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NICKI SPEAKS HER MIND AFTER EPIC SHOWDOWN FOR #1
The numbers game. (8/20a)
THE WORLD SAYS FAREWELL TO ARETHA
The outpouring has been overwhelming. (8/17a)
NEW RELEASES:
A GRANDE-SIZED DEBUT (UPDATE)
Ariana's sweet start. (8/20a)
AMAZON MUSIC RAISES ITS "VOICE"
Alexa, sing to me. (8/20a)
FLIPPING THE DEMAND FOR HIP-HOP FASHION INTO ALBUM SALES
Merch has become an important tool in boosting sales. (8/17a)
HITS' 32ND ANNIVERSARY ISSUE
Or as it's known in the trade-publishing world, Doorstop 2.0.
THE A&R EXECS
That stands for Artists and Repertoire, in case you were wondering.
PIZZA AND MARKETSHARE
I'm winning this one.
THE BOILER ROOM
It's the new tape room.
Critics' Choice
DAVE GROHL'S ONE-MAN BAND
8/2/18

Dave Grohl is returning to film with Play,  a two-part mini-documentary he is directing with help from his Sound City/Sonic Highways collaborator Mark Monroe. The films celebrate the rewards and challenges of dedicating a life to playing and mastering a musical instrument.

Roswell Records/RCA Records will release Play on digital download and streaming platforms on 8/10 with vinyl coming out 9/28.

Part one is behind the scenes footage and talk about the love of playing music; part two is a 23-minute, one-man-band instrumental recording featuring Grohl playing seven seven instruments. The track is called “Play.”

“Watching my kids start to play music and learn to sing or play drums, it brings me back to the time when I was their age listening to albums, learning from listening,” Grohl says. “And when I take my kids to the place where they take their lessons, I see these rooms full of children that are really pushing themselves to figure this out. And even now, as a 49-year-old man, I’m still trying to figure it out… it’s not something that you ever truly master. You’re always chasing the next challenge, and you’re always trying  to find a way to improve on what you’ve learned.”

For an interactive experience, click here.

Brandon Trost (The Disaster Artist, This is The End) shot the film. In conjunction with the movie, there will be auctions with proceeds benefiting local music education organizations.

 

ICYMI: GRETA VAN FLEET ON FALLON
7/27/18

Lava/Republic’s Greta Van Fleet debuted their new single “When the Curtain Falls” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Thursday night.

The song, a reminder that riff-driven rock & roll will never die, is #3 on iTunes’ rock chart, while the young band has quickly climbed to #4 in Vibe-Raters. GVF has been drawing numerous comparisons, of course, to...Kingdom Come.

It isn’t often that a musical performance elicits a standing ovation from a TV-show audience. Makes you want to get the SG-3 out of the closet and plug in, don’t it?

 

A QUICK ONE
7/3/18

By Simon Glickman

The Quick were a great unsung power pop band who sprang, as did I, from the smoggy, sprawling, sun-drenched San Fernando Valley. Formed by guitarist Steven Hufsteter and drummer Danny Benair (who'd go on to The Cruzados and The Weirdos/The Three O'Clock, respectively), the group added singer Danny Wilde (later of The Rembrandts), bassist Ian Ainsworth and keyboardist Billy Bizeau and inked a deal with Mercury. Their 1976 debut album, Mondo Deco (now reissued via Mercury/UMe/Real Gone Music), is a monument to tight hooks, tasty riffs, cool harmonies and that lovely musical space where power pop, new wave and glam meet. The set, produced by Kim Fowley and Earle Mankey, kicks off with a frenetic cover of The Beatles' "It Won't Be Long," and is followed by a suite of groovy originals ("No No Girl," "Hillary" and "Anybody" among the highlights) as well as a handful of demo versions. While the band didn't last, it's great news that this reissue can continue inspiring pop-leaning guitar bands, many of which have convened or will be convening soon at the International Pop Overthrow festival (go here for L.A. schedule). Expect more than a few nods to The Quick during that confab.