Jerry Garcia – Happy 70th Birthday – August 1, 2012


Wednesday, 8/1 vs. NYM 7:15 p.m.

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The Giants invite you to the ballpark to celebrate the 70th Birthday of legendary musician and San Francisco Native Jerry Garcia! Garcia was born in San Francisco on August 1, 1942, and grew up in the city’s Excelsior District, before becoming a founding member of the iconic rock band The Grateful Dead. AT&T Park will be rocking with pre-game music on the field, compliments of the band Moonalice and entertainment, featuring some of Jerry’s most famous hits throughout his illustrious career. Your special event ticket package includes a seat in one of the Jerry Garcia 70th Birthday Bash sections for the August 1st game against the New York Mets, and a special birthday-edition Jerry Garcia bobble head! Ticket proceeds will be donated to the Rex Foundation, along with other non-profits affiliated with The Grateful Dead! Come support a great cause and help us celebrate the birthday of one of San Francisco’s biggest legends!



Love This Giant – Pre-Order and Digital Download

The exciting collaboration between David Byrne and St. Vincent gets one step closer with the pre-order availability of their Love This Giant recording. I’m in!

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All pre-orders will receive an immediate Premium DRM-free 320kbps MP3 of “Weekend In The Dust”. The entire full digital album will be delivered to you via email on September 10th, one day earlier than the release date. All physical goods will be shipped to arrive by September 11th.

  • CD in custom packaging, including 4 fine art inserts
  • Digital download of entire 12 track album

David Byrne / St. VincentOn “Weekend in the Dust”, I came up with some brass riffs and swells that sounded pretty funky to me. I then sent those to Annie and she wrote a cool vocal melody over it (later she wrote words too). We both arranged her vocal and other elements of the track a bit further—still working with horn samples temporarily. Finally, we passed this one to baritone sax monster Lenny Pickett, ex Tower Of Power and current Borneo Horns and SNL bandleader, for arranging. I’d previously worked with Lenny on a Talking Heads track (“Blind”) so I know he is really good at convoluted and funky—and that describes this track pretty well. We recorded the whole band playing it in the studio in Hoboken, which I arrived at one morning in March via bicycle and ferry. Nice!

Second of Two, Santana/Allman Bros. Band Concerts Tonight!

We’re getting down to the sound of Santana and The Allman Bros. Band tonight at the Comcast Theatre in Hartford, Ct.

Can you say jazz/blues jam? We knew that they could ‘)

The Beatles – Tomorrow Never Knows


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English: Photograph of The Beatles as they arrive in New York City in 1964 Français : Photographie de The Beatles, lors de leur arrivée à New York City en 1964 Italiano: Fotografia dei Beatles al loro arrivo a New York City nel 1964 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Experience 14 Rock Songs Recorded by The Beatles that Truly Changed the World – and Still Rock Hardest Today.

Tomorrow Never Knows LP

The Beatles present an iTunes digital exclusive new release ‘Tomorrow Never Knows,’ available on the iTunes Store worldwide today. The LP features 14 of The Beatles’ most powerful rock songs spanning their entire trailblazing and influential catalogue, which continues to resonate with today’s pop culture.

Dave Grohl, Foo Fighters states: “If it weren’t for The Beatles, I would not be a musician. It’s as simple as that. From a very young age I became fascinated with their songs, and over the years have drowned myself in the depth of their catalogue. Their groove and their swagger. Their grace and their beauty. Their dark and their light. The Beatles seemed to be capable of anything. They knew no boundaries, and in that freedom they seemed to define what we now know today as ‘Rock and Roll.’

1 Revolution
2 Paperback Writer
3 And Your Bird Can Sing
4 Helter Skelter
5 Savoy Truffle
6 I’m Down
7 I’ve Got A Feeling
8 Back In The USSR
9 You Can’t Do That
10 It’s All Too Much
11 She Said, She Said
12 Hey Bulldog
13 Tomorrow Never Knows
14 The End


Blue Note Releases Six Jazz Classics In High Definition Audio


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Blue Note Releases Six Jazz Classics In High Definition Audio 


Blue Note/EMI is pleased to announce today’s high definition, master-quality audio release of six classics from the label’s legendary catalog on HDtracks ( John Coltrane’s Blue Train, Eric Dolphy’s Out To Lunch, Herbie Hancock’s Maiden Voyage, Wayne Shorter’s Speak No Evil, Horace Silver’s Song for My Father, and Larry Young’s Unity have been digitally remastered for the first time in 96kHz/24bit and 192kHz/24bit from their original analog multi-track masters. All of the albums are accompanied by their original sleeve notes plus additional photos and newly-written package essays.



Blue Note president Don Was says, “In preparing these hi def remasters, we were very conscientious about maintaining the feel of the original releases while adding a previously unattainable transparency and depth. It now sounds like you’ve set up your chaise lounge right in the middle of Rudy Van Gelder’s studio!”


HDtracks is a high-quality music download service offering a diverse catalog of music from around the world. HDtracks offers both AIFF and FLAC lossless files, and select titles are available in ultra-high resolution 96khz/24bit files, providing audiophiles who demand the highest quality recordings with an online experience not available anywhere else.


John McLaughlin and The 4th Dimension – Now Here This

John McLaughlin and The 4th Dimension is set to release their next recording, Now Here This , October 18th, 2012 on Abstract-Logix(US).

It has been nearly two years since John McLaughlin released To the One, his highly acclaimed, first studio recording, with The 4th Dimension. We were fortunate to see John McLaughlin and The 4th Dimension perform at The Town Hall in New York City on November 13, 2010.

John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension: To the One

McLaughlin’s latest creative venture with The 4th Dimension, reflects a slight, yet significant, alteration of the dynamic, specifically the recruitment of powerhouse Indian drummer Ranjit Barot. Cameroon-born/Paris-resident bassist Etienne M’Bappe is back from To the One, as is keyboardist/drummer Gary Husband

As John himself simply states, “Now Here This  is the culmination of my life’s work till now.”

Can’t wait to hear these powerful eight tracks that contain the nucleus of Indian music, electric fusion and explosive fire.

Here they are performing live in 2011 for a sell-out crowd in Plaza de la Trinidad, Donosti, Spain who lovingly endures the rain with them 🙂

If you are  interested in a very limited edition (500) numbered , hand signed vinyl release of the new record with maybe a bonus track and possibly a poster or a handwritten chart (printed) from John, sign up here:

The Joshua Light Show – Evening of Historic Proportions

Would love to attend this at NYU this fall….The Joshua Light Show founded by multimedia artist Joshua White, are perhaps the most legendary visualists of live music.

As resident artists at Bill Graham’s Fillmore East during the late 1960’s, and in performances at Woodstock, Newport Jazz Festival, Tanglewood, Carnegie Hall, and the classic film Midnight Cowboy, White and his cohorts created live, colorful, psychedelic projections behind the great bands of that era including the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, and The Who.

Deutsch: Plakat Exploding Plastic Inevitable
Deutsch: Plakat Exploding Plastic Inevitable (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On September 14th at NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, John Zorn, saxophonist and cultural catalyst has curated the co-operation and collaboration of Lou Reed, (whose experience with light shows includes Warhol’s Exploding Plastic Inevitable) features on guitar and electronics, alongside dub apostle/bassist Bill Laswell and free jazz originator, drummer Milford Graves.

The Joshua Light Show:

Building A More Perfect Musical Brain – The Echo Nest

I continually emphasize my passionate technology interest in what The Echo Nest is accomplishing as this amazingly deft music cloud back-end. The more I discover and interpret what they are building, the more enthusiastic I get about the future evolution of music.

Just after I wrote about “The Echo Nest Moves Beyond Music Discovery” on July 16, I saw that Rolling Stone Magazine covered the significance that the $17 million funding The Echo Nest acquired is channeling into “Fanalytics,” the feature that will connect matching users who share similar musical tastes and listening patterns. It makes logical sense that Rolling Stone Magazine reported on this story since RS was involved with the launch of Spotify’s Music Application Platform . Rolling Stone Recomends is their Spotify App.

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The co-founders of The Echo Nest, Tristan Jehan (CTO) and Brian Whitman (CTO) were the in-studio guests on Boston Public Radio recently. The interview that Edgar B. Herwick III conducted with them provides valuable insight into their analysis and scientific methods. They are modest about what they are doing. They readily admit that 15 years into their project they are only beginning to develop the analytics, the semaphores for how to harness the music cloud we all interact with in the music of our heart.

I am fascinated to learn as much as I can about with where music and technology are converging. We have entered the age of Web 3.0, the Semantic Web where machine to machine total knowledge builds a highly stylized and formulaic music intelligentsia. The Echo Nest is a première example of Web 3.0 at its finest in a well conceived architectural platform.

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Stay tuned for what The Echo Nest will wrought for technology music devotees, it’s very stimulating stuff 😉