RNR News and Notes Archives for 2020-02

Get a behind the scenes look at Merriweather Post Pavilion with this MPT documentary 'Inside Merriweather'

Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD is one of the country's best outdoor music venues.  It has hosted acts like Rage Against The Machine, Taylor Swift, Radiohead, and The Who.  You can get a history and behind the scenes look at the venue in this MPT doumentary:






The National, Kurt Vile, Dermot Kennedy and More Contribute Covers For 'Songs For Australia' Album - A Benefit For Brush Fire Relief Efforts


Australian singer-songwriter Julia Stone, one half of brother-sister duo Angus & Julia Stone, had recorded a cover of “Beds Are Burning” Midnight Oil that she planned to release as a one off release... instead - she decided to reach out to some friends and compile an album of them covering Australian artists - with the proceeds set to benefit the country's brush fire relief efforts. 




Included on the album, due out March 5th on digital and in June on CD and vinyl (preorder HERE)  are:


  • The National covering INXS’ “Never Tear Us Apart”
  • Kurt Vile covering Nick Cave’s “Stranger Than Kindness”
  • Damien Rice covering Sia’s “Chandelier”
  • Martha Wainwright covering Nick Cave’s “Ship Song”
  • Dermot Kennedy covering Matt Corby’s “Resolution”
  • Dope Lemon covering The Go-Betweens’ “Streets Of Your Town”

Proceeds from the album will benefit Firesticks, Landcare Australia, SEED, Emergency Leaders for Climate Action, WildArk and the NSW Rural Fire Service


Said Stone of the project: 

“I received the most heartwarming replies from the biggest, busiest artists in the world.   Most of these artists have toured here, have family here, friends here, have lived here or spent time here. Everyone has such great memories of this country and to see it in flames was breaking everyone’s hearts.”



So far the only release from the album we have is Stone's cover of Beds Are Burning: 




G Love's Valentines Day Massacre - Playlist and In Studio Performance

When it comes to Valentine's Day - who better than to play the tunes than Mr Love himself ... so that's why we invited G Love to come to the studio this year to take over the airwaves on the most romantic day of the year ... 


Lucky for us he brought his guitar and his stack of records - you can stream his playlist below and keep scrolling to see his in studio performance 


G Love's Valentine's Day Takeover 2020 Playlist 





  • Pearl Jam - Just Breathe 
  • Ben Harper - Steal My Kisses 
  • Jack Johnson - Wasting Time 
  • Marcus King - Wildflowers and Wine 
  • Jamtown - Pick It Up 
  • Robert Randolph - Ain't Nothin Wrong With That 
  • Keb Mo - Every Morning 
  • Elvis Costello - My Funny Valentine 
  • The Searchers - Love Potion # 9
  • The Cure - Hello, I Love You 
  • Bruce Springsteen - Tunnel of Love 
  • Muddy Waters - I Just Want To Make Love to You 
  • The Cardigans  - Love Fool 
  • Beatles - It's Only Love 
  • Trio - da da da
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers - Love Roller Coaster 
  • Squeeze - If I Didn't Love You, I'd hate you 
  • Bryan Ferry - Slave to Love 
  • BB King - Bad Case of Lovin you 
  • AM Sixty - Big as the Sky 
  • Joe Jackson - Fools In Love 
  • NRBQ  - I Love Her, She Loves Me 
  • Grace Potter - Love is Love 


And now for Love's Live in studio performance: 




Michael Kiwanuka's amazing show at the Lincoln Theatre in Pictures

Wednesday night, Michael Kiwanuka brought his psychedelic soul sound to The Lincoln Theatre in DC - in support of his third album KIWANUKA.  The show sold out ... and he will be in Europe all summer - so if you missed him this go around - you can enjoy the show through the lens of Tedd Henn until he returns to our area ... 


View the FULL GALLERY here 







What a time to be alive: You can hear the new Pearl Jam song Superblood Wolfmoon by pointing your cellphone at the moon


Pearl Jam will officially release ‘Superblood Wolfmoon’ - the second single from their forthcoming album Gigaton on 2/19 - but you can get a preview of the track by pointing your cellphone at the moon.  Yes - you read that right.  



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The band, their label (Republic Records) and the we developers Powster have created an augmented-reality experience where when you point your cellphone cameras at the moon - it will trigger an animation with a snippet of the song - ‘Superblood Wolfmoon’




Too cloudy to see the moon - you can visit the moon.pearljam.com to unlock the video as well


Powster CEO Ste Thompson said in a statement:


“We’re honored to be working with Pearl Jam to bring their music to life through technology blended with the elements of nature that inspired their tone.  This activation displays their innovation and creative energy going into their new album. Adapting to new technologies and integrating platforms unleashes the full potential of music, as well as changes the way fans experience new sounds, and we are excited to be teaming up with Pearl Jam to provide their fans with this exclusive look at their style and artistic direction.”



Dave Grohl: New Foo Fighters' Record Is Done And I'm Making A Documentary

In 2017 - released the LP Concrete and Gold ... and went on a massive tour to support it - including a massive show at Merriweather Post Pavilion  


photo: Tedd Henn 


Well Foo Fans - Dave Grohl was a guest on the latest episode of The Bill Simmons Podcast and dropped two major pieces of news:


A new Foo Fighters record is done and he's making a documentary about van life and van touring






In regards to the new album: 



"We just finished making a record ... There's a riff on the new record that I've been working on for 25 fucking years - first time I demoed it was in my basement in Seattle, and every record I'm like, 'Ooh, let's put it on' but it didn't work"


And on the movie: 

"I'm making a documentary right now - uh, making a few - but...I'm making a movie about vans and van touring. Because back in the day, that's how younger independent bands, the van was the tour bus for the punk rockers in the 80's. Everybody had a van. Even before, like long before - vans go way back. So I've interviewed everybody, and you'd be surprised. Like, The Beatles toured in a van. Guns N' Roses, Metallica, U2. There's something about that time, you know, it's like you wear it like a badge. You're like, 'Oh, shit, yeah'. I toured in a band for five years, sleeping on floors, butter sandwiches and getting paid two dollars a night.


The movie's not so much about, like, really awesome van tour anecdotes - which it is, there are many - but it's really more about the drive to do it. Why would anyone give up everything, quit their job, leave home, leave everything behind, just to chase this dream with no guarantee that you're ever going to make it? And you starve and bleed and you're sick and you're pissed and you get taken to jail and get in fights and blahblah - but you always get to the next gig. Like, you ALWAYS get to the next gig. So you'd be surprised, everybody has the same story, and it is absolutely a key to success."






Radiohead's Ed O'Brien debuts songs from his solo album 'Earth' at intimate NYC show [VIDEO]

Last week - we received Shangri-La the first single from Radiohead guitarist Ed O’Brien's debut solo album - Earth - due out this April. 


The album features collaborations from Colin Greenwood (Radiohead), Laura Marling, Portishead’s Adrian Utley




And this week - Ed, going by the moniker EOB - embarked on a mini tour of intimate shows to debut the material.  On Tuesday, he played New York's (Le) Poisson Rouge.  You can check out the fan captured videos below and scroll for the playlist.  






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EOB @ (Le) Poisson Rouge 02/10/20


Love Story




Long Time Coming

Deep Days

On My Own

Sail On




I Got The



The Strokes reveal details and second song from The New Abnormal - their first new album in 7 Years [LISTEN]

After teasing the announcement over the weekend- The Strokes have revealed the full details for their 7th studio album - and the first 'official' single. 


The album - titled The New Abnormal  will be out April 10 via Cult/RCA Records. 




The first official song from the album is tilted “At the Door” ... the announcement was accompanied by a video directed by Mike Burakoff: 


The Strokes - At The Door (Official Video)


As for the album - it was recorded at producer Rick Rubin’s Shangri-La Studios in Malibu. The album’s cover art (below) is Jean-Michel Basquiat’s painting Bird on Money


Keep scrolling for a  track listing and so far announced 2020 concert dates 


The New Abnormal Album Art:



The New Abnormal Tracklist:
1. The Adults Are Talking
2. Selfless
3. Brooklyn Bridge To Chorus
4. Bad Decisions
5. Eternal Summer
6. At The Door
7. Why Are Sundays So Depressing
8. Not The Same Anymore
9. Ode To The Mets


The Strokes 2020 Tour Dates (as of 2/12):


14—Berlin, Germany @ Columbiahalle
18—Paris, France @ Olympia
19—London, U.K. @ The Roundhouse
24—Belfast, U.K. @Waterfront Hall


05—Vancouver, B.C. @ Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
09—Seattle, Wash. @ WaMu Theater
14—Los Angeles, Calif. @ The Forum




Gary Clark Jr, The Struts, Miley Cyrus and more Join Robby Krieger To Celebrate The Doors' 50th Anniversary of 'Morrison Hotel' in Hollywood

On February 9th, 1970 - Jim Morrisson and The Doors released their now iconic album, Morrison Hotel. 


Photo by Andrew Mason


The 11 track album - included the now classic songs Roadhouse Blues, Peace Frog and Indian Summer. 


Photo by Andrew Mason


And on the eve of the albums half centennial anniversary - an impressive group of musicians and celebrities gathered in LA to celebrate the record.  


Photo by Andrew Mason


The event was hosted by John Varvatos and Timothy White.  The Doors' guitarist and co-founder, Robby Krieger was joined by and impressive cast of acclaimed musicians - including The Struts  who gave their take  of "Riders on The Storm", Gary Clark, Jr., Dennis Quaid, and Miley Cyrus - who's performance of the Doors’ “Roadhouse Blues”  you can see below: 


Miley Cyrus performs Roadhouse Blues with Robby Krieger from The Doors at Sunset Marquis



The Strokes appear to be closer to releasing a new album titled The New Abnormal

On New Year's Eve - the New York City rock revivalists and indie darlings of the 2000's The Strokes -returned to the stage - playing a sold out show at Manhattan's crown jewel - Madison Square Garden.  


During the show - the band debuted a new song - Ode to the Mets - and frontman Julian Casablancas declared: 


“Yeah, we’ve got a new album coming out soon! 2020, here we come.   The 2010s, whatever the fuck they’re called, we took ‘em off. And now we’ve been unfrozen and we’re back!”


This week the band seems to be inching closer to releasing a new album called The New Abnormal. 


Teaser videos appeared on both band's twitter and guitarist Albert Hammond Jr.'s Instagram accounts showing artwork  by American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat.


Hammond commented: 

“You think you’ve been waiting?. But the wait has just begun...Welcome to the new abnormal"






The band has a bunch of tour dates lined up - but only festivals lined up ... and if the track Ode to the Mets is from the album - here it is








NFL MVP Lamar Jackson riding a raven has been added to the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum's Riding Bobblehead Series

The NFL's unanimous MVP and Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson has another honor to his unprecedented 2019 season - he's been added to the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum's  extremely popular Riding Bobblehead Series






The must have bobblehead for any Ravens fan features a smiling Jackson holding a football and sitting atop a black raven on a base with the Ravens’ logo. 



Each bobblehead will be individually numbered (1- 2020)  and they are available through the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum’s Online Store for $40 plus a flat-rate shipping charge of $8 per order ... you'll have to with til June for them to ship though.

National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum co-founder and CEO Phil Sklar said: 

"Lamar’s bobbleheads have been among the most popular we’ve had over the past year and the riding series has been one of the most popular, so combining the two was an easy decision.  We think this bobblehead turned out great and will be a fan favorite.”


The bobbleheads were produced for the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum by FOCO, an official licensee and manufacturer of Baltimore Ravens and NFL merchandise.






A massive fire in California could threaten the vinyl record industry worldwide

A fire in Banning, California is looking like it could have massive impacts on what has become a booming vinyl record industry.  The fire took place at the manufacturing and storage facility of Apollo Masters - one of only two companies in the world that makes the lacquer needed to produce the master disc for a record (this is what is used to mass produce vinyl records).  The company also makes the styli used in the vinyl pressing process.  




Luckily - no one was injured in the blaze - but the damage caused has some people pretty worried about the future of vinyl production.  


A note on Apollo Masters’ website reads:


“We are uncertain of our future at this point and are evaluating options as we try to work through this difficult time.”


 Third Man Records' ( a major producer of vinyl records) co-founder Ben Blackwell told Pitchfork:  

“I imagine this will affect EVERYONE, not just Third Man Pressing and Third Man Mastering, but to what extent remains to be seen...I don’t want to be an alarmist. But I’m attempting to be realistic as opposed to Pollyannish.”


Toronto-based vinyl pressing company Duplication tweeted that “vinyl pressing turntimes will go back to being 6 to 9 months!”






David Read, a vinyl production and sales coordinator at Duplication told Pitchfork: “(the fire) will directly affect all vinyl plants, bands/labels, mastering engineers, plating facilities etc., anyone who used lacquers as part of their vinyl production ... In my almost 40 years experience the vinyl industry as a whole is incredibly resilient, and filled with talented professionals who will, and already are, teaming together to find a way out of this current problem.”


Let's hope his optimistic opinion is right 


Watch Pearl Jam's 'Dance Of The Clairvoyants (Mach III)' - their first official music video in seven years

After releasing a pair of visualizers for the song  'Dance Of The Clairvoyants', Pearl Jam has released a proper music video for the song - their “first official music video in seven years.” 


The song is the first single off the band's forthcoming album - Gigaton - their first studio album in seven years. 


The video - cleverly titled 'Mach III' - follows the heavy nature theme as the previous videos (Mach I and Mach II).  Nature seems to be a steady theme for the band in 2020 , seeing how gigaton (or one billion tons) is a unit of measurement used to estimate the amount of ice that is melting at the poles. 


Pearl Jam - Dance Of The Clairvoyants (Mach III)




Comedian John Mulaney set to host 'SNL' with musical guest David Byrne

Stand-up comedian, actor, writer and producer John Mulaney has been tapped to host Saturday Night Live on February 29th ... with musical guest David Byrne - who will have just finished up his Broadway run of American Utopia.  




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Not only is this a major score for SNL (if you've seen Byrne's American Utopia on Broadway or in concert - you know what we're talking about!) - but the last time Mulaney was the show's host - Jack White was the musical guest - and the two were featured in one of the show's most memorable skits in years - 


Cut for Time: Wedding Toast - SNL


It's been a few years since Byrne has appeared on the show solo - his last performance was in 1989 - the year his debut solo album was released










The Rolling Stones are set to return to North America in 2020 with more 'No Filter' tour dates added

“We had the best time on the road last summer and we are ready to do it again!” Keith Richards exclaimed as his band The Rolling Stones announced a string of 2020 North American tour dates - a continuation of 2019's No Filter Tour - their first major North American tour in four years.  

Tickets for the 15 city run go on sale Friday, February 14th at 10 am local time - see the dates below


Mick Jagger agreed with Keith - saying “It’s always a pleasure to return to North America and play for some of biggest and best crowds in the world!” 




Rolling Stones 2020 No Filter Tour


May 8th – San Diego, CA @ SDCCU Stadium
May 12th – Vancouver, BC @ BC Place
May 16th – Minneapolis, MN @ U.S. Bank Stadium
May 20th – Nashville, TN @ Nissan Stadium
May 24th – Austin, TX @ Circuit of The Americas
May 29th – Dallas, TX @ Cotton Bowl Stadium
June 6th – Buffalo, NY @ New Era Field
June 10th – Detroit, MI @ Ford Field
June 14th – Louisville, KY @ Cardinal Stadium
June 19th – Cleveland, OH @ FirstEnergy Stadium
June 23th – Pittsburgh, PA @ Heinz Field
June 27 – St. Louis, MO @ The Dome at America’s Center
July 1st – Charlotte, NC @ Bank of America Stadium
July 5th – Tampa, FL @ Raymond James Stadium
July 9th – Atlanta, GA @ Mercedes-Benz Stadium





The White Stripes Announce Massive Reissue for the 20th Anniversary of 'De Stijl'

The Vault from Jack White's Third Man Records has announced that it will honor the 20th anniversary of The White Stripes sophomore album with a major reissue - “The Accompaniment to De Stijl: The White Stripes’ Sophomore Album”


From The Vault: 

In the year 2000 the White Stripes released their sophomore LP De Stijl. Named after the minimalist Dutch art movement of the early 20th century, the album was a marked deviation from the raw, urban punk blues exhibited on their debut LP from the year prior. Eschewing the cold confines of a studio, De Stijl was tracked in Jack White’s living room, giving the band the freedom to take the time to massage their songs into their picturesque final forms. The year would prove to be a further continuation of the band’s upward trajectory, complete with their first-ever headlining tour, a clutch run of dates opening for Sleater-Kinney, a first-time overseas jaunt hitting Japan, Australia and New Zealand…all culminating in the tiniest peek into the press hype overload that would land their way come 2001.




The reissue features 2 LPs - one red, one white (cause duh), a booklet of rare photos and flyers, and a DVD with two concerts Third Man Records guarantees  "are shows you have NEVER seen before"  ... "giving you, Johnny Q. Fanboy, hours upon hours of fun reading, digging and learning why this is a band, a release and a year worth paying attention to."


They go on to say - “Only recently discovered in the basement of Stripes’ archivist, Ben Blackwell, these recordings, many with alternate and unused lyrics, were completely forgotten by White, yet form a pivotal foundation and structure on which the De Stijl album would build from,”


To get your hands on The Accompaniment to De Stijl: The White Stripes’ Sophomore Album, you'll need to be a member of The Vault  ... but don't fret - you have until midnight CST April 30, 2020 


The Accompaniment to De Stijl: The White Stripes’ Sophomore Album Tracklist


LP 1 (All previously unreleased):


Truth Doesn’t Make a Noise
A Boy’s Best Friend
Sister, Do You Know My Name?
I’m Bound to Pack It Up
Vanilla Fields
Piano Octaves
You’re Right, I’m Wrong
I Just Don’t Know What to Do With Myself
(and more!)


LP 2:


Let There Be Rock (AC/DC cover)
Dog Eat Dog (AC/DC cover)
You’re Pretty Good Looking (For a Girl)
Hello Operator
Death Letter
Little Bird
Lord, Send Me an Angel
Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground
Apple Blossom
Broken Bricks
Truth Doesn’t Make a Noise
I’m Bored
Let’s Build a Home / Goin’ Back to Memphis
Suzy Lee
After Hours (Velvet Underground cover)



Oasis has been offered $130 million to reunite ... Liam Gallagher says it's not enough for 'Greedy' Noel

Getting the Gallagher brothers to reunite Oasis is starting to be harder than getting the Smiths to reunite. 


In a recent tweet - Liam Gallagher claims his brother Noel recently turned down an offer of 100 million pounds ($130 million US dollars) for a reunion tour.  Read that again - $130 million dollars! 




Of the two brothers who were the driving force behind Oasis - Liam has recently been open to a reunion .. he has 100 million reasons to  ... while Noel has said if fans want to hear old Oasis songs: 


“they’re being played by a fat man in an anorak somewhere, you know, with shorts on ... So they can go and see that ... I’ve no desire at all to get back involved with Oasis.”


He's talking about Liam if you couldn't tell 




Pearl Jam and Verizon team up to make a quiet Super Bowl ad speak volumes

There were plenty of ads during the Super Bowl that used celebrity cameos, special effects and humor to get their message across ... but Verizon decided to go the opposite direction entirely - using a simple voice over spot (read by Harrison Ford) and a snippet of the unreleased song by Pearl Jam song "River Cross" to convey the importance of their 5G service: 




Pearl Jam tweeted the ad out after it aired - with the news that Verzion will donate $1 to The Vitalogy Foundation -  a non-profit organization started by the band that "supports the efforts of non-profit organizations doing commendable work in the fields  community health, the environment, arts & education and social change."




Move over Old Bay Hot Sauce - Old Bay Smith Island Cakes are now a thing

Old Bay caught the nation's attention this week when they rolled out a limited batch of hot sauce 




The sauce sold out immediately ... but  the Smith Island Baking Company in Crisfield, MD might have rolled out the next hot crab seasoning creation - the Old Bay Smith Island Cake.  


You read that right .. vanilla cake layered with Old Bay buttercream frosting.  




Owner Brian Murphy says his team perfected the concept in one day and after receiving positive feedback from their taste testers  - they plan to offer the Old Bay Smith Island Cake in both small and large sizes as well as cake bites beginning February 5th.  You can place your order HERE 




Is a Gorillaz and Tame Impala collaboration on the way? Noodle's Instagram post seems to indicate it is

Earlier this week - Gorillaz announced they were launching a a series of collaborative singles in 2020 - called Song Machine.  


We've heard the first episode - “Momentary Bliss” a track featuring the politically charged British rapper slowthai and UK punk duo Slaves




And now .. it seems we have a hint at who the next episode will feature - by way of a social media post from Gorillaz member Noodles ... the post features Tame Impala’s Currents album cover, with Gorillaz superimposed on top of it.  Noodles even tagged Tame Impala in the post and then the band commented on the post ... with the subtle question "Kev?"




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Is a Gorillaz and Tame Impala collaboration on the way? Noodle's Instagram post seems to indicate it is

Earlier this week - Gorillaz annoiunced they were launching a a series of collaborative singles in 2020 - called Song Machine.  


We've heard the first episode - “Momentary Bliss” a track featureing the politically charged British rapper slowthai and UK punk duo Slaves




And now .. it seems we have a hint at who the next episode will feature - by way of a social media post from Gorillaz member Noodles ... the post features Tame Impala’s Currents album cover, with Gorillaz superimposed on top of it.  Noodles even tagged Tame Impala in the post and then the band commented on the post ... with the subtle question "Kev?"




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