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.
For final song of night, @beck and a seated Chris Martin (with five also sitting musicians) collab on Beck’s 1994 “Loser,” and lyric I really heard was “forces of evil in a bozo nightmare.” #HammerGalapic.twitter.com/GsjeGNuJUb
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.”
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
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 ...
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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)
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.
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 ...
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!
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.”
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
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’.
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.”
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 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.”
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
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!!!”
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.
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."
BIRDHOUSE IN YOUR SOUL - THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS
Istanbul (not Constantinople) - They Might Be Giants