June 18, 2007

You Should See His Rusty Trombone Skills

“Man, I don’t even have any words for you right now.” –Kenny Crumpton Sure this video qualifies as fodder for music blogs, insomuch as it mentions two instruments prominently. Problem

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Notes from the ‘Roo: Day Four Overview

It’s all over but the showering…Bonnaroo hath come and gone, and the massive crowd that descended upon a huge field in Tennessee has dispersed to all parts of the country. Our Man in Manchester is en route back to the Buckeye State, but he found time to write one final overview of the festival’s last day. TJ’s reports from the first three days are linked at the bottom of this post, and a general review follows some time this week. Onto the Day Four screed:

Just like you knew they would, the people at Bonnaroo went all Vanessa Williams on us and saved the best for the last. I saw more hours of great music yesterday than on any other day of my life (most of them beginning with “W”). By dinner time yesterday I had already seen Mavis Staples, Wolfmother and RatDog, and I still had the White Stripes, Wilco and Widespread Panic ahead of me.


But let’s start back at the beginning with what was the perfect opener for a Sunday at a festival: Mavis Staples at The Other Tent (where I’ve decided to have some of my ashes scattered after I’m dead). Let me be up front here and say that I love Mavis Staples. She makes my heart smile. The world is a better place for her being in it. I knew I was gonna love her set because I was excited to see her in person. The most satisfying aspect of seeing her, though, was that I genuinely enjoyed the performance she and her band delivered as well.

Read on for the full review of Sunday’s festival festivities, including more on Mavis, RatDog, Wilco, the White Stripes, Widespread Panic and more…

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Pullin’ ‘Tubes: Bonnaroo Edition

In addition to our intrepid reporter’s real-time efforts to keep you vicariously updated from afar, we’ve combed over the ol’ YouTube Device to provide youse with some actual video from the 2007 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival. There’s a growing mound of moving images and sound to devour, and a whole slew of shit follows after the jump. But first, there’s this item of business…

We’ve also stumbled upon a treasure trove of uploaded webcast captures, so if seven minutes of video doesn’t do it for you — and it rarely does — feel free to rifle through these links here to download the sets you’d like to see. Many thanks to PT’s Schwagg for putting this together: Wilco, Flaming Lips, The White Stripes, Widespread Panic, The Hold Steady, Brazilian Girls, Gillian Welch, The Roots, Wolfmother, Mago (w/ John Medeski & Billy Martin), Kings of Leon, Xavier Rudd, John Butler Trio, String Cheese Incident, RatDog (Part I, Part II), and Old Crow Medicine Show. Read on below for YouTubes…

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Monday’s Hors d’Oeuvres & Weekend Setlists

Richard Lloyd announced in mid-May that this past Saturday’s Television show at Central Park’s SummerStage would be his last with the group. Tragedy struck Lloyd a few weeks later, though, when the guitarist entered an intensive care unit with a severe case of pneumonia. The SummerStage show went on without Lloyd, and our friend DaveO and others around the world wide netweb are raving about Television’s performance. We can only hope Richard Lloyd gets well soon and is able to join his band mates for a true going-away party.

Believe it or not, Bonnaroo wasn’t the only thing goin’ on this weekend:

  • Pearl Jam’s appearance at the Heineken Jammin’ Festival was cancelled after a cyclone crushed Venice on Friday
  • Warren Haynes and Ratdog provided the entertainment at an intimate HeadCount fundraiser
  • Anthony DeCurtis speaks with Ryan Adams about his new album
  • A Sonic Youth album for Starbucks?!?!?
  • Universal Music has found a Johnny Cash performance buried in their archives and are releasing it on July 24th
  • Tea Leaf Green has released their eighth podcast
  • Check out this Zappa bootleg from the glorious year of 1974
  • Andy Gadiel lists all the blogs covering Bonnaroo, including HT
  • Jefito presents another kickass mix
  • Mickey Hart announced dates for his Global Drum tour
  • ZZ Top, The Pretenders and The Stray Cats are team up for a tour
  • Concert promoters try to sidestep Ticketmaster’s excessive service fees
  • Neddy fills us in on the shows of the week

And as usual on Monday mornings, read on after the jump for the latest setlists from the weekend, including but not limited to the Black Crowes, Rush, the Flaming Lips, Ween, Widepread Panic, The Police and many more…

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Stormy Mondays: Yonder Suite

For a change of pace, this week we have a single suite from Yonder Mountain String Band, which played a surprise late-night show celebrating the 15th anniversary of the Fox Theater back in

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