Saturday, June 30, 2012
An investor group led by Sony closed its $2.2 billion acquisition of EMI Music Publishing on Friday June 29, 2012, creating a giant force in music publishing, the unglamorous but lucrative side of the music business that deals with songwriting rights.
The deal will give Sony control over a catalog of more than two million songs.
Sony’s new catalog will include the 750,000 tracks — including 251 by the Beatles — that are controlled by Sony/ATV, the company’s joint venture with the estate of Michael Jackson. It will also include 1.3 million from EMI, with Motown hits, chestnuts like “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”, "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" and songs by contemporary stars like Norah Jones, Kanye West and Amy Winehouse. MORE HERE
Congratulations, Guinness Book of World Records, you almost killed the Flaming Lips.
Eight gigs, 24 hours, eight cities, 699 miles—those are nightmarish numbers for a band and crew to execute.
The Flaming Lips broke the record for most gigs played in a 24-hour period across multiple cities. Their journey started in Memphis on June 27, 2012 and didn’t end until they played for at least 15 minutes at New Orleans’ House of Blues on June 28, 2012. MORE HERE
Moments before Lauryn Hill admitted to federal income tax evasion, U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael Shipp asked the eight-time Grammy winner if anyone had forced her — either directly or indirectly — to enter the guilty plea.
Hill took a long pause, then said: "Directly, no, but indirectly, yes."
She then consulted with her attorney in whispers before answering "No" when the judge asked the question a second time.
Hill then pleaded guilty to not paying federal taxes on $1.8 million she earned over three years. MORE HERE
A new Randy Rhoads biography is available now from Velocity Publishing Group.
The book by Steven Rosen and Andrew Klein features hundreds of rare photographs and samples of memorabilia and chronicles an oral history of Rhoads' life through the words of the people who knew him best. The book is packed with poignant stories about the guitar icon. MORE HERE
In its never-ending quest to find ways to circumvent corporate and governmental power, WikiLeaks has announced that it is getting into the music business, releasing a CD called “Beat the Blockade” that is chock-full of songs about this whistle-blowing Web site’s struggles with Washington and American banks.
Proceeds from the sale of the album will go to keeping the Web site afloat in the face of decisions by several American financial companies — Visa, MasterCard, Bank of America, Western Union and PayPal — to stop processing payments for WikiLeaks, the group said in a statement on Thursday. The companies’ decisions, 19 months ago, have made it difficult for the site to collect online donations from supporters. MORE HERE
June 30, 1973, George Harrison knocked Paul McCartney from the top of the US singles chart with 'Give Me Love, Give Me Peace On Earth'. His second US No.1, a No.8 hit in the UK was the opening track on his 1973 album Living in the Material World.
Friday, June 29, 2012
Charlie Watts has recorded a new version of 'Route 66′.Watts, the drummer for The Rolling Stones, has a band called The A, B, C & D Of Boogie Woogie. The name is a reference to the first names of the guys in the band, Axel Zwingenberger, Ben Waters, Charlie Watts & Dave Green.'The A,B,C & D of Boogie Woogie' released their album 'Live In Paris' on Eagle Records this week.Bobby Troup wrote '(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66′ in 1946. It was first recorded by Nat King Cole. The Rolling Stones recorded it in 1964. MORE HERE
Soon you will be able to get your hands on ‘Sir Elton John’s Cock’ with thanks to Blur.
The Blur song ‘Sir Elton John’s Cock’ will finally be released on the forthcoming Blur box set ‘Blur 21: The Box’.
The track was written during the Think Tank sessions but unreleased at the time. The release marks 21 years since Blur’s debut album ‘Leisure’ in 1991. MORE HERE
June 29, 1968, The Small Faces started a six week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Ogden's Nut Gone Flake.' A concept album with a round cover designed to look like a tobacco tin.
Bruce Springsteen is being recognised for his creative and philanthropic contributions by the group that puts on the Grammy Awards.
The Recording Academy announced that Bruce has been named its 2013 MusiCares person of the year. MORE HERE
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Mick Taylor was stunned after reading Keith Richards' autobiography (Life) as he had no idea his former Rolling Stones bandmate desperately wanted him to stay in the group. MORE HERE
Emi Ito may not be a household name but anyone who grew up watching the Godzilla movies on television remembers the two magical fairies who would sing those lovely lullabies to Mothra, the giant moth. The identical twins were perhaps the most memorable human characters in the Godzilla series, and Emi and Yumi Ito were the two actresses who played the roles. They recorded hit albums in Japan going by the name “The Peanuts” and were one of that country’s first pop sensations, one of the few that became well known internationally.
Emi Ito, one of the identical twin sisters died on June 15, 2012. She was 71. MORE HERE
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
London BluesFest 2012 event ...
Chief among guitarists is probably Ronnie Wood, who will be playing a set of Chess Records classics (think Chuck Berry, Little Walter etc).
Among the other names announced are Mick Taylor and Bill Wyman (also of The Rolling Stones-fame), blues guitar maestro Robert Cray, Eric Bibb, George Benson, plus Matt Schofield and Warren Haynes (with Gov't Mule). MORE HERE
Something has happened to The Stone Roses and it’s not good. Over the past week a battle has been taking place over who owns the rights of any professional photographs taken of the band during their forthcoming reunion concerts.
Photographers and artists own the rights to their images unless they sign those rights away. The Roses wanted them to sign all future rights away for a lousy quid, or around a buck-fifty. MORE HERE
Eban Schletter has set a July 3, 2012 release date for his new album, The 21st Century Doomsday Spectacular. His camp sent over these details: The composer/songwriter best known for his work on Mr. Show with Bob and David, SpongeBob SquarePants, Drawn Together and his creative collaborations with comedian Paul F. Tompkins, has released a stream of eclectic concept albums over the years and The 21st Century Doomsday Spectacular may be the most offbeat one to date.MORE HERE
The composer/songwriter best known for his work on Mr. Show with Bob and David, SpongeBob SquarePants, Drawn Together and his creative collaborations with comedian Paul F. Tompkins, has released a stream of eclectic concept albums over the years and The 21st Century Doomsday Spectacular may be the most offbeat one to date.MORE HERE
June 27, 1970, The Trans-Continental Pop Festival (better known as the Festival Express) set off. The tour was unique in that rather than flying to each city, most of the acts travelled on a chartered CN train. The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, The Band, The Flying Burrito Brothers and Buddy Guy Blues Band all travelled together on the train playing shows in Toronto, Winnipeg, Saskatoon and Calgary.
DVD available HERE
The Flaming Lips announced a full physical and digital release for The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends, the band's exclusive Record Store Day collaboration album, on June 26, 2012. Previously available only on limited edition multi-colored vinyl, the album will feature collaborations with 15 artists, ranging from mainstream icons (Kesha, Bon Iver) to experimental noise-makers (Lightning Bolt, Prefuse 73) to Biz Markie.
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
June 26, 1977, Elvis Presley made his last ever live stage appearance when he appeared at the Market Square Arena in Indianapolis. Presley would die less than two months later. Before the show Elvis was presented with a plaque commemorating the 2 billionth record to come out of RCA’s pressing plant.
The Spice Girls, from left to right Melanie Brown, Melanie Chisholm, Geri Halliwell, Emma Bunton and Victoria Beckham to launch Viva Forever, a musical featuring songs from the Spice Girls, which will open on December 11, 2012. MORE HERE
June 26, 1961, Gary U.S. Bonds started a two-week run at No.1 on the US charts with 'Quarter To Three', a No.7 hit in the UK. Before Bonds recorded this, it was an instrumental by The Church Street Five called 'A Night With Daddy G.' Bond's manager added lyrics to it and had him record it. This is often covered by Bruce Springsteen, who is a big fan. In 1981, Springsteen produced a successful comeback album for Bonds.
Monday, June 25, 2012
I watched Lisa Marie Presley perform last night (Slim's San Francisco - June 24, 2012)...she really has a great voice ...and she played the drums like Nikka Costa.
No photos were allowed and I didn't score an autograph this time ...all I can say is, go see her ...she's really good. MORE HERE
In Nashville, Jack White's adopted hometown, the musician has set up shop with his record label Third Man Records. There he not only records albums and shoots music videos, but hosts tailgate parties for his legions of fans.
But why does one of the most successful digital recording artists make sure his work is still pressed on vinyl just down the road at the local plant?
"The whole experience of vinyl is what we're after. If we don't see something moving, we lose romance," said Mr White.MORE HERE
Soul music legend Sam Moore and his wife, Joyce, are not giving up a bitter legal fight against the movie studios they say stole Moore's story for a film starring Samuel L. Jackson. And they are weighing up legal options against a new TV series, too.
The couple filed notice this week that they will appeal a federal judge's dismissal of a claim that a 2008 movie -- "Soul Men," starring Jackson and Bernie Mac -- was ripped off from Moore's time in the Memphis soul duo Sam & Dave. MORE HERE
Singer Jim Croce, who wrote blockbusters like “Bad Bad Leroy Brown,” lived in poverty.
His widow, Ingrid, who worked with him, has written the book “I Got a Name: The Jim Croce Story.” So how come her major star husband was busted?
“We both were. Always. Never had a dime. At 30, he died on tour in a plane crash. The day his single ‘I Got a Name’ was released, he was killed in the takeoff of a chartered Beechcraft. Until that 1973 day, we lived on $200 a week. Money didn’t flow then like now. Artists signed contracts that existed in perpetuity." MORE HERE
June 25, 1967, 200 million people saw The Beatles perform 'All You Need Is Love', live via satellite as part of the TV global link- up, 'Our World', Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Graham Nash, Keith Moon and Gary Leeds provided backing vocals.
June 25, 2012. The U.S. Supreme Court upheld parts of Arizona’s strict law targeting illegal immigrants, but said the federal government has the ultimate authority to decide who will be held on immigration charges and deported. MORE HERE
Sunday, June 24, 2012
The Memphis-born Presley reclaims those roots on her new album "Storm and Grace" – an Americana-inspired showcase for her songwriting talent and smoldering alto voice. Produced with elegant restraint by 12-time Grammy Award-winner T Bone Burnett, "Storm and Grace" is a marked departure from Presley’s previous albums. MORE HERE & HERE
She performs tonight June 24, 2012 at Slim's in San Francisco.
June 24, 1991, Frank Zappa took part at the concert 'Adieu Soviet Army', organised in Prague, as the farewell to the last soldiers of Soviet Red Army, leaving free Czechoslovakia (the Red Army had occupied Czechoslovakia since the Prague spring). This was probably Zappa's last rock appearance on the stage and it is recorded on the album Adieu C. A. (Soviet Army).
Legal papers filed in Los Angeles claim the pizza chain used "significant portions" of the band's hit Gold On The Ceiling to advertise a new product.
A second legal claim alleges Home Depot used the song Lonely Boy in an advert for power tools.
The band are seeking an end to the use of the songs and financial damages. MORE HERE
Saturday, June 23, 2012
The Duke finds the English singer/composer/arranger/keyboardist and five-time Grammy nominee Joe Jackson interpreting 15 Duke Ellington classics over the course of ten tracks, interspersing melodic and rhythmic elements of various compositions in a manner that's consistent with Ellington's own freewheeling approach. Rather than emulating the songs' original big-band settings, Jackson filters the material through his own musical imagination. Release Date: June 26, 2012. MORE HERE
It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) finds him trading vocals with punk icon Iggy Pop.
Check it out...
Given the band's ludicrous size, it's pretty surprising how quiet has been the past few years. But they've been taking to the road recently, and the stopped by the AV Club's studios in Chicago to take part in their online video covers series, AV Undercover. The Spree chose to cover Neil Young's 1972 hit "Heart Of Gold." Yet the band--uncomfortingly crammed into the tiny studio--turns the ballad into a golden triumph.
The Polyphonic Spree rehearsing Heart of Gold HERE
The United States Postal Service and La Poste of France celebrate a lively conversation between continents with the issuance of the Miles Davis and Edith Piaf stamps. The U.S. version and La Poste versions can be purchased in the United States online at usps.com and by phone at 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724).
This is the first time the United States and France have jointly issued a stamp since 1989, when both countries honored the bicentennial of the French Revolution.
The Miles Davis and Edith Piaf stamps also feature another historic first. For the first time, a QR code is printed on the back of the stamps. The code can be scanned with a smart phone. MORE HERE
Friday, June 22, 2012
On June 21 and 22, 2012 Imogen Heap will take part in ‘A Room for London’ – spending time in a Boat perched on top of the Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall on the River Thames in London.
The live stream takes place from 7pm BST on Friday June 22, 2012 and can be watched live at www.aroomforlondon.co.uk
One of rock’s most powerful and legendary bands, The Who will be celebrated when its “The Who: Quadrophenia - Can You See The Real Me?” The Story Behind The Album premieres as a one-night in-theater event on Tuesday, July 24, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. local time nationwide.
A court ruled on Wednesday June 20, 2012 that three members of Pussy Riot, the punk band who stormed the pulpit of Moscow's main Orthodox church and asked for Russia to be freed from Vladimir Putin will remain in prison until late July 2012. MORE HERE
More news and assitance information at freepussyriot.org
Backed by a band that includes three of his children, Glen Campbell made one of his "goodbye campaign" stops Thursday night June 21, 2012 at the Bob Hope Theatre in Stockton California. MORE HERE
Oh yeah, I got his autograph!
"A Better Place," the second video from Glen Campbell’s critically acclaimed album "Ghost On The Canvas" premiered online June 13, 2012. Watch it HERE
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Glen Campbell, the 76-year-old country music crooner, who became a massive crossover star in the '60s and '70s with such hits as "Wichita Lineman" and "Rhinestone Cowboy," announced last year that he'd been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and was retiring from the road.
His self-proclaimed Goodbye Tour, which included a stop at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles in February 2012, finally made its way to the Mountain Winery in Saratoga, California on Wednesday June 20, 2012. MORE HERE
See you at The Bob Hope Theater in Stockton tonight!
Jack White welcomes WTF's Marc Maron to his Nashville recording studio for a talk about the blues, the Church and the number 3. Jack and Marc explore the musical roots that paved the way for The White Stripes, The Raconteurs, The Dead Weather and Jack’s current solo success. LISTEN HERE
LeRoy Neiman, the painter and sketch artist best known for evoking the kinetic energy of the world's biggest sporting and leisure events with bright quick strokes, died Wednesday June 20, 2012 at age 91. MORE HERE
Neiman also painted many musicians as well as evidenced on Frank Sinatra's Deuts album covers (above).
...and don't forget the Femlin
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
The Red Hot Chili Peppers recently announced that they would be putting out a major vinyl release of nine 45's comprised of 18 new tracks (all will also be released digitally).
All of the songs were recorded for but not used in the recent I’m With You album.
Schedule for the nine releases HERE
Technology is great! Evolver.fm reports on a new Facebook link that allows users to identify and subsequently purge fans from your friends list. Your Ed Hardy-sporting coworker? Gone. Your high school wrestler ex-boyfriend? So gone. This feature blocks any mention of the group from your computer's consciousness. We're living in a brave new world.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
"I was 12 years old and loved the Beach Boys. "Surfer Girl" and "Little Deuce Coupe" were my favorite songs." -- Bill O'Reilly
'Right On' to the Beach Boys, even though they are now ancient mariners. The waves today are far more intense than they were back in '62. In the face of the incoming tide, sometimes we need some relief, some positive perspective about our lives. MORE HERE
1965, The Four Tops went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'I Can't Help Myself'. Lead singer Levi Stubbs had not been satisfied with the recording session and was promised that he could do it again the following day, but no other session ever took place. The track that became a hit was just the second take of the song.
“No music, no life.”
With that statement, Tower Records declared itself more than just a music store. From its founding in 1960 until its closure in 2006, Tower was a gathering place, a library, a barometer of cultural trends and one-time icon of the U.S. retail market.
Ultimately, the Tower Records business model—large stores with deep music catalogs—couldn’t compete in the age of digital downloads and discount retailers. But the spirit and history of this pioneering music store can live on. In fact, an effort to preserve the Tower experience is currently underway in Sacramento, California, the birthplace of Tower Records.
In 2009, founder Russ Solomon donated over 200 boxes of Tower-related history—artwork, photographs, memorabilia, awards, business records and correspondence, office furnishings and even the neon signs from the first stand-alone store—to the Center for Sacramento History. The Tower Records Project, a campaign to fund the preservation of Russ’ gift and make it publically available, has kicked off.
But this project will not succeed without your help. MORE HERE
Veteran actor Victor Spinetti, who starred in all three Beatles films - A Hard Day’s Night, Help! and Magical Mystery Tour, has died at the age of 82.
The Welsh star, who also appeared in a string of acclaimed movies as well as taking roles in the West End and on Broadway, died after a fight with pancreatic cancer. MORE HERE
Mr. Spinetti starred in a 1985 Mike + the Mechanics video HERE
He said he wanted to do something to mark his milestone birthday after citing him as one of his biggest musical influences.
So Paul Weller decided paid tribute to Sir Paul McCartney in the best way he knew how - by recording one of his songs.The former Jam frontman rerecorded the Beatles song Birthday as a present for Sir Paul, who turned 70 yesterday (June 18, 2012). MORE HERE
Tim Mooney, a drummer and producer who played with noted San Francisco bands American Music Club and Sun Kil Moon, died Thursday, June 13, 2012. He was 53.
Mooney played in Bay Area punk bands Sleepers, Toiling Midgets, and Negative Trend before joining S.F.'s American Music Club in the early 1990s. There, along with drumming, Mooney helped compose the band's artistically adventurous but dim-hued Americana. MORE HERE
Monday, June 18, 2012
It seems like only yesterday that “When I’m 64″ became a reality for Sir Paul McCartney, but today, he hits an even bigger milestone: turning 70.
Of course, the Beatles legend hardly looks or acts his age, since he continues to remain a vibrant force as both a touring and recording artist. In the last year alone he’s gotten married; collaborated on his first ballet, “Ocean’s Kingdom;” performed in North America, Abu Dhabi, Europe, South America and Mexico; released a new album of standard tunes, “Kisses on the Bottom;” was honored with the 2012 MusiCares Person of the Year award; received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame; directed his first music video; and played at Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee concert. MORE HERE
The Rolling Stones have denied reports they will retire next year with a headline slot at Glastonbury.
It was reported "sources" close to the band had indicated that their Glastonbury appearance will be their final date in a "handful" of shows in the UK and USA. It was also suggested that, as it is part of the group's 50-year anniversary, it will be seen as a good time to call it a day on live performances.
Representatives for the band insisted there is no truth in the claim, which appeared in the Sunday Mirror yesterday (June 17, 2012) and they would not be playing at Worthy Farm next summer. MORE HERE
"We wrote the screenplay in six weeks flat, laughing maniacally from time to time, and then the movie was made. Whatever its faults or virtues..." -- Roger Ebert
Bob Dylan is hitting the road with Mark Knopfler this year but so far the dates only include the upper Midwest and east coast of America.
Bob and Mark toured Europe together in 2011. The North American tour will coincide with new albums from both artists. Knopfler will release the double CD set Privateering in September 2012. Dylan’s yet-to-be titled album will also be released in September 2012. MORE HERE
At some point in his career, Harris was given the nickname "Sugarcane" by LA bandleader Johnny Otis and it was to remain with him throughout his life.
Most recognized for his appearances on Frank Zappa's Hot Rats - most notebily on Willie the Pimp, and on the Mothers of Invention albums Burnt Weeny Sandwich and Weasels Ripped My Flesh.
Country outlaw Steve Earle will curate and host Woodyfest at the City Winery in New York City on July 11, 12 and 13, 2012. The three-night series of intimate concerts will feature Steve Earle, Billy Bragg, Allen Toussaint, Tim Robbins, John Hammond, Rachel Yamagata, Amy Helm, The Wood Brothers and more performing songs written or inspired by Woody Guthrie.
The intimate concerts will be held in celebration of Woody Guthrie's 100th Birthday and a portion of the proceeds will benefit The Woody Guthrie Foundation. MORE HERE