RNR News and Notes Archives for 2019-12

RNR Intersect Music Festival contest winner ends up on stage chugging beers with Dave Grohl in Vegas [VIDEO]


We love giving our listeners amazing experiences ... like concert tickets, backstage passes, and even trips to other cities to see their favorite bands. 


Cue Shane and Dave  ... our winners of the Spoon Podcast Pop Quiz contest.  The two friends from Annapolis spent the weekend in Vegas at the Intersect Music Festival - checking out bands like Spoon, Beck, Kacey Musgraves, Leon Bridges, and Foo Fighters


Well - Shane's experience got amplified 1000x during Foo Fighters set ... when before the band played Big Me - he got invited on stage by Dave Grohl - dressed in a Santa suit - to shotgun a beer with Dave Grohl! 


Cameras were rolling ... so sorry Shane - what happened in Vegas didn't stay in Vegas! 







Courtney Barnett's MTV Unplugged Session is full of her hits and covers [LISTEN]


Courtney Barnett has joined the long (and impressive) list of artists to record an MTV Session and has released the recordings for our listening pleasure



The session was recorded back in October 2019 and as in MTV Unplugged tradition - includes many of Barnett's hits as well as some impressive covers (like So Long, Marianne written by Leonard Cohen!!)  and special guests.  You can stream the performance below or purchase it HERE


Set List: 


1.  Deprestion 

2. Sunday Roast 

3.  Charcoal Lane (ft. Paul Kelly) -Archie Roast cover

4.  Avant Gardner 

5. Nameless, Faceless (ft. Evelyn Ida Morris )

6. Untitled (Play it on Repeat)

7. Not Only I (ft. Marlon Williams)

8. So Long, Marianne - Leonard Cohen cover 


Courtney Barnett -MTV Unplugged Live In Melbourne 


















Alanis Morissette's Undercover NYC Subway Busking Set Turns Into a Giant Sing-A-Long


Earlier this week -  Alanis Morissette will celebrate the 25th anniversary of her album Jagged Little Pill with a major US tour  - that includes a stop at Merriweather Post Pavilion with Garbage and Liz Phair on July 2, 2020 



Alanis also has a new LP Such Pretty Forks in the Road ready to come out and stopped by The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to promote both.  The late night show host was able to get the  Canadian singer to agree to don some silly costumes and go busking undercover in the NYC subways ... the two performed “Little Drummer Boy”, and then dropped the costumes and broke out Morissette’s breakout hit “You Oughta Know” which turned into a giant sing-a-long.


Watch the performance below.





On This Day: Led Led Zeppelin made the decision to break up following the death of drummer John Bonham

39 years ago today - on Dec. 4, 1980 -  Led Zeppelin made the difficult decision to break up, two months after the death of drummer John Bonham


The band was supposed to begin an extensive tour in the fall of 1980 when Bonham passed away.  The tour was canceled and rumors swirled about whether the band would continue on with a new drummer. 


However, the surviving members ultimately decided that it was not right to continue with someone else playing drums. 


"We wish it to be known, that the loss of our dear friend and the deep respect we have for his family, together with the deep sense of undivided harmony felt by ourselves and our manager, have led us to decide that we could not continue as we were."

Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones have occasionally worked and recorded together, but reunions of all three have been few and far between.


They took part at Live Aid in 1985, with Phil Collins and the Power Station's Tony Thompson on drums.


In 1988, they played Atlantic Records 40th Anniversary concert with Jason Bonham (John’s son) banging the drums.


The band also reunited in  2007 at London's 02 Arena.


Below you can hear (amazing quality) audio from their final concert with John Bonham on drums – from 7/7/1980 in Berlin, Germany




Set List:


01 - The Train Kept a Rollin' (00:00)

02 - Nobody's Fault But Mine (03:14)

03 - Black Dog (09:43)

04 - In the Evening (15:55)

05 - The Rain Song (25:10)

06 - Hot Dog (33:48)

07 - All My Love (37:41)

08 - Trampled Underfoot (44:22)

09 - Since I've Been Loving You (56:47)

10 - White Summer/Black Mountain Side (1:07:46)

11 - Kashmir (1:25:17)

12 - Stairway To Heaven (1:36:10)

13 - Rock And Roll (1:52:38)

14 - Whole Lotta Love (1:57:06)

15 - The Radio Report (2:15:32)


Tame Impala shares another track from The Slow Rush - 'Posthumous Forgiveness' [LISTEN]


Kevin Parker aka Tame Impala will release, The Slow Rush on February 14, 2020 -  the long-awaited follow-up to 2015’s Currents. 


And so far we have heard several cuts from the album - including Patience, Borderline, and It Might Be Time  


And now we have another track from the release - a six minute less rock more synthy, trippy studio-music Kevin Parker mindmeld.  





The Slow Rush is out 2/14 on Modular Records 




Willie Nelson has quit smoking weed because it almost killed him


86 year old country music legend and long time cannabis advocate has given up smoking due to ongoing health issues.  




Nelson - who has alledgedly smoked pot on the White House roof and even has his own strand of the plant - told CNN affiliate KSAT in San Antonio, Texas:


"I have abused my lungs quite a bit in the past, so breathing is a little more difficult these days and I have to be careful.  I started smoking cedar bark, went from that to cigarettes to whatever. And that almost killed me. I don't smoke anymore -- take better care of myself."


Notice he said that he didn't say he gave up marijuana altogether .. 


At last month's CMA Awards - Nelson performed a duet of Rainbow Connection with Kacey Musgraves and appeared to struggle a bit through the song.  



Nelson's smoking habits are legendary - inspiring songs like Toby Keiths'  “I’ll Never Smoke Weed With Willie Again"




It's Here: the Tenacious D and Jack White collaboration 'Don't Blow It, Kage' [LISTEN]


The collaboration everyone has been waiting for - finally happened  - and we now have audio output from Jack White and Jack Black's - aka - Jack Gray - time spent at White’s Third Man Records headquarters and home studios in Nashville.  


If you weren't able to pick up the limited edition 7-inch Third Man Records pressed for Record Store Day Black Friday - the song "Don't Blow It, Kage"


Black and his Tenacious D band mate Kyle Gass recorded the track with White getting a production credit - he also makes a cameo around the 1:23 mark to make a very meta observation :) 


Tenacious D - Don't Blow It, Kage (Audio)





Neil Young wants fans to pick his next archival release from extensive list of never heard before projects

It's no secret - that like Beck - Neil Young has an EXTENSIVE archive of unreleased music - dubbed The Neil Young Archives.  and recently the folk icon has announced he will be dipping into the vaults to release some of these projects. Last he announced he  would release Homegrown, an acoustic album recorded in 1975.  



And now - Young has revealed that he has 29 projects ready to release and is asking for fans to select what to release. 


Young says: 


“We have these projects in the can right now.  We will be asking subscribers only to vote for their top three choices from this list…Watch for the official NYA announcement and your personal link to vote for what you think we should work on next for the fastest release of your favorite projects.”


Below is full list of projects with a brief description on each project below (via Rolling Stone).  But if you want your vote to be heard - you'll have to subscribe to NYA


Neil Young Archival Projects: 

  • Stratford Shakespeare Theater, Film/LP (1971) — A solo performance at the Shakespeare Theater in Stratford, Connecticut, on January 22nd, 1971.
  • Greendale Live w/ Crazy Horse Stage Production, Film/LP (2003) — A film from Young’s tour with Crazy Horse in 2003 during which  they performed the rock opera Greendale in full.
  • Greendale at Vickar Street, Film/LP (2003) — Young’s solo acoustic performance of rock opera Greendale performed in Dublin, Ireland.
  • Toast  w/ Crazy Horse, LP/Limited Film (2001) — An unreleased collaboration between Young and Crazy Horse.
  • Mountaintop, Film (2019) — A documentary chronicling the making of Young’s newest album COLORADO with Crazy Horse.
  • Catalyst w/ Crazy Horse, Film/LP (1991) — A rehearsal set for Young and Crazy Horse’s 1991 “Ragged Glory” tour at a club in Santa Cruz on November 13th, 1990.
  • Alchemy w/ Crazy Horse, Film/LP (2012/2013) — Footage documenting Young and Crazy Horse’s worldwide tour for Alchemy in 2012 and 2013.
  • Early Daze, LP (1960s) — Some of the first recordings after Young teamed up with Crazy Horse.
  • Harvest Time, Film/LP (1971) — Film with the Stray Gators during the writing and creation of Harvest.
  • Mirror Ball Live w/ Pearl Jam, Film/LP (1995) — A concert Young played with Pearl Jam at RDS Simmonscourt in Dublin on August 26th, 1995.
  • Desert Trip w/ Promise of the Real, Film (2016) — Footage of Young with Promise of the Real from the 2016 Desert Trip festival.
  • Monsanto Years, Film (2014) — Film chronicling Young and Promise of the Real’s LP The Monsanto Years, recorded in Oxnard, California.
  • Trunk Show, Film/LP 2009 — A concert film from Tower Theater in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, in December 2019, directed by Jonathan Demme.
  • Lincvolt Chronicles 1-5 Film — A documentary following Young’s attempt to convert his 1959 Lincoln Continental into a hybrid electric car.
  • Tower Theater Film/LP (2018) — A solo acoustic performance from Young at Philadelphia’s Tower Theater, featuring several rarely played tunes.
  • Polar Vortex Film/LP (2019) — Multiple live concerts Young performed throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota in January 2019 as the midwest was hit with a polar vortex.
  • Homegrown LP (1975) — A mostly acoustic LP Young recorded in 1975 and decided to shelf in place of Tonight’s the Night. (Already tapped for release.)
  • Chrome Dreams LP (1977) — Another record Young made in the 1970s and never released.
  • Berlin w/ Trans Band Film/LP (1982) — A concert shot during the 1982 Trans tour, directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg.
  • Oceanside Countryside LP (1976/1977) — An additional never-released LP from the ’70s, featuring tunes that made it onto other future albums such as “Comes a Time” and “My My, Hey Hey (Out of the Blue)”.
  • Boarding House Film/LP (1978) — Several acoustic shows Young played at San Francisco’s Boarding House in the late ’70s, featuring several songs that landed on the album Rust Never Sleeps.
  • Island In The Sun LP (1982) — An unreleased album made shortly before Trans, featuring familiar songs like “Soul of a Woman” and “Like an Inca”.
  • Trans animated film (2020) — An upcoming movie made by Micah Nelson inspired by Young’s 1982 record Trans.
  • Bottom Line LP (1974) — A bootleg recording from Young’s surprise performance at New York’s Bottom Line on May 16th, 1974.
  • Over The Rainbow Live: Tonight’s The Night LP (1973) — Concert footage from London’s Rainbow Theater on November 5th, 1973.
  • Odeon Budokan w/ Crazy Horse Film/LP (1976) — Live concert film from Neil Young and Crazy Horse’s tour behind Zuma recorded in London and Japan.
  • Ducks Live in Santa Cruz LP (1977) — A live album chronicling Young’s 1977 club tour with the Ducks.
  • Homefires LP (1974) — A mix of solo and band recordings, named after a song Young’s played live many times but has never properly released.
  • CSNY at Fillmore East Film/LP (1970) — A Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young concert filmed during the supergroup’s heyday in 1970.



12 days of Pearl Jam: The band's holiday songs being released digitally [LISTEN]

Christmas has come early for Pearl Jam fans ... earlier this week, the band announced a string of 2020 tour dates (they are all in Europe ...but lets hope some US dates will follow) - these are the band's first confirmed shows in two years.  Keep scrolling for the confirmed dates.


They have been in the studio working on a new album (!) and recently released their amazing MTV Unplugged performance on vinyl for the first time. 


But in the holiday spirit of giving- the band is also releasing their holiday singles series digitally for the first time.  The band's fan club (those still exist?) will release one song per day for the campaign named “12 Days of Pearl Jam”.  



So far the band has released "Someday at Christmas" and “Let Me Sleep (Christmas Time)” - this was the first holiday song the band released, in 1991, and they have continued to release a song a year for 27 years! 


You can check out the playlist as it unfolds on Spotify HERE 


Or the truly impatient can enjoy the medley (released in 2018) - complete with a yule log video and stockings for all band members below :


Pearl Jam Yule Log



Pearl Jam Yule Log Track List

0:00 – Someday At Christmas

2:35 – Let Me Sleep

5:35 – Jingle Bells

8:48 – Strangest Tribe

12:38 – Don’t Believe In Christmas

15:08 – Wishlist

18:36 – Santa God

21:42 – Acoustic #1 (Demo 1991)

24:33 – Angel




Pearl Jam 2020 Tour Dates:

06/23 – Frankfurt, DE @ Festhalle *
06/25 – Berlin, DE @ Waldbühne *
06/27 – Stockholm, SE @ Lollapalooza Stockholm
06/29 – Copenhagen, DK @ Royal Arena *
07/02 – Werchter, BE @ Rock Werchter
07/05 – Imola, IT @ Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari ^
07/07 – Vienna, AT @ Wiener Stadthalle +
07/10 – London, UK @ BST Hyde Park ^+
07/13 – Krakow, PL @ Tauron Arena +
07/15 – Budapest, HU @ Budapest Arena +
07/17 – Zurich, CH @ Hallenstadion +
07/19 – Paris, FR @ Lollapalooza Paris
07/21 – Amsterdam, NL @ Ziggo Dome +


* = w/ IDLES
^ = w/ Pixies
+ = w/ White Reaper


Trent Reznor Covers David Bowie's 'Life on Mars' for HBO's Watchmen [Listen]

Nine Inch Nail Trent Reznor and English musician, songwriter, record producer, and audio engineer - Atticus Ross have teamed up to produced a cover of the David Bowie classic “Life on Mars.”  The instrumental version will appear on episode seven of HBO's Watchmen. The show airs December 16th but you can hear it below.


This is not the first time the duo of Reznor and Ross have teamed up - they won the Academy Award for Best Original Score for The Social Network soundtrack in 2010.  


Nine Inch Nails also covered David Bowie's “I Can’t Give Everything Away” (from the album Blackstar) and Reznor famously collaborated with David Bowie on the 1997 single “I’m Afraid of Americans.”