Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Last post: Shifting blog location

The Off the Record blog will no longer be updated.

All music blogs can now be found at Anniston Star Escapes.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

The brahphecy has been revealed: Phish is back

After months of speculation that the Vermont jam-icons Phish would be reuniting for a tour in 2009 the news that Phishheads around the world had been waiting for has finally come: 3 shows next year at Hampton Coliseum with more dates to be announced.

With word that the band had played at a friend's wedding last month this news doesn't come as much of a surprise. It will be nice to catch these guys again — they put on one hell of a show!


Phish returns to the stage for three concerts at the Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, Virginia on March 6, 7 and 8, 2009.

A limited number of tickets are available directly through Phish Tickets' online ticketing system at The ticketing request period is currently under way and will end on Wednesday, October 8 at 11:59 a.m. EST.

Tickets go on sale to the public on Saturday, October 18 at 10 a.m. EST and may be purchased online at or by phone at 757.671.8100, 757.872.8100 or 804.262.8100. Tickets will not be available at the venue box office and there is a two-ticket limit per show.

The band intends to announce additional touring in 2009 early next year.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

From the cradle: Albums transform songs to lullabies

A company has recently come to my attention that has cornered the market in what could be the first rock- (and reggae) to-lullabies CDs out there.

Rockabye Baby! takes classic songs from a wide array of artists and rearranges them as lullabies. Each album is about $17 and might just be the perfect baby shower gift for the expecting music lover.

Parents may also enjoy these tracks as they rock the cradle!

Here's a few of the many of samples:

Speak to Me/Breathe — Pink Floyd

Wherever I May Roam — Metallica (possibly a little too dark)

Stir it Up — Bob Marley

Clocks — Coldplay

Artists include: AC/DC, The Beach Boys, The Beatles, Björk, Bob Marley, Christmas Rock Classics, Coldplay, The Cure, The Eagles, Green Day, Led Zeppelin, Metallica, Nine Inch Nails, Nirvana, No Doubt, Pink Floyd, Pixies, Queens of the Stone Age, Radiohead, The Ramones, The Rolling Stones, Smashing Pumpkins, Tool and U2.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Zep to finally go back on the road?

According to a Daily Telegraph article, Led Zeppelin plans to tour next summer after the success of their initial reunion show.

Zep fans rejoice ... and save up — this one is going to cost ya!


Thursday, September 25, 2008

Watch Austin City Limits Music Festival from home

The festival with built-in name recognition cranks back up this weekend. Thanks to the AT&T blue room anyone on earth can feel like they're there. There's sure to be a little something for everybody.

Not only can you watch via the Web cast, you can also listen to XM Radio's coverage of the festival.

Visit ACL Music Festival's Web site for links for the latest photos, setlists and blog posts from the event.

Webcast lineup:

Sept 26.

12:45 PM Dan Dyer
01:30 PM Rodney Crowell
02:30 PM What Made Milwaukee Famous
03:30 PM Jakob Dylan
04:30 PM Jamie Lidell
05:30 PM Gogol Bordello
06:30 PM Slightly Stoopid
07:30 PM Vampire Weekend
08:30 PM Hot Chip
09:30 PM G. Love and Special Sauce

Sept 27.

12:45 PM Yeasayer
01:30 PM Old 97's
02:30 PM The Fratellis
03:30 PM Drive-By Truckers
04:30 PM Man Man
05:30 PM Robert Earl Keen
06:30 PM Spiritualized
07:30 PM Conor Oberst
08:30 PM Jose Gonzales
09:30 PM John Fogerty

Sept 28.

12:45 PM Sybris
01:30 PM Nicole Atkins and the Sea
02:30 PM The Killsstreaming
03:30 PM Flyleaf
04:30 PM Against Me!
05:30 PM Neko Case
06:30 PM Okkervil River
07:30 PM The Raconteurs
08:45 PM Tegan and Sara
09:30 PM Blues Traveler

Until then, take a listen to the ACL channel on AT&T blue room radio.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Shine On ... Richard Wright dead at 65

From AP:

Richard Wright, a founding member of the rock group Pink Floyd, died Monday. He was 65.


What a huge blow to Pink Floyd fans everywhere. If you're not familiar with Pink Floyd, Wright had one of the best personalities in the band and was instrumental in the writing of much of Floyd's music, specifically Dark Side of the Moon. He was always upbeat and a great musician. He will be truly missed by this blogger.

Crank up some Floyd in his memory!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Ready to rock?

AC/DC announces North American tour dates

The Black Ice World Tour is the band's first tour since 2001

Here are AC/DC's North American tour dates:

October 28: Wilkes-Barre, Pa. (Wachovia Arena)
October 30: Chicago (Allstate Arena)
November 3: Indianapolis (Conseco Fieldhouse)
November 5: Auburn Hills, Mich. (Palace of Auburn Hills)
November 7: Toronto (Rogers Centre)
November 9: Boston (TD Banknorth Garden)
November 12-13: New York (Madison Square Garden)
November 15: Washington, D.C. (Verizon Center)
November 17: Philadelphia (Wachovia Center)
November 19: East Rutherford, N.J. (IZOD Center)
November 21: Columbus, Ohio (Schottenstein Center)
November 23: Minneapolis (Xcel Energy Center)
November 25: Denver (Pepsi Center)
November 28: Vancouver (General Motors Place)
November 29: Seattle (KeyArena)
November 30: Tacoma, Wash. (Tacoma Dome)
December 2: Oakland, Calif. (Oracle Arena)
December 6: Los Angeles (The Forum)
December 10: Phoenix (US Airways Center)
December 12: San Antonio (AT&T Center)
December 14: Houston (Toyota Center)
December 16: Atlanta (Philips Arena)
December 18: Charlotte, N.C. (Time Warner Cable Arena)

Source: Reuters/Billboard