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
2. Sunday Roast
3. Charcoal Lane (ft. Paul Kelly) -Archie Roast cover
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.
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
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 ..
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.
“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.
Catalystw/ 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 Tripw/ 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.
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 +
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.”
TRENT REZNOR & ATTICUS ROSS - LIFE ON MARS (Music from the HBO Series)
“I play a little guitar, write a few tunes, make a few movies, but none of that’s really me. The real me is something else.”
George Harrison may have been one of the most famous men in the world - but he loathed super stardom.
Here are 10 things you may not have known about the former Beatle:
1. He actually came to the United States and played a show before the famous arrival at John F. Kennedy International Airport on February 7th, 1964. On September 28, 1963, he sat in with the "Four Vests" for a show at the VFW Hall in Eldorado, Illinois
2. He was the first Beatle to release a solo album. Released on November 1, 1968 - Wonderwall Music was a first solo album from any of the Beatles, as well as the first LP issued by their new label, Apple Records.
3. He invented the mega rock star benefit concert - After learning about the plight of Bangladeshi refugees he recruited friends Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Ringo Starr, Billy Preston, Badfinger, and Leon Russell, and together they played two sold-out benefit shows at Madison Square Garden on August 1, 1971
4. The song "CRACKERBOX PALACE" is about his mansion. Modest as he was - he did live in a 120 room mansion on a 66 acre estate.
5. He invited the Hells Angels to stay at the Beatles’ London offices. After meeting members of the gang in San Francisco - he told them "Oh, if you ever come to England, look us up,’ or something,” and a couple months later - they took him up on the offer - staying at Apple Records headquarters on their way to "straighten out Czechoslovakia"
6. He loved hanging out with Bob Dylan. Although all of the fab four were Dylan fans - Harrison would spend weeks with him at his NY home. The two eventually made music together as bandmates in The Traveling Wilburys.
7. Speaking of The Traveling Wilburys - he actually named the group. Wilbury was a slang term Harrison used for 'We’ll bury ’em in the mix” - a descriptor for removing minor mistakes and imperfections during recordings. When the record label asked the supergroup for a name - Harrison suggested the Trembling Wilburys. But the collective decided The Traveling Wilburys was better.
8. Sticking with The Traveling Wilburys - George was not exactly the quiet Beatle. Despite having this nickname - fellow Wilbury Tom Petty once said "He never shut up. He was the best hang you could imagine."
9. He once pranked Phil Collins for not being credited on All Things Must Pass. Collins sat in on the recording sessions - playing the conga drums - which are barely audible of the final mix. As an apology - Harrison sent Collins a version of the song that he claimed featured his lost drumming. Collins later told EW:
“I got a tape from George of the song that I played with the congas quite loud. I thought, Oh, my god, this sounds terrible. In fact, it was a Harrison joke. He’d recorded [percussionist] Ray Cooper. [He said,] ‘Play bad, I’m going to record it and send it to Phil.’ I couldn’t believe that a Beatle had actually spent that much time on a practical joke for me.”
10. He once performed his song "The Pirate Song" on TV in full pirate attire. He made a cameo as Pirate Bob on the 1975 Christmas special of Idle’s Rutland Weekend Television series
Thanksgiving is over ... Black Friday is here - so we thing it is now appropriate to listen to holiday music ... and one of the holiday albums we are most excited about is the soundtrack to Kacey Musgraves' Holiday Special - available now on Amazon Prime
Kacey is joined by some amazing guests for the album - including Lana Del Rey (for “I’ll Be Home For Christmas”), Fred Armisen (for a comedic version of Silent night) Camila Cabello (for“Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree”), Leon Bridges, Troye Sivan, James Corden, and Zooey Deschanel.
For a long time - Beck was a self proclaimed Scientologist. In a in a June 2005 interview with the Irish Sunday Tribune, he said:
“Yeah, I’m a Scientologist ... My father has been a Scientologist for about 35 years, so I grew up in and around it and stuff.”
He was was also married to famed Scientologist Marissa Ribisi (but the two filed for divorce earlier this year .. which may have prompted Beck to say the following in a recent profile with The Sydney Morning Herald:
I think there’s a misconception that I am a Scientologist. I’m not a Scientologist. I don’t have any connection or affiliation with it. My father has been a Scientologist for a long time, but I’ve pretty much just focused on my music and my work for most of my life, and tended to do my own thing … I think it’s just something people ran with.
You can’t be married to a Scientology family such as the Ribisi family and not be fully on board. Beck was there every day doing courses and auditing. He was very much a Scientologist. To say that he was more focused on his thing and the press just ran with it is a pussy move. This is his way of not publicly stating that he was very much in and now he’s not. It’s very clever of him to use these words. It allows him to evade publicly denouncing Scientology. It’s his way to get around being attacked as we all have.
Also speaking out against Beck's words - former Senior Executive of the Church of Scientology International, Mike Rinder - telling the same blog:
Beck took the chicken’s way out. To say, “I’ve never really been a Scientologist” is an “acceptable truth.” There is no doubt he was a Scientologist. But it’s a way of avoiding questions like “Why did you leave?” His father is still doing seminars at the Hollywood Celebrity Centre trying to attract new members.
Withthe question of Beck’s religious affiliation has preoccupied the music press for years - can we all agree with his sentiments that he would rather focus on his songwriting rather than his religion ?
But unfortunately - the 49 year old musical pioneer revealed some devisating news as well. He believes that the majority of his music has been destroyed in the fire that ravaged Universal Studios lot. This is the same fire that destroyed copies of music recorded by Al Green, Elton John, Nirvana, Nine Inch Nails, Tom Petty, R.E.M., Tupac Shakur, The Eagles, and Patti LaBelle.
Beck says he suspects the damage is far worse than initially reported -
“I have a feeling that my management is not telling me because they can’t bear to break the news.”
In an interview with the The Sydney Morning Herald - Beck revealed that the 14 albums he has released only represent 10% of his musical output with the other 90% lost in the fire
Albums thought to be lost in the fire:
an entire “album like Sea Change”
“There are completely different versions of songs and then there’s probably another 10 to 20 songs that aren’t on the record that [were] in progress ... things that I thought I would finish later. It wasn’t that they were bad songs, they just didn’t fit the mood of the album.”
a double solo album full of Hank Williams songs
“I wanted to celebrate that influence in my music and explore it, and I don’t have a copy of that; it’s on a master tape, so that’s probably gone,”
A country album recorded in Nashville in just two days before the fire
And an alubm of more straightforward indie rock songs
“I went and tried to make an indie-rock album, so there’s an album that sounds like a Pavement, Sebadoh kind of thing,”
The Who - are currently promoting their first new record in 13 years - simply titled WHO (hear the cut “All This Music Must Fade” below)
As part of the promo - Pete Townshend sat downinterview with Rolling Stone - in which he had some choice words about the late Keith Moon and John Entwistle
Over the years, Townshend has lamented the long-gone Moon, and after Entwistle’s death, Townshend said, “Without him, I wouldn’t be here…. When I did look over and he wasn’t there, I wanted to die.”
Today, he’s feeling less charitable. The Who’s current shows feature two video screens full of vintage shots of mad, mad Moon and Entwistle in his bemused and haunting solitude. I asked Townshend if he ever got nostalgic looking up at the pictures of his fallen bandmates. He snorted like an old horse.
“It’s not going to make Who fans very happy, but thank God they’re gone.”
“Because they were fucking difficult to play with. They never, ever managed to create bands for themselves. I think my musical discipline, my musical efficiency as a rhythm player, held the band together.”
Townshend took on his bass player first. “John’s bass sound was like a Messiaen organ,” he says, waving his angular limbs. “Every note, every harmonic in the sky. When he passed away and I did the first few shows without him, with Pino [Palladino] on bass, he was playing without all that stuff…. I said, ‘Wow, I have a job.’ ”
He was not finished. Moon is an easier target; he once passed out during a 1970s show in San Francisco, forcing the band to pull a drummer out of the crowd. “With Keith, my job was keeping time, because he didn’t do that,” says Townshend. “So when he passed away, it was like, ‘Oh, I don’t have to keep time anymore.’”
Fresh off her two Grammy nominations for “History Repeats” (Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song) - (former?) Alabama Shakes singer Brittany Howard has hit the TV circuit - starting with last night's amazing performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live - complete with some ad-libbing over some mesmerizing guitar noodling
You can also catch Howard on The Daily Show With Trevor Noah on Wednesday, December 4th and The Today Show on Thursday, December 5th.
Singer song writer SOAK (and the latest artist to play a WRNR Pop Up Show) is no stranger to covers. She has released covers of the 1975’s “Love It If We Made It” and Sleater-Kinney’s “Modern Girl" this year - plus in the past , the Derry Girl has released her versions of songs by Chvrches, St. Vincent, and Led Zeppelin.
The latest song Bridie Monds-Watson has covered though might be our favorite - applying her breathy vocals and clean strummed guitar to The National’s “Bloodbuzz Ohio (hear it below).
According to SOAK:
There’s something so special about the imagery the National manages to create within their music and I often catch myself imagining each song as its own movie trailer. I love the manic world this song creates.
17 years after joining forces, legendary Canadian roots rockers The Band decided to call it quits ... with a lavish farewell show at San Francisco's Winterland Ballroom - on Nov. 25, 1976. The show was filmed by Martin Scorsese, and is considered one of greatest concert films and soundtracks of all time. To this day - musicians still gather to recreate the original show featured Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Neil Diamond, Ringo Starr, Muddy Waters, Dr. John, Paul Butterfield, Ronnie Wood and more.
The show went until 2am - with the Holland-Dozier-Holland classic, “Don’t Do It (Baby, Don’t You Do It)” being the last song the classic lineup would ever play live.
Check out some raw video highlights from the show below
The Band - Coyote (with Joni Mitchell) - 11/25/1976 - Winterland (Official)
The Band - Four Strong Winds (with Neil Young) - 11/25/1976 - Winterland (Official)
The Band - Baby Let Me Follow You Down - 11/25/1976 - Winterland (Official)
Brooklyn duo Matt (Johnson, keyboards) and Kim (Schifino, drums) aka Matt and Kim are no strangers to wild shows ... from festival main stages to warehouse floors - there is always one constant at the duos shows: 100% FUN
Coldplay - who recently announced they won’t tour again until they can make concerts 'actively beneficial’ for environment - debuted their newly released double LP Everyday Life with two performances in Amman, Jordan– one taking place at sunrise, and another at sunset.
The shows were staged atop the capital’s aged citadel and each set mirrored the 2 halves of the album. On the track “Arabesque”, they were joined by Stromae, Femi Kuti, and a pack of sparkling horns. During the sunset performance opened they performed the album's lead single “Orphans” with a jumping choir.
Since the band has no plans on touring soon - this may be the best chance to see the songs from the new album live:
Coldplay: Everyday Life Live in Jordan - Sunrise Performance
Trouble in Town
When I Need a Friend
Coldplay: Everyday Life Live in Jordan - Sunset Performance
Cry Cry Cry
Champion of the World
U2 have teamed up with Indian musician A. R. Rahman and released a new song called “Ahimsa.” The title comes from a doctrine commonly translated as “do no harm” and a respect for all living things.
The song is the band's first new material since 2017’s Songs Of Experience, and it comes less than a month before from their first-ever show in India - Dec. 15 in Mumbai.
The band is currently still on their global Joshua Tree Tour.
On the track, guitarist Edge had this to say:
“It has been an absolute joy to work with A.R. on this track. A superstar and a talent both towering and generous, we are especially excited to visit his homeland in just a few weeks.
On their first ever show in India:
"India has been on our bucket list for a very long time, the principles of ahimsa or non-violence have served as an important pillar of what our band stands for since we first came together to play music. We can’t wait to experience the culture of India first hand, a place that brings together the modern and the ancient all at once."
This morning - the Beatles Bassist released two new tracks - “Home Tonight” and “In a Hurry” (listen below).
The songs we recorded during the sessions for his 2018 release Egypt Station and will be released next week, on November 29, the songs will be released together as double A-side 7" picture disc single for Record Store Day’s Black Friday.