members of Lettuce will form this year’s “Fools For Funk” on Saturday. More information about late nights can be found here.Tickets for Fool’s Paradise and Fool’s Paradise Late Nights are right here. Stay tuned for artist excursions!
Live For Live Music presents a brand new episode of our Inside Out with Turner and Seth podcast featuring an in-depth conversation with Steve Berlin, producer, multi-instrumentalist, and long-time member of Los Lobos. Berlin reveals that he first got a taste for producing during his early days in Philadelphia, and how it stemmed in part from his interest in architecture. Next, his story moves to Los Angeles where he was a member of The Blasters, but would play with Los Lobos any chance he could get. The interview moves from the early days right up to today as he announces a forthcoming reunion of his punk band, The Flesh Eaters (they will do a two-week tour in January) – and the fact that he will co-produce the next Blind Boys of Alabama record. You can listen to the new episode of Live For Live Music Presents: Inside Out with Turner and Seth below:Steve talks about meeting T-Bone Burnett and working on Los Lobos projects with him – even revealing how Los Lobos found out from a muted tv that “Anselma,”a song from one of these projects, had won a Grammy – while they were hanging at a bar in New Orleans.He also talks about hearing their breakthrough single “Will The Wolf Survive” for the first time, and how it was the first step toward the band developing its own sound, “Our (musical) vocabulary hadn’t really broadened up to that moment,” he says about the time guitarist/vocalist David Hidalgo brought the song to the band, “I just remember the light when on it my head…ok….everything is gonna be different from now on,” and it was.He also talks about how around the same time, the band used to borrow Prince’s equipment from a neighboring studio while he was away. “We would get the 20 minute call, and no matter what we were in the middle of…” they had to return the equipment, “there were a couple of times we missed him by a minute, he was coming in the front door and we were going out the back door just having put the shit back.” We learn of the unlikely success of “La Bamba,” having Carlos Santana and Jerry Garcia share a guitar to sit in with Los Lobos, how the band had to stop taking advice at a certain point, and why their experience recording “The Neighborhood” record paved the way for their crowning jewel, “Kiko.” Perhaps best of all, he tells the story of the time Los Lobos played a show while all members were high on mushrooms, and John Doe of X joined while drunk on alcohol.Steve also talks about how he met John Joseph McCauley of Deer Tick in the most unlikely of places and how McCauley’s prediction that they would make a record together would prove to be doubly true. We also get a window into how his world of producing, and how the artist/producer relationship has changed over the years and how much work the band Faith No More put into the process of making their records.Live For Live Music Presents: The Inside Out With Turner And Seth podcast is slowly but surely earning a reputation for delivering some of the most unique and in-depth music interviews in cyber-land. The program serves up behind-the-scenes “industry” perspectives mixed with journalistic points of view and fan input to thoroughly tackle the vast world of organic music–with a pile of laughs mixed in for good measure.**For more Inside Out With Turner And Seth episodes, head to their SoundCloud, iTunes, or Stitcher page. You can also email the podcast producers here to submit feedback which may be incorporated into future episodes!**
Phish’s historic thirteen-night Baker’s Dozen run at Madison Square Garden has already become the stuff of legends. Baker’s Dozen saw the Vermont foursome truly stepping up for the occasion, performing debatably the group’s finest since their 1998 Island Tour. The pinnacle of the run could easily be considered night four, or “jam-filled night” (July 25th, 2017), which has since skyrocketed to the second highest-rated Phish show ever on phish.net. However, throughout Baker’s Dozen, another quiet hero slowly emerged—a celebrated spicy chicken sandwich in section 119. Fans within Madison Square Garden and those who were streaming the shows at home quickly noticed a curious advertisement for “spicy chicken sandwiches in section 119,” sparking curiosity as well as long-running threads about the delicious sandwich on Reddit, PhantasyTour, Phish Tour 2014, and more.A Baker’s Dozen Exposé: About Those Spicy Chicken Sandwiches In Section 119…As Live For Live Music’s Gideon Plotnicki detailed, “The spicy chicken sandwich comes from Fuku, an offshoot of the Momofuku brand helmed by renowned New York City chef David Chang. . . . Almost immediately, Fuku was praised for its outstanding spicy chicken sandwich. The sandwich is a play on the simple chicken sandwiches that can be eaten at fast-food establishments across the country, but with some twists that make it unique. The sandwich contains a chicken thigh that’s marinated in habanero, covered in buttermilk and a blend of spices, and then deep-fried to near-perfection before being served on a standard potato roll with pickles and butter. The end result is a juicy, crispy, delicious chicken sandwich experience that immediately jumped into the ‘must-try’ category for New Yorkers. Shortly after the opening of Fuku, both Madison Square Garden and Citi Field—home of the New York Mets baseball team—roped in franchises for their stadiums, making Fuku a standard food item at sporting events and concerts at either building.”Donut Sampler: Relive Phish’s Baker’s Dozen By Rewatching These Free Pro-Shot VideosDuring Phish’s Baker’s Dozen run, Fuku’s spicy chicken sandwiches gained a number of new fans in addition to becoming a more-or-less running joke throughout the run. Now, for the next installment in the epic of the spicy chicken sandwiches in 119, a new line of fan merch has gone viral. An Etsy account named CombinedSupply has begun selling a line of “Section 119 Baker’s Dozen” hats, which feature patches with the now-famous chicken sandwichs on a number of different snapbacks.The hat’s description reads, “A hat inspired by the food that fueled Phans for 13 straight shows, no repeats. It’s a Wookie blowing a fireball on top of a spicy chicken sandwich on top of a strawberry frosted donut! It’s busy, it’s ridiculous, it’s fun! The spicy chicken sandwich of Section 119 is now a part of Phish lore. Watch out for the Wook Fireball!!”You can check out the snapbacks for yourself here, and swoop one of Fuku’s spicy chicken sandwichs in section 119 of Madison Square Garden.
If you head to www.neilyoungarchives.com to find out more, you’re met with a closed filing cabinet, with a pair of sticky notes taped on the front: one reads “Opening Soon”; the other is “A Note From NY”. When you click on Neil’s note (stylized as a worn, type-written loose leaf page), the details of the new Neil Young Archives are displayed, giving some first-hand insight into this new platform. “Welcome to NYA,” it reads, “the home of my music. I must admit that I built this for myself as much as for everyone else…”In the note, Young starts by laying out the Neil Young Archives’ “mission statement,” making clear his intentions for the archives to be a living, breathing, evolving project: “We have attempted to highlight the creative process and the creators…The musical information found here is a work in progress, always growing and adapting as we find it. We have done our best to find all of the background pertinent to the music. If you have any more, please reach out to us with it. We are always looking.”In addition to explaining the various new features of this platform, the widely noted audiophile explains the dynamic audio quality characteristics that make this the optimal way to listen to his music. The archive uses Young’s Xstream Music hi-fi streaming infrastructure. “Xstream Music master recordings are always pure uncompressed masters,” Young notes. “They are not part of a format that compromises the quality. All compression formats compromise quality.” As he explains, the streaming “adapts seamlessly” to available output bandwidth (i.e. how nice your speakers are) in order to provide “the best audio quality possible, directly from the original high resolution masters.”Read Neil Young’s full introduction note about the soon-to-be-unlocked Neil Young Archives here.The archive will also detail Young’s extensive discography with a Timeline feature cataloging every single recorded track or album he’s ever produced. There’s also a Filing Cabinet organizing all the songs in chronological order, complete with Info Cards containing associated credits, memorabilia, films or video, press, and photographs.The creation of the Neil Young archives seems to be a logical progression for the outspoken artist. He has long been an evangelist for high-quality sound, creating a hi-fi music player (the not-so-successful PONO) launching his own hi-def streaming service, Xstream Music, after publicly lambasting large-scale streaming platforms like Spotify and Apple Music for their poor sound quality.Now, on December 1st, the world can experience the complete, annotated works of Neil Young, free of charge, and in the highest possible quality–exactly how Neil wants it to be.You can check out the soon-to-be-opened Neil Young Archives here.[h/t – Ultimate Classic Rock] This year, Christmas is coming early for fans of Canadian rock legend Neil Young. In a Facebook post last week, Young made reference to a “big day” coming up on December 1st: In addition to referencing the release of The Visitor, his second studio album with Promise of the Real, he also made casual mention of a big surprise announcement: “My archive will open on that same day, a place you can visit and experience every song I have ever released in the highest quality your machine will allow. It’s the way it’s supposed to be. In the beginning, everything is free.”Celebrate Neil Young’s 72nd Birthday With The Fateful Tale Behind His ’72 Classic, “Harvest”
The Beach Boys have just released two new archival sets, 1967 – Sunshine Tomorrow 2: The Studio Sessions and Live Sunshine – 1967, chronicling the year 1967 as a follow up to June’s double-LP, 1967 — Sunshine Tomorrow. Broken down into unheard recordings from studio sessions and live shows during 1967, these latest albums contain unheard material from the Beach Boys during their height following Pet Sounds.In 1971, The Grateful Dead Jammed With The Beach Boys At Fillmore East1967 – Sunshine Tomorrow 2: The Studio Sessions contains material from 29 studio session recordings, including dozens of previously unreleased songs. As outlined by Rolling Stone, highlights from the set include “an a cappella version of ‘Heroes and Villains’, the previously unreleased ‘Tune L’, and outtake ‘Good News.’” On the other hand, Live Sunshine – 1967 pulls from 109 primarily previously unreleased live recordings, including cuts from shows in Hawaii, Detroit, Washington D.C., Pittsburgh, Boston, and White Plains, New York.Listen To The Beach Boys’ New Mix Of Pet Sounds Classic ‘I Know There’s An Answer’For all three works within the 1967 archival collection, The Beach Boys were involved in the creative process. Mark Linett and Beach Boys archive manager Alan Boyd also helped co-produce the works. You can take a listen for yourself below.1967 — Sunshine Tomorrow 2: The Studio Sessions Live Sunshine — 1967[H/T Rolling Stone]
Continuing their three-night New Year’s Eve run in Denver, Colorado, Umphrey’s McGee returned to The Fillmore Auditorium on Saturday night for their second show of the weekend. During the performance, the group treated fans to a special collaboration with saxophonist Jeff Coffin and two debuts—one Umphrey’s original, “Half Delayed”, and a cover of Joe Jackson’s “Steppin’ Out”.Watch Umphrey’s McGee show-opening “Miss Tinkle’s Overture”The live debut of “Half Delayed” came during the end of the band’s first set, ahead of the set-closing number “Speak Up”. The song is a new tune of the band’s upcoming album it’s not us. Following the first live test run of “Half Delayed”, the band invited guest saxophonist Jeff Coffin out for “Speak Up”.The debut of Joe Jackson’s “Steppin’ Out” fell during the second set following the expert combination of “The Triple Wide” into “Upward” and ahead of a smooth transition into “40’s Theme”. The night also saw teases of “Auld Lang Syne” throughout the second set’s final song, “Dump City”. In honor of the opening act, Colorado’s own Eminence Ensemble, Umphrey’s encore included a rendition of The Who’s “Eminence Front” ahead of the final song of the night, “JaJunk”.“Eminence Front” Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee | The Fillmore Auditorium | Denver, CO | 12/30/2017Set One: Miss Tinkle’s Overture, Booth Love > Kimble, Rocker Part 2 , Day Nurse  > August, Half Delayed , Speak Up Set Two: Hurt Bird Bath, The Triple Wide > Upward, Steppin’ Out  > 40’s Theme, Dump City Encore: Eminence Front > JaJunk Notes:  with Gents teases |  with Workin’ Day and Night (Michael Jackson) teases |  debut, original |  with Jeff Coffin on saxophone |  debut, Joe Jackson |  with Auld Lang Syne (Burns) teases |  completing the 12.30.2017 version[Photo: Tara Gracer Design & Photography]