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Lollapalooza 2013 Lineup (with mp3s)


Lollapalooza has announced its 2013 lineup and has already sold out of three-day passes, individual day passes, and VIP passes. I’ve gone every year since it settled in Chicago and have consistently had a good time. Some years have been more fun than other, but there are always bands I’m excited to see and there are always a few surprises.

It will be fun to see the Cure headline a big fest like this. I haven’t seen them since the Curiosa Festival came to Tinley Park. I’m also super excited about seeing Father John Misty, but — as always — it would probably be way better to see him in a smaller, darker venue. He’ll probably play at 2 o’clock as the sun beats us all into submission. But hey, that’s when the good stuff happens at Lollapalooza. Nobody goes to these things just to see the headliners, do they?


The Killers
Nine Inch Nails
New Order (soundcloud)
Queens of the Stone Age (soundcloud)
Steve Aoki (soundcloud)
Thievery Corporation (mp3)
Lana Del Rey (mp3)
Flux Pavilion (soundcloud)
Band of Horses (mp3)
Hot Chip (mp3)
Crystal Castles (mp3)
Imagine Dragons
Frightened Rabbit (mp3)
Dillon Francis
Smith Westerns (mp3)
Disclosure (soundcloud)
Father John Misty (mp3)
Ghost B.C.
Emeli Sande (soundcloud)
Jessie Ware (soundcloud)
Atlas Genius (soundcloud)
Timeflies (soundcloud)
Theophilus London (mp3)
Monsta (soundcloud)
IO Echo (soundcloud)
Icona Pop (soundcloud)
Chance the Rapper (mp3)
Lance Herbstrong
Robert DeLong (soundcloud)
Deap Vally (soundcloud)
Twenty One Pilots (soundcloud)
San Cisco (soundcloud)
Hey Marseilles (mp3)
Keys N Krates (soundcloud)
The Neighborhood (soundcloud)
Pacific Air (mp3)
American Authors (soundcloud)
Houndmouth (soundcloud)
Brick and Mortar (mp3)
Brite Lite Brite (soundcloud)


Mumford & Sons (soundcloud)
The Postal Service (mp3)
The National (mp3)
The Lumineers (soundcloud)
Kendrick Lamar (mp3)
Eric Church (soundcloud)
Steve Angello (soundcloud)
Ellie Goulding (mp3)
Azealia Banks (mp3)
Local Natives (mp3)
Dada Life (soundcloud)
Matt & Kim (mp3)
Foals (mp3)
Death Grips (mp3)
Court Yard Hounds (soundclouds)
Adventure Club
Ben Howard (mp3)
Griz (soundcloud)
Charles Bradley (mp3)
Heartless Bastards (mp3)
Baauer (soundcloud)
Haim (soundcloud)
Unknown Mortal Orchestra (mp3)
St. Lucia (mp3)
Shovels & Rope (soundcloud)
Little Green Cars (soundcloud)
Family of the Year (mp3)
The Bright Light Social Hour (soundcloud)
Pujol (mp3)
Planet Hemp
Cole Plante (soundcloud)
Lukas Nelson & P.O.T.R. (soundcloud)
Blondfire (soundcloud)
Frontier Ruckus (soundcloud)
Wheeler Brothers (soundcloud)
The Dunwells (soundcloud)
Supreme Cuts (mp3)
Wild Cub (mp3)
Brooke Waggoner (soundcloud)
Beast Patrol (soundcloud)


The Cure
Phoenix (mp3)
Vampire Weekend (mp3)
Knife Party (soundcloud)
Grizzly Bear (mp3)
Major Lazer (mp3)
Dog Blood
Two Door Cinema Club (mp3)
Tegan and Sara (mp3)
Beach House (mp3)
Cat Power (mp3)
2 Chainz (soundcloud)
Alt-J (mp3)
The Vaccines (mp3)
DIIV (soundcloud)
Alex Clare (mp3)
Baroness (soundcloud)
Lianne La Havas (mp3)
Wild Nothing (mp3)
Angel Haze (mp3)
Wavves (mp3)
Alvin Risk (soundcloud)
Jake Bugg (soundcloud)
Wild Belle (mp3)
Art Department (soundcloud)
MS MR (soundcloud)
Guards (mp3)
Kill the Noise (mp3)
Skaters (soundcloud)
The Orwells (mp3)
Palma Violets
Astro (soundcloud)
Machines Are People Too (soundcloud)
Yawn (mp3)
Half Moon Run (soundcloud)
The Mowgli’s (mp3)
Wake Owl (mp3)
Bear Mountain (mp3)
O’ Brother (soundcloud)
Makeshift Prodigy (soundcloud)

Photo by Alan M. Paterson.

Five From the Archive: Smashing Pumpkins in 2011

The Smashing Pumpkins at Le Grand Rex in Paris, France. May 22, 2007

Rolling Stone recently ran a Readers’ Poll of The Best Smashing Pumpkins Songs, as selected by their readers. The response was so large and varied that they decided to make it a Top 20 list instead of the regular Top 10 with Rolling Stone Readers’ Polls. I had been planning on running a Five From the Archive piece on the Smashing Pumpkins anyway, and when I read this, I thought it afforded the perfect opportunity. Here’s what I’ve done.

Last fall, the new Smashing Pumpkins lineup – Jimmy Chamberlin is out on drums – did a short tour of the states in October, and a quick jaunt into Europe in November. So I chose five songs from those shows that were also included in the Reader’s Poll. All but one of the selections are from Siamese Dreams, for two reasons. First, the album dominates the Readers’ Poll. Second, I have a special attachment to the record. I was a bit obsessed with it when it came out. I went on and on about what a brilliant set of songs I thought it was, to anyone who would listen. Including some GloNo colleagues I knew back then.

1. Smashing Pumpkins – “Starla”.  This epic length track, from Siamese Dream days, came in at Number 2o in the Readers’ Poll. I remember “Starla” from one of the many CD singles they were releasing at that time. I’m going to be honest with you. Some of my college buddies and I enjoyed sparking up to this one at the time. Full show: October 7, 2011 – Fox Theater, Oakland, CA

2. Smashing Pumpkins – “Geek U.S.A.”. This one of my favorite tracks from Siamese Dream.  I loved the three song sequence on the album of “Geek U.S.A.”, “Mayonaise”, and “Spaceboy”. I thought it represented some pretty innovative rock and roll at the time. It came in at Number 13 in the Reader’s Poll. Full show: October 14, 2011 – Riviera Theater, Chicago, IL

3. Smashing Pumpkins – “Zero”. This is the one not on Siamese Dreams. If you guessed that, give yourself a gold star. Full show: November 13, 2011 – 02 Academy, Glasgow, Scotland came in at Number 12 in the Reader’s Poll.

4. Smashing Pumpkins – “Soma” Apparently, this is also the brand name of a drug called Carisoprodol. It’s a muscle relaxant. “Soma” came in at Number 4 in the Reader’s Poll. Full show: November 11, 2011 – Manchester Apollo, Manchester, UK

5. Smashing Pumpkins – “Cherub Rock”. The recording for this one isn’t as hi fi as the others, or something. It’s quieter, anyway. Good rocker. “Cherub Rock” came in at Number 3 in the Reader’s Poll. That’s the closet we got to the number one song. Full show: October 17, 2011 – 930 Club, Washington, DC

Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons and the author, Matthew F.

Five From the Archive: Grace Potter & The Nocturnals Play Songs From Their New Album

Grace Potter

Grace Potter & The Nocturnals released a new record earlier this year, The Lion The Beast The Beat. I was a big fan of the first single, “Never Go Back” when it came out, and what I’ve heard of the new record is also great. Her songwriting continues to mature, and I swear I notice some prog rock influence in a few of these songs. Or that may just be wishful thinking on my part.

They played five tracks off the new album at this show in late April. The band is tight and enaged. Go see them if you can.

Full Show: April 25, 2012 – The Blue Note, Columbia, MO

1. Grace Potter & The Nocturnals – “The Divide”. The first song of the evening, but the last track on the album (excluding bonus tracks).

2. Grace Potter & The Nocturnals – “Turntable”. The first time they played this one live. “I fell in love with a beautiful sound…” Me, too.

3. Grace Potter & The Nocturnals – “The Lion The Beast The Beat”. The title track. Some cool guitar riffs here.

4. Grace Potter & The Nocturnals – “Never Go Back”. This was the first single, which got lots of early exposure. They played this when they were on Ellen.

5. Grace Potter & The Nocturnals – “Timekeeper”. Starts out with just Grace on the piano. Then some drums, a little bass. Later, guitar. But for most of the song, the focus is on the piano. I like the epic flavor of this track.

Grace Potter & The Nocturnals served as one of the earliest bands featured in Five From the Archive. Check out her covers of Bob Dylan, Otis Redding and others.

Photo courtesy of Grace Potter & The Nocturnals.

Five From the Archive: Elliott Smith in 2003

Elliott Smith is giving Warren Zevon a run for his money. Or is this just the second time I’m highlighting work by Elliott Smith? Either way, you can expect more. This one will be the most painful. The year was 2003. I had just arrived at my hotel in York, England (business trip). I called my then wife to check in now that I was at my destination. She told me Elliott Smith had killed himself. Stabbed himself – twice – in the chest. I distinctly remember having a physical reaction to this. I was lying on the hotel bed, with my legs hanging over the edge, my feet on the ground (bed was low, I know). I felt like my heart skipped a beat, and had a sudden rush of… adrenaline or something.

Elliott Smith!? Dead!? He’d barely just begun. One of the greatest songwriting voices around at that time. At least I’d gotten to see him a handful of times in New York, and was able to appreciate his talent before he died. Thankfully for all of us, there are about 95 Elliott Smith shows currently available on the Live Music Archive. What follows is a selection of tracks from his final year, 2003. What a loss.

1. Elliott Smith – “Rose Parade”. Just Smith on the acoustic guitar as accompaniment. Lo-fi audience recording, but it captures the song pretty well. Just don’t play it loud at a party. Full show: September 19, 2003 – Redfest, Salt Lake City, UT

2. Elliott Smith – “Coast to Coast”. This is one of my favorite songs from Basement on the Hill. Fucking awesome. It’s a lo-fi audience recording, too, but it’s a full band this time. This particular show has been downloaded over 19,000 times. Full show: May 28, 2003 – The Derby, Los Angeles, CA

3. Elliott Smith – “A Distorted Reality Is Know A Necessity To Be Free”. Demonstrates how vulnerable he was at this time. The audience is deadly quiet (after the banter and a few false starts at the beginning, anyway). Full show: May 22, 2003 – Belly Up Tavern, Solana Beach, CA

4. Elliott Smith – “King’s Crossing”. Favorite track from Basement. Acoustic version. Full show: January 31, 2003 – Henry Fonda Theatre, Los Angeles, CA

5. Elliott Smith – “Pretty (Ugly Before)”. Full show: May 3, 2003 – The Steamboat, Austin, TX

You can find earlier coverage of Elliott Smith’s work on Five For the Archive here.

Image of Elliott Smith courtesy of Wikipedia Commons.


Five From the Archive: Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe Presents Sticky Fingers

Karl Denson's Tiny Universe Presents Sticky FingersI don’t remember exactly when it was, but sometime early in 2011, Karl Denson asked his Facebook fans a pressing question: What album should Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe (KDTU) perform in its entirety on its next tour? I remember I submitted a suggestion. I think it was Bill Wither‘s Just As I Am, but don’t quote me on that.

Someone else, though, had the brilliant idea to suggest The Rolling StonesSticky Fingers. In order to do it right, KDTU recruited Anders Osborne, a Swedish singer/songwriter and guitar player via New Orleans, to help present the record in all its fullness. Typically, they will play a set of KDTU songs, then bring Osborne out for the Sticky Fingers set. Sometimes, they had Osborne open up with his own set as well. I trolled through the various audience recordings of Sticky Fingers shows from late 2011 and early 2012, and my gut and ears tell me this show is the one to listen to:

Full show: February 11, 2012 – Mr. Small’s Theater, Pittsburgh, PA

Each of the tracks below are pulled from the Pittsburgh, PA show. Enjoy!

1. Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe – “Brown Sugar” “This first song… is about interracial sex!” So sayeth Karl Denson at the beginning of this track. Which makes me think that when my parents named one of our dogs Brown Sugar, that may have been an inappropriate use of the song name.

2. Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe – “Wild Horses” This may be my all time favorite Rolling Stones song. Keith Richards could write some songs back in the day… Nicely executed here.

3. Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe – “Can’t You Hear Me Knockin'” Whenever I hear the original by the Stones, I think of Scorsese’s Casino. We’ve even highlighted another cover version of this song (by Umphrey’s McGee) on Five From the Archive before. If you’re feeling really nerdy today, you can compare the two.

4. Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe – “Bitch” I love this song. All covered in grit and sweat.

5. Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe – “Dead Flowers” So many great tracks on this record, and this is one of them. Ever heard Townes Van Zandt do this on his Roadsongs album? Just stunningly great.

Five From the Archive: Alabama Shakes in 2012

Alabama Shakes

While I was doing some research on Alabama Shakes, I came across their stuff on the Live Music Archive. What a surprise! They are a young band, and it was a brilliant decision to let people record them and upload those recordings to the Live Music Archive. Free marketing. Here’s a sampling of what you’ll find.

1. Alabama Shakes – “Rise to the Sun”. This is, without a doubt, my favorite song on the Boys & Girls record. Some great, understated guitar riffing that helps make the song as emotionally powerful as it is. Full show: January 31, 2012 – KEXP Studio, Seattle, WA

2. Alabama Shakes – “Boys & Girls”. This version sounds a bit more full bodied to me than the studio version on the record. Both are great. Nothing gets me like some good electric piano, and this one has it. Full show: January 24, 2012 – KCRW Studio, Santa Monica, CA

3. Alabama Shakes – “How Many More Times”. Get your fresh Led Zeppelin here. Five From the Archive fans know I’m a bit OCD for good covers of great songs. This one qualifies. Zep! Full show: April 7, 2012 – Ram’s Head, Baltimore, MD

4. Alabama Shakes – “I Ain’t the Same”. This and “Heat Lighting” (next) are from the encore at their recent Bowery Ballroom show. Both include some banter with the crowd from Brittany Howard (singer/songwriter/rhythm guitar player). Full show: April 11, 2012 – Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY

5. Alabama Shakes – “Heat Lightning”. You will want to listen to this one right after the “I Ain’t the Same” above. It’s not on the Boys & Girls record. Full show: April 11, 2012 – Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY

Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons and the author, Fred Rockwood.

New songs from Fiona Apple and Liz Phair: Do you believe in third chances?

Two of my favorite artists released songs to the internet last weekend. Fiona Apple posted a song from her upcoming album to Soundcloud, while Liz Phair sent an MP3 to the administrator of her biggest fan site and announced via Twitter that it’s “a stand-alone track, not what new record will sound like at all.”

Soundcloud: Fiona Apple – “Every Single Night”

MP3: Liz Phair – “Avalanche (Stereo Romance)” via Ken Lee’s Mesmerizing

Apple’s official “leak” was clearly part of an established technique for rousing excitement for a new album, which now includes weekly updates to keep us thinking about her.

• January 22: Record label exec unexpectedly tweets “Welcome back Fiona!”
• January 24: Label spokesperson clarifies new album will “absolutely be this year”
• February 14: South By Southwest showcase announced
• February 21: “Mini tour” dates announced
• March 7: Album title announced
• March 14: South By Southwest showcase features new songs
• March 19-27: mini tour
• April 2: Album track list, artwork, release date revealed
• April 9: North American tour dates announced
• April 23: “Every Single Night” posted to Soundcloud

It worked, of course. June 19 can’t come soon enough. But it’s hard not to feel like you’re being played with each step in the process generating new tweets, blog posts, and news items.

Contrast that precisely executed digital marketing roadmap with the seemingly haphazard Liz Phair release. The prevailing narratives tell us Fiona is the uncontrollable artiste, while Liz is the calculating careerist. But Phair used her personal Twitter account to give away a free song for no particular reason. She’s got nothing new to promote. Funstyle came out close to two years ago, and while she’s apparently finished a new video for “And He Slayed Her,” this new song has nothing to do with that.

It would be unfair to fail to point out that Apple is constricted by a major label contract while Phair is free to do whatever she wants with hew new songs. But it’s cool to see an artist taking advantage of that freedom.

Summer Camp Music Festival: MP3 Sampler

Summer Camp Music Festival

This summer, we’re sending a GLONO crew to camp out and cover at least three music festivals. The first will be the 12th annual Summer Camp Music Festival, in Chillicothe, IL over Memorial Day Weekend (All Good and Hoxeyville are also on the list).

The line up for Summer Camp is really exciting. Over 100 bands over three days, across five different stages. Jane’s Addiction and Common are the two artists I’m most excited about. Unfortunately, neither artist currently lets their fans tape shows and upload them to the Live Music Archive (LMA). However, a lot of other bands playing at Summer Camp do let their fans tape shows and upload them to the LMA. In honor of Summer Camp, we’ve selected 13 songs – a baker’s dozen – from the LMA by these artists for your enjoyment. Each song is another reason you should consider going to Summer Camp (if you haven’t signed up already…). So bake away, my friends. Bake away, and give the tracks below a listen.

1. Cornmeal – “Slip Slidin’ Away”. Great Paul Simon song. “I know a man / He lives in my home town / He wears his passion for his woman like a thorny crown.” I’ve always loved that verse. Full show: March 14, 2012 – WOW Hall, Eugene, OR

2. Fareed Haque & MathGames (Feat. Ray White) – “City of Tiny Lights”. This is a great audience recording of a smoking version of “City of Tiny Lights”. Ray White used to sing this song with the Zappa band, and reprises that role here. His vocals are still amazing. They do “Pusherman” at this show, too, with White on vocals. Full show: April 8, 2011 – Quixote’s True Blue, Denver, CO

3. G. Love & Special Sauce – “Back of the Bus”. I remember these guys from back in the day, when I was a kid, and their hot-at-the-time single, “Cold Beverage”. It looks like they’ve continued recording since then, and have become a staple on the festival circuit. And G. Love is down with the Live Music Archive. Full show: February 29, 2012 – Domino Room, Bend, OR

4. Greensky Bluegrass – “Handguns”. I’ve linked to covers by Greensky before. This is the first original I’ve linked to, which is also the title track to their latest record, Handguns. Full show: March 31, 2012 – Asheville Music Hall, Asheville, NC

5. JC Brooks and The Uptown Sound – “I Am Trying To Break Your Heart”. A really interesting interpretation of this Wilco track. The rest of show is good, too. Very excited about seeing these guys (full disclosure: bass player is the brother of a good friend). Full show: March 27, 2012 – The Mint, Los Angeles, CA

6. Keller Williams – “Uncle Disney”. Keller is like no other. Always a great set from Keller when I see him. Full show: April 7, 2012 – Gondola Plaza, Steamboat Springs, CO

7. Lotus – “Disappear in a Blood Red Sky”. Wow. Really digging this band. Excited to see them play. Full show: March 16, 2012 – Melkweg, Amsterdam, NL

8. Michael Franti & Spearhead – “Hello Bonjour”. This track is from their 2006 record Yell Fire. It’s one of the better quality Franti audience recordings I came across, too. Full show: June 4, 2011 – Mountain Jam VII, Hunter, NY

9. moe. – “Can’t You Hear Me Knockin'”. Interesting cover of this Rolling Stone classic. moe. will be playing three shows at the festvial. Full show: March 25, 2012 – La Salumeria della Musica, Milan, IT

10. The Ragbirds – “Romanian Train Song”. These guys are from Ann Arbor. They’re like gypsy rock or something. A unique sound. They just released their 4th album early this year, and we’ll be seeing them at Hoxeyville this summer, too. March 23, 2012 – The Ark, Ann Arbor, MI

11. Sierra Leone’s Refugee Allstars – “I’m Not a Fool”. Never heard of these guys before, but based on this song alone, they should play a great set. This song is from one of the three shows they have on Live Music Archive right now. Coincidentally, it’s from 4/20 last year. Full show: April 20, 2011 – Crosstown Station, Kansas City, MO

12. Umphrey’s McGee – “Reelin’ in the Years”. One of my all time favorite songs, by one of my all time favorite bands. Have Fagen and Becker ever written/released a bad song? Answer: No. Umphrey’s will also be doing three shows at the festival. Full show: January 7, 2012 – Revolution Live, Fort Lauderdale, FL

13. Yonder Mountain String Band – “After Midnight”. Yes, that “After Midnight”. The one written by J.J. Cale, and made famous by Eric Clapton. Bluegrassified here without losing its edge. Full Show: April 4, 2012 – The Lyric, Oxford, MS

Lollapalooza 2012 Lineup (with MP3s)

Lollapalooza 2011 - Cee Lo Green

As usual with big fests, the headliners are disappointing. But who cares? The undercard is always where the action is. Here’s who’s playing, with MP3s where I could find them.

See you in Chicago, August 3-5, 2012.

Afghan Whigs
Alabama Shakes (MP3: I Found You)
Aloe Blacc (MP3: You Make Me Smile)
Amadou & Mariam
Ambassadors (Soundcloud: Unconsolable)
Animal Kingdom (MP3: Tin Man via Magnet)
At The Drive-In
Band of Skulls (MP3: Sweet Sour)
Bear in Heaven (MP3: Reflection of You)
Big Gigantic
Big Pink (MP3: Give It Up)
Black Angels (MP3: Telephone)
Black Keys
Black Sabbath
Blind Pilot (MP3: Keep You Right via Magnet)
Bloc Party
Bombay Bicycle Club
Bowerbirds (MP3: In the Yard)
Calvin Harris (MP3: Acceptable in the ’80s)
Chairlift (MP3: Sidewalk Safari)
Chancellor Warhol
Childish Gambino (Soundcloud: The Longest Text Message)
Dawes (MP3: Love Is All I Am)
Delta Spirit (MP3: People C’mon)
Devil Makes Three
Die Antwoord
DJ Mel
DJ Nihal
DJ Zebo
Doomtree (MP3: Grand Experiment via Magnet)
Dr. Dog (MP3: Old Days)
Dry The River
Dum Dum Girls (MP3: He Gets Me High)
First Aid Kit (MP3: Hard Believer)
Florence + The Machine (MP3: Not Calling You a Liar)
Frank Ocean
Franz Ferdinand (MP3: What She Came For via Magnet)
FUN. (MP3: At Least I’m Not As Sad)
Gary Clark Jr.
Gaslight Anthem
GIVERS (MP3: Up Up Up)
Haley Reinhart
Head & The Heart (MP3: Lost in My Mind)
Hey Rosetta! (MP3: Yer Spring)
Imaginary Cities (MP3: Hummingbird)
J. Cole
Jack White
JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound (MP3: I Am Trying to Break Your Heart)
JEFF the Brotherhood (MP3: Bone Jam)
Jezabels (MP3: Mace Spray)
JJ Grey & Mofro
Justice (MP3: D.A.N.C.E.)
Kevin Devine (MP3: Brother’s Blood)
Kid Color
Knife Party
Kopecky Family Band (MP3: God and Me)
Laura Warshauer
Little Dragon (MP3: Blinking Pigs)
Los Jaivas
M83 (MP3: We Own the Sky)
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Metric (MP3: Monster Hospital)
Michael Kiwanuka
Miike Snow (MP3: Animal)
Milo Greene
Moon Taxi
Neon Indian (MP3: Terminally Chill)
O Rappa
Oberhofer (MP3: I Could Go)
Of Monsters and Men (MP3: Little Talks via Magnet)
Orchard Lounge
Paper Diamond
Passion Pit (MP3: Sleepyhead)
Porter Robinson
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Red Oblivion
SALVA (MP3: Wake Ups via Magnet)
SBTRKT (MP3: Wildfire)
Sharon Van Etten (MP3: Serpents)
Shins (MP3: Australia)
Sigur Ros (MP3: Gobbledigook)
Skream & Benga
Star Slinger (MP3: Mornin)
Sub Focus
Tallest Man on Earth (MP3: Like the Wheel)
Tame Impala (MP3: Runaway)
Temper Trap (MP3: Temper Trap via Magnet)
Toro Y Moi (MP3: Still Sound)
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs
Trampled By Turtles
tUnE-yArDs (MP3: Bizness)
Twin Shadow (MP3: Castles in the Snow)
Walk Off The Earth
Walkmen (MP3: Stranded)
War on Drugs (MP3: Baby Missiles)
Washed Out (MP3: Amor Fati)
Weeknd (Soundcloud: Initiation)
White Panda
White Rabbits (MP3: Heavy Metal)
Yellow Ostrich (MP3: Whale)
Yuna (MP3: Decorate via Magnet)
Zeds Dead

Five From the Archive: Ween in 2011

We’ve covered Ween on Glorious Noise before, back when they played the Royal Oak Music Theater in 2010

1. Ween – “Roses Are Free”. A great song in its own right, but also noteworthy as the Ween cover Phish rolls out pretty regularly. It’s from the classic 1994 album Chocolate and Cheese. Full show: April 14, 2011 – War Memorial, Nashville, TN

2. Ween – “The Mollusk”. Some seriously ELP style keyboard action going on in this one. He’s using a wheel or similar mechanism on the keyboard to bend notes. In an appropriately cheesy prog rock seventies kind of way. There’s a bit of a psychedelic meltdown in the middle, too. Then the clouds clear, and it’s smooth sailing to the end. Full Show: January 26, 2011 – Crystal Ball Room, Portland, OR

3. Ween – “A Tear for Eddie”. Tribute to Eddie Hazel. Full show: July 3, 2011 – High Sierra Music Festival, Quincy, CA

4. Ween – “Bananas and Blow”. The title says it all. Except it doesn’t mention the steel drums. Full show: July 2, 20011 – Les Schwab Ampitheater, Bend, OR

5. Ween – “Flutes of the Chi”. This is from their album White Pepper. From a short acoustic set during the second night of a three night New Year’s run. Full show: December 30, 2011 – Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, CO

While I was trawling through the 2011 selection of Ween shows on the Live Music Archive, I saw a lot of interesting cover choices. More variety than I remember seeing in earlier years, too. So we’ll probably be back with another Ween post sometime soon, with just covers this time around. MP3s courtesy of the Live Music Archive, Ween’s liberal taping policy, and the intrepid tapers who put their lives on the line to bring us the raw, uncut stuff.

Photo of Ween was taken by Mike Vasquez in 2010  at The Royal Oak Music Theater in Detroit, MI.