Dispatches From Beardsville: Leonard Cohen to hit the road with huge tour of the world

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Folk legend Leonard Cohen has been off the road for a fair while now, so to compensate his fans he’s going on a monster tour of just about every country in the entire world to play hits old and new. The mammoth tour kicks off on the 6th of May and ends in Vienna in August. Along the way he’ll stop at Glastonbury, The Big Chill and some places I’ve never even heard of in the Eastern Bloc. Exciting stuff! Read over for a very long list of tour dates!

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Should you believe the Bon Iver hype?

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02BonIver.gifLast week Laura Barton in The Guardian banged on at length about Bon Iver, who I’d seen mentioned many times in my blog-trawls but hadn’t bothered investigating. Bon Iver is the stage name of Justin Vernon, and every article written about his album For Emma, Forever Ago is obliged to mention that he recorded it alone in a log cabin in Wisconsin after some personal strife.
Sounds a bit too good to be true as a biography for a singer-songwriter, dunnit? “Skinny Love” is one of his tracks that’s been getting a lot of attention recently; check him out performing it last year at The Bowery Ballroom in NYC over the page and make up your own mind.

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I Don't Like Them As Much As I'm Supposed To: Ryan Adams

Dispatches From Beardsville, I Don't Like Them As Much As I'm Supposed To

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ryanadams.jpgRyan Adams is pretty much adored by everyone I know. He’s a bit country, a bit punk, a bit folk, a bit rock’n'roll… which ticks all my boxes. So why can’t I get into him? I bought Heartbreaker and Gold all those years ago, and, in fairness, the former contained a couple o’ numbers that were stone cold killers. ‘Oh My Sweet Carolina’, ‘Winding Wheel’ and the one that opens the LP… can’t remember what it’s called now… were all great. Things looked promising. Had I found my new Gram Parsons?
Gold came up next in my collection, and ‘Answering Bell’ was a gorgeous slice of country-rock… but the rest of the LP? Can’t remember a thing. Y’see, I’d hoped that Adams was gonna grab country music by the balls and really go for the jugular. Show-stopping rockabilly numbers and tunes made for crying into your beer, you know?

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Neil Young added to Roskilde bill

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Neil Young shows sell out fast. Worse still, they ALWAYS cost an arm and a leg. So, how do you go about watching the great man? Well, one answer is to catch him at a festival, which is handy as Young has been added to this year’s Roskilde Festival bill.
Young last played the Danish festival in 2000 and returns to plug his latest LP ‘Chrome Dreams’. On the bill, Young will be playing with Radiohead and My Bloody Valentine. Not bad eh? The festival is hosted near Copenhagen and takes place from July 3 – 6. More news, info and ticket details can be found at www.roskilde-festival.dk. Young kicked off his UK leg last night in Edinburgh and he’ll round-up these shores with dates at the Hammersmith Apollo ( March 5/6/8/9/11/14/15) and Manchester Apollo (11/12). Click over to see a video of Neil in action. [via Uncut]

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Dispatches From Beardsville: Richard Thompson to play Royal Festival Hall

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Richard-Thompson1.jpgThere’s no getting away from it. Richard Thompson is not a cool-looking man. However, it’s almost criminal that Thompson is so unknown throughout Britain. I mean, he’s the Brit folk equivalent to Jimi Hendrix! He’s one of the true survivors of the 60s and is still knocking around and performing his own works, as well as those from legendary psychedelic folkies, Fairport Convention.
Of course, I’m not chattering on about Richard Thompson for no reason. No, the news is that he’s announced that he’ll play a special one-off solo show in London in May, notably at London’s Royal Festival Hall on May 24. For those still interested, special guest at the concert will be singer Mary Gauthier. Tickets and more details about the event are available from: www.southbankcentre.co.uk. Click over for an ace Fairport Convention video.

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Dispatches From Beardsville – A Hawk and a Hacksaw tour UK in Spring

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AHAAH.jpgPeople who go on about Gogol Bordello don’t know a damn thing. I’m looking at you, NME readers. If you dig the Eastern European vibration, then skip the Disney punk and gun straight for the insanely brilliant A Hawk and a Hacksaw. Thankfully, they’ll be playing live quite a lot in the not too distant future.
Spring sees the group performing as support during the Portishead tour of the UK. After they’ve got that done, it’s off out onto the road on their own. Dates are; April – 9 Manchester Apollo,
10 London Hammersmith Apollo, 11 Lancaster Yorkshire House, 12 Edinburgh Corn Exchange, 13 Wolverhampton Civic, 14 Birmingham Glee Club, 17 London Brixton Academy. May – 9 Belfast Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, 10 Cork Cyprus Avenue, 11 Dublin Boom Boom Boom, 12 Aberdeen the Tunnels, 13 Glasgow the Arches, 14 Leeds Hi-Fi Club, 15 Bristol the Thekla, 16 Minehead Butlins (EITS ATP) You’ve no excuse to not see one of the most incredible live bands on the planet. Get booking. Now. [via DiS]

Dispatches From Beardsville: It was 43 years ago today… that Britain got its Dylan (or "It's a Donovan Anniversary")

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donovan_.jpgOn this very day in 1965, Pye Records announced to the world (or at least to anyone who was listening) that they’d signed ‘the British Bob Dylan’. Which reedy-voiced acoustic bard was to step up and doff a cap? Of course, it was folk legend Donovan.
Donovan came to fame pretty quickly as Britain was ready to have a Dylan of its own. A series of live performances on Ready Steady Go! saw his popularity grow and ultimately spread to the US. Now he was taking on Dylan on his own turf. A few number ones later proved that Donovan was more than ready to take a pop at the crown of folk.

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Iron and Wine giving away downloads of live shows – how kind!

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Toilet faves (hang on… that don’t sound too good) Iron and Wine (aka Sam Beam) are two things. Incredibly and brilliantly hirsute, talented and generous (hang on… that’s three… but I wanted to do some more brackets). Other than the studio released LPs and EP with Calexico, Sam Beam is now giving away music to everyone… for free!

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Dispatches From Beardsville – Neil Young 'Archives' won't see CD release; fans go mad

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neil_young---.jpgOh dear. Neil Young has made everyone go a bit mental. Why? Well, everyone has been getting rather excited over the prospect of his ‘Archives’ series. This series was to comprise of boxsets and live releases documenting his entire career through unreleased studio and live recordings. That’s everything from Buffalo Springfield through Crosby Stills Nash and Young, to solo.
Young, speaking to US publication Hollywood Reporter at the premiere of the Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young film ‘Deja Vu’ at the Sundance Film Festival, has said that the first volume will now only be presented on the new Blu-Ray format and DVD. Yep. That’s no CD, vinyl or download. Young said: “I know it’s in technical production now, but it’s only coming out on Blu-ray and DVD. There won’t be CDs. Technology has caught up to what the concept was in the first place [and] how we’re able to actually present it. But there’s no doubt it will come out this year.”

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Dispatches From Beardsville – Leonard Cohen to go on world tour?

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leonard-cohen-.jpgLeonard Cohen has been a little quiet of late. Well, in fairness, he’s always been pretty quiet. His rich melodious baritone murmur made a nation of hippy hearts swoon. So with that, you’ll be pretty pleased to know that Mr Cohen might be going on a world tour. A posting on Leonardcohenforum.com reads: