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Richie Havens, the Man That Gave Us ‘Freedom’ at Woodstock Has Died

Posted 22 Apr 2013 in Music + TV News, Uncategorized

  We’re sad to announce that Richie Havens, the man that opened Woodstock with his famous acoustic song “Freedom,” has died at the age of 72. Here is the official announcement via his longtime representatives, The Root Agency: “RICHIE HAVENS was gifted with one of the most recognizable voices in popular music. His fiery, poignant, soulful singing style has remained unique and ageless since his historic appearance at Woodstock in 1969. For four decades, Havens used his music to convey passionate messages of brotherhood and personal freedom. Billboard Magazine writes, “This acoustic soul giant truly seems to be getting more inspiring and graceful with age.” From Woodstock to The Isle of Wight to Glastonbury to the Fillmore Auditorium to...

Vince Gill Shares His Thoughts on Today’s Country Music..and He’s Right On!

Posted 14 Apr 2013 in Uncategorized

  For quite some time now I’ve been harsh on today’s country music, or more specifically, the state of today’s country radio. Now I’ve been joined by Vince Gill in its critique. It’s sad when Taylor Swift can dominate country radio and Merle Haggard can’t get a sniff. And I’m not talking about Merle’s old great albums I’m referring to his last couple of albums. They’ve been great yet completely ignored. Justin Townes Earle’s “Harlem River Blues” also did not receive any country airplay. — Larry Carta Vince’s career began with country-rockers Pure Praire League. He recently spoke with Great American Country’s Sarah Wyland. This appeared on their website. ———— Vince Gill released his latest album, Guitar Slinger, in...

Kevin Federline ‘Playing With Fire’ (2013 April Fool’s Day Entry)

Posted 01 Apr 2013 in Uncategorized

  Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#851 in the Series) is Kevin Ferderline, Playing With Fire I love surprises in the music business. Some surprises are better than others. I also like when one of those surprises is a “rag to riches” story or even a story about when someone makes the most of them-self and takes their unknown to most talent and moves beyond where they were and into the spotlight. Kevin Federline is the perfect example. Who knew when he was just a background dancer for Britney Spears that he had this kind of talent? Who knew that he could write songs as well as these? Who knew that he could sing like this? I didn’t, I bet you...

Mimi Betinis to Perform Live In Valparaiso, Indiana, Sunday June 10th.

Posted 04 Jun 2012 in Music + TV News, Uncategorized

  MIMI BETINIS w/Special Guest Scott May & His One-Armed Orchestra Sunday, June 10th, 2012 Showtime: 7pm Back in the mid-to-late 70’s and the early ’80’s, Mimi Betinis’ Pezband ruled the Chicago power-pop music scene.  Mimi was (and still is) a master of melody-and-hook-laden pop, all full of crunchy, tasty guitar riffs.  Members of Pezband went to to form other legendary Chicago bands such as Off Broadway. Mimi took some time off to raise a family and to pursue his other passion – art. Mimi went back to school and obtained his teaching credentials and has taught art in Chicago-area schools for years. However, the call of the music was never too far away and last year, Mimi recorded and released...

Vince Gill Shares His Thoughts on Today’s Country Music..and He’s Right On!

Posted 15 May 2012 in Music + TV News, Uncategorized

  For quite some time now I’ve been harsh on today’s country music, or more specifically, the state of today’s country radio. Now I’ve been joined by Vince Gill in its critique. It’s sad when Taylor Swift can dominate country radio and Merle Haggard can’t get a sniff. And I’m not talking about Merle’s old great albums I’m referring to his last couple of albums. They’ve been great yet completely ignored. Justin Townes Earle’s “Harlem River Blues” also did not receive any country airplay. — Larry Carta Vince’s career began with country-rockers Pure Praire League. He recently spoke with Great American Country’s Sarah Wyland. This appeared on their website. ———— Vince Gill released his latest album, Guitar Slinger, in...

Win a Pair of Tickets to see Justin Townes Earle in Chicago.

Posted 24 Apr 2012 in Music + TV News, Uncategorized

  Win a pair of tickets to see Justin’s Townes Earle in Chicago Illinois on May 10th. Yes, you read it correctly; Cool Album of the Day is giving away two tickets to see Justin Townes Earle at the fabulous Park West Theater in Chicago. The date of the show is Thursday, May 10th. We will be giving away two free tickets to whomever can recruit the most people to “LIKE” the Cool Album of the Day facebook page between now, April 24th and Sunday Night at 11pm Central Time, May  6th. Here’s how it will work. Use sharing options, emails, and/or messages etc. to get people to “LIKE” our facebook page. It’s located at http://www.facebook.com/CoolAlbumOfTheDay. Once the “like”...

Courtney Love Accuses Dave Grohl of Trying to Seduce Her and Kurt Cobain’s 19 Year Old Daughter

Posted 11 Apr 2012 in Music + TV News, Uncategorized

  Now this one you can file in the creepy, creepy, super creepy file.  Courtney Love, Kurt Cobain’s widow, has been accusing former former Nirvana band mate, Dave Grohl of trying to seduce Kurt and Courtney’s 19 year old daughter Frances Bean Cobain. Yes, it is Courtney we’re talking about here so take it as you will. Gawker and Rolling Stone Magazines were first to report the story as Courtney’s tweets are protected and hidden from public viewing. However, you can view them on  Gawker’s site. They paid the big bucks for them, we did not. There’s a link below. Courtney says that she was informed of Grohl’s possible intentions from her daughter’s roommate. This is not the first...

Remember When the State of Illinois Passed Resolution to Proclaim April 1st as “Cheap Trick Day”

Posted 01 Apr 2012 in Music + TV News, Uncategorized

How cool is this? OK, yes it was from 2007, but it’s still cool.  Here’s the Actual resolution below: WHEREAS, One of the most prolific musical groups to come from the State of Illinois has been the rock group Cheap Trick; andWHEREAS, Cheap Trick’s roots lie in Fuse, a late-1960s Rockford band formed by Rick Nielsen and bassist Tom Petersson; during the early 1970’s the band toured throughout the State, performing at every State university in Illinois; and WHEREAS, Cheap Trick signed with Epic Records in 1976, releasing their self-titled debut in early 1977; the record sold well in America; however, the group became a massive success in Japan, going gold upon release; later that year, the band released...

Slipped Disc in Back Causes Postponement of Friday’s Levon Helm Show

Posted 30 Mar 2012 in Uncategorized

  A painful back caused by a slowly healing slipped disc caused the cancelation of Friday, March 30th’s Levon Helm concert that was scheduled for  the Casino Ballroom in Hampton, New Hampshire. Here’s the official Statement. March 30, 2012 3:11 PM “Levon Helm and Los Lobos postponed. Please help spread the word (crushing news for us) but: Unfortunately, tonight’s Levon Helm show at the Casino Ballroom is being postponed until July 17. “Levon has a slipped disk in his back, and despite therapy, it hasn’t healed enough for him to move freely enough sit at the drums for any length of time. “Levon would like to assure everyone that his health otherwise has been excellent as of late. Levon...

Billie Holiday ‘Body and Soul’

Posted 18 Mar 2012 in Uncategorized

  Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “They Can’t Take That Away From Me” by Billie Holiday You can tell a lot about people by the records they own. A relative of a friend dropped some records off at my house this weekend for me to look at. While most had condition issues and were hardly worth selling on eBay, the guy did have some interesting and really good records which he graciously told me to keep anyway. There were jazz records from the 1950s, at least a dozen Sinatra albums, a fair share of classical recordings including several by Russian composer Shostakovich, some requisite Broadway cast albums, and, of course, a copy of Herb Alpert’s Whipped...

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