Friday, August 27, 2010

This Date In Music History - August 27


Phil Shulman - Simon Dupree And The Big Sound,Gentle Giant (1937)

B.J. Thomas (1942)

Daryl Dragon - Captain and Tennille (1942)

Tim Bogert - Vanilla Fudge (1944)

Jeff Cook - Alabama (1949)

Kevin Kavanaugh - Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes (1951)

Alex Lifeson - Rush (1953)

Glen Matlock- Rich Kids and early member of The Sex Pistols and the reformed Sex Pistols (1956)

Mike Johnson - Dinosaur Jr. (1965)

Bobo - Cypres Hill (1968)

Tony Kanal - No Doubt (1970)

Mase- worked with Puff Daddy, Blackstreet, Notorious B.I.G. (1977)

Sarah Neufeld - Arcade Fire (1979)

Jon Siebels - Eve 6 (1979)

R&B singer Mario (1986)

They Are Missed:

In 1967, British music entrepreneur and the manager of The Beatles Brian Epstein was found dead, locked in a bedroom at his London home. A coroner's inquest concluded that Epstein died from an overdose of the sleeping pill Carbitrol. He also managed several other artists including Gerry & The Pacemakers, Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas, Cilla Black and The Remo Four. The first contract between The Beatles and Epstein was auctioned in London in 2008, and was sold for $370,000.

In 1990, Stevie Ray Vaughan was killed when the helicopter he was flying in, hit a man-made ski slope while trying to navigate through dense fog. Vaughn had played a show at Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy, Wisconsin with Robert Cray & His Memphis Horns, and Eric Clapton. Vaughan was informed by a member of Clapton's crew that three seats were open on a helicopter returning to Chicago with Clapton's crew, it turned out there was only one seat left; Vaughan requested it from his brother, who obliged. Three members of Eric Clapton's entourage were also killed. In 2003, Rolling Stone magazine ranked Stevie Ray Vaughan #7 in its list of the 100 Greatest Guitarist's of all time. No One, I Mean No One, played the guitar like SRV!

R.I.P Mr. Vaughan. We're not worthy!

Percussionist Richard Jaeger died in 2000. Worked with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, The Pointer Sisters.

Born on this day in 1947, percussionist David Leon ‘Billy’ Knight. Died on 6th December 6, 2002.


Charles G. Conn received a patent for the metal clarinet in 1889.

Connie Francis was the mystery guest on CBS-Tv's 'What's My Line' in 1961.

On the last day of a five-day break from their North American tour in 1965, The Beatles, attended a recording session for The Byrds. Later that afternoon, The Beatles met Elvis Presley at his mansion in Beverly Hills. It was an awkward meeting, leaving The Beatles with the impression that Presley's personality was decidedly "unmagnetic." John Lennon remarked soon after, “Where’s Elvis? It was like meeting Engelbert Humperdinck.”

Bob Dylan's second electric album, "Highway 61 Revisited," was released in 1965.

The Association's "Cherish" was released in 1966.

Jackson Browne recorded "Stay" and "Running on Empty" at a concert in Columbia, Maryland in 1977.

In 1988, "Monkey" gave George Michael his eighth US #1 single of the 1980s, a record only beaten by Michael Jackson.

Tracy Chapman went to #1 on the US album chart in 1988 with her self-titled album.

Pearl Jam released 'Ten' in 1991.

John Lennon's handwritten lyrics to The Beatles song "A Day In The Life" sold at an auction for $87,000 in 1992.

Boyz II Men started a 14 week run at #1 on the US singles chart in 1994 with "I'll Make Love To You." The record- breaking 14 week stay came to an end when they knocked themselves from the top with "On Bended Knee."

Neil Young headlined the Redding Festival with Pearl Jam as his backing band in 1995.

In 2003, P Diddy was being sued for $5m by a woman who claimed she was assaulted by a bouncer outside his New York restaurant. Stephanie Grieso, said she was arguing outside Justin's in August 2002 when a bouncer grabbed her by the neck and pushed her down on the pavement, causing leg injuries.

In 2004, Green Day, The Darkness, The White Stripes, Morrissey, The Libertines, Franz Ferdinand, The Hives, 50 Cent, (50 Cent was booed off stage after being greeted by a rain of bottles thrown at him and his G-Unit crew as they came onstage). The Streets, The Vines, Soulwax, Dogs Die In Hot Cars, The Offspring, Ash, Placebo and Lostprophets all appeared at this years UK Carling Weekend in Reading and Leeds, England.

In 2007, Kevin Federline's lawyers asked Britney Spears to pay some of her former husband's legal expenses in their divorce case. His legal team said Federline had "no net income" after various expenses, and that Ms Spears was "clearly the monied party" in the dispute. According to legal documents filed in Los Angeles, the pop star's average monthly income was $737,868. The couple had married in October 2004 and filed for divorce in November 2006.

In 2008, Kevin Cogill, a 27-year-old blogger, is arrested by the FBI for leaking tracks from Guns N' Roses' long-overdue "Chinese Democracy" album online. Cogill was taken into custody at his home in Culver City, CA, on "suspicion of violating federal copyright laws."






9/29/10 – Lee’s Palace, Toronto, ON
9/30/10 – Le National, Pop Montreal (Headline)
10/1/10 – Ritual, Ottawa, ON
10/2/10 – This Aint Hollywood, Hamilton

WATCH Liars’ performance at La Route Du Rock festival HERE

“Working their way up to art rock legacy” – Rolling Stone

“Bands that do what they want to do because they believe in it – and trust the intelligence of their listeners – are the future. That is the brave new world of Liars” – Los Angeles Times

“Like a Mayan maze of sonic and lyrical ambiguity that pummels and cajoles... while darting jittery glances down dank alleys.” – HighTimes

Liars will release a new single, Proud Evolution, as a six track EP on October 19th, 2010. The new EP features a remix from Thom Yorke, a live version recorded at Music Hall Of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, plus three exclusive new b-sides “Come Now”, “Total Frown”, and “Strangers”.

Liars on “Proud Evolution”: “A triumphant processional piano part is hijacked by something more lurid and tempting. The clicking and gurgling of what’s kicking. Soon a large rolling mass of bass displaces the equilibrium and redirects it into a groove. The tempting wave reminds you that misplaced confidence can be frightening.”

Liars make a long awaited return to Canada, playing Toronto and Montreal for the first time since 2006, and playing Ottawa and Hamilton for the first time ever! Having taken their critically acclaimed fifth album Sisterworld across the US, Liars head north to devastate Canada including a headline appearance at the Pop Montreal International Music Festival on September 30th.

At this year’s Pitchfork Music Festival, Chicago Sun-Times observed “A series of owl cries and electronically distorted yowls rose and fell over guitar lines played carefully just a half xtone off where they should be, and the bass lurked and dodged in the lengthening shadows.”

Time Out Chicago raved, “Art-rockers Liars took a cue from the blistering sun, delivering a set that was equally as intense as the sweltering heat beaming down from above.”

Sisterworld is out now on CD, double vinyl and 2CD version. The second disc of the 2CD release sees each track on Sisterworld remixed and reinterpreted by a host of artists including Thom Yorke, Devendra Banhart, Atlas Sound, Blonde Redhead, Fol Chen and Alan Vega while the unique packaging for the 2CD and deluxe vinyl editions, designed by Brian Roettinger / Hand Held Heart (Grammy nominated and Rolling Stone award winning for his work with No Age) allows a surreal glimpse into Sisterworld.

Daytrotter Session HERE

Pitchfork TV’s ‘Surveillance’ series   HERE

John Norris for NoiseVox’s Noisemakers series.   HERE

Proud Evolution Track Listing:

1. Proud Evolution (Album Version)
2. Proud Evolution (Thom Yorke remix)
3. Proud Evolution (Live From Williamsburg)
4.Come Now
5.Total Frown
6. Strangers

For more information and inquiries please contact Sheryl Witlen at Mute.

New Andy Bell Music


OUT OCTOBER 12th 2010


“For anyone looking for this summer’s new club anthem, Non-Stop delivers the goods” – Venus Zine

“Bell delivers 10 songs packed with relentless beats and dizzying electronic accompaniment.” – M Magazine

“This is pop, house, electro and disco-glam all combined in to one campy cup of perfection.” – Theme Magazine

Andy Bell releases a new single and title track from his latest album, “Non-Stop”, out digitally on October 12th, 2010. The single features remixes from London based remix team Digital Dog (Tinchy Stryder, Britney Spears, Rihanna), plus exclusive tracks “Flying Colours” and the “Non-Stop” instrumental version. In addition, “Say What You Want” (Joy Joy Mix) by Ste Ashworth is included, which is the winning remix from a recent competition on

Non-Stop, co-produced and co-written by Andy Bell and Pascal Gabriel (S’Express, Debbie Harry, Kylie) is a lavish 10 track collection of exquisite dancefloor confessionals from one of the most acclaimed and beloved singers in British pop. The album features a duet with Perry Farrell (of Jane’s Addiction fame), Honey If You Love Him. Farrell, a huge fan of Andy’s voice, suggested the alliance.

Although Andy’s long-running partnership with Vince Clarke in Erasure (recipients of Best British Group at The Brit Awards) remains very much a going concern - since the release of 1986’s debut, Wonderland the duo have gone on to sell over 20 million albums, 5 of them hitting #1 and had 17 Top 10 UK singles - the singer’s second solo album provides a liberating platform for his more clubby, nocturnal, disco-glam side. He has even purposely changed his vocal register and style for much of Non-Stop, putting clear blue water between his soulfully electronic solo voice and his gleaming, poppy Erasure work.


1. Non-Stop – original version

2. Non-Stop - Digital Dog Radio Edit

3. Non-Stop Digital Dog Club Edit

4. Non-Stop – instrumental Version

5.Flying Colours

6.Say What You Want (Joy Joy Mix) by Ste Ashworth

For more information, contact Sheryl Witlen at Mute