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Posted: 20 Mar 2014 04:14 PM PDT

Legacy Recordings announces CD/DVD release of ‘Mystery Girl – Deluxe’ on May 20, 2014

Posted: 20 Mar 2014 08:28 AM PDT

How cool is this? Is it May 20th yet?

                        25th Anniversary Edition of Roy Orbisons Final Album Masterpiece, out  May 20, 2014
 Package Debuts Unreleased Studio & Work-tape Demos
 Deluxe Edition DVD Premieres Mystery Girl: Unraveled, New One-Hour Documentary Directed by Alex Orbison
Mystery Girl  Expanded CD Also Set For Release
2 LP, 19-track Mystery Girl  Deluxe Vinyl Set Out June 10 25th Anniversary Edition of Roy Orbison’s final studio masterwork coming this spring

Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, in conjunction with Roy’s Boys LLC, the Nashville-based company formed by the sons of the late Roy Orbison, commemorate the 25th anniversary of the artist’s Mystery Girl with the release of both a CD/DVD Deluxe edition coming Tuesday, May 20, 2014 as well as a 15-track (audio only) Mystery Girl Expanded edition CD. 
Mystery Girl – Deluxe brings together the albums original 10 songs, including the worldwide smash single “You Got It,” in addition to premiering nine previously unreleased studio and work-tape demos. Among those is “The Way Is Love,” featuring a newly restored Roy Orbison vocal track layered with contemporary guitar, drum and vocal accompaniment by Roy’s three sons (Roy Jr., Alex and Wesley). The package includes “Mystery Girl: Unraveled,” a new one-hour documentary chronicling the song-by-song creation of Mystery Girl through rare and intimate archival footage and the memories of those who were there.  In addition to the “Mystery Girl: Unraveled” documentary, the DVD includes eight Roy Orbison music videos, four of which are previously unreleased including a piece documenting the renewal and rebirth of “The Way Is Love.”
Mystery Girl – Expanded is an audio-only version of the original Mystery Girl album with five tracks added to the line-up including “The Way Is Love.”
Mystery Girl – Deluxe LP will also be available as a collectible 2 LP set, struck on 180 gram 12" vinyl for audiophiles, vinyl aficionados and Orbison fans, in general. The set includes the original album’s track listing on one LP and the 9 bonus tracks offered on the Mystery Girl – Deluxe CD on the second LP.  The vinyl set will be released on June 10 in time for Father’s Day.
Those who purchase the Mystery Girl – Deluxe set through the online store at will also be sent an exclusive, limited edition 18-month calendar (July 2014 – December 2015) featuring art derived from the Mystery Girl – Deluxe package.
Executive produced by “Roy’s Boys” (Wesley Orbison, Roy Orbison, Jr. and Alex Orbison) and directed by Alex Orbison, “Mystery Girl: Unraveled” features new interviews with Billy Burnette, John Carter Cash, Mike Campbell, Steve Cropper, Richard Dodd, Jim Keltner, Jeff Lynne, David Malloy, Tom Petty and Roy’s three sons. The film also incorporates never-before-seen interviews with Bono, Barbara Orbison, Jeff Ayeroff and others, all sharing insights into Roy’s life and work.
Archival footage includes revelatory sequences lensed, literally, in Mike Campbells garage (aka “Mike’s Garage,” where much of the album was recorded) in addition to breathtaking studio sequences and live footage shot around the time of the album’s recording.
“Mystery Girl: Unraveled” concludes with new documentary footage illuminating the creation of “The Way Is Love,” one of the previously unreleased tracks on Mystery Girl – Deluxe. Roys vocals were found on a previously unheard Roy Orbison/Bill Dees work-tape, originally recorded on a boombox cassette player, and meticulously stripped out for this extraordinary new recording. Produced by John Carter Cash and engineered by Chuck Turner, the “The Way Is Love” vocal was taken to Johnny Cashs Cabin studio in Hendersonville, Tennessee in 2013, using the newly discovered Roy Orbison vocal as its core. Realizing a life-long dream to record with their father, Wesley and Roy Jr played guitars on the song with Alex handling the drums and all three sons bringing background vocals to the mix. “Cutting a track with my brothers was more incredible than I can describe,” said Alex. “I have been looking forward to this for my entire life.” Roy Jr. noted that “More or less the reason Alex and Wesley and I are musicians was to play in Dads band when we got older” and Wesley summed it up nicely, “I think we really got something special.”

Stream the new album of unreleased Johnny Cash songs

Posted: 19 Mar 2014 07:21 AM PDT ‘Out Among The Stars’ will be issued on March 25, 2014.How about this as the musical tip of the day? Amazon is hosting a fantastic feature where you can stream the new 13-track album of unreleased Johnny Cash songs titled Out Among The Stars through March 24, 2014. Here is the link.

‘I Saved Latin! A Tribute To Wes Anderson’ set to land May 13; track-listing announced

Posted: 18 Mar 2014 04:31 PM PDT ‘I Saved Latin! A Tribute To Wes Anderson’ is set for release on May 13, 2014.

Wes Anderson Tribute CD Tracklist and Release Date Announced
Label chooses Wes Anderson’s birthday month to honor the director with double-CD tribute.
(March 18, 2014) American Laundromat Records is proud to announce I Saved Latin! A Tribute To Wes Anderson is scheduled to drop worldwide on May 13, 2014. The 23-song, double-CD features Matt PondTelekinesisJuliana HatfieldKristin HershWilliam FitzsimmonsGenerationalsSomeone Still Loves You Boris YeltsinFreelance Whales, and others covering songs from Bottle RocketRushmoreRoyal TenenbaumsLife AquaticDarjeeling Limited, and more. Exclusively recorded covers of songs by the KinksRolling StonesDavid BowieElliott SmithNick DrakeNicoCat StevensJohn Lennon, among others are highlighted.
Disc 1
1. Margaret Yang’s Theme – Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin [1:19]
2. A Quick One While He’s Away – Saint Motel [2:57]
3. These Days – Matt Pond (feat. Laura Stevenson & Chris Hansen) [3:47]
4. Let Her Dance – Freelance Whales [2:10]
5. I Am Waiting – Tomo Nakayama (feat. Jesse Sykes) [3:05]
6. The Wind – William Fitzsimmons [1:57]
7. Needle In The Hay – Juliana Hatfield [4:13]
8. Making Time – Generationals [3:34]
9. The Way I Feel Inside – PHOX [1:44]
10. This Time Tomorrow – Telekinesis [3:18]
11. Strangers – Escondido [4:08]
Disc 2
1. Alone Again Or – Sara Lov [3:26]
2. Nothing In This World Can Stop Me Worrin’ Bout That Girl – Solvents [4:00]
3. Here Comes My Baby – Tea Cozies [2:36]
4. Fly – Kristin Hersh [3:16]
5. Ziggy Stardust – Margot & the Nuclear So and So’s [3:06]
6. Play with Fire – Elk City [3:29]
7. Stephanie Says – Tele Novella [2:49]
8. Oh Yoko – The Ghost In You [4:56]
9. Fairest Of The Seasons – Trespassers William [4:58]
10. 30 Century Man – Tomten [2:08]
11. Street Fighting Man – Mike Watt & The Secondmen [3:41]
12. Five Years – Santah [4:32]
I Saved Latin! is now available for pre-order from ( American Laundromat Records have been offering six exclusive pre-order bundles loaded with limited-edition bonus items direct from their website ( Bundles range from $14.00 (CD, Promo Pin and Rushmore Academy Business Card) to $60.00 (CD, Bonus 7-inch White Vinyl Single, Free Digital Download, 2 exclusive T-Shirt designs, Steve Zissou-inspired Red Beanie and Master Frogman Decal, Moonrise Kingdom-inspired Scout Patch, Rushmore-inspired Lapel Pins, and much more). All pre-order customers receive a bonus “Lobby Boy” pin to celebrate the release of Wes Anderson’s new film The Grand Budapest Hotel. Two of the six bundles are sold-out, and the balance of exclusive limited-edition bundles will no longer be available after March 31st.
American Laundromat Records is running contests on their special I Saved Latin! Facebook Page ( Criterion releases of Wes Anderson films such as the Fantastic Mr. Fox, and copies of The Wes Anderson Collection book are just some of the special items the label are giving away leading up to the release of the album.
American Laundromat Records is an independent record label based in Mystic, CT. The label gained national attention for its popular 2005 compilation High School Reunion: a tribute to those great 80’s films which featured indie-rockers covering beloved tunes from some of the 80’s most popular teen films. All Music Guide called the 20-song thematic compilation “One of the finest tributes ever amassed!” and went on the say, “Let this serve as a blueprint for all future tribute sets.” Other ALR projects include the critically-acclaimed double-CD; Cinnamon Girl: Women Artists Cover Neil Young for Charity, the award-winning children’s album Sing Me To Sleep: Indie Lullabies, and the popular tributes; Dig For Fire: a tribute to the PixiesJust Like Heaven: a tribute to The Cure, and Please, Please, Please: a tribute to The Smiths.

Inbox update: Def Leppard, Kiss, The Offspring, Neil Young, Taking Back Sunday

Posted: 18 Mar 2014 08:36 AM PDT

Here is a short but timely roundup of today’s news…

Def Leppard and Kiss are heading out on tour together, while NIN and Soundgarden are heading out on the road too. And Orange County’s own The Offspring finally headlines the Pacific Amphitheatre at The Orange County Fair this summer. Read Ben Wener’s post on The Orange County Register site here. USA Today also has an extensive story about the forthcoming Def Leppard-Kiss outing and you can check that out here.

Speaking of Kiss, it appears that there has been no solution in the tug-of-war between the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Kiss regarding any chance of Kiss appearing at the upcoming induction ceremony next month. Read this story in Billboard for more details.

According to an interview in Spin, Neil Young is writing a science fiction book. Click here to read the interview.

Taking Back Sunday is releasing its new album Happiness Is today via Hopeless Records. The group is also on tour, and has a trio of California dates set for later this month. Visit the band’s official site for all the details.

R.E.M. go acoustic for the people on Record Store Day

Posted: 17 Mar 2014 07:57 AM PDT

Happy Monday everybody! I am in Southern California and slept through the Earthquake this morning. I’m rested now and ready to share the latest music news! While we wait for R.E.M. to return (unlikely), here is a nice bit of news about the band…
Unplugged: The Complete 1991 And 2001 Sessions Brings Together Both Of The Band’s Appearances On The MTV Series, Including Several Unaired Performances, For A Limited Edition Four-LP Collection
Available On April 19 As A Record Store Day Exclusive,
Mike Mills Will Sign Copies At Bullmoose In Scarborough, Maine On Same Day
LOS ANGELES – MARCH 17, 2014 – R.E.M. delivered two knockout performances on MTV’s Grammy® and Emmy® award-winning “Unplugged” series, the first in 1991 and the other in 2001, giving them the unique distinction of being the only band to headline the series twice. Surprisingly, audio from both shows has never been available, making these some of the most demanded music in the R.E.M. vaults. That will all change on Record Store Day 2014, when Rhino releases both performances as a limited edition, four-LP set. The collection includes every performance from the original broadcasts, as well as 11 songs that never aired, from the storied collection of the band’s MTV appearances.
UNPLUGGED: THE COMPLETE 1991 AND 2001 SESSIONS is packaged in a four-pocket gatefoldwill be available exclusively at select independent music retailers on April 19. For a list of participating stores, please visit
The “Unplugged” performances are sonic snapshots that capture the legendary Athens, Georgia band at important points on its journey from alternative-music progenitors to international stars that have sold more than 85 million albums.
Drummer Bill Berry, guitarist Peter Buck, bassist Mike Mills and singer Michael Stipe recorded their first “Unplugged” session in 1991, while riding a growing wave of success that began in 1987 with the commercial breakthrough of Document. Much of the performance spotlights songs from R.E.M.’s then-current album Out of Time, which sold over 18 million copies worldwide and was the band’s first #1 album in the U.S. From the album, the band performed “Radio Song,” “Low” and its biggest American hit, “Losing My Religion.”
The remainder of the set list spans eight years of music and touches on five different albums, mixing “Perfect Circle” from R.E.M.’s 1983 debut Murmur and fan-favorites like “Fall On Me” and “Its The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” with a cover of The Troggs’ “Love Is All Around.” Five songs that never aired can be heard on this set for the first time, including two tracks from the multi-platinum Green – “Get Up” and “World Leader Pretend.”
R.E.M. made an extremely rare second appearance on “Unplugged” in 2001, but this time without original drummer Bill Berry, who left the band in 1997. For the show, the band focused mainly on its 12th studio album Reveal – which came out that year – with performances of the singles “Imitation of Life” and “All The Way To Reno (You’re Gonna Be A Star).” The song selection draws from eight different albums with “So. Central Rain” from 1984’s Reckoning, “Cuyahoga” from 1986’s Lifes Rich Pageant and “Find The River,” the elegiac album closer from the 1992 classic Automatic For The People.
This collection uncovers six songs from the session that were never broadcast, including tracks fromReveal and Up (1998), as well as a haunting and tranquil re-imagination of the band’s breakthrough single, “The One I Love” from 1987’s Document.
Following their debut on vinyl for Record Store Day 2014, both “Unplugged” performances will be released on CD and digitally on May 20.
Always advocates for independent record stores, on April 19th (Record Store Day), R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills will be signing copies of the limited-edition, four-LP set at Bull Moose record store inScarborough, Maine.
Since its debut in 1989, “Unplugged” has been a cultural watershed of musical moments, featuring unforgettable performances from artists including Nirvana, Jay-Z, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Tony Bennett, Mariah Carey, Katy Perry, Lil Wayne, Adele , Florence + The Machine and Miley Cyrus. Unplugged was created by Robert Small and Jim Burns and produced by Alex Coletti.
For more information please visit:
4-LP Track Listing
1991 Unplugged
Side One
1.“Half A World Away”
2.“Disturbance at the Heron House”
3.“Radio Song”
Side Two
1.“Perfect Circle”
2.“Fall on Me”
4.“Love Is All Around”
Side Three
1.“Its The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)”
2.“Losing My Religion”
3.“Pop Song 89”
Side Four
2.“Swan Swan H”*
3.“Rotary 11”*
4.“Get Up”*
5.“World Leader Pretend”*

2001 Unplugged
Side Five
1.“All The Way To Reno (You’re Gonna Be a Star)”
3.“At My Most Beautiful”
Side Six
1.“So. Central Rain (I’m Sorry)”
2.“Losing My Religion”
3.“Country Feedback”
Side Seven
1.“Imitation of Life”
2.“Find the River”
3.“The One I Love”*
Side Eight
1.“Beat a Drum”*
2.“I’ve Been High”*
3.“I’ll Take the Rain”*
4.“Sad Professor”*
* Not included in original television broadcast

Music Worth Buying: ‘Mystery Science Theater 3000: XXIX’ collection, ‘The Dukes of September,’ Break of Reality

Posted: 16 Mar 2014 11:46 AM PDT

Why would I include the latest Mystery Science Theater 3000 collection in a roundup of noteworthy new music titles?

Look no further than the first of four episodes on Mystery Science Theater 3000: XXIX (set for release by Shout! Factory on Tuesday, March 25), a rightful skewering of the 1957 teen exploitation flick Untamed Youth. The film not only features early rock ‘n’ roll hero Eddie Cochran (“C’Mon Everybody,” “Summertime Blues”) but has the distinction of boasting the first-ever on-screen performance of a rock song sung by a female (famed actress Mamie Van Doren). To be sure the movie itself is dated and campy, but thanks to the clever work of the writers and performers of MST3K, hilarity ensues. Among the extras on the new collection is an interview with the aforementioned Van Doren, and the original theatrical trailer for Untamed Youth. The other three films that get a well-deserved Satellite of Love treatment include Hercules And The Captive Women, The Thing That Couldn’t Die and The Pumaman. Laughter aplenty! Information:

Get Mystery Science Theater 3000: XXIX earlier this month as part of PBS’ “Great Performances” series, The Dukes of September is now available on both DVD and Blu-ray courtesy of 429 Records. Captured live at Lincoln Center in November 2012, the Dukes of September Rhythm Revue (featuring Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald, Boz Scaggs and a top-tier group of seven other musicians and two back-up singers) features not only some of the trio’s biggest hits but rock and R&B nuggets such as “Love T.K.O.” and “Sweet Soul Music.”  There are all kinds of highlights on the disc (which looks and sounds fantastic), notably Fagen leading the way through Steely Dan’s “Kid Charlegmagne” (which features some masterful guitar work from Jon Herrington) and an inspired “Lido Shuffle.” For more information, visit

Get The Dukes of September Live rock and classical with an authenticity rarely reached, cello-anchored band Break of Reality is back with a new collection titled Ten set for release on March 25 that features 10 instrumental compositions co-written by Patrick Laird (cello) and Ivan Trevino (drums, percussion). From the melancholy-blanketed rocker “Helix” to the more atmospheric “Star” and cinematic “Storm’s End” and “Nine Deep,” Laird, Trevino and cellists Laura Metcalf and Adrian Daurov, and several guest players, create a world that is at once familiar and new. Magic music making indeed. Information:

Purchase TEN here

Robert Kinsler

Sights and sounds: Beck, John Doe, Boston, Paul Rodgers

Posted: 15 Mar 2014 10:19 PM PDT

Here is a roundup of news and notes I didn’t get to earlier in the week…

George A. Paul has a good post on Beck, who has added a slew of shows positioned around his two performances set for Coachellafest next month. Read his post on Music Minded here.

John Doe fans should check out Paul’s recent post of Music Minded here.

As its new single “Heaven On Earth” from the 2013 disc Life, Love & Hope hits number 1 on the Mediabase Classic Rock Chart, Boston is set to kick off its North American tour in June. Visit the band’s official site here for more details.

Paul Rodgers will be headline at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach “Rock-N-Roar” concert in Long Beach on April 12, 2014. The concert, which will begin at approximately 6:45 p.m. on the Convention Center stage facing Ocean Blvd., is free to all Saturday race ticket holders.

Fans can select and pay for their seats, parking and paddock passes online at  Tickets can also be ordered by calling the toll-free ticket hotline, (888) 82-SPEED, and callers can request a printed ticket brochure that includes a circuit map, ticket prices, order form and other information.  Also featured on is the latest Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach news, downloadable ticket brochure and racetrack information, photos and ongoing announcements of special race week activities.

Fans can also follow the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Facebook at GrandPrixLB, Twitter @ToyotaGPLB (#TGPLB40) and Instagram at ToyotaGPLB.
For more information on Paul Rodgers, visit

Coldplay to perform special show in Los Angeles on March 23, 2014

Posted: 14 Mar 2014 01:47 PM PDT

Coldplay fans here in the Southland, heads up! Happy Friday indeed… Coldplay will perform in Los Angeles on Sunday, March 23rd.

Next Sunday, March 23, 2014, Citi ThankYou cardmembers will exclusively enjoy Citi Presents A Very Special Performance From Coldplay.  This intimate concert at Sony Pictures Studios in Los Angeles is one of Coldplay’s first U.S. performances prior to the May 19 release of the band’s sixth studio album, Ghost Stories via Parlophone/Atlantic Records.  Coldplay at Sony Pictures Studios is part of a special lineup of entertainment events offered exclusively for the Citi ThankYou, ThankYou® Preferred and Citi ThankYou® Premier and Citi Prestige® cards.Citi ThankYou Preferred and Premier cardmembers also can earn more points for entertainment purchases, such as tickets for this special event.
“Coldplay is one of the biggest bands in the world, and it’s an honor for Citi to present our ThankYou cardmembers with one of their first U.S. performances in support of their forthcoming album,” said Jennifer Breithaupt, SVP Entertainment Marketing Citi.  “Seeing the band at a venue not traditionally used for live performances will make what is sure to be a great show even more memorable for our customers.”
Tickets to this exclusive Coldplay performance will be available for purchase only with a Citi ThankYou card beginning on Saturday, March 15at 10:00 AM PDT. More information on how to purchase tickets can be found HERE and you can learn more about the Citi ThankYou card entertainment benefits at
In addition to offering exclusive events and experiences for Citi ThankYou cardmembers, Citi regularly offers Citi credit and debit cardmembers access to purchase tickets to a variety of events via Citi Private Pass®, the bank’s entertainment access program. In 2013, Citi offered cardmembers more than 5,000 music events, ranging from preferred and presale tickets to top concert tours to curated special events with Grammy-award winners and VIP experiences including pre-show performances and Q&A. Last year, Citi sponsored the Rolling Stones’ 50 & Counting Tour mobile app. In addition, Citi presented “Katy Perry’s: We Can Survive” benefit concert and exclusive cardmember pre-show experience at the famed Hollywood Bowl. Other experiences have featured artists such as John Mayer, Lady Antebellum, Florida Georgia Line, and more.
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Tommy Castro and The Painkillers to headline at The Coach House on Friday, March 14

Posted: 13 Mar 2014 08:40 AM PDT Tommy Castro and The Painkillers.
Photo: Steve Sherman

Tommy Castro and The Painkillers, Tasha Taylor
Where: The Coach House, 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano
When: 8 p.m., Friday, March 14
Tickets: $18
Tommy Castro is back.
The Northern California-based singer-guitarist has just issued “The Devil You Know,” his first full-length studio album since 2009. Featuring his forceful backing band The Painkillers, Castro’s new 13-track album showcases he remains one of the genre’s most talented proponents; he writes songs that showcase both his powerful vocals and fiery skills on the electric guitar. In addition, guests on “The Devil You Know” includes singer-guitarist Joe Bonamassa, Cajun singer-pianist Marcia Ball and Louisiana singer-guitarist Tab Benoit. Tommy Castro. Photo: Lewis MacDonald

Castro has won multiple Blues Music Awards, including for his 2009 Alligator Records debut “Hard Believer,” a disc that outlined his signature mix of hard-edged blues-rock and Memphis soul. On his latest album, Castro challenged himself to add different sounds and new rhythms to his style without abandoning his distinctive blues-meets-soul style.
Castro is a powerful live performer and his show at the Coach House promises to be a celebration of the blues, as well as the art of guitar playing. What’s more, Castro has fun at his concerts.
A lot of folks are having hard times these days,” Castro says in a media release sent out in connection with his new album. “And they need something to lift them up and make them smile. Our music kills the pain.” 
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Sights and Sounds: Deep Purple, Carl Palmer

Posted: 13 Mar 2014 08:21 AM PDT

More good news for fans of classic rock to be sure…



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