Recent Music Reviews and Upcoming Warren Haynes Christmas Jam Coverage

Here’s a look at my most recent articles and photos for Glide Magazine:

Show Review: Mike Doughty Plays Soul Coughing at Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro, NC, 11/21/13

Festival Review: IBMA Wide Open Bluegrass, Raleigh, NC, September 2013

Album Review: Mike Doughty – Circles Super Bon Bon….

The 25th Annual Warren Haynes Christmas Jam is coming up, and as always you can look to my twitter feed (@woundedtweeter) and possibly even the Glide Magazine Twitter as well (@glidemag) for up-to-the-minute updates on all the madness in Asheville. Happy trails! Enjoy a few photos from the aforementioned shows below.

Catherine Popper of Mike Doughty Band

Mike Doughty

All Star Jam

The Infamous Stringdusters

Steve Martin

Del McCoury Band

Sam Bush

Punch Brothers

Del McCoury

Greensky Bluegrass

Update: New Album Review and Two New Concert Reviews, Plus Photos

I’ve been stupid busy lately with shows. Thankfully I have a couple of weeks off until more great music rolls our way.

Here’s what I’ve been up to over the last few weeks:

Concert Review – White Denim, Maps and Atlases, Tiny Victories at Lincoln Theater, Raleigh, NC

Album Review – The Infamous Stringdusters, Silver Sky

Concert Review – Jimmy Herring Band & Victor Wooten Band, Carolina Theater, Durham, NC

Enjoy these shots from the shows!

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Ben Sollee and Daniel Martin Moore – Dear Companion Album Review at Glide Magazine

My review of the Ben Sollee and Daniel Martin Moore album Dear Companion is now up at Glide Magazine. The album features My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James as contributor and producer, and the proceeds from the sale of the album go to help combat the devastating practice of mountaintop removal. Read the review here and buy the album here.

Festival Update: High Sierra, Smilefest, and More

Now that things have cooled off from the intense, day-long Bonnaroo lineup announcement, let’s see how the rest of the fest world is doing, shall we?

Quincy, California’s High Sierra Music Festival has announced their lineup, and they’re keeping things relatively low-key this year, playing to their built in audience with acts like The Avett Brothers, Ozomatli, Femi Kuti and Positive Force, Railroad Earth, Bela Fleck with Edgar Meyer and Zakir Hussain, Dr. Dog, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, Cornmeal, Blitzen Trapper, the New Mastersounds, The Slip, The Infamous Stringdusters, Telepath, Zach Deputy, and more. It’s a modest but high-quality lineup befitting the event’s history.

The rejuvenated Smilefest has a slightly improved lineup, as Michael Franti and Spearhead, Jeff Coffin Mu’tet, Josh Phillips Folk Festival and Barefoot Manner (acoustic) have joined Acoustic Syndicate, Keller Williams, and a number of local artists. 1990’s-era jamband Quiver will also perform a reunion show at the event.

The Joshua Tree Music Festival keeps quietly adding new acts, such as New Orleans brass stunners Bonerama and mor eCalifornia talent such as The Heavy Guilt and Evaros.

February 19th will bring more news from the Nateva Festival, and March should be full of announcements from Mile High, Lollapalooza, All Good, Pitchfork, and maybe even some early leaks from Austin City Limits, along with “round 2” of Bonnaroo.

Festival Update: Rothbury, 10K Lakes Dark for 2010, Wakarusa Announced

It’s unfortunate that our first reporting about two of the Midwest’s best events – Rothbury and 10,000 Lake Festival – is that they aren’t happening this year. The 10K Lakes website makes no bones about the fact that finances are the issue, while Rothbury is more vague, stating that the performance and recording schedules of their desired artists have derailed their efforts to put on a “cutting edge” event this year. In other news, I have a nice mountaintop residence in Kansas I would love to sell to anyone who is interested.

Mulberry Mountain in Ozark, Arkansas will again host the Wakarusa festival the weekend of June 3-6, 2010. Their first wave of artists includes Sound Tribe Sector Nine, The Disco Biscuits, Zappa Plays Zappa, Slightly Stoopid, John Butler Trio, Lotus, Blues Traveler, Railroad Earth, Tea Leaf Green, ALO, Mofro, The Machine, Bassnectar, Boombox, Split Lip Rayfield, Ivan neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Trampled By Turtles, and many more.

Joshua Tree Music Festival continues to add to their ever-esoteric lineup, and the latest participants include Mexican Institute of Sound, Radio Devi, and D Numbers.

DelFest has added The Gibson Brothers, Uncle Earl, The Bridge, and Trampled by Turtles.

Our beloved Bonnaroo clue givers have been busy, and so far it looks like the solid lineup answers include Ingrid Michaelson, John Prine, Tinariwen, Dan Deacon, and Deadmau5, along with the other highly rumored acts.

Wounded Messenger’s Top 101 Albums of the Decade

I now understand the infatuation that music journalists have with making lists. As pretentious, biased, and personalized as lists are, they’re just as much fun to do. Especially this one, which I won’t purport to be the “best” albums of the decade, only my “favorite” albums of the decade. As for the number, well, I figure 101 is just as arbitrary as 100.

Over 200 albums made up my master list, and cutting it down to 101 was a brutal task. Deleting albums from the list was like deleting entire sections of time from the last 10 years of my life.

My favorite 101 albums of 2000-2009, in alphabetical order by artist:

!!! – Myth Takes
A Perfect Circle – The 13th Step
Acoustic Syndicate – Crazy Little Life
Air – Talkie Walkie
Alison Krauss and Robert Plant – Raising Sand
Andrew Bird – Noble Beast
Ani DiFranco – Reveling/Reckoning
Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavilion
Annuals – Annuals
Arcade Fire – Funeral
Avalanches – Since I Left You
Band of Horses – Everything All The Time
Beck – The Information
Boards of Canada – Geogaddi
Boards of Canada – The Campfire Headphase
Broken Social Scene – Broken Social Scene
Broken Social Scene – You Forgot It In People
Built to Spill – You In Reverse
Caribou – Andorra
Cat Power – The Greatest
Coldplay – A Rush of Blood to the Head
Coldplay – Parachutes
Comets on Fire – Avatar
D’Angelo – Voodoo
Death Cab For Cutie – Transatlanticism
Dr. Dre – 2001
Drive-By Truckers – Southern Rock Opera
Emeralds – What Happened
Explosions in the Sky – All Of A Sudden I Miss Everyone
Five Peace Band – Live
Flaming Lips – Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
Fu Manchu – King of the Road
Ghostland Observatory – Paparazzi Lightning
Gnarls Barkley – St. Elsewhere
God Is An Astronaut – The End of the Beginning
Gorillaz – Demon Days
Gorillaz – Gorillaz
Green Day – American Idiot
Hot Chip – Made in the Dark
Hot Chip – The Warning
Interpol – Turn On The Bright Lights
Iron & Wine – The Shepherd’s Dog
Jay Z – The Black Album
John Medeski, Robert Randolph, and North Mississippi Allstars – The Word
Kanye West – The College Dropout
Keller Williams – Stage
Kings of Leon – Because of the Times
Lake Trout – Another One Lost
LCD Soundsystem – Sound of Silver
Lupe Fiasco – The Cool
M. Ward – Hold Time
M83 – Dead Cities, Red Seas, and Lost Ghosts
MGMT – Oracular Spectacular
Michael Franti and Spearhead – Yell Fire
Midlake – The Trials of Van Occupanther
Mike Doughty – Golden Delicious
Modest Mouse – Good News For People Who Love Bad News
Mofro – Blackwater
My Morning Jacket – At Dawn
My Morning Jacket – Z
NERD – Fly or Die
Okkervil River – The Stage Names
Outkast – Speakerboxx/The Love Below
Oysterhead – The Grand Pecking Order
Prince Paul – Politics of the Business
Queens of the Stone Age – Songs For The Deaf
Radiohead – Amnesiac
Radiohead – Hail to the Thief
Radiohead – In Rainbows
Radiohead – Kid A
RJD2 – Dead Ringer
Secret Machines – No Where Is Now Here
SeepeopleS – The Corn Syrup Conspiracy
Sonic Youth – Rather Ripped
St. Germain – Tourist
Sufjan Stevens – Illinois
Super Furry Animals – Love Kraft
System of a Down – Mesmerize/Hypnotize
System of a Down – Toxicity
Tabla Beat Science – Tala Matrix
The Avett Brothers – Emotionalism
The Good, The Bad, and The Queen – The Good, The Bad, and The Queen
The Hold Steady – Boys and Girls in America
The Postal Service – Give Up
The Shins – Chutes Too Narrow
The Slip – Eisenhower
The Streets – A Grand Don’t Come For Free
The Strokes – Is This It
The White Stripes – Elephant
The White Stripes – White Blood Cells
Them Crooked Vultures – Them Crooked Vultures
Thievery Corporation – The Cosmic Game
Tool – 10,000 Days
Tool – Lateralus
Tortoise – Standards
TV on the Radio – Dear Science
TV on the Radio – Desperate Youth, Bloodthirsty Babes
Umphrey’s McGee – Safety in Numbers
Ween – White Pepper
Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Zero 7 – Simple Things

I hope everyone has a safe and fun New Year’s Eve, and I’ll see you next year for more travels through the world of music!

Album Review: Yonder Mountain String Band – The Show

“Out of the Blue,” the strongest song on YMSB’s The Show, leads off the album, and false hopes abound in the song’s galloping rhythm and focused songwriting. The Show quickly becomes a real head-scratcher for YMSB fans with song number two – “Complicated” – which shares more than just a name with the horrible Avril Lavigne song. Vocalist Jeff Austin sounds strained and unnatural, and the music is strangely unremarkable given the band’s past songwriting successes. Unlike their last studio effort, which was a polished and engaging album that subtly moved the band beyond the trappings of bluegrass, The Show just tries to be too different. “Steep Grade Sharp Curves” is one of their finer recent efforts, but that’s about the extent of it. The modern country stomp of “Fingerprint” sounds like it was written to appease the merch-buying masses, and the experience declines even more from there. I could go on about how each track – from the incredibly boring “Honestly” to the sappy “Dreams” to the intolerable “Isolation” – is equally dissapointing as the album goes along, but there’s no need to pile on. YMSB is a great band that made a pretty significant miscalculation here.

Rating: 4.9 out of 10

Music on the Mountaintop 2009 Review

My review and photos of the Music on the Mountaintop festival are now up at Glide Magazine’s Hidden Track blog.

News Fragments: Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Lineup, Sunny Day Real Estate Reunion, Phish Album Announcement, Virgin FreeFest

-San Francisco’s Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival has announced the initial lineup for the free event, which takes place at Golden Gate Park October 2-4, 2009. The first announced acts look just great, and the lineup includes Okkervil River, Del McCoury Band, Robyn Hitchcock, Aimee Mann, Allen Toussaint, Dr. Dog, Neko Case, Booker T. and the DBT’s, and many more. Hit their website for all the info.

-Virgin Mobile has downsized their summer music festival, and the event is now free. Virgin Mobile FreeFest takes place August 30, 2009 at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland, and will feature Weezer, The Hold Steady, Public Enemy, The National, Wale, Girl Talk, Franz Ferdinand, and more, plus a dance tent lineup.

-Alternative/experimental rock pioneers Sunny Day Real Estate have announced a reunion tour. I might break something if I see them referred to as “emo” again, so I’m posting this and not reading any more articles about the reunion for a while. Too bad they aren’t coming around here, only to D.C. and Atlanta. Just goes to show that Chapel Hill/Carrboro is now a far cry from the music mecca it once was.

Sunny Day Real Estate 2009 Reunion Tour Dates

09-17 Vancouver, British Columbia – Commodore Ballroom
09-18 Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
09-20 Murray, UT – Murray Theater
09-21 Denver, CO – Ogden Theater
09-23 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
09-24 Chicago, IL – Metro
09-25 Detroit, MI – St. Andrew’s Hall
09-27 New York, NY – Terminal Five
09-28 Boston, MA – House of Blues
09-30 Washington, D.C. – 930 Club
10-01 Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero
10-03 Atlanta, GA – CW Center Stage
10-05 Dallas, TX – Granada Theater
10-06 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live – Ballroom
10-07 Austin, TX – La Zona Rosa
10-09 Tempe, AZ – Marquee
10-10 Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
10-11 Los Angeles, CA – Henry Fonda Theater
10-13 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
10-15 Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory
10-16 Seattle, WA – Paramount Theater

Phish have announced the title and tracklist for their first album in 5 years. Joy will be released later this summer and will include many songs that have already been tested in the live setting. The tracklist is as follows:

1. Twenty Years Later
2. Backwards Down the Number Line
3. Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan
4. Light
5. Joy
6. Sugar Shack
7. Ocelot
8. Kill Devil Falls
9. I’ve Been Around
10. Time Turns Elastic