Monthly Archives: February 2014

R.I.P. Dept.: Onetime New York Dolls Manager Marty Thau Dead at 75

Marty Thau. Photo via the New York TImes website.

Marty Thau, who managed the New York Dolls and figured in the careers of Richard Hell, Blondie, the Ramones and Suicide, died on Feb. 13 in Richmond, Va. He was 75.

The cause was complications of renal failure, his daughter, Leslie Bernard, told the New York Times.

Writing about his discovery of the New York Dolls in early 1972, Thau wrote in a blog post:

At first I couldn’t get past the sight of them. They were visually remarkable. While everybody in America were wearing army coats and earth shoes, here were these guys decked out in leather and leopard skin with bouffant hairdo’s, black nail polish, lipstick, six-inch platform boots, chopped jeans, feather boa’s, armbands and pantyhose. It was a style beyond femininity and thrown together in such a way as to appear natural. Then I zeroed in on their music … loud and hard ghetto music about girls, sex, drugs, loneliness, heartbreak and the rites of teenage romance. In other words … real rock ‘n’ roll.

I had never seen or heard anything like it and instantly knew they made everyone else look tired, which at that time meant David Bowie, Lou Reed, Alice Cooper, Roxy Music. Betty and I looked at each other and smiled. One thought was spinning through my mind … “what would the world think of the Dolls indeterminable gender bending … is this too real?”

For more, head to the New York Times obit.

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Audio: Black Crowes’ Chris Robinson Has a New Song, ‘Shore Power.’

First song, “Shore Power,” off the Chris Robinson Brotherhood’s upcoming third album Phosphorescent Harvest. The album will be released April 29, 2014.

The song is a retro Stonesy rocker.

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Listen: Joseph Arthur Sings Lou Reed’s “Walk On The Wild Side’

Photo by Danny Clinch.

Joseph Arthur’s new album, Lou, is a tribute to Lou Reed. The album will be released May 13, 2014.

Arthur has recorded 12 of Lou Reed’s songs including “Coney Island Baby” and the first single, “Walk On The Wild Side.”

In his liner notes Arthur writes:

“It’s odd dancing around death, odder still if the death you are dancing around is that of a legend. You just never know what’s appropriate and what’s not, what to share and what to keep inside. There is no blueprint. I loved Lou and we were friends. The last thing I would want to do is turn his life into an opportunity, but at the same time, what better way to honor the man and his music than to celebrate it and sing it and record it?”

More from Joseph Arthur’s liner notes:

“The three weeks of touring passed by quickly and suddenly I was home, snowed-in in my studio, holidays approaching, end of tour blues, all coupled with the fact that the day I got back to NYC was the final tribute show for Lou at the Apollo and I went almost without wanting to. I was tired of mourning him and it felt like I was done, but in truth, the real mourning was only just beginning.

Death, like life, works with your resistance and finally it wears you out and breaks you down and then you are too tired to do anything but face it.
I was home alone and there was nowhere to go.
I set up some mics.
A Coles ribbon mic
And a Wunder mic which is a version of a U47 (I used those two mics on the whole record). The ribbon gives it silk and warmth, the Wunder makes it hi-fi.
The first song I tried was “Coney Island Baby.”
And I liked how it came out.
But I also liked getting to hang out with Lou again.
This was the only way to get close.
I did another song and another still.
I made a rule:
No drums or electricity.
Lou was electric.
The only way I know to give new life to something as rich with life as Lou’s songs and recordings is to go about them in a completely different way.
Bill’s (Bentley) advice to just keep it simple and not overthink it kinda acted as my mission statement and in each song, I felt I revealed something new in it.
Making versions, not trying to outdo the originals (impossible), but rather versions that bring out something unheard before.
I felt I was doing that to some degree and I felt guidance in it.
I was saying goodbye. “

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Audio: Listen to Unreleased Led Zeppelin Recordings for ‘Physical Graffiti’

Tapes from Led Zeppelin sessions for 1975’s Physical Graffiti will be auctioned at next month’s Marvels of Modern Music auction.

Rolling Stone reports that Amherst, New Hampshire–based RR Auctions says many of the songs on the tapes differ structurally from the ones that are on the album.

“The band recorded the songs at the Ronnie Lane’s Mobile Studio, which audio engineer Ron Nevison built in a 26-foot Airstream trailer,” Rolling Stone reports. “The tapes are part of the Ron Nevison collection, which is also auctioning rough mixes of Bad Company’s debut and four songs from Eric Clapton’s 1973 album Eric Clapton’s Rainbow Concert, as well as recordings by the Who, Ozzy Osbourne and Flo and Eddie.”

Listen to brief excerpts of the music:

Fragments of “Kashmir” and “Custard Pie”:

“In the Light”:

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Video: Bob Dylan Goes Electric at Newport, Sings ‘Maggie’s Farm,’ ‘Like A Rolling Stone’ & More

Dylan at Newport, 1965. Is there more to say about it?


But today I’m digging the music. And I’m digging seeing Dylan along and with Michael Bloomfield on lead guitar, Al Kooper on organ, Barry Goldberg on piano, bassist Jerome Arnold and drummer Sam Lay, along with Barry Goldberg on piano, playing an amazing set.

I really love this version of “Maggie’s Farm.” Michael Bloomfield sounds terrific.

“Maggie’s Farm” at Newport”:

“Like A Rolling Stone” at Newport:

Bob Dylan – Like a Rolling Stone (Live… by toma-uno

“Mr. Tambourine Man”:

“It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue”:

It's All Over Now, Baby Blue by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

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Video: Watch Teaser for Lykke Li’s Upcoming Album, ‘I Never Learn’

New Lykke Li album, I Never Learn, coming May 6, 2014.

Meanwhile here’s a cool teaser video.

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Portishead To Begin Work On 4th Album

Photo via Fact magazine.

Portishead have begun writing their fourth studio album, Portishead’s Adrian Utley said today during an interview hosted by Quietus at the By:Larm Festival in Oslo Norway.

“We’re clearing our schedules so we can get on with it, otherwise it will be another ten years,” Utley said.

Utley said he spoke to Geoff Barrow last week about the album. “We were both really enthusiastic, and enthusiasm counts for a lot in Portishead world.”

The group’s third album, Third, was released in 2008.

Here’s a live performance of “Machine Gun,” a song off Third.

And here’s “Roads” from the group’s show at Roseland in New York, 1998.

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Listen: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart Release ‘Simple And Sure’

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart’s “Simple And Sure” from Days of Abandon due April 22, 2014.

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Watch: Jolie Holland Delivers New Song & Video, ‘Waiting For The Sun’

Photo via Jolie Holland’s Facebook page.

Jolie Holland is one of my favorite artists. She has an awesome album, Wine Dark Sea, due out on May 20, 2014.

Meanwhile check out “Waiting For The Sun,” the first song we get to hear off the album.

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Audio: Bob Dylan Covers Gordon Lightfoot’s ‘Shadows’ – Oct. 9, 2012

Bob Dylan in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, October 9, 2012 covering Gordon Lightfoot’s “Shadows.”

Dylan is a huge fan of Gordon Lightfoot. Here’s what he said in a 2009 interview with Bill Flannigan:

Bill Flannigan: Who are some of your favorite songwriters?

Bob Dylan: Buffett I guess. Lightfoot. Warren Zevon. Randy (Newman). John Prine. Guy Clark. Those kinds of writers. …

Flannigan: You and Lightfoot go way back.

Dylan: Oh yeah. Gordo’s been around as long as me.

Flannigan: What are your favorite songs of his?

Dylan: “Shadows,” “Sundown,” “If You Could Read My Mind.” I can’t think of any I don’t like.

Here’s Gordon Lightfoot’s version:

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