August 24, 2010

Video: Reservoir Dog Biscuits

“Let me tell you what this End of Summer Tour is about. It’s all about our fans being in the big venue with the big bill. The entire tour is

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Brock Butler Added to Jam Cruise 9

I’m going to disperse with the formalities and journalistic pretense on this post and drop a “oh boy! oh boy! oh boy!” at today’s announcement that Brock Butler had been

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Cover Wars: District Sleeps Alone Tonight

It has been seven years since The Postal Service released Give Up and I still listen to it at least once a month. The obvious choice for a Cover Wars would have been Such Great Heights with the likes of Iron & Wine and Ben Folds likely to battle it out for the win, but when I sat down to write it, I figured I’d pick a different tune on the record so we could delve a bit more into obscurity. What follows is an interesting collection where the professionally recorded takes are not necessarily superior to the do-it-yourself YouTube sensations. Have a listen below to six different covers of the opening track to what will hopefully not be the only ever LP from The Postal Service.

Cover Wars

The Contestants:

English singer Frank Turner leads us off this week with a solo acoustic version available on his release Source: First Three Years.


Turner performing a live version:

READ ON for the scoop on the rest of this week’s contestants…

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Briefly: Wyllys @ Tonic Room Tonight

DJ and HT staff member Wade “Wyllys” Wilby has added a date to his Representative of the Midwest Tour tonight at The Tonic Room in Chicago. Wyllys takes the stage

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Phish Fall Tour 2010: The Tour Dates and a Look at Each of the Venues

After two scintillating legs of summer touring, Phish has just announced the schedule for Fall Tour 2010. The 15-show tour starts with a headlining set at Austin City Limits and brings them to a number of venues they haven’t played before including the new 1st Bank Center in Broomfield, CO; the Augusta Civic Center in Augusta, ME; the Utica Memorial Auditorium in Utica, NY; the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, NH and Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.

Phish also visits three venues they have played before – the North Charleston Coliseum in North Charleston, SC (11/18/1995 & 10/27/1996), the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, RI (12/29/1994, 12/12/1995, 04/04/1998, 04/05/1998 & 12/13/1999) and the Mullins Center in Amherst, MA (04/16/1994, 11/03/1994, 12/04/1995 & 12/05/1995). The tour ends with a three-night stand at Boardwalk Hall that is likely to include a 3-set Halloween performance in which the band will don a musical costume by covering another group’s album.

In a first, the group will give ticket buyers free MP3 copies of the shows they attend after it happens at The band’s MusicToday site will be updated momentarily for online ticket requests with the request period ending on Friday, September 3rd at Noon. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Sept. 10 and 11.

October 8: Austin City Limits – Austin, TX
October 10 – 12: 1st Bank Center – Broomfield, CO
October 15 – 16: North Charleston Coliseum – N. Charleston, SC
October 19: Augusta Civic Center – Augusta, ME
October 20: Utica Memorial Auditorium – Utica, NY
October 22: Dunkin Donuts Center – Providence, RI
October 23 – 24: Mullins Center – Amherst, MA
October 26: Verizon Wireless Arena – Manchester, NH
October 29 – 31: Boardwalk Hall – Atlantic City, NJ

READ ON for a look at the venues Phish will play…

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Tour Dates: The Paste Tour

As summer begins to wind down,  we’re getting excited about all the great shows on the horizon this fall, especially when we found out about the first ever Paste Tour.

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Video: STS9 – Summer Teaser

We’re smack dab in the middle of STS9’s Summer Tour as the band heads south towards this weekend’s shows in and around Atlanta. The group serves up a look at

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Interview: Dana Leong’s Blurred Boundaries

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue: You know the old wedding tradition where the bride incorporates a symbol from each of these categories to provide her with a link to the past, the optimism of the future, a reminder of where she came from and an emblem of purity.


[All photos by Mat Szwajkos]

Well, nobody’s getting married today, but this seems fitting for Dana Leong, the cellist, trombonist, composer and centerpiece of MILK & JADE, who is rapidly evolving into one of today’s groundbreaking musicians. Leong truly pushes boundaries and does something, dare we say it, new. Steeped in a classical and jazz background, Long takes his past musical training, his influences in hip hop from his California youth, deft compositional skills, and clever wordplay and weaves it all into authentic and complex hip-hop/funk/jazz/classical/improvisational music. Fans of jazz, classical, hip hop, and world music are paying attention, as Dana Leong doesn’t cater to any particular style, other than his own instincts; it’s music in its purest form.

Fresh off the release of his latest knockout album, MILK & JADE, we caught up with Dana when he took some time to chat with us via email from backstage at FELA! on Broadway where he has been filling in for the musical director of the show.

Ryan Dembinsky: Let’s start at the very beginning. I always like to hear about musicians’ childhoods. What were you like as a kid?

Dana Leong: As a kid, I was a wild misfit, a ball of energy, volatile when prompted with sugar, but constantly eager to learn. I took apart pretty much every electronic piece of gear I could get my hands on. Eventually, my elder brother and I called it what it is, “clobbering”.

RD: For whatever reason, it seems most bowed string musicians tend to focus on one format, be it classical, bluegrass, jazz, etc, so that’s really cool that you make the effort to bridge so many gaps. How did you develop a taste for such a diverse palette of tastes across genres?

DL: I always tell up-and-comers to “follow artists who inspire them, listen to the music they feel wholeheartedly and to create music they love.” I often remind myself to “taste my own medicine.” I am a fan of melody, strong beat and lyrics with a message, in other words “it’s gotta sound and feel GREAT!!” Another important factor is that you should surround yourself with musicians whom with you enjoy making music. By doing exactly this, I have been able to play and be enriched by so many styles of great music (funk, hip hop, rock, latin, jazz, classical).

READ ON for more of Ryan’s chat with Dana Leong…

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Goo Goo Dolls – 25 Years With Robby Takac

With a new CD  coming out August 31, the Goo Goo Dolls have not just been sitting around waiting for it to be released. They have actually been out there on the road, playing those new songs for their fans on the first leg of a tour that will have them hopping on and off the tour bus for many months to come. Titled Something For The Rest Of Us, this is The Dolls first CD of original music since 2006. Recently, barefooted bass player Robby Takac took some time out of his busy schedule to talk (and laugh) with GLIDE about the new album, the Dolls longevity, and finally figuring out where the notes are on his bass.

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North Park Music Thing: Lafayette Hotel, San Diego, CA 8/13 – 8/14/10

Held during the weekend of August 13-14, 2010, the two-day festival featured 16 panels, 14 stages and over 150 musical acts.   Hosted by Lafayette Hotel, the panels covered everything from music industry basics, to legal issues, tour budgets, and the resurgence of independent labels.  Panelists came from a variety of backgrounds and attendants participated in the sessions, with the hopes of learning how to make it in the exciting, yet competitive industry of music.

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