Monthly Archives: September 2008

Harry Smith “Old, Weird America” Airs Today

 

 

Essential
documentary traces the history of American music.

By Blurt Staff

 

Old Weird America,
Rani Singh’s (director of the Harry Smith Archives) documentary film tracking
the history of Harry Smith’s Anthology of
American Folk Music
is aired three times today on the Ovation channel as
part of Ovation’s “American Revolutionaries” series – see BLURT’s daily channel
guide elsewhere in this news section for the times. It was shown last year on
Ovation and also made the rounds of the film festival screening circuit in America and Europe;
it initially was available on DVD as part of the Harry Smith Project Revisited 2-CD/2-DVD box set.

 

The acclaimed film follows the Anthology from its initial compilation of 78 records from rural Americana to its release
on Folkways Records in 1952. Instrumental in helping inspire the urban folk
revival of the 1960s, the Anthology continues to influence modern music. Testifying to the lasting impact of the
Anthology and the remarkable personality of Harry Smith are interviewees Elvis
Costello, Beck, Sonic Youth, Beth Orton, Philip Glass, David Johansen, John
Cohen and Greil Marcus. Meanwhile, concert footage featuring Beck, Nick Cave,
Beth Orton and others brings the music itself to life. (One of the DVDs in the HSPR box went even further, offering
complete performances by those artists along with David Johansen, Elvis
Costello, Nick Cave, Lou Reed, David Glass, Richard Thompson, Ed Sanders and
the Folksmen (!).

 

 

Sweden-N’awlins: Theresa Andersson Tours

 

 

We
didn’t mention it in the CD review, but her album is going to wind up in BLURT’s
Top 20 this year…

 

By Fred Mills

 

New Orleans
– by way of Sweden
– songbird Theresa Andersson is on the road with her acclaimed Hummingbird, Go! album now through
mid-November; on selected dates she’ll be joined by her friends and homelanders
Ane Brune and Tobias Froberg.

 

No less an, uhh, authority than
your friendly neighborhood BLURT recently gave it a nine-star review, citing
the songbird’s “undeniable earthiness and primal power” that channels both the
polyglot musicality of her adopted hometown (she’s lived in the Crescent City
since 1990, at the age of 18) and the contemporary, all-over-the-map indiepop
sound Sweden. She’s a cross between Kate Bush, Feist, Joan Osborne, Duffy and
Tori Amos.

 

Check her MySpace page for more bio
info and sound samples.

 

All the more remarkable: the
cinematic-sounding album was recorded almost entirely in her kitchen, with
Swedish producer Tobias Froberg helping bring the project to fruition. Her
shows have been described as “little masterpieces of functional choreography,”
which is to say: check out the astounding, much-viewed home video posted below
the tour dates if you want to get a sense of where she’s coming from. That’s a
lot of music coming from just one throat, two hands, and a pair of bare feet.

 

Wait for the moment near the end
when she picks up her violin (her main instrument, if you can dig that) – it’ll
bring tears to your eyes.

 

 

Theresa Andersson Tour Dates:

 

 

Sep 30 2008    10:45P

            DC9    Washington DC, Washington
DC

Oct 2 2008      9:00P

            Howlin’
Wolf (NOLA INDIE ROCK FEST DAY 1 w/ The City Life, Big Blue Marble & MOD
Dance Party DJs)       New
Orleans, Louisiana

Oct 3 2008      7:00P

            Borders
Metairie – In store performance         Metairie, Louisiana

Oct 5 2008      5:00P

            Bayfest –
Launching Pad Stage          Mobile, Alabama

Oct 9 2008      10:30P

            Sticky
Fingerz             Little Rock, Arkansas

Oct 10 2008    10:00P

            Two Stick
Sushi          Oxford,
Mississippi

Oct 12 2008    8:00P

            The
Belcourt Theatre (w/The Everybodyfields)         Nashville, Tennessee

Oct 18 2008    8:00P

            The Grey
Eagle (w/Seth Kauffman)   Asheville,
North Carolina

Oct 19 2008    8:15P

            Gravity
Lounge           Charlottesville, Virginia

Oct 22 2008    9:00P

            Living Room
(CMJ SHOWCASE w/Ane Brun, Tobias Froberg & The Real Ones)             New York, New York

Oct 23 2008    8:00P

            Tin Angel
(w/ Ane Brun & Tobias Froberg)   Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Oct 24 2008    9:00P

            IOTA Club
& Cafe (w/ Ane Brun & Tobias Froberg)            Arlington, Virginia

Oct 25 2008    7:30P

            Attucks
Theatre (w/ Ane Brun & Tobias Froberg)     Norfolk, Virginia

Oct 28 2008    8:00P

            The
Basement             Nashville, Tennessee

Oct 29 2008    10:45P

            Canal
Street Tavern (The Buddha Den Presents)       Dayton, Ohio

Oct 30 2008    9:00P

            Rathskeller
Restaurant            Indianapolis, Indiana

Nov 1 2008     7:00P

            Schubas (w/
Ane Brun & Tobias Froberg)      Chicago, Illinois

Nov 6 2008     9:00P

            London Music Club (w/Tobias Froberg)        London,
Ontario

Nov 7 2008     8:45P

            El Mocambo
(w/ Ane Brun & Tobias Froberg)          Toronto, Ontario

Nov 8 2008     8:00P

            Les Saints
(w/Ane Brun & Tobias Froberg)   Montreal, Quebec

Nov 10 2008   10:00P

            Great Scott
(w/Ane Brun & Tobias Froberg)             Allston,
Massachusetts

Nov 12 2008   9:15P

            Union Hall
(w/Ane Brun & Tobias Froberg) Brooklyn, New
York

 

 

 

Kraftwerk and the Electronic Revolution: A Documentary Film

(MVD Visual, 180 minutes)

 

www.mvdb2b.com

 

Kraftwerk – German engineering’s iciest godfathers – may
have made themselves more available than ever in the last several years what
with festival dates and mini-tours. But make no mistake. As paters of
Krautrock-cum-robot-ronica, theirs is the sound of the hermetic and
sealed-away; distant and sweat-less despite leaders Florian Schneider and Ralf
Hütter’s bicycle treks on le “Tour de France.” The same goes for its demeanor when
it comes to getting inside the duo: this is a movie whose packaging is clearly
labeled “This Film Was Not Authorized by Kraftwerk,” which means they ain’t
talking. That could be because Karl Batos, the famously tossed-out K-werker is
interviewed within the package, even meritorious of his own extra feature.

 

But that’s such a shame that that Florian and Ralf aren’t in
on the joke. You can talk about the chill and the minimalism of their past; the
elegant inertia of their muzik. Yet, for the Düsseldorf-based unit once
prepared to send animatronic showroom dummies out to do their dirty work, the
over-thirty-eight-year-old act is a flesh-and-blood duo whose contribution and
connection to its motherland (and well as to all brands of music, from new wave
and disco to punk and techno-house, electroclash and hip hop to electronic
music in their wake) is undeniable. And too under-documented.

 

Here you’re given a look-see into the Kraftwerk of the late
1960s (as Organization) with some truly greasy pictures of the duo and their
Krautrock contemporaries such as Dieter Moebius, Klaus Schulze, Hans Joachim
Rodelius, whose eyes provide the window into the wonk-atronica and avant-garde
sputtering of their given scenes. You get the hear the growth of Kraftwerk’s
sound and how it was winnowed from the analog blur and kick of the early ‘70s
machine muzik into something more mechanistic and robotic, yet danceable;
filled with a pucker and hot breath on “Autobahn,” live wiry wiggling and
railing by “Trans-Europe Express,” to the full-out heart attack bass and
string-striking glee of their present with brooding melodies, celestial harps,
and Gregorian-chanted speed garage noise in between.

 

Kraftwerk is an anomaly; as quaintly old-fashioned and
baroque as they are modernistic. They could not be stopped. Which ultimately is
the point of their story. You just wish they could’ve been stopped for a few
minutes to say something about it.

 

Extra features: “The
Düsseldorf Scene Vs. The Berlin Scene”; extended interview with Karl Batos: I
Was a Robot; full contributor biographies A.D. AMOROSI

 

 

CHANNEL GUIDE: Tuesday Music

 

Compiled by Blurt Staff

 

206 digital, satellite and hi-def channels and nothin’ on?
Not likely. Here are BLURT’s top music television picks of the day. The time is
followed by the network/cable/satellite channel, then the name of the program
and/or featured artist(s). All times are EST. For a comprehensive hour-by-hour
listing, go to the VH1 Rock On TV site.
Note that for certain channels, shows frequently repeat during the day on or
subsequent days.

 

 

TIME (EST) / CHANNEL
/ PROGRAM / ARTIST(S)

 

 

7:00 AM ABC: Good Morning America: James Taylor

 

8:00 AM PBS: Sesame
Street: LL Cool J

 

9:00 AM Syndicated: The Martha Stewart Show: Ludacris

 

11:00 AM VH1 Classic in Concert: Rush in Rio

 

1:00 PM RAVE HD: Other Voices: Ray Davies , Candie Payne ,
Mick Flannery , Glen Hansard , Markéta Irglová

 

3:00 & 6:00 PM Ovation: The Old, Weird America: Harry
Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music w/Nick Cave , Elvis Costello , Beck ,
Sonic Youth , DJ Spooky , Jarvis Cocker

 

6:00 PM BET: 106 & Park: T.I. , Robin Thicke , Ludacris

 

6:00 PM FUSE: Loaded: Rise Against

 

8:00 PM VH1C: Krush Groove (1985)

 

9:15 PM IFC: The Henry Rollins Show: Placebo

 

11:30 PM Comedy Central: The Colbert Report: James Taylor

 

11:35 PM CBS: The Late Show With David Letterman: The
Virgins

 

11:35 PM NBC: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Jazmine
Sullivan

 

12:00 AM Great American Country: Opry Live: Keith Urban ,
Marty Stuart , Carolina
Chocolate Drops

 

12:05 AM ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Rick Springfield

 

12:37 AM CBS: The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson: Alice
Cooper

 

1:35 AM NBC: Last Call with Carson Daly: Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip

 

2:00 AM Ovation: The Old, Weird America:
Harry Smith’s Anthology of American
Folk Music
w/Nick Cave
,

 

Elvis Costello , Beck , Sonic Youth , DJ Spooky , Jarvis
Cocker

 

 

 

Courtney Love Wants A Non-Freaky Maid

 

 

It’s always a good
news day when Courtney’s restless…

 

By Fred Mills

 

Courtney Love’s at it again. Anyone within 30 paces of
MySpace the other day probably felt the earth tremors as La Love posted to her
page that she is in need of a maid – specifically, a “non-thieving, non-freaky
housekeeper.”

 

The entire message:

“Is anyone [an] insanely clean neat-freak, near Malibu? I need a non-thieving, non-freaky
housekeeper. I know this is weird [but] the agencies suck and I’m sick of PIGS
who steal, it’s as simple as that. So fuck it, why not try MySpace. No
superfans please. And it’s very good money.”

 

Whoah – the rest of us will remain stuck with our thieving,
freaky housekeepers, no doubt, while the folks with the dough, like love, scoop
up all the good ‘uns.

 

 

In totally unrelated news, one of the most popular Courtney
Love news stories (from way back in 2006) currently floating around the
Internet bears the headline, “I Took LSD When I Was Four.” Apropos of nothing,
we think.

 

 

[Photo credit: Ben Phen]

 

 

Harry Smith “Old, Weird America" Airs Today

 

 

Essential
documentary traces the history of American music.

By Blurt Staff

 

Old Weird America,
Rani Singh’s (director of the Harry Smith Archives) documentary film tracking
the history of Harry Smith’s Anthology of
American Folk Music
is aired three times today on the Ovation channel as
part of Ovation’s “American Revolutionaries” series – see BLURT’s daily channel
guide elsewhere in this news section for the times. It was shown last year on
Ovation and also made the rounds of the film festival screening circuit in America and Europe;
it initially was available on DVD as part of the Harry Smith Project Revisited 2-CD/2-DVD box set.

 

The acclaimed film follows the Anthology from its initial compilation of 78 records from rural Americana to its release
on Folkways Records in 1952. Instrumental in helping inspire the urban folk
revival of the 1960s, the Anthology continues to influence modern music. Testifying to the lasting impact of the
Anthology and the remarkable personality of Harry Smith are interviewees Elvis
Costello, Beck, Sonic Youth, Beth Orton, Philip Glass, David Johansen, John
Cohen and Greil Marcus. Meanwhile, concert footage featuring Beck, Nick Cave,
Beth Orton and others brings the music itself to life. (One of the DVDs in the HSPR box went even further, offering
complete performances by those artists along with David Johansen, Elvis
Costello, Nick Cave, Lou Reed, David Glass, Richard Thompson, Ed Sanders and
the Folksmen (!).

 

 

Sweden-N'awlins: Theresa Andersson Tours

 

 

We
didn’t mention it in the CD review, but her album is going to wind up in BLURT’s
Top 20 this year…

 

By Fred Mills

 

New Orleans
– by way of Sweden
– songbird Theresa Andersson is on the road with her acclaimed Hummingbird, Go! album now through
mid-November; on selected dates she’ll be joined by her friends and homelanders
Ane Brune and Tobias Froberg.

 

No less an, uhh, authority than
your friendly neighborhood BLURT recently gave it a nine-star review, citing
the songbird’s “undeniable earthiness and primal power” that channels both the
polyglot musicality of her adopted hometown (she’s lived in the Crescent City
since 1990, at the age of 18) and the contemporary, all-over-the-map indiepop
sound Sweden. She’s a cross between Kate Bush, Feist, Joan Osborne, Duffy and
Tori Amos.

 

Check her MySpace page for more bio
info and sound samples.

 

All the more remarkable: the
cinematic-sounding album was recorded almost entirely in her kitchen, with
Swedish producer Tobias Froberg helping bring the project to fruition. Her
shows have been described as “little masterpieces of functional choreography,”
which is to say: check out the astounding, much-viewed home video posted below
the tour dates if you want to get a sense of where she’s coming from. That’s a
lot of music coming from just one throat, two hands, and a pair of bare feet.

 

Wait for the moment near the end
when she picks up her violin (her main instrument, if you can dig that) – it’ll
bring tears to your eyes.

 

 

Theresa Andersson Tour Dates:

 

 

Sep 30 2008    10:45P

            DC9    Washington DC, Washington
DC

Oct 2 2008      9:00P

            Howlin’
Wolf (NOLA INDIE ROCK FEST DAY 1 w/ The City Life, Big Blue Marble & MOD
Dance Party DJs)       New
Orleans, Louisiana

Oct 3 2008      7:00P

            Borders
Metairie – In store performance         Metairie, Louisiana

Oct 5 2008      5:00P

            Bayfest –
Launching Pad Stage          Mobile, Alabama

Oct 9 2008      10:30P

            Sticky
Fingerz             Little Rock, Arkansas

Oct 10 2008    10:00P

            Two Stick
Sushi          Oxford,
Mississippi

Oct 12 2008    8:00P

            The
Belcourt Theatre (w/The Everybodyfields)         Nashville, Tennessee

Oct 18 2008    8:00P

            The Grey
Eagle (w/Seth Kauffman)   Asheville,
North Carolina

Oct 19 2008    8:15P

            Gravity
Lounge           Charlottesville, Virginia

Oct 22 2008    9:00P

            Living Room
(CMJ SHOWCASE w/Ane Brun, Tobias Froberg & The Real Ones)             New York, New York

Oct 23 2008    8:00P

            Tin Angel
(w/ Ane Brun & Tobias Froberg)   Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Oct 24 2008    9:00P

            IOTA Club
& Cafe (w/ Ane Brun & Tobias Froberg)            Arlington, Virginia

Oct 25 2008    7:30P

            Attucks
Theatre (w/ Ane Brun & Tobias Froberg)     Norfolk, Virginia

Oct 28 2008    8:00P

            The
Basement             Nashville, Tennessee

Oct 29 2008    10:45P

            Canal
Street Tavern (The Buddha Den Presents)       Dayton, Ohio

Oct 30 2008    9:00P

            Rathskeller
Restaurant            Indianapolis, Indiana

Nov 1 2008     7:00P

            Schubas (w/
Ane Brun & Tobias Froberg)      Chicago, Illinois

Nov 6 2008     9:00P

            London Music Club (w/Tobias Froberg)        London,
Ontario

Nov 7 2008     8:45P

            El Mocambo
(w/ Ane Brun & Tobias Froberg)          Toronto, Ontario

Nov 8 2008     8:00P

            Les Saints
(w/Ane Brun & Tobias Froberg)   Montreal, Quebec

Nov 10 2008   10:00P

            Great Scott
(w/Ane Brun & Tobias Froberg)             Allston,
Massachusetts

Nov 12 2008   9:15P

            Union Hall
(w/Ane Brun & Tobias Froberg) Brooklyn, New
York

 

 

 

McCartney Rekindles Fireman; Nude Pics?

 

First
Macca-Youth project in ten years.

 

By Blurt Staff

Fresh
off his musical trip to Israel where by some accounts he reignited Arab-Israeli
tensions and received death threats for his efforts, Paul McCartney now sets
his sights on a different type of blaze as he returns in his electronica guise,
The Fireman. A duo comprising Macca and producer/Killing Joke member Youth,
Fireman issues its first recording in over a decade on Nov. 18 via MPL/ATO.
Titled Electric Arguments, the
13-song collection of McCartney compositions is also the first Fireman release
to feature vocals.

 

 

No word on whether he’ll be issuing another nude promotional version of the record or a single this
time around like he did before:

 

 

 

 

Below see the official press release plus tracklisting for the
album.

 

 

 ***

“Ambient dreams in rainbow arches describe the circles of The
Fireman”, is how the duo described their music in a rare interview around
the release of their last album ‘Rushes’ in 1998.  Their first album ‘Strawberries Oceans Ships
Forest’
, released in
1993, was a solid ambient dance album heavy on electronics.  Around this
time the identity of The Fireman was unknown until the press exposed the duo as
none other than Paul McCartney and Youth. The now defunct music bible Melody
Maker heaped praise on the project, “Paul McCartney has discovered dance
music – the results are staggeringly brilliant.  They (The Fireman) take a
melody and, with dexterous genre-hopping through ambient, trance and house,
evolve a number of breathtaking variations.”

Last
year The Fireman returned to work again to start work on what would become Electric Arguments, ultimately finding
thirteen days and recording a song on each of those days over the course of a
little more than a year. The results this time are entirely different from any
previous Fireman release.

Earlier
this year The Fireman donated a new track, Lifelong Passion (which appears on Electric Arguments) to the charity Adopt-A-Minefield. 
This new track marked a directional change for The Fireman, showcasing a more
traditional song based sound with vocals, completely unlike anything on the
previous two albums.  Speculation increased as a ‘studio source’ was
quoted in The Times of London as describing their new sound ‘like Arcade Fire
meets Led Zeppelin’.  So what had The Fireman been up to and what does the
album sound like?

Electric Arguments is an eclectic
and varied album consisting of thirteen tracks, each written and recorded in
the space of one day.   McCartney and Youth went into the studio with
no master plan or clear direction. Instead they let the project take a life of
its own, with the results surprising them as much as anyone.

The
record opens with a stylistically diverse trifecta: Nothing Too Much Just Out
Of Sight is a classic rock attention grabber followed by a hairpin turn in the
form of the acoustic driven Two Magpies and yet another direction with Sing The
Changes, a euphoric upbeat song with an undeniable and instantly memorable
melody.  Electric Arguments continues in this fashion, each track with an entirely different personality
yet all meshing perfectly.  Other standouts include ‘Light From Your
Lighthouse’, ‘Sun Is Shining’ and ‘Dance ‘Til We’re High’, all in keeping with
the genre-hopping spirit of the first two Fireman albums and demonstrating Paul
McCartney’s unending interest in pure musical possibilities.  This is an
album set to both surprise and delight the listener.  Made with no record
company restraints or a set release date to work to, Electric Arguments is a work of complete artistic and creative
freedom.

Track listing:

1)             
Nothing Too Much Just Out Of Sight
2)             
Two Magpies
3)             
Sing The Changes
4)             
Traveling Light
5)             
Highway
6)             
Light From Your Lighthouse
7)             
Sun Is Shining
8)             
Dance ‘Til We’re High
9)             
Lifelong Passion
10)          
Is This Love?
11)          
Lovers In A Dream
12)          
Universal Here, Everlasting Now
13)          
Don’t Stop Running

 

 

 

 

Rhino Bucket Don’t Need No Sympathy

 

More classic AC/DC
riffs than you can shake a Catholic schoolboy’s uniform at.

 

By Fred Mills

 

 

Though California’s
hard-rocking Rhino Bucket typically gets dismissed by indier-than-thou mooks as
just a low-rent band of AC/DC wannabes, in truth the group was a breath of
fresh air when it first appeared in the late ‘80s at the height of
Aquanet-and-spandex metal. Rhino Bucket navigated the perilous alterna-waters
of the ‘90s, broke up, got back together, played musical chairs with the
lineup, and eventually resurfaced for good in 2006 with the quite-excellent And Then It Got Lucky. Rhino Bucket’s
got six albums in the discography and plans to release a new disc in 2009.
Rhino Bucket 2008: Georg Dolivo (vocals, guitar), Brian “Damage” Forsythe
(guitar), Reeve Downes (bass) and Simon Wright (drums).  

 

 

You gotta love a band whose guitarist calls himself Damage.

 

 

“Blue collar. Black leather. Hard times.” – that’s how the
band describes itself, and hey, if you’re not down with a tried-and-true AC/DC
kinda riff, then you’re probably not even reading this news item in the first
place.

 

 

So here’s a few things you need to do:

 

 

First, go to their MySpace page and cue up pretty much any
song on the music player, and tell me it don’t rock your fucking socks off.

 

 

Next, head over to eBay and pick up a coupla their old discs
for cheep. Or, if you’re actually in the mood to put some coin directly in the
band’s pocket, buy some tracks from ‘em via download.

 

 

Lastly, keep checking the MS page for tour dates – they have
couple coming up in November, and word just arrived that for all you
forward-looking types, you can start prepping for the first Rock Gone Wild
festival next August (Aug. 20-23, 2009) in Algona, Iowa, where the band will be
one of the main acts among 50 + slated to perform.

 

 

Also headlining: Helix, Junkyard, Dangerous Toys and Saigon
Kick. And don’t you even try to retroactively lump any of those bands in the
cheesemetal category; as with Rhino Bucket, they were the good guys, and it wasn’t their fault that grunge came in to kick
‘em off the stage because they were true rock ‘n’ roll populists. You think I’m
kiddin’?

 

 

 

Tickets will be available to the general public in the
coming weeks. To get more info and receive updates, please join www.fevertalk.net.
Additionally, Rock Gone Wild
fans can receive unprecedented “behind-the-scenes” updates by reading
Anatomy of a Festival at www.anatomyofafestival.wordpress.com. This
blog promises to chronicle the ups – and downs – of planning a major music
event.

 

 

 

Got all that? Good. Now sing along with “One Night Stand” by
Rhino Bucket. You’ll feel good that you did.

 

 

 

Don’t need no sympathy

Don’t need no charity

Don’t need no helping hand

All I need is a

Rock N’ Roll band

Didn’t light your fire baby

Didn’t tell you lies

Didn’t say I wanted you

But you never said goodbye

One more, one night stand

One more, one night stand

Don’t see your point of view

Don’t see much point in you

Don’t like the games you play

All I want to do is get away

Bridge

One more, one night stand

One more, one night stand

I didn’t light your fire

I didn’t tell you to stay

Didn’t say I wanted you

So stay the fuck away

Don’t need sympathy

Don’t need charity

Just one more

One night stand

One more, just give me one more

One night stand

One more, I just want one more

One night stand

Don’t need sympathy

One night stand

Don’t need no charity

One night stand

Just give me one more

One night stand

One more, one night stand

One more, one night stand

 

 

Ween Time-Travels Back to ‘92

 

Two man Ween
extravaganza, life without a net, in Chapel Hill
in 1992.

 

By Fred Mills

 

 

This ain’t your mama’s Ween. Or, perhaps more accurately,
maybe this WAS your mama’s Ween: just Dean and Gene, armed with samples, tapes,
guitars and a drum machine, making with the rude, crude live show all by their
lonesomes. The personnel:

 

 

Gene
Ween-Vocals and Guitar

Dean
Ween- Vocals and Guitar

Bass and
Drums-

Yamaha Digital Audio Tape Deck

Kirk
Miller- Live Sound Engineer

 

 

 

 

 

 Now Music Video
Distributors is set to drop a document of just that. Due Nov. 11, the CD/DVD captures
Ween in full, uh, flight live at the Cat’s Cradle in Chapel
Hill, recorded Dec. 9, 1992.

 

 

It will also include a bonus DVD containing footage from the
same general time frame, filmed in the Netherlands
(Vera Groningen 10-31-91), Columbus OH (Staches 3-6-92) and WTSR radio in Trenton, New Jersey
(1-10-92).

 

 

 

See below for Dean Ween’s liner notes about the Chapel Hill show and a full tracklisting for the DVD.

 

 

***

 

 

“From
our first “real” concert in 1987 until the release of Chocolate and Cheese in 1994 we played
concerts as a duo–Aaron on vocals and acoustic guitar and me on electric
guitar with the bass and drums played from a cassette deck. Later on we
purchased a DAT machine for the backing tracks and this speeded up our show a
little. A typical Ween set was no more than an hour long, and we’d play about
24 songs in that amount of time. There was no jamming at all whatsoever. Things
are a lot different now. Every night we had to face the crowd pretty much
naked, there was nowhere to hide, no room for an off night. We did a lot of
talking to the crowd and one another between songs, we pretty much had to. We
faced a lot of hostile audiences when we were the opening act on a show. There
was a lot to hate about us but we won over a lot of people in the process because
of our sheer nerve. A lot of our closest friends feel that Ween live pretty
much ended when we switched to a traditional band format with a bass player and
drummer; I dunno about that but by the release of Pure Guava our show was no longer interesting to us. We were doing
a lot more touring and playing the same songs with no room for improvising had
gotten boring for us. Once we started releasing records and touring more as a
duo we got a lot better at it, we stopped caring about what the audience thought
of us and just focused on having fun onstage. This was when we maximized our
brownness. I don’t remember too much about this concert other than the fact
that we played the Cat’s Cradle a lot of times and in a few different
locations. Public Enemy had played the club a few nights before and blown up
the P.A. and our sound man Kirk Miller was pissed. I thought it was great
because Public Enemy are one of my favorite bands of all time and I was just
happy to be playing on the same stage. Our touring party consisted of Me,
Aaron, and Kirk Miller, our soundman and driver. Once we signed to Elektra we
added a tour manager, Paul Monahan, who would stay with us for many years.
Anyway, this is pretty typical of what we sounded like on a good night those
first few tours.”

 

 

 

DVD track list:

 

1.
Captain Fantasy (Vera)

2. You
Fucked Up (Vera)

3. Tick
(Vera)

4. Boing
(Vera)

5.
Listen To The Music (WTSR)

6. Don’t
Get 2 Close (2 My Fantasy) (Vera/Staches)

7. Cover
It With Gas And Set It On Fire (Vera)

8.
Seconds (Vera)

9.
Marble Tulip Juicy Tree (Staches)

10.
Gladiola Heartbreaker (Vera)

11.
Common Bitch (Staches)

12. The
Goin’ Gets Tough From The Getgo (Vera/WTSR)

13.
Reggaejunkiejew (Staches)

14. Old
Queen Cole (Vera)

15.
Shalom Absalom (WTSR)

16.
Don’t Laugh (I Love You) (Vera)

17.
Mountain Dew (Vera)