Monday, July 4, 2011

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

Michael Anthony Talks New Chickenfoot

Rock supergroup Chickenfoot just announced a while ago that they had finished mixing their upcoming second album, "Chickenfoot IV". With the record's release quickly approaching, bassist Michael Anthony, in a recent interview with Ultimate Classic Rock, answered several questions about the new album and related the group to Van Halen.

"[Chickenfoot is] like how Van Halen was in the early days. It's four friends getting together and having a good time", the bassist remarked. "I guess a lot of that has to do with, you know, we've all had our own careers and done really well. So, it's not like we have anything to prove, and we don't need to do it for the money, so we can do it just purely for the enjoyment of making music."

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Patti Smith to Release Career-Spanning Compilation

Bryan Wawzenek

Punk poet and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Patti Smith has announced she will release her first single-disc, career-spanning retrospective this summer. Outside Society will include highlights of Smith’s recordings from 1975 to 2007.

The collection, due on August 23, will feature material from both her tenure with Arista and Columbia. Selections include “Gloria” from 1975’s Horses, “Because the Night” from 1978’s Easter, “Dancing Barefoot” from 1979’s Wave, “People Have the Power” from 1988’s Dream of Life and “Glitter in Their Eyes” from 2000’s Gung Ho. The collection also includes her radically different version of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” from 2007.

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this out of new zealand (i believe, given the za link), some really intriguing artwork

Chilling art of the dark

Nerine Dorman

Welcome to a wonderland of the grotesque and the bizarre.

A skeletal horse accompanied by circling crows oozes horror as it splashes through a sepia-toned landscape. A man frowns out of a background littered with arcane symbols, something chillingly Charles Mansonesque about his demeanour.

These are just two of Sam Shearon’s photo-realistic visions that evoke Dali’s surrealist paintings and distort viewers’ perspectives, tipping them into a twisted wonderland populated by the grotesque and the bizarre.

Hailed as a master of dark art with a strong horror and steampunk theme, Shearon has carved a niche for himself in contemporary media, his somewhat macabre yet fascinating work appearing on album covers, posters and merchandise.

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1. Bad Meets Evil :Hell The Sequel
2. Jackie Evancho :Dream With Me
3. Adele :21
4. Lady Gaga :Born This Way
5. Jason Aldean :My Kinda Party
6. Owl City :All Things Bright And Beautiful
7. Barry Manilow :15 Minutes
8. Ledisi :Pieces Of Me
9. Brad Paisley :The Is Country Music
10. Original Broadway Cast Recording :The Book Of Mormon

1. Pitbull feat. Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer :Give Me Everything
2. Adele :Rolling In The Deep
3. LMFAO :Party Rock Anthem
4. Katy Perry :Last Friday Night
5. Nicki Minaj :Super Bass
6. Lady Gaga :The Edge Of Glory
7. Katy Perry feat. Kanye West :E.T.
8. Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera :Moves Like Jagger
9. Bruno Mars :The Lazy Song
10. Lil Wayne :How To Love


1. Beyonce :4
2. Adele :21
3. Lady Gaga :Born This Way
4. Take That :Progress
5. Adele :19
6. Jessie J :Who You Are
7. Caro Emerald :Deleted Scenes From The Cutting Room Floor
8. Bruno Mars :Doo Wops and Hooligans
9. Biffy Clyro :Revolutions/Live At Wembley
10. Kaisher Chiefs :The Future Is Medieval

1. Jason Derulo :Don't Wanna Go Home
2. Example :Changed The Way You Kiss Me
3. Beyonce :Changed The Way You Kiss Me
4. Calvin Harris :Bounce
5. Pitbull feat. Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer :Give Me Everything
6. Ed Sheeran :The A Team
7. Lady Gaga :The Edge Of Glory
8. Alexandra Stan :Mr Saxobeat
9. Katy Perry :Last Friday Night
10. Coldplay :Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall


and in music history for today:

In 1832, the song "America" was sung in public for the first time at the Park Street Church in Boston, MA.

In 1895, the song "America the Beautiful" was first published.

In 1964, "I Get Around" becomes the first US number one single for The Beach Boys.

The Rolling Stones' "Tell Me" was released in 1964.

In 1966, the Beatles played two shows at Rizal Memorial Football Stadium in Manila, Philippines to over 80,000 fans. The band failed to appear at a palace reception hosted by President Marcos' family, who were not informed that The Beatles had declined their invitation. The Philippine media misrepresented this as a deliberate snub, and when Brian Epstein tried to make a televised statement, his comments were disrupted by static. As The Beatles made their way to the airport the next day, they were greeted by angry mobs as the Philippine government retaliated by refusing them police protection.

In 1969, Grand Funk Railroad performs at the Atlanta Pop Festival in Hampton, Georgia. Capitol Records executives see the band at the show and later sign them to a record deal.

In 1970, Casey Kasem hosted radio’s "American Top 40" for the first time.

In 1970, the 3-day Atlanta Pop Festival opens at Middle Georgia Raceway in Byron, Georgia in front of a crowd of 200,000. Jimi Hendrix played his feedback filled version of "The Star Spangled Banner". Two days later, Georgia Governor Lester Maddox says he will seek legislation to ban all Rock festivals in the state.

Also in 1970, "Tighter and Tighter" by Alive 'n' Kickin' debuts on the Billboard chart, on its way to #7

In 1980, the Beach Boys perform at a free Fourth of July concert for 500,000 people in Washington, D.C.

In 1986, more than 40,000 people flocked to a race track in Manor, Texas where Willie Nelson presided over an 18-hour Farm Aid Two concert, aimed at helping save US farmers from financial disaster. Among the performers were The Beach Boys, Waylon Jennings and Judy Collins. The first Farm Aid concert was held in September 1985 in Champaign, Illinois.

In 2001, in a major victory for record companies, a US federal judge orders file sharing service Napster to cease all operations.

In 2003, rhythm and blues star Barry White, known for his lush baritone voice and lyrics that oozed sex appeal on the hits "Can't Get Enough Of Your Love" and "You're The First, The Last, My Everything", passed away at the age of 58.

In 2007, Bill Pinkney, the last surviving member of the original Drifters passed away from unknown causes. He was 81.

In 2009, Drake Levin, the lead guitarist for Paul Revere and The Raiders on their early hits that included "Steppin' Out", "Just Like Me" and "Kicks", died of cancer at the age of 62.

Also in 2009, 77-year-old Allen Klein, the former manager of The Rolling Stones and later The Beatles, died after a battle with Alzheimer's disease. The assets of his company, ABKCO Music & Records, include recordings by the Rolling Stones, the Animals, Herman's Hermits, Bobby Womack, The Kinks, Chubby Checker, Bobby Rydell and many others.

birthdays today include Bill Withers (73), Annette Sterling (Martha and the Vandellas) (68), John Waite (59) and Andy Creeggan (Barenaked Ladies) (40), to name a few.....

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