With us on the west coast to play some shows at Chateau St. Michelle, Outside Lands Fest, and Vina Robles Amphitheatre, it seems a fitting day to release Podcast Ep. 72 An Aquarian Exposition Pt 2 countingcrows.com/Podcast In which Day 2 at Woodstock begins more in fits and starts than anything else. The acoustic folk music of Day 1 was supposed to give way to the electric rock and roll of Day 2 but instead, the biggest rock concert ever got stuck in, of all things, traffic. Dig.
Thanks for all the b’day wishes y’all. It was a good day. Today is too because we get to announce that the Canadian indie rock band Wintersleep is joining the lineup for our fall Underwater Sunshine Fest at Rockwood Music Hall. Charlie Ericson digs deep to intro the band to the UWS fest family. Read about it here: https://bit.ly/31eb5l7
Ep. 71 An Aquarian Exposition Pt 1 countingcrows.com/Podcast If you ever do something really cool and all your friends come over along with all their friends and a few hundred thousand friends of friends of friends so it’s basically the most people ever in one place and some bands play and everybody gets really fucking high and has a good time (except for a guy who gets run over by a tractor and someone who doesn’t take their insulin) and then fifty years pass without anything like that really ever happening again...we’ll probably decide to do some podcasts about that shit too. Day 1. Woodstock. Dig it.
Ep. 70 The Great Glaspy countingcrows.com/Podcast If Scott Fitzgerald had heard Emotions And Math, his book might’ve had an entirely different heroine. We have...so we do. Margaret Glaspy is simply fucking amazing and we spend a podcast talking about just that. Also...I am completely hot as a woman. Somebody smash me puh-leeeze.
Ep. 67 You Get What You Need countingcrows.com/Podcast In which the boys talk to the completely awesome Kiley Lotz, the brilliant singer/songwriter behind Petal, check out her Garden Sesh, and then have an epic chat with the legendary Cyndi Lauper and her bandmates-for-the-night Hollis Brown all about growing up in Queens and playing rock and roll. Plus...dig my killer Keston Cobblers' Club t-shirt!
Weird to think about Oracle closing. I spent a lot of my childhood there. Saw ELO there in 78 on Out Of The Blue, Springsteen on Born In The USA, The Police On Synchronicity, Roxy Music on Avalon, a bunch of Grateful Dead Shows. LOTS of @Warriors games, saw the California Golden Seals Hockey Team beat the Rangers in ‘75. Just a great place. Lots of memories.
Dig this! You can now go check out the new Counting Crows Playlist on TIDAL! http://listen.tidal.com/playlist/2ec4f0b1-e046-4934-a88e-21c69d4d677a
Big day today. Not only did I get out of bed and make it to the Golden State Warriors game but we’re also announcing that THE HUNTS The Hunts ARE PLAYING Underwater Sunshine Fest In Nov. at Rockwood Music Hall. Staffer Charlie Ericson writes "Listening to Darlin' Oh Darlin' brings you closer to the natural world in a joyous, surprising way, as though you've gone on a walk in the woods and heard harmonies blowing through the trees." #Check his profile out https://underwatersunshinefest.com/articles/2019/the-hunts
Ugh. I’m annoyingly sick but it’s still time for the Underwater Sunshine Podcast Ep. 66 Avant Gardeners countingcrows.com/Podcast James is out of town recording this week so we spend this podcast on Garden Sessions and interviews with Maria Taylor, Cameron McGill & What Army, and Ryan Hamilton. You’re not going to want to miss this one. We talk about stuff. PS. Thanks to courtney barnett for the title assist
For me, the best measure of our fest’s success is that bands want to come back. We want that too. Marcy Playground returns to Underwater Sunshine Fest this November 8-9 at Rockwood Music Hall. Katie writes about her experiences w/them last time as we welcome them to the Fall 2019 Festival “To say their live performance is a punk act is an understatement. They’re a freight train. Keefe and Lavie are both masters of complicated rhythms and time signatures, and that guitar solo from “Everything I’ve Loved I’ve Left” should have tipped me off that Woz was basically just biding his time until he could get an electric guitar and an amp in his hands. I was overwhelmed by crashing walls of melody and volume.” https://underwatersunshinefest.com/articles/2019/marcy-playground Pics by Z & Dan Vasta
Ep. 65 Superstar Trek III The Search For Spock countingcrows.com/Podcast In which we talk not a whit about Spock, Dr or Mr, and instead concentrate solely on Superstar’s brilliant 1988 release Palm Tree, which is either their masterpiece or…well, not, depending on whether you simply happen to think some other record is…or, I suppose, isn’t, as the case may be. How do you feel about run-on sentences? I love them sometimes…but…well, not all the time.
Pondering thoughts of deep complexity/gravitas/lunch while doing research for the podcast and thinking how happy I am to announce another artist for the next Underwater Sunshine Fest: the pride of Denton, TX Claire Morales ...which reminds me of something @James Campion once said: “Our musical landscape needs more artists like Claire Morales. Her songs are weird. And great. But weird. ... All of it tends to straddle uncomfortable in that way in which draws you to artforms like music in the first place.” Yeah...what he said. Check out James’ Profile of Claire here: https://underwatersunshinefest.com/articles/2019/claire-morales
Ep. 64 Jesus Christ……Superstar! countingcrows.com/Podcast We continue the epic tale of the Bellshill Glasgow kids we began in the "Teenage Superstars" episode by taking a deep dive into the music of one of my all-time faves: Joe McAlinden and his amazing band SUPERSTAR. This is music that’s completely out-of-print and unavailable. You can’t hear it on Spotify and it’s nearly impossible to find a copy of this album anywhere. There’s really only one place you can easily hear this music and that is RIGHT HERE. Underwater Sunshine presents….SUPERSTAR!
Oooops?! You can take the boy outta San Francisco, but ya can’t take San Francisco outta the boy... Immy sez Greetings (and Dead Heads unite)! A couple of weeks ago my buddy Tom Freund called me to help out on some tunes, and THIS just sorta happened at my home court Boulevard Recording in Hollyweird (thanx Clay Blair)… Tom Freund: Upright Bass, Vocals, Inspirato Wally Ingram: Drums, Percussion Yours truly (Bindi Boy): Mandola, Pedal Steel, B-Vox Justine Bennett: B-Vox Enjoy! Itunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/i-know-you-rider-single/1463582125 Napster: http://us.napster.com/artist/tom-freund/album/i-know-you-rider?ocode=social_user&pcode=social_user&cpath=Link&rsrc=album
See you in San Francisco on Friday, August 9th at Outside Lands Music Festival! Single Day tickets on sale now! https://on.sfoutsidelands.com/trk/2l6h
Ep. 63 It’s Onliest Rock n Roll countingcrows.com/Podcast We stick with the #GardenSessions for one more week, this time featuring the incredible Twinspeak music of Ganessa & Tiffany James’ band Onliest, our interview with Roan Yellowthorn, and the wild visionary folk music of Teddy Thompson. You’re gonna flip. Dig it.
Checkout Adam's "5 Songs That Blow Me Away" at the Rolling Stone link below. https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-features/counting-crows-adam-duritz-interview-hop-along-sunflower-bean-831739/ https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-features/counting-crows-adam-duritz-interview-hop-along-sunflower-bean-831739/
I cannot believe we get to add Onliest to our lineup for the November 8-9 Underwater Sunshine Fest at Rockwood Music Hall. Their #GardenSessions in April blew my mind and I told everyone that night that we HAD to get them for November. Katie writes of the palpable joy & tenderness they infuse into their music for their band profile, check it out here: https://bit.ly/2HcoTEq #onliest #underwatersunshinefest #indiemusic #nycindiemusic #freemusic #freemusicfestival
Ep. 62 Skout’s Honor countingcrows.com/Podcast We stick with the #GardenSessions but this time we begin by announcing one of the bands we discovered playing their Garden Session who are going to be playing the next Underwater Sunshine Fest in November... Skout ! Plus we play the Garden Session and our interview with Fort Frances and finish up with some Amy Vachal and a little Matt Sucich. Dig the good word!