Saturday, December 31, 2011
Friday, December 30, 2011
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
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
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
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
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
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
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
Sunday, December 25, 2011
SHV Show 88
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
SHV Show 87
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
SHV Show 86
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
Saturday, December 24, 2011
December 24, 1999, Zeke Carey of The Flamingos died. Had the 1959 US No.11 single 'I Only Have Eyes For You', (which was also a 1975 UK No.1 hit for Art Garfunkel).
Friday, December 23, 2011
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Monday, December 19, 2011
San Francisco financier Warren Hellman, best known to music fans as the financial force behind the popular Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival, died on Sunday December 18, 2011. He was 77. MORE HERE
*Hellman pictured with Dolly Parton and Hazel Dickens. Dickens was featured at every Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival until her death earlier this year. The 2011 festival was dedicated to her.
Sunday, December 18, 2011
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)...
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)
Saturday, December 17, 2011
*from the film Hail Hail Rock n Roll
Etta James, best known for her rendition of the ballad "At Last," is terminally ill, her doctor told media yesterday. He asked fans to pray for the 73-year-old singer, who has been suffering from leukemia and dementia. MORE HERE
Friday, December 16, 2011
Thursday, December 15, 2011
The United States military officially declared an end to its mission in Iraq on Thursday December 15, 2011 even as violence continues to plague the country and the Muslim world remains distrustful of American power. MORE HERE
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Monday, December 12, 2011
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Saturday, December 10, 2011
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
Friday, December 9, 2011
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
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
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
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.
Monday, December 5, 2011
December 5, 1964, Lorne Greene star of the NBC TV show 'Bonanza' was at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Ringo', making him the second Canadian (after Paul Anka) to have a US No.1 single. The song was a No.22 hit in the UK.
Sunday, December 4, 2011
December 4, 1956, The so-called 'Million Dollar Quartet' jam session took place at Sun Studios in Memphis with Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins. MORE HERE
Saturday, December 3, 2011
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
Friday, December 2, 2011
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
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Monday, November 28, 2011
"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.
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
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.
Saturday, November 26, 2011
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
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
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.
Friday, November 25, 2011
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.
Thursday, November 24, 2011
In his nearly six-decade career, Paul Motian spent substantial time with two of the best jazz pianists: Bill Evans and Keith Jarrett. He also played with Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane and Stan Getz. MORE HERE
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
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
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Sunday, November 20, 2011
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
Friday, November 18, 2011
Thursday, November 17, 2011
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.
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.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
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
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
Monday, November 14, 2011
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
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.
Saturday, November 12, 2011
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...
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
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
Thursday, November 10, 2011
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
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other news : Rolling Stones to start rehearsals
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
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
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
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
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.
Monday, November 7, 2011
Sunday, November 6, 2011
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
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
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
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...
The Black Crowes...
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
November 2, 1974, Crosby Stills Nash & Young went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'So Far', the group's third US No.1.
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
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
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.
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
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Saturday, October 29, 2011
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
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.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
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.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
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
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.
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)...