22 November, 2009

Men in black

* Johnny Cash, the man in black.

+ Well, you wonder why I always dress in black,
Why you never see bright colors on my back,
And why does my appearance seem to have a somber tone.
Well, there's a reason for the things that I have on.

I wear the black for the poor and the beaten down,
Livin' in the hopeless, hungry side of town,
I wear it for the prisoner who has long paid for his crime,
But is there because he's a victim of the times.

I wear the black for those who never read,
Or listened to the words that Jesus said,
About the road to happiness through love and charity,
Why, you'd think He's talking straight to you and me.

Well, we're doin' mighty fine, I do suppose,
In our streak of lightnin' cars and fancy clothes,
But just so we're reminded of the ones who are held back,
Up front there ought 'a be a Man In Black.

I wear it for the sick and lonely old,
For the reckless ones whose bad trip left them cold,
I wear the black in mournin' for the lives that could have been,
Each week we lose a hundred fine young men.

And, I wear it for the thousands who have died,
Believen' that the Lord was on their side,
I wear it for another hundred thousand who have died,
Believen' that we all were on their side.

Well, there's things that never will be right I know,
And things need changin' everywhere you go,
But 'til we start to make a move to make a few things right,
You'll never see me wear a suit of white.

Ah, I'd love to wear a rainbow every day,
And tell the world that everything's OK,
But I'll try to carry off a little darkness on my back,
'Till things are brighter, I'm the Man In Black.

* Loquillo (Bunbury y Calamaro), hombres de negro.

+ Voy de negro y te preguntas el por qué
porque no visto otros colores sé muy bien
que mi apariencia puede resultar sombría y gris
tengo razones para vestir así

Llevo el negro por los pobres y también
por los vencidos puestos contra la pared
Lo llevo por el preso,
que paga el sueldo de
una ley hecha a medida del poder.

Llevo el negro por aquellos que jamás
hicieron caso a Cristo al proclamar
que existe un camino de Amor y de Piedad
hablo claro, tú me entenderás

Voy de negro por la injusta soledad
de los viejos y los que acabarán
fríos como piedras después de cabalgar
mientras alguien se hace rico en su sofá

Voy de negro por el joven que caerá
en la guerra creyendo tener detrás
a Dios y a su madre de su lado
y no es verdad.
es la carne del juego de un general

Sé que hay cosas que nunca estarán bien
pero nada es imposible mírame
yo canto esta canción
¿ que puedes hacer tú ?
Mira hacia dentro y carga con tu cruz

Quiero enseñar un arco iris al cantar
pero en mi espalda cae la oscuridad
y hasta que la luz no brille de verdad
voy de negro, de negro me verás.

25 October, 2009

No, we won't back down

+ Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, again, Pearl Jam won't back down either.

Well I wont back down, no I wont back down
You can stand me up at the gates of hell
But I wont back down

Gonna stand my ground, wont be turned around
And Ill keep this world from draggin me down
Gonna stand my ground and I wont back down

Hey baby, there aint no easy way out
Hey I will stand my ground
And I wont back down.

Well I know whats right, I got just one life
In a world that keeps on pushin me around
But Ill stand my ground and I wont back down

Hey baby there aint no easy way out
Hey I will stand my ground
And I wont back down
No, I wont back down

27 August, 2009

19 years without Stevie Ray


To complete the summer portion of the "In Step" tour, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble played two shows on August 25 & 26 at Alpine Valley Theatre in East Troy, WI, while on tour with Eric Clapton. For travel to the next venue, the tour manager reserved four helicopters to circumvent congested highway traffic. In very dense fog, the helicopters were clear for lift-off at 12:40 A.M. Just past the lift-off zone was a 300-foot hill. Vaughan's helicopter pilot was unfamiliar with the flight pattern for exiting the area, and did not climb to sufficient altitude immediately after take-off. Vaughan's helicopter veered off to one side and crashed into the hill. According to the findings as reported by the National Transportation Safety Board, the cause of the accident was determined to be inadequate planning by the pilot, and failure to attain sufficient altitude to clear an obstacle. Fog and haze, as well as the rising terrain were listed as contributing factors. All occupants including Vaughan, the pilot and three members of Eric Clapton's travel group were killed on impact. On August 31, 1990, funeral services were held for Vaughan in the Oak Cliff area of Dallas, Texas. Brother Jimmie, mother Martha, and girlfriend Janna were in attendance. Among the mourners were all three members of ZZ Top, Bonnie Raitt, Stevie Wonder, and Jackson Browne. Vaughan was interred at Laurel Land Memorial Park in Oak Cliff, a part of Dallas, Texas.

* Listen to Texas Flood.

* Listen to Look at little sister.

* Listen to Love struck baby.

* Listen to The sky is crying.

26 August, 2009

BRIAN SETZER ORCHESTRA MEETS FILM NOIR ON ‘SONGS FROM LONELY AVENUE’





Rockabilly guitar-slinger, big band impresario, and all-around cool cat Brian Setzer takes a walk on the dark side with his film noir-inspired new album ‘Songs From Lonely Avenue,’ out October 13th on Surfdog Records.

With a propulsive rhythm, an ominous minor key, wickedly good instrumental solos and the familiar character of the Devil up to his old tricks, opening track “Trouble Train” sets the mood for the whole album (with echoes of that other great song about Lucifer, Charlie Daniels’ “Devil Went Down to Georgia”). Throughout the rest of the album, thugs prowl the street, young couples dance the night away in New York, hearts are broken, and lives are taken, all over pitch-perfect melodies and arrangements.

Comprising ten vocal tracks and three instrumentals, ‘Songs from Lonely Avenue’ marks the first time Setzer has written every track on an album. With all the scope of a Raymond Chandler novel or an Orson Welles film, it’s his most ambitious project to date.

And as he did on 2007’s ‘Wolfgang’s Big Night Out,’ Setzer recruited 87-year-old Frank Comstock, one of the most important and inventive arrangers of instrumental music of the last century, to score the horn arrangements. Comstock wrote music for many of the era’s top artists, including Doris Day, Sonny Dunham, Benny Carter and Judy Garland (not to mention the “Rocky & Bullwinkle” theme!).

Furthermore, the “New King Of Jingle Bell Rock” (Billboard) Brian Setzer and his 18-piece big band will kick off their seventh Christmas Extravaganza 27-date tour on November 20th in Detroit. This fall, Surfdog Records will re-release Setzer’s hugely successful collection of yuletide music: ‘Christmas Rocks’ as well as the ‘Ultimate Christmas’ CD and DVD combination- songs that have become part of the holiday tradition for millions over the last several years.

From launching the rockabilly revolution with the Stray Cats to pioneering the swing revival with the Brian Setzer Orchestra, this Long Island-born innovator has earned his unique place in modern music by walking the line between conceptual discipline and balls-out rockin’. Setzer won three Grammy Awards (two for Best Pop Instrumental Performance for “Sleepwalk” from The Dirty Boogie in 1998 and “Caravan” from VaVoom in 2000, plus one for Best Pop Performance with “Jump, Jive an' Wail,” also from The Dirty Boogie) by targeting that place where wild energy and visionary imagination intersect.

* Listen to Trouble train.

* Listen to Lonely avenue.

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The Blue Ridge Rangers rides again

+ John Fogerty is going to release his new album, entitled "John Fogerty and The Blue Ridge Rangers rides again". Check out his page to listen to John and Bruce Springsteen cover a Everly Brothers' wonderful tune "When will I be loved".

+ The track list includes songs from Buck Owens, Ray Price, Rickie Nelson and other great artists:

* Paradise (John Prine)
* Never Ending Song of Love (Bonnie Bramett/Delaney Bramlett)
* Garden Party (Rick Nelson)
* I Don’t Care (Just As Long As You Love Me) (Buck Owens)
* Back Home Again (John Denver)
* I’ll Be There (If You Ever Want Me) (Ray Price/Rusty Gabbard)
* Change in the Weather (John Fogerty)
* Moody River (Gary Bruce)
* Heaven’s Just a Sin Away (Jerry Gillespie)
* Fallin’ Fallin’ Fallin’ (D. Deckleman/J. Guillot/J.D. Miller)
* Haunted House (Robert L.Geddins)
* When Will I Be Loved (Phil Everly)

+ Sure you know it is great!

14 August, 2009

Elizabeth & the Catapult

+ Some adjectives critics have given at Elizabeth & The Catapult:
  • jazzy chamber-pop
  • breezy melodies
  • precisely arranged but casually presented tunes
  • Tin Pan Alley pop
  • “Taller Children” and “Race You” are “Class A indie pop”
* the band's performance on World Café: You can stream the show online HERE!

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If you have yet to see them live, check out their performance at the Paste offices- HERE!

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Their video for “Taller Children” HERE!

* Listen to "Taller Children" here!

*
Elizabeth & crew sat down with NPR's All Things Considered!

* E&TC on NYC's Soundcheck HERE!:

08 August, 2009

The Boxmasters

+ Billy Bob Thornton, the actor behind so many excellent films (not including Bad Santa), plays good old rockabilly with his group The Boxmasters. Their modern mix is irresistible!

+ Two good records (The Boxmasters and Modbilly) are there for you to know them.

* Listen to Poor house.

Reno’s sparkling ahead honey I thought I’d give you a call.
I’m looking for tomorrow to be sunny in the midst of this snowfall.
I let you and the kids down for way too long now,
I’m hoping to turn our life around if I can just figure out how.

I’m working on a plan to save our home
Keep us outta the poor house, pay off those loans
I’m working on a plan to save our home
Keep us outta the poor house, and I won’t do it stoned.

I’ll sit with the grannies at the nickel machines
and pull handles til my hands are blue
I’ll do just about anything to bring a future home to you
I put down the Pales and liquor
You know I tried to keep a job
I just think this’d be quicker
If I could win a little off the mob

I’m working on a plan to save our home
Keep us outta the poor house, pay off those loans
I’m working on a plan to save our home
Keep us outta the poor house, now that I’m not stoned.

Well my plan didn’t work exactly honey, but I do have a little good news:
I’m not bringing home any money, but I didn’t turn back the booze.
I guess it’s back to the drawing board, ideas are starting to brew
I’m bringing back all I can afford and that’s love to the kids and you.

I’m working on a plan to save our home
Keep us outta the poor house, pay off those loans
I’m working on a plan to save our home
Keep us outta the poor house, and build a house of stone

* Or listen to Turn it over.

+ Great Billy!

07 August, 2009

Bryan Scary & The Shredding Tears

+ Chicago native BRYAN SCARY recorded his 2007 debut solo, before recruiting the rest of THE SHREDDING TEARS and setting up shop in Brooklyn. The five-piece group features Graham Norwood on guitar, Mike Acreman on keys, David Ostrem on bass, and Brian Bauer on drums, with Scary on vocals and keys. BSST has been called "psychedelic," "progressive," "quirky," and "strange," but they consider themselves first and foremost a pop band. 2008's FLIGHT OF THE KNIFE fused glam, psych rock, and theatrical 70s pop with science fiction narratives and elaborate children's stories. A conceptual tour-de-force, the album hit #6 on the iTunes Rock Chart after being made Editor's Choice, and amassed a significant cult following. The group continues to win fans with their flamboyant and maniacally-energetic stage shows -- multimedia events which showcase the band's story-telling and flair for the dramatic.

BSST's new EP, MAD VALENTINES, is a joint release with Elijah Woods' Simian Records and Old Flame Records - it will drop on October 27th. The band recorded the album in LA with producer Jonathan Sadoff (a member of the band thenewno2). An additional EP track was then recorded in Brooklyn and produced by Bryce Goggin (Pavement, The Apples In Stereo). The lead-off track on the EP, "Andromeda's Eyes," is available here.

Zac Brown Band, country and pride


+ Listen to this, today it's friday. We are not in the USA, but in Murcia. It's steaming, hot as hell, but tonight:
You know I like my chicken fried
Cold beer on a Friday night
A pair of jeans that fit just right
And the radio up
* Listen to Zac Brown Band and imagine listening to the radio while drinking cold beer and eating, well, fried chicken (or lamb or whatever you fancy).

11 July, 2009

Fogerty rocks in Murcia

+ Rock living legend John Fogerty played last night in San Javier (Murcia) in the first of a series of four shows in Spain, where he has never played. It was time!

+ Fogerty played many of his unforgettable hits, and many others were missing. I guess he could play four or five shows without repeating a hit. Nowadays, the once broken-down cowboy (in his own words) was in perfect rocking shape, happy and with a sensational band, among them Kenny Aronoff, who drummed all night with superb precision.

+ The audience who proved to know all the songs, sang along with John Suzie Q, Who'll stop the rain, Jambalaya, Big train from Memphis, Centerfield, Fortunate son, Have you ever seen the rain, without missing a beat!. Among the audience, Delegado del Gobierno González Tovar was seen rocking not far from Consejero "Fallen Angel" De la Cierva.

+ We'll miss you John, but we have all your guitar riffs (probably you are the man who invented most of the most important guitar riffs in history) and all your wonderful songs. American music, that is!

+ And in september, new album by The Blue Ridge Rangers!

09 July, 2009

The Woodstock experience

Wonderful release of the Woodstock experience since June 30th.

The spirit of the Woodstock Music & Art Fair of 1969 resonates 40 summers later, as if it were just yesterday.

In 1969, five acts recorded albums for the Columbia, Epic, and RCA labels (divisions of SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT) and brought their music to Max Yasgur’s farm that summer. For the first time, THE WOODSTOCK EXPERIENCE couples those albums with music from the festival, providing a pocket portrait of what each artist and band was experiencing during 1969. Available at all physical and digital retail outlets starting June 30th – in newly-designed eco-friendly 2CD packages (see details below) – will be the following five titles:

  • JEFFERSON AIRPLANE - THE WOODSTOCK EXPERIENCE

(RCA/Legacy) Includes Volunteers, their sixth and final album with the original lineup before all the changes came in 1970, with “We Can Be Together,” “Good Shepherd,” “Wooden Ships,” “Eskimo Blue Day,” and the title tune; coupled with 13 songs from their Sunday wee-hours set at the festival, including six previously unissued live tracks.

  • JANIS JOPLIN - THE WOODSTOCK EXPER­IENCE

(Columbia/Legacy) Includes I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again Mama!, her first and only solo album released during her lifetime, with “Try (Just A Little Bit Harder),” the Bee Gees’ “To Love Somebody,” and Rodgers & Hart’s “Little Girl Blue”; coupled with her entire 10-song festival set, including three previously unissued live tracks.

  • SANTANA - THE WOODSTOCK EXPERIENCE

(Columbia/Legacy) Includes the debut Santana LP, with “Evil Ways,” “Savor,” “Persuasion,” “Soul Sacrifice,” and Olatunji’s “Jingo”; coupled with their entire 8-song set, including one previously unissued live track;

  • SLY & THE FAMILY STONE – THE WOODSTOCK EXPERIENCE

(Epic/Legacy) Includes their breakthrough fourth album, Stand!, with “Every­day People,” “Sing A Simple Song,” “Stand!” and “I Want To Take You Higher”; coupled with their entire 8-song set, including seven previously unissued live tracks.

  • JOHNNY WINTER - THE WOODSTOCK EXPERIENCE (Columbia/Legacy) Includes the debut Johnny Winter solo LP, with homages to Robert Johnson (“When You Got A Good

Friend”), Sonny Boy Williamson (“Good Morning Little Schoolgirl”), Lightnin’ Hopkins (“Back Door Friend”) and B.B. King (“Be Careful With A Fool”); coupled with eight songs from his Sunday evening set at the festival, including seven previously unissued live tracks.

Each THE WOODSTOCK EXPERIENCE disc will be packaged inside a mini-LP cover with inner paper sleeves: CD-one replicating the front and back covers of the original LP, and CD-two featuring iconic photography of the artist performing at the festival. These mini-LPs will be housed in a paper-board slipcase sharing continuity of design recognition across all five packages. The slipcase will also contain a two-sided 16x20-inch fold-out poster, with one side displaying iconic photography of the artist performing at the festival, and the other side displaying a classic crowd shot of the audience.

The upcoming 40th anniversary celebration includes such highly-anticipated projects as Academy Award-winning director Ang Lee’s Taking Woodstock (which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, starring Demetri Martin, Liev Schreiber and Emile Hirsch, via Focus Features); and Woodstock co-founder Michael Lang’s The Road To Woodstock, written with Holly George-Warren (on HarperCollins’ Ecco imprint).

Announced in April, Sony Music Entertainment has teamed with Woodstock Ventures to launch Woodstock.com, a a cutting edge live music social network for all concerts, including complete artist and event information, access to ticketing, concert reviews, music, blogs, and a forum to connect with other fan events throughout the world. There will be platforms for environmental initiatives, social issues, and other current topics. Visitors to the site can meet on a virtual village green, a platform for developing initiatives about global warming, carbon emissions, and responsible energy use.

The spirit of the Woodstock Generation continues to be a thriving and dynamic force in society because the communal ideas expressed in the music of those artists still resounds loud and clear. The social and political and cultural concerns that informed their lives and music in 1969 are still with us today. And there has never been any better way of experiencing the tumultuous events of 1969 than through the music.

Details of the five THE WOODSTOCK EXPERIENCE titles are as follows:

JEFFERSON AIRPLANE - THE WOODSTOCK EXPERIENCE

(Volunteers, RCA/Legacy, originally issued April 1969, as RCA Victor) Disc OneSelections: 1. We Can Be Together • 2. Good Shepherd • 3. The Farm • 4. Hey Frederick • 5. Turn My Life Down • 6. Wooden Ships • 7. Eskimo Blue Day • 8. A Song For All Seasons • 9. Meadowlands • 10. Volunteers • (Recorded Live at the Woodstock Music & Art Fair, Sunday, August 17, 1969: PART ONE) 11. Introduction (previously unissued) • 12. The Other Side of This Life (previously unissued) • 13. Somebody To Love • 14. 3/15 Of A Mile In 10 Seconds (previously unissued) • 15. Won’t You Try / Saturday Afternoon • 16. Eskimo Blue Day.

Disc Two (Recorded live at the Woodstock Music & Art Fair, Sunday, August 17, 1969: PART TWO) – Selections: 1. Plastic Fantastic Lover • 2. Wooden Ships (previously unissued) • 3. Uncle Sam Blues • 4. Volunteers • 5. The Ballad of You & Me & Pooneil (previously unissued) • 6. Come Back Baby (previously unissued) • 7. White Rabbit • 8. The House At Pooneil Corners (previously unissued).

JANIS JOPLIN - THE WOODSTOCK EXPERIENCE

(I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again Mama!, Columbia/Legacy, originally issued October 1969, as Columbia) Disc OneSelections: 1. Try (Just A Little Bit Harder) • 2. Maybe • 3. One Good Man • 4. As Good As You’ve Been To This World • 5. To Love Somebody • 6. Kozmic Blues • 7. Little Girl Blue • 8. Work Me, Lord.

Disc Two (Recorded live at the Woodstock Music & Art Fair, Saturday, August 16, 1969) – Selections: 1. Raise Your Hand (previously unissued) • 2. As Good As You’ve Been To This World (previously unissued) • 3. To Love Somebody • 4. Summertime • 5. Try (Just A Little Bit Harder) • 6. Kozmic Blues • 7. Can’t Turn You Loose (previously unissued) • 8. Work Me, Lord • 9. Piece Of My Heart • 10. Ball & Chain.

SANTANA - THE WOODSTOCK EXPERIENCE

(Santana, Columbia/Legacy, originally issued August 1969, as Columbia) Disc OneSelections: 1. Waiting • 2. Evil Ways • 3. Shades Of Time • 4. Savor • 5. Jingo • 6. Persuasion • 7. Treat • 8. You Just Don’t Care • 9. Soul Sacrifice.

Disc Two (Recorded live at the Woodstock Music & Art Fair, Saturday, August 16, 1969) – Selections: 1. Waiting • 2. Evil Ways (previously unissued) • 3. You Just Don’t Care • 4. Savor • 5. Jingo • 6. Persuasion • 7. Soul Sacrifice • 8. Fried Neckbones.

SLY & THE FAMILY STONE - THE WOODSTOCK EXPERIENCE (Stand!, Epic/Legacy, originally issued April 1969, as Epic) Disc OneSelections: 1. Stand! • 2. Don’t Call Me Nigger, Whitey • 3. I Want To Take You Higher • 4. Somebody’s Watching You • 5. Sing A Simple Song • 6. Everyday People • 7. Sex Machine • 8. You Can Make It If You Try.

Disc Two (Recorded live at the Woodstock Music & Art Fair, Sunday, August 17, 1969) – Selections: 1. M’Lady (previously unissued) • 2. Sing A Simple Song (previously unissued) • 3. You Can Make It If You Try (previously unissued) • 4. Everyday People (previously unissued) • 5. Dance To The Music • 6. MEDLEY: Music Lover / Higher • 7. I Want To Take You Higher (previously unreleased) • 8. Love City • 9. Stand! (previously unissued)

JOHNNY WINTER - THE WOODSTOCK EXPERIENCE

(Johnny Winter, Columbia/Legacy, originally issued May 1969, as Columbia) Disc One – Selections: 1. I’m Yours And I’m Hers • 2. Be Careful With A Fool • 3. Dallas • 4. Mean Mistreater • 5. Leland Mississippi Blues • 6. Good Morning Little Schoolgirl • 7. When You Got A Good Friend • 8. I’ll Drown In My Own Tears • 9. Back Door Friend.

Disc Two (Recorded live at the Woodstock Music & Art Fair, Sunday, August 17-Monday, August 18, 1969) – Selections: 1. Mama, Talk To Your Daughter (previously unissued) • 2. Leland Mississippi Blues • 3. Mean Town Blues • 4. You Done Lost Your Good Thing Now (previously unissued) • 5. I Can’t Stand It (with Edgar Winter) (previously unissued) • 6. Tobacco Road (with Edgar Winter) (previously unissued) • 7. Tell The Truth (with Edgar Winter) (previously unissued) • 8. Johnny B. Goode (previously unissued).

14 May, 2009

Pretty in pink for a good cause!

Ariel recently released a cover of the Psychedelic Furs’ classic “Pretty in Pink.” The cover takes a new twist on the ‘80s rock classic by adding a string section and infusing Ariel’s Bowie-esque sound. Ariel covered the song not only because of his love for the Furs, but also because he thought it to be the perfect vehicle for spreading optimism and hope amongst women battling breast cancer. Ariel’s close friend of twenty plus years was diagnosed in May 2005 with stage III breast cancer, and today can call herself a survivor. This inspired him to partner with the Greater New York City Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® and donate proceeds of $.54 cents from each iTunes sale of the single during the entire month of April.

It’s a great way for music lovers to make a contribution towards eradicating breast cancer while adding new music to their iTunes libraries.

Please visit www.arielaparicio.com/komen for the direct link where you can purchase the single.

28 March, 2009

Rodney Crowell, master


+ Why this man does not have about the same recognition as Bob Dylan or Leonard Cohen, for instance, is a mistery to me.

+ His most recent work, sex and gasoline, is another gem of wonderful songs with soulful lyrics.

+ The album, follower of the spirit of his recent records, since The Houston Kid in 2001, Fate's right hand in 2003 and The Outsider in 2005. Get to know him before it's late.

22 March, 2009

Green river ordinance, today's rock


+ They say you will find many 80's and 90's easily recognizable influences when you listen to Green River Ordinance first record in a major label, Out of My Hands. But I do not think this is a sin, isn't guys?

+ I think that the merit of these guys is to release a wonderful set of rock songs, perfectly fitted to today's music. If you agree, listen to them.

* Come on.

* Goodbye LA.

14 March, 2009

Popa Chubby plays rockabilly!

+ The big bluesman shows his master playing rockabilly.


* Listen to Popa Chubby, Race With The Devil.

* Listen to other songs in his space.

12 March, 2009

Raul Malo, he's a lucky one


+ Soon, a review of cuban-american musician Raul Malo, leader of the great The Mavericks.

+
Raul Malo’s Fantasy Records label debut album, Lucky One, finds him fully shedding his musical shackles. “I have been fighting my whole life against people who want to pigeonhole music. I feel like I’ve got no restrictions anymore.” Malo is known for his work as the frontman of the Grammy Award-winning, globally platinum- and gold-certified band the Mavericks. Following two albums of covers, Lucky One is Malo’s first album original material in seven years.

+ Malo has earned much critical respect over the years. USA Today applauded “a voice that seems to have no limits of range or versatility.” The New York Times said, “Malo has an exceptional voice, a burnished tenor that harks back to Roy Orbison and the great Cuban singer Beny Moré.” Rolling Stone added, “Raul Malo has a voice on par with the best of ‘em: Sinatra, George Jones and Orbison.” And The Wall Street Journal opined: “Malo’s superb voice is big and melodic with a natural vibrato. Exquisite.”

+ Malo wrote Lucky One over a two-year period at his Nashville home and was so happy with the results that several of his home demos appear as final versions on the CD. For the balance of the album, he once again enlisted Steve Berlin, best known for his work with Los Lobos and who worked on Malo’s 2001 Today album, as co-producer. “I trust Steve musically,” Malo says. “Art comes first with him. That’s the most important quality of all. Nothing gets in the way of that.” Lucky One follows You’re Only Lonely and After Hours, two CDs of cover songs written by Malo’s favorite tunesmiths including Kris Kristofferson, Dwight Yoakam, Willie Nelson and Roger Miller. "How could that not influence my songwriting on Lucky One?” Malo asks. “It certainly had an effect on how I wrote for this. There’s an appreciation for song structure, melody and lyric that these guys certainly had.” Songs on Lucky One range from the upbeat “Moonlight Kiss,” to songs like “One More Angel” and “Rosalie,” which take on mortality and the loss of life. “Hello Again” is a deceptively upbeat, swinging tale of heartbreak, and the closing track “So Beautiful” is an ultimately uplifting benediction influenced by events in and outside Malo’s home.


* Listen to lucky one.
* Listen to for you.
Listen to The Mavericks:
* Listen to hot burrito #1.
* Listen to dance the night away.
* Listen to Dolores.
* Listen to someone should tell her.

13 February, 2009

Green River Ordinance, rockers

+ The name Green River Ordinance is given to a common American city ordinance prohibiting door-to-door solicitation. Under such an ordinance, it is illegal for any business to sell their items door-to-door without express permission from the household beforehand. Some versions prohibit all organizations, including non-profit charitable, political, and religious groups, from soliciting or canvassing any household that makes it clear, in writing, that it does not want such solicitations (generally with a "No Trespassing" or "No Solicitations" sign posted). The ordinance is named for the city of Green River, Wyoming, the first city to enact it (Wikipedia dixit).

+ But, Green River Ordinance are texan rockers releasing Out Of My Hands on February 24, 2009. The band is composed of singer/guitarist Josh Jenkins, brothers Jamey (guitar) and Geoff Ice (bass), Denton Hunker (drums) and Joshua Wilkerson (guitar). For Out Of My Hands, the band teamed up with producers Mark Endert (Natasha Bedingfield, Maroon 5, Gavin DeGraw), Jordan Critz and Paul Ebersold (Sister Hazel, 3 Doors Down, Third Day) while still keeping the songwriting in-house. The resulting album will be familiar to the band’s hardcore fans while reflecting the additional time and expertise that went into its creation.

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Out Of My Hands builds on accessible, hook-laden songs suitable for cruising—windows down and radio blaring. Reminiscent of arena-ready, larger-than-life rock bands, Green River Ordinance expertly blends emotive vocals, guitars-to-11 and anthemic choruses to deliver moments certain to move crowds, with lighters (or phones) inevitably waving in the air (unknown writer, good!).

+ Listen to the guys in their space or in facebook.


02 January, 2009

I wanna do bad things with you



* Jace Everett - Bad Things.

I wanna do bad things with you.

When you came in the air went out.
And every shadow filled up with doubt.
I don't know who you think you are,
But before the night is through,
I wanna do bad things with you.

I'm the kind to sit up in his room.
Heart sick an' eyes filled up with blue.
I don't know what you've done to me,
But I know this much is true:
I wanna do bad things with you.

When you came in the air went out.
And all those shadows there filled up with doubt.
I don't know who you think you are,
But before the night is through,
I wanna do bad things with you.
I wanna do real bad things with you.
Ow, ooh.

I don't know what you've done to me,
But I know this much is true:
I wanna do bad things with you.
I wanna do real bad things with you.

07 December, 2008

Nerina Pallot - Everybody's Gone to War


* Now that we know that they knew, although we knew it from the beginning, again, we have to say it again:

* Nerina Pallot: everybody's gone to war.

I've got a friend, he's a pure-bred killing machine,
He said he's waited his whole damn life for this,
I knew him well when he was seventeen,
Now he's a man who'll be dead by Christmas.

And, so...
Everybody's going to war,
But we don't know what we're fighting for,
Don't tell me it's a worthy cause,
No cause could be so worthy.

If love is a drug, I guess we're all sober,
If hope is a song I guess it's all over,
How to have faith, when faith is a crime?
I don't want to die...
If God's on our side, then God is a joker,
Asleep on the job, his children fall over,
Running out through the door and straight to the sky,
I don't want to die...

For every man who wants to rule the world,
There'll be a man who just wants to be free,
What do we learn but what should not be learnt?
Too late to find a cure for this disease.

so...
Everybody's going to war,
But we don't know what we're fighting for,
Don't tell me it's a worthy cause,
No cause could be so worthy.

If love is a drug, I guess we're all sober,
If hope is a song, I guess it's all over,
How to have faith, when faith is a crime?
I don't want to die...
If God's on our side, then God is a joker,
Asleep on the job, his children fall over,
Running out through the door, and straight to the sky,
I don't want to die...
I-I-I-I
I-I-I-I
don't want to die,
I-I don't want to die...

so...
Everybody's going to war,
But we don't know what we're fighting for,
Don't tell me it's a worthy cause,
No cause could be so worthy.

If love is a drug, I guess we're all sober,
If hope is a song, I guess it's all over,
How to have faith, when faith is a crime?
I don't want to die...
If God's on our side, then God is a joker,
Asleep on the job, his children fall over,
Running out through the door, and straight to the sky,
I don't want to die...
I-I-I-I
I-I-I-I
don't want to die,
I-I don't want to die...

I've got a friend, he's a pure-bred killing machine,
I think he might be dead by Christmas...
_______________________________________

11 November, 2008

Keane


+ British pop-rock group Keane has a brand new album, Perfect Symmetry.

* Check out these gifts:

* “Spiralling” Widget:
* “Spiralling” Audio Stream:

+

“Perfect Symmetry” Video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jf1RDO9SkiY

“Spiralling” Widget:

http://www.umusic.ca/keane/mediaplayer/index_us.php

“Spiralling” Audio Stream:

http://www.imeem.com/keane/music/TtkHzyFw/keane_spiralling

Keane Ipod Touch Contest:

http://www.myreg.net/checkform?force_form=1&form_id=13854

In the meantime, please visit their page.

05 November, 2008

A change has come

+ Sam Cooke, in 1964. Did he know?. He was killed before the song was even released!

+ Hear it:

* One *Two *Three

I was born by the river in a little tent
Oh and just like the river I've been running ever since
It's been a long, a long time coming
But I know a change gonna come, oh yes it will

It's been too hard living but I'm afraid to die
Cause I don't know what's up there beyond the sky
It's been a long, a long time coming
But I know a change gonna come, oh yes it will

I go to the movie and I go downtown
Somebody keep telling me don't hang around
It's been a long, a long time coming
But I know a change gonna come, oh yes it will

Then I go to my brother
And I say brother help me please
But he winds up knocking me
Back down on my knees

Ohhhhhhhhh.....

There been times that I thought I couldn't last for long
But now I think I'm able to carry on
It's been a long, a long time coming
But I know a change gonna come, oh yes it will

+ I hope, a change has come!

02 November, 2008

Lez Zeppelin, back in the stores


+ Atlantic Records/Rhino Entertainment will release a limited-edition CD boxed set containing Japanese imports of all 10 of the quartet’s albums in mini-LP replicas with artwork from the original U.K. LP sleeves. The LED ZEPPELIN DEFINITIVE COLLECTION OF MINI-LP REPLICAS boxed set will be available on November 4 for a suggested price of $199.98 (you have to be a real fan!).

+ The mini-LP replicas CD boxed set includes Led Zeppelin (1969), Led Zeppelin II (1969), Led Zeppelin III (1970), Led Zeppelin IV (1971), Houses of the Holy (1973), Physical Graffiti (1975), Presence (1976), The Song Remains the Same (1976), In Through the Out Door (1979), and Coda (1982). The sleeves included in the boxed set feature the original LP album artwork released in the U.K., including the original printing of the group’s debut, which used turquoise ink on the cover for the band’s name and the Atlantic Records logo. Additionally, the set includes all six covers released for In Through the Out Door, Led Zeppelin’s final studio album.

+ If you are like me, a great fan that has the old records, listen to them again:

* In videos, here.

+ In music:

* Heartbreaker.
* Immigrant song.
* Whole lotta love.
* Dazed and confused.
* You shook me.

* Enjoy the best blues-rock has ever been recorded!

*

06 October, 2008

B.B. King, piece of museum (not yet!)


+ The King of the Blues is set to release a new album featuring covers of old blues songs from B.B. King’s early influences. With production by T Bone Burnett (Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Roy Orbison, Elvis Costello) the set revisits the music that influenced B.B. in the 1950s, the beginning of King’s extraordinary professional journey that, literally, changed the texture of modern blues playing. One Kind Favor is the title of the effort.

+ Recorded at the Village Recorder in Los Angeles, CA, One Kind Favor is meant to sound like an album recorded in the 50s. To get this sound Burnett and King replicated the kind of blues band King had back in the day bringing in some of the greats – Dr. John on piano, Nathan East on stand up acoustic bass and Jim Keltner on drums, to name a few. Studio conditions of the time were reproduced. The result is a vintage sounding album filled with the songs that influenced King in his early days as an artist.


+ The full track listing for One Kind Favor, along with the name of the artist who originally recorded the track, is:” See That My Grave Is Kept Clean” (Lemon Jefferson), “I Get So Weary” (T-Bone Walker), “Get These Blues Off Me” (Lee Vida Walker), “How Many More Years” (Chester Burnett), “Waiting For Your Call” (Oscar Lollie), “My Love Is Down” (Lonnie Johnson), “The World Is Gone Wrong” ( Walter Vinson, also known as Walter Jacobs, and Lonnie Chatmon>, core members of the Mississippi Sheiks), "Blues Before Sunrise” (John Lee Hooker), “Midnight Blues” (John Willie “Shifty” Henry), “Backwater Blues” (Big Bill Broonzy), “Sitting On Top Of The World” (Walter Vinson and Lonnie ChatmonTomorrow Night” (Lonnie Johnson).

+ Other B.B. news you might be interested are that on September 13th King– one of the few musicians in the world to be so honored – presided the opening of the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center in his hometown of Indianola, MS. Also in September B.B. King will began hosting his own weekly radio show on XM Radio on their newly relaunched blues channel “BB Kings Bluesville” (XM 74).

+ For more than 60 years, Riley B. King - better known as B.B. King - has defined the blues for a worldwide audience. Since he started recording in the 1940s, he has released over 50 albums, many of them classics, won 14 Grammy® Awards, been inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the National Medal of the Arts, the Kennedy Center Honors, the Grammy® Lifetime Achievement Award and the NARM >National Association of Recording Merchandisers) Chairman’s Award, among many other awards. In a special ceremony at the Library of Congress, Librarian of Congress, James H. Billington presented B.B. with a “Living Legend” medal in honor of his achievements as a musician and ambassador for the blues. B.B. King continues to bring his music to audiences around the globe spending the better part of each year on the road with his beloved guitar, “Lucille.”

24 September, 2008

Jessie's girl, Rick Springfield

+Be advised that the man has got a brand new album. Great!

*One *Two *Three

Jessie is a friend,
Yeah, I know he's been
A good friend of mine
But lately something's changed
That ain't hard to define
Jessie's got himself a girl
And I want to make her mine
And she's watching him with those eyes
And she's lovin' him with that body,
I just know it
Yeah 'n' he's holding her in his arms late,
Late at night

You know, I wish that I had Jessie's girl,
I wish that I had Jessie's girl
Where can I find a woman like that
I play along with the charade,
there doesn't seem to be a reason to change
You know, I feel so dirty
When they start talking cute
I wanna tell her that I love her,
But the point is probably moot
'Cos she's watching him with those eyes
And she's lovin' him with that body,
I just know it
And he's holding her in his arms late, late at night

Like Jessie's girl,
I wish that I had Jessie's girl
Where can I find a woman,
Where can I find a woman like that
And I'm lookin' in the mirror all the time,
Wondering what she don't see in me
I've been funny,
I've been cool with the lines
Ain't that the way
Love supposed to be
Tell me, where can I find a woman like that

[Solo]

You know, I wish that I had Jessie's girl,
I wish that I had Jessie's girl
I want Jessie's girl,
Where can I find a woman like that, like
Jessie's girl,
I wish that I had Jessie's girl,
I want,
I want Jessie's girl

20 September, 2008

War is back


+ WAR’s first new release in 14 years will be available on DVD, Blu-Ray and double CD on October 14th. The Greatest Hits Live package was recorded at a sold-out performance at The Grove in Anaheim, CA and includes their hits “Low Rider”, “Why Can’t We Be Friends” and “Cisco Kid” among others.

What is it good for? Just the most memorable hits of all time, including “Cisco Kid,” "Low Rider" and “The World is a Ghetto.” On October 14, 2008, War will release three special commemorative packages, containing their greatest hits live in concert. Distributed by Rhino Records/Warner Music Group, this Avenue Records multi-disc onslaught will include a live DVD, a Blu-Ray DVD and a double CD. These three packages mark the band’s first live releases.

Recorded at a sold-out performance at The Grove in Anaheim, California, in late December, 2007, the sets also contain a fold-out poster of the band. The legendary band War has slated their first releases in 14 years, all three titled Greatest Hits Live, definitive sets that will ensure the band’s continuing status as part of the collective consciousness of American popular culture.


* Listen to this medley (after downlading and unzipping).

+ Enjoy!

American land, Bruce Springsteen

*One

What is this land of America, so many travel there
I'm going now while I'm still young, my darling meet me there
Wish me luck my lovely, I'll send for you when I can
And we'll make our home in the American land

Over there all the woman wear silk and satin to their knees*
And children dear, the sweets, I hear, are growing on the trees*
Gold comes rushing out the river straight into your hands*
If you make your home in the American land*

There's diamonds in the sidewalks, there's gutters lined in song
Dear I hear that beer flows through the faucets all night long
There's treasure for the taking, for any hard working man
Who will make his home in the American land

I docked at Ellis Island in a city of light and spire
I wandered to the valley of red-hot steel and fire****
We made the steel that built the cities with the sweat of our two hands
And I made my home in the American land

There's diamonds in the sidewalk, there's gutters lined in song
Dear I hear that beer flows through the faucets all night long
There's treasure for the taking, for any hard working man
Who will make his home in the American land

The McNicholas, the Posalski's, the Smiths, Zerillis too**
The Blacks, the Irish, the Italians, the Germans and the Jews
The Puerto Ricans, illegals, the Asians, Arabs miles from home***-*****
Come across the water with a fire down below******

They died building the railroads, worked to bones and skin
They died in the fields and factories, names scattered in the wind
They died to get here a hundred years ago, they're dyin' now
The hands that built the country we're all trying to keep down

There's diamonds in the sidewalk, there's gutters lined in song
Dear I hear that beer flows through the faucets all night long
There's treasure for the taking, for any hard working man
Who will make his home in the American land
Who will make his home in the American land
Who will make his home in the American land

16 September, 2008

Johnny el Sureño - Hearts of stone

*One *Bonus (don't call me baby)

You stare in the mirror at the lines in your face
And you try to see, girl
The way things were when we were at your place
In the days it was just you and me, girl
And you cry because things ain't like before
Well don't you know they can't be that way anymore
But don't worry baby

CHORUS

I can't talk now, I'm not alone
So put your ear close to the phone
'Cause this is the last dance
This is the last chance for hearts of stone

If there was something, baby, that I could do
Something that would last, honey, I would
But we all know, girl, especially you do
How you can't return to your past, no
So girl close your eyes and I'll be there
Hold me once more and we can go anywhere
Ah, we could

CHORUS

And you cry because things ain't like before
Well don't you know they can't be like that anymore

+ His place + Wiki

15 September, 2008

Chris Rea, Let's Dance

*One *Two *Three (and a good one)

When you sing of the joy only love can bring
Heaven knows it's in my heart and my soul
Caught in a world full of tears
So many bad times and fears
So while there's a chance and you're near

Let's dance
Let's dance

There's a world far away from the one we see
There's a dream I will never let go
One thing is certainly true
This moment's for me and for you
So while there's not a thing that we can do

Let's dance
Let's dance

09 August, 2008

Hillbilly Hellcats, speed and compromise

+ The guys are rockin' like nobody else today. Fury, speed and love for rockabilly is what The Hillbilly Hellcats are showing off in their shows today.

+ They will play in Spain, Castellón exactly, in a Big Twin Harley fest, september 12. If you want to be al loro, please, check this out.

+ Please, visit them at their space to listen to some of these excellent songs. They compose all of them.

+ Read an excellent critic at the rockabilly music association web. You'll see, a mixture of Gene Vincent, Reverend Horton, modern lyrics, and good old fashioned rockabilly at full throttle.

* You may want to have a glimpse on some of their excellent songs here.

02 August, 2008

This ain't a spam blog!

+So, this blog is a spam blog?. Come on, you google boys/girls, give me a break!

19 July, 2008

John Mellencamp goes to folk and blues

+ John Mellencamp’s eagerly anticipated new album, Life, Death, Love and Freedom, produced by T Bone Burnett, has just been released.

+ Mellencamp has characterized the album as a collection of “modern electric folk songs.” With backing from his legendary touring band, the album’s 14 tracks were recorded at his studio in Bloomington, Indiana and mixed in Los Angeles with Burnett behind the boards for all of the sessions. Mellencamp cites Burnett’s production as key to “finding the soul of each song.”

+ “John Mellencamp is true original, a writer and performing artist of passion, talent and spirit who in the course of his exceptional career has maintained a unique and distinctive voice in his songwriting,” said Glen Barros, president & CEO of Concord Music Group who oversees the Hear Music label, releasing the disc. “The songs on this record are perhaps his most intimate, honest and poignant of his career”.

+ The album will be the first ever release in the ΧΟΔΕ (CODE) format. T Bone Burnett and his team of engineers developed CODE, a proprietary audio technology that creates high-definition audio files that are virtually indistinguishable from the original master tapes. The resonance, warmth and presence that has been realized with CODE is unprecedented in the digital era. The CODE version of “Life, Death, Love and Freedom” is a DVD that will come packaged with a standard CD version of the album, available at all retail outlets, at no additional cost to the consumer. The CODE disc is playable on virtually all DVD machines including stand-alone players and drives integrated into computer systems. The DVD’s content can be copied into most computer music software including iTunes and can, then, be downloaded onto personal music players such as the iPod. The standard CD is included to answer all possible compatibility questions. Mellencamp commented, “When T Bone introduced me to CODE, it was a remarkable experience. I could hear the music the way it was intended to be heard. I’m very happy the people are going to be able to share this experience in a way that’s so true to our original intent.”

+ The album’s release has been preceded by broad acceptance of its first track, “My Sweet Love” that includes back-up vocals by Karen Fairchild of the hit country music vocal group Little Big Town. Upon its debut, it was the number one most added song at both the AAA and Americana radio formats and has entered the Top 20 in both within three weeks.

* Visit his page to hear some of his new songs.

* Also, listen to these “My Sweet Love” audio streams or in you tube:

* http://www.concordmusicgroup.com/audio/qtl/John_Mellencamp_My_Sweet_Love.qtl

* http://www.concordmusicgroup.com/audio/asx/John_Mellencamp_My_Sweet_Love.asx

22 June, 2008

"Blue eyes" en el cine

+ Frank Sinatra was a titan of 20th Century entertainment, with record-breaking successes in both music and film throughout his legendary career. Capitol/EMI celebrates Ol' Blue Eyes' musical contributions to many of Hollywood's most memorable classic films, in several of which he also starred, with the release of a new 20-track CD and digital collection titled Sinatra At The Movies.

+ Sinatra At The Movies includes title themes from The Tender Trap, From Here To Eternity, Young At Heart, Three Coins In The Fountain and Not As A Stranger, as well as “Chicago” and “All The Way” from The Joker Is Wild, “I Could Write A Book” and “The Lady Is A Tramp” from Pal Joey, “How Deep Is The Ocean” and “All Of Me” from Meet Danny Wilson, “To Love And Be Loved” from Some Came Running, and more.

+ Sinatra At The Movies is one of several high-profile music and DVD releases honoring the Chairman of the Board’s storied career as a pioneering legend of entertainment. Other upcoming salutes to Sinatra include a commemorative U.S. postage stamp to enter circulation on May 13 and special TV programming, co-hosted by his children, through the month of May on Turner Classic Movies (TCM), including more than 30 of Sinatra's films and four of his television specials.

* Listen to (love is) the tender trap.

* Listen to three coins in the fountain.

* Listen to the lady is a tramp.

* Listen to young at heart.

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