Friday, November 30, 2012
It was a beautiful mingling of generations and genres, of songs, stories and memories, as the Memphis Music Hall of Fame's inaugural class was inducted during a ceremony Thursday night (November 29, 2012) at The Cannon Center for the Performing Arts.
Outside the theater, the children of Sun Records founder Sam Phillips and iconic radio deejay Dewey Phillips laughed together, and the sons of Otis Redding reminisced with their father's guitarist and songwriting partner, Steve Cropper. Others meeting for the first time, like ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill and Booker T. & the MG's rhythm man Lewie Steinberg, talked shop like old friends.
The 2013 Sundance Film Festival has nabbed the world premiere of "Pussy Riot - A Punk Prayer," which is to chronicle the arrest and trial of the all-women punk band from Russia. MORE HERE
PLUS... Russian court issues Pussy Riot video ban. MORE HERE
There’s this notion that folk and country music have historically been divided by sonics and by politics.
In the ’60s, folk was for the hippies, and country for the hawks, right? Folk was for trust funders with acoustic guitars, country for tobacco-spitting drawlers with fiddles and steels.
Ever discuss it with legendary country musician Bobby Bare? MORE HERE
Lots of Pics HERE
Thriller went places pop music had never gone before: A 14-minute music video that all but obliterated MTV's color line. The moonwalk dance craze. The Van Halen-infused "Beat It" guitar riff. The zombie line-dance that supplanted the hokey-pokey at cheesy wedding receptions for decades to come. MORE HERE
We must admit, we were just as mesmerized as everyone else ...
Mickey “Guitar” Baker, one of the great session men of early rock ‘n’ roll and the famous male voice on the classic “Love Is Strange,” died November 27, 2012 in Toulouse, France. He was 87.
Baker became a major star in the 1950s, particularly after he and Sylvia Vanderpool collaborate. MORE HERE
Prince's first official music video in over 3 years has significance because of its release onto YouTube, a medium Prince has rallied against for several years. We might possibly be seeing a shift in thinking, or perhaps simply a concession, by the iconic musician whose 35-year career has spanned several major changes to the music industry landscape.
No word on a possible album release but the single is out now through Swiss label, Purple Music, and can be ordered as a CD single, 12″ vinyl or 12″ picture disc from their website HERE
Renaissance, the much-beloved British band that combined rock, progressive and folk, lost one of its longest-serving members on Tuesday (November 20, 2012). Guitarist Michael Dunford passed away after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage while dining at his house in Surrey, England. His age was not disclosed.
Dunford joined Renaissance in 1970 when founding members and former Yardbirds Jim McCarty and Keith Relf left. Before that Dunford had been in the Nashville Teens, which had a hit in 1964 with ‘Tobacco Road’. MORE HERE
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Eric Burdon does not like to waste time in the recording studio, which made working with the Greenhornes a particular pleasure for the former Animals frontman: they knocked out their new four-song EP in a single weekend this past spring. MORE HERE
The first song on the new self-titled EP is Black Dog. Listen HERE
The new Memphis Music Hall of Fame will celebrate their induction ceremony tonight Thursday, November 29, 2012
25 artists are set to be inducted during the event at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts, located in downtown Memphis.The artist induction list is HERE
Yoko Ono has collaborated on a new men’s-wear line inspired by her late husband, John Lennon. Per WWD, the 18-piece collection, available at Opening Ceremony stores this week, is based on drawings that the conceptual artist gave to Lennon as a wedding gift in 1969. MORE HERE, HERE & HERE
By now, 46 years after the original series' September 1966 debut, one might imagine that every conceivable aspect of "Star Trek" lore and memorabilia has been mined and merchandised.
Not quite. Next week, Burbank-based film-music label La-La Land Records will release a 15-CD boxed set of music from the original "Star Trek" series: every note that was written and recorded for the sci-fi drama, more than 17 hours of music in all and retailing for $225. MORE HERE
Join La-La Land Records as it marks its 10th anniversary with the release of the STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES SOUNDTRACK COLLECTION at the historic Egyptian Theater in Hollywood, CA on December 3, 2012, at 7:30pm. MORE HERE
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Members of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot were nominated by Time magazine for the 2012 Person of the Year.
The punk band is among 40 candidates, who influenced news this year for better or worse. The list also includes US President Barack Obama, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, Olympic champion Michael Phelps and others. MORE HERE
Pussy Riot have also been named in a list of the world’s most important contemporary art figures. MORE HERE
Dave Grohl to Host 'Sound City' Show on SiriusXM
The Foo Fighters frontman will tell stories about and play music recorded at the iconic Los Angeles studio that is the subject of his new documentary.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Here are The Rolling Stones, rejoined by Bill Wyman, for "Honky Tonk Women," released as a single in 1969! This was the second song that Bill Wyman played with the Stones on the night.
The Stones face a whopping £200,000 fine because their historic 50th anniversary gig at London’s O2 was 35 minutes too long. They were meant to finish at 10:30pm on Sunday November 25, 2012 — but defied local council rules by continuing to play encores for their cheering fans until 11:05. MORE HERE
National Portrait Gallery in London.
Amy's parents view the piece (left)
The work by South African artist Marlene Dumas is not huge – no bigger than a sheet of A3 paper – but it packs a punch carrying "tremendous emotive power", said the gallery's contemporary curator Sarah Howgate. "Detail bleeds into and out of her work, directing and dispersing the gaze of the viewer."
The title, Amy-Blue. MORE HERE
This is the first Bad Seeds album since 2008′s Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!, though Cave has remained prolific scoring films and working with his other band, Grinderman. MORE HERE
The Empire State Building put on a light show for New Yorkers to enjoy, synchronized to Alicia Keys’ “Girl on Fire” and “Empire State of Mind.” The LED light show was the first since the election, when the building first showed what the system could do, giving real-time results.
Clear Channel’s iHeartRadio.com also posted a video of Keys talking about lighting up the iconic landmark and her reaction to seeing the display. Keys flipped the switch that started the show. MORE HERE
Alicia Keys will be performing live at the iHeartRadio Theater in New York City Tuesday November 27, 2012. The show is in support of first responders and volunteers of relief efforts for Hurricane Sandy and will stream live. GO HERE
Monday, November 26, 2012
The Stones joined Jeff Beck on stage. See HERE
Former Stone, Mick Taylor joined in a rendition of 'Midnight Rambler'. See HERE
MORE Video HERE
When it works, having a combination of different artists from different genres performing together can make for a fantastic collide in the music world at live events like the Grey Cup and Super Bowl.
This year, Canada celebrated the 100th Grey Cup (Canadian Football League) in Toronto at the Rogers Centre on Sunday November 25, 2012 with a halftime show mixed bag consisting of performances by Justin Bieber, Carly Rae Jepsen and Canadian folk icon Gordon Lightfoot.
Justin Bieber faced a hostile homecoming. They booed when his face popped up on the JumboTron. They booed when a host spoke his name at the onset of halftime. And they booed with extra glee as he took the stage and throughout his medley of so-called hits.
The 74-year-old Lightfoot certainly did captivate the crowd Sunday. With the stadium lights down, Lightfoot opened the halftime show by materializing on a modest stage near the 50-yard line, dressed in black and strumming an acoustic guitar. The crowd roared. MORE HERE & HERE
November 26, 1966 : Wilson Pickett's Mustang Sally enters the pop charts
Paloma Faith has been described as smart, vivacious, red-streaked and a singular talent. Before breaking into the music business, Faith worked as a magician's assistant and a dancer. She debuted as a solo artist in the UK in 2009 with the album Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful? Her latest album is no less provocatively titled — it's called Fall to Grace.
NPR Interview HERE
More Encore Session video HERE
Earl "Speedo" Carroll, one of the most colorful and beloved singers of New York-style vocal harmony in the 1950s, died Sunday November 25, 2012. He was 75.
Carroll was known in the music world for more than five decades as one of the lead singers of the Cadillacs.
Their 1950s hits included "Gloria," "You Are," "Wishing Well," "My Girlfriend," "Peek-a-Boo" and one perennial holiday favorite, a jive version of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer."
Perhaps the group's best-known song, however, was "Speedo," which was inspired by Carroll's nickname and on which he sang lead. MORE HERE
Sunday, November 25, 2012
announcement came via the band’s Twitter account. Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor have also confirmed that they will play with the band during their London shows.
Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds have revealed plans for one live date in North America, set to follow the release of their new album.
According to The Scenestar, the Australians will play Humphrey's Concerts By The Sea in San Diego, California on April 16, 2013.
The date of the concert has sparked rumors that the band will also be playing the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, which next year takes place over two weekends, April 12-14 and 19-21, also in California. MORE HERE
a lawsuit against Madonna for actions during a concert in St. Petersburg in August that antigay groups say violated a local law against propagandizing homosexual behavior.
The case has now been thrown out of court after a farcical trial during which the judge had to threaten to ban journalists from the room unless they stopped laughing. MORE HERE & HERE
Hey Russian Courts ...kiss Madonna's ass!
Jailed member of Russian punk band Pussy Riot, Maria Alyokhina, has been transferred to solitary confinement because of tensions with other inmates.
The singer was jailed for two years in August for performing a crude anti-Kremlin song in Moscow's cathedral.
Another band member, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova is also in jail.
The court's decision to sentence the women to two years each in remote prisons in eastern Russia was widely condemned. MORE HERE
Sign the petition HERE
Saturday, November 24, 2012
The Bay Area is rocking tonight (Saturday November 24, 2012). Roy Rogers & The Delta Rhythm Kings are performing at the Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley.
Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings are performing at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco.
Dick Dale performs at the Uptown Night Club in Oakland
The 21st Century Doomsday Spectacular'.
Newly published research reveals three alternative ways you can release those mood-enhancing endorphins: Singing, dancing, and drumming.
That’s the conclusion of a study by University of Oxford psychologist Robin Dunbar. He and his colleagues report people who have just been playing music have a higher tolerance for pain—an indication their bodies are producing endorphins, which are sometimes referred to as natural opiates.
In their experiments, simply listening to music did not produce this positive effect. “We conclude that it is the active performance of music that generates the endorphin high, not the music itself,” the researchers write in the online journal Evolutionary Psychology.
Actor Larry Hagman was so popular in American pop culture as the villainous 'J.R. Ewing' on television's 'Dallas' that when the character suffered a gunshot from a mystery character, the nation asked (with a little help from the promotions department) "Who Shot J.R.?"; which quickly became an iconic phrase. So massive was the fad, a song was recorded in honor of the phenomenon.
Of course, Hagman had other roles in a long Hollywood career; notably, the popular sitcom 'I Dream of Jeanie' and films 'Failsafe', Mother, Jugs & Speed, and Blake Edwards' Hollywood spoof 'S.O.B.'. His mother was the fabulous Mary Martin; most known for her role as Peter Pan on stage.
Larry Hagman played another role in rock n roll folklore ...
Not long before his death from a drug overdose Keith Moon asked his then neighbor Larry Hagman to drive him to the hospital to dry out. See below.
Larry Hagman official website
T.R. Dallas official website
Friday, November 23, 2012
for unexpected pairings.
In that tradition, on Tuesday November 20, 2012 pop star Ke$ha met country music legend Willie Nelson on the plaza in between her live performances.
Green Day are going beyond their album trilogy ¡Uno!, ¡Dos! and ¡Tré! with ¡Quatro!, a documentary set for next year.
¡Quatro! will give a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process that resulted in the trilogy and their various live shows across the U.S. "
Highlights of the documentary will premiere November 28, 2012 at midnight on VH1. ¡Uno! and ¡Dos! are out now; ¡Tré! is due December 11, 2012.
November 23,1974, The Rolling Stones scored their fifth US No.1 album with 'It's Only Rock 'N Roll'. The album which was the last Stones album for guitarist Mick Taylor peaked at No.2 in the UK.
Coldplay quite literally lit-up Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium Wednesday (November 21, 2012) night during a tour-wrapping show in which Chris Martin dropped big hints that his band won't be back for some time. MORE HERE
While the remaining members of Velvet Revolver have been rocking out with their latest solo efforts, former vocalist Scott Weiland seems hopeful about the revival of the band and his potential return as the frontman of the currently defunct supergroup. In fact, he even suggests they are set to start writing new material. MORE HERE
The fallout from the allegations of sexual assault by Jimmy Savile continues to reverberate as more people come forward to claim the late DJ abused them when they were in their early teens.
Sir Paul McCartney has disclosed how the Beatles spent time with Savile while playing gigs...“So we always thought there was something a little bit suspect.” MORE HERE & HERE
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Amid the flurry of activity surrounding The Rolling Stones' 50th anniversary, the band has confirmed that original bassist Bill Wyman (above right) and former guitarist Mick Taylor (above second from right) will join Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and company onstage for the Stones' concerts Nov. 25 and 29 at the O2 in London. MORE HERE
The Recording Academy has announced its annual list of works to be entered into the Grammy Hall of Fame, and they include recordings by Big Mama Thornton, Buck Owens, James Brown, Bob Dylan, Richard Pryor, Whitney Houston and 22 others. MORE HERE
Henry Rollins lives -- and has always lived -- an extraordinarily unusual life. He may have first come to the world's attention as frontman of one of Black Flag, but what he's done since has arguably been even more important.
His work as a writer and spoken-word performer has seen him travel the globe many times over, offering audiences a combination of Rollins' personal world view and thought-provoking facts, in a way that is both consciousness-raising and immensely entertaining.
Rollins performs tonight (Thursday November 22, 2012) through Saturday (November 24, 2012) at Yoshi's in San Francisco.
Rollins interview HERE
In a welcome break from the traditionally saccharine holiday programming, ABC is airing "a version" of Spike Lee's documentary "Michael Jackson: Bad 25," which had its premiere at the Venice International Film Festival before having a short theatrical release. Lee trimmed almost an hour for the television version, but "Bad 25" is still something to be thankful for, a hypnotic homage to the performer's gift and, more important, his dedication. MORE HERE
The documentary film by award-winning director Spike Lee, airs Thanksgiving Day, THURSDAY NOVEMBER 22, 2012 9:30|8:30c on ABC.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
On March 5, 2013, a collection of 12 previously unreleased recordings by Jimi Hendrix will see the light. People, Hell and Angels follows Hendrix in 1968 and 1969 as he works on material apart from the Jimi Hendrix Experience and suggests new, experimental directions. MORE HERE
Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne found himself at the center of a bomb scare at Will Rogers airport in Oklahoma City on November 10, 2012.
A dead grenade in his carry-on set off alarms at a TSA checkpoint.
Wayne was reportedly on his way to Los Angeles to catch a preview of the new Flaming Lips musical Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, and told police that the grenade was given to him at a party as a joke. Coyne was released once the TSA determined that the grenade was harmless. Several flights were delayed as a result.
Fiona Apple, the brilliant and intense singer-songwriter, has been on tour to support her new album, The Idler Wheel..., but she just cancelled her upcoming South American tour for a very good reason: She wants to be with her beloved dying dog. She posted a handwritten four-page letter on her website and Facebook explaining. MORE HERE
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Willie Nelson appeared on NBCs Today program this morning (Tuesday November 20, 2012).
The music legend, who has made over 100 albums, chats about his new book, “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die: Musings From the Road,” which chronicles his decades-long career, and says he loves performing with his kids, some of whom have also become musicians.
This Friday, November 23, 2012 marks Record Store Day’s Back To Black Friday event.
Record stores will be featuring unique, limited edition releases, many lovingly created by the artists themselves, all perfect for underscoring just how much music and other things regularly found at a record store are treasures, for giving and getting. The day also highlights the stores themselves, offering customers an alternative to the crazed, crushing national chain retailers, and a chance to choose their local, independently-owned shops. MORE HERE
List of items available HERE
November 20, 1955, Bo Diddley appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show television show. The show had requested that he sang his version of ‘Sixteen Tons’, but, when he appeared on stage, he sang his own song ‘Bo Diddley’ resulting in him being banned from further appearances on the show.
Be a part of the THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND PROJECT, an interactive documentary to record us all singing Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land” in his centennial year (from American Masters, Woody 100, and PBS): GO HERE
In addition to the final compilation video, the website’s focus will be the crowdsourced “This Land Is Your Land” songs: a place to experience as well as catalog for the historical record a diverse collection of a song that’s a part of our national canon, reflective of our American way of life.
Classic rocker Meat Loaf underwent knee surgery yesterday (Monday November 19, 2012). A statement was made via his Facebook page Monday afternoon minutes before he was set to go under the knife.
Meat Loaf’s tour schedule is empty now that he’s finished the Mad, Mad World tour. The final four dates of that show have been postponed indefinitely because of Hurricane Sandy.