DYLAN DIGS IN —Bob Dylan played in Seoul, South Korea on Friday night (July 27) and changed his setlist a little to include songs that he rarely goes to. The 1971 Dylan composed The Band song “When I Paint My Masterpiece” was played for the first time since 2011.
“When I Paint My Masterpiece” was recorded for The Band’s Cahoots album, but Dylan also recorded his own version with Leon Russell in New York in March 1971. Bob’s version would later surface on Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits Vol. II two month of the release of The Band version.
Dylan also dug back to the 1979 Grammy Award winning Slow Train Coming album to perform “Gotta Serve Somebody.” The song won the Grammy for Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Male on that 1979 broadcast.
Slow Train Coming was a number one album in Australia so inclusion of the song in the Australian setlist will go down well.
Slow Train Coming was Dylan’s first of a trilogy of Christian albums. John Lennon replied to the song with his own song “Serve Yourself.”
Bob Dylan setlist South Korea 27 July 2018:
“All Along the Watchtower” (from John Wesley Harding, 1968)
“Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right” (from The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, 1963)
“Highway 61 Revisited” (from Highway 61 Revisited, 1965)
“Simple Twist of Fate” (from Blood On The Tracks, 1975)
“Duquesne Whistle” (from Tempest, 2012)
“When I Paint My Masterpiece” (from Greatest Hits Vol II, 1971)
“Honest With Me” (from Love and Theft, 2001)
“Tryin’ to Get to Heaven” (from Time Out of Mind, 1997)
“Make You Feel My Love” (from Time Out of Mind, 1997)
“Pay in Blood” (from Tempest, 2012)
“Tangled Up in Blue” (from Blood On The Tracks, 1975)
“Early Roman Kings” (from Tempest, 2012)
“Desolation Row” (from Highway 61 Revisited, 1965)
“Love Sick” (from Time Out Of Mind, 1997)
“Autumn Leaves” (from Shadow In The Night, 2015)
“Thunder on the Mountain” (from Modern Times, 2006)
“Soon After Midnight” (from Tempest, 2012)
“Gotta Serve Somebody” (from Slow Train Coming, 1979)
“Blowin’ in the Wind” (from The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, 1962)
“Ballad of a Thin Man” (from Highway 61 Revisited, 1965)
LES MESS — Ronan Farrow’s expose in the current New Yorker on CBS mogul Les Moonves certainly was certainly an eye opener Friday, when it was released online. Farrow of course is the one who exposed the Harvey Weinstein situation and that set for the stage for a major revamp in the entertainment biz. When I first read the piece, I immediately thought this was the next round for Shari Redstone (Sumner Redstone’s daughter), who is locked in a bitter fight with Moonves and CBS. However upon more investigation, I found out that this article had been in the works for many, many months.
That said, it appears that Moonves, an old-school entertainment player from years back, is guilty as charged. Whether the CBS shareholders will let that fly is anyone’s guess, although I can’t imagine him not being shown the door; with a generous parachute for sure. Let’s not forget, CBS’ Charlie Rose’as ultimate fate.
Moonves, now married to Julie Chen, came up in the ranks as a major player. His stints at Warner Brothers TV and Lorimar, quite legendary.
Producer Chuck Lorre, at the current TCA events in L.A., said he couldn’t really discuss the Moonves- mess, but did say, you can’t create comedy when you’re frightened.
The outpouring of support for Moonves has been quite impressive. I can’t predict what will happen, but when you have shareholders involved, you’ve got to act responsibly and act promptly. Moonves has consistently been a successful player in TV and you’ve got to wonder, what would CBS be like without him? Quite a choice I’d say.
DAEODON’S MASK — DAEODON, the broad-ranging, post-grunge doom-rockers named for the pre-historic creature which roamed North America over 19 million years ago, delivers music with “teeth” on its sophomore EP, Media Mask.
Due for release Aug. 24, Media Mask spans across multiple genres and follows no traditional music conventions or formulas, drawing influence from Zeppelin and Sabbath to Soundgarden, Deftones, A Perfect Circle, Mastodon and Faith No More. Rife with hard-driving, precision riffs, spacious, ethereal moments, extreme highs and lows and passages ranging from blaringly loud to calmingly soft, the five-song EP is the strongest representation to date what DAEODON (day-o-don) sounds like in live performance.
Tighter songwriting and clean, precise production clearly signify the band’s evolution just since the release of its early 2018 debut EP, No Time To Die, a considerably more raw affair produced by a young engineer at Steve Albini’s (Nirvana) Chicago studio.
Media Mask was produced by DAEODON — John Torstrick(guitars), Sam LeMay (vocals), Rob Edwards (drums) and Greg Livingston (bass) — and recorded at Early Grayce studios in their hometown of Louisville.
“We were definitely harder on ourselves this time around when it came to the songwriting,” says Torstrick. “We were really trying to find our voice.”
Together, DAEODON has indeed stabilized its sound and found its voice on Media Mask, but not without surviving its share of creative tension. Fortunately, these strong-willed individuals have been able to channel their differences into an irresistible energy that surges throughout the new EP.
“There’s a bit of a destructive energy in DAEODON, and part of our success is being able to cope with that,” says Torstrick. “I think part of the reason that our sound is a little crazy and all over the place is because everybody has their own issues they’re trying to deal with.
“We’ve been walking a tightrope for a while. Like, can we get over this hurdle, or is this going to be the end of the band? But I think that’s kind of the crux of the project that we’ve been able to deal with some very tough situations and capitalize on it. Sometimes when you have a fight with someone close to you, it strengthens the relationship. In the long run, it’s made all four of us a stronger unit — it’s made us trust each other more.”
SHORT TAKES — Birthday Boy: The Musical, helmed by Angie Kristic, closes out its run tonight. The musical’s (written by Brett Roelofs and Jack Donahue) seven shows were attended by some notable names. Look for it to return quickly to the boards … Duane Betts appears at Stephen Talkhouse (in Amagansett) Wednesday and Chicago performs at Jones Beach Friday … Also, on the weekend is the much anticipated reunion of Long Island’s Barnaby Bye at My Father’s Place. This is the group that Ahmet Ertegun personally signed and who produced their first album. The band for a spell was managed by MFP’s Micahel ‘Eppy’ Epstein. Among the best of Long Island for sure … Remember Brett Winterble? He’s back in a big way. More on this Wednesday … and, we’ve mentioned it before, but one big show we’re looking for is August 16 at Steve Walter’s Cutting Room – Stephen Bishop.
NAMES IN THE NEWS — Matt Diamond; Howard Bloom; Carol Ross; Brad Balfour; Angie Kristic; Andy Greene; Jodi Ritzen; Donnie Kehr; Randy Alexander; Kenny Kerner; Ian Dove; Bob Lefsetz; Waddy Wachtel; and, CHIP.