An Artist Remembered: John Lennon (10.9.40-12.8.80)

“If someone thinks that love and peace is a cliche that must have been left behind in the Sixties, that’s his problem. Love and peace are eternal.” –John Lennon

29 years ago today, a man who needs no introduction was fatally shot in New York City.  Let’s take some time to remember the talent, wisdom, and wit of John Lennon on this anniversary of his passing.

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Welcome To The Rumor Mill

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In the world of pop music, anything goes.  Whether it’s true or not, musical celebrities are often the subjects of some pretty incredible stories.  Read on to revisit a few of music’s most notorious rumors, and find out how you could win tickets to an upcoming True Endeavors concert of your choice!

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Music News Recap: Soundtrack To Summer

What’s been going on in the world of music lately? Read on to get the scoop on your favorite artists, and start some discussion about current music-related events!

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The King of Pop is dead at 50 years old following a heart attack on Thursday.

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Cover Your Ears! Censored Music Through The Ages

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The history of banned and censored music is, unfortunately, as long and varied as the history of music itself. Wherever there’s great art being made, the morality police are always close by. Read on as we revisit some of the most notoriously “vile,” “suggestive,” “vulgar,” “crude,” “un-American” and completely faaaaaabulous songs of the past half century!

Go ahead, click to corrupt yourself!

Media Roundup: What Will Spring Bring?

What’s been going on in the world of music lately? Read on to get the scoop on your favorite artists, and start some discussion about current music-related events!

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After making a stop in Madison to play a fantastic show at the High Noon Saloon, An Horse made their way to NYC to play “Camp Out” for David Letterman.   If you haven’t done so already, check out our interview with the band here.

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Paul and Ringo will lead an alarmingly amazing lineup of musicians who will perform at the upcoming “Change Begins Within” benefit for the David Lynch Foundation.  The foundation “raises funds to teach one million at-risk children to meditate — giving them life-long tools to overcome stress and violence and promote peace and success in their lives.”

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The Roots are settling into their new role as house band for Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.  Check out a video interview complete with rehearsal footage of the band here.

The Roots

The Roots

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Britpop legend Jarvis Cocker has a new album called Further Complications due out in May.  Let’s hope he’ll make time for an American tour after he completes his European dates!

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If you read the endlessly entertaining memoir Petal Pusher from Madison-native, rocker and author Laurie Lindeen (which you definitely should have), then you’ll be interested to know that her former band, Zuzu’s Petals, has a new retrospective album available from Rhino.

Zuzu's Petals

Zuzu's Petals

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Thanks to NPR, Dan Deacon fans can stream his new album, Bromst, in its entirety.  What do you think of the new tunes?  If you didn’t already know, Deacon will be in Madison on May 4th with Future Islands and Teeth Mountain.  Get your tickets here!

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Check out P.O.S.‘s new video for “Optimist.”

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It’s time to compare notes.  NME recently compiled a list of the “20 Greatest Goth Tracks.” What do you think of their selection?  What would you have included?
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Madison’s own Stu Levitan recently spoke with folk icon Joan Baez in an interview for 92.1 The Mic.  Click here to listen!  (Listed under March 8, 2009 Hour 2).  If you still don’t have tickets to Joan’s show at the Barrymore, get ’em here!

Joan Baez

Joan Baez

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If you’re thinking about picking up tickets to catch No Doubt on their upcoming tour, here’s a little extra motivation:  fans who opt to purchase premium tickets online will be able to download the band’s entire catalogue, plus exclusive content.
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Lots of exciting news from the Black Rebel Motorcycle Club camp!  A new album, DVD and tour are all in the band’s game plan for 2009.

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

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While you’re waiting for the indie folk trio that is Good Old War to play Madison on April 6th, check out this interview with the band from Blare magazine.  Need tickets to the show?  Head over here.
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Hardly a week goes by without some news from Oasis.  This week there are no brawls or international incidents to report on–just some free music on its way this spring!

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Oasis

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This year’s festival season is starting to take shape.  Pitchfork announced the first batch of confirmed acts for their July showcase, plus a brand new feature where ticket holders have the opportunity to pick the bands’ setlists.

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Jack White and The KillsAlison Mosshart are so strangers to being members of fantastic musical duos, so it only seems natural that they would join forces to create a brand new band called The Dead Weather. Along with The Raconteurs‘ “other Jack” (Lawrence) and Queens of the Stone Age‘s Dean Fertita, White and Mosshart plan to release the band’s debut album in June. Get the full scoop here, and check out a video of their first single.

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Congratulations are in order for Ryan Adams and Mandy Moore, who recently wed in a private ceremony in Georgia.

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A new Jeff Buckley CD/DVD package to mark the 15th anniversary of his debut album’s release will be available on June 2.  The set features live performances and rare TV clips. Find out more about what the package will include.

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Jeff Buckley

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Dahni Harrison talked to Billboard about the upcoming release of his band’s first album, as well as the new version of Rock Band featuring that one group his dad was in.  You may have heard of them…

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Check out a preview of The Hold Steady‘s new DVD, A Positive Rage.  When it’s realeased on April 7th, there’ll undoubtedly be more than a few Madison fans scanning the screen to catch a glimpse of themselves getting blown away by the band’s amazing show at The Majestic last year.

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A new solo Iggy Pop album is due out in May.  Read what the godfather of punk had to say about finding his inspiration as well as the furture of the Stooges after the passing of Ron Asheton.

Iggy Pop

Iggy Pop

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Music, Be Our Valentine

Here are a few of our favorite love centered vids from TE in-housers:

Nick says-

“Classic”

Shelley says-

Besides the fact that PJ Harvey just ROCKS anyway, I especially love this song of hers because it’s all about having the strength to stand up for yourself and demand respect in relationships.  The storyteller has obviously been hurt by someone, but that hurt doesn’t result in a grand, jaded declaration of swearing off love completely.  Instead, she’s confident that someone better is out there and she’s going to “take [her] hips to a man who cares.”  It’s completely empowering, positive and badass!  This song is as much of an anthem for those of us who are flying solo this Valentines Day as it is for happy couples who can appreciate that they found someone special.

MJ says-

This is the perfect V-Day song ’cause it’s all about loving your…friends, family, neighbors, community, oh you get it.  Reminds me of living in S. America where ALL generations celebrate together without the silly Midwestern reservations we embrace around here.  Plus, damn, it just makes me dance.  I love you too Michael.

or if you dig public radio, check out their faves:

NPR ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Lesser Known Love Songs