Late Night FDL: Shockwave Supernova

Joe Satriani – Shockwave Supernova

Satchmo has a brand new album out, Shockwave Supernova…

For many artists who reach the “double digit albums” stage of their career, inspiration often can be hard to come by.

However, for Joe Satriani—who released his 15th studio album, Shockwave Supernova, July 24—each album is seen as a chance to reinvent himself and test the limits of his guitar playing. The results don’t lie; he’s one of the most successful and innovative solo and instrumental guitarists playing today.

“I just approach each record like it’s a new thing and throw myself into it with total dedication,” he says during our phone interview from the G4 Experience in Cambria, California.

As a result of playing guitar with his teeth and a daydream, Satriani crafted up an alter-ego called Shockwave Supernova. The alter-ego, he says, is “a rock and roll animal” that tries to “draw attention to himself.” Throughout the album the alter-ego battles with his real self.

We talked with Satriani about how he still manages to keep things interesting. You can check out our interview here.

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Late Night FDL: Life’s Been Good

Joe Walsh – Life’s Been Good

Joe Walsh just keeps on going…

Joe Walsh won’t be home for long after the Eagles finish their summer tour.

Walsh has announced a run of solo tour dates that will keep him on the road for at least a month this fall, starting with a Sept. 18 performance in Warren, Ohio, and continuing through Oct. 17 in Boston. Fans who turn out can reportedly expect a career-spanning set that will include favorites from Walsh’s solo records as well as his outings with the James Gang, Barnstorm and the Eagles.

“I’m going back in the catalog to dig out some songs that I haven’t ever played live, but everything everyone’s coming to hear will also be in the show,” says Walsh in a press release. “I’ve got a great band and I’m excited to play with my old friend Joe Vitale again. I also love being able to go into smaller venues. I’ve missed it. … The interaction with the audience is much better, everybody has a good seat and it reminds me of the old days. I think I play my best in a small venue when the bass drums are kicking me in the pants. I’m really looking forward to it all.”

Along with Vitale, Walsh will be touring with new guitarist Gannin Arnold, as well as bassist Tommy Sims and Foo Fighters percussionist Drew Hester on drums. Tickets are scheduled to go on sale to the general public starting July 31, after Joe Walsh Fan Club members get first dibs via a pre-sale that’s set to begin on July 28. For information on how to join Walsh’s fan club and additional tour details, visit his official site.

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Late Night FDL: Daybreak

Micky Dolenz(Monkees) – Daybreak

The Beeb reported this bit of good cheer…

An album of “lost” songs by Monkees star Micky Dolenz has been released after fans tracked down the master tapes.

Recorded immediately after the band split up in 1970, the music contains collaborations with Harry Nilsson.

It was thought to have been discarded but TV presenter Iain Lee managed to track it down via an online campaign.

“It’s been a five-year project to make this happen,” he said. “And it’s finally here. It’s a proper record.”

Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Front Row, Lee explained the music had sunk without trace when it was originally released.

“A lot of this stuff came out as singles after the Monkees split up and they sold about seven copies,” he told Samira Ahmed.

The Monkees were one of the most successful groups of the 1960s, with singles including Daydream Believer, Last Train to Clarksville and A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You.

But they were stigmatised by their formation – having been put together for a TV show, and banned from playing on their early singles.

Although they fought against the manufactured image, it haunted them even after the group disbanded.

“The thing with the Monkees when they split up is they had no respect,” Lee explained.

“No-one knew how to categorise them. Even Micky Dolenz didn’t know what he was. Was he an actor? Was he a drummer?

“He auditioned for the part of the Fonz [in Happy Days] but came second because they thought, ‘well, he’s a drummer.’

“Frank Zappa wanted him to join his band and play drums, but the rest of the band said, ‘we don’t want an actor in there.'”

Even Dolenz did not know the whereabouts of his recordings, and many had presumed they were lost forever.

“For the last 20 years, people have been trying to make this compilation,” Lee said. “No-one’s been able to do it. {…}

It features a track, called Daybreak, which was written and produced by Harry Nilsson – famous for the hits Everybody’s Talkin’ and Without You.

Another track, called Easy On You, was recorded in Dolenz’s home studio and features one of the first ever Moog synthesizers.

“Dolenz owned the third ever Moog synthesizer,” Lee said. “It’s a really weird [song]. It’s not pop, it’s not rock. It’s kind of electronica before electronica.”

The Monkees star has given his blessing to the compilation, Lee added. {…}

He said he hoped to release more rare Monkees material in the future.

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Late Night FDL: It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me

Billy Joel – It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me

Billy Joel: I am Dad Rock

Billy Joel is honoured to be a leading figure of the ‘dad rock’ movement.

The 66-year-old Grammy winning-musician hasn’t released an album since his 1993 offering River of Dreams, which went platinum in several countries.

Billy remains popular with younger generations and he has no idea how youth listeners catch wind of his music.

‘I don’t know! I haven’t figured it out. I assume they’re their own generation and they’ve got their own music. There’s a lot of stuff I don’t know about, like electronic dance music,’ he told Entertainment Weekly. ‘Yeah! That’s a whole other thing. But obviously they’ve heard my music somewhere. Whether their parents played it and it’s, like, dad rock, which I love. I love that expression! That’s what I am.’

Billy attended the legendary Woodstock festival in 1969, an event which is considered to be one of the major catalysts for all modern music festivals.

But the rock star didn’t really enjoy his time there.

‘I went to Woodstock. I didn’t play there, but I went up on a motorcycle, which was a good move because the highway was just a parking lot. I wanted to see Hendrix and the Who. But after a day and a half with no real toilet facilities.what am I, a bear? I have to go in the woods? There was a lot of mud and people were smoking a lot of pot and taking a lot of acid,’ Billy recalled, noting he wasn’t engaging in any drug use at the time.

‘I didn’t do anything back then. I drank a beer or something. The first day, I saw Santana. Or was it Joe Cocker? I was dirty and itchy and covered with poison ivy and I thought, ‘Just get me out of here! I’ve got to use a bathroom.’

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Saturday Art: Chuck Jones: The Evolution of an Artist [VIDEO]

Last week, Every Frame a Painting uploaded this delightful and informative video essay exploring the genius of Chuck Jones, with the introduction:

If you grew up watching Looney Tunes, then you know Chuck Jones, one of all-time masters of visual comedy. Normally I would talk about his ingenious framing and timing, but not today. Instead, I’d like to explore the evolution of his sensibilities as an artist. To see the names of the films, press the CC button and select “Movie Titles.”

This video also had a wonderful animation consultant: Taylor Ramos (

As a Baby Boomer (1960), I did grow up watching Looney Tunes. In fact, I still love to watch these cartoons every bit as much today as I did when they aired on television. It’s hard to pick a favorite, but I’ll share a clip from one of mine, called “Rabbit Fire” (ep 97), aka ‘Rabbit Season, Duck Season.’

What are some of your favorite Chuck Jones creations?

Late Night FDL: Gimme Some Lovin’

The Spencer Davis Group – Gimme Some Lovin’

R.I.P. Eddie Hardin…!

Vocalist and pianist Eddie Hardin, best known for his work with Spencer Davis Group and Axis Point, has died at the age of 66.

He also collaborated with a wide range of rock artists including Ronnie James Dio and several members of Deep Purple.

His partner Liz says he suffered a heart attack yesterday (July 23) while relaxing in a swimming pool.

A post on Hardin’s website reports: “He first came to prominence with Spencer Davis Group, before quitting – and later returning – with drummer Pete York, to work as Hardin & York for years.

“Then there was Axis Point, with former Family members, and a string of brilliant solo albums. The Wizard’s Convention trilogy, with guest singers including David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes, stands out.

“Nobody but Eddie could pull out two beautiful animal concepts – The Butterfly Ball And The Grasshopper’s Feast, and Wind In The Willows.

“A master of memorable tunes, without whom there wouldn’t be the fantastic Love Is All that Ronnie James Dio sang, Eddie will be sorely missed.”

Hardin’s last blog entry was written after a concert in Germany last month. He said: “Eric Burdon’s band were great, and he still has the voice – but when do you actually say ‘Enough is enough’? I’m certainly reaching that stage.”

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Late Night FDL: Minion

Spock’s Beard – Minion

UK Prog Rockers, Spock’s Beard rips into the British austerity regime in Minion…

It’s taken from the prog veterans’ 12th album The Oblivion Particle, set for launch on August 21 via InsideOut.

Bassist Dave Meros recently described the follow-up to 2013’s Brief Nocturnes And Dreamless Sleep as a departure for the band.

He said: “Opening track Tides of Time is classic Spock’s in terms of arrangement and style – but everything else is fairly different. The whole album is still within the parameters of what people expect to hear from us.”

They tour Europe starting in September, with support from UK outfit Synaesthesia and Hungarians Special Providence.

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Late Night FDL: Baltimore

Prince – Baltimore

Prince released his Baltimore video yesterday…

Prince’s “Baltimore” — honoring 25-year-old Freddie Gray, whose death incited protests in the city — now has a powerful video that drives home the song’s message about police brutality and the subsequent fight for justice.

The video lays the ballad’s thought-provoking lyrics over images of peaceful marchers and footage from the Rally 4 Peace concert in Baltimore on May 10, just one day before Prince debuted the song on SoundCloud. The song features Eryn Allen Kane.

Gray was arrested without probable cause on April 12 and died April 19 from spinal-cord injuries sustained while in custody. A grand jury on May 21 indicted the six police officers allegedly involved in Gray’s death, just weeks after Baltimore State Attorney Marilyn Mosby’s office filed criminal charges against them on May 1, including manslaughter and second degree depraved-heart murder.

Prince ends his protest video with this message:

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Late Night FDL: On The Road Again

Canned Heat – On The Road Again

Canned Heat celebrated their 50th anniversary on the road and with a brand new album, Songs From The Road…

Canned Heat will launch a Songs From The Road live pack to celebrate their 50th anniversary tour.

The latest in Ruf Records’ Songs From The Road series arrives on August 7 and includes a DVD and CD.

The veteran outfit say: “We’re all amazed and thankful that we’re still here, living our dreams of making a living doing what we all love – playing the blues, travelling the world and giving a taste of boogie to audiences everywhere.”

Canned Heat manager Skip Taylor describes the set recorded at Harmonie, Bonn, Germany, as “a capsule of where the band was at on that particular night.”

The lineup features frontman Dale Spalding, bassist Larry ‘The Mole’ Taylor, drummer Adolfo ‘Fito’ De La Parra and guitarist John Paulus, who’s covering for Harvey ‘The Snake’ Mandel as he recovers from a health setback.

Taylor says: “Fito and Larry have kept the Canned Heat legacy alive – they’re still allowing people around the world to hear and feel the music we all love.”

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