Entries in the 'Cream' category
This edition of Leftovers reads more like an NFL injury report, but rumors were flying yesterday that Led Zeppelin would cancel their upcoming reunion gig. So we were a bit relieved to see that the show will go on albeit two weeks later than originally planned. Guitarist Jimmy Page fractured his finger last week, leading the band to delay the Ahmet Ertegun tribute until December 10th.
Illness has also befallen an unnamed member of The Decemberists, which have just cancelled their fall tour after only two gigs. Rock bands are gonna start hiring trainers if this keeps up. Alright, so what else is out there today?
- You can now pre-order the limited edition book Pearl Jam vs. The Ames Brothers: 13 Years of Tour Posters
- Ryan Adams just played the music on Halloween
- Darryl from The Office sang Radiohead’s Creep with The Scrantones
- Zion Godchaux continues to impress with his jamtronica band Boombox
- Sufjan Stevens debuted his BQE epic at BAM last night; and Vulture names the Lamest Pop-Classical Crossovers in Music History
- Arcade Fire’s Win Butler gets hit in the face by a bottle in Nottingham
- Cream’s Disraeli Gears turns 40 this month
- Our buddy Ted Rockwell celebrates The Duo’s return to The Fox
- The Ramones former manager was viciously murdered in her apartment
- Battles weds sci-fi electro and brutal punk into a new brand of prog rock
- IckMusic profiles the zany March Forth Marching Band
- This review of Ween’s La Cucharacha could be MTV.com’s best ever post
Finally, I saw The Police on Halloween, and Andy Summers was nowhere near as impressive on guitar as he was when I saw them in August. Summers needs to be on his game for that band to thrive, so perhaps he should put the photography exhibits and documentaries on hold before Sting loses interest.
After months of intense planning, Al Gore’s Live Earth invention is set to begin tonight at 9 pm Eastern. The Police, Dave Matthews Band, Roger Waters, and Smashing Pumpkins are slated to headline Live Earth New Jersey. If you can’t make it to one of the event sites, you won’t have a problem tuning in. Live Earth programming will be taking over a number of television and radio networks, and MSN will provide full coverage of the whole event starting at 9.
If the Live Earth lineup is too commercial for ya, check out the High Sierra Music Festival webcast all weekend long. Otherwise, link these:
- Only best wishes for Mark Karan, who has a big fight ahead of him
- Eddie Vedder is working on new material for the Into The Wild soundtrack
- Former Guns N Roses bass player Duff McKagan is a savvy businessman
- The AV/Club brings us Wayne Coyne’s guide to festival survival
- On Saturday, Prince will perform at First Avenue in Minneapolis for the first time since 1987
- Check out preview videos for the new Zappa Plays Zappa DVD
- Bruce Springsteen is teaming up with Pete Seeger for two new albums
- Largehearted Boy offers another round of Smashing Pumpkins downloads
- Eric Clapton covers Buddy Holly and the Crickets
- Former groupies have advice for future Band-Aids
- The newly reunited Asia have plans to record an album of new material
- Umphrey’s McGee rocked the mitten on Wednesday night
- Leo Kottke talks with Jam! about his career
- Jack Bruce is alright, ’cause he’s gotta degree
- Wednesday’s fire at the Hampton Beach Casino won’t affect moe.’s shows at the venue
Enjoy your weekend everyone…go outside and do something fun.
Jack Bruce, who based on aging looks alone may actually be Robert the Bruce‘s grandfather, broke the news this week that Cream will definitely be playing at least one show later this year.
Billboard.com reported that Bruce confirmed that he had just agreed to take to the stage again with his old mates Ginger Baker and Eric Clapton while at an appearance at the Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp.
Old habits are hard to break, and apparently things didn’t progress swimmingly for the trio during their comeback shows in 2005:
Clapton persuaded Bruce and Baker to reunite in 2005 after a 37-year split. But the ill will resurfaced, with Baker accusing Bruce of turning up his bass to deafening levels during a Madison Square Garden show, and Clapton appeared uncomfortable on stage.
As members of the MSG crowd on that run, we certainly second the notion that Slowhand looked uncomfortable on stage. But we’d attribute that more to the colossal technical chasm between Clapton and his old mates that has emerged in the power trio’s four-decade hiatus. But Baker now claims to be fully recovered from a liver transplant, and we’d be more than willing to get back into their big black car.
I think everyone from Brazil has a “Gilberto” in their name somewhere. But my favorite Gilberto right now is the country’s current Minister of Culture, Gilberto Gil. Flash back 38 years, though, and you’ll read about how Gil, one of the true leaders of the Brazilian Tropicália psychedelic movement, was arrested by the military and subsequently exiled. You know a dude is cool as shit if he’s been exiled.
His 1971 album is even cooler than his life story (not really), and it’s been getting tons of play on my iPod of late. So imagine my surprise when I came across this YouTube clip last night of a fantastic little jam session between Gil and Stevie Wonder. I’m speechless after watching this thing. I am officially without speech.
- We’re gonna kick off this week’s subsection with some hot Blind Faith. The supergroup/side project debuted at a big show in London’s Hyde Park in 1969. And while Clapton’s on record as saying he thought the first gig was subpar, I think this version of Can’t Find My Way Home is pretty sweet.
- Sticking with the Winwoodian Nature of Things, I’ll hand this one over to the immortal cumpare Bill Graham: “In association with Her Majesty the Queen, we bring you Traffic.” Well, half of ‘em at least. Here’s a rippin’ Pearly Queen from The Last Great Traffic Jam in 1994.
- For a look back at the dawning of the Age of Aquarius and the burgeoning psychedelic movement in music, check out this strangely inviting promo clip of Donovan’s Sunshine Superman from 1966.
- We ran a review a month ago yesterday from our friend Neddy after The Bad Plus squatted at the Village Vanguard for a long stay. Today we gladly present the quasi-jazz band’s astoundingly unique take on Smells Like Teen Spirit from Argentina’s Thelonius Club back in October.
- I swear I’m trying to keep this department free of the ol’ standbys, but some great clips keep crossing my desk. Here’s a well-shot video of the Trey Anastasio Band nailing Push On ‘Til the Day at Bonnaroo in 2002.
How about youse? Anyone see some cool shit on the Tube of You this week?
For this week’s B List, we’re honored to introduce our friend Stuart Hartstone. Stuart has worked many festivals with “oo” at the end of the title for Superfly Productions, and most recently he has helped promote concerts and manage artists under the Hartstone Productions banner (along side his brother Jarrett).
“I’ve never been a fan of Top 10 lists when it comes to music — to me, the premise is kind of silly. I’ve always believed that art was in the eye of the beholder, so who’s to say one person’s art is better than someone else’s? But I also generally tend to disagree with most Top 10 lists. I don’t know who writes these things, but with the exception of The B List’s recent Top 10 Side Projects, I often come away feeling like the author has his head firmly affixed up his ass.
Well, that didn’t stop me from taking this opportunity to put together a Top 10 list of my own. I was listening to the Rolling Stones’ Sticky Fingers the other day, and Can’t You Hear Me Knockin’ came on. I’ve always loved that song, especially the intro. For lack of a better word, it’s just so badass. So it got me thinking: What other songs have similar badass intros like that one? You know, an intro that is just so good it makes you want to pump your fist in the air and yell ‘Yeah!’
So while I know some of you probably won’t agree with me on all of this — I’m still not 100% convinced I do — here without further ado is my Top 10 Badass Guitar Riff Song Intros. While you might not agree with all my choices, I think you will find that for the most part, the intros to these songs are pretty fuckin’ badass!”
Read on below for Stuart Hartstone’s guest edition of The B List…
Judging from the hundreds of e-mails I’ve received this week about the civil responsibility of voting, I’m guessing today is Election Day.
My dime-store political analysis: Leave it to the Lefties to peak entirely too soon. Unbridled optimism from the Democrats suddenly became dangerously cautious optimism (with a dash of Hide the Pelosi), and the Republicans over the past two weeks have morphed from sourpuss defeatists into a smug bunch of wannabe underdogs. The Republicans are basically the 2004 Red Sox.
All the recent pro-Democrat polls mean nothing. The only poll that counts is the one they take once a year on the first Tuesday in November. So not to sound like the teacher at the beginning of Dazed and Confused, but today when you’re being inundated with all this Election Day pundit prophecy and exit polls brouhaha, don’t forget that nobody knows shit ’til the polling stations finish counting.
To honor this day, here’s U.S. Blues from the July 4th, 1989 in Buffalo, complete with Phil looking exactly like Napolean Dynamite and Bobby’s incredibly short shorts.
Now, here’s the rest of this morning’s Show and Tell presentation…
- An adult dose of old-school Cream: a 1968 White Room with a mis-spliced intro and this wickedly raw Tales of Brave Ulysses. I strenuously urge you to read the comments on the YouTube page of that Ulysses clip, it’s an excellent bonus. There’s potential for what the kidz call pwnage.
- And adult dose of old-school Cream somehow begets an adult dose of old-school Phish…I wouldn’t rule out the Clapton/Trey identicalities. These clips come from the 6/23/89 show at The Paradise in Boston: Peaches en Regalia and Fee (a Kudos bar to j0ndaily for uploading these).
- David Byrne teaches Sufjan Stevens a thing or two about being fucking awesome during their duet of Lefty Frizzell’s Saginaw, Michigan at the Revenge of the Bookeaters benefit at the Beacon Theater in late August. Shit, that’s the longer sentence sans punctuation I’ve ever written.
- Two simple words: The Duo. Allright, a couple more words: Ever since these two hooked up with Mike and Trey, it’s become fashionable in some circles of the world wide web to call them “overrated” and “not that good.” I’d just like to declare, the next person that says as such with no explicit reasons for believing this and then showing this will receive my knee thrusted into their junk, man or woman, adult or child.
- If you’re as enthralled as I am with the Geico Caveman commercials, and even more so with the background song in the latest mersh (Royksopp’s Remind Me), you may just this crude mockup of the scene on the airport people-mover. I don’t know why that got me, but it got me.
Youse see anything new out there on the ‘Tube? Let us know.