Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Goldheart Assembly - Wolves and Thieves

Its inherent sweetness can’t fail to connect with a bigger audience.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Lady Gaga "Bad Romance"

The Fame Monster [Deluxe Edition]

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Lady Gaga @Amazon.com

Lady Gaga @KK & R Music Blog

Lesley Duncan


Lesley Cox (born Lesley Duncan 12 August 1943 – 12 March 2010) was an English singer-songwriter, best known for her work during the 1970s. She received a lot of airplay on British radio stations such as BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 2, but never achieved great commercial success.

Duncan contributed backing vocals to Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon album as well as singing lead on the song "If I Could Change Your Mind" on the Alan Parsons Project album Eve. As well as writing and singing her own material, Duncan was a backing vocalist in the mid to late 1960s, most notably for Dusty Springfield and the The Walker Brothers. She can be seen in vision on many of the performances featured in the BBC DVD - Dusty At The BBC. She co-wrote three songs with Scott Walker for the Walker Brothers.[

Books On Music - Baby, Let's Play House: Elvis Presley and the Women Who Loved Him

Baby, Let's Play House: Elvis Presley and the Women Who Loved Him

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According to the New York Post
Alanna Nash.turns her eye toward The King's other women in a psychological history ...Among those who loved him tender - Ann-Margret and Cybill Shepherd. Those who turned him down include Cher and Karen Carpenter. And of course, there's plenty on the No. 1 woman in his life - Mom Gladys Presley.

Book Details

* Hardcover: 704 pages
* Publisher: It Books (January 5, 2010)
* Language: English
* ISBN-10: 0061699845
* ISBN-13: 978-0061699849
* Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.5 x 1.8 inches

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Lady Gaga Bio

The Fame

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Lady Gaga is all over the place, her rapid rise is very inspiring. I just wanted to post her bio because I see her as a continuation of the style and talent of some of my favorite performers like "Queen" and "Madonna". I can't say that I totally get her music, I think it is for the most part aimed at a demographic that is a bit younger than me. But I do have to respect her awesome talent.

Lady Gaga is a theatrical dance-pop performer whose debut single, the international chart-topping hit "Just Dance," established her as an up-and-coming superstar upon its release in 2008. Born Stefani Germanotta on March 28, 1986, the Yonkers native attended Convent of the Sacred Heart, a private all-girl Catholic school in Manhattan, before proceeding to study music at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts at age 17. Influenced by flamboyant glam rockers such as David Bowie and Freddie Mercury (she would later draw her stage name from the Queen song "Radio Ga-Ga") as well as '80s dance-poppers such as Madonna and Michael Jackson, she began playing the piano at a young age and started writing original material as a teenager.

In 2007, she began to make a name for herself on the downtown Manhattan club scene with a performance art show billed as Lady Gaga and the Starlight Revue (co-featuring Lady Starlight; born Colleen Martin, a DJ and makeup professional), and music industry insiders began to take note. While Lady Gaga was initially signed to Def Jam in 2007, nothing came of that association, and ultimately it was pop-rap superstar Akon who took her under his wing, signing her to his vanity label Kon Live in association with Interscope Records.

In addition to working for Interscope as an in-house songwriter, Lady Gaga began preparing the launch of her solo career. Her debut single, "Just Dance," was released to radio in April 2008, and her full-length album debut, The Fame, followed in August. Featuring fellow Akon affiliate Colby O'Donis, "Just Dance" slowly gathered momentum throughout 2008's latter half. The song debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in August, at which time it had already become a massive club hit, but it didn't reach number one until January 2009.

Internationally, the song proved similarly popular, reaching the Top Ten throughout much of Western Europe and beyond. In the wake of Lady Gaga's international breakthrough success with "Just Dance," the follow-up single "Poker Face" was an even larger hit, topping singles charts across the board with its combination of pop melodicism and club-worthy production. Two additional tracks -- "LoveGame" and "Paparrazi" -- also cracked the Top Ten, and The Fame was still enjoying a spot on the Billboard Top 40 when its follow-up, The Fame Monster, appeared in November 2009. Although originally planned as a bonus disc (to be packaged alongside The Fame in a deluxe edition of Lady Gaga's debut), The Fame Monster was quickly expanded to eight tracks, thus warranting its own release. Meanwhile, the leadoff single "Bad Romance" became Gaga's fifth consecutive Top Ten single.

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

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Lady Gaga @KK & R Music Blog

Coco Love Alcorn - Compassion

Born in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, then growing up between Vancouver and Toronto, Alcorn represents Canada from coast to coast.

if you wanna be a teacher
teach with a mind that still learns
if you wanna be a preacher
preach with a heart that still yearns
if you wanna be a lover
love with a fire that still burns
and if you wanna be a leader
you gotta live in the world that still turns

Saturday, March 27, 2010

UNKLE - We Fell to Earth


Unkle (also written as UNKLE and U.N.K.L.E.) is a British musical outfit founded in 1994 by school friends James Lavelle and Tim Goldsworthy. Originally categorized as trip-hop, the group once included producer DJ Shadow and has employed a variety of guest artists and producers.

Ellie Goulding - Lights

That Ellie Goulding topped the BBC’s Sound of 2010 poll and won the Critics’ award at the Brits counts for precisely nothing as of now. Her debut album signals the next chapter in the career of an artist who, with only a pair of singles reaching the world beyond the music industry, seems to have been handed success on a plate. But the past is just that, the page has turned; here is where Goulding truly lays down the foundations for either a 15-minute stand or, she’d hope, a lengthy tenure in our hearts.

Bombella - Abdullah Ibrahim

The solemnity that has sometimes quietened the defiantly jubilant music of South African pianist and composer Abdullah Ibrahim hardly touches this terrific big-band album at all. Ibrahim, now 75, is teamed here with Cologne's fine WDR orchestra,

Movie Soundtrack - Easy Rider

Wikipedia even have a list

Dont Bogart

Friday, March 26, 2010

Joe Cocker singing "Into The Mystic"

I so enjoy Joe Cocker's version of "Into The Mystic". He is looking good in this video and sounding good as well.

Be Happy - Karma Tube

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Ten-time Grammy Award-winning artist Bobby McFerrin is a musician with sophisticated and eclectic talents. However, his biggest hit was this simple, catchy song he wrote in 1988, after seeing the inspiring words of an Indian mystic. "Whenever you see a poster of Meher Baba, it usually says 'Don't worry, be happy,' which is a pretty neat philosophy in four words, I think." Pretty neat and simple philosophy indeed.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

A Case of you - Joni Mitchell

3 marvellous versions

Just before our love got lost you said
I am as constant as a northern star
And I said, constantly in the darkness
Where's that at?
If you want me I'll be in the bar

On the back of a carton coaster
In the blue TV screen light
I drew a map of Canada
Oh Canada
With your face sketched on it twice

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Miss Li - "Bourgeois Shangri-La"

Linda Carlsson , better known by her stage name Miss Li, is a Swedish singer. She was born in Borlänge, but now lives in Stockholm. Her single "Don't Try To Fool Me" has been featured on the Showtime original series Weeds, as well as Grey's Anatomy. Her song "Bourgeois Shangri-La" from the album Dancing the Whole Way Home was used by Apple in the iPod Nano 5G television commercial. Her song "Oh Boy" was used in a 2010 Volvo advert

Monday, March 22, 2010

Books On Music - Motley Crue: The Dirt - Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band

Motley Crue:
The Dirt - Confessions of the World's
Most Notorious Rock Band
Motley Crue
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From Publishers Weekly
In the beginning there was the Motley House, crawling with cockroaches and rats, beer cans piled on the porch so high they threatened to spill into the house every time you opened the door. "That place gave birth to Motley Crue," the band recalls in The Dirt: The Autobiography of Motley Crue.

After the record contract, they write, "like a pack of mad dogs we abandoned the bitch, leaving with enough reckless, aggravated testosterone to spawn a million bastard embryo metal bands." Crue members Tommy Lee, Mick Mars, Vince Neil and Nikki Sixx also team up with New York Times music writer Neil Strauss to tell the story of their band's rise to phenomenal success: their tours, friendships, alcohol and drug problems, music, influence and, above all, girls. No heavy metal fan will want to be without this crude, honest chronicle.

Book Details

* Paperback: 448 pages
* Publisher: It Books (July 9, 2002)
* Language: English
* ISBN-10: 0060989157
* ISBN-13: 978-0060989156
* Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 1.1 inches

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Brad Mehldau - Highway Rider

Brad Mehldau is an American jazz pianist. Mehldau cherishes Brazilian music, citing Milton Nascimento, Chico Buarque and Simone. In 2006 he appeared at the Auditório do Ibirapuera in Sao Paulo and declared: "I only met Simone's work last year and it was like meeting Sarah Vaughan or Dinah Washington. She has a strong identity and sings with a lot of passion and grace"
All about Jazz
In its almost perfect mix of form and freedom, Highway Rider manages to be both Mehldau's most personal and most broad-scoped album to date, and surely one that will remain a classic amongst his discography, no matter what's to come.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

San Patricio - The Chieftains with Ry Cooder

this is a transatlantic musical campaign whose virtuosity, verve and sheer eccentric heart make it hard to resist.
This is how those Irish champs the Chieftains see their music folding into the tropes of Mexico, rough-riding on the story of the Irish "San Patricio Battalion", who fought in the US/Mex war of 1846.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Soul Man - Bruce Springsteen

Galaxie 500 Today

The Guardian

It all makes the reissue of the three albums US trio Galaxie 500 released before splitting acrimoniously in 1991 perversely timely: heard 20 years on, Today, On Fire and This Is Our Music prove not every aspect of that era's indie rock as been stripmined in recent years. No one is currently offering Galaxie 500's melange of trebly guitar, serpentine basslines, fragile vocals and oddly jazz-inflected drumming

Galaxie 500 - 4th Of July
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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

It's the Birthday of Nat King Cole

The Very Best of Nat King Cole

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Nat "King" Cole was born on March 17, 1919 and he passed away on February 15, 1965 was a leading jazz pianist and singer.

According to Wikipedia;
He was one of the first black Americans to host a television variety show, and has maintained worldwide popularity since his death; he is widely considered one of the most important musical personalities in United States history.

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Nat King Cole @Amazon.com

Marianne Faithfull - a journey

Paul Carrack – Another Cup of Coffee.

Paul Carrack is an English singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Carrack has been a member of several bands including Ace, Squeeze, Mike + The Mechanics, and Roxy Music, been a session and touring musician for several others, and has enjoyed success as a solo artist as well. His distinctive voice appears on some of his affiliated bands' best-known hits. He was born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England.

Very smooth

Freeway and Jake One - "The Stimulus Package"

Notes form YouTube: Freeway & Jake One went all out with this package: 4 Freeway Bills, 4 Jake One Bills, with lyrics and liner notes on the backsides, a wallet to stuff them into, plus a download card with the Instrumentals. This unique package was put together by Hip-hop's Iconic Designer, Brent Rollins.

The ChordStrike says not only is the music good, but the design is off the chain. Note the plastic card in the video below is how you get the Instrumentals.

Stimulus Package

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

The Imagined Village - Empire and Love

The Imagined Village is a folk musical project founded by Simon Emmerson of the Afro Celt Sound System. It is intended to produce modern folk music that represents modern multiculturalism in the United Kingdom and as such, features musicians from a wide variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds. The name of the project comes from the 1993 book The Imagined Village by Georgina Boyes.

When they first appeared at Womad, back in the summer of 2007, the Imagined Village sounded well-intentioned but in need of serious rehearsal. The idea was intriguing - to rework folk songs with global influences and electronica to reflect multicultural Britain - but their blend of programmed beats,

Empire and Love

Nneka "Heartbeat"

Nneka @ a Glance

Birthname: Nneka Egbuna
Nationality: Nigerian
Born: Dec 24 1981 (28 years old)

She hit me like a splash of cool water, so fresh. I wish her much success in the music biz. "Brains, beauty, and beats collide" so says Rita Houston in a post over at NPR music titled Nneka: The Soul Of Acoustic Afrobeat.

Concrete Jungle

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Monday, March 15, 2010

sax a go go: Candy Dulfer

Candy Dulfer is a popular Dutch smooth jazz alto saxophonist. She has performed and recorded songs with several other musicians, such as her father Hans Dulfer, Prince, Dave Stewart, René Froger, Van Morrison, and Maceo Parker.

Books On Music: Squeeze My Lemon

Squeeze My Lemon: A Collection of Classic Blues Lyrics
Squeeze My Lemon: A Collection of Classic Blues Lyrics
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Product Description - "They call it stormy Monday, but Tuesday's just as bad/Wednesday's worse, and Thursday's also sad." There's a lot more to the blues than three chords played on an old beat-up guitar. Squeeze My Lemon is a collection of some of the best bluues lines ever recorded. From birth ("Born under a bad sign/I've been down since I began to crawl") to death ("Everybody wants to go to heaven/But nobody wants tto die") and everything in between, this volume quotes classic blues phrases by ssongwriter/artists B.B. King, Bessie Smith, Muddy Waters, T-Bone Walker, Robert JJohnson and many, many others. Compiled by award-winning author/Grammy-nominated record producer Randy Poe, Squeeze My Lemon: A Collection of Classic Blues Lyriics features classic photos of many leading blues artists. A great gift book, itt is highly entertaining not only for blues lovers, but for anyone who appreciatees great lyrics. Categorized by subject matter (Love - Or the Lack Thereof, Bluess and Booze, Blues Behind Bars, Make Mine a Double Entendre, etc.), Squeeze My Lemmon is a book you'll return to - and quote from - again and again.

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Blues Music Books @Amazon.com

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Thelonious Monk- Studio Session- Ugly Beauty

Manu Biango - "Biko"

NPR music recently had a post titled 'Africa Boogaloo': An Intro To Afro-Latin Music by Oliver Wang. It mentioned Manu Biango, I've been listening to a lot of his music lately, really good stuff.

Manu Biango's Anthology

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Saturday, March 13, 2010

Dan Le Sac vs. Scroobius Pip - Tommy C

Skee Lo "I Wish"

Remember when Hip-Hop was fun. I hope Skee Lo is some where writing a fresh song like this one. And I wish I was a baller and not just a blogger. LOL, and it might be cool to be taller too.

I Wish [Explicit]

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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Emilie Autumn

Emilie is a violinist, singer-songwriter and poet. She is best known for her wide range of musical styles, especially her usage of theatrics.

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Billie Holiday "Don't Explain" remix

Notes from YouTube: dZihan and Kamien's trance remix (with tabla drums) of Billie Holiday's "Don't Explain" from album - Verve Remixed (2002)

From the Verve Remixed

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Jill Sobule - California Years

Jill Sobule’s latest album, The California Years, mines familiar territory for the artist: whip-smart, infectious tunes with an edge. Like her musical peers Randy Newman and Harry Nilsson, Sobule delves into the pervasive sadness of living with a sense of humor that makes it all okay, even magnetic.

Dianah Washington - "Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby" remix

Verve Remix Version of Dinah Washington's "Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby".

Verve Remixed

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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Gary Moore... A Blues Guitar To Make You Cry

To purchase Gary's music...

Who is Gary Moore?

The Story So Far... Gary Moore Biography
Gary Moore is acknowledged as one of the finest musicians that the British Isles has ever produced. In a career that dates back to the 1960s, there are few musical genres that he has not turned his adroit musical hand to, and has graced the line-ups ever several notable rock bands, Thin Lizzy, Colosseum II and Skid Row to name but three.

Gary was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on April 4th 1952. Like many others, he was turned on to rock and roll first through hearing Elvis Presley, and then via The Beatles. Seeing the likes of Jimi Hendrix and John Mayall's Bluesbreakers in his hometown in the mid-60s opened up to him the rich world of The Blues. Hearing the art of the Blues guitar performed by such lauded exponents as Peter Green fired Moore's nascent talent, and it wasn't long before he was being hailed as a teen musical prodigy. Indeed, it was Green himself who helped foster Moore's career, a debt that was repaid handsomely when Gary cut his warm and heartfelt tribute to his mentor, the 'Blues For Greeny' album, released in 1995.
To read his complete autobiography go here:

Billie Holiday Spreadin' Rhythm Around (remix)

Remixed & Reimagined

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Monday, March 8, 2010

Books On Music: Steve Earle Fearless Heart, Outlaw Poet

Steve Earle: Fearless Heart, Outlaw Poet

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Book Details

* Paperback: 330 pages
* Publisher: Backbeat Books (November 1, 2005)
* Language: English
* ISBN-10: 0879308427
* ISBN-13: 978-0879308421
* Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.8 x 0.9 inches

About the Author - David McGee is the senior editor of the recording industry trade publication Pro Sound News, country music editor for barnesandnoble.com, and was an assistant curator for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. He is a veteran Rolling Stone contributor and is represented in all four editions of the Rolling Stone Album Guide. His album liner notes projects include the 2003 release, "Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: B.B. King," notes for a solo piano album by Mac "Dr. John" Rebennack, and timeline and artist profiles for Sony's 25-CD box set celebrating the 100th anniversary of Columbia Records.