Music: Count, DJ Shadow Back in the Groove

Jul 1, 2011, By Sarah Benzuly

Grammy-nominated engineer/producer Count and DJ Shadow are back in the studio working on a new album, with Count at the helm in his space. “Adam [Savage] from MythBusters built these things on the side of my Aeron chair that allow me to navigate with my arms down by my side rather than having to reach forward,” Count says. ...

Garland Jeffreys 'The King of In Between'

Jul 1, 2011, By Matt Gallagher

On June 14, Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter Garland Jeffreys released the rock- and blues-oriented The King of In Between, his first album of entirely new work in 14 years. Jeffreys co-produced his latest project with guitarist Larry Campbell (Bob Dylan, Levon Helm) and brought in top musicians Steve Jordan (drums), Mike Merritt (bass), Duke Levine (guitar) and Brian Mitchell (keyboards). It also includes guest artists Lou Reed, Duncan Sheik and Jeffreys’ 14-year-old daughter, Savannah. Jeffreys and company recorded basic tracks at Brooklyn Recording, while overdubs took place in One East Recording in Manhattan. ...

Music: The '8IN8' Project

Jun 1, 2011, By Matt Gallagher

From April 25-27, the Berklee College of Music and MIDEM, in association with Harvard University’s Berkman Center and Business School, presented the “Rethink Music: Creativity, Commerce and Policy in the 21st Century” conference, which sought new models for creating and distributing music. One discussion panel—Amanda Palmer, Neil Gaiman, Ben Folds and Damian Kulash—challenged the norms of pop music production and distribution in the hours before their scheduled appearance. “All four of us are well known for using the Internet creatively,” Palmer says. “I came up with the idea that we should do some non-traditional collaboration.” ...

Music: Paisley's Deep Country Roots

Jun 1, 2011, By Sarah Benzuly

Brad Paisley’s ninth studio album, This Is Country Music, is an homage to the genre he’s loved since he started performing when he was 13. Taking samples from classic country hits, Paisley also brought together a fine set of musicians—such as reuniting Alabama’s Randy Owen, Jeff Cook and Teddy Gentry, and singing alongside Marty Stuart, Carrie Underwood and Blake Shelton. Making the album a cohesive whole is Paisley’s longtime producer, Frank Rogers. ...

Classic Tracks: The Fireballs "Sugar Shack"

Jun 1, 2011, By Ron Skinner

In August 1958, George Tomsco was facing a dilemma that many high school graduates face: what should he do with the rest of his life? Tomsco was the guitar player in the Raton, N.M. rock 'n' roll band The Fireballs. The band got its name at a high school talent show after performing a flawless rendition of Jerry Lee Lewis’ "Great Balls of Fire." The recent success of his band in his hometown gave him the idea that he could make a career in the music business, but he had no idea how someone from a small town New Mexico could make that dream a reality....

Behind the Scenes: Joe Barresi

Jun 1, 2011, Compiled by Sarah Benzuly

Producer/mixer/engineer Joe Barresi (Tool, Queens of the Stone Age, The Melvins) and On the Mark Media release Joe Barresi: Tracking Rock, a behind-the-scenes HD video that takes you through his process of producing and tracking a song for alt rock band Zico Chain in his private studio, JHOC (Joe’s House of Compression)....

Music: The Lonely Island

Jun 1, 2011, By Matt Gallagher

Anyone who has watched NBC’s Saturday Night Live in recent years has seen “SNL Digital Shorts”—the wickedly satirical, off-the-wall, manic, edgy and often risqué hip-hop/R&B/pop music videos and conceptual pieces that humorously and mercilessly skewer pop culture. These videos are the creation of The Lonely Island, a comedic and musical trio comprising SNL actors and writers Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone. In May 2011, the group released its second album, Turtleneck & Chain (Universal Republic), which includes collaborations with Akon, Justin Timberlake, Snoop Dogg, Rihanna, Michael Bolton, Beck, Nicki Minaj and Santigold. ...

Music: Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks

Jun 1, 2011, By Blair Jackson

The formation of the Tedeschi Trucks Band marks the union of two formidable talents: 40-year-old Susan Tedeschi, one of this country’s finest blues/roots singers and songwriters for the past 15-plus years; and 32-year-old Derek Trucks, who has been writing great tunes and laying down some of the most wickedly soulful slide-guitar licks ever since he was 14—in his own band, as a member of the revitalized Allman Brothers and even touring in Eric Clapton’s group for a spell. The two share so many of the same musical loves and influences—old gospel, rock, blues, jazz, classic soul and R&B—it seems only natural that they would play together in a band. ...

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