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first_imgDo something relevant… Please don’t speak on me bro ever again!!!— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 24, 2016Bob please never speak in public again… you are everything that is wrong with the old guard …— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 24, 2016 I’m tired of old people that have no connection with anything trying to comment on music!— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 24, 2016 This is an interesting feud that’s developed. As Kanye points out, Bob Ezrin is a stalwart member of the “Old Guard,” a man with a decades long career who’s worked on cultural touchstones and yet has managed to stay relevant to the present day. Kanye West has shown himself to be a talented producer, a performer with aspirations to the higher levels of art and a public persona that is baffling in its complete lack of shame and nuance.  The two couldn’t be farther apart on notoriety scale, but knowing the attention Kanye’s antics bring, Ezrin is about to have his profile raised considerably. Let the good times roll. In an open letter shared by veteran music journalist Bob Lefsetz‘s blog, the Lefsetz Letter, long time record producer Bob Ezrin sharply took Kanye West to task for his over the top antics and self aggrandization. Ezrin has earned the bonafides to speak out on such matters, helping to create masterpieces such as Pink Floyd‘s legendary double album The Wall and Lou Reed’s Berlin, not to mention his recent work on the Phish album, Fuego.In the letter, Ezrin was bluntly dismissive of Kanye’s self purported “Genius,” dropping hits like “…unlike other creators in his genre like Jay-Z, Tupac, Biggie or even M.C. Hammer for that matter, it’s unlikely that we’ll be quoting too many of Kanye’s songs 20 years from now. He didn’t open up new avenues of public discourse like NWA, or introduce the world to a new art form like Grandmaster Flash, or even meaningfully and memorably address social issues through his music like Marshall, Macklemore and Kendrick.”  The letter wasn’t entirely critical, as he did give Kanye props on his production skills, saying: “In my opinion, his productions are his best work – and I admit I’m jealous of several of them…” though he went on to say “…but I don’t think he’s on quite the same level as Timbaland and Rick Rubin among several others. His song writing – meaning the stuff with melodies – is sophomoric at best.”He even took a moment to lament the recent pairing of West and music icon Paul McCartney, opining “I was embarrassed for Sir Paul – one of the greatest Artists of our era – by their collaboration, though it was pointed out to me that this got him his highest chart position in decades. So I guess he didn’t mind. But I kind of did!”Ezrin worried that people seem to be buying into the hype and equating Kanye’s body of work as “Art” with a capitol “A.”  Or as he puts it “…Kanye’s greatest achievements have been in the form of excessive behavior, egomaniacal tantrums and tasteless grandstanding. What he is a true artist at is living his life out loud – and shoving it down the throats of the rest of us whether we give a shit or not. He’s like that flasher who interrupts a critical game by running naked across the field. Is that art???” That fact that Kanye has released an album he is still tinkering with, Ezrin was found himself pondering the very nature of West. “The great musicians, writers, poets, rappers, performers, dancers, players, conductors, directors and producers work all their lives for that one moment of complete perfection – that one brilliant performance, that one perfect song, that one enduring and life-altering work. 10,000 hours is peanuts in comparison to the real amount of time spent by true artists in their lifelong pursuit of excellence. But no one else that I have seen is this happy to have the audience watching all along the way. They are working to the culmination of something; to the exquisite feeling of completion that comes from working and reworking until that moment when their creation, or their performance, is as good as it could possibly be. This guy is just feeding the media machine and I’m not even certain to what end. Maybe he JUST needs the attention, like that flasher, and isn’t happy unless he’s the center of it.”He closes a letter with a sad lament.  “I don’t even know why I’m so angry about this. Except maybe I lament for a world where being truly, world-shakingly excellent at anything – at least in the field of popular music if not elsewhere – is no longer absolutely necessary. You can be a star today just by creating a public life that people pay attention to. That’s it. All you have to do is be interesting or likable or shocking enough and you can have your 15 minutes of fame…even if that means that no one will remember you or what you’ve done in just a few years. Line ‘em up. How many “popular artists” have come and gone in just the last decades. In my mind (which is a pretty busy as often too judgmental place, I will admit) real artists make stuff that changes the world and LASTS.”Naturally, Kanye took to Twitter to reply.Has anybody ever heard of Bob Ezrin???— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 24, 2016 Ezrin I truly feel sorry for your friends and family that they have had to suffer an idiot like you for so many years…— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 24, 2016last_img read more

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first_imgReturning for its 10th straight year, Backwoods Pondfest will once again let loose with some music-filled festivities in Peru, NY. From August 5-6, Pondfest will feature some of the best and brightest, and this year’s first round lineup announcement certainly has us excited!The festival will see a special tribute to David Bowie, as performed by Pink Talking Fish, as well as performances from The Nth Power, Blind Owl Band (x2), Thunder Body, Tweed, Lynguistic Civilians, Bella’s Bartok, Capital Zen, Funknut and Goose!Considering that’s only round one, there’s plenty more great music in store for the fans. Pondfest is a family-friendly, all-ages event, and the beautiful campgrounds and top notch performers should make for quite the weekend of festivities. The second round lineup is expected to be posted within the next month.You can see the full Backwoods Pondfest announcement below, and head to their official website for details. At only $75 for a two-day pass, there’s no reason to miss out!last_img read more

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first_imgEarlier this week, we shared some unfortunate news from the family of Eric Lindell. The New Orleans musician is suffering some serious familial setbacks, as his newborn baby is on life support and, in the process, doctors discovered a heart condition in his wife. The one bit of fortunate news from this is the strength of the musician/NOLA community, who have rallied for fundraising efforts in support of the family.After a successful GoFundMe campaign, a number of musicians are taking this to the next level. One week from today, Friday March 25th, The Hall At MP in Brooklyn, NY will host a late-night fundraiser for Lindell. Confirmed musicians thus far include the “Piano Prince of New Orleans” Davell Crawford (keys, vocals), Gregg Allman Band guitarist Scott Sharrard (guitar, vocals), Elise Testone (vocals), Lindell collaborators Chris Fitzgerald (sax) and Arne Wendt (keys), as well as members of the Brickyard Band, Shady Street Show Band, and many special guests. There will also be raffles from photographers Marc Millman, Scott Harris, and artist Mattie James.ALL proceeds will go to the Lindell family, and tickets are now on sale via Ticketweb Cares. For those who want to give more, feel free to visit the GoFundMe campaign in progress. Lindell himself commented on how touched he is for all of the support. Read his note below:I can’t describe in words how much Sarah and I appreciate the love and support from friends and family and folks we have not even met yet. Nothing can prepare you for something like this. Nothing can be more upsetting than to see sick children …it’s heart breaking how many families are here at the children’s hospital…every one with a story.We found out our son had CDH and Duodenal Atresia in November and our doctors back home said there were only a few places in the country that deal with these high risk situations. We were informed that Colorado was the best and had the highest success rate.After our first call with them, it was clear where we needed to be and they said they wanted us in Colorado ASAP, so we left shortly after Christmas. Once we arrived, we met our amazing team of doctors and nurses twice a week…which are truly some of the kindest, smartest people we have ever met.The last couple months of the pregnancy where very hard on Sarah .. Due to the CDH and Duodenal Atresia she retained way too much fluid…so they did an Amino Reduction to relieve the pressure from her heart and lungs and to try and keep the baby longer, in hopes of further lung development.A couple weeks later our son Kay Chevalier Lindell was born on March 2nd at 3:30AM…weighing in at 5 pounds. He had his first surgery and went on Ecmo machine March 3. They noticed during the C section that Sarah was having irregular heartbeats…as soon as the baby was delivered they rushed Sarah off to an adult hospital where they monitored her heart for couple days.They finally discharged her so she could come back to children’s hospital and be with baby Kay. Shortly thereafter we had to rush Sarah to the ER where they found out that the left part of her heart was not pumping with the same pressure as the rest of her heart. They have her on heart meds and have discharged her with her own blood pressure machine.Sarah has been so strong and brave through all of this and is now in NICU with baby Kay. The connection between a mother and baby is the most incredible thing I have ever seen. When she talks to him and kisses him…it is amazing how he responds…love magic…it is true and powerful.There is nothing stronger or greater than a mother’s love. We have to love our families with all we have. Thank U to all of our friends and family for the positive thoughts and prayers…each and every one of you have restored our faith in humanity. There are truly some warm heart’d people out there. Thank U so much for thinking of us and including us in your thoughts and prayers.Eric Lindell & Familylast_img read more

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first_imgEasily recognizable as one of the best albums of all time, The Beach Boys’ opus Pet Sounds celebrates its 50th anniversary today. Released on May 16th, 1966, Pet Sounds marks a distinct departure from the band’s light-hearted beach-themed music, as mastermind Brian Wilson steered the band down more complex channels of music.The album is heavily influenced by the psychedelic culture, perhaps even inspired by the contemporary Beatles records. Producer George Martin even said that “without Pet Sounds, there would be no Sgt. Peppers,” though the British band was certainly well on their way to hyper-produced albums when Pet Sounds was released. The pure sonic exploration of Pet Sounds is unrivaled by any other release in the Beach Boys’ catalog, as Brian Wilson spent countless hours producing the album, utilizing unique sound effects like Coke cans and piano strings throughout the release.With all of this in mind, Wilson himself took a moment to share his thoughts on the album’s milestone. Wilson said, “Today Pet Sounds was released 50 years ago. I just can’t believe it. I recorded it to bring love to the world and I’m honored to be performing it in so many countries and cities in 2016. My current band is just amazing. They are great singers and the very best musicians who replicate live every single show what I did in the studio 50 years ago! I’m just blown away by what I hear!”The post was accompanied by the following image:Here’s to another 50 years of Pet Sounds! Listen to the album below:last_img read more

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first_imgUPDATE: It appears that Ween has subtly swapped the photo on their announcement to something less Prince-y, all but dashing our hopes for a Purple show. Not that we’re complaining about the band’s usual shade of Brown! Check out the new artwork below:Beloved rockers Ween have announced a brand new show, hitting the Roy Wilkins Amphitheatre in St. Paul, MN on September 15th. The newly-reunited group have played a handful of performances throughout 2016, but this new announcement has us intrigued.The artwork for the show appears in purple, with lettering at the bottom that is reminiscent of the “Purple Rain” font. Considering the show will be in Minnesota, hometown of the dearly departed Prince, it stands to reason that the show may serve as something of a tribute for the members of Prince.The Ween guys have not been shy about their love of Prince, especially in the wake of his untimely death. We recently shared some classic footage of the group playing “Purple Rain,” and Dean Ween recently told the story of breaking into a studio at Paisley Park, Prince’s home and workspace. Read that tale here.Ween and Prince are both acts associated with colors, Brown and Purple respectively, and we’d be delighted to see what happens when those colors mix. Pre-sale tickets will be released tomorrow, July 6th, and can be found here with the password BROWN, before a general on-sale here on Friday, July 8th.last_img read more

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first_imgEarlier this year, jammers Twiddle made their debut at the storied Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY. The band put on a show for the books, debuting new music and welcoming Matisyahu for the sold out performance.On the heels of their inaugural Tumble Down festival, which starts today at Waterfront Park in Burlington, VT and features Nahko and Medicine For The People, Turkuaz Cabinet, Kitchen Dwellers, Holly Bowling and more, the Vermont jam group has shared a great pro-shot video from the Cap Theatre debut. Watch the group let loose on a great version of “Blunderbuss” from the show, streaming below.Tickets for Tumble Down are on sale now and available here![Photo by Andrew Blackstein]last_img read more

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first_imgJam Cruise 15 is shaping up to be the best yet! With sets from The Original Meters, Moe., GRiZ, Galactic, and Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, along with Lettuce, Kamasi Washington, The Revivalists, Vulfpeck, and so many more, this round of announcements is just the icing on top of the cake. This year’s “Jam Room” will be hosted by George Porter Jr., Steve Kimock, Break Science’s Borahm Lee, The Revivalists’ Ed Williams, and DJ Williams. The “Piano Sets” will trickle through the four-day adventure with Ivan Neville, Widespread Panic’s JoJo Hermann, Percy Hill’s Nate Wilson, The Motet’s Joey Porter, and RAQ/Electric Beethoven’s Todd Stoops. They’ve also revealed a “Mad Hatter’s Ball” theme for a yet-to-be-announced day on the ship. Stay tuned for more announcements! Jam Cruise 15 full lineup is: The Original Meters, moe., GRiZ, Galactic, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Benevento Russo Duo, Lettuce, Kamasi Washington, The Revivalists, The Motet, Beats Antique (Live), Break Science, JoJo’s Mardi Gras Band, The Soul Rebels, Dopapod, Vulfpeck, Turkuaz, Percy Hill, Frequinox, The Suffers, Lebo & Friends (ft. Robert Walter, Jay Lane, Garrett Sayers, Lesley Grant & The Combustible Horns), Neville Jacobs, Reed Mathis Presents Electric Beethoven (ft. Jay Lane, Todd Stoops, Clay Welch), Brothers Comatose, Earphunk, Magic Gravy, Love Canon, BIG Something, Nikki Glaspie Super Jam, Everyone Orchestra, Nathan Moore, Manic Focus, and DJ Soul Sister.last_img read more

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first_imgBy 1969, Jimi Hendrix had found fame and success with the Experience after playing Woodstock, but he wanted more. Unfulfilled by the fame, Hendrix left his band and recruited drummer Buddy Miles and bassist Billy Cox for a new ensemble, The Band Of Gypsys. The guitarist totally reinvented his image with the new crew, abandoning his previous catalog and focusing on a more blues-based approach.The Band Of Gypsys made their triumphant debut on the final day of the 1960s, performing at The Fillmore East in New York, NY on December 31st, 1969. Now, nearly 50 years later, the recording of Hendrix’s early show on 12/31/69 is coming out for a new release. Machine Gun: The Fillmore East First Show 12/31/69 is due out on September 30th.To get you in the groove for this new album, Yahoo! has premiered the first track from the new album. Listen to “Izabella,” streaming below.Machine Gun: The Fillmore East First Show 12/31/69 Tracklist1. Power Of Soul2. Lover Man3. Hear My Train A Comin’4. Changes5. Izabella6. Machine Gun7. Stop8. Ezy Ryder9. Bleeding Heart10. Earth Blues11. Burning Desire[H/T JamBase]last_img read more

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first_imgIt has been an ongoing issue for many years, with thousands upon thousands of potential ticket purchasers being stripped of the ability to purchase their way into various events due to scalpers and the use of automated ticket purchasing software, better known as ‘bots.’ The software allows scalpers to scoop up hundreds, and even thousands of tickets to any major event, to then be resold on a secondary site for double or triple the original price. It is a billion-dollar industry that has, unfortunately, had the ability to exist far too long.Today, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a new law that makes the use of such systems a crime. While New York state currently has laws in place banning the use of ‘bots,’ the penalties were a minor deterrent, at best, to those that are cashing in on the reselling of tickets. This new law, however, may see those found guilty of using the software facing jail time and significant monetary fines of up to $1500 for one offense.According to The Buffalo News, “The law expands the definition of what are considered illegal ‘bots’ to also include software that bypasses a ticket site’s security measures intended to halt massive ticket purchases by one individual or company.”Sen. Andrew Lanza, a Staten Island Republican and Senate sponsor of the bill, said the measure will “help stop ticket price gouging and ensure that consumers have a fair chance to purchase tickets to their favorite sporting events, concerts and shows.” The new law will be put into effect 90 days from when it is signed in by Gov. Cuomo, who had until midnight tonight to sign the legislation into law. This is a major step in the right direction.[via The Buffalo News]last_img read more

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first_imgJust in time for Valentine’s Day, the lovelorn Ryan Adams emerges with a full length stream of his new album, Prisoner. Adams’ new album is wrought with heartwrenching new music, showcasing his raw emotional side after a divorce from Mandy Moore. Ever the artist, Adams lays all of his cards on the table, and the result is staggering.The new album features 12 songs from Ryan Adams, each taking the listener on an emotional musical journey. Fortunately, thanks to his partnership with NPR Music, we can stream the new album from Adams in its entirety until its February 17th release date. Check out Prisoner, below.last_img read more