Tuesday, April 15, 2014

ABB Through the Years in Animation

Very interesting...

Ok, the Allman Brothers Band... from Brett Underhill on Vimeo.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

How, When and Where The Streets Have No Name

Are the recordings of our music stars forever or can they be lost?  The Library of Congress is taking all precautions to be sure the most important music of our time is preserved forever.

See this from the BBC:

U2's 1987 disc The Joshua Tree is among 25 new additions to the US Library of Congress's National Recording Registry.
The Irish band's fifth studio album spawned such hits as With or Without You and Where the Streets Have No Name.
The original cast recording of Stephen Sondheim's 1979 musical Sweeney Todd and Isaac Hayes' Theme from Shaft have also been added to the archive.
Established in 2000, the registry contains recordings deemed important enough to be preserved for posterity.
Each year, 25 recordings that are at least 10 years old are added to the registry, which now includes 400 deemed to be "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant".
The oldest of this year's additions is The Laughing Song, a track by George Washington Johnson - the first African-American to make commercial records - that dates from around 1896.
The most recent, Jeff Buckley's version of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah, was recorded in 1994.
Last year, the US Library of Congress registered Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" to be sure to preserve it for eternity. 
At least Congress got one thing right.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Learning to Fly ...

One of my favorites, by Tom Petty with a little help from Stevie Nicks.

"Well some say life will beat you down
Break your heart, steal your crown
So I've started out, for God knows where
I guess I'll know when I get there..."

By the way, Nicks and her band mates from Fleetwood Mac - including 70-year old Christine McVie (can you believe it?) will be touring the USA and Canada this fall.  The tour will tip-off in Minnesota on the last day of September and make its way to NYC (Oct 6) and Boston (October 10). Note that with the date at MSG, the band was also booked at The Fabulous Forum in LA, as opposed to the STAPLES Center.

Fleetwood dates: 
Sept. 30 — Minneapolis, MN (Target Center)
Oct. 2 — Chicago, IL (United Center)
Oct. 6 — New York City (Madison Square Garden)
Oct. 10 — Boston, MA (TD Garden)
Oct. 11 — Newark, NJ (Prudential Center)
Oct. 14 — Pittsburgh, PA (Consol Energy Center)
Oct. 15 — Philadelphia, PA (Wells Fargo Center)
Oct. 18 — Toronto, ON (Air Canada Centre)
Oct. 19 — Columbus, OH (Nationwide Arena)
Oct. 21 — Indianapolis, IN (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)
Oct. 22 — Detroit, MI (The Palace of Auburn Hills)
Oct. 26 — Ottawa, ON (Canadian Tire Centre)
Oct. 31 — Washington, DC (Verizon Center)
Nov. 1 — Hartford, CT (XL Center)
Nov. 10 — Winnipeg, MB (MTS Centre)
Nov. 12 — Saskatoon, SK (Credit Union Centre)
Nov. 14 — Calgary, AB (Scotiabank Saddledome)
Nov. 15 — Edmonton, AB (Rexall Place)
Nov. 18 — Vancouver, BC (Rogers Arena)
Nov. 20 — Tacoma, WA (Tacoma Dome)
Nov. 22 — Portland, OR (Moda Center)
Nov. 24 — Sacramento, CA (Sleep Train Arena)
Nov. 25 — San Jose, CA (SAP Center at San Jose)
Nov. 28 — Los Angeles, CA (The Forum)
Nov. 29 — Los Angeles, CA (The Forum)
Dec. 2 — San Diego, CA (Viejas Arena at San Diego State University)
Dec. 3 — Oakland, CA (Oracle Arena)
Dec. 10 — Phoenix, AZ (US Airways Center)
Dec. 12 — Denver, CO (Pepsi Center)
Dec. 14 — Dallas, TX (American Airlines Center)
Dec. 15 — Houston, TX (Toyota Center)
Dec. 17 — Atlanta, GA (Philips Arena)
Dec. 19 — Ft. Lauderdale, FL (BB&T Center)

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Digital Sports Desk

Siyani Chambers and the agony of defeat (Getty)
Often on Sundays, the Digital Sports Desk will feature a short look at the real news between the lines of the reported news.  We call it, "What They're Talking About."

Be sure to visit: http://www.digitalsportsdesk.com - Here's a sampling:

What They're Talking About - Sunday, March 23, 2014:

The real news between the lines of the reported news.
1. March Madness: Stephen F. Austin and Mercer remain but John Harvard sent home.
2. Aussie, Aussie, Aussie: Wouldn't it have made more sense to open Baseball in Australia with a little Monday Night action? (Avoiding NCAAs?)
3. Mark Sanchez OUT! "We'll always have the butt fumble to remember him by"
4. Michael Vick IN! "Same old J-E-T-S."
5. Dog Days of the NBA: Proceed to Playoffs, Go Directly to Playoffs. Do not pass Go. Do Not collect $200.
6. PGA Tour proceeds with their Tiger in the Tank. Maybe The Masters?
7. Dozen for the Bruins: The Boston Bruins dropped their first two after the Olympic break but haven't lost since March 1st
8. North Dakota State: Coach Saul Phillips broke down with emotion post game ... "It's why I do what I do."  Amen.
9. Dayton Flyers: Cinderellas only punch one ticket for the Sweet 16. What will Sunday bring?
10. Duke and Syracuse out? Well, at least the USA Basketball World Championship team has its coaches back.