The Boss covers The Easybeats

Watching Easybeats videos in remembrance of singer Stevie Wright, I stumbled on this cover from last year’s Australian, Bruce Springsteen tour. Watching Springsteen attack the bouncy, can’t-wait-for-the- weekend anthem, with his raspy delivery and aggressive demeanor, makes for a fascinating study in contrasts. Fortunately, because it’s The Boss, it totally works. R.I.P. Stevie.

1965 Pink Floyd recordings receive first official release!

Unfortunately for you and I, the release was a limited to 1000, Record Store Day double 7″, meaning that the debut of some of the most important recordings of the Rock era went directly into the hands of Ebay flippers (where the record is already selling for hundreds), and record speculators. Thankfully, the band have stated that they intend for a wider release of the songs by the end of next year. Apparently the recordings were about to legally enter public domain, if they did not see a release in this, the 50th year of their performance, hence the relatively limited fanfare and small pressing for a release of such historical significance.

While I have long been familiar with the Slim Harpo cover I’m A King Bee, and Syd Barrett original, Lucy Leave, the other four songs (Double O Bo, Remember Me, Butterfly, and Walk With Me Sydney) have, to my knowledge, never even received bootleg release, which is HUGE for fans who have lapped up every unofficial release of wildly varying quality, just for a chance to bask in the glory of any moment of Barrett era Floyd. In case you can’t tell, I CAN NOT WAIT to hear this!

All of this begs the question: when are we gonna get an official release of Vegetable Man, and Scream Thy Last Scream?!

Oh, the sleeve design for this record, that you will most likely never own,  was done by Storm Studios, which was founded by Hipgnosis designer, Storm Thorgerson, and is based on a photo by fellow Hipgnosis designer, Aubrey Powell, of Peter Wynne-Willson’s oil based light projections that Pink Floyd made famous with their performances at clubs like UFO and The Roundhouse.

http://www.pinkfloyd.com/news/index.php

Bruce Springsteen outtake from The River, Party Lights

Another teaser from the forthcoming, massive, deluxe edition of The River. This one’s got a definite Byrds Jangle Pop vibe, but is especially reminiscent of Jackie DeShannon’s, When You Walk In The Room.

It’s Gene Clark’s birthday

Absolutely one of the greatest American songwriters ever.

 

 

Happy birthday to Neil Young!

Unfortunately I don’t have time to do a proper Neil Young tribute today, so I’m leaving you with my favorite Neil album, Zuma, which was released forty years ago this week.

I listen to Neil Young more often than probably any other solo (all respect to Crazy Horse, natch) Rock artist, and among his discography, Zuma is the album to which I most frequently return. I saw you in my nightmares, but I’ll see you in my dreams…

Emitt Rhodes is crowdfunding his first full length release in over 40 years!

While a few songs have trickled forth from Rhodes over the past five, or so, years, this will be the first full length release since 1973’s, Farewell To Paradise. Rhodes’ band includes Roger Manning Jr and Jason Falkner, perhaps best known for their work with Beck and Air, and features appearances by Aimee Mann, Susannah Hoffs, and Wilco’s Pat Sansone and Nels Cline (who both previous to and concurrent with his Wilco tenure, is a highly acclaimed, and often experimental, Jazz guitarist), to name a few. Powerpop lovers rejoice!

Follow the link to donate and watch a video about the recording.
http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/emittrhodes