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Coldplay's Chris Martin joins Beck onstage for fun rendition of 'Loser' [VIDEO]

At last weekend's Hammer Museum’s annual ‘Gala in the Garden’ in LA - Beck was joined by a number of musicians as he performed the 1994 Mellow Gold hit Loser - including Coldplay's Chris Martin.  


The Hollywood Reporter's Chris Gardner was at the event and captured it on video ... In the clips - Martin remains seated on the stage, along with a group of musicians who play the sitar and the tabla - as Beck energetically sings his 1994 classic, encouraging the crowd of celebrities and notable guests to sing along. 












Release date set for 'The Beatles: The Singles Collection' - the highly collectible box set


Fab Four fans take note - the highly collectable limited edition boxed set The Beatles: The Singles Collection - has a release date - November 22. 


The set contains 23 of the Beatles’ biggest singles, “faithfully reproduced” in their original 7″ form - featuring artwork as they originally appeared in 23 different nations (see full list below)




The 46-song set spans from 1962’s “Love Me Do”/”P.S. I Love You” — presented here with its original U.S. sleeve — to 1970’s “Let It Be”/”You Know My Name (Look Up the Number).” 


The Beatles Anthology tracks “Free as a Bird”/”Real Love” also both exclusively make their 7″ debut in The Singles Collection.




The Beatles: The Singles Collection


1962 [sleeve art: U.S.]
A: Love Me Do
B: P. S. I Love You


1963 [sleeve art: Italy]
A: Please Please Me
B: Ask Me Why


1963 [sleeve art: Norway]
A: From Me To You
B: Thank You Girl


1963 [sleeve art: Greece]
A: She Loves You
B: I’ll Get You


1963 [sleeve art: Chile]
A: I Want To Hold Your Hand
B: This Boy


1964 [sleeve art: Austria]
A: Can’t Buy Me Love
B: You Can’t Do That


1964 [sleeve art: Holland]
A: A Hard Day’s Night
B: Things We Said Today


1964 [sleeve art: Sweden]
A: I Feel Fine
B: She’s A Woman


1965 [sleeve art: Spain]
A: Ticket To Ride
B: Yes It Is


1965 [sleeve art: Belgium]
A: Help!
B: I’m Down


1965 [double A-side / sleeve art: France]
A: We Can Work It Out
A: Day Tripper


1966 [sleeve art: Turkey]
A: Paperback Writer
B: Rain


1966 [double A-side / sleeve art: Argentina]
A: Eleanor Rigby
A: Yellow Submarine


1967 [double A-side / sleeve art: Australia]
A: Strawberry Fields Forever
A: Penny Lane


1967 [sleeve art: West Germany]
A: All You Need Is Love
B: Baby, You’re A Rich Man


1967 [sleeve art: Mexico]
A: Hello, Goodbye
B: I Am The Walrus


1968 [sleeve art: Japan]
A: Lady Madonna
B: The Inner Light


1968 [sleeve art: South Africa]
A: Hey Jude
B: Revolution


1969 [sleeve art: Denmark]
A: Get Back
B: Don’t Let Me Down


1969 [sleeve art: Portugal]
A: The Ballad Of John And Yoko
B: Old Brown Shoe


1969 [sleeve art: Israel]
A: Something
B: Come Together


1970 [sleeve art: UK]
A: Let It Be
B: You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)


1995 / 1996 [exclusive double A-side single / sleeve art: worldwide]
A: Free As A Bird [1995]
A: Real Love [1996]




Beck Shares New Song, 'Uneventful Days', Reveals 'Hyperspace' Release Date

Six months since offering up  ‘Saw Lightning’, the first taste of his new album, Hyperspace, and just a few weeks after wrapping up the epic Night Running Tour - Beck has unveiled the second track from the highly anticipated record, ‘Uneventful Days’


The song - has a much different sound than junkyard-blues hip-hop of Saw Lightning.  


Beck - Uneventful Days (Audio)




At a listening event last month, Beck described the new album as: 


“not really anything about outer space. It’s more of an interior space… The meditation of the record is finding peace in moment. I was thinking about music as a kind of escape… It sort of alters the room, alters a state of mind… every song does something different – it can be an escape from the moment.”

Hyperspace album cover 


Hyperspace tracklist 


‘Uneventful Days’
‘Saw Lightning’
‘Die Waiting’
‘See Through’
‘Dark Places’
‘Everlasting Nothing’


You can hear our Podcast with Beck below: 





'Mystify', the Michael Hutchence Documentary - Set For One-Night US Theater Showing

Many INXS fans have been patiently awaiting the release of Mystify - the film documenting the life of the late INXS frontman - Michael Hutchence.  


Mystify Michael Hutchence - Official Trailer


It's now been announced that the film will be playing in U.S. theatres for one night only, on January 7, 2020


The film was originally screened at the Tribeca Film Festival and received glowing reviews.  It tells the story of the Australian music icon and the events leading up to his 1997 death.  


It has been confirmed that the film will also air on  BBC, as confirmed by BBC Music’s head of commissioning Jan Young-Husband 




Weezer Sends Gold Record To Girl Who Inspired 'Africa' Cover

In 2017 - a Weezer fan named 'Mary' started a simple campaign - she wanted her favorite band to add a song to the repertoire of covers ... Africa by Toto. 




What started as a tweet turned into a movement  ... and after gaining popularity - the band obliged - and recorded a cover of the song ... made a video for it, with Weird Al Yankovic ... and the song went on to be the band's first number-one hit on Billboard 's Alternative Songs chart in 10 years, and their first entry on the Hot 100 in nine years, and the cover went on to sell 500,000 copies - making it a certified gold record by the RIAA.

Weezer - Africa (starring Weird Al Yankovic)




To thank Mary Weezer sent her a personalized gold record plaque — in the shape of Africa, of course 





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Did Bruce Springsteen Confirm an Upcoming Tour While Promoting Western Stars

recently release his first studio album in five years, Western Stars.  And Friday October 19 - the Western Stars documentary will be released in theaters - offering fans their only opportunity to see Springsteen perform all 13 songs on the album...or is it? 


A recent interview in London suggests otherwise ... 


Photo: Judy B/Frances Marketing


When asked what his future might hold, and specifically if he had any plans on touring, Springsteen replied: 


Yeah, yeah. I got to go back to the day job, you know, got to pay the bills, got to pay the bills 


Sounds like he plans on hitting the road to us ... Until we get some confirmed dates - you'll have to settle with watching him on the big screen


Bruce Springsteen's Western Stars (2019) - Movie Trailer



Foo Fighters' Taylor Hawkins new album coming next month, features Dave Grohl, Chrissie Hynde, and more

Taylor Hawkins is a busy guy these days.  In addition to recording a new Foo Fighters album - the drummer plans on releasing a solo album next month.  


Speaking of Foo Fighters - you can win a trip to see Spoon, Foo Fighters, and more in Vegas HERE




But back to Taylor -  Get the Money, due out November 8, via Shanabelle/RCA, boasts a pretty epic cast of guest contributors, including:  Dave Grohl and Pat Smear of Foo Fighters, Queen drummer Roger Taylor, guitarist Joe Walsh, Duff McKagan from Guns N’ Roses, Yes vocalist Jon Davison, The Pretenders’ Chrissie Hynde, Nancy Wilson of Heart, country singer LeAnn Rimes and even Jane’s Addiction frontman/Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell 


Hawkins produced the record himself and has released the first single, “Crossed the Line” - which features Dave Grohl: 



Taylor Hawkins & The Coattail Riders - Crossed The Line (Audio)


Get the Money Artwork:




Get the Money Tracklist:
01. Crossed the Line (featuring Dave Grohl, Jon Davison)
02. Don’t Look At Me That Way (featuring Duff McKagan, Nancy Wilson)
03. You’re No Good at Life No More (featuring Dave Grohl)
04. I Really Blew It (featuring Dave Grohl, Perry Farrell)
05. Queen Of The Clowns (featuring Mark King)
06. Get the Money (featuring Joe Walsh, Chrissie Hynde, Duff McKagan)
07. C U in Hell (featuring LeAnn Rimes)
08. Middle Child (featuring Dave Grohl)
09. Kiss the Ring
10. Shapes Of Things (featuring Roger Taylor, Pat Smear)




The 2020 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees Are In ...

Weezer didn't make the cut - but The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced its nominees for its 2020 class ... The 16 nominees are:


-Pat Benatar
-Dave Matthews Band
-Depeche Mode
-The Doobie Brothers
-Whitney Houston
-Judas Priest
-Nine Inch Nails
-The Notorious B.I.G.
-Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
-Todd Rundgren
-Thin Lizzy


The Rock Hall fan vote will begin on October 15 and last through January 10, 2020 at 11:59 PM EST (Vote by searching “Vote Rock Hall 2020” or any nominee name plus “vote” on Google to cast a vote or at vote at RockHall.com)  The top five artists from the fan vote will make up the “fans’ ballot” and be counted among the other ballots from the Rock Hall voting committee.  




Pat Benatar

Dave Matthews Band


Depeche Mode

The Doobie Brothers

Whitney Houston

Judas Priest







Nine Inch Nails

The Notorious B.I.G.


Rufus featuring Chaka Khan

Todd Rundgren





Thin Lizzy


The Anthem Celebrated Their 2nd Anniversary with The Black Keys and Modest Mouse [pics/video]

Most 2 year old's birthday parties have a clown or a face painter ... Washington DC's The Anthem turned things up a notch - hosting the Let It Rock Tour with The Black Keys and Modest Mouse over for their second anniversary. 



See the Full Gallery HERE


Nashville by way of Brooklyn R&B Rocker Jessy Wilson - who's first studio album Phase was produced by The Black Keys' Patrick Carney opened the show.  


Next up was indie rock vets Modest Mouse who played a 12 song career spanning set including Dashboard, Lampshades on Fire, and Tiny Cities Made of Ashes.


Photo: Tedd Henn


See the Full Gallery HERE


But the 90 minute /  21 song set of rock The Black Keys brought to close the show was amazing.  


Photo: Tedd Henn


See the Full Gallery HERE


Along with a backing band (including Delicate Steve on guitar and brothers Zach & Andy Gabbard of Buffalo Killers) Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney brought the rock.  






Set List 


I Got Mine 

Eagle Birds 

Tell Me Lies 

Gold on The Ceiling 


Next Girl 

Fire Walk With Me 

Walk Across the Water 

Everlasting Light 

Howlin for You 

10am Automatic 

Your Touch 

Strange Times 

Tighten Up


Ten Cent Pistol 

Little Black Submarines 

Lonely Boy 





She's Gone 



New 4000-seat concert venue set to open in Baltimore's entertainment district

After announcing in 2016 that they planned to open a concert space in what has been dubbed ' Baltimore’s casino entertainment district' aka the gritty and dilapidated area between the Horseshoe Casino and M&T Bank Stadium - the casino owners have announced plans to break ground on The Paramount Baltimore. 


The new 4000 seat venue will be at 1300 Warner Street: 





Matt Herbert, Design Collective, the firm tasked with designing the building said:

“The goal of project is to create a sense of place, a unique place.  People will enjoy this place not just for the specific performance, ... they will be coming to a place to enjoy this district and what happens to be a fun show tonight.”

Also planned for the area are a Top Golf (a high end driving range), a new iteration of the famed Baltimore rock club Hammerjacks, and Checkerspot Brewing (which is already open) 


The cardigan Kurt Cobain wore at MTV's Unplugged could be yours ...

A cardigan sweater, that happens to be missing a button, has a few “burn holes” and slight discoloration on its two pockets. is going up for auction and is expected to sell for north of $200,000.  


Seems crazy - but that is becuase this is the cardigan that Kurt Cobain wore on November 18, 1993 - when Nirvana recorded their MTV Unplugged session 




The sweater is part of Julien’s Auctions Icons & Idols: Rock ‘n’ Roll auction, which takes place October 25-26


The auction contains over 700 historical artifacts and memorabilia owned and used by some of the world's most important and influential music artists  - including one of Kurt Cobain's custom Fender Mustang guitars, a motorcycle that belonged to Elvis Presley, and handwritten lyrics by Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton and Bruce Springsteen.  



But the sweater expects to draw the largest bids - which includes a signed letter from Cobain family friend Jackie Farry, who’d obtained the sweater.



Can't make it in person to the Hard Rock Cafe in New York City for the auction?  You can participate online at JuliensAuctions.com.


The Top 103.1 songs from the '90s

On October 3, 1994 - we flipped the switch and 103.1 FM WRNR was born ... who knew that 25 years later  - we'd still be at it ...



So in honor of the decade our station was born - Stupid and Contagious host Phil has compiled a list of all the alternative rock songs to hit #1 in the 1990s ... in case you missed his marathon broadcast of the songs on air - here's the list: 





Sinead O’Connor – Nothing Compares 2 U (1990)


Midnight Oil – Blue Sky Mine (1990)




The Church – Metropolis (1990)


Depeche Mode – Enjoy the Silence (1990)




The Sundays – Here’s Where the Story Ends (1990)




World Party – Way Down Now (1990)



Concrete Blonde – Joey (1990)




Gene Loves Jezebel – Jealous (1990)



INXS – Suicide Blonde (1990)




The Replacements – Merry Go Round (1990)



Jane’s Addiction – Been Caught Stealing (1990)




Happy Mondays – Kinky Afro (1990)


Sting – All This Time (1991)


Jesus Jones – Right Here, Right Now (1991)




R.E.M. – Losing My Religion (1991)




Siouxsie and the Banshees – Kiss Them for Me (1991)




Big Audio Dynamite II – Rush (1991)



The Psychedelic Furs – Until She Comes (1991)


Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians – So You Think You’re in Love (1991)




Red Hot Chili Peppers – Give It Away (1991)




Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit (1991)




U2 – One (1991)




The Sugarcubes – Hit (1992)




Cracker – Teen Angst (What the World Needs Now) (1992)




The Charlatans – Weirdo (1992)


XTC – The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead (1992)




The Cure – Friday I’m in Love (1992)




Faith No More – Midlife Crisis (1992)


Morrissey – Tomorrow (1992)



Suzanne Vega – Blood Makes Noise (1992)



R.E.M. – Drive (1992)




10,000 Maniacs – These Are Days (1992)




Soul Asylum – Somebody To Shove (1992)




Peter Gabriel – Steam (1992)


Ned’s Atomic Dustbin – Not Sleeping Around (1992)


Blind Melon – No Rain (1992)




Belly – Feed the Tree (1993)




Depeche Mode – I Feel You (1993)


New Order – Regret (1993)




Porno for Pyros – Pets (1993)




Red Hot Chili Peppers – Soul To Squeeze (1993)




The Lemonheads – Into Your Arms (1993)




Pearl Jam – Daughter (1993)




Gin Blossoms – Found Out About You (1993)




Nirvana – All Apologies (1993)




Crash Test Dummies – Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm (1993)




Beck – Loser (1994)




Tori Amos – God (1994)



Toad the Wet Sprocket – Fall Down (1994)



The Offspring – Come Out and Play (1994)



Counting Crows – Einstein on the Beach (For an Eggman) (1994)




R.E.M. – What’s the Frequency, Kenneth? (1994)




The Cranberries – Zombie (1994)




Nirvana – About a Girl (Live) (1994)




Green Day – When I Come Around (1994)




Live – Lightning Crashes (1994)




Bush – Comedown (1994)



Better Than Ezra – Good (1995)



U2 – Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me (1995)




Alanis Morissette – You Oughta Know (1995)


Silverchair – Tomorrow (1995)


Goo Goo Dolls – Name (1995)


The Presidents of the United States of America – Lump (1995)




Red Hot Chili Peppers – My Friends (1995)


Oasis – Wonderwall (1995)




Dishwalla – Counting Blue Cars (1995)


Smashing Pumpkins – 1979 (1995)




311 – Down (1995)


The Cranberries – Salvation (1996)


Tracy Bonham – Mother Mother (1996)


Butthole Surfers – Pepper (1996)




Primitive Radio Gods – Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth with Money in My Hand (1996)




Pearl Jam – Who You Are (1996)



Eels – Novocaine for the Soul (1996)




Sublime – What I Got (1996)




Bush – Swallowed (1996)



Garbage - #1 Crush (1996)




The Wallflowers – One Headlight (1996)


U2 – Staring at the Sun (1997)


The Verve Pipe – The Freshmen (1997)


Third Eye Blind – Semi-Charmed Life (1997)




The Mighty Mighty Bosstones – The Impression That I Get (1997)




Sugar Ray – Fly (1997)


Smash Mouth – Walkin’ on the Sun (1997)


Chumbawamba – Tubthumping (1997)




Everclear – Everything to Everyone (1997)


Marcy Playground – Sex and Candy (1997)




Fastball – The Way (1998)


Semisonic – Closing Time (1998)




Goo Goo Dolls – Iris (1998)


Eve 6 – Inside Out (1998)


Barenaked Ladies – One Week (1998)




Hole – Celebrity Skin (1998)




Lenny Kravitz – Fly Away (1998)




Cake – Never There (1998)




Everlast – What It’s Like (1998)


Sugar Ray – Every Morning (1999)



Lit – My Own Worst Enemy (1999)




Red Hot Chili Peppers – Scar Tissue (1999)




Bush – The Chemicals Between Us (1999)



Foo Fighters – Learn To Fly (1999)




Blink-182 – All the Small Things (1999)





About Last Night: How Winning Tickets on WRNR Turned Into a Night of a Lifetime For One Fan



We give away tickets to a lot of concerts ... and we love hearing back from winners about how their 'experience' at the show was ... well - last night one of our winners had an EPIC night ... 


It started off simple enough -  Camille had won tickets to see The Head and  the Heart at The Anthem from WRNR ... but what she didn't know was that the night would turn into an epic experience. 


The night started with Camille and her boyfriend at The Anthem as planned - to see The Head and the Heart.  They had booked a hotel room in the area - so they didn't need to drive back to Baltimore after the show.  



If you have never seen The Head and the Heart live - you are missing out - as they put on an amazing live show


The Head and the Heart - Lost in My Mind






But here's where Camille's night took a wild turn ... apparently soccer legend and DC United star Wayne Rooney is a big fan of The Head and the Heart, and was at the show.  



The two hung out and after the show - Wayne invited Camille and her boyfriend to join him on a tour of The Anthem  ...  and after that - they all decided to get in a car and head across town to the 9:30 Club to catch Mt. Joy's late set  



I mean - why not ... Wayne Rooney's heading back to England in a few weeks ... and how often do you get to roll VIP with an international sports legend! 




Thanks for sharing your story with us Camille! Glad it worked out ... YOLO ... LOL ... 



Watch Vampire Weekend and Haim Perform This Life at Hollywood Bowl Show

Vampire Weekend played The Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, California last night (10/2) ... so being in LA - you know there were bound to be some celebs in attendance ... 


Word is that Jean-Ralphio Saperstein aka Ben Schwartz was in attendance - makes sense since he co starred in  Parks and Recreation with Rashida Jones - the mother of Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig's son 


But the band had an onstage surprise - bringing out all three members of Haim to sing on their hit - This Life  


Check it out below: 


This Life - Vampire Weekend w/ Haim @ Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, CA 10-2-19



Joseph Private Artist Showcase - Videos and Pictures

Sisters Natalie, Allison, and Meegan aka Joseph are back after a brief hiatus with an amazing new album, Good Luck, Kid.  And inbetween sold out concerts and appearances on CBS This Morning - they came through Annapolis for an amazing lunchtime performance showcasing the new album! 


Check out highlights, including Fighter, below: 


Joseph - Fighter (WRNR Private Artist Showcase)











Dave Grohl Admits to Tearing Up at a Weezer Show; Reveals a New Foo Fighters Album Is On The Way


The jovial Weezer singer Rivers Cuomo was able to tug on the heart strings of Dave Grohl this past weekend at the Rock in Rio Festival this weekend.  


During the band's set - they whipped out a cover of the Nirvana classic, Lithium: 


Weezer - Lithium (Cover Nirvana) @ Rock in Rio Brasil 2019 




Before the cover, Rivers announced, “We’re gonna cover a song from Dave Grohl’s old band to tide you over until the main course in a few minutes.”





Later in the night - when Foo Fighters took the stage - Grohl took a moment to express how he felt after the cover - 


"Tonight I’m gonna dedicate this one to Weezer ... I was backstage and I heard Weezer play the ‘Lithium’ song. I gotta be honest, I cried a little bit. I did! I miss playing that song. I miss it, so I’m happy to hear Weezer play it again. So this one goes out to the sweet Weezer.”


The Foos then played Big Me:


Foo Figthers - Big me live Rock in rio 2019





Dave went on to announce that the Foo Fighters have a new album on the way - 


“I don’t know when we’ll be back down here again, but we will... We go home next week and we start making a new Foo Fighters record. It’s good, it’s good.”




Billie Eilish Turns the Saturday Night Live Set Upside Down During Her Debut [WATCH]


It was quite the week for one of the world's biggest stars, Billie Eilish.  Not only did she announce a massive area tour for 2020 (coming to DC on March 18, 2020) she was also the musical guest on Saturday Night Live's 45th season premiere.  Woody Harrelson hosted and based off the show's promo - we knew it was gonna be good ... 




But we weren't ready for HOW good it was gonna be  ... the singer first performed her hit Bad Guy - from inside a small rotating room - that was rotating - making it look as if she was walking and dancing on the walls and ceiling: 


Billie Eilish: Bad Guy (Live) - SNL




The singer proved she is more than just a one trick pony on her second song - when she returned to the stage for her second appearance - performing  an acoustic version of “I Love You” with her brother and collaborator Finneas


Billie Eilish: I Love You (Live) - SNL




The two wore matching outfits for both performances ... I wonder if their mother picked them out :P 


Hear Foo Fighters cover Arcade Fire and Dead Kennedys on newly released Surprise EP

Another Friday - another surprise Foo Fighters EP.  


This week - we get a five song EP with covers of Arcade Fire (Keep the Car Running - recorded at Radio 1’s festival Six Weeks Of Summer in 2007)  and Dead Kennedys (Holiday in Cambodia- recorded at the MTV Awards in 2007)



The EP also includes f Ever’, originally released as the B-side of ‘Echoes, Silence, Patience And Grace’s lead single ‘The Pretender’; ‘Seda’, a bonus track from the Japanese edition of the album; and a demo of album track ‘Come Alive’.


Stream the EP below  




Red Hot Chili Peppers Pay Tribute to Ric Ocasek With 'Just What I Needed' Cover [WATCH]


The Red Hot Chili Peppers are currently on a world tour - and played a show in Singapore - during which they paid tribute to recently deceased front man of The Cars, Ric Ocasek with a cover of “Just What I Needed”


Red Hot Chili Peppers - Just What I Needed
In Memory of Ric Ocasek)




RHCP bassist Flea also paid a personal homage to Ocasek - writing on Instagram:


"I loved Ric Ocasek... What an interesting, smart, kind, funny man who made incredible records. I loved those Cars albums when I was a teenager. Perfect pop songs with those wicked Elliot Easton guitar solos. Absolute candy.”




10 Facts You Probably Didn't Know About the Infamous Abbey Road Cover

Abbey Road,  the iconic album by The Beatles, was released 50 years ago today.  It was the last album in which all four Beatles participated in the recording of (Let It Be was their last album - but it was recorded  before the Abbey Road sessions began)


The music on the album is timeless - but the album cover, featuring Lennon, McCartney, Harrison and Starr walking across the Abbey Road zebra crossing,  has a story of its own  ... Here’s 10 things you probably didn’t know about the infamous cover of The Beatles’ Abbey Road album.



1. Before The Beatles came along, Abbey Road’s main claim to fame was being a stone’s throw from the location of Lord’s cricket ground.


2. The album wasn’t going to be called Abbey Road at all. It was going to be called “Everest” after the cigarettes that engineer Geoff Emerick smoked during the sessions.


3. In the photo – the four Beatles are walking AWAY from the studio.


4. Only six photos were taken for the shoot due to the heavy traffic at the intersection.



5. The back cover photo is taken at the other end of Abbey Road



6. There are 4 other people pictured on the cover of Abbey Road. Three of them, Derek Seagrove, Steve Milwood and Alan Flanagan worked nearby and happened to be outside on a break when the photo was taken. The 4th person is an American tourist named Paul Cole.


7. Paul McCartney is barefoot in the photo because the shoes he was wearing were too tight and he took them off just before the photos were taken.



8. There are “Paul Is Dead” clues on the cover of Abbey Road … OK stay with us: In late 1969 a crazy conspiracy theory started doing the rounds that Paul McCartney had in actual fact been killed in a car accident in 1966, and had been replaced by a lookalike. Apart from Paul being out of step with his band mates and walking barefoot, there were other “clues” on the sleeve that the Beatles had “planted” to get the message across to their fans.


The white Volkswagen Beetles that bears a number plate saying “28IF” - Paul would have been 28 IF he’d had survived (he’d actually just turned 27); the police van on the cover is usually seen at traffic fatalities; and the four Beatles represent a funeral procession: George is the gravedigger, Paul is the corpse, Ringo is the congregation and John is the priest.


McCartney parodied the whole affair in the title and album artwork for his 1993 concert album Paul Is Live



9. Three of the Beatles are wearing designer suits by the Welsh designer Tommy Nutter. George, however, showed up that day in full on denim.


10. Despite Abbey Road being the last time The Beatles were in the studio together, this wasn’t their final photo shoot. The four got together two weeks later, at John’s house at Tittenhurst Park for one last photo shoot.





The National will release a new live album on Record Store Day Black Friday


The National have announced that they will release another live album, as a triple cassette box set, on November 29th as part of Record Store Day Black Friday.



The new live album was recorded on September 24th and 25th, 2018,  when the band was touring in support  of Sleep Well Beast, at the Greek Theatre in California.  


What makes the tapes unique is that engineer Erik Flannigan utilized the same vintage analog equipment that famed concert taper Mike Millard used during the ’70s and ’80s when he was bootlegging Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and The Rolling Stones.  The quality of the audio captured on these tapes is as good as (if not better than) what is captured using high tech digital recording 


The National frontman Matt Berninger praised The Mike Millard Method of taping in a recent interview with Relix

“I saw how he went to all of his favorite bands, had hundreds of tapes from Bruce Springsteen and all of these different artists from that era—it was, like, holy,” Berninger says. “I’d heard some of those recordings and listening to those, they do sound unique. Someone like an audiophile, or someone at the stereo store might tell you, ‘This is too wrong about them,’ but you genuinely feel more present, I think. I’ve heard a lot of live recordings of things, and they’re amazing. A lot of it is the system you’re playing it on, but there’s something about Mike’s recordings that just really feel like you’re in the sync of it a little bit more. It feels like the the room is right up to your neck, you’re kind of soaking a little deeper inside the space. It sounds like you’re in something, either in an arena or an amphitheater or a club. Some things just have a sense to them, and it’s probably audio and it’s hard to define what it is. Even the tapes themselves, the cassettes, in his handwriting, has a sense to it, has some sort of more cosmic presence. The detail he took to do all that stuff creates a greater whole than just the one or the two.”


Here's a little more on The Mike Millard Method


Juicy Sonic Magic - The Mike Millard Method




Flannigan had this to say on the Millard Method and National shows:

“The most celebrated audience taper of the period, Mike Millard, recorded in and around Southern California beginning in 1974 and continued into the early ’90s. Millard’s legend is built in part on the cunning and subterfuge he used to get his nearly 15-pound cassette deck and microphones into venues like the The Forum, Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, and The Roxy.


For years I have pondered what made Millard’s recordings so good, and eventually I had an idea: What if you recorded a concert today with the same equipment Millard used in 1977? Would it sound like his tapes? Would it tap into his Midas touch?


The National was kind enough to let us test the Millard Method for two concerts at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley, California last September. These live recordings were made with vintage AKG 451E microphones and a restored Nakamichi 550 cassette deck which are identical to those used by Millard circa 1975-81. The idea was to see if we could recreate what Matt Berninger calls the “juicy sonic magic” Millard captured in his 1970s field recordings.


Together with my friend and filmmaker David DuBois, we also produced a short documentary about Millard, his recording methods, and our attempt to recreate his work at the National shows in Berkeley, a venue that is utterly unchanged since the ’70s.

With the advent of smartphones, thousands of people routinely record part of the show when they attend a National concert or any other performance. Forty years ago, when nobody would dare do that, one man made it his life’s work to preserve legendary concerts on tape.”



Hear the first track of David Hasselhoff's new album, a cover of The Jesus and Mary Chain's Head On


A few weeks back - we told you about David Hasselhoff's new album, titled Open Your Eyes, that's due out this Friday (9/27)


The album  features some interesting songs / collaborations ... including renditions of Echo & The Bunnymen’s “Lips Like Sugar”  and The Jesus and Mary Chain’s “Head On” (featuring A Flock of Seagulls), and Neil Diamond classic “Sweet Caroline” featuring industrial metal band Ministry. 


We now have audio from the first song on the album - as the Hoff has unveiled his cover of The Jesus and Mary Chain’s “Head On”.  


Without further ado ... 

Head On - David Hasselhoff 



TBH - We still prefer The Pixies version ;) 


Head On - The Pixies




Here's the details on the rest of Hasselhoff's new album 


Open Your Eyes Tracklist:
01. Open Your Eyes (feat. James Williamson)
02. Head On (feat. Elliot Easton)
03. I Melt with You (feat. Steve Stevens)
04. Lips Like Sugar (feat. A Flock of Seagulls)
05. “Heroes” (feat. Tyler Bates)
06. Here I Go Again (feat. Tracii Guns)
07. Jump in My Car (feat. Todd Rundgren)
08. Rhinestone Cowboy (feat. Charlie Daniels)
09. If You Could Read My Mind (feat. Ava Cherry)
10. Sugar, Sugar (feat. Steve Cropper)
11. Mit 66 Jahren (feat. Patrick Moraz) [CD Only]
12. Sweet Caroline (feat. Ministry)
13. That’s Life



Dave Grohl pretty much owned Kentucky's Bourbon & Beyond Festival [WATCH]

Dave Grohl may not have been at the raid on Area 51 (but they did release an EP of the Roswell NM concert) - but for good reason ... he was busy pretty much OWNING the Bourbon & Beyond Festival in Louisville, KY. 


Dave's weekend started with a headlining gig on Friday night with his band Foo FightersAnd as Dave & co are known to do - they invited a fan onstage to play with them ... but this wasn't some random guy in a KISS outfit, this was Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian's 8 year old son, Revel who got to jam with the band on the track Everlong.  


Ian was pretty appreciative of the Foos for giving his kid this unforgettable moment 


 “Proudest dad moment ever? How about when your son gets to join his favorite band on stage to play ‘Everlong’ in front of 40,000 people and NAILS IT! Thank you Dave, Taylor, Pat, Nate, Chris, Rami, Gus, Kerwin, Sean, Patrick, Simone and everyone else on the Foo crew for being the best!!!”





But Dave's weekend was far from over ... I mean - there was probably plenty of free bourbon flowing - so why leave after your set ... 


Later in the weekend- Dave joined the band Squeeze on stage to fill in on drums for the song “Black Coffee In Bed”






Finally - Dave seemed to enjoy one more performance over the weekend - 



Dave was seen in the crowd jamming out to perenial yacht rockers Hall and Oates.  He even posed with the duo backstage donning a Hall and Oates shirt 




Robert Hunter, Grateful Dead Collaborator and Lyricist, Dies at 78

Robert Hunter  - the poet and writer who provided the mystical and enduring lyrics for many of the Grateful Dead’s finest songs – including Truckin and Ripple, died Monday night.  Her was 78 years old.


In addition to his work with the Dead - he worked with Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello, Jim Lauderdale, and Bruce Hornsby


The family released the following statement:


It is with great sadness we confirm our beloved Robert passed away yesterday night. He died peacefully at home in his bed, surrounded by love. His wife Maureen was by his side holding his hand.

For his fans that have loved and supported him all these years, take comfort in knowing that his words are all around us, and in that way he is never truly gone. In this time of grief please celebrate him the way you all know how, by being together and listening to the music.


So here we go - 

The Grateful Dead - Ripple (Studio Version)




Grateful Dead - Box of Rain



Grateful Dead - Scarlet Begonias



Grateful Dead - Touch Of Grey




Grateful Dead - Dark Star



They Might Be Giants plan 'Flood' 30th Anniversary tour

John Flansburgh and John Linnell, aka The johns, aka They Might Be Giants have made our day - announcing that they will be celebrating the 30th  of their 1990 major label debut, Flood- with a tour next year! 



Only two shows have been announced so far, New York City and Prawling NY at Daryl's House, but more shows are expected to be announced soon 


The shows are being billed as an 'evening with They Might Be Giants' - meaning no opener - and the band plans to play two full sets - the first being Flood played in full and the second - a variety of songs from the bands vast catalog! 


Flood featured 19 tracks- including “Birdhouse in Your Soul” and “Istanbul (Not Constantinople)” , which you can enjoy below while waiting for a DC/Baltimore tour date to be announced.


A little more history on the album, and its cover: 

"The photograph used for Flood's cover art was found by Flansburgh in the basement archives of Life magazine. It existed as only a contact print on a roll of film shot by famous photojournalist Margaret Bourke-White. It was in a series of photographs of Kentucky flood victims from around 1930. Another photograph from that very same shoot has become quite well known. It is of people standing in a bread line in front of a billboard poster of a happy family in a car with the words 'America: Highest Standard of Living.' It is featured in the 'Best of Life' and has become synonymous with the Great Depression, even though the events surrounding the photograph are unrelated to it."






Istanbul (not Constantinople) - They Might Be Giants