A tribute to Bob Dylan’s Eighties recordings, Bob Dylan In The 80s: Volume One (ATO), will feature a number of famous artists, some of whom are Louisville musicians, including Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Dawn Landes (“Dark Eyes”), and Carl Broemel (“Death is Not the End”). Per AcousticGuitar.com “The album focuses on an 11-year span—from 1980’s Saved to 1990’s Under the Red Sky, plus unreleased tracks (an ‘80s Basement Tapes anyone?) and the Traveling Wilburys—which the album’s producers Jesse Lauter and Sean O’Brien feel is an overlooked period for the artist.
Bonnaroo 2013’s Rock and Soul Dance Party Superjam, which featured not only John Oates and Jim James, but also Zigaboo Modeliste from The Meters, Larry Graham from Sly & the Family Stone, The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, percussionist Cyro Baptista and Carl Broemel from My Morning Jacket. That was the main band. It was widely considered the best SuperJam ever. This preview was released in June:
Now Part 1 of the video, in which Jim James sings “Instant Karma,” has been released by Bonnaroo365:
Oh, the shame of it all, overlooking such a newsworthy item. It took 48 hours for Ben Sollee fans to pledge the money to record Half-Made Man. He’s recording with engineer Kevin Rattermann at an old parishioner’s house here in town, along with Carl Broemel of My Morning Jacket, the Turtle Island String Quartet’s Jeremy Kittel () and Sollee’s percussionist, Jordon Ellis. Sans producer. Release date is Fall 2012.
Electro-Harmonix posted this video of My Morning Jacket’s Carl Broemel playing with his new EHX Ravish Sitar pedal.
If you’re a guitar player, you might be interested in reading what Carl Broemel has to say about guitars in an interview with UltimateGuitar.com. He discusses the prep for making Evil Urges, the first MMJ album he was on, plus various tracks from the other records since. Definitely a read for a guitarist
A New York blog is all atwitter about a “big announcement” coming from The MMJ crew, with the speculation that it’s about a tour to start on the West Coast and travel east, with the possibility of a New York show in late December. As the blogger notes, however, it could be anything. Before that all happens, there’s an European tour to deal with, starting in Glasgow on November 2 and ending until November 19 in Stockholm.
MMJ’s Carl Broehmel is doing a bit of touring in support of his latest solo project, All Birds Say. Currently, he’s up Chicago way and the Chicagoist.com has a positive plug for a show he’s doing there.
Heading into Labor Day, one might expect a considerable number of stories about the various musical events happening, but not so much. El neo LEO has a story by Mat Herron on an obscure punk band from the Nineties, Indignant Few, which is reuniting for a show at the Vernon, billed as a Better Days Reunion, meaning bands that were on Ben Jones’ Better Days label, including Bush League and Son Of Dog. Two shows are set for September 4 and 5 at the Vernon Club. Saturday’s is 21 and over, Sunday’s show is all-ages.
Elsewhere in LEO, Herron plugs The Dr. Michael White Quartet show at Adath Jeshurun on Saturday, September 4, plus a Glassworks’ CD release show on Friday featuring Another Seven Astronauts and Lucky Pineapple
We haven’t been quite so up-to-date on Louisville ex-pats, so here are a few updates:
- Ben Thornewill’s Jukebox the Ghost, scheduled to play Forecastle Fest, has posted some tunes from their new Yep Roc Records CD, Everything Under the Sun, on their myspace page.
- My Morning Jacket’s Carl Broemel is set to release a solo album, All Birds Say Available, in August. Jambands.com has details.
- MMJ is also joining The Sound Strike, a group protesting Arizona’s new immigration law. They’re in good company; also on the list is NIN, Maroon 5 and Ben Harper. Details.
- Will Oldham is in London, England, with the Cairo Gang, and scheduled to perform at the venue called Shepherds Bush Empire on Sunday, in case you want to slide over and see him.
Oldham is also starring in a new movie, New Jerusalem, in which he plays an Evangelical Christian. Here’s a trailer on Vimeo.
- Dawn Landes and Josh Ritter get a writeup in a story about married (folk) musicians on coverlaydown.com
- Joan Osborne and John Cowan, plus the Waybacks, covered Abbey Road at Chattanooga’s Riverbend Festival back on June 12. A video of “Because” is posted on youtube.