Monday, August 10, 2015

The Next Round - Episode 39: Orgone

I'm really excited to post this one because it's the first podcast that I recorded outside of New York.  I went to Las Vegas back in June, and I got to catch up with Orgone's Sergio Rios and Adryon de León before their funktastic show at Brooklyn Bowl.  Find out what comfort item each needs to have with them on the road, whose hair smells better, and much, much more.

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Buy Beyond the Sun and view tour dates on their website.  They're coming to the original Brooklyn Bowl on 8/25, so get tickets and "get lifted."

Listen to "Losin You" and a song from every podcast guest on The Next Round Companion Spotify Playlist.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Primus & Dinosaur Jr. Pier 97 Setlists

Review later.

DINOSAUR JR. - 07.30.15 - PIER 97 (49 minutes)

Bulbs of Passion / Start Choppin / Back to Your Heart / Watch the Corners / Pieces / Out There / Feel the Pain / Freak Scene / Just Like Heaven / Sludgefeast
PRIMUS - 07.30.15 - PIER 97 (1 hour, 37 minutes)

Those Damned Blue-Collar Tweekers / Last Salmon Man / Wynona's Big Brown Beaver / American Life / Semi-Wondrous Boat Ride / Lee Van Cleef / Jilly's on Smack / Mr. Krinkle / Drum & Whamola Jam / Eleven / Southbound Pachyderm / My Name is Mud / Jerry Was a Race Car Driver

Mr. Knowitall / Too Many Puppies

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The Next Round - Episode 38: Gill Landry

It seems almost crazy to leave your position in a Grammy-winning band to focus on your solo career, but Gill Landry did just that when he released his self-titled third album in March.  Then you hear the record and his decision totally makes sense.  A far cry from the foot-stomping nu-grass of Old Medicine Show, the LP sneaks up gently and then takes hold, with Landry's lyrics of different experiences with love forcing you to reckon with your own feelings, past and present.

I got to talk with Gill before his show at Mercury Lounge in June.  As anyone who reads this blog knows, I go to Mercury Lounge all the time, but it was honestly one of the best-sounding shows I've ever been to at the venue.  Landry's deep voice cut through the silence perfectly, and despite his modesty when he talks of his guitar-playing, he offered up some skilled, extended intros on both "James Alley Blues" and "Lawless Soirez."

Stream our conversation below, download directly, or subscribe on iTunes.

Wanna hear how good he sounds for yourself?  Buy Gill Landry and see him on tour.

GILL LANDRY - 06.19.15 - MERCURY LOUNGE (48 minutes, 30 seconds)

Funeral in My Heart / Never Coming Here Again / James Alley Blues / Lost Love / Waiting for Your Love / Just Like You / Dixie / Lawless Soirez / Lately Right Now / Emily / Take This Body / Bad Love

Monday, July 27, 2015

Rayland Baxter Rockwood Music Hall Setlist

Review to come.

RAYLAND BAXTER - 07.27.15 - ROCKWOOD MUSIC HALL (1 hour, 2 minutes)

Olivia / Bad Things / Marjoria / Mr. Rodriguez / Mother Mother / Interlude / Yellow Eyes / Oh My Captain / Your Love / Charge / Freakin Me Out / Temporary Queen of a Bad Time / Young Man

They Might Be Giants Music Hall of Williamsburg Setlist

Review to come when I have the time.


SET I (55 minutes, 30 seconds) -
Pencil Rain / Damn Good Times / Can't Keep Johnny Down / The World's Address / Bills, Bills, Bills / Stand on Your Own Head / Piece of Dirt / Kiss Me, Son of God / How Can I Sing Like a Girl? / Istanbul (Not Constantinople) / Cage & Aquarium / Number Three (aborted) / Number Three / Man, It's So Loud in Here / Careful What You Pack / Shoehorn with Teeth / Underwater Woman / Cowtown / New York City

SET II (50 minutes, 30 seconds) -
Purple Toupee / Music Jail, pt. 1 & 2 / They'll Need a Crane / Birdhouse in Your Soul / Memo to Human Resources / Lie Still, Little Bottle / You'll Miss Me / Snowball in Hell / Answer / Santa's Beard / Where Your Eyes Don't Go / Let Me Tell You About My Operation / The Mesopotamians / Mr. Me

ENCORE I (9 minutes) -
Ana Ng / Robot Parade

ENCORE II (2 minutes, 30 seconds) -

Friday, July 10, 2015

Hey Anna Baby's All Right Setlist

Review to come.

HEY ANNA - 07.09.15 - BABY'S ALL RIGHT (49 minutes, 30 seconds)

Anaphaze / By the Bay / Move Your Body / If You're Wondering / Little Things / Cloudbird / Yes Queen / Island / Dance Until Three / Don't Talk Stop / Mt. Picchu

Friday, July 3, 2015

The Next Round - Episode 37: Dave Monks

This was a fun one.  Dave Monks is best known as the singer and bassist for Canadian indie band Tokyo Police Club, but he recently released his first solo EP, All Signs Point to Yes.  Hungover and speckled with makeup from a morning photo shoot, Dave had a beer with me at Sugarburg in his relatively new home of Brooklyn to discuss how the EP came to be, the differences in performing solo versus with the band, and why 28 is such a weird age.

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Follow Dave on Twitter, catch him on tour, and buy All Signs Point to Yes on vinyl.

Listen to "The Rules" and a song by every podcast guest on the Dry Paint Signs Presents: The Next Round companion playlist.  Open in Spotify or stream it here.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

The John Butler Trio Rock Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas

I spent an extra night in Las Vegas just to see the John Butler Trio.  Butler revealed to the Brooklyn Bowl crowd that he was a little apprehensive about playing Vegas on a Friday night.  And who wouldn't be, having to compete with any number of Cirque du Soleil performances, exclusive nightclub parties, and comedy shows, not to mention legal gambling and prostitution.  But from the cheers greeting the first notes of "Cold Wind," it was obvious that this wasn't an audience who'd just stumbled in off the Strip; they were JBT fans through and through.  That didn't stop John from poking a little fun at the city's reputation, however, as he followed the question "Are you having a good time?" with "Are you here with your actual partner?"  When a resounding "Yes!" bellowed from the floor, Butler admitted that he was surprised to find the Fountains of Bellagio inspirational, and that he may have even teared up.  He proceeded with a pair from April Uprising, the jaunty "Gonna Be a Long Time" and a supremely-rocking "I'd Do Anything (Soldiers Lament)," before revisiting Flesh & Blood with "Bullet Girl."
Butler made sure to recognize his longtime fans too, pulling out a banjo for "Better Than."  If that weren't enough, "Used to Get High" dropped right into "Pickapart," sending the crowd into a frenzy that only intensified as the song progressed into Primus-territory with a stanky staccato finale.  With the crowd so amped up, Butler had to make a decision on where to go.  The only option was a hard reset, having the audience applaud bassist/keyboardist Byron Luiters and Grant "G-Money" Gerathy as they exited the stage, with Butler taking a seat to play his ever-evolving instrumental "Ocean."  While the song began gently enough, it ebbed and flowed over the course of its 13 minutes, eventually culminating with Butler's furiously strummed climax.  The Vegas crowd roared louder than one of Siegfried & Roy's white tigers.  John thanked the room as his comrades returned, remarking, "It's extremely self-indulgent and I'm glad you're encouraging it."  Fortunately, it never felt egoistic because Butler and his bandmates are so skilled at their instruments.  They began half of their songs with extended intros not found on the records.  In the hands of lesser musicians, these would've seemed extraneous and dull, but with JBT, they were the highlights of the night.  The grin on G-Money's face anytime John would venture towards the kit in a moment of improvisation was all the evidence one needed to see that they were having a blast onstage, and that fun filtered directly into the crowd, who gleefully scatted along to set-closer "Zebra."

Introducing the encore, John announced, "This next song is... fun for us to play."  JBT plunged into "Livin' in the City," my favorite track off Flesh & Blood, with John punching himself in the jaw to the cadence of the "Sometimes I wonder just who I am" line in the second verse.  Checking his mic after the ditty, Butler made a sound like "chicka chicka." Without missing a beat, G-Money replied "oh oh" as if singing the "Oh Yeah" song from Ferris Bueller.  The band shared a quick chuckle, and then Butler made a motion to thank the crew because "without them we'd just be grunting, hairy men in darkness."  They wrapped up the evening with "Funky Tonight," where Butler repeated, "I guarantee you and me gonna get down funky tonight."  Few bands can make such a guarantee and deliver, but the John Butler Trio is one of those bands.  A band totally worth staying up all night at the airport for to wait for an early flight the next day.

THE JOHN BUTLER TRIO - 06.26.15 - BROOKLYN BOWL LAS VEGAS (2 hours, 5 minutes)

Cold Wind / Gonna Be a Long Time / I'd Do Anything (Soldiers Lament) / Bullet Girl / Better Than / Used to Get High > Pickapart / Ocean / Treat Yo Mama / Blame It on Me / Ragged Mile (Spirit Song) / Don't Wanna See Your Face / Devil Woman / Zebra

Livin' in the City / Funky Tonight