100 Years, 100 Songs, 100 Nights – I Love New York

I don’t know when my love affair with New York City commenced. I grew up in the suburbs in Norwalk, CT. We were considered a bedroom community, one hour by train from Grand Central Terminal. The railroad station that spews you into the Main Concourse melding us with the Metropolis’s hustle and bustle. New York City has made a lasting impression, expanding my appreciation of the arts. I am blessed to have such immediate access to NYC’s rich culture of theaters, radio and television stations. New York City is the mecca for musicians, record company labels, recording studios and live music performances. New York Magazine has published a special issue, March 24-April 6 2014: The Annual Yesteryear Issue. The centerpiece article for that issue is, “100 Years, 100 Songs, 100 Nights, A Century of Pop Music in New York”. The special issue affords us an illuminative essay written by Judy Rosen, “The Town That Put the Pop in Music“. I especially love the pictorial, “A New York Band, 26 Musicians who shaped the city that gave them their voice.” Photographs by Christopher Anderson. I marvel at which musicians I have seen perform live and may have met at an autograph session. The NYC music series would be incomplete without mentioning¬†Patti Smith. I was tickled pink to read John Cale‘s writing about Patti Smith, “Turning A Poet Into A Pro”. I purchased both the print and digital iPad editions. Please excuse me as I have some salacious reading and listening to do. ūüėČ

 

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The only time I’m happy’s when I play my guitar

Jack Bruce is a natural craftsman. He continues to hone the craft of the bass guitar finding creative ways to play and use the 12 notes we have available.

I flash upon the Cream song from¬†Fresh Cream (1966), N.S.U. that has the line, “The only time I’m happy’s when I play my guitar”. I can feel that sentiment running across the smile of Jack Bruce.

Bass Guitar Magazine celebrated their 100th issue with Jack Bruce on the cover recently (There’s that smile again). I downloaded the back issue on to my Apple iPad Air. The article “Just Jack” contains a chat about his new album.

Silver Rails РDrops on March 24, 2014, Label: Esoteric Antenna

The Special Edition features two disk Audio CDs and a DVD that shows the recording of Silver Rails at Abbey Road Studios. Silver Rails is available for preorder here.

Silver Rails is a warm collection of carefully crafted songs written in partnership with lyricists Pete Brown, Kip Hanrahan and Margrit Seyffer.

Jack Bruce collaborates with the following musicians on this album: Phil Manzanera, Robin Trower, Bernie Marsden, Uli Jon Roth, John Medeski, Malcolm Bruce and Cindy Blackman Santana.

Tracklisting:

Candlelight
Reach for the Night
Fields of Forever
Hidden Cities
Don’t Look Now
Rusty Lady
Industrial Child
Drone
Keep it Down
No Surrender

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2014, My Year for Digital Content

The number one reason I wanted an Apple iPad Air was for the ability to read my favorite music magazine, Uncut on the day of publication.

I am excited to report that I have achieved that New Years resolution starting with the Uncut Magazine February 2014 issue. Today, January 3rd, 2014 is the electronic publication date for the magazine. I am happily paging through my downloaded edition as I write this blog post. The digital magazine cost me $3.99. It only took a few seconds of transfer time via my Ethernet cable network/802.11ac wireless router for it to appear in the Apple Newsstand shelf.

What I really love is that I am snowbound here today with Winter Storm Hercules.

I didn’t have to get dressed, drive on the snowy streets or spend the gas to not find the new magazine.

The problem I previously¬†encountered with¬†Uncut Magazine were¬†several. The delay lag between England and¬†the magazine reaching the Barnes & Noble’s USA retail newsstand was significant. I typically had to wait anywhere from four to six weeks (or more) for the hard copy magazine. The delivery schedule was unpredictable with the print publication so there were times I went to Barnes & Noble and came back “empty-handed”.

The next issue was price. Uncut Magazine¬†is an import publication so the newsstand price translated to $9.99 (versus $3.99 for digital) Granted you get a music CD each month with the hard copy edition but at least now I don’t have to “unglue” it from the cover ūüėČ ¬†I gave thought to ordering the digital magazine through Barnes & Noble online but they charge $5.99 an issue and force you to use the nook iPad application. (I am testing the applicability of iPad Reader Apps such as the nook, Readmill, amazon Kindle, Adobe Reader and Zinio for a future blog post…)

As a music enthusiast I depend upon¬†Uncut Magazine¬†as a resource for music information. Trust me¬†Uncut Magazine¬†delivers effectively with well written, researched, and coordinated articles.¬†Today’s digital content medium ushers me into the year of digital content I have looked¬†forward to embracing. I am an advocate of digital publishing and giving serious thought to redesigning how I will publish in 2014 and beyond.

Interstellar Overdrive – The Shindig! Guide to Spacerock

I was leaving through Issue No. 36 of Shindig! when I happened upon a forthcoming special edition magazine from Shindig!, The Shindig! Guide To Spacerock, Interstellar Overdrive.¬†It’s due to be published on January 16, 2014.

This special edition of Shindig! explores spacerock‚Äôs peculiar mix of heavy riffs and electronics through the age of the space race, the resulting sci-fi explosion and the mind-expanding influences of the acid-fried ‚Äė60s and beyond.

The magazine reawakened a deep passing interest I once had with an early 1960’s magazine,¬†Spacemen¬†from Warren Publishing. I treasured that magazine as a¬†boy growing up. ¬†There were only eight issues ever published and it is a rare magazine collectible today.

Needless to say I’ll be placing a preorder for this Shindig! special edition magazine. The question becomes will it be the iBook from iTunes or the real magazine. ¬†Or better yet I may order both (who knows this could be a future collectible like Spacemen ūüėȬ†As soon as I decide I’ll let you know in the comments section below.

Until the publication date I plan to stay plugged in via their Facebook Page and Blog.

C’mon, c’mon, c’mon let’s go¬†Space Truckin

The Oxford American Tennessee Music Issue

The Oxford American Tennessee Music Issue will be available on newsstands December 2, 2013. This is the finest literary music magazine you will read and savor this year.

The 15th annual Oxford American Music issue is an appreciation of Tennessee! It comes with a double CD (50 tracks), and the magazine is filled with 176 pages of excellent writing + beautiful art.

I decided not to wait for Tennessee Music Issue 83 to appear on the magazine rack at Barnes & Noble. I placed an advanced order today with The Oxford American and hopefully will have my copy on or before 12/2/13.

I was looking at the prior back issues of the annual music magazine. I discovered that many of the issues from 1-14 are sold out. I only own issues 13 and 14 right now. I am contemplating buying the cloth book, The Oxford American Book of Great Music Writing. This book celebrates the first 10 years (Issues 1-10), which would mean I just have to acquire issues 11 and 12 at some point…

VegNews – The Music Issue

I admit that I am a sucker for magazines, especially music issues. I was pushing the grocery cart through Super Stop & Shop when I happened upon a new publication, VegNews. The cover image caught my eye and next thing I knew I was placing it on the checkout conveyer belt.

If you want the tree free edition browse over to Zinio.

The We’re In The Band¬†special edition (19 page spread) features three articles by vegan music industry insiders, mega-mogul Russell Simmons (Beats and Eats), hardcore rocker John Joseph (Guest Editor:Punk Planet, main¬†article written by Hillary Pollick (Assistant Editor)), and Goo Goo Dolls drummer Mike Malinin (Meat is Murder). Combined they share with interested readers why they are committed to vegetarianism. Each article also has article insert interviews with additional musicians who embrace the vegan lifestyle.

I especially liked the compilation album column, Mixtape Movement that lists five benefit recordings from 1987-2012.

Well let me publish this post and go make a Celestial Seasoning’s Red Zinger tea to sip while I read this month’s issue. I have so much to learn about vegan news and music now ūüėČ

Music Journalism A-Z – Paul Williams

Paul Williams

Paul Williams is the Father of Rock Criticism. He created the first magazine of pop music criticism and rock culture, Crawdaddy!, when he was a seventeen year-old college student. I loved reading that magazine growing up.

Mostly self-penned in the beginning, and then a vehicle for such incandescent writers as Sandy Pearlman, Richard Meltzer, and Jon Landau,¬†Crawdaddy!chronicled rock’s growing self-awareness and communicative power, helping to coalesce a nascent progressive underground which would irrevocably change the music, and provide a template for any aspiring writer. I should know. Finding issue #7 at a “head shop” on St. Mark’s Place in the winter of 1966 was a life-changing experience, showing me a new way to understand the music I loved, and how I might repay the favor through my own words.

‚ÄĒ¬†Lenny Kaye

In 1995, Paul Williams suffered a traumatic brain injury in a bicycle accident, leading to early onset of dementia, and a steady decline to the point where he now requires full-time care.

The burden on his immediate family has been immense.

You can find out more about how Paul is doing by reading his wife Cindy Lee’s blog,¬†Beloved Stranger, about her life with a brain injured spouse.

Then, if you can, please visit the donation page they have set up, and contribute.