Thursday, January 26, 2012

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Iggy Pop 2012 Record Store Day Ambassador

Record Store Day is proud to announce the appointment of IGGY POP to the post of Record Store Day 2012 Ambassador.

A person should have a personality. You won't get one dicking around on a computer. It helps to go somewhere where there are other persons. Persons who are interested in something you are. That's how a record store or any shop that's got some life to it should work. It's not about selling shit. I got my name, my musical education and my personality all from working at a record store during my tender years. Small indie shops have always been a mix of theater and laboratory. In the 50's and 60's the teen kids used to gather after school at these places to listen free to the latest singles and see if they liked the beat. You could buy the disc you liked for 79 cents and if you were lucky meet a chick. Clerks in these places became managers, (like Brian Epstein), label heads, (Jack Holzman) and Faces on album covers (like me). Personally I feel best in a store that, while staying small and socially relaxed, still keeps a complete variety of music types and non musical recordings on offer. I'm aware though that a lot of great places are genre-specific, like dance hall shops in Jamaica or Compas here in Little Haiti. In Europe and on the West coast the same goes on for Punk and Goth. All of this is cool and has a much bigger future than most people realize today. When the record and record store businesses began to die at the turn of the new century, they deserved it because they got too big too boring and too plastic.

As Record Store Day Ambassador for 2012 I feel like a representative from some exotic jungle full of life and death and sex and anger, called upon to wear a leopard skin and translate joy to the world of the dead. --IGGY POP

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Metallica 'Beyond Magnetic' Ep Out January 30th

Metallica are set to release their Beyond Magnetic EP on CD on January 30th 2012. Previously available only on iTunes, it features four previously unreleased songs, which were originally a gift to Metallica's Metallica Club members to enjoy immediately after the band played them at their fan club shows in December 2011. The band said "We've been feeling all the love and positive vibes beyond our wildest expectations on the mp3 side, so we decided to go "old school" (!!) and also release those four songs on a CD"

They continued, "During the Death Magnetic album sessions in 2007 and 2008, we originally recorded 14 songs. When it came time to pick the songs for the final album, we decided on 10 songs that you've all come to know over the last three years," said the members of Metallica. "Some of you may have heard bits and pieces of those other songs on 'Mission Metallica' (remember 'Mission Metallica'?!) or heard rumors about them during the recording process, and wondered, 'What ever happened to those other four songs???.' We kept them in the vault and decided to pull them just for this special celebration, so here are the four leftover tracks from the Death Magnetic sessions. They are ROUGH mixes, unfinished to their original degree of mixing from March '08. These four songs were released as gift to our closest fans, the members of our Fan Club, to enjoy. Now they're being made available to you."


Neil Young Reuniting With Crazy Horse For Two New Albums

Neil Young has recently confirmed that he has already completed a new album with Crazy Horse and that a second album with the band is “in progress.” The veteran rocker said he hopes to release both discs this year. Young made the revelation at the Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, were he and director Jonathan Demme are presenting Journeys, their latest concert documentary, which was filmed in Toronto in May 2011.

Members of Crazy Horse last recorded with Young on his 2003 album, Greendale.


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Bright Eyes To Press 6 Albums on Vinyl

Six classic Bright Eyes releases will be pressed on vinyl for the first time in years, available two per month in March, April, and May. You can now pre order the two releases set for a March 6th release date; “A Collection Of Songs Written 1995-1997 2XLP” and Other Bright Eyes vinyl titles currently available include: “Oh Holy Fools – The Music of Son, Ambulance and Bright Eyes LP“.

Bright Eyes – I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning LP

Bright Eyes / Neva Dinova – One Jug Of Wine, Two Vessels LP

Bright Eyes – Digital Ash In A Digital Urn LP

Bright Eyes – Lifted Or The Story Is In The Soil, Keep Your Ear To The Ground 2XLP

Bright Eyes – Noise Floor: Rarities (1998-2005) 2XLP

Bright Eyes – Four Winds LP

Bright Eyes – Cassadaga LP

Bright Eyes – The People’s Key

Also you can pre-order Bruce Springsteen “Wrecking Ball” on Double LP!


Riot Guitarist Mark Reale Dead At 57

Founding Riot member Mark Reale passed away Wednesday morning (Jan. 25) at age 57, two weeks after being admitted to a San Antonio hospital for complications relating to his long-term struggle with Crohn’s disease. The guitarist suffered a subarachnoid hemorrhage on Jan. 11 and had been in a coma since then, although a recent update on his official site maintained a positive outlook on his progress.

“Our brother Mark Reale went home to be with our Lord this day January 25th 2012 after a long battle and complications from Crohns disease,” reads a statement posted on ”With heart felt thanks to the fans around the world … the RIOT army meant everything in the world to Mark, it’s what kept him going. The loyalty and love of the band’s fans fueled his passion and desire to continue making music for as long as possible. Please keep the mighty tor in your hearts and the memory of Mark alive within you. Shine on, Mark shine on!”



Nominations Announced for the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music® Awards



TELECAST TO AIR LIVE FROM MGM GRAND IN LAS VEGAS Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network

Kenny Chesney leads male nominees with 9 nominations; Jason Aldean earns 6 nominations, Brad Paisley earns 4 nominations, Toby Keith earns 3 nominations; Taylor Swift leads solo female nominations with 3, Grace Potter receives 3 noms for projects with Kenny Chesney; Lady Antebellum leads group nominations with 5, Eli Young Band earns 3

ENCINO, Calif., Jan. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Nominations were announced today for the 47th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, a star-studded event produced for television by dick clark productions broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.

Nominees were announced online via the first-ever ACM digital press conference this morning on the Academy's Facebook and Twitter pages. Awards co-host Reba participated with a video message to kick things off and entertainment superstars Lionel Richie, who will be honored during a special taping of ACM Presents: Lionel Richie and Friends In Concert in April (to air at a later date on CBS), Beth Behrs (2 Broke Girls), Nancy O'Dell (Entertainment Tonight), Michael Ausiello ( announced batches of nominations in video postings during the approximately 20 minute online event which culminated in music fans announcing the nominees for the Academy's biggest prize, Entertainer of the Year, a privilege fans embraced for the first time ever by submitting videos naming their favorite artist. Fans from around the country announced Entertainer of the Year nominees Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton and Taylor Swift.

As previously announced, Blake Shelton will join forces with country music star Reba to host the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards for the second consecutive year.

For the fifth year, fans will select the winner of the Academy's most prestigious honor, Entertainer of the Year, and for the fourth year, the New Artist of the Year category will also be opened up to fan voting. Nominees for New Artist of the Year were not announced in the press conference today because fan voting for those semi-finalists will close on January 30 (see page 2 below). The winners of Entertainer of the Year and New Artist of the Year will be announced live during the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards.

Kenny Chesney leads with nine nominations, including Entertainer of the Year, a category he has won four times since 2004. He is nominated for Male Vocalist of the Year, a category he has been nominated in nine times previously. He is twice nominated for Album of the Year for Hemingway's Whiskey, as both artist and producer, and also earned double nominations for Single Record of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year as both artist and producer for "You And Tequila" with Grace Potter. Chesney is also nominated for Song of the Year for "You And Tequila" with Grace Potter.

Jason Aldean is nominated for six awards, including his second consecutive nods for Entertainer of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year. He is nominated for Album of the Year for My Kinda Party, and has nominations for Single Record of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year for "Don't You Wanna Stay," featuring Kelly Clarkson. He is nominated for Video of the Year for "Tattoos On This Town."

Lady Antebellum leads group nominations with five nods, including Vocal Group of the Year, which they have won for two consecutive years. They are also nominated for Album of the Year as artists and producers for Own The Night, and for Song of the Year and Video of the Year for "Just A Kiss."

Reigning Male Vocalist of the Year, Brad Paisley, is nominated for four awards, including his fifth consecutive nomination for Entertainer of the Year and eighth nomination for Male Vocalist of the Year, which he has won five times consecutively between 2006-2010. He received two nominations in the Vocal Event of the Year category for "Old Alabama" with Alabama and "Remind Me" with Carrie Underwood.

Toby Keith received three nominations for "Red Solo Cup," including Video of the Year, which he last won in 2003 for "Beer For My Horses." He also received a double nomination as artist and producer for Single Record of the Year for "Red Solo Cup." Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill is also nominated for Nightclub of the Year in Minneapolis, MN (a nod that is not among Keith's total nominations count, because it is awarded to the venue itself not its owners).

Reigning Entertainer of the Year, Taylor Swift, leads solo female nominees with three nominations, including her third consecutive nod for Entertainer of the Year. If Swift wins Entertainer of the Year, this will be her second consecutive win in that category. Swift is nominated for the fifth time for Female Vocalist of the Year, and for the third time for Video of the Year for "Mean."

First-time ACM nominee, Grace Potter, received three nominations for "You And Tequila" with Kenny Chesney, in the Single Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year categories.

Eli Young Band has three nominations including Vocal Group of the Year, as well as Single Record of the Year and Song of the Year for "Crazy Girl."

Dierks Bentley, Kelly Clarkson, Vince Gill, Miranda Lambert, Aaron Lewis, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood and Chris Young all received two nominations each.

The Academy of Country Music's professional membership select the nominees and winners of the ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, and select the final top five nominees of the Entertainer of the Year category and the eight semi-finalists in the New Artist of the Year category. Presenters and performers who will appear at the ceremony will be announced at a later date.

Fan voting for New Artist of the Year began at and on January 16, 2012 and will close on Monday, January 30, 2012 at 12noon ET/9:00AM PT, after which nominees in that category will be announced separately. Fan voting for New Artist of the Year and Entertainer of the Year begins on March 19, 2012 at 12noon ET/9:00AM PT at Fan voting for New Artist of the Year will close at 5 p.m. PT on April 1, 2012 (before the LIVE show starts) and fan voting for Entertainer of the Year will close during the third hour of the LIVE broadcast.

Following is the list of final nominees. Winners in each of the following categories, except where noted, will be presented with an ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARD during the live television broadcast:

•Jason Aldean
•Kenny Chesney
•Brad Paisley
•Blake Shelton
•Taylor Swift

•Jason Aldean
•Kenny Chesney
•Brad Paisley
•Blake Shelton
•Chris Young

•Sara Evans
•Miranda Lambert
•Martina McBride
•Taylor Swift
•Carrie Underwood

•Love and Theft
•Montgomery Gentry
•Steel Magnolia
•Thompson Square

•The Band Perry
•Eli Young Band
•Lady Antebellum
•Rascal Flatts
•Zac Brown Band



and in music history for january 26th:

In 1956, in Nashville with famed producer Owen Bradley, Buddy Holly – still a year-and-a-half away from his first major success – recorded "Blue Days-Black Night," his initial release on the Decca label. His backup musicians were Sonny Curtis, Grady Martin, Don Guess, and Doug Kirkham. At this first of three Decca sessions at Bradley's Quonset Hut studio (the other two were in July and November 1956), Holly also recorded "Love Me," "Don't Come Back Knockin'" and "Midnight Shift."

In 1958, in New York, Buddy Holly and the Crickets recorded "Rave On." Norman Petty produced and played piano on the session. The song as sung by Holly is ranked #155 on Rolling Stone magazine's 2004 list of the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time

Also in 1958, Buddy Holly and the Crickets made their second appearance on CBS-TV's "The Ed Sullivan Show." Sullivan considered Holly's hit "Oh, Boy!" too raucous for the show and ordered him to substitute another song. Holly refused, causing Sullivan to limit Buddy to one song instead of two, then sabotaged the performance with bad lighting and sound, and mispronounced his and the band's name when introducing them.

In 1962, Bishop Burke of the Buffalo, New York Catholic Diocese bans the Twist, in any form, from all of his school's functions.

In 1963, the Four Seasons' "Walk Like A Man" was released. Five weeks later, it will become their third Billboard number one single.

Also in 1963, a trio called the Rooftop Singers took "Walk Right In" to the top of the Billboard chart. The song had been written in 1930 by Gus Cannon, who had been living in poverty until he started earning royalties from the hit record.

In 1965, during a Rolling Stones tour of Australia and New Zealand, guitarist Keith Richards had his shirt torn off after 50 fans invaded the stage during the gig at The Town Hall in Brisbane.

In 1967, the American Breed was signed by ACTA Records after the label president saw them perform while he was stuck in Chicago during a blizzard.

In 1968, Pink Floyd played their first gig without Syd Barrett at Southampton University. They were supported by Tyrannosaurus Rex, (later to be renamed T Rex) featuring Marc Bolan and percussionist Steve Peregrine Took.

In 1969, Ringo Starr wrote "Octopus's Garden."

CVR Blog 45rpm Singles Spotlight:
On January 26, 1969, the Beatles and Billy Preston recorded "The Long And Winding Road," a song Paul McCartney had written at his farm in Scotland the previous year, inspired by the growing tension within the group. The Beatles re-recorded the song with different lyrics and structure on January 31 but that version was never issued. On April 1, 1970 at Abbey Road Studios in London, producer Phil Spector embellished the January 26 track using 18 violins, four violas, four cellos, three trumpets, three trombones, two guitars, and a choir of 14 women, completely contrary to the Beatles' stated intentions for a "real" recording when they began work on the "Get Back" project. While the released version of the song was successful, the post-production modifications by Spector angered McCartney to the point that when he made his case in court for breaking up the Beatles as a legal entity, he cited the treatment of "The Long and Winding Road" as one of six reasons for doing so.

When McCartney first heard the Spector version of the song, he was outraged. Nine days after Spector overdubbed "The Long and Winding Road", McCartney announced the Beatles' break-up. On 14 April, he sent a sharply worded letter to Apple Records business manager Allen Klein, demanding that the added instrumentation be reduced, the harp part eliminated, and "Don't ever do it again." These requests went unheeded, and the Spector version was included on the album.

In an interview published by the Evening Standard in two parts on 22 April and 23 April 1970, McCartney said: "The album was finished a year ago, but a few months ago American record producer Phil Spector was called in by Lennon to tidy up some of the tracks. But a few weeks ago, I was sent a re-mixed version of my song 'The Long and Winding Road' with harps, horns, an orchestra, and a women's choir added. No one had asked me what I thought. I couldn't believe it." The Beatles' usual producer, George Martin, agreed, calling the remixes "so uncharacteristic" of the Beatles. McCartney asked Klein to dissolve The Beatles' partnership, but was refused. Exasperated, he took the case to court, naming Klein and the other Beatles as defendants. Among the six reasons McCartney gave for dissolving The Beatles was that Klein's company, ABKCO, had caused "intolerable interference" by overdubbing "The Long and Winding Road" without consulting McCartney

It became the Beatles' 20th and last number-one song in the United States on 23 May 1970, and was the last single released by the quartet. "The Long and Winding Road" was listed with "For You Blue" as a double-sided hit when the single hit number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 in 1970.

In 1970, Elvis Presley opened at the International Hotel in Las Vegas and, for the first time, wears his one-piece jumpsuit.

In 1970, John Lennon wrote and recorded "Instant Karma." It ranks as one of the fastest-released songs in pop music history, recorded at London's Abbey Road Studios and arriving in stores only ten days later. Lennon remarked to the press, he "wrote it for breakfast, recorded it for lunch, and we're putting it out for dinner." The record was produced by Phil Spector, the first of many recordings by the Beatles that Spector worked on that year.

George Harrison would later remark that he was enticed and interested by Lennon's idea of an instant single release, and this partially contributed to Harrison's willingness to participate. Harrison felt that it related in some way to his devotion to the Hindu religion (karma) and he therefore felt Lennon could use the single to promote it.

It is the third solo single issued by Lennon, and it peaked at #3 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and Cash Box Top 100 singles charts in the US, #2 on Canada's Singles Chart and #5 on the UK Singles Chart. The song is one of three Lennon solo songs, along with "Imagine" and "Give Peace a Chance", in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

In 1974, Ringo Starr went to #1 on the Billboard singles chart with his version of Johnny Burnette's 1960 #8 hit "Your Sixteen". The track featured Paul McCartney on kazoo and Harry Nilsson on background vocals. It reached #3 in the UK.

In 1977, as the Punk music movement continued to grow, The Clash sign a £100,000 contract with CBS Records, a remarkable amount for a band that had played a total of about thirty gigs and very few as a headliner.

In 1977, Peter Green, Fleetwood Mac's first lead guitar player, was committed to a mental hospital in England. He had fired a pistol in the general direction of a delivery boy. Green left the band in May of 1970.

In 1980, three years after signing with Warner Brothers Records, 21 year old Prince makes his US television debut on American Bandstand where he performs his R&B chart topping hit, "I Wanna Be Your Lover".

In 1984, Michael Jackson is hospitalized with burns to his scalp after his hair catches fire while shooting a Pepsi commercial.

In 1986, Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Allen Collins crashed his car, killing his girlfriend and paralyzing him from the waist down.

In 1989, singer Donnie Elbert died of a stroke aged 52. He had the 1972 US No. 22 & UK No.11 single 'I Can't Help Myself', Sugar Pie Honey Bunch', 'Where Did Our Love Go?' and 'A Little Piece of Leather'.

In 1997, in New Orleans, ZZ Top, James Brown and the Blues Brothers performed at the Super Bowl XXXI halftime show. The Green Bay Packers defeated the New England Patriots, 35-21.

In 1999, the National Transportation Safety Board concluded that John Denver died in a 1997 airplane crash because he took off with too little fuel in one tank, had trouble switching to his backup tank and inadvertently put his plane into a roll while his attention was diverted.

In 2007, Tommy Dee, who reached #11 on the Billboard chart in 1959 with "Three Stars", a song dedicated to Richie Valens, Buddy Holly and The Big Bopper, died at the age of 70 after a long illness.

In 2007, Michael Jackson returned to the United States after living in Bahrain, France and Ireland for more than a year in self-imposed exile following his acquittal in a high-profile child molestation trial that ended in June 2005.

In 2007, former 1950s disc jockey (KFXM-San Bernardino, California)/recording artist/songwriter (The Three Stars)/record producer/promoter Tommy Donaldson, who recorded his Buddy Holly-Ritchie Valens-Big Bopper tribute as Tommy Dee, died at age 73

In 2007, the Rolling Stones topped the US music rich list for the second year running after making $150.6m in 2006. Tim McGraw and Faith Hill were second in the poll with a combined fortune of $132m and country band Rascal Flatts appeared third, having earnt $110.5m in the past year.

In 2008, Alicia Keys was at #1 on the US album chart with her third album 'As I Am'. The album sold over 742,000 copies in its first week the largest ever first week sales for any female R&B artist.

In 2011, Gladys Horton, whose lead vocals helped The Marvelettes establish their career with such hits as "Mr. Postman", "Playboy" and "Beechwood 4-5789", died following a stroke at the age of 66.

In 2011, singer /Country Music Hall of Famer Charlie Elzer Loudermilk, known professionally as Charlie Louvin, the surviving half of the singing Louvin Brothers duo, died of pancreatic cancer at 83. His brother Ira died in 1965.

birthdays today include (among others) Huey "Piano" Smith (78), Derek Holt (Climax Blues Band) (63), Lucinda Williams (59), Anita Baker (54), Tom Keifer (Cinderella) (51), Andrew Ridgeley (Wham!) (49) and Eddie Van Halen (55)