In the latest installment of the Jay-Z/Justin Timberlake collaboration the lead single Holy Grail from Jay-Z’s upcoming album Magna Carta Holy Grail is available for free streaming thanks to Life + Times. After the whole Suit and Tie collaboration listeners didn’t think it could get any better, but this stream proves differently. The entire album is set to release on July 9th, but if you’re a Samsung Galaxy owner you’re able to stream it already. Besides Timberlake’s addition to the single it has many more guest appearances in its production; Holy Grail was produced by Timbaland and co-written by The-Dream.The lyrics were partially influenced by Nirvana‘s Smells Like Teen Spirit, and upon listening it’s easy to tell how. Take a listen below!
[via The NY Times and LA Times] Amazon.com Inc. has revealed plans to introduce a new, limited music streaming service for subscribers of Amazon Prime, who will have access to thousands of songs free and without advertising interruptions. The catch? Many new releases will not be included at this time, and the service will also exclude the catalog of Universal Music Group (the world’s largest music company), as the companies were unable to reach an agreement.“We’re not claiming to have full coverage at this time,” said Amazon’s VP of digital music Steve Boom, in an interview with The LA Times. However, he did add that new songs would be added to Prime Music every month. While Amazon’s streaming music service will jump into a market that is maturing and seen as a threat to the music industry – as services such as Pandora, Spotify, Beats and Rhapsody replace CD’s and download purchases – Boom doesn’t even see Amazon’s new service as a threat to other streaming services, “We don’t view this as a zero-sum game – we thing people will continue to listen to multiple music services.”This is evident in sheer size of catalogs that are offered between Amazon and its competitors. Already one of the largest retailers of music downloads, Amazon simply cannot compete with the other services in overall offerings. The battle that Amazon does compete in, however, comes from the fact that the company already has 244 million active accounts, with over 20 million Prime subscribers. While subscription fees were recently raised to $99 from $79, the new service is included in those fees, and comes with several perks: it is ad-free, users receive unlimited streaming and can choose songs and albums to listen to, or rely on Amazon’s pre-programmed playlists and personalized recommendations, and can also download songs from the catalog to their mobile devices for free. The strategy here is to have the more casual listener and inexperienced streaming user become more active in the service, which plays to Amazon’s advantage, regardless of the size of their overall catalog.If you are an owner of Kindle Fire and HDX devices, you will receive Prime Music in an automatic, over-the-air update. For Android and iOS customers, upgrades and downloads are availalble through the latest Amazon Music app.
It’s tough to know what to do next after you’ve sold more than 60 million records, won multiple Grammys, acted in movies, and basically conquered the world.Norah Jones did all that darn fast, and amongst a slew of other projects after her incredible run over the last decade or so, she decided to back off, blend in and get comfortable with two stellar fellow musicians on an ever-evolving side project called Puss N Boots, a country-tinged, Americana-feelin’ cool-as-all-get-out trio featuring Jones, Catherine Popper and Sasha Dobson.And by all accounts, including the band’s, it’s working out just fine. The group has a new record and a current tour underway including high profile gigs at the Newport Folk Festival and Neil Young’s annual Bridge Benefit, and lucky for DC area folks, they play the Birchmere in Alexandria on Wed Oct 1st.Most people know about Jones, but let’s not skirt past Popper and Dobson, who are truly accomplished musicians in their own right. Popper toured as bassist/background vocalist with Ryan Adams and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, and Dobson has hit the road as a sidewoman for, who else, Norah Jones, as well as having her own budding career as a jazz singer/songwriter. No surprise there, everyone in her family is a musician, including her father, well-known jazz pianist Smith Dobson, and the whole family played the Monterey Jazz Festival when she was 12.But it’s the root connection and band vibe that really brought the three ladies of Puss N Boots together, as well as the attraction of everyone playing equal roles.“It is so much about that, as far as none of us having to be alone in it,” Dobson told me while walking her dog on a late summer day in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. “I mean, neither Cat or I have had to deal with the level of responsibility that comes along with being as widely known as Norah. It sounds like a dream come true, but it’s also probably one of the scariest, heaviest experiences ever, I can’t even imagine the pressure. So this band, even with higher pressure gigs, it works because we’re together in it, and we really are together in it. From what I know from Norah and Catherine, it’s just been really super fun and low pressure.”Dobson and Jones hooked up in 2008 after Jones returned from her second huge world tour, all amidst her stratospheric rise to superstardom, when both were laying low hanging around legendary NYC club The Living Room, and a bond was created that has only strengthened with time.“When Norah got back from her second record tour,” Dobson said, “I was just starting to dabble in hanging out at The Living Room with singer/songwriters, and she was well into that scene. I had stayed on the jazz path and she was dabbling in different worlds, and we lost touch. And when she got back, I was just starting to pick up the guitar and so was she, coincidentally. So I got us a gig at a pool hall, and we kind of learned how to play guitar at a pool hall for about a year or two. Our friendship has always included music, or been based around music.”After honing their new guitar chops together in the stimulating NYC environment, the two decided to start something more tangible and added the respected Popper to the mix, and lo, Puss n Boots was born. Jones asked Dobson to tour with her in 2010 as both opening act and backup musician on her tour to support her album The Fall — Dobson admits that “I didn’t even believe that I could do the job, but it worked out” — and after the tour ended, the trio got serious and made Puss n Boots a real commitment, writing songs, nailing killer covers (check out their stunning version of Neil Young’s “Down By The River” with Jones on lead guitar, below), and playing more shows, and after a few years at it, eventually releasing an album, No Fools, No Fun this past July. A truly unique element of the project is that the three often play different instruments than they’re normally used to, making it just another way the ladies of Puss N Boots have found a common bond.“Catherine has a couple songs where she plays guitar, and I play drums on a buncha stuff, and Norah plays guitar on pretty much everything,” Dobson added. “Puss N Boots has been kinda been about like us all coming back together, and it’s been really fun to actually have a record out, because we can hone in on our thing a little bit more. We’ve never really had the opportunity to put so much time into it. It’s so fun.”And for all three, it keeps coming back to the relaxed and comfortable connection they have on stage, that’s what makes Puss N Boots what it is. Chill.“If I don’t know what’s happening I just look over at Norah and she smiles and I’m good,” Dobson said. “Stay connected on stage and you’re golden. And it’s really nice that people enjoy that, it seems to be kind of what we’re riding on as far as it all working out, and it not being like, a joke. It’s about having fun and sharing music and connecting, both with each other, and the audience.”
It’s no secret that Dickey Betts was kicked out of the Allman Brothers Band years ago, reportedly for abusing drugs and alcohol. Despite that ABB guitarist Warren Haynes was discovered by Betts, and that Betts himself was a founding member of the band, keyboardist Gregg Allman has made it clear that Betts will not be invited to perform with the Allmans during their final run.The Allmans final shows will be held at the Beacon Theatre, starting tonight, October 21st, and running through next Tuesday, October 28th. When asked by Jambands.com if he was going to invite Betts, Gregg Allman stated, “Dickey is in the middle of a hunting trip. Of course we reached out.”However, comments and updates from Betts’ manager, David Spero, seem to suggest that this is completely false. The first such comment was posted on the article itself, saying “Alright, enough of this. I am David Spero, and while I admire that someone might pretend to be me, there is only one of me. Me. At any rate, there has been no, I repeat, no communication between anyone in the ABB camp and Dickey or anyone here. Feel free to reach out, my number is 216-381-5544. Dickey has been misrepresented and disrespected by Gregg, Butch and various members of the ABB family for many a moon. For the record, Dickey is not on a hunting trip and would be tickled pink to receive an invite or any positive communication from Gregg or the family.”Then, Spero took to Facebook to continue his rant. “This is a load of crap! Dickey was never asked to be a part of the final shows. A complete lie! Shame on jambands.com for not calling me for confirmation on this. They know where to find me!”And finally, in the Dickey Betts Fan group, Spero said, “To all reading Gregg Allman’s quote about Dickey being invited to the Beacon…it is a total lie. As Dickey’s manager I know all the ‘behind the scenes maneuvering’ that take place when these things happen, and guess what…none have gone on. They are trying to save face…..he was never invited!”This he-said-she-said style of bickering is rather indicative of the fractured relationship between Allman and Betts, and is certainly indicative of one thing: longtime Allman Brothers fans will not get the heartfelt reunion they so desired.[Via Jambase]
Just one day after announcing that both Jamie Jones and Verboten would be curating stages at next summer’s Mysteryland festival in upstate New York, the two techno heavyweights joined forces, coming together at Verboten’s Brooklyn outpost for an extended set of music from the Hot Creations label head. Fresh off a string of highly successful club nights in Ibiza under his Paradise residency, Jones made his way to the Brooklyn club for the first time, throwing down a special set that warmed up the crowd despite the frigid temperautres outside.Regarded as a pioneer of the house music scene, Jones pushes the boundries of minimalist techno into sexy and soulful grooves. His sets are always jam packed, whether at dance music festivals like Tomorrowland, his Hot Creations/Paradise event during Miami Music Week, or his legendary sets at Burning Man, so getting to dance within the confines of Verboten felt a little extra special. Jones knows how to work a crowd, and has built up an army of devoted fans, loyal to his label and awaiting the next releases from the groundbreaking taste maker.This Friday night set was predictably awesome from Jones; a Facebook update earlier in the day showed him digging through crates at a local record store, finding some hidden gems to beef up his extra long set with swayed all over the place from Hot Creations standards to tracks that he most likely found in those crates earlier in the day.Verboten’s top notch soundsystem is, as always, a joy to listen to, and is one of the few places in the city that can do a superstar like Jamie Jones justice. Jones has a longstanding relationship with the Verboten crew, so I’d expect more collaborations between the venue and producer in the future.
Ever wanted to fall asleep to the soothing sounds of The Dude’s voice? Put on your bathrobe, grab a White Russian and pop in Jeff Bridges’ brand new Sleeping Tapes!This Super Bowl commercial for Squarespace teaming up with Jeff Bridges caught our eye. The hilarious commercial shows The Dude ‘om’-ing next to a peacefully sleeping couple. It then directs you to DreamingWithJeff.com, where you can fall asleep to the soothing sounds of Bridges’ voice and meditation practices. Proceeds from Sleeping Tapes will go towards No Kid Hungry. Listen/purchase here. Sweet dreams, dude…
Getting things going on the new Soulive album down here in New Orleans. The one and only Pretty Lights is producing this one so you know this is gonna be next level people!!!Posted by Alan Evans on Monday, May 11, 2015 Soulive is recording with Derek Vincent Smith (aka Pretty Lights) at The Parlor recording studio in New Orleans. The jazz/funk outfit comprised of Eric Krasno, Neal Evans and Alan Evans has been hard at work on their new album, which is being produced by Derek Smith. We certainly look forward to seeing what comes of this collaboration! And so ends phase one of the new Soulive album produced by Pretty Lights. All I can say is my neck is hurting from…Posted by Alan Evans on Saturday, May 16, 2015
In a follow up to their Grammy award-winning album album and film, Family Dinner, Volume 1, New York-based instrumental fusion band Snarky Puppy will release a new film, Family Dinner, Volume 2, in February of 2016, with screenings beginning in January.Directed by Andy LaViolette and Michael League, Family Dinner, Volume 2 follows the same format of the first installment, bringing in guest “family” members of Snarky Puppy to break bread and create musical fusion. Of note is David Crosby, who appears in the film and discusses his role in the trailer. Nigel Hall, Terence Blanchard, Mike Dillon, Ivan Neville, Khris Royal, Big D Perkins, and so many more are also featured!Check out the trailer for Family Dinner, Volume 2 below:And don’t forget! Chris Bullock (saxophone) of Snarky Puppy will be playing alongside members of The Giant Country Horns, Sun Ra, Cosmic Crewe, Dave Matthews Band, The Flecktones, Pretty Lights Live Band, John Brown’s Body, Victor Wooten Band, Strange Design this December 19th at the Brooklyn Bowl as a part of the new instrumental Phish tribute act, Jazz Is Phish. This is a show you won’t want to miss!Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased here.
Strings & Sol in beautiful Cancun, Mexico kicked off to a stellar start yesterday. The bluegrass lover’s heaven featured a top-notch set from Yonder Mountain String Band on the beach to get things started, with sit-ins from Anders Beck of Greensky Bluegrass, Tim Carbone and John Skehan of Railroad Earth, and Larry Keel. Leftover Salmon then took the beach stage, keeping the vibes and energy high with appearances from Bonnie Paine of Elephant Revival, Sam Bush, Jason Carter of The Travelin’ McCourys, and more.Photographer Dave Vann was on the scene to capture all the action. Check out highlights from Day One, with a full gallery at the bottom.Yonder Mountain String Band Soundcheck:Welcome Toast:Yonder Mountain String Band Ft. Members Of Greensky Bluegrass, Railroad Earth, Larry Keel: Full Gallery: Load remaining images Leftover Salmon Ft. Members Of Elephant Revival, Sam Bush: Faces of Strings & Sol:
Bluegrass and folk-rock band Trampled By Turtles will return to Red Rocks Amphitheatre this August 11 with Los Angeles-based folk rockers Lord Huron. Trampled By Turtles are coming off a 2015 in which they shared the stage at Red Rocks with Elephant Revival and Shakey Graves, also being joined by members of Greensky Bluegrass for a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “Atlantic City,” so clearly anything is bound to happen on the Rocks!Pre-sale tickets and VIP Packages including premium viewing areas, shuttle services and backstage hangs are on sale now here.