The Recording of the Dave Matthews Band’s Everyday

How many Dave Matthews Band fans are out there? Can you raise your hands? … That’s what I thought, there are lotsa, lotsa youze!

Among the mags my articles have appeared in over the years is a trade that you can find on many news stands (at such stores as Barnes & Noble), Mix, which serves the tech side of the music and recording world. I first wrote for the mag and its fine editors, Tom Kenny and Blair Jackson, in 1999 when they allowed me to write about the new digs built by Senor Carlos and the gang at Richmond, Va.’s, fine studio and music house, In Your Ear.

Of course, when you’re in Ol’ Virginny, you’ll often hear or think of something great by DMB (does anyone remember when they used to play at the Flood Zone, also in Richmond?). Two years after my Mix debut, I caught up with super producer Glen Ballard and talked with him for the mag about working with band when they recorded the Everyday album >>> http://www.mixonline.com/mag/audio_dave_matthews_band_2/

Speaking of that album, let’s not forget the title track — and its unforgettable music video, which starred silly actor Judah Friedlander >>> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXe8PFKsOIc

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The Two New Led Zeppelin Remasters, Etc.

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This article from the U.K.’s legendary pub New Musical Express (NME) got me thinking about buying another one of the Led Zeppelin remasters, as IV and Houses of the Holy come out on Oct. 27 >>> http://www.nme.com/news/led-zeppelin/80085#g6BxkTF5uvXGHw7i.99

I’ve only purchased one of the first three (the band’s first three albums) so far, the debut album. The only reasons I bought it were my curiousity, and because it came with a live album that was recorded at the Paris Olympia around the time the band was gaining traction. It’s good stuff and I’m glad to have it. The other two albums had alternate takes to the various tracks, different edits, etc., and weren’t always complete songs.

However, I’m wondering how glad I’d be if I bought LZII/LZIII, too; they didn’t have a live album, just an extra disc of alternate takes to the various tracks, different edits, etc., and they weren’t always complete songs.I remember reading (somewhere) many years ago that the reason that previous Zep reissues didn’t have much in the way of bonus material was that the band issued most of what it recorded back in the day. That said, so much for a Zep anthology set, a la that of the Beatles.

Of course, the improved sound quality is nice, However, but I can enjoy a 45 of “D’yer Maker” (if my turntable was still working, anyway — ahhh, that scatchy vinyl) just as easily as I can “Communication Breakdown” from the new re-issue I bought a couple of months ago. Which begs the question:

“Do I really need to hear 1 minute and 38 seconds of ‘Moby Dick,’ etc., from the bonus disc that comes with the second Zep album?”

I can see where audiophiles, musicians and completists would opt to take that route, and I realize that Jimmy Page has worked quite hard on offering the fans what the band has left in the vault to give.

As for a possible three-way Zep reunion, I’d be glad to attend given the chance, even if it isn’t 1976 anymore. But I can see where Page is coming from — I think we all know the Bob Plant’s voice ain’t what it was. And I’m curious about this new band that Page is putting together.

Neither party seems to be saying never, especially Plant, of course. But if it really is over, I can handle that. The band that was born of the remnants of my beloved Yardbirds did leave us with the Page/Plant (they’re pictured above from the night they were honored at the Kennedy Center, and Page was interviewed by my man Jeff Krulik for a key moment in his great film, “Led Zeppelin Played Here”) tour 20 years ago, the O2 Arena CD/DVD/Blu-Ray set a few years back — and an unforgettable legacy that’s been matched by few.

One-Third of Roxy Music Cancels — Twice

This just in on Bryan Ferry’s second scheduled Washington, D.C., show at the Lincoln Theatre …

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Roxy Music hasn’t blown into my neighborhood since the group played at Columbia, Md.s’ Merriweather Post Pavilion 13 years, but one of the Fab Three (with Andy Mackay and Phil Manzanera) almost played in D.C. tonight. That would be (would have been?) Bryan Ferry. I’m familiar with some of his solo work, but I admit much of my interest in seeing him play what was to be his first of two shows, and then his second of two shows, at D.C.’s Lincoln Theatre, had to do with the fact that Roxy Music may not be back in these parts again.

I was also really interested in checking out the venue, which looks smaller than I had imagined it was in the pics that I found online. It’s one of four music havens that are in close proximity to one another in the city’s much-better-than-it-used-to-be Florida Avenue corridor (my mother is a D.C. native…

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With Baltimore’s Hammerjacks, It’s Rock, Roll and Give Back

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The latest news from Hammerjacks Entertainment Group (HEG), owner of the trade name of Baltimore’s legendary rock ’n roll nightspot, concert hall and cultural phenomenon, concerns HEG’s hosting its first official event: a benefit called Hammerjacks Rocks the Firehouse!, in Baltimore, on Saturday, Oct. 11.

The event will take place from 3-10 p.m., at the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Union Hall, located at 1202 Ridgely Street, Baltimore, Md., 21230. For you Baltimore Ravens tailgaters, it’s in the parking lot just across Russell Street from M&T Bank Stadium.

The headliners will be Jack Russell’s Great White (“Once Bitten, Twice Shy,” “Rock Me,” “Save Your Love”), along with special guest and that classic rockin’ Baltimore favorite, Face Dancer (“Red Shoes,” “Forever Beach”). Baltimore area bands Core, NightsBridge and So Low ’round out the bill. The event is being held to benefit the Baltimore City Firefighters Widows and Orphans Fund.

Kevin Butler, the owner of HEG (pictured above), is obviously looking forward to the opening of the new Hammerjacks, as are many loyalists from back in the day; but he’s also done a great job of keeping the brand in the public eye before The Big Day finally comes.

“With its return on the horizon, we want the region’s business and nonprofit communities to know that Hammerjacks is back and that we want to work with them as we strive to build the best brand possible, while we do whatever we can to contribute to our community,” said Butler. “We’re looking forward to a successful event as we move forward with our plans to open the best music venue in the country.”

Tickets for the event cost from $20-$50 and are available via http://www.ticketfly.com/search/?q=Hammerjacks. It’s a great cause and they’re hoping to see you there.

Streaming Gaining Popularity as Mode of Music Distribution

How do you acquire your music? Do you still buy many CDs? Downloads have seemed to be all the rage for some time, but this article from the New York Times reveals that, of late, streaming from services — like Spotify and Pandora — are becoming more popular with consumers >>> http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/26/business/media/music-sales-drop-5-as-habits-shift-online.html?_r=0

Love Ya, Roger and Pete, But Knock It Off With the Compilations!

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You won’t meet a much bigger fan of The Who than yours truly, but if Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend (or the Yardbirds, for that matter) put out yet another repetitive compilation set — especially if it has a new song that sucks — I think I’m going to start calling them “The Why?”!  They can’t need the cash that bad!http://ultimateclassicrock.com/who-be-lucky/

One-Third of Roxy Music Cancels — Twice

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Roxy Music hasn’t blown into my neighborhood since the group played at Columbia, Md.s’ Merriweather Post Pavilion 13 years, but one of the Fab Three (with Andy Mackay and Phil Manzanera) almost played in D.C. tonight. That would be (would have been?) Bryan Ferry. I’m familiar with some of his solo work, but I admit much of my interest in seeing him play what was to be his first of two shows, and then his second of two shows, at D.C.’s Lincoln Theatre, had to do with the fact that Roxy Music may not be back in these parts again.

I was also really interested in checking out the venue, which looks smaller than I had imagined it was in the pics that I found online. It’s one of four music havens that are in close proximity to one another in the city’s much-better-than-it-used-to-be Florida Avenue corridor (my mother is a D.C. native and told me that Florida Avenue wasn’t a good place to be, even when she was growing up). That stretch also encompasses U Street Music Hall and, a little closer to New York Avenue, the Howard Theatre and the 9:30 Club. The latter is co-owned by long-time local promoter Seth Hurwitz and has been one of the most successful venues of its size in the country.

As for Ferry, I didn’t know that he had been made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire until I found the above pic. Interesting >> http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/music-news/8926119/Bryan-Ferry-made-CBE-by-Queen-at-Buckingham-Palace.html

More bad news on the Ferry front … I’ve just learned that he’s had to cancel for tonight, too. Hopefully, whatever’s ailing him will improve shortly and he’ll return to a town near you (or me) in the near future — maybe even, if we’re lucky, with his two famous mates.