MUSIC NEWS - Former REM frontman Michael Stipe again asserted that the group will never reunite. The singer, along with fellow bandmates Peter Buck and Mike Mills, called time on their career together in 2011 after performing as REM for over three decades.
Appearing on CBS This Morning yesterday (December 13, 2014) to promote new six-DVD box set, REMTV, Stipe reflected on the group's history but claimed a reunion will "never happen". When asked by host Anthony Mason if REM will ever get back together, Stipe replied, "No. That will never happen… There's no point. I love those guys very much and I respect them hugely as musicians and as songwriters and everything but I just don’t want to do that thing that people do...I despise nostalgia. I'm not good at looking back."
Music News- When D’Angelo’s manager Kevin Liles stated that the legendary R&B singer’s third album would be out this year after a 14-year gap since Voodoo, many said: “We’ll believe all this when it happens.” Well, it’s finally happening.
News came out on Friday that Black Messiah; credited to D’Angelo And The Vanguard, will be releasing this week, and lead single “Sugah Daddy” premiered in the middle of the night. This is the culmination of a long road for the performer who was touted by many as the greatest living soul singer.
Black Messiah will be streamed in full at a listening party today in New York City, at the Dream Hotel in Chelsea at 4p, hosted by author Nelson George. The full album will be out this Tuesday, 12/16/14, via RCA.
MUSIC NEWS- With seven studio albums to pick from, Dr. Dog are finally releasing a live compilation.
The Philadelphia group have announced Live at a Flamingo Hotel, a nineteen track-track album that will encompass its outstanding live concert legacy. To co-incide Dr. Dog will embark on a huge 2015 concert tour in January.
“That’s always what we’ve wanted to do. We’re one thing on a record and a different thing live. Somebody goes to a Dr. Dog show and they come back again and they bring more people with them. Our live show is vital to how we view ourselves as a band,” said bassist/vocalist Toby Leaman.
MUSIC NEWS - Columbia Records announced today that Bob Dylan's new studio album, Shadows In The Night, will be released on February 3, 2015. Featuring ten tracks, the Jack Frost-produced album is the 36th studio set from Bob Dylan and marks the first new music from the artist since 2012's worldwide hit Tempest.
Upon Columbia's announcement of the album's forthcoming release, Bob Dylan commented, "It was a real privilege to make this album. I've wanted to do something like this for a long time but was never brave enough to approach 30-piece complicated arrangements and refine them down for a 5-piece band. That's the key to all these performances. We knew these songs extremely well. It was all done live. Maybe one or two takes. No overdubbing. No vocal booths. No headphones. No separate tracking, and, for the most part, mixed as it was recorded. I don't see myself as covering these songs in any way. They've been covered enough. Buried, as a matter a fact. What me and my band are basically doing is uncovering them. Lifting them out of the grave and bringing them into the light of day."
MUSIC NEWS- UK rock guitarist Johnny Marr (formerly of The Smiths) released his new music video for "Dynamo." The driven rock track is off Mr Marr's acclaimed sophomore solo album Playland, which Rolling Stone wrote "filled with wicked guitar salvos and shiny, barbed hooks..." and Q Magazine adds, "'Playland' is better than its predecessor in pretty much every respect. The songs are better, the palette broader and there's a genuine sense of Marr hitting his stride as a solo artist." Check out the video, below, from MNN
Johnny's North American headlining concert tour kicked off in New York City on November 12 with two shows, plus a performance of his new single "Easy Money" on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. And, his tour continues on, see remaining dates below.
MUSIC NEWS - Rock drumming demi-gods Carmine & Vinny Appice have both had extraordinary careers behind the drum kit, beginning with Carmine’s tenure in such legendary classic rock bands as Vanilla Fudge and Cactus as well as supporting stints with Rod Stewart and Ozzy Osbourne.
Meanwhile, younger brother Vinny made his name as a metal drummer for monster acts such as Dio, Black Sabbath and Heaven & Hell. Recently, these two virtuosos have been wowing audiences with their own rock show called “Drum Wars,” featuring not just the hits of their associated bands but also a thrilling series of solos that pit them against each other like the Gene Krupa/Buddy Rich drum battles of years ago. Fortunately for us mere mortals, this unique concert experience was recorded in June of this year at the Iridium in New York City and is now available on CD courtesy of Deadline Music and Rocker Records.
Along with Carmine and Vinny, the Drum Wars Live CD features Jim Crean, Ethan Brosh and James Caputo!
For those unsure of their ability to withstand the aural assault that the Appice brothers bring, a free downloadable track from the album has been made available on the Rocker Records website. Listen, below, from MNN
MUSIC NEWS - Joni Mitchell's new four-disc boxed set LOVE HAS MANY FACES: A QUARTET, A BALLET, WAITING TO BE DANCED was recently released. The four-disc collection features 53 newly remastered songs recorded throughout her illustrious msuci career. Ms Mitchell selected the material from 40 years of recording and designed the package, which includes 53 lyrical poems, six new paintings, and an autobiographical text illuminating her recording process.
LOVE HAS MANY FACES: A QUARTET, A BALLET, WAITING TO BE DANCED was first conceived as the music to a ballet about love. But after spending 18 months trying to distill everything she'd written about love-and the lack of it-down to a single disc, the influential singer-songwriter abandoned the ballet. "I wanted the music to feel like a total work-a new work. No matter what I did, though, at that length, it remained merely a collection of songs," she writes in the set's liner notes.
MUSIC NEWS - Veteran Scottish alternative rock band, Simple Minds released Big Music this week (11/24, via Caroline/Uni) marking their first album of new material in five years. The album is the result of collaborations old and new, including co-writer Iain Cook of Glasgow band Chvrches and producers Steve Osborne, Andy Wright and Steve Hillage, who worked on the 1981 fan-favorites recordings Sons And Fascination / Sister Feelings Call.
A video for the first single "Honest Town," a song inspired by the memories of frontman Jim Kerr’s late mother, was premiered recently. Watch below via MNN. The song was co-written with Cook and, musically, has echoes of the darker electronic textures of Simple Minds' earlier recordings.
Mr Kerr and lead guitarist Charlie Burchill formed Simple Minds in the late 1970s after previously performing in Glasgow punk outfit Johnny & the Self Abusers.
Music News- Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason is the latest musician to discuss U2′s Apple iTunes album marketing ploy for Songs Of Innocence. As did rockers Patrick Carney and Trent Reznor before him, Mason believes that the Irish rockers, U2, devalued music by forcing their album onto everyone.
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone to promote the upcoming new Pink Floyd album, the drummer noted: “I really like the way [the record is] divided up in a completely old fashioned way. It’s not cut to iTunes length or whatever. I think we have possibly been aided, very slightly, by Bono and Co. They did it the wrong way around and I’m fond of saying that what we did is a very old fashioned musical concept. We’re hoping people might actually buy this record.”
He added: “
It was so unexpected, I thought, and interesting that people took such umbrage at being given something. That does devalue things. Music has been horribly devalued by being given away. It’s funny they didn’t sense some of that. It’s been the big story of the 21st century, music being de-valued.”
Music News- Mark Knopfler will follow up his moody, seafaring-focused 2012 album ‘Privateering’ with his ninth solo release that will be called ‘Tracker. Final release date is still tbd but it's due sometime in early 2015. The former Dire Straits frontman has already announced tour dates in Europe beginning in May, with more promised.
‘Privateering’ was released by Mercury Records in September 2012 in Europe, but didn't get a release for another year in the USA as Knopfler was going through a contractual dispute with Warner Bros Records. The double album, his first, became Knopfler’s highest-charting UK hit in a decade.
Music News- David Bowie returns with a brand new tune, “Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)”. This marks Bowie’s first new material since last year’s albumThe Next Day. The new song was recorded by the (still) Thin White Duke for his forthcoming career-spanning compilation, Nothing Has Changed, working with producer and longtime collaborator Tony Visconti.
Running over seven minutes in length, “Sue” was recorded in New York City this past summer with the Maria Schneider Orchestra. The Independent noted, it’s one of the first times in Bowie’s career that he’s dabbled in the jazz genre.
The song premiered recently on BBC Radio 6. Listen to it below via MNN-
Nothing Has Changed is releasing on November 18th and will feature new and unreleased music alongside a collection of other material from his fifty year career. “Sue” and its accompanying B-side, another new song entitled “Tis A Pity She’s A Whore”, will also be available digitally on the same day and as a limited-edition 10-inch on Record Store Day’s Black Friday, November 28th.
Music News - Neil Young has announced a November 4 release of his new album, Storytone, out via Reprise Records. Storytone has ten new tunes, recorded live in the studio with a 92 piece orchestra or big band, choir and Young. It's the thirty-fifth studio album by Canadian musician Young and is the second Neil Young studio album of 2014. This time he took a different approach with this record, recording the songs on his own, in a solo setting to creating compelling versions the songs in a new light.
Music News - Iconic folk-rocker Neil Young has announced a November 4 release, out via Reprise Records. Entitled Storytime, the set has ten new tunes, recorded live in the studio with a 92 piece orchestra, choir and Young. This time he took a different approach with this record, recording the songs on his own, in a solo setting to creating compelling versions the songs in a new light.
01 Plastic Flowers (Orchestral) 02 Who's Gonna Stand Up? (Orchestral)
03 I Want To Drive My Car (Band) 04 Glimmer (Orchestral) 05 Say Hello To Chicago (Big Band)
06 Tumbleweed (Orchestral)
07 Like You Used To Do (Band) 08 I'm Glad I Found You (Orchestral) 09 When I Watch You Sleeping (Orchestral)
MUSIC NEWS - TBS's late-night show CONAN is set to honor George Harrison next week with a full week of performances by some of the biggest names in music to Paul Simon, Beck, Norah Jones, Dhani Harrison & Friends and others will stop by Stage 15 at Warner Bros in Burbank the week of September. 22-25 to perform a live version from Harrison's catalogue. The performance schedule for next week's shows is:
Monday Sept 22: Beck Tuesday Sept 23: Paul Simon Wednesday Sept 23: Dhani Harrison Thursday Sept 24: Norah Jones
Music News - To mark his new studio album Tell Em I Gone, Yusuf/Cat Stevens has announced a concert at London's Eventim Apollo. The singer songwriter will perform in Hammersmith UK on November 4 as part of his Peace Train...Late Again tour. Tickets will be on sale at 9am on September 19 for the London date.
Tell Em I Gone is due for release on October 28. According to Rolling Stone, it was inspired by Stevens' listening to R&B in his youth, "Hidden in the background behind my renowned troubadour persona lurked an R&B alter-self waiting to be let free," Stevens explained recently. "What's powerful and profound, to me, is the overall message which emerged, lyrically.
"It suddenly stared me in the face: the innate struggle for Freedom! Isn't that what most human beings dream of? Music and the blues particularly was a means of escape for many chained to the destiny of the rich and powerful."
The album will consist of five originals and five covers, including Edgar Winter's 'Dying to Live' which previously appeared on the soundtrack of the hip-hop documentary Tupac: Resurrection.