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Stevie Wonder: Innervisions - a look back at a masterpiece that remains in my Top Ten Albums List, 41 years after it was released.
August 3, 1973 - Stevie Wonder: Innervisions is released. # ALL THINGS MUSIC PLUS+ 5/5  # Allmusic 5/5 stars # Rolling Stone (favorable) 1973 Stevie Wonder: Innervisions by AllThingsMusicPlus1 on Grooveshark Innervision...
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John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman - An incredible masterpiece that is a All Things Music Plus+ MUST-HAVE!
JULY 1963 - John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman: John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman is released. # ALL THINGS MUSIC PLUS+ 5/5 (MUST-HAVE!) John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman by AllThingsMusicPlus1 on Grooveshark John Coltrane ...
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The Mothers of Invention (Frank Zappa): Freak Out!
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June 27, 1966 - The Mothers of Invention (Frank Zappa): Freak Out! is released. # ALL THINGS MUSIC PLUS+ 5/5 (MUST-HAVE!) # Allmusic 5/5 ZAPPA: Freak Out! by AllThingsMusicPlus1 on Grooveshark Freak Out! is the debut al...
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Legendary Lyricist Gerry Goffin Dies

Gerald "Gerry" Goffin (b. February 11, 1939) was an American lyricist. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990 with former songwriting partner and first wife, Carole King. During his career Goffin penned seven Billboard Hot 100 chart-toppers, and a total of 59 Top 40 hits.


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Lyricist Gerry Goffin, Carole King's ex-husband, died Thursday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 75.
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June 18, 2014

These ten tracks were on my list to listen to this week.  Enjoy!

1. Neil Young: Cortez the Killer (Zuma, 1975)
I have not tired of this for 30+ years, and probably won't for another 30+ years. God willing.

2. X Ambassadors: Brother (Love Songs Drug Songs, 2013)
This Brooklyn based band, by way of Ithaca New York, is almost impossible to categorize.  Are they Pop? Alt Rock? Soul?  Punk?  I don't know – it depends on the track – what I do know is that they are good. On Brother, I hear a lot of influences that pay homage without compromising their own identity.

3. Between The Trees: Scarecrow (Spain, 2009)
These guys have been around since 2005, and signed with  Universal Motown/Universal Republic Group in 2007, however, that relationship stopped before it started.  “Spain” was self-released. The band performed two farewell shows at "The Social" in downtown Orlando, FL on December 6 and 7 2010.

4. Snarky Puppy: Gone Under (Family Dinner - Volume One, 2013)
A collective of musicians in Dallas and New York City playing an infectious mixture of jazz, funk, and world music, led by Grammy Award-winning bassist, composer and producer Michael League. Formed in Denton, Texas in 2004, the band features a collective of nearly 40 musicians, referred to as "The Fam" on their recordings and tours. The musicians perform on a variety of instruments including guitars, pianos, keyboards, woodwinds, brass, percussion and strings. Many of the current and former band members were once students at the University of North Texas. Snarky Puppy, along with Lalah Hathaway, won a Grammy Award in the Best R&B Performance category for their rendition of the Brenda Russell song "Something" from Family Dinner - Volume 1.

With the pedigree and awards, Snarky Puppy is not an unknown - “Gone Under” is a soul-drenched exceptionally produced track.  Great leads, incredible beat and I hear a Hammond.... perfection

5. Glenn Hughes: This Time Around (Live in Australia)
Glenn Hughes is a veteran that has been in Trapeze, Deep Purple, Hughes/Thrall, Black Country Communion and California Breed, among many others.  He has made it through a severe cocaine addiction in the 70's and beginning in the mid-1980s, Hughes' health problems due to overeating, drugs and alcohol began to seriously affect his musical projects.  All this and his distinctive, soulful voice survived and is still flourishing.  This track, recorded in 2006, was originally released on Deep Purple's 1975 album, “Come Taste the Band”, but this live version is Hughes at his best.  NOTE: There is a lot of after song discussion.

6. Preacher Stone: That's Just the Whiskey Talkin'
Formed in Charlotte, NC in 2008, Preacher Stone mixes Lynyrd Skynyrd, Marshall Tucker, a pinch of the Allman Brothers.  However, they are not a carbon copy.  This is a track that the title can explain better than I could.

7. The Grip Weeds: Be Here Now
The Grip Weeds is a close-knit band of brothers Kurt and Rick Reil (on drums and guitar respectively), wife Kristin Pinell (lead guitar) and friend Dave DeSantis (bass). Surrounded by vintage equipment in their own commercial recording studio House Of Vibes (where The Smithereens, Mark Lindsay and many others have recorded), this talented group produces slices of perfect, radio-friendly harmony-laden guitar pop, psychedelic enough to appeal to record junkies and Sixties retro fans, but edgy enough to fit into a modern rock set. 

Anyone that knows me knows that I am a complete sucker for really good power pop (see Jellyfish) – this is really good power pop.

8. Cry of Love: Peace Pipe (Brother, 1993)
Hailing from Charlotte, NC they did not make it through the 90's, splitting after their 1997 sophomore effort.  Think Black Crowes, Bad Company and a few others. Tragically, original singer Kelly Holland recently passed (February 24, 2014) from a severe abdominal infection.

9. Edgar Winter: Dying to Live (Edgar Winter's White Trash, 1971)
When I first heard this track, I would have bet the house that it was Todd Rundgren, for no other reason than I didn't think of Edgar Winter and a song this delicate.  I now know how wrong I was, but with a track with only a piano, strings and vocals I can take some solace.

10. Sharks: Ol' Jelly Roll (First Water, 1973)
Free is my favorite band, and Andy Fraser's bass lines are a major reason. With Chris Spedding on lead, Snips on vocals, and Marty Simon on drums they released “First Water” in 1973.  This track is just about as down, dirty and gritty as you can get.

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AC/DC: Back in Black - 34 years ago the game changed... completely.
July 25, 1980 - AC/DC: Back in Black is released. # ALL THINGS MUSIC PLUS+ 5/5 (MUST-HAVE!) # Allmusic 5/5 stars # Rolling Stone (see original review below) AC/DC: Back in Black by AllThingsMusicPlus1 on Grooveshark Bac...
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June 27, 1971 - Bill Graham closed the Fillmore East in New York City. The Allman Brothers, the Beach Boys, Edgar Winter, and Country Joe McDonald were on the bill for the final show.
ON THIS DATE (43 YEARS AGO) June 27, 1971 - Bill Graham closed the Fillmore East in New York City. The Allman Brothers, the Beach Boys, Edgar Winter, and...
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The Beatles: Yesterday and Today (and, of course, the "Butcher Cover") - 48 years later
June 20, 1966 - The Beatles: Yesterday and Today is released. # ALL THINGS MUSIC PLUS+ 5/5 # Allmusic 3.5/5 stars Yesterday & Today by AllThingsMusicPlus1 on Grooveshark Yesterday and Today (rendered as "Yesterday" ...an...
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Horace Silver, Legendary Jazz Pianist, Composer and Bandleader Dies at Age 85.

Horace Silver (born Horace Ward Martin Tavares Silva, September 2, 1928) was an American jazz pianist, composer and bandleader.

He  is known for his pioneering compositional contributions to hard bop. He was influenced by a wide range of musical styles, notably gospel music, African music, and Latin American music and sometimes ventured into the soul jazz genre.

Silver's music has been a major force in modern jazz. He was one of the first pioneers of the style known as hard bop, influencing such pianists as Bobby Timmons, Les McCann, and Ramsey Lewis. Nor did Silver's talent go unnoticed among rock musicians who bore jazz influences: Steely Dan sent Silver into the Top 40 in the early 1970s when they crafted their biggest hit single, "Rikki, Don't Lose That Number", off the bass riff that opens "Song for My Father".

He died  Wednesday at his home in New Rochelle, N.Y. He was 85.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
JULIAN LENNON SET TO RELEASE FIRST BOX SET
 
Multi-Disc Package Includes Limited Edition Run with Signed Certificate
 
Los Angeles (June 18, 2014) – Renaissance man Julian Lennon is set to release his first box set with Everything Changes (Music From Another Room, Ltd.), arriving on his mother’s birthday, September 10, 2014, announced today.  The four-disc set includes three selections of his recent studio release, Everything Changes, including studio, acoustic and instrumental versions as well as the acclaimed documentary, Through The Picture Window.  This set will include a 36-page booklet and a two-picture vinyl disc set, as well as a limited edition run of 1000 will be numbered and include a signed certificate from Lennon.  Pre-order is available now at http://tinyurl.com/mve49sm.  
Julian Lennon has spent the past two years on a global promotional tour in support of Everything Changes, amidst multiple critically-acclaimed photography exhibits including Art Basel in Miami, Morrison Hotel Gallery in both Los Angeles and New York, Little Black Gallery in London, and more.   The ever-evolving artist spent last summer as the still photographer on the set of the forthcoming Eileen Gray biopic, Price of Desire, and in December Lennon embraced the world of technology with a ground-breaking App, Through A Picture Window, a new way to deliver his art to fans including his latest works in an audio, film and visual interactive format.

 

Julian Lennon’s sensitive and poetic vision of life courses through his exquisite photography, philanthropic pursuits, and his acclaimed music. His debut, Valotte (Atlantic), yielded two top ten hits—the title track and "Too Late for Goodbyes”—and was Grammy nominated for “Best New Artist.” He went on to have multiple #1 singles on the U.S. album rock charts. Internationally, one of his most popular songs “Saltwater” charted successfully around the world, topping in Australia for four weeks and reached #6 in the UK. In 2007, Julian founded the global environmental and humanitarian organization The White Feather Foundation. He produced the compelling documentary whaledreamers that was shown at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival and earned 8 International Film Festival Awards. He has emerged a renowned photographer and garnered many outstanding reviews for his iconic images. In June 2013 he returned with his first album in 15 years, the stunning Everything Changes (Music From Another Room), critically acclaimed as a “masterwork of powerfully vulnerable and sophisticatedly accessible adult pop.” 

 

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June 18, 2014

These ten tracks were on my list to listen to this week.  Enjoy!

1. Neil Young: Cortez the Killer (Zuma, 1975)
I have not tired of this for 30+ years, and probably won't for another 30+ years. God willing.

2. X Ambassadors: Brother (Love Songs Drug Songs, 2013)
This Brooklyn based band, by way of Ithaca New York, is almost impossible to categorize.  Are they Pop? Alt Rock? Soul?  Punk?  I don't know – it depends on the track – what I do know is that they are good. On Brother, I hear a lot of influences that pay homage without compromising their own identity.

3. Between The Trees: Scarecrow (Spain, 2009)
These guys have been around since 2005, and signed with  Universal Motown/Universal Republic Group in 2007, however, that relationship stopped before it started.  “Spain” was self-released. The band performed two farewell shows at "The Social" in downtown Orlando, FL on December 6 and 7 2010.

4. Snarky Puppy: Gone Under (Family Dinner - Volume One, 2013)
A collective of musicians in Dallas and New York City playing an infectious mixture of jazz, funk, and world music, led by Grammy Award-winning bassist, composer and producer Michael League. Formed in Denton, Texas in 2004, the band features a collective of nearly 40 musicians, referred to as "The Fam" on their recordings and tours. The musicians perform on a variety of instruments including guitars, pianos, keyboards, woodwinds, brass, percussion and strings. Many of the current and former band members were once students at the University of North Texas. Snarky Puppy, along with Lalah Hathaway, won a Grammy Award in the Best R&B Performance category for their rendition of the Brenda Russell song "Something" from Family Dinner - Volume 1.

With the pedigree and awards, Snarky Puppy is not an unknown - “Gone Under” is a soul-drenched exceptionally produced track.  Great leads, incredible beat and I hear a Hammond.... perfection

5. Glenn Hughes: This Time Around (Live in Australia)
Glenn Hughes is a veteran that has been in Trapeze, Deep Purple, Hughes/Thrall, Black Country Communion and California Breed, among many others.  He has made it through a severe cocaine addiction in the 70's and beginning in the mid-1980s, Hughes' health problems due to overeating, drugs and alcohol began to seriously affect his musical projects.  All this and his distinctive, soulful voice survived and is still flourishing.  This track, recorded in 2006, was originally released on Deep Purple's 1975 album, “Come Taste the Band”, but this live version is Hughes at his best.  NOTE: There is a lot of after song discussion.

6. Preacher Stone: That's Just the Whiskey Talkin'
Formed in Charlotte, NC in 2008, Preacher Stone mixes Lynyrd Skynyrd, Marshall Tucker, a pinch of the Allman Brothers.  However, they are not a carbon copy.  This is a track that the title can explain better than I could.

7. The Grip Weeds: Be Here Now
The Grip Weeds is a close-knit band of brothers Kurt and Rick Reil (on drums and guitar respectively), wife Kristin Pinell (lead guitar) and friend Dave DeSantis (bass). Surrounded by vintage equipment in their own commercial recording studio House Of Vibes (where The Smithereens, Mark Lindsay and many others have recorded), this talented group produces slices of perfect, radio-friendly harmony-laden guitar pop, psychedelic enough to appeal to record junkies and Sixties retro fans, but edgy enough to fit into a modern rock set. 

Anyone that knows me knows that I am a complete sucker for really good power pop (see Jellyfish) – this is really good power pop.

8. Cry of Love: Peace Pipe (Brother, 1993)
Hailing from Charlotte, NC they did not make it through the 90's, splitting after their 1997 sophomore effort.  Think Black Crowes, Bad Company and a few others. Tragically, original singer Kelly Holland recently passed (February 24, 2014) from a severe abdominal infection.

9. Edgar Winter: Dying to Live (Edgar Winter's White Trash, 1971)
When I first heard this track, I would have bet the house that it was Todd Rundgren, for no other reason than I didn't think of Edgar Winter and a song this delicate.  I now know how wrong I was, but with a track with only a piano, strings and vocals I can take some solace.

10. Sharks: Ol' Jelly Roll (First Water, 1973)
Free is my favorite band, and Andy Fraser's bass lines are a major reason. With Chris Spedding on lead, Snips on vocals, and Marty Simon on drums they released “First Water” in 1973.  This track is just about as down, dirty and gritty as you can get.

#NeilYoung #XAmbassadors #BetweenTheTrees #SnarkyPuppy #Glenn Hughes, #Deep Purple, #Black Country Communion, #California Breed, #Preacher Stone, #Lynyrd Skynyrd, #Marshall Tucker Band, #Allman Brothers, The Grip Weeds, #Cry of Love, #Black Crowes, #Bad Company, #Edgar Winter, #Sharks



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Whether it is music, film, poetry, writing, photography or many other forms of entertainment, how many senses do you use when creating your art?  Oh sure, music and hearing is fine, but do you see it, smell it, touch it, even taste it?  Below is my story of my lifelong story and passion of music.  This project, however, will encompass all entertainment.

How often do you find yourself wistfully swept back by memory to the days when you popped that novel-sized 8-track into the gaping maw of a player so you could dance to the rhythm, just sit and get lost in a song, or sing out loud with your hair blowing in the wind rushing through the windows of your Gremlin? Do you remember hooking up the speakers with those magical red and black coded wires to your first stereo system, the one you looked at with reverence - two tape decks, a turntable, radio – an equalizer – there in your room, or maybe the basement, luring you to it, making you tap your foot and shake your leg when you were away from it, waiting to race to the record store to buy the new release, feel the shrinkwrap come away beneath your nails, uncovering the art you stared at until you pulled out that sleeve covered in lyrics and teasing bits of information about the people who were about to explode into your room, then reverently taking out that heavenly black, shining disc and putting it on the turntable, the needle placed on the edge, that first crackle and hiss before the notes resounded in the air around you….

What is your watershed musical memory? A rich guitar chord that was the aural expression of your fondest experience? A drum beat that set your cells on fire? Or maybe voices mingling together weaving tapestries that made your head swim or, instead, voices screaming out the embodimentof your angst? Whenever asked, quicker than the blink of an eye, my first true revelatory moment is relived.  I was only four or five, and as open as any child before school and society begins trying to dictate what is “good” or “bad,” what does or does not have quality, what we should find meaningful. My parents brought home the 45 RPM disc of the Beatles’ “A Hard Day’s Night” for myself and my older sisters. Youth was no barrier to the realization that here was something singularly special, something that could blow open doors within and without, and it blew my awareness open with a force that gave birth to a passion that has never diminished, that became as much an organic part of me as anything could.

Times have changed, but we can put back into the world the wonder our generations felt, the wonder that we need to pass on to our children, that we need to reconnect with as adults, that we need to infuse into our daily existence, to inspire our own present and humanity’s future. This is my mission. To provide an environment where listeners and artists alike can share, learn, find magic. Where people from all backgrounds with all variety of taste and knowledge can share their stories of inspiration and wonder; or how they are working on taking the gifts within them and getting them out into the world so that perhaps they, too, can touch someone near or far, faces they will never see, wheels they may never know they set in motion.

Even more than this, though, I want to create a living space for education, at a time when funding for the arts is being cut or completely withdrawn from our schools; when children do not have the opportunity to learn about music, or run their fingers down the wood or brass of an instrument that may call out to them; when we watch people learn about artists from a ringtone or car commercial. Artist websites, internet radio, and other internet resources have taken the place of those beautiful gatefold covers from the past, the backs of record covers, the inner sleeves – to find out about artists who move us, we often have to spend hours going from one site to another, to find the simplest information: what is the face of this siren singing out to me; what kind of keyboard is creating that rich layering; how many albums are out there; what is this person’s story, and on and on….

We can create a space where people can access information more efficiently; where the next generations can find something that touches them, that may change their lives in some way, that may show them that those feelings and thoughts, those words and rhythms and melodies inside of them are indeed meaningful, are powerful, and they can pursue something they love. Artists and those behind the scenes, sitting at the boards, can share their stories and give something of incalculable value – a sense of understanding, of community, of hope and of beauty.

Passion. Wonder. Education.Communication. Art. Creativity.Understanding.Magic. To some it seems like a dream, but for me, it is an achievable reality, and a much needed one. We can change the world, one note at a time, one word at a time, one spirit at a time. Let’s cast the pebble into the pond and begin the ripple that need never cease.

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