Thursday, January 31, 2013

Happy Birthday Charlie Musselwhite

The Flaming Lips Super Bowl Auto Advert

When the Flaming Lips formed nearly 30 years ago, the notion that the group would be performing a song called "Sun Blows Up Today" in a Super Bowl ad would have been as surreal as some of their lyrics.

But that's exactly what happens in a new car commercial, which sees the group starring in one of Hyundai's four spots during the big game, a 60-second video that will feature the band on-camera performing the brand-new, custom-written song bearing that name. See it HERE


Happy Birthday Phil Manzanera

New Steve Earle Music Early 2013

Americana's reigning renaissance man Steve Earle does not know how to slow down.

Not only is he working on a memoir and a new novel, but his new album with the Dukes (and Duchesses), The Low Highway, is due April 16, 2013 on New West Records.

Now you can take an exclusive first listen to album cut "Calico County," a barroom stomper about some rough and rowdy characters, whose story Earle tells in a voice as gritty and gnarly as the track's lead guitar riff. MORE HERE & HERE

Slim Harpo January 11, 1924 – January 31, 1970

R.I.P.: Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner

One of the most outrageously funky singers and writers in modern music has died.

Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner, whose winking face and lascivious voice was central to the appeal of the smash 1970s band The Ohio Players passed away Saturday January 26, 2013 in southwest Ohio at the age of 69. MORE HERE & HERE

Handy Man Jimmy Jones 1960

January 31, 1960 : Jimmy Jones' "Handy Man" enters the R&B charts

The Stamp of the Man In Black

Johnny Cash will be memorialized by the U.S. Postal Service this year (2013) with his very own stamp.

The country legend will be a part of a new "Music Icons" series of stamps, and his version features a photograph by Frank Bez taken for 1963's Ring of Fire: The Best of Johnny Cash. The striking black-and-white design is intended to resemble a 45 rpm record sleeve. MORE HERE

Chuck Willis January 31, 1928 – April 10, 1958

R.I.P.: Patty Andrews

The last surviving member of the Andrews Sisters trio, Patty Andrews, passed away on Wednesday January 30, 2013. She was 94 years old.

The singer was a part of the trio of sisters that helped to raised the morale of U.S. troops during World War II by entertaining soldiers with songs like “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B” and “I Can Dream, Can’t I?”

According to the trio’s website, “Patty, the youngest sister, was a loud and energetic blond who headed the group with her confident vocals. MORE HERE & HERE

The movie clip above is from the Abbott & Costello film 'Buck Privates'

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Happy Birthday Phil Collins

The Beatles Final Live Performance Day 2013

January 30th marks the anniversary of the last live public concert by The Beatles.

Held on January 30, 1969, The Beatles played on the roof of the Apple Organization building in London.

The performance was to be included in Michael Lindsey-Hogg's "Let It Be" -- a documentary about the iconic band. MORE HERE

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Steve Marriott 30 January 1947 – 20 April 1991

Exclusive Linda McCartney Film

Watch a 30 minute film in which members of the McCartney Family speak about Linda, her influence on them and how they are continuing her legacy.

Also includes wonderful commentary from people who knew Linda including Elvis Costello and Chrissie Hynde.

The film is a very personal look at how Linda touched the lives of people she knew, interspersed with beautiful photography of her and the McCartney Family.

Watch it HERE

Billy Lee Riley Red Hot In '56

January 30, 1956 : Billy Lee Riley records "Red Hot"

R.I.P.: Stefan Kudelski

Stefan Kudelski, the inventor of the first portable professional sound recorder, died. He was 84.

Kudelski created the Nagra in 1951, and the invention was used by the radio, movie and television industries. MORE HERE

NPR segment HERE

Lightnin' Hopkins March 15, 1912 – January 30, 1982

Eric Clapton To Release Old Sock

Eric Clapton will release a new album, Old Sock, on March 12, 2013 marking the guitar icon's 21st studio record and first since 2010.

OLD SOCK will be released on Clapton’s Bushbranch label, distributed through a new collaboration with SurfDog Records in the USA and Canada, and released by Polydor Records in the rest of world. MORE HERE

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Big Joe Turner's TV Mama

January 30, 1954 : Big Joe Turner's "TV Mama" enters the R&B charts.

Music, Science And A Cause

The music video directed by Adam Powell is for the band Sivu's song "Better Man Than He" and he wrote about their reason for the MRI imagery:
The video is a collection of data gathered from MRI scans and inspired by research into improving the management of children born with cleft lip and palate. The research carried out at St Bartholomew's Hospital is funded by Barts and the London Charity and CLEFT, a small London based charity.
I've just recently been obsessed with the idea of capturing images without conventional cameras/lenses - This seemed like a perfect opportunity to capture something somewhat unique and take a glimpse into an amazing & fascinating world.


Professor Longhair December 19, 1918 – January 30, 1980

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Happy Birthday Bill Kirchen

Marc Maron Talks With Lucinda Williams

Lucinda Williams writes music that is raw, honest and emotional. So it’s no surprise she brings the same qualities to a garage chat with Marc Maron. Lucinda explains how she confronts the darker corners of her life through songs and Marc tries to figure out why Lucinda’s music makes him cry. Hear the entire interview HERE

The Bobby Fuller Four Fought The Law In 1966

January 29, 1966 - The Bobby Fuller Four's "I Fought The Law" was released.

Leela James' Soul In San Francisco

Singer Leela James brings her retro-soul sound to Yoshi's in San Francisco on Friday and Saturday February 1 & 2, 2013.

Although her engagement is being advertised by the club as "Leela James: In the Spirit of Etta," the singer will be mixing songs from her current CD with some from her three earlier ones.

Unlike Beyonce, who replicated Etta James' vocal style and arrangements in the motion picture "Cadillac Records," Leela James placed her distinctive bare-boned stamp on the nine tunes associated with the late soul diva that appear on the tribute CD.  MORE HERE

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Happy Birthday Johnny Lang

Wings Over America In June 2013

Hear Music is planning a “June-ish” (2013) release for the remastered “Wings Over America,” the latest entry in the McCartney Archive Collection reissue series. 

According to Beatlefan the collection definitely will include a DVD of the “Rockshow” tour film in addition to “far more bells and whistles” than any of the other Paul McCartney archive releases to date. MORE HERE

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Happy Birthday Claudine Longet

Kris Kristofferson Honors Willie Nelson

Country legends Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson made a rare appearance at the Nashville songwriters’ haven - The Bluebird Cafe - as each received a brand-new honor from the Nashville Songwriters Association International: Kristofferson is the namesake of the association’s new lifetime achievement award, and selected Nelson to be its inaugural recipient.

In one respect, Sunday’s (January 27, 2013early show at the Bluebird Cafe was par for the course. A pair of country singers, songwriters and friends picked up guitars and shared the tiny stage to trade off on tunes they had written.

There was one huge difference, of course: Those songs included “Crazy,” “Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down” and “Funny How Time Slips Away”. MORE HERE w/Video

Willie Dixon July 1, 1915 – January 29, 1992

Monday, January 28, 2013

Happy Birthday Sam Phillips

Pete Townshend Receives TEC Les Paul Award

Rock icon Pete Townshend picked up an award named after another legendary guitarist Friday night January 25, 2013 at the 28th annual Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards.

The singer, songwriter, guitarist and member of The Who was given the Les Paul Award at the TEC Awards, which recognize achievement in audio technology and production, acknowledging sound engineers, editors and producers as well as professionals who work in recording, sound and live music. MORE HERE & HERE

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Happy Birthday Sarah McLachlan

Boomtown Rats To Reunite On Isle of Wight

After a 26-year hiatus, Bob Geldof will be fronting The Boomtown Rats for a UK festival exclusive, playing the Main Stage at the Isle of Wight on Sunday June 16, 2013.

Formed in 1975 in Dublin The Boomtown Rats played their first UK shows with the Ramones and Talking Heads and fought the punk wars alongside the Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Jam and The Stranglers.

They were one of the biggest bands of the late 70s/80s with a string of top ten hits and platinum albums, earning them Brit Awards, Ivor Novellos and Grammy Awards along the way. MORE HERE & HERE

Jim Capaldi 2 August 1944 – 28 January 2005

The Coen Brothers Weave A Folk Music Tale

What if a folk singer got beat up outside a Greenwich Village nightclub in 1961?

Six, seven, or, maybe, eight years ago, as Joel Coen remembers it, that seemingly idle question about an unlucky singer in a hypothetical encounter at what used to be a real club called Gerde’s Folk City started bothering Mr. Coen, who writes and directs off-center movies with his brother, Ethan.

Next week some music industry insiders and perhaps a few potential buyers will finally see, and hear, the resulting film at a private, pre-Grammys screening in Los Angeles.

It is called “Inside Llewyn Davis.” And it promises to be quintessential Coen brothers fare — but different. MORE HERE

Whats Happening With The Doobie Brothers

January 28, 1978 - The Doobie Brothers made an appearance on ABC-TV's "What's Happening."

Morrissey's Ulcer

Morrissey has cancelled six more shows on his U.S. tour after being diagnosed with a bleeding ulcer.

The singer was admitted to a hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan on Thursday January 24, 2013 for what was said to be a bladder infection; however, word has now come down that he is actually suffering from a bleeding ulcer. MORE HERE

Billy Fury 17 April 1940 - 28 January 1983

From the film Play It Cool

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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Happy Birthday Mike Patton

Sir Paul Discusses Vegetarianism

Sir Paul McCartney appeared on BBC Radio 4’s ‘The Food Programme’ this Sunday January 27, 2013 to discuss a new vegetarian ad campaign and being vegetarian. Listen to the show HERE

The show will be repeated on Monday January 28, 2013 at 15:30 (gmt) and will also be available to stream on the BBC’s iPlayer.

Stevie Wonder's Number One Superstition

January 27, 1973, 'Superstition' gave Stevie Wonder had his second No.1 single in the US, 10 years after his first No.1.

Ice Cube/Stevie Wonder at NOLA Super Bowl Events

During the week leading up to Super Bowl XLVII, the entire city of New Orleans will be jumping with parties, celebrations and star-studded events.

The Howlin Wolf will be hosting the Coors Light Super Cold Party, featuring Ice Cube.

Stevie Wonder will headline an outdoor concert sponsored by Bud Light near the Wyndham Riverfront Hotel. The show will also include Texas blues guitarist Gary Clark Jr. as well as other performers. MORE HERE


Elmore James January 27, 1918 – May 24, 1963

All Tomorrow's Parties Adds The Tom Tom Club

Tom Tom Club lead the latest acts confirmed for All Tomorrow's Parties curated by Deerhunter happening from Friday June 21, 2013 until Sunday June 23, 2013. MORE HERE

Last year the Tom Tom Club released their first material in a decade with the Downtown Rockers EP.

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Happy Birthday Bobby 'Blue' Bland

Producer Talks Hendrix 'People, Hell And Angels'

On March 5, 2013 Experience Hendrix LLC and Legacy Recordings releases People, Hell And Angels, a new collection of previously unreleased Jimi Hendrix recordings culled from sessions between early 1968 and late '69, which saw the guitarist assuming the producer role and experimenting with different groups of musicians outside of the original Jimi Hendrix Experince trio.

The albums co-producer John McDermott discusses the new CD in full HERE

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Mahalia Jackson October 26, 1911 – January 27, 1972

Gretchen Peters Says Hello Cruel World

Though she first made a name for herself in the mid '90s, when Martina McBride turned her song "Independence Day" into a modern country standard, it's taken singer-songwriter Gretchen Peters some time to find her way as a recording artist in her own right.

On her latest, Hello Cruel World, her writing is as uninhibited and unflinching as it is dense and poetic. The result is an album of remarkable maturity, as Peters tackles tumultuous emotional conflicts head-on. MORE HERE

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Joey Dee and the Starliters' Peppermint Twist '62

January 27, 1962 : Joey Dee and the Starliters' "Peppermint Twist" hits #1.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Happy Birthday Lucinda Williams

Depeche Mode Delta Machine Details

New Studio Album ‘Delta Machine’ Set For Release March 26, 2013 on Columbia Records.

Depeche Mode to Debut Video for First Single ‘Heaven’ on VEVO Next Friday, February 1, 2013.

A deluxe edition of the album will include a bonus disc with four extra tracks as well as a photobook.

Depeche Mode recently announced two concerts at London's O2 Arena in May 2013.


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Happy Birthday Eddie Van Halen

Jimmy Cliff Covers Partridge Family for Volkswagen

Volkswagen has released a teaser of an ad called “Sunny Side,” which it plans to run during the Super Bowl XLVII broadcast on Feb. 3, 2013.

In the 1 minute, 40 second video, reggae singer Jimmy Cliff performs a cover version of the Partridge Family theme song “Get Happy.” MORE HERE

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Happy Birthday Jean Knight

This is the 1971 follow-up to 'Mr. Big Stuff'.

Tina Turner : Swiss Citizen

Tina Turner is on her way to becoming a Swiss citizen.

The American rock diva has lived in the Zurich suburb of Kuesnacht since the mid-1990s. The local Zuerichsee-Zeitung newspaper said on its website the local council announced its decision to grant the 73-year-old Turner citizenship. MORE HERE

Marshall Lieb January 26, 1939 - March 15, 2002

With friends from high school, Marshall Lieb and singer Annette Kleinbard, Phil Spector formed a group, The Teddy Bears.

The Teddy Bears best known hit  "To Know Him Is to Love Him" went to #1 on Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in 1958, selling over a million copies by year's end. It was the seventh number one single on the newly formed chart.

Jimmy Van Heusen 100

You've never heard of Jimmy Van Heusen? Well, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers has. You certainly know many of his songs.

The songwriter behind "Swinging on a Star," "Love and Marriage," "Come Fly with Me" and "My Kind of Town" won four Academy Awards and one Emmy for his work; he would have been 100 today (Saturday January 26, 2013).

His “Harlem Hospitality” was recorded by Cab Calloway and was his first published song.

Van Heusen had another side. During World War II, while writing songs for Hollywood movies, he was also doing dangerous work as a fighter test pilot.

He would work from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m., five days a week, going over to the Lockheed plant (Burbank), flying these airplanes on behalf of the Air Force, and then, from 2 o'clock onward, he was writing songs.

NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday show is HERE

Charlie Louvin July 7, 1927 – January 26, 2011

Friday, January 25, 2013

Happy Birthday Alicia Keys

New Willie Nelson Album On The Horizon

Willie Nelson will celebrate his 80th birthday on April 30, 2013 and the Country Music Hall of Famer is leading the celebration with a new album, Let’s Face the Music and Dance, coming out April 16, 2013. 

The new release is credited to Willie Nelson and Family and features his band of more than 40 years on all tracks.

The album is the first in a series of releases and events celebrating the artist’s 80th birthday year. MORE HERE

Willie is playing the title track during live shows ...Video HERE & HERE

Etta James January 25, 1938 – January 20, 2012

Midge Ure Lounged In San Francisco

Midge Ure is currently on his first North American tour in over a decade, and played the Red Devil Lounge in San Francisco on January 23, 2013. Ure's last jaunt across the U.S. was an all-acoustic one back in 2001.

Ure had a series of hits in Europe with the band Ultravox.


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Creedence Clearwater Revival With One Proud Mary

January 25, 1969 : Creedence Clearwater Revival's Proud Mary enters the pop charts

Bob Rubin Live From The Purple Onion

The new comedy CD from the king of absurd humor and brutal introspection, BOB RUBIN! Recorded live at the legendary Purple Onion in San Francisco, CA.

The Purple Onion, a venue known for putting on and breaking such incredible acts as, Phyllis Diller, Bill Cosby, Lenny Bruce, The Smothers Brothers, Woody Allen, Mort Sahl, and Richard Pryor.

Rube is brilliant and one of the most original comedians around. Absolutely hilarious... Worth every penny. --

Bob Rubin Live

Rusty Draper January 25, 1923 – March 28, 2003

Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival 2013

Coachella organizers have turned to reunited Brit-pop act Blur and one of L.A.'s longest-running rock acts in the Red Hot Chili Peppers to anchor its 2013 festival.

Blur will be joined by reunited country-mates the Stone Roses, rock act the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, legend Lou Reed, French pop band Phoenix and Trent Reznor's How to Destroy Angels at the top of the bill for the dual Coachella festivals, set for the weekends of April 12 and April 19, 2013 in the desert city of Indio, California.

Other upper-tier artists include Modest Mouse and a double-dose of Nick Cave (performing with Grinderman and the Bad Seeds). MORE HERE

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Sleepy John Estes January 25, 1899 – June 5, 1977

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Happy Birthday Aaron Neville

Aaron Neville's New True Story

Aaron Neville said recently that he had been trying to make a doo-wop album for the last 30 years, and that no record label would give him the chance. 

It should go without saying that this borders on the outrageous, even by the usual standards of music industry shortsightedness. Perhaps not coincidentally, this frames “My True Story,” his first album on Blue Note, as a product of wish fulfillment and not just a smart recalibration.

Mr. Neville, who turns 72 today Thursday January 24, 2013, has built his vocal career on the dual impression of pliability and sincerity.


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Happy Birthday Neil Diamond

U2's Generous Music Generation

Renowned Irish rock band U2 and The American Ireland Funds announced in 2009 that they were to establish a national music education program to help children and young people access music tuition in their local area.

As a result, 5,000 children from all over the country have been able to enjoy free music lessons.

Now, the (Irish) Department of Education are to start helping fund the Music Generation project. MORE HERE & HERE

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Warren Zevon January 24, 1947 – September 7, 2003

Casino Does Not Please The Black Keys

Even if imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, the Black Keys aren't too pleased with a Louisiana casino's commercials.

The Ohio rockers have filed a lawsuit in New York federal court against Pinnacle Entertainment, who run the L'Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles, and Manhattan Production Music, a company that makes music for commercial advertising, claiming the companies used their Brothers track "Howlin' for You" in advertisements. MORE HERE

Number One Desire : Bob Dylan

January 24, 1976 : Bob Dylan's LP Desire hits #1

14th San Francisco Bluegrass & Old-Time Festival

The lineup and schedule for the 14th annual San Francisco Bluegrass and Old-Time Festival have been released. The 10 day event runs from February 7-17 and features more than 25 shows at 18 clubs and music venues in the Bay Area.


Happy Birthday Doug Kershaw

Free Ben Harper And Charlie Musselwhite

Blues harmonica master Charlie Musselwhite and songwriter Ben Harper present Get Up! , a fierce reclamation of the blues that is now available to listen to for free via iTunes for a limited time. Check out the blazing, acoustic blues of the opener "Don't Look Twice" as well as the hard-hitting streamlined soul of "I'm In I'm Out and I"m Gone." This remarkable album is also now available to pre-order.

Listen HERE

Pre-order HERE

James 'Shep' Sheppard September 24, 1935 - January 24, 1970

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Happy Birthday Robin Zander

Yoko Ono To Celebrate 80th On Stage In Berlin

Yoko Ono will celebrate her 80th birthday with a musical performance at the Volksbühne in Berlin on Sunday, February 17, 2013. Her Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band will be led by her son, Sean Ono Lennon. MORE HERE

Django Reinhardt 23 January 1910 – 16 May 1953

Green Day Debuts Documentary At Winter X Games

Green Day's new documentary ¡Quatro! will premiere at this year's winter X Games, which start January 26, 2013 in Aspen, Colorado.

¡Quatro! tracks Green Day's creative process during the writing and recording of their recent album trilogy, ¡Uno!, ¡Dos! and ¡Tré!, and also includes live footage from shows across the U.S. Video teaser HERE

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Richard Berry April 11, 1935 – January 23, 1997

America's Cup Concert Series: Sting's First

There will be a series of concerts this year as part of the America's Cup races at a temporary 9000-seat venue on the San Francisco Waterfront.

Sting, the first headline act announced, will kick off the America's Cup Concert Series on June 2, 2013 at the first outdoor concert space of its kind on the SF Embarcadero. Tickets for the show go on sale on Friday January 25, 2013. MORE HERE

Allen Collins July 19, 1952 – January 23, 1990

The Smith Tapes

Unearthed after more than forty years and unheard since their original airing, the interviews of Village Voice Journalist and radio personality Howard Smith are available for the first time on iTunes and Amazon MP3

As a Village Voice journalist and nationally syndicated radio personality, Howard Smith conducted hundreds of interviews with rock stars and cultural icons between 1969 and 1972. Listen to some HERE

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Collection 3: Everything's Not Ok was released January 15, 2013. MORE HERE & HERE


Eugene Church January 23, 1938 – April 3, 1993

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Happy Birthday Andrew Roachford

Alicia Keys Sets Obama Inauguration Ablaze

Alicia Keys may be the "Girl on Fire," but during president Barrack Obama's second Inauguration Ball on Monday night (January 21, 2013), the singer confirmed that right now, it's actually the president who's on fire.

She belted out."He's living in a world and it's on fire...filled with catastrophe, but he knows he can't fly away. He's got both feet on the ground and he's burning it down."


Sam Cooke January 22, 1931 – December 11, 1964

Stones Say No To Coachella

The mystery on whether The Rolling Stones will be playing this year's Coachella Festival has been halted by Mick Jagger himself.

Speculation arose last month that the rock band would be headlining the US music event when an app added the Coachella dates to The Rolling Stones' performance schedule, however Jagger says the band "won't be ready" in time to take part in the event. MORE HERE

Nancy Sinatra's Boots Are Made For Walkin' '66

January 22, 1966 : Nancy Sinatra's These Boots Are Made For Walkin' enters the pop charts
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