Kicks On eDrumSessions.com
engineer and bass player Thai Long Ly offers his musical clients
custom-tailored packages that include everything from production
to tracking to a finished master. He also provides a variety of
post-production services. Now, Ly and e-commerce business partner
Shay Godwin, a Los Angeles-based session drummer, have established
eDrumSessions.com. This professional online service provides high-quality
custom drum tracks to order and makes extensive use of microphone
preamps and signal processing equipment from Geoffrey Daking &
All of the drum sessions are tracked through Ly's collection of
equipment, which includes four Mic-Pre/EQs, five FET II Compressor/Limiters,
four of the new Mic-Pre Ones, and a Mic-Pre IV. Ly, who has a large
collection of recording equipment at his private Dragon's Lair facility
in Los Angeles, says, "There are other high end preamps that
I can reach for, but the Daking gear gets used before anything else."
As Ly does not have the luxury of a permanently set-up drum kit,
the fact that the Daking equipment, almost immediately, provides
a great result is a tremendous help. "Especially when we're
on a time crunch and we have far too many clients to fit into one
day. It's really nice to get the drum kit set up, throw the mics
on 'em, open up the Daking preamps and hear just what I want to
hear. This leaves more time to create and means less time searching
He continues, "They sound cohesive, the low-end is tight, and
the clarity is fantastic. The way they speak and help everything
sit in a track is really sweet and that becomes readily apparent
when you start to mix all of the elements together. Its when you
get towards the end of the tracking process and start to throw the
faders up and everything just sonically sits where it belongs. It
just makes the mixing process that much easier."
All of Ly's projects make use of the Daking gear. "I track
with them - anything and everything," he says. "When I
go to mix I'll break out of the box. I'll get out of Pro Tools and
run stuff through the EQs and through the compressors. There's not
a plug-in made that can touch 'em."
Ly also used Daking mic preamps, EQs and compressors on the upcoming
debut album by new all-girl band, Anything But Monday, for Universal
Records. "I've been working with them for the past year. I've
been doing everything from editing to mixing to recording to doing
some co-producing and I even played a little bass on some of the
tracks. I also worked on their promotional videos and I'm producing
all of their promotional radio drops. There must be close to 1,000
radio drops out there."
"I also did five tracks, along with my production partner Berne
Penzias, for one of the 'American Idol' artists earlier this year,"
he adds. "The Daking products were used extensively on that.
I recorded and mixed some material with the Ronald MacDonald House
and used my Dakings on some commercial work for Murine. Berne and
I also working with actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Make it Happen,
Live Free or Die Hard, Grindhouse, Final Destination 3) on some
new original material in which all of her vocals are recorded through
the Daking gear as well as drums, bass and guitars."
Ly also plays in a band - alongside Godwin - with actor Thomas Ian
Nicholas, well known for his role as 'Kevin' in the "American
Pie" series of films."We're working on a new album that
I'm producing, recording, mixing and playing bass on. I'll also
be mixing Thomas' new acoustic solo album. The Daking gear is absolutely
essential for everything I do."
president of Transamerica Audio Group (TAG), announces the company's
new international distribution agreement with Geoffrey Daking, Inc.
The decision to expand their relationship internationally coincides
with the introduction of Daking's Mic-Pre One, an elaborated single-channel
version of the Daking Mic-Pre IV housed in a "DI-style"
enclosure. Early reports suggest the renown of the Mic-Pre One may
soon eclipse that of its progenitor. Other Daking products include
the FET Compressor II, the Mic-Pre/EQ, and a host of modular components
for customized console construction.
"There is a large and growing demand for the Daking products
both domestically and internationally," said Lunde. "Since
we now have the logistics in place to deliver the same level of
service abroad as we do here in the US, it made sense to expand
our role with Daking and deliver value overseas."
Daking & Co. is distributed TransAudio Group the premier
US importer and distributor for high-end recording gear. Phone
(702) 307-2700 or email Brad
Lunde More info at www.transaudiogroup.com
founded by industry veteran Brad Lunde, has quickly become the premier
US importer/distributor and/or US sales and marketing representative
for high-end audio. Success hinges on TransAudio providing dealers
and end users with a higher standard of product expertise and support
far beyond the norm. TAG product line includes Accusound,
(USA) AEA ribbon microphones (USA), ADT
Loudspeakers (UK), Brauner
Daking & Co. (USA), Enhanced Audio (Ireland), George
Massenburg Labs (GML) (USA), Heil
Sound (USA); Mercury Audio (USA) Mission Audio (UK) Phoenix
Audio (UK), PAULY
Microphones (UK), Z-Systems (USA), Sonodore
Microphones (Holland), Tonelux,
Systems and Weiss
Engineering (Switzerland) and Z Systems (USA)
LasVegasProAudio.com, a division of TransAudio Group, is the
launch pad for the brands of tomorrow. The goal of LasVegasProAudio.com
is to provide unique equipment, useful information and long-term
support to their clients.
Expresso Walk And Talk...
For Kids! So, what do you do after you've won a Grammy and worked
at top recording studios in New York, Seattle, and Los Angeles?
You jitterbug your way into a kid music site, naturally!
Dan Gellert and his partner, Randall Green recently have launched
to provide parents and kids a safe place to discover new music.
Dan is enthusiastic about driving jitterbug forward. "Our preschool
daughters love music. We soon discovered who was in control! So
instead of subjecting ourselves to those awful tunes (you know,
the ones that irritate and don't hold up to repeated listening!),
we found there are lots of musicians making music for kids that
parents could love too," says Gellert. The
"Kindie" (kids and independent music) movement has been
evolving for a few years now. Jitterbug hopes to provide a platform
for musicians from around the world to distribute their craft and
to provide parents and kids a safe place to discover new music without
resorting to surfing the mass music and video sites. Finally, to
the music - Here is Dan's favorite version, to date, of the classic
Little Baby by The
Horse Flies. studioexpresso kid pick: Laurie Berkner's "We
are the Dinasours."
Gibson Les Paul
Studio in Alpine White got signed by many music greats and went
on the eBay
auction block --Billy Bob Thorton, producer and composer Ray Benson,
the founder and leader of the Western Swing group Asleep at the
Wheel and producer T Bone Burnett who was inducted to Mix
Foundation TEC Awards Hall of Fame on October 3 in San Francisco.
Restructuring Plans Elio Leoni-Sceti (left), chief executive
of the company's recorded music division, will unveil the plans
at a presentation to staff this month. The Italian Executive will
announce that the business will be split into three distinct global
units: new music, catalogue and music services, and with an increase
in marketing resources, according to the Financial Times. The online
music service EMI.com will launch this December. EMI has faced a
revolt from major artists, with big hitters like Radiohead walking
away since Terra Firma took over the company in August 2007, slashing
jobs and the artist roster. Thom Yorke compared them to "a
confused bull in a china shop". The label's winter release
schedule is heavy on big, established acts like Tom Jones, Sarah
Brightman and Coldplay. But Claire Enders of Enders Analysis believes
that insufficient investment in new artists will remain their biggest
challenge in the digital age: "The longest term problem is
EMI's creative problem. If you do not provide attractive new music
you cannot generate sufficient income out of digital downloads and
ringtones. According to an LA Times article in October, the underdog
of the four major labels suffered losses of $1.2 billion in the
financial year ended March 31 (far deeper than the prior years
$455 million. Revenue declined to $2.3 billion from $2.8 billion).The
report came from Maltby Capital, owned by funds managed by Guy Hands'
private equity firm Terra Firma, which purchased EMI -- home of
Katy Perry (above rights) and Coldplay -- last year. The loss stems
from poor" operational performance, according to the
company, which cites in particular a high-spending culture (including
high executive salaries), overly traditional artist relationships
and poor reporting of data related to artist profitability. "An
awful lot has happened since then," he says. "EMI is a
company going through radical change," says EMI spokesman Neil
Bennett. Earlier this month EMI Music appointed Ernesto Schmitt
as president of its catalogue business, reporting to Elio Leoni-Sceti.
Schmitt, 38, brings a strong track record in media, retail and technology
convergence, including experience in the music business.
EMI Music has
one of the most extensive and historic catalogues of recordings
from artists such as The Beatles, Pink Floyd, David Bowie, The Beach
Boys, Queen, Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole. Expect
new releases from Brian Wilson, The Decemberists, Katy Perry, Beastie
Boys, Ringo Starr and Alfa Mega in the next month or two.
Happy Birthday Mr Brubeck! On December 6, Dave
Brubeck celebrates his 88th birthday. Brubeck will be inducted
into The California Museums California Hall of Fame on December
15. Sponsored this year by Chevron and created by Maria Shriver,
now in its third year, the Hall of Fame will have 12 inductees.
They are Brubeck, Jane Fonda, Theodor Geisel (Dr. Suess), Robert
Graham, Quincy Jones, Jack LaLanne, Dorthea Lange, Julia Morgan,
Jack Nicholson, Linus Pauling, Leland Stanford and Alice Waters.
I grew up on a California cattle ranch and my dream as a youth
was to continue this rather isolated life, says Brubeck. Had
anyone predicted any one of these honors, I would not have believed
it. How could I have even dreamed of such recognition? Such honors
were the farthest from my mind when I eventually chose a career
in jazz. Receiving these honors in my golden years is
an overwhelming and humbling experience. Brubeck also received
an honorary doctorate of fine arts degree from the Eastman School
of Music in Rochester, NY on October 18. As one of the worlds
most innovative jazz pianists an artist and a creator in
the truest sense of the words was recently honored at Veritass
Annual Evening with Friends of Charlie Parker on October 7 in New
York. On August 7, 2007, Telarc released Brubecks solo piano
recording Indian Summer which was awarded Album of the Year by Bloomberg
Business News. The pianist-composers eighteenth album with
Telarc features a mix of timeless standards along with some of Brubecks
most contemporary (and complex) work. In many ways, these sixteen
songs tell the story of his life. Over his long career, Brubeck
has received numerous national and international awards, most notably
the National Medal of the Arts presented by President Clinton, and
the highest cultural award given by the Austrian government presented
to him in Salzburg. His other international honors include a citation
from the French government, the Bocconi Medal from Italy and a recent
Lifetime Achievement Award from the London Symphony Orchestra. He
has received a GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award and the Smithsonian
Medal. In 2000, the National Endowment for the Arts declared Brubeck
a Jazz Master, and in 2003, he was designated a Living Legend
by the Library of Congress. In 2007, he was officially designated
a Jazz Legend by the NEA at Kennedy Center ceremonies in Washington,
DC In April 2008, Brubeck became the very first recipient of the
US State Departments Benjamin Franklin Award for Public Diplomacy
coming on the 50th Anniversary of his first State Department tour.
In November 2008, he will be guest of honor at the Russian Embassy
for an event sponsored by the Foundation for American-Russian Cultural
is a Duke Ellington Fellow at Yale University and holds honorary
degrees from American, Canadian, English and German universities,
including an Honorary Doctorate in Sacred Theology from Fribourg
University, Switzerland, and the prestigious Laetare Award from
Notre Dame. His alma mater, the University of the Pacific, presented
him with the Presidents Medal and established in his honor
the Brubeck Institute to preserve and perpetuate his musical legacy.
K-Bow is a Bluetooth-enabled
sensor bow that detects and translates bow technique and movement
into control signals capable of producing an unprecedented level
of expression from synthesizers, audio processors, or any other
computer-based art form. Musician/inventor Keith McMillen, creator
of the world-standard Zeta violin and numerous other pioneering
innovations, has been advancing the cause of string players in music
technology for nearly 30 years. Laurie Anderson, Boyd Tinsley (Dave
Matthews Band), Mark OConnor, Jean Luc Ponty, and the Kronos
Quartet are only a few of the renowned players who use McMillens
instruments. Bundled with K-Bow are K-Tone (an advanced signal processor),
modulation routing, and an intuitive multitrack live recording looper.
K-Bows performance data can also be sent to other music software.
K-Bows internal electronics are powered by a lithium battery
that works for a full day before requiring recharging through a
standard USB connector. K-Bow will ship in Q1 of 2009 with complete
systems priced at less than $4,000. K-Bow will be available directly
from Keith McMillen Instruments, which can be found online at www.keithmcmillen.com.
Pete Byrne is back in the studio, recording the new album
"Piccadilly." The first single "Movies I Dream"
is available as a download or as a CD at live shows. Running through
Artists Today" will be featuring Naked Eyes with an interview
they did with Pete, a cut from "Fumbling With The Covers,"
and a "classic" Naked Eyes track. In addition, Naked Eyes
will be featured for the entire month as their "Featured Artist
of the Month." The growth of FM radio has opened up new possibilities.
Progressive FM stations playing deep cuts was where
it was at, going beyond the Top 40 rotation. Theres
a generation that is being overlooked by todays popular
its time we get back the tried and true formula,
states founder, R.KWhite, a successful businessman having played
active roles in major real estate and development deals
In Paso Robles In the heart of Central California's "Cowboy
Wine Country," the inaugural Paso Robles Digital Film Festival
(PRDFF.com) will take place Thursday, November 20 through Tuesday,
November 25. On Saturday, November 22, Mr. Eastwood will present
to Academy Award-winning film editor Joel Cox the PRDFF's "Paderewski
Lifetime Achievement Award for Contribution to the World of Music
and Movies." Cox has worked with Eastwood for thirty years
on films including Bird, Million Dollar Baby, Mystic River, Changeling
and Unforgiven, for which he won an Oscar.
Got META? The Music Engineering and Technology Alliance has
announced certification of the ATH-M50 Studio Monitor Headphones,
designed and manufactured by Audio-Technica, a METAlliance Pro Partner.
The alliance is working closely with manufacturers to evaluate,
recognize, and certify products which meet the call for quality
in the recording arts and science. The METAlliance is comprised
of a group of globally-recognized, award-winning audio engineers
and producers who have been deeply involved in establishing techniques
and technical standards that are the foundation of modern music
recording. The METAlliance Board of Directors is Chuck Ainlay, Ed
Cherney, Frank Filipetti, George Massenburg, Phil Ramone, Elliot
Scheiner and Al
Senior executive Michael Papale has announced his intention to exit
The Firm and open his own management consultancy. Papale's departure
places him on the growing list of senior personnel at the company,
such as Jeff Kwatinez. The disposition of Papale's roster, including
Ice Cube is unclear, but according to Billboard, Papale intends
to open his own management shop and will continue to collaborate
with Kwatinetz's new firm as a non-exclusive consultant. Papale
joined The Firm in July of 1999 after working with the company as
a consultant. Before that, Papale spent a long tenure at Interscope
Records, a label he helped to found in 1990.
Entertainment was formed by music and DVD industry vet Arny Schorr
as purveyors of pop culture. The Sherman Oaks, Calif.-based
S'more has licensed more than 75 titles, including long form music
titles, classic TV series, unique special interest programming and
selected feature films for release on DVD and digital distribution.
The company plans to focus on the acquisition of additional programming
that will compliment its existing library of titles and is in the
final stage of negotiations for a number of high profile programs.
Ryko Distribution Signs Multi-Year Exclusive CD, DVD and Digital
Distribution Agreement With Smore Entertainment in November.
the agreement, effective immediately, Ryko will distribute Smores
DVD and digital catalog. Beginning January 2009, Ryko will be the
exclusive distributor of Smores new releases. Arny
has long been an important figure in the home entertainment industry
and were thrilled he will be bringing his passion and creativity
to the Ryko family, said Jim Cuomo, President, Ryko Distribution.
Smore Entertainments classic titles and programming
are a natural complement to our growing independent group of titles.
Distribution is an industry leader in the creative sales and marketing
of high quality and unique programming said Arny Schorr, President,
Smore Entertainment. Im especially excited by
the incredible passion the Ryko staff has shown for the type of
product Smore releases. Im looking forward to working
with everyone at Ryko and expanding our business to better encompass
current and future home entertainment formats. As
part of its lengthy slate of current feature films, new releases
will include Alexander Fodors Hamlet, an updated
retelling of the classic Shakespeare play, a deluxe box set of The
Shari Lewis Show, as part of Smores ongoing relationship
with the UCLA Film & Television Archive and a deluxe DVD box
set Cagney & Lacey: The Menopause Years made up
of the four feature length TV movies based on the long running series.
single = Best revenge. For Britney Spears comeback single: "Womanizer"
appears on Britney Spears upcoming album Circus, set for release
on Jive records December 2. She not only jumps 95 places to land
at number one with her brand new single, Womanizer,
but she breaks the record set last week by T.I for the biggest jump
to number one in history. According to Billboard, T.I leaped from
80 to 1 on last weeks chart with "Live Your Life",
breaking the record he had set only a few weeks prior when he spring-boarded
71-1 with his track "Whatever You Like". But late October
Spears breaks that record, soaring 96 1 to claim the second
biggest track of her career. Plus Womanizer becomes
the biggest one-week seller of all time in digital format. Personal
trauma and public meltdown? How quickly we forget...Cheer for the
CONNECT DREAM...2008 Women's
Conference orgainized by the first lady of California Maria
Shriver held on Oct. 21 and 22 at the Long Beach Convention featured
Jennifer Lopez, Gloria Steinem, Bono,
Amanpour, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Condoleezza
Armstrong and Warren
sold out conference offered tix at $20 for its first ever preconference
event dubbed "The Night at the Village." Shriver said
she hopes to get as many as 10,000 people to attend which will also
honor the work of local women at domestic violence shelters. "The
point of life is to `be who you are,' to become your best self and
pass it on," said Shriver. "What is the point of being
here if you keep all of the lessons to yourself?"
Actress, singer, producer, entrepreneur, Jennifer Lopez who released
her sixth studio album, "Brave," in October via her Nuyorican
film has projects in post-production and development including "Ayuda"
for Showtime; a sitcom based on the lives of Latina nannies in Los
Angeles, "Como Ama Una Mujer;" a five-part miniseries
for Univision based on Jennifer's album of the same title, "Amigas
Sweet 15 Club," a television comedy that will follow five teens
in Miami who run a Quinceanera (sweet 15) business, and LOVE AND
OTHER IMPOSSIBLE PURSUITS; a comedy feature by Don Roos in which
Lopez will star as woman struggling with a turbulent relationship
with her stepson. Lopez also heads her own successful clothing lines
- JLO by Jennifer Lopez, Sweetface and justsweet - and was awarded
with the ACE icon award in 2006 for contribution to accessories
and the fashion industry. She will be launching a new edition to
her best-selling line of fragrances in 2008.
Group has announced its acquisition of the original Trident Audio
Developments Company. The company has purchased all of the trademark
rights, intellectual property rights, goodwill and assets of Trident
Audio Developments from David Stocks, who acquired the company from
Relyon after it was sold by Malcolm Toft. "We're delighted
that Trident Audio Developments will be back in the market with
its original designer, Malcolm Toft, and we look forward to many
new, exciting products," states Alan Hyatt, President, PMI
Audio Group. "There is only one original Trident Audio Development
and for this reason, it was decided to purchase the company to provide
the market with even more high-quality products." In
1972, under the direction of Malcolm Toft and Barry Porter, the
company took its name from Trident Recording Studios in London.
At that time Trident Studios was one of the most famous independent
recording studios in the world. Because it was the first 8-track
studio in Europe, it was chosen by The Beatles to record their top
selling single "Hey Jude". For more information, contact
PMI Audio Group, 1845 W. 169th St., Gardena, CA 90247, telephone
(310) 323-9050, email firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit the web site www.pmiaudio.com
what do you do after you get $22 Million? Presiden and Founder of
CD baby is now asking your help to find a name for his new web service
where ........ What will Sivers do with his big pay day? He's put
it into a Musician's Charitable Trust: "I didn't even want
the money... It's all just going back to the musicians," he
told Venture Voice. CD Baby sells CDs and downloads for almost a
quarter million artists and to date has sold 4.5 million CD's paying
out $83 million to them. So you're probably asky why would Dismaker
pay $22 million for a company that size whose core business, CD
sales, is on the decline? Musicians' TRUST and loyalty may just
be one reason.
La.... Play any song or album once for free. Search or browse to
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for only 10 cents (the first 50 are free!), or download the MP3
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and Windows Media Player.
Bring all your music to the web. Use Lala's
Music Mover app to quickly match the songs on your computer to our
catalog. A free and easy way to play all your music online! Plus
you have a Lala profile where other members can check out your music
and learn more about you! Lala offers consumers the easiest, most
affordable way to buy music on the Web. The First and only fully
licensed service for free Web hosting of a personal music library
is here! Yes, it's completely advertising-free and it can instantly
match MP3s and iTunes FairPlay songs to the Web without uploading.
Drag and drop playlist creation, and instant, continuous music streaming
from 6 million + song catalog from all four major labels and 170,000
independent labels. All music to my ears!
has announced that his first move under his Roc Nation venture with
Live Nation will be his a new partnership with with multi-platinum
Norwegian production duo, StarGate. The
new partnership includes a record label, StarRoc label, and a publishing
company, StarRoc Music Publishing, which will be based out of Jay-Zs
Manhattan-based Roc The Mic studios. According to the principals,
"the focus is to find new talent and develop artists through
mutually beneficial global partnerships which include music distribution,
publishing, touring and merchandising." Stargate work will
be heard on upcoming albums from Lindsay Lohan, Beyonce, Monica,
R. Kelly and Keyshia Cole. As for Jay-Z, his new album, "Blueprint
3," his 11th and final album for his current label Island/
Def Jam, who he stepped down as president of last December.
The Men Of Stargate. At a time when the music industry is starved
for hits, Stargate has had repeated success with a relatively simple
approach: sugary, lilting R&B in the Michael Jackson vein leavened
with the kind of melody-rich European pop that paints everything
in bright primary colors.
dynamic duo, Erik Hermansen and Mikkel S. Eriksen are the Norwegian
producers, Stargate who have quickly become two of the most in-demand
figures in pop music. Stargate credits
include Beyoncés Irreplaceable, Rihannas
Unfaithful and So Sick by NE-Yo (Shaffer
Smith), and that's only for the last two years of working in US.
Add to this Lionel Richies comeback single, I Call It
Love, and Beautiful Liar, the steamy track by
Beyoncé and Shakira, which shot to the top of the iTunes
best-seller list when released in March. This behind-the-scenes
workaholics are able to devote themselves to writing and recording,
and they churn out new songs with astonishing speed and regularity.
A lot of American producers have a great difficulty with pop,
says Barry Weiss, president of Jive Records, who recently hired
Mr. Hermansen and Mr. Eriksen to work with Usher & Chris Brown.
But these guys were raised on pop. They grew up on Abba. They
grew up on Boney M. Those influences lend themselves to them making
very melodic pop records, with great hooks and choruses Arriving
at noon at their studio on West 25th Street six days a week
We get Sundays off, Mr. Eriksen said the men
of Stargate keep the music industrys equivalent of bankers
hours. Working in a modest room so crowded with recording gear that
they spend much of their time toiling inches apart, Mr. Hermansen
and Mr. Eriksen say they usually finish up by midnight or 1 a.m.
It all started with a chance meeting with NE-Yo in a hallway at
Sony Music Studios on West 54th Street. They told me they
did R&B, and honestly I didnt believe them, NE-Yo
says. on their first joint songwriting date they knocked out six
songs, among them So Sick, which was No. 1 for two weeks.
Then came NE-Yos next hit, Sexy Love, then Rihanna,
then Beyoncé. ... In the usual Stargate M.O. common
in pop and hip-hop production the duocreates an instrumental
backing track and then let a collaborator write the lyrics and vocal
melody. On their first joint songwriting date they knocked out six
songs, among them So Sick, which was No. 1 for two weeks.
Then came NE-Yos next hit, Sexy Love, then Rihanna,
then Beyoncé. ... No Myspace pages for Stargate..they are
simply too busy to have one!
In 2006 Hollywood-based
Future Disc mastering founder Steve Hall (Blondie, Pat Benatar,
The Knack....) bought an alpaca farm in Oregon and moved his studio
up where the air is fresh and the alpacas roam. This year two of
his mastering projects have snagged a total of almost a dozen Grammy
Awards (eleven to be accurate). Eight for SE Entertainment Records'
artist Nikkole including Album of The Year (Creolepatra), Best New
Artist and Best R&B Vocal Performance (I Really Need You). Anna
Maria, another 2008 Steve Hall client, has copped three nominations:
Best New Artist, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance (My Funny
Valentine) and Best Jazz Vocal Album, Within The Fourteenth Hour.
St. Louis-based Living
Things are well known for their aggressive music and politically-charged
lyrics. The band's debut album, "Ahead of the Lions,"
was released by Jive Records October 2005. The first single, "Bom
Bom Bom," was used in advertising for an iTunes compatible
Cingular phone and released as a free download from the iTunes Music
Stores, adding to the song's success. The album was preceded by
three EPs, "Turn In Your Friends And Neighbors" (2003),
"The Blackout Generation" (UK only, 2003) and "Resight
Your Rights" (2004)."Habeas Corpus," which is the
Latin legal term for a person's right to seek relief from unlawful
detention, is slated for a February 2009, release on Jive Records.
"Habeas Corpus," is mastered at Bernie
Grundman Mastering with engineeer Brian "Big Bass"
Gardner. The first single from their new album, "Let It Rain,"
goes to alternative radio on November 17.
Bands COME TOGETHER!
West-approved Chicago MC
a few fans when she did a set at last year's CMJ fest in New York.
Her album Dream Date is out November 25th on Downtown
check out the bouncy "Family Reunion" (featuring a sharp
verse from David Banner) right here: "Family Reunion"
She makes rap music and works at a children's clothing store slanging
bibs and teething rings. Yes, her hype man J2K ... (more) of Flosstradamus
is her real brother. Together they took the Chicago music scene
by storm rocking parties and causing all around dancefloor mayhem,
and have spent the last year rocking shows from the sweatiest, chic-est
basement parties in Paris to the main stage of Coachella. Now that
"Pro Nails" is hitting MTV and radio across the country
Four Tops have
inspired a generation of musicians, but the sound was motown...writers
and producers with golden voices like that of Levi Stubbs, 72, who
suffered a stroke in 2000 and had battled cancer since 1995, died
at his home in Detroit.
He was a rarity
at a label where the lead singers of such legendary groups as The
Supremes, The Miracles and The Vandellas had their names in lights.
Stubbs steadfastly refused to distinguish himself from his three
friends Renaldo "Obie" Benson, Lawrence Payton
and Abdul "Duke" Fakir that he began singing with
in high school in 1954. The group remained intact until Payton died
in 1997; Benson died in 2005.
July 9 1947 - Nov 12, 2008
drummer for the legendary Jimi Hendrix Experience of the 1960s and
the group's last surviving member dies at 61. Mitchell who had studied
the examples of Max Roach and Elvin Jones, melded jazz and rock
styles into what was to become known as fusion.
Jimi Hendrix was discovered in a club in New York and was brought
over to London by Chas Chandler, formerly of the Animals but now
embarking on a career as a manager. Chandler hired Noel Redding
to play bass, then telephoned Mitchell to offer him the role as
drummer. We met in this sleazy little club, Mitchell
later recalled, and [Jimi] was this guy in a Burberry raincoat.
We did some Chuck Berry and took it from there. The Hendrix
Experience later signed to Track Records, the label launched by
The Whos managers Chris Stamp and Kit Lambert, and put out
Purple Haze (which reached No 3 in May 1967 and became one of the
anthems of the love generation) before embarking on
a tour of Britain. Their debut album, Are You Experienced?, reached
No 2 and would no doubt have attained the top spot had it
not been in competition with the Beatles Sgt Pepper. The band
gave a memorable performance at the 1967 Monterey pop festival
at which Hendrix famously set fire to his guitar and at the
end of the year released the album Axis: Bold As Love. The double-album
Electric Ladyland (which featured Crosstown Traffic and Voodoo Chile)
came out in 1968 and went to the top of the American charts. By
now the Jimi Hendrix Experience was among the worlds most
successful and flamboyant groups, and they dressed to concur: dandyish
psychedelic shirts and jackets, voluminous flares and big hair (Mitchell,
it was said, had to submit to a perm).
Kramer, in his book Hendrix: Setting the Record Straight, both
Mitchell and Noel Redding were paid employees in the Jimi Hendrix
Experience, and therefore had little share in the groups future
revenues. In the 1970s, strapped for cash, Mitchell sold his small
claim to future Hendrix record sales for an estimated $200,000;
and in 1990 he sold at auction a Fender stratocaster given to him
by Hendrix two weeks before his death; it fetched £180,000
at Sothebys. Before
his death Mitchell had just completed the Experience Hendrix Tour
in the United States alongside artists such as the blues guitarist
Buddy Guy and Robby Krieger from the Doors. He said recently: Im
one of those really lucky people that still loves playing drums.
If it gets to be work, I wont do it. The
Englishman was found dead on Wednesday in his hotel room at Portland,
Oregon, where the band had appeared last Friday. He is survived
by his wife, Dee, and a daughter.
Congrats to proud parents and grand parents
l-r: August Michael
born October 21 at 6:11 PM in Minneapolis. He weighed 7 lbs 14 oz
and was 23 inches long; and Ava Grace Wooler
Born November 11, 2008.
"Life is like music; it must be composed by ear, feeling, and
instinct, not by rule."
Butler (English novelist, essayist and critic, 1835-1902)
early in life was either to be a piano player in a whorehouse or
a politician. And to tell the truth, there's hardly any difference
a Dream" (speech delivered 28 August 1963, at the Lincoln Memorial,
-- Marthin Luther King, Jr.
you with the song "At
Performed by Ms Sharon
Rose (Stevie Wonder, Barry White, Cher and Tom Jones) who toured
in NY this past August - her current live show features songs by
Burt Bacharach, Madonna, The Pointer Sisters, Sade, Eurhythmics,
Al Green, Aretha Franklin and others. In addition to her career
as a singer, Rose has been International Coordinator of Women in
Film & Television International, a worldwide association with
more than 10,000 members. An accomplished composer, she won the
2001 FIPA Award for her original score for the film "100 Days,"
about the genocide in Rwanda. She is also the managing director
of Hear No Evil, one of Europe's leading recording studios and surround
sound music post-production facilities, whose credits include numerous
Oscar and Emmy Award winning films.
Until the new year...May all your dreams come true.
Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas.
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