Friday, December 30, 2011

Happy Birthday Patti Smith

Bo Diddley December 30, 1928 – June 2, 2008

R.I.P.: Kaye Stevens

























Singer and actress Kaye Stevens, who performed with the Rat Pack and was a frequent guest on Johnny Carson's The Tonight Show, has died at a central Florida hospital. She was 79. MORE HERE

Watch her perform in a great video of a Sammy Davis Jr. tv special (Kaye's set begins at 6:07) HERE

R.I.P.: Sean Bonniwell

Sean Bonniwell, vocalist of early garage rock band the Music Machine, has died after battling lung cancer. He was 71. MORE HERE

Zooey & Joey



Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt sang together in the indie film "(500) Days of Summer" and now the two are joining forces again in a YouTube video. The two actors/musicians teamed up to record a cover version of the classic "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?" MORE HERE

Thursday, December 29, 2011

R.I.P.: Jim Sherwood


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The original madcap woodwind player of Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention, Jim Sherwood, passed away on December 25, 2011 at age 69. Cause of death is not yet determined. MORE HERE

Happy Birthday Marianne Faithfull

Tim Hardin December 23, 1941 – December 29, 1980

R.I.P.: Sam Rivers

Sam Rivers, a widely respected jazz saxophonist and composer who played with Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock and many other giants, died Monday December 26, 2011 in Orlando, Fla. The cause of death was pneumonia; he was 88. MORE HERE

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Happy Birthday Edgar Winter

Roebuck 'Pops' Staples December 28, 1914 – December 19, 2000

Let The Grateful Dead Games Begin

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The Grateful Dead game is about to set its itinerary.
Fans can now help game publishers at Curious Sense choose the band's top 10 all-time concerts to be virtually re-experienced within The Grateful Dead Game, The Epic Tour.
Voting on the game's official site lasts until Jan. 31. Then, the first of the 10-show virtual tour is planned for April. In addition to voting, you can create your own bear avatar on the site. MORE HERE

Woody Guthrie Archives Travel to Tulsa

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A Tulsa, Oklahoma-based foundation has purchased the comprehensive archive of folk singer Woody Guthrie's writings, recordings and artwork and plans to display the collection in a new center dedicated to the Oklahoma native. MORE HERE

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Van Halen, Van Halen, Van Halen & Roth

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Van Halen will celebrate its 40th anniversary as a band with a major 2012 tour featuring David Lee Roth.
After months of speculation, the rockers finally announced the news on Van-Halen.com through a series of video clips. Specific tour dates will be unveiled soon, with tickets going on sale Jan. 10, 2012. MORE HERE

Shotgun Sinéad

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Just 18 days after tying the knot with Barry Herridge via a drive-through wedding in Las Vegas, Sinéad O'Connor has decided to end the union. MORE HERE

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas 2011

For your Holiday listening pleasure...
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Host C.D.Martini has a very shiny red vinyl LP…
Featured vinyl: Drawing inspiration from classic holiday offerings from the likes of the Carpenters, the Beach Boys, and Vince Guaraldi, M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel’s third outing under the She & Him moniker finds the impossibly quirky duo tackling its first collection of Christmas music and its all about the kitsch. From 2011 its A Very She & Him Christmas. If you missed it it's HERE

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Host C.D.Martini has mono...
This weeks featured vinyl: Released on November 16, 1964 and containing five original songs and seven standards, this seasonal Beach Boys  album proved to be a long-running success during subsequent Christmas seasons. Presented in monophonic sound. From 1964 its The Beach Boys' Christmas Album. If you missed it it's HERE

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Host C.D.Martini is jingling all the way...
This weeks featured vinyl: Originally released by Capitol Records; this was Frank Sinatra's first full-length Christmas album. It features the Ralph Brewster Singers along with an orchestra conducted by Gordon Jenkins. From 1957 its A Jolly Christmas from Frank Sinatra. If you missed it it's HERE

Dean Martin June 7, 1917 - December 25, 1995

James Brown May 3, 1933 – December 25, 2006

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Dylan's Film Debut

December 18, 1972, Bob Dylan starting filming his role in the Sam Peckinpah film 'Pat Garrett and Billy The Kid.'

Dylan also performed the sountrack ton the film; his first film soundtrack recording...

The Main Title Theme (Billy)...

Happy Birthday & Anniversary Keith Richards


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December 18, 1983, Rolling Stones' guitarist Keith Richards married 27-year old model Patti Hansen on his 40th birthday. The ceremony was held in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Mick Jagger was the best man.

R.I.P.: Václav Havel

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Václav Havel - President of the Czech Republic, principal architect of the Velvet Revolution, musician, playwright, Zappa fan...giving Frank Zappa a position in the Ministry of Culture. MORE HERE

“Some say I’m a naive dreamer trying to combine the incompatible: politics and morality. “I am convinced that we will never build a democratic state based on law if we do not at the same time build a state that is ... humane, moral, intellectual and spiritual, and cultural.”
-- Václav Havel - Summer Meditations (1992) 

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

For The Love Of Merle

Underrated Album of the Year...

Want it? GO HERE

Chicago's Greatest

December 13, 1975, Chicago started a five-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Chicago IX-Chicago's Greatest Hits', the group's fifth No.1 album.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Happy Birthday Meg White

Rick Danko December 29, 1942 – December 10, 1999

R.I.P.: Hubert Sumlin



Hubert Sumlin, the longtime collaborator with Howlin' Wolf whose unique playing on such songs as "Wang Dang Doodle," "Spoonful" and "Back Door Man" influenced generations of guitarists, died Sunday December 4, 2011 of heart failure in New Jersey. He was 80. MORE HERE

The Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger and Keith Richards will pay for the funeral of blues great Hubert Sumlin. MORE HERE

Keith Richards - About recording with Hubert Sumlin HERE

Dino Does It With Scarlett

Scarlett Johansson teams up with singer Dean Martin (1917 - 1995) in a holiday duet featured on Martin’s album “My Kind of Christmas”. Johansson’s voice is decent here and compliments Martin’s smooth sound, bringing a new feel to the beloved song “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”. MORE HERE

For The Love Of Polly

Friday, December 9, 2011

Junior Wells December 9, 1934 – January 15, 1998

Happy Birthday Joan Armatrading

Sinéad Sex Starved No More

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Sinéad O'Connor married for the fourth time in a wedding chapel in Las Vegas to 38-year-old therapist Barry Herridge on the evening of her 45th birthday yesterday.

O'Connor met Herridge after she advertised for a man on Twitter in August.

She wrote on her blog at the time: "I am in the peak of my sexual prime and way too lovely to be living like a nun. and it's VERY depressing... Am in desperate need of a very sweet sex-starved man." MORE HERE

Thursday, December 8, 2011

John Lennon 9 October 1940 – 8 December 1980



Today marks 31 years since the tragic murder of John Lennon, and the people that loved him most remember the Beatle and songwriter as a voice of a generation and an arbiter of peace. MORE HERE

R.I.P.: Dobie Gray

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Iggy Pop at 9PM

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Iggy & the Stooges - Warfield Theater San Francisco December 6, 2011

Brian Wilson at 6PM

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Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys made a rare appearance at Amoeba Records in San Francisco December 6, 2011.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Altamont Memory



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December 6, 1969, The Rolling Stones played a free festival at Altamont in California, along with Jefferson Airplane, Santana, The Flying Burrito Brothers and  and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. Rolling Stones fan Meredith Hunter was stabbed to death as the group played by Hell's Angels who'd been hired to police the event. It's claimed Hunter was waving a revolver. One other man drowned, two men were killed by in a hit-and run accident and two babies were born.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Order of the Day



Doris Day’s New Album to Benefit Animals

Screen legend Doris Day made her mark on the world as a Hollywood star, but for the past thirty years, she has devoted herself to something else altogether — animal welfare.

In 1978, she founded the Doris Day Animal Foundation, a cause she has continued to support even though she left the spotlight long ago. Now she’s stepping back on the scene with a new album — her first in 17 years — and the proceeds will benefit her organization. MORE HERE

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Happy Birthday Woody Allen

Algiers Strut from the documentary ''Wild Man Blues'' 1997

2011 Grammy Nominations : Best Blues - The Tedeschi Trucks Band

Love Has Something Else to Say from the album Revelator

Expensive Elvis

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Elvis Costello has urged fans not to buy his latest box set because its £212.99 price “appears to be either a misprint or a satire”. MORE HERE

2011 Grammy Nominations : Best Bluegrass - Jim Lauderdale

Cruel Wind and Rain from the album Reason And Rhyme: Bluegrass Songs By Robert Hunter & Jim Lauderdale

2011 Grammy Nominations : Best Americana - Ry Cooder

Quicksand from the album Pull Up Some Dust And Sit Down

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Monday, November 28, 2011

Happy Birthday Randy Newman

Kate Bush and the Snowman

"Misty" is Kate Bush's 13-and-a-half-minute song about a romantic affair with a snowman, off her excellent new album 50 Words for Snow. Bush recently posted the video for a snippet of the song-- it's a claymation clip called "Mistraldespair" in which the snowman, for lack of a better description... melts all over her bed.

No. 1 Teen Death Song

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November 28, 1964, The Shangri-Las went to No.1 on the US singles chart with the 'teen death song', 'Leader Of The Pack'

R.I.P.: Ken Russell

Ken Russell was a larger than life character who was one of the most controversial directors in British cinema. His films were not for the faint-hearted. Audiences would be regaled with the sight of women cavorting naked in railway carriages, nude actors wresting in front of roaring fires and nuns indulging in orgies. MORE HERE

Look back at his most memorable moments, from The Devils to Women in Love HERE

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Platinum Beatle

November 27, 1970, George Harrison released All Things Must Pass. The triple album included a number of songs that were left over from Beatle sessions, the set would go on to be certified 6x Platinum by the RIAA, making it the best selling album by a solo Beatle.

Whipped It Good!


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November 27, 1965, Herb Alpert's Tijuana Brass went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'Whipped Cream & Other Delights'.

Jimi Hendrix November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970

R.I.P.: Barry Llewellyn

Barry Llewellyn, an original member of the influential reggae harmony trio, the Heptones, died Wednesday November 23, 2011. He was 64. MORE HERE

Saturday, November 26, 2011

R.I.P.: Coco Robicheaux

New Orleans, LA - Hoodoo bluesman Coco Robicheaux collapsed Friday evening at the Apple Barrel on Frenchmen Street and was taken away by ambulance. He was reportedly pronounced dead after arriving at Tulane Medical Center. He was 64. MORE HERE

Happy Birthday Tina Turner

The Iron Butterfly Is Hot

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They’ve been going in and out of style since “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” first scorched earth in 1968. Looks like Iron Butterfly is in for another round of retro-appreciation.
The psychedelic heavies got the Rhino Handmade treatment with a live double-CD set recorded at the Fillmore East. MORE HERE

Official website

Cream Away

November 26, 1968, Cream played their farewell concert at the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Charting Cash

November 26, 1958, Johnny Cash, made his debut on the US country chart when ’Cry! Cry! Cry!’ made it to number 14.

Paul's New Rude Studio

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In 1971, Paul and Linda McCartney escaped London to their farm in Scotland.
At the farm, Paul had a little studio put in so that he could demo, experiment and make music. That was RUDE STUDIO.

Now YOU can experiment with Paul's music online at NEW RUDE STUDIO.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Finale On Film

November 25, 1976, The Band made their final performance; 'The Last Waltz' the show also featured Joni Mitchell, Dr John, Neil Young, Van Morrison, Neil Diamond, Eric Clapton and others. Martin Scorsese filmed the event.

Happy Birthday Percy Sledge

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

It's Only The Rolling Stones

November 23, 1974, The Rolling Stones scored their fifth US No.1 album with 'It's Only Rock 'N Roll'.

The First Jukebox

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November 23, 1899, The world's first jukebox was installed at San Francisco's' Palais Royal Hotel.

White House Salutes Country Music

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President Obama and the First Lady opened the East Room on Monday November 21, 2011 for an evening of country music, featuring notable acts such as James Taylor and Alison Krauss. Kris Kristofferson, Lyle Lovett and Darius Rucker pictured above.

The performance airs tonight on PBS. Check listings HERE

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Cold November Rain

It's cold and rainy where I am.

By George & Paul

November 20, 1976, Paul Simon hosted NBC's Saturday Night Live where he performed live with George Harrison. Paul McCartney and John Lennon were both in New York City watching the show on TV.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Ofra Haza November 19, 1957 – February 23, 2000

this version appeared on the b-side of 1995s Mata Hari single

Winehouse Posthumously

It’s been announced that on December 5, 2011 “Lioness: Hidden Treasures“, the third album from Amy Winehouse, will be released through Island Records. MORE HERE

Pre-order HERE

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Hope Returns

Mazzy Star (Hope Sandoval and David Roback) is releasing “Common Burn,” (above) along with the B-side “Lay Myself Down,” on the band’s own Rhymes of an Hour label in advance of an upcoming LP and tour dates, its first in 15 years.

Archival Stones

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The Rolling Stones have unlocked the door to their archive, full of music, film and memorabilia from their incredible, almost 50 year career. At www.StonesArchive.com you can listen to unheard music, view unseen photographs and films, and look at rare merchandise. Fans have the opportunity to buy items such as signed lithographs, deluxe box sets, even personalised merchandise and tour gear in the shop.

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Foo Fighters and Joan Jett performed "Bad Reputation" on Late Show with David Letterman November 15, 2011.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

...'salright!


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November 16, 1974, John Lennon was at No.1 in the US singles chart with 'Whatever Gets You Thru The Night.' Elton John played on the session and made a deal with Lennon that if the song reached No.1, Lennon would have to appear on stage live with Elton. Lennon kept his side of the deal and appeared live with Elton. They played three songs together: ‘I Saw Her Standing There,’ ‘Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds’ and ‘Whatever Gets You Thru the Night.’ Backstage after the concert, Lennon got back with Yoko Ono after a temporary split.

R.I.P.: Jackie Leven

Scottish singer-songwriter Jackie Leven died Nov. 14, 2011 at the age of 61 after a battle with cancer.

Prior to joining '70s punk group Doll by Doll, Leven spent some time busking with stints in Berlin and Madrid. After Doll by Doll -- who released four albums from 1979 to 1982 -- Leven enjoyed a lengthy solo career, releasing albums under different monikers including his 1971 debut effort as John St. Field, 'Control.' MORE HERE

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

R.I.P.: Doyle Bramhall Sr.

Doyle Bramhall, a longtime favorite son in Austin, Texas who played with Jimmie Vaughan's first band and, later, with Stevie Ray Vaughan, has died at age 62. MORE HERE

Happy Birthday Petula Clark

R.I.P.: Laura Kennedy


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Laura Kennedy bass player and co-founder of the legendary New York punk/funk band the Bush Tetras, passed away on Monday afternoon November 14, 2011. MORE HERE

Monday, November 14, 2011

Happy Birthday Travis Barker

7 Songs Set Against a Backdrop of Falling Snow

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50 Words for Snow: England's elusive empress of art rock devised her 10th studio long-player out Nov. 21. Approaching this release from different angles, speaking of it in different metaphors, piques the imagination while creating a kind of unity of thought, just as limiting herself to stories inspired by winter weather clearly did for Kate Bush.

Hear '50 Words For Snow' In Its Entirety HERE

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Pop Goes the Spaghetti Western

November 13, 1968, Hugo Montenegro was at No.1 in the UK singles chart with 'The Good The Bad And The Ugly'; the pop version of Ennio Morricone's classic. The first instrumental No.1 since 1963.

Reunion Revisited


November 13, 1987, Sonny and Cher reunite for a performance on TV show Late Night with David Letterman.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Stairway to Heaven 40th Anniversary

Led Zeppelin's eight-minute classic turns 40 this week.

Robert Plant and Jimmy Page were woodshedding in Wales when they devised their faery-strewn folk-metal psychedelia masterwork. Bassist/arranger John Paul Jones added mood-setting recorders and drummer John Bonham brought his protean thwunk to the game. The song may or may not have borrowed key elements from an instrumental (Taurus) by the band Spirit, with whom they once toured. But Zep molded those chord progressions into a masterpiece of excess.

There have been many versions of "Stairway to Heaven"...here are two favorites...

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Dolly Parton

MORE HERE

Black Comes Back

The original lineup of legendary rock band BLACK SABBATH announced yesterday (Friday, November 11, 2011) that it was reuniting for its first new album in 33 years and a 2012 world tour.

Singer Ozzy Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward revealed during a press conference hey have been working on new material for a new album; there is no title yet but it will be produced by Rick Rubin. The band hopes to begin recording the CD in January for a fall 2012 release. A world tour will follow, including an appearance at the U.K.'s Download festival on June 10, 2012. MORE - Including Press Conference Video - HERE

Friday, November 11, 2011

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Legendary.

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Jeff Beck was named Living Legend in the Orange Amplification Classic Rock Roll of Honour 2011 on Wednesday November 9, 2011.
The guitarist - a former member of The Yardbirds as well as a solo artist, frequently voted one of the best players of all time - took home the biggest award of the evening. After giving his thanks and collecting the trophy from Queen drummer Roger Taylor, he launched into a virtuoso performance accompanied by The Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde and Joss Stone.
Other winners at the event included Foo Fighters, who were named Band Of The Year. Other award reciepeints include Queen, The Who and Steve Marriott. MORE HERE

Happy Birthday Mose Allison

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Wouldn't you like to be a Pepper too?


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 November 10, 1967, The Beatles filmed three promotional films for their new single ‘Hello Goodbye’ at the Saville Theatre in London. Each of the three film clips featured different costumes and Beatle antics. In the first film they wear their "Sgt. Pepper" uniforms, for the second The Beatles are wearing everyday clothes, the third film clip features shots from the first two films, plus additional shots of The Beatles (especially John) doing the twist. A Musician's Union ban on lip-sync broadcasts prevented the film being used on British television.

Happy Birthday Ennio Morricone

Congratulations Keith!

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Being a celebrated author hasn't changed the Rolling Stone's bad-boy guitarist.

On Tuesday night, the 67-year-old Richards accepted the Mailer Prize for Distinguished Biography for his best-selling memoir "Life," in his own inimitable style.

"This is one for the books, if you get my drift, you hacks," the 67-year-old Rolling Stones guitarist told a hotel ballroom full of writers, peppered with such celebrities as former President Bill Clinton, who introduced him. MORE HERE

MORE PICS HERE

other news : Rolling Stones to start rehearsals

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Let It Snow

This is a concept that is like no other.

’50 Words For Snow’ is Kate Bush’s finest moment, a pinnacle in a career of pinnacles.
A concept album is usually a plodding and desperate affair but Kate Bush has created something that shapeshifts all the time. MORE HERE

50 Words For Snow will be released November 21, 2011 - pre-order HERE

New Single 'Satisfied' Tom Waits

"Satisfied" by Tom Waits from the new album 'Bad As Me' featuring Keith Richards

http://www.tomwaits.com
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Iconic Occupiers

Folk-rock icons David Crosby and Graham Nash performed for society’s besieged 99 percent in a New York acoustic concert. MORE HERE

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

R.I.P.: Heavy D

Happy Birthday Bonnie Bramlett

Minnie Riperton November 8, 1947 - July 12, 1979

Just Say "No" to Nickelback!

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The formulaic, faux rock n’ roll band Nickelback is scheduled to perform the halftime show for the Detroit Lions football team on Thanksgiving Day, one of the most anticipated home games of the season.

But fans aren’t taking it lying down, with more than 43,000 people signing a petition at change.org that asks show producers to reconsider their choice. MORE HERE

Four Scores



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November 8, 1971, Led Zeppelin released their fourth album. With no title printed on the album, and generally referred to as Four Symbols, The Fourth Album or Led Zeppelin IV, it has gone on to sell over 37 million copies worldwide. The 19th century rustic oil painting on the front of the album was purchased by Robert Plant from an antique shop in Reading, Berkshire, England. The 20th century urban tower block on the back of the full gatefold LP cover is Butterfield Court in Eves Hill, Dudley, England.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Happy Birthday Guy Clark

Doug Sahm November 6, 1941 – November 18, 1999

Get Into The Monkees Head

November 6, 1968, The Monkees' three quarter of a million dollar feature film, Head opened in New York City. Instead of being aimed at their target audience of teeny boppers, the film contained a dark theme about the manipulation of the group with walk-on appearances by inappropriate guests and scenes of Vietnam War atrocities. Reviews were harsh and the picture was a box office disaster but it is revered as a cult phenom.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Who's Generation


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November 5, 1965, The Who released the single 'My Generation' in the UK. It peaked at No.2 on the UK chart.

Gram Parsons November 5, 1946 – September 19, 1973

Link Wray May 2, 1929 – November 5, 2005

November 5, 2005, Guitarist Link Wray died aged 76. Wray was credited with inventing 'fuzz' guitar after punching a hole in a speaker giving him a distorted guitar sound. Famous for his 1958 US No.16 single 'Rumble' which was banned on several radio stations, on the grounds that it glorified juvenile delinquency. A rare feat for a song with no lyrics.

Friday, November 4, 2011

James Honeyman-Scott 4 November 1956 – 16 June 1982

R.I.P.: Corey Smoot - AKA Flattus Maximus

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Corey Smoot, the GWAR guitarist known as Flattus Maximus in the wildly costumed metal band, was found dead by his bandmates on November 3, 2011. MORE HERE

Statement from band mate Dave Brockie (AKA Oderus Urungus) HERE

Some Girls Deluxe

The Rolling Stones have joined the list of artists who are offering special vinyl releases on November 25 in celebration of Record Store Day's Black Friday initiative.  The revered British rockers will issue a limited-edition 7-inch disc featuring their new single, "No Spare Parts" -- one of the 12 previously unreleased cuts to be featured on the bonus CD of the upcoming expanded and remastered version of their 1978 Some Girls album.  The single will include the original Some Girls track "Before They Make Me Run" as its B-side. MORE HERE

Thursday, November 3, 2011

'57 Killer

November 3, 1957, Sun Records released 'Great Balls Of Fire', by Jerry Lee Lewis. The single went on to sell over five million copies worldwide, a No.1 in the UK & No.2 in the US.

Léon Theremin 27 August 1896 – 3 November 1993

Happy 100th Anniversary Chevrolet

A Swiss born American racecar driver of French decent, Louis Chevrolet cofounded the Chevrolet Motor Car Company on November 3, 1911. A look back: 100 years of Chevy in photos HERE

The song was written by Jazz great Snooky Young (died May 2011) and covered by a lot of artists. That's The Greek Fountains above

Most noteably covered by Taj Mahal...

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Robben Ford...

The Black Crowes...

 

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

SMILE

Official version of Beach Boys' 'Smile' is released. The influential 'lost' album is officially released 44 years late because of the persistence of Brian Wilson. MORE HERE

Available HERE

Happy Birthday Lyle Lovett

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November 1, 1968, George Harrison released his first solo album, 'Wonderwall Music' on the Apple label. The songs (from the film Wonderwall) which were mostly Harrison instrumentals, featured Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr and an unaccredited banjo contribution by Peter Tork of The Monkees.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Birthday Johnny Marr

Third Zeppelin

October 31, 1970, Led Zeppelin started a four week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Led Zeppelin III', the bands second US chart topper.

A Musical Lynching

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The new David Lynch album Crazy Clown Time is exactly what you would expect from America’s greatest contemporary surrealist: crazy clown shit.

Lynch's first solo album finds him meandering through a series of dark dreams and visceral meditations on modern life and society. Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs supplies guest vocals for the opening track, but otherwise Lynch is front and center.

It’s streaming right now at NPR.

The Art of Bob Dylan

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Bob Dylan's drawings and paintings are marked by the same constant drive for renewal that characterizes his legendary music.

The Asia Series, a visual reflection on his travels in Japan, China, Vietnam, and Korea, comprises people, street scenes, architecture, and landscapes. Conversely, there are more cryptic paintings of personalities and situations. MORE HERE

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Happy Birthday Peter Green

Duane Allman November 20, 1946 – October 29, 1971

October 29, 1971, Duane Allman of The Allman Brothers Band was killed when he lost control of his motorcycle on a Macon, Georgia street while trying to swerve to avoid a tractor-trailer. He was three weeks shy of his 25th birthday.

Friday, October 28, 2011

The Saint Comes Marching In

Last month 4AD released a compilation of the best of their 4AD sessions so far (free download here). While it was an amazing compilation, you couldn’t help but look at the tracklist and notice that they hadn’t yet had some of the best artists from their roster in to perform yet. One such artist was Annie Clark aka St. Vincent, but following the release of her Recommended third album Strange Mercy last month Clark and her band paid a visit to the Shangri-La studios in Brooklyn.

Check out the session, which includes four of Strange Mercy‘s best tracks.

Happy Birthday Charlie Daniels

One Hot Hit Wonder

October 28, 1978, Nick Gilder went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Hot Child In The City',

Thursday, October 27, 2011

New Black Keys

"Lonely Boy" is the first single off the forthcoming album El Camino - in stores Dec. 6th. Preorder the album today to get an instant download of Lonely Boy (where applicable) -

Official store - http://wbr.fm/TBKElCamino
iTunes - http://glnk.it/nl

A Simpler Place and Time

October 27, 1973, Gladys Knight and the Pips started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Midnight Train To Georgia'. It was the group's 18th Top 40 hit and first No.1.

Simultaneous Springsteen

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October 27, 1975, The unknown Bruce Springsteen had the rare honor of simultaneous covers on both Time and Newsweek magazines in the US.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Happy Birthday Bootsy!

Streaming Big Time

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Big Time is the 1988 concert film of the legendary singer songwriter Tom Waits. This is a must see. Unfortunately it is hard to find as it is not available on DVD. It is available streaming on Netflix though. GO HERE

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Guiltiest Guilty Pleasure

October 25, 1969, ‘Sugar Sugar’ by The Archies was at No.1 on the UK singles chart. It stayed at the top for eight weeks, and was also No.1 in the US, selling over six million copies worldwide. The Archies were a rock group based on comic book characters.

Roger Miller January 2, 1936 – October 25, 1992

The Electric Ladyland Experience


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October 25, 1968, The double album 'Electric Ladyland' by the Jimi Hendrix Experience was released. It was also made available as two albums with changed artwork after complaints about the naked women who were pictured on the sleeve. The female models were each paid £5 for the photo shoot and another £5 if they posed completely naked.

Voodoo Child (Slight Return)...

Bill Graham January 8, 1931 – October 25, 1991

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Thanks Bill.

Monday, October 24, 2011

1962 Live!

October 24, 1962, US Soul singer James Brown recorded his legendary 'Live At The Apollo' album. The album was listed at No.24 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

Take It Easy



October 24, 1960, Frank Sinatra went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'Nice 'n' Easy'.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Dion, the Belmonts and Sue

October 23, 1961, Dion started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Runaround Sue', it reached No.11 in the UK.

Pete and Arlo Occupy

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Folk music legend's Pete Seeger and Arlo Guthrie joined Occupy Wall Street demonstrators Friday in their campaign against corporate greed. MORE HERE