Archive: February, 2013
David Bowie's The Next Day, his first album since 2003, comes out March 12. As of tonight, the Thin White Duke's 26th studio album, produced by Bowie and longtime compadre Tony Visconti, is streaming in its entirety on iTunes.
It's sounding excellent the first time through. Check it out here.
Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson, drummer for The Roots, is a most voluble musician. In June, the proud Philadelphian DJ, tastemaker and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon bandleader will have his say in a memoir, co-written with The New Yorker's Ben Greenman, called Mo' Meta Blues: The World According To Questlove.
The book comes out on June 18 on Grand Central Publishing. The cover is an homage to Milton Glaser's famous 1966 poster of Bob Dylan, which you can see here.
Or actually, a Gordon Lightfoot song newly covered by Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson of The Replacements. On March 5, the five song Songs for Slim EP will be released digitially on iTunes by New West records to benefit former Mats guitarist Slim Dunlap, who suffered a stroke in 2012 and is partially paralyzed.
The song is "I'm Not Sayin'," and while it doesn't recapture the greatness of 1980s Let It Be-Tim-Pleased to Meet Me era when the brilliantly sloppy Minnesota band were as good as it got, it's still a pretty encouraging, rough cut rocker, with Westerberg's voice breaking in all the right places. The song is streaming over here at Pitchfork.
David Bowie's first album in almost a decade, The Next Day, is out on March 12. Last night he dropped the secind single, "The Stars (Are Out Tonight), a consideration of the hollowness of celebrity that comes with a video directed by Floria Sigismondi starring androgynous British actress Tilda Swinton and the shape shifting rock star himself. Unlike "Where Are We Now?," the quietly haunting lead track from The Next Day that came out in January, this one rocks.
That's Bowie above, with hair that appears to be made of squid ink fettucine, and below with Swinton in "the Stars" clip, which includes some brief NSFW nudity.
Morrissey to play Tower Theater in April, The National and Dirty Projectors coming to the Mann in June
Now that the Oscars have transpired and 2012 awards season is finally over, let's get back to business with two Monday morning concert announcements.
Morrissey wiill play the Tower Theater on April 6. Will the storied Upper Darby venue go vegan, as the Staples Center may or may not be doing in honor of the red meat-loathing former Smiths frontman when he plays Los Angeles on March 1? Uncear, as I don't even know if they serve hot dogs at the Tower. Are soft pretzels vegan? Tickets go on sale March 1.
The summer schedule at the Mann Center in Fairmount park is fiilling out, with the Matt Berninger-fronted The National, who have new music due in May, topping a bill that also features intriguing indie experimentalists Dirty Projectors on June 7. Tickets for that one also go on sale on 3/1 at 10 a.m.
Magic Slim, the Mississippi native guitarist and singer born Morris Holt who was a standard bearer for Chicago blues for decades, has died. He was 75.
The bluesman died early Thursday morning at Thomas Jefferson University hospital, according to his manager Marty Salzman. He died after undergoing surgery to repair a bleeding ulcer, his son Shawn Holt told the Chicago Tribune.
Slim, who was born in Torrance, Mississippi and grew up in nearby Grenada, Mississippi, began playing guitar after a childhood accident with a cotton gin caused him to lose a pinky finger and give up playing piano. A 6 foot 6 man who wore a trademark cowboy hat, Slim was a broad and imposing figure on the bandstand who was given his ironic nickname by his childhood friend Magic Sam.
Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake - who recently collaborated on JT's new single, "Suit & Tie," which they performed together at the Grammys - will hit the road this year on the portentously titled 'Legends of the Summer' Tour.
The double bill kicks off on July 17 in Toronto, and will play Hershey Stadium on August 4 and Citizens Bank Park on August 13. That's the next to last scheduled date before a August 16 show in Miami, which would mean the the tour will be wrapped up in time for Jay to play Made In America in Philadelphia on Labor Day weekend, if it indeed happens for a second year running.
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. on 2/28 via Ticketmaster. Go here for presale info.
Country swinger Wayne "The Train" Hancock plays the Sellersville Theatre in Bucks County tonight, with former Commander Cody guitar hero Bill Kirchen opening.
Nick Cristiano's interview with Hancock from last Friday's Inquirer, in which the often-compared-to-Hank Williams throwback songwriter explains that he doesn't call what he does country music anymore "because [the meaning of the word] has changed: Now country is more like really bad '70s rock," is here.
Below, hear Wayne the Train sing the "Railroad Blues," with steel guitar whiz Lloyd Maines. Show detail are here.