If you dig that 4AD-style shoegaze sound that makes the kids swoon and act all dreamy… check out TAMARYN this Sunday at the Red Palace in DC. More info here. Their new record TENDER NEW SIGNS is dreamadelic.
Especially recommended for fans of Slowdive.
The HOLD STEADY
Constructive Summer / Hot Soft Light
U Street Music Hall, Washington DC
October 17, 2012
Not the best audio quality - being right up front overwhelms the point & shoot’s microphone.
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The Hold Steady played a brand-new song entitled Records and Tapes for the first time in front of an audience last night in DC. In it, Craig Finn reminisces about tapes that had the “same program on both sides.” A fun memory of the 1980s. “Over and over until the tape deck died,” indeed.
Recorded at the U Street Music Hall, Washington DC, October 17, 2012.
Watch Photomixt in upcoming days for more photos from this show.
Reblogging because I am so amped up to finally see THE AFGHAN WHIGS this evening. And again tomorrow evening. #HotDamn
“There’s a get-down factor in D.C. that’s kind of unique to the area, so—sort of like, Detroit-ish in its rock ‘n’ roll.”
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Bob Mould and Jon Wurster cranking out Hüsker Dü’s Makes No Sense At All.
9:30 Club, Washington DC
September 8, 2012
Back in December 2010, I posted about the Washington Coliseum - the site of the Beatles’ first US concert, and how it was a rundown parking garage now. A new documentary entitled The Lost Beatles Concert is making its debut in theaters across the US on May 17th and 22nd. Here in DC it’ll be playing at the AFI in Silver Spring.
The documentary includes the entire concert, glimpses of which can be seen in the Maysles’ Brothers documentary The First US Visit. If you’ve seen clips of them having to lift Ringo’s kit and turn it to face the other side of the audience, you’ve seen clips from this concert. Apparently one month after the show, in March 1964, the concert was run on closed circuit across the country - and then the master tapes went missing for 45 years.
This sounds like an amazing film, although I’m dubious about some of the folks they elected to interview: Duffy, The Strokes, Mark Ronson? Anyway, click here for the film’s official site. Or find your local screening here.
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It’s going to be hard to wash off the hand stamp from 3 straight nights at the 9:30 Club with the Drive-by Truckers. I’m pretty well exhausted on this New Year’s Day, but with a warm satisfaction of having spent the last few evenings with one of rock’s hardest working bands.
Playmixt isn’t too proud to admit that our prediction was wrong: they did not play Southern Rock Opera in its entirety any of those nights. The 10th anniversary of that achievement has passed now. To be sure, it was real exciting when I realized it was 12:10am and they had not played a single tune off it, and I texted my friends that very message. Then Cooley launched into Women without Whiskey and the SRO prediction was cancelled. However, it’s fun to note that over three nights, we did get a large chunk of the best songs off that double album:
Ronnie and Neil
72 (This Highway’s Mean)
The Southern Thing
Let There Be Rock
Women Without Whiskey
Life in the Factory
Shut Up and Get On The Plane
Angels And Fuselage
…and as far as a single-LP distillation of SRO, one could do a lot worse. The prediction was made awaiting an early morning flight from Baltimore to Baton Rouge for Christmas. While waiting to board the plane, Angels and Fuselage got stuck in my head. That got me thinking about the website indicator that they’d do it one time in 2011, and how that hadn’t happened yet.
One fun thing about New Year’s Eve was that Playmixt’s prize-winning toast was read from the stage. We also got to sit in the VIP section of the balcony on Saturday night due to another contest on the Facebook page where you posted your photos from 9:30 Club shows. A pic from this year’s Hold Steady show won us that prize. The toast’s video is above (more video links at the close)
I’ve somewhat buried the lede here, because I still haven’t gotten to the fact that it actually was not DBT playing at the 9:30 Club on New Year’s Eve: it was BOOKER T. & THE DBTs! Legendary Stax records artist Booker T. Jones (without his MGs) sat in with the band all night. His classic organ sounds added some new dimensions to a bunch of the tunes. They took time out to play some Booker tunes too: Potato Hole, from the album that DBT backed him on, Time Is Tight, Born Under a Bad Sign, (Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay — both of these last two being songs Booker wrote that became hits for other artists, Albert King and Otis Redding, respectively. The man is a musical legend, and at 67 had no trouble keeping up with his younger colleagues.
You might be thinking, “Sure - but the song Booker T. & the MGs are most known for is Green Onions. What about that?” Hell, yes, we got a major case of Green Onions! At midnight, Patterson Hood counted down, and a net full of black balloons opened up over the club’s floor. They kicked into a killer rendition of Green Onions. It pains me to say that I screwed up recording the show with my digital recorder last night and only got the encores from the New Year’s night. Am sure a recording will come out soon. Fortunately we got video of this and will post it accordingly.
The night wound down around 2am with the band performing an incredibly moving walk-off version of Angels and Fuselage as mentioned earlier. Maybe it was the emotion of the night, the capper for a really wild month, but it was very affecting and I got a little choked up. Thinking about Patterson’s words in the documentary about having to to perform that tune in September 2001 after the album’s release — well, that’s positively eerie. The song ended in a squall of feedback and tone as the various band members walked off one by one, eventually leaving only Brad EZB onstage — bare-fisted pounding the hell out of the huge bass drum with the Booker T. & the DBTs logo on it.
It was a moving end to a 3-night run that I suspect precipitates a long break for the mighty Drive-by Truckers. If you want to see more video, click on any of the following links:
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ONE NIGHT DOWN, TWO TO GO.
Them Drive-by Truckers are in the middle of a 3-night run to New Year’s Eve at Washington DC’s legendary 9:30 Club. Above is video for Zip City from the first night.
No Southern Rock Opera last night, though we did get the above and also Life in the Factory, Let There Be Rock, Women Without Whiskey, and Shut up and Get On The Plane from said LP. They also cranked out their killer cover of Zevon’s Play It All Night Long as well as Jim Carroll’s People Who Died.
They sent out Feb. 14 to Barr Weissman and his wife; he directed a film about the band. The stage set has those dark, grim Cooley birds on either side, flanking the band, and a few more on the tapestry behind them. Sugar’s David Barbe (also the band’s long time producer) is doing a great job on bass, which I suspect is a major challenge in a band that famously declines to make setlists ahead of time.
Our prediction about SRO may not come true, but this run of gigs feels like they’re building to a pause point where they take a break, maybe make a new record, or just take some time off. They’ve been hitting the road so hard these last few years, it may be a point at which to take some family time out.
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Lucero, live at the 9:30 Club, December 29, 2011.
“Hey Darlin’ Do You Gamble?”
TONIGHT, 8:30PM @ WASHINGTON DC’s BLACK CAT:
They’ve been mentioned on Tony Kornheiser’s radio show, risen from the ashes of Chapel Hill, North Carolina’s legendary college band THE POPES, have decades of rock experience, and they sometimes imagine the girlfriends they’d have if they still had hair… Washington DC’s own THE PUBLIC GOOD presents a *full band* show to rock your socks off, Tuesday October 4 at the Black Cat, playing with Left On Vermont.
TPG GOES ON EARLY @8:30PM for all you early birds & cats. We’re really looking for a big turnout as the band is being considered for a major gig in Charlotte in 2012 – looking for fans, friends & converts to come help us put the ROCK in RAUCOUS. If you’re a fan of the Kinks, the Replacements, the Who, the Beatles or the Monkees… you’re likely inclined to be attuned to the refined tunes of THE PUBLIC GOOD.
THRILL to the crisp crash of Chris’ drums!
CHILL to the heady throb of Matt’s bass in your face!
& REFILL your rock and roll mojo to the gills with the dual guitar attack of both STEVE and JOHN!
If you only see one Public Good show in October… make it this one!
(Editor’s note: this is currently the only TPG show in October.)
For soothing song samples certainly streaming, visit www.thepublicgoodonline.com and check out the player in the top right side.
Recommended tunes to try: “My Pre-Existing Conditions,” “(Imagine the Girlfriends I’d have) If I Still Had Hair,” “2008 Girl,” and “You Looked Good.” Tell them Playmixt sent ya!
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