Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Richard Thompson unveils details of '13 Rivers'

New West
Richard Thompson's next album 13 Rivers is scheduled for Sept. 14 via New West Records.

It is his first self-produced album in over a decade and was recorded analog in 10 days.

In a prepared statement, he says each song "is like a river...some flow faster than others. Some follow a slow and winding current. They all culminate on this one body of work. The songs are a surprise in a good way. They came to me as a surprise in a dark time. They reflected my emotions in an oblique manner that I’ll never truly understand. It’s as if they’d been channeled from somewhere else. You find deeper meaning in the best records as time goes on. The reward comes later.

“I don’t know how the creative process works. I suppose it is some kind of bizarre parallel existence to my own life. I often look at a finished song and wonder what the hell is going on inside me. We sequenced the weird stuff at the front of the record, and the tracks to grind your soul into submission at the back.”

Hear “The Storm Won’t Come” and “Bones of Gilead” HERE. 13 Rivers will be available across digital platforms, CD, vinyl, as well as limited edition split cream & black colored vinyl available at Independent Retailers. Richard Thompson’s 13 Rivers is available for pre-order now via NEW WEST RECORDS.

Some history: Having co-founded the groundbreaking group Fairport Convention as a teenager in the 60s, Thompson and his bandmates helped invent a distinctive strain of British Folk Rock. He left the group by the age of 21 which was followed by a critically acclaimed, decade long musical partnership with his then-wife Linda, to over 30 years as a highly successful solo artist.

In 2011, Thompson received an OBE (Order of the British Empire) personally bestowed upon him by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. He has received lifetime achievement awards for songwriting from Britain’s BBC Awards, the Americana Music Association, and was awarded the prestigious Ivor Novello Award.

“1952 Vincent Black Lightning” was named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Greatest Songs Since 1923. A wide range of musicians have recorded Thompson’s songs including Robert Plant, Elvis Costello, R.E.M., Sleater-Kinney, Del McCoury, Bonnie Raitt, Tom Jones, David Byrne, Don Henley, Los Lobos, and many more.

His massive body of work includes many Grammy nominated albums as well as numerous soundtracks, including Werner Herzog’s Grizzly Man.

Track List:

1. The Storm Won’t Come
2. The Rattle Within
3. Her Love Was Meant For Me
4. Bones Of Gilead
5. The Dog In You
6. Trying
7. Do All These Tears Belong To You?
8. My Rock, My Rope
9. You Can’t Reach Me
10. O Cinderella
11. No Matter
12. Pride
13. Shaking The Gates

Years & Years North American tour dates

British band Years & Years return to North America in October for a headlining tour in support of their full-length album and short film, ‘Palo Santo.’ For a full list of tour dates, see below. Tickets pre-sales have started; local and general on-sale starts July 20 at 10AM local time. For more information go to:

Last month, Years & Years brought their live show to New York City, San Francisco and Los Angeles for three small scale, sold-out live shows to celebrate the release of ‘Palo Santo.’ The release entered the worldwide iTunes album charts at #1 and the UK album charts at #3 and continues to make waves stateside as the current single “If You’re Over Me” gains traction on radio on both sides of the Atlantic and saw its late night television debut on NBC’s Late Night With Seth Meyers last month [Watch HERE].

Tour Dates:

10/05 – Phoenix Concert Theatre – Toronto, ON
10/06 – Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA
10/08 – Terminal 5 – New York, NY
10/10 – The Fillmore – Philadelphia, PA
10/11 – Lincoln Theatre – Washington, DC
10/12 – Paradise– Boston, MA
10/13 – MeTulus – Montreal, QB
10/15 – Vic Theatre – Chicago, IL
10/16 – First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN
10/17 – The Truman -– Kansas City, MO
10/19 – Canton Hall -– Dallas, TX
10/20 – Emo's – Austin, TX
10/22 – Ogden Theatre – Denver, CO
10/23 – Union Event Center – Salt Lake City, UT
10/25 – The Wiltern – Los Angeles, CA
10/26 – Warfield Theatre – San Francisco, CA
10/28 -– Crystal Ballroom – Portland, OR
10/29 – Commodore Ballroom – Vancouver, BC
10/30 – The Showbox – Seattle, WA

Kip Moore plots fall tour

Kip Moore returns to the road this fall for U.S. headlining dates, which start in September. Tickets for the tour will go on sale July 20 at

“Anyone who knows me, knows that the live show means everything to us,” said Moore. “It’s where we get to thank our die-hard fans that show up to every show year after year, and it’s also where we get to lay all of our cards out on the table and win over new fans. I’m excited to get out to some cities we haven’t played a full show at in a while and with all the awesome acts we have joining us, it’s going to be a hell of a fall!”

Moore's current single “Last Shot” is the second taken from his latest album Slowheart and follows his fourth #1 hit, “More Girls Like You.” The country performer's platinum debut album Up All Night spawned three #1 singles, including the gold-certified "Beer Money," platinum-certified "Hey Pretty Girl," and the 2x-platinum "Somethin' 'Bout A Truck.

Tour Dates:

9/20/2018 Silver Springs, MD The Fillmore Silver Spring** 
9/21/2018 New York, NY Hammerstein Ballroom**
9/22/2018 Huntington, NY The Paramount****
9/28/2018 Birmingham, AL Avondale Brewing Co.***
10/4/2018 Fargo, ND Scheels Arena*
10/5/2018 Sioux Falls, SD The District*
10/6/2018 Madison, WI The Sylvee*
10/18/2018 Raleigh, NC The Ritz*
10/20/2018 Chattanooga, TN The Signal*
10/25/2018 Denver, CO The Fillmore Auditorium*
10/26/2018 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex*
10/27/2018 Reno, NV Grand Theatre @ The Grand Sierra Resort*
10/30/2018 Paso Robles, CA Vina Robles Amphitheater*
11/1/2018 Anaheim, CA House of Blues*
11/2/2018 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern*
11/3/2018 San Diego, CA House of Blues*
11/5/2018 San Francisco, CA The Regency*
11/8/2018 Spokane, WA Fox Theater*
11/9/2018 Eugene, OR Hult Center for Performing Arts*
11/10/2018 Seattle, WA Paramount Theatre*
11/17/2018 Nashville, TN War Memorial Auditorium*

*openers Jordan Davis, Jillian Jacqueline
**The Wild Feathers, Caroline Jones
***The Wild Feathers, Jillian Jacqueline
****Dates with The Wild Feathers 

Toad the Wet Sprocket update

Toad the Wet Sprocket will have remastered vinyl reissues of their albums fear and Dulcinea on their U.S. summer tour and online beginning July 18.

“For years, fans have been asking us to reissue our fearand Dulcinea albums on vinyl. Now, in cooperation with Sony Music, these albums are finally getting the vinyl treatment they deserve,” says bassist Dean Dinning.

“I personally supervised the remastering and vinyl cutting with Eric Boulanger and his crew at Bakery mastering in Culver City, CA. The vinyl masters have been cut on the lathe at half speed for maximum resolution, and then they are pressed on 180 gram vinyl.”

He further explains, “For fans wanting the ultimate Toad listening experience, these new vinyl editions definitely deliver. We are thankful to have our fans still with us from the time these albums were both initially released to now, and I hope you enjoy these albums as much as I did remastering them.”

Toad will continue their tour into fall with newly added dates to support their latest releases, New Constellation (2013) and The Architect of Ruin EP (2015) and will be performing fan favorites “Walk on the Ocean,” “All I Want,” “I Will Not Take These Things for Granted” featured on the multi-platinum break-through album Fear and “Fall Down” and “Something’s Always Wrong” from the follow-up platinum album Dulcinea. These tracks are included on All You Want (2011), which is available at shows and online.

Fans can secure VIP Meet & Greet packages with a ticket purchase which will include: one pre-show meet & greet with the band, one photograph with the band, one live acoustic song performance, one exclusive VIP tour laminate, one autographed tour poster and one premium reserved seat ticket (or early access to seating if a general admission show, where available).

Toad the Wet Sprocket also has new music coming this year and will be featured in two upcoming compilation projects. The track “One of These Days” will be included in the upcoming animated motion picture Animal Crackers, and “Nothing Can Stop My Love” is on the Roger Miller Tribute Album titled King of the Road out Aug. 31st alongside other notable artists such as Dolly Parton, Eric Church, Willie Nelson and Kacey Musgraves.

Tour Dates:

7/18-19 San Diego, CA @ Belly Up
7/20 Ojai, CA @ Libbey Bowl
7/21 SF, CA @ Great American Music Hall
7/24 Sacramento, CA @ Crest Theatre
7/26 Portland, OR @ Revolution Hall
7/27 Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre
7/28 Spokane, WA @ The Bing Crosby Theatre
7/29 Billings, MT @ The Pub Station
7/31 SLC, UT @ Red Butte Garden
8/2 Fort Collins, CO @ Washington's
8/3 Arvada, CO @ Arvada Center for the Arts & Humanities
8/4 Kansas City, MO @ The Truman
8/5 Oklahoma City, OK @ The Jones Assembly
8/8 New York, NY @ Sony Hall
8/9-10 Alexandria, VA @ The Birchmere
8/11 Boston, MA @ The Wilbur Theatre
8/12 Derry, NH @ Tupelo Music Hall
8/14 Bethel, NY @ Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
8/16 Kent, OH @ Kent Stages
8/17 Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theater
8/18 Chicago, IL @ Park West
8/19 Grand Rapids, MI @ Meijer Gardens
9/20 Charlotte, NC @ McGlohon Theater
9/22 Augusta, GA @ Miller Theater
9/23 Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead Theatre
9/24 Nashville, TN @ CMA Theatre
9/25 Durham, NC @ Carolina Theatre
9/27 Phoenixville, PA @ The Colonial Theatre
9/28 Richmond, VA @ The National
9/29 Virginia Beach, VA @ Neptune Festival
9/30 Frederick, MD @ Weinberg Center for the Arts

Fastball's 'All the Pain Money Can Buy' to get deluxe reissue in November

I'm very interesting in hearing this new reissue since I interviewed and reviewed the band in concert for the album. Read more from the press release below...

When the first single from Fastball's second record was released a few months before the album dropped, it was apparent there would be no sophomore slump. “The Way” exploded at radio, eventually going Gold, and propelling All the Pain Money Can Buy to Gold status in only three months and Platinum another three months later. The release also received two Grammy® nominations, and the band won four Austin Chronicle awards for the album.

Produced by the band with Julian Raymond (Cheap Trick, Sugarland, LP), All the Pain Money Can Buy also delivered the second single, “Fire Escape,” as well as the Top 20 single “Out of My Head” (whose chorus was recently reinterpreted in “Bad Things” by Machine Gun Kelly & Camilla Cabello) while also including a track with Poe(whose Hello was certified Gold in 1996).

This 20th anniversary edition contains the original 13 songs, plus nine bonus tracks including rare B-sides, compilation tracks, and four previously unissued demos. To make this anniversary even more special, the album makes its vinyl debut as a double LP containing all of the bonus material Street date is Nov. 9 via Omnivore Recordings.

With expanded packaging and an essay from Scott Schinder including a new interview with the band, All the Pain Money Can Buy returns stronger than ever. The way is finally clear.

As Schinder notes, “It’s not surprising that All the Pain Money Can Buy would catch on with the public. The album’s 13 original songs embodied an irresistible mix of catchy song craft, melodic sophistication and emotional depth, and the band arranged and performed them with an unmistakable sense of urgency that underlined the opportunity that the project represented.”

According to Fastball’s Tony Scalzo, “Coming to A&M Studios to record was a big deal for us. Hit records had come out of there for years and years, and you could really feel that when you walked inside. Time and a sizable budget gave us access to all these great session musicians and we were able to go nuts with our ideas. With Julian Raymond in the driver's seat, we were encouraged to take full advantage of the sonic resources available to us at A&M. When we finished we knew we had a great record but didn’t expect the success it would bring us."

Fastball’s hometown Austin album release show will take place on Nov. 9 at Austin’sACL Live!.

Track Listing:

1. The Way
2. Fire Escape
3. Better Than It Was
4. Which Way To The Top?
5. Sooner Or Later
6. Warm Fuzzy Feeling
7. Slow Drag
8. G.O.D. (Good Old Days)
9. Charlie, The Methadone Man
10. Out Of My Head
11. Damaged Goods
12. Nowhere Road
13. Sweetwater, Texas

Bonus Tracks:

14. Quit Your Job
15. Freeloader Freddie
16. The Way (Cassette Demo)*
17. Fire Escape (Demo)*
18. Slow Drag (Demo)*
19. Sweetwater, Texas (Demo)*
20. Androgynous
21. This Guy’s In Love With You
22. The Way (Unpaved Acoustic Version) 
* previously unissued

Monday, July 16, 2018

Chris Isaak concert review: Riverside, Calif.

photo: Andrew Macpherson
Just over a week ago, Matt Nathanson, the Massachusetts pop/rock musician best known for Adult Contemporary hits like “Faster” and “Come on Get Higher,” tweeted “For anyone keeping score out there, ‘Wicked Game’ by Chris Isaak is the same three chords over and over again and it is genius and never gets boring.”

Indeed. Isaak’s signature song, which reached the top 10 in 1991 (not to mention half a dozen other countries), is usually enrapturing live. Unlike other artists who save their biggest hits until the end, Isaak typically places it in the first third of the set, sending female fans into an early frenzy.

Both were true during the artist’s first appearance at the Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside, Calif. Clocking in at just under two hours, the stellar concert included crowd-pleasing tributes to Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Roy Orbison – all covered on 2011’s Beyond the Sun album - a few deep album cuts, synchronized stage moves, audience interaction and plenty of good-natured humor.

Sharply dressed as always, Isaak and longtime backing band Silvertone opened with the sprightly pop of “American Boy,” the theme song to the singer/actor’s early 2000s Showtime sitcom “The Chris Isaak Show.” The haunting “You Owe Me Some Kind of Love” was followed by a terrific “Somebody’s Crying,” which drew loud cheers.

During band introductions, Isaak pointed out that drummer/backing vocalist Kenney Dale Johnson had relatives in the audience and then went out into the orchestra and mezzanine sections to sing the night’s first Presley recording “Doin’ the Best I Can” and then “We’ve Got Tomorrow.”

Isaak gave the aptly-titled “Big Wide Wonderful World” an effusive vocal delivery and it was the first of several standouts. Lead guitarist Hershel Yatovitz and bassist Rowland Salley worked both sides of the stage with Isaak and hoisted their guitars in unison from time to time.

Toward the end of the Cash-popularized “Ring of Fire,” Isaak did an amusing bit with Salley where it took several attempts to lure Salley back to his normal position on stage.

For the acoustic-based segment, Isaak admitted that romantic songs were his forte and invited a woman onstage to serenade during “Two Hearts.” Initially hands-on-face embarrassed, she eventually got into being the center of attention. The singer had no problem hitting the high falsetto notes either. The same could be said about a gorgeous “Let Me Down Easy.” 

Scott Plunkett added fine accordion work to “Livin’ for Your Lover,” off the 1985 self-titled debut album. Isaak recalled how it was a part of "Rate-A-Record" on Dick Clark’s old “American Bandstand” TV show and how the punk guy chosen to give his opinion said people couldn’t dance to it. These musicians proved otherwise.

After a man shouted for Isaak to “play some Elvis” (Really? That was unnecessary), he wondered whether the demand referred to Presley or Costello and offered get well wishes for the latter artist, who just announced a recent cancer diagnosis. Focusing on Presley, the guys did “When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again” and a perfectly sublime “Can’t Help Falling in Love.”

"Blue Hotel" really upped the drama quotient and main set closer “Notice the Ring” bore a percussion style vaguely reminiscent of late ‘60s Santana - a nice change of pace. Come encore time, Isaak changed into his trademark mirrored suit for the slinky blues of “Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing.”

Asking three female fans onstage to dance during the song resulted in their expected overzealousness. I really thought a roadie would have to intervene. Finally, it was back to some shimmering mellowness for “Can’t Do a Thing to Stop Me.”

Friday, July 13, 2018

A yacht rock bonanza: Robbie Dupree, Stephen Bishop reissued on CD; Greg Prato's new book

Here in Southern California, yacht rock enthusiasts have been excited by the prospect of seeing three of the music style’s prominent figures – Michael McDonald, Kenny Loggins and Christopher Cross – perform together at the Hollywood Bowl today and Saturday.

This past spring, several new entertainment media titles related to yacht rock – which basically encompasses mid-1970s to early 1980s jazz and R&B-influenced soft rock - came out.

Blixa Sounds, a new Los Angeles based record label, just reissued Stephen Bishop’s third LP Red Cab to Manhattan (1980), as well as Robbie Dupree’s eponymous debut (1980) and its follow-up Street Corner Heroes (1981).

Meanwhile, The Yacht Rock Book: The Oral History of the Soft, Smooth, Sounds of the 70s and 80s, by Greg Prato, examines the style’s popularity and impact through multiple interviews. And SiriusXM is still offering its yacht rock channel to subscribers.

Stephen Bishop, a San Diego native, first got a leg up in the music business when a pair of tunes he wrote were recorded by Art Garfunkel for the hit 1975 LP Breakaway. Then Barbra Streisand also recorded a Bishop song. His own success as a solo recording artist began in ‘77 with “Save it for a Rainy Day” and “On and On,” both of which went top 10 on the Adult Contemporary charts and were top 20 pop hits. “Everybody Needs Love” drew similar radio play.
After he signed to Warner Bros. Records for Red Cab to Manhattan, the label apparently didn’t do much to promote the album and it unfortunately faded quickly. Soon after, the artist landed an AC chart topper in “It Might Be You,” appeared on a bunch of soundtracks, did more film cameos, had songs recorded by Kenny Loggins, Eric Clapton, David Crosby, Phil Collins, Steve Perry and many more.

Now, nearly 40 years later, the great new version of Red Cab to Manhattan has been digitally re-mastered from the original tapes, with previously unreleased bonus tracks, the original cover artwork and high-quality gatefold CD packaging. 

Garfunkel, Clapton, Collins, Phoebe Snow, Willie Weeks, Steve Gadd, Hugh McCracken and Lenny Castro were among the guests, while mixer Scott Litt (who’d go onto fame helming R.E.M. albums), Grammy winning producer Tommy LiPuma, engineers Renate (Elton John) and Jason Corsaro (Paul Simon, Madonna) handled the sound. The result is an album that doesn’t sound dated compared to similar releases from the era and one that should’ve been a hit back then.

Bishop’s lyrics were partially inspired by his breakup with actress Karen Allen (“Animal House” – which he also had a bit part in, “Raiders of the Lost Ark”). Opening cut “The Big House,” a jaunty “Living in the Land of Abe Lincoln” and the short barroom romp “Sex Kittens Go to College” showcase the artist’s sense of humor. The romantic “Send a Little Love My Way” and mild rocker “Let Her Go” are highlights. Elsewhere, “Little Moon” boasts a nice cascading harmony section and the title track, a nifty Bishop trombone solo.

The half dozen bonus tracks comprise demos, a single version of “Send a Little Love My Way” and a quick cover of “Hit the Road Jack.”

Back when I was in junior high school and dutifully compiled my own listings of American Top 40 with Casey Kasem, I was somewhat infatuated with Robbie Dupree’s breezy pop hit “Steal Away,” which reached the top 10 in 1980.

In Prato’s book, Dupree explains the lyric didn’t mean that much to him; the words just fit nicely with the melody. That song was included on demo that was initially rejected by several record labels. So, the Brooklyn musician returned home. Then, by chance, Dupree’s drummer’s brother passed it along to a record exec and a label deal commenced. 

“Hot Rod Hearts,” another top 20 hit from what became the Robbie Dupree LP, was another slice of upbeat catchy pop about “young love/born in a backseat,” with billowy keyboards. Amazingly, as Dupree also explains in the Prato book, the song was “an afterthought” - a late addition to the album completed in 24 hours because he was being pressured to finish recording immediately. It ended up netting him a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist.

The sleek 1980 debut album, digitally re-mastered from the original tapes, is a frequently romantic gem. In addition to the standout singles, the upbeat “I’m No Stranger” and “Nobody Else” contain ample sax and soulful backing vocals. Other highlights include the sprightly “Love is a Mystery,” with lovely guitarwork and the haunting “Lonely Runner.” Notably, the guitars are handled by a young Brian Ray, who’d go onto tour and record with Paul McCartney decades later as well as future Cracker producer Dennis Herring. Intriguingly, the four previously unreleased bonus tracks (the aforementioned hits among them) are sung in Spanish.

On his remastered sophomore album, Street Corner Heroes, from 1981, Dupree slightly expanded his sonic palette with most of the same studio musicians. Although it didn’t match the debut’s success, the results were equally terrific. 

The title track, likely inspired by Dupree’s teenage years singing doo wop on street corners in New York City, gets everything rolling on a spirited note. “Brooklyn Girls,” the single, is effusive with sax flourishes. A fast-paced “All Night Long” is done a capella in doo wop style, while another standout, “I’ll Be the Fool Again,” is akin to Doobie Brothers with prominent keyboards. The R&B-styled “Are You Ready for Love” has a sultry vibe; “Saturday Night” contains an enticing slow build party groove, punchy horns and a harmonica solo. A single edit of the song serves as the lone bonus track.

The Yacht Rock Book, published by Jawbone Press (paperback; 320 pages), examines the genesis of soft rock through interviews with the major players (and others who intersected it), including John Oates, Christopher Cross, Boz Scaggs, Kenny Loggins, Jim Messina, Rupert Holmes, members of The Eagles, America, Captain & Tennille, Air Supply, Steely Dan, Three Dog Night, Blood Sweat & Tears, Ambrosia, Toto, Chicago, Poco, Earth, Wind & Fire and others.

Following a foreword by actor/musician Fred Armisen (“Saturday Night Live,” “Portlandia”), Prato hits all the relevant bases as the musicians discuss their roots and eventual successes - and bewilderment at the whole yacht rock phenomenon.

There are chapters devoted to Daryl Dragon, who describes his experience touring with the Beach Boys (whose “Sloop John B.” is considered a precursor to yacht rock); one about the Doobies, Eagles, Fleetwood Mac and Steely Dan; Michael McDonald’s singular influence, Lindsay Buckingham and Stevie Nicks; the formula for making soft rock classics; the session musicians who played on many of the hits; Seventies fashion; drugs and partying; one devoted to Holmes’ “Escape (The Pina Colada Song),” what Prato amusingly calls “The yacht rock national anthem”; memorable album covers; the genre’s decline and recent resurgence. The most interesting chapters are devoted the background behind classic tunes from the 1970s and early ‘80s. Twenty color and black and white pages of photos help illustrate everything. If you're a fan of any of the above artists, I'd highly recommend picking up this book.

Update on The Coral

Ben Morgan
The Coral have announced its forthcoming new studio album titled Move Through The Dawn (pre-order).

The UK rock band returned after a five-year hiatus with 2016’s Distance Inbetween. “Eyes Like Pearls” is the second single from the new album and follows the BBC 6Music playlisted lead single “Sweet Release.”

Directed, animated and produced by Neil Mclean, the video for “Eyes Like Pearls” can be seen on YouTube HERE.

Having supported Manic Street Preachers on their Arena tour earlier this year, The Coral recently announced a UK headline tour in October. Support on all dates comes from She Drew The Gun, the acclaimed Liverpool quartet signed to Coral frontman James Skelly’s Skeleton Key label.

The Coral’s keyboard player, Nick Power, has also written a new book titled Into The Void, which will be published by erbacce-press concurrently with the new album. Serving as Powers’ third book,Into The Void is a first-hand account of the recording, release and touring of Distance Inbetween.

Since their debut EP release in 2001, The Coral have sold over a million UK albums, with five reaching the Top 10 including 2003’s chart-topping Magic and Medicine. Their eight Top 40 singles include “Dreaming Of You,” “In The Morning,” “Pass It On,” and “Don’t Think You’re The First."

Track listing:

Eyes Like Pearls
Reaching Out For A Friend
Sweet Release
She's A Runaway
Strangers In The Hollow
Love Or Solution
Eyes Of The Moon
Undercover Of The Night
Outside My Window
After The Fair

'Road to Ruin' by the Ramones to receive deluxe reissue treatment

The Ramones released the band's fourth studio album, Road To Ruin, 40 years ago this September. Dee Dee, Joey, and Johnny were joined for the first time by drummer Marky Ramone, who replaced founding member Tommy Ramone, who'd left to do more producing and writing for the band. It was also the album that introduced a nation of pinheads to the all-time Ramones' classic "I Wanna Be Sedated."

To celebrate the milestone, Rhino will release two versions on Sept. 21, a day before the anniversary of the album's original release on Sept. 22, 1978. The 3CD/1LP boxed set ROAD TO RUIN: 40th ANNIVERSARY DELUXE EDITION and the newly remastered version of the original album will also be released as a single CD. Both titles will also be available digitally and via streaming services. Listen to the previously unreleased "Take 2 (Basic Rough Mix)" of "I Wanna Be Sedated" HERE.

ROAD TO RUIN: 40th ANNIVERSARY DELUXE EDITION contains two different mixes of the album, unissued rough mixes for every album track, and an unreleased 1979 concert recording of the Ramones in New York. It will be produced in a limited and numbered edition of 7,500 copies worldwide and comes packaged in a 12 x 12 hardcover book. Along with the music, the set also features rare photos and artwork, including the unused, alternate cover image, plus essays by former New York Rocker writer Roy Trakin, album cover artist John Holmstrom, and Road To Ruin producer Ed Stasium, who details the making of this classic record.

The first disc of the ROAD TO RUIN: 40th ANNIVERSARY DELUXE EDITION features a remastered version of the original stereo mix for Road To Ruin and a new 2018 40th Anniversary Road Revisited mix created by Stasium, who strips off the original record's commercial gloss and restores the album to its punk rock core. Stasium's new mix is also featured on the 180-gram LP that accompanies this deluxe edition.

The second disc offers up over twenty unreleased recordings, including rough mixes for every album track, starkly different alternate takes of two songs, and two unreleased outtakes: "I Walk Out" and "S.L.U.G." - unfinished during the original recording sessions in 1978, and completed by Stasium for this anniversary release. Other highlights include three different versions of "I Wanna Be Sedated," including the "Ramones-on-45-Mega-Mix!" released in 1988 as part of the campaign for the Ramones Mania compilation, as well as acoustic versions of "Questioningly," "Needles And Pins," and "Don't Come Close."

The final disc has a previously unreleased recording of the band's entire 1979 New Year's Eve concert, which was mixed live by Stasium, and broadcast on WNEW-FM. Recorded in New York City at The Palladium, with audio sourced from Tommy Ramone's original cassette of the console recording, it features blistering performances of "Blitzkrieg Bop," "Rockaway Beach," and "Sheena Is A Punk Rocker," along with several songs from Road To Ruin: "I Don't Want You," "I Wanna Be Sedated," and "I Wanted Everything."

Plain White T's pay tribute to Friday the 13th with new video

To celebrate the last Friday the 13th of 2018, Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum alt-pop band, Plain White T's, have released the official video for their latest track "Bonne I Want You," which pays tribute to the 1980's golden age of horror films.

The scene is set in a retro arcade featuring vocalist Tom Higgenson in his blood red Thriller-esque jacket alongside Bonnie - "The Girl Of Your Screams," who plays a supernatural force to be reckoned with (and in this case, a maneater). PRESS HERE to catch it.

"Bonnie I Want You" is one of two recently released tracks from the Plain White T's forthcoming anticipated eighth studio album, Parallel Universe (produced by Matt Squire [Ariana Grande, Panic! At The Disco)]. The new album is out Aug. 24 and follows their 2015 independent release American Nights, marking their return to Fearless Records after 13 years. In conjunction with the recent album announcement, the band also released their lead single "Your Body."

Parallel Universe is available for pre-order now at all DSPs and each pre-order will include an instant download of "Bonnie I Want You" and lead single "Your Body."

Deluxe limited edition album bundles are available at the official Plain White T's webstore HERE, including a glow in the dark vinyl, an oxford felt pennant and exclusive apparel that includes t-shirts, socks and enamel pins. The first 100 vinyl bundle and first 100 CD bundle purchasers will receive a signed copy of the album.

The video to "Your Body" - PRESS HERE to watch - was filmed at Heritage Square Museum in Los Angeles and exhibits a male Ex Machina who was put together piece by piece by the male's female companion. The track premiered earlier this week via SiriusXM's The Pulse. "Bonnie I Want You" showcases the grittier side of Plain White T's - PRESS HERE to listen.

Track Listing:

1. Light Up The Room
2. Bonnie I Want You
3. Call Me
4. Top Of The World
5. Bury Me
6. Your Body
7. Sick Of Love
8. No Imitations
9. Low
10. Lying About Me And You
11. I Should Be Dead Right Now
12. Lips
13. No Tears
14. End of The World

Paul Simon album news

“This album consists of songs that I thought were almost right, or were odd enough to be overlooked the first time around. Re-doing arrangements, harmonic structures, and lyrics that didn’t make their meaning clear, gave me time to clarify in my own head what I wanted to say, or realize what I was thinking and make it more easily understood.”
– Paul Simon, July 2018

Paul Simon will release his 14th studio album – In The Blue Light – on Sept. 7. Produced by Simon and Roy Halee, who have worked together since the 1960s, the album features a talented cast of musicians who have joined Simon to lend fresh perspectives on 10 of the artist's favorite (though perhaps less-familiar) songs, drawn from his unparalleled body of work.

Revisiting his repertoire, Simon has selected songs originally appearing on There Goes Rhymin' Simon (1973), Still Crazy After All These Years(1975), One-Trick Pony (1980), Hearts and Bones (1983), The Rhythm of The Saints (1990), You're The One (2000) and So Beautiful Or So What (2011), refreshing and transforming the compositions through new arrangements and collaborations.

Among the many musicians joining Simon on In The Blue Light are jazz icons trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, guitarist Bill Frisell, and drummers Jack DeJohnette and Steve Gadd. Two of the compositions recorded with the New York-based chamber ensemble sextet yMusic, “Can’t Run But” and “Rene and Georgette Magritte with Their Dog After the War,” are being brought to the stage each night as show-stopping highlights on Simon’s Homeward Bound – The Farewell Tour.

Simon explains in the album’s liner notes, “It’s an unusual occurrence for an artist to have the opportunity to revisit earlier works and re-think them; to modify, even completely change parts of the originals.

“Happily, this opportunity also gave me the gift of playing with an extraordinary group of musicians, most of whom I hadn’t recorded with before. I hope the listener will find these new versions of old songs refreshed, like a new coat of paint on the walls of an old family home.”

The release of In The Blue Light on September 7 coincides with the final leg of Homeward Bound – Farewell Tour in September, including four performances in the New York City area and culminating with the Final Performance on September 22 in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

Track listing/credits:

Words and Music by Paul Simon

01 One Man's Ceiling Is Another Man's Floor
Paul Simon: Vocal, Percussion
Joel Wenhardt: Piano
Nate Smith: Drums
Jim Oblon: Guitar
John Patitucci: Bass
Edie Brickell: Finger Snaps
CJ Camerieri: Trumpet
Andy Snitzer: Saxophone

02 Love
Paul Simon: Vocal, Acoustic Guitar, Percussion, Harmonium
Bill Frisell: Electric Guitar
Steve Gadd: Drums
Renaud Garcia-Fons: Bass

03 Can't Run But
Paul Simon: Vocal
With yMusic
Arrangement by Bryce Dessner based on the original arrangement from Rhythm of the Saints by Marco Antônio Guimarães

04 How The Heart Approaches What It Yearns
Paul Simon: Vocal
Sullivan Fortner: Piano
Nate Smith: Drums
John Patitucci: Bass
Wynton Marsalis: Trumpet

05 Pigs, Sheep and Wolves
Paul Simon: Vocal, Percussion
Wynton Marsalis: Trumpet
Marcus Printup: Trumpet
Dan Block: Clarinet
Walter Blanding: Saxophone
Wycliffe Gordon: Tuba
Chris Crenshaw: Trombone
Marion Felder: Drums
Herlin Riley: Tambourine
Arrangement by Wynton Marsalis

06 René and Georgette Magritte With Their Dog After the War
Paul Simon: Vocal, Electric Guitar
With yMusic
Arrangement by Robert Sirota

07 The Teacher
Paul Simon: Vocal, Percussion
Odair Assad: Guitar
Sérgio Assad: Guitar
Renaud Garcia-Fons: Bass, Percussion
Walter Blanding: Saxophone
Jamey Haddad: Percussion

08 Darling Lorraine
Paul Simon: Vocal, Percussion
Bill Frisell: Electric Guitar
Vincent Nguini: Electric Guitar
Mark Stewart: Acoustic Guitar
Steve Gadd: Drums
John Patitucci: Bass
With yMusic
Arrangement by Rob Moose

09 Some Folks' Lives Roll Easy
Paul Simon: Vocal
Sullivan Fortner: Piano, Celeste
Jack DeJohnette: Drums
John Patitucci: Bass
Joe Lovano: Saxophone

10 Questions For The Angels
Paul Simon: Vocal, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Harmonica, Percussion
Bill Frisell: Electric Guitar
Sullivan Fortner: Harmonium, Chromelodeon
John Patitucci: Bass
Skip LaPlante: Percussion

yMusic is
CJ Camerieri: trumpet, piccolo trumpet
Alex Sopp: flute, alto flute
Hideaki Aomori: clarinet, bass clarinet
Rob Moose: violin
Nadia Sirota: viola
Gabriel Cabezas: cello

Paul Simon – In The Blue Light is available to pre-order now: CD: LP:

Link to the EPK for “The Story of In The Blue Light” here: 

Thrice to return with 'Palms'

Dan Monick
Thrice has announced a Sept. 14 release date for their new album Palms.

It is the first Epitaph release for Thrice and was co-produced by Thrice with Eric Palmquist and mixed by John Congleton,

Palms follows the critically acclaimed To Be Everywhere Is to Be Nowhere (released via Vagrant Records in 2016). The band has shared their video for their previously released single, “The Grey,” directed by Daniel Carberry.

Watch the video for “The Grey” now

This fall, Thrice will embark on a headline tour with The Bronx. Tickets for all tour dates are available at

Track listing:

1. Only Us
2. The Grey
3. The Dark
4. Just Breathe
5. Everything Belongs
6. My Soul
7. A Branch In The River
8. Hold Up A Light
9. Blood On Blood
10. Beyond The Pines

Tour dates:

Sept 20 San Diego, CA - House of Blues
Sept 21 San Diego, CA - House of Blues
Sept 22 Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre
Sept 24 Austin, TX - Emo’s
Sept 25 Houston, TX - House of Blues
Sept 27 Fort Lauderdale, FL - Revolution Live
Sept 28 Orlando, FL - House of Blues
Sept 29 Atlanta, GA - The Buckhead Theatre
Sept 30 Charleston, SC - The Music Farm
Oct 02 Raleigh, NC - The Ritz
Oct 03 Richmond, VA - The National
Oct 04 Silver Spring, MD - The Fillmore
Oct 06 Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
Oct 07 Boston, MA - House of Blues
Oct 09 Detroit, MI - St. Andrew’s Hall
Oct 10 Cleveland, OH - House of Blues
Oct 12 Chicago, IL - House of Blues
Oct 13 St. Louis, MO - The Pageant
Oct 14 Nashville, TN - Marathon Music Works
Nov 02 San Francisco, CA - The Regency Ballroom
Nov 03 Portland, OR - Roseland Theater
Nov 04 Seattle, WA - Showbox SoDo
Nov 06 Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex
Nov 07 Denver, CO – Music Summit Hall
Nov 09 Milwaukee, WI - The Rave
Nov 10 Cincinnati, OH - Bogart’s
Nov 11 Lawrence, KS - The Granda
Nov 13 Dallas, TX - House of Blues
Nov 14 Albuquerque, NM - El Rey Theater
Nov 16 Las Vegas, NV - House of Blues
Nov 17 Anaheim, CA - House of Blues
Nov 18 Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern

-All shows with The Bronx and Teenage Wrist as support

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Paul Weller announces next album 'True Meanings'

True Meanings, the 14th Paul Weller solo album, will be released on Sept. 14. It includes orchestration and is the most collaborative: with more guests involved than any effort done before.

In addition to Weller’s band, Rod Argent of the Zombies provides Hammond organ on “The Soul Searchers” and piano and Mellotron on “White Horses;” folk legends Martin Carthy and Danny Thompson add picked guitar and double bass respectively to “Come Along;” Little Barrie plays lead guitar on “Old Castles;” Lucy Rose sings backup on “Books;” and “Movin On” is the result of a “scratchy demo” on Paul’s phone that was sent to Tom Doyle of the White Label project. Even Noel Gallagher makes a guest appearance.

Lyrics for four of the 14 songs were written, to Weller’s melodies, by others. Connor O’Brien from Villagers came up with the words to opener “The Soul Searchers,” while “Bowie,” “Wishing Well” and the closing “White Horses” are all the work, lyrically, of Erland Cooper from Erland & The Carnival.

Weller produced it all except “The Soul Searchers,” which was co-produced by Paul and Conor O’Brien and “Movin On” which was co-produced by Weller and White Label. The album was engineered and recorded by Charles Rees and mixed by Jan Stan Kybert.

True Meanings was recorded in just over three weeks at Weller’s own Black Barn Studio with the aforementioned mdropping in for a day here and there. The orchestration was added soon after.

Weller’s last album was 2017’s internationally acclaimed album A Kind Revolution.

True Meanings will be released on the following formats:

CD – housed in a ‘soft-pack’ gatefold card wallet with 12-page booklet.
Deluxe CD – Limited, deluxe edition CD in a casebound book package, including a 28-page booklet of photos and lyrics.
Vinyl LP – Double heavyweight black vinyl LP, housed in a gatefold ‘tip-on’ sleeve, with 8-page booklet fixed inside the sleeve, plus a download card. The tip-on sleeve is limited to initial orders only.

The release will also be available for streaming and download at all digital retailers.

Click here to pre-order True Meanings.

Track listing:

1. The Soul Searchers
2. Glide
3. Mayfly
4. Gravity
5. Old Castles
6. What Would He Say?
7. Aspects
8. Bowie
9. Wishing Well
10. Come Along
11. Books
12. Movin On
13. May Love Travel With You
14. White Horses

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

The Damned update

The Damned have announced their first full U.S. tour since the release of Evil Spirits, which Tony Visconti (David Bowie, T-Rex) produced and is their first full length in 10 years. It just  became their first UK Top 10 album, entering the charts at #7. In the US, it had the biggest Damned week ever on Billboard Soundscan for its week of release, coming in at #4 on the Heatseeker chart, as well as #24 Rock and #40 Vinyl.

“It hasn’t really sunk in yet,” says frontman Dave Vanian, in a press release. “But it feels great to finally get there, as it’s been a long time coming. We’ve had lots of top 10 [UK] singles but never an album. Even when ‘Eloise’ was a big hit, we were pipped to the Number One spot by a novelty song by [British comedy actor and singer] Su Pollard! This time we’ve had Kylie and the Manics to compete with. A huge thanks to the fans, of course, without whom this record would never have been made. It feels amazing to finally get it out there.”

There's a new video, too, for the single, "Look Left," filmed at the legendary Camden, UK venue, Koko. It addresses post-millennial society’s “media-induced coma” over lush vocal melodies and show tune theatrics. It was written by drummer Pinch as a love song to the human race.

The band have been touring nonstop since the release of Evil Spirits, releasing singles and videos that included "Standing On The Edge of Tomorrow" featuring modern garage psychedelia.

Vanian calls it “an optimistic song, even though it is about a dark subject. In a world obsessed by ‘self’, this is a cry for humanity to recognize its humanity, before it’s too late. There is a strong influence of Joe Meek here: ‘Telstar’ was a glorious song about the opportunities of the future. I’d like to think that ‘SOTEOT’ reflects a similar sentiment.”

photo: Tony W.
In a career spanning 41 years, the longest surviving and first British punk band last released ‘So, Who’s Paranoid?’ in '08 and have toured constantly. Regarding Evil Spirits, guitarist Captain Sensible points out, “I have some incredible albums at home, by The Kinks, The Who, The Small Faces – I want ours to be as good as those.”

Evil Spirits was recorded in October 2017 at Atomic Sound studios in Brooklyn with Black Album (1980) and Strawberries (1982)-era bassist Paul Gray back in the fold.

"We deliberately recorded the album retro style,” explains Sensible. "The same way our debut album was made, basically. There’s something wonderful about the seventies sounds; glam, rock and punk records, they all sound so great and Tony specializes in beautifully crafted old school production. He had us all playing live, bashing it out in the same room with a focus on getting the initial band version of each song as close as possible to the finished thing."

And of the evil spirits that the album intends to dispel? "I started buying records in 1967, the Summer of Love," adds Sensible. "There were so many positive changes happening through the 60s and 70s; civil rights, feminism, the anti-nuclear demos in particular. Whatever happened to all that? Where are today’s anti-war marches? Whatever happened to the beautiful hippy dream of worldwide peace and love?"

The album is available on digital download via Spotify and i-Tunes, and on CD and 180g vinyl available HERE

US Tour dates:

October 17 - Boston - Paradise
October 18 - New York - Irving Plaza
October 19 - Asbury Park - Stone Pony
October 20 - Washington D.C. - Black Cat
October 21 - Philadelphia - Theatre Of Living Arts
October 25 - Denver - Gothic Theatre
October 26 - Salt Lake City - The Depot
October 27 - Las Vegas - House Of Blues
October 28 - Tempe - Marquee Theater
October 31 San Francisco - Regency Ballroom
November 1 - Santa Cruz - The Catalyst
November 2 - Los Angeles - Henry Fonda Theatre


UK Tour dates:

August 22 - Southampton - 02 Guildhall
August 23 - Holmfirth - Holmfirth Picture House
August 24 - Warrington - Warrington Parr Hall
August 25 - Belfast - Belsonic Festival
November 19 - Brighton - Dome
November 20 - Norwich - UEA
November 22 – Cheltenham – Town Hall
November 23 – London - O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
November 24 – Portsmouth - Pyramids
November 26 – Sheffield - Plug
November 27 – Edinburgh - Liquid Rooms
November 29 – Liverpool - O2 Academy
November 30 – Coventry - Empire

Evil Spirits track listing:

1. Standing On The Edge Of Tomorrow
2. Devil In Disguise
3. We’re So Nice
4. Look Left
5. Evil Spirits
6. Shadow Evocation
7. Sonar Deceit
8. Procrastination
9. Daily Liar
10. I Don’t Care

The Damned lineup:

David Vanian - Vocals
Captain Sensible - Guitar
Monty Oxy Moron - Keyboard
Pinch - Drums
Paul Gray – Bass

Gregory Alan Isakov examines 'Evening Machines'

Gregory Alan Isakov’s new album, Evening Machines, will be released Oct. 5 and is now available for pre-order.

In advance of the release—his first in partnership with Dualtone Records—the album’s first single, “Chemicals,” just premiered. Listen/share here.

Recorded at a converted barn studio located on Isakov’s three-acre farm in Boulder County, CO, the 13-track album was self-produced and mixed by Tucker Martine (Neko Case, Decemberists) and Andrew Berlin.

Of the album—his fourth full-length studio album and first in five years—Isakov comments, “I’d work really hard into the night. A lot of times I would find myself in the light of all these VU meters and the tape machine glow, so that’s where the title came from. I recorded mostly at night, when I wasn’t working in the gardens. It doesn't matter if it’s summer or winter, morning or afternoon, this music always feels like evening to me.”

Isakov will embark on an extensive worldwide tour this fall, including a sold out return headline show at Colorado’s famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre on September 30 with special guest Patty Griffin as well as dates at L.A.’s Theatre at Ace Hotel, Chicago’s The Vic Theatre, Manhattan’s Irving Plaza, Brooklyn’s Warsaw, Amsterdam’s Paradiso and London’s 02 Shepherds Bush Empire among many others. See below for complete itinerary.

The new album follows Isakov’s acclaimed 2016 collaboration with the Colorado Symphony, which featured orchestral versions of 12 Isakov songs. Before the symphonic album came 2013’s The Weatherman, which debuted at #1 on iTunes’ Singer/Songwriter chart.

Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and now calling Colorado home, Isakov is a lifelong traveler. Since his debut in 2003, Isakov has self-released three full-length studio albums on his independent label Suitcase Town Music with over 370,000 in sales and has toured extensively building a devoted worldwide audience. He’s also toured extensively with artists including Iron & Wine, Ani DiFranco, Blind Pilot, Passenger, Josh Ritter, Brandi Carlile, and Nathaniel Rateliff and, since his debut with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra in November 2013, has performed with symphonies across the county including: the Seattle Symphony, the Oregon Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Atlanta Symphony, and the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, among others.

Tour dates:

August 11-12—Edmonton, AB—Edmonton Folk Festival
August 25—Fayetteville, AR—Fayetteville Roots Festival
September 21—Jackson, WY—Pink Garter Theatre*
September 22—Bozeman, MT—Emerson Center for Arts & Culture*
September 23—Missoula, MT—The Wilma*
September 24—Boise, ID—Knitting Factory†
September 25—Spokane, WA—Big Crosby Theater†
September 26—Billings, MT—Pub Station Ballroom*
September 30—Morrison, CO—Red Rocks Amphitheatre‡
October 4—Salt Lake City, UT—Eccles Theater
October 5—San Francisco, CA—TBA
October 6—San Francisco, CA—TBA
October 8—Portland, OR—Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall with the Oregon Symphony
October 9—Seattle, WA—Moore Theatre
October 10—Vancouver, BC—Commodore Ballroom
October 12—Chico, CA—Senator Theater
October 13—San Luis Obispo, CA—Fremont Theater
October 14—San Diego, CA—Music Box
October 16—Los Angeles, CA—Theatre at Ace Hotel
October 18—Austin, TX—Emo’s
October 19—Dallas, TX—Granada Theater
October 20—Kansas City, MO—The Truman KC
November 2—Omaha, NE—Sokol Auditorium
November 3—Iowa City, IA—Englert Theatre§
November 4—Des Moines, IA—Wooly’s
November 5—Minneapolis, MN—First Avenue
November 7—Chicago, IL—The Vic Theatre
November 8—Toronto, ON—Mod Club
November 9—Montreal, QC—L’Astral
November 10—Hartford, CT—Infinity Hall
November 11—Washington, DC—9:30 Club
November 12—New York, NY—Irving Plaza
November 14—Philadelphia, PA—Union Transfer
November 15—Brooklyn, NY—Warsaw
November 16—Boston, MA—Royale
November 17— Boston, MA—Royale
November 20—Brussels, Belgium—Orangerie Botanique
November 21—Hamburg, Germany—Uebel & Gefaehrlich
November 23—Oslo, Norway—John Dee
November 24—Stockholm, Sweden—Nalen
November 25—Copenhagen, Denmark—VEGA
November 27—Amsterdam, Netherlands—Paradiso
November 29—Berlin, Germany—Passionkirche Kreuzberg
November 30—Cologne, Germany—Gloria
December 1—Zurich, Switzerland—Mascotte
December 2—Paris, France—La Maroquinerie
December 4—London, UK—O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
December 5—Bristol, UK—SWX
December 7—Dublin, Ireland—Academy
December 8—Glasgow, Scotland—Saint Luke’s
December 9—Manchester, UK—Academy 3

*with Joshua James
†with Shook Twins (duo)
‡with special guest Patty Griffin
§with Pieta Brown