Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Justice League Soundtrack details

I'm looking forward to seeing the new "Justice League" movie next month. I've heard the great version of The Beatles' "Come Together" performed by modern-day bluesman Gary Clark Jr. and you can see the official music video of that here:


LOS ANGELES, CA – October 26, 2017 – WaterTower Music is proud to announce the November 10 release of the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to Warner Bros. Pictures’ epic action adventure Justice League. The album features one of the industry’s most versatile and accomplished film composers, Danny Elfman, who is returning to score a DC Super Hero film for the first time since 1992’s Batman Returns.
While bringing his celebrated and unique approach to the Justice League score, Elfman also gives DC fans some special familiar moments. Utilizing memorable character themes to tell the musical story, he incorporates and re-interprets iconic music from past films, including John Williams’ Superman theme, Hans Zimmer’s Wonder Woman theme, and his own Batman theme. “I’m using the same thematic material that I used back then,” Elfman told Billboard Magazine. “It never actually went away.  We’ve got these iconic bits from our past and that’s part of us, that’s part of our heritage.  It just was great fun.”
The soundtrack also features a blistering version of The Beatles’ “Come Together” by electrifying virtuoso guitarist Gary Clark Jr. and Grammy-nominated and multiplatinum producer, musician, and composer Junkie XL; along with Norwegian pop singer/ songwriter Sigrid’s haunting and powerful take on Leonard Cohen’s “Everybody Knows,” and The White Stripes classic “Icky Thump.”
The 27-track Justice League soundtrack, which includes three bonus tracks, will be released November 10. A two-CD version will be released on December 8, with a double vinyl edition coming February 9, 2018. The Justice League Original Motion Picture Soundtrack can be ordered here and the track list is as follows.
All music by Danny Elfman, unless otherwise noted.
“Everybody Knows”                                                   Sigrid
The Justice League Theme - Logos
Hero’s Theme
Batman on the Roof
Enter Cyborg
Wonder Woman Rescue
Hippolyta’s Arrow
The Story of Steppenwolf
The Amazon Mother Box
Cyborg Meets Diana
Aquaman in Atlantis
Then There Were Three
The Tunnel Fight
The World Needs Superman
Spark of The Flash
Friends and Foes
Justice League United
Bruce and Diana
The Final Battle
A New Hope
Anti-Hero’s Theme
“Come Together”                                                         Gary Clark Jr. and Junkie XL
“Icky Thump”                                                               The White Stripes
The Tunnel Fight   (Full Length Bonus Track)
The Final Battle     (Full Length Bonus Track)
Mother Russia       (Bonus Track)
Over the last 30 years, four-time Oscar nominee Danny Elfman has established himself as one of the most versatile and accomplished film composers in the industry. He has collaborated with such directors as Tim Burton, David O. Russell, Gus Van Sant, Sam Raimi, Joss Whedon, Paul Haggis, Ang Lee, Rob Marshall, Guillermo del Toro, Barry Sonnenfeld, Brian De Palma, and Peter Jackson. Beginning with his first score on Tim Burton’s Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, Elfman has scored a broad range of films, including: Milk (Oscar nominated), Good Will Hunting (Oscar nominated), Big Fish(Oscar nominated), Men in Black (Oscar nominated), Edward Scissorhands, Wanted, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Mission: Impossible, Planet of the Apes, A Simple Plan, To Die For, Spider-Man (1 & 2), Batman, Dolores Claiborne, Sommersby, Chicago, Dick Tracy, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Alice in Wonderland, Silver Linings Playbook, the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy, and Avengers: Age of Ultron. Up next for Elfman is the highly anticipated action adventure Justice League from Warner Bros. & DC.
A native of Los Angeles, Elfman grew up loving film music. He travelled the world as a young man, absorbing its musical diversity. He helped found the band Oingo Boingo, and came to the attention of a young Tim Burton, who asked him to write the score for Pee-wee’s Big Adventure. 30 years later, the two have forged one of the most fruitful composer-director collaborations in film history. In addition to his film work, Elfman wrote the iconic theme music for The Simpsons and Desperate Housewives. He also composed a ballet, Rabbit and Rogue, choreographed by Twyla Tharp; the symphony Serenada Schizophrana for Carnegie Hall; an overture The Overeager Overture for the Hollywood Bowl; Iris, a Cirque du Soleil show at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre; and most recently his first Violin Concerto, “Eleven, Eleven”, for soloist Sandy Cameron, which had its world premiere in Prague with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra and its second performance at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg.   Danny Elfman’s “Music From the Films of Tim Burton” had its concert premiere in 2014 at London’s Royal Albert Hall and has continued on with over 60 concert performances in over 12 countries.
Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa and Ray Fisher star in the action-adventure film Justice League.
Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and the Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.
Justice League was directed by Zack Snyder from a screenplay by Chris Terrio and Joss Whedon, story by Terrio & Snyder, based on characters from DC Entertainment; Superman created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. Charles Roven, Deborah Snyder, Jon Berg and Geoff Johns produced the film, with Jim Rowe, Ben Affleck, Wesley Coller, Curtis Kanemoto, Daniel S. Kaminsky and Chris Terrio serving as executive producers.
Set for release in 3D and 2D in select theatres and IMAX beginning November 17, Justice League will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.justiceleaguethemovie.com

Carmaig de Forest's Alex Chilton-produced LP from 1987, 'I Shall Be Released'

History is filled with many albums lost in the shuffle of time. It is great that Omnivore Recordings continues to re-discover and re-release many of these great albums and introduce them to listeners today...

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Carmaig de Forest’s 1987 Alex Chilton-produced album I Shall Be Released was one in a long line of albums subjected to the whims of the record business. Initially slated for release on a larger label with some marketing muscle, the LP eventually wound up on a small, San Francisco indie and never got the exposure it deserved. A follow up live EP didn’t even see a release in the U.S.
Fast-forward a few decades. Now, on the 30th anniversary of Released’s release, it’s time to relish in de Forest’s wit, passion and talent in a re-release that will reintroduce an artist many missed the first time around.
Omnivore Recordings will issue the expanded edition of de Forest’s I Shall Be Released, re-titled I Shall Be Re-Released, on November 10, 2017. It’s the album’s first time on CD, and will be available digitally as well.
The package combines de Forest’s original album and live EP with four previously unissued tracks from the original album sessions plus an additional unissued live recording, and includes new liners from set co-producer Pat Thomas, new interviews with Carmaig and his contemporaries, and rare photos. 
“From the moment I first heard Carmaig’s songs when he opened up for us — during our very first tour around the whole country — he’s always been one of my favorite songwriters,” writes Gordon Gano of the Violent FemmesJohn Doe of noticed as well, recalling: “Who the hell is this guy singing smart and funny songs playing a damn ukulele?”
De Forest recollects: “This whole reissue thing came out of the blue. Excavating the masters, old photos and clippings for Omnivore has been a real blast from the past — taking me back to those heady days and all those California-post-punk-new-wave-art-damaged characters with all their various crazy creative projects and rock-star dreams which was me too of course. And just as important it takes me back to Alex Chilton: To so many people, I was some kind of ukulele-punk-rocker, but Alex heard the songs; and he plugged them — and me — into his no-nonsense way of recording them as simple but twisted garage rock or whatever you'd call that music we made. The sessions were magic and Alex gave me so much of himself to this project. 
“If I didn’t fully retire from the music scene, I certainly began what’s become a very long hiatus, when Diana Froley (now de Forest) and I started our family twelve years ago. I was washing dishes and listening to NPR when I heard that Alex had died. I hadn’t been in touch with him for years and now he was gone. It’s funny, when I Shall Be Released first came out I was all “Yes! This is my album and my time to take on the world.” These days, I think of it more this great lost little gem of Alex Chilton’s as much as mine. Just listen to that guitar! I’m so happy it’s getting out back out there.”
According to annotator Thomas, “This release captures not just a snap-shot of his sojourn with the iconic Alex Chilton, it captures the San Francisco that I loved during the 1980s when we’d all hang out at the Paradise Lounge and the Kennel Club, watching the local talent and loving every freaking minute of it.”  
It was released, but it’s time for an official re-release. Be Re-Released.
Track Listing:
1. Los Angeles
2. Long Distance
3. Possibilities
4. Risks in Spring
5. Eddie Prince (That’s Entertainment)
6. Big Business
7. Hey Judas
8. Little Speeches
9. I’d Be Delighted
10. Crack’s No Worse Than the Fascist Threat
11. Blank Verse
12. Touch of Red
13. Secret Agent Man
14. Dayenu
15. I’ll Be Your Angel
Bonus Tracks:
16. Kate Said*
17. Banks of the Ohio*
18. I Don’t Wanna Go to Your Hometown*
19. Dark Place*
20. One More Time (Live)
21. Risks In Spring (Live)
22. One For My Baby (And One More For The Road)/You Can’t Always Get Want You Want (Live)
23. Kate Said (Live)
24. Dark Place (Live)
25. Long Distance (Live) 
26. Dayenu (Live)*

* Previously unissued

Watch the Carmaig DeForest trailer:  https://youtu.be/mKST4qyyMPE 

Friday, October 27, 2017

New Videos: Pugwash, The Church, Beck

Some great new music videos to thrill you going into the weekend. I absolutely love the new Pugwash song "What Are You Like" off the Irish artist's Jason Falkner-produced Silverlake.

One new Pugwash song is never enough, so here is the first single from Silverlake released in September 2017.

Check out the colorful new video for "Undersea," a song from the latest album (Man Woman Life Death Infinity) from The Church.

Finally, how about the catchy song "Up All Night" off Beck's new album Colors:

Have a great weekend everybody!

Robert Kinsler

THE ROLLING STONES – ON AIR - "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" Unveiled As Second Track Available Now On Digital And Streaming Services

Some nice news for a Friday...



The Rolling Stones today unveil the second track from The Rolling Stones – On Aira collection of rarely heard radio recordings from their formative years. (I Can’t Get No) Satisfactionrecorded for Saturday Club in 1965 and taken from the upcoming release, is available now across various formats.

The Rolling Stones - On Air offers a glimpse into the early days of The Rolling Stones a few years before ‘The Greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll Band in the World’ became a reality this was a band playing the music they loved so much - Blues, R&B, Soul and even the odd country song. The songs, including eight the band have never recorded or released commercially, were originally broadcast on bygone UK BBC shows such as Saturday ClubTop GearRhythm and Blues and The Joe Loss Pop Show between 1963 and 1965.

Released via Polydor Records/UMe on CD, double CD deluxe edition, heavy-weight vinyl and special limited-edition colored vinyl, The Rolling Stones – On Air is released on December 1 and available to pre-order here.

This album follows the recent release of The Rolling Stones – On Air coffee table book, by Richard Havers and published by Virgin Books.

The Rolling Stones ON AIR 1963-65 - Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Brian Jones, Bill Wyman


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Fats Domino Remembered

On the latest episode of Music Worth Buying, TJR and Robert Kinsler celebrate the life and music of Fats Domino, who died at the age of 89 on Tuesday, October 24, 2017. In addition to discussing his greatest hits, they also champion a 2007 tribute to Fats Domino titled Goin' Home featuring a slew of music greats (John Lennon, Tom Petty, Bonnie Raitt, Robert Plant and more) as well as a terrific live album featuring a Fats Domino concert recorded in 1973 and released commercially in October of 2015 (the aptly-titled Thrillin' In Philly! Live 1973).

Here is a statement that appeared on the official Fats Domino Facebook page:
Statement from the children of Antoine “Fats” Domino, Jr.
Dated: October 25, 2017
We are all touched by the outpouring of love and tribute for our father. He passed away peacefully at home surrounded by those he loved and those who loved him. His music reached across all boundaries and carried him to all corners of the world.

…Then I rock myself to sleep
Prayin’ that I am here to keep
Then I ride the rising sun
Gee ain’t I being a lucky one
“Rising Sun”(Domino) ©1960 EMI Unart Catalog, Inc.

We thank you for allowing us to grieve privately during this difficult time. Funeral arrangements are pending.

RECORDING ACADEMY™ Statement regarding Fats Domino issued October 25, 2017
Our Recording Academy™ family is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of rock and roll visionary Fats Domino. In a career spanning more than five decades, Domino charmed audiences with his smooth vocals, boogie-woogie piano style, and unwavering humility. He is widely recognized for influencing artists across all genres, having a number of his hits covered by music industry giants, including John Lennon, Cheap Trick, and Led Zeppelin. In 1987, Domino received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Recording Academy, our formal salute to his remarkable contributions to rock history. He will be greatly missed, but remembered for paving the way for rock and roll. Our condolences go out to Domino’s family, friends, and collaborators during this difficult time.  
Neil Portnow
Recording Academy

"Rest in peace Fats Domino, the great rock ’n’ roll pianist and singer who thrilled us in our early days in Liverpool. His hit records like ‘Ain’t That A Shame’, ‘Blueberry Hill’, ‘I’m In Love Again’ and many others introduced us to the sounds of New Orleans rock ‘n’ roll. We were excited to meet Fats once in his home town of New Orleans. He was wearing a huge star spangled diamond encrusted watch which was our first encounter with bling! His voice, piano playing and musical style was a huge influence on us and his appearance in the film ‘The Girl Can’t Help It’ was truly magnificent. As one of my favourite rock ‘n’ roll singers, I will remember him fondly and always think of him with that twinkle in his eye. I read that he had eight children. He himself was named Antoine. His kids were named Antoine III, Anatole, Andre, Antonio, Antoinette, Andrea, Anola and Adonica. Now that is pure Fats!" - Paul 
Statement from Paul McCartney posted October 26, 2017


Fats Domino was one of the first 10 honorees named to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (and he was inducted into the Rock Hall in 1986) and his death at the age of 89 has been followed by countless tributes by music greats.

Photo © Curt Gunther
Fats Domino - an inspiration to the band and a music legend.
Rest In Peace.

RIP Fats Domino legend and innovator of rock n' roll - His legacy remains forever in his music.

Before Elvis, Jerry Lee & Chuck (Berry) that was Fats. His sweet voice, rolling piano & charisma made him a star & first member of the Rock Hall.
(Rock and Roll Hall of Fame)

RIP Fats Domino

Words fail me in this moment of deep heartache and sadness. We have lost a legend. One of my heroes. New Orleans' Fats Domino is dead.

His groove will always be foremost in my body and soul. His was the "cool" of the New Orleans music that first lit my fire. Bon voyage Fats.

Godspeed, Fats Domino. RIP

So sad to hear the passing of Fats Domino. A true rock and roll legend. RIP

RIP fats domino... you helped pave the way for New Orleans piano players... see you on top of that Blueberry Hill in the sky

RIP #FatsDomino, 1950s-60s singer/pianist/pop hitmaker. #BlueMonday #AintThatAShame #NewOrleans #BlueberryHill