Archive: February, 2012
Davy Jones, one of the four members of the much-loved 1960s pre-fab pop group The Monkees, died from a heart attack in a hospital in Martin County, Florida this morning, TMZ has reported.
Jones, 66, was the British Monkee in an otherwise all-American band whose other members included Michael Nesmith, Mickey Dolenz and Peter Tork. The band was put together for the NBC TV show The Monkees, by Bob Rafaelson and Bob Schneider, with music supervision by behind the scenes music mahoff Don Kirschner.
The meta-music series ran from 1966 to 1968, and the band scored several hits that have stood the test of time including the John Stewart-penned "Daydream Believer" and "I Wanna Be Free," both of which featured Jones, the band's principal heartthrob, on lead vocals.
THE MONKEES - DAYDREAM BELIEVER by huntylch
Radiohead began its North American tour last night in Miami, and the British art-rock band performed two new songs. This being 2012, both of those songs, "Cut A Hole" and "Identikit" are already available for your YouTube viewing pleasure. The band plays the Coachella Festival in April and Bonnaroo in June, but at this point, there are no further east coast dates.
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon kicked off Bruce Springsteen week on Monday, with the Boss and the E Street Band doing "We Take Care Of Our Own," and "Wrecking Ball," the title track to the album due out next Tuesday.
The latter performance is embedded below, "We Take Care Of Our Own" is here, and a very funny clip of Fallon, The Roots and NBC news anchor Brian Williams slow jamming and double entendre-ing the news on the subject of Super PACs is on the Fallon web site. Kenny Chesney is on the show tonight, John Legend tomorrow, and Elvis Costello on Thursday, with Springsteen returning on Friday to close out the week.
President Obama on Muddy Waters, Alan Lomax and what it's like to have B.B. King and Mick Jagger play at your house
The star-studded In Performance at the White House: Red, White & Blues special that was taped last Tuesday airs tonight at 9 on WHYY and other PBS stations. As was widely reported last week, Barack Obama joined in at the end on an all-hands-on-deck version of "Sweet Home Chicago," along with B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Mick Jagger, Shemekia Copeland, Jeff Beck, Gary Clark Jr., Trombone Shorty, and a whole bunch of other. Here's a clip of POTUS putting on his rock-critic hat and eloquently talking about the fateful meeting between folklorist Alan Lomax and McKinley Morganfield, a.k.a. Muddy Waters, on Stovall's Plantation in Mississippi in 1941, before he introduced King to the White House crowd.
Esperanza Spalding has risen to the stature of an international symbol of cultural enlightenment. The Berklee educated (and educating) jazz bassist has played the White House, and the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony. Her first name means "hope." Last year, she enraged Beliebers by winning the best new artist Grammy. Last night, she got to sing Louis Armstrong's "What A Wonderful World" during the In Memoriam segment of the Oscar telecast.
Otherwise, there wasn't a whole lot of worthwhile music of note at the 2012 telecast, with Flight of the Conchords' Bret McKenzie's trophy-snagging best song winner - out of an inexplicably slim category of two nominees - "Man or Muppet?" not even getting a performance slot. But the splendiferously Afroed Spalding handled her assignment with understatement and class, providing the soundtrack for the show's one between-awards segment that didn't feel like unnecessary padding, while paying tribute to dearly departed silver screen presences such as Elizabeth Taylor, Jane Russell and Whitney Houston.
Spalding's Radio Music Society comes out March 20. She plays the Electric Factory on May13. The audio from her Oscar performance is below.
Tuesday was Mardi Gras, but on this third day of Lent, the celebrations go on for traveling New Orleans party starters like formidable funk aggregation Galactic and new school NOLA brass band the Soul Rebels.
The latter open for the former (who are pictured to the left) at Union Transfer tonight, and will undoubtedly play together, as they do in the 2007 video below of "From The Corner To The Block," with gold-toothed Crescent City rapper Juvenile. Galactic's just-out Carnivale Electros follows the band's catholic taste from Louisiana to Rio de Janeiro, with contributions from New Orleanians like Mystikal and Big Chief Juan Pardo and Brazilians such as Carlinhos Brown and Moyseis Marques. The Soul Rebels' latest ecumenical update on the traditional brass band sound is called Unlock Your Mind; watch a mini-documentary about the band here.
And speaking of Jimmy Fallon, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band will appear on the NBC host's Late Night show twice next week, in advance of the March 6 release of Springsteen's new album Wrecking Ball, which comes out March 6.
Springsteen and the E Street Bandwill do teo songs on Monday on Fallon, and on Friday will be the show's only guests, performing a number of songs, with the Boss also sitting for an interview with Fallon. (The two previously paired up for a parody of Willow Smith's "Whip My Hair" in 2010, with Fallon playing Neil Young and Springsteen a 1970s version of himself. That's them on the left.) Fallon is turning the entire week into a Bruce-fest, with Kenny Chesney guesting and doing "I'm On Fire" on Tuesday and Elvis Costello singing "Brilliant Disguise" with The Roots backing him up Thursday. No word on the Springsteen-honoring mystery guest on Monday.
More details on Fallon's Facebook page here.
Last night on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, the NBC host donned a grunge wig and pretended to be Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, turning the Seattle rock band's trademark angster "Jeremy" into "Jeremy (Lin)," a tribute to the New York Knicks' celebrated Harvard-educated point guard. You know, the super-hyped Sports Illustrated Cinderella story cover guy who shot 1 for 11 against the Miami Heat and had eight turnovers to go with his three assists last night. Watch the clip below.