Posts tagged "Black Crowes"

I already mentioned a few weeks ago how excited I am for the forthcoming Gary Louris/Mark Olson acoustic mini-Jayhawks reunion, but if you would like to one-up my ability to see two of the band members play together live, the entire mid-’90s lineup will be performing in Minneapolis on July 10 at the Basilica Block Party, where they’ll share a bill with the Black Crowes and Mat Kearney. As someone who can’t immediately think of a way to justify a trip to Minnesota, I’m trying to be thankful for whatever amount of Jayhawks I can get. [Billboard]

I already mentioned a few weeks ago how excited I am for the forthcoming Gary Louris/Mark Olson acoustic mini-Jayhawks reunion, but if you would like to one-up my ability to see two of the band members play together live, the entire mid-’90s lineup will be performing in Minneapolis on July 10 at the Basilica Block Party, where they’ll share a bill with the Black Crowes and Mat Kearney. As someone who can’t immediately think of a way to justify a trip to Minnesota, I’m trying to be thankful for whatever amount of Jayhawks I can get. [Billboard]

Jayhawks Reuniting For Summer Shows

I already mentioned a few weeks ago how excited I am for the forthcoming Gary Louris/Mark Olson acoustic mini-Jayhawks reunion, but if you would like to one-up my ability to see two of the band members play together live, the entire mid-’90s lineup will be performing in Minneapolis on July 10 at the Basilica Block Party, where they’ll share a bill with the Black Crowes and Mat Kearney. As someone who can’t immediately think of a way to justify a trip to Minnesota, I’m trying to be thankful for whatever amount of Jayhawks I can get. [Billboard]

I already mentioned a few weeks ago how excited I am for the forthcoming Gary Louris/Mark Olson acoustic mini-Jayhawks reunion, but if you would like to one-up my ability to see two of the band members play together live, the entire mid-’90s lineup will be performing in Minneapolis on July 10 at the Basilica Block Party, where they’ll share a bill with the Black Crowes and Mat Kearney. As someone who can’t immediately think of a way to justify a trip to Minnesota, I’m trying to be thankful for whatever amount of Jayhawks I can get. [Billboard]

I already mentioned a few weeks ago how excited I am for the forthcoming Gary Louris/Mark Olson acoustic mini-Jayhawks reunion, but if you would like to one-up my ability to see two of the band members play together live, the entire mid-’90s lineup will be performing in Minneapolis on July 10 at the Basilica Block Party, where they’ll share a bill with the Black Crowes and Mat Kearney. As someone who can’t immediately think of a way to justify a trip to Minnesota, I’m trying to be thankful for whatever amount of Jayhawks I can get. [Billboard]

Does This Gretchen Wilson Song Sound Familiar To You?


Take a listen to “Work Hard, Play Harder” by self-proclaimed redneck woman Gretchen Wilson–above, used in an ad for TNT’s Holly Hunter vehicle Saving Grace–and ask yourself: “Does this song sound familiar to me?” Because someone who heard it recently answered that question, “Hell yes, that song sounds familiar because I wrote it–well, at least the verses to it–17 years ago.” After the jump, the song that Wilson may have ripped off!

Yes, the Black Crowes are pretty hopping mad about the strong similarities between the verses of “Work Hard, Play Harder” and their own “Jealous Again”–so mad, they’ve issued notices of copyright infringement not just to Wilson, but also to Wilson’s parent label Sony BMG, publishing company J Money Music, and TNT. No response from the filed-against parties, but Black Crowes manager Peter Angelus said in a statement, “We find the musical verses of Wilson’s song to be such an obvious example of copyright infringement that I expect all parties to reach a relatively quick resolution to avoid litigation.” I just have one thing to add: If that resolution could involve replacing Wilson’s track with “Jealous Again” in the ads, it would really liven up my daily Law & Order rerun watching.

Gretchen Wilson – “Work Hard, Play Harder” [YouTube]
Black Crowes – “Jealous Again” [YouTube]

Jackson Hole Music Festival

tupelo.jpegLooking for another summer festival to hit, but not wanting to go much farther than say…Jackson Hole, Wyoming? Well get psyched for the weekend of August 16th, when the Black Crowes, Medeski Martin and Wood, Kaki King, Wilco AND Son Volt entertain folks at the inaugural two-day Jackson Hole Music Festival. Wilco and Son Volt, people. Wilco and Son Volt. I smell the unthinkable. [Jackson Hole Music Festival]

tupelo.jpegLooking for another summer festival to hit, but not wanting to go much farther than say…Jackson Hole, Wyoming? Well get psyched for the weekend of August 16th, when the Black Crowes, Medeski Martin and Wood, Kaki King, Wilco AND Son Volt entertain folks at the inaugural two-day Jackson Hole Music Festival. Wilco and Son Volt, people. Wilco and Son Volt. I smell the unthinkable. [Jackson Hole Music Festival]

<em>Maxim</em> Writer Says Those Infamous Two-And-A-Half Circles Were Added To His Previews After The Fact

AP05052104626.jpgAs week one of Crowesgate draws to a close, we’ve heard from a lot of people regarding Maxim’s decision to run “previews” of upcoming Black Crowes and Nas albums as actual reviews despite those albums being unavailable to critics and just plain unfinished, respectively. We’ve read the Crowes’ initial irate reaction to Maxim‘s journalistic gaffe and Maxim‘s lame mea culpa. Nas weighed in, wondering who gives credence to a review in Maxim in the first place, and even the neologism-challenged CNN newsroom added their own half-cocked commentary. But one party we’ve yet to hear from until now is David Peisner, who wrote the previews/reviews/who-the-hell-even-knows-anymore in question. Going on record with the LA Times, Peisner claims his Maxim higher-ups did assign him to write previews, and he only found out they had been bumped to the reviews section when the issue hit the stands.

“I’m a freelance writer. I was assigned to write previews of the Black Crowes and Nas albums. I did that. When the issue came out, the previews were laid out as reviews complete with star ratings. I never at any point or to anyone claimed to have heard these albums in their entirety. Whatever decisions Maxim made after I turned in my work were beyond my control.”

While anyone who writes professionally knows how little control you can have over your own words once they’re in the hands of an editor, the Times does note that the “previews” Peisner was purportedly contracted to pen were written in a voice that sounded kinda like opinion, opinion rendered by someone who had at least given the albums a desultory spin or two, rather than a guy issuing an “educated guess.” But surely that confusion merely confirms the more jaded responses to this (sadly not much of a) “scandal,” that the Black Crowes getting uppity over a middling review just (needlessly?) re-underlined how little difference there is between one brand of generic music mag blurb and another these days, that the blandishments and limp digs passed off as “criticism” are largely differentiated from “previews” by that blurb’s location in the publication and whether or not it’s got little stars or a number grade with or without a decimal point. As this story drags on, the Crowes are rejecting Peisner’s attempts to disassociate himself with his employer’s actions, and Maxim has yet to issue an official response to its writer’s claims.

Exclusive Maxim Scandal Updates: David Peisner Speaks! [LA Times]

CNN Reclassifies Black Crowes As “Grunge,” Remains Blissfully Ignorant Of The Concept Of “Irony”

Presenting two CNN anchors who, in the sliver of time that they’re allotted to discuss one of the day’s biggest soft-news stories, find themselves musing over the true meanings of an official statement from Maxim that they haven’t seen. And said statement is regarding a review they haven’t read. And it covers a band they’re completely unfamiliar with (although they do know that Kurt Cobain isn’t the Black Crowes’ lead singer)! Who said that there were no good examples of journalism out there in the world? [HT: Gawker]