Friday, January 15, 2021

Pete Yorn releases classics covers LP on Bandcamp featuring Liz Phair + winning Tracy Ullman cover out today

Happy Friday everybody! Cool new music from Pete Yorn to get the weekend going. I love his reworkings of the Bob Dylan classic "Lay Lady Lay," the Tracey Ullman hit "They Don't Know" and the other gems here. My full-length review of the album will run next week but you can see the media release about the new collection below...Robert Kinsler


Pete Yorn releases full length covers album, 'Pete Yorn Sings The Classics'

ALBUM AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY ON BANDCAMP NOW - ORDER HERE

STUNNING SINGLE “THEY DON’T KNOW” A NEW VERSION OF KIRSTY MACCOLL’S PREVIOUSLY REIMAGINED BY TRACEY ULLMAN IS AVAILABLE ON ALL DSP’S  - LISTEN HERE

TUNE IN TO PETE’S PERFORMANCE ON ELLEN ON JANUARY 19th 
Photo credit: Beth Yorn

Today, platinum-selling singer-songwriter, Pete Yorn, releases his covers album Pete Yorn Sings the Classics (via Shelly Music) exclusively on Bandcamp. Its lead single “They Don’t Know” - is a charming cover of Kirsty MacColl’s original track from 1979, which was also reimagined by Tracey Ullman in 1983. That single is available now on all DSP’s. Yorn will be performing “They Don’t Know” for the first time on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on January 19th. 
 
The Classics is Yorn's first solo studio album since the release of Caretakers in 2019. Pete has also been busy with a string of successful livestream shows throughout the last year that The New York Times highlighted as must-watch content. 
 
Yorn’s covers album celebrates his musical influences, with a collection of songs originally performed by Bob Dylan, The Beach Boys, The Velvet Underground, The Stone Roses, Simon and Garfunkel and more. Liz Phair sings with Pete on "Here Comes Your Man" and "Theme From Mahogany (Do You Know Where You're Going To)". Rami Jaffee (Wallflowers, Foo Fighters) plays on the majority of the songs on the record.
 
Yorn, who produced Pete Yorn Sings the Classics with Marc “Doc” Dauer, says of the collection, “...all of these songs resonate so deeply with me, they just made me want to sing along. They affected me emotionally, psychologically, and viscerally at one cosmic moment in time or another, and I carry a torch for them still.” 
 
BUY PETE YORN SINGS THE CLASSICS ON BANDCAMP HERE

Since his extraordinary 2001 debut album musicforthemorningafter, Yorn has released a total of eight albums of angsty, critically-acclaimed rock. In 2019, Yorn released Caretakers (via Shelly Music), his first solo album in three years featuring the top 2 AAA single “Calm Down”. The New Yorker Magazine praised the album’s “dreamy synths-and-strings jangle” and in All Music’s 4 star review they described the music as “lush yet spare, tuneful but not forceful, cinematic yet small scale… an appealing blend that sets it apart from most other albums in 2019." Yorn performed songs from the album on Ellen, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. 

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Rick Springfield meets classic power pop heroes Badfinger for a special new single

Great ear candy!


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Hitmaker Rick Springfield Meets Classic Rock Heroes Badfinger For A Special New Single!

Los Angeles, CA - If you grew up in the ‘70s, chances are you had a poster of actor/musician/singer Rick Springfield adorning your bedroom wall and at least one Badfinger vinyl in your record collection. Now these two icons of ‘70s rock have joined forces on a new single that recreates a classic hit from Badfinger’s catalog, the 1979 power pop favorite “Love Is Gonna Come At Last” originally released on the album Airwaves. This new version features not only Springfield’s powerful vocals, which seemed to have only grown more resonant with time, but also his deft and intricate guitar work that intertwines beautifully with Badfinger’s Joey Molland’s own ample voice and driving bass guitar. It’s truly a match made in rock heaven!

Springfield shares, “Badfinger has always been one of my all-time favorite bands. In fact, I am often asked by journalists ‘What is the one song you had wished you had written?’ and my answer is ‘Baby Blue’. What a perfect song! Their music was and is immortal.”

Check out the single: https://orcd.co/badfinger_rick_springfield

Look for a full-length Badfinger album with special guests Todd Rundgren, Rick Wakeman, Matthew Sweet, Rick Springfield, Sonny Landreth and more coming later this year!

Eva Cassidy 'Acoustic' collection coming from Blix Street Records on January 15

Tomorrow will see the release of an acoustic album from legendary genre-defying singer Eva Cassidy...


For Immediate Release
January 14, 2021
BLIX STREET RECORDS TO RELEASE 
EVA CASSIDY ACOUSTIC ALBUM ON JANUARY 15
AS LEAD TRACK---“TIME AFTER TIME”—UNDERSCORES 
KAY JEWELERS NATIONAL TELEVISION AD CAMPAIGN 
25th ANNIVERSARY OF ‘LIVE AT BLUES ALLEY’ RECORDING CELEBRATED WITH YOUTUBE ROLLOUT 
OF NEW DOCUMENTARY 
EVA CASSIDYONE NIGHT THAT CHANGED EVERYTHING
Internationally renowned singer Eva Cassidy, who died from melanoma in 1996 at the age of 33, has been cultivating new fans in the U.S. as her signature rendition of Cyndi Lauper’s classic “Time After Time” serves as the soundtrack for Kay Jewelers’ national advertising campaign that has been running throughout the holiday season. On January 15, 2021, Blix Street Records will release ACOUSTIC featuring 20 of Eva Cassidy’s best loved acoustic tracks. “Time After Time” will lead off the new collection, which also includes favorites such as her acoustic interpretations of “Wade in the Water,” “Kathy’s Song,” “Autumn Leaves,” “American Tune” and “Songbird.”

Additionally, the new year’s weekend marked the 25th Anniversary of Cassidy and her band performing at the Blues Alley nightclub in Washington, DC for what was to become the only solo Eva Cassidy album released during her lifetime. The audio and video recordings of the January 3, 1996 performance would become the basis for the original LIVE AT BLUES ALLEY album (first released locally in D.C. during the spring of 1996) and prove to be the foundation of Eva Cassidy’s unparalleled posthumous international success. Goldmine Magazine has written about the recording:  “Indeed, the entire performance is utterly spellbinding, an album that not only transports you back to the night, but also to a host of different eras as well. Magical.”  

To commemorate the January 3 anniversary, a brand-new documentary entitled Eva Cassidy – ONE NIGHT THAT CHANGED EVERYTHING premiered on YouTube. The film, by British television director Attracta McLaughlin, contains footage from the historic concert, and, in addition, Eva’s band members--bassist Chris Biondo, pianist Lenny Williams, lead guitarist Keith Grimes and drummer Raice McLeod--revisit the Blues Alley venue to view video performances from the night with then and now perspectives. The documentary has already had more than 280,000 views a week after release. 

The Eva Cassidy – ONE NIGHT THAT CHANGED EVERYTHING documentary is available for viewing here: 


The Kay Jewelers Someday campaign, as in “someday I’ll marry you,” was rolled out in October on various primetime cable shows on E!, AMC, Oxygen, TLC and others and then expanded to include :15 second and long form variations on the theme, all giving Cassidy’s singular voice exposure to an ever-growing audience. . 

The initial :30 spot has racked up more than 250,000 views on YouTube while its longform :90 second version, launched for the 2020 holidays, can be viewed here:


Born in Washington, DC, Eva Cassidy recorded and performed in the area for several years until her untimely death at age 33. She left behind a small, but prodigious canon of recordings that has been meticulously curated and compiled by Blix Street Records, an independent label now based outside of Seattle, with the support of her parents, Barbara and Hugh Cassidy. 

In April, 1998, Blix Street posthumously released SONGBIRD, a collection chosen primarily from two other Cassidy albums, LIVE AT BLUES ALLEY and EVA BY HEART. It featured Sting’s “Fields of Gold” and Eva’s unqualified signature performance of “Over the Rainbow” (taken from an album called THE OTHER SIDE recorded with Washington, DC’s “King of Go-Go” Chuck Brown). Later that same year, Blix Street also released the complete LIVE AT BLUES ALLEY and EVA BY HEART, the first national exposure for both albums, followed in May, 2000 by TIME AFTER TIME, a new compilation selected from her then-unreleased material. 

2001 would see Eva Cassidy become an “overnight sensation” as SONGBIRD reached #1 on the British charts, setting off a feeding frenzy among the media on both sides of the Atlantic. In the U.S., everyone from People Magazine to ABC News Nightline to The Today Show to VH-1 News had weighed in on the Eva Cassidy phenomenon.  SONGBIRD has been certified Platinum in the U.S. for sales of more than 1,000,000 units and is 6x Platinum in England.   

Cassidy’s wide-ranging, but unerringly tasteful, sense of material kept her from a recording contract during her lifetime, but that taste continues to propel interest in her recorded work all these years later. Blix Street has released more than a dozen Eva Cassidy collections since 1998.

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This is Eva Cassidy singing “Time After Time” at the Blues Alley nightclub on January 3, 1996:

EVA CASSIDY
ACOUSTIC
Track List

1. Time After Time
2. Wayfaring Stranger
3. Early Morning Rain
4. At Last
5. Wade In The Water
6. Dark Eyed Molly
7. Songbird
8. Bold Young Farmer
9. Tennessee Waltz
10. It Doesn't Matter Anymore
11. People Get Ready
12. The Water Is Wide
13. Kathy's Song
14. True Colors
15. You Take My Breath Away
16. American Tune
17. I Wandered By A Brookside
18. Autumn Leaves
19. Who Knows Where The Time Goes
20. Danny Boy
 

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Blackmore's Night to release 11th Studio Album on March 12

Here is news announced today as it relates to the forthcoming album from Blackmore's Night...



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TO RELEASE ELEVENTH STUDIO ALBUM

NATURE’S LIGHT

~VIA earMUSIC MARCH 12, 2021~

FIRST SINGLE AND LYRIC VIDEO “ONCE UPON DECEMBER” OUT NOW

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New York, NY (January 13, 2021)-- On March 12, internationally renowned Renaissance rock band Blackmore’s Night, featuring Ritchie BlackmoreCandice Night and their band of minstrels, are proud to release Nature’s Light. Their first new album in six years, and eleventh studio album overall, Nature’s Light will be released via earMusic (distributed by BFD / The Orchard).

Having achieved international success, with several gold records and a global track record of sold-out performances, Blackmore’s Night have crafted a 20+ year legacy of merging medieval melodies with rock elements, initially evidenced on Ritchie Blackmore’s groundbreaking work with Deep Purple and Rainbow. Singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Candice Night seamlessly blends her ethereal vocals and lyrics, along with a command of numerous classic woodwinds. With Blackmore traversing all matter of six-string instruments, from acoustic and electric guitar to mandolin, mandolas, hurdy gurdy, and nyckelharpa, the result is a unique listening experience.

Showcasing ten brand new songs, Nature’s Light is available on multiple formats (CD, Digital, and 180g 1LP Gatefold on Black Vinyl, as well as a Strictly Limited 2CD Hardcover Mediabook with a bonus CD of selected songs from the band’s extensive back catalogue, and a limited heavyweight 1LP Gatefold Edition on Yellow Vinyl).

TRACKLIST

1.) ONCE UPON DECEMBER
2.) FOUR WINDS
3.) FEATHER IN THE WIND
4.) DARKER SHADE OF BLACK (INSTRUMENTAL)
5.) THE TWISTED OAK
6.) NATURE’S LIGHT
7.) DER LETZTE MUSKETIER (INSTRUMENTAL)
8.) WISH YOU WERE HERE (2021)
9.) GOING TO THE FAIRE
10.) SECOND ELEMENT

“Nature’s Light” is available for pre-order:
https://blackmoresnight.lnk.to/NaturesLight

Music Royalty Celebrated Via New Titles

The legacy of several of music's greatest artists are celebrated via several wonderful new titles available now. 



Author: 
Ringo Starr
Title: Ringo Rocks: 30 Years of the All Starrs
Publisher: Julien's Auctions
Pages: 375
You might like if you enjoy: Ringo Starr, The Beatles, Joe Walsh, classic rock, rock and roll photography
Photo: Scott Ritchie

Tell me more:
 A wonderful 30th Anniversary retrospective of rock and roll's longest-running supergroup, "Ringo Rocks: 30 Years of the All Starrs" is a must-have for not only fans of Ringo Starr, but of the incredible line-up of top-tier musicians who have performed as part of his illustrious All Starrs dating back to 1989. Indeed, a true who's who of legendary names that includes Dr. John, Billy Preston, Levon Helm, Clarence Clemons, Todd Rundgren, Joe Walsh, Nils Lofgren, Colin Hay, Peter FramptonSteve Lukather and many others are among the All Starrs' ranks.  As amazing as the intimate details that Starr shares about his fellow band mates and the hundreds of fantastic photographs captured between 1989 and 2019 is the look into Starr's deep connection to drumming and being part of a band. "The bottom line is my life didn't work well when I stopped drumming before The All Starr Band," the world's most famous drummer writes early in the book. "Listen, that's who I am in this life  I'm the drummer. And even when I first started drumming, my mother would come to the gigs, and she would always say, 'You know what, son? I always feel you're at your happiest when you're playing.' My mother was right. That's what The All Starr Band means to me  for 30 years, its given me the chance to be who I was born to be and to just play." In addition to a focus on his band mates and more than a dozen concert tours, the lavish book also showcases Starr's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015, his 70th birthday celebration and other notable events. Sold exclusively online at Julien's Auctions, both a standard edition and an autographed copy are available; proceeds from the sale of the limited-edition Ringo Starr signed edition will benefit The Lotus Foundation. Information: juliensauctions.com.



Artists: 
Barry Gibb, Keith Urban, Dolly Parton, Little Big Town, more
Title: GREENFIELDS: The Gibb Brothers Songbook, Vol. 1 (Capitol Records)
You might like if you enjoy: The Bee Gees, Brandi Carlile, Keith Urban, country music
Tell me more: A true celebration of the legacy of The Bee Gees as well as top-tier songcraft, GREENFIELDS: The Gibb Brothers Songbook, Vol. 1 exudes warmth with every countrified cut. This is no mere celebrity-filled vanity collection; the collaborations between surviving Bee Gee member Barry Gibb and some of country music's greatest names adds up to a rousing journey marked by new versions of some of pop music's most beloved songs. Keith Urban joins Gibb on a mostly faithful take on "I've Gotta Get A Message To You," the soaring track enhanced by their harmonies, wonderful piano passages and lead guitar work that is particularly striking in the song's finale. The lovely "Run To Me" teams Gibb's vocals with those of multiple Grammy winner Brandi Carlile; the recording equals the poignancy of the original 1972 recording. "Lonely Days," an early hit for The Bee Gees in 1970, is revisited via a luxurious collaboration with quartet Little Big Town. The gentle "Words" shines via a particularly affecting duet between Gibb and Dolly Parton. A tune not as familiar, "Words Of A Fool," is one of the disc's most dazzling reveals with Jason Isbell and Gibb each tackling verses and ultimately kicking things up a notch when their voices join on the Southern soul-flavored ballad. Other artists who join Gibb on the album include Miranda Lambert, Jay Buchanan, Olivia Newton-John and Gillian Welch. If you purchase the audio CD version, pick it up at a Target store or on the retailer's website so you get two bonus tracks ("With The Sun In My Eyes," "Morning Of My Life"). Information: BarryGibb.com or target.com.


From left: Barry, Maurice and Robin Gibb singing in
'The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart'
Photo courtesy of HBO

Artist: 
The Bee Gees
Documentary title: The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart (HBO Documentary Films)
You might like if you enjoy: The Bee Gees, music documentary films
Tell me more: The new Frank Marshall-directed documentary "The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart" is one of the more affecting music-minded tributes in memory, capturing the long and dizzying history of The Bee Gees. Beginning with their childhood in the 1950s, brothers  Barry, Maurice and Robin Gibb are seen and heard in interviews, via old home movies, as well as in the studio and on stage during crucial moments of the group's history. There is a real magic in witnessing the brothers writing and recording songs in the studio, and reliving their triumphs (their worldwide fame in the late 1960s, initial comeback in the early '70s, worldwide phenomenon "Saturday Night Fever") and ability to overcome backlash at the end of the disco era to help deliver a slew of hits for other artists in the 1980s and their own well-deserved comeback in the '90s. With only Barry Gibb alive now (Maurice suffered a fatal heart attack in January 2003; Robin lost a long battle with cancer in May 2012), his modern-day reflections are often the most profound: "I'd rather have them all back here and no hits at all." Among the parade of notables who discuss the Bee Gees' enduring impact are Noel Gallagher (of Oasis fame), Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin, Eric Clapton and Justin Timberlake. This documentary comes just as the world seems to have finally and fully caught up to the group's otherworldly ability to soar in a number of musical genres from pop and rock to R&B, soul and folk  all anchored by their incredible vocal harmonies. "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart" is available via HBO and HBO Max on demand. Information: hbomax.com.

Robert Kinsler



Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Sights and Sounds: Billie Eilish, Allen Ginsberg, the Avett Brothers

Here is a roundup of some of the most notable music-minded updates released today...


Billie Eilish to release personal photo-filled book titled "BILLIE EILISH" out worldwide on May 11, 2021
 
GRAND CENTRAL PUBLISHING (USA) AND WREN & ROOK (UK) TO PUBLISH SIMULTANEOUSLY



PRE-ORDER 
BILLIE EILISH

 
Grand Central Publishing (GCP), a division of Hachette Book Group, and Wren & Rook (W&R), an imprint of Hachette UK, are excited to announce the release of BILLIE EILISH, a stunning photo-filled book curated by iconic recording artist, Billie Eilish.
 
BILLIE EILISH will be published in hardcover and e-book, with an audio companion on May 11, 2021 and is available for pre-order now: billieeilish.com/book 
 
Billie Eilish is a 21st century global pop-phenomenon. Uncompromising and unapologetic, between her record-breaking, award-winning music and artistry, it's no surprise that she has become one of the biggest and most loved artists of her generation. 

Now in her first book -- a stunning visual narrative journey through her life -- Billie is ready to share more with her devoted audience for the first time, including hundreds of never-before-seen photos. This gorgeous book will capture the essence of Billie inside and out, offering readers personal glimpses into her childhood, her life on tour, and more.  It will be a must-have for every fan.
 
Published simultaneously with the book, Hachette will release a standalone audiobook of exclusive, unique content in which Billie reflects on her life. Including never-before-told stories and recollections from her personal life and career, from the early years to her breakout success and including memories shared by her parents, this is an audiobook like no other – providing a truly intimate window into her journey, in Billie’s own words.
 
Of her first book, Billie Eilish said, “I spent many hours over many months pouring through my family albums and archives, handpicking all of the photos in this book. I hope you love it as much as I do.”
 
Gretchen Young said, “I am absolutely thrilled to be working on the first book by iconic singer and songwriter Billie Eilish.  Her unique combination of sophisticated artistic vision and tenacious creative energy shines through on every page, and the vibrant visual nature of how she has chosen to share herself and her truth captures perfectly the unassailable authenticity for which she is so beloved by her ever-growing legions of fans.”
 
Laura Horsley said: “We are beyond excited to be publishing Billie Eilish. Rebellious, smart, innovative, and authentic, Billie is a global phenomenon and an inspiration to so many. This much-anticipated book will give us a glimpse at the person beyond the icon. Fans around the globe will devour it.”
 
Hachette will publish English Language editions simultaneously around the globe.
 
Billie Eilish has become one of the biggest stars to emerge since the release of her debut single “Ocean Eyes” in 2015 and continues to shatter the ceiling of music with her genre-defying sound. Fast forward from her humble breakout to 2019 when Billie’s album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in the U.S as well as 17 additional countries and was the most streamed album of the year.  When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? was written, produced and recorded entirely by Billie Eilish and brother Finneas in their childhood home in Los Angeles.  Billie Eilish went on to make history as the youngest artist to receive nominations and win in all the major categories at the 62nd Grammy Awards receiving an award for Best New Artist, Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Pop Vocal Album.  Billie Eilish is also the youngest artist to write and record an official James Bond theme song, “No Time To Die.”

You can pre-order the book at Barnes & Noble HERE.
 
 
About Grand Central Publishing:
Grand Central Publishing, a division of Hachette Book Group, reaches a diverse audience through hardcover, trade paperback and mass market books and e-books that cater to every kind of reader. Our imprints are GCP Balance, Twelve, Forever and Forever Yours.
 
About Hachette Book Group:
Hachette Book Group is a leading trade publisher based in New York and a division of Hachette Livre (a Lagardère company), the third-largest trade and educational publisher in the world. HBG is made up of seven publishing groups: Little, Brown and Company; Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Grand Central Publishing; Perseus Books; Orbit; Hachette Nashville; and Hachette Audio.
 
About Hachette UK:
Hachette UK is a leading UK publishing group based in London and is the second-largest British publishing group. Our publishers Headline, Hodder & Stoughton, John Murray Press, Quercus, Bookouture, Little, Brown and Orion publish award-winning fiction and non-fiction; Hachette Children’s Group publishes a wide and vibrant range of books for children across many age ranges. Octopus publishes a distinctive array of illustrated books, and Hodder Education is a market leader in resources for schools. Wren & Rook is an imprint of Hachette Children’s Group. 


'Allen Ginsberg at Reed College  The First Recorded Reading of Howl and Other Poems' to be released on Omnivore Recordings on April 2, 2021 on CD, digital and LP


From the liner notes: "One of the most important documents in the history of American literature in the second half of the 20th century."  Dr. Pancho Savery, Reed College

PORTLAND, Ore. — Allen Ginsberg’s first public reading of his epic poem “Howl” took place at San Francisco’s famous Six Gallery in October of 1955. Along with Ginsberg, the evening included readings by Gary Snyder, Philip Whalen, Philip Lamantia, and Michael McClure. Poet and anthologist Kenneth Rexroth was the emcee, and Jack Kerouac, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and Neal Cassady were in attendance. Unfortunately for literary history, no one recorded the Six Gallery reading, and it was long-thought that the first recording of “Howl” was from a reading at Berkeley in March 1956. Before visiting Berkeley, however, Ginsberg had traveled to Reed College in Portland, Oregon, with Gary Snyder to give a series of readings. Snyder and Philip Whalen had been students at Reed and had studied under the legendary calligrapher Lloyd Reynolds. Other attendees of Reed have included Steve Jobs, James Beard, Barry Hansen (Dr. Demento), Barbara Ehrenreich, Ry Cooder, Mary Barnard, Lee Blessing, Del Hymes, Arlene Blum, Eric Overmyer, and Max Gordon (founder of the Village Vanguard jazz club in NYC).
 
On February 13 and 14, 1956, Snyder and Ginsberg read at Reed, with the Valentine’s Day performance recorded then forgotten about until author John Suiter, researching Snyder at Reed’s Hauser Memorial Library, found the tape in a box in 2007. Suiter immediately recognized the significance of the recording. Its discovery made headlines after it was verified in 2008, but the recording itself was never made widely accessible until Reed named its 16th president, Dr. Audrey Bilger in 2019; it happens that Bilger’s wife, Cheryl Pawelski, is a Grammy Award-winning record producer and co-founder of Omnivore Recordings who has long been interested in Ginsberg’s writing and performances.
 
In collaboration with the Ginsberg Estate, Omnivore Recordings had previously released two Ginsberg projects, The Complete Songs of Innocence and Experience (2017) and The Last Word on First Blues (2016). Excited by the prospect of making the historic recording of “Howl” available on Omnivore, Pawelski obtained permission from the Ginsberg Estate to release the recording and the original tape was sent to Grammy Award-winning engineer, Michael Graves, for transfer, restoration, and mastering.
 
The recording will be made available a little over 65 years from its original reading, April 2, 2021, on Allen Ginsberg at Reed College — The First Recorded Reading of Howl and Other Poems; formats include CD, Digital and LP, with a special Limited Edition color variant — “Reed Red” vinyl — available only from the Omnivore Recordings web store and the Reed College Bookstore (while supplies last).

To reflect the distinctive culture of Reed College, Pawelski tapped Reed Professor of English and Humanities, Dr. Pancho Savery, to write the liner notes and Gregory MacNaughton of the Calligraphy Initiative in Honor of Lloyd J. Reynolds to create the cover in the style of what a poster for the event might have looked like hanging on the Reed campus in 1956. Savery’s notes trace the poem's history and inspiration and highlight differences in this early, work-in-progress version to the final published text. The liner notes are extraordinarily insightful and would be worth purchasing on their own.
 
Reading “Howl” out loud in front of an audience is an exhausting and emotional experience, so Ginsberg warmed up by reading several shorter poems first. The Reed recording includes these shorter selections and most of Part I of “Howl.” The restored recording is crystal clear; you can not only hear Ginsberg turning the pages, but taking breaths after each long line. The audience is pin-drop quiet except for a few places in the reading, for instance, one moment when someone in the audience says something that can’t be heard that elicits laughter, to which Ginsberg responds, “I don’t want to corrupt the youth.” Other lines generate laughter, but the audience is attentive and respectful, allowing for a present-day fly-on-the-wall listening experience. In testimony to how emotionally draining it was to read the poem two nights in a row, as Ginsberg launches into Part II, he stops after four lines saying, “I don’t really feel like reading any more, I haven’t got any kind of steam. So I’d like to cut, do you mind?” Thus ends the first known recording of “Howl” . . . and now begins its 21st century access for all to hear
Variety broke the story: http://bit.ly/2LNhdhy 

Watch the Allen Ginsberg trailer: https://youtu.be/kEqhNozN5Xk 


The Avett Brothers share live version of "I Go To My Heart" - new digital single out now


PERFORMANCE ON THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON
JANUARY 7th FOLLOWING STAR-STUDDED
NEW YEAR’S EVE LIVESTREAM CONCERT
Three-time GRAMMY Award nominees The Avett Brothers have released a new live digital single, “I Go To My Heart” -- stream/download it HERE. To mark the release, the band gave a stunning performance of the track on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last week, filmed in their hometown of Charlotte, NC at the beautiful Belk Theater; watch it here.  The original studio version of “I Go To My Heart” is featured on the band’s latest acclaimed album, The Third Gleam, out now via American Recordings/ Loma Vista Recordings (purchase/ stream here).

The centerpiece of The Third Gleam, “I Go To My Heart” represents the themes of love and redemption heard throughout the new record. The elegant and stripped-back song is at the heart of their latest effort, compelling the band to gift fans with this new live recording as a hopeful musical offering to kick off 2021. 

The Avett Brothers ended 2020 on a high note. Their New Year’s Eve livestream concert, also filmed at North Carolina’s Belk Theater, featured a sonically arresting, full-band performance spanning the band’s extensive catalogue, with host Dax Shepard and an impressive lineup of guests including Willie Nelson, Brandi Carlile, Norah Jones, Mickey Raphael, Taylor Goldsmith, Ben Bridwell, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Nicole Atkins, Alela Diane, Jimmie Johnson, Jim Avett, David Childers, Paleface, Joseph The Spouse, Langhorne Slim, Clem Snide, Judd Apatow, Pete Holmes, Asleep at the Wheel, Loudon Wainwright III, G. Love and Mandolin Orange. The show was the band’s 17th annual New Year's Eve performance keeping their long-standing annual tradition alive, with a whopping estimated 150,000 fans watching virtually via various platforms. SiriusXM’s The Spectrum also featured an interview and exclusive performance with the band on December 31st in conjunction with highlights from the special, while outlets including The New York Times, Rolling Stone, USA Today, Billboard, Variety and more featured the event in their notable shows to stream on New Year’s Eve.

The Third Gleam vinyl debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Vinyl Albums Chart and debuted at #5 on Billboard’s Top Current Album Chart, with “Victory" from the album peaking at #1 on the Americana radio single chart. Following the album release in August, the band stayed connected with fans playing two drive-in shows at The Charlotte Motor Speedway in the span of three months (August and October). They also released a moving new rendition of the Woody Guthrie classic, “This Land Is Your Land,” along with its striking music video directed by the Emmy-winning Samuel Bayer watch it here. Gracing the cover of Relix Magazine December issue, their latest music has been lauded by the likes of Paste, NPR, Esquire, American Songwriter, Rolling Stone Country and CMT.com among others. 

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