Friday, March 31, 2006

Remix Byrne and Eno

From Boing Boing:
David Byrne and Brian Eno's masterpiece My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts (1981) has been remastered, and two of the songs are now being distributed as multitracks under a Creative Commons license for your remixing pleasure. (Go here to play.) This is a snippet from the website:

"This is the first time complete and total access to original tracks with remix and sampling possibilities have been officially offered on line. In keeping with the spirit of the original album, Brian and David are offering for download all the multitracks on two of the songs. Through signing up to the user license, and in line with Creative Commons licenses, you are free to edit, remix, sample and mutilate these tracks however you like. Add them to your own song or create a new one. Visitors are welcome to post their mixes or songs that incorporate these audio files on the site for others to hear and rate."

These two guys just keep doing interesting stuff. I'm anxious to hear the Paul Simon/Brian Eno collaboration too.

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Replacements Reunion

According to Aversion,the Replacements are back in the studio. Paul Westerberg, Chris Mars and Tommy Stinson recorded a couple new songs for an upcoming retrospective. The songs, “Pool and Dive” and “Message to the Boys” will appear on Don’t You Know Who I Think I Was, due out June 13 from Rhino Records. As you may remember, I sort of missed out on the Replacements. I didn't listen to them when I was in high school and college, so when I finally got around to them, I was too old to appreciate them. Plus, I had heard Paul Westerberg by himself, which didn't help things. But I know this is my fault, and I think they qualify for Advancement. This reunion, brief as it may be, is a good step in that direction.

Judas Priest Say "No" to Reality

According to Star Pulse, Judas Priest has turned down an offer to be in a reality TV show. Rob Halford said about it, "Everybody is an exhibitionist these days. I've been offered a reality show to get country singers to do a metal-country song in Tennessee. It's mad isn't it? When you're in a band like Priest, you have to think, 'Well hang on ... if I do this, how's it going to reflect on the other great things I've been part of?' We're very careful about that in Priest." Now I know you might think that being on a reality show would be Advanced, but it's not. It might have been several years ago, but not anymore.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Rolling Stones Rice Krispies Commercial

The Rolling Stones have been Advanced for a very long time!

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Todd Rundgren Interview

There is an interview at with Todd Rundgren >Live Daily about his latest venture, the New Cars. It's interesting enough but here's what caught my eye:

I suppose that, from most of my fans' standpoint, I had already done something strange. [laughs] I put out an album called "Liars," and it was successful, and required pretty much a band and some level of production in order to present it. The problem is that I'm at a certain level where I have a committed following, especially in certain regions, but in the main, if I take any sort of production out [on the road] I don't make any money. So people were wondering why last year I went out with Joe Jackson and a string quartet and essentially did a solo show, which depended substantially on older material. So I was already kind of perplexing my fans, and wasn't sure what I was going to do next. I knew that I had ideas for records, and there's always a possibility of [producing work], and there's always the possibility of joining up with somebody else.

What I had originally planned on doing through last fall and probably into this year was an R&B review with Donald Fagen.
I'm so bummed that the R&B review didn't happen. My lord that would have been Advanced.

Lou Reed Video: "No Money Down"

Too Advanced for words.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Ringo's Ready for the Road


Ringo Starr will embark on his ninth All Starr tour this summer with a band featuring pop vocalist Richard Marx, guitarist Billy Squier and the Zombies' Rod Argent. The trek will kick off June 14-15 in Toronto. This year's All Star Band will be rounded out by longtime Starr collaborator Mark Hudson, Edgar Winter and Sheila E. Fans can expect material from all of the artists' back catalogs, including "With a Little Help From My Friends," "Photograph," "It Don't Come Easy," "Don't Mean Nothin," "Free Ride," "The Stroke," "Everybody Wants You" and "Glamorous Life."
Richard Marx! I don't think I've ever mentioned how much I love "It Don't Come Easy." I can't think of many better songs than that one.

Lou Reed More Popular Than Milosevic

According to Time, it's true. This little bit is from a writer talking about the return of Slobodan Milosevic's body to his hometown:

"On the evening of the body's arrival, the U.S. artist Lou Reed sang in Belgrade to a delighted audience, and he attracted a much bigger crowd then Milosevic's coffin, on display in a museum. By the next day, the heavy snow that had been falling for most of the week had melted away, and the sky cleared—in Belgrade, spring has finally arrived."

Must be pretty sweet to outdraw Slobo!

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Kinks Kommercials

From Yahoo!:

Sixteen years after they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and 23 years after their last top 10 hit ("Come Dancing"), the Kinks are in the spotlight again -- thanks to a number of TV spots that feature their distinctive pop music.

A couple of weeks ago, the British band's top 10 hit from 1964, "All Day and All of the Night," helped launch a new Tide campaign. In the coming weeks, the group's "I'm Not Like Everybody Else" and "Everybody's Gonna Be Happy" will be heard in spots for IBM and Abbott Labs, respectively.

Additional licensing opportunities for the Kinks' music are in the works, says Kenny Ochoa, VP of film/TV licensing at Sanctuary Records Group, which represents the group.

Even though many of the songs used were not big U.S. hits, Ochoa credits this "Kinks renaissance" to the timelessness of the band's music, which has influenced many of today's rock bands.
Anything that gets the Kinks some exposure I support. Of course, it doesn't say in this article whether the Kinks are the ones making the money off the ads. I hope they own their catalog and not someone like Edgar Bronfman.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Lou Reed at Isle of Wight

According to

Lou Reed is to make a rare UK appearance this summer at the Nokia Isle Of Wight Festival. The former Velvet Underground singer and poet is currently on tour across mainland Europe this month, performing at Rome's Parco della Musica tonight (March 1), and will hit the UK on June 11 for a headline slot on the closing night. He joins The Prodigy and Placebo as a confirmed headline act.
I can't wight!