Monthly Archives: March 2014

Trilon (Michael Shrieve)

I just placed my pre-order for the Trilon (Michael Shrieve)¬†12″ white 150 gram vinyl LP. I love Micheal Shrieve’s approach to music. He is an innovative risk taker who has a keen ear for experimentation with sounds and textures.

I also want to complement Beat Hollow Records on how smooth and effortless they made that digital purchase. It was pleasing to the eyes in the transactional design. My compliments to the chefs as they are smart to use Stripe to expedite the online purchase. You can buy this limited edition (collectible) here and get a free audio casette with your purchase. Yes, you read that last sentence correctly an audio casette of Trilon ūüėČ

I am eager to spin the Trilon recording on my turntable when it becomes available in May. I plan to write more about the artists on Trilon in a future music blog post.

Trilon is: Michael Shrieve, Skerik, Reggie Watts, James Rotondi, Brad Houser, Mike Dillon, and Brian Siskind

Here is a sample of what’s in store for our senses. It’s most cool and original.

Beat Hollow Records

May I say I love the mission of the Beat Hollow Records extended team. I admire where they are focusing their collective energies. I find a microlabel company novel in a mass-market, digital age. It speaks to attention to detail.

Beat Hollow: distance; leave in the -lurch, transcend, surmount; soar (rise)

Beat Hollow Records: A new limited edition vinyl and cassette only microlabel purveying deep electronic, ambient, future jazz and postmodern dubs. Beat Hollow Records will only release limited editions and rarefied special releases. We will offer finely made and carefully cultivated records. We will not offer digital downloads, or CD’s. We simply want to put out music we love, and are inspired by, and want to release it in a meaningful way. To create artifacts, not files to skip over. Human.

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Marbles – John McLaughlin, Buddy Miles and Carlos Santana

Yesterday I wrote about The Electric Church.¬†I have been thinking more about Buddy Miles‘s discography and playing his recordings on Spotify. “Marbles” is an instrumental recording that Mr. Buddy Miles was involved with on two separate recordings.

I have a passion for the instrumental recording “Marbles” authored by John McLaughlin. Buddy Miles was the session drummer on the vinyl recording¬†Devotion¬†(Douglas Records, 9/70) which introduced “Marbles”. This instrumental is as psychedelic and trippy as the cover below.

Buddy Miles and Carlos Santana shared an affinity for John McLaughlin by performing “Marbles” together for their live concert album,¬†¬†Carlos Santana & Buddy Miles! Live!¬†‚Äé (6/72).

 

 

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The Electric Church High Priests – Jimi Hendrix, Buddy Miles, and Carlos Santana

Electric Church was a belief held by¬†Jimi Hendrix’s knowledge that electric music (such as Jimi’s band,¬†The Jimi Hendrix Experience¬†created) brings out emotions, feelings and ideas in people as well as fosters spiritual maturity. In an interview on the Dick Cavett Show in 1969, Cavett asked Hendrix about the Electric Church. Hendrix replied by saying that he designed his music so that it would be able to go “inside the soul of the person, and awaken some kind of thing inside, because there are so many sleeping people”. I thought it might be interesting to review¬†the three point intersection in the Electric Church shared by Jimi Hendrix, Buddy Miles, and Carlos Santana.

Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix considered “Electric Church” his religion and based his third album Electric Ladyland on that inherent belief.

When asked why he didn’t name his then-new album “Electric Church” instead of “Electric Ladyland”, Jimi said that some ladies were electric too. (then he laughed as if he were embarassed.)

Buddy Miles appeared on two songs on the Hendrix album ‚ÄúElectric Ladyland.‚ÄĚ When Hendrix disbanded the Jimi Hendrix Experience and replaced the British musicians with African-Americans, Buddy Miles joined Jimi in the Band of Gypsys along with Billy Cox on bass.

Copyright 1968 Eddie Kramer

On the last night of the 1960s, a New Year‚Äôs Eve show, they recorded Band of Gypsys, an album that included ‚ÄúThem Changes.‚ÄĚ This was the epitome of the Electric Church in the most spiritual rock hall at that time, The Fillmore East. If only the walls of that building could talk. Fortunately that concert was preserved on DVD (or YouTube I am guessing…).

Buddy Miles

The Buddy Miles Express album, Electric Church¬†was partly produced by Jimi Hendrix. ¬†It bridged the gap between the late 60s psychedelic rock scene and Miles’ R&B roots. The album Electric Church¬†had a looser, more jam-oriented vibe than the first album,¬†Expressway to Your Skull.¬†

Carlos Santana

Buddy Miles and Carlos Santana joined their talents to further grow the Electric Church as a live concert setting which became the album for Columbia Records, Carlos Santana & Buddy Miles Live!                 They recorded this performance in the Diamond Head Crater an inactive volcano in Hawaii.

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Carlos Santana & Wyclef Jean Collaborate Again!

I am √ľber psyched to discover that Carlos Santana and Wyclef Jean have collaborated again to bring the world the¬†Official Anthem of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil entitled, ‚ÄúDar um Jeito (We Will Find A Way)‚ÄĚ. The anthem also features Avicci and Alexandre Pires on vocals.¬†The composition comes from the writing genius of two-time Grammy-nominee Ash Pournouri.

“In Portuguese Dar Um Jeito means to find a way around obstacles and impossibilities,” said Pournouri. “With this track, we wanted to send a message of optimism and opportunity with the music and the words.”

Carlos Santana and Wyclef Jean first collaborated on the mega-hit, “Maria, Maria” with Product G&B.

Carlos Santana said of the project ‚ÄúIt is an honour to take part in the 2014 FIFA World Cup and have ‚ÄúDar um Jeito¬†(We Will Find A Way‚ÄĚ) selected as the Anthem. Along with my brothers, Wyclef, Avicii and Alexandre Pires, we look forward to performing the song in Rio de Janeiro in July and sharing this message of light and hope on the FIFA World Cup stage.‚ÄĚ

As the fourth piece to be added to the tournament‚Äôs official music programme, ‚ÄúDar um Jeito (We Will Find A Way)‚ÄĚ will form part of the official 2014 FIFA World Cup‚ĄĘ Album alongside the Official Song by Pitbull, Jennifer Lopez and Claudia Leitte as well as the SuperSong winning track to be recorded by Ricky Martin and the Official Mascot Song which was released in 2012 by Brazilian singer Arlindo Cruz.

I can’t wait to hear ¬†the collaborative recording¬†‚ÄúDar um Jeito (We Will Find A Way)‚ÄĚ in late April.

You can read more about this historic collaboration on the Official Santana News page here.

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Santana – Corazon Tour 2014

Feel the excitement! There is nothing like a Santana concert. I encourage you to navigate to the http://www.santana.com/tour/ Web page to learn more about where Santana will be appearing in 2014.

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Santana – Curacion (Sunlight On Water)

Feel the peace of this instrumental. It captures the moment this occurs in nature effortlessly as God intended nature to be for us always.

Paul Schwartz and Carlos Santana, Curacion (Sunlight on Water)

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Will You Welcome From My Heart, Santana

Ten years ago I was in the midst of purchasing every album in the Santana catalogue for my music collection. It’s very rare that I collect every commercial recording by an artist. When I purchased the Santana album,¬†Milagro¬†I discovered how pivotal this recording was in Carlos Santana’s evolutionary growth.

Cover of "Milagro"

Milagro was dedicated to the lives of Bill Graham and Miles Davis, two instrumental figures to Carlos Santana.

Here is¬†Bill Graham’s introduction of Santana:

Good evening, thank you for being with us. Welcome to a very, very special¬†occasion. Some years ago some of us heard and felt a very special sound, about the joy of loving, the joy of giving and thank God it’s with us this evening. Will you welcome from my heart, Santana.

 

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Long May You Run – Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

I have seen various combinations of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Live!

1) It started with Neil Young for free at the Oakdale in Wallingford, Ct.

The first act was the play Greendale. Then Neil Young & Crazy Horse rocked the house with a live set that had my blood pumping for more.

2) The next concert event was Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, the Freedom Tour at Mohegan Sun. It was all about Living With War as the centerpiece of that memorable evening.

3) The next combination was David Crosby & Graham Nash in Stamford, Ct. This  was broadcast live from The Palace Theater over HDnet. It was also captured on audio and DVD. I loved having seen a concert live that was done that way, very well staged, with impeccable timing and polished performances.

4) We next saw Crosby, Stills and Nash open for Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers in Hartford at the Comcast Theatre outside from the lawn on the hill. Great to see them under the stars at night.

5) The next event was Stephen Stills for free at the Wolf’s Den at Mohegan Sun Casino. Impressive solo concert by Mr. Stills.

6) The latest concert was Neil Young & Crazy Horse at the Webster in Bridgeport, Ct. in late 2012. The Patti Smith opened for them. That evening was filmed for a future audio and DVD experience ūüėČ

So the last two options remaining are for us to see Graham Nash and David Crosby as individual solo artists and Stephen Stills and Neil Young together.

I love these guys. They are peace, harmony, folk and universal love.

Long May You Run, one and all!

 

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Eminem Overtakes George Straight As No. 2 Best Selling Male Artist Of All-Time

“Life is true to form; Records are made to be broken – Mark Spitz”

Eminem just passed George Strait as the No. 2 best selling male music artist of all-time. It took Eminem 18 years to achieve that feat.¬†His total sales across all albums now sits at 44.91 million, overtaking country musician¬†George Strait‘s 44.89 million to become the second-best-selling male artist. However, it is important to note that Strait’s career predates the inception of SoundScan data.

Garth Brooks is the top selling male artist having sold 69.52 million to date.

It’s fascinating to see a hip hop and rapper artist surpass a country legend. I wonder how long it will take Eminem to pass Garth Brooks and become No. 1.

Eminem is certain to add to the 44.91 million units sold as he is scheduled to appear on a Monster Tour with Rhianna for three stadium dates in Detroit, MI (Comerica Park), Pasadena, CA (Rose Bowl) and East Rutherford, NJ (MetLife Stadium) this August.

 

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PonoMusic Quality Spectrum

English: Portrait of Fred Barnard ((1846-1896)
English: Portrait of Fred Barnard ((1846-1896) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

‚ÄúPeople often say ‘A picture is worth a thousand words.’ I believe the original quote was actually ‘A picture is worth ten thousand words’ as stated by¬†Fred R. Barnard, of Printers’ Ink, 10 March 1927

PonoMusic is heads and heels above what we are currently listening to today. See the PonoMusic Quality Spectrum graph below.

I can’t wait for “Launch” Day in October 2014.

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