Wednesday, March 14, 2012

This Week In Rock History

Rock News

--Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos was surprised to find himself left off a new recording by the band. The song, which is included in a Christmas album that benefits the Special Olympics, also appears to have been recorded without the permission of Carlos.
Carlos has been taking time off from touring with the band. In the meantime, he has founded and played with Candy Golde, which features a number of musicians in other bands. He's also a member of Tinted Windows. But in an email sent to Billboard, Carlos insists that he never left Cheap Trick.

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--The Velvet Underground do not have a valid copyright claim on the Andy Warhol artwork on the cover of the band's 1967 debut, a federal judge ruled in dismissing part of the band's trademark infringement lawsuit against the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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--Adele is reported to have visited Abbey Road Studios to record a song for the latest James Bond film, Skyfall.

According to The Sun, the singer visited London's Abbey Road Studios, where the soundtrack is being recorded, earlier this month.

Her visit to the studios suggests she is recording with Thomas Newman, who has been appointed by the film's director Sam Mendes to write the film score. The composer and conductor has reportedly been in Abbey Road all month working on the score.

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--Chris Brown has faced a Twitter backlash over his new tattoo, after people pointed out a striking resemblance to the bruised face of his ex-girlfriend Rihanna.

The rapper is believed to have had the face of the woman, who appears to have a black eye and stitches on her lip, tattooed onto his skin before last week's MTV Video Music Awards.

Brown and Rihanna separated after he assaulted her in February 2009 before a pre-Grammys party. Brown was sentenced to five years' probation for the attack. An unauthorised image of the singer bloodied and bruised shortly after the attack was later leaked to the media by Los Angeles Police Department, prompting an internal investigation.
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--Neil Young And Crazy Horse have revealed that their second album of this year, 'Psychedelic Pill', will be released on October 29. The legendary rockers have also unveiled the tracklisting for the album, which follows the covers LP 'Americana', which came out in June. The album opens with a song called 'Driftin' Back', which is almost 28 minutes long.

'Psychedelic Pill' is Young's first album of all new material with Crazy Horse since 2003 and will feature the full Crazy Horse line-up of Billy Talbot, Ralph Molina and Frank Sampedro.

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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Employee Picks


* Brett Dennen--Loverboy
*Old Crow Medicine Show--Carry Me Back
* Roger Miller--Greatest Hits
*OST--Hedwig & the Angry Inch


Dirty Projectors--Swing Lo Magellan
* Imelda May--Mayhem
* Tedeschi/Trucks Band--Everbody's Talking


* Young Fresh Fellows--Tiempo Delujo
Cedric Kreklow--Sol
* Bad Brains--Banned in DC


Chicarones--Swing Flew
* Miike Snow--Happy to You


*Gang Gang Dance--Eye Contact
*Radiohead--In Rainbows
The Cramps--Stay Sick 


*Who--Odds & Sods

This Week In Rock History

1961—The Tokens record "The Lion Sleeps Tonight", which will reach the US Pop chart in November and climb to number one by Christmas. The song was originally a hit in South Africa in 1939 for its writer, Solomon Linda, under its original title "Mbube" (pronounced EEM-boo-beh) which means "Lion".

1963—The Beatles first US album, "Introducing The Beatles" was pressed by Vee-Jay Records, who thought they had obtained the legal rights from EMI affiliate, Trans-Global Records. When it was finally released in January, 1964, Capitol Records would hit Vee Jay with an injunction against manufacturing, distributing, advertising, or otherwise disposing of records by the Beatles. After a trial, Vee-Jay was allowed to release any Beatles records that they had masters of in any form until October 15th, 1964. After that time, they no longer had the right to issue any Beatles product. 

1965—The Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Bill Wyman appear in a London courtroom and are found guilty of "insulting behavior" for urinating against a London gas station wall. They argued that the owner had refused to give them the key to the men's room, but they are fined five pounds each.

1965—The Beach Boys' "California Girls" is released in the US, where it will reach #3 in September. The song was the first Beach Boys recording to feature vocals from Bruce Johnston, who had joined the group to substitute for Brian Wilson on concert tours.

1965—Bob Dylan, backed by The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, shocked the audience at the Newport Folk Festival with his new electric sound. The crowd booed him off the stage after three tunes. After being urged by Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul and Mary) to return to the stage and go acoustic, Dylan sang two songs to the now-silent audience - "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue" and "Mr. Tambourine Man".

1969--Neil Young appeared with Crosby, Still, and Nash for the first time when they played at The Fillmore East in New York. Young was initially asked to help out with live material only, but ended up joining the group on and off for the next 30 years.

1969--Police in Moscow reported that after a Russian youth magazine told readers how to convert their acoustic guitars to electric by using parts from a telephone, thousands of public phone booths had been vandalized.

1972--23-year-old Bobby Ramirez, drummer with Edgar Winter's White Trash, was killed in a bar fight in Chicago after a redneck made a comment about the length of his hair. He died of head injuries after being kicked with steel-tipped shoes.

1976—Tina Turner files for divorce from her husband Ike, ending their violent 16-year marriage and successful musical partnership.

1976--John Lennon finally received his US Green Card, three years after he was ordered to leave by immigration officials.

1979—Little Richard, appearing as Reverend Richard Penniman, speaks at a revival meeting in North Richmond, CA. He warns the congregation about the evils of Rock 'n' Roll music and declares, "If God can save an old homosexual like me, he can save anybody."

1990--Brent Mydland, keyboard player for The Grateful Dead was found dead of a drug overdose in his home in Lafayette, California. He was 37. He joined the band in 1979, replacing Keith Godchaux.

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Rock News

*Rufus Wainwright married his longtime partner, Jorn Weisbrodt, this week in Montauk, N.Y., the singer-songwriter confirms to THR. Wainwright and Weisborth have been engaged since November 2010, and in February of 2011, they welcomed a daughter, Viva Katherine Wainwright Cohen, with Lorca Cohen, daughter of Leonard Cohen.


*Wynonna Judd's husband has lost his leg after a motorcycle crash in South Dakota.
Michael Scott "Cactus" Moser was riding a motorcycle on U.S. Highway 16 in the Black Hills on Saturday when he crossed the center line and hit a car. He was airlifted to a hospital.
A representative for Judd said Monday that Moser's leg was "severed at the scene of the accident" and that doctors have amputated his leg above his knee. Moser has also had surgery on his hand


*Everyone's blood may be running a bit cold at the moment, but four members of the J. Geils Band have every intention of touring this year despite a lawsuit by guitarist John "J." Geils claiming they can't use the group name.

Current band manager John Baruck tells Billboard that the group -- which includes founding members Peter Wolf, Seth Justman, Magic Dick Salwitz and Danny Klein -- "is going out. It's the J. Geils Band playing the J. Geils hits with Peter Wolf out there in front dancing. This is all clear-cut. We're not stopping because of John Geils' allegations." The tour launches with a nine-date northeast run on August 25 at the New York State Fair in Syracuse, and a second leg is planned after Thanksgiving; Wolf has already posted December dates in Upper Darby, Pa., and Detroit.


*Lady Gaga was forced to halt a concert in Romania on Thursday night so she could rush offstage to vomit.  The Paparazzi hitmaker was performing an outdoor show for fans in the Piata Constitutiei Square in Bucharest when she began to feel nauseous and she briefly disappeared from the stage to throw up.
When she returned to the spotlight, she told the crowd, “I went backstage and vomited, and I did not want you to see this... It happens to me sometimes.”

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*All you need is love — and a chunk of John Lennon’s tooth – to raise money for a children’s charity.  That’s according to Alberta dentist Dr. Michael Zuk — who bought Lennon’s tooth for more than $32,000 at a Stockport, England auction in November — and his artisticially-inclined sister, Kirsten Zuk.
The doc’s sister used a very small piece of the molar when she made a clay sculpture of the rock icon.
“I love John Lennon — I’ve been a huge fan all my life,” said Kirsten Zuk.
The artist says the dentist came up with the idea to take a chip of the tooth and turn it into a piece of art after he purchased it.  “This is like a time-capsule. It will contain his DNA,” said the sister, who lives here.

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*Beck (Beck Hansen) is famous for his underground, anti-folk, alternative, dreamy-yet-hook-driven music. His first biggie was “Loser” way back in 1994. But his ability to understand and reach his audience just went cosmic. He released a new album, but it’s not a record or a CD or a series of MP3 files. Something way better. sheet music.

From the promo site:
“In the wake of Modern Guilt and The Information, Beck’s latest album comes in an almost-forgotten form—twenty songs existing only as individual pieces of sheet music, never before released or recorded.”

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* In an interview with Australian radio station Triple M, Slash revealed that his mother had an affair with David Bowie, recalling that he once discovered them naked when he was a little kid. "My mom started working professionally with David Bowie at first," said Slash, whose mom was a costume designer. "I'm pretty sure that's how it started and then it turned into some sort of mysterious romance that went on for a while after that."

The guitarist remembers seeing a lot of Bowie at the time – quite literally, on one occasion. "I caught them naked once," Slash said. "They had a lot of stuff going on, but my perspective at eight was limited. Looking back on it I knew exactly what was going on."

Despite the potentially awkward encounter, Slash remembers Bowie fondly. "He was cool," the rocker said. "I liked David a lot."

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Friday, March 2, 2012

This Week In Rock History

1951-Ike Turner and his Rhythm Kings recorded “Rocket 88,” considered by some to be the first true rock-n-roll recording.

1956-Elvis Presley hits the charts for the first time with Heartbreak Hotel

1959-Domenico Modugno's "Volare" was named Record of the Year at the first ever Grammy ceremonies. Other winners included Henri Mancini's Peter Gun (Album of the Year) and The Champs Tequila (Best R& B Performance)

1963-The first lady of country music, Patsy Cline, was killed when her private jet struck the side of a mountain near Camden, Tennessee.

1965-The singleI Pity The Fool” is released by a group called The Manish Boys, lead by a young David Jones, who two years later would officially changed his name to David Bowie to avoid confusion with The Monkees' Davy Jones.

1968-28 year Frankie Lymon, lead singer of The Teenagers, dies of a heroin overdose while on leave from the army. Lymon first gained the spotlight at the age of 13 with the hit “Why Do Fools Fall In Love.” After Lymon's death, 3 separate women came forward claiming to be his widow. It seems Lymon had married all three women at different times.

1970--After the family of the late Ferdinand von Zeppelin threatens a lawsuit, Led Zeppelin performs in Copenhagen, Denmark as The Nobs.

1977-A man jumps on stage at a Ray Charles concert and attempts to strangle Charles with a rope before being apprehended by security.

1991-James Brown is released after serving two years of a six-year prison term for drug and gun possession, and leading police on a two state car chase.

1993-Little Richard is furious after learning that his Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grammys will be part of a non-televised portion of the show.