Today’s 5 on a Friday is a handful of new releases with titles “loosely” based on the phone company/DSL connection issues I’ve been having this week. Man oh man, can anyone else remember what you did before the internet explosion. It was a long week to say the least.
1: Son Volt – Slow Hearse
Buy The Search
2: Ted Leo and The Pharmacists – The World Stops Turning
Buy Living With The Living
3: Sister Vanilla – Down
Buy Little Pop Rock
4: Limbeck – Big Drag
5: Wilco – Impossible Germany
Buy Sky Blue Sky
Now that they’ve genericized most of the radio stations in the country, they’re looking to remove all sense of identity from the venues in your city where you can see live music. This is just flat out the wrong way to go. Not only does the importance of the historic Fillmore get diluted, any sense of place for a venue that’s renamed is gone. Make your opinion heard people, YOUR city could be next on the list. History IS important. Do you think Neil Young would ever want to release an album called Live at One Of The Many Fillmores, I think not.
LOS ANGELES, March 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — When doors open to Lily Allen’s highly-anticipated New York City concert on April 11th, fans will notice a difference. Upon entering the venue, there will be fresh apples for hungry live music aficionados and a greeter to let them know about upcoming shows. The walls will be painted a deep red hue and the refurbished chandeliers will shine light on vintage posters, pictures and newspaper articles recounting legendary live music performances. After the show, a collectible poster commemorating the evening will be distributed to concert goers, a tradition that will continue for select shows throughout the year.
To devotees of the legendary Fillmore in San Francisco, one of contemporary music’s most respected and enduring live concert venues, these traditions will seem familiar. So while it’s no easy task to improve upon Irving Plaza, New York music fans will undoubtedly appreciate the new traditions and aesthetic that will infuse the reconfigured club, which upon Lily Allen’s christening concert, will be known as The Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza.
“The Fillmore is a highly regarded music venue whose impact on music resonates far beyond the walls of the actual building itself,” says Bruce Eskowitz Live Nation’s Chief Executive Officer of North American Music. “By adapting some of the Fillmore traditions to one of the crown jewels in our venue portfolio, Irving Plaza, we hope to make the concert going experience even better for New York music fans.”
Along with the change in décor, the club has improved sightlines in its upstairs balcony area with additional improvements to come. Flat screen televisions are being placed in key locations throughout the club. Bathroom facility renovations are scheduled for this summer, as are upgraded sound and lighting systems. Behind the scenes, artist dressing rooms have been overhauled and upgraded.
With the launch of The Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza and The Fillmore Philadelphia, which is planned for late April, Live Nation hopes to establish a live music brand to complement its 11 House of Blues clubs across the country. Along with the Fillmore San Francisco, Denver’s Fillmore Auditorium is one of the company’s most successful mid-size venues.
It’s fitting that the ultra-hot Lily Allen will open the improved club. The Fillmore, both in its San Francisco location and in its three and a half year incarnation as The Fillmore East (1968-1971) in lower Manhattan, has a rich history of importing cutting edge new artists from England. Led Zeppellin, The Who, Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath and many other UK artists played either the Fillmore in San Francisco or the Fillmore East in the beginning of their careers. Of course the storied venues were host to seminal American music artists as well, including Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Grateful Dead, Santana and The Allman Brothers to name a few.
But what makes the 40 year-old Fillmore Auditorium such an enduring live music brand is the fact that it has also played a role in the career of such important artists as The Ramones, X, Prince, Tom Petty, Coldplay, The Strokes and The White Stripes, to name a few, and continues to identify cutting edge talent on their way up through the touring ranks.
Irving Plaza has an esteemed history itself as one of New York City’s premiere music venues. Converted into a musical venue after years as a Polish dance hall, it has hosted such superstar artists as U2, Dave Matthews Band, Eric Clapton, Pearl Jam and Red Hot Chili Peppers, and continues to be a major stepping stone on the career path of hundreds of artists every year, including such important new bands as My Morning Jacket and The Arcade Fire.
“The bottom line is that The Fillmore means something to artists and to fans,” said original Fillmore East house manager and longtime Bill Graham associate Jerry Pompili. “It was more than just a building. It was a new concept in the presentation of Rock n’ Roll. There is no better venue in New York City to carry on the traditions we started 40 years ago than Irving Plaza. It’s a beautiful thing.”
The opening evening at The Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza will kick off at 8:00 p.m., featuring DJ Aaron LaCrate and the Los Angeles-based duo The Bird and the Bee followed by Lily Allen.
About Live Nation
Live Nation is the world’s largest live music company. Our mission is to inspire passion for live music around the world. We are the largest promoter of live concerts in the world, the second-largest entertainment venue management company and have a rapidly growing online presence. We create superior experiences for artists and fans, regularly producing tours for the biggest superstars in the business, including The Rolling Stones, Barbra Streisand, Madonna, U2 and Coldplay. Globally, we own, operate, have booking rights for and/or have an equity interest in more than 160 venues, including House of Blues(R) music venues and prestigious locations such as The Fillmore in San Francisco, Nikon at Jones Beach in New York and London’s Wembley Arena. Our websites collectively are the second most popular entertainment/event websites in the United States, according to Nielsen//NetRatings. In addition, we also produce, promote or host theatrical, specialized motor sports and other live entertainment events. In 2006, we connected nearly 60 million fans with their favorite performers at approximately 26,000 events in 18 countries around the world. Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, Live Nation is listed on the New York Stock Exchange, trading under the symbol “LYV.”
Some photos from WXPN’s Philly Local Night at World Cafe Live Tuesday March 20, 2007
Sharon Little with Scot Sax plus band opened the show with their interesting singer songwriter style.
Next up was the folky ruminations and political banter of John Flynn.
My current favorite indie band in Philadelphia, The Swimmers were up next, showcasing songs from their brilliant soon to be released disc Fighting Trees.
Amos Lee then jumped up for an unscheduled 2 song set.
Closing the night was the slick alterna-pop sounds of Hail Social, celebrating the release of their new disc.
So I was listening today to the newly remastered version of Warren Zevon’s Excitable Boy that hits stores this Tuesday and I thought it would be a good idea to bring you all some prime live Warren Zevon. I searched the Internet Archive and came up with this gem. It’s Warren playing a live radio broadcast from the Record Plant in Sausalito California on July 27 1978 during what was one of the most incredible periods of his career.
Warren Zevon Live at The Record Plant on July 27, 1978
Johnny Strikes up the Band
Tenderness on the Block
Werewolves of London
Accidentally Like a Martyr
Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner
Poor Poor Pitiful Me
Lawyers, Guns and Money
I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead
Whole show as a Zip file
Kick back and rock away your Saturday night and then run don’t walk to pick up the first three remasters being released this week Excitable Boy, Stand In The Fire(a brilliant live album) and The Envoy (appearing for the first time on CD). Like the recent Bob Dylan remasters the sound is excellent.
So much of life, it seems to me, is determined by pure randomness. – Sidney Poitier
Sometimes you just have to throw it all to the wind and let the randomness of life take over.
Today’s artwork is from http://www.random-art.org/
Today’s five songs are randomly chosen from IODA Promonet‘s newest releases.
…the glitter in the gutter gets all over the boys and girls in america.
Jesse Malin performing You Can Make Him Like You by The Hold Steady at an in-store appearance at Vintage Vinyl in Fords, NJ on 3/20/07.