Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Classic Rock Videos

Chrissie Hynde (with Nick Cave) - I'll stand by you.

Jayhawks First-Ever Anthology Hits Stores

Jayhawks fans began to rejoice in late 2008 when it was reported that founding members Mark Olson and Gary Louris had completed an album. The duo had rekindled their association on tour dates over the previous three years, and the album Ready For The Flood (produced by Chris Robinson) was released by New West in January 2009. In support, Olson and Louris set out on a new round of cross-country tour dates, including SXSW in March.

The good news just keeps coming with the announcement of a Jayhawks reunion with bassist Marc Perlman (plus drummer/­vocalist Tim O'Reagan, and Karen Grotberg on keyboards and vocals) - the first time they have performed together in the US since 1995. The band has been booked for shows in Europe during the spring and summer 2009 (including Barcelona's Primavera Sound Festival, May 30th). Topping the schedule will be a homecoming reunion gig at the Basilica Block Party outdoor festival in Minneapolis on Friday, July 10th.

The historic Twin Cities reunion show will serve as the official launch party for Music From The North Country: The Jayhawks Anthology, which will be available July 7th at all physical and digital retail outlets through American/ Legacy, a division of Sony Music Entertainment. The vocal harmonies of Mark Olson and Gary Louris, the shimmering and intuitive layers of guitars, and above all the consummate songwriting bears witness to one of the most incandescent bands in the American country-rock tradition - be it labeled "alt country," "Americana," "No Depression" or any comparable genre.

Under the guidance of Gary Louris, the first compilation ever released on the Jayhawks is a career-spanning assemblage of 20 signature singles and album tracks - from their 1989 debut album on Minneapolis-based Twin/Tone Records, Blue Earth, through all five of their albums on the American Recordings label: the breakthrough Hollywood Town Hall (1992), Tomorrow The Green Grass (1995), Sound Of Lies (1997), Smile (2000), and Rainy Day Music (2003).

Buy it Here: Jayhawks

Slayer World Painted Blood Digital Press Release

Labels Targeting Hardcore Fans With Super-Deluxe Box Sets

As CD sales continue to slip, artists and record labels hope they’ve found a cure for slumping numbers by appealing to consumers with a taste for rock fetish objects: super-deluxe box sets. From Neil Young’s comprehensive (and $250) 10-disc collection Archives Vol. 1 to a $60 version of Dave Matthews Band’s new Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King (complete with 14 lithographs) to the 45-disc Beacon Box capturing the Allman Brothers’ entire run at New York’s Beacon Theatre, deluxe box sets have seen a recent resurgence, with a new target audience in mind — the hardcore fan.

The new issue of Rolling Stone explores some of the biggest — and priciest — super-deluxe boxes coming out this year, what they mean to the record industry and why store owners are still nervous about stocking these massive sets in these hard economic times. But despite the recession, there are consumers out there willing to splurge on the extra product. The $200 reissue of Pearl Jam’s Ten sold out its entire 10,000 run, and earlier this year the Beastie Boys sold a fabric-covered vinyl Check Your Head for $100. “I know this sounds corny, but you’re talking about a record that someone’s had a long-term relationship with,” the Beasties’ Mike D tells RS. “People don’t mind spending a bit more money to get a more in-depth version that record.”

To me, anyway, this is a sad attempt by the record companies and artists to sell their music via CD, a music medium that has seen its day in the sun. Buy vinyl, the sound experience will never be as bad as the compressed music that you get via digital music.

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New Music Releases ~ July 7

Against Me!: The Original Cowboy (vinyl)
All Time Low: Nothing Personal
Allen Toussaint: The Bright Mississippi (2-LP vinyl with CD)
Animal Collective – Summertime Clothes (Vinyl Single)
Barry Goldberg: Barry Goldberg (reissue)
Barzin: Notes To An Absent Lover
Berlin: All the Way In
biLLy bOy on poiSon: Drama Junkie Queen (vinyl)
Bjork: Voltaic (3-LP, 2-CD & 2-DVD box set) (1-LP vinyl)
Black Keys: The Big Come Up (vinyl)
Bob Marley: Catch a Fire (vinyl reissue)
Bob Marley: Exodus (vinyl reissue)
Bob Marley: Legend (vinyl reissue)
Bombadil: Tarpits/Canyonlands
Bowerbirds: Upper Air (vinyl)
Broken Records: Until the Earth Begins to Part (vinyl)
Cage: Depart from Me (vinyl)
Captain Beefheart: Safe as Milk (reissue)
Casey Foubert: Library Catalog Music Series: Music For Drums (vinyl)
Cass McCombs: Catacombs (vinyl)
Cat Power: The Covers Record (vinyl reissue)
Ceu: Vagarosa
Chris Garneau: El Radio
Cobra Starship: Kiss My Sass (vinyl)
Donnas: Greatest Hits Volume 16 (vinyl)
Dr. Dog and Floating Action: Don't Stop (Loving Me Now) (vinyl)
Drive-By Truckers: Live from Austin Texas (CD & DVD)
Duckworth Lewis Method: Duckworth Lewis Method
Ellen Allien: Ondu Caress EP (vinyl)
Faster Pusssycat – Front Row for the Donkey Show
Genesis: Live in Poland
Gentlemen: Candid History of Faith Hope Love
Hatcham Social: You Dig the Tunnel, I'll Hide the Soil
High Places / Soft Circle: High Places / Soft Circle Split 7" (vinyl)
Holly Throsby: A Loud Call
Iron Maiden: Flight 666 [Blu-ray]
Jackie-O Motherf**ker: Ballads of the Revolution (vinyl)
Jorge Ben: Tudo Ben
Junior Boys: Begone Dull Care (vinyl)
Junior Boys: Hazel (vinyl)
Kid Cudi – Make Her Say (Single)
Kiss Kiss: The Meek Shall Inherit What's Left
Kris Kristofferson: Border Lord/Jesus Was a Capricorn (reissues)
Kris Kristofferson: Spooky Lady's Sideshow/Shake Hands with the Devil (reissues)
Kris Kristofferson: Surreal Thing/Easter Island (reissues)
Kris Kristofferson: Who's to Bless and Who's to Blame/To the Bone (reissues)
La Roux – La Roux
Law of the Least Effort: Library Catalog Music Series: Music For Measurements )vinyl)
LMFAO: Party Rock
Mannequin Men: Lose Your Illusion, Too (vinyl)
Marcy Playground - Leaving Wonderland...In a Fit of Rage
Marillion: Live From Loreley (remastered)
Marillion: Recital of the Script (remastered)
Marillion: The Thieving Magpie (remastered)
Maxwell – BLACKsummer’s Night
Motel Motel: New Denver
Nebula: Heavy Psych (vinyl)
New Pornographers: Electric Version (vinyl reissue)
Night Horse / Dirty Sweet: Night Horse / Dirty Sweet Split 7" (vinyl)
Nurse with Wound: Surveillance Lounge
Oneida: Rated O (vinyl)
Owen – The Seaside EP
Pat Metheny: Day Trip/Tokyo Day Trip (3-LP, 2-CD box set)
Paul Oakenfold: Perfecto: Vegas
Rock Plaza Central: At the Moment of Our Most Needing (vinyl)
Screaming Blue Messiahs: Bikini Red (reissue)
Screaming Blue Messiahs: Gun Shy (reissue)
Sleepy Sun: Embrace (vinyl)
Son Volt – American Central Dust
Stellastarr* – Civilized
Swell Maps: Sweep the Desert (vinyl reissue)
The Alchemist: Chemical Warfare
The Fools: Sold Out / Heavy Mental
The Jayhawks: Music From The North Country: The Jayhawks Anthology (3-disc deluxe edition)
The Lovell Sisters: Time To Grow
The Low Anthem: Oh My God Charlie Darwin (vinyl)
The Minus 5 – Killingsworth
The Pine Hill Haints: To Win or To Lose
The Rumble Strips: Not the Only Person
The Rural Alberta Advantage – Hometowns
Those Darlins – Those Darlins
Tiny Vipers: Life On Earth
UuVvWwZ: UuVvWwZ
Various Artists: Dillanthology, Vol. 2
Various Artists: Dirty French Psychedelic
Various Artists: Poet: A Tribute to Townes Van Zandt
We Were Promised Jetpacks – These Four Walls
Yo La Tengo: Electr-O-Pura (vinyl reissue)
Yo La Tengo: I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One (vinyl reissue)
Zs: Music of the Modern White (vinyl)

This Date In Music History-July 7


Ilan Rubin – Lostprophets (1988)

Vonda Shepard - (1963)

Mark White - Spin Doctors (1962)

Lynval Golding – Specials (1952)

David Hodo - Village People (1950)

Peter Banks – Yes (1947)

Jim Rodford – Argent (1945)

Warren Entner - Grass Roots (1944)

Ringo Starr (1940)

They Are Missed:

The late Mary Ford ("Vaya Con Dios" with then-husband Les Paul) was born in 1924.

Former Pink Floyd leader Syd Barrett passed away in 2006 at age 60 following a long battle with diabetes. The singer-guitarist was a founding member and wrote the majority the group’s ‘67 debut album, "The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn." He left Floyd the following year after suffering a drug-induced mental breakdown. "Syd was the guiding light of the early band lineup and leaves a legacy which continues to inspire," read a statement from the group.


In 1962, David Rose and his Orchestra went to #1 with “The Stripper.”

The Monkees began a nationwide tour in 1967 with some guy called Jimi Hendrix supporting.

The Yardbirds called it quits in 1968, leading guitarist Jimmy Page to form the New Yardbirds in order to fulfill some tour commitments. The group, featuring Robert Plant, John Bonham, and John Paul Jones, becomes Led Zeppelin.

In 1969, George Harrison recorded his new song “Here Comes the Sun” with just two other Beatles, Paul McCartney and Ringo Star at Abbey Road in London. John Lennon was absent recovering from a car crash in Scotland.

Paul McCartney & Wings released "Live and Let Die" in 1973.

In 1973, Billy Preston started a two week run at #1 with “Will It Go Round In Circles,” his first of two US chart toppers.

Talking Heads ’77,” the New Wave quartet’s debut album, was released in 1977. It contains “Psycho Killer,” an older song dating back to their days as the Artistics.

Prince started a five week run at #1 on the US singles chart in 1984 with “When Doves Cry,” his first US #1 which went on to sell over 2 million copies, it made # 4 in the UK.

Led Zeppelin played their last-ever concert in 1980 when they appeared in West Berlin at the end of a European tour. The set included “Black Dog,” “Rock and Roll,” “Kashmir,” and “Stairway To Heaven.” They finished the show with “Whole Lotta Love.”

Bruce Springsteen went to #1 on the US album chart in 1984 with “Born In The USA.” The album went on to spend a total of 139 weeks on the US chart. It’s also one of three albums (Michael Jackson's Thriller and Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814) to produce seven Top-ten US singles.

The Grateful Dead’s “In the Dark” was released in 1987. It marked the creative resurgence of the Dead following guitarist Jerry Garcia’s near-death after having lapsed into a five-day diabetic coma the previous year. The album peaked at #6 and sold more than 2 million copies.

In 1989, it was announced that for the first time compact discs were out selling vinyl albums. Very sad indeed.

In 1990, Jose Carreras, Placido Domingo, and Luciano Pavarotti performed for the first time as the Three Tenors in Rome during soccer's World Cup tournament.

Janet Jackson played the first night on her ‘All For You World Tour’ at the Rose Garden Arena in Portland, Oregon in 2001. The 72-date tour grossed over $55 million.

In 2000, Eminem's wife, Kimberly Mathers, was hospitalised after she slit her wrists following her husband's show as part of the Up in Smoke Tour at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.

Nelly started a three week run at #1 on the US album chart in 2002 with “Nellyville” his second US #1, peaked at #2 on the UK album chart.

In 2007, the Live Earth concerts took place around the world with The Police closing the days events in New Jersey. The concerts were organized by former US Vice-President Al Gore, as part of his campaign to "heal the planet". Rock stars from around the world performed to hundreds of thousands of fans to highlight climate change. Concerts were held in Washington, Rio de Janeiro, Johannesburg, London, Hamburg, Tokyo, Shanghai and Sydney. Madonna brought London's Live Earth concert to a close, playing a song she had written for the event. Other major acts who appeared included; Snow Patrol, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Genesis, The Beastie Boys, James Blunt, The Foo Fighters, Duran Duran, UB40, Snoop Dogg, Enrique Iglesias, Crowded House & Joss Stone.