Friday, February 28, 2014
Record Store Day. The EP will include four previously unreleased original songs, “Mary Mary,” “Hurry Up Sundown,” “Hey Blue Eyes” and the title track, “American Beauty.”
In addition to the EP, the 2013 Musicares Person of Year: Tribute to Bruce Springsteen will be released on March 25, 2014 on DVD, Blu-Ray and digital download. source
Brian Eno and Underworld's Karl Hyde have come together for a new collaborative album called Someday World, scheduled for release on May 6, 2014.
The record, composed and sung by both Eno and Hyde, features a whole cast of guest musicians: Eno's Roxy Music bandmate Andy Mackay, Eno's daughter Darla Eno, Will Champion of Coldplay and his wife Marianna Champion and more. Eno co-produced the record with Fred Gibson.
Eno also did the artwork for the album, and Hyde took the cover photograph. MORE HERE
A number of rare and previously unreleased demos recorded by Led Zeppelin during the making of their 1975 album 'Physical Graffiti' are to be auctioned.
The batch of recordings includes alternate mixes of songs such as 'Trampled Underfoot', 'Driving To Kashmir', 'Custard Pie', 'In The Light (Everyone Makes It Then)', 'Swan Song Part 1', and 'Swan Song Part 2'. RR Auction, the company behind the auction, state that the recordings are different, with some completely instrumental, to the final album versions.
A 30-second clip of 'In The Light' can be heard above. The auction, named Marvels Of Modern Music, runs from March 13-20, 2014. GO HERE & HERE
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Following the release of her new self-titled solo album, St. Vincent, Annie Clark stopped by The Colbert Report (February 25, 2014) to chat and perform “Digital Witness” (above) and “Birth In Reverse.”
Referring to Clark as “Vinny,” he asked her about her 2013 American Ingenuity Award for Performing Arts. “I was in a room full of Nobel Prize winners,” Clark responded. To which Colbert replied, “Is that why you have Einstein’s hair?” The entire interview is HERE
Arguments about copyright law don't get much more life-affirming than this. Earlier this week, David Byrne (joined by Tift Merritt and Marilyn Carino) announced in his email newsletter that he'd be performing Biz Markie's enduring, endearing novelty hit "Just A Friend" in an event at New York's Le Poisson Rouge on February 25, 2014. And that's exactly what he did at the rally for the Content Creators Coalition, a new advocacy group. And, as you can see from the fan video above, it was oddly sublime.
The Talking Heads leader's jubilant cover came at a show called Artists' Pay for Radio Play, where the Content Creators Coalition was calling attention to the fact that the United States is a rare place where performers don't get royalties for radio airplay.
The Content Creators Coalition's concerns are ultimately far broader than radio royalties. But they've begun by urging Congress to review the current radio airplay royalty system, and you can sign their petition HERE
Paco de Lucia, considered by his fans and critics to be the world's greatest flamenco guitarist, died Wednesday February 26, 2014 in Mexico of a heart attack. The 66-year-old musician was a modern superstar in a Roma, or Gypsy, tradition that is hundreds of years old.
De Lucia's use of jazz and other non-Roma influences in his music often raised the eyebrows of traditionalists. It also attracted the attention of jazz guitarists Al Di Meola and John McLaughlin, who invited him to form a trio that allowed de Lucia to indulge his jazz passions without traditionalists looking over his shoulder. They released the classic album Friday Night In San Francisco in 1980.
Eric Clapton referred to de Lucia as “a titanic figure in the world of flamenco guitar”. MORE HERE & HERE
Paco De Lucia / Ramon De Algeciras En Hispanoamerica
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
The lineup has been announced for the fourth annual Johnny Cash Music Festival, and some of country music’s biggest stars will be joining in the celebration.
Reba McEntire, Loretta Lynn and Bobby Bare will all appear at the event, along with comedian and gospel singer Mark Lowry, who will serve as the evening’s host.
The Johnny Cash Music Festival will be held on August 15, 2014 at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Arkansas. Proceeds from the concert support both the restoration of Cash’s childhood home in Dyess, Arkansas, as well as a scholarship fund.
Tickets will go on sale on February 28, 2014 and are available for purchase HERE
Johnny Cash remembered with bologna at Pugwash food drive
Red Headed Stranger movie in 1986, will be welcoming some new strangers during South by Southwest this year.
The ranch will be the site of the third annual Heartbreaker Banquet, a daylong concert on Thursday, March 13, 2014 that includes pop-up shops, local food and performances by 18 rock, country and roots bands. The music talent this year includes Shovels and Rope, J. Roddy Walston and the Business, Lucius, the Felice Brothers, Hurray for the Riff Raff and the Wild Feathers. source
Jewel might seem confident performing on stage in front of thousands of screaming fans, or appearing on TV shows like ‘The Sing-Off’ or ‘Nashville Star,’ but it turns out, the singer has been fighting a personal battle that could have kept her completely out of the public eye.
Her rags-to-riches story, including spending a year as a homeless teen living in her car, is well known. But now the Alaska native admits she was also plagued by an anxiety disorder that made her intensely fearful of being around other people at the same time.
“By the time I was homeless, I was crippled by agoraphobia, which is hard when you don’t have a home, but in my car,” she admits.. “I was afraid if I left my car, I would be stricken with illness.”
The singer-songwriter worked hard to overcome the disorder, one day at a time. MORE HERE
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
On what would have been his 71st birthday, George Harrison (above right) gets honored by friend and fellow musician Mike Love (above left) on the previously unreleased track "Pisces Brothers."
Written in 2004, but released for the first time today (February 25, 2014), "Pisces Brothers" was inspired by a trip the Beach Boys co-founder and the Beatles took to India in 1968 to learn from the spiritual teachings of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
"This being the 50th anniversary of The Beatles coming to America, I wanted to commemorate this incredibly significant trip we all took together to India, at the Maharishi’s invitation," Love said in a statement. "It was enormously influential on all of us, most especially George. The song is really sentimental for me, and meant to honor George Harrison’s remarkable contribution to music. And how, in this one moment in time, we got together, as the song says, not fortune or for fame, but for enlightenment.” MORE HERE
The stunning news that Devo guitarist Bob Casale (above left) passed away from heart failure last week was as shocking to the band as it was to their fans. Nobody was as devastated as Jerry Casale (above right), his brother and bandmate of 40 years. Jerry spoke to Rolling Stone magazine about Bob's life and legacy.
Excerpt : "I had four siblings, but Bob was my closest brother in age. We were born four years apart and we bonded very, very early on. We also loved the same sort of music when we were young. We got really great radio stations out of Detroit, so we were listening to a lot of Motown and R&B and Chicago blues. That was our true love other than big pop music hits like the Rolling Stones and the Beatles and Kinks and James Brown."
Lots of friends & fans of DEVO have been asking how they can send condolences/gifts to the Casale family after the untimely passing of Robert "Bob 2" Casale. A funding page has been created to help soften the huge blow this has been to his wife, daughter, and son. All gifts will go directly to The Casale Family. GO HERE
Henry Rollins paid tribute to Bob Casale of Devo on his KCRW radio show on Sunday February 23, 2014.
Rollins writes: "Bob Casale of Devo passed away yesterday, 2-17-14 of heart failure at 61 years old. Devo fans all over the world are feeling this loss. Bob 2, as he was known, was a good guy and a fine musician. He was a founding member of one of America’s most original and innovative bands."
"I have been an XL fan of Devo since I was in high school in the 1970’s. Their records only sound better with time. We were very lucky to have Bob Casale in our lives. Respect and condolences." MORE HERE
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Monday, February 24, 2014
Johnny Winter is enjoying an unparalleled resurgence performing to sold out shows worldwide even after a long life full of honors and accomplishments...Last night (Sunday February 23, 2014) was his 70th Birthday and it was celebrated with blues and rock n roll at B.B. King's Blues Club & Grill in New York ...Johnny rips it up on Jumpin' Jack Flash (above).
Happy Birthday to you Johnny! Video HERE
Kiss won’t rock ’n’ roll all night — or at any point during the day, either — when it is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April (2014), the band announced Sunday February 23, 2014.
The 40-year-old group is unable to agree on which lineup should perform during the April 10, 2014 ceremony in New York City, and has decided not to plug in at all.
The dispute concerns whether original members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss would join Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley in a live performance, or whether the current lineup of Stanley, Simmons, Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer would play instead. MORE HERE & HERE
140dB Management has worked with some of the most noteworthy music producers of the past three decades, including individuals who helped create era-defining albums such as Pretty Hate Machine, The Joshua Tree, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness and Violator. In celebration of 140dB's 25th anniversary, owner and founder Ros Earls compiled a list of her favorite musical moments from her star-studded lineup of clients. Check it out HERE
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Secret Weapon Films' “Johnny Winter: Down & Dirty”, the feature length documentary on blues legend Johnny Winter, will premiere March 12 & 13, 2014 at the South by Southwest Film & Music Festival in Austin, Texas.
The film features Edgar Winter, James Cotton, Billy Gibbons, Warren Haynes, Luther Nallie, Tommy Shannon, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks and more.
Johnny's latest album, Step Back, is due out in May (2014) featuring Eric Clapton Dr John, Joe Perry, Joe Bonamassa, Brian Setzer, Mark Knopfler, Leslie West, and The Blues Brother Horns. source
It looks like the biggest musical “oh-god-I-gotta-have-it!” item this year may just be True To the Blues: The Johnny Winter Story, which arrives via Sony’s Legacy Recordings this Tuesday (February 25, 2014).
The four-disc package–which includes 56 tracks spanning 27 albums–hits the streets two days after Winter celebrates his 70th birthday with a show at the B.B King Blues Club & Grill in New York.
One of the many highlights of True To the Blues is bound to be the King-penned “It’s My Own Fault”, which captures Winter sitting in with Al Kooper and Mike Bloomfield at the Fillmore East in December of ’68. In the audience that night was a friend of famed record-mogul Clive Davis, who put the bug in his ear about this shit-hot albino blues-rocker from Texas. MORE HERE & HERE
Chicken in the Corn" has received more than four million views, Jamaica's Brushy One String has captured listeners' imaginations with his stripped-down style, as he uses his rich baritone to accompany a beat-up, single-stringed acoustic guitar.
The guitar he plays has a single low E string, and that’s it. Saying “that’s it” is like saying that Alexander the Great was this guy who like, won some battles and stuff.
The fact is, Brushy is an astonishingly soulful performer whose warm-molasses voice carries a hefty emotional punch and whose single-string guitar riffs are surprisingly hypnotic.
As with all true artists, Brushy is impossible to pigeonhole. On his latest album 'Destiny' there is a fair dose of reggae vibes, as well as plenty of folk, a bit of blues and a whole mess of soul, but it all melds together into a single tasty stew. MORE HERE
Brushy One String recently held court in the intimate Studio space at New York City's Webster Hall during globalFEST on January 12, 2014.Listen to the performance HERE
Saturday, February 22, 2014
The Rolling Stones played their first ever concert in the Middle East on Friday February 21, 2014.
The United Arab Emirates has been waiting a long time for the Rolling Stones to perform so it was only right the British rockers took the stage a few minutes early, kicking things off with the aptly titled hit Start Me Up.
Frontman Mick Jagger delivered the wiry energy fans have loved since the band started in 1962. Jagger, with bandmates Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts, launched their '14 On Fire tour' in Abu Dhabi.