Category Archives: shows

good kind of country

I may never hear the end of this because it’s *country*, but this isn’t really country, anyway.  Country, blues, soul, R&B, pop–who cares–watch and listen to this and every one of you will be smirking like the man at 6:15.  Lord have mercy; I am down with this whole CMA situation if JT is on stage.

-j

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reelin in new music

Irators have anticipated new music from Iration since they hinted at it when they announced their Tales From the Sea tour with Hours Eastly and Stick Figure.  They played some new material on Friday at the Irving Plaza in New York City–good music from good guys.  As the song description explains, the direction of their sound is heading towards heavier drums and bass and a mix of synth.  It’s become evident that their reggae-esque music genre has been compromised by surf rock and I’m stoked to hear more.

-j

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warm up here

Here’s a little bit of Zach Deputy to get your blood flowing today, my littler jammers.

PS- He’s on tour starting early 2014, probably hitting a stop by you!  Zach attacks:

NEW TOUR DATES
01.24.14 – Cox Capitol Theatre, Macon, GA
01.25.14 – Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn, NY **Ray Charles Boogaloo Dance Party with Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe!
01.30.14 – Bottletree, Birmingham, AL
01.31.14 – Vinyl Music Hall, Pensacola, FL
02.01.14 – House of Blues, New Orleans, LA
02.04.14 – Exit/In, Nashville, TN
02.05.14 – Old Rock House, St. Louis, MO
02.06.14 – Zanzabar, Louisville, KY
02.07.14 – Purple Fiddle, Thomas, WV
02.08.14 – Martin’s Downtown, Roanoke, VA
02.11.14 – Gott Rocks, Greenville, SC
02.12.14 – Fat Frogg, Elon, NC
02.13.14 – The Whiskey, Wilmington, NC
02.14.14 – Jewish Mother Hilltop, Virgina Beach, VA
02.15.14 – The Camel, Richmond, VA
02.16.14 – The 8×10, Baltimore, MD
02.18.14 – The Saint, Asbury, NJ
02.19.14 – Toad’s Place, New Haven, CT
02.20.14 – Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton, MA
02.21.14 – The Spot Underground, Providence, RI
02.22.14 – Boulder Theater, Boulder, CO **Ray Charles Boogaloo Dance Party with Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe!
02.23.14 – Belly Up, Aspen, CO **Ray Charles Boogaloo Dance Party with Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe!
02.25.14 – Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs, NY
02.26.14 – Nectar’s, Burlington, VT
02.27.14 – Westcott Theater, Syracuse, NY
02.28.14 – Rex Theater, Pittsburgh, PA
03.01.14 – Woodlands Tavern, Columbus, OH
03.02.14 – EZ Street, St. Albans, WV

-j

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a little tennis with mumford

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c is currently dancing her socks off in the middle of the country to Mumford & Sons as part of their Gentlemen of the Road series.  Not being there has put me in a Mumford mood and while watching a dozen, or maybe, eh, twenty-three videos of their performances, I remembered that I FORGOT TO WRITE ABOUT THE TIME I SAW THEM LIVE LAST MONTH.  Some jammer I am, right?  will have a debriefing of tonight’s performance by noon tomorrow.  Here is mine…a month overdue…

When Mumford & Sons come to NYC/NJ/Metro-area, they do so in style.  Not the signature tweed vest, flannel, bowler hat kind of style, but the we’re-going-to-perform-sold-out-shows-in-the-vaguest-venues-during-ominous-weather-that-will-make-headlines-in-the-newspapers kind of style.  Remember Pier A in Hoboken last year?  On August 28, 2013, the quartet did it again.  They revitalized Forest Hills Stadium, a tennis court with amphitheater seating that magically held 17,000.  The venue was frequented by The Stones, Joan Baez, and The Beatles during the ’70s and until the British invaded again this August, the stadium had not hosted a concert since 1997.  Don’t call it a comeback.

Getting off the LIRR at Forest Hills was like walking into Magic Kingdom after a curious ride on the Monorail at Disney World.  Roads were adorned with M&S logos; streets were shut down and packed with blissful twenty-somethings patiently (yes, patiently in NYC) waiting to enter the Romanesque site.  After receiving tennis sweatbands as souvenirs, the sold out crowd hopped on line to buy craft beers, artisan pizzas, and probably turkey legs and/or frozen lemonade.  Unfortunately, the Gentlemen of the Road (who should reconsider the lottery system for ticket sales) and the Bowery Presents realized far too late in the game the “growing pains” of the night’s dynamic.  Refunds were offered to anyone who did not enjoy their trip to Disney the Stadium.

However, those of us who came for the music had nothing to complain about.  Bear’s Den (who are worth listening to) and The Vaccines (eh) opened and due to a neighborhood curfew, M&S finished the encore by 10:00pm.

Set list:
Lovers’ Eyes, Babel, I Will Wait, Winter Winds, Whispers in the Dark, Little Lion Man, Below My Feet, Timshel, Lover of the Light, Thistle & Weeds, Ghosts That We Knew, Hopeless Wanderer, Roll Away Your Stone, Awake My Soul, Dust Bowl Dance, I’m On Fire, Reminder, Holland Road, The Cave.

Highlights:

1.  Marcus botched a verse during “Winter Winds” and the crowed helped him through.  This is why you go to live shows.  “For fucks sake,” he’s not Mickey Mouse.

2.  “Dustbowl Dance.”  Even though Marcus resembles either Tebow or Hilter or both, he makes even my sister speechless during this performance.  Mmmhmmm watch it.

3.  “I’m On Fire,” a Bruce cover.  If you’re a musician and you come to NJ or NYC your choice in covers better be spot on.  Between “New York, New York” in Hoboken last year,  “Atlantic City” in February, and “I’m On Fire” in Queens, these guys can do no wrong.  I couldn’t find the version from this show, but this is the reason I give them even more props because they kindly asked in their British accents to put the cell phones down and just be present for this encore.  Or maybe it was something like “fucking enjoy the concert.”  We sure did, we sure did.

-j

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return of the max

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I guess Maxwell’s got it together.  Although the Hoboken, NJ music venue/drinking establishment remains set on closing its doors after its farewell party on July 31, 2013, Maxwell’s was serving up a whole lot of business yesterday night when JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE showed up.  JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE people.  The man after everyone’s hearts performed just one song, “Take Back the Night“, for an upcoming Target commercial to the lucky 150 people who were first to enter the venue.  Maybe Target can give us a little more and convince Maxwell’s to stay open for more surprise visits from people like JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE?

-j

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