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“If you think about it, the majority of victims last night are music fans. This is the first direct hit on music that we’ve had in this so called war-on-terror or whatever it’s called. It’s very upsetting. These are our people… I think music is very important. I think U2 has a role to play and I can’t wait till we get back to Paris and play and that’s what I’m feeling from the messages we’re receiving from music fans is these people will not set our agenda. They will not organize our lives for us… You’re not gonna turn us into haters or you’re not gonna turn us around in the way we go about our lives.” – Bono, U2

In 1996, David Foster Wallace’s novel Infinite Jest was a critical and popular success. The new movie The End of The Tour recreates the author’s tour for that book. This NPR interview was originally broadcast March 5, 1997.

“A lot of the impetus for writing “Infinite Jest” was just the fact that I was about 30 and I had a lot of friends who were about 30, and we’d all, you know, been grotesquely over-educated and privileged our whole lives and had better healthcare and more money than our parents did. And we were all extraordinarily sad. I think it has something to do with being raised in an era when really the ultimate value seems to be – I mean a successful life is – let’s see, you make a lot of money and you have a really attractive spouse or you get infamous or famous in some way so that it’s a life where you basically experience as much pleasure as possible, which ends up being sort of empty and low-calorie. But the reason I don’t like talking about it discursively is it sounds very banal and cliche, you know, when you say it out loud that way. Believe it or not this was – this came as something of an epiphany to us at around age 30, sitting around, talking about why on earth we were so miserable when we’d been so lucky.”

Just days before Carly Simon’s long-awaited memoir, Boys in the Trees, arrives, Rhino will release the book’s musical companion, SONGS FROM THE TREES (A MUSICAL MEMOIR COLLECTION).

In the collection’s liner notes, the acclaimed singer/songwriter explains the music’s connection to her book: “This is a special album that serves as an additional way to look at my stories. Most of these songs are precursors to what eventually became the book…If you feel like playing this puzzle, there are clues of how to cross-reference the songs with the chapters, pages and words.”

SONGS FROM THE TREES (A MUSICAL MEMOIR COLLECTION) will be available from Rhino on November 20,

With 31 tracks spread across two disc, the compilation spans a great deal of the award-winning artist’s stellar career, from her musical debut as half of The Simon Sisters performing folk songs with her sister Lucy in Greenwich Village, to her meteoric solo career, which yielded 13 top 40 hits, including the #1 song “You’re So Vain.”

Longtime fans will appreciate the inclusion of two unreleased tracks: “Showdown” originally recorded during the sessions for her 1978 album Boys In The Trees and “I Can’t Thank You Enough,” a brand new song written with her son Ben Taylor. The song will be available to hear starting at Midnight, November 12.

The compilation focuses primarily on the music Simon released during her longstanding relationship with Warner Music labels Elektra Records and Warner Bros. Records from 1971 to 1983. Among the many highlights are: “That’s The Way I’ve Always Heard It Should Be,” from her self-titled, 1971 debut, “The Right Thing To Do,” from her first #1 album No Secrets (1972), “Mockingbird,” the gold-certified single she recorded with her then-husband and fellow singer-songwriter James Taylor, “From The Heart” from 1981’s Torch, as well as the title tracks from 1980’s Come Upstairs and 1983’s Hello Big Man.

Simon’s memoir Boys in the Trees reveals her remarkable life, beginning with her storied childhood as the third daughter of Richard L. Simon, the co-founder of publishing giant Simon & Schuster, to a meteoric career in which she became the first artist in history to win a Grammy Award, an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award. The memoir recalls a childhood enriched by music and culture, but also one shrouded in secrets that would eventually tear her family apart. Simon brilliantly captures moments of creative inspiration, the sparks of songs, and the stories behind writing “Anticipation” and “We Have No Secrets” among many others.  Romantic entanglements with some of the most famous men of the day fueled her confessional lyrics, as well as the unraveling of her storybook marriage to Taylor. Boys in the Trees is available November 24 from Flatiron Books, a division of Macmillian.


Track Listing

Disc One

  1. “Boys In The Trees”
  2. “Winken’, Blinkin’ And Nod” – The Simon Sisters
  3. “Orpheus”
  4. “Older Sister”
  5. “It Was So Easy”
  6. “Embrace Me, You Child”
  7. “Hello Big Man”
  8. “Two Hot Girls (On A Hot Summer Night)”
  9. “It Happens Everyday”
  10. “His Friends Are More Than Fond Of Robin”
  11. “I’m All It Takes To Make You Happy”
  12. “That’s The Way I’ve Always Heard It Should Be”
  13. “I’ve Got To Have You”
  14. “Anticipation”
  15. “Legend In Your Own Time”
  16. “Three Days”

Disc Two

  1. “Julie Through The Glass”
  2. “We Have No Secrets”
  3. “You’re So Vain”
  4. “Mind On My Man”
  5. “Mockingbird”
  6. “After The Storm”
  7. “Haunting”
  8. “In Times When My Head”
  9. “You Belong To Me”
  10. “We’re So Close”
  11. “From The Heart”
  12. “Come Upstairs”
  13. “The Right Thing To Do”

Bonus Selections

  1. “Showdown”
  2. “I Can’t Thank You Enough”


Kiss’ Rock and Roll All Nite was originally released on their 1975 album Dressed to Kill. It was released as the A-side of their fifth single, with the album track Getaway. The studio version of the song peaked at No. 68 on the Billboard singles chart, besting the band’s previous charting single, Kissin’ Time (#89). A subsequent live version, released as a single in October 1975, eventually reached No. 12 in early 1976, the first of six Top 20 songs for Kiss in the 1970s. Rock and Roll All Nite became Kiss’s most identifiable song and has served as the group’s closing concert number in almost every concert since 1976. In 2008 it was named the 16th greatest hard rock song of all time by VH1.

Since the release of Rock and Roll All Nite, you can find it on 24 separate Kiss albums and official compilations, including the Scooby-Doo! and Kiss: Rock and Roll Mystery movie.

…and here’s the track without vocals.

In order to create the perfect “wake up” playlist, Spotify enlisted the help of music psychologist and Cambridge PhD candidate, David M. Greenberg, because nobody wants to wake up to a beeping noise or alarm clocks anymore. Greenberg and Spotify’s data team focused on three main elements these songs needed to have:

  • Music that builds: A song that is too vigorous from the start won’t help you get out of bed — it’s too much too soon. Songs that start more gently (even just for a few seconds) and then build, help you wake up more gradually.
  • Positivity: Once alert, you need to become motivated for the day to come; positive lyrics can get you out of a grumpy state and shift towards a feel-good attitude.
  • Strong beat: It’s not just the lyrics, it’s also the sonic elements of the music. Songs that emphasize beats 2 and 4 of each measure — usually with the bass and drums — with a BPM of approximately 100-130 will get you moving and further the feel good mood.

Here are the songs:

  1. Coldplay – Viva La Vida
  2. St. Lucia – Elevate
  3. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Downtown
  4. Bill Withers – Lovely Day
  5. Avicii – Wake Me Up
  6. Pentatonix – Can’t Sleep Love
  7. Demi Lovato – Confident
  8. Arcade Fire – Wake Up
  9. Hailee Steinfeld – Love Myself
  10. Sam Smith – Money On My Mind
  11. Esperanza Spalding – I Can’t Help It
  12. John Newman – Come and Get It
  13. Felix Jaehn – Ain’t Nobody (Loves Me Better)
  14. Mark Ronson – Feel Right
  15. Clean Bandit – Rather Be
  16. Katrina & The Waves – Walking on Sunshine
  17. Imagine Dragons – On Top of the World
  18. MisterWives – Reflections
  19. Carly Rae Jepsen – Warm Blood
  20. iLoveMemphis – Hit The Quan

I’m going to try this tomorrow morning. I’ll let you know how it goes.

H/T Business Insider

Not be confused with “Shot Through the Heart”, an unrelated song from Bon Jovi’s 1984 self-titled debut album, “You Give Love a Bad Name” was a monster hit, the first single from their 1986 album Slippery When Wet. Written by Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora and Desmond Child about a woman who has jilted her lover, the song reached No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 on November 29, 1986 to become the band’s first number one hit. In 2007, the song reentered the charts at No. 29 after Blake Lewis performed it on American Idol. In 2009 it was named the 20th greatest hard rock song of all time by VH1.

Jon Bon Jovi’s vocals

Richie Sambora’s giutar

…and here’s the full-on glorious ’80s video:

Two of Hip Hop’s most cherished icons, Talib Kweli and 9th Wonder have come together to create what undoubtedly will go down as an instantly classic album. INDIE 500 features an All Star supporting cast, including Problem, Slug (of Atmosphere), Rapsody, Pharaoh Monch, Brother Ali, Hi-Tek, NIKO IS and more.

After exploding on to the scene as one half of the legendary Black Star alongside Mos Def in 1998, Talib Kweli quickly followed up in 2000 with the album Train of Thought, his collaborative effort with producer Hi-Tek. As fans,critics and his peers unanimously agreed, Kweli was cemented as one of hip hop’s top lyricists and continued to release one acclaimed album after another – garnering direct praise from Jay-Z on his song “Moment of Clarity” from Jay-Z’s classic The Black Album. Meanwhile as the early 2000’s progressed, a new trio was bursting on the scene from North Carolina known as Little Brother. Behind the boards of this trio was producer 9th Wonder, who very quickly established himself as one of hip hop’s best producers.

As their 2003 album The Listening reached a fever pitch, 9th Wonder’s buzz became so hot he claimed a highly coveted production spot as well on Jay-Z’s The Black Album. Through the years both Talib Kweli and 9th Wonder have gone on to work with a staggering list of hip hop royalty. However both of their respective works outside of the recording booth have become prominent pieces of their stories as well. 9th Wonder has established himself as Hip Hop’s top educator, working as a professor at Harvard, Duke and North Carolina Central University, while Talib Kweli has become one of Hip Hop’s most vocal and respected voices, who appears regularly on news outlets such as CNN and programs like HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher.

A collaboration between Kweli and 9th almost seemed to make perfect sense, but INDIE 500 represents even more to the artists. “I’ve always been a fan of collectives, like Native Tongues and the Dungeon Family,” explains Kweli. “INDIE 500 is a tribute to the spirit of unity exemplified by some of great hip hop artists that influenced us.” Collectives are nothing new to the two, who have both successfully run their own labels in Blacksmith, Javotti (Kweli) and Jamla (9th Wonder), helping to break a number of popular artists over the years.

These commercials are for both well-known brands, such as Green Giant, Chevy and Keebler, to companies more local like Nekoosa Paper and Burny Brothers, who, according to one online reader, “were proudly featured at Wrigley Field well into the 1970s.” You never know who’s now working in advertising that might just be the next music star. When Mark Foster formed Foster the People in 2009, he wrote and recorded “Pumped Up Kicks” in five hours while working as a commercial jingle writer at Mophonics in Los Angeles. 

1.) Green Giant Music Bed (MP3)

2.) Deep Rock Gasoline (MP3)

3.) SpaghettiOs (MP3)

4.) Keebler (MP3)

5.) Chevy Trucks (MP3)

6.) Allstate (MP3)

7.) Music Bed (MP3)

8.) Burny Bros. bakery products (MP3)

9.) Bright New Ideas (MP3)

10.) Music Bed (MP3)

11.) Music Bed (MP3)

12.) Swanson (MP3)

13.) Standard Oil Yellow Tag Tire Deal (MP3)

14.) Green Giant (MP3)

15.) Music Bed (MP3)

16.) Sugar (MP3)

17.) Nekoosa Paper (MP3)

18.) SpaghettiOs (MP3)

19.) Solo Suzuki (MP3)


This week, The Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards appeared on BBC’s long-running ‘Desert Island Discs’ show, picking his eight records to ‘take to a desert island.’

Richards, no surprise, went deep into his record collection, and picked:

Chuck Berry – Wee Wee Hours (1955)
Hank Williams – You Win Again (1952)
Aaron Neville – My True Story (2013)
Etta James – Sugar On The Floor (1978)
Freddie Scott – Are You Lonely For Me (1966)
Gregory Isaacs – Extra Classic (1977)
Nigel Kennedy and the English Chamber Orchestra – Spring from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons (1989)
Little Walter – Key To The Highway (1958)

Read more at http://www.nme.com/news/the-rolling-stones/89297#ps0W1Ycy3viktDqh.99