Let's face it -- tribute albums can be hit or miss. If an artist is well known enough to merit a whole album of other artists covering their songs, their songs are probably so ingrained in our collective consciousness that it sounds weird to hear other people do them.
Which brings us to Just Tell Me That You Want Me: A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac. First of all, the band has over 40 years of music to cover, and that spans many phases of the band, from straight-ahead British blues to impeccably crafted pop songs. Most of the artists on this collection weren't even born when most of this music was new, and many of the artists will be unknown to anyone over 30: Tame Impala, Best Coast, Lykke Li, MGMT, Washed out, The Crystal Ark . . . .but there's Marianne Faithfull, Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top and Vancouver's New Pornographers, too.
The album's not coming out until August 14, but you can listen to all 17 tracks, from "Oh Well" to "Tusk," because they're streaming right now, right here, or click the band's picture below.
My 11-month-old son Dawson's not participating in any spectator sports yet, but I'm sure the day will come when I'll be a nervous parent watching him from the bleachers at some soccer game or baseball game or tennis match.
Aly Raisman is an American gymnast who's in London for the Olympics. How nerve-wracking is that for her parents? Watch this:
Oh, PS . . . in case you were wondering what my kid looks like these days:
When they recruited Paul McCartney to wrap up the opening ceremony of the London Olympics on Friday, they told him they wanted him to sing to a pre-recorded backing track to minimize the chance of any imperfections in his performance. But Paul said he "decided against it and went live, live, live." As this bootleg video shows, things were a little shakey at first, but he recovered:
Kudos to Paul for not playing it safe. Who cares if it's not perfect? When it comes to music performances, live is always better, right? I think so.
I just wanted to give you a heads-up about a great festival that's coming in October -- the annual CityArts Fest:
And the main reason I wanted to mention it is because David Byrne of Talking Heads will be part of CityArts. He's doing a show with St. Vincent on October 17 at the Fifth Avenue Theater. You may have heard me rave about David Byrne's live shows before. I've seen a lot of concerts over the years, and Byrne's live shows are without a doubt some of the very best I've ever seen -- entertaining, musical, innovative, joyous, artistic. I'm not sure what this collaboration with St. Vincent will be like, but she's pretty outt here, so I'm pretty sure you're going to see something unforgettable. Just wanted to let you know, because you can buy tickets now if you go here.
Last year Mumford & Sons and Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros toured via train through the South and the West. That tour was captured on film for this documentary:
The good news is they're hitting the rails again for the Railroad Revival Tour 2012. The bad news is that the train isn't stopping here, but if you're up for a road trip to Cali, you could catch the tour. The shows will start on October 20 in Duluth, Georgia, and end on October 28 in Oakland, California. This year's artists include Band Of Horses, Willie Nelson, Jamey Johnson, and John Relily & Friends. (That's right, the actor John C. Reilly, showing his musical side.) Tickets go on sale this Friday.
Check out the train:
For all the details about the shows, and tickets, go here.
Okay, this might be the answer to a question nobody asked, but I thought it was kind of cool. From the tech site Mashable:
Did you ever long for the romantic old days where the act of writing evoked the sound of clacking typewriters punctuated by the chime of a bell?
Then the Noisy Typer 1.0 is for you. Theo Watson, an inventor, introduced the free app earlier this month. It may be the perfect thing for the nostalgic and/or pretentious writer in your life, especially if she happens to be a Mac user. Unfortunately, no Windows version exists yet.
Check it out:
I will caution you that it would be very annoying to the people around you if you used this app while you're working in a coffee shop, so download it at your own risk.
The news that Ichiro Suzuki has been traded to the New York Yankees has left a lot of Mariners faithful in shock, one of them being Ben Gibbard, the front man of Death Cab for Cutie and a big baseball and M's fan.
Ben tweeted the song with this message: “I wrote this song a few years ago. Today seems like the best day to share it with you. Thank you so much, Ichiro.”
Check out "Ichiro's Theme:"
BTW, if you want to hear more from Ben, you'll get it in October when he releases Former Lives, his first solo album under his own name, and a solo tour will follow.
If you're a Wallflowers fan, you've had to endure a bit of a dry spell -- like SEVEN YEARS since the last Wallflowers album. Well the wait is over, almost. The new album's called Glad All Over, it's coming out on October 2, and Rolling Stone is streaming the first track here. It's called "Reboot the Mission," and the coolest thing about the track is that Mick Jones of The Clash sings and plays guitar. It actually sounds pretty Clash-y, and I think that's a good thing.
Wallflowers front man Jakob Dylan says:
"It made sense to us to ask the mighty Mick Jones to partake." The goal is to be "a rock band that could make a dance track too, without crossing over to the extreme side," Dylan says. But the Wallflowers’ willingness to modernize their sound does not translate to their wardrobes. One trend that they will not be following is skinny jeans. "We dress age appropriate," Dylan says, laughing.
To read the whole story, and listen to the new song, go here.
If you were a kid in the Northwest between 1958 and 1981, you know all about J.P. Patches. He hosted the longest running local kids TV show ever, anywhere. As J.P., Chris Wedes was probably the biggest TV star Seattle has ever known. He died on Sunday after a long battle with cancer.
Here's some video from the Seattle P-I, starting with a visit to the old KIRO studios where the show used to happen:
A legendary prank on the weather set at KIRO-TV:
And a "where are they now?" piece from about five years after the show went off the air:
The Northwest's annual foodie extravaganza, the Bite of Seattle, comes to Seattle Center this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Trust me, this isn't just curly fries and elephant ears: Fifty restaruants, all offering a small plate featuring a taste of what they do best. Live muisc, cooking demos, great people watching . . . . and you'll find me at The Alley. Here's the scoop:
Double-time your dollar while sampling from Seattle’s best. Enjoy tastes from both iconic Seattle restaurants and exciting up-and-comers and give back to the community, all at the same time!
Admission through The Alley includes a multi-course meal of tastes from a selection of the area's best restaurants. Proceeds benefit Food Lifeline, the local hunger relief organization efficiently serving the Western Washington area by using 95% of revenue to directly feed hungry people.
I'll be hanging out at The Alley on Friday afternoon between 3 and 5 pm (ish.) The lineup of restaruants there changes every day, so check out the full schedule and menu here.
Here's a chat I had with Brad Dickinson, of Bellevue's Koral, and Hallie Vea, PR person for the Bite:
And you get that chance on October 13 when Dylan comes to Key Arena.
Plus -- bonus! -- he's touring with Mark Knopfler of DIre Straits, and you may well see them do some stuff together, like this:
I seriously think every rock fan should see Dylan at least once, although if you haven't seen him yet, you may be a little startled by what you see at this point, because he's . . . . well, he's a little crusty these days. i saw him a couple of years ago at Seattle's WaMu Theater, and at first I thought maybe we were all part of some elaborate prank. His voice is so froggy and un-musical that you really have to remind yourself for a minute that you are indeed watching one of music's greatest geniuses. The thing is, he still conveys charisma and confidence like few other artists, and he surrounds himself with brilliant players. Let's admit it -- Dylan's voice has never been technically great, so that really shouldn't stop you from seeing him now. Just be prepared for something quite unusual, and very special.
Tickets for Dylan and Knopfler go on sale Friday July 27 at 10am at Ticketmaster.
Dylan's new album, Tempest, arrives on September 11.
Knopfler's album Privateering is coming out the week before, on September 4. He's streaming the first track off the record, "Redbud Tree." Want to hear it? Go here or click the album cover below.
It's true -- Will Ferrell and Zach Galifiniakis will be pulling shots at the Local Color Cafe in Seattle's Pike Place Market this afternoon (Thursday) at 1:45. It's some kind of publicity stunt for their upcoming movie, The Campaign, about a North Carolina congressional election, which looks pretty funny:
SInce I'm getting ready to take off for a few days on a family vacation to sweltering Eastern Washington, I'm super conscious of exposure to the sun, especially when it comes to our 10-month-old kid and his delicate skin.
So this is perfect timing -- a free iPhone app that can help you detect early signs of skin cancer. The app prompts you to use your phone to photograph your own body in a series of 23 images to establish a baseline, and then reminds you to recheck periodically so you can detect any changes which might be signs of melanoma. You can even send the images to your dermatologist.
Two million Americans are diagonosed with skin cancer every year -- it's the most common form of cancer. And the best defense is to simply check your own skin for anything unusual. Or, to make it interesting, I guess you could offer to do it for a friend: "Hey, you photograph my body, I'll photograph yours, and we'll help each other out. For medical purposes." It could work.
They mocked Ballard and Kent and every aspect of life here in the politically correct, slightly backward Pacific Northwest of the 1980s and 1990s. They even mocked The Mountain when we first went on the air. Now it looks like at least some of the cast members of Almost Live are putting the magic back together.
Back in the day, Almost Live was such an institution that it pushed the start of Saturday Night Live back 30 minutes here in Seattle. It's not clear what form this new show will take -- on TV, cable, or on the web. But check out these two teaser videos for "The (206)" starring John Keister and Pat Cashman, and notice how weird it is to see them in HD instead of the grainy VHS-style resolution we remember from the original show:
Normally, I'm not inclined to explore the details of other people's sex lives, but this is Mick Jagger's sex life, so I'll make an exception.
There's a new book called Mick: The Wild Life and Mad Genius of Mick Jagger. The guy says that Mick Jagger and David Bowie had a long affair in the 1970s. This has been a rumor forever, but apparently there's a lot of eyewitness evidence in the book. From an excerpt in the New York Daily News, the book says:
Bowie and Jagger were soon spotted everywhere together without their wives: sitting ringside at the Muhammad Ali-Ken Norton bout, hanging out at the London disco Tramp, yelling and stomping their approval at a Diana Ross concert, or just cuddling up together on a hotel room coach. Neither superstar complained when one enterprising photographer snapped the two men in a moment of repose, Bowie tenderly cradling Mick’s head in his lap. Bowie also took Mick to gay films. “David,” said British TV producer Kevin Kahn, “is a born proselytizer.”
By October 1973, the Bowies were living on Oakley Street, just a stroll from Cheyne Walk. Angie had been out of town for a few days when she returned home one morning and went straight to the kitchen to make some tea. The Bowies’ maid, who had arrived about an hour earlier, approached the lady of the house with a peculiar look on her face. “Someone,” she told Angie, “is in your bed.”
Angie went upstairs to her bedroom, slowly pushed the door open, and there they were: Mick Jagger and David Bowie, naked in bed together, sleeping. Both men woke up with a start. “Oh, hello,” said Bowie, clearly taken by surprise. “How are you?”
“I’m fine,” Angie replied. “Do you want some coffee?”
Mick, blinking awake, remained silent. Angie returned a few minutes later with coffee and orange juice on a tray. While it was not a case of coitus interrupts, Angie “felt absolutely dead certain that they’d been screwing. It was so obvious, in fact, that I never even considered the possibility that they hadn’t been screwing.”
The book also claims that while he was married to Jerry Hall, Mick was obsessed with the young Angelina Jolie, to the point of practically stalking her.
Though initially brushing off his repeated pleas, Jolie did finally agree to spend some time with Jagger in Florida during a break in the Rolling Stones' Bridges to Babylon tour, but "the weekend left Angelina unimpressed and Mick wanting more." Jagger then reportedly tried to cast Jolie's husband Jonny Miller, of Trainspotting fame, in Jagged Films' Enigma in hopes she would visit the film set. When Jolie found out, she angrily asked him to stop calling, but he did not. The book claims the calls continued, with Jagger "virtually sobbing" over the phone.
It's juicy stuff. Is it all true? Who knows? The Jagger/Bowie hookup rumors have been around for years, and they both seem like the kind of dudes who would be up for any kind of adventure if the opportunity presented itself, so . . .could be.
Back in 1981, the Rolling Stones were doing a three-night stand in a big arena in Chicago. On one of the nights, they snuck out after hours to the Checkboard Lounge, a storied blues club on the South side of the city, where they joined blues legend Muddy Waters. (I lived in Chicago then, and I remember the buzz as word spread that the Stones might be showing up at this joint at, like, one in the morning. If everybody who said they were there really went, the crowds must have overflowed into the street.) As fans of Chicago blues from their very earliest days in England, the Stones were eager to hang with one of their idols. Luckily, somebody had the presence of mind to capture the whole thing on film. Now there's a meticulously restored version of that footage on DVD. It's Muddy Waters and The Rolling Stones Live at the Checkerboard Lounge Chicago 1981.(Buy it here.)
I love this video from that night -- Mick Jagger looks like the eager young intern from London trying to keep up with the blues master.
When I first saw this app in action last year, I almost couldn't believe my eyes. I immediately had to get it for my iPhone. Now you can get it on a Droid, too. Word Lens is a translation app. You just point your phone's camera at whatever you want translated -- a street sign, a menu, an ad, whatever. It shows you a translation on the screen of your phone, in real time, in the same font! (Usually.) The app itself is free, but it's really $4.99 for a French, Spanish, or Italian translation pack. Oh yeah, and once it's installed, you don't need a web connection, so you can be on a remote beach in Mexico, and when you see a sign that says something like PELIGRO: TIBURON INFESTADAS MAR you'll know that it's a bad idea to swim in the shark-infested sea.
Think about your favorite band. You could probably create an iTunes playlist (or a mix CD) of the perfect set of songs by that band, right? But could you design a setlist for one of the band's actual live shows -- a set that not only shows off your encyclopedic knowledge of the band's catalog, but also satisfies an audience that came to hear the songs they know and love?
Brian Farias is a 46-year-old guy from Rhode Island who took on that challenge: He created the entire setlist for a Pearl Jam show in Amsterdam. Thanks to his longtime membership in the Ten Club (the PJ fan club,) Brian was picked by Pearl Jam to fly to Amsterdam, check out a couple of shows, meet the band, and submit a setlist for one of the concerts.
As Brian said, "It was like programming your iPod and then Pearl Jam show up in your yard and play it for you."
"State of Love and Trust"
"I Got Shit"
"Nothing As It Seems"
Jerry Seinfeld doesn't really need to try another sitcom or series or reality show or anything. After all, Seinfeld was one of the funniest shows of all time. Once you've done that, you're forgiven if you just take it easy. But he keeps doing live shows, which is great, because he's pretty much the most accopmlished stand-up comedian alive. The Marriage Ref? Well, nice try, but it never really achieved lift-off. I always got the idea that one thing Seinfeld really likes is just hanging around with other funny people. Which is why his new web-only series looks promising.
Details about Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee are still a little sketchy, but from the looks of this trailer, Jerry drives around in one of his cool collectable classic cars, chatting with a fellow comedian who's riding shotgun, and, what? They stop somewhere for coffee? What more do you need?
I like Seinfeld, I like cars, and I like comedy, so . . . I'm in.
For thousands of people, and dozens of Fortune 500 companies, Monday's going to be exciting -- the Internet might stop working. In a nutshell, there's a virus that infected computers over a year ago, and if yours is one of them, you'll find out for sure on Monday when you're unable to watch funny cat videos on YouTube.
Here's a good explanation of the whole thing from Slate.com:
A bunch of servers were taken over by an Estonian crime ring. The ring, which was busted last November, had been using the servers to redirect millions of Internet users to rogue websites when they tried to visit normal websites. The FBI took over the servers and cleaned them up, but it doesn’t particularly want to be in the business of running DNS servers permanently—so it’s shutting them down on July 9.
The date has been dubbed “Internet Doomsday” because everyone still using those servers will lose pretty much all access to the Web once the FBI takes them down. The name is a little hyperbolic, given that only a few hundred thousand people are still on the servers. Still, it’s probably best to make sure you aren’t one of them.
If you were, there’s a good chance you would have realized at some point last year that some normal websites were looking a bit odd, filled with pop-up ads or trying to sell you things you didn’t want. But hey, the Internet is an odd place, so it’s possible you didn’t notice the difference. If so, the DCWG website should be able to tell you for sure.
To find out if this nasty malware has infected your computer, go here.
Then, if you are one of the chosen people who have the virus, go here to fix it.
Then, enjoy this video of a cat playing the piano:
This takes some stamina . ... . This is a guy named Alex Chadwick. He's at the Chicago Music Exchange, and he has a 1958 Fender Stratocaster guitar. In this video, he takes you through the history of rock & roll, starting with the early rockabilly guys and going all the way up to the 21st Century with the Strokes, Green Day and the Black Keys. And he does it in one take! Settle in, see how many songs you can name, and check this out:
Here's the full list of songs:
1 Mr. Sandman - Chet Atkins
2 Folsom Prison Blues - Johnny Cash
3 Words of Love - Buddy Holly
4 Johnny B Goode - Chuck Berry
5 Rumble - Link Wray
6 Summertime Blues - Eddie Cochran
7 Pipeline - The Chantays
8 Miserlou - Dick Dale
9 Wipeout - Surfaris
10 Daytripper - The Beatles
11 Can’t Explain - The Who
12 Satisfaction - The Rolling Stones
13 Purple Haze - Jimi Hendrix
14 Black Magic Woman - Santana
15 Helter Skelter - The Beatles
16 Oh Well - Fleetwood Mac
17 Crossroads - Cream
18 Communication Breakdown - Led Zeppelin
19 Paranoid - Black Sabbath
20 Fortunate Sun - Creedence Clearwater Revival
21 Funk 49 - James Gang
22 Immigrant Song - Led Zeppelin
23 Bitch - Rolling Stones
24 Layla - Derek and the Dominos
25 School’s Out - Alice Cooper
26 Smoke on the Water - Deep Purple
27 Money - Pink Floyd
28 Jessica - Allman Brothers
29 La Grange - ZZ Top
30 20th Century Boy - T. Rex
31 Scarlet Begonias - Grateful Dead
32 Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd
33 Walk This Way - Aerosmith
34 Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
35 Stranglehold - Ted Nugent
36 Boys Are Back in Town - Thin Lizzy
37 Don’t Fear the Reaper - Blue Oyster Cult
38 Carry on My Wayward Son - Kansas
39 Blitzkreig Bop - The Ramones
40 Barracuda - Heart
41 Runnin’ with the Devil - Van Halen
42 Sultans of Swing - Dire Straits
43 Message in a Bottle - The Police
44 Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black) - Neil Young
45 Back in Black - AC/DC
46 Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne
47 Spirit of Radio - Rush
48 Pride and Joy - Stevie Ray Vaughan
49 Owner of a Lonely Heart - Yes
50 Holy Diver - Dio
51 Beat It - Michael Jackson
52 Hot For Teacher - Van Halen
53 What Difference Does It Make - The Smiths
54 Glory Days - Bruce Springsteen
55 Money For Nothing - Dire Straits
56 You Give Love a Bad Name - Bon Jovi
57 The One I Love - REM
58 Where the Streets Have No Name - U2
59 Welcome to the Jungle - Guns N’ Roses
60 Sweet Child ‘O Mine - Guns N’ Roses
61 Girls, Girls, Girls - Motley Crue
62 Cult of Personality -Living Colour
63 Kickstart My Heart - Motley Crue
64 Running Down a Dream - Tom Petty
65 Pictures of Matchstick Men - Camper Van Beethoven
66 Thunderstruck - AC/DC
67 Twice as Hard - Black Crowes
68 Cliffs of Dover - Eric Johnson
69 Enter Sandman - Metallica
70 Man in the Box - Alice in Chains
71 Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
72 Give it Away - Red Hot Chili Peppers
73 Even Flow - Pearl Jam
74 Outshined - Soundgarden
75 Killing in the Name - Rage Against the Machine
76 Sex Type Thing - Stone Temple Pilots
77 Are You Gonna Go My Way - Lenny Kravitz
78 Welcome to Paradise - Green Day
79 Possum Kingdom - Toadies
80 Say it Ain’t So - Weezer
81 Zero - Smashing Pumpkins
82 Monkey Wrench - Foo Fighters
83 Sex and Candy - Marcy Playground
84 Smooth - Santana
85 Scar Tissue - Red Hot Chili Peppers
86 Short Skirt, Long Jacket - Cake
87 Turn a Square - The Shins
88 Seven Nation Army - White Stripes
89 Hysteria - Muse
90 I Believe in a Thing Called Love - The Darkness