Todd Rundgren @ Infinity Music Hall

Sunday night June 26th, Rosemary and I are scheduled to see Todd Rundgren Live In Concert, at Infinity Music Hall in Norfolk, Ct.

We’ve never seen Todd Rundgren in person before so we are eager to catch his performance. We’ve listened to Todd Rundgren’s extensive discography this week to get back in league with his singing, songwriting and creative recording styles.


Rome, The New Album from the New Supergroup

The  new supergroup, Rome was brought to my attention via the cover of the April/May issue of Relix Magazine. I must admit I was intrigued with this mix of artists. The collaboration commands both my attention and deep respect.

I pre-ordered their CD today on Amazon for $9.99, the price was too good to pass up as was the free shipping ūüėČ

Rome¬†is the latest project from producer¬†Danger Mouse¬†(aka¬†Brian Burton) and frequent¬†collaborator Daniele¬†Luppi. Burton and Luppi traveled to Rome‚Äôs Forum Studios‚ÄĒfounded in part by the great film score composer Ennio Morricone‚ÄĒand recorded the music straight to tape. For of all its cinematic qualities, what follows is not the soundtrack to an imaginary movie or an homage to the great Italian film composers but a complex nuanced pop record with intensity and darkness featuring help from¬†Jack White¬†and¬†Norah Jones. ¬†

Astral Weeks – Van Morrison

Cover of
Cover of Astral Weeks

As I drive through the the early morning ¬†fog, the mystical sounds of Van Morrison‘s¬†Astral Weeks¬†carry me along to my final destination.

“If I ventured in the slipstream, between the viaducts of your dream…”

To lay me down, in silence easy, to be born again”¬†¬© Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

I never tire of this album no matter how often I hear it performed.

Rock Music Photographers, A-Z, Hipgnosis

Innovative, sensational, captivating, these are the thoughts I have when I witness the photography and graphic design of Hipgnosis. The creative genius of Storm Thorgerson, Aubrey Powell and Peter Christopherson making memorable album covers that embellish the music.

The definitive book about album cover art is Album Cover Album which provides a rich, colorful portfolio of album art to discover.


Rock Music Photographers, A-Z, Anton Corbijn

Cover of "Automatic for the People"
Cover of Automatic for the People

Anton Corbijn‘s photography is definitive. ¬†I find the images he creates in black & white, brown or blue breathtaking.

He has worked with U2 since 1982 when they met in New Orl√©ans. Anton Corbijn’s book U2 & i, captures their unique partnership.

It was very difficult to choose just three of Anton Corbijn’s photographs for this blog post. ¬†But there was no denying the greatness found in the sweeping desert panorama of U2’s¬†Joshua Tree photo session.

Copyright Anton Corbijn

Anton Corbijn and R.E.M. have published incredible photographs together. ¬†I especially like Corbijn’s image choice for what I feel is R.E.M.’s masterpiece work, Automatic for the People. When I went looking for an Anton Corbijn’s blue tinged photograph this shot of R.E.M. as a trio caught my eye.

Copyright Anton Corbijn

Don van Vliet, a.k.a. Captain Beefheart passed away last year. van Vliet and Corbijn met on a creative plane of thought that is striking, poignant and revealing. van Vliet was a very private soul who lived and painted by the ocean. Anton Corbijn made a short film about Don van Vliet entitled, Some YoYo Stuff which I have yet to see. ¬†I chose this brown photograph of Don van Vliet because it celebrates his brush strokes and wonderful sense of fashion. Its like he’s waving to all of us. ūüôā

Copyright Anton Corbijn

Thunderclap Newman Re-Emerging

I was listening to Classic Vinyl station on SiriusXM Satellite Radio (which is broadcast from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland on weekends) when they played “Something In The Air” by Thunderclap Newman. I drifted back in time to when this single first broke on FM radio.

Thunderclap Newman is a British ¬†group that¬†Pete Townshend of¬†The Who and¬†Kit Lambert marshaled¬†circa December 1968 – January 1969 to showcase the synergistic talents of John “Speedy” Keen, Andy “Thunderclap” Newman and Jimmy McCulloch.

They made one album, Hollywood Dream that established them as a way ahead of their time, cinematic art rock group. I purchased that album in ¬†late 1970, marveling at such gems as “Accidents”, “The Reason”, and “Wild Country”.

As I dug deeper today I discovered the¬†Thunderclap Newman’s Official Web site. ¬†I am¬†pleased to learn that Andy Newman re-established Thunderclap Newman in 2010 with:

  • Andy Newman ‚Äď Piano, Woodwind and vocals
  • Mark Brzezicki ‚Äď Drums and vocals
  • Josh Townshend ‚Äď Guitar and vocals
  • Nick Johnson ‚Äď Guitar and vocals
  • Tony Stubbings ‚Äď Bass Guitar

The really cool part is the linkage with the Townsend family with Simon Townsend’s son Josh Townsend continuing the legacy connection with Thunderclap Newman.

Here they are doing Hollywood Dream Instrumental live.¬†I hope they come to America in 2011, I’d go see them in a heartbeat ūüėČ

Here is a link to a Facebook fan page dedicated to the music of Thunderclap Newman: The Revolution’s Here: Thunderclap Newman

R.E.M. – Collapse Into Now

Playing my new music gift, thanks Rosemary (((Hugs))). Loving what I am hearing and feeling.

Reading about the new R.E.M. Collapse Into Now, track by track review here,

Special guest stars include Patti Smith,Lenny Kaye, Eddie Vedder, Peaches, and Joel Gibb.

Especially enjoying that the band has commissioned a short film for each track, I love art rock.