viernes, 31 de agosto de 2012

The Beatles Played Their Final Concert 46 Years Ago at Candlestick Park

The Beatles Played Their Final Concert 46 Years Ago at Candlestick Park -- And You Can Listen to the Whole Thing

By Ian S. Port 
Wed., Aug. 29 2012

Forty-six years ago today, on Aug. 29, 1966, the Beatles played the final live concert of their careers at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. Though many of the band's most timeless songs lay ahead of them, this Bay Area live date would mark the end of the Beatles as a touring entity. Freeing themselves from the burdens of live performance allowed the Liverpool foursome to become ever more daring and experimental in their studio work, which had already begun with the then-three-week-old Revolver, and would continue with the White Album, and, of course, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
While the band members of the band apparently knew it would be their final live show, the audience didn't. Listening to bootlegs of the set, one is struck by the tsunami of screaming fans in the audience, and how here, in 1966, the Beatles still seemed very much in the the early, heartthrob phase of their career. (Of course, this was arguably the second or third or even fourth phase for the band; the Fab Four had honed their live chops on obscure stages in Hamburg and elsewhere long before packs of dazed teenagers followed their every move.)
After the jump, we've gathered some YouTube footage of the band's arrival in San Francisco and the crowd action at Candlestick -- along with the full bootlegged audio of the 11 songs played back in August '66. The recording is rough, echoey, and filled with teenage screams, but it's still worth a listen.
First, here's some (silent) footage of the Beatles arriving in San Francisco and of Candlestick Park fans before the show:
Now, here are YouTube vids giving a full (admittedly rough) audio-only recording of the concert:

UPDATE:: Paul Backs Campaign To Release Abused Baby Elephant

UPDATE: 31st August 2012

Following months of campaigning, and tens of thousands of activists voicing their concern, PETA have announced that baby Sunder – who has been imprisoned since 2005 – will be moved to a wildlife rescue and rehabilitation centre near Bangalore.

A big thank you to everyone who joined the call to free Sunder. To read PETA’s update head to their website HERE!

Original Post: 27th July 2012:
Paul recently took time out from rehearsals for his Olympic Opening Ceremony performance to send a letter to Indian Forest Minister Dr Patangrao Shripatrao Kadam calling for a young elephant to be released from captivity.

He wrote, "I have seen photographs of young Sunder, the elephant kept alone in a shed at Jyotiba Temple and put in chains with spikes. Years of his life have been ruined by keeping him and abusing him in this way and enough is enough. I most respectfully call on you … to get Sunder out."

Paul's plea follows PETA India's discovery that Sunder was being abused by his handler, who has gone on the run from police since the group became involved. Sunder has sustained a severe injury to his right eye from being jabbed in it with an ankus (a sharp, hooked metal poker-like weapon) by the boy handler. The elephant is also confined to chains with sharp spikes and is kept alone inside a dark shed, in which he cannot even take a single step in any direction.

For more information on PETA’s campaign, head over to their website.

jueves, 30 de agosto de 2012

The 30 Richest Drummers in the World

The 30 Richest Drummers in the World

By Brian on August 28, 2012
Who are the richest drummers in the world? Most people steer their kids away from learning the drums in favor of less noisy instruments. You may want to reconsider that decision after you find out how rich these thirty musicians became from banging on a drum. As you’re about to see, if you want to make a ton of money drumming it helps to be a member of one of the most commercially successful rock bands in the world. The drummers on this list have played in bands like The Beatles, Metallica, U2 and The Rolling Stones just to name a few… Most have had 30+ year careers banging away at the top of the charts and touring the world’s stadiums to perform for tens of thousands of adoring fans. So how can you become of the richest drummers in the world? First, take a look these examples and maybe you can find some inspiration, then start practicing!
Ringo Starr - The Richest Drummers
The Richest Drummers

***The figures contained in this list were acquired from all publicly available information including salaries, real estate holdings, divorces, record sales, royalties and endorsements. The final net worths come from a formula that takes out taxes, manager’s fees, agents’ fees, and lifestyle.***
The 30 Richest Drummers in the World:
  • #1: Ringo Starr Net Worth – $300 Million (The Beatles)
  • #2: Phil Collins Net Worth – $250 Million (Solo, Genesis)
  • #3: Dave Grohl Net Worth – $225 Million (Nirvana, Foo Fighters)
  • #4: Don Henley Net Worth – $200 Million (The Eagles)
  • #5: Lars Ulrich Net Worth – $175 Million (Metallica)
  • #6: Charlie Watts Net Worth – $160 Million (The Rolling Stones)
  • #7: Larry Mullen Jr Net Worth – $150 Million (U2)
  • #8: Roger Taylor Net Worth – $105 Million (Queen)
  • #9: Joey Kramer Net Worth – $100 Million (Aerosmith)
  • #10: Chad Smith Net Worth – $90 Million (The Red Hot Chili Peppers)
  • #11: Travis Barker Net Worth – $85 Million (Blink 182, The Aquabats)
  • #12: Stewart Copeland Net Worth – $80 Million (The Police)
  • #13: Alex Van Halen Net Worth – $75 Million (Van Halen)
  • #14: Nick Mason Net Worth – $75 Million (Pink Floyd)
  • #15: Tommy Lee Net Worth – $70 Million (Motley Crue)
  • #16: Bill Ward Net Worth – $65 Million (Black Sabbath)
  • #17: Jon Fishman Net Worth – $60 Million (Phish)
  • #18: Carter Beauford Net Worth – $55 Million (Dave Matthews Band)
  • #19: Rick Allen Net Worth – $50 Million (Def Leppard)
  • #20: Tre Cool Net Worth – $45 Million (Green Day)
  • #21: Danny Carey Net Worth – $40 Million (Tool)
  • #22: Tico Torres Net Worth – $40 Million (Bon Jovi)
  • #23: Max Weinberg Net Worth – $35 Million (Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band, Conan O’Brien)
  • #24: Mickey Hart Net Worth – $30 Million (The Grateful Dead)
  • #25: Bill Kreutzmann Net Worth – $25 Million (The Grateful Dead)
  • #26: Neil Peart Net Worth – $22 Million (Rush)
  • #27: Taylor Hawkins Net Worth – $20 Million (Foo Fighters)
  • #28: Questlove Net Worth – $16 Million (The Roots, Jimmy Fallon)
  • #29: Steven Adler Net Worth – $15 Million (Guns N’ Roses)
  • #30: Mick Fleetwood Net Worth – $8.5 Million (Fleetwood Mac)

PAUL : Olympics rehearsal sneak peak

Publicado el 27/07/2012 por h0wudo1n
Paul McCartney final practice day before opening

Motown Piano Restoration Completed With Help From Paul McCartney

Motown Piano Restoration Completed With Help From Paul McCartney

DETROIT — In town for a concert last summer, Paul McCartney made his first-ever visit to Detroit's Motown Museum, the legendary two-story "Hitsville USA" building where a generation's worth of musical gems were created.
McCartney, a contemporary of Motown stars such as Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye, "was just thrilled to be in the space," said Lina Stephens, the museum's curator, who gave McCartney and his bandmates a guided tour that day.
McCartney was also excited to come across a pair of pianos.
"He came to the first piano – even though there's a sign on it that says, `Please do not touch' – he went up and played the piano," Stephens said. "He said, `I'm sorry I have to,' and he played."
When the group arrived at Studio A – the famed Motown recording studio – McCartney found piano No. 3. This one, though, had a cover over the keys.
He was told it couldn't be played due to deterioration, and McCartney moved on.
The next day, he called with an offer to have the damaged 1877 Steinway grand fully restored.
More than a year later, that process has been completed.
The restored 9-foot Victorian rosewood will have its coming-out party at a Sept. 18 charity event in New York City before returning to its home on West Grand Boulevard in Detroit.
McCartney and Motown founder Berry Gordy will play the piano at the New York event, dubbed "Project: Harmony," said Motown Museum Board of Trustees Chairwoman Robin Terry, Gordy's grandniece. The event will benefit the Motown Museum.
"We'll unveil the piano and then the two of them will play the piano, and we'll have some fun and leave it to them to make of that what they will," Terry said in an interview with The Associated Press on Thursday.
The piano will eventually go back on display at Studio A, where it has been housed since the museum's opening in 1985.
Terry said the piano made its way to Motown when the studio acquired Golden World Records in 1967, a facility that was redubbed Motown Studio B and used by musicians and songwriters to create music by Wonder, Gaye and other Motown greats.
The piano was restored by Steinway & Sons to professional recording quality, Terry said, with all of its internal components – soundboard, keys, hammers, pins and strings – restored. The piano's case was left as is to preserve its authenticity, while the legs, which were not original, were replaced.
While the original strings and hammers were worn beyond repair, they were retained and will be returned to the museum for exhibit.
McCartney's publicist didn't return a message from the AP seeking comment, but Terry said: "Paul McCartney, he orchestrated the process, moving the piano, getting it to Steinway. ... It wasn't just a monetary thing. His soul was in it. He wanted to make sure that this contribution was made, and he followed it through from beginning to end."
While they didn't cross paths all that often during their respective heydays, The Beatles and Motown artists were members of a mutual admiration society.
Beatles manager Brian Epstein did promote Motown revues in the United Kingdom, which were popular with fans and stars alike. And Four Tops singer Abdul "Duke" Fakir recalls being at a party with The Beatles, where the Fab Four peppered his group with questions about how they sang their harmonies and achieved other elements of their sound.
According to Stephens, McCartney "was pretty tickled" during his tour to find a photo of himself and Beatles bandmates Ringo Starr, George Harrison and John Lennon alongside Gordy's father and Gordy's three children.
McCartney "talked about the fact that he had always heard about and been conscious of Motown and getting his hands on those first Motown recordings and things," Stephens said. "It was kind of completing a circle for him in a lot of respects."
Associated Press writer Jeff Karoub contributed to this report.
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Motown Piano Restoration Paul Mccartney
In the file photo, Paul McCartney performs at the end of the opening ceremonies for the 2012 Summer Olympics Saturday, July 28, 2012 in London. McCartney was instrumental in the now complete restoration of an 1877 Steinway piano used by Motown artists, and is set to play it with Motown founder Berry Gordy in its debut next month. McCartney took on the project, which was carried out by Steinway & Sons in New York, after he saw the piano in the Motown Museum in Detroit. (AP Photo)

Ocean's Kingdom - Rehearsals and Opening Night

Subido por PAULMCCARTNEY el 07/10/2011
Exclusive footage from the world premiere gala performance of Ocean's Kingdom.

This Time Last Year: Ocean's Kingdom Rehearsals!

This time last year, Paul was in rehearsals for Ocean's Kingdom, 2011.
To celebrate, will be releasing some new and exciting things in the coming weeks, so stay tuned!
Above: Paul, Peter Martins and the New York City Ballet dance company, 2011

TRAILER :Epstein - The Play

Publicado el 03/06/2012 por sw0rds1
A new play about Brian Epstein - the man who made The Beatles, written by Andrew Sherlock, Directed by Jen Heyes and Produced by Bill Elms & Jen Heyes coming to Liverpool's Epstein Theatre in November 2012
Promo concept, filmed & edited by Anthony Swords, 'Epstein' played by Chris Walsh, Sound by Matt Groves, Art Direction by Claire Guest & Heather McIntyre

Epstein the play

Epstein the play

A brand new play about one of Liverpool’s favourite sons and one of the world’s most successful music entrepreneurs is to premiere in Liverpool for Autumn 2012, as part of the Beatles’ 50th Anniversary celebrations.
EPSTEIN the play celebrates the life of former Beatles manager Brian Epstein.  A multi-media play with live music, the show has been created by Jen Heyes and Andrew Sherlock, written by Andrew Sherlock, directed by Jen Heyes and runs from 15 November to 1 December 2012, The first major production at the new Epstein Theatre.

Brian Epstein
 was best known as a music entrepreneur and legendary manager of The Beatles and was the person responsible for their rise to mega-stardom all over the world. He also managed other popular artists such as Gerry & The Pacemakers, Billy J Kramer, The Foremost, The Dakotas and Cilla Black.

Brian Epstein’s
 short life was crammed with success and controversy; he was an intelligent man whose prescience, taste, vision and passion left a lifelong impact on the world.  Born in Liverpool in 1934 to Jewish descent, he spent his early adult years working for the family business NEMS(North End Music Stores) before being drafted into the Royal Army Service Corps, after a brief stint in London joining RADA and living a more openly gay life he returned to Liverpool to manage the new NEMS city centre music store making it one of the biggest in the North. Not long after was the historic lunchtime visit to the famous Cavern Club to hear four Liverpool lads perform and the rest was history.  Brian had a passion for classical music and theatre and even leased the Saville Theatre in London.  Immense rapid success, busy schedules and constant touring took its toll on Brian and depression and recreational drugs set-in.  Brian Epstein died of a sleeping pill overdose in August 1967, he was aged just 32.  His death was immediately felt, while the Beatles continued to make magnificent music, their business affairs rapidly crumbled and by 1970 it was all over.
EPSTEIN the play is brought to you by the newly formed Bill Elms & Jen Heyes Productions Ltd (Tales from Haunted Liverpool, Tales From Charles Dickens), written by Andrew Sherlock(Wall Talks and The Shankly Show) and directed by Jen Heyes (Blood Wedding, I love Vinegar Vera and Wall Talks).
“I hadn’t had anything to do with management of pop artists before that day that I went down to the Cavern Club and heard the Beatles playing… I was immediately struck by their music, their beat, and their sense of humour on stage – and even afterwards when I met them I was struck again by their personal charm. And it was there, that really, it all started.” Brian Epsteinrecalled meeting The Beatles.
EPSTEIN the play is sponsored by Gregory Abrams Davidson solicitors (Matthew Street and Penny Lane) and generously supported by The Cavern.

EPSTEIN the play
The Epstein Theatre
Hanover Street, Liverpool, L1 3DY
Thu 15 November – Sat 1 December 2012
Preview Performances: 15-17 November 2012
Thu and Sat Matinees:  2.30pm | Mon – Sat Evenings: 7.30pm
Ticket Prices: £10-£24 (Concessions Available)
How to Book:
Box Office: 0844 8000 400* Online at*
or in person at the Echo Arena, Kings Dock, Liverpool*
*Subject to booking fee.
Brian Epstein c/o The Liverpool Echo
Brain Epstein c/o The Liverpool Echo

EPSTEIN The Man Who Made The Beatles



Thu and Sat Matinees 2.30pm | Evenings 7.30pm

A brand new play about one of Liverpool’s favourite sons and one of the world’s most successful music entrepreneurs is to premiere in Liverpool, in a year that celebrates 50 years since The Beatles came together and will be the first major production at the new Epstein Theatre.
EPSTEIN is a long-awaited theatrical production celebrating the life of former Beatles manager Brian Epstein. It is a one man multi-media play with live music, created by Jen Heyes and Andrew Sherlock, written by Andrew Sherlock, directed by Jen Heyes and runs from
15 November to 1 December 2012.



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Celebrating 50 Years of The Beatles

George Harrison cantando Hare Krishna

Subido por Monjesitinerantes el 29/02/2012
Video histórico de George Harrison, el Beatle que fue pionero en utilizar mantras en la música popular contemporánea de occidente. Aquí lo vemos tocando el armonio y liderando un Kirtan con sus amigos devotos de Krishna. George Harrison está cantando el gran mantra Hare Krishna.

miércoles, 29 de agosto de 2012

Sean Lennon Attacks Fracking in Op-Ed

Sean Lennon Attacks Fracking in Op-Ed

Process of extracting natural gas is 'dirty energy,' singer says
AUGUST 28, 2012
Sean Lennon ripped fracking today in a New York Times op-ed, saying the process of extracting natural gas has been falsely portrayed as "clean." "Natural gas has been sold as clean energy," Lennon wrote. "But when the gas comes from fracturing bedrock with about five million gallons of toxic water per well, the word 'clean' takes on a disturbingly Orwellian tone. Don't be fooled."
Fracking, also known as hydraulic fracturing, uses water and chemicals to free natural gas trapped in rock deposits below the surface of the earth. Lennon says there's simply no way the process can be clean. "Fracking for shale gas is in truth dirty energy," he writes. "It inevitably leaks toxic chemicals into the air and water. Industry studies show that 5 percent of wells can leak immediately, and 60 percent over 30 years. There is no such thing as pipes and concrete that won't eventually break down. It releases a cocktail of chemicals from a menu of more than 600 toxic substances, climate-changing methane, radium and, of course, uranium."
Lennon frets that fracking could contaminate reservoirs and harm the tap water supply of his hometown, New York City, and cause long-lasting damage to the climate of the planet. "Within the first 20 years, methane escaping from within and around the wells, pipelines and compressor stations is 105 times more powerful a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide," he writes. "With more than a tiny amount of methane leakage, this gas is as bad as coal is for the climate; and since over half the wells leak eventually, it is not a small amount. Even more important, shale gas contains one of the earth’s largest carbon reserves, many times more than our atmosphere can absorb. Burning more than a small fraction of it will render the climate unlivable, raise the price of food and make coastlines unstable for generations."
In response, Lennon and his mother, Yoko Ono, are starting Artists Against Fracking, which they describe as "a new coalition of artists, musicians, filmmakers and public figures opposed to hydraulic fracking." The group already includes Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, David Bryne, Lady Gaga, Wilco, MGMT, Bonnie Raitt, Alec Baldwin, Liv Tyler and more. For more information on Artists Against Fracking, visit the coalition's website.
Sean Lennon
Sean Lennon
Dave M. Benett/Getty Images

martes, 28 de agosto de 2012

Behind the Scenes: Last Play at Shea

Publicado el 07/11/2011 por SHOWTIME
Get a behind the scenes look at Billy Joel's concert at Shea Stadium.

LAST PLAY AT SHEA Billy Joel × Paul McCartney

Subido por TA968 el 11/05/2011
Billy Joel × Paul McCartney

The Beatles Some Other Guy [HQ Subtitulada]

Subido por therotiv4 el 15/10/2009
Actuacion en vivo de los Beatles en la caverna!
fue el 22 de agosto de 1962


Original works by Frank Zappa and The Beatles to be offered at Philip Weiss Auctions
Original works by Frank Zappa and The Beatles to be offered at Philip Weiss Auctions
August 2012

OCEANSIDE, NY.- A painting done collectively by all four Beatles when the band was on tour in Japan in 1966, plus original artwork by rock legend Frank Zappa and contracts and a black leather jacket from the late rapper Biggie Smalls (aka “The Notorious B.I.G”) will headline a three-day auction extravaganza scheduled for Sept. 13-15 by Philip Weiss Auctions.
 The auction will be held in Philip Weiss Auctions’ spacious gallery, located at #1 Neil Court in Oceanside, N.Y. The music memorabilia will be part of the event’s sandwich day – Friday, Sept. 14, starting at 2 p.m. (EST). The day will also feature ocean liner and transportation collectibles, and Hollywood memorabilia, to include magazine cover art from the '20s and ‘30s.
The Beatles visited Japan only once – in 1966, and for exactly 100 hours. They were bored, holed up in their VIP suite in Tokyo’s Hilton Hotel, so to pass the time they were given a 30 inch by 40 inch canvas and some paints and told to have some fun (either by the Japanese promoter of the tour or Brian Epstein, the group’s manager). The result was Images of a Woman. 
The canvas was placed on a table, with a lamp in the center. Working by the light of the lamp, each Beatle decorated his quarter of the canvas with oil paints and watercolors. Paul’s had a symmetrical, psychedelic feel; John’s had a dark center, surrounded by thick oils; George’s was large and colorful; Ringo’s was cartoon-like. The white center was signed by all the Beatles. 
When done, the group presented the painting as a gift to Tetsuaburo Shimoyama, the Beatles’ fan club president in Japan. It has changed hands a few times over the years, and the consignor for this auction is a collector from Japan. “It’s anybody’s guess how much this rare, one-of-a-kind piece will bring,” said Philip Weiss. “It is a Holy Grail of Beatles collectibles.” 
The Frank Zappa painting is a stylized rendering of a drum shop that was featured on TV’s History Detectives. It, too, should generate considerable interest. The Biggie Smalls items include his contract termination from Uptown Records, signed by Andre Harrell and Christopher Wallace (Biggie’s real name) and an escrow agreement signed by Sean Combs (aka “P. Diddy”). 
Offered separately, also on Friday, will be the original black leather jacket owned by “The Notorious B.I.G.,” six RIP hand cards for the late rapper Tupac Shakur, and four original crime scene photos of the BMW that Tupac was riding in at the time of his shooting death. Also sold will be an archive of letters relating to the conception of rap label Bad Boy Entertainment. 
Concert posters will feature a scarce 1967 Jimi Hendrix Hapshash Fillmore poster, a 1969 Janis Joplin Oklahoma poster and a 1967 Sam & Dave poster. Also sold will be a collection of original John Lennon photos by Nishi Saimaru, Michael Jackson family color slides from the 1970s, and 8mm and 16mm b/w films of The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, The Who and more. 
The Friday session will also feature over 600 original photos of jazz greats taken by Burt Goldblatt, the “Ansel Adams of Jazz.” The photos will include such legends as Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis, Benny Goodman, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Dizzie Gillespie and more. Goldblatt produced album covers, publicity stills and art photography from the 1930s-1960s. 
Rounding out Friday’s offerings will be a rare First Class dining room chair from the S.S. Normandie, an original recovered life preserver ring from the sunken ocean liner Andrea Doria, box lots of photos and negatives of various stars from Hollywood’s Golden Age, a large group of movie poster half-sheets, one-sheets, inserts (and larger), and an original 1926 Photoplay Magazine medal presented to Paramount Pictures for the film Beau Geste, with Ronald Colman. 
The Thursday, Sept. 13 session (also with a 2 p.m. start time) will be dedicated mainly to stamps, coins and postcards. Stamps will include lots of U.S. mint sheets and plate blocks, better sets and singles from the U.S. and Europe, a nice collection of Russian stamps, another important installment from the Great Lakes Collection and a number of lots from the original FDR auction. 
Between 50,000 and 100,000 postcards, in a variety of categories, will come up for bid. Featured will be holidays and artist-signed cards, as well as many city and state cards. Also sold will be a collection of Kirchner postcards, trade cards, other paper ephemera, lots of Czarist period postcards, special reference material, college postcards, silks and leathers and much more. 
The final day of the auction – Saturday, Sept. 15, at 10 a.m. – will have toys, trains, pressed steel, play sets and more. Offered will be a collection of pressed steel trucks, Marx play sets and a great selection of vintage toys, to include Lehmann, Schoenhut, tin litho, lunch boxes, model kits, board games and more. Toy trains will include Part 2 of the Finger Lakes Collection. 
That collection features fresh-to-the-market, high-end American and European trains and accessories, to include European Stations, American Flyer, Lionel, Marklin, Bing, Ives and other important makers. There will also be another installment of HO Brass engines from the Kozsey estate, a large collection of HO trains from a Washington estate, “G” scale LGB and much more. 
Internet bidding will be provided by and, and phone and absentee bids will also be accepted. Philip Weiss Auctions is always accepting quality consignments for future sales

All four Beatles collaborated on this painting in 1966, in Japan. It is titled Images of a Woman.

George Harrison's son finds electronic soul

George Harrison's son finds electronic soul

Niki & The Dove offers infectious music tracks

Written by
Brian Passey
Aug 23, 2012
It’s a far cry from The Beatles, but when you’re the son of a Beatle, it’s probably a good idea to avoid comparisons.
When listening to “thefearofmissingout” by thenewno2, any Beatles comparisons are unlikely to come up, even though the band is built around George Harrison’s son Dhani. He sings as well as plays lead and rhythm guitar, piano, keyboards, bass, ukulele, drums and synthesizers.
It sounds like he does it all, and in some cases he does. Technically, there are five other band members and “thefearofmissingout” also features a few guest artists, including RZA from the Wu-Tang Clan, who drops a verse or two on “thewaitaround.”
That’s only one example of how thenewno2 is decidedly non-Beatles. While he might have some vocal similarities to his father, Harrison’s music here is predominantly electronic based, often with programmed beats and robotic-sounding synths.
At first, the electro-fuzz of the lead track “Station” might be off-putting, but with repeated listens, it begins to reveal its intricacies. The next couple of tracks are somewhat more accessible as Harrison channels a mellow Radiohead vibe on “Wide Awake” and grabs hold of a gorgeous melody on “Timezone.”
“Staring Out To Sea” features an appearance by Ben Harper on vocals and lap steel guitar. Harper and Harrison are also members of the trio Fistful of Mercy with singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur.
While “Staring Out To Sea” retains some electronic textures that tie it to the rest of the album, it’s also quite lush, especially with Harper’s luxuriant steel guitar and female harmonies by Thorunn Antonia, who also brings her gentle touch to a couple of other tracks.
It’s actually the final track, “The Number,” that sounds the most Beatles-like, and even then, it’s really only in Harrison’s acoustic guitar that is faintly reminiscent of some of his father’s work. For the most part, “thefearofmissingout” finds a nice groove in its subtly ruminating electronic soul with a nice helping of the family flair for melody.
Joining thenewno2 as an electronic band with heart is the Swedish group Niki & The Dove.
At first listen, the music of Niki & The Dove might seem like just another Nordic dance-pop production. This is no Ace of Base, though. Their music is deeper than that but just as infectious.
Coupled with the indie-rock vibe common among sub pop releases, the band’s debut, “Instinct,” references other acts while remaining disarmingly original, thanks to Gustaf Karlof’s shimmering keyboards and Malin Dahlstrom’s strong yet refined vocals that manage to deliver hook after hook.
“Last Night” has elements of a Tegan and Sara-like rhythmic quirkiness while “The Gentle Roar” channels the arena-ready anthemic style of Florence and the Machine.
Meanwhile, “DJ, Ease My Mind” is huge. That’s the only way to describe its sound, which is full of drama and emotion but still danceable.
That’s the beautiful thing about Niki & The Dove: They manage to create dance music with emotion.
So often the genre is cold, almost lifeless, but not so with “Instinct.” This is a dance album you can truly feel.

lunes, 27 de agosto de 2012

Brian Epstein Play to Open in Liverpool
Brian Epstein Play to Open in Liverpool
A play about the life of Beatles manager Brian Epstein will open in Liverpool this November.
By Emily Handley
27 Aug 2012

A new play about Beatles manager Brian Epstein, who died 35 years ago today, will open in Liverpool this November to celebrate the life of one of the city’s best-loved sons.
He played a big part in the early success of the band and Sir Paul McCartney said of him: "If anyone was the Fifth Beatle, it was Brian." He died of an overdose of barbiturates in his Belgravia bedroom, on 27 August 1967, at the age of 32 and was buried in Liverpool.
Epstein will open at Liverpool’s Epstein Theatre on November 15th, running until 1st December 2012. The multimedia play was created by Andrew Sherlock and Jen Heyes, with the duo in charge of the script and direction respectively. The production will also play a part in Liverpool’s celebrations for the fiftieth anniversary of the Beatles, with attractions such as the Cavern, the Hard Day’s Night Hotel and The Beatles Story marking the occasion.
Bill Elms, co-producer of the play, said: “We are delighted to have the support of these iconic Beatles organisations for the play; it shows how Liverpool businesses work together to enhance the city’s tourism and cultural experience.”
Epstein was born into a working-class Jewish family in Liverpool in 1934. After initially working for his family’s furniture business, he took on a series of jobs in the army and as a data entry clerk before eventually meeting the Beatles. He became their manager in January 1962, and they recorded several chart-topping albums and singles before his untimely death.
Brian Epstein with John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Photo: DAVID MAGNUS/Rex Features