Earlier today Josh Ritter announced via his website the upcoming European release of the limited edition Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band: Live at the Iveagh Gardens 2 CD & DVD set. The Iveagh Gardens show took place last July 18th in Dublin, Ireland and was the first ever rock show to be played at the venue.
This limited edition set will be available at Josh’s April Irish shows on 13th (Belfast) and 15th & 16th (Vicar Street, Dublin) and in a limited number of shops/venues for Record Store Day on Saturday 16th April. According to the press release, the US release will be coming soon.
Live At The Iveagh Gardens tracklisting:
CD Disc 1 1. Moon River, 2. Lantern, 3. Minds Eye, 4. Right Moves, 5. Southern, Pacifica, 6. Rattling Locks, 7. Rumors, 8. Bright Smile, 9. Lillian Egypt, 10.The Curse, 11. Lark, 12. Long Shadows
CD Disc 2
1. Roll On, 2. Me & Jiggs, 3. Kathleen, 4. Change Of Time, 5. Remnant, 6. Harrisburg, 7. To The Dogs (Or Whoever), 8. Snow Is Gone, 9. Wait For Love
1. Moon River, 2. Lantern, 3. Minds Eye, 4. Right Moves, 5. Southern Pacifica, 6. Rattling Locks, 7. Rumors, 8. Bright Smile, 9. Lillian Egypt, 10.The Curse, 11. Lark, 12. Long Shadows, 13. Me & Jiggs, 14. Roll On, 15. Kathleen, 16. Change Of Time, 17. Remnant, 18. Harrisburg, 19. To The Dogs (Or Whoever), 20. Snow Is Gone, 21. Wait For Love
Alongside the announcement of the European release, Josh has made two songs from the CD available for free download in exchange for an email address. Grab “Rattling Locks” (live) and “Wait for Love” (live) via the widget below. Also, check out video from the DVD of Josh and the band performing “Remnant” that night.
We have some very exciting news for Josh Ritter fans. We received an email yesterday from the Ritter camp announcing the reissue of his amazing album, The Animal Years, which is said to be drastically improved and available in deluxe and vinyl editions.
The new version includes a bonus disc of Josh performing the entire album solo acoustic, four studio b-sides, and two videos. The bonus acoustic album tracks are all previously unreleased recordings made in 2008 specifically for this re-issue.
For the CD edition, both discs are housed in a tri-fold cardboard sleeve (like the ones made for the Hello Starling and Golden Age Of Radio reissues), with NEW artwork and fresh liner notes by Tom Ricks (Pulitzer Prize winning journalist).
The LP version of The Animal Years includes the bonus CD in a full-color sleeve, inside the LP. The Hello Starling re-issue was packaged the same way.
Josh will also have ALL The Animal Years merchandise available at the shows!
Exciting news, indeed.
You can download the acoustic version of “Wolves” off The Animal Years below in the Dig-It section in exchange for your email address.
One last bit of Ritter news… last November Josh and The Royal City Band performed on the popular weekly radio show, eTown. During the performance, the band, as well as The Hold Steady, played in front of a live audience. You can hear the entire episode here, including Craig Finn joining Josh and the band for “Roll On” and both bands joining together to cover John Prine’s “Angel From Montgomery.”
You can also see select video from the episode here.
Very, very cool!
For all the latest on Josh Ritter, make sure to stop by his website and sign up for his email list below (and get a free mp3).
Upcoming US Tour Dates:
Feb 10 Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero
Feb 11 Boston, MA @ House of Blues
Feb 12 New York, NY @ Terminal 5
Feb 14 Washington, DC @ 9.30 Club
Feb 15 Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel
Feb 16 Cincinnati, OH @ 20th Century Theater
Feb 17 Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre
Feb 18 Lawrence, KS @ Liberty Hall
Feb 19 Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
Feb 22 Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo
Feb 23 Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
Feb 24 Napa, CA @ Uptown Theatre
Feb 25 San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
Feb 26 Los Angeles, CA @ The Music Box (formerly The Fonda)
Feb 28 Dallas, TX @ Granada Theatre
Mar 1 New Orleans, LA @ Tipitina’s
Mar 2 Athens, GA @ 40 Watt Club
Mar 3 Charlottesville, VA @ Jefferson Theatre
Mar 19 Louisville, KY @ KCD Theater
Click on the image below to watch video of the gorgeous in-studio performance.
As we told you earlier here, Josh has started a series on his blog about making a life in music, and just a couple days ago posted the fourth volume in the series. So far he’s covered the following:
1) Making a Life in Music, Vol. 1: “We’re All Gonna Die”
2) Making a Life in Music, Vol. 2: “Goals”
3) Making a Life in Music, Vol. 3: “Open Mics and The Glamorous Bottom”
4) Making a Life in Music, Vol. 4: “What the Hell a Manager Does”
If you’ve missed any of the series, you can click here to catch up.
Josh is currently on tour in Canada and will be heading to the US next week. To see if he’ll be playing a venue near you, check out his tour schedule here.
I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but lately we’ve posted a few bits of news on Josh Ritter. First he offered a free download of a Hedy West cover of “500 Miles”here, then he started a new blog series titled “Making a Living in Music,” and most recently he’s having a create-your-own-video contest to his song, “Long Shadows” (click here for info).
Ritter and his Kung-Fu kick
Being a fan of Ritter, all this news is cool to hear… so I’ve been listening to my favorite song of his, “Idaho,” off his album, The Animal Years.
This live version of “Idaho” is my preferred recording… mostly because it’s a great performance, but also because I love how quiet the audience gets. You can hear people “Shhhh”-ing others, and by the time he starts singing at 30 seconds, the crowd has been all but silenced. It’s as if the air had been sucked out of the room and all that was left was Ritter, the guitar, and the organ.
By the way… if you haven’t noticed already, check out Ritter and his Kung-Fu kick over there on the right. That’s pretty impressive, and I should know because if you could have seen the rest of that picture, you would see my face smashed in by his mighty foot.
I’ve never seen him perform live, but he’s kick me smack in the face on numerous occasions, and all because of the song, “Idaho.”
– The first time was during the recording of “Idaho.” I suggested that he turn it into a metal song, and he delivered the Kung-Fu kick.
– The second time was during the mixing of the song. I accidentally spilled some soda pop on the console, delaying the session by a good 2 days.
– The third time was right after the release day of The Animal Years. I mentioned that “Idaho” should be the opening track… he respectfully disagreed with a Kung-Fu kick to the face.
– The most recent time (shown in that picture above) was right before a performance… I suggested that he perform “Idaho” while hanging upside-down over a large shark-infested pool. He respectfully disagreed. That would have been my first Josh Ritter show.
So yeah, I have a deep-rooted personal connection to the song.
And now you can, too. Put on some headphones as you check out this live recording. Beautiful performance.
Josh Ritter and his band created a one-shot music video for his song “Long Shadows” off his latst release, So Runs The World Away on one of their days off, and now he’s asking fans to get in on the fun and create a video of their own.
Along with the band-made video (posted below), Josh posted the following message on Vimeo to announce the contest:
Check out our new homemade video for “Long Shadows”! We filmed this video on a day off from tour back in August and finally get to share it with you.
To mark the video’s release as well as Josh’s upcoming US/Canada tour we’d like to invite you to make your own video for “Long Shadows”!
Download the song here [or below in our Dig-It section] and go out and create your own “one-shot” video! Upload your finished videos here on Vimeo and tag them with “JoshRitterLongShadows”. Then email us a link to your video at email@example.com All submissions are due by Thursday October 21, 2010. Josh & The Royal City Band will view all submissions and pick their favorites.
We’d prefer your submission to be a “one-shot” video like ours. There’s no cuts or edits of any kind. It took a few rehearsals, but we finally nailed it. We’d also like to point out that we’re looking for the most creative video, not the most fancy or technically skilled. We shot ours on an iPhone!
The Top 3 winners, hand selected by Josh & The Royal City Band, will win tickets to any one future Josh Ritter show. And the top video will also win a signed merch package and front page placement of your video on joshritter.com for a week!
“Long Shadows” will be featured on this Sunday’s (October 10) episode of “Bored To Death” on HBO. Dates, tickets, and info for Josh Ritter’s US/Canada tour, his last tour dates for 2010, can be found at joshritter.com/shows Good luck and we’ll see you on the road!
Take a look at the video Josh and band put together… it’s pretty cool and made me say, “Gah?” for a second:
I think the hard part is getting it all in one shot, but that’s also the fun of it, too. The song’s fun enough to go in a few directions… I think “quirky” is what Ritter and the boys (and girl) were going after.
So grab your video cameras and see what you come up with! I’m going to chew on this for a while and see if maybe I can come up with something… if you submit a video to the contest, let us know! We’d love to see it and we’ll post it here!
Now, I know that getting a video posted here isn’t quite as cool as having it on Ritter’s website, but look at it this way… you won’t have to pay HIM to get it posted, but you WILL have to pay US!!!!
We received an email from our buddy, Josh Ritter, this morning about a new project he’s working on… no, not new music (although he’s working on that too), no, not a novel (he’s finished his first already), not tour dates (oh wait, yes, those too)… no, this new endeavor is a bloggin’ project about making a living in music, or as the email puts it, “making music a life”.
As one who has made a living in music myself, I’m sure this series is going to be a fascinating read for me… and as music fans, critics, publicists, and fellow musicians, for you too.
From the email:
If you’ve been a fan of Josh’s for a while now, you know that Josh loves to chime in from the road, by blogging in between soundchecks and flights on his site Book of Jubilations.
But now – as if finishing his first novel and writing new songs wasn’t enough – Josh has a new endeavor: a series of writings on his blog about his making a life in music. Or, making music a life. Or, perhaps how YOU could do it too. It’s part advice column, part how-to series, part autobiography, part confessional. You gotta read it!
Josh has just posted his introduction to the series, “Making a Living in Music.” You can read it right HERE.
We hope you enjoy these as much as Josh seems to enjoy writing them….
Along with the announcement of the new blog series, Ritter talked about his recent European tour, where, on September 22nd at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, he premiered a new song. Take a listen:
Very troubadour-ish. I think that’s one thing I like most about Ritter… this side of his music stands out no matter how he presents it. This song, “Galahad,” has some humorous moments… so much that Ritter has to take a pause in order to get back into character. Don’t miss what happens at 1:58.
Fresh off the heels of his European tour, Josh is taking to the road in the US and Canada. Check out the remaining 2010 dates below.
Upcoming Tour Dates:
Oct 06 – Princeton, NJ – McCarter Theatre – Solo acoustic show
Oct 08 – Lewisburg, WV – Carnegie Hall – Solo acoustic show
Oct 10 – Nelson County, VA (near Charlottesville) – The Festy Experience – JOSH & THE LOVE CANON STRING BAND
Oct 23 – Northampton, MA – Calvin Theatre – w/special guests
Oct 24 – Ithaca, NY – The Haunt
Oct 25 – Ottawa, ON – Capital Music Hall – w/Basia Bulat
Oct 26 – Toronto, ON – The Phoenix – w/Basia Bulat
Oct 28 – Winnipeg, MB – West End Cultural Center – w/Basia Bulat (Sold Out!)
Oct 29 – Saskatoon, SK – Broadway Theatre – w/Basia Bulat
Oct 30 – Edmonton, AB – MacDougall United Church – w/Basia Bulat
Nov 01 – Calgary, AB – Knox United Church – w/Basia Bulat
Nov 02 – Nelson, BC – The Hume Hotel – w/Basia Bulat
Nov 04 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom – w/Basia Bulat
Nov 05 – Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory Spokane
Nov 06 – Boise, ID – Knitting Factory Boise
Nov 08 – Helena, MT – Myrna Loy Center (Sold Out!)
Nov 09 – Bozeman, MT – Emerson Theatre
Nov 11 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
Nov 12 – Omaha, NE – The Slowdown
Nov 13 – Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre
Nov 14 – Detroit, MI – Majestic Theatre
Nov 15 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom
I totally dig it when artists do this. Josh Ritter‘s team made this announcement:
To kick off the tour of Europe, we’re excited to share with you Josh, dueting with the amazing Dawn Landes, on the song “500 Miles” – a cover of the famous folk song written by Hedy West. It was recorded at Dawn’s studio in Brookyln, NY with the help of Josh Kaufman (of The Hounds).
“500 Miles” sounds GREAT and it shows yet another side of Ritter. This recording sounds just as those old field recordings do, which suits not only the song but the performance as well… subdued, subtle, and so, so SWEEEEEET.
I won’t go on about it anymore, but just know that I could if I wanted to. You can check out the song in the Dig-It section below, or grab the free download here and be grateful that Josh Ritter is out there, fighting crime when nobody else will.
Or, you could make things easier by clicking here.
But rest assured that if you click here, you’ll be instantly transported here to grab the free download here.
Upcoming European Tour Dates:
Josh Ritter solo acoustic w/Dawn Landes:
Sep 9th – Madrid, SPAIN @ El Sol
Sep 10th – Paris, FRANCE @ Cafe De La Danse (no Dawn – Timber Timbre supports)
Sep 11th – Hamburg, GERMANY @ Knust
Sep 12th – Berlin, GERMANY @ Quasimodo
Josh Ritter & the Royal City Band w/Dawn Landes & the Hounds:
Sep 14th – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
Sep 15th – Utrecht, NL @ Tivoli
Sep 16th – Brussels, BELGIUM @ Orangerie
Sep 17th – Oxford, UK @ Town Hall
Sep 18th – Glasgow, UK @ Oran Mor – sold out!
Sep 19th – Nottingham, UK @ Albert Hall
Sep 21st – Bristol, UK @ St. Georges
Sep 22nd – Manchester, UK @ Royal Northern College of Music
Sep 23rd – London, UK @ The Barbican
Your Dig-It But Can’t Download:
500 Miles (Hedy West Cover) – Josh Ritter & Dawn Landes
I don’t care what time it is when you read this, but drinks are on me for the rest of the day because THIS IS OUR 600TH POST HERE!!!!! WOO HOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!
I called up my mom to tell her the good news…
“Ma? I just put up the 600th post on the site!”
“Who is this? Why I want 600 posts?”
”What? It’s me, your son!”
”Why you call me? I no want buy 600 posts!”
”No… wait… ma! It’s ME, your son! I put up the 600th post on the website!”
”What I do with 600 posts? I no have fence. Maybe I buy to build fence to keep you out! You crazy! You call someone else now.”
”GAH! I’ll call dad… hey, dad… sorry to bother you at work, but I just put up the 600th post on the site!”
”How much did you get paid for that? You know, your brother just got a huge promotion that puts him in the lead as my #1 favorite son!”
Anyhow, drinks are STILL on me for the rest of the day. Thank you all for reading and for being a part of TheFrontloader.com! It’s been great getting to know some of you and sharing our thoughts, opinions, and musical tastes. To celebrate, here are The Most Important Music Links on the Web EVER (for now):
Slicing Up Eyeballs – Slicing Up Eyeballs posted a great video of Peter Gabriel playing “Here Comes the Flood” on DirecTV’s ‘Guitar Center Sessions’. This is a brand new show, and to promote the debut of it, Peter is giving away a free MP3 download of the “Here Comes the Flood” performance. It’s a GREAT download… you can find the link over at Slicing Up Eyeballs.
IckMusic – Yesterday marked the 33rd anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death. In honor of the King, Pete @ IckMusic posted a nice tribute, along with some Elvis videos and MP3s.
Listen Before You Buy – A great resource for any music lover. He’s always sharing new music with his readers, so stop by and discover some new tunes.
Swear I’m Not Paul – Swear I’m Not Paul has posted a review of David Gray’s latest, ‘Foundling’, which is out today. I think it’s safe to say he enjoyed it almost as much as I enjoyed Sheryl Crow’s latest. And if you missed it earlier, he also has U2’s Turin, Italy performance available for download. Look for the link on Swear I’m Not Paul’s home page.
Popblerd – You all remember El Debarge, right? Well, Popblerd, a great site that has quickly become a daily stop for me, has given us a nice little update on El Debarge, including information on his new album and first single.
Concert Vault – Wolfgang’s Vault’s Concert Vault is your one stop shop for live music. They’ve got a plethora of free shows to download, rare recordings, an extensive collection of Daytrotter sessions, excellent $4 deals, and so much more. I’m telling you, they’ve got it ALL. So stop by and get your live music fix… I promise you will not be disappointed.
Pop Matters – After the week we’ve had here on the site when it comes to Josh Ritter, we know there are quite a few Ritter fans that frequent the site. Last week Ritter, Justin Townes Earle, and Dawn Landes played a show in New York, and Pop Matters has a nice recap along with some great concert shots from each artist’s set.
Cover Me – Yesterday’s “Song of the Day” over at Cover Me was The Roots’ cover of U2’s “Sunday Bloody Sunday/Pride (In the Name of Love)”, which is from the band’s performance honoring Bono at the NAACP’s annual gala. The post includes both video and an audio download of the performance.
The 6149 – Our buddy Judd over at The 6149 has posted part two of his CD Conundrum: Coasters or Collectors Items (What the hell should I do with my 1,000+ CDs?!?) post. Check out his decision and plan of action. While you’re there, check out all the other content on the site… yet another site definitely worth bookmarking and/or subscribing.
Popdose – As Duran Duran’s “Liberty” turns 20 this year, David Medsker takes a look back at the group’s decline in this week’s Flashback 90s series, complete with mp3 downloads from the album.
Captains Dead– Captains Dead always has a lot of great content, and this week is no exception. Between free record alerts, new music videos, and live performance downloads, he’s got it all. Click the link to browse the site and grab the download of an Arcade Fire FM broadcast from Live Oxygen sometime this year.
Largehearted Boy – Largehearted Boy has a contest going on… the prize is a $100 Threadless Gift Certificate and Friday Night Lights: The Fourth Season DVD set. The contest ends this Friday, August 20th, so click here to get on over there and enter!
Daytrotter – Daytrotter has a huge new crop of live studio recordings available for free download. Their latest sessions from this week include Beach Fossils, Javelin, The Wave Machines, Danny Barnes, Lover!, and CoCoRosie. They also have a HUGE archive of sessions, so give yourself plenty of time to browse the site.
Viva La Mainstream – Our old buddy TJ at VivaLaMainstream has posted a great song by New Collisions called “Over.” I took it for a spin, did some head nodding while saying things like, “Far out!” and “Groovy, man!” and then ate some grapes. I think that’s exactly what you will do as well.
AntiDuckface – “Stop Making That Duckface!” This site never fails to make me laugh.
There are so many wonderful music sites out there, and we like to touch on some new ones each time we put together a Most Important Music Links on the Web EVER (for now) post. Hopefully we’ve turned you on to a few and sounds you hadn’t heard about before.
To close things out today, we’re once again providing you with some fun remixes. Man alive, don’t you just love a good remix?
Well, after going through the comments left in our post (I love comments, by the way), I came across this one:
TOMMY, You do understand that YOU were partially if not fully responsible for this event in TARRYTOWN.. right? If you are so inclined, here is the inside scoop. [link]
(Thanks again Tommy. you are truly AWESOME!)
First of all, I AM truly awesome… secondly, Josh – if you’re reading this, we here at TheFrontloader.com are absolutely thrilled to reveal the fan’s identity.
Some readers here already know who he is… when he comments here, he’s WJ Tilly, he also goes by the handle @CampFireSky2 on Twitter and simply CampFireSky on MySpace. I had the pleasure of meeting him when I was on tour playing keys for Bo Bice, and he’s been a fellow music lover with me ever since.
I was completely floored to read his MySpace blog regarding his passion for music… he says, “It feeds my soul and enriches my being in ways that are hard to describe.. but if it has ever happened to you.. you know exactly what I am talking about. I’m not talking fan-girly screaming here… I’m talking about connection… connection with the music, the artist, the live audience and the shared JOY that comes with that.”@CampFireSky (Bill) always encouraged me to “have fun,” and when I saw him at shows, he never failed to give me a solid handshake, words of encouragement, and a smile that made me feel confident in what I was doing.
So even though I was stunned to discover that Bill was responsible for the glow stick moment, it doesn’t surprise me. The title of his blog reveals the man he is: “A MOMENT OF GIVING BACK.” Those words say a lot about a man and his relationship to not only the music but to the connection he feels with the artist.
This passage tells of the inspiration and implementation of his diabolically evil scheme:
====== Josh has a song called LANTERN that I heard for the first time in MAY at the TOWN HALL show. .. and after buying the NEW CD.. many times since. The song beckons the listener to “be the light in my lantern”.
(song is also on my MYSPACE PAGE)
At the end of the song, he again pleads:
“so if you got a light, hold it high for me, I need it bad tonight, hold it high for me, cause I’m face to face, hold it high for me, with that lonesome place, hold it high for me.”
And so I was inspired…. (and those of you who know me.. I love this kind of stuff and run with it…)
Knowing that the ..Tarrytown.. show was coming up I plotted and planned. I got some 750 glow sticks from a distributor, made up instruction tags on WHEN to use them (LANTERN and not before!), and attached them to each glow stick (with a lot of help from my son, Josh. He was actually working on the last 150 on the drive down to the show! LOL)
When I tried to pass them out… I was stopped by the theater.
“What are these”? –ummm glow sticks. We are doing something special for Josh..
“ Did you talk to the manager?”… errr no.. they are just glow sticks.
“We’re not allowd to have incendiary devices in the theater”… Ummm but they’re just glow sticks.. like kids use at Halloween?
“I’m sorry, you can’t distribute them”.. Ummm but…… (long pleading and groveling here on my part)
“Who are you?”
“You want to do what”?
“Does Josh know about this?” (no.. it’s a surprise)
“You bought these?” (Yes sir)
And finally – “Yeh.. I have no problem” (Insert long sigh of relief here)
The results were, as I imagine, exactly as Bill planned. He really is a super-genius that could easily take over the world if he wanted to. That’s right… he just doesn’t want to.
This glow stick moment is a testament to not only Ritter and his connection with his fans, but also a man’s understanding that music’s a two-way street. An artist must connect with his fans just as much as a fan needs to connect with the artist. It is in that exchange where the music transcends all and becomes immortal.
Bill, I’m passing this information on to the Ritter camp. I’m honored to have introduced you to Ritter’s music, so here’s yet another live performance of the song that started it all, “Girl in the War.”
There are all sorts of concert “moments.” There are moments that brings you to tears, there are moments that send shivers up your spine, and there are moments that makes you scream, “Hell Yeah!” These moments can happen both off and on the stage, and in this case I’d say it was a little of both, thanks to one anonymous concert goer.
Saturday night, Josh Ritter played at the Tarrytown Music Hall in Tarrytown, NY. As Josh and band tore into the song, “Lantern,” which is off his latest album So Runs The World Away, members of the audience pulled out and waved glowsticks. We read that before the show, a fan handed out the glowsticks with instructions on when to use them to the entire audience.
As Doug & The Josh Ritter Team said in an email blast, the performance of “Lantern” was a concert moment not to forget. They ended the email with the following:
“And thanks to the entire Tarrytown audience for ‘holding it high for us.’
The special moment of the evening was captured and posted on YouTube for all to enjoy. Check it out:
Since this is so cool, we’ve posted the recording of a recent Ritter concert for you below. This 128 minute show took place at The Showbox in Seattle, Washinton on June 27th and was recorded by terrapin5000(thank you!).
I’m pretty sure this is an audience recording, as you can hear some chatter throughout… but the music is loud and clear… throw in some headphones and it almost feels as if you were sitting in the room right next to the person recording. According to Josh, all the swearing and sex scenes were cut from this show because his parents were in attendance.
There’s a little bit of everything on this setlist with a healthy chunk of tunes from his latest record, so sit back, grab your glowsticks, and enjoy.
If you haven’t picked up So Runs The World Away, you can pick it up from Amazon here and iTunes here.