Sly and the Family Stone will release a new four-disc set documenting their two-night, four-concert stand at New York City’s iconic Fillmore East in 1968. Live at the Fillmore East October 4th & 5th, 1968 is available to pre-order now, and will see release on July 17th via Epic/Legacy. Sly and the Family Stone Jam on ‘Higher’ The Fillmore shows were recorded towards the end of a busy year for Sly and the Family Stone, during which they released both Dance to the Music and Life . Their label, Epic, planned to release a live LP featuring selections from all four shows, but ultimately shelved the project when the band scored a Top 10 hit with “Everyday People” off their seminal 1969 LP, Stand! . Live at the Fillmore East includes all four sets from those two nights in their entirety
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The Strokes have reconvened in New York City to begin recording new music, frontman Julian Casablancas said in a lengthy new profile on Noisey. 22 Things You Learn Hanging Out With Julian Casablancas “It’s the first time we’ve been exclusively writing since Comedown Machine ,” Casablancas said. “We’re planning on recording stuff. I still think we could do cool things and I’ll do that.” While it’s been two years since the release of Comedown Machine , Casablancas has been busy promoting Tyranny , the 2014 album he recorded with new backing band, the Voidz. Casablancas added that he would like to continue both projects if possible, and admitted at another point in the interview that working with the Voidz had felt more like a true collaboration
As Eminem’s protégée Yelawolf readies the release of his second studio album, Love Story , for April 21st, the pair have joined forces on the dark, Johnny Cash-inspired “Best Friend.” Eminem Channels Boxing for Epic ‘Guts Over Fear’ Video “Best Friend” is the latest Love Story preview to showcase the Alabama rapper’s return to his southern roots; he tests out a Kid Rock-tinged combination of singing and rapping as he relays lyrics like, “But if you spit on my fuckin’ grave and wish me hell, then I wish you well, and I’ll send you straight up to my best friend.” Eminem, who recently annotated many of his lyrics for Genius, is unhinged during his stellar verse that effortlessly rises in intensity. “I’m about to vomit, and I can feel it coming up because failure is something I can barely stomach,” raps Yelawolf’s mentor and label owner. Love Story is Yelawolf’s first full-length album since his 2011 debut Radioactive .
Fifty-six years ago today, George Jones landed his first Number One hit with “White Lightning,” a revved-up tribute to a vice that would follow him for most of his life: alcohol. George Jones Through the Years Appropriately, when Jones showed up to Owen Bradley’s Quonset Hut Studio to record the song, he was seriously buzzed. It was February 1959, and the man who’d written “White Lightning” — J.P. Richardson, known to rock & roll fans as the Big Bopper — had died one week earlier in the same plane crash that killed Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens. Everyone in the Quonset Hut was still reeling from the loss of those three icons, and they hoped “White Lightning” could serve as some sort of last-minute tribute to the Big Bopper. Producer Buddy Killen had even put together an A-list studio band for the occasion, with Pig Robbins on piano and Floyd Jenkins on guitar
Patti Smith’s follow-up memoir to her award-winning account of life with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, Just Kids , will come out this fall. The new book, M Train , will present what her publisher has described as a journey through 18 “stations,” as she writes about various turning points in her life. The memoir, which is due out October 6th, will also contain black-and-white Polaroids that the singer-songwriter took herself. M Train’s narrative will begin at the Greenwich Village café where Smith used to drink black coffee every morning and “ruminate on the world as it is and the world as it was, and writes in her notebook,” as her publisher puts it (via Pitchfork)
Robben Ford has launched a lyric video for his track Rose Of Sharon via TeamRock.
The International Federation Of The Phonographic Industry has confirmed that singles and albums will be released on Fridays starting from July 10.
A book celebrating the relationship between Rush and artist Hugh Syme is to be published on May 1, it’s been announced.
Billy Gibbons says producer Rick Rubin’s notoriously painstaking approach to recording made ZZ Top’s last album the best it could be.