Cool Kids on the couch photo from Rock the Bells at the Gorge last year
Them Georgia duders always bring the ruckus. I mean … no one ended up playing guitar with private parts (despite the guy next to me yelling at Cole to “take it off”), eating fireworks or starting a riot. But, rest assured, the crowd was rowdy enough all on their own. I’m lucky I got ANY shots that are halfway composed or focused being in the middle of that slamdancingmoshpit of a floor. Click on any image to see the complete gallery of photos from last night’s show.
More pics & an interview from when he played Eugene last year here.
I may be late on this … but Amon Tobin & Doubleclick’s new project, Two Fingers, is one of the most interesting hip hop records I’ve heard this year. Recommended.
This was just the right kind of show to sit back and soak in. And I did as soon as I put my camera down. Fleet Foxes sound just as good live as they do on record (if not better). Robin’s solo set was probably my favorite bit of the evening. I wish I could remember the name of the cover song he played (by a former member of The Zombies?). Anyways … beeeyoooteeeful chune.
During each bands’ set, there was some Blitzen Foxes combo jammage (to BT’s “Furr”). Is it just me or did anyone else think that one guy from Blitzen Trapper sorta looked like Will Ferrell’s character from SNL in round 2? But with maracas instead of a cowbell. (& I totally mean that as a compliment. Ferrell is the man … WOOOOO!)
Click on any image to view the complete gallery of photos from last night.
On June 16th, Downtown Records will release GUNS DON’T KILL PEOPLE…LAZERS DO, the debut LP from Major Lazer, executive produced by Grammy-nominated masterminds Diplo & Switch. The album features performances from premiere Jamaican vocalists Vybz Cartel, Ward 21, Fambo, and Busy Signal, to name a few and embodies a soundtrack of a hard, technological future world that Major Lazer is fighting to protect. Diplo & Switch, known legends for their dance floor commando tactics, recorded the album at Tuff Gong and other studios in Jamaica.
You already know the deal. I don’t have to write it. There are very few bands out there that can put on a show like The Roots. Seeing them live is like listening to your favorite mixtape. They hit you with a range of material from their 16 years in the game along with cleverly weaved-in covers of artists you may not expect. & they somehow manage to keep the energy level at 11 the entire time.
Three things I will say:
• New Roots album coming this summer entitled How I Got Over.
• Local Cut posted an interesting interview with Questlove
• Questlove’s twit on walking the streets of Eugene cracked me the f up.
I was late getting to the McD Saturday … even though I THOUGHT I was early. (Note to self: shows that say they start at 8 actually DO start at 8 sometimes.) So I missed Lyrics Born’s set. Literally walked in as he was walking off stage. But he and Joyo were kind of enough to let me get a few photos backstage afterwards. He also filled me in on his plans to get his new album out by fall. Download a taste of the new stuff and keep up to date on the latest LB news here. The shot below is also used on their NW tour recap post on lyricsborn.com … so shout out to Justin and the crew for that. ‘Preciate it!
Click on any image of The Roots to see the whole gallery of images from their performance.
I leave you with one of my favorite LB verses of all time (very appropriate for this time of year and the check I had to mail off today…. OREGON DEPT. OF REV., I’M LOOKIN AT YOU):
Man, fuck that shit, I pay my taxes when I’m asked to
I’m not enthusiastic about it, but shit I make it happen
Yeah, it’s last minute, but goddammit they cash it
“This is fiscal harassment! They keep touching my assets!”
Now I imagine I might be feeling different about it
If it was given outright, witnessing it helping somebody
But it just so happens in life, the school district’s too crowded
There ain’t no teachers in sight, that’s why the kids are so rowdy
I just imagine some asshole with glasses on up at the capital
One of a thousand pawns packed in an office, cramped up like animals
Pictures of his sister, his mixture Lhasa Apso poodle
His 2.6 kids and the Mrs. thumb-tacked to his cubicle
So damned detached from the average man’s planet he can’t fathom
That he can ever be anything other than stats, fat and taxable
He’s getting his usual, ritual 2 o’clock cup of noodles on
Fucking you with your W-2, with his John Denver music on
DJ Day just posted up a couple Raphael Saadiq covers from Instant Vintage. I still listen to that album on the regular and Day did Ray Ray justice. His instrumental cover of “Skyy, Can You Feel Me?” is SO smooth. Grab his version of “Still Ray”, “Still Miles (featuring Miles Bonny), over at his blog Like A Throttle.
& if you missed my pics of Saadiq’s Portland performance last month, check ‘em out here! I sent them to Raphael and he wrote back & said he really dug them. Made my year right there.
Last night’s South Park was hilarious! I’m curious to see if Ye will think this funny or go off and call them a bunch of squid brains.
UPDATE: Here’s what Kanye wrote on his blog:
SOUTH PARK MURDERED ME LAST NIGHT AND IT’S PRETTY FUNNY. IT HURTS MY FEELINGS BUT WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT FROM SOUTH PARK! I ACTUALLY HAVE BEEN WORKING ON MY EGO THOUGH. HAVING THE CRAZY EGO IS PLAYED OUT AT THIS POINT IN MY LIFE AND CAREER. I USE TO USE IT TO BUILD UP MY ESTEEM WHEN NOBODY BELIEVED IN ME. NOW THAT PEOPLE DO BELIEVE AND SUPPORT MY MUSIC AND PRODUCTS THE BEST RESPONSE IS THANK YOU INSTEAD OF “I TOLD YOU SO!!!” IT’S COOL TO TALK SHIT WHEN YOU’RE RAPPING BUT NOT IN REAL LIFE. WHEN YOU MEET LITTLE WAYNE IN PERSON HE’S THE NICEST GUY FOR EXAMPLE. I JUST WANNA BE A DOPER PERSON WHICH STARTS WITH ME NOT ALWAYS TELLING PEOPLE HOW DOPE I THINK I AM. I NEED TO JUST GET PAST MYSELF. DROP THE BRAVADO AND JUST MAKE DOPE PRODUCT. EVERYTHING IS NOT THAT SERIOUS. AS LONG AS PEOPLE THINK I ACT LIKE A BITCH THIS TYPE OF SHIT WILL HAPPEN TO ME. I GOT A LONG ROAD AHEAD OF ME TO MAKE PEOPLE BELIEVE I’M NOT ACTUALLY A HUGE DOUCHE BUT I’M UP FOR THE CHALLENGE. I’M SURE THE WRITERS AT SOUTH PARK ARE REALLY NICE PEOPLE IN REAL LIFE. THANKS FOR TAKING THE TIME TO DRAW MY CREW. THAT WAS PRETTY FUNNY ALSO!! I’M SURE THERE’S GRAMMATICAL ERRORS IN THIS… THAT’S HOW YOU KNOW IT’S ME!
& if you can’t seem to get this ridiculous song out of your head like myself, Nah Right‘s got the long/explicit version for you to burn out.
Lil Wayne exploded onto the stage last Thursday night at the Rose Garden (literally). He stepped out to some serious smoke, fire and a giant boom! Obviously his “I Am Music” tour is really feeling the success of Tha Carter III. This show definitely seemed “bigger budget” than most I’ve seen.
But it wasn’t all flash. Weezy’s a solid performer. Some rappers really can’t pull it off live. They run out of breath, can’t finish their lines and let their hype men back ‘em up. But not Wayne. His delivery seemed effortless.
As far as songs go, he did mostly new(ish) material (“Mr. Carter”, “Got Money” w/Mack Maine, “Sky is the Limit”, “La La”, “Lollipop”, “Mrs. Officer”, “I’m Me”, “Prostitute”.) He did break out some old stuff. After asking “where the real Lil Wayne fans at?”, he went into “Block is Hot”. & that led into another pyro show “Fireman” with Weezy ducked down doing something that looked like karate chops while he was rapping. He even worked in some Juvie, Playaz Circle and Hot Boyz.
Midway in, Wayne took a brief break and let his Young Money fam (minus Drake and Nicki Minaj) put on a mini-showcase. 16 yr old Lil Chuckee and 13 yr old Lil Twist were great to watch! Those kids can dance! When Wayne returned, he introduced everyone who had performed and brought the Young Moula crew back out for “Every Girl”.
Favorite moment of the night: Weezy was trying to nurse the crowd through a call and response to big-up his backup singer, Shanell. After the third try, the crowd finally got it and repeated what he was saying. Wayne said, smiling from ear to ear, “Y’all are intelligent. I like that. MAKE SOME NOISE FOR INTELLIGENCE!” I was LMFAO!!!
Only real bummer of the night: NO T-WAYNE!
I just got invited to be a correspondent for SpinEarth! Great site with global music coverage. Check ‘em out!
Meant to post these pics with but never did …
Keri Hilson & Gym Class Heroes opened for Weezy
UPDATED post with a couple live tracks Ikey emailed.
Free Moral Agents play Rotture next Sunday! Really looking forward to those new records. Check out the press release below.
Later this week, Free Moral Agents, the band helmed by Isaiah ‘Ikey’ Owens, Grammy Award-winning keyboardist for The Mars Volta & De Facto and frequent collaborator with the likes of El-P, Mastodon, Sublime, Saul Williams, and Z-Trip, is set to hit the road for a mini-US trek.
Owens initially started the Long Beach, Calfornia-based Free Moral Agents as a solo project during breaks from The Mars Volta and has since expanded the band into a full six-member group featuring Mendee Ichikawa (vocals), Reid Kinnet (Rhodes), Jesse Carzello (guitar), Dennis Owens (bass), Ryan Reiff (drums) and Owens (keyboards).
Free Moral Agents, who recently performed at this year’s South by Southwest Music Conference, are now gearing up to release the follow ups to 2004′s Everbody’s Favorite Weapon, with three upcoming releases: Their new album Honey In The Carcass Of The Lion, an EP titled Control This and a 10″ vinyl collaboration with legendary Fela Kuti drummer and Afro Beat co-founder Tony Allen titled North Is Red — all due out via the Chicago-based Chocolate Industries. Stay tuned for more details on the releases.
Free Moral Agents April 2009 Tour:
Apr 3 2009 Club Congress (Tuscon, Arizona)
Apr 4 2009 The Knitting Factory ( Los Angeles, California*)
Apr 11 2009 Amnesia (San Franciso, California)
Apr 12 2009 Rotture (Portland, Oregon)
Apr 14 2009 The Glass House (Pomona, California +)
Apr 15 2009 El Corazon (Seattle, Washington)
Apr 16 2009 The Majestic Theater (Ventura, California +)
* With Blank Blue
+ With TV On the Radio
Photo by Lee Merideth
Last week was officially Prince week. Dude released 3 albums, played Leno 3 nights in a row (youtubes below) and put on 3 concerts in one night in L.A. last Saturday. The man deserves some serious props for that.
It goes without saying that I’m a fan but I was still sorta suspect of what the albums would sound like. I didn’t really get into Planet Earth at all (aside from “Future Baby Mama”). But I paid the bucks and downloaded LotusFlow3r and MPLSound as soon as his new site went live. I had a LOT of flying and driving to do in the next few days so I knew I’d get time to really give ‘em a proper listen. 6 days later and the verdict is I really dig them both (for the most part). Prince is SHREDDiNNiT on LotusFlow3r!!! Best guitar work since Rainbow Children (which I loved). “From the Lotus”, “Boom”, “Colonized Mind”, “Feel Better, Feel Good, Feel Wonderful”, “Wall of Berlin”, “Dreamer”, & “Back to the Lotus” are all incredible tracks! And the smooth transitions between most tracks really make it a great album to play front to back.
The vibe of MPLSound is exactly what I bet Prince fans have wanted for years. I do think it would’ve been more solid sans slow jams & “No More Candy 4 U”. Also, I really prefer “U’re Gonna C Me” the way it was on One Night Alone. The drums/additional parts take away from the heart of the song.
But all in all, my inner purple hippie is really satisfied with the new joints.
Haven’t got a chance to really check out Bria Valente’s Elixer yet. Just downloaded it this morning so I won’t speak on that one.
Now … What’s up on a tour, Prince? I’m tryin to get those preeeemo seats since I dropped that member$hip loot.
“Ol’ Skool Company” from MPLSOUND
“Dreamer” from LOTUSFLOW3R
“Feel Better, Feel Good, Feel Wonderful” from LOTUSFLOW3R
I read this story almost every night to Samara. I think this may be the first movie she’ll sit still for. Looks amazing! Directed by Spike Jonze and Forrest Whiteaker starring as the voice of the wild thing. Sposed to be hitting theaters this fall (October 16, 2009).
So far I’ve only seen two shows on the Cuthbert’s summer lineup:
• 311 + Ziggy Marley – June 7th
Talk about senior year flashback! I didn’t even know 311 was still a band. But I still fuxwidda rockrap for nostalgia’s sake.
• Chicago – July 19th
Hopefully more Cuthbert news soon … I’ve still got hope for the other shows!
Santogold Santigold opens for Michael Franti & Spearhead at the Cuthbert May 29th!!!!! I don’t quite understand the pairing but I’m PSYCHED TO SEE SANTi!
Download/stream some of her music at RCRDLBL.
PS – HOW U FEEEEELLLiiiNNNNN????!!!!!!
Raphael Saadiq is the real deal. He’s caught some negative comments about being gimmicky on his latest album, The Way I See It, a sort of throwback to 50s/60s soul. After seeing his sold out show last Friday at the Wonder Ballroom, I can say without a doubt that couldn’t be more further from the truth. Saadiq and his band gave one of the most solid performances I’ve seen since Prince’s “One Night Alone” tour in 2002. He came out on stage dressed like a young Marvin Gaye and took us through a lot of the new album (“100 Yard Dash”, “Let’s Take A Walk”, “Oh Girl”, “Sure Hope You Mean It”), some Lucy Pearl (“Dance Tonight”), his other solo material (“Be Here”, “Still Ray”), and even some old school Tony! Toni! Toné! joints (“Anniversary”, “(Lay Your Head on My) Pillow”). Every one was on point. Amazing musicianship and always in the pocket … especially the lady singing backup and sharing the lead on some tracks (“Skyy Can You Feel Me”, “Just One Kiss”). Saadiq closed the show with his tribute to New Orleans “Big Easy” which seemed to leave everyone wanting a second encore. I left with the impression that I’ll be telling my daughter about this show someday … about the time when I had the chance to see a certified soul legend do his thing.
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