Where Bon Iver’s magnificent first album “For Emma, Forever Ago” chronicled a very particular low time and a place for mastermind Justin Vernon, this sophomore set is a fleshier recollection of what happens when he stepped back into the light.
It was around 5 p.m. U.K. time when Elbow frontman Guy Garvey was pouring himself a drink. He was about to head out for some dinner with his girlfriend and friends, and he seemed much more relaxed than excitable when we talked. It was easy going stuff for a man whose band would be co-headlining one of England’s biggest festivals -- Glastonbury next week, warming up for Coldplay.
I'd just like to share with you an entertaining chat that Daniel Lanois had at Bonnaroo this past weekend. (The 'Roo news will end one of these days; today is not that day.)
Famed producer Lanois -- as I previously mentioned -- has helmed and co-helmed some of the greatest albums from U2, Bob Dylan and Peter Gabriel. He's had a slew of great solo sets and collaborations with Brian Eno. And over the weekend, he was seated across from songwriting great Stephen Stills, who was present for his previous band Buffalo Springfield's co-headlining slot at the fest. A few journalists were on hand
"'For What It's Worth' is such an obscure title. How did you get away with that?" Lanois asked Stills.
"It beat 'There's a Man with a Gun Over There,'" he responded, funnily quoting his own song.
"Am I moving too fast for you?" Morrissey sings on one of his new songs, "Action Is My Middle Name."
For fans, the ex-Smiths frontman may not be moving fast enough. The legendary singer/songwriter played three new tracks on BBC Radio 2's Janice Long's show last night, and of course the Internet pulls through on posting these suckers. There's "Action," a rocker "The Kid's a Looker" and a more boppy "People Are the Same Everywhere."
Keys abound, heavy guitar artillery line the verses.
These tracks are apparently from Moz' forthcoming, as-yet-untitled album, the follow-up to 2009's "Years of Refusal." According to NME, the only thing stopping him from dropping the set is his label -- or a lack thereof.
"My talents do not lie in DIY," he said. Fair enough. Or is it? Perhaps if he toured America a bit more than he does, he'd line those well-tailored pockets with enough scratch to hire somebody else to start an imprint with decent distribution.
Still, from the sound of these tracks (and, hell, the song titles), I look forward to more.
Morrissey performs right before U2 on June 24 at Glastonbury and is on an extensive UK tour currently. EMI's compilation "The Very Best of Morrissey" dropped in April.
My live review of Eminem at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival this past weekend, there was a question of if the veteran Detroit rapper could be the villain he aspires to be anymore, if his mainstream mega-hits of “Recovery” and the “ehhh” of “Relapse” made a dent in that perception.
Nashville, Tenn. – Neil Young stood talking about friends and pictures to a handful of reporters in the Country Music Hall of Fame’s Ford Theater yesterday. The oversized, black and white photographs were group portraits and individual shots of the International Harvesters, the country group with which he toured over 85 stops during 1984 and 1985. Some from that ensemble – like fiddler Rufus Thibodeaux and steel and slide guitarist Ben Keith, whom Young refered to multiple times as “my brother” – have passed. Others were actually in the room.
I am but one woman, so understand that there are time and space restrictions that kept me from attendance at every single one of Bonnaroo's hundreds of shows. But below are some quick hits on superlatives from the Manchester, Tenn., festival, celebrating its 10th anniversary.
Most popular: Ben Sollee. Dude played with My Morning Jacket, Justin Townes Earle, the Low Anthem, Nicole Atkins and even his own solo show.
Biggest pothead: Wavves. Sorry Wiz.
Most likely to succeed: The Head and the Heart. Why don't you have this self-titled debut yet? Everyone at the early tent set was singing along. Sub Pop scored big time with this folk-rock-popper-people. Check back soon for my interview with them.
Best early show you slept through: Alberta Cross. They did, however, have a short set later on Saturday, jerk.
Best late show you should've stayed up for: Ratatat.
Best collaboration: Superjam with Dan Auerbach and Dr. John.
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At Bonnaroo this year, at the last day of the fest, one of the hottest collaborations was public knowledge. The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach joined NOLA legend Dr. John in a slot on the schedule appropriately called Superjam. And it was better than super. It's what every festival should aspire to organize.
My Morning Jacket drummer Patrick Hallahan helped back the big band, which was aided by a pair of serious songbirds, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, a seasoned rock ensemble and an enormous back catalog of Dr. John tracks, blues and jazz standards and classic New Orleans sass.
It was a jam in the true sense that there was a general setlist and plenty of time for adjustment between songs, where Auerbach's high guitar volume level and John's sunglasses-cool presence were the only common denominators track-to-track. Smiles abounded, there was no required banter. The two stunned with a dual-take on "St. James Infirmary" and the good doctor took us back to the '60s with "I Walk on Guilded Splinters." A thousand hearts broke to the bluesy umph of "There's a Break In the Road" and the rompy scoundrel “Black John the Conqueror.”
There’s been a triad of music First Ladies, a series of trailblazers that have shaped the goosebumps on the skin of everyone’s sunburned arms at Bonnaroo. Friday brought the Queen of of Rockailly, Wanda Jackson, among one of my favorite Immaculate Noise interviewees. Last night brought my first full set sit-in, from country great Loretta Lynn. She wore a combination of Flashy Loretta and Down-Home Loretta, with a simple pant-suit with a bibbed, rhinestone shirt. Her petite frame was fragile against her male-dominated, inveterate band and she rarely strayed from her place on stage.
MANCHESTER, TENN. - Loud, banging explosives went off a couple of times during Eminem’s Saturday night set at Bonnaroo, the end-cap to particularly violent songs in his set list like “Kill You.” Red, flashy scenes of blazing matter and bombs glowed behind the rapper and his full band on screens, like early visions of doomsday. He defiantly claimed he “Won’t Back Down” to his rivals, and performed darkly in front of the burning house from “Love the Way You Lie.”