Friday, October 30, 2009

Jeff Luke Monsters of Folk Pictures

Our good friend Jeff Luke saw Monsters of Folk last night at the Orpheum Theater in Minneapolis and took some excellent pictures. Jeff is an excellent photographer, check out some of his MMJ photos from Minneapolis and Chicago as well as the Great Lake Swimmers and Dan Auerbach shots, dude knows what he's doing.

Jeff Luke Photography
Jeff Luke Photography - Monsters of Folk

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Pearl Jam Madness

Head over to Mystic Chords of Memory V.2 for live compilations of studio albums Ten all the way through Backspacer. Honest Abe, good f*cking work.

Monday, October 26, 2009

John Farrell and Model Stranger - Cullen's Pub - Oak Lawn, IL - 2009-10-24

Cullen's Pub in Oak Lawn saw an excellent night of music by Chicago's very own John Farrell and Model Stranger. The evening kicked off around 9pm with John Farrell taking the stage first with his band. Most of the material covered was from his excellent EP, In Passing, as well as some covers. I'd say the highlight of his set, for me at least, was an excellent electric version of his EP's closer, "Longest Day, Shortest Night." The song on record is a moody, atmospheric, goose bump inducing piece driven by piano and John Farrell's pain crippled and helpless voice. Live, the song takes on a new face with more energy yet the same vibe and the same goose bumps. The song is about a lost love one (you can read about the inspiration for all of his songs on In Passing at his website) and when he sings the lyric "But autumn can’t cure summer blues, So sick of breakin bad news" I want to collapse. To close the night out John and his boys played a wonderful version of The Beatle's "Get Back" that had the entire bar on their feet going wild. John Farrell has been playing and writing music for years now and is proving himself to be a very real force. He has a magnetic personality that bleeds genuineness and breeds kindness, think The Flaming Lips Wayne Coyne without all the hair. Get on the John Farrell band wagon, I firmly believe he is going to be something special.

Check out John Farrell's debut EP, In Passing. It is streaming on his site here as well as on the sidebar of The Steam Engine. He has a Radiohead pay-what-it's-worth-to-you system setup, check it out.

John Farrell Band Camp

(Model Stranger with John Farrell, John is sans instrument)

The next band up was Model Stranger. I saw them about a month and a half ago in Schaumberg, IL and they performed as a 5 piece. Saturday night though, the band took the stage as a 3 piece and I have to say that in Model Stranger's case, less is more. The 3 piece consists of front man Stephen Francis on vocals & guitar, Kevin James on bass & vocals and new comer Brad Elliott hittin' the skins. They have a full length EP, Shaky Coma and their more recently released EP, A Boy & His Crown. While I am only familiar with their marvelous EP the Shaky Coma material translates well live and is not "bathroom break" material, I'll be grabbing that album very soon. BUT ANYWAYS, the evenings highlights for me revolved around their EP songs "Morning Paper" and "Sound the Sirens." Their MySpace and Blog both have these songs streaming and available for purchase. While their entire EP is good (and I would say even better live) I'd start with the instantly likable "Morning Paper." Stephen Francis really lets his guitar skill shine on "Sound the Sirens," as you can see in this video from a show in Indianapolis.

His guitar playing skills really blew me away though on Saturday night. The raging solo's in their cover of the Jimi Hendrix (yes, that Jimi Hendrix) song "Manic Depression" were technical, true to the original and dead nuts on. The energy they create on stage is surprising for a 3 piece but they really got the bar pumping. The 3 of them are tight group of young musicians hungry for exposure. They have technical prowess and front man Stephen Francis appears to be progressing into a unique and passionate song writer that is inspired by more than just love and heartbreak. It's refreshing and exciting and I cannot wait to see what they do next. They will be hitting the studio over the next few months to record another full length LP, keep your eyes peeled. In the meantime head over to their MySpace or Blog to check out their material.

Model Stranger MySpace
Model Stranger Blog
Model Stranger Band Camp

Andrew Coate - Collaborate Management

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Monsters of Folk - KEXP Studios - 2009-10-15

01 - The Sandman, The Brakeman, And Me
02 - Interview
03 - Map Of The World
04 - Interview
05 - Losin Yo Head
06 - Outro

Thanks Mystic Chords of Memory V.2!

Download - Monsters of Folk - KEXP Studios - 2009-10-15

Monsters of Folk - Morning Becomes Eclectic - 2009-10-02

Updated with the full set list on 2009-11-16

01 – Dear God (Sincerely M.O.F.)
02 – Say Please
03 – Man Named Truth
04 – Losin Yo Head
05 – Interview
06 – The Right Place
07 – Baby Boomer
08 – Whole Lotta Losin’

Thanks Mystic Chords of Memory V.2!

Download - Monsters of Folk - Morning Becomes Eclectic - 2009-10-02

Monsters of Folk - The Tonight Show - 2009-09-22

01 Say Please

Thanks Mystic Chords of Memory V.2!

Download - Monsters of Folk - The Tonight Show - 2009-09-22

Wilco - UIC Pavillion - 2009-10-18

TSE had a great time at Wilco on Sunday night.

Hoodoo Voodoo with the dueling guitar solo's between Nels and Pat is unreal, everyone knows Nels is a god but Pat is amazing, he was shredding with Nels. The new songs played live were great, Bull Black Nova in particular. One of the sickest At Least That's... I've ever heard. Tweedy has a different SG for everyday of the year man. His latest acquisition is one of these zoot suits, fucking bad ass.

While in the crowd I ran into one of the dudes responsible for the excellent iPhone guitar app, Guitar Tool Kit and also saw Jeff Tweedy's wife and kid, Sue and Spencer walking around right next to me. Pretty cool.

The sound was okay, not as bad as I expected for a 10,000 person "arena" but it left much to be desired.

You catching them this tour?

Wilco (the song)
A Shot in the Arm
Bull Black Nova
You Are My Face
I Am Trying to Break Your Heart
One Wing
At Least That's What You Said
Deeper Down
Impossible Germany
It's Just That Simple
I'll Fight
Handshake Drugs
Sonny Feeling
Jesus, Etc.
I'm Always in Love
Hate It Here
I'm the Man Who Loves You
You Never Know
Heavy Metal Drummer
Just a Kid
Outtasite (Outta Mind)
Hoodoo Voodoo
I'm a Wheel

Start: 8:47 p.m./Finish: 11:03 p.m.
Totals: 28 songs, 2 hours and 16 minutes

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Gettin ready for wilco!

Just left local pub Stanleys, slammed some whiskey in the parking lot
and now we are waiting.

Friday, October 16, 2009

My Morning Jacket - The Bluebird Theater - 2003-10-03

Johnny Quaid and Danny Cash era Jacket, enjoy the weekend guys.

Thanks for the pic! It will always be one of my favorite Jacket pictures!

Set 1

1. Mahgeetah
2. Dance Floors
3. Masterplan
4. Heart Breakin' Man
5. The Way That He Sings
6. Just One Thing
7. Lowdown
8. One Big Holiday >
9. I Will Sing You Songs
10. Steam Engine
11. Run Thru

Set 2

1. I Will Be There When You Die*
2. Bermuda Highway*
3. Golden*
4. Sooner
5. Evelyn Is Not Real
6. War Begun
7. Phone Went West.

* Jim James solo acoustic

Download - My Morning Jacket - The Bluebird Theater - 2003-10-03

The Black Keys - In The Company Of - 2008-12-8

Sorry for being such a stranger lately. Things have been chaotic to say the least.

This is some great weekend listening. Dan and Pat rip through some excellent Attack & Release material and their Captain Beefheart cover of "I'm Glad" gives me some serious chills, like, serious chills. The interviews are nothing to skip over in this either. While the DJ can get a bit annoying, Dan and Pat are genuinely funny guys. Pat's story about surfing is pretty good and I crack up when Dan compares Pat to a John McCain supporter (what is this, cuss cuss?). Anyways, I promise more to come soon guys.

Wilco on Sunday!!!!!

Couldn't find out who took the pic, but it's sweet, thanks and if you contact me I'll give you props for sure.

01 - Intro
02 – Same Old Thing
03 – Interview
04 – Strange Times
05 – Interview
06 – I’m Glad
07 – Interview
08 – Psychotic
09 – I Got Mine
10 – Outro

Download - The Black Keys - In The Company Of - 2008-12-8

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Jim James - The Rudyard Kipling - 2009-10-1

Acoustic set from Mr. Yim Yames. We get MMJ classics and some great Monsters of Folk material. Who's going to see them?!? TSE will be at the Chicago show on the 30th, anyone else checking it out?

It's an audience recording, thank you Brian Porter!

01 Intro
02 Wonderful (The Way I Feel)
03 The Right Place
04 IT Beats 4 U
05 Look At You
06 Gideon
07 The Way That He Sings
08 Losin’ Yo’ Head
09 Stage Banter
10 Magic Marker
11 Bermuda Highway
12 Smokin From Shootin
13 His Master’s Voice

Download - Jim James - The Rudyard Kipling - 2009-10-1