Saturday, August 19, 2017

Coming soon: Bruford box set

Seems Like A Lifetime Ago - the collected works of Bruford on a 6cd/2dvd box set, including lots of previously unreleased material.

Details here:
https://burningshed.com/bruford_feels-like-a-lifetime-ago_boxset#.WZXYgOQo3KE.facebook

Drummer/band leader Bill Bruford talks about the Boxed Set:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQ93Y0rgiGc&feature=em-upload_owner

Monday, August 14, 2017

Sparks talk about yesterday and today

Ron och Russell Mael of the group Sparks have guested Sveriges Radio.
During almost 50 years they have made pop music that does not resemble of anything else but...Sparks. When Sparks played in Stockholm recently Sveriges Radio invited them to the studio. Here they talk about the old days as well as what they are up to today.
Most of this is in English:

http://sverigesradio.se/sida/avsnitt/927390?programid=4887

And here is a piece from the Radio Dupree archive:
https://radiodupree.blogspot.se/2009/05/sparks-meet-ingmar-bergman.html

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Donald Fagen's solo tour: Expect two new songs and covers

Photo: Bon Jane

An interesting article in Wall Street Journal sheds more light on what the 2017 summer tour will consist of. Donald Fagen & The Nightflyers will treat the audience to songs from all of his four solo albums plus a few Steely Dan songs. No surprise there.

They will also do some covers. The article mentions Rolling Stones' "Beast of Burden" and the Beatles "I'll Cry Instead" as well as Chuck Berry's "You Can't Catch Me" and Grateful Dead's "Shakedown Street". That last one he's played live before.

Interestingly Donald Fagen will bring two new songs on the road. "Hardboiled Life" is the title of one of them.
And he has this to say about his new, young band members:

“These guys are used to jamming, so their spontaneity adds a new kind of energy and looseness to the music They have a lot of juice.”

P.S. The above photo does not include the recently added Zach Djanikian (saxophone and guitar).

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Queen and David Bowie recorded unreleased music together

1981 David Bowie and Queen had a big hit with Under Pressure. In an article in The Guardian this week Peter Hince, who was head of Queen's road crew, says he was present in the studio when they recorded the hit song but also more music that hasn't been released so far. Hince describes the music as proper full-length rock 'n roll tracks. Raw but good.

The article go on quoting Neil Cossar, a music historian currently writing a book on Bowie, saying that Bowie and Queen were just jamming in the studio playing covers and some original songs. But everything was recorded.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Friday, July 07, 2017

Weekend music: The Mothers at Newport Jazz Festival

There are not too many filmed events of Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention from the 1960's. 
But here's some footage with them from 1969. Now with sound too! Enjoy, and happy weekend!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Unreleased Steely Dan songs coming your way in July



Anthony Robustelli has recorded ten unreleased Steely Dan tracks and collected them on the album "The Steely Dan Sessions: Interpretations of Unrealized Classics" on sale July 11.

Tracks:

The Bear Got You
Kulee Baba
A Little With Sugar
Let George Do It
The Second Arrangement
Mr. Sam
Yellow Peril
Sun Mountain
Talkin' 'Bout My Home
I Can't Write Home About You

Anthony is a musician and author who's written a couple of books on The Beatles as well as the just published "Steely Dan FAQ: All That's Left to Know about This Elusive Band". (We just got our copy and will read and review shortly).


Friday the 30 Junethere'll be a release party for both the book and the CD at The Bitter End in New York at 6:45 P.M.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Gene Simmons tries to trademark iconic gesture

Kiss veteran Gene Simmons wants to trademark the well known gesture of rock'n roll, the "devil horns".
Simmons claims he invented the gesture on stage 1974.
This has of course upset many people. Some critics say that one simply can not trademark a gesture. And also, it seems like Gene was not first. Check out the cover of the Beatles' 1966 single Yellow Submarine/Eleanor Rigby:
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/gene-simmons-seeks-register-trademark-iconic-rock-hand-gesture-1013378

http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/40286165/gene-simmons-to-trademark-devil-horns-gesture

http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/ronnie-james-dios-widow-calls-gene-simmonss-attempt-to-trademark-horns-hand-gesture-laughable-and-disgusting/

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Phil Collins live in Cologne, June 11

Several pieces of footage from the recent Phil Collins tour is floating around on the internet. Here is one of the better ones. 
But the fans seem to be divided. "Painful to see. Painful to hear", is one of the comments on social media. Another one goes "But one have to give him cred for trying."

Monday, June 05, 2017

Listen to Bob Dylan's Nobel Prize lecture here

The Swedish Academy has finally received Bob Dylan’s Nobel Lecture.  
"The speech is extraordinary and, as one might expect, eloquent. Now that the Lecture has been delivered, the Dylan adventure is coming to a close", writes Sara Danius, permanent secretary of the Academy.
Dylan did send the recording of his lecture only five days before deadline.

You can listen to, and read Dylan's lecture here:
http://www.svenskaakademien.se/en/nobel-lecture

Radio Dupree, March 29, 2017:
Bob Dylan gets his Nobel Prize medal this weekend
It has been unclear whether Bob Dylan will come to Sweden to collect his Nobel Prize medal and if he will hold his Nobel Prize lecture. Now the Swedish Academy has received a message from Dylan that he will meet the Academy the coming weeked to receive the Nobel Prize diploma and medal...

King Crimson now available on Spotify!

King Crimson - kings of progressive rock - finally on Spotify with two albums!
Well, only two albums (so far) but this allows some tasty listening. It's the brand new EP with a nice cover of Bowie's Heroes plus four updated live 2016 versions of some old KC favourites.
Then there is the music from the 3 CD set Radical Action to Unseat the Hold of Monkey Mind (live 2015). Lots of old Crimson songs as well as newer stuff.
Excellent!

Click here to listen!

Saturday, June 03, 2017

Only two Genesis songs in Phil Collins' comeback show

Yesterday Phil Collins did his first gig in a decade. 
The concert took place in Liverpool and is the only UK gig outside of London. There has been great interest in Phil Collin's "Not Dead Yet" tour, and tickets have sold out very quickly.
Some fans may react over Phil's choice of songs. Very few by Genesis - only two! Well, he has mainly done things as a solo artist since the early 80's, right?

Anyway, if you're interested in checking out a couple of reviews (and the songlist) of the Liverpool June 2nd Echo Arena concert, you may go here:
http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/whats-on/music-nightlife-news/review-phil-collins-echo-arena-13130061

Another one here:
https://www.genesisfan.net/phil-collins/articles/2017/review-phil-collins-wows-liverpool-echo-arena-with-triumphant-first-gig-in-a-decade

The tour continues to London (Hyde Park plus five shows at the Royal Albert Hall), Paris and Cologne.