Monday, September 30, 2013

Happy Birthday Johnny Mathis

Johnny Mathis : Me and Mrs. Jones

Bob Dylan And The Elusive Nobel Prize

Since 1996, Bob Dylan has been nominated every year for the Nobel Prize in Literature.

After President Obama recently presented him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom - the United States' highest honour, many hoped the Swedish Academy would follow suit.

There are dissenting voices among Dylan admirers, who hold his work to be sufficiently unique as to make a Nobel Prize superfluous; others have argued that while Dylan may not need the Nobel Prize, the Nobel Prize needs Dylan. MORE HERE & HERE

Marc Bolan September 30, 1947 – September 16, 1977

T. Rex : The Slider

The Music of Inside Llewyn Davis Celebrated

A host of music stars came together last night (September 29, 2013) for Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating The Music of Inside Llewyn Davis, a fundraising concert for the American non-profit, the National Recording Preservation Foundation.

Jack White, Marcus Mumford, Elvis Costello, Patti Smith and many more were amongst those appeared at the sold-out, three-hour long folk music concert, which took place at New York's prestigious Town Hall venue. Inspired by the forthcoming new Coen Brothers film, Inside Llewyn Davis, which is released on January 24, 2014, the film featured music from the T Bone Burnett-helmed soundtrack as well as the classic folk songs which inspired the movie, which is set in Greenwich Village in 1961. MORE HERE, HERE & HERE

Mary Ford July 7, 1924 – September 30, 1977

The Genius of Les Paul & Mary Ford

The Future Soul of Hiatus Kaiyote

Hiatus Kaiyote are a soul group – or "future-soul" group, as they call themselves – for those whose conception of soul is of a music that, at its most expansive and experimental, can incorporate elements of jazz, hip-hop, glitchy electronica, prog and rock.

Put it this way: Prince tweeted about the Australian quartet recently, and Animal Collective love them... does Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson of the Roots. "Once in a blue moon, something moves me so much I'm willing to alienate friends when an UNDENIABLE project comes along," he gushed. "THIS is that project."

Erykah Badu, too, is in thrall to their off-kilter melodies and fuzzy performances that were born out of jam sessions that were particularly free of form. source

Their most recent album is titled Tawk Tomahawk .


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Ronnie Dawson August 11,1939 — September 30, 2003

Ronnie Dawson : Monkey Beat

Fleetwood Mac feat. Christine McVie

Fleetwood Mac sent audiences at the O2 Arena in London into a craze last week (September 25, 2013) when the band’s original female lead vocalist, keyboardist, and songwriter; Christine McVie, reunited with them onstage for the first time in 15 years.

McVie was a central member of Fleetwood Mac for 30 years and is credited with writing many of the band’s hit songs – including “Don’t Stop” (above) and “You Making Loving Fun” – two songs that helped make Fleetwood Mac’s eleventh studio album, Rumours, the tremendous success it has been. MORE HERE & HERE

Another former bandmember, Peter Green - who left the group in 1970 - was in the crowd for the show, and Stevie Nicks dedicated the song 'Landslide' to the founding member of Fleetwood Mac.


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Frankie Lymon September 30, 1942 – February 27, 1968

The Best Of Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Happy Birthday Jerry Lee Lewis

Jerry Lee Lewis : Southern Roots: The Original Sessions

Global Citizen Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder went slightly off message at one point in his performance at the Global Citizen Festival in Central Park on Saturday night (September 28, 2013). “We must do something about the gun laws in this country,” he declared, noting that John Lennon had died at the hands of a gunman years ago. He expanded on this idea for a moment, before starting into “Imagine,” Lennon’s hymn of yearning idealism.

The Global Citizen Festival, which for the second year drew a capacity audience of 60,000 to the Great Lawn, revolves around a single, stubborn mission: the end of extreme poverty worldwide. To that end, it’s an informational summit as well as a demonstration of public-interest might, timed to coincide with the United Nations General Assembly.

It’s also a marathon musical event: this year Mr. Wonder closed up shop after energetic sets by the guitar-slinging rock crooner John Mayer, the emphatically earnest R&B singer-songwriter Alicia Keys and the surging Southern rock band Kings of Leon, along with a brief but effective solo medley by Elvis Costello. MORE HERE & HERE



Bono introduces Stevie Wonder

Happy Birthday Les Claypool

Primus : Green Naugahyde

The Story of Willie And The Girls...

Willie Nelson hit the studio earlier this year to record an album of duets with his favorite female singers. ‘To All The Girls...,’ which pairs Nelson with vocalists from several different genres, will be released on October 15, 2013 on Legacy Recordings. source

Tommy Boyce September 29, 1939 – November 23, 1994

Dolenz Jones Boyce & Hart

Frog Trouble Country

With three Gold record albums and a Grammy nomination to her credit, Sandra Boynton now brings you Frog Trouble, a wonderful CD and illustrated songbook of her new and wildly original Country songs.

And they're sung by a truly amazing roster of Country Music's biggest and brightest stars: Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, Josh Turner, Kacey Musgraves, Dwight Yoakam, Alison Krauss, Mark Lanegan (yes, of Queens of the Stone Age).

Add Ben Folds, Fountains of Wayne, Ryan Adams and Linda Eder all accompanied by Nashville's finest instrumentalists... WHOA! That's some mighty fine down-home American music, with a whole lot of gumption and heart. MORE HERE

Happy Birthday Jean-Luc Ponty

King Kong: Jean Luc Ponty Plays The Music Of Frank Zappa

Joanna Newsome & Andy Samberg

Saturday Night Live alum Andy Samberg married folk singer-songwriter Joanna Newsom at the Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur, California on Saturday September 21, 2013.

The pair began dating in 2008 after Samberg began falling in love with Newsom's music. He liked her music and would go to her shows. He had the biggest crush on her said a friend to Us Weekly. The couple became engaged February 2013. It seems that Samberg is just as smitten with his wife; he's still gushing over her in the current issue of Glamour magazine. MORE HERE & HERE

Wesley Tuttle December 30, 1917 - September 29, 2003

Wesley Tuttle : Detour

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Happy Birthday Ben E. King

The Reigning Monarchs' Black Sweater Massacre

The production costs for the latest album from The Reigning Monarchs was made possible by their fans. This new effort contains a mix of influences and genre-bending styles from surf-ska punkabilly to gothic modern loungecore. Black Sweater Massacre is the only album of its kind and the only one you'll need... til they decide to make another.

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Miles Davis May 26, 1926 – September 28, 1991

Miles Davis : The Complete On The Corner Sessions

Metallica Meets The Monkees

Metallica Through the Never, a unique live concert documentary, opened in IMAX theaters Friday September 27, 2013 and set to open in regular 3D cinemas October 4, 2013.

Karen Bliss of Rolling Stone magazine sat down with James Hetfield for an interview wherein he describes his inspirations for the film:

Hetfield said he just started thinking, "Let's get creative," thinking The Song Remains the Same , thinking The Wall, thinking even the Monkees movie [Head], or the Beatles. Read it HERE

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Happy Birthday Laurie Lewis

Laurie Lewis & Kathy Kallick : Together

Adele May Play Dusty

Adele (above right), 25, has been asked to play the late singer Dusty Springfield (above left) in a film about her life.

The film has been in the pipeline for years, with Duffy and Nicole Kidman both rumored to be in line for the part. But it seems producers opted for Adele through her striking res­em­b­lance to Dusty. MORE HERE

Tommy Collins September 28, 1930 – March 14, 2000

Tommy Collins, Vol. 5

Willie Nelson's Stuffed Armadillo Returned

The stuffed armadillo that was stolen from Willie Nelson's road crew after a September 19, 2013 concert at the Capitol Theatre was returned unharmed Friday morning September 27, 2013, the theater happily reported. MORE HERE

A note from Willie's facebook page:

Ol' Dillo is on his way home!
Thank you to all of our friends and family for helping track him down. Thank you Capital Theater for having an amazing staff and hunting down clues.
Lesson of the week: Only cowards steal from another person, don't be a coward!

“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” – Dalai Lama


Willie Nelson On The Road Again After Shoulder Injury

Happy Birthday Helen Shapiro

Helen Shapiro : Tops With Me & More

Sunshine Daydream: Grateful Dead Veneta '72 DVD

Call it what you want: The Last Acid Test; The Field Trip; The Springfield Creamery Benefit; or perhaps simply 8/27/72.

Even the most casual of Deadheads are at least aware of the facts: the Grateful Dead played an outdoor concert in Veneta, OR that day, immersed in record-breaking heat. The show was a benefit to help keep Springfield Creamery going – a local business owned and operated by Ken Kesey’s brother Chuck.

Where the facts have morphed into legend over the years is the claim that this is – if not in the band’s history, then at least for that time period – THE SHOW. The Holy Grail.

Fortunately, The Field Trip needs to be a myth no longer: Rhino Entertainment has released Sunshine Daydream , a 3-CD/DVD collection that documents that day. The music itself is amazing, captured on 16-track analog tapes and stored lovingly in the Dead vaults all these years. It’s the filmed account of 8/27/72 (and the events that led up to it), however, that provides the proof that what happened in that field on that scorching-hot afternoon is worthy of four decades’-worth of buzz. There are many great films that document the Grateful Dead’s history; none capture the essence of the Grateful Dead family quite the way that Sunshine Daydream has. MORE HERE & HERE

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Rory Storm January 7, 1938 – September 28, 1972

This is Merseybeat

Friday, September 27, 2013

Happy Birthday Randy Bachman

Randy Bachman : Axe

Rush Remixed Vapor Trails

Rush fans were ecstatic when the group returned from a six-year hiatus with their 2002 LP, Vapor Trails, but some noticed that the record didn't quite sound right. "We overcooked it," bassist/singer Geddy Lee says now. "The mixes were really loud and brash. The mastering job was harsh and distorted."

Lee came to this realization not long after the record came out, but there was little he could do to fix the situation. Now, eleven years later, Rush fixed the situation by hiring producer David Bottrill to remix the album.

The remixed version of Vapor Trails hits shelves on September 30, 2013 but, thanks to Rolling Stone, you can hear a stream of it HERE.

Happy Birthday Robbie Shakespeare

Sly & Robbie : Mambo Taxi

The Jam Studio Recordings On Vinyl

One of the most popular bands to emerge from the English punk rock scene of 1977, The Jam had a phenomenal impact on pop music and wider youth culture. In their short career, along with the Sex Pistols, The Clash, and Buzzcocks, they influenced a generation with their music, style, politics and inspiration.

This limited edition 8 piece Vinyl Box Set features all 6 Studio albums on Heavyweight Vinyl , plus 2 brand new discs of non -album tracks and B -Sides.

Also included is a 44 page hardback book with new liner notes and an introduction by Paul Weller , featuring period photos and memorabilia. The package comes housed in full -color rigid slipcase and includes a voucher to download an MP3 version of all the albums. The set will be released November 25, 2013. GO HERE

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Happy Birthday Meat Loaf

Meat Loaf : Couldn't Have Said It Better

Graham Nash On The PBS Newshour

A member of the 1960s British rock group the Hollies and one-fourth of the super-group Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Graham Nash has just come out with a new memoir of his life called "Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life." The PBS Newshour's Jeffrey Brown caught up with the musician during a solo tour, where they discussed some of his famous musical partners. MORE HERE & HERE

'Earring' George Mayweather September 27, 1927 - February 12, 1995

Inspiring harmonica from George Mayweather on this track, in the photo from left to right: Big Leon Brooks, Good Rockin' Charles, Dusty Brown, 'Earring' George Mayweather.

Bandera Blues And Gospel From The Bandera, Laredo And Jerico Road Labels

Willie's Stolen Armadillo Story Goes Mainstream

Mainstream media has picked up on the Willie Nelson stuffed armadillo mascot theft story...apparently, there are no trivialities when it comes to an American living legend...

Sometime after Nelson played his last song of the night at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester New York on September 19, 2013, set down his battered guitar and signed his last autograph, someone sneaked onto the stage and made off with the band's unofficial mascot: a stuffed armadillo.

The Nelson camp took to the singer's Facebook page to appeal for help in finding the taxidermy thief. Hundreds of fans have responded, offering their sympathy and calling for vengeance.

Well,  time is running out for the armadillo bandit.

Mounting clues include pictures, a lead on the suspect’s name and her possible companion, and witnesses. Also gathering on the horizon: a posse of angry Willie Nelson fans and an enticing reward.

Texas Roadhouse, a chain of barbecue restaurants with ties to Nelson, is offering a $1,000 gift card for information leading to Ol’ Dillo’s return. Tipsters can call the restaurant at 800-TEX-ROAD. MORE HERE & HERE

R. B. Greaves November 28, 1943 - September 27, 2012

R.B. Greaves

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Happy Birthday Bryan Ferry

Bryan Ferry : Let's Stick Together

King Crimson Comeback

After a dispute with the Universal Music Group, King Crimson founder Robert Fripp swore that he would never reunite the band he had formed in 1968.

But with the legal issues close to a resolution, Fripp has confirmed that he will indeed reunite the progressive rock band next year. Fripp is calling the reincarnation King Crimson VIII. Fripp said that the band will feature seven players - three Americans and four Englishmen - and will carry three drummers. While the band is reforming, Fripp says that they will not be doing any extensive touring.

The band is set to release a 24 disc compilation live set titled "Road to Red". The set also includes a remixed version of "Red". The set is currently available for pre-order.

Fripp has stated that the new King Crimson line up is himself, Gavin Harrison, Mel Collin, Jakko Jakszyk, Bill Rieflin, Pat Matstelotto, and Tony Levin. MORE HERE & HERE

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Robert Palmer January 19, 1949 – September 26, 2003

Vinegar Joe : Six Star General

Bob Dylan's Big Album Collection, Volume One

Bob Dylan's career is now over fifty years old and he is evidently looking to add many more based on the title of his new collection, The Complete Album Collection, Volume 1 (to be released November 5, 2013).

This massive 47-CD set includes all 35 studio albums, six live albums and a special 2-CD Side Tracks set of rarities. Fourteen of the albums have been remastered for the release and one, 1973's Dylan, is available for the first time on CD.Also included in the set is a hardcover book with new album-by-album liner notes.

Also being released is a limited edition harmonica-shaped Collector's USB stick with all the music in both MP3 and FLAC lossless formats, with a digital version of the hardcover booklet, housed in a deluxe numbered box.

On the digital side, four decade-specific digital album collections, Bob Dylan - The Complete Album Collection - The 60's, The 70's, The 80's and The 90's - 00's, will be released as online downloads. source

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