Jane’s Addiction has been added as a headliner to this May’s Summer Camp Music Festival, which is scheduled to take place at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe, Illinois on May 25 – 27. Other headliners include Umphrey’s McGee and moe., who are each set to play on each day of the festival, as well as Pretty Lights, Primus, Gov’t Mule and the Weir, Robinson, Greene acoustic trio.
Not So Early Bird passes are currently available through the festival’s website for $160. Yesterday, Summer Camp organizers announced the late night shows, including planned performances by Pretty Lights, Les Claypool and the Dead Kenny G’s.
We were saddened to learn yesterday of the death of Gerry Rafferty at the age of 63. While his name is most closely associated with the saxophone-rock-hit Baker Street, Rafferty also was a member of Stealers Wheel and wrote the classic Stuck In The Middle With You. The Guardian wrote a very in-depth obituary that is worth your time. Every year the great gig in the sky gains a few more superb players, and they already have their first legend of 2011.
As always, we’ve got six more links to help you over the hump…
Finally, it was announced yesterday that David Sitek (guitarist of TV on the Radio) was joining Jane’s Addiction as part of the “creative team” and it looks like he’ll be acting as bass player for their next album. Unclear as of now if Sitek will be touring with Jane’s Addiction or what effect this will have on his participation in TV on the Radio.
For this week’s B List, we look at ten musicians who were brought on to help existing bands through tough periods only to leave those groups shortly thereafter. In most cases the reasons for the musicians departures are unknown because as we discussed in the UnansweredQuestions B Lists, bands generally like to keep personnel matters private.
Here’s what we came up with…
1. Gary Cherone in Van Halen: 1998
Van Halen fans around the world were shocked when Gary Cherone of Extreme was announced as Sammy Hagar’s replacement on vocals. The Cherone-fronted band released the underwhelming Van Halen III in 1998 followed by a lengthy world tour. Just as quickly as it began, the Cherone Era ended with a press release describing the split as “both mutual and amicable.”
This weekend marks the moment we’ve been waiting for since we said goodbye to summer last year, as we officially say hello to Summer ’09 (or the Summer Of Jam as we’re calling it around these parts). With a nice long weekend ahead, we know you’re probably just counting down the minutes till you can go and enjoy it. With that in mind, this week’s mix tape is dedicated to the summer, literally with six tasty tunes with the word summer in the title, so sit back and relax and let’s get you in the right frame of mind…
We kick things off with singer-songwriter Josh Rouse ode to the warmer months Summertime from his Subtitulo album. Next up, we’ve got some sunny psychedelic music, first up is Animal Collective with Summer Clothes from what may be a lot of people’s album of the year Merriweather Post Pavilion (though I’m not convinced), and Yeasayer with the sitar infused Wait For Summer off of last year’s All Hour Cymbals. From there we’ve got the recently reformed Jane’s Addiction with Summertime Rolls from their 1988 classic Nothing’s Shocking. Then we’ve got It’s Summertime from The Flaming Lips mainstream breakthrough album Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots. Finally, we close things out with The Boss’ ode to maybe my favorite part of the soaring temperatures to come – Girls In Their Summer Clothes – from his Magic album. Enjoy the weekend!
April 20th has long been considered a holiday for stoners, but the when and why as to how this specific date gained significance changes depending on who you talk to. Ryan Grim traces the origins of “420″ for a timely Huffington Post article that includes quotes from Warren Haynes.
Here’s a look at what else is happening this afternoon…
Finally, our friend and fellow blogger Rich Lieberman will be updating the official Mountain Jam Festival blog on a daily basis starting today. With only 38 days left until Mountain Jam 2009 kicks off at Hunter Mountain, Rich will keep us posted on news about the festival, behind the scenes activities and profiles on the artists set to perform on May 29 – 31.
In anticipation of this summer’s Jane’s Addiction and Nine Inch Nails joint amphitheater tour, the two powerhouse alternative rock acts have launched a brand new website to get their fans ready for action. The sightly sparse site, which includes links to all the band’s social networking sub-sites, also features a free six song EP that contains the studio debut of two Jane’s tracks that Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor produced – Whores and Chip Away – both of which originally appeared on their 1987 self-titled live album.
Finally, we don’t often talk about movie trailers around these parts, but there have been two very cool ones that have surfaced over the last couple of days that we wanted to share. The first is for the highly anticipated, Spike Jonze directed adaptation of the classic children’s book Where the Wild Things Are – which features the music of Arcade Fire and is set to have a soundtrack from YYY’s frontwoman Karen O. The second, is for Ang Lee’s adaptation of Elliot Tibor’s memoir Taking Woodstock – which tells the behind the scenes story of how the festival ended up at Yasgur’s Farm.
READ ON to see the trailers for both of these films…
The Allman Brothers Band’s Wanee Festival usually takes place in April, so we thought perhaps they were taking the year off to focus on the Beacon run. Turns out they’ve just delayed it a few months. This year’s Wanee Festival will take place at Spirit of the Suwannee Park in Live Oak, Florida on June 5 and 6 and features nearly every Allmans-related band along with HT favorites Little Feat, Umphrey’s McGee, The Doobies and more.
Tickets go onsale for the reasonable price of $138 on March 7. We’ll have more on the Allmans at 5PM today, so keep your eyes peeled on HT.
Let’s take one last look at what we missed this week…
Jane’s Addiction’s name was attached to three of yesterday’s biggest music news stories. First came word that the band’s 48 minute set at LA’s Echoplex on Monday was a scorcher. Then, Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails announced that Jane’s would be reuniting for the release of an album and plenty of tour dates with NIN later this year. Finally, the lineup for this year’s Sasquatch Festival was released and guess who topped the list?
Joining Jane’s Addiction at the eighth annual Sasquatch Music Festival on Memorial Day Weekend at The Gorge will be Kings of Leon, Nine Inch Nails, Relentless7, Fleet Foxes, Ra Ra Riot and plenty of other acts.
Here’s six non-Jane’s Addiction-related links to keep you busy…
Finally, Ben Sisario of the New York Times penned a touching obituary for singer Estelle Benson of The Ronettes. Bennett lived in squalor and suffered from many mental illnesses after her 15 minutes of fame were over. Hopefully she’s found the peace that escaped her in life. R.I.P. Ms. Benson.
This has been a busy week for seeing our favorite acts perform on late night TV. On Wednesday night, Radiohead visited Late Night with Conan O’Brien via satellite. Thom and the boys played House of Cards, after taking a shot at President Bush.
Vampire Weekend also performed on Wednesday night, when they played the delicate Cape Cod Kwasaa Kwasaa with a full drum line on Jimmy Kimmel.
Let’s see what else we missed this week:
Sly Stone tells the Chicago Tribune’s Greg Kot all his crazy secrets
We’ve finally reached the point of no return. That’s right, we’ve completely run out of jokes about the obscene amount of festival lineups that have been announced recently. So let’s just say that Beck, The Raconteurs, Foo Fighters, David Byrne and Plant/Krauss will headline this year’s Austin City Limits festival on September 26-28 at Zilker Park. Be sure to check out the full lineup of 130 bands to see if your favorite act made the bill.
It’s Wednesday, so that means you’re due for another batch of links:
Finally, original Jane’s Addiction bassist Eric Avery hasn’t participated in any of the band’s reunions since they first broke up in 1991. But Avery will rejoin his old mates when the band gets back together for a special one-off performance at the NME Awards, where they will receive the Godlike Genius Award on April 23.
After nearly 20 years the holy grail of electric basses, Jaco Pastorius’ Bass of Doom, turned up in New York City recently. Bass Player Magazine’s Chris Jisi got to play the magnificent beast along with Will Lee, Victor Wooten and Victor Bailey. Jisi writes the most interesting tale of the Bass of Doom for Bass Player’s website. [via Yair]
Let’s take one final look at what’s happening this week:
Finally, kudos to the Golden Voice team for coming up with a last minute addition that’s sure to please the Coachella crowd. Prince has finally been confirmed as the true headliner of this year’s festival.
If you’re like me and biffed the onsale for Steven Malkmus’s previously announced NYC gigs at Bowery Ballroom and the Music Hall of Williamsburg, you’ll get one more chance later today. Tickets go on sale at noon for Malkmus and The Jicks’ newly added April Fools’ Day concert at the Bowery Ballroom. Malkmus hits many other big markets in the Midwest, Southeast and Northeast for his two-week jaunt supporting the March 4th release of Real Emotional Trash.
Let’s kill some time until those ducats go on sale by indulging in some linkage:
Artists have used nudity in their work since the days of the Greek Empire, so it’s no surprise that a few rock bands have used images of the naked body on their album artwork. Some bands use nudity to stir controversy, while a few others actually summon artistic intent to make their naked decisions.
For a while during the ’70s and ’80s it seemed like every week there was a new controversy over album art, but we don’t hear about that as much anymore. Two big factors have led to a decline in artists submitting albums with graphic covers. First, the obvious: CDs have a much more limited space for album artwork than vinyl. But more importantly, Wal-Mart has taken over physical distribution of albums, and they don’t stand for anything with even a hint on controversy. Apparently no one ever takes off their clothes in Bentonville, Arkansas.
This week’s B List takes a look at 10 controversial album covers that would never find their way into the racks at Wal-Mart (and, hey, nice racks). Some of these are quite graphic, so we’re gonna post them all after the jump and issue a big fat Not Safe For Work warning before we get down to business. So read on for our quick study of titties and penises on album covers…
The speed with which tapers have been uploading shows online is mind-boggling. Last night’s Phil & Friends set from Mountain Jam ended less than 10 hours ago, and already it’s available from etree for your downloading pleasure (thanks to taper extraordinaire Rob Clarke). For all your other Mountain Jam news, check out our weekend post and head on over to the official Mountain Jam Blog.
Now let’s check out some other hot links from around the world wide web:
And as usual on Monday mornings, whether dastardly rain-soaked or otherwise, read on after the jump for a selection of setlists from the weekend — this week, predictably, is Mountain Jam heavy, but we’ve also got some sets from Bright Eyes, Page McConnell, The Police, Van Morrison and many more…
My roommate unearthed the ultimate Talking Heads stash recently — almost and entire show from Rome in 1980, with future King Crimson guitarist Adrian Belew sitting in with the band. It’s delicious, and you oughta check out Belew’s craftsmanship on Life During Wartime. Then move onto Crosseyed and Painless, I Zimbra, Cities and the rest.
Since I got RAQ on the brain following their show on Saturday, here’s a pretty sick cover of Living Colour’s Cult of Personality from 3/24/07 at the Park West. (Coincidentally, Vernon Reid from Living Colour and Adrian Belew will be playing at the just-announced School of Rock festival.)
Even though they’ve already done it once, we’ll do just about anything to see Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings back on a Rocks Off Cruise. It’s been a year, and I’ve heard no reports of her seasickness, so get her and those funky bastards back on the boat. That’d be hot as fuck. In the meantime, let’s watch this performance in Brooklyn from early 2005.
Lastly, Widespread Panic played a hot JB-infused version of Sympathy for the Devil in Raleigh on Saturday night, and thankfully someone was there to record a bit on video. Of course they were, this is America, and these are concerts, and everything’s recorded now. Well, parts of everything…
Let’s end on with an oddly staged but strangely compelling Jane Says from the Lollapalooza ’03 presser. Perry’s a pretty cool dude. Cooler’n me, at least.