Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Inbox Update: Sigur Rós, 'Austin City Limits,' Joe Walsh comes to 'Daryl's House'

Whew! My inbox is stuffed! I can't make much of a dent in sharing all the goods, but here are three heavy hitters I had to post...

Sigur Rós has announced that the band will embark on their biggest north american tour to date, with a new show and the promise of brand new material. 

The band will perform across the U.S. in March and April 2013; every ticket purchased will include a digital copy of a three-track ep, containing new and unreleased music, made available to ticket holders on march 22, 2013.

Visit the band's official Web site tour page here for more details...

Austin City Limits announces Season 38 full line-up

Jack White returns to 'Austin City Limits'
Iconic PBS television series Austin City Limits (ACL) unveils the second half of Season 38 with a line-up that continues to exemplify the show's tradition of “Great Music, No Limits.” Eight brand-new shows begin airing in January 2013 as part of the music series' thirteen-episode season. Book-ended by returning favorites Jack White and Esperanza Spalding, ACL showcases an impressive roster of exciting performers, from talented newcomers to acclaimed legends.

Rock provocateur Jack White kicks things off on January 5, 2013 with a knock-out, full-hour performance. The extended line-up features a number of artists making first-time appearances, among them Austin's own rising star, blues-soul phenomenon Gary Clark Jr., Mexican guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela, spellbinding jazz-pop vocalist Kat Edmonson, punk rock icon Bob Mould, country superstar Tim McGraw, hard-hitting Southern soulsters Alabama Shakes, indie-folk band Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, roots-rockers Delta Spirit and indie sensation tUnE-yArDs. Completing the season are dazzling performances by Norah Jones and a full hour of Esperanza Spalding in the season finale.

“ACL takes pride in our eclectic mix of musical styles,” says Executive Producer Terry Lickona, “and we truly have something for everyone's taste in the second half of our new season – from rock and punk to country, pop, jazz, blues and Latin! Each artist has a unique and original style or sound, which is always our goal.”

It's been a banner year for ACL, which premiered in October with an unforgettable performance by Radiohead in their ACL debut and included new episodes with Bon Iver, Bonnie Raitt, Mavis Staples, Dr. Dog, The Shins, The Civil Wars and Punch Brothers. ACL gives viewers unparalleled access to featured artists in an intimate setting that provides a platform for artists to deliver inspired, memorable performances. The program is taped live before a concert audience from its new home at The Moody Theater in downtown Austin. The critically-acclaimed series will continue to broadcast fan-favorite encore episodes through the end of 2012, beginning with Mumford & Sons on November 17. Viewers can tune-in to their local PBS station for episodes; check local listings for times. For the complete episode schedule, visit acltv.com.

Season 38 | 2013 Broadcast Schedule
January 5, 2013     | Jack White
January 12, 2013   | Rodrigo y Gabriela
January 19, 2013   | Norah Jones / Kat Edmonson
January 26, 2013   | Bob Mould / Delta Spirit
February 2, 2013   | Tim McGraw
February 9, 2013   | Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros / tUnE-yArDs
February 16, 2013 | Gary Clark Jr. / Alabama Shakes
February 23, 2013 | Esperanza Spalding

New episode of Live From Daryl's House episode features Joe Walsh

Life begins at 60 for Live from Daryl’s House as the critically acclaimed, award-winning web-to-cable series celebrates its latest milestone with a visit from legendary Eagles and James Gang guitarist Joe Walsh, who combines with Daryl Hall for a mighty rave-up that also includes learning how to combine 42 ingredients into a tasty chicken mole. For the 60th and latest edition of the show, now available on over-the-air syndication, Daryl and Joe trade guitar licks and verses on the latest episode, which premieres Nov. 15 simultaneously at www.lfdh.com and Viacom’s high-definition music channel Palladia.

Daryl and Walsh hit it off right away, with roaring versions of the latter’s “Rocky Mountain Way,” cranking out his famed talk box, and “Life’s Been Good” that featured the two feverishly trading verses and guitar licks.  The two perform a pair of Hall solo numbers in “Somebody Like You,” the VH1 Behind the Music update of “Someone Like You,” from his 1986 solo album, Three Hearts in the Happy Ending Machine” and a take on “Wrong Side of History,” from his recent Verve Music Group solo album, Laughing Down Crying. Walsh also played “Wrecking Ball,” a track from the recently released Analog Man, his first solo album in two decades, and “Funk 49/50,” a gem from his early days in the James Gang.  In between, everyone dined on a delicious chicken mole, cooked up by Julieta Ballesteros, the chef at New York Mexican restaurant Crema.

“I was a kid in the Temptones back in Philly when I first heard ‘Funk 49,’” recalls Daryl. “Joe was one of the first to take that blues-rock groove and really funk it out. He’s one of the great guitar legends, an amazing musician. I couldn’t wait to play with him.”

Joe, who clearly enjoyed the experience, was equally enthused to play with Daryl. “He’s been a favorite of mine for a long time,” he said. “And I finally wound up on the East Coast with enough time to get up to Daryl's and represent. It was great to finally play some music with him. The band's great, the production crew's great, and I totally support the home-grown concept. Hope everybody enjoys the show as much as I did.”

Walsh took time during the show to tell of getting his first guitar, a $40 Sears & Roebuck Silvertone model after originally playing trombone and clarinet growing up. “I stumbled across the guitar, because I needed something I could play that wasn’t in my mouth, and that I could write music on,” he laughs. “I was never going to get any girls playing clarinet. Not that I got any playing guitar, but it was a lot more fun.”

Taking a cue from the title of his latest album, Analog Man, Walsh criticizes the “digital recipe” of most pop music today, explaining, “It’s all about the magic of a human performance.”

And there’s no better example of that than the interaction between Walsh and his host on the latest edition of Live from Daryl’s House, which turns Hall’s living room into a garage, with a slam-bang version of “Wrecking Ball” ending in what Daryl dubs, “a Neil Young moment.” There were more than several of those over the course of the episode.

The past five years have marked a steady stream of superlatives and recognition for Live from Daryl’s House, with Hall receiving a Webby Award for Best Variety series from more than 10,000 entries at the 14th annual ceremony at N.Y.’s Cipriani Wall Street before garnering an O Music Award from MTV last year. 

Along with airing every Thursday night at 11 p.m. (ET/PT) on Viacom’s high-definition music channel Palladia, Live from Daryl’s House is syndicated nationally by Good Cop Bad Cop Productions. Executive producers for the show include Hall along with his manager Jonathan Wolfson.

The 59 previous episodes of Live From Daryl’s House have featured a mix of well-known performers like Jason Mraz, The Voice’s Cee Lo Green, Booker T and the MGs, Blind Boys of Alabama, Rob Thomas, Train, Smokey Robinson, The Doors’ Robby Krieger and Ray Manzarek, Toots Hibbert, Nick Lowe, K.T. Tunstall, Todd Rundgren, Keb Mo, Dave Stewart, Goo Goo Dolls’ John Rzeznik and Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump along with newcomers such as Nick Waterhouse, Rumer, Chiddy Bang, Allen Stone, Nikki Jean, The Dirty Heads, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, Mayer Hawthorne, Eric Hutchinson, Chromeo, Matt Nathanson, Parachute, Plain White T’s, soul diva Sharon Jones, Diane Birch, L.A. neo-R&B party band Fitz & the Tantrums, hot new alternative band Neon Trees and veteran alternative mainstays Guster. 

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