R.E.M. – Out of Time, 25th Anniversary Edition

It’s rejuvenating to have R.E.M. back in the spotlight with media press events, interviews etc. They are working to promote the 25th Anniversary deluxe reissue of  their break through Out of Time recording. The video segment Michael Stipe conducted with Willie Geist NBC’s Sunday:TODAY was instrumental in understanding how Michael Stipe visualizes the captivating lyrics he has created to the songs he illustrates.

“I don’t hear music I see it.  My job as a lyricist is to close my eyes and hear the peaks and the valleys, see the landscapes the vista that the band has created sonically. I then have to create a story.” Micheal Stipe does this better than any lyricist I have heard in my lifetime.

I am jazzed Michael wants to work in music again. He is starting by producing “SIR” an album by the electroclash group, Fischerspooner.








The Dead Weather – Open Up (That’s Enough)

The Dead Weather  (Alison Mosshart, Jack White, Dean Fertita and Jack Lawrence) have released a  streaming edition of “Open Up (That’s Enough)” on YouTube. It’s hauntingly fresh electric.

Originally announced on October 2, 2013 as two BRAND NEW studio recordings from The Dead Weather. “Open Up (That’s Enough)” b/w “Rough Detective” are unlike anything else the band has ever done and are both ample reminders of the ferocity of this motley collection of low-lifes, grifters and ne’er-do-wells. These songs are not throw-aways. These songs are not demos. These songs are not outtakes.

The 7″ was ONLY available via Vault subscription (Sold Out). No other 7″ of these songs will be made. The whole thing is pressed on striking yellow jacket vinyl and coupled with a custom glue-pocket picture sleeve, a slight shift from the Vault’s usual die-cut company sleeves.

Is there more to come from this collaboration? Yes there is. The Dead Weather’s plan is to record and release two-song sets until 2015 at which time they will release a full album that has these singles plus many more album-only tracks. It’s a unique long-term plan for new music from this incendiary group. The songs WILL be released digitally, but not until Vault packages have been dispatched to subscribers. As Third Man Records explains, “It’s a unique long-term plan for new music from this incendiary group… The goal is that physical copies are out there first.” 

Blues Traveler – Milford Oyster Festival

Today is the 39th Annual Milford Oyster Festival in my city, Milford, Ct.  Every year we have a headlining act that plays for free.

Past years that I have attended have included these artists, Kansas, The Marshall Tucker Band, Soul Asylum, The Smithereens, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, Mark Farner, and Blue Oyster Cult.

This year’s headline act is Blues Traveler. They are a  massively popular act in Connecticut with a loyal and fervent following (30,000 people came to see them on the New Haven Green a few years back). I’ll be heading over early to check them out and enjoy the food, festivities and see some old friends. The nice part of this festival is that its less than 10 minutes from the house 🙂

Can you feel the excitement?

The latest album by Blues Traveler is Suzie Cracks The Whip. I wonder if the band is signing today?

The White Stripes – Nine Miles From The White City – Red and White Vinyl Edition

If this keeps up I am going to have to buy a Third Man Records Vault Platinum Subscription 😉 This is the second blog post I have written this week about Jack White and Third Man Records. I have gained a deeper appreciation for Jack White’s creative contributions as vinyl designer and architect.

The White Stripes Nine Miles From The White City is a double live album based on a recording of a 2003 Chicago show. It is available as specialty edition vinyl in white vinyl (Sides 1 and 2) and red vinyl (Sides 3 and 4).

I make it a point on Record Store Day to buy a specialty vinyl record or two by The White Stripes.

I add this item to my I want to buy this recording list!

My inspiration for today’s blog post was a well researched music blog post about The White Stripes and their vinyl catalog on the blog site  Every record tells a story

I learned a great deal about The White Stripes as a result of this article, Thank You!

Soundgarden – King Animal

First new Soundgarden album in 15 years, King Animal!, available on Tuesday 11/13/12

King Animal will be available as a Box Set, a Deluxe CD,  and 180 gram double vinyl. View and pre-order all the deluxe editions at www.soundgardenworld.com.

Photo: "Heaviness with us never came from just cranking the volume and tuning the strings down." - Kim ThayilPhoto: © Don VanCleave

You can also stream King Animal in its entirety on iTunes now. 
Sirius XM Pearl Jam Radio – Channel 22
Soundgarden ‘King Animal’ Album Special Today at  9:00 pm ET

Soundgarden is back with their first album in over a decade and band members Kim Thayil and Matt Cameron premiere ‘King Animal’ on Sirius XM’s Pearl Jam Radio. Pearl Jam guitarists Mike McCready and Stone Gossard celebrate the occasion and sit down with the Soundgarden members to discuss the band’s beginnings in Seattle, how their unique sound was born and what it was like to be back in the studio to record their newest album.

Rebroadcast: Mon 11/12 11:00 am ET; Tues 11/13 5:00 pm ET

Coldplay Saturday

I have finally succumbed to the magic and the music of Coldplay. You may be asking what took you so long Ed? My answer would be it’s not that I didn’t try before. Or that I haven’t watched and listened to their music. Until yesterday they just weren’t clicking with my music sensibilities. I have a very open and receptive musical heart as a rule. Coldplay just wasn’t reaching it all the earlier times I attempted to assimilate them.

What won me over was the combination (all in the course of one day) of listening to Chris Martin, Live in the Studio on the Howard Stern Show, the Coldplay “Paradise” video from the new album Mylo Xyloto and their appearance on Saturday Night Live.

My wife Rosemary loves Howard and she convinced me to listen to the rebroadcast of Howard’s interview with Chris Martin. I’m glad she did because I found myself liking him as a person and a musician. He played several songs in the studio, explaining his thought process in writing each song. It was when he played “Clocks” the tumbler in my head turned unlock the music of our heart. I was hooked but I didn’t know it yet. Little did I realize how much I would be participating in the Coldplay media blitz.

A little later that morning I visited my brother Wayne at his apartment. He was watching a music video about an elephant, well a man in an elephant suit. It turned out to be Chris Martin inside that suit and it was Coldplay’s newest video, “Paradise”. I watched with a wry smile as the video ended with all four of Coldplay’s members performing in elephant suits before and a live audience. I liked the concept and found it to be an engaging video. Coldplay was working its way into my blood stream.

Last night we watched Saturday Night Live which is a tradition in the Jennings household. Emma Stone was the host and she was very funny in her skits. Coldplay was the special musical guest and I was eager to see the band perform live in the NBC studio.

They did not disappoint as they performed within a unique dayglo graphics art set (Mylo Xyloto theme vs. the classic Grand Central Terminal set). This created a visual engagement which added to the live performance of “Paradise”. A song I had previously learned from the video earlier in the day. 😉

It was when they performed their second song that I remembered what I had been turned off to about Coldplay. Chris Martin’s live stage appearance used to make me feel he was overstating the music. I didn’t feel that way now. If I had tuned in late, without the day’s Coldplay input and saw them only do “Every Teardrop is a Waterfall” then I wouldn’t have written this music post. But fortunately I was part of Coldplay Saturday and I happily consider myself a fan of their music, songwriting and art.

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