Monday, April 20, 2015

Jon Ronson

Been there done that right? Wrote that and now you are paying for it. What happens when you innocently let something slip and the world won't let you forget it? From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with Jon Ronson From psychopaths to suicide cults, military psychics to human superheroes, Jon Ronson has immersed himself in bizarre and terrifying worlds and become master of what Jon Stewart has coined "Investigative Satire." In SO YOU’VE BEEN PUBLICLY SHAMED, Ronson investigates the world of public shaming, where social media has made everyone a vigilante and where a poorly phrased tweet or comment can catapult a person to Public Enemy No. 1 overnight. Shaming moves with lighting speed and has a terrifyingly powerful effect, sometimes destroying a person’s entire life. Ronson follows up with those whose lives have been left in tatters, and questions those being most cruel in the anonymous internet playground, resulting in a powerful and very humane dispatch from the front line of the escalating war on human nature and its flaws. As Ronson says of his meeting with the recipient of one shaming, "Over the years I’ve sat across tables from a lot of people whose lives have been destroyed. Usually the people who did the destroying were the government, or the military, or big business. This felt like the first person I had ever interviewed who had been destroyed by us." Ronson’s "hilarious and unsettling" (Boston Globe) storytelling has made him a favorite of readers & critics alike. He is a regular on This American Life and critics have deemed his work “beguiling” (New York Times), “both terrifying and hilarious” (O, The Oprah Magazine) and “entertaining and alarming in equal parts” (Kirkus). And Salon praised: “Ronson’s touch is light and he’s not afraid to play the feckless neurotic for laughs, but that doesn't obscure the serious questions raise by his investigations.” It is this deft mix of comedy and rigorous reporting that make Ronson’s work equal parts entertainment and essential reading and he is at the height of his powers in this new book. About The Author: Jon Ronson’s books include the New York Times bestsellers The Psychopath Test and Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries; the e-originals Frank: The True Story That Inspired the Movie and The Amazing Adventures of Phoenix Jones; and international bestsellers Them: Adventures with Extremists and The Men Who Stare at Goats as well as the screenplay for Frank, which debuted at Sundance 2014. Ronson lives in London and New York City.

Drake White

There's nothing like a true storyteller walking into the iHeart Radio Studio. Every sentence leads to an incredible paragraph. Eventually the conversation gets so deep that time turns into a moment. And isn't that what life's all about? Collecting the drops from an unexpected cloud only to realize you're holding sunshine. I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with Drake White...

Director Frederic Tcheng

Premiering in Charlotte May 8th at Regal Ballantyne Dior and I... From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with the movies Director Frederic Tcheng Dior and I brings the viewer inside the storied world of the Christian Dior fashion house with a privileged, behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Raf Simons’ first haute couture collection as its new artistic director—a true labor of love created by a dedicated group of collaborators. Melding the everyday, pressure-filled components of fashion with mysterious echoes from the iconic brand’s past, the film is also a colorful homage to the seamstresses who serve Simons’ vision. Trailer:

Sal Was At The RnR Hall Of Fame Induction

When you've stood with The Beatles, Zeppelin, The Who and countless others. You need to be the reporter at the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame Inductions. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with my favorite Behind the Music front man Sal!!! The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame held its 30th annual induction ceremony Saturday night at Public Hall in Cleveland. The class of 2015 consisted of Ringo Starr, Lou Reed, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, The "5" Royales, Bill Withers, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts and Green Day. Even though so many of the year's honorees are no longer with us, it was a long night. Bill Withers had people laughing when he detoured from his script, but ended up speaking for 13 minutes. The members of Joan Jett and The Blackhearts and the survivors of the Butterfield Blues Band spoke for a total of 45 minutes. Lou Reed's widow, Laurie Anderson, spent 12 minutes at the podium. Jett's longtime manager, Kenny Laguna, also felt the need to speak. Near the end of the night, as Ringo Starr was speaking, Paul McCartney pointed to his watch, which prompted the drummer to say, "After the things I've sat through tonight, blah, blah, blah. I've got some stories!" While the speeches were long, there were some funny -- and puzzling -- moments: Miley Cyrus, who inducted Joan Jett, said she wanted to have sex with her. Blackhearts guitarist Ricky Byrd echoed that, saying how much he and his bandmates wanted to get between the sheets with her. Ringo Starr's induction was for his solo career, but neither he nor Paul McCartney, in his introduction, mentioned that. Instead they focused on Ringo joining The Beatles. Ringo also had a tip for bands, saying that musicians who fart while traveling together should admit it in order to keep the peace. Laurie Anderson had the audience chanting "Louuuu," but when she joined in she sounded like a dying animal. There were technical delays during Ringo's time on stage. He wrapped up his speech and then had to stretch while they got things ready for his performance. At that point, he realized he had forgotten to thank his wife, actress Barbara Bach. He also hugged two members of the audience before putting down the microphone because he ran out of things to say. Then, after performing "Boys" with Green Day, he had to wait again while the house band and his brother-in-law Joe Walsh got ready to back him on "It Don't Come Easy." Paul McCartney and many of the night's performers and presenters then took part in renditions of "With a Little Help From My Friends" and "I Wanna Be Your Man." We asked Ringo how he felt about being inducted. He told us, "You're recognized when you're recognized. You can't live in that world. And I'm only actually doing it so Paul can have a day out." But he did say it was quite an honor. John Mayer, who inducted Stevie Ray Vaughan, calling him "the ultimate guitarist," did a few songs along with Jimmie Vaughan and Gary Clark Junior. Beck did Lou Reed's "Satellite of Love." In her induction speech, Patti Smith said Reed "was not only my friend, he was the friend of New York City." She thanked him "for brutally and benevolently injecting your poetry into music." Joan Jett opened the show with "Bad Reputation," then was joined by Dave Grohl for The Runaways' "Cherry Bomb" and "Crimson and Clover," for which they were joined by the song's originator, Tommy James, and Miley Cyrus. In her acceptance speech, Jett said, "I come from a place where rock and roll means something. It means more than music, more than fashion, more than a good pose. It's a language of a subculture that makes eternal teenagers out of all who follow it. It's a subculture of rebellion, integrity, frustration, alienation and the glue that set several generations free of unnatural societal and self-suppression." Green Day did a three-song set of "American Idiot," "When I Come Around" and "Basket Case." The trio was inducted by Fall Out Boy. In accepting, Billie Joe Armstrong looked out at the crowd and said, "It's like my record collection is actually sitting in this room." He cited a bunch of albums and bands as influences: "Horses by Patti Smith, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, Mötley Crüe and Cheap Trick, Pyromania by Def Leppard, and a few others that hopefully will be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame soon." Stevie Wonder and John Legend performed a trio of Bill Withers' hits, including "Lean on Me." Wonder also inducted Withers. After an induction speech by Peter Wolf, country star Zac Brown and Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine honored The Butterfield Blues Band with a performance of "Born in Chicago." Surviving members of the band, including Elvin Bishop and Sam Lay, did "Got My Mojo Working." Two of the late bandleader's sons accepted on his behalf. Steve Cropper spoke on behalf of The "5" Royales, none of whom survive. Highlights of the ceremony will air on HBO beginning May 30th.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Tommy Interview Tommy

Tommy Jr asks if he can stop into the radio station studio this summer to learn about the production side of the industry. I didn't want to wait until the southern sun heated up the streets of Carolina. It was showtime now. Tommy Jr interviewing his father Tommy DeCarlo the lead vocalist of the group Boston. From the iHeart Radio Studio we are Unplugged and Totally Uncut... Boston 2015 Tour 4/30 – Tuscaloosa, AL 5/1 – Orange Beach, AL 5/2 – Clearwater, FL 5/6 – Melbourne, FL 5/7 – Orlando, FL 5/15 – Simpsonville, SC 5/16 – Charleston, SC 5/22 – Cherokee, NC 5/23 – Panama City, FL 5/24 – Saint Augustine, FL 6/3-4 – Niagara Falls, Canada 6/6 – Atlantic City, NJ 6/25 – Fargo, ND 6/26 – Fort Dodge, IA 6/27 – Brainerd, MN 6/28 – Grand Island, NE 7/2 – Kettering, OH 7/3 – Elgin, IL 7/18 – Battle Creek, MI 7/26 – Inglewood, CA 7/27-28 – San Diego, CA 7/30 – Saratoga, CA 7/31 – Paso Robles, CA 8/6 – West Allis, WI 8/8 – Washington, MO 8/9 – Wichita, KS 8/19-22 – Nassau, Bahamas Read More: Boston Announce 2015 Tour Dates |

Philip Kerr

From the iHeart Radio Studio. I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with New York Times–bestselling author Philip Kerr, the much-anticipated return of Bernie Gunther in a series hailed by Malcolm Forbes as “the best crime novels around today.” THE LADY FROM ZAGREB may be the sharpest and most memorable Bernie Gunther novel to date. Philip Kerr takes the reader into worlds that often ran below the radar even after WWII ended. What he reveals here will surprise and even shock, and is must-reading for those who can handle their history straight-up and unfiltered. A beautiful young actress, the rising star of the giant German film company UFA—now under the control of the Propaganda Ministry. The very clever, very dangerous Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels—close confidant of Hitler, an ambitious schemer, and a flagrant libertine. And Bernie Gunther, former Berlin homicide bull—now forced to run errands for Goebbels at the Propaganda Minister’s command. Goebbel’s errand takes Bernie from Berlin to Zurich to Zagreb and beyond…. In the brutal killing fields of Croatia, where the Ustashe government is a beast running wild, he witnesses the horrifying sadism of out-of-control madmen whose actions even hardened Wehrmacht observers find revolting. And in the seeming peace of Switzerland Bernie runs up against Allen Dulles’s murderous operatives as well as highly suspect Swiss-German dealings. Even his earlier experiences on the Eastern Front have not prepared Bernie for the snake pit he has fallen into.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

John Lodge from The Moody Blues

His music and song lyrics have lasted four decades. Today John Lodge expands his horizon by not only recording a new set of songs but combing the pleasure of listening to lyrics with sipping on an incredible wine from his vineyard. Which you can buy. From the iHeart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with the bass guitarist from The Moody Blues John Lodge “Everything in the future is in reach, but the past was once our future” – John Lodge Los Angeles, CA (February 25, 2015)--Esoteric Antenna, a label of the Cherry Red Records Group, is proud to announce the release of 10,000 LIGHT YEARS AGO, the new studio album by legendary MOODY BLUES member JOHN LODGE on May 5 in the U.S. and in Canada (with distribution via MVD Entertainment); and on May 4 in the UK. The title track, “10,000 Light Years Ago,” will be released digitally on April 14. As vocalist and bass player of THE MOODY BLUES, 10,000 LIGHT YEARS AGO is Lodge’s second solo album. His first solo album, NATURAL AVENUE, was released in 1977, and was recently reissued on CD and Vinyl LP by Esoteric Recordings. A member of THE MOODY BLUES since 1966, Lodge has written such hit songs for the band such as “Peak Hour”, “Ride My See Saw”, “The Eyes of a Child”, “Isn’t Life Strange”, “I’m Just a Singer (in a Rock & Roll Band)”, “Steppin’ in a Slide Zone”, “Gemini Dream” (with Justin Hayward) and many more. 10,000 LIGHT YEARS AGO also reunites Lodge with special guest contributions from former MOODY BLUES members - flutist RAY THOMAS and keyboardist/mellotron player MIKE PINDER on the song “Simply Magic.” Legendary guitarist CHRIS SPEDDING also appears on the album, among others. The new collection was recorded at various locations and completed at The Mix Factory studios in Florida. From the opening song “In My Mind”, to the biographical “Those Days in Birmingham”, the more reflective “Simply Magic” and “Lose Your Love”; to the rock influenced “Crazy”, the jazz–tinged “Love Passed Me By” and the powerful “Get Me Out of Here,” Lodge paints a variety of moods on a fine musical canvas. Lodge comments; “Back in the 60s, when the dreams of a ‘new generation’ were being born, The Moody Blues wrote a stage show which became the album DAYS OF FUTURE PASSED. The theme encompassed the past, present and future experiences of our lives. When DAYS OF FUTURE PASSED was successful, I knew that our decision to stick to our principles by writing and recording music we felt driven to create, was the right one. Upon reflection, I suppose that in my work with The Moody Blues, and in my solo work, I have continued to stick to that principle.” Lodge adds, “I think that this theme has continued in the music of The Moody Blues and in my music, and it’s a musical record of our generation travelling through life. With 10,000 LIGHTS YEARS AGO, I have continued this theme of constant evolution, as everything in the future remains in reach, and although the past is behind us, it once was our future.” For more than 40 years, THE MOODY BLUES have been one of the most enduring and consistent groups in the world. Their remarkable music has enthralled generations of fans since the 1960’s, and their recorded legacy contains some of the most important and ground breaking work in the history of popular music, having generated more than 70 million sales throughout the world. During the course of their illustrious career the band has earned 18 platinum discs and has won numerous awards, including the NARM Number One World Group Award of 1972, the Playboy Vocal Group of the Year Award, the Golden Ticket Award (for the sale of 100,000 tickets at Madison Square Gardens), as well as ASCAP and Performance Awards, the Ivor Novello Statue (in 1984 for an Outstanding Contribution to British Music), and an enviable place in rock history. John reflects; “With a guitar, a blank piece of paper and a pen, the musical horizon has always been there. I go wherever the songs take me.” Lodge will be on the “Timeless Flight – Polydor Years” tour as a member of THE MOODY BLUES in April and May in the U.S.; and in June in the UK. JOHN LODGE: “10,000 Light Years Ago” track listing is as follows: In My Mind Those Days in Birmingham Simply Magic Get Me Out of Here Love Passed Me By Crazy Lose Your Love 10,000 Light Years Ago