Friday, August 31, 2012
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum pays tribute to one of country music's most iconic artists, the inimitable Patsy Cline, with Patsy Cline: Crazy for Loving You, a biographical exhibit is open for a 10-month run in the museum's East Gallery through June 10, 2013.
Compared to recent exhibits on the careers of Chet Atkins or Tammy Wynette, the collection the Hall has assembled might seem a little stark to the average fan. However, the goal of the exhibit was to focus the attention on Cline's music - rather than the dramatic personal life that has been attributed to the singer. MORE HERE
Lisa Marie Presley made her Grand Ole Opry debut August 21, 2012 and wowed the sold-out audience by performing three songs from her current album, the Americana release Storm & Grace. Presley came on stage to a rousing welcome from the audience and immediately launched into “Over Me” followed by “Storm of Nails” (above) and “Weary.” MORE HERE
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August 31, 1968, Decca Records released what has been called The Rolling Stones most political song, 'Street Fighting Man', written after Mick Jagger attended a March 1968 anti-war rally at London's US embassy, during which mounted police attempted to control a crowd of 25,000. The single was kept out of the US Top 40 (reaching No.48) because many radio stations refused to play it based on what were perceived as subversive lyrics.
Sean Lennon ripped fracking Tuesday August 28, 2012 in a New York Times op-ed, saying the process of extracting natural gas has been falsely portrayed as "clean." "Natural gas has been sold as clean energy," Lennon wrote. "But when the gas comes from fracturing bedrock with about five million gallons of toxic water per well, the word 'clean' takes on a disturbingly Orwellian tone. Don't be fooled."
Fracking, also known as hydraulic fracturing, uses water and chemicals to free natural gas trapped in rock deposits below the surface of the earth. Lennon says there's simply no way the process can be clean.
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Country music legend George Jones has announced he'll retire from the road after next year to spend more time with his family. "The Grand Tour" will visit approximately 60 cities in 2013, according to a statement released August 14, 2012. MORE HERE
Thursday, August 30, 2012
The Rolling Stones are releasing a documentary that traces their band's colorful 50-year journey. The film, titled "Crossfire Hurricane," is due for release in some British cinemas in October 2012 and will premiere on HBO on November 15, 2012. MORE HERE
The Rolling Stones will play four dates in November, two at London's O2 Arena and two at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. MORE HERE
Van Halen lead guitarist and namesake Eddie Van Halen has undergone emergency surgery for the digestive disease : diverticulitis. He'll spend the next four to six months recovering.
As a result, the rockers are rescheduling a tour of Japan that had been slated for November 2012. MORE HERE
The Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California featured the San Diego Symphony Orchestra and country pop singing sensation LeAnn Rimes Saturday night August 25, 2012.
August 30, 1972, John Lennon and Yoko Ono played Madison Square Gardens to raise money for the One to One charity. Stevie Wonder, Sha Na Na and Roberta Flack also appeared at the event. Lennon personally bought $60,000 worth of tickets which were given to volunteer fund-raisers. Several of the performances were later included on Lennon's, Live in New York City album.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
"Duquesne Whistle," begins in the middle of a scene, like the fade-in in a classic Western. It's the first song we get to hear from Bob Dylan's Tempest, the album he will release on September 11, 2012, 50 years and six months after the commencement of his recoding career. MORE HERE
Leave it to Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan and the show’s music team to pair a montage of chemistry in action with the song “Goin’ Down,” the B-side to The Monkees' 1967 hit “Daydream Believer.”
Monkees frontman Micky Dolenz weighs in HERE
August 29, 1964, Rob Orbison's 'Oh, Pretty Woman' was released in the US. It went on to reach No.1 four weeks later. The title was inspired by Orbison's wife Claudette interrupting a conversation to announce she was going out; when Orbison asked if she was okay for cash, his co-writer Bill Dees interjected "A pretty woman never needs any money."
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
A lawyer for the jailed members of Russian punk band Pussy Riot on Monday August 27, 2012 appealed against the three women's conviction for a protest against President Vladimir Putin at a church altar, but said he had little hope the verdict would be overturned. MORE HERE
85-year-old bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley sings Captain Beefheart and Velvet Underground songs on the soundtrack to Lawless.
Nick Cave wrote the screenplay and worked with his Bad Seeds and Grinderman collaborator Warren Ellis to score the movie, which is based on a novel by Matthew Bondurant about a family of bootleggers living in Virginia during the Depression. Cave and Ellis sought a sound that evoked the Thirties era of the movie while also transcending it. MORE HERE
Robert Plant says he’s well on his way to finishing a new album, the first with his latest group, The Sensational Space Shifters.
While Plant has strayed during the last several years from the heavy rock for which Led Zeppelin is known, he credits his old band with helping inspire his recent musical journeys, such as the Americana-flavored albums he recorded with Alison Krauss and The Band of Joy.
Plant suggests that his recent blues- and folk-influenced projects have help him recapture some of the vocal power that awed fans back in Zeppelin’s heyday. MORE HERE
Speaking to the crowd, Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl said that he felt this was a special night and that it marked the end of the band's tour in support of their latest album 'Wasting Light'. Speaking early on in the set, he said: "Well, well, well. The fucking Reading festival. You guys realize we've got a lot of songs to play. It's the last show of the tour and it's the last show for a long time.'' MORE HERE
August 28, 1961, Tamla Records released the Marvelettes first single, 'Please Mr. Postman'. The song went on to sell over a million copies and become the group's biggest hit, reaching the top of both the Billboard Pop and R&B charts. The song is notable as the first Motown song to reach the number-one position on the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart.
Monday, August 27, 2012
French rock star Johnny Hallyday’s summer vacation has been cut short after the actor was rushed to a hospital on the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe with heart trouble.
The legendary singer was on holiday with his family when his heart began to beat abnormally fast, according to French media reports. He was flown by helicopter to a hospital on Sunday night August 26, 2012. MORE HERE
August 27, 1966, The Beach Boys 'God Only Knows' peaked at No.2 on the UK singles chart. The song broke new ground in many ways. It was one of the first commercial songs to use the word 'God' in its title. As producer, Brian Wilson used many unorthodox instruments, including the French horns that are heard in the song's famous introduction.
THE Beach Boys may be celebrating their 50-year anniversary but don't you dare call them "oldies".
The 1960s surf-rock vocal group are touring Australia this month (August 2012) complete with three original members, song writing guru Brian Wilson, 69; his cousin and vocalist Mike Love, 71; and guitarist Al Jardine, 69, his high-school classmate. All were on board in Hawthorne, California, when the group's first single Surfin' was released in October 1961.
But judging by the fine print in previous tour contracts the "boys" are a bit sensitive about their age. MORE HERE
Sunday, August 26, 2012
The Cure brought the second day of Leeds Festival to a close last night (August 25, 2012) with an epic 33-song set.
"Hello again. It's been a while," singer Robert Smith told the crowd, as he took to the stage for the band's second appearance at the festival in two days, after having not played Reading and Leeds festivals for 33 years.MORE HERE
Lynyrd Skynyrd has canceled its Sunday night (August 26, 2012) show at the site of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida.
The show was canceled because of concerns about Isaac, the approaching tropical storm (and potential hurricane) that led to the cancellation of Monday August 27, 2012’s opening day of events at the Republican National Convention. MORE HERE
August 26, 1974, John Denver records "Thank God I'm A Country Boy" at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles in his first night of concerts that become the album "An Evening With John Denver"
The two members of Pussy Riot who managed to escape arrest have fled Russia.
Three members of the feminist punk group received two-year prison sentences on August 17, 2012 after being found guilty of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred. The trio were arrested in February after they staged a flashmob style performance at Moscow's main cathedral, protesting against the Orthodox Christian church's support of president Vladimir Putin.
Pussy Riot wore their signature balaclavas during the performance and two group members were able to avoid being identified and arrested. Last week (August 21, 2012), Russian police confirmed that they were still searching for the elusive protesters.
Earlier today (August 26, 2012), Pussy Riot used their Twitter feed, which is written in their native Russian, to confirm that the two free members have left Russia. MORE HERE
Saturday, August 25, 2012
Neil Young made it official on Friday August 24, 2012, announcing that the new 2-CD set with Crazy Horse, Psychedelic Pill, would be released in October 2012. MORE HERE
When the Jackson 5 burst onto the scene, they spent immense amounts of time in the studio laying down a myriad of tracks, many of which never made it onto their albums.
Hip-O Select, in cooperation with Motown, has unearthed 32 of these tracks for Come and Get It: The Rare Pearls, available directly from the company on August 31, 2012. MORE HERE
A single from the collection, "If the Shoe Don't Fit", has been released. Listen HERE
Join Loretta Lynn and Merle Haggard for their Labor Day Concert Series at the ranch! Loretta will perform Friday, August 31, 2012 at 8:00pm and Merle will perform Saturday, September 1, 2012 at 8:00pm.
Friday, August 24, 2012
Sir Paul McCartney has helped to free an elephant kept chained in the dark for seven years.
The Beatles legend pleaded with India's forest minister for the animal's release.
It has been revealed that 13-year-old Sunder will be rescued from his shed hell in India's Maharashtra district and moved to a wildlife center. MORE HERE
Dwight Yoakam is preparing to release 3 Pears, his first new studio album in seven years. Since his last record, the country pioneer has continued to explore soul, folk, pop and rock to further define his Americana spirit. Yoakam produced the entirety of 3 Pears, but he brought in some unexpected help on two tracks: Beck, who co-produced the first single "A Heart Like Mine" which can be heard HERE
3 Pears is due September 18, 2012. MORE HERE
Devo Parts With Warner Bros.
Warner Bros. announced the "unique, ground-breaking worldwide partnership" with Devo in the fall of 2009, with the deal handling multiple aspects of their business (recordings, touring, merchandising, etc). It was a homecoming for the group, who released six studio albums -- including the landmark 1980 set "Freedom of Choice" as well as their classic debut "Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are DEVO" -- on the label between 1978-1984.
Devo will officially unleash its fury on Mitt Romney with a song, called "Don't Roof Rack Me, Bro! (Seamus Unleashed)," just one day before the Republican National Convention.
"Seamus" will be released via iTunes Sunday August 26, 2012 to coincide with National Dog Day. Listen...
August 24, 1969 : John Lennon writes, rehearses, and records a song about his recent heroin withdrawal entitled Cold Turkey, where he also puts into practice his recent introduction to "primal scream" therapy. Fans and critics are shocked and appalled by the emotionally raw recording, a prelude to his eventual Plastic Ono Band album.
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Are The Rolling Stones finally ready to unveil some big tour plans commemorating their 50th anniversary? Maybe. The legendary rock guys are hinting that fans better keep checking the group’s Facebook and Twitter pages over the next few days, stating that they are about to announce some big news via their social networking pages.
Say you’re mobile and want to check out the news there? No problem. The Stones also have posted a mysterious image of a two eyes over a dim background with direction for fans with either an Android device or iPhone to score a free app called uView. Once fans download the app, the eyes start blinking and a few words appear: “Keep your eyes peeled.” MORE HERE
Gene Kelly, one of the biggest stars and greatest innovators from Hollywood’s golden age of musicals, would have been 100 years old today.
In honor of the late Gene Kelly's 100th birthday, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) is airing a smorgasbord of Kelly's movies. See HERE
NPR Tribute HERE
The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Foundation have announced Tony Arata, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Larry Henley and Kim Williams as its 2012 inductees. Tony Arata and Kim Williams will be inducted in the Songwriter category, Mary Chapin Carpenter in the Songwriter/Artist category and Larry Henley in the Veteran Songwriter category.
The induction ceremony will take place at the 42nd Anniversary Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Dinner & Induction Ceremony on Sunday, October 7, 2012. MORE HERE & HERE
In 1966, Bob Dylan managed to anger a good portion of his fan base by going electric for his new tour. Along for the ride were the unknown Canadian band The Hawks, made up of Rick Danko, Levon Helm, Garth Hudson, Richard Manuel and Robbie Robertson. Of course, they eventually became known as The Band.
On September 25, 2012 MVD Entertainment Group will release the documentary Down in the Flood, telling the story of the relationship between Dylan and The Band, the legendary amateur recordings that they made together in Woodstock, NY their re-invention of American music and their continued albeit sporadic relationship during the 1970s. MORE HERE
British rocker Graham Parker has reunited with his original band, the Rumour, for their first album together in more than 30 years, Three Chords Good, out November 20, 2012 on Primary Wave Records. MORE HERE
Listen to the single 'Coathangers' HERE
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey has followed up her H&M modeling gig with a new campaign for Jaguar. To help launch the luxury auto brand's F-Type two-seater sports car in Paris this September (2012), the pouty-lipped chanteuse channels a certain retro-chic that is very fitting for Jaguar. MORE HERE
A velvet voice fell silent for good on Tuesday August 7, 2012. Mike Kelly, frontman of the Duprees, the Vocal Teens, and the Italian Asphalt and Paving Company died of complications from kidney failure at his home in Burlington, North Carolina; he was 68. MORE HERE
Music lessons early in life may have lasting benefits on the brain, a new study found.
The study of 45 young adults found those with at least one year of childhood musical training had enhanced neurological responses to sound, a trait tied to improved learning and listening abilities.
School districts cutting arts programs should first consider that playing an instrument activates neuro-pathways to facilitate learning. MORE HERE
August 22, 1970, Creedence Clearwater Revival started a nine-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with their fifth studio album 'Cosmo's Factory'. The name of the album comes from the warehouse in Berkeley where the band rehearsed. Bandleader John Fogerty was so insistent on practicing (nearly every day) that drummer Doug "Cosmo" Clifford began referring to the place as "the factory".
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Willie Nelson “feels much better, and no other tour dates are being postponed” after the 79-year-old country singer skipped a performance over the weekend near Denver.
He had been slated to appear at a benefit Saturday for the Dumb Friends League animal shelter, but he reportedly experienced problems related to the city's altitude, and had to cancel.
He was not, however, hospitalized because of breathing difficulties, as had been widely reported. MORE HERE
Angry Birds Friends ft. Green Day is available to play on Facebook.
The brand new Angry Birds episode features ten new levels and an exclusive Green Day track to unlock.
The gane features animated pig characters based on Green Day band members Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool.
New levels and songs are expected to release in the future, ahead of the launch of a trio of new albums: Uno, Dos and Tre.
Tom Jones collaborated with Jack White for a one-off release on his Third Man Records label earlier this year, recording a version of Frankie Lane's track 'Jezebel' and a cover of Howlin' Wolf's 'Evil' (above) for the release.
Jones said that he'd enjoyed the collaboration immensely and would love to turn it into a full album. MORE HERE
The Russian president's critics have condemned the court proceeding that yielded the two-year prison sentences on Friday August 17, 2012 as part of a clampdown on a protest movement and reminiscent of show trials of dissidents in the Soviet era. MORE HERE
Monday, August 20, 2012
The Global Poverty Project is putting on a serious rock concert in Central Park on September 29, and you can go for FREE.
"It will be a concert of epic proportions," Hugh Evans, the co-founder and CEO of the Global Poverty Project said. "We’ve got Neil Young with Crazy Horse, we’ve got the Foo Fighters, we’ve got the Black Keys; all performing for free to support this campaign to eradicate poverty. People can actually come to the concert for free and earn tickets through the Global Citizens website.”
Helen Reddington’s The Lost Women of Rock Music: Female Musicians of the Punk Era (2nd edition) is a cultural-history of the women in Brighton, England’s punk rock movement. Part auto-ethnography and part original ethnography, Reddington calls upon her own experiences in the scene in addition to interviews, primary, and secondary sources to draw a complete picture of the role of women in punk rock. She showcases the experiences of groups such as The Slits, The Catholic Girls, the Au Pairs, and The Raincoats, just to name a few. MORE HERE
Sunset Strip Music Festival 2012 celebrated rock and roll on The Strip with performances by Bad Religion, De La Sol, Linda Perry, Marilyn Manson (above w/Ray Manzarek), Dead Sara and many more. MORE HERE, HERE & HERE
Q&A: A Conversation With Marilyn Manson and Ray Manzarek HERE
Marilyn Manson and Ray Manzarek perform The Doors classic Love Me Two Times HERE
Country music legend Willie Nelson was forced to cancel a fundraising gig in Denver yesterday (August 19, 2012) after he was admitted to hospital with "breathing problems".
The singer, who has released over 200 albums and has won seven Grammy Awards during his lengthy career, was scheduled to play at a charity event for the Dumb Friends League in Colorado, but had to scrap the commitment and be taken to a nearby medical facility for checks instead.
A representative for the event revealed that the 79-year-old was "suffering from breathing problems due to the high altitude and emphysema", but no further information about Nelson's condition has yet been revealed. MORE HERE
Scott McKenzie died on Saturday, August 18, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.
McKenzie was best known for singing the 1967 hit single, "San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)." It was written by John Phillips of The Mamas & the Papas.
Sunday, August 19, 2012
Though Willie Nelson re-imagined Wayne Carson's song "A Horse Called Music" for his own 1989 album of same name, the country great returned to the track with Merle Haggard and son Lukas Nelson on his latest album, Heroes. Here, Nelson reveals the making of the video for "A Horse Called Music," which finds him revisiting his past.
Even by Ry Cooder’s characteristically rarefied standards, this is a noble curiosity. After inspirational adventures with Cuban, Mexican and many other musical styles – not to mention a series of blissfully evocative movie soundtracks – Cooder gathers up his considerable roots in blues and R&B and steams into Barack Obama’s corner to help him hang on to the US presidency.
Republican candidate Mitt Romney is mercilessly lampooned in a shuffling blues written from the viewpoint of his pet dog (above). MORE HERE & HERE
After Madonna challenged St. Petersburg's gay pride ban at a concert there earlier this month, a group of activists has announced they will file a $10.5 million lawsuit against the pop star for "moral damage," reports RIA Novosti, a Russian news agency. Members of the Union of Russian Citizens, the civil group People's Assembly and the New Great Russia party are submitting the lawsuit August 17, 2012.
A lawyer representing the group said the "psychological stress and emotional shock" was felt beyond the show's attendees, claiming many other people were affected by footage of the show and reports on the Internet. MORE HERE
Saturday, August 18, 2012
Two of the most senior clerics in the Russian Orthodox Church have said they forgive members of the punk band Pussy Riot jailed for a cathedral protest against Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The three performers were sentenced to two years in a labor camp on Friday after being convicted of hooliganism driven by racial hatred, for performing a 50-second ‘punk prayer’ in Christ the Saviour Cathedral, Moscow, in February.
But Tikhon Shevkunov, head of the Moscow Sretensky Monastery and widely believed to be the Russian president’s spiritual counselor, told state television the church forgave band members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, Maria Alyokhina, 24, and Yekaterina Samutsevich, 30. MORE HERE
Dr. John - The Independent - San Francisco - Friday August 17, 2012
Dr. John and his band cranked out some funky New Orleans infused rock n roll. Seeing a musical legend perform in such an intimate room is always a thrill. Even at 71, the 'ol Doc flaunted his musically prowess, playing the grand piano, organ and flinging his axe - proving his guitar licks rival those of a younger persuasion.
More Pics HERE
Carl Davis, the iconic music producer who shaped what became known as “the Chicago Sound” died Thursday August 16, 2012 at his home in Summerville, S.C. He was 77 years old.
Though Chicago’s soul scene was less celebrated than those of Detroit or Memphis, it was rich with talent, and Mr. Davis was at the center of it through the 1960s and ’70s. He worked with Curtis Mayfield, Major Lance, Jackie Wilson, Tyrone Davis, the Chi-Lites and many others in a number of capacities, including producer, scout, manager and record company boss. MORE HERE
Biography available HERE
Friday, August 17, 2012
Three women from Russian punk band Pussy Riot were sentenced to two years in jail on Friday August 17, 2012 for their protest against President Vladimir Putin in a church, an outcome supporters described as the Kremlin leader's "personal revenge".
The band's supporters burst into chants of "Shame" outside the Moscow courthouse and said the case showed Putin's refusal to tolerate dissent. The U.S. embassy in Moscow said the sentence appeared disproportionate to what the defendants did. MORE HERE
Canadian twist in Pussy Riot case sparks call for Ottawa to intervene MORE HERE
Tell Russia To Drop All Charges and Release Pussy Riot HERE