Tuesday, March 07, 2006

The Wood Brothers @ Joe's Pub

I have seen a countless number of MMW solo appearance and side projects and out of all of these Chris Wood's current solo project is by far my favorite. Perhaps it is because The Wood Brothers sound is so radically different from Medeski, Martin, and Wood's music. It may also have to do with the fact that Oliver and Chris are writing some great songs. The Wood Brother played a great set tonight at Joe's Pub to celebrate the release of their new cd. The set which featured almost their entire new album "Ways Not To Lose". Kenny Wollesen sat in for the second half of the set and his minimalist drumming added a great new dimension to their sound. I would like to see the Wood Brother's add a few more covers to their set. Chris and Oliver will be on tour for the next few days so be sure to check them out.
The Wood Brothers 1
The Wood Brothers 2

One More Day
Chocolate on my Tongue

See more photos here.

R.I.P Ali Farka Toure

Since I am a little lost for words I am going to quote my friend who spent the past two years in Africa. Here is what he had to say "When I was in Mali everyone was saying he was in France and really sick. They dedicated the festival in the dessert to him and the festival on the river so I guess it was not looking good. He left behind a lot of great music for us all to enjoy and I feel privilaged to have seen him once live. One of the great musicians of all time."
Here is what CNN had to say, "Two-time Grammy Award winner Ali Farka Toure of Mali, one of Africa's most famous performers, died Tuesday after a long illness, Mali's Culture Ministry announced. He was in his late 60s."(read more at CNN.com)
Downloads(both are yousendit links):
Ali's Here
Mali Dje

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Medeski, Martin, & Wood Spring Acoustic Tour

Medeski, Martin, and Wood will perform four very special acoustic shows in April:
4/5/06 Albany NY - The Egg
4/6/06 New York NY - The Concert Hall at the NY Society for Ethical Culture
4/7/06 Philadelphia PA - Kimmel Center
4/8/06 Huntington NY - Inter-Media Art Center
Tickets are onsale for all of these shows. To get you excited about these shows here are two songs from an all acoustic show at the Carriage House Theatre, Villa Montalvo Center for the Arts, Saratoga, CA on September 19, 1999.
Angel Race(I'll wait for you)
Hey Joe