Monday, September 8, 2014


It's been a month since Robin's passing ...Joan's funeral was yesterday (9/7/14) 

A time of reflection and tears ...

I'll return soon.


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Happy Birthday Shirley Manson

Garbage: Tell Me Where It Hurts

Prince + 3rd Eye Girl x 2

Prince will release not one, but two new albums. The first is the expected PLECTRUMELECTRUM(above right) with his band 3rdEyeGirl which has been discussed and teased since January (2014).

The second is a solo album, Art Official Age(above left). Both will come out on September 30, 2014 in the US.

Both are being released under his new contract with Warner Brothers, the label he left in the 90's in the dispute that led to him changing his name to the unpronounceable symbol. MORE HERE

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Chris Curtis August 26, 1941 – February 28, 2005

Some Other Guys

The Basement Tapes Raw & Complete

On November 4, 2014, Bob Dylan will finally release the legendary Basement Tapes sessions in their entirety: 138 tracks on six CDs, including 30 tracks that even fanatical Dylan fans never knew existed.

Titled The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11, the collection is credited to Bob Dylan and the Band.

For those who are unfamiliar with that era in Dylan history, here’s some context: After a few years as one of pop’s most significant voices in the ’60s, Dylan took a break in July of 1966, when he was reported to have been injured in a motorcycle accident.

Dylan retreated to upstate New York, where he recorded lots of new music with Robbie Robertson, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel, Garth Hudson and, later, Levon Helm, in the basement of a small house, dubbed “Big Pink” by the group, in West Saugerties. Their recordings included traditional covers as well as dozens of newly written Bob Dylan songs.

Below, stream an alternate take of the original "Odds and Ends" that appears on both the six-disc The Basement Tapes Complete and the two-disc The Basement Tapes Raw, a slimmed-down collection of highlights. MORE HERE, HERE & HERE

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Jimmy Rushing August 26, 1901 – June 8, 1972

Jimmy Rushing : Complete Goin' to Chicago and Listen to the Blues (Bonus Track Version)

Weird Al Opens Emmys 2014

Weird Al Yankovic performed a hilarious medley of faux television theme songs at the Emmy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles Monday night (August 25, 2014).

Since none of the selected theme songs has lyrics, Weird Al made up his own, bemoaning the fact that "Mad Men" star Jon Hamm never won an Emmy, noting how often Kerry Washington's lips quiver on "Scandal" and ridiculing Claire Danes' "ugly crying" on "Homeland." MORE HERE

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Lee Hays March 14, 1914 – August 26, 1981

The Weavers : Wasn't That a Time?

Monday, August 25, 2014

Happy Birthday Jeff Tweedy

Wilco : Wilco A.M.

Kate Bush On BBC

Kate Bush has managed to retain her trump cards of mystery and surprise before her eagerly awaited London concerts (beginning August 26, 2014). MORE HERE

The Kate Bush Story: Running Up That Hill, a hagiography produced by the BBC in anticipation of her imminent run of dates at the Hammersmith Apollo has aired.

Watch it HERE

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Willy DeVille August 25, 1950 – August 6, 2009

Mink DeVille : Cabretta

Every Randy Bachman Song Tells A Story

Randy Bachman launched the Vinyl Tap Tour: Every Song Tells a Story in 2013, designing the concert as a guided journey through his past. He sang hits from the Guess Who, Bachman-Turner Overdrive, and his solo career, interspersing stories along the way, adding the biographical song "Prairie Town" as a framing device.

This 2014 set -- which is available in a couple of incarnations, including one that has a DVD and one that has a CD of the concert -- generally has a lower energy level than the original recordings but the relaxed vibe is part of the appeal: it's not a race, it's a nostalgic stroll with the amiable Bachman. If you're on the same wavelength as him, it's an enjoyable way to pass the time.

VVN Music had the honor of talking to Bachman at length about the release and his amazing 50+ years in the music business. Check it out HERE

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Mia Zapata August 25, 1965 – July 7, 1993

The Gits : Enter: The Conquering Chicken

Arctic Monkeys Last At Leeds 2014

Arctic Monkeys closed the final day of Leeds festival (2014), albeit ten minutes earlier than scheduled.

The band raced through tracks from all albums with the AM waveform as their backdrop.

Frontman Alex Turner (above) only addressed the crowd a few times to ask how their weekend had been.

This is one of the last gigs Arctic Monkey's will play off the back of their latest album AM.

Festival goers didn't seem too bothered about the slightly earlier than scheduled finish. source

Watch the complete performance HERE

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R.B. Hudmon August 6, 1954 - August 25, 1995

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Happy Birthday Joe Chambers

The Chambers Brothers : Unbonded

Jerry Jeff Walker Biopic Now Available

Released a few years ago, and screened at various film festivals, the Jerry Jeff Walker biopic 'OK Buckaroos' is just now coming out on DVD. Digital Download release will be on September 10, 2014

One hot summer night in Texas. The journey of a lifetime. Twenty nine songs. Forty years of film, photo and audio archives. This story of artistic independence is a must see for anyone who has an interest the evolution of the American music scene over the last half decade.

Starring Jerry Jeff Walker, Susan Walker, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Todd Snider, Willie Nelson, Guy Clark and many other guest appearances.

An Incredible 29 song soundtrack with all of Jerry Jeff’s classics.Bonus material includes full concert footage of Gettin’ By and Redneck Mother from 2009 in Round Rock Texas and Mr. Bojangles, LA Freeway and Hill Country Rain from the original 1982 Jerry Jeff Birthday Bash in Austin, Texas. MORE HERE

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John Cipollina August 24, 1943 – May 29, 1989

Dinosaurs : Friends Of Extinction

Reading : The Hives

The Hives are a force of nature. Their fourth Reading and Leeds appearance - the first being in 2002 - they are a loved and respected band who never fail to make the entire site go absolutely crazy with their live sets.Watch the clip above from Reading (August 23, 2014).

They've spent the last year (2013/2014) on an epic tour schedule, thrilling audiences around the globe with their matching monochrome uniforms and super tight melodies.

Spin magazine has called them the 8th best live show in rock music, and with scissor kicks, heckling and stage diving all par for the course, this is one band you do not want to miss. source

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Wynonie Harris August 24, 1915 – June 14, 1969

Very Best of Wynonie Harris: Good Rockin Tonight

Robert Plant: Led To Lullaby

Led Zeppelin legend Robert Plant is featured in a new interview with The Independent's James McNair discussing his new solo album, Lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar (available September 9, 2014 in US), and his former band. The interview is HERE

Plant has uploaded two short films detailing the forthcoming album...the first is HERE, the second HERE

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Hal Kalin February 16, 1934 - August 24, 2005

The Kalin Twins : When

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Happy Birthday Woody Paul

Showdown At The Hoedown DVD

Fab Four's Final Photos

It’s a been a booming era for rediscovered Beatles photos, from the famous lost Beatles photographs taken by their tour manager to Linda McCartney’s tender portraits to Harry Benson’s luminous black-and-white photos of the Fab Four.

On August 22nd in 1969, two days after their final recording session, the Beatles gathered at Tittenhurst Park, where John Lennon and Yoko Ono resided, for a photo shoot they didn’t realize would be their last.  Brain Pickings posted some cool pics.

The photos are HERE

Happy Birthday Jack Earls

The Sun Gods

Anxiously Awaiting A Kate Bush Experience

Kate Bush has asked fans to put down their iPads at her comeback shows so that the singer and her audience can “share in the experience together”.

The singer returns to the stage at Hammersmith Apollo next week, the scene of her last full concert appearance in 1979.

Bush posted a message on her website, with a “request” for fans attending the shows, which begin next Tuesday (August 26, 2014). MORE HERE & HERE

Keith Moon August 23, 1946 – September 7, 1978

Keith Moon : Two Sides of the Moon

Motown 25 Deluxe

Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever debuted on NBC on May 16, 1983, and became an immediate sensation.

The highlight that caused the most talk was Michael Jackson’s world premiere of the moonwalk, but Motown 25 had an abundance of buzzworthy moments - reunions by the Miracles, the Supremes and The Jackson 5; the first battle of the bands between The Temptations and Four Tops; and the hottest comedian in the world at the time, Richard Pryor, as host.

You can now own this once-in-a-lifetime concert with over 14 hours of bonus features! This 6-DVD set features an extended version of the Motown 25 concert, including 20 minutes not seen in the original broadcast and exclusive bonus features. MORE HERE

David Rose June 15, 1910 – August 23, 1990

Music of the Stripper by David Rose & his Orchestra

Friday, August 22, 2014

Happy Birthday Tori Amos

Tori Amos : Under The Pink

Sparks From Imogen Heap

In Sparks, Imogen Heap returns with her fourth solo album, three years in the making and possibly her most adventurous offering yet. The track 'Entaglement' is above.

With her track record for innovation in music, and especially for marrying human emotion with leading-edge technology beyond gimmickry, Heap sets her own bar high. MORE HERE

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Dale Hawkins August 22, 1936 – February 13, 2010

Dale Hawkins :Wildcat Tamer

Reissuing Posthumous Jimi Hendrix

Over the last few years of Jimi Hendrix's life he recorded a number of songs that explored new musical ground, which he wasn't able to release before his tragic death. In 1971, Hendrix’s longtime engineer Eddie Kramer and Experience drummer Mitch Mitchell assembled some of the material from those sessions into a pair of posthumous studio albums - The Cry Of Love and Rainbow Bridge. On September 16, 2014 Experience Hendrix in conjunction with Legacy Recordings will reissue the two long-out-of-print studio albums on CD, vinyl and digital. MORE HERE

John Lee Hooker August 22, 1917 – June 21, 2001

John Lee Hooker : Endless Boogie

The Way Of The Buzzcocks

The punk icons Buzzcocks have announced the general availability of their ninth album The Way - November 2014. It was recorded in London and backed by a PledgeMusic campaign.

A US tour will precede the UK dates. source

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Nick Ashford May 4, 1941 – August 22, 2011

Big City Soul, Vol. 2: The Verve Story
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