As The Mother Hips’ 30th anniversary year begins to wind down, there continues to be so much to be happy about if you are a fan of this band. Late
December 31st is the biggest night for live music of the year. An argument might be made for Halloween, but I’m not buying it. Your non-live-music-loving-friends don’t say things like, “Halloween is the most anti-climactic day of the year” while you sit there and just snicker. We’ve been a little Phish heavy this week so let’s take a look at how 24 other bands rang in 2011.
Side Note: This was my first time using embedded images from setlist.fm and I must say it looks super slick. That site has really got it going on, I hope the quality of data improves as more people use it, because with better information – statistics like “What songs did LCD Soundsystem play in 2010” will be really useful to have for a wide variety of bands.
READ ON for lots more New Year’s Eve Setlists
Jackie Greene @ City Winery, June 8
Over the last few years Jackie Greene has dazzled legions of Deadheads during his stint in Phil & Friends with his soulful voice and ability to deftly switch from guitar to keys. Last Tuesday night the 29-year-old singer-songwriter, who has been putting out albums of his own since 2002, was in town to play an intimate sold out gig at the haute music venue City Winery.
[All Photos By Jeremy Gordon]
The show, broadcast live on WFUV, got underway shortly after 8PM as light from the setting sun and passing traffic headed to the Holland Tunnel poured into the large floor to ceiling windows of the street level restaurant-concert hall. The seated audience, who were enjoying gastropub fare and sipping on fine vintages, whooped enthusiastically as Greene took the stage with his three-piece backing band.
Dressed coolly in a black vest, t-shirt and white fedora Greene kicked things off with the mellow country-rock grooves of Shaky Ground, the lead track from his upcoming album Till The Light Comes, that hits stores on June 29. Greene used the majority of his hour-long set to showcase material from the new record to a very receptive audience that often shouted his name between tunes, performing most of the ten track album which he co-produced with Tim Bluhm of The Mother Hips.
READ ON for more thoughts and pictures from Jackie’s show…
With the strict criteria of needing audio that was captured live during the previous week, some editions of this feature are easier to put together than others based solely on who was touring and who allows taping. This week was pretty awesome, as when I sat down to put this together I quickly found tapes from Thom Yorke’s Atoms For Peace, Mark Knopfler, and Ween. Rounding out with HT favorites The Mother Hips and a nod to our Cover Wars March Madness champion and voila – this one was easy.
[Thanks to stober 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 Last Week’s Sauce Podcast #6
In case you didn’t know who Atoms For Peace is: Thom Yorke, Nigel Godrich, Michael “Flea” Balzary, Joey Waronker and Mauro Refosco. I was at this show and it was ridiculous start-to-finish as every member of this band is beyond solid. I’ve included three tracks, one from the main set (which is the band performing The Eraser in its entirety) and two songs from the encore. The Daily Mail starts with Yorke solo on piano with the band joining in halfway through. Then, they play Radiohead B-Side Paperbag Writer. Atoms For Peace has four more shows on the books. Tonight and tomorrow in Oakland, Saturday at the Santa Barbara Bowl and Sunday at Coachella.[audio:https://glidemag.wpengine.com/hiddentrack/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/atomsauce.mp3]
Some video from the Boston show:
READ ON for tracks from Mark Knopfler, The Mother Hips and Ween…
It’s no secret that many of our readers have had plenty of spirited discussions over the last few months, or maybe years, discussing what classic album Phish would cover at the next Halloween show. The concept of this live “Musical Costume” was launched by Phish on Halloween in 1994 when they performed The Beatles White Album in its entirety. Errr, except Good Night which was played over the PA system. And while Phish has done it three additional times – and a fourth if you include Dark Side Of The Moon on November 2nd, 1998 in Utah – they have also inspired many other bands to follow suit.
This week’s B List takes a look at ten other bands that have taken on the assignment of covering another band’s album in the live setting.
1. Jiggle The Handle covered Paul Simon – Graceland
8-12-2000 – Berkfest, Great Barrington MA
Leading off this B List we’ve got one of my favorite small jambands of all time, Boston’s Jiggle The Handle. This complete album performance was announced in advance. Well, it was announced they’d be performing AN album, and the choices were out there, it was between Graceland, Rift, Sgt. Pepper’s and Animals.
Humorously, the band started and ended their full performance of Graceland with teases of the opening tracks from the three albums not chosen, and a Jiggle The Handle tune – Walk Right Out Your Door. They bring on a little extra help from a number of other Boston-area-bands calling on: Dan Rockett, the horn section from Addison Groove Project and both Andrew & Brad Barr from The Slip.
Selected Audio: Teases > The Boy In The Bubble
READ ON for nine more bands that have tackled live full album covers…