Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Feist headlined this year's Pickathon, which once again made for one of the best weekends of the year. We went earlybird this year and caught great sets on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday....There is more to come, but this particular set was definitely my favorite. I'm not sure if I actually cried, but it sure felt like I was weeping the entire first thirty minutes. On another note, we met Ms. Feist on Sunday morning after her sound check for her main stage set later that night. She took a picture with us, asked all about where we were from and how we found out about Pickathon and seemed very genuinely interested. I told her that I absolutely loved her newest record, Metals, and that we looked forward to her "electric" set. She couldn't have been more kind and gracious. P.S. I accidentally brought a non HD card this year, sorry....
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
The Wood Brothers perform a traditional tune called "Stealin'" at this year's Pickathon Festival at Pendarvis farm in Happy Valley, Oregon, just outside of Portland. The Wood Brothers are Oliver Wood, formerly of King Johnson, Chris Wood, bassist of the world renowned jazz/jam/experimental trio MMW (Medeski, Martin, and Wood), and percussionist Jano Rix. This tune features all three current members singing harmonies and Jano playing the "Shitar," which basically explains itself if you dig the video. From a percussionist's viewpoint Jano's creation is about as cool and creative as it gets. Hope ya likes.
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Saturn Returns has just launched an indiegogo campaign to help print, distribute, and promote their debut album. The band wrote, rehearsed, recorded, mixed, and mastered the album all on their own, but knows that all records die if no one ever hears them. Different donation values bring different perks for the benefactor and the band is trying to raise $5500 for advertising, printing of new cds and vinyl copies of the record, and distribution of the record to proper marketing, selling, digital download servies, and radio outlets. Check it out!
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
The Newb Log is finally back in action with multiple new videos coming down the pike from Pickathon 2012, which just ended on Sunday. We start with a lovely acoustic tune by Montreal's The Barr Brothers. This tune was introduced as "One of our newest songs," and doesn't even scratch the surface of the variety of dynamic music the quartet produced during their two separate sets at the festival. They were the buzz of the morning on Saturday after a late-night performance on the Starlight Stage showcased their huge sonic capabilities as well as their classical precision. I have footage from all 6 main stage/barn/venues to come including an array of the acts and am happy to be sharing a small slice of the festival's most intimate moments with all my millions of readers. Hope you enjoy!
Thursday, October 27, 2011
As if you didn't know that Glenn would kill it in this setting. Wilco is going to play some of the best in California venues including one of my personal favorites; San Francisco's Warfield Theater. The band will also be hitting a fantastic venue in San Diego; Copley Symphony Hall, where I saw many a performance during my Master's studies for the lovely student rush price of 10 beans. The acoustics and setting should be lovely for a little orchestrated pop music. Other venues include the Fox Theater in Oakland and the Hollywood Palladium. Check the band's website.
Monday, October 10, 2011
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
So......It turns out that it's true. Waits has a new record coming out on Anti and judging by the two singles already released it seems as though it's going to get the usual reaction. The hard core fan base will go ape s**t, "New record of all original material! First in 7 years!" Meanwhile, "Bad as Me", the title track, which seems most closely related to "Phillipino Box Spring Hog" (Cool Story, Uncompelling Track) is the first single released and will make it easy for the critics and haters to say that this new release is just more of the same old Waits: "Cliche, deranged caricature of his former jazzbo self," etc., etc., you know the lines. Waits is one of those characters in popular culture that evokes such a wide range of strange commentary. From intellectuals attempting to show off their personal knowledge of brake drums and piano strings whipped against dumpsters to rock classicists who haven't changed their opinions on the guy since 1972. Sure, he loves to feed this fire and fights to control his ridiculous fabled persona by attempting to keep it that way via any means necessary including not authorizing biographies or even interviews these days, but critics write about him like he's John Cage. They just don't know what the f**k is going on. Personally, I'm way more in to this here ballad, "Back in the Crowd", than "Bad as Me" at this time, but the other little snippets that fly out of the vintage stereo equipment and the ratty old car in the "Private Listening Party" video, which included something that sounded like a new rockabilly track reminiscent of "Lie to Me," have me ready to fork over some dough for a hard copy and maybe even the LP.