T Bone Burnett – A Life In Pursuit

I add this book to my list of books to own. I admire and respect T Bone Burnett. He and Rick Rubin have the “midas touch” when it comes to the recording process. Their unique ear for music is our listening benefit.

This first critical appreciation of T Bone Burnett reveals how the proponent of Americana music and producer of artists ranging from Robert Plant and Alison Krauss to B. B. King and Elvis Costello has profoundly influenced American music and culture.

Wonderful Crazy Night – Elton John

Wonderful Crazy Night

Elton John’s 33rd studio album, co-produced by Elton with T-Bone Burnett and recorded/mixed at the Village in Los Angeles.

Available worldwide on February 5, 2016, all EltonJohn.com pre-order customers will receive an MP3 of the album’s debut single, “Looking Up”, instantly.

Track Listing

  1. Wonderful Crazy Night
  2. In The Name Of You
  3. Claw Hammer
  4. Blue Wonderful
  5. I’ve Got 2 Wings
  6. A Good Heart
  7. Looking Up
  8. Guilty Pleasure
  9. Tambourine
  10. The Open Chord
  11. Free And Easy
  12. England And America

Available in Standard CD, Vinyl, and Super Deluxe box set.

Rhiannon Giddens – Tomorrow Is My Turn

Nonesuch Records is a progressive record label. It has the heart to take risks with artists for the sake of music creativity. T Bone Burnett has the midas touch when it comes to music production and defining artists.

T Bone Burnett states that Ms. Giddens has “a pretty profound gift.” “I’ve been doing this for 50 years, and I haven’t seen anything like it, ” he comments.

Rhiannon Giddens, singer, songwriter, and founding member of the Grammy Award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops, makes her solo recording debut with Tomorrow Is My Turn, due out February 10, 2015, on Nonesuch Records. The album was produced by T Bone Burnett.

Rhiannon Giddens is a star in ascension. I recall vividly watching her perform with the Carolina Chocolate Drops when they headlined the International Festival of Arts and Ideas in 2010.

Giddens participated in “Another Day, Another Time”, a concert inspired by the Coen brothers film Inside Llewyn Davis.[3] Many critics have stated that Giddens had the best performance at what was called “the concert of the year”.[4][5]

Four of the songs from her solo album are available for listening Rhiannon Giddens YouTube Channel, “Don’t Let It Trouble Your Mind”, “Black Is The Color”,  and “She’s Got You”.

I love what I am hearing and can’t wait to get her album soon 🙂

Bob Dylan’s The Basement Tapes Complete and Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes

Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings has released Bob Dylan’s The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11 on November 4. Compiled from meticulously restored original tapes – many found only recently – this historic six-disc set is the definitive chronicle of the artist’s legendary 1967 recording sessions with members of his touring ensemble who would later achieve their own fame as The Band.

Read more: http://www.bobdylan.com/us#ixzz3IcchcKqF

Bob Dylan’s Secret Masterpiece is the cover story of the latest edition of Rolling Stone Magazine. I just downloaded the digital magazine edition onto my Apple iPad Air.

Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes

The other Bob Dylan approved Basement Tape project which has my interest is Lost on the River: The New Basement TapesThe recording becomes available tomorrow, November 10th.

Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes is a music event 47 years in the making. It’s an historic album project from five of music’s finest artists — Elvis Costello, Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops), Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), Jim James (My Morning Jacket) and Marcus Mumford (Mumford & Sons) — in unique collaboration with a 26-year-old Bob Dylan. Produced by project creator T Bone Burnett, the album was recorded in March, 2014 at Capitol Studios in Hollywood, where the artists and Burnett convened for two weeks to write and create music for a treasure trove of long-lost lyrics handwritten by Bob Dylan in 1967 during the period that generated the recording of the legendary Basement Tapes. The collective completed and recorded dozens of songs, the first 20 of which appear on this deluxe edition.

Look for this profound Dylan music collaborative on your favorite television talk show this week.

Moonalice Interview: Music Technology and Art With Roger McNamee

Moonalice Interview: Music Technology and Art Discussion with Roger McNamee

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Moonalice continues their 2014 East Coast Tour this week. The band will be performing concerts in Connecticut and New York. I urge you if you are in the vicinity of any of these events to come out and see Moonalice perform live.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014, Fairfield, C.T., StageOne

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014, New York City, N.Y., The Cutting Room

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Thursday July 31, 2014, Norfolk, C.T., Infinity Music Hall

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I had a 75-minute Web discussion with Roger McNamee last week. I am providing “teaser” highlights of the interview that further explains Moonalice’s command of music technology. The next intent is to publish the “entire interview” along with the Moonalice Infinity Music Hall July 31st concert review at the end of the week.

It was my sincere hope that Roger McNamee and I would mesh as music technologists and rock music poster fans. When you read the interview Q&A I’m proud to say that goal was met. Roger is an affable person who openly shared his love for music, people, society and art throughout our conversation.

Question 1: Does Moonalice plan to make recordings available in high-resolution audio for Neil Young‘s PonoMusic?

Roger: It’s a great question. When we did our first album, Moonalice with T Bone Burnett the answer was an emphatic Yes! We recorded it on an optimized audio DVD with the music in high-resolution stereo 24/96 WAV. The expectation was that you had a mega DVD which had images that went by while you were listening to it, etc. As it turned out T Bone Burnett was nominated for a Grammy as Producer of the Year for our album and T Bone Burnett’s recording. His pioneering work with packaging, high-resolution and high-end masters gained him that recognition. (The album was produced using XOΔE (CODE), a high fidelity audio standard and optimization system created by Producer Burnett.)  

We’re very focused on high-definition video, 1080p and we embed the audio into the video so the high-resolution audio is there. When we got started T Bone, Bono and I were working on a project designed to help artists in a very meaningful way. The first album started us on this commitment with what I knew about technology and anything that came along to see what we could do with it. This notion where we can produce live concert videos at 10% of normal cost was really exciting, the math starts to be pretty interesting.

Can I just tip my hat to you? You are the first person to ask me about high-definition audio and its significance in at least five years.

Questions 2: What is the next technological achievement that you seek to achieve with Moonalice?

We’re more likely to do vinyl before we do another experiment in high-resolution audio. Within our fan base there is a really serious market for vinyl. I believe oddly enough a larger percentage of our fans would be interested in ultra high-definition audio if we could figure out how to deliver it. (We discussed Neil Young and PonoMusic at length which I will include in the full Web audio interview.)

Question 3: I wanted to ask if you would give more information about the Haight Street Art Center?

We created the Haight Street Art Center, okay. The reason you can’t find any information about it is because we haven’t said anything. But I’m really happy to talk about it. The original notion is that I am somebody who has always loved studio art. I always loved poster art from the first time I saw it in the sixties. When I moved to San Francisco in the seventies I had no money at all. But posters weren’t expensive in those days you could get one for $15, a first printing was $25, I could afford that.

T Bone told us we should be part of the San Francisco psychedelic roots ethos. I suggested we should be doing rock poster art. I spoke with Chris Shaw, a natural leader with great organizational skills about how can we create posters for the band. Chris then helped us produce a poster for every show, 100 posters a year and we’re up to 735 different posters now. Wow!

We’ve now had 24 posters artists do posters for us, at least half get 50-100% of their income from that poster art. The problem became how do we get their poster art to be appreciated as fine art and put them in a position to make fine art.

What I realized is that we had to move from doing mass volume posters in offset printing to make great screen art and lithographs. What really came together was that we needed a museum, promotional infrastructure and printing capabilities. The Haight Street Art Center becomes that reality. (There is more to this benevolent art story which I will share later this week.)

Roger McNamee, Moonalice

Yesterday I had the rare opportunity to share an open, frank discussion, one hippie music technologist to another with Roger McNamee of Moonalice.

I am writing an article about Moonalice that will include that interview for their Infinity Music Hall concert which takes place on Thursday July 31, 2014.

I looking forward to saying hello to Roger and the band, then watching them do their magic that evening.

Here is a video clip of Moonalice to tide us over until then 😉

The Diving Board – Elton John

Elton John commences his US and European Tour with a concert this Friday, November 8th in Bridgeport, Ct. at the Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard.

As I prepare the music of our heart to more fully appreciate one of our greatest music legends I turn first to his latest recording, The Diving BoardThe album was written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin and produced in Los Angeles by producer T-Bone Burnett.

This video features Elton John giving a track-by-track breakdown. It is insightful and will add to your listening pleasure of The Diving Board