Thursday, February 28, 2013

Happy Birthday Cindy Wilson


The Politics Of A Taylor Swift Parody



There is a great parody of Taylor Swift’s “22″ floating around the internet.  Rather than finding inspiration from ex-boyfriends this song takes aim at a different set of pathetic men: the 22 Senators who did not vote “yes” on the Violence Against Women Act.

The United States Senate, with a huge majority - 78 to 22 - passed a version of the Violence Against Women Act that includes protections for members of the LGBTQ community, immigrant women and Native American women. Now it goes to the House of Representatives, where the minority leaders have introduced their own bill that strips some of these protections.

Think about the gall of those 22 senators who said no to women's safety. We've thought about them a lot. In fact, we made this catchy parody of Taylor Swift's "22" in their (dis)honor. Watch it & share with 22 of your friends.

Sign the petition to get the House to pass a VAWA that protects all women HERE

Bobby Bloom May 22, 1946 - February 28, 1974


Star Trek Music Donated To University



For almost 20 years on Star Trek, the starship Enterprise soared through the galaxies to the musical motifs of composer Jay Chattaway, a graduate of West Virginia University’sCollege of Creative Arts.

Now, as part of a new enterprise, Chattaway has presented his entire “Star Trek” music collection to the WVU School of Music.

He'll become a visiting artist at the school next fall. He'll also work with students online, teaching them about commercial music and how to compose for film and television.

School officials haven't put a dollar value on the donation. MORE HERE

Barbara Acklin February 28, 1943 – November 27, 1998


Tape Worm Forces Frenzal Rhomb Cancellations



Frenzal Rhomb has finally revealed the reason behind the band’s sudden decision to pull out of the Descendents February 2013 Australian tour.

Frenzal was supposed to play four shows with the US punk legends, but pulled out just days before following “a sudden and unexpected illness” to one of its members.

It has been confirmed that it was frontman Jay Whalley who was struck down by illness while loading a bass cabinet into his car on January 25, 2013.


The band has revealed he was forced to cancel the tour after surgeons discovered a pig tapeworm egg had infected his brain.

In a tale worthy of the Twilight Zone, Jay Whalley enlightened fans to his recent health crisis, which was four years in the making on the band's Facebook page. MORE HERE & HERE

Joe South February 28, 1940 - September 5, 2012


R.I.P.: Richard Street



Former Motown vocalist Richard Street, a member of the Temptations for 25 years, has died. He was 70.

Richard Street sang as a young man with Temptations members Otis Williams and Melvin Franklin, but didn't join the famed Motown group until the early 1970s. He later made the move from his native Detroit to Los Angeles with other Motown acts and stayed with the group until the mid-1990s. MORE HERE

Brian Jones 28 February 1942 – 3 July 1969


R.I.P.: Van Cliburn



Van Cliburn, the American pianist whose first-place award at the 1958 International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow made him an overnight sensation and propelled him to a phenomenally successful and lucrative career, died on Wednesday February 27, 2013 at his home in Fort Worth, Texas. He was 78.

Mr. Cliburn was a tall, lanky 23-year-old, hailing from Texas, when he clinched the gold medal in the inaugural year of the Tchaikovsky competition. The feat, in Moscow, was viewed as an American triumph over the Soviet Union at the height of the cold war. MORE HERE

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Happy Birthday Neal Schon


Santana/Schon Collaboration



It’s been more than 40 years since Neal Schon left Santana to form the band that would become Journey. However, Schon has revealed that he and Carlos Santana have had preliminary talks about a potential new project.

Schon got his start in Santana as a 15-year old wunderkind in the Bay Area. He appeared on two of their albums, 1971′s ‘Santana III’ and ‘Caravanserai’ a year later, before he and keyboardist/vocalist Gregg Rolie decided to branch out on their own in 1975. Two years later, Journey released their debut album.

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Frankie Lymon September 30, 1942 – February 27, 1968


Town Hall With Kris Kristofferson & Mojo Nixon

















"SiriusXM's Town Hall with Kris Kristofferson," which took place on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 and aired on Outlaw Country, channel 60, on Saturday, February 2, 2013.

Part of SiriusXM’s Town Hall series and moderated by SiriusXM host Mojo Nixon, Kris answered questions about his life and career as well as his new album, Feeling Mortal.

"SiriusXM's Town Hall with Kris Kristofferson" is available on SiriusXM On Demand for subscribers listening via the SiriusXM Internet Radio App for smartphones and other mobile devices.

Video HERE & HERE

Don't Worry Marty Robbins 1961



February 27, 1961, Marty Robbins' "Don't Worry," featuring a signature fuzz guitar solo, hits #1 on the Billboard country chart

All For The Country Music Hall


For country music fans in New York City, there may have been no better way to celebrate Johnny Cash’s birthday than Tuesday night’s (February 26, 2013) star-studded All for the Hall New York concert at the Best Buy Theatre in Times Square.





 The intimate, acoustic benefit for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum featured two non-stop hours of classic country, pop, and rock courtesy of host and museum board president Vince Gill, contemporary superstar Jason Aldean, revered singer/songwriters Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell, Pistol Annie Ashley Monroe, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Gregg Allman and his Allman Brothers Band cohort Warren Haynes and Train frontman Pat Monahan. MORE HERE & HERE

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Little Richard Slippin' & Slidin' To Number One



February 27, 1956 - Specialty Records released Little Richard's "Slippin' and Slidin'."

¡Panchanga!







































El 6th Annual Pachanga Latino Musical Festival returns to Austin, Texas Mayo 10 & 11, 2013.

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Eddie Kirkland August 16, 1923 – February 27, 2011


Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Happy Birthday Fats Domino


David Bowie's Stars Are Out Tonight



David Bowie's video for The Stars (Are Out Tonight), the second single from his album The Next Day, stars the singer and actor Tilda Swinton pretending they're a normal suburban coupl. MORE HERE & HERE

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Johnny Cash February 26, 1932 – September 12, 2003


Coachella Warm Ups : Los Angeles







































With Coachella's expansion to two weeks last year, bands performing at the fest had a brick of spare time on their hands. Many chose to spend it playing officially sanctioned side-gigs -- to the benefit of their performance chops and those fans shut out of buying festival tickets.

Yesterday (Monday February 25, 2013), Goldenvoice announced that the run-up to Coachella, the interim week and time right afterward will be busy indeed. Across SoCal, many of the marquee artists will play warmup and wind-down gigs in club- and theater-level venues.

The schedule of Coachella-affiliated warmup shows in the L.A. area in April is above. MORE HERE

Happy Birthday Mitch Ryder


The Residents Refrigerator



Not many bands have the bravado to sell a $100,000 box set housed in a refrigerator, but then again, the Residents aren't just any band.

In a city with a musical history that tends toward the eccentric, this San Francisco outfit enjoys a reputation as the weirdest of the weird. This, after all, is the group whose members appeared in public only as cyclops-like top-hat-and-tuxedo-wearing eyeball-men.

Last Christmas (2012) marked the 40th anniversary of "Santa Dog," the group's demented first single, and to celebrate it, the Residents released an infomercial on their website (above) advertising the sale of 10 refrigerator-housed "Ultimate Box Sets" — each $100,000 set containing every release in the group's catalog, an eyeball mask, and other memorabilia. MORE HERE

Ultimate Box Set Info HERE

I Gotcha Joe Tex



February 26, 1972 : Joe Tex' "I Gotcha" hits #1

Willie Nelson Gets Baked

























You've never seen Willie Nelson baked like this before.

A sweet tribute to the music icon is on display at a cake competition in Austin this past weekend (February 22 to 24, 2013).

It's edible art that's gone viral. MORE (Including Video) HERE

Buddy Miles September 5, 1947 – February 26, 2008


R.I.P.: Dan Toler



Guitarist Dan Toler died yesterday February 26, 2013 in Manatee County, Florida. Toler had been battling ALS – also known as Lou Gehrig's disease – and was unable to play guitar or speak for his last few months. He was 65.

Nicknamed “Dangerous Dan,” Toler was among the most prominent and beloved musicians in the area and a guitarist of wide renown. He played alongside Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Gregg Allman and Dickey Betts in the Allman Brothers Band from the late 1970s through the 1980s. MORE HERE

Otha Turner June 2, 1907 – February 26, 2003


Monday, February 25, 2013

Happy Birthday Ralph Stanley


Oscars 2013 : Searching For Sugarman



The musical mystery “Searching for Sugar Man” won the Oscar for documentary on Sunday night. Directed by Malik Bendjelloul, the film about an obscure Detroit singer made a remarkable near-sweep of eligible awards since its premiere at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.

The film details how for years it was thought that the 1970s singer-songwriter known as Rodriguez had faded into obscurity or died. But through the passionate sleuthing of dedicated fans in South Africa, where he unexpectedly achieved a startling level of fame, he was discovered to be very much alive, living and working in Michigan.

Rodriguez himself was not at the Oscars; he is on tour in South Africa. MORE HERE & HERE

George Harrison 25 February 1943 – 29 November 2001


Oscars 2013 : Dame Shirley Bassey



If British spy James Bond can't be called upon to save the mishandling of pop music by the 2013 Oscars, producers did at least book the next best thing: Shirley Bassey. The vocalist, now in her 70s, has defined what has now become a genre, Bond music.

A Bond song must feel royal in its presentation, but also have a hint that something is amiss. Sometimes the booming orchestra can act as a moody foil for its vocalist, and other times the singer can become the antithesis of the Bond-girl seductress. Usually this is achieved by singing with a no-frills coldness. Bassey's Bond songs had all of the above, and her best known, "Goldfinger," as evidenced Sunday night (February 24, 2013), is at once over-the-top as well as a study in restraint. Its slowly menacing pace is also able to make a cinematic symphony seem fit for a nightclub.

Her voice has lost a little sharpness, but it has still aged into a rather forceful presence, as Bassey spread her arms, and twisted "Goldfinger" into "goldfingahhh," it was as if she believed at this very moment that the money-obsessed villain of "Goldfinger" was a real-life threat. As the orchestra swelled, Bassey's voice remained largely level. She didn't go to the melody, the melody went to her.

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Happy Birthday Elkie Brooks


Oscars 2013 : Barbra Streisand



Barbra Streisand made her return to the Oscars stage with a touching remembrance of a dear friend.

Following the In Memoriam montage, which concluded with composer Marvin Hamlisch, Barbra took to the stage.

"Over the years, we shared many adventures together. Marvin left us way too soon, but I'll always have those wonderful, wonderful memories," she said before launching into "The Way We Were," a song she collaborated on with Hamlisch.

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Roy Michaels February 25, 1942 - September 23, 2008


Oscars 2013 : Norah Jones



Norah Jones performs the song "Everybody Needs A Best Friend" from the film "Ted" at the 85th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 24, 2013.

Mark Sallings April 11, 1952 – February 25, 2009


Oscars 2013 : Catherine Zeta-Jones



During the tribute to musicals of the past decade at the 2013 Academy Awards, Catherine Zeta-Jones reprised her role from "Chicago" to perform "All That Jazz."

The 43-year-old actress stunned the audiences with her power packed performance. However, there has been speculation the she was not singing live.

Well whether live or dubbed, her performance was awesome!  Just enjoy the extremely seductive musical number by Catherine Zeta-Jones in the video above which also features Jennifer Hudson and ‘Les Miserables’ Oscar performances.

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Louisiana Red March 23, 1932 – February 25, 2012


Saturday, February 23, 2013

Happy Birthday Johnny Winter


Tyler/Perry : Songwriters Hall of Fame Inductees

























Musical titans Tony Hatch, Mick Jones & Lou Gramm, Holly Knight, JD Souther and Steven Tyler & Joe Perry will become the latest inductees of the Songwriters Hall of Fame at the organization’s 44th Annual Induction and Awards Dinner.

The star-studded induction event is slated for Thursday, June 13, 2013 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City.  Additional special award honorees will be announced soon. MORE HERE

Happy Birthday John Norum


R.I.P.: Cleotha Staples



Cleotha Staples, 78, one of the founding members of the renowned Chicago soul and gospel group the Staple Singers, died Wednesday February 20, 2013.

Cleotha Staples was a vital component of the Staple Singers' distinctive harmonies. Her soprano voice, which rang out like a bell and descended with a distinctive twang, was among the key musical elements in the family group that sold tens of millions of records and scored hits such as "I'll Take You There," "Respect Yourself" and "Uncloudy Day." MORE HERE

Don't Take Your Guns To Town Johnny Cash



February 23, 1959, Johnny Cash earns a #1 country single in Billboard magazine with "Don't Take Your Guns To Town"

Everything's All White














The record store experience currently inhabiting Recess gallery’s Soho space  feels like any other vinyl hub: bins of albums to flip through in the center, staff picks on the walls, a turntable rotating with scratchy music. Yet this one has a surreal twist: the only thing in stock here is the Beatles’s White Album, and the store doesn’t sell any of them, it only acquires more. MORE HERE & HERE

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Donnie Brooks February 6, 1936 – February 23, 2007


KPFA's Annual Grateful Dead Marathon Fundraiser























KPFA‘s annual Grateful Dead Marathon fund-raising special.
Saturday, February 23, 2913, 9 am to 1 am PST

AUCTION – photos, posters, music, memorabilia, and more!

BROADCAST on KPFA-FM 94.1 in Berkeley and KFCF-FM 88.1 in Fresno
WEBCAST via kpfa.org, kfcf.org, gdradio.net, and nugs.net

Hosted by David Gans, host of KPFA’s Dead to the World (Wednesdays 8-10pm pacific).

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Don Cornell April 21, 1919 – February 23, 2004


Friday, February 22, 2013

Happy Birthday Bobby Hendricks


24 Hour Cave
















Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds performed their new LP Push The Sky Away in its entirety (plus some classic Cave) last night (2/21/2013) in Los Angeles at the Fonda Theatre. The entire show was captured on HD video and is available for streaming for the next 24 hours (available until 2PM GMT on 23rd February 2013). GO HERE or HERE

Three Charts, One Average White Band



February 22, 1975 : Average White Band's Pick Up the Pieces hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart while their LP AWB hits #1 on the Pop AND Black album charts.

American Master Sister Rosetta Tharpe



It took a long time in American music history to recognize the impact Sister Rosetta Tharpe had on rock 'n' roll and gospel. Her guitar style, distilled from many African-American traditions, a voice that would cross from the sacred to the secular, and a memorable stage presence are now the subject of a PBS American Masters documentary.

Premieres Friday, February 22, 2013 on PBS (check local listings)

Billy Strange September 29, 1930 – February 22, 2012


Producing Music With Produce



Check out this video of Brooklyn-based songwriter-producer-artist Jonathan Dagan, better known as J.Viewz, playing a beautiful — and just plain awesome — cover of Massive Attack's 1998 hit "Teardrop" (theme to the television show 'House') on a variety of fruits and vegetables.

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R.I.P.: Damon Harris



Former Temptations member Damon Harris died Monday evening (February 18, 2013) at the age of 62. 

Harris took the place of Eddie Kendricks, one of the original lead singers of the Temptations. He was only twenty years old when he joined the group, and was the youngest member of The Temptations during his time with them. MORE HERE

Papa John Creach May 5, 1917 – February 22, 1994


Ted Nugent : Mock or Rock?


















It’s Black History Month and look who’s down for the cause.

Why, it’s non-other than gun nut and arch conservative Ted Nugent. Who knew?!

When Ted Nugent hits the road this year, he's calling his tour "Ted Nugent Black Power 2013," he writes on the conservative website World Net Daily. MORE HERE & HERE

Ernie K-Doe February 22, 1936 – July 5, 2001



R.I.P.: Magic Slim



Magic Slim, a dynamic guitarist who helped shape the sound of Chicago's electric blues, died February 21, 2013 in a Philadelphia hospital. He was 75.

Slim, born Morris Holt in Mississippi, helped define the sound of post-war electric blues in Chicago as a younger peer of icons like Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf. Slim's first instrument was piano, but after he lost the little finger on his right hand in a cotton-gin accident, he switched to guitar, and also played bass with his mentor, the guitarist Magic Sam. MORE HERE & HERE

Hurricane Smith 22 February 1923 – 3 March 2008


Thursday, February 21, 2013

Happy Birthday Jerry Harrison


2013 Brit Award Winners



Mumford & Sons and The Black Keys won the Best British and Best International Group gongs at last night’s (February 20, 2013) Brit Awards ceremony in London. MORE HERE

Jackson 5 American Bandstand Debut 1970



February 21, 1970 - The Jackson 5 made their TV debut on "American Bandstand."

David Bowie Tour?

























David Bowie is doing no interviews or appearances of any kind to promote his upcoming LP, The Next Day. Thankfully, he's allowing everybody else involved with the record to talk publicly.

Guitarist Gerry Leonard is more optimistic than many about whether or not Bowie will tour. "I would say that it's 50-50," he says. MORE HERE

Vince Welnick February 21, 1951 – June 2, 2006


eBooking The Stones

























The Rolling Stones: 50 is available to download as an ebook. This fully enhanced eBook includes video clips, more than 1200 images, a range of user-friendly features such as customizable picture sequences, interactive World map, pop-up playlists, stand-alone poster galleries, and The Vault: 100 additional rare photographs exclusive to this digital version.

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Murray The K February 14, 1922 – February 21, 1982


Jimi's Unheard Train a-Comin'














On March 5th, Experience Hendrix and Legacy will release People, Hell and Angels, a new collection of previously unheard recordings from guitar luminary Jimi Hendrix.

Put to tape between 1968 to 1970, the recordings mark the first time Hendrix worked outside of the original Jimi Hendrix Experience Trio – this time teaming up with bassist Billy Cox and drummer Buddy Miles from Band of Gypsys – and suggest new experimental directions for the guitarist.

Now you can get an exclusive first listen to their blistering, stunning rendition of "Hear My Train a-Comin.'" Amazingly, it came out of Hendrix's first session with his thundering new rhythm section. Its HERE

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Recording engineer Eddie Kramer talks 'Train' video HERE

Jimi plays Hear My Train a-Comin' on 12 string guitar from the 1973 film Jimi Hendrix HERE

Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues: Jimi Hendrix rendition HERE

Nina Simone February 21, 1933 – April 21, 2003


Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Happy Birthday Poison Ivy


Gary Clark Jr. On Austin City Limits



Gary Clark Jr. returned to the Austin City Limits stage November 30, 2012 (also Alabama Shakes), performing songs from his newest release. The episode appeared February 16, 2013. MORE HERE

Watch the entire show HERE

Instant Karma Released In United States 1970
















February 20, 1970, The single 'Instant Karma' by The Plastic Ono Band was released in the US. John Lennon had written, recorded and mixed the track all in one day on the 22nd January 1970. MORE HERE

Sir Elton British Record Store Appearances Coming


















Sir Elton John is planning to help save struggling music chain HMV by playing a series of special in-store shows.

John approached bosses of his record label and suggested big name artists should schedule small in-store gigs to give the beleaguered chain a boost - and Sir Elton is planning to lead by example by playing in HMV shops himself. MORE HERE


Happy Birthday Jerome Geils


Sir Paul/Tom Petty/Björk Headline Bonnaroo 2013



































Paul McCartney, Mumford & Sons, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and Björk are set to headline this summer's Bonnaroo festival in Manchester, Tennessee.

The festival will run from June 13-16 and will also see performances from Wu-Tang Clan, ZZ Top, David Byrne and St Vincent, Cat Power, Dwight Yoakam and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. 

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Randy California February 20, 1951 – January 2, 1997


Record Store Day Ambassador Jack White

























Record Store Day has appointed Jack White as "Record Store Day Ambassador". The annual holiday, which celebrates independent record stores, takes place April 20 this year (2013).

To mark the appointment, Record Store Day has posted a HILARIOUS three-minute video in which White gives a tour of United Record Pressing in Nashville Tennessee.

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Kurt Cobain February 20, 1967 – April 5, 1994


Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Happy Birthday Tony Iommi


Clive Davis Comes Out

























Clive Davis' new memoir, The Soundtrack of My Life, is full of inside stories from throughout his famed career. But the biggest revelation is a personal one: For the first time, the 80-year-old record executive discusses his "bisexual life."

Davis, who has been married and divorced twice, has never before publicly addressed his sexuality. In a candid five-page section toward the end of the book, due in stores today, he writes that he first had a sexual encounter with a man during "the era of Studio 54."

Rest assured, all the names you know and love sing and dance across these pages. Here’s Janis Joplin giving us a piece of her heart at Monterey. There’s Carlos Santana burning up the frets at Woodstock. And, look, it’s Aretha Franklin, for whom Clive plows an ingenious way out of the ’60s and into the ’80s.

Naturally, we also see Whitney Houston, in both happier and sadder times. MORE HERE & HERE

Interview segment video HERE

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Happy Birthday Smokey Robinson


NPR Runs Amok













In recent years, Thom Yorke has divided his time between Radiohead and a solo career. But after touring as a solo act with the assistance of some of his favorite collaborators — including Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea and longtime Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich — Yorke's side project has now morphed into another band, Atoms for Peace, named for both a 1953 quote from Dwight Eisenhower and a song title from Yorke's 2006 solo album The Eraser.

Amok is Atoms for Peace's first official album and will be released February 26, 2013.

NPR is streaming the entire album as a whole and individual tracks HERE

Bon Scott 9 July 1946 – 19 February 1980



February 19, 1980 : AC/DC lead singer Bon Scott dies after a night of heavy drinking. The coroner's report lists "death by misadventure" as the cause.

Previously Released 'Unreleased' Jimi Hendrix

























On March 5, 2013 Experience Hendrix LLC and Legacy Recordings will release JIMI HENDRIX' People, Hell & Angels, an essential new album premiering 12 (presumably) previously unreleased studio recordings completed by Hendrix.

All 12 tracks were recorded between 1968 and 1970 and were meant for First Days Of The New Rising Sun, the follow up to Electric Ladyland that Hendrix was working on when he passed away in 1970. That album was released posthumously (1997) and contained previous released recordings by Jimi Hendrix.

NME is streaming the track 'Earth Blues' HERE

But its been heard before ...See HERE & HERE 

Happy Birthday Lou Christie


Robert Plant Hints At Zeppelin Reunion

















Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones reunited for one show at London's O2 Arena on December 10, 2007, with Jason Bonham drumming in place of his late father, John. Though Page and Jones were willing to tour afterwards, Plant was disinterested.

In a feature on Plant that aired on the Australian version of 60 Minutes, Plant says he has “nothing to do in 2014,” inferring that he’d be open to another reunion next year. MORE HERE & HERE

Grandpa Jones October 20, 1913 – February 19, 1998


R.I.P.: Tandyn Almer



Tandyn Almer was a singer songwriter from Los Angeles in the 1960s and 1970s and wrote the song “Along Comes Mary,” a popular hit for the Association in 1966. Almer died January 8, 2013. MORE HERE

Monday, February 18, 2013

Happy Birthday Yoko Ono



Yoko Ono celebrated her 80th birthday last night (Sunday February 17, 2013) by playing a one-off Yoko Ono Plastic Band gig.

A raft of artists including Peaches, REM's Michael Stipe, Wilco's Nels Cline and Rufus Wainwright & Martha Wainwright joined her onstage at Berlin's Volksbühne. The band was led by Ono and her late husband John Lennon's son Sean Ono Lennon. Video HERE & HERE

Happy 80th birthday, Yoko Ono MORE HERE

Yoko Ono sees a world full of new activism MORE HERE

Toni Braxtons' Lesbian Dream

























According to numerous news sources, singer Toni Braxton says that she doesn’t want to record any more music, but she would love to continue her acting career.  One role that she’d really like to have is that of a lesbian AND she wants to do a love scene!

“I would love to play a lesbian,” Braxton said. “I don’t know why.  And do a whole make-out scene and the whole thing; just something completely different than people would expect from me.  Not a lipstick lesbian, either.” MORE HERE & HERE

Bob Stinson December 17, 1959–February 18, 1995


Library of Congress Clean-up








Thirteen years ago, Congress passed the National Recording Preservation Act to clean up the Library of Congress’ audio archives. The act demanded that the Library “plan and coordinate a national effort to develop policies and programs to save our nation’s recorded sound history and ensure its accessibility to future generations.” This “sound history” includes everything from works of music to historical wire recordings and important speeches. It’s taken a while, but it looks like a plan has finally come together.

The broad-scale plan to preserve the nation's cultural heritage captured on sound recordings and to make more than a century's worth of recorded materials more widely available for educational purposes was unveiled last Wednesday February 13, 2013 at the Library of Congress in Washington DC. MORE HERE

NPR's 'All Things Considered' piece HERE

The Library of Congress’ audio preservation plan is HERE.

Happy Birthday Irma Thomas


Kris Kristofferson Feeling Mortal



Kris Kristofferson's new album, ‘Feeling Mortal’ is without doubt a very personal and intimate work by the 76-year old Texan.

Keeping in line with the album’s title, the result is a moody and rather sombre affair - with only the most minimal of instrumental accompaniment, and Kristofferson’s trademark coarse baritone voice at the forefront. Mind you, the famous outlaw mentality still cuts through it like a bullwhip.


Recorded over just several days, but written over several years, the ten songs were produced by another legend, namely the almighty Don Was.

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Kay Starr's Rock and Roll Waltz One In '56



February 18, 1956 : Kay Starr's "Rock and Roll Waltz" hits #1

Stax Tribute To Donald 'Duck' Dunn







































To help celebrate the Stax Museum of American Soul Music’s 10th anniversary this year and to honor late Booker T. & the MGs and exalted, iconic Blues Brothers bassist Donald “Duck” Dunn, the museum is pulling out all the stops and throwing a concert party March 3, 2013 at Minglewood Hall in Memphis, Tennessee:

Dan Aykroyd and Judith Belushi Present “THE ORGINAL BLUES BROTHERSTM BAND” Featuring Steve “The Colonel” Cropper and Lou “Blue Lou” Marini! MORE HERE

Pee Wee King February 18, 1914 – March 7, 2000


R.I.P.: Mindy McCready



Troubled country music star Mindy McCready, whose platinum singing career was shadowed by substance abuse and suicide attempts, was found dead on Sunday February 17, 2013 of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, an Arkansas sheriff said. She was 37. MORE HERE

Presidents Day 2013


Sunday, February 17, 2013

Happy Birthday Bobby Lewis


Ringo Down Under




















Ringo Starr was back on stage at Festival Hall, Melbourne Australia last night (Saturday February 16, 2013) for the first time since June 17, 1964. However, the famed Beatles drummer wasn’t there to reminisce. MORE HERE

Video from Hordern Pavillion, Sydney Australia performance February 13, 2013 HERE

High Voltage AC/DC 1975















February 17, 1975, AC/DC released their debut album 'High Voltage'. The album featured a cover of 'Baby, Please Don't Go' a blues song first recorded by Big Joe Williams.

R.I.P.: George 'Shadow' Morton



George Shadow Morton, a songwriter and producer who for a brief, luminous period in the 1960s poured the discontents of adolescence into original hit songs, including “Leader of the Pack” and “Remember (Walking in the Sand),” died on Thursday February 14, 2013 in Laguna Beach, California. He was 71.

Mr. Morton was almost single-handedly responsible for the wild success of the Shangri-Las, the Queens girl group he introduced and propelled to international stardom.MORE HERE & HERE

Ride With Wayne Hancock

























The King of Juke Joint Swing, The Viper of Melody, one Wayne “The Train” Hancock will be releasing his first album in nearly 3 years on February 26, 2013 called Ride through Bloodshot Records. MORE HERE

Here's the title track...



The single is available HERE

Pre-order album HERE

Happy Birthday Johnny Bush


R.I.P.: Tony Sheridan



Tony Sheridan, a British singer who played with the early Beatles on several recordings in Hamburg in 1961, has died. He was 72.

Sheridan's June 1961 sessions for Polydor yielded the single "My Bonnie" with "The Saints" on the flip side. Sheridan sang lead backed by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and original Beatles drummer Pete Best. MORE HERE

Happy Birthday Dodie Stevens


Buddy Holly Photo Find


















A Canadian filmmaker and Buddy Holly super-fan who’s spent the past six years working on a documentary about the rock ’n’ roll icon’s final concert tour has already rediscovered one stunning piece of music history: the last known photograph of the bespectacled Crickets frontman, shot by a teenage girl in an Iowa dance hall just hours before the singer’s death in a plane crash on “the day the music died” in February 3, 1959. MORE HERE

Gene Pitney February 17, 1940 – April 5, 2006


Saturday, February 16, 2013

Happy Birthday Ice-T


Get Inside Abbey Road



A rare opportunity to visit Abbey Road's legendary Studio Two, the location of iconic recordings by the Beatles, Pink Floyd and Kate Bush. Brian Kehew and Kevin Ryan, authors of 'Recording the Beatles', will be giving a series of talks on the studio's history, from Edward Elgar conducting the London Symphony Orchestra to the recording of film scores for 'Star Wars', 'Harry Potter' and 'Lord of the Rings'. They will also bring classic sounds of the past to life with a demonstration of a vintage 4 track mixing console and tape machine, as well as the studios’ legendary echo chamber. Please note: this event does not include a tour of the studios. MORE HERE

Tickets available HERE

Bob Dylan's Number One Planet Waves '74



February 16, 1974 : Bob Dylan's album Planet Waves hits #1

Billy Bragg Promotes Tooth & Nail



Billy Bragg is set to release his new album 'Tooth & Nail' through Cooking Vinyl on March 18, 2013.

Available on CD and vinyl, Billy Bragg will make the album available as a limited special edition CD+DVD Bookpack, featuring the CD, a 36 page booklet containing exclusive photos and a collection of columns written by Billy originally published in Q magazine between 2008 and 2011, plus a DVD of 10 promotional videos that Billy Bragg made for his singles between 1986 - 2002.


The first single, No One Knows Nothing Anymore is HERE

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Sonny Bono February 16, 1935 – January 5, 1998


Depeche Mode's Heaven From Delta Machine



Depeche Mode owned a chunk of the '80s and '90s with glossy electro-rock hits like "People Are People" and "Personal Jesus." These days the band doesn't have much to prove, and its members, who appear in this new video for the song "Heaven," seem to find themselves at peace.

"Heaven" was written by Depeche Mode guitarist Martin Gore and is the first single from the band's upcoming album Delta Machine. MORE HERE

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Billy Ward 19 September 1921 - 16 February 2002


Jack White & Gibby Haynes of the Butthole Surfers

























Jack White tagged Butthole Surfers frontman Gibby Haynes for the latest installment in Third Man Records’ Blue Series. The pair, along with Third Man’s Ben Swank, recorded a three-song single featuring two originals, “You Don’t Have To Be Smart” and “Horse Named George”, and a cover of Adrenalin OD’s “Paul’s Not Home”, which was released as a 7″ for Valentine’s Day (2013).



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The Kalin Twins February 16, 1934 - Hal d. August 24, 2005 - Herbie d. July 21, 2006


Massachusetts Commonwealth Modern Lovers



It begins like no other iconic rock song, with a quirky countdown from the lead singer: “One, two, three, four, five, six!” Next comes the pummel of electric guitar, drums, and bass.

“Roadrunner,” first recorded by the Modern Lovers in the early 1970s and best known from the group’s 1976 debut album, is an unabashed musical valentine to Massachusetts, where its songwriter, Jonathan Richman, was raised.

Now “Roadrunner” could become the official rock song of the Massachusetts Commonwealth. On Thursday February 14, 2013, state Representative Martin “Marty” Walsh of Dorchester filed a bill to make that happen. MORE HERE

Otis Blackwell February 16, 1931 – May 6, 2002


Friday, February 15, 2013

Happy Birthday Melissa Manchester


Bobby Weir Here With Sammy Hagar



Bob Weir continued his Weir Here performance / Q&A series via a live webcast originating from his TRI Studios facility in the Bay Area Wednesday February 13, 2013.

For this ninth installment of Weir Here, the Furthur / Grateful Dead guitarist was joined by a cast of characters that included Talking Heads / Modern Lovers  keyboardist/guitarist Jerry Harrison, former Van Halen vocalist Sammy Hagar, singer/songwriter Lukas Nelson and RatDog rhythm section Robin Sylvester and Jay Lane. MORE HERE

Nat King Cole March 17, 1919 – February 15, 1965


Sound City Players Take Manhattan






















Dave Grohl brought his Sound City Players ensemble to New York City this week for a show before a capacity crowd at the Hammerstein Ballroom on Wednesday night (February 13, 2013) as well as the group’s network television debut on Thursday (February 14, 2013).

For Wednesday’s show, Grohl brought together members of the Foo Fighters, Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac, Krist Novoselic of Nirvana, Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick, John Fogerty, Rick Springfield, Fear’s Lee Ving, Alain Johannes, Chris Goss and Brad Wilk of Rage Against The Machine for the marathon performance. MORE HERE

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Mike Bloomfield July 28, 1943 – February 15, 1981


Brian May & Tony Iommi Will Collaborate Riffs






















Brian May and Tony Iommi have revealed plans for a collaborative "riffs album", allowing the guitarists' unused material to be borrowed and built upon by fans.

May got the idea for the album while visiting Iommi's studio, where he was struck by the amount of unreleased material the Black Sabbath guitarist has piled up over the years. MORE HERE & HERE

Alvin Cash February 15, 1939 – November 21, 1999


The Late Show with The Sound City Players



Dave Grohl’s Sound City Players project made their network television debut last night, when the ensemble performed You Can’t Fix This on The Late Show with David Letterman. Stevie Nicks recorded the original You Can’t Fix This with the Sound City Players for the Real-to-Reel album which was inspired by the Sound City documentary and is due out next month.

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Little Walter May 1, 1930 – February 15, 1968


Aaron Neville Pledging Love



Legendary vocalist Aaron Neville has just the thing to put you in a warm and fuzzy state of mind--this clip for "Pledging My Love," which he shot as part of the "1 Mic, 1 Take" series filmed at the famed Capitol Studios in Hollywood. MORE HERE

Hank Locklin February 15, 1918 – March 8, 2009


Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Birthday Maceo Parker


Lana Del Rey's Burning Desire For Jaguar



Last year it was announced that Lana Del Rey is the new face of Jaguar.

The marketers at Jaguar have been handing out wheelbarrows full of cash, so don't knock Lana Del Rey for getting hers. The otherwise H&M spokesmodel lends her Born to Die: Paradise Edition promotional single "Burning Desire" to the sports car's 2013 F-TYPE campaign, which not only ponied up for the velvet curtain-lined performance clip above but will put out a short film soundtracked to the song and starring Homeland's Damien Lewis later this year.

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Happy Birthday Lillie Bryant


Shannon McNally With Dr. John For Bobby Charles


Shannon McNally's album with Dr. John "Small Town Talk - The Songs Of Bobby Charles" is slated for an April (2013) release.

Bobby Charles was a good friend of McNally. Bobby and Dr. John were best friends and writing partners for 50 plus years. Having written such ubiquitously popular songs as "See You Later, Alligator” and "Walking To New Orleans,” Bobby and Dr. John were there at the birth of Rock and Roll.

The album was recorded in December 2007. For the last six years Shannon has guarded it. It is her tenth album, and she claims it is her masterpiece and the ultimate expression of her musical vision.



But Shannon needs help. MORE HERE

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Merl Saunders February 14, 1934 – October 24, 2008


Laurie Anderson's Dirtday Digs Into Obama

























Laurie Anderson – performer, composer, artist and all-round superstar of New York's downtown avant garde – has spent decades probing the bizarre customs and rituals of American life. She's outraged by the president, inspired by Occupy.

But what has her worked up is a specific piece of legislation: the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which President Obama signed at the end of 2011. The act gave the president the power to order the military to detain anyone, American or otherwise, without trial, for life. "On the face of it, unconstitutional," Anderson argues. "That made me crazy. That's why I wrote Dirtday!" MORE HERE

Magic Sam February 14, 1937 – December 1, 1969


Chubby Checker Sues Over Phallic App

























Rock'n'roll pioneer Chubby Checker is suing two computer companies for allowing his name to be used as the title of an app that guesses the size of a man's penis.

Checker's lawyers are seeking half a billion dollars for the "irreparable damage and harm" caused by the Chubby Checker, an app for Hewlett-Packard's Palm OS platform. "This lawsuit is about preserving the integrity and legacy of a man who has spent years working hard at his musical craft and has earned the position of one of the greatest musical entertainers of all time," explained Checker's lawyer. MORE HERE

Buddy Knox July 20, 1933 - February 14, 1999


NPR To Broadcast Yeah Yeah Yeahs From SXSW












NPR has announced that the Yeah Yeah Yeahs have been added to the bill for their official South by Southwest showcase on March 13, 2013.

The band joins Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds for the concert, which will be broadcast on NPR stations across the country and streamed live as a video webcast from Stubb's in Austin, Texas HERE

The concert will also appear in the NPR Music apps.

This will be the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' only appearance at SXSW. The group plans to perform songs from its forthcoming album Mosquito, out April 16, 2013 in addition to older fan favorites.

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