They have a new album—Wilco (The Album)—coming in late June, but you won’t have to wait until then to get yourself some new Wilco. A new cover of Woody Guthrie’s “The Jolly Banker” is available now on their website with suggested donation of $2 to the Woody Guthrie Foundation and Archives. (GLONO donated $10, so a couple of you can slide by without guilt if you can’t scrounge the dough.)
Jeff Tweedy talks about how Woody’s Depression-era song is once again timely on American Public Media’s Marketplace.
Neutral Milk Hotel multi-instrumentalist and Music Tapes frontman Julian Koster has sent out a request for fans to help save an 81-year-old carousel that needs some repairs. The National Trust for Historic Preservation will be awarding funding to a number of sites in the Greater Boston area, but the winner of a public vote is guaranteed to receive a grant.
Unfortunately, we live in a world where the great whirling contraptions of mechanical music and light are not as profitable to operate as other things, and carousels are worth much more taken apart and sold in pieces to museums, where one must pay to look at them behind glass, rather than having them simply existing in the world that we now all share.
I spoke with Jeff and Scott and Jeremy about this and they agreed that I should, on behalf of Neutral Milk Hotel, make an appeal to the good people who might have enjoyed the music made over the years, because we think you’d understand especially, and want to help.
Those dudes certainly love their “whirling contraptions,” so you can see why they’d support something like this. Then again, instead of asking internerds to vote online, maybe they oughtta just get the band back together and play a fundraiser!
I mean, I love merry-go-rounds as much as the next guy, but it’s sort of hard to suggest that the Paragon Carousel is more historically important than the Paul Revere House or the Perkins School for the Blind, but whatever. You can vote once a day through May 17 once you hand over an email address (verification not required).
Full press release after the jump…
Charity alert: Neko Case and Anti will donate five dollars to Best Friends Animal Society for every blog that posts “People Got A Lotta Nerve” and one dollar for every user of iLike that adds the song to his/her profile (up to $4,000). Very nice.
The song is poppier than a lot of Case’s recent solo stuff. Not quite New Pornographers poppy, but you can’t deny the jangle of the Rickenbacker!
Let’s say that Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr decided that they’d kick off 2009 with a worldwide tour, starting in Liverpool, moving on to Hamburg, then going everywhere else. Would this be a “Beatles‘ Reunion”? I don’t think so. Even though it represents 50% of the band, even though Paul was certainly as integral to the group as John Lennon was, and even though, it must be admitted, it was pretty much a toss up between George Harrison and Ringo, the two members of the band don’t constitute the band, period.
So consider the case of the band currently known as “The Who.” Which includes Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey. Keith Moon is long passed; he hasn’t been a member of the band for 30 years. John Entwistle has been gone for six. And, arguably, The Who stopped being The Who as the members went on to do other things (including Entwistle playing in the “All Starr Band”).
While the benefit concert/charity recording has long been a fixture in the music industry, Thierry Deruelle, president of startup music label Aquamuzic is undertaking something rather unusual. Deruelle is claiming that Aquamuzic will “give 100% of its net profits to drinkable water projects in the developing world.”
In a press release on the subject, Deruelle is quoted, “So many people on this planet can’t even safely drink their water and we need 3 iPhones?”
Songwriter Alejandro Escovedo has Hepatitis C. Help him.
Long-time friend of GLONO and frequent discussion contributor, Helen Wilson, dusts off the four-wheelers for a good cause…
Rockin’ and Wheelin’
The WLUW Indie Rock Prom Brings Back Childhood Memories
As a past DJ and board member of a struggling college radio station that lost its antenna in a hurricane, I am all for attending any events that support college radio. The Loyola University Chicago radio station, WLUW, learned last fall that for the first time in its 24-year existence it would no longer be fully funded with tuition dollars. Due to the shaky funding situation, the station has launched a prolific fundraising initiative, including a Christmas show at Schubas, a series of shows at the Hideout, and the first annual “indie rock prom” at the Rainbo Roller Rink last Thursday.
In addition to being an advocate of college radio, I just couldn’t resist an event including indie rock and prom in the same phrase, and, moreover, that involved roller-skating. According to Shawn Campbell, Program Director, the event was concocted after she attended another fundraiser at the Rainbo and thought it would be fun to get people to dress up AND roller skate. A creative event, the indie-rock prom featured live music from three local bands and college kids dressed in thrift-store formal attire or costumes from various time periods. I went without a costume, but the chance to revive my long-retired roller-skating skills took me way back in time.
The event brought back memories of the countless evenings I spent at Sparkles Skating Rink in Atlanta between the years of first and fifth grade. Roller-skating parties are probably a vivid aspect of many of our grade school years and were certainly one my favorite activities. The public school I attended had a monthly fundraiser at the skating rink, including prizes for the class with highest attendance, couples skates with disco lighting, and the hokey-pokey. Besides these monthly roller-skating nights, of which I missed very few, birthday parties at Sparkles were quite popular. Despite all the time that I spent roller-skating as a kid, I hadn’t put on a pair of roller skates in at least 15 years. I quickly learned, however, that much like riding a bike, you don’t forget how to roller skate. Racing around the rink to the 80s pop music played between live sets made me especially nostalgic for my childhood days at the roller rink.
The roller rink was among my earliest venues for hearing popular music as a kid. Growing up with parents who didn’t listen to popular radio stations, discouraged MTV, and whose record collection was limited primarily to classical music and a few Dylan and Beatles’ albums, I didn’t have a lot of access to the music other kids my age were listening to. The roller rink was where I discovered Cyndi Lauper, Prince, and Michael Jackson. Favorite hits from my roller skating days include “Thriller,” “The Heat is On,” and “Man Eater.” And I can clearly remember rockin’ out air-guitar style to Bon Jovi’s “You Give Love a Bad Name” during breaks from skating. Perhaps my lack of musical knowledge as a 10-year-old and my under-appreciated skill at the air guitar explains my inevitable lack of a partner during the couples skate, but I think those nights at the roller rink had to have contributed to my passion for rock music.
For information on future WLUW fundraising events, check out their website at www.wluw.org. Donations can be sent to WLUW, 820 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611.
Check out Nitelite for Kids, a musical series benefitting research and support for pediatric AIDS. Great music and a great cause.
The Mayfest organizers are requesting that bands submit one or two songs and contact info to the Kalamazoo Area Mathematics and Science Center for consideration to play at the 7th Annual MAYFEST. This always turns out to be one of those great cross cultural and generational events that just makes everyone feel good.
Send to: MAYFEST 2002, c/o KAMSC Cheryl Hach, 600 W. Vine Street, Kalamazoo MI 49008.
Where: MAYFEST 2002 will be at the Portage, Michigan band shell Sunday May 19th, 12-6pm.
Background: 7th Annual MAYFEST is an outdoor all ages music festival. Six bands will play. Organized as a fund raiser for the student senate of the Kalamazoo Area Mathematics and Science Center, Mayfest is by and for young people. It’s always great time for all. Organized to fill the need for “big name” bands to play for all ages crowds and give local budding high school bands a chance to play to a big audience along with real bands and with a real sound system! Past Mayfest performers have been The Jah Kings, Knee Deep Shag, Pound and Beers, Nobody’s Favorite, The Sinatras, The Tonies, Big Sam, The Mad Butchers, Packaged Bliss, Triplemint, Twister, and The Vantrells to name a few. The organizers pick a great sampling of styles, so there will be something for everyone.
For information contact:
Mark Peeters (616) 553-9327 – [email protected]
Chery Hach (616) 337-0019 – [email protected]
KAMSC Phone (616) 337-0004
KAMSC Fax (616) 337-0049