Set out on fulfilling their mission of songs that sounded like songs, instead of placing jam noodlings over words, the Stockholm Syndrome have broken forth with a record that aches of pain and soul, However, Holy Happy Hour still has its moments of sunshine.
On 6/16, at NYC’s Crash Mansion, a colorful New York cross-section of
religious Jews, Dead Heads, and diehard Allman Brothers fans came together to celebrate the wonderfully diverse sounds of guitar virtuosos, Oteil Burbridge and Yosi Piamenta.
Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden, Eric Clapton performed the second show of his three-night stand in support of his recent release, Me and Mr. Johnson, a tribute to the blues legend, Robert Johnson. The legendary guitarist, once called
Blues Traveler fans in several U.S. cities have a unique opportunity this summer to see the group for free and possibly win a trip to the band’s concert in Prague, Czech Republic.
As part of the “Picture Yourself in Prague” contest, the band will perform free club shows in Denver, New York City, Boston, Washington, D.C., Chicago and Atlanta. Tickets will be distributed to adults of legal drinking age on a first-come, first-served basis except in NYC, where they’ll be given out at noon the day of the show.
The concerts take place between July 3 and August 5 and are sponsored by Czech brewer Pilsner Urquell. The company will provide special disposable cameras for fans to take “original, creative” photos featuring Blues Traveler or the beer.
The cameras will be collected after the shows and the pictures judged. One finalist from each city will be chosen to compete for the grand prize: a five-day, four-night trip to Prague for the winner and three guests.
The spring 2005 vacation will include a tour of the company’s brewery and, of course, tickets to Blues Traveler’s Prague concert.
Blues Traveler’s new album, Live On The Rocks, comes out July 13, the day of the NYC stop. In addition to the free shows, they’ll play a number of regular-price gigs this summer, culminating in an August 6 headlining performance for Atlanta’s On The Bricks concert series.
Joe’s Corsage, the first in a series of unreleased Frank Zappa recordings, is available at zappa.com. The album consists of demos from 1965 — the year before Zappa’s Mothers of Invention released their debut album, Freak Out! — with bits of interviews interspersed throughout.
“We wanted to stay as close to the bone as we could,” says Gail Zappa, Frank’s widow. “Frank Zappa was a composer, and he had a bad habit, which was writing music. To support that habit, he became a bandleader and began playing other things that he liked to hear in different context, and you can hear that throughout his music.”
Joe’s Corsage (the title a play on Zappa’s 1979 multi-part concept album, Joe’s Garage) is the beginning of an avalanche of unreleased material, which will include complete albums like the guitar-solo-based Trance-fusion and the synth-heavy Dance Me This, as well as live recordings and “other little nuggets the fans know about and have been waiting for.” Zappa died of cancer in 1993.
“We’re sitting on forty album projects in various stages of completion,” says Gail Zappa, who adds that the material was put on ice due to a ten-year deal with Rykodisc. “That period ends in October, so we’ll open the doors to the vault.”
In a show of consummate solidarity, The Walkmen and Modest Mouse, two bands that were scheduled to be on the entire Lollapalooza tour, have confirmed a Summer tour together. Touring on the strength of their second studio album, Bows And Arrows, and its powerful first single, “The Rat”, The Walkmen have also confirmed headline dates on the days they will not be playing with Modest Mouse.
The dates for the tour are below:
7/13: NEUMOS, SEATTLE
7/14: BERBATIS PAN, PORTLAND
7/16: SENATOR THEATER, CHICO (W/ MODEST MOUSE)
7/17: THE WARFIELD, SAN FRANCISCO (W/ MODEST MOUSE)
7/18: AVALON, LOS ANGELES (W/ MODEST MOUSE)
7/19: THE WILTERN, LOS ANGELES (W/ MODEST MOUSE)
7/20: GALAXY THEATER, SANTA ANA
7/21: CASBAH, SAN DIEGO
7/23: CELEBRIY THEATER, PHOENIX (W/ MODEST MOUSE)
7/25: EMOS OUTSIDE, AUSTIN
7/28: FIRST AVENUE, MINNEAPOLIS (W/ MODEST MOUSE)
7/30: AXIS, BLOOMINGTON W/ MODEST MOUSE (NOT CONFIRMED YET)
7/31: EAGLES BALLROOM, MILWAUKEE (W/ MODEST MOUSE)
8/01: HIGH NOON SALOON, MADISON
8/02: BLUEBERRY HILLS DUCK ROOM, ST LOUIS
8/03: THE INTERSECTION, GRAND RAPIDS
8/04: BLIND PIG, ANN ARBOR
8/05: LEES PALACE, TORONTO
8/06: LITTLE BROTHERS, COLUMBUS
8/07: BEACHLAND BALLROOM, CLEVELAND (this is in the ballroom)
8/08: SOUTHGATE HOUSE, NEWPORT, KY
8/10: ICE GARDEN, ROSTRAVER, PA (W/ MODEST MOUSE)
8/11-14: pending w/ Modest Mouse