Just how long will this go? According to the band -
“We will be releasing one a week until either the restrictions resulting from current situation are eased, or we run out of shows”
The first release - is Live From a Tent in Dublin - a show filmed in Dublin, Ireland on October 8th, 2000. The 23 song show took place 6 days after KID A was released - and incudes “Motion Picture Soundtrack” and “Bullet Proof…I Wish I Was,”. Check it out below ... keep scrolling for the setlist ...
Radiohead - Live From A Tent In Dublin (October 2000)
With two of music's heavy weights passing in one week - naturally the tributes have come pouring in.
Soul legend Bill Withers passed on March 30, 2020 from heart complications at the age of 81.
In a statement to the Associated Press his family said:
We are devastated by the loss of our beloved, devoted husband and father. A solitary man with a heart driven to connect to the world at large, with his poetry and music, he spoke honestly to people and connected them to each other. As private a life as he lived close to intimate family and friends, his music forever belongs to the world. In this difficult time, we pray his music offers comfort and entertainment as fans hold tight to loved ones.
Some of the tributes to Withers include:
Jim James of My Morning Jacket performing a resonating version of 'Lean on Me' on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (from home of course)
Portugal. the Man revealed their cover of 'Lovely Day' along with this touching message:
We did a cover of “Lovely Day”, we know it pales in comparison to the original but there is something special that happens when you learn how to play your favorite songs. We grew up listening to AM radio in remote Alaska and Bill Withers was one of the mainstays on those long drives to the grocery store. Bill’s music is imprinted in our DNA. It touches everything we do and we love him for the gifts he gave us. Bill will be missed but his music will live on forever.
Thank you Bill. We love you.
The second musician lost in the week was John Prince - the legendary singer songwriter who succumbed to coronavirus complications.
The tributes are pouring in for John as well -
Fellow folk icon Joan Baez shared a video of her at home playing Prine’s “Hello in There”
Local musician Tristan Gilbert posted his tribute - a cover of In Spite of Ourselves
Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, along with his sons Spencer and Sammy, covered “Illegal Smile” during on of theirStuffinourhoue livestreams:
And if you know anything about Dave Grohl - you know he's a great story teller and with his illustious career- he's probably got a million of them ...
Since the page has gone up - Dave has shared stories about everything from his mother to Ozzy Osborne ... check them out below - and be sure to give @DavesTrueStories a follow ... you never know - maybe Mr. Grohl will decide to perform live on there ;)
Photo: Tedd Henn
(Each story has multiple pages - tap the arrow on the right side for the story for the next page)
4th of July in Springfield featureing Dave's Mom :)
There's a line in the Declan McKenna song Beautiful Faces that goes:
"tonight I’m good staying inside but I’ll be dancing for sure"
We liked the song way before the whole #StayHome movement - but it hits a little closer to home these days ...
Anyways -it seems that Declan was itching to jam with this band this past weekend - but also wanted show he was practicing his best social distancing - he recruited some alternate musicians to accompany him - Declan McKenna, Declan McKenna, Declan McKenna, and Declan McKenna ... pretty clever!
The Covid 19 pandemic has seen some amazing acts of coming together around. the world - and now the big three of late night television - Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel & Stephen Colbert will come together to co host a special celebrating the efforts of community health workers and promoting the fight to end the COVID 19 global pandemic.
Scheduled to appear are: Alanis Morissette, Andrea Bocelli, Billie Eilish and her brother Finneas, Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day, Burna Boy, Chris Martin, David Beckham, Eddie Vedder, Elton John, Idris and Sabrina Elba, J Balvin, John Legend, Kacey Musgraves, Keith Urban, Kerry Washington, Lang Lang, Lizzo, Maluma, Paul McCartney, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Shah Rukh Khan, Stevie Wonder and friends of Sesame Street.
The special will air on April 18 from 8-10pm on ABC, NBC and CBS - as well as networks across the world.
Broadcast channels set to air the special include Bravo, E!, MSNBC, NBCSN, NBC News, NBC News on YouTube, Peacock, Syfy, USA, ABC News, ABC News Live, Freeform, Nat Geo, Channel 5 in the UK, Network Ten in Australia, and Telefe in Argentina, BET and MTV's 180 global affiliates, CMT, Comedy Central, Logo, MTV2, Paramount Network, Pop, TV Land and VH1, Bell Media (Canada), MultiChoice, and RTE (Ireland).
Online streaming services airing the special include Amazon Prime Video, Apple, Facebook, Hulu, Instagram, TIDAL, TuneIn, Twitch, Twitter, Yahoo and YouTube.
The National recently announced they plan to help support their touring crew "family" who is currently out of work because of the live show's the band has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic (they also have had to cancel their Homecoming festival).
They are taking things a little further now - with what they are calling “communal events” - releasing content from “our vaults, classic live sets, or some unseen/rarely seen footage to pass the time at home” each Monday. The releases will be accompanied by a fundraising effort found here.
Last Monday was so fun, we thought 'why not do an exciting communal event every Monday in support of our crew?' Join us each week at 5pm ET as we share content from our vaults, classic live sets, or some unseen/rarely seen footage to pass the time at home. https://t.co/NilBmqRQjS
“Our crew are the lifeblood of our touring operation and have become family through the many years we’ve worked together. If you are enjoying these concerts and would like to continue to support, you can donate here,”
The band's first release - a classic 57 minute set from the 2013 Hurricane Festival in Scheeßel Germany.
The National - Live From Hurricane Festival (June 21, 2013)
The band reiterates the philanthropic mission behind the release -
Last September - Sheryl Crow released what she claims to be her final album, Threads. It includes guest features from Bonnie Raitt, Chuck D, Eric Clapton, Sting, Kris Kristofferson, St. Vincent, James Taylor, Maren Morris, Gary Clark Jr., Brandi Carlile, Emmylou Harris, and Neil Young.
It appears that there was one more collaboration she had up her sleeve - a cover of Bill WIthers' “Lonely Town, Lonely Street” she recorded with Citizen Cope and she has released the song following the news of his death last week.
Crow spoke about Withers:
“I love Bill Withers. His passing last week was a heavy blow, on top of the challenges we’re all facing just trying to live day to day right now ... After making incredible, beautiful, funky records like ‘Ain’t No Sunshine,’ ‘Grandma’s Hands,’ ‘Use Me,’ and ‘Lean On Me,’ Bill got tired of the music business and stopped recording in 1985. When I was fortunate enough to meet him, I begged him to make music again and he replied, ‘I am a stonemason now and I am good at it!’ He told me he was happy and didn’t want to make music anymore.
Times like these remind us about what’s really important in life — love, family, living life in harmony with each other and our planet. Bill’s music was about that, and so much more.”
40 years ago - on April 5, 1980 - a band with no name took the stage at the former St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Athens, Ga to play their first show ever at at a friend's birthday party. Michael Stipe, Peter Buck, Bill Berry and Mike Mills would later go on to play hundreds more shows under the name REM.
Michael Stipe's thoughts on the show (that featured covers of the Sex Pistols' God Save the Queen, the Monkees' (I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone and Jonathan Richman's Roadrunner) "It was really fun [but] I don't remember the last half of it."
Bill Berry recalls being "scared sh*tless"
Now - 40 years and 15 studio albums, four live albums, 14 compilation albums, one remix album, one soundtrack album, 12 video albums, seven extended plays, 63 singles, and 77 music videos later - we take a look at our 40 favorite REM songs.
We tried to rank them. - but couldn't agree - so we broke them down into our top 10 and the other 30 ( in alphabetical order)
RNR's Top 10 REM Songs
Fall on Me
It’s The End Of The World As We Know It
Don’t Go Back To Rockville
Losing My Religion
Man on the Moon
Shiny Happy People
E Bow the Letter
Our 30 other favorite REM Songs (in alphabetical order)
All the Right Friends
Bang and Blame
At My Most Beautiful
Carnival of Sorts
Crush with Eyeliner
Gardening At Night
Half a World Away
How The West Was Won and Where It Got Us
King of the Road
Pop Song 89
Radio Free Europe
So. Central Rain
Talk About the Passion
The Great Beyond
The Lion Sleeps Tonight
The One I Love
The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonight
What’s The Frequency Kenneth
And if you made it this far - here's a REM's 1991 MTV Unplugged Session
If there is any silver lining in the global COVID 19 pandemic - it is that it is happening at a time when we all have cameras in our pockets pretty much all the time and the ability to share our content with the world just by tapping the screen.
Next we head to Italy - where this talented pair of 12 year old twins posted an inspiring violin rendition of Viva la Vida by Coldplay ... of the performance, they said:
“We thought we’d spend a bit of time with you all, from north to south. For us, music is a source of relief, and we hope you guys can use it too. ‘Viva la Vida’ by Coldplay seemed like the perfect song for this Sunday, full of sunshine and hope.”
Mirko e Valerio, Violinisti Little Band covers "VIVA LA VIDA" (Coldplay) during quarantine in Italy
Next we have drummer from right here in Maryland (you can tell by his drum kit) .. 9 year old Rollins has posted a few videos of his guitar and drum skills - but this Nirvana jam is our favorite!
In Bloom (Nirvana) - Drum Cover - 9 Year Old Rollins
WIth much of the country under stay at home orders to help stop the spread of COVID-19 - musicians have been going a little stir crazy ... many have done living room concerts (see some of our favorites here) ... but the social distancing required just means that the concerts are solo sets.
But one group of musicians got a little creative - and used everyone's favorite new web conferencing software - ZOOM - to have a jam session .. and the output was somewhwre between a cornavirus anthem / PSA / parody song ... they reworked the classic BeeGees song Stayin Alive and told a story of what we should all be doing this weekend - Stayin Inside. Bravo guys!
Why is it that the news only seems to report on the negative narratives? That's a question we all seem to be asking - especially now. The positive, feel good stories are always buried in the second or third segment of the broadcast ...
Well, John Krasinski - aka Jim from The Office - has started his own news network - SGN (Some Good News network)
He started the project with a tweet - asking people to send him some inspirational stories that are making them feel better these days
Alright everybody, how about #SomeGoodNews ! Send me the stories that have made you feel good this week or the things that just made you smile!
And the response was unbelievable .. who knew - people want to hear positive news :)
He got over 1,000 retweets and 20,000 likes ... so he decided to start his own network - via YouTube. So far - as of March 31- he's only had one broadcast - but it covers a lot of positive stories, features some special guests, and even hints at a reunion of The Office!
It's quite understandable that some of us are experiencing some anxiety that could even be giving you trouble falling asleep these days ...
Well, maybe this can help ease your mind at night ... Dolly Parton - the woman who "Will Always Love You" has announced a live bedtime story series ... cause you know - anyone can do a living room concert ;)
“I hope this gift will further inspire a love of books and shared story time during this important time. … From everyone on our team, thank you so much for inspiring a love of reading in your family. As I always say — We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails — and we’re going to do just that, together.”
As the world unites in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, the “Together At Home” campaign and virtual concert series works to engage and mobilize people to take urgent action in support of the World Health Organization (WHO), and help protect the world’s most vulnerable people from the effects of the pandemic. Join the campaign by taking meaningful action against COVID-19 here.
The National have announce they will commemorate the 10th anniversary of their 5th studio album, High Violet, with a special first-ever vinyl pressing of ‘High Violet Expanded Edition’. The record, available June 19 (pre order here)features the original 10 original tracks as well as additional tracks “Wake Up Your Saints,” an alternate version of “Terrible Love,” and “Walk Off.”
The band paired the announcement with the release of “The National - ‘High Violet’ Live From Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)” capturing the National’s May 2010 performance of High Violet at Brooklyn Academy of Music. You can stream the footage below.
Last week, the band announced that they will be supporting their 12 member touring crew - by dotting all of the proceeds from their official online merch sales and new fanclub memberships to their 'family' who has been out of work due to the band having to cancel shows because of the Coronavirus
“Our crew are the lifeblood of our touring operation and have become family through the many years we’ve worked together. As uncertainty looms over the state of the live concert industry, we will direct all profits from merch sales through our webstore, new Cherry Tree fan club enrollments, and sales from the Cherry Tree members-only store to support our crew members throughout this crisis to the best of our ability.”
Our crew are the lifeblood of our touring operation and have become family through the many years we’ve worked together. As uncertainty looms over the state of the live concert industry, we will direct all profits from merch sales through our webstore... pic.twitter.com/3zhJVyZiaw
Former REM frontman Michael Stipe has taken to the internet during his self isolation to share a new song he has been working on. The (in the works) song titled “No Time for Love Like Now” is a collaboration with Aaron Dessner of the National.
Stipe posted a video of him providing vocals along with the music being played from a laptop.
This is the third solo track Stipe has released in the recent months, following “Your Capricious Soul” and “Drive to the Ocean" - which you can keep scrolling to hear
No Time for Love Like Now
Drive to the Ocean [OFFICIAL]
Your Capricious Soul (Official Video)
Stipe also updated the lyrics to R.E.M.’s 1987 hit “It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” after it reentered the singles charts during the COVID-19 pandemic
The song - his first new track in eight years - was released on Friday (3/27), and is a 17-minute-long ballad “Murder Most Foul” The song centers around November 22, 1963 - the “dark day in Dallas” when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. The song also references Woodstock, Patsy Cline and The Beatles.
So clear your schedule for the next 17 minutes and take a listen
Clyde’s Restaurant Group, that runs the live music venues The Soundry and The Hamilton - as well as dozens of other restaurants in the Baltimore and DC area - has partnered with KNEAD Hospitality + Design has announced the launching of Food it Forward - aninitiative that will support the hard-hit restaurant industry and provide quality food to vulnerable populations in the greater DMV.
The program works like this - you can visit https://fooditforwarddc.com - and purchase meals that will be packaged by a participating restaurants that will then be distributed to those who need it most in the DC area by Martha’s Table. Therefore - a meal purchased not only supports local restaurants but also provides healthy food to our local community members affected by the COVID-19 Crisis.
Martha's Table is an institution with 40 years of experience supporting strong children, strong families, and strong communities.
John McDonnell, Chief Operating Officer of Clyde’s Restaurant Group said -
“We truly feel blessed by making what we feel is a profound connection. There are people who want to help. There are people who are desperate for food. There are people who can make this food and need work. Food It Forward is the solution.”
The series will stream live every Tuesday/Thursday at 8 p.m. ET cia Verizon's twitter (@Verizon) and on Yahoo Entertainment. Verizon brought out a heavy hitter for their premiere episode - with Dave Matthews playing a solo set from his living room. Dave was supposed to play for 30 min ... but ended up going for close to an hour. You can check out the set and individual highlights (for the next week) below.
They have graciousuly openned up their digital vaults and have posted fan-favorite episodes from the recently broadcast Season 45 and the entire serious of perormances from the previous two seasons - that's over 35 shows from the Austin City Limits Stage be available to stream free online at https://www.pbs.org/show/austin-city-limits/
We hand picked a few of our favorites ... but feel free to binge them all .. just stay inside - and practice social distanceing - no mosthing ;)
People are coming together and stepping up to help in some truly amazing ways to help out during the COVID-19 pandemic. From purchasing food from a closed restaurant to feed a family in need to distillers replacing liquor production with hand sanitizer production to simply staying inside - it is amazing to see people working together to help the world through this crisis.
Some Maryland Makers are also pitching in - by making surgical masks and face shields for health care workers.
When Baltimore Center Stage had to close its doors to audiences - their production staff, led by Costume Director David Burdick, decided to use their down productively by creating cloth hospital masks for their neighbor - Mercy Hospital Center.
The staff consulted with Mercy Hospital and CDC guidelines and began delivering the masks this week.
Through this project Open Works has started a volunteer based collaborative project to create face shields medical workers are in dire need of using 3D printers. These shields, which are being made using a design developed by Prusa Labs in the Czech Republic, when used with lower-grade surgical masks (like the ones mentioned above) can provide the CDC-recommended level of protection for health care workers and first responders on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The group We The Builders is organizing the printing of the parts needed while Open Works is collecting parts, sanitizing, assembling, and packaging them. The group Innovation Works is dealing with taking orders from health care providers and making sure the orders are fulfilled.
Today, March 26, was supposed to be Opening Day for the Baltimore Orioles ... a sacred day for most Baltimoreons ... but since the O's aren't taking on the Yankees at Oriole Park - we're missing things like the Crab Shuffle, Clancy, World Famous Hot Dog Man, singing Thank God I'm a Country Boy ... and most importantly - the condiment races !
Well, Jonathan Monroe is today's hero - posting a simulated / homemade version of the race . Well played Jonathan ... well played!
Instead of being at Pickles or Sliders .. we're at home, under self Corn Teen