Friday, January 31, 2014
In celebration of the beginning of the Year of the Horse (January 31, 2014), here is a recent interview with Willie Nelson about how how is fighting against horse slaughtering and how you too can help.
Willie Nelson serves on the Board of Directors of Habitat for Horses, and has also rescued many horses.
Join Willie's family and friends at the Animal Welfare Institute to see how you can help with this important American cause. The interview is HERE
OK Buckaroos, the Jerry Jeff Walker biopic is screening in Nashville on February 6, 2014...
In the sixties he was a street singer. In the seventies he led a musical movement. In the eighties he walked away from the recording industry. This is the story of a troubadour’s life from the nation’s biggest arenas to hundred year old honky-tonks; from Upstate New York to the beaches of Key West and the hustling sidewalks of New Orleans to the solace of the Texas Hill Country – and far beyond. MORE HERE
Movie trailer HERE
Thursday, January 30, 2014
Madonna will introduce Pussy Riot's Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina at the upcoming Amnesty International Human Rights Concert in Brooklyn. The pop singer said she was "honoured" to be joining the punk activists, who were recently accused of satanism by a New York priest.
Madonna used a press release to describe Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina as "my fellow freedom fighters". The two women will be guests of honour at Amnesty International's February 5, 2014 concert, which also features performances by Lauryn Hill, Imagine Dragons and the Flaming Lips. source
An homage to the 1980s, is Delta Airline's theme in their fourth new safety video in two years and there are special guest stars from the 1980s sprinkled among the actual Delta pilot and flight attendants, decked out in 1980s uniforms from the Delta museum including Jerry Casale from DEVO. source
The video is HERE
There are some places a person cannot enter while wearing a helmet ...airports are one of them. Apparently, no one programmed the Daft Punk robots with that in mind. We assume the humanoids under the helmets were high from their Grammy Award success and attempted to stroll through security at LAX (Los Angeles International Airport without worry. Sorry guys, no can do ...they were forced to remove the objects from their heads.
The internet seems to believe the 'unmasking' at LAX is some kind of scoop ...we're guessing the TMZ folks aren't sticklers for research since the duo's photos before they became robots litter the world wide web. MORE HERE
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Billy Bragg (above left) and Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello have led the tributes to US folk musician Pete Seeger (above right), who has died aged 94.
Posting on Twitter, Bragg and Morello wrote of his Seeger's political influence: "Peter Seeger towered over the folk scene like a mighty redwood for 75 years," wrote Bragg. "He traveled with Woody Guthrie in the 1940s, stood up to Joe McCarthy in the 50s, marched with Dr Martin Luther King in the 60s. His songs will be sung wherever people struggle for their rights. We shall overcome." MORE HERE
Bragg spoke to BBC News about Seeger; the interview is HERE
President Obama, Bill Clinton Pay Tribute to Pete Seeger
The news of Seeger's death spread fast to social media, where fans of his music and activism went to pay tribute to the songwriter. MORE HERE
Prince is returning to touring later this year, hitting London for his Hit And Run tour.
The music icon is celebrating the release of his all-female rock trio 3rdeyegirl's debut album PLECTRUMELECTRUM with his own shows, which will take place at iconic venues in and around London from February 3, 2014. MORE HERE
A teaser of 'PRETZELBODYLOGIC', a track taken from the forthcoming album is above.
Les Claypool has decided to form an Americana duo. The Duo de Twang's debut, Four Foot Shack, finds Claypool and long time collaborator Bryan Kehoe reinterpreting Americana classics, modern songs and tracks from Claypool's own discography using just one bass, one guitar, and a whole lot of foot stompin'.
Claypool and Kehoe cover a variety of genres and make them thier own, including covers of Bee Gees, Alice In Chains, Jerry Reed, Johnny Horton and more. The album will be released February 4, 2014. MORE HERE
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Lincoln has teamed with recording artist Aloe Blacc and Interscope Records to create an interactive music video for his new song "Love is the Answer." The video (above) was teased during one of four Lincoln ad spots that aired during the Grammy Awards telecast Sunday night (January 27,2014).
The collaboration with Blacc is Lincoln's latest approach to surround cultural conversation of its vehicles and amplify the brand's digital content by providing an interactive experience that allows consumers to uncover their own version of the video. MORE HERE
The Recording Academy honored the 2014 Special Merit Awards recipients at the Special Merit Awards Ceremony & Nominees Reception on Jan. 25 in Los Angeles. This year's Lifetime Achievement Award recipients are the Beatles, Clifton Chenier, the Isley Brothers, Kraftwerk, Kris Kristofferson, Armando Manzanero, and Maud Powell; Trustees Award honorees are Rick Hall, Jim Marshall and Ennio Morricone; and Emile Berliner and Lexicon are Technical GRAMMY Award recipients.
The unofficial theme for the Recording Academy's laughter-filled Special Merit Awards ceremony could easily have been old friends. When Ringo Starr and Kris Kristofferson ran into each other on the red carpet Saturday January 25, 2014, they bear-hugged it out.
"I'm just going to hug you first, brother," Starr said as he reached for Kristofferson. "I'm getting the dinosaur award. What are you getting?" "I don't remember," Kristofferson said and everyone laughed. MORE HERE & HERE
Pete Seeger, the singer, folk-song collector and songwriter who spearheaded an American folk revival and spent a long career championing folk music as both a vital heritage and a catalyst for social change, died Monday January 27, 2014. He was 94.
Mr. Seeger’s career carried him from singing at labor rallies to the Top 10 to college auditoriums to folk festivals, and from a conviction for contempt of Congress (after defying the House Un-American Activities Committee in the 1950s) to performing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial at an inaugural concert for Barack Obama.
For Mr. Seeger, folk music and a sense of community were inseparable, and where he saw a community, he saw the possibility of political action. MORE HERE
Pete Seeger : American Favorite Ballads, Vol. 1
Sunday, January 26, 2014
Another health-related setback has forced Motorhead to cancel a run of 2014 European tour dates. According to the band, frontman Lemmy Kilmister has been advised by doctors to stay off the road due to issues stemming from diabetes.
Since mid-2013, reports concerning Lemmy’s health have been extremely divided. Bandmates, friends, business partners and Lemmy himself have detailed the ups and downs of the frontman’s current health scare. In fact, Motorhead canceled their original European tour back in October, so this marks the second time in only three months that Lemmy’s health has stopped the band from invading Europe. We're guessing they're not gonna make it to Coachella MORE HERE & HERE
A controversial pro-oil pressure group has launched an attack site against Neil Young following the rocker’s recent tour criticizing the oilsands.
EthicalOil.org, a political group founded by Alykhan Velshi, an advisor to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, has launched NeilYoungLies.ca, which attempts to debunk Young’s comments on the oilsands during his recent “Honour the Treaties” tour, which wrapped up Sunday January 19, 2014 in Calgary. MORE HERE & HERE
Neil Young says his Honour the Treaties tour has accomplished what it set out to do, surpassing its fundraising goal for a Northern Alberta First Nation fighting oil sands development and raising awareness of the broader issue of aboriginal rights. MORE HERE
Abbey Road Studios are pleased to announce 'The Sound of Abbey Road Studios', the latest installment in a unique series of public events which will take place in April (2014) and feature special guest, former Abbey Road Studios Engineer Ken Scott.
Event hosts Brian Kehew and Kevin Ryan, authors of critically acclaimed book Recording the Beatles, return for the third installment of this fascinating talks series with a brand new lecture exploring the evolution of recording techniques and equipment, many of which were pioneered at Abbey Road Studios. In addition to a multitude of informative and entertaining stories behind these techniques, the lectures will include demonstrations using both new and vintage equipment, some of which has been used on many landmark recordings over the studios' 82 year history. MORE HERE
Smokey Robinson, the Motown songwriting legend, has been awarded the Music For Life Award by NAMM (National Association of Music Merchandisers) during their annual convention January 24, 2014.
Robinson was recognized for his five decades in the music business and his role in starting Motown Records. MORE HERE
Saturday, January 25, 2014
The band isn't doing anything new, per se, but the manner of their approach, the rawness of the delivery allows them to tap into something primal, something pure.
Willie Dixon wrote 'You Can't Judge A Book By The Cover' but Bo Diddley made it his own. A souped up, rhythm 'n' blues stomper which nodded towards the rock 'n' roll boom.
The standalone single (from they're debut album Snapshot) was released on November 4, 2013 ...it's good to hear youngsters embracing music masters like Willie Dixon. source
They're performing in North America this month (January 2014).
True Detective, a dark new anthology series that premiered on HBO earlier this month (January 2014), has been greeted with wide critical praise. The series stars Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson as Louisiana homicide detectives Rustin Cohle and Martin Hart, respectively. The show follows their hunt for a serial killer, as well as their struggles with inner demons and family.
The series' brooding atmosphere is framed by an expertly crafted soundtrack—some of the songs are haunting, some are bluesy, some are both. The music is selected by none other than T Bone Burnett, the Oscar-winning producer and musician.
Burnett's affection for the series comes through in his song selection, which plays like a sinister blues and gospel party mix. The soundtrack includes tracks like "Bring It to Jerome" by Bo Diddley, "Clear Spot" by Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band, "Stand By Me" by The Staple Singers, and "Honey Bee (Let's Fly to Mars)" by Grinderman. MORE HERE
It's unclear whose project it is, but one thing is certain: Phil Collins and Adele are working on new music together.
Phil Collins revealed to Inside South Florida that he has started writing new music with Adele. “She contacted me to write together,” he said. “I wasn’t actually too aware [of her]; I live in a cave. But she’s achieved an incredible amount, and I really love her voice, and I love some of the stuff that she’s done.” MORE HERE
Phil Collins official website
Adele official website
Pedro Reyes believes art should address social issues like gun violence, even when they're difficult and controversial.
Reyes addresses the issue of gun violence by using guns themselves. His first project began in 2007. As part of a campaign to curb shootings, the city collected 1,527 guns. He used them to create art.
Now Reyes is working on a new project. It is one that transforms guns into something more musical.
An exhibition of the work is on display at the University of South Florida's Contemporary Art Museum. It's called 'Disarm' and consists of guns that have been turned into musical instruments. MORE HERE
Friday, January 24, 2014
Neil Young's new album A Letter Home, which he recently described as "one one of the lowest-tech experiences I've ever had," will see release via Jack White's Third Man Records. While Young said that the record would be out in March, no official release date has been given yet.
Other details regarding A Letter Home are slim, including the extent to which White was involved (a note on Young's Facebook page did debunk rumors that the album was a collection of duets between the two musicians). It seems likely that Young recorded the album on a 1947 Voice-o-Graph machine located at Third Man's Nashville headquarters. MORE HERE
Young will also launch his new music player PONO at the SXSW music conference in Austin, Texas in March (2014).
Young was awarded the President's Merit Award from the Producers and Engineers arm of the Recording Academy and said his PONO player would be launched at SXSW.
PONO is a high quality digital music player that will play the sound to the listener as it was recorded in the studio. It will become the hi-tech alternative to the low quality MP3 players such as the iPod. source
At least in music-career terms, the story of Mark Oliver Everett is anything but a cautionary tale. Everett’s Eels project could’ve disappeared forever into the one-hit wonder abyss after 1997′s “Novocaine For The Soul.” Instead, he’s about to be 16 studio albums deep into a culty, confessional studio-pop singer-songwriter caree. But Everett has nevertheless titled his new album The Cautionary Tales Of Mark Oliver Everett, and you can hear a very pretty 62 seconds of new music in the teaser video above.
The introspective new 13 track album from the ever-changing project of singer/songwriter and instrumentalist Mark Oliver Everett is being described as "an extraordinarily vivid and intimate document of a personal struggle" and will be released April 22, 2014. source
The Both represents the pairing of two great if under-appreciated talents who go great together. When the two artists toured together in 2012, Leo's solo sets inspired Mann, the headliner, to hop onstage with him. From there, the 11 original songs on The Both were written with a back-and-forth process and recorded in L.A. throughout 2013. MORE HERE