Sunday, March 28, 2010

Philosophy in Lyrics

And while the future's there for anyone to change,
Don't you know it seems
It would be easier sometimes to change the past

Fountain Of Sorrow
Jackson Browne
Late For The Sky

Noel Gallagher To Play First Post-Oasis US Gig In...

Milwaukee ??!?

[Editor's Note:  Pronounced 'mill-e-wah-que', which is Algonquin meaning "the good land."]

Sometime soon, he’ll take his second major step when he travels across the Atlantic to play his first solo show in America. Yet rather than the norm hot spots of New York, Los Angeles, or Chicago, Gallagher will take to the Pabst Theater in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for the occasion.
A date and other specifics have yet to be announced, but, according to the venue’s website, Gallagher and his band — former Oasis lead guitarist Gem Archer, touring keyboardist Jay Darlington, and percussionist Terry Kirkbride backed him in London — will perform “all the songs you know and love plus a few rarities.”

via Consequence of Sound

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Noel Gallagher Plays First Post-Oasis Gig

Last night, Liam's brother played his first gig since Oasis broke up last year at the annual Teenage Cancer Trust charity concerts held over a series of nights at the famed Royal Albert Hall in London.  Can't wait until this better half of Oasis comes Stateside! The setlist was:

'(It's Good) To Be Free'
'Talk Tonight'
'Fade Away'
'Cast No Shadow'
'Half The World Away'
'Don't Go Away'
'The Importance Of Being Idle'
'Listen Up'
'Sad Song'
'Rockin' Chair'
'Slide Away'
'Digsy's Dinner'
'The Masteplan'
'Married With Children'
'Don't Look Back In Anger'

via NME

Check out the video of Noel's entrance and appropriate set opener:

The little things they make me so happy
All I wanna do is live by the sea
Yeah little things they make me so happy
But it's good it's good it's good to be free

Don't Go Away

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Beatle Festival Coming to DC

Billed on their website as the "The World's Largest Beatles-Inspired Music Festival", Abbey Road On The River  will be held at National Harbor (technically in MD), on the Potomac River waterfront a few miles from Washington's National Mall.  It will take place over five days around Labor Day Weekend.  The festival has been held in Louisville, KY every year since 2005 and it will return there again in 2010 over Memorial Day weekend.  The DC incarnation of the event will be the first time that Abbey Road On The River has been held outside its home base in Kentucky.  It features Beatles cover bands and 'Summer Of Love'-inspired acts from all over the world.

A few of the bands listed as being booked for the Washington show include:
Candlestick Park - Scotland, UK
Lucy In The Sky - Cologne, Germany
The Jukebox - Puerto Rico
The Repeatles - Sweden
The Blue Meanies - New York, NY
Desmond & Molly - Cleveland, OH

I decided to pick out one listed band (The Jukebox) to see what they sounded like. Check out the Puerto Rican Beatles' cover of I'm A Loser:

Sunday, March 21, 2010

You're Welcome: Jawbone - The Band

With the new feature "You're Welcome", I've chosen to highlight a great track, by a well known band, that you're likely not familiar with.  In this case, its not just any band, but The Band.  And the song is called "Jawbone".  It appears on their self-titled album, known to fans as The Brown Album, which was released in 1969.  Jawbone doesn't appear on any of their greatest hits collections, was not played at The Last Waltz, and didn't even make the cut on the 6-disc A Musical History box set, released in 2005.  And this is why its the perfect candidate for the inaugural You're Welcome.

Contributing to its unknown status, "Jawbone" is overshadowed on The Brown Album, the follow-up to the legendary Music From Big Pink, by heavyweights Across The Great Divide, The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, Up On Cripple Creek, and Rag Mama Rag.  In my opinion, Jawbone is in desperate need of some recognition as it is another great example of the under-appreciated vocal ability of Richard Manuel.  In this instance, Richard is supported by backing harmonies from singing drummer Levon Helm.  The song is also another example of the funky swing that The Band was capable of producing, featured on tracks like King Harvest and Life is a Carnival.

On a sidenote, Jawbone was the name of a now defunct UK fanzine about The Band, first published in 1996.

Oh...and by the're welcome.