The Associated Press are reporting that just two weeks before he died, Michael Jackson wrapped up work on an elaborate production dubbed the 'Dome Project' that could be the final finished video piece overseen by the King of Pop. Read the full story on MSN Music.
ROLLING STONES REISSUES [THE LAST 5 ALBUMS FOR THE BOX] [Release Date 13/07/2009]
A rousing cover of Bob & Earl's 'Harlem Shuffle', with Jagger's distinctive vocals to the fore, heralded the arrival of 'Dirty Work'. This single made the Top 5 on both sides of the Atlantic in 1986. Produced by Steve Lillywhite and the Glimmer Twins, the album was dedicated to the memory of Ian Stewart, the group's original piano player and unofficial sixth member, who died the previous year.
The release of Steel Wheels in 1989 followed the group's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame and coincided with their eagerly-awaited return to the live arena. Recorded at Air Studios in Montserrat and Olympic in London, it made the Top 3 in Britain and in the States. It contains classic tracks like the US Top 5 single 'Mixed Emotions' as well as 'Rock And A Hard Place', which boasts a trademark riff as infectious as any they've come up with. The incredibly atmospheric 'Almost Hear You Sigh' also charted while Richards often reprises the ballad 'Slipping Away' in concert.
Recorded in Dublin and in Los Angeles, and produced by Don Was, 'Voodoo Lounge' topped the British charts on its release in 1994. The rockers 'Love Is Strong' [featuring Jagger on harmonica], 'You Got Me Rocking' and 'I Go Wild' all performed strongly in the UK Top 40, while 'Out Of Tears' continued the group's fine tradition of late-night, soul-searching, soul-infused ballads and featured a killer vocal performance by Jagger. The singer also excelled on the equally contemplative 'Blinded By Rainbows', a forgotten gem in their repertoire, and the swaggering 'Sparks Will Fly', driven by the ever-excellent Charlie Watts on drums. 'Voodoo Lounge' deservedly won the Grammy Award for Best Rock Album in 1995.
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Originally issued in 1997, 'Bridges To Babylon' made the Top 3 in the US and number 6 in the UK. The yearning and sinuous 'Anybody Seen My Baby?' and the mean and moody 'Saint Of Me' – both Top 30 hits in the UK – in particular, showed the band remained at the cutting edge. Energetic rockers 'Low Down' and 'Too Tight' repay further investigation as do the three tracks sung by Richards, in particular the closer 'How Can I Stop' which features another jazz legend, Wayne Shorter, on saxophone.
'A Bigger Bang', the Rolling Stones last studio album to date, made the Top 3 on both sides of the Atlantic in 2005. Its release coincided with the group's longest ever world tour, lasting two years, a feat likely to remain unbeaten by any other rock artist. Recorded mostly in France, it recalls the informal vibe of 'Exile On Main Street' and has sold in excess of 2.5 million copies to date. A double A-side single coupling the rocker 'Rough Justice' and 'Streets Of Love', another superior soulful ballad, reached number 15 in the UK, while the Bush-baiting 'Sweet Neo Con' made headlines in the US. 'A Bigger Bang' more than lived up to its title.
Michael Jackson May Have Left Paul McCartney Rights to 200 Beatles Songs in His Will: Michael Jackson arranged to give Paul McCartney the rights to The Beatles back catalog through his will according to reports published earlier this year. The pair who scored hits together in the mid-1980's with "Say, […read more…]
According to his official website [paulmccartney.com] Paul announced another date in Atlanta at Piedmont Park on Saturday August 15th and used the "tour" word officially for the first time. More importantly, he mentioned there would be more dates to come. The pre-sale for PM.com starts today at 10am EST (3pm […read more…]
NICK CAVE / BONNIE PRINCE BILLY / VARIOUS ARTISTS 'Palermo Shooting OST' [Release Date 13/07/2009]
'Palermo Shooting' is the new feature film from legendary German film director Wim Wenders ('Paris, Texas', 'Wings of Desire'), the story of Finn, a successful photographer who lives in the city of Dusseldorf. Following a car crash in which Finn narrowly escapes death he is forced to reassess his life he moves to the city of Palermo, and this is where his adventures begin… The original soundtrack to 'Palermo Shooting' reads like a who's who of celebrated alternative artists and features many tracks recorded especially for the film. Wenders' old friend Nick Cave appears twice with his band Grinderman who contribute two new tracks – 'Dream (Song For Finn)' and 'Song For Frank' – while Bonnie Prince Billy and Matt Sweeney recorded the sublime 'Torn and Betrayed' for the film. Other artists to record original music for the film include Irmin Schmidt, Sibylle Baier and Get Well Soon. The soundtrack also features tracks from acclaimed artists such as Portishead, Calexico, Beirut, Iron and Wine, Calexico, Beth Gibbons and Rustin Man and The Velvet Underground… No self-respecting musical aficionado will want to be without it!
15 years after the creation of 'BritPop' the big questions are… When did Kula Shaker rattle & roll away? Did The Bluetones bottle it 'n buzz off? Where have Sleeper slipped off to now? Hold the chips where's have Salad gone? What happend to an Uproar in the North? Check […read more…]
Some of the biggest celebrities from the world of fashion, music and entertainment have joined forces with the H&M clothing store and Designers against AIDS to create the 'Fashion Against AIDS' range of T-Shirts, T-Shirt Dresses, Vests and Bodies. Katy Perry, Robyn, NERD and Cyndi Lauper are among the famous […read more…]
When you’ve sold more than 100 million records you can well afford to indulge yourself in a one of Maranello’s finest. Indeed, I believe it’s compulsory. So, I was interested to see this little beauty recently advertised in Classic & Sports Car magazine. Now if the Carpenters are your artist […read more…]
Don't hold your breath for Guitar Hero Led Zeppelin folks. Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page has slammed the popular Guitar Hero franchise. During a press conference in Los Angeles, the guitarist said that he didn't feel video games are the ideal way to expose people to music or to teach them […read more…]
More Jackson tickets released: As the start date for Michael Jackson’s historic 50-show run at London’s O2 Arena draws near — the shows are scheduled to kick off on July 13th — “rehearsals are underway with the full production staged,” according to an e-mail sent to those who registered to buy tickets. The note informed recipients that AEG Live is releasing a limited number of production tickets, though dates are not specified. A password will be sent to those who successfully registered for the ticket lottery at the Michael Jackson Live Website, and seats will go on sale tomorrow (June 24th) at 8 a.m. GMT. VIP packages that run from £770 to £790 per person are still available.
WE FELL TO EARTH 'We Fell To Earth' [Release Date 13/07/2009]
"brutal and beautiful, inclusive and alienating at the same time" – Sunday Times Culture "a suitably paranoid mix of smoky atmospherics, drone rock and skittering electronics" – Q Record of the Day The band are Richard File, formerly one half of UNKLE and Wendy Rae Fowler [Queens of the Stone Age, Mark Lanegan] who met at famed Ranch de La Luna studio where UNKLE were recording. The album blends Richard's love of Krautrock and Electonic music with Wendy's passion for Psychedelia and Californian 60s rock. The first song serviced to media in April 'Lights Out"' received tremendous reactions…second track being serviced to media prior to album release is 'The Double'. This debut album is a remarkable tour de force from one of the year's most exciting new bands.
GRAEME EDGE BAND Paradise Ballroom [released 27th July 2009]
Founder member and drummer of THE MOODY BLUES, GRAEME EDGE recorded his second classic album in 1976 whilst the MOODY BLUES were on a sabbatical. Teaming up with ADRIAN and PAUL GURVITZ, EDGE followed on from his debut solo album KICK OFF YOUR MUDDY BOOTS (also released by ESOTERIC RECORDINGS this month) with another fine effort, leading some to cite his two solo albums as the finest solo album by any MOODY BLUES member of the 1970s. Unavailable on CD for many years, this Esoteric Recordings release has been re-mastered from the original master tapes and includes a lavishly illustrated booklet and essay.
THE SMITHS 'VINYL+ SERIES' LP REISSUES [Release Date 06/07/2009]
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Rhino UK is pleased to announce the launch of the "Vinyl Plus+" series, with the re-issue of the four Classic studio albums by The Smiths. All feature newly re-mastered audio by Frank Arkwright [overseen by Johnny Marr, no less] and the original sleeves, [a gatefold in the case of 'The Queen Is Dead'], labels and original inner bags, pressed on high-quality 180 gram vinyl. In addition, each comes with a unique redemption code enabling customers to download the complete album as MP3 files from www.vinyl-plus.com.
The Scots rockers will play at the Roundhouse in London as part of the iTunes Festival that will see a different show played at the venue by a range of bands every night during the month.
Simple Minds play on 16 July, and tickets can be obtained solely through the iTunes Festival Facebook page. Other acts to play free gigs during the month include Oasis, Blur’s Graham Coxon, and a host of other acts. Click Here For iTunes Festival Page
It all started with a lost voice and a missing tour bus. Alison Mosshart sings for the Kills, the dirty blues-rock band that opened for the Raconteurs last fall, when Jack White lost his voice. Read the full story of their Dead Weather project and details of a forthcoming 'Horehound' […read more…]
THE RUMBLE STRIPS 'Welcome To The Walk Alone' [Release Date 13/07/2009]
The Tavistock 5 piece return with their second album, recorded and produced in New York by none other than Mark Ronson. Welcome To The Walk Alone shows the Rumble Strips in a much more widescreen light than their previous offering with parping brass toned down and the FILMharmonic orchestra of Prague drafted in by Owen Pallet (The Arcade Fire, final Fantasy) to fill this album with incredible cineramic textures and epic arrangements.
Following a phenomenal year in support of their latest album, 'Dig Out Your Soul' which saw the band embark on their biggest global tour to date and achieve yet another No.1 in the UK charts and No. 5 in America, Oasis return to the UK this month to embark on […read more…]
In our quest to 'diversify' and get more 'with it', a number of soundtrack gems from the 991 vaults will be added over the next couple of weeks. Lush orchestrations, bad-ass grooves, modernism, a chance to experiment, soundtracks of yore have proven in recent years to be not only a […read more…]
In preparation for the forthcoming Lounge on the Farm Festival, which showcases new music talent from our local Kent area, BBC South East is to run a series on the Canterbury Scene, one of Kent's great musical and cultural legacies. Featuring an interview with hippy god Daevid Allen, get the […read more…]
A-HA 'Foot Of The Mountain' [Release Date 13/07/2009]
A-Ha, Norway's masterminds of pop music, return to their classic synth sound on 13 July 2009 with the release of their ninth studio album 'Foot Of The Mountain'. Almost a quarter of a century since the band burst onto the scene with the unforgettable 'Take On Me', the A-Ha sound has come full circle returning to the driving synths, strong melody and melancholic lyrics that first captured the hearts of the UK. Morten Harket [Vocals], Magne Furuholmen [keyboards] and Paul Waaktaar-Savoy [Guitar / principal songwriter] have amassed world-wide record sales of over 36 million, and with this, their ninth studio album in a 24 year career, Morten explained, "It was about time that we reached out a little more." Following the critical acclaim of their 2006 album 'Analogue', A-Ha return with an album inspired by their original synth sound, sitting comfortably in 2009 alongside the likes of Little Boots and La Roux. Opening with the galloping charge of 'The Bandstand', the album quickly defines itself with the keyboard intro before Morten's instantly recognisable vocals announce their return. Melting into the Arcade Fire influenced 'Riding The Crest' which Paul describes as 'electro blues', the album flows into the melancholic 'What There Is' before thundering back into the stunning single and title track 'Foot Of The Mountain'. With other tracks like 'Shadowside' and 'Sunny Mystery' incorporating the most driving and contagious beats and lyrics of A-Ha's career, 'Foot Of The Mountain' is an album that cements A-Ha's position in the world of pop. 'Foot Of The Mountain' is simply summed up by Magne: "This is an unashamedly passionate album, it's up-tempo but not exactly upbeat." In short, it is what A-Ha do best. The album, recorded between Autumn 2008 and Spring 2009 in New York, Oslo, Hamburg, Stockholm and Bath, was produced by A-Ha, Steve Osborne (New Order, Placebo, Suede, Elbow), Erik Ljunggren, Roland Spremberg and Mark Saunders and mixed Steve Osborne.
A new survey suggests that 141,000 people will apparently throw a “sickie” this year to help recover from a festival outing. The survey, compiled by dance music, the Lovebox Weekender, quizzed 3000 festival-goers about their spending habits and they found that not only do one in five people skip work […read more…]
The rapper and sometime actor has turned to fashion to publicise his new record. But if you're expecting a garment that plays hip-hop then you'll be disappointed
What better way to enjoy Mos Def's new album, The Ecstatic, than on … er … a T-shirt?
Peter Gabriel’s only European show this year will be a headline slot at the Womad Festival. The former Genesis frontman will headline the Saturday night (25 July) of the Wiltshire festival. All proceeds from the festival will go to the human rights charity Witness, of which Gabriel is a long […read more…]
If you can think of a more insipid bnd than Coldplay then step forth. Ohterwise, if you a not their biggest fan you'll enjoy this YouTube video I found on classicrockmagazine.com Watch it here
Yesterday I was fortunate enough to secure the collection of prominant jazz musician and bandleader Vic Lewis. His collection comprises of 1500 60's LP's in perfect mint condition. There's lots of Jazz of varying styles along with Easy Listening, Lounge and Vocal plus some killer soundtracks. Of course with Vic […read more…]
THE DEAD WEATHER 'Horehound' [Release Date 13/07/2009]
"The 11 songs on the album…are spare and sexy, with the vocals often distorted or submerged beneath grinding, snaky rhythms." – The New York Times " (a) bluesy blend of psych-rock guitar, alternately stark and explosive rhythms and Mosshart's sultry-to-siren vocal…" – Rolling Stone The Dead Weather have announced details of their debut album 'Horehound', the first record to be recorded and released via Jack White's new Third Man studios and record label in Nashville, TN. Horehound will be made available through Third Man/Columbia Records on July 13th 2009 in the UK, alongside its US release on July 14th. To date, The Dead Weather have released two tracks via iTunes and on limited edition 7" vinyl: 'Hang You From The Heavens' and 'Are Friends Electric?'. The Dead Weather have confirmed their first ever European shows in London & Paris, alongside their forthcoming US tour which kicks off in Louisville, Kentucky on June 11th. The dirge rock four-piece, consisting of celebrated musicians Dean Fertita [Queens Of The Stone Age], "Little" Jack Lawrence [The Raconteurs, The Greenhornes], Alison Mosshart [The Kills] and Jack White [The White Stripes, The Raconteurs], have already won critical acclaim for their recent spirited live performances in Nashville and New York City.
Planet Rock, the UK’s classic rock radio station has won for the second time “UK Digital Station of the Year” at this year’s Arqiva Commercial Radio Awards hosted in London last Friday 5th June 2009. In its tenth year on air, Planet Rock claimed its sixth Digital Station of the […read more…]
Mariah Carey will release her twelfth studio album, 'Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel' on August 25th on Island Def Jam, the singer announced today [June 16]. The debut single, 'Obsessed', is co-written and produced by Mariah, The-Dream and Tricky Stewart and has shipped to radio, while a music video directed […read more…]