According to Judge Strikes Down Anti-Bootleg Law (via The Day in Rock), the 1994 law banning the sale of live bootlegs is un-constitutional as it unfairly grants “seemingly perpetual protection” to the original performances. Bets on how long this will last, anyone?
I would like to welcome Ari Schwartz to the fold. Ari will be contributing the occasional record review to The Rock and Roll Report and he starts things off with a review of the fascinating new Ben Harper album. Take it away Ari.
When a man who has worked so hard to get an enormous fan base through years of touring, decides to take a risk in his music, decides to follow his passion, his heart, his soul, you must give him credit. Harper combines with the two-time Grammy award winning gospel group ‘ The Blind Boys of Alabama’ to create an album of great praise and admiration.
Harper ignores all other styles of past albums (Rock, acoustic folk, reggae, funk), rather deciding to dedicate a full album to pure gospel. The depth of Harpers song writing is heard through this album, with blues gospel, funk gospel, church style gospel and even accapella gospel being heard throughout this magical journey of music. If G-d was a musician, his competition would be Ben Harper, who evokes a spiritual love for life in all his songs.
From the word go Harper starts at a frantic pace combining gospel, church and funk all in the upbeat ‘take my hand’. ‘Where could I go’ sings of heart-break, where a child expresses his anguish to G-d, crying out ‘nothing else could save a sinner like me but an angel’s word’. From the slow bluesy soul of ‘Where could I go’ Harper fuses gospel, Hendrix like soloing and church style lyrics all in an absorbing and powerful ‘Church House Steps’. Harper’s spiritual power takes over in the next few tracks with the mysterious ’11th commandment’ and the original sounding Dylan cover ‘Well, Well, Well”. Honestly, in this cold and scary world, Harper brings a warm sense of hope in the album’s title ‘There Will Be a Light‘.
This might sound like an omen to Harper from a fan, but the reality is Ben Harper and ‘The Blind Boys of Alabama’ have created some heavenly inspiring music here and it should not be overlooked. Want to rekindle your love for life? Take a chance.
By Ari Schwartz
Ever wonder what ever happened to Keith Richard’s daughter Dandelion? Or how many kids Mick Jagger really has? Well some of those questions are answered in Fathers Little Helper over at the Guardian. Nice to see that Marlon Richards is doing so well. Have a great weekend everybody!
If you want to know how the new and improved Iraq is dealing with rock and roll and in particular Iraqi heavy metal band Acrassicauda and their attempts to revive rock and roll in their native country read Iraqi Heavy Metal Band Acrassicauda Forced Out by Radical Islamists over at Blabbermouth.Net. I always say the same thing when I read stuff like this: “What in the world are these people afraid of?”
No Love For Ned is a very cool North Carolina based radio show that you can download every two weeks (I believe) and hear some really cool indie tunes that might otherwise escaped your regular listening habits. It used to broadcast every Monday night on WSRU but I believe it is an Internet only show for now. Download a show and enjoy. (Thanks to Largehearted Boy for the tip).
If you are looking for something to do this Sunday, September 26th and you were intrigued by the Brought Low and Some Action spotlights I had this week, you might want to head out to Magnetic Field (Atlantic between Hicks and Henry Streets)from 11:00 AM to 6PM for a free concert featuring:
LYRES (Boston ’80s garage-rock legends!)
SOME ACTION (NYC’s hottest new punk-rock’n’rollers!)
THE FABULOUS SOUL SHAKERS (Soul/vocal harmony sounds straight outta Harlem!)
THE BROUGHT LOW (Southern Brooklyn rock!)
THE DANSETTES (’60s girl-group soul action!)
Plus: Ace DJ action from the likes of Tom Dash (Dot Dash), Jami Wolf (Shop Fronts), Dom (Rockit Scientist), “Young” Jon Dixon (Martha Stewart Living) and more TBA.
Sounds like it will be a great time.
In early February 1968, the Beatles and various members of their entourage packed up their guitars, love beads and a suitcase full of baked beans for Ringo and famously headed off to the ashram of the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in Rishikesh, India in a attempt at finding solace and escape from a Beatle-mad world. Although Ringo lasted a mere two weeks, over all the visit seemed to do the band some good with a lot of meditation, relaxation and some good-old fashioned writing and guitar pickin’ taking place, much to the delight of the Beatles themselves. The whole trip is covered wonderfully in the book Beatles in Rishikesh (Penguin Studio Books) by Paul Saltzman. Amazingly, this famous Beatles landmark is abandoned and has fallen into disrepair. Think of the possibilities that this could present to the aspiring Beatle-crazed Richard Branson wanna-bes out there. The ashram could be transformed into a Beatle-themed eco-tourism hot spot! Honestly. While I am no business genius, the possibilities seem to be endless. Let’s get a consortium together and investigate the possibilities. I’ll even chip in 50 bucks to get started. Let’s get to it before Donald Trump does. It is to dream…
UPDATE! Apparently I am not the only one who thinks this is a good idea judging from the hits on this story so let’s kick things up a notch. If you want to help look into the feasibility of this whole madcap proposal, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and hopefully we can get something going as to if it would be in fact possible or whether this could result in Fawlty Towers with a Beatles twist! Who knows what will happen but it could be fun just giving this idea a whirl. Onwards…
The mighty Not Lame has finally announced a ship date for their eagerly anticipated A Tribute To the Cars featuring Cars songs performed by such artists as Jason Faulkner, Sparkle Jets UK, Jon Auer and Action Action. I always smile when I read in the accompaning booklet to the great double-CD set “Just What I Needed: The Cars Anthology:”
“During the late ’70s and early ’80s, most rock fans were split into two camps, with hardly any common ground. Either you listened to ‘punk” bands like The Clash, Talking Heads, and The Cars, or you were into “mainstream” bands like Aerosmith, Queen, and The Cars.”
True enough! Should be a fun CD to listen to.
MP3 blogs are all the rage these days and I especially enjoy Garage Hangover, especially right now when I need a Ramones fix every couple of hours. Great blog.
For you’re looking for some action then by all means go and check out Some Action, a great band from New York City. Absolutely breakneck rock and roll. You can listen to Some Action here for a sample of what they have to offer.