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Sources today confirmed that Mari, the cat sitter to L4LM editor Dave Melamed and his amazing hetero-life mate Jocelyn Schreier, is acquaintances with Lettuce guitarist Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff. Melamed and Schreier are the caretakers for the grey tabby cat Cassidy, who is seen below in close-up, stoner form:According to the report, Mari and Shmeeans partied together on a recent trip to Florida. The whole story comes full circle, as Melamed and Schreier were photographed with Shmeeans at the Brooklyn Bowl, after Lettuce’s funky performance on January 2nd.When pressed for a comment, Cassidy cat said, “Meow.”
moe. showed the strength of their stylistic flexibility when they delivered a high energy set of music to a crowd of enthusiastic electronic music fans at the Backwoods Music Festival last weekend. When the producers of the EDM-centric event decided they wanted a little rock and roll to bring some sonic diversity to their party, they wisely reached out to New York’s legendary jam kings for ninety minutes of pure electricity. The band answered the call with a wise nod to the overall feel of the festival, reaching into their diverse catalog of tunes and selecting a mix of highly dance-able grooves and crowd favorite classics.Opening with an extended, deep groove take on the instrumental “McBain” before launching into the vast and expansive reaches of the live only classic “George,” moe. plugged right into the prevailing vibe of the day. Mixing pulsing guitar riffs with a heart rate increasing back beat the band a mixture of ecstatic howls and head down trance dancing that swirled in the wash of stellar light work. Percussionist Jim Loughlin continued his emergence as a front-line melodic force with stellar, rapid fire runs on his xylophones and vibraphones that dazzled and dismayed onlookers who had spent the day seeing music generated by the pressing of buttons and turning of knobs.After the two song jam finished, guitarist Al Schnier addressed the crowd, warning fans still cheering from the lengthy intro jam to not be afraid, and that what they were playing were, indeed, instruments. As the laughter ros,e he promised that “We’ve be doing this for a while, we know what we’re doing” before the well known opening bass lines to “Buster” throbbed from the speakers. The sing-a-long intro got the crowd in the spirit and the combination of fantastical lyrical imagery and razor sharp musicianship converted any remaining doubters to the inclusion of the band on the bill.Using the closing chords of the final notes of “Buster” as a launching point for the band’s rendition of the Pink Floyd classic “Another Brick In The Wall (Part II),” the band struck a primal chord in the audience. With its familiar lyrics and intoxicating chorus, the festival lifted its voice as one, decrying the need for education loudly and proudly. Loughlin showed yet another dimension to his skills, singing lead vocals on the Floyd classic before igniting the crowd with his dope mic skills on the 90’s era House Of Pain hit “Jump Around.”His call to the crowd to “Jump up, jump up, jump around” was answered by his onstage partners, matching his intensity with an enthusiasm that is as infectious as it is fun to witness. The smiles exchanged between band members are more than genuine, they’re gleeful. That camaraderie built by decades of sharing close quarters is reflected in the music, infusing an emotional core to even the lightest of melodies. “Bullet,” a showcase for guitarist Chuck Garvey’s searing leads and impassioned vocals resonated deeply with the rapt audience.To finish their set in style, moe. whipped out one of their earliest, and still greatest jams, “Brent Black.” Unfamiliar festival goers were caught off guard by the dexterous nature of the tune, as the sections and solos flowed effortlessly from member to member, before the stage was cleared by drummer Vinnie Amico. With all four limbs locked into a precision of force and economy of movement, Amico connected with the crowd on the most base of human levels and was rewarded for his effort with a thunderous roar matched only by the plaintive howls of returning-to-the-stage bassist Rob Derhak’s much abused bass guitar.As the last notes sounded, a different kind of thunder split the night, as the sharp reports of fireworks sounded, signalling the end to moe.’s Oklahoma adventure. Pleased that they had been able to make such an impact, the band thanked the cheering throngs and wished them well on the rest of their weekend’s festivities. As the crowd went racing off into the night, moe. and crew loaded out with the same smiles they wore while they played, a testament to a tribe living the life they love, and rocking the world while doing it.Setlist: moe. at Backwoods Music Festival, Stroud, OK – 9/3/16Set: McBain > George, Buster > Happiest Days > Another Brick In The Wall > Jump Around > Bullet > Brent Black Load remaining images
My Morning Jacket fans only have a few more weeks to wait until their lead singer’s solo album is released! Jim James will share Eternally Even on November 4th, and has already released one single from the album – the ever-relevant protest song “Same Old Lie.”Today, James has released the second track from the new album. Titled “Here In Spirit,” the new song plays off of similar themes of social justice, as it encourages individuals to speak up for their ideals even if they can’t attend every political event. He wrote the song after attending a rally in Los Angeles, one day after the tragic night club shooting in Orlando, FL.“I was feeling so utterly gutted that things like this keep happening,” says James in a statement. “It’s a song about speaking out and trying to be there for people in spirit even if you can’t be at every rally and battle. We have such a duty to speak out for equality and for each other. I will always lend my voice to whatever the civil rights issue is of the day, to whomever needs the most help and love.”Check out “Here In Spirit,” streaming below. You can see more info about Eternally Even , as well as the lyrics to “Here In Spirit,” below.“Here In Spirit” LyricsNO COMPROMISE…BUT WILLING TO SACRIFICE.BELIEVE WHAT YOU WANT.GO ON AND BE WHO YOU ARE.GO OUT AND GET WHAT YOU WANT…FULL OF LIFE.THE STONE IS THROWN….IT’S COMING FAST…THE NEXT THING YOU KNOW…IT’S CRASHING THRU THE GLASS…NOW WE’RE DOWN ON OUR KNEES PICKING UP THE SCRAPS…WHATEVER IT TAKES WE’RE GONNA BUILD IT BACK.IF YOU DON’T SPEAK OUT – WE CAN’T HEAR IT.OUR LOVE IS ALWAYS HERE – HERE IN SPIRIT.AND ALL THOSE WHO CAME BEFORE – HERE IN SPIRIT.NO COMPROMISE…BUT WILLING TO SACRIFICE.IF THE MEANS TO AN END’S IN SIGHT – AND ONCE THE WORK IS DONE –GO CELEBRATE WHAT YOU LIKE…GO ON AND DANCE THRU THE NIGHT…GO ON BE ONE WITH THE LIGHT – FULL OF LIFE.THE STONE IS THROWN….IT’S COMING FAST…THE NEXT THING YOU KNOW…IT’S CRASHING THRU THE GLASS.NOW WE’RE DOWN ON OUR KNEES PICKING UP THE SCRAPS…WHATEVER IT TAKES WE’RE GONNA BUILD IT BACK.IF YOU DONT SPEAK OUT – WE CAN’T HEAR IT.OUR LOVE IS ALWAYS HERE – HERE IN SPIRIT.AND ALL THOSE WHO CAME BEFORE – HERE IN SPIRIT.AND DONT YOU KNOW YOU CAN CALL ON ME (HERE IN SPIRIT)Eternally Even Art + Tracklisting1) Hide in Plain Sight2) Same Old Lie3) Here In Spirit4) World’s Smiling Now5) We Ain’t Getting Any Younger Pt. 16) We Ain’t Getting Any Younget Pt. 27) True Nature8) In the Moment9) Eternally EvenJim James Fall Tour Dates9/28: Pappy and Harriet’s, Pioneertown, CA9/29: Ventura Theatre, Ventura, CA9/30: Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival, San Francisco, CA10/1: The Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, CA11/15 & 11/16: Boston, MA @ Royale11/18: Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore Philly11/19: Washington, DC @ Warner Theatre11/20: New York, NY @ Terminal 511/22: Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle11/23: Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium11/25: Louisville, KY @ Palace Theater11/26: Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre11/27: Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater11/29: Saint Louis, MO @ The Pageant11/30: Omaha, NE @ Slowdown12/01: Minneapolis, MN @ State Theater12/03: Denver, CO @ Paramount Theatre12/05: Missoula, MT @ The Wilma Theatre12/06: Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo12/07: Portland, OR @ Roseland Theatre12/10: Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl12/11: Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee12/13: Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Live12/14: Dallas, TX @ House of Blues12/16: Houston, TX @ House of Blues12/17: New Orleans, LA @ The Civic Theatre*support by Twin Limb on all dates (except Fillmore SF)
Cory Henry is undoubtedly one of the funkiest keys players in the music world today. As one of the talented musicians from Snarky Puppy, Henry has shown his impressive chops to all of Planet Earth, and he is coming to Boulder, CO’s The Fox Theatre for two very special shows.On Sunday, April 16th. Henry will present his 2016 The Revival as a special Easter Sunday matinee performance, which will feature the group opening up on old Gospel songs, Stevie Wonder classics, and more. There will also be a catered food menu available to attendees for a $10 surcharge on event tickets.On Monday, April 17th, Henry will return with his group The Funk Apostles, who have been receiving rave reviews since their initial inception. The quintet features five masterful musicians that bring some of that filthy F-U-N-K straight to your trunk. With two highly successful solo albums under his belt (2014’s First Steps and 2016’s The Revival), and continuing to constantly create new music, Henry is on a musical mission to take it to the next level.Tickets for the special Easter Sunday matinee can be purchased here.Tickets for Monday’s performance can be purchased here.Enter To Win A Pair Of Tickets Below!
On May 26th, when the family and friends of the late Chris Cornell laid the 90’s alt-rock prophet to rest at the Hollywood Forever cemetery, many noted the absence of his longtime friend and collaborator Eddie Vedder. The Pearl Jam vocalist was preparing to kick off his European solo tour with a performance in Amsterdam the following evening, and had been relatively silent about Cornell in the days since his death.A Brief History of Chris Cornell, Eddie Vedder, And Short-Lived But Everlasting Supergroup Temple of the DogAs his tour began, Vedder made a few subtle nods to Chris’s loss, but had not spoken at length about his feelings on the matter until last night’s show in London. During the performance, Vedder took a moment to muse about his feelings in the wake of Cornell’s suicide with a characteristically rambling yet gracefully sincere remembrance–to which the audience responded with a standing ovation. You can read a full transcript of the passage below:Sometimes it’s hard to concentrate these days. I was thinking about the history of this building and the Bowie history. So I started to think about that and my mind began to wander. It’s not a good…So I haven’t really been talking about some things and I kind of… now it feels like it’s conspicuous because I lost a really close friend of mine, somebody who…(applause)I’ll say this too, I grew up as 4 boys, 4 brothers and I lost my brother 2 years ago tragically like that in an accident and after that and losing a few other people, I’m not good at it, meaning I’m not…I have not been willing to accept the reality and that’s just how I’m dealing with it (applause starts) no, no, no, no…So I want to be there for the family, be there for the community, be there for my brothers in my band, certainly the brothers in his band. But these things will take time but my friend is going to be gone forever and I will just have to…These things take time and I just want to send this out to everyone who was affected by it and they all back home and here appreciate it so deeply the support and the good thoughts of a man who was a … you know he wasn’t just a friend he was someone I looked up to like my older brother. About two days after the news, I think it was the second night we were sleeping in this little cabin near the water, a place he would’ve loved. And all these memories started coming in about 1:30am like woke me up. Like big memories, memories I would think about all the time. Like the memories were big muscles.And then I couldn’t stop the memories. And trying to sleep it was like if the neighbours had the music playing and you couldn’t stop it. But then it was fine because then it got into little memories. It just kept going and going and going. And I realised how lucky I was to have hours worth of…you know if each of these memories was quick and I had hours of them. How fortunate was I?! And I didn’t want to be sad, wanted to be grateful not sad. I’m still thinking about those memories and I will live with those memories in my heart and I will…love him forever.Vedder, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Pearl Jam earlier this year, got his first big “break” contributing vocals to Temple of the Dog, the short-lived Cornell brainchild that has since attained cult-classic status. You can watch Cornell and Vedder’s final vocal duet on the supergroup’s biggest hit, “Hunger Strike,” from Bridge School Benefit 2014 below via YouTube user mfc172:[h/t – Rolling Stone][Cover Photo: Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images]
Neil Young and Promise of the Real have shared a surprise new music video for their song “Children of Destiny,” a patriotic montage in celebration of the Fourth of July. Willie Nelson’s songs Lukas and Micah Nelson were involved in the new record, which also featured a 56-piece orchestra, totaling 62 musicians on the single. It is not established whether the song is part of a larger project that they are working on, or if it is just a single for the holiday.“Preserve the land and save the seas for the children of destiny / The children of you and me,” the lyrics sing. “Stand up for what you believe / Resist the powers that be / Preserve the ways of democracy so the children can be free.” Watch the music video below:Young and Micah announced “Children of Destiny” in a Facebook Live video yesterday, which features the two in a white car in a tree-draped driveway with a peace flag and confetti, or “covfefe.” The Facebook clip ends with a piece of paper that reads “resist.”
On November 17th, Turkuaz’s own percussion devil Michelangelo Carubba led an all-star tribute to the late and great rock icon Tom Petty. The event dubbed “Don’t Do Me Like That” took over New York City’s American Beauty and also featured his Turkuaz bandmates Taylor Shell and Dave Brandwein in addition to the likes of Twiddle’s Mihali Savoulidis and Kung Fu’s Beau Sasser. In addition to this high-octane tribute to rock’s recently fallen hero, the night also saw a performance by Big Words, a new side project featuring Mikey Carubba, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds’ Josh Myers, Saturday Night Live band’s Geoff Countryman, and Eric Krasno Band’s Danny Mayer.Turkuaz’s Mikey Carubba On How His Tribute To Tom Petty’s Music Became A Celebration Of His LifeYou can check out photos from “Don’t Do Me Like That: An All-Star Tribute To Tom Petty” below, courtesy of Chris Capaci. Don’t Do Me Like That: All-Star Tribute To Tom Petty | American Beauty | New York, NY | 11/17/2017 | Photos: Chris Capaci Load remaining images
At this point, we’ve all seen the periodic updates on Tool’s follow up album to 10,000 Days (2006). At times discouraging, at other times encouraging, progress on the new Tool release has been inching along for the past few years. Plans became more concrete when frontman Maynard James Keenan revealed plans to reunite with his bandmates in the studio to record music he’d been working on. At that point in February of this year, he had finished writing the words and melodies to all but one of the new tracks, according to Consequence of Sound. Then, guitarist Adam Jones chimed in that recording of the new album would happen in March.Only a week into March, and it’s all confirmed. Yesterday, Jones posted a short video clip from a studio on Instagram with the caption, “Day 1.” Today, Jones posted a photo that confirms audio engineer “Immortan Evil Joe Barresi,” who mixed Tool’s 10,000 Days, as the man behind the console for the recording session. Marking the first new music since that 2006 album, Jones joked in the post: “Our first choice was Phil Spector – but he has other conflicting work obligations.”So there you have it, folk–Tool is officially in the studio working on their first new album in 12 years.
Monday night brought sit-ins from Cory Henry (Snarky Puppy) and Jon Batiste, bandmate of Louis Cato and frontman for Jon Batiste’s Stay Human. Cory joined Nigel on the keys for a song or two and was given some solo time to tickle the ivory and take over on vocals. When Jon Batiste jumped onstage to get on the keys, Cory moved to the center of the stage next to Nigel to play the harpejji (electric stringed instrument that bridges the gap in sound between the guitar, bass guitar, and piano). Cory Henry is super talented and can really crush on most instruments. The six-piece played a rocking cover of the Buddy Miles classic “Them Changes” that brought the house down. The crowd was moving and head-bopping in their seats the entire show. Tuesday night’s show drew a much larger crowd and had some great musicians in the audience as well as on the stage. Questlove was the announced special guest for the night, so the audience was ready for a night of killer drum playing. The show opened with some of the same songs from the prior night, but they had a different feel to them—tonight was Kraz’s night! He was wailing on his guitar from the opening chords, and he never let up. Cory Henry joined the band on stage once again in a funky cover of The Beatles’ “Get Back.” Then Questlove was called to the stage, along with Maurice “MoBetta” Brown on the trumpet and Cochemea Gastelum (Dap Kings) on the saxophone. The band launched into the soulful funky Isley Brothers tune “Layaway”, and Nigel’s vocals stood out during this funky tribute. The night ended with Nigel letting us know that he is a “firm believer that if everyone got up in the morning and listened to one song, the world would be a better place.” Wednesday saw the city get hit with the fourth nor’easter in as many weeks, but that didn’t slow down Eric Krasno and Friends. Robert Randolph was the billed special guest for the night, so anticipation was high. James Casey, saxophonist for Trey Anastasio Band, was called for a sit-in, as the band performed a song that had originally been written for Trombone Shorty. Nigel and crew were having fun telling stories and delighting the crowd with good ole funk. Robert Randolph had the crowd raging, as they performed covers of the Jimi Hendrix classic “Hey Joe” and the Grateful Dead ballad “Sugaree.” Krasno never disappoints, and this week proved that in spades. From his boys in Chapter 2 to the special guests that came out to play with them, it was an exceptional week of funk and jazz. Hopefully, this will become an annual tradition, and we hope to hear from Chapter 2 ten years down the line. When the hardest-working guitar player in the jam scene announces a three-night, six-show run with some of the best musicians and special guests at one of New York’s oldest and best-known jazz clubs, you know you’re in for a funky week! The “house band” was an outfit formerly known as Chapter 2, made up of Chris Loftlin (Brian McKnight) on bass, Louis Cato (Jon Batiste’s Stay Human) on drums, Nigel Hall (Lettuce) on keys and vocals, and, of course, the ultra-talented host of the shows, Eric Krasno (Eric Krasno Band, Lettuce, Soulive) on guitar. Nigel mentioned at the start of each show, Krasno was the “curator” of bringing together this special group of musicians almost ten years ago, and they were “happy to be playing with their friends, for their friends.” And we were happy to have them playing for us all week! Whenever you bring a supergroup of musicians together, particularly with a number of guest sit-ins, it can be interesting to see how they mesh together, what songs they might choose to cover, or how everyone will fit in. When Eric Krasno brings his friends together to play, he never feels the need to take the spotlight. He seems just as comfortable playing in the background as he does when it’s his time to shine. This week was no exception, as Krasno allowed the other musicians to really take the lead and stand out. But he can still shred, as he proved time and again this week.From the first song of the late set on Monday night through the final song of the late set on Wednesday night, one thing that became abundantly clear is that Chris Loftlin is an absolute beast on the bass! Between his ability to get the audience involved by clapping, his dance moves, and his outrageous faces, Chris was certainly a standout performer of the week. Nigel Hall claimed to be the “least talented musician on the stage” every night, but that could not have been further from the truth. Nigel is such a great keyboard player and has such a soulful voice that it almost feels like being in church every time you see him perform. And Louis Cato can hammer the drums with the best of them.