Tuesday, May 31, 2011

R.I.P.: Bob Flanigan

Bob Flanigan, a founding member of the Four Freshmen, the well-scrubbed tight-harmony group begun more than 60 years ago, when all of its members really were undergraduates, died May 16, 2011. The Freshmen’s characteristic sound — which married harmonies joined as snugly as fine cabinetry with a lush improvisatory style that made the ensemble sound far bigger than it was — was a palpable influence on later groups like the Beach Boys and the Manhattan Transfer.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

R.I.P.: Gil Scott-Heron

One of the most trenchant voices in American music fell silent yesterday, Friday May 27, with the passing of Gil Scott-Heron.

Reports confirmed that Scott-Heron had died St Luke's Hospital, New York, after falling ill on a return trip from Europe. His death brought to an end a troubled career that was blighted by personal turmoil and addiction, but which also saw the singer create some of the most influential music of the last 40 years. MORE HERE

R.I.P.: Jeff Conaway


Jeff Conaway, the "Grease" actor who played Kenickie and starred on television long running series "Taxi" died Friday. He was 60.

The actor had been in a medically induced coma before doctors took him off life support Friday. MORE HERE


Friday, May 27, 2011

Thursday, May 26, 2011

The Audiobook of the Year


The Audiobook of the Year award went to one of the year's highest profile audiobooks-- "Life," the best selling autobiography of Keith Richards, narrated by Johnny Depp and Joe Hurley with Keith Richards MORE HERE

Faithful Day 1964

May 26, 1964, Marianne Faithful recorded the Mick Jagger and Keith Richards song ‘As Tears Go By’, accompanied by future Led Zeppelin members Jimmy Page on guitar and John Paul Jones on bass.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Who's Leaving Here

"Leaving Here" is a song written in 1963 by Motown songwriters Holland-Dozier-Holland.

The Who recorded the song in the studio twice in 1965, and once for BBC Radio, but none of these recordings were released officially for decades; The 1985 compilation Who's Missing and the 1998 remaster of the Odds & Sods compilation album both included the song, though the latter states it is a previously unreleased version. An alternate take also appeared on the My Generation Deluxe Edition.

Kim's Tits in a Bunch

Kim Kardashian Suing After Naked Breasts Were Used On Album Cover... we can't stand this zero talent famewhore, but the story is funny MORE HERE

It's no mystery that ass has always been tits' greatest enemy ... - Kenny Powers

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Bob and Keith

Happy Birthday Bob!

Dylan’s remarkable 50-year career began when he moved to the folk-music hub of Greenwich Village in 1961 from his native Minnesota. A year after arriving, Dylan wrote the civil-rights anthem “Blowin’ in the Wind.” He moved to rock and roll in 1965, and his classic “Like a Rolling Stone” was later voted the greatest song in rock history by Rolling Stone magazine.

One of the hallmarks of Dylan’s half-century in the public eye has been his ability to lead by example. MORE HERE

Monday, May 23, 2011

Nikka Ponders Pro Whoa Promotion

Nikka Costa is set to release the first in a series of EPs, Pro*Whoa!, on June 21st via her own label, Gofunkyourself Records. With her new material, Costa delves into a stoney, indie pop realm while keeping her lauded, soulful vocals intact. Her unfettered approach stems from this being her first independent release free from major label directives. The rock infused first single, “Nylons in a Rip”, is now available for free download HERE

R.I.P.: Joseph Brooks

Somehow the producers of "Kids Are People Too" (1978 to 1988) got Patti Smith to appear on the show and take questions from the all-kid audience. Then, inexplicably, instead of singing one of her own tunes or performing one of the covers she frequently did of Van Morrison, Bob Dylan, or Neil Young songs, Patti chose to sing a completely straight version of Debby Boone’s treacly hit, “You Light Up My Life.” MORE HERE The song was written by Joseph Brooks who was found dead of an apparent suicide. MORE on Brooks HERE

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Happy Birthday Mark Mothersbaugh

Mondo Vanilli

In 1993, cyberculture prankster/provocateur/publisher RU Sirius, founder of Mondo 2000 magazine, composer Scrappi DuChamp, and performance artist Simone Third Arm, recorded an album for Trent Reznor's record label. They had met at Reznor's Los Angeles rental home, the house where the Manson Family killed Sharon Tate and others. Tim Leary had brought RU along to a housewarming party there and RU gave Reznor a demo tape of his band, called Mondo Vanilli. Reznor quickly signed the band to his then-nascent Nothing Records. Unfortunately, this great work of curious and quirky synth-industrial-pop, titled "IOU Babe," never made it to the record stores. Almost two decades later, Mondo Vanilli has officially released "IOU Babe" for free online. A CD with bonus material is coming shortly.Check it out HERE

Photos from the 1975 Rolling Thunder Revue


As legendary folk-rocker Bob Dylan approaches a milestone birthday (70), there are plenty of tributes to his iconic mid-60s incarnation as the “voice of a generation.” But those seeking insight into the China-touring, Christmas-album-making, Victoria’s Secret–endorsing Bob Dylan of today need look no further than 1975, when he and a motley collection of musicians took a blowtorch to his sacred song canon. MORE HERE

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Bush v Adele


Kate Bush has taken an early lead over Adele in UK artist albums sales this week. Bush’s newly-released Director’s Cut, her first issued by the label Noble & Brite via EMI, is aiming to become the singer’s first UK chart-topper since retrospective The Whole Story in 1986. MORE HERE

Monday, May 16, 2011

Beach Boys Made Great Pets


May 16, 1966, The Beach Boys released the album 'Pet Sounds' in the US. The album is now regarded as the masterpiece of composer-producer Brian Wilson, and is often hailed as one of the best and most influential albums in popular music.


Sunday, May 15, 2011

Sunday Morning Jam

Still Crazy Cool After All These Years

Last Saturday in Toronto, a woman named Rayna Ford went to a Paul Simon concert. She called out to the singer: “Play ‘Duncan!,’” or words to that effect; Simon heard her better onstage than we do in this video taken from the audience. “You learned to play guitar in this song?” Simon replied, and invited her to get up alongside him. What happened next was very sweet, and genuinely moving: It’s the moment of Rayna Ford’s life, and a chance for Simon to show us that he’s still crazy/wonderful after all these years. MORE HERE

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Pink Floyd Reunite

Originally posted Friday May 13, 2011


The surviving members of Pink Floyd reunited onstage last night at London's 02 Arena during a stop on Roger Waters' Wall tour - marking only the second time that Nick Mason, David Gilmour and Waters had played together in the last 30 years. Waters and Gilmour performed "Comfortably Numb" as the crowd at the arena went absolutely insane, and during the finale of "Outside the Wall," Gilmour returned to the stage alongside Mason, who played a tambourine. MORE HERE & HERE
Pink Floyd to reissue entire back catalog link

Stones 1st No. 1 Single 1965

Originally posted Thursday May 12, 2011

The Rolling Stones recorded a version of ‘Satisfaction’ at Chess Studios in Chicago on May 10th 1965 but decided to have another go today in 1965. Keith didn’t like the sound of it with the harmonica on it and put the famous fuzz tone down at RCA’s studio in Hollywood. Keith had come up with the guitar riff in the middle of the night a week earlier. It gave the band their first number 1 single in the US.

Jimi's debut album released May 12, 1967

Originally posted Thursday May 12, 2011

R.I.P.: Cornell Dupree

Originally posted Wednesday May 11, 2011

Guitarist Cornell Dupree, one of the most prolific and talented session players in R&B and jazz, died May 8 in Fort Worth, Texas.
Known as "Mr. 2500" (for the number of recording sessions on which he reputedly played) and "Uncle Funky," Dupree established himself as a studio star at Atlantic Records in the '60s. Over the years he cut freelance dates with Miles Davis, B.B. King, Ray Charles, Herbie Mann, James Brown and Jimmy Smith, to name just a handful of his most notable employers. MORE HERE and HERE

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Jah Love

Bob Marley died of cancer on May 11, 1981, at the age of 36. To mark the 30th anniversary of the death of the reggae legend...
A documentary about Bob Marley will be previewed today at the Cannes Film Festival link
Keith Richards on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon's Bob Marley tribute week tonight! link
Bob marley's London life link

Library of Congress builds the record collection of the century

The sounds of everybody from Duke Ellington to Jelly Roll Morton to obscure surfer dudes are preserved at a Library of Congress facility in Virginia. Access is limited, but that is about to change. A plan by The Library of Congress will significantly expand the public’s access to the library’s $250 million musical and cinematic collection. MORE HERE

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Vote for Keith's Life


It's time to vote! Keith's Life, the bestselling memoir he released last fall, has been nominated for a Spike's 2011 Guy's Choice awards, in the category of Outstanding Literary Achievement. Winners will be determined by online poll, so head to Spike.com to cast your vote for Life now, and then be sure to tune in to Spike on June 10 to see the results.

Björk's Biophilia

The lead-up to Björk's multimedia project Biophilia has advanced in the form of a trippy, cosmic-looking new website.

"A multi-media project encompassing music, apps, internet, installations and live shows, Biophilia celebrates how sound works in nature, exploring the infinite expanse of the universe, from planetary systems to atomic structure."

R.I.P.: John Walker

Mr. Walker played guitar and sang with the Walker Brothers, who in the 1960s had two Top 20 hits in the United States, “The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore” and “Make it Easy on Yourself,” and a long string of hits in Britain.MORE HERE

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Robert Johnson Centennial

When bluesman Robert Johnson died broke and all but unknown in a tiny Mississippi crossroads town, he was buried in a homemade coffin and an unmarked grave. Yet, a century after he came into this world, his eerie blues still influence artists from Eric Clapton to Keith Richards, and his legacy continues to be celebrated.
His posthumous CD sales number well over a million. MORE HERE & HERE

Mother's Day 2011

Shelby Lynne covers the John Lennon classic. She, more that most, knows the pain firsthand.


Thursday, May 5, 2011

Bush On BBC

It’s only a couple of weeks until we get to hear Kate Bush’s Director’s Cut in full, but the singer is already plotting her next move. According to an interview she gave on BBC Radio 4, Bush has already completed most of the writing for her next, as yet untitled new album. Listen to the interview HERE

By Request

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

New Robin Trower On Sale

The latest album from Robin Trower "The Playful Heart" is still available for a low price of $7.99 (digital) and it includes a bonus video track. Check out the offer and all the latest tour dates at http://www.trowerpower.com/

Happy Birthday Dick Dale

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Jazzy Jeff Jams Jimi

The 2011 installment of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival occurred over the weekend and a star-studded lineup including the likes of Robert Plant and Jeff Beck delighted droves of fans. MORE HERE & HERE

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