Meeting Your Inspiration

Lorde recently met up with former Kansas City Royal George Brett.  In case you don’t know, it was the picture below in the July1976 issue of National Geographic that inspired Lorde to create her insanely hit song “Royals”

George Brett Royals; Lorde's inspiration

George Brett Royals; Lorde’s inspiriation

George Brett and Lorde 2014

George Brett and Lorde 2014

Here are some photos of artists with their inspirations:

Paul Westeberg and Alex Chilton “Alex Chilton”


Paul Westerberg Remembers Alex Chilton in The New York Times

Paul Westerberg and Alex Chilton

Sting and writer Quentin Crisp “Englishman In New York” (photo is from the movie “The Bride“)

Quentin Crisp and Sting in "The Bride"

Quentin Crisp and Sting in “The Bride”

Bob Dylan and boxer Rubin Carter “Hurricane”

Bob Dyland and "Hurricane" Rubin Carter

Bob Dyland and “Hurricane” Rubin Carter

Steven Tyler and Vince Neil “Dude (Looks Like A Lady)”

Tyler had spotted Neil across the room in a bar one late night and was about to comment on the attractive female when, on closer inspection, he discovered that said woman was actually a man with bleached, teased hair and carefully applied make-up. Steven joked to his pals “that dude looks like a lady”

Steve Tyler and Vince Neil

Steve Tyler and Vince Neil

Kim Carnes and Bette Davis “Bette Davis Eyes”


Kim Carnes - Bette Davis

Better Davis and Kim Carnes

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New Music Tuesday

Look who’s bringing the old school vibe?  It’s new music from Australian Iggy Azalea  showcasing her 90s skills with this spot on Clueless inspired video for “Fancy”.

Ten years after Clueless became a hit Kelis started bringing all the boys to the yard with her “Milkshake“.

In 2014, Kelis is still talking about Food as that is the name of her new disc but now she’s got “Jerk Ribs” on her mind.  That’s the first single and it adds a nice old school soul vibe to her repertoire.


Iggy Azalea "The New Classic"

Iggy Azalea “The New Classic”

Kelis "Food"

Kelis “Food”

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Summer Music Festivals

Well Coachella’s two week blowout is over.  Perhaps you want more, perhaps you want something that doesn’t sell out the day it goes on sale. Perhaps you need to escape from your family.  Fear not! Here are five festivals that promise to help you out with your summertime blues.  Sasquatch at The Gorge in Washington State and Lollapallooza in Chicago are already sold out so no use in wasting your van gas money to go there.  So fire it up and let’s boogie!


Beale St Music Festival Tickets

Beale St Music Festival May 2-4, 2014

Three Day Pass with Ticketmaster charges $93.40


Kid Rock - Alabama Shakes - Snoop Dogg aka Snoop Lion -  - Patti LaBelle - 
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts - Jerry Lee Lewis -  Bootsy Collins
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony  Anthrax - 
 Buddy Guy -

The Governors Ball Music Festival June 6-8, 2014

The Governors Ball Music Festival June 6-8, 2014


Three Day Pass $230

Randall’s Island NYC

Outkast – Phoenix – TV On The Radio – Jack White -The Strokes – Skrillex – Axwell Ingrosso – Foster The People

Bonnaroo June 12-15, 2014

Bonnaroo June 12-15, 2014

GA Pass will eventually hit $284.50 + service charges

Our festival site is a beautiful 700-acre farm, located in Manchester, TN, about 60 miles southeast of Nashville and 40 miles northwest of Chattanooga.

Elton John – Kanye West – Lionel Ritchie – Avett Brothers – Arctic Monkeys – Frank Ocean – Neutral Milk Hotel


Firefly Music Festival June 19-22, 2014

Firefly Music Festival June 19-22, 2014

$299 for a 4 day pass

The Woodlands, Dover, Delaware

Foo Fighters- Jack Johnson – Imagine Dragons – Beck – Lumineers – Weezer – Band Of Horses

Grand Park Music Festival

Labor Day Weekend, 2014  Details to follow soon.

Grand Park

Grand Park is located in downtown Los Angeles between The Music Center and City Hall.

Los Angeles, CA

Tickets $125

Who’s going to be there?  Who knows?  But it’s organized by Jay-Z so let your imagination go wild


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Free Music Friday

Girl Talk Coachella 2004


Girl Talk is back…sort of.  Fresh off his performance at Coachella, he’s released a  a 6 song collaborative EP with rapper Freeway called “Broken Ankles” .  This is the first new release from Girl Talk since 2010′s All Day.  If you don’t have All Day, it’s still available to download for free and is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.   Beware…Freeway has a potty mouth.



Pretty Much Amazing posted 11 downloads you won’t regret so stop your hesitations and do it now.


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Record Store Day

Record Store Day 2014 is here!  Frankly, like Coachella it’s gotten a little out of control.  Much like I’d prefer to see bands in a club instead of with 50,000 people, I’d prefer to shop on my own time instead of waiting for a couple hours to get my purchase.

However, I am all for the promotion of record store shopping so I widely support this celebration for the independent record store.

There are exclusive releases, limited run/local only releases and early first releases available and they can all be found here.

These are my top picks from the exclusive releases:

??? SIDE BY SIDE SERIESI love surprises and the side by side series where two artists cover each other’s songs is always fun.

Format: 7″ Vinyl
Label: Rhino
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release

The same song performed by two “”mystery artists.”” Part of the Side By Side series from Rhino for Record Store Day 2014.



 Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin Songs from Common GroundThe Blaster brothers Phil and Dave Alvin create these covers of Big Bill Broonzy

Format: 10″ Vinyl
Label: Yep Roc
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release
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Four song double 10″ bound in a 78 style book featuring Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin playing the songs of Big Bill Broonzy


David Bowie picture disc of him looking cool as shit posing with William Burroughs.  I got slightly confused when it says it’s a 40 year anniversary for 1984 but of course that is the name of the song which was recorded in 1974.

David Bowie 1984 picture disc

Format: 7″ Vinyl
Label: Rhino
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release
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“1984″ originally appeared on David Bowie’s “Diamond Dogs” album and draws its inspiration from the George Orwell book of the same name. It was released as a single in 1974. The b-side was recorded live in December 1974 on “The Dick Cavett Show” and has had limited release since then. This is the first time it appears on vinyl.

“1984 (2014 Remaster)”/”1984 (Live on the Dick Cavett Show)”


Creedence Clearwater Revival The 1969 SinglesDETAILS

Artist: Creedence Clearwater Revival
Format: 10″ Vinyl
Label: Concord
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release
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10″ white vinyl of all 4 singles released in 1969 (A and B sides); 120g

TRACK LISTING: SIDE 1: “Mary”, “Born On The Bayou”, “Bad Moon Rising”, “Lodi” SIDE 2: “Green River”, “Commotion”, “Down On The Corner”, “Fortunate Son”


Death Cab For Cutie Featuring Magik*Magik Orchestra Live 2012DETAILS

Artist: Death Cab For Cutie featuring Magik*Magik Orchestra
Format: 12″ Vinyl
Label: Barsuk
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release
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Limited edition 180g double vinyl. Includes digital download.
TRACK LISTING: SIDE A: “Magik Overture”, “Passenger Seat”, “Different Names For The Same Thing”, “A Movie Script Ending”, “Stay Young, Go Dancing”  SIDE B: “Codes and Keys”, “What Sarah Said”, “Bend to Squares”, “Hindsight”  SIDE C: “Little Fury Bugs”, “No Joy In Mudville”, “Grapevine Fires”, “Underneath The Sycamore” SIDE D: “I Will Follow You Into The Dark”, “Tiny Vessels”, “Transatlanticism”

 Devo Live At Max's Kansas City--November 15, 1977DETAILS

Artist: Devo
Format: 12″ Vinyl
Label: Jackpot Records
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release
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November 15th, 1977: Max’s Kansas City – David Bowie is backstage with the 5 self proclaimed ‘spudboys’ from Akron, Ohio waiting for his cue to introduce the band who, in his words were, “The band of the future!”. As time went on it became clear that the future is still waiting to catch up with DEVO. Working closely with the band and those who were there that night, Jackpot Records brings you this audio time capsule that catapulted DEVO from strange, musical hillbillies to innovative pioneers overnight. Now the truth can be told! Available for the first time on vinyl the entire performance, complete with rare, unearthed audio of David Bowie. With liner notes written by DEVO Co-founder Gerald V. Casale specifically for this release (which also includes a reproduced early DEVO press bio sheet from 1976), this record will be the perfect compliment for hardcore DEVO collectors , music fans and those who are new to the game. Limited to 2000 copies worldwide

The Everly Brothers Songs Our Daddy Taught UsBillie Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones did a re-creation of this album in 2013 called Foreverly and now you can hear the original


Artists: The Everly Brothers
Format: 12″ Vinyl
Label: Varese Sarabande
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release
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In 1958, Songs Our Daddy Taught Us made a seminal artistic statement without pretension. A concept album before there was such a thing; a return to basics before rock ‘n’ roll had even matured. It all came naturally to Don and Phil Everly, the chart-topping brothers, recording stars at age 19 and 21, respectively.

Donny Hathaway Live At The Bitter End 1971DETAILS

Artist: Donny Hathaway
Label: Rhino
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release
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Live show recorded in 1971 never before released on vinyl. The track “Everything is Everything” has never been released before on any format and is an exclusive track to this release. Numbered, limited edition.

TRACK LISTING: “What’s Going On (Live at The Bitter End 1971)”, “Sack Full of Dreams (Live at the Bitter End 1971)”, “Little Ghetto Boy (Live at the Bitter End 1971)”, “You’ve Got A Friend (Live at the Bitter End 1971)”, “Voices Inside (Everything is Everything) (Live at the Bitter End 1971)” (Alternate Performance), “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother (LIve at the Bitter End)”, “Jealous Guy (Live at the Bitter End)”, “Hey Girl (Live at the Bitter End)”, “The Ghetto (Live at the Bitter End)”

The Pogues Live With Joe StrummerDETAILS

Artist: The Pogues With Joe Strummer
Label: Rhino
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release
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The legendary live show recorded in 1991 at the London Forum during Shane MacGowan’s hiatus from the band with his initial replacement, Joe Strummer. This previously unreleased material is contained in the recently released “Pogues 30″ box which is available in the US only on import. This is the first vinyl, only physical release in the US of this album.


Here’s my oddball choice:

RPM Turntable Football A Two Player Game Played at 33 1/3 RPMDETAILS
Format: 12″ Vinyl
Label: Microfiche Records
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release
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RPM Turntable Football is a game of American Football played at the speed of sound (33 1/3 RPM) using your record player and Decagonaphonic 10 Groove technology. Just like the pros, it all starts with a coin toss. Each record has five grooves per side providing each team with a chance to score a touchdown or one of four other outcomes. Jay Grainer and Barry Dingle will provide color commentary on all the action and offer clear instructions when to add points to your score and when to flip the record to give the other player a chance to put points on the board. Available for the first time ever on Record Store Day 2014, exclusively in a limited edition green vinyl, just like a real football field. Give it a spin and see if YOU have what it takes to bring your team to the Phono Bowl!


Bruce Springsteen American BeautyDETAILS

Artist: Bruce Springsteen
Format: 12″ Vinyl
Label: Columbia
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release
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Four previously unreleased songs

TRACK LISTING: 1) “American Beauty” 2) “Mary Mary” 3) “Hurry Up Sundown” 4) “Hey Blue Eyes”



Tame Impala Live VersionsDETAILS

Artist: Tame Impala
Format: Vinyl
Label: Interscope
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release
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Eight tracks recorded in Chicago during the band’s 2013 US tour. The live arrangements of these tracks are distinctly different than the recorded arrangements, and chosen for this RSD release for that reason.

TRACK LISTING: “Endors Toi”, “Why Won’t You Make Up Your Mind?”, “Sestri Levante”, “Mind Mischief”, “Desire Be, Desire Go”, “Half Glass Full of Wine”, “Be Above It”, “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards”, “Apocalypse Dreams”

Hank Williams The Garden Spot Programs, 1950--Extended PlayDETAILS

Artist: Hank Williams
Format: 10″ Vinyl
Label: Omnivore Recordings
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release
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All recordings previously unreleased! From a 1950 radio show sponsored by Texas’ Naughton Farms Nursery, and brought to brown 10″ vinyl with the help of Williams’ daughter Jett.

SIDE ONE: “The Garden Spot Jingle” (Show 4), “I Don’t Care (If Tomorrow Never Comes) (Show 10), “Lovesick Blues” (Show 4), “Closing/Oh Susanna” (Show 10) SIDE TWO: “Farther Along” (Show 10), “Mind Your Own Business” (Show 9), “Fiddle Tune” (Show 4), “Closing/Oh Susanna” (Show 11)

 The Zombies Odessey and OracleDETAILS

Artist: The Zombies
Format: 12″ Vinyl
Label: Varese Sarabande
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release
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The Zombies classic that features “Time of the Season” and “This Will Be Our Year” one of my personal favorites of all time.




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Jesse Winchester

Jesse Winchester 1944-2014There’s a familiar proverb that goes “You many know a man by the company he keeps”.  If that is indeed the case, then Jesse Winchester who passed away last week, was a truly rich man.  Jesse Winchester may have been a singer and songwriter but it’s the artists that recognized his gift for the latter.   His songs were deceptively simple but told  stories of embracing life’s ups and downs. A great example is the first song he ever wrote, “The Brand New Tennessee Waltz“.  It was covered by Lyle Lovett, Joan Baez and The Everly Brothers among others.

But I left Tennessee, in a hurry, dear, now
In the same way that I’m leaving you
Because love is mainly just memories, you see
And everyone has got him a few
So when I’m gone, I’ll be glad to love you

Artists loved to collaborate with Jesse so here are just a few of my favorites:

Jesse with Bonnie Rait and Emmylou Harris

Jesse with Jimmy Buffett and Allen Toussaint

Here’s Elvis Costello and Sheryl Crown on bass dueting with Jesse on his song “Payday”

Finally, here’s Jesse beautifully singing “Sham A Lam Dong Ding” and literally moving Neko Case to tears.

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Courtney Barnett

Courtney BarnettAlthough I’m a new music fan, I’m usually fairly passive when I listen to the radio.  It’s mostly background music of the familiar and the soon to be familiar and/or forgotten but occasionally there’s a song that makes me grab open up Shazam to immediately know what’s playing.  This happened recently when KCSN played  “Avant Gardener” by Australian Courtney Barnett.  First of all it sounds like it was recorded during the time of Dylan’s Highway 61 period but with a feedback guitar solo replacing the Hammond keyboard.  Courtney sings in her 90′s slacker rock  Australian accent and is so seemingly  tired she can  barely get out the lyrics.  But you listen in to the lyrics and you realize how clever she is

“It’s a Monday, it’s so Mundane”

“The paramedic thinks I’m clever cos I play guitar. I think she’s clever cos she stops people dying’

Extra points for working in the decongestant “psuedoefedryn” for the first time in a pop song.

Needless to say, I’m hooked.  She released an EP “I’ve Got a Friend Called Emily Ferris” in 2012 and another “How to Carve a Carrot into a Rose” in 2013.  Now she’s combined these two EP’s and created The Double EP: A Sea Of Split Peas”.  She’s playing Coachella and opening up for MGMT this week.  Catch her when you can and click on the photo to get the album.

‘The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas’


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It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World

Alana, Danielle and Este Haim Apparently James Brown is still right when it comes to music.  As the Los Angeles Times  pointed out 80% of the artists that performed at Coachella were males.   The men might have the numbers but it’s the woman that are currently dominating.

It seems that the most talked about music this past weekend were the females.  Ellie Goulding, Haim, Waxahatchee Warpaint and Chvrches  turned in possibly career elevating performances.

Meanwhile at the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame ceremony.  The surviving members of Nirvana made the brilliant decision to have Joan Jett, St. Vincent, Kim Gordon and Lorde (who also played a winning set at Coachella) fill in on vocals.

Here are just a few of those performances to prove  that if it’s still a man’s world, the women are far more interesting.

Ellie Goulding “Starry Eyed” Coachella 2014

Haim  “My Song 5″ Coachella 2014

Chvrches “The Mother We Share” Coachella 2014

Warpaint “Disco//Very” Coachella 2014


Lorde “All Apologies” Rock Hall Nirvana Induction

St. Vicent “Lithium” Rock Hall Nirvana Induction 2014

Joan Jett “Smells Like Teen Spirt Rock Hall Nirvana Induction 2014

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Free Music Friday

The good folks at Earmilk have compiled what they are calling the ultimate Coachella 2014 playlist.  So click on the photo and enjoy!

Earmilk Ultimate Coachella

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Get Out

Confession:  I’m old.  I have zero interest in Coachella.  I have zero tolerance for the the crowds, the  long lines and  I shake my fist  at those damn kids who have been set free from their parents  for a weekend of debauchery.   This recent skit from Portlandia really nails it.


That said, I’m looking forward to catching a few of the bands in between their time spent at Coachella.  Check out this calendar and I’ll see you at the show.

Coachella bands playing their own shows April 2014

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