Last week, they were the champions of the first ever March Mountain BANDness competition, and this week we unearthed this little historical nugget.
It was this week in 1975 that Led Zeppelin became the first band in history to have six albums on the Billboard chart at once: Physical Graffiti (#1), Led Zeppelin IV, House of the Holy, Led Zeppelin II, Led Zeppelin and Led Zeppelin III.
The band rarely released singles, which was smart because it helped their album sales.
It’s pretty well know that with pain, sometimes comes really good work. Recovering or going through a break up can help an artist produce some of the best music of their career.
There’s something about heartbreak that makes an artist open up.
Well as we get ready for Fleetwood Mac to start their upcoming world tour, here’s something to contemplate- What if Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham HADN”T broken up, would Rumours been just as good?
The couple split while recording the famous Rumours album but continued to work and tour together for years, often under tense circumstances.
Lindsey Buckingham has opened up about both his romantic and working relationship with Stevie Nicks in Men’s Journal magazine. "You get used to it," Buckingham said about working with an ex. You can read more about it here.
We’ll never know, but it’s something to ponder.
The Fleetwood Mac Tour kicks off in Columbus, OH on April 4th; they’ll jam at the Tacoma Dome May 20th.
Is it me or does it seem like we go through this every year?
The organizers of the Family 4th at Lake Union fireworks show say they need to raise an additional $450,000 by Sunday, or the show may be canceled this year. They only have $50, 000 of the 500,000 needed.
King5 News says the $500,000 amounts to about $1 per every per every person expected to watch it either in person at Gas Works Park, around Lake Union or on television.
So should we all chip in?
Local corporations, small businesses and individual donors get together to pay for the show.
It’s more than likely someone will come to the rescue, like uber restaurateur Tom Douglas.
It was a big week for Pink Floyd this week. They made it to Round 4 in our first ever March Mountain BANDness. But they also hit a few benchmarks this week.
It was this week in 1980 that the #1 Billboard hit was Pink Floyd's” Another Brick In The Wall (part II)”
Also, Pink Floyd‘s legendary 1973 album, ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’ is one of 25 recordings to be inducted into the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress. The record received the highest number of public nominations.
And Rolling Stone Magazine just announced that: “Pink Floyd are inviting fans to gather on their website starting after midnight in England on Sunday – or Saturday at 8 p.m. EST – where they'll be able to stream the band's masterpiece Dark Side of the Moon in full to celebrate the LP's 40th anniversary.
As they listen to the record, the band is asking fans to tweet their memories, photos and comments about the beloved 1973 album with the hashtag #DarkSide40. Over the course of the night, an image of the moon will darken as the notes come in."
Happy Birthday William Shatner, he turns 82 today!
And instead of having some cake, how about celebrating with some classic television?
If you aren’t into watching basketball this weekend, fire up your computer or smart TV and go to Hulu.com.
In honor of Captain Kirk’s birthday they will be streaming ALL episode of the original “Star Trek” television series AND all its offshoots — including “The Next Generation,” “Deep Space 9,” “Voyager” and “Enterprise” until March 31.
Here's a funny little clip, a sorta "Star Trek" VS "Star Wars"
On this day in 1975, Led Zeppelin played the first of two sold-out nights at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, Canada. The set list included: 'Rock And Roll', 'Stairway To Heaven', 'Whole Lotta Love', 'Black Dog' and 'Heartbreaker'.
The big heartbreaker-tickets were only $7.50.
Reach into your way back machine, can you remember the cheapest show you attended?
Here's some audio from what was probably an amazing show:
It’s March, the month of brackets galore. How’s your March Mountain BANDness bracket?
The winners will go onto round 3, and today’s match-ups are tough to choose from. I decide to go with the adage “go with your first response.” No rhyme or reason, just sheer close the eyes and pick one. So if I was picking like that today, here is my top four:
As we trudge through our crazy Spring here in Seattle, you have to remember the long, light Summer nights are coming.
A great way to spend a great night is hanging out at Chateau St Michelle in Woodinville. A nice night on the lawn with some delicious snacks and perhaps a bottle of vino, PLUS some great music. How can you go wrong?
A few shows for the Summer Concert Series have just been announced:
Steve Miller Band will be appearing June 29, 2013
And David Byrne (formally of Talking Heads) will be performing July 18, 2013
After I hopefully jog/walk in the St Pat’s Dash in Seattle on Sunday, I will probably imbibe in an old St Pat’s tradition of green beer and corn beef and cabbage.
And while it’s the only time of the year I will tolerate traditional Irish music, here are some Irish bands I love to listen to all year round.
So hard to pick a favorite, his voice and his lyrics get be every time, it’s hard to pick a favorite, but this one is at the top.
I’ve always thought this group was a bit underrated, love Dolores‘s O'Riordan’s vocals!
Actually one of my very very faves since I was a wee one. Some people are over them and/or don’t care for Bono, but I just love their music.
It was probably one of the best secretarial jobs anyone could ever have. Working for the Beatles, Freda Kelly was trusted with many secrets. And she kept those secrets for a very, very long time.
According to The Daily Beast, Freda decided she wanted to make “a little DVD, as she calls the film titled “Good Ol’ Freda”, for her grandson. She was very apprehensive about it and she would only make the movie with someone she trusted, so she approached a family friend, Ryan White.
Freda was interviewed by White during two month long shoots in England, where he compiled about 40 to 50 hours of interview footage. The filmmakers had a couple coups, including a video testimonial courtesy of Ringo Starr that plays during the closing credits—“Freda was like part of the family,” he says—and the licensing of four original.
According to the “Good Ol’ Freda” website, the film will screen at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April, but hopefully someone will pick up the film soon and distribute it. Sounds like a must see for any music fan.
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As we wrap up Round 1 in our March Mountain BANDness this week, I can’t help look back and think that we’ve come across some tough match ups so far. I'm having a hard time choosing between these two competitors.
I had a History teacher who was a big music buff. In particular he was a big fan of Eric Clapton. He was such a big fan that he used to have the “E. C.” question at the end of each test for additional credit.
No, it wasn’t the extra credit question. It was the Eric Clapton question. I was pretty bad at American History, but I was pretty good at Eric Clapton history, so I managed to pass that class.
The first time I saw Eric Clapton play guitar (it was on TV.) I seriously cried I was so moved.
So although I really love almost all of Fleetwood Mac’s music, Eric Clapton will just barely squeak by in my bracket.
Who would you pick? How is your bracket going? You can still get in on the action and vote today in March Mountain Bandness here:
If you’re lucky enough to have tickets to the Bob Seger show at the Tacoma Dome March 29th, you’ll hit the bonus round,because Joe Walsh is joining Seger’s tour on March 27th.
And Walsh seems to be working on some other things, at least going by what he posted on his Facebook page last week. He said,“Cooking up something here at Capitol Records, I think you’ll like it.” And he put up a picture that feature himself, Mick Jagger and Ringo Starr. Could be something interesting indeed!
Have you heard of TED? It stands for “Technology, Entertainment and Design”. It’s basically conferences and speeches that happen all over the place and then shared online. You can read more about this private non-profit here.
Recently, Bono was invited to give a speech at TED, and as you might imagine he was funny at times but thought provoking too.
In the talk, Bono says eliminating almost all extreme poverty is possible by 2030, and invites everyone to become "factivists," who advocate for policies using hard facts.
It’s a little wonky at times, but at about 13 minutes it’s a free way to hear Bono talk.
I’ll admit I was a late to the Tom Petty party. I don’t know if at the time I just wasn’t into his style of music, or *gasp* perhaps I was shallow enough to feel I wasn’t thrilled with the way he looked. Let’s face it, that face is an acquired taste.
But somewhere in the last decade I find myself really DIGGIN’ Mr. Petty Man. He’s a great song writer, not to mention he plays so nice with others, like the Traveling Wilburies. Plus, who else has a festival named after him? Yup, artists came together and jam Petty songs every year at Pettyfest for fun and charity.
As for Boston? Eh..
This American Girl is votin’ for Petty!
You can see the matchups and place your vote for March Mountain Bandness here.
He has had such a prolific career; it’s hard to pick a favorite role. . He was great in "E.R" and the underrated “Sports Night” where he worked alongside hi wonderful wife Felicity Huffman. He was also good in the movie “The Cooler”, but one of my favorites is his role in David Mamet’s “State and Main” What is your favorite William H. Macy role?
It’s another tough round today in March Mountain BANDness. Round 1 is proving to be very competitive. One match up in particular could be very close, Journey taking on Foreigner.
I was a huge Foreigner fan. I had the Foreigner "4" album when I was really really young and played it over and over again. The only problem is it skipped on the song “Urgent.” I even exchanged it several times and it skipped in the same place on every one. For a long time, when I heard that song on the radio, I still heard the skip in my head.
I think the fonder memories of Foreigner will give them a check mark for me. Who would you pick?
Check out the brackets and cast your vote in March Mountain BANDness here.
It seems that some days are chock full of happenings for a group, and today is no exception for the Beatles. It was this day in 1969 that Paul McCartney married Linda Eastman, undoubtedly the true love of his life.
It wasn’t a great day for George and Patty Harrison though; they were arrested on the same day for possession of marijuana at their home.
A few years later 1974, John Lennon and friend/singer Harry Nilsson were kicked out of the Troubadour in Hollywood for causing a disturbance. Harry Nilsson supposedly said later that some people thought he was the bad influence, when really it was the other way around.
These first rounds of March Mountain Bandness are pretty evenly matched sometimes, and really hard to choose. Case in point, today’s match up of the Eagles VS. Genesis.
When I was really REALLY little I received the "Eagles Live" album and instantly fell in love with all their songs, from “Hotel California” which seemed creepy and mind blowing at the time, to the sweet and heart tugging “I Can’t Tell You Why” and “Wasted Time”, to the rockin’ “Life in the Fast Lane”
If I had to pick one song from that album I might choose:
One of the first albums I bought by myself was Genesis “Duke”, mostly because I heard this song playing in the record store and HAD to hear it over and over again.
This match up is a hard one for me, but make sure you get YOUR vote in before 6pm.
Check out the brackets and cast your vote in March Mountain Bandness here.
I rarely see a movie when it first comes out. I love movies, but I usually like to wait and see what other people, besides the critics, really think of a flick. Not to mention I get a little antsy sitting in a theater quietly for hours.
Well this weekend, I was swept up into a group of friends who went to see “Oz the Great and Powerful”
Let me say, the original “Wizard of Oz” is one of my all-time favorites. I was interested in seeing the story of how the Wizard of Oz landed in the magical location and how his rule came about.
The story was rather disappointing at first. Following in the footsteps of such a classic is not easy, to say the least. And James Franco is not very convincing as the “great and powerful Oz”. But about halfway through I stopped being skeptical and started suspending reality, and things got better. It is only movie about a make believe land after all.
Would I recommend it? Only if you promise not to take it too seriously.
Hard to believe but Daylight Savings Time starts this weekend. At 2:00 AM Sunday morning, (or Saturday night if you are still up and out, ha ha), set your clocks and watches ahead 1 hour. Those that might still need to be manually fixed anyway.
We will lose an hour this weekend, but it will be much light next week when we get out of work.
Daylight Saving Time (United States) 2013 begins at 2:00 AM on Sunday, March 10
and ends at 2:00 AM on Sunday, November 3.
In case you haven’t heard, "Beverly Hills Cop" is returning. Well, not on the big screen, but on the little one. Eddie Murphy is executive producing a "Beverly Hills Cop" TV pilot about the iconic buddy cop movie for CBS. It revolves around a new Beverly Hills cop, who just so happens to be the son of Murphy's character, Axel Foley.
The entertainment blog Zap 2 It says a couple familiar faces will pop up in the pilot, Murphy himself and Judge Reinhold who played Billy Rosewood in the original film.
Television shows that are based on movies are historically hit and miss, but maybe star power will help this endeavor succeed.
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Mash ups in music has been around awhile, but they seem to be making quite a come back lately. Some blame "Glee" others blame the technological advances in editing so easy anyone can do it.. Here's an interesting one; 20 Beatles songs in one minute. Can you name them all?
She probably won’t be wearing the same flimsy outfits or sporting the cinnamon bun hairdo... but Actress Carrie Fisher has confirmed that she will be returning in the role of Princess Leia in the new "Star Wars" film.
Fisher was interviewed by Palm Beach Illustrated magazine and they asked her to confirm if she will reprise the role of Princess Leia in "Star Wars VII". She simply responded "yes", which is good enough for alot of people looking forward to getting the old "Star Wars" gang back together.
The J.J. Abrams directed "Star Wars" movie is set to begin production soon as the release date is set for 2015.
If there was a Zombie attack, would you be prepared?
There is a great article the Center for Disease Control released that equates a Zombie attack with other natural disasters. Read about it here and see if you would be prepared for just about anything that could come your way.
Jon Stewart is taking some time off from the “Daily Show” to direct his first film. According to USA Today the project is called “Rosewater”, an adaptation of reporter Maziar Bahari's memoir published in 2011.
It tells the story of Bahari's travels to Iran in June 2009 to cover the country's presidential elections for the BBC. Instead of reporting he was held in an Iranian prison for 118 days and subjected to brutal interrogations by a man he knew only by his scent — rosewater.
Bahari was accused of being a spy, and one of the pieces of "evidence" used against him was an appearance he made on "The Daily Show".
The hiatus will take place this summer and “Daily Show'” regular John Oliver will fill in.
If you could leave your job for three months to work on something you were passionate about, what would it be?
Let’s just suspend reality and say it was possible. :)