Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Members of Chris Robinson Brotherhood Join Widespread Panic in Las Vegas (jambands.com)

After Friday night’s show saw the band jam with the likes of Karl Denson and Carrot Top, Widespread Panic continued their run at The Joint in Las Vegas with more guests including Chris Robinson, Neal Casal, Adam MacDougall and Tony Leone. 

Read full article @ jambands.com

Monday, March 30, 2015

Van Halen Announce 2015 North American Tour (Ultimate Classic Rock)

Van Halen will tour North America this summer and fall in support of their upcoming concert album, Tokyo Dome Live in Concert. The tour will kick off in Seattle on July 5 and wrap up in Los Angeles on Oct. 2.
In between, the band will play more than three dozen shows across the continent, with stops in Chicago, Cleveland, Toronto, Dallas and Phoenix. 

Read More @ Ultimate Classic Rock: Van Halen Announce 2015 North American Tour

Sunday, March 29, 2015

On the turntable this Sunday...Under The Table and Dreaming

Under the Table and Dreaming is the debut studio album from the Dave Matthews Band, released on September 27, 1994.

The album's first single was "What Would You Say," featuring John Popper of Blues Traveler on harmonica. Two other singles from the album followed, "Ants Marching" and "Satellite".
The album's title comes from a line in the song "Ants Marching": "He remembers being small / playing under the table and dreaming."

The album was dedicated "In memory of Anne" for Matthews' older sister Anne, who was killed by her husband in 1994 in a murder-suicide. Included in the jewel case packet is a picture of Dave Matthews and one of Anne's children.

By March 16, 2000, the album had sold six million copies, and was certified 6× platinum by the RIAA

Read more at Wikipedia

Saturday, March 28, 2015

The Black Keys Cancel More Tour Dates

The Black Keys announced earlier this week that their Australia, New Zealand and Japan tour dates have been cancelled following a shoulder injury suffered by drummer Patrick Carney in January. 

All dates from April 2 in Brisbane to April 23 in Tokyo have been cancelled. The band is currently planning to return to the stage May 28 in Barcelona, ESP when they headline Primavera Sound. 

Read more @ jambands.com 

Friday, March 27, 2015

Stream Sufjan Stevens' New Album Carrie & Lowell

Sufjan Stevens' new album Carrie & Lowell is streaming over at NPR and The Guardian.

Per the press release, Carrie & Lowell is named for Stevens' mother and stepfather, and its 11 songs are about "life and death, love and loss, and the artist's struggle to make sense of the beauty and ugliness of love..."

Carrie & Lowell is set to be released next Tuesday, March 31st and is Sufjan Stevens' follow-up to his 2010 release, The Age of Adz.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Black Celebration: Depeche Mode Look Back on 'Violator' 25 Years Later (Rolling Stone)

When synth-pop trailblazers Depeche Mode put out their darkly hued seventh album, Violator, a quarter of a century ago, it was an event. The Beatles may have had Beatlemania, but the group had their own bloodthirsty zombie horde willing to crush anything standing between them and their favorite band. One day after the record came out, a mob of more than 10,000 fans shut down a small section of Los Angeles surrounding a record store where the group was doing a signing.

Read more of Kory Grow's Article @ Rolling Stone: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/features/black-celebration-depeche-mode-look-back-on-violator-25-years-later-20150319#ixzz3VDWKhX7V

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Widespread Panic debuts another new song in Oakland, CA

Widespread Panic’s third and final show at the Fox Theater in Oakland, CA over the weekend saw the band continue their streak of debuts as they delivered “The Poorhouse of Positive Thinking,” a tune that JoJo Hermann has played before during his some of  his solo gigs.

Widespread Panic have also debuted three additional new songs on this tour-"Cease Fire," "Jamais Vu," and 'Street Dogs for Breakfast" in Boise, ID earlier this month.


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Robert Plant joins Jack White Onstage for "The Lemon Song"

The legendary Robert Plant joined Jack White onstage at Lollapalooza Argentina over the weekend for a blistering rendition of the Led Zeppelin classic 'The Lemon Song."  

Check out the video clip below:

Monday, March 23, 2015

Metallica Book Claims the Band’s Recent Projects Have Lost Money (Ultimate Classic Rock)

It’s no secret that for many rock stars, live performances are where the money is these days. But according to a new book purporting to offer an inside look at Metallica over the past couple decades, the band’s recent tours have been necessary in order to stave off financial ruin wrought by a series of disastrous projects.

Read More of Jeff Giles' article @ Ultimate Classic Rock: Metallica Book Claims the Band's Recent Projects Have Lost Money 

Sunday, March 22, 2015

On the turntable this Sunday...Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)

Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) is the second studio album by British new wave duo Eurythmics, released by RCA Records on 4 January 1983.

After almost two years of initial commercial failure for Eurythmics, this album became a commercial breakthrough for the duo on both sides of the Atlantic. The title track became particularly popular and it remains one of Eurythmics' most recognisable songs, and its music video, popular on MTV in the United States, is memorable for Annie Lennox's gender-bending imagery. In the wake of this success, the single "Love Is a Stranger", previously a flop, was re-released and became a hit as well. It too was accompanied by a striking video, which featured Lennox dressed both as a man and a woman.
The album was re-released in 2005 with the rest of the Eurythmics' studio catalogue (excluding the 1984 (For the Love of Big Brother) album, to which Virgin Records holds the rights). The recordings were remastered and added several bonus tracks to each of eight albums. Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This), specifically, received six bonus tracks.

Dave Stewart, together with Robert Crash and ex-The Selecter bassist Adam Williams, produced the album in Eurythmics' own relatively primitive 8-track studio, winning awards for the quality of the end-result which belied its low-budget origins. Sweet Dreams saw the duo move away from the psychedelic, guitar-tinged band-oriented sound of their 1981 debut album In the Garden, instead focusing on raw analogue synthesizers (including the Oberheim OB1 and EDP Wasp) and drum machines (particularly the Movement Systems Drum Computer, which featured a graphic visual display of the drum patterns). Whilst the "synthpop" genre had grown in popularity in the preceding years, it was often associated with all male groups and somewhat clinical, emotionless music. Eurythmics (particularly with Lennox's vocal stylings) brought a soul music twist to the electronic sound, which proved popular with broader audiences.
Early Australian, German and US CD releases (printed in Japan) and the 2005 reissue version of this album have a slightly longer version of "This City Never Sleeps". The length of 6:41 is due to some mixed sound effects and a backmasked message by David A. Stewart saying, "I enjoyed making that there record. Very good, very good" that total 21 seconds. This message also appears on original UK vinyl pressings.

During 1982, Eurythmics recorded many tracks which ended up as B-sides of other singles or alternative versions of other songs. Tracks such as "Step on the Beast", "Invisible Hands", "Dr. Trash", or the alternative versions of "The Walk" or "I Could Give You (A Mirror)" have not been released on CD yet and any future plans for re-release are at this time unknown, However, these tracks can now be heard through YouTube.

Read more at Wikipedia

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, Fall Out Boy To Induct Hall of Famers (Rolling Stone)

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced presenters for this year's ceremony: Paul McCartney will induct Ringo Starr, Stevie Wonder will speak on Bill Withers, Patti Smith will intro Lou Reed, Peter Wolf will show praise to the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Fall Out Boy will discuss Green Day, John Mayer will pay tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble and Steve Cropper will extol The "5" Royales. Organizers have yet to announce who will induct Joan Jett & The Blackhearts.

Read more @ Rolling Stone: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/paul-mccartney-stevie-wonder-fall-out-boy-to-induct-hall-of-famers-20150318#ixzz3UlhRuvSb

Friday, March 20, 2015

Phish Announce Magnaball and Summer Tour 2015

Following Trey Anastasio’s appearance at the 'Fare Thee Well' shows in Chicago, Phish will hit the road for their Summer Tour 2015.  Phish will be making stops along the West Coast, the East Coast and which will include their 10th festival, Magnaball, in Watkins Glen, NY beginning August 21. 

All information for Magnaball can be found here.

The ticketing request is currently open and will end March 29 at 11:59 PM ET. All ticketing orders can be placed via Phish Ticketing.

Phish Summer Tour 2015 Dates:

July 21 Bend, OR—Les Schwab Amphitheater
July 22 Bend, OR—Les Schwab Amphitheater
July 24 Mountain View, CA—Shoreline Amphitheatre
July 25 Inglewood, CA—The Forum
July 28 Austin, TX—Austin360 Amphitheater
July 29 Grand Prairie, TX—Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
July 31 Atlanta, GA—Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
August 1 Atlanta, GA—Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
August 2 Tuscaloosa, AL—Tuscaloosa Amphitheater
August 4 Nashville, TN—Riverfront Park Amphitheater
August 5 Kansas City, MO—Starlight Theatre
August 7 Cuyahoga Falls, OH—Blossom Music Center
August 8 East Troy, WI—Alpine Valley Music Theatre
August 9 East Troy, WI—Alpine Valley Music Theatre
August 11 Philadelphia, PA—Mann Center for the Performing Arts
August 12 Philadelphia, PA—Mann Center for the Performing Arts
August 14 Raleigh, NC—Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
August 15 Columbia, MD—Merriweather Post Pavilion
August 16 Columbia, MD—Merriweather Post Pavilion
August 21 Watkins Glen, NY—Magnaball
August 22 Watkins Glen, NY—Magnaball
August 23 Watkins Glen, NY—Magnaball
September 4 Commerce City, CO—Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
September 5 Commerce City, CO—Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
September 6 Commerce City, CO—Dick’s Sporting Goods Park

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Free Bassist Andy Fraser Dies at 62 (Ultimate Classic Rock)

Andy Fraser, bassist with Free and co-composer of the classic “All Right Now,” has died at 62. A cause of death was not immediately announced, but Fraser had been battling both cancer and AIDS recently. 

Read More of Nick DeRiso's article @ Ultimate Classic Rock: Free Bassist Andy Fraser Dies at 62 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Monday, March 16, 2015

STS9 to Release ONE/ONE Bundle Featuring Every Show from 2014 (jambands.com)

STS9 will release ONE/ONE: Live from The Fillmore Auditorium – Denver, CO on March 9 via a BitTorrent Bundle featuring their all-improv set from The Fillmore in Denver on New Year’s Day. In addition, the free bundle will also include the band’s show from the Austin Music Hall on November 8, 2014.

Read more@ jambands.com

Sunday, March 15, 2015

On the turntable this Sunday...Rush

Rush is the eponymous debut studio album by Canadian rock band Rush, released in 1974 and remastered in 1997. Their first release shows much of the hard rock sound typical of many of the popular rock bands emerging from Britain earlier in the decade. Rush were fans of such bands as Led Zeppelin and Cream, and these influences can be heard in most of the songs on this debut. Original drummer John Rutsey performed all drum parts on the album, but was unable to go on extended tours because of complications with his diabetes and left the band after the album was released. Rutsey contributed to the debut's lyrics, but never submitted the work to the other members of the band. The lyrics were instead entirely composed by Lee and Lifeson. He was soon replaced by Neil Peart.

Originally the recording sessions were produced by Dave Stock at Eastern Sound in Toronto. They were scheduled late at night during the 'dead' time in studios because of the band's low budget and the rates during this period were the cheapest. Stock had also worked on the band's debut single (a cover of Buddy Holly's "Not Fade Away", with an original composition, "You Can't Fight It", on the B-side). "You Can't Fight It" was to be included on the album but was scrapped. Two of the Eastern Sound recordings, "In the Mood" and "Take a Friend" were included on the final album.
However, Rush were unhappy with the quality of the first sessions. They moved to Toronto Sound Studios and produced the next sessions themselves while achieving a significant improvement in recording quality. They added new overdubs to existing backing tracks of "What You're Doing", "Before and After" and "Working Man". The tracks with the most advanced production were recorded entirely at Toronto Sound: "Finding My Way", "Need Some Love" and "Here Again". These new songs took the place of recordings from the earlier sessions. Both studios used 8-channel multitrack recorders, which was quite primitive for 1973, but the group quickly learned to make the best use of the technology that was available.

In July 2008, Rush discovered an old version of "Working Man" with an alternative guitar solo. They allowed the makers of the popular rhythm game Rock Band to use the master tapes for the song's inclusion. This version of the song, known as "Working Man (Vault Edition)", was released as a downloadable song for the game, and later, on July 22, 2008, it was made available to the public through iTunes.

The band and its management formed their own company, Moon Records, and released the album in Canada. Only 3,500 copies of the original Moon Records LP (catalog number MN-100) were pressed. The first version of the LP has a cream-coloured label with a blue Moon Records logo and black type.
The album was soon picked up by WMMS, a radio station in Cleveland, Ohio. Donna Halper, a DJ working at the station, selected "Working Man" for her regular play list. Every time the song was played the station received phone calls asking where to buy the record. Copies of the Moon Records album were imported to the Cleveland area and quickly sold out. In the 2010 documentary film Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage, Halper says that "Working Man" was the perfect song for the Cleveland rock audience, as it was still mostly a factory town in 1974.

The record's popularity in Cleveland quickly led to the re-release of the album by Mercury Records. The first Canadian Mercury release on the standard red Mercury label is nearly as rare as the Moon version. It also had the Moon number 'MN-100' between the run-out grooves, indicating that it was pressed from the same lacquer masters as the Moon disc. A special thank you to Donna Halper was added to the album credits of this and all later versions.

At this point manager Ray Danniels scraped together an additional $9,000 for producer Terry Brown to professionally re-mix all of the recordings for better sound quality. This remix version was used for later releases most of which used the Mercury "skyline" record label instead of the red label.
A later Moon Records version of undetermined origin has a pink label with gray moon craters.
The original album logo was red, but a printing error made it appear more pink in colour. This is one of two Rush albums where the cover artwork had printing errors (the other album is Caress of Steel).

Read more at Wikipedia

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Jack White Secretly Bought Elvis Presley's First Recording, Plans Reissue (Rolling Stone)

In January, the first recording by Elvis Presley – a 1953 acetate disc featuring "My Happiness" and "That's When Your Heartaches Begin" – sold at auction for $300,000 to "an undisclosed buyer." It turns out the secret purchaser wasn't just any deep-pocketed Elvis fan: Jack White has revealed that it was his winning bid that landed the 10-inch recording, and that he plans to reissue the single on vinyl for this coming Record Store Day.

Read more of Daniel Kreps' article @ Rolling Stone: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/jack-white-secretly-bought-elvis-first-recording-plans-reissue-20150306#ixzz3TtQeRv1S

Friday, March 13, 2015

Watch Kiss Perform Special Acoustic Set at Japanese Meet-and-Greet (Ultimate Classic Rock)

The full-blown Kiss concert experience is big enough to require the occasional use of pre-recorded backing tracks, but that doesn't mean the group has forgotten how to deliver an old-fashioned, stripped-down acoustic set.

Read More of Jeff Giles' article @ Ultimate Classic Rock: Watch Kiss Perform Special Acoustic Set at Japanese Meet-and-Greet

Thursday, March 12, 2015

21 Years Ago: Soundgarden Join Rock’s Elite With Unique, Daring ‘Superunknown’ (Ultimate Classic Rock)

When Soundgarden released the masterful Superunknown in the spring of 1994, the Seattle-centric sound generally referred to as “grunge” had pretty much achieved worldwide dominance.

Read More of Eduardo Rivadavia's article @ Ultimate Classic Rock: 21 Years Ago: Soundgarden Join Rock's Elite With ‘Superunknown’ 

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Robert Plant to Release Live EP for Record Store Day 2015 (UCR)

Robert Plant has joined the growing list of artists releasing special limited-edition vinyl titles for Record Store Day 2015. 

Plant’s contribution, titled More Roar, is a 10″ EP that collects three performances from his world tour with the Sensational Space Shifters in support of 2014′s lullaby … and the Ceaseless Roar album....

Read More of Jeff Giles' article @ Ultimate Classic Rock: Robert Plant to Release Live EP for Record Store Day 2015

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Sunday, March 8, 2015

On the turntable this Sunday...Captain Beyond

Captain Beyond, the first album by Captain Beyond, was released in 1972, and featured former members of Iron Butterfly, Deep Purple, Johnny Winter, and Rick Derringer. The album cover for the U.S. release included 3-D artwork (using lenticular printing). The album was dedicated to the memory of Duane Allman, as indicated on the back cover.

Captain Beyond is unique among predominately guitar driven hard rock albums in the fact that it contains a wide range of rock, heavy metal, and jazz influences often with various time signatures and broad range of dynamics (music) within the same song. The first five songs are composed in a fairly straight forward manner but the remainder of the album consists of two "suites" of tightly arranged interconnected songs; the first starting with "Thousand Days of Yesterdays (Intro)" and ending with "Thousand Days of Yesterdays (Time Since Come and Gone)" The second starts with "I Can't Feel Nothin' (Part 1)" and finishes the album. Songs flow directly into each other without benefit of any lag time between selections, a feature that is shared with other more progressive bands of the era such as Moody Blues, and Jethro Tull.

All songs by Rod Evans and Bobby Caldwell. According to drummer Bobby Caldwell from a 2010 interview, all the songs were written and arranged by Evans, Reinhardt, himself and with some input from Dorman. Due to their still binding contracts at the time with Iron Butterfly Reinhardt and Dorman could not be listed as song writers on this record for legal reasons.

Side one

  1. "Dancing Madly Backwards (On a Sea of Air)" – 4:08
  2. "Armworth" – 2:50
  3. "Myopic Void" – 3:37
  4. "Mesmerization Eclipse" – 3:45
  5. "Raging River of Fear" – 3:48

Side two

  1. "Thousand Days of Yesterdays (Intro)" – 1:30
  2. "Frozen Over" – 3:55
  3. "Thousand Days of Yesterdays (Time Since Come and Gone)" – 4:05
  4. "I Can't Feel Nothin' (Part 1)" – 3:07
  5. "As the Moon Speaks (To the Waves of the Sea)" – 2:30
  6. "Astral Lady" – 1:15
  7. "As the Moon Speaks (Return) – 2:16
  8. "I Can't Feel Nothin' (Part 2)" – 1:11


Saturday, March 7, 2015

Phish Possibly Readying a New Year’s 1995 Vinyl Release for Record Store Day (jambands.com)

It appears as if Phish is prepping to release a 6-LP collection of their famed New Year’s 1995 show at Madison Square Garden for Record Store Day. A listing uncovered by Reddit suggests that the release in indeed on the way. 

Read the full article @ jambands.com

Friday, March 6, 2015

David Gilmour’s Future Plans: ‘There’s No Room for Pink Floyd’ (UCR)

David Gilmour‘s upcoming solo album is progressing nicely, says longtime collaborator Phil Manzanera. “It’s going very well,” Manzanera told Uncut. “I think it sounds fantastic. People will be very happy.” 

Read More of Nick DeRiso's article @ Ultimate Classic Rock: David Gilmour's Future Plans: 'There's No Room for Pink Floyd' | http://ultimateclassicrock.com/david-gilmour-2015-solo-album/?trackback=tsmclip

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Alabama Shakes 'Don't Wanna Fight' On Their 'SNL' Return (Spin)

Lorne Michaels and the rest of the Saturday Night Live crew took a well deserved break last week after their big 40th anniversary shindig, but they were back in full force with an episode hosted by 50 Shades of Grey star Dakota Johnson and featuring return musical guests Alabama Shakes... 

Read more and view the live clip @ Spin

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Faith No More Unmask Pulverizing New Track 'Superhero' (Rolling Stone)

Faith No More will return with Sol Invictus, the band's first album since 1997, on May 19th, and after trumpeting their comeback with first single "Motherf%^%&" and "Cone of Shame," the "Epic" crew have unveiled another new cut: the pulverizing, hypnotic "Superhero." The song, fittingly, debuted at Marvel.com, where Faith No More bassist Bill Gould talked about the track and how comic books inspired him as a musician. 

Read the rest of Daniel Kreps' article @ Rolling Stone : http://www.rollingstone.com/music/videos/faith-no-more-unmask-pulverizing-new-track-superhero-20150302#ixzz3TFPJRBpd

Monday, March 2, 2015

Sunday, March 1, 2015

On the turntable this Sunday...Angel Dust

Angel Dust is the fourth studio album by American rock band Faith No More. It was first released through Slash Records on June 8, 1992 in Europe and the United States. It is the follow-up to 1989's highly successful The Real Thing, as well as the band's final studio album with guitarist Jim Martin and the second to feature vocalist Mike Patton. It was the first album in which Patton had any substantial influence on the band's music, having been hired after the other band members had written and recorded everything for The Real Thing except vocals and some lyrics.

It remains Faith No More's best-selling album outside the United States (where, as of November 2010, it has sold 678,000 copies). The album and subsequent tour were very successful in Europe where it went Platinum on sales of more than one million copies and Gold in Australia with more than 35,000 sales. Worldwide sales are around 3 million copies.

Following the success of their previous album, The Real Thing and its subsequent tour, Faith No More took a break for a year and a half before beginning work on the follow-up, Angel Dust. During this time Mike Patton rejoined his high-school band Mr. Bungle to record their eponymous d├ębut album.  This situation had an effect on the band, since drummer Mike Bordin thought the writing process was like the state of a "magic slate" having been "completely covered in writing; there was not any more room for any more writing on that slate, so we all went and said all right, and erased everything, and started writing new stuff," and Patton was creatively revitalized. They decided not to "play it safe" and instead took a different musical direction, much to the dismay of guitarist Jim Martin. Martin also didn't like the title of the album as chosen by keyboardist Roddy Bottum. In an interview taken while they were in the studio he said that "Roddy [Bottum] wanted to name it Angel Dust, I don't know why, I just want you to know that if it's named Angel Dust, it didn't have anything to do with me.

Bottum stated that he chose the name because it "summed up what [they] did perfectly" in that "it's a really beautiful name for a really hideous drug and that should make people think." The artwork similarly put a beautiful face on a horrible image by depicting a soft blue airbrushed egret on the cover, photographed by Werner Krutein while on the back is an image of a cow hanging on a meat hook. That image was created by Mark Burnstein. Both bassist Billy Gould and Mike Bordin said that the image on the rear of the album is not based on any opposition to vegetarianism but rather preview the music, suggesting its combination of being "really aggressive and disturbing and then really soothing", the "beautiful with the sick".

The Russian army photo taken in the Red Square with the imposition of the band members' faces over those of the soldiers, was edited by Werner Krutein and was the cover of the "Midlife Crisis" single. The band had originally planned for this but then did not like the final product. Mike Bordin described the situation in these words:

The single cover is similar to that of Led Zeppelin II, which has the faces of the four members of Led Zeppelin airbrushed into an old photograph featuring a group of German Luftwaffe personnel dating from World War I.

The writing for Angel Dust took up most of 1991 with large portion of the songs being written by either Billy Gould, Roddy Bottum, Mike Bordin, and for the first time, Mike Patton. Regarding this Patton said:

Some attributed this to its sonic difference with its predecessors, however, Mike Patton credits it to being "better at playing what [they] hear in [their] heads" and went on to say that "before, we used to kinda cheat around, and play around what it was. We could never translate it into the band, and we're getting better at doing that. Like, we wanted to do a real lazy, sappy kinda ballad, so we covered the theme from Midnight Cowboy! And there's even a song that sounds like The Carpenters!" In a trend that started when then-vocalist Chuck Mosley lived in Los Angeles while the rest of the band resided in the Bay Area, the band would record demo tapes of the songs and exchange them between each other in Los Angeles before sending them to Jim Martin so that he could work on his guitar arrangements after which he would send them back for approval.

The lyrics for Angel Dust were written for the most part by vocalist Mike Patton. He got his inspiration for the lyrics from many different places such as questions from the Oxford Capacity Analysis, fortune cookies and late-night television. After engaging in a sleep deprivation experiment, he wrote "Land of Sunshine" and "Caffeine": "I drove around a lot in my Honda, drove to a real bad area of town, parked and just watched people. Coffee shops and white-trash diner-type places were great for inspiration."

Read more @ Wikipedia