Monthly Archives: July 2012
This morning the above picture was posted on Tom Waits facebook news feed and it also showed up in my email inbox. Which raises the question, what is he doing with this little teaser? Clearly they want to build a buzz toward an announcement…and make us ponder what it might be. So, I’ll play. Let me think…hmmm. He is obviously not reminding us that National Talk Like a Pirate Day is August 7th because we all know that NTLPD is September 19…duh.
What is your guess???
This is so cool…I can’t wait to show this to my ‘just learning the guitar’ son. I wish my fingers had independent brains…
Here is Henry Rollins in front of the iconic image of Miles Davis that has become the U.S. Postal Service latest ‘Forever’ stamp. Why is Henry Rollins standing there? Because Rollins gave a short speech at the unveiling of the stamp at the Hollywood Bowl. Rollins and Davis. Who would have thought that up? Very strange indeed…
They are two men that I admire for their work ethic and straight talk. Miles, by all accounts, was a moody bastard and could be considered ‘mean’ by some that worked or lived with him. But he called it like he saw it and let the chips fall where they may. And he created true masterworks of modern music. Never seemed content to rest in one style for very long…always pushing his music to some new unknown place. Rollins is also a man on a mission. Constantly working (acting, voice over, hosting television programs) to have the funds to produce projects that have meaning for him. Be it through his publishing company 2.13.61 or through his music label Infinite Zero. And he is also a man not afraid to give his opinion on any topic.
So it was very cool to read this quote he gave to the crowd at the Hollywood Bowl…
“The single word that embodies Miles Davis and his music is cool. He defines it. When you listen to his music, you’re cool, too. Not as cool as Miles, but cooler than you were before you put the record on.” – Henry Rollins on Miles Davis
Jack White’s album Blunderbuss just gets better with every listen…
On September 4, 2008 I witnessed Lucinda Williams and her crack band deliver one hell of a concert. It was my second time seeing Lu and she made it memorable for all in attendance. She had Doug Pettibone and Chet (from The Eels) in her band at the time and their twin guitar attack filled out the sound perfectly…I have really missed those guys in the last couple of Lucinda shows I have be to.
The intimate Crest Theater in Sacramento is a great place to see a concert and Lucinda seems to enjoy playing there. That night the crowd got all of her moods…she was talkative and telling stories about her songs and some bad relationships she had been in…but toward the end of the concert she lost her way in a new tune and abruptly ended it being visually upset with herself. And that only made the show more memorable to me.
There are not many announcements from the music industry that will get me going like the news of a new Bob Dylan album. Dylan is my high water mark for songwriting and I think that his ‘later period’ works are some of the best of his career…Love and Theft is a flat out modern classic. Yes, he has released some pretty dreadful stuff in the 80’s and this new album could be a stinker…his latest album, Together Through Life, was a bit of a disappointment. His voice is growing more and more ragged with each passing year and he is getting older. But I would never count Dylan out. He seems to pull off some mind blowing stuff with every new album.
Also, what is in a title? Any meaning? TEMPEST…wasn’t that Shakespeare’s last play?
July 17, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NEW BOB DYLAN ALBUM – TEMPEST – SET FOR SEPTEMBER RELEASE
COLLECTION OF TEN NEW BOB DYLAN SONGS
MARKS MUSICIAN’S 50TH ANNIVERSARY AS A RECORDING ARTIST
Columbia Records announced today that Bob Dylan’s new studio album, Tempest, will be released on September 11, 2012. Featuring ten new and original Bob Dylan songs, the release of Tempest coincides with the 50th Anniversary of the artist’s eponymous debut album, which was released by Columbia in 1962.
Tempest is available for pre-order now on iTunes and Amazon. The new album, produced by Jack Frost, is the 35thth studio set from Bob Dylan, and follows 2009’s worldwide best-seller, Together Through Life.
Bob Dylan’s four previous studio albums have been universally hailed as among the best of his storied career, achieving new levels of commercial success and critical acclaim for the artist. The Platinum-selling Time Out Of Mind from 1997 earned multiple Grammy Awards, including Album Of The Year, while “Love and Theft” continued Dylan’s Platinum streak and earned several Grammy nominations and a statue for Best Contemporary Folk album.
Modern Times, released in 2006, became one of the artist’s most popular albums, selling more than 2.5 million copies worldwide and earning Dylan two more Grammys. Together Through Life became the artist’s first album to debut at #1 in both the U.S. and the UK, as well as in five other countries, on its way to surpassing sales of one million copies.
Those four releases fell within a 12-year creative span that also included the recording of an Oscar- and Golden Globe-winning composition, “Things Have Changed,” from the film Wonder Boys, in 2001; a worldwide best-selling memoir, Chronicles Vol. 1, which spent 19 weeks on the New York Times Best Seller List, in 2004, and a Martin Scorsese-directed documentary, No Direction Home, in 2005. Bob Dylan also released his first collection of holiday standards, Christmas In The Heart, in 2009, with all of the artist’s royalties from that album being donated to hunger charities around the world.
This year, Bob Dylan was the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian honor. He was awarded a special Pulitzer Prize in 2008 for “his profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power.” He was also the recipient of the French Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres in 1990, Sweden’s Polar Music Award in 2000 and several Doctorates including the University of St. Andrews and Princeton University as well as numerous other honors.
Tempest is available for pre-order now on iTunes and Amazon.
This video from the Tenth Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction party is way cool. Led Zeppelin and Neil Young just jamming on When The Levee Breaks and Robert Plant throws in a little bit of lyrics from Neil’s old band. Turn it up and piss off the hipsters around you.
I took this picture at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley, CA on September 23, 2007. Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh was playing a show with his group of revolving friends and this was taken as the band was ripping through a smoking Cumberland Blues and the dancers were worked up into a frenzy. It was a beautiful sight…