Monthly Archives: April 2014

Billy Joel’s Thoughts on A Matter Of Trust – The Bridge To Russia

The Russia concert tour from the 1980′s personally cost Billy Joel more than one million dollars. Yet he believed it was important to perform behind the Iron Curtain at a time when relations were strained between Russia and the U.S.

Billy Joel was honest at the Town Hall event on SiriusXM on Monday when he revealed that Columbia pushed for the live album to be released against his wishes. A Matter Of Trust – The Bridge To Russia Legacy release is due to be available on May 19, 2014 .

Billy Joel said he was not satisfied with this recording yet the record company decided to package and distribute it anyway. He doesn’t like how his vocals sound mainly because he was suffering from a sore throat on that tour.

We will have to see how well this recording sells in light of Billy Joel’s opinion about the recording.

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Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation’s Day of Giving

 

Today, April 29, 2014 is the Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation Day of Giving. I have a deep affinity for Jimi Hendrix. I was my honored to give to this worthy cause.

 

Inspired by the music, life and legacy of our own “West Coast Seattle Boy,” Jimi Hendrix Park will be a unique gathering place for the entire community.

Stand together with local community leaders to help shape the future of Jimi Hendrix Park.

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A Town Hall With Billy Joel Hosted By His Friend Howard Stern

We love our SiriusXM Satellite Radio. My wife and I are listening to the event that was taped earlier today. That is one of the beauties of the Howard Stern Channel 100, getting to hear the show as much as they repeat it for us subscribers.

Fans got to attend based upon the great question they submitted and then some of them got to ask Billy Joel live.

Both Billy Joel and Howard Stern are incredibly honest personalities.  The radio banter is warm, intimate and honest.

The Billy Joel Town Hall event had several great guest stars, Idina Menzel, Pink, Melissa Etheridge, Boyz To Men sing Billy Joel songs. Be prepared its very raw and mostly unrehearsed. But it is also music honest and real performed live which I love.

Billy Joel has a special, limited channel (90 days only) on SiriusXM that his friend Howard Stern encouraged him to do. We listen to Channel 705  as much as we can as loyal Billy Joel fans.

Tune in if you are a SiriusXM subscriber or Google this event on the Web to learn more about this truly unique event. Either way you will not be disappointed, trust us.

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Jerry Garcia’s Rosebud Guitar

I was pushing the grocery cart down the magazine aisle at Stop & Shop when a music magazine cover rang out to me.

Photograph by Rayon Richards

I didn’t hesitate to reach for the magazine when I saw the cover of Guitar AficionadoThe Deadhead in me gingerly placed the magazine in my shopping cart. I said to myself as I headed to the checkout, “I have my idea for a music blog post this weekend.” 🙂

Jerry Garcia‘s Rosebud guitar is pictured inside the magazine. An American beauty of a guitar that Don Irwin, guitar luthier custom-built for him. Jerry Garcia considered Rosebud Don Irwin’s masterpiece. One look will tell you why.

(The photos below and above are from Guitar Aficionado, Copyright 2014. If you love guitars I urge you to pick up a copy of the May/June 2014 issue or any of their other fantastic back issues here. They do guitars total justice)

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Photograph by Jay Blakesberg
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Neil Young’s A Letter Home Limited Edition Box Set

My first reaction when I learned about Neil Young’s A Letter Home Limited Edition Box Set was first disappointment then elation at what this packaged sound solution represents. It’s truly history recorded and preserved for us to witness.

Neil Young, bless the music of his heart, is a prolific human being. He keeps us fans on our toes. I like when artists I enjoy and respect challenges us to stay in league with their artistic direction. That is something both Neil Young and Jack White very much have in common.

I had just purchased the Record Store Day 2014 A Letter Home (12″ Vinyl) edition on the Third Man Records Store on Tuesday 4/22. Next I read about the expanded edition on the Guitar Afficionado Web site last night. I thought, hmmm maybe I should have waited for the box set. But who knew that as both these recordings were stealth announcements. We all love surprises, don’t we?

I became elated when I processed what the expanded edition of A Letter Home provides Neil Young and Jack White audio technology fans. Neil Young and the Pono team are delivering the sheer joy of the Pono Music Player and high-resolution audio for our listening and collecting pleasure. Pono is a technological innovation that will have far-reaching positive effects how we will appreciate music in the very near future.

At the same time Neil Young and Jack White share an affinity for music technology from another era of history. A Letter Home was recorded on ancient electro-mechanical technology. This is a striking contrast to Pono as these two technologies are literally opposite ends of the recording spectrum.

What I love about A Letter Home is the recording technology partnership between Jack White and Neil Young. Neil Young has recorded an entire album in a refurbished 1947 Voice-O-Graph recording booth at Third Man’s Nashville headquarters. To me this is like sitting in a 1950’s kitchenette plugged into your Pigboy amp playing your electric guitar while you make music and record it on one of the first reel-to-reel tape recorders. It’s raw, it’s honest and it’s real!

I mean dig this you have Jack White purveyor of vintage vinyl and vintage recordings, our music preservationist who is innovating and creating with his “vision” recording experience, working with Neil Young who is bringing us Pono. This blows my mind and makes me totally satisfied with the spectrum of recorded sound.

Now the question becomes how do I afford the limited edition box set as well as Pono?

I have a feeling where there’s a will there’s a way 😉 Stay tuned…

 

 

 

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Everyday Robots – Damon Albarn

The man has my attention. The title track video on Damon Albarn’s new solo album that drops on April 29th!

We are everyday robots on our phones,
In the process of getting home.
Looking like standing stones,
Out there on our own.

We’re everyday robots in control,
In the process of being sold.
Driving in adjacent cars,
‘Til we press ‘restart.’

Read more: Damon Albarn – Everyday Robots Lyrics | MetroLyrics 

 

BritPop Progenitor – Damon Albarn

I have read at Wired Magazine, NPR Music and Stereogum about the 20th Anniversary of BritPop.

BritPop is a subgenre of alternative rock that originated in the United Kingdom. It emerged from the British independent music scene of the early 1990s and was characterised by bands influenced by British guitar pop music of the 1960s and 1970s. The movement developed as a reaction against various musical and cultural trends in the late 1980s and early 1990s, particularly the grunge phenomenon from the United States. In the wake of the musical invasion into the United Kingdom of American grunge bands, new British groups such as Suede and Blur launched the movement by positioning themselves as opposing musical forces, referencing British guitar music of the past and writing about uniquely British topics and concerns. – wikipedia

So tomorrow, Friday is the 20th anniversary of the classic Britpop album: Blur’s Parklife.

 

Blur serves as the connector for this blog post. The Blur lead singer and keyboardist was Damon Albarn. As you probably aware Damon Albarn founded Gorillaz. Now I totally get that the evolution of the Gorillaz sound was built on BritPop, cool 😉

Everyday Robots is Damon Alban’s most soul-searching and autobiographical album to date, produced by Richard Russell (XL Recordings) and featuring guest appearances from Brian Eno and Natasha Khan of Bat For Lashes.

 

 

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A Letter Home, ReProduced by Jack White and Neil Young

A Letter Home

I have been waiting for the Neil Young low-fidelity recording, A Letter Home to become available. I anticipated it would be released on Record Store Day 2014. A Letter Home proved to be a low-key, release with silent fanfare. I did not learn about that the recording was made available at a discreet number of Record Store Day locations until today

Thankfully I was able to order a vinyl copy on the Third Man Records Store today. I understand that Third Man Records is backlogged on orders but I am a patient soul when it comes to music 🙂

Third Man Records unearths Neil Young’s A Letter Home. “An unheard collection of rediscovered songs from the past recorded on ancient electro mechanical technology captures and unleashes the essence of something that could have been gone forever…” —Homer Grosvenor

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What Do You See?

A musician/composer friend of mine Charles Xavier posted this image and saying today on Facebook.

Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance. – Confucius

When you look at this image what do you see? A moonlit reflection in the water of trees, birds, marsh and a skyline? Or do you possibly see a guitar on its side?

Feel free to comment 🙂

 

 

 

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