July 30, 2016

A rather boring Bowie tribute in London (except John Cale)

photo: BBC/Mark Allan

The David Bowie tribute at the Royal Albert Hall in London was disappointing as a whole, with the guest singers avoided taking risks and/or missing the notes by mile. The music of Bowie needs a sparkle, dynamics and a mischievous smile. The arrangements were nice enough, but deconstruction and reinvention of the music would have turned into a truly memorable night, not a parade of nervous artists catering to the mainstream. One man could not save the night, but he came close. John Cale stood his ground and was one of the few highlights. The Guardian concurs:

Then John Cale arrives, wearing an overcoat, scarf and a skirt. In the hands of a Velvet Underground member who influenced Bowie in the first place, Valentine’s Day becomes a dark, electronic elegy, Sorrow a buzzing, gothic anthem, and Space Oddity an excursion into trip-hop, lifted high by the House Gospel Choir.

Bowie’s star burns the strongest here tonight, and the blackest, into the next day.

July 29, 2016

Itchy Teeth: Solid Gold Tooth

photo: Michael Laur de Manos

Retro Britpop quartet Itchy Teeth have made a DIY video for Solid Gold Tooth, a track from their forthcoming debut album (August 14th on Fourtwenty Records. They filmed at the Cimetière du Père-Lachaise in Paris (final resting of place of Edith Piaf, Jim Morrison and Oscar Wilde). A tongue-in-cheek slow song with plenty of "ooohs" and delicate guitar interaction.

Live dates:
  • 08/13 Northampton, UK @ Greenstone Festival
  • 08/14 London, UK @ Birthdays (album release party)
  • 08/19 Ferrara, Italy @ Puedes Summer Night
  • 08/20 Messina, Italy @ Pas De Trai Festival
  • 08/25 Padua, Italy @ TBA
  • 09/02 Kent, UK @ Smugglers Record Festival
  • 09/10 Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Magneet Festival
  • 09/29 Rome, Italy @ Le Mura
  • 09/30 Montebelluna, Italy @ Montebelluna, Italy
  • 10/19 Margate, UK @ Tom Thumb Theatre
  • 10/20 Brixton, UK @ The Windmill
  • 10/21 Deal, UK @ The Lighthouse
  • 10/23 Whitstable, UK @ Duke of Cumberland

» itchyteeth.co.uk

July 28, 2016

Marco Benevento: tour dates

NYC Avant-jazz keyboardist Marco Benevento hits the road again to promote his latest studio album The Story of Fred Short. The tour includes three shows in the UK in September.

Live dates:
  • 08/11 Asbury Park, NJ @ Jams On The Sand
  • 08/12 New York, NY @ American Beauty NYC
  • 08/31 Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore Philadelphia
  • 09/01 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club (supporting The Claypool Lennon Delirium)
  • 09/03 Saugerties, NY @ Woodstock Sessions
  • 09/15 Oxford, United Kingdom @ O2 Academy 2 Oxford
  • 09/17 London, United Kingdom @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • 09/18 London, United Kingdom @ Brooklyn Bowl

July 27, 2016

Phish: "Scent of a Mule" live @ The Forum in Inglewood, CA - 2016/07/22

Watch Phish perform Scent of a Mule @ The Forum in Inglewood, CA - 2016/07/22. Trey Anastasio and Jon Fishman on Marimba Lumina.

Live dates:
  • 08/26 Lockn’ Festival @ Oak Ridge Farm, Arrington, VA
  • 08/28 Lockn’ Festival @ Oak Ridge Farm, Arrington, VA
  • 09/02 Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, CO
  • 09/03 Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, CO
  • 09/04 Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, CO

» phish.com

Words about music (411): Johnny Ramone

Some bands blow it before they even play. The most important moment of any show is when a band walks out with the red amp lights glowing, the flashlight that shows each performer the way to his spot on the stage. It's crucial not to blow it. It sets the tempo of the show; it affects everyone's perception of the band.

Johnny Ramone