Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Sights and Sounds: Monty Python, Gary Clark Jr., Bruce Springsteen tribute

Here is a quick round-up of today's news...

'Monty Python Live (mostly) – One Down Five To Go'
coming to DVD, Blu-ray and digital video on November 11, 2014 courtesy of Eagle Rock Entertainment

New York, NY (September 16, 2014)-- On November 11, 2014, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release Monty Python Live (mostly) - One Down Five to Go – the film of Monty Python’s 2014 reunion shows live at The O2, London. Filmed in high definition, this title will be simultaneously released on DVD, Blu-ray, and digital video.
The reunion of the Monty Python team on stage for the first time in over 30 years, and for the last time ever, was the most anticipated production of 2014. Filmed live on July 20th on the final night of the run of ten sold out performances at The O2, London, Monty Python Live (mostly) – One Down Five to Go sees the five surviving members - John CleeseTerry GilliamEric IdleTerry Jones and Michael Palin – together with Carol Cleveland, perform many of their classic sketches and much-loved songs, with modern, Pythonesque twists. The show also encompasses film inserts from Monty Python’s Flying CircusTerry Gilliam’s iconic animations, outrageous dance routines by an ensemble of twenty and a fantastic live orchestra. 
There was huge demand for the first new Monty Python live performances for and fans flocked to The O2, London, in massive numbers.  All the favorites were included in the show: the Dead Parrot, the Lumberjack Song, the Spanish Inquisition, Spam, Nudge Nudge, Argument, the Four Yorkshiremen, the Bruces and with a sing-along of “Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life” as the grand finale. Exclusive bonus material featured includes behind-the-scenes “Sneak Peeks” of: The Reunion – November 2013 / The Announcement – November 2013 / The Production - November 2013 to July 2014 / Backstage At The O2 – July 2014 / Highlights from the 10 Shows at London’s O2 Arena – July 2014.  There is also exclusive footage of the Pythons as Pepperpots and Gumbys.
The show cements the Python’s reputation as the most influential comedy group of all time and, more importantly, still one of the funniest. Monty Python Live (mostly) – One Down Five to Go is the ultimate Monty Python show. 

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Gary Clark Jr. gears up for release of first-ever live album




September 16th, 2014 - (Burbank, CA.) - Gary Clark Jr. is gearing up for the release of his first-ever live album, which is due from Warner Bros. Records  on Sept. 23, 2014. The blistering performances collected on Gary Clark Jr. Live span his gigs at clubs, theatres, arenas, and festivals from the past 18 months of non-stop touring. Each track was captured as purely and spontaneously as it was performed on the night with absolutely no overdubsClick here for preview of Gary Clark Jr. LiveBeginning today, Sept. 16, The New York Times will stream the album in its entirety. Click here to listen.    

There is an inherent magic that occurs when Clark and his band take the stage each night. They do not use set lists, preferring to be guided by the energy that flows from the audience. It is an organic, spontaneous, and almost mystical experience to witness. That magic was on display during Clark's recent live performances in New York City, which included the band's first-ever Summer Stage show in Central Park, which was sold-out. For an encore, G. Love joined Clark onstage and accompanied him on the harmonica for a cover of "In the Evening" by Leroy Carr and "Shame Shame Shame" by Jimmy Reed. Before the show, Clark ran into 11-year-old fan, Brandon Niederauer, whom he first met at Crossroads Guitar Festival last year, where he claimed to know all of Clark's songs and indeed did. He joined Clark onstage for the final song of the night, "Bright Lights" and turned out to be a guitar prodigy, performing Clark's solo.

The following night, Clark played an impromptu set at the intimate club, The Electric Room, performing for a fashion-week audience of 150. In attendance were Lorde, G. Love, Citizen Cope, John Varvatos, Damien Hurst, Adriana Lima, and Jeremy Piven, who played drums on "Bright Lights."

Over the past weekend, Clark performed at the annual Farm Aid Food and Music Festival at Walnut Creek Amphitheatre in Raleigh, North Carolina, joining a star-studded line-up that included Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Dave Matthews, Jack White, and many others. Nelson invited Clark on stage, where he played the remainder of his set. Check out more of Clark's performance from the night here.
Clark's remaining tour dates this year as follows:
09/19   Valley Center, CA        Harrah's Rincon - Events Center (headline)
09/20   Monterey, CA               Monterey Jazz Festival           
09/21   Guerneville, CA            Russian River Jazz Festival
11/01   Los Angeles, CA          The Greek Theater (co-headline w/ Tedeschi Trucks Band)

Dead Man's Town: A Tribute to Born in the U.S.A. in stores today!

2014 marks the 30th anniversary of Bruce Springsteen's Born In The U.S.A. Although it would become his biggest selling album with seven top 10 singles on the Billboard Hot 100, Luther Dickinson of North Mississippi Allstars says "any of those songs could be played with acoustic guitar alone and still be great." Taking this idea as its premise, Dead Man's Town: A Tribute to Born in the U.S.A. (out 9/16, Lighting Rod Records) strips the album's twelve indelible originals to the core, with contributions from Jason Isbell & Amanda Shires, Low, Nicole Atkins, Justin Townes Earle, Blitzen Trapper, Joe Pug, Trampled by Turtles, and more. Rolling Stone.com premiered Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires' Dave Cobb-produced cover of "Born In The U.S.A," saying these artists are "reimagining Born in the U.S.A.... with a reduced approach more influenced by that of the acoustic 'Nebraska.'"

Order at iTunes: smarturl.it/deadmanstown
Or at Lightning Rod Records: www.lightningrodrecords.com/store.html


Born in the U.S.A. - Jason Isbell & Amanda Shires
Cover Me - Apache Relay 
Darlington County - Quaker City Nighthawks 
Working on the Highway - Blitzen Trapper 
Downbound Train - Joe Pug 
I'm On Fire - Low 
No Surrender - Holly Williams 
Bobby Jean - Ryan Culwell 
I'm Goin' Down - Trampled By Turtles 
Glory Days - Justin Townes Earle 
Dancing in the Dark - Nicole Atkins 
My Hometown - North Mississippi Allstars

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