Thursday, September 30, 2010

Radio Jimmy Eat World Launches on Slacker

Radio Jimmy Eat World Provides a One of a Kind Listening Experience Created and Hosted by the Band

SAN DIEGO, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Jimmy Eat World and Slacker, Inc. today launched Radio Jimmy Eat World, a radio station featuring songs from the alternative rock band from Mesa, Arizona and songs that have inspired their ever-evolving style with comments and introductions from Jimmy Eat World band members. Songs from the band's entire career will be featured on the station including those from the band's brand new album Invented available now in stores and digitally. The new album marks the reunion of the band and producer Mark Trombino who served as producer on the band's two biggest selling albums Clarity and Bleed American. Radio Jimmy Eat World is now available for free in the Slacker Spotlight  section of the Slacker Radio application on the web, on home entertainment devices and leading smartphones.

Slacker Spotlight is a special station category that can be found on any Slacker Radio application. The Radio Jimmy Eat World station can also be accessed directly on the web at:

"Radio Jimmy Eat World is a reflection of who we are as a band and as individuals, offering our fans a glimpse into the music we love and what inspires us," said Jim Adkins, Jimmy Eat World lead vocalist. "Slacker is providing their listeners with a completely unique experience through free radio and unparalleled music discovery options – which we have experienced personally – we are stoked to work with them to provide a truly intimate look into who we are as a band and as music lovers." Drummer Zach Lind added, "We are very excited to have our own Slacker station so we can share some of our favorite songs with everyone."

Radio Jimmy Eat World was programmed by Jimmy Eat World lead vocalist and guitarist Jim Adkins, guitarist and backing vocalist Tom Linton, bassist Rick Burch and drummer Zach Lind. The station provides listeners with Jimmy Eat World hits, an eclectic mix of hundreds of hand-picked favorites from a range of other artists such as Arcade Fire, The Cure, Rogue Wave, Rocket From The Crypt, Frightened Rabbit and many more, as well as commentary from the band on the tunes that have influenced them over almost two decades of playing together. In addition to the band's selections, each song from the new album Invented is also programmed on the station, along with other Jimmy Eat World favorites as selected by the Slacker Radio programming team.

"The Artist Showcase stations provide artists with the rare opportunity to express the genesis of who they are and leverage today's technologies to connect with their audience in a transformative way," said Scott Riggs, Director of Radio at Slacker. "By working directly with Jimmy Eat World, Slacker provides listeners with the opportunity to discover extraordinary insight into what makes their favorite band who they are."

Whether listening on the web, BlackBerry smartphones, iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, Android-powered smartphones, webOS smartphones, a Slacker-enabled SONY TV or Blu-ray player (or any of the many available devices the support Slacker Radio), Radio Jimmy Eat World listeners have instant access to the group's favorite music along with artist profiles, album reviews and album cover art. To get the free Slacker mobile application, simply direct your mobile web browser to

About Jimmy Eat World

Formed in Mesa, Arizona, Jimmy Eat World got their start in 1994 and has gained a reputation for being a band of great perseverance and hard work. The band is composed of lead vocalist and guitarist Jim Adkins, guitarist and backing vocalist Tom Linton, bassist Rick Burch and drummer Zach Lind. Since the 1999 release of their breakthrough debut album Clarity, they've sold millions of records, have had numerous top ten singles at Modern Rock Radio, appeared on Saturday Night Live and have toured with Foo Fighters, Green Day and Weezer. For more information please visit Jimmy Eat world on the web at

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Music News & Notes

Gwar Streaming Song From New Album "GWAR’s Bloody Pit of Horror"

Richmond, Virginia natives and shock-thrasher band Gwar has revealed the cover artwork for their upcoming studio album 'GWAR’s Bloody Pit of Horror.' The follow up to 2009's 'Lust in Space' is scheduled for release on November 9, 2010 through Metal Blade Records. The cover art as well as "Zombies March," the first single from "Bloody Pit of Horror," is available at this location.

Gwar will kick off its North American "Bloody Tour Of Horror," with The Casualties, Infernaeon and Mobile Deathcamp on October 2, 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland.


Rihanna Unveils New Album Artwork

Rihanna has revealed the colorful cover art for her upcoming new album 'Loud' after leaving a series of teasers on her Twitter and Facebook pages for fans to pour over. The R&B superstar left different portions of the artwork on her various social media sites before revealing the full picture on her official website. The cover is a close up shot of Rihanna sporting her new bright red haired look.

'Loud' is Rihanna's fifth studio album and is set for release on November 12th. It will feature her latest single "Only Girl (In The World)" and her upcoming single "What's My Name," for which Rihanna has reportedly just finished shooting a new video. A full track list has yet to be confirmed, more detials when they become available......


Death Cab, M Ward, Laura Veirs On Led Zeppelin Tribute

M. Ward, Death Cab for Cutie's Chris Walla and Colorado alt-folk singer Laura Veirs are among the artists covering some of their favorite Led Zeppelin tracks on a new tribute album to the 70s rock icons.

The album, 'From The Land Of Ice And Snow: The Songs Of Led Zeppelin,' is scheduled for release on Jealous Butcher Records on October 8th. It has been six years in the making and reportedly came out when Rob (Jealous Butcher), Matt (Ward) and John (King) were sitting around the basement in the evening working on cover art for a project, each proclaiming their love and respect for Led Zeppelin in their formative musical years and that it be nice to put together a tribute release featuring friends; not being a "who's who" sort of tribute, but rather a 'community' inspired collection of Zeppelin songs."

Laura Veirs collaborated with Mount Analog on her take on 'The Ocean', which you can listen to via

Here is full track list for 'From The Land Of Ice And Snow: The Songs Of Led Zeppelin:'


Good Times Bad Times / KIND OF LIKE SPITTING
Babe I'm Gonna Leave You / THE CLAMPITT FAMILY
Your Time Is Gonna Come / NICK JAINA
Whole Lotta Love / FUKD'UPTIGHT
Nobody's Fault But Mine / CARCRASHLANDER
Fool In The Rain / KAIA
Thank You / DAN JONES
Out On The Tiles / SUPER XX MAN
Tangerine / JEFF LONDON
Bron-Y-Aur Stomp / ARCH CAPE
Hey Hey What Can I Do / WEINLAND
In The Evening / CHRIS WALLA


Black Dog / LANA REBEL
Rock and Roll / PELLET GUN
The Battle of Evermore / TU FAWNING
Stairway To Heaven / KELLY BLAIR BAUMAN
Misty Moutain Hop / BUELTON
Over The Hills and Far Away / JOHANNA KUNIN
No Quarter / TESTFACE
Houses Of The Holy / BELTLINE
Bron-Yr-Aur / M. WARD
Down By The Seaside / POWER OF COUNTY
I'm Gonna Crawl / DAVE DEPPER


Communication Breakdown / CAPTAIN VS. CREW
Heartbreaker / WOW & FLUTTER
Immigrant Song / LEIGH MARBLE
Going To California / THE VALIANT ARMS
When the Levee Breaks / LARRY CRANE
The Rain Song / ANTLERAND
Over The Hills and Far Away / THE MIGHTY GHOSTS OF HEAVEN
D'yer Mak'er / CHAD CROUCH
Nobodys Fault But Mine V.1 / CARCRASHLANDER
Going To California / COOL SUMNER
Tea For One / LKN


Hour Of The Wolf collection set for release

After the "Power Of The Wolf" EP in 2006 (Limekiln), "Waste Makes Waste" EP in 2007 (Think Fast!), "Split" with Lewd Acts in 2008 (Think Fast!), and the "Obsolete" EP in 2009 (Hellfish), it appears time for that annual release from Arizona's bastard sons, Hour Of The Wolf. "Decompositions Volume 1" is one half of a complete collection from 'The Wolf and it's now available for pre-order. Think Fast! Records co-owner and Hour Of The Wolf super-fan, Ryan O'Connor details the release:

"One time in Tokyo, Addison and I were were talking about how someday we hoped to team up to release an Hour Of The Wolf discography. Two and a half years later we have half of it at this rate, we will have Volume 2 ready in 2013. Okay it'll probably come out sooner than that. But anyway, with all of the odds and ends we've seen from Hour Of The Wolf (and never a proper full-length), this is a necessary collection, and a must-have for any fan of the band. It's the first time any of the songs have been released on vinyl, includes a new track which is grimiest they've ever written, the entire "Power Of The Wolf" EP, and a bunch of awesome cover tunes. It comes in a gatefold jacket, includes a digital download coupon for those who don't have a turn table, and the first press is limited to 500 copies on colored vinyl. With more headaches than we care to count, we're very stoked for this release to finally see the light of day."

The first press of the release features clear blue with dark blue swirl vinyl (limited to 200) and split red/yellow vinyl (limited to 300). There is a discounted package for the vinyl nerds who want to order both colored vinyl versions of the record. Also worth noting is that an Hour Of The Wolf coffee mug is being made available for all pre-orders! We couldn't think of a more appropriate artist to brand Think Fast!'s first ever coffee mug, and it's going to be a limited run, with no promises to print more. Right now the mug is only available when you pre-order the new record. Pre-orders are expected to ship on November 2nd, with the official release date being November 9th. All pre-orders come with a free digital download coupon, and a free, full color Think Fast! Showcase Tour poster. The showcase tour hits most major U.S. cities this Fall and features Hour Of The Wolf, Outbreak, and lots more.

Not familiar with 'The Wolf? To put things simply, and at risk of sounding cliché, Hour Of The Wolf is a band who likes to play by their own rules. Combining a sound that fits just as nicely next to the Misfits as it does Motorhead? Check. Touring with punk bands like Against All Authority, metal-core bands like Bleeding Through, and hardcore bands like Terror? Check. Going five years and purposely avoiding putting out a proper full length album? Check. Hour Of The Wolf is clearly not set to please anyone but themselves, and frankly, we wouldn't want it any other way. Alternative Press described their latest output as a "virtually perfect blend of fever, passion and raucousness". "Decompositions Volume 1" may very well be the closest thing to a full-length album that we ever see from Hour Of The Wolf - that is, until Volume 2 drops in 2011.


Switchfoot, Fat Mike, Tegan and Sara and More Celebrate Bad Religion

In celebration of Bad Religion's 30th anniversary and new album, 'The Dissent of Man,' some music giants including MySpace Music, SPIN and Epitaph Records have partnered up to release a free compilation, 'Germs of Perfection: A Tribute to Bad Religion,' which will feature an assortment of artists and bands covering songs from the hard-rocking group's catalog.

The excitement kicks off with Tegan and Sara's somber version of "Suffer," the title track from Bad Religion's groundbreaking 1988 album, and Polar Bear Club's cover of "Better off Dead" from 1994's 'Stranger Than Fiction,' which can both be heard now at or

Over the next three weeks MySpace Music and will be rolling out new songs from the Bad Religion tribute compilation which will feature covers from William Elliott Whitmore, Frank Turner, The Weakerthans, Switchfoot, Ted Leo, Cheap Girls, New Politics, Cobra Skulls featuring Fat Mike from NOFX and Riverboat Gamblers.

The compilation will be available for download on October 19 at in conjunction with an oral history of Epitaph Records with liner notes for the tribute album running in the November issue of SPIN magazine.


50th Anniversary of The Rat Pack Brings Two Albums

To mark the 50th anniversary of The Rat Pack, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr., Reprise Records and Capitol/EMI is set to release two essential collections: 'The Very Best Of The Rat Pack '(Reprise) on November 9 and 'Christmas With The Rat Pack '(Capitol/EMI) on October 5, available at all retail outlets (CD and digital), including

Featuring 18 Vegas-era favorites that spotlight each singer, 'The Very Best Of The Rat Pack' captures the upbeat entertainment style synonymous with the trio. Showcasing swinging classics from each member solo along with two duets that feature Sinatra and Davis ("Me And My Shadow") and Davis and Martin ("Sam's Song"). The collection also includes a previously unreleased alternate version of Sinatra's "I'm Gonna Live Until I Die."

Ol' Blues Eyes opens the album with the signature track "Come Fly With Me" and also contributes his irresistible hits "I Get A Kick Out Of You" and "Witchcraft." The collection also includes "I've Got You Under My Skin," ranked among Sinatra aficionados as one of his finest collaborations with Nelson Riddle, and "Luck Be A Lady," a song featured in the musical "Guys And Dolls."

Dino's velvety croon takes the spotlight on six unforgettable performances that include "Volare (Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu)," the dramatic Italian ballad that Martin took to #12 in 1958, "Who's Got The Action?" from the 1962 film of the same name starring Martin and Lana Turner, and "Ain't That A Kick In The Head," a tune he sang in the Rat Pack's classic 1960 heist film Ocean's 11.

Davis' ebullient delivery and vocal power shine on standout tracks such as "Eee-O Eleven" from the Ocean's 11 soundtrack, "A Lot Of Livin' To Do," a song originally written for the 1960 musical Bye Bye Birdie, and "Too Close For Comfort," from the 1956 Broadway play Mr. Wonderful in which Davis played the starring role.

Christmas With The Rat Pack, a 16-track collection of festive holiday classics begins with Dean Martin's "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!," followed by Frank Sinatra's take on "Mistletoe And Holly," and Sammy Davis Jr.'s "Christmas Time All Over The World." Other songs featured in the collection include Martin's "Silver Bells," "White Christmas," "Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer," and "Winter Wonderland," Sinatra's "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing," "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas," "It Came Upon A Midnight Clear," and "The First Noel," and Davis' "Jingle Bells" and "The Christmas Song," among others.


1. Come Fly With Me – Frank Sinatra
2. Ain't That A Kick In The Head – Dean Martin
3. Too Close For Comfort – Sammy Davis Jr.
4. I've Got You Under My Skin – Frank Sinatra
5. Who's Got The Action? – Dean Martin
6. A Lot Of Livin' To Do – Sammy Davis Jr.
7. Ring-A-Ding Ding – Frank Sinatra
8. Eee-O Eleven – Sammy Davis Jr.
9. Luck Be A Lady – Frank Sinatra
10. Volare (Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu) – Dean Martin
11. Birth Of The Blues – Sammy Davis Jr.
12. Witchcraft – Frank Sinatra
13. You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You – Dean Martin
14. I Get A Kick Out Of You – Frank Sinatra
15. Sam's Song – Dean Martin & Sammy Davis Jr.
16. I'm Gonna Live Until I Die – Frank Sinatra (Alternate Version)
17. Everybody Loves Somebody – Dean Martin
18. Me And My Shadow – Frank Sinatra & Sammy Davis Jr.


1. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! – Dean Martin
2. Mistletoe And Holly – Frank Sinatra
3. Christmas Time All Over The World – Sammy Davis Jr.
4. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing – Frank Sinatra
5. Silver Bells – Dean Martin
6. The Christmas Waltz – Frank Sinatra
7. Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer - Dean Martin
8. Jingle Bells – Sammy Davis, Jr.
9. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas – Frank Sinatra
10. Peace On Earth / Silent Night – Dean Martin
11. It Came Upon A Midnight Clear – Frank Sinatra
12. Winter Wonderland – Dean Martin
13. The Christmas Song – Sammy Davis Jr.
14. The First Noel – Frank Sinatra
15. White Christmas – Dean Martin
16. I'll Be Home For Christmas (If Only In My Dreams) – Frank Sinatra


Iron Maiden/Deep Purple/Black Sabbath Supergrouping

Tony Iommi and Ian Gillan are going to be recording together again, however this time they will bring in Iron Maiden's Nicko McBrain and Deep Purple's Jon Lord along for the ride... and it's all for a good cause. Iommi's site explains:

"In 1989 Tony Iommi and Ian Gillan were just a few names in a long list of talent involved in the recording of the Deep Purple track "Smoke on The Water." This song was re-recorded to raise money for those affected by the Leninakan earthquake that struck Armenia in 1988."

In October of last year both Tony and Ian travelled to Armenia to see how the funds raised had helped the local community. On their trip they visited a music school only to find it being run out of temporary accommodation, it was only location not to have been rebuilt 20 years after the earthquake had struck.

Next week Tony and Ian will be heading back into the studio, joined by Jon Lord (ex Deep Purple / Whitesnake) and Nicko McBrain (drummer of Iron Maiden) to record a new track to raise money to rebuild the Armenian music school. More information about the charity single "Out of my Mind" very soon......


Sorrows Path Announces New Album Track Listing And Reveals Artwork

Sorrows Path have issued the following announcement about revealing the cover artwork for the band's new album:

"Hail doomsters and friends! We are really proud to reveal the cover and the track listing of our newborn child 'The Rough Path of Nihilism' which is going to be released on October 29, 2010 by Rock It Up Records! The cover was done by artist Seth Siron Anton, the famous bassist and vocalist of Septic Flesh, who already worked with big names such as Paradise Lost, Kamelot, Moonspell, Exodus, and many more!"

The album's track list::

1. All Love is Lost
i) Lost Innocence
ii) Lost Youth
2. The Beast (S.P.R.)
3. Honestly...
4. Fetish
5. Dirty Game
6. Mr. Holy
7. Getting Closer
8. Queen of Doom
9. Prostitute
10. Hymn of Differentiation
11. Empty Eyes and Blackened Hearts
12. Nihilism


JIMMY PAGE and EDDIE VAN HALEN Top 'Greatest Guitar Solo' List

According to The Pulse of Radio, Jimmy Page's 1971 solo to LED ZEPPELIN's "Stairway To Heaven" topped the list of the "Top 50 Guitar Solos Of All Time." Next at #2 is Eddie Van Halen's 1978 groundbreaking instrumental "Eruption" from VAN HALEN's self-titled debut, with Jimi Hendrix's solo on his 1968 cover of BOB DYLAN's "All Along The Watchtower" rounding out the Top 3.

Hendrix made the list four times — the most of any guitarist. Eric Clapton scored three times with solos for tracks with CREAM, THE BEATLES, and DEREK & THE DOMINOES. In addition to his runner-up spot with "Eruption", Van Halen's 1982 solo on MICHAEL JACKSON's "Beat It" came in at No. 50.

Jimmy Page — whose solos to LED ZEPPELIN's "Since I've Been Loving You", "Heartbreaker" and "Whole Lotta Love" also made the list — says that after all the success LED ZEPPELIN had, the real reward has been that the music has lasted so well: "The most satisfying, the most rewarding part of it, is having been part of music like that, which has stood up to the test of time. Every musician hopes that their music will hold up. And it's wonderful."

Peter Frampton has been close friends with Page since the mid-1960s. He frequently watched ZEPPELIN record in the early '70s at London's Olympic Studios, while taking breaks from his own recordings and was consistently impressed with Jimmy Page's guitar technique: "He's a very well-rounded player. His technique on acoustic is phenomenal. And he uses various different open tunings. He tunes his guitar down and there's a special 'Jimmy Page' tuning (laughs) that he uses on a lot of the stuff."'s "Top 50 Guitar Solos Of All Time":

1. Stairway To Heaven - Jimmy Page (LED ZEPPELIN)
2. Eruption - Eddie Van Halen (VAN HALEN)
3. All Along The Watchtower - Jimi Hendrix (THE JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE)
4. Hotel California - Don Felder and Joe Walsh (THE EAGLES)
5. Comfortably Numb - David Gilmour (PINK FLOYD)
6. Free Bird - Gary Rossington and Allen Collins (LYNYRD SKYNYRD)
7. Layla - Eric Clapton and Duane Allman (DEREK & THE DOMINOS)
8. While My Guitar Gently Weeps - Eric Clapton (THE BEATLES)
9. Johnny B. Goode - Chuck Berry
10. Bohemian Rhapsody - Brian May (QUEEN)
11. Crazy Train - Randy Rhoads (OZZY OSBOURNE)
12. 'Cause We've Ended As Lovers - Jeff Beck
13. Sweet Child O' Mine - Slash (GUNS N' ROSES)
14. Hot For Teacher - Eddie Van Halen (VAN HALEN)
15. Since I've Been Loving You - Jimmy Page (LED ZEPPELIN)
16. November Rain - Slash (GUNS N' ROSES)
17. Mr. Crowley - Randy Rhoads (OZZY OSBOURNE)
18. Whole Lotta Rosie - Angus Young (AC/DC)
19. Like A Hurricane - Neil Young
20. Sultans Of Swing - Mark Knopfler (DIRE STRAITS)
21. Texas Flood - Stevie Ray Vaughan (STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN & DOUBLE TROUBLE)
22. One - Kirk Hammett (METALLICA)
23. Cortez The Killer - Neil Young
24. Rock Around the Clock - Danny Cedrone (BILL HALEY & THE COMETS)
25. Sweet Jane - Live - Steve Hunter and Dick Wagner (LOU REED)
26. Purple Rain - Prince (PRINCE & THE REVOLUTION)
27. Heartbreaker - Jimmy Page (LED ZEPPELIN)
28. Jessica - Dickey Betts (THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND)
29. Machine Gun - Jimi Hendrix
30. Crossroads - Eric Clapton (CREAM)
31. Time - David Gilmour (PINK FLOYD)
32. Are You Experienced? - Jimi Hendrix (THE JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE)
33. Race With the Devil - Cliff Gallup (GENE VINCENT)
34. Don't Believe A Word - Brian Robertson (THIN LIZZY)
35. Purple Haze - Jimi Hendrix (THE JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE)
36. Besame Mucho - Wes Montgomery
37. Sympathy For The Devil - Keith Richards (THE ROLLING STONES)
38. Blue Sky - Duane Allman and Dickey Betts (THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND)
39. My Sharona - Berton Averre (THE KNACK)
40. Marquee Moon - Tom Verlaine (TELEVISION)
41. Hitch A Ride - Tom Scholz (BOSTON)
42. The End - Paul McCartney, John Lennon, and George Harrison (THE BEATLES)
43. Whole Lotta Love - Jimmy Page (LED ZEPPELIN)
44. Train Kept A-Rollin' - Live - Joe Perry (AEROSMITH)
45. Highway Star - Ritchie Blackmore (DEEP PURPLE)
46. Dirt - Ron Asheton (THE STOOGES)
47. Off The Handle - Rory Gallagher
48. The Great Curve - Adrian Belew (THE TALKING HEADS)
49. The Messiah Will Come Again - Roy Buchanan
50. Beat It - Eddie Van Halen (MICHAEL JACKSON)

Like all of these types of lists, it is very subjective.  Personally, I love the guitar work on "Aqualung," by Jethro Tull as well as the riffs and solos on Neil Young's "Cowgirl In The Sand." And, the guitar solo on "My Sharona" making the list? Not when you only have one Stevie Ray Vaughan cut, that's just silly. Any thoughts, who's on your list?

This Date In Music History - September 30


Soul singer Cissy Houston, and mother of Whitney Houston. Member of Sweet Inspirations, The Drinkard Singers, (with Dionne Warwick), back-up singer with Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, Luther Vandross. (1933)

Johnny Mathis - His 'Greatest Hits' album spent over nine years on the US chart (1935)

Dewey Martin - The Dillards, Buffalo Springfield (1942)

Marilyn McCoo - 5th Dimension (1943)

Sylvia Peterson - Chiffons (1946)

John Lombardo - 10,000 Maniacs (1952)

Robby Takac - Goo Goo Dolls (1964)

Trey Anastasio - Phish (1964)

Steve Klein - New Found Glory (1979)

Keisha Buchanan - Sugababes (1984)

They Are Missed:

Born on this day in 1942, Frankie Lymon, singer, Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers. He died from a drug overdose on February 28, 1968 (age 25).

Born today in 1942 Gus Dudgeon, producer. Best known for his work with Elton John. Also produced David Bowie, The Beach Boys, Zombies, Kiki Dee, Strawbs, XTC and Joan Armatrading. Dudgeon was killed in a car accident on July 21, 2002 (his wife, Sheila, was also killed in the accident).

Born on this day in 1947, Marc Bolan, guitarist, singer-songwriter, member of T Rex. Bolan was killed in a car accident on September 16, 1977.

Mary Ford died from cancer in 1977, after being in a diabetic coma for 54 days. One-half of the husband-and-wife musical team, Les Paul and Mary Ford. Between 1950 and 1954, the couple had 16 top-ten hits; in 1951 alone, they sold six million records.


The show "Porgy and Bess" opened for the first time in Boston in 1935.

The Beatles performed at the Indra Club, Grosse Freiheit, Hamburg, West Germany in 1960.

In 1961, unknown Bob Dylan played harmonica for the recording of Caroline Hester's first Columbia album. Producer John Hammond is so impressed, he signed Dylan to a contract with Columbia Records.

In 1965, Donovan made his US television debut on Shindig! along with The Hollies, The Turtles and the Dave Clark Five.

BBC Radio 1 was launched in the UK in 1967. Former Radio Caroline DJ Tony Blackburn was the first presenter on air. The Move's "Flowers In The Rain," was the first record played.

Van Morrison's "Brown-Eyed Girl" peaked at #10 on the pop chart in 1967.

On the David Frost Show in 1967, John Lennon and Paul McCartney promoted transcendental meditation and the teachings of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. They are true believers, for awhile. Ohmmmmm.....

Christine Hinton, the girlfriend of David Crosby, was killed in a car crash near San Francisco in 1969. Crosby spends years trying to cope with the tragedy.

In 1971, Rick Wakeman made his live debut with Yes at The De Montford Hall, Leicester at the start of a 23-date UK tour.

Columbia Records announced that they were closing down four Hollywood studios in 1972.

Ringo Starr released the album "Ringo The Fourth" in 1977.

In 1977, Foghat played a benefit concert in New York for the preservation of rare Blues recordings. Since Foghat built their reputation recycling Blues riffs, it`s an appropriate payback.

David Cassidy was at #1 on the UK singles chart in 1972 with "How Can I Be Sure." It was the star from the US TV series the Partridge Family's first UK #1 and the cut was originally recorded by The Young Rascals in 1967.

In 1974, police were called to a Lynyrd Skynyrd and Blue Oyster Cult concert after a fight broke out between two sound engineers. The Skynyrd roadie claimed that the sound had been deliberately turned off during the bands set.

Exile started a four week run at #1 on the US singles chart in 1978 with "Kiss You All Over."

Roy Orbison's cable TV special 'A Black and White Night' was filmed in 1982, with Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne, K.D. Lang and?? Bonnie Raitt, Jennifer Warnes, Elvis Costello, Tom Waits, T Bone Burnett (and others) backing up the legend.

In 1988, John Lennon was awarded a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Bette Midler was awarded $400,000 in a lawsuit against the Ford Motor Company in 1989 over their use of a soundalike singer in their commercials.

Neil Young appeared on "Saturday Night Live" in 1989 and performed "Rockin' In The Free World."

The Rolling Stones recorded the video for "Rock And A Hard Place" at Foxboro-Sullivan Stadium in 1989.

Singer Steve Earle was arrested in Nashville in 1992 after he failed to report for jury service.

Kate Pierson from The B-52's was charged with criminal mischief and trespassing during an anti-fur protest at 'Vogue's' New York City offices in 1993.

David Crosby and George Harrison appeared on the fifth season premiere of "The Simpsons" in 1993. Homer recounts his brief pop success as a member of the B-Sharps. Following a bitter break-up, the B-Sharps reunite on the rooftop of Moe`s Tavern to sing their one hit "Baby On Board." George drives by in a limo and intones "it`s been done."

Mariah Carey made chart history in 1995 when she started an eight week run at #1 on the US singles chart with "Fantasy," making her the first female act to enter the chart in top position.

The Bob Dylan album 'Time Out of Mind' was released in 1997.

The Rolling Stones released 'Bridges To Babylon' in 1997.

Jonny Lang, Slash (Guns 'n' Roses), Joey Ramone (Ramones) and Rick Nelson (Cheap Trick) and others appeared on "The Drew Carey Show" in 1998. All the musicians were trying out for lead guitarist of Carey's band.

In 2004, Bono called on Europe and the United States to commit more resources to stemming poverty and AIDS in Africa. He addressesed the annual conference of the United Kingdom`s governing Labour Party in Brighton, England. "This is not about charity, this is about justice," says U2’s frontman. And we thought he was just a singer.....

Justin Timberlake started a two week run at #1 on the US album chart in 2006 with his second solo album ‘FutureSex/LoveSounds’ which also became the biggest album ever for pre-orders on iTunes.

Billy Joel puts his Long Island home on the market in 2006. Frustrated by legal barriers preventing him from constructing a dock in the harbor to store three boats, Joel’s asking price for the 14,000-square-foot mansion, a guest cottage and a beach house is a mere $37.5 million. I'll write a check...

The 21st edition of Farm Aid was in Camden, NJ in 2006, with performances by founders Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Willie Nelson. Gov't Mule and the legendary Jerry Lee Lewis also take the stage. The event grossed $1.1 million in ticket sales for US family farmers. "It is unfortunate that we have to continue doing this," says Young. "I really hope that we don't have to do Farm Aid forever." Meanwhile on the left coast... Jackson Browne and ex-Doobie Brothers singer-keyboardist Michael McDonald headline the fourth annual Ventura Hillsides Music Festival in Ventura, Calif. Proceeds from the event benefit the Ventura Hillsides Conservancy.

Country music singer Keith Urban crashed his motorcycle in 2007 on the way to an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. The 39-year-old, who was not injured, said he was being followed by a photographer when the accident happened near his home in Sydney, Australia.

Reba McEntire was at #1 on the US album chart in 2007 with 'Reba: Duets.'

“Nightmare Revisited” was released in 2008. Marilyn Manson, KoRn, Rise Against, Flyleaf and Evanescence singer Amy Lee reworked songs from Tim Burton's ‘93 movie 'The Nightmare Before Christmas.'

Alice Cooper had to tone down his performance on CBS' Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson in 2008 after network officials deemed a planned segment too graphic. Cooper initially intended to re-enact a scene from his "Vengeance Is Mine" video by pretending to strangle a female audience member with a scarf. That was a no-go. Why didn’t he just hang himself like in the old days?

In 2009, Bruce Springsteen played the first of 5 sold-out shows to close out the life of Giants Stadium (in NJ). At each concert, Springsteen performs one of his classic albums – “Born To Run” (2x), “Darkness On The Edge Of Town” and “Born In The U.S.A.”(2x) – in its entirety.

History Repeats Itself: Poobah and JPT Scare Band Together Again on the Same Record Label and on the Air at WFMU

Poobah 1972
In the early 1990’s a small record label broke out of San Antonio, Monster Records, specializing in limited release/collector’s vinyl from underground 1970’s hard rock bands. For several years, Monster churned out an impressive array of steaming protometal, adding such bands as Poobah, JPT Scare Band, Truth and Janey, Hawkwind, and Manilla Road to their roster. But as so often happens in the music business, time passed, tastes changed and Monster Records ceased to exist.

Fast forward 20 years, and the sands of the hourglass churn backwards in time. Suddenly metal legends, Youngstown Ohio’s Poobah, and Kansas City’s JPT Scare Band, find themselves as popular as ever and stunningly, back on the same record label. This time it’s Ripple Music filling the void, providing the world with the tasty underground protometal that they crave.

Within a span of two months, both JPT Scare Band and Poobah released classic works with Ripple Music, JPT Scare Band’s “Acid Blues is the White Man’s Burden,” and Poobah’s 1972 seminal debut, “Let Me In.” Both releases hit the world in eye-opening, two-tone double LP packages with gatefold covers as well as CD formats. Both packed with rare pictures, notes, and bonus tracks.

Jim Gustafson, the mastermind behind Poobah, sums it up. “It’s cool that Poobah ended up with JPT again on the same label, only better this time. I saved these tapes for decades, looking for the right time and place to do this, and now it has happened.”

And 40 years after originally forming, both bands find themselves cranking out their music to a legion of fans new and old. WFMU in New York has both bands on frequent rotation, spreading the protometal, acid rock gospel to hungry, waiting ears.

JPT Scare Band 1973

“It’s a wonderful bit of synchronicity,” says JPT Scare Band drummer, Jeff Littrel, “that when we finally get back on a label again, the moguls at Ripple Music have also signed our old label mates, Poobah. Déjà vu all over again! JPT Scare Band and Poobah ripping faces off on the same label in the 21st Century.”

Ripple Music plans to keep bringing on the ballsy retro-metal with future releases by Scottish protometal icons, Iron Claw, as well as modern purveyors following the raw, sonic blueprint, Stone Axe, Mos Generator, Grifter, Mighty High, and Venomin James.

As Ripple founders Todd Severin and John Rancik say, “Ripple Music exists to bring the guts back to rock and roll!”

For further information or promos for either band, please contact:

John Rancik
Ripple Music