21 October 2009

All The World Over (Some News)

One of TNOP's favorite American bands, Wilco, just finished a two-night stand in their hometown of Chicago. The band's Boswell, Chicago Tribune writer (and Marquette University grad) Greg Kot, critiqued the first show at the UIC Pavillion. And Paste reports that the band will go into the recording studio in January to sow the seeds of a new album.

"The Complete Monterey Pop Festival" was recently released on Blu-Ray format. Audiophile Audition thinks it's terrific.

Little Steven Van Zandt, President Grant's Secret Service men Jim West and Artemus Gordon, AND the evil Dr. Miguelito Loveless? Yup, Little Steven's Underground Garage celebrates one of the great TV series, Wild Wild West, in this weekend's episode. Check local radio listings, tune in Sirius 25, XM 59 or catch up with the archive at the show's groovy website.

Steve Ferguson, guitarist and co-founder of NRBQ, passed away at age 60.

Beach House and Grizzly Bear played the Palladium in LA on Tuesday night. Margaret Wappler reviews the show in her Pop & Hiss blog, which includes video from the performance.

NPR is giving us a sneak stream of the upcoming R.E.M. Live At The Olympia two album set of (count 'em) 39 songs, recorded in 2007 during a five night stand in Paris.

Here's a treat: Harper Simon covering Nick Drake's "From The Morning." (And yes, he's the famous "child of my first marriage" mentioned in "Graceland.")

And finally, Happy Birthday to Eddie Brigati, purveyor with Felix Caviliere of some of the most beautiful blue-eyed soul ever produced. Watch this performance of "Good Lovin'" by Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Young Rascals and chair dance.

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