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Will this be Clapton's last record?

Eric Clapton definitely has retirement in mind. He hinted to Rolling Stone recently that he may quit touring and recording, and only play for family and friends.

We can look forward to at least one more new Clapton record before he hangs up his Strat for good. Eric Clapton & Friends "The Breeze: A Tribute to JJ Cale" comes out next week, and is currently streaming for free in the iTunes store.

The album is a tribute to Cale, who died last year and was Clapton's close friend. Clapton had two pretty big hits with the Cale songs "Cocaine" and "After Midnight," so it will be interesting to hear what he does with other songs written by the blues songwriting master.

Collaboraters on the album include John Mayer, Derek Trucks and Mark Knopfler--each who certainly knows his way around a fretboard, so if nothing else this album is sure to have some crazy good guitar licks.  Add to that JJ Cale's top notch songwriting, and this could wind up to be one of Clapton's best records in recent years. (Tom Petty and Willie Nelson also make appearances on the record).

Check out the title track to the new album here.

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Free downloads: The Bayonets

If you were listening to Triple M on the morning of Thursday July 17th, you may have thought somehow we slipped back to 1965.

But it wasn't an old song we were playing--it was a brand new one from the Los Angeles band the Bayonets, called "Crash Boom Bang!"

They don't have an album out, but if you sign up for their mailing list you can get a free four-song EP here.

Crash Boom Bang! by The Bayonets from The Bayonets / Brian Ray on Vimeo.



 
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Led Zeppelin remastered!

Great news for fans of Led Zeppelin!
With the June 3 release of deluxe editions of Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II, and Led Zeppelin III , the band will launch an extensive reissue program of all nine of its studio albums in chronological order, each remastered by guitarist and producer Jimmy Page. Led Zeppelin will also open its vaults to share dozens of unheard studio and live recordings, with each album featuring a second disc of companion audio comprised entirely of unreleased music related to that album.
 
"The material on the companion discs presents a portal to the time of the recording of Led Zeppelin," says Jimmy Page. "It is a selection of work in progress with rough mixes, backing tracks, alternate versions, and new material recorded at the time"
 
Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II, and Led Zeppelin III will each be available June 3 from Atlantic/Swan Song in the following formats:
•    Single CD - Remastered album packaged in a gatefold card wallet.
•    Deluxe Edition (2CD) - Remastered album, plus a second disc of unreleased companion audio.
•    Single LP - Remastered album on 180-gram vinyl, packaged in a sleeve that replicates the LP's first pressing in exacting detail. (For example, III will feature the original wheel and die cut holes.)
•    Deluxe Edition Vinyl - Remastered album and unreleased companion audio on 180-gram vinyl.
•    Digital Download - Remastered album and companion audio will both be available.
•    Super Deluxe Boxed Set - This collection includes:   
        o Remastered album on CD in vinyl replica sleeve.
        o Companion audio on CD in card wallet.
        o Remastered album on 180-gram vinyl in a sleeve replicating first pressing.
        o Companion audio on 180-gram vinyl.
        o High-def audio download card of all content at 96kHz/24 bit. (Live tracks are 48kHz/24 bit).
        o Hard bound, 70+ page book filled with rare and previously unseen photos and memorabilia.


© Photo: Sebastien Gagnon: Flickr
 
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Who's excited about the new Coldplay song?

Coldplay is supposedly working on a new album to follow their 2011 release, Milo Xyloto. But we don't have to wait until that album comes out, whenever that will be, to hear a new song.

This week the band debuted the song "Midnight" on their website, and will most likely be playing it live when they to go South by Southwest in Austin, Texas.

I like the dreamy, ethereal nature of the song, but the vocals seem over-processed to me. What do you think?
 
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Fresh New Music : The Devil Makes Three

Meet The Devil Makes Three, a fun trio originally from Vermont, but now making music in sunny California. Their sound is a blend of bluegrass, old time music, folk, blues, jazz and rockabilly! Quite a versatile  band.
 
They released their first album back in 2002, but didn’t start to make an impact until 2011.. now on a big label, New West records, they  are poised to take their music to a larger audience.
 
You can see The Devil Makes Three on April 29 at the Majestic
Get in the mood with their song “ Stranger”
 
 
Pick up The Devil make’s Three album “ I’m a Stranger Here” now.                                     © Photo: weeklydig: Flickr

 
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Fresh New Music :Benmont Tench

You can’t have a good band without world class musicians performing with you. One reason Tom Petty’s albums are so great is the Heartbreakers.
A founding member of the Heartbreakers, keyboardist Benmont Tench is one world class musician,  performing withJohnny cash, Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones and Elvis Costello, just to name a few.
Now Benmont calls on his friends to help with his solo album, 37 years in the making, ‘ You Should be So Lucky”, and with friends like Don Was, Ryan Adams, Tom Petty and Ringo  Starr you’re bound to release an excellent album, which he has.
 
Here is the first single, “ Blonde Girl, Blue Dress”.
 
 
Pick up Benmont  Tench’s album on February 18                                      © Photo: Brian R Grubb: Wikimedia Commons

 
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Fresh New Music : Aloe Blacc

The name Aloe Blacc might not ring a bell, but you have heard his voice before. He’s the voice you hear singing on Avicii’s “ Wake Me Up”
 A singer songwriter, rapper and musician burst onto the scene in the mid 90’s, and launched a solo career in 2003.
 
By 2012 he was nominated for a BRIT award for Best international Male Soul Artist and Best International Break Through Artist.
If you watch TV sports, you definitely heard THIS song, “The Man”
 
 
 
                                                       
                                                             Aloe Blacc’s album “ Lift You Spirit” is available now.                 © Photo: stusev: Flickr
         
 
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Fresh New Music : Ellen Foley

Remember the Meatloaf song “ Paradise by the Dashboard Light? Well, the female vocalist was Ellen Foley. Although she did not appear in the video, that’s her voice you hear.
Ellen was also the subject of The Clash’s song “ Should I Stay or Should I Go”, written by her, then boyfriend, Mick Jones.
In addition to being the inspiration for a song, she also has an extensive theater background, appearing in Hair, Tootsie and Fatal Attraction, just to name a few as well as the TV Show Night Court.

And now, 30 years after her last album comes a new one!

Here’s a sample of the first single, “ If You Can’t Be Good”.
 
 

Ellen Foley’s album “ About Time” is out now.              © Photo: drquoz: Flickr
 
 
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Fresh New Music : Sleeper Agent

Sleeper Agent is a band from Kentucky that found their sound when they added female vocalist Alex Kandel to their line-up. It apparently was a good decision, since Esquire Magazine called their  music  “most original introduction to a new band we’re likely to hear all year” and Rolling Stone rated Sleeper Agent number 2 in the Best New Band category in 2012.
 
Here’s a sample of their second album, the very catchy song “ Waves”


 
 
                                                                Look for Sleeper Agent’s album “ About Last Night” in the spring          © Photo: Andy Collegian: Flickr
 
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Fresh New Music : The Devil Makes Three

The Devil Makes Three has been around since 2002 playing their blend of Folk, blues, old timey music, bluegrass, ragtime and rockabilly! Over the years, they have performed  at Bonnaroo, Lallopalooza, Austin City Limits Music festivals and have toured with lots of people, including Willie Nelson!
 
Their fourth album “ I’m a Stranger Here” was produced by Dan Auerbach of the Black  Keys.
 
Here is a taste of “The Stranger”.
 
 
 
The Devil Makes Three’s album is available now!                                                        © Photo: Brian Omura: Flickr

 
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