- Dewey Martin, drummer for Buffalo Springfield, passed away January 31st of unknown causes. Martin began his career as a Nashville session drummer working with Patsy Cline, Roy Orbison, and The Everly Brothers before moving to the left coast to join Buffalo Springfield. Read more here.
- Guilty pleasure or pure pleasure — surely many of you watched the Grammys last night, especially to catch M.I.A., U2, Paul McCartney, Robert Plant & Alison Kraus, Coldplay, Adele, the Four Tops tribute, and so many others. Many of you probably just wanted to see what Radiohead would sound like. It seems only Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood showed up (and couldn’t have looked more uncomfortable when the Best Album award, for which they were nominated, was being announced), but they brought with them the USC marching band for the best performance of the night:
- Have you ever risen from a bad dream — the one where Ticketmaster, the country’s largest ticket distributor, merges with Live Nation, the country’s largest promoter? We hate to break it you, but it wasn’t a bad dream. Wall Street Journal broke the news last week that the industry behemoths were on the verge of combining resources to form the mega Live Nation Ticketmaster. Only Mothra Robert Smith can save us!
- Thanks to the wonders found on the internet, music fans of all kinds have discovered new old sounds. It just so happens one such chanteuse, Kath Bloom, has benefited from the world wide web’s obsession with the lost and neglected. Bloom will be the focal point of a two-disc collection; disc one will feature covers from modern admirers such as Devendra Banhart, Bill Callahan, Scout Niblett, and Mark Kozelek while disc two will house Bloom’s original versions. Loving Takes Its Course will be release via Chapter Music April 7th.
- Earlier this week, Matador Records became the first label to unveil its contributions to this year’s Record Store Day (April 18, 2009). In its second year, the event promotes active record store participation by luring music fans to local emporiums to buy limited vinyl sundries. Matador’s goodies will include works from Sonic Youth, Beck, Jay Reatard, and Pavement. Wilco will also be entering the fray on behalf of Nonesuch by offering their 2008 winter tour DVD, Ashes of American Flags, for purchase — two weeks ahead of its wide release.
- Merge Records is busy in their 20th year. Already delivering their 20th Anniversary subscription box set, SCORE!, the label is now soliciting fans to make their own collection of Merge’s best. Choosing from the label’s entire catalog, fans are encouraged to come up with a playlist of 20 tracks (duh!) and submit it to the North Carolinians via the label’s message board. The winning mix will become a full-fledged compilation for everyone to buy.
- But that’s not enough for Merge. The label is mining the goodness that is Richard Buckner by digitally reissuing three out of print releases: 1994 debut Bloomed, Spoon River Anthology interpretation The Hill (available for the first time as individual tracks!), and Buckner’s Overcoat finale Impasse.
- Dee Dee Ramone returns! History on my Arms, a CD/DVD set, collects the 2003 documentary Hey Is Dee Dee Home (see clip below) along with two short films showcasing the talents and personality of the late great Dee Dee Ramone. The goods will hit the street March 10th via Extinkt.
- The post-Grammy season brings fewer artists to the talk show circuit, but here are a few worth setting your DVR’s to record:
Late Late Show: Adele
Conan O’Brien: Brett Dennen
Colbert Report: TV on the Radio
Tuesday, February 10
David Letterman: Heartless Bastards
Jay Leno: Raphael Saadiq
Last Call: Adele
Wednesday, February 11
Last Call: Blind Pilot (don’t miss!)
Thursday, February 12
Conan O’Brien: They Might Be Giants
Friday, February 13
Conan O’Brien: Dan Auerbach