RNR News and Notes Archives for 2021-04

Who Farted? St Vincent and Ringo Starr talk van flatulence in Dave Grohl's new touring documentary

Dave Grohl's new documentary What Drives Us - premieres today (4/30) on Amazon Prime.  Dave has called the project a ?“love letter to every musician that has ever jumped in an old van with their friends and left it all behind for the simple reward of playing music”.



The movie takes a look into the non-glamorous side of rock star life - that includes living most of your life in a van - driving from town to town playing shows ... and in those old beater vans - life happens ... especially after say - a night of PBRs and burritos .. 


Check out this clip of Beatles drummer Ringo Starr, St. Vincent, and  AC/DC singer Brian Johnson discussing those uncomfortable moments 


Dave also said of the project: 


“What started as a project to pull back the curtain on the DIY logistics of stuffing all of your friends and equipment into a small space for months on end eventually turned into an exploration of,  Why? What drives us?’ ”  


Check out the full trailer: 




The film is available on Amazon Prime

Watch the Video for 'Your Power' - the latest song from Billie Eilish's upcoming album 'Happier Than Ever'

Earlier this week - Billie Eilish  revealed details on her highly anticipated sophomore album -  Happier Than Ever. 



 The 16-track studio album will be released via Darkroom/Interscope Records on July, 30  . Continuing the tradition on from her multi-GRAMMY Award, record-breaking debut album WHEN WE ALL GO TO SLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?, Happier Than Ever  features no outside songwriters or producers, and was written by 19-year-old Billie Eilish and her brother FINNEAS who produced the album in Los Angeles.


Today - we get to hear the latest track from the album - Your Power - a sombwe, acoustic tune with Eilish's signature hushed vocals.

Billie Eilish - Your Power (Official Music Video)



1. Getting Older
2. I Didn’t Change My Number
3. Billie Bossa Nova
4. my future
5. Oxytocin
7. Lost Cause
8. Halley’s Comet
9. Not My Responsibility
10. OverHeated
11. Everybody Dies
12. Your Power
13. NDA
14. Therefore I Am
15. Happier Than Ever
16. Male Fantasy



Have Coldplay Fans Deciphered 'Alien Radio' Clues - Will Band Be Dropping New Music In May?

Well ... we've all had some extra time on our hands ... bands and fans alike - and it seems like Coldplay decided to send fans some cryptic clues on new music - and Coldplay fans were up for solving the case ... 


The case started on April 18, when a Twitter account for a website called Alien Radio FM shared its first post which simply read “Transmission incoming. Standby”




In the following days - it began  posting images and videos captioned with coordinates from around the world, always linking to the website.


Now here is where the Coldplay sleuths got their detective on - they noticed the account is listed as the band's account on their website after they had been retweeting  posts.


Cryptic posters and billboards have popped up around the word  - including on buildings in New York and at soccer games in South America.




While this seems like an elaborately vague marketing plan - Coldplay fans think they have cracked the case





The theory: we will be getting a new Coldplay single called “Higher Power” on May 7. They allege the song will contain the lyrics :


“This joy is electric/ And you’re circuiting through/ I’m so happy that I’m alive/ At the same time as you.”


They also deduct that the single will be included on an album called Alien Radio.  

Lana Del Rey reveals plans to release her third album of 2021 - 'Blue Banisters' - on July 4

Lana Del Rey has taken to social media to announce that she'll release an album called Blue Banisters on July 4 ...




If true to her word  - this would be her third release of 2021 - already having released one album this year, Chemtrails Over the Country Club, and promising another album - Rock Candy Sweet - to be released in June.


There is reason to question if  Blue Banisters is just a new title for Rock Candy Sweet - as both announcements had the same artwork ... time will tell with LDR 

Radiohead, Foo Fighters, Phoebe Bridgers and More Design Bikes for Charity Benefitting Furloughed Live Music Workers

Even with the roll out of concerts in 2021 - the need to help those in the live music industry who remain out of work is huge.  


This week - Brompton Bikes, makers of the iconic folding bike, announced that they have joined forces with a group of  artists, bands and labels to design 13 one of a kind bikes that will be sold in a live auction to raise money for Crew Nation - a global relief fund for live music crews massively impacted by COVID-19.  The auction goes live HERE May 28th.  



The bikes have been designed by Foo Fighters, Radiohead, Phoebe Bridgers, LCD Soundsystem, Khruangbin, Nathan East, Dinosaur Jr, Oh Wonder, Underworld, Sub Pop, Enrique Iglesias, Rise Against and Neko Case. 


Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien is thrilled to have been included:


“Thank you to Brompton for asking us to be a part of their campaign to raise funds for Crew Nation. We love our crew and we love our Brompton bikes.”


The brand will be revealing the designs over the coming weeks  ... with the designs by    Radiohead,  and Dinosaur Jr.’s amoung the first ones revealed: 


Radiohead Bike (designed by Stanley Donwood, the artist who has created Radiohead’s many of the band's album covers) 




Dinosaur Jr.’s bike: 




Keep checking in for new designs and the auction HERE

Watch SHAED perform "Part Time Psycho" and "Trampoline" in singer Chelsea Lee's grandparents' back yard

It's hard to believe that its been over two years since SHAED gave that amazing Private Artist Showcase performance at Rams Head On Stage. 


One of our favorite local bands has been plenty busy since then - but they never were able to put out a proper album  ... until now  - the band will release their debut record - High Dive on May 14



The album will include some familiar tracks - like Trampoline and No Other Way - and also the new single- Part Time Psycho.  


To promote the new record - the band set up their gear in singer Chelsea Lee's grandparent's backyard and performed Part Time Psycho and Trampoline  ... We love that the video quality suggests that maybe her grandparents filmed it on an old VHS camcorder <3 


SHAED — "Part Time Psycho" + "Trampoline" | Neighborhoods


Billie Eilish Shares Details For Her Highly Anticipated Sophomore Album - 'Happier Than Ever'

 Billie Eilish has confirmed  that her second album is called Happier Than Ever and that it’s coming out on July 30- with the first single coming our way this Thursday (4/29) 



In her announcement she declares -


'this is my favorite thing i’ve ever created and i am so excited and nervous and EAGER for you to hear it. i can’t even tell you. i’ve never felt so much love for a project than i do for this one. hope you feel what i feel'


Earlier this year - she revealed:

 “I don’t think I would’ve made the same album, or even the album at all, if it weren’t for COVID....That doesn’t mean it’s about COVID at all, it’s just that, when things are different in your life, you’re different. That’s just how it is. So, I have to thank COVID for that, and that’s about it.”




01 Getting Older
02 I Didn’t Change My Number
03 Billie Bossa Nova
04 my future
05 Oxytocin
07 Lost Cause
08 Halley’s Comet
09 Not My Responsibility
10 OverHeated
11 Everybody Dies
12 Your Power
13 NDA
14 Therefore I Am
15 Happier Than Ever
16 Male Fantasy




Foo Fighters drop a trippy new animated video for Chasing Birds on 4/20 [WATCH]

Why is it that bad trips almost always seem to happen in the desert? 



That's what happens to the Foo Fighters in the psychedelic new video for their song Chasing Birds - released unironically 4/20 of course.  


The video starts with Dave waking up in alone in a desert and encountering  rainbows, monsters, and of course - some anthropomorphic cacti ... the rest of the band soon joins him for a trip that would make Alice embrace a Jabberwocky.  

Foo Fighters - Chasing Birds (Official Video)



If you're having a hard time keeping up with Dave this week - here's a recap - they rescheduled their European tour dates, and announced a couple of film projects, including the touring documentary What Drives Us and  the show with his mother - From Cradle to Stage. Oh yeah - He also has a new memoir on the way.

The Wroomba - a Weezer inspired Roomba is 'much better at cleaning than human Rivers [Cuomo]'

Are you one of the 90% of humans who have dreamed of Weezer cleaning their house?  






Until yesterday - it may have seemed like a dream  - but now the group is making dreams come true  announcing on Monday (April 19) that they've  teamed up with iRobot to create their own version of the autonomous cleaner, Roomba - called the Wroomba (the W is silent) 




The reviews (although they seem partial for this bad boy are impressive - with someone who goes by MyNameisJonas1994 saying: "Like having Weezer clean your home, but it actually gets clean," and someone named Pat Wilson   says, "So much better at cleaning than human Rivers [Cuomo]." 



The band is giving five lucky fans to win an iRobot Wroomba robot vacuum with a Weezer skin (that looks like a CD)  - enter HERE.  

Watch the trailer for Dave and Virginia Grohl's new TV series 'From Cradle to Stage'

Ok - we get it - Dave Grohl is a busy guy ... and his next offering to us - a streaming TV series based on the book by his mother, Virginia Hanlon Grohl, From Cradle to Stage


The series by the same name will debut on Paramount+ on May 6 (just in time for Mother's day!)  So far 6 episodes have been announced (scroll for the lineup and a trailer) 


According to Dave (or David as his mother calls him) 

“I believe that the relationship between a musician and their mother is so important because it’s the foundation of their understanding of love, which is surely every artist’s greatest muse ... Having the opportunity to travel the country and tell the stories of these amazing women behind the curtain not only shed some light on the music that they inspired, but also made me appreciate the love that I was given from my own mother, my best friend. It goes without saying that we are all indebted to the women who have given us life. For without them, there would be no music.”


From Cradle to Stage


Episode releases:


- May 6: Dan Reynolds (of Imagine Dragons) and Christene Reynolds

- May 13: Pharrell and Dr. Carolyn Williams

- May 20: Miranda and Bev Lambert

- May 27: Brandi and Teresa Carlile

- June 3: Tom Morello (of Rage Against the Machine) and Mary Morello

- June 10: Geddy Lee (of Rush) and Mary Weinrib 


New Look For Market Space? Restaurants Propose to Keep Downtown Annapolis Roads Closed For The Foreseeable Future

With the impending reconstruction of City Dock in Downtown Annapolis -  restaurants that anticipate a disruption to their business have proposed a plan to keep the current closure of  part of Market Space in place on a long-term basis. 



The plan was presented to the Historic Preservation Commission and will merge the expand the public space to Hopkins Plaza and wrap around the Market House and extend to the fronts of  McGarvey’s and Middleton Taven. 



You can see the full plan here: 


None of these proposed changes have been approved and would not be permanant - only lasting until the City Dock renovations are done ... but if approved - should the be considered for a permanent change? 

Hear 'Crawling Kingsnake' - the first track from The Black Keys 10th studio album Delta Kream

The Black Keys have announced they will release their 10th studio album Delta Kream on My 14. 




The album celebrates the band’s blues roots and is a celebration of their early inspiration. The music on the album hails from Mississippi juke joints and has long left an imprint on the band’s music.


For this album, Auerbach and Carney recorded the 11 songs at Auerbach’s Easy Eye Sound studio in Nashville and were joined by celebrated session musicians Kenny Brown and Eric Deaton, long-time members of the bands of, amongst others, R. L. Burnside and Junior Kimbrough, who originated much of material that inspired Delta Kream.  The album derives its name from an iconic photograph by William Eggleston.


The record opens with its first single-  the duo’s version of “Crawling Kingsnake,” a song credited to Big Joe Williams and popularized by John Lee Hooker 




Patrick Carney said on the recording: 

“The session was planned only days in advance and nothing was rehearsed.  We recorded the entire album in about 10 hours, over two afternoons.” 


-Dan Auerbach adds 

“We made this record to honor the Mississippi hill country blues tradition that influenced us starting out.  These songs are still as important to us today as they were the first day Pat and I started playing together and picked up our instruments.  It was a very inspiring session with Pat and me, along with Kenny Brown and Eric

Deaton, in a circle, playing these songs.  It felt so natural.” 



1. Crawling Kingsnake 
2. Louise 
3. Poor Boy A Long Way From Home 
4. Stay All Night 
5. Going Down South
6. Coal Black Mattie
7. Do The Romp 
8. Sad Days, Lonely Nights 
9. Walk With Me 
10. Mellow Peaches
11. Come and Go With Me


Delta Kream is out May 14 via Nonesuch.

New compilation of rare David Bowie material titled 'The Width of a Circle' coming in May

Rhino records has announced the release of a new David Bowie compilation album -

 The Width of a Circle. 


The record  - named after  the opening track of  Bowie's The Man Who Sold the World record - is being billed as a companion piece to that album's 2020 "Metrobolist" reissue - will be released May 26



The comp will feature Bowie rarities - including  non-LP singles, alternate versions, and BBC sessions, including 21 never-before-released recordings.



It will be available as a two-CD set with  a 48-page book.  Also being released are  a 10" vinyl The Width of a Circle EP , featuring 2020 Visconti mixes of "The Prettiest Star," "London Bye, Ta-Ta," "Memory of a Free Festival," and "Holy Holy:" and a picture disc version of The Man Who Sold the World that comes with a Bowie poster.






2-CD set


Recorded on 5th February, 1970 and broadcast on 8th February, 1970
Amsterdam *
God Knows I’m Good *
Buzz The Fuzz
Karma Man
London Bye, Ta-Ta
An Occasional Dream
The Width Of A Circle*
Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud
Unwashed And Somewhat Slightly Dazed*
Fill Your Heart
The Prettiest Star
Cygnet Committee*
Memory of a Free Festival*
Performed by David Bowie and The Tony Visconti Trio (a.k.a. The Hype)


When I Live My Dream
The Mirror
Threepenny Pierrot
When I Live My Dream (Reprise)

The Prettiest Star (Alternative Mix)
London Bye, Ta-Ta*
London Bye, Ta-Ta (1970 Stereo Mix)*
Memory Of A Free Festival (Single Version Part 1)*
Memory Of A Free Festival (Single Version Part 2)*
Holy Holy*

Recorded on 25th March, 1970 and broadcast on the 6th April, 1970
Waiting for the Man
The Width of a Circle
The Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud*
The Supermen (Bowie At The Beeb vinyl only)*
Performed by David Bowie and The Hype


2020 Mixes
The Prettiest Star (2020 Mix)
London Bye, Ta-Ta (2020 Mix)
Memory Of A Free Festival (Single Version - 2020 Mix)
All The Madmen (Single Edit 2020 Mix)
Holy Holy (2020 Mix)

(*denotes previously released)



The Width of a Circle set and the two vinyl releases will be out May 26 via Rhino and are available for pre-order now.  


Arcade Fire share new 45-minute meditative song 'Memories of the Age of Anxiety'

Canadian indie rock collective Arcade Fire have debuted  a new 45-minute meditative song titled ‘Memories of the Age of Anxiety’ - exclusively for Headspace - a meditative and wellness mobile app.  


The track - previewed below - appears on the the app's ‘Focus’ playlist - curated by John Legend.




A post shared by Arcade Fire (@arcadefire)


  Headspace  offers meditation and mindfulness skills “on everything from managing stress and everyday anxiety to sleep, focus and mind-body health”.

Watch Kaleo Perform Tracks From New Record in Front of Erupting Volcanos and On a Rock In The Middle of the North Atlantic Ocean

Kaleo's new album Surface Sounds  will be released this month - and to hype the album - the band has been doing some socially distanced live performances of their new tracks. 


And we mean REALLY SOCIALLY DISTANCED.  Earlier this year- the band perform traveled to the  Þridrangar lighthouse, located atop a remote rock formation in the North Atlantic Ocean, to perform "Break My Baby" 



Most recently  - Kaleo frontman JJ Julius Son who plays a stripped down acoustic performance of "Skinny" in front of an erupting volcano.

 "It was an amazing and surreal experience to film and record this video in front of the live eruption. It was very challenging and required a difficult hike, carrying the equipment with our bare hands. We filmed it during the night, so fortunately there weren't many people there.”



This isn't anything new for the band - who has played “Save Yourself" on a  glacier and "Way Down We Go" inside a volcano

More than 60 concert venues are being wired with live streaming capabilities in a high-tech plan to bring concerts to everyone

After more than a year of empty arenas, Live Nation has a solution - bring the concerts to people's homes - and has begun wiring over 60 venues to be able to livestream shows moving forward. 


The project is a collaboration between the concert promoter and Veeps, the livestreaming platform launched by Good Charlotte’s Benji and Joel Madden in 2017 - which Live Nation acquired earlier this year. 



Veeps cofounder  Joel Madden says - 


“With the flip of a switch, every artist playing in these venues can make their show a global event ... We’ve already seen how livestream shows drive engagement, and the added ticket revenue will allow them to make what they’re offering their fans even better.”


We don't know the full list of venues that will be wired - but the initial roll out includes LA's Wiltern Theater, the House of Blues locations in Chicago and New Orleans, The Filmore venues in San Francisco and Philadelphia, The Gorge in George, Washington, and Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California.  


Could this be a good thing moving forward?  Instead of paying inflated third market prices for a sold out concert- you could pay $15 for a live stream of the show? 


Mick Jagger Drops Satirical New Collaboration with Dave Grohl: 'Eazy Sleazy' [LISTEN]

Just when I thought life couldn’t get any crazier… and it’s the song of the summer without a doubt!!


Those were Dave Grohl's words after collaborating with Sir Mick Jagger on the new track Eazy Sleazy ... 



With lyrics like “Shooting the vaccine/Bill Gates is in my bloodstream/It’s mind control/The Earth is flat and cold”  - its hard to think the satirical tune will be the hit of the summer - but it is fun ...  




Sir Mick said - “It’s a song that I wrote about coming out of lockdown, with some much needed optimism ... Thanks to Dave Grohl for jumping on drums, bass and guitar, it was a lot of fun working with him.”

Watch A Never Seen Before Video of John Lennon & Yoko Ono Rehearsing 'Give Peace A Chance' In 1969

Never-before-seen video of John Lennon and Yoko Ono rehearsing the timeless classic - “Give Peace A Chance” has been revealed  ahead of the April 23rd release of the box set -  John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band – The Ultimate Collection


The footage was recorded in the Bahamas at the Sheraton Oceanus Hotel on May 25, 1969 and is considered to be the earliest known version of the song.  


Give Peace A Chance - John & Yoko, Sheraton Oceanus Hotel, 1969


Just a few days later, Lennon and Ono debuted the anthem at their Bed-In For Peace at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal on May 31, 1969.  

Watch the Star Studded Trailer for Dave Grohl's New Movie 'What Drives Us' -a Look At Bands Touring in Vans

Long before they are riding on tour buses and playing sold our arenas - most bands get their start packing their gear (very strategically - if you know you know) a van and heading from town to town playing small gigs ... sometimes to no one but the other bands and the venue staff. 


In his spare time (seriously - how does this guy have any of that ??) Dave Grohl, along with his Foo Fighters band mates - have put together a documentary about van life called What Drives Us.


Foo Fighters original tour van 


The film follows two bands, Radkey and Starcrawler - as they traverse the states playing shows - and features interviews with St. Vincent, Slash, the Edge, Flea, Steven Tyler, Lars Ulrich, and many others


On the film- Dave says: 

“This film is my love letter to every musician that has ever jumped in an old van with their friends and left it all behind for the simple reward of playing music ... What started as a project to pull back the curtain on the DIY logistics of stuffing all of your friends and equipment into a small space for months on end eventually turned into an exploration of ‘why?’ What drives us?’”


Check out the trailer - pun fully intended 


WHAT DRIVES US | Official Trailer (2021)



WHAT DRIVES US- a love letter to the rare club of rock and roll, as well as an inspiration to every young kid who dreams of a life playing music - will be released Friday, April 30th exclusively on The Coda Collection via Amazon Prime Video Channels in the U.S. and outside of the U.S. via Amazon Prime Video.



Record Store Day 2021: RNR's Top Picks

The 2021 edition of Record Store Day  wil be happening  over  two days -  June 12 and July 17 - with exclusive records being sold at indie record stores on those days. 


The list of 'drops' is massive - as always (see it HERE) but  we did some research and pulled some of the records we'll be on the hunt for:  



Steely Dan - Two Against Nature: the band's Grammy-winning comeback album  on vinyl for the first time ever




Joey Ramone - Don't Worry About Me: the release will celebrate what would have been the lead Ramone's 70th birthday.  If you have never heard his cover of  What A Wonderful World - get on this record! 



St. Vincent - "Piggy" / "Sad But True": St. Vincent covers Nine Inch Nails' "Piggy" and Metallica's "Sad But True," with   Dave Grohl on drums for the NIN cover.



Cold War Kids - New Age Norms: The Complete Collection - The first two albums of the trilogy (New Age Norms 2 (in its first-ever vinyl pressing) with the addition of four bonus tracks and a limited-edition poster.) 



Pete Yorn - Pete Yorn Sings The Classics - From The Pixies to Audrey Hepburn  - the title is self explanatory



U2 - Fire (40th Anniversary Edition) -   40th anniversary picture disc edition of the first single from the band's second album 



 Beck - Hyperspace (2020)  Limited Edition LP of Beck's 2019 album, Hyperspace, featuring a holographic etching and exclusive cover. 



Tom Tom Club - The Good The Bad And The Funky - The band's 5th and final record - making its vinyl debut 


Here is the complete list for your perusing  pleasure:




  • Czarface/MF Doom - Meddle With Metral
  • Various Artists - Songs For You, Vol. 1
  • The Veldt - The Veldt
  • Jeffrey Dean Foster - I'm Starting To Bleed
  • Pete Yorn - Pete Yorn Sings The Classics
  • Col. Bruce Hampton - Arkansas
  • Danny Barnes - Dirt on the Angel
  • Precious Bryant - Fool Me Good
  • Wipers - Youth of America -- Anniversary Edition
  • Wasted Youth - Reagan's in
  • AC/DC - "Through The Mists of Time" / "Witch's Spell"
  • Haim - Gasoline
  • Janis Joplin - Pearl (Picture Disc)
  • Jefferson Airplane - Acid, Incense and Balloons: RSD-Collected Gems From The Golden Era Of Flight
  • Kenny Loggins - At The Movies
  • Paul Edward-Francis - Blood of Zeus (Music From the Netflix Original Anime Series)
  • Prince - The Truth
  • Rage Against The Machine - The Battle of Mexico City
  • Various Artists - Golden Gate Groove: The Sound Of Philadelphia Live In San Francisco 1973
  • AWOLNATION - Angel Miners & The Lightning Riders Live From 2020
  • Dirty Heads - Home: Phantoms of Summer
  • Escape The Fate - Chemical Warfare: B-Sides
  • Hu - Sad But True & Wolf Totem
  • Motley Crue - 40th Anniversary Cassette Box Set
  • Various Artists - Tribute to Repo Man
  • Various Artists - Truth To Power Project
  • Larry Coryell - At The Village Gate
  • Iggy Pop - Live At The Channel Boston
  • Tangerine Dream - Live At The Reims Cathedral
  • Black Francis - Abbabubba
  • Ocean Colour Scene - Saturday
  • Echo & The Bunnymen - Live in Liverpool
  • The Creation - In Stereo
  • The London Suede - Love and Poison
  • Various Artists - Above The Rim
  • Avatar - Hunter Gather
  • Juicy J - Hustle Continues
  • Royce Da 5'9 - Allegory
  • Daniel Lanois - Heavy Sun
  • La Femme - “Runway” / “Me Suive”
  • Michael Schenker Group - Live In Manchester 1980
  • Suzi Quatro - Live & Kickin (2021 Mix)
  • The Selecter - Live in Coventry 1979
  • UFO - Mother Mary/This Kid's
  • Ultravox - Vienna (Steven Wilson Remix)
  • Ultravox - Vienna (Steven Wilson Remix)
  • Cold War Kids - New Age Norms: The Complete Collection
  • William Tyler - New Vanitas
  • Various Artists - Having A Party: Sun Records Curated by Record Store Day
  • Various Artists - I Mean Alarmed: Toulon-Pedro Connect
  • Peggy Lee - World Broadcast Recordings 1955, Vol. 1
  • Brotha Lynch Hung/C-BO - Blocc Movement
  • Chief Keef - Dedication
  • Chief Keef/Zaytoven - GloToven
  • C-Murder/Boozie Badazz - Penitentiary Chances
  • Schoolly D -
  • Don Peake - People Under The Stairs
  • Mudhoney/Meat Puppets - “Warning” / “One of These Days”
  • Toots & The Maytals - Funky Kingston
  • Mulatu - Mochilla Presents Timeless: Mulatu Astatke
  • Arthur Verocia - Mochilla Presents Timeless: Arthur Verocai
  • Slum Village - Fantastic Volume II: 20th Anniversary Edition
  • Renaldo & The Loaf - Long Time Coming: Live In Vienna
  • Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Pinata: The 1984 Version
  • The Residents - Leftovers Again!?!
  • Various Artists - Other Music Soundtrack
  • Devo - Somewhere With Devo
  • Harold Land - Westward Bound!
  • Buzzcocks - A Different Compilation
  • Desmond Dekker - King of Ska: The Early Singles Collection, 1963 – 1966
  • Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Tarkus
  • Joey Ramone - Don't Worry About Me
  • The Kinks - Percy
  • Motörhead - St Valentine's Day Massacre
  • Super Furry Animals - Ice Hockey Hair EP
  • Supergrass - Going Out
  • Keith Richards - Wicked As It Seems Live
  • Suicide - Cheree
  • Uriah Heep - The Magician's Birthday
  • Jim Croce - “You Don't Mess Around With Jim” / “Operator (That's Not The Way It Feels)”
  • Joe Strummer - Junco Partner (Acoustic)
  • Texas featuring Wu-Tang Clan - Hi
  • The Jaded Hearts Club - Live at the 100 Club
  • Jimmie Allen - Hazy-O!
  • Alestorm - Sunset On The Golden Age (DLX Version)
  • Sleeping With Sirens - How It Feels To Be Lost (Deluxe)
  • Alkaline Trio - From Here To Infirmary
  • Senses Fail - Let It Enfold You
  • Thrice - To Be Everywhere Is to Be Nowhere
  • Merkules - Apply Pressure
  • Garbage - No Gods No Masters
  • Dirty Three - Ocean Songs Deluxe Edition
  • Brainiac - Attic Tapes
  • Brainiac - From Dayton Ohio
  • Various Artists - Demoitis Volume 1
  • Various Artists - Soul Slabs Vol. 3
  • The Blind Boys of Alabama - I Wish I Knew How it Would Feel to Be Free
  • Albert Collins with the Barrelhouse - Live
  • Bobo Jenkins - My All New Life Story
  • Hooverphonic - A New Stereophonic Sound Spectacular: Remixes
  • Intergrity - Cradle To The Grave
  • High Pulp - Mutual Attraction Vol. 2
  • Round Robin and Brimstone - Round Robin and Brimstone
  • Animal Collective - Prospect Hummer
  • Jehnny Beth - BBC Session
  • DEVO's Gerald V. Casale - AKA Jihad Jerry & The Evildoers
  • Fàshiön - Pröduct Perfect
  • Fontaines D.C. - Live at Kilmainham Gaol
  • The Groundhogs - Who Will Save The World?
  • Kristin Hersh - Wyatt At The Coyote Palace
  • Fela Kuti - Open & Close
  • L7 - The Beauty Process--Triple Platinum (25th Anniversary Platinum Vinyl Edition)
  • Mark Lanegan - Here Comes That Weird Chill (Methamphetamine Blues, Extras and Oddities)
  • M. Ward - End of Amnesia (20 Year Anniversary Remaster)
  • Maria McKee - High Dive
  • Maria McKee - Live In Hamburg
  • Jim Messina - The Dragsters
  • Jim Messina - The Dragsters
  • Nada Surf - Cycle Through
  • Negative Space - Hard, Heavy, Mean & Evil
  • Negative Space - Hard, Heavy, Mean & Evil
  • Noctorum - Sparks Lane
  • Perfume Genius - IMMEDIATELY Remixes
  • Salah Ragab - Egyptian Jazz
  • The Raybeats - The Lost Philip Glass Sessions
  • Steve Earle & The Dukes / Justin Townes Earle - The Saint of Lost Causes
  • Various Artists - Ladies Choice: The Pen Of Swan Records
  • Various Artists - Ladies Choice: The Pen Of Swan Records
  • Tune-Yards - W H O K I L L
  • Various Artists - Penrose Showcase Vol. I
  • Various Artists - Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (Music from the Motion Picture) (20th Anniversary Golden Triangle Vinyl Edition)
  • Various Artists - Rough Guide To Booze & Blues
  • Various Artists - Rough Guide To Blues Behind Bars
  • Various Artists - Rough Guide To Gamblin' & Ramblin' Blues
  • The Verlaines - Live at the Windsor Castle, Auckland, May 1986
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  • Joni Mitchell - Joni Mitchell Archives, Vol. 1 (1963-1967): Highlights
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  • Steely Dan - Everything Must Go
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  • The Doors - Morrison Hotel Sessions
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  • The Replacements - The Pleasure’s All Yours: Pleased to Meet Me Outtakes & Alternates
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  • The Flamin' Groovies - Bucket of Brains
  • Air - People In the City
  • Various Artists - Psyché France Vol.7
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  • Tim McGraw, Tyler Hubbard - Undivided / I Called Mama (Live Acoustic)
  • Beck - Hyperspace (2020)
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  • The Brummies - Live from Grimeys
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  • Genesis - Live at Knebworth 1990
  • Ariana Grande - k bye for now (swt live)
  • Ariana Grande - k bye for now (swt live)
  • The Chemical Brothers -
  • Ben Howard - Variations Vol. 1
  • Anti-Flag - 20/20 Division
  • Electric Wizard - Time To Die
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  • Orange Goblin - Eulogy For The Damned
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  • Styx - The Same Stardust EP
  • Beastie Boys - Aglio E Olio
  • Jeezy - Thug Motivation: The Collection
  • Cat Stevens/Yusuf - Songs From Harold & Maude
  • Stillwater - Stillwater Demos EP
  • Sublime - Sublime Meets Scientist & Mad Professor Inna L.B.C.
  • Sublime - Sublime Meets Scientist & Mad Professor Inna L.B.C.
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  • The Police - Live! Vol. 1: Boston 1979
  • The Police - Live! Vol. 2: Atlanta 1983
  • The Who - Face Dances -- 40th
  • Amy Winehouse - Remixes
  • Def Leppard - Live In Oxford
  • Elton John - Regimental Sgt. Zippo
  • Tears for Fears - Live At Massey Hall
  • Parker McCollum - Pretty Heart
  • Thelonious Monk - Palo Alto: The Custodian's Mix
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  • The Sword - Age of Winters -- 15th Anniversary Edition
  • OneohTrix Point Never - The Fall Into Time
  • OneohTrix Point Never - Zones Without People
  • OneohTrix Point Never - Betrayed In The Octagon
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  • OneohTrix Point Never - Drawn and Quartered
  • Various Artists - Willie Nelson American Outlaw (Live At Bridgestone Arena / 2019)
  • U2 - Fire (40th Anniversary Edition)
  • Urban Renewal Project - Posse Comitatvs #1: Border’s Edge
  • Me'Shell NdegéOcello - Peace Beyond Passion Dlx Ed.
  • Vast - Music For People
  • Love Spit Love - Trysome Eatone
  • Gruntruck - Push
  • Lee Perry - Roast Fish, Collie Weed, Corn Bread
  • Opeth - Morningrise




  • "Weird Al" Yankovic - Beat on the Brat
  • Various Artists - Songs For You, Vol. 2
  • The Backsliders - Raleighwood
  • Chris Stamey & The Fellow Travelers - Music From The Song Book - A Brand New Shade Of Blue
  • St Paul & The Broken Bones - Half The City Live
  • Vitamin String Quartet - Vitamin String Quartet Performs My Chemical Romance
  • Squirrel Nut Zippers - Lost Songs Of Doc Spouchon
  • April March - In Cinerama
  • Bob Dylan - Jokerman / I And I Remixes
  • The Clash - If Music Could Talk
  • Future - EVOL (5th Anniversary)
  • Jamiroquai - Everybody's Going To The Moon
  • Miles Davis - CHAMPIONS – Rare Miles from the Complete Jack Johnson Sessions
  • Pearl Jam - Alive
  • Pearl Jam - Alive
  • R. Stevie Moore - On Earth
  • Canned Heat - Living The Blues
  • Hall & Oates - Voices
  • Jorma Kaukonen & John Hurlbut - The River Flows Vol. 2
  • Donna Summer - Bad Girls
  • Tesla - Mechanical Resonance
  • Boosie Badazz/MO3 - Badazz MO3
  • Dinner Party - Dinner Party: Dessert
  • EARTHGANG - Strays With Rabies
  • Willie Jones - Right Now
  • Bush - Sea of Memories (10th Anniversary)
  • Judas Priest - Best Of
  • Fleet Foxes - “Can I Believe You” / “Wading in Waist-High Water”
  • From First To Last - Dear Diary, My Teen Angst Has A Body Count
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  • Skeletal Family - Singles Plus (1983-85)
  • Fun Lovin' Criminals - Scooby Snacks (25th Anniversary Edition)
  • Sinead O'Connor - Live in Rotterdam 1990
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  • Fred Armisen - Parade Meeting
  • Del Casher - Italian Stallion OST
  • Tav Falco - Club Zodiac Lockdown
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  • Various Artists - Brown Acid Ten Heavy Hits Vol. 1
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  • Various Artists - Mochilla Presents Timeless: Suite For Ma Dukes
  • Czarface - Czar Noir
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  • Just Ice - Back To The Old School: 35th Anniversary Edition
  • The Heartbreakers - L.A.M.F. - the found '77 masters
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  • Jon Anderson - Olias Of Sunhillow - 45th Anniversary Edition
  • Karen O & Willie Nelson - Under Pressure
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  • Lindsey Stirling - Lose You Now
  • Dio - God Hates Heavy Metal
  • John Fogerty - Blue Ridge Rangers EP
  • Sammy Hagar & The Circle - Heavy Metal (Live)
  • Matt Bellamy - Cryosleep
  • Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush - Real Live! Vol. 2
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  • Soen - The Undiscovered Lotus
  • Bad Omens - Live + Unplugged
  • Green Jelly - 333
  • Pink Freud - Piano Forte Brutto Netto (Deluxe)
  • Various Artists - Behind The Dykes 2: More Beat, Blues And Psychedelic Nuggets From The Lowlands 1966-1971
  • Various Artists - Kiss My Ass Goodbye (John Prine tribute)
  • Various Artists - Songs from The Astral Plane, Vol. 1: A Tribute to Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers
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  • Smoke DZA - Rugby Thompson
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  • Paul Ortiz Y La Orquesta Son - Los Que Son
  • All Them Witches - Live On The Internet
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  • Born Ruffians - Squeeze
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  • Dos - Justamente Tres
  • Love - Everybody's Gotta Live
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  • God Forbid - Determination
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  • John Prine - Stay Independent: The Oh Boy Years Curated By Indie Record Stores
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  • The Sweet - Platinum Rare
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  • Various Artists - A Tribute to Curtis Mayfield
  • PVRIS - Use Me (Deluxe EP)
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  • John Prine - Live At The Other End, December 1975
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White Stripes Announce White Blood Cells 20th Anniversary Companion Album Of Demos & Live Tracks

Jack White and Third Man Records aren't known for being conventional - so this summer, when the White Stripes’  third album White Blood Cells turns 20 - instead of a reissue - they will release White Blood Cells XX - an anniversary companion to the original album.  The release will be part of the label's Vault Package.




The first disc of the release, which will be a red vinyl, features a collection of unreleased demos and alternate takes of album tracks (including an “alternate take” of “Fell In Love With A Girl,” which you can preview below) plus songs that never made it to any kind of completed/released form.  




The second disc-  a white LP, features a 2001 live show at Headliners  in Louisville. 


There's also a DVD of behind-the-scenes footage and a booklet with rare posters, flyers, and photos. 







Side A:
01. “Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground” (previously unreleased boombox demo take 1)
02. “Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground” (previously unreleased boombox demo take 2)
03. “Hotel Yorba” (previously unreleased alternate take live at the Hotel Yorba)
04. “Fell In Love With A Girl” (previously unreleased alternate take)
05. “The Union Forever” (previously unreleased working mix without interlude)
06. “Offend In Every Way” (previously unreleased acoustic boombox demo)
07. “That’s Where It’s At” (previously unreleased outtake)


Side B:
08. “Ooh-Aah” (previously unreleased demo)
09. “I Can’t Wait” (previously unreleased alternate mix)
10. “Hey Mary” (previously unreleased demo)
11. “Feel Like I’m Three Feet Tall” (previously unreleased boombox demo)
12. “Rated X” (previously unreleased alternate take live at the Hotel Yorba)
13. “This Protector” (previously unreleased alternate take)




Side C:
01 “When I Hear My Name”
02 “Death Letter / Grinnin’ In Your Face”
03 “Lord, Send Me An Angel”
04 “You’re Pretty Good Looking (For A Girl)”
05 “Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground”
06 “Hotel Yorba”
07 “Truth Doesn’t Make A Noise”
08 “I Think I Smell A Rat”


Side D:
01 “Jolene”
02 “We’re Going To Be Friends”
03 “Expecting”
04 “The Union Forever”
05 “The Same Boy You’ve Always Known”
06 “Apple Blossom”
07 “Cannon / John The Revelator”
?08 “Astro”


To get your hands on this - sign up for the Third Man Vault by 4/30.

Radiohead Adding More Archival Concert Films to YouTube- Including Full-Show Broadcast of 2008 'In Rainbows' Performance

Last year summer-  Radiohead began adding archival concert footage to their YouTube page from their extensive Radiohead Public Library.  This Friday (April 9), the band is reviving the series - and the first upload will be a January 2008 show, performed at London’s 93 Feet East.  


According to the band, the set:

 “was originally intended to be an in-store performance at London record store Rough Trade East to mark the conventional release of the In Rainbows album—a plan that went awry when hordes of fans and overwhelming media coverage caught the attention of the local authorities. The entire production had to be torn down and a replacement venue found on a moment’s notice. The show ultimately happened at 93ft East, a club with a capacity of a few hundred that was thankfully available for the night. The result was an electric and intimate Radiohead performance like no other, one largely unseen since—until now.”


The video goes live at 3p and you can RSVP or view it below: 



Along with the shows - the band is also selling a new line of Stanley Donwood designed  shirts.  The shirts are replicas of shirts the crew would wear on their tour - with each color representing a different department on tour - lights, video, audio, riggers, pushers, backline.



Proceeds from the shirts will benefit stage and crew organizations supported at #WeMakeEvents. Place your order HERE

Dave Grohl releasing a memoir of the most memorable moments of his decades-long career in rock

After being in the rock and roll business for multiple decades - you KNOW Dave Grohl has some good stories ... we got a glimpse of a few of them when he created an Instagram account (out of boredom) last year


Well now - we're getting a full blown memoir of his tales.




The Storyteller is a "collection of memories of a life lived loud. From my early days growing up in the suburbs of Washington, DC, to hitting the road at the age of 18, and all the music that followed, I can now share these adventures with the world, as seen and heard from behind the microphone."





In  the announcement - he says - 

“There is a common thread that runs throughout everything that I do: storytelling. Whether in song, documentary film or on the page, I have always felt compelled to share moments from my life. This inclination is a huge part of what excites me creatively but also as a human being”


The Storyteller will be out October 5 




St. Vincent debuts new music and new signature guitars on Saturday Night Live

St. Vincent was the musical guest on Saturday Night Live this past weekend - but live performances of cuts from her upcoming album Daddy’s Home weren't the only thing she was showcasing.  She played two songs from her forthcoming record (watch below): "Pay Your Way in Pain” and  “The Melting of the Sun” using the new model of her signature guitar 



The Ernie Ball Music Man produced ax with an Okoume body is known as ‘Goldie’.  It comes in three colors on and has  custom parchment control knobs, pearl tuning keys and custom in-lays, plus  stainless steel frets, chrome hardware and a redesigned three-ply parchment pickguard. The guitar will hit the market in June. 




Now - on to the performances - which saw Annie Clark perform with  a full band and a trio of vocalists.  She described the experience as surreal: 


Playing SNL is a surreal enough experience under normal circumstances ... but watching this cast and crew make the impossible possible doing a live show safely in a pandemic is something I really couldn't have imagined - until strangely enough I was a part of it.  I can't thank Lorne and SNL for having me back, looking after me and my well being, and letting Daddy's Home into studio 8H


St. Vincent: Pay Your Way In Pain (Live) - SNL 


St. Vincent: The Melting of the Sun (Live) - SNL


AI software writes 'new' Nirvana, Jimi Hendrix and Amy Winehouse songs to raise awareness for mental health support

Too many artists are taken from us too soon - and eerily - many of them are taken from us at the age of 27 - Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain, and Amy Winehouse- just to name a few.  Many of these artists struggled with addiction, depression, and other mental health issues.  


Last month - the Toronto organization Over The Bridge has used AI software to write "new" songs by many of these artists to raise awareness for the importance of mental health support.


Sean O’Connor, a member of the board of directors for Over The Bridge told Rolling Stone:


“What if all these musicians that we love had mental health support?  Somehow in the music industry, [depression] is normalized and romanticized … Their music is seen as authentic suffering.”


The project - ‘Drowned In The Sun – Lost Tapes Of The 27 Club’  - used Google’s AI program Magenta to write the music and another AI program create the lyrics.  The  programs analyzed up to 30 songs by each artist to guess what their “new” compositions would sound like.  



The simulated Nirvana track - ‘Drowned In The Sun’ features Eric Hogan, singer for Nevermind: The Ultimate Tribute To Nirvana. 




 The project take on the somber side of Amy Winehouse's catalog with 'Man I Know'




The simulated Jimi Hendrix track - 'You're Gonna Kill Me' - is identifiable from the opening guitar lick 


Can you tell the difference between artificial intelligence and the real thing?


If you're experiencing thoughts of suicide or self-harm, you can reach the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or over an online chat.

Willie Nelson Leads Petition to Make April 20 part of a 'National High Holiday' - seriously

The petition may have been filed on April Fools Day - but it appears Willie Nelson and his Luck Reunion team are serious about making 4/20 a national holiday. 


They have launched a petition appealing to President Biden and the American public to make April 20-29 the National “High Holidays.”  



The announcement reads 


Ever feel like twenty-four hours isn’t enough time for your 4/20 celebration? Well, you’re in Luck. Team Luck is collecting signatures to petition the U.S government for the “High Holidays” to be nationally celebrated. Luck’s iteration of the High Holidays begins on 4/20, of course, and ends with a celebration of Willie Nelson's birthday, which falls on 4/29. This petition, while slightly in jest, aims to destigmatize cannabis usage and users, and to broaden the dialogue with Congress re: decriminalization and the many benefits of the Cannabis plant.


Help us: Luck Presents is petitioning the Biden Administration and Congress to make 4/20 to 4/29 the national “High Holidays” in honor of Willie Nelson’s contribution to the cannabis industry, and to celebrate his birthday. Sign the petition here. More info here.


He said it best: Willie Nelson, the unofficial patron saint of weed, said, “I think people need to be educated to the fact that marijuana is not a drug. Marijuana is an herb and a flower. God put it here. If He put it here and He wants it to grow, what gives the government the right to say that God is wrong?”




A post shared by Luck Reunion (@luckreunion)


Click here to sign the petition.