Saturday, June 30, 2012

Happy Birthday Stanley Clarke

Sony Buys EMI

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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

Record Breaking Flaming Lips

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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

Chet Atkins June 20, 1924 – June 30, 2001

Lauryn Listens to Lawyer

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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

Randy Rhoads Biography

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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

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Florence Ballard June 30, 1943 – February 22, 1976

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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

Available HERE

Kiss Unloads Love Gun

June 30, 1977 - "Love Gun" was released by KISS. Oh yes I did.

Towering Tom Jones

Sir Tom Jones tries his hand at Leonard Cohen’s oft-covered Tower of Song, replacing Cohen’s cool and lazy style with a more poignant and mature tone. From the album Spirit in the Room.

George Harrison Gives Us Love

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

Happy Birthday Bill Kirchen

Lana Del Rey & JFK

On Wednesday, hours after the premiere of Lana Del Rey and A$AP Rocky's controversial "National Anthem" video, director Anthony Mandler spoke to MTV News about making the clip and dealing with the "packed powder keg" of public sentiment surrounding JFK and his legacy. MORE HERE

Get Your Kicks With Charlie Watts 'Boogie Woogie Band

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

Shorty Long May 20, 1940 – June 29, 1969

Sir Elton's Cock In Blur's Box

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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

Small Faces With Ogden's Nut Gone Flake

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.

The Boss Of The Year

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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

Tammy's Divorce 1968

June 29, 1968, Tammy Wynette is wedded to the #1 position on the Billboard country chart with "D-I-V-O-R-C-E"

Thursday, June 28, 2012

David "Honeyboy" Edwards June 28, 1915 – August 29, 2011

Quincy Jones Tells The Truth

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Spotify brought producer Quincy Jones to launch their new app featuring artist-curated playlists on Tuesday June 26, 2012, but the music legend couldn't resist dinging P. Diddy for being a music illiterate while touting the music technology.

"P. Diddy wouldn't know a B-flat" if it hit him, said Jones in a conversation with singer Bruno Mars to mark the occasion of an app launch. "P. Diddy has a doctorate in marketing. He's got clothes companies and Ciroc vodka." MORE HERE

Famous Dave

June 28, 1975 - David Bowie's "Fame" was released.

Faithfull Exhibition

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Singer/songwriter Marianne Faithfull has documented her colourful life in a new exhibition at one of Britain's most renowned museums.

The star has curated a collection of photographs, artwork and newspaper clippings at the Tate gallery in Liverpool, England. MORE HERE

Willie's Promiseland

June 28, 1986, Willie Nelson journeys to #1 in Billboard with "Living In The Promiseland"

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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

R.I.P.: Emi Ito


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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

John Entwistle 9 October 1944 – 27 June 2002

Ron Wood At BluesFest

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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

The Stone Roses Imposes

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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

Doc Pomus June 27, 1925 - March 14, 1991

Eban Schletter's Doomsday Spectacular

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

Festival Expressed

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

Flaming Lips Tasered And Maced

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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.

The CD and digital release will also feature "Tasered and Maced," an exclusive new track featuring Aaron Behrens of electro-funk duo Ghostland Observatory. MORE HERE

Jan & Dean Hit : Little Old Lady

June 27, 1964 - Jan & Dean's "Little Old Lady From Pasadena" was released.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Happy Birthday Mick Jones

Beach Boys' Love Surprize

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While The Beach Boys continue to extend their 50th anniversary tour with more dates in the U.S. and overseas, frontman Mike Love is also planning for what happens when the tour is over; he's already booked fall dates with his touring version of the Beach Boys, without the group's other principal founding members. The news surprised Brian Wilson. MORE HERE

Happy Birthday Chris Isaak

Russia Blames The Beatles

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The Beatles were responsible for a worldwide increase in recreational drug use which continues to harm young people, Russia's top anti-narcotics official has claimed. MORE HERE

Big Bill Broonzy June 26, 1903 – August 15, 1958

When Elvis Left The Building

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.

Viva Spice Girls

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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

Video HERE

Gary U.S. Bonds' Three To One

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

Happy Birthday Eddie Floyd

Lisa Marie Presley Delivers

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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

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Jack White Voices The Virtues Of Vinyl

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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

Marvin Gaye Gives It Up '77

June 25, 1977, Marvin Gaye went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Got To Give It Up', his third US No.1.

Michael Jackson August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009

 

Battle For The Legend Of Sam & Dave

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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

Clifton Chenier June 25, 1925 - December 12, 1987

The Jim Croce Story

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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

All Our World Needs Is Love

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.

Flaming Lips Service River's Edge

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Flaming Lips lead singer Wayne Coyne crowd-surfs in a bubble during the band's River's Edge Music Festival in St. Paul Minnessota performance Sunday June 24, 2012. MORE HERE

Supreme Court Ruling On Immigration

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

Car Wheels On A Gravel Road To Gold

June 25, 1999, Singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams receives her first gold album, for "Car Wheels On A Gravel Road"

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Happy Birthday Jeff Beck

Lisa Marie In San Francisco

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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.

Happy Birthday Arthur Brown

More Tales From Elvis Presley's Crypt

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Elvis Presley’s Memphis, Tennessee, crypt pulled from auction block after worldwide fan outcry. MORE HERE

Frank Zappa : Adieu Soviet Army

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).

The Dells Retire

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After 60 years, the Dells (still Mickey McGill, Verne Allison, Marvin Junior, and Chuck Barksdale.) will give their final performance June 24, 2012 at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland.

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Black Keys vs. Pizza Hut

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The Black Keys are suing Pizza Hut and Home Depot for allegedly using their songs in adverts without their permission.

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

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Monkees Third

June 24, 1967, The Monkees went to No.1 on the US album charts with 'Headquarters' the group's third chart topper.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

June Carter Cash June 23, 1929 – May 15, 2003

Joe Jackson And Iggy Pop Duke It Out



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

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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...

Happy Birthday Glenn Danzig

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Given the band's ludicrous size, it's pretty surprising how quiet The Polyphonic Spree 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

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June 23, 1965 - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles released "Tracks Of My Tears".

The Birth Of Cool Stamps

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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

Kitty Wells '52

June 23, 1952, Decca releases Kitty Wells' "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels"

Friday, June 22, 2012

Happy Birthday Kris Kristofferson

Imogen Heap Leaps Into A Room For London

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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.

Whilst in residence she will compose a new Heapsong entitled ‘You Know Where To Find Me’ about the River Thames. The song will be composed entirely from 3pm on Thursday June 21, 2012 to 3pm on Friday June 22, 2012 and will be followed by a live chat and performance on Friday evening.

The live stream takes place from 7pm BST on Friday June 22, 2012 and can be watched live at www.aroomforlondon.co.uk

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Fred & Judy

Fred Astaire May 10, 1899 – June 22, 1987

Judy Garland June 10, 1922 – June 22, 1969

Happy Birthday Todd Rundgren

Can You See Quadrophenia?

 

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.

Classic Mason Williams

June 22, 1968 - Mason Williams' "Classical Gas" was released.

Free Pussy Riot!

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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

Hank Williams Lookin' Good

June 22, 1951, MGM releases Hank Williams' "Hey, Good Lookin'"

An Evening With Glen Campbell & Family

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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

Happy Birthday Ray Davies

Glen Campbell's Bay Area Goodbye Tour

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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

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See you at The Bob Hope Theater in Stockton tonight!

John Lee Hooker August 22, 1917 – June 21, 2001

The Jack Whitening Of WTF

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Monday June 18, 2012

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

The Yardbirds Featuring Jimmy Page

June 21, 1966, Jimmy Page made his debut with The Yardbirds.

From Lily's Lips

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Singer Lily Allen has confirmed that she is back in the studio working on new material.

"You will be pleased to know that i am currently in the fucking studio with @GregKurstin," Allen wrote.

MORE HERE

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Fats Domino's Goin' Home

June 21, 1952 - Fats Domino's "Goin' Home" became his first #1 hit.

R.I.P.: Leroy Neiman

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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

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Happy Birthday Brian Wilson

Chili Peppers Produce Red Hot Releases

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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

Purging Nickelback

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Technology is great! Evolver.fm reports on a new Facebook link that allows users to identify and subsequently purge Nickelback 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.

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Yoko Youth

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Monday June 18, 2012, the benefit single "Early in the Morning" from Yoko Ono, Kim Gordon, and Thurston Moore was released. And now the trio has confirmed that a six-track album, YOKOKIMTHURSTON, will be released September 25, 2012 in the U.S. and September 24, 2012 internationally via Chimera Music. MORE HERE

Elvis Presley Can Cause Genetic Disorder

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People with Williams syndrome, a rare genetic disorder, experience hormonal fluctuations associated with falling in love when they hear Elvis Presley croon 1956 hit 'Love Me Tender.' MORE HERE

 

Chet Atkins June 20, 1924 – June 30, 2001

Summer Solstice 2012

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Happy Birthday Ann Wilson

The Peter Buck Starts Here

R.E.M. fans got their very first taste of guitarist Peter Buck’s debut solo album today when former Dream Syndicate frontman — and frequent Buck collaborator — Steve Wynn world-premiered the song “10 Million BC” during a guest DJ stint on Diane’s Kamikaze Fun Machine on New Jersey’s WFMU. MORE HERE

Nick Drake 19 June 1948 – 25 November 1974

O'Reilly Factors In The Beach Boys



"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

The Four Tops Help Themselves To Number One

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.

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“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

R.I.P.: Victor Spinetti

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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

Jerry Reed's Hot One

June 19, 1971, Jerry Reed lights up the #1 position on the Billboard country chart with "When You're Hot, You're Hot"

From Paul To Paul

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

R.I.P.: Tim Mooney

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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

Happy Birthday Sir Paul McCartney

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

Stones Still Rolling

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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

Clarence Clemons January 11, 1942 – June 18, 2011

Happy Birthday Roger Ebert

"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

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Bob & Mark On Tour

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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

Don "Sugarcane" Harris June 18, 1938 - November 30, 1999

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.

The Earle Of Woodyfest

Woodyfest

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