Friday, November 16, 2018

Suddenly - Hallelujah The Hills drop a mesmerizing instrumental record!

A musical point of pride for the city of Boston, Hallelujah the Hills, made a surprise album drop this week of "Against Electricity," the instrumental soundtrack to singer/author Ryan Walsh's nationally celebrated Van Morrison book, 'Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968.' (Here's my post.) 

Sure, having a great rock band with an author behind the microphone might sound cool - but that's only because it is cool. Walsh's writer's voice is present throughout 'Electricity' and it's the vision of the words and the execution by these soundsmiths that made this an instant purchase for me. (Yes, people should still buy music.) The best parts of this will, you will note is when things are real low and then run real high. 

Hallelujah The Hills are: Brian Rutledge, Nicholas Ward, Ryan Walsh, Joe Marrett, and Ryan Connelly.

Courtney Brooke Hall photo

Aside from dropping the instrumental album this week, HJH did something else special by announcing their new record is also now-on-sale.  The next full-length album, I'm You, will be released in the Spring. More new stuff, just a few weeks away.

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Astral Weeks (Amazon)

Thursday, November 15, 2018

American Legend Roy Clark has died

One of the great, great showmen in American music has died. A spokesman today said Roy Clark passed away peacefully in his Tulsa home following complications from a recent bout with pneumonia. Clark was a face and name for multiple of generations and was widely celebrated for his banjo- and guitar-play. He was beloved by millions for his two-plus decades on the legendary Hee-Haw show. Sad day for a lot of folks. Clark was a real American music legend.

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End of a Year with Sister Sparrow

Photo by Shervin Lainez

A Winning Combination - for fans of big, powerful deliveries and top notch vocal execution, we give you Sister Sparrow. The modern soul outfit out of Brooklyn - fronted by Arleigh Kincheloe, offers fans a bridge to soul music's glorious past and it's neo-modern execution. Perhaps what I like best about about Sister Sparrow is the music (instantly relatable) and Arleigh's voice (she's a wonderfully reliable narrator.)  The new album, Gold, is available now with the video for the title track below. The Sister Sparrow is Arleigh Kincheloe, Jackson Kincheloe, Josh Myers, Dan Boyden, Brian Graham and Phil Rodriguez.

A Best of 2018 Selection - Known far and wide as the impossibly big voiced leader of acclaimed soul collective Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, singer Arleigh Kincheloe has made an astonishing leap forward with Sister Sparrow’s new LP, GOLD. Produced by Carter Matschullat (Chef’Special, Secret Weapons), the album sees Sister Sparrow taking the classic brass-fueled Dirty Birds sound and turning it into something altogether new: a soul-blasted contemporary pop sound both timeless yet utterly now.

Brighton Music Hall
Boston, MA
9:30 Club
Washington, DC
Irving Plaza
New York, NY
Teragram Ballroom
Los Angeles, CA
The Independent
San Francisco, CA
Levon Helm Studios
Woodstock, NY
Narrows Center for the Arts
Fall River, MA
The Warehouse at FTC
Fairfield, CT

Sister Sparrow
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POSTER DROP: Chuck Sperry - Oracle

The Oracle
21 x 31.5
Edition of 150
7 colors on cream paper
Signed and Numbered

Variant editions of Gold, Silver, Black, Holo Sparkle Foil, Holo Lava Foil

San Fran-area poster guru Chuck Sperry is my favorite designer artist and silkscreener. A prolific and influential creator for decades now, the man is a legend. Sperry's been making sophisticated pieces of beauty, like this week's drop, for decades now.  In the eyes of a great many Sperry collectors, his art print "lady series" are the most desirable pieces. This is a home show for Sperry - so he's bringing out the big guns: Oracle, released this weekend at DesignerCon 2018 in Anheim, CA, is sure to disappear fast!

On this one: a huge tip of the hat to Chuck on the melting flowers in Oracle's hair.. Gorgeous! If you can't get to Cali, keep your fingers crossed for an online drop on what remains, maybe on Black Friday.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

The Toughest Ticket - the massive LA tribute concert for Chris Cornell goes on sale this Friday

This Friday's on-sale for the Chris Cornell "I Am The Highway" tribute concert to be held this January in Los Angeles promises to be the single most sought after concert ticket of 2018/2019. The show features members of Soundgarden, Audio Slave and Temple of the Dog; who will be joined Foo Fighters, Metallica, and Ryan Adams. Just wow.

The evening will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and also feature performances from the Foo Fighters and Ryan Adams, along with other special guests.   

In keeping with Chris and his family's vision for a better world, the evening will benefit the Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation as well as The Epidermolysis Bullosa Medical Research Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to raising funds and awareness for this painful and debilitating genetic disorder. 

Tickets go on sale through Ticketmaster this Friday, November 16th at 10 AM PT. Each ticket purchased online for the show will include a copy of Cornell’s self-titled career retrospective album. Visit for additional details.

This will be my generation's The Last Waltz. And sadly, despite the forum's 17,000+ capacity, no one reading this will likely get a ticket without a second mortgage or some akin vow of servitude for perpetuity. (I mean each of these acts could sell out the Forum on their own!) Best of luck everyone. The Countdown's on.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Exciting New Trailer for Game Of Thrones Season 8

Just... Wow.

Season 8 begins April 2019


POSTER DROP: Joshua Budich treats Stan Lee like Gold

Artists and Writers sure do love their Stan Lee. The beloved Comic creator, responsible for most of the best characters in fandom, passed away yesterday - and you probably couldn't help but notice due to the out-pouring of respect and love from around the world. This tribute just popped up inside the hour and I wanted you to know about it.

 (Limited to Just 100 copies)

One of my favorite pop culture artists, Josh Budich, appeared on my Outlaw Roadshow radio program about two years ago and we dissected his influences then. Josh has created an ultra-rare gold foil tribute, an 18x24" poster, (limited to just 100 copies) that is now on sale via Nakatomi. Half of all the proceeds to to The Hero Initiative- a charity that helps comic book creators in need. That is kind and cool all at once!

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(What's with all the Cold) November Rain?

When I look into your eyes
I can see a love restrained
But darlin' when I hold you
Don't you know I feel the same
Nothin' lasts forever
And we both know hearts can change
And it's hard to hold a candle
In the cold November rain
We've been through this such a long long time
Just tryin' to kill the pain, oo yeah
But love is always coming and love is always going
And no one's really sure who's lettin' go today
Walking away
If we could take the time
To lay it on the line
I could rest my head
Just knowin' that you were mine
All mine
So if you want to love me
Then darlin' don't refrain
Or I'll just end up walkin'
In the cold November rain
Do you need some time on your own
Do you need some time all alone
Everybody needs some time
On their own
Don't you know you need some time all alone
I know it's hard to keep an open heart
When even friends seem out to harm you
But if you could heal a broken heart
Wouldn't time be out to charm you
Sometimes I need some time on my
Sometimes I need some time all alone
Everybody needs some time
On their own
Don't you know you need some time all alone
And when your fears subside
And shadows still remain, oh yeah
I know that you can love me
When there's no one left to blame
So never mind the darkness
We still can find a way
'Cause nothin' lasts forever
Even cold November rain
(Repeat 4x)
Don't ya think that you need somebody
Don't ya think that you need someone
Everybody needs somebody

"A Preview of the new Guns N' Roses Album" (Nov 13)

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Monday, November 12, 2018

Friday, November 09, 2018

Andrew Bird - Bloodless

Video directed by Matthew Daniel Siskin


They're profiting from your worry
They're selling blanks down at the DMZ
They're banking on the sound and fury
Makes you wonder what it all's got to do with me
Bloodless for now
I'm keeping mine with the altruists
I'm putting my weight behind the dancer
I know it's hard to be an optimist
When you trust least the ones who claim to have the answers
And it's an uncivil war
It's an uncivil war
It's an uncivil war
Bloodless for now
And the poets they explode like bombs
While the gentry is drinking Moet Chandon
Turn around and quote a well known psalm:
Don't you worry 'bout the wicked
Don't you envy those who do wrong
And your innocence will be like the dawn
While the justice of your cause will shine like the noonday sun
Well, the best have lost their convictions
And the worst keep
Sharpening their claws
They're peddling in their dark fictions
While what's left of us, well, we just hem and we haw
And it feels like 1936
In Catalonia
In Catalonia
Bloodless for now
Bloodless for now
And the poets they explode like bombs
While the gentry is drinking Moet Chandon
Turn around and quote a well known psalm:
Don't you worry 'bout the wicked
Don't you envy those who do wrong
And your innocence will be like the dawn
While the justice of your cause will shine like the noonday sun

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Thursday, November 08, 2018

A New Record is on the way for Hollis Brown!

photo by Shervin Lainez

New York, NY – Mascot Label Group has announced the signing of Hollis Brown to a global recording agreement on their Cool Green Records imprint. 

Lead singer Mike Montali shares, “It’s an honor to be working with one of the best labels in the world. Can’t wait to do amazing things together.” Mascot Label Group President, North America Ron Burman offers, “We’re thrilled to have Hollis Brown join our MLG family. I love their unique brand of infectious soulful authentic American rock. Mike’s got classic vocals in the vein of Petty, Dylan, and Young…. I was blown away the first time I heard them.”

Hollis Brown has toured extensively in America and Europe, headlining and supporting such bands as The Counting Crows, Citizen Cope, The Zombies, Jackie Greene, Heartless Bastards, Rich Robinson of Black Crowes, and Jesse Malin, and building an impressive fan base on both continents.

Mascot Label Group is a 100% independently owned and operated record company that is a market leader in the worlds of Rock, Metal and Blues.

One of the Best Live Acts in America

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POSTER DROP: Shepard Fairey

Today's Art Drop
10am Pacific time


Silkscreen Poster
by Shepard Fairey

I created this art previously but never released it as a print until now. For this new version, the message reads Knowledge + Action = Power. The text, ”The Future Is Unwritten” was inspired by a quote from Joe Strummer of The Clash. The flower growing from the barbed wire in my art piece is symbolic of the negative being overcome by the positive, a visual metaphor for hope in the unwritten future. - Shepard

18 x 24 inches. Screenprint on cream Speckle Tone paper. Signed by Shepard Fairey. Edition of 550. $45. Available Thursday, November 8th @ 10AM (PDT) on in Store under Prints.
Max order: 1 per customer/household.

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