Friday, February 13, 2009

DBT Week in Review - 2/13/09

Check out some Daniel P. pictures:

February 2009:

"Don Chambers, William Tonks, David Barbe, Patterson Hood, Brad Morgan, Dave Marr, John Neff, Clay Leverett, Jon Mills @ Farm 255, Athens 2 5 09

Playing the Robert Osborne's 2009 Classic Film Festival Benefit"

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit

A sort of homecoming | | The Times Daily | Florence, AL:

"The band recorded at FAME for one week in July and one week in August. Jimmy Nutt's NuttHouse Recording Studio in Sheffield was utilized for some overdub work, and some additional vocal tracks were completed at co-producer Matt Pence's Echo Lab in Denton, Texas.

'Matt played all the drums,' Isbell said. 'I've been wanting to work with him for a long time. He's an old friend and he's extremely talented.'"


Auto-Tune: Why Pop Music Sounds Perfect - TIME

If you haven't been listening to pop radio in the past few months, you've missed the rise of two seemingly opposing trends. In a medium in which mediocre singing has never been a bar to entry, a lot of pop vocals suddenly sound great. Better than great: note- and pitch-perfect, as if there's been an unspoken tightening of standards at record labels or an evolutionary leap in the development of vocal cords. At the other extreme are a few hip-hop singers who also hit their notes but with a precision so exaggerated that on first listen, their songs sound comically artificial, like a chorus of '50s robots singing Motown.

The force behind both trends is an ingenious plug-in called Auto-Tune, a downloadable studio trick that can take a vocal and instantly nudge it onto the proper note or move it to the correct pitch. It's like Photoshop for the human voice. Auto-Tune doesn't make it possible for just anyone to sing like a pro, but used as its creator intended, it can transform a wavering performance into something technically flawless. "Right now, if you listen to pop, everything is in perfect pitch, perfect time and perfect tune," says producer Rick Rubin. "That's how ubiquitous Auto-Tune is." (Download TIME's Auto-Tune Podcast from iTunes)


Live Nation, Ticketmaster deal gathers critics | Deals | Mergers & Acquisitions | Reuters:

"'It sounds awfully strange when you call up Ticketmaster at 10:02 and you're told all the tickets are sold out but TicketsNow has tickets. And TicketsNow of course sells them at a much higher price. And TicketsNow is owned by Ticketmaster,' said Schumer."

"Live Nation is the world's dominant promoter -- its acts sold 39.3 million tickets last year compared to 13.8 million for No. 2 promoter AEG Live, according to trade publication Pollstar. Live Nation has only recently begun selling tickets."

"Why are they doing this other than trying to take over a potential competitor?" he said. "Ray Charles could see what's wrong with this."

White Stripes to reunite for Conan's last N.Y. show - HAL - Hollywood's Aggregated Links on

"NBC has announced that the White Stripes will return to 'Late Night' for a special Conan O'Brien/New York send-off. Jack White and Meg White, who haven't played together since 2007, have appeared on Conan numerous times in the past, including a week-long stint in 2003, followed by a double-show performance during the 'Icky Thump' era."

Springsteen: Hard To Be A Saint In The Rock 'N' Roll City - The Blender Burner

How Wyclef Got Turned on to Springsteen's Survival Music


Estelle Bennett, member of The Ronettes, dies:

"NEW YORK – Estelle Bennett, one of the Ronettes, the singing trio whose 1963 hit 'Be My Baby' epitomized the famed 'wall of sound' technique of its producer, Phil Spector, has died at her home in Englewood, N.J. She was 67."

Blossom Dearie dies at 82; jazz and cabaret singer - Los Angeles Times:

"In the 1970s, she lent her voice to the children's educational program 'Schoolhouse Rock!' on songs, including 'Mother Necessity,' 'Figure Eight' and 'Unpack Your Adjectives.'"

UPDATE 1-Muzak files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy | Markets | Markets News | Reuters:

"Feb 10 (Reuters) - Music and entertainment company Muzak Holdings LLC, which is known for providing background music in stores and hotels, said on Tuesday that it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection to restructure its debt."

Favorite Guitar Solos -- Scathing Reviews, Bitchy People:

"Anyway, a couple of years later, I opted to get the other 3 CDs from Slobberbone, and discovered the song, “Josephine” off their third album. I also found out this is a Mulehead cover. You can get it on iTunes. I have to thank the good people on the Drive-By Truckers’ Yahoo Group for getting me into these guys. The song is about a guy who is kind of a loser; because he tells everyone he loves Josephine. Everyone except Josephine. He can’t get the courage up to talk to her. His love and frustration is all over the guitar solo. In the words of Jenn Bryant, who manages the Drive-By Truckers website (and also the Slobberbone one), “The guitar solo in Josephine almost made me pass out.” Indeed."

N.J. Disc Jockey To Part With Jenny's Number:

"WEEHAWKEN, N.J. — After five years fielding thousands of calls to one of rock 'n' roll's most celebrated phone numbers, disc jockey Spencer Potter is hanging up on Jenny.

Her seven digits are familiar to anyone who paid attention to pop music in the early 1980s: 867-5309, immortalized by the band Tommy Tutone."

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