Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Pink Floyd & The Moon

Yesterday marked the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11’s landing on the moon.

Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour watched the lunar landing on July 20th, but recently wrote in The Guardian that he and his bandmates were live-soundtracking the event for the BBC. The resulting jam was called “Moonhead,” a song that has frequently popped up on Floyd bootlegs throughout the years but never officially released.

“[Pink Floyd] were in a BBC TV studio jamming to the landing. It was a live broadcast, and there was a panel of scientists on one side of the studio, with us on the other. I was 23,” Gilmour writes in the Guardian. “The programming was a little looser in those days, and if a producer of a late-night programme felt like it, they would do something a bit off the wall. Funnily enough I’ve never really heard it since, but it is on YouTube.”

“It was fantastic to be thinking that we were in there making up a piece of music, while the astronauts were standing on the moon. It doesn’t seem conceivable that that would happen on the BBC nowadays,” Gilmour says in his Guardian piece. “We didn’t make any songs out of the jam session. We did, on occasions, do music live that would be a jam session of some sort… And I’ve heard documentaries where I recognize my music. It’s very odd to be watching a documentary and to hear something that you know is yourself, but you have no recognition of when you did it or how. I’ve never forgotten Moonhead, though. After all, it’s not hard to remember exactly where I was.”

Classic Rcok Videos

Ramones - I Don't Want You (Live)

New Music Releases- July 21

13th Floor Elevators - Psychedelic Circus

Aspects of Physics: Marginalized Information Forms 3: Other [Imputor? Records]

Average White Band - Warmer Communications

Awol One & Factor: Owl Hours [Fake Four Inc.]

Bad Company - Bad Company

Bad Religion - Stranger Than Fiction Collectible red vinyl reissue

Bad Veins: Bad Veins [Dangerbird Records]

Ben E. King - Supernatural / Benny & Us

Benny Andersson Band - Story of a Heart

Bert Jansch - A Rare Conundrum

Betty LaVette - Change Is Gonna Come Sessions

Bikini Kill: "New Radio" [7"] [Kill Rock Stars][reissue]

Billy Childish - Archive From 1959: The Billy Childish Story 3xLP

Bird Names: Sings the Browns [Upset the Rhythm]

Birds of Avalon: Uncanny Valley [Volcom Entertainment]

Black Kids, "Partie Traumatic" (Red Ink)

Black Sabbath, "The Rules of Hell" (Rhino)

Bo Diddley - Ride On/The Chess Masters, Volume 3 2XCD

Bo Diddley - Ride On: The Chess Masters, Volume 3 - 1960-1961

Boy in Static: Candy Cigarette [Fake Four Inc.]

Bronze Nazareth: Bronzestrumentals Vol. 1 [Babygrande]

David Bowie, "Live in Santa Monica '72" (Virgin)

Candlebox, "Into the Sun" (Silent Majority)

Cheap Trick - The Latest

Clark: Totems Flare [Warp Records]

Cock Sparrer: Here We Stand [Pirates Press]

Dr. Dog, "Fate" (Park the Van)

Bob Dylan, "Best of Bob Dylan's Theme Time Radio Hour Vol. 2" (Video Music)

Noel Gourdin, "After My Time" (Epic)

Buddy Guy, "Skin Deep" (Zomba)

Janis Ian, "Best of Janis Ian--The Autobiography Collection" (Rude Girl)

Dave Seaman - This Is Audio Therapy, Volume Two

David Soul - Playing to an Audience of One

Deep Purple - In Rock (Audio Fidelity)

Delbert McClinton - Honky Tonkin' All Night

Discovery - LP LP+MP3

Eyedea & Abilities: By the Throat [Rhymesayers]

Factor: Chandelier [Fake Four Inc.]

Floating Action: Floating Action [Park the Van]

Generationals: Con Law [Park The Van]

Government Issue - Punk Remains The Same

Gordon Giltrap & Rick Wakeman - From Brush & Stone

Greg Davis: Mutually Arising [Kranky]

Helen Reddy - Rarities From the Capitol Vaults

High Places/Soft Circle: Split 12" [Post Present Medium]

I Roy - Original Deejay At King Tubby’s

Ian Hunter - Man Overboard

Incubus - Monuments And Melodies

Nick Lowe - Brentford Trilogy 3xCD

Jay & the Americans - Complete United Artist Singles

Jefferson Airplane - Thirty Seconds Over Winterland (with Bonus Tracks)

Jimi Hendrix - Live at Woodstock

Kenny Loggins - All Join In

Lights: Rites [Drag City]

Lorne Greene - The Man (Bonus Tracks)

Maher Shalal Hash Baz: C'est La Dernière Chanson [K Records]

Megafaun: Gather, Form And Fly [Hometapes]

Michael Jackson - The Collection (5 CDs)

Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs – Under the Covers: Vol. 2

Jordin Sparks – Battlefield

Our Lady Peace – Burn Burn

Riceboy Sleeps – S/T

The Fiery Furnaces – I’m Going Away

Sugar Ray – Music for Cougars

Brooke Hogan – The Redemption

Portugal. The Man – The Satanic Satanist

Magnolia Electric Co. – Josephine

Wheat – White Ink, Black Ink

Young Jeezy – Old School Chevys/Drop Top Porsches

The Working Title – Bone Island

Mighty Sam McClain - Betcha Didn't Know

Modest Mouse - Perpetual Motion Machine 7”

Motley Crue - Live: Entertainment or Death

Mott the Hoople - All the Young Dudes (Live)

Netherfriends: Calling You Out [Emergency Umbrella]

Nick Lowe: Brentford Trilogy [Yep Roc Records]

Patti Smith - Peace and Noise (Remastered)

Peter Broderick: Falling From Trees [Western Vinyl]

Peter Hammill - Thin Air

Portugal The Man - Satanic Satanist

Quicksilver Messenger Service - Live at the Carousel Ballroom 1968 (2 LPs)

Riceboy Sleeps: Riceboy Sleeps [XL Records]

Rick Danko & Richard Manuel - Live in Scranton 85

Ricky Skaggs - Don't Cheat in Our Hometown (CD/DVD)

Robert Wyatt - Radio Experiment Rome, February 1981

Rolling Stones - Box Set (Amazon Exclusive) (13 CDs)

Roy Orbison & Faron Young - Sing Elvis Presley & Others

Sean Bones: Rings [Frenchkiss]

Silk Flowers: Silk Flowers [Post Present Medium]

Sinkane: Sinkane [Emergency Umbrella]

Soft Machine - Volume 2 (Remastered & Expanded)

Spindrift: The Legend of God's Gun [Tee Pee Recordings]

Starlight Mints: Change Remains [Barsuk Records]

Steve Hillage Band - Live at the Gong Unconvention

Sugar Ray - Music For Cougars

Sun Ra - Live in Paris at The “Gibus”

Talbot Tagora: Lessons in the Woods or a City [Hardly Art]

The (Beat) Farmers – Fulmination

The Fiery Furnaces – The End Is Near (mp3) from the forthcoming I’m Going Away

The Fiery Furnaces: I'm Going Away [Thrill Jockey]

The Skygreen Leopards: Gorgeous Johnny [Jagjaguwar]

Tommy Cash - Rise & Shine / Six White Horses

Various Artists - Land of a Thousand Dances: All Twistin' Edition

Various Artists (5th Dimension, Mamas & Papas, Rascals, more) - Chartbusters USA: Sunshine Pop

Various Artists (Aretha Franklin, Dusty Springfield, Hollies, more) - Wild Thing: The Songs of Chip Taylor

Wheat – I Met a Girl (mp3) from Per Second, Per Second, Per Second…Every Second

Wheat: White Ink, Black Ink [The Rebel Group]

Willie Bobo - Hell of an Act to Follow/Bobo

Wye Oak: The Knot [Merge]

Young Widows / My Disco - Young Widows Split Series: Volume 4 7”

Zak Sally: "Why We Hide" 7" [Sub Pop Records]

Music News & Notes

Suagr Ray Release

Sugar Ray will release "Music for Cougars," its first new studio album in some six years. The album was recorded last year after producer and Pulse label head Josh Abraham suggested the band record a new album on a small budget with the goal of simply having some fun and seeing what happens (via Billboard). The result is a 12-track effort that reportedly hears the band returning to the "lazy grooves, easy beats, and catchy harmonies" that gave the California rockers quite a bit of success in the 1990s.


Riceboy Sleeps Debut

Tuesday will also mark the debut release of Riceboy Sleeps, the side-project of Sigur Rós singer Jón Þór Birgisson and partner Alex Somers. Their self-titled effort is an instrumental affair, featuring 68 minutes and nine tracks of acoustically-driven material.


BALTIMOORE Album Coming In October

Swedish hard rockers BALTIMOORE will release their twelfth LP on October 30. The album's ten tracks were written this past spring by vocalist Björn Lodin and guitarist Lars Åke Löwin.

The recording lineup for the new CD is as follows:

Björn Lodin - Vocals, Guitar, Bass
Örjan Fernkvist - Keyboards
Lars-Åke Löwin - Guitar
Robban Bäck - Drums

BALTIMOORE's eleventh album, "Quick Fix", was released on May 15, 2009 via BLP Music. Written, engineered and produced by Lodin at his home studio — "the only thinkable method" — the effort saw a re-acquaintance with Hammond organist Örjan Fernkvist whose vintage tones brought back a more melodic edge after the last three dual guitar releases. In addition, the CD featured a new rhythm section of bassist Björn Lundkvist and drummer Robban Bäck (both from BALLS — the short-lived 2008 band involving Lodin) knit closely with a talented newcomer on guitar in the guise of Emanuel Hedberg.


New MUSE Album, and They'll Open for U2 !

The British trio Muse have announced they're done recording their fifth album, entitled The Resistance, (due for a September 15 release by Warner Bros. Records). Produced by Muse, the album was mixed by famed audio engineer Mark ‘Spike’ Stent, who is known for his work with U2, Depeche Mode, No Doubt, and Oasis, among many others. In perfect timing, Muse will perform at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards on September 13, and the band will open several U2 shows (a daunting task), including two shows at Giants Stadium in E Rutherford, NJ


Capitol/EMI Releasing 2-CD Edition of Duran Duran's Rio & CD/DVD Hammersmith '82 Concert Set

Capitol/EMI have announced a September 22 release date for two new Duran Duran products.

First up is the 2-CD deluxe edition of their landmark album Rio. Included on the first disc is the original U.K. mix plus additional versions of tracks remixed for the U.S. release. The second disc is demos, B-sides, and other rarities. For those that purchase the album as a digital download, you will receive two additional rare tracks.

The second release is Live at Hammersmith '82, recorded and filmed at the height of the initial Duran Duran fever. The DVD version includes the concert plus original Rio videos and two performances from the U.K.'s Top of the Pops program. A digital concert album will also be sold without any associated video tracks.


DETHKLOK: New Album Details Revealed

"The Dethalbum II", the new album by DETHKLOK, the animated metal band from Adult Swim's "Metalocalypse", will be released on September 8 via Williams Street Records. The effort features 12 full-length tracks detailing DETHKLOK's exploits in murder, mayhem and all things brutal. Written by series co-creator Brendon Small and recorded alongside legendary drummer Gene Hoglan, "Dethklok: The Dethalbum II" will be released as both a standard edition and a two-disc deluxe edition on CD and digital download beginning September 8. Additionally, a limited edition vinyl of the album will be released in to local record shops on September 29.

Michael Jackson's Thriller Set To Become Top-Selling Album Of All Time

RIAA says Jackson classic is poised to surpass Eagles' greatest-hits collection in U.S. sales.

In the weeks since Michael Jackson's death, his posthumous sales have been breaking long standing sales records, regularly outperforming the top new releases on the Billboard albums chart. Jackson's "Number Ones" has faired the best, but demand for his classic "Thriller" isn't far behind. In fact, sales have been so robust that the Recording Industry Association of America is reporting that "Thriller" is about to surpass the Eagles' Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975) as the top-selling album of all time.

"Their Greatest Hits" was certified platinum for the 29th time back in 2006, meaning that sales of the compilation surpassed 29 million copies in the United States. Meanwhile, "Thriller" was last certified in March, when it passed 28 million. Demand for physical copies of Jackson albums (an estimated 82 percent of his sales have been actual CDs) have ramped up the number of copies of "Thriller" in circulation, and the RIAA believes that said demand has brought the number up to 29 million.

That does not necessarily mean that "Thriller" has sold 29 million copies, as the RIAA's certification process is based on the number of albums shipped to stores, not necessarily the number actually scanned and sold. But based on the rabid consumption of Jackson's music in the past few weeks and the hard numbers released weekly by SoundScan, it's doubtful that there is much distance between the number of CDs shipped and the number sold. If the pace continues, "Thriller" will become the first album to go triple diamond, meaning 30 million albums sold.

The RIAA's certifications are simply a formality, though, as Jackson's "Thriller" is already recognized as the top-selling album according to worldwide sales. Though numbers vary, it's reasonable to estimate that the album has moved 110 million copies worldwide since its 1982 release. As a comparison, the Eagles' "Their Greatest Hits" has moved an estimated 42 million — a formidable number for sure, but less than half of Jackson's total.

This Date In Music History-July 21


Kay Starr ("Rock & Roll Waltz") turns 87.

Producer Kim Fowley ("Alley-Oop", "Nutrocker" and the Runaways) is 67.

Barry Whitham - Herman's Hermits (1946)

Cat Stevens (1947)

Howie Epstein - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (1955)

Guitarist Jim Martin - formerly of Faith No More (1961)

Emerson Hart – Tonic (1969)

Rosie Hamlin of Rosie & the Originals ("Angel Baby") is 62.

They Are Missed:

Producer Gus Dudgeon was killed in a car accident in 2002. Best known for his work with Elton John, also produced David Bowie, The Beach Boys, Zombies, Kiki Dee, Strawbs, XTC, Joan Armatrading.

Composer Jerry Goldsmith died in 2004 after a long battle with cancer (age 75). Created the music for scores of classic movies and television shows such as Star Trek, Planet of the Apes, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and Dr. Kildare.

Influential British Blues musician Long John Baldry died in Vancouver, B.C. in 2005 (age 64). Baldry's long and storied career included 40 albums. He was also a mentor to Rod Stewart, Jimmy Page and Mick Jagger. Baldry's band, Bluesology, had a young pianist named Reginald Dwight, who went on to become Elton John.

In 2007, Sharon Osbourne's music mogul father Don Arden died in a Los Angeles nursing home at the age of 81. Dubbed the Al Capone of Pop for his uncompromising business practices, he steered The Small Faces, Black Sabbath and ELO to stardom.


In 1956, Johnny Cash went to #1 on the country chart with "I Walk the Line."

In 1956, Billboard called Elvis Presley "the most controversial entertainer since Liberace." The article also noted that Ed Sullivan, who once said Presley would never appear on his show, just signed the singer for three appearances.

Today in 1958, the song "Yakety Yak" by the Coasters topped the charts and stayed there for a week.

In 1969, the Beatles started work on the John Lennon song “Come Together” at Abbey Road studios in London.

Rod Stewart released “Never a Dull Moment” in 1972. The album peaked at #2 and has two top 40 hits, "You Wear it Well" and a re-make of Jimi Hendrix's "Angel."

Jim Croce started a two week run at #1 on the US singles chart in 1973 with “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown.” Croce was killed in a plane crash three months later.

Robert Palmer's "Bad Case Of Loving You" was released in 1979.

In 1980, Keith Godchaux (Grateful Dead) was injured in a car accident. He died two days later.

Guns 'n Roses released their debut album, “Appetite For Destruction” in 1987.

In 1990, Roger Waters performed The Wall at Potsdamer Platz, Germany — the site of the former Berlin Wall. Other artists making guest appearances include Cyndi Lauper, Joni Mitchell, Bryan Adams and Phil Collins. At the end of the concert, a mock wall made of plastic foam fell. Proceeds from ticket sales went to an international fund for disaster relief.

In 1995, a judge in Los Angeles threw out a lawsuit against Michael Jackson by five of his former security guards. The guards had claimed they were fired for knowing too much about night-time visits by young boys to Jackson's estate. The singer denied any improprieties.

In 2008, the Police played the first of two nights at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado during the final leg of their 152-date world Reunion tour. The tour became the third highest grossing tour of all time, with revenues reaching over $340 million.

Top 5 eBay Vinyl Record Sales

Week Ending 07/04/2009

1. 45 - Iron Maiden "2 Minutes To Midnight" Japan promo - $3,600.00

2. EP - The Thought Criminals "Hilton Bomber" Doublethink - $3,350.00

3. LP - The Rolling Stones self titled Decca UK 1st Press alt mix - $3,278.51

4. LP - Gioconda De Vito "Bach Violin Concerto Mozart Violin Concert No.3" RCA UK - $2,413.00

5. 45 - The Sloths "Makin' Love" / "You Mean Everthing To Me" Impression - $2,258.45

Week Ending 07/11/2009

1. LP - The Beatles "Yesterday and Today" Butcher First State Mono Perry Cox COA - $5,500.00

2. LP - The Beatles "Please Please Me" Parlophone UK Gold and Black - $4,932.00

3. 45 - The Nu Rons "All My Life" b/w "I'm A Loner" Nu Ron - $3,550.00

4. 12" - Led Zeppelin "Road Box" - $3,300.00

5. 45 - The Fix "Vengence" / "In This Town" - $3,200.00

As always, a special thank you to Norm at http://ccdiscoveries.blogspot.com for this great data. Stop in and listen to their unique radio show Accidental Nostalgia with Norm & Jane On Radio Dentata Thursdays 4PM PDT/7PM EDT