April 16, 2014

John Cale: Lawrence 2014/04/15 setlist

photo: Shawn Brackbill

John Cale performed at the Lawrence Arts Center, Lawrence, USA - April 15, 2014. The show was reviewed in The Kanscas City Star.

  1. Hedda Gabler
  2. Face To the Sky
  3. Scotland Yard
  4. Praetorian Underground
  5. If You Were Still Around
  6. I Wanna Talk 2 U
  7. Fear Is a Man's Best Friend
  8. All Summer Long
  9. The Hanging
  10. You Know More Than I Know
  11. Ship of Fools
  12. Nookie Wood
  13. Satellite Walk
  14. Gun
  15. Pablo Picasso

» John Cale setlists

(Thanks: David Mácha)

Ummagma: "The Road to Lees" (HCTF premiere)

Canadian-Ukrainian shoegaze post-rock duo Ummagma have unveiled another video for a track from their self-titled album. The clip for The Road to Lees was made by Welsh video artist Jason Sheppard. The extensive use of kaleidoscopic effect mirrors the looping drum track of the song, while the distorted images are in sync with the soft spoken vocals.

The Road to Lees can be downloaded for free. Ummagma will release the Lama Remixes LP on May 16 thru German label Emerald & Doreen Recordings.

» ummagma.com
» Ummagma on Facebook

HCTF reviews of Antigravity and Ummagma.

April 15, 2014

Govt Mule: show in Amsterdam 07/08

It's been five years since the last Gov't Mule show @ Melkweg in Amsterdam. The blues rock quartet returns on July 8, performing two sets of passionate, hard-hitting tunes.

Pre-sale starts on April 18.

» mule.net

Thought Beneath Film: Cartographers

Thought Beneath Film reach for the sky on their debut album Cartographers. The Hamilton, ON poewerpop trio dream of world domination and their upbeat songs deserve to come howling from the car speakers while driving through town with the top down. Their sound is mainstream to the max, but pay attention to the lyrics. They named themselves after Emily Dickinson poem after all.

Cartographers was mastered by Bob Ludwig, the go-to maestro for acts who want to sound big.

Thought Beneath Film:
Brent Wirth: vocals, guitar, piano
Brian Wirth: guitar, vocals
Derek Winter: bass, vocals

Cartographers is a self-released album. Buy it from their website.

  1. Cartographers
  2. The Art of Giving Up
  3. If I Could Fix You (You Know That I Would)
  4. False Skin
  5. Maybe I'm a Chump
  6. Hearts On Overdrive
  7. Paper Trails
  8. Sixty-Six
  9. Magnet
  10. This Time

Live dates:
  • 04/18 Hamilton, ON @ The Casbah – “Cartographers” Release Show
  • 05/10 Toronto, ON @ CBC Music Lounge – Canadian Music Week (CBC Showcase)
  • 05/16 Guelph, ON @ Van Gogh’s Ear

» thoughtbeneathfilm.ca

John Cale: working on a new album

John Cale
photo: Shawn Brackbill

John Cale interview in Kansas City based blog The Pitch. He is working on the radio mixes of a couple that will be on a new album:

The Pitch: So, you're in the studio right now?

Cale: Yeah, I'm just getting started on some radio mixes. There's an album that I've put together that'll be announced later in the year, and I'm trying to get as much done as possible before I start touring.

When you mix things for radio, I know that you change certain elements and bring them up or out. What are the changes you made for this particular material?

Oh, I think you get some leeway: you take out some bridges from there, if your song is to long, or you move the chorus a little earlier. It's just - how do you get to the point of a single? Singles have to be terse, and to-the-point, and you can't take time to go through too many bridges before hitting the chorus.

Also, it depends on where you put the riff, if there is a riff in the song. You put it in, and attract people's attention as soon as possible.

He will perform @ Nine Forty Live in Lawrence, KS, tonight.

» John Cale tour dates

April 14, 2014

The Black Keys:"Turn Blue" video

The Black Keys' new album Turn Blue will be released May 13th. The duo have put up a video for the rather mellow title track.

» theblackkeys.com

Carrie Elkin & Danny Schmidt: new album "For Keeps" 05/13

At long last a full-length album from Carrie Elkin and Danny Schmidt. After releasing the Together in 2012 they found the time to write and record the tracks for an album. For Keeps wil be released on Red House Records on May 13. Impatient folk fans can already get their hands on it by ordering it through Danny Schmidt's or Carrie Elkin's website.

» carrieelkin.com
» dannyschmidt.com

Chris Greene Quartet: Music Appreciation

The Chris Greene Quartet goes against the grain by releasing a double album. Music Appreciation features reinvented jazz standards (Coltrane, Mingus, Shorter) and originals by three of the band's musicians. Tracks are allowed to go beyond four minutes mark, By holding back on overdubs and get the song on tape within one or two takes, the recording sessions gave birth to a sprawling collection of really great jazz, a front row seat at a club with superb acoustics.

Being seasoned musicians they didn't settle for playing the standards in a tried-and-true way. They messed with the time signatures, shaving half a beat from Firecracker, and slowed down Nostalgia in Times Square. As for the originals, Greene's cheerful The Moose Is Loose! and piano player Espinosa's Solution could grow into 15 minutes monsters on stage. Greene's Molar Melancholia can serve as a musical pain killer Molar Melancholia after the dentist's anaesthetic wears off.

Chris Greene Quartet:
Chris Greene: saxophones
Damian Espinosa: piano, keyboards
Marc Piane: double bass
Steve Corley: drums, percussion

Music Appreciation is released on Single Malt Recordings. Buy it from their website.

  1. The Missing Part
  2. Papuera
  3. Institutional Samba
  4. Nostalgia in Times Square
  5. Clean & Clear
  6. The Moose Is Loose!
  1. Divers
  2. Solution
  3. Molar Melancholia
  4. Day of Honor
  5. Equinox
  6. Deluge
  7. Firecracker

Live dates:
  • 04/17 Pete Miller's, Evanston, IL
  • 04/24 Pete Miller's, Evanston, IL
  • 04/26 M. Vie, Chicago, IL
  • 04/27 Simon's Tavern, Chicago, IL
  • 05/01 Pete Miller's, Evanston, IL
  • 05/08 Pete Miller's, Evanston, IL
  • 05/15 Pete Miller's, Evanston, IL
  • 05/17 The Livery, Benton Harbor, MI
  • 05/22 Pete Miller's, Evanston, IL
  • 05/23 Pete Miller's, Evanston, IL
  • 05/24 Pete Miller's, Evanston, IL
  • 05/29 Pete Miller's, Evanston, IL
  • 06/01 S.P.A.C.E., Evanston, IL
  • 06/21 Custer Fair, Evanston, IL

» chrisgreenejazz.com