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Rock Media: Jeff Healey. Lost Recordings Never Heard Before.

2016 marks the release of Heal My Soul, the extraordinary lost album from Jeff Healey which has never been heard before by the public. March 25th of this year would have seen Jeff turn 50 years old and this album begins the celebration of a milestone year for a true musical icon. Heal My Soul is the first album of new songs from Jeff in over 15 years. It represents some of the most powerful and impassioned performances he ever committed to record. Under the direct supervision of the Jeff Healey Estate these tracks were painstakingly restored and brought to...

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All Quiet Now: Glenn Frey

Glenn Frey was an all-American rock star determined to make it and certain he knew how. “He was the first guy to say, ‘If you don’t get the business right and the music right, you’re screwed,'” said Eagles manager Irving Azoff, clearly shaken by the death of his longtime friend on Monday. “Early on he was running around with a T-shirt that said ‘Song Power’ and was saying the Eagles were a team and not everybody can be the running back or the quarterback. He was the quarterback.” Frey, who died at age 67 after battling a variety of...

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All Quiet Now: Alvin Stardust.

Singer Alvin Stardust has died aged 72 after a short illness. Born Bernard Jewry in the East End of London in 1942, his hits included My Coo Ca Choo, Jealous Mind and I Feel Like Buddy Holly. He had recently been diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer and died at home with his wife and family around him. The former glam rock star had been due to release his first studio album in 30 years this autumn. Once described as “the Godfather of British Rock ‘n’ Roll” by Rolling Stone Keith Richards, he made sporadic acting appearances in Hollyoaks, The...

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All Quiet Now: Jimi Jamison

Jimi Jamison, the lead singer for US rock band Survivor, who sang the theme tune for hit TV series Baywatch, has died aged 63. Jamison, who joined the band in 1984 and co-wrote the Baywatch theme I’m Always Here, was described by the band as “our brother”. They said on their Facebook page: “The entire Survivor family is very shocked and saddened. “Our thoughts, love and prayers go out to his family and friends.” The band are best known for their 1982 hit The Eye of the Tiger which pre-dated Jamison joining the group. Survivor’s album Vital Signs was...

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Rock Media: Record Store Day

Berwick Street Soho will be transformed into a mini music festival for Record Store Day on Saturday 19 April 12-7pm. Showcasing a range of music talent, a group of respected artists are being brought together to celebrate Record Store Day 2014 exclusively on Berwick Street in the heart of Soho. There will be special performances from the 80’s punk pop and new wave icon Adam Ant and Orange Juice front man Edwyn Collins, who will be performing songs from his eighth solo album, ‘UNDERSTATED’. The days line-up also features DJ Andy Smith who will be playing a mixed set...

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Review: Eric Johnson. Up Close-Another Look.

April 1st is globally known as April Fool’s Day, when practical jokes and hoaxes are played on friends, the story line behind the bluff sets up a stage for pranks and merriment. Consequently it is with brave commitment that Eric Johnson chooses this day as his release date for his latest album “Up Close – Another Look”, which features guest appearances from Steve Miller, Jimmie Vaughan Johnny Lang and Sonny Landreth. EJ’s sixth studio release, within an 8 year span since 2005, comprises 12 compositions (plus one live bonus track), which were originally released in the US in 2010...

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Live Review: Emmanuel & Taylor @ The Robin 2.

In 1910 a boy was born to a family of nomadic gypsies camped outside the village of Liberchies in Belgium. By the time of his death, only 42 years later in 1952, this boy, Jean Reinhardt, had become world famous as “Django”, possibly the greatest of jazz guitarists.The Colonel and the Governor decided it was time to release Pandora’s Box and open up these old songs, not just from Django, but many more of their heroes. A capacity crowd on a Mothering Sunday saw folk queuing outside on this bitterly cold night. The doors finally opened at 7.30 p.m....

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Photography: The Avett Brothers @ The Forum.

The Avett Brothers from Concord, North Carolina,USA played to a packed house and showed off their new album The Carpenter. Their music has developed from down-home folk to a blend of “sad-banjo” ,as the NME call it, and “banjo-rock”, as I call it. On stage they jump around a hell of a lot. and the whole set here: Photography was mainly wide angles and prime lenses. It was heavily backlit so I ramped up the ISO to around 3200. Share13 Tweet7 Stumble1 Pin +1...

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All Quiet Now: Peter Banks

Peter Banks, best known as the original guitarist of Yes, died last Thursday in his London home from heart failure. He was 65. Banks was reportedly found after failing to show up for a recording session. London-born, Peter Banks came to the fore of the progressive rock world after recording two albums with Yes–their self-titled debut release in 1969, followed by Time And A Word in 1970. After a brief stint with Blodwyn Pig, Banks then formed Flash and released three notable albums: Flash (1972), Out Of Our Hands, (1972), and In The Can (1973). Pete has also produced and recorded several solo albums beginning with Two Sides of Peter Banks in 1973 which featured Jan Akkerman and Phil Collins and Steve Hackett. Instinct (1993), Self-Contained (1995), and Reduction (1997) were more intimate examples of Bank’s diverse technical and stylistic virtuosity. Never one to stagnate with predictability, in late 2004, Banks formed Harmony In Diversity, a free-form psychedelic improv three-piece who perform in London and have a CD out entitled Trying. The group currently consists of Banks, Nick Cottam on bass and David Speight on drums. Pete was recently involved in a jazz-fusion project called Self-Contained with Spanish keyboard player Gonzalo Carrera (Infusion, Wild Turkey, Karnataka). Share Tweet +1 Pin Share...

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Photography: The Joy Formidable @ The Roundhouse

One of my favourite and most challenging bands to photograph. I love their sound and trying to keep up with lead singer and guitarist Ritzy Bryan is a bit like trying to hit a moving target. The band musically are stuck somewhere between stadium rock and good old indie rock and roll. I think the venue size does make a difference to their performance and whilst they are energetic and polished the Roundhouse is not the best place for them to show off. The Joy Formidable have always been into their fans and great them like old friends and...

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Photography: Wilko Johnson @ Koko, London

Where do you start with a story like Wilko Johnson’s? On his farewell tour, not because of retirement but because he is going to die from inoperable pancreatic cancer, he gave his all over two hours of blistering guitar. There was no set list just a journey through his life from Dr Feelgood, Blockheads, Solid Senders to the trio he has with Norman Watt-Roy and Dylan Howe where a nod of the head or the start of a duck walk would denote the song. I hope the photos do the talking as well as the music. Here is the...

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Live Review: Wilko Johnson @ Koko.

I had been feeling somewhat strange about this gig, my last chance to see Wilco Johnson while also wrestling with my guilt at why I hadn’t seen him live for more than 20 plus years ,a bit like an old friend you had lost touch with but sadly this really was a farewell tour. I needn’t have worried, arriving somewhat late to the KoKo the place was packed, all waiting in anticipation of the great man, and how would he be? Would he talk about it? No, as this is a man of dignity and for once an artist...

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All Quiet Now: Cecil Womack

R&B singer-songwriter Cecil Womack died last week aged 65, his brother Bobby has confirmed. Cecil was best known in the UK for the 1988 hit Teardrops, which he recorded with his second wife Linda Cooke under the name Womack and Womack. He also wrote hits for stars including Teddy Pendergrass, The O’Jays and his first wife, Motown singer Mary Wells. “I was terribly upset when I heard about my brother’s passing, and I still am,” wrote Bobby on Facebook. “We made music together for a long time, but we’ve had many differences over the years. “Thankfully we got a chance to reunite last year after a very long separation – and little did I know that it would be the last time I would see him. “I can only pass along what I have now learned, which is to not let anything – money, success, etc, come between you and your family.” Tweet Share +1 Pin Share...

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Rock Media: Yoko Ono

One of the most daring and influential artists of our time, Yoko Ono, will be celebrating her eightieth birthday with a music performance at the legendary Volksbühne in Berlin on Sunday, February 17. YOKO ONO PLASTIC ONO BAND will be led by her son, Sean Ono Lennon, who collaborated with Yoko on her 2009 critically-acclaimed record, Between My Head And The Sky. The album received 4 & 5-star rave reviews from Rolling Stone, Mojo, Q, Uncut, NME, Spin & many more, and was picked among Mojo Magazine’s top albums of the year. Additionally, Mojo honored Yoko with a Lifetime...

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All Quiet Now: Etta James

US soul singer Etta James, best known for the tracks At Last and for I’d Rather Go Blind, has died aged 73. It was announced last year that the singer had been diagnosed with leukaemia and was undergoing treatment. The star began singing in a group aged 14, before she embarked upon a solo career where she signed to the legendary Chess Records label. She went on to win six Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993. Legendary producer Jerry Wexler once called her “the greatest of all modern blues singers”....

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All Quiet Now: Jimmy Castor

Soul saxophonist and singer Jimmy Castor, one of the most sampled artists in music history, has died aged 71. The musician, who is credited with influencing many hip hop artists, died in a Las Vegas hospital, family members confirmed. His hits Just Begun and Troglodyte were sampled by many artists including Ice Cube and Usher. Kanye West used Castor’s I Just Wanna Stop on his track We Don’t Care, which featured on his debut album. Castor’s son Jimmy Castor Jr said the first few chords of It’s Just Begun are instantly recognisable. “No matter what country you’re in, no matter what language you speak, everyone knows it,” he said. A sample of the song was famously used in the breakdance battle scene in the 1983 movie Flashdance. Castor’s work has been sampled by other artists more than 3,000 times, the star’s son added. Dancer Richard Colon, professionally known as Crazy Legs, paid tribute to the star, saying “people have been impacted by him and don’t even know it”. The musician began his career for filling in for rock and roll singer Frankie Lymon when he was unable to perform with his band the Teenagers. The star soon went on to form his own group, Jimmy and the Juniors, who wrote and recorded the song I Promise to Remember, which was later also recorded by Lymon and the Teenagers in...

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All Quiet Now: Tom Ardolino

Tom Ardolino, a longtime drummer for the critically loved, commercially underappreciated rock band NRBQ, died last night (Jan. 6) following a long illness, according to the Hartford Courant. He was 56. Ardolino joined NRBQ — short for New Rhythm and Blues Quartet — in 1974, taking over for original timekeeper Tom Staley. Over the next 30 years, Ardolino played on 15 studio albums, leaving his mark on songs that would earn the group a fervent cult following, if limited mainstream success. NRBQ’s fan base is said to include Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello and Bob Dylan, and their songs have been covered by everyone from Bonnie Raitt to She & Him, who recorded ‘Ridin’ in My Car’ for 2010’s ‘Volume Two’ and ‘Christmas Wish’ for their recent holiday album. “He was a great drummer and a great guy,” fellow NRBQ alum Al Anderson told the Courant. “He had a totally unique style of drumming that nobody can ever duplicate. That was one of the baddest rhythm sections in the world.” After NRBQ went on hiatus in 2004, Ardolino remained active in music and participated in various reunion shows. He also released a solo album, played on friends’ recordings and even worked on the soundtrack to a film shown in driver’s-ed classes around the country. According to Jim Chapdelaine, the producer behind the film project, Ardolino was hired to drum in...

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Feature: Andy Shauf The Magician.
Feature: Andy Shauf The Magician.
Published On: March 28, 2016
Here is the new video for Andy Shauf’s song The Magician. The track is from the Saskatchewan-based singer-songwriter’s forthcoming album The Party which arrives this May 20th. The video for The Magician, like the track, is an intensely evocative affair that’s warmly familiar, like a cherished classic from some non-existent past. Several early reviews have Continue Reading

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