Sunday, June 30, 2013

Happy Birthday Stanley Clarke

The Stanley Clarke Band : Find Out

The Rolling Stones' Glastonbury Triumph

The Rolling Stones did not fail to impress at their much-anticipated debut performance at the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury Festival in Somerset Saturday June 29, 2013.

Lead singer Sir Mick Jagger, along with his band mates, drummer Charlie Watts and guitarists Ronnie Wood and Keith Richards, treated more than 170,000 fans at the event with their hits including Jumpin' Jack Flash, It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (But I Like It), and Paint It Black for two hours. MORE HERE & HERE

Watch the entire performance HERE

Lena Horne June 30, 1917 – May 9, 2010

Lena Horne & Gabor Szabo : Empathy

Elvis Costello Pumps It Up At Glastonbury

Elvis Costello takes a sun-basked Saturday (June 29, 2013) afternoon Glastonbury main stage crowd for a joyful jaunt down a musical memory lane. It’s a pity though that not everyone in the audience appeared to be a fan – meaning that appreciation seemed patchy at best.

Under a brilliant blue sky Costello successfully debunks the myth that spots and stripes are a fashion faux pas. Sporting a natty pinstriped suit and a purple shirt emblazoned with yellow polka-dots he leads his band, The Imposters, through a set that includes pretty much all of the tunes you’d a Margaret Thatcher death song. MORE HERE

Watch the entire performance HERE

Chet Atkins June 20, 1924 – June 30, 2001

Chet Atkins : The RCA Years

Brand New Pixie Music

A rousing comeback single is hard to pull off, especially when it's been nine years since you've released an original song.

But from the first few seconds of Pixies singer Black Francis' half-spoken, half-shouted line in "Bagboy" (above), it's clear that the band's vitality is fully intact.


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Florence Ballard June 30, 1943 – February 22, 1976

The Supreme Florence Ballard: 18 Essential Original Recordings

Lemmy Is Alive

Motorhead have issued an update on frontman Lemmy Kilmister's health.

The band have recently been forced to cancel three tour dates after Lemmy suffered a hematoma. The size, scale or location of the frontman's hematoma – where blood collects outside of a blood vessel - is not known, but the news of the medical problem follows reports that the frontman has also recently been fitted with a defibrillator because of heart problems.

With rumors circulating suggesting the band's future may be in doubt, Motorhead have released a statement updating fans on Lemmy's health.

The statement read: "We are happy to announce that despite rumors to the contrary, Lemmy is alive, breathing, talking, fucking, drinking, eating, reading and will be back to playing shows shortly...."

Happy Birthday Billy Brown

20th Century Masters: Millennium Collection - The Best of Ray,Goodman, and Brown

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Happy Birthday Bill Kirchin

Bill Kirchin : Word To The Wise

Glastonbury 2013 Streaming Live

Glastonbury 2013 live coverage, day two ...

Tonight (Saturday June 29, 2013) will see the Rolling Stones headline on the Pyramid stage, Chase & Status take to the Other stage and Public Enemy on West Holts.

The simplest way to get live coverage is to head to

Rosemary Clooney May 23, 1928 – June 29, 2002

Cocktail Hour: Rosemary Clooney

Seizure Inducing Video From Nine Inch Nails

Nine Inch Nails made their triumphant return last month with “Came Back Haunted ,” a throwback to their signature industrial-pop for their new album Hesitation Marks.

David Lynch was enlisted to direct the video (above) and he delivered something akin to his shorts and the large non-sequitur parts of the narrative that happen in almost every one of his feature films.

Warning: the video has been marked to potentially trigger seizures for people with photosensitive epilepsy. Yes, you read that right.


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David Lynch official website

Little Eva June 29, 1943 – April 10, 2003

Little Eva : The Original

Bad Company On Tour

Seventies rock-radio mainstays Bad Company return to the USA this summer for a rare American tour.

Runnin' with the pack. The current tour celebrates the 40th anniversary of Bad Company, a supergroup formed from members of Free (Paul Rodgers and drummer Simon Kirke), Mott the Hoople (guitarist Mick Ralphs) and King Crimson (Boz Burrell who died in 2006).

The tour visited Mountain View California on June 23, 2013 (above).


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Lowell George April 13, 1945 – June 29, 1979

Lowell George : Thanks I'll Eat It Here

Photograph : The Ringo Starr eBook

EVERY time I see your face, it reminds me of the places we used to go. But all I’ve got is a photograph, and I realise you’re not coming back any more.”

That’s the opening line from Photograph, one of Ringo Starr’s biggest solo hits. It was originally released in 1973, but today sounds as though he wrote it specially to fit in with his latest project.

Starr’s got an ebook out. Also called Photograph, it’s full of previously unseen pictures from the former Beatle’s life, from birth through to 1974, with special emphasis on those eight years when he, along with John, Paul and George, ruled the world. MORE HERE & HERE

Get it HERE

Shorty Long May 20, 1940 – June 29, 1969

Shorty Long : Essential Collection

Friday, June 28, 2013

Happy Birthday Steve Morse

Divided We Stand: Best of the Dregs

The Rolling Stones Get Ready For Glastobury

Glastonbury and The Rolling Stones share a parallel history but there have been many obstacles to overcome to bring the musical giants together.

The Rolling Stones headline the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury on Saturday night June 29, 2013, bringing 51 years of classic anthems and swaggering attitude to Worthy farm. According to Mick Jagger, he’s got his camping gear and wellies ready. MORE HERE

BBC4's  John Humphrys has been speaking to Mick Jagger ahead of the Rolling Stones' headline appearance at Glastonbury this weekend. The full interview will be broadcast on Saturday (June 29, 2013) morning's Today programme.Check it out HERE.

Keith Richards in an exclusive interview with Newsbeat ahead of Glastonbury. HERE

Harry Mills August 19, 1913 — June 28, 1982

Essential Mills Brothers: Four Boys & A Guitar

Big Star Homage

Since Alex Chilton’s death in 2010, a group of Big Star fans, including Mike Mills, former bassist of R.E.M., and the musician-producers Mitch Easter and Chris Stamey, have come together with the original Big Star drummer, Jody Stephens, for several concerts.

They’ll do so again on Sunday at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park, as part of this year’s SummerStage concert series. MORE HERE & HERE

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Red Nichols May 8, 1905 – June 28, 1965

Red Nichols And His Orchestra 1936

The Polyphonic Spree New Album Soon

'Yes, It's True'. The Polyphonic Spree return to the UK with a new album and tour dates this summer.

The band who captured the imagination of thousands from their first notes at David Bowie's Meltdown in 2002 and went on to take hearts and minds at Glastonbury and on a succession of UK tours have been away from our ears and eyes for some time but have remained a touchstone for all that is innovative, beautiful and downright different in the music scene..

The new album will be released August 6, 2013.


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Happy Birthday Ava Barber

Lawrence Welk : Musical Anthology

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Happy Birthday Lorrie Morgan

Lorrie Morgan : War Paint

Melissa Etheridge To Wed After Supreme Court Ruling

U.S. rock singer Melissa Etheridge on Wednesday June 26, 2013 announced plans to marry partner Linda Wallem after the U.S. Supreme Court's rulings paved the way for gay marriage in California, the couple's home state.

Etheridge, 52, came out in 1993 and was an early and prominent gay rights advocate in the entertainment industry.

"I look forward to exercising my American civil liberties and getting fully, completely and legally married this year to my true love of over three years, Linda Wallem," Etheridge said in a statement.

The Supreme Court affirmed on Wednesday June 26, 2013 a lower court ruling that struck down California's voter-approved ban on gay marriage. The state would become the United States' 13th state to legalize same-sex marriage.

The country's highest court also struck down a key part of a the federal law, Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), that denied benefits to same-sex married couples. MORE HERE

John Entwistle 9 October 1944 – 27 June 2002

John Entwistle's Rigor Mortis Sets In

Black Sabbath Is Number One

Veteran heavy-metal band Black Sabbath landed its first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday June 19, 2013, more than four decades after the rockers debuted their first album in the United States.

"13 ," the 19th studio album from Black Sabbath, sold 155,000 copies in its first week, according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan, knocking last week's No. 1 album by Queens of the Stone Age off the top spot on the weekly U.S. album chart.

Black Sabbath, an English rock band fronted by lead singer Ozzy Osbourne, released their debut self-titled album in North America in 1970, but were never able to notch the top spot on the Billboard 200 album chart in a career spanning 43 years. MORE HERE

Doc Pomus June 27, 1925 - March 14, 1991

Doc Pomus : Blues in the Red

Motorhead Cancels Shows Due To Lemmy Illness

Motorhead has nixed a handful of live shows after the British heavy metal band’s iconic frontman Lemmy Kilmister suffered a hematoma.

Word of Lemmy’s latest ailment came from Barley Arts Promotion, the promoter behind the scheduled -- and subsequently canceled -- June 25, 2013 show in Milan, Italy.

The group’s June 21, 2013 See-Rock Festival in Graz, Austria was also canned.

Although the group’s official website hasn’t confirmed Lemmy’s hematoma -- a mass of blood localized collected outside the blood vessels -- the Motorhead homepage is circulating reports which confirm his ailment.

The rocker was recently fitted with a implantable defibrillator to correct an irregular heartbeat.


Jackie Washington November 12, 1919 — June 27, 2009

Northern Soul's Classiest Rarities, Vol. 2

The Island Years of John Martyn

An enormous, career spanning John Martyn box set has been confirmed.

A product of the folk scene, John Martyn was far too much of his own man to stick within the confines of any one genre.

Numbering 17 CDs in total, 'The Island Years' also contains a DVD featuring rare and unseen live performances. In total, the box set includes five complete discs of previously unreleased or first time on CD recordings and the equivalent of a further three discs of rare, live and unreleased studio material.

'The Island Years' is set to be released in September 2013.


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Gale Storm April 5, 1922 – June 27, 2009

Dark Moon: The Best of Gale Storm

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Happy Birthday Mick Jones

Big Audio Dynamite : No.10 Upping St

Glimmer Twin Strike Publishing Deal

Mick Jagger and Keith Richards have struck a deal with music publisher BMG to represent their interests in the Rolling Stones catalogue, including 1960s classics such as I Can't Get No Satisfaction and Jumpin' Jack Flash.

The deal is a coup for BMG as the songwriting duo, who have effectively managed their own interests for the past 30 years. MORE HERE

Happy Birthday Chris Isaak

Chris Issak : Beyond the Sun

Little French Songs By Carla Bruni

Ella Fitzgerald was known as the First Lady of Song, but is the singer-songwriter of first ladies.

The Italian-born, globe-trotting fashion model recorded an international hit in 2002, "Quelqu'un m'a dit ". In 2008, she married Nicolas Sarkozy, then president of France, and became literally a rock star first lady.

Now, with Sarkozy out of office, Bruni has released a new album, Little French Songs



Happy Birthday Jean Knight

Blue Soul Belles 2

Pink Floyd vs. Pandora Round Two

Internet radio service Pandora has responded to a strongly worded negative opinion piece recently written by the remaining members of legendary rock band Pink Floyd.

Pandora pays fractions of a penny every time a song is played by someone on its service, which may not seem like a lot of money, but it adds up — making music licensing the biggest expenditure for the company. And considering that terrestrial radio stations don’t have to pay anything, Pandora feels that a lower rate is reasonable. MORE HERE

Also : Martha Reeves Latest Artist to Criticize Pandora MORE HERE

Big Bill Broonzy June 26, 1893 – August 15, 1958

Big Bill Broonzy : All the Classic Sides 1928-1937

Miscalculating Michelle Shocked

The Michelle Shocked concert scheduled for the San Francisco Pride weekend has been canceled.

In a statement, San Francisco Examiner Publisher Todd Vogt said:  "I am officially canceling the plan to have Michelle Shocked come to San Francisco and perform a free concert and apologize for her recent anti-gay comments. I had hoped that her concert and apology would have held the performer accountable and shine a light on hatred and bigotry, but, unfortunately, it has not. Having Ms. Shocked stand in front of a San Francisco audience and perform her music was intended to help heal, but has only further angered and offended the community...I sincerely apologize to all." source

Happy Birthdy Georgie Fame

Georgie Fame : 20 Beat Classics

R.I.P.: Alan Myers

Alan Myers, Devo's drummer during their period of greatest success, died Monday June 24, 2013.

Myers became Devo's third drummer when he joined the band in 1976. Known for his precision on the kit, his playing featured on Devo's first seven albums, including 1978's Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! and 1980's Freedom of Choice , which included the single "Whip It." He left the band in 1986 over a lack of creative fulfillment as the group increasingly used electronic drums, according to the 2003 book We Are Devo! MORE HERE

Lou Reizner 1934 - 26 June 1977


Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Happy Birthday Eddie Floyd

Eddie Floyd - Chronicle: Greatest Hits

20 Years Of Exile In Guyville

20 years ago (June 22), Liz Phair's seminal LP was released.

In 1993, no rock record was as divisive as Liz Phair's Exile in Guyville.

With her 18-song double-LP debut, Phair pried the lid off her life and sang away secrets. Even though it landed right at the apex of the cultural moment for "Women in Rock" and riot grrrl, Phair was something else. Her feminism was not wrapped up in dogmatic choruses, her rage was articulated in quiet disses tangled up in sublime indie-pop. Guyville was all guile and jangle. Phair dispensed with the innuendo and explained exactly, and explicitly, what she was game for. MORE HERE & HERE

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Liz Phair : Exile in Guyville
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