Tour Notes::Dan Deacon and his Wham City Choir

Dan Deacon launches his lengthy Spring / Summer tour tonight in Greensboro, NC. A vision came to Dan one night of being joined by an angelic choir at the end of his set each night for a rousing, spiritual version of his anthem “Wham City” from his recently released Spiderman of the Rings – a musical tribute to his place of dwelling and to the Baltimore music community he is a part of. This is where YOU come in – Dan Deacon is inviting you to come and be his choir. Dan envisioned a co-ed choir, so all you have to do is be one of the first four males or first four females in your city to e-mail and YOU will become a member of the Dan Deacon Wham City choir! (please put the name of your city and your gender in the subject line of the e-mail to make things easier for Dan). Dan collaborated with Baltimore artist Stefani Levin to make eight beautiful blue and yellow Wham City choir robes which you’ll get to wear, and Dan will provide you with lyric sheets. If you want to practice and prepare, the song “Wham City” is posted on Dan Deacon’s MySpace page at so you can start singing along.

In other news, Dan Deacon will release “The Crystal Cat” as a 7″ single on Carpark on July 17 with a new, previously unreleased B-side.

Memories::The Phoenix Sessions

Well, i’m starting to piece things back together after the move. Yesterday, I had internet access installed so I could rejoin the modern world. It was an action packed Memorial day weekend, which turned into a gala music affair with lots of guitar playing and singing, and some rowdy listening sessions. Yes the spirits were in the air this weekend and the muse was once again located. The water was cold, the women were steamy, and our lust for life was replenished. Folks we just don’t worship the rock-n-roll dream round here. We try to pretend we’re living it every second of the day.

Also spent a bit of time listening to David Crosby’s solo debut If I Could Only Remember My Name. This record is such a magical journey, giving amazing insight into what it was like to be in Crosby’s musical head in the early seventies. The record includes contributions by everyone from Joni, Phil Lesh, Garcia, and so on. Oh, to have been around in the days when the hippie dream was just starting to die. There was magic here folks. This was a time when some of the greatest musical folks hung out with each other and exchanged ideas, with the purpose of forging new ground and having some fun. Pure unadulterated magic which led to the only place magic can lead you – to the netherworld of excess and ultimate demise. All I can say is that they were grand enough for the opportunity, and they rose with all their will. This is one cool record people.

Tour Notes::Drive By Truckers summer extravaganza

On June 11th, the day after the band’s 11th anniversary, the Drive By Truckers will go into the studio to begin recording their new record. DBT has also added some shows for their summer tour. Some will be acoustic, some rock, and maybe some a combination of both. Come on out, have some fun, and set your mind aside for a while.

Thu June 21 – Knoxville, TN – Sundown in the City
Fri June 22 – Richmond, VA – Brown’s Island
Sat Jun 23 – Myrtle Beach, SC – House Of Blues
Sun June 24 – Athens, GA – ATHFEST FESTIVAL CLOSER Outdoor Stage 7pm
Wed Jul 4 – George, WA – Willie Nelson’s Fourth of July Picnic
Thu Jul 5 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
Fri July 6 – Quincy, CA – High Sierra Music Festival
Fri July 13 – Asheville, NC – Orange PeelThis will be a Dirt Underneath show (and possibly half Rock Show!)
Sat Jul 14 – Masontown, WV – All Good Music Festival
Sun July 15 – Dallas, TX – Lone Star Fandango
Tue July 17 – Philadelphia, PA – World CafĂ© LiveThis will be a Dirt Underneath show
Wed Jul 18 – Amagansett, NY – The Stephen TalkhouseThis will be a Dirt Underneath show
Thu Jul 19 – New York, NY – Castle Clinton National Monument, Battery Park FREE SHOW
Fri July 20 – Washington, DC – 9:30 ClubThis will be a Dirt Underneath show (and possibly half Rock Show!)
Sat July 21 – Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony Summer Stage
Sat July 28 – Chattanooga, TN – K Fest @ Ross Landing
Fri Aug 10 – Charlotte, NC – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre w/ The Allman Brothers Band
Sat Aug 11 – Raleigh, NC – Alltel Pavilion w/ The Allman Brothers Band
Sun Aug 12 – Virginia Beach, VA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre w/ The Allman Brothers Band

Notes::Ryan Adams announces tour dates

Ryan Adams has announced the initial run of his summer tour. Stay tuned for ticketing details and more dates soon to be announced.

18 Minneapolis, MN – Cedar Cultural Center
19 Chicago, IL – The Black Orchid
20 Detroit, MI – Gem Theater
22 Toronto, ON – Enwave Theater
24 Burlington, VT – Higher Ground
28 Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore
29 Boston, MA – Somerville Theater

Notes::De Stijl will be distributed by Sub Pop

The Minneapolis-based label De Stijl, known mostly as a vinyl-only label, will begin releasing CDs through a new distribution deal with Sub Pop, with whom they teamed up in 2003 to issue the Michael Yonkers Band’s Microminiature Love (recorded in 1968 but never properly released until 2002, on vinyl by De Stijl, and 2003, as a CD by Sub Pop). The first CD release from De Stijl comes from Sweden’s Jakob Olausson whose Moonlight Farm album was just released. Upcoming CD releases from De Stijl include a re-issue on Sept. 11 of Michael Yonkers’ sophomore release, Grimwood, from 1969. Also on deck is a reissue of a 1979 solo album from Smegma’s Ju Suk Reet Meate, Do Unseen Hands Keep You Dumb?, an unissued 1970 recording from Ed Askew called Little Eyes, and a double CD anthology from Charlie Nothing, including the psychedelic saxophone of charlie nothing, originally released in 1967 on John Fahey’s legendary Takoma label.

check out the various streams from De Stijl:

Release News:: Dilettantes New Single Today

Hey kids, San Francisco’s Dilettantes release their jangly/ultra hip 60’s insipired modern sounds on a digital only 45 via i-Tunes – titled “Ready To Go” b/w “Like Crazy” – out TODAY! download it! It’s released by California’s Happy Parts recordings and Strange Touch Records. The single will be followed by the LP “101 Tamborines” due out July 24th. P&S previously reported on the band – if you don’t know, The Dilettantes features Joel Gion from Brian Jonestown Massacre and the sundance grand jury prize winner, “Dig!”.

Listen to a couple of tracks:

See them Live…we might just do that!
05.31.07 @ The Uptown – Oakland, CA
06.08.07 @ Cafe Du Nord – San Francisco, CA

Notes::Oh My Sweet Carolina…moving time again

Today i’m moving and so there won’t be any posts up until Tuesday after Memorial Day. I’ll be living on the ocean this summer, which will allow me to work on my tan and perhaps this will be the year I paint my masterpiece. I’m gonna be catching a few Drive By Truckers’ shows in June, and hitting up a summer festival or two or three. Then i’ll be in L.A. for a little while, and playing some music myself. So it should all be good, and if i’m lucky maybe it’ll be great. We all need to stoke the embers of our souls sometimes. Oh, and i’ve got some big plans this summer for the site so look out for more interviews, more reviews, better articles, movies, homemade porn (just kidding), and podcasts. I might not take over the world, but i’m determined to have the best time possible. All in all, I just know I need to step back into the light.

A Dieu

Artists::Ryan Adams – Easy Tiger coming soon

Well we’re gearing up for the new Ryan Adams’ record Easy Tiger, due out on the 26th of June. I hear it is the much realized record that fans have been waiting for. Some of the songs have been around a while, so I know they’ll be good in recorded format. Easy Tiger is the album i’ve been waiting to hear for a while, and hopefully I’ll have one in my hands for review in the next couple of weeks. I’ve talked plenty about Ryan before here, but I don’t mind restating that I believe he is one of the few artists that will be around long after all the fluff fluff & pooff pooff faker bands have given up the ghost. Some critics seem to always make a point to put him down, but they usually concentrate their attacks on his personality, how he dresses, or how prolific he is. Maybe, they are all full of shit. He should have some U.S. tour dates up soon, so I’ll keep everyone posted. In the meantime, here are a couple of tracks from Easy Tiger.

Everybody Knows

Album Review:: Various Artists "Monterey International Pop Festival"

A few weeks ago we reported here at P&S the 40th anniversary of The Monterey International Pop Festival. Razor & Tie and Starbucks Entertainment have released a remastered 2XCD featuring 26 songs from the original fest recordings. If you’re a music fan following all the multi-day festivals that have flooded the spring and summer months in the last two decades or so – (Lollapalooza, Bonneroo, Coachella, Austin City Limits Festival, etc.) then you must explore where it all began. This double CD edition of “Monterey Pop” is an excellent capsule of the three day fest (June 16-18, 1967), which includes a trio of stellar unreleased performances. Simon & Garfunkel are featured on two of them, which happens to be two of their great classics: “Homeward Bound” and “Sound Of Silence”. The third track comes from The Buffalo Springfield (with David Crosby) – they surface with the timeless classic “For What It’s Worth”. Other standout cuts: the opening festival band The Association’sAlong Comes Mary”, Eric Burdon And The Animals fittingly peformed track “San Francisco Nights”; The Byrds garagy rock on “Chimes Of Freedom” and “So You Wanna Be A Rock ‘N Roll Star”; a sizzler of a live performance in “Somebody To Love” from The Jefferson Airplane. The Who are showcased by their now legendary appearance with “My Generation”. Hendrix introduces his ultra bluesy version of Dylan’s “Like A Rolling Stone” with “(I’d) like to bore you for six or seven minutes….excuse me for a moment while I play my guitar…”

If you own the previous editions – two box sets released in the 1990’s, this compilation may not be essential, but is still worth the ticket – for classic performances to introduce another generation to such an important event. Another reason to pick up the CD, it benefits The Monterey International Pop Festival Foundation (MIPFF) which is a non-profit charitable and educational foundation empowering music-related personal development, creativity, and mental and physical health.

Realaudio:: Jimi Hendrix “Like A Rolling Stone”
RealAudio:: The Mamas And Papas “California Dreamin’

Live Review:: Jesus And Mary Chain in NYC 5.21.07

New York City eh? Well I arrived back from NYC last night after checking out The Jesus And Mary Chain live for the first time since their 1998 performance at the 9:30 Club in DC. I was in town for the Monday May 21st show at Webster Hall. So how did they do? Well, for a band three shows into their reunion tour and the first in about a month – I think they did rather well. And for those reports via various blogs, newswires, and even the Village Voice – I’m starting to think the writers may have never seen the band live before – I mean writing about how the band just stand there and look uninterested? hmmm…that sounds like the Mary Chain everytime I’ve seen them – and that’s going all the way back to the late ’80’s. It’s always been about their amazing music. The band line-up this time out: Jim and William Reid (of Course), Phil King (bass), Loz Colbert (Drums), and Mark Crozer (Guitar)

The set kicked off with “Never Understand” (much like the two previous shows) – followed by “Head On” (which Jim seemed to miss the timing of near the end). It’s always interesting to see bands make mistakes and even a couple of false starts – just to show they’re human. The highlights of the evening have to go to “Some Candy Talking” (a tight live version – pure magic, ace lighting!), A rocking “Reverence”, the menacing “Cracking Up (again sung by Jim), William Reid’s guitar work on “Blues From A Gun”, and “a sweet “Just Like Honey” (featuring the Comas lead singer). I’ve already heard their 2nd performance on the 22nd was great with “Catchfire” and “You Trip Me Up” added to the set list. For those in Europe, get ready for the Mary Chain, they’re just warming up…

Complete set 5.21.07
Never Understand
Head On
Far Gone and Out
Happy When It Rains
Some Candy Talking
Between Planets
Blues From a Gun
Cracking Up
All Things
Teenage Lust
Just Like Honey
Vegetable Man

Since I was at the show in NYC the night of their David Letterman performance aired – myself and the rest of the sold out crowd didn’t get a chance to see it – here’s the band performing the new track “All Things Must Pass”

More Mary Chain?
Everyone Thank Dave Cromwell for some video footage of the JAMC 5.21.07 show:
Click links to our friend Dave Cromwell’s live snippets:

Album Review::Dappled Cities – Granddance

Aussie band Dappled Cities release stateside their stellar Granddance on Dangerbird records on the 5th of June. Granddance was produced by Jim Fairchild (of Grandaddy) and Peter Walker, and mixed by Jaquire King (Modest Mouse, Kings of Leon…). The press release calls this album “romantic indie-pop”, and that may be true, but I think there is also a lot more here. Granddance is full of creative, catchy, and diverse songs that are assembled together well. Fire, Fire, Fire is a blissful tune that has a synth part which makes the chorus. Colour Coding has a surprise direct shifting chorus which makes an initially straight forward pop song much more vibrant. Beach may be my favorite, and it begins with bass and drums then adds the synth, and incorporates a warble effect that makes the music sound like it is coming from underneath the water. Vision Bell has call & response verses with a reigning falsetto, and lots of keyboard which make this song memorable. The Eve The Girl sacrifices the keyboards and makes a return to the straight forward guitar song. On title track Granddance, Dappled Cities change gears again with a synthesized laden cavalcade of woo woos( or is it woo oohs) and lots of good hooks. Within Hours is a grand march which ushers in Watercourse with its resounding “all of the people on the outside and the people on the inside…same but different”. Finally, the record concludes with Battle Won which tells us that you don’t have to fight to be the mightiest man. There are so many good changes on this record that one soon gives up trying to predict where the music will go to next.

Fire, Fire, Fire video
Holy Chord Sydney 2007

Album Review Mentions::Swati – Small Gods

Swati is from NYC and used to excel at the trombone. Now she plays a 12 string guitar with 8 strings. She has a percussive and sometime reverbed out/spacey guitar sound that gives her music and personal lyrics an emotional immediacy. Some of the songs are straight forward in their approach, while others are funky, abrasive, and chaotic. She also does a pretty intense version of Springsteen’s I’m On Fire. She is no slouch on the guitar either.

EPK video

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