Sunday, January 25, 2015

POSTED: Friday, January 23, 2015, 7:50 AM
The 'Vulnicura' album cover.

There’s an open wound running down the middle of Bjork’s chest on the cover of her new album Vulnicura (One Little Indian *** ½), a gash in her heart that the music contained therein hopes to heal.

It’s not the thievery of her music - Vulnicura was leaked on the Internet last weekend, then released on iTunes on Tuesday - that has the Icelandic avant-pop singer in pain. The cause of her hurt is the end of her long term relationship with Matthew Barney, the Cremaster Cycle visual artist and father of their daughter Isadora.

Bjork’s agony is considerable. In a note she posted on her Facebook page this week, she described Vulnicura as a ”complete heartbreak album.” In "Black Lake," the most emotionally raw song, she sings “Our love was my womb, but our bond has broken / My shield is gone, my protection taken / I am one wound.”

POSTED: Thursday, January 22, 2015, 4:22 PM
Musician Bob Dylan Performs onstage during the 37th AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Michael Douglas at Sony Pictures on June 11, 2009 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for AFI)

Bob Dylan is the AARP's new magazine cover boy.

In a rare interview that the unretiring 73 year old songwriter gave to AARP's Robert Love on the eve of the Feb. 3 release of Shadows In The Night, his album of covers of songs assciated with Frank Sinatra, Dylan speaks of singing in Ol' Blue Eyes shadow, about how he felt the first time he heard the Staple Singers' "Uncloudy Day," and gets preachy about how "people's lives today are filled with vice and the trappings of it."

When asked if the inevitable comparisons the songs will draw with the Sinatra versions makes his recording Shadows a "risky" move, Dylan said: "Risky? Like walking across a field laced with land mines? Or working in a poison gas factory? There’s nothing risky about making records. Comparing me with Frank Sinatra? You must be joking. To be mentioned in the same breath as him must be some sort of high compliment. As far as touching him goes, nobody touches him. Not me or anyone else."

POSTED: Thursday, January 22, 2015, 3:45 PM

Super secret agent Sterling Archer, who H. Jon Benjamin gives voice to Thursday nights at 10 on FX, stopped by Late Night with Conan O'Brien this week on TNT. Or rather, the animated spy picked up the TV host and took him for a spin. Watch below.

Previously: Billy Joel coming back to Citizens Bank Park Folow In the Mix on Twitter

POSTED: Thursday, January 22, 2015, 11:05 AM
Musician Billy Joel performs at Madison Square Garden on December 18, 2014 in New York City. (Getty Images)

Who needs Bonnaroo? Billy Joel will headline that Tennessee mega-festival in June, but if the Piano Man’s fans can wait a while longer to see him pound out his enormous catalog of hits, from "Scenes From An Italian Restaurant" to "We Didn't Start The Fire," they can see him in South Philadelphia on August 13th at Citizens Bank Park.

It’ll be the second consecutive summer that Joel will headline CBP, and the record fourth time overall that the 65 year  old Long Island Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, who has been riding a comeback that began with a performance at the 12-12-12 Hurricane Sandy benefit show at Madison Square Garden, has played the Pattison Ave. baseball stadium. (The first two were co-headlining dates with Elton John.)

Tickets go on sale January 30 at 10 a.m. at

POSTED: Tuesday, January 20, 2015, 7:40 PM
The 'Vulnicura' album cover.

Bjork is releasing her new album Vulnicura on iTunes weeks early after it was leaked over the weekend. She broke the news on her Facebook page today, writing "dear websitefolks , fans , tweeters and my music supporters on all the sorts of www :....vulnicura will be rolling out worldwide over the next 24 hours !!

Just last week, the Icelandic avant-pop star first announced the existence of the album, which was scheduled to come out in March, with a handwritten message on Facebook. It's her first new album since 2011 Biophilia, and it was scheduled to coincide with a multi-media retrospective exhibition opening March 7 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York (where the Biophilia app is part of the permanent collection).

Bjork addressed her fans with this note about the album:

POSTED: Saturday, January 17, 2015, 11:33 AM

Kim Fowley was a huckster, a shameless self-promoter, the rock and roll Svengali best known for producing the 1970s teenage femme-rock band The Runaways who got his start in the business working as Doris Day's publicity assistant on the 1960 movie Please Don't Eat The Daisies,and who claimed to have invented the practice of holding lighters in the air at rock shows during John Lennon and Yoko Ono's 1970 Live Peace In Toronto concert.

Fowley, who died on Thursday in Los Angeles at 75 after a battle with bladder cancer, had a career in music that dated back to the 1960 #1 hit he produced for the Hollywood Argyles, "Alley Oop," and was still going this month as he he continued to record his radio on Little Steven Van Zandt's Underground Garage channel on Sirius XM satellite radio from his hospital bed. 

In between, he carried on a classic behind-the-scenes and sometimes in-front-of-the-camera career, writing songs for Kiss and Alice Cooper, working with The Modern Lovers, Gene Vincent, Paul Revere & the Raiders, and Helen Reddy, among others. In 2014, he had a cameo in Beyonce's "Haunted" video. 

POSTED: Tuesday, January 13, 2015, 1:40 PM
Stuart Murdoch of Belle and Sebastian performs live with the band at the Hammersmith Apollo on February 10, 2006 in London, England. (Getty Images)

Next week, Glaswegian indie rock band Belle and Sebastian are releasing Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance, their first album in five years. And on June 9, the Stuart Murdoch led twee-pop group will headline the Tower Theater in Upper Darby.

It will be first local show by the band since a memorable summer's eve performance in 2013 at the Skyline Stage at the Mann Center, and part of a tour that includes  stop at the Coachella Festival in Indio, Calfornia in April. The perky and perfectly charming Girls is streaming in its entirety at NPR and can be heard here. Check out lead single "The Party Line," below.

Previously: New Orleans Jazzfest lineup announced Follow In The Mix on Twitter

POSTED: Monday, January 12, 2015, 1:15 PM
Lady Gaga walks the red carpet during the 27th Annual Kennedy Center Honors at John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on December 7, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images)

The 2015 lineup for the annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, which takes place in the Crescent City on the last weekend in April and first weekend in May, has been announced.

The list of A-list pop headliners playing the first weekend  at the Fairgrounds Race Track begins with Keith Urban, Wilco, The Who, John Legend, Ryan Adams, Mannie Fresh and Juvenile, Pitbull, Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga and Jimmy Buffett & the Coral Reefer Band. On the second, four day weekend, it continues with Alison Krauss & Union Station, No Doubt, Anthony Hamilton, Elton John, Ed Sheeran, T.I., Galactic fest. Macy Gray, Jerry Lee Lewis and Kacey Musgraves. Intriguingingly, the headlining spot on the final Sunday May 3 is listed as TBA, so there's one more headining spot to go.

As always, the real attraction at JazzFest will be hearing homegrown Louisiana acts performing in their native environment, and there's no shortage of those, from the original lineup of funk foursome The Meters, to Dr. John John paying tribute to Louis Armstrong, to Irma Thomas, Allen Toussaint and Trombone Shorty, all doing their thing in The City That Care Forgot.

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