Friday, September 30, 2016

Mike Love from The Beach Boys

October 10 th marks the 50 th anniversary of the release of one of popular music’s most iconic songs of all time, The Beach Boys’ “Good Vibrations.” The Beach Boys and Capitol/UMe will celebrate the golden milestone with the worldwide release of “Good Vibrations” (50 th Anniversary Edition) on a 12-inch sunburst vinyl EP on October 7. Named the “Greatest Single of All Time” by MOJO magazine, “Good Vibrations” is a musical treasure for the ages. Recorded across several sessions at four Hollywood studios between February and September 1966, “Good Vibrations” was a revelation upon its release, wowing musicians, critics and music fans and rocketing to the top of singles charts around the world. A crown jewel of popular music, “Good Vibrations” has been called a “pocket symphony,” with its still-innovative production, lush, layered arrangements and range of instruments, including the world’s most celebrated use of the theremin. The “Good Vibrations (50 th Anniversary Edition) vinyl EP features the original 7” single version, an alternate studio take, an edit of the song with elements from various sessions, an instrumental, and a live version from a Honolulu rehearsal in August, 1967 that was originally intended for the lost album Lei’d in Hawaii, plus the single’s B-side, “Let’s Go Away For Awhile.” A pull-out lithograph of the single’s original Japanese cover art, with its “Good Vibration” title typo intact, is included in the EP package, which features the original 1966 U.S. single cover art on its front. Fans in North America and the U.K. are invited to share their “Good Vibrations” with The Beach Boys for a chance to be featured in a special 50 th anniversary tribute video. For more information, visit TheBeachBoys.com/goodvibrations. 2016 is a golden year for America’s Band. In June, The Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds (50 th Anniversary Edition) was released worldwide in several configurations, including a 4CD/Blu-ray Audio collectors edition presented in a hardbound book, featuring the remastered original album in stereo and mono, plus hi res stereo, mono, instrumental, and 5.1 surround mixes, session outtakes, alternate mixes, and previously unreleased live recordings; a 2CD and digital deluxe edition pairing the remastered album in stereo and mono with highlights from the collectors edition’s additional tracks; and remastered, 180- gram LP editions of the album in mono and stereo with faithfully replicated original artwork. Led by founding member Mike Love, The Beach Boys are on tour all year, celebrating the 50 th anniversary of “Good Vibrations.” Founding member Brian Wilson is also on tour, accompanied by founding member Al Jardine, performing Pet Sounds live for the last time. New memoirs by Love and Wilson will be published this fall. The Beach Boys continue to hold Billboard / Nielsen SoundScan’s record as the top-selling American band for albums and singles, and they are also the American group with the most Billboard Top 40 chart hits (36). “Good Vibrations” was inducted into the GRAMMY Hall of Fame® in 1994. ‘Sounds Of Summer: The Very Best Of The Beach Boys’ has achieved triple-Platinum sales status and ‘The SMiLE Sessions,’ released to worldwide critical acclaim in 2011, was heralded as the year’s Best Reissue by Rolling Stone and earned a GRAMMY Award® for Best Historical Album. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988 and recipients of The Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement GRAMMY Award, The Beach Boys are a beloved American institution that remains iconic around the world. Preorder “Good Vibrations” (50 th Anniversary Edition): http://smarturl.it/GoodVibrations50

Mellowtone

Mellowtone's music ranges from trip-hop to indie-rock, with elements of pop, psychadelic and ambient. these mellow tones are shaped by the strong voice of singer martina birbaum. the band was founded in 2008 and the second album «broken rooms» was recorded at the influx studios in bern during the summer 2015 with us-american producer slade templeton and was released in january 2016. (full album: mellowtone.ch/music) mellowtone.ch facebook.com/mellowtoneband twitter.com/mellowtoneband instagram.com/mellowtoneband youtube.com/mellowtonechannel

Mike Love from The Beach Boys

October 10 th marks the 50 th anniversary of the release of one of popular music’s most iconic songs of all time, The Beach Boys’ “Good Vibrations.” The Beach Boys and Capitol/UMe will celebrate the golden milestone with the worldwide release of “Good Vibrations” (50 th Anniversary Edition) on a 12-inch sunburst vinyl EP on October 7. Named the “Greatest Single of All Time” by MOJO magazine, “Good Vibrations” is a musical treasure for the ages. Recorded across several sessions at four Hollywood studios between February and September 1966, “Good Vibrations” was a revelation upon its release, wowing musicians, critics and music fans and rocketing to the top of singles charts around the world. A crown jewel of popular music, “Good Vibrations” has been called a “pocket symphony,” with its still-innovative production, lush, layered arrangements and range of instruments, including the world’s most celebrated use of the theremin. The “Good Vibrations (50 th Anniversary Edition) vinyl EP features the original 7” single version, an alternate studio take, an edit of the song with elements from various sessions, an instrumental, and a live version from a Honolulu rehearsal in August, 1967 that was originally intended for the lost album Lei’d in Hawaii, plus the single’s B-side, “Let’s Go Away For Awhile.” A pull-out lithograph of the single’s original Japanese cover art, with its “Good Vibration” title typo intact, is included in the EP package, which features the original 1966 U.S. single cover art on its front. Fans in North America and the U.K. are invited to share their “Good Vibrations” with The Beach Boys for a chance to be featured in a special 50 th anniversary tribute video. For more information, visit TheBeachBoys.com/goodvibrations. 2016 is a golden year for America’s Band. In June, The Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds (50 th Anniversary Edition) was released worldwide in several configurations, including a 4CD/Blu-ray Audio collectors edition presented in a hardbound book, featuring the remastered original album in stereo and mono, plus hi res stereo, mono, instrumental, and 5.1 surround mixes, session outtakes, alternate mixes, and previously unreleased live recordings; a 2CD and digital deluxe edition pairing the remastered album in stereo and mono with highlights from the collectors edition’s additional tracks; and remastered, 180- gram LP editions of the album in mono and stereo with faithfully replicated original artwork. Led by founding member Mike Love, The Beach Boys are on tour all year, celebrating the 50 th anniversary of “Good Vibrations.” Founding member Brian Wilson is also on tour, accompanied by founding member Al Jardine, performing Pet Sounds live for the last time. New memoirs by Love and Wilson will be published this fall. The Beach Boys continue to hold Billboard / Nielsen SoundScan’s record as the top-selling American band for albums and singles, and they are also the American group with the most Billboard Top 40 chart hits (36). “Good Vibrations” was inducted into the GRAMMY Hall of Fame® in 1994. ‘Sounds Of Summer: The Very Best Of The Beach Boys’ has achieved triple-Platinum sales status and ‘The SMiLE Sessions,’ released to worldwide critical acclaim in 2011, was heralded as the year’s Best Reissue by Rolling Stone and earned a GRAMMY Award® for Best Historical Album. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988 and recipients of The Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement GRAMMY Award, The Beach Boys are a beloved American institution that remains iconic around the world. Preorder “Good Vibrations” (50 th Anniversary Edition): http://smarturl.it/GoodVibrations50

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Cassandra Michaels

With talent that was once discovered in a closet at a Christian school in small Midwestern town, Cassandra Michaels’ world is so much more lively, passionate, dignified, and virtually amazing since she decided to step outside of her comfort zone to truly embrace herself. Once known to her 200,000 plus fan base as an adorable pop princess, Cassandra is now coming into her truth as she matures along with her music, style, and audience. She’s always had the talent, as her songs were a thoughtful reflection of her youthful existence. With her girl-next-door innocence she was able to capture the hearts of those seeking pop perfection. With a new project on the horizon, Cassandra is no longer thinking; she is living. While the music is still pop, the feeling is now imperfection, truth, sensuality, boldness, and everything else that defines the essence of womanhood. Working with the likes of producers Tommy Brown, Ryan Tedder, Michael Foster, and songwriter. Njomza, Cassandra is ready to take her place on the throne amongst music’s royalty. While artists like Banks, The Weeknd, and Tove Lo esonate with Cassandra, she is very much her own artist. As she so eloquently stated, “The music is darker and grittier. That was important to me because I’m not some sweet little girl that can be walked over and I couldn’t be more opposite. I’m a force to be reckoned with. I don’t just hope for things to happen, I make them happen. I’m all in.” With Cassandra being “all in,” fans old and new will begin to not only hear her heart, but they will also feel her soul. While the songs are still very much pop records they are of another universe compared to her older material. Passion and truth now serve as her creative canvass. Her new song “Drive” serves as the poptastic yet classic cruising down the PCH anthem. Mimicking Cassandra’s personality, it’s cool, carefree, and clever. “Toxic” is the anti-romantic feel good groove with an edge. “Let’s Go “is that killer club song that forces you to lose control and do exactly as the song suggests. Just as Cassandra has learned to let go, take more risks, and just live, her music has also come to life in a way that breathes liberation. Singer/Songwriter still illuminates from her spirit, passion has always been her persona, and the girl-next-door is now the fearless femme fatale. These elements combined with the unwavering support of an A-List team have placed Ms. Michaels on a path toward perfect imperfection. Ever since she made the leap to live her life on stage, her fans have always witnessed the pop princess. Now it’s time for the world to know Cassandra Michaels.

Christopher Darden

(In Contempt was a NY Times Best Seller originally published in 1996 and has been re-issued and currently on sale as an ebook and paperback.) For more than a year, Christopher Darden argued tirelessly for the prosecution, giving voice to the victims in the O.J. Simpson murder trial. In Contempt is an unflinching look at what the television cameras could not show: behind-the-scenes meetings, the deteriorating relationships between the defense and prosecution teams, the taunting, baiting, and pushing matches between Darden and Simpson, the intimate relationship between Darden and Marcia Clark, and the candid factors behind Darden's controversial decision for Simpson to try on the infamous glove, and much more. Out of the sensational frenzy of "the trial of the century" comes this haunting memoir of duty, justice, and the powerful under

Monday, September 26, 2016

Slim Jim Phantom

I wanted to get a more in depth conversation with one of the most prolific artists of the 1980's and life moving forward. Slim Jim has appeared on my more albums because of his passion. But importantly his true connection to Rockabilly. It's that sound that earned him spaces to place his signature. We go well beneath the level of the backstage. Roaring past the root and going straight for the seed.

Redd Returns

One of the most dynamic writers with a creative heart attached. Then he goes into the studio and brings music to life. I had to get closer to his creative process. To break down the lyrics. To see if what he's singing is what he's been living. We laugh a lot and I learn as he explains.