Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me is the feature-length documentary on Big Star, due out in theaters, On Demand and iTunes on July 3. The soundtrack, featuring 22 unissued versions of classic Big Star songs, will be available from Omnivore Recordings on June 25 ... Arts & Crafts is celebrating its 10th birthday this year with [...]
Sam Phillips - Things I Shouldn’t Have Told You
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Phillips' seminal work is a shining example of how she is the societal conscience that exists within the fringes of our mind. In Stacy Title's 1995 black comedy, The Last Supper, there is a scene in which a despondent Cameron Diaz is planting tomatoes near the graves of those with super-conservative agendas that she and her friends have killed. In this scene (kind of a montage really), the guilt and wear of actually killing people, regardless of how their political beliefs paint them, is beginning to show on these characters - especially Diaz. As she plants those...
Sam Phillips ’ fans have several reasons to rejoice: One is the reissue of an early Phillips classic, Martinis & Bikinis . The sessions around her third album practically constituted a 1994 alt. rock “happening” – the list of players is highlighted by XTC’s Colin Moulding, R.E.M.’s Peter Buck, and the Heartbreakers’ Benmont Tench. But the most valuable factor in Phillips’ circa Rubber Soul sound was probably her collaboration with her then-husband, guitarist and producer T-Bone Burnett. Fully documenting Burnett’s career would require a magazine-sized article. For those who’re unfamiliar, he [...]
Sam Phillips - I Need Love (with The Section Quartet)
The final installment of reissues from Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds will be released August 14. Nocturama, Abbatoir Blues/The Lyre Of Orpheus and DIG!!! have been remastered and expanded, with deluxe editions including non-album b-sides, videos and a specially commissioned short film made by Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard ... Britt Daniel (Spoon), Dan Boeckner [...]
cowboyjackclement.comBorn in Whitehaven, Tennessee on this day in 1931, "Cowboy" Jack Clement's accolades as a prolific singer and songwriter, record and film producer, and television and radio host h
Photo courtesy of sunrecords.comSam PhillipsOn this day in 1923, legendary producer, record executive, DJ and Sun Records/Sun Studios founder Sam Phillips was born to a pair of poor tenant farm
Groupies, this laugh is on you. Margaret Cho's video for "Baby I'm With the Band" (from her comedy music album "Cho Dependent") was made at this year's Bonnaroo, where she romped with rock luminaries too numerous to mention. (Check out the look on Brendan Benson's face at 1:15.) It's posted here not just because we need a Friday morning chuckle, but because Cho, along with singer-songwriter Grant-Lee Phillips, is co-emceeing a big benefit show on Sunday at Largo. "A Concert to Benefit School Music Revival," hosted by the Section Quartet , will raise funds for [...]
Today, Sam Phillips delves into five of her songs, with discussions of the videos. Here I am playing my song "Taking Pictures" on one of my favorite episodes of The Gilmore Girls. Eric Gorfain, of the Section Quartet, is playing strohviolin on the street corner of Stars Hollow with me. Kim Gordon, Thurston Moore and their daughter also played in this episode, as well as Sparks and other special guests. Making the music for this show for seven years was a blast.
Today we are introducing our series, "Artist Directed", in which some of our favorite creative types across the cultural spectrum will take over Mixed Media for the day. Today we are introducing our new Mixed Media series, "Artist Directed", in which some of our favorite creative types across the cultural spectrum will share with you some of their favorites and inspirations, as well as discuss highlights of their own works. The words and media choices all belong to the artist. We are lucky to have the talented Sam Phillips launching this new series in grand fashion with a two-day [...]
Sam Phillips - Magic For Everybody
Todd Rundgren: Remember Me from Runt:The Ballad of Todd Rundgren (1971) Soft Machine: Thank You Pierre Lunaire from Volume Two (1969) Mandrake Memorial: Just A Blur (Version One) from Puzzle (1969) Paul McCartney: The Lovely Linda from McCartney (1970) Sam Phillips: Love And Kisses from Martinis and Bikinis (1994) Willie Nelson: Denver from Red Headed Stranger (1975) Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band: Kama Sutra from The Doughnut in [...]
Phillips manages to create a conflicting compilation album admired for the beauty of the music -- but with a disappointing physical packaging. What Sam Phillips did with Long Play was open up the possibilities for rethinking the standardization of album production and consumption. Not bound by physicalities, Phillips created a virtual world which mapped out the creative progression of her artistic output. She let the listener in. Instead of keeping her fans at an arms length, as is the unintended outcome of more traditional album releases, she invited them to join in on the fun - to...
Sam Phillips: [ How To Quit ]
Anyone who’s basked in the audio glow of Sam Phillips accepts or even embraces her idiosyncrasies: as on Magic For Everybody , when she advises, “Don’t let perfect” (instead of “perfection”) make you blind/To this beautiful world/Oh, oh, oh, don’t erase your crooked lines/Take your mistakes and come with me!” Since Phillips apparently seeded several acres of her garden with the Beatles circa Rubber Soul , we’re also used to her starting a vocal line in a low, near-growl (kind of like John Lennon), as on Broken [...]
Sam Phillips: [ I Need Love ] some required