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Bob Dylan’s MusicCares Tribute Concert Due On DVD – But What About Dylan’s Speech?

Dylan giving MusicCares speech.

The MusicCares Bob Dylan tribute concert from earlier this year which honored Dylan as 2015 MusiCares Person of the Year will be released on DVD, according to Billboard magazine.

The concert, which took place on Friday February 6, 2015, included performances by Bruce Springsteen, Jack White, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Norah Jones, Tom Jones, Los Lobos, John Mellencamp, Alanis Morissette, Willie Nelson, Aaron Neville, Sheryl Crow, Bonnie Raitt, Derek Trucks, John Doe, Jackson Browne and Neil Young. It is expected that they will all appear on the DVD.

As of now, it’s not known if Dylan’s 35-minute MusicCares speech will be on the DVD. In an earlier version of this post I reported that it would be included but that was an error. For now there is no info about the speech being included.

Dylan personally chose the performers and the songs they would sing at the MusicCares event.

Here are the songs performed:

Beck – “Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat”
Aaron Neville – “Shooting Star”
Alanis Morissette – “Subterranean Homesick Blues”
Los Lobo – “On A Night Like This”
Willie Nelson – “Señor (Tales Of Yankee Power)”
Jackson Browne – “Blind Willie McTell”
John Mellencamp – “Highway 61 Revisited”
Jack White – “One More Cup Of Coffee”
Tom Jones – “What Good Am I?”
Norah Jones – “I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight”
Dereck Trucks And Susan Tedeschi – “Million Miles”
John Doe – “Pressing On”
Crosby, Stills & Nash – “Girl From The North County”
Bonnie Raitt – “Standing In The Doorway”
Sheryl Crow – “Boots Of Spanish Leather”
Bruce Springsteen – “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door”
Neil Young – “Blowin’ In The Wind”

Hear excerpts:

The DVD release date has yet to be announced.

You can read the Billboard story here.

Meanwhile you can read the Dylan speech here.

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Video: Jack White Covers (Briefly) Beck’s ‘Devil’s Haircut’ & Much More in San Francisco

Jack White with new short haircut in San Francisco.

At his show last night, Jack White covered some of Beck’s “Devil’s Haircut” during “Sixteen Saltines.”

The show took place at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, CA.

Skip to the 11 minute mark to hear “Devil’s Haircut,” or better yet, enjoy all 11-plus minutes which includes some of a”Lazaretto,” “Steady As She Goes,” and “Sixteen Saltines”/”Devil’s Haricut.”

More of the show:

“Fell In Love With A Girl”:

“Just One Drink”:

“Bead Leaves and the Dirty Ground”:

“Temporary Ground”:

“Love Interruption”:

“Hotel Yorba”:

Theremin Madness with guitar:

“Top Yourself”:

“You Know That I Know”:

More “You Know That I Know”:

“Hypocritical Kiss”:

“I’m Slowly Turning Into You”:

“Ball and Biscuit”:

“High Ball Stepper”:

“Seven Nation Army”:

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Beck Covers Prince’s ‘1999’ at the Montreal International Jazz Fest – Video

Beck went from “E-Pro” into Prince’s “1999” last week at the Montreal International Jazz Festival.

Sean Lennon on cowbell.

Beck Covers Prince’s ‘1999’:

[In August of this year I’ll be publishing my rock ‘n’ roll/ coming-of-age novel, “True Love Scars,” which features a narrator who is obsessed with Bob Dylan. To read the first chapter, head here.]

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Video: Watch Beck Do ‘Waking Light’ & ‘Say Goodbye’ on the ‘Tonight Show’

Last night on Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show Beck peformed “Waking Light” and then did “Say Goodbye” for the web.

Both are from his new album, Morning Phase.

“Waking Light”:


Beck performs ~ Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show by HumanSlinky

“Say Goodbye”:

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Video: Watch Beck Do ‘Blue Moon’ & ‘Wave’ on ‘Saturday Night Live’

Last night Beck was on “Saturday Night Live” and he performed “Blue Moon” and “Wave.” For both songs he was joined by Josh Tillman, aka Father John Misty.

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Listen: Stream Beck’s Transcendent ‘Morning Phase’ Right Now

We’ve been waiting six years for a new album from Beck.

Now Morning Phase, Beck’s long-awaited followup to Modern Guilt, is here.

You can stream it now, a week in advance of release, at NPR’s first listen.

In his discussion of the album at the NPR website, Tom Moon writes:

The thumbnail summary already circulating for Beck’s 12th full-length album goes like this: It’s a sequel to Sea Change, the brooding 2002 record frequently mentioned as his masterpiece.

This is useful, to a point, for placing Morning Phase in a general neighborhood. But, like so many descriptors flying around, it doesn’t convey much about the work itself — especially since “sequel” is often shorthand for “copy,” which this most certainly is not. To get a sense of the latest turns in Beck’s journey, go directly to “Wave,” one of several pieces from Morning Phase built on the entrancing string orchestrations of David Richard Campbell, the singer-songwriter’s father. Here, you’ll find no conventional strumming, no weepy pedal-steel guitar, no drums at all — just low strings droning in support of a disconsolate, almost detached vocal. Through the somber haze comes a melody defined by strangely upturned half-steps, culminating in unsettling repetitions of the word “isolation,” over and over.

“Wave” has little in common with what most think of as pop music — and, for that matter, with what most think of as Beck music. Even those who know Sea Change will be surprised by the song’s stark sense of drama. In a recent All Songs Considered interview, Beck describes the long interval between Morning Phase and 2008’s Modern Guilt as a process of rediscovery. He was contending with personal issues, including a serious back injury that prevented him from performing, and when he found it difficult to write for himself, he devoted his energy to covers of classic records and writing for other artists (his 2012 Song Reader, the sheet-music folio, is one byproduct). It took him a long time to develop the new album, he says, because he’d been challenging himself to write in different ways — and didn’t always believe that the results were worth sharing.

Listen to the album here.

Listen to Back talk about Morning Phase here.

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In The News: Bruce Springsteen, Swans, John Lydon, Neutral Milk Hotel, De La Soul & More

Bruce Springsteen in Adelaide. Photo via Bruce Springsteen’s website by Jo Lopez.

Check out photographer Jo Lopez’s photos from Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band’s second night in Adelaide, Australia on February 12, 2014. — Bruce Springsteen website

The Swans have completed their 13th studio album, To Be Kind, out May 13th. To Be Kind will contain 10 Swans songs and clocks in at over two hours. Guests include St. Vincent. One song, “Bring The Sun,” is 35 minutes in length. — Rolling Stone

Roland has announced that the company is producing a new 808/909 hybrid drum machine that it’s calling the TR-8. “With the TR-8, we have obsessively analysed and faithfully re-created every detail and nuance of the analogue circuitry of these legendary rhythm machines,” Roland states in its description of the TR-8. “The boom and snap of the 808. The thud of the 909. The robotic click of an 808 rim shot or a classic 909 snare roll. It’s all here.” — Pitchfork

Former Sex Pistols frontman John Lydon will write an autobiography with music journalist Andrew Perry as his Boswell. Simon & Schuster plans to publish the book in October. “This book is basically about the life of a serious risk-taker,” Lydon said. “I make things safe for other people to follow on in my wake. I’m a stand-up-and-be-counted fella – but that’s in a world where nobody seems to be able to count.” — New Musical Express

Beck, Kendrick Lamar and Neutral Milk Hotel will headline this year’s Pitchfork music festival, which takes place in Chicago July 18 – 20, 2014. There will be a DJ set from Giorgio Moroder, and performances from Grimes, Pusha T, Kathleen Hanna’s the Julie Ruin, Sun Kil Moon and Tune-Yards. — Billboard

Da La Soul, celebrating the 25th anniversary of 3 Feet High and Rising, have made their entire catalog—including remixes, instrumentals and rarities—available free for download on their site until noon ET tomorrow, February 15, 2014. So get on it NOW and get the music while you can. — De La Soul website

Bob Weir rebooted RatDog last August and the group is currently touring for the first time since 2009. The lineup is bassist Rob Wasserman, bassist Robin Sylvester, guitarist Steve Kimock, drummer Jay Lane and keyboardist Jeff Chimenti. RatDog is mixing Grateful Dead songs, RadDog originals, other Bob Weir songs and various covers. — jambands.com

Kimono Kult is the new group that includes former Mars Volta members John Frusciante and Omar Rodríguez-López plus Bosnian Rainbows’ Teri Gender Bender. Check out “La Canción De Alejandra” off their debut EP, Hiding in the Light, due out March 4, 2014.

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In The News: Beck, X, Savages, Dylan, U2, Sky Ferreira, Prince & More

Sky Ferreira will perform on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on February 28, 2014.

Arcade Fire violinist Sarah Neufeld has a new EP and you can stream it right now.

U2 will perform “Ordinary Love” for the first time live at the Oscars on March 2, 2014.

Former X singer Exene Cervenka is holding a four-day garage sale that started today, getting rid of decades worth of cool stuff so she can relocate from L.A. to Austin, Texas. “I have eight guitars – nobody needs eight guitars!” she said. — Rolling Stone

Maggie Estep, an important figure in the early-’90s slam poetry movement died Wednesday, two days after suffering a heart attack. She was 50. — New York Times

Bob Dylan will perform two shows in Ireland this summer. He’ll be in Cork at Live at the Marquee on June 16, 2014, and then play in Dublin at the O2 on June 17, 2014. — The Independent

Beck will appear on “Saturday Night Live” as musical guest on March 1st, the Saturday following the release of his new album, Morning Phase.Rolling Stone

Savages will release an EP later this year that will include the track “Fuckers.” Singer Jehnny Beth told Australia’s Tripple J radio: “We’re going to release a song that we play live called ‘Fuckers’. We recorded it live from a show did in London last fall at The Forum. It’s going to be available on vinyl as well. We’re also be covering a Suicide track called ‘Dream Baby Dream’.”

Kitten’s new “Money” video features Chloe Chaidez in bed with Ariel Pink. I reminds me of Andy Warhol’s film, “Beauty No. 2” staring Edie Sedgwick.

“Beauty No. 2”:

Prince performing “Chaos and Disorder” in Shepherd’s Bush Empire on February 9, 2014:

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Audio: Listen to New Beck Track, ‘Waking Light’

New Beck song, “Waking Light,” off his upcoming album, Morning Phase, due February 25, 2014.

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Listen: Stream Beck’s New ‘Blue Moon’ Song

Beck’s “Blue Moon” is the first song off his upcoming album, Morning Phase, that we get to hear in full.

Morning Phase will be released February 25, 2014. I can’t wait to hear the new album.

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