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Music VIDEO: Throwing Muses Perform ‘Not Too Soon’ Live In Dusseldorf

by on Friday, May 18, 2012 at 12:40 am EDT in Arts & Entertainment, Music

From the 1991 album The Real Ramona, the song ‘Not Too Soon’ was penned by singer/songwriter Tanya Donelly. She left Throwing Muses shortly thereaftertaking bass player Fred Abong with her, to form the 2-time Grammy-nominated band, Belly. Belly’s debut album, Star, featured the huge radio/Mtv hit ‘Feed the Tree‘.

After Tanya’s departure, Kristin Hersh, the other half of the Throwing Muses singer/songwriter duo, continued onward with Muses drummer David Narcizo, releasing three albums over the proceeding four years, spawning memorable songs like ‘Bright Yellow Gun‘. 

Donelly would eventually rejoin with Hersh for Throwing Muses reunion shows, and she contributed backup vocals to songs on Throwing Muses’ 2003 self-titled album.

Here are Throwing Muses, just before Tanya’s 1991 departure, performing their oft-overlooked gem, ‘Not Too Soon’ live:

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70s Disco Icon Donna Summers Dead At 63, After Battle With Cancer

by on Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 12:59 pm EDT in Arts & Entertainment, Music

TMZ is reporting that five-time Grammy Award winning singer Donna Summers has died after a battle with lung cancer. 

Love to Love You Baby (1975):

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On The Radio (1979):

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Music VIDEO: Ian Brown – F.E.A.R.

by on Saturday, May 5, 2012 at 12:36 am EDT in Arts & Entertainment, Music

I adored the Stone Roses when they released their self-titled album on Silvertone Records in the late 80s, and was fortunate enough to finally see them perform live, in support of their second album, Second Coming, at Webster Hall in NYC (May 22, 1995).

The Roses split shortly after that tour, and lead singer Ian Brown set out, solo, in a fresh new direction, assembling crafty electronic dance rhythms with soulful memorable melodies. 

Over the course of fifteen years and eight albums, he has put together a rather impressive catalog of amazing songs. Here is one from his third LP, Music of the Spheres, called “F.E.A.R.” Inspired by The Autobiography of Malcolm X, each verse of the song forms the acrostic F.E.A.R.

LYRICS:

For each a road
For everyman a religion
Find everybody and rule
For everything and rumble
Forget everything and remember
For everything a reason
Forgive everybody and remember

For each a road
For everyman a religion
Face everybody and rule
For everything and rumble
Forget everything and remember
For everything a reason

You got the fear
F.E.A.R. (You got the fear)

Final eternity arouses reactions
Freeing excellence affects reality
Fallen empires are ruling
Find earth and reap 

Fantastic expectations
Amazing revelations
Final execution and resurrection
Free expression as revolution
Finding everything and realizing

The F.E.A.R. video was shot on the streets of Soho and Chinatown, in London, England, on what was rumored to be a $300 budget.

ENJOY!

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R.I.P. Adam Yauch (1964 – 2012) Of The Beastie Boys

by on Friday, May 4, 2012 at 3:37 pm EDT in Arts & Entertainment, Music

From the website of Beastie Boys’ publicist, Nasty Little Man: It is with great sadness that we confirm that musician, rapper, activist and director Adam “MCA” Yauch, founding member of Beastie Boys and also of the Milarepa Foundation that produced the Tibetan Freedom Concert benefits, and film production and distribution company Oscilloscope Laboratories, passed away in […]

Music Video: The Clash Perform “Charlie Don’t Surf”

by on Friday, April 27, 2012 at 10:51 pm EDT in Arts & Entertainment, Music

Here’s a video of an amazing Clash song, “Charlie Don’t Surf,” from the Sandinista album. The footage of the video was apparently pulled from a 1982 live performance in Tokyo, Japan, laced w/ scenes from Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now, which had been the inspiration for the song.  In the movie, Robert Duvall’s character, Lieutenant […]

Music VIDEO: General Public Performs ‘Rainy Days’

by on Sunday, April 8, 2012 at 3:58 pm EDT in Arts & Entertainment, Music

When The English Beat disbanded in 1983, the group’s singer/songwriter Dave Wakeling and toaster Ranking Roger continued to work together, but as a new entity: General Public. Their first album, …All The Rage (which featured The Clash’s Mick Jones, The Specials’ Horace Panter, and Dexy’s Midnight Runners members Mickey Billingham and Stoker) enjoyed critical acclaim, climbing the charts in […]

VIDEO: John Lennon – How?

by on Saturday, March 3, 2012 at 1:19 am EDT in Arts & Entertainment, Music

A great song by one of the world’s best songwriters:  How?

VIDEO: Lily Allen And Keane Perform ‘Everybody’s Changing’ Live At War Child

by on Thursday, February 23, 2012 at 12:20 pm EDT in Arts & Entertainment, Music

In 2007, Lily Allen and Keane performed a few songs together at a benefit concert for War Child. I had never heard “Everybody’s Changing” until last night, when I stumbled across this video, and instantly fell in love with it. (h/t to Kelly Canfield at firedoglake for the discovery) Enjoy:

VIDEO: The Kinks – Waterloo Sunset

by on Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at 11:47 pm EDT in Arts & Entertainment, Music

One of my all-time favorite Kinks songs. And what amazing video quality for such early footage! 

Ray Charles Performs ‘Georgia On My Mind’ Live in 1965

by on Saturday, February 18, 2012 at 10:56 pm EDT in Arts & Entertainment, Music

I was thrilled to find this high-definition quality video of Ray Charles performing one of his greatest songs, Georgia On My Mind, in 1965: ENJOY!