Friday, February 29, 2008

The Black Crowes are *&^%$

In case you haven't heard, Maxim magazine's in hot water over its review of the Black Crowes' new CD.

Problem is, the magazine never listened to it, but it still published a "review" in which the CD received a less-than glowing review.

There's been an apology, but the Crowes are still hot. I don't blame them. Read about it here.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Buddy Miles, 1947 - 2008


It is with tremendous sadness that we must share with all Buddy's fans around the world that Buddy passed away peacefully and quietly at his home last night (Tuesday, February 26, 2008) in Austin, Texas surrounded by his family. Buddy will be greatly missed as a wonderful person and as a truly gifted musician who gave so much to so many through the years.

The family ask for your prayers and that you respect their privacy. A tribute show will be announced within a short period of time and all are welcome to come and share in the magic that was Buddy Miles.

Fans, friends and family will all join in a celebration of the life and music of this talented and big hearted musician, so we hope everyone can be a part of this fond farewell.

God Bless each of you, Buddy truly appreciated EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Fun with Imeem

There's a pretty cool site called that according to them is "an online community where millions of fans and artists discover new music, videos, and photos, and share their tastes with friends."

The site not only allows you to build playlists like the one below but you can also set up what they call battles. It's two songs and you can pick which you like better.

Click here to vote on my battle. The question is "Which do you prefer, earlier Beatles or later Beatles?"

R.O.C.K. in the D.P.R.K.?

Eric Clapton has been invited to play a concert in North Korea the same day the New York Philharmonic performed. The Philharmonic played the U.S. anthem during their performance. At least the communist state has good taste in music. No word yet as to whether Clapton will accept the invitation.

Music Director Lorin Maazel conducts the New York Philharmonic Orchestra near a North Korean flag during a rehearsal at the East Pyongyang Grand Theater in Pyongyang, North Korea, Tuesday morning, Feb. 26, 2008 ahead of its concert in the evening. The Philharmonic is the first major American cultural group to visit the isolated communist nation and the largest-ever delegation from the U.S. to visit its longtime foe. (AP Photo/Kyodo News)

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Where can I get tickets?

OK, I don't know if this is breaking news or if I'm the last person to know the obvious, but I ran across this tour date list for America -- yes, America -- and Anniston is on it.

Click here to read about it, or scroll below for the highlights.

Of course, I can't promise you this is true. It is on the Internet, you know.

America continues road work throughout 2008

Classic mellow-rockers America now have North American dates spread out through next fall.

America has made its way through the US, Canada and Australia since March, including a summer stint with fellow veteran act Chicago. The duo is supporting its January release, "Here & Now," a double-CD package that includes America's first new set of songs in more than 20 years alongside a live disc of classic hits.

The new material, produced by Adam Schlesinger (Fountains of Wayne) and James Iha (Smashing Pumpkins), sees Beckley and Bunnell collaborating with Ryan Adams, Ben Kweller, and members of My Morning Jacket, Nada Surf and Maplewood.

The live disc was recorded at XM Radio and features renditions of songs found on America's multiplatinum-selling greatest hits collection, "History."

January 2008
16 - Melbourne, FL - King Center for the Performing Arts
26 - Sturgis, MI - Sturgis-Young Auditorium

February 2008
1-2 - Rama, Ontario - Casino Rama
15 - Montgomery, AL - Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts
16 - Silver Springs, FL - Silver Springs Twin Mansions Theatre
21 - Monterrey, Mexico - Teatro de la Ciudad
23 - Guadalajara, Mexico - Teatro Diana

March 2008
7 - Valley Center, CA - Harrahs Rincon Pavilion
8 - Roseville, CA - Adventure Auditorium
13 - Anniston, AL - Anniston Performing Arts Auditorium
14 - North Charleston, SC - North Charleston Performing Arts Center
27 - Newport News, VA - Ferguson Center for the Arts
28 - Charleston, WV - Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences
29 - Springfield, OH - Clark State Performing Arts Center
31 - Morgantown, WV - Creative Arts Center of West Virginia U

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Upcoming at Brother's

To be helpful, here is the list of upcoming shows for Brother's Bar up in Jacksonville:

21 -- DELICIOUS 8 p.m. $5
22 -- SOUTHERN HARMONY 8 p.m. $5
23 -- BRANTLEY GILBERT 8 p.m. $8/10
28 -- BALLYHOO 8 p.m. $5

1 -- MOTEL MATCHES 8 p.m. $5
28 -- ROUND 21 8 p.m. $6/8
29 -- GRAYSON HILL 8 p.m. $5

12 -- GEORGIA CADILLACS 8 p.m. $5

Check out Brother's Web site.

Who would you hire to play the Super Bowl halftime show?

The Star's music poll last week wanted to know what you thought of geriatric rocker Tom Petty playing halftime of the over-hyped Super Bowl.

Now we know.

It was a landslide vote. Eight people thought Petty rocked, only three said they didn't watch for a lack of interest.

Take from that what you will.

By the way, I heard on the radio this week two talking heads debating -- in light of Petty's performance -- who should be the halftime act at next year's game.

Their suggestions:

Bruce Springsteen

Bon Jovi

Elton John

Billy Joel

LL Cool J

OK, a couple of problems. Bruce would never be picked because the NFL would be terrified that the dude would talk about his opposition to the Iraq war or something political. The NFL is too bland for that.

John or Joel? No way. There has to be an age limit, right?

Bon Jovi would be interesting, though they have done NFL pregame events before.

LL Cool J? I doubt it would happen if for no other reason than the NFL marketing department knows it has to keep the 40 to 60 year old set -- which is mostly white and ultra-conservative, in the NFL's case -- from changing the channel during halftime. And getting an act who appeals to younger audiences of all races and black audiences in general would be a marketing and advertising risk.

In a way that's unfortunate, because there are many good, younger acts who could appeal to a broad set of audience groups, but I don't think the NFL would take that chance. Would they pick a country artist? What about a pianist/songwriter like Norah Jones or someone similar? I'm just not sure.

I'm sure it will be someone like Petty -- older, safe, non-political or controversial, without much baggage.

Boring to some, OK to many.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Roots & Grooves

A new Maceo Parker album was released Feb. 12. This is a largely overlooked album with serious potential. I've only heard what is on the video clip. The first disc is a "Tribute to Ray Charles" and the other disc is "Back to Funk."

Track Listing:

Disc One
1. Hallelujah I Love Her So
2. Busted
3. Them That’s Got
4. You Don’t Know Me
5. Hit The Road Jack
6. Margie
7. Georgia On My Mind
8. What’d I Say

Disc Two
1. Uptown Up
2. To Be Or Not To Be
3. Off The Hook
4. Advanced Funk
5. Shake Everything You Got
6. Pass The Peas

For more information:

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Radiohead announces tour dates

They're coming to Atlanta May 8 and the tickets go on sale Feb. 14.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Capt. Soularcat plays Jacksonville

Brothers Bar played host to the Rome, Ga., band Captain Soularcat Friday night. It was my first time seeing them and didn't know what to expect. According to their drummer Travis Kline it was the first time they have played Jacksonville.

The two-set show was solid and they played mostly originals with a few covers from the Meters to the Grateful Dead. The highlight being a tasty rendition of the Meters staple "Cissy Strut."

They were very tight all around but I couldn't help but think they needed an additional guitarist. Another observation was the fact that there couldn't have been more than 30 people there in total. That could be construed as depressing or intimate depending on how you look at it. I'll stick with this show being intimate because there was some banter between the crowd and band.

Not a bad show and I'll most likely see them if they come back.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Bonnaroo lineup announced

Wild speculation preceded the announcement of this year's Bonnaroo Music Festival performers.

Some of the usual suspects have signed on with a few bands surely to leave their mark on what was originally a largely unknown psychedelic rock festival in rural Tennessee.

Heavy jam scene hitters like The Allman Brothers Band, Little Feat, Phil Lesh & Friends and My Morning Jacket will appear. Not to mention Willie Nelson and Pearl Jam. Also, this year's festival will feature Robert Plant and Alison Krauss as well as The Bluegrass Allstars featuring Luke Bulla, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Bela Fleck and Edgar Meyer.

Now for the wild cards: Metallica, Death Cab For Cutie., Kanye West, M.I.A., The Raconteurs, Sigur Ros and Lez Zeppelin.

Along with the wide varieties of non-musical activities comedians David Cross, Janeane Garofolo and others will perform

Full list of performers

Monday, February 4, 2008

Songs for your Mardi Gras

I've found yet another blog that focuses on mp3s.

Bag of Songs' Mardi Gras mixer

The Star's music poll

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'Never heard of him ...'

Sure, you can say this about the NFL: The league's decision to play it safe with the Super Bowl halftime show in wake of Janet Jackson's wardrobe malfunction a few years ago has its detractors. Instead of being cutting edge and getting the latest pop, R&B or hip-hop act, it's shying away from anything or anyone that might lead to trouble with the FCC -- or anyone else.

So this year it was Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers -- a good band with good songs, but hardly cutting edge or controversial in 2008.

For the record, I like Tom Petty's music. I remember as a kid having a 78 of "Renegade" and playing it over and over and over in my bedroom. Tom's 57 now, and looks it, but he still records decent music and still sells lots of tickets. (Though I do have to wonder how many people under the age of 30 turned off the halftime show because it was too "boring" for them. And remember, Alicia Keys played the pregame show. Was it a mistake not to have her in primetime?)

Anyway, last night I was watching the Super Bowl at a friend's house, and his teenage son asked who was playing the halftime show. "Tom Petty," someone said.

His response:

"Never heard of him ..."

I rolled my eyes, kept my mouth shut, and enjoyed Tom's four-song set.

I guess I'm getting old.