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A fond memory of Dick Dale and Surfdog from Founder Dave Kaplan. R.I.P

Tuesday, March 19th, 2019

In 1997 I asked Dick Dale to come into the studio to do a rockin’ updated version of his classic “Misirlou” for our Surfrider Benefit Album.  During the recording, Dick stopped at one point and instructed his drummer on how he wanted him to play a certain part, and Dick “played” the drum parts with his mouth. It was a sound so cool and so “out there” that I stopped and asked Dick to do that sound again for me.  Everyone was mesmerized so we paused the whole session and I asked Dick to do an entire drum solo as if he was on stage in a stadium full of 40K people – A drum solo with his mouth!!

Dick was proud to be part of our Music For Our Mother Ocean/Surfrider record, and he always loved that we used his “mouth drum solo.”  We think you will too.

The result is what you hear underneath the words in this clip:

By the way, Dick originally explained to me that he was a drummer and always approached his playing (on his upside down strings) as a percussionist—which is how he got his sound!

What an original.  Someone who literally invented an entire sound on a guitar!  RIP.

Eric Clapton Returns to Japan!

Wednesday, March 13th, 2019

Eric Clapton and his band are gearing up for a five-night residency in Tokyo’s Nippon Budokan this April! It will be Clapton’s first time back to the beloved venue in nearly three years.

Playing alongside him is Doyle Bramhall II (guitar/vocals), Paul Carrack (keyboards/vocals), Nathan East (bass/vocals), Sonny Emory (drums), Chris Stainton (keyboards), and Sharon White (vocals). These shows will also see a return from vocalist Katie Kissoon to the touring band after her last performance with them back in 1999. The shows will take place on April 13, 15, 17, 18 and 20th. Tickets are on sale now!

https://www.ericclapton.com/tour

New Butthole Surfers Book Now Published!

Wednesday, March 13th, 2019
Butthole Surfers: What Does Regret Mean, written by author Aaron Tanner, is officially published and available for purchase!

“A psychedelic visual telling of the band’s 40-year history, this eccentric coffee-table book is a must-have. Among never-before-seen photos and artwork are exclusive interviews of fellow artists Rob Zombie, Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil, Sublime’s own Eric Wilson, and many more! The book also includes a flexi disc of the unreleased track “Locust Abortion Technician Medley”.

There is a limited number of books available, get yours today! → Melodic Virtue

 

Dave Stewart (Co-Creator/Exec Producer) of NBC’s Songland!

Friday, March 8th, 2019

Dave Stewart (Co-Creator and Exec. Producer) of NBC’s SONGLAND is officially in the filming process!

ABOUT SONGLAND

NBC PUTS UNDISCOVERED SONGWRITERS CENTER STAGE TO FIND THE NEXT HIT SONG WITH A GROUNDBREAKING NEW COMPETITION SERIES ‘SONGLAND’

Aiming to find the next generation of hit songwriters, NBC and UTAS, the studio that brought you “World Of Dance,” are teaming up with Maroon 5’s Adam Levine, powerhouse TV producer Audrey Morrissey of “The Voice,” Eurythmics’ Dave Stewart and One Republic’s Ryan Tedder to produce “Songland.”

The series will provide a one-of-a-kind opportunity for talented up-and-coming songwriters to be exposed to and mentored by three music producers per episode who are responsible for today’s biggest hits.

Hit making producers such as Ryan Tedder (One Republic, Taylor Swift, Adele, Beyonce), Ester Dean (Rihanna, Katy Perry, Nikki Minaj), and Shane McAnally (Keith Urban, Kelly Clarkson, Sam Hunt) will team up with songwriters to create the next big hit for one of music’s top superstars.

The new Sublime Documentary will be premiering at the Tribeca film festival!

Wednesday, March 6th, 2019

SUBLIME, the brand new documentary will be premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York April 24th – May 5th. Tickets go on sale March 26th. Click HERE for more info.

Stray Cats have announced their NEW ALBUM titled “40” and US DATES!

Tuesday, March 5th, 2019

All revved up and red hot, The STRAY CATS are back.

Brian Setzer (guitar, vocals), Lee Rocker (bass, vocals) and Slim Jim Phantom (drums, vocals)–original founding members of the iconic and acclaimed American rock and roll trio–are celebrating their 40th anniversary in 2019 with a new album and tour (*see tour dates below).

The STRAY CATS have titled the album 40. Marking their first new album in 26 years, it will be released May 24 via Surfdog Records and distributed by BMG (CD, vinyl, digital). The song titles alone–including “Cat Fight (Over A Dog Like Me),” “Rock It Off,” “Mean Pickin’ Mama” and “Devil Train”—instantly let listeners know they’re in for a non-stop rocking time.

Watch the band and album producer Peter Collins in the studio discussing the making of the album here.

The first instant grat track, “Cat Fight (Over A Dog Like Me),” is available now with a pre-order of the album.  The song is also streaming on Spotify.  An exclusive indie-store edition of the album–colored vinyl, with a double-sided 24×12 poster–will arrive on May 24 (Pre-Order link)

In addition, The STRAY CATS are releasing an exclusive 12” picture disc with three songs–“Cat Fight (Over A Dog Like Me), “When Nothing’s Going Right” and “Rock It Off”–on April 13, Record Store Day.

The STRAY CATS begin their select U.S. dates on August 3 on the heels of June and July overseas shows.  Tickets for the shows go on sale Friday, March 8 at 10:00 AM (local time).

The STRAY CATS recorded 40 at Blackbird Studios in Nashville in late 2018 following their first North American shows in 10 years, with four concerts including sold-out headlining shows in Las Vegas and the Pacific Amphitheatre in Costa Mesa, CA before wildly enthusiastic audiences. Still buzzing from the thrill of playing together again and the crowd response, they went into the studio with producer Peter Collins (Rush, Bon Jovi, The Brian Setzer Orchestra) and engineer Vance Powell (Jack White, Chris Stapleton, Arctic Monkeys). There are a dozen original songs that comprise the album.

Here’s what the guys have to say:

Brian Setzer: “You have to understand how unique the Stray Cats are. It’s me playing an old hollow body guitar, Slim Jim playing two or three drums, and Lee Rocker slapping a stand-up acoustic bass.  I get to write new songs and then play them with my buddies.  Somehow we created a new and exciting sound with this simple idea.  And you know what? A lot of people agree!”

Lee Rocker: “This new album really feels like the first record we did, it’s really natural and comfortable. For the recording, we went live–like doing a gig, we recorded in a real, organic way.  We were all in one room standing next to each other recording live, with the amps turned up to 10, it captured the undefinable things that happen when a band is great, it captured the magic that takes place and an undefined spark.”

Slim Jim Phantom: “We’re very, very focused when we get into the studio, it didn’t feel like a long time had passed since we had done this, it felt very natural and familiar.  We were all in a row with everyone watching each other, so it felt like a gig in the set-up.  We really embraced that a little bit for the album, it’s like an old way of making records.  The modern is meeting the vintage, which has always been our inspiration.”

‘40’ Tracklisting

Cat Fight (Over A Dog Like Me)

Rock It Off

I’ve Got Love If You Want It

Cry Danger

I Attract Trouble

Three Time’s A Charm

That’s Messed Up

When Nothing’s Going Right

Desperado

Mean Pickin’ Mama

I’ll Be Looking Out For You

Devil Train

DAY DATE CITY/STATE VENUE
Friday 6/21 Vitoria, Spain Azkena Rock Festival
Sunday 6/23 Birmingham, United Kingdom Birmingham O2 Academy
Tuesday 6/25 Manchester, United Kingdom Manchester O2 Apollo
Wednesday 6/26 London, United Kingdom London Eventim Apollo
Thursday 6/27 London, United Kingdom London Eventim Apollo
Saturday 6/29 Tilloloy, France Retro C Trop
Monday 7/1 Amsterdam, Netherlands AFAS Live
Wednesday 7/3 Berlin, Germany Columbiahalle
Thursday 7/4 Cologne, Germany Palladium
Saturday 7/6 Tours, France American Tours Festival
Sunday 7/7 Belfort, France Les Eurockeennes
Tuesday 7/9 Stuttgart, Germany Killesberg
Thursday 7/11 Munich, Germany Zenith
Saturday 7/13 Aix-Les-Bains, France Musilac Festival
Thursday 7/18 Pori, Finland Pori Jazz Festival
Saturday 7/20 Falun, Sweden Summer Jamboree-Falun
Saturday 8/3 Atlantic City, NJ Ocean Resort Casino-Ovation Hall
Tuesday 8/6 New York, NY Pier 17 at South Street Seaport
Tuesday 8/13 Vienna, VA Wolf Trap
Wednesday 8/14 Huber Heights, OH Rose Music Center
*Thursday 8/15 Grand Rapids, MI Meijer Garden
Sunday 8/18 Welch, MN Treasure Island Casino
*Monday 8/26 Salt Lake City, UT Red Butte Garden
Wednesday 8/28 Los Angeles, CA Greek Theatre
*Saturday 8/31 San Diego, CA Humphrey’s

*Note: italicized dates will be on sale at a later date (TBD)

Stray Cats Are Playing Select Dates In The US

Monday, March 4th, 2019
Stray Cats have added US dates to their 40th Anniversary tour. Fan club presale for select dates (8/3 Atlantic City, NJ, 8/14 Huber Heights, OH, 8/18 Welch, MN, 8/28 Los Angeles, LA)  kicks off tomorrow at 10 am local. Public on sale is this Friday, March 8th at 10 am local. 
 
Make sure you’re signed to be a part of the fan club to get the code —> https://bit.ly/2TkGQpf

Stray Cats are playing in New York this summer!

Monday, February 25th, 2019

Stray Cats are bringing it back to the state where it all started and playing in New York, NY on August 6th! Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10am EST. Click HERE to purchase.

Celebrating 25 years of Sublime’s ‘Robbin’ The Hood’ Album

Friday, February 8th, 2019

On Feb 8th, 1994, Sublime released their second album, Robbin’ The Hood. To celebrate, customize your own Robbin’ The Hood album cover HERE!

Stray Cats are headed to the UK this summer!

Tuesday, January 29th, 2019
Stray Cats have announced THREE shows they are playing in the UK this summer!
SHOW DATES
Sunday 23 June 2019 – Birmingham O2 Academy
Tuesday 25 June 2019 – Manchester O2 Apollo
Wednesday 26 June 2019 – London Eventim Apollo

Tickets go on sale at 9am GMT this Friday 1st February 2019. Click here for more info.