Archive for April, 2007

Don Letts to go on DJ roadshow

April 18, 2007

Donletts_300x400 Legendary DJ and pal of punk Don Letts, who has previously worked with legends The Clash and The Jam, is starting a travelling DJ collective called The Invisible Players.

Combining the impressive talents of Letts, Pete Fowler, Hacienda legend Greg Wilson and Twisted Nerve founder Andy Votel, they will improvise in pairs spinning discs from a vast and eclectic record collection.

Everything from Dub to Psychedelic Rock, Electrofunk to theme tunes from Brazilian soap operas will try and create an all-new music experience – and all from a 1920s style travelling music mobile!

Letts’ collective are loosely based on the ’20s group; "Rizla’s The Invisible Players", who toured the UK with a musical van hosting impromptu parties.

The modern-day Invisible Players are following this idea and have recreated an original travelling music van, from which they will host their parties from.

They will begin their road trip in time for the May Bank holiday. Details of clubs and festivals they will hit are yet to be announced but the first chance to see the Invisible Players will be at Electric Chair, in Manchester on May 6.

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Zappa DVD set for release

April 14, 2007

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A DVD documenting the recording of Frank Zappa’s classic albums
‘Over-Nite Sensation’ and ‘Apostrophe’ is set to be released next month. The film will be going behind-the-scenes at each album’s recording session and the 98-minute documentary gives a rare insight into the psychedelic icon who died in 1993.

The Zappa family opened the doors to his UMRK studio and the vault for the archive materials which feature rarely seen performances including his Saturday Night Live television appearance in 1976.

The DVD also features interviews with wife Gail, children Moon, Dweezil and Ahmet, and friends and colleagues including rocker Alice Cooper.

‘Frank Zappa CA Apostrophe/Over-Nite Sensation’ is released May 1.

Ryan Adams cancels UK gig

April 14, 2007

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Ryan Adams has been forced to cancel his July 5 Stonehenge concert after English Heritage withdrew permission for the show because of the unprecedented demand for tickets exceeded capacity.

Organisers of the Salisbury Festival – of which the Stonehenge event would have been part – were further worried about Adams’ fans causing traffic congestion around the festival site, concern over ‘gatecrashers’ trying to gain access to the sold-out festival as well as other ‘technical’ issues.

Adams’ new album, Easy Tiger, meanwhile, has been confirmed for a June 25 release by Lost Highway.

There are no current plans for alternative appearances this year by Adams.

Guru Guru – Electric Junk

April 13, 2007

I haven’t featured any relentless psychedelic jams for a while… so here is a marvellously gonzoid krautrock effort… Guru Guru and Electric Junk from 1971. Marvellous.

Beatles and EMI make peace

April 12, 2007

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The legal dispute between the Beatles’ Apple Corp and EMI over unpaid royalties has been settled.

Surviving Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, along with Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison, widows of John and George, had claimed that EMI owed them £30m in ‘missing’ royalties from album sales.

Naturally, neither party would disclose the terms of the settlement or how much money was finally involved in bringing the dispute to what the label described as "a mutually acceptable" agreement.

Legendary photographer to showcase Dylan & Co

April 11, 2007

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Legendary rock photographer Elliot Landy is set to showcase his work at a London exhibition.

Landy is best known for his iconic photographs of Bob Dylan (including the iconic Nashville Skyline sleeve), The Band, Janis Joplin, Woodstock and Jimi Hendrix.

‘My 60’s’ will take place at the Gallery and Vanguard Art and Photography gallery in London between April 23 and May 11.

Landy is currently also working on several interactive music film projects.

Legendary photographer to showcase Dylan & Co

April 11, 2007

Dylan_landyvision
Legendary rock photographer Elliot Landy is set to showcase his work at a London exhibition.

Landy is best known for his iconic photographs of Bob Dylan (including the iconic Nashville Skyline sleeve), The Band, Janis Joplin, Woodstock and Jimi Hendrix.

‘My 60’s’ will take place at the Gallery and Vanguard Art and Photography gallery in London between April 23 and May 11.

Landy is currently also working on several interactive music film projects.

Babyshambles to play secret gig

April 11, 2007

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Pete Doherty’s Babyshambles outfit are to treat fans to a unique performance at NW1’s
two-day live music extravaganza, The Camden Crawl on Thursday 19th April. The band are to play a MySpace Secret Show for a select group of fans and only the band’s MySpace friends will be able to gain entry to the Secret Show.

To be in with a chance of getting on to the list for the gig, ticketholders to the Camden Crawl should sign up to the Secret Shows profile at http://www.myspace.com/secretshowsuk and to the Babyshambles profile at http://www.myspace.com/babyshamblesofficial and put both profiles in their MySpace ‘Top 8’ friends.

Fans then need to show a print out of their MySpace profile to staff at the Camden Crawl ticket exchange when they pick up their wristband for the festival.

Entry is on a first come, first served basis, so only those lucky enough to be at the front of the queue will get to see the group in action.

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Tom Waits sings Chocolate Jesus

April 10, 2007

In 1990, on this very day, Tom Waits took Doritos Chips to court for using a ‘Waites’ sound-alike on radio ads. The jury awarded him $2.475 million in punitive damages, Waites comments after the case, ‘now by law I have what I always felt I had…a distinctive voice’… and here it is singing the brilliant Chocolate Jesus.

Wedding Present to tour George Best

April 10, 2007

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Indie darlings of yesteryear, The Wedding Present, have announced that they will play a series of shows this October to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the release of their debut LP ‘George Best’. The group fronted by David Gedge will play the album through in it’s entirety.

For the British leg of the tour, the band are planning to revisit each of the towns played on the original George Best tour of 1987.

There is much renewed interest in the band as last month, Sanctuary Records released a box set comprising The Wedding Present’s John Peel sessions, as well as numerous interviews and live performances broadcast by the veteran broadcaster. Read over for dates and places.

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