Thursday, September 29, 2011

Employee Picks


* VariousMuppets: Green Album
* Primus--Green Naugahyde 
* Patton Oswalt--Finest Hour
* Fountains of Wayne--Sky Full of Holes


*OK Go--180/365
*Duke & the King--Duke & the King
* Primus--Green Naugahyde 
*Agesandages--Are You Restless


* Imelda May--Mayhem
* Original SoundtrackTreme 
* Jeff BridgesJeff Bridges
* Various--Flashback Volume #1: High & Low Drug Songs


* Mojo Nixon & Skid Roper
* Wreckless Erik--Hits, Miss, Rags & Tatters
* Gary Numan--Best of...


* B.U.T.I Love You But...
* Cedric Kreklow--Sol

* Freddy King--Just Pickin'
* Brian Eno--Here Come the Warm Jets


*White Stripes--White Stripes
*Chemical Brothers --Hannah Soundtrack


Nick Lowe--"The Old Magic"
Dessa "Castor the Twin" ("New live arrangments of Dessa's Best Work!")
Wild Flag "Wild Flag" (featuring members of Sleater-Kinney!)
Mister Heavenly--Mister Heavenly (featuring members of Modest Mouse, Man Man, Island, & The Shins!)
Chemical Brothers --"Hannah Soundtrack"

This Week In Rock History

1887--Emile Berliner, a 36 year-old German immigrant, patents the first disc style record player, the Gramophone, replacing the cylinder style Edison players.

1956--Elvis re-shoots the ending to the film Love Me Tender after test audiences respond poorly to his death at the end of the film.

1961--Bob Dylan records harmonica for his friend, Caroline Hester's first album. The producer, John Hammond, is so impressed with Dylan he signs him to a contract and arranges to start recording in October.

1962--Brian Epstein signs on to manage the Beatles. John and Ringo sign for themselves, but Paul and George are signed for by their fathers, since they are both still under 18.

1968--John Sebastian leaves the Lovin' Spoonful to pursue a solo career. His biggest solo hit would be a song called "Welcome Back," the theme to the television show Welcome Back Kotter.

1972--Rory Storm, the leader of the band Rory Storm and the Hurricanes, takes his own life in a suicide pact with his mother. The Hurricanes are most often remembered as the group that Ringo Starr left in 1962 to play drums for the Beatles.

1975--Jackie Wilson suffers a massive heart attack on stage in New Jersey in the middle of his song "Lonely Teardrops." Wilson would never regain consciousness, but live in a coma until 1984.

1977--James Brown's entire band walks out on him in Hallandale, Florida. They claimed they were underpaid and over worked.

1980--John Bonham is found dead after an all night drinking binge. He was staying at the home of fellow Led Zeppelin member Jimmy Page.

1986--Metallica bass player Cliff Burton is killed when their tour bus flipped over on a rural road in Sweden. 24 year-old Burton was thrown through the window of the bus, which then landed on top of him, crushing him.

2010--Elton John's mother announced that she would be auctioning off some of her son's memorabilia when she moved into a smaller house. Among the items were tour jackets and more than 100 Gold and Platinum discs.

Rock News

--The nominations for the 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions have been revealed. The list includes influential guitarist Freddy King, 1960's psychedelic folk troubadour Donovan, as well as War, Donna Summers, The Cure, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. However, most focus has gone to the nomination of Guns n' Roses. G n' R became eligible last year for induction, leading to speculation that the "classic" line-up may reunite to perform if inducted. In a 2010 interview, guitarist Slash stated "If Axl, Duff, Izzy and myself start communicating, it could go one way. It we don't, God knows." Fans remain optimistic.

--INXS have announced that they have hired Irish born singer Ciaran Gribbin to be their new lead singer. Gribbin met keyboardist and primary INXS songwriter Andrew Farriss at a party in 2009, and started recording demos with the band earlier this year. INXS split from their previous lead singer, JD Fortune, a the end of their 2011 tour. Fortune had performed with the band since wining the competitive CBS reality show Rock Star INXS in 2005. Original lead singer Michael Hutchence passed away in 1997.

--Singer/songwriter Bob Dylan has been accused of "plagiarizing" photographs for his new art exposition at the Gagosian Gallery in New York. The art exhibit, which featured a series of 18 painting done while on tour in 2009 and 2010, opened on September 20th. Almost immediately after opening, the series drew the attention of art critics who pointed out that the paintings appeared to be direct copies of famous photographs from Henri Cartier-Bresson, Dmitri Kessel and Léon Busy. Dylan has not commented on the controversy.

--Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, and funk legend, Sly Stone, has been homeless for almost 2 years. Stone, 68, has been living out of a van since he was forced out of his Napa Valley home in 2009. Stone sold his music rights to Michael Jackson for a reported $1-million dollars in 1984. Stone, who has been dealing with drug addiction for most of his adult life, claims he is still writing and recording music on his laptop in his van. His latest album, I'm Back – Friends & Family, was released in August.

--A contract for The Beatles 1965 concert at the Cow Palace in Daly City, California has sold at auction for over $23-thousand dollars. The contract, singed by manager Brian Epstein, stipulated that The Beatles refused to perform before segregated audiences, as well as guaranteeing the band $40,000 for the concert, and 150 police officers to provide security at the show. The contract far exceeded expectations to sell for between $3,000 to $5000 dollar at auction.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Rock News

--Wednesday, pioneering alt-rock band R.E.M. announced they were officially breaking-up after 31 years. The band released an announcement on their website stating “As lifelong friends and co-conspirators, we have decided to call it a day as a band."  They went on to say “There's no disharmony here, no falling-outs, no lawyers squaring-off. We've made this decision together, amicably and with each other's best interests at heart. The time just feels right." However some, including the owner of the R.E.M. fan community site Murmurs Ethan Kaplan, blame pressures from record label Warner Brothers. Kaplan said  “[Warner Brothers]...demands on [the] band now to get a record out were more than they might have wanted to commit [to].”

--According to US Weekly Twilight actor Robert Pattinson is preparing to record an album of original “raw blues” that he described as “[a] stripped-down Ray LaMontagne meets Van Morrison." Pattinson has previously recorded two songs "Let Me Sign" and "Never Think" for the Twilight soundtracks.

--Reports have surfaced that Van Halen are close to signing a record deal with Colombia Records, to record their first album with original lead singer David Lee Roth in 27 years. The band has not recorded an album of new material since 1998's Van Halen III the first, and only, album to feature vocalist Gary Cherone.

--The London Transit Authority have banned billboards for the upcoming album Lulu by Lou Reed and Metallica in all London Undergrounds. The ad, a reproduction of the album's cover, features an armless mannequin torso and the word “Lulu” written in what appears to be red paint or blood.  The ad was banned because authorities thought it looked too much like graffiti. The album will hit stores Halloween day, October 31st.

--Dave Grohl and The Foo Fighters turned the tables on protesters from the Westboro Baptist Church this past week. Protesters from the ultra-conservative church were picketing a Foo Fighters concert in Kansas City, Missouri claiming "The entertainment industry is a microcosm of the people of this doomed nation: hard-hearted, Hell-bound, and hedonistic to the max.”   The band, dressed in hillbilly costumes, serenaded the protesters with a version of the song “Hot Buns” from the back of a flatbed truck. A representative for the Foo Fighters told CNN, "The band is leaving that video/performance as their only comment on the matter." Check out the video Foo Fighters

This Week In Rock History

1955--Pat Boone scores his first #1 song with a cover of "Ain't That A Shame." Boone would make a career out of "cleaning up" songs by black artists to make them palatable for middle Amercican artists.

1958--Elvis Presley gives one final press conference before joining the rest of the 3rd-armored division to ship off for Germany.

1960--For his 21st birthday, singer and actor Frankie Avalon is given the $600,000 he earned as a minor.

1962--Elvis Presley's manager, Col. Tom Parker, declines an invitation for Elvis to appear at a function attended by members of the royal family in the United Kingdom. Parker sites film commitments as the reason for not attending, however the real reason was because Parker was
an illegal Dutch immigrant, who was afraid if he left the US he would be barred from returning.

1968--Janis Joplin leaves Big Brother and the Holding Company to go solo.

1968--Jimi Hendrix releases a cover of Bob Dylan's song "All Along the Watchtower." It reaches #20 on the Billboard charts, making it Hendrix's only top 40 hit. Despite his influence on music, and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Jimi Hendrix is technically a "one hit wonder."

1970--Jimi Hendrix dies at the age of 27 after taking too many sleeping pills and choking to death on his own vomit. The death is labeled "accidental," though rumors persist that Hendrix was murdered by a former roadie.

1972--Paul and Linda McCartney are arrested for the second time in four weeks for possession of marijuana after a number of cannabis plants are found growing on his Scottish farm.

1973--26 year-old Gram Parsons, formerly of The Byrds and The Flying Burrito Brothers, dies of a drug overdose in Joshua Tree, California. A few days after his death his coffin and body are stolen from Los Angeles International Airport by his manager, Phil Kaufman, and a former roadie for The Byrds, Michael Martin. His body is taken out to Cap Rock in the California desert and set ablaze, in accordance, Kaufman claimed, to Parson's wishes. They were both later arrested by the police.

1973--30 year-old singer/songwriter Jim Croce is killed after playing a concert at North-Western State University, when his privately chartered plane hits a tree attempting to take off in bad weather. He had finished recording his final record, I've Got A Name, just a week previous to the accident.

1980--Bob Marley collapses on stage at the Stanley Theater in Pittsburgh. He is flown to the Sloan-Kettering hospital in New York where he is diagnosed with a brain tumor. He would die the following May at the age of 35.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

This Week In Rock History

1958—The Teddy Bears hit the top 40 with the song “To Know Him Is To Love Him” penned by an 18-year-old Phil Spektor. Spektor was inspired after seeing the phrase on his fathers gravestone.

1960—The Payola scandal is effectively put to an end when the FCC outlaws the giving of gifts or money in exchange for airplay.

1966—The television show The Monkees premieres on NBC. The show was formed to try an emulate the wacky-style of The Beatles Hard Days Night movie.

1967—The Beatles start filming Magical Mystery Tour. The plan was to drive around the countryside in a bus and “see what happened”; unfortunately, not much did happen. The film was the band's first flop.

1969—TV personality Ed Sullivan releases a rock-&-roll single entitled “The Sulli-Gulli.” The single fails to chart, bringing an end to Sullivan's rock aspirations.

1970—After stumbling over the words to the song In The Ghetto, Elvis Presley gets a case of the giggles so badly he has to stop the concert long enough to gain control of himself.

1987—Reggae legend, and original members of The Wailers, Peter Tosh is shot in the head and killed by three men attempting to extort money.

2003—The Man In Black Johnny Cash, who had 14 #1 hits and won 11 Grammy awards, passed away at the age of 71.

Rock News

--On what would have been his 75th birthday, seminal rocker Buddy Holly, was finally awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The presentation ceremony, which took place on September 7th, was attended by Holly's widow Maria Elena Holly, as well as actor Gary Busey, who was nominated for an Oscar for playing Holly in a 1978 biopic, and Peter Asher, half of the singing group Peter & Gordon, and producer of the Holly tribute album Listen to Me. Holly's star on the walk of fame is located right next to that of The Beatles, who chose their name as an homage to Holly's backing band, The Crickets.

--Jermain Jacksons recently revealed that plans were under way to secretly whisk away his brother, Michael Jackson, away to Arabian Gulf kingdom ofBahrain, if Mciahel had been found guilty in his 2003 child molestation case. According to Jermain's new book You Are Not Alone: Michael Through A Brother's Eyes, a private jet was on stand by to take Michael out of the country on 24 hours notice. Jermain stated "At the end of the day, this is supposed to be the land of the brave, home of the free, democracy, freedom of speech. The way they were treating him, none of that existed. Why should he go to jail for something he didn't do?" Michael Jackson was eventually acquitted of all charges in the case.

--Rapper Gucci Mane is headed to prison after being found guilty on battery charges. Mane, whose real name is Radric Davis, has been to six month behind bars for pushing a young woman out of his moving car. In addition to jail time Mane will also be required to complete a series of anger management courses and pay a $3000 fine, plus the medical bills of the defendant.

--Paul McCartney told US Weekly that he plans to wed fiancée Nancy Shevell this weekend in a “very elegant and classy” ceremony at a farmhouse in the Sussex countryside. McCartney, and Shevell, a member of the board for the New York Metropolitan Transit Authority, met at a dinner part in 2009. This will be McCartney's third marriage, his first wife Linda, died of cancer in 1998. His second marriage to Heather Mills ended in a bitter divorce in 2008.

Thursday, September 8, 2011


Tickets Currently on Sale at
Cactus Records
Updated: October 27th, 2011


28th--The Freakers Ball--Zebra--$9--$, CK, cc 18+ (under 21 in Colonel Blacks)

28th & 29th--The Dead Guy--Black Box--$8/$10--$, CK, cc

29th-- The Compound Apocalypse Party featuring Cure for the Common, Dub Sultan, and Graveyard Girl Scouts--Filling Station--$11--$, CK, cc 21+

29th--Voodoo Ball 2--Emerson--$, CK, cc--18+--$10 (18+), $8 (21+)--save $3 with a valid student ID 


2nd--Karl Denson's Tiny Universe--Emerson--$22--$, CK, cc all ages (full bar w/ ID)

4th-- Storyhill--The Gallatin Gateway Inn--$15 for Students,.  $20 General Admission,  Children under 10 are free--$, CK, cc

8th & 9th--Wade Montgomery--Peach Street Studio--$30--$, CK, cc

8th--Lotus--Emerson--$19--$ or cc

8th--Corb Lund--Filling Station--$13--$, CK, cc 21+

9th--Elise Event--Blackbox Theatre--$31--$, CK, cc

11th--The Grace Kelly Quintet--The Emerson--$33--$, CK, cc

11th--Wayne Hancock--Elks Lodge (Virgina City)--$16--cash only! 

12th--5th Annual Bozeman Bluegrass Festival--Emerson--$14--$, CK, cc 

12th--Avalaunch (feat. Murs)--N Black Ave & Mendenhall--$16 (General), $53 (VIP)--$, CK, cc

12th--Hopsin (w/Swizzz)--Zebra--$15--$, CK, cc All ages!

17th, 18th, 19th--Broad Comedy--Emerson--$23--$, CK, cc 18+ 

20th--Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears--Filling Station--$13--$, CK, cc 21+

19th--Guy Davis & Mark Murphy--Livingston Depot--$22--$, CK, cc 

30th--BFF Presents: The Guard--Emerson--$5/$7--$ or CK


1st--Irish Christmas In Amercian--Hope Lutheran Church--$25--$, CK, cc

4th--The Queers--The Filling Station--$12--$ or CK 21+ 

8th--Jeni Fleming Holiday Concert--Gallatin Gateway Inn--$17--$, CK, c

14th--BFF Presents: Project Nim--Emerson--$5/$7--$ or CK


12th & 14th--Montana Chamber Society (Muir String Quartet)--Reynolds Recital Hall--$22 student/senior, $29 general admission--$, CK, cc

28th & 29th--The Infamous Stringdusters--Filling Station--$16 (per night,) $27 (both nights)--$, CK, cc 21+

14th--Montana Chamber Society (Muir String Quartet)--Reynolds Recital Hall--$22 student/senior, $29 general admission--$, CK, cc


Rock News

--A 36 year old man has been arrested for breaking and entering the home of Canadian singer Celine Dion. Daniel Bedard jumped the fence surrounding the singer's home and used a garage door opener found in an unlocked car to gain entrance into the home. Once inside the intruder ate a plate of pastries and drew a bath before an alarm notified police, who promptly arrested the man. Dion was not home at the time of the break-in.

--Michael Pedicone, the drummer for pop-punk band My Chemical Romance has been fired citing allegations of theft. According to a September 2nd post on the band's blog "The relationship between My Chemical Romance and Michael Pedicone is over...he was caught red handed stealing from the band and confessed to police after our show last night in Auburn, Washington." Pedicone released his own statement the following day, while not denying the theft, he claimed it stemmed from feud with one of member of the band's crew, in the statement Pedicone said "I'd reached my wits' end, and I made what was certainly the poorest decision of my life. Rather than address the issues that I had with the crew member in an open and honest manner, I tried to make them look irresponsible. My intention was to make this person look incompetent." Pedicone also claimed that he had "no intention of profiting whatsoever" from the theft.

--Recent rock-&-roll hall of fame inductee, Neil Diamond, has announced on his Twitter that he has become engaged. The 70 year old singer/songwriter has been married twice before, separating from his second wife, Marcia Murphey, in 1995. Diamond has revealed little about his new finance, only that her name is Katie, and sharing this picture of her on this Twitter account (!/NeilDiamond/status/111481467409928192)

--Rapper turned actor, Mos Def, will be no longer be called Mos Def after the first of the year. Born Dante Terrell Smith, Def, announced on MTV2 that after 2011 he will go by the name Yasiin, stating "Mos Def is a name that I built and cultivated over the years, it’s a name that the streets taught me, a figure of speech that was given to me by the culture and by my environment, and I feel I’ve done quite a bit with that name and it’s time to expand and move on. Also, I didn't want to have to deal with having any moniker or separation between the self that I see and know myself as."

This Week In Rock History

1956--Elvis surprises his mother with a new pink Cadillac, despite the fact that she doesn't drive. The car is now on display at the Elvis Presley museum at Graceland.

1965--Fearing theft, The Who, stop at the Battersea Dog Home to purchase a guard dog for their tour van. Upon leaving the dog home, they find their van has been broken into and all their possessions stolen.

1969--James Brown announces his retirement from live music effective July 4th, 1970, saying he's tired. At the time he is fighting a paternity suit from the former president of his fan club.

1970--Jimi Hendrix performs in public for the last time at the Love and Peace Festival in Puttgarden, Germany. He would die of a drug overdose ten days later.

1972--Curtis Mayfield releases the album, Superfly, the soundtrack to the movie of the same name. It is one of the few movie soundtracks to out gross the film itself.

1976--Frank Sinatra, appearing on the Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Telethon, asks to "send his friend out," he then welcomes Dean Martin to the stage. It is the first time Martin and Lewis had seen each other since dissolving their partnership twenty years earlier.

1977--Big Crosby and David Bowie record "Little Drummer Boy" for Crosby's Christmas special to air that December.

1978--Keith Moon, drummer for The Who, dies of an accidental overdose of a sedative called Heminevrin, being used to prevent seizures from alcohol withdrawal. He was 31.

1986--Michael Nesmith surprises fans by appearing on stage with the other members of The Monkees for the first since they disbanded in 1970.

1990--Former Creedence Clearwater Revival guitarist Tom Fogerty dies at the age of 48. Fogerty contracted AIDS from a tainted blood transfusion during back surgery a few years earlier. At the time of his death Tom was not on speaking terms with his brother, John Fogerty, leader of CCR.

2003--Werewolves of London singer Warren Zevon dies of lung cancer at the age of 56. Knowing he did not have long to live, Zevon had appeared on Letterman just a month before his death; Zevon was the only guest for that show and spent the entire two-hours talking to David Letterman and playing requests for the host.