Daily Archives: May 2, 2017

Chelsea McDonald's to Debut Spring Music Series

NEW YORK, May 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Local McDonald’s Owner Operator, PJ Fonseca is proud to announce the kick-off of a new summer music series featuring award-winning pianist Darius Frowner, along with talented local singers performing pop, jazz and show tunes. Performances will be held…


Watch Surreal, Lena Dunham-Directed Bleachers Video for 'Don't Take the Money'

Jack Antonoff, the singer-guitarist behind Bleachers, plays the dumbfounded groom at his own backyard wedding to a woman he can’t communicate with in the new video for “Don’t Take the Money.” The video begins with the cavalier officiant, played by Alia Shawkat (Arrested Development, Search Party) asking Antonoff – in his decorous New Jersey backyard – whether he’s sure this a good idea (subtext: it’s not).

From there, “Don’t Take The Money” spirals from the mail-ordered bride cliche. Antonoff’s character finds out that his soon-to-be-betrothed is being sought by her Russian spy lover who hops over the thick hedges to the altar (punching Antonoff out in the process). The song is a single from Bleachers’ forthcoming album, Gone Now.

Girls creator and director Lena Dunham, who is also Antonoff’s real-life girlfriend, directed the video for “Money.” The scene matches the Eighties-pop inspired song’s jubilant tone with peculiarly spangled wedding guests, bedecked in vivid jewels and guests who are red mannequins, all shot through a hyper-colorful lens.

The Russian spy lovers twist is a comedic, good-natured nod to Dunham and Antonoff’s longtime support of equal marriage rights (the spy and bride are women). In 2015, Lena Dunham revealed on Ellen that she and boyfriend Jack Antonoff would not get married until same-sex couples could legally be married in the United States.

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Metallica Plot Live Streaming Rehearsal Special 'Now That We're Live'

Metallica will broadcast a snippet of their final tour rehearsal in a special, Now That We’re Live, set to stream May 9th at 9 p.m. ET on Facebook Live.

The band will perform four full tracks – including current single “Now That We’re Dead” – from M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland, where they’ll begin the North American leg of their WorldWired Tour the following night, May 10th. After the livestream, Now That We’re Live will be available to watch on demand through Metallica’s website and the band’s Facebook page.

Members of Metallica’s fan club, Fifth Member, can enter to win a chance to attend the rehearsal through the band’s website. During the livestream, fans will be able to donate to Metallica’s All Within My Hands Foundation, which raises money for an array of charities, including education programs and local food banks.

Metallica’s WorldWired Tour will extend through the summer and feature support from Avenged Sevenfold, Volbeat, Gojira and Local H on select dates. The trek includes a headlining slot at Outside Lands in San Francisco before wrapping August 16th in Edmonton, Canada.

Metallica released their most recent album, Hardwired … to Self Destruct, last November.

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Carnegie Mellon Drama Alumni Nominated for 2017 Tony Awards

Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pa., is a distinctive, world-class research university that blends cutting-edge programs across many disciplines including business, computer science, the arts and sciences, engineering and public policy. (PRNewsFoto/CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY)PITTSBURGH, May 2, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Three Carnegie Mellon University alumni garnered Tony Award nominations this morning during a live segment on “CBS This Morning” and a webcast on TonyAwards.com. Denée Benton, Christian Borle and Josh Groban were nominated for their…


Watch A$AP Ferg, Remy Ma's Glitchy 'East Coast' Video

A$AP Ferg and Remy Ma run New York in the surreal and cameo-filed new video for “East Coast,” the lead single from Ferg’s upcoming album, Still Striving.

Ferg and Shomi Patwary co-directed the clip, which is packed with low-angle shots, sped-up footage and images that are as gaudy as they are glitchy, recalling the peak Nineties aesthetic of director Hype Williams. A$AP Ferg and Remy Ma spit the bruising “East Coast” in an array of locales, including a gorgeous domed room and the inside of a bank vault. The clip also includes appearances from A$AP Rocky, Rick Ross, French Montana and more.

A release date for Still Striving has yet to be announced. The LP will follow Ferg’s sophomore album, Always Strive and Prosper, which he released last April. Ferg also contributed to A$AP Mob’s debut LP, Cozy Tapes Vol. 1: Friends, which the collective released last October.

A$AP Ferg will join Future, Migos and Tory Lanez for the majority of the Nobody Safe Tour, which kicks off May 4th at the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tennessee. 

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Radiohead Detail 'OK Computer' 20th Anniversary Reissue

Radiohead will include three previously unreleased songs – “I Promise,” “Lift” and “Man of War” – on OKNOTOK, a new release celebrating the 20th anniversary of their 1997 landmark LP, OK Computer. OKNOTOK arrives June 23rd via XL Recordings, while a boxed edition will ship in July.

Along with the three unreleased songs, OKNOTOK will include a remastered version of OK computer and eight b-sides. All songs are newly remastered from the original analog tapes.

OKNOTOK will be available digitally, as a double CD set and a triple LP pressed on 180 gram vinyl. The expanded box set will boast the triple LP, as well as a C90 cassette mix tape compiled by the band and taken from the OK Computer session archives and demo tapes. The box set will also include a hardcover book packed with unreleased artwork and lyrics, a notebook filled with Thom Yorke’s handwritten OK Computer-era notes and a sketchbook featuring work from Donwood and Tchock, the pen names of Radiohead’s go-to artistic collaborator Stanley Donwood and Yorke, respectively.

Pre-orders for all formats are available via Radiohead’s website

Since its release in 1997, OK Computer remains one of Radiohead’s most influential and beloved albums. The record landed at Number Three on Rolling Stone‘s list of the 100 Greatest Albums of the Nineties and in 2015 was added to the National Recording Registry to be preserved in the Library of Congress.

Radiohead released their most recent album, A Moon Shaped Pool, in 2016.

OKNOTOK Track List

Disc 1
1. “Airbag”
2. “Paranoid Android”
3. “Subterranean Homesick Alien”
4. “Exit Music (For a Film)”
5. “Let Down”
6. “Karma Police”
7. “Fitter Happier”
8. “Electioneering”
9. “Climbing Up the Walls”
10. “No Surprises”
11. “Lucky”
12. “The Tourist”

Disc 2
1. “I Promise”
2. “Man of War”
3. “Lift”
4. “Lull”
5. “Meeting in the Aisle”
6. “Melatonin”
7. “A Reminder”
8. “Polyethylene (Parts 1 & 2)”
9. “Pearly*”
10. “Palo Alto”
11. “How I Made My Millions”

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Revisiting Alice Coltrane's Lost Spiritual Classics

“The world wasn’t ready then and it’s not ready now, unless you’re talking about intergalactic top ten hits,” Carlos Santana says of the music of Alice Coltrane, with whom he made an album, the beatific Illuminations, in 1974.

But David Byrne’s Luaka Bop label would beg to differ. On Friday the imprint will shed light on a previously shadowy phase in the life of the late jazz pianist and harpist – who was married to saxophone great John Coltrane from 1965 until his death in ’67 – with the release of World Spirituality Classics 1: The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda. The album features selections from a series of albums spanning from the early Eighties up until 1995, originally issued on cassettes passed out to members of Sai Anantam, the Southern California Vedic ashram Alice started in 1983. The religious music – consisting of chanting, percussion and Alice’s soaring, soothing keyboards – arrives at a special time: a decade since her death and during a period in which people the world over seem desperately in need of spiritual uplift.

The compilation is also a welcome reminder of Alice Coltrane’s place in jazz and music history. The Detroit-born musician, who rose to prominence as a member of John’s last band and went on to release more than 10 albums of searching, often otherworldly sounds with jazz greats like bassist Ron Carter and saxophonist Pharoah Sanders backing her up, has been shouted out by Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood and had songs dedicated to her by the Jam’s Paul Weller (“Song for Alice”) and her grandnephew Flying Lotus (“Auntie’s Harp”). Solange once featured Alice’s “Turiya & Ramakrishna” on her website Saint Heron, and then there’s Yo La Tengo, whose Twitter bio reads “a monastic trio” – a nod to Alice’s 1968 debut of the same name.

“It’s had a pretty monstrous effect on me,” YLT bassist James McNew tells Rolling Stone of Coltrane’s music. “I started playing upright bass a couple of years ago and I’m really bad at it. I’m like a toddler with that thing. … But one of the first things that I latched onto was a record that I had known for a really long time but I found it to be very reassuring to my severe limitations on the instrument … the Journey in Satchidananda album, which is such a patient record. Everything just unfolds so gently and physically reflects meditation. And I feel like listening to that record over and over again has helped, just, my life in so many ways, and it’ll help yours, too.”

That 1971 LP, Coltrane’s best-known album and a cult classic, is named after Swami Satchidananda, who helped Alice explore her spiritual side starting in 1969. From there, she traveled to India, cut ties with the world of record companies after 1978’s Transfiguration and started Sai Anantam in the early Eighties. Though many thought Coltrane had played her final notes – she wouldn’t release another album commercially until 2004’s powerful Translinear Light, which wound up being the final LP she issued during her lifetime – nothing could have been further from the truth. Not only had she continued playing, she had taken a new weekly gig: every Sunday at the ashram, with vocal and percussive accompaniment from its members. World Spirituality Classics 1 consists of studio versions of what would go down at these weekly rituals, which expanded on the musical ideas Alice had studied and employed prior to her life as “Swamini.”

“The songs were a combination of traditional Hindi themes and melodies that my mother would orchestrate with her own jazz- and blues-influenced style,” says Alice and John’s son, saxophonist Ravi Coltrane. “She would accompany these songs and create new arrangements for them. And some of the tunes were her own compositions, using some of the standard chants and praising of this particular deity or this particular god. She would, again, create her own compositions with those words.”

Michelle Coltrane, Alice’s daughter from a previous marriage, remembers the ceremonies vividly. “It would begin with music,” says Michelle, a singer. “Mother would just sit down at the organ and maybe she would just, for lack of a better term, freestyle. I would always say it sounded serious. Even though it was uplifting, it was very serious kind of tones. It was an organ where she used her feet – it had that bass on the bottom. It was so beautiful. And everyone would know when it was time to start a tune, because you play the melody. … [Sings a melody] So we knew that was the song coming up. And someone would say ‘page 32’ for the visitors that were there. So that would be in Sanskrit on one side and English on the other. So we knew that that song was coming. … Everyone would join in.”

Importantly, these cassettes were also the first recordings to feature Coltrane’s vocals, which were surprisingly bass-y. “It’s deep,” reflects Michelle. “She was 117 pounds. It was a lot of presence coming out of there.”

Surya Botofasina, a pianist raised at Sai Anantam, is also doing his part to continue Coltrane’s legacy – on May 21st in New York, at a tribute concert presented by Red Bull Music Academy, he will head up a performance that recreates the sounds and feel of Alice’s weekly offering. (Ravi will also front a group on this night.) More than for her music even, Botofasina remembers Alice for her decency and modesty.

“She was the hardest person I have ever met to give a compliment to,” says Botofasina. “She could play something so amazing. ‘That was so beautiful what was played. That was so incredible what you did.’ And you could say that to her and her response would be so quick to just basically say, ‘Oh, no, that was the lord. That wasn’t me.’ That I find very rare and inspiring.”

Santana understands Alice in a similar way. He sees her as having been on a mission to help people. Making music was merely her way of doing that.

“It was never for entertainment or show business,” the guitarist says of the music Alice, as well as her husband, made. “The goal for Alice Coltrane and John Coltrane – the aim, the trajectory, the goal and the purpose – was always to uplift, transform and illumine human consciousness.” 

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Spanish Broadcasting System Brings Exclusive Access to The King of Bachata "Romeo Santos" in New York, Miami and Los Angeles

MIAMI, May 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — After recently announcing the highly anticipated forthcoming single “Héroe Favorito”, Romeo Santos is partnering with Spanish Broadcasting System, Inc. (“SBS”) to give a series of exclusive intimate shows in New York, Miami and Los Angeles. The only…


Legacy Recordings Set to Release Billy Ocean – Here You Are: The Music of My Life on Friday, July 21

http://rockbands.net/wp-content/blogs.dir/3/files/2017/05/Legacy_Recordings___Billy_Ocean__Here_You_Are___Cover.jpg?p=captionNEW YORK, May 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, will release Billy Ocean – Here You Are: The Music of My Life on Friday, July 21.
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SiriusXM Announces Beatles Radio Channel

On May 18th, SiriusXM is launching a new radio station devoted to the Beatles. Sirius is billing the station as the first ever to be “all-things-Beatles, 24/7.” 

The Beatles Channel will contain a variety of programming, including a daily guest DJ session from a well-known Beatles fan, a weekly airing of Beatles-related live recording, “name the song” quizzes and a call-in number that allows fans to share their special Fab Four stories. The channel will be available to non-subscribers for free preview listening through the end of May.

“We are so proud to announce the most popular band in history has joined us for their own SiriusXM channel,” Scott Greenstein, President and Chief Content Officer of SiriusXM, said in a statement. “We’ve worked with the Beatles and Apple Corps Ltd. to create a channel that is as vital today as when the band’s music was first recorded.”

Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr gave the new station their official stamps of approval. “I still remember the thrill of when we first heard our music on the radio, but I don’t think any of us would have imagined that we’d have our very own Beatles radio channel more than 50 years later,” McCartney said humbly in a statement. “The SiriusXM channel will have it all, ‘8 Days a Week.'”

“Now you can listen to the Beatles, ‘Any Time at All,'” added Starr. “Peace and love.”

The Beatles Channel is not the only Fab Four-related event happening this month: on May 26th, the band will release a 50th anniversary edition of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Deluxe versions come with previously unreleased outtakes from the Sgt. Pepper’s recording sessions. 

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