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Paul McCartney is back in the spotlight again.  Sir Paul graced 400 lucky students at the Tony Bennett Concert Hall at the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Astoria, Queens (New York) with a surprise concert.  Sir Paul took the stage just a little after 2 pm.  Before launching into the Beatles classic "Eight Days A Week," McCartney addressed the crowd with a big smile on his face, "This beats going to class."

McCartney proceeded to play a 90 minute set that included a plethora of Beatles and Wings classics.  McCartney also played three tracks off of New.  McCartney didn't just perform, in-between songs he interacted with the crowd and did some Q & A sessions as well.

This was certainly a performance that the students of the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts will not forget.  Although most of the songs performed were written about 30 years before most of the audience was born, it's clear that Sir Paul McCartney's musical influence isn't going away anytime soon.

You can check out Paul McCartney's setlist and the second single off of New, "Queenie Eye" below.

Set List:
"Eight Days a Week"
"Save Us"
"Jet"
(Q&A)
"New"
"Lady Madonna"
(Q&A)
"We Can Work It Out"
"Everybody Out There"
"Blackbird"
(Q&A)
"Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!"
"Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da"
(Q&A)
"Band on the Run"
"Back in the U.S.S.R."
"Hey Jude"

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The Velvet Underground are reissuing their 1968 album White Light/White Heat, but not as your usual run-of-the-mill reissue. This one is part of a 3 disc 45th anniversary box set. There will be 30 tracks across the 3 discs, and they're packed with loads of goodies. Included in the set are several previously unreleased tracks, alternate versions of some tracks you know, and some of John Cale's last studio sessions with the band.

Lou Reed and John Cale collaborated to curate this reissue to make it more interesting. Reed said regarding White Light/White Heat, "No-one listened to it. But there it is, forever – the quintessence of articulated punk. And no-one goes near it." With all the extras in this box set, it's hard to believe it will go unheard for long.

Here's a track from the album. You know, in case you were interested.

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Aspirin is what Little Richard claims saved his life from a heart attack recently in Nashville. At an appearance in Atlanta's W Hotel, Little Richard told Cee Lo Green that he didn't realize he was having cardio problems until his doctor told him after the fact. "I was coughing, and my right arm was aching. I told my son,' make the room as cold as ice'. So he turned the air conditioning on, and I took a baby aspirin. The doctor told me that saved my life."

Since then Little Richard has been traveling in a tour bus fitted with a hospital bed, although he seems to have made a full recovery. He attributes his health to his faith in God. "Jesus had something for me. He brought me through," Richard proclaimed. "When I talk to you about [Jesus], I'm not playing. I'm almost 81 years old. Without God, I wouldn't be here."

Little Richard was admitted to the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame at the Hall's first ceremony in 1986, and hasnt released an album in more than 20 years. Listen below to his tune "Tutti Frutti".

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Polly Anthony passed away last weekend from pancreatic cancer.  Anthony was the president of Epic Records from 1997 to 2003, DreamWorks, and co-president of Geffen Records.  Polly Anthony was known for the A-list of music stars she worked with including the likes of the late Michael Jackson, Pearl Jam, Rage Against the Machine, and Macy Gray.

Anthony was known for the push she put behind music artists regardless of what the industry considered "hot." Polly Anthony was the rare record executive who recognized an act's momentum and threw her and the label's support behind it.  Former Sony Music chairman, Tommy Mottola recalls Polly Anthony's work with Macy Gray,"I never saw her more committed than she was to Macy Gray. We were scratching our heads, but she took charge of it."

The music industry certainly took a big blow this weekend.  Record company executives and CEO's are becoming more and more conservative as the decades pass by.  The music industry needs more people like Polly Anthony, someone who's willing to take risks and not worry about what is currently popular and making a buck. Hears to you Polly Anthony.

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Anders Osborne, who headlined our summer music festival this past June, is back with a new album.  Anders Osborne will be dropping his new studio album, Peace, on October 8th via Alligator Records. Peace is the follow up to this summer's Three Free Amigos - EP.

Osborne said Peace was heavily inspired by his family and friends and was his most observational record yet.  “Peace is light from darkness. The songs are written from the outside looking in. They are not making any judgments. I’m just stating facts. I’m writing from a brighter perspective. There’s less dusk and dark, and much more sunlight. The results are greater than I expected. The driving tones and sounds are free and natural. This is one of the coolest records I’ve ever made," stated Osborne.

The new album isn't the only good news, Anders Osborne has also decided to give fans a free taste of his upcoming release by providing a free download of the single "47."

You can download "47" here!

 

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In the year 2000, Patty Griffin recorded a record, but you probably don't know much about it. The reason that you don't isn't your fault, either. The record, titled Silver Bell, was never released due to her label A&M Records being bought by Universal Music Group. Any music that did not fit the current recipe for "pop" music was given to other Universal divisions, but Silver Bell never turned up again, save leaked files that diehard fans were able to find.

The album is making a triumphant return this October, 13 years later. There will be 14 tracks long, 13 of which are fresh mixes courtesy of producer Glyn Johns, and the 14th track is one that has never been heard before! Look for it on shelves on the 8th, and listen to "Truth #2" from Silver Bell here!

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The Coen brothers are releasing a new film this holiday season that focuses on the American folk music scene in the 1960s. Called Inside Llewyn Davis, the soundtrack will feature many notable artists including Marcus Mumford, Justin Timberlake, Bob Dylan, Jack White, and many more..

The latest track to be released, which is featured in the official trailer for the film, is called "Fare Thee Well (Dink's Song)", and it's recorded by Marcus Mumford of Mumford and Sons and actor Oscar Issac. It is a new rendition of a folk song that's been performed by the likes of Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, and Jeff Buckley. The first recording of the song was sung by an African American woman named Dink and recorded by an ethnomusicologist named John Lomax in 1908.

The film will be released on December 20th, but you don't have to wait quite so long if you really like the soundtrack. The soundtrack will be out on November 12th, and there's no doubt that it will be an interesting mix of songs.

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The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records is a massive collection being put together by Jack White and John Fahey to cover the eclectic recordings done by the Wisconsin Chair Company starting in 1917. The set is going to contain six 180 gram LPs (87 songs) collected in a hand crafted oak case reminiscent of phonograph cases in the 1920s. There will also be a cool app distributed with The Rise and Fall on USB devices. The app will feature unique music and art to help the layman navigate the massive collection.

Paramount Records produced a huge number of recordings, but kept no records of what they recorded. So Jack White and a team of artists, writers, musicians - 30-50 people in all - collected as much information as they could for the release of Volume One. Volume One will be out October 29th, with more volumes to follow in the coming years.

Artists in the Paramount collection include Louis Armstrong, Ma Rainey, Blind Lemon Jefferson, and so many others. Be warned, The Rise and Fall isn't a "best of". Jack White's partner for the project, Dean Blackwood says that it's a collection of some big names and "not even one-hit wonders, they're one or two recording wonders."

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The Music Icons Forever stamp series club is going to have a new member soon! The legendary Ray Charles is being featured on a stamp this season. The stamp is available at post offices across the country, as well as a CD called Ray Charles Forever that features an unreleased recording of "They Can't Take That Away From Me".

Charles is the latest music icon in a series that has included the likes of Johnny Cash and Lydia Mendoza. The stamp features a photo of Charles taken by Yves Carrère later in Charles' career. Forever Stamps will always be equal to the current First Class Mail one once rate.

Listen below to Ray Charles performing "Georgia On My Mind".

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As if there wasn't enough hype around Arcade Fire already, the band recently announced they will be playing a 30-minute NBC special.  Arcade Fire will be joining former SNL star Tina Fey on the premiere of the show's 39th season on September 28th.  But that's not all!

In honor of their upcoming album, Reflektor, Arcade Fire will be hosting a 30-minute special that will immediately follow their SNL performance.  The news was fist reported by Consequence of Sound.  NBC has only confirmed the news, no other details regarding the special have been released.  It's expected that Arcade Fire will highlight a lot of material from Reflektor.

Arcade Fire have promoted Reflektor in a rather unique manner.  They released their album date via Twitter, released an interactive music video and played a secret show in costume.  So if you are a fan of Arcade Fire and had plans on Sep. 28, break them because their NBC special is certainly not one to miss!

Also! Look for Arcade Fire's fourth studio album, Reflektor, is due out October 29.

 

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