Levon Helm, the Arkansas-born multi-instrumentalist and vocalist whose unforgettable voice graced some of The Band's biggest hits, died yesterday in Woodstock, New York, after a long battle with cancer. He was 71.
For me, the ailing Levon Helm's greatest moment with The Band is their cover of Bob Dylan's "When I Paint My Masterpiece" from 1971's Cahoots. While it was already common for other artists to perform Dylan's own songs better than he did, Helm's performance on "Masterpiece" is truly one of a kind.
Hethel, England-based Lotus Alex Job Racing has welcomed Schecter Guitars as a sponsor of the No. 23 Lotus Alex Job Racing/Battery Tender/Yokohama/Lotus Evora GT. The car will make its debut in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) GT Class at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, California, this weekend.
Indie duo Magic Wands will release their first full-length album, Aloha Moon, April 24 via Bright Antenna/ILG. Check out this exclusive video below, which features Magic Wands' Chris and Dexy Valentine showing you how to play "Black Magic."
Late last month, Sonic Youth guitarist Lee Ranaldo released Between The Times and The Tides, his first purely song-based, non-experimental solo outing, on Matador Records. Besides its healthy dose of melodic, guitar-based rock, the disc features a bevy of faces from Sonic Youth's past and present -- assuming there is a present for the band; Steve Shelley plays drums, one-time SY drummer Bob Bert plays congas and frequent SY collaborator Jim O'Rourke contributes some bass.
On this day in 1965, The Beatles recorded “Help!” -- the song -- during a four-hour session that started around 7 p.m. at Abbey Road Studio Two in London. Twelve takes were recorded; the first eight were of the rhythm tracks only, with vocals appearing for the first time on take nine. John Lennon -- the song's primary writer -- sang lead vocals, backed by Paul McCartney and George Harrison.
Here's the exclusive debut of a new track by Hung, a New York City-based metal band whose sound is anchored by a 7-string guitar and electric violin, courtesy of Lyris Hung, formerly of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.