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Radiohead’s Real Rainbows Data Revealed???

Posted by T Rex on October 16, 2008

The report claims the band made over $3 million and goes on to say it proves the business model is successful with the right band with the right content. I don’t buy it…this stunt could never work again, I don’t care who the band is.

Warner Chappell, Radiohead’s distributor, is announcing that the band “sold” 3 million copies of In Rainbows, the album that they essentially gave away online in a pay-what-you-want scheme. The reports are that they made more on the album than they did on their previous dumpling, Hail to the Thief.

Read the rest of the article here.

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We welcome a new contributor to Runaway Dinosaur (and a new feature too!)

Posted by jhochstat on April 17, 2008

Greetings loyal Runaway Dinosaur readers. T Rex and I are very pleased and proud to welcome a new contributor to the Runaway Dinosaur team. His name is Stego* and he joins us as our “man on the inside”. He will be popping in from time to time with some cool features that will allow us a glimpse into the life of someone still surviving in the record industry and who just might break the next hot band….

Oh and by the way Stego* has a cool blog of his own called Tuneage please hop over and check it out!

Ladies and gentleman we present you……Stego*

Hello all! This is Stego*, Runaway Dinosaur’s newest contributor, coming at you from the trenches of the record industry. Educated in A&R, marketing and yes music, I’ll be bringing you brand new artists and bands you have yet to hear about. I look forward to hearing what you have to say about ’em, so please feel free to email us and comment. Thanks to T Rex and jroxx for the opportunity!!

Please enjoy my contribution to Runaway Dinosaur:

You’ve Never Heard Of This Band!

Alan Cassidy hails from Paisley, Scotland and plays gritty rock steeped in soul.

It all started with a truly genuine MySpace message. Of the hundred or so I was receiving each week from prospective rappers, rockers, and singer/songwriters, this one stood out. It was personal, mentioning me by name, a effort seemingly lost on the rest of MySpace. He talked about how much he dug the label I worked for and how his major influences were signed here. At the end, he hits me with this: “I just want the shot at becoming a recording artist I really feel I found the key to universe with the thing I got going down an [sic] I appreciate you taking the time to hear me out.” His obvious excitement and energy pulled me in further.

Somehow I knew I would like this young Scotsman’s music.

Citing the Clash, Roy Orbison, and The Boss as his biggest influences, Alan’s sound was born 8 years ago in a fiery, smokey cauldron West of Glasgow. Currently he is putting the finishing touches on his backing band in Scotland, writing, and rehearsing. Alan has yet to release an official LP or even an EP, save for his groups of songs he calls ‘sketches’. Head over to Alan’s Myspace page and crank up “This Is It” and “She’s My Love”.

Let us know what you think in the comment section if you feel so inclined.

Til the next one,

Stego*

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Jaik Miller Band – Next Big Hit?

Posted by jhochstat on April 6, 2008

(photo courtesy Eric Berend)

On May 6th, Truth Movement records will release the self titled debut album from Jaik Miller Band. Jaik Miller, the singer, songwriter and namesake of the band has been around the New York music scene since the early 1990’s having fronted Xanax 25 a well known and loved band. Xanax 25 worked with the likes of Warren Haynes, Suzanne Vega & Elijah Allman, all who appeared on now hard to find Xanax 25 albums. Through the years, Jaik has played with countless New York music legends.

That was then, this is now. Jaik has found a great group of musicians to join him, foremost among them JP Bowersock who many of you will know from his long tenure with Ryan Adams & The Cardinals and his work with The Strokes. JP produced the new Jaik Miller Band album and is also a full time member. The other members of the band are; Max Tucker (drums/vocals), Garth MacAleavey (guitar/keyboards/vocals) and Craig Robison (bass).

Jaik Miller Band has been playing shows throughout New York City since their inception in May 2007, consistently honing and fine tuning their sound. They recently started to get recognized by the online music community in Europe having had their new album reviewed by the Rootstime blog out of Belgium March 2008 (note, blog not in English). They were also featured in the March 2008 Dressed Up and Stripped Down Podcast on The Next Big Hit.

This coming Friday, April 11th Jaik Miller Band will be playing songs from their new album at the world famous Bitter End which has been showcasing music in New York City since 1961. Some of the many artists that have graced The Bitter End stage over the years are: Miles Davis, Donny Hathaway, Etta James, Billy Joel, Dr. John and many more. The band hits the stage at 10 PM sharp.

This is a band that has found the right mix of players and the right groove. If you live in the New York City area go see Jaik Miller Band this Friday and hear for yourself what the fuss is all about.

Band Website

Myspace

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CD Baby Digital Download & CD (May 6th)

4447 (Stripped) from Next Big Hit recording

Bonus Video – JP Bowersock with Ryan Adams & Phil Lesh playing Wharf Rat at the Jammy’s March 26th 2005

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Warren Haynes won’t be playing these at Wanee or the Beacon in May

Posted by jhochstat on March 27, 2008

 Warren’s guitar tech Brian Farmer going ONE BY ONE through all of Warren’s guitars.

Damn, THAT is an arsenal!

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The Jackson 5, where are they now?

Posted by jhochstat on March 24, 2008

This is so truly sad, the four brothers who sang with little Michael Jackson to record some of the greatest Motown songs ever have fallen on hard times.

Idolator.com‘s

Marlon – 51, an original Jackson Five member who stocks shelves at a Vons supermarket in San Diego, had to temporarily move into an extended-stay hotel.

Randy – 46, does odd jobs, including fixing cars in a Los Angeles garage owned by a family friend. He recently claimed Michael was going to give him $1.7 million – “a pipe dream,” said another brother last week.

Jackie –  56, the oldest and most debonair of the brothers, is struggling to manage his son Siggy’s aspiring rap career after an Internet clothing business startup and attempts to produce music failed.

Jermaine – 54, shuttles back and forth from his girlfriend’s home in Ventura County, Calif., to his parents’ mansion in Encino, where Jackie and Randy still bunk.

Tito – 55, is the only brother still making music, but it’s a meager living. The guitarist fronts a blues and jazz band that plays small venues and nets him $500 and $1,500 per occasional gig – a far cry from the days when the Jacksons could pull in 50,000 people at $30 a ticket.

Family patriarch Joseph Jackson, 79, spends most of his waking hours conjuring up schemes he hopes will replenish a bank account that once had more money than the FDIC cared to insure. Peddling musical girl groups in Las Vegas and a book about his family in Germany, Joseph, despite evidence to the contrary, is not convinced that time and the music industry have passed him by.

“We can get back out there and set the world on fire,” he told The Post last week. “If the Rolling Stones can still rake in the money, so, too, can my boys.”

I had the chance to meet both Michael & LaToya Jackson several days apart during the opening of Disneyland Paris in April 1992 when I was part of the opening management team. 

They were both very unique characters

 

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Wolfgang’s Vault Concert of the Week-Little Feat

Posted by jhochstat on March 24, 2008

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I am sure that I am one of many people who was frst turned on to Little Feat by listening to Waiting for Columbus on vinyl in someone’s basement somewhere in New Jersey. I have to say that Wolfgang’s Vault really steps it up when it comes to streaming live concerts, it is truly one of the greatest collection of live music anywhere.

The summary states:

This concert, when Little Feat was opening for Electric Light Orchestra, remains one of their most legendary performances, broadcast live on KSAN radio.

It’s no wonder that this performance became so popular, as it captures the band at the peak of the “Lowell George era,” promoting the release of The Last Record Album. This album signaled the emergence of jazzier elements being incorporated into the bands sound, as well as stronger contributions from guitarist Paul Barrere and keyboardist Bill Payne, which added greater diversity to the group’s material.

The recording kicks off with a smokin’ version of “Apolitical Blues,” followed by a double dose of funky New Orleans flavored rock, with sizzling takes of “Skin It Back” transitioning into “Fat Man In The Bathtub.” This establishes a deep groove that continues to intensify as the set progresses.

Click on the ticket to enter the show, skin it back, and roll another one…

Little Feat
Winterland
San Francisco, CA
02/14/1976

After the jump is the full setlist and images of Bill Graham and Lowell George……

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Happy Birthday!

Posted by jhochstat on March 23, 2008

Ric Ocasek – 59

Chaka Khan – 55

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More Scorcese news…Rolling Stones – Shine A Light (IMAX) Opens April 4th

Posted by jhochstat on March 22, 2008

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On April 4, 2008, an Academy Award®-winning filmmaker and the world’s greatest rock n’ roll band will unite to bring audiences the year’s most extraordinary musical film event, Shine a Light to theaters everywhere. Martin Scorsese’s concert documentary will show the world the Rolling Stones as they’ve never been seen before.

The film and soundtrack, titled after the Exile On Main St. classic composition, chronicle the Rolling Stones’ concerts during the A Bigger Bang tour at New York City’s Beacon Theatre on October 29 and November 1, 2006. The Oscar®-winning Scorsese captures extraordinary performances from Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, and Ronnie Wood as well as special guests Buddy Guy (on Muddy Waters’ “Champagne & Reefer”), the White Stripes’ Jack White (“Loving Cup”) and Christina Aguilera (“Live With Me”).
With the release of Shine A Light, one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll bands in history, The Rolling Stones, has teamed with one of film’s greatest directors, Martin Scorsese, for a concert film Variety calls a “celebration of the band’s great songs, performing skills and durability.”

The complete on-screen performance will be available on the Shine A Light: Deluxe Edition soundtrack, released in the United States on April 1st and available internationally shortly thereafter. A single disc, 16-song edition of Shine A Light will be released simultaneously.

Tracklists and purchasing information for the Deluxe Edition and Single CD

Shine A Light, which includes liner notes by Scorsese, is the third double album live collection from the Stones, following 1977’s Love You Live and 2004’s Live Licks. The film is the third music documentary from Scorsese, following 1978’s highly regarded The Last Waltz, documenting the final concert by The Band, and 2005’s No Direction Home, tracing the life and career of Bob Dylan.

Logo & all info courtesy: www.rollingstones.com/shinealight/

Update 3.30.08 – The Rolling Stones & Martin Scorcese held a Press Conference today.

Keith had some great things to say about The Beacon Theater:

Guitarist Richards said he was happy about the scaled-down show, especially because of his love of the Beacon Theatre.

“The Beacon Theatre is special for some reason … The room sort of wraps its arms around you, and every night it gets warmer,” Richards said. “And this band, you know, didn’t start off in stadiums.”

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SpiralFrog launches contest for $5000 in FREE! concert tickets

Posted by jhochstat on March 22, 2008

Eon.businesswire.com reported yesterday:

spiralfrog_logo.gif the free and legal ad-supported music site, gives music fans the chance to win $5,000 in concert tickets with a new sweepstakes launching today. Whether fans want to see Jay-Z and Mary J. Blige, Rascal Flatts, The Hives, Sugarland, Maroon 5 or The New York Philharmonic or even all of them, they can! The winner picks the concerts and SpiralFrog pays for the tickets up to $5,000. Once fans enter the sweepstakes by becoming a registered member, they get more chances to win by referring a friend.

Since our members can discover and download all the digital music they want for free on SpiralFrog, we wanted to expand the discovery experience for one lucky winner to include free live music as well, said Matthew Stern, VP Marketing and PR at SpiralFrog. People usually see only a few concerts a year, so we decided to give them the opportunity to connect with their favorite artists even more over the next year.

Simply visit www.SpiralFrog.com and register for free to be entered.

Grand Prize: Pre-paid Ticketmaster gift cards valued at $5,000

Click here for complete Official Rules

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Van Halen tour – Game (back) On (for now)…

Posted by jhochstat on March 22, 2008

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Reported earlier this week that Van Halen has rescheduled tour dates postponed this month when guitarist Eddie Van Halen was undergoing tests for an unspecified medical condition. The band will proceed on April 19 in Las Vegas and play 20 shows in all, with the last date set for June 2 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Tickets for the band’s previously scheduled dates will be honored. Van Halen returned to the road in fall 2007 with original lead singer David Lee Roth for the first time in 20-plus years. The tour, which features Eddie Van Halen’s teenage son, Wolfgang, on bass, has routinely sold out North American arenas.

Madison Square Garden’s Website had the following statement regarding the VH show that was to take place on St Patrick’s Day:

Please be advised the Van Halen concert originally scheduled to play Madison Square Garden on Monday, March 17, 2008 has been rescheduled to Friday, May 23, 2008. All tickets for the March 17th performance will be honored for the May 23rd performance. Patrons should retain their tickets as they will be honored at the rescheduled concert. Ticket refunds can be issued at the original point of purchase.

You can find the rest of the rescheduled dates from the Van Halen tour here.

I just hope that Diamond Dave doesn’t resort back to getting busted in Washington Sq Park for buying nickel bags and the show has to be canceled again.

Eddie, please stay healthy & on-stage because I would like nothing better than to witness the legend that is Eddie Van Halen shredding it like in the old days.

Eddie Van Halen – Eruption Guitar Solo


Very funny jroxx Van Halen story: In 1997 I was working at Walt Disney World managing a restaurant in Epcot when I saw on my reservations for lunch one day VIP Van Halen 10ppl. They were playing at the Orlando Arena that evening so I was really psyched to get to meet Eddie, Alex and Michael (Sorry Sammy, no love). The reservation time comes and I find out that it was only the wives and kids. All I remember is Valerie Bertinelli repeatedly telling Wolfie (Wolfgang) to sit down and behave all throughout the meal.

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