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To bark or not to bark? That was the question for the star-studded audience of 175 invitees who witnessed a mostly acoustic performance by Patti Smith and her band Wednesday night at a Santa Monica recording studio, which was sponsored and recorded for future broadcast by Kcrw. For the penultimate number, Smith sang the title track of her latest release, Banga, a literarily inspired song themed around Pontius Pilate’s dog. She and longtime musical partner Lenny Kaye broke into a series of barks and howls -- a far louder racket than the modest canine cacophony heard at the end of
- Chris Willman
Sometimes you gotta go it alone. That's what members of Interpol, Vampire Weekend, System of a Down and Das Racist are saying this week. And wouldn't you know it? Joey Ramone, were he alive, would agree. Or at least, that's what BMG would have you believe. The record label will be releasing the Ramones frontman's long-gestating second posthumous solo album "...Ya Know?" on May 22, with its 15 tracks featuring collaborations from " Joan Jett, Little Steven Van Zandt, former Ramones drummer Richie Ramone, Bun E. Carlos of Cheap Trick, Dennis Diken of the Smithereens, Patti Smith Group guitarist Lenny Kaye »
Patti Smith has announced a full UK tour this autumn. Following her previously-announced shows in June, the singer-songwriter takes new album Banga on the road this September. The shows mark Smith's first full UK tour in over five years. In recent years, her band has occasionally included the likes of Kevin Shields and Patrick Wolf alongside long-time collaborators Lenny Kaye and Tony Shanahan. Tickets go on general sale this Friday, April 20 and are priced at £25 for all shows except London, which is £27.50. A pre-sale is available on Smith's official website from tomorrow (Wednesday). The full Banga UK tour (more) »
- By Mayer Nissim
It's been eight years since Patti Smith released her first record on Columbia Records, 2004's trampin'. But now Smith is finally ready with new music, and will release her 11th studio LP, Banga, June 5. Smith made the record in collaboration with some long-time friends, including bandmate Lenny Kaye and Television's Tom Verlaine (who appears on the record's first single, "April Fool," which is available digitally now.) The songs run the gamut from a tribute to Amy Winehouse ("This Is The Girl") to a birthday song for Johnny Depp ("Nine") to tracks that are presumably not »
Patti Smith will release her 11th studio album Banga on June 5. The follow-up to 2007's covers album Twelve is preceded by digital single 'April Fool' - available from April 3 - which features Television's Tom Verlaine. Banga is Smith's first album of original material since 2004's Trampin'. The LP was recorded and produced by Smith and her band Tony Shanahan, Jay Dee Daugherty and Lenny Kaye at Electric Lady Studios in New York City. Alongside Verlaine, it features guest appearances from Jack Petruzzelli, Smith's son Jackson and daughter Jesse Paris. As previously announced, the album features a song in the memory of late singer Amy Winehouse called 'This Is The Girl'. It also features 'Nine', written for Smith's friend Johnny Depp. (more) »
- By Mayer Nissim
Singer's first collection of original material in eight years will feature a track dedicated to the late Amy Winehouse
Smith's new single, April Fool, was released on Sunday via iTunes. "We'll ride like writers ride," she sings, "Neither rich nor broke/ We'll race through alleyways/ In our tattered cloaks." It was recorded with much the same group Smith used for her last record, the covers album Twelve, and its predecessor, 2004's Trampin'. This band consists of bassist Tony Shanahan, guitarist Lenny Kaye, and drummer Jay Dee Daugherty.
But Banga also features special guests. Besides Television's Verlaine and studio sideman Jack Petruzzelli, Smith has brought in her two adult children, Jackson and Jesse Paris. Their father was the late MC5 guitarist Fred "Sonic" Smith. »
- Sean Michaels
Rock icon Patti Smith has announced the June 5th release of her eleventh studio album .Banga. with the first single .April Fool. now available digitally. The album is the first collection of original material from Smith since 2004. It was recorded at Electric Lady Studios in New York City and produced by Patti Smith and her band: Tony Shanahan, Jay Dee Daugherty and her long-time collaborator Lenny Kaye. Featured guests include Tom Verlaine, Jack Petruzzelli, Smith.s son Jackson and daughter Jesse Paris. The album was inspired by Smith.s unique dreams and observations, Banga.s poetic lyrics are a reflection of our complex world . a world that is rife with chaos and beauty. Praised for her storytelling abilities, Smith »
- Patrick Luce
Tuesday was already the traditional album release day in the U.S. by March 31, 1987. Music fans' choices among the new releases that day included Close to the Bone by the Thompson Twins, The Circus by Erasure, and the two albums I refer to in the headline: Prince's Sign o' the Times and Suzanne Vega's Solitude Standing. Both of the latter artists had proven their talent by that point, and these releases were eagerly anticipated.
Sign o' the Times (Warner Bros.) was a double LP (barely under 80 minutes), always a major statement (discounting live doubles). It is to Prince what There's a Riot Goin' On was to Sly & the Family Stone: an album of schizophrenic swings between dire warnings of social disaster, personal darkness and confusion, and seemingly desperate attempts to stave it all off by often-lascivious partying -- and also an artistic peak.
And since this was back when »
Many people may never have heard of the early '70s band Big Star, and aren't aware that "In the Streets," the theme song for That 70s Show performed by my personal favorite band Cheap Trick, was actually penned by Big Star's Alex Chilton and Jody Stephens (correction: Chris Bell). Attendees of the 2010 South by Southwest Music Festival became more aware of the band's influence when Chilton died unexpectedly of a heart attack on March 17, only three days prior to a Big Star reunion show in Austin. That show turned into a tribute with many musical guests from near and far, with several other tribute moments throughout SXSW that year -- including several songs played in tribute by Cheap Trick as headliners at the Auditorium Shores outdoor stage.
In addition to the fans that have supported the band throughout the years, many musicians credit Big Star with inspiring their careers. »
- Debbie Cerda
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