June 3, 2010

MGMT Unveils Open Taping Policy

MGMT’s roots in the jamband world have been well-documented. That connection continues to show with a change in MGMT’s taping policy that establishes a taping section at all of the

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Bloggy Goodness: Santana Goes Classic

Its no secret that Santana’s 1999 guest-heavy album Supernatural helped expose the guitar legend to a brand new audience – selling an astounding 15 million copies along the way. While

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Review: Dr. Dog & Deer Tick @ Terminal 5

Dr. Dog & Deer Tick @ Terminal 5 – May 15

If I was forced into seeing one concert, and one concert only in 2010, I may very well have picked the double-bill of Dr. Dog and Deer Tick that took place at Terminal 5 in NYC last month. I’ve repeatedly championed these two acts, not only for their stellar studio work, but also for putting on great live shows – albeit with quite different approaches. Both bands, who had been on the road together for several weeks, pulled into the spacious venue located on a desolate industrial stretch of Manhattan’s Upper West Side for a sold-out, tour-ending show that saw both bands expressing their affinity for each other throughout the evening’s festivities.

[All Photos By Jeremy Gordon]

Sporting their finest sundresses for the occasion, the boys of Deer Tick ambled onto the stage to the strains of Frank Sinatra’s New York, New York. The group’s always entertaining frontman John McCauley crooned the last few bars and greeted the rapidly filling venue by declaring the band Dr. Dog’s prom dates for the night before launching into the winding guitar intro of Easy. McCauley & Co., who will release their third studio album The Black Dirt Sessions next Tuesday and are primed for a breakout year of their own, managed to turn a truncated 45-minute set into a free-wheeling showcase of their boozy, country-infused, folk-rock.

READ ON for more on Jeff’s thoughts on the night…

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Last Week’s Sauce: May 24th – 30th

In the world of live music, you may as well call Memorial Day Weekend the official opening of Festival Season. With our glance back at the previous week via audio and video we will be featuring tracks from Delfest in Maryland, Colorado’s Bisco Inferno, Furthur Festival in California, and Summercamp which hails from Chillicothe, IL.

[Thanks to willndmb for this week’s photo]

And we continue to take all the selected tracks, normalize them, create some simple fades and put it into one easy to download MP3 for you.

Click here to download the Last Week’s Sauce Podcast

Artist & Title: David Grisman Bluegrass Experience – Dog Bite Your Hide, Down in the Willow Garden, I’ll Love Nobody But You
Date & Venue: 2010-05-30 Delfest – Cumberland, MD
Taper & Show Download: Timothy Brown

Not to be confused with the David Grisman Quintet, this lineup featured: David Grisman (mandolin & vocals), Keith Little (banjo, guitar & vocals), Jim Nunally (guitar & vocals), Chad Manning (fiddle), and Samson Grisman (bass). In addition to that, the ensemble welcomed three different McCoury’s and Darol Anger during their lively set. The three tunes selected for the audio all feature Del McCoury, for whom the festival is named. The David Grisman Quintet next plays June 18th at Napa Opera House in Napa, CA.


Video from the set with guests Darol Anger plus Del & Ronnie McCoury:

READ ON for tracks from the Disco Biscuits, Furthur, and Gov’t Mule…

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B List: Proposed World Cup Fight Songs

Music and soccer go together like fish and chips; like birds eye and chili; like rock and lobster. Whether it’s the jolly crowds singing their team’s chants or famous performers putting a twist on one of their own tunes, the World Cup brings out the tone-deaf in merry droves like none other.

While we don’t know much about soccer here at Hidden Track (read: Jack %$#%), we do know our music. So, with the festivities kicking off in but a week’s time, we thought we’d offer up some suggestions for theme songs for some of the early favorites for the 2010 World Cup. Rumba La Mundial!

Greece – Can I Borrow a Feeling? (Kirk Van Houten)

While we all patiently wait with bated breath in hopes of a recession-themed Weird Al album containing such hits as Highway to the Eurozone and The IMF is Gonna Rock You, Greece will have to settle for the hit single off Kirk Van Houten’s debut, Can I Borrow a Feeling? It’s quite fitting really, as it touches upon both of the two looming outcomes for the Greeks: a) borrowing and b) divorce. Fortunately, the Greeks have their footy team to liven up their spirits, who come in at a respectable #13 FIFA ranking.

READ ON for more of our World Cup preview, Hidden Track style…

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Bad Trips Galore at Furthur Fest

We’ve heard of some sketchy shit going down at festivals before, but if the police blotter from last weekend’s Furthur Festival is to be believed, a few bad apples took

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Video: Eric Krasno – Get Back

Eric Krasno’s solo album, Reminisce, shows off the many sides of this talented musician over the course of its ten tracks. From the soul-laden Be Alright to the retro-grooves of

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Review: McLovins and 7 Walkers @ Rev Hall

As we mentioned, Revolution Hall in Troy hosted its last jam show last week and writer/photographer Andy Hill was there to document the evening…

This was it, the last Revolution Hall show – the last real show anyway – before the comfortable room was to close as a live music venue, reportedly, to become a banquet hall. So, as one might expect the mood was one of lament and nostalgia as people slowly filed in and exclaimed their thanks to the staff that had helped to make Rev. Hall such a great place over the years. Conversations of fun times and great shows were overheard at every turn. Although inevitably those conversations would quickly devolve into the frustration of the loss of a stomping ground that had become a home away from home for so many of us.

When the McLovins took the stage though, all conversation halted and jaws quickly hit the floor. These kids, and I hesitate to call them kids as their musical maturity is astounding, played an amazing set that surprised even those of us that have seen them a couple of times. It is clear that they are no novelty act and will be around for a long time to come. Their music is as forward thinking as it is virtuosic. Even Malcolm “Papa Mali” Welbourne, of the headlining act 7 Walkers, gave them props in saying that he couldn’t get the rest of his band (Matt Hubbard, Bill Kreutzmann, and George Porter Jr.) to come onstage for their set as they “were afraid to follow the McLovins.” That is a compliment that the McLovins will not soon forget.

No one seemed to have any idea what to expect from the unique mix of players that 7 Walkers consists of, we just expected it to be good. The two-set show had set lists that were mainly comprised of Grateful Dead favorites. Although there was a couple of traditional blues tunes and couple of new songs whose lyrics were written by Robert Hunter thrown into the mix. From the looks of the crowd, they did not disappoint. Rev. Hall’s dance floor was packed one last time and it seemed that all of the prior lamenting had been replaced with jubilation until 7 Walkers feted the end of Revolution Hall’s concert days appropriately in their second encore with an abbreviated version of And We Bid You Goodnight.

READ ON for more from Andy on the final show at Rev Hall…

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Graham Parker – Howlin’ Wind

Graham Parker is as comfortable in his skin and niche as an artist could be, a good nature curmudgeon if there ever was one (if there is in fact such a thing). He's too prickly for a mainstream audience to embrace him, but that doesn't deny this transplanted Brit's prowess for writing great pop songs, only that his persona doesn't lend itself either to the warm and fuzzies, contrived melodrama or the slavish idolatry that fuels the cult of personality.

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