Thursday, July 31, 2014

Happy Birthday Gary Lewis

This Diamond Ring / A Session with Gary Lewis & the Playboys

R.I.P.: Dick Wagner

Dick Wagner, the guitarist, songwriter and bandleader who worked with Alice Cooper, Lou Reed, Kiss and Aerosmith, among others, died Wednesday (July 30, 2014) at the age of 71.

In his lifetime, Wagner played guitar with a number of notable names in pop and rock, including Rod Stewart, Hall and Oates and Meatloaf, among others. He also made a name for himself as a songwriter for his mid-Seventies work with Cooper.

Wagner was born in Iowa but grew up in the Detroit area and, as a self-taught guitarist, was asked to back Jerry Lee Lewis and Roy Orbison on one-off gigs. By the later part of the decade, he came to prominence as the frontman for the rock group the Frost and, after moving to New York City in the early Seventies, as a member of Ursa Major. 

The latter group, whose original group featured keyboardist Billy Joel, recorded with Alice Cooper producer Bob Ezrin, who recognized Wagner's talent and brought him in to play additional guitar on a few albums.

The Ezrin connection would pave the way for Wagner's biggest gigs. His playing was featured on some of Lou Reed's greatest recordings.

Wagner's final album was 2009's Full Meltdown. MORE HERE & HERE

Mindrocker: The Complete Series Vol. 1-13 Anthology of 60 US Punk Garage Psych

Happy Birthday Morey Carr

The Playmates : Beep Beep

Lana Del Rey's Ultraviolence With An iPhone

Here it is, the much anticipated and haunting new video, made entirely on iPhone (!), for the title track from Lana Del Rey's LP Ultraviolence- out now. source

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Happy Birthday Bonnie Brown

The Browns: Complete Pop & Country Hits

Jenny Lewis' Voyager Vino

Jenny Lewis' new LP The Voyager is out now and as an added bonus, she's created a new wine that'll presumably pair well with the record. It's called—you guessed it—The Voyager Wine.

It's reportedly a blend of carignan, valdiguie and petit sirah from Solano County, California, costs $29.99, and comes with a download code for the album.

It's available for a limited time via Domaine LA and at the Los Angeles restaurants Night + Market and Night + Market Song (which are reportedly two of Lewis' favorite spots). source

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Jim Reeves August 20, 1923 – July 31, 1964

The Country Side Of Jim Reeves

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Happy Birthday Buddy Guy

Buddy Guy : Living Proof

Anything Goes With Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett made their long-in-the-works project official, announcing the album Cheek to Cheek -- a collection of jazz standards, including 'Anything Goes' (above) -- will be released September 23, 2014. A concert special on PBS will follow in the fall. MORE HERE & HERE

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Happy Birthday Kate Bush

Kate Bush : The Kick Inside

Beck's Heart Is A Drum

As Beck continues his lap around the country in support of his February (2014) album Morning Phase, he's shared a startlingly surreal track for one of that LP's standouts "Heart Is a Drum" (above).

Monday night (July 28, 2014), the singer-songwriter made his way to The Colbert Report for a mellow performance of that same track, as well as another cut from the new Beck Song Reader album and an endearing chat with Stephen Colbert himself. source

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Happy Birthday Paul Anka

Paul Anka : Rock Swings

The Pure Imagination Of Primus

Prepare to enter a world of pure imagination this October (2014), as veteran thrash-funk eccentrics Primus release their eighth studio album, a wall to wall tribute to the 1971 musical Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.

The clanging, ill-angled LP, titled Primus & The Chocolate Factory with the Fungi Ensemble, will be released on October 21, 2014.

It will be the first album-length release from the classic, multi-platinum lineup — leader Les Claypool, guitarist Larry Lalonde and drummer Tim "Herb" Alexander — since 1995. MORE HERE

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Les Elgart August 3, 1917 - July 29, 1995

Les Elgart : Sophisticated Swing : Best Of The Big Bands - Vol. 2

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Happy Birthday Geddy Lee

Rush : Grace Under Pressure

Pussy Riot Sue Russian Government

Two members of the feminist punk rock group Pussy Riot are suing the Russian government in the European court of human rights (ECHR) over their imprisonment for a 2012 protest performance at a Moscow cathedral.

Maria Alyokhina (above left) and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (above right), who were given an amnesty in December (2013) after serving 21 months in prison and pre-trial confinement, are demanding €120,000 each in compensation, plus €10,000 in court fees. They argue that the investigation and prosecution violated their rights and amounted to torture. MORE HERE & HERE

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Happy Birthday Patti Scialfa

Patti Scialfa : Play It As It Lays

Revisiting Venus & Mars/At the Speed of Sound

Paul McCartney has announced new deluxe reissues of two Wings albums, Venus And Mars and Wings At The Speed Of Sound.

Originally released in 1975 and 1976 respectively, the remastered albums are the latest additions to The Paul McCartney Archive Collection and will be available in several formats including a 2CD standard edition, a 3-disc (2CD/1DVD) deluxe edition (featuring a book of unpublished photos and new interviews), gatefold vinyl and via digital download. Each edition will include bonus demos and unreleased tracks.

The reissues Venus And Mars and Wings At The Speed Of Soundwill be released September 23, 2014. MORE HERE & HERE

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Cass Elliot September 19, 1941 – July 29, 1974

Dream a Little Dream of Me: The Music of Mama Cass Elliot

Billy Bragg Gains Guitars For British Prisoners

A campaign led by Billy Bragg (Jail Guitar Doors) has successfully seen prisoners in British jails allowed to use steel stringed guitars.

Musicians including Radiohead's Ed O'Brien and Philip Selway, Elbow's Guy Garvey, Pink Floyd's Dave Gilmour and Johnny Marr also supported the campaign to overturn the ban on steel-strung guitars in British prisons. source

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Happy Birthday Martina McBride

Martina McBride : Everlasting

Monday, July 28, 2014

Happy Birthday Rachel Sweet

Rachel Sweet : Protect The Innocent

Rapt By Karen O

For her upcoming debut solo album, Crush Songs, Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O gathered together a collection of songs she’d written nearly a decade ago during a period of particular romantic uncertainty.

We get our first dispatch from the love-sick Oscar nominee as she unveils a delicate, lo-fi ballad called “Rapt” (above).

Crush Songs is due out September 9, 2014 via Julian Casablancas’ own Cult Records. The album will first be released as a limited-edition vinyl incorporating Karen’s own personal drawings and handwritten lyrics. It will then be available digitally, on CD, and as a single vinyl release. Pre-order HERE. source

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Mike Bloomfield July 28, 1943 – February 15, 1981

Mike Bloomfield : Don't Say That I Ain't Your Man!-Essential Blues

Memoirs And Movie Unlocking The Truth

Unlocking the Truth, the teenage Brooklyn band who signed a $1.7 million contract with Sony Music, including a $60,000 advance on a two-album deal with an option for four more records, will be the subjects of a feature documentary. MORE HERE

The band also plans to release a book next year (2015). MORE HERE

The Brooklyn trio – consisting of 13-year-olds Malcolm Brickhouse, Alec Atkins and 12-year-old Jarad Dawkins – rocketed to fame after YouTube videos of busking performances went viral.

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Eddie Hinton June 15, 1944 – July 28, 1995

Eddie Hinton : Dear Y'all: The Songwriting Sessions

School of Doodle For Girls

Right now, there's a Kickstarter going on to help launch a new, free online high school for girls. School of Doodle is a "peer-to-peer, self-directed learning lab dedicated to activating girls’ imaginations through entertainment, education and community," and several incredible artists have signed on to teach courses and contribute rewards for contributors.

Kim Gordon, Chan Marshall, J.D. Samson of Le Tigre/MEN, Marina Abramović, John Baldessari, and others will be teachers at the School of Doodle, offering live video lectures on various subjects. Others have made original artwork (doodles) for anyone who contributes $50 or more, including Courtney Love, Yoko Ono, Pussy Riot, Jenny Holzer, Sia, Sarah Silverman, Natasha Lyonne, and Arianna Huffington. source

Happy Birthday Jonathan Edwards

Jonathan Edwards : Honky-Tonk Stardust Cowboy

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Happy Birthday Bobbie Gentry

Bobbie Gentry : Fancy

Appreciating JJ Cale With Eric Clapton & Friends

On Tuesday July 29, 2014, Eric Clapton & Friends will release the album “The Breeze (An Appreciation of JJ Cale).” With performances by Clapton, Mark Knopfler, John Mayer, Willie Nelson, Tom Petty, Derek Trucks and Don White, the album features 16 beloved Cale songs and is named for the 1972 single “Call Me The Breeze” (Clapton's new version above).

The full documentary for “The Breeze – An Appreciation of JJ Cale by Eric Clapton” is airing this weekend and leading up to the album release on VH1 Classic and Palladia. This behind-the-scenes look at Clapton’s tribute to JJ Cale features interviews with Clapton, Mayer, Knopfler, Trucks, White, Christine Lakeland and more. MORE HERE, HERE & HERE

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Lightnin' Slim March 13, 1913 - July 27, 1974

Lightnin' Slim : It's Mighty Crazy! All the Early Excello Recordings and More

Take Me To Church Sinéad O'Connor

Sinéad O'Connor's tenth album, I'm Not Bossy, I'm the Boss, is set to be released August 12, 2014, the first track is "Take Me To Church" (above).

Over the course of a career getting on for three decades, O'Connor, 47, has been called many things: a maverick, an attention-seeker, a crazy person… . But, as she begins an interview to promote her new album, there's one thing she's adamant she doesn't want to be labelled as; a feminist, she says. MORE HERE

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Happy Birthday Juliana Hatfield

Juliana Hatfield : Only Everything

R.I.P.: Don Lanier

Don Lanier, musician, songwriter and Nashville A&R man, died on Wednesday July 23, 2014 at the age of 78.

Born and raised in Texas, one of his earliest music associations was with Jimmy Bowen with whom he started the Rhythm Orchids. The band was called in to back up new singer Buddy Knox in the studio where he recorded his biggest hit, Party Doll. While Knox and Bowen wrote the big hit, Lanier contributed to others in Buddy's catalog including I'm Stickin' With You, Hula Love and Rock Your Little Baby to Sleep.

In 1964, Lanier followed Bowen to Los Angeles where he started to do arrangements for his friend, eventually becoming an in-demand studio guitarist and arranger. As a songwriter, his Here We Go Again became a hit for Ray Charles in 1967 and he wrote additional songs for artists such as Dean Martin, the Everly Brothers and Hank Snow. BMI, with which he was affiliated, credits him with 42 recorded compositions.
As an A&R man for MCA, Don found major hits for Reba McEntire, George Strait, Loretta Lynn, Patty Loveless and others.

Lanier was also a recording artist, cutting songs for Roulette, Dot, Gee and Apt record labels; including a killer version of Johnny Guitar Watson's classic Gangster of Love (above) as Donnie La Near. Released in 1962. source

Moses Rascoe July 27, 1917 - March 6, 1994

Moses Rascoe : Blues -- Recorded Live at Godfrey Daniels

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Happy Birthday Mick Jagger

Mick Jagger & The Red Devils : Studio Blues Sessions

Linda Ronstadt To Receive National Medal of Arts

A diverse roster of big names in the arts, literature and entertainment – including Linda Ronstadt (above), dancer-choreographer Bill T. Jones, author Maxine Hong Kingston, Broadway composer John Kander and L.A.-nurtured visual artist James Turrell -- will receive the National Medal of Arts from President Obama.

The winners of the award, the nation’s top honor in the arts, were announced Tuesday (July 22, 2014) along with generally less-famous winners of the National Humanities Medal, which recognizes career achievement in scholarship, cultural commentary, filmmaking and historic preservation.

President Barack Obama will present the National Medals of Arts in conjunction with the National Humanities Medals on Monday, July 28, 2014, at 3:00 p.m. ET, in an East Room ceremony at the White House. First Lady Michelle Obama will attend. The event will be live streamed at MORE HERE

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Happy Birthday Darlene Love

The Sound of Love: The Very Best of Darlene Love

Ozzy Osbourne Marketing Musical Memoirs

Although its unclear what Ozzy Osbourne‘s next move will be concerning new music, the iconic rocker’s solo catalog will be the basis of a new career-spanning CD and DVD release.

Memoirs Of A Madman’ is set to arrive in both CD and DVD form on October 7, 2014, revisiting both Ozzy’s audio and video history. The audio disc features 17 of Osbourne’s greatest hit singles and it will be released in single-CD, two-LP and two-LP picture disc formats. source

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Bobby Hebb July 26, 1938 ‒ August 3, 2010

The Rich Records Story

Lily Allen's Glastonbury Memory Montage

Lily Allen's video for "As Long As I Got You" (above), from her latest album Sheezus, has the British pop star embracing her love of Glastonbury and boy, does it get adorably sentimental.

The video starts with Allen sharing a baby photo of herself at Glastonbury in 1986 alongside her cool dad. She goes on to talk about how she's played the fest, that she met her husband there, and this year (2014), she gets to take her children to the UK's major festival destination, bringing it all full-circle. source

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Mary Wells May 13, 1943 – July 26, 1992

Something New: Motown Lost & Found : Mary Wells 1961 - 1964
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