Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Last week in Sydney, Australia, Lana Del Rey gave a delicate rendition of Nirvana's 1993 hit "Heart-Shaped Box," stripping the track of Kurt Cobain's grit in favor of a lighter version. On Monday July 30, 2012, Courtney Love reached out to Del Rey on Twitter to give her an unsolicited rock history lesson. Though the tweets have since been deleted, Stereogum took a few screenshots before their removal.
"You do know the song is about my Vagina right?" wrote Love to Del Rey. MORE HERE
He's honest, observant and unafraid -- which goes a long way to explaining why he's such a terrific songwriter. Those same qualities, however, could make him a bit of a wild card during a Q&A session in front of a live audience.
Thus, before he started fielding questions on Monday night July 30, 2012 in San Jose, California, Mellencamp thought he'd better first caution the crowd.
"I think it only fair to say I come with a warning," the 60-year-old singer-songwriter said right after taking the stage at the lovely California Theatre. "So just be aware of that."
Mellencamp continues to be a breath of fresh air in an industry otherwise consumed by political correctness, where watching what you tweet seems at least as important as writing what you know. That factor is one of the main reasons why he's such a deserving recipient of the 2012 John Steinbeck Award. MORE HERE
Jimmy Buffett and Lionel Richie found an easy solution to the dilemma of who got to perform "All Night Long (All Night)" during their one-off stadium show in Detroit.
They both did.
Richie, of course, wrote the song and took it to No. 1 in 1983. Buffett, meanwhile, guests on the new version from Richie's latest album, the chart-topping 'Tuskegee'. And while Buffett was the night's headliner, he quipped at one point that "Lionel had to cut 10 hits out of his show. I get to do all 2.5 of mine." MORE HERE
His popularity later helped propel a successful performing partnership with his wife, the dancer and actress Cyd Charisse, in nightclubs and on television. Their marriage lasted 60 years, ending with Ms. Charisse’s death at 86 in June 2008. MORE HERE
Monday, July 30, 2012
Arctic Monkeys‘ cover of The Beatles‘ 1969 track ‘Come Together‘ is proving popular on the iTunes singles chart after being included on the London Olympics’ official opening ceremony album.
The Sheffield band covered the Fab Four classic live at the opening ceremony last Friday (July 27th), and also aired their own UK number one single ‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor‘. Both tracks now feature on ‘Isle Of Wonder: Music For The Opening Ceremony Of The London 2012 Olympic Games‘, which was released shortly after the ceremony concluded.
‘Come Together’ is currently at #14 on the iTunes singles chart. MORE HERE
Olympics soundtrack races into British charts HERE
Olympics ceremony album tops download charts HERE
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Roger Daltrey has been given an honorary degree by Middlesex University.
The Who frontman has been recognized for his contribution to the music and acting industry over his six-decade career. MORE HERE
Great news for a movie that's already got more stars than a complicated constellation — Lee Daniels's The Butler will boast a score from 79-year-old Quincy Jones, who has six musical Oscar nominations to his name.
The Forrest Whitaker–starring film is based on Eugene Allen, a butler in the White House's employ for more than three decades. Oprah Winfrey, Alan Rickman, Robin Williams, James Marsden, Jane Fonda, Mariah carey, and more have also been cast.
July 30, 1966, The Troggs started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Wild Thing'. Because of a distribution dispute, The Troggs' single was available on two competing labels: Atco and Fontana. Because both pressings were taken from the identical master recording, Billboard combined the sales for both releases, making it the only single to simultaneously reach No. 1 for two companies.
The controversial trial is beginning in Moscow of members of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot.
The three women have been in prison for five months for briefly singing a political protest song in Moscow's main cathedral.
It is a case that has divided Russia between those who think the women have been treated far too harshly, and those who feel their action grossly offended the Orthodox faith. MORE (w/video) HERE & HERE
The brainchild of British pop legend Peter Gabriel, Womad - World of Music Arts & Dance - celebrated its thirtieth year over the weekend.
Womad now runs 160 festivals in 27 countries.
While others shrink and fall by the wayside, the mother festival now based at the beautiful Charlton Park in Wiltshire experienced its biggest attendance yet in 2012. MORE HERE
A Tribute to Sam Phillips of Sun Records
Original Music by Johnny Dale
Sam Phillips, was an American businessman, record executive, record producer and DJ who played an important role in the emergence of rock and roll as the major form of popular music in the 1950s. He was a producer, label owner, and talent scout throughout the 1940s and 1950s. He most notably founded Sun Studios and Sun Records in Memphis, Tennessee. Through Sun, Phillips discovered such recording talent as Howlin' Wolf, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash. The height of his success culminated in his launching of Elvis Presley's career in 1954.
Columbia Records will celebrate its 125th anniversary with the release of a book titled 360 Sound: The Columbia Records Story on the great American record label and its role in initiating recorded music, cultivating great artists, and igniting cultural change.
360 Sound: The Columbia Records Story, published by Chronicle Books, will be released on October 30, 2012. Pre-Order HERE
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Sunday, July 29, 2012
The Grateful Dead will be the focus of a special weekend Friday, August 3, 2012 through Sunday, August 5, 2012 at the Rock and Roll of Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio.
Highlights include screenings August 4 & 5, 2012 of the film "Move Me Brightly," a salute to late Dead leader Jerry Garcia. Also on the agenda are a Hall of Fame Series interview with Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann on August 3, 2012 followed by a performance by his 7 Walkers band. MORE HERE & HERE
Word of Charlie Christian's skill reached John Hammond, who arranged for Christian to travel to Los Angeles in August 1939 for an audition with Benny Goodman. Goodman, deeply impressed by Christian's playing, engaged him and soon featured him on weekly radio broadcasts and in recordings; before the year was over he was a nationally prominent jazz soloist. MORE HERE
Following on the heels of the release of Commando: The Autobiography of Johnny Ramone, the 8th Annual Johnny Ramone Tribute will be held at the renowned Hollywood Forever Cemetery on Sunday August 19th, 2012.
A stand out event every year, the tribute will be hosted by Johnny's wife Linda Ramone with appearances by very special guest Priscilla Presley, Steve Jones, Henry Rollins, Rose McGowan, Billy Zoom of X, PJ Soles and Slim Jim Phantom from the Stray Cats.
The event will be even more special this year, as it will include a book signing of Commando, Johnny's autobiography that was released earlier this year to critical acclaim. MORE HERE
Tickets available HERE
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At long last there is new downloadable music from your sweater mates The Reigning Monarchs - kick ass surf guitar musica for your listening pleasure.
Listen to the single 'All Summer' and download the new EP HERE
Fiona Apple has grown up.
It was certainly the case during Apple's sold-out show Saturday July 28, 2012 at the Fox Theater in Oakland, California. It could be seen in her comfort level onstage and it could be heard in the few sentences she said to the crowd between songs.
For nothing highlights maturity quite like gratitude. And Apple seems to truly appreciate her loyal following. MORE HERE
July 29, 1963, With the US charts full of Hot Rod songs, Capitol Records sent disc jockeys a list of car terms and phrases to help promote The Beach Boys latest release ‘Little Deuce Coupe’.
Saturday, July 28, 2012
The U.K.’s rock and pop big guns featured heavily in an edgy and quintessentially British 2012 Olympics opening ceremony, as the London Games began with a bang.
Stars including Paul McCartney, Arctic Monkeys (top), Mike Oldfield and Dizzee Rascal all performed live in a spectacular and occasionally surreal show at the Olympic Stadium in Stratford, East London. MORE HERE
To get European regulators to approve its $1.9 billion takeover of EMI, the Universal Music Group may do something once considered unthinkable: sell Parlophone Records, which releases the music of Coldplay and Radiohead and is the heart of EMI’s holdings in Europe. MORE HERE
Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong will act as a mentor on the new series of the American version of The Voice.
According to Billboard, the punk veteran will provide guidance for contestants being tutored by judge Christina Aguilera on the new episodes of the US reality series, which starts this September (2012).MORE HERE
Friday, July 27, 2012
The Sex Pistols are set to honor the 35th anniversary of Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols with a limited-edition deluxe box set release. The collection contains three CDs and a live DVD, including a remastered version of the album from the original master tapes, six demos from the Spunk bootleg album and a demo studio recording of "Belsen Was a Gas." The original master tapes were originally thought to be lost, but were rediscovered in January. The box set also includes a 7" replica of the "God Save the Queen" A&M single, posters, stickers and a copy of the original handwritten lyrics to "God Save the Queen."
The box set is scheduled for a September 24, 2012 release.
He is Sir Paul McCartney. Knight, Beatle, Wing. The most successful songwriter of all time. A living demigod who’s caused women to faint with his mere presence and rock legends to pick up their first guitar.
When it came to Danny Boyle choosing a fitting finale to the Olympic opening ceremony, Sir Paul was the only conceivable choice. MORE HERE
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Rapper, actor and reality star Ice-T made headlines when he responded with a pro-gun viewpoint when asked about the tragic "Dark Knight Rises" movie screening shooting last Friday (July 20, 2012) in Aurora, Colorado. This caught the eyes and ears of conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh, who praised Ice T for knowing the word "tyranny" and then quickly suffered the hip-hop veteran's wrath.
Ice-T saw right through the so-called praise (mockery is easily distinguishable) which was most unwelcome. "Rush Limbaugh said he was impressed I knew the word 'tyranny,'' he tweeted. "He's a racist piece of shit."
Making it clear he wanted nothing to do with the conservative television and radio establishment, Ice then posted a link to a Newsone.com article that listed the "Top 10 Racist Limbaugh Quotes." "Hahaha some of y'all are saying Limbaugh is not racist?? Check this," he wrote with the link. MORE HERE
The tweets are HERE
For the fourth year, NPR will be broadcasting this weekend's Newport Folk Festival live. Check with your local NPR affiliate(s) the see if you are receiving the broadcast or stream it on many city's NPR stations.
Give 'Em Enough Rope (1978).
The Jacksons of Gary, Indiana, rose to fame on pitch-perfect harmonies, synchronized dance moves and an unwavering devotion to family as personified by their pious and steadfast mother.
But in the last week, those qualities have come to seem as out of date for the famous family as the bell bottoms and butterfly collars they sported on "The Ed Sullivan Show"four decades ago. In a bitter public feud that has played out in tabloid leaks, Twitter posts and police reports, some family members accused others of kidnapping the 82-year-old matriarch, Katherine, in a bid to enlist her in a fight over the vast fortune of their deceased superstar brother, Michael. MORE HERE & HERE
July 26, 1968 : Much to Mick Jagger's fury, the new Rolling Stones album Beggar's Banquet, scheduled to be released today in the US, is held back after Atlantic fears the cover, featuring a filthy men's room urinal with graffiti on the walls, will be found offensive. The album is eventually released with an all-white cover that looks like an invitation.
Larry Hoppen, founding member of '70's pop-rock band Orleans, died Tuesday July 24, 2012 at the age of 61.
Orleans was founded in Woodstock, NY, in 1972, and released their best-known album, Waking and Dreaming, in 1976, which featured their Billboard charting hits "Still the One," "Forever" and "Love Takes Time." MORE HERE
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Just as EMI Music Publishing is being taken over by Sony, it is losing one particularly prominent client: Paul McCartney.
MPL Communications, Mr. McCartney’s multifaceted holding company, is taking its music publishing interests from EMI, its longtime home, to the upstart Kobalt Music Group. MORE HERE
Musicians including Sir Elton John and Queen guitarist Brian May have attacked Google and other search engines for helping users get access to pirated copies of their work.
Pop mogul Simon Cowell, The Who singer Roger Daltrey, Led Zeppelin star Robert Plant and composer Lord Lloyd-Webber have also joined the campaign calling for more action to combat illegal copying and distribution of music.Their concerns are made clear in an open letter which will be sent to British prime Minister David Cameron this week. MORE HERE
Forty years ago, an American singer-songwriter whose music never found an audience at home became a star in South Africa, but he didn't know it until decades later.
A new documentary by a Swedish filmmaker tells the remarkable story of "Searching For Sugar Man." MORE HERE
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Country legend Willie Nelson is on board for this year's Railroad Revival Tour.
He'll be joined by Jamey Johnson, Band of Horses and actor-musician John Reilly and Friends.
The train tour kicks off October 20, 2012 in Duluth, Georgia., and runs through October 28, 2012 in Oakland, California.
The artists will ride in vintage, 1940s railcars. They'll perform in open air, pop-up concert venues in parks, fields and lots around the railroad tracks where they stop.
Other stops include Memphis, Tenn.; Oklahoma City, Old Town Spring, Texas; Tempe, Ariz.; and San Pedro, Calif.
Tickets go on sale Friday July 27, 2012 at 11 a.m. EDT.
It didn't take long before Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Ian Stewart were joining in on stage and later Buddy Guy and Lefty Dizz also played their part. It was a unique occasion that was fortunately captured on camera. Now, restored from the original footage and with sound mixed and mastered by Bob Clearmountain, this amazing blues night is being made available in an official release for the first time.
The 45th anniversary of The Velvet Underground‘s seminal album ‘The Velvet Underground & Nico‘ is to be celebrated with a comprehensive, 6-disc re-release, it has been confirmed.
The re-issue, which is due for release on October 1, 2012 and will contain the original album, alternate versions, rehearsal recordings and live takes across its six CDs. MORE HERE
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will celebrate Chuck Berry with the 17th installment of their American Music Masters Series. The rock trailblazer, who was one of the 10 inaugural inductees to the Hall upon its opening in 1986, will now be honored with "Roll Over Beethoven: The Life and Music of Chuck Berry," a week of panels, interviews, films and other programs culminating in a performance by Berry.
The events run from October 22 to 27, 2012, with Berry's concert featured on the last day. For full details, visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's official website, though further information regarding the closing show's lineup and tickets will be distributed by email newsletter. MORE HERE
Monday, July 23, 2012
MONKEEMANIA continues this Summer…..for the first time on 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl, a LIMITED EDITION RED VINYL pressing of the classic 1969 Monkees album INSTANT REPLAY.
For this special event, this limited edition masterpiece also will be presented in a first time a Gatefold cover! Release date is July 24, 2012. MORE HERE
The Newport Folk Festival has sold out before, but never as early as it did this year, with tickets for the two-day event disappearing a full three months in advance.
The seminal music festival returns to Rhode Island's Fort Adams State Park on July 28 with a lineup featuring veteran stars like Arlo Guthrie as well as up-and-comers hoping to turn an appearance at Newport into their big break. Fifty-three years after music impresario George Wein created the festival, and 30 years after it appeared all but dead, its draw is as strong as ever. MORE HERE
Toilet paper featuring Sanrio's beloved Hello Kitty channeling the dark allure of KISS members may be surprising but come on, you know this odd pairing is going to be a collectable gold mine!
The famous feline sheds her adorable pink garb for black, and adds the trademark face makeup that channels KISS. Traditionalists will be comforted to see both parties agreed on keeping some pink in the bows and of course an interpretation of Gene Simmons' tongue.
This isn't some knockoff, back alley operation either. Animenewsnetwork.com reports Gene Simmons himself confirmed meeting with Sanrio execs to hammer out a deal. MORE HERE & HERE
Sunday, July 22, 2012
2012 marks 60 years of Britain's Official Singles Chart and ITV conducted a nationwide poll to find The Nation's Favourite Number 1 Single.
The 60 song countdown concluded Sunday July 15, 2012 crowing Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody as the UK’s favourite Number 1 of all-time.
Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean was at Number 2, while Adele’s Someone Like You (Number3), Oasis’ Don’t Look Back In Anger (Number 4) and The Beatles’ Hey Jude (Number 5) completed the Top 5. MORE HERE & HERE
Elvis Costello and Clover performed at a benefit for the Richard de Lone Special Housing Project, on November 8, 2007 in San Francisco California (above). MORE HERE
Elkie Brooks has one of the richest and most distinctive voices in showbusiness, and she has been entertaining people around the world for the last five decades.
An audition at age 15, in 1960, put her on a major package tour the following day. But despite a boost when gaining her first record contract, the decade proved to be a wilderness for her.
Her inclusion in rock bands Dada and Vinegar Joe brought her to a wider audience before becoming a solo success later in the seventies.
She has just released a new album and an autobiography. MORE HERE
Book available HERE
CD available HERE
Sir Richard Branson is considering buying back Virgin Records, the label he founded over 40 years ago. The label's current owner Universal Music may sell the baled to appease competition authorities as they look to buy rival major label EMI for £1.2bn.
Sir Richard originally sold Virgin Records, the company he founded in 1970 aged 20, to Thorn EMI for £510m in 1992. MORE HERE
Saturday, July 21, 2012
Three members of female punk group Pussy Riot who derided President Vladimir Putin in a protest in Moscow's main cathedral had their spell in jail extended by six months on Friday July 21, 2012 in what their lawyers called a show trial dictated by the Kremlin. MORE HERE & HERE
Hours after court ruling Red Hot Chili Pepper's lead singer Anthony Kiedis appeared on stage in St. Petersburg's Petrovsky Stadium in a T-shirt with the inscription Pussy Riot. MORE HERE
Tell the Russian authorities to drop all charges and release them! Sign the Amnesty International 'Free Pussy Riot' petition HERE
The two guys were Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss, the "A" and the "M" in A&M Records. By the way, it was Alpert's garage and that first hit was "The Lonely Bull," performed by Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass. And this year the two record men and UMe are celebrating the 50th Anniversary of their label.
As part of the celebration, on August 28, 2012 UMe is releasing A&M 50: THE ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION. A 60-track, 3-CD set curated by Alpert & Moss, THE ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION perfectly illustrates what a potent effect the legendary label is still having on contemporary popular music. MORE HERE & HERE
Anyone out there still holding onto their ticket for the Who at the Providence Civic Center in 1979 is in for an amazing surprise. The Rhode Island venue (now called the Dunkin Donuts Center) will be honoring the tickets when the Who return on February 26th, 2013, during their Quadrophenia tour. MORE HERE
Friday, July 20, 2012
The Sweetwater Music Hall announces free, live, high-definition streaming ...starting tonight with Bay Area band Mother Hips
This sold out show will be streamed live in HD via www.sweetwatermusichall.com beginning at approximately 9 p.m. Pacific time. The webcast is free. For more information and the link to the live stream, please click HERE.