A Town Hall With Billy Joel Hosted By His Friend Howard Stern

We love our SiriusXM Satellite Radio. My wife and I are listening to the event that was taped earlier today. That is one of the beauties of the Howard Stern Channel 100, getting to hear the show as much as they repeat it for us subscribers.

Fans got to attend based upon the great question they submitted and then some of them got to ask Billy Joel live.

Both Billy Joel and Howard Stern are incredibly honest personalities.  The radio banter is warm, intimate and honest.

The Billy Joel Town Hall event had several great guest stars, Idina Menzel, Pink, Melissa Etheridge, Boyz To Men sing Billy Joel songs. Be prepared its very raw and mostly unrehearsed. But it is also music honest and real performed live which I love.

Billy Joel has a special, limited channel (90 days only) on SiriusXM that his friend Howard Stern encouraged him to do. We listen to Channel 705  as much as we can as loyal Billy Joel fans.

Tune in if you are a SiriusXM subscriber or Google this event on the Web to learn more about this truly unique event. Either way you will not be disappointed, trust us.

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Metallica Through The Never In 3D Blu Ray

The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men often go awry – Robert Burns (1786), poem To A Mouse

Last September I mentioned I was intent upon seeing the Metallica movie, Through The Never at an iMax 3D theatre in my market. I never ended up seeing that movie.

However I have a second chance at this option due to the fact that I now have a Sony 61″ 3D TV and a Sony Blu Ray Home Theatre with 3D glasses. Metallica through their Blackened Recordings label will release to the market on January 28th a 3D Blu Ray Home Edition.

I now have another opportunity to watch Metallica Loud! in 3D Blu Ray from the comfort of my living room. Hey Now as Howard Stern would say 😉

 

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Leslie West’s Still Climbing Drops At My Door

I received my Leslie West Still Climbing Audio CD and Poster today. Very cool of Leslie West and Mascot Label Group to ship early to pre order customers. I love that I have the four days to hear this rocking album before it officially drops for all to buy and hear on Tuesday October 29th.

The color scheme for the trifold CD cover is soothing with its brown and orange space planets theme. It always helps to get liner notes to dig into each recording more thoroughly.

Still Climbing Track Listing and Interpretation

1.  Dyin’ Since The Day I Was Born (Leslie A. Weinstein & Jon Tiven)

Leslie West is joined by special guest Mark Tremonti on guitar

This song cooks and I love the way it builds, its an energy rocker that hooks you good.

2. Busted Disgusted Or Dead (Leslie A. Weinstein & Jon Tiven)

Leslie West kicks it abetted by Johnny Winter‘s 2nd half of guitar solo

The silkiness cross-thatched with the grittiness meshed totally works. The track produces an effective layered sound. Johnny Winter pushes out a slide guitar passage that grabs you and doesn’t let go. I have such total respect for two rock and roll survivors carrying on the tradition in tight formation.

3. Fade Into You (Nashville TV Show) – (Matt Jenkins, Shane McNally and Trevor Rosen)

I find myself watching this show some evenings.  I like the original music written and performed. I’m glad Leslie West covered it and helps share this music with his fans.

4. Not Over You At All (Leslie A. Weinstein, Jennifer-West Weinstein)

The first of four husband and wife collaborations. I love the support and sharing that takes place here.

I was subsequently sad to learn that Arno Hecht (Uptown Horns) who plays sax on this track daughter Ava died recently. Leslie opens his heart to her , stating Arno’s daughter would be very proud of him. He then states this is his favorite song.

5. Tales of Woe – (Leslie A. Weinstein, Jennifer-West Weinstein)

We learn how Leslie West and his wife Jennifer cope with the loss of Leslie’s leg due to diabetes. His road back is an encouraging one for all of us to be proud of for them both.

6. Feeling Good (Anthony Newley & Leslie Bricusse)

Featuring Dee Snider (Who I loved on The Apprentice)

An old chestnut takes on new life between Leslie and Dee’s respective energies and mutual appreciation.

7. Hatfield or McCoy (Leslie A. Weinstein, Jennifer-West Weinstein, Joseph M. Piazza)

8. When A Man Loves A Woman (Calvin Lewis & Andrew Right)

Featuring Johnny Lang

I have seen Johnny Lang live twice. He posses that true conviction when he plays. I love how he sucks you in. Well played gentlemen.

9. Long Red (Leslie A. Weinstein, Felix Pappalardi, John Elis Ventura, Norman Landsberg)

Featuring Larry West Weinstein, Leslie’s brother who played with him in The Vagrants

Long my favorite Mountain song, I couldn’t wait to hear the updated version on Still Climbing. Leslie West did not disappoint. I found myself rocking and drumming harder than ever.

10. Don’t Ever Let Me Go (Leslie A. Weinstein, Jennifer-West Weinstein)

Featuring Dylan Rose

11. Reverend Jones Time, an Over The Rainbow Instrumental

Leslie West – Guitar, Bass – Rev Jones

But just don’t take my word about this new recording. Watch Leslie West explain track by track what he accomplished with others with Still Climbing.

Graham Nash on the Howard Stern Show

It was a total buzz to catch Graham Nash on the Howard Stern Show this morning. It is electrifying when Howard is on his interview game, especially if he is enamored with a musician. The intimate sense that comes across the satellite is magnetic and captivating.

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Graham Nash was in the studio promoting his new book, Wild TalesThe connection between Graham and Howard was crisp. I liked how open, nonchalant, and free ranging Graham Nash was about his life.

I learned a lot this morning about Graham Nash and his circle of famous musician friends. Many of whom I have come admire and respect these many decades. I can’t wait to hear the audio book of Wild Tales that Graham Nash narrates.

Be sure to visit HowardStern.com to learn Song by Song with Graham Nash and why Graham Nash is a Zelig.

Natalie Maines – Mother

Natalie Maines stopped by The Howard Stern Show today. I was surprised and pleased to learn she is an official Howard Stern Celebrity Superfan 🙂

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If you don’t like Howard Stern then you shouldn’t follow me.

Natalie performed the song, “Mother” (Pink Floyd) live in the studio with Fred Norris playing guitar. I love the edge she creates for this progressive rock classic from The Wall.

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Mother will be available as a track on West of Memphis: Voices of Justice which I reported about yesterday.

Mother is also the name of the new rock solo album by Natalie Maines, produced by her friend and fellow musician, Ben HarperMother, the album will release on May 7, 2013, Mothers Day 😉

Here is the YouTube video of Natalie Maine performing “Mother” with Ben Harper and his band from last summer.

Five 2013 Blogging Projects

I love the time I get to spend between Christmas and New Year reflecting upon and renewing commitments to an ongoing pursuit of the arts. Its treasured down time from a perpetual teaching schedule that runs day and night, all year round.  I try to spend the time productively, teaching myself new software, preparing for certification exams, etc. I also spend time listening to music that escaped my grasp during the year, reading through my significant music magazine and book pile, visiting Barnes & Noble to stay vibrant and aware.

As a result I have accumulated some meaty writing topics for the coming year. They represent more substantive research into genres/artists I want to explore more in-depth, hopefully across multiple blog posts. This is my revised approach to professional blogging in 2013, which I hope my readers will like and seek to learn along with me (or teach me something new they know in these areas).

The five 2013 art blogging projects are:

  • Smashing Pumpkins, Billy Corgan – I just heard Billy Corgan‘s interview with Howard Stern on Sirius XM. Oceania is a recording I did not do justice to in 2012. I have discovered more about the Smashing Pumpkin/Corgan direction as well as the various side projects by past/current members. The Teargarden by Kaleidyscope initiative interests me greatly. Time to do some justice about the art of Smashing Pumpkins in the music of our heart.

Oceania

  • I was leaving through the current newsstand issue of Uncut Magazine last week at Barnes & Noble when I discovered a review of Joni Mitchell‘s box set, Studio Albums 1968-1979. The box set is a UK import via Rhino that is presently stocked out on Amazon. Once I can get my order fulfilled and I have given these 10 CDs a thorough listening I will write a blog series about that experience.

Studio Albums 1968 - 1979

  • I was browsing the music book section when I discovered the On The Road: The Official Movie Companion trade paperback. This stirred my sentiment about The Beats. I realized very quickly I had not really delved effectively into the writings of Jack Kerouac, William S. Burroughs, and Allen GinsbergPatti Smith has galvanized the poetic pentameter in the music of our heart for this halcyon period of art. I resolve to see the movie On The Road in New York City  before the wider theater release. I also make a commitment to read more of Kerouac, Ginsberg and Burroughs books (and of course Patti Smith’s poetry books until her new book(s) come out!). I also plan to get some of the books by the “authoritative” researchers/biographers of The Beat, most notably Ann Charters. I must follow through on this as my core initiative for the arts in 2013. The movie has become the impetus for renewing my kinship with The Beats.

On the Road: The Official Movie Companion

  • I picked up another of The Ultimate Music Guide’s from the publishers of Uncut Magazine. This one is about The Kinks. The 146 page special collector’s edition covers each album in the Kinks discography, the solo albums from Ray and Dave Davies, rarities and singles. It is just the compendium I had looked for about The Kinks. I plan to summarize this satisfying publication in a later blog post article.

Uncut presents The Kinks: The Ultimate Music Guide

  • I am continually impressed by the quality and substance of the British magazine publications. I need to get that iPad 4 with Retina so I can electronically subscribe to Uncut and NME. The magazine I’ve had in my hands twice now at Barnes & Noble is the The Story of Joy Division and New Order. I readily admit I don’t know enough about this band. Realizing I should correct that problem makes this my fifth blogging project for 2013.

NME - Joy Division - Collectors Magazine

A great and full music day

Did you ever have one of those days that was as much a contact high as it was richly fulfilling. May 22, 2012 has been that day for music appreciation.

The day started on a high note and has been playing strong ever since. I was waiting for the morning coffee to kick in as The Howard Stern Show began its Rock Day over the Sirius/XM wireless radio. I quickly learned that Slash was coming into the studio to talk to Howard Stern to promote his new CD, Apocalyptic Love (5/22)His interview was as compelling as it was intimate. I’m listening to the replay of the interview as I write this post. Amazing musical career. I especially like his vocalist Myles Kennedy, their juxtaposition is striking

Slash’s interview was followed by Gregg Allman‘s in-studio appearance and interview in support of his new autobiography, My Cross to Bear. 

Today was also the release date of the Tedeschi Trucks Band Live double CD, Everybody’s Talkin. I have my copy in my hot little hands and I can’t wait to start listening to it on the Bose Sound System after the Gregg Allman interview.

I am eager to relive some of the live tracks that were recorded at the Tedeschi Trucks Band’s concert we attended last year on October 29th in Bridgeport, CT along with all the other tracks. I have also downloaded the extra track, “Simple Song / Take You Higher”.

Here is the video of Everybody’s Talkin filmed at The Klein in Bridgeport, Ct.

Lars Ulrich, Howard Stern Discuss Lulu, Closing Track “Junior Dad”

Lars Ulrich phoned in to Howard Stern‘s show today. They discussed in detail the Lou Reed & Metallica collaboration, Lulu.

Howard Stern corrected his earlier misinterpretation of Lulu:

Howard took the opportunity to commend (unlike many critics*) the band’s recent album, “Lulu,” a collaborative effort with Lou Reed–particularly “Junior Dad”, the album’s 20-minute final track: “I started crying. It got me. I loved it–no bullshit!”
Lars laughed that Howard wasn’t the only one: “You should have seen grown men cry out in the studio when we were recording it. I’m telling you, I’ve been with James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett for close to 20 years and I’ve never seen them cry before. It was amazing. It was truly moving.”
*Uncut gave the record a positive review,[34] singling out the album closer “Junior Dad” for praise and calling it “breathtaking” and “astonishing”, a “perfect ending to the most extraordinary, passionate and just plain brilliant record either participant has made for a long while.”

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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