Lately the Hideout
has been devoting two nights a week to a pair of impressive residencies. Sundays in May have been given over to Eleventh Dream Day
, the rock band I've seen more times than any other. They're preparing to make a new record—the opportunity to test and tweak new material is one of the most obvious benefits of playing an extended run—but they also promise lots of fan favorites and deep trawls through their voluminous catalog. Advance tickets to this Sunday's show
are already sold out, thanks in part to the opening band, Condo Fucks
(aka the request-driven garage-rock alter ego of Yo La Tengo
). On May 23 Jon Langford's Skull Orchard
opens, and on May 30 the warm-up act is Head of Skulls!
, a trio with vets of Pinebender, Hurl, and Milemarker.
Robbie Fulks's Monday-night residency at the Hideout has been going on all year, minus the weeks when he's been out on tour (so far that's only been March), and there's no end in sight. He's that rare bird who can make such a lengthy stand work; not only does he have a solid fan base and a ridiculously large, varied repertoire of original songs and covers, he's also a natural entertainer with a streak of perverse creativity, which allows him to make each evening unlike any of the others. In most cases that means he plays with different configurations of instrumentalists, drawing from a wide range of collaborators—he's dueted with Special Consensus founder Greg Cahill, played 70s country with the Hoyle Brothers, and mixed it up with his superb working band.
Tonight's show is among the most exciting yet; Fulks fronts a five-piece band that will play Bob Dylan's 1979 album Slow Train Coming
, the apex of his Christian-rock phase, in its entirety. It was the first Dylan album I ever bought on vinyl (I got Street Legal
on cassette), and I still remember him performing "Serve Somebody" on the Grammys after it came out. It doesn't resonate for me as a favorite Dylan album, but it does for Fulks, who told me that he discovered the record when he was 15—it "may be the most intense one for me," he said. (I have similar feelings for Street Legal
—it's generally considered a dud, but it occupies a special place in my heart, especially the song "New Pony.") On his always engaging blog Fulks shares some of the thoughts
he had about the record while preparing for tonight's show.
Eleventh Dream Day photo: Jim Newberry
Rolf Lislevand, Diminuito (ECM)
Robert Burger, City of Strangers (Tzadik)
Andrew Tibbs, The Chronological Andrew Tibbs: 1947-1951 (Classics)
NYNDK, The Hunting of the Snark (Jazzheads)
Mission of Burma, The Sound the Speed the Light (Matador)