Friday, September 4, 2009

'The fire is sweepin' our very street today..'

In all the attention given to the 40th anniversary of Woodstock this summer, it might be easy to overlook another landmark concert, historic for different reasons.

The Rolling Stones' show at Altamont has often been portrayed as the "end of the summer of love" and this piece in The Telegraph looks at Albert Maysles' movie of the events at the show, 'Gimme Shelter' which is being re-released in a couple of weeks.


I really enjoyed the first edition of the new TV show NY FM, presented by 101.9 WRXP's Matt Pinfield and Leslie Fram, and I plan to tune in regularly.

This weekend they had an interview with Dave Matthews, and items on Rocco DeLuca and one of my favorite guitar players, Derek Trucks - next week they have a feature on Tom Morello - as well as a look at the John Lennon exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Annex.


Talking of the Beatles, The New York Times seems to like the upcoming Rock Band product, as the marketing hype cranks up and remastered versions of some of their classic albums get ready to ship.

Meanwhile, The Guardian has a video of Sir George Martin's son Giles talking about the production of the new game.


Really interesting band on Letterman the other night. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros initially struck me as sounding something like a jam between Sufjan Stevens, Michelle Shocked and the Spin Doctors.

To be honest, I wasn't sure whether I actually liked their song "Home" but I couldn't take my eyes off the performance, and I guess that's half the battle for a developing band.

Here's a clip of them playing the same song in Los Angeles a few months ago:

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