Friday, June 30, 2017

Jake Shimabukuro celebrates Fourth of July with "America the Beautiful" performance

With the holiday weekend approaching, take a moment to watch virtuoso ukulele player Jake Shimabukuro perform "America the Beautiful" at Garden of the Gods Park near Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs. The song was originally written as a poem by Katharine Lee Bates after she visited the landmark in 1893. 

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Liam Gallagher shares brand new track "Chinatown"

Make sure to check out the new track "Chinatown" (recorded live at Glastonbury) from Liam Gallagher...I love the live version of "Wall Of Glass" that you can see via the link below too.

Liam Gallagher shares song song titled "Chinatown"

Tracklisting Revealed For Debut Solo Album As You Were

New album set for release on October 6 on Warner Bros. Records/Parlophone

June 30, 2017 (Burbank, CA) - The return of Liam Gallagher gathered pace with a sensational show at Glastonbury last weekend. NME described it as "a swaggering, emotional moment," "worth the hype" and "one of Glastonbury's finest moments," before concluding, "never underestimate the man, he was made for moments like this."Between Glastonbury, his recent sold-out underplay tour of the U.K./Ireland, and an emotional performance at One Love Manchester, Liam Gallagher has demonstrated that he's back to his very best. Click here to view and share Gallagher's performance of "Wall Of Glass" from last weekend's Glastonbury performance. Click here to view and share an interview with Gallagher from Glastonbury.

Now Gallagher continues to build anticipation for the October 6 release of his debut solo album As You Were by sharing the brand new track "Chinatown" and revealing the album's tracklisting. Click here for single and album information.

In contrast to the punchy first single "Wall Of Glass," "Chinatown" is an atmospheric, psychedelic slow burner in which he utilises the more tender side of his inimitable vocal stylings. As a pairing, the two tracks hint at what to expect from As You Were, with Gallagher adding a modern sheen to his passion for a wide range of influences from the 60s and 70s.
After Gallagher ignited the writing process with the heavy duty soul-rock of "Bold," As You Were was recorded in two locations. Greg Kurstin performed all of the instruments on the four songs that he produced in Los Angeles ("Wall Of Glass," "Paper Crown," "Come Back To Me" and the psychedelic whoosh of "It Doesn't Have To Be That Way"), while Dan Grech-Margueratproduced the remainder of the album at Snap! Studios in London.
"I didn't want to be reinventing anything or going off on a space jazz odyssey," says Gallagher. "It's the Lennon 'Cold Turkey' vibe, The Stones, the classics. But done my way, now."
One of the most striking aspects of As You Were is that all the songs have a purpose. There's no flab, nothing to cut. They all feel directed at something or someone, setting the record straight or getting his side of the story over, be that the swinging, Bo Diddley-like "Greedy Soul," which incinerates someone who's the "ungrateful dead" or the mega-ballad "For What It's Worth," which serves up the album's biggest chorus.
The tracklisting for As You Were:
  1. 1.      Wall Of Glass
  2. 2.      Bold
  3. 3.      Greedy Soul
  4. 4.      Paper Crown
  5. 5.      For What It's Worth
  6. 6.      When I'm In Need
  7. 7.      You Better Run
  8. 8.      I Get By
  9. 9.      Chinatown
  10. 10.   Come Back To Me
  11. 11.   Universal Gleam
  12. 12.   I've All I Need
Bonus tracks on deluxe album editions:
  1. 13.   Doesn't Have To Be That Way
  2. 14.   All My People / All Mankind
  3. 15.   I Never Wanna Be Like You
The As You Were cover features an iconic new portrait of Liam, which was taken by the influential photographer, fashion designer and creative director Hedi Slimane.
As You Were is now available to pre-order from with "Wall Of Glass" and "Chinatown" provided as an instant download. It will be released on digital (standard and deluxe), CD (standard and deluxe) and vinyl (standard 12" and limited edition color 12" formats).
A special boxset is also available from It compiles a color 12" vinyl of the album, an exclusive 7" format of "For What It's Worth," a print designed by Klaus Voorman (the artist behind The Beatles' Revolver album cover) and additional collectors' items.
As previously announced, Liam Gallagher and band will tour North America this fall:
Nov 13             San Francisco, CA        Warfield
Nov 18             Denver, CO                  Gothic
Nov 20             Minneapolis, MN           First Avenue
Nov 21             Chicago, IL                   The Riviera
Nov 23             Toronto, ON                 Rebel
Nov 25             Boston, MA                   House of Blues
Nov 27             New York, NY               Terminal 5
Nov 29             Washington, DC           Lincoln Theatre
Nov 30             Philadelphia, PA            Union Transfer
Joining Liam Gallagher on the road will be Jay Mehler on guitars, Mike Moore on guitars, Christian Madden on keyboards, Drew McConnell on bass, and Dan McDougall on drums. 

Neil Young + Promise of the Real release new song and music video "Children of Destiny" today

Neil Young + Promise of the Real have just issued a media release of interest to fans of the troupe...

AT 11:00 A.M. PT

June 30, 2017 (Burbank, CA) - Neil Young + Promise Of The Real have recorded a brand new Young composition titled "Children of Destiny," which is available beginning today via all digital music retailers. Click here to order. The video, a Shakey Pictures / DHNY production, will accompany the song and also launches today at 11:00 a.m. PT. Click here to view and share the video.
Today, Neil Young and Micah Nelson will premiere the song and video on Facebook Live at 11:00 a.m. PT.  

"Children of Destiny" was recorded and mixed at Capitol Studios, Hollywood, CA, and produced by The Volume Dealers: Neil Young and Niko Bolas. Young, along with Promise Of The Real, and a 56 piece orchestra - 62 musicians in all - played together on the final piece. Al Schmitt recorded and mixed, while strings were arranged, orchestrated, conducted and co-produced by Chris Walden.
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Official Site:
Twitter: @NeilYoung
Instagram: @NeilYoung
Press materials:

Photo Credit: Warner Bros. Records
Neil Young + Promise Of The Real:
Neil Young - guitars, vocals
Lukas Nelson - guitar
Micah Nelson - guitar
Corey McCormick - bass
Anthony Logerfo - drums
Tato Melgar - percussion

Thursday, June 29, 2017

The xx release "I Dare You" video

I've really been enjoying the latest The xx album "I See You," and now there is a great new video for one of the many great songs on the album, "I Dare You." The xx turned in one of the outstanding sets I caught at Coachella back in April. You can watch the new video for "I Dare You" below...

The xx performing at Coachella in April 2017. Photo: Erik Voake courtesy of Goldenvoice

The xx Release “I Dare You” video
Directed by Alasdair McLellan in Collaboration with CALVIN KLEIN’S Raf Simons

Thursday June 29, 2017—The xx today release a brand new music video for “I Dare You.” Taken from their acclaimed, number one album I See You, the “I Dare You” video is directed by Alasdair McLellan in collaboration with The xx and CALVIN KLEIN Chief Creative Officer Raf Simons. The video was filmed in Los Angeles at Lloyd Wright’s Sowden house and John Lautner’s Rainbow House and continues The xx’s longstanding visual collaboration with McLellan, who also directed the band’s "On Hold" and "Say Something Loving" videos, in addition to their collaboration on the It Could Be Love photo book zine.
Raf Simons also has had a longstanding appreciation of The xx—Jamie Smith, Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sim—and was drawn to the band’s recent work with McLellan. Seeing a connection between the videos and his own work at CALVIN KLEIN, Simons was pleased to collaborate on the third video of the trilogy, lending his eye to the architectural and atmospheric elements and utilizing an eclectic cast including Millie Bobby Brown, Ashton Sanders, Paris Jackson, Lulu and Ernesto Cervantes.
Watch the “I Dare You” video HERE
Speaking about the video, the band say:
We are so happy to share our new video for 'I Dare You’. Our love letter to Los Angeles, a city close to our hearts where we wrote and recorded parts of our album I See You. This is the third video our friend, the wonderful Alasdair McLellan, has directed for us. He collaborated with a hero of ours, Raf Simons, on the creative concept and direction. It was amazing to work with both of them and such a pleasure to meet and work with Millie, Paris, Ashton, Lulu and Ernesto! Thank you to CALVIN KLEIN and everyone involved. We hope you enjoy watching! xx The xx”
Released in January via Young Turks, The xx’s third album I See You has been their biggest critical and commercial success to date, reaching number one in charts around the world. On Friday, the band also released a deluxe version of the album online, featuring three new songs: “Naïve,” “Seasons Run” and “Brave For You (Marfa Demo).”
Meanwhile, following a prestigious Main Stage slot as main support to Radiohead at theGlastonbury Festival on Friday (, The xx will continue to perform live across the globe. All the dates below, with further information from
The xx Live 2017
Jun 29             Roskilde Festival, Roskilde, Denmark
July 1               Open'er Festival, Gdynia, Poland
Jul 6                 NOS Alive, Lisbon, Portugal
Jul 10               Postepay Sound Rock In Roma, Rome, Italy
Jul 21               Splendour in the Grass, North Byron Parklands, Australia
Jul 25               Singapore Indoor Stadium, Kallang, Singapore
Jul 28-30          Fuji Rock Festival, Niigata, Japan
Jul 29-30          Holiday Land Festival, Seoul, Korea, Republic of
Aug 5              Lollapalooza, Chicago, IL
Aug 10            Oya Festival, Oslo, Norway
Aug 10-12       Way Out West Festival, Gothenburg, Sweden
Aug 12            Flow Festival, Helsinki, Finland
Aug 14            Sunset Festival, Tallinn, Estonia
Aug 15            Sunset Festival, Sigulda, Latvia
Aug 17            Pukklepop Festival, Hasselt, Belgium
Aug 18-20       Lowlands Festival, Biddinghuizen, Netherlands
Aug 25            Zürich Openair, Zürich, Switzerland
Aug 27            Rock En Seine, St. Cloud, France
Aug 29            SWG3 Galvanizers Yard, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Aug 30            SWG3 Galvanizers Yard, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Sep 1               Electric Picnic, Stradbally, Ireland
Sep 7-10          Bestival, Dorset, United Kingdom
Sep 10             Lollapalooza Festival, Berlin, Germany
Sep 24             Life is Beautiful Festival, Las Vegas, NV
Sep 26             Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, CA
Sep 27             Santa Barbara Bowl, Santa Barbara, CA
Sep 29             The Forum, Inglewood, CA
Oct 3               Starlight Theatre, Kansas City, MO
Oct 6-8            Austin City Limits Festival, Austin, TX
Oct 9               Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO
Oct 10             The Great Saltair, Salt Lake City, UT
Oct 12             The Criterion, Oklahoma City, OK
Oct 13-15        Austin City Limits Festival, Austin, TX
Oct 13-15        III Points Festival, Miami, FL
Oct 17             Coca-Cola Roxy, Atlanta, GA
Oct 19             Champions Square, New Orleans, LA
Oct 21             Live Out Fest, Monterrey, Mexico
Nov 18-19       Corona Capital Festival, Mexico City, Mexico
The xx online: