Monday, February 20, 2017

Music heroes come alive on the printed page

Fans of power pop and progressive rock as well as "Deadheads" all have some choice titles to check out.

Title: Play On! Power Pop Heroes: Volume No. 4
Author: Ken Sharp
Publisher: Jetfighter
Softcover: 528 pages
Tell me more: Play On! Power Pop Heroes: Volume 4 marks the fourth installment of author-musician Ken Sharp's ambitious series celebrating the legacy of the power pop genre. This volume features a number of artists who scored enduring commercial and/or cult success with melodic rock in the 1980s and '90s. This volume allows some of the genre's best (and best-known) architects to tell their story via their own words courtesy of insightful interviews conducted by Sharp and exclusive to Play On! Power Pop Heroes: Volume 4. There are also specific albums highlighted, where the artists provide a track-by-track overview of the songs. Several of this writer's favorites – The Bangles' All Over the Place and Matthew Sweet's Girlfriend  are among the classics featured. What's more, the hefty title is adorned with rare photographs and images of handwritten lyrics ("Blood and Roses" by The Smithereens' Pat DiNizio and  "Warren in the '60s" by Tommy Keene immediately come to mind). Among the other greats featured in the essential volume are Crowded House, the Go-Go'sMichael Penn, Teenage Fanclub and The Three O'Clock. The book is available for a limited time only and available exclusively at: 

Title: Close to the Edge: How Yes's Masterpiece Defined Prog Rock
Author: Will Romano
Publisher: Backbeat Books
Softcover: 304 pages
Tell me more: With Yes finally set to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 7, 2017, now is a perfect time to catch up on the British band's history with a read of the enthralling tale of the progressive rock troupe's seminal 1972 masterwork Close to the Edge. Author (and well-known music journalist) Will Romano takes a look back at the events 45 years ago that shaped the creation of the London-spawned ensemble's fifth studio album, using both archival and original interviews with guitarist Steve Howe, singer Jon Anderson, bassist Chris Squire and other key players to provide rich insight into the album's creation. Romano's well-written book not only gets inside the creation of the album, but really provides insight into each of the players and their own far-flung backgrounds that ultimately provided the necessary ingredients for Close to the Edge. Information:

Title: Gratefully Deadicated Pin Art Coloring Book
Authors: Art by Gary Kroman with Leslie D. Kippel
Publisher: Backbeat Books
Softcover: 96 pages
Tell me more: When it comes to the Gratefully Deadicated Pin Art Coloring Book, the proof is in the pages. With an introduction about artist and a short history of "cloisonné pin art," Leslie D. Kippel gets things off to a quick start before music fans will get to delve in and complete the forty-six Gary Kroman illustrations featured in the book. The images (including many of the late great singer-guitarist Jerry Garcia) are featured on single-sided printing on high-quality paper to reduce the chance of bleed-through. Information:

Title: Fifty Years of Deadhead Art
Authors: Art by Gary Kroman with Leslie D. Kippel
Publisher: Backbeat Books
Softcover: 96 pages
Tell me more: The Fifty Years of Deadhead Art coloring book is the perfect companion to the aforementioned Gratefully Deadicated Pin Art Coloring Book. This volume features some amazing images created by artist Gary Kroman that capture the legacy and imagery associated with the '60s and '70s counterculture embraced by the Grateful Dead and their dedicated fans. A brief introduction by Leslie D. Kippel (the long-time editor of the Grateful Dead fan publication Dead Relix) provides insight into the psychedelic stylings featured in the book. Information:

Robert Kinsler

Friday, February 17, 2017

George Harrison pop-up exhibition to take place February 26, 2017

Here is a media release that just landed in my inbox...


I ME MINE - The Extended Edition

To mark George Harrison's birthday and the publication of I ME MINE Extended Edition, Genesis Publications will be holding a pop-up exhibition and store at Shepard Fairey's Subliminal Projects, Los Angeles on Sunday, February 26.

The exhibition will include George Harrison's handwritten lyrics and personal commentary on his songs, pictures from the family albums, and original portraits of Harrison by Shepard Fairey.  Rare limited editions on display will include: I Me Mine, Songs by George Harrison 1 and 2, Concert for George, Fifty Years Adrift and Live in Japan. 

The pop-up store will include framed prints and books by artists including: Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono, Ronnie Wood, and Sir Peter Blake.  A special I ME MINE package has been created for the exhibition, consisting of the new book, a poster and book bag; the first 100 customers will receive copies signed by Shepard Fairey

I Me Mine was originally published by the specialist book publisher, Genesis Publications in 1980.  It became the first of many collaborations between George and Genesis founder, Brian Roylance. In conversation with his friend and former Beatles press officer Derek Taylor, and in a first-person commentary that accompanies his songs, Harrison's own words recount everything from his upbringing in Liverpool, to early Beatlemania, his spirituality and philosophy.  This new extended version of the book now spans the complete length of Harrison's career in music, told in his words and through 141 songs with hand written lyric sheets faithfully reproduced in full color. Now stretching to 632 pages it features lyrics to more than 50 songs not previously included, as well as new photographs, many unpublished until now.

I Me Mine Book Launch and Exhibition
Subliminal Projects
1331 W. Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Sunday, February 26
12-6 PM

'La La Land' at Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood

For those of us who live in Southern California, or for anyone who loves movies and is planning a visit, this sounds like a unique experience!


Photo credit: Dale Robinette
In celebration of this year’s award season, Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood will spotlight Lionsgate’s Oscar nominated film, La La Landas a limited addition to the tour. From Feb. 18 to March 6, 2017guests can find themselves in a scene from the film as they step onto the ‘Café Sur Le Lot,’ coffee shop set, which has been carefully reconstructed.

Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood was a recipient of Trip Advisor’s Travelers’ Choice Awards and has been recognized as one of the Top 25 Attractions in the United States. A tour visit includes a rare look inside many of the film’s production and backlot areas which were also used in the creation of Academy Award Best Picture winners Argo and Casablanca.

Tour guests will explore the iconic 110-acre studio as well as the innovative Stage 48: Script to Screen. The interactive soundstage offers guests the unique opportunity to explore the full film and television production process and the glory of awards season. Guests explore the Archive, which currently showcases the tour’s latest addition, From J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World: The Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts Exhibit offering an up-close look at how J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World has been brought to life over the past 15 years. The Archive also includes DC Universe: The Exhibit which pays homage to the origins of DC Comics, including original comic books featuring all seven Super Heroes of the Justice League. Additionally, guests can explore authentic props and costumes from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad. Guests also stop by the Prop Department, which features one of the largest selections of rare antiquities and modern furniture, rugs, drapery, lighting and hand props from Hollywood’s golden era, followed by the Picture Car Vault, home to some of Batman’s most famous vehicles.

Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood is open Monday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with studio tours departing every 30 minutes and extended hours offered during the summer, spring-break and winter holiday seasons. Reservations are recommended and all children eight years or older are welcomed. Regular tickets are $62 per person and can be purchased online at or by calling 818-977-TOUR (8687).

La La Land received a record-tying 14 Academy Award® nominations and won seven Golden Globe Awards®, setting a record for the most ever won by a single film. Written and directed by Academy Award® nominee Damien ChazelleLa La Land tells the story of Mia [Emma Stone], an aspiring actress, and Sebastian [Ryan Gosling], a dedicated jazz musician, who are struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts. Set in modern day Los Angeles, this original musical about everyday life explores the joy and pain of pursuing your dreams. Written and directed by Damien Chazelle, La La Land was produced by Fred Berger, Jordan Horowitz, Gary Gilbert and Marc Platt. Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment presents, a Marc Platt production, an Imposter Pictures / Gilbert Films production.

Get more information on the film here:

Sights and Sounds: Laurence Juber, Broods, dada

Going into the long holiday weekend, here is a roundup of some cool music news to share...

Two-time Grammy-winning guitarist-composer Laurence Juber is set to perform two special shows as part of the Lord of the Strings concert series in Orange County, CA. The original dates (March 3 and 4) have now been changed to March 10 for a performance in Dana Point and March 11 in Mission Viejo. Juber originally rose to fame as lead guitarist in Paul McCartney's band Wings, but has since gone on to release two dozen solo albums centered on his virtuoso skills as a fingerstyle guitar master.

Juber's next album LJ Can't Stop Playing The Beatles! will be released by Hologram Recordings on March 3, and it's more than likely that Juber will feature his original arrangements from that album at his Lord of the Strings concert dates.

"I started playing guitar in November of '63, coinciding with the first wave of Beatlemania," Juber said recently. "Their songs are baked into my musical DNA and having played guitar with three of the four Beatles, they form a central thread in my own life experience."

LJ Can't Stop Playing the Beatles! Tracklist:
1.     And Your Bird Can Sing
2.     Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds 
3.     She Loves You
4.     Day Tripper
5.     Hey Jude
6.     I’ll Follow The Sun
7.     If I Needed Someone
8.     It’s Only Love
9.     Ticket To Ride
10.  And I Love Her
11.  Hey Bulldog
12.  Something
13.  Don’t Let Me Down
14.  Honey Pie 

For more information, visit the Lord of the Strings website.

Coachella-bound Broods have released an acoustic version of their new single "Heartlines" that will allow music fans to get a great introduction to the duo. The beautiful version of "Heartlines" was recorded during Broods' recent 1 Mic, 1 Take session at Capitol Studios in Hollywood, CA.

Broods will make their Coachellafest debut this year, performing on Fridays, April 14 and 21, 2017. In between the festival dates, Broods will open for Empire Of The Sun at the Comerica Theatre in Phoenix on April 18, and at Los Angeles' historic Shrine Exposition Hall on April 19. (Editor's note: Empire Of The Sun is also performing at Coachella on April 14 and April 21).

"Heartlines," which Broods co-wrote with fellow New Zealanders Lorde and Joel Little, is from the band's new album Conscious (Capitol Records), which debuted in the Top 5 of Billboard's Alternative Albums. The single was added by more than 20 stations in its first two weeks at Hot AC radio and has upwards of 14 million streams worldwide.

Watch the acoustic performance of "Hearthlines" below: 

For more information on Broods, visit the duo's official website at

Just a last-minute reminder that dada is performing two much-anticipated dates in Southern California this weekend. You can catch the band tonight (Friday, Feb. 17) at The Rose in Pasadena. You can see the acclaimed rock trio at The Coach House in San Juan Capistrano on Saturday night, Feb. 18.

Here is the full press release on the return of dada:


dada features, from left, Joie Calio, Phil Leavitt and Michael Gurley.
Two decades after the Los Angeles outfit dada embarked on its original journey, singer-guitarist Michael Gurley, singer-bassist Joie Calio and drummer Phil Leavitt are celebrating the band’s 25th anniversary and hitting the road on the “dada Forever Tour.” 

dada is about digging into our roots, examining and celebrating it.”  Says Calio
Since the release of their groundbreaking 1992 debut Puzzle, the trio has created an array of songs boasting progressive rock musicianship, dazzling vocal harmonies and melodic power pop layered with a hint of psychedelic rock. Adding to the trio’s groundbreaking line of attack are the marathon-length shows that deliver on the promise that every performance is the only one of its kind.
Puzzle was released on September 8, 1992, and it didn’t take long for the band’s sonic imprint to find an audience. The album’s first single “Dizz Knee Land” found widespread airplay on alternative and mainstream rock outlets cracking the Top 5 on the Modern Rock Single's chart and pushing the album's sales to over 1,000,000 worldwide. Watch dada’s Dizz Knee Land video here:
The success of Puzzle was followed in 1994 by American Highway Flower, featuring the ambitious “Ask the Dust” and astounding “Feet to the Sun,” dada has gone on to create a magnificent discography featuring a half-dozen full-length albums and an EP. The trio has also issued a number of solo efforts and offshoot projects along the way exploring a range of styles including folk, blues, jazz and rock. Gurley and Leavitt were both members of Butterfly Jones while dada was on hiatus in the early ‘00s; Calio has released several solo discs and with X Levitation Cult.  Mike Gurley and the Nightcaps are a popular jazz group in Southern California. Additionally, Leavitt has stepped out from behind the drum set as lead singer and Calio is playing guitar in 7HorseThe duo’s new album Livin’ in a Bitch of a World features thrilling tales of grifters, gun owners and drug runners, as powerful as any in hardboiled fiction, and punctuated perfectly by doomy drumming, vicious strumming and lacerating slide-guitar playing. ”Raw and raunchy, soulful and edgy – 7Horse avoids the pitfalls of garage rockers like Black Keys and White Stripes by ensuring the melodies rise above ‘genre’ trappings. Hooks galore never obfuscate the duo’s down and dirty rootsy agenda though.” – Power of PopHear the album here:
See them live at:
2/16/17           Canyon Club                                 Agoura Hills, CA
2/17/17           The Rose                                       Pasadena, CA
2/18/17           Coach House                                 Orange Country, CA
2/19/17           Hotel Utah                                     San Francisco. CA with 7Horse
2/21/17           Bunkhouse Saloon                     Las Vegas, NV
2/22/17           Metro Music Hall                        Salt Lake City, UT
2/23/17           The Blue Bird                               Denver, CO
2/25/17           Riot Room                                      Kansas City. MO
2/27/17           Beachland Tavern                      Cleveland, OH
2/28/17           Sculley’s                                          Columbus, OH
3/1/17              Shank Hall                                     Milwaukee, WI
3/2/17              The Double Door                        Chicago, IL
3/3/17              The Amsterdam Bar and Hall Minneapolis/St Paul. MN
3/4/17              Firebird                                          St. Louis, MO
3/6/17              Three Links                                  Dallas, TX
3/8/17              Rogue Bar                                      Phoenix, AZ

Robert Kinsler

Midnight Oil announce "The Great Circle 2017" World Tour, plus major archival releases

This is more than exciting...great news going into the long holiday weekend. One of the most original and powerful modern rockers to emerge in the 1980s, it's great to see the band return in 2017!

Legendary Australian rock band and agitators Midnight Oil have announced their first World Tour in over two decades. They also unveiled plans to release three archival box sets including a collection called "The Overflow Tank" which will contain more than 14 hours of previously unreleased and rare material.
"The Great Circle 2017" World Tour will see the group's classic lineup literally circle around our overheating planet for 6 months, starting and ending with gigs in Sydney. Appropriately for a band forged in their hometown's sweat-drenched beer barns, the tour will begin in mid-April with an intimate local pub gig (details to be announced closer to the date). Midnight Oil will then perform 30 gigs around the world during the northern summer, playing iconic venues from Sao Paulo's Espaço das Americas and the Wiltern in L.A. to London's Hammersmith Apollo and The Olympia in Paris. They will share festival stages with artists like The Arcade Fire, Sting and The Pixies and finally return to New Zealand after 20 years. This long-awaited World Tour will climax with 18 special homecoming concerts through October and November of 2017.
These will be Midnight Oil's only shows in the last 15 years apart from two stadium benefit concerts (and their related small warmup gigs) in Australia in 2005 and 2009. It will also be the group's most extensive world tour since their classic late 80's/early 90's albums like "Diesel & Dust", "Blue Sky Mining" and "Earth & Sun & Moon" sold more than 10 million copies around the globe.
All dates, venues and ticket information are listed below. Exact onsale times are deliberately being staggered from show to show to reduce website congestion so fans should pay careful attention to all the details at Extensive anti-scalping measures are being taken around this tour so fans are also formally advised to only buy tickets from the official ticket agencies listed on the band's website to avoid possible fraud and needless overpayment via so called "reselling" sites.

Midnight Oil is back!
 In a unique press conference on Sydney Harbour held February 16, 2017, the band also announced the impending release of a remastered CD box set called "The Full Tank" featuring all of their existing albums and EP's plus a mammoth new 4 CD/8 DVD trove called "The Overflow Tank" which will include over 14 hours of previously unreleased and rare material. Both of these box sets will be housed in replica miniature water tanks like the one featured onstage at so many 'Oils' gigs. The band also unveiled their first ever complete Vinyl collection which will feature 11 remastered LP's and two 12" EP's all cut at Abbey Road Studios in London. The three box sets will be released around the start of the tour but full tracklistings and pre-orders are available now via
The remastered CD box set titled "The Full Tank" is set for release.

Anyone with even a passing knowledge of Australian culture knows the basics of Midnight Oil's story. They are the incendiary post-punk band from Sydney's northern beaches who shunned pop TV shows, forging a fierce bond with their audience through nonstop gigging and jagged Ozrock classics like "Back On The Borderline", "Bus To Bondi" and "Don't Wanna Be The One". They are the musical innovators who turned high tech, anti-jingoistic polemic into hits like "Power & The Passion", "U.S. Forces" and "When The Generals Talk". They are the activists whose social justice campaigning includes "The Dead Heart", "Redneck Wonderland", "Beds Are Burning" and hijacking the 2000 Olympic Games Closing Ceremony with their "Sorry" suits. They are the committed humanists and environmentalists who brought us anthems like "Blue Sky Mine", "Forgotten Years" and "Say Your Prayers" plus a string of protests from the Tasmanian wilderness and the Jabiluka Uranium mine near Kakadu to mid-town Manhattan where they unforgettably stopped traffic outside the Exxon building after the Alaskan oil spill.
Their music makes you feel. Their lyrics make you think. And the combined impact live onstage is nothing less than a call to action.
In a dangerously warming world of Trump, Hanson, Petry and Le Pen the voice of Midnight Oil clearly takes on renewed relevance; they have always been a band that both reflects and shapes "the temper of the times". Clarion calls like "it's better to die on your feet than live on your knees" may have been intended for earlier eras but they resonate more than ever in these days of 'alternative facts'.
In keeping with the band's longstanding commitments, their carbon footprint during "The Great Circle" World Tour will, of course, be fully offset and sustainability initiatives will be undertaken at all shows. Midnight Oil will also continue their collaborations with local and international environmental organizations including Greenpeace, supporting their campaigns on crucial issues like dangerous climate change and the imminent threats to Australia's Great Barrier Reef.
At one level "The Great Circle 2017" simply reflects the geographic reality that the tour will loop around the world and circle Australia. At another level the name clearly implies the planet itself but it has a further meaning too. Sailors, and airmen use "the great circle" to navigate the globe because on a sphere the shortest distance between two points is not usually a straight line. How appropriate for a group who has always been deeply engaged with the world around them but whose career path has never been linear.
Midnight Oil is more than just a rock'n'roll band. In 2017 they will finally bring things back to where they all began. The circle remains unbroken.
Rob Hirst – Drums + Vocals
Martin Rotsey – Guitar
Peter Garrett – Lead Vocals
Jim Moginie – Guitar, Keyboards + VocalsBones Hillman – Bass + Vocals

NORTH AMERICAN TOUR#Oils2017**Pre-sale and on-sale times are different for each show.

Sat 6 May | Center Stage | Atlanta, GA (All ages) | Ph: 800 653 8000
Pre-sale: Fri 17 Feb (10:00am local time, ends after 12 hours)
On sale: Sat 18 Feb (12.30pm local time)
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Tue 9 May | The Filmore | Silver Spring, MD (All ages) | Ph: 800 653 8000
Pre-sale: Wed 22 Feb (10:00am local time, ends after 36 hours)
On sale: Fri 24 Feb (10:00am local time)
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Thu 11 May | House of Blues | Boston, MA (All ages) | Ph: 800 653 8000
Pre-sale: Thu 23 Feb (10:00am local time, ends after 12 hours)
On sale: Fri 24 Feb (10:00am local time)
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Sat 13 May | Webster Hall | New York City, NY (18+) | Ph: (212) 353 1600
Pre-sale: Wed 22 Feb (10:00am local time, ends after 36 hours)
On sale: Fri 24 Feb (10:00am local time)

Tue 16 May | Keswick Theatre | Glenside, PA (All ages) | Ph: 888 929 7849
On sale: Fri 17 Feb (12.00pm local time)
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Thu 18 May | The Vic | Chicago, IL (18+) | Ph: (901) 525 4611 
On sale: Fri 24 Feb (10:00am local time)

Sat 20 May | Danforth Theatre | Toronto, Canada (19+) | Ph: 1-855-985-5000
Pre-sale: Fri 17 Feb (10:00am local time, ends Sun 19 Feb 10:00pm local time)
                                 On sale: Tue 21 Feb (10:00am local time)

Tue 23 May | Paramount Theatre | Denver, CO (All ages) | Ph: 866 461 6556
Pre-sale: Thu 23 Feb (10:00am local time, ends after 12 hours)
On sale: Fri 24 Feb (10:00am local time)
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Thu 25 May | The Wiltern | Los Angeles, CA (All ages) | Ph: 800 653 8000
Pre-sale: Thu 23 Feb (10:00am local time, ends after 12 hours)
On sale: Fri 24 Feb (10:00am local time)
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Sat 27 May | Fox Theatre | Oakland, CA (All ages) | Ph: 800 653 8000
Pre-sale: Thu 23 Feb (10:00am local time, ends after 14 hours)
On sale: Fri 24 Feb (10:00am local time)
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Mon 29 May | Revolution Hall | Portland, OR (21+) | Ph: (901) 525 4611 
Pre-sale: Thu 16 Feb (3:00pm local time, ends after 19 hours)
On sale: Fri 17 Feb (10:00am local time)

Wed 31 May | Moore Theatre | Seattle, WA (All ages) | Ph: 800 653 8000
Pre-sale: Thu 23 Feb (10:00am local time, ends after 12 hours)
On sale: Fri 24 Feb (10:00am local time)
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Fri 2 June | The Commodore | Vancouver, Canada (19+) | Ph: 1-855-985-5000
Pre-sale: Fri 17 Feb (10:00am local time, ends Sun 19 Feb 10:00pm local time)
On sale: Tue 21 February (10:00am local time)