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Glen Phillips In The Chapel

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I finally had a chance to participate in "Sofa Sundays" with Glen Phillips last night via the fine folks at StageIt, which is a whole 'nother conversation. But while I was checking that out, somebody in the chat room mentioned that Fuel/Friends had recently posted an entry in their Chapel Sessions series featuring Glen, which I was completely unaware of!

[Clearly, my Toad radar is on the blink, dammit.]

Glen's going to be on the road in the coming weeks with a Cleveland date (which I can't wait for) at the Winchester on Saturday, May 19th.

Here's a link to check out his complete schedule of upcoming shows....including some dates later this year with Grant-Lee Phillips!

Until he makes it to your fine city, I'm sure you'll enjoy this session.

Heather from Fuel/Friends writes (and I agree):

Glen is one of the most lovely, wrenching songwriters that I know of who is still plugging away intelligently from those bands I loved in the ’90s. There is a specific timbre his voice hits that other longtime fans will understand when I say just slices through all those deadened layers that calcify around my insides. Just a straight shot through. As the years pass, I hear him harnessing a certain type of weariness –no, quietness, maybe– but also there is still that bubbling current of hope and a satisfaction with the lives we have woven together from all of this crazy life.

Click on over and check it out here.

By the way, a recent interview updates the status of the in-progress Toad the Wet Sprocket reunion album and Phillips says that “it could be out later this year and that will be something since we haven’t made an album in 16 years.”

Having heard a couple of the new songs during the band's performance here last year at the Kent Stage, the new album should really be something to look forward to.

Glen pic via Opticality


Setlist: Fountains of Wayne at Beachland Ballroom, 4/24/12

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The song selection was delectable, the offbeat sense of humor seemed to be fully intact and overall, it was just nice to have Fountains of Wayne back in Cleveland.

I thought it was 2009...but no, it was 2007 that was the year of my last Fountains of Wayne encounter. There were two great encounters that year in fact, one of them being a performance at the Virgin Festival that found me seeing FOW and Cheap Trick back to back. Now that's an awesome day.

Since then, there have been road trip worthy shows that I've missed, including the mouth watering acoustic tour (damn! damn! damn! I should have gone!) and finally a new album this year, the crowd pleasing Sky Full of Holes.

As is the case with any Fountains of Wayne album, you develop favorites and a hit list of songs both old and new that you hope they might play live.

When they came to the Beachland Ballroom on Tuesday night (with frontman Chris Collingwood wearing a trucker's hat, looking somewhat like he'd wandered in straight from a hunting expedition), they did a pretty good job of covering the bases with a setlist that served up a choice selection of songs from the new album ("a fairly recent release by our standards," they quipped from the stage) and some great deep cuts and favorites from the back catalog.

There are songs that I would have liked to have heard from the new album which went unplayed (hmmmm...."A Road Song," to name one) and others that I was quite happy to hear like "A Dip In The Ocean!"

If you've heard "Hate To See You Like This," you'll appreciate the humorous mismatch of the venue disco ball that they chose to feature during the song. Or depending on your point of view, perhaps it was completely appropriate.

As Girlfriend Annie said, they just need to rock out the classic rock covers album and get it out of the way - the mid-song medley of rock classics in the middle of  "Radiation Vibe" was an extremely convincing argument in favor of such a project - we think they'd knock it out of the park.  [Honorable mention to bassist Adam Schlesinger who pulls off an awfully convincing Frampton lead vocal when he's not helping to co-write awesome power pop songs.]

The setlists have been fairly fluid with songs rotating in and out, so if your favorites aren't present here, there's a good chance that they still might pull it out on an upcoming night when the tour hits your city.

It's a show not to be missed.


Little Red Light
Someone To Love
Red Dragon Tattoo
Leave The Biker
No Better Place
The Summer Place
Richie and Ruben
Hey Julie
Fire In The Canyon
A Dip In The Ocean
Hate To See You Like This
Mexican Wine
Radiation Vibe (with excerpts from: Everybody Wants Some (Billy Squier), Double Vision (Foreigner), Jet (Wings), Do You Feel Like We Do (Peter Frampton), Twilight Zone (Golden Earring), White Wedding (Billy Idol)


Cemetery Guns
Stacy's Mom
Sink To The Bottom

(80 minute set)


Marty Stuart Aims To ‘Tear The Woodpile Down’ With New Album

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Many, many moons ago, I got a promo of Marty Stuart's newest album at the time, This One's Gonna Hurt You. With titles like "Me & Hank & Jumpin' Jack Flash," I could tell that for a country guy, Stuart probably liked to rock.

So I put the album on and for approximately one album, I became a huge Marty Stuart fan. I kind of lost track of Stuart after that, although I always kept an eye and ear trained to see what he was up to. A few years ago, he was back in Cleveland for a fascinating evening of conversation at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame that included stories of his time spent as a member of Johnny Cash's band as Johnny was preparing for his final "victory lap" that would come around in the '90s.

One thing that has always impressed me about Stuart is that he puts his cards right out there on the table. You never really have to guess who Marty Stuart is trying to be from album to album. He just sounds an awful lot like Marty Stuart, with a clearly defined definition laying out what that is.

On his new album Tear The Woodpile Down, Stuart defines that by saying that "today, the most outlaw thing you can do in Nashville, Tennessee is play country music."

But it wasn't always that way, because as he notes, "when I first came to Nashville . . . the most outlaw thing you could possibly do around here was to take country music and blow it up into rock & roll. Mission accomplished!"

So Marty Stuart has made a great country album, 10 tracks deep and to take his outlaw ways even further, he wrote most of the songs himself. Recorded with his band, the Fabulous Superlatives, Stuart is joined by some special guests (including Hank III and Lorrie Carter Bennett), but he doesn't need any of them - Tear The Woodpile Down stands as the same kind of great Marty Stuart album that I heard back in 1992, no enhancements needed and it's highly recommended.

Hear four tracks from the album here and if you dig it, you can grab a free download of the title track via the widget below. [And if you reaaaaalllly like it, Marty won't mind it a bit if you should decide to buy the whole dang thing, which is in stores tomorrow (Tuesday, April 24th).]


Metallica Resurrects The ‘Snake Pit’

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You've got to hand it to Metallica - when they decide to be nostalgic about things, they really do it right.

From the latest newsletter:

As you may have heard, the theme of our summer trek through Europe is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the release of the Black Album by playing it in its entirety at all 16 shows. And what would a tour of the Black Album be without a snake pit???? For those of you who were with us almost 20 years ago for the summer of ’92-’93 tours, you might recall that diamond shaped pit extending from the middle of the stage, well it’s baccccckkkk for our little summer vacation!

Granted, they might not look and sound exactly like this...


Musical Notes: Bonnie Raitt, Counting Crows, Vinyl

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There's quite a bit to enjoy about today's slate of new releases.

First of all, Bonnie Raitt makes a very welcome return with a new album Slipstream, in which she splits the production duties between herself and veteran Joe Henry. The results are something that your ears will love.

For the download folks, Amazon has it for $7.99 and on the analog tip, you can also grab it on vinyl!

Bonnie hits the CLE on May 23rd with Marc Cohn handling the opening duties and with any luck, I'll be there.

Also out today: Underwater Sunshine, the new album from the Counting Crows. Hopefully you got a chance to stream it over the past couple of weeks. If not, today's a great time to get your hands on it.

Adam Duritz says there will be a vinyl release, so stay tuned for that.

But since we're talking vinyl and Counting Crows, I have to give big thanks to @emw1968 for the heads up that August and Everything After will be coming out on limited edition 180 gram vinyl on June 5th. Details are a bit sparse, but there's a pre-order link here. It looks like Rock Classics will be pressing this title.

A couple of weeks ago, I tweeted my wishes for vinyl editions of August and also Recovering The at least part of that wish is coming true!

Among the other releases out today: The new album from Scars on 45 is finally on the streets and if you think Todd is God, you'll probably want to get your hands on this new vintage Utopia live release.

Along those lines, my comrade Will Harris chats up Todd as the latest subject of his Set List series.

Lots to dig!



Discovering Wally

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"Wally" is a rather nondescript name when you see it on an album cover. It could be a one man band project or the musical vanity plate for a band driven by the principal songwriter. In this case, Wally is a British progressive band that for nearly 40 years has been most active via the vinyl albums gathering dust in the collections of the music fans who once knew them.

Born in the early '70s, Wally first caught the eye of  Old Grey Whistle Test host Bob Harris at a Melody Maker competition that they did not win. But they won the interest of Harris, who really liked what he heard.

"I liked the swirling sound they made...acoustic guitar, electric guitar, fiddle, Fender Rhodes piano and pedal steel guitar. I liked their harmonies, the way their voices matched. I liked their influences...David Crosby, Jackson Browne and Neil Young. But most of all I liked Roy Webber's songs."

Harris helped to get the band a contract with Atlantic Records and co-produced the band's self-titled debut album with the help of Rick Wakeman of Yes, who also had seen one of the band's early gigs and been drawn in to what he heard.

Despite some prominent support in their corner, Wally never really caught fire, despite touring heavily for several years and they eventually faded away after the release of their second album Valley Gardens.

For most semi-obscure bands, that's where the story ends. But for Wally, they put the band back together thirty years later and played some well-received reunion shows. Then it was time to go back in the studio to record Montpellier, a new album made up of surviving song ideas first conceived at the time they were working on their planned third album for Atlantic, plus some newly written material that came to life in the studio.

Knowing the material's pedigree, you can certainly hear the vintage threads in the music they put down in the studio. But at the same time, it sounds remarkably current, when laid end to end with the progressive music that is still being made today. The Wally sound is an interesting hybrid that is both psychedelic and country-infused. Webber's songwriting for me, recalls some of the elements that I really love about Mark Knopfler and Dire Straits, both from a guitar and vocal standpoint.

"Thrill Is Gone"  digs in for the kill a mere three tracks into the album, with some hefty guitar shredding and soloing throughout the track, which is a bluesy barn burner that comes a bit out of nowhere after the first couple of songs which are quite sedate by comparison.

"Giving," the album closer, features beautiful guest vocals from singer/songwriter Rob Reynolds and although I don't know the connection between Reynolds and the band, his guest appearance accentuates and elevates what is one of the finest moments on the album and a beautiful wrap to Montpellier.

This is Wally today. Released by Gonzo Multimedia, it's a very welcome rebirth of a band that might not have been known by many, but perhaps there will be many who will finally get the chance to rediscover them on their second time around.

Gonzo will also reissue the first two Wally albums shortly, expanded with bonus tracks. We'll be looking forward to it!


Genesis: Come Rain Or Shine

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I just watched Come Rain or Shine, the Genesis film that documents the preparatory process as the band and their crew worked to get ready for the first Genesis tour in 15 years. The film has been showing recently on VH-1 Classic (and apparently, you can also watch it on Hulu - see below) and it really is a must see if you're a Genesis fan.

Packaged initially with the When in Rome concert DVD, Come Rain or Shine is anything but filler bonus content. It really gives you a very frank look behind the work that went into the 2007 Turn It On Again Genesis reunion tour. It was especially interesting to see how involved the band was in the whole process - right down to watching and working intently with the crew to help them eliminate the problems and figure out how to hit the video cues correctly for "Domino."

The European leg of the tour was plagued with other problems of the wet variety - of the 22 shows on the tour, it rained at 18 of the dates....and yet, Genesis soldiered on, delivering the goods each night for the fans who had waited a long time for the opportunity.

The Turn It On Again tour was my first Genesis concert experience. Certainly, I'd seen many Genesis shows on video and heard many more via audio, but after making the big mistake of passing up the chance to see them on the We Can't Dance tour, there was no way that I was going to miss what might be my only chance to see Genesis in person.

So many years into the adventure, the vocal keys of many of the songs had been adjusted to compensate for the revised vocal range of Phil Collins. It was jarring when I first saw it on television, but by the time I saw the show at Quicken Loans Arena here in Cleveland, it didn't matter - it was still Genesis and they put on a great show.

Watching Come Rain or Shine and also the recently released Phil Collins solo Blu-ray Live at Montreux, it makes me a bit sad to think that we might never see Phil Collins, the drummer, ever again due to his back and spine issues that he says will keep him from drumming. Luckily, both Collins and Genesis are so well preserved on video, there's plenty to watch.

Watch Come Rain or Shine via Hulu


Lion’s Den!

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I never thought I'd hear this one outside of listening to it on my copy of Tracks, so I was severely geeked to see (well, virtually anyway) Bruce Springsteen pull out "Lion's Den" last night at the first MSG show. Now that they appear to have worked up a nice arrangement for the band, I would be perfectly okay if they should decide to air it out again at the Cleveland show on April 17th.

Wow! Enjoy the moment for yourself here below.

Props to Clark Kent for the excellent filming on this one....Superman, indeed.

Blogness has the complete setlist here.