Beach House: New Video + New Tour Dates

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February 4, 2013

Before releasing Bloom, we decided that we would only participate in “promotional” activities that we could control artistically and give substantial energy. We had previously been involved in too many live sessions, radio tapings, photo shoots, etc., where the outcome was far below our personal artistic standards. We also felt a need to distance ourselves from the “content” culture of the internet that rewards quantity over quality and shock over nuance.

The concept for Forever Still was about a year old when Pitchfork came to us about supporting and collaborating with us on a project that we really cared about

Forever Still is directly inspired by Pink Floyd’s Live at Pompeii. We wanted to perform in a non-typical setting without losing the spirit of our music. We felt the songs would resonate in a more majestic and spiritual landscape. The experience was an intense three nights of filming. Everyone involved in production and crew was benevolent in their time and talented in their efforts. We were very lucky to have the help and hard work of many people who aided and lent their abilities to our vision.

The basic concept is four songs performed from sunset to sunrise.
We tried to keep the edits minimal with long takes in order to focus on the energy of the songs, the landscape, and the physicality of live performance. The entire film was shot in or around Tornillo, Texas, where we recorded Bloom. Like Bloom, we hope that Forever Still is experienced as a whole, long form.

x. Beach House

March 19, 2013

Beach House Playlist

Beach House – New Tour Dates

June 6
9:30 Club
– Washington DC

June 7,8,9
Governor’s Ball
– New York

Thurs June 13
Neighborhood Theatre
-Charlotte, NC

June 14-16
– Manchester

Sun July 14
Cactus Festival
– Brugge

Tues July 16
Tivoli Oudegracht
– Utrecht

Sat July 20
The Iveagh Gardens
– Dublin

Sun July 21
Latitude Festival
– Southwold

July 23-28
Paleo Festival
– Nyon

Wed July 31
State Theatre
– Portland, ME

Aug 2-4
Osheaga Festival
– Montreal, CAN

Sun Aug 4
– Chicago, IL

Thurs Aug 8
Way Out West
– Gothenburg

Fri Aug 9
Oya Festival
– Oslo

Sun Aug 11
Flow Festival
– Helsinki

Fri Sep 6
Auditorio Blackberry
– Mexico City

Sourdes: Beach House, YouTube, Wikipedia, Google

L’Osservatore Romano Releases “Decent Best Rock Albums List”


“The Beatles, Oasis, Pink Floyd, Michael Jackson and U2 may be one step closer to paradise.

But Bob Dylan is still “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door.”

The Wall Street Journal reports the official newspaper of the Papacy, L’Osservatore Romano, which has previously denounced rock music as the devil’s work but in a surprise change of tune on Sunday the Holy See’s official newspaper published what it called “a semiserious guide” to the top ten rock and pop albums of all time.

The list included The Beatles’ “Revolver,” which was given the top slot, Pink Floyd’s “The Dark Side of The Moon”, Oasis’ 1995 bestseller “(What’s the Story) Morning Glory?” and Michael Jackson’s blockbuster “Thriller.”

“Some songs seem to have been written yesterday…. while others still send shivers down the spine for their illuminating simplicity and musical thrust” the writers of the article said about “Thriller.” Of Oasis’ record, L’Osservatore Romano said “the album was never equaled” in part because of the disruptive in-fighting by the Gallagher brothers, the leaders of the group.

vatikano-eoIn its 147 years as the Vatican’s newspaper of record, L’Osservatore Romano [presumably funded by God’s bankers] has rarely chased advertisers, or even news. Hard to find beyond the world’s smallest state, the Vatican’s daily paper largely dedicated its pages to theological monologues with headlines like “The Leprosy of Sin.”

Those days are over. Now, the Vatican mouthpiece has orders to carry hard-hitting news, international stories and more articles by women.

What the Vatican is calling their “little handbook of musical resistance,” is rounded out with Oasis’ (What’s The Story) Morning Glory?, U2’s Achtung Baby, Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours, Donald Fagen’s The Nightfly, Paul Simon’s Graceland, and David Crosby’s If I Could Only Remember My Name.

The article by Giuseppe Fiorentino and Gaetano Vallini said that Dylan was excluded from the list despite his “great poetic vein” because he paved the way for generations of unprofessional singer-songwriters who have “harshly tested the ears and patience of listeners” with their tormented stories.

The “little handbook of musical resistance” was published in an attempt to offer an alternative to mediocre and cheesy tunes that feature in Italian popular festivals like the 60-year old one of Sanremo, which starts Tuesday in the north-western Italian region of Liguria and is widely-watched on television.

The albums are perfect listening material for anyone who finds himself marooned on a desert island, the Holy See’s newspaper noted.

In the last two years, under new editor- in-chief Gian Maria Vian, L’ Osservatore Romano has shed some of its serious image and taken a more open approach, finding merit even in popular movies such as the “Harry Potter” series and “The Lord of the Rings”, The Wall Street Journal said.

Sources:: The Wall Street Journal, The Vatican, L’Osservatore Romano, God’s Bankers, Wiki, Google

Director of “Senna” To Film Documentary About Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse performing at Lollapalooza at Grant Park in Chicago on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2007.

Amy Winehouse performing at Lollapalooza in Grant Park in Chicago on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2007.

The late British songwriter/songstress Amy Winehouse will be the subject of a documentary film from director Asif Kapadia and Universal Music. Asif Kapadia, the director of an acclaimed documentary about the Brazilian auto racing champion Ayrton Senna (“Senna“) will next turn his attention to another life lived in a very different fast lane with a film about Amy Winehouse.

Winehouse rose to international fame with her second album, Back to Black, which has sold more than 12 million copies worldwide since its release in 2006. She died in 2011 of alcohol poisoning.

The Associated Press reported that Mr. Kapadia, whose film “Senna” won documentary prizes at the Bafta Awards and the Sundance Film Festival, will work with the producer James Gay-Rees (“Exit Through the Gift Shop”) to tell the story of Ms. Winehouse, the troubled soul singer who died at 27 from accidental alcohol poisoning in 2011.

The project will reunite Kapadia with producer James Gay-Rees, with whom he worked on the 2010 documentary “Senna,” which recounted the life and death of  Ayrton Senna.

The documentary about Ms. Winehouse, which does not yet have a title, will use previously unseen footage to tell the singer’s story and will be distributed by Focus Features International, which plans to introduce the project to buyers at the Cannes film market next month,  the company said.

Mr. Kapadia and Mr. Gay-Rees described the documentary in a joint statement as “an incredibly modern, emotional and relevant film that has the power to capture the zeitgeist and shine a light on the world we live in, in a way that very few films can.”

The filmmakers described Ms. Winehouse in the statement as “a once-in-a-generation talent who captured everyone’s attention; she wrote and sang from the heart and everyone fell under her spell.”

Their statement continued: “But tragically Amy seemed to fall apart under the relentless media attention, her troubled relationships, her global success and precarious lifestyle. As a society we celebrated her huge success but then we were quick to judge her failings when it suited us.”

The Winehouse family said in a statement reported by The Associated Press that, having been approached about many film projects, they believed that Mr. Kapadia and Mr. Gay-Rees would “look at Amy’s story sensitively, honestly and without sensationalizing her.”

In one of her many interviews, Amy Winehouse declared: “I know I’m talented, but I wasn’t put here to sing. I was put here to be a wife and a mom and look after my family. I love what I do, but it’s not where it begins and ends.”  Obviously she was talented. After seeing Amy Winehouse performing live, pretending today’s music has got the same soul is a creepy joke.

A very young Amy

Sources: AP, Universal Music, Asif Kapadia, Youtube, Wikipedia, Google

Finally, Woody Guthrie Comes Home: Tulsa Center Opens

Tulsa Center. Copyright: Tulsa Center

Tulsa Center. Photo copyright: Tulsa Center

Guthrie was, above all, a philosopher who gave a voice to the masses. His fearless take on the woes of working people taught his peers — and later generations — that, indeed, artists could change the landscape for the rest of us. His many songs, essays and poems often were considered subversive, but he wrote and sang as a true patriot.” ~ Tulsa World

It took Oklahoma a few decades (try four) to catch on to that Dust Bowl “upstart,” Okemah’s Woody Guthrie, and his folk legacy. But when it happened, Guthrie’s name, image and lyrics were branded onto t-shirts, festivals, media and parks.

Tulsa continues to give the traveling troubadour, poet and activist his due with the opening of the Woody Guthrie Center, 102 E. Brady St. At 1 p.m. Saturday, April 27.

The center of the center is the life of Woody Guthrie, the Oklahoma-born, left-wing songwriter who is best remembered for his song “This Land Is Your Land.” The original lyrics sheet for the song is centrally displayed in the center’s permanent gallery along with exhibits of Guthrie’s writings, drawings and instruments.

The 12,000-square-foot center will be the permanent home of these and other items and memorabilia for exhibition, education and research as well as a permanent exhibit on the Dust Bowl.

Wayne Greene (Tulsa World) wrote “for ordinary visitors, there are tunes and flashy interactive gewgaws. For scholars, there are 10,000 pieces of source material, including song lyrics, rare books, letters, manuscripts, journals, photographs and personal papers.”

Opening weekend events were free and open to the public. After the weekend, regular admission is $6-$8 with children under 5 admitted free.

Get a sneak peek with a photo slideshow

Visit the website that The Tulsa World dedicated in honor of Woody Guthrie’s 100th birthday in 2012.

Woody Guthrie performing in a NYC subway circa 1943

Woody Guthrie performing in a NYC subway circa 1943

Sources: Tulsa World, Woody Guthrie Archives, Wikipedia, Google

Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band – Barclays Center

Bob Seger @ Barclays Center

Bob Seger @ Brooklyn’s Barclays Center

Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band with special guest Joe Walsh brings their Rock And Roll Never Forgets 2013 Tour to the Barclays Center on April 16th.

Bob Seger is summer nights and long drives. His songs capture the romantic suburban fantasies of middle America that star drive-in movies and stolen moments of youthful passion. He’s a Midwestern boy through and through and he brought those open-fielded, sun-soaked memories of youth and freedom to Brooklyn on April 16, making an older crowd seem like a group of enthusiastic kids in the process.

Opening with “Detroit Made,” a John Hiatt cover, and an early dedication of the show to his daughter on her eighteenth birthday, Seger kept things personal from the start. He wore a genuine grin throughout the night as he moved across the stage in a surprisingly agile manner. Seger has a cartoonish presence and energy — his skinny legs usually bent to a squatting position as his hands would grasp tightly on to the microphone. He would bare bright white teeth through a gray beard (think growling puppy rather than vicious watchdog). In general, he commanded attention without aggression; his schtick is that of everyone’s dad or grandpa, and his random musings on the weather and walking across the Brooklyn Bridge for the first time humorously drove that home.

One thing the strong set list proved is how easy it is to forget the sheer number of hits Seger has had over his career and how embedded into the pop culture many of them are. “Old Time Rock and Roll,” “We’ve Got Tonight,” “Turn the Page,” and “Katmandu” were just some of the more rambunctiously received moments from the evening. He even pulled out “Like a Rock” about halfway through and stated how the song has been performed on tour for the first time in 26 years. The quick association with Chevy commercials for “Like a Rock” and a film like Risky Business built upon the transportive nature of the show and Seger’s music in general. For an evening, it was any year the audience associated the songs with and wanted to pretend never ended.


The end of the set featured two encores from the band and packed in the most epic hits from Seger’s songbook. “Against the Wind” proved to be an emotionally stirring moment and bled into “Hollywood Nights,” which elicited plenty of very necessary amateur karaoke from the crowd. The second round of the encore began with the perfect ode to the freedom of youth Seger often reflects on. The repetition of “I remember, I remember” felt strikingly poignant when considering the weight of a packed stadium’s memories being pinned onto each track. As the “I remember” portion faded out, the Silver Bullet band blazed into a rendition of “Rock and Roll Never Forgets,” a song that perfectly summarizes the trust we can place in good ol’ fashion rock ‘n’ roll to act as a personal time machine and record of what it means to be “young and restless and bored,” as he sang in the previous tune. To the artist and seemingly every member of the audience, that feeling is something worth protecting and reliving often, and maybe a Bob Seger concert is the best place to do exactly that.


Detroit Made
(John Hiatt cover)
Tryin’ to Live My Life Without You
(Otis Clay cover)
The Fire Down Below
Old Time Rock & Roll
All the Roads
Like a Rock
Travelin’ Man
Beautiful Loser
Roll Me Away
California Stars
(Billy Bragg & Wilco cover)
Come to Poppa
We’ve Got Tonight
Turn the Page
Sunspot Baby

Encore 1:
Against the Wind
Hollywood Nights
Encore 2:
Night Moves
Rock and Roll Never Forgets

Concert in Chicago

Source: Youtube, Wiki, Bob Seger System, Rolling Stone, Village Voice

Legendary Bob Seger’s Still The Same

seger-500-1366057346Bob Seger doesn’t do the things most rock stars do. He’s aged naturally, allowing his hair to gray and his waistline to expand. He’s never released a box set, a memoir, deluxe editions of his own albums, a documentary about his career or even a DVD. Most of his early albums aren’t even in print. There’s a beautiful simplicity to all this, and his career has still managed to flourish. He’s released only a single album in the past 18 years, but he stills packs every arena he plays.

A 79-year-old Michigan fan recently woke up from a five-year coma and instantly asked to see Seger in concert. She got her wish, and even went backstage to meet the man.

Seger lives mainly at his home in Orchard Lake Village, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit.

With a career spanning five decades, Seger continues to perform and record today. Seger was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2012. On January 10, 2013, Seger announced another tour in the US and Canada.

Seger played Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on April 16, 2013.

Some of Bob’s best songs

“Turn the Page” – There have been countless songs about the emotional toll of constant touring, but “Turn the Page” is the best. Bob Seger wrote it while on a particularly hard slog of a tour in 1972. He walked into a gas station in Dubuque, Iowa and all the locals glared at the big guy with the long hair. He’d been traveling the country for years with little to show for it and was extremely frustrated, and he poured all those feelings into the lyrics.

‘Still the Same’ – It took a decade of relentless work, but by 1978, Bob Seger was a full-fledged rock superstar. Live Bullet and Night Moves established him as a commercial force, and by the time Stranger in Town came out in May 1978, he had fans lining up in the stores. The album’s lead-off single was “Still the Same,” and it reached Number Four on the Hot 100. It was tied for the biggest hit of his career until “Shakedown” from Beverly Hills Cop II came out in 1987.

‘Hollywood Nights’ – Bob Seger’s career was on fire in 1978. He was packing arenas from coast to coast, and every single he released raced up the charts. “Hollywood Nights” – the second single from Stranger in Town – is the story of a Midwestern boy who finds himself in the bright lights of Hollywood (much like Seger himself). He meets a beautiful woman “born with a face that would let her get her way.” They have a wild time in Hollywood, until one morning he wakes up alone. (A Michigan girl would never pull such a move.) Despite the broken heart, our Midwestern boy is changed forever and wonders if he can ever go home. The song reached Number 12, but it’s not exactly Bob Seger’s life story. He still lives in Michigan and is as un-Hollywood as one can get.

“2 + 2 = ?” With Vietnam Footage – Framed around a central, Animal-esque hard riff driven by bass guitar, bass drum, and a fuzz guitar line, “2 + 2 = ?” is an explicit protest against the United States’ role in the Vietnam War and the drafting of young men to serve in it who will end up “buried in the mud, off in foreign jungle land.” It also captures the general generational divide of the time: And you stand and call me ‘upstart’ … Ask, what answer can I find? I ain’t saying I’m a genius; Two plus two is on my mind – Two plus two is on my mind. Allmusic writes that “2 + 2” is “a frightening, visceral song that stands among the best anti-Vietnam protests.” The recorded song had a dead stop, or sudden cut to silence, placed near the end. However, on the 45 version, there is a guitar chord added, not because the song needed it, according to, but because “radio stations fear dead air.” Also according to segerfile, it isn’t quite dead, because if you listen closely, someone comes in to break the silence a bit early. It was Seger’s first release with Capitol and under the Bob Seger System name. But as with much of Seger’s early efforts up to that point, the single was a hit in his native Detroit but went unnoticed almost everywhere else in the US. However, in Canada, it was actually a minor chart hit, peaking at #79. The song was subsequently included on Seger’s Ap

‘Beautiful Loser’ – Some songs simply work better live. The title track to Bob Seger’s 1975 LP Beautiful Loser didn’t even crack the Hot 100 when released as a single but in concert that year, it truly came alive, especially when he paired it with “Travelin’ Man.” The two songs merged seamlessly together, becoming a highlight of Live Bullet, taped at Detroit’s Cobo Hall in September 1975. Ten years on the road paid off, and by that point, Seger was a live act almost without peer. The record became a huge hit, and Seger’s faced nothing but success ever since.

“Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man” – Released early in 1980, Bob Seger’s Against the Wind bumped Pink Floyd’s The Wall off the top spot in the Billboard 200 and scored him a bunch more hits. The title track was the biggest success. It reached Number Five on the Hot 100 and reunited him with Glenn Frey of the Eagles. Just like on “Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man,” Frey sings background vocals – only this time, Frey was in the biggest band in America and not some unknown kid from Detroit.

“Roll Me Away” – Many 1970s rock giants struggled as MTV began taking over the airwaves in the early 1980s, but Bob Seger kept on scoring hits. It helped that he was delivering songs as powerful as “Roll Me Away,” a song about frustration, the desire to flee and finding redemption on the road. It’s been used in many movies, including The Mask and Armageddon. It’s also extremely effective live, and is regularly used as an opener.

“Main Street” – Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band entered the studio in 1976 with a lot of momentum. Live Bullet captured them an audience, and it was time to write those people a batch of new songs. They delivered. Like many tracks on the album, “Main Street” is a nostalgic look at Seger’s younger days. There are many Main Streets in America, but Seger is singing about the one in his childhood town of Ann Arbor. He sings about beautiful dancers and pool-hall hustlers, even though he watched them all from afar. It’s been a regular part of his setlist for decades.

Sources: YouYube, Wiki, Google, Bob Seger System, Rolling Stone

The National Debut Two New Songs on ‘Fallon’

The National

The National

The National visited Late Night With Jimmy Fallon last night and debuted two new songs off their forthcoming album, Trouble Will Find Me. The Brooklyn indie-rockers played a new song “Sea of Love,” and also the mesmerizing “I Need My Girl.”

The National have staked out a sterling reputation for smartly brooding indie-rock anthems. And no other band makes dark and stormy seem like ideal weather. Despite touches of wry humor, the material previewed so far from Brooklyn band’s upcoming album Trouble Will Find Me refines that strategy more than departs from it. That was particularly true in the group’s appearance last night on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, where they passionately performed two songs from the May 21 album, joined by elegant trombone and trumpet. On air, the crew romped through “Sea of Love”, which contains the album’s title phrase. As an online exclusive, they turned down the tempo for urgent, atmospheric ballad “I Need My Girl”.

Trouble Will Find Me is out May 21. “When we started, we weren’t exactly a cool band like the Strokes or Interpol… For years, we tried to prove we weren’t boring white guys,” singer Matt Berninger told Rolling Stone this month. “This time around, we didn’t have to prove anything.”

The band is also the subject of the new documentary Mistaken for Strangers, which opened the Tribeca Film Festival last week. Shot by Matt Berninger’s younger metalhead brother Tom, the film offers a light-hearted perspective on a band known for serious music.

Documentary by singer’s brother follows indie-rockers on tour

With The National’s tour documentary Mistaken for Strangers  which opened the Tribeca Film Festival on April 17th, the band has released a trailer for the movie shot by singer Matt Berninger’s metalhead younger brother, Tom.

Here, Tom goes behind the scenes and shows how different he is from Matt – who’s nine years older – as he follows the National from a roadie’s perspective. Tom shoots hilarious, intentionally out-of-touch questions at the band, like, “how famous do you think you are,” “how fast can you play” and “what kind of drugs and how many drugs have you done?” Tom comes off at times like an irritant, in typical little brother fashion, but his love for Matt is apparent, and his freewheeling spirit adds another perspective to a band known for serious, somber music.

Sources: Hulu, Tribeca Film Festival, Google, The National, Spin, Rolling Stone