Thursday, April 30, 2020

Brian Wilson/Van Dyke Parks' 'Orange Crate Art' album gets deluxe reissue, 2-CD and 2-LP out June 19

I think the excitement surrounding this news speaks for itself! Robert Kinsler

Omnivore Recordings to reissue Brian Wilson/Van Dyke Parks duet album 'Orange Crate Art' - coming June 19th

2-CD and 2-LP expanded releases include bonus tracks, plus liner notes from Wilson and Parks

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — In 1966, when Brian Wilson prepared the follow-up to his masterpiece Pet Sounds, he employed the services of the Mississippi-born, L.A.-based musical jack-of-all-trades Van Dyke Parks as lyricist for the Beach Boys’ next album, SMiLE. As history would soon document, SMiLE became the most famous unreleased album in rock history, its “completion” not seeing daylight until a Grammy® Award-winning box set, The Smile Sessions, was released in 2011. SMiLEs original plan was to incorporate many different elements of American music in an avant-garde fashion, its musical format leaps and bounds ahead of anything that existed contemporaneously. 
As SMiLE quickly grew in legendary terms, Brian and Van Dyke each went their separate musical ways, only to reunite briefly in 1972 for the Beach Boys classic “Sail on Sailor.” So it was perhaps with great apprehension and excitement that these two musical giants should finally reunite in 1994 for some unfinished business. This time, however, the mission would be complete. The musical terrain familiar: a paean to California.
Omnivore Recordings is very proud to announce the release of the 25th anniversary special edition of Orange Crate Art, on June 19, 2020. It will be available as a 2-CD or 2-LP set; it’s the first-ever vinyl release of the recording. Both configurations contain three previously unissued session outtakes; the CD set also includes an entire second disc of previously unissued instrumentals.
By 1994, the roles had been reversed and it was Van Dyke who coaxed Brian into the studio to be the singer of nearly a dozen new songs he had written as a tribute to his home away from home. Parks writes in the liner notes, “Though my roots are somewhere else, far away, my limbs are here in Southern California . . . it’s here . . . that I have struggled desperately for a sense of place . . . Orange Crate Art is a continuum of that which stood, freeze-frame, at the release of SMiLE.”
Twenty-five years on, this album, which sounds like nothing before or since, has been majestically re-mastered by multi-Grammy®award winner Michael Graves. A limited edition run (300 copies) of orange vinyl copies will be available through Omnivore Recordings’ web site only.
Orange Crate Art. . . before SMiLE. . . after SMiLE. . . it all makes sense now!

Track Listing:
Disc One 
1.Orange Crate Art
2.Sail Away
3.My Hobo Heart 
4.Wings Of A Dove 
5.Palm Tree And Moon 
6.Summer In Monterey 
7.San Francisco
8.Hold Back Time
9.My Jeanine
10.Movies Is Magic
11.This Town Goes Down At Sunset
12. Lullaby
Previously Unissued Extra Oranges:
13. Rhapsody In Blue
14. Love Is Here To Stay 
15. What A Wonderful World
Disc Two — Previously Unissued 
CD-Only Instrumentals:
1.Orange Crate Art 
2.Sail Away
3.My Hobo Heart 
4.Wings Of A Dove
5.Palm Tree And Moon 
6.Summer In Monterey
7.San Francisco
8.Hold Back Time 
9.My Jeanine 
10.Movies Is Magic
11.This Town Goes Down At Sunset

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

'Waylon Jennings: The Outlaw Performance' coming to DVD, digital on May 15, 2020

I wanted to highlight this announcement as its own post! Exciting news as it relates to a historic performance from country outlaw great Waylon Jennings set for release on May 15 - Robert Kinsler

Eagle Rock Entertainment presents 'Waylon Jennings: The Outlaw Performance' - coming to DVD and digital formats Friday, May 15, 2020

On May 15, Eagle Rock Entertainment will proudly present an incredible concert experience -- Waylon Jennings: The Outlaw Performance will be released on DVD and Digital Formats.
Filmed in 1978, this concert film captures Jennings performing at a sold-out Opry House in Nashville. Rolling out such staples as “I’ve Always Been Crazy,” “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys,” and “Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way,” Jennings delivers a timeless set, representative of his stature as one of country music’s most important figures.
Adding a layer of intimacy, this unique footage is combined with interview excerpts from Waylon. Listening to him reflect and recount tales as they accompany the music supplies a special historic context, allowing viewers to experience Waylon Jennings in a new way.
As a bonus, The Outlaw Performance includes the full concert without the excerpts and a “Friends Remember The Outlaw” interview segment, featuring 1990 interviews with George JonesJohnny CashWillie Nelson, and Waylon’s longtime drummer, Richie Albright.
Waylon Jennings was the personification of outlaw country, challenging the norms of Nashville’s conventional, polished sound at the time. The Outlaw Performancedelivers the absolute essence of Jennings, as a songwriter and storyteller.
Eagle Vision is an imprint of Eagle Rock Entertainment, the world-leading producer and distributor of music-related audiovisual content. Founded in 1997, the multi-award-winning company completes over 50 productions a year including concerts, documentaries, scripted formats and specials representing over 2,000 hours of programming. The vast catalogue includes work by award-winning filmmakers such as Martin Scorsese, Brett Morgan, Paul Dugdale, Stanley Nelson and Bob Smeaton. Eagle Rock has worked alongside a variety of artists including the Rolling Stones, Madonna, Jay Z, Paul McCartney, Katy Perry, Frank Sinatra, Black Sabbath and Imagine Dragons. For more information visit
TH Entertainment LLC an internationally recognized, award winning television production and distribution company based in Nashville and Toronto. Our work includes feature documentaries, series & specials, live performances, authorized biographies, anthologies and commercials.
Track Listing
Are You Ready For The Country?
Lonesome, On’ry and Mean
Waymore’s Blues
A Long Time Ago
Jack A Diamonds
Tonight The Bottle Let Me Down
This Time
You Asked Me To
I’ve Always Been Crazy
Don’t You Think This Outlaw Bit’s Done Got Out Of Hand
Good Hearted Woman
Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys
Luckenbach, Texas
Honky Tonk Heroes
Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way

"Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live" presents: The MST3K LIVE Riff-Along! Watch the At-Home on May 3, 2020

In the not-to-distant future...

Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live Presents:
The MST3K LIVE Riff-Along!

Next Sunday AD Join Joel Hodgson and the cast of MST3K LIVE
For a Live At-Home MST3K Event!

On Sunday, May 3, 2020 at 6 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. PT, join the cast of Mystery Science Theater 3000 LIVE as they bring a special at-home event to MSTies worldwide! Join Emergency Host Emily Crenshaw (Emily Marsh), Tom Servo (Conor McGiffin), Crow T. Robot (Nate Begle), and GPC (Yvonne Freese), as they perform live via videoconference a Riff-Along of Experiment 111: Moon Zero Two. The event features new additional riffs, with visits from Joel Hodgson, who will field questions and comments from the Riff-Along audience via social media. The two-hour event will also include a brand new riff of the short film Circus Day

Mega-Synthia (Yvonne Freese), one of Pearl Forrester’s many clones, is also sequestered at home right now with her roommates in Minneapolis, but that doesn’t mean she has given up on the Forrester family experiment! For this experiment, Mega-Synthia isn’t just subjecting the cast to a cheesy movie: she’s subjecting them to a cheesy movie already encased in a classic MST3K episode! It’s a RIFF on a RIFF in the form of a live MST3K Riff-Along! “As the pundits have foretold,” cackles Mega-Synthia, “pop culture will indeed eat itself -- and the feeding begins May 3rd!”

The Riff-Along will be streaming on MST3K Twitch channel, MST3K YouTube channel, MST3K Facebook page, and MST3K linear channels on Pluto TV, Stirr, Xumo, Redbox, and Vizio. Viewers can submit their questions for the cast and Joel to moderators via MST3K Facebook, MST3K YouTube and MST3K Twitch. MSTies worldwide are invited to chat along using the hashtags #MST3KLive and #RiffAlong. 

For updates on all things Mystery Science Theater 3000, follow @MST3K, @JoelGHodgson, and @ShoutFactory on Twitter, “Like” on Facebook, and follow @MST3K on Instagram. To keep up to date on all MST3K news, visit

Steve Howe to release new solo album 'Love Is' on July 31, 2020

Just announced this morning - acclaimed and legendary guitar master Steve Howe (Yes, Asia) is set to release a new album this summer! Robert Kinsler

Steve Howe of Yes to release new solo album 'Love Is'

Out July 31, 2020 via BMG Records

Steve Howe
Photo credit: 
©Will Ireland/Prog Magazine/Future Publishing

Legendary YES guitarist STEVE HOWE has announced he will release LOVE IS via BMG Records on July 31LOVE IS marks HOWE's first solo album since the all-instrumental Time in 2011 and has a balance of five instrumental tracks and five songs.
The album will be available as a CD in a gatefold digi-sleeve with a 12-page booklet, and a black vinyl 180gm LP with a gatefold sleeve, liner notes and lyrics. 
Link to Steve Howe Official store pre-orders:
STEVE HOWE sings lead vocals and plays electric, acoustic and steel guitars, keyboards, percussion and bass guitar on the instrumentals, while Yes vocalist Jon Davison provides vocal harmonies and plays bass guitar on the vocal tracks. The album also features Dylan Howe on drums.
Many years in the making, LOVE IS brings together a consistently strong and polished listening experience, forging the very best from the writing and playing throughout the album. This may well be considered the real 'stand out' album of Howe's solo career. The instrumentals keep a highly progressive rock guitar style to the fore, with songs that explore stories of lives lived and lives only just begun. "Love Is A River" is the central longer song with several textural shifts, featuring a theme played on 12-string and steel guitars.
"I called the album LOVE IS because it hints at the central idea that that love is important but also love of the universe and the ecology of the world is very important," says Steve Howe. "Alexander Humboldt went around the world and recognized we are destroying the planet but that was 200 years ago! We are still destroying the planet and, I suppose, my songs show the yearning I have for the love of nature and how beauty, art and music all stem from nature. There is a theme about those things, love, beauty, ecology, nature and wonderful people.
"'Love Is A River' just seemed a very important track to me, a sort of quintessential track with lots of moods, lots of interesting things going on with steel guitars and acoustic guitars. Further tracks grew from time spent writing in my studio.
"'See Me Through' looks at the idea that we get through life by not driving ourselves that hard but attempting to achieve things with people who help you along the way, and 'Imagination' is dedicated to my granddaughter Zuni. It's about how I see some of the things she's experienced in her short seven years.
"I invited Jon Davison to sing harmonies with me and add bass on the songs. If he was singing on the songs I thought 'why doesn't he play bassas well and it turned out nice. He's been with Yes for seven or eight years and he's a great guy, great performer and a great interpreter of Yes songs.
"I've been singing for years, mainly in harmony but I've sung lead on lots of my own albums before and I feel that, as I've got older, I've got a grip on that and, hopefully, it's improved over the years."
The album includes many distinctive STEVE HOWE signatures among the instrumental tracks from the delicate beauty of "Fulcrum," "Beyond The Call" and "Pause For Thought" to upbeat rock, "The Headlands," and the jazz-tinged "Sound Picture."
"The instrumentals are like a mood, a place I went to one day, thought this is nice and then I develop that to a point where it's a finished track. There might be key ingredients that I thought about using musically that I like, that I'm drawn to, and then developing them into something." LOVE IS was written, engineered and produced by STEVE HOWE with further engineering and mixing by Curtis Schwartz. "I write in my own studio and then go to see Curtis in his studio," Howe explains. "We expand the tracks and put them on Pro Tools and everything starts to be possible. At some point, probably around 2 years ago, Dylan came down to Curtis's studio and we recorded the drums on some of the tracks. I could see a balance of five instrumental tracks and five songs and there was a feeling that it was an album, sitting there, looking at me."
The track listing for Steve Howe's LOVE IS album is:
1 Fulcrum *
2 See Me Through
3 Beyond The Call *
4 Love Is A River
5 Sound Picture *
6 It Ain't Easy
7 Pause For Thought *
8 Imagination
9 The Headlands *
10 On The Balcony
* instrumental

CD Catalogue No. 538608592
Gatefold digi leeve with 12 page booklet with liner notes by Steve Howe & lyrics
LP - Catalogue Number - 538608601
180gm Black vinyl in Gatefold sleeve with liner notes by Steve Howe & lyrics

Sights and Sounds: 'New Orleans: The City of Music'; music superfans documentary; Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Looking to catch some music entertainment at home? Here is a roundup of several noteworthy media releases to land in my inbox...



~STARTING MAY 15, 2020~

Starting May 15Eagle Rock Entertainment and Michael Murphy Productions will present a virtual cinema release of the celebrated New Orleans documentary Up From The Streets ®: New Orleans: The City of Music. In an effort to assist the brilliant musical artists of New Orleans, a portion of the proceeds from each $12 “ticket” sale will be donated to The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation’s Jazz & Heritage Music Relief Fund -- a statewide relief initiative supporting Louisiana musicians who have lost income amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Viewers will be able to buy a ticket to the film from one of their local cinemas and watch the film at home, while supporting their favorite independent movie theaters as they practice social distancing and self-quarantine. Over 50 theaters nationwide are participating. The order will be good for 7 days, and the viewer will have 72 hours to finish the film once they have started watching it. Virtual cinema tickets will be available here.
Originally premiering at the 30th Annual New Orleans Film Festival in October 2019, Up From The Streets explores the unparalleled, historical musical heritage of New Orleans. Produced and directed by Michael Murphy and hosted by Oscar-nominated and six-time Grammy-winning jazz trumpeter / composer Terence Blanchard – Up From The Streets dissects the evolution of the city’s music, from early innovations in Jazz through R&B and Funk. Archival and newly filmed performances by such legends as Louis ArmstrongFats DominoAllen ToussaintDr. JohnThe Neville Brothers, and, of course, The Preservation Hall Jazz Band are weaved between conversations with such impactful New Orleans musicians as Branford MarsalisWynton MarsalisHarry Connick, Jr.Mannie Fresh, and Dr. Michael White, as well as commentary by Robert PlantKeith RichardsBonnie Raitt, and Sting. “Anyone interested in the culture and music of New Orleans will love this film,” states Terence Blanchard. “The resilience of the people of New Orleans reflects the story of America.”
An intricate study and celebration of a quintessential cultural epicenter, Up From The Streets ®: New Orleans: The City of Music is a definitive look at one of the most influential components of American music.
About The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation:
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation is the non-profit organization that owns the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell. In response to the devastating effects that COVID-19 has left on Louisiana's music community, the Foundation has established the Jazz & Heritage Music Relief Fund – a statewide relief fund created to support Louisiana musicians and music industry workers whose livelihoods have been adversely impacted by this unprecedented crisis. For more about the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, please visit us online at
Additional support is provided by the City of New Orleans “Embrace The Culture” series utilizing resources to activate art through virtual experiences.
About Eagle Rock Entertainment:
Eagle Rock Entertainment is the world-leading producer and distributor of music documentary and concert films. Founded in 1997, the multi-award-winning company releases over 50 productions a year and controls the distribution of over 2,000 hours of music programming. The catalogue includes work by award-winning filmmakers such as Martin Scorsese, Brett Morgan, Stanley Nelson, Paul Dugdale, Bob Smeaton, Jeremy Marre, Mike Figgis, Leslie Woodhead and Michael Epstein. Eagle Rock works with a wide spectrum of artists including the Rolling Stones, Eminem, Madonna, Eric Clapton, Muse, Steven Wilson, Slash, Iggy Pop, Jeff Beck, Paul McCartney, Shania Twain and Van Morrison. Eagle Rock is headquartered in London.

The Untold Story of Rock n Roll’s Legendary Superfans

An award winning Documentary by Chris Cassidy

Featuring: Happy Mondays, Peter Hook (New Order), Andy Rourke (The Smiths), Jimi Goodwin (DOVES) and many more

There are bands, there are fans, and then there’s Dennis and Lois. It’s official, April 28, 2020 is the release date for the long awaited, award winning documentary called DENNIS AND LOIS. A story about a New York couple that transcended beyond just being ‘music fans’, to become the legends behind the legends.
More on Dennis and Lois:
In the Rock n Roll world, the word ‘Legends’ is normally reserved for the performers and the stars, but every now and then, certain people rise up between the cracks of celebrity and fame to cement their own legacy. Dennis and Lois are such people.
It all began in the mid-70s at a gritty little club in New York City called CBGB’s where Dennis and Lois befriended an up-and-coming band, The Ramones. They quickly became part of The Ramones inner circle, selling merchandise and assisting the future punk legends on tours around the world. This experience changed their lives forever.

Through the years, Dennis and Lois continue to build friendships and sell merchandise for the bands they admire. Happy Mondays immortalized them in song and SPIN Magazine published a comic strip celebrating their ‘War Stories from the Road’. Dennis and Lois are considered by many to be rock n roll Icons, but as age and illness start to threaten their lifelong tour, they need to rely on the friends they’ve collected along the way and the music that energizes them to keep it going.
Dennis and Lois is a documentary about love, passion and the power of music. Its about a couple who’ve always lived life on their own terms, and who have dedicated their lives to the spirit of Rock n Roll with a self-imposed moral obligation to give back to those who create the music that moves them. It’s a film about the long list of artists that they’ve come to call friends, who consider Dennis and Lois an integral part of their own success and purpose.
Dennis And Lois Links:

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Video Vault Spotlights Class of 2000 This Week

30+ uncut Induction videos released including Bonnie Raitt and Melissa Etheridge and a superjam tribute to Nat “King” Cole on “Route 66”

CLEVELAND – Turn back the clock twenty years with the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and explore the class of 2000 Induction Ceremony. Each week, the Rock Hall is opening its video vault and featuring full Induction Ceremony speeches and performance videos, along with never-before available programs. Videos are available on the Rock Hall’s YouTube channel.

Watch memorable live performances from the 2000 Induction Ceremony, including:

Amplify your experience with free online learning resources at Rock Hall EDU, including a playlist celebrating the blues roots of Inductees Eric Clapton and Bonnie Raitt. 

Plus, this Mother’s Day, show your mom how much she rocks with a curated rock gift set, including The Rebel collection with a stylish rock & roll wristlet. Shop Rock Hall’s online store now and take advantage of 15% off all women’s clothing items that will make it into your mom’s “greatest hits” collection. 

Stay connected on and across the Rock Hall’s social channels on YouTubeFacebookTwitter, and Instagram. For more ways to explore the Rock Hall online, visit

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