Record Store Day 2015

Record Store Day 2015 will be held on Saturday April 18, 2015.

Dave Grohl of The Foo Fighters is Record Store Day 2015 Ambassador.

Here is the official Record Store Day Poster.

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery is a Sponsor this year. This cool image, made by concert poster artist Marq Spusta, will be available as a free poster at select record stores on Record Store Day and at a few beverage stores hip enough to stock Dogfish Head as well.

Full Nirvana Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2014 Induction

I don’t get HBO on my Optimum Cablevision system. I was thankful that Rolling Stone Magazine posted information that the full HBO Nirvana Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2014 induction ceremony was available on YouTube.

If you love Grunge Rock and emotionally inspirational live music performances you should watch the 38:39 YouTube HD video segment. It also includes the three-minute video intro, featuring archival commentary from Kurt Cobain and reflective asides from drummer Dave Grohl and bassist Krist Novoselic.

“It is the highest calling for an artist, as well as the greatest possible privilege, to capture a moment, to find the zeitgeist, to expose our struggles, our aspirations, our desires, to embrace and define their time,” he says. “That is my definition of an artist. Nirvana captured lightning in a bottle. – Micheal Stipe, R.E.M. Induction Speech”

There are four wide-ranging performances, with Grohl, Novoselic and guitarist Pat Smear joined by four female rock icons. Joan Jett helps out with a seering “Smells Like Teen Spirit”; Sonic Youth vocalist-bassist Kim Gordon adds abrasive wails to “Aneurysm”; St. Vincent’s Annie Clark helps out with “Lithium” and Lorde assist on “All Apologies.”

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Favorite Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2014 Induction

I have read a great deal about last night’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2014 Induction. Thanks to the eye of the camera lens which captured two wonderful “emotional” moments that took place for Nirvana. How could the music of our heart not be consoled and glad for all.

I am eager to see the HBO broadcast of the 2104 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on May 31, 2014 at 9 p.m. EST.

1) Kurt Cobain‘s Mother

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I’m probably going to cry. I’m already crying because he’d be so proud. He’d say he wasn’t, but he would be. I just miss him so much. He was such an angel,” said Kurt Cobain’s mother, Wendy O’Connor, after Nirvana was inducted. Cobain was 27 when he died.

2) “The” Healing Hug

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Many Nirvana fans were probably holding their breath last night when Courtney Love walked up to the podium. She’s done little to mask her feelings about Dave Grohl over the years and one never know what she’ll say in front of an open microphone. But Courtney seemed overwhelmed by the moment — particularly after watching Kurt Cobain’s mother cry — and she completely abandoned a long speech she prepared and used the time to pay tribute to her Nirvana “family,” speaking for no more than a minute. When she got to “Mr. Grohl,” she teared up, walked over and gave him an enormous bear hug. It was one of the emotional high points of an extremely emotional night, and a very classy move for Courtney. ​

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Dave Grohl’s Alegiance to Sound City Galvanizes His Music Direction

Little did everyone realize that when Dave Grohl announced at the Global Citizen Festival in Central Park NYC on September 30, 2012 that he was taking a hiatus from the Foo Fighters the significance of that pivot point in his music career.

Before playing ‘Learn To Fly’, the group’s fourth song of the night, Grohl said: “Without making a big deal out of it, we
don’t have any shows after this. This is it, man. Honestly I don’t know when we’re gonna do it again…and this is the perfect place to do it.”

Krist Novoselic, Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl

Dave Grohl has been incredibly busy since that event. He played drums at the Kennedy Center Honors for Led Zeppelin on December 3rd. He appeared with Sir Paul McCartney and members of Nirvana at 12-12-12 and then on the Christmas SNL show.

Sound City Studios

Dave has produced a labor of love movie about Sound City Studios in Los Angeles, California, Sound City. This studio has been the birthplace of many of the greatest recordings in rock and roll history. The studio has since closed but we get to visit it once again through the miracle of  the camera lens.

I really feel like SOUND CITY is my life’s most important work. I hope you do too. – Dave Grohl

Tom Petty, Johnny Cash, Rick Rubin, Copyright Kevin Estrada

Sound City

There is a companion motion picture soundtrack, Real to Reel with many new tracks recorded through the 1970’s Neve Sound Board Dave Grohl purchased from Sound City Studios.

The making of this film and the soundtrack initiates the nucleus of an innovative sound direction for Grohl and friends.

Dave Grohl will debut a new supergroup, named Sound City Players, at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, where the Sound City movie will début reports Rolling Stone. The track listing above gives a good sign as to who that new supergroup may feature 😉

2013 promises to be an extremely busy and productive year for Dave Grohl. He will deliver the keynote speech at this year’s South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas on March 14. He will also be drumming on the forthcoming Queens Of The Stone Age album.

The Zombies Live at The Wolf Den

We attended a concert by The Zombies last night at the Mohegan Sun Wolf Den. Our seats were right down front in the “high roller” section 😉  Rod Argent played keyboards directly above us. Colin Blunstone sang to our immediate right.

The Zombies are associated with the British Invasion through their classic hits, “She’s Not There” and “Tell Her No“. I recall seeing the 45 rpm of  “She’s Not There” on Parrot Records way back when…

Rod Argent and Colin Blunstone spoke about their five decades history which features noteworthy and measurable accomplishments. The Zombies gave us a very balanced set of that music legacy. They did their 60’s hits, then delved deeper into Odessey and Oracle performing five tracks of this masterpiece recording. “Care of Cell 44”, “A Rose for Emily”, “I want Her, She Wants Me”, and the last song was the timeless universal hit,  “Time of the Season“. It was a very fun sing along at  The Wolf Den 🙂

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Rod Argent spoke as one of the proud parents of Odessey and Oracle how the rich production has influenced generations of musicians. He was quite fond of Dave Grohl’s quote in NME.

“I would have loved to have been in the studio when The Zombies recorded [their 1968 masterpiece] Odessey and Oracle,” Dave Grohl told New Musical Express in 2011, when asked which classic album he would most liked to have put his stamp on. “It’s such a simple record, and such an amazing album, but the sounds are really primal and raw because of the technical limitations of the time. So yeah, probably that.”

ArtworkThey highlighted four songs from their latest studio recording,  Breathe Out, Breathe In, the title track, “Any Other Way”, “A Moment In Time”, and “I Do Believe”. I must admit the album has sturdy legs and grew on me last night.

They also featured the Argent song, “Hold Your Head Up” which was done in rousing fashion. I loved the fact that you had two members of Argent there, Rod Argent of course who truly shines on keyboard and special effects on this rock classic. We also had Jim Rodford the original bassist for Argent. Jim has also played with The Kinks and The Animals II. Hilton Valentine formed The Animals II. He now lives in Wallingford, Ct. and was in the audience directly behind us. He smiled approvingly through much of the show. I actually saw Hilton Valentine play with The Yarbirds a few years back at The Oakdale in Wallingford.

I was taken with a song that Colin Blunstone did from his days as lead vocalist for The Alan Parsons Project. Colin appeared on six of The Alan Parsons Project recordings. The selection he sang reached inside of me, “Old and Wise”. The song reached #21 on the Billboard AC charts in the US in early 1983 and #74 in the United Kingdom.

I bought a signed copy of The Zombies, Recorded Live In Concert At Metropolis Studios London.

The Beatles – Tomorrow Never Knows

 

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Experience 14 Rock Songs Recorded by The Beatles that Truly Changed the World – and Still Rock Hardest Today.

Tomorrow Never Knows LP

The Beatles present an iTunes digital exclusive new release ‘Tomorrow Never Knows,’ available on the iTunes Store worldwide today. The LP features 14 of The Beatles’ most powerful rock songs spanning their entire trailblazing and influential catalogue, which continues to resonate with today’s pop culture.

Dave Grohl, Foo Fighters states: “If it weren’t for The Beatles, I would not be a musician. It’s as simple as that. From a very young age I became fascinated with their songs, and over the years have drowned myself in the depth of their catalogue. Their groove and their swagger. Their grace and their beauty. Their dark and their light. The Beatles seemed to be capable of anything. They knew no boundaries, and in that freedom they seemed to define what we now know today as ‘Rock and Roll.’

TRACKLISTING
1 Revolution
2 Paperback Writer
3 And Your Bird Can Sing
4 Helter Skelter
5 Savoy Truffle
6 I’m Down
7 I’ve Got A Feeling
8 Back In The USSR
9 You Can’t Do That
10 It’s All Too Much
11 She Said, She Said
12 Hey Bulldog
13 Tomorrow Never Knows
14 The End

 

What recording to buy next?

Easter 2011 has come and gone. My Lenten promise was not to buy any new music recordings. If you know me at all, I trust you’ll agree that was not an easy 40 day sacrifice for me.  I buy 70+ recordings a year between CD, vinyl and digital download 😉  I was only able to honor Record Store Day 2011 in principle, not practice.  This was the biggest Record Store Day yet!

I am looking at my short list for what recording I should buy first. My short list of recordings includes:

  1. Paul SimonSo Beautiful or So What? (We are scheduled to see him at MGM Foxwoods on May 29)
  2. Foo FightersWasting Light (Heard Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins on the Howard Stern Show)
  3. RadioheadKing of Limbs
  4. Steve EarleI’ll Never Get Out of this World Alive (Available tomorrow April 26th, which is when I am hoping to listen to it on Zune).
  5. Ray DaviesSee My Friends
My next step is to give each of these a listen on Microsoft Zune. The beauty of a Microsoft Zune subscription is that I can listen to any recording available on Zune. Each month I get to download 10 tracks free. So it’s time to start listening and making a selection 😉 Teeing up Paul Simon first…
Peace,
Ed