Archive for August, 2010

DAWES | Interview

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

Contributing Writer : Griffen Harris

Contributing Photographer : Elliott Beenk

Dawes, a band founded by Taylor Goldsmith and Wylie Gelber out of North Hills, California, is a folk-rock group heavily influenced by The Band. They recently played a show in Iowa City, Iowa at Gabe’s Oasis, formerly The Picador, during which they played songs from their debut album, “North Hills.” Dawes has an incredible ability to envelop any viewer wholly into their songs, one after the other, and this quality endears the music to the listener to the point where it is difficult to resist becoming a die-hard fan.

I had the pleasure of attending this show on August 8th, 2010, a pleasure deepened by the fact that I was able to spend time with Taylor Goldsmith – lead singer/songwriter and guitarist of Dawes – after the show at a friend’s house in Iowa City. The fact that Dawes is a band with a steadily growing fan base across the nation and yet still find’s time during three-month long tours to spend time with friends they made at previous shows is something that I hope they stay true to throughout the career. Taylor and I had a lengthy discussion addressing many issues ranging from the band’s chemistry on the road to the composition of songs and lyrics. This talk allowed me to delve into the mind of a songwriter that finds inspiration from the simple things in life; primarily family and friends and the past, present, and future.

Paraphrased below is the interview I held with Taylor Goldsmith, of Dawes.

Interview After The Photos

GH: What do you and your band-mates like to do after your shows?

Goldsmith: Well, we sometimes find ourselves so tired that we just have to head back to our hotel or van and go to sleep so that we can put on another show the following night… [chuckles]. But when we do have the energy, or the crowd was really excellent, we like to meet as many people as possible. We try to make as many personal connections as possible so that the fans know we care about them.

GH: This isn’t the first time I’ve seen Dawes play, and I’ve noticed that you all appreciate the familiar faces in the crowd…you even mention it at shows sometimes when you see someone who was at your last show.

Goldsmith: I definitely like to show my appreciation of the fans. It means a lot to me when someone makes a point to meet us and come to as many shows as possible. That’s how we’re going to get more successful.

GH: Speaking of success, you’ve already opened for Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros at Lollapalooza this summer. How was that experience?

Goldsmith: That was great. The chance to play to as many people as possible is really what we want to be doing at this point – getting exposure.

GH: What about your Daytrotter experience?

Goldsmith: The Daytrotter tour was amazing because it allowed us to play a bunch of different venues to a bunch of new people in a short amount of time. It also introduced us to new bands that we can play future shows with.

GH: What would you say is the “most important” thing for a new band to focus on if they want to be able to become successful? And not just in the money sense of the word, but in the fan base, and personal connections sense – in the sense that they can get their music “out there” so that it’s heard by as many potential fans as possible?

Goldsmith: Well, when Dawes first started it was Simon Dawes, but then Wylie and I added my brother, Griffin, and Alex Casnoff to the mix and dropped the Simon name to just Dawes. We started out playing shows in and around the L.A. area in bars and clubs. We didn’t make much money, and we aren’t getting rich at this point either [laughs] but I think it’s most important to make those personal connections, to make sure they get in touch with their fans and listeners. If a band isn’t able to develop a fan base, then the venues on the road really aren’t going to jump to schedule them.

GH: Well Taylor, I’m glad I got the chance to chat with you about these things. I think one of the best things about Dawes is your genuineness. I’ve seen bands that don’t even talk to the audience during the show or afterwards. I hope to see you guys again on the road sometime soon.

Goldsmith: Well I’m glad you noticed that about us, because that’s really what we’re all about. Hope to see you out there again as well!

Glitch Mob Free Music

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010


We have teamed up with our friends at MiskhaNYC to bring you Drink the Sea Part II: The Mixtape:

Direct Download Link: http://t.opsp.in/K8OC

“Bad Wings” vs. La Roux’s “In For The Kill” was so much fun to make that we decided to post it on it’s own as a free download.

Direct Download Link: http://t.opsp.in/K8PF

We hope that you have as much fun blasting this as we did making it! If you like the track, we hope you will help spread the word or lend it some hearts on Hype Machine.

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The 2010 Summer Tour kicks off this Friday in Minneapolis with dates across the US.

Thanks for listening. See you soon! POW!

- The Glitch Mob

Introducing Bryan and Head Jamz 2010

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

HEAD JAMZ PREVIEW

Contributing Writer : Bryan Flanagan

“You know about Head Jamz,” asked the nice older lady behind the dusty wood counter.

“That’s what them dopers do,”(while making a noodling type motion) responded the wild old man from out of nowhere.

That was the exchange during my first visit to Red River Campground in Adams, TN (about 45 minutes from home for me).  I have been reading Roving Festival Writer for a while now and thought it would be fun to add some coverage of smaller festivals like Head Jamz(www.headjamzfestival.com).  Being my first time trying to cover a festival, I am a bit nervous so I decided to make a preview trip to the campground to get a solid start.  With headliners Emmitt-Nershi Band, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Cornmeal and The New Mastersounds, the festival is set up with some great groups and seems to have a nice mix of Bluegrass, Southern Rock/Funk and Electronic/jazz sounds each day.  In it’s 2nd year, Head Jamz is definitely improving on the music end of things, but after some severe flooding in Middle Tennessee this year, the Red River Campground seems a bit overwhelmed.

My wife, genius cousin and her husband (a real life Macgyver) will be heading up bright and early to the campground Friday Sept. 3 as the gates are opening at 8 am.  Camping is first come first served so it seems like the best idea is to get there first thing.  If you are looking to stay cooler, there are quite a few heavily shaded spots along the river.  For a more open feel, there are some grassy areas that appear to be campsites, too.  The floods in early May took out many of the fire pits and grills so it didn’t look like there were a lot of fully set up campsites (picnic table, grill, fire pit). This is essential for us as we have never all camped together, and we will be cooking everything for each meal.  Hopefully our Macgyver will come through in the clutch for us.  I like to have everything with me, but in case the car gets too full, there is wood for sale at the General Store and a Dollar General  Store about 1 mile from the campground.   In the worst case scenario, we could get food or supplies from there (like a can opener, which my wife forgot to pack on out last camping trip!).  With a biker rally the weekend before, the campground will either be ready to rock or likely to fall apart.  I guess you could say I am cautiously optimistic.

Each day the music starts early so I’m thinking there will be one stage for all the acts throughout the day.  A lot of folk seem to like this for the ability to not miss any bands and not have to make the decision of which band you want to see more.  The multiple stage set-up usually fails for me, and I choose the wrong stage (see Mutaytor for example), so I’m hoping I’m right about the single stage. Personally this is a great festival for my music tastes as I get to see some faster Bluegrass, good Southern Rock ([Nashville’s Own] Old Union and The Captain Midnite Band) and some live electronic/funk/jazz  music using instruments as opposed to a DJ, which is a nice change.  Looking to hear some covers?  Check out Hyryder, who has been known to do some Dead and Phish.  It will be interesting to see 3 different groups that I have heard but not seen before (Future Rock, The Twin Cats, Zoogma) doing late night sets, listed to start at 12:30-1 AM until ?. Another band I am interested in is playing Friday afternoon, Charles Butler and Associate’s.   Charles plays in a Nashville based band that I am a fan of (The One and Only Bill Davis & his Kick-Ass Friends , www.myspace.com/theoneandonlybilldavis) so I will be making a point to check out that set. It seems through the pictures from last year’s Head Jamz, people were able to bring beer and alcohol on site, which I will be verifying ahead of time. From the looks of the campground, the whole festival happens on not much more than a couple acres so if you’re looking for privacy, good luck.  If you’re looking to share some great music with new people, you won’t be disappointed.

Something I like about Head Jamz is the location, right on the Red River.  The group I am jamming with has already signed up for an optional canoe trip, and I got my hands on a huge floatie to chill on during the ride. There’s also a disc golf course that is built on site by a great local company, Cloud Nine Disc Golf (www.cloud9discgolf.com).   If you have a little extra time, the Bell Witch Cave is approx. 2 miles from the campground and seems to be worth checking out. (www.bellwitchcave.com) Also nearby on the same weekend is the Robertson County Fair in Springfield, TN (approx. 13 miles from campground on Hwy 41), so be careful if traveling through there.

Oh yeah, and if you see a small black goat with a blue collar, his name is Billy, and he thinks he’s a dog.

The Black Crowes | Chicago Theater

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

The Black Crowes | Chicago Theater | Chicago, IL | August 21, 2010

Contributing Photographer : Tom Fennell

Thanks to blackcrowes67 at YouTube for the video.

DIRTY PROJECTORS | LOLLAPALOOZA PreParty

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

Congress Theater | Chicago, IL

Video Production : Raymond Grubb

Audio Engineer : James Linck

Special Thanks to KINGTELLO Presents!