Friday, January 13, 2017

The Panorama 2017 Lineup Includes Frank Ocean, Solange, And A Tribe Called Quest

Panorama Festival 2017 is upon us, and the lineup is serious.

While this year’s Coachella boasts Beyoncé, Kendrick Lamar and Radiohead as headliners, its East Coast cousin is pulling out some stops as well. Not only will Frank Ocean be headlining, but Solange and *gasp* A Tribe Called Quest will be performing as well.

As Vulture points out, ATCQ opened for Kanye West in 2013, which was supposed to be one of their last shows — ever. Anyone who’s lucky enough to get their hands on tickets will surely be in for a treat. Note: It’s also their first show without Phife.

Also on the bill are Tyler the Creator, Isaiah Rashad, Tame Impala, Alt-J, Nine Inch Nails and more.

Peep the entire lineup below, then head here for ticket information.

Deadmau5 at Hammerstein Ballroom, March 31

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

LEONARD COHEN - Live at the Isle of Wight 1970 at Cinema Arts Centre, January 11

Sponsored by Stuart & Ginger Polisner
LEONARD COHEN - Live at the Isle of Wight 1970
Prolific rock documentarian Murray Lerner in person!
Wednesday, January 11 at 7:30 pm
$10 Members | $15 Public –Includes Reception
Forty-six summers ago on a windswept island just off England’s southern coastline, a young Canadian folksinger-songwriter-poet-novelist named Leonard Cohen delivered the performance of a lifetime.
On August 31, 1970, 35-year-old Leonard Cohen was awakened at 2am from a nap in his trailer and brought onstage to perform with his band at the third annual Isle of Wight music festival. The audience of 600,000 was in a fiery and frenzied mood, after turning the festival into a political arena, trampling the fences, setting fire to structure and equipment – and stoked by the most incendiary performance of Jimi Hendrix’s career, less than three weeks before his death. As Cohen followed Hendrix’s set, onlookers (and fellow festival headliners) Joan Baez, Kris Kristofferson, Judy Collins and others stood sidestage in awe as the Canadian folksinger quietly tamed the crowd. (USA & UK, 2009, 64 min., English, NR, Digital | Dir. Murray Lerner)

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Robert Fripp Confirms King Crimson To Tour US In 2017

Prog rock legends King Crimson will tour the United States in 2017 according to the band’s guitarist Robert Fripp. The group has also undergone a lineup change, expanding the Seven-Headed Beast to a Double Quartet Formation.

Writing in a recent diary entry on his website, Fripp revealed King Crimson will spend 2017 mostly touring America. According to Fripp the tour will commence in Seattle (where they wrapped a tour in October 2014) and continue along the West Coast in June and July. The U.S. tour will continue his fall on the East Coast wrote the guitarist.

Fripp also announced multi-instrumentalist Bill Rieflin had returned to the band following a sabbatical. Along with Fripp, he rounds out a lineup featuring guitarist Jakko Jakszyk, bassist Tony Levin, saxophonist Mel Collins, and drummers Gavin Harrison, Pat Mastelotto and Jeremy Stacey.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Lilys and Dead Heavens at Bowery Ballroom, January 29

Anti Pitchfork: Dave Abbruzzese trolls Pearl Jam over Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction snub with random non-sensical Facebook posts, continues to slander the band as he calls for them to defend his absence from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony...

Former Drummer of Pearl Jam- Dave Abbruzzese is obviously never going to get over being fired from the band and continues to slander Eddie Vedder since 1994. He was in the band for three years, played on two albums, and refuses to accept that the band did not get along with him and has moved on with their lives. He considers himself to be the 'iconic' Pearl Jam drummer who played during their most successful years. We have seen little evidence of a career from Dave ever since. He is a professional complainer who won't stop whining about every little Pearl Jam achievement he is not included in. It is becoming more and more obvious why this guy is not easy to get along with. This type of arrogant entitlement is what makes bands like Pearl Jam leave you behind. All of the other drummers that have played in the band have moved on with their lives and stayed on good terms with the band members. There is obviously something bipolar about Dave.

He has posted on Facebook slanderous comments about them being fake people without integrity, screwed him out of money and other baseless issues that are irrelevant to the public and fans of the group. Today, he has stated he does not care about making an acceptance speech or the award. So what does the man want!? It seems like he is gunning for some kind of explanation or apology from the band that will never come. Any group is allowed to fire a 'replacement' member if they are not satisfied with their work or there is a personality clash. He is not a founding member, nor has he been in the band the longest. Matt Cameron has been in the band for twenty years now. It seems this imaginary entitlement is all in Dave's head and he doesn't know how to move on with his life.

Perhaps he should have joined another band at the time of his falling out... Maybe Silverchair or Nickelback is hiring?

This pathetic war he refuses to let go of with Pearl Jam is embarrassing and only tarnishes the event. It's petty and baseless due to the fact that he was a hired drummer for a short amount of time relative to the band's entire career. To say, Dave was in the 'iconic' lineup, or that Pearl Jam has not continued a massively successful career after his firing is flat out wrong and inaccurate.

His Facebook posts are incredibly insulting to the band and he is directing his jealousy and anger in the wrong direction. He should challenge the Hall of Fame if he feels this is an essential mistake, but the more realistic perspective would be for Dave to move on with his life and be grateful for the few years and records he got to make with a legendary band. Things happen in the music business, people don't always get along and the bottom line is you have to live the consequences of your words and actions. He chose to take an adversarial side with them since 1994 and has slandered Pearl Jam time and time again. They have not said one bad thing about him since.

Move on.. get a life.. audition for a band..  maybe get on some form of anti-depressant.. but drop the whole entitlement thing. You're stuck in the past and it's not working for you.

Monday, December 12, 2016

former Verve frontman Richard Ashcroft released ‘These People,’ touring this spring (NYC at Terminal 5)

Onetime frontman for The Verve, Richard Ashcroft released his fifth solo album, These People, earlier this year. He coproduced the album himself with longtime collaborator Chris Potter and keeps with his sweeping, orchestrated style. You can check out videos for singles “Hold On,” “This is How it Feels” and “They Don’t Own Me,” plus stream the album, below.

Richard has just announced a short North American tour where he’ll perform both solo songs and The Verve favorites. That tour begins in NYC at Terminal 5 on March 27. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday, December 16 with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (12/14) at noon. All dates are listed below.

In other news, The Verve‘s first two album — 1993’s A Storm in Heaven and 1995’s A Northern Soul — have been reissued in three disc-deluxe versions with the original album remastered from the original tapes, plus a bevvy of b-sides, non-LP singles, BBC sessions, live recordings and more. There are also single-disc vinyl reissues. If you’re only familiar with “Bittersweet Symphony” and “Lucky Man,” The Verve began as a much different band, making gorgeously atmospheric psych-rock, highlighted by Nick McCabe’s inventive guitar playing and killer rhythm section. I think A Storm in Heaven (from when they were just Verve) is a masterpiece and the band’s early singles, which are included in this reissue, are terrific too.

Richard Ashcroft – 2017 Tour Dates

3/27 New York, NY Terminal 5
3/29 Boston, MA House of Blues
3/30 Chicago, IL House of Blues
4/3 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern
4/5 Oakland, CA The Fox Theater
4/7 Toronto, ON Danforth Music Hall

Monday, November 21, 2016

Rest in Audio: Company Will Turn Your Ashes Into Vinyl

Now your friends can scratch you into the afterlife

Figuring out how you want to be memorialized after your death is often a lifelong question, some artists spend their whole lives trying to commit one act that may resonate beyond their mortal coil, yet for the deepest (and somewhat laziest) of audiophiles there is a convenient new answer: having your ashes pressed onto vinyl.

Founded in 2009 by Jason Leach, And Vinyly is a pun-obsessed UK-based service that allows customers to press their remains onto a vinyl record. What began “just for fun” is now a bustling business for Leach, as people can use the skull and crossbones mouse icon to choose from a selection of different packages.

You can get album artwork portraits by James Hague (of the National Portrait Gallery) or street artist Paul Insect (or just choose your own art). You can hire musicians through the company who will write and record a track at £500 (about $650) a pop (or maybe you want to write your own song?). And for those who have a hard time making decisions, you can have parts of your body cremated and committed to vinyl while the rest of your body is buried (but why not just have a Viking funeral and save everyone the confusion?).

Yet some do take this option more seriously than the website’s “Live on beyond the groove!” type candor. Aeon’s Hearing Madge documents one And Vinyly customer’s process of making a record of his deceased mother. It does make one think, what song would be on your death record?

Tuesday, November 15, 2016


Grunge music had pretty much run its course by 1995. Kurt Cobain was dead. Mudhoney still wasn’t famous. The Seattle sound had been replaced on the radio by up-and-comers Hootie & the Blowfish and Blues Traveler. For many, it was like the revolution hadn’t even happened. But it had, and many of those that had benefitted from the grunge explosion were ready to move on—but not without first paying tribute to their forebears. But who were these forebears?

If you were to try to trace grunge music back to its source, you wouldn’t get far before running into Mike Watt. Watt was the bass player that launched a thousand other bass players. Ending every gig with words that encouraged audience members to start their own band, Watt defined punk rock in the ’80s as a member of San Pedro’s Minutemen and helped create the post-punk genre the following decade with his work in fIREHOSE. Many of the people who formed the bands that put Seattle on the map in the mid-’90s grew up idolizing Watt. As such, several jumped at the chance to help record his first post-fIREHOSE solo album.

The solo record was called Ball-Hog or Tug Boat? Released in February of ’95, it featured in-studio collaborations with, among others,Henry Rollins, Flea, Thurston Moore, J Mascis, members of the Beastie Boys, Frank Black, Dave Pirner, Evan Dando, Nels Cline, Pat Smear, Dave Grohl and Eddie Vedder. With this many cooks in the kitchen, there were bound to be some hits and misses. Honestly, this record has always felt a little unfocused and inconsistent to me. I’ve always loved it as an idea, though—an attempt from those who had gained popularity in the ’90s to lend their celebrity in lifting up one they considered a legend.

That’s where this live record comes in. Recorded in Chicago in May of ’95, Ring Spiel captures a single energetic night of the solo tour Watt spent opening for Hovercraft and Foo Fighters. Filling out his band were Sunny Day Real Estate/early Foo Fighter drummer William Goldsmith, former Nirvana and then-current Foo Fighters members Grohl and Smear, and Pearl Jam singer Vedder. Vedder contributed some vocals, but spent most of his time onstage playing rhythm guitar.

Any inconsistency I observed in the source material is quickly forgotten during this astonishing sonic time capsule. The band is raw and fired up, switching instruments and benching themselves to accommodate the different feel and shape of each song. Together, they power through a dozen and a half songs, including the Daniel Johnson cover “Walking the Cow” and the now-infamous Watt composition “Piss-Bottle Man.” Highlights include the Eddie Vedder song “Habit,” the Minutemen classic “Political Song for Michael Jackson to Sing” and a cover of Blue Öyster Cult’s “The Red and the Black.” It is a blisteringly solid performance by musicians that are almost having too much fun playing live. Is it as good as seeing Watt live today? Not even close. But for those that want to experience what it would’ve been like to see Watt lead a band of young bucks into their post-grunge music prime, this should be required listening.

Monday, November 14, 2016

A Tribe Called Quest's Final Album ''We got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your service' Is Here

A Tribe Called Quest's first full-length album in 18 years has finally arrived. We got it from Here... Thank You 4 Your service is a 16-track project that includes features from Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, Elton John, André 3000, Jack White, and Busta Rhymes. Q-Tip revealed the album's release date with a note shared on social media on Oct. 27. In it, he said that a group reunion on The Tonight Show inspired the rappers to get back in the studio, where they laid down the "blueprint" for what would become this album.

Phife Dawg, who tragically passed away earlier this year, is also heard throughout the album. “It’s so hard for me to sit in there and hear his voice,” Q-Tip said in a New York Times interview about working with Phife's recorded material. “Sometimes I just have to like take a break and walk away. It gets heavy. It doesn’t necessarily get sad, it just gets heavy. I literally feel the energy from him when I hear his voice." It also includes original members Jarobi White and Ali Shaheed Muhammad.

In his initial announcement, Q-Tip also noted that due to Phife's death, this will be the final album from A Tribe Called Quest. This caps off an incredibly influential run from the group, including the release of the highly influential albums Midnight Marauders and The Low End Theory in the early 90s.

You can purchase A Tribe Called Quest's final album We got it from Here... Thank You 4 Your service on iTunes now or stream it via Apple Music. You can also stream it below via Spotify.

Friday, November 11, 2016

RIP Leonard Cohen

THE TERRY KATH EXPERIENCE at SVA Theatre, November 13!


The Terry Kath Experience is a trip into the mind of one of the most underrated guitarists in rock history. Kath was one of the original members of the band Chicago whose guitar playing and voice has been praised by such icons as Jimi Hendrix and Joe Walsh. The film follows first-time filmmaker Michelle Sinclair, Terry’s daughter, as she searches for the truth surrounding the life and untimely death of her father.

Official Site:
On Twitter: kathguitar
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Director: Michelle Kath Sinclair

Producer: Michelle Kath Sinclair, Tony Papa & Jordan Levy

Cinematographer: Jordan Levy

Editor: Micah Levin, Tony Papa

Running Time: 89

Language: English

Country: USA

Year: 2015

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Loss Haunts A Tribe Called Quest’s First Album in 18 Years

On March 22, at 3 a.m., Q-Tip and Phife Dawg were on the phone. The two rappers — lifelong friends from Queens and half of the influential hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest — were “yucking it up,” Q-Tip recalled, and talking about a project few people outside their inner circle knew was in the works: a new Tribe album, the first in 18 years.

Q-Tip was in the million-dollar recording studio he built in the basement of his stately New Jersey home; Phife was at his place in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Phife was fired up about a potential track: “Yo, make sure you send me that beat. I’ve got to put some verses to it. That beat is fire!” Q-Tip said in a recent interview in the lounge of his studio, surrounded by white shelves holding hundreds of vinyl LPs. The lighthearted conversation ended around 4 a.m. and Q-Tip went back to work. Nineteen hours later, Phife’s manager called. His friend and lifelong collaborator was dead.

The cause was complications from diabetes; Phife was 45. The other members of A Tribe Called Quest were shattered. The rapper Jarobi White was at Q-Tip’s house and heard people screaming. “We broke down,” he said. “There were two puddles of goo on the floor.” The producer Ali Shaheed Muhammad was in Sherman Oaks, Calif., walking out of an Apple store with a replacement iPhone when the call came in. “I was in shock,” he said. Without any of his contacts, he stood paralyzed, unable to reach out to anyone.

“I had no idea that his days was numbered,” Q-Tip said. Retelling this story in the same room where he had had so many conversations with Phife, he became too emotional to speak. He buried his face in his hands and sobbed. Finally he said, “I just want to celebrate him, you know?”

On Friday, Nov. 11, A Tribe Called Quest will do just that, releasing on Epic Records “We Got It From Here, Thank You for Your Service,” the group’s sixth album. It features all four of the group’s members plus a host of guests — André 3000, Kendrick Lamar, Elton John, Jack White and Busta Rhymes, a longtime Tribe collaborator who made a heralded appearance on the 1992 posse cut “Scenario.” Busta Rhymes said he saw Q-Tip and Phife in the studio vibing the way they did in the old days. “I seen them laughing and joking and high-fiving, and you can just see that young, invigorated ‘we’re-just-getting-our-first-opportunity-to-do-this’ energy again!” he said. Q-Tip noted, “I hadn’t seen Phife that happy since we were kids.”

They went through so much to reach that point. Tribe assembled as teenagers in Queens — Q-Tip and Phife, who first met in church at the age of four; plus Mr. Muhammad, who created much of their music; and Mr. White, who Q-Tip has called “the spirit of the group.” In the early ’90s, they made what are widely considered two of hip-hop’s greatest albums: “The Low End Theory” and “Midnight Marauders.” (Mr. White left after recording “The Low End Theory” to pursue a career as a chef.) The group was known for thoughtful lyrics, jazz samples and a more artful, less macho, approach to hip-hop. Q-Tip was the artistic, esoteric, philosophical M.C. while Phife Dawg was the streetwise, confident yet humble rapper with a little Trinidadian “ruffneck” swag. “He’s like your common man’s homeboy,” said André 3000. “He’s like the dude next door that watched sports and is always talking about the game. And he was funny.”

Three of Tribe’s five albums went platinum, and the other two went gold, but the group’s influence extended far beyond sales figures. As part of the Native Tongues movement, which also included De La Soul, they were into Afrocentrism and positivity and showed a generation how to make music that was both fun and substantive. “Tip’s kind of like the father of all of us, like me, Kanye, Pharrell,” André 3000 said. “When you’re a kid, it’s kind of like, O.K., who am I going to be? Can I be Eazy-E? Nah. But Q-Tip? Yeah. He seems more like a common kind of person.”

The Apollo Theater marquee for Phife Dawg’s memorial service in April. CreditChad Batka for The New York Times

Around the same time, a teenager in Detroit was also studying Tribe’s music. “They were trying to break new ground, and they had a musicologist’s attitude toward what they were doing with their samples,” Jack White said from his studio in Nashville. “I mean, you’ve got ‘Can I Kick It?’ over a Lou Reed sample from ‘Walk on the Wild Side.’ That really showed that they were miles and miles deeper than most other people in pop music.”A Tribe Called Quest - "Can I Kick It?" Video by TribeCalledQuestVEVO

By the end of the ’90s, Tribe’s members had broken up. In the ensuing years, they would occasionally reconvene to do shows, but the relationship between Q-Tip and Phife was difficult at times, as can be seen in Michael Rapaport’s sometimes brutal 2011 documentary “Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest.” Q-Tip said the group had grown so popular that it was hard to maintain the friendships that were at its core. He also felt uncomfortable being cast as the de facto leader. “I’m more of a special-ops soldier,” he said.

Even still, Phife repeatedly asked about doing another group album; Q-Tip would respond, “Not now.” He was on a self-imposed sabbatical. “I wanted to rethink my life as an artist and as a man,” he explained.

He stepped out of the spotlight to re-energize himself and flowed into a yearslong period of spiritual rejuvenation. He studied music theory. He read a lot — Duke Ellington’s “Music Is My Mistress,” Toni Morrison’s “Song of Solomon,” George Orwell’s “1984,” the fiction of Paul Beatty, the poetry of Nikki Giovanni. He worked on his own poems. He tried all sorts of things.

From left, Q-Tip, Phife Dawg and Jarobi White at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, in 2013.CreditDave Kotinsky/Getty Images

“I was celibate for like a year,” he said. “I just wanted to ensure my mental health as a human being.” Then one day he said to himself: “How much longer are you going to be here? It’s good that you sat and you’re reading these books and you’re leaving the girls alone but, like, get over yourself.” It was time to get back to work.

Shortly afterward, in November 2015, the group was asked to perform on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” to commemorate the 25th anniversary of its debut album. It was the group’s first television appearance in 15 years, and everyone agreed. “It felt right,” Q-Tip said. “The energy was right. It felt like we was those kids that had that big show in Paris when they were 19. It felt fresh. It felt exciting. It felt new. Plus, it was just good to be with my brothers after all of that time.”

Mr. White said the group easily slipped back into the zone: “It was like, oh man, this is the feeling that we’ve all been missing!” That was the night when Q-Tip finally said: “Let’s just do an album! Let’s just start tomorrow!”

But just because you put out the bat signal doesn’t mean everyone can come running. Q-Tip and Mr. White were ready to work on a new album but Mr. Muhammad was in Los Angeles working as the music supervisor for Netflix’s “Luke Cage.” And Phife was in Oakland, recording his own music and dealing with his health problems.

Primal Scream + Anton Newcombe 12"

Primal Scream + Anton Newcombe

"We gave Anton an ecstatic depressive post punk blue eyed soul song to remix and he gave us back a paranoid crushingly heavy claustrophobic 9 minute dub of medicated dread psychosis and we love it" - Bobby.

'100% or Nothing' feat. Big Belly Nothing 100% Dub (Bobby Selassie and Primal Jah). Out Friday August 19th on clear vinyl.