November 21, 2014

Looking back: "LOOP>>60Hz: Transmissions from The Drone Orchestra" @ Barbican Centre

Bevis Bowden made a short film about LOOP>>60Hz: Transmissions from The Drone Orchestra at the Barbican Centre. John Cale and Liam Young took music and technology to the next level:

Two fearless innovators, musical pioneer John Cale and technology storyteller Liam Young, transformed the Barbican's Theatre with a brand new audio-visual collaboration.

A film by Bevis Bowden about 'LOOP>>60Hz: Transmissions from The Drone Orchestra', a work by John Cale and Liam Young, commissioned by the Barbican and The Space as part of Digital Revolution.

The performance took place on 12 & 13 September 2014.

Zappa Plays Zappa: "One Size Fits All" in full

Zappa Plays Zappa celebrate their 10th anniversary with a 2015 world tour performing One Size Fits All in full. The American leg of the tour kicks off in Buffalo.

Live dates:
  • 03/31 Buffalo, NY @ University of Buffalo Center For The Arts
  • 04/01 Terrebonne, QC @ Theatre du Vieux-Terrabonne
  • 04/02 Mississauga, ON @ Living Arts Centre Hammerson Hall
  • 04/03 Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
  • 04/04 Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
  • 04/06 Munhall, PA @ Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall
  • 04/07 Albany, NY @ The Egg
  • 04/08 Northampton, MA @ Calvin Theatre
  • 04/09 Portland, ME @ State Theatre
  • 04/10 Ridgefield, CT @ Ridgefield Playhouse
  • 04/11 Glenside, PA @ Keswick Theatre
  • 04/12 Boston, MA @ Berklee Performance Center
  • 04/14 Alexandria, VA @ Birchmere
  • 04/15 Knoxville, TN @ US Cellular Stage at Bijou
  • 04/16 Birmingham, AL @ Iron City
  • 04/18 Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
  • 04/20 St. Louis, MO @ Plush St. Louis
  • 04/21 Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall
  • 04/23 Denver, CO @ Colorado Symphony
  • 04/24 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
  • 04/25 Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas
  • 04/26 Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre
  • 04/28 Oklahoma City, OK @ UCO Performance Lab
  • 04/29 Dallas, TX @ House Of Blues
  • 04/30 San Antonio, TX @ Aztec Theatre
  • 05/01 Austin, TX @ Emo's Austin
  • 05/03 Houston, TX @ House Of Blues
  • 05/05 Jackson, MS @ Duling Hall
  • 05/06 Athens, GA @ Georgia Theatre
  • 05/07 Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works
  • 05/08 Charlotte, NC @ Neighborhood Theatre
  • 05/09 Richmond, VA @ The National
  • 05/10 Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live

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November 20, 2014

Steve Albini: Face The Music 2014 - Keynote Address

Recording engineer Steve Albini delivered the keynote address at Face The Music @ Arts Centre in Melbourne, Australia. Food for thought from an outspoken outsider who has never really been part of the music industry, but as veteran knows how the system has worked since the early Seventies. He embraces the internet as a means to distribute music.

A transcription is up on the site of UK news paper The Guardian.

There’s a lot of shade thrown by people in the music industry about how terrible the free sharing of music is, how it’s the equivalent of theft, etc. That’s all bullshit and we’ll deal with that in a minute. But for a minute I want you to look at the experience of music from a fan’s perspective, post-internet. Music that is hard to find was now easy to find. Music to suit my specific tastes, as fucked up as they might be, was now accessible by a few clicks or maybe posting a query on a message board. In response I had more access to music than I had ever imagined. Curated by other enthusiasts, keen to turn me on to the good stuff; people, like me, who want other people to hear the best music ever.

This audience-driven music distribution has other benefits. Long-forgotten music has been given a second life. And bands whose music that was ahead of its time has been allowed to reach a niche audience that the old mass distribution failed to find for them, as one enthusiast turns on the next and this forgotten music finally gets it due. There’s a terrific documentary about one such case, the Detroit band Death whose sole album was released in a perfunctory edition in, I believe, 1975 and disappeared until a copy of it was digitised and made public on the internet. Gradually the band found an audience, their music got lovingly reissued, and the band has resurrected, complete with tours playing to packed houses. And the band are now being allowed the career that the old star system had denied them. There are hundreds of such stories and there are speciality labels that do nothing but reissue lost classics like that once they surface.

Ride rides again

British shoegaze pioneers Ride are back in business and will hit the road in May and June 2015. The band broke up in 1996 citing musical differences, shortly before the Tarantula was released.

Live dates:
  • 05/22 Glasgow, Scotland @ Barrowland Ballroom
  • 05/23 Manchester, England @ Albert Hall
  • 05/24 London, England @ Roundhouse
  • 05/26 Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Paradiso
  • 05/27 Paris, France @ Olympia
  • 05/29 Barcelona, Spain @ Primavera Sound Festival
  • 06/02 Toronto, Ontario @ DanForth Music Hall
  • 06/04 New York, NY @ Terminal 5
  • 06/07 London, England @ Field Day


November 19, 2014

The Decemberists: North American tour dates

The Decemberists have announced a North American tour to promote their new album What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World (January 20, 2015) The Portland, OR folk band will be on tour in Europe in February and March.

Live dates:
  • 03/21 Keller Auditorium @ Portland, OR
  • 03/24 Northrop Auditorium @ Minneapolis, MN
  • 03/25 Riverside Theater @ Milwaukee, WI
  • 03/27 Chicago Theatre @ Chicago, IL
  • 03/28 Royal Oak Music Theatre @ Royal Oak, MI
  • 03/30 Massey Hall @ Toronto, ON
  • 03/31 Benedum Center @ Pittsburgh, PA
  • 04/01 UB Center For The Arts @ Buffalo, NY
  • 04/03 House of Blues @ Boston, MA
  • 04/04 House of Blues @ Boston, MA
  • 04/06 Beacon Theatre @ New York, NY
  • 04/07 Academy of Music @ Philadelphia, PA
  • 04/09 The Fillmore Charlotte @ Charlotte, NC
  • 04/10 The Tabernacle @ Atlanta, GA
  • 04/11 The Tabernacle @ Atlanta, GA
  • 04/13 Ryman Auditorium @ Nashville, TN