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.