Audio: Leonard Cohen Debuts ‘Almost Like The Blues’ – Listen Now!

Excellent new Leonard Cohen song, “Almost Like The Blues,” off his upcoming album, Popular Problems, due out September 22.

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Artwork, Song Titles for Album Based on Bob Dylan’s ‘Basement Tapes’ Lyrics Revealed

This could be the album cover, although it could be changed according to myplaydirect.com where various versions of the ‘deluxe’ album are being advertised.

Slowly but surely we’re getting an idea of what the album that T Bone Burnett made using a sheaf of lyrics that Bob Dylan wrote during the summer of 1967, while the infamous “Basement Tapes” sessions took place, will be like.

A ‘deluxe’ version of the album, titled Lost On The River: the New Basement Tapes, will include 20 songs and be released on November 20, 2014.

The project began when T Bone Burnett got those lyrics from a Dylan representative.

Burnett wrote an article about it that ran in England’s The Guardian.

Last autumn, I received a message from Bob Dylan’s publisher telling me a box of lyrics had been found, all handwritten by Dylan in 1967, during the time of the original Basement Tapes recordings. The question to me was: “Would you like to do something with these?”

Shocked, I asked if Dylan was into this. Having been told he was, I asked no more questions, but set out to come up with something that would do justice to Dylan and be true to the spirit in which the lyrics were originally written.

“These are not B-level Dylan lyrics,” Burnett told the L.A.Times in March of this year while still recording of the album. “They’re lyrics he just never got around to finishing.”

The ‘Lost On The River’ band with producer Burnett in the back ground.

Burnett invited Elvis Costello, Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops), Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), Jim James (My Morning Jacket) and Marcus Mumford to be involved in writing music for the lyrics and recording the completed songs.

Burnett:

We sent 16 lyrics to each artist ahead of time, and they all showed up at Capitol Studios in the basement of the Capitol Records building in Hollywood in March of this year. Some had written a melody or two, others had written a dozen, but a couple of days before the sessions started, an additional eight lyrics from that same period showed up. Those lyrics, which no one had time to think about, led to some of the freest recordings.

Elvis Costello played a bunch of the recordings to the British writer, Richard Williams who wrote about it for The Guardian.

Elvis Costello leaned forward in his chair to address the small gathering in a West London recording studio on the subject of a bunch of hitherto unknown Bob Dylan lyrics dating from 1967. “One of them,” he said, “has a line that goes ‘A thousand doors couldn’t hold me back from you.’ If you wrote a line like that, you wouldn’t keep it in a drawer for 47 years – unless you were Bob Dylan.”

After listening to 11 songs once (the deluxe version of the album includes 20 songs) Williams wrote:

At this stage, even the most optimistic Dylanologist would not expect their hero to have a bunch of forgotten “Desolation Rows” or “I Shall Be Releaseds” mouldering in the attic, and the lyrics he passed on to Burnett are unlikely to provoke a radical reconsideration of his artistic development. There are indeed some nice lines, like these from the title track, which Costello set to a tune featuring a very un-Dylanish chromatic melody, teamed with a country-soul chorus that would not be out of place on a James Carr or Percy Sledge record: “Tears of loneliness hidden within/ As he goes from one woman to the next … Then falls in love with one/ It’s hard but true/ But it’s so much harder when the woman is you.”

Songs that stuck in the memory after a single listening included James’s “Down on the Bottom,” whose howling slow-motion rockabilly guitars and sepulchral echo cry out for the appearance of Roy Orbison; the sitting-on-a-barbed-wire-fence mood of Costello’s “Married to My Hack”; Giddens’s “Spanish Mary” and “Duncan and Jimmy,” with their banjo and fiddle and keening lead vocals; and Mumford’s sweet, ardent “Kansas City.”

We’ll all have a chance to hear the songs on November 20, and maybe sooner, if some or all are previewed.

For now, check out Jim James singing “Nothing To It” with help from Elvis Costello and Marcus Mumford.

You can pre-order the album here.

Deluxe Album:

1. Down On The Bottom
2. Married To My Hack
3. Kansas City
4. Spanish Mary
5. Liberty Street
6. Nothing To It
7. Golden Tom – Silver Judas
8. When I Get My Hands On You
9. Duncan and Jimmy
10. Florida Key
11. Hidee Hidee Ho #11
12. Lost On The River #12
13. Stranger
14. Card Shark
15. Quick Like A Flash
16. Hidee Hidee Ho #16
17. Diamond Ring
18. The Whistle Is Blowing
19. Six Months In Kansas City (Liberty Street)
20. Lost On The River #20

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Audio: Bob Dylan Sings ‘Things Have Changed’ – Perth, Australia, Aug. 13, 2014

The other day I posted three songs from the August 13 concert at the Riverside Theatre in Perth, Australia.

Here’s a fourth, “Things Have Changed.”

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Audio: Australian DJ Brian Wise Interviews Michael Goldberg About Rock ‘n’ Roll Novel, True Love Scars – Part Two

I was recently interviewed by DJ Brian Wise for his excellent Australian radio show, “Off the Record” on Triple R.

We talked about Bob Dylan, and we talked about my new rock ‘n’ roll novel. True Love Scars, and we talked about how Bob Dylan figures in the novel.

Last week, Brian aired a 15 minute segment that included me reading from the novel. You can listen to that one here.

This week during a ten minute segment finds we reading two more sections from the novel, and talking about the book.

There will be three for segments, one a week, for the next three weeks. As they air I’ll post about them.

To listen to the second interview segment, click here.

And the other day this wonderful five-star review of True Love Scars with the headline “Get It!” was posted at Amazon by Barbara Shelley:

‘First times’ are the most memorable. Michael Goldberg’s new book takes the reader on a wild, crazy and love-filled trip through high school and college ‘first times.’ Rock ‘n’ roll runs through his blood while he tells his story of lust, love, drugs and the dreaded parents. But this isn’t just any sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll story. It’s written in first person almost as if Goldberg is in the room telling the story that moved me to out loud laughing and memories that moved my soul. If Bob Dylan, Marianne Faithful, The Rolling Stones, Iggy Pop, Captain Beefheart, or the New York Dolls mean anything to you, you will love this book. I couldn’t put it down for a minute and rammed my way through the best book I’ve read in years. Not since “Nightwood” by Djauna Barnes and that was in l969. Get it.

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Video: Jim James Sings Bob Dylan’s New ‘Basement Tapes’ Song, ‘Nothing To It’

Jim James; photo via Jim James’ Facebook page.

T Bone Burnett has produced an album based on unfinished lyrics Bob Dylan write while recording the songs that became known as the ‘Basement Tapes’ in 1967.

This song is called “Nothing To It.”

Jim James sings with musical help from Elvis Costello and Marcus Mumford.

Check out more info here.

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Audio: Raised By Eagles Cover Bob Dylan – ‘Alberta,’ ‘Wallflower,’ ‘Mama, You Been On My Mind’ & ‘House Carpenter’

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The Australian band Raised By Eagles joined by singer Tracy McNeil do three gorgeous versions of Bob Dylan songs on the “Off The Record” radio show: “Alberta,” “Wallflower, “Mama, You Been On My Mind” and “House Carpenter” this past Saturday.

Listen here.

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Raised By Eagles

And on the same show I was interviewed about my novel, True Love Scars.

Listen here.

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Video: Bob Dylan Joins The Byrds for ‘Mr. Tambourine Man’ – 1990

Roger McGuinn Bob Dylan and David Crosby.

The Byrds —David Crosby, Chris Hillman and Roger McGuinn — reunited at a 1990 tribute to Roy Orbison and were joined by Bob Dylan for this performance of “Mr. Tambourine Man,” a song that was a folk-rock hit for The Byrds.

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Win A Free Copy of Michael Goldberg’s ‘Radioactive’ Rock ‘n’ Roll Novel, True Love Scars

I’ve got a book giveaway going at Goodreads right now.

I’m giving away ten trade paperback copies of my rock ‘n’ roll novel, True Love Scars.

Here’s what other writers are saying about the book:

“Michael Goldberg is comparable to Kerouac in a 21st century way, someone trying to use that language and energy and find a new way of doing it.” – Mark Mordue, author of Dastgah: Diary of a Head Trip

“Radioactive as Godzilla.” – Richard Meltzer, author of The Aesthetics of Rock

Here’s what reviewers at Amazon are saying about the book:

5.0 out of 5 stars GET IT, August 14, 2014

By Barbara Shelley “James Joyce book geek” (Los Angeles, CA)

‘First times’ are the most memorable. Michael Goldberg’s new book takes the reader on a wild, crazy and love-filled trip through high school and college ‘first times.’ Rock ‘n’ roll runs through his blood while he tells his story of lust, love, drugs and the dreaded parents. But this isn’t just any sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll story. It’s written in first person almost as if Goldberg is in the room telling the story that moved me to out loud laughing and memories that moved my soul. If Bob Dylan, Marianne Faithful, The Rolling Stones, Iggy Pop, Captain Beefheart, or the New York Dolls mean anything to you, you will love this book. I couldn’t put it down for a minute and rammed my way through the best book I’ve read in years. Not since “Nightwood” by Djauna Barnes and that was in l969. Get it.

And:

5.0 out of 5 stars Michael/Writerman The Duality of Michael Stein July 15, 2014

By Adam Strong

Through the lens of a true Dylanophile, Goldberg’s narrator is rendered with a voice that rattles off the page.

More Amazon review here

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Audio: Van Morrison Sings Bob Dylan’s ‘Just Like A Woman’ Plus ‘Into the Mystic,’ ‘Tupelo Honey’ & Much More – 1971- Full Set

Great live recording of a great Van Morrison set in front of an invited audience at Pacific High Studios in San Francisco, September 5, 1971.

Includes Van singing Bob Dylan’s “Just Like A Woman” 42 minutes into the clip.

Set List:

1 Into The Mystic 05:57
2 I’ve Been Working 06:25
3 Friday’s Child 05:54
4 Que Sera Sera / Hound Dog 03:00
5 Ballerina 09:03
6 Tupelo Honey 06:24
7 Wild Night 04:44
8 Just Like A Woman 08:07
9 Moonshine Whiskey 07:58
10 Dead Or Alive 05:22
11 You’re My Woman 06:02
12 These Dreams Of You 03:26
13 Domino 06:20
14 Call Me Up In Dreamland 03:45
15 Blue Money 04:29
16 Bring It On Home To Me 04:27
17 Buona Sera, Senorita

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Video: Neil Young ‘Human Highway’ Trailers – Amazing Devo Nuclear Waste Footage From 1981 Says It All & Nothing Has Changed

Devo load nuclear waste into truck in “Human Highway.”

Neil Young AKA Bernard Shakey co-directed “Human Highway” with Dean Stockwell in the late’70s and early ’80s and it was first released in 1982.

Now a Director’s Cut will be debuted at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, which runs from Sept. 4 through Sept. 14, 2014.

I would expect that later this year, or sometime in 2015, a DVD and blu-ray will be released, although this is speculation at this point, as no information about a DVD or blu-ray version has been announced.

Wikipedia on the plot of “Human Highway”:

Employees and customers spend time at a small gas station-diner in a fictional town next to a nuclear power plant unaware it is the last day on Earth. Young Otto (Dean Stockwell) has received ownership of the failing business by the Will of his recently deceased father. His employee, Lionel Switch (Neil Young), is the garage’s goofy and bumbling auto mechanic who dreams of being a rock star. “I can do it!” Lionel often exclaims. After some modest character development and a collage-like dream sequence there is a tongue-in-cheek choreographed musical finale while nuclear war begins.

This amazing scene really tells it like it is, and Neil Young got it right over 30 years ago. Right now, 2014, the world is falling apart and the corporate lords who rule don’t give a shit.

Watch the film:

More trailers below:

Human Highway (Director’s Cut) Trailer from Shakey Pictures on Vimeo.

Director(s): Bernard Shakey, Dean Stockwell, Neil Young
Country: USA
Year: 1982
Language: English
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Runtime: 80 minutes
Rating: STC
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CAST & CREDITS
Executive Producer: Elliot Rabinowitz
Producer: L.A. Johnson
Production Company: Shakey Pictures
Principal Cast: Dean Stockwell, Neil Young, Devo, Russ Tamblyn, Dennis Hopper, Charlotte Stewart, Sally Kirkland, Geraldine Baron
Screenplay: Bernard Shakey, Dean Stockwell, Jeanne Field, Russ Tamblyn
Cinematographer: David Myers
Editor: James Beshear, L.A. Johnson, Benjamin Johnson, Toshi Onuki, Mark Faulkner
Sound: Tim Mulligan, Tamara Johnson
Music: Neil Young, Devo

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