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KENDRICK RETURNS WITH "HEART"
What's gonnal happen on April 7th...? (3/24a)
MACKAY: SONY-BOUND?
Insiders whisper over an exec's potential new deal. (3/24a)
SONG REVENUE CHART: CASH MONEY FROM THE CELESTIAL JUKEBOX
Can you say "cha-ching?" (3/24a)
SPOTIFY DEALS
If they don't come soon, what happens to the IPO?
LORDE'S NEXT LEVEL
How Melodrama took shape.
LABEL BIGWIGS SPILL THE BEANS
We go deep with a couple of top execs.
THE STRINGER ASCENDENCY
This adventure coming soon to a trade website near you.
Critics' Choice
L.A.'S FRESHEST CALAMAR
3/2/17

You may know Gary Calamar as an esteemed music supervisor. Or you may have enjoyed his finely curated KCRW show. But his penchant for musical multitasking goes still further. Here he is in singer/songwriter mode, with two new, very L.A.-focused tunes. The bubbly "Little Tokyo" is a sunshine-pop celebration of an especially colorful La La Land neighborhood, featuring guests Maria Taylor of Azure Ray and Anna Bulbrook of The Airborne Toxic Event. The playful catalog of sights and sounds (which put me in mind of Jonathan Richman) is nicely presented in the lyric vid below.

The rootsier "The Prince of Pico Boulevard," meanwhile, is a wistful slice of Lou Reed-influenced dream-rock, aided by guests Willie Aron and Jeff Davis (best known for their work with The Balancing Act).

Calamar's affection for his hometown and breezy style of musical storytelling are likely to put a genial smile on your face.

HEY NEW YORKERS! LOU REED'S
IN THE LIBRARY
3/2/17

The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts has acquired Lou Reed’s complete archives. Reed’s widow Laurie Anderson and the Lincoln Center-based library chose Lou’s 75th birthday to make the announcement.

There’s a lot in there—3,600 audio recordings, 1,300 video recordings and 300 linear feet of paper records, electronic records, and photographs—that dates back to his 1958 Freeport High School band, The Shades.

The Lou Reed Archive will be processed over the next year at NYPL's Library Services Center in Long Island City, and then made available for research at the Library for the Performing Arts' Music Division and Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound.

"What better place to have this than in the heart of the city he loved the best?,” Anderson said. “It takes a while to see a life as a whole and now that the first step of the archive is complete we can step back and begin to see some dazzling new patterns in the work Lou made in his long and intense life as an artist.

“My dream has always been to make Lou’s work completely accessible to the public. You don't have to have any special credentials. The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts has made this possible."

Credential-free, we made a list of the things we’d like to check out on a visit.

Studio notes from Lou Reed, Transformer, Berlin and Metal Machine Music.

Road manager notes from 1972, 1974 and 1990.

Tapes of interviews from 1965, 1974, 1989 and 2006/7.

His personal collections of books, LPs and 45s.

All 25 hours of recordings made at the Bottom Line in 1978 from which the Take No Prisoners live album was  created.

Correspondence with, we’re hoping, John Cale, Andy Warhol, William S. Burroughs, David Bowie, Doc Pomus, Jimmy Scott, John Zorn, Philip Glass and, of course, Laurie Anderson.

 

 

JEFF BECK REUPS AT ATCO
2/22/17

After releasing five albums in six years on ATCO, Jeff Beck has re-signed with Warner Music Group's Rhino Entertainment, which will continue to release new recordings from Beck globally under the ATCO imprint. 

Beck signed to WMG in 2009 and has been downright prolific since then as his 35-year run at Epic yielded only 15 albums.

“Over the last eight years, the team at Warner Music/Rhino has worked very hard on my behalf and I have so much more music to record, so I say let's keep it going," Beck said.

"Jeff has delivered some amazing albums since signing with Warner in 2009 and we are excited to hear what comes next," said Tim Fraser-Harding, President of Global Catalog, Recorded Music for Warner Music Group. 

The guitarist’s 50-year career includes a double induction in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame—as a solo artist and as a member of The Yardbirds—and eight Grammy Awards, the most recent being for his 2010 ATCO release Emotion & Commotion.