Archive for March, 2010

Phish Plans “Late Night” Stones Tribute

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Phish plans “Late Night” Stones tribute

Reuters, Mar 30, 2010 5:22 pm PDT

Phish is the first group confirmed to perform during the weeklong Rolling Stones tribute on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” next month, the jam band’s first television performance since it reunited in 2009.

A host of superstar acts will cover songs from the Stones’ “Exile on Main Street” during the week beginning May 10, coinciding with the May 18 deluxe reissue of that landmark 1972 album.

Although it was not announced which “Exile” song Phish will play on its May 13 “Late Night” appearance, the band has long covered “Loving Cup” in concert and of late has begun adding “Shine a Light” to its set list. Last Halloween, the group performed all 18 “Exile” tracks during its Festival 8 event in Indio, Calif.

Festival 8 is the subject of “Phish 3D,” a new film set to premiere April 30 for a one-week run in select U.S. theaters. Preview screenings are set for nine U.S. cities on April 20; details can be found on Phish.com. Phish begins a summer North American tour on June 11 outside Chicago. The trek concludes with an August 17-18 stand at Jones Beach in Wantagh, N.Y.

Snoe.Down 2010 PT 2

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Snoe.Down 2010 PT 2 – The Moments

Spartan Arena – Rutland, VT / Killington Ski Resort – Killington, VT

Contributing Writer – Garret K. Woodward [ TheRFW.com/blog/Garret ]

Contributing Photographer – Andrew Wyatt [ TheRFW.com/blog/DirtySanta ]

Thank you nycjamgal08 at YouTube for the video footage.

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Snoe.Down 2010 PT 1

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Snoe.Down 2010 PT 1 – The Story

Spartan Arena – Rutland, VT / Killington Ski Resort – Killington, VT

Contributing Writer – Garret K. Woodward [ TheRFW.com/blog/Garret ]

Contributing Photographer – Andrew Wyatt [ TheRFW.com/blog/DirtySanta ]

Thank you nycjamgal08 at YouTube for the video footage.

www.moe.org

www.SnoeDown.com

A half-eaten Subway sandwich and lukewarm can of Pabst Blue Ribbon.

Sitting on the back deck of our condo, the last rays of sunshine crashed against the rolling peaks of the Killington Ski Resort. I sat there, consuming my road warrior meal, in awe of not only the aesthetic beauty of the region, but the anxious anticipation of unknown endeavors to come.

Old friends trickled in, while new ones curiously entered the room, wondering what was in store for the weekend. We hoisted our cheap beer high and saluted each other over successfully making the trek to Vermont. Now, with the easy part behind us, it was time for the real challenge- surviving endless sets of whiplash rock-n-roll amid endless recreational opportunities, while under the influence of whatever was ingested with gusto.

Nestled within the Green Mountains, the enormous resort played host to the third installment of the Snoe.Down Winter Music & Sports Festival. Created by prog-rock phenomenon moe., the mythical event is aimed at dusting off the cobwebs and erasing any sense of cabin fever in the northeast.

Pockets jammed full of beers. A crisp, wintry breeze ricocheted throughout the valley Friday evening. Hundreds of moe.rons flocked to bus stops, taxi cabs, or carpools to the Spartan Arena- a hockey rink (sandwiched between a K-Mart garden center and the Diamond Run Mall) used by nearby Castleton State College.

Though a conservative kickoff to the weekend, moe. fired up the overzealous crowd with “Mexico”. Riding the wave of excitement exhibited before them, the quintet (adorned in sharp-dressed suits) belted out “Captain America” > “Four”, onward to a spicy “Queen of Everything”. Bursting at the seams, the scene was ready to gyrate their cares (and a little winter flab) away at the mercy of the improvisational wizards.

“Faker” > “Tailspin” had feathers ruffled. Beads of sweat dripped down endless faces walking outside the melodic sauna to catch their breath. The moment seemed to swirl around the rink during “Spine of a Dog”, which was put into hyper-drive due to a 1 a.m. curfew.

Thousands spewed out of the arena, exchanging numbers and addresses of after-parties. Beer cans cracked open in the parking lot. The sounds of mischief were heard far and wide. Some B-lined it for their respective motel rooms, yet most meandered back to Killington for last call drinks or word-of-mouth shenanigans at condos down the hill, around the corner, or “somewhere over there”.


03/26/10 Spartan Arena, Rutland, VT
Set I:
Mexico, Captain America> Four, Queen of Everything, Shoot First> Moth
Set II:
Raise A Glass, Faker> Tailspin, Cape Cod Girls> Water> Bearsong> Hector’s Pillow> Timmy Tucker
Encore:
She Sends Me, Spine Of A Dog1

1 Double speed due to time constraints


I awoke, disheveled, on top of my somewhat deflated air mattress. Empty liquor bottles and cold pizza littered the room. The stagnant smell of marijuana and stale beer wafted throughout the complex. The true test of ones grit and self-worth in the face of an uphill battle between alcohol tolerance and unrelenting jaunts into the depths of musical servitude is not for the weary or faint-of-heart.

It was Saturday, and I had to muster enough stamina to survive the subsequent 24 hours.

Squeezing into a sardine can (aka the K1 Lodge), teenage prodigies The McLovins captured the hearts of Snoe.Down with their distinctive, and chaotically well-executed, brand of jam-rock. The incredible ebb and flow of these diaper dandies compliments the genuine aptitude for composition brought forth.

“Have you had enough?! Have you had enough?!,” baby-faced drummer Jake Huffman screamed into the microphone- Jeffrey Howard (guitar) and Jason Ott (bass) building up momentum through crashing chords and meaty bass lines.

It was intriguing to watch the crowd point in awe of the tiny stature and timid physical presence the trio displays. Half the people present probably stole lunch money from some kid resembling one of the members.

“People come to our shows expecting to see just this teenage band,” said Huffman afterwards. “But, we make them realize we aren’t a ‘kid band’, we’re a real band. When we’re up onstage, we have no idea where the set may go, but we always go for an adventure, we always have fun. Certain gigs raise the bar for us, and this was one of those gigs.”

Sunshine glared off pristine snow pack. Overpriced Budweiser tallboys and shots of whiskey emptied wallets while filling bellies with much need “go-go juice” for the afternoon moe. extravaganza at the base of Bear Mountain.

“Not Coming Down” > “Wormwood” > “Okayalright” stimulated the fatigued and unkempt hordes. Smiles were found below sunglasses aimed upward. Skiers and snowboards, like ants on a hill, dotted and crisscrossed the landscape.

As soon as it came, the performance ceased, leaving mobs of people running towards the scarce number of commuter buses heading back into the community. Bladders were pent up. Faces were long and drawn-out. Back to the room to rekindle a second wind.


03/27/10 Killington – Bear Mountain, Killington, VT
Set I:
St. Augustine, Skrunk, Not Coming Down> Wormwood> Okayalright, Akimbo, Crab Eyes, Happy Hour Hero> Seat Of My Pants> Sensory Deprivation Bank
Encore:
Down Boy


No rest for the timid, though.

With around a 100 in attendance during Assembly of Dust at the Spartan Arena, loyalty lay in the hands of the few. There was seemingly enough space to play a pick-up street hockey match while renowned singer/songwriter Reid Genauer commenced the final evening at Snoe.Down.

Though his signature vocal talents (“Telling Sue”) and stage presence astound fans and the unaware alike, it’s a continual frustration to witness the glass ceiling AOD struggles to breakthrough and capture a larger audience or perhaps garner that elusive festival headlining slot.

The crowd perimeter eventually grew like a oceanic high tide. “Revelry” pinnacled the performance through the spiraling guitar of Adam Terrell- quite possible the most underrated, or best unknown, finger menace in the jam circuit.

Folkgrass aficionados Railroad Earth egged on observers even further. Their timeless, silky smooth selections left wintry souls with a taste of summer innocence not to far off, according to the calendar. Feet were provoked into a jig, a foot-stomp, in celebration of the only true East Coast rebuttal to the String Cheese Incident.

The cold concrete floor rapidly filled with freewheeling hipsters. Their faces were manic. Their heads bobbing to the endless groove already playing in their heads. Though standing and awaiting moe.re madness, several seemed to fall into invisible trap doors invoked by purposeful intents of finding alternate forms of reality. The blob of Saturday night freaks spilled over into dimly light corners and bleachers aligning the steel walls.

“Wind It Up” streamlined the previous sets with a casual engine crank for the band. The energy of each song seemed to stack onto the last. A euphoric sentiment radiated between those onstage and off (“Plane Crash”).

The arena slowly and steadily became an incubator. A cloud of moisture and second-hand smoke rose above and smacked one in the face like a wet, smelly towel. “The Road” > “Lazarus” > “The Road” segued the latter half with unrelenting waves of composition breakdowns, continually crashing into the sea of humanity (“Blue Jeans Pizza” > “Bring It Back Home”). Sing-a-longs emerged (“New York City”) at the culmination of Snoe.Down, for this year at least.

Troves flowed out into the Bible-black night. After-parties ensued into the wee hours of Sunday morning because “we can’t go to bed till all this fuckin’ beer is gone”.


03/27/10 Spartan Areana, Rutland, VT
Set I: Wind It Up> Spaz Medicine, Understand, Stranger Than Fiction> Cissy Strut1> Stranger Than Fiction, Plane Crash
Set II:
Threw It All Away, The Road> Lazarus> The Road, Blue Jeans Pizza> Bring It Back Home, Nebraska, Opium> 32 Things
Encore:
Willin’, New York City


1 Last time played 07/22/01 (773 shows)


While the God-fearing were in church, slaves to the groove were still rejoicing in the sweet nectar of Saturday night. Many passed out on unknown couches, though numerous hardcore weekend ragers gathered enough resilience to tackle the slick slopes of Killington for another shot at reckless recreational redemption. For those willing to plunk down the extra dough, moe. conducted an intimate brunch set at the legendary Wobbly Barn.


03/28/10 Wobbly Barn, Killington, VT
Set I: Salt Creek, Shoot First, Gone, Shake Your Hips, Tambourine, Captain America> She, Deep This Time> Meat
Encore:
Buster1

1 With Rob. & Al.’s kids starting it off with “Pigs Can Fly” vocals


For others, low on funds, serenity was discovered in the K1 Lodge at the hands of Red Rooster. The cradling sound of the Brooklyn folkies was a poignant end to a raucous weekend in the heart of New England.

Though it was on hiatus for the last two years, Snoe.Down hasn’t missed a beat. It’s a Godsend in a sometimes unforgiving time of year in the North Country. Three days of musical harmony break up the monotony of winter and remind all of us the childlike joy we pursue relentlessly each summer, yet forget once the leaves change and we head back to our day jobs.

Erykah Badu Strips at JFK Assassination Site

Monday, March 29th, 2010

By Alan Duke, CNN

Los Angeles, California (CNN) — Erykah Badu shed her clothes as she walked along a Dallas, Texas, sidewalk until she was nude and then fell near where President Kennedy was assassinated.

The result was a controversial video, released Saturday, for her song “Window Seat,” which Badu said was “shot guerrilla style” with no crew and in one take March 17.

Children could be seen nearby as Badu stripped in Dealey Plaza, a popular tourist spot since Kennedy’s 1963 assassination.

The singer’s management did not immediately respond to request for comment, but Badu responded to the controversy via Twitter.

She tweeted that “there were children there. i prayed they wouldnt b traumatized.”

The R&B singer said she was making a statement against “groupthink,” which she tweeted was an “unwritten rule” that “i will not express my true opinion if it opposes those i love and fear.”

Some fans sent tweets praising Badu’s artistic vision.

One fan tweeted to Badu on Sunday: “thank you, because your being brave, i no longer feel afraid to say what i really feel.”

The video opens with a November 22, 1963, radio broadcast describing Kennedy’s motorcade turning onto Elm Street seconds before fatal shots were fired.

In the video, Badu is behind the wheel of a 1965 Lincoln Continental, parked along Kennedy’s route. A single camera focuses on her as she walks toward Elm Street and the book depository where Kennedy’s assassin fired his rifle.

Badu tweeted that “i was petrified while shooting this video … but liberation began to set in. i conquered many fears in that few moments.”

She said she was “too busy lookin for cops” to be embarrassed by her nudity. “i been naked all along in my words actions and deeds. thats the real vulnerable place,” she tweeted.

The video does not include shouts from people off camera, she said. “they were yelling, ‘THIS IS A PUBLIC PLACE : YOU OUGHTA BE ASHAMED : PUT YOUR CLOTHES ON : DAMN GIRL! etc,” Badu tweeted.

More than a dozen people stood along the plaza’s “grassy knoll” when Badu took off the last piece of clothing.

“the people caught in the shot were trying hard to ignore me,” she tweeted.

As she reached the spot where Kennedy was first struck by a bullet, the crackle of a gunshot is heard and Badu’s head snaps back and she falls to the ground as if dead.

Badu said when the camera stopped “we ran.”

The singer was born in Dallas, where she is raising her three children — ages 1, 5 and 12

She tweeted to fans about her 5-year-old daughter’s response when told of her plans for the video: “she looked at me with a blank face and replied ok mama can i have another pudding?”

The video was released days before the singer’s next album, “New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh,” hits record stores. The single “Window Seat” is at No. 28 on Billboard’s R&B/hip-hop chart.

ULTRA’S GOOD SELL OUT

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL

–THE WORLD’S PREMIER ELECTRONIC MUSIC FESTIVAL–

THIS FRIDAY, MARCH 26 & SATURDAY, MARCH 27 IN MIAMI

ON TRACK TO SELL OUT FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE FESTIVAL’S

12-YEAR HISTORY

ANNOUNCE STEPHEN MARLEY TO PERFORM WITH DAMIAN MARLEY & NAS

ALONG WITH OTHER NOTABLE MUSICIANS;

LE CASTLE VANIA ALSO ADDED

TEAM WITH CORSO COMMUNICATIONS TO DEBUT

THE HEINEKEN INSPIRE DOMES:

OFFERING 360 DEGREE VIDEO WITH MASTER VJ’S VELLO AND MILO AND

PERFORMANCES FROM THE DIRTY DUTCH MUSIC CREW AND MORE

MULTI-MEDIA ART INSTALLATIONS RETURN FOR FOURTH YEAR

Promoters for the ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL (UMF) are in the final stages of preparing for the 2010 installment of the world’s premier electronic music festival taking place this Friday, March 26 and Saturday, March 27 at Bicentennial Park in Miami. With their strongest line-up to date, the festival is on track to be a sold-out event—the first in UMF history since becoming a two-day festival.

With a solid line-up already in place–including performances on Friday from Tiësto, David Guetta, Groove Armada, Passion Pit, Little Boots, LMFAO, The Disco Biscuits and The Crystal Method and on Saturday from Deadmau5, Swedish House Mafia with special guest Florence from Florence And The Machine, Armin Van Buuren, Benny Benassi with special guest Kelis, Orbital, Calvin Harris, Ghostland Observatory and Major Lazer–UMF has announced the addition of Stephen Marley to Damian Marley & Nas’ performance on Saturday. Other notable performers joining Damian Marley & Nas for a sure-to-be memorable set include Shiah Coore, Sean Diedrick, Courtney Diedrick, Phillip James, Andrae Carter, Leon Mobley, Roselyn Williams, Rovleta Fraser and Garfield Logan. Atlanta-based deejay Le Castle Vania has also been added to the Bayfront Stage on Saturday’s bill.

The Dirty Dutch Music crew–Chuckie, Sidney Samson, Sunnery James and Ryan Marciano, Hardwell, and R3hab–has also been has been added to the UMF bill and is set to appear in the new Heineken Inspire Dome. Corso Communications will debut the two air conditioned Domes this year at UMF: one Dome will feature the Star Bar serving cold Heineken and Heineken Light draught and then, with beer in hand, festival goers can proceed through the media tunnel to the second Dome where they can be Inspired by a line-up of the best artists Winter Music Festival has to offer. Both domes offer 360 degree video with master VJ’s Vello and Milo syncing up an audio/visual experience not to be missed.

This year marks the fourth year that UMF will transform itself into a top multi-media event. In addition to its stellar music performance roster, festival goers can experience live painting by celebrated local artist LEBO during The Disco Biscuits set, artist/composer Christopher Janney’s interactive sound and light Sonic Forest, 3GZ Productions showcasing experimental films at its Ultra Video Lounge, Daniel Fila (aka Krave, aka The Fresh Monkey) painting live, Daniel Fiorda with his “Medusa’s – The Sovereign Female Wisdom” art installation, Daniel Marosi’s “Recycle” installation, top graffiti crews including MSG Cartel–infamous for the Crome and Crook spree of the 1990′s, urban muralist Cp1 and eco-friendly furniture by PIE Studio.

Tickets for the world’s leading two-day electronic and alternative music experience are available now exclusively through www.ultramusicfestival.com. Two-day general admission tickets are $139.95. Two-day VIP tickets are also available for $350.00.

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