Peter Gabriel has created some classic songs, obviously. Maybe you’d like to remix them a little bit on your iPhone or iPad. . . Now you can with a new app called Music Tiles. Watch this Danish professor explain how it works:
I guess it's cool. but I kind of have to agree with the people commenting on this website who are not impressed. One comment: “when is Peter going to actually produce some new material? He spent the last 10 years doing nothing more than trying every conceivable way to recycle old material. If he’d written one new song a year, he’d have enough material for a new album by now." Point taken . . . . but if you'd like to learn more about the app go here.
I know it’s not exactly prime bicycling weather right how, but if you’re looking forward to commuting on two wheels, but you find it a hassle to bring along your lock, check out this genius idea: A seat post with a built in lock. Two 20 inch cables retract into your seat post when you’re riding, but when you lock the bike you pull them out, run them through the frame, and lock that baby down. It’s kind of brilliant. And no lock clattering around your seatpost while you ride. It’s called InterLock and it’s $39 bucks, or it will be if they get the Kickstarter money they need to launch it for real.. Here's a very informative four-second video that shows it in action:
Oh wait, here's the inventor actually explaining the whole thing:
To order, or contribute some Kickstarter money, or just learn more about it, go here.
Since he topped the list of Rolling Stone's50 Funniest People Now (see blog post below) I thought Louis C.K. would be a good choice for today's comedy. Comedians do a lot of traveling . . . and Louis really doesn't like traveling to Buffalo.
(photo by By David Shankbone via Wikimedia Commons)
Everybody likes to laugh, right? Who makes you laugh? Rolling Stone thinks they've got the definitive list of The 50 Funniest People Now. They explain how they put the list together:
Here they are: The 50 actors, stand-ups, TV hosts, Twitterers, radio personalities, septuagenarians and sports analysts making us laugh the most right now. In making this list, we took the "now" part seriously, and focused on comedians' recent work. That meant excluding some all-time greats who aren’t very active as funnymen (or aren't doing their best work at the moment) in favor of people who are truly killing it out there these days.
There are lots of SNL people on this list, pretty much all the late night talk show guys: Fallon, Letterman, Kimmel, Conan (but no Leno), Seinfeld and Larry David, and various standups and actors and writers. And Charles Barkley.
Let's cut to the chase . . . here are the top five on the list:
5. Trey Parker & Matt Stone (creators of South Park on TV and The Book of Mormon on Broadway)
4. Jon Stewart
3. Tina Fey
2. Steven Colbert
and . . . topping the list . . . .
1. Louis C.K.
In 2013, Louis C.K. is the Great American Comedian: our chubby, schlubby, ginger-haired conscience, id, and jester-in-chief. He's a poet of existential malaise, but his signature standup bit, "Everything is Amazing and Nobody's Happy," extols the beauty of life and the magic of modern technology.
If you've been wondering when Eric Clapton's going to deliver more new music, your wait is over. EC is back in action, set to release a new album called, oddly enough, Old Sock. The record is coming out on Clapton's own label, Bushbranch Records, and it'll be distributed by a boutique label called Sunrfdog, which also handles Brian Setzer, Dave Stewart of Eurythmics, and the legendary Glen Campbell. Old Sock will be available on CD and as a 2-LP vinyl set. Not sure why, but Surfdog says that the March 12 release date is “tentative,” although you can pre-order at online music sites.
Hard to tell what exactly the new stuff sounds like, although it's a safe bet Slowhand is sticking to the rootsy blues sound we've heard from him on his last few releases. Here's the track listing:
1. Further On Down The Road
3. Every Little Thing
4. The Folks Who Live On The Hill
5. Born To Lose
6. Till Your Well Runs Dry
7. All Of Me
8. Still Got The Blues
9. Goodnight Irene
10. Gotta Get Over
11. Your One And Only Man
12. Our Love Is Here To Stay
The other big Clapton news is that his tour kicks off on March 14 in Phoenix. Unfortunately for us in the Northwest, the tour goes east from there and heads to Europe in May and June. If he decides to add another leg and come west, or northwest, you'll be the first to know, if you join the club.
The members of the Allman Brothers Band have been sitting on some personal recordings of their shows which they've never released to the public -- until now. They're mining their vaults for two new albums, both of which capture the band's early-1970s live performances. I don't know about you, but I never had a chance to see them back in the glory days, so these two releases should go a long way toward illuminating just what the band was all about and why their live shows were so legendary back in the day.
The 2/11/72 concert in their Macon, GA hometown is the ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND’s first show there after the death of founding guitarist DUANE ALLMAN and features the group as a five-piece with all original members: keyboardist GREGG ALLMAN, drummers BUTCH TRUCKS and JAIMOE, bassist BERRY OAKLEY and guitarist DICKEY BETTS. Never-before-heard in the bootleg market, the Macon performance showed the band in ferocious form, just two months before their legendary EAT A PEACH live album was released.
The band’s 5/1/73 show at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, NY marked a much different line-up for the ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND. Keyboardist CHUCK LEAVELL (who would later go on to the Rolling Stones) had joined the group in mid 1972 just before founding bassist BERRY OAKLEY’s untimely death. Jaimoe’s childhood friend LAMAR WILLIAMS was chosen to replace Berry Oakley six months prior to the Nassau recording. Four songs from this set had not appeared on any of the previous live or archival releases: “Come & Go Blues,” “Wasted Words,” “Jessica” and “Ramblin’ Man.” Like the 2/11/72 Macon show, this concert is from a two-track reel-to-reel soundboard master tape.
Both albums will arrive on February 12, and more rare perfromances from the Allmans' vaults are in the works. And if they hit the road anytime soon and stop in the Northwest, you'll be the first to know, if you join the club.
This Tuesday, Fleetwood Mac is reissuing their blockbuster classic Rumours in a new deluxe package that contains all kinds of extras and unreleased material, including a dozen live tracks recorded during their 1977 world tour at stops in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Nashville, and Columbia, South Carolina. Right now you can listen to all the live tracks, all the way through, thanks to Rolling Stone. As they describe it:
The disc features Fleetwood Mac favorites like "Rhiannon" and "World Turning," as well as plenty of Rumours highlights including a swooning rendition of "Dreams," a stomping version of "The Chain" that comes to a raucous conclusion, and the heartbreaking closer "Songbird."
It's very cool to hear a band at the top of their game, obviously enegized by the thrill of releasing what would arguably stand as their finest work. (Okay, if you read the book Making Rumours, you know they were also energized by buckets of cocaine, but the music still sounds great.)
Okay, maybe it's too early to judge. Steve Jobs himself was a pretty intense guy, so I guess that's what Ashton Kutcher is going for here in the first leaked scene from the movie jOBS, which will hit theaters on April 19. Here's Kuchter as Jobs having a heated convo with fellow Apple founder Steve Wozniak, played by Josh Gad (from Broadway's The Book of Mormon.)
You can read more about the movie here. And then there's the competing Jobs movie (based on his authoritzed biography by Walter Isaacson) which is being written by Aaron Sorkin, who wrote The Social Network. More about that one here.
Dave Grohl has been working hard on his latest project, The Sound City Players, the band he assembled as part of the promotion for his new studio documentary Sound City. Everybody in the band, including Stevie Nicks, John Fogerty, Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick and Rick Springfield, has some kind of history with the legendary studio in Van Nuys, California that's the subject of Grohl's movie. (His old band Nirvana recorded Nevermind there.)
The group did a show at the Sundance FIlm Festival last weekend; they just announced another show next week in L.A., and there my be more after that. Grohl told Billboard "we plan to do shows all over the world. When I came up with the idea of taking all these performers to the live stage a few months ago, my idea [was] to have video presentations between each performance. We'll have that at the next shows."
On the NME website, Grohl said: "I thought I'd pay tribute (to Sound City) by making a short film and putting it on YouTube. It was right around the 20th anniversary of Nevermind so I thought this will be a nice sidebar that I'm reunited with the board that made that album. Then I got the shortlist of everyone who made an album there and it's not a short list. I called out to as many people as I could, thinking maybe some of them would want to talk and all of them wanted to talk."
Here's the band at Sundance with Grohl and Stevie Nicks sharing vocals on Stevie's "Stop Dragging My Heart Around."
Stevie does the Fleetwood Mac classic "Dreams."
And John Fogerty steps up for CCR's "Born On The Bayou."
Well if it is, it's not getting great reviews from Mountain listeners. We got a chance to see the latest design proposal for the NBA arena that our billionaire buddy Chris Hansen wants to build in Seattle's SODO neighborhood. It's supposed to be very environmentally friendly -- the building would capture rainwater and re-use it, and it would use the sun for solar heating and to generate energy for the surrounding neighborhood. That's all great. But . . . .what's the heck is that supposed to be on top?
Here are some of the more creative interpretations from listeners on The Mountain's Facebook page:
*Looks like a cake.
*It looks like a vegetable steamer rack.
*I'm looking for giant flames to blast out of the center. *Ritz crackers go in the middle?
*It looks like a bacon wrapped roast.
*Looks like a piece of sushi sitting on a bed of greens.
*At first I thought it was a creative cracker/dip bowl....mmm, guess not!
*Looks like cold cuts.
*Sand worm eating a spice harvester!
*Nice bread bowl! The only thing missing is a spoon!
In all fairness, this is a view from above, which we won't see from street level. In fact, it has a very dramatic glass wall that welcomes you and opens up the interior to people looking in from outside. But that roof -- ouch.
Feel free to join the conversation and offer your thoughts on our Facebook page.
When artists get inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, it's often a chance for fellow musicians to offer hearfelt tributes to their heroes. This April, when a new crop of inductees go into the Rock Hall, the aritsts doing the inducting will include some star power and some serious musical credentials.
SPIN just got the scoop on a bunch of Rock Hall Class of 2013 presenters:
Dave Grohl of Nirvana and the Foo Fighters, and fellow Foo Taylor Hawkins, both fresh off helping make Led Zeppelin cry at last month's Kennedy Center Honors, will induct Rush.
The Eagles' Don Henley, fresh off promoting the new History of the Eagles documentary at Sundance, will induct Randy Newman.
One of the presenters for blues great Albert King has been silent for awhile following throat surgery: John Mayer will deliver the induction remarks for King and then perform with rising star guitarist Gary Clark Jr., who showed up at a couple of the recent Rolling Stones gigs at the end of last year.
Christina Aguilera of NBC's The Voice, and Jennifer Hudson, last seen serenading Barack and Michelle Obama, will perform and induct disco queen Donna Summer.
We still don't know who's inducting Seattle's rock icons Heart, or the hip hop group Public Enemy. Stay tuned.
The 28th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is April 18, 2013, at the Nokia Theatre in L.A. You can try to buy tickets for the event here. And you'll be able to see it on HBO on May 18.
This looks great. It's The History of The Eagles, Part One. And it's not just some fawning PR thing -- it's a real documentary which they unveiled at the Sundance Festival over the weekend. It shows the bad stuff as well as the good stuff: We see the drugs, the women, the massive success, the bitter feuds, and Joe Walsh discusses the finer points of trashing a hotel room. Part One takes us up to the band's meltdown in 1980, and Part Two picks up when they reunited in 1994. Both parts will air on consecutive nights next month on Showtime -- February 15 and 16.
To check out a full review and watch the trailer, go here.
Last fall, Guns N' Roses did a residency in Las Vegas -- multiple nights at the hard Rock Hotel. And now it's going to be a 3D concert film which will be in theaters sometime later this year (as well as a DVD release an some kind of airing on cable TV.) They've leaked a little of the film, and it's . . . . explosive. Literally! Check out this spectacular rendition of "Paradise City," complete with over the top pyro and scantily clad dancers flanking the stage. Granted, Axl Rose isn't a kid anymore and might benefit from a regular workout plan, but the band still brings the rock:
No word on the exact release date for the film, which is called Appetite for Democracy. And if GN'R decides to tour again, you'll be the first to know . . . . at least if you join the club.
They say we walk 75,000 miles by the time we reach 50, and we cover a lot more ground if we're runners. One of the keys to safe running -- that is, not screwing up your knees and your feet -- is to replace your shoes when they wear out. Supposedly, a pair of running shoes is only good for 400-600 miles .But how do you know when they're toast? You use a little device called MilestonePod. It's a little capsule that clps to your shoe, tracks your mileage and lets you know when it's time for new shoes. It also contains your emergency info, so in case you have some kind of accident outt here, emergency personnel can plug it into a computer and get your medical data.
Here's a charmingly amateur video with the pitch from the gadget's creators:
They're crowdsourcing the funding for MilestonePod, and if you kick in some seed money, you get one for yourself. (It's going to sell for $14.95.) Check it out here.
We all know that one of these days a big earthquake is going to wreak havoc around here, or at least scare the crap out of us. Are we prepared? Probably not. But here's one easy thing you can do: Microsoft just launched a new mobile app called HelpBridge.
The app lets you assemble a list of friends and family members you'd want to contact in an emergency, and when disaster strikes you can quickly send multiple texts or emails to call for help or to let everybody know you're okay. You can post an emergency message on your Facebook timeline (because that'st he first thing you'd want to do in a natural disaster -- check Facebook!) and you can even send out your location via your phone's GPS so people can find you.
The app also lets you easily donate to aid organizations if -- instead of needing help -- you want to give help in a disaster. HelpBridge works on iPhone, Android, and of course Windows Phone 8 (because it's from Microsoft) and it's free. Read more here.
Most music fans have at least heard of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, but why is this backwater Southern town so legendary? The answer is in this documentary, which is about to show at the Sundance Film Festival. Rolling Stone has the scoop:
The Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin, Paul Simon, and Wilson Pickett are just a few of the artists who traveled to Muscle Shoals, Alabama, during the 1960s and early 1970s to record. In that small town, a handful of studios were changing the sound of soul and rock & roll. Now you can check out the trailer for the new documentary Muscle Shoals, from director Greg "Freddy" Camalier, which is set to premiere this year at Sundance.
We've all been to concerts where some d-bag screams requests at the band all night, or stands in front of you with his iPhone recording video of the entire show, or God forbid over-serves himself at the bar and ralphs on your shoes. That's textbook bad concert behavior, and now Rolling Stone has a very helpful list of the Top 10 Most Annoying Concert Behaviors. Learn it and live it yourself, and maybe pass it along to someone who needs an intervention. Yeah, I'm talking to you, guy who thinks he can take better concert photos than Annie Leibovitz. As the article says:
I get it. You want to show all your friends on Facebook and Twitter that you saw a cool concert. Fine. Take a photo. Take five if you want! But please, don't take 77. You always manage to hold your camera right in my line of sight. You don't even look like you're enjoying the show while you're doing this. All your attention is on the photos. And you know what? Those photos are all going to look like s**t. Every single one of them. You're too far away. You'll probably never even look at them. Also, you see those guys right in front of the stage with the giant cameras? They're taking great professional pictures. There's really no need for yours.
To check out the other nine annoying concert behaviors click here.
Dave Grohl of Nirvana and the Foo Fighters is about to release his documentary, Sound City, about the legendary L.A. recording studio where tons of artists recorded classic albums: Tom Petty, Fleetwood Mac, Neil Young, Cheap Trick, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nirvana, Guns 'N' Roses and many more. They're going to screen the film one night only -- January 31 -- and around here, it'll be on the giant screen at Cinerama in Seattle. You can buy tickets for the screening here. But if you miss that, no worries -- you'll be able to download it the next day, February 1. Here's the link for that. Meanwhile, the trailer:
How about flying the 12th man flag on your laptop? I guess they're big Seahawks fans at the Seattle creative agency BAJI, because they've created some 12th Man wallpapers for your computer desktop or iPhone. Go there now and grab them.
Today is David Bowie's 66th birthday, and he's celebrating by releasing some of his first new music in almost a decade.It's a haunting song called "Where Are We Now?" from an album called The Next Day that will drop in early March. Watch the odd and atmospheric video here:
New York, NY--January 8, 2013--In the early morning hours of Tuesday the 8th January, Iso/Columbia Records released a new single by David Bowie titled 'Where Are We Now?' exclusively launching in the iTunes Store in 119 countries. David Bowie's first new album in ten years and his 30th studio recording, THE NEXT DAY is also available as a pre-order on iTunes with a wide release scheduled for March. January the 8th is of course David Bowie's birthday, a timely moment for such a treasure to appear as if out of nowhere.
Throwing shadows and avoiding the industry treadmill is very David Bowie despite his extraordinary track record that includes album sales in excess of 130 million not to mention his massive contributions in the area of art, fashion, style, sexual exploration and social commentary. It goes without saying that he has sold out stadiums and broken ticket records throughout the world during this most influential of careers.
In recent years radio silence has been broken only by endless speculation, rumor and wishful thinking ....a new record...who would have ever thought it, who'd have ever dreamed it! After all David is the kind of artist who writes and performs what he wants when he wants...when he has something to say as opposed to something to sell. Today he definitely has something to say.
Produced by long term collaborator Tony Visconti, 'Where Are We Now?' was written by Bowie, and was recorded in New York. The single is accompanied by a haunting video directed by Tony Oursler which harks back to David's time in Berlin. He is seen looking in on footage of the auto repair shop beneath the apartment he lived in along with stark images of the city at the time and a lyric constantly raising the question Where Are We Now?
"The moment you know, you know you know" resonates from the new single's lyric. Now we all know...David Bowie has been in the recording studio...just when we least expected it!!
Yup, that's what I did over the holidays -- I got hitched! We figured since we already had the kid, we'd go ahead and make it official. We got married on December 21 at Hotel 1000 in Seattle -- a small ceremony with family and some close friends, and then a big dinner.
Here's a tip that'll make your life easier: Marry a woman your mother loves too.
We squeezed in a mini-honeymoon right after Christmas at the Inn at Langley on Whidbey Island -- beautiful!