Jack White and Brendan Benson's newly reunited project - The Racontuers - took New York City by storm this weekend - playing a slew of intimate shows for select fans ... the band's full tour - which kicks off next month and stops at The Anthem in DC on August 17 - will all take place at 1000+ capacity venues - but over the weekend the band played at venues that only hold 200 or so people. The band played at Rough Trade Records and Generation Records on Friday and Saturday afternoon and at Brooklyn’s Baby’s All Right on Saturday night Coney Island Baby Sunday afternoon.
Here's some pics and videos to get you primed for July!
SETLIST: The Raconteurs @ Coney Island Baby 6/23/2019
Consoler of the Lonely
Bored and Razed
Live a Lie
Help Me Stranger
Somedays (I Don’t Feel Like Trying)
Don’t Bother Me
Hey Gyp (Dig the Slowness) (Donovan cover)
Now That You’re Gone
Steady, as She Goes
And now Liam is back with new music - with a new album - Why Me? Why Not. - due out in September and a banger of a first single - Shockwave (see the video below)
“I wrote some songs on my own for the last album, but this time it’s all co-writes. Reason being is I want it to be even better than As You Were. I know my strengths and I know my limitations. I’m an ok songwriter, but I’m a great singer and frontman. I want the second album to be a step-up because the hardest thing to do is to make something the same, only better. So that’s what we’ve done.”
Right now - Liam only has a few tour dates announced - openning for the The Who on the West Coast ... hopefully a proper tour to support the album will follow ...
Austin’s Indie Ambassadors – SPOON – have announced that they will release a greatest hits album called Everything Hits At Once. The collection includes 12 classic Spoon singles – as well as a new song – No Bullets Spent.
Here’s the track list … anything they missed?
01 “I Turn My Camera On”
02 “Do You”
03 “Don’t You Evah”
04 “Inside Out”
05 “The Way We Get By”
06 “The Underdog”
07 “Hot Thoughts”
08 “I Summon You”
09 “Rent I Pay”
10 “You Got Yr Cherry Bomb”
11 “Got Nuffin”
12 “Everything Hits At Once”
13 “No Bullets Spent”
Lead singer Britt Daniels explained the concept behind the album -
The idea of doing a best-of came to us a couple times. First I wasn’t sure how I felt about it but at some point I remembered that when I got my first Cure record it was Standing On A Beach. When I got my first New Order record, it was Substance. That was how I met those bands, and I moved backwards from there but I still listen to those comps. I love a greatest hits LP when it’s done well. It can be a thing unto itself.
07/11 – Ridgefield, WA @ Sunlight Supply Amphitheater *^
07/13 – George, WA @ The Gorge *^
07/15 – Reno, NV @ Virginia Brewhouse ^
07/16 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheater *^
07/17 – Irvine, CA @ Five Point Amphitheater *^
07/19 – Las Vegas, NV @ Park Theater *^
07/20 – Chula Vista, CA @ North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre *^
07/21 – Phoenix, AZ @ Ak-Chin Pavilion *^
07/23 – Denver, CO @ Fiddler’s Green Amphitheater *^
07/26 – Austin, TX @ Austin 360 Amphitheater *#
07/27 – Dallas, TX @ The Dos Equis Pavilion *#
07/28 – Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion *#
07/30 – St. Louis, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheater *#
07/31 – Chicago, IL @ Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island *#
08/02 – Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center *#
08/03 – Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theater *#
08/04 – Indianapolis, IN @ Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center *#
08/11 – Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage *&
08/12 – Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center *&
08/13 – Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake Amphitheater *&
08/15 – Mansfield, MA @ Xfinity Center *&
08/16 – Gilford, NH @ Bank of New Hampshire *&
08/17 – New York, NY at Forest Hill Stadium *
08/20 – Holmdel, NJ at PNC Bank Arts Center *&
08/21 – Camden, NJ at BB&T Pavilion *&
08/22 – Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion *&
08/24 – Raleigh, NC @ Coastal Credit Union Music Park *&
08/25 – Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion *&
08/27 – Birmingham, AL @ Oak Mountain Amphitheatre *&
08/29 – Tampa, FL @ MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre *&
08/30 – West Palm Beach, FL @ Coral Sky Amphitheatre *&
Here's something you may not know - God's Favorite Customer -Josh Tillman aka Father John Misty - had a tracked rejected from the soundtrackfor the hit film A Star is Born starring Bradley Cooper and LAdy Gaga.
FJM closed out a recent show in Minneapolis with the song .. and doesn't seem to bent out of shape about the song being cut from the soundtrack - bantering:
“That would’ve sucked. There is no … I’ve seen that movie. There’s really no place in that movie for that song. Unless he was bombing at Coachella or something. The sequel? Now we’re talking.”
The last we heard from Lorde was in 2018 when - she was finishing off her world tour in support of her sophomore album - Melodrama - and told fans she planned to spend her time "eating toast, swimming and teaching herself how to play the piano" in a newsletter.
Well - Lorde is back - apparently ... she took to Instagram to acknowledge and reflect on the 2nd anniversary of Melodrama and to announce that a new record is 'in the oven'!
“I was such a baby making that work, lots of emotions and learning so much all the time ...It’s a good life you’ve given me. Thankyou thankyou. Third one in the oven.”
Speaking of the November newsletter - she mentioned her next album would be “born around the piano in my house” and “kept simple.”
The title track to last year's Dave Matthews Band record 'Come Tomorrow' featured backing vocals from singer song writer Brandi Carlile ... now - a year after the album's release - DMB has re-released the track - but this time Carlile and Matthews switch back and forth on lead vocals - giving the track a much more conversational feel. The pair sing in harmony, complimenting each other with ease.
Thom Yorke has been playing some new music on tour recently ... prompting fans to wonder if there's a new album on the horizon ...
And now - some super sleuths have figured out that some random ads for something called “Anima Technologies” - which have appeared in multiple London trains, on phone booths in Milan, and in The Dallas Observer (?!), - prompt people to call a phone number (916-619-6192) that will retrieve their forgotten dreams ... and at the end of the bizarre message - a portion of Thom Yorke’s song “Not the News” is played. The unreleased track is one Yorke has been performing on tour lately.
Hey #London folks! We think we have spotted part of an ARG on the tube this morning (Jubilee line).
So go ahead and dial up 916-619-6192 and hear for yourself ...
Thom has also announced a slew of solo concert dates - nothing in the DMV yet though
Photo: Tedd Henn
Thom Yorke: 2019 Tour
7/2 – Cologne, Germany – Palladium
7/3 – Frankfurt, Germany – Jahrhunderthalle
7/4 – Montreux, Switzerland – Montreux Jazz Festival
7/6 – Ewijk, Netherlands – Down The Rabbit Hole Festival
7/7 – Paris, France – Philharmonie de Paris, Days Off Festival
7/8 – Paris, France – Philharmonie de Paris, Days Off Festival
7/11 – Bilbao, Spain – BBK Live Festival
7/13 – Lisbon, Portugal – NOS Alive Festival
7/16 – Barolo, Italy – Collisioni Festival
7/17 – Codroipo, Italy – Villa Manin
7/18 – Ferrara, Italy – Piazza Castello
7/20 – Perugia, Italy – Arena Santa Giuliana, Umbria Jazz Festival
7/21 – Rome, Italy – Roma Summer Fest, Cavea
7/26 – Yuzawa-Cho, Japan – Fuji Rock Festival
7/28 – Seoul, South Korea – Olympic Hall
9/26 – Laval, Quebec – Place Bell
9/27 – Toronto – Scotiabank Arena
9/29 – Pittsburgh – Stage AE
9/30 – Columbus – Express Live!
10/4 – Austin – Austin City Limits Music Festival – Zilker Park
10/6 – Atlanta – Fox Theatre
10/9 – New Orleans – Mahalia Jackson Theatre for the Performing Arts
10/11 – Austin – Austin City Limits Music Festival – Zilker Park
10/18 – Berkeley – Greek Theatre
10/20 – Seattle – Paramount Theatre
10/21 – Vancouver – Orpheum
10/22 – Portland – The Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
10/25 – Santa Barbara – Santa Barbara Bowl
10/26 – Las Vegas – The Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan
10/29 – Los Angeles – Greek Theatre
Cage the Elephant have been forced to cancel the remainder of their UK and European tour after guitarist Nick Bockrath suffered an on stage injury (ruptured PCL, torn ACL, fractured tibia, damaged meniscus) and will require immediate surgury
From the band:
“We regret to inform the fans that Cage The Elephant will be cancelling the upcoming European tour dates from 12 June to 20 June. Sadly, our guitarist Nick Bockrath had an accident on stage at “PINKPOP” and injured his leg badly ... He tried to play through two shows, but he now requires immediate surgery and is currently getting the medical attention he needs. All ticket refunds will be available at original point of purchase (with the exception of Isle of Wight Festival). We will keep you posted on future dates.”
So far the dates cancelled include:
12 June – Amsterdam, NLD at Melkweg Max 14 June – London, UK at Heaven 15 June – Isle of Wight, UK at Isle of Wight Festival 17 June – Edinburgh, UK at The Liquid Room 18 June – Birmingham, UK at O2 Institute2 20 June – Paris, FRA at Batacla
No word on any of the US tour dates being cancelled - including their August 22nd show at Merriweather Post Pavilion
They didn’t cover Mouse Rats’ “5,000 Candles in the Wind” – but Vampire Weekend had a few surprises in store for their Indiana audience over the weekend … in the middle of performing M79 they broke into a cover of the Parks And Recreation theme song.
Parks And Recreation is set in Pawnee, Indiana, and Ezra Koenig has a kid with Rashida Jones, who played Ann Perkins in the show.
Also - uring the encore - Ezra Koenig announced that during the tour - they would only take requests from people wearing bucket hats ... so when a bucket hatted fan requested "Pizza Party" - a goofy rap song from Koenig’s (Pre-Vampire Weekend) band L’Homme Run, he obliged and went on tp rap a verse from the song a cappella. Not sure why the fan didn't request some Mouse Rat ... but whatever
So how's Johnny Depp stay busy when he's not being Grindelwald or Jack Sparrow?
Apparently he heads to the recording studio with his musical supergroup, Hollywood Vampires (which includes Alice Cooper and Joe Perry) and lays down an amazing cover of one of David Bowie’s biggest hits, “Heroes.”
Videos from a 2018 session have surfaced of the group in Berlin’s Hansa Studios working on the song - check it out below
Besides the fact that WRNR signed on the air, 1994 was a monumental year for modern rock- with plenty of amazing albums being released ... and now, in 2019, we are celebrating the 25th anniversary of these albums in the form of some amazing reissues.
Count Stone Temple Pilots among those reissuing a 1994 album. The band will release a 3 disc edition of their classic album Purple on September 13 and will set you back $64.98. The three disc set includes a remastered version of the original album, a disc of Early Versions, Demos & Acoustic songs, and a live concert (see the track listing below)
The band has give us a first taste of what to expect from disc 2 - releasing the acoustic version of Big Empty - take a listen below:
When Radiohead released the 20th Anniversary of their classic album, OK Computer, it came with the expected assortment of B-sides and rarities - including the songs “Lift,” “I Promise,” and “Man Of War,” - that had previously only existed as live bootlegs. And the Radiohead world was happy
But now, a new treasure trove of Radiohead magic has been unearted - as a user on the Radiohead subreddit has noted the 18 Minidiscs (yes - MINIdiscs) billed as the entire OK Computer sessions have leaked online. The lead supposedly contians nearly 18 hours of demos, alternate takes, and early live recordings - including a previously unreleased version of “Lift,”
We're not going to post the link to the leaked audio .. but its out there ... we will post a 14 page memo that redditors have put together detailing what is on the tapes though ..
Things of note:
The leak of Radiohead's OK Computer includes a "f*cking nuts" alternate version of "Lift" as well as early iterations of "Airbag", "The Tourist", and "Paranoid Android".
On disc three contains a session recording from a radio session in Maryland - most likely WHFS
3:37 Motion Picture Soundtrack (electric guitar, solo Thom so far). According to redditor /u/EsotericCD, this is from the 4/10/96 “Just Passin’ Thru” radio session in Rockville, MD, but is a “FAR FAR better sounding version of it than the off-air recording we used to have.” Thanks for the ID!
They both attended the 2006 MTV VMAs ... and Jack Black even introduced White’s The White Stripes during a show in 2007 ... but there has never been any photpgraphic evidence of Jack White and Jack Black being in the same place at the same time ...
Until now -
Both Jack's bands are on tour in Europe (White with The Racontuers and Black withTenacious D) and at some point this week, the pair ran into one another at a Tenacious D show it appears - based on the band's Instagram post - documenting the historic moment of two meeting (along with Tenacious D's Kyle Gass) ... Of course the comment was hilarious with The D decalring - “We hired a new merch guy!”
Rock and Roll is taking over the silver screen ... following the success of the bio pics Bohemian Rhapsody (Queen) and Rocketman (Elton John) .. rock docs seem to be the next wave of rock and roll movies. Martin Scorsese's Rolling Thunder Revue will focus on Bob Dylan - and now 22 years after his death, there’s a new rock documentary (and soundtrack!) coming out on the late INXS frontman - Michael Hutchence.
The film, which contains rare archive footage and insight from friends, lovers, family, colleagues and Hutchence himself, is described as: "a journey into the heart and soul of Michael Hutchence, internationally renowned lead-singer of INXS, a complex and shy man who spent the bulk of his life in the public eye, rarely revealing his true self to anyone except his very close friends"
The soundtrack features two previously unheard Hutchence recordings.
The soundtrack is due out on July 5, but a release date for the film has not yet been announced.
This week - you had THREE chances to catch the LA band Local Natives in our area-
They played back to back nights at the 9:30 Club in Washington DC - and in between cupcake eating and playing there- they made time to spend the afternoon with a few close friends of WRNR listeners at Rams Head OnStage for a Private Artist Showcase.
They played a bewautifully harmonious set of 5 songs that spanned their career - including the new single - When Am I Gonna Lose You - a song about:
'when you feel something is way to good to be true almost in your life, and you just know that you are going to mess it up or fate is going to intervene ... and it's kind of a sad name for a love song- but it actually is a love song'
Local Native - When Am I Gonna Lose You @ WRNR Private Artist Showcase
It's been noted that The Ramones were big Beach Boys fans - but the shock is that Mike Love picked a song by The Ramones for his new album ... and what's more - Mike Love performed the song at Long Island’s Paramount (an hour away from Rockaway Beach) on May 30 with Marky Ramone on drums!
The first trailers for Martin Scorsese's Rolling Thunder Revue are out and it looks to be truly special ... look for it on Netflix on June 12
The project, “part documentary, part concert film, part fever dream” - features rare on camera interviews with Dylan, concert footage, and some classic Scorsese cinematography
According to Netflix:
Masterfully capturing both an icon and a nation in transition, director Martin Scorsese tells the tale using footage that was abandoned for decades, now gorgeously restored, taking viewers into the heart of a freewheeling, electrifying musical gamble. Inspired by Dylan’s own restless spirit, Scorsese performs some breathtaking sleight of hand, summoning nostalgic fantasists, boxers, magicians, starlets and testifiers of all stripes, and exploding the boundaries of what makes a conventional documentary.
Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story By Martin Scorsese | Trailer | Netflix
Of the songs - they have both been played live before - “Hey Ma” was debuted at Bonnaroo last year and "U (Man Like)" (which features Bruce Hornsby!) was performed during the groups headlining set at London’s All Points East music festival this past week. After the set - both songs were played over the PA
In a statement - the band said:
“This project began with a single person, but throughout the last 11 years, the identity of Bon Iver has bloomed and can only be defined by the faces in the ever growing family we are,”
Take a listen to the tracks below and keep scrolling for full tour dates
OK ... chalking this up to ... not sure what to think of ...
Mike Love - of the iconic pop band - The Beach Boys has released a cover of the song "Rockaway Beach" by the iconic Pop Punk band The Ramones.
According to Mike Love:
“It felt so natural to sing it. It fits beautifully in the Beach Boys surfing song genre. Not only is it a great song, it’s also right in my vocal range. It’s almost as if it was designed for me to sing, and that’s why I am so eager to play it live.”
Now hearing that - you would think Joey Ramone would be spinning in his grave ...
But apparently it has Marky Ramone's seal of approval:
"The Ramones, along with most music lovers, were very aware of the Beach Boys. We were big music fans and we’d talk about all types bands, musicians, our influences. I think you can hear the resemblance in 'I Wanna Be Sedated' and the end of the song—BaBaBaBa I wanna be sedated ... [This] adaptation of 'Rockaway Beach' is killer. Beach Boys to the max."
I don't know ... take a listen and judge for yourself:
In case there was any doubt - the Beastie Boys are still ILL.
25 years after the release of Ill Commmunication, Amazon has released a 15-minute mini-documentary - featuring old footage and more recent interviews with surviving Beastie Boys Michael Diamond & Adam Horovitz - plus collaborators Mario Caldato Jr. and Mark Nishita, illustrating the winding road that led to the classic album
The doc's press release explains:
“Debuting at #1 upon its May 1994 release, Beastie Boys’ fourth album was an unstoppable force, pervading every aspect of pop culture. 25 years later Ill Communication’s impact has resounded with generation after generation.”
Check out the documentary below, and head HERE for more, including a 40+ minute deep dive featuring longer interviews with Horovitz and Diamond
Still Ill: 25 Years of ‘Ill Communication’ by the Beastie Boys
The Cure have played their 5th and final show from the Sydney Opera House’s Vivid LIVE concert series … and as promised – the band shared the set via a live stream on YouTube and Facebook.
In case you weren’t awake and online at 6am yesterday – you can still enjoy the show in the video below (keep scrolling for the set list)… So sit back, crank up the speakers and enjoy this as we wait for more info on a US tour
The Cure perform Disintegration | Live Stream | Sydney Opera House
Just months before his 70th birthday and weeks before his new album, Western Stars, is released - Bruce Springstein as announced that he has written an album's worth of material to record with the E Street Band and he intends to tour to suport the record. This will be the first time the band has toured since 2016-17.
The Cure are in the midst of their run of Disintegration 30th Anniversary shows at Sydney’s Vivid LIVE 2019 festival - with one final show to go (May 30) that will be streamed live via Facebook and YouTube