Monday, April 30, 2012

Happy Birthday Willie Nelson

Muddy Waters April 4, 1913 – April 30, 1983

Roy Clark : Guitar Virtuoso


The legendary Roy Clark performed at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival Sunday April 29, 2012. There hasn't ben much news about his appearance and the little there is metion only Mr. Clarks' days on the longest running television show of all time 'Hee Haw'. It's hard to believe that this vituroso guitar player and musician is not revered by the masses or remembered for his contributions to American music. Some pics HERE
Listen to Roy perform Ghost Riders In The Sky HERE
Roy Clark is performing at Buck Owen's Crystal Palace in Bakersfield California tomorrow night (Tuesday May 1, 2012)...see you there! MORE HERE

The Doctor And The Boss

At the same time country music was celebrated throughout the weekend in Indio, California, a star-studded party for jazz tunes was held in another state, New Orleans. Bruce Springsteen helped close the first weekend of the Jazz Festival with a two-and-a-half hour show.

Dr. John came out in the middle of the set for a rendition of Something You Got by Chris Kenner, a song that was thought to be played by the E Street Band five times in 1972, 1973 and 1974. MORE HERE & HERE

Happy Birthday Wayne Kramer

Jones On Top

April 30, 1981, George Jones wins three times in the 16th Academy Of Country Music awards at Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium. Jones takes Top Male Vocalist, and "He Stopped Loving Her Today"--written by Bobby Braddock and Curly Putman--is Song and Single Record of the Year

J.D. Souther at Stagecoach

“It's kind of like being kicked by a giant mule,” said J.D. Souther from his wheat farm outside Nashville.

The 65-year-old co-architect of the Southern California '70s country-rock sound has been happily touring to promote his latest album, “Natural History”. He performed Saturday April 28, 2012 at the Stagecoach country music festival.

After writing multiple hits back in the '70s — “Best of My Love” and “New Kid in Town” for the Eagles and “Faithless Love” and “Silver Blue” for onetime girlfriend Linda Ronstadt — he went on hiatus for a quarter-century. MORE HERE


Rolling Stones Aftermath

April 30, 1966, The Rolling Stones fourth album 'Aftermath' went to No.1 on the UK chart, the group's third UK No.1 album.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Happy Birthday Klaus Voormann

A behind-the-scenes look at the rock and roll world of Klaus Voormann, a 1960s Renaissance man, who lived on the road, in the studios and even in the homes of some of history's greatest musicians. Featuring Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Carly Simon, Van Dyke Parks, and Twiggy, Voormann's incredible tale continues on his recently-released and first-ever solo album "A Sideman's Journey" with tracks from Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Joe Walsh, Jim Keltner, Albert Lee and more. MORE HERE

Ralph, Requests And Respect


Ralph Stanley and His Clinch Mountain Boys played to a full house at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival Saturday April 28, 2012.

The famed “Dr. Ralph Stanley” got big cheers from an otherwise mellow crowd when he reminded the lounging audience he’s 85 years old and then he took requests. Photos HERE

Steve Martin pulled into Stagecoach for a performance Saturday that had him and the Steep Canyon Rangers slotted to play immediately after the bluegrass music patriarch.

"I asked who was going on when, and they said Ralph was opening," Martin said on his tour bus while relaxing on a bench seat with two banjos. "I said, 'No, Ralph Stanley doesn't open for me, I open for him.' So I came out and played a couple of songs and then he went on." MORE HERE

Mick Ronson 26 May 1946 – 29 April 1993

Stagecoach Blessings

Chris Isaak, making his Stagecoach debut, had a full tent that became even larger after Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers wrapped up their set.

Dressed in a blue sparkling suit, Isaak said that being at Stagecoach in the desert playing in a tent where there were bales of hay for benches made him feel like he was back at home in Stockton California at a 4-H meeting.

Those kind of one-liners permeated his set, and the third song in, he took a trip into the crowd to sing to the people. He brought up crowd members to dance and when he covered "Great Balls of Fire," he actually set the piano on fire.

Before kicking into his signature song "Wicked Game," Chris excalimed "God Bless Merle Haggard"


Saturday, April 28, 2012

Happy Birthday Kim Gordon

Jazz & Beach Boys


The Beach Boys provided a perfect ending to a perfect opening day at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. MORE HERE

Leo Sayer Dances To Number One

April 28, 1979, The Very Best Of Leo Sayer started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart, giving Sayer his first and only No.1 LP.

Box Of Can

Spoon Records and Mute are delighted to announce the release of Can – The Lost Tapes, the long awaited box set of unreleased studio, soundtrack and live material to be released June 18, 2012.

When the legendary Can studio in Weilerswist Germany was sold to the German Rock N Pop Museum, they bought everything, including the army mattresses that covered the walls for sound protection. MORE HERE

Charlie Rich Behind Closed Doors

April 28, 1973, Charlie Rich ascends to #1 on the Billboard country chart with "Behind Closed Doors"

Stagecoach Country Music Festival 2012

After two weekends of alternative music for the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, the Empire Polo Club in Indio plays host to country music fans for the sixth annual Stagecoach Country Music Festival this weekend. The sold-out event expanded to three days for the first time since 2008. MORE HERE

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The Bluegrass Festival MerleFest is also underway.

Woodstock Mourning


WOODSTOCK, N.Y. — He was that impossible rarity in modern music, a figure at once indelibly international and utterly local, whose shows in his hilltop barn drew fans and musicians from around the world, as well as the local carpenters, cops and firefighters who were part of his daily life.

More than two thousand of them came out on Thursday April 26, 2012 to mourn Levon Helm’s death and to celebrate the elusive alchemy he had created, which turned strangers into friends, the past into the present and Woodstock once again into a magical destination decades after its heyday was thought to have passed. MORE HERE & HERE

Friday, April 27, 2012

Happy Birthday Cuba Gooding Sr.

Little Peggy March To Number One

April 27, 1963, Little Peggy March started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'I Will Follow Him'. At 15 years, 1 month and 13 days old, Little Peggy March became the youngest female singer to have a US No.1 record.

Legendary Merle Haggard

April 27, 1968, Merle Haggard takes "The Legend Of Bonnie And Clyde" to #1 in Billboard

Let The Jazzfest Begin!


How top-heavy is the 43rd New Orleans Jazz Fest, which opens today in New Orleans? Even if the unusually high number of headliners who withdrew hadn't been replaced with artists of equal or greater stature, 2012 still would have ranked as a banner year for big names including Springsteen, Raitt, Petty and more. MORE HERE

R.I.P.: Tommy Marth


Killers saxophonist Tommy Marth is reported to have died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in an apparent suicide. MORE HERE

R.I.P.: Pete Fornatale

Longtime New York radio disk jockey and author Pete Fornatale, best known for his long stints on WFUV-FM and WNEW-FM, died Thursday morning April 26, 2012 at the age of 66. He suffered a brain hemorrhage on April 15, 2012 and been in intensive care for the last week. MORE HERE

WFUV (90.7 FM, -- the station will offer an on-air celebration of his life and career on Saturday, May 5 from 4 to 8 p.m. GO HERE

30 Rock's Sir Paul Surprize

Paul McCartney is used to bringing crowds to their feet during live shows, but last night the rock legend took on another type of live performance. The Beatle was the surprise guest of honor on the second ever live episode of NBC's "30 Rock" last night (April 26, 2012).

The 69-year-old was introduced by Kenneth (Jack McBrayer), who escorted Sir Paul to Kabletown executive Jack Donaghy's (Alec Baldwin) private bathroom. McCartney waved to the show's audience before slapping a star-struck Donaghy across the face to bring him back down to earth! MORE HERE

All Star Cancellation


Rock ‘N’ Roll Allstars, the new rock collective featuring an 11-man cast from bands like Kiss and Guns N’ Roses to  Def Leppard and Deep Purple, have officially cancelled all but one of their upcoming tour dates.

The tour, originally set to trek through both South and Central America has been cut quite short. The band played in Paraguay and Argentina before having to cancel the remaining dates. While no concrete reason was given, the announcement points towards issues with the promoters. MORE HERE

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Happy Birthday Duane Eddy

Digital Beat

April 26, 1980, The Beat released 'Mirror In The Bathroom' it was the first digitally recorded single in the UK.

Happy Birthday Gary Wright

Million Seller Sammi

April 26, 1971, Sammi Smith picks up the only gold single of her career, for selling a million copies of "Help Me Make It Through The Night"

Keep Up With The Joneses

It’s not his health but a family feud that is bothering George Jones.

The 80-year-old country star posted a video message on his website Wednesday April 25,2012, thanking fans as he recovers from an upper respiratory infection. He then accused his daughter Georgette Lennon of spreading lies about him on the Internet. MORE HERE

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Raitt Rocks Rafferty

Nine time Grammy winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Bonnie Raitt makes a comeback with her first album in seven years, “Slipstream.” The album recently debuted at number six on the charts, as well as at number one on the blues chart.

Bonnie makes Gerry Rafferty’s 1978 hit “Right Down the Line” her own. MORE HERE

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Womack Comeback

Bobby Womack is set to release 'The Bravest Man In The Universe' a brand new album on  June 11, 2012 in the UK/12th in the US.

The rasp and strain in Bobby Womack's voice only make 'Please Forgive My Heart' - the first taste of the 68-year-old soul survivor's comeback LP – more powerful.

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Big Screen Beatles

Two days after their historic performance on The Ed Sullivan Show, The Beatles performed their first U.S. concert at the Washington Coliseum. Cheap seats went for $2, with the better ones commanding $4. Over 8,000 fans packed into the venue by the time the band took the stage to perform “Roll Over Beethoven.”

Concerts were banned at the facility after a riot broke out during a performance by The Temptations a few years later, and today, the Coliseum is gone, replaced by an indoor parking lot.

Footage of the entire concert was recently found. You’ll be able to see every song in The Beatles: The Lost Concert. The film is set to premiere in New York City at the Ziegfeld Theater May 4, 2012, and will be screened at over 400 theaters nationwide May 17, 2012 and May 22, 2012. Check the listings and MORE HERE

Tenacious Delight


To promote their upcoming album, ‘Rize of the Fenix,’ Tenacious D have enlisted the help of their friends in both the comedy and rock worlds. Bob Odenkirk, known for his work on ‘Mr. Show’ and ‘Breaking Bad,’ teamed up with bassist Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot, Whitesnake, Ozzy Osbourne) to create an mock-informational film on behalf of the Tinnitus Institute.

As Dr. Bill Teetz, Odenkirk, who was also a writer on Tenacious D’s HBO series, explains that they will be studying what happens to tinnitus sufferers as they are exposed to ‘Fenix.’ Ralph, a roadie played by another 'Mr. Show' alum John Ennis, is so enamored with the D’s sound that, even with the pain, he cranks up the volume as high as it can go. See it HERE

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Ella Fitzgerald April 25, 1917 – June 15, 1996

U2 Plants Joshua Tree

April 25, 1987, U2 started a five-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'The Joshua Tree.' Inspired by American tour experiences, literature, and politics, the band's fifth studio album topped the charts in over 20 countries, and is one of the world's all-time best-selling albums, with over 25 million copies sold.

Carolyn Franklin May 13, 1944 – April 25, 1988

Lynott In London

Following an astonishing eight-month run in Dublin Ireland, Still In Love With You: The Philip Lynott Exhibition has landed to London! The acclaimed exhibition will be showing for a limited time only at the British Music Experience from the April 5 to June 24, 2012.

Blacc Bamboos

'Where Does The Time Go? featuring Aloe Blacc' is to be released as a double A Side with 'I Got Burned featuring Tim Rogers' on May 21, 2012.

It is the first single to be lifted from the new Bamboos album, 'Medicine Man', to be released June 4, 2012.

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Lone White Score


Walt Disney Pictures has wrangled rocker Jack White to write, produce and perform the score for Jerry Bruckheimer Films' upcoming adaptation of "The Lone Ranger."

Jack recorded with Alicia Keys for the James Bond flick 'Quantum of Solice' but this project marks the first feature score for White, whose solo album "Blunderbuss" was released Tuesday April 24, 2012. MORE HERE

POTUS Slow Jams The News

Add this to the list of ways the President of the United States woos young voters in an election-year: He slow jams the news.

Obama, appearing on NBC's "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" show, joined the comedy host in a popular feature of his program.

The president, looking in the camera, talked earnestly about student interest rates as The Roots, Fallon's hip house band, laid down a rhythm. Then the camera cut to Fallon in the foreground, where he punched up the message in his own way.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Maron Meets Mercer


Shins frontman James Mercer appears on the latest edition of Marc Maron's "WTF" podcast, talking about upcoming collaborations, his relationship with the rest of the Shins, and how instrumental Modest Mouse were to his early career, among other things.

He revealed that he recorded a duet with Aimee Mann and has been working on new material with Danger Mouse. Listen HERE

4 = 1

April 24, 1971, Crosby Stills Nash & Young went to No.1 on the US album chart with '4 Way Street.'

French Pop


Iggy Pop has announced a new album of mostly French covers set for May 9th. Après will feature the singer's versions of songs by Serge Gainsbourg, Edith Piaf, the Beatles, Frank Sinatra, Yoko Ono and more. MORE HERE

Happy Birthday Barbra Streisand

Barbra Streisand turns 70 today April 24, 2012. The singer and actress has two Academy Awards, five Emmys, eight Grammys, a Special Tony and a Peabody.

Emmylou Brings Buck To Billboard

April 24, 1976,Emmylou Harris' remake of Buck Owens' "Together Again" becomes her first #1 country single in Billboard

Release The Blunderbuss

For the past decade, Jack White has established an undeniably thrilling brand, one which has hit many a watermark and attracted one of the industry’s most dedicated followings. For the past three years, Third Man Records — the physical shoppe, venue, and headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee — has hosted a variety of events, all cloaked in that White-endorsed mystery that makes it so alluring.

Following The Raconteurs’ Consolers of the Lonely in 2008, White has remained behind the scenes, even throughout the two LPs for The Dead Weather. Instead, he’s become a figurehead, something bigger than a musician, and his music now has taken on its own mythos, something even deeper than the mercurial days of Jack and Meg. So, with today's (April 24, 2012) release of his first solo effort Blunderbuss, there’s that to keep in mind. MORE HERE

Album available HERE

Beach Boy's Radio

The Beach Boys’ first single with Brian Wilson in ages is a celebration not just of the joys of their combined vocals, but also the glowing desktop contraption that long-ago beamed their biggest songs into our homes.

“That’s Why God Made The Radio,” set for release on Friday, April 27, 2012, is the lead single from the Beach Boys improbable forthcoming reunion album — due in June. MORE HERE

R.I.P.: Chris Ethridge

Members of the International Submarine Band chose a name for their new group that practically assured it would never rise above cult status. Sure enough, that band disappeared with barely a trace after making a handful of recordings in the mid-1960s. But after ISB members Gram Parsons and Chris Ethridge teamed up with ex-Byrds singer and songwriter Chris Hillman and steel guitarist Pete Kleinow to form the pioneering country-rock group the Flying Burrito Brothers, the ISB won itself permanent footnote status in the history of pop music.

Ethridge, who has died at 65 of complications from pancreatic cancer, was the group’s bassist, and co-wrote several songs with Parsons, widely lauded as one of the most innovative figures in the marriage of country and rock in the 1960s. Ethridge also spent about eight years in Willie Nelson’s touring band, a gig during which he recorded one of Nelson’s most famous anthems, “Whiskey River.” MORE HERE

Monday, April 23, 2012

Hey! Hey! It's The Ramones!

April 23, 1976, The Ramones released their eponymous debut album. The front cover depicts the band members standing in a line leaning against a brick wall, taken by Roberta Bayley. The cover was ranked No.58 on Rolling Stone's list of 100 Greatest Album Covers.

Coachella Recap


This year, Southern California got two Coachellas for the price of one. The unprecedented model of having identical festivals on consecutive weekends not only meant that more fans got to have fun in the blazing sun, it also gave the artists two chances to bring their A-game to the desert.

Billboard's Coachella 2012: 10 Best Performances of Both Weekends HERE

Vicious Version

April 23, 1978, Sex Pistols bass player Sid Vicious filmed his version of 'My Way' for the Sex Pistols' film 'The Great Rock n Roll Swindle.'

Roy Orbison April 23, 1936 – December 6, 1988

Heap On Earth


Imogen Heap debuted a new song from her new album with a live broadcast on Facebook using FANetwork.TV yesterday April 22, 2012. The track was the latest ‘Heapsong’ in the series which comprises songs released as soon as the artist has completed them.

During the 90-minute Facebook performance, Heap wore a pair of special gloves enabling her to control actual and virtual instruments with simple gestures.

In addition, part of the audience for the Facebook gig – timed to coincide with Earth Day – powered it on energy-generating bicycles and listened in via Silent Gig headphones.

You can watch the Earth Day broadcast which includes the first ever performance of new song ‘Me, The Machine’ with her musical Gloves, along with a 30 min ‘making of’ documentary HERE

You can also watch Love The Earth film for free at

Flaming Lips Invited Ke$ha To An Acid Party

The Flaming Lips have recruited Ke$ha for this new single. A song about doing acid during the apocalypse, featuring distorted guitars, a lot of clanging, and quite possibly more than one tortured cat.

Bay Area Addiction


The kick off party of the Bay Area summer is coming! San Francisco's Live 105 BFD is hitting the Shoreline Amphatheater in Mountain View on Saturday, June 2, 2012 with 40 acts on 4 stages.


Sunday, April 22, 2012

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Happy Birthday Iggy Pop

Al Wilson June 19, 1939 – April 21, 2008

Dwight Deluxe

April 21, 1987, Reprise releases Dwight Yoakam's "Hillbilly Deluxe" album

Whole Lotta Marvin

April 21, 1958, US country music singer Marvin Rainwater was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Whole Lotta Woman'. Rainwater was a full-blooded Cherokee Indian, known for wearing Native American-themed outfits on stage.

Today Is The Day!


The Ambassador of Record Store Day 2012 : Iggy Pop

In an age where our music collections live on hard drives and iPods, it's difficult to believe that record sales have actually been climbing for the past five years. And when we say "record sales," we're talking actual records. You know, those big black discs with grooves in them that are piled in your parents' basement. Even more surprising is that the majority of sales are taking place in independent record stores. According to Nielsen, the stores were the point of sale for 67 percent of all vinyl albums in 2011 and that's even increased already this year.

By the end of today, that number will likely be much higher thanks to the Black Friday of Saturdays for record stores: Record Store Day MORE HERE

Find your participating store HERE

The Hawk On Helm

"He just played two weeks ago," Ronnie Hawkins told CTV's Canada AM on Friday April 20, 2012.

"It's been a very sad two, three days, but we were told. We were kind of expecting it," Hawkins said during a phone interview.

The rockabilly star was one of the first musicians to work with Levon Helm and the members of The Band.

The group, comprising Helm, Rick Danko, Robbie Robertson, Garth Hudson and Richard Manuel met as the backing group to journeyman Hawkins in the late 1950s.

Those were happy times, according to Hawkins.

"We laughed at everything. We were learning. We didn't know nothin'," Hawkins, said with a laugh.

"All we wanted to do was play. MORE HERE

Video HERE

Garth Hudson on Levon HERE

Friday, April 20, 2012

Steve Marriott 30 January 1947 – 20 April 1991

Steve Marriott was recently posthumously inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame along with former bandmates The Small Faces. MORE HERE

Countdown To Record Store Day


Paul McCartney, David Bowie, Phish, Lana Del Rey and Foster the People are just a small sample of artists preparing to drop rare vinyl come Record Store Day on Saturday April 21, 2012. MORE HERE

There's so much going on and available tomorrow, a guide and a plan might be a good idea...

Romanian Rammstein Sonne

These kids are great! MORE HERE

Deutschland Jack

Last night (April 19, 2012), Jack White performed on the German TV show "Die Harald Schmidt Show"

The Grateful Dead Online Game

The much anticipated online game from rock band Grateful Dead featuring a digital world inspired by the history, music, and imagery of the legendary band today launched at


Dolly's Puppy Love

April 20, 1959, Goldband Records released 'Puppy Love' by a 13-year old Dolly Parton in the US, a song that was recorded two years earlier when she was just eleven years old. The song didn't chart.

A Red Hot Chili Peppers Salute


Red Hot Chili Peppers' takes on classic songs by the Beach Boys, Ramones, Iggy and the Stooges and more will be compiled on "We Salute You," a six-track covers EP out May 1, 2012 on the Warner Bros. label.

The release is meant to toast the Chili Peppers' Rock and Roll Hall of Fame brethren, after the group was inducted into the Rock Hall at a ceremony last Saturday (Apr. 14, 2012). MORE HERE

4/20 2012

Roy Rogers Under Western Stars

April 20, 1938, Singing cowboy Roy Rogers makes his debut as a leading man with the release of "Under Western Stars." Accompanied by Smiley Burnette and his horse, Trigger, Rogers plays a congressman for a drought-stricken state.

It so happens Rogers plays the first C.F. Martin OM-45 Deluxe in the 1938 film (above)

R.I.P.: Bert Weedon

Bert Weedon, the guitarist who inspired millions of young Britons to pick up the instrument, died April 19, 2012 at the age of 91.

A huge influence on some of the biggest names in rock music, he also managed to develop a successful career as solo musician and played alongside some of the greatest stars of the 1950s and 1960s.

Eric Clapton, Sir Paul McCartney and Hank Marvin are among those who later learned guitar from his best-selling Play In A Day guides. MORE HERE

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'One of the Last True Great Spirits'


"He was my bosom buddy friend to the end, one of the last true great spirits of my or any other generation," "This is just so sad to talk about. I still can remember the first day I met him and the last day I saw him. We go back pretty far and had been through some trials together. I'm going to miss him, as I'm sure a whole lot of others will too." -- Bob Dylan on the passing of Levon Helm


10 Great Levon Helm Performances HERE

Thursday, April 19, 2012

R.I.P.: Levon Helm

Levon Helm, who helped forge a deep-rooted American music as the drummer and singer for the Band, died on Thursday in Manhattan. He was 71 and lived in Woodstock, N.Y.

Mr. Helm was the American linchpin of the otherwise Canadian group that became Bob Dylan’s backup band and then the Band. MORE HERE

From his days as the backbone of The Band, to the last few years that centered around his Midnight Ramble experiences in Woodstock, NY, Helm made timeless music steeped in American traditions for half a century. It's sad to see him go; after putting so much of himself into the music for so long, we know he won't be forgotten. Wolfgangs Vault's tribute to Levon Helm HERE

Happy Birthday Bernie Worrell

Happy Birthday Mark Volman

Ask Professor Flo HERE

Massive Rush

As promised, Rush will embark on a massive North American tour in support of their upcoming album, Clockwork Angels which arrives June 5, 2012 via Roadrunner Records. Tour schedule HERE

Check out the album’s lead single, “Headlong Flight” HERE

Glen Campbell Charts Galveston

April 19, 1969, Glen Campbell goes to #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with the Jimmy Webb song "Galveston"

R.I.P.: Greg Ham

Greg Ham, who from 1979 to 1986 belonged to the Australian pop group Men at Work - for which Ham played sax, keyboard and flute, was found dead at his Melbourne home Thursday April 19, 2012. He was 58. MORE HERE

The Band Brothers


The Band's legendary guitar player, Robbie Robertson put aside a 35-year feud with estranged bandmate Levon Helm on Sunday April 15, 2012 and visited his old bandmate in hospital as the drummer battles the final stages of cancer. MORE HERE & HERE

San Francisco Breaks Out The Hives


Another fabulous performance from The Hives - The Warfield Theater San Francisco April 18, 2012

A Dick Clark Favorite

In 1983 Dick Clark produced and hosted a variety show entitled Salute! Only three episodes were actually completed and of those three the combination of Keith Richards and Mick Fleetwood performing with Jerry Lee Lewis was nothing short of inspired. Dick Clark died yesterday April 18, 2012.

It has become my all time favorite Dick Clark production...

Little Queenie...

Whole Lotta Shakin'...

Ted And The Fed


Uncle Ted has a hot date with Big Brother today April 19, 2012. Ted Nugent, who has made a flurry of questionable statements in recent days insinuating violence against Democrats and President Barack Obama, says he has been asked to sit down with members of the Secret Service today. MORE HERE

No confirmation on the number of hookers attending the meeting.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

R.I.P.: Dick Clark

Dick Clark, the music industry maverick, longtime TV host and powerhouse producer who changed the way we listened to pop music with "American Bandstand," died today April 18, 2012 at the age of 82.MORE HERE

Skip Spence April 18, 1946 – April 16, 1999

Gene Autry Saddles Up

April 18, 1939, Gene Autry records "Back In The Saddle Again" in Los Angeles for the movie "Rovin' Tumbleweeds"

Dead DVD


WHAT A WEEK for Deadheads! More than 38 hours of Grateful Dead concerts are newly gathered and available on a DVD box set. There’s a just-opened Dead exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. And on Thursday April 19, 2012 the tribes will gather at theaters nationwide for a “Meet Up at the Movies” concert special.

Here's Little Remastered Richard


Here’s Little Richard, Concord Music Group's expanded reissue of the original Specialty Records album from 1957.
In addition to the original recordings of Little Richard’s best known hits — “Long Tall Sally,” “Ready Teddy,” “Jenny Jenny,” “Rip It Up,” “Slippin’ and Slidin’” and more — the Concord remastered reissue features two bonus tracks. Available HERE Review HERE

A limited edition Record Store Day exclusive red vinyl 12” LP reissue of Little Richard’s 1957 Specialty Records classic. Remastered from the original analog tapes. A must-have for all collectors and the perfect complement to the expanded, deluxe edition compact disc that’s being released on the same day!

For The Love Of Levon


Levon Helm, a treasured voice in Americana music whose Southern drawl and busy-but-tight drumming brought an authenticity to The Band, is losing his decade-long battle with cancer, his family announced on Tuesday.

 "Levon is in the final stages of his battle with cancer," a message reads on Helm's website. "Please send your prayers and love to him as he makes his way through this part of his journey."

Helm, 71, was diagnosed with throat cancer in the late 1990s and underwent intensive radiation treatment which greatly damaged his voice. Over time he was able to sing again, but his once-strong tenor had become the weathered rasp that can be heard on his Grammy winning 2007 album, "Dirt Farmer." MORE HERE

Levon Helm - When I Go Away...

Recovered Petty Property


Los Angeles police have recovered five stolen guitars belonging to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers MORE HERE

The Madness Of The Motor City Madman


It’s no secret that Ted Nugent is a total asshole, but this might be a new low even for him.

During a talk at a National Rifle Association convention in St. Louis this past Sunday (April 16, 2012), Nugent told the crowd that “if Barack Obama becomes the president in November again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year.” Charming. Video HERE

But wait! This story has a punchline. See, the Secret Service really frowns on folks making remarks that imply you’re gonna kill the president. Which probably explains why the Secret Service is so interested in Ted. MORE HERE

It gets weirder ...US presidential hopeful Mitt Romney sought the endorsement of Mr. Nugent, recieved said endorsement and is now suffering widespread and immediate backlash. MORE HERE & HERE

This problem is bound to get worse ...Ted won't shut-up ...and the Secret Service has been in the spotlight as well ...

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Earl King February 7, 1934 – April 17, 2003

This Earl King classic was covered by Jimi Hendrix ...Listen HERE

Thematic M.I.A.


Four days until Julian Assange‘s new talk show debuts on Russia Today, and while no one’s saying who the first guest will be, one interesting detail has come to light: The show’s theme music was written by Sri Lankan hip hop star M.I.A. MORE HERE

Woody & Julia

Outsidelands 2012


Festival’s fifth year features local music icons as headliners

Metallica, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Stevie Wonder, Foo Fighters and Jack White will headline this year’s Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival


Jacked Up Video

AG Rojas has directed an alternate video for Jack White's single Sixteen Saltines

The video was shot over two days in early March in a small town outside of Nashville called Springfield. And while White makes a memorable cameo, Rojas says the famously detail-oriented rock star was largely hands-off. MORE HERE

Eddie Cochran October 3, 1938 – April 17, 1960

April 17, 1960, Touring in the UK, 21-year-old US singer Eddie Cochran was killed when the taxi he was traveling in crashed into a lamppost on Rowden Hill, Chippenham, Wiltshire, (where a plaque now commemorates the event). Songwriter Sharon Sheeley and singer Gene Vincent survived the crash, Cochran's current hit at the time was 'Three Steps to Heaven'. The taxi driver, George Martin, was convicted of dangerous driving, fined £50, disqualified from driving for 15 years, and sent to prison for six months.

White Words


NPR's All Things Considered contributor Bob Boilen interviews Jack White ...Read it HERE

Fun With Dick & John

April 17, 1970, While performing at the White House at the invitation of President Richard Nixon, Johnny Cash was asked to perform "Okie From Muskogee". Cash declined because it was not his song, but had been a hit for Merle Haggard.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Dusty Springfield 16 April 1939 – 2 March 1999

Full Dekker

April 16, 1969, Desmond Dekker and the Aces were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'The Israelites', making Dekker the first Jamaican artist to have an UK No.1 single.

Henry Mancini April 16, 1924 – June 14, 1994

Solid Santigold!


Santigold performed at Coachella yesterday afternoon, showcasing material from her debut, Santogold, and the forthcoming Master of My Make Believe.

Her entire set is HERE

Black & Blue Buddy

April 16, 1956, Buddy Holly's first single 'Blue Days, Black Nights', was released.

One Hot Band

April 16, 2005, Emmylou Harris' Hot Band is ranked #1 when CMT presents "20 Greatest Bands." Among the players associated with the group: Rodney Crowell, Ricky Skaggs, Tony Brown, Hank DeVito and former Elvis Presley sideman Glen D. Hardin

The Jack White/Gary Oldman Express


Jack White will kick off the release of his first solo album with a concert streamed live online, to be directed by Gary Oldman.

The show will be the first installment in the third season of American Express’ ”Unstaged” series, which pairs top musical acts with renowned filmmakers. White’s concert at New York’s Webster Hall will be streamed live April 27, 2012 (9 p.m. EDT) on VEVO. MORE HERE

Starting this evening April 16, 2012 (9 pm Pacific Time) fans will be able to stream Blunderbuss in its entirety on iTunes.

Jack is globetrotting; performing along the way; tickets are to be made available! ...Check out what he's up to HERE

The Hives Are Buzzing


Howlin' Pelle Almqvist is still one of rock's most engaging frontmen -- bringing to mind a young Mick Jagger with the way he struts around the stage with his hands on his hips before suddenly leaping in the air with a scissor kick.

The lead singer of the Swedish garage-revival band the Hives took the main stage at Coachella on Sunday night wearing a dapper tux and tails and a black top hat...then kicked ass. MORE HERE & HERE

On Saturday the boys played a smaller stage. SEE HERE

James Joyce/Kool Keith Connection


For aficionados of classic literature and hip hop music, there is a new game for you. It’s called, “Who said it, James Joyce or Kool Keith?”

The idea: “One is the most innovative writer of the 20th century, the other is James Joyce. Can you distinguish between sentences written by the Irish novelist and the lyrics of surrealist rapper Kool Keith?”

Give it a try HERE

I Believe The Buzzcocks!

Ageism is real, and it affects musicians more than people in most other professions. Take old guys and punk rock. Try to convince an 18-year-old that "Harmony in My Head" by the Buzzcocks was a sonic revolution when it was released in 1977, and that "Ever Fallen in Love With Someone?" once packed a huge shock-of-the-new wallop. MORE HERE

More Coacella Pics HERE

2012 Rock n Roll Hall of Fame Week Wraps

The inductions of Guns N’ Roses, Donovan, and the Faces were hardly the only highlights from what was a memorable celebration at the 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies. ZZ Top, John Mellencamp and several other big stars also made a big impact with their induction speeches, and the evening’s traditional all-star jam once again proved to be a blast. MORE HERE

Lots of pictures HERE & HERE

Faces stuff HERE & HERE

ZZ Top discuss Freddie King HERE

Learn about all the 2012 inductees HERE

Sir Paul's Valentine

Paul McCartney unveiled three new videos for his track 'My Valentine' at a star-studded world premiere held by his daughter Stella in Los Angeles April 13, 2012.

One features Johnny Depp, while the other stars Natalie Portman. A third clip combines the Hollywood pair's contributions into one video (above).MORE HERE


Sunday, April 15, 2012

Happy Birthday Roy Clark

Joey Ramone May 19, 1951 – April 15, 2001

Limited Edition 7" Single "Rock'n'Roll Is The Answer" To Be Released For Record Store Day on April 21. 2012 MORE HERE

London Olympics Reach For The Moon


Organizers of the London Olympics approached the Who's manager to inquire about having Keith Moon play at an Olympics event despite the drummer being dead for nearly 34 years. MORE HERE

Segue to...

Keith Moon spent two days in 1975 recording skits for a comedy album. MORE HERE

R.I.P.: Andrew Love


Memphis Horns : Wayne Jackson & Andrew Love

Andrew Love, the tenor saxophonist who made his mark on hundreds of recordings as half of the Memphis Horns, died on Thursday April 12, 2012 at the age of 70.

The Memphis native spent decades backing such R&B, soul and rock greats as Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, Elvis Presley, U2 and Neil Young. MORE HERE

Woody & The Killer

Recently posted on youtube : Jerry Lee Lewis & Ron Wood singing "Trouble In Mind" at Lewis's 'Last Man Standing' concert in 2006.

The two legends perform "Rockin' My Life Away" HERE

Byrne, St. Vincent, Byrne


St. Vincent's super-adrenalized Saturday (April 14, 2012) Coachella set continued a trend the guitarist has begun to see throughout her current tour in support of 2011's visceral guitar freak out- and synth-seduction-heavy Strange Mercy. Watch the entire set HERE

Post-Coachella, Clark returns to the road for additional St. Vincent shows – two this month with Tune-Yards. And the soft-spoken singer also tells Rolling Stone she plans to release new material this fall: Clark says she's completed a collaboration album with The Talking Heads' David Byrne and they plan to hit the road together shortly after for a set of tour dates. MORE HERE

Stream Of Coachella Consciousness


Can't make it to the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival? You can still enjoy the shows online, thanks to YouTube.

YouTube began livestreaming Coachella Friday afternoon April 13, 2012 at 3:55 p.m. Pacific Time
Wanna see? GO HERE


Radiohead's headlining set at Coachella last night April 14, 2012 was added to the Coachella YouTube live stream at the last minute. HERE it is, in its entirety.
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