Tuesday, September 30, 2014

STS9 Confirm New Year's Run in Denver (jambands.com)

STS9 will ring in 2015 with a three-night run at the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver, CO. The band will not play on New Year’s Day but will however kick off the run on December 31 with the final two shows of the run coming on January 2 and 3. 

Read more @ jambands.com

Monday, September 29, 2014

10 Facts You Need to Know About AC/DC's New Album 'Rock or Bust' (Ultimate Classic Rock)

The upcoming release of AC/DC‘s new album ‘Rock or Bust‘ finds the group at a critical juncture. Here’s all the facts you need to know about the legendary Australian band’s 17th studio effort — which arrives amid the stunning health-related departure of founding guitarist Malcolm Young.

Read More @ Ultimate Classic Rock: 10 Facts You Need to Know About AC/DC's New Album 'Rock or Bust' 

Sunday, September 28, 2014

On the turntable this Sunday...Worlds Apart

Worlds Apart is the fourth studio album by the Canadian progressive rock band Saga and was originally released in 1981. The album has been released with several different covers. The album was produced by Rupert Hine. Frontman Michael Sadler stated in the band's video DVD Silhouette that Hine told him to stop "singing like a choir boy" and actually had him climb up to the roof of a barn located on the farm in England where the recording was done in order to get the proper passion out of Sadler for the song "On The Loose". Sadler's vocal style was noticeably different on Worlds Apart than on the first three Saga albums—a style that he kept in successive performances with the band. 

Widely considered Saga's best album (and certainly their most commercially successful), the album has become the band's most recognizable work to date. The first song on the album, "On the Loose" was a single that hit #26 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #3 on Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks in 1981, landing Saga their best chart performance. The single was helped with a music video which appeared on MTV during the station's inaugural year on the air. Videos were also made for the singles "Wind Him Up" and "Amnesia". The success of the album was also largely credited to an expanded tour roster which saw the band enter new territories and venues, particularly in the United States, to expand their musical presence. Worlds Apart has been certified Platinum in Canada and Gold in Germany, Denmark, the United States and Norway.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

The Replacements Bring Back the Romance at New York Reunion (Rolling Stone)

First a romanticized view of the Replacements show Friday night at Queens' Forest Hills Stadium, which is an appropriate starting point for a band that throughout its 30-plus-year history has been romanticized for all the right reasons (visionary songs kissed by soul and fraught with crud) and the wrong reasons (their need to throw up in your lap so you didn't mistake them for your soulmate)... 

Read more of longtime Replacements fan, Charles Aaron's review  @ Rolling Stone: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/live-reviews/the-replacements-bring-back-the-romance-at-new-york-reunion-20140921#ixzz3E4VNZWcN

Friday, September 26, 2014

The Kinks Talk Reunion, Issue Massive Box Set (jambands.com)

The Kinks will celebrate their 50th anniversary with a massive box set to go along with their previously announced box set, The Essential Kinks. The Kinks Anthology 1964-1971, due out November 18, will feature over 100 tracks comprised of the band’s material between the 60s and early 1970s. The extensive track list is comprised of demos, alternate takes, outtakes and previously unreleased songs along with interviews and other material.  

Read the full article: jambands.com

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Pink Floyd Share Cover Art + Full Details of New 'Endless River' Album (UCR)

Calling it a “return to the creative principles” of ‘Echoes,’ ‘Shine On You Crazy Diamond,’ and ‘Animals,’ Pink Floyd have revealed the cover art, track listing, and release date for their new album ‘The Endless River.’ 

Culled from the same 1993 sessions that produced 1994′s ‘The Division Bell,’ the 18-track ‘Endless River’ is shaped from a period that found Floyd members David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright jamming on “more than a hundred pieces of music” and then finishing the arrangements with producer Bob Ezrin and a group of studio vets that included keyboard player Jon Carin, bassist Guy Pratt, and percussionist Gary Wallis.

Read More @ Ultimate Classic Rock: Pink Floyd Share Cover Art + Full Details of New 'Endless River' Album

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Arcade Fire, Bon Iver and Strokes Members Form Supergroup for Pop Vs. Jock Game (Rolling Stone)

Members of Arcade Fire, Bon Iver and the Strokes formed a one-shot indie supergroup called Pop All Star Band to perform at the third annual Pop Vs. Jock charity basketball game held on Saturday during the Pop MontrĂ©al festival. 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

WKRP in Cincinnati: The Complete Series' DVD Box Restores the Show's Classic Rock Soundtrack (UCR)

Like just about any TV series that made heavy use of original music during its run, ‘WKRP in Cincinnati’ has faced a thorny thicket of licensing problems in the home video era, and for the show’s previous rights holders, it was simply too expensive to put those episodes on DVD with their soundtrack intact. That all changes, however, with the Oct. 28 release of ‘WKRP in Cincinnati: The Complete Series.’ 

Monday, September 22, 2014

Robert Plant Says Led Zeppelin Reissues Bonus Tracks Contain ‘Nothing Relevant’ (UCR)

Most Led Zeppelin fans probably weren’t expecting Robert Plant to spend a ton of time listening to the current round of deluxe reissues that his former bandmate Jimmy Page has curated from the band’s vaults, but he dispelled any doubts during a recent chat with Billboard.

Read More @ Ultimate Classic Rock: Robert Plant Says Led Zeppelin Reissues Bonus Tracks Contain ‘Nothing Relevant’ 

Sunday, September 21, 2014

On the turntable this Sunday...American Woman

American Woman is the sixth studio album by Canadian rock band The Guess Who, and the last to feature lead guitarist Randy Bachman until a reformation effort in 1983. The album peaked at #9 on the Billboard Pop Albums charts. It stayed on the charts for over a year and was their most successful release.

In addition to the title cut (the group's most successful song), this album also includes the number one American and Canadian single "No Sugar Tonight/New Mother Nature," as well as a remake of "No Time," a song the group previously recorded for Canned Wheat; the new version is the one most familiar to listeners.

American Woman was re-mastered and released on CD by Buddha Records in 2000 and included a bonus track, "Got to Find Another Way". A Quadraphonic mix was available on the Quadraphonic 8-track cartridge format.

Track listing:
All songs written by Randy Bachman/Burton Cummings except noted:
  1. "American Woman" (The Guess Who) - 5:11
  2. "No Time" - 3:50
  3. "Talisman" - 5:10
  4. "No Sugar Tonight/New Mother Nature" - 4:55
  5. "969 (The Oldest Man) (Instrumental)" (Bachman) - 3:00
  6. "When Friends Fall Out" - 3:04
  7. "8:15" - 3:31
  8. "Proper Stranger" - 4:06
  9. "Humpty's Blues/American Woman (Epilogue)" (The Guess Who) - 6:12
2000 re-issue bonus track
10. "Got to Find Another Way" - 2:51


Saturday, September 20, 2014

White Denim Goes for Three (A Relix Interview)

If you’ve attended any major music festival in the last few years, you’ve more than likely stumbled upon the powerful, riveting sound of Austin, TX’s own White Denim. The quartet, that ranges from a prototypical garage rock act to a jazz fusion group, is arguably at their musical peak, delivering an eclectic and thrilling mix of material on a nightly basis. Bassist Steve Terebecki, one half of the dominating rhythm section for the band, spoke to us ahead of the band’s three-night run at Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg about what fans can expect from the shows and what the future holds for the former indie darlings. 

Read more @ jambands.com

Friday, September 19, 2014

Neil Young Re-releasing 1982 Film Human Highway, Announces Bridge School Benefit Lineup (Pitchfork)

In 1982, Neil Young released a film that he co-directed, co-wrote, and starred in. Human Highway is a weird one, to say the least—an apocalyptic comedy that also features Devo, Dennis Hopper, Russ Tamblyn, Dean Stockwell, Sally Kirkland, and others. The film, which includes several songs from his synth-centric album Trans, got premiered at the Mill Valley Film Festival in 1982 before getting released on VHS and LaserDisc in the '90s.  

Read more @ Pitchfork

Thursday, September 18, 2014

moe. and Chris Robinson Collaborate at Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival (jambands.com)

moe. played at the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival last Saturday night in Fredericton, NB, Canada. The one-set show featured a guest appearance from Chris Robinson, who sat in on a cover of The Band’s “Up on Cripple Creek.” Robinson also performed earlier in the day with his solo band, Chris Robinson Brotherhood.

Read more @ jambands.com

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

David Letterman Dares The Eagles to Sue Him for Playing Their Music (UCR)

Throughout David Letterman‘s years as a late night talk show host, he’s had a great band to entertain the audience with a seemingly endless supply of cover songs. But there’s one major band that they have never played: the Eagles. On his show Friday (Sept. 12) night, Letterman found out why that’s the case. 

Monday, September 15, 2014

U2 Releases New Album 'Songs of Innocence' for Free via iTunes (UCR)

U2 has released ‘Songs of Innocence,’ its first album in five years, for free via iTunes. Everyone with an account in 119 countries — something like half a billion people — will have exclusive access to the album through October 13. Physical copies arrive via Interscope Records the next day. 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

On the turntable this Sunday...News of the World

News of the World is the sixth studio album by British rock group Queen, released in 1977. Containing the hit songs "We Will Rock You", "We Are the Champions" and "Spread Your Wings", it went 4x platinum in the United States, 2x platinum in the United Kingdom and achieved high certifications around the world.
News of the World was the second album to be produced solely by the band (the first being A Day at the Races) and recorded at Sarm West and Wessex Studios, London and co-produced and engineered by Mike Stone

Having received some criticism that their first completely self-produced project, A Day at the Races, was a "boring" album, Queen decided to shift their musical focus towards the mainstream but remain as the producers of the next album.

After completing the A Day at the Races tour, the quartet re-entered the studio to begin work on their sixth studio offering in July 1977, enlisting Mike Stone as assistant producer at the Basing Street and Wessex Studios in London. They scaled down their complex arrangements and focused on a "rootsier" sound (as Brian May put it). However the staple of the Queen sound, multi-tracked harmonies and guitar orchestrations, still exist on this album, albeit a bit more subtly. News of the World shows Queen's songwriting less dominated by May and Freddie Mercury, with Roger Taylor and John Deacon composing two songs each. The group completed recording and production of the album two months later in September and released the album on 28 October 1977.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Friday, September 12, 2014

Trey Anastasio Hints at No-Cover-Album Halloween (jambands.com)

The Oregonian posted a new interview with Trey Anastasio this morning in anticipation of Tuesday’s performance with the Oregon Symphony at Portland’s Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall (Phish has also performed at this classic venue on one occasion, 8-26-93). 

Please follow the link to jambandscom for the full article...

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Relix Track By Track: Medeski, Scofield, Martin & Wood Juice

Juice is the fourth recording that pairs heralded jazz guitarist John Scofield with John Medeski, Billy Martin and Chris Wood. John Scofield details the journey that ensued with Relix as he discusses the 10 tracks on Juice, which is set for release on September 16 via Indirecto Records... 

Please follow the link to Relix for the full article.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Allman Brothers Close Out Lockn’ with At Fillmore East (jambands.com)

The second annual Lockn’ Festival came to a close Sunday night with a spectacular set from The Allman Brothers Band. The group, who were playing what will probably be the last festival set of their career, wrapped things up by performing their classic live album At Fillmore East in its entirety and then some.

Please follow the link to read the full article on jambands.com

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The Replacements Will Return to 30 Rock to Play The Tonight Show (jambands.com)

The Replacements are set to perform this evening on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Tuesday, September 9th, marking their first TV appearance since the band reunited in 2013. 

The band was infamously banned from performing at 30 Rock following their appearance as musical guest on Saturday Night Live in 1986.

For more details, please follow the link to jambandscom

Monday, September 8, 2014

Genesis Documentary 'Sum of the Parts' Coming in November (UCR)

The upcoming BBC documentary ‘Together and Apart‘ will be paired with another film called ‘Sum of the Parts,’ set for release in November on DVD, to form a comprehensive history of Genesis. Together, they trace the history of a band that not only survived but thrived through a number of lineup and stylistic changes.

Read More at Ultimate Classic Rock: Genesis Documentary 'Sum of the Parts' Coming in November 

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Back in the High Life is the fourth studio solo album by English rock musician Steve Winwood. It was a top ten hit on the album charts in the United States, peaking at #3, and has sold over five million copies. The single "Higher Love" topped the singles chart and won the Grammy Award for "Record of the Year"; "Back in the High Life Again" (US #13), "The Finer Things" (US #8, the second biggest hit from the album), and "Freedom Overspill" (US #20) were also big hits. 

This was Winwood's last studio album with the label, Island Records after 20 years with the label. The album also features collaborations in backing vocals, featuring Chaka Khan in "Higher Love", and James Taylor in "Back in the High Life Again". It also features the Eagles guitarist, Joe Walsh performing slide guitar and co-writing the track "Split Decision".

Saturday, September 6, 2014

George Harrison 'Apple Years' Box Set to Be Released This Month (UCR)

George Harrison‘s first six solo albums will be gathered in a new box set titled ‘George Harrison: The Apple Years 1968-75,’ which is scheduled for release on Sept. 23. The albums will also be available individually. 

Friday, September 5, 2014

Tears for Fears September Tour Dates

Tears for Fears will hit the road with their first tour in nearly three years, a five-date run in September that begins in Texas and wraps up in Oregon. 

The band recently put out a 30th anniversary edition of their debut LP, The Hurting, and is working on the release of their new studio album which is expected to be released in 2015.

Tears for Fears 2014 Tour Dates:

September 17 Austin, TX—Austin Music Hall
September 20 Thackerville, OK—Global Event Center
September 23 Los Angeles, CA—The Wiltern
September 24 Oakland, CA—Fox Theater
September 27 Portland, OR—Project Pabst Music Festival

Thursday, September 4, 2014

35 Years Ago: INXS Makes Its On-Stage Debut (UCR)

In retrospect, the longevity of INXS‘ initial lineup shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. After all, their roots stretched back to a cluster of schools in Sydney, Australia’s French’s Forest district. That shared history stood them in good stead as they slowly, ever so slowly, worked their way up to superstardom. 

Read More at Ultimate Classic Rock: 35 Years Ago: INXS Makes Its On-Stage Debut

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Phish Kick Off Dick’s Run with "Lushington" Gag, Special Guests, Big "Simple" (jambands.com)

Phish continued their traditional Dick’s spelling gag as the band kicked off their fourth annual run at the Denver stadium on Friday night. The first letters of the show’s first ten songs spelled out “Lushington,” a long lost tune that hasn’t been played since 1987 (most likely in reference to a recent Rolling Stone online survey, which named the rarity Phish’s best song after fans flooded the poll as a joke). 

For full re-cap, please follow the link to jambands.com

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Glenn Cornick, Founding Jethro Tull Bassist, Dies (UCR)

Glenn Cornick, who played bass on Jethro Tull‘s first three albums, has died. He was 67.
The news was broken on their website early this morning in a post written by leader Ian Anderson. The Miami Herald notes that he died in his home of congestive heart failure and was receiving hospice care. 

Read Moreat Ultimate Classic Rock: Glenn Cornick, Founding Jethro Tull Bassist, Dies 

Monday, September 1, 2014

Robert Plant Wants to Hear New Music From Jimmy Page (UCR)

Robert Plant has been outspoken in his desire to move forward with his music instead of dwelling on his Led Zeppelin legacy. And as he made clear during a recent conversation with the Telegraph, he knows his old partner Jimmy Page could find the same sort of fulfillment from new music, if he’d only get down to business and start creating it. 

Read More at Ultimate Classic Rock: Robert Plant Wants to Hear New Music From Jimmy Page