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The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger (Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl) at Joe's Pub on Thursday, Aug. 19. (Photos copyright 2010, Steven P. Marsh)
Enthusiastic reception for sean and charlotte’s band and preview of charlotte’s other project: the duo Kemp and Eden
It was a lovely, silly, weird scene at Joe’s Pub early Friday morning when The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, the band comprising Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl, performed what Sean described as the last stop on their “international tour.” (Though it sounds like his idea of international mostly involves going out of state!)
Sean Lennon mugs during his Joe's Pub set.
Lovely because their low-key chamber pop was full of beautiful melodies, deceptively good playing and smart lyrics.
Charlotte Kemp Muhl of The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger.
Silly because of the duo’s deftly goofy banter and off-kilter titles.
And weird, or maybe just surreal, for a lot of reasons. For instance, Sean’s ex-girlfriend (and current business partner), Yuka Honda, formerly of Cibo Matto, was front and center in the audience. At her side was Nels Cline, the awesome Wilco guitarist and The Nels Cline Singers frontman, who also happens to be Yuka’s fiance. Sean invited Nels onstage to sit in on one Saber Tooth Tiger song, and nearly sat in Will You Miss Me When I’m Gone?’s lap while briefing Nels.
Click through to the jump for news of Yoko Ono and a look at Charlotte’s other band! Continue reading
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Tagged Charlotte Kemp Muhl, Cibo Matto, Joe's Pub, John Lennon, Nels Cline, Sean Lennon, The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, The Nels Cline Singers, Wilco, Yoko Ono, Yuka Honda
After wrapping up a guest stint with The Nels Cline Singers at the Solid Sound Festival on Sunday afternoon, electronica/keyboard whiz Yuka Honda headed to Joe’s Field at MASS Moca to check her smartphone and then listen to Jeff Tweedy‘s wonderfully mellow solo set.
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Yuka Honda, left, guests with The Nels Cline Singers
If you expected vocals, you were disappointed by The Nels Cline Singers. But if you weren’t, this improvisational instrumental Wilco side project probably blew you away this afternoon at the Solid Sound Festival.
Wilco has already begun taking over the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. The three-day Solid Sound Festival, curated by Wilco, starts Friday.
A weekend of music and art, side by side in the Berkshires
If you haven’t made your weekend plans yet, you really should think about heading to the Berkshires for the Solid Sound Festival in North Adams, Mass.
Solid Sound is the band Wilco‘s takeover of the entire complex occupied by the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA), a fantastic 19th Century factory complex with an ever-changing lineup of modern art.
While the museum is no stranger to hosting music events and other performing arts, the Solid Sound Festival is likely the first event that turns over the entire place — in fact, a good chunk of downtown North Adams, to a single event. As the museum website notes:
Just want to visit the galleries? We recommend you come a different weekend.
We anticipate that more than 5000 people will attend the Wilco Solid Sound Festival August 14 + 15. While the galleries will be open to non-festival goers that weekend, visitors who are looking for a contemplative time in the galleries and easy parking should visit us on a different weekend or arrive as early in the day as possible.
Starting at 8 on Friday night, the complex will be filled with thousands of Wilco fans intent on seeing their favorite band’s only East Coast show of the summer. But this event is special, because Wilco has managed to line up a place where all its side projects and friends’ bands can play too.
If you can’t make it to the festival, or even if you’re there, be sure to check back for updates on Will You Miss Me When I’m Gone? and our Twitter feed.
(Festival details and links after the jump.) Continue reading
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Adventurous Chicago-based band Wilco has announced it will curate and headline the new Solid Sound Festival, an independently promoted and ticketed festival of music, art and comedy for three days this summer — Aug. 13-15 — at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) in North Adams, Mass. Early-bird tickets ($86.50 including fees and parking) will be available starting at 10 am ET tomorrow on the band’s web site.
Jeff Tweedy, center, and Wilco.
Wilco headlines the weekend, giving its only East Coast performance of the summer. Wilco side projects, including Glenn Kotche‘s On Fillmore, The Nels Cline Singers, The Autumn Defense featuring John Stirratt and Pat Sansone and Mikael Jorgensen‘s Pronto.
The Solid Sound Festival at MASS MoCA also will feature additional musical performances, a comedy stage, interactive installations and exhibits (including the Solid Sound Stompbox Station, an interactive guitar pedal exhibit created and demonstrated by Wilco guitarist Nels Cline, a concert-poster screening demonstration, planned workshops by luthiers and more), plus film, video installations and DJs.
The area is beautiful, with plenty of outdoor activities nearby as well as cultural attractions in Williamstown to the westPreview.
Ticketholders will have full access to the spectacular MASS MoCA campus, which offers 150,000 square feet of galleries. MASS MoCA, a renovated 19th century textile mill, is the largest center for contemporary visual and performing arts in the U.S. Art on display in the galleries during the festival includes the Sol LeWitt Retrospective, Inigo Manglano Ovalleʼs Gravity is a Force to be Reckoned with, Petah Coyneʼs Material World: Sculpture to Environment, Leonard Nimoyʼs Secret Selves and a new installation by Michael Oatman.
Stay tuned to Will You Miss Me When I’m Gone? for more details as they become available.
Buy your tickets now, because the price will rise to $99.50 after June 1.
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Tagged Glenn Kotche, Jeff Tweedy, John Stiratt, MASS MoCA, Nels Cline, Pat Sansone, Solid Sound Festival, The Autumn Defense, The Nels Cline Singers, Wilco