HONEST SOUNDS: ‘Takin’ Care of Business’ by BTO (Mercury/EMI/Compleat Recs)

 Canadian band BTO (Bachman-Turner Overdrive) released this classic hit in 1973.  The album went to #4 and became platinum.  In 2010 Randy Bachman and C.F. Turner are preparing to release a new album and tour under the moniker ‘Bachman & Turner’.

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FREE Download from Pete Yorn (Columbia Recs)

‘Precious Stone’

Pete Yorn has announced a self titled album to be released this September 18th, 2010.  Pete Yorn is an American multi-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter.  Recently, he collaborated with actress Scarlett Johansson on a duet album called ‘Break Up’.  Traditionally, Yorn will play the majority of the parts on each of his albums while recording.

New Music Coming from Michael Jackson (SONY BMG)

This November an all new collection including some 10 unreleased songs is coming.  Rodney Jerkins, who co-produced the last full album Invincible (2001) is working on this.

Apparrently, the Jackson estate has made a $250 million dollar agreement with SONY BMG to create 10 projects over the next 7 years.   These will include album reissues, a DVD of music videos, a kareoke/dance video game titled ‘Michael Jackson: The Video Game’, and more including a possible Cirque du Soleil show.   

Jackson’s records include numerous unreleased tracks including 5 made with Will.i.am (The Black Eyed Peas), other collaborations with Akon and Ne-Yo, and approximately 100 songs in total.  One such track is a Thriller outake called  ‘Don’t Be Messin’ Around’ and there are atleast a few from the Bad album.

Arcade Fire To Launch ‘The Suburbs’ at Maddison Square Garden Live via YouTube & VEVO

 “Unstaged: An Original Series from American Express” is being launched on Aug 5, 2010.  The series partners American Express and VEVO & Youtube to present five large concerts live.  First up, Arcade Fire will be playing at the square in NY at the release of their third album ‘The Suburbs.

Introducing Ozomatli (Downtown Recs)

 Ozomatli are an impressive and Grammy Award winning group from LA.  They play energetic music from different styles including salsa, jazz, funk, reggae, rap, etc.

Velour Music Gallery (Provo, UT): BEST VENUES REVIEW

Velour Music Gallery may very well be our favorite music venue.  We love this place!  The sound is great and ultimately the ambiance is incredible!  The owner, Corey Fox, has effectively created an atmosphere for musicians.  He brings in AMAZING talent night after night and always provides a powerful crowd.  The joint is packed with college aged hipsters regularly.  Also, there is no smoking or drinking.  This is a clean venue and it is All Ages.  The sound guy is always on point and the walls of the building don’t shake or fall down (even when reaching capacity or tempted by the greatest dancing fans on this side of the Atlantic).   There are murals, brickwork, and toy horses hanging from the ceilings.  There is a warm mood at Velour akin to something from Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.  It’s surreally splendid.

Recent acts include: Location Location, Neon Trees (Mercury Recs), Paper Tongues (A&M/Octone Recs), Civil Twilight (Wind-up Recs), Imagine Dragons, The Non, Isaac Russell (Columbia Recs) Andrew Belle (Ten Out of Tenn), He is We (Framework NY Recs), Joshua James (Northplatte Recs), Parlor Hawk (Intelligent Noise/Northplatte Recs), Benton Paul, We Shot The Moon (Afternoon Recs), The Morning Benders (Rough Trade Recs), Sherwood (Sidecho/MySpace Recs), Teitur (Universal Recs), etc.

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More Good Friends: Tyler James (Nettwerk/Son of Geert Recs) & Paper Route (Universal Motown Recs)

 American singer/songwriter Tyler James was roommates with a few of the guys from Paper Route.  Paper Route have been rocking out on tours supporting Owl City, Paramore, etc.  TJ is a brilliant poet/musician and recently left his 10 Out of Tenn tours to join up with the crew from Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros (Rough Trade/Vagrant Records).  He can also be heard on Brothers & Sisters and The Hills.  Tyler James’ brilliant song ‘Stay Humble’ can be heard here.

Good Friends: Ryan Adams (Lost Highway Recs) & Adam Duritz (Geffen Recs)

  Ryan Adams is one of the golden boys of country.  He is extremely prolific and was nominated for two Grammy Awards for his single ‘New York, New York’.  Ryan Adams and Adam Duritz (lead singer of Counting Crows) were formerly roommates and Duritz can be heard in the background vocals of several of the songs on Adams’ career launching album ‘Gold’.  Ryan Adams can be heard singing background vocals on one track from Counting Crows’ track ‘Butterfly in Reverse’.

Check out ‘Answering Bell’ from Ryan Adams’ biggest selling album to date (‘Gold’ which went Gold in the US).

MUSIC: ‘Take It Easy’ by The Eagles (Asylum Recs)

 The Eagles surely continue to raise the bar.  They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. Two of their albums are in the top 20 selling albums of all time in the US and they have had 6 #1 albums on the US Billboard Top 200.  This is the first song from the first album they released performed on the Hell Freezes Over tour in 1994.

HONEST SOUNDS: ‘Dance Me to the End of Love’ by Leonard Cohen (Columbia Recs)

 Canadian songwriter Leonard Cohen was inducted into the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008 and in 2010 won a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.  He has been described as “highest and most influential echelon of songwriters” by legendary rocker Lou Reed.  He is perhaps best known for his single ‘Hallelujah’ which has been covered by numerous artists including Jeff Buckley (no.2), Alexandra Burke (no.1), Kate Voegele (no. 53), Rufus Wainwright (2x Platinum), and many more.   ‘Dance Me to the End of Love’ comes from the same album as ‘Hallelujah’ (‘Various Positions’).