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When in London, re-boot

Odell Jr. (not David) Beckham gives footwear shout out to Who and Stones in London!

“Beckham originally sported some Burberry cleats originally during warm-ups, fully embracing the London atmosphere, but changed to cleats that matched the Giants’ colors to comply with the NFL rule that all cleats must be in the team’s colors.”

Beckham wears Who and Stones boots

Beckham wears Who and Stones boots

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Palestine, Texas – T-Bone Burnette w/John Mayer

T-Bone has been cranking out quality roots music for decades. This funky country gone wrong track with John Mayer lays it all bare

 

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Leon Bridges – Smooth Sailin’

Courtesy of Tokyo Matt

 

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Natural Woman – Remastered (2015)

Sometimes a performance just surfaces at the top. Such a moment includes the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors for Carole King who is seen in the crowd looking very impressed. Obama sheds a tear.  The Queen of Soul…

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Lykke Li – What’s in My Bag?

 

Thanks to Amoeba for going above the call of duty! The Swedish songstress is just one of many cool artists who share some of their music and shopping passions.

 

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Ashes to Ashes – Bowie ’47-’16

David Bowie was the consummate musical artist. Combining singing, staging, clothes, lyrics, showmanship and grooves, this Tonight Show clip sums it up with minimal distraction.

noel-blog-3Always a master of reinvention, here the erstwhile Davy Jones sneaks in a vibrant homage to James Dean’s Rebel Without a Cause look at Johnny Carson’s Burbank studio.

The great Ashley Kahn offered me the opportunity to interview Bowie in 1995, IF I could get Wired to take it as a cover story, they nixed it, saying we just did Brian Eno. What?

When I first saw him live at The Warfield in San Francisco, Bowie remarkably carried his prime years forward to 1997 opening with “Quicksand” from Hunky Dory.  Never without a mime or sleight of hand, it was a rare privilege to witness his wit and presence first hand. To wit his intro to Jean Genie at The Warfield: “This is an old blues song that was telegraphed to me at the time of my birth in 1947.” Seven years later I saw him again at the Berkeley Community Theater, dressed as a sailor, he suprisingly re-channeled his androgyne identity into what was to be his last tour.

A westerner with some Buddhist views, he kept a Balinese style place in the Caribbean and had his ashes scattered in a Nagben Ceremony in Bali. Ashes to ashes was a  just a splice off Bowie’s seemingly infinite tape loop of art imitating life imitating art.

 

 

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Dylan and Band: Bootleg #11

Bob Dylan and The Band’s The Bootleg Series Vol. 11: The Basement Tapes Complete was first called The Great White Wonder in 1967-8. It began the bootleg LP craze and later defined Americana. Not to mention a T-Bone Burnette produced record and spinoff band with Elvis Costello, Marcus Mumford and others called The New Basement Tapes.

The original cuts “Mighty Quinn,”” You Ain’t Going Nowhere,” “I Shall Be Released” and dozens of other tracks finally get the deluxe treatment with outtakes, book and photos in Vol. 11 of Bob Dylan’s ongoing cupboard clear out.

The accompanying doc with Greil Marcus, Clinton Heylin and others captures the spirit of the work quite well.

‘Greatest record of the western popular music sphere’ – John Rockwell, The New York Times

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Exhibitionism – Stones Roll Their Past

Mick Jagger famously quoted Jean Cocteau at The Rolling Stones’ Hall of Fame induction in 1988, “Americans are funny people, first you shock them, then they put you in a museum.”

Apparently, If you are truly patient, you can put yourself into a museum as The Stones are heading to the Saatchi and ten other galleries worldwide. This clip with Charlie Watts as frontman says it all.

EXHIBITIONISM will be the most comprehensive and immersive insight into a group described by critics as ‘The Greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll Band’, taking over nine themed galleries spread across two entire floors at the Saatchi Gallery on King’s Road, London. Tickets for EXHIBITIONISM go on sale to the public next week on Friday 10 July 2015 at 9am via www.stonesexhibitionism.com and 10am from the Saatchi Gallery.

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1973 – In Excess

Michael Walker defines a gray area in the history of Rock music with What You Want Is in the Limo : On the Road with Led Zeppelin, Alice Cooper, and the Who in 1973, the Year the Sixties Died and the Modern Rock Star Was Born. This NPR interview gives a nice overview of the Walker’s insights.

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From Oi! to Oy! in a single step

Rock lost its artistic mojo circa 1973, as big money proved a death knell to 60’s idealism.  As seen in Atlantic Crossing cover at right, you cross a lot of ocean with a leg spread out so far and wide, but you also jump a lot of shark in the process.

Think Rod Stewart’s ’73 release Atlantic Crossingin contrast to his work with The Faces a year earlier – possibly the greatest rock show ever:

 

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THERE Music – 1996

Multimedia roots music throw-down

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