Sharon Van Etten has announced a reissue of her 2010 LP epic ... with a twist - it will be released as a double album with the firs side being original record and the second - an LP of artists covering the album's tracks. Artists doing the covering include Fiona Apple, Lucinda Williams, Big Red Machine (Justin Vernon and Aaron Dessner of The National), and Courtney Barnett.
“epic represents a crossroads for me as an artist,” Van Etten said in press materials. She continued:
Going from intern to artist at Ba Da Bing, from solo folk singer to playing with a band for the first time and beginning to play shows on tour where people showed up. I am in awe of the artists who wanted to participate in celebrating my anniversary and reissue, from young inspiring musicians, to artists who took me under their wing, who I met on tour, and to artists I’ve looked up to since I was a teenager. Each one of these artists continue to influence my writing and provide a sense of camaraderie during this new era of sharing music.
epic Ten is out digitally April 16 and physically June 11 via Ba Da Bing. She will share one of the album’s cover songs Each Thursday leading up to epic Ten’s release.
The first cover we've heard from the project is Big Red Machine's take on A Crime:
With so many artists couped up at home and writing music for most of 2020 - we are in store for a big year of releases. One of those anticipated records is from Annie Clark - aka St Vincent - who began teasing a new record earlier this month with some good ol' fashioned wheat pasted posters
Followed up with some more current social media teases ...
Based on the imagery - we figured St Vincent was going to reinvent her sound and style up again - and we were right - she's traded in the latex dominatrix vibe from Masseduction for a slinky 70's vibe on the new record, Daddy's Home (due out May 14 via Loma Vista Recordings)
Clark explained the loose concept behind her sixth album in a statement:
“Daddy’s Home collects stories of being down and out in downtown NYC. Last night’s heels on the morning train. Glamour that’s been up for three days straight...Music made in sepia-toned downtown New York from 1971-1975. Gritty. Grimy. Sleazy,”
You surly get the 70s vibe in the lead single - there's some Bowie, some Prince, some New York Dolls ... and it's all amazing
The internet did its thing - and Twitter user and Walgreens employee Mike Ghelfi let Evan know his wallet turned up at the store. “I work at Walgreens in Falmouth and your wallet was just turned in to us. I’ll keep it in the office safe until you can get it.”
Dando was so appreciative of the good samaritan - he gave the Walgreens staff an impromptu serenade in the potato chip section - notcie the abundance of UTZ chips and not Cape Cod chips. Check out the performace of the It's a Shame About Ray cut "Confetti," which Gelfi tweeted out:
Just had a special guest appearance at Walgreens by artist @Evan_Dando (lead singer of the group the Lemonheads). Thank you Evan, you sounded great as always! pic.twitter.com/GB6XOBPfnS
ITS HAPPENING!! I’m gonna play a full band show on an actual stage for the first time in a year!
Yeah - Brandi Carlile seems a little excited about the news that was shared this week - she will be playing a special pay-per-view livestream from the Ryman Auditorium, marking her first full-band performance since the COVID-19 crisis began. The same room she hosted a six night residency in 2020 .... before 2020- ya know - 2020'd.
It feels like much more than a year since we played those six sold-out shows at the Ryman! Since we can’t do it in person again quite yet, we're dusting off our rock-n-roll clothes and heading to the Ryman for our first full-band livestream show! The Looking Out Foundation will donate $2 from each ticket sold to benefit two very important causes in Nashville: The Rainey Day Fund (www.raineydayfund.org) and Fanny's School of Music (www.fannysschoolofmusic.org).
Additionally, funds raised from this livestream will continue to go to support Brandi's band and crew.
Purchase tickets to the show - that will remain available for rewatch until 11:59pm CT on April 11 - HERE
In an effort to support mobile COVID 19 vaccination efforts, Linda Perry (of of 4 Non Blondes fame) has teamed up with CORE Response for a benefit festival that will be live streamed this week (March 5 and 6) on TWITCH . The two-day fundraiser event will feature performances and appearances by artists including Linda Perry, Foo Fighters, Perry Farrell, Carly Simon, Sheryl Crow, Silversun Pickups, SHAED, Dawes, Kevin Bacon, and many more.
“As a mother and fellow member of this community, I wanted to do something to lift spirits and send a positive message of hope and humanity to all the healthcare workers and those on the front lines, as well as raise awareness and funds to support CORE and their relief efforts ... When I first put the word out, many jumped on board to contribute; we had over 150 bands submit to play… Our goal is to do everything we can to thank CORE and the self-sacrificing people who keep us safe during this unprecedented crisis.”
The event will be will be streamed over Twitch on March 5 and 6.
On March 1, 1994, Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear played live with Nirvana for the very last time.
The 23 song show took place at Terminal Einz, a 3,050-capacity hanger in Munich, Germany.
Midway through the set - there was an issue with the venues electricity - prompting bassist Krist Novoselic to comment:
“We’re not playing the Munich Enormodome tonight. Because our careers are on the wane. We’re on the way out. Grunge is dead. Nirvana’s over… Our next record’s going to be a hip-hop record!”
Throughout the show - it was clear all was not well with Kurt -he was pushing through from recent bronchitis and laryngitis issues ... The last words uttered onstage were a simple, ?‘Well, thank you.’
Following the show - under doctor’s orders - the band canceled the remainder of their European tour. Three days later in Rome while Cobain slipped into an overdose-induced coma. A little over a month later - on April 5 - his body was discovered at his home in Lake Washington Boulevard, where he died by suicide at the age of 27.
Nirvana - My Best Friend's Girl (Live In Munich, Germany/1994)
Nirvana - Drain You (Live In Munich, Germany/1994)
Nirvana´s Last Song At Their Last Show. Original Record ´94. Heart Shaped Box
Nirvana’s setlist from their final show
My Best Friend’s Girl (The Cars cover – Moving In Stereo by The Cars was sung by Krist and Kurt as an outro)
Radio Friendly Unit Shifter
Serve The Servants
Come As You Are (aborted due to power failure and played again)
About A Girl
Pennyroyal Tea School
The Man Who Sold The World (David Bowie cover)
On A Plain
UK music festivals Reading and Leeds are confident that they'll be able to go ahead with their 2021 editions - and have already sold out their respective dates ... Could this be a sign we could see US Festivals happening this summer / fall?
Concert promoter Live Nation seems to think so - on an earnings call on Thursday (2/25), CEO Michael Rapino sounded confident of a midsummer to resume business:
"Every day we seem to have a new state or country talking about when they’ll open up, so we’re feeling more optimistic than we were a month ago...Lots of artists are calling, looking at how we start up in July, August, September. So for right now, we still believe we’ll have enough open in the U.K., Australia, Canada and the U.S. to keep what we have on the books in amphitheaters booked for now. We might have certain states that might not be ready, but we have enough states and enough artists willing to play the open slots if we get to that level in the right markets. So as long as these states open up to the right capacities, we can start in midsummer and in the southern U.S. we can go all the way into November."
Dr. Anthony Fauci predicted that we might see live music return this fall if vaccine distribution and herd immunity are successful.
So far - Boston Calling and Hangout festivals have canceled for 2021, while Firefly, Bonaroo, Governors Ball, Summerfest, and New Orleans Jazzfest, still have their shifted fall dates on the books.
Natalie Bergman may be best known for her work along side her brother Elliot in the reggae/funk/ska/pop fusion band Wild Belle.
But one phone call in 2019 changed her musical direction.
Wild Belle were about to take the stage for one of, arguably, the biggest shows of their career - headlining New York's Radio City Music Hall - when they received a phone call no one ever wants - a coroner delivering news that their father and stepmother had been killed in a car accident caused by a drunk driver.
With music and faith a centerpiece of the Bergman family, and rather than fall into a dark depression, Natalie decided to spend time reflecting at a monastery in New Mexico's Chama Valley. This was just the cathartic experience she needed to begin writing and producing her first solo album - Mercy (due out May 7 via Jack White's Third Man Records)
Photo by Elliot Bergman
The final product finds finds Bergman putting 'a psychedelic spin on vintage gospel-soul'. The music 'is steeped in mystic melodies, time-bending tones of psychedelic rock, soul and a spiritual healing that’s much-needed in the wake of 2020'
“My faith and my music are crucial to my existence. I sing a lot about home on this record. My Paradiso, my Heaven. Believing in that place has been my greatest consolation. I had an urgency and desperation to know that my father was there. His sudden death was a whirling chaos that assaulted my mind. Gospel music gives me hope. It is the good news. It’s exemplary. It can bring you truth. It can keep you alive. This album provided me with my only hope for coming back to life myself.”
Photo by Alan Ortiz via Natalie Bergman's Instagram
"'Shine Your Light On Me' is a love song. It's a prayer. A heartbroken melody hoping for sunshine. I had the privilege of working alongside my favorite artists and musicians on this film. I built my dream set design with Hanrui Wang and we played with mirrors and shadows. Light and darkness. I was inspired by Diana Ross & The Supremes' 1967 performance of 'Reflections.' I imagined this song would be accompanied by visuals that might remind you of a late '60s television performance i.e. The Ed Sullivan Show."
Natalie Bergman - "Shine Your Light On Me"
Natalie Bergman - "Talk To The Lord"
While we wait for the full album's release (May 7 via Third Man Records) we can take a moment and enjoy these songs and realize just how powerful and cathartic music can be.
Oh - it also includes replicas of the 20" x 30" original Adrian George album poster, a gig poster from The City Hall, Newcastle, a Saville Theatre show 8-page program, a business card for the Bag o' Nails club, Kingly Street, a Who fan club photo of group, a flyer for Bath Pavilion concerts including The Who, a crack-back bumper sticker for Wonderful Radio London, Keith Moon's Speakeasy Club membership card and a Who Fan Club newsletter
You can preorder the albums HERE and preview the Pete Townshend demos of "Pictures of Lily," "Kids! Do You Want Kids" and "Odorono" below:
Pictures Of Lily (Pete Townshend Demo / New 2018 Mix)
Kids! Do You Want Kids (Pete Townshend Demo)
Odorono (Pete Townshend Demo)
The Who Sell Out was initially released in December 1967 and described latterly by Rolling Stone as "THE WHO's finest album"
Yes - some of the town's best chefs have pulled the curtain back and shared their secret recipes for this project - and it's for a great cause. Proceeds from the cookbook will benefit the amazing charity - Feed Anne Arundel - that is distributing financial dotations to local restaurants so they can prepare and distribute meals to those in need.
More than 30 local restaurants contributed recipes to the book, including Level: A Small Plates Lounge, Soul, Julep Southern Kitchen, Boatyard Bar and Grill, Vin 909, Annapolis Market House, Luna Blu, Stan and Joe’s, Black Wall Hitch, In Grano, Park Tavern, Caliente Grill, Preserve, Pussers, and Broadneck Grille.
New Wave and punk pioneers Blondie are set to appear in their own graphic novel.
Blondie: Against the Oddsis touted asan imaginative take on an oral history of the band, interspersed with artistic interpretations of 10 songs from their catalog, BLONDIE: AGAINST THE ODDS captures the friction of NYC as the band fought their way to prominence, as well as the power and energy contained within the songs that fueled their rise to legendary status.
One would assume the songs will be X-Offender (76) Fade Away And Radiate (78) Hanging On The Telephone (78) One Way or Another (78) Heart of Glass (78) Dreaming (79) Atomic (79) Call Me (80) Rapture (80) Island of Lost Souls (82) based on the post cards included in the super deluxe version - details below
Blondie: Against the Odds waswritten by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti, who are credited with bringing Harley Quinn back to prominence with their 2013 DC Comics series.
It will be available this fall via Z2 Comics (preorders available here) as a: standard soft cover, standard hard cover, a deluxe edition (with limited edition silver ink cover by Amanda Conner [180 pages], a slipcase designed by Jason "Stuntkid" Levesque, an exclusive Blondie 12" Vinyl and (3) exclusive Blondie song-inspired art prints) and a super deluxe version that includes an oversized hard cover edition of the graphic novel with limited edition silver ink cover by Amanda Conner [180 pages], the Jason "Stuntkid" Levesque slipcase, a Blondie music bundle (to be announced), a set of (10) exclusive Blondie song-inspired art prints and a set of ten art prints and postcards e inspired by the following classic Blondie songs: X-Offender (76) Fade Away And Radiate (78) Hanging On The Telephone (78) One Way or Another (78) Heart of Glass (78) Dreaming (79) Atomic (79) Call Me (80) Rapture (80) Island of Lost Souls (82)
Days after Jeep debuted their Super Bowl ad that starred Bruce Springsteen, who has notoriously avoided commercial appearances for decades, it was revealed that the Boss had been arrested and charged with three misdemeanors back in November after a park ranger saw him drinking in an NJ State Park.
Today in (virtual) court, the prosecutors have dropped the DWI and reckless driving charges against Bruce (his BAC was 0.02 — below New Jersey’s legal limit while driving of .08) – but he did plead guilty to consuming alcohol in a closed area - having “ two small shots of tequila” with fans at a New Jersey park …
The resolution was enough for Jeep - who have decided to unpause the ad - which calls for a Re-United States
Jeep - The Middle Super Bowl LV Ad ft. Bruce Springsteen
In a statement - the brand said: "As we stated previously, we paused the commercial until the facts were established. Now, that the matter has been resolved, we are unpausing the film,"
The 10-year-old rock and roll tour de force known as Nandi Bushell dropped her latest cover this week — putting her spin on Red Hot Chili Peppers’ 1991 hit “Under the Bridge” - on which she plays guitar, bass, drums, and sings.
“I LOVE the @chilipeppers,” she wrote in an Instagram post promoting the cover. “‘Under the Bridge’ is one of my favourite songs from one of my favourite bands! Awesome band and awesome musicians.”
Under The Bridge - Red Hot Chili Peppers
And it's not just us (and of course Dave Grohl) who are loving her work - RHCP bassist Flea gave his stamp of approval - tweeting “always love to Nandi!”
Last fall, since we missed the live tour - Billie Eilish did the next best thing - and gave fans an incredible live performance during her 'Where Do We Go' streaming event.
This week - Apple TV will debut Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry - a documentary exploring Eilish's to super stardom as a teenager, life on the road and the creation of her When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? album.
Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry — Official Trailer #2
But fans will want to set a reminder for 9 p.m. ET this Thursday (Feb. 25) - because that is when Billie will be going live for a stripped down performance and conversation - just before the film's debut.
This past weekend - Green Day unveiled a new single - Here Comes The Shock - during an NHL Hockey broadcast.
Sure the two-and-a-half-minute track is fun and full of anthemic hooks - sure to be a hit when Billy, Tre and Mike are able to hit the road again (this summer?) - but it's the “punk rock aerobics” video by Hilken Mancini and Punk Rock Aerobics that we love ... cause our Billy Blanks tapes are getting stale.
Green Day - Here Comes The Shock (Official Video)
Founded in 2000 by Hilken Mancini Maura Jasperm PRA is the 'The Original DIY' workout and it looks super fun - and you can take a class with the every Tuesday for just $12!
Long time friends Bruce Springsteen and former President Barack Obama have launched a new eight-part podcast in which they discuss a wide range of topics including “race, fatherhood, marriage, and the state of America.”
In the first episode, Obama says,
“In our own ways, Bruce and I have been on parallel journeys trying to understand this country that’s given us both so much. Trying to chronicle the stories of its people. Looking for a way to connect our own individual searches for meaning and truth and community with the larger story of America.”
You can hear the first two episodes from Obamas’ Higher Ground production company below:
Renegades: Born in the USA is a series of conversations between President Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen about their lives, music, and enduring love of America—despite all its challenges is available via Spotify
By now you might have heard that after watching HBO's documentary on the Bee Gees - they decided to cover the disco groups song You Should Be Dancing for Jo Whiley's Sofa Session show on BBC Radio 2
Well - we asked for it and the internet delivered - there's now a fan made video for the song ... José Hurtado has spliced together some classic shots of Dave Grohl dancing and put it to the track. And it is amazing ...
BTW - is that Dave dancing at the DC rock club The Black Cat we spy??
Foo Fighters - You Should Be Dancing
When asked if the Foo Fighters will be going down a falsetto, disco-inspired path in the future ... Dave responded "Just so you know, there is a plan"
Este, Danielle, and Alana Haim aka the band HAIM have been pals with Taylor Swift for a while and recently they have begun collaborating together musically.
Late last year- the sisters helped Swift on her evermore track “No Body, No Crime”. And now Swift has leant her tallets to HAIM for a remix of their track “Gasoline” - from their Grammy nominated album Women in Music Pt. III .
"since we released wimpiii in june, taylor had always told us that gasoline was her favorite. so when we were thinking about ways to reimagine some of the tracks from the record, we immediately thought of her. she brought such amazing ideas and new imagery to the song and truly gave it a new life. thank you @taylorswift for adding your incredible voice and spirit to a track that means so much to us."
Haim - Gasoline (Audio) ft. Taylor Swift
The expanded tracklist also includes a remix of “3AM” from Thundercat.
It's got to be getting hard for Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters to come up with something new and outrageous to do at this point - but somehow they just keep doing them!
Sure - you may have heard the band do some covers over their 25 year existence ... maybe you've seen it once or twice too - like when Taylor Hawkins swapped places with Dave to sing Under Pressure while Dave played drums
Well look out - the band has unleashed a cover like no other - giving us their rendition of the Bee Gees’ classic You Should Be Dancing.
“And while we were having this conversation somebody said, ?‘Hey, have you seen that Bee Gees documentary?’ And I was like the last person on earth – the only person that hadn’t seen it! So I was like, ?‘Why don’t we just do a Bee Gees song?’ And someone was just like, ?‘Okay… how do you wanna do it?!’ And I said: ?‘Well, let’s do it like the Bee Gees.’
We started recording the instrumental track, and then I thought, ?‘Okay, well I’m gonna go out and sing it…’ and let me tell you: I have never, ever in my life sung like that, but it was the easiest song I have ever sung in my entire life!” the frontman jokes. ?“I sang the song, and it was like six minutes and I was done. I should have been singing like this for the last 25 years!”
The result is absolutely amazing ... hear a sample below or keep scrolling for a link to the full session
In 2005 - Nigel Godrich began a web series called From the Basement - featuring band performances. The show went on to feature Radiohead, The Shins, Fleet Foxes, PJ Harvey, and many more. But the show's first episode featured The White Stripes - fresh off the release of Get Behind Me Satan.
The set is heavy on tracks from Get Behind Me Satan, including “Blue Orchid,” “Forever for Her (Is Over for Me),” “As Ugly As I Seem,” Little Ghost,” and “Red Rain”. There's also a pretty sweet cover of Captain Beefheart’s “Party of Special Things to Do.”
Nigel Godrich had this to say about the episode:
“The dream of From the Basement is to capture great performances with the most direct and beautiful coverage possible, both sonically and visually ... We were so fortunate early on to have the support of Jack and Meg who instinctively understood the concept of the show and so came to be part of it. As a result, we have this amazing snapshot of their fantastic energy and style. It’s an intimate and direct performance, something magic, powerful and special. A day I will not forget."
Director Sophie Muller recalls:
“Everything fell into place very quickly, and because of Meg and Jack’s ease and natural chemistry with each other I could just shoot what I saw. Whatever it was between them made it very simple, but so, so special and it was an honor to be there. I just love this electrifying performance.”
The White Stripes - From the Basement (Official Performance)
"Ziggy Stardust": tiger stripe design is based on one of Bowie's most iconic jumpsuits
"Flashy Bowie": featuring the lightning bolt ripped straight from Bowie's fact to your feet
"Aladdin Sane": the flames on these were inspired by Bowie's Aladdin Sane jumpsuit
"Big Bowie": the iconic lightning flash symbol here is paired with Happy Socks' Big Dots
"Electric Tiger": the giant cats here were inspired by another Ziggy-era jumpsuit
"Tokyo Pop": this pair are based on Mirai Yamamoto's flared body suit designs
The other two pairs include the "Silver Lining" socks - wrapped in silver foil and based the silver zebra outfit from Station To Station and the the Ziggy Special sock, that comes as one sock and two ankle bangles.
You know you're career is on the right trajectory when you get invited to perform live from New York on a Saturday night... and that's just what happened to a one Mr Nathaniel Rateliff - who was the musical guest on Saturday Night Live this past weekend (Feb.13)
Rateliff brought along his long time band the Night Sweats to perform two songs - one new and one old .
Over the weekend - Manchester Orchestra premiered A Black Mile To The Surface: The Global Concert Film, a film in which they perform their 2017 album A Black Mile to the Surface -- from start to finish at Echo Mountain Recording Studios in Asheville, NC - where they originally recorded the album.
The band sounds great ... the visuals are amazing ... and they even flash a cryptic message - "The Million Mask of God" - throughout the performance ...
Manchester Orchestra Presents: A Black Mile To The Surface (The Concert Film)
If you go to THEMILLIONMASKSOFGOD.COM, and if you go to that URL, there's a countdown clock that ends on February 18 and some videos that show a whole lot of pictures of the band in the studio