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."

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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 Packs Out Rockwood Music Hall

I'd never seen Rockwood Stage 2 so crowded.  Yet I squeezed into the sweaty room, my back pressed against the metal railing at the entrance and my backpack containing my podcasting equipment (along with the fresh interview I'd just conducted with Rayland Baxter) wedged between my legs.  If it were a lesser artist, I would've foregone the claustrophobic conditions and hopped an F train home.  But this was Rayland Baxter, an amazing songwriter that I hadn't seen since he opened for Scott Tournet at Brooklyn Bowl in 2013.  And this time, he came armed with a slew of new tunes from his about-to-drop second LP, Imaginary Man, and a full band, including Cage the Elephant's Nick Bockrath on guitar.

Rayland took the stage solo, informing the packed house, "Okay, I've gotta kill ten minutes."  He drifted gently into the beautiful love song "Olivia," one of my favorites from his first record.  His bandmates joined him by song two, "Bad Things," which was followed promptly by "Marjoria."  The old tunes out of the way, they took a stroll with "Mr. Rodriguez," opening up its finale to incorporate a Dead-inspired jam session.  "As many of you know, my wife is pregnant with our first child," Rayland remarked to supportive applause just prior to "Your Love."  Ever the joker, he clarified, "I'm just kidding. I don't have a wife."  While Baxter tuned his electric guitar for "Freakin Me Out," keyboardist Jimmy Rowland tapped out a few rounds of "Charge" until Rayland chimed in with a perfectly pitched strum.  They chased that with another type of freakout, "Temporary Queen of a Bad Time," a number reminiscent of early Santana, and based on a true story of Baxter meeting a woman in the early morning at a music festival.  The hippie chick had handed him an orange juice, which he gulped down for the vitamin C.  Unbeknownst to him, the O.J. was spiked with LSD, and the day took an unexpected turn.  They wrapped things up with the loudest rocker in the bunch, "Young Man."  I squirmed my way slowly through the masses and bought the t-shirt.

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.