The Beatles, 8 days a week on satellite

SiriusXM is introducing the Beatles' one and only "official" radio channel. The Beatles Channel first beams down on the satellite radio operation May 18. That's a week ahead of the rerelease of "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," virtually assuring the U.S. of another dose of Beatlemania, or as close as it gets 50-plus years on. The station plans to play the remixed "Sgt. Pepper" in full on June 1, the half-century anniversary of its release. The Beatles Channel will feature music from the band and the four musicians as solo acts. SirusXM promises: "Their hits and album tracks, live recordings and rarities, solo works from John, Paul, George and Ringo, records that influenced the band, as well as the music they inspired." update: The first five songs played upon … [Read more...]

Slick roasts ad partner Chick-fil-A

Grace Slick and Chick-fil-A make for some strange bedfellows. Slick, possessor of one of the biggest mouths in rock, is an avowed leftie, famed in part for her radical antiwar stance in the late 1960s. Chick-fil-A draws fire on a regular basis for its right-wing affiliations, notably its ministry wing the WinShape Foundation, which has routed millions of its profits to Biblical Christian groups opposed to gay marriage. So when Slick agreed to license the Jefferson Starship hit "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" to the Georgia-based fast-food franchiser, it raised a few eyebrows. Certainly during the Grammys telecast of a week back. Another '60s sellout? Nah. Slick had a plan, one she just shared in a blog post on the web site of capitalist cheerleader magazine Forbes. "I am … [Read more...]

Amazon takes a ‘Long Strange Trip’

Amazon Studios has snapped up rights to the six-part Grateful Dead documentary "Long Strange Trip." The docu, directed by Amir Bar-Lev and overseen by Martin Scorsese, debuts on the Amazon Prime streaming service May 26. "Stranger than fiction -- a user's guide for an impossible journey," drummer Hart said of the project. The 4-hour "Long Strange Trip" premieres Jan. 23 at the Sundance Film Festival, with Dead veterans Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann and Bob Weir on hand to toast the project. Director Bar-Lev is a festival regular. Bar-Lev made the acclaimed 2007 documentary "My Kids Could Paint That" as well as 2010's "Tillman." He was attached to an ill-fated Jerry Garcia biopic with the working title "Dark Star" back in 2010. Executive producer Scorsese said: "I've always … [Read more...]

Review: Hendrix book ‘Starting at Zero’

It would seem the laziest form of biography: String together a decade's worth of quotations, writings, diary entries, doped-up musings -- and call it a book. That's what Alan Douglas and Peter Neal did in "Jimi Hendrix: Starting at Zero." Yet, somehow, what results is a fascinating self-portrait, the closest we'll get to an autobiography of the psychedelic guitar revolutionary. The book originally was titled "Room Full of Mirrors," a telling description. Presented chronologically, "Starting at Zero" begins with the familiar boyhood stories out of Seattle: "School was nothing for me. ... Jesus! I couldn't stand it at home." It ends shortly before his death, with the fateful quote: "When I die, just keep on playing the records." Sure enough, here almost a half century after the … [Read more...]

Pink Floyd Channel extends reach

Pink Floyd's great gig in the sky is getting even better. Satellite radio service SiriusXM announced that the Pink Floyd Channel has won two regular slots on Deep Tracks, beginning now. Meanwhile, owners of some new satellite radio units may join online subscribers in getting their Pink Floyd fix 24/7. Pink Floyd's Roger Waters said this "great news as it means we'll all be able to get (the channel) when we're stuck in traffic." The singer-bassist said the psychedelic grooves might even cut down on "road rage." The Pink Floyd Channel hasn't been available to regular subscribers of satellite radio since its limited run last May. While Floyd freaks were hoping the channel would find a full-time slot -- as with the mainstream Grateful Dead, Elvis and Jimmy Buffett channels -- it … [Read more...]

Pink Floyd vs. Pandora: It’s on

Pandora's boxing match with Pink Floyd over Internet radio royalties is in full swing. The streaming music service says the psychedelic rockers have been duped by the RIAA -- "given badly misleading information" as part of the trade group's attempts to "to mislead and agitate artists." The three surviving members of Pink Floyd -- Roger Waters, David Gilmour and Nick Mason -- wrote in an opinion piece that Pandora pressed Congress to impose an "85 percent pay cut" on the music industry. "Widespread artist opposition stopped them last year, so this year Pandora is trying to enlist artists support for their next attempt at passing this unfair legislation," the Pink Floyd piece published in USA Today said. Pink Floyd has been at odds with digital music trends in the past. Its long … [Read more...]

Paul Williams of Crawdaddy! dies

Once upon a time, rock journalism meant something. Rolling Stone featured real musicians on its covers. Rock stars like John Lennon and Grace Slick had the freedom to speak at length to like-minded fans -- without the filtering of publicity mills and without the need for musicians to double as salesmen. Music lovers eagerly awaited the verdicts of their favorite album reviewers. Hell, they even called them "critics," like they worked for Downbeat or something. Before that, the only U.S. music publications for adults were the trades, Billboard and Cashbox. Getting the skinny on the latest Brit bands meant skimming 16, Tiger Beat and the other pop fanzines aimed at pimply girls. Every now and then, Time or Life would devote a page to some shaggy pop act. The tide turned 47 years … [Read more...]

Psychedelic marathon’s eighth run

Almost 60 hours of psychedelic music will electrify the airwaves of Cupertino, Calif., this weekend thanks to a radio marathon hosted by the duo of J-Kat & Ruby Tuesday. Northern California "people's radio" KKUP carries the couple's "Eight Miles High" show Tuesdays from 8-10 p.m. (PT). The eighth edition of the psychedelic marathon kicks off at 3 p.m. Friday. Update: Check out the "Eight Miles High" web site. Psychedelic Sight caught up with J-Kat (Dan Kind) as he prepped for the big show. Q: Three straight days of psychedelic rock! I'm already having "Toad" flashbacks. How long has your show been on the air? A: Susan and I have hosted "Eight Miles High" for the past 6 years. I've been programming at KKUP for 15 years. Q: What gets played on "Eight Miles High"? A: … [Read more...]

Hendrix booked for ‘Hawaii Five-O’ episode

In an unusual psychedelic promo, Sunday's episode of "Hawaii Five-O" will unveil seven of the 12 tracks from the "new" Jimi Hendrix album. The "special" episode of the CBS remake series follows the AFC title game (about 10 p.m. ET). Hendrix tracks used on the "Hawaii Five-O" soundtrack include "Somewhere," "Bleeding Heart," "Mojo Man," "Hey Gypsy Boy," "Inside Out," "Crash Landing" and "Hear My Train a Comin.'" ("Somewhere" debuted about a week ago.) They're all from "People, Hell and Angels," the collection of Hendrix studio tracks due in stores March 5. The CBS crime drama is the revival of the classic Jack Lord series, which debuted about the time Hendrix recorded these tracks. CBS' "CSI: NY" employed the music of pop-punkers Green Day for an October episode show that … [Read more...]

Waters sets ‘town hall’ Q&A on sat radio

Pink Floyd heavyweight Roger Waters sits for a "Town Hall" interview June 27 on SiriusXM at noon EDT. The appearance ties in with the relaunch of the Pink Floyd Channel (Sirius channel 142 and XM 43). Waters will be interviewed by Jim Ladd, the new face of Deep Tracks (the closest thing SiriusXM has to a psychedelic music channel). Waters' talk will be heard on Deep Tracks (channel 27) as well as 24/7 online (channel 802). Host Ladd, famously called the Last DJ by Tom Petty (another SiriusXM guy), joined Deep Tracks earlier this year after getting the sack at L.A.'s KLOS. Ladd's newish satellite show, originating in L.A., airs at 7 p.m. ET weekdays. Waters also is plugging the Yankee Stadium run of his "The Wall" tour, July 6 and 7. Ladd curated the Pink Floyd … [Read more...]

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