New album streaming at NPR
Also, the concert industry tanks, Spiderman woes and a radio station worth listening to.
Katy Perry's new song, "Part of Me," was supposed to be included in her "Teenage Dream" album but didn't make the cut. And oops, the song has "leaked" just in time to promote a re-release of that album with bonus cuts.
Yoko Ono took out this full-page ad in Sunday's New York Times.
U2's Broadway production of Spiderman has hit more troubles as the lead actress leaves the production for good after suffering a concussion. Bono and the boys might take some comfort reading about other high-tech Broadway flops.
Speaking of flops, the entire concert industry took a nosedive in 2010. Click on the video below for an explanation.
And finally, holiday travels made me stumble across a radio station actually worth listening to - and you can get it online for pennies a day. K-PIG broadcasts a weak signal near Santa Cruz, California, but is available online for a monthly fee. You can't hear it without paying, but just check out the playlist and you'll be happily signing up.
Lead Singer Disease or Classic Band Dude Bitterness?
* “Zac and I had a garage band in high school with the intentions of just making music for the love of it. We met Taylor and our friend Jason Clark at our school and found out that we shared the same musical tastes. So, we asked them to join our band. It was some of the greatest times of our lives playing music in Taylor’s basement with them. We obviously needed a lead singer and one day Zac met Hayley. We asked her to come try out and eventually to join the band.”
* “Months down the road things changed and this band became all about Hayley. She had a manager at the time that controlled her every move along with her parents.”
* “I got a call a while after that from Hayley telling me that her manager said that Zac and I were invited to be back in the band (the band we started), but not Taylor and Jason because they weren’t good enough in his eyes. Hayley brought in Jeremy and our first rhythm guitarist Jason Bynum as the other two members.”
* “We travelled to LA a few weeks later for a showcase and it was a nightmare. Hayley’s manager would tell the band to be in the lobby of the hotel at a certain time, but he and Hayley wouldn’t show for hours. We found out that they had been meeting with record label executives all morning without us, which is totally weird given that this wasn’t simply a solo artist, but we were a band.”
* The label and management then decided to build our band up the grass-roots route. They put Hayley on Fueled by Ramen not making it known she was signed to Atlantic as well.”
* “Her dad would constantly threaten to ‘pull the plug’ on the whole band if we complained about anything, suggesting that we were hired guns and Hayley was the real artist, when in reality we were also part of the band. We’ve always been treated as less important than Hayley. It’s been obvious how her family views things."
* “Once again we hit the road and toured on our biggest record as a band. As you all know Hayley and I dated and broke up during this album cycle. Things then started going downhill for our band.”
* “Once we finished touring on Riot, we came home for a break and started writing for Brand New Eyes. Hayley presented lyrics to us that were really negative and we didn’t agree with. For example, “the truth never set me free”, which contradicts what the Bible says in John 8:32 (’and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall sat you free’).”
* “We fought her about how her lyrics misrepresented our band and what we stood for, but in the end she got her way. Instead of fighting her any longer, we decided to just roll over and let it go.”
* “Touring became more difficult since we couldn’t agree on anything. The friendships our band once had were no longer existent.”* “After a lot a prayer and counsel Zac and I came to the decision that it was time to leave the band. We truly feel that God is leading us elsewhere and is going to do great things with us. The intention of this statement was not to belittle or disgrace the rest of the band, it was simply to clarify our decision for leaving and our desire to finally tell you guys the truth.Public band feuds come and go, but this one could have legs. Merry Christmas!!
One of the greats turns 53
...You don't want to call it socialism, because that would tarnish it with totalitarianism and negative aspects in a lot of people's minds, particularly in America. But trying to work collectively to make the world a better place: I don't care what it's called. As long as it makes the world a better place.
You know what [former leader of the Chinese Communist Party] Deng Xiaoping used to say? "It doesn't matter whether a cat is black or white, so long as it catches mice." And he was using that to say [that] it doesn't matter if it's a capitalist economy or a communist economy, so long as it feeds people.
But it's the same with capitalism. We have capitalism in the U.K., but we still have free health care. They have capitalism in Scandinavia, where some people think it's socialism. In the end, pure, unadulterated socialism doesn't work. But let me tell you: Pure, unadulterated capitalism doesn't work either. It's not either/or. The way to move ahead is to find a balance between the two, because some things you can't provide through public services.
You can't put the public sector, the state sector, into everything. But equally, there's some things you can't provide through the free market. We found that out in the last few years here [in Britain], by privatizing the railways. There are some things that need state funding because they have to work. They can't go bust. They're to do with the logistics of the country. America may be the most capitalistic country in the world, but it doesn't stop you from subsidizing your farmers, does it?
Whatever we call it, I don't really care, so long as people are getting their free health care and their free education, their decent, affordable houses and proper pensions. I'll get on me soapbox again: The rights of the individual can really only be guaranteed through collective provision of those things. Otherwise, only the rich and powerful will get to express their individuality, and we'll just be exploited by them.
In the end, the freedom of the individual relies on collective provision. But this is all too complicated for most people. They'd rather just buy a Che Guevara T-shirt and do good things. But these are issues that are going to have to be addressed if we're going to do anything about climate change, for example. I think everybody's starting to realize that climate change is much, much more of a threat to our daily lives than al-Qaida has ever been.
We give and we give and we give....
If winning Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival DVDs wasn’t good enough, here’s another chance for a freebie this year – tickets to Maroon 5’s New Year’s Eve show in Atlantic City.
All you’ve got to do is click this link to register to win the tickets – but hurry, the deadline to enter is Dec. 20. Good luck! You can see a longer explanation from the band itself in the video below.
Win DVDs from Eric Clapton's annual guitar frenzy
Only one name in rock ‘n’ roll can pull this off: Eric Clapton.
Every year his Crossroads Guitar Festival brings together the absolute cream (no pun intended) of guitar players from all over the world for a mind-blowing festival, and 2010 was no exception. Only Clapton has the respect, admiration and pull to launch such an audacious festival – not to mention the fretboard talent to be able to play with these musicians. This year featured Albert Lee, BB King, Bert Jansch, Buddy Guy, David Hidalgo and Cesar Rosas of Los Lobos, Derek Trucks, Doyle Bramhall II, Earl Klugh, Eric Clapton, Gary Clark Jr., Hubert Sumlin, James Burton, Jeff Beck, Jimmie Vaughan, Joe Bonamassa, John Mayer, Johnny Winter, Jonny Lang, Keb' Mo', Pino Daniele, Robert Cray, Robert Randolph, Sheryl Crow, Susan Tedeschi, Sonny Landreth, Stefan Grossman, Steve Winwood, Vince Gill, Warren Haynes, and ZZ Top.
Clapton has released DVDs of highlights of two prior festivals, and the 2010 edition is in stores right now. Brain-dead about what gift to give the music fan? You can’t miss with those.
But here’s a chance to get it for free. Simply leave a comment on this blog item starting now and you’re entered to win not only the new Crossroads release in both DVD and Blu-ray, but we’ll toss in the two prior DVDs as well. Leave a comment telling us why you deserve this gift and we’ll pick a winner. Deadline is 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 22. Check back the following day and we’ll post the name of the winner and get the prize package to you. Tell all your friends to give it a shot as well - someone's going to win it, and if it's not you it might as well be a buddy.
Meanwhile, here's a little taste of what you'll be seeing.
Update: After a random drawing of all entrants, we have a winner. Our reader with the user name Vanessa has won the Eric Clapton Crossroads DVDs.
I couldn't afford to see the show, but I did take my 14 year-old son to the film release of this year's festival. He is a new guitar player who can seriously shred and I wanted him to see the best of the best at what he loves. It was a memorable and powerfully bonding time for the two of us. I would LOVE to give him this DVD set to continue to inspire him in his journey - both for the message of recovery AND the stellar performances and artists. Thank you for this opportunity.
Vanessa, please email email@example.com with the words "Clapton winner" in the subject line and your contact details in the body. We'll verify it's really you and have the DVDs shipped right away. Congratulations! If we don't hear from Vanessa by Jan. 1 we'll go to the second winner on the list, so make yourself a reminder to check in here.
Updated again: Vanessa never claimed her prize, so we've drawn another name. ClaptonLover, you have until midnight on Monday, Jan. 10, 2011 to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to claim your prize. If it still goes unclaimed, we'll figure out something!
"Discoverer" harks back to Green-era sound
Allman comes up with a winning track
When the news first broke that T Bone Burnett was producing the new Gregg Allman album, I wasn’t sure what to think. Burnett’s work is spectacular, but he has stretched himself pretty thin since the “Raising Sand” album with Alison Krauss and Robert Plant, producing discs for everyone from John Mellencamp to Elvis Costello to the “Crazy Heart” soundtrack. He also started to have a signature sound, with purposely distorted guitars and backing instruments.
So it’s a great relief to hear the first song from “Low Country Blues” and having it sound like an old Allman Brothers outtake. Written by Allman and the great underrated guitarist/songwriter Warren Haynes, “Just Another Rider” is an unmistakably great song. It's helped by guitar work from Haynes and another underrated player, Doyle Bramhall II. Click here to exclusively hear the entire song, because the album isn’t coming till January. It’s filled out with covers of songs by blues greats, and if they sound anything like this, fans are in for a treat. Watch for updates here and on Allman's website.
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