Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Today's Music Happenings...

See you tonight at the Southampton Public House, 40 Bowden Square in Southampton Village, from 9-11 for the big THANKSGIVING EVE PARTY!!!!

We always have so much fun at the Publick House... Check out photo's from out Halloween Party at SPH to the right of this post...
Neil Young
says that he feels so comfortable with his current live band that he's able to tackle nearly all of his varied catalog with ease. Young's current tour is a much more "hit friendly" affair, with him tackling some of his most loved songs including, "Hey Hey, My My (Into The Black)," "Cinnamon Girl," "Old Man," "Heart Of Gold," among others.

Young told Rolling Stone that working with longtime friends and musicians certainly helps bring the classics to life, explaining, "I haven't done a tour like this in 15 years. With this band, there's no limit to what kind of music I can make. My other bands were always one thing or another. This band can handle anything."

On December 2nd, Young will release his latest archival concert set, called Sugar Mountain Live At Canterbury House 1968. The album was recorded on November 9th, 1968 at the Canterbury House at University of Michigan. Young, who had only left the Buffalo Springfield six months earlier, was still a year away from superstardom and was finding his way as a solo act.

Also in the pipeline is a Crazy Horse album called Toast which was left unreleased back in 2000, that Young has just remixed in 5.1 surround sound. He says that after relistening to it, the project makes sense to him: "I didn't like it when I first made it. It's a mind-blowing record, very moody, kind of jazzy. The whole thing has got a massive sound." There's been no release date set for Toast.
Todd Rundgren will produce the upcoming New York Dolls album featuring group cofounders David Johansen and Syl Sylvain. Rundgren produced the band's classic 1973 self-titled debut, which went on to inspire the burgeoning New York City punk scene. The upcoming untitled album begins production in January, and will be released on the recently relaunched Atco Records. The New York Dolls will support the album with a world tour next year.

Johansen told that he's looking forward to the reunion with Rundgren, saying, "We're really excited to be working with Todd again. We're hoping to recapture the same magic on the forthcoming album."

For those who didn't know:

  • David Johansen and guitarist Syl Sylvain are the two surviving members of the Dolls. Bassist Arthur Kane died at age 55 in 2005 from complications related to leukemia, original drummer Billy Murcia died from substance abuse while on tour in England in 1972, guitarist Johnny Thunders from a drug overdose in 1991, and drummer Jerry Nolan, who replaced Murcia, died from a fatal stroke in 1992.
  • In 2006 the band reunited to record One Day It Will Please Us To Remember Even This. The album was produced by veteran producer Jack Douglas, best known for his work with Aerosmith, Cheap Trick and John Lennon. Douglas worked under Rundgren while engineering the Dolls' debut album.
U2 and the Killers lead a list of top-level artists contributing exclusive songs to RED (WIRE), a new "digital magazine" launching on December 1st, World AIDS Day. According to, other acts slated to make contributions include Coldplay, the Dixie Chicks, John Legend, Elvis Costello, R.E.M. and Bob Dylan. The magazine is a publication of the activist organization (RED), a project of U2 singer Bono. All proceeds from subscriptions to (RED)WIRE, which cost five dollars, will benefit HIV-infected people living in Africa.
Subscribers will receive a new issue of the magazine every Wednesday, containing an exclusive song from a well-known artist, a track from an artist that (RED) wants to highlight, multi-media pieces and a look at how the proceeds are helping Africans. Subscribers will get the magazine in a custom player that's automatically loaded into iTunes.

Users can also send two free issues to friends and will receive prizes if any of them subscribe.
U2 recorded its track for (RED)WIRE last week, while the Killers' contribution will be their latest Christmas song, "Joseph, Better You Than Me," also featuring Elton John and the Pet Shop Boys' Neil Tennant.

Additional songs and artists will be announced in the weeks ahead, along with other content.
The original cover painting done for Metallica's classic 1986 album Master of Puppets, done by artist Don Brautigam, sold for a final price of $35,000 at an auction held by Christie's in New York City, according to The actual price was $28,000, with buyer's fees totaling another $7,000. The painting was one of many pieces of pop culture art that went up for bids on Monday (November 24th), with many of them coming from the punk and rock genres.
  • The sale, which also featured items from Nirvana, the Beatles, the Ramones and others, netted a total of $750,000.
  • Among the items which sold were:
    - A ring worn by Elvis Presley during one of his final tours for $32,500
    - A trumpet that belonged to Louis Armstrong for $27,500
    - Original tapes from Jimi Hendrix's Electric Ladyland sessions for
    - Proof of smallpox vaccination certificate for Paul McCartney for $5,000
    - A postcard handwritten by Elvis for $7,250
  • Items that did not reach their reserve price and remained unsold included the original album art for the Beastie Boys' 1986 debut Licensed to Ill and Kurt Cobain's childhood bass.

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