Saturday, April 30, 2011

Happy Birthday Willie!

As you watch this, notice how all the others realize that they are watching and listening to an absolute Master Musician. You can sense their awe at the way that Willie tells his story with this one...

Exhibiting Bowie

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A new exhibition based around David Bowie is set to open in New York at the Museum of Arts and Design.
The exhibition, David Bowie, Artist, which will open on May 9, will feature a film series – from 1973's Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars and 1983's The Hunger to 1996's Basquiat – plus a new 35mm print of 1976's The Man Who Fell To Earth. MORE INFO HERE

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Happy Birthday Ann-Margret

Artist to Watch: Anna Calvi

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Twenty-eight-year-old Londoner whose self-titled debut has garnered huge raves in the UK. Calvi has drawn comparisons to PJ Harvey, with whom Calvi shares a producer (Rob Ellis) and a taste for torchy romanticism. MORE HERE

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The Beach Boys, The Dead & The Hag

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On this day in 1971 the Beach Boys joined the Grateful Dead in a rendition of Merle Haggard's Okie From Muskogee at the legendary Fillmore East in New York...



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Tyler's Tirade

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In the new issue of Rolling Stone, Aerosmith frontman and American Idol creepy old rock dude Steven Tyler talks about his motivation for signing on as an "American Idol" judge — a move he made after his bandmates threatened to throw him out of Aerosmith. MORE HERE

Monday, April 25, 2011

Et tu, Meatloaf?

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From the 'say it ain't so' file: Donald Trump already has backers if he decides to run for president. Rocker Meat Loaf--presently a contestant on Trump's Celebrity Apprentice--told the Donald that he would definitely back him should he decide to run. MORE HERE

Friday, April 22, 2011

Pirate Patti

Patti Smith plays dress-up for a pirate-inspired photo shoot by Annie Liebovitz. In the video, Patti makes the connection between rock and rollers and pirates and manages to look like both.

Dead Sets '72

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Longtime Grateful Dead sound engineer Jeffrey Norman is remixing the fabled jam band's entire 22-concert tour of Europe in 1972. Highlights from those outings already were collected on the Dead's well-regarded triple album Europe '72, which was released that same year and went double-platinum a decade ago. When wrapped up this summer, Europe '72: The Complete Recordings will span 72 CDs. Fans literally can't wait: Although the music won't be available until fall, all 7,200 copies of the $450 box set are sold out. Individual shows will be available through the band's site, dead.net.

Rockin' Good Friday

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Happy Birthday Iggy Pop

Keith's Kid Cleared

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Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards' daughter Theodora will get her New York City graffiti and drug case dismissed MORE HERE

R.I.P.: Gerard Smith

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TV On The Radio bass player Gerard Smith died on Wednesday at the age of 36, after suffering from lung cancer.

Origin of Marijuanaman

Look, up in the sky, it’s a bong, it’s plate of brownies — no,  it’s … Marijuanaman.  There are superheroes everywhere these days, so perhaps it’s no surprise that a cannabis-themed crusader is fighting the good fight on the cover of a new project with musician Ziggy Marley  as part of the creative team. MORE HERE

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

DUDE!

Actor Jeff Bridges will record a solo album for the Blue Note Records division of EMI, the label said Tuesday. According to the statement, he “will contribute several of his own compositions” and perform songs by Stephen Bruton and John Goodwin, Greg Brown, Bo Ramsey, Tom Waits and others. MORE HERE

The Grateful Dead Movie Event

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Don’t miss your chance to see a flashback concert experience with the Grateful Dead on the big screen. “The Grateful Dead Movie” in movie theaters nationwide for a one night event on Wednesday, April 20th. This special event will include an exclusive never-before-seen interviews with Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir conducted during the filming of this legendary production over 35 years ago.

Tickets on sale NOW! To find a theater near you click HERE

Monday, April 18, 2011

Coachella Highlight : Jones Honors Joe

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The crowd for a reformed Big Audio Dynamite set Saturday night wasn't the largest to gather around the festival's second outdoor stage. Yet the audience provided one of the larger cheers of the day. When B.A.D. leader Mick Jones said midset that the next song would be one he "wrote with the late, great Joe," the anticipation level was high.
"Joe" is Joe Strummer, who passed away in 2002 and with whom Jones co-anchored the beloved and influential British punk band the Clash. That group had always resisted a reunion, but Jones isn't using his post-Clash band Big Audio Dynamite, which never achieved either the critical successes or lasting mythology of the Clash, to cash in on past glories.
"If I were you," Jones said when asked if B.A.D. would ever tackle maybe one or two Clash songs, "I would not expect that to happen, no." At Coachella, Jones paused to let the crowd shout at the mention of Joe's name, and then lifted his guitar only to strike it down for the opening notes of "V. Thirteen," one of a handful of mid-'80s B.A.D. tunes to feature a Jones and Strummer collaboration.

Coachella Kills


The Kills delivered a refreshingly crusty rock 'n roll set to the Outdoor stage at Coachella on Saturday night. Singer Alison Mosshart conjured the powerfully rugged female rock persona cultivated by a certain breed of sexy-tough frontwomen...
PICS HERE

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Record Store Day April 16, 2011

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Record Store Day is an internationally celebrated day observed the third Saturday of April each year. Its purpose is to celebrate the art of music. The day brings together fans, artists, and the over 700 independently owned record stores in the United States, along with hundreds of independent record stores across the world. Hundreds of recording artists participate in the day by making special appearances, performances, meet and greets with their fans, the holding of art exhibits, and the issuing of special vinyl and CD releases along with other promotional products to mark the occasion. Find out which record stores in your area are participating and what special releases and appearances are available HERE

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Happy Birthday Loretta Lynn

Totally Lennon/McCartney



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April 14, 1969 - The recording of 'The Ballad Of John and Yoko' took place, with just two Beatles, Paul McCartney and John Lennon. Paul played bass, drums and piano with John on guitars and lead vocals. The song was banned from many radio stations as being blasphemous. On some stations, the word 'Christ' was edited in backwards to avoid the ban.

Before he was Bowie

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April 14, 1964 - The King Bees, (featuring a young David Bowie, then David Jones), played at a wedding reception at the Jack Of Clubs in London.

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

PJ 'n Coco



It's rare that PJ Harvey makes television appearances in the States, but as she preps for her appearance at Coachella this weekend, the British singer-songwriter dropped by Conan O'Brien's show to deliver an electrifying performance of her Let England Shake track "The Last Living Rose" last night.

Beasties Are Back

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"Make Some Noise," the first single from the Beastie Boys' long-awaited new album Hot Sauce Committe, Pt. 2 leaked to the internet a few days ago, which led the band to share the song...The track is anchored by a chunky, overdriven organ part, but the beat is loose and groovy like the best of the trio's Nineties material. "Make Some Noise" will hit digital stores on April 11th and will be available as a seven-inch single on Record Store Day on April 16th. Ch-Ch-Check it out...

Monday, April 11, 2011

Ian Anderson in Space

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The music of Jethro Tull is to get an extraterrestrial premiere. On Tuesday (12 April), 250 miles above the Earth, US astronaut Catherine Coleman will raise a flute to her lips, performing via video link with Jethro Tull founder Ian Anderson. The one-off duet will honour the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's first manned space flight. MORE HERE

Dylan in Asia

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Bob Dylan made his first visit to the city once known as Saigon,Vietnam ...As in China, where Dylan appeared in Beijing and Shanghai last week, the 69-year-old had to vet his setlist with government officials.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Kate Bush Cuts Deeper

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Much of Kate Bush's career has been spent on the vanguard of invention. That desire to push her singular vision forward has been applied to her latest project, Director's Cut, which, with its re-worked versions of previously released music, turns the standard procedure of reissuing old material on its head. "Deeper Understanding" from 1989's The Sensual World is the first taste of what to expect from this new record, and its lyrics, which function as an early prediction of an Internet user spending a night in with their computer, firmly fit into that forward-thinking mindset.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Sade Covers Thin Lizzy

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Sade turns the lights down low on the acoustic ballad “Still in Love With You,” one of four never-before-heard tracks included on the group’s two-disc album The Ultimate Collection, due May 3. A cover of Thin Lizzy’s 1974 single, the smooth jam features the British songstress’ milky vocal.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Jack White & The Killer

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Rock & Roll icon Jerry Lee Lewis will perform a special one-off live concert on Saturday, April 16th at Jack White’s Third Man Records in Nashville, TN. The show will be recorded direct to analog tape at the Third Man complex in downtown Nashville, with Jack White producing, as with all the Third Man recordings. Lewis’ live show will then be pressed and packaged locally at United Record Pressing just down the street from Third Man and will be sold at the label’s retail outlet within weeks, reminiscent of the spontaneous releases of Lewis’ early career. MORE HERE

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Queen of Country Music Tribute

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Tammy Wynette named to National Recording Registry. Sounds chosen by Library of Congress for preservation range from pre-Civil War recordings to Steely Dan, humpback whales and GOP activists... MORE HERE

Rolling Stones Reunite 4 Stu


“Boogie 4 Stu” is a tribute to pianist Ian Stewart (“Stu”), founding member of the Rolling Stones and later their long serving road manager. The highlight of the album will be the bluesy cover of Bob Dylan’s “Watching The River Flow” featuring Mick Jagger on vocals, Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood on guitars, Charlie Watts on drums and Bill Wyman on bass – a line-up that may be familiar to you (!) and the first time Wyman has recorded with his former colleagues since 1992.MORE HERE

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

That's right, bitches!

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The estate of Rick James, best known for his song "Super Freak," filed a proposed class action lawsuit on Friday against Universal Music Group over money owed from digital downloads and ringtones. MORE HERE

In Memoriam : Kurt Cobain

Monday, April 4, 2011

April 4, 1968

Jimi Hendrix, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Joni Mitchell, Al Kooper and Ted Nugent met up for an all night blues, folk and rock session at The New Generation Club, New York after hearing the news of Martin Luther King's assassination.

Soundsystem Sunset

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After three critically acclaimed albums and a decade on the road, James Murphy and his electro-rock band LCD Soundsystem have decided to call it quits. MORE HERE

Friday, April 1, 2011

Catch A Rising Star

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Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood has been called many things during his career, but it is probably some time since the 63-year-old was described as a "rising star". However, that could be about to change, with Wood nominated in the rising star category in the 2011 Sony Radio Academy awards for his work as a commercial radio DJ. MORE HERE