Bang & Olufsen’s Living Room Tour – Wyclef Jean and Carlos Santana

Grammy Award-winning artist and producer Wyclef Jean will be hosting a musical journey with Carlos Santana and his beloved guitar, one of the most recognizable sounds in popular culture. The first installment is set for release on December 9th, with more videos to come throughout December and January.

More information including exclusive pictures from Carlos Santana’s home with Wyclef Jean in Las Vegas can be found on the Bang and Olufsen Blog.

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The Velvet Underground 45th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition

It’s always a tough choice when the Christmas shopping season kicks in to choose just the right music box set. I have not done the proper due diligence yet of researching what box sets are for purchase this season. I will conduct that analysis this weekend.

My first request with Santa Claus is to receive The Velvet Undergound 45th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition. I watched the video review by Alexis Petrides of The Guardian and it helped convince me to listen to the recording more intently. http://www.theguardian.com/music/video/2014/nov/28/velvet-underground-album-you-should-hear-video-review

The live tracks are phenomenal!

Jorma Kaukonen – Ain’t In No Hurry

Jorma Kaukonen is one heck of a guitar picker. I love his solo albums intently along with the Hot Tuna and Jefferson Airplane classics he has performed on these many decades.

Jorma and Red House Records announced today that there will be a new solo album releasing on February 17th, Ain’t In No Hurry.

As you can see Jorma is pictured with motorcycles which he loves to ride. I noticed  that his image is caught in the reflector mirror. What an amazing career Jorma Kaukonen has to reflect and look back upon.

I am eager to hear more from Jorma and fellow musicians when this recording hits market. I noticed his Spring tour is coming close to where I live on March 14, 2015 at Stage One in Fairfield, Ct. I hope we get some tickets to see him play that evening.It’s been awhile since we have heard some live music and who better than Jorma Kaukonen and Barry Mitterhoff in concert.

Honor The Treaties With The Doors on Vinyl

My commitment to vinyl and Record Store Day is changing. I am more interested in high-resolution audio than I am the warm sound of vinyl.

Granted I still have an allegiance to vinyl, most notably 12″ album art, liner notes etc.

I did not take part as I have in past years by getting up early and finding a record store where I could purchase Record Store Day collectibles.

However there was one RSD vinyl EP that I clamored for and that was The Doors, Ghost Song/Drums.

When I saw that The Doors.com Store was selling this collectible direct to the public I ordered a copy. I like that the proceeds from the sale of this recording go to Honor The Treaties.

Indigenous communities are fighting their most important battles in recent history—battles to protect the integrity of their land and water and traditions. The treaties are at the heart of these battles. Article VI, Clause 2 of the US Constitution, also known as the Supremacy Clause, lists these treaties as the “supreme law of the land.”

Side A Features “Ghost Song” by The Doors from American Prayer. Side B Features “Drums” by Peter LaFarge.

The record’s cover art was done by Shepard Fairey, the graphic designer behind the famous Barack Obama “Hope” and Andre the Giant “Obey” images. The “Ghost Song” cover is based on images by prize-winning National Geographic photojournalist Aaron Huey.

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/features/shepard-fairey-doors-and-interpol-collaborations-20141201#ixzz3KmBGtMI1
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Jimmy Greene – Beautiful Life

“My daughter Ana was born on a Tuesday morning in early April 2006. Her life was ended in her first grade classroom on a Friday morning in mid-December — six years, eight months and ten days later. Despite the efforts of many to identify and debate the issues surrounding the Sandy Hook shooting, an awful reality remains — there has been a proliferation of heinous, senseless acts of violence in America — acts that have ravaged my families and the families of so many others across our country. Much attention has been paid to the way my precious Ana died, but this album attempts to paint the picture of how she lived — lovingly, faithfully and joyfully. In a way, this recording also represents a reaction. Not a reaction to the discourse sparked by the events of December 14, 2012, but rather the reaction of a father after having witnessed a miracle — the miracle of his daughter’s beautiful life.

With this recording there is an assertion that, despite the unseemingly bearable weight of our loss, there is still lots of beauty all around and much to be thankful for in this life. I’m grateful that my Dad reminded me of this fact in the days after Ana was killed because from that moment, my focus gradually shifted from inward to outward, eventually resulting in this recording. And, I’m thankful for the opportunity to share this music, and a bit of Ana’s beautiful life with you.”

Love Wins, Jimmy Greene, Newtown, CT

This is the most important jazz record of the year because it does what every record — jazz, rock or otherwise — should do: it speaks to the breadth of human emotion, from deepest sadness to greatest joy, in the context of what we all aim to achieve — a connection to the spirit that gives us the courage to forge on in this fragile, temporal life.

(From the Review of Beautiful Life
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By Michael Verity, Jazz Expert)

Classic Rock Coffee Company – East Haven, CT

I have discovered a new specialty coffee franchise I want to share Classic Rock Coffee Company. Their motto is “Our Coffee Rocks”. I decided to build the time into my morning commute to check them out.

Classic Rock Coffee Co.in East Haven, Connecticut is situated on the town line at 23 Main Street. The coffee franchise is housed inside the historic building once known as The Old Mill. It was once the location of the first Iron Works in Connecticut and third in the Nation.

My curiosity and love of classic rock drew me to their door on a wet Wednesday morning. I was enchanted with what I saw, sensed, and tasted. I ordered a single origin Ethiopia coffee V60 Pourover 12 oz specialty drink. I was informed by my barista it would take 3-5 minutes to roast and prepare. I was fine with that option. I also purchased the War Pig Breakfast Sandwich.

While my coffee and sandwich were prepared I perused the establishment, highly interested in the framed vinyl albums and guitars that adorned various walls.

I spoke with Dennis Engelhard one of the two brothers (Howard) that own this franchise location. He shared the fact that Classic Rock Coffee Company only streams classic rock music, which is my stated preference. They do take requests and they can stream a custom playlist should they desire to do so. My request would be Pink Floyd Division Bell and The Endless River ;)

I definitely plan to return for a sit and sip 16 oz coffee served in a ceramic mug ;)

Check out Classic Rock Coffee Company next time you are in the Branford/East Haven shoreline community. They Rock!

 

Feast of Friends – The Doors

I find myself more in synch with The Doors these past two weeks. Recently I purchased the Doors tour documentary, Feast of Friends as a Blu-Ray movie option. It is a 40 minute film that centers around The Doors 1968 tour. I watched on my MacBook Pro. I was captivated by the footage of the band members. I especially love “The End” performed live at The Hollywood Bowl.

Funded by the band and directed by Paul Ferrara, one of Morrison’s film-school friends, ‘Feast of Friends’ doesn’t stick to typical rock documentary territory, expanding to focus on interactions with fans, friends and bystanders. The climate of American politics and fashion, circa 1968, is also captured along the way, as ‘Feast of Friends’ veers off the beaten path to tell its story.

Read More: The Doors, ‘A Feast Of Friends’ – DVD Review