You’re a fan of the Dave Matthews Band? And you want to know if there will be a tour this summer? Funny you should ask…

TourDates_imageIt’s not summer without a visit from the Dave Matthews Band. Tour dates were announced this morning and there’s only one Canadian date scheduled thus far: May 28th at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre. According to the band’s website, the public onsale is March 22nd but a fanclub ticket request period opens February 21st. More info here.  The band’s latest album, Away From The World, was released last September and was their sixth straight No. 1-debuting studio album.

Here’s “If Only”:

 

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Aaannnd we’re back!

_01-9374038e-c4e5-102f-a39e-0019b9d5c8dfPhew, that was one helluva commercial break, wasn’t it? So you may have noticed I’ve been away for a while. Why the extended vacation? I just found that I was suffering from life interruptus–just too much going on to devote any time to this thing. But as 2012 came to a close, I was talking to a couple of acquaintances about the history of sidetwo, and I thought maybe I’d try getting back to it. No promises, mind you–I’ll do my best as 2013 gets underway to post stuff, hopefully on a regular basis. If you like what you see, feel free to stay in touch, drop me a line, make suggestions.

So…let’s talk 2012. Everyone and their uncle puts out year-end “best of” lists that focus on the releases of the last 12 months. I’m taking a different approach. While my own list includes some of those, I also came upon all sorts of older music that while not actually new in 2012, these albums were new to me and my trusty iPod and would probably be on my own personal best-of list any year. Old stuff, new stuff… for me 2012 was a mixed bag, and that’s not a bad thing.

In no particular order, these are just some of the albums that were added to the rotation in 2012, new and old  (12 from ’12–get it?).

  1. Bruce Springsteen–Wrecking Ball (OK fine, this was my fave of the year. If you know me, you shouldn’t be surprised. After all, I did see him three times in 2012.)
  2. Love Train: The Sound of Philadelphia (An essential box set for fans of classic Philly soul.)
  3. Darry Hall–Laughing Down Crying (Just Hall, no Oates. A solid release from a pop veteran.)
  4. Emeli Sande–Our Version of Events (Disappointed I missed her opening set at the Coldplay concert. Great debut.)
  5. Rush–Clockwork Angels (The RnR HOF. About bloody time.)
  6. Alejandro Escovedo–Big Station (A great rock n roll record.)
  7. John Hiatt–Mystic Pinball (Another excellent release from one of the best American singer-songwriters out there.)
  8. Mumford and Sons–Babel (I can’t believe how huge these guys are.)
  9. The Gaslight Anthem–Handwritten (Another excellent band from New Jersey.)
  10. Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors–Passenger Seat (Never heard of ’em? Here’s your chance.)
  11. Dave Matthews Band–Away From The World (These are the Dave’s I know, I know…)
  12. John Lee Hooker–The Definitive Collection (The coolest bluesman ever.)

Hope your 2012 was awesome and have a Happy 2013. 🙂

The “Starting to Feel Like Summer” Shuffle Report

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The Shuffle Report: 10 songs I listened to, in order, on my iPod in shuffle mode at a given point in time. No editing, no skipping. It is what it is.

Finally. It’s finally starting to feel like summer. I don’t even mind the walk to and from the subway now. The actual ride itself…well, that’s another matter altogether. In rotation today:

1. That Was Me—Paul McCartney (Memory Almost Full) [Sir Paul continues to tour this summer, putting on three hour-plus shows. Amazing.]

2. Heavy—The Black Crowes (By Your Side) [A great album from start to finish from a soon-to-be on hiatus rock n roll band.]

3. Time Bomb—Dave Matthews Band (Big Whiskey and The GrooGrux King) [Catch them on the road this year if you can. They’re taking 2011 off.]

4. Phone Call—Joe Satriani (Flying In A Blue Dream) [A bouncy number from a the guitar master.]

5. Someone Somewhere (In Summertime)—Simple Minds (The Best of) [Great cut from 1982.]

6. Song About The Moon—Paul Simon (Hearts and Bones) [Like Paul Simon? Don’t have this album? Get it. One of his best.]

7. Lookout—Cheap Trick (At Budokan) [One of the best live albums. Really captures the band at their peak.]

8. Nina’s Dance—Tony Scott (Talkin’ Verve) [Ok, Cheap Trick into this acid jazz groove from 1967 can be a little jarring, but hey, that’s shuffle mode for ya. Sorry couldn’t find a link for this one.]

9. Stool Pigeon—Kid Creole & The Coconuts (Wise Guy) [Saw Kid Creole twice in the ’80s, as a headliner then as an opener for James Brown. They put on a helluva show.]

10. Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)—Marvin Gaye (15 Greatest Hits) [There will never be another like Mrvin Gaye. Superb.]

Lineup for Toronto’s Molson Canadian Amphitheatre Announced

The summer concert lineup in Toronto got it’s annual boost today with the announcement of a whack of shows scheduled for the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre. The Amphiteatre is a pretty good venue, although getting there, especially during the CNE at the end of August, can be a bit of a pain. But nothing beats seeing your favourite band at an outdoor venue on a warm summer night. Here’s the lineup thus far, with more shows to be announced:

Dave Matthews Band with The Felice Brothers – June 1
Sugarland with George Canyon and Stephen Kellogg & The Sixers – June 4
Jethro Tull with Procol Harum – June 18
Scorpions – June 27
Steve Miller Band- June 30
Iron Maiden with Dream Theater – July 3
Santana with Steve Winwood – July 11
Brad Paisley with Darius Rucker, Justin Moore, Steel Magnolia, Josh Thompson and Easton Corbin
– July 22
Kings of Leon – July 28
Canadian Carnage featuring Slayer and Megadeth with Testament – July 29
Tim McGraw with Lady Antebellum and Love and Theft – Aug 7
John Mayer – Aug 10
Great Big Sea – Aug 20
UPROAR 2010 featuring Disturbed with Avenged Sevenfold and Stone Sour – Aug 24
Rascal Flatts with Kellie Pickler and Chris Young – Sept 5
Blue Rodeo– date tba
City and Colour with Tegan and Sara and special guests – date tba

Tickets for Dave Matthews Band, Sugarland, Jethro Tull & Slayer/Megadeth are already on sale. Onsale dates for the rest are TBA.

Montreal gets Peter Gabriel; Toronto gets Dave Matthews

As mentioned in my last post, Montreal gets the lone Peter Gabriel date this spring. So now it’s Toronto’s turn to get the only date of what will sure to be a very hot ticket this year. Arguably one of the biggest touring acts around and a summer tradition, the Dave Matthews Band have announced their summer tour and Toronto gets the lone Canadian date. The band hits the stage of the Molson Amphitheatre Tuesday June 1st. Tickets go on sale February 26th. No word yet on ticket prices but based on what’s being advertised for some of the U.S. shows on the tour expect them to be in the $80 ballpark.

The band will be touring in support of last year’s excellent “Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King’. You can also catch them on the tube this weekend when they perform on the Grammys airing this Sunday night on Global. Here’s “Why I Am” from their latest disc, a killer track.

Sidetwo’s Decade Ending List, Part 3

And the hits just keep on coming, as we climb from 30 to 21. Dave Matthews Band, Alicia Keys, Elvis Costello, a couple of fine Canadian bands and…Neil Diamond? Say what? Yes, it’s true.

30. Why I Am–Dave Matthews Band (Big Whiskey And The GrooGrux King)

While I have always like the DMB, I haven’t been this hooked on one of their tunes since What Would You Say.

29. Tears Dry On Their Own– Amy Winehouse (Back To Black)

Can she pull herself together long enough to release a third album? Only time will tell. I would love another album like this one.

28. Another Day (That Time Forgot)–Neil Diamond (Home Before Dark)

Neil goes back to basics, and releases one of the best albums of his entire career. With help from the Dixie Chicks’ Natalie Maines, this one packs a punch.

27. The Road To Gila Bend–Los Lobos (The Town And The City)

In my book, these guys can do no wrong. 2010 will hopefully see a follow-up to this 2006 release and if we’re lucky, a tour. Check ’em out if you have the chance.

26. Tired of Waiting–The Trews (House of Ill Fame)

I love this album. The fact that they’re Canadian is a bonus.

25. No One –Alicia Keys (As I Am)

It’s the yearning in her voice. A killer single.

24. No Hiding Place–Elvis Costello (Momofuku)

He cranked this one out in just a few days. A gem of an album and highly recommended.

23. The Revolution Starts Now–Steve Earle (The Revolution Starts Now)

Remember how Elvis Costello was once labelled the Angry Young Man? Forget It. Steve has him beat by a mile. An amazing and passionate songwriter.

22. Think About It–Flight of the Conchords (Flight of the Conchords)

New Zealand’s gift to both music and comedy. Too bad there won’t be a third season of their HBO hit, so let’s hope there’s still more music to come. Band meeting, anyone?

21. Young Leaves–Attack In Black (Marriage)

Just a great sing-along. And the rest of the album is pretty good, too.

The “Hey, it’s warm out. Time for some ice cream!” shuffle report

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Since it was warm out, decided to take a stroll up to the neighbourhood B&R for some ice cream. Had something called Nutcracker Sweet–“Nut ice cream swirled with a sweet caramel ribbon and packed with macadamias, pistachios, cashews, hazelnuts, pecans, walnuts and almonds.” Suffice it to say, it was goooooooood. And of course, what’s a pleasant evening stroll without tunes? I couldn’t leave home without it. (Editors note: since the entire walk there and back only lasted the length of nine tunes, that’s all you get tonight, folks. I’m thinking though I gotta get me some more of that ice cream…)

1. Heavy Cloud No Rain–Sting (Ten Summoner’s Tales) [Great album, from start to finish.]
2. Last Train To Clarksville–George Benson (The George Benson Collection) [Yes, it’s the song by the Monkees. George released his jazzy take of this bubblegum classic 1968.]
3. Picasso’s Last Words–Paul McCartney (Band on The Run) [Drink to me, drink to my health. Indeed.]
4. Too Much Rain–Paul McCartney (Chaos and Creation in the Backyard) [A Macca twofer. Excellent.]
5. Thief In The Night–The Rolling Stones (Bridges To Babylon) [Love when Keith gets his slow blues groove on.]
6. Get Up Stand Up–Bob Marley (Legend) [Legend is right.]
7. When Your Mind’s Made Up–Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová (Once) [Great movie. Great soundtrack]
8. Another Park, Another Sunday–The Doobie Brothers (Very Best Of) [One of my favourite Doobie Brothers tunes.]
9. Lover Lay Down–Dave Matthews Band (Under The Table & Dreaming) [Beautiful track.]