The lead singer of The Monkees, Davy Jones, has died after suffering a heart attack this morning in Florida. Jones was 66. MORE HERE
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
"John Silver" was composed by Jimmy Dorsey and Ray Krise in 1938 and released as a Decca 78 single that year. The instrumental also was released as a V-Disc, No. 117, and was also re-arranged under the title "Long John SIlver" and released as V-Disc 409. It is a Swing jazz classic. Due to the strike in 1942, no new recordings could be made in the U.S. So Jimmy Dorsey, like other bands, performed in movies.
This is from LOST IN A HAREM, with Abbott and Costello. The Jimmy Dorsey band has been hypnotized by the the wicked prince, are in captivity somewhere in Arabia.
February 29, 1968, The Beatles 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' won album of the year, best cover and best-engineered and recorded album at the 10th annual Grammy Awards.
Locked Down, the forthcoming album from storied musician and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Dr. John—Mac Rebennack—due out April 3, 2012 is now available to pre-order in the Nonesuch Store. The new album was produced by The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach and will be Dr. John's first for Nonesuch Records. The vinyl album, which also includes the complete album on CD, is due out on Record Store Day, April 21. Nonesuch Store pre-orders for both CDs and LPs include an exclusive print of Dr. John and Auerbach plus MP3s of the complete album available release day. To reserve a copy, click HERE.
Listen to a single from the album...its entitled "Revolution" HERE.
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
The odd couple - Mitt Romney a squeaky politician who obeys the pillars of his Mormon faith and the dictates of greed, and Kid Rock, a Hollywood bad boy poser who produces unoriginal crap and calls it music, has a sex tape and a criminal record - apparently met last week behind closed doors, when Romney went to the singer's suburban Michigan home on February 23, 2012.
According to the aide, a representative from the Romney campaign had reached out to the musician, whose birth name is Bob Ritchie, when the Michigan campaign schedule began to finalize, requesting a live appearance after getting permission to play the audio of the song months earlier.
But Kid Rock insisted on meeting Romney in person. Romney introduced Rock as "a friend" and "a guy that makes great music." MORE HERE
Monday, February 27, 2012
French composer Ludovic Bource won the Academy Award for original score for his work on the silent film “The Artist.” While the musician was competing against a bevy of Oscar veterans, including John Williams, Howard Shore and Alberto Iglesias, he was considered the favorite, as "The Artist" used music as scene-setters, dialogue and mood pieces. MORE HERE
Sunday, February 26, 2012
Kevin Macdonald's "Marley," is the first film ever authorized by late reggae legend Bob Marley's family. The movie made its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival in February 2012 and will make its North American premiere in Austin. Scheduled to open on April 20, 2012 (naturally), but before it opens nationwide, it will be getting a debut screening at the South by Southwest festival Sunday, March 11 (2012). MORE HERE
On a date still to be confirmed, but looking like April 23, 2012, Universal will release T. Rex's 1971 'Electric Warrior' in a number of formats, including a Super Deluxe Edition and a Double LP Vinyl Set. MORE HERE
PLUS T. Rex will participate in 2012′s National Record Store Day, releasing a box set of 7″ singles entitled the “Electric Sevens.” The box set will include tracks from the band’s 1971 album, “Electric Warrior.” MORE HERE
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Friday night February 24, 2012 at the Apollo Theater, rock 'n' roll greats Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy and others got together to celebrate the legacy of blues legend and innovator Hubert Sumlin.
The blues influenced every rock 'n' roll band and, of course, so did the blues players. Guitarist Hubert Sumlin had a signature style that was so smooth that it earned him a coveted spot with blues legend Howlin’ Wolf and influenced generations of musicians to come.
Sumlin died last year of heart failure, and like so many artists that paved the way for rock ‘n’ roll, he left this world virtually penniless. This concert, originally intended to be a birthday celebration, became a memorial event. MORE HERE & HERE
Keith Richards : Little Red Rooster
Keith Richards & Eric Clapton :Goin Down Slow
Clapton w/Gary Clark Jr.
Friday, February 24, 2012
The British Arts Council is recreating a large portion of the late, beloved radio DJ John Peel's extensive record collection for an online museum project called The Space.
Peel, who died in 2004 at 65, was a DJ on BBC Radio 1 for nearly 40 years, and was famous for being at the forefront of new music, both from the United Kingdom and abroad. In that time, he amassed a collection of approximately 25,000 vinyl LPs, 40,000 vinyl singles and a vast number of CDs. MORE HERE
How did Captain Hook get his hook? Skrillex has an idea.
The recent Grammy Award winner has released the music video for the title track to his brand new EP "Bangarang," and not only do things go bang: they go boom.
Lost Boys take the shape of the nasty neighborhood trouble-making kid-gang. It's an entertaining spin on an old tale.
George Harrison wasn't the flashiest, craftiest guitarist of his day, just the one everyone loved. His sound always served the songs, just enough to make them better.
A new app for the iPad showcases Harrison's collection of guitars. It features audio and video recordings of the former Beatle talking about and demonstrating the sound of his instruments. You can see 360-degree views of the guitars in his collection, including the infamous Rickenbacker 12-string guitar. MORE HERE & HERE
Billy Strange, who played guitar for Elvis Presley and Nancy Sinatra and on the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds album, died Wednesday February 22, 2012 in Nashville at age 81. MORE HERE
Thursday, February 23, 2012
The Kraftwerk shows (April 10–17, 2012) at The Museum Of Modern Art are completely sold out and fans of the band are pissed.
Many fans hoping to score tickets to one of Kraftwerk’s eight performances at New York’s Museum of Modern Art in April have, by and large, found themselves flat out of luck. The site hosting the ticket sales, Showclix, seems to have experienced a massive technical fail – with users reporting the site failing to load, experiencing time outs and keeping them trapped in an unmoving queue. MORE HERE
this is making the internet rounds now...Kraftwerk Tickets Blues...
Jeff Beck & bassist Rhonda Smith (formerly of Prince), Booker T Jones and Veronica Bellino (on drums) perform Brush With The Blues at The White House Feb 21, 2012
Check your local PBS listing for the entire program to be aired Feb 27, 2012
Watch Buddy Guy, Jeff Beck, Gary Clark Jr., and Mick Jagger perform "Five Long Years" HERE
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
More from 'In Performance at the White House: Red White and Blues', which broadcasts on PBS February 27, 2012.
Shemekia Copeland, and Susan Tedeschi on backing vocals.
I find it quite wonderful that the show is a tribute to the blues and Mick chose to play a song considered 'disco' ...but alas, all great songs come from the same fundamental root.
The president just couldn’t say no: Mick Jagger held out a microphone almost by way of command, and soon Barack Obama was belting out the blues with the best of them.
The surprise performance by Obama came at the end of the playlist when the blues ensemble was singing ”Sweet Home Chicago,” the blues anthem of Obama’s home town.
Buddy Guy prodded the president, saying he’d heard that the president sang part of an Al Green tune recently, and adding, ”You gotta keep it up.”
Then Jagger handed over the mic, and Obama seemed compelled to comply.
On stage : Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, Jeff Beck, Derek Trucks, Gary Clark, Jr., B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Warren Haynes, Shemekia Copeland, Susan Tedeschi and Keb Mo.
'In Performance at the White House: Red White and Blues', which will include performances from Jagger, Buddy Guy, BB King, Jeff Beck, Derek Trucks and Keb Mo, will be broadcast on PBS February 27, 2012. MORE HERE
Mick in rehearsal w/Jeff Beck and Buddy Guy HERE
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Former Detroiter and noise-punk trailblazer Bob Madigan has died in San Francisco from liver failure. He was 47.
Madigan founded the demented, drug-addled and noisy band Slaughterhouse in 1983 in Detroit. By the 1990s, Slaughterhouse was over. By the 2000s, Madigan had moved on to San Francisco, had adopted the stage name “Donkey Daddy” and was in a group called Fluff Grrl, sometimes wearing a meat loin cloth on stage. MORE HERE
live Fluff Grrl performance video HERE
Bob for President video HERE
Monday, February 20, 2012
The All-Star Band included Emmylou Harris, Gillian Welch, Buddy Miller, David Rawlings, Steve Earle, and Old Crow Medicine Show.
1. The Weight (All-Star Band)
2. Speeches by Warren Hellman's family
3. I'll Fly Away (The Go To Hell Man Clan)
4. Big Rock Candy Mountain (The Go To Hell Man Clan)
Thousands of music fans gathered at San Francisco's Ocean Beach for a twang-filled, foot-stomping, seven-hour memorial concert for Warren Hellman, the San Francisco financier who organized and underwrote the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival for 10 years before he died at age 77 in December. MORE HERE
Buddy Miller & Emmylou Harris
Some great photos HERE
Sunday, February 19, 2012
San Francisco will honor the memory of philanthropist Warren Hellman today (February 19, 2012) with a fittingly free, live bluegrass showcase.
The event includes performances by: Poor Man's Whiskey, John Doe, Kevin Welch, Kieran Kane & Fats Kaplin, Dry Branch Fire Squad, Steve Earle, Buddy Miller, The Wronglers (Hellman's old band) with Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Gillian Welch, Boz Scaggs, Old Crow Medicine Show, Robert Earl Keen, Emmylou Harris with special guest The Go to Hell Man Clan.
The event will be streaming live as well GO HERE
Michael Davis, bass player with US rock band MC5, has died of liver failure aged 68.
Led by singer Rob Tyner, MC5 are widely regarded as pioneers of US punk rock.
Born on 5 June 1943, David replaced original bassist Pat Burrows when Tyner and lead guitarist Wayne Kramer decided they liked his style.
He went on to play on the Detroit band's debut album Kick Out The Jams, the title track with its inflammatory opening statement of intent going on to be one of their best known songs. MORE HERE
Saturday, February 18, 2012
300,000 Organic Farmers and Willie Nelson Sue Monsanto in Federal Court
Nelson states, "Corporate control of our food system has led to the loss of millions of family farmers, destruction of our soil…"
The lawsuit addresses the bizarre and shocking issue of Monsanto harassing and threatening organic farmers with lawsuits of "patent infringement" if any organic farmer ends up with any trace amount of GM seeds on their organic farmland. MORE HERE
Thursday February 16, 2012, Chris Cornell — famed frontman of ‘90s grunge rockers Soundgarden — played a set at the Nob Hill Masonic Center in San Francisco in support of President Obama’s re-election campaign.
As part of his set, Cornell sang a version of Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You,” as a tribute to late pop singer Whitney Houston, who made the song an anthem.
With Whitney Houston’s recent passing, musicians of ever genre have turned out to cover the talented singer’s gems, but this is one of the first times a rocker has taken on the singer’s songs following her passing. MORE HERE
Friday, February 17, 2012
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
To music fans of a certain age "devo max", one of the options that may be part of the Scottish independence referendum, conjures up images of a certain US New Wave pop group.
BBC Entertainment correspondent Colin Paterson speaks to Devo's Gerald Casale to get his thoughts on "devo max".
A Quebec teacher was sermonized Thursday for censoring a song from legendary French singer Edith Piaf because it contains the word God.
The music teacher at St-Gabriel-Lalement school in Sorel-Tracy, northeast of Montreal, left the final line of Ms. Piaf’s classic “Hymne à l’amour” out at the year-end student performance.
The 1949 song ends with: “God reunites those who love.”
The teacher defended his decision to the school board by saying he read the line to his 10- and 11-year-old students but chose not to pursue it further because he didn’t want to get into a debate about religion. MORE HERE
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Otis Blackwell, an American songwriter and producer, wrote ‘All Shook Up’, ‘Return To Sender’, ‘Don't Be Cruel’, ‘Great Balls Of Fire’ and ‘Fever.’
Aggressively honest stand-up comedian Marc Maron generally reserves the guest spots on his "WTF" podcast for his comedy peers. In an episode posted last week, however, Maron sat down with "Cruel to Be Kind" songwriter Nick Lowe. The podcast is HERE
Nick broke out his guitar and belted out a couple of songs...
Charlotte Church, the Welsh pop star who sang for free at News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch's wedding in 1999, when she was 13, is now his nemesis in the first civil trial over the company's U.K. phone-hacking scandal.
After dozens of lawmakers, athletes and other celebrities settled lawsuits, Ms. Church, 25, and her parents are the only remaining victims of the now-defunct News of the World tabloid. Their case is ready for a February 27, 2012 trial in London. MORE HERE & HERE
*"Church ain't shucks to a circus!” from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
February 15, 1975, Linda Ronstadt went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'You're No Good', the singers only solo chart topper out of 12 other top 40 hits. Also today Ronstadt went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'Heart Like A Wheel.'
The Kills take on the Velvet Underground's 1969 classic "Pale Blue Eyes" for a B-side on their new single, "The Last Goodbye". The single comes from their latest album, Blood Pressures, out last year via Domino. The pre-sale single is accompanied by a 16-page booklet of photographs by the Kills' Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince, titled "144 Polaroids From the Road". Available HERE
Ry Cooder has unveiled a new song: "Going to Tampa." His latest album, Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down was inspired by a news headline about the Wall Street bailout. "Going to Tampa" looks ahead to the Republican National Convention, which will be held this August in Tampa, and paints a picture of what could come as only Cooder can. MORE HERE
Singer-songwriter Dory Previn has died aged 86. Previn, who was formerly married to composer Andre Previn and collaborated with him on two Oscar-nominated songs, passed away in Massachusetts. MORE HERE
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
SXSW is right around the corner, and Pitchfork has some big news to share regarding their official showcase. It's taking place March 15, 2012 at the Central Presbyterian Church, and will feature none other than Fiona Apple. MORE HERE
Last month Epic Records’ chairman and CEO L.A. Reid tweeted about the long awaited Fiona Apple album, writing, “Lots of good music coming from @Epic_Records in the next few weeks. Stay tuned music fans. Welcome back Fiona!” Apple, who hasn’t released any music since her 2005 album Extraordinary Machine, has been rumored to have an album’s worth of new material for quite sometime.
Paul McCartney closed the 54th Grammy Awards on Sunday February 12, 2012 after performing a song from the Beatles “Abbey Road” album along with fellow musicians Dave Grohl, Bruce Springsteen and Joe Walsh. Later his name began trending on Twitter with people asking "Who is Paul McCartney?" MORE HERE & HERE
Monday, February 13, 2012
Every year the Grammys are hailed as music's biggest night. Well this year they lived up to that expectation and more based on one fact: They hosted a Beach Boys reunion. Why was it so special? Brian Wilson and crew hadn't shared the stage in more than two decades. MORE HERE
Tedeschi Trucks Band's 'Revelator' has won Best Blues Album at the 2012 Grammy Awards. This is the Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks-fronted band's first Academy win.
Congratulations to Booker T. Jones for his Grammy Award win in the category of “Best Pop Instrumental Album” for his enthralling and soulful 2011 album The Road From Memphis.
In a speech at Clive Davis’ pre-Grammys gala turned Whitney Houston memorial Saturday (2/11/2012) singer Tony Bennett called for the legalization of drugs. Though Houston’s cause of death has yet to be revealed, many are speculating that it was drug-related, as the singer publicly struggled with addiction for many years. Bennett recently mourned the substance-related death of Amy Winehouse, his collaborator on the now Grammy-winning duet “Body And Soul” from the now Grammy-winning album "Duets II". source
Congratulations Mr. Bennett!
Sunday, February 12, 2012
Although her music is unlikely to find its way onto this program, we acknowledge the truly talented voice of Whitney Houston and offer our heartfelt condolences to Cissy Houston whom we remember gushing in the aisles at the 1986 Grammy Awards show while her daughter took the stage and wowed the world.
Whitney Houston’s 78-year old mother Cissy Houston is said to be distraught after receiving the news of her daughter’s death so soon after speaking with her. Whitney talked to her famous mother about attending the Clive Davis pre-Grammy party where she was going to sing for the assembled celebs just hours later.
She had also called her cousin Dionne Warwick to confirm that they would be sitting at the same table for the party.
Both Dionne Warwick and Whitney Houston recorded for Clive’s Arista Records label.
Friends of Dionne describe her as “an absolute mess” at the moment while Whitney's mother is “hysterical”. source
A surreal scene at Beverly Hilton hotel
Saturday, February 11, 2012
Whitney Houston, who reigned as pop music's queen until her majestic voice and regal image were ravaged by drug use, erratic behavior and a tumultuous marriage to singer Bobby Brown, has died. She was 48. MORE HERE
Neil Young and Crazy Horse performed a full-on grunge version of The Beatles’ ‘I Saw Here Standing There’ for Sir Paul McCartney’s MusiCares Person of the Year dinner last night (2/10/2012). MORE HERE
This was the first public performance for Neil Young & Crazy Horse since Neil announced they had reformed and recorded a new album just a few weeks ago. MORE HERE
The day before Neil introduced Sir Paul McCartney onto the Hollywood Walk of Fame when the former Beatle became the last of his mates to receive a star outside of the Capitol Records building. MORE HERE
More Event Photos HERE
Friday, February 10, 2012
February 10, 1942, 'Chattanooga Choo Choo' by Glenn Miller and his Orchestra becomes the first recording to be awarded a Gold record. It was actually just a master copy of the disc sprayed with gold lacquer by RCA as a publicity stunt. The actual award recognized today as a Gold Record would not be initiated for another sixteen years when the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) borrowed the idea and trademarked the Gold Record.
The Les Paul Gibson Guitar (shown) was featured in an episode of History Channel's 'Pawn Stars' where it was bought by Rick Harrison for $90k.
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Georges Méliès' original film “A Trip To The Moon” was recently restored from the lone remaining hand-colored print. To celebrate this remarkable feat of film preservation, Air was invited to create a soundtrack for the film prior to its presentation at Cannes last year. Inspired by the project, the band also just released a full-length album, Le Voyage Dans La Lune (for sale HERE)
Interview with AIR HERE
A longtime friend of Johnny Cash plans to open a downtown Nashville museum dedicated to the iconic Man in Black.
The museum, planned for a former warehouse on Third Avenue South, will feature parts of Cash’s former home in Hendersonville. It also will include memorabilia from the personal collection of William “Bill” W. Miller Jr., a Cash biographer who is behind the effort, and items endowed by the Cash family. MORE HERE
We're not fans of Adele, but this is funny...
The eccentric Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld dubbed the soulful 23 year-old singer Adele to be “a little too fat,” causing a minor uproar within the obesity denial crowd. MORE HERE
Mr. Lagerfeld's choice of personal presentation is questionable but stating the obvious should not garnish this much news ...he apologized for the statement and Adele announced her refusal to accept facts HERE
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
February 8, 1975, Bob Dylan went to #1 on the US chart with his 15th studio album Blood On The Tracks, his second US #1 album. The album has become one of Dylan's all-time best-selling studio releases, with a double-platinum US certification by the Recording Industry Association of America.
Producer Don DeVito died recently MORE HERE
Track 5 - You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go - Live ...
Another pop musician from Los Angeles publicly professes his love for architecture: DJ and tea enthusiast Moby started his own building blog. With flagrant informality, Moby is setting out to curate “a daily (or weekly) collection of some of the random and strange and banal and beautiful architecture I see in l.a.”
Visit Moby Los Angeles Architecture.
Madonna’s Super Bowl halftime show was more popular viewing than the football game itself, according to TiVo.
Madonna’s show was more popular viewing by nearly a 16 percent margin over the game itself – and TiVo said it wasn’t because so many viewers rewound to watch rapper M.I.A give them the finger, though the company is checking to see if the controversy encourages those who recorded the Super Bowl to go back to that moment and see it for themselves. MORE HERE
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Monday, February 6, 2012
"Lana Del Rey is exactly what I was hoping to inspire when I took on the male rock establishment almost twenty years ago with my debut record, Exile in Guyville... She's writing herself into existence. She's giving herself a part to play because, God knows, no one else will and she wants to matter in this life. As far as I can tell, it's working." -- Liz Phair ...MORE HERE
You may have heard that Madonna put on a staggeringly high-budget performance during the Super Bowl's halftime show last night February 5, 2012.
Well, there had to be a moment -- one moment to cause someone to apologize for something someone else did. And that would be the NFL and NBC apologizing for M.I.A.
While reprising her cheerleader role from the "Give Me All Your Luvin'" video alongside Madonna, M.I.A. uttered the line "I'mma say this once, yeah, I don't give a sh*t" (the existance of a *bleep* is also being debated) and promptly flipped off the 152 million viewers that NBC claims watched the big game. video
Was it exuberant high spirits, or a cynical attempt to attract publicity? MORE HERE
Sunday, February 5, 2012
Saturday, February 4, 2012
This has been a good week for rapper-singer-provocateur M.I.A.. The Sri Lankan-British artist is featured in Madonna’s new Super Bowl-themed video “Give Me All Your Luvin’.” And now she brings us a fairly awesome video for her Punjabi-flavored “Bad Girls.” “Bad Girls” was shot in Morocco, and appears to be a comment on Saudi Arabia’s anti-female driving laws.
Before police carted them off, the members of Pussy Riot managed to shout their way through a minute-long punk anthem: "Revolt in Russia"
Formed days after Vladimir Putin's announcement in September that he intended to return to the presidency, Pussy Riot have become the latest symbol of young Russian discontent. MORE HERE
Friday, February 3, 2012
Renowned contemporary artist Mike Kelley, a co-founder of the "anti-rock" band Destroy All Monsters (which would eventually include members of the Stooges and the MC5) in 1973 was found dead of apparent suicide on Tuesday January 31, 2012 at his home. He was 57. MORE HERE
Thursday, February 2, 2012
February 2, 1976, Genesis released 'A Trick Of The Tail', their seventh studio album and the first to feature drummer Phil Collins as full-time lead vocalist following the departure of original vocalist Peter Gabriel. After auditioning over 400 vocalists, which saw Collins teaching the potential lead singers the songs, the band decided that Collins should be the new vocalist.
Ringo salutes two of his early heroes with a crisp rendition of Buddy Holly's “Think It Over” (above) and a hard-chugging arrangement of Leadbelly's “Rock Island Line,” a touchstone number for U.K. music fans who grew up with the hit version by ’50s skiffle star Lonnie Donegan. MORE HERE
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
The Cult are set to release Choice of Weapon, their ninth studio album, on May 22, 2012. The record is their first full-length work in five years, though the band has kept active by putting out "capsules" of new songs and live recordings in recent years. MORE HERE
Garbage have announced that they will release their first new album in seven years on May 15, 2012. Not Your Kind of People will be released on the band's own label, STUNVOLUME.
The band will also be hitting the road in 2012, with select headlining dates as well as a handful of festival appearances and they've launched a new official website, which you can check out HERE.