Michael HaskoorAfter a recent split from Interscope Records (after 15 years with the label), a now independent Blink-182 has announced that they are recording music and announced that they will be releasing an EP by Christmas. Lead Vocalist Tom Delonge’s Twitter account seems to be the major outlet for Blink-182 news, with a tweet on October 23, 2012 from the artist announcing their freedom from the label and then the November 8th announcement of the EP. Pre-orders for the new EP start tomorrow here.Hoppus later clarified in an MTV interview that there are no hard feelings with the label that did a great deal for the band and that they simply needed a change. A full-length album may still be in the works for early next year, but the EP (for which the drum tracking has begun) is due out next month.
Keller Williams has digitally released KEYS: A Collection of Grateful Dead Covers on Piano to Benefit the Rex Foundation. Williams put down the guitar and turned to piano to perform 10 Grateful Dead songs with his own creative spin.Track Listing:1. He’s Gone2. Can’t Come Down3. Terrapin Station4. Attics Of My Life5. Althea6. Brokedown Palace7. Wharf Rat8. Bird Song9. Row Jimmy10. Touch of Grey100% of the proceeds will go to The Rex Foundation, a non-profit started by the Grateful Dead to give out grants to various organizations assisting in a range of causes.KEYS is available on iTunes today.For more information on Keller William and his upcoming tour dates click here.To learn more about The Rex Foundation click here.
Here’s the first wave of Rootwire 2014 acts:Shpongle (Simon Posford DJ set), Beats Antique x2, EOTO, Conspirator, Zilla, Gallery Works & Presentations by Alex & Allyson Grey, Love & Light, Vibesquad, Janover & Resunator, Dirtwire (feat. David Satori of Beats Antique), Kaminanda, Kilowatts, Manitoa, Cosby Sweater, Lynx, Sidecar Tommy, Aliver Hall, Dixon’s Violin, Tropidelic, Arpetrio, Broccoli Samurai, Sassafraz, Ematik, Magnetic, Nevele, Boomslang, Ethosine, Pleasant Drive, Spaceship Earth/Yogi Magik, Heady Ruxpin Rootwire Tranformational Arts Festival will be held July 17th-20th in Terra Alta, WV at Trip’s Farm at Sunshine Daydream Memorial Park. Tickets for the event are currently on sale and can be purchased here. UPDATE: Rootwire Transformational Arts Festival has added sets from Tipper (last US festival performance of 2014), a very special set from Quixotic, Random Rab, and Dessert Dwellers, among others. Rootwire is shaping up to be an incredible experience not to be missed. Get your tickets here! There is a plethora of summer music festivals to choose from in 2014, with plenty of bands on each lineup. For many seasoned festivalgoers, the real decision lies in choosing a festival that brings something different to the plate. Of course, music matters, but what about the experience as a whole? Festivals should never entirely be just about the music; however, many are. What a festival is and what it should be, are often times not the same thing. Festivals are like living organisms, made up of many different parts and coming together in unity to create one conscious whole. This is what the co-creators of the Rootwire Transformational Arts Festival – July 17-20, Terra Alta, WV – (get tix here) were thinking when they came up with the basic tenets of what the Rootwire experience would be.Rootwire is just that – a living organism – made up of musical acts, visual art, performance art, community, and the inspiration for it all….the fans. No concert or festival is what it is without the fans giving their energy to it all. Striving to separate itself from your typical corporate festival, Rootwire is intent on creating a festival that seeks enlightenment, community, and social change that is both real and tangible.The musical acts for this year’s Rootwire Festival are most definitely in the vein of transcedence that is essential to the event. Simon Posford will be performing a Shpongle DJ set that will expand minds; Beats Antique has signed on for two full shows; Michael Traivs of The String Cheese Incident will be playing in both EOTO w/ Jason Hann, and Zilla with Jamie Janover and Aaron Holstein; Conspirator has been on a tear lately and will bring the party. Joining the aforementioned acts will be Vibesquad, Janover & Resunator, Dirtwire, Kaminanda, Lynx, Manitoa, and many more.In addition to live performances, the will be a large scale tent which will act as a walkthrough psychedelic gallery displaying finished pieces and prints as well as projects that are being made on the spot. At the festival, be sure to check out Gallery Works & Presentations by Alex & Allyson Grey, as well as other visual artists such as Simon Haiduk, Jonathan Solter, Adam Psybe, and more. Event creators insist that all attendees come prepared to engage in the creative community that will be witnessed at Rootwire 2014. It’s time to take things to the next level. Come prepared to fully immerse your mind, body, and soul at Rootwire and become a part of the event! In order to ensure that everyone has plenty of space to relax and not jammed in like sardines, Rootwire will cap ticket sales at roughly 50% capacity, allowing for optimal camping conditions. Families are encouraged, as there will be a separate camping area for those of us with little ones to tend to, and a special Kids Zone, a safe, open, family-integrative space in which children are encouraged to interact, have fun, be mindful of the medicine of play, and connect with Mama Earth.If you would like to volunteer, be a part of the Rootwire Street Team, be a vendor, or participate as a workshop presenter or visual artist, click here. – Chris Meyer (@ChrisMeyerL4LM)
Light From The Attic, an independent record company in Seattle known for their extensive re-release catalog, have announced the first-ever vinyl release of Two From The Vault. Unlike the Dick’s Picks and Dave’s Picks series, which were taken from soundboard recordings, the From The Vault series were professionally recorded on multi-track tapes, then mixed down for release.Two From The Vault highlights the band’s shows at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, CA, on August 23 and 24, 1968. The album will be released on December 9th, and can be pre-ordered here.Disc one 1. “Good Morning, Little Schoolgirl” 2. “Dark Star” 3. “St. Stephen” 4. “The Eleven” 5. “Death Don’t Have No Mercy” Disc two 1. “That’s It for the Other One: Cryptical Envolvement/The Other One” 2. “New Potato Caboose” 3. “Turn On Your Love Light” 4. “(Walk Me Out in the) Morning Dew”[via Jambase]
dear journalists and other people looking for drama or a diva, even in the age of the short attention span internet article, it’s still hard to believe you are STILL writing about this: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2015/02/15/386409331/for-musician-jack-white-any-old-guacamole-just-wont-do wow. classy. seems like there’s a new rule number one for up and coming journalists: don’t let the facts get in the way of click bait. at the risk of incurring even more of this hoo haa (and i’ve definitely turned my cheek more than once lately) and even though our management sent out a letter to clarify this, and since this seems to be all anyone can ask me about lately, here’s the real deal, and hopefully it’ll explain this nonsensical scenario and we can move on with our lives. (or what have you). first off, this is none of your business, but i have no specific demands in my dressing room. i know i could ask for lots of things but i actually don’t ask for ANYTHING. i take with me what i need, and that ain’t much. anything on the rider is for the band and the crew. this “guacamole recipe” is my hilarious tour managers inside joke with the local promoters, it’s his recipe, not mine. it’s just something to break up the boredom, seeing who can make it best. though i wouldn’t know because i’ve never had it. i can’t even make kool aid let alone cook any real food enough to have a “recipe.” sorry, i don’t have that talent. bananas: did it occur to anyone someone on the tour might have an allergy to them? no? hmmm. one day some fantasy journalist out there will call someone in the biz and actually have a rider explained to them, maybe none of them have ever been on tour. oh well, let’s move on, first amendment issues: i fully believe in the freedom of the press (though the supposed search for truth from the press requires microscopes and a some morton salt), and i also defend anyone’s right to free speech (just look at my lack of respect for grammar in this letter and tell me i’m not for communicating freely) and i defend the right to free information in regards to public funds, but never in my 20 years of playing shows has my contract and tour rider been published in the paper that i recall. do you know why we don’t do that or want that? a hundred articles about bananas, free speech, and guacamole is why; it’s because people don’t understand what a rider is or what the terms of a contract are. they’re out of their element, and you can’t blame them for it. and people who write about that know this. people WANT a rider to be a list of demands that a diva insists occur lest he or she refuse to play a note of music. but in reality, it’s just some food and drinks backstage for the hundred workers and guests who have to live in a concrete bunker for 15 hours. some people bring their own living rooms on tour, some people ask for a huge spread. who cares? what you’re looking for is someone throwing a tantrum because they didn’t get their brown m and m’s, sorry to disappoint. someone printed that i’m never going to oklahoma again? not true. i love oklahoma, that’s why i booked this show instead of playing chicago or atlanta for four times as much money. ask around in tulsa. i’ve been there at least three times on these last two albums. i love it there. our booking agent warned the college that other artists might not book shows there? of course they did, it’s bad business what that school paper did and really rude. of course they are going to tell them to wise up. am i pissed at the students at oklahoma university? absolutely not. am i disappointed in young journalists at their school paper? absolutely. but i forgive them, they’re young and have learned their lesson about truth and ethics hopefully. all they have to do is google this to know that it’s not worth it. look for real problems instead next time. look for the truth, not fake drama. i got pissed during my show and berated the crowd? no. sorry, didn’t happen. i made jokes about the paper publishing that info, so which of us is thin skinned? they have freedom of speech but i don’t? at my show? ok. i guess the rules change for different people. the crowd were amazing and we played for 2 and a half hours that night. people were told to delete photos on their camera? i dont know much about that but it must be a miscommunication about what was public property at the college and the contract we had with the university to let us do our work in peace; but i’ll give you an example, if someone working at a theater we played at started taking pictures of all of our workers and our gear they’d probably get fired by their theater or promoter. sorry to the student paper budding press papparazzi on that one, but is this a tmz assignment or can you give us some peace while we try to put on a show for the students? give us a break man. i know it’s a fun thing for people to try to turn me into a jerk and a diva, but in this case it’s pretty ridiculous and has almost nothing to do with me. my relationship with the fans at that show and how we got to a new place together through music remains intact and i’d love to do it again with them. i think that’s everything, can i go back to making music now? no? ok. crochet it is. jack white The continually unfolding “Guacamolegate” story has what appears to be a final chapter: a lengthy letter written by Jack White himself. For those unaware, the Oklahoma University student paper, The OU Daily, published White’s contract rider, which included a guacamole recipe and an allergy-motivated ban on bananas.Shortly thereafter, White’s booking agency, William Morris Endeavor, responded to this breach of privacy by banning their artists from performing at the school. White’s management followed up by saying that the decision to ban OU was out of their hands. You can read our developments on the story here.In his full letter, White explains the rider’s conditions, explains the concept of riders in general, chews out journalists for reporting on this issue (I’m sorry Jack!), and expresses his opinions on the rider leaking in general. He ends it by asking if he can go back to making music… which, given his latest single, I think is a request we can certainly get behind. Read the full letter below:
Gregg Allman has kept himself busy after the Allman Brothers Band’s final concerts last year, and he’ll continue his busy touring schedule with a series of co-headlining dates with The Doobie Brothers. Held throughout August, the two groups will play seven shows in the Northeast, including a stop at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ.Allman’s solo band includes Scott Sharrard, Peter Levin on keys, Steve Potts on drums, Marc Quinones on percussion, Ron Johnson on bass and Jay Collins, Art Edmaiston and Marc Franklin on horns. The full schedule can be seen below, and tickets go on sale this Friday, March 20th, at 10 AM Eastern.As an added bonus, you can use the presale code L4LM to get tickets for the PNC Bank Arts Center show on August 28th! The code will allow you to purchase tickets a full day ahead of the general on-sale, starting this Thursday March 19th at 10 AM Eastern.
Ambassador Grohl is going to be very disappointed.Designed to help out independent record stores, Record Store Day has unsurprisingly been usurped by the internet and its secondary market. A number of “exclusive” releases for the April 18th holiday are already appearing on eBay for exorbitant rates:Consequence of Sound is reporting that over 120 exclusive albums are up for auction. However, the albums themselves won’t be available until April 18th, so bidders may as well support their local record stores instead of buying them secondhand for marked up prices.Feel free to comment on any of the auctions as you please…
Guitarist Steve Kimock has announced an extended residency at the Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley, CA. The renowned musician will be performing from June 5-7, 9 and 10, with tickets on sale beginning next Wednesday, April 29th at 9 AM Pacific.Details about the five nights are scarce, but we’ll be sure to update once we know who Kimock is performing with.
WSP and UM will conclude their double billing tour tonight, June 21st, at the Stage AE in Pittsburgh.Setlists: TAUK, Umphrey’s, and Widespread Panic at the Nikon Theatre at Jones Beach, Wantagh, NY, June 20th, 2015TAUK:The Chemist, Sunshine, When In Doubt, In The Basement Of The Alamo, I Want You (She’s So Heavy)*, Immigrant Song** = w/ Joel Cummins of Umphrey’s McGee[Via Setlist.fm]Umphrey’s McGee:Puppet String > Robot World (w/ Stewart) > Hourglass > Ringo > All in Time > No Diablo > 40s Theme[Via Umphreak’s Anonymous]Widespread Panic:Pigeons, Diner, Stop Breakin’ Down, Worry, Bear’s Gone Fishing, I’m Not Alone, Sleeping Man, Visiting Day, Cease Fire, Honky Red, Red Hot Mama*[Via Live Widespread Panic]* = w/ Andy Farag, Joel Cummins, and Jake Cinninger of Umphrey’s McGee It was a fantastic triple-billing out at the Nikon Theatre at Jones Beach last night in Wantagh, NY, as TAUK, Umphrey’s McGee and Widespread Panic all shared the stage on the second night of a three-night mini-tour. Members from each band guested with one another, creating one long and magical evening of music.It all started with TAUK, and the Long Island natives wasted no time getting in the pocket. They were joined by UM keyboardist Joel Cummins for a cover of The Beatles’ “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)”. The song is in both band’s rotation, and was recently featured on Umphrey’s The London Sessions album recorded at Abbey Road Studios – the initial site of recording for that infamous Beatles tune. Cummins also stayed out for a cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song”.While UM’s set didn’t have any sit-ins, one big notable collaboration did occur at the end of Widespread Panic’s headlining performance. For a cover of Funkadelic’s “Red Hot Mama,” WSP brought out Jake Cinninger, Joel Cummins, and Andy Farag of Umphrey’s McGee. You can watch the rendition below:
Load remaining images The Everyone Orchestra is one of the most unique concepts in live music, proving just how remarkable improvisation can be at its core. Conductor Matt Butler leads a rotating cast of talented musicians through a series of jams completely made up on the spot. Second set, each member has the opportunity to take the lead, allowing for a range of styles and resulting in a truly once-in-a-lifetime show.Matt Butler Describes The Challenge Of Conducting A Jam BandOn Thursday, September 3rd, Cervantes in Denver, CO boasted one of the best EO lineups we’ve ever seen. Kris Myers (Umphrey’s McGee), Robert Mercurio (Galactic), Paul Hoffman (Greensky Bluegrass), Jason Hann (String Cheese Incident), Aron Magner (Disco Biscuits), Vernon Reid (Living Colour), Eddie Roberts (New Mastersounds), Jennifer Hartswick (Trey Anastasio Band), Natalie Cressman (Trey Anastasio Band), and Durga McBroom (Pink Floyd) shared the stage for the incredible throwdown. Check out photos from the killer show, courtesy of photographer Bill McAlaine (full gallery at the bottom).Eddie Roberts (New Mastersounds):Vernon Reid (Living Colour), Kris Myers (Umphrey’s McGee), Rob Mercurio (Galactic), Eddie Roberts, Matt Butler:Durga McBroom (Pink Floyd), Natalie Cressman (Trey Anastasio Band), Jennifer Hartswick (TAB), Paul Hoffman (Greensky Bluegrass):Durga McBroom, Natalie Cressman, Jennifer Hartswick, Paul Hoffman, Jason Hann (String Cheese Incident), Vernon Reid, Matt Butler:Robert Mercurio, Eddie Roberts, Aron Magner (Disco Biscuits):Aron Magner:Durga McBroom, Natalie Cressman, Jennifer Hartswick:Paul Hoffman, Vernon Reid:Photos by Bill McAlaine. Full Gallery: