By DAN AQUILANTE, DTMP editor
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Summer school in the Catskills for Richard Thompson
Richard Thompson, who founded the legendary folk rock band Fairport Convention as a
teen, and over the years has become one of the
most distinctive and iconoclastic guitar virtuosos in rock history, is ready to reveal how he did it.
Next month, July 16-20th,
the famed Brit singer/songwriter/guitarist is ringing the school bell for aspiring
musicians with musical workshops collectively title, “Frets and Refrains, an immersive crash
course set to takes place at Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, NY, in the heart of the Catskill Mountains.
“camp” activities include master guitar classes taught by Thompson, along with courses in songwriting by Thompson
and his son Teddy, and acoustic guitar lessons by Martin Simpson. Sloan Wainwright heads the singing seminars
and Simon Tassano will also be on hand for sound production workshops
"This is very much my dream teaching event," said Thompson.
"The setting is beautiful, our teachers are the best, and I expect this to be an intimate and rewarding experience for
Thompson added that no matter your ability level there will be something for the serious music
student. He said "Whether
you are a guitarist, singer, songwriter, or any combination of these, we’ll offer ways to improve rethink and enhance
Thompson, who is a Doctor Honoris Causa (DHC) by the University at Aberdeen
for his contribution to contemporary music, will shatter the notion that those who can’t do, teach, with a full concert
at the nearby Bearsville Theater July 19.
details on accommodations and course offerings go to fretsandrefrains.com.
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Scissor Sisters release "Magic
Hour." Full review at "CDs of the Week."
Friday, May 25, 2012
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Steven Tyler, A.I. judge and Aerosmith frontman, gets chummy with guitarist Joe Perry.
Aerosmith reunites on American Idol finale
With TV talent show American Idol wrapping up last night, crowning the doubly named Phillip Phillips
as the winner, the eeevening's real excitement came with an on-air Aerosmith reunion.
Idol judge Steven Tyler put down his Coke (the soft drink), got out of his
swivel chair and hooked up with Joe Perry and the rest of Aerosmith showing Idol-dom how to rock.
The Beantown-band debuted “Legendary Child,”
the first single off ^^A^^’s August release titled “Music
From Another Dimension.” The song, an arena ready power ballad, has a very “Walk This” way feel as the weaves
in and out of rap ‘n’ roll vocals by Tyler.
By the chummy shared-mike-vocals it seems the bromance is back between Toxic Twins Perry and Tyler who’ll
be on a full Aerosmith tour this summer starting in Minnesota June 16 with stops in the New York City
area July 1 and 24 and in Los Angeles at the Hollywood Bowl August 6.
Aerosmith ranks as one of the most popular rock bands of
all time, having sold over 150 million records worldwide. The band hopes to add to that total when the 14-song collection
“Music From Another Dimension” gets its official release August 28.
The following is the full track list for that CD
What Could Have Been Love
3. Street Jesus
4. Legendary Child
5. Oh Yeah
We All Fall Down
7. Another Last Goodbye
8. Out Go the Lights
9. Love Three Times
12. Love a Lot
13. Freedom Fighter
14. Up on the Mountain
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Islamic protesters object to Lady Gaga's concert; Gaga
(below) shows her religious sensitivity.
Little monster scare in Indonesia
Lady Gaga is too sexy for her own good say authorities in Jakarta,
her scheduled concert there set for June 3 -- that was initially axed by the government of the a predominantly Muslim nation
of 240 million people and then considered if certain concessions were made was finally cancelled this week.
Jakarta would have been the
largest stop on Gaga’s Asian leg of the “Born This Way Ball” but Islamic hard-line group Defenders Front threatened violence at the event saying “her sexy clothes and
provocative dance moves could corrupt youth.” Police initially denied a permit for the "Born This Way Ball"
but say the concert could have gone ahead if the pop diva tones down the show.
tweeted "The Jakarta situation is 2-fold: Indonesian authorities demand I censor the show & religious extremist separately,
are threatening violence. If the show does go on as scheduled, I will perform the BTWBall alone."
Gaga was unable
to get tailors to stitch up a sirloin in peek-a-boo burka in time for the show and decided to cancel.
similar troubles in Manila earlier this month but authorities there deem her performances didn’t violate any laws
and were allowed to take place.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Guitar ace John Mayer's new CD "Born and Raised" trips
back to classic rock of the '70s. See the full review at DTMP CD archives.
Saturday, May 19, 2012
Guitarist Eddie Van Halen with David Lee Roth.
Van Halen’s different
kind of truth
of Van Halen’s “Different Kind of Truth” tour getting postponed, and
maybe completely cancelled, fans are left not knowing what to believe. The persistent rumors surrounding the tour
is that guitarist Eddie Van Halen and singer David Lee Roth are feuding again.
management says the band is merely postponing 31 dates after the June 26 concert in New Orleans because the schedule was "too
much, too fast" for this veteran rock act. And that the band was "losing their focus."
Another inside band source
has said "They want to make sure their concerts are not a routine, that every performance to be special."
Considering how highly choreographed this production is (so that individual songs are synchronized to large video projections)
the notion of keeping the set spontaneous is absurd.
More than likely the rumors
reported at Rollingstone.com that Eddie Van Halen and David Lee Roth are battling seem to hold water. "The band is arguing like mad," a source told Rolling Stone. "They are fighting."
the meantime, the Van Halen’s July 13 date at The Izod Center in the Meadowlands Sports Complex in
New Jersey is shuttered and no formal announcement has been issued by the band’s management about
make-up dates or refunds for ticketholders.
Friday, May 18, 2012
Jack White attempts to set a Guinness record for wordplay.
Jack White to cut a new record
Jack White never metaphor
he didn’t like.
During his current tour dates supporting his record “Blunderbuss,” the singer/songwriter
is attempting to enter the hallowed pages of the Guinness Book of World Record with
the achievement of “the most metaphors used in a single concert.”
who skipped school to stand on line to get Ozzy tickets on the day they taught this abstract concept, a metaphor is a phrase
that is representative or symbolic of something else. Meg has a heart of gold, for example.
Jack may be one of rocks great eccentrics (he recently bought a stuffed elephant head this year), his goal
of Guinness glory isn’t so outlandish. Back
in 2007 while fronting the White Stripes he and his then drummer partner Meg White played the shortest concert in history
-- a mere one-note long.
That show was acknowledged in the 2009 edition of the Guinness Records, but White
was later removed when the Guinness folks said “that "the nature of competing to make something the shortest, by its very nature, trivializes
the activity being carried out."
White, still miffed about getting stripped on his record, recently
told “Interview Magazine” "There's nothing scientific about what they do. They just have an office full of
people who decide what is a record and what isn’t. Most of the records in there – who has the biggest collection
of salt-and-pepper shakers or whatever – are just whatever they want them to be. So with something like the shortest
concert of all time, they didn't think whatever we did was interesting enough to make it a record."
If White doesn’t get
in (and stay) in the records for his skills at word play this time , he might be noted as “rock
star with the most attempts to break a world record.”
To hear White attempt to smash the
metaphor record like it was glass, he’ll be at the Roseland Ballroom for a pair
of shows May 21 and 22 and at LA’s Wiltern Theater May 30 and 31.
Thursday, May 17, 2012
B.B. King plays his namesake blues club this fall; tixs available tomorrow
it symmetry with a touch of kismet, but what could be a more perfect shade of the blues than B.B. King playing the B.B. King
Blues Club in Times Square?
The two night engagement is set for this fall, November 29 and 30, but if you want to hear this legend whose
reign as King of the Blues has been as long as that of any monarch on earth, you have to be ready to buy
a ticket when they go on sale tomorrow, Friday, May 18, at noon.
Despite his age, at 76 King is
still light on his feet, browling vocals and playing his stinging blues style with heart and soul. At this
rare club date the master may play “The Thrill is Gone,” but the pleasure and excitement will be front and center.
Tickets are $150, reserved booths
and tables available; for details bbkingblues.com.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Sean Jay-Z Carter headlines multi-genre concert festival.
Jay Z To Curate Philly’s Made In America Fest
Although Labor Day Weekend is a Summer away, many are tagging the Budweiser
Made In America’ music festival as the East Coast answer to Coachella. Set for September
1 and 2, in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park, the event will be curated by Brooklyn hip-hop mogul
Sean “Jay-Z” Carter who will also the headlining act.
The rest of the roster will remain a mystery until this Monday (5/21) when the full 30 act lineup will be released.
According to the festival reps those acts will be tapped from rock, hip-hop, R&B, Latin and dance music and will embody
the American spirit.
Guess that means Jay-Z ‘s brit pal Chris Martin and his band Coldplay will be getting the cold shoulder
on this gig, while Snoop Dogg and Willie Nelson (who just release the duet “Roll Me Up An Smoke Me When I Die” are on the short
Tickets for “Budweiser Made in America” music festival
go on sale Wednesday, May 23, through Ticketmaster.com and Livenation.com. 2-day tickets will be available for $99 . Budweiser
Facebook fans will have access to pre-sale tickets beginning Tuesday, May 22. To become a Budweiser Facebook fan, please visit
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Check out L.A. alt-rock band, The Early Morning Rebel. Interview on the DTMP Q&A page
Monday, May 14, 2012
Cherri Bomb lights the fuse
LA's all-girl teen hard rock band Cherri Bomb
plays Irving Plaza Wednesday and Bamboozle this Saturday to celebrate the launch of their Hollywood Records debut "This
is the End of Control." Read full review at CDs of the Week.
Sunday, May 13, 2012
Legendary Rolling Stones guitarist and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Mick Taylor wraps up his six night NYC
residency at the Iridium in Times Square with shows tonight and tomorrow.
Taylor, ranked as
number 37 on Rolling Stone Magazine's list of Top 100 Guitarists of All Time, was a member of the Stones from 1969-1974, featured
on iconic records such as “'Let It Bleed,” “Sticky Fingers,” and “Exile on Main Street.”
He joined Mick Jagger and Keith Richards at the age of 20 following several years with John Mayall's
Bluesbreakers. After his exit from the famed Brit rock band he went on to perform with everyone from Bob Dylan to Percy Sledge.
At the Iridium, Taylor will perform with Max Middleon
(keyboards), Wilbur Bascomb (bass), Bernard Purdie (drums), and Jon Paris (guitar/vocals) tonight, and
with the Les Paul Trio at Monday’s final performances.
The Iridium is located at 1650 Broadway at 51st St. There are two sets nightly at 8 & 10pm. For
details go to theiridium.com
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Against Me frontman hopes you won’t be against she
Sometimes life imitates art.
February frontman and mastermind of the Flordia punk rock band Against Me – Tom Gabel -- started recording his group’s
sixth studio album, titled “Transgender Dysphoria Blues,” a concept disc about a transsexual prostitute.
Yesterday Gabel came out declaring that he was a transgender and has been dealing
with his own gender dysphoria since he was five years old. He added he plans to transition to living as
a woman. Gabel revealed in a Rolling Stone interview that he will begin taking hormones and undergoing electrolysis for the transition.
He will then take the name Laura Jane Grace, but will remain married to his wife, Heather, with whom he
has a 2-year-old daughter, Evelyn.
"For me, the most terrifying thing about this was how she would accept the news,"
Gabel said , "But [Heather] has been super-amazing and understanding."
Gabel also says "I'm going to have embarrassing
moments, and that won't be fun, but that's part of what talking about it is, hoping
people will understand, and hoping they'll be fairly kind."
James Luther Dickinson while still on the sunnyside of his
Dickinson may be dead, but he ain't gone
You didn’t hear
a lot about James Luther Dickinson before he died nearly three years ago. He was a quiet legend in the outrageously loud world
of rock ‘n’ roll.
And since that sad day in August, when Jim passed, the silence has been deafening.
Dickinson used to say “I will not be gone as long as the music lingers” and he makes good on that promise with
a live record aptly titled “ I’m Just Dead, I’m Not Gone” due to drop in July. If you don’t
know Dickinson it isn’t a shocker, he never gravitated to the spotlight, but be assured of his place in the pantheon
of modern music.
His home town paper, The Memphis Commercial Appeal, said it best in his obituary that began “The
North Mississippi Allstars have lost their father, Bob Dylan has lost a brother, rock and roll has lost one of its great cult
heroes.” His studio work with Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, Big Star, the Replacements, Ry Cooder and others had consistently
put him in the front ranks of America’s elite producers. He was the “go to” guy, in Memphis, Muscle Shoals
and even Miami.
His own recording career was less renown, but just as powerful marked by explosive spontaneity
easily heard on records such as “Jungle Jim & The Voodoo Tiger,” “Killers From Space” and “Dinosaurs
Walk In Circles.”
This dead man’s still talking and playing piano on this new release that drops July
3rd. It was a family affair recorded June 2, 2006 at the New Daisy Theater on Beale Street in Memphis where he was backed
by his North Mississippi All Stars sons Luther on guitar and Cody on bass. Dad was front and center on piano and lead vocals
for a commanding set featuring songs such as “Truck Drivin’ Man,” “Red Neck, Blue Collar” and
On the Independence Day weekend this year light your bottle rockers and cherry bombs,
but for real fireworks get a copy of this record.
Monday, May 7, 2012
Wynton Marsalis (center) with the Dillard Center for the Performing Arts jazz band.
state gets jazzed
the next generation, is alive and well, but it moved to Florida judging by this year's three best high school jazz bands picked
my Jazz at Lincoln Center last night.
At the 17th edition of the annual Essentially
Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival, in a field of 111 bands the top honors went to Florida's
Dillard Center for the Performing Arts Band, in Fort Lauderdale. The Roosevelt High School Band from Seattle, Washington snagged
second place and third place slot belongs the New World School of the Arts from Miami.
three-day Essentially Ellington festival culminated at Sunday night's concert at Avery Fisher Hall where the three top-placing
bands performed with a member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra as a soloist. The student performances were followed
by a performance by the 15-piece Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra under the direction of Wynton Marsalis.
know 'bout Alanis
Morissette's new record
Grammy winning singer/songwriter Alanis
Morissette, who wowed the world with the 60-million selling "Jagged Little Pill," one of the most popular albums
of all time, tests her skills again August 28 with her seventh studio album "Havoc and Bright Lights."
Recorded in Los Angeles, the album marks Morissette's first release in
four years. The disc's first single, “Guardian,” will be available May 15.
Speaking about the writing process Morissette
says "This record is a snapshot of what I currently obsess about, care deeply about, and what strikes me at 4 in the
morning in my most introspective moments.” She adds “It is my emotional, psychological, social
and philosophical commentary through song. I can't wait to share it with this fun and funny planet."
Friday, May 4, 2012
Beastie Boy Adam "MCA" Yauch dies
Musician, rapper, activist
and director Adam "MCA" Yauch, founding member of Beastie Boys passed away in his native New York City this morning
after a near-three-year battle with cancer. He was 47 years old.
Born in Brooklyn,
New York, Yauch taught himself to play bass in high school, forming a band for his 17th birthday party that would later become
known as the Beastie Boys.
With fellow members Michael "Mike D" Diamond and Adam "Adrock" Horovitz, Beastie
Boys would go on to sell over 40 million records, release four #1 albums--including the first hip hop album ever
to top the Billboard 200, the band's 1986 debut full length, "Licensed To Ill" --win three Grammys, and the
MTV Video Vanguard Lifetime Achievement award.
Last month Beastie Boys were inducted into the Rock
& Roll Hall of Fame, with Diamond and Horovitz reading an acceptance speech on behalf of Yauch, who was unable to attend.
In addition to his hand in creating such historic Beastie
Boys albums including "Paul's Boutique," "Check Your Head," " Ill Communication," "Hello
Nasty" Yauch was a founder of the Milarepa Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting awareness
and activism regarding the injustices perpetrated on native Tibetans by Chinese occupational government and military
In 1996, Milarepa produced the first Tibetan Freedom Concert in San Francisco's Golden
Gate Park, which was attended by 100,000 people, making it the biggest benefit concert in the USA since 1985's Live Aid. Under the alias of Nathanial Hörnblowér, Yauch directed iconic Beastie Boys videos
including "So Whatcha Want," "Intergalactic," "Body Movin" and "Ch-Check
It Out." Under his own name,
Yauch directed last year's "Fight For Your Right, Revisited,"
an extended video for "Make Some Noise" from Beastie Boys' Hot Sauce Committee Part Two, starring Elijah Wood, Danny
McBride and Seth Rogen as the 1986 Beastie Boys, making their way through a half hour of cameo-studded misadventures before
squaring off against Jack Black, Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly as Beastie Boys of the future.
Yauch's passion and talent for filmmaking
led to his founding of Oscilloscope Laboratories, which in 2008 released his directorial film debut, the basketball documentary
"Gunnin' For That #1 Spot" and has since become a major force in independent video distribution. Yauch is survived by his wife Dechen and his daughter Tenzin Losel, as well as his parents
Frances and Noel Yauch.
Dar Williams' NYU toga party
For everyone who's tired of celebrating Cinco de
Mayo with margaritas, chimichangas and mariachi horns – don't be. That's exactly what you should do, but after a full day of fiesta tomorrow, maybe take off the sombrero for a while and add the soothing
– decidedly non Mexican -- sounds of Dar Williams to the mix for balance.
Williams who's just released her first record in four years
is touring and plays an intimate gig at NYU's Skirball Center for the Performing Arts tomorrow (Saturday 5/5) to support
that disc. In all there are 10 songs on the
record titled "In The Time Of Gods," which explores current social issues, such as being moral in an
immoral world, the politics of power, and navigating in life's chaos behind the veil of Greek mythology.
Williams was inspired
to this musical toga party by the stories of the ancient Greeks and their Parthenon pals.Williams says "There really is an epic setting for the album, I'm at a
point in my life where I feel like people are flying higher and falling harder. There is a grown up fairytale feeling ["In
The Time Of Gods"]. It sparkles with simple and beautiful layers, and it's muscular in places and very lyrical
Tomorrow's performance at NYU is at 8p.m., tickets are $25-$45 and the Skirball Center
is located at 566 LaGuardia Place. 212.352.3101, skirballcenter.nyu.edu
If you miss this performance Williams returns to the area
for three shows in early June: StageOne in Fairfield, Conn. on 6/1; Infinity Hall in Norfolk, Conn. on 6/7; and YMCA
Boulton Center in Bay Shore, Long Island on 6/8.
Thursday, May 3, 2012
Ringo's new homepage; archival photo of the famed drummer
with feline friend (inset).
Ringo's rhino nixes cat
Loyal followers of Ringo Starr and his website
RingoStarr.com may be wondering what happened to the homepage picture of his pussycat and why there's a baby rhino in its place.
No Ringo hasn't fired the cat for a younger cutie, but is making a statement on the critical state
of near extinction of the black rhinoceros. The African giant has been on the endangered species list for more than 10 years.
In a cryptic quote Ringo stated "I’ve always loved rhino’s. They were close to my and [the
late Who drummer] Keith Moon's hearts. In fact, I had two huge ones made and gave one to Keith. Mine is still here, out
on the grass here in England."
Despite his fondness for his pet rhino, that beast will not
be coming to America with Ringo when Starr launches the new edition of his All-Starr band on it's annual US tour starting
June 14 in Niagara Falls, NY.
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
The 1972 Neve 8028, old school altar for analog
audio recording. Inset photo, Dave Grohl.
Dave Grohl ready to say action on film project
Dave Grohl ex-Nirvana drummer, present Foo Fighter frontman is an analog guy in a digital world.
his speech at this year's Grammys while accepting kudos for best rock performances he said "Singing into a microphone
and learning to play an instrument and learning to do your craft, that's the most important thing for people to do... It's not about being perfect, it's not about sounding absolutely correct, it's not about what goes on in a computer.
It's about what goes on in your heart and what goes on in your head."
Grohl did a heap of back tracking when digital artists objected
to his condemning statement, but it didn't extinguish his desire to stitch together a film project about Sound City Studios,
the cathedral of analog audio recording in Van Nuys, California.
Grohl's personal connection to Sound City began with the 1991 recording of Nirvana's
breakthrough album, "Nevermind" which sold more than 30 million copies worldwide at the studio. Those memories and Grohl's acquiring the legendary Neve 8028 recording console from Sound City last year are the sparks
that fired this documentary that Dave will direct and produce. The Neve, a car-sized box of wires and knobs
was built in 1972, and is considered by many to be the crown jewel of analog recording equipment. The Sound City model captured the music of such artists as Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, Cheap Trick, Guns and Roses, Nirvana,
Metallica, and countless other musical legends over the past 40 years.
Through interviews with the artists that created music over
decades at Sound City, Grohl's film will showcase the history of the studio, focus on the albums recorded there that went
on to change the world, and shine a light on the human element of music in an age of technology. There is no timeline
for the film completion at this writing, but a note at the site soundcitymovie.com says "A Film by Dave Grohl coming
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Justin Timberlake, Hank Williams Jr. and Trace Ayala get
together back stage in Mississippi.
Timberlake gets 'Nsync with Hank Jr.
You never know who's gonna show
up back stage, right?
Last Friday night Timberlake joined country music legend Hank
Williams Jr. for a beer and chat back stage after Hank's concert in
Southhaven, Mississippi. Timberlake, in flannel and donning a trucker's cap, is a closet country fan as is his fiancée
Jessica Biel, mother Lynn Timberlake, and buddy Trace Alaya who also attended the performance.
Commenting on the surprise visit Williams said of Timberlake: “What a great guy! He
sure is a good country boy. We talked about girls, guitars and turkey hunting Hell, Justin and I even talking
about recording a blues song sometime.”
"Woody Guthrie" oil on canvas painting by Charles
Songwriters Hall honors Woody Guthrie
The annual Songwriters Hall of Fame shindig gets in touch with its Americana
roots this year when the respected organization welcomes Woody Guthrie, the dust-bowl balladeer, to its ranks.
late Guthrie, who would have been 100 this year, will receive the Pioneer Award, established in 2012 to honor
the career of historic composers who've had major influence on later generations of songwriters. The honor
will be presented the 43rd Annual Induction and Awards Dinner taking place in New York June 14.
While there is much speculation about who will present the
award, many believe Woody's son Arlo will accept the honor on behalf of his father and the Guthrie family.
Songwriters Hall of Fame
Chairman Jimmy Webb called Guthrie “One of the great songwriters of all time, we look forward to acknowledging
his brilliance with the first-ever Songwriters Hall of Fame Pioneer Award.”
That brilliance includes more than 3,000 songs throughout
his career, including people's anthems such as “This Land Is Your Land”
and “This Train Is Bound For Glory.
The reach of Guthrie's influence
includes the early folk movement (Guthrie befriended a young songwriter named Bob Dylan) as well as rockers such as Bruce
Springsteen, John Mellencamp and Bob Seger (who will also be inducted in the Songwriters Hall of Fame this year).
Along with Guthrie and
Seger the class of 2012 also includes Canadian Gordon Lightfoot, Don Schlitz, Harvey Schmidt & Tom
Jones and Jim Steinman who composed the seminal Meat Loaf album "Bat Out Of Hell." The
Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Bette Midler and the Abe Olman Publisher Award will
be presented to Lance Freed. Ben E. King and his song “Stand By Me,”
will receive the Towering Song/Performance Award and R&B singer Ne-Yo will be presented with the Starlight Award.
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