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Diemonds have finished recording their latest record “Never Wanna Die” and are ready to unleash it onto the masses on August 14. BUT, first they need your help breaking free from the debt keeping them behind bars!

To get this record into your hands and keep this rock n’ roll train moving they need their Die-Hards to come together and help bail them out. By pre-ordering the new album you’ll be doing them a huge solid while gaining access to behind the scenes video content that nobody else can see. Also included in your pledge are exclusive merchandise packages and epic fan experiences only available through this campaign.

Making this jailbreak means they’ll be getting back on the road and doing what they do best. Be among the first to hear “Never Wanna Die” on its release date and officially join their family of Die-Hards… What are you waiting for?

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THE SHEEPDOGS have announced the release of the highly anticipated follow-up to their 2012 award-winning self-titled LP. FUTURE NOTALGIA arrives everywhere on October 2, 2015 via Warner Music and is available for pre-order at iTunes and Google play as of today with special fan bundles available as of July 10. The first single from the LP titled “Downtown” debuted nationally at radio this week and is available to stream at Spotify and RDIO.

Produced by lead vocalist and songwriter Ewan Currie alongside engineer Matt Ross-Spang (former engineer at Memphis’ Sun Studios) the 18 freshly-minted tracks on Future Nostalgia were recorded in the quiet and idyllic setting of Stony Lake, Ontario, a conscientious choice by the band to ensure they kept all distractions at bay and the recording process as natural as possible. The band, comprised of Currie, Ryan Gullen (bass/vox), Sam Corbett (drums/vox), Shamus Currie (keys/horns) and Rusty Matyas (guitar/vox), set up camp up for several weeks in a rented house in the remote country where they trucked in equipment to build a studio in order to record their latest effort.  Says Currie “We worked from morning ‘til night, but we kept it loose, had a real good time, and came away with a rock n’ roll record”.

The latest record has many flavours showcasing the band’s creative license when left to their own devices ranging from the catchy, signature-sounding single “Downtown” to the introspective, and soulful groove of “Bad Lieutenant” to “Help Us All”, a fresh take on a vintage vibe featuring a trombone solo from Ewan’s brother Shamus. Another highlight is the laid back, good-time, backyard jam “Same Old Feeling”, as well as the closing 6 tracks which flow one into the other to create a cohesive medley, much like the band did on their 2010 LP Learn and Burn.

Formed in from Saskatoon in 2006, The Sheepdogs have received widespread acclaim for their bold and beautiful take on classic guitar rock, evinced on three self-funded, independently released albums.  The band’s hard work, determination and impressive chops have earned them a fervent fan following, leading to the accumulation of various achievements and awards including four JUNO awards, seven JUNO nominations, Gold certification for The Sheepdogs and Platinum certification for Learn and Burn. The band’s 2012 self-titled LP debuted at #1 on the Top 200 SoundScan Chart, and garnered three #1 singles at Rock Radio including Gold certified tracks “Feeling Good” and “The Way It Is”. As impassioned on stage as they are on record, The Sheepdogs have spent much of their musical lifetime on the road playing innumerable headline shows and festival appearances worldwide.

The Sheepdogs will perform and throw out the first pitch as part of Blue Jays Summer Fan Fridays on August 28.  For more information, visit: http://toronto.bluejays.mlb.com/tor/ticketing/summer_friday_fan_festivals.jsp

For more news and updated tour dates, please visit www.thesheepdogs.com and http://www.warnermusic.ca/.

Future Nostalgia Tracklisting:

  1. I’m Gonna Be Myself
  2. I Really Wanna Be Your Man
  3. Downtown
  4. Jim Gordon
  5. Bad Lieutenant
  6. Jim Sullivan
  7. Back Down
  8. Help Us All
  9. Take A Trip
  10. Same Old Feeling
  11. Nothing All Of The Time
  12. Darryl & Dwight
  13. Where I Can Roam
  14. The Bridge City Turnaround
  15. Plastic Man
  16. Giving It Up (For My Baby)
  17. I Get By
  18. Where I Can Roam (Reprise)



Upcoming Tour Dates

07.03 – Montreal, QC @ Métropolis (Montreal Jazz Festival)
07.04 – Elliot Lake/Rainy River District, ON @ Elliot Lake Heritage Days
07.05 – Thunder Bay, ON @ Thunder Bay Blues Fest
07.08 – Calgary, AB @ Calgary Stampede
07.18 – Colwood, BC @ Rock The Shores 2015
07.26 – Oro Medonte, ON @ Wayhome Music and Arts Festival (Burl Creek Event Grounds)
08.07 – Regina, SK @ Regina Folk Festival 2015
08.08 – Burnaby, BC @ Burnaby Blues & Roots Festival 2015
08.15 – Jasper, AB @ Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge (100th Birthday Celebration)
08.16 – Fort McMurray, AB @ MacDonald Island Park
08.18 – Lethbridge, AB @ Whoop-Up Days Family Festival
08.28 – Toronto, ON @ Rogers Centre (Blue Jays Summer Fan Fridays)
09.04 – Vanderpool, TX @ Utopiafest
09.15 – Windsor, ON  @ The Coliseum at Caesars w/Avett Brothers
09.19 – Ottawa, ON @ Landsdowne Park (CityFolk 2015)
11.27 – Winnipeg, MB @ RBC Convention Centre (Grey Cup Festival Concert Series)

‘Reckless: My Life as a Pretender’ publishes on September 8 and this looks to be a must-read for any rock and roll fan.

From Chrissie Hynde, one of rock’s most iconic, alluring, kick-ass, and (let’s face it) sexy women, a brilliant, no-holds-barred memoir of a rock life lived to the hilt.

Chrissie Hynde, the songwriter and frontwoman of The Pretenders in its various incarnations, has for thirty-five years been one of the most admired and adored and imitated figures in rock. This long-awaited memoir tells her life story in full and utterly fascinating detail, from her all-American Ohio fifties childhood to her classic baby-boomer seduction by the rock of the sixties to her sojourn in the crucible of punk that was seventies London to her instant emergence with her band, The Pretenders, in 1980 into stardom as a frontwoman and songwriter. She brings a fantastic eye for detail, a withering and sardonic sense of humor, and a fearless and sometimes naked emotional honesty to her memoir, and every line, every word of it is unmistakably hers. It is sure to be recognized as a classic of rock literature—and, man, is it fun to read.

You can pre-order it here.

The Rolling Stones have released a live version of the ‘Sticky Fingers’ album recorded just weeks ago in Los Angeles and without notice to fans.

On May 20 The Stones played the smallest show of the current tour at LA’s 1200 capacity Fonda Theatre, a warm-up show at the start of the 2015 Zipcode tour, where they performed the entire ‘Sticky Fingers’ album for the first time ever.

Two of those songs ‘Sister Morphine’ and ‘You Gotta Move’ had no been played live by The Stones since in a long time. ‘Sister Morphine’ since 1998 and ‘You Gotta Move’ since 1976.

The Sticky Fingers Live album features only the songs from the classic 1971 album performed that night and not the six other tracks the band performed.

The sequence was the album starting at track two ‘Sway’ with the original opening track ‘Brown Sugar’ moved to the end.
Sticky Fingers Live May 20 2015 at The Fonda

Sway (from Sticky Fingers, 1971)
Dead Flowers (from Sticky Fingers, 1971)
Wild Horses (from Sticky Fingers, 1971)
Sister Morphine (from Sticky Fingers, 1971)
You Gotta Move (from Sticky Fingers, 1971)
Bitch (from Sticky Fingers, 1971)
Can’t You Hear Me Knocking (from Sticky Fingers, 1971)
I Got The Blues (from Sticky Fingers, 1971)
Moonlight Mile (from Sticky Fingers, 1971)
Brown Sugar (from Sticky Fingers, 1971)

The album is now available on iTunes. A physical disc version has not been announced.

Didn’t He Ramble, the second solo outing from acclaimed singer songwriter Glen Hansard, will be released September 18 via Anti- Records. The new album is his first in over three years and follows 2012’s solo debut Rhythm & Repose, which Billboard hailed as “Hansard at his most engaging,” while The Wall Street Journal furthered, “Hansard’s distinguishing trait as a songwriter is a heavy-handed earnestness.”

As a special preview, the video for the album’s single “Winning Streak” is premiering now as an NPR Music First Watch here.

Of the video, director Braden King explains, “Glen and I talked a lot about the way in which every life is a fight, a struggle. No matter who you are. No matter what you do. They’re all different and they all never end. For me, the song is about that struggle we all face in our own ways and about who has your back along the way. There is no end to it. We may get momentary rests along the way but they are fleeting. We all have to get up again and get back into the ring. And you know, sometimes, those who are the hardest on us are the ones who get us through. The way this turned out, the song kind of became the spirit of this place, the blood running through all these boxers veins. And I love the way in which Glen haunts and inspires it all.”

Didn’t He Ramble was produced by Thomas Bartlett (The National, Sufjan Stevens), a frequent collaborator of Hansard’s, and Grammy winner and former Frames band-mate David Odlum (Paloma Faith, Tinariwen). The album, which was recorded in New York, Dublin, Chicago and France, is Hansard’s most intimate and elegant record since his work in Once and features guest appearances by John Sheahan (Dubliners), Sam Beam (Iron and Wine) and Sam Amidon.

While the journey to finishing the record was a long one, the reward of finally arriving at the end line was well worth it. Hansard explains, “I feel I’ve really dug deep for these songs, and I’ve been chasing specific ideas asking myself ‘what is it I’m trying to say with this line or idea?’ One would hope that through all of this that you find your voice. And, amazingly, you might find it in the smallest gesture of a song.”

Glen Hansard is the celebrated principal songwriter and vocalist/guitarist for the influential Irish group The Frames. Whether busking the streets of Dublin, where he got his start, or headlining a gig, Hansard has garnered a reputation as an unparalleled frontman.

Hansard is also one half of the acclaimed duo The Swell Season. In 2007, he and Czech songstress Markéta Irglová took home the Academy Award for Best Original Song for “Falling Slowly” off the Once soundtrack. In 2013, the Broadway adaptation, Once, The Musical, won eight Tony Awards including the top musical prize itself.

As a solo artist he has sold-out shows worldwide and performed on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Late Show with David Letterman,” “Tavis Smiley,” and has been featured on the Emmy Award-winning program “CBS Sunday Morning.”

1. Grace Beneath the Pines
2. Wedding Ring
3. Winning Streak
4. Her Mercy
5. McCormack’s Wall
6. Lowly Deserter
7. Paying My Way
8. My Little Ruin
9. Just to Be the One
10. Stay the Road

The original limited edition classic and deluxe editions of Spirit Of Talk Talk sold out within weeks of going on sale in 2012. If you have a copy of it, look for my name in the credits. But, for the first time, is a new, expanded paperback edition of the book that Mojo called “a thing of beauty”.

As well as including all of the content of that first edition—James Marsh’s exquisite, classic and previously unseen artwork, interviews, rare photographs and a biography of the band by Chris Roberts—there are 24 pages of new content including an extensive preface from founding member Simon Brenner, and exclusive interviews with a host of people connected to the band, among them musicians, engineers and musical collaborators.


Plus, there’s a new introduction from Phill Brown, the studio engineer who worked on Spirit of Eden, Laughing Stock, and Mark Hollis, and a wealth of new, unseen photographs and memorabilia taken from Simon Brenner’s personal archive.

This new paperback edition of Spirit Of Talk Talk is available as a pre-sale now. Simon Brenner has agreed to sign the first copies so pre-order NOW to be certain of getting your copy on publication in October.

If you’re a regular reader to this blog, you’ll guess I likely have a lot of music. And you’d be right. I have A LOT. Like, several hard drives full of MP3s. Despite their enduring status as easy storage, I’m incredibly paranoid about one day having my hard drives crash, losing my entire music collection, merely eliminating my heart and soul. Everyone wants an easy solution to guarantee files won’t be lost. In general, you’re likely thinking (again, you’re like me), that when your iPhone or iPad gets too full, you’ll start deleting music and video. You don’t have to do that anymore – you now have access to a new home on a separate drive, safe from harm, and it’s not in the cloud.

The new SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive for iPhone and iPad is that solution.


I was able to easily transfer the songs between iPhone, iPad, PCs and Mac Computers. This is the most important line in its own right, because I need these potential problems to be handled easily, as well as can be. And because it works with iPhones and iPads with Lightning connector and iOS 7.1, I’m all set.

The Flash Drive quickly freed up memory on my iPhone, taking me back to a time when my iPhone was a more innocent purchase – something fun to have when I wanted to tweet or post photos on Instagram.

iXpand Flash Drive has quickly become the easiest way to transfer my music, and most of all, the durable, flexible connector works with iPhone case. The drive is small and unobtrusive it can be let in semi-permanently.


Those of you who take a lot of photos at shows, I’m looking at you. Rest assured, you’re not alone. Mobile users are still struggling with how to transfer content between devices for safe storage or free up space on their phones for more photos, videos, and other files. A survey SanDisk conducted among 1,000 active smartphone users emphasized the magnitude of this matter – transferring content is extremely or very important to 82% of users – and within this group, 67% of users are frustrated with their content transfer experience, reporting issues ranging from slow transfer speed to file size limitations and compatibility issues between devices.

And there’s more. Ticketfly commissioned Harris Poll to survey concert-going adults to find out how much they use their phones at shows. 31% of adults ages 18-34 use their phones during half of the show or more. Read that again. 40% of female Millennials use their phones to take pictures compared to 24% of males. So, here’s what you do – take as many photos as you want (except if you’re at a Jack White show, he hates that), and use the iXpand Flash Drive to automatically sync photos and videos from the camera roll when connected and also auto delete the transferred content to free up space.


Getting started is easy, and it’s 7 steps:

Insert the drive into your iPhone/iPad

1. On the iXpand Flash Drive, pull the Lightning connector slightly upward from inside the metal channel

2. Plug the Lightning connector into your iPhone or iPad

3. The drive will be automatically detected by your iPhone or iPad.

4. When connected for the first time, you will be automatically guided to download and install the app from the App Store.

5. Once app is downloaded, you can immediately start using the drive to transfer photos and files, or watch movies directly from the drive.

Connecting to a PC or Mac computer:

6. Plug the USB connector to the USB port of a compatible PC or Mac computer.

7. Use the drive the same way as other flash drives to manage the drive’s content, or copy, move, delete, create folders, etc.

You’re done. Completely understated, but completely important when you’re a bit of obsessive like me (which, remember, you still are). It also plays all popular non-native iOS file formats directly from the drive.

The iXpand Flash Drive is a rich and safe addition to my musical quest to own every single piece of recorded music. Ha! Just kidding. Slightly.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of SanDisk. The opinions and text are all mine. The music transferred, however, was not created by me, and that’s a good thing.

Want to get your hands on a IXpand for yourself?!  Use this e-coupon for $50 off (over 45% off) your purchase!


Want to get your hands on a IXpand for yourself?!  Use this e-coupon for $50 off (over 45% off) your purchase! 

*This is a limited offer


Not ready to purchase yet? Drop in your name here to get our latest offers.


This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of SanDisk. The opinions and text are all mine.

The King of Comedy meets the King of Dancehall? Yes, you read that correct. Eddie Murphy‘s latest foray into reggae is a collaboration with Beenie Man, entitled “Wonna Deez Nights.” Where Eddie’s “Red Light” and “Oh Jah Jah” were ruminative, roots-y tunes colored by social commentary, this one has a lighter, beach-party reggae kinda feel. Don’t let the cheesy, 90s-style misspelled title and clichéd intro lead you to dismiss it entirely, though. Beenie brings an energy to this one, and by the end of the song it turns into something a little harder and a little more dancehall, airhorns and all. And tell us that breakdown at 3:20 doesn’t have “surprise performance at Reggae Sumfest” written all over it.

The single will be released on June 30, 2015 on VPAL Music (VP Records’ subsidiary label and distribution arm) and is available for pre-order now.

“Wonna Deez Nites” follows his 2015 reggae chart-topper “Oh Jah Jah” (VPAL), which peaked at #1 on iTunes Reggae Single Chart and debuted in the Top 5 on the U.S. Billboard Reggae Digital Song Chart. This new collaboration is the first time in over 20 years since Eddie Murphy has worked with another Jamaican artist musically. In 1993, he paired up with legendary Jamaican dancehall artist Shabba Ranks on his song “I Was A King.”

On September 25, 2015 Peaches will release ‘Rub,’ her first album of new material in 6 years on I U She Music via Fontana North. The album is her most adventurous, audacious musical statement yet. It continues on the bold, sexually progressive path she forged 15 years ago that’s opened the door for countless others to follow. ‘Rub’ was recorded over the course of 2014 in Peaches Los Angeles garage studio collaborating with her longtime friend Vice Cooler. “After six years, I was excited about my lyrics again, about what Peaches was,” she explains. “I felt more comfortable living out any idea I wanted to try. We spent ten hours a day making beats, and whatever stuck, I would write on and develop. The only agenda was to make the best album we could.”

Oozing with seductive rhythms and bedroom-rattling bass, the record opens with the semi-spoken hook of ‘Close Up,’ delivered with an inimitable and impenetrable cool by Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon in just one take. Peaches’ old collaborator Feist also returns on album closer ‘I Mean Something,’ singing a hypnotic hook and lending a chillingly beautifully wordless melody. The album also has two breakup songs, the dark and disturbing ‘Free Drink Ticket’ and the insanely catchy pop song ‘Dumb Fuck,’ which find Peaches addressing issues far more personal than political. Peaches will once again direct and curate videos for each song on the album. The first one to be released is the self-directed video for the gorgeous, throbbing ‘Light In Places’ which was written for and stars UK performance artist/aerialist Empress Stah, and her pioneering laser butt plug show.

Peaches 2000 debut ‘The Teaches of Peaches,’ catapulted her into the spotlight, album single ‘Fuck The Pain Away’ appeared everywhere from Sofia Coppola’s ‘Lost In Translation’ and 30 Rock to South Park and HBO’s True Blood. She followed that album with a series of critically acclaimed releases featuring collaborations from Iggy Pop, Joan Jett, Josh Homme, Beth Ditto and more.

The past six years have been some of the busiest and most productive years in her artistic career. From her one-woman production of ‘Jesus Christ Superstar,’ (renamed Peaches Christ Superstar), to ‘Peaches Does Herself,’ an electro-rock opera which morphed into a film of the same name to singing the title role in a production of Monteverdi’s epic 17th-century opera ‘L’Orfeo’ in Berlin and collaborating with Yoko Ono, Major Lazer, Le Tigre, REM, and more. These last years between albums are documented beautifully in the new book ‘What Else Is In The Teaches Of Peaches,’ published in June via Akashic Books, a collection of Holger Talinski’s photos from at home and on the road, on-stage and behind-the-scenes.


Peaches Tour Dates *Canadian Dates Are Bolded
10/01 – SOLANA BEACH, CA – Belly Up Tavern
10/02 – SANTA ANA, CA – The Observatory
10/03 – SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Mezzanine
10/05 – PORTLAND, OR – Roseland Theatre
10/06 – VANCOUVER, BC – Commodore Ballroom
10/15 – MINNEAPOLIS, MN – First Avenue
10/16 – MADISON, WI – Majestic Theatre
10/17 – CHICAGO, IL – Metro
10/18 – PONTIAC, MI – The Crofoot Ballroom
10/20 – TORONTO, ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre
10/21 – MONTREAL, QUEBEC – Société des Arts
10/23 – BOSTON, MA – Paradise Rock Club
10/24 – NEW YORK, NY – Irving Plaza
10/25 – PHILADELPHIA, PA – Trocadero Theatre
10/26 – WASHINGTON, DC – 930 Club
10/28 – CARRBORO, NC – Cat’s Cradle
10/29 – ATLANTA, GA – Terminal West
11/04 – HOUSTON, TX – Numbers
11/6-8 – AUSTIN, TX – Fun Fun Fun Fest
11/07 – DALLAS, TX – Trees
11/09 – DENVER, CO – The Summit Music Hall
11/10 – SALT LAKE CITY, UT – Urban Lounge
11/11 – LAS VEGAS, NV – Brooklyn Bowl
11/13 – LOS ANGELES, CA – Regent Theatre

On this day in 1971, David Bowie performed for the first time at what was then known as the ‘Glastonbury Fair’. Today in 2015 as the Glastonbury Festival approaches once more Parlophone Records are proud to announce DAVID BOWIE FIVE YEARS 1969 – 1973, the first in a series of box sets spanning his career.

The ten album / twelve CD box, ten album / thirteen-piece vinyl set and digital download featuring all of the material officially released by Bowie during the nascent stage of his career from 1969 to 1973. All of the formats include tracks that have never before appeared on CD/digitally as well as new remasters.

Exclusive to the box sets will be Re:Call 1 a new 2-disc compilation of non-album singles, single versions & b-sides. It features a previously unreleased single edit of All The Madmen, which was originally set for a U.S. release but was never actually released. Also included is the original version of Holy Holy, which was only ever released on the original 1971 Mercury single and hasn’t been available on any release since.

Also exclusive to all versions of Five Years 1969 – 1973 will be a 2003 stereo remix of ‘The Rise and Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars’ by the album’s original co-producer Ken Scott, previously only available on DVD with the LP/DVD format of the 40th anniversary edition of the album.

The vinyl box set has the same content as the CD set on pressed on audiophile quality 180g vinyl.

The box set’s accompanying book, 128 pages in the CD box and 84 in the vinyl set, will feature rarely seen photos as well as technical notes about each album from producers Tony Visconti and Ken Scott, an original press review for each album and a short foreword by legendary Kinks front man Ray Davies.

The CD box set will include faithfully reproduced mini-vinyl versions of the original albums and the CDs will be gold rather than the usual silver.

An alternate cover has been created for the 2003 mix of Ziggy Stardust by Ken Scott, which features an outtake from the original Heddon Street photo session. There is also newly originated artwork for Re:Call 1 featuring a 1973 in-studio image from renowned photographer Mick Rock.


6 Original Studio Albums:
David Bowie AKA Space Oddity*
The Man Who Sold The World*
Hunky Dory*
The Rise and Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars
Aladdin Sane
*New 2015 Remasters.

2 Live Albums:
Live Santa Monica ‘72
Ziggy Stardust: The Motion Picture Soundtrack

Exclusive to the Box Sets:
The Rise and Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars (2003 Ken Scott mix)
‘Re:Call 1’

Space Oddity (original UK mono single edit)*
Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud (original UK mono single version)*
Ragazzo Solo, Ragazza Sola
The Prettiest Star (original mono single version)*
Conversation Piece*
Memory Of A Free Festival (Part 1)
Memory Of A Free Festival (Part 2)
All The Madmen (mono single edit)* previously unreleased
Holy Holy (original mono single version)* only ever issued on original ‘71 Mercury single
Moonage Daydream (The Arnold Corns single version)*
Hang On To Yourself (The Arnold Corns single version)*

Changes (mono single version)*
Andy Warhol (mono single version)*
Starman (original single mix)
John, I’m Only Dancing (original single version)
The Jean Genie (original single mix)
Drive-In Saturday (German single edit)
Round And Round
John, I’m Only Dancing (sax version)
Time (U.S. single edit)
Holy Holy (Spiders version)
Velvet Goldmine

All tracks stereo except *mono. The vinyl box set has the same content as the CD box set pressed on audiophile 180g vinyl.