Sam Lay in Bluesland

CHICAGO, March 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Sam Lay, the blues living legend and inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, receives a phenomenal tribute in his documentary, Sam Lay in Bluesland. Produced by Starr Sutherland, directed by John Anderson, and executively produced by Michael Prussian, the original film is set to debut on WTTW Chicago on April 6, 2017.

Against a backdrop of the troubled, racially turbulent 1960s, Sam’s singular life, and career are told through his own words, music, and dozens of one-of-a-kind clips from 16mm footage Sam shot while playing decades of gigs that have never been shown in public prior to this film. The documentary features appearances by music greats such as Iggy Pop, Corky Siegel, Elvin Bishop, and his late contemporary James Cotton, who passed just last week. The film also features new performances by The Sam Lay Blues Band, The Siegel-Schwall Blues Band, and Sam Lay & Corky Siegel.

The film will air twice in the first week of April: WTTW HD on April 6, 2017 at 10:00 pm CDT and WTTW Prime on April 7, 2017 at 4:00 pm CDT.

Recognized as much for his signature double-shuffle beat as for his sartorial style — his capes, crowns, canes, and cowbells are the stuff of legend. Sam, who recently celebrated his 82nd birthday, has played a key role in the evolution of the blues for almost 60 years. A free spirit whose musical innovation, unmistakable groove, and explosive power helped create the blueprint for Chicago blues, Sam has earned his place in the Blues, Jazz and Rock and Roll Halls of Fame. He continues to write, record, and perform today.

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Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia

BAMPFA, the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, is the visual arts center of the University of California, Berkeley. This exhibition is part of San Francisco’s 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love.

Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia – Through May 21, 2017

This major exhibition is the first comprehensive exploration of the counterculture of the 1960s and 1970s and its impact on global art, architecture, and design. It presents an extraordinary array of works—many of which have been added for the Berkeley presentation—including experimental furniture, immersive environments, media installations, alternative magazines and books, printed ephemera, and films that convey the social, cultural, and political ferment of this transformative period, when radical experiments challenged convention, overturned traditional hierarchies, and advanced new communal ways of living and working. In the art, architecture, and design of the counterculture one can see early stirrings of the tech revolution and ecological consciousness, as well as powerful expressions of the wish for peace and social justice.

Clay Geerdes: Cockettes Go Shopping, 1972; digital print; 42 x 28 in.; courtesy David Miller, from the estate of Clay Geerdes.

The Cockettes, a flamboyant ensemble of hippies, gay, straight, and undecided, decked themselves out in gender-bending drag and tons of glitter for a series of legendary midnight musicals at the Palace Theater in North Beach.

The Cockettes were born on stage, New Year’s Eve, 1969. The collective passion was to take every fantasy, desire, idol and dream and in the most joyously flamboyant way possible, put it onto the stage.

Founded by Hibiscus (real name, George Harris, Jr.) the troupe performed outrageous parodies of show tunes (or original tunes in the same vein) and gained an underground cult following that eventually led to mainstream exposure. With titles like Gone With the Showboat to Oklahoma, Hell’s Harlots and Pearls over Shanghai, these all singing, all dancing extravaganzas featured elaborate costumes, rebellious sexuality, and exuberant chaos.

The Cockettes were soon heralded as the cutting edge of Freak Theatre appearing in Rolling Stone, Paris Match and even Playboy magazines. They attracted admiration from Diana Vreeland, John Lennon and Marlene Dietrich, among others. Truman Capote and Rex Reed attended a San Francisco performance of Tinsel Tarts in a Hot Coma, and Reed wrote a glowing review calling it “a landmark in the history of new, liberated theater…”

Kitaro/Kazunari Shibata, More About Kojiki and the Universe

Realizing that Kitaro’s Kojiki and the Universe Live Tour is not destined to be performed at a venue near me, sigh, I did the next best thing. I purchased the Kojiki and the Universe DVD.

It is a beautiful series of music compositions set against rolling space photographs. We are but a mere speck of dust in the holy majestic universe. The images from NASA and other sources gathered by Kazunari Shibata (Kyoto University) display in breathtaking beauty on the 52″ HD TV mounted on the wall connected to the Sony Blu-Ray 7.1 Home Theatre system. The splendor of science prevails.

The collaborative experiment of merging music, Kitaro’s Kojiki and movies of the universe achieves that rare sense of wonder to compel us to discover beyond our planet.

Kitaro continues to expand my consciousness for which I am forever grateful.

 

 

TTB – Live From The Fox Oakland

The Tedeschi Trucks Band carries on the road tradition of The Allman Bros. Band as does Gov’t. Mule. Both groups have strong followings, possessing amazing musical depth combined with unique versatility.

Live From The Fox Oakland, is TTB’s latest recording available in a live concert and audio media CD/DVD format.

 

Album Track List

  1. Don’t Know What It Means
  2. Keep On Growing
  3. Bird On The Wire
  4. Within You, Without You
  5. Just As Strange
  6. Crying Over You
  7. These Walls (featuring Alam Khan)
  8. Anyhow
  9. Right On Time
  10. Leavin’ Trunk
  11. Don’t Drift Away
  12. I Want More (Soul Sacrifice outro)
  13. I Pity The Fool
  14. Ali
  15. Let Me Get By

Watch the video of the set closer, “Let Me Get By”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beer To Drink Music To ’17

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery Inc. for the second year is the Official Beer of Record Store Day.

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Celebrating music Dogfish  Head has crafted Beer To Drink Music To ’17, a tropical blonde ale brewed with kiwi juice and hibiscus flowers.

In addition  to the Record Store Day event, Dogfish Head is helping to sponsor and promote The Paste Sampler, a clear vinyl LP included with Paste Quarterly Spring 2017 an innovative rebirth of Paste Magazine in a large 12″ magazine format.

I got my copy yesterday as a result of an IndieGoGo crowdfund pledge I made. It is a sweet magazine to savor and read. I plan to listen to the sampler this weekend, read my new magazine and have a Beer To Drink Music To ’17 as I sit out the winter storm headed our way.

Cheers to Dogfish Head Brewery for taking a leadership role in music empowerment!

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Sun Ra and His Arkestra – Thunder of the Gods

Whenever I think of Sun Ra I feel his soul traveling the cosmos, connecting with the planets and solar systems he was always in direct transmission with in his time on Earth.

Sun Ra and His Arkestra’s Thunder of the Gods the new Sun Ra LP touches ground in the earthly bins, 50 years after its creation!

Sun Ra is still trying to get our attention 50 years after dispatching this transmission. Humanity’s path since then makes his message even more urgent today. Years after Herman Poole “LeSony’r Ra” Blount “left the planet” he’s still trying to reach us, to wake us up and to change our destiny.

Sun Ra and the Arkestra weren’t a traditional studio band, and every star in the vast galaxy of their discography reflects this. The origins of these records can be hard to pinpoint at times, but when it comes to Thunder Of The Gods, it’s a bit easier. “Calling Planet Earth – We’ll Wait For You” was discovered on tapes from Ra’s, Universe In Blue, believed to be recorded in ’71. The raucous title track and “Moonshots Across the Sky” are unearthed from the ’66 Strange Strings sessions. Modern Harmonic has once again paired Ra’s sonic art with the visual art of “The Father of Modern Space Art,” Chesley Bonestell, whose 1952 work ”Formation of the Earth’s Continents” sprawls across the front and back covers.

“Thanks to Modern Harmonic, in partnership with Sun Ra LLC, soon you will be holding an album of unreleased Sun Ra music 50 years after it was recorded! That this music survived to reach our ears after all of this time is quite a miraculous gift. It sounds as though it could have come from either the ancient past or the distant future, yet most perfectly, it’s the music of right now.” — Christopher Eddy (Sun Ra Arkive)

Otis Redding: An Unfinished Life

In Otis Redding: An Unfinished Life, Jonathan Gould finally does justice to Redding’s unfinished life, drawn on exhaustive research, the cooperation of the Redding family, and previously unavailable sources of information to present the first comprehensive portrait of the singer’s background, his upbringing, and his professional career.

Note: This item is pre-order only now. Expected release date is May 16, 2017.

In chronicling the story of Redding’s life and music, Gould also presents a social history of the time and place from which they emerged. His book never lets us forget that the boundaries between black and white in popular music were becoming porous during the years when racial tensions were reaching a height throughout the United States. His indelible portrait of Redding and the mass acceptance of soul music in the 1960s is both a revealing look at a brilliant artist and a provocative exploration of the tangled history of race and music in America that resonates strongly with the present day.

 

Michael Stipe at Moogfest 2017

nide9wegxqr0r4grprhkMarking a significant moment for the multimedia artist and forefather of alternative rock, Michael Stipe will release a never-before-seen installation at Moogfest 2017. The installation will be a compilation of video footage he has shot over the years in New York City that explores desire and movement. Using Moog gear, Stipe will score the piece, marking his first solo composition ever. The installation will run continuously throughout the festival.

Stipe became involved thanks to festival’s exec producer Kai Riedl, a former member of experi-post-rock band Macha. It’s thanks to the Athens, Georgia connection, that Riedl and Stipe have been friends for 20-odd years.

“Over the last decade, Michael has expanded his futurist leaning and artistic output through various projects, many of these with imagery and film he’s shot himself,” says Riedl of Stipe’s involvement. “During this time, largely as a member of R.E.M., he has also worked often with Moog synths. This installation presents a unique opportunity to wed these two worlds in a multimedia experience and to expand on his explorations as a solo artist. Stipe has always had a futurist yet Southern leaning style and has had a rich history of creating in the South, so having Moogfest in the region of his hometown of Athens made it all the more appealing. In addition, Stipe has always been a voice for equality, new creative possibilities and futurist ideals—many of the same pillars of Moogfest.”

Here is a NY Times interview from last year that serves as a prediction to Michael Stipe’s return to live performance. He has joined his good friend, Patti Smith at several of her concerts including her birthday celebration on 12/30/16 at the Riviera Theatre in Chicago.

The “Odessey”: The Zombies in Words and Images

To mark the 50th anniversary of the recording of their classic Odessey and Oracle album, The Zombies have assembled an eclectic collection of rare and unseen photos, original artwork, and personal memories that offer readers an intimate snapshot of one of the more influential bands to emerge from the UK music scene of the 1960s.

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The superbly illustrated book includes handwritten lyrics for 22 songs. From early hits “She’s Not There” and “Tell Her No,” through every song on Odessey and Oracle—including the hit single “Time of the Season” —and all the way up to today, each selection is accompanied by a running oral history by original band members Rod Argent, Colin Blunstone, Chris White and Hugh Grundy.

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Renowned artist Terry Quirk, who created the look of Odessey and Oracle, designed the book’s cover and contributed new artwork throughout, while Vivienne Boucherat created a unique piece of art to accompany each of the 22 songs. Additionally, The Odessey is rich with reflections from music journalists, friends and fans, including Tom Petty, who wrote the foreword, Brian Wilson, Carlos Santana, Susanna Hoffs, Paul Weller, Graham Nash, Clive Davis, Nate Ruess of FUN and members of Cage the Elephant and Beach House.

 

 

 

 

Kitaro/Kojiki and the Universe Tour 2017

Kojiki and the Universe Live Tour

Kitaro’s new DVD, Kojiki and the Universe is an experiment in merging music with movies of the Universe.

Always the innovator, Kitaro will tour the globe in 2017 beginning with an intimate concert on April 20 in San Rafael, California. International performances will then commence in London, Istanbul, Ankara Turkey, Brasov Romania, Bucharest, Sibiu and Sofia. Simultaneously, the Grammy and Golden Globe winning artist will release two new projects, the tour inspired DVD, Kojiki And The Universe and a new music, Sacred Journey of Ku-Kai Volume 5.

Presenting a totally-unique visual experience, the Live in Concert presentation of “Kojiki and The Universe” merges Kitaro’s Grammy nominated music from the album “Kojiki” with dynamic space-age photographic scenes of the Universe. “Kojiki and The Universe Live” features time- lapse images, expertly intertwined with real-time films provided by and in cooperation with NASA and Kyoto University.

The debut of the Live concert experience in San Rafael will offer exclusive and access to the artists via a KITARO VIP EXPERIENCE which includes Gold Circle seating, an intimate wine and cheese post-concert reception with Kitaro, an autographed tour poster, a Kojiki & The Universe DVD signed by the artist and personally autographed copy of Kitaro’s newest Domo Music CD release, Sacred Journey of Ku-Kai Volume 5.

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Sacred Journey of Ku-Kai Volume 5

Kitaro’s all new music recording, “Sacred Journey of Ku-Kai Volume 5” is to be released on April 21st following on the heels of the multiple Grammy nominated Volumes 1-4.

Having received Grammy nomination for volumes 1-4, Volume 5 is presented by Kitaro’s long- time label, the Domo Music Group. The Ku-Kai series concept arose after the global events on the fateful day of September 11, 2001. Kitaro was traveling on a jet from Japan to Los Angeles when the transcontinental flight was diverted to Hawaii for 5 days due to the tragedy. It was during this time of disbelief and uncertainty that Kitaro envisioned the Ku-Kai series as a means of uniting the world through music embracing his frequently referenced universal message of peace.

The Sacred Journey of Ku-Kai series is an earthly voyage that transports the listener to the eighty-eight sacred temples located on Shikoku Island in Japan, the ancestral home of the beloved Buddhist holy man Ku-kai. The music, which pays homage to the true to life excursion made over 1100 years ago on Shikoku Island endures to this day. Each track on the album revolves around the unique bell sound from the individual temples, using actual sampling and Kitaro’s inspired musical interpretations and distillations of their essences.

The Ku-Kai series is comprised of “Sacred Journey Of Ku-Kai Vol. 1” in 2003, “Sacred Journey Of Ku-Kai Vol. 2” in 2005, “Sacred Journey Of Ku-Kai Vol. 3” in 2007, and “Sacred Journey Of Ku-Kai Vol. 4” in 2010.