Saturday, August 31, 2013

Happy Birthday Van Morrison

Van Morrison : His Band and the Street Choir

Willie Nelson's Trigger USB Giveaway

Willie Nelson is giving away FIVE Trigger USB keychains in a contest this month! 

This unforgettable 2GB Trigger USB is made into a handy keychain you can take along anywhere and always have ready to use. Aside from its convenience, it makes for a great conversation piece!

To enter, simply fill out the form located HERE. Contest ends Thursday September 5, 2013 at 5PM CDT.

If you are interested in purchasing your own Trigger USB, you can do so HERE (it is not required to enter the contest). 

Carl Wayne August 18, 1943 – August 31, 2004

The Move

Anna Calvi Releases One From One Breath

Anna Calvi has debuted the video for her new single 'Eliza' (above).

The track, the video of which sees the singer braving the elements as she runs through a forest, is the lead single from the singer's forthcoming new album 'One Breath'. The LP, which is the follow-up to her self-titled 2011 debut, will be released on October 8, 2013. source

Happy Birthday Glenn Tilbrook

Glenn Tilbrook & the Fluffers : Binga Bong!

God Save The Queen Who Saves The Badgers

The Queen guitarist Brian May is heading for an unlikely hit after his protest song inspired by the badger cull reached the charts.

The song, 'Save the Badger, Badger, Badger' (above), was recorded by May and the internet entertainer Weebl and features the vocals of Brian Blessed.

It has made the top 40 in the iTunes download chart and is the most popular track in the iTunes store top 10 rock chart. MORE HERE

You can download NOW !! - links: AMAZON | iTunes


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Happy Birthday Rudolf Schenker

Scorpions : Sting in the Tail

Time Passes Slowly With Bob And George

One of the standout tracks from Bob Dylan’s Another Self Portrait (1969-1971): The Bootleg Series Vol. 10 is the joyous “Time Passes Slowly.”

The demo for the song, which can be found on 1970′s New Morning, is presented twice. There’s a version with an arrangement that apes the crashing majesty of Joe Cocker’s Beatles cover “With A Little Help From My Friends.” That arrangement would be revamped a few years later for Desire ’s hard charging “Isis.”

And then there’s the version that features an actual Beatle, Dylan’s friend and future Traveling Wilbury George Harrison, who covered New Morning‘s easy-rhyming opening track “If Not For You” on All Things Must Pass.

Watch the video for “Time Passes Slowly,” featuring Harrison’s guitar and harmony vocals, above.

Sample the entire album HERE

Bob Welch August 31, 1945 – June 7, 2012

Fleetwood Mac : Future Games

Friday, August 30, 2013

Happy Birthday Peggy Lipton

Peggy Lipton

Final Clash Remastering

Mick Jones expects the band's huge new box set to be the last Clash reissue project.

To Mick Jones, the Clash's new box set, Sound System(to be released September 10, 2013), represents the band's final statement. The 13-disc collection includes remastered versions of their five studio albums, video of everything from their first recording session in 1976 through incredible gigs in New York and Sussex University and three discs of remixes, alternative versions and b-sides. Jones spoke about assembling the collection, the group's breakup and why they never reunited HERE

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Kitty Wells August 30, 1919 – July 16, 2012

Kitty Wells : Queen of Honky Tonk Street

Sly Stone's Plan For Racial Harmony

Sly Stone, the musician who pioneered funk music in the 1960s and ’70s with his multiracial band, Sly and the Family Stone, has an idea for a new band that he claims will be “even stronger” than the Family Stone: an all-albino group.

Even at 70, after the collapse of Family Stone and heavy drug use, Stone, born Sylvester Stewart, wants to get back in the game. In an interview the Guardian’s Alexis Petridis, Stone explained that “albino musicians could neutralize all the racial problems...” Read it HERE

Happy Birthday Johnny Mann

Ultra-Lounge / On The Rocks With A Twist - Part 2

R.I.P.: Music Man Murray Gershenz

Murray Gershenz, the record collector turned character actor, has died. The 91-year-old died  Wednesday August 28, 2013.

Better known as “Music Man Murray,” Gershenz spent nearly three-quarters of a century collecting the more than 300,000 records that filled the dusty wooden shelves of his two-story record shop.

From opera classics to big band, country western, jazz, R&B and rock and original Edison cylinder recordings, Gershenz always lived up to his business credo, “You name it, we find it.”

The massive collection, and Gershenz’s years-long plight to sell it, was the subject of a documentary film, “Music Man Murray” (trailer above) which premiered last year. MORE HERE

John Phillips August 30, 1935 – March 18, 2001

John Phillips : Phillips 66

Bob Weir Was Here Again

Wednesday night (August 28, 2013) Bob Weir welcomed a slew of guests for the latest episode of TRI Studios' Weir Here talk show. The episode started off with Weir offering a solo performance of "Corrina" before he brought out punk legend John Doe for a pair of tunes. Bobby then retired to his desk for a segment before the music continued with a solo set by Doe.

Just prior to another interview at Weir's desk, Doe was joined by Jason Crosby, Bobby, Jay Lane and Widespread Panic bassist Dave Schools for a cover of Bob Dylan's "She Belongs To Me." The episode's final musical segment featured Keller Williams. K-Dub performed a song by himself, which was followed by a few tunes with Weir. The full band finale concluded with "Scarlet Begonias."

Willie Bryant August 30, 1908 – February 9, 1964

Willie Bryant & His Orchestra : Throwin' Stones

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Happy Birthday Diamanda Galás

Diamanda Galás & John Paul Jones : Sporting Life

Sir Paul Ushers In The New

Paul McCartney has released a new song, "New" (above), from an upcoming album of the same name. The 12-song LP, which will be his first album of new solo material in six years, is due out on October 15, 2013. source

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Michael Jackson August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009

Jackson 5 : Dancing Machine

Symphony of Science Presents Monsters of the Cosmos

There’s something fascinating and forbidding and compelling about black holes. They’re weird, they defy our everyday logic, they’re the ultimate endpoints of matter.

But they’re fun, too, which is why seeing them as the topic of the latest Symphony of Science - music videos using autotuned scientists, is fun. This one is called  “Monsters of the Cosmos” (above). MORE HERE

John D. Boswell is the creator of the web series Symphony of Science and a host of other unique musical remixes and projects. Many more interesting soundbites and music of science can be found HERE

Charlie Feathers June 12, 1932 – August 29, 1998

Charlie Feathers : Gone Gone Gone

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2013 Artist Reveal #4

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass organizers are continuing to roll out the 2013 lineup 10 acts at a time.

Here are the fourth round of confirmed artists:

1. Seldom Scene
2. Shovels and Rope
3. Emmylou Harris
4. Steve Earle & The Dukes
5. Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale
6. Jesse Dee
7. Jesse DeNatale
8. Martha Wainwright
9. Robert Ellis
10. The Warren Hood Band

Gene Allison August 29, 1934 – February 28, 2004

Linda Ronstadt On Her Memoir and Parkinson’s

Linda Ronstadt settled into a chair, rested her white high-top sneakers on an ottoman and discussed her new book, “Simple Dreams: A Musical Memoir ,” which is being published this month and the recent revelations of her recent Parkinson's disease diagnosis which has squelched her beautiful voice. MORE HERE

David 'Honeyboy' Edwards June 28, 1915 - August 29, 2011

Honeyboy Edwards : Delta Bluesman

Brian Wilson Biopic Wraps

John Cusack may be starring as the reclusive chief singer and songwriter of Beach Boys, Brian Wilson but he was the one being entertained by Good Vibrations on Tuesday (August 27, 2013).

Brian Wilson took to the stage for a surprise performance at the Love and Mercy wrap party. Around 200 cast and crew gathered at the Figueroa Hotel in downtown Los Angeles as they all enjoyed the special performance. MORE HERE

Dinah Washington August 29, 1924 – December 14, 1963

Dinah Washington : Drinking Again

Dan McCafferty Pulls Out of Nazareth

After two recent incidents (July & August 2013) where shows by Nazareth had to be cut short due to illness, lead vocalist Dan McCafferty has announced that he is retiring from the band.

The Nazareth website is carrying the band's statement on the retirement

McCafferty was one of the founding members of Nazareth in 1968 and has been with them throughout their 45 year legacy. source

Jimmy Reed September 6, 1925 – August 29, 1976

Boss Man: The Best of Jimmy Reed

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Happy Birthday Jack Black

Roky Erickson Streaming The Evil One

In September (2013), Light in the Attic will reissue three of Roky Erickson's '80s solo albums on vinyl, CD and digital download.  

The Evil One (1981) will be out on September 3, 2013 BUT the entire album is streaming right now! GO HERE

Roky's 1986 albums Don't Slander Me and Gremlins Have Pictures will be released on September 17, 2013.

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Happy Birthday Florence Welch

Florence + the Machine : Addicted To Love

The Beatles At The Beeb 2

Sleuthing by Beatles fans appears to have uncovered a new release from the Fab Four.

They discovered MCA Music in the Philippines – part of Universal Music, which now owns the Beatles' catalog – was promising on its Facebook page (since removed) a new anthology collecting previously unreleased recordings from their mid-60s appearances on BBC radio.

The amateur detectives are from Beatles fan-site WogBlog, who discovered both the month of release (November 2013) and the album art (above) for the new release entitled On Air - Live at the BBC Volume 2.

Neither Universal's UK or US wings nor the Beatles' official website have confirmed the news. MORE HERE

Happy Birthday Honey Lantree

Have I The Right: The Very Best of The Honeycombs

Nazareth Frontman Suffers Second Stroke

The health problems continue for Nazareth frontman Dan McCafferty. He collapsed and required medical attention for the second time in a month and the band have been forced to cancel yet another run of shows.

Nazareth postponed a number of UK shows at the beginning of the year after McCafferty contracted a virus, then had to cancel a Canadian tour in July when he collapsed on stage.

A message posted on the website for Belgium’s Vosterfeesten event, which Nazareth had been scheduled to headline this past Sunday, reported that McCaffery was in a Swiss hospital “after he suffered a stroke,” adding that it was “the second [he'd had] in a short time.” 

The veteran rockers have been forced to cancel additional shows in Germany and Sweden. MORE HERE & HERE

Happy Birthday Shania Twain

Shania Twain : The First Time...For The Last Time

Rollins Rides With RuPaul

The most famous (living) drag queen is bringing her talents to the Internet.

RuPaul Drives, produced by World of Wonder, is a web series starring RuPaul, a car and the Los Angles streets.

The second episode features — you guessed it — Henry Rollins. And, yes, RuPaul gives the ex-Black Flag barker relationship tips. SEE IT HERE

Billy Grammer August 28, 1925 – August 10, 2011

The Monument Story

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Happy Birthday Cuba Gooding Sr.

Cuba Gooding & The Main Ingredient : Happiness Is Just Around The Bend & Other Favorites

Bob Dylan Short Self Portrait Documentary

Bob Dylan will release the Volume 10 of his bootleg series, Another Self Portrait , today (Tuesday August 27, 2013) via Columbia.

On Monday (August 26, 2013), a twelve minute documentary (above) was put out on the album including interviews with David Bromberg, Al Kooper and producer Bob Johnston. MORE HERE & HERE

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Stevie Ray Vaughan October 3, 1954 – August 27, 1990

Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble - Live From Austin, Texas

Nine Inch Nails Streaming Hesitation Marks

One week away from the release of Hesitation Marks , the first new Nine Inch Nails album in over five years, and the band has progressively been teasing its release with a variety of pre-release tracks, some huge festival performances, and one incredibly odd music video. Now, the hype machine has reached its natural destination — the new album is streaming for free on iTunes for the next week leading up to its release (unfortunately, it's only working for users in the US). GO HERE

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Happy Birthday Tommy Sands

The Very Best Of Tommy Sands

Tom Petty's Country Music Heartbreak

On May 26, 2013 Tom Petty took a swipe at modern country music from the stage of the Beacon Theater in New York City. He called today’s country “bad rock with a fiddle,” and further expanded on those comments during a recent interview.

It was far from a clarification or apology. During a chat with Rolling Stone published Monday (August 5, 2013), Petty laments what is missing in country music, a genre he says roots the Heartbreakers.

“I don’t really see a George Jones or a Buck Owens or any anything that fresh coming up,” Petty explains. “I’m sure there must be somebody doing it, but most of that music reminds me of rock in the middle 80s where it became incredibly generic and relied on videos.”

Petty didn’t name names or call out a specific sound before backing away from the topic. “I hate to generalize on a whole genre of music, but it does seem to be missing that magic element that it used to have,” he furthers. “I’m sure there are people playing country that are doing it well, but they’re just not getting the attention that the shitier stuff gets.”

Number One La Bamba For Los Lobos '87

August 27, 1987 No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: 'La Bamba',  Los Lobos.

Ritchie Valens hit No. 22 with the song in 1959 just one day before he died in the same plane crash that killed Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper.

The Los Lobos version of 'La Bamba' was recorded for the film of the same name.
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