Tuesday, August 20, 2019

New Politics, Plain White T’s and The Mowgli’s team up for winter tour

This oughta be an interesting show. I've review all three acts in concert before and interviewed one (PWTs)...

Alternative rock band, New Politics, has announced The 3 DIMENSIONAL TOUR with Plain White T’s and The Mowgli’s. The tour will be begin in November and run into November. See full tour dates below.

“Louis, Soren and I are looking forward to sharing the stage with these talented bands, providing fans with the ultimate music experience,” said David Boyd, lead singer of New Politics. “We are hard at work putting together an incredible, high energy show, filled with the official live debut of songs off our new album along with the hits that everyone knows and loves.”

A BANDSINTOWN presale started today; fans can enter by following the bands on Bandsintown, followed by the public on sale this Friday, August 23, at 10 a.m. local time. Tickets can be found at, and

In April, New Politics released the single “Comeback Kid”, to celebrate 10 years as a band. The song received rave reviews with features in Billboard/Rolling Stone/iHeart Radio andcontinues to be in top 40 rotation at Alternative Radio.

New Politics recently finished recording their highly anticipated fifth album, with an expected release this Fall.

Consisting of Danish-born, David Boyd [lead vocals, guitar], Søren Hansen[bass, guitar, keys, vocals], and NY native Louis Vecchio[drums] - New Politicsexploded onto the scene with their smash hit "Harlem," earning over 31 millionSpotifystreams and reaching the top 5 at Alternative Radio.

New Politics has since released four studio albums featuring a slew of hit singles, including "Everywhere I Go", “One Of Us” and "Tonight You're Perfect," securing commercial spots for Bud Light, Microsoft and Doritos, to name a few, along with major placements on ESPN,America’s Got Talent, and featured in multiple trailers for the second-highest-grossing animated movie of all time, Frozen. The band has also performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Late Night with Seth Meyers and CONAN. 

“Comeback Kid” Is everywhere at

Tour dates:

November 12 – Chicago, IL – Metro
November 13 – St. Louis, MO – Delmar Hall
November 16 – Denver, CO – The Oriental Theater*
November 17 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
November 19 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore+
November 20 – Los Angeles, CA – The Mayan
November 21 – Pomona, CA – The Glass House
November 30 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues
December 1 – Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren
December 3 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Bar & Grill
December 4 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
December 6 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade (Heaven)
December 7 – Nashville, TN – The Cowan
December 8 – Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom+
December 10 – Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live!
December 11 – Philadelphia, PA – TLA
December 13 – Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw
December 14 – Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony
December 15 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
December 17 – Millvale, PA – Mr. Smalls Theatre
December 18 – Detroit, MI – St. Andrews Hall
December 20 – Sioux City, IA – Anthem At Hard Rock Casino
*No Politics
+ No The Mowgli

OMD career box set coming in October; on tour now with the B-52's

As a big fan since the '80s, I can't wait to hear this box set, which is right up my alley. Read all the details below...

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark (OMD) continue their 40th anniversary celebrations with the announcement of a digital career box set, 2CD download and a brand new 3LP greatest hits collection - out October 4th. The special digital career box set will be comprised of 98 songs. Pre-order here.

The 3LP greatest hits package, spanning the band’s 40-year career, will include all the singles from “Electricity” to”What Have We Done” as well as the exclusive brand new single, “Don’t Go.” Listen here.

Written and produced by both Paul and Andy, and recorded at Bleepworks in London, the new song “Don’t Go”melds together the plaintive melancholia of McCluskey's lyrical refrain and the soaring synth melody from Paul Humphreys, combining to create the classic style of OMD.

Souvenir: Digital Box Set – Available for streaming and download
Souvenir: The Singles Collection 1979 – 2019’ Available for download only
Souvenir: 3 LP
Pre-Order OMD – Souvenir Now and get the brand new single, “Don’t Go.”

OMD have sold an astonishing 25 million singles and 15 million albums over their career, establishing them as electronic synthesizer pioneers and one of the UK’s most-beloved pop groups. Their 13 albums include recently reissued Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark (1980), Organisation (1980), Architecture & Morality (1981) and Dazzle Ships (1983).

The digital audio includes all the band’s singles from “Electricity” to “What Have We Done,” as well as a brand new single “Don’t Go,” exclusive to this release. The set also includes a previously unreleased live show from the Hammersmith Odeon in 1983, 22 previously unreleased demos from the archive which have been selected and mixed by Paul Humphreys, rare and unreleased live material from the BBC and an entire live show from the Mermaid Theatre in 2011.

Today’s announcement comes as part of another exciting installment of the band’s anniversary celebrations which first saw the reissue of their first four classic albums on 180g vinyl, mastered at half speed by Miles Showell at Abbey Road and housed in their original iconic die cut sleeves designed by the legendary Peter Saville.

The band, Andy McCluskey, Paul Humphreys, Martin Cooper and Stuart Kershaw, is currently on tour in the U.S. with The B-52’s and Berlin. The band will also embark on a huge world tour later this year, beginning in October in Portugal, stretching through to February 2020, finishing in Paris.

U.S. Tour Dates:


WED 21 Majestic Theatre San Antonio, TX, US Tickets
THU 22 Bass Concert Hall, University of Texas Austin, TX Tickets
SAT 24 Smart Financial Centre Sugar Land, TX Tickets
SUN 25 Saenger Theatre New Orleans, LA Tickets
WED 28 Ruth Eckerd Hall Clearwater, FL Tickets
THU 29
Au-Rene Theater, Broward Center for the Performing Arts FT Lauderdale, FL Tickets
FRI 30 Ponte Vedra Concert Hall Ponte Vedra Beach, FL Tickets
SAT 31 The Fillmore Charlotte Charlotte, NC Tickets
TUE 3 Cannery Ballroom Nashville, TN Tickets
WED 4 Bogart's Cincinnati, OH, US Tickets
FRI 6 White Oak Amphitheatre at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex
Greensboro, NC Tickets
SAT 7 Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park Atlanta, GA Tickets
SUN 8 Rose Music Center at The Heights Huber Heights, OH Tickets
WED 11 Frederik Meijer Gardens Grand Rapids, MI Tickets
FRI 13 Sony Centre for the Performing Arts (soon to be Meridian Hall) Toronto, ON, Canada Tickets
SAT 14 Meadow Brook Amphitheatre Rochester Hills, MI Tickets
TUE 17 The Anthem Washington, DC, US Tickets
THU 19 Mann Center for the Performing Arts Philadelphia, PA Tickets
FRI 20 Grand Theater at Foxwoods Mashantucket, CT Tickets
TUE 24 Summer Stage, Central Park New York, NY Tickets

An interview with Melissa Etheridge

photo courtesy of Concord Records
When Melissa Etheridge began the creative process to what would become 15th studio album The Medicine Show, she took a different tack than usual. Utilizing bassist David Santos’ home studio outside Nashville, the veteran singer/guitarist crafted the sonic terrain first.

“I had a very specific idea of what I wanted the music to sound and feel like,” said Etheridge, calling from Pennsylvania amid a summer tour including several shows with Pat Benatar.

“I was able to get the rhythms going. A lot of them started on drums. I’m not an accomplished drummer, but I started laying the rhythms down, the feeling that I wanted, and went from there. I think it made for a strong backbone to put all the songs on.”

Part of the impetus for that mindset came from a revelatory solo tour supporting 2014’s underrated This is M.E. release, where she looped and layered various rhythms and instruments together onstage.

“That had a huge effect on me as an artist,” Etheridge admitted. “Going out there by myself, standing up in front of people and building the songs from the rhythms to the guitar - that’s when I started really soloing myself and discovering my own sounds. It was a real learning experience for me, that tour. When I went into the studio, I had more confidence. I felt like I could build this record up in very much the same way.”

During previous recordings, Etheridge typically left guitar solos to session musicians. Not this time. After John Shanks (who produced 2010’s Fearless Love and was involved in Breakdown, Lucky and Your Little Secret) returned to the fold, she stressed, “I really need to play lead guitars on this. He patiently guided me on how to make that happen in a studio setting. He’s a very accomplished studio guitarist and I really learned a lot from him.”
Their comfort level from past music experiences together also helped.

“John is like my brother. I’ve worked with him since my very first tour. He knows me. I can absolutely say anything to him.”

Another goal Etheridge had with The Medicine Show was to return to the spirit of the 1990s, a period when she reached the pinnacle of success, thanks to the multi-platinum efforts Yes I Am and Your Little Secret, plus pop and rock radio hits such as “Come to My Window,” “I’m the Only One,” “If I Wanted To” and “I Want to Come Over.”

Etheridge sought out “something that is just straightforward me: my songwriting and music. I wanted it to sound similar to rock ‘n’ roll of the ‘90s and bring that into what I was making with today’s technology.”

photo courtesy of Concord Records
Among The Medicine Show standouts are “Shaking,” a chunky rocker about fear; “I Know You,” a sweeping relationship ballad; and the earthy “Wild and Lonely,” a passionate love song directed at Etheridge’s television producer/writer wife Linda Wallem (“Nurse Jackie,” “Cybill”).

The latter tune contains an exciting buildup, a trademark gritty Etheridge wail and nearly verges on Neil Young & Crazy Horse territory at the end.

“Thank you so much,” she said of the comparison. “Neil Young is definitely an inspiration on how to be a lead singer and play the guitar.”

Then there’s the throwback R&B groove in “This Human Chain.” It was inspired by a news story Etheridge read where people in another country came together and formed a human chain in the ocean to save a drowning man caught in a riptide. She had no qualms about including such an outlier.

“I told John, ‘let’s bunk this up.’ He wanted to go even more retro. I said, ‘let’s keep it in today.’ It has this retro taste with today’s feel.”

Traditionally, Etheridge writes lyrics that are layered, with the meanings becoming more evident after successive listens. Does she prefer not to have everything laid out so easily?

“More that, if you want to just listen the songs once or twice, you can carry away a meaning. But if you do want to listen a few times, you can really dig in and find pleasant little surprises in the lyrics and music. You can really go deeper and deeper into it.”

Topical tracks like “Here Comes the Pain” (about opiate addiction) and “The Last Hello” (sung from the perspective of school shootings like Stoneman-Douglas High in Parkland, Florida) definitely fit into that idea.

As Etheridge was first starting out as a musician, she was inspired by songwriters known to pen tunes on a deeper level.

“You know who I really loved? Joni Mitchell, Joan Armatrading, Peter Gabriel, Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young. These are artists that really craft a song.”

Physical versions of The Medicine Show have this cover tagline: An unrivaled true story of redemption and a ’74 Fender - a reference to Etheridge’s overall vision.

“My wife said, ‘what does this album mean to you?’ I said, ‘redemption.’ That’s what I’m looking for. The ’74 Starcaster Fender is like a magic guitar for me. It’s me finding my own voice through an electric guitar now.”

The weathered painting style of the cover (adorned with marijuana leaves; a prominent subject in some lyrics and Etheridge’s own life) makes a strong case for fans to purchase a physical copy. How does she feel about continuing to find album artwork and sequencing tracks in the streaming age?

“You know, I’m grateful that people can listen to music everywhere and anywhere at the drop of a hat. They don’t have to go find that record and put it on. I can just be part of people’s lives anywhere they are and that’s great.

“Also, for the 1% or whatever that actually still buys vinyl and physical product, I really enjoy putting the time into making an album’s worth of music, to creating album art and to making a physical product. There are still people who enjoy that.”

Since last year marked the 25th anniversary of Yes I Am, Etheridge did a special tour and played all the songs. She rediscovered the benefit in playing “Resist” because it “was a really rocking song,” as well as “Talking to My Angel.”

“It’s funny - all the songs on that album still stand up. I can play them anytime in any set and they are always welcome.”

The artist attributes the mammoth success of Yes I Am to the fact that “the early and mid-‘90s were just a magical time for music. People were really open to songwriters. The acoustic guitar didn’t scare people away. It was a beautiful time. We were waking up to the beautiful variety of humanity that we have. I think that album came at the right time.”

A testament to those songs’ popularity was recently exemplified in Netflix’s new drama series revival of “Tales of the City,” loosely based on author Armistead Mauphin’s novels about LGBT people in San Francisco. In one episode, Laura Linney’s straitlaced heterosexual character Mary Ann Singleton warbles through “Come to My Window” at karaoke in a bar.

“Bless her heart! [Linney] is not known as a singer. That’s not an easy song to sing,” said Etheridge. “I had great admiration for her and really appreciate being part of that culture and recognized. I was incredibly honored.”

Catch Melissa on tour throughout the year. For the latest concert dates, go to her Facebook page or

Friday, August 16, 2019

Reissues of '90s titles from a-ha set for October

During the Nineties, a-ha took a seven-year break after the 1993 release of their fifth album, Memorial Beach. Each of the members, Morten Harket, Magne Furuholmen and Pål Waaktaar-Savoy pursued their own interests and arts until they were invited to perform on the 1998 Nobel Peace Prize concert in Oslo. a-ha performed two songs and were suddenly back and in perfect time for the millennium when they released their international hit album Minor Earth | Major Sky in 2000. They then did a well-received world tour before taking flight once again with 2002’s Lifelines.

This fall, Rhino Records plans to re-released these two millennium comeback albums in newly remastered versions with bonus tracks, unreleased demos, outtakes and some live takes. Both sets feature brand-new liner notes by Kieron Tyler.

MINOR EARTH | MAJOR SKY (DELUXE EDITION) presents the remastered original album with bonus tracks and a second CD with 16 more demos, outtakes and live tracks. LIFELINES (DELUXE EDITION) contains the remastered original album with bonus tracks and a second 19-track CD of early versions, demos and songs that did not make it to the final album. Both sets will be released on Oct. 18.

The original albums will also be reissued in remastered versions as 2-LP vinyl sets. Two unreleased demos are available now digitally: an early version of “The Sun Never Shone That Day” (from MINOR EARTH | MAJOR SKY DELUXE EDITION) and a demo of “Forever Not Yours” (from LIFELINES DELUXE EDITION).

After their performance at the Oslo Nobel Peace Prize concert, Magne and Pål began recording demos in early 1999 in New York for what might become a new album. “They weren’t super planned,” says Pål of the sessions. “It came about because we wan­ted to do it. When we connect, we make a-ha music, no matter the circumstances.” In fact, a-ha were picking up where they had left off. The album was recorded in New York’s Alabaster Room, as well as in Lydlab and Rainbow studios in Oslo, and in Boogiepark in Hamburg, Germany.Minor Earth | Major Sky was produced by German producers Boogieman and Roland Spremberg, and co-produced by a-ha and Kjetil Bjerkestrand with a defining finish by British engineer/producer Niven Garland.

On its release, Minor Earth | Major Sky went No. 1, gaining platinum success in Norway and in Germany. Gold discs came in Austria, Spain and Switzerland. The tracks “Minor Earth | Major Sky” and “Velvet” followed “Summer Moved On” as singles, the latter hitting No. 1 in Norway and top 10 in Germany.

The deluxe version of Minor Earth | Major Sky is more than just another reissue of a hit album, with demos, early versions and alternate mixes. Disc two amounts to an entirely new take on the album. There are early versions of the title track “Minor Earth | Major Sky,” “Velvet,” “Summer Moved On” and “The Sun Never Shone That Day” as well as other takes that did not make it on the final cut. Four live performances in Oslo are taken from their 2001 tour. 

Lifelines, their 2002 follow up album, saw Magne Furuholmen working with visual arts as well as music, Pål Waaktaar-Savoy’s Band Savoy had released their fourth album Reasons to Stay Indoors (2001), and Morten Harket had developed a successful solo career and had become a songwriter on his own.

"Morten had made a move to suggest we should write together,” reveals Magne. “That was the beginning of a new kind of partnership.” For Lifelines each band member contributed his personal compositions to the album, which finally was produced by six different producers including Stephen Hague, Clive Langer, Alan Winstanley and Martin Landquist. Anneli Drecker added vocals. Lifelines went Number 1 in Germany.

On the second disc of this Deluxe Edition reissue are “The Breakers,” “Sole Survivor” and “To Show It Is To Blow It.” None made it to the finished album. “The Breakers”was later re-recorded by Pål’s band Savoy. Some songs are represented as demos or early mixes and enable the fan to track the growing of an idea into a hit, for example on “Lifelines,” “Dragonfly” and others.

This fall, a-ha will take their fans into their early years with their already nearly sold-out Hunting High and Low Tour 2019. Starting in Dublin on Oct. 29, the three of them will perform their 1985 breakthrough album Hunting High And Low and some of their biggest hits in the UK, Netherlands, France, Germany, Poland and Russia until November. In February 2020, they will continue to Dubai, then travel to South-Africa, Australia and Japan for the second leg of the tour.

Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll film expanded for new home video releases

Shout! Factory will release Chuck Berry: Hail! Hail! Rock ‘N’ Roll (Collector’s Edition) on DVD, and for the first time ever, on Blu-ray on Nov. 19.

The life and music of Berry are celebrated in this feature film. In 1986, Keith Richards invited a roster of musicians to honor Berry for an evening of music to commemorate Berry’s 60th birthday, including performances by Eric Clapton, Robert Cray, Linda Ronstadt, Etta James, and Julian Lennon, along with archival footage of a duet by Chuck and John Lennon.

It was directed by Taylor Hackford (Ray, Against All Odds) and producer Stephanie Bennett, author of the new book Johnny B. Bad: Chuck Berry and the Making of Hail! Hail! Rock ‘N’ Roll. 

Special features include:

Introduction by director Taylor Hackford
54 minutes of rehearsal footage
The Reluctant Movie Star making-of documentary
Witnesses to History documentary Parts 1 & 2
"Chuckisms" - a collection of classic Chuck Berry remarks
"The Burnt Scrapbook" - Chuck Berry reminisces over his musical memories with The Band’s Robbie Robertson

More Bruce Springsteen news: 'Western Stars' becomes a film

Warner Bros. Pictures will release a cinematic film version of Bruce Springsteen’s latest album, Western Stars, worldwide, on the big screen. Longtime collaborator Thom Zimny directs together with Springsteen in his directorial debut.

“Western Stars,” which will make its world premiere at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival, is slated for release this fall. However, fans can get an exclusive first look ahead of New Line Cinema’s “Blinded by the Light,” opening in theatres nationwide today. Springsteen’s first studio album in five years, Western Stars the documentary film evokes the American West—both the mythic and the hardscrabble—weaving archival footage and Springsteen’s personal narration with song to tell the story of Western Stars.

“Western Stars” offers fans the world over their only opportunity to see Springsteen perform all 13 songs on the album, backed up by a band and a full orchestra, under the cathedral ceiling of his historic nearly 100-year-old barn.

Emmerich stated, “Bruce lives in the super rarified air of artists who have blazed new and important trails deep into their careers. With ‘Western Stars,’ Bruce is pivoting yet again, taking us with him on an emotional and introspective cinematic journey, looking back and looking ahead. As one of his many fans for over 40 years, I couldn’t be happier to be a rider on this train with Bruce and Thom.”

Western Stars, Springsteen’s 19th studio album, has achieved global success. It has been #1 on the iTunes charts on every continent, including such countries as the U.S., the UK, Belgium, Germany, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, Australia, India, South Africa, and all of Scandinavia, among other countries. 

Springsteen and Zimny, who together helmed “Western Stars,” have collaborated on several projects over the years, including the documentary “The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town,” and the Netflix filmed version of the Tony Award-winning “Springsteen on Broadway,” which Zimny directed.

“Western Stars” is written and performed by Bruce Springsteen, with Special Guest Patti Scialfa. Thom Zimny, Jon Landau, Barbara Carr and George Travis produced the film, with Springsteen serving as executive producer. The original score is by Springsteen.

Out now: 'Blinded By The Light' film and soundtrack

Blinded By The Light was released in theaters today and the soundtrack is available now via Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings on digital and CD formats. There's also a double LP version coming Aug. 30 and an exclusive orange vinyl edition out that day from Barnes & Noble.

As a major Bruce Springsteen fan, I've been looking forward to this film since I first heard about it months ago. The Boss seldom grants permission for his work to be used elsewhere, so the fact that a dozen classic tracks are included in the soundtrack is a rare treat.

Inspired by Sarfraz Manzoor's book Greetings from Bury Park: Race, Religion and Rock N' Roll and Springsteen's tunes and directed by Gurinder Chadha (Bend It Like Beckham), the movie plot revolves around Pakistani teen Javed (Viveik Kalra) growing up in England circa 1987. His turbulent life amidst the racial and economic turmoil of the times is transformed when introduced to the music of Springsteen by a friend who hands him some cassettes by The Boss.

The track listing encompasses well-known hits and favorites like "Born To Run," "Dancing In The Dark," "Hungry Heart," "Because The Night" (famously covered by Patti Smith), "Badlands," "Cover Me," "Thunder Road" (recorded at The Roxy Theater, West Hollywood, Calif., October 18, 1975 - from "Live 1975-85"), "Prove It All Night" and "Blinded By The Light."

For diehard Springsteen fans, there's also a few previously unreleased songs worth noting: a live performance of "The River" (from No Nukes '79 - Madison Square Garden, NYC - September 21, 1979) and an acoustic solo performance of "The Promised Land" (Concert for Valor - The National Mall, Washington DC, November 11, 2014). The latter has a slower arrangement than the recorded version from "Darkness on the Edge of Town," but is still powerful, while utilizing only acoustic guitar and harmonica.

Still, the one selection many people will probably want to hear first is the official studio recording of "I'll Stand By You." It leaked online in 2017 and was originally written for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, but never used. "Blinded by the Light" features the song over the closing credits.

A stately piano-led ballad with subtle orchestration, "I'll Stand By You" was created by much of the same team behind Springsteen's latest studio album "Western Stars." Patti Scialfa sings alongside her husband and another E Street Band mate, Soozie Tyrell. Mrs. Springsteen also handled the heavenly vocal harmony arrangement. With lyrics like "We'll fight together until victory is won" and "together we'll find courage/we'll find faith," the song serves as a pledge of solidarity.

Elsewhere, the soundtrack has two memorable pop hits from the era: "It's a Sin" by the Pet Shop Boys and "The Sun Always Shines On T.V." by A-ha, film dialogue snippets and some Middle Eastern music.

All told, the soundtrack is a fine Springsteen primer for the uninitiated and younger listeners to serve as a gateway for further exploration.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Album review: Cherie Currie & Brie Darling - 'The Motivator'

Two pioneering Seventies rockers have joined forces for the first time in the studio and released a studio album. Titled The Motivator on Blue Elan Records, it features lead vocals by Cherie Currie, best known as the original singer for teenage band The Runaways ("Cherry Bomb," "Queens of Noise") and Brie Darling, singer/drummer for Fanny ("Butter Boy," "Charity Ball"), the first all-female band signed to a major label in 1969.  

The pair met for the first time in 2017, when Currie was invited to sing on the reunion effort Fanny Walked the Earth and they immediately connected with each other. The Motivator is a real family affair. Brie's husband Dave Darling - who has overseen works by Brian Setzer, Stray Cats, Boxing Gandhis and Meredith Brooks - produced the nine cover songs and three originals and handled some bass and guitar work. Many other family members made musical and creative contributions. Onetime Fanny guitarist Patti Quatro co-wrote one tune and played guitar on another. 

For the remakes, Cherie Currie and Brie Darling chose compositions from the 1960s-'80s, many of which still have a socio-political resonance in today's world, such as The Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter," The Buffalo Springfield's "For What It's Worth" and John Lennon's "Gimme Some Truth." The collection opens with the fun and punchy title track by T. Rex. It's great to hear the gals wail together on "Shelter," bringing to mind Merry Clayton supporting Mick Jagger back in '69. 

You can just tell everyone is having a blast in the studio during The Kinks' "Do it Again," especially when the 11-person-strong backing chorus comprised of "Brady Bunch" actress Susan Olsen and actor Robert Hays, among others, kicks in. Motohead's Phil Campbell even does a spoken word bit. Now there's a motley crew! Elsewhere, Cherie Currie and Brie Darling admirably tackle Stevie Wonder's Higher Ground," Thunderclap Newman's "Something in the Air" and The Youngbloods' "Get Together" with expected vigor.

The original tunes are impressive too: a driving "This is Our Time" boasts cascading vocals, "Too Bruised" is a string arranged ballad and the crunchy, slow burn rocker "I'm Too Good, That's Just Too Bad," with an authoritative Currie lead vocal, bode well for a potential all-new studio album in the future.

A special vinyl reissue of Oasis' 'Definitely Maybe'

“In 20 years’ time, people will buy Definitely Maybe and listen to it for what it was. That’s what is important.” - Noel Gallagher, August 1994.

With today marking 25 years since Oasis released their third single “Live Forever” (voted the greatest British song by Radio X listeners last year), Big Brother Recordings have announced special activity to celebrate the silver anniversary of Definitely Maybe, the Manchester band’s debut album.

To mark the anniversary on August 29, original content from the era will be made available throughout August - visit for details and follow #DefMaybe25. In addition, two limited edition vinyl formats will be released – a picture disc via the band’s online store and a silver colored LP available at retail from August 30. Listen to the album and pre order the vinyl here.

Originally released on August 29, 1994, Definitely Maybe was the fastest-ever selling debut album in the UK at the time, and marked the point when Oasis became a cultural phenomenon. The album went seven times platinum in the UK while selling over five million copies worldwide.

Vinyl track listing:

A1. Rock 'n' Roll Star (Remastered) 
A2. Shakermaker (Remastered) 
A3. Live Forever (Remastered)
B1. Up In The Sky (Remastered) 
B2. Columbia (Remastered) 
B3. Sad Song (Remastered) 
C1. Supersonic (Remastered) 
C2. Bring it on Down (Remastered) 
C3. Cigarettes & Alcohol (Remastered) 
D1. Digsy's Dinner (Remastered) 
D2. Slide Away (Remastered) 
D3. Married With Children (Remastered)

The Cure's 2018 concert film box set arrives this fall

Less than a year before their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, The Cure celebrated their 40th anniversary. On Oct. 18, Eagle Vision will present two special performances in which they commemorated this milestone, when 40 LIVE - CURÆTION-25 + ANNIVERSARY is released in a Limited Edition Deluxe Box (2Blu-ray+4CD, or 2DVD+4CD, each with 40-page book), on Limited Edition Hardbook 2Blu-ray or 2DVD (each with 16 page book), and standalone digital formats.

The first film -- CURÆTION-25: From There To Here | From Here To There – was captured on the tenth and final night of the 25th Meltdown Festival (curated by lead singer Robert Smith) at London’s Royal Festival Hall in June 2018. Presented in HD with 5.1 surround sound, Smith, Simon Gallup, Jason Cooper, Roger O’Donnell, and Reeves Gabrels performed a song from each of their 13 studio albums in chronological order. At the core of the set, they broke the cycle with some new, unreleased songs – offering a glimpse into the band’s future – before retracing their steps with another song from each album, ending with “Boys Don’t Cry.”

Released in theaters globally only recently, ANNIVERSARY: 1978-2018 Live In Hyde Park London features the band’s acclaimed 29-song, 135-minute anniversary concert. Filmed in one of London’s Royal Parks to a crowd of 65,000 fans, The Curepresented a four-decade deep set on July 7, 2018, including “Just Like Heaven,” “Lovesong,” “High,” and “The End Of The World.”

Directed by Tim Pope – the long-time collaborator behind many of The Cure’s music videos and their award-winning 1986 film In Orange – Anniversary is chronicled in 4K with a 5.1 surround sound mix by Robert Smith and Paul Corkett.

Pope states “I went to rehearsals in a very cramped studio just the day before the show… I knew as the set list unfolded that the only way to show people The Real Cure was to capture not only the grand, epic dimension of their stage show, but also the close, intimate side of this band simply making music together.”

“This really was the perfect way to celebrate 40 years of the band,” Smith exclaimed. “It was a fabulous day none of us will ever forget!”

THE CURE: 40 LIVE - CURÆTION-25 + ANNIVERSARY limited edition Deluxe Box includes gatefold 2x Blu-ray/DVD and 4x CDs, covering both concerts with nearly 9 hours of content, plus a 40 page hardback book. The limited edition Hardbook includes 2x Blu-rays/DVDs and 16 page booklet. CURÆTION-25 and ANNIVERSARY are available as standalone concerts on Digital.

Another Guided by Voices album coming in October

Sweating The Plague, Guided by Voices' 29th album and third this year, is due out Oct. 25, with digital, Nov. 1. Producer Travis Harrison’s approach to the band's historically lo-fi sound was that he didn’t want it to sound homemade.

Here is the track listing:

1. Downer
2. Street Party
3. Mother's Milk Elementary
4. Heavy Like the World
5. Ego Central High
6. The Very Second
7. Tiger on Top
8. Unfun Glitz
9. Your Cricket Is Rather Unique
10. Immortals
11. My Wrestling Days Are Over
12. Sons of the Beard

Upcoming Tour Dates:

Sat 8/10 - Bellwether Festival - Waynesville, OH
Fri 9/13- Sun 9/15 - Riot Fest - Chicago, IL
Fri 9/27 - Industry City - Brooklyn, NY
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The Beatles news: 'Abbey Road' box set

It was 50 years ago today, on August 8, 1969, that The Beatles stepped out from London’s EMI Recording Studios to stride, single-file, across the black and white stripes of Abbey Road’s nearby zebra crossing.

With photographer Iain Macmillan balanced on a stepladder and one policeman stopping the street’s light traffic, The Beatles crossed back and forth three times, led by John Lennon, followed by Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison.

Just six photos were taken, with the fifth selected as the cover shot for The Beatles’ penultimate studio album, Abbey Road, named after the tree-lined street in which the studios are located.

Released September 26, 1969, Abbey Road was not The Beatles’ final album, as Let It Be followed in 1970, but it was the last one John, Paul, George, and Ringo recorded together as a band. The Beatles will celebrate Abbey Road’s anniversary with a suite of packages to be released worldwide on September 27 by Apple Corps Ltd./Capitol/UMe.

Now available for preorder, the album’s 17 tracks are newly mixed by producer Giles Martin and mix engineer Sam Okell in stereo, high res stereo, 5.1 surround, and Dolby Atmos, accompanied by 23 session recordings and demos, most of which are previously unreleased.

“The Beatles recording journey had gone through many twists and turns, learning curves and thrilling rides. Here we were – still wondering at the magic of it all,” McCartney recalls in his written foreword for Abbey Road’s anniversary edition packages.

This is the first time Abbey Road has been remixed and presented with additional session recordings and demos. The album’s new edition follows the universally acclaimed remixed and expanded anniversary editions of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and The BEATLES (‘White Album’) released in 2017 and 2018, respectively.

To create Abbey Road’s new stereo, 5.1 surround, and Dolby Atmos mixes, Martin and Okell worked with an expert team of engineers and audio restoration specialists at Abbey Road Studios. All the new Abbey Road releases feature the new stereo album mix, sourced directly from the original eight-track session tapes. To produce the mix, Giles was guided by the album’s original stereo mix supervised by his father, George Martin.

“The magic comes from the hands playing the instruments, the blend of The Beatles’ voices, the beauty of the arrangements,” Giles Martin explains in his written introduction for the new edition. “Our quest is simply to ensure everything sounds as fresh and hits you as hard as it would have on the day it was recorded.”

Abbey Road’s Super Deluxe box set presents 40 tracks – including “The Long One” Trial Edit & Mix for the album’s epic Side 2 medley – on three CDs (stereo) and one Blu-ray disc (Dolby Atmos, 96kHz/24 bit high resolution stereo, and 96 kHz/24 bit DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1).

The four discs are housed in a slip-sleeved 12” by 12” 100-page hardbound book with McCartney’s foreword; Martin’s introduction; chapters written by Beatles historian, author, and radio producer Kevin Howlett covering the months preceding The Beatles’ Abbey Road sessions, track-by-track details and session notes, the cover art and photo shoot, and the album’s reception upon its release; plus an essay by music journalist and author David Hepworth looking at the album’s influence through 50 years.

The book is illustrated with rare and previously unpublished photographs, including many taken by Linda McCartney; never before published images of handwritten lyrics, sketches, and a George Martin score; Beatles correspondence, recording sheets, and tape boxes; and reproduced original print ads. The Super Deluxe digital audio collection presents all 40 tracks for download purchase and streaming in standard and MFiT formats, as well as in high resolution audio (96kHz/24 bit) for download.

Abbey Road’s limited edition Deluxe vinyl box set features all 40 tracks from the Super Deluxe collection on three 180-gram vinyl LPs. The album’s new stereo mix LP is packaged in a replicated sleeve, with the two Sessions LPs paired in their own jacket, presented with a four-page insert in a lift-top box.

The Deluxe 2CD set pairs the new stereo mix with versions taken from the session takes and demo recordings of its 17 songs, sequenced to match the album’s running order. The two discs are presented in a digipak with a 40-page booklet abridged from the Super Deluxe book. The album’s new stereo mix is also available in 1CD and 180-gram 1LP vinyl packages, for digital download in standard and MFiT audio, and on a limited edition picture disc vinyl LP illustrated by the album’s front and back cover art images.

Abbey Road’s Super Deluxe and Deluxe vinyl box sets’ 23 session and demo recordings are presented in chronological order of their first recording dates. “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” leads the charge:

For an overnight session on February 22, 1969, The Beatles were joined at London’s Trident Studios by producer George Martin and engineer Glyn Johns to record “I Want You (She’s So Heavy).” Abbey Road’s new edition combines a take from that session with the concluding part of the Trident master’s eight-track reduction mix made later at the EMI studios, revealing for the first time Billy Preston’s thrilling overdubbed organ solo. With their amps turned up high, The Beatles received a noise complaint from one of the studio’s neighbors in the Soho area of the city. The take starts with Lennon exclaiming, “My boys are ready to go!,” before the band is told about the complaint. Lennon replies, “What are they doing here at this time of night?,” then lays it down: “Well, we’ll try it once more very loud. And then if we don’t get it, we’ll try it quiet, like it might do it the other way. OK. The loud one, last go. Last chance to be loud!”

In the same month that the raucous Trident session took place, McCartney recorded a home demo of “Goodbye” for the Apple-signed singer Mary Hopkin and Harrison recorded a solo demo of “Something” at EMI Recording Studios. Both demos are featured on Abbey Road’s new edition. “Goodbye” makes its release debut. Although previously released onAnthology 3 in a version featuring guitar and vocal, the new anniversary mix of George’s “Something” demo features for the first time vocal, guitar and piano.

The Beatles reconvened at EMI’s studios and Olympic Sound Studios for sessions spanning mid-April to early May. On April 14, Lennon and McCartney recorded the single “The Ballad Of John And Yoko” in EMI’s Studio Three, with Geoff Emerick as the balance engineer. Two days later, the single’s B-side, “Old Brown Shoe” was recorded. Session recordings for these tracks, as well as three more songs started during this period, “Oh! Darling,” “Octopus’s Garden,” and “You Never Give Me Your Money,” are featured in Abbey Road’s anniversary edition.

The remainder of Abbey Road’s sessions took place in July and in August with George Martin producing, and with principal engineers Geoff Emerick and Phil McDonald taking turns at EMI’s groundbreaking new mixing console, the TG12345. On July 2, 3, and 4, McCartney, Harrison, and Starr recorded “Golden Slumbers”/“Carry That Weight” as a medley (Lennon was hospitalized in Scotland, recuperating after a car accident). A sequence of Takes 1-3 from the first day’s session is featured in the anniversary edition. Take 9 from McCartney, Harrison, and Starr’s backing track session for “Here Comes The Sun” on Starr’s July 7 birthday is also included.

On July 21, 22, and 23, The Beatles were in-studio to record “Come Together,” followed by additional sessions on July 25, 29, and 30. The anniversary edition features Take 5. On July 23, The Beatles began recording “The End,” which, along with McCartney’s timeless couplet – “And in the end, the love you take / Is equal to the love you make” – features Starr’s only drum solo on a Beatles recording. Take 3 is included in Abbey Road’s new edition. The next day, just before the band’s 34-take session for “Sun King” and “Mean Mr Mustard,” McCartney cut a quick studio demo for “Come And Get It” – later a hit for the Apple-signed band Badfinger. The demo’s original 1969 stereo mix, made with McCartney and Lennon present in the control room, is released for the first time in the new edition, as is Take 20 from The Beatles’ “Sun King” and “Mean Mr Mustard” session. On July 25, two more songs, “Polythene Pam” and “She Came In Through The Bathroom Window,” were recorded as one for inclusion in the album’s epic medley. Take 27 from that session is featured on the new edition.

After Harrison had transported his rare and cumbersome Moog synthesizer to the studios, four songs received Beatle-played synthesizer parts: “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” (Lennon), “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer” (McCartney), and “Here Comes The Sun” and “Because” (Harrison). This was a very early use of the newly-invented instrument on a pop record. George Martin wrote arrangements for several tracks that were recorded in Studio One toward the end of the sessions in August 1969. The original overdubbed recordings of Martin’s scores for “Something” and “Golden Slumbers”/“Carry That Weight” are included in Abbey Road’s anniversary edition.

August 20, 1969 was the last time The Beatles were together as a band at the EMI studios, for an evening session to compile Abbey Road’s master tapes. The album’s sides were sequenced, with “Come Together” opening Side 1, and with the medley of “You Never Give Me Your Money,” “Sun King,” “Mean Mr Mustard,” “Polythene Pam,” “She Came In Through The Bathroom Window,” “Golden Slumbers,” “Carry That Weight,” and “The End” placed on Side 2. “The Long One,” a different trial edit and mix of the medley, including “Her Majesty” (ultimately placed 14 seconds after “The End” as an unlisted, hidden track) is included in Abbey Road’s new edition.

A few weeks before Abbey Road’s release on September 26, 1969, Apple’s press officer Derek Taylor revealed that the album was “recorded at nice, workmanlike sessions which usually began at 2pm and continued until the end of the evening.” Millions of Abbey Road LPs were pressed at manufacturing plants around the world. The album was another blockbuster release for The Beatles, holding the No. 1 spot on the U.K. albums chart for a total of 17 weeks and toppingBillboard’s U.S. albums chart for 11 weeks. For their work on Abbey Road, Geoff Emerick and Phil McDonald won the year’s GRAMMY Award® for Best Engineered Recording, Non-Classical. In 1995, Abbey Road was inducted into the Recording Academy’s GRAMMY Hall of Fame, recognizing “recordings of lasting qualitative or historical significance.” The Beatles’ best-selling studio album, Abbey Road’s universal popularity and influence have continued to grow since its debut.

Since Abbey Road’s release, the street’s zebra crossing has been one of the most celebrated and photographed sites in the world, protected as an historic landmark and visited by thousands of Beatles fans each year. Due to the success of The Beatles’ album, EMI Recording Studios was renamed Abbey Road Studios. Owned and operated by Universal Music Group, Abbey Road Studios is the most famous recording studio in the world and a global music icon.

Stream “Something” (2019 Stereo Mix │ Studio Demo │Take 39 - Instrumental - Strings Only):

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Abbey Road Anniversary Edition


SUPER DELUXE [3CD+1Blu-ray set; digital audio collection]

CD ONE: 2019 Stereo Mix
1. Come Together
2. Something
3. Maxwell’s Silver Hammer
4. Oh! Darling
5. Octopus’s Garden
6. I Want You (She’s So Heavy)
7. Here Comes The Sun
8. Because
9. You Never Give Me Your Money
10. Sun King
11. Mean Mr Mustard
12. Polythene Pam
13. She Came In Through The Bathroom Window
14. Golden Slumbers
15. Carry That Weight
16. The End
17. Her Majesty

CD TWO: Sessions
1. I Want You (She’s So Heavy) (Trident Recording Session & Reduction Mix)
2. Goodbye (Home Demo)
3. Something (Studio Demo)
4. The Ballad Of John And Yoko (Take 7)
5. Old Brown Shoe (Take 2)
6. Oh! Darling (Take 4)
7. Octopus’s Garden (Take 9)
8. You Never Give Me Your Money (Take 36)
9. Her Majesty (Takes 1–3)
10. Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight (Takes 1–3 / Medley)
11. Here Comes The Sun (Take 9)
12. Maxwell’s Silver Hammer (Take 12)

CD THREE: Sessions
1. Come Together (Take 5)
2. The End (Take 3)
3. Come And Get It (Studio Demo)
4. Sun King (Take 20)
5. Mean Mr Mustard (Take 20)
6. Polythene Pam (Take 27)
7. She Came In Through The Bathroom Window (Take 27)
8. Because (Take 1 – Instrumental)
9. The Long One (Trial Edit & Mix – 30 July 1969)
(Medley: You Never Give Me Your Money, Sun King, Mean Mr Mustard, Her Majesty, Polythene Pam, She Came In Through The Bathroom Window, Golden Slumbers, Carry That Weight, The End)
10. Something (Take 39 – Instrumental – Strings Only)
11. Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight (Take 17 – Instrumental – Strings & Brass Only)

BLU-RAY: Abbey Road

Audio Features:

- Dolby Atmos
- 96kHz/24 bit DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
- 96kHz/24 bit High Res Stereo (2019 Stereo Mix)


CD ONE: 2019 Stereo Mix

CD TWO: Sessions
1. Come Together (Take 5)
2. Something (Studio Demo)
3. Maxwell’s Silver Hammer (Take 12)
4. Oh! Darling (Take 4)
5. Octopus’s Garden (Take 9)
6. I Want You (She’s So Heavy) (Trident Recording Session & Reduction Mix)
7. Here Comes The Sun (Take 9)
8. Because (Take 1 Instrumental)
9. You Never Give Me Your Money (Take 36)
10. Sun King (Take 20)
11. Mean Mr Mustard (Take 20)
12. Polythene Pam (Take 27)
13. She Came In Through The Bathroom Window (Take 27)
14. Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight (Takes 1–3 / Medley)
15. The End (Take 3)
16. Her Majesty (Takes 1–3)

STANDARD [1CD; digital; 1LP vinyl; limited edition 1LP picture disc vinyl]
2019 Stereo Mix