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Bob Thornton and The Boxmasters continue to break new ground. Only
this time, its coffee grounds! The specialeclectic Kona blend is
as distinctive as The Boxmasters brand of rock. The new album on
Vanugard was released June 10. This brewreeks diner waffle batter
with smokey undertones.The kind you fire upwhen recovery comes calling
the next morning or an idea lbrew to slip slide your day away. We've
got the double cd in the player...it's surprisingly good, despite
all the hype! Just listen to Mr Thornton and learn why he's tinkering
with the 24-track, 24/7 Dell
Lounge. Better yet, order your Boxmasters
Brew right here! The Boxmasters kick off their cross-country
tour on July 11th with stops including New York, Austin, Memphis,
Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallasand Los Angeles.In addition to the
three original Boxmasters, the touring band includes Brad Davis
(guitar, mandolin), Mike "Bubba" Bruce (drums), Teddy
Andreadis (Acoustic Guitar, Harmonica), Marty Rifkin (Pedal Steel),
Darryl Johnson (Bass)" The Boxmasters (Billy Bob Thornton,
JD Andrew and Mike Butler) combine the influence of The Beatles,
The Rolling Stones, Kinks and The Animals combined with Johnny Cash,
Merle Haggard and Buck Owens. Fashioned after a 1960s-era mod band
(including matching suits and ties), The Boxmasters combine upbeat
rhythms and infectious arrangements wrapped around lyrically dark
themes. Sure, you can find them at Myspace.
Learning On The Job -- Google VP of Engineering Douglas Merrill
(left) is leaving Mountain View for...somewhere in California, where
he'll be EMI Music's new president of digital. Cory Ondrejka (right)
may be replacing Lauren Berkowitzas EMI's SVP of digital, who will
report to Douglas. No worries, EMI still owns the iconic Capitol
building! Cory's blog where he announces his move (made two weeks
ago, actually) -- along with the news that since 2000, he's purchased
5 albums from Amazon. Ah, but surely he's a music hound who spends
tons of time cruising iTunes, or some of the other legal music source,
right? Nope. "I neither buy nor hear much new music,"
he continues: "I had never setup the iTMS on that computer
and you would be amazed at how hard Apple has made that process.
Its like they dont want to sell me music. Then, once
I did remember all the passwords I needed, I couldnt figure
out whether the iTunes download was DRM free. So I went to Amazon,
which was slightly easier and made it clear the download wasnt
broken via DRM." Then Cory humbly submits while it doesn't
seem hard to fix this mess, he's got no idea what he's doing, so
he'll be learning on the job. Fair enough. We look forward to getting
a progress report.
to offer their latest album on a pay-what-you-like basis online
"to some extent backfired", U2's manager has said. The
majority of fans who downloaded In Rainbows ignored the band's website
and acquired it illegally by other means, Paul McGuinness told BBC
6 Music. "Sixty to 70% of the people who downloaded the record
stole it anyway, even though it was available for free." U2's
next album - due this year - would not follow the same approach,
he added. The exact release date was "not clear yet but I would
think towards the end of October", Mr McGuinness said. "We
will obviously work with whatever technology is available to make
the release of the new record as interesting as possible,"
he added. "[But] for U2, physical sales are still an enormous
part of our business and we still sell a lot of actual CDs."
Time 4 Jacob
The Jewler -- The New York businessman known in the hip-hop
world as "Jacob the Jeweler" has been sentenced to 2 1/2
years in federal prison for lying to investigators looking into
a multistate drug ring. Detroit U.S. District Judge Avern Cohn on
Tuesday sentenced 43-year-old Jacob Arabov, who pleaded guilty in
October to falsifying records and giving false statements. Cohn
also ordered Arabov to pay a $50,000 fine. Arabov was arrested in
2006 at his Manhattan jewelry shop. Authorities accused him and
others of conspiring to launder about $270 million in drug profits.
Arabov has made
jewelry for Kanye West and Lil' Kim, among others in the hip hop
2004, Jacob signed a deal with the N.B.A. to design watches with
logos for all 29 of its teams), Missy Elliott, Ashanti, Christy
Turlingtonwho wore a 42.9-carat, $180,000 necklace designed
by Jacob when she wed Ed Burns in 2003.
He even made an 18-karat-gold BlackBerry cover for Pharrell Williams,
the hot hip-hop producer and rapper. "People are astonished
by it," Williams said. "It's like art. It's like something
a king would have." Jacob's family, the Arabovs, were a "huge
family whose history started 200 years ago," I had been told
by Jacob's rabbi, Itzhak Yehoshua, the chief rabbi of the Bukharan
Jews in the U.S.A., out in Queens. "They were honest businessmen
in the silk trade."
Leibovitz Montana Shoot. Leading
a double life as a glammed-up rocker on the Disney Channels
Montana (left: with hairstylist Christiaan and dad, Billy Ray
Cyrus), the15-year-old Miley Cyrus has an early start on the road
to superstardom, but you havent hit it big until youve
been photographed by Annie
Leibovitz or start a semi controversy.
Here's a few images from the behind-the-scenes shoot, on location
in Calabasas, California. The
so called semi nude photos appeared in the June issue of Vanity
if you've been to a toy store lately, you've noticed that Disney
has replaced the big ears with a Miley face! Viva merchandising!
Bring In The Dough....Publishing companies are aggressively
pushing their copyrights through new media -- EMI
Music Publishing has its own channel on YouTube, for instance
-- as music supervisors turn to outlets like YouTube and MySpace
to find music. "Nineteen of our catalogs are up year over year,"
says Larry Mestel of New York-based newcomer Primary
Wave, which bought 20 catalogs in the company's first 22 months
of existence, including artists like Nirvana's Kurt Cobain; Aerosmith's
Steven Tyler; Hall & Oates; Earth, Wind & Fire and Steve
for your penny!
licensing involves the licensing of songs for use with visual images
(i.e. films,commercials, etc.). Mechanical licensing involves the
licensing of songs for audiotape or compact disc.
the licensing of a song copyright. Licensing a master involves a
particular sound recording by an artist. You normally need both
licences for synchronization.
In an administration
deal, the major publisher doesn't own any equity in the copyrights.
They just collect a percentage of the money that comes in and pay
the rest out to the writer and the writer's publishing company.
In a co-publishing deal, the major publisher and the writer's publishing
company each own 50% of the copyright.
David Belisle has
traveled with R.E.M. on tours as well as photographed their recording
and video sessions, and has captured their on- and off-stage lives
with unprecedented access. The 175 color and black and white photographs
in the book are accompanied by handwritten captions by the band
and introduction by Michael Stipe. The Seattle-based photographer
who has worked with R.E.M., the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Mudhoney, the Tiny
Vipers, and others. R.E.M. rose from cult college radio status to
sell more than 70 million albums worldwide and be inducted into
the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007. The publication of R.E.M.:
HELLO coincides with the release of REM's 14th album studio album,
Accelerate, in April of this year, which will be followed by North
American and European tours over the summer.
HELLO is published by Chronicle
Books and available as of June 1 for $29.95
Awards Paramount In LA The
high-wattage event, now in its 25th year, will take place on the
Pictures lot in Hollywood, and will air on the channel that
evening. Los Angeles last hosted the event in 1998. Since then,
the awards have been held mostly in New York, but traveled to Miami
in 2004 and 2005, and then Las Vegas last year. MTV
said this year's ceremony would use the city streets, rooftops,
and sound stages all over the Paramount lot. The host, performers,
nominees, and presenters will be announced at a later date. MTV
and Paramount are units of Viacom Inc . Last year, 7.1 million MTV
viewers watched the festivities, according to Nielsen Media Research.
Spears, embarking on a comeback of sorts, was ridiculed for dressing
as a stripper and badly lip-synching her way through her new single.
Jaws dropped among mystified stars in the audience. While viewership
was up from 5.8 million the year before, the numbers are a far cry
from the record 12 million viewers for the 1999 version.
painting of a water lily by Claude Monet sold for more than $80
million US at auction Tuesday in London, kicking off a week of modern
art sales expected to reach records that defy the global economic
downturn. The painting sold to an anonymous collector," says
Olivier Camu, head of impressionist and modern art at Christie's.
The signed and dated 1919 painting has only been seen in public
once in the last 80 years.
Wanted: A Sound Logo The world-leading manufacturer of microphones,
headphones and wireless transmission systems is enlisting its wide
creative customer base to come up with a unique Sound logo...equivalent
of a visual symbol. So what does an 'audio specialist' sound like?
Here's your chance to tell them! Through July 17, 2008, Sennheiser
is hosting a sound logo competition in which fans all over the globe
can submit audio clips that encapsulate their idea of the "Sennheiser
sound," one of which will be chosen as Sennheiser's official
acoustic trademark. The chosen finalist will take home 5,000 euros.
An entry is allowed to be up to eight seconds long. To make it as
technologically simple as possible for those taking part, contributions
should be uploaded onto the www.sennheiser.com/soundlogo
website in MP3 format (stereo, 128KBs, max 10MB) by July 17, 2008
for consideration. Each entrant may send in up to five entries.
By the end of August, thirty finalists will be selected, at which
point their sound logos will be appraised by an international jury.
"The public will be a virtual member of the judging panel of
five," said Susanne Seidel, president of global marketing at
Sennheiser. "You, too, can vote for your favorite sound logo
via the website!" Nine runners-up will win first-class sound
equipment for their home. They can choose between Sennheiser's dynamic
top-of-the-range HD 650 headphones or equipping their rehearsal
room with an evolution wireless ew 300 G2 microphone system. "We're
really looking forward to receiving entries from all corners of
the world," says Seidel. "There will be an explosion of
1945 in Wedemark, Germany, Sennheiser is now a global brand represented
in sixty countries around the world through long-term distribution
partners and subsidiaries in France, UK, Belgium, the Netherlands,
Denmark, Russia, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, Japan, China, Canada,
Mexico and the USA. Sennheiser's technology is produced in manufacturing
plants in Germany, Ireland and the United States of America. Their
pioneering excellence in technology has rewarded the company with
numerous awards and accolades including an Emmy, a Grammy, and the
Scientific and Engineering Award of the Academy of Motion Picture
Arts and Sciences. The Sennheiser Group is proud to be affiliated
with Georg Neumann (Technical Grammy(r) award-winning manufacturer
of studio microphones), Klein and Hummel (studio monitors) and the
joint venture Sennheiser Communications that brings their award-winning
technology to headsets for PCs, offices and call centers.
studios closed its doors March 2008, according to studio manager
Mark McKenna who is now with Bandshell Artists Mgmt and can be reached
at Shokan, NY 845-332-3257
clarinetist, and conductor, Derek
Bermel is described as "an eclectic with wide open ears."
Bermel has been widely hailed by colleagues, critics, and audiences
across the globe for his creativity and theatricality as a composer
of chamber, symphonic, dance, theater, and pop works, and his virtuosity
and charisma as a clarinetist, conductor, and jazz and rock musician.
His band, PEACE BY PIECE is based in Brooklyn, NY and has released
two albums on Miscellaneous Records, their first, self-titled album
by Piece', and most recently, 'The Elements' in May 2004.
jazz, classical, rock, gospel, folk & classical...complex Bulgarian
melodies in Tied Shifts commissioned by eighth blackbird, to Irish
bagpipes coupled by Led Zepplin riffs in Voices, Bermel spices up
his music with international beats and innumerable folk traditions
while maintaining his sophisticated orchestration
Who Meets Who: Derek meets Bermel!
Major Milestone: Bermel currently serves as the 2006-2009
Music Alive Composer-in-Residence of the American Composers Orchestra.
His commissions have included those from the National, St. Louis,
Albany, and New Jersey Symphonies, Westchester Philharmonic, Chamber
Music Society of Lincoln Center, Fabermusic, WNYC, De Ereprijs (Netherlands),
Jazz Xchange (U.K.), pianist Christopher Taylor, and cellist Fred
Sherry. His premiere CD of chamber music, Soul Garden, was released
last season to critical acclaim. He has premiered dozens of new
works, including his clarinet concerto, Voices, which created a
sensation when it premiered at Carnegie Hall and has since performed
with the BBC Symphony, and Boston Modern Orchestra Project. In 2007,
he will serve as guest artist performing John Adams Gnarly Buttons
with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Bermel is the founding clarinetist
of Music from Copland House and cofounder, music director, and co-artistic
director of the Dutch-American interdisciplinary ensemble TONK.
In addition, he rocks it with his Brooklyn-based band PEACE BY PIECE
as band leader/singer/songwriter. His theatre collaboration Golden
Motors with librettist Wendy S. Walters is an opera/musical produced
by Music Theatre Group. His many awards include the Rome Prize,
Guggenheim and Fulbright Fellowships, awards from the American Academy
of Arts and Letters and Fabermusic, and residencies at Tanglewood,
Banff, Yaddo, Civitella Ranieri, and Aspen. Bermel was awarded the
prestigious 2008 Alpert Award in the Arts for music last week, his
third major award this year right on the heels of the American Music
Center's Trailblazer Award in May and a Koussevitsky in March. Derek
Bermel's past awards include the Rome Prize, Copland Award, Guggenheim
and Fulbright Fellowships, the Academy Award from the American Academy
of Arts and Letters, a Millennium Commission from Faber Music. He
is represented by PeerMusic in the United States and Faber in Europe
and Australia. Contact: Joseph Joaquim 917-450-1345 "Mr.
Alpert is truly an amazing force, and so completely understated
that most people only know him for his recordings with the Tijuana
Brass, and not for A&M records, or this very generous award,"
says manager, Joaquim
A burst of noise
and energy attracted eveyone to the lobby during my last visit to
the local hair salon... you could hear shouts coming from that direction
now transformed into a saturday-night-live like dance floor. More
than 2 dozen stylists (ages 20 to 40 something) were drawn from
their hair stations as if they were sleep walking, eager to show
their strut all to music by Michael Jackson! That's right the not
so forgotten pop star of the '80s was back at this Sherman Oaks
salon strong as ever.
This would make a perfect YouTube posting to promote Jackson's new
release, I thought to myself. A reminder that brilliant music makes
people move, despite the drama surrounding the performer or the
era it originated. If only Michael could be here to feel the love,
even be thrilled!
month, the US Library of Congress officially added Michael Jackson's
Thriller to its National Recording Registry. In an effort to preserve
records deemed "culturally and aesthetically significant",
the Library has archived the album's "best existing version"
its existence in perpetuity. Aside from being the biggest selling
album of all time, Thriller also contained seven #1 hit singles,
remained on Billboard's Top 10 for one year, won the Grammy award
for Best Album and was recently inducted into the Grammy Hall of
the "Most Successful Entertainer of All Time" by the Guinness
World Records, Michael Jackson is among the most highly acclaimed
and influential artists in pop culture. He was named the World Music
Award's Best-Selling Pop Male Artist of the Millennium and received
the American Music Award's Artist of the Century Award. He has been
inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame twice: in 1997 as
a member of the Jackson 5 and as a solo artist in 2001. The
newly expanded version of Thriller
premieres six tracks previously unreleased in any form: "Beat
It 2008" with Fergie; a new Kanye West remix of "Billie
Jean"; a new 2008 version of "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'"
with Akon; will.i.am remixes of "The Girl Is Mine" and
"P.Y.T."; and "For All Time," a rare unreleased
cut from the original Thriller recording sessions, newly mixed and
mastered by Michael Jackson.
singer and performer, known for his homemade square guitar, dark
glasses and black hat, was an inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall
of Fame, had a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame, and received a
lifetime achievement award in 1999 at the Grammy Awards. In recent
years he also played for the elder President Bush and President
Clinton. Diddley appreciated the honors he received, "but it
didn't put no figures in my checkbook."
About his stage
name he said: "I don't know where the kids got it, but the kids
in grammar school gave me that name." Other times, he gave somewhat
differing stories on where he got the name. Some experts believe a
possible source for the name is a one-string instrument used in traditional
blues music called a diddley bow.
His first single,
"Bo Diddley," introduced record buyers in 1955 to his
signature rhythm: bomp ba-bomp bomp, bomp bomp, often summarized
as "shave and a haircut, two bits." Diddley was also one
of the pioneers of the electric guitar, adding reverb and tremelo
effects. He even rigged some of his guitars himself. "He treats
it like it was a drum, very rhythmic," E. Michael Harrington,
professor of music theory and composition at Belmont University
in Nashville, Tenn., said in 2006.
Many other artists,
including the Who, Bruce Springsteen and Elvis Costello copied aspects
of Diddley's style. In the early 1950s, Diddley said, disc jockeys
called his type of music, "Jungle Music." It was Cleveland
disc jockey Alan Freed who is credited with inventing the term "rock
'n' roll." Diddley
said Freed was talking about him, when he introduced him, saying,
"Here is a man with an original sound, who is going to rock
and roll you right out of your seat."
of heart failure at his home in Archer, Fla., spokeswoman Susan
Clary said. He had suffered a heart attack in August, three months
after suffering a stroke while touring in Iowa.
9, 1919 - May 26, 2008
l-r: Les Jenkins, Earle Hagen & Tommy Dorsey
1938; "I Spy" star Robert Culp leads the Hollywood Bowl
audience in singing Happy Birthday to Earle Hagen
Composer-Nobody Ever Heard Of Earl Hagen played trombone in
big bands during the 30s, wrote arrangements for Frank Sinatra,
worked at 20th Century Fox during the reign of Alfred Newman, created
TV themes and scores for Sheldon Leonard shows for Emmy Award-winning
whistleable musical themes in the history of television, including
themes for "The Andy Griffith Show," "The Dick Van
Dyke Show," "The Danny Thomas Show," "I Spy,"
"That Girl," "The Mod Squad," "Mickey Spillane's
Mike Hammer," and so many more. In fact he composed original
music for more than 3,000 individual episodes of television during
his career, which spanned more than three decades.
Sam Brown For the Record rebroadcast interview from 1997, in remembrance
of Hagen (who died May 26th) will be aired on June 29th, 2:00 to
3:00 PM on Sunday KPFK 90.7 FM in Los Angeles, with audio streaming
to Sidwell, who died in 2002, lasted 59 years. In addition to his
second wife, who is also a singer and whom he married in 2005, he
is survived by two sons, Deane and James, both of Palm Desert, Calif.;
two stepdaughters, Rebecca and Rachael Roberts of Irvine, Calif.;
a stepson, Richard Roberts of Los Angeles; and four grandchildren.
Speaking of classic
TV shows, do your remember Bonanza and its memorable theme song
by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans? Other show like Lost In Space,
Bewitched, I Love Lucy all have reached not just Europe, Japan or
Russia but other parts of the world including Iran in the 60s...One
could say that Hollywood has done more in the way of breaking down
cultural barriers than any ambassador or politician from the free
world. No matter where your family lived, you could relate to the
family on Ponderosa ranch ...heck, even Johnny Cash dropped in to
sing with the family (YouTube
footage). They made you part of the family! How beautiful and how
So this independent day, you are part of our family. Hooray Hollywood
and Happy 4th of July!
L.A. 1966 PRESS CONFERENCE shot at Capitol
to describe the 3-part interviews....Charm, Innovation, Honesty,
Communication, Strenght. Let us hear your words!
shame to not understand that a great melody connects on an emotional
level, which is valuable, not just hummable.
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