Monday, December 27, 2004

Splendidzine Review of Known Unknown

Vernon Reid, perhaps best known as the guitarist from Living Colour, lends his considerable talents to this "debut" from Masque, a fusion trio on Steve Vai's Favored Nations label. It's Reid's invitation to shine: he spearheads almost a dozen freewheeling and free-ranging tracks, from reverb-heavy blues ballads ("Flatbush and Church") to post-psychedelia that would sound at home on an Urge album ("The Slouch" and the title track), if the Urge were still relevant (were they ever?). The blistering riffs typically associated with Reid come through on nearly every track, including a clever update of Thelonius Monk's "Brilliant Corners", whose piano-and-drums intermission provides us with some much-needed breathing room. Reid sails through the disc with confidence and an Eddie Van Halen-like knack for attacking each note and squeezing the life out of every riff, though he wisely shows more restraint in knowing when and when not to showboat, especially on an album where he's sharing the marquee.

Masque -- Leon Greenbaum on keys, Hank Schroy on bass and Marlon Browden on drums -- prove without a doubt that they're capable of holding their own against Reid, manning the modal experiments on the natty "Outskirts" and the frenzied jam of "Down and Out in Kigali and Freetown". Echoes of Miles Davis, along with Steve Vai himself, abound. The guest spots by DJ Logic on "Voodoo Pimp Stroll" and the astounding "X the Unknown" come closest to fulfilling my own personal hopes for the disc -- farther down the funk and dub trail than anything else -- but the album works just as well. Known Unknown seems to change colors every time I hear it, forever pulsing and yet cool to the touch, something I can appreciate without being fully immersed in it. Then again, the patented Vernon Reid guitar squall may be best observed from a distance, so as to not catch fire from the flames licking the strings.

Audio Portraits of Vernon Reid from ASCAP

talking about Front End Lifter

Saturday, December 25, 2004

Yohimbe Brothers January 2005 Tour Dates

Thursday, Jan. 13 @ Tritone - Philadelphia, PA Virtuos Tickets
Friday, Jan. 14 Downtown Farmingdale, LI Ticketmaster
Saturday, Jan. 15 Tribeca Rock, NYC musictoday TICKETS

Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Setlist from Warren Haynes Xmas Jam - 12/18/04

LIVING COLOUR [75:05]
01 Cult Of Personality
02 Middle Man
03 Glamour Boys
04 Funny Vibe
05 Sacred Ground
06 Open Letter (To A Landlord)
07 Flying
08 Elvis Is Dead
09 Love Rears It's Ugly Head
10 Crosstown Traffic

Monday, December 20, 2004

Dec 21, 2004
Tomorrow marks the anniversary of the Living Colour reunion @ CBGB's. Click on this link to see the poster, (courtesy of Will Calhoun's site.) Here's a review from that show.

Thursday, December 16, 2004

Vernon and Doug backstage @ Rockpalast.

Random Living Colour and TM Stevens pics from Rockpalast.

setlist
01. Type
02. In Your Name
03. Funny Wipe
04. A ? Of When
05. Middleman
06. Sacred Ground
07. Memories Can't Wait
08. Terrorism
09. Go Away
10. Ignorance Is Bliss
11. Flying
12. Drum Solo
13. Open Letter To A Landlord
14. Time's Up
15. Glamour Boys
16. Cult Of Personality
Warren Haynes Christmas Jam

Saturday, December 18th, 2004

Living Colour performs at the Warren Haynes Christmas Jam in North Carolina at the Asheville Civic Center Arena. Other artists confirmed for the show include Galactic, Gov't Mule, Little Feat, Neville Brothers, Audley Freed, Kevn Kinney and Edwin McCain. This charitable event benefits Habitat For Humanity.

Tickets can be purchased @ Ticketmaster.

Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Yohimbe Brothers 2005 Tour Dates (so far)
Thursday, Jan. 13 @ Tritone - Philadelphia, PA
Friday, Jan. 14 Downtown Farmingdale, LI Ticketmaster
Saturday, Jan. 15 Tribeca Rock, NYC musictoday TICKETS

April 1, Banlieues Bleues Festival, France

according to Pollstar.com
Vernon Reid
Sun, 10/02/05 Urbana, IL @ Univ. Of Illinois

Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Eye Review - The Tao of Yo, Yohimbe Brothers

YOHIMBE BROTHERS
***
The Tao of Yo Thirsty Ear/Outside

Yohimbe is touted as a cure for male sexual dysfunction, and 2002's Front End Lifter, Brothers Vernon Reid and DJ Logic's first opus, was indeed a potent mixture of grooves. Two years later, their follow-up retains the host of guest stars, off-the-wall ideas and wacked-out improv, although its effects on the lower body are less pronounced. The Brothers trade in irreverent innuendo for socio-political rants, and engage in some musical wankery that bogs down the funk. The best material, such as the Le-Tigre-goes-to-Cuba opener "Shine for Me," features poet Latasha Natasha Diggs. The Tao is all about balancing the yin and the yang, and in this case, it's no surprise a woman saves the day. MD

Monday, December 13, 2004

The Yohimbe Brothers @ The North Star Bar, Philadelphia, PA 2/22/03 (old Live REVIEW)

listen to Yohimbe Bros

The Yohimbe Brothers are a peek at what a wide variety of possibilities music has. Shows like this have to be seen. Really the review is so you go experience them live. Their main sound element is percussion, with DJ Logic on the turntables, Deantoni Parks on drums, and Jared Nickerson on bass. Each helps expand the sound and carrying on the Jam. This is some "shake your body" music, It's a powerhouse of rhythm. The sound has you jamming along and then WHAM! Your spun 360's in another good direction. It sure wasn't hard to let the funky Hip-Hop influence take my legs on a ride. Sure there's a DJ, involved here, but there's also Vernon Reid on guitar.

I love the North Star Bar because it brings such a wonderful "at your own home", feel to all music. The sound is superb and the crowd interacts directly with the musicians as opposed to security. I arrived at 9ish knowing that the Yohimbe Bros wouldn't be on for a bit. Two beers and a nice chat about DJ Logic later. The Yohimbe Bros took the stage. I was positioned in the attic (as I like to call it). It's a second floor balcony level that when standing against the railing places you about 7 feet above the heads of the performers looking right down on them. DJ Logic ripped out a nasty little beat combined with the bass and we were off on an evening of soul shaking or at least ass shaking grooves. I never had the opportunity to see Vernon Reid play live with Living Color, but from what I heard of his first few mean rips on the Guitar, I should have. He would float in and out of the beats and grooves ripping tight solos, and few extended Jams. All night I just wanted him to take control of the situation instead I got the feeling of the other way around with DJ Logic leading jams.

It was hard to pick apart songs except for the fact that the band stopped playing after each sound malay and usually Vernon Reid spoke a little bit. The music was made up of fast grooves with samples, computer generated sounds, keyboard solos, and guitar solos. They slowed down a little here and there, but the beat was kept pretty uplifting and kept us moving. DJ Logic was on the right side of the stage. He was behind a blazing blue lit set of chrome turntables. From the attic balcony his skills on the turn tables were like watching a master Sushi chef make sushi. DJ Logic sliced, diced, and cut the hell out of each record he slapped on to the turntables. I have respect for his abilities, to know what sounds fit into the jam isn't always done correctly. I think he has a similar style to DJ Apollo. Behind him was bass player Jared Nickerson, a very competent Bass Player. He hung in the back shadows for the show, but was a major part of the band's sound. While his playing was not showy, his tone was very full and rich and he held down a solid groove. Drummer Deantoni Parks was set up just behind Jared with a small drum set. This could have been due to lack of space on the North Star stage. He had only a snare drum, a cymbal, a computer drum machine, and a bass drum, but he beat a mean drum.

Latasha Diggs was set up as a perfect separator between DJ logic and Vernon Reid. She sang the main vocals for the band. Her singing was anything but normal. She sang beautiful melodies or scratchy, moaning, howls, using her vocals as a major part of this band's sound. Only bits here and there were actual words. She seemed tense but, she smiled and swayed back and forth. She also had a little computer pad that was mounted on a stand in front of her and could add computer enhancements to her voice which helped to get things pretty spacey. Keyboards featured fancy manipulations by Leon Grunbaum who was set up on the left side of the stage, but just behind Vernon Reid. This guy was wild! He had an organ and also played a small graffitied computer contraption that he wore around his waist, and this made some of the most unusual sounds to ever grace the North Star. Vernon Reid, played guitar in the front of stage left. Most of his leads sounded pretty standard but every now and then he would take me to another world. Sometimes his fingers flew across his Hamer guitar at amazing speed for leads, and other times he would sit back and help with subtle little licks.

The Highlight of the show for me had to be a solid funked out cover. The name, I don't know? The crowd sang to the verses it knew but Vernon really just belted out the funky lyrics. The band played for about 2 hrs and I couldn't name one song they played but being a live music fan I often just go and learn more by going. They held the crowds attention well and when it was over I felt that I had taken a nice journey into the minds of some great sound artists.

I suggest seeing the Yohimbe Bros before they blow up. They meld a great variety of musical styles that really allow the Jam scene to see the possibilities in a DJ. Oh, the possibilities I thought as I left the venue for my minute walk back to my apartment. I will see DJ Logic next Friday in Chicago with the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. Look for a review soon after.

Reviewed By Jake Krolick
Will Calhoun w/ Sussan Deyhim

(thanks nader!)
Event: Sussan Deyhim performs with Richard Horowitz & Will Calhoun
Date: 12.16.04
Time: 8:00 PM
Venue: Makor is located in the Steinhardt Building at 35 West 67th
Street, between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue.
Ticket Information: 212.601.1000
Ticket Cost: $20
Website: www.92y.org


Monday, December 06, 2004

Live From CBGB's review

Living Colour Live from CBGBs (click to purchase online) from LiveFromTheVaults.com

Choice Cuts: "Fight the Fight," "Funny Vibe," "Little Lies"

***

Living Colour's legacy as one of the finest rock bands of the 1980s has been sadly fading, and each year more people know them as the guys who did that "cola personality" song instead of the genuinely singular juggernaut they really were.

This becomes increasingly confounding considering that the band was more approachable than Bad Brains, less intense than Public Enemy and less ridiculous than Fishbone. One could argue that the American public looks at its black rock acts like some sardonic minstrel show, but this becomes a moot point by the time Live from CBGBs reaches "Pride" and you start rocking too hard to give a flying fuck.

Live albums tend to be the stuff completists are made of, and this one is no exception. While smartly configured as a greatest-hits romp with a few unreleased tracks, the takes are far from definitive. They sound like a lot of fun to have lived through, but listening back through a stereo, Vernon Reid's overzealous guitar sounds just a shade on this side of empty shredding while Corey Glover's heavy-handed caterwauling does just as much to discourage repeated listens.

That doesn't mean the album is without its merits. More so than any of their contemporaries, Living Colour made seamless and straight-faced jumps between genres. Whether it was punk, metal, R&B, soul, funk, blues or reggae, they did it with equal parts grace and skill. This album captures the magic spontaneity they often brought to the music.

If nothing else, it serves as a reminder to the world of a great band that has been unjustly forgotten.

- Justyn Lopaczynski

Friday, December 03, 2004

(old) Collideoscope Review

After African-American rock 'n' roll musicians had broken new ground in the '70s, it seemed either their white contemporaries were eager to keep rock to themselves, or they sat back and watched a highly influential form of music called hip hop begin to define the black cultural experience. There were, however, exceptions, including seminal Washington, D.C., punk/reggae act Bad Brains and pioneering NYC alt-metal act Living Colour--two enduring bands that may not have influenced a swath of black rock artists, but inspired a bigger music scene that led to the '80s hardcore uprising and the '90s modern rock explosion.

Greatest Riffs is a thrilling primer for both restless devotees finally getting a thorough creative summation of the band, and curious newbies wondering where to trace their favorite punk, alternative and nu-metal acts back to. Bad Brains weren't the first rock band to blend reggae/worldbeat and rock together--the Clash, the Police and Public Image Ltd. had them beat by a couple of years--but they famously threw hardcore and funk into their mix of hyperactive, often sociopolitical punk, which found an audience in the burgeoning D.C. underground. Some of that scene's most beloved anthems are included here--including first single "Pay to Cum" and "I Against I"--proving Bad Brains weren't just genre-usurping pioneers, but skilled musicians and penetrating songwriters as well.

One band Bad Brains influenced was Living Colour, which arguably pays homage to its heroes on CollideOscope, its fourth studio album and first in a decade. For example, "Song Without Sin" sports and blends the plodding guitar dirge, chunky basslines and soulful vocal wailing you might spot in a Brains song. Living Colour often incorporates bits and pieces of their heroes--Van Halen, Sly & the Family Stone and Rush are a few--into its music and tweaks them enough to devise its own voice. And while some of the material here does sound a tad rote, especially given the dominance of hybridized acts such as the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Rage Against the Machine, the variety of song structures and timbre is striking. More notably, renowned guitarist Vernon Reid still complements (and often rises above) the rhythm section's viscous grooves, and Glover approaches post-9/11 themes with both genuine rage ("In Your Name") and depth ("Flying").

CollideOscope may not compete with a collection of material it's been seemingly influenced by, but it has a potency lacking in most of either bands' predecessors, black or white.--Mike Prevatt

Wednesday, December 01, 2004

Yohimbe Brothers 2005 Tour Dates (so far)

Friday, Jan. 14 Downtown Farmingdale, LI Ticketmaster
Saturday, Jan. 15 Tribeca Rock, NYC musictoday TICKETS

April 1, Banlieues Bleues Festival, France

Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Saturday, November 27, 2004

Setlist for Nov. 26, 2004
thanks flequipaz

Type
In Your Name
Funny Vibe
Song Without Sin
Sacred ground
Middle Man
Memories Can't Wait
Terrorism
Go Away
Ignorance Is Bliss
Flying
Drum Solo
Love Rears It's Ugly Head
Elvis is dead
Time's Up
Cult Of Personality
Glamour Boys

Friday, November 26, 2004

Living Colour To Play The Roxy in Buenos Aires
as reported on the official site of Living Colour

Living Colour will be performing a very special show at the Roxy in Buenos Aires on 11/27. This show will include some very special moments, and will be filmed for the DVD. Go get your tickets and you will not be dissapointed.

Thursday, November 25, 2004

Argentina Tour November 2004

Friday, November 26,2004 - Buenos Aires, Argentina - Estadio Obras
Saturday, November 27, 2004 - Argentina (not yet announced)
Sunday, November 28, 2004 - Cordoba, Argentina - Estadio Vieja Usina

Saturday, November 20, 2004

The Warren Haynes Christmas Jam

Living Colour is scheduled to be on the bill for the Warren Haynes Christmas Jam on Saturday, December 18th, 2004.

Saturday, November 13, 2004

11/11/04 Setlist @ Fillmore - Cortemaggiore (Piacenza)

Type
In Your Name
Funny Vibe
A ? Of When
Middleman
Sacred Ground
Memories Can't Wait
Terrorism
Go Away
Ignorance Is Bliss
Flying
Drum Solo
Love Rears It's Ugly Head
Elvis is dead
Time's Up
*
Glamour Boys
Cult Of Personality
*
Crosstown Traffic

Sunday, November 07, 2004

Nov. 3rd @ Kammgarn Pics
thanks christian

Rockpalast Setlist

Type
In Your Name
Funny Vibe
A ? Of When
Middleman
Sacred Ground
Memories Can't Wait
Terrorism
Go Away
Ignorance Is Bliss
Flying
Drum Solo
Open Letter To A Landlord
Glamour Boys
Cult Of Personality
Time's Up

Saturday, November 06, 2004

Happy 40th Birthday Corey Glover!!!!
Tonight's Rockpalast broadcast info

According to TM Steven's official website, the Rockpalast show at the Leverkusener Jazztage will be broadcasted on German TV WDR on January, 24th 2005 (1.00 am). See Rockpalast homepage for details.

(WDR can be received via Satellite in Europe : ASTRA 1 H (19,2 Grad Ost), Transponder 101, 12,421 GHz (Downlink-Frequenz), Polariation horizontal, Fehlerschutz FEC 3/4, Symbolrate 27500)

Friday, November 05, 2004

11/3/04 setlist

type
in your name
funny vibe
a ? of when
middleman
sacred ground
memories
terrorism
desperate people
ignorance is bliss
flying
landlord
love rears
time's up
---------------
glamour boys
cult
---------------
back in black

Thursday, November 04, 2004

Tour Dates (added)

Thursday, November 4, 2004 - @ Volkshaus, Biel tickets
Friday, November 5, 2004 - @ Ned Music Club Montreux, Switzerland - reservations
Saturday, November 6, 2004 @ ~ Forum, Leverkusen-Stadtmitt - Rockpalast Special
Sunday, November 7, 2004 - Ghent Belgium @ Handelsbeurs
Monday, November 8, 2004 - Tilburg @ O13 The Choice ~ Ticketservice
Wednesday, November 10, 2004 - @ Supermarket - Torino,Italy
Thursday, November 11, 2004 - @ Fillmore Club Piacenza, Italy
Friday, November 12, 2004 - Marcon (Venice), Italy @ Magic Bus
Saturday, November 13, 2004 - Motion Unlimited - Zingonia, Italy

South America Tour

Friday, November 26,2004 - Buenos Aires, Argentina Estadio Obras
Saturday, November 27, 2004 - Argentina (not yet announced)
Sunday, November 28, 2004 - Cordoba, Argentina Estadio Vieja Usina

Monday, November 01, 2004

TODAY - Live Living Colour Webcast - November 1, 2004
from Paradiso, Amsterdam

3pm Eastern Standard time (USA)
Setlist for UK tour

Type
In Your Name
Funny vibe
A? of When
Middleman
Sacred Ground
Memories Can't Wait
Terrorism (doug singing)
Operation Mind Control
Ignorance Is Bliss
Flying
Open Letter to a landlord
Love Rears It's Ugly Head
Times up

Cult Of Personality

Sunday, October 31, 2004

Reminder : Living Colour Live From CBGB's

On sale online - now!!!

Living Colour "Live from CBGB's" - recorded Dec. 19, 1989
order online through Sony's Live From the vaults site today, or wait until it hits the stores in Jan 2005.

Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Living Colour Europe October/November 2004 Fall Tour (UPDATED!)

Wednesday, October 27, 2004 - London @ ~ Mean Fiddler tickets available through Wayahead.com
Thursday, October 28, 2004 - Liverpool, BirkenHead @ ~ Pacific Roads Art Centre
Friday October 29th, 2004 - Manchester Academy ~ Ticketline or Wayahead.com
Saturday, October 30, 2004 @ Podium Hardenburg ~ TicketService
Sunday, October 31, 2004 - @ Oosterpoort Ticketservice
Monday, November 1, 2004 - @ Paradiso Grote Zaal/big hall ~ Ticketservice
Wednesday, November 3, 2004 - @ Kammgarn, Schaffhausen, Switzerland
Thursday, November 4, 2004 - @ Volkshaus, Biel tickets
Friday, November 5, 2004 - @ Ned Music Club Montreux, Switzerland - reservations
Saturday, November 6, 2004 @ ~ Forum, Leverkusen-Stadtmitt - Rockpalast Special
Sunday, November 7, 2004 - Ghent Belgium @ Handelsbeurs
Monday, November 8, 2004 - Tilburg @ O13 The Choice ~ Ticketservice
Wednesday, November 10, 2004 - @ Supermarket - Torino,Italy
Thursday, November 11, 2004 - @ Fillmore Club Piacenza, Italy
Friday, November 12, 2004 - Marcon (Venice), Italy @ Magic Bus
Saturday, November 13, 2004 - Motion Unlimited - Zingonia, Italy

Monday, October 25, 2004

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Living Colour - Live Pics from Avalon, Boston
search around this site from 12/2004 pics from Trocadero, Philly show

Living Colour and Public Enemy - Live Pics from BB Kings, NYC
10/18/04 - BB Kings setlist
thanks John

1. Type
2. In your name
3. Funny vibeg
4. A ? Of when
5. Middle man
6. Sacred ground
7 vernon solo
8. Memories can't wait
9. Terrorism (doug & will)
10. Ignorance is bliss
11. Flying - DEDICATED TO SOMEONE VERNON KNEw named Jack that
recently died
12. Will drum solo
13. Open letter to a landlord
14. Love rears its ugly head
15. Time's up

Encore

16. Cult of personality

Pics from the show

Sunday, October 17, 2004

10/16/04 - Washington DC - 9:30 club setlist

in your name
funny vibe
a ? of when
middle man
sacred ground
memories can't wait
terrorism (doug and will)
operation mind control
ignorance is bliss
flying
drum solo (vernon playing effects on apple laptop)
open letter to a landlord
pocket of tears (not played)
times up
-------
cult/type (type not played)

Friday, October 15, 2004

Living Colour official site updated tour section
Living Colour - US October 2004

10/16 9:30 Club - Washington, DC ~ Tickets.com
10/17 w/ Public Enemy @ Avalon Ballroom - Boston, MA ~ Ticketmaster
10/18 W/ Public Enemy @ BB King's - New York, NY ~ Ticketmaster
10/20 Electric Factory - Philadelphia, PA ~ CANCELED

Living Colour Europe October/November 2004 Fall Tour (UPDATED!)

Monday, October 25, 2004 - Rock Cafe, Stourbridge ~ Tickets.com
Tuesday, October 26, 2004 - Nottingham @ Rescue Rooms ~ Tickets
Wednesday, October 27, 2004 - London @ ~ Mean Fiddler tickets available through Wayahead.com
Thursday, October 28, 2004 - Liverpool, BirkenHead @ ~ Pacific Roads Art Centre
Friday October 29th, 2004 - Manchester Academy ~ Ticketline or Wayahead.com
Saturday, October 30, 2004 @ Podium Hardenburg ~ TicketService
Sunday, October 31, 2004 - @ Oosterpoort Ticketservice
Monday, November 1, 2004 - @ Paradiso Grote Zaal/big hall ~ Ticketservice
Wednesday, November 3, 2004 - @ Kammgarn, Schaffhausen
Thursday, November 4, 2004 - @ Volkshaus, Biel tickets
Friday, November 5, 2004 - @ Ned Music Club Montreux, Switzerland - reservations
Saturday, November 6, 2004 @ ~ Forum, Leverkusen-Stadtmitt - Rockpalast Special
Sunday, November 7, 2004 - Ghent Belgium @ Handelsbeurs
Monday, November 8, 2004 - Tilburg @ O13 The Choice ~ Ticketservice
Wednesday, November 10, 2004 - @ Supermarket - Torino,Italy
Thursday, November 11, 2004 - @ Fillmore Club Piacenza, Italy
Friday, November 12, 2004 - to be announced - Venice, Italy
Saturday, November 13, 2004 - to be announced - Rome, Italy

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Yohimbe Brothers - The Tao Of Yo (reivew from All About Jazz)


Hard rock psycho-turntabulism that pushes the envelope.
The Yohimbe Brothers once again deliver their eclectic blend of rock, DJ mixing, rap lyrics, and other elements on The Tao of Yo. The duo, whose name is based loosely on an African herbal aphrodisiac, consists of guitarist Vernon Reid (Living Colour, Vernon Reid & Masque) and turntablist DJ Logic (The Anomaly). Their fertile collaboration began in 2002 with their well-received debut, Front End Lifter, and the new music continues on the same path of experimentation with a modern trans-cultural and urban blend.

Both artists are founding members of the Black Rock Coalition and have traversed the fringes of music with progressive tendencies. Vernon Reid is an electric guitarist in every sense of the word, combining fretboard wizardry with an acute sense of style and open ideas. DJ Logic (Jason Kibler) has produced his own material and has also brought his turntable magic into works with other seminal musicians like Medeski, Martin and Wood, John Scofield, and Joshua Redman.

Enriched by various musical guests, the recording offers a distinct vibe that moves and grooves as Reid brings an array of guitar styles from head-banger riffs to subtle jazz chords, while Logic scratches, samples, and mixes sounds impressively with an unobtrusive mastery that colors the music like splashed paint on a vivid canvas. But these splotches are applied with great finesse.

The opening cut, “Shine For Me,” features an African rhythm with cool spoken words by poet and vocalist Latasha Nevada Diggs as Reid and Logic provide spastic guitar and turntable action. Next in line is “The Secret Frequency,” with guitar and voice loops behind a techno-hyped syncopation.

Not just about bringing the “noize,” the lyrics are also socially conscious and hit on current news bites such as inner city political unrest on “More From Life,” the media influence on “TV,” and “Words They Use,” featuring vocals by Bos Omega and Taylor McFerrin (vocalist Bobby McFerrin's son).

Divergent pieces such as “Shape 4,” “Noh Rio,” and “No Pistolas” (sung by Ricky Quinnones) show the Spanish influence as the music is mixed with live cornet and bass and drum musicians. The instrumental cut “Overcoming” has Reid playing a hypnotic acoustic guitar riff that is layered with distortion guitar and echo effects, grounded by a seriously funky backbeat laid down by Logic and guest bassist Jared Nickerson.

The strangest sounds on the recording exist on “Shape 1,” with a live tap dancer and a flat top guitar melody that brings to mind a bluesy Spaghetti Western film theme. The music concludes with the festive “Perfect Traveller” wrapped in a Euro/Latin/African rhythm, surrounded by sound effects. While not for everyone's taste, this herbal mix of music is potent; the Yohimbe Brothers continue to produce sounds that defy genres and combine the best of many elements into a most noteworthy package.

~ Mark F. Turner

Yohimbe Brothers - The Tao of Yo (review)

Album Info

“The Tao of Yo" is the Yohimbe Brothers second record together and clearly their partnership has evolved into an assault of sounds and styles that defy genre. They have crafted a musical tour de force, employing guitar and DJ work into a cohesive and monumental package of riffs and beats. There is also a political undertone to this release, so it is timely and fitting that this record should come during this supercharged election year. Added to the mix is an essential group of guests Latasha Nevada Diggs, Taylor Mcferrin, Traz, Bos Omega and Ricky Quinnones (who has worked with grammy award winner India.Arie), all of whom contributed their own unique vision to bring this project to the next level. The end result is nothing short of explosive. Combining hip hop, metal and salsa influences, Logic and Reid have created a truly remarkable audio journey. in top of this already impressive group of contributors, the team at Good and Evil put the final touches on this truly remarkable and masterfully executed recording.

special thanks to Clarke for finding these
Mos Def - The New Danger
featuring songs w/ Black Jack Johnson
In Stores TODAY

Sunday, October 10, 2004

Living Colour - US October 2004

10/16 9:30 Club - Washington, DC ~ Tickets.com
10/17 w/ Public Enemy @ Avalon Ballroom - Boston, MA ~ Ticketmaster
10/18 W/ Public Enemy @ BB King's - New York, NY ~ Ticketmaster
10/20 Electric Factory - Philadelphia, PA ~ CANCELLED

Living Colour Europe October/November 2004 Fall Tour (so far)

Monday, October 25, 2004 - Rock Cafe, Stourbridge ~ Tickets.com
Tuesday, October 26, 2004 - Nottingham @ Rescue Rooms ~ Tickets
Wednesday, October 27, 2004 - London @ ~ Mean Fiddler tickets available through Wayahead.com
Thursday, October 28, 2004 - Liverpool, BirkenHead @ ~ Pacific Roads Art Centre
Friday October 29th, 2004 - Manchester Academy ~ Ticketline or Wayahead.com
Saturday, October 30, 2004 @ Podium Hardenburg ~ TicketService
Sunday, October 31, 2004 - @ Oosterpoort Ticketservice
Monday, November 1, 2004 - @ Paradiso Grote Zaal/big hall ~ Ticketservice
Saturday, November 6, 2004 @ ~ Forum, Leverkusen-Stadtmitt - Rockpalast Special
Sunday, November 7, 2004 - Ghent Belgium @ Handelsbeurs
Monday, November 8, 2004 - Tilburg @ O13 The Choice ~ Ticketservice

Saturday, October 09, 2004

NEW releases : Living Colour and Yohimbe Brothers - October 12, 2004

Living Colour "Live from CBGB's" - recorded Dec. 19, 1989
order online through Sony's Live From the vaults site today, or wait until it hits the stores in Jan 2005.


Yohimbe Brothers - The Tao Of Yo
Yohimbe Brothers is Vernon Reid and DJ Logic released on Thristy Ear Records

Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Living Colour / Public Enemy - Philadelphia show canceled
The October 20th Living Colour/Public Enemy show has been canceled. Public Enemy will not perform at the October 16th show @ the 9:30 Club in DC, but Living Colour will play. As of now, the BB Kings show in NYC and Avalon show in Boston are on with Public Enemy. Please stay tuned for more details as they come in.

thanks Adam

Monday, October 04, 2004

Yohimbe Brothers - Tao of Yo (at amazon.com)

Vernon Reid and DJ Logic's second record has evolved into an assault of sounds and styles that defy genre, combining hip-hop, metal, and salsa influences. It's a musical tour de force, employing guitar and DJ work into a cohesive package of riffs and beats. There's also a political undertone to this release, making it timely and fitting during this supercharged election year. Guests include Latasha Nevada Diggs, Taylor McFerrin, Traz, Boz Omega, and Ricky Quinones, to name a few.

Track Listings
1. Shine For Me - (with Latasha Nevada Diggs)
2. Secret Frequency, The - (with Deantoni Parks)
3. More From Life - (with Traz)
4. Shape 4 - (with Maya Jenkins)
5. Noh Rio - (with Eddie Hall)
6. TV - (with Bos Omega)
7. 30 Spokes - (with Eddie Hall)
8. Unimportance - (with Deantoni Parks)
9. No Pistolas - (with Ricky Quinnones)
10. Overcoming - (with Jared Nickerson)
11. Words They Use - (with Taylor McFerrin)
12. Shape 1 - (with Latasha Nevada Diggs)
13. Perfect Traveller (Tourist Europe) - (with Shantyman)

AND REMEMBER :

Living Colour/Public Enemy Co-Headlining Tour

10/16 9:30 Club - Washington, DC ~ Tickets.com
10/17 Avalon Ballroom - Boston, MA ~ Ticketmaster
10/18 BB King's - New York, NY ~ Ticketmaster
10/20 Electric Factory - Philadelphia, PA ~ Ticketmaster

Friday, October 01, 2004

Yohimbe Brothers (Vernon Reid, DJ Logic) Spin Set

NOW PLAYING @ JOE'S PUB - NYC
The Black Rock Coalition presents a Yohimbe Brothers (Vernon Reid, DJ Logic) Spin Set BRC presents a CD launch for Vernon Reid and DJ Logic’s new project Yohimbe Brothers. Screenings of 3 animated short films and a launch for the book ‘ Right to Rock’.

www.blackrockcoalition.org

Wednesday, Oct 6, 2004 @ 11:00 PM
Tickets: $7, $5 for BRC Members
Reservations: 212-539-8778

Wednesday, September 29, 2004

More upcoming Mos Def / Black Jack Johnson performances:

ACLU benefit on Oct. 4th, 2004.
Tonight Show (Jay Leno) on Oct. 11th, 2004.
Jimmy Kimmel Show on Oct. 12th, 2004.

from Will Calhoun's site

Thursday, September 23, 2004

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Make sure to catch Mos Def / Black Jack Johnson on David Letterman show on Sept. 23rd, 2004.
They will be performing "Ghetto Rock" from the new Mos Def cd "The New Danger".

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Official Site Back Up
LivingColour.com is back up! But no new updates. Keep Checking though!!!

Living Colour/Public Enemy Co-Headlining US Tour

10/16 9:30 Club - Washington, DC ~ Tickets.com
10/17 Avalon Ballroom - Boston, MA ~ Ticketmaster
10/18 BB King's - New York, NY ~ Ticketmaster
10/20 Electric Factory - Philadelphia, PA ~ Ticketmaster

Sunday, September 19, 2004

Living Colour pics from May 30th, 2004 ~ Dallas, TX
thanks Zack!
see the Tuesday, June 01, 2004 post via the archive


Living Colour performs at the KLLI 105.3 FM 40th anniversary party ~ May 30, 2004 (Corey Glover & Will Calhoun)




Living Colour performs at the KLLI 105.3 FM 40th anniversary party ~ May 30, 2004 (Doug Wimbish)




Living Colour performs at the KLLI 105.3 FM 40th anniversary party ~ May 30, 2004 (Vernon Reid)




Living Colour performs at the KLLI 105.3 FM 40th anniversary party ~ May 30, 2004 (Will Calhoun)

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Living Colour/Public Enemy Co-Headlining Tour

10/16 9:30 Club - Washington, DC ~ Tickets.com
10/17 Avalon Ballroom - Boston, MA ~ Ticketmaster
10/18 BB King's - New York, NY ~ Ticketmaster
10/20 Electric Factory - Philadelphia, PA ~ Ticketmaster

Living Colour Europe 2004 Fall Tour (so far)

Monday, October 25, 2004 - Rock Cafe, Stourbridge ~ Tickets.com
Tuesday, October 26, 2004 - Nottingham @ Rescue Rooms ~ Tickets
Wednesday, October 27, 2004 - London @ ~ Mean Fiddler tickets available through Wayahead.com
Thursday, October 28, 2004 - Liverpool, BirkenHead @ ~ Pacific Roads Art Centre
Friday October 29th, 2004 - Manchester Academy ~ Ticketline or Wayahead.com
Saturday, October 30, 2004 @ Podium Hardenburg ~ TicketService
Sunday, October 31, 2004 - @ Oosterpoort Ticketservice
Monday, November 1, 2004 - @ Paradiso Grote Zaal/big hall ~ Ticketservice
Saturday, November 6, 2004 @ ~ Forum, Leverkusen-Stadtmitt - Rockpalast Special
Sunday, November 7, 2004 - Ghent Belgium @ Handelsbeurs
Monday, November 8, 2004 - Tilburg @ O13 The Choice ~ Ticketservice

Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Preorder Living Colour - Live @ CBGBs via LiveFromTheVaults.com

Living Colour - Live @ CBGB's
Living Colour
LIVE FROM CBGB'S
Release Date : 10/12/2004
Label : LEGACY
Selection # : 092867

In 1989, Living Colour was on fire. Their 1988 debut Vivid had reached #6 on the charts and achieved platinum certification. Their monster Top 20 hit "Cult Of Personality" was in heavy rotation at MTV and had garnered them the first of many Grammy awards. In December of that year, they came "home" to New York City's famed CBGB's, where they had honed their act just a few years beforehand as a fledgling band. This album captures the raw power, skill and fearlessness that busted through rocks' stereotypes and catapulted Living Colour to fame.

Recorded Live @ CBGBs December 19, 1989

Sunday, September 12, 2004

Mos Def and Black Jack Johnson on TV!
Make sure to catch Mos Def / Black Jack Johnson on David Letterman show on Thursday, Sept. 23rd, 2004.
Living Colour Europe 2004 Fall Tour (so far)

Monday, October 25, 2004 - Birmingham - Rock Cafe, Stourbridge
Tuesday, October 26, 2004 - Nottingham @ Rescue Rooms Tickets
Wednesday, October 27, 2004 - London @ Mean Fiddler
Thursday, October 28, 2004 - Liverpool, BirkenHead @ Pacific Roads Art Centre
Friday October 29th, 2004 - Manchester Academy Ticketline
Saturday, October 30, 2004 @ Podium Hardenburg TicketService
Sunday, October 31, 2004 - @ Oosterpoort Ticketservice
Monday, November 1, 2004 - @ Paradiso Grote Zaal/big hall Ticketservice
Saturday, November 6, 2004 @ @ Forum, Leverkusen-Stadtmitt - Rockpalast Special
Monday, November 8, 2004 - Tilburg @ O13 The Choice Ticketservice

Tuesday, September 07, 2004

TackHead @ the Bowery Ballroom tonight!

(from Doug's messageboard)
TACK>>HEAD IN THE AREA @THE BOWERY BALLROOM TUESDAY SEPT 7th 2004 WITH ADRIAN SHERWOOD ON-U-SOUND SYSTEM? BERNARD FOWLER /LITTLE AXE/SKIP MACDONALD /HEAD>>FAKE /WILL CALHOUN /KEITH LeBLANC/DOUGALOW SOUNDSYSTEM/D J LOGIC!! GRANDMASTER MELLE MEL/DJ BELINDA BECKER!!!!!!!!!! LIVE 24 TRACK RECORDING/VISUALS BY THE DRAGON MJ& DAN THE MAN/ FILMED BY KWAME & FOUCHE!!!! DONT MISS THIS/DONT MISS THIS/NEW MUSIC FOR THE NEW GENERATION..LIVE MIX BY ADRIAN SHERWOOD IN THE AREAV /IN THE AREA/ SPECIAL INVITED GUEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!HURRICANE FRANCIS>>>>>>>>>IN THE AREA>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Thursday, September 02, 2004

TackHead on the Radio

Just to let you know TackHead is going to be on WBAI, 99.5 FM, in NYC Friday night, 9/3/04, from 10PM to Midnight. Listen HERE.
thanks Adam!

TackHead US Tour
September 7, 2004: Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY, USA TicketWeb
September 8, 2004: Blackcat, Washington D.C., USA Ticketmaster
September 10, 2004: The Abbey Pub, Chicago, IL, USA TicketWeb
September 14, 2004: Casbah, San Diego, CA, USA Ticketmaster
September 15, 2004: The Echo, Los Angeles, CA, USA TicketWeb
September 16, 2004: The Independent, San Francisco, CA, USA TicketWeb

Wednesday, September 01, 2004

Yohimbe Brothers new cd
Yohimbe Brothers [Vernon Reid & DJ Logic] release their second album titled : "The Tao of Yo" (Thirsty Ear) on OCTOBER 12, 2004

Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Living Colour Europe 2004 Fall Tour (so far)

Saturday, October 23, 2004 London @ Mean Fiddler Ticketmaster
Tuesday, October 26, 2004 - Nottingham @ Rescue Rooms Tickets
Wednesday, October 27, 2004 - Manchester Academy Ticketline
Thursday, October 28, 2004 - BirkenHead @ Pacific Roads Art Centre
Saturday, October 30, 2004 @ Podium Hardenburg TicketService
Sunday, October 31, 2004 - @ Oosterpoort Ticketservice
Monday, November 1, 2004 - @ Paradiso Grote Zaal/big hall Ticketservice
Saturday, November 6, 2004 @ @ Forum, Leverkusen-Stadtmitt - Rockpalast Special
Monday, November 8, 2004 - Tilburg @ O13 The Choice Ticketservice

Thursday, August 26, 2004

Friday, August 27
Mos Def Big Band @ the Delacotre Theatre in Central Park w/ The Spirit Music Sextet feat. Meshell Ndegeocello - $40

Mos Def explores jazz with the premiere of Mos Def Big Band. Drawing from material by Miles Davis, Chick Corea, Gil-Scott Heron, Beyonce and original compositions, Mos Def and his big band, with musical direction by percussionist Will Calhoun (Black Jack Johnson/Living Colour) explode the boundaries between jazz, soul & hip-hop. Featuring Will Calhoun (drums), Orrin Evans (piano), John Benitez (bass), Wallace Roney (Trumpet), Antoine Roney (Tenor/Saprano Sax), Robin Eubanks (Trombone) and Don Braden (Alto Sax). "Mos Def has proven himself an explorer as well as an eclectic…further development along these [jazz] lines really would be something to behold--for Mos devotees and open-minded jazz fans alike." -Jazztimes

Meshell Ndegecello @ 7pm - 8:15pm
Mos Def @ 8:45 - 10pm

Tickets available through : Telecharge, or goto Joe's Pub for info.


Silverline Records Set to Release 50 DualDiscs This Year Beginning on 11/2/2004

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Silverline Records, a division of the 5.1 Entertainment Group, is set to release 50 DualDisc titles beginning on November 2nd, 2004. In an effort to bring expanded value to music fans, Silverline Records is participating with all of the major record labels in the launch of DualDisc, a two-sided disc made up of a CD on one side and a DVD on the other. In addition to the album on the CD side, the DVD side provides the full album in DVD-Audio 5.1 surround sound, and also includes a wide range of special features such as music videos, interviews, photo galleries, web links, concert footage and lyrics.

DualDisc plays on existing CD and DVD hardware devices such as car stereos, PCs, DVD players, game consoles and CD players, eliminating the need to purchase new hardware. In addition, it brings value back to the physical music product by offering music fans the opportunity to make a greater connection with their favorite artist...

Silverline will release the following DualDisc titles on November 2, 2004:

Blues Traveler -- Truth Be Told
Robert Cray -- Time Will Tell
The Mavericks -- The Mavericks
Queensryche -- Tribe
Joey Ramone -- Don't Worry About Me
Curtis Mayfield -- Live At Ronnie Scott's
Taj Mahal -- Live At Ronnie Scott's
Roy Ayers -- Live At Ronnie Scott's
Living Colour -- Collideoscope
etc...
Living Colour (cd) will initially be available online exclusively from Sony/Legacy's yet-to-launch LiveFromTheVaults.com.

"will go on sale online Oct. 19 and will hit traditional retail outlets on Jan. 11. Track listings and suggested retail price ($11.99) will be identical for the online and retail editions."

Recorded Dec. 11, 1989, Living Colour's "Live at CBGB's" finds the rock outfit powering through such favorites as "Cult of Personality" and "Open Letter to a Landlord" and a cover of Bad Brains' "Sailin' On."

Sunday, August 22, 2004

Thursday, August 19, 2004

TACKHEAD THIS SATURDAY, 8/21/04 @ Sully's Pub in Hartford, CT

Vernon Reid + Masque Review from Popmatter.com

Fiery six-string fretwork hasn't been so hard to come by since Eddie Van Halen blew minds with "Eruption"'s sheer insanity. In the two decades since, plenty of nimble-fingered, mathematically inclined demigods have inspired countless pimply faced preteens to seek out distorted salvation in the aisles of Guitar Center. Steve Vai, Yngwie Malmsteen, Eric Johnson, Blues Saraceno, Joe Satriani with curly locks, Joe Satriani with a shiny pate -- all have taken the image of guitar-slinger to technical extremes with varying degrees of success and self-indulgence.

But no one -- no one -- shreds like Vernon Reid. No one whips guitar strings into a merry-go-round frenzy like Vernon Reid. No one can toss off some whiplash pentatonic skronk like Vernon Reid. In a steel cage match where shredding guitar was the only weapon allowed, Reid would have any competitor begging for mercy with his certifiably insane speedpickery, long before their amplifier tubes could even get the chance to warm up.

Reid is best known for his work with the rock-metal band Living Color, he of the blistering guitar solo in "Cult of Personality" that gave you sympathy pains in your fingers when it first came kicking and screaming from the radio. But Reid is a student of jazz, a brainy avant-garde noodler at heart who got his start in the early '80s playing for the free jazz/funk unit Ronald Shannon Jackson & the Decoding Society, and subsequently collaborating with other fringe jazz heavyweights like Bill Frisell and John Zorn. In 1996, following the demise of Living Color (the band reunited for a new studio album last year), Reid released his first solo album Mistaken Identity. Oddly co-produced by Prince Paul and the legendary Teo Macero, the album was a mash of rock, funk, jazz, and hip-hop that offered eclectic landscapes for Reid's jaw-dropping improvisations.

Eight years later, Reid has resurfaced with Known Unknown, a decidedly more linear jazz-rock hybrid than its genre-hopping predecessor. Known Unknown (which is being released on the aforementioned Steve Vai's label) offers 12 songs recorded with Reid's band Masque, consisting of Leon Gruebaum (keyboards), Hank Schroy (bass), and Marlon Browden (drums). Reid's guitar is the album's dominant force, a vibrant machine that attacks at will, spitting, bubbling, and frothing at the mercy of its master, often awash in sustained fuzztones. Schroy and Browden are both in complete command of their instruments: the former grooves deep in the pocket and the latter drops fills like cars falling onto a busy freeway. Gruebaum is one of the album's biggest surprises: he's created a one-of-a-kind strap-on keyboard MIDI controller, dubbed the Samchillian Tip Tip Tip Cheeepeeeee (no kidding), which allows him to sequence patterns, perform with lightning speed, and therefore keep up with Reid.

Known Unknown works best when Reid and Masque work from simple grooves. "The Slouch" is a thick slab of funk structured around a deep melody played in unison by guitar, bass, and organ. The title track starts as an upbeat guitar melody over pulsing keyboards, only to veer into funky territory, Gruebaum filleting his organ over Reid's wah-wah guitar. "Voodoo Pimp Stroll", which features an appearance by DJ Logic (Reid and Logic collaborated in 2002 as Yohimbe Brothers), squeezes some fiery droplets from its steady, boiling vamp. Reid's solos break out of nowhere with a cache of pent-up speed; although you expect their arrival, they often have the ability to catch you off guard. It's this element of Reid's playing that makes for a visceral, thrilling listening experience.

Some jazz purists may raise an eyebrow at the band's cover of Thelonious Monk's classic "Brilliant Corners", boldly interpreted as a rabid dance of absurdity. Reid's trademark speedpicked solo is executed with furious abandon; it seems that he leaves not one inch of the guitar neck untouched. It's easy to marvel at the level of skill with which the band approaches "Brilliant Corners", but the playing is so technically chaotic that it's equally easy to lose track of the song's direction. They have more luck with a cover of Lee Morgan's "Sidewinder", a playful, skittish blues-based tune that features some of the album's most enjoyable improvisations.

A few tracks veer off the beaten path: "Strange Blessing" boasts Reid's gorgeous clean guitar tone and some crystalline synth sounds; atmospheric instrumentation coats "Down and Out in Kigali and Freetown"'s drum-and-bass groove; "Flatbush and Church" rides waves of sustain and delay, reminiscent of spacey Hendrix songs like "Third Stone from the Sun"; and "X the Unknown" begins with a programmed hip-hop beat and clavichord before Reid lets multiple guitar synths loose like seething dogs from a cage.

If your only exposure to Reid is as the Keef to Corey Glover's Mick-in-tight-biking-shorts, Known Unknown is a perfect place to get reacquainted. Some of the album's delirious moments are a bit more complicated and highbrow than simply ecstatic, but that's a minor grievance. If high voltage chemistry and juicy improvisation is your bag, Reid and Masque have got the goodies to fill it.

— 25 June 2004

Tuesday, August 17, 2004

TackHead Live US Dates

SATURDAY NIGHT!!!!
August 21, 2004: Sully's Pub, Hartford, CT, USA


September 7, 2004: Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY, USA TicketWeb
September 8, 2004: Blackcat, Washington D.C., USA Ticketmaster
September 9, 2004: Lee's Palace, Toronto, ON, Canada CANCELLED
September 10, 2004: The Abbey Pub, Chicago, IL, USA TicketWeb
September 14, 2004: Casbah, San Diego, CA, USA Ticketmaster
September 15, 2004: The Echo, Los Angeles, CA, USA TicketWeb
September 16, 2004: The Independent, San Francisco, CA, USA TicketWeb

Monday, August 16, 2004

Guitar gods have found their Olympus
By Michael Saunders, Globe Staff | August 16, 2004

We've always had the utmost respect for the dedication it takes to attend the Berklee College of Music, mainly because we lack the kind of talent it takes to walk through the door. We can pound out a simple rhythm on drums and bass, and dogs don't howl when we sing, but our musical aptitude ends there. We occasionally head down to Boylston and Mass. Ave to soak in the atmosphere of Berklee, and, truth be told, to stop into some of the excellent restaurants near there. This week, however, the music is the only draw, as the school conducts its annual Summer Guitar Sessions. Civilians can't stroll into the classes and clinics but the nightly concerts at the Berklee Performance Center are open to the public. Tonight's show is a gem: jazz-rock fusion guitarist Vernon Reid, whom most folks know from Living Colour. Opening the show will be Dave Fiuczynski, a Berklee associate professor whose band, the Screaming Headless Torsos, kicks major derriere. Show at 7. Tickets $5, $2 for seniors. 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 617-747-2261.

Sunday, August 08, 2004

Reminders!!!

Living Colour October UK Dates

Saturday, October 23, 2004 London, UK Mean Fiddler
Tuesday, October 26, 2004 - Nottingham @ Rescue Rooms
Wednesday, October 27, 2004 - Manchester Academy
Thursday, October 28, 2004 - BirkenHead @ Pacific Roads Art Centre

Will Calhoun Drum Clinic's
Fall 2004 - Sonor Europe Clinic Tour Dates
Sun 10/11/04 - Rock Shop GmbH -- Karlsruhe, Germany
Mon 10/12/04 - Drums Only -- Schorndorf, Germany
Tue 10/13/04 - Musikhaus Jellinghaus -- Dortmund, Germany
Wed 10/14/04 - Drum Studio Linden -- Bonn, Germany

8/16/04 - Vernon Reid @ Berklee Performance Center
$5.00 - $10.00 General public
$2.00 - $4.00 Senior citizens
$1.00 Pro Arts Consortium students; Berklee students, faculty, and staff on the day of the event.
Free Berklee students, faculty, and staff are entitled to between two to four free tickets per performance prior to the day of the event.

8/21/04 - Vernon Reid and Friends @ Williamsburg Music Festival
Venue: Mc Carren Park - Williamsburg, Brooklyn (Bedford & North 12th)
Set time: Approximately 4:45p - 5:30p
Set length: 45 minutes
Ticket price: FREE (Donation suggested at gate)
Sponsored in part by: SPIN
Proceeds, if any, will go to Charl's Handijam.

Friday, August 27
Mos Def Big Band @ THE DELACORTE THEATER IN CENTRAL PARK, NYC
w/ The Spirit Music Sextet feat. Meshell Ndegeocello - $40

Mos Def explores jazz with the premiere of Mos Def Big Band. Drawing from material by Miles Davis, Chick Corea, Gil-Scott Heron, Beyonce and original compositions, Mos Def and his big band, with musical direction by percussionist Will Calhoun (Black Jack Johnson/Living Colour) explode the boundaries between jazz, soul & hip-hop. Featuring Will Calhoun (drums), Orrin Evans (piano), John Benitez (bass), Wallace Roney (Trumpet), Antoine Roney (Tenor/Saprano Sax), Robin Eubanks (Trombone) and Don Braden (Alto Sax). "Mos Def has proven himself an explorer as well as an eclectic…further development along these [jazz] lines really would be something to behold--for Mos devotees and open-minded jazz fans alike." -Jazztimes

Meshell Ndegecello @ 7pm - 8:15pm
Mos Def @ 8:45 - 10pm

Tickets available through :Telecharge, or goto Joe's Pub for info.

Tackhead on Tour
Tackhead is the vanishing point, the vortex, at the end of many years of formative, experimental collaborations between the innovative British producer and mixologist extraordinaire Adrian Sherwood and the amazing American trio of musicians: guitarist Skip McDonald, bassist Doug Wimbish and drummer Keith LeBlanc, completed by singer Bernard Fowler.

EUROPE dates
August 27, 2004: Jazz Festival Willisau, Switzerland (live stream by Swiss radio station DRS2 from 22.30-01.00 Central European Time)
August 28, 2004: 26th International Jazzfestival Saalfelden, Austria

NORTH AMERICA dates
August 21, 2004: Sully's Pub, Hartford, CT, USA
September 7, 2004: Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY, USA
September 8, 2004: Blackcat, Washington D.C., USA
September 9, 2004: Lee's Palace, Toronto, ON, Canada
September 10, 2004: The Abbey Pub, Chicago, IL, USA
September 14, 2004: Casbah, San Diego, CA, USA
September 15, 2004: The Echo, Los Angeles, CA, USA
September 16, 2004: The Independent, San Francisco, CA, USA
More dates to follow
August 7, 2004 - Living Colour @ Bowery Ballroom setlist
As promised on Friday night, LC would play the same setlist, but backwards :

1. Tomorrow Never Knows/Nova/This Is The Life
2. Cult Of Personality
3. Type / Israelites
4. Time's Up
5. Love Rears It's Ugly head
6. Open Letter To A Landlord
7. Ignorance Is Bliss
8. Flying (w/ a snippet of 41 Shots)
9. In Your Name
10. Funny Vibe
11. A ? Of When
12. Middle Man
13. Sacred Ground
14. Memories Can't Wait
15. Terrorism
16. Crosstown Traffic / What's Your Favorite Color jam
17. Will Drum solo

Saturday, August 07, 2004

August 6, 2004 Living Colour @ Bowery Ballroom Setlist
(Pictures : courtesy of Leon Strand, winner of contest by Hard Head Management)

1. Memories Can't Wait
2. Sacred ground
3. Middle man
4. A ? Of When
5. Funny vibe
6. In your Name
7. Flying
8. Ignorance is Bliss
9. Open Letter (to a landlord)
10. Love Rears Its Ugly Head
11. Time's up
12. Type / Israelites
13. Cult of personality
14. Will drum solo
15. Tomorrow Never Knows-Nova-This is the Life

Friday, August 06, 2004

Aug 5th 2004 : Living Colour @ Mexicali Blues Cafe - Setlist
Thanks John!

1. Memories can' t wait
2. Sacred ground ++ Drum solo
3. Middle man
4. A ? Of when - loose, varying tempo
5. Funny vibe
6. In your name - slower tempo, less punk fury
7. Flying
8. Ignorance is bliss
9. Open letter to a landlord
10. Love rears its ugly head
11. Time's up
12. Type
13. The israelites
14. Cult of personality
15. Will drum solo / interlude
16. Tomorrow never knows
17. Nova with This is the Life sung over it

Thursday, August 05, 2004

Living Colour @ the Bowery Ballroom - Winner!

Congratulations to Leon Strand for winning the 2 tickets to see Living Colour, Friday night. Remember, tickets are still available for both shows including tonight's show @ the Mexicali Blues Cafe.

Thanks to the efforts of Adam at Hard Head management for allowing this contest and thanks to all that entered!

Wednesday, August 04, 2004

Vernon Reid and friends LIVE
Williamsburg Music Festival

Date: Saturday - 8/21/04
Venue: Outdoor - Mc Carren Park - Williamsburg, Brooklyn (Bedford & North 12th)
Set time: Approximately 4:45p - 5:30p
Set length: 45 minutes
Ticket price: FREE (Donation suggested at gate)
Sponsored in part by: SPIN
Proceeds, if any, will go to Charl's Handijam.

Vernon Reid's 'Known/Unknown' Shows New Style (on NPR)

from All Things Considered, Tuesday , August 03, 2004
Tom Terrell reviews the latest CD by guitarist Vernon Reid. Reid made music with Living Color in the 1990s. His electric guitar playing is frenetic and funky. He has a new recording called Known/Unknown with the band Masque. Terrell says his playing is reminiscent of Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis guitarist Pete Cosey.

(thanks matajmia!)

One more day!!!
Enter to win 2 tickets courtesy of Hard Head Management to see Living Colour @ the BOWERY BALLROOM, Friday night w/ special guests Opti-Grab. Doors open at 9pm. Send your name, address, daytime phone number and email address to adam@hardhead.com. Tomorrow we will post the winner.

And remember, tickets are still available all three shows :
Thursday, Aug. 5th @ Mexicali Blues Cafe in Teaneck, NJ
Friday, Aug. 6th @ Bowery Ballroom in New York, NY
Saturday, Aug. 7th @ Bowery Ballroom in New York, NY.

Good Luck!

Monday, August 02, 2004

Win 2 tickets to see Living Colour @ the Bowery Ballroom 8/6/04
The Living Colour Web Blog, in conjunction with Adam from Hard Head Management (LC's new management team and the same management for Gov't Mule ), bring you a chance to win 2 tickets to see Living Colour @ Bowery Ballroom, Friday night August 6th, 2004.

Results to be posted Thursday afternoon. All you need to do is send your email address, name, address and phone number to adam@hardhead.com . GOOD LUCK!

And remember, tickets are still available for the Mexicali Blues Cafe show in Teaneck, NJ on Thursday, 8/5/04, as well as Friday and Saturday night 8/6, and 8/7/2004 @ the Bowery Ballroom. For direct links, scroll down a few days or checkout Will Calhoun's tour schedule.

Saturday, July 31, 2004

Living Colour October UK Dates

Saturday, October 23, 2004 London, UK Mean Fiddler
Tuesday, October 26, 2004 - Nottingham @ Rescue Rooms
Wednesday, October 27, 2004 - Manchester Academy
Thursday, October 28, 2004 - BirkenHead @ Pacific Roads Art Centre

Will Calhoun Drum Clinic's
Fall 2004 - Sonor Europe Clinic Tour Dates
Sun 10/11/04 - Rock Shop GmbH -- Karlsruhe, Germany
Mon 10/12/04 - Drums Only -- Schorndorf, Germany
Tue 10/13/04 - Musikhaus Jellinghaus -- Dortmund, Germany
Wed 10/14/04 - Drum Studio Linden -- Bonn, Germany

Friday, July 30, 2004

Muzz Skillings sighting
WEDNESDAY August 4th, 2004
Ellis Hooks doing a free show in New York City with full band (Duane Jarvis-guitar, Muzz Skillings-bass, Billy Block-drums) at Madison Square Park, which is 23rd Street and Fifth Avenue at 7 p.m.
(thanks Greg!)

Thursday, July 29, 2004

New Vernon Reid live date
August 16th @ Berklee Performance Ctr
Monday, August 16, 7:00 p.m.

Dave Fiuczynski / Vernon Reid
Faculty Funk Jazz / Guest Artist Rock Concert

Wednesday, July 28, 2004

Tickets still available from Living Colour @ the Bowery Ballroom - August 6th and 7th

Tickets can be purchased via TicketWeb or by phone.
Click the link for more info.

August 5th - Living Colour @ Mexicali Blues Cafe
(just a short bus ride away from NYC [NJ transit #167])

August 6th - Living Colour w/ special guests Opti-Grab
Bowery Ballroom - 18+ over --- $20

August 7th - Living Colour w/ special guests LP
Bowery Ballroom - 21+ over --- $20

Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Tackhead on tour
(Doug Wimbish is part of the legendary Tackhead)
EUROPE

August 27, 2004: Jazz Festival Willisau, Switzerland (live stream by Swiss radio station DRS2 from 22.30-01.00 Central European Time)
August 28, 2004: 26th International Jazzfestival Saalfelden, Austria
NORTH AMERICA

August 21, 2004: Sully's Pub, Hartford, CT, USA
September 7, 2004: Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY, USA
September 8, 2004: Blackcat, Washington D.C., USA
September 9, 2004: Lee's Palace, Toronto, ON, Canada
September 10, 2004: The Abbey Pub, Chicago, IL, USA
September 14, 2004: Casbah, San Diego, CA, USA
September 15, 2004: The Echo, Los Angeles, CA, USA
September 16, 2004: The Independent, San Francisco, CA, USA
More dates to follow
Please make sure to check with the local venues to confirm show dates and details

Thursday, July 22, 2004

Living Colour live dates
08/05/04 - Mexicali Blues Cafe, Teaneck, NJ . Tickets @ Mexicali Blues MusicToday site
08/06/04 - Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY. Tickets for both Bowery Shows available through TicketWeb
08/07/04 - Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY ( opening band = LP )

dates courtesy of Pollstar

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO WILL CALHOUN!

Saturday, July 17, 2004

July 13th Setlist - Vernon Reid and Masque in Cologne
thanks nader!
 
national anthem
slouch
psychic friend
known unknown
brilliant corners
cp time
the projects
enjoy the silence
kigali and freetown
sidewinder
flatbush church
time
voodoo pimp
------------------
outskirts or bitter sweet symphony (audience chose bitter sweet)
it was nice to hear vernon singing the depeche mode song, just great.the concert was awesome; really looking forward to listening to ferd´s bootleg, so i get to hear that show too :) spoke to vernon (he kindly recognized me).He told me that the LC DVD is coming,and that he is about to finish the new YOHIMBE CD !!!...

Thursday, July 15, 2004

August 6th and 7th 2004
Living Colour is scheduled to play the Bowery Ballroom in New York, NY on Friday August 6th and Saturday August 7th. Tickets can be purchased at TicketWeb.com

Tuesday, July 13, 2004

July 12th - Vernon Reid and Masque @ Borderline setlist

Side Winder
Psychic friend
National anthem
The Slouch
Known Unknown
Strange Blessing
CP Time
The Projects
Brilliant Corners
Enjoy the Silence (which I loved)
Time

Now at this point Vernon gave the crowd a choice of 1 2 or 3

1. Outskirts
2. Voo doo Pimp Stroll
3. Bitter sweet symphony

The crowd went for 2 and 3 so never heard Outskirts.

Sunday, July 11, 2004

Masque Review - @ Patronaat, Haarlem, Netherlands
(thanks Ferdinand!)

WOW!!!! What a gig last night, small venue, small crowd but a Vernon in a very relaxed and good mood. 105 minutes of fusion, reggae & rock. A very soulful balad version of Depeche Mode's Enjoy the silence, and the encore was a cover of The Verve, bitter sweet symphony. To all of ya who plan to see a Masque show later this tour: GO!! You will enjoy it!

Setlist:
National anthem
The slouch
Psychic friend
Known unknown
Brilliant corners
CP time
The projects
Enjoy the silence
Kigaly & freetown
Sidewinder
Flatbush & church
Time
Voodoo pimp stroll
Bitter sweet symphony

Monday, July 05, 2004

TackHead back in effect
Doug Wimbish is part of TackHead. Check out the new and updated site for TackHead, and be on the lookout for a TackHead date in your area soon!
Vernon Reid and Masque tour Europe
July 3, Warsaw:
LAPIDARIUM PkiN
Pl.Defilad 1
PL-00-901 WARSAW
Tel.:no phone


July 5, Ingolstadt
DIAGONAL
Kreuzstr.12
D-85049 INGOLSTADT
Tel.:++49-841-936161


July 6, Munich
UNTERFAHRT
Einsteinstr. 42
D-81675 MUNICH
Tel.:++49-89-4482794


July 9, Holland
BOSPOP FESTIVAL
Odamolenstraat-Sportpark Boshoven
NL-WEERT
Tel.:++31-6-547616431


July 10, Haarlem
PATRONAAT
Oostvest 54
NL-HAARLEM
Tel.:++31-23-5324103


July 11, Hoogland
NOOT DE CAFÉ
Hamseweg 31
NL-HOOGLAND
Tel.:++31-33-4809376


July 12, London
THE BORDERLINE
Orange Yard/Off Manette Street 3
GB-LONDON W1D 4JB
Tel.:++44-20-77345547


July, 14, Cologne
STADTGARTEN
Venloer Str.40
D-50672 COLOGNE
Tel.:++49-221-95299411
Dave:


July 15, Zwolle
HEDON
Burg.Drijbergsingel 7
NL-8021 ZWOLLE
Tel.:++31-38-4527229


July 16, Hamburg
FABRIK
Barnerstr.36
D-22765 HAMBURG
Tel.:++49-40-39107124


July 17, Mannheim
ALTE FEUERWACHE
Brückenstr.3
D-68167 MANNHEIM
Tel.:++49-621-2939281


July 18, Vienna
REIGEN
Hadikgasse 63
A-1140 WIEN
Tel.:++43-1-8940094

Tuesday, June 29, 2004

Vernon Reid and others TONIGHT

MERKIN CONCERT HALL — Tue., 8: " `Blood on the Tracks' Project." Bob Dylan tribute, with Joan Osborne, Vernon Reid, Ollabelle, Toshi Reagon and others. 129 W. 67th St. (212) 501-3330.

Wednesday, June 23, 2004

Will Calhoun on the radio ~ today

Listen for Will Calhoun on WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM, Wednesday, June 23rd 2004, at 2pm with Hank Jones to discuss the Elvin Jones tribute live. Will may treat the listeners to a sneak preview of a cut from his forthcoming Jazz CD. Tune in and check it out!

WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM, serving the NYC metro area, and Internet listeners worldwide, with the best in jazz, blues and award-winning news.

click here to listen online. or click here to find out how to listen via real player

Friday, June 25th, 2004

Will Calhoun will be performing at the Blue Note with the Elvin Jones Jazz Machine band, as part of a tribute to the late, great Elvin Jones, the most influential drummer for Will. The tribute runs from 6/24-6/27, and there will be many special guests and performances throughout. Will will be featured as the main drummer on Friday night, and will also be appearing as a guest on Thursday night.

Blue Note
131 W 3rd St. NYC

Visit the Blue Note Web site or call the box office at 212-475-8592 for show times and additional details

Tuesday, June 22, 2004

Doug Wimbish, Nova Sound Studio's News Flash

Doug's recording studio website has been update with news surrounding Living Colour, HeadFake, TackHead and other tidbits of information.

Check it out at Nova Sound Studios.

Sunday, June 20, 2004

Vernon Reid on Letterman
(thanks diamondust!)

This Tuesday (June 22), Vernon will be on The Late Show
with David Letterman ( CBS,11:30 PM Eastern). I think that he'll
just be sitting in with the band, though; check it out...

Wednesday, June 09, 2004

Bass Lessons w/ Doug Wimbish
(from his messageboard)

I WILL BE ACCEPTING BASS STUDENTS FOR PRIVATE LESSONS THIS SUMMER..LESSONS WILL BE AT MY STUDIO ...LEAVE MESSAGE AT 860 241-9497 for lessons. PEACE>>>>>>>>>>DOUG>>>>>>>>>

Thursday, June 03, 2004

Vernon Reid and Masque in Europe

July-03 Warsaw - Festival
July-04 off
July-05 Ingolstadt - Diagonale
July-06 Munich Unterfahrt
July-07 Ljubljana TV-Show
July-08 Off
July-09 Weert - Bospop Festival
July-10 Haarlem - Club
July-11 Southampton - The Brook
July-12 London - Borderline
July-13 Cologne - Stadtgarten
July-14 Berlin Tränenpalast
July-15 Harderwijk - Park 3
July-16 Hamburg - Fabrik
July-17 Mannheim - Feuerwache
July-18 Wien - Reigen

Tuesday, June 01, 2004

Fan Review of Living Colour in Dallas, TX - 5/30/04
Thanks Zack!

Living Colour were 3rd on a 4 band bill, and in a slightly unusual
setting: this was an anniversary party for Dallas radio station
105.3, which is actually a talk radio station. It was an outdoor
venue that could probably have held 20,000 or more if packed, but
I would guess there were closer to 3,000 here to see Little
Morphine Annie, Back In Black, Living Colour and former Motley
Crue frontman, Vince Neil.

Little Morphine Annie, a hard-rockin’, female-fronted 4-piece band
were first, but did nothing to distinguish themselves in my book,
so I’ll leave it at that.

An AC/DC tribute band called “Back In Black” was next, and kicked
off their set with the opening tolls of “Hell’s Bells”. The band
did a solid job of replicating the AC/DC sound and their singer
did a surprisingly good job of duplicating both Brian Johnson’s
voice and Bon Scott’s as well through songs like “Highway To
Hell,” “Shoot To Thrill,” “You Shook Me All Night Long,” “Whole
Lotta Rosie” and more. The lead guitarist as Angus Young and
lead vocalist as both Johnson and Scott even did their best to
look the parts they played, so all in all I’d say if you need an
AC/DC fix while they’re between tours, this is an act to see.

After a short break, Will Calhoun led the Living Colour charge as
he took to the stage to fine tune the settings on his relatively
stripped-down white Sonor drum kit. Bassist Doug Wimbish joined
him for a few minutes to check out his massive bass rig and make a
few last minute adjustments.

Moments later, the 105.3 staff took to the stage for some
announcements, which were interrupted by cat-calls of “show us
your t*ts!” to their female DJ (more on that later!). They
eventually got around to introducing the return of Living Colour
as guitarist Vernon Reid let loose the opening riff of “Middle
Man”.

Reid stood stage right dressed in fatigue-style pants, a green
camouflage t-shirt and a straw cowboy hat with both the front and
rear tucked down, which he used to virtually hide behind much of
the night. As the drums kicked in, on charged Corey, dressed in a
head-to-toe orange outfit that had him looking something like a
cross between a state prisoner and a sanitation worker, but then,
Living Colour is not about fashion…

It’s hard to say whether it was the smallish crowd, most of which
seemed to be there to see headliner Vince Neil, or if perhaps the
Texas heat played a role, but “Middle Man” was the first of
several songs to suffer at least a little from a slightly reduced
tempo compared to the recorded version. Not to say it sounded
bad, but the band chugged rather than ripped through this number.

Next up was “Funny Vibe,” which saw the band picking up steam,
fueled by the one-of a-kind power and precision of drummer Will
Calhoun. Afterwards, Corey Glover welcomed the audience and
announced, “By the way, I have great breasts,” a reference to the
crowd’s catcalls to the 105.3 dj moments earlier. With that, a
few dollar bills came his way, a couple of which were nabbed by
security and delivered to Corey. With that, he dutifully lifted
his shirt to give to give his admirers a peak of what they paid
for as the band churned through “Memories Can’t Wait,” another
song that sounded solid, but a bit off the tempo of the studio
version.

Next up was “Leave It Alone,” the lone song to feature from Living
Colour’s 1993 album, “Stain”, and the best song of the night so
far. More playful (or drunk?) fans continued throwing bills at
Corey, a few of which did not appear to be $1’s, which Corey
collected and even stopped mid-song to announce, “Shoot, I’m
getting PAID at this gig!”, which gave the lyric, “I don’t plan to
make this a career,” a whole new meaning…

The middle portion of the set featured three songs in a row from
the new album, “Collideoscope,” starting with “? Of When”. Corey
Glover was clearly into the song and physically tried to pull
Vernon Reid out of his statuesque pose off to stage right to get
some interplay going, but only managed to get Reid two steps to
the middle before Vernon broke free and wandered back to his
comfortable position off to stage right. Corey strained to reach
some of the higher notes during this song, which was another that
was slower than the album version, but it was well-received and
the band finished strong before launching into “In Your Name.”
The drum and other effects of this song make it a difficult one to
do live, but the band pulled it off and made this one of the best
songs of the night. On this and the earlier “Leave It Alone,”
bassist Doug Wimbish had ample opportunity to showcase not only
his bass playing abilities, but his knack for creating other
sounds that, well, you just do NOT hear from other bass players!
All due respect to original bass-player Muzz Skillings, a very
talented player in his own right, but Doug Wimbish proved himself
an upgrade over and over on this night, which earned him his own
cheering section off to his side of the stage.

Next up was “Flying,” a definite standout cut from the new album,
but another one that seemed a couple of notches slower than the
recorded version on “Collideoscope”. This particular song didn’t
suffer though as the reduced tempo only provided more space for
Reid to showcase his tasteful solos and for the rhythm section of
Calhoun and Wimbish to play with the groove, which they did plenty
of.

Next was more material from the debut album, starting with an
extended and extra soulful “Open Letter (to a landlord” which
seemed a welcome return to more familiar ground for some of the
more casual fans. The more commercial sounds continued with the
r&b flavored “Love Rears Its Ugly Head,” the only song to feature
from 1990’s “Time’s Up” cd.

At this point, Corey called out a thanks to the crowd and said
they were going to do “one more and out!” which was followed by
Reid’s lone comments of the evening, who addressed the crowd to
remind everyone the purpose of the Memorial Day weekend, which was
of course to remember both the living and dead war veterans. He
closed by saying the last song was in particular for some friends
of his, which I believe he said was the “61st airborne battalion,”
but don’t quote me on that.

With that, the opening riff of “Cult of Personality” sent even the
Vince Neil faithful into a frenzy as the band showed no signs of
being tired of this classic. Corey led the crowd on the call and
response of the last chorus as the song wound down.

Unfortunately, as promised, this was the last song, capping an
abbreviated 10-song set without an encore. Nevertheless, this was
a strong performance well worth my 3-hr drive from Austin.
Despite a few of the songs sounding a bit slower than I’ve heard
them in the past, let me just say that the beauty of Living Colour
is that even on a slightly “off” night with an abbreviated set in
front of fans mostly not familiar with anything other than their
radio hits, Living Colour still delivered far more than most bands
could even aspire to.

As an added bonus, I wandered stage right immediately after the
show and saw Vernon Reid backstage, seemingly with one woman on
each knee as he soaked in the post-gig relaxation and took it
easy. He never looked my way so I could get his attention (go
figure!), but drummer Will Calhoun was gracious enough to let me
interrupt the packing of his drum kit for a handshake and a brief
chat during which he signed my cd copy of “Collideoscope”. Thanks
Will, and also to the LC blog for alerting me to this gig!