July 2008

AfterNews: James Bond/Vineland/CCR

James Bond movies are usually generally memorable for a few things – great gadgets, hot chicks and those opening credit theme songs. For the latest Bond flick Quantum Of Solace,

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MP3 Boot Camp: Twitter Me That

It’s been a slow week for downloads, so we’ll share some other exciting HT news. We’ve teamed up with the Glide guys to create a joint Twitter account. If you’re

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Bloggy Goodness: Show Me The Money

Amidst Billy Corgan’s planned 20th anniversary celebration shows and deluxe box-set reissuing of his band’s debut album Gish, comes some bad news for the bald-headed front man of alt-rockers the

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Briefly: Outside Lands Additions

The lineup for the first annual Outside Land Music Festival has now been completed with their latest round of additions. Joining the likes of Wilco, The Felice Brothers, Tom Petty

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Umphrey’s McGee Lights Up The Northeast

07/24/08 Roseland Ballroom, New York, NY
Sound Tribe Sector 9 opened
Set I: JaJunk> Higgins, Soul Food I> Ocean Billy, Nothing Too Fancy> Got Your Milk (Right Here)> Jimmy Stewart> Nothing Too Fancy, Syncopated Strangers, Rocker Part II> JaJunk, Come Closer

Famous words from Levon Helm about the first time The Band played NYC:

“New York, it was an adult portion. It was an adult dose. So it took a couple of trips to get into it. You just go in the first time and you get your ass kicked and you take off. As soon as it heals up, you come back and you try it again. Eventually, you fall right in love with it.”

My count has this as UM’s 30th gig inside the borough of Manhattan, their first appearance being nearly nine years ago at the Wetlands Preserve in October of 1999. These trips have brought UM through: Lion’s Den, Irving Plaza, The Knitting Factory, Bowery Ballroom, B.B. King’s, The Rocks Off Boat Cruise, Nokia Theatre, Central Park and CBGB.

The beginning of the set leaned heavy on improvisation and at the 30-minute mark of the set, the sold-out crowd was whipped into a frenzy by the screaming vocals of Ocean Billy. UM finished off the night with a cover of a mash-up that’s titled Come Closer (that’s a mash-up of Come Together by The Beatles and Closer by Nine Inch Nails).

READ ON after the jump for more pictures and reviews of the next three shows, as well as the link to download full-resolution pictures of the stage…

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Ween: McCarren Pool, Brooklyn, NY 7/25/08

A big batch of the Boognish invaded Brooklyn early Friday night as the brothers Ween “Dr. Rock”ed the hell out of McCarren Pool. The gargantuan 33-song, 4-hour set may have been the highlight of the last concert series in McCarren Pool, which has proved one of the most unique and satisfying NYC summer venues in recent years.

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The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

The film is about as fun as an evening spent dining out at T.G.I.Friday’s and about as funny as the funnies.  Talentless shell of a man Rob Cohen sexifies this Mummy for the audience of seven-years-later, apparently doubling the budget in his requisites.

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Dr. Dog: Fate

Fate gives the lie to the notion Dr Dog are too eccentric for their own good. Five albums on at this point, it’s clear the band is working in a most purposeful, albeit unorthodox manner.

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