Hey! A friend just hipped me to the fact that Amazon.com is currently selling the Big Star 4-disc box set, Keep An Eye On The Sky, for just $25.34! That price represents about a $20 savings over what the set normally costs used, so you should jump on this offer if you are any kind of a fan/collector.
Originally relased by Rhino in September of 2009, Keep an Eye on the Sky includes 98 tracks spanning from 1968-1975 that includes alternate mixes and previously unrleased material, as well as extensive liner notes, rare and never-before-seen photos and insightful essays about the cult of Big Star and the band’s history. Sounds like a must-have to me! Like I said, act fast, because once their existing stock sells out the price will likely go back up.
June 18, 2012 – What do you give as a birthday present to “The Most Successful Composer and Recording Artist of All Time” and greatest living songwriter of the 20th Century? You give respect in the form of a brilliant reworking of one of their own compositions
June 18th is the 70th birthday of the one and only Sir Paul McCartney and as a huge mark of respect Paul Weller and his band have recorded a cover of The Beatles classic song “Birthday.” This passionate cover will be made available on June 18th for ONE DAY ONLY – and it will be available exclusively at Amazon.com for .70 cents.
Weller says: “I wanted to do something for Paul’s 70th, the man’s been, and still is, an immense and enduring inspiration for me. It was him and his three friends that made me want to pick up a guitar in the first place. I saw him play live recently and he inspired me just as much as ever, he was brilliant. I just hope he likes our little version, a token of my and the band’s love for him and his music. Rock on Macca.”
Paul Weller and his band recorded “Birthday” (originally from The Beatles’ White Album) in one day down at Paul’s Black Barn studios. Yep Roc Records will release the track in North America. All proceeds from the sale of the single will go to the War Child charity.
In February 2012, shortly after completing a tour of Japan, Johnny Venus, drummer for American rock band Greek Fire (and longtime drum tech for Story of The Year) was diagnosed with Leukemia. Devastating news, to be sure. Representatives for the band have issued a statement saying that, “Johnny is fighting the battle of his life, and even in these darkest of times his incredible courage and strength inspired Johnny’s fellow band mates to write a song about this profoundly difficult and emotional journey.”
The song, “If this is the End (The Sound of Belief)” was made into a video, which Greek Fire released via YouTube on May 15th, 2012. Watch “If this is the End (The Sound of Belief)” at This Link. The statement continues that, “The video was made free of charge by a group of amazing and selfless individuals who donated their time and talents, and the result is a heartfelt and emotional offering of hope and support for anyone, anywhere, who has experience with cancer. Greek Fire is releasing this video in hope that it can help people find the courage and strength to fight with all of their heart, and as a reminder that there are people everywhere in the world fighting with them. Please share this video with as many people as you can. Nothing will make Johnny Venus and the band prouder than if the song can help someone, somewhere, in some way.”
“If this is the End (The Sound of Belief)” is also available to purchase/download via iTunes, Amazon, and countless other outlets. 100% of proceeds generated from the sale of the song will go directly to The Johnny Venus Leukemia Fund to help him with the cost of his medical treatments. You can also make a donation directly to Johnny’s fund, by clicking This Link. Get well now, Johnny!